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10:30pm – Buttler and Gowtham heroics help Rajasthan Royals stay alive

That was some game at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur! Rajasthan Royals have managed to keep their playoff hopes alive with a four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings achieved on the penultimate ball of the match. You can read about the key takeaways from the clash here.

9:00pm – Opening day of Ireland’s first Test washed out by rain

Ireland’s wait to make their Test bow will be extended by one more day with incessant rains at Dublin washing out the entire day’s play at the Village, Malahide. Not even the toss was possible on Friday though the outlook does look better for the coming days.

8:05pm – No margin for error for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore

In the second of the IPL’s double header on Saturday, Delhi Daredevils will host the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The two sides are stationed at the bottom of the table and will require an extraordinary effort to stand any chance of making the playoffs. Read more about the clash in our preview.

8:00pm – Andre Russell’s fitness in focus as KKR get ready to battle KXIP

In the first of IPL’s double-header on Saturday, Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens. Dinesh Karthik’s Knight Riders have a dilemma in the form of their star all-rounder Andre Russell’s fitness. Read more about team news in our preview for the clash.

6:15pm – Chennai Super Kings bat first against Rajasthan Royals

At Jaipur, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bat first against Rajasthan Royals. You can follow the live updates from the IPL clash here.

6:00pm – Rajasthan Royals to don special pink jersey in clash with Chennai Super Kings

In their IPL clash with Chennai Super Kings, Ajinkya Rahane and his Rajasthan Royals side will line up in a special pink jersey instead of their customary blue. The change in jersey is part of the side’s attempt to create awareness about cancer screening.

1:50pm – Shahid Afridi calls MS Dhoni the coolest captain in cricket

Pakistan star Shahid Afridi said MS Dhoni is the coolest captain in world cricket and current captain Virat Kohli his favourite Indian cricketer.

Afridi also picked his 141 against India in the 1999 Chennai Test as his favourite innings during an interview to FOX Sports Asia.

Full story here.

1:35 pm – Weather threatens to play spoilsport in Ireland

Ireland’s inaugural Test against Pakistan faces the threat of rain on Friday.

Pakistan are set to hand Faheem Ashraf and Imam-ul-Haq their Test debuts.

Catch all the live action here.

1:25pm – All’s not well in Kings XI Punjab camp, according to a report

A report in the Mumbai Mirror said that Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta had a heated argument with team mentor Virender Sehwag over team tactics.

Kings XI Punjab have lost three out of their last four matches, leading to the alleged clash.

For more, click here.

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Ireland v Pakistan LIVE: Weather main concern in historic Test in Dublin

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Pakistan take on Ireland in Dublin. Image: PCB/Twitter.

Weather is the biggest concern on Friday as Ireland take on Pakistan in the country’s first-ever Test at Malahide.

Forecast for Friday is not good with rain and strong winds expected to affect the opening day’s play in Dublin.

Pakistan are set to hand Test debuts to top order batsman Imam-ul-Haq and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

Ireland will thus become the 11th Test playing country.

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Pakistan star Shahid Afridi calls MS Dhoni the coolest captain in world cricket, Virat Kohli his favourite Indian cricketer

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Pakistan’s star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has picked MS Dhoni as the coolest captain in world cricket and current skipper Virat Kohli as his favourite Indian cricketer.

During an interview with FOX Sports Asia, Afridi was asked a series of questions covering various topic ranging from the laziest Pakistani cricketer to his favourite innings.

The 38-year-old is known to speak straight from the heart and was at his entertaining best during the interview.

Afridi picked Dhoni as the coolest captain in world cricket, a statement he has made in previous interviews as well. His fondness of Kohli is well known with the current captain gifting him a jersey signed by the Indian team for the Shahid Afridi charity foundation.

Afridi also named mercurial batsman Umar Akmal as the ‘loudest’ player and the best dancer in the Pakistan team and selected the legendary Wasim Akram as the top leader of the side. The all-rounder picked batsman Sohaib Maqsood as the laziest player in the Pakistan team.

On a personal note, Afridi pointed to the ball-biting incident during the Perth ODI against Australia in 2010 as his most embarrassing moment and his match-winning knock of 141 against India in the 1999 Chennai Test as his finest.

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