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Bangladesh Premier League to kick off from Jan 21, final on Feb 18

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: The 2021-22 season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will begin from January 21 with the final scheduled to be played on February 18.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the players’ draft will take place on Monday. During the BPL game, a team has to select three foreign cricketers. BPL governing council chairman Ismail Haider Mallick said Bangladesh is prepared to hold the tournament and teams registered have to make payment before the showpiece event begins.
“There was a bit of uncertainty regarding the BPL. We had to consider whether the Bangladesh team can finally play in New Zealand due to the Covid situation. We were prepared to hold the BPL,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Haider Mallick as saying.
“Six teams have registered with us. We have a few conditions for them – they have to guarantee the participation money. They have to make this payment before the tournament starts,” he added.
BPL will be staged across three venues across Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram.

All eyes on Rahane, Pujara as India look to avenge WTC final defeat

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: When the two-match series against New Zealand starts, hosts India would look to avenge the defeat of the World Test Championship (WTC) final, however, the task would not be easy as the upbeat Kiwis will come out all guns blazing at the Green Park Stadium in the opening game, starting Thursday.
India is expected to enter the contest with confidence having beaten New Zealand 3-0 in the recently-concluded T20I series, but an injury to KL Rahul has now meant that the team will be without the services of three top-class batsmen in Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Kohli and Rohit have been rested with an eye on their workload in recent times. In the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side in Kohli’s absence and with Rahul now missing, it will be all about Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara rising to the challenge in the middle-order.
India has also given rest to the likes of Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and it needs to be seen what combination head coach Rahul Dravid feels comfortable with. The spin department is well taken care of as Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja are all available for selection.
Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are expected to be the first choice pacers, looking at the experience they have and Kanpur wicket is also expected to offer some reverse swing as the game progresses on.
When it comes to the batting scheme of things, Mayank Agarwal is set to have Shubman Gill at the top. This series will be extremely important for Rahane and Pujara looking at how eyeballs have been on their performances in the past.
Coming to New Zealand, Kane Williamson will mark a return in the Test series, having taken a break from the T20Is. Pacer Trent Boult would not be available for selection, but the pace bowling department is taken care of with Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner.
One needs to see how spinners Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, and Mitchell Santner perform in the series as the heavy workload will fall on their shoulders looking at how Indian pitches deteriorate as the Test progresses.
Squads: India: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.

Tommy Paul lifts maiden ATP title

Stockholm [Sweden]: Tommy Paul on Saturday defeated defending champion Denis Shapovalov to clinch his first ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open.
The American recorded a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory over third seed Shapovalov of Canada in two hours and 12 minutes. With his 25th match win of the season, the 24-year-old is the first American to lift the Stockholm title since James Blake captured his second straight trophy in 2006.
En route to his title win, the world number 53 defeated Leo Borg, Taylor Fritz, Andy Murray, and Frances Tiafoe.
“I played some of my best tennis to beat Denis,” said Paul, as per atptour.com. “It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a tennis tournament. It means everything to win my first title. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this and I’d like to break into the Top 30 at some point,” he added.

“‘Underdog’ tag can’t control”

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday said that his side being constantly viewed as “underdog” is not something they can control and the Kiwis just look to focus on their cricket.
Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the T20 World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “I mean look, it (underdog tag) sort of does not have anything to do with us, we focus on our cricket, try our best and we want to keep improving as a side. The different tags is not something we control,” said Williamson while replying to an ANI query during a virtual pre-match press conference.
When ANI asked whether he is big on match-ups while doing captaincy, Williamson said: “Yeah, I mean there is definitely a bit of match-ups in this format where it is so condensed and the game is full of small margins. There is a little bit of that and a little bit of gut feeling in terms of often there have been venues where there have been shorter sides and sort of different power players coming in different positions so you are trying to make adjustments as you go. And it was just what happened in the last game with Mitchell Santner.”
Williamson also admitted that his side has been subjected to a hectic schedule this World Cup, but they are not complaining and are eager to play the summit clash against Australia.
“I suppose the playing schedule has been somewhat hectic, we have played the last four games in seven days. There was a day off after the semi-final and there was a training opportunity yesterday. Preparation has been good, but it is just making those quick adjustments to the venue and opposition,” said Williamson.
“Winning the T20 World Cup would be a big achievement, where it stands at the moment, there is a game of cricket to play and we are focusing on that. That is where we are at the moment, it is a really exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to the match tomorrow,” he added.
Australia and New Zealand have never won the T20 World Cup, and the tournament is guaranteed to have a new winner this time around.

“Can handle the heat”

Dubai [UAE]: Former South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has backed the “street smart” New Zealand team to win the T20 World Cup final against Australia on Sunday.
Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in the finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday. Morkel said he was confident that New Zealand would make it to the final of the showpiece event before the tournament started. “While the spotlight was on India, Pakistan, England and Australia throughout the tournament there was a little voice inside my head saying: ‘hang on don’t forget about New Zealand’,” Morkel wrote in his ICC column.
“They are the current World Test champions, played in the last 50-over World Cup final and their white-ball cricket has been exceptional over the past couple of years. They are street smart and organised and have an inspirational leader in Kane Williamson,” he added.
The former South African pacer said New Zealand won’t mind who their opponents are in the summit clash as they already overcome a “huge hurdle” by defeating England in the semi-finals.
“New Zealand won’t mind who they are playing in the final. They’ve already overcome a huge hurdle and got one over England which shows they can handle the heat when it’s on them,” said Morkel.
“In a final, it’s about doing the basics as well as possible. That group is really focused on the fundamentals, but also have the ability to flick the switch to fifth gear and blow teams out of the water.
“Their focus will be on getting themselves ready and controlling what they can control. Whoever they come up against, they’ll be ready for them,” he signed off.

Devon Conway ruled out

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand batsman Devon Conway has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup final against Australia and following tour to India with a broken right hand.
Conway sustained the injury when he struck his bat immediately after being dismissed in last night’s semi-final win over England in Abu Dhabi – with an X-ray on Thursday confirming a break to his right-hand fifth Metacarpal. Coach Gary Stead said Conway was devastated by the news. “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time,” Stead said.
“Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him. It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury,” he added.
Further giving an update, Stead said: “Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him. He’s determined to support the team in anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover.”
“Due to the timelines we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month,” he added.
The T20 World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia will be played on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.

NZ stun Eng to enter final

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 72-run knock aided by James Neesham’s quickfire cameo of 27 runs off just 11 balls helped New Zealand defeat England by five wickets to enter the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
New Zealand will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Pakistan and Australia in the summit clash on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing, New Zealand got off to the worst start possible as the side lost opening batter Martin Guptill (4) in the very first over bowled by Chris Woakes. The Kiwis were given a body blow in the third over as Woakes sent skipper Kane Williamson (5) back in the hut. After the end of the powerplay, New Zealand’s score read 36/2.
Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell found run-scoring difficult and at the halfway mark, New Zealand’s score read 58/2 with the side needing 109 runs to win from 60 balls. The 82-run stand for the third wicket was finally broken by Liam Livingstone as he had Conway (46) stumped at the hands of Buttler with New Zealand still needing 72 runs to win from 38 balls. Glenn Phillips (2) was the second wicket for Livingstone and England was in firm control with New Zealand at 107/4 in the 16th over.
In the 17th over bowled by Chris Jordon, James Neesham and Mitchell managed to score 23 runs, and the match swayed in favour of the Kiwis, with Williamson and team needing 34 to win from 18 balls. However, another twist came in the game as Adil Rashid sent Neesham (27) back to the pavilion, and New Zealand required 20 to win from 12 balls. In the end, Mitchell guided New Zealand to a five-wicket victory with six balls to spare.
Earlier, Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan played knocks of 51 and 42 respectively as England scored 166/4 against New Zealand. Asked to bat first, England got off to a steady start as openers Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow put on 37 runs inside the five overs. However, the introduction of Adam Milne into the attack paid off straight away as he dismissed Bairstow (13) on the first ball of the sixth over, ending the first-wicket partnership.
While trying to play a reverse sweep, Buttler (29) ended up missing a straight delivery bowled by Ish Sodhi, and he was caught right plumb in front, and as a result, England was reduced to 53/2 in the 9th over. At the halfway mark, England’s score read 67/2 with Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali at the crease.
Malan and Ali kept on scoring runs at a brisk pace and the duo managed to add 43 more runs in the next five overs, taking the score to 110/2 at the 15 overs mark, setting a perfect launchpad for the rest of the batting lineup. The 63-run stand for the third wicket finally came to an end in the 16th over as Tim Southee got the better of Malan (42).
In the final three overs, England managed to add 36 more runs, taking their total past the 160-run mark. Liam Livingstone also played a crucial cameo of 17 runs off just 10 balls helping Eoin Morgan’s side post a competitive total on the board.
Brief Scores: England 166/4 (Moeen Ali 51*, Dawid Malan 42; Adam Milne 1-31) vs New Zealand 167/5 (Daryl Mitchell 72*, Devon Conway 46; Liam Livingstone 2-22).

T20 WC: Final will be either between India-Pakistan or Australia-England

New Delhi [India]: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has predicted that either India-Pakistan or England-Australia will square off in the finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Warne’s prediction came after England hammered Australia by eight wickets on Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Super 12 stage.
“I still believe the teams that will top each group & make it through will look like this, plus semi’s & final…England, Australia, Pakistan and India. Semi’s — Eng V India, Aust V Pak So final will be either India V Pak or Aust V England,” tweeted Warne.

Jos Buttler played an unbeaten knock of 71 and his side beat Australia by eight wickets on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The innings was highlighted by 23 runs scored over long-on, including three towering sixes through that region that all travelled more than 90 metres.

England and Pakistan have won all their three games in the World Cup so far. Australia has won two matches out of three.

India has so far played just one game which they ended up losing against Pakistan. Virat Kohli and boys will next take on New Zealand on Sunday evening in Dubai. (ANI)

T20 WC: Ben Stokes predicts England-Pakistan final

New Delhi [India]: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has predicted that the Three Lions and Pakistan will lock horns in the finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Stokes’ prediction came after Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by five wickets on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium. With this, the Babar Azam-led side registered its third win on the trot. Taking to Twitter, Stokes wrote: “England vs Pakistan Final?”
Asif Ali blistering cameo powered Pakistan to a five-wicket win over Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Pakistan needed 24 runs in 12 balls but Asif did a Carlos Brathwaite and smashed four sixes to power his side home.
Appreciating Ali’s knock, Stokes tweeted: “Remember the name @AasifAli2018.”
On the other hand, England has won both of its games so far in the ongoing tournament. The Eoin Morgan-led side will next take on Australia in the World Cup on Saturday evening.

T20 WC: Would be great if India makes it to final with Pakistan, says Saqlain

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan’s interim head coach, Saqlain Mushtaq would love it if his team got the opportunity to face India again in the final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Pakistan started their World Cup campaign with a thumping 10-wicket victory over arch-rivals India and then followed it by the resounding win against New Zealand by five-wicket. Men in Green are currently unbeaten, with a perfect two in two record at the showpiece. “When you come with a mindset to become a world champion then you don’t think about the opponent,” Saqlain said in a virtual press conference on Thursday. “You rather think whoever comes in, you do what you have to do and want to do. So we are thinking on the same lines day in and day out that whoever is against us in the next stage we will accept it. If you want to become a world champion then you have to live up to the requirements — being tough, being well-prepared, and playing cricket different from the others, and it shows that you are a genuine World Cup winner. If you want to be a world champion then you should be thoroughly [tested] so that the world actually recognises you.”

“If India makes it to the final with us, it would be a great thing because I feel — and this is not because we became big-headed after beating them — but because they are a strong team, everyone considers them a favourite. England and Australia always play tough cricket too. One doesn’t have results in their hand but what we have in hand is our process, how we plan, our commitment, how we fight and bounce back and things we can control so we don’t focus on results and the opponent. If India comes in the final, then it would be very good for the ICC, fans around the world and for world cricket — everyone will enjoy it. They are our neighbouring country and playing one more match would only improve our relations,” he pointed.
“Hats off to Dhoni, Virat, Babar, Malik, Dahani, Rizwan, Imad, Hafeez — their picture of hugging and meeting each other after the Pak-India game has sent a strong message to the world about love,” the head coach of Pakistan added.
Pakistan next face Afghanistan on Friday, followed by matches against Associate teams Namibia and Scotland. In their opener, Afghanistan had demolished Scotland to give themselves a considerable net run rate boost and sit just under their neighbours on the points table.

‘Experience beats youth any day’, says Bravo as ‘Dad’s Army’ CSK lift fourth IPL title

Dubai [UAE]: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Dwayne Bravo feels experience can any day defeat the youth when it comes to locking horns in the shortest format of the day.
CSK, also knows as ‘Dad’s Army’, lifted their fourth IPL title on Friday after defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the final by 27 runs. CSK was the first team to get off from the race of playoffs in IPL 2020 and Bravo said he was really disappointed last year after the dismal performance by the side in the showpiece event.
“That’s the first thing I’m going to do when I turn on my phone – let Kieron Pollard know this is the 16th (T20 titles he has won). He has some catching up to do. Belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season was really disappointing,” Bravo said after the win in the post-match presentation.
“Owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance. Don’t get nervous (coming into a final). Have had good performance in different phases of the tournament.
“Faf and Ruturaj stand out for us. To have these two guys scoring over 500 runs together. Experience beats youth any day. Going to change the name from Mr. Champion to Sir Champion,” he added.
CSK, who posted 192/3 on the board on the back of Faf du Plessis’ brilliant 86, restricted KKR to 165/9 and sealed a 27-run win. The side has previously won the tournament in 2010, 2011, and 2018.

MS Dhoni gifts signed ball to young supporter after taking Chennai into final

Dubai [UAE]: MS Dhoni gifted a signed ball to a young supporter of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) after the team in yellow moved into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 final here at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
CSK defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets in Qualifier 1 as Dhoni returned to form with a much needed 18 off six balls. On-field when Dhoni was pulling off a sensational chase in the last over, the camera captured a beautiful moment in which a couple of young CSK fans were unable to stop their tears.
Shortly after the match was over, Dhoni was seen signing the match ball and throwing it to the girl into the stands, making her dream come true. Fans were overjoyed after witnessing this special moment on-screen.
In the last two overs, CSK needed 24 runs but Avesh Khan dismissed set batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad on the first ball. Dhoni whacked a six and match came down to 12 needed off the last six balls.
In the final over, Tom Curran removed Moeen Ali but Dhoni held the nerves and smashed three fours to seal the CSK’s spot in the summit clash for the ninth time.
Earlier, Prithvi Shaw’s stylish fifty and skipper Rishabh Pant late half-century helped Delhi Capitals post 172/5 against CSK.
Delhi Capitals were 80/4 in the 11th before Pant and Shimron Hetmyer stitched an 83-run stand for the fifth wicket to revive the innings. In the last three overs, Delhi Capitals scored 31 runs to get over the 170-run mark.

Durand Cup: Mohammedan enter final after beating Bengaluru in hard-fought SF

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Century old local favourites Mohammedan Sporting (MDSP), overcame FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) 4-2 in the semi-finals of the 130th Durand Cup on Monday here at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), to make their sixth finals of the iconic tournament.
Goals from Marcus Joseph, Faisal Ali, Brandon Vanlalremdika and Nikola Stojanovic made sure the Black Panthers quest for a third Durand title remained on course, despite a shock start to the game which saw FCBU talisman Pedro Manzi give his side the lead as early as 22 seconds into the game. The scoreline, in the end, was a bit flattering for MDSP with United ending the game with 10-men and after tying 2-2 in regulation time. Sporting scored in each half of extra time to get the result, the close to 25000 local fans gathered at the stadium wanted.
MDSP gaffer Andrey Chernyshov went in with his trusted eleven and 4-4-2 formation in front of vociferous local support from the stands. Richard Hood the FCBU coach, started with a similar formation but with a first start of the tournament to Anup Theres Raj at left-back. Sanju Pradhan also started on the bench.
It could not have begun better for United with a move down the right flank involving Yumnam Gopi Singh straight after kick-off finding Manzi in space on top of the box. He was given a second bite of the cherry by the Sporting defence and made no mistake with a booming drive giving keeper Zothanmawia no chance.
The Panthers were stung and responded with ferocity. Milan Singh had the first good shot at goal but it was the inimitable Trinidadian Marcus who was destined to equalize for Sporting.
It was another one from the left of the box cutting across the keeper with his left foot. A trademark now almost. It was his fifth in this edition’s Durand putting him in running for the golden boot of the tournament for the second year running.
The Mohammedan attack line led by Serbian Nikola Stojanovic and ably supported by the likes of Azharuddin Mallik, Sk. Faiaz, Faisal and Marcus were displaying some slick football and stitched together quite a few attractive moves.
From one such move, Marcus found Faisal in the clear inside the box on the left and the youngster came up with a clinical finish, beating Kunzang Bhutia for the second time in the game.
The second half began as the first had ended with MDSP looking to take most of the initiatives. Quite against the run of play then, Kingshuk Debnath, a local boy, got Bengaluru back in the game, slotting home from a melee off a corner.
However, with a minute into added time, Manzi was shown red after a second bookable offence forcing Hood to bring in team fitness coach cum player Chelston Pinto to help his team fight through 30 minutes of extra time.
The change which made all the difference though was the one made by Chernyshov in the 83rd minute when he had brought on the pacy Brandon Vanlalremdika to replace Sk. Faiaz on the right.
The diminutive winger peppered the 10-man United defence in the second half with Stojanovic providing him ample support and supply.
In one such move in the dying stages of the first 15 minutes of extra-time, the Serbian found him in the clear inside the box. The Mizo had quite a bit to do with two defenders challenging him. He shrugged them off with two deft body feints, first inside then outside and unleashed a grounder with pin-point accuracy to beat Bhutia.
The final goal of the contest was fittingly scored by Stojanovic who blasted a penalty past Bhutia in the 110th minute of the game for a resounding scoreline for the local team. Marcus Joseph was adjudged the Man of the Match.

MI toughest team in tournament, it’s like final playing against them: Dwayne Bravo

Dubai [UAE]: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Dwayne Bravo said that any match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) feels like a final.
Bravo’s remarks came after CSK defeated Mumbai Indians by 20 runs on Sunday here at the Dubai International Stadium. For CSK, Gaikwad had played an unbeaten inning of 88 runs as the MS Dhoni-led outfit posted 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs after being 24/4 inside the powerplay. Bravo also played a cameo of 23 runs from just eight balls, including three massive sixes. “It’s a good feeling, obviously against MI it’s the toughest team in IPL and it’s like a final playing against them, always a good feeling to win. Just tried to protect myself in the last stages of CPL and when I came over here, just had one bowling session which was yesterday, and happy to get 4 overs through today. Now I bat lower down the order with the batting line-up like CSK, for me, it’s just about trying to get the momentum and try to capitalize, adjust and adapt,” Bravo told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match ended.
“Just try to give the best of my ability whenever I go out to bat. Gaikwad has been our star player end of last season and this season and he is a quality player. Played proper cricket shots and played till the end. He has an appetite for runs and it’s good to get over the line this game,” he added.
For CSK, Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets and Deepak Chahar took two. For Mumbai Indians, Saurabh Tiwary was the highest scorer after playing a knock of 50 runs.
With this win, Chennai Super Kings went to the top of the IPL table while Mumbai is now in danger of falling outside the top 4 if they get on a losing streak.
CSK will next lock horns against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday.

US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev wins first grand slam title, defeats Djokovic in final

New York [US]: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev bagged his first grand slam title on Sunday, after defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open men’s singles final.
Medvedev, the world No. 2 won the game held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic stormed into the finals of the ongoing US Open after defeating Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller on Saturday.
World number Djokovic defeated Zverev in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 here at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic will now take on Daniil Medvedev in the summit clash of the US Open.
The 34-year-old Djokovic is chasing a Calendar Slam after having won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon earlier this year.
Daniil Medvedev progressed to the finals after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

ENG vs IND: All Indian players test negative for COVID-19

Manchester [UK]: Team India has returned negative results for COVID-19 hours after physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for coronavirus in Manchester. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed the results. “The players have all returned negative results,” the source said.
Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.
However, there are no COVID-19 related worries in the England camp and Jos Buttler said everything is fine and the hosts are looking forward to the game.
“We don’t know too much about it at the moment. It would be naive to speculate on what’s going on. At the moment we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing that way so fingers crossed the game will go ahead. Things are fine in our camp and we are looking forward to the game,” said Buttler in a virtual press conference.
This came after India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar returned positive results to their RT-PCR tests during the fourth Test.
They are currently undergoing isolation and can come out only after returning two negative results.
On Sunday, just half an hour before the start of play on Day 4 of the fourth Test, the BCCI said its medical team had isolated Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sridhar, and physio Nitin Patel as a precautionary measure after Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening.
The remaining members of the Team India contingent had undergone two Lateral Flow Tests — one on Saturday night and another on Sunday morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the fourth Test at The Oval against England.

Tokyo Paralympics: Noida DM Suhas Yathiraj clinches silver medal

Tokyo [Japan]: Noida District Magistrate and para-badminton player Suhas L Yathiraj bagged the silver medal the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday after going down fighting in the final of the men’s singles SL4 event against France’s Lucas Mazur. Lucas won by 15-21, 21-17, 21-15 in 1 hour and 2 minutes at Court 1 — Yoyogi National Stadium.
The unseeded Indian started the match swiftly and ran off with a lead of 11-8 at the mid-game interval against the Frenchman. Suhas continued with his superior tactics and agility as he took the first game easily by 21-15 in 20 minutes. He clearly looked like a man on a mission as he matched the top seed and even bettered him in the opening game. But Mazur wasn’t ready to get bogged down and he clawed his way back in the second set. But a series of errors by him saw the Indian lead again by 11-8 at the one minute break. But Mazur showed his experience when it mattered most and regained momentum to put a scintillating display and levelled the game at 15-15. The champion player then went one step ahead and won 9 of the last 11 points to close out the second game by 21-17 in 22 minutes and push the match to the decider.
As expected, the third set had the cagiest of starts with both players not giving each other any room to take the early advantage. Serves kept rotating on almost every point, but it was Suhas again who led by the narrowest of margin 11-10 at the interval.
But the top-seed once again halted Suhas’ charge as he grabbed the 19-15 lead by playing some fabulous cross-court and net shots. The Frenchman who was trailing for the most part of the match soon had the 5 gold medal points in hand and he made sure to not let those slip. He won the third set by 21-15 in 21 minutes as Suhas had to be satisfied with the silver.

Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Rubina Francis qualifies for 10m Air Pistol SH1 final

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian shooter Rubina Francis on Tuesday qualified for the finals of women’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 event in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.
Rubina, who started off well, finished seventh with 560 points to advance to the finals of the showpiece event. At the end of the first series, Rubina was in 13th place with 91 points however, the Indian shooter moved up the leaderboard into sixth place after a total of 187 following the conclusion of the second essay.
Rubina then moved to third place with 282 points at the halfway stage of the qualification event. Her average score at that particular instance was 9.4.
Rubina’s average score dropped a little to 9.35 which also saw her moving down to fourth place after the fourth round.
In the next two series, Rubina registered scores of 93 and 93 respectively to go further down at the seventh spot. She will resume her quest for the medal later on Tuesday.

Tokyo Olympics: Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza finishes 23rd in final

Tokyo [Japan], August 2: Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza and his horse Seigneur Medicott finished 23rd in the individual eventing jumping and missed out on a medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday.
Mirza came 23rd out of 25 with a final score of 59.60. “The #Equestrian Individual Eventing Jumping final comes to an end @FouaadMirza and #SeigneurMedicott finish 23rd. No medal here, but an inspirational performance from the duo this #Olympics. Great future ahead for them!” SAIMedia tweeted.
Meanwhile, Germany’s Julia Krajewski became the first individual female athlete to win Olympic gold in individual eventing with a near-flawless final jump with her Amande de B’Neville.
While individual eventing became a mixed event in Tokyo 1964, no woman had ever won gold in this event – until now, reported Olympics.com
After competing in the dressage and cross country over the past three days, it all came down to the jumping section of the eventing competition.
Great Britain’s Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser won silver while Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos had a flawless jump in the final to clinch bronze in his eighth Olympic Games.

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma declared player of the tournament at Euro 2020

Moscow, Jul 12: The goalkeeper of the Italian national team, Gianluigi Donnarumma, was declared Player of the Tournament at the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.

The Azzurri won the Euro 2020 tournament for the second time on Sunday. The first time that the Italian national team won the continental title was in 1968. It played in the finals in 2000 and 2012, but lost to France and Spain, respectively.

Italy beat England 3:2 on penalties on Sunday, following the 1:1 draw after extra time at London’s Wembley Stadium. Donnarumma saved two hits in the penalty shootout.

Portugal national football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer of the 2020 European Championship, winning the Golden Boot award. Portugal lost to Belgium 0:1 during the round-of-16, but Ronaldo had already scored five goals in his team’s first four games.

This year, the UEFA European Football Championship was held across the continent for the first time in its 60-year history, with 11 host cities in all: London, St. Petersburg, Baku, Munich, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Seville.

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