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New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2110 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of Indian Super League match between Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC in Bambolim.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IND-LD ROHIT Need to be extra cautious and focussed while batting during twilight phase: Rohit on pink ball Test Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (PTI) Set to play in only his second pink ball Test, India opener Rohit Sharma on Sunday said he will be 'extra cautious and focussed' while batting during the twilight phase of the upcoming day-night match against England here.

SPO-CRI-ROHIT-PITCH Rohit defends Chepauk pitch, says every team has right to take home advantage Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (PTI) India's limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday defended the much-criticised Chepauk pitch used for the second Test against England, saying creating favourable tracks for home advantage is not a new phenomena for a cricketing nation.

SPO-CRI-ISHANT On the cusp of 100th Test, Delhi's 'lambu' stands tall By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) On the sidelines of a Ranji Trophy game in 2019, Ishant Sharma had called himself 'the last flicker in a lamp' while politely making his reluctance known to three scribes, who had approached the self-effacing beanpole for an interaction.

SPO-CRI-IND-TRAINING India net session: Kohli's men get used to swinging pink ball, swanky stadium Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (PTI) Captain Virat Kohli led a vigorous training session as the Indian team on Sunday looked to get used to the swinging pink ball and a swanky arena in Motera ahead of the Day/Night Test against England starting Wednesday.

SPO-CRI-IND-CRAWLEY England will have edge over India in pink ball Test despite home team's unbelievable seam attack: Crawley Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (PTI) An 'unbelievable seam attack and incredible batsmen' make India formidable but England will have the edge in the pink ball day/night Test here as the tourists are more adept at playing in seaming conditions, feels batsman Zak Crawley.

SPO-CRI-WILLIAMSON-IPL IPL, England Test series potentially clashing not the preferred thing, admits Williamson Christchurch, Feb 21 (PTI) Missing New Zealand's Test tour of England to fulfil his IPL commitments is not the 'preferred thing' for skipper Kane Williamson, who will see how the situation unfolds before arriving at a decision.

SPO-CRI-STEYN-ENG England's 'genius' rotation policy slowly building army of amazing cricketers: Steyn Johannesburg, Feb 21 (PTI) South African pace legend Dale Steyn has backed England's much debated rotational policy, saying the 'genius' move is slowly building an 'army of amazing cricketers'.

SPO-CRI-FINCH-IPL Wasn't unexpected: Finch on going unsold at IPL auctions Christchurch, Feb 21 (PTI) Australia's white-ball captain Aaron Finch on Sunday admitted he was not surprised after going unsold at the recent Indian Premier League auctions but said a bit of time at home wouldn't be the 'worst thing' as he strives to rediscover his touch.

SPO-BOX-OLY-AIBA AIBA says IOC could have retained Olympic world qualifiers; questions ranking system for quotas New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has questioned the IOC's decision to cancel the sport's world qualifiers for this year's Olympics, saying that the plan to instead allocate quotas based on rankings would deprive several young boxers a chance to gun for a spot in Tokyo.

SPO-BOX-IND-YOUTH Indians win two gold medals at Montenegro boxing tourney New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) Vinka (60kg) and T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) clinched gold medals as Indian youth boxers continued their outstanding show at the 30th Adriatic Pearl Tournament in Budva, Montenegro.

SPO-CRI-HAZARE LD GROUP D Vijay Hazare: Shaw, bowlers set up Mumbai's win over Delhi Jaipur, Feb 21 (PTI) Prithvi Shaw's blistering unbeaten 105 after an impressive show by the bowlers set up Mumbai's seven wicket win over Delhi in an Elite Group D game here on Sunday as the domestic giants began their Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign on a winning note.

SPO-CRI-HAZARE-GROUPE Tewatia's blazing fifty in vain as Chandigarh pull off thrilling chase Kolkata, Feb 21 (PTI) Rahul Tewatia celebrated his maiden India call-up with a 39-ball 73 but his effort went in vain as Chandigarh secured a thrilling three-wicket win over Haryana in their Vijay Hazare Trophy Group E opener here on Sunday.

SPO-CRI-HAZARE-PLATE Jay Bista slams 141, powers Uttarakhand to win over Meghalaya Chennai, Feb 21 (PTI) A superb knock of 141 by opener Jay Bista powered Uttarakhand to a six-wicket win over Meghalaya in a Plate Group match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Sunday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-RR-MCDONALD Rajasthan Royals part ways with head coach Andrew McDonald Jaipur, Feb 21 (PTI) IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals on Sunday parted ways with head coach Andrew McDonald after they mutually agreed 'to move in different directions with regards to the leadership structure'.

SPO-FOOT-ISL-GOA FC Goa beat BFC 2-1 in ISL Fatorda, Feb 21 (PTI) FC Goa put paid to Bengaluru FC's play-off hopes with a 2-1 win in a Hero Indian Super League match here on Sunday.

SPO-KHELO-GAMES Karnataka to host Khelo India University Games 2021 New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) Karnataka will host the second Khelo India University Games (KIUG) later this year, state chief minister BS Yediyurappa and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced on Sunday.

SPO-TT-NATIONAL Amalraj survives, Jeet bows out of TT Nationals Panchkula, Feb 21 (PTI) Anthony Amalraj, who successfully battled COVID-19 after testing positive in October, progressed to the round of 32 in the UTT 82nd National Table Tennis Championships with a close win over Soumyadeep Sarkar, here on Sunday. PTI SSC SSC