IPL 2022: Evin Lewis, Ayush Badoni guide Lucknow Super Giants to six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings

Lucknow Super Giants defeated Chennai Super Kings by six wickets to register their first win in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Thursday.

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April 01, 2022 00:09:23 IST

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Ayush Badoni of Lucknow Super Giants scores the winning runs during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Sportzpics for IPL

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Evin Lewis of Lucknow Super Giants bats during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Lewis blazed away to 55 off 23 balls and was declared Man of the Match. Sportzpics for IPL

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Dwaine Pretorius of the Chennai Super Kings celebrates the wicket of KL Rahul of Lucknow Super Giants as he walks off the field during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. KL scored 40 0ff 26 balls. Sportzpics for IPL

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Dwayne Bravo of the Chennai Super Kings attempts to catch the ball during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Bravo became the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL with 171 scalps, surpassing Lasith Malinga’s tally of 170 wickets. Sportzpics for IPL

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KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock of Lucknow Super Giants fist bump during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. De Kock scored 61 getting the LSG off to a flying start along with KL Rahul. Sportzpics for IPL

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Ravi Bishnoi of Lucknow Super Giants celebrates with teammates the wicket of Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Super Kings during match 7 of the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Bishnoi picked 2 wickets for 24. Sportzpics for IPL

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Shivam Dube of the Chennai Super Kings bats during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Dube struck an aggressive 49 off 30 balls. Sportzpics for IPL

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Moeen Ali of the Chennai Super Kings walks off the field as Avesh Khan of Lucknow Super Giants celebrates his wicket during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Wednesday. Sportzpics for IPL

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Robin Uthappa of the Chennai Super Kings celebrates his half century during match 7 of the IPL 2022 between the Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Uthappa scored 50 0ff 27 balls. Sportzpics for IPL

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Lucknow Super Giants’ players celebrate the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad of the Chennai Super Kings during match 7 of the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium (CCI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Sportzpics for IPL

IPL 2022 Points Table, Orange Cap and Purple Cap Latest Table Today: LSG pick first points, CSK winless

IPL 2022 has in store new teams, changed squad line-ups and a different format. But that will not necessarily impact the point system.

This year the format is going to be a little different, wherein the 10 teams will be split into two groups – Group A and B.

IPL Trophy during Indian Premier League Player Auction 2022. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

Group A – Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Lucknow Super Giants

Group B – Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, Gujarat Titans

Now, within the groups, each team will play each other twice, as well as twice against the team in the same row from the other group. Then each team from every group will play against all the other teams in the other group once. That brings it to a total of 14 (8 + 5 + 1) matches for all teams.

In Match 7 of IPL 2022 on Thursday, Lucknow Super Giants beat Chennai Super Kings to register first win of the tournament. It is the first time CSK have lost first two matches of an IPL season. With the two points, LSG moved to sixth in the 10-team standings.

Here’s the list of current Orange and Purple Cap holders:

Orange Cap holder: Faf du Plessis (RCB) – 93 runs

Purple Cap holder: Wanindu Hasaranga (RCB)– 5 wickets

Here’s the latest updated IPL 2022 league table:

Position
Team
Matches
Won
Lost
NR
Net RR
Points
1
RR
1
1
0
0
+3.050
2
2
DC
1
1
0
0
+0.914
2
3
PBKS
1
1
0
0
+0.697
2
4
GT
1
1
0
0
+0.286
2
5
KKR
2
1
0
0
+0.093
2
6
LSG
2
1
1
0
-0.011
2
7
RCB
2
1
1
0
-0.048
2
8
CSK
2
0
2
0
-0.528
0
9
MI
1
0
1
0
-0.914
0
10
SRH
1
0
1
0
-3.050
0

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Highlights, Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd ODI in Lahore, Full Score: Hosts win by six wickets

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1st ODI report: Travis Head hit a blistering century and leg-spinner Adam Zampa grabbed 4-38 to lift Australia to an 88-run victory over Pakistan in the first ODI on Tuesday.

Head hammered 101 off 72 balls and propelled Australia to impressive 313-7 after they were left with only 13 fit players hours before the start of the three-match series.

Opening batter Imam-ul-Haq made 103 off 93 balls — his eighth ODI hundred — and captain Babar Azam labored for 72 deliveries to get 57 before second-string Australia bowled out Pakistan for 225 in 45.2 overs.

“Runs at the top against the new ball were going to be crucial and it was nice to play a role,” Head said. “It’s a completely different wicket with a night game. We put on a great total and were able to defend it.”

Imam and Babar struggled to pace the chase in a 96-run second wicket stand before leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson had him trapped leg before wicket in the 25th over.

Babar became the second fastest batter in ODIs to complete 4,000 runs, doing it in 82 innings, behind South African Hashim Amla (81 innings) but never looked to threaten the Australia total as the Pakistan skipper could hit only six boundaries.

Zampa and Head, who picked up 2-35 with his offspin bowling, then ran through the middle and lower order on a wicket which offered plenty of turn to the spinners.

“We started poorly and then gave away too many runs at the death,” Babar said. “When I was batting with Imam, we felt we had the chase under control but then lost wickets in clumps and couldn’t recover.”

Imam hit six boundaries and three sixes before he was clean bowled by debutant fast bowler Nathan Ellis in the 38th over as Zampa wrapped up the tail quickly through his sharp googlies and legspin.

With several leading Australian players being rested for the white-ball series in Pakistan, Ashton Agar was ruled out hours before the toss on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19. Josh Inglis had been ruled out Monday when the wicketkeeper-batter was also tested positive.

Head provided Australia a strong platform with his blistering hundred off 70 balls — the left-handed batter’s second ODI century against Pakistan after Babar won the toss and opted to field.

Ben McDermott hit his maiden ODI half-century before he was run out for 55 off 70 balls while attempting a needless run off a misfield, but Head punished Pakistan fast bowlers after successfully overturning an lbw decision off debutant Mohammad Wasim’s fourth delivery.

Australia’s fast emerging new all-rounder Cameron Green provided a late flourish to the innings with an unbeaten 40 off 33 balls as Pakistan hit back after claiming the key wicket of Head at the stroke of halfway mark.

Head had struggled in Australia’s 1-0 historic win in the test series against Pakistan but exhibited an array of shots against Pakistan fast bowlers early on by smashing 10 boundaries off his first 32 deliveries in his first ODI since November 2019.

Captain Aaron Finch struggled to get going during his 23-run knock in a 110-run Head-dominated opening stand with the left-hander playing some fluent drives — especially on the off side of the wicket.

Finch tried to break the shackles and smashed debutant leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood for a big six in his first over before wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan grabbed an edge off Australia skipper on the second attempt to give Mahmood his first ODI wicket.

“We felt we probably needed around the 300 mark,” Finch said. “We’ve come here with a real open mind. To be flexible with the team we select and some different roles that the guys play, so I’m really proud of the way that the guys took on that challenge.”

Head hit 12 fours and three sixes in his fastest ODI century for Australia against Pakistan before holing out at long off while attempting a lofted drive against off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed.

Pakistan pegged back Australia in the later half of the innings through Haris Rauf (2-44) and Mahmood, who came back strongly after leaking 30 runs off his first three overs and finished with 2-59.

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Tata IPL 2022, LSG vs CSK Highlights, Full Score: Lucknow beat Chennai by 6 wickets

LSG win, CSK pay

This is the second instance of CSK allowing their opponents to chase down a 210+ target in IPL history. It is the fourth biggest chase in IPL history. Absence of Deepak Chahar, unproven youngsters and dew all played into Lucknow’s hands even against a seemingly steep target. KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock provided a perfect launchpad and Evin Lewis with the late flourish. Pity it means Robin Uthappa’s knock goes in vain. LSG pick up their first win of the season while CSK are 0-2 after two matches

LSG win by 6 wickets

Lucknow Super Giants chase down the 211 run target with 3 balls to spare and win by 6 wickets over Chennai Super Kings. Evin Lewis remains unbeaten on 55 runs from 23 balls

After two wasteful wides, Badoni slaps this one over backward square for a six. One more to get…

SIX MORE! 25 in the over and Lewis has turned this around. How CSK must be regretting this bowling decision. Played inside out over long and that’s a six. It brings up a 23 ball fifty for Lewis

Two in a row now for Lewis and LSG! This one is full of pace, pitched up and in the slot for Lewis to clobber it down the field

Evin Lewis smacks a four after collecting a double on the previous ball. Pitched up, slower one, or lacking pace and it has been thrashed away

Bold move in the CSK camp. Shivam Dube is brought in to bowl the penultimate over and first ball he’s thrashed away for a six. Badoni gets down on one knee and has lumped it over square leg. He clobbers a fan in the stands in the process

GONE!

Slower one from Bravo, it is a low full toss and it has been launched into the leg side. Jadeja is a safe pair of hands on the boundary rope as Hooda walks back

Hooda c Jadeja b Bravo 13 (8), LSG are 171/4

SIX!

Now Hooda gets in on the maximum hitting act. Sliced away but there’s plenty of pace on the ball to carry it over the sightscreen

SIX!

Evin Lewis smacks it over long off for a powerful and meaty hit! Lewis waited for that one from Pretorious and he’s made it count

Momo with Mamata Banerjee: Bengal CM dons the chef’s hat at local stall in Darjeeling

The West Bengal chief minister was on a five-day trip to North Bengal starting 27 March

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling. Facebook/@MamataBanerjeeOfficial

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tried her hands at making momos at a local stall on the last day of her scheduled visit to North Bengal on Thursday. The TMC supremo went for a morning walk in Darjeeling where she was seen trying to make momos with the locals sellers.

Dressed in her trademark white saree and a pair of white slippers, Banerjee interacted with women members of the local self-help groups. Women at the local store explained to her the art of momo-making and asked her to try. Visibly excited, Banerjee began flattening the dough, put filling into it, and shape the momos with her hands. Soon a large group of local people circled her and started encouraging her to prepare a perfect bite-size momo.

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The chief minister, during her stay, suggested to the residents of North Bengal that self-help groups are not only for women but also men can come forward to form such local groups to avail of benefits from the state government. The Bengal Chief Minister seemed hopeful that it would increase the employment for the people in North Bengal.

Banerjee is expected to fly back to the state capital on Thursday. She visited several places including Singhmari, Chowrasta and Darjeeling Mall. She had a discussion with local businessmen and listened to their idea to boost tourism in the hills.

Banerjee stayed in a government bungalow at Richmond Hill where she held a meeting with Gorkha Janmurti Morcha, Bhartiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha, Trinamool Congress, Jan Andalon Party and the newly-formed Hamro Party on Monday. She also promised that elections to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration will be held after being due for more than five years.

Residents in the hills welcomed their chief minister with open arms. anerjee also spent some quality time distributing chocolates to the kids and offering prayers at the Mahakal Temple. Earlier, a photograph of her also went viral on social media where she was seen holding an infant.

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‘Will play till the last ball’: Pakistan PM Imran Khan rules out resignation ahead of no-trust vote

The Pakistan prime minister needs 172 votes in the lower house of 342 to foil the Opposition’s bid to topple him. However, Opposition claims it has the support of 175 lawmakers

A defiant Imran Khan on Thursday indicated that he will not resign from the post of Pakistan’s prime minister despite losing the majority in the National Assembly and insisted that he will face the vote of no-confidence which would take place on Sunday.

In a live address to the nation, 69-year-old Khan also discussed a ‘threat letter’ that purportedly showed “evidence” of a foreign conspiracy to topple his coalition government. He named the US as the country behind the threat in what appeared to be a slip of tongue.

“…Our policy was not anti-US, -Europe, or even India […] it became anti-Indian after New Delhi revoked the special status of Kashmir and broke international law in August 2019,” said Khan, who insists that the Kashmir dispute remained a big issue between the two countries.

India has repeatedly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and shall forever” remain an integral part of the country.

‘Foreign hand’

Speaking on the “foreign letter”, he said, “The United States”, Khan said in a slip of the tongue and then stated that “a foreign country” had sent a “threatening letter” which was against the Pakistani nation.

“On March 8 or before that on 7 March, the US sent us a…not the US but a foreign country sent us a message. The reason why I talking about this…for an independent country to receive such a message… this is against me and the country,” he said.

“The letter stated that the no-confidence motion was being tabled even before it was filed, which means the Opposition was in contact with them ” Khan added.

Khan said that it was an “official letter” that was communicated to Pakistan’s ambassador, who was taking notes during the meeting.

“I decided the day I became the prime minister that our foreign policy will be independent, which means it will be for Pakistanis. It doesn’t mean that we wanted enmity. When I got the government I said that we will not have any foreign policy that is not in our favour,” said Khan according to Dawn.

But the foreign official knew that the ones who would come into power after him would have no issues taking orders from external forces.

“But what is most disturbing is that our people, who are sitting here, are in contact with foreign powers,” he said, as he referred to the “three stooges” – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

“Will foreign countries want such corrupt people in power in their states? They are ready to accept such corrupt politicians, but I am not acceptable to them,” the prime minister said.

Khan said he will play till the last ball and the no-trust vote on Sunday will decide where the country will go.

‘Will play till the last ball’

“On Sunday, there will be a voting held and a decision will be taken on the direction of this country. Somebody suggested that I should resign. I always fight till the last ball. I want the entire nation to see on that day that who sold their conscience.

“There is looted money being used to buy off people, and this is happening before the entire nation. This is a transaction of their conscience, the country and its sovereignty.”

“I tell these people who have taken the deals that this will be stamped on you, The people will neither forget nor forgive you. Neither will they forgive those who are handling you. The people will always remember that you sold your country. Through a foreign conspiracy you tried to topple a government that had an independent foreign policy,” he said according to Dawn.

Khan needs 172 votes in the lower house of 342 to foil the Opposition’s bid to topple him. However, Opposition claims it has the support of 175 lawmakers and the prime minister should immediately resign.

No-trust motion

This comes as proceedings of the Pakistan National Assembly were adjourned till 3 April soon after lawmakers met on Thursday to discuss the no-confidence motion against the prime minister.

The crucial session for the no-confidence motion started after much delay but adjourned till Sunday 11.30 am, after members of Parliament demanded voting on the no-trust motion, Geo News reported.

The session was held with more than 172 members from the Opposition benches in attendance.

Addressing a press conference with other Opposition leaders, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Imran Khan again used the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Asad Qaiser to deffer the proceeding of the no-confidence motion.

“Today, by producing 175 lawmakers in the Parliament we have proved that Imran Khan has nowhere to run,” he said. “Now that we have the majority, there is no safe passage (for Imran Khan), there is no face-saving way and there is no backdoor,” he said.

The PPP chairman suggested that there is only one “honourable” way out for way for Imran Khan is to resign in a bid to end the political crisis in the country.

Khan has seemingly lost the majority after PTI’s allies decided to side with the Opposition. He has reportedly offered to dissolve the assembly on the condition that the Opposition withdraws the no-confidence motion against him.

He has said that if the Opposition doesn’t agree to his suggestion, he is ready to face any situation, Geo News reported Thursday, citing sources.

On Monday, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif tabled the no-confidence motion. With this move, Khan became the third Pakistani PM to face the no-confidence motion.

The no-confidence motion was submitted by the Opposition parties on 8 March. The Opposition is confident that its motion would be carried as some allies of PTI have come out in the open against Khan.

No Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year term in office. Also, no prime minister in Pakistan’s history has ever been ousted through a no-confidence motion, and Khan is the third premier to face the challenge.

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Watch: Car hits elderly man in Ghaziabad, police investigation underway

According to reports, Delhi Police later announced that they had apprehended the accused and charged him with rash driving and causing death by negligence

Screen grab of viral video where a driver deliberately runs over elderly man near Delhi. Twitter/@lokmanchtoday

An elderly man was run over by a car in Ghaziabad yesterday, 30 March. A video of the incident, captured on CCTV, shows the vehicle fleeing the scene after hitting the man. The chilling video of the hit-and-run has gone viral.
The clip shows an elderly man moving to sit on a chair outside his house. But as he moves towards the chair, a car enters the narrow lane and hits the man. The vehicle then flees the scene, leaving the man lying wounded on the road.

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The victim has alleged that his neighbours were involved in the hit-and-run due to a six-month-long dispute between them. Following the incident, the man has filed a complaint against his neighbours. According to reports, police are conducting an investigation into the matter. This is not the only hit-and-run that took place in Delhi-NCR yesterday. Another such incident took place yesterday morning in the national capital. According to The Indian Express, the incident occurred in Delhi on Wednesday morning when an SUV hit a 39-year-old man named Girdhari on Janpath road. The man was crossing the street when the vehicle swerved towards him and struck him just as he reached the footpath. The driver fled the scene after the incident. Girdhari was later taken to the RML hospital, where he was declared dead. A video of the incident has gone on social media and shows a red vehicle striking Girdhari while he attempting to cross the road. View the video here:

According to reports, Delhi Police later announced that they had apprehended the accused and charged him with rash driving and causing death by negligence.

Tata IPL 2022, LSG vs CSK, Live Updates: Lucknow off to a flier in 211 run chase

Milestone alert

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Target: LSG need 211 to win

MS Dhoni finishes it off with a boundary and CSK finish with 210/7 from the 20 overs. Robin Uthappa (50), Shivam Dube (49) and Moeen Ali (35) among the runs. Two wickets each for Avesh, Tye, Bishnoi

GONE!

Pretorious comes in and falls for a golden duck. Appeal for leg before from Tye but umpire turns it down. LSG decide to review. There is no bat on it and it is going to hit leg stump after pitching in line with the stumps

Pretorious lbw Tye 0 (1), CSK are 203/7

GONE!

Jadeja looks to continue to find the boundaries but this time he is holed out in the deep. Flicked off the legs once again, but Pandey completes the catch with ease. Tye strikes

Jadeja c Pandey b Tye 17 (9), CSK are 203/6

LSG vs CSK Live Cricket Score Online: Low full toss from Tye and Jadeja plays it off his pads through backward square. That brings up 200 runs for CSK

LSG vs CSK Live Cricket Score Online: An open faced slice from MS Dhoni this time. Full, outside off, Dhoni opens the face of the bat and carves the region near backward point

LSG vs CSK Live Cricket Score Online: Banged in short by Avesh Khan and MS Dhoni doesn’t take time to get going. THRASHED over extra cover and this has gone the distance. Into the stands she goes!

GONE!

Shivam Dube was hitting the ball well and cleanly. He wanted to continue that flow of runs but perishes instead. It goes high but doesn’t have the distance to clear the boundary rope. Avesh Khan strikes and Lewis completes the catch. Avesh pats Dube’s back as he walks back

Dube c Lewis b Khan 49 (30), CSK are 189/5 from 18.2 overs

LSG vs CSK Live Cricket Score Online: SIX! Dube draws himself closer to the 50-run mark with that six. He rocks back and hoists it over backward square. This has gone towards the 80 metre boundary and cleared it well

LSG vs CSK Live Cricket Score Online: Consecutive boundaries for skipper Ravindra Jadeja. Having collected four off the last ball of the Bishnoi over, he adds four more from this Chameera delivery. Short and perfect timing! Pulled in front of square for a boundary

Highlights, South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st Test Day 1 at Durban: Proteas 233/4 at stumps

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Toss news: Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl first in the opening Test in South Africa on Thursday as the tourists aim to follow up on their historic one-day international series win.

Bangladesh won their first ODI series in South Africa last week and have a good chance of success in the Tests with the home team missing some of their top players to the Indian Premier League.

South Africa captain Dean Elgar and Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque at toss. Image: Twitter/ @BCBtigers

South Africa are without batsmen Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen, pace bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen, and allrounder Dwaine Pretorius, who all opted to play in the IPL ahead of the two-Test series against Bangladesh.

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That meant Test debuts in the series opener in Durban for batsman Ryan Rickleton and seamer Lizaad Williams and a recall for spinner Simon Harmer, who last played a test in 2015.

Bangladesh are without opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who captained the ODI team to their series victory. He is ill, while fast bowler Shoriful Islam was rested. Regular test captain Mominul Haque comes in to lead the team after not playing in the ODI games.

Lineups:

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Sarel Erwee, Kegan Petersen, Temba Bavuma, Ryan Rickleton, Kyle Verreynne, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, Lizaad Williams, Duanne Olivier.

Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (captain), Shadman Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali, Litton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain.

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Maharashtra to lift all COVID curbs from 2 April, Bengal lifts all but mask rule; check details here

In Delhi, authorities have decided not to fine people for not wearing face masks in public places

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With the number of COVID-19 cases dipping across the country, states have begun lifting existing restrictions both fully and partially.

On Thursday, India registered 1,225 new coronavirus infections and 28 fresh fatalities. The active cases comprise 0.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate is at 98.76 per cent, according to the health ministry.

Here’s the current state of COVID restrictions in India:

Maharashtra

After more than two years, all pandemic-related restrictions including the mandatory wearing of masks will be lifted in Maharashtra from 2 April, the day on which Gudhi Padwa- the Marathi New Year will be celebrated this year. The announcement was made on Thursday.

The decision to lift all restrictions was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, state health minister Rajesh Tope told reporters.

From Gudhi Padwa, all COVID-19 related restrictions under the Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act will be withdrawn, Tope said, adding that wearing masks would be voluntary.

In a separate statement, chief minister Thackeray cautioned that though the restrictions are going to be lifted, it is advisable to maintain social distancing, wear a mask and take vaccines.

With the lifting of the curbs, Gudhi Padwa processions can take place without any restrictions this year, Tope said.

West Bengal

The West Bengal government on Thursday announced that all curbs related to the pandemic would stand withdrawn from midnight.

In a notification, the government, however, stressed the use of masks and hygiene maintenance.

“Accordingly, it is hereby notified that restrictions as currently in force by aforesaid orders are hereby withdrawn. However, advisory in respect of health and hygiene protocols including wearing of masks at all times, hand hygiene and sanitisation of public places shall continue to be strictly observed until further order,” it stated.

New Delhi

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided on Thursday that there will be no fine for not wearing face masks in public places in the national capital, PTI said citing sources.

They added that the DDMA, however, is likely to issue an advisory for people, asking them to wear masks in crowded places.

Currently, there is a fine of Rs 500 for not wearing masks at public places in Delhi.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the DDMA chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. It comes after the city recorded a significant decline in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases over the last few days.

Puducherry

While the Puducherry government is yet to make a similar announcement, the Union Territory emerged coronavirus free on Thursday as the number of active cases stood at zero after the recovery of the solitary patient, a senior health department official said.

No fresh COVID-19 case was reported during the last 24 hours ending 10 am Thursday from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, director of health G Sriramulu said.

“We can say that Puducherry is Covid free,” he added.

Disaster Management Act

These come a week after the Centre revoked provisions of the Disaster Management Act for COVID containment measures on 23 March.

The order copy signed by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla reads that after taking into consideration the overall improvement in the situation and preparedness of the government to deal with the pandemic, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has taken a decision that there may not be any further need to invoke the provisions of the DM Act for COVID containment measures.

Accordingly, after the expiry of the existing ministry of home affairs orders dated 25 February, 2022, no further order may be issued by the MHA.

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