Indian cricketer KL Rahul feels "most comfortable" opening the batting for the team. Rahul has scored runs at an average of 50.5 while opening compared to his overall batting average of 47.65 in the 50 over format. Similarly in T20Is, KL Rahul has scored 1,022 of his 1,461 runs while opening the batting for Team India. In the Indian Premier League (IPL) , Rahul has been the key cog in the batting wheel of Kings XI Punjab and scored 593 runs in 14 matches during the 12th edition of the tournament. Rahul feels that opening the batting gives him the chance to play the full 20 overs and make the greatest impact. "Opening the batting is something that I have done all my life and that is something I feel most comfortable doing. It gives me the chance to play full 20 overs and I make the best impact when I play full 20 overs," Rahul said in a video released by the Indian Premier League on their website. In IPL 2018, the right-handed batsman had smashed 659 runs for Kings XI . . .
James Neesham is one of the finest white-ball all-rounders going around in the sport today. Despite that Kings XI Punjab managed to pick him up for an absolute bargain -- his base price of Rs 50 lakh -- in the IPL auction. Neesham has played for Delhi Daredevils (now called Delhi Capitals) and Kolkata Knight Riders in the past, but is yet to really leave his mark on the tournament and this could very well be his year in IPL. Away from the cricket field, Neesham has another talent. He is an absolute rage on Twitter and fans trying to troll him should do so at their own peril. One Pakistan fan, probably in the dark about Neesham's Twitter talents , decided to try his luck and question the New Zealander about why he plays in the IPL while choosing not to take part in Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Twitter user took it a step further and decided to answer his own question by saying: "ipl gives you more money & fame thats why you are not playing PSL very Sad". . . .
UEFA on Wednesday added the rainbow to its logo as it defended its decision to refuse to allow Munich's Allianz Arena to be illuminated in the same colours in protest at anti-LGBTQ laws passed in Hungary. In a statement European football's governing body said it "is proud to wear the colours of the rainbow", a symbol for the LGBTQ community, but stood by its decision by saying the city of Munich's request to illuminate the stadium was "political" . Germany will play Hungary at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday on the final day of Euro 2020 group matches . "The request itself was political, linked to the Hungarian football team's presence in the stadium for this evening's match with Germany," UEFA said. UEFA said that the rainbow was "a symbol that embodies our core values, promoting everything that we believe in - a more just and egalitarian society, tolerant of everyone, regardless of their background, belief or gender". And it insisted that its decision to turn down . . .
Spain finally have lift-off at Euro 2020 after a 5-0 hammering of Slovakia on Wednesday sent them through as runners-up in Group E, with Croatia their opponents in the last 16 on Monday. Luis Enrique described his team as a bottle of cava about to be popped and they certainly exploded in Seville, where a scoring frenzy felt cathartic and could yet prove transformative for their chances in the knock-out stages. Spain were even about to progress as group winners until Viktor Claesson scored in the 94th minute against Poland to secure top spot for Sweden. Slovakia finish third and are out. After two tension-filled draws against Sweden and Poland, Spain were left scrambling to qualify, with Luis Enrique admitting he would have taken any position in the group as long as it meant going through. But Spain ran riot at La Cartuja, their early anxiety heightened by Alvaro Morata's missed penalty and then quickly eased by two dreadful mistakes by Slovakia's goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. . . .
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties to equal the all-time international goalscoring record and help holders Portugal edge into the last 16 of Euro 2020 with a 2-2 draw against France in Budapest on Wednesday. Portugal will face the world's top-ranked side Belgium in the first knockout round in Seville on Sunday. Fernando Santos' men moved through as one of the four best third-placed sides, for the second straight Euro, from Group F behind France and Germany, who only just qualified after a dramatic 2-2 draw with Hungary in Munich. Ronaldo gave his side the lead just after the half-hour mark with his first spot-kick, before France hit back through Karim Benzema's two goals either side of half-time. But, with Portugal heading out as it stood with Hungary leading Germany, Ronaldo helped win and then scored their second penalty with half an hour remaining. The 36-year-old's fifth goal of the group stage extended his record tally of Euro goals to 14 and drew him level . . .
Leon Goretzka came off the bench to rescue Germany's Euro 2020 campaign with a late equaliser as a nerve-shredding 2-2 draw against Hungary in Munich on Wednesday sent them through to the last 16. Captain Adam Szalai gave Hungary a shock early lead and although Germany drew level through Kai Havertz in the second half, the Hungarians went back in front almost immediately through Andras Schaefer. With six minutes left, Goretzka fired home a crucial equaliser to set up a blockbuster tie against England at Wembley on Tuesday, eliminating Hungary who finished bottom of Group F. The match build-up had been dominated by UEFA's refusal to allow the city of Munich to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours in solidarity with Hungary's LGBTIQ community. UEFA and the government of Hungary came under a hail of criticism after Budapest's new anti-LGBTIQ law and the football body's refusal to light the Munich stadium. Germany got off to the worst possible start when Szalai ghosted in . . .
World number one Amit Panghal (52kg) qualified for his maiden Olympic Games, while Manish Kaushik (63kg) remained in the hunt for a Tokyo ticket despite losing his quarterfinal bout in the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in Jordan on Monday. World silver-medallist and top seed Panghal edged out familiar foe Carlo Paalam of Philippines in a 4-1 split quarterfinal verdict, while world bronze-winner Kaushik lost 2-3 to third seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia after another intense battle. "I dedicate my Olympic quota to my uncle Raj Narayan, it's his birthday and he is someone who gives me a lot of courage," said Panghal after his bout. Kaushik also remains in contention for an Olympic berth if he can win the box-off between losing quarterfinalists as the top six boxers will claim Tokyo tickets in the 63kg category. The 23-year-old Panghal, who is the reigning Asian Games and Asian Championships gold-medallist, had earlier beaten the Filipino in the semifinals of the 2018 Asian . . .
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) and world number one Amit Panghal (52kg) qualified for the Olympic Games, while Manish Kaushik (63kg) remained in the hunt for a Tokyo ticket despite losing his quarterfinal bout in the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in Jordan on Monday. Second-seeded Mary Kom notched up a comfortable 5-0 win over Philippines' Irish Magno in her quarterfinal bout for a ticket to her second Olympic Games. She won a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics when women's boxing was first introduced at the showpiece. The 37-year-old will square off against China's Yuan Chang in the semifinals. Chang is a former Youth Olympics champion. Mary Kom put out a near-perfect performance against the very aggressive Magno. The Manipuri dictated the pace of the bout, drawing from her huge reservoir of experience to put Magon on the backfoot with a very effective counter-attacking strategy. Earlier, world silver-medallist and top seed Panghal edged out familiar foe . . .
Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday tweeted a video of fast bowler Mohammed Shami carrying out his exercise routine as the players serve their one-week quarantine period in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). "Shaandaar Shami," KXIP tweeted along with the video. "Put on your workout playlist and join @MdShami11 bhai in the drill," they added. In the video, Shami can be seen doing various iterations of push-ups and planks among other exercises. Watch the video here: Shaandaar Shami @MdShami11 bhai in the drill #SaddaPunjab #Dream11IPL #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/dSuv9jhStT — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) August 25, 2020 The KXIP players travelled to the UAE last Friday . The IPL season is set to begin on September 19, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings in the opener. KXIP will be captained by wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul this year. It will be his first stint as the captain of . . .
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik has said that the franchise had to let go of Chris Lynn with a heavy heart. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be played from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE across three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. In the players' auction which was held in December last year, Lynn was not retained by the franchise while Morgan was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 5.25 crore. a six-day quarantine period after landing in the UAE and everyone needs to be tested for Covid-19 thrice. start training in the UAE with their team-mates. Comments Topics mentioned in this article Kolkata Knight Riders Dinesh Karthik Chris Lynn Cricket IPL 2020 Get the latest updates on IPL 2021 , IPL Points Table , IPL Schedule 2021 , live score . Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more sports updates. You can also download the NDTV Cricket app for Android or iOS . . . .