Five sixes in an over, MS Dhoni hits fastest CLT20 fifty

Five sixes in an over, Dhoni hits fastest CLT20 fifty

Ranchi: Chennai Super Kings’ captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni added another feather to his hat on Thursday as he raced to the fastest fifty in the history of Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in just 16 balls. The Indian skipper achieved the milestone against Sunrisers Hyderabad, largely at the expense of Thisara Perera, before his home crowd in Ranchi to give his side enough runs to script a 12-run win.

Dhoni’s belligerent fifty beat the previous CLT20 record of 18-ball fifty scored by Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard. The West Indian set the record in the 2009 edition while playing for Trinidad and Tobago against the New South Wales.

Ranchi witnessed a typical Dhoni, who also slammed 34 runs off Perera’s over, the highest number of runs scored in an over in the tournament.

Dhoni beat Kieron Pollard’s record by scoring fifty in 16 balls, hitting Hyderabad’s Thisara Perera for 34 runs in an over.

Dhoni finished on 63 off 19 balls, punctuated with one four and eight big sixes, which helped Chennai post 202 against the Hyderabad. Hyderabad made a match of it but could only reach 190 in the end to concede a narrow defeat. CSK middle-order batsman Suresh Raina also starred with the bat, scoring 84 off 57 balls.

Here are a couple of other records Dhoni created with his whirlwind knock on Thursday:

– Dhoni’s strike rate of 331.57 is the highest in the history of the CLT20, taking into account innings of minimum 25 runs.

– Dhoni is the first batsman from Chennai Super Kings to hit eight sixes in an innings in the CLT20.



‘Idli, sambhar most nutritious breakfast’

'Idli, sambhar most nutritious breakfast'

‘Idli, sambhar most nutritious breakfast’

CHENNAI: Three idlis, a bowl of sambhar and a tumbler of filter kaapi — Chennai’s traditional breakfast is not just a gastronomical delight for many but also the most nutritious morning meal compared to those in other metros.

‘India Breakfast Habits Study’, a survey conducted in four metros, found that Chennai has the best breakfast ‘nutrient profile’ in the country.

The study covered other metros like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata on a sample size of 3,600 subjects, split across 8 to 40 years age group, and described ‘alarming’ figures of nutritional inadequacy in our country.

“Although people in India are increasingly becoming health conscious, this doesn’t reflect in their eating behaviour. Changing lifestyles and behavioural patterns result in meal skipping or inadequate food intakes particularly at breakfast time,” said Malathi Sivaramkrishnan, research director, college of home science, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, who conducted the study funded by multinational food manufacturing company Kellogg’s.

The nutrition scale was assessed based on the adequacy of carbohydrates, energy, proteins, fats and calcium. “While there have been many studies on the number of people skipping breakfast, very little has been done on the content of the meal and its nutritional value,” said Malathi.

The study found that 79% of those surveyed in Mumbai had nutritionally inadequate breakfasts, followed by Delhi and Kolkata at 76% and 75%. In Chennai only 60% reported that their breakfast was nutritionally inadequate.

“Kolkata’s traditional breakfast has excess maida which has a lot of carbohydrates, very little protein and no fibre at all. Delhi’s parathas are too oily and Mumbai doesn’t have a typical breakfast as such. People eat bread mostly, which just has carbohydrates,” said Malathi.

Nutritionists say the nutrient value in rural areas down south is even greater as many of them consume ragi. “Ragi is rich in Vitamin B, fibres, protein, calcium, iron and phosphorus,” said Meenakshi Bajaj, dietitian and coordinator at Academy of Clinical Nutrition, Madras Medical College.

She described the more popular idli and sambhar as a “complete meal”.

“The rice and urad dal in idlis complement each other, making it a complete protein. The vegetables and dal in the sambhar are good supplements,” she said.

The study found that one in four Indians skip breakfast. Although the number of those skipping meals were fewer in Chennai, ‘skimping’ (eating inadequately) was more prevalent.

Nutritionists say the effect of skipping and skimping meals is more or less the same. “Only the intensity will be lesser in the latter,” said Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, chief dietitian of Apollo Hospitals.

It was also found that in Chennai nearly 50% of the housewives, 30% of the elderly and 20% working adults have only a beverage for breakfast.


Chennai Express: Escape from Rameshwaram game launched for Android and Java

Disney UTV‘s digital arm has launched a new game called Chennai Express: Escape from Rameshwaram for Android and Java devices.

Chennai Express: Escape from Rameshwaram game launched for Android and Java

Chennai Express: Escape from Rameshwaram game launched for Android and Java

‘Chennai Express’ Shahrukh Khan’s forthcoming movie has come to your mobile phones in the form of a game. The game has been launched for Android and Java users for now and an iOS version is also expected soon.

‘Chennai Express: Escape from Rameshwaram’ game belongs to the running genre and looks similar to games like Temple Run andSubway Surfers among others. Users will be able to take control of Rahul (SRK in Chennai Express) while he runs and tries to escape Rameshwaram.

On the way you will have to fight goons and run past a variety of obstacles ranging from trucks, buses, autos, coconut carts, man-holes and much more. Users can also unlock a special lungi-clad Tamilian game avatar of Deepika Padukone avatar by collecting more than 10,000 coins in one game session. You will also get special power ups and upgrades in future updates of the game.

Sameer Ganapathy, COO – Digital, Disney UTV, said, ‘Gaming is amongst the highest consumed forms of entertainment on mobile phones today. What better way to reach out to the ever growing mobile phone audience than to give them the opportunity to play as Shah Rukh Khan themselves!’

Shahrukh Khan said in a statement, ‘The Chennai Express game captures the theme, the graphics and the mood of the movie brilliantly.’

Users can download the Chennai Express: Escape from Rameswaram game for Android and Java. A new version of the game for iOS is also expected at the time of movie release. Chennai Express will be released in theaters on August 9th, 2013.

Source: TOI