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List of worst bowlers so far in IPL 2020. Flickr

While Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has witnessed some brilliant bowling spells by the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Mohammed Siraj to name a few, some bowlers have also been unlucky and have been at the receiving end of the batsmen in the tournament being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

IANS takes a look at the five worst bowling figures in the 46 matches that have been played so far.

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Siddharth Kaul (SunRisers Hyderabad)

Kaul conceded 64 runs in his four overs against Mumbai Indians in match number 17 on October 4. Mumbai Indians posted 208/5 in their allotted 20 overs and went on to win the match by 34 runs.

Siddharth Kaul conceded 64 runs in his four overs against Mumbai Indians. Flickr

Ankit Rajput (Rajasthan Royals)

Ankit conceded 60 runs in his four overs against Mumbai Indians in match number 46 on October 25. He faced the brunt in particular from Hardik Pandya as Mumbai Indians posted 195/5 in their allotted 20 overs. However, Rajasthan Royals rode on a brilliant unbeaten century from Ben Stokes to go across the line with 10 balls to spare.

Dale Steyn (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Steyn, one of the premier bowlers in international cricket, was found wanting as he went for 57 runs in his four overs against Kings XI Punjab in match number six played on September 24. Kings XI posted a monstrous target of 207 riding on a brilliant 132* and then bowled out RCB for 109.

Dale Steyn went for 57 runs in his four overs against Kings XI Punjab. Flickr

Chris Jordan (Kings XI Punjab)

Jordan went on to concede 56 runs in his four overs against Delhi Capitals in match number second played on September 20. Capitals posted 157/8 in their stipulated 20 overs and Kings XI also matched the score, taking the match into a Super Over where the Shreyas Iyer-led side emerged victoriously.

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Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings)

Ngidi conceded 56 runs in his four overs against Rajasthan Royals in match number four on September 22. Rajasthan posted 216/7 while batting first and then restricted the MS Dhoni-led side at 200/ in their allotted 20 overs, winning the match by 16 runs. (IANS)



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Milky Way galaxy as seen from Chitkul Valley

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has for the first time spotted signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy, opening up a new avenue to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before.

The possible exoplanet -- or planets outside of our Solar System -- candidate is located in the spiral galaxy Messier 51 (M51), also called the Whirlpool Galaxy because of its distinctive profile, NASA said in a statement.

Astronomers have, so far, found all other known exoplanets and exoplanet candidates in the Milky Way galaxy, almost all of them less than about 3,000 light-years from Earth.

An exoplanet in M51 would be about 28 million light-years away, meaning it would be thousands of times farther away than those in the Milky Way, NASA said.

"We are trying to open up a whole new arena for finding other worlds by searching for planet candidates at X-ray wavelengths, a strategy that makes it possible to discover them in other galaxies," said Rosanne Di Stefano of the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and Smithsonian (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the study.

The findings are published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The exoplanet candidate was spotted in a binary system called M51-ULS-1, located in M51. This binary system contains a black hole or neutron star orbiting a companion star with a mass about 20 times that of the Sun. The X-ray transit they found using Chandra data lasted about three hours, during which the X-ray emission decreased to zero.

Based on this and other information, the team estimates the exoplanet candidate in M51-ULS-1 would be roughly the size of Saturn and orbit the neutron star or black hole at about twice the distance of Saturn from the Sun.

The team looked for X-ray transits in three galaxies beyond the Milky Way galaxy, using both Chandra and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. Their search covered 55 systems in M51, 64 systems in Messier 101 (the "Pinwheel" galaxy), and 119 systems in Messier 104 (the "Sombrero" galaxy).

However, more data would be needed to verify the interpretation as an extragalactic exoplanet. One challenge is that the planet candidate's large orbit means it would not cross in front of its binary partner again for about 70 years, thwarting any attempts for a confirming observation for decades, NASA said.

Named in honor of the late Indian-American Nobel laureate, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Chandra X-ray Observatory is the world's most powerful X-ray telescope. It has eight times greater resolution and is able to detect sources more than 20-times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope.

Known to the world as Chandra (which means "moon" or "luminous" in Sanskrit), Chandrasekhar was widely regarded as one of the foremost astrophysicists of the twentieth century. (IANS/JB)

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