Podcast: Gujarat close to playoffs in IPL, Asia Cup will be held in Sri Lanka, not Pakistan, IND Vs AUS test series in London

NoWelcome to Maskar, the weekly sports bulletin of News18 Hindi Podcast. I am with you Naveen Srivastava. As the round of league matches in IPL 2023 is going towards the final stage, fierce competition is being seen among all the ten teams in the race to reach the top four in the playoffs. The teams which were proving to be laggards in the initial rounds of the league, the same teams still made their claim to make it to the playoffs by performing brilliantly in the later matches.

In the 16th edition of IPL, the phase of exciting matches continues with vicissitudes. Till Monday, 53 matches have been played and out of ten teams participating in the tournament, 6 teams are such that have played 11-11 matches. The position of defending champion Gujarat Titans is very strong and it has almost reached the playoffs. After Gujarat, the team of Chennai Super Kings has 13 points in 11 matches. Then Lucknow Super Giants are at number three with 11 points in the same number of matches. Rajasthan Royals also have 10 points with five wins in 11 matches and are at number four in the points table.

Kolkata Knight Riders kept their hopes of reaching the playoffs alive by registering a thrilling five-wicket win over Punjab Kings in the 53rd struggling match of IPL played on Monday. With this victory, Kolkata has 10 points with five wins in 11 matches and has come fifth in the points table. While Punjab Kings are at number seven in the points table with 10 points in 11 matches. The Delhi Capitals team is at the last position in the points table with four wins in 10 matches. But you cannot say that he is completely out of the playoff race.

Hyderabad also has 8 points with four wins in 10 matches and is at number nine. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians have so far won 5-5 in 10-10 matches. Bangalore is sixth and Mumbai is eighth in the points table.

Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Punjab Kings by five wickets in the match played on Monday at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. Batting first after winning the toss, Punjab Kings set a target of 180 runs in front of Kolkata. In response, Kolkata won a thrilling victory in the last ball of the match by losing five wickets. KKR had to score 2 runs on the last ball to win this match and Rinku Singh hit a four to give his team a resounding victory by 5 wickets. Rinku Singh returned unbeaten after playing a decisive inning of 21 runs in 10 balls.

Nitish Rana played a brilliant half-century innings of 51 runs. Andre Russell was run out after scoring 42 runs. Rahul Chahar was the most successful bowler for Punjab taking two wickets. Earlier, winning the toss and electing to bat, Punjab Kings scored 179 runs for seven wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan played a brilliant half-century captaincy innings of 57 runs. Shahrukh Khan scored 21 runs in 8 balls. Varun Chakraborty was the most successful bowler from KKR with three wickets. Harshit Rana took two wickets.

The final match of the second edition of the World Test Championship between India and Australia will be played in London from June 7. There is news of some changes in the Indian team announced for this match. The BCCI gave this information by tweeting on Monday evening. Apart from this, the board has also announced the names of three reserve players. Now Ishan Kishan has got a place in the team in place of injured KL Rahul. Whereas Mukesh Kumar, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Suryakumar Yadav have been selected as reserve players.

Amidst the long-standing confusion over the venue of the Asia Cup 2023, there is news of the tournament being shifted to Sri Lanka instead of Pakistan. It has not been decided whether Pakistan will play in this tournament or not. If the Asia Cup 2023 is organized in Sri Lanka, then the matches can be held in Dambulla and Pallekele. Monsoon season lasts in Colombo in the month of September, due to which these two cities can be finalists.

And now some other brief sports news…
Hockey India on Monday announced a 20-member Indian women’s hockey team for the three-match series against Australia starting May 18 in Adelaide. The Indian team will also play two matches against Australia A in this tour. This tour is being organized from the point of view of preparations for the Hangzhou Asian Games. Goalkeeper Savita Poonia was made the captain of the team while Deep Grace Ekka will be the vice-captain of the team. India will play Australia on 18, 20 and 21 May. After this, there will be matches against Australia A on 25 and 27 May. All five matches will be played in Adelaide.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus has won the women’s singles title of the Madrid Open tennis tournament. Second seed Sabalenka defeated top seed Inga Swiatek of Poland 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in a two-and-a-half-hour hard-fought title match. This is the third title of Australian Open champion Sabalenka this season and 13th overall in her career.

Indian boxer Sachin Siwach, playing in the World Championship for the first time, started with a win by defeating Moldova’s Sergei Novak in the 54 kg weight category. Earlier, Indian boxer Deepak Bhoria made a strong performance on Sunday by defeating Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Saken Bibosinov of Kazakhstan and made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the World Championships. Two-time Commonwealth Games medalist Mohammad Hussamuddin defeated Russia’s Eduard Savin 5-0 to enter the quarter-finals in the 57kg category.

That’s it for today in the weekly special sports bulletin of News 18 Hindi Podcast. We will be back again with the latest sports news. For then allow Naveen Srivastava. Hello.

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