Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and actor Hazel Keech finally have a wedding date: November 30. The ceremony will reportedly be held at a gurdwara in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, a small town. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was personally invited by Yuvraj Singh, might attend the wedding, Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh will not.Earlier, Yograj Singh, a former cricket who personally coached his son Yuvraj in his youth and later turned an actor (he played Farhan Akhtar’s coach in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), had made it clear that he would not attend the wedding as he was opposed to it for being solemnised by a dera leader. This is because Yograj belives in god and not religious leaders. Yuvraj’s parents, Yograj and Shabnam got divorced many years ago and since then, Yuvraj has stayed with his mother.According to a report in The New Indian Express, a family friend of Yuvraj’s family said that the wedding ceremony would see only 50 people attending it, including family and very close friends.ALSO READ: Yuvraj in Parliament to invite PM Modi for his wedding ALSO READ: All you need to know about Yuvraj-Hazel’s wedding SEE PICS: Yuvraj and Hazel on an intimate dinner date WATCH: Yuvraj gets engaged to Hazel Keech Yuvaj’s mother Shabnam Singh’s religious mentor is Sant Ajit Singh Hansaliwale who is likely to bless the couple at the Dera Hansaliwale in Hansali village near Fategarh Sahib, where the wedding will take place.According to sources close to Yuvraj Singh’s family, November 29 will see the mehndi and the first reception party which will be held at Chandigarh’s Hotel Lalit. This will be attended by father Yograj. In addition to this, India and England cricket teams’ players will attend the festivities. At the moment, they are playing a Test match in Mohali. Sources added that if the Test match ends, as scheduled, on November 30, Yuvraj will organise a special dinner for his fellow cricketers at Hotel Lalit.advertisementYograj Singh had earlier that there would be no fizool kharcha on the wedding. He was quoted as saying, “We, as a family, have always believed in simplicity. In a country where a majority of the population lives in abject poverty, people should spend reasonably at weddings. It is better to make donations to charitable organisations on your wedding day, instead of wasting large amounts on lavish parties.” There have also been some talk that a few Indian players might attend the wedding on November 30 and that that would include Sachin Tendulkar as well.In fact, Yuvraj and Hazel’s wedding will not just be held according to Sikh rites but also Hindu ways. A source was quoted as saying, “On December 2, Yuvraj and Hazel will wed according to Hindu rituals. This ceremony is set to take place at a farm house in Goa again where limited guests have been invited for a lunch reception.”December 5 is reportedly the date for the Sangeet ceremony which will be held at a farmhouse in Delhi’s Charatpur. A larger reception party is scheduled to be held on December 7 at ITC Maurya in Delhi, according to an insider. At both these functions, Bollywood and the sports world’s glitterati will be seen and choreographer-director Farah Khan will be choreographing the Sangeet ceremony.
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Mithali Raj hit a half-century while Ekta Bisht (3/8) and Preeti Bose (3/14) shared six wickets between them to steer India to a comfortable 52-run win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament on Thursday.Opting to bat, India posted a modest total of 121/4 in their allotted 20 overs and then managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 69/9 to maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament so far.Opener Mithali gave India a solid platform with a quickfire 59-ball 62.Smriti Mandhana (21) and Veda Krishnamurthy (21) also chipped in with useful runs, although they failed to accelerate the run-rate.Chasing the target, Sri Lanka never looked settled as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Preeti and Ekta wreaking havoc, running through the islanders’ middle-order.Only two Sri Lankan batswomen could reach the double-digit mark, with Dilani Manodara top-scoring with 20.Brief scores:India Women: 121/4 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 62, Smriti Mandhana 21, Veda Krishnamurthy 21).Sri Lanka Women: 69/9 in 20 overs (Dilani Manodara 20; Ekta Bisht 3/8, Preeti Bose 3/14).
Free-scoring Arsenal replaced Chelsea as Premier League leaders as goals either side of half-time by Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil helped them recover from a slow start to beat Stoke City 3-1 on Saturday.A rash challenge by Granit Xhaka on Joe Allen gave Charlie Adam the chance to put Stoke ahead from the penalty spot after 29 minutes and the Scot dispatched his spot-kick with ease.Arsenal raised their game and equalised three minutes before the break when Walcott stabbed in Hector Bellerin’s low cross.Ozil’s looping header over stranded Stoke keeper Lee Grant put Arsenal ahead five minutes after the interval before substitute Alex Iwobi ran through to give Arsenal the two-goal victory they needed to top the table on goals scored.PALACE HOLD HULL IN THRILLERCrystal Palace played its part in another English Premier League thriller by scoring an 89th-minute equalizer to salvage a 3-3 draw at Hull on Saturday.Substitute Fraizer Campbell grabbed the last of five second-half goals at KCOM Stadium to rescue Palace, which lost 5-4 at Swansea two weeks ago in its previous away game.Hull, which climbed to third from bottom, went ahead through a 26th-minute penalty from Robert Snodgrass before Christian Benteke equalized in the 53rd, also from the spot.Wilfried Zaha scored from a long-range strike to put Palace 2-1 in front but Hull hit back with goals by Adama Diomande and Jake Livermore in the 72nd and 78th minutes, respectively.With both teams piling forward in an end-to-end match, Zaha sent in a cross and Campbell – a former Hull player – headed home.advertisementHull remained with just one win since August. Palace was three points clear of the relegation zone.SWANSEA HAMMER STRUGGLING SUNDERLANDUnder-fire manager Bob Bradley had his best day so far in the English Premier League as Swansea beat fellow struggler Sunderland 3-0 to move out of the relegation zone on Saturday.The American coach came into the home game with only one win in his seven matches in charge, and Swansea at the bottom of the league table.But the Swans surged to their biggest win of the season with three goals after the interval – a second-half penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a Fernando Llorente double.The win moves Swansea up three places to 17th with 12 points from 15 games. It will drop back into danger if West Ham gets a point or more at Liverpool on Sunday.BURNLEY OUTCLASS BOURNEMOUTH IN FIRST EPL MEETINGJeff Hendrick’s dipping volley helped Burnley to a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth in the first-ever top-flight encounter between the English Premier League sides on Saturday.It was an unhappy return for Eddie Howe, who left Bournemouth to manage Burnley in 2011 and 2012 before returning to the south-coast club.Burnley has relied on its home form to stay out of the relegation zone, collecting 16 of its 17 points in the first 15 games at Turf Moor.Hendrick’s stunning opener and Stephen Ward’s sliding shot sent Burnley into a 2-0 lead by the 16th minute. Benik Afobe pulled one back in first-half stoppage time and it took George Boyd until the 75th to restore Burnley’s two-goal cushion.Bournemouth briefly threatened to emulate its late comeback victory over Liverpool last weekend when Charlie Daniels netted in the 90th. This time, though, not even a point could be salvaged.Bournemouth is a point ahead of Burnley in 11th place.(With inputs from AP)