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New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Following are PTI's top/expected stories at 19:30 hrs:

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70   //    26 Mar 2018, 19:20 IST

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SPO-IPL-SMITH-LD CAPTAINCY

Smith steps down from Royals captaincy, Rahane to lead

New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Steve Smith today stepped down as Rajasthan Royals captain and was replaced by Ajinkya Rahane in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has left the Australian skipper's reputation in tatters.

SPO-TAMPERING-WAYS

Bizarre ways of ball tampering: Mint, zipper, teeth and now sandpaper

By Bharat Sharma

New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Teeth, zipper, mint and add sandpaper to it now, the desperation to extract reverse swing in unfavourable conditions has driven international teams to find bizarre ways to tamper the ball.

CWG a stepping stone, my target is World C'ship: Heena

By Abhishek Hore

New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Least affected by the recent controversies around her, India's pistol ace Heena Sidhu's primary target is the World Championship, as she looks to use the upcoming Commonwealth Games as a "stepping stone" to achieve success in bigger events.

SPO-IND-WOM

India lose again, Australia claim 36-run win

Mumbai, Mar 26 (PTI) India were knocked out of reckoning from the Twenty20 tri-series final after Australia handed the hosts their third successive defeat, the highlight of which was medium pacer Megan Schutt becoming the first bowler from Down Under to claim a hat-trick in the format.

SPO-CWG-PALLIKAL

Coach's exit disheartening but focussed on defending CWG gold: Pallikal

By Bharat Sharma

New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) All that could go wrong has gone wrong for Indian squash in the last four weeks but a "disheartened" Dipika Pallikal has chosen to take it in her stride as she aims to defend the doubles gold alongside Joshna Chinappa in the Gold Coast Games beginning April 4.

SPO-NEHRA-TAMPERING

It will be sad if Smith and Warner don't play IPL: Nehra

New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra concedes that Steve Smith was wrong in orchestrating ball-tampering but it will be sad if the under-fire Australian captain is barred from participating in the Indian Premier League.

SPO-SHOOT-JUNIOR

Anish wins India's 3rd individual gold in Jr. World Cup

Sydney, Mar 26 (PTI) Rising shooter Anish Bhanwala secured India a third individual gold medal at the ISSF Junior World Cup when the 15-year-old finished atop the podium in men's 25m rapid fire pistol here today.

SPO-FOOT-IND

Up against Kyrgyz, India look to continue unbeaten run

Bishkek, Mar 26 (PTI) Having already secured qualification to the 2019 Asian Cup, India will look to continue their unbeaten run when they lock horns with Kyrgyz Republic in an inconsequential final group match of the qualifying campaign here tomorrow.

SPO-DAVIS-YUKI

Yuki pulls out of Davis Cup tie

New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) India's highest ranked player Yuki Bhambri has pulled out of the Davis Cup tie against China owing to a minor abdominal tissue tear.

SPO-GOLF-ADITI

Aditi earns Major berth with T-14th finish at Kia Classic

Carlsbad (California), Mar 26 (PTI) Indian golfer Aditi Ashok turned in a brilliant seven-under 65 to sign off tied 14th at the Kia Classic, earning herself a spot in the season's first Major for women -- the ANA Inspiration this week.

SPO-FOOT-SANTOSH

Santosh Trophy: Punjab pip Karnataka, revive semi-final hopes

Kolkata, Mar 26 (PTI) Punjab bounced back from behind to pip Karnataka 2-1 reviving their semi-final hopes while Goa hammered Odisha 6-1 in the National Football Championship for the 72nd Santosh Trophy, here today.

SPO-ASHWIN County stint depends on feasibility factor: Ashwin

Mumbai, Mar 26 (PTI) India's premier Test spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today said that playing county cricket ahead of the five-Test series against England will depend a lot on feasibility factor

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