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India look to seal ODI series after winning tests and T2OIs, face England in Pune

India will be forced to make a change due to Shreyas Iyer’s injury and might look to change the spin option around too after yet another insipid performance from Kuldeep Yadav

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After a convincing victory over England in the first match of the series, India will be looking to seal an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the ongoing 3-match One Day International series against England in the 2nd ODI at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Friday.

India will be forced to make a change due to Shreyas Iyer’s injury and might look to change the spin option around too after yet another insipid performance from Kuldeep Yadav. Suryakumar Yadav is likely to get a chance to showcase his 360 degree hitting skills.

Shreyas Iyer’s dislocated shoulder has once again brought Yadav in focus and his ODI debut, after a blockbuster T20 first debut. Iyer has become one of the most prolific 50-over batsman in the last one year.

Kohli has neither Ravindra Jadeja nor Axar Patel for three months, however Krunal Pandya in the ODIs, have let the team miss their maverick from Rajkot. Prasidh Krishna looked completely sensational at home on his ODI debut, hurrying batsmen for pace in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

The form of Shikhar Dhawan with a match-winning 98 runs was the biggest positive from opening game against England. He was under pressure after being benched for a large part of the T20 series. Rohit Sharma had sustained a blow to his elbow during the first match but is expected to be fit in time for the second game.

In case India want to give Rohit break, then Shubman Gill will be the option to open the inning with Dhawan and Rishabh Pant would play purely as a batsman. Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav leaked 68 runs in nine overs and could be replaced by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

The pace trio of experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishana and the ever-improving Shardul Thakur took nine of the 10 wickets and would be keen to rock the England batting line-up again. Shardul has been continuously playing and it won’t be a bad option to try out T Natarajan or Mohammed Siraj for a bit of variation.

England, who has already lost the Test and T20I series, has several injury concerns like India and it remains to be seen how they bounce back in the crucial clash. England have a lot to ponder on and injuries to skipper Eoin Morgan and batsman Sam Billings during fielding in the first game. Both appear doubtful for the second game.

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Johny Bairstow’s knock of 94 with his opening partner Jason Roy was fabulous. They two would be looking to another fine show. However, England’s middle order like all-rounder Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali hasn’t performed to its potential with the bat. England’s key spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were wicket-less in the opening game. they were failed trouble Indian batsman while pace spearhead Mark Wood troubled the batters with his speed.

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IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler reveals he would love to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic

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Ahead of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) match at Mullanpur on Saturday, teammates Jos Buttler and Trent Boult discussed some of their favorite TV series, actors they would like to play their characters in a biopic, and some cricketing and Indian Premier League (IPL) favorites.

At Mullanpur on Saturday, RR and PBKS will square off. With four wins, one loss, and a winning run snapped by Gujarat Titans (GT), RR is leading at the pointstable. With 2 wins and 3 losses, PBKS is placed at the 8th position on the points table. They lost their last match to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

During an entertaining pre-game Q&A session, Buttler revealed the name of the Bollywood actor he would want to see play his character in a biopic. He said he want to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic.

When the Kiwi bowler was asked by the English wicketkeeper-batter what he had most recently looked up on his phone, Boult responded with a funny response, Trent Boult dismissing Jos Buttler.  

In response to a question concerning his most bizarre fan encounter, Boult said that Indian supporters go bonkers over their favorite players.

It is just selfies, waves and blowing kisses, which is weird, he said.

During the session, when questioned about one television program he could binge-watch forever, Buttler said Friends, a famous American sitcom from the 1990s that starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, the late Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, would be his choice.

Trent Boult also revealed that his favorite Indian player is right-hander KL Rahul, who is presently playing for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in theIPL. When questioned who player had the finest cover drive, Buttler took Virat Kohli’s name.

Boult was also asked during the session that what he what he would be if he was not a cricketer to which he responded, if he weren’t a cricketer, he would work as a postman.

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Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant becomes third-youngest player to reach 3000-run mark in IPL

Rishabh Pant-led team moved at 9th position after registering their win over LSG.

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The Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant reached an incredible milestone on Friday as he became the third-youngest player to reach 3,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In his team’s second win of the year over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), the left-hander smashed an incredible 41 runs off of 24 balls. The 2020 runners-up also moved up from the bottom of the rankings to the ninth slot with this win.

With the final delivery of the 12th over, Pant reached the milestone when he hit Marcus Stoinis for a four. He showcased an impressive range of shots, such as his leg play and scoops over third man. After Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, the skipper of DC was the third-youngest player to surpass 30,000 runs.

Surprisingly, among the 25 batters who have scored more than 3,000 runs, he has the third-highest strike rate (148.4), just behind AB De Villiers (151.68) and Chris Gayle (148.96).

After Kuldeep Yadav returned, the DC bowlers did a fantastic job of destroying the LSG batting lineup at 94/7 with three wickets taken. But teenager Ayush Badoni’s bravery, who scored 55 off 35 deliveries, helped the Super Giants put up a respectable 167/7 total on the board.

The DC batters took over at that point and led this run-chase without any problem. In the seventh over, having lost both of their openers at 63 runs, debutant Jake Fraser-McGurk teamed up with Rishabh Pant to register his first-ever IPL half-century. Fraser-McGurk hit 4 fours and 5 sixes in his 55 runs for 35 balls. Meanwhile, KL Rahul stumped Rishabh Pant off a delivery from Ravi Bishnoi as he was very close to his half-century at 41.

However, the duo had contributed to making sure DC would easily meet the target; they also became the first team to beat Lucknow this year by successfully chasing a total of more than 160 runs.

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Gujarat Titans share glimpse of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, video goes viral

Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan. Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets

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The Gujarat Titans team’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations took place with a grand Dawat on Thursday.  The former IPL champions will face Delhi Capitals on April 17. During the ongoing break, Gujarat Titans took their official Instagram handle has shared a video of the team’s Eid celebrations. The video shows GT skipper Shubman Gill going towards the food buffet. Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan.

Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets. The video was captioned and that’s how our titans celebrated Eid. The Gujarat Titans Eid celebrations doubled after the team won the match against Rajasthan Royals.

The Gujarat Titans were playing at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium on April 10 and were up against an undefeated Rajasthan Royals team. The previous season’s finalists bowled first and found the early wickets of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. But Sanju Samson forged an important partnership with Riyan Parag and the two of them took their team to a respectable total of 196.

Rashid Khan bowled a disciplined line and length and was very economical as he only gave 18 runs and also took 1 wicket during his spell of 4 overs. Shubman Gill led the chase for Gujarat Titans scoring 72 runs in 44 deliveries. Gill took up the role as skipper after Hardik Pandya returned to his old franchise Mumbai Indians.

Gill’s journey as Gujarat Titans captain started well as GT beat MI in their tournament opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium. At the present moment GT has played a total of six games with three wins and as many defeats. They will be eyeing their fourth victory against a Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals team in their next match. As for Pandya’s switch to the Mumbai Indians, the former Gujarat Titans captain is slowly taking control of his team.

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