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The former India wicketkeeper, who is part of Mumbai Indians’ coaching staff, is asymptomatic

Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More, who is part of the Mumbai Indians’ coaching set-up, has tested positive for Covid-19. More, who is a talent scout as well as wicketkeeping consultant with Mumbai, has isolated himself in Chennai, where the defending champions will play their initial set of matches, including the IPL opener against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9.

As a precautionary measure, the Mumbai Indians cancelled their training session on Tuesday, the day More tested positive. ESPNcricinfo understands that rest of the Mumbai contingent underwent a rapid testing process and returned negative results. It could not be confirmed whether Mumbai, who won their fifth IPL title last season, would resume training on Wednesday. After landing in Chennai, Mumbai have conducted two training sessions at Chepauk on April 2 and 4.

“Mr. More is currently asymptomatic and has been isolated,” the franchise said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “Mumbai Indians and Kiran More have followed all the BCCI health guidelines. The MI medical team will continue to monitor Mr. More’s health and abide by the BCCI protocols.”



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Recent Match Report – Yorkshire vs Northants Group 3 2021

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Northamptonshire 234 and 94 for 4 need a further 126 to beat Yorkshire 206 and 247 (Willey 41*, Parnell 5-79)

Yorkshire’s victory from a parlous position at Hove last week caused their coach, Andrew Gale, to praise their character and resilience. If they repeat the feat against Northants at Headingley then similar acclamation will surely follow. Why, Yorkshire grit might even get a mention.

Yorkshire are slight favourites, with Northants 94 for 4 in pursuit of 220, but it is foolhardy to suggest as much. If the Headingley Cricketing Gods get the slightest indication that victory is already being anticipated then expect the sun to shine, the pitch to play with monotonous predictability and Northants to scoot home soon after lunch. This not a ground on which you get ahead of yourself.

What is abundantly clear is that, for the second successive week, Yorkshire are involved in an engrossing contest that has shown Championship cricket at its best. That is partly due to Yorkshire’s batting frailties – and that vulnerability remains – but largely because both surfaces, whether encouraging spin or seam, have provided a balance between bat and ball. Northants, like Sussex, have been worthy opponents.



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County Championship 2021 – Chris Wright seven-for keeps Leicestershire in victory pursuit | Cricket

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Leicestershire 421 and 125 for 3 lead Gloucestershire 275 (Wright 7-53) by 271 runs

Chris Wright‘s career-best 7 for 53 gave Leicestershire a chance to press for a first victory of the season as they took a lead of 271 over Gloucestershire by the end of day three. Wright almost single-handedly bowled the hosts out for 275 at Bristol, to take a first-innings lead of 146, before his side’s batsmen made 125 for 3 by the close.

It was a 14th first-class five-for for Wright, who turns 36 later this summer and is in the final year of his contract. His four wickets on the second evening brought about a collapse of 5 for 22 that put Leicestershire on top and he added three more on the third day. But the resistance started by Tom Smith and George Hankins on day two continued as Gloucestershire lasted another 38 overs.

Resuming 176 for 6 needing another 96 to save the follow-on, Gloucestershire lost Hankins in the eighth over of the morning, lbw to Wright when he appeared to be outside the line of off stump. Hankins’ slow trudge off suggested bat was involved too but he went for 37. The wicket gave Wright a third five-wicket bag for Leicestershire and ended a stand of 73 for the sixth wicket.

Wright thought he’d struck again almost immediately as he bowled Dan Worrall for 1 only to have overstepped. Worrall only made 10 more before lazily dragging a wide ball from Callum Parkinson into his stumps.

But Josh Shaw got together to form another stand with Smith. He struck Parkinson sweetly over mid-off for six and clipped Wright for three through midwicket to save the follow-on and he went on to make an unbeaten 41 – one shy of his career-best but a new high for Gloucestershire.

Smith survived, a little awkwardly at times, for 130 deliveries and his 47 that began on the second evening was a vital innings to give his second a second batting point and take more time out of the game. Rain delayed the start of the afternoon but Wright trapped Smith and No. 11 Dom Goodman to complete his haul and leave Leicestershire 53 overs to build their lead.

More rain and bad light took out some of those and they were 77 for 3 before Rishi Patel and Lewis Hill saw them to the close.

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Match Preview – Royals vs Sunrisers, IPL 2021, 28th Match

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Warner could make way for one of Roy or Holder as Sunrisers look to rejig personnel in search of elusive win

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Desperate times reflect in radical measures. The Sunrisers Hyderabad replacing David Warner with Kane Williamson as captain might seem like one, but the move isn’t bereft of precedent or context. The Kolkata Knight Riders made a similar switch last year. This announcement, however, comes in the wake of Warner’s public owning up of “responsibility” for the team’s fifth defeat in six games, and a critique of a “harsh” selection call a game earlier.

The build-up to their clash on Sunday against the Rajasthan Royals remains wrapped in a degree of uncertainty. The franchise has made it clear that a change in their overseas combination for the game is imminent.

Like their opponent, the Royals, who have just one win more than the Sunrisers, are in pursuit of a turnaround. A gradual depletion of their overseas contingent, admitted Royals captain Sanju Samson after their seven-wicket defeat on Thursday, has been “tough” to contend with. The want of end-overs impetus has also hurt their campaign this season.

Recurrent erosion of momentum at the death, therefore, might warrant a review of their batting order, most notably the role of Shivam Dube. At No. 4, Dube’s strike rate has hovered between 29 and 113 in four innings this year, his 31-ball 35 playing a part in stalling the Royals to just 171 despite brisk, substantial knocks by the top three in the previous game. A promotion for David Miller to that position could translate into better use of quick-scoring weaponry available at their disposal.



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