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Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings, live streaming where to watch DC vs CSK, IPL 2020 7.30 PM Oct 17



Delhi Capitals are one of the the in-form teams in the IPL this season, with six victories from eight matches. However, a number of injuries to key players have suddenly made their road to the playoffs trickier, with Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma already ruled out of the tournament, and now Rishabh Pant nursing a hamstring strain. The Capitals will be banking on their lethal bowling attack led by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to make up for those absences.

Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, have struggled to string together convincing performances, and find themselves near the bottom of the table with just three wins. They did, however, have positives to take away from their victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, as Sam Curran opened the innings to take full advantage of the powerplay, with the captain MS Dhoni coming in at No.5.

The last time these two teams met, Prithvi Shaw and Rabada helped power a 44-run win for the Capitals. The Super Kings have made the top four every season they’ve contested in, but a loss on Saturday will make it incredibly hard for the team to maintain that streak.

Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings is available to view in India on Disney+ Hotstar, Jio TV and Airtel TV.

When does the DC vs CSK live streaming start?
The DC vs CSK live streaming will start at 7:00 PM India Time October 17, 2020.

Where is the DC vs CSK match being played?
The DC vs CSK match will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE.

On which TV channels will DC vs CSK live coverage be available?
In India, Star Sports 1 and 1HD, Star Sports Select 1 and 1HD and SS1 Hindi and 1 Hindi HD will telecast the match live.

Where can one find DC vs CSK live score and commentary online?
The fastest and most comprehensive live score and details will be available here: DC vs CSK live

What are the likely playing XIs for today’s DC vs CSK game?

Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tushar Deshpande, 11 Anrich Nortje

Chennai Super Kings: 1 Faf du Plessis, 2 Sam Curran, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Karn Sharma

Who are the captains for today’s DC vs CSK game?
The captains for today’s game will be Shreyas Iyer (DC) and MS Dhoni (CSK).

Who are the umpires for DC vs CSK game?
The on-field umpires for today’s game will be Richard Illingworth and KN Ananthapadmanabhan. The TV umpire will be Chettithodi Shamshuddin

Who will be the match referee for DC vs CSK game?
The match referee for today’s game will be Vengalil Narayan Kutty.

All telecast and streaming timings are according to information received from the host broadcaster.

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Pakistan not granted exemption for group training by New Zealand health ministry



The Pakistan contingent on tour in New Zealand will continue their managed isolation in Christchurch, but won’t be given any exemptions that allow them to train in groups. This is due to “ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infections within the squad,” according to New Zealand’s Health Ministry.

Out of the 54 members on tour, 44 have returned negative tests while six players remain Covid-positive. The cases of four others are deemed to be “historic”.

ALSO READ: How did so many Pakistan players test Covid-positive?

As things stand, the entire contingent will complete the extended quarantine period on December 9, after which they can begin training subject to clearance from the New Zealand government.

“I have very carefully considered this situation. At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad,’ Dr Ashley Bloomfield, director-general of New Zealand’s health ministry said in a statement.

“There have been a number of active cases identified among the team. Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams. We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team.”

In a statement issued by the board, Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO, termed the move as “disappointing”, while also questioning the reasons for non-exemption for the 44 players who have tested negative. He also expressed disappointment that the negative tests weren’t made public, while all positive tests were reported immediately.

The Pakistan team, with a squad of 34 players and 20 support staff, were all found to be Covid negative on the day of departure. They arrived in Auckland with stopovers in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur on November 22 and should have completed their 14-day quarantine on December 4, which was later revised because six players returned positive on the second day upon arrival.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three T20s and two Test matches, beginning in Auckland on December 18, in just over two weeks.

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Australia vs India, 2020-21 – Pucovski keeps likely Test debut in perspective



A likely Test debut. Filling the shoes of David Warner. Forming a new opening partnership with Joe Burns. Tackling the pink ball. Facing Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and the rest of the India attack. While that may read like a daunting list, Will Pucovski is keeping it all perspective ahead of a fortnight that, barring some unlikely events, will see him open the batting for Australia at Adelaide Oval.

“It’s still just another ball coming down at you,” was a common refrain from Pucovski as he spoke two days out from the Australia A match against the Indians at Drummoyne Oval.

Until Warner injured his groin in the second ODI at the SCG last week, it was looking unlikely that Pucovski would debut at the start of the Test series despite back-to-back double hundreds in the Sheffield Shield. A host of names including the national selection Trevor Hohns, coach Justin Langer, captain Tim Paine and Warner himself had vouched for the incumbent Burns despite his lean start to the season.

ALSO READ: Joe Burns rediscovers the fundamentals of opening ahead of David Warner’s absence

Now, however, with Warner seemingly scrubbed from at least the opening Test of the series with what is expected to be a four-week recovery, Pucovski is set to walk out alongside Burns to open Australia’s innings.

Pucovski had not been paying any attention to talk of a “bat-off” between him and Burns in the Australia A match – instead, he is training at Junction Oval in Melbourne and enjoying some trips down the coast after the Shield hub finished – and the fact a Test debut is now far more realistic is not changing much.

“Selection, injury and stuff like that is out of my control,” he said. “Obviously, you never want anyone to be injured, especially such a good player and as a group, we would love to be available for the first Test. If I play in Adelaide, I play; if Dave gets up and I don’t play, it’s just one of those things. Hope he gets better as fast as possible.”

“If you are in the 17-man [Test] squad you know you are pretty close either way. It’s not a huge difference, to be honest.”

One of the reasons Pucovski was appearing unlikely to debut before Warner’s injury was the successful opening stand formed between the latter and Burns in which they have an average partnership of 50.55 across 27 innings.

“Joe and I get along really well, which is obviously a good start,” Pucovski said. “We haven’t batted together heaps, but that’s cricket, you end up batting with people you don’t bat with very often – so long as you know how to bounce off each other, get each other going or know what each other requires that’s all that matters. We’ve had a few conversations, just about little things, to help each other through.”

Depending on how the opening Test plays out, there is a chance that Australia’s openers will have to combat the most challenging period of a day-night Test during dusk as the lights take hold into the final session. Pucovski has played two day-night first-class matches, against England in 2017-18 and Pakistan last season, with scores of 4, 5 and 1 but is currently a player riding a wave of form and confidence.

“It can be a bit different, but it’s pretty cool and pretty fun especially once it gets into that dusk evening time,” Pucovski said. “It’s one of those things growing up you never really thought would happen but that’s part of Test cricket now and it’s an unbelievable atmosphere.

“I haven’t been playing in a Test with a crowd and the pink ball, but just watching, when Australia played New Zealand at Adelaide two or three years ago, I just happened to be in Adelaide and we went down for an hour or two and it was an incredible atmosphere.”

Neither is Pucovski overthinking the step up in class when he faces the Indian attack. “Obviously they are very good bowlers, but I’ve faced a lot of very good bowling in first-class cricket. At the end of the day, I look at it as it’s just a ball coming down and you and I just have to do my best to react in the best way possible.”

Overall, there was excitement in Pucovski’s voice about what lies ahead. “It’s pretty cool, you watch these blokes on TV dominating around the world and never think that could be me facing them one day,” he said. “But it could become a reality.”

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South Africa news – New transformation targets suspended temporarily by CSA interim board



Cricket South Africa’s interim board have temporarily suspended new transformation targets imposed on national teams which would have required them to field seven players of colour, including a minimum of three black African players, by the 2022-23 season. The message was communicated to team management on Thursday and is effective immediately, and board will deliberate on the best way to ensure representation at its next few meetings

That means that, for now, the South African team is required to stick to the old target, calculated on average over the course of a season, which asks them to field a minimum of six players of colour, of which two are black African. They had begun the international season under instruction to increase that to three black African players – which they stuck to in all three T20s against England although they fell short of the overall players of colour requirement – but can now revert to two black African players if they decide to.

“The documents regarding transformation by the previous board are held in abeyance until the interim board is able to apply to its mind. We have asked that be communicated to [director of cricket] Graeme Smith, [selector convenor] Victor Mpitsang and [head coach] Mark Boucher,” Judith February, a member of the interim board, told ESPNcricinfo.

The interim board had, up to this point, not had the opportunity to address transformation targets as it continues to work through the forensic report which was used to fire former CEO Thabang Moroe. The report also implicates company secretary Welsh Gwaza, who has since been suspended. Gwaza was a permanent invitee on every CSA committee, including the transformation one, although it is not known how much influence he had on the new targets, which were presented to South Africa’s sports minister Nathi Mthethwa by former independent board member Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, who has since resigned.

As reported by ESPNcricinfo earlier this week the new targets would require 25% of the national team to be made up of black African players (up from 18% until the end of last season). Next season, 2021-22, the percentage is set to increase to 27%, and in the 2022-23 season it would sit at 33%. The number of players of colour required overall sits at 58% now, and is set to increase to 63% by 2022-23.

ALSO READ: CSA release forensic audit in wake of firing of CEO Thabang Moroe

While the percentages do not always equate exactly to a set number of players, it meant that, this season, South Africa needed to field between six and seven players of colour in a team, of which at least three would have to be black African more often than not. Though the targets were not made public, they were evident in practice, when Anrich Nortje missed out on the first T20. With Kagiso Rabada ruled out of the ODIs, the target could have proved difficult to maintain.

The interim board has not set a timeframe when they will pronounce on new targets, though they are only expected to be in their positions for three months, ending in January 2021. That means things could change again for the national team during the course of this season. It also remains to be seen how the ministry, who have previously criticised CSA’s transformation record, will receive new targets.

Mthethwa has given the interim board the scope to “have no holy cows” in doing as much as it can to stabilise CSA, and has described them as “a group of people who would know what to do”.

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