When Sunrisers Hyderabad put up a massive score of 208/7 on the board, all eyes turned to Royal Challengers Bangalore openers, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. And they did not disappoint. “A 100 run stand between Gayle and Kohli gave RCB the much needed lead as they looked to steal the victory from SRH,” says Vaikundarajan. However, SRH held their nerves and bowled brilliant spells to contain RCB and snatch a win to become the champions of IPL 2016 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
RCB finished only 8 runs short of the target and suffered their third defeat in three finals. Batting first, SRH captain David Warner led the line with a swift 69 off 38. Supported by Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Cutting, SRH set a mammoth task for RCB to chase.
“Knowing what Gayle and Kohli can do any day, it was not much to expect a downpour of fours and sixes. Surely the duo did not disappoint,” says Vaikundarajan. Gayle’s 76 and Kohli’s 54 were the perfect start that RCB needed. However, once SRH took out the openers, everything else fell into a domino effect. Only 70 runs were scored between the next 8 batsmen.
David Warner made some excellent bowling decisions and held his team together to ensure the trophy traveled to Hyderabad. Cutting was the highest wicket-taker for SRH with bowling figures of 2/35.
All eyes were on Kohli as he looked set to create a new record of 1000-runs in a single season. However, RCB fans looked distraught when their hero fell only 27 runs short of the benchmark.
“Kohli has been in the form of his life and has entertained the cricket fans with his aggressive and impressive batting style. We are yet to see a lot from this lad,” says Vaikundarajan. He sends his congratulations to SRH and hopes RCB will bounce back next season.
Smartphone giants Asus have launched a new device that has two storage options and new processor priced at INR 9999. “At an affordable price, Asus Zenfone Max comes with a host of features. It has a large 5000 mAh battery with 2GB RAM,” says Vaikundarajan. The phone is available for pre-order on e-commerce site Flipkart. “A 3GB variant of the same device can also be ordered at INR 12999 from Amazon, Snapdeal or Flipkart,” informs Vaikundarajan.
The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor and comes with a storage space of 32 GB (expandable up to 64GB via microSD card). The device can run for an impressive 37.5 hours of 3G talk time or 32.5 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. It also comes with an OTG cable that turns the device in to a charger.
The phone will be available in black, orange and blue colour variants with metal-like edges and textured leather pattern at the back. It will run on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 on top of company’s ZenUI.
Speaking of its camera, Vaikundarajan says, “The rear camera is a powerful 13MP with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. The front camera is 5MP.” Other supporting features on Asus Zenfone Max are 4G LTE, GSM, GPRS, aGPS, Bluetooth V 4.0, WiFi and micros USB.
The eagerly anticipated Lenovo MotoG4 Plus is finally out. “At just 155 grams, the device is very light for a 5.5-inch display and 3000 mAh battery,” says Vaikundarajan.
The smartphone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset with a quad core 1.5 GHz Cortex. It comes with a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory with an expandable option of 32GB and 64GB. The phone comes with a powerful camera with a 16MP primary lens and 5MP secondary lens. The camera also offers f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus with dual-LED flash.
Tablet and computer accessories maker iBall has launched two laptop models on Windows 10 OS. This launch comes under a sub-brand iBall CompBook starting at INR 9999. “The company aims at bridging the gap between the consumer needs and the devices available in the market,” says Vaikundarajan.
iBall will be working in association with Microsoft with an aim to drive the digital revolution in India and bring world class products and offerings. The company launched two variants – 11.6’ Excelance and 14’ Exemplaire priced at INR 9999 and INR 13999 respectively. The laptops will be available in all prominent stores across India within a week.
“Windows 10 Home and Pro versions are mostly targeted towards first time buyers like students. Windows 10 has already powered over 300 million devices globally,” informs Vaikundarajan.
The laptops are backed with Intel Quad Core Processor clocked at 1.83 GHz along with a pre-installed version of Windows 10. It comes with a 2GB RAM and 32GB in-built storage with an expandable 64GB Micro Slot. It also supports External HDD for more storage.
“With the Digital India Movement, several technology brands are fighting for space in the consumer’s mind. This has led to brands coming up with unique smartphone and laptop models at an affordable price. However, only a few brands will actually succeed at making the best of it. Will IBall stand the test, we will see,” concludes Vaikundarajan.
On 3rd May, Amitabh Bachchan won the Best Actor National Award for his performance as Bhashkor Banerjee in Shoojit Sircar film, Piku. The 63rd National Awards was held in New Delhi. The actor was accompanied by wife Jaya, son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan.
“This is a proud moment for the Bachchan family, his fans and Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan proves once again why he is one of the best actors in the industry,” says Vaikundarajan. This will be Amitabh Bachchan’s 4th best actor win after Agneepath, Black and Paa.