ISL 2018-19: Sunil Chhetri kicks winning goal for Bengaluru FC in match against FC Goa

ISL 2018-19: Sunil Chhetri kicks winning goal for Bengaluru FC in match against FC Goa

Margao: Bengaluru FC accounted for FC Goa 2-1 in a fiery Hero Indian Super League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. Rahul Bheke opened the scoring with an improvised backheel flick in the 34th minute. Both teams were reduced to 10 men after the restart as Mohammad Ali and Dimas Delgado were sent off.

Brandon Fernandes equalised for the hosts in the 72nd minute but Sunil Chhetri notched the winner for Bengaluru five minutes later. The win takes Bengaluru — only unbeaten side in the ISL — level on points with FC Goa at the top of the table with two games in hand over the Gaurs.

Bengaluru had the first sight of goal after Chencho Gyeltshen and Udanta Singh combined well on the right flank. The Indian winger delivered a teasing ball across the face of goal, but Mohammad Nawaz punched it away from danger. At the other end, Carlos Pena’s cross from the left was intercepted by Juanan at the near post but the ball fell to Hugo Boumous whose close-range shot was brilliantly saved by Gurpreet Singh.

Hugo Boumous’ defence-splitting through-ball midway through the first-half allowed Seriton Fernandes to sneak in behind the Bengaluru defence but Gurpreet was alert to the situation and got to the ball in a jiffy. The visitors took the lead in the 34th minute when Delgado’s corner-kick fell to Xisco Hernandez at the edge of the box.  The Spaniard’s weak shot was gorgeously flicked into the net by Bheke at the far post.

The defender almost doubled his side’s lead at the stroke of half-time after Mourtada Fall’s poor first touch gifted him the ball inside the box. Bheke’s effort, however, skimmed off the crossbar. The hosts were reduced to 10 men two minutes into the second-half when Ali picked up a second yellow card. The full-back pushed the ball away with his hand to prevent Xisco from getting to it on the right flank and received a second yellow card.

Bengaluru were also dealt a blow at the hour mark when Delgado was shown a straight red card for a high-footed tackle on Hugo Boumous. The game stretched in midfield as Goa sought an equaliser. Chhetri found Nishu Kumar in space down the left flank and the full-back used his first touch to skip past Seriton Fernandes into the box and forced a good low save from Nawaz.

Goa got their equaliser in the 72nd minute when Ferran Corominas fought his way into the box through a crowd of defenders and found Brandon in the centre. The Indian midfielder slotted the ball into the net, helped by a deflection. Bengaluru restored their lead five minutes later. Thongkhosiem Haokip played Udanta Singh into space on the right flank and the Indian winger delivered a terrific cross to the far post where Chhetri lost his marker and headed home to secure all three points for his side.

Think this is India’s best chance to beat Australia Down Under? Read what Steve Waugh has to say

Think this is India’s best chance to beat Australia Down Under? Read what Steve Waugh has to say

New Delhi: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is “not sure” if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is any better than some of the sides that he played against during his international career. Waugh spoke in reference to India coach Ravi Shastri’s comments that this is “the best Indian side in the last 15 years”.

“Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against,” Waugh told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview. The 53-year-old said such comments could have been avoided as it puts pressure on the team.

“I am not really sure but probably not a great thing to say as it puts extra pressure on the team. Once they start losing, they will get a lot of criticism for that. Look, it’s good that Ravi Shastri believes in his side but comments like these could be kept to himself,” Waugh said.

The former skipper known for his mental disintegration tactic feels that Australia despite recent problems would be hard to beat in their own den. “Australia will be hard to beat in Australia. We have a bowling attack as good as any team in world cricket and we can take wickets. It’s our batting if we score 350 runs in first innings, I think we will be very hard to beat. And someone will always come and do well and that’s the nature of the sport.

“I am still pretty confident that we can win in Australia but it’s going to be a close series though,” Waugh said about the Test series starting December 6. Like everyone else, he praised Virat Kohli for his supreme consistency comparing him with Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar.

“He is a great player and he loves these big moments. He is like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these and that’s where they want to show their best. He will be the dangerman straightaway but they have some pretty good batsmen,” Waugh said. “Actually, India have quite a rounded team and they will see this as a significant chance. They would have prepared for this tour for a long time. I think it is going to be really close series,” he added.

Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 2, Day 4! LIVE Streaming, scorecard, when and where to watch on TV

Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 2, Day 4! LIVE Streaming, scorecard, when and where to watch on TV

The round 2 of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 has started on November 12 and today is the last day of all the 17 matches. The matches are being played under the round 2 at multiple venues across the country. The second day of round 2 saw few teams like UP, Delhi, Jharkhand, Saurashtra, Gujarat and Vidarbha putting a strong hold on opponents.

On the third day, one match ended as Jharkhand defeated Haryana by 9 wickets. Goa team also showed a great performance against Jammu and Kashmir, reaching over 400 runs on third day. Arunachal Pradesh has outclassed Mizoram to a great extent, leading the match with over 350 runs. Till now, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Sikkim has claimed victories against their respective opponents. Many other matches are going towards draw.  Today, the fate of all the matches will end and the winners of second round will emerge on the top.


Click here for LIVE updates of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 2, Day 4

When and where you can catch the LIVE telecast of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 2, Day 4?

LIVE Streaming of Round 2, Day 4 of Ranji trophy will be available on Star Sports Network. Round 2 matches will be played from Nov 12 to Nov 15, 2018 at multiple venues across India.

Where can you watch online Live streaming of Ranji Trophy Round 2 matches?
The live streaming of Ranji Trophy Round 2 matches will be available on Hotstar.

Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test day 2 at Pallekele! LIVE Streaming, scorecard, when and where to watch in India

Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test day 2 at Pallekele! LIVE Streaming, scorecard, when and where to watch in India

England kept their nerves on during the opening day of 2nd Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. Visiting England had a poor start with Rory Burns, Ben Stokes, and captain Joe Root getting out cheaply. However, they were rescued by Jos Buttler and Sam Curran who scored centuries to post 285 on day 1. England were all-out on day 1 and Sri Lanka finished at 26 for 1 at stumps.

Earlier, England won the toss and opt to bat first aiming to seal the series. England won the first Test at Gale. England named unchanged playing XI, however, they shuffle their side with Ben Stokes coming in at no 3. In the 2nd Test, Sri Lanka would be looking to halt England’s winning streak and register their first Test win at home soil. Here’s all you need to know about Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Pallekele:

Click here for LIVE Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Pallekele

When and where Sri Lanka and England 2nd Test Day 2 will LIVE telecast?

Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Day 2 will be played at Pallekele from 10.00 am IST (toss will happen on 9.30 am). LIVE telecast of the match will be available on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD channels.

Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Day 2 will be live streaming online on these apps

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Sri Lanka: Suranga Lakmal (C), Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Kaushal Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dimuth Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Roshen Silva, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Pushpakumara and Kasun Rajitha.

England: Joe Root (C), James Anderson, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes (WK), Jos Buttler, Rory Burns, Ben Stokes, Jack Leach, Keaton Jennings, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone.

Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers engage in Twitter contest over ‘better all-rounder trio’, but CSK wins it; find out how

Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers engage in Twitter contest over ‘better all-rounder trio’, but CSK wins it; find out how

India’s cash-rich tournament, Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 2019 edition is far away but fans of the famous tournament can’t wait. The auction of the tournament is set to be held in December and ahead of it, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad were involved in a rather funny Twitter banter. Both gave it back to each other over the debate of which franchise has the best all-rounders. And it was Mumbai Indians who had the last laugh.

It began when Hardik Pandya shared a picture with brother Krunal and West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard after recently concluded T20I series against India. Sharing the picture, MI wrote, ‘Find a better all-rounder trio. We will wait ⏳�’. To this, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were quick to respond saying, ‘The wait is over!’ while sharing the picture of the trio all-rounder of their team, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan. But MI didn’t give up easily as in a reply to SRH, the franchise which has won lone IPL trophy, MI posted a hot response with a picture of three IPL trophies they have won so far. While sharing the picture, MI wrote, “The wait goes on.”


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However, the Twitter banter didn’t end here as CSK to landed in and won it from coming behind. CSK shared a picture of ‘Thala’ MS Dhoni and captioned it ‘Three faces.’ Well, there is no doubt that these all-rounders are the best players in world as of now and they are tough ones to face in the shortest format of the game. MS Dhoni has led CSK to three IPL wins.

This video of MS Dhoni smilingly chatting with little fan while sitting in car reiterates why he is cricket’s ultimate gentleman

This video of MS Dhoni smilingly chatting with little fan while sitting in car reiterates why he is cricket’s ultimate gentleman

Indian Cricket legend MS Dhoni has a huge fan following in India, and the 37-year-old cricketer always pleases his fans with his gestures. Recently, fans were delighted to spot him during the ongoing Pro Kabaddi League 2018 at U Mumba’s home ground, and now another video of the former Indian skipper with a young fan is winning the hearts of all.

In the video, Dhoni meets a young fan of his while sitting in his car. Dhoni opens the door of the car, has a little chat with the young boy and shakes his hands before saying goodbye. The video has gone viral on the social media, with everyone appreciating the generous gesture of Dhoni. Have a look at the video below.


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This is not the first time Dhoni has made the day of his fans. During the 5th ODI against West Indies at Trivandrum, he met a differently-abled fan outside the stadium who was waiting for him. Dhoni was dropped from the T20 internationals against West Indies and Australia, as selectors wanted to test Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. Although Dhoni will be missed in upcoming T20 series against Australia, he is the first wicket-keeper choice at present for ICC World Cup 2019.

ICC Women’s World T20 preview: Favourites India eye semi-finals spot vs Ireland

ICC Women’s World T20 preview: Favourites India eye semi-finals spot vs Ireland

Guyana: Eyeing a semi-finals berth, overwhelming favourites India will have to guard against complacency when they play Ireland in their third Group B match of the ICC Women’s World T20 here on Thursday.

India is on a roll having convincingly won their first two matches, including against arch-rivals Pakistan two days ago. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur declared open the tournament with her blazing hundred against New Zealand at the Providence, the same venue where India will face Ireland. Ireland, on the other hand, have lost to both Australia and Pakistan.

India will enter the game against the Irish as overwhelming favourites but Kaur is aware that her team cannot afford to take things for granted in this mega-event. Ireland cricket is known for its fighting abilities and taking them lightly will not be the way to go for India, with qualification to the last-four knocking on their doors.

Having eased past Pakistan a couple of days after the big win against the New Zealanders, India will nevertheless fancy their chances at the Providence. If Kaur was the star of the opening win, the team’s most experienced campaigner, Mithali Raj, showed the way in the seven-wicket win over Pakistan.

While Jemimah Rodrigues started her T20 career with a fine half-century, the likes of Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy will look to score some runs against Ireland. In bowling, off-break bowler Dyalan Hemalatha and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav shone with 10 wickets among them so far, and the seamers will look to get going in the coming games.


India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy

Ireland: Laura Delany (C), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy OReilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

Match starts at 8.30 PM IST.

Sindhu cruises into French Open second round

Sindhu cruises into French Open second round

Paris [France]: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu stormed into the second round of the women’s singles event at French Open crushing American Beiwen Zhang in straight games.
The world no. 3 Sindhu disposed of unseeded Zhang 21-17, 21-18 in a match that lasted 34 minutes. Interestingly, Sindhu had lost the opening round of the Denmark Open at the hands of the same opponent, last week.
The 23-year-old will now face Japan’s Sayaka Sato in the next round of the French Open.
Although the Olympic medalist got off to a winning start, it was curtains for Indian men’s doubles pair of Arjun M.R. and Shlok Ramachandran as they lost 14-21, 17-21 to Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yunchen in the opening round.

Unbelievable! Australian women’s cricket team bags victory by massive 571 runs in 50-over game

Unbelievable! Australian women’s cricket team bags victory by massive 571 runs in 50-over game

A women’s cricket club team in Australia achieved unbelievable record when they defeated their opponent by 571 runs. The match was played between Northern Districts and Port Adelaide in the SACA PC Statewide Super Women’s 1st Grade match. Northern Districts scored 596/3 in 50 overs while batting first and dismissed all the batsmen of Port Adelaide at the mere score of 25 in 10.5 over. This amazing all-round performance helped Northern Districts to bag victory by 571 runs.

For the Northern Districts, Tegan McPharlin, Sam Betts, Tabitha Saville and Darcie Brown scored a century each while keeping the run rate above 12. McPharlin was the top scorer with 130 runs off 80 balls, followed by Betts 124* (71), Saville 120 (56) and Brown 117* (84).  Interestingly, there were only 3 sixes hit during Northern Districts’ innings and majority of the runs came through fours (64).

“It’s pretty unreal to make a total like that. At the time, we weren’t chasing any records or trying to set any benchmarks in that way. We were just playing cricket shots,” top-scorer McPharlin told “The runs just kept piling on. There were only three sixes hit for the entire day for us. It just shows that we were willing to run between the wickets and hit along the ground and actually play proper cricket,” she added. “A few of us were wondering if it was a world record or whatever – it’s definitely a club record and we’re pretty sure it’s a SACA (SA Cricket Association) record,” Northern Districts’ cricket director Jeanette Beazleigh said.

Meanwhile, the biggest score in international ODI matches was achieved by New Zealand women when they scored 490/4 against Ireland in 2018. This is followed by men’s score of 481-4, made by England against Australia, also in 2018. Overall, the highest score in any professional cricket is believed to be Mpumalanga’s 1/690 against Kei in a girls under-19s match in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010.

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.