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Karachi:  Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has backed the proposal to abolish toss from Test cricket.

While Miandad said such a move would force the home team to prepare better pitches instead of focusing on preparing tracks that suit them, another former captain, Salim Malik said the International Cricket Council should not tinker with the traditions of the game.

“I don't see any harm in trying out this experiment of abolishing the toss,” Miandad told PTI.

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Pune: Chennai Super Kings knocked out Kings XI Punjab from the play-offs race of the Indian Premier League (IPL), outplaying them in the last league match by five wickets here on Sunday.

In order to qualify for the play-offs, Punjab had to win this game by 53 runs or more but the visitors failed in doing so and thus got knocked out of the play-offs.

With this result, Rajasthan Royals became the fourth team to progress to the next stage with 14 points. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai are the other three teams.

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Hyderabad: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) booked their place in the playoffs of the Indian Premier League with a five-wicket victory over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a crunch game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.

The result means KKR remain third with 16 points from their full quota of 14 games.

Rajasthan Royals (14), who registered a 30-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore earier in the day, Mumbai Indians (12) and Kings XI Punjab (12) are still in the fray for a final playoff spot.

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Rajasthan Royals cricketers celebrate after dismissing Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer AB De Villiers  during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on May 19, 2018.

Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals rode on a fine half century from Rahul Tripathi, combined with leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's four-for to outclass Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 30 runs and more importantly keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Play-offs.

With the win, Rajasthan rose to the fourth spot in the IPL tally with 14 points while RCB's campaign has ended on a disappointing note, thanks to their inconsistent performances in this edition.

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Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoff hopes alive as Sunrisers Hyderabad's skipper Kane Williamson (81 off 42) and Manish Pandey's (62 not-out off 38) blistering knock went in vain in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.

It was once again Williamson, who along with Pandey forged a crucial partnership to take Hyderabad on the verge of another nail-biting win. However, it was the hosts who clinched the issue by 14 runs to keep their playoff dream alive.

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Mumbai Indians captain  Rohit Sharma (L) celebrates with teammate Jasprit Bumrah after the wicket of  Kings XI Punjab cricketer Marcus Stoinis during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 16, 2018.

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians kept their play-offs hopes alive as the hosts edged past Kings XI Punjab by three runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Wednesday.

After a brilliant batting display, Mumbai bowlers managed to restrict Punjab to 183/5 to bag two crucial points.

With this victory, Mumbai are now sitting at fourth spot with 12 points while Punjab slipped to sixth spot.

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Kolkata Knight Riders cricketer Chris Lynn plays a shot during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on May 15, 2018.

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sharpened their chances of a playoff berth with a convincing six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.

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Chennai: Star cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been announced the brand ambassador of online pharmacy Netmeds.com.

Dhoni, who has an "incredibly strong appeal across all sectors and all demographics", will feature in nationwide marketing campaigns for it.

"Making important medicine more available and affordable is a great thing for the country, and Netmeds is one the mainstays in the space. They have a long legacy in the pharma business and they are making it easier for people to stay healthy," Dhoni said in a statement.

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Sydney: Australian cricket great Mark Waugh today quit as a national selector to take up a television commentary role as broadcasters jockey for top talent after a new rights deal was agreed.

Waugh will not renew his contract when it expires on August 31 but will remain on the panel for the upcoming Australian tours of England and Zimbabwe.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli (2nd L) greets Kings XI Punjab cricketer Chris Gayle as captain Ravichandran Ashwin watches after winning the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match against Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on May 14, 2018.

Indore: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kept their slim hopes of making to the play-offs alive after hammering Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Holkar stadium here on Monday.

After the thumping win, the Virat Kohli-led side have 10 points in their kitty and victories in their remaining two games could possibly help them advance to the top four.

Bangalore completely dominated their opponents as after bundling Punjab on a paltry 88 runs, the openers guided their side home without throwing a wicket.

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