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Murali Vijay’s 69 set the stage for Kings’ chase © AFPBaba Aparajith’s 60-run knock went in vain as Lyca Kovai Kings chased down 197 put up by Murali Vijay‘s VB Thiruvallur Veerans to post a 7-wicket victory in Match No. 26 of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017. On Saturday, the Kings won the toss at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai and sent the Veerans to bat first. While the Veerans’ batsmen, led by captain Aparajith put up a brilliant show, the bowlers failed to defend the huge score. Despite the victory, the Kings are at No. 5 position in the TNPL 2017, one place behind the Veerans. Veerans now have three victories from the seven matches that they have played while it was only the second victory for the Kings. Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017: Points table and team standings Though the Veerans openers NS Chaturved (24) and S Siddharth (18) failed to pull off anything extraordinary, the team was off to a decent start which Aparajith converted into a gigantic total. He first paired up with Hari Nishanth (27) to build the first big partnership of the innings, then getting to his half-century. Major support, though, came from Abhishek Tanwar who remained unbeaten at 55 as the Veerans put up 196 for 6 at the end of their 20 overs. Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Ajith Ram and MMK Shivakumar were the pick of the bowlers as all bagged 2 wickets each bowling for the Kings but their spells remained expensive, courtesy the ruthless hitting of Aparajith and Tanwar. Coincidentally, both the batsmen hit 3 fours and 5 sixes each in their respective knocks. The chase was thrilling. The match went down till the final delivery of the match. Despite losing his opening partner Laxmesha Suryaprakash (5) in the third over of the chase, Kings’ skipper Murali Vijay did not lose his nerves and paired up with Anirudh Sita Ram to keep the team in the hunt. Vijay got out for 69 off 44, hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes. Ram was joined at the crease by Akshay Srinivasan and both took things further until Tanwar removed Srinivasan (38) in the final over. Ram remained unbeaten at 69 as he ran a couple of runs to take his side to victory. Lakshmi Narayan, Sanjay Yadav and Tanwar were the successful bowlers with wickets apiece. Ram was adjudged the Player of the Match. Brief scores: VB Thiruvallur Veerans 196 for 6 (Baba Aparajith 60, Hari Nishanth 27, Abhishek Tanwar 55*; Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 2 for 29, Ajith Ram 2 for 33) lost to Lyca Kovai Kings 197 for 3 (Murali Vijay 69, Anirudh Sita Ram 69*, Akshay Srinivasan 38; Sanjay Yadav 1 for 23, Abhishek Tanwar 1 for 44) by 7 wickets.
India Women finished World Cup 2017 campaign as runners up © Getty ImagesMumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) this evening felicitated members of the India Women’s Cricket team, which ended as runners up in the Cricket World Cup in England last month. MCA President and BJP MLA Ashish Shelar honoured team members – skipper Mithali Raj, Poonam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Harmanpreet Kaur at a gala ceremony here in presence of former India skipper Ajit Wadekar, player Madhav Apte and CoA member Diana Edulji. All the players were given a memento and membership of the MCA’s facility at suburban Bandra Kurla Complex, while Mona, Poonam and Smriti were given Rs five lakh reward each as earlier announced by MCA. READ: BCCI set to award men, women national selectors Members of the team’s support staff Manager Trupti Bhattacharya and Rashmi Pawar were also feted. In a nail-biting final, the Indian women’s team lost to England at the iconic Lords. Skipper Mithali remembered her difficult journey and said she started enjoying facilities which they received after coming under BCCI. “The cricketers who are sitting back can watch women cricketers as role models. For us we have only seen men’s cricketers. We have seen Sachin (Tendulkar), Kapil Dev play and those are the videos we watched. But this is a revolution and they (the budding women cricketers) can see Harmanpreet, Poonam, Smriti play,” she added. Harmanpreet, who played a splendid knock in the semis against Australia to guide India in the finals, remembered that while they were going to the tournament only two media persons had come. “While we were going only two media people had come, but when we returned the entire country knew it and that was an achievement,” she said, adding, it was an message from Diana (Edulji) which pushed her to do well after not a good performance in the opening games. Poonam Raut, who resides in suburban Borivili had played a valiant 86 run knock in the final. Raut said the reception which they received on arrival was like a dream. “We narrowly missed winning the cup, but the love people have showered on us has inspired us. Our goal is to win the next World Cup and we will surely win it,” said Raut, an opener. Mandhana recalled that as the side had gone 15 days in advance before the tournament started they were able to acquaint themselves with the conditions. She expressed gratitude to the physios and trainers at the NCA who helped her recover from the injury. Mona Meshram and Shelar too shared their thoughts. Among others, former India player Praveen Amre, MCA Vice President Vinod Deshpande were present on the occasion
Gautam Gambhir joined the campaign to spread awareness ion organ donation © IANSNew Delhi: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Saturday joined a campaign to encourage people to pledge to donate organs, at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. “I am extremely humbled to be a part of this drive. Organ donation is an egalitarian and a moral act,” said Gambhir, who is also an ambassador for “Gift a Life.” Gift A Life is an initiative launched in 2011 to create awareness about organ donation to save countless lives and is supported by the Apollo Transplant Institutes. “Thousands die every year for want of organs and I feel that this initiative will bridge the gap by spreading awareness in the society,” said Gambhir, who has already pledged to donate all his organs. Every year nearly five lakh people die in India due to non-availability of organs. Nearly 1.5 lakh people are in dire need of kidney transplants but only 3,000 of them receive one. READ: Gautam Gambhir heaps praises on Cheteshwar Pujara; calls him more consistent than Virat Kohli in Test cricket “One of the major reasons is lack of awareness about organ donation in India at large where majority of the population is still shackled with myths and religious beliefs, hence there is an urgent need to address this issue and create sound awareness,” said Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Apollo Hospitals Group. Vital organs such as the heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and lungs can be transplanted to those whose organs are failing. A single donor can save eight lives by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel. World Organ Donation Day is observed every year on August 13.