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Cricket

Kieron Pollard smashed an unbeaten 60 off 24 balls against RCB before producing an unbeaten 47 off 20 balls against KXIP. (Photo | PTI)

Pollard finding form early is a great sign for Mumbai Indians: Zaheer Khan

"We are always banking on him,” Zaheer said in a flash interview posted on MI twitter handle.

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.

Rishabh Pant and skipper Shreyas Iyer have looked in good nick, after rescuing the team from a spot of bother in the first game. The two pitched in with valuable runs against CSK too. (Photo | PTI)

Delhi to take on struggling Hyderabad with the confidence of having won two games

Sunrisers are the only side yet to get a win, having lost both their games, so David Warner and team will be desperate to turn things around

Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada led a fine bowling display to end with excellent figures of 4/24, including picking up the big wicket of Virat Kohli. (File Photo | PTI)

Delhi Capitals reclaim top spot with 59-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore

Blistering knocks by Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (53) and Prithvi Shaw (42) powered Delhi Capitals to 196 for four.

Put in to bat, Bairstow (53 off 48) scored his second fifty of the tournament, while David Warner (45 off 33) and Kane Williamson (41 off 26) also came up with valuable contributions, helping Sunrisers Hyderabad post a competitive 162 for four. Defending the total, leg-spinner Rashid (3/14) returned with three crucial wickets, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/25) scalped two and T Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed (1/43) claimed too chipped in to restrict Delhi to 147 for 7 in 2 for a deserving win. (Photo | PTI)

Hyderabad Sunrisers pull up their socks and open their account with win against Delhi Capitals

With Delhi needing 59 runs from 30 balls, all eyes were on Marcus Stoinis (11) but a well placed yorker from Natarajan ended Delhi’s hopes.

Tennis

Roger Federer of Switzerland. DC File Photo

Federer suggests merger of WTA Tour with men's governing body

The star player feels that it is the right time to merge them as both as facing difficult times during the current health crisis

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”

United States Tennis Association

Decision on U.S. Open tennis in June: report

United States Tennis Association planning to provide some $15 million in assistance to tennis bodies struggling due to the Covid19 pandemic

Germany's former tennis champion Boris Becker. AP Photo

Time for tennis bodies to come together to pull through crisis: Boris Becker

Since New York was pretty much the worst city hit by the virus, Becker thinks it would be unwise to have US Open

Football

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

Wuhan Zall football team coach Jose Gonzalez (C) arriving with his players at the railway station in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province, on Friday. AFP Photo

Wuhan football team make emotional return to virus ground zero

The team, training in Spain when Covid19 virus broke back home in Wuhan, fled Spain when virus death toll began to rise

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at his office at Palazzo Chigi in Rome. AFP Photo

Training to start in May, but Serie A re-start date not certain: Italian PM

Individual training to begin on May 4 with social distancing rules in force, and team training is set for May 18 onwards

Premier League football

Premier League matches could be on free-to-air TV

When the League resumes with matches most likely behind closed doors, it was important for people to watch them somehow

In Other sports

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

Tokyo Olympics

Today's Olympians hailed as saviours by athletes sidelined by 1980 boycott

Athletes should not feel disappointed with the postponement, they should know that their sacrifice isn’t for nothing

Reshi Dev

A Bull’s Eye for Reshi

5-year-old Chennai boy sets a record in archery

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James driving in during the match against Brooklyn Nets. AP Photo

LA Lakers ready to play despite call to cancel NBA: LeBron James

Some club executives say team owners worry about liability issues due to health concerns and a lack of revenue from playing in empty arenas