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IPL 2019: SunRisers Hyderabad Look To Maintain Winning Momentum Against Mumbai Indians

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) bounced back from a defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders and registered a hat-trick of victories to top the points table in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched together century stands in three successive matches to lead the Orange Army's run riot. Both of them will look to keep the SRH juggernaut rolling when they take on Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 19th match of the IPL 2019 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, on Saturday.

The confident SRH would not like to spare an inch against MI, lying at sixth place, with two wins and as many losses from four outings.

However, Mumbai Indian will take heart from the fact that they defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings, their first loss in four games, in the last match.

In contrast, SunRisers Hyderabad, after losing their opening game against KKR, went on the win against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Capitals.

SRH, in fact, were without the services of their captain Kane Williamson during Thursday's match against Delhi because of an injury, but they did not let that have an impact.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar led from the front as the seamer, along with Mohammad Nabi and Siddarth Kaul, chipped in with two wickets each to restrict Delhi to 129 for eight.

With opener Bairstow (48) once again shining with the bat, SRH had a cakewalk, cruising to a five-wicket win.

Come Saturday, SunRisers Hyderabad would again be banking on the English batsmen to deliver the goods, besides Australian David Warner.

The marauding pair of Warner and Bairstow have been in scintillating form this season, having shared three century-plus opening stands in four matches.

Among the bowlers, Afghanistan spin duo of Nabi and Rashid Khan, and Bhuvneshwar will be keen to fire in unison to counter the likes of Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard and Pandya brothers (Krunal and Hardik).

The match starts at 8 pm (IST).

Asghar Afghan removed as Afghanistan captain

Afghanistan Cricket Board, on Friday (April 5), sacked Asghar Afghan as the captain across the three formats of the game. Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, and Rahmat Shah will take over the reins for ODIs, T20Is and Test cricket respectively.

Afghanistan also named Rashid, Shafiqullah Shafiq, and Hashmatullah Shahidi as vice-captains for ODIs, T20Is and Test cricket respectively.

Naib, the 28-year-old all-rounder, now has the task of leading Afghanistan in the upcoming World Cup to be held in the UK. It has to be noted that among Afghanistan's newly appointed leaders, only Rashid has previous experience of captaining the national side. The bowling all-rounder has led Afghanistan in four ODIs so far.

Rahmat has captained the Mis Ainak region four times in List A cricket, while Naib has led the Boost region and Mis Ainak region once each in first-class cricket. He has also captained List A teams on nine occasions.

Asghar was appointed as the captain of Afghanistan back in April 2015, having taken over the leadership role from all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. Under his stint, Afghanistan posted 31 wins in ODIs and they also registered 37 victories in 46 T20Is. He also led his country to their maiden Test win against Ireland this year. Asghar has been a regular member of the Afghanistan side since 2009 and has notched up 2013 and 1056 runs in ODIs and T20Is.

India win ICC Test championship mace for 3rd successive year

India has retained the ICC Test Championship Mace after finishing on top of the Test rankings with 116 points, it was announced on Monday (April 1). India will be awarded one million dollars for the third year in a row while New Zealand finished second with 108 points.

India lost the series in South Africa 1-2 and then went on to lose the five-Test series in England 1-4. They defeated Afghanistan in a one-off Test and also beat West Indies at home 2-0 in the two-Test series. Virat Kohli then led his side to a historic first-ever series win in Australia as India won the four-match series 2-1.

"Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings. We all know the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format," Kohli said.

"Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead once the ICC World Test Championship commences later this year. That is again something we are really looking forward to as it adds more context to Test match cricket."

New Zealand sealed four consecutive wins in the year. They beat England at home 1-0 in the two-Test series, but their most impressive win came in the UAE against Pakistan. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were humbled by New Zealand at home as they sealed 1-0 and 2-0 series win. Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, said the most pleasing aspect of his side was the consistency displayed throughout the year.

"It's an awesome achievement for our side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings and as a team, we should be very proud. It's come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff," he said.

"It's been especially pleasing to see the consistency we've shown in the longest form of the game over a decent period of time. We're now all really looking forward to the ICC World Test Championship getting underway and the added context the competition will bring."

Dhoni reached the Supreme Court against Amrapali Group, demanding outstanding amount of 40 Crore

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has approached the Supreme Court against the Amrapali Group. MS Dhoni has petitioned in the Supreme Court and appealed to him to receive his outstanding 40 crore rupees from Amrapali Group. In the petition on behalf of Dhoni, it has been said that he remains the face of the company for a long time, but he has not been paid.

Amrapali Group is accused of cheating thousands of home buyers and they are accused of not giving them their house. Against which Home Buyers had also approached the Supreme Court. Now Cricketer MS Dhoni did the same.

In his petition, he said that he was the brand ambassador of the Amrapali Group from 2009 to 2015, there was a lot of agreement with him. In 2016, when he was separated from the Amrapali Group, the company did not pay the dues.

It is important that the Amrapali Group is accused of not giving home to 45,000 home buyers, for this reason thousands of people have campaigned against the group on social media. Following this campaign, Dhoni had broken his association with the Amrapali Group while supporting the home buyers. Then people were demanding that Dhoni should speak in his right as being a brand ambassador. MS Dhoni's wife was also a part of the group.

In the Amrapali Group case, the Supreme Court also had a tough stand last year. In October last year, Amrapali group director Anil Kumar Sharma, Shove Priya and Ajay Kumar were taken into custody on the orders of the Supreme Court. The case of Amrapali Home Buyers is still going on in the Supreme Court. 

For Ranji Trophy matches, some have taken millions of rupees from the young players, BCCI lodges complaint

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had complained to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police that in the name of playing Ranji Trophy matches, some people have taken millions of rupees from the young players of Delhi. After this, the police has started investigating the case of cheating and criminal conspiracy.

After the case of forgery in cricket, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police has started preparations to crack down on the accused. There may be arrests in this case soon.

Crime branch DCP Rajesh Dev said that since the complaint of BCCI, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police is investigating the entire matter. In fact, on behalf of two players of Rohini and Gurugram, complain to BCCI's Complaint Cell that some people have taken millions of rupees in the name of feeding Ranji Trophy matches from Nagaland and Manipur Cricket Association.

According to FIR, a Delhi player got a demand of Rs 10 lakh and money was also taken to play in the five matches under the aegis of Nagaland Cricket Association under U-19. After that, when he reached there with the cricket coach, he played two matches in the form of a guest player, but his name did not come in the remaining three matches.

When the player objected to it and talked of refunding the money, he was threatened. Along with this, he was charged with fake certificates and playing incorrectly.

A similar case has emerged. In this, a second player of Rohini was asked to play in an Under-23 state-level match in Manipur via a coach at the Cricket Academy running at Rohini Sector 21 and demanded Rs 10 lakh.

After this, the coach introduced this player to many people. However, he did not play any matches. There are many people being said to be involved in this racket. Now the Crime Branch is trying to reach all those accused so that this racket can be fully exposed. Apart from this, the Crime Branch received complaints from several states in this regard too.

Not only this, the network has spread to Jharkhand's Jamshedpur and Ranchi. In the name of playing matches with many players from these places, the amount was collected from 10 lakh to 25 lakh rupees.

In this conspiracy, many cricket academies and several cricket association coaches including Haryana and Delhi are on the radar, who lure players to play in state-level tournaments or in the tournament under BCCI.


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