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Protesting doctors turn down Mamata''s invite for talks, say CM has to apologise first        China supports suspension of Hong Kong''s controversial extradition bill after massive protests        Seven sustain burn injuries as bus catches fire in road accident        CM to raise Kerala''s objection in Niti Aayog meet over handing over Intl Airport to Adani group        Finch''s 153 sets up Australia''s 87-run win over Sri Lanka        Coutinho brace fires Brazil to 3-0 win over Bolivia in Copa America opener        India, SCO members unite to condemn terrorism in Bishkek Declaration        Agitating doctors decline Mamata''s invite for talks        Cyclone Vayu to recurve again; likely to hit Kutch next week        UK court sets Feb 2020 timetable for Assange US extradition trial        Trump blames Iran in tanker blasts, says sea lane not at risk        ENG Pacers, Root set up England''s overwhelming eight-wicket win over West Indies        Tendulkar sues Australian bat manufacturer for $2 mn in royalties        Lee Chong Wei, badminton's beloved nearly man        No pressure as only 1.5 billion people expecting India to win World Cup: Hardik        India ad spend likely to be Rs 697 billion in 2019: Report        No debate set for Hong Kong bill after protests        Trump says would take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent        Delhi court sends member of Pak-based terror outfit to 5-day NIA custody        Congress pays tributes to 13 people killed in AN-32 crash        
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Sports News
Tahir, Raina ensure easy win for Chennai Super Kings vs KKR
 
Kolkata: Imran Tahir spun a web before Suresh Raina found his mojo back with a half century as Chennai Super Kings inched closer towards another Play off qualification with a five-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match on Sunday. After Tahir''s career-best 4 for 27 restricted KKR to 161 for 8, CSK coasted to the target in 19.4 overs as Raina anchored the chase with an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls with seven fours and a six. Ravindra Jadeja also played an important cameo hitting 31 off 17 balls to pave the way for the team''s seventh win in eight games. Needing 24 runs off the last two overs, Jadeja smashed Harry Gurney for three successive fours to make it just a formality in the last over.

This was the defending champions fourth win on the trot as they consolidated their position atop the table with 14 points and one more win will virtually seal their spot in play-offs whose cut-off over the ears has been 16 points. This was also their first win at the Eden Gardens since 2013 as they did a double on KKR who suffered a hat-trick of defeats for the first time since 2014 and set to slip out of their second place in the table. Incidentally, 161 is their lowest score at the Eden this season. KKR next face Royal Challengers Bangalore here on April 19. Sunil Narine was the pick of KKR bowling with figures 2/19 that included a wicket-maiden when he cleaned up Faf du Plessis (24) to end the powerplay. But Raina held on at the other end with significant partnerships including a 40-run stand with skipper MS Dhoni.

It all seemed a walk in the park for CSK when Narine gave the biggest breakthrough dismissing Dhoni for 16 with team''s score of 121/5, needing 41 runs from 26 balls. But Raina held his nerves while Jadeja gave the finishing touches. On an Eden Gardens track where spinners had struggled so far, Tahir spun the match in favour of Chennai with his twin double blows in the 11th and 15th overs en route his career-best IPL figures that took him past Kagiso Rabada in the leading wicket-takers'' tally. Tahir removed an ominous-looking Chris Lynn (82 off 51 balls; 7x4, 6x6) and in a space of four balls removed the dangerous Andre Russell (10) for the first time under a score of 40 this season to put brakes on their scoring. Tahir''s bowling had such devastating effect that KKR managed just 28 runs from last five overs and went on to lose three more wickets to end up with a below-par total.

But it was a different script for KKR early on with a fit-again Lynn giving them a flying start en route to his second fifty this season that came off just 36 balls. Having missed his team''s last match because of flu, Lynn went ballistic against Deepak Chahar who bled 22 runs from his first two overs with the Aussie smashing the seamer for 4-6-4 in the third over. Such was Lynn''s dominance that the otherwise explosive Sunil Narine looked like a spectator at the other end with the Aussie having a share of 31 off 33 runs in the first four overs. A 200-plus total looked imminent with Lynn looking dangerous and Russell starting to explode with a boundary and a six off Tahir. But Tahir, aided by some brilliant catching from Faf du Plessis and the substitute Dhruv Shorey, made inroads removing Nitish Rana (21) and Robin Uthappa (0) in space of two balls. CSK''s catching was exceptional with Du Plessis charging in from long-off to dismiss Uthappa off first ball, then Shradul Thakur at deep square leg clung onto a flat hit from Lynn.

The big one was that of Shorey when he charged in for a swerving low catch to get rid off Russell, who looked in his usual explosive zone with 10 runs from 4 balls (1x4, 1x6).


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Coutinho brace fires Brazil to 3-0 win over Bolivia in Copa America opener
ENG Pacers, Root set up England''s overwhelming eight-wicket win over West Indies
Tendulkar sues Australian bat manufacturer for $2 mn in royalties
Lee Chong Wei, badminton's beloved nearly man
No pressure as only 1.5 billion people expecting India to win World Cup: Hardik
Kohli remains sole Indian in Forbes list of highest-paid athletes
Rishabh Pant comes in as cover for injured Dhawan
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Starc''s fiver after Smith and Coulter-Nile show hand Australia 15-run win over Windies
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KERALA NEWS
Seven sustain burn injuries as bus catches fire in road accident
 Thiruvananthapuram: Seven people sustained burn injuries when the bus in which they were travelling  
Rahul renews attack on BJP, Modi during ''thanksgiving'' visit to Wayanad
It's Confirmed: 23-year-old boy infected with Nipah
Congress expels Abdullakutty for praising PM Modi
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
China supports suspension of Hong Kong''s controversial extradition bill after massive protests
 Beijing: China on Saturday said it supports the Hong Kong leader''s decision to suspend a controvers
UK court sets Feb 2020 timetable for Assange US extradition trial
Trump blames Iran in tanker blasts, says sea lane not at risk
No debate set for Hong Kong bill after protests
NATIONAL NEWS
Protesting doctors turn down Mamata''s invite for talks, say CM has to apologise first
 Kolkata: Striking junior doctors turned down Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee''s invitation for a meet
Agitating doctors decline Mamata''s invite for talks
Cyclone Vayu to recurve again; likely to hit Kutch next week
Delhi court sends member of Pak-based terror outfit to 5-day NIA custody
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