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Mumbai:  Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir feels the Indian World Cup squad is "one quality fast bowler" short.

Two-time winners India begin their campaign with a big-ticket match against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.

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Shane Watson and Harbhajan Singh (R) _file

New Delhi: A dedication personified Shane Watson batted through a bleeding knee in the IPL final against Mumbai Indians, an act which earned him effusive praise from the fans.

While his blood-stained lower was missed by the TV crew, his IPL teammate Harbhajan Singh revealed that the Australian required six stitches after the game, which Chennai Super Kings side lost by just one run.

Harbhajan posted a Watson picture on his Instagram page, revealing the blood stains on his left knee as he struck one hard.

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Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) and Mumbai Indian captain Rohit Sharma pose for a picture ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) first qualifier Twenty20 cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 7, 2019. 

Hyderabad: Familiar foes and the two most successful teams of the IPL -- Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings - clash in a mouth-watering final here on Sunday, following a rather eventful season that produced some unprecedented moments on the field.

It can't be disputed that Mumbai go into the final as the favourites, having beaten CSK as many as three times earlier in the tournament including in the Qualifier 1 at Chennai on Tuesday.

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Chennai Super Kings cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) second qualifier Twenty20 cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on May 10, 2019

Visakhapatnam: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings entered their eighth IPL final and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the clinical effort of his bowing unit for setting up the platform for a comfortable win over Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 here.

Opting to bowl, CSK first restricted DC to 147 for nine and then chased down the target with six wickets in hand, to set up a clash against Mumbai Indians in the IPL final in Hyderabad on Sunday.

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Chennai Super Kings cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2R) celebrates as he greets Delhi Capitals teammembers after winning the match during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) second qualifier Twenty20 cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on May 10, 2019.

Visakhapatnam: All-round Chennai Super Kings rode half centuries from Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson to storm into their eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) final as they beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets in the Qualifier 2 at the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Friday.

After asking Delhi to bat first, Chennai bowlers put up a superb show to restrict the first time semi-finalists to 147/9.

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Karachi: Shoaib Akhtar has come in support of his ex-teammate Shahid Afridi, stating that he was witness to the harsh treatment meted out to the former Pakistan all-rounder by some senior players during his playing days.

In his autobiography titled 'Game Changer', Afridi has claimed that he was at the receiving end of harsh treatment by seniors during his playing days and cited the example of former coach Javed Miandad, who according to him did not let him bat at the nets before a Test against India in Chennai in 1999.

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Visakhapatnam: Delhi Capitals, who have finally come together to play like 'Daredevils', will have to produce another special effort to beat the consistent Chennai Super Kings for the first time this season and make their maiden IPL final here on Friday.

 It was CSK who denied Delhi a top-two spot in the league standings with a crushing 80-run win at Chepauk and the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side stands in their way again, only stakes are much higher in the Qualifier 2.

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Melbourne: Cricket Australia Tuesday agreed to play an away ODI series against India early next year, days after trying to backtrack from the commitment by stopping their top women players from competing in an ongoing mini T20 league in Jaipur.

Cricket Australia in fact used their three women players, Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy as a bait to "blackmail the BCCI" as senior officials pointed out at top CA official Belinda Clark's email.

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Mumbai Indians' cricketer Hardik Pandya (L) celebrates after scoring a half-century (50 runs) with his brother and teammate Krunal Pandya during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty 20 cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, in Kolkata, on April 28, 2019

Mumbai: All-rounder Hardik Pandya once again won a match for his team, this time though it was his bowling which helped Mumbai knock out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) of the tournament.

Pandya's 2 for 20 in 3 overs helped secure a convincing nine-wicket victory in what turned out to be a one-sided clash at the Wankhede on Sunday.

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New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has many firsts to his credit but a "first shave" from female barbers Neha and Jyoti is something that he will possibly be proud of, having done his bit in breaking the gender stereotype prevalent in India.

Hailing from the Banwari Tola village in Uttar Pradesh, Neha and Jyoti entered the profession, which till now has been strictly considered to be a male bastion. The two young women took over their father's shop back in 2014, when he fell ill.

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