QPlay: Parthiv Scores 50, KXIP Lose 5th & Gavaskar Supports Salman

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1. Mumbai Indians Beat Kings XI By 25 Runs

Parthiv Patel struck a breezy 58-ball 81 and powered Mumbai Indians to a 25-run win over Kings XI Punjab, who have now lost five matches already this season.

Chasing a stiff target of 190, Kings XI Punjab were restricted to 164 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs. This was Mumbai Indians’ third win in seven outings, while the Punjab franchise suffered its fifth defeat in six appearances.

Click here for full match report.

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

2. SRH Start Favourites Against Struggling Supergiants

On a roll after three consecutive wins, Sunrisers Hyderabad today face MS Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants who have lost four matches in a row already this season.

After losing two games in a row, Sunrisers turned their fortunes around by posting comprehensive wins against Mumbai Indians (by 7 wickets), Gujarat Lions (by 10 wickets) and Kings XI Punjab (by 5 wickets). The Hyderabad outfit is occupying the fourth spot in the eight-team standings with six points from five games.

On the other hand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Supergiants are languishing at the seventh spot with just two points from five encounters. Despite injuries to its key players, including Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra and Kane Williamson, the Hyderabad side has been on a high with the team clicking collectively in the last three games.

Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle. (Photo: AP)
Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle. (Photo: AP)

3. Comments by Windies Players Inappropriate, Disrespectful: ICC

The ICC, on Monday, said that certain comments and actions by some of the West Indies players after clinching the World T20 were “inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute”.

After winning the World T20 on April 4 following a thrilling last-over win over England in the finals, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy had launched a scathing attack on West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an emotional speech at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The Board considered the behavior of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final, and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute. The Board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behavior had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final.
ICC Statement

4. QRant: Can We Stop Blaming IPL For Maharashtra’s Drought?

Matches of the Indian Premier League have been moved out of certain states from May 1 due to drought in the region. But are a few cricket matches really the reason for water scarcity or is there a bigger cause we are willing to look past?

Here’s our in-house QRant on the real roots of the problem are aren’t being discussed.

5. Don’t See Anything Wrong with Salman’s Appointment: Gavaskar

Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar has said there was nothing wrong with the IOA appointing Salman Khan as the Indian Olympic contingent’s goodwill ambassador and cited the example of how IPL “benefitted” through its association with Bollywood stars.

Why not a known face who is not really a part of that particular profession. If he can bring a lot more awareness to that particular profession then why not? I don’t see anything wrong in it. How has IPL been benefitted by having Bollywood stars in it? It has helped considerably in bringing the crowd to the stadium. 
Sunil Gavaskar to NDTV
(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

6. Bindra Should Have Been India’s Goodwill Ambassador at Rio: Gambhir

Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir on Monday stressed that Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra should have been the right person for the post.

I think there is no shortage of real sportsmen in this country. People have done massive things for the country and for the Olympic sports as well. I would have liked someone like Abhinav Bindra, someone who could have been a great ambassador. I personally feel that sportspersons do not need publicity, they do the job for the country. That kind of stuff does not give real excitement to a sports person.
Gautam Gambhir

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