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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.

With Agency inputs




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.




I played World Cup finals with back injury, says French striker Kylian Mbappe


I played World Cup finals with back injury, says French striker Kylian Mbappe

Paris: France striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he played the World Cup semifinals and final with a back injury he hid from his rivals. In an interview with France Football magazine, Mbappe says he displaced three vertebrae in his back during the tournament in Russia three days before France defeated Belgium 1-0 in the semifinals.

France won the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final. “It was essential not to alert our opponents, otherwise they could have taken advantage of that and targeted this sensitive area,” said Mbappe, who scored four goals in the tournament including one in the final.

“That’s the reason why with the staff and the players we kept it hidden, even for the final.” The 19-year-old Mbappe was one of the stars of the tournament and picked up the award for the best young player at the World Cup. He became the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup game since Pele in 1958, and also became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final.

Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, also told the magazine he hopes he can be a contender for the Golden Ball award alongside his PSG teammate Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.




Asia Cup 2018: Defending champions India to face Pakistan on September 19; read full schedule


Asia Cup 2018: Defending champions India to face Pakistan on September 19; read full schedule

Dubai: Defending champions India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19, the day after the Virat Kohli-led side open their Asia Cup 2018 campaign against a yet-to-be-confirmed qualifier here, the ICC announced the schedule late on Tuesday.

Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in the opener of the biennial tournament that runs from September 15 to 28, according to a statement from the International Cricket Council (ICC). India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are all confirmed participants, with the remaining spot still up for grabs amongst hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE), Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the qualifier while Group B comprises of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on September 28 here.


 
Asia Cup 2018 full schedule

Group Stage

15 Sept – BAN vs SRL (Dubai) 
16 Sept – PAK vs Qualifier (Dubai) 
17 Sept – SRL vs AFG (Abu Dhabi) 
18 Sept – IND vs Qualifier (Dubai) 
19 Sept – IND vs PAK (Dubai)
20 Sept- BAN vs AFG (Abu Dhabi)

Super Four
21 Sept – Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)
21 Sept – Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
23 Sept- Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)
23 Sept – Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
25 Sept – Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
26 Sept – Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)

Final
28 Sept – Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)




Tamim Iqbal smashes century to bag victory for Bangladesh by 48 runs against West Indies in 1st ODI


Tamim Iqbal smashes century to bag victory for Bangladesh by 48 runs against West Indies in 1st ODI

Providence: A record double-century partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Shakib al Hasan paved the way as Bangladesh bounced back from their Test series drubbing with a 48-run win over West Indies in their opening one-day international on Sunday.

Man-of-the-Match Tamim blasted an unbeaten 130, the highest by a Bangladeshi in ODIs against the West Indies, while Shakib weighed in with 97 a second-wicket partnership of 207. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza then led the way with the ball in taking four for 37 as the hosts were limited to 231 for nine in reply.

 
“It was important for us to make a strong statement here after the way we played in the Tests,” Mashrafe said after the victory at Guyana’s National Stadium. “This ground has been a happy one for us over the years and we are looking now to clinch the series in the next match on Wednesday.” West Indies were on course to seriously challenge the target with Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer at the crease.


However when Gayle was run out for 40 and Hetmyer fell to Mustafizur Rahman for a topscore of 52 the innings went into freefall and an entertaining unbroken last-wicket stand of 59 between Devendra Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph merely delayed the inevitable.

Smarting from the annihilation endured over the two Tests, both of which ended inside three days, Bangladesh immediately found the less challenging circumstances of ODI cricket more to their liking. “For those of us who were involved in the Test series it mattered to us to come out here fighting and I am glad we did that,” Tamim said. Mushfiqur Rahim also belted 30 off just 11 deliveries and made a significant difference to his side’s innings in the final overs.


 
His late assault contributed to 43 runs being taken off the last two overs — the most productive ever for Bangladesh in their ODI history — off the bowling of Jason Holder and Andre Russell. For Holder it represented a turnaround from earlier in the morning, when he removed opening batsman Anamul Haque for a duck in his opening over after Mortaza chose to bat first.

Tamim then found a resolute partner in Shakib as they set about the task of preventing the sort of batting capitulation that was repeatedly evident in the Test matches. Their cause was assisted considerably by sloppy West Indies catching. Tamim was missed on 17 and 20 while Shakib was let off on 15 and 85. They made the home side pay dearly for those lapses. Shakib’s luck eventually ran out when three runs short of the landmark. Their partnership was the highest for any wicket in ODI’s at Providence.

“We didn’t help ourselves at all with poor work in the field and our death bowling wasn’t the best either,” Holder said. “We need to redouble our efforts and come back for what is now a must-win situation for us.” Shakib’s dismissal and the swift demise of Sabbir Rahman turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Bangladesh as Mushfiqur launched into the bowling almost immediately while also stirring Tamim into life.


He struck consecutive sixes off Russell in the last over of the innings although it could not change the fact that his innings – 130 not out off 160 balls with ten fours and three sixes – was the slowest-ever hundred in ODI’s by a Bangladeshi.




‘Miraitowa’ and ‘Someity’: Japan reveals mascots for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games


‘Miraitowa’ and ‘Someity’: Japan reveals mascots for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo: Japan on Sunday unveiled the names of its mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively. “Miraitowa”, a blue and white checked character will appear at the Olympic Games, while “Someity”, a pink and white checked character will be seen at the Paralympic Games, CNN reported.

The organisers of Tokyo 2020 Games also shared pictures of the two creatures on Twitter. “??It’s official! The name of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot is #MIRAITOWA and #SOMEITY as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot! Comment down below and Say Hi to our official mascots!” the organisers tweeted.


 
Miraitowa, when broken into two Japanese words, means future (mirai) and eternity (towa), while Someity is named after the cherry blossom variety “Someiyoshino” that is grown in Japan. In December last year, the organisers of Tokyo 2020 Games had released a list of mascot pairs and asked Japanese schoolchildren in the country and Japanese schools outside Japan to choose the best mascots.


Over 16,700 schools had participated in the voting process, as per the report. In February, the two futuristic creatures were unveiled without names. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 24 to August 9, while the Paralympics are slated to take place from August 25 to September 6.




Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka suspended over charges of misconduct


Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka suspended over charges of misconduct

Colombo: Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended over a misconduct charge in the middle of Sri Lanka’s second Test against South Africa, the country’s cricket board said today. The 27-year-old opener will be barred from all forms of the game pending the outcome of an investigation, the board said, without specifying the alleged misconduct. The suspension will go into effect after the Test is concluded in Colombo, it added.

The board will also “withhold Gunathilaka’s fee for the ongoing Test match until the outcome of the inquiry”, it said. The batsman scored 57 and 61 runs in the second and final Test, with Sri Lanka on track for a series whitewash after trouncing the visitors in Galle last week. 

South Africa were 5/139 chasing an impossible-looking 490 target at close of play on Sunday. Another member of Sri Lanka’s Test squad, leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay, was on Friday given a suspended one-year ban from international cricket after pleading guilty to misconduct during last month’s tour of the West Indies.




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