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Kohli one of my favourite captains: Ganguly

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Kolkata Sep 15 : Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly heaped praise on current Test skipper Virat Kohli, saying the dashing right-hander is one of his favourite leaders in the game.
“Virat is one of my favourite captains at the present moment,” Ganguly told reporters at a packed media conference celebrating his decade-long association with a steel brand.
“He is a terrific player. In his short career so far he has done wonders for the country. Someone who when I look at him on the field is going to raise the value of the Indian cricket with his intensity, fighting spirit and hunger to win.”
“You could see it on his face when he walks out to bat, or captain India he wants to be the best. The country needs him at the moment and I think he is great addition to Indian cricket,” added Ganguly.
Kohli has won seven Tests as the Test captain so far, the latest being India’s massive win over West Indies in the Caribbean. The Delhi lad also became the first Indian captain to score a double century in the same series overseas.
India now take on New Zealand in three Tests and five one-day internationals. The first Test match is in Kanpur starting next Thursday.
“New Zealand are probably the second best team after England at the moment. India are almost unbeatable at home. Everyone knows that, even New Zealand,” Ganguly said.
“The first Test is in Kanpur and then here at the Eden Gardens followed by Indore. The conditions will be good to play.”
Ganguly said the Eden pitch is presently being prepared for the second Test starting September 30.
“Eden pitch will be ready. There has been a lot of sunshine in the last two days. There is still enough time to get it ready.”
The 44-year-old added the wicket will be prepared according to the wish of the Indian team management.
“Whatever they want will be provided. Last year during the World Cup, we had to use bermuda grass as it grows quickly.”

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Kings XI Punjab won by 97 runs

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Dubai, Sep 24 : King XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 97 runs in the sixth match of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai on Thursday. Captain K.L. Rahul on Thursday smashed a few IPL records with a blistering 69-ball 132 the highest individual score by an Indian player in the IPL that helped him cross the 2,000-run mark in the cash-rich league and take his team to 206/3 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore here.

Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 206/3 (KL Rahul 132*, Mayank Agarwal 26; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/25) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 109 all out (Washington Sundar 30, AB de Villiers 28, Murugan Ashwin 3/21) by 97 runs

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IPL 13: Delhi won in super over, Mayak’s half-century wasted

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Dubai, 21 September: The second match of the season played in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday was thrilled, with Delhi winning the Super Over.

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Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets

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Abu Dhabi, 19 September : Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the first match of IPL-13 played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.

IPL 13 : MIvCSK LIVE Score, IPL 2020 UAE : Chennai Super Kings, 166/5 Run Rate: 8.58
Overs: 19.2/20 | Mumbai Indians, 162/9 Run Rate: 8.10

Overs: 20/20

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