QPlay: Mumbai Take on Pune in IPL Opener Today, PV Sindhu Loses

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MS Dhoni will be playing for a new IPL team for the first time after eight seasons. (Photo: PTI/IPL)

1. Mumbai Indians Take on Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL Opener Today

Mumbai Indians start their title defence campaign against new outfit Rising Pune Supergiants in the opening game of the season 9 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai.

The Supergiants, owned by RPSG Group, has roped in the successful combination of captain Dhoni and Coach Stephen Fleming from CSK. The Chennai team has been temporarily banned from the league for two years.

However, with Mumbai Indian’s having a more settled look and familiarity with the conditions at the Wankhede Stadium, Supergiants will need to pull out their A game to stop the home side.

Also Read: MI to Start Their Title Defense Run vs Rising Pune Supergiants.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

2. Saina Advances To Semis While Sindhu Crashes Out of Malaysia Open

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal sealed a semifinal spot after a hard-fought victory but compatriot PV Sindhu crumbled under pressure to bow out of the women’s singles competition at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier tournament on Friday.

World number eight, Saina dug deep into her vast experience as she recovered from a game deficit to beat Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 in a 58-minute clash at the quarter-finals.

On the other hand however, the experience of beating the world number four, Ratchanok Intanon at the Korea Open last year, however, did not quite help Sindhu as she suffered her fourth defeat to the Thai girl in five meetings, going down 7-21, 8-21 in 29 minutes.

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

3. SC Criticises BCCI For Resisting Lodha Panel’s Recommendations

The Supreme Court criticised BCCI for maintaining that any judicial interference in its functioning would compromise its autonomy. The Supreme Court said the cash-rich sports body was resisting recommendations to reform and make its working “transparent and visible”.

The apex court also expressed its displeasure over BCCI’s stand that being a private and autonomous body, it cannot accommodate a nominee of CAG in it as suggested by the Justice RM Lodha Panel on the ground that it would be de-recognised from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

You are discharging public function, how best your functioning can be improved? It has to be transparent and visible, the way you are doing (discharging your function) and how you are doing.
Bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla

Read the entire report here.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

4. Anurag Thakur to Meet MI, RPS to Discuss Possible Shift of Venue

Facing resentment over water being used to maintain cricket pitches for IPL in the drought-hit Maharashtra, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur will be meeting the representatives of Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants to discuss future course of action.

The key issue of the meeting would be to discuss the possibility of shifting venues or whether BCCI can buy water to maintain the pitches.

The BCCI secretary will be meeting the owners of the two franchises in the evening today (Friday) as this is a serious issue.The Board needs to be prepared and have a contingency plan ready.
BCCI Official told PTI

5. “Bowlers Need to Be Aggressive at Wankhede,” Says Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians captain, Rohit Sharma said at the pre-match press conference that bowlers need to be aggressive at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to be successful.

Rohit said, just like a batsman has the mindset of looking to hit a delivery which is there to be hit, a bowler should constantly look to pick up wickets.

When asked about the dew factor at the stadium, Rohit said that most of the players in his team are used to playing with dew.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

6. Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson Ruled Out For Rest of the Season

Liverpool’s England midfielder Jordan Henderson will be out of action for six to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury, ruling him out for the rest of the Premier League season and possibly the Euro 2016 campaign.

A scan on the knee injury Jordan Henderson sustained during Liverpool’s clash with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night has shown isolated damage to his lateral collateral ligament.
Club’s website

The 25-year-old club captain, who was injured in the first half of the 1-1 Europa League quarter-final first leg draw at the Westfalenstadion, will be helped by the fact that he does not require surgery.

England’s European Championship challenge starts on 11 June, nine weeks away, leaving Henderson little time to return to match fitness before the tournament in France.

Coach Roy Hodgson’s squad will be named on 12 May.

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