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In this file photo taken on March 24, 2019, Chennai Super Kings cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket captain Virat Kohli (R) gesture beside IPL trophy

Bengaluru: Chennai Super Kings will be expected to shrug off a rare loss and effectively seal a play-off berth against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.

Defending champions CSK, who lost to SRH in the previous game for only their second loss this season, will get to 16 points with a win at the Chinnaswamy and it should be enough to guarantee a place in the top-four.

Their leader M S Dhoni missed the game against SRH due to a stiff back but will probably be fit for the game on Sunday.

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Kolkata: Virat Kohli notched up his fifth century in the Indian Premier League while Moeen Ali too struck a belligerent fifty to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) post a mammoth 213/4 in 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.

Put into bat first in a must-win tie, Kohli took 58 balls to bring up his first ton of the season with the help of nine fours and four sixes.

Moeen Ali, meanwhile, bludgeoned a 28-ball 66 (4x5, 6x6), as the pair added 90 runs for the third wicket off just 43 balls.

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New Delhi: India's Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to grant him permission to play county cricket for Hampshire in the months of May, June and mid-July. An application seeking permission has been sent by the batsman to the board and the same has been forwarded to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administration (CoA).

As per the letter, Rahane wants to be given permission to turn out for the county team in four-day games. The letter has been forwarded by the CEO Rahul Johri to the CoA.

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Hyderabad: Struggling with back spasm, Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was Wednesday rested for their IPL clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the first time he is not leading the yellow brigade since 2010.

 Suresh Raina was handed over the captaincy for the away game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

"Dhoni wanted to take some rest, he'll be back in the next game," Raina said at the toss.

The decision to rest the veteran was a precautionary measure.

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New Delhi:  Dinesh Karthik has beaten Rishabh Pant in the race to become the second wicket-keeper in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. The five wise men of Indian cricket, led by M.S.K. Prasad, met in Mumbai on Monday and picked the 15-member squad. Vijay Shankar goes to the showpiece event as the number four batsman and Ravindra Jadeja has been picked as the third spinner ahead of a fourth pacer. KL Rahul joins in as the back-up opener.

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Chennai Super Kings cricketer Ravindra Jadeja (C-R) and Suresh Raina (C-L) celebrate after winning the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty 20 cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, in Kolkata, on April 14, 2019.

Kolkata: Imran Tahir and Suresh Raina helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) put one foot in the playoffs as they got past Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by five wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) return leg fixture at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

CSK, who had defeated KKR in their first meeting also, consolidated their spot at the top of the table with 14 points from eight matches.

KKR, on the other hand, slumped to their third straight defeat, remaining on eight points from eight matches.

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Delhi Capitals cricketer Kagiso Rabada (3L) celebrates with teammate Rishabh Pant after taking the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar (R) during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals at The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on April 14, 2019

Hyderabad: Despite putting up a modest 155, Delhi Capitals' (DC) bowlers came out all guns blazing to defend the target as they folded Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for 116 in 18.5 overs to script a comfortable 39-run victory in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Sunday.

Hyderabad were comfortably placed at 71/0 in the 10th over before Kasigo Rabada, Chriss Morris and Keemo Paul came from nowhere to rattle the hosts' batting line-up as the trio accounted for all the 10 wickets to fall.

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Hyderabad: He had done a Dhoni himself while leading Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy in 2018 and Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni's side when asked how he took to the CSK skipper walking onto the pitch during their game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

"I did the same thing in Nidahas Trophy so I cannot make a comment. Happens in the heat of the moment and show how motivated you are for the team and the extent you can go to for the team," he explained.

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Kolkata: Table-toppers Chennai Super Kings will look to complete the double against Kolkata Knight Riders, just like Delhi Capitals did, when the two teams clash in an IPL match here on Sunday.

The home side's consistency has suddenly taken a beating after two defeats on the trot, first in Chennai and then against Delhi Capitals here last night. The Knight Riders, hence, would be under immense pressure to arrest the slide when they face the mighty Chennai.

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Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly backed MS Dhoni in the no-ball controversy, saying the former India skipper is human at the end of the day and his competitiveness is remarkable.

"Everyone's human. What stands out for me is his competitiveness, which is remarkable," Delhi Capitals advisor Ganguly told reporters at the end of their seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders here on Friday.

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