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Cricket

Put into bat, Warner and Bairstow were circumspect with the pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada (2/21) and Anrich Nortje maintaining their line and length. The result was Sunrisers could only score 38 in the powerplay, which yielded just two fours and a six — all hit by Warner (in pic). (Photo | PTI)

Hyderabad post 162/4 against Delhi, riding on Bairstow’s 50, Warner's 45

Making his IPL debut, Jammu and Kashmir’s Abdul Samad (12 off 7) blasted a four and six in his useful cameo.

Archer (2/18) hit the deck hard and clocked the fastest delivery of the tournament (152.1 kph) in a fiery spell, taking two key wickets of KKR — opener Shubman Gill (47 from 34 balls) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (1) — after the Royals opted to field. In this photo from the September 22, 2020, Archer appeals during the IPL 2020 cricket match against a Chennai Super Kings batsman, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Photo | PTI)

Rajasthan Royals post 174/6, pulled back by Jofra Archer's tight spell

Archer bowled the first over of the match and there was full pace in display in the range of 145-150kph mark.

Kohli struck 72 not out off 53 balls to lead RCB to an easy eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals for their third win from four matches. He had scored 14, 1, 3 in the earlier matches. (Photo | PTI - edited)

Kohli says he got time to get over his lean patch because his team performed well

“It’s something you need to understand (bad form) but when the team is doing well, you get more time to apply yourself,” Kohli said.

Chennai Super Kings bowler Ravindra Jadeja appeals for an LBW during IPL 2020 cricket match against Rajasthan Royals, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah on Sept. 22, 2020. (PTI)

Over 26 crore viewers were glued to their TV sets during IPL's opening week

Advertising volumes increased 15 per cent during the first week of the current year's tournament

That Abhishek Sharma is talented is already known and the southpaw further enhanced his reputation with some confident and cracking shots. Priyam Garg (in pic) too found his touch as he spent time at the crease and went on to score his maiden IPL fifty. (Photo | PTI)

Young Priyam, Abhishek and Rashid lift Sunrisers Hyderabad into a 7-run win over Chennai

Former India U-19 World Cup skipper Garg scored his maiden IPL fifty and with Sharma raised a 77-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Tennis

Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts against Angelique Kerber of Germany during their first round match at the 2017 US Open. AFP Photo

'Homebody' Osaka making the most of isolation, remains focused on Olympics

'I’ve been playing tennis almost every day for as long as I can remember, so it has been an opportunity to take stock'

Australia's Ashleigh Barty poses with The Suzanne Lenglen Trophy after winning the singles title at Roland Garros in 2019. AFP Photo

Ashleigh Barty finds it 'tricky' to maintain training intensity in shutdown

Barty finds her partner Gary Kissick's golf game improve during the lockdown, but her tennis training is “a little bit on hold”

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Twitter Photo

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic let fans eavesdrop on their convos

The Big Three were joined by Andy Murray in a casual conversation

Rafael Nadal poses with ball girls and boys as he celebrates his record 12th French Open title. AP Photo

King of Clay Rafael Nadal 'very pessimstic' about return of tennis

Even if players start without an audience, it is difficult to organise events as it involves a lot of people, he says

Football

West Ham united's Pablo Zabaleta. AP Photo

West Ham's Zabaleta fears his last Premier League games may be in empty stadiums

The Argentine is in his final season at the east London club after signing a contract extension last year

 FC Ayang players wear masks and gloves as K-League returns to action. Twitter Photo

K-League football snapped up by sport-deprived foreign broadcasters

It's a boon for sports fans who have been starved of such content by the virus and bored repeat broadcasts of matches from past

PSG players wave to their supporters after winning their Champions League Group A match against Brugge at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris. AP Photo

PSG boss says club could play Champions League matches abroad

Already in the quarter-finals of Champions League, PSG are yet to know their opponents as the round of 16 ties were not completed

Bayern Munich players attend a training session at the team's training grounds in Munich, southern Germany, on April 16. AFP Photo

German football plans May return but debate rages

It would also make the Bundesliga the first top-flight European league to begin playing again

Bayern Munich's players and coaches gather for a training session at the team's training grounds in Munich, southern Germany, on Wednesday. AFP Photo

German football targets May 9 restart but needs political green light

The main idea behind the restart is the attempt to free up around $323 million TV money

In Other sports

 Representational Image. (AP)

India won't rush its players back to game

Stadiums and sports complexes are reopening to allow athletes to train but there will be no events staged that would draw spectators

Saina’s tweet has brought back into focus the safety of sportspersons during the pandemic

Will the Badminton World Federation bow to pressure?

As more countries back out, the fate of the tourney hangs in balance

National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand. PTI Photo

Funding a group helps create more champions: Gopichand

According to the national badminton coach, successful models worldwide are coach-driven, sports science and athlete-driven

World badminton champion PV Sindhu. PTI Photo

I was desperate to win World Championship to get rid of 'Silver Sindhu' tag

I had won seven to eight silvers in a row in 2017, people started telling me 'you have a final phobia' and you always lose