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IND vs NZ 1st Test: Bowlers effort goes in vain after New Zealand manages to draw Kanpur Test

Team India bowlers efforts went in vain as New Zealand manages to draw the 1st Test match against India at Kanpur.

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IND vs NZ 1st Test

Team India bowlers efforts went in vain as New Zealand manages to draw the 1st Test match against India at Kanpur. India needed a wicket to win the 1st test match in the last 10 overs but the sheer patience from the newbie Rachin Ravindra (18) and Azaz Patel (2) kept Kiwis in the game and saved the match for New Zealand.

Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from India continued to bowl and trouble the opposition but the last batting pair of New Zealand manages to save the last wicket and didn’t lose the match. Jadeja took 4 wickets in the second innings while Ashwin also scalped three wickets.

For India, spinners and Shreyas dominated the match against New Zealand. The spin trio of Ashwin-Jadeja-Axar took 17 wickets out of 20 wickets. From pace attack only Umesh Yadav’s name was among wicket, taking 1 wicket each in both innings.

Young debutant Shreyas Iyer was in the limelight of this match, as he smashed a century in his debut match and again a match-saving half-century in his second innings of the 1st Test between India and New Zealand.

India 1st innings

After winning the toss Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian team decided to bat first in the Kanpur Test. With Shreyas Iyer’s maiden century and fifties from Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja, Men in Blue posted 345-10 on the scoreboard. Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson took 5 and 3 wickets, respectively.

New Zealand 1st innings

Responding to India’s 345, Kiwis started strong and added 151 for their 1st wicket, Tom Latham (95) and Will Young (89) led from the front. However, they didn’t manage to continue the momentum and were restricted to 296. Axar Patel and R Ashwin took 5 and 3 wickets, respectively. India got a lead of 49 runs in the first innings.

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India 2nd Innings

The Indian team were in trouble at once when they were struggling at 51-5, but Iyer and Saha helped India to reach 234-7, and Rahane declared the innings with a target of 284 for New Zealand. Southee and Jamieson again took 3 wickets each.

NZ 2nd innings

Chasing the target of 284, Kane Williamson-led team started well and were looking strong at 115-2, but Jadeja and Ashwin changed the course of the match and restricted NZ at 155-9. Both bowlers of NZ Rachin Ravindra and Azaz Patel saved the match for their team by standing till the last over of the innings. Ashwin and Jadeja once again 3 and 4 wickets, respectively.

Shreyas Iyer was named player of the match for his stand-out performance in his first test match.

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IPL 2024: Lucknow Super Giants beat Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets

KL Rahul who had not converted his starts into big innings during the tournament finally lived up to the expectations as he smashed nine 4s and three 6s in 53 balls. Quinton De Kock overcame a scratchy start to hit 5 fours and a six in his 43-ball innings.

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Lucknow Super Giants beat Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets at the Ekana Sports Stadium on Friday in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul led from the front as he played a match winning innings of 82 runs and was ably supported by his partner Quinton De Kock, who added 54 runs before Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran put the finishing touches on the game with their unbeaten 23 and 8 runs as LSG chased down the target of 177 with 1 over to spare.

Ravindra Jadeja hit a steady half century (57*) and a late cameo from MS Dhoni (28* off 9) took Chennai Super Kings to 176/6 in 20 overs against Lucknow Super Giants on Friday. Earlier Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul decided to bowl first against Chennai Super Kings.

CSK who came into the match with 2 victories slumped to their third loss in this season of IPL. KL Rahul who had not converted his starts into big innings during the tournament finally lived up to the expectations as he smashed nine 4s and three 6s in 53 balls. Quinton De Kock overcame a scratchy start to hit 5 fours and a six in his 43-ball innings.

The LSG captain looked in fine touch as he played some magnificent strokes all round the park to give his team a solid start. The captain was harsh on Deepak Chahar as he hit the pace bowler for a 6, before slapping him for another maximum over cover. He also hit the pacer for a four off a slower ball. Rahul also produced a punch off the backfoot for a 4 off pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman as runs came easily. De Kock too smashed Tushar Deshpande for a 6 over deep midwicket as the powerplay yielded 54 runs without the loss of any wicket.

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Happy Birthday KL Rahul: Suniel Shetty wishes son-in-law KL Rahul on his 32nd birthday

On the special occasion, his father-in-law and actor Suniel Shetty dropped a sweet birthday wish for KL Rahul. Suniel Shetty shared a photo wherein he, along with his son Ahan Shetty and son-in-law KL Rahul, can be seen lounging on a sofa.

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Suniel Shetty’s son-in-law and Indian cricketer KL Rahul celebrates his 32nd birthday on Thursday. On this special occasion the Bollywood actor took to his Instagram handle to wish the Lucknow Super Giants skipper on his special day. Suniel Shetty shared a picture with KL Rahul and his son Ahaan on Instagram.

In the picture, the veteran actor is seen relaxing on the couch with his son Ahaan and KL Rahul. Suniel Shetty captioned the picture they say its not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters. He said he felt blessed to have KL Rahul in his life. He said this is a connection which he could not explain.

Suniel Shetty’s daughter Athiya Shetty reacted to the post and wrote favourite men. KL Rahul replied with a black heart emoji to the post. Many Indian cricketers, social media user and fans also wished KL Rahul on his birthday.

One X user Muffadlal Vohra wrote that whichever position the Indian team asked KL Rahul to bat, he was always there to answer the call whether it is opening the batting, or batting in the middle order or the role of a finisher he was ready to do it. He said KL Rahul is truly one of the most versatile batsmen of this era and wished him Happy Birthday.

Another X user Naeem shared a video of KL Rahul and wished him Happy Birthday.

Cricketer Kuldeep Yadav shared a picture with KL Rahul and wrote Happy Birthday KL Rahul bhai.

One X user Tanuj singh shared a video of the star cricketer and recounted his hundreds in different countries.

Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal shared a picture with KL Rahul and wrote Happy Birthday my brother KL Rahul. Hope you have a good one. One X user Leisha wished the star cricketer Happy birthday.

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KKR captain Shreyas Iyer fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over rate in match against RR

KKR lost to Royals by two wickets on Tuesday at Eden Gardens.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were found guilty of violating an IPL Code of Conduct while playing the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday, following their defeat in their second match at the Eden Gardens. The Knight Riders not only dropped their opening game of the IPL 2024 season, but their captain also received a fine.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during an IPL match at Eden Gardens against the Rajasthan Royals.

According to the official notification, Iyer has been charged with a huge fine of Rs 12 lakhs as it was his team’ first of the season offense under IPL’s Code of Conduct and involved a minimum over-rate penalty.

In a release from the IPL, it is said, Shreyas Iyer, the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens on April 17.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time in this season when a team has maintained a slow over-rate. Earlier, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Rant was also fined twice for maintaining a slow over-rate. If his team commits this again, the he along with his will be banned for one match, as per IPL’s Code of Conduct.

In a T20I loss to the Royals on Tuesday, Sunil Narine scored his first century for the Knight Riders. Up till the 18th over, Narine (109 off 56) batted, first partnership with Angkrish Raghuvanshi (30) for 85 runs and then with Andre Russell (13), for 51 runs. For KKR, it was a one-man show. Jos Buttler blasted his way to an unbeaten 60-ball 107 as the visitors completed the chase on the game’s last ball. In response, RR were briefly in major trouble.

While KKR lost their second match in six games, it was the Royals’ sixth win in seven games.

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