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New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) The following are the top stories at 1700 hours: STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-5THLD RESCHEDULE COVID hits IPL: KKR-RCB match postponed; 'false positives' in CSK non-playing staff New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) A COVID-19 outbreak left the Indian Premier League on tenterhooks as Kolkata Knight Riders' Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the dreaded virus, forcing postponement of the team's game against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad this evening.

SPO-CRI-IPL-MI-SRH-PREVIEW Resurgent Mumbai Indians favourites against SunRisers Hyderabad New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Back in the groove after two consecutive wins, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be firm favourites to put it past the turbulence-hit and bottom-placed SunRisers Hyderabad in an IPL game here on Tuesday.

SPO-CRI-VIRUS-IND-CA-DONATION CA to donate AUD 50,000 to support India amid COVID-19 mayhem Melbourne, May 3 (PTI) Cricket Australia on Monday pledged 50,000 Australian dollars to support India's fight against the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and will also raise more funds in partnership with its players' association and UNICEF.

SPO-CRI-IPL-AGARWAL Punjab Kings haven't yet thought about opening role for Gayle or Malan: Agarwal Ahmedabad, May 3 (PTI) Punjab Kings' stand-in captain Mayank Agarwal says they have not yet discussed if explosive Chris Gayle or Dawid Malan would open the innings alongside him in the absence of KL Rahul, who needs a surgery to treat acute appendicitis.

SPO-CRI-ICC-RANKING India 2nd in ICC T20 rankings, drop to 3rd in ODI chart after annual update Dubai, May 3 (PTI) India retained the second place in the ICC Twenty20 team rankings but dropped a rung to third in the ODI chart following the annual update carried out on Monday.

SPO-CRI-PERERA-RETIREMENT Sri Lanka all-rounder Perera retires from international cricket Colombo, May 3 (PTI) Sri Lanka all-rounder and former captain Thisara Perera on Monday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-CA No charter flight for Australia players at this moment: CA Chief Hockley Melbourne, May 3 (PTI) Cricket Australia currently has no plans to arrange a charter flight to bring its players back home from COVID-19-ravaged India once the IPL gets over, its chief Nick Hockley said on Monday.

SPO-BAD-PARA COVID restrictions: Indian para shuttlers to miss Spanish international New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Top para shuttlers Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam's preparation for the Paralympics suffered a blow as the Indian team will not be able to compete at the Spanish International due to the new quarantine rules imposed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-BAD-CAMPAIGN-AMBASSADORS Sindhu, Li named athlete ambassadors for IOC's 'Believe in Sports' campaign New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) World champion and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and world no 11 Canada's Michelle Li have been nominated as athlete ambassadors for International Olympic Committee's 'Believe in Sports' campaign, the Badminton World Federation said on Monday. PTI SSC SSC SSC