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"I am speechless," says Shreyas Iyer after Delhi lose their last seven wickets for 8 runs

Harshit Anand Updated: 2 April, 2019, 10:28 AM IST

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Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer was left speechless after his side suffered one of the worst collapses in the history of the cash-rich IPL. Delhi Capitals, who were cruising at 144/3 in the 17th over couldn't hunt down 167 runs and lost the game by 14 runs. Sam Curran claimed a hat-trick, which went a long way in Punjab's victory.

“I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came to run-a-ball and to lose from there, really disappointing. We didn’t play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments. They were really cool and calm in that situation. Our batsmen did not taking initiative to win the game,” he added.

Even against Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi couldn't quite finish off the game despite being in a good position and as a result, the match ended in a tie. If it was not for Kagiso Rabada's super over exploits, Delhi might well have lost that game as well.

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Watch: Sam Curran's bhangra with Preity Zinta is breaking the Internet

Harshit Anand Updated: 2 April, 2019, 10:20 AM IST

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Sam Curran, who made a name for himself against India in the five-match Test series last year at home, dazzled for Kings XI Punjab in yesterday's encounter against Delhi Capitals, which the hosts won by 14 runs. Sam Curran became the first Englishman to claim a hat-trick in the IPL and also it was the first instance when a player, who opened in the IPL went on to bag hat-trick in the same game.

After winning the match, he started doing bhangra with team's owner and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, which caught everyone's attention.

Here is the video of their dance:

Chasing 167 for victory, the Delhi Capitals looked to be cruising at 144/3 in the 17th over but then came a collapse, which resulted in home team's victory.

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Rahul isn't too bothered about his spot in the World Cup

Harshit Anand Updated: 1 April, 2019, 5:28 PM IST

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Punjab's opener, KL Rahul made a match-winning fifty for his IPL side against Mumbai after failing in the first two games of the cash-rich league. He had also performed well for India in the T20I series that preceded the five-match ODI series against Australia. However, he didn't get a lot of chances against Australia in the ODI series to prove his mettle in the 50-overs format.

But, Rahul isn't thinking too much about his spot in the World Cup. He was quoted by IANS as saying, “As players it is important that we try and perform well for our respective IPL franchises and team. It is also very important to stay in the present. If you do well, you are automatically in the race for selection.

But if you worry about the selection, then you put too much pressure on yourself. I am not somebody who is thinking too much about the World Cup spot. I just want to perform for KXIP and enjoy the IPL. T20 cricket is all about having fun,” he added.

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Kohli-led India retain ICC Test Championship mace

Harshit Anand Updated: 1 April, 2019, 5:16 PM IST

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Virat Kohli-led India have won the ICC Test championship mace for the third successive year. Team India won the purse of $ 1 million after they finished as the numero-uno for a cut-off date of April 1. The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand ended up at the second spot and won $ 500,000.

South Africa, who are ranked no.3 in ICC Test rankings earnt $200,000 for finishing third while the Tim Paine-led Australia got $100,000 for finishing fourth.

Virat Kohli was happy and proud of the feat and said, "Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings.

"We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format," Kohli added.

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Nipped in the Bud

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 1 April, 2019, 4:24 PM IST

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A potentially damaging situation was nipped in the bud by the Board of Control for Cricket in India after Rishabh Pant found himself in the eye of the storm once more.

The match between the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders should have been talked about for the fact that the match went into the super over. Instead the match quickly turned into a raging bush fire as social media sites lit up with a rather serious concern.

Caught on the stump microphone was the young wicketkeeper's voice claiming rather conveniently before the four producing ball was bowled that it would end up in a boundary. It immediately turned into a wildfire as the words were considered predictive enough to constitute some kind of illegal mischief not unlike spot or match fixing.

Even as the drama spread across to completely overshadow the match, the BCCI went into over drive as the broadcasters claimed that the circulating clip was an incomplete, edited piece when in fact Pant was merely warning his skipper Shreyas Iyer about the possible gaps in the field.

The stump microphone itself has been the subject of much debate and discussion over whether to leave it on or not and whether it should be broadcast in its entirety. Recent damaging issues were felt even by the skipper of a national team, Sarfaraz Nawaz of Pakistan, for comments considered racial and therefore, highly damaging to the image of the person and the sport.

Pant is not new to the stump microphone controversy although Tim Paine and Pant seemed to make up over the course of India's tour of Australia. Still this one had the greater danger of potentially turning the tournament on its head and bringing back nightmares of past IPL seasons that laid the dark seed of spot fixing.

With social media more rife and being used for dissemination as well as a platform for heavy debate, discussion and sometimes aspersions as was evident in the course of the mankading controversy involving the Kings XI Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin, which saw arguments and accusations flying back and forth even between the observers and commentators of the game, it is a highly dangerous, quick medium for spreading damage as well as dirt without objective and verifiable data.

With the BCCI stepping in with a clarification, it was obvious they did not want one more player getting caught in the center of an ambiguous, worrisome controversy.

This though will not end the controversy over the subject of the stump microphone.

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Fans roast Virat Kohli & Co after RCB’s third consecutive defeat

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 4:15 PM IST

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Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost three consecutive matches in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. The batting has failed to score heavily while bowlers have been hit to all parts of the ground by rival batsmen.

In the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the visitors were hammered in all departments of the game. Virat Kohli was hoping to be on the winning side this year but things haven't panned out as per his expectations.

The host scored a mammoth 231 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner completed their individual hundreds for their IPL franchise.

RCB never looked comfortable while chasing a target of 232 runs on a batting-friendly pitch in Hyderabad. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers failed to get going and the suffered its one of worst defeats in the IPL. They lost the match by 118 runs, which is the second worst defeat in terms of runs.

Fans were not impressed with the way RCB performed against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They blasted the entire team including Virat Kohli.

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 Koffee controversy comes back to haunt Rahul and Hardik, ombudsman issues notice for deposition

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 3:57 PM IST

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It seems trouble is not over for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their sexist comments on Koffee With Karan. The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice DK Jain has issued notices to them to appear for deposition.

Rahul and Pandya, who are currently part of their franchises in the ongoing Indian Premier League, were provisionally suspended by the COA for their remarks before the ban was lifted pending inquiry.

“I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition,” Justice Jain told PTI on Monday.

However, it will tough for them considering their hectic IPL schedule and the role they play for respective IPL teams. “Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back to back matches and a grueling travel schedule,” a BCCI official said.

The Ombudsman has made it clear that they need to appear for deposition if KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya want to resolve the issue.

“As per principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear,” Justice Jain said.

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Jofra Archer slams Chennai's conditions, compares it to Bangladesh

Harshit Anand Updated: 1 April, 2019, 3:52 PM IST

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Rajasthan Royals pacer, Jofra Archer bowled brilliantly against Chennai Super Kings. The tall Barbados pacer ended up with figures of 2/17, which also included a maiden over. He was unlucky not to get MS Dhoni's wicket as the ball hit the stumps but the bails didn't come off, much to everyone's surprise. At that time, the CSK skipper hadn't even opened his account. Despite that, his bowling was top-notch.

But Archer wasn't too happy even after an exceptional spell of fast bowling. “Honestly, these have been the worst conditions I have bowled in. It is very very hard and challenging with the amount of dew. The ball has been wet for 8-9 overs the seam is slimy and then the new hard ball went the distance. We played here yesterday and there was a lot more dew, but there is still a lot of dew getting onto the ball.

“It is very hard to bowl a yorker and to bowl full. I have experienced such conditions once in Bangladesh, but no, I haven’t trained for conditions like these,” said Archer at the end of the Chennai innings, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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Aaron Finch issues warning to opponents ahead of 2019 World Cup

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 3:16 PM IST

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Australian skipper, Aaron Finch has fired shots at critics