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IPL 2024: CSK vs KKR overall head-to-head; When and where to watch

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Chennai, April 8 (IANS) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are gearing up to face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 22nd game of the IPL 2024 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, here on Monday.

The hosts will look to bounce back after two consecutive losses away from home. Whereas, KKR have won all three of their previous games convincingly.

Match details:

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Date & Time: Monday 8, 7:30 PM (IST)

Live Broadcast and Streaming details: Star Sports Channels, Jio Cinema App and Website

CSK vs KKR Head-to-Head record:

Matches played: 29

Chennai Super Kings won: 18

Kolkata Knight Riders won: 10

No result: 1

Probable Playing XIs;

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Rachin Ravindra, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (w), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana

Kolkata Knight Riders: Philip Salt (w), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rinku Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy

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T20 World Cup: Paine urges Marsh & team to ‘manipulate Scotland’ match to eliminate England

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine has urged Mitchell Marsh and the Australian team to manipulate their final group game against Scotland to eliminate defending champions England from the ongoing T20 World Cup. With Australia already securing their spot in the Super Eights, Paine believes the team should focus on keeping Scotland’s Net Run Rate (NRR) high enough to prevent England from advancing.

Paine expressed his views on SEN Radio, stating, “Absolutely they should [manipulate the result], and I’m not even joking. I’ve spoken to people about this in the last few days. I’m dead serious.”

He emphasized that Australia doesn’t need to lose the game but should aim to keep the match close enough to maintain Scotland’s favourable NRR.

Currently, England are in a precarious position, sitting fourth in Group B with only one point and an NRR of -1.800. They have two remaining games and need not only to win both by large margins but also to hope for a significant loss for Scotland against Australia to have any chance of advancing. In contrast, Scotland have five points with a healthy NRR of +2.164.

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Paine suggests a scenario where Australia, while still winning, can manipulate the outcome to favour Scotland.

“Say Scotland batted first and got to 140, and we chased it off 19.5 overs to make sure they don’t suffer a big net run rate loss,” Paine proposed. This approach would make it difficult for England to surpass Scotland’s NRR even with large-margin victories in their remaining matches.

The former wicketkeeper-batsman sees this tactic as a “smart, calculated” move that could benefit Australia later in the competition. “You got to go into these tournaments trying to win a World Cup. Who could certainly pose a threat in the latter rounds? That is England,” he explained. Paine stressed that eliminating a strong team like England early would ease Australia’s path to the knockout stages.

Despite England’s rough start, Paine acknowledges their potential to turn things around. “There’s no doubt they are still one of the best teams in the world,” he said, noting that England could still pose a significant threat if they advance. Thus, strategically ensuring England’s early exit could be a decisive advantage for Australia.

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Paine concluded by reiterating the importance of strategic play in tournament settings. “You’re manipulating the net run rates a little bit… you can say whatever you want to say, but to me, it is smart, calculated, tournament play.” He emphasized that Australia’s primary goal is to win the World Cup, and avoiding a formidable opponent like England in the semifinals could be crucial to achieving that aim.

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Shooting: Gagan Narang credits systematic selection trials as India fields strong contingent for Paris Olympics

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Gagan Narang, who won a bronze medal in shooting in the 2010 London Olympics, on Wednesday praised the national shooting federation for completing a successful selection trials process, allowing India to field a strong 15-member contingent for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The former Indian athlete expressed his delight over the rise of the country’s overall performance in the sport over the past few years and credited the same for the development of shooting infrastructure and support from the government.

“We saw an incredible show of talent and grit in the recently held shooting trials for Paris 2024. There were some very good performances. The trials were also held in a very systematic way, using the marking system, providing equal opportunity for the participants to showcase their true potential. The close competition shows how much the sport has grown in the country over the past decade, with more emerging talent from across the country,” said Narang.

He credited the steady growth of the sport to the development of infrastructure pan-India and a well-equipped coaching staff with in-depth knowledge of international standards.

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“The Indian shooters have made a mark across global competitions, particularly in this Olympic cycle. Just a few years ago, the shooting scenario was dominated by other nations. But now Indian shooters are finishing in the top ranking across all major events, which is the biggest sign of our growth in the sport. This stark improvement is a result of government investing in infrastructure that is on par with international standards, and leading a scientific approach and methodology adopted by Khelo India Scheme at the grassroots stage,” said Narang.

The Padma Shri awardee who is also a member of the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC), Narang appreciated the effort made by the MOC and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) department to provide support on vital areas like equipment and ammunition, foreign exposure, support staff/sports science staff which plays a very important role in the high performance of the athletes.

Narang’s Gun For Glory, with 11 centres established across seven states, has also played a significant role in aiding aspiring shooters with systematic training and scientific approach with dedicated physios and mental trainers apart from the highly experienced coaching staff on the ground.

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The shooters from here have dominated in the air rifle event with six out of the 10 participants at the recent Olympic Trials from the Gun For Glory Shooting Academy. There were a total of four in the women’s category and two in the men’s category.

Elavenil Valarivan and Ramita named in the contingent for the Paris Olympics 2024 are from GNSPF. The two shooters will compete in the 10m Women’s Air Rifle event along with the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event, continuing the academy’s legacy of producing some of the best rifle shooters in the country.

With only two Olympic quotas available per event, it was a tough road for both Ramita and Elavenil. The top five shooters across each event competed in the four Olympic Selection Trials that were held at Delhi and Bhopal last month. Elavenil, with a score of 254.3 (633.0), and Ramita, with a score of 253.3 (636.4), consolidated their position by finishing first and second, respectively, at the shooting trials that concluded at the Madhya Pradesh Academy in May.

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“In our endeavour towards the development of the sport, I am happy that six out of 10 rifle shooters who participated at the trails were from Gun For Glory Shooting Academy. Each one of them showed great spirit and performed to their potential. I feel those who did not make the qualification should draw inspiration from their performances at the trials and strive to achieve good results going forward.”

Now that the shooting contingent is finally announced, Narang rallied behind the participants who will be going through final preparations ahead of their departure for the much-anticipated Paris Olympics where shooting will be among the medal-winning disciplines for India.

“These are exciting times for the sport. I am delighted to see a strong contingent selected by the federation and without putting any pressure on our shooters, I am confident they will put up a good show and add to the overall medal tally for India at the Olympics. My best wishes to the entire shooting contingent,” Narang signed off.

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T20 World Cup: I've got a bit of a soft spot for Bumrah, says USA's Corey Anderson

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) The USA all-rounder Corey Anderson revealed his respect for Indian pace ace Jasprit Bumrah ahead of an anticipated clash between two sides in the ICC T20 World Cup at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. Anderson’s fondness for Bumrah stems from their shared history in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where both played for the Mumbai Indians (MI).

Reflecting on those days, Anderson recalled how Bumrah, then a raw and promising talent, has now ascended to become one of the world’s premier bowlers.

“I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Bumrah,” Anderson told Star Sports. “I think I was at Mumbai when he was first introduced to MI, and watching him develop from this raw natural talent to one of the best bowlers in the world has been amazing. It’s cool to see that progress throughout because you see the things they talk about early in their careers, and how they gain experience. To watch him reach his potential is awesome.”

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Despite the USA entering the tournament as clear underdogs, they have captured the hearts of cricket fans with their remarkable performances, securing victories against Canada and Pakistan in Group A.

The win against Pakistan, in particular, was a nail-biting super-over thriller, with Indian-origin players like pacer Saurabh Netravalkar delivering match-winning performances. This success has only added to the anticipation surrounding their match against India.

Anderson, who has played extensively in the IPL alongside legends like Rohit Sharma and later Virat Kohli at RCB, is excited about the upcoming encounter with Bumrah. “We’re obviously going to come up against him, and he can do some serious damage. I think it’s going to be extremely exciting to face him as well,” Anderson added.

Bumrah has been in scintillating form, taking five wickets in two matches, and his presence is expected to be a significant challenge for the USA. Meanwhile, Anderson has yet to showcase his batting prowess in the tournament, but his experience and familiarity with Indian conditions could prove invaluable.

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Bengal Pro T20 League: Harbour Diamonds Women beat Siliguri Strikers by 8 wickets in opener

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Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) Harbour Diamonds Women’s team on Wednesday began its campaign in Bengal Pro T20 League on a winning note, defeating Siliguri Strikers Women by eight wickets in the opening match at the Jadavpur University campus grounds, Salt Lake, here. The women’s leg of the League began on Wednesday with Siliguri Striker and Harbour Diamonds locking horns in the opening match. It was a low-scoring match as Siliguri Strikers was only able to make 95/5 in 20 overs.

Chasing 96, Harbour Diamonds got home quite easily in the 17th over. They suffered two blows in the 6th and 16th over respectively. Sanshita Sumit Bishwas (31 in 37 balls) and Jhumia Khatun (33 in 31 balls) made sure it was an easy win for Harbour Diamonds.

Batting first, Siliguri Strikers got off to a slow start with opening batters crawling their way in the middle. It was skipper Priyanka Bala who played a knock of 23 in 13 balls and took her side to 95/5.

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Chandrima Ghosal also scored 24 runs in 22 balls but due to Siliguri Strikers starting very slow in a T20 match, the side wasn’t able to cross 100. Harbour Diamonds registered their first win in the opening match itself.

The men’s team of Harbour Diamonds also lost to Siliguri Strikers on Tuesday. Siliguri Strikers (men’s team) were bundled out for 141 inside 20 overs but the side didn’t lose hope and restricted Harbour Diamonds to 133/10 despite Badal Singh Balyan’s (37 off 22 balls) flourishing knock.

The Bengal Pro T20 League, which is managed by Arivaa Sports, is conceptualized on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL) involving eight franchise teams in both the men’s and women’s categories.

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Benjamin Sesko extends existing contract with Leipzig until 2029

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Leipzig (Germany), June 12 (IANS) Benjamin Sesko have extended his existing contract with RB Leipzig by a further year until 2029, the Budlesliga club announced on Wednesday.

The Slovenian international joined the German club in 2023 on a five-year contract. He became an absolute top performer during his first season for the Red Bulls, scoring 18 goals in 42 games across all competitions and providing two assists.

“We have a team with great potential and a balanced mix of young and experienced players. I’m really looking forward to taking the next steps with this team. We’ve already achieved a lot in my first season and often shown the amount of quality and outstanding football we can bring to the pitch. But there’s still a lot more to be done and that’s now our common goal,” said Sesko.

Sesko was being courted by two Premier League clubs — Arsenal and Chelsea — who were looking to add the young forward amongst their ranks. Sesko was always open for a move away from his current club but was not pushing for one either.

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“Benjamin Sesko came to RB Leipzig a year ago as a top talent and has developed outstandingly with us. Especially in the second half of the season, Benji showed how important he is for our game and how many qualities he brings as a complete striker. Eleven goals in the second half of the season, most recently seven games in a row: This ratio is outstanding and shows that he is already one of the best strikers in the Bundesliga – and he is only 21 years old,” said Rouven Schroder, team’s sporting director.

After developing at NK Krsko and NK Domzale in Slovenia, the tall attacker moved to FC Red Bull Salzburg in 2019, where he initially played on loan for FC Liefering in Austria’s second division.

Due to his strong performances, the Sesko made it into the Salzburg professional squad for the 2021/22 season (37 games, eleven goals, six assists). With Salzburg, Sesko was top scorer in the OFB Cup, the Austrian cup competition, with five goals before making the move to Germany.

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