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April 14, 2016

IPL: Pune set competitive target for Gujarat

Rajkot, April 14 Faf du Plesis led the way with a half-century as Rising Pune Supergiants posted 163/5 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) tie against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.Du Plesis scored 69 runs off 43 balls, studding his stay in the middle with five boundaries and four sixes. Former England star Kevin Pietersen gave him excellent support from the other end, scoring 37 runs off 31 deliveries. Pietersen smashed a couple of boundaries and a six as the duo found the…

Murray qualifies for quarter-finals of Monte Carlo Masters

Monte Carlo, April 14 British tennis star Andy Murray qualified on Thursday for the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters after a painstaking win against Frenchman Benoit Paire in the third round of the tennis tournament.The second ranked Murray won 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 against the world's 22nd ranked player in a match that lasted for more than two and a half hours, reports Efe. The Scot will now face, in the last eight, Milos Raonic of Canada, ranked 12th in the world, after the latter eliminated the Bosnian…

Gupill to replace injured Simmons in Mumbai Indians

Mumbai, April 14 Mumbai Indians' West Indian star Lendl Simmons was on Thursday ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL), after just a game for the reigning champions and will be replaced by New Zealander Martin Guptill.The opener has suffered a lower back injury, similar to the one which forced him to initially withdraw from the West Indies squad for the recent World Cup which concluded here two weeks ago. Simmons made a quick recovery and was called up for the semi-final following injury…

IPL: Pune win toss, elect to bat against Gujarat

Rajkot, April 14 (IANS) Rising Pune Supergiants won the toss and elected to bat first in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.Both teams are in their debut season in the IPL and registered impressive victories in their opening matches. Thursday's match will also see Pune captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina clash against each other for the first time. The duo were teammates in former IPL…

Achrekar sir made me realise fitness is key to success: Tendulkar

Mumbai, April 14 Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar was instrumental in making him realise the importance of fitness at the start of his career.“All I am trying to tell you here is my coach (Ramakant Achrekar) was instrumental in making me realise that fitness is going to be a key factor. But he made things enjoyable for me. I never once felt that why am I doing this," Tendulkar said in a programme where he was named the face of the IDBI Federal Life…
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