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IPL corruption-free, says chairman BANGALORE: Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla told AFP that this year's edition of the cash-rich extravaganza had been free of corruption thanks to a multi-pronged approach to tackling fixing.In an interview shortly before Sunday's final, Shukla said organisers engaged the anti-graft unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC), local police and the expertise of a former top cop.The IPL is the most popular domestic league in the world but has been plagued by controversies since its inception in 2008, with corruption and match-fixing cases often taking centre-stage.A spot-fixing scandal in 2013 led to two teams -- Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals -- being suspended last year for two seasons. Shukla said an aggressive approach to tackling fixing meant there had been no signs of corruption at the ninth edition of the IPL, which featured 60 matches in 57 days across 11 venues."All precautions were taken in order to ...

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Mathews leads Sri Lanka's fight for self-respect United Kingdom: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews led from the front in the second Test at the Riverside on Sunday as his side avoided the embarrassment of another defeat by England inside three days.Mathews made 80 as Sri Lanka, again forced to follow-on, stopped England strolling to a series-clinching win.At the close of the third day, Sri Lanka were 309 for five -- still 88 runs behind England's first innings 498 for nine declared, which ...

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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad scoreboard BANGALORE: Scoreboard from the Indian Premier League final between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday:Sunrisers Hyderabad D. Warner c Abdullah b Aravind 69S. Dhawan c Jordan b Chahal 28M. Henriques c Chahal b Jordan 4Y. Singh c Watson b Jordan 38D. Hooda c Kohli b Aravind 3B. Cutting not out 39N. Ojha run out (Watson) 7B. Sharma c Chahal b Jordan 5B. Kumar not out 1Extras (b1, lb ...

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Hyderabad beat Bangalore for maiden IPL win BANGALORE: Skipper David Warner's sparkling half century helped Sunrisers Hyderabad survive a punishing blitz by Chris Gayle to edge out Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in the Indian Premier League final on Sunday.Defending 208 to claim their maiden IPL title, Hyderabad restricted Virat Kohli's Bangalore to 200 for seven at the M Chinnaswamy stadium with Gayle's 38-ball 76 in vain.With 18 runs required off the final over, pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- the leading ...

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Hyderabad elect to bat in IPL final BANGALORE: Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League final at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.David Warner's Hyderabad made just one change with star bowler Mustafizur Rahman, who missed the last match due to a hamstring niggle, is back in the XI in place of Trent Boult.Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli named an unchanged side from the one that beat Gujarat Lions in ...

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Silva restores pride as Sri Lanka follow on CHESTER-LE-STREET: Kaushal Silva's unbeaten fifty kept England at bay after Sri Lanka were made to follow-on in the second Test at the Riverside on Sunday.At tea on the third day, Sri Lanka were 162 for three -- still a huge 235 runs behind England's first innings 498 for nine declared, which featured Moeen Ali's Test-best 155 not out.But at least they had stopped the rot after becoming the first side since New Zealand in England ...

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Struggling Sri Lanka follow-on against England CHESTER-LE-STREET: Sri Lanka made unwanted history as they were forced to follow-on in the second Test against England, before at last showing some fight with the bat at the Riverside on Sunday.At lunch on the third day, Sri Lanka were 58 for one in their second innings.That meant they were still a huge 339 runs behind England's first innings 498 for nine declared, which featured Moeen Ali's Test-best 155 not out.Kaushal Silva was 23 not ...