QPlay: Gujarat Lions Beat KXIP, Sunil Narine to Join KKR Today
Dwayne Bravo recorded his best IPL figures with a four-wicket haul against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Monday. (Photo: Shaun Roy/ IPL/ SPORTZPICS)
Dwayne Bravo recorded his best IPL figures with a four-wicket haul against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Monday. (Photo: Shaun Roy/ IPL/ SPORTZPICS)

QPlay: Gujarat Lions Beat KXIP, Sunil Narine to Join KKR Today

1. Finch Scores 74 Off 47 Balls as Gujarat Lions Take Down KXIP

Dwyane Bravo recorded his best IPL figures with a four-wicket haul before Aaron Finch smashed 74 runs off 47 balls as Gujarat Lions thumped hosts Kings XI Punjab by five wickets to make a winning entry into the Indian Premier League match at Mohali on Monday.

Put into bat, Punjab openers Murali Vijay (42) and Manan Vohra (38) put on 78 runs in 8.2 overs to lay a strong foundation for a big score but other batsmen failed to capitalise and the hosts ended their 20 overs at 161 for six.

Read the entire report here.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

2. Sunil Narine to Join Kolkata Knight Riders Team Today

In a big boost to the Kolkata Knight Riders, the West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine is all set to join the team on Tuesday ahead of its Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.

However, it would be interesting to see who will make way for the mystery spinner in the playing XI, given KKR’s spectacular show in their IPL opener, where they decimated Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets.

(Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha">Harsha Bhogle Twitter</a>)
(Photo: Harsha Bhogle Twitter)

3. Hope Cricketers Haven’t Complained, Says Harsha Bhogle on IPL Ouster

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle is still clueless about the reasons for his ouster from the IPL panel but hoped that his removal isn’t because of complaints made by cricketers.

I still don’t know why I am not doing the IPL. I haven’t been told. I can accept the fact that people don’t like me. But I genuinely hope it isn’t because cricketers have complained about what I have to say
Harsha Bhogle on his Facebook page

Speculation is rife that some Indian cricketers have complained against Bhogle to the BCCI for his comments on air but the exact reason for his last-minute sacking from the IPL commentators’ panel is not yet known.

Read Harsha’s entire post on Facebook:

(Photo: Arjun Singh/ IPL/ SPORTZPICS)
(Photo: Arjun Singh/ IPL/ SPORTZPICS)

4. Considering Playing KXIP Matches Out of Maharashtra: Ness Wadia

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia on Monday said that the franchise is “very seriously considering” shifting its three IPL matches from drought-hit Maharashtra to some other venue.

Kings XI Punjab will play three matches in the Maharashtra region. They are set to face Delhi Daredevils on 7 May in Nagpur, followed by a match against Mumbai Indians on 13 May in Mumbai and then against Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune on 21 May.

We are considering it on human grounds and considering it very seriously. We are considering it internally.
Ness Wadia to Times Now
(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

5. Anirban Lahiri Finishes T-42nd at Masters, Betters Previous Best

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri was pulled back by a disastrous front-nine but still managed to beat his personal best by signing off tied 42nd with a three-over 75 in the final round of the 80th Masters Tournament on Monday at Augusta.

Lahiri ended with a total of 11-over 299 to finish tied 42nd and better his personal best of T-49 last year.

Starting the day at five-over and in tied-38th place, he courted disaster on the third with a triple bogey and had further bogeys on fourth and seventh.

But he played his last 11 holes superbly with two birdies and rest of them pars to finish with 75.

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