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New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) The following are the top/expected sports stories at 1735 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of IPL match between Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad.

*Report of AFC Champions League group match between FC Goa and Al Rayyan of Qatar at Margao.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-WITHDRAWALS-3RDLD WRAP Fear factor at IPL: Early exits as COVID cases surge in India; BCCI says league will go on (Eds: Updates with fresh inputs and quotes) New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Anxiety pierced through IPL's bio-secure bubble on Monday with leading Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and some Australian players withdrawing from the league amid the escalating COVID-19 crisis in India even as the BCCI insisted that the glitzy league will go on.

SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-ASHWIN-LD BREAK Ashwin takes break from IPL to support family in fight against COVID-19 (Eds: Adds fresh inputs) Chennai, Apr 26 (PTI) Senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to take a break from the ongoing IPL, saying that his family is currently 'putting up a fight against COVID-19' and he wants to support them.

SPO-CRI-IPL-CUMMINS-LD DONATION Cummins donates USD 50,000 to India's fight against COVID-19 pandemic (Eds: Adding more quotes and inputs) New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Kolkata Knight Riders' Australian pacer Pat Cummins on Monday announced a USD 50,000 donation towards PM CARES Fund for oxygen supplies in India's COVID-19 ravaged hospitals and backed the IPL to continue, saying he has been 'advised' that the Indian government views it 'as few hours of joy' in a difficult time.

SPO-ARCHERY-WC-IND-LD GOLD Archery couple 'Dee-Das' shoots triple gold as India finish with four medals at World Cup (Eds: Minor edits) Guatemala City, Apr 26 (PTI) Indian archery's star couple Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das led the show with two individual gold medals as the country capped its best ever performance in a World Cup, claiming three golds and a bronze in the tournament's first stage here.

SPO-ARCHERY-WC-DAS 'Apna time ayega' -- How Deepika's words and feats inspired Das By Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Apr 26 (PTI) For 13 years, a World Cup individual medal eluded India's number one in men's archery, Atanu Das.

However, it all changed on Sunday in faraway Guatemala City thanks to his archer wife Deepika Kumari, whose inspiring words and bigger sporting feats pushed Das to go the extra mile and show the world that he is second to none.

SPO-CRI-IPL-WITHDRAWALS-COULTERNILE I feel safer in IPL's bio-bubble than travelling home at the moment: Coulter-Nile New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile understands why some of his compatriots decided to leave home midway from the IPL but he feels safer being part of the Mumbai Indians' bio-bubble as India battles a deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections.

SPO-CRI-IPL-RCB-LD ZAMPA Zampa, Richardson withdraw from IPL due to personal reasons: RCB (Eds: Adding fresh inputs) Ahmedabad, Apr 26 (PTI) Australian bowlers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have decided to withdraw from the remainder of the ongoing IPL citing personal reasons, their franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore said on Monday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-TYE Tye says left IPL to avoid being 'locked out'; claims definite COVID concerns among Aussies New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Australia and Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye decided to leave midway from the IPL as he feared getting 'locked out' of his own country in the wake of a COVID-19 surge in India and claimed that some of his compatriots in the league are considering the same step.

SPO-CRI-IPL-SRH-WILLIAMSON I am getting tired of coming second in Super Overs: Williamson Chennai, Apr 26 (PTI) Be it in the World Cup or IPL, Kane Williamson is 'getting tired' of finishing second in Super Overs.

The New Zealander's latest tryst with the Super Over came on Sunday night when his team Sunrisers Hyderabad failed to achieve the desired result in its IPL match against Delhi Capitals.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-LD AXAR I told Rishabh that I too can bowl the Super Over, reveals Axar (Eds: Updating with additional quotes) Chennai, Apr 26 (PTI) Delhi Capitals' left-arm spinner Axar Patel said that he had volunteered to bowl the high-octane Super Over in their Indian Premier League win over Sunrisers Hyderabad here, which was his first game since recovering from COVID-19.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-RCB-PREVIEW DC, RCB look to outsmart each other in 'battle of equals' Ahmedabad, Apr 26 (PTI) Seeing the loss in their previous game as a blip, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to be at their best to beat a formidable Delhi Capitals unit in the IPL here on Tuesday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-ROYALS-LOAN Hit hard by foreign pull-outs, Royals seek to loan players from other teams New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Rajasthan Royals have approached fellow IPL teams to loan players after the departure of their four foreign players due to various reasons that include injuries, bubble fatigue and COVID-19 fear.

SPO-CRI-CWG-WOM-LD TEAMS India among six teams to qualify for women's T20 at 2022 CWG (Eds: Rephrasing intro and adding more quotes) Dubai, Apr 26 (PTI) India is among six teams which have qualified for the women's T20 competition of the 2022 Commonwealth Games as cricket returns for the second time in the multi-sporting event.

SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-PONTING Ponting on IPL amid COVID-19: We are in safest bio-bubble but situation outside is grim Chennai, Apr 26 (PTI) The IPL has created the 'safest' bio-hub for its participants but Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting says he is also well aware of the 'grim' COVID-19 situation outside the bubble in India and often discusses it with his players.

SPO-HOCK-IND-PRASAD Argentina, Europe tours gave Indian team fresh perspective before Olympics: Prasad Bengaluru, Apr 26 (PTI) The Indian hockey team's recent tours of Europe and Argentina have given the side a fresh perspective in its preparations for the upcoming Olympics, feels young mid-fielder Vivek Sagar Prasad. PTI AH AH