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Confident second string India look to seal T2OI series, Sri Lanka prays for special effort

Shikhar Dhawan-led India will aim to seal the T20 International series when they take on Sri Lanka in the second of the three-match series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.

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Shikhar Dhawan-led India is set to lock horns against Sri Lanka in the second T20 International of 3-match series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. India will come on the field to seal the T20I series like ODI series while the Sri Lanka would try to bounce back in the second game to defend the series.

Speculations were rounding on the web over the availability of Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav for the second T20I as they will be leaving for England to join the Test squad. However, the BCCI is yet to give any official information about their departure.

In the absence of Shaw and Yadav, Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s T20I debut would be an alternate plan for team India rather than an out-of-form Manish Pandey. The team management will want Sanju Samson to translate his phenomenal talent into consistent performances and it will be last chance to impress the selectors.

An average of 13.75 across eight games with sufficient opportunity to bat at the top-order, Samson has failed to impress the selectors at a time when Indian cricket’s talent cupboard is overflowing with riches. Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul as wicketkeeping options in white-ball cricket has slightly performed better than Samson, though it is high time for Kerala man to justify the show of faith by the Indian cricket system.

The form of India’s only all rounder Hardik Pandya in terms of batting and bowling would be another worry for team India. His bowling has been steady but he is nowhere near what he used to be as a skiddy pacer before his back surgery.

The Indian spin attack put up a fantastic show in the first T20I where Yuzvendra Chahal was well-supported the mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy who picked one wicket on his international debut. In fact, with more than 20 players supposed to be selected for the T20 World Cup in the UAE, both Chakravarthy and Chahal could be in the squad.

For Sri Lanka, the T20 series is a tougher test than the ODIs as the team has been witnessed lack of consistency in their batting order. The team is still struggling to find a face who can take the game away with consistent big hits.

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Charith Asalanka did try to put pressure on India during his knock of 44 but the inexperience of Dasun Shanaka’s team during the crucial phases of the game was exposed as they lost six wickets for 15 runs on Monday.

In other India News, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has announced that the Covid vaccine for children will be in India from next month

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IPL 2024: Shah Rukh Khan wins hearts as he cleans up the sitting area at Eden Gardens, video goes viral

A video circulating on social media shows Shah Rukh Khan picking up discarded KKR flags off seats and the floor of the VIP section. He picks up a few of them and hands it to his bodyguard.

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Shah Rukh Khan always takes the limelight whenever he attends an Indian Premiere League (IPL) match. The Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders owner was at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium to cheer for his team. But a sweet post-match gesture by him is now being shared online.

A video circulating on social media shows Shah Rukh Khan picking up discarded KKR flags off seats and the floor of the VIP section. He picks up a few of them and hands it to his bodyguard. Fans can be heard screaming his name, asking him to wave at them. After cleaning up the area, Shah Rukh Khan turns around and gives his fans a flying kiss.

Also after the match, Shah Rukh Khan met a few players and fans on the cricket field. He wore a purple KKR T-shirt and black pants. He also tied his hair in a messy manner. The video has gone viral on social media with 104900 views, 190 retweets and 1100 likes till now which are only increasing. One X user Kalpana Bansal wrote niji Zindagi mein aise hi hai SRK King Khan down to earth and shy.

Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan and younger son AbRam were also seen at the match. Suhana’s BFF Ananya Panday also accompanied the Khans. Both the young actors shared photos and videos from the match on social media. Suhana Khan took to her Instagram handle, and shared her joy and posted multiple happy images from the stands.

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The photo album starts with a couple of pretty images of her followed by a video in which she lost her breath thinking a wicket dropped on the ground. She also shared a photo with Dream Girl 2 actress Ananya Panday who joined the Khans to support the team. Sharing the photo album, she wrote, winning at home.

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Jasprit Bumrah meets MS Dhoni in CSK dressing room, says felt good to catch up

Following the MI vs CSK match, Jasprit Bumrah walked into the CSK dressing room and posed for a photo with the MS Dhoni

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Following Sunday’s IPL 2024 encounter between Mumbai and Chennai at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was delighted to meet MS Dhoni. Bumrah, who recently defeated RCB by taking five wickets, expressed his happiness by uploading a photo of himself with the former CSK skipper.

Shortly after the match, Bumrah entered the CSK dressing room and engaged in conversation with the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Since then, the video, which IPL posted on X, has been making the rounds on the Internet.

Sharing the image, Bumrah wrote, met Mahi bhai after so long, felt good to catch up. In the image the two were seen wearing their team’s jerseys while posing for camera.

Soon after Bumrah shared the image, it quickly went viral. A user said, love for the mini-reunion. A second user said two legends in one frame. A third user said want to see playing together. Others also dropped hearts and fire emojis in the comments section.

After hitting 3 sixes and an undefeated 20 off only 4 balls against MI, Dhoni made headlines. The 42-year-old took Hardik Pandya to task after coming out to bat in the final over of CSK’s innings, smacking the bowler for three straight sixes.

In response to Dhoni’s blow, Chennai scored an incredible 206 for 4. Then, after Matheesha Pathirana claimed four wickets, CSK restricted MI to 186 for 6.

Dhoni is without a doubt one of the greatest cricket players of all time, and this is evident in the manner that both current and previous players describe him.

The bowling coach for CSK Eric Simons praised Dhoni after the game for his ability to get off to a fast start.

It was remarkable that he was able to hit the first ball so hard for six and keep going. Throughout the preseason and into the tournament, he has been hitting incredibly effectively in the nets. Simons described it as just another amazing MS Dhoni moment, he said.

Meanwhile, Dhoni became the first Indian player to knock three consecutive sixes in the opening three balls of an IPL innings in addition to reaching 5000 runs for CSK.

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IPL 2024: Matheesha Pathirana takes 4 wickets as Chennai Super Kings defeat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs

Pathirana took the wickets of Surya Kumar Yadav (0), Ishan Kishan (23), Tilak Varma (31) and Romario Shepherd (1) to take 4 wickets for 28 runs as Mumbai Indians failed to chase down 206/4 and could manage to score 186 for six.

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Sri Lankan pace bowler Matheesha Pathirana took four important wickets as Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs, despite a heroic unbeaten century by Rohit Sharma at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Pathirana took the wickets of Surya Kumar Yadav (0), Ishan Kishan (23), Tilak Varma (31) and Romario Shepherd (1) to take 4 wickets for 28 runs as Mumbai Indians failed to chase down 206/4 and could manage to score 186 for six.

Rohit Sharma batted through the innings for his unbeaten 105 runs off 63 balls reaching his 2nd IPL century. In the chase, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan gave the hosts perfect start to the innings adding 70 runs in first seven overs.

Sharma played shots all round the park off against Shardul Thakur and Tushar Deshpande. Pathirana picked up two important wickets in his first over, including that of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan as Chennai made a comeback in the match. Rohit Sharma kept Mumbai Indians in the game as he got some support from Tilak Varma who scored 31 off 20 deliveries. Once Varma fell, Mumbai kept losing wickets, while Rohit Sharma held his ground from the other end.

 Earlier, CSK top-order batsman Shivam Dube and Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad hit half-centuries to take their team to a respectable total of 206/4. Dube hit an unbeaten 66 off 38 balls, while Gaikwad hit a 40-ball 69, including five 6s, as the duo put together 90-run partnership after the Chennai Super Kings lost both their openers Ajinkya Rahul (5) and Rachin Ravindra (21) early in the innings.

With 77 runs required in the last six overs, Thakur bowled one his best over of the match and gave away just two runs. Mustafizur Rahman gave away a few runs and took the important wicket of Tim David.

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