पाकिस्तान के लाहौर में आत्मघाती हमला, 4 सैनिकों समेत 6 मरे...

नई दिल्ली। आज सवेरे पाकिस्तान में हुए एक आत्मघाती हमले 6 लोगों की मौत हो गई। मरने वालों में सेना के 4 जवान भी शामिल हैं। बता दें कि हमला पाकिस्तान के पंजाब प्रांत में लाहौर शहर में हुआ। जहां एक आत्मघाती हमलावर ने सेना के वाहन के समीप खुद को विस्फोट से उड़ा दिया। इस हमले में 14 लोगों के घायल होने की भी खबर है। पाकिस्तान की सरकार इसे आतंकी हमला मान रही है, हालांकि अभी तक किसी भी आतंकी संगठन ने हमले की जिम्मेदारी नहीं ली है। वहीं हमलावर के बारे में भी अभी कोई जानकारी नहीं मिल पायी है। पाकिस्तानी सुरक्षा एजेंसियां मामले की जांच में जुटी हैं। हमले के बाद से पूरे पाकिस्तान में हाई अलर्ट जारी कर दिया गया हैं। The post पाकिस्तान के लाहौर में आत्मघाती हमला, 4 सैनिकों समेत 6 मरे appeared first on Latest News in Hindi.


Tamil & Telugu Movie Update : Details On Allu Arjun’s Next,...

Rajeev Ravi to make Telugu debut with Allu Arjun’s next . National Award-winning cinematographer Rajeev Ravi, who has worked on films such as Dev D and Udta Punjab, will be foraying into Telugu film industry with upcoming yet-untitled project starring Allu Arjun. “Rajeev has been signed for the project. However, the makers are yet to make an official announcement, and it will be made when the project is launched next month,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS. However, Rajeev’s name featured in one of the film’s posters released on Arjun’s birthday last week. Rajeev Ravi to make Telugu debut with Allu Arjun’s nextTo be directed by Vakkantham Vamsi, the project is tipped to be a high-octane actioner. The project will have music by composer duo Vishal-Shekhar and it will be produced by Lagadapati Sridhar. Arjun is currently wrapping up Telugu action-drama “Duvvada Jagannadham“, which is being directed by Harish Shankar. Oviya’s extended cameo in Vishnu Vishal’s next Actress Oviya has been roped in for an extended cameo in upcoming yet-untitled Tamil comedy starring Vishnu Vishal and Regina Cassandra, a source in the know has said. “At the special request of hero Vishnu, she agreed to play an extended cameo. She will join the sets soon to shoot her portion,” the source from the film’s unit told IANS. She might even feature in a song apart from a few scenes, the source added. Oviya’s extended cameo in Vishnu Vishal’s nextA full-length comic entertainer, the film marks the directorial debut of Chella. This is Vishnu’s third production venture and he is bankrolling it under his banner V.V. Studioz. ‘Sanghamitra’ to roll from July 3 Filmmaker Sundar C’s Rs 150-crore mega budget Tamil historic drama “Sanghamitra” — which stars Arya, Jayam Ravi and Shruti Haasan in the lead — will roll from July 3, a source said. “The pre-production has been happening for the last three months. The lead actors have already started training in sword-fighting and horse-riding. Shruti has been taking special fighting lessons. The makers are planning to go on the floors on July 3,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS. Shruti, who plays a pivotal role, tweeted last week that she has started taking fighting lessons as part of her preparation for her role. ‘Sanghamitra’ to roll from July 3Shruti had told IANS, “It’s going to be the biggest project of my career. It will give me an opportunity to attempt something I haven’t done before.” Produced by Sri Thenandal Films, the film will also be released in Telugu and Hindi. “It will be simultaneously made in Telugu. In Hindi, however, it will be made with an entirely different cast and the process will take time,” the source added. The post Tamil & Telugu Movie Update : Details On Allu Arjun’s Next, Oviya’s Cameo & Sanghamitra appeared first on Koimoi.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Banned In Karnataka – SS Rajamouli Reacts

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion director SS Rajamouli feels it’s ‘not right’ to ban the film in Karnataka. While the sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning is gearing up for a worldwide release in the last week of April, its screening seems uncertain in Karnataka due to Katappa. Some pro-Kannada organisations are allegedly trying to stop the release of the film in the state. They reportedly want Sathyaraj, who plays Kattapa in the film, to apologise for some controversial remarks he made several years ago regarding a water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The actor had allegedly attacked pro-Kannada groups and activist Vatal Nagaraj, who is now leading an anti-Baahubali campaign in the state and is threatening to stop its screening. Baahubali 2 director SS Rajamouli is not at all happy with the film being targeted for Sathyaraj’s issues with pro-Kannada groups. Talking to a TV channel, the filmmaker said that he has worked with Sathyaraj for almost five years and could have never ever imagined that he is a person who could try to hurt someone. He further said that some videos were posted on the internet and after inquiring, they came to know that whatever comments Sathyaraj had made, was nine years back. After that, about 30 films of his were released in Karnataka including Baahubali: The Beginning. Rajamouli has alleged that suddenly raking up the issue at this point in time is not right. Did Katappa kill Baahubali in Karnataka? SS Rajamouli reacts!He also stated that stopping Baahubali 2’s screening in Karnataka will not affect Sathyaraj in any way since he is not the writer, director, producer or hero of the film but just a supporting character, who has acted in the film and went away with his remuneration. The director called the sudden attempt to stop Baahubali 2’s screening as ‘sad’. He also said that turning the anger on Sathyaraj towards Baahubali is not right. If reports are to be believed, no distributor or exhibitor has bought the theatrical rights of Baahubali 2 in the state fearing a backlash from pro-Kannada organisations. The post Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Banned In Karnataka – SS Rajamouli Reacts appeared first on Koimoi.


Akhil Akkineni’s New Film Launched By Nagarjuna | Pawan Kalyan Commences...

Akhil Akkineni’s second Telugu outing, which will be directed by Vikram Kumar, went on the floors here on Monday. Veteran star Nagarjuna tweeted, “Patience always pays off!!puja doneand Akhils movie is on” The film was officially launched on Sunday. Akhil’s new film launched“It’s going to be a romantic actioner. The film was supposed to commence much earlier, but due to some changes, which Akhil’s father Nagarjuna had suggested in the script, it had to be pushed,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS. Annapurna studios production no.29 on floors tomorrow. In this heat we are going to turn on the heat 🙂 can’t express my joy in words !!! — Akhil Akkineni (@AkhilAkkineni8) April 2, 2017 Patience always pays off!!puja doneand Akhils movie is — Nagarjuna Akkineni (@iamnagarjuna) April 2, 2017 The makers are yet to finalise the lead cast. The project is being bankrolled by Annapurna Studios. Hollywood stunt choreographer Bob Brown has been roped in to oversee action in the film. Bob, who has been composing action for nearly three decades, has worked on projects such as “Se7en”, “Iron Man” and “Captain America: The Winter Solider” among others. Here’s Another Update From Down South – Pawan Kalyan Commences Shooting For 25th Film Actor Pawan Kalyan on Monday commenced shooting for his upcoming yet-untitled Telugu project in Trivikram’s direction. Portion featuring Pawan and Anu Emmanuel are currently being shot in Hyderabad. Pawan Kalyan commences shooting for 25th filmIt happens to be Pawan’s 25th film and his third collaboration with Trivikram after blockbusters “Jalsa” and “Attarintiki Daaredi”. Being produced by S. Radhakrishna, the film also stars Keerthy Suresh as one of the leading ladies. The actor’s last film released a week ago. Directed by Kishore Kumar Pardasani, Katamarayudu also stars Shruti Haasan, Tarun Arora, Siva Balaji, Krishna Chaitanya and Kamal Kamaraju. The post Akhil Akkineni’s New Film Launched By Nagarjuna | Pawan Kalyan Commences Shooting For 25th Film appeared first on Koimoi.


किस करने के हैं तमाम फायदे, आप भी जानिए – Dew...

क्या आप जानते हैं कि किस न सिर्फ आपसी प्रेम को दर्शाती है, बल्कि यह आपकी सेहत के लिए भी बहुत फायदेमंद होती है। आपको जानकर थोड़ा अटपटा लगे लेकिन ये सच है कि किस आपके सेहत को काफी फायदा पहुंचाती है। अगर आपको नहीं लगता कि किस करने से ऐसा होता है तो आगे की ख़बर पढ़िए कन्फ्यूजन दूर हो जाएगा। दांत रहते हैं दुरुस्त बता दें कि हालिया शोध में यह खुलासा हुआ है कि किस करने से आपके दांत दुरुस्त रहते हैं। इसके अलावा आप तनाव से मुक्त रहते हैं। साथ ही किस करने के फयदे ये भी हैं कि आपका रक्तचाप कम और आपकी रोग प्रतिरोधक क्षमता बेहतर हो जाती है। तनाव से मिलती है मुक्ति शोधकर्ताओं का मानना है कि किस करने के दौरान लार(एंजायम) का प्रवाह बढ़ता और हार्मोन का उत्सर्जन होता है। ऐसा होने से आपके दांत और मसूड़े तन्दुरुस्त होते हैं। साथ ही तनाव से मुक्ति मिलती है और सेहत में सुधार होता है। ताउम्र दिखेंगे युवा किस करने को लेकर अमेरिकी शोधकर्ता तो यहाँ तक मानते हैं कि किस मोटापे की समस्या से भी निजात दिलाने में अहम भूमिका निभाता है। सबसे बड़ी बात रिसर्च में यह भी सामने आई है कि किस करने वाले लोग लंबे समय तक युवा नजर आते हैं। The post किस करने के हैं तमाम फायदे, आप भी जानिए appeared first on Latest News in Hindi.


IPL 2017: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) set 189-run target vs Gujarat Lions (GL) in...

Hashim Amla (left) and Glenn Maxwell added 47 for the third wicket © BCCIHashim Amla’s sublime form and vital contributions from Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Akshar Patel helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) set a 189–run target, against Gujarat Lions (GL) on Sunday. In the 26th game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tournament, Kings XI Punjab produced yet another splendid batting display, led by Amla and Maxwell. To their credit, Gujarat Lions did well to grab a couple of wickets in the middle overs to dent KXIP’s hopes of a total in excess of 200, which looked achievable after Amla and Maxwell had added 47 runs in a little less than five overs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Gujarat Lions (GL), IPL 10, Match 26 Amla picked from where he left in Indore. Having scored a century in the previous game, Amla continued to play strokes around the park and batted with supreme authority to score 65 off 40 balls, studded with 9 boundaries and 2 sixes. On the other hand, Maxwell batted like a man possessed, looking to attack almost every ball that he faced. He was eventually dismissed for 31, but not before putting KXIP in a position of command. Towards the end, Akshar chipped in with a 17-ball 34 to push KXIP towards a big total. FULL CRICKET BLOG: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Gujarat Lions (GL), IPL 10, Match 26 The tone of a big first innings total was set early when KXIP added 11 runs off the first over. Gujarat Lions decided to open the bowling attack with Shubham Agarwal, and Amla struck two boundaries. Nathu Singh, another debutant for Gujarat Lions in the game, had a start to cherish, thanks to Dinesh Karthik. Nathu generated an outside edge off Manan Vohra’s bat, but it was a brilliant catch from Karthik which resulted in that dismissal. Karthik was sharp enough as his dive was timed perfectly. Karthik, with the dismissal of Vohra, became the first wicketkeeper in the history of IPL to complete 100 dismissals. The 31-year-old cricketer, who has played for Delhi Daredevils (DD), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Mumbai Indians (MI) as well as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) apart from Gujarat Lions, has 74 catches and 26 stumpings to his credit in IPL history. Amla then teamed up with KXIP veteran Marsh for 70 runs, which came in about next 8 overs. Marsh contributed with a 24-ball 30, and was immediately dismissed after the first strategic break, playing a slow ball straight to the man at mid-on. But before that, Amla and Marsh had put up a strong foundation for a big score. After Marsh’s dismissal, Maxwell strode out and began looking for quick runs right from the onset. Maxwell and Amla added 47 runs in 28 balls to turn up the heat on Gujarat Lions. While Amla continued with his exquisite strokeplay around the ground, Maxwell turned up all guns blazing. Even though KXIP were batting first in the contest, the urgency with which Maxwell batted in his innings made it look like as if his side was chasing a huge target. However, Gujarat Lions did well to apply brakes on KXIP at just the right time. Both Maxwell and Amla were dismissed in quick succession, with the latter falling first. Amla was dismissed on the final ball of the 14th over, when Shubham Agarwal claimed his maiden IPL wicket, taking a return catch of the in-form KXIP batsman. In the next over, Ravindra Jadeja trapped Maxwell leg-before when the batsman tried a switch-hit, but failed to connect. Maxwell hammered 3 sixes and 1 boundary to score a rapid 18-ball 31. Marcus Stoinis could not do much and his poor show with the bat in the IPL continued. Even though he added 25 runs with Akshar in the later stages, Stoinis could contribute with a mere 7. Akshar was belligerent towards the end of the innings, showing good batting skills to garner runs late in the innings. His innings of 17-ball 34 was instrumental in pushing the KXIP total to 188 for 7 at the end of the 20 overs. Akshar smacked 2 sixes and 3 boundaries in his innings. However, given their meek bowling attack, the target is certainly not big enough for KXIP. Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 188 for 7 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 65, Shaun Marsh 30, Glenn Maxwell 31, Akshar Patel 34; Andrew Tye 2 for 35) vs Gujarat Lions. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Gujarat Lions (GL), IPL 10, Match 26

Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 2: Mohammad Aamer shines with 5-for on...

Mohammad Aamer has taken his first 5-for since his return to international cricket © AFPThe second day’s play between Pakistan and West Indies was called off due to persistent rainfall. Only 11.3 overs of the game was witnessed on Day Two which saw Mohammad Aamer taking his five-for (5 for 41) – his 4th in Test cricket. West Indies had put up a score of 278 for the loss of 9 when torrential rains hit the Sabina Park once again eventually the day getting called off. West Indies skipper Jason Holder is currently unbeaten on 55 having scored his 5th test fifty. Apart from Aamer, spinner Yasir Shah has taken 2 wickets in his kitty having conceded 91 runs for the same whereas debutant pacer Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz have got 1 wicket each. Live Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica Day Two started on an embarrassing note for West Indies. There had been heavy rain overnight, but the covers on the ground were insufficient to cover the entire area. This resulted in the wet outfield and moreover, the covers which were put on the wicket saw water seeping in through them resulting in the bowler’s run-up area become damp. Coal therapy was used at the start of the day to dry up the wet patches but to a very little success. Umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough had an inspection of the pitch twice but no play was possible in the first session of the day. This resulted in the first session getting washed out completely and soon after the lunch was taken, rain hit Sabina Park again stopping only after a brief period of time. Eventually, rainfall stopped resulting in weather clearing up and the finally the game was possible after a brief 4-hour break. When the players took to the field finally, the game was revised to 53 overs which was to be played in two sessions – if the weather and lights permitted. West Indies resumed from their overnight score of 244 with Holder and Bishoo (28). Both added 20 runs more to their overnight total before Aamer got the wicket of Bishoo taking his 4th of the match. Holder continued scoring runs dealing in boundaries bringing up his gritty fifty from the other end. But Aamer struck once again, this time getting the wicket of Alzarri Joseph (0) taking his five-for – his first since the infamous five-for at Lords in 2010. Pakistan pacers tried their best to get the last wicket of West Indies innings, but their plans were disrupted by rain eventually the play getting called off. The game will begin 30 minutes early on Day Three to compensate for the loss of the game on Day Two. But with the prospects of rain on all the remaining days of this first Test of the series, the future of this Test remains hanging in the hands of weather! Brief scores: West Indies 278 for 9 (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Jason Holder 55*; Mohammad Aamer 5 for 41, Yasir Shah 2 for 91) vs Pakistan Live Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica

MS Dhoni’s sensational finish and other highlights from Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Sunrisers...

MS Dhoni scored his first half-century of the season © BCCIMS Dhoni turned back the clock to produce a fightback from a position where a victory looked a mountainous task for the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday evening. Dhoni struck 3 sixes and 5 boundaries to score 61 not out, and took RPS to a massive 6-wicket win — third for Rising Pune Supergiant in six matches so far. Rahul Tripathi scored a fabulous 59 off 41 balls early on, but it was Dhoni’s innings which turned out to be one of the most special knocks seen in this edition. Chasing 177 to win, RPS won with Dhoni hitting a boundary off the final ball. Let us take a look at the highlights of the match 24 in the ongoing IPL 2017: FULL CRICKET SCORES: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2017 Match 24 Champion calls in sick: A vital cog in the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s line-up, Yuvraj Singh missed the clash on Saturday due to sickness. Hence there were no Yuvraj vs Dhoni billboards. Imran Tahir’s luck: Rising Pune Supergiant had opted to field after winning the toss, keeping in mind the strong breeze at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Ground in Pune. While the breeze did reduce the effect of the scorching sun, it did not favour the fast bowlers. After eight wicketless overs, RPS called in Imran Tahir to make a breakthrough. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2017 Match 24 The leg-spinner responded immediately, as he had Shikhar Dhawan caught at deep midwicket. Dhawan got a short ball first up, which he pulled in effort to clear deep midwicket. However, the stroke was hit against the breeze, and the ball did not travel the distance. Dhawan’s was the only wicket which Tahir claimed in the innings. The Moises Henriques show: The right-hander, who has batted at No. 3 several times, had to make way from that position to accommodate Kane Williamson. However, unfazed by the demotion, Henriques batted extremely well to score a brisk 28-ball 55 not out, studded with 6 boundaries and 2 sixes. Thanks to Henriques’ innings, SRH were able to post a daunting 177-run target against the fallible RPS side. To switch or not to switch: Warner looked subdued on Saturday afternoon, not launching attack at any point in his innings. However, there were a few exquisite strokes and among them was a switch-hit for a six off a full-toss from Tahir. While Warner got runs on that occasion, another attempt did not come out well. Against Jaydev Unadkat, Warner switched to hit the ball in the gap but was cleaned up. Rahul Tripathi shines: Chasing a formidable total, RPS needed the top-order to fire. Even though Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed cheaply, Rahul Tripathi had other plans. He tore into the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling attack, smacking them all over the park for quick runs. Steven Smith is livid: Having struck two consecutive sixes, Smith was looking to make most of the start. However, Smith, who had watched each of Rashid Khan’s deliveries closely, was left fuming when he missed out to read a googly and chopped on. Smith gave himself a mouthful along with a gesture suggesting that he was livid at himself. His wicket turned the game in SRH’s favour. The brilliant Rashid Khan: When Dhoni called for a tight single with the bowler tying him up, little did the former captain realise it would result in the dismissal of his partner, Tripathi. However, it was the sheer brilliance of Rashid which got SRH the wicket. The bowler sprinted towards the ball as RPS batsmen were trying to steal a single. Rashid picked it up, and threw it towards the wicket while he was still in motion. Much to the delight of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rashid, it was a direct hit resulting in the dismissal of the on-song Tripathi. The Thalaiva!: Let us be honest. No one has liked the way how Dhoni has been treated of late, and the talks of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returning to IPL have certainly raised hopes. To be criticised within the camp on a social media platform is something not seen before, but Dhoni kept quiet throughout. Amid criticism, Dhoni played a characteristic innings, and let his bat have the final laugh. Dhoni scored 61 not out off 34 balls, and lifted RPS to a win literally out of nowhere. Dhoni slammed 5 boundaries and 3 sixes in his innings, which would have left his critics eating their own words.

IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils (DD) restrict Mumbai Indians (MI) to a modest total in...

Amit Mishra returned with the figures of 4-0-18-2 © AFPAmit Mishra returned with the figures of 4-0-18-2 and Pat Cummins claimed 2 for 20 off his 4 overs, as Delhi Daredevils did a terrific job of restricting Mumbai under 150 on what has remained a batting-friendly wicket at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Mumbai Indians (MI) crawled to a total of 142 for 8 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Saturday night, in the 25th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tournament. For Mumbai Indians, Jos Buttler top scored with 28 and Kieron Pollard managed 26, as none of their batsmen could really get going against disciplined bowling. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 10, Match 25 Mumbai Indians were off to a confident start after Delhi Daredevils won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. Both the teams made plenty of changes, with Corey Anderson and Aditya Tare coming back in for Delhi, and the South African Rabada making his IPL debut. On the other hand, Lasith Malinga sat out for the Mumbai Indians with Mitchell Johnson coming in. Rabada began with an expensive over in which he struggled for line. There were 5 extra runs given with Rabada bowling one down the leg side. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 10, Match 25 Jos Buttler made intentions clear when he smacked a six off Chris Morris in the second over’s fourth ball, and hit the next ball for a boundary. However, there was a lifeline provided to the Mumbai batsman when Rishabh Pant spilled a regulation catch, with the batsman making room and trying to scoop the ball over the wicket. Rabada came on for the fourth over, and Buttler smashed it over the leg side for another six. However, with Parthiv coming on strike, Rabada began bowling fuller, aiming for the wickets. After missing out on a leg-before appeal, there was success for the South African bowler who cleaned up Parthiv, thus snaffling his first IPL wicket. Nitish Rana and Buttler joined forces to rebuild for Mumbai. Buttler hit two boundaries off Zaheer in the sixth over, but their plans were spoiled by a brilliant effort from Sanju Samson. Responding to a tight single was Buttler’s misjudgement, as Samson ran in from his position inside the circle on the leg side and a direct hit did the rest. Rohit and Rana could not do much for their side as the latter was dismissed by Cummins, getting the in-form batsman caught at deep square leg for a mere 8. Rana has been in red-hot form for Mumbai but he had a forgettable game on Saturday night. Mumbai skidded further when Mishra consolidated Rohit Sharma’s struggles against leg-spinners. This time, the Mumbai captain was caught at deep square leg for a mere 5. With their top-order blown away, Mumbai pinned hopes on Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard. While the pair resisted for a few overs, runs were hard to come by with Delhi Daredevils being all over their opponents. Mishra added more to his kitty when Pant caught a late-cut off Krunal’s bat in the 13th over, piling up further misery on the Mumbai Indians. Pollard tried waging a lone battle when Mumbai Indians were in tatters. He added 36 runs for the sixth wicket with Hardik Pandya, and scored 26 runs with the help of 4 boundaries. Just when it started to appear Mumbai Indians may post a late fight-back, Pollard fell to Cummins in the first ball of the 18th over. More to follow… Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 142 for 8 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 28, Kieron Pollard 26; Amit Mishra 2 for 18, Pat Cummins 2 for 20) vs Delhi Daredevils.

Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Match 26, Preview and likely XI:...

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are ahead in net run rate, and are at No. 6 in the points table while Gujarat Lions (GL) are currently at the bottom of the table © BCCIGlenn Maxwell’s Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on hosts, Suresh Raina’s Gujarat Lions (GL), in the first match of Sunday’s double-header of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. To be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, the match is crucial for both the teams as a victory in either camp will take them to the No. 4 spot in the IPL 10 points table. It is a battle of two equals: both teams have won 2 matches playing 6 matches each. However, KXIP are ahead in net run rate, and are at No. 6 in the points table while GL are currently at the bottom of the table. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 26 at Rajkot Known to be a paradise for spinners, the Rajkot ground is sure to give and edge to hosts GL. Local boy Ravindra Jadeja is a part of the team. Jadeja’s record at Rajkot has been fantastic, and his all-round skills will definitely come in handy. Another name is Andrew Tye, who impressed one and all with his 5-wicket-haul on IPL debut and might expect a place for the Saturday fixture. GL also have two other options in the spin departments, in Shadab Jakati and Shivil Kaushik. While Jakati has bowled decently despite limited opportunities, Kaushik has disappointed with his game. As for the pace attack, the experienced Praveen Kumar and James Faulkner are almost sure to make it to the starting XI, while Basil Thampi has been impressive with his ability to bowl yorkers with ease. Raina may give Nathu Singh a try ahead of Dhawal Kulkarni. KXIP have been over-dependent upon their pacers as far as bowling is concerned. They have only one specialist quality spinner in Akshar Patel. Swapnil Singh’s performance has lacked consistency but he is expected to make it to the team for Saturday based on playing conditions; if need be, Maxwell will have to bowl the occasional over. The pace attack consists of Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma, while they have a third option between Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron, with Marcus Stoinis chipping in if needed. KC Cariappa may find a spot ahead of Gurkeerat Mann. IPL 2017: KXIP need to play as a team, says J Arun Kumar The GL camp is full of quality hard-hitters. Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum and Raina have been at their usual best. Dinesh Karthik is in very good form. With Jadeja and Faulkner down the order for slog-hitting, the batting looks sorted. KXIP have a lot of quality overseas batsmen. Unfortunately, they cannot accommodate all of them, as a result of which the batting looks weak. Hashim Amla has seldom disappointed at the top, while Maxwell will take charge of the middle-order. Names like Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha, Stoinis and Akshar will have to be consistent with the bat. IPL 2017: GL had no choice but to win vs KKR, says Sitanshu Kotak Likely XIs: Gujarat Lions (GL): Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Andrew Tye. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Swapnil Singh, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan. The story so far: both teams have played 6 matches each and have won 2 of them. KXIP are ahead of GL due to net run rate. Advantage: Home ground, a spinner-rich squad, a spin-friendly track — all speak in favour of GL. They are also coming off a victory against KKR. KXIP will really have to stretch themselves in order to win. Squads: Gujarat Lions (GL): Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Shadab Jakati, Jason Roy, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, James Faulkner, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Glenn Maxwell (c), Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Akshar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, T Natarajan, Swapnil Singh, Darren Sammy, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma, Martin Guptill, Anureet Singh, Varun Aaron, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Matt Henry, Nikhil Naik, Rahul Tewatia, KC Cariappa, Pardeep Sahu, Rinku Singh, Armaan Jaffer. TIME: 16:00 IST | 10:30 GMT


Watch AB de Villiers Jr. play cricket with his dad

AB de Villiers, one of the best players in the world, is currently in India representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. By the look of things, de Villiers’ son Abraham too seems to be following his father’s footsteps. He is seen playing cricket with his father and also watching Virat Kohli bat in the nets from a distance. De Villiers also tries to teach his son say “Go RCB”. This video, which was published on April 14 has already crossed 1 million views. After missing out on a few games initially, de Villiers returned to the IPL, smashing a 46-ball 89 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But he ended up on the losing side in that match. READ: IPL 2017: AB de ViIlliers, Tymal Mills expected to return to RCB line-up against KKR De Villiers in his three matches has struck 137 runs at 68.50 and a strike rate of 141.23. Just a few hours before the match against Gujarat Lions (GL) at Rajkot, de Villiers once again pulled out due to injury. But Chris Gayle took de Villiers’ place in the side and scored a match-winning 77 off 38, which ensured RCB set GL a target of 214. GL fell 21 runs short and RCB registered their second win of the tournament. READ: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla among list of marquee players for South Africa T20 Global Destination LeagueRCB are now in the sixth position with 4 points from six matches. RCB will play Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. RCB finished runners-up last year to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) last year. Incidentally, they ended up second best against another Hyderabad franchise Deccan Chargers (DC) in 2009, when IPL matches were shifted to South Africa.
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