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PM visits Gujarat, post grand electoral triumph        CBI summons ex-Kolkata police chief, asks him to appear before it on Monday        Irani''s aide shot dead in Amethi; FIR lodged against 5 persons        Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98        Trump downplays North Korea launches on Japan visit        Imran Khan speaks to PM Modi, expresses desire to work together: FO        Fifth-seeded Kerber stunned in French Open opening round        No need to press panic button yet, says Tendulkar after India''s loss to NZ in warm-up game        World Cup Munich: Chandela clinches gold in 10m air rifle        Twenty-four killed in Afghanistan floods        New Zealand beat India by six wickets in warm-up match        President appoints Modi as Prime Minister        Modi asks NDA MPs to work without discrimination, reach out to minorities        Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation        Cong-JDS cabinet reposes faith in Kumaramaswamy after dismal show in LS polls        Surat: 19 students die as fire engulfs commercial complex        Britain''s Brexit-beaten Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7        Two more Indian mountaineers die on Mount Everest, toll of Indians rises to 8        Nadal, Federer set up potential semifinal at Roland Garros        India, New Zealand seek tune-up in warm-up clash        
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Sports News
Pant fires Delhi Capitals to six-wicket win over Rajasthan, go top of table
 
Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals did not know what to bowl, where to bowl at Rishabh Pant, whose blistering 78 gave Delhi Capitals a six-wicket win and pole position in the IPL, here Monday. While striking six fours and four sixes during his 36-ball furious gallop, Pant showed why his World Cup exclusion became a subject of intense debate. Shikhar Dhawan got Delhi Capitals off to a rollicking start with a barrage of fours and sixes, adding 72 runs for the opening wicket with Prithvi Shaw in only 7.3 overs. But it was Pant, who played the most influential role in DC''s win, finishing it off with a six. After a quiet first over, Dhawan cut loose and hammered Dhawal Kulkarni for a six over deep square and leg and a four.

Having removed Kulkarni from the attack, Dhawan went down on his knee and whacked Shreyas Gopal over fine-leg for another maximum, and then hit two successive fours. Kulkarni was brought back and the senior India opener responded with two more boundaries. Shaw had luck on his side as Ashton Turner dropped him on 10, and the young batsman capitalised on that by hitting a few boundaries. After pulling Gopal for a four, Dhawan was stumped while going down the wicket, and DC skipper Shreyas Iyer fell to a horrendous shot. But Shaw and Pant added runs in double quick time to help Delhi Capitals cross the line. While Shaw was contend to play second fiddle when Dhawan attacked, he opened up in the company of Pant, who found the fence regularly. It was a mature knock by Pant, who reached his half century in 26 balls.

Earlier, blending panache with power, Ajinkya Rahane roared back to form with a scintillating century and propelled Rajasthan Royals to 191 for six. Rahane remained not out on 105 off 63 balls, decorating his knock with three sixes and 11 fours, while Steve Smith contributed 50 off 32 deliveries. Asked to bat after Iyer called correctly at the toss, Rahane spearheaded Rajasthan Royals'' innings after getting a life on 16, the culprit being Ishant Sharma, who dropped a sitter at sort fine-leg. The drop hurt the visitors, but Delhi did well to prevent RR from going past 200. Entering the game with over 650 runs against Delhi in the league, Rahane chose his favourite opponents to find form, and when he walked back to the dressing room, he had over 750 to his name. To start with, Rahane drove Ishant through a crowded off-side field for a boundary, a shot that had his characteristic elegance written all over it.

Stripped of captaincy last week following a string of poor results, the 30-year-old went into attack mode and smashed Axar Patel for a six and a four at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, which had a dash of pink. Seeing the flight early, Rahane danced down the crowd to hoist''s Axar ball over him and into the sightscreen. Unfazed by the sight of pacer Kagiso Rabada steaming in, he smoked the South African''s short of a length delivery down the ground for another maximum. Rahane soon brought up his second IPL hundred, the first coming seven years ago. He raised his bat to acknowledge the applause from the crowd and his dugout that was as relieved as the batsman himself. Meanwhile, Smith, who replaced Rahane as captain hours before the start of their last match against Mumbai Indians, struck medium pacer Sherfane Rutherford for three consecutive boundaries to score his second successive half century of the season.

And even as Smith and Ben Stokes gout out in quick succession, Rahane was going strong, swiftly hitting Morris for a boundary over mid-off. At the other end, Ashton Turner fell for a third golden duck.


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New Zealand beat India by six wickets in warm-up match
Nadal, Federer set up potential semifinal at Roland Garros
India, New Zealand seek tune-up in warm-up clash
Federer, Nadal threaten Djokovic bid for historic Slam
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Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz named in Pakistan''s World Cup squad
Bravo, Pollard named in W Indies reserve players list for World Cup 2019
Kedar Jadhav declared fit for 2019 World Cup
Bayern roll 5-1 over Frankfurt to clinch their 7th successive Bundesliga title
Irfan Pathan becomes first Indian to enroll for Caribbean Premier League Players Draft
England captain Eoin Morgan suspended for one ODI over slow-over rate offence
Inter Milan renew contract with defender Skriniar until 2023
KERALA NEWS
Rahul elected from Wayanad LS seat
 Thiruvananthapuram: Congress president Rahul Gandhi was Thursday declared elected from the Wayanad L  
LS polls candidate attacked in Kerala
Two women abort their plan to enter Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala
Kerala CM meets CEOs of leading business firms in Switzerland
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98
 Bangkok: Thailand''s former prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda died at the age of 98 on Sunday, accord
Trump downplays North Korea launches on Japan visit
Imran Khan speaks to PM Modi, expresses desire to work together: FO
Twenty-four killed in Afghanistan floods
NATIONAL NEWS
CBI summons ex-Kolkata police chief, asks him to appear before it on Monday
 New Delhi: The CBI has summoned former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, asking him to appea
Irani''s aide shot dead in Amethi; FIR lodged against 5 persons
President appoints Modi as Prime Minister
Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation
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