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Rahul liar of first order; should apologise to country: BJP on Cong chief''s affidavit in SC        Nation-wide emergency from midnight in Sri Lanka        Pant fires Delhi Capitals to six-wicket win over Rajasthan, go top of table        Shiv Sena asks govt to take over Jet Airways        Congress releases list of six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats        SP-BSP-RLD, an alliance of hearts rather than parties: Akhilesh        CM Nath regime intimidating officials: Shivraj Singh Chouhan        Bairstow and Warner lead Sunrisers to 9-wicket victory        Dhoni''s 84* goes in vain as RCB win 1-run thriller against CSK        Sri Lanka serial blasts : Seven arrested over multiple blasts        Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Iran        Serial blasts rip through Lanka on Easter Sunday: 228 dead, 450 injured        US confirms deaths of several Americans in Sri Lanka blasts        Pakistan deplores India''s decision to suspend cross-LoC trade        Multiple blasts likely to have "adverse impact" on Lankan tourism: tour operators        Kerala CM condemns terrorist attack in Sri Lanka        French Police detain over 120 people amid Yellow Vest rallies in Paris        Gunmen kill 2 in north Nigeria        Amit Shah: K Surendran represents believers all over world        Asking vote for those who insulted Ambedkar is stooping to new low: Yogi to Mayawati        
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Sports News
Gayle''s fifty hands Kings XI 14-run win over Rajasthan as Ashwin sparks controversy in IPL
 
Jaipur: Chris Gayle hit a belligerent half-century as Kings XI Punjab registered a convincing 14-run win over Rajasthan Royals in a controversial Indian Premier League match here Monday. Opening the innings, Gayle started in an uncharacteristic fashion but grew in confidence as the innings progressed and helped Kings XI post a challenging 184 for four after being sent into bat. Gayle scored 79 off 47 balls and hit eight boundaries and four sixes in the process. Besides Gayle, young Sarfaraz Khan (46 not out off 29 balls) also played a good hand.

Chasing the stiff target, Jos Buttler (69) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27) got Rajasthan off to a brisk start, dealing in boundaries and sixes to pile up 64 runs in the first six overs of powerplay. Buttler, in particular, looked in a destructive mood as he didn''t spare a single Kings XI bowler and struck eight boundaries and two hits over the fence to notch up his fifty in just 29 balls. Buttler and Rahane shared 78 runs in eight overs for the opening stand before the Rajasthan skipper was cleaned up by his Kings XI counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin.

Buttler was going strong in the company of Sanju Samson (30) as they duo batted sensibly to keep Rajasthan in the hunt. But just when it seemed Kings XI were running out of ideas, skipper Ashwin did the unthinkable as Buttler became the first victim of ''Mankading'' in the history of IPL. A desperate Ashwin mankaded Buttler in controversial circumstances in the 13th over with Rajasthan scoreboard reading 108 for two. At that stage Buttler was going strong at 69 off 43 balls. The dismissal is sure to raise fresh debate over the spirit of the game as Ashwin didn''t give the Englishman a prior warning.

As expected Buttler seemed furious and had a heated exchange with Ashwin before leaving the field after the third umpire ruled him out. That dismissal completely changed the complexion of the match in favour of Kings XI as Steve Smith (20), Samson, Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathy departed in quick succession in search of quick runs. From there on, it proved to be an uphill task for Rajasthan as they needed 27 off the last two overs with six wickets down. Earlier, Rajasthan''s decision to bowl first on a two-paced wicket was bang on target as K L Rahul lasted just four balls before edging an outgoing Dhawal Kulkarni delivery to wicketkeeper Buttler, who took a brilliant one-handed catch.

Gayle and Mayank Agarwal (22) then struggled to hit big shots against Kings XI''s disciplined bowling as they garnered just 32 runs in the powerplay overs. The dou finally broke their shackles, hitting Jaydev Unadkat for a four and six to yield 13 runs of the bowler''s opening over. Gayle then opened up his arms again and hit Krishnappa Gowtham for a maximum in the first ball of the ninth over. But Gowtham broke the 54-run stand between Gayle and Agarwal after the latter was holed out a long-off by Kulkarni. Brought back into the attack in the 12th over, Unadkat was taken to the cleaners by Gayle as he hit the left-arm pacer for three consecutive fours and then a straight six over the bowler''s head to bring up his fifty in 33 balls.

Unadkat''s second over, that produced 17 runs, opened the floodgates for Kings XI as Sarfaraz too joined the party and together with Gayle punished the bad deliveries. After playing cautiously initially, Gayle went on a rampage, stood on his crease and clobbered Stokes (2/48) for two boundaries and six before being holed out at midwicket fence by Tripathi in the fifth ball of the same over. Gayle and Sarfaraz added 84 runs for the third wicket and in the process gave Kings XI the much-needed momentum. After Gayle''s dismissal, Sarfaraz took the onus on himself and took Kings XI past the 180-run mark.


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KERALA NEWS
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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 Colombo: The Sri Lankan government said on Sunday that seven people had been arrested over the multi
Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Iran
US confirms deaths of several Americans in Sri Lanka blasts
French Police detain over 120 people amid Yellow Vest rallies in Paris
NATIONAL NEWS
Rahul liar of first order; should apologise to country: BJP on Cong chief''s affidavit in SC
 New Delhi: The BJP demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi on Monday after the Congress president expr
Shiv Sena asks govt to take over Jet Airways
Congress releases list of six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats
SP-BSP-RLD, an alliance of hearts rather than parties: Akhilesh
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