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Rahul and De Kock pace Lucknow chase in IPL win over Chennai

2024-04-20 02:36 Last Updated At:02:40

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Lokesh Rahul and Quinton de Kock brilliantly paced Lucknow Super Giants' chase to beat Chennai Super Kings with an over to spare in the Indian Premier League on Friday.

Rahul's and De Kock's opening partnership of 134 runs set up Lucknow to reach 180-2 in reply to Chennai's 176-6 and win by eight wickets.

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Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja watches the ball after playing a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Lokesh Rahul and Quinton de Kock brilliantly paced Lucknow Super Giants' chase to beat Chennai Super Kings with an over to spare in the Indian Premier League on Friday.

Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja celebrates his fifty runs during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja celebrates his fifty runs during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Nicholas Pooran plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Nicholas Pooran plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Quinton de Kock plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Quinton de Kock plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul completes the run during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul completes the run during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul, , left, and his batting partner Quinton de Kock run between the wickets during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul, , left, and his batting partner Quinton de Kock run between the wickets during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Both teams have four wins from sevens games, but Chennai was third and Lucknow fifth on net run rate.

Skipper Rahul scored 82 off 53 balls with nine fours and three sixes. He was out with only 16 runs needed. De Kock scored 54 off 43 balls and fell in the 15th over.

They made full use of the power play, plundering 54 runs in the first six overs. Their partnership reached 100 off only 65 balls.

De Kock reached 50 off 41 balls, hitting five fours and a six, before he was caught behind off Mustafizur Rahman.

It was a poor bowling display from Chennai, however. The spinners weren’t able to exploit a slow-paced track, partly owing to the dewy conditions.

Rahul stroked his way to a 31-ball half-century. Rahul fell before the finish line but the promoted Nicholas Pooran finished off Lucknow's first win in three games. He was 23 not out off 12 balls.

Put into bat, Chennai lost opener Rachin Ravindra for a golden duck.

Ajinkya Rahane ra 36 off 24 balls, while skipper Rituraj Gaikwad scored 17.

The Lucknow pacers were on top at the beginning. Mohsin Khan dismissed Ravindra and Yash Thakur got rid of captain Rituraj Gaikwad. Ajinkya Rahane (36) fell to spin.

Ravindra Jadeja was promoted to No. 3 to counter Lucknow’s spin bowling and the move worked as he batted to his first half-century this season off 34 balls.

Jadeja didn't get support until Moeen Ali arrived at 90-5. The left-handed pairing rescued Chennai with a combined 51 off 33 balls for the sixth wicket. Ali was out caught with 13 deliveries left.

Veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in to a loud cheer and smacked 28 not out off nine deliveries, including three fours and two sixes.

Jadeja finished 57 not out off 40 balls.

Krunal Pandya took 2-16 and Marcus Stoinis 1-7.

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Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja watches the ball after playing a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja watches the ball after playing a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja celebrates his fifty runs during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja celebrates his fifty runs during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Nicholas Pooran plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Nicholas Pooran plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Quinton de Kock plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' Quinton de Kock plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul completes the run during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul completes the run during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul, , left, and his batting partner Quinton de Kock run between the wickets during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

Lucknow Super Giants' captain KL Rahul, , left, and his batting partner Quinton de Kock run between the wickets during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Surjeet Yadav)

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Workers at Georgia school bus maker Blue Bird approve their first union contract

2024-05-25 00:36 Last Updated At:00:40

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — A year after they voted to unionize, workers at a Georgia school bus manufacturer have approved their first contract.

The United Steelworkers union and Blue Bird Corp. said union members at Blue Bird's assembly plants and warehouse in Fort Valley have voted to approve a three-year contract between the company and the union.

The union said the contract will provide all 1,500 covered workers with at least a 12% raise, with some of the lowest-paid workers getting raises of more than 40%. The union says the company will contribute to a retirement plan for workers, share profits, and improve health and safety.

The negotiations had been closely watched by President Joe Biden's administration, in part because Blue Bird has gotten $40 million in federal aid to build electric school buses.

Biden released a statement Thursday saying acting Labor Secretary Julie Su had helped bring the negotiations to a successful agreement. Contract talks after a first union vote are often difficult.

“Congratulations to members of the United Steelworkers and to Blue Bird for proving once again that meeting our clean energy goals is an opportunity to create good-paying union jobs for American workers,” Biden said.

Blue Bird is one of three major school bus manufacturers in the United States, along with Thomas Built Buses, a subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, and IC Bus, a unit of Navistar International.

Blue Bird had urged employees to reject unionization last year, but CEO Phil Horlock said in a statement Friday that contract talks had been “very collaborative” and that the company is “looking forward to a strong partnership with our USW team members.” The company said higher pay, benefits and opportunities for career development will help Blue Bird attract workers.

“We reached an agreement which provides positive outcomes for all parties involved and will continue to drive our One Team, high-performance culture,” Horlock said. “We are confident that the agreement will further bolster Blue Bird’s position as an employer of choice in the region."

Blue Bird is a publicly held company based in Macon. With about 2,000 employees overall, it has long been the largest private employer in Peach County.

The vote for the USW was a notable win for organized labor in the traditionally unfriendly Deep South.

“Federal investments like these must come with a seat at the table for workers,” United Steelworkers District 9 Director Dan Flippo said in a statement. “Our union has a long history in the South fighting for better wages and working conditions in a variety of industries, but for too long, corporations and their political cronies have tried to characterize the South as a place where they could run away from unions, cut corners and pay workers less."

The share of workers who are unionized nationwide has been falling for decades, dipping to 10% last year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. And private sector workers are much less likely to be union members, with only 6% paying dues.

Organized labor is an even smaller sliver of Georgia workers, with only 4.4% of workers being union members. The state's business leaders have long been hostile to unions, with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp this year pushing through a law that would bar companies taking state incentives from recognizing unions without a formal secret-ballot election.

FILE -- An all-electric school bus sits on display in front of the Blue Bird Corp. factory in Fort Valley, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2023. The company and the United Steelworkers union said on Thursday, May, 23, 2024 that workers had approved an initial three-year contract after voting to unionize in May 2023. (Matthew Pearson/WABE via AP, file)

FILE -- An all-electric school bus sits on display in front of the Blue Bird Corp. factory in Fort Valley, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2023. The company and the United Steelworkers union said on Thursday, May, 23, 2024 that workers had approved an initial three-year contract after voting to unionize in May 2023. (Matthew Pearson/WABE via AP, file)

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