CCI gears up to host India’s 4th ODI; MCA may move High Court


CCI gears up to host India’s 4th ODI; MCA may move High Court

Mumbai : With international cricket returning to its fold after several years, the Cricket Club of India (CCI) here is all set to host the fourth ODI between India and West Indies on October 29. The Mumbai Cricket Association, on the other hand, is likely to move the Bombay High Court against the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to shift the match from Wankhede Stadium, a source said. “The preparations are going on. We have received a letter from the BCCI.

We are in the process of tying up with an agency for sale of tickets,” a senior CCI official said on Monday. “The ticket rates and details of sale will be announced shortly,” he added. The BCCI last Friday shifted the October 29 game from the Wankhede Stadium here to the picturesque Brabourne Stadium, after the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) cited financial constraints in hosting the game. CCI had last hosted an international Test in 2009 when India took on Sri Lanka. “The work of awarding various tenders for the ODI game is in progress. Around 25,000 tickets will be available for sale,” the official said.

A miffed MCA on Saturday had shot off a letter to the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA), asking them the reasons behind shifting of the match. A source in the city cricket body that the MCA, its eligible members and two clubs affiliated to it are set to move the Bombay High Court with a writ petition against the BCCI’s decision to shift the match from Wankhede Stadium.




Chinese soccer fans fume as their team draws 0-0 with India


Chinese soccer fans fume as their team draws 0-0 with India

Beijing :  Chinese football fans are angry and distraught over their much-fancied team’s failure to score against gritty India in a rare football match between the two countries leading to a tame goalless draw. The international friendly match held in the city of Suzhou, East China’s Jiangsu Province, on Saturday was the first between the two Asian giants in 21 years. Most Chinese fans were sure of victory at home in the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre, but despite attacking most of the match, China failed to finish off multiple attempts, state-run Global Times reported. A 0-0 draw with India in the “planet derby” between the world’s two most populous nations enraged Chinese soccer fans, official media reported on Monday.

“It is absolutely devastating to think that these are the best 30 players from a population base of three billion,” the daily quoted China Central Television (CCTV) soccer commentator He Wei as saying after the match. “The weak opponent has made the Chinese soccer team look worse. Way to go India,” posted one fan on social media site Sina Weibo. In a keenly-watched football match played between the two most populous countries in the world but still laggards in the global game, China dominated the proceedings with waves of onslaughts on the Indian citadel but they failed to score a goal. It was a remarkable achievement for India, playing on the Chinese soil for the first time, as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den. The draw is expected to take India higher in the FIFA rankings. They are now placed 97th while China are at 76th spot.

 




India vs West Indies Day 2: India end at 308/4 after bowling out West Indies for 311


India vs West Indies Day 2: India end at 308/4 after bowling out West Indies for 311

Hyderabad: Replying to West Indies’ 311 all out, India were 308 for four in their first innings at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test, here on Saturday. India had bowled out the West Indies in the first session of the day. The hosts are trailing by three runs with Rishabh Pant (85) and Ajinkya Rahane (75) at the crease.

Brief Scores: West Indies 1st innings: 311 all out in 101.4 overs (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 52; Umesh Yadav 6/88)  India 1st innings: 308/4 in 81 overs (R Pant 85 batting, A Rahane 75 batting, Prithvi Shaw 70, Virat Kohli 45; Jason Holder 2/85).




IOC creates refugee team for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games


IOC creates refugee team for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Buenos Aires: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced there will be a Olympic team made up of refugees at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as happened in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“Last time (in the 2016 Rio Olympics) we were under very high time pressure. Now we have two years. We have already taken precaution… and we have a pool of athletes in place. Already now we’re supporting 51 or 52 refugee athletes who we have identified. This pool can still grow in the run-up to Tokyo 2020,” IOC president Thomas Bach of Germany said at the close of the 133rd IOC Session, which ended on Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Efe news reported.

The IOC said in a statement that with the creation of this refugee team, the committee seeks to convey a message of solidarity and hope to millions of refugee and internally displaced athletes around the world.

“In an ideal world, we would not need to have a Refugee Team at the Olympic Games. But, unfortunately, the reasons why we first created a Refugee Olympic Team before the Olympic Games Rio 2016 continue to persist,” Bach said, adding: “We will do our utmost to welcome refugee athletes and give them a home and a flag in the Olympic Village in Tokyo with all the Olympic athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees.”

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, the team comprised ten refugee athletes from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 32nd Summer Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo. Tokyo will hold this international sports event for the second time after the 1964 Olympic Games.

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Asia Cup 2018 Final: India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title


Asia Cup 2018 Final: India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title
Dubai: A severely hamstrung Kedar Jadhav ran the most defining single of his short international career as India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title in a pulsating last-ball finish.
Chasing a modest target of 222, India made a rough weather of the chase at 160 for five with Jadhav (23 no) initially retiring after pulling his right hamstring only to comeback when it mattered the most. He came in the 48th over with India still needing 11 runs. With six runs needed off the last over, Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav kept their cool against Mahmudullah Riyadh taking three singles and double off the first five balls.
The part-time off-spinner drifted the final delivery onto Jadhav’s legs as it brushed his pads for a leg bye to ensure India maintained its supremacy among continental neighbours. The win also establishes Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills having won the Nidahas T20 tri-nation earlier and now the Asia Cup while providing a healing touch after the Test series drubbing in England. Buvneshwar Kumar (21)  and Ravindra Jadeja (23) also played their part after middle-order led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again failed to perform.

It was Bhuvneshwar’s six off Rubel Hossain in the 46th over followed by a boundary off Mustafizur Rahman in the 47th that eased the pressure put due to the balls consumed by the former India skipper. India started the chase with Shikhar Dhawan (15) and Rohit Sharma (48, 55 balls) helping themselves to a boundary each off Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s off-break. However tournament’s top scorer Dhawan couldn’t clear the mid-off fielder trying to hoist left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam. Ambati Rayudu, who ha not performed against the top teams failed again making it 46 for 2.
In-form skipper Rohit continued from where he had left against Pakistan as he lofted Nazmul for a six over long-on. A short-arm pull off Mustafizur Rahman and a hook off Rubel Hossain also got him two more sixes a India were cruising along at 83 for two. It was another short ball from Rubel that Rohit tried to pull but found the fielder at the square leg boundary. Dinesh Karthik (37) hit a six but looked edgy during his 61 ball stay before being yorked when Mahmudullah Riyadh rifled one in after 54-run stand with Dhoni (36, 67 balls).
Dhoni is a shadow of his old self and consumed a lot of balls, hitting three boundaries in between. However Kedar Jadhav (19, 20 balls) hit a straight six off Mahmudullah but then pulled his right hamstring going for a quick single. He was in considerable pain after that and Dhoni who was just getting into the groove lost his rhythm and edged one off Mustafizur Rahman to Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps. Once Dhoni was gone, things became troublesome for India at 160 for five as Kedar continued to hobble.
He was finally instructed to get off the field as his presence was hampering the other batsmen from taking quick singles or twos. Earlier, India’s unorthodox spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav wreaked havoc after opener Liton Das’s fine hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for a modest 222 after being put in to bat. An injury-ravaged Bangladesh made a flying start, courtesy Liton’s maiden ODI hundred (121 off 117 balls), as he added 120 runs with fellow opener Mehidy Hasan Miraz (32). Just when it looked like Bangladesh would make a match of it, things went downhill as India’s tiny neighbours suffered an all-too-familiar batting collapse, losing 10 wickets for 102 runs. The innings lasted 48.3 overs.
Chinaman Kuldeep’s 3 for 45 was well complemented by Kedar’s 2/41 in nine overs of unconventional off-breaks, as Bangladesh frittered away the initiative with poor shot selection. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s smart work behind the stumps also played its part as much as Ravindra Jadeja’s electric fielding inside the 30-yard circle. Promoting lower-order batsman Miraz as opener was a masterstroke by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who wanted to preserve his regular opener Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar.
Miraz did his job perfectly by dropping anchor as Liton hit a flurry of boundaries off Jasprit Bumrah (1/39) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Anything on his legs was dispatched to the boundary. When Yuzvendra Chahal (1/31 in 8 overs) was introduced, he was hit over deep mid-wicket for a six, as India found it difficult to get a breakthrough. However, things changed once Miraz was caught by Ambati Rayudu in the cover region off Kedar’s bowling. The moment Kedar started bowling his side-arm off-breaks, Bangladesh couldn’t force the pace as he mixed his deliveries well. He bowled an impressive 28 dot balls.
Imrul Kayes (2) was adjudged leg-before off Chahal and the in-form Mushfiqur Rahim (2) pulled a rank half-tracker from Kedar straight into the deep mid-wicket’s hands. From 120 for no loss, Bangladesh slumped to 137 for three and things went from bad to worse from thereon.



India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: India overpower Pakistan by eight wickets


India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: India overpower Pakistan by eight wickets

Dubai: A strong bowling performance followed by some power-packed batting saw India thrash arch rivals Pakistan by eight wickets in their Group A clash of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here on Wednesday. Asked to field first, three-wicket hauls from pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav enabled India to restrict Pakistan to a paltry 162. Bhuvneshwar returned figures of 3/15 while Jadhav got 3/23.

In reply, a quickfire half-century by Rohit Sharma and his 86-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan saw India comfortably overhaul the target with a whopping 21 overs to spare. Rohit plundered 52 runs off 39 deliveries, hitting six boundaries and three sixes along the way. Dhawan scored 46 runs off 54 balls before a loose shot to a Faheem Ashraf delivery handed an easy catch to Babar Azam at point. Following the duo’s departure, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthick ensured that India crossed the line without losing any more wickets.

Earlier, the Pakistan batsmen never really found any momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Pakistan got off to a slow start and could only manage 25/2 in the first 10 overs. Bhuvneshwar sent back openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman early on to leave Pakistan struggling with two wickets down after 4.1 overs with just two runs on the board. Shoiab Malik and Babar Azam then got going well and negotiated the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal — who went wicketless — and Kuldeep well. The pair stitched together an 82-run stand for the third wicket.

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Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav triggered Pakistan’s slide with a brilliantly executed wrong un’ that outfoxed Pakistan’s best batsman Babar Azam (47) when he was looking good along with Shoaib Malik (43). Jadhav removed Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (6) around the halfway mark of the first innings before accounting for Asif Ali (9) and Shadab Khan (8). That saw Pakistan, who were relatively comfortably placed at 85/2 at one point, collapsing to 121/7.

From then on, Pakistan could never recover as Mohammed Amir (18 not out) and Faheem Ashraf (21) joined hands for a 37-run partnership towards the end before Jasprit Bumrah (2/23) dismissed Ashraf and Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah got rid of Hasan Ali (1) and Usman Khan (0) respectively. Malik hit the first six of the innings in the 13th over off Kuldeep and three overs later got a reprieve when Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped him behind the stumps off Hardik Pandya.

Moments later, Pandya had to be stretchered off after suffering what turned out to be a lower-back injury during his follow through. Pandya clutched the floor and could not get up, needing attention from the medical team. Just when the partnership seemed to be growing, Kuldeep once again underlined why he is a wily customer and can be unplayable at times with a ripper of a googly that pitched on middle and turned away from the batsman at the last moment to knock over his off-stump.

Malik then was dropped again at deep midwicket off Kuldeep as Bhuvneshwar failed to read a slog sweep in which the ball went high up in the air with the pacer misjuding the direction and over-running. Captain Sarfraz, who had joined Malik at the crease, did not stay long as Manish Pandey took a superb catch at wide long-on off Jadhav. Malik was run out soon after, failing to convert his start into a big one as the slide started for Pakistan. Jadhav then added to his rivals’ misery by picking up the wickets of Asif Ali and Shadab Khan as Pakistan failed to string together partnerships. Amir and Ashraf tried hard to get important runs towards the end but could not bat out the full 50 overs.

Brief scores:  Pakistan: 162 in 43.1 overs (Babar Azam 47, Shoaib Malik 43; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/15, Kedar Jadhav 3/23) lost to India: 164/2 in 29 overs (Rohit Sharma 52, Shikhar Dhawan 46) by eight wickets.




Asian Games 2018: Indian shooter Deepak Kumar wins silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event


Asian Games 2018: Indian shooter Deepak Kumar wins silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event

Palembang: Indian shooter Deepak Kumar claimed the silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event after producing excellent scores at crucial junctures, pipping fancied teammate Ravi Kumar at the 18th Asian Games here today. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.

Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu (226.8) bagged the bronze after being beaten by a near-perfect score of 10.9 by Deepak in the third-place shoot-off. Deepak then shot a 10.8 to get the better of Ravi (205.2), who combined with Aprurvi Chandela to win bronze in the air rifle mixed event yesterday. This is India’s third medal at the ongoing Games and second in shooting.




India vs England: Focus on what you want to achieve, Sachin Tendulkar advises Virat Kohli


India vs England: Focus on what you want to achieve, Sachin Tendulkar advises Virat Kohli

Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gave a piece of advice to Virat Kohli after the first Test against England. Sachin advised Kohli to focus on what he wants to achieve. Sachin was quoted by ESPN Cricinfo, “Don’t worry about what’s happening around you, keep your focus on what you want to achieve, and let your heart guide the way. Along the way there will be plenty of things said and done, but eventually, if you are passionate about what you want in life, then the results will invariably follow.”

Sachin also applauded Kohli’s batting till now. “I would say, just continue, he’s doing a fantastic job so just continue.” He also urged Kohli to not to be satisfied with his batting. “I can tell you from my own experience, however many runs you score they are never enough,” Tendulkar said.

“You want more runs, and that is the case with Virat. However many runs he scores, it will never be enough for him. “The downfall starts when you are satisfied. It’s nice to be happy, but never be satisfied when you are a batsman. Bowlers can only get 10 wickets, but batters can go on and go, so don’t be satisfied, just be happy,” he said.


 
Sachin also spoke about selection of young players and said that age should not be sole criteria while selecting a national team. “If somebody is good, he should play for the country and age shouldn’t be the criteria,” Tendulkar told ESPN Cricinfo after being asked about England blooding young players like the 20-year-old all-rounder Sam Curran and now batsman Ollie Pope.

Tendulkar, who made his debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old in 1989 remembered his time as a rookie international. “When I played my first game, I was only 16. In a way, it only helped. I didn’t know what it was like to face Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir. Possibly, the best bowling attack at the stage,” Tendulkar recalled.

The batting legend believes that throwing a young cricketer to the deep end of the pool is a good thing. “You only see one side of the coin as you are young and fearless but with experience and maturity, you start seeing the other side as well to balance things out,” he added. He urged Curran and Pope to enjoy the challenge that makes international cricket so fascinating. India lost to England in the first Test by 31 runs. Virat Kohli showed amazing performance by hitting 149 and 51 runs in both the innings.

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Virat Kohli is close to becoming a legend: MS Dhoni


Virat Kohli is close to becoming a legend: MS Dhoni

Says former India skipper Dhoni praising his successor who is consistent in all three formats

Mumbai : Virat Kohli is going through a purple patch across all formats for some time now and so is used to being showered with praises. But getting a pat on the back from the man you made your debut under is still quite special.

On Tuesday, former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that his successor has now close to being a legend thanks to his consistency and impressive performances in recent years.


 
“He (Kohli) is the best. He has already reached a stage, where he is close to the legend’s status. I’m very happy for him and the way he has been batting everywhere in the last few years is just brilliant. He keeps taking the team forward and that’s what you want from a leader,” said Dhoni, who was in town for a promotional event.

Kohli, who recently became No. 1 Test batsman, scored his first Test century in England when he smashed 149 in the first innings at Edgbaston last week, which India lost by 31 runs against England.

Though India lost the opening Test of the five-match series, Dhoni, who captained India in the last Test series in England in 2014, is still confident that India will make a comeback. “To win a Test, you need to take 20 wickets and we did that. It doesn’t matter how well you bat and how well you are there for five days. But if you take 20 wickets, you can win a Test,” Dhoni said.

“I’m very happy for Kohli and the way he has been batting everywhere in the last few years is just brilliant. He keeps taking the team forward and that’s what you want from a leader”
Clearing rumours about his retirement, which took place after he was seen collecting the match ball from umpires at the end of third one-day international against England last month, Dhoni said he just wanted to see why Indian bowlers are not getting reverse swing which can become an important factor to succeed in the next year’s World Cup in England.

“You actually have to keep working on what’s happening. That (taking match ball) was to see why our bowlers not able to get reverse swing. Because, we would be playing the next World Cup there. And to do well, we have to get a reverse swing. It’s something important, which our opposition team is getting and we are not.

“After 50 overs the ball is useless to the ICC, so I requested umpires for the ball and gave it to the bowling coach (Bharat Arun) saying we need to work on it. We need to see how we can get the reverse swing, which can help our fast bowlers to get those yorkers right and to get wickets after 40-over mark. That would really help us to restrict the oppositions by not giving too many runs in last 10 overs,” Dhoni, who recently became the fourth Indian and 12th batsmen overall to score 10,000 runs in ODIs, added.

Reacting to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s comment about reducing school syllabus by 50 per-cent to promote sports, Dhoni backed the union sports minister. Dhoni said sports should be a part of education life. “It would be interesting to see how parents react. Because education is very important but, sports teach you a lot about life and school is, I think, the right spot where you need to push youngsters to play lot of sports.

“I feel sports teaches you how to make comeback afterfailure. which helps you in practical life. I feel sports should be a part of student’s life and everybody should be encouraged to play sport.”

“It needs to be incorporated into the syllabus, but at the same time you can’t have a situation where entire marking system depends on what you are running out of sports. It is important to have designated time everyday for sports in schools.”




Women’s hockey World Cup: India aim to defeat Ireland to bag first win of tournament


Women’s hockey World Cup: India aim to defeat Ireland to bag first win of tournament

London: A golden opportunity to claim an upset win lost, the Indian women’s hockey team would be aiming to make amends when it takes on a lower-ranked Ireland in its second game of the World Cup, here tomorrow. India had a bright chance to score an upset win against world no.2 England in their Pool B opener on June 21 but settled for a 1-1 draw.

The Indians only had themselves to blame as despite leading the English girls for 54 minutes, they conceded a late goal to share the points. World n0. 10 India will fancy their chances against world no. 16 Ireland, but it would be a serious mistake by the Sjoerd Marijne-coached side if they take the Irish lightly.

By virtue of their stunning 3-1 stunning over world no. 7 USA, the lowest ranked side in the group, Ireland are currently leading Pool B just ahead of England and India. And a win tomorrow would secure Ireland’s place in the knock-out stage of the tournament. 

The Indians, on the other hand, would be desperate to score their first win in the tournament tomorrow. But it would be easier said than done as they will be up against an Irish side which has the capability of springing surprises. India lost 1-2 to Ireland in the HWL Semifinals in Johannesburg last year and revenge would be high on the Rani Rampal-led side’s agenda when it takes the turf tomorrow.

The Indian coaching staff and senior players like goalkeeper Savita feel that defeat was history and they have the firepower to beat Ireland. “We have done well against Ireland in practice matches in the past,” she said. “In the match last year, we were leading and should have won for sure but conceding two penalty corners one after another proved costly. We have a strong defence and play an attacking brand of hockey — this is a potent combination and makes us strong as a side,” she asserted.

But the Indians will have to lift their game by few notches for that to happen. Against England, they failed to earn a single penalty corner, leaving dragflicker Gurjit Kaur frustrated. However, goalkeeper Savita was brilliant under the bar to deny England on numerous occasion.

The Indians did create more chances from open play against England and that counted as a positive for chief coach Marijne going into tomorrow’s game. A win tomorrow will take India to the top of the pool and brighten its knock-out chances ahead of its last fixture against USA on July 29. In the other match of the day, Spain will take on South Africa in Pool C. Match starts: 6:30pm IST.




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