QPlay: Unstoppable Mumbai Beat CSK, Dhoni Served Notice & More
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Resurgent Mumbai Indians Breach CSK’s Fortress
Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by six wickets to record their fifth successive win of the IPL on Friday.
Needing 30 runs off the last 12 balls, Hardik Pandya (21 not out of 8 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (34 off 19) smashed left-arm spinner Pawan Negi for 25 runs in the penultimate over to tilt the high-pressure game in Mumbai’s favour. Mumbai took two balls to knock off the five runs needed in the final over, ending at 159/4.
Super Kings remained at top in the points table despite their first defeat at home this season while Mumbai added to their remarkable turnaround with a fifth win in as many games. They are now fourth in the standings with six wins and five losses.
SAI Hands Over Rs 5 lakh Cheque to Family of Deceased Athlete
Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas gave a solatium of Rs five lakh to the family of rowing athlete Aparna, who died after consuming poison fruit along with three other colleagues, alleging harassment from seniors.
The SAI Director General, who visited the grieving parents also offered job to a family member. Those undergoing treatment at the hospital, whose condition is said to be stable, were given Rs 25,000 each and also ensured the best possible medical help.
One of the senior girls, against whom allegations of harassment were made by the family members of the deceased rower, denied before television channels that they had done anything wrong. “We do not know why such allegations have been made,” she said, adding she herself had taken the girls in an autorickshaw to the hospital after one of them complained of uneasiness at the hostel on Wednesday night.
Dhoni Served Notice by JSHB: Report
The Jharkhand State Housing Board (JSHB) is learnt to have served a notice to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, asking him why a “illegally allotted plot” adjacent to his originally allotted land would not be cancelled.
Dhoni, who had been allotted the plot by the state for his exemplary cricketing display in 2006, has been asked to reply within 15 days as to why the “illegally allotted cut plot” not be cancelled at his Harmu Housing Colony.
Dhoni reportedly got a 5002 square feet plot originally before getting another 4780 square feet as “cut plot” adjacent to the original one, inviting the notice to him. JSHB Managing Director Dillip Kumar Jha refused to speak on the matter.
Sakshi, Lalita win Bronze in Asian Championship
Sakshi Malik and Lalita bagged bronze medals in Women’s Freestyle 60kg and 55kg categories, respectively, even as Babita Kumari lost out on a third-place finish in 53kg division of the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship in Doha.
Lalita was defeated by North Korea’s Han Kum-ok 3-9 in the semifinal but she managed to settle for a bronze medal in the end in her category.
In a total of five rounds in the 60kg category, Sakshi won two of her bouts to claim the third position. After going down to Luo Xiaojuan of China 4-5 by Fall Verdict in the first round, she came back strongly in the second to beat Munkhtuya Tungalag of Mongolia 13-0, but only to go down again, this time to Japan’s Yoshimi Kayama. In the last round, however, the Indian girl could defeat Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova 8-1 to steal the bronze.
England Coach Moores Facing Sack - Reports
Peter Moores is set to be sacked for the second time as England coach after Andrew Strauss takes up a new post in the national set-up, several British newspapers reported on Friday.
Strauss is the overwhelming favourite to land the newly-created post of England director of cricket, a post created by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last month following Paul Downton’s sacking as managing director.
Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, now the coach of English county champions Yorkshire, has been touted as a possible replacement for Moores.
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