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Sri Lanka axe Chandimal as T20 captain

Colombo—Sri Lanka’s cricket selectors on Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was retained as the Test and one-day skipper. Chandimal, 24, opted out of the last three matches, including the semi-final and final, of the recent World Twenty20 in Bangladesh due to poor batting form, leaving Malinga in charge.

Gabashvili sends Barca second seed Ferrer crashing out

Barcelona—Four-time finalist David Ferrer stumbled out in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, the Spanish second seed losing 6-4, 6-2 to Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili. The loss came five days after world number five Ferrer upset Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals at Monte Carlo, a career highlight for the winner. Nadal was starting his bid for a ninth Barcelona title later against countryman Albert Ramos after a bye.

Maxwell, Balaji down Sunrisers

Sharjah—Glenn Maxwell produced yet another blistering knock of 43-ball 95 before Lakshmipathy Balaji returned with a four-wicket haul as Kings XI Punjab notched up a crushing 72-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their third IPL-7 match here. After scoring 95 and 89 in his last two innings, Maxwell once again produced a devastating knock, which was studded with nine sixes and five fours as Punjab posted an imposing 193 for six in their stipulated 20 overs.

Patriot” Sachin returns for voting: set to leave for holidays on his birthday

Bipin Dani Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—India’s master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar will vote in General Elections on Thursday, it is confirmed here. The legendary batsman who has been a part of the Mumbai Indians IPL team was in UAE as a mentor. However, the former great is in Mumbai and apparently he has returned to India for voting, it is learnt here.

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