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T20 WC: Hasaranga, Nissanka star as Sri Lanka defeat Ireland to qualify for Super 12s

Wanindu Hasaranga’s 71-run knock backed up by an all-round bowling performance saw Sri Lanka defeat Ireland by 70 runs in Group A of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi [UAE] : With this win, Sri Lanka has progressed to the Super 12s from Group A. The match between Ireland and Namibia on Friday is now a shootout, and the winner will progress to the Super 12s stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup. Chasing 172, Ireland lost its opener Kevin O’Brien (5) in the very first over to Chamika Karunaratne and the innings got off to a bad start. Maheesh Theekshana then got among the act as he sent Paul Stirling (7) back to the hut. Ireland went further into a slump as Hasaranga bowled Gareth Delany (2) and the side lost…

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T20 WC: Ashwin, Rahul and Rohit standout performers as India defeat Australia in warm-up

Dubai [UAE]: Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were the standout performers as India defeated Australia by eight wickets in the warm-up match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the ICC Academy Ground on Wednesday.While Ashwin took two wickets, Rahul and Rohit played knocks of 39 and 60 respectively as India chased down the target of 153 quite comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav also chipped in with an innings of 38 runs. Chasing 153, India got off to a steady start as openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put together 42 runs inside the first six overs. Both batters stitched together an opening stand of 68 runs and it finally ended in the 10th over as Ashton Agar had Rahul (39) caught at the hands of David Warner.Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav did not let the asking rate creep up, and the…

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T20 WC: Hardik should be ready to bowl when tournament begins, says Rohit

Dubai [UAE] : India white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya should be ready to bowl once the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup begins.Rohit’s comments came ahead of the warm-up match against Australia where he is filling in as the stand-in skipper. “Hardik is coming along pretty well, but it’ll be a while before he will start to bowl. He hasn’t started bowling, but he should be ready by the start of the tournament. We have quality in the main bowlers, but you need an option for a 6th bowler,” said Rohit during the toss.Hardik did not bowl a single over for the Mumbai Indians in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and he also did not bowl in the warm-up fixture against England which was played on Monday.Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bat…

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Aussie speedster James Pattinson retires from international cricket

Australian fast bowler James Pattinson, once one of the most feared bowlers in the cricket world, has retired from international cricket. Melbourne [Australia] : The 31-year-old Victorian, who made his Test debut for Australia as a tearaway right armer, has made the decision to step away from international cricket to focus on family, playing for his state and helping develop the next generation of fast bowlers. The right-armer played 21 Test Matches, 15 One-Day Internationals and four T20 Internationals for Australia. He has played 76 first-class games for Victoria. He took 81 wickets at 26.33 in his Test career and has 302 wickets at 22.52 in first-class cricket.“Leading into pre-season I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack but in the end, I haven’t had the preparation I would have liked heading into the coming season,” Pattinson, who will miss the opening round…

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T20 WC: Morgan open to dropping himself if poor form continues

Dubai [UAE]: England skipper Eoin Morgan said that he is ready to get himself dropped from England’s playing XI of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup if his poor form continues.Morgan has just come back after captaining the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and taking them to the finals of the tournament. Morgan has been really short of T20 runs this year with an average of 16.63 with the highest score of 47 not out from 35 innings.“It’s always something I’ve said – it’s always an option. I’m not going to stand in the way of a team winning the World Cup. I’ve been short of runs but my captaincy has been pretty good, as it goes. So, yes is the answer,” said Morgan, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.“Not being a bowler and being a bit older and not contributing as much…

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No need to hold T20 WC match with Pakistan: Ramdas Athawale

Pune (Maharashtra) [India] : Raising concerns over the terrorist activities and killing of civilians in Kashmir, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday said in the present situation there should be no cricket match between India and Pakistan.Speaking to ANI, Athawale said, “It is high time for now. The Government of India must launch a final war against Pakistan to stop them. The Indian government and Prime Minister want to have good relations with Pakistan. But their terror activities have not stopped hence there is a need to do a final war against Pakistan to stop them.” Speaking further on the India-Pakistan T20 match scheduled later this month during the ongoing T20 World Cup, the union minister said, “Looking at the present situation, there is no need to hold a T20 match with Pakistan. I will surely speak with the Government of India on this…

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T20 WC, Rd 1: Theekshana, Rajapaksa help Sri Lanka register victory over Namibia

Maheesh Theekshana’s three-wicket haul backed up by a 42-run knock by Bhanuka Rajapaksa helped Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by seven wickets in Group A of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Monday. Abu Dhabi [UAE] : Chasing 97, Sri Lanka did not get off to an ideal start as the side lost the wicket of Kusal Perera (11) in the second over of the innings. Soon after, Pathum Nissanka (5) was sent back to the pavilion by Bernard Scholtz and Sri Lanka was reduced to 18/2 in the third over. JJ Smit then got the better of Dinesh Chandimal (5) and Sri Lanka’s innings was left reeling at 26/3 and the side was in a dire need of a partnership. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (*) and Avishka Fernando (*) then got together at the crease and the…

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T20 WC: Difficult to look beyond KL Rahul as opener, I’ll bat at No.3, says Kohli

Dubai [UAE] : India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said that now it is difficult to look beyond KL Rahul as opening batter alongside Rohit Sharma.Kohli had opened alongside Rohit Sharma in India’s fifth and final T20I against England earlier this year, but the skipper has now confirmed that it will be indeed Rohit and Rahul who will open the batting for the Men in Blue. “Things were different before IPL, now it’s difficult to look beyond KL Rahul. He’s been solid upfront. I will be batting at 3. That’s the only thing I can say for now,” said Kohli during toss ahead of the warm-up fixture against England.India won the toss and opted to bowl first against England in the warm-up match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Monday.India will play Australia in the next warm-up game on Wednesday before opening their…

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ICC T20 WC: Batting unit wasn’t good enough, admits Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah

Muscat [Oman]: Bangladesh captain Mohammad Mahmudullah admitted that the batting unit of his side is a concern after suffering six runs defeat against Scotland in Group B encounter of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) on Sunday.In their first game of the tournament, Scotland scripted an outstanding comeback to put two points on board against Bangladesh. Scotland, who were 53/6 after 12 overs, fought back strongly to put up a challenging target of 141 for Bangladesh on the back of a 51-run stand between Chris Greaves and Mark Watt for the seventh wicket. With the bat, Bangladesh were always behind the eight ball as Scotland bowled brilliantly to keep The Tigers at bay. In the end, the asking rate was too much for the lower-order batters as Scotland put two points on the board…

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‘Have never seen you in this jersey’: Ashwin’s daughter as he flaunts India T20 WC outfit

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday shared a picture of himself donning the T20 World Cup jersey. Dubai [UAE] : The spinner also said that his daughter ended up telling him that she has never seen Ashwin in this particular jersey of Team India. “When your daughter says ‘I have never seen you in this jersey appa’ can’t leave her out of the picture. Can you ? @prithinarayanan,” Ashwin posted on Instagram.India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday had said that Ashwin was included in the team’s T20 World Cup squad as the off-spinner has managed to revive his white-ball game.India will open its campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium. Ashwin had last played a T20I for the Men in Blue in 2017, but the selectors named him in the squad looking at his…

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ICC T20 WC, Rd 1: Scotland stun B’desh in Group B

Chris Greaves’ 45-run knock and two-wicket haul helped Scotland stun Bangladesh by six runs in Group B encounter of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) on Sunday. Muscat [Oman] : Chasing 141, Bangladesh did not get off to an ideal start as Josh Davey dismissed Soumya Sarkar (5) in the second over of the innings. Two overs later, Bradley Wheal removed Liton Das (5) and Bangladesh was reduced to 18/2 in the fourth over. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim then got together at the crease and the duo put on 47 runs for the third wicket, but Scotland got the crucial breakthrough of Shakib (20) with Bangladesh still needing 76 more runs for the win. Chris Greaves then dismissed Mushfiqur (38) and Scotland gained complete control over the match.Afif Hossain and skipper Mahmudullah…

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T20 WC: Mentor Dhoni joins Team India

Former India skipper MS Dhoni has joined the Men in Blue as Virat Kohli and boys began their preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Sunday. Dubai [UAE] : The official Twitter handle of BCCI shared photos of Dhoni bonding with Team India and captioned the post as: “Extending a very warm welcome to the KING. @msdhoni is back with #TeamIndia and in a new role.” India will begin its T20 World Cup campaign on October 24 against Pakistan. Before that, the side will play two warm-up matches against England and Australia on October 18 and 20.India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday had said that having MS Dhoni as the mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will hold his side in good stead.“Massive experience. He is quite excited about getting back in this environment. He has always been a mentor…

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Shakib overhauls Malinga to become leading wicket-taker in men’s T20Is

Muscat [Oman] : Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Sunday became the leading wicket-taker in men’s T20Is.Shakib achieved the feat in Bangladesh’s ongoing Group B encounter of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against Scotland here at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1). The all-rounder returned with figures of 2-17 against Scotland and hence he went past the record of Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga.Shakib now has 108 wickets from 89 matches in the shortest format.Malinga had taken 107 wickets from 84 matches while New Zealand’s Tim Southee is at the third number in the list, after taking 99 wickets from 83 matches.Earlier in the ongoing match against Scotland, Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl. 

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T20 WC: Team India needs to win for Kohli, says Suresh Raina

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina said that it is really ‘important’ for the Indian team to win the T20 World Cup 2021, as it will be probably the last tournament of Virat Kohli as the skipper. Dubai [UAE] : Earlier, Kohli announced that he will step down as Team India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup 2021. “It will probably be his (Virat Kohli) last time at this tournament as captain, so it’s very important for him to make everyone believe we can do it and for us to get behind him,” said the former Indian batter Suresh Raina in an International Cricket Council (ICC) column.“All of our players have just played the Indian Premier League in the UAE and they have played themselves into top form with eight or nine games in this environment,” he added.Raina said that team India is one…

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BCCI invites application for coaching staff of Indian men’s team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday invited applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach with senior Indian men’s cricket team. Mumbai (Maharashtra ) [India] : The apex body of cricket in India has also invited applications for the post of Head Sports Science/Medicine with the National Cricket Academy (NCA). “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invites applications for the positions of Head Coach, Batting Coach, Bowling Coach, Fielding Coach with Team India (Senior Men) and Head Sports Science/Medicine with National Cricket Academy (NCA),” the BCCI said in a statement.According to the statement, applications for the position of head coach (Team India -Senior Men) should be submitted by 5 pm on October 26, 2021, at headcoach@bcci.tv.While the applications for the position of batting coach, bowling coach and fielding coach should be…

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BCCI, Yuvraj Singh extend wishes to Anil Kumble on his 51st birthday

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) extended birthday greetings to former Indian spinner Anil Kumble as he turned 51 on Sunday. New Delhi [India] : BCCI took to their Twitter and posted a video, revisiting Kumble’s memorable 10 wickets haul against Pakistan in 1999. “403 intl. Games. 956 intl. Wickets Only the second bowler in Test cricket to scalp 10 wickets in an innings. Wishing former #TeamIndia captain @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday. Let’s revisit his brilliant 10-wicket haul against Pakistan,” BCCI tweeted.Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also posted a picture of him with Kumble and sent him ‘good wishes’ on his special day.“Jumbo by name and jumbo by fame! Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to @anilkumble1074 – a fantastic sportsman, senior and human being. Hope the year ahead is full of happiness, good health and success. Lots of love and…

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T20 WC: Dhoni as mentor will boost morale of the team further, says Kohli

Dubai [UAE]: India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said that having MS Dhoni as the mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will hold his side in good stead.India will open its campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium. Kohli’s side will also have the services of MS Dhoni as the former India skipper will act as a mentor. “Massive experience. He is quite excited about getting back in this environment. He has always been a mentor for all of us, when we were starting our careers at the time he played and now he has the same opportunity to continue the same again. Especially for the younger guys who are in early stages of their career, just experience that he has gained over the years and having conversations with him about the…

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Have no idea regarding coach front, our goal is to win T20 World Cup: Kohli

Dubai [UAE] : India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said that he along with head coach Ravi Shastri are proud of creating a culture where everyone in the side wants to be the best version of themselves day in and day out.Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has agreed to take over as the head coach of the national team from Ravi Shastri. The development took place on the sidelines of the final of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League on Friday night. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed that the NCA head is ready to take over as the national team coach. “Look, I mean our goal is to win the World Cup. I have no idea regarding what is happening on the coach front, we have not had any detailed discussions with anyone. But winning the T20…

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No celebrations minus MS Dhoni, CSK will celebrate IPL win after skipper returns to India: CEO

New Delhi [India]: Chennai Super Kings will wait for skipper MS Dhoni to return to India before the franchise celebrates winning the fourth Indian Premier League title. CSK beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium, but the party will happen after Dhoni is done mentoring the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. Speaking to ANI, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said there can be no celebration without the skipper. “We shall wait for the skipper to return to India. We shall happily wait as there can be no celebration without MS. He has already switched caps from CSK skipper to Team India mentor, so we shall have a small get together once he returns to India after the T20 World Cup,” he said. CSK redeemed itself after a dismal performance last year…

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Young Saurashtra player Avi Barot dies after suffering cardiac arrest

29-year-old Barot was former India Under-19 captain and a member of the Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy-winning team in the 2019-20 season. Saurashtra : Batter Avi Barot, a former India Under-19 captain and a member of the Ranji Trophy winning team in the 2019-20 season, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at a shockingly young age of 29, the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) said. The player, who also represented Haryana and Gujarat in his career, died on Friday. “Everyone at Saurashtra Cricket Association (is) deeply shocked and saddened on (the) very shocking, untimely and extremely sad demise of Avi Barot, remarkable and notable cricketer of Saurashtra. “He left for heavenly abode in the evening of 15th October 2021 due to severe cardiac arrest,” the SCA stated in a media release issued here. He was a right-handed batter, who could also bowl off-breaks. Barot played 38…

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ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2021 set to commence on Sunday amid huge anticipation

Five long years the teams and fans have had to wait but the ICC men’s T20 World Cup returns on Sunday with 16 sides looking to emulate the West Indies who lifted the trophy in 2016. Dubai [UAE] : It all begins with the first round in which eight teams are split into two pools, from whom the top two will qualify for the Super 12 where they will join the world’s top eight sides. Among the first-round sides are Sri Lanka, who have played and won more matches in ICC men’s T20 World Cup history than any other team, and Bangladesh, the other ever-present among the eight.Bangladesh will be in action on the opening day against Scotland, but it all kicks off with hosts Oman taking on debutants Papua New Guinea at the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium.Those four sides are in Group B,…

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T20 WC: There are lot of challenges in front of New Zealand, says Williamson

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson feels there are a lot of challenges in front of the Kiwis ahead of the T20 World Cup but their focus will be on getting better as a team in the showpiece event.New Zealand begin their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against Pakistan in their Super 12s match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26 and will play India three days later at the Dubai International Stadium. “I mean there’s a lot of challenges in front of us. I mean any tournament, any World Cup is always tough, particularly the T20 World Cup. There are match-winners in every team and anybody can truly beat anybody and for us, we want to continue the path of growth and improve as a side and make those adjustments,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Williamson as saying.“There are very little promises in this…

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IPL 2021 Final: Thriller on cards as in-form KKR take on ever-reliable CSK

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been played in two parts this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and after a long wait, the final is finally here. The summit clash will see MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings clash with Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday. New Delhi [India], October 14 : MS Dhoni-led CSK has won the IPL title thrice and after putting on a dismal show in the 2020 season in UAE, the side made a remarkable comeback this year and some fearless cricket from the franchise has seen Dhoni’s men reach the finals. Dhoni might have managed to score just 114 runs from 15 matches this season, but he rose like a phoenix when the team needed him most and his best knock came in Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals. He scored 18…

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Team India’s new jersey displayed at Burj Khalifa

As the cricketers prepare for the T20 World Cup, MPL Sports, the official kit sponsor for the Indian team, marked the launch of the new Team India ‘Billion Cheers Jersey’ with a scintillating light show at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, one of the host cities for the tournament on Wednesday. Dubai [UAE], October 14 : It was a night to remember for all cricket fans who have been eagerly waiting to get a glimpse of the brand new jersey of the Indian cricket team. In a video posted by the MPL Sports, on their Twitter handle, the Burj Khalifa was shown brightly lit with the new jersey.“For the first time ever, a Team India Jersey lit up the @BurjKhalifa. The #BillionCheersJersey inspired by the cheers of a billion fans reached new heights, quite literally. Are you ready to #ShowYourGame and back Team India?”…

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