The Janata Dal (United), headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has become a recognised State party in Arunachal Pradesh, the Election Commission has said. The JD(U) won seven Seats in the 60-member Assembly of the north eastern State, next only to the ruling BJP which bagged 41 Seats and secured a majority.“The Janata Dal (United) is now a recognised State party in the States of Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar,” a statement from the Election Commission said on Friday. The Party will also be able to use its symbol arrow in Arunachal Pradesh, the statement added. The JD(U) shares power with the BJP and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party in Bihar. After its success in Arunachal Pradesh, the JD(U) national general secretary K.C. Tyagi had said, “The tally entitles us to the status of the main Opposition party. But we will offer full support to the BJP government” in that State.“Even if we get the Opposition party status, we will be a friendly Opposition,” Mr. Tyagi had made it clear.
Chennai beat Kolkata by two runs in the nail-biting first match of the Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Score Kolkata needed four runs from the last ball off Chennai’s Tim Southee. Rajat Bhatia was at receiving end, but a fine Yorker from the Kiwi prevented the batsman from going for big hit and Kolkata went down by two runs.This was a far cry from an earlier situation when the Kolkata team was cruising on 93/1 with Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan at the crease.The Kolkata openers Jacques Kallis and Manvinder Bisla started the chase strongly scoring more than seven runs an over. They were cruising along till left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati scalped Bisla on 27 when the team total was 64. The run rate slowed down a bit but Yusuf Pathan ensured that the delay was short-lived and together with Kallis, he set out hammering the opposition bowlers.But, Pathan too could not stay on for long and fell in the 13th over with a run out written against his initials on the scoreboard. But, the scoreboard kept ticking as Kallis was still in the middle.A few balls later Chennai got the man they wanted. Kallis went for the sweep off offie R Ashwin, but failed to get the desired result and ended up getting caught in the deep by Subramaniam Badrinath. He fell for 54 and Kolkata fell to 112/3.And then it was Suresh Raina’s turn to show his bowling prowess and he did it by removing Kolkata’s English import Eoin Morgan on 6 with Dhoni performing the final rites with fine stumping. Kolkata were reduced to 119/4.advertisementA ball later Chennai pressed further and removed IPL’s most expensive players and Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir on 1 with a run out. Then Manoj Tiwary, who was charging away at the oppostion bowlers, too was forced to walk back with Sri Lankan offie Suraj Randiv getting the better of his in the 19th over. He fell for 27 when the score was 145.Kolkata team could only manage to score 151/7 on board in their allotted 20 overs and ended up on the losing side.Chennai inningsSrikkanth Anirudha scored an impressive 64 as Chennai put 153/4 in their stipulated 20 overs against Kolkata.Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat, but the things didn’t exactly pan out in the rigth way for his team as opposition spinner Iqbal Abdulla scalped opener Murali Vijay in the first over to reduce them to 5/1.Post that wicket, Srikkanth Anirudha and Suresh Raina got on with a partnership putting a quick 75 for the second wicket before Suresh Raina departed to Yusuf Pathan on 33. The ball was pitched wide on the off and Raina could not connect it properly and gave a catch to Sarabjit Ladda in the deep. Chennai were 80/2 at the stage.In the 18th over, Jacques Kallis scalped Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to restrict them to 129/3. Dhoni, who scored 29 runs, put 49 runs for the third wicket with Anirudha.Finally, on the second ball of the last over Jacques Kallis bowled Anirudha to bring to end an impressive innings that saw the batsman scored a 55-ball 64, decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes.Scott Styris and Albie Morkel helped Chennai were unbeaten when the Chennai innings came to an end on 153/4.The opening ceremonyEarlier, the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of the mega cricketing event saw the King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan perform in front of a packed MA Chidambaram Stadium. The Kolkata Knight Riders owner wooed audience with his Chakde India to kick start things. Then he went on to do a bit of lip syncing to a Tamil script even as South Indian actress Shriya Saran joined him on the stageThe other Bollywood performer during the ceremony was Sunidhi Chauhan, who sang the popular Hindi number Dhoom Machale.Then there dancers painted in saffron, white and green showcasing their dancing skills to some grooving and heart-racing beats. The evening also witnessed famous percussionist Taufiq Qureshi created some rhythmic melody.