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New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1725 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai.

*Report of Billie Jean King Cup playoffs match between India and Latvia.

*Report of AFC Cup Champions League match between FC Goa and Al-Wahda in Margao.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-PUNJAB-PREVIEW Delhi Capitals hold edge over Punjab Kings as Nortje set to replace Tom Curran Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant will aim to display better tactical acumen in Catch-22 situations against a 'blow-hot-blow-cold' Punjab Kings in what promises to be a battle of brittle middle-orders in an IPL match here on Sunday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-RCB-KKR-PREVIEW KKR look to overcome middle-order muddle, return to winning ways against RCB Chennai, Apr 17 (PTI) The misfiring Kolkata Knight Riders will look to bring their campaign back on track when they take on table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL here on Sunday.

SPO-CRI-BCCI-DOMESTIC-CALENDAR Domestic Calendar: BCCI plans to start Ranji season in December; no Irani, Duleep Trophy this year By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) The BCCI plans to kick-start its 2021-22 domestic season in September this year with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and has also allocated a three-month window to the Ranji Trophy from December after the marquee event had to be cancelled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-CRI-IPL-LARA-PADIKKAL Padikkal has few things to iron out but he is a great talent: Brian Lara Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Devdutt Padikkal needs to 'iron out' a few technical things but the legendary Brian Lara is confident that the Royal Challengers Bangalore left-hander would better his performance during this IPL with a few Man of the Match awards.Ashwin's quota of overs probably a mistake: Ponting SPO-CRI-WC-PAK-VISA Pakistan cricket players will get visas for World T20 in India: BCCI apex council (Eds: Recasting overnight story) New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Pakistan's cricket players will get visas to compete in the T20 World Cup in India this October, the BCCI's apex council has been told by Board secretary Jay Shah following 'government assurances'.

SPO-CRI-IPL-FLEMING Dhoni is the heartbeat of CSK, says coach Fleming Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has called skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni the team's heartbeat and said the desire to do well even after playing 200 matches is a testament to his attitude towards the game and the franchise.

SPO-BAD-IND-SRIKANTH COVID has robbed us of the freedom to train as per our plans: Srikanth By Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) The COVID-19 pandemic has 'robbed' athletes of the freedom to train as per their convenience ahead of the all-important Olympic Games, says India's ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth.

SPO-WREST-ASIAN-IND Bajrang sets up Asian final against nemesis Otogur, Ravi too advances Almaty, Apr 17 (PTI) Bajrang Punia did not face much competition while Ravi Kumar Dahiya was impressive as the two Olympic-bound Indian wrestlers reached the finals of their respective categories at the Asian Championships here on Saturday.

SPO-BOX-WC-YOUTH-IND Youth Boxing: Ankit, Manish enter pre-quarters of world championship New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Asian silver-medallist Ankit Narwal (64kg) and Manish (75kg) advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the youth world boxing championships for men and women in Kielce, Poland. SPO-GOLF-AUSTRIA-IND In search of maiden European Tour win outside India, Chawrasia lies tied 5th at Austrian Open Vienna, Apr 17 (PTI) Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia carded a superb four-under 68 in the second round to grab a share of the fifth position at the Austrian Open, continuing his pursuit of a European Tour title outside India.

SPO-GOLF-RBC-LAHIRI Lahiri misses cut at RBC as veteran Cink leads by five shots Hilton Head (US), Apr 17 (PTI) India's Anirban Lahiri missed a bunch of putts, some inside 10 feet or less, and carded 4-over 75 in the second round to crash out of the RBC Heritage tournament here.

SPO-GOLF-LOTTE-ADITI Aditi shoots 70, slips to 50th on LPGA Kapolei (US), Apr 17 (PTI) A late bogey deprived India's Aditi Ashok a third successive 69 as she slipped to the 50th position after a 2-under 70 in the third round of the Lotte Championship here.

SPO-GOLF-GANGJEE Gangjee misses cut as Kanaya takes lead in Japan Nagoya (Japan), Apr 17 (PTI) Rahil Gangjee improved from 76 to 71 in the second round but could not extend his stay at the Token Homemate Cup, the opening event of the Japan Tour's 2021 season.

SPO-CRI-IPL-RCB-JAMIESON Kohli's leadership complements my approach towards game: Kyle Jamieson Chennai, Apr 17 (PTI) Virat Kohli's style of leadership complements his thought process, feels RCB all-rounder Kyle Jamieson, who has accepted that bowling on slower Indian tracks require a different set of skill-sets.

SPO-HOCK-WOM-CAMP-RESTART Women's hockey core group to restart training at SAI, Bengaluru New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Indian women hockey's core group will return to the national camp in Bengaluru on Sunday to restart the preparations for the Tokyo Games after a 10-day break.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-NORTJE Hope I can build it up from here on: Nortje after re-joining Delhi squad Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Staying confined to his hotel room for 10 days was 'quite a lot' for him and Delhi Capitals fast bowler Anrich Nortje is hoping to get into the act straightaway against Punjab Kings in the IPL here on Sunday. PTI AH AH AH