New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: * Report of IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-CSK-PREVIEW Struggling for survival, CSK face fierce rivals Mumbai Indians Sharjah, Oct 22 (PTI) Their campaign turning from bad to worse, Chennai Super Kings are expected to try out a few of their younger players when they take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in an IPL match here on Friday.
SPO-CRI-IPL-LD RABADA Liberation of mind is important but I can't force my opinion on others: Rabada (Eds: Adding more Rabada quotes) Dubai, Oct 22 (PTI) Made up of strong limbs and a liberated mind, Kagiso Rabada on Thursday invoked Nelson Mandela and emphasised on fighting for the right causes without 'shoving' his opinion down anyone's throat.
SPO-CRI-IPL-MCCULLUM Loss against RCB was morale-crushing, but destiny still in our hands: McCullum Abu Dhabi, Oct 22 (PTI) Disappointed with his team's 'timid approach' with the bat , Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum has admitted that the crushing defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore would definitely affect the morale of the side, but their destiny is still in their hands.
SPO-CRI-IPL-SIRAJ Virat handing new ball to me boosted confidence: Siraj on 'magical' IPL performance Abu Dhabi, Oct 22 (PTI) Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mohammed Siraj, who ripped through Kolkata Knight Riders' top-order with a 'magical performance', said skipper Virat Kohli's surprise decision to hand him the new ball lifted his confidence in the IPL match here.
SPO-CRI-MISBAH Cricketers from west more likely to have mental health issues: Misbah on playing in bio-bubble Karachi, Oct 22 (PTI) Pakistan head coach and former captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes that players from 'western countries' are more likely to be hit by mental health issues if cricket is continued to be played in a strict bio-secure environment.
SPO-CRI-IND-AUS NSW government allows Indian team to train in quarantine Sydney, Oct 22 (PTI) Sydney and Canberra are set to host the white-ball leg of India's tour of Australia after the New South Wales government allowed the visiting team to train during its mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
SPO-CRI-ICC-WTC ICC to consider splitting points for WTC matches affected by COVID-19 pandemic: Report Dubai, Oct 22 (PTI) Aiming to complete the World Test Championship cycle and host the final in June as per schedule, the ICC is contemplating splitting points for all those WTC bilateral series that had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPO-CRI-IPL-CHAHAR Slow nature of wickets allowing me to attack more: Rahul Chahar Sharjah, Oct 22 (PTI) Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Rahul Chahar on Thursday said the pitches getting gradually slower in the UAE and bigger grounds than India has allowed him to attack the batsmen consistently in the Indian Premier League.
SPO-WREST-CAMP-BAJRANG Lack of competition not ideal but Bajrang won't mind going straight into World Championship Sonepat, Oct 21 (PTI) Not getting any competition before the World Championships is not ideal but India's top wrestler Bajrang Punia says neither is lining up for any or every event amid a raging pandemic and he would rather go straight to the big event, albeit a bit short on match practice.
SPO-VIRUS-BAD-JUNIOR Badminton's World Junior Championship cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) The 2020 World Junior Badminton Championship, which was postponed to be held in New Zealand in January, was on Thursday cancelled due to the restrictions and uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPO-HOCK-KOTHAJIT Indian hockey team is shaping up well for Tokyo Olympics: Kothajit Bengaluru, Oct 22 (PTI) The Indian men's hockey team has resumed training at just the right time after a break forced by COVID-19 and will be in a strong position for next year's Tokyo Olympics, believes senior defender Kothajit Singh. PTI AH