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New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of I-League match between Indian Arrows and Chennai City in Kalyani.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IND-T20-LD PREVIEW 1st T20 Int'l: With World Cup in mind, India start search for perfect combination Ahmedabad, Mar 11 (PTI) A blend of favourable results in the present and finding the perfect combination for the near future will be India's main endeavour when they square off against a well-rounded England in a five-match T20 International series starting here on Friday.

SPO-CRI-IND-KOHLI-COMBINATION KL-Rohit is our T20 opening combination; Ashwin not in scheme of things till Washy performing: Kohli Ahmedabad, Mar 11 (PTI) India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday said that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will be the team's opening combination in T20 cricket going ahead as it geared up for a five-match series against England starting here on Friday.

SPO-CRI-WOM-MANDHANA It is easier to calculate things when batting second: Mandhana Lucknow, Mar 11 (PTI) Indian women's team star batter Smriti Mandhana on Thursday said it is 'easier to calculate an innings' when a side is batting second with a target to achieve.

SPO-CRI-IND-KOHLI With added depth and x-factor, Kohli expects team to play with 'more freedom' going forward Ahmedabad, Mar 11 (PTI) India skipper Virat Kohli expects his team to play much more freely in the five-match T20 series against England as the infusion of fresh blood has provided much-needed 'x-factor and depth' to the batting unit, which it lacked in the past. SPO-CRI-IND-WOM-PREVIEW Women's cricket: Confident India look to carry on momentum in 3rd ODI against South Africa Lucknow, Mar 11 (PTI) Their confidence high after a comprehensive series-levelling win, the Indian women's cricket team would look to gain the upper-hand when it takes on South Africa in the third ODI of the ongoing five-match series here on Friday.

SPO-CRI-MORGAN-IPL Morgan says England 'massively benefitted' from 'priceless' IPL Ahmedabad, Mar 11 (PTI) England's limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan on Thursday said English cricketers' tryst with the IPL has 'massively benefitted' his team and the 'priceless' experience could hold it in good stead in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

SPO-CRI-MORGAN-IND India a very difficult side to beat in India, says Morgan Ahmedabad, Mar 11 (PTI) England could get an idea of where they stand heading into this year's World Cup at the end of their limited overs engagements against formidable India, captain Eoin Morgan said on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-HAZARE-SF-UP Vijay Hazare Semi-final: UP ride on Nath's all-round show to reach final New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) Akshdeep Nath's tight seam-up stuff along with a useful half-century helped Uttar Pradesh defeat Gujarat by five wickets to reach the Vijay Hazare Trophy final after 16 long years.

SPO-CRI-HAZARE-SF-MUMBAI Shaw storm helps Mumbai beat Karnataka by 72 runs, make final New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) Mumbai's in-form skipper Prithvi Shaw slammed a 122-ball 165 and powered his team to a comfortable 72-run win over Karnataka in the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Thursday.

SPO-FOOT-CHHETRI-LD COVID Star footballer Sunil Chhetri tests positive for COVID New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) Indian football team captain and star striker Sunil Chhetri on Thursday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, a development that is set to rule him out of the international friendly against Oman on March 25 in Dubai.

SPO-SHOOT-WC-ARRIVAL ISSF World Cup: Qatar arrives, UK and Brazil to go into hard quarantine on arrival New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) Qatar on Thursday became the first country to arrive for the upcoming combined shooting world cup in Delhi while Brazil and UK are reaching on Friday, after which they will go into a seven-day hard quarantine.

SPO-FOOT-ACL-VENUE-GOA Debutants FC Goa to host Group E matches of Asian CL 2021 Kuala Lumpur, Mar 11 (PTI) Indian Super League side FC Goa will host the Group E matches of the AFC Champions League (ACL) at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao.

SPO-FOOT-ISL ISL spent more than Rs 3 crore for upkeep of grounds in Goa New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) Organisers of the Indian Super League have spent more than Rs 3 crore to keep the grounds in order throughout the 2020-21 season of the country's biggest football event.

SPO-FOOT-ILEAGUE-AIZAWL I-League: Aizawl FC pic NEROCA 1-0, escape relegation Kolkata, Mar 11 (PTI) Lalliansanga's 46th-minute strike helped Aizawl FC climb out of the relegation zone by pipping NEROCA FC 1-0 in an I-League match here on Thursday.

SPO-MINISTRY-GRANT Ministry provides grant of Rs 2.5 lakh to deaf tennis player Jafreen Shaik New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has provided financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh to deaf tennis player Jafreen Shaik from the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS).

SPO-GOLF-WOM Jahanvi grabs lead with under par round of 69 on day 2 of 5th leg of Hero WPGT Gurugram, Mar 11 (PTI) Jahanvi Bakshi played the only under par round of the day to grab the lead after day two of the fifth leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour here on Thursday.

SPO-FOOT-ISL-ATKMB Mumbai strong but not invincible, say ATKMB players Margao, Mar 11 (PTI) Mumbai City FC are strong but not invincible, ATK Mohun Bagan's top players, including goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya and defender Pritam Kotal, said on Thursday ahead of their ISL final against the Islanders. PTI APA APA