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IPL Eliminator | RCB choose to bat against KKR



Both the teams are unchanged from their previous matches.

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat against Kolkata Knight riders in the IPL Eliminator here on Monday.

Both the teams are unchanged from their previous matches.

Chennai Super Kings have already booked their place in the summit clash on October 15.


Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (C), Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson and Varun Chakravarthy.

Royal Challengers Banaglore: Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj.

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Tamil Nadu State senior athletics meet | Sathish and Kanimozhi hog the limelight



M. Sathish Kumar of Genesis Sports Foundation, Coimbatore, and C. Kanimozhi (Southern Railway) created new meet records in the men’s 5000m and women’s 100m hurdles events respectively on the penultimate day of the Tamil Nadu State senior athletics meet held here on Saturday.

The results:

Men: 5000m: M. Sathish Kumar (Genesis SF) 14:45.30s (NMR) (OR: G. Lakshmanan, St. Joseph’s, 14:52.24, 2011), 2. K. Mari Sarath (Prime SA) 15:12.20, 3. C. Manikandan (TN Police) 15:12.50; triple jump: 1. V. Arul Raj 10.84m, 2. A. Tamilselvan 7.57; 110m hurdles: 1. G. Nishanth Raja (Olympic Gold Foundation) 14.46s, 2. Veeraraghavendran (S. Rly) 14.88, 3. R. Sanjay (Erode) 15.14.

Long jump: 1. Elakiadasan (S. Rly) 7.79m, 2. M. Vishnu (Prime SA) 7.59, 3. M. Sandeep Vinsto (Elshaddai Sports GA) 7.50; high jump: 1. D. Deva Karthick (Nellai) 2.13m, 2. S. Veeramani (TN Police) 2.10, 3. R. Manivannan (TN Police) 2.10.

Decathlon: 1. S. Krishnakumar 2936 points, 2. R. Theivendiran (TN Police) 2661, 3. R. Praveenkumar (S. Rly) 2403.

Women: 5000m: Ranjani (SDAT, Tiruchi) 19:17.70s, 2. Lavanya Rajendran 19:20.90, 3. C. Dhivya (Gobi Arts SA) 19:39.30; javelin throw: 1. Saraswathi (S. Rly) 43.64m, 2. N. Hemamalini (PR SF) 42.13, 3. Rosy Meena (Prime SA) 41.57m.

100m hurdles: 1. C. Kanimozhi (S. Rly) 13.74 (NMR) (OR: G. Gayathri, St. Joseph’s, 13.88, 2015), 2. Nandhini (Achievers AA, Cbe) 13.81, 3. Keerthana (S. Rly) 14.17.

Shot put: 1. V. Nandhini (Royal AC) 12.93m, 2. K. Rubasri 12.82, 3. Saraswathi (S. Rly) 12.39.

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Former TN cricketer Vasanth passes away



Former Tamil Nadu top-order batsman R.C. Vasanth Kumar passed away at 4 a.m. on Saturday following a heart attack. He was 45.

Vasanth, a dashing batsman in his playing days, had watched the IPL final on Friday night without any discomfort.

But his father R. Chandrasekharan, an accomplished off-spinner in his time, found he had breathed his last in the early hours of Saturday.

Vasanth made 1,097 runs in 22 First Class games at 32.26.

He notched up three hundreds and an equal number of 50s, with a highest of 151.

Vasanth, also the hon. secretary of Magnet Cricket Club, was active in cricketing circles.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association expressed its condolences at Vasanth’s unexpected demise.

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IPL 2021 | Chennai Super Kings’ redemption and the new heroes



The team had a man for every occasion; Venkatesh, with his bold methods, made a huge impression for Knight Riders

Great teams have a sense of occasion. Chennai Super Kings has that.

The manner in which CSK effortlessly lifted its game in the IPL final against Kolkata Knight Riders underlined its killer instinct.

These are glory days for CSK, with its talismanic skipper M.S. Dhoni orchestrating a remarkable recovery from last season’s debacle.

Finger on the pulse

Few cricketers understand the dynamics of T20 cricket like Dhoni does. He has his finger on the pulse of the game, comprehends the ebb and the flow, and gives cricketers the freedom to express themselves.

‘Captain Cool’ should be available for CSK for at least one more season. The BCCI is likely to allow two Indians and two foreigners or three Indians and an overseas player per franchise as its retention policy.

With the mega auction consisting of two additional teams coming up in January, CSK will also rebuild for the future as Dhoni hinted.


CSK was not short of champions in this edition. The ethereal Ruturaj Gaikwad, so light on his feet, tormented the bowlers at the top of the order with strokes of rare beauty, charm and timing to bag the Orange Cap with 635 runs.

His opening partner du Plessis, ageless and versatile, disrupted the attack with bold strokeplay, to finish just two runs short of Ruturaj with 633.

Solid platform

Well begun is half done they say, and Ruturaj and du Plessis built a solid platform for CSK. A stage from which others could fire.

Robin Uthappa’s blitzkriegs in Qualifier 1 and the final were game-changing efforts.

Uthappa added muscle to the CSK line-up, batted with refreshing freedom, hit sixes at will.

Same with the smooth-stroking Moeen Ali. The left-hander, such a sweet timer of the ball, hit long balls.

The CSK bowling attack, boasting of the accuracy and movement of Josh Hazlewood, the wicket-taking ability of seamer Shardul Thakur, the swing and seam of Deepak Chahar and the beguiling variety of Dwayne Bravo, stung the opponents. Jadeja’s left-arm spin was always handy.

IPL 2021 | Chennai Super Kings’ redemption and the new heroes


Exciting prospect

KKR has unearthed an exciting prospect in the nerveless Venkatesh Iyer.

A brave youngster who cuts and pulls the pacemen, drives them through the gaps and demolishes the spinners, Venkatesh is not intimidated by big names.

He is a handy seamer as well and his bowling will get better as the days progress.

By leaving out the influential Andre Russell in the final, KKR blundered.

IPL, though, is not always about the big names and RCB’s Harshal Patel, with exceptional pace variations, took home the Purple Cap with 32 scalps.

Genuine talent

Rajasthan Royals’ Kartik Tyagi, a genuine talent, denying Punjab Kings four runs in the dramatic last over was an unforgettable vignette.

So was K.S. Bharat’s last-ball six that gave RCB a sensational win over the powerful Delhi Capitals.

Breathtaking strokeplay

K.L. Rahul was breathtaking with his strokeplay for Punjab Kings. He hit 30 sixes, but seldom slogged.

The lively Avesh Khan bowled a heavy ball and the hard length for Capitals.

And Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Umran Malik sent down some of the quickest deliveries of the IPL, one of them clocked as fast as 152.95 kmph.

In the IPL, heroes emerge from nowhere.

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