first_imgIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals beat RCB to reach playoffsIPL 2019: With two matches left to play, Delhi now find themselves at the top of the points table with 16 points from 12 games but a better net-run-rate than erstwhile leaders CSK Ajay Tiwari New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 00:24 IST Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer hit fluent half-centuries in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Feroz Shah Kotla (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals were off to a great start at the Ferozshah KotlaDhawan and Shreyas Iyer hit fluent half-centuriesAmit Mishra and Kagiso Rabada starred with the ball for DelhiDelhi Capitals (DC) became the 2nd team after Chennai Super Kings to qualify for the IPL 2019 playoffs after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 16 runs in at the Ferozshah Kotla today. After having posted 187/5 riding on half-centuries from opener Shikhar Dhawan (50) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (52), the Capitals bowlers returned to stifle the superstar batting lineup of RCB to snap their 3-match winning streak.With two matches left to play, Delhi now find themselves at the top of the points table with 16 points from 12 games but a better net-run-rate than erstwhile leaders CSK. Bangalore, on the other hand, find themselves on the brink of missing out on a spot in the playoffs as they still are at the bottom with just 8 points after 12 matches.After winning the toss and opting to bat on a baked Kotla pitch, DC were off to a great start with Prithvi shaw and Dhawan finding their range early. But Umesh Yadav got rid of Shaw (18) in the 4th over of the innings with a short ball. The captain Iyer joined Dhawan in the middle and the duo kpet scoring with freedom.While Dhawan unfurled his vast range of strokes on both sides of the wicket, Iyer took special liking to Yuzvendra Chahal, hitting him for three monstrous sixes.But the wrist-spinner returned to send back Dhawan in the 13th over, soon after he crossed his fifty off 36 balls when he was caught by Washington Sundar at short fine-leg. In his next over, Chahal also removed the big-hitting Rishabh Pant for just 7 as RCB looked to claw their way back into the match.advertisementWhen DC lost Iyer in the next over, it seemed like RCB would be able to limit Capitals to a low score. But a few lusty blows from Axar Patel and Shane Rutherford helped RCB post 187.In reply, Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli started the chase in an explosive fashion with Patel in particular very severe on anything missing it’s line. The wicket-keeper was particularly severe on young spinner Sandeep Lamichhane hitting him for three boundaries in the 3rd over, while Kohli went about his business at the other end.Kagiso Rabada finally broke the partnership by getting Parthiv (39) caught by a flying Axar Patel at point. Soon after Kohli (23) departed too off the bowling of Patel to give Delhi a foot in the door.The dismissals of AB de Villiers (17), Hienrich Klaasen (3) and Shivam Dube (24) within a space of 9 deliveries truly broke the back of RCB’s batting. Amit Mishra (2/29) was the chief destroyer. But Marcus Stoinis and Gurkeerat Singh kept the visitors in the hunt with a flurry of boundaries before Ishant Sharma returned to send back Singh having him caught behind the stumps.With 26 needed off the last over, Stoinis failed to knock off Rabada over the fence with the bowler adding all-rounder Sundar to his burgeoning wickets tally, thereby bringing DC a welcome victory.Also Read | IPL 2019, DC vs RCB: Virat Kohli trolls himself after losing toss for the 9th timeAlso Read | 10 out of 10: What makes CSK the true Super Kings of IPL?Also Watch | Getting better with age, looking forward to the World Cup: Chris Gayle to India TodayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow RCB vs DCFollow Virat KohliFollow shreyas iyerFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Delhi Capitals commentary scorecard advertisementcenter_img No data available! view more view less graphslast_img read more

Lawmakers have a critical role to play in translating an ambitious new strategy for Africa’s development into concrete initiatives that will improve the lives of the continent’s people, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to African parliamentarians meeting in Cotonou, Benin. “As their representatives, you must craft laws that respond to their needs and aspirations; you must show your commitment to democracy, good governance and effective public administration; and you must serve as an institutional bridge between the state and civil society,” the Secretary-General said in his message, which was delivered by Zephirin Diabre, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to the gathering of officials discussing the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). “Indeed, increased participation by Africans in the decisions affecting their lives will be a key factor in the success of NEPAD and the development of the continent,” he stressed. While NEPAD was first and foremost a partnership between African leaders and their peoples, and between States within Africa, the Secretary-General noted that it also envisaged a new partnership between Africa and the international community – especially the highly industrialized countries. That new relationship would be based on “mutual respect and interdependence, as well as transparency and accountability, including peer review and performance monitoring among both African countries and international partners,” he said, pledging the UN system’s strong commitment to providing the fullest possible support to this endeavour. read more

The Duke, who terminated the trip to Amsterdam just two days after it was announced, is now free to support his significantly overdue wife  Buckingham Palace’s decision to cancel The Duke of Sussex’s visit to Amsterdam because of “logistical arrangements” left supporters wondering what was happening behind the palace walls. Hundreds of royal fans have descended upon the streets of Windsor as the excitement for the arrival of Baby Sussex intensifies.Scores of enthusiastic observers, including a self-proclaimed town crier, have stationed themselves outside the grounds of Windsor Castle over recent days amid speculation that the birth is imminent.Union jacks, royal posters and themed outfits are common sights in the picturesque market town in Berkshire, where some royalists have been waiting for an update from the palace for weeks.John Loughrey, 64, has set up camp across the road from the Royal residence with a sleeping bag and decorated a guard rail with a US flag in a reference to the Duchess’s nationality.The royal superfan, dressed in a Union Jack themed outfit, said he would celebrate the birth with fish and chips, a slice of American pie and a glass of champagne.The retired chef, from Streatham, south London, said: “I’ve got a sleeping bag. I’ve been here since May 1. I’m hearing the rumours that Baby Sussex has already been born. To be honest, I’m hoping that’s not the case because Her Majesty wouldn’t like that, she wants to be loyal to her subjects.”He added: “I want it to be a healthy baby, a healthy mother and I don’t mind if it’s a boy or a girl. It should be announced here at Windsor Castle.” The Duke, who terminated the trip to Amsterdam just two days after it was announced, is now free to support his significantly overdue wife Credit:Yui Mok/Pool PA The Duke, who terminated the trip just two days after it was announced, is now free to support his significantly overdue wife at their new home of Frogmore Cottage, where it is understood the baby will be delivered.The 37-year-old reportedly revealed that she was due at the end of April or early May during an engagement in Birkenhead earlier this year.But the couple have kept the details around the birth private, with aides saying they hope to announce when the duchess has gone into labour followed by details of the baby’s sex and weight later.Nonetheless, wellwishers have travelled from across the world to congregate at the gates of the royal residence in anticipation of an official declaration.Maki Shibati, a Japenese journalist who is preparing a book about Meghan Markle, said she had flown to the UK from Tokyo as excitement grew over the Royal baby.She said: “I am writing a book on Meghan Markle in Japan. I came from Japan to cover Meghan’s birth. I have been waiting for two weeks in Windsor and I want to interview Meghan Markle’s fans, but there are none in Windsor.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more