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Apurvi Chandela Becomes World Number One In 10m Air Rifle ISSF Rankings

Shooter Apurvi Chandela became the world number one in women's 10m Air Rifle category with 1,926 rankings points, according to the latest rankings released by International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) on Wednesday. The shooter, won the gold medal in 10m Air Rifle event in the New Delhi Shooting World Cup earlier this year, took to Twitter to announce her commendable feat. "World Number 1. Touched a milestone in my shooting career today!!" tweeted Apurvi Chandela.

While Chandela has already booked a Tokyo Olympics berth, she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with a total score of 207.8, at the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Beijing, China.

However, India won the team medal with a total score of 1887.2.

Anjum Moudgil, who was sixth in the eight-member final, occupies the second spot in world rankings.

Apart from these two, Manu Bhaker is the world number 10 in the 25m Pistol Women category.

Among the men, Divyansh Singh Panwar's Beijing World Cup exploits propelled him to world number four in 10m Air Rifle category.

Divyansh won two gold medals at Beijing - 10m Air Rifle Men and 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team - and also secured his quota at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Abhishek Verma, who also won a gold medal in Beijing, was world number three in 10m Air Pistol category. India's teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary was not far away at world number 6.

Anish Bhanwala, another of India's talented young shooter, was on the 10th spot in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol category.

IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals Face Chennai Super Kings In Fight For Top Honours

Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have already qualified for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 playoffs. However, a clash of them at the fag end of the tournament promises plenty of fireworks. Under the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday to top the points table and book themselves a playoffs berth. CSK, on the other hand, had qualified for the playoffs earlier but suffered a defeat to Mumbai Indians after that and their net run-rate slipped into negative. On Wednesday, Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will face off in a battle for the top position at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

With just two games left in the league stage, CSK will look to roar back with victories to seal a spot in the top two and get the home comfort in Qualifier 1.

Without MS Dhoni, CSK's batting collapsed against MI and they lost the game by 46 runs to surrender their position at the top of the points table to Delhi. With 16 points from 12 games, CSK will be hoping that their talismanic captain recovers from the bout of fever, which forced him to sit out the MI fixture and be ready to feature in the last home match of the league phase.

Also, the home team will be expecting influential all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to be back in the mix too.

Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, would be high on confidence having posted four wins in their last five matches. Young Shreyas Iyer has done a good job of leading the team, which also has 16 points from 12 games, and has scored important runs.

He will be keen to put on some valuable runs on board against the formidable CSK and would also expect Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and Rishabh Pant to find ways to score on a sluggish Chepauk track.

It will be fascinating to see how the league's top wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada does on CSK's home turf, traditionally known to offer help to slow bowlers. The spin-heavy CSK led by Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh could prove quite a handful for Dhawan and company and how they cope with that would determine the game's outcome, as would the Delhi tweakers performance.

Squads:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra.

Rohit Sharma fined for breach of code of conduct during KKR vs MI IPL 2019 clash

Rohit Sharma was fined of 15 percent of his match fees for breaching the code of conduct following the KKR vs MI IPL 2019 clash on Sunday. The Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper hit the stumps with his bat after being adjudged leg-before-wicket (LBW) after trying to loft KKR left-arm pacer, Harry Gurney. Rohit Sharma initially reviewed the decision and after he was given out, he demonstrated his disapproval by exchanging a few words with the on-field umpire, culminating with him breaking the stumps.

Chasing a score of 233 at the Eden Gardens, Rohit Sharma gave the Mumbai Indians a good start by smashing three boundaries early into his innings, before losing his wicket to Harry Gurney in the fourth over.

Replays showed that the ball was just clipping leg stump as the Mumbai Indians captain reviewed the decision.

During the hearing with the match referee after the game, Rohit Sharma accepted the sanction.

"Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians batsman, and the captain was fined 15 percent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League's (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team's match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata,".

"Mr. Sharma admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction."

Kolkata Knight Riders, after being made to bat first by the Mumbai Indians at the toss, posted a huge score of 232/2, with notable contributions from Shubman Gill (76 off 45 balls), Chris Lynn (54 off 29 balls) and an unbeaten 80 off 40 balls from Andre Russell.

Placed third in the IPL points table with 14 points in 12 games, Mumbai Indians eventually went on to lose the game by 34 runs, despite a valiant effort from all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who played a blistering knock of 91 off 34 balls, before being dismissed by Harry Gurney on the final ball of the 17th over.

AB De Villiers, Umesh Yadav Star As Royal Challengers Bangalore Beat Kings XI Punjab To Keep Playoffs Hope Alive

Navdeep Saini's fabulous penultimate over kept Royal Challengers Bangalore afloat as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in an Indian Premier League encounter here Wednesday. AB de Villiers' unbeaten 82 off 44 balls took RCB to a healthy 202 for 4 and things could have gone awry with young Nicholas Pooran (46 off 28 balls) hitting five sixes at the rear before Saini sealed it in the 19th over. Kings XI Punjab finished at 185 for 7 as RCB are now on eight points with three games left. 

Needing 30 off the last two, Saini (2/33), who is one of India's fastest bowlers produced a hostile over in which he removed the dangerous David Miller and Pooran but more importantly gave away only three runs. Saini bowled fast and into the body of the batsmen, who couldn't really get going and his aggression became the defining factor in the end. 

Defending 27 runs off the final over, Umesh Yadav (3/33) was better than the other night against CSK as he got a couple of wickets. With four wins in the last five games, RCB will hope to win the remaining three and expect a few favorable results to make it to the playoffs as rank outsiders. 

Kings XI Punjab started the chase in earnest as KL Rahul (42 off 27 balls) and Chris Gayle (23 off 10 balls) added 42 in less than four overs to set the ball rolling. Mayank Agarwal (35 off 21 balls) continued the flurry of fours during his 59-run stand with Rahul. Rahul and Mayank were out in quick succession before Pooran and David Miller (24) took charge with some lusty hitting added 68 off 8 overs as it boiled down to 30 off the final two overs. 

However, both Saini and Umesh did well to get another two points for the RCB. Earlier, AB de Villiers' scintillating half-century and a 121-run stand with Marcus Stoinis propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to 202 for four after being put into bat. 

Sent into bat, De Villiers scored a brilliant unbeaten 82 off 44 balls with three fours and seven sixes, while Stoinis hammered 46 off 34 balls with two fours and three sixes. In the last two overs, both Stonis and De Villiers hammered 45 runs off Mohammad Shami and Hardus Viljoen. 

After reaching his 50 off 35 balls, De Villiers, smashed Shami for three sixes, plundering 18 runs in the penultimate over. In the last over, both Stoinis and De Villiers hammered 27 runs off Viljoen, which helped the hosts to race past 200 runs mark. Put into bat, opener Parthiv (43 off 24 balls) and Virat Kohli gave a rollicking start getting 35 runs on board in 18 balls but RCB captain was dismissed by Shami after he was caught by Mandeep Singh at extra cover. 

Parthiv then got into the act for RCB, hitting out of the park Shami for three boundaries and a six in sixth over, who conceded 18 runs in his third over. The left-hander also was severe on Ankit Rajpoot, hitting him for four boundaries and a six. 

The wicket-keeper batsman did not last long as he was caught by Ravichandran Ashwin off Murugan Ashwin after he had smashed seven 4s and two sixes. Looking good at 71 for 2 in 38 balls, RCB lost two quick wickets of Moeen Ali (4) and Akashdeep Nath (3), leaving RCB at the crossroads way 81 for 4. De Villiers brought up the fifty runs partnership for the fifth wicket with Stoinis with a mighty six over deep mid-wicket off Murugan.

BCCI confirms three-team for Women's T20 challenge

The best women cricketers from India and the rest of the world will congregate for a four-match Women's T20 challenge to be played between May 6 and May 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Three teams - Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity - will take on each other in a single round-robin league with the top two teams qualifying for the final on May 11.

The scheduling of the T20 challenge is a follow-up from a one-off exhibition match played in Mumbai last year between the Smriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers and the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas. Elite T20 stars from the women's circuit including Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Suzie Bates, and Sophie Devine partook in that game. This year's expanded tournament is another step towards finding the feasibility of a full-fledged Women's IPL.

The captains and list of available players are still to be confirmed although Mandhana and Harmanpreet are understood to be reprising their roles. All four games will be televised by BCCI's host broadcaster, Star Sports.

Schedule:

May 6 - Supernovas vs Trailblazers

May 8 - Trailblazers vs Velocity

May 9 - Supernovas vs Velocity

May 11 - Final

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