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Mumbai City FC beat wasteful Odisha FC to continue impressive run in ISL 2020-21


Mumbai City FC beat wasteful Odisha FC to continue impressive run in ISL 2020-21

A penalty from Batholomew Ogbeche (30′) and a header from Rowllin Borges (45′) gave Mumbai City FC their third win in four game.

Mumbai City FC continued their impressive start to the Indian Super League (ISL) with a 2-0 victory over Odisha FC at the GMC Stadium on Sunday.

A penalty from Batholomew Ogbeche (30′) and a header from Rowllin Borges (45′) gave Sergio Lobera’s men their third win in four games and their first-win ever over Odisha in the league. The win sent them top of the table, level on points with ATK Mohun Bagan, albeit with a better goal difference. For their opponents, this was their third loss in four games and only point-less SC East Bengal lie below Stuart Baxter’s side.

Apart from not being able to hold on to the ball for long durations, Odisha also suffered from players taking shots too early instead of looking for creating easier chances. While Odisha had just one shot lesser than Mumbai overall, only one of the six shots they had were on target. Out of the rest of the five, three were taken from outside the box.

Mumbai predictably started the game spraying around passes and enjoying most of the ball. But it was Odisha who enjoyed the first real chance of the match, in the fourth minute, when Diego Mauricio’s freekick clipped the top of the crossbar. But that was about as good as it got for Odisha in the first half.

Mumbai’s first clear-cut opportunity came in the 18th minute when Ahmed Jahouh found Cy Goddard down the right. Goddard only had keeper Kamaljit Singh to beat but his shot went over the bar.

Twelve minutes later though, Mumbai had their goal. Vignesh Dakshina Murthy’s attempted cross from the edge of the box struck Shubham Sarangi’s hand and the referee promptly pointed to the spot. Ogbeche stepped up and fired a low shot to the left, which a diving Kamaljit could not get his fingers to. It was the third penalty Odisha had conceded this season and the second mistake that Sarangi had committed, which had led to a goal.

Just four minutes later, Mumbai thought they had scored again when Mourtada Fall headed in Jahouh’s freekick at the far-post. However, the referee disallowed the goal, adjudging that there had been a foul on keeper Kamaljit. The latter, who fell awkwardly, was substituted after a suspected concussion and Odisha’s reserve keeper Ravi Kumar came on in his stead.

Hugo Boumous missed a great chance to score in the 43rd minute, firing wide from Bipin Singh’s pass. But Mumbai had their second a couple of minutes later. Bipin, again, fired in a great cross into the box which Borges headed past Kumar.

Mumbai had ended the first period with 62 per cent of the possession and the second half saw more of the same. Odisha managed to create precious little save a couple of freekicks and a few corners.




Hardik Pandya becoming a good finisher for team India: Virat Kohli


Hardik Pandya becoming a good finisher for team India: Virat Kohli

Pandya starred with the bat on Sunday, scoring a 22-ball 42 and hitting two sixes in the last over to help India win the second T20 International and seal the series.

Hardik Pandya may have proven himself to be a batsman in form in the ODI series by scoring a couple of 90s while batting deep and helping build India’s innings, but India skipper Virat Kohli feels that the all-rounder’s calling remains in finisher’s role, helping India win matches from any situation.

Pandya starred with the bat on Sunday, scoring a 22-ball 42 and hitting two sixes in the last over to help India win the second T20 International and seal the series.

India have been looking for a finisher in recent times after former skipper MS Dhoni retired and Suresh Raina not there in the scheme of things anymore. With Ravindra Jadeja, Pandya forms a power-packed duo at the back-end of India’s innings in limited-overs cricket.

“The reason for him coming to the team in 2016 was his pure ability. He was natural, raw talent… now he is quite experienced by playing a lot of T20 cricket in the IPL and for India. He now realises that this is his time, in the next 4-5 years, to really become that bankable middle-order player that can win you games from anywhere. You need that finisher, and he is becoming that for us. And he is hungry, he is going to keep getting better,” said Kohli after the end of the match.

Pandya, who has not been able to bowl during this limited overs series, had earlier on the tour said he is trying to play as a pure batsman, trying to take the game deep.

He acquitted himself well in the role of a batsman, scoring a couple of 90’s in the three-match ODI series.

Asked if he sees himself as a pure batsman or as a finisher, Pandya said that he doesn’t mind playing either role. He added that he prefers to play according to situations.

“To be honest it does not matter to me. It is the situation that I have always played to. If I have to stay there and dig deep I will, if I have to finish the job then I will do that. Whatever the teams requires, I always try to that and things are coming pretty well,” he said at the post-match media interaction.

Kohli added that Pandya’s biggest advantage is that he plays with passion.

“His plans are on the right path and he plays with all his heart. You can’t win games like these by just calculating through your mind, I think you need to bring that passion out while playing for your country and he certainly has got that, competing and executing at the highest level. I hope he does that and keeps going strong,” said Kohli.




IPL 2020: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult crush Delhi Capitals as Mumbai Indians cruise to final


IPL 2020: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult crush Delhi Capitals as Mumbai Indians cruise to final

Bumrah captured 4/14 and Boult 2/9, after half-centuries by Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, to ensure that Mumbai Indians entered their sixth final.

Speedsters Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult on Thursday bowled four-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) into their second successive Indian Premier League (IPL) final after crushing Delhi Capitals (DC) by 57 runs in Qualifier 1. DC, however, have a lifeline left.

Bumrah captured four for 14 and New Zealander Boult two for nine, after half-centuries by Ishan Kishan (55 not out off 30 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (51 off 38), to ensure that reigning champions MI entered their sixth final in 13 attempts. Bumrah was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell.

DC will now play the winners of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2 on Sunday. In the Eliminator, SunRisers Hyderabad will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday. The winners of Qualifier will play MI in the final November 10.

As it had happened throughout the round-robin league, MI got solid contributions from their batters to first put a challenging total (200/5 wickets) before their bowlers came out all guns blazing to restrict DC at 143/8 wickets in 20 overs at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.

Lethal Bumrah was once again on song, emerging with impressive figures of 4-1-14-4. These are his best figures in all T20 matches and best by a MI bowler in an IPL playoff match. He is the only bowler to take two four-wicket hauls in IPL 2020. Thursday’s burst took his tally to 27 — most wickets by an Indian bowler in a single IPL.

Boult, on the other hand, scalped a couple of wickets conceding merely nine runs. Krunal Pandya (1/22) and Keiron Pollard (1/36) settled with one wicket apiece.

Chasing a challenging 201-run target, DC endured their worst start of the season after losing openers out-of-form Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane, all departing without troubling the scorers. While Boult accounted for the DC opener’s wicket, Boult trapped Rahane.

MI inflicted more woes on their opponents, whose half of the men were back in the dressing room with just 41 runs on board. Axar Patel (42) and Marcus Stoinis (65) showed some resistance in the middle as they tried to rebuild after the early damages, and stitched 71 runs for the sixth wicket.

Bumrah castled Stoinis in the 16th over before the lanky pacer struck again in the same over to send back Daniel Sams (0), and that left DC tottering at 112/7. Kagiso Rabada remained unbeaten on 15 as DC fell short of the target by 57 runs.

Earlier, half-centuries by Yadav and Kishan, along with Hardik Pandya’s blitzkrieg (37 not out off 14 balls) powered Mumbai to a healthy 200/5 wkts in the allotted 20 overs.

Hardik and Ishan were also involved in a crucial unbeaten 60-run partnership off just 23 balls. The duo’s fireworks saw MI adding 55 runs off the last three overs.

Put into bat, MI started off cautiously before ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/29) trapped Rohit Sharma (0) early in the innings.

Quinton de Kock (40) kept one end safe, forging a 62-run partnership with Yadav before the former was sent back by Ashwin in the eighth over. Yadav, too, followed the MI opener, falling to Anrich Nortje (1/50) in the 12th over with MI’s scorecard reading 100/3.

Ashwin struck again in the next over, packing back a dangerous Keiron Pollard for a duck. Krunal Pandya (13) and Ishan then added 39 runs off 23 balls before Stoinis got rid of the former.

Ishan and Hardik then swiftly shifted gears, taking the DC bowlers to cleaners towards the ‘death’ overs as MI comfortably completed at 200/5.

Ishan’s unbeaten knock was laced with four boundaries and three sixes while Hardik smacked five maximums.

Brief scores: MI: 200/5 wkts in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 55 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 51; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/29) beat DC: 143/8 wkts in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 65, Axar Patel 42; Jasprit Bumrah 4/14) by 57 runs




IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab’s campaign comes to end as Ruturaj Gaikwad guides CSK to victory


IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab’s campaign comes to end as Ruturaj Gaikwad guides CSK to victory

CSK have thus climbed to seventh, while KXIP are fifth, although final positions of both sides on the table will be dependent upon the remaining matches.

Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad on Sunday scored a third consecutive half century to help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) finish their 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season on a high and end Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) hopes of making it to the playoffs.

Gaikwad ended the innings unbeaten on 62 off 49 balls, following up on scores of 65 not out and 72 in the last two matches, and helped CSK chase down a target of 154 with nine wickets and nearly two overs to spare at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Gaikwad, 23, thus ends the season on 204 runs in just six matches with an average of 51 and strike rate of 120.71.

Gaikwad first put up an 82-run opening stand with Faf du Plessis, who fell on 48 to Chris Jordan. Ambati Rayudu then stuck with Gaikwad and the pair put up 72 for the second wicket to take them to the victory.

Earlier Deepak Hooda cracked an unbeaten 62 off 30 balls to take KXIP to a competitive 153/6 in an IPL match against Chennai Super Kings CSK.

Hooda, 25, walked in after Chris Gayle’s dismissal left KXIP tottering at 72/4 in the 12th over. He went on the attack straightaway, scoring most of the runs in a 36-run stand with Mandeep Singh for the fifth wicket. Chris Jordan later stuck with him and the pair put up 40 runs for the seventh wicket, 34 off which was scored by Hooda off just 12 balls. He hit three fours and four sixes in his innings.

CSK have thus climbed to seventh, while KXIP are fifth, although final positions of both sides on the table will be dependent upon the remaining league stage matches.

Brief scores: KXIP 153/6 in 20 overs (Deepak Hooda 62 not out, KL Rahul 29; Lungi Ngidi 3/39) vs CSK 154/1 in 18.1 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 62 not out, Faf du Plessis 48; Chris Jordan 1/31)




‘Terrible feeling to lose three in a row,’ says AB de Villiers after RVB’s defeat against SRH


‘Terrible feeling to lose three in a row,’ says AB de Villiers after RVB’s defeat against SRH

RCB, who suffered their third straight defeat, will now face Delhi Capitals in a do-or-die situation in their last league match.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers admitted that it was “terrible feeling to lose three matches in a row” aftet they were handed a five-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.

“It’s a terrible feeling to lose three in a row. We never wanted to do that. But that’s the nature of the tournament. Anything can happen. If you lose three in a row, you can win three in a row as well,” de Villiers said.

“The game against Delhi is a big name and we all know that. We have to come out with our best cricket on the day and if we do that things are going to be good for us,” he said, as quoted by PTI, at the press conference after RCB lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

After restricting Virat Kohli’s men to a paltry total of 120/7, Hyderabad had a mini collapse in the middle-order before Jason Holder smashed unbeaten 26 off 10 balls to help his team sail through with more than five overs to spare. The West Indian had earlier taken 2/27 with the ball.

However, de Villiers believed that the turning point of the match was when he and opener Josh Phillipe wen out quickly.

“The turning point was when Josh and I got out back to back. That cost us 20-30 runs, that was unfortunate. but at the end of the day, that might not have been enough in any way. The field got wet in the second innings which changed the conditions quite a bit. Maybe 140 would have been short in any way,” he said.

With the five-wicket win over RCB in Sharjah, Hyderabad jumped from seventh place to fourth on the points table. Bangalore, on the other hand, suffered their third straight defeat and will now face Delhi Capitals in a do-or-die situation in their last league match.

Now, as many as four teams — SRH (net run rate +0.555), Kings XI Punjab (-0.133), Rajasthan Royals (-0.377), and Kolkata Knight Riders (-0.467) — are locked at 12 points each. They all have one match left to play, and their final positions could be determined by the net run rate.




IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals lost against Sunrisers in ‘poweplay itself’, believes Shreyas Iyer


IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals lost against Sunrisers in ‘poweplay itself’, believes Shreyas Iyer

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by a gigantic margin of 88 runs to hand them their third straight defeat in the ongoing edition of the IPL.

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer was of the opinion that his team lost the Tuesday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first six overs of the match itself.

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by a gigantic margin of 88 runs to hand them their third defeat on the row. Batting first, the Orange Army posted a mammoth total of 219/2, thanks to blitzkrieg knocks from wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (87 off 45 balls) and skipper David Warner (66 of 34).

“We lost the game in the powerplay itself. Getting 70 runs in the first six overs was really commendable and the way they went after our bowlers was amazing,” said Iyer after the match. Warner and Saha put up an opening partnership of 107 runs within the first 10 overs and SRH eventually reached 219/2. DC were blown away for just 131, thus sealing their third consecutive defeat of the season.

“Definitely a big loss for us but you can’t really bog down at this point of time. We still have two games left but one win is really important, that’s what we are waiting for since the last three games. Back-to-back losses is definitely going to put us under the pump. The boys are really strong, really motivated and this loss is definitely going to motivate us,” said Iyer.

“We need to have that strong and positive mindset. These losses are not going to put us down. As a team, we have been doing amazing throughout so these few matches shouldn’t get into our heads. Next match, we’ll see to it that we have done our studies right, we’ll also see to it that we are putting in our best efforts on the field.”

Chaing, Delhi Capitals were blown away for 131 as they succumbed to their defeat on the row. World number T20 bowler Rashid Khan was the chief architect of the Shreyas Iyer-led team’s defeat as he returned with impeccable figures of 3/7 after his spell of four overs.

The win at the Dubai International Stadium helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to take their points tally to 10 from 12 matches and stay in contention for a knockout berth. They are currently placed at sixth. Delhi, on the other hand, are at third with 14 points from 12 matches.




Dominic Thiem to face Alexander Zverev in US Open 2020 men’s singles final


Dominic Thiem to face Alexander Zverev in US Open 2020 men’s singles final

Thiem displayed his trademark fighting spirit to beat third-seeded Medvedev 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) in a match that lasted almost three hours.

Second-seeded Dominic Thiem overcame a left ankle injury to enter his first US Open final, beating Daniil Medvedev in a pulsating semi-final clash at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

On Friday evening, Thiem displayed his trademark fighting spirit to beat third-seeded Medvedev 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) in a match that lasted almost three hours. He will play No. 4 Alexander Zverev of Germany in Sunday’s final. Each is looking for his first major win.

“After the first set, it could easily have been two-sets-to-one down,” Thiem said after the match as per the official tournament website. “I played my best tennis at the ends of the sets and both tiebreaks were amazing. Tiebreaks are really mentally a tough thing.”

“I don’t like them at all, to be honest,” he added.

Earlier, Zverev made it to his first Grand Slam final, dismissing Pablo Carreno Busta, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in three and a half hours to advance to the championship round of the tournament.

“Even though I was down two sets to love, I stayed in it,” Zverev said of his mental toughness after the match. “I gave myself the best chance I could. I think a lot of players would have gone away. Today I dug deep, dug very deep. At the end of the day, I’m sitting here as the winner of that match, which could have been very different.”




Need to keep mentality that helped Liverpool in winning Premier League: Trent Alexander-Arnold


Need to keep mentality that helped Liverpool in winning Premier League: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool begin the new campaign at home to newly-promoted Leeds United on Saturday.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold feels the reigning English Premier League champions have to adapt and improve if they are to defend their crown.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool begin the new campaign at home to newly-promoted Leeds United on Saturday.

“For us it’s not about topping the points that we got or scoring more goals, it’s about if we can all develop as a team and keep winning,” Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports News.

“We need to keep that mentality, that is the main thing that helped us get this far.”

Alexander-Arnold added they need to match the mentality of their previous season and march on.

“We know that there’s now a big target on our backs being the champions and teams are going to be extra motivated when they play us, so we need to match that mentality and take it to the next step. Winning it back-to-back is harder than winning it once.”




US Open: Victoria Azarenka rallies to defeat Serena Williams, sets up final clash with Naomi Osaka


US Open: Victoria Azarenka rallies to defeat Serena Williams, sets up final clash with Naomi Osaka

In a pulsating semi-final match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday, Victoria Azarenka defeated Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka on Thursday rallied to beat 23 times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the semifinals of the women’s singles competition of the ongoing US Open.

In what was a pulsating last-four encounter, Azarenka went past the six-time US Open champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and 55 minutes to reach her third final. The 31-year-old will face Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the marquee clash.

“Seven is my favourite number, so I guess it’s meant to be,” Azarenka noted, joking about the gap between major final appearances during her on-court interview as per the WTA website.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity, to be able to play such a champion in a semifinal. The road to the final requires you to beat the best players, and today was definitely that day.

“Hopefully this inspires women to go after their dreams. I feel like you can’t always identify yourself as just one thing, because we have many things we can do in our lives.

“A parent is the most important thing I can be in my life, but I’m also a tennis player, a fighter on the court. I want to go after my personal dreams, to inspire my child. I hope women around the world know they can do anything. Being a parent is the toughest thing, so once you can balance that, you can do anything,” the unseeded player added.

In the other semi-final, 2018 US Open champion Osaka edged past number 28 seed Jennifer Brady in a three-set thriller. The world number 8 won 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3.

Osaka fired home 35 winner while committing 17 unforced errors en route to her second final at the Flushing Meadows in New York. The 22-year-old has so far player only two Grand Slam finals (2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open) and won them both.

“Sometimes I think I have no choice but to play as hard as I can, because my opponent isn’t giving me any looks,” Osaka said in her post-match press conference. “For me, normally if I focus that much, then the match potentially could be over in two. But I felt like it just kept going on.

“Honestly, it was a bit fun because that quality of an opponent… at the final stages of a tournament. Yeah, it was fun,” she added.


 
 

 

 




US Open: Rohan Bopanna, Denis Shapalov move to second round of men’s doubles


US Open: Rohan Bopanna, Denis Shapalov move to second round of men’s doubles

Bopanna and Shapovalov will now lock horns with German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Miles — who had defeated the Australian pair of Luke Saville and Max Purcell

The Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov have made it to the second round of the men’s doubles event at the ongoing US Open after defeating the American pair of Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin in straight sets.

On Friday, Bopanna and Shapovalov beat 6-2,6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 22 minutes.

After the win, Bopanna took to Twitter and wrote, “Through to the second round. Denis Shapovalov #USOpen.”


 
Bopanna and Shapovalov will now lock horns with German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Miles — who had defeated the Australian pair of Luke Saville and Max Purcell — for a place in the quarterfinals.




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