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New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi.

*Post-match press conferences.

*Report of of IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad.

*Report of AFC Champions League match between FC Goa and Al Wahdain in Margao.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-RCB-PUNJAB-PREVIEW Punjab Kings have task cut out against RCB Ahmedabad, Apr 29 (PTI) Punjab Kings will have to play out of their skins to get their stuttering campaign back on track when they face a high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League here on Friday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-UMPIRES-LD PULLOUT Umpire Menon pulls out of IPL after COVID cases in family; Reiffel's exit stalled due to travel ban New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) India's top umpire Nitin Menon has pulled out of the ongoing IPL after his family was struck by a couple of COVID-19 cases, while his Australian counterpart Paul Reiffel's attempts at leaving hit a dead end because of his country's suspension of air travel with India.

SPO-CRI-IPL-CSK-FLEMING Changes around attitude reason for CSK's turnaround: Fleming New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says a change in attitude brought with it a change of fortunes for his franchise, which endured a forgettable IPL last year, and its focus this season has been on playing a faster brand of cricket.

SPO-CRI-IPL-KOHLI-JAMIESON WTC Final: Kohli not getting much help from teammate Jamieson Ahmedabad, Apr 29 (PTI) In the IPL nets, Virat Kohli is literally using every trick in the bag to prepare for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand but is not getting much help from current teammate and Black Caps pacer Kyle Jamieson.

SPO-CRI-IPL-BAYLISS Important that we don't lose confidence or patience: Bayliss after fifth loss New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Trevor Bayliss feels it is important that his team doesn't lost 'confidence or patience' following its fifth loss in six games in the ongoing IPL.

SPO-CRI-MUMBAI-LEAGUE MCA defers T20 Mumbai League Mumbai, Apr 29 (PTI) The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Thursday decided to defer the third edition of its T20 league in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

SPO-CRI-IPL-LABUSCHAGNE Missing out on IPL a blessing in disguise, says Labuschagne London, Apr 29 (PTI) Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne has admitted that being overlooked at the IPL auction turned out to be a 'blessing in disguise' in the light of the rising COVID-19 cases in India.

SPO-HOCK-IND-HARDIK Indian hockey team need to improve on finishing skills and coordination: Hardik Singh Bengaluru, Apr 29 (PTI) Following a successful tour of Argentina and Europe, Indian men's hockey team midfielder Hardik Singh on Thursday said the national side needs to improve its finishing skills and work on the coordination to do well in the Olympics.

SPO-CRI-CAB-VACCINATION CAB vaccination drive ahead of IPL Kolkata, Apr 29 (PTI) The Cricket Association of Bengal will inoculate COVID-19 vaccine to its committee members, staff and the groundsmen at Eden Gardens on Friday ahead of hosting the IPL matches here from May 9.

SPO-FOOT-VIRUS-FCGOA-FOREIGNERS COVID-19: FC Goa head coach, foreign contingent leave India ahead of final AFC Champions League game Margao, Apr 29 (PTI) Indian Super League side FC Goa on Thursday allowed its foreign staffers, including Spanish head coach Juan Ferrando and some footballers, to leave the country ahead of its last AFC Champions League match in view of the restrictions being imposed on flights from India globally.

SPO-CRI-WOM-COACH Five female candidates for India women head coach job New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Former chief selector Hemlata Kala is among five female candidates who have applied to become the Indian women's team's head coach, a position that has been held by men since 2017.

SPO-CRI-IPL-RR-DONATION RR announces contribution of Rs 7.5 crores for COVID-19 relief New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals on Thursday said it has raised Rs 7.5 crore to provide immediate support to people affected by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in India through its foundation. PTI APA APA