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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings Highlights: Dhoni finishes in style as CSK sail into IPL play-offs | Cricket News – Times of India
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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings Highlights: Dhoni finishes in style as CSK sail into IPL play-offs | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: Chennai Super Kings produced a convincing performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad to maintain their remarkable consistency this season and sail into the Indian Premier League play-offs here on Thursday. The bowlers, led by Josh Hazlewood (3/24) and Dwayne Bravo (2/17), restricted SRH to 134 for seven after MS Dhoni opted to bowl first on a slow surface. As it happened | Scorecard | Points TableChasing the total, in-form openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (45 off 38) and Faf du Plessis (41 off 36) shared a sublime 75-run stand to give CSK an ideal start. A mini collapse in the middle overs made the chase interesting before CSK got the job done in 19.4 overs with Dhoni (14 not out off 11) hitting the winning six and bringing back memories of his heydays. The three-time former champions thus...
Manu Bhaker wins 10m air pistol gold, Esha Singh silver in ISSF Junior World Championships | More sports News – Times of India
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Manu Bhaker wins 10m air pistol gold, Esha Singh silver in ISSF Junior World Championships | More sports News – Times of India

PUNE: After a disappointing show at the Tokyo Games, there was some solace for Manu Bhaker as she clinched 10m air pistol gold at the ISSF Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru, on Thursday. It was 1-2 for India on the podium, as Esha Singh clinched silver. Manu, 19, scored 241.3 for gold, while Esha, 16, shot 240. The bronze went to Turkey’s Yasemin Yilmaz with 217.9. India’s Rhythm Sangwan, 17, missed out on a medal after getting eliminated at fourth position with 198.7. In the men's 10m air rifle event, Rudrankksh Patil, 17, lost gold to Tokyo Olympics champion William Shaner of the USA. Thane’s Rudrankksh, who trains at Gagan Narang’s Gun For Glory academy, shot 250 in the 24-shot final and lost the gold by 0.7 point to the reigning Olympic champion, who scored 250.7. Participati...
Rudrankksh Patil wins silver in ISSF junior world championships | More sports News – Times of India
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Rudrankksh Patil wins silver in ISSF junior world championships | More sports News – Times of India

LIMA: India's Rudrankksh Patil claimed the silver medal in the men's 10m air rifle competition at the ISSF junior world championship on Thursday. Patil shot a total of 250.0 in the eight-man finals behind Tokyo Olympic medallist William Shaner of the USA. Ramita won bronze in the women's 10m air rifle junior event with a total score of 229.1, even as the well-known Mehuli Ghosh finished fifth in the final and Nisha Kanwar eighth. Rudrankksh Patil wins 🥈 in the Men’s 10M Air Rifle at the @ISSF_Shooting #juniorworldchampionship in Lima… https://t.co/40JLbtGbrP— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) 1633013303000The other Indian shooters in the men's 10m rifle finals, Parth Makhija and Srikanth Dhanush finished seventh and eighth respectively. In the junior men's 10m Air Pistol, Naveen topped the standings...
MS Dhoni completes 100 IPL catches for Chennai Super Kings as wicket-keeper | Cricket News – Times of India
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MS Dhoni completes 100 IPL catches for Chennai Super Kings as wicket-keeper | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH (UAE): Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday completed 100 catches as wicket-keeper for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The CSK skipper took three catches in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad to reach the glorious milestone. "Special cricketer, special milestone. @msdhoni completes 100 IPL catches for @ChennaiIPL as a wicketkeeper," Indian Premier League tweeted. Special cricketer, special milestone! 👏 👏@msdhoni completes 1⃣0⃣0⃣ IPL catches for @ChennaiIPL as a wicketkeeper.… https://t.co/CyPzoyWYRW— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1633015957000Coming to the match, Josh Hazlewood picked three wickets as CSK restricted SRH to 134/7 on Thursday. Hazlewood first dismissed Jason Roy and then came back to pick two more wickets in the 17th...
Xhaka injury could have been much worse, says Arsenal’s Arteta | Football News – Times of India
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Xhaka injury could have been much worse, says Arsenal’s Arteta | Football News – Times of India

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was lucky to escape damage to his cruciate knee ligament during the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, manager Mikel Arteta told reporters on Thursday. Xhaka, who limped off after 82 minutes on Sunday following a challenge from Lucas Moura, faces up to three months on the sidelines after suffering a significant injury to his medial knee ligament. Arsenal, however, have said that the Swiss international would not require surgery. "He probably escaped an even worse injury because that action for a cruciate injury is a tricky one... he's a big loss. We're going to lose him for a while. We'll try to keep him as close as possible to the team," said Arteta. "His mentality is top and he will use this time to focus on other things. We are here to help...
Carried a pink ball in my kit bag for last three months, don’t know why: Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India
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Carried a pink ball in my kit bag for last three months, don’t know why: Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India

GOLD COAST (Australia): India opener Smriti Mandhana familiarised herself with the pink ball by keeping one in her kit bag for the last three months, looking at it on and off while trying to "understand" it. When the idea struck her, little did Mandhana know that her team would enter its first-ever day/night Test match with just two days of training sessions with the pink ball. The idea to keep the coloured ball around her worked well for the stylish player, who was batting on a sublime 80 when inclement weather brought an early end to the opening day of their historic Test, against a formidable Australian side. "We just had two sessions with pink ball. I was coming from the Hundred (in England) so I didn't really get much time to play with pink ball, but during Hundred, I just ordered ...
Bellingham left out of England squad, Tomori and Watkins recalled | Football News – Times of India
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Bellingham left out of England squad, Tomori and Watkins recalled | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Borussia Dortmund's teenaged midfielder Jude Bellingham was left out but striker Ollie Watkins recalled on Thursday as England manager Gareth Southgate named his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers away to Andorra and home to Hungary. Manchester City's Phil Foden returns after missing the qualifiers in September because of injury while AC Milan's former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was also named in the squad in the absence of injured Harry Maguire. Tomori has been impressive this season and is likely to earn his second cap, having made his debut in November 2019. Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale was included in the squad with Burnley's Nick Pope dropping out. Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold misses out because of injury. Bellingham, 18, has impressed in his...
Afghan girls’ soccer squad finds new home in Ronaldo’s Portugal | Football News – Times of India
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Afghan girls’ soccer squad finds new home in Ronaldo’s Portugal | Football News – Times of India

LISBON: Leaving her homeland Afghanistan was painful, says 15-year-old Sarah. But now safely in Portugal, she hopes to pursue her dream of playing soccer professionally - and perhaps meeting her idol, star striker Cristiano Ronaldo. Sarah was one of several players from Afghanistan's national female youth soccer squad who fled their country in fear after the Taliban hardline Islamist movement seized power in August. Portugal has granted asylum to the young footballers. "I'm free," she said, smiling from ear-to-ear as she visited Lisbon's landmark Belem Tower on the River Tagus with her mother and teammates. "My dream is to be a good player like Ronaldo - and I want to be a big business woman here in Portugal," she said. She hoped to go back home one day but only if she can live freely. ...
CSK back in business as they defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets
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CSK back in business as they defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets

It was threatening to be a little tight for Chennai Super Kings, courtesy a failed Hollywood heave from Moeen Ali and a two-wicket over from Jason Holder that took out Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis. When Jason Roy flew like Hugo Lloris—Roy is a Tottenham Hotspur fan—and denied MS Dhoni a certain boundary, the equation for CSK was 20 runs off 14 deliveries. Ambati Rayudu went inside-out next ball and sent a slower one from Siddarth Kaul to extra cover fence followed by a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar next over. Then Dhoni got into the act, hitting a four off Kumar. The CSK skipper finished it off in style with a six over deep mid-wicket. His team beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets with two balls remaining to reach the Playoffs. .@ChennaiIPL march into the #VIVOIPL Playoffs! 👏 👏 The @...
Day/Night Test: Mandhana scores career-best 80 as India finish rain-hit Day 1 on 132/1 | Cricket News – Times of India
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Day/Night Test: Mandhana scores career-best 80 as India finish rain-hit Day 1 on 132/1 | Cricket News – Times of India

GOLD COAST: Smriti Mandhana headlined a rain-hit opening day with a career-best 80 not out which had elegance written all over it as the Indian women's cricket team finished on 132 for 1 in the one-off Day/Night Test against Australia here. Mandhana, who peppered the off-side field repeatedly with some gorgeous shots to reach 80 off 144 balls with 15 boundaries and a six, added 93 for the opening stand with Shafali Verma (31 off 64 balls), who played the second fiddle during their partnership. Most of the second session's play was washed out but Mandhana added another 16 runs to surpass her previous best of 78. She pulled Tahlia McGrath for a six over deep square leg and also carted the same bowler over mid-wicket for a boundary. It's Stumps on Day 1 of the #AUSvIND #PinkBallTestBad wea...
Dhoni’s ‘last over six over mid wicket’ expression
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Dhoni’s ‘last over six over mid wicket’ expression

Dhoni. Six. Rinse. Repeat Dhoni as expressionless as a man waking up in the morning and walking to brush his teeth. The players on the square in awe wondering if he is for real. Crowd delirious, hoping he doesn’t retire any time soon. Two deliveries ago, captain Williamson had put his arm around the bowler Kaul and extracted a dout of him. Dhoni burrowed deep into the crease as Kaul bowled a tad short of length, aiming for that midwicket area the previous ball for no runs. Taking it to the wire, like always, he would smack a 6 over the very same midwicket. Like always. It’s been 10 years since the Wankhede six, and the nervousness around these situations doesn’t go away. Dhoni’s 6 summoned at will, isn’t going away either. Wintage THALA 💥🥳#SRHvCSK #WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁💛 pic.twitter.c...
Merely listening to Ricky Ponting’s dressing room speech gives you goosebumps: Avesh Khan | Cricket News – Times of India
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Merely listening to Ricky Ponting’s dressing room speech gives you goosebumps: Avesh Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: When Ricky Ponting speaks, all Avesh Khan does is listen to the former Australian captain with rapt attention. The Delhi Capitals fast bowler, who has taken 18 wickets from 11 games, has been in good form during this season and he feels that his head coach inputs on cricket as well as the mental aspect of the game, helped him evolve as a player. "It is my fourth year with Ricky sir and I can say that he has been a legendary player and an equally great coach. He talks about the mental aspect of the game. Just listening to him in the dressing room gives me goosebumps. He has an open mind and you can discuss anything you wish with him," Avesh told PTI Bhasha in an interview. His toe-crushing yorkers has earned praise from none other than world's fastest bowler Anrich Nortje, who...
Loved watching Virender Sehwag bat: Paul Stirling | Cricket News – Times of India
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Loved watching Virender Sehwag bat: Paul Stirling | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Every budding cricketer has a hero while growing up and it is no different for Ireland batsman Paul Stirling, who looked up to Virender Sehwag and Australian Damien Martyn in his formative years. In a virtual interaction arranged by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Stirling recalled the days when he tried to copy Sehwag. "I probably had two batsmen that I loved watching, one was Damien Martyn, he was nice to look up (to), pleasant on the eye, aesthetically pleasing, someone I can never emulate and Virender Sehwag, the other one I watched. (I) loved his play through the off-side (and) tried to copy a lot of his stuff, not very well be it." "…but (I) loved watching those two bats, and used to watch Test cricket at home, which was not really the normal thing to do in Belfast...
MSK Prasad: Rahul Dravid as a coach, MS Dhoni as mentor is going to be a boon for Indian cricket | Cricket News – Times of India
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MSK Prasad: Rahul Dravid as a coach, MS Dhoni as mentor is going to be a boon for Indian cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad has suggested that ex-Team India captain Rahul Dravid is an ideal candidate to take over as coach of the national side after the conclusion of Ravi Shastri's tenure. Shastri, who has been serving as coach of the team since 2017, will most likely pave the way for the next coach after the ICC T20 World Cup next month because his contract will expire. "In my heart, I had this feeling. I was challenged recently by my colleagues that definitely post Ravi bhai's era, MS has to come into the role of a mentor and Rahul Dravid as a coach. "These were the discussions I had with my fellow commentators while I was doing commentary during the IPL. I had a feeling that Rahul, being the studious person that he is, will add value to Team India post-Ravi ...
Retirements of Rupinder, Birendra signal post-Tokyo Olympics shake up
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Retirements of Rupinder, Birendra signal post-Tokyo Olympics shake up

Signalling an infusion of fresh blood in view of a shortened Olympic cycle, and to build on the current momentum, the Indian hockey team began its life post-Tokyo with a massive shake-up, with two stars of the medal-winning squad announcing international retirements on Thursday. A few more players from the core group, who were not a part of the Olympic campaign, are likely to follow suit and draw the curtains on their careers in the coming days. Defenders Rupinderpal Singh and Birendra Lakra called it a day on their careers with the national team, which lasted for more than a decade and ended on a high with a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games last month, the country’s first medal at the Olympics after 41 years. Rupinderpal and Lakra’s announcements came just days before the team reassembl...
Shared best on-field relationship with Bhaichung da, Jeje: Sunil Chhetri | Football News – Times of India
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Shared best on-field relationship with Bhaichung da, Jeje: Sunil Chhetri | Football News – Times of India

MALE: Indian football talisman Sunil Chhetri says he shared the best rapport with former captain Bhaichung Bhutia and striker Jeje Lalpekhlua on the field, thanks to their playing "combination" and "understanding". The 37-year-old Chhetri is set to appear in his fifth SAFF Championship and before its kick off, he took a walk down the memory lane and picked his favourites from the tournament during a chat with the AIFF. Asked with whom he has shared the best relationship on and off the field, Chhetri said, "As I have played with so many players, it has kept changing. But I am quite fortunate with whom I have enjoyed my relationship on and off the field. If I stick purely on the pitch, I will pick Bhaichung da (Bhutia) and Jeje (Lalpekhlua), and it has more to do with my combination and u...
Asian TT Championships: Go for gold, this is our best chance to beat Korea, Sharath exhorts teammates
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Asian TT Championships: Go for gold, this is our best chance to beat Korea, Sharath exhorts teammates

India made history by assuring a medal for the first time in 25th Asian Table Tennis Championships at the Lusail Sports Arena, Doha in Qatar when their men’s team stormed into the semifinals on Wednesday. Indians, seeded fourth in the absence of defending champions China, directly played quarterfinals and beat Iran 3-1. Three-time Olympian Sharath Kamal contributed by winning two matches against upcoming stars Alamian brothers Nima, 19, and Noshad, 20, while Tokyo Olympian G Sathiyan overcame Noshad even as Harmeet went down fighting to Amir Hossein Hodaei but in a five-setter in his encounter. Indian will take on top seeds South Korea who overcame fifth seeds Hong Kong also on Wednesday. Jang Woo-jin, the highest ranked men singles player in the tournament, gave the Koreans a flying st...
mandhana:  Day/Night Test: Mandhana scores career-best 80 not out as India reach 132/1 at tea | Cricket News – Times of India
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mandhana: Day/Night Test: Mandhana scores career-best 80 not out as India reach 132/1 at tea | Cricket News – Times of India

GOLD COAST: Smriti Mandhana's career-best 80 not out had elegance written all over it as the Indian women's cricket team reached 132 for 1 at tea during a rain-hit stop-start second session on the first day of the one-off Day/Night Test against Australia here. Mandhana, who peppered the off-side field repeatedly with some gorgeous shots to reach 80 off 144 balls with 15 boundaries, added 93 for the opening stand with Shafali Verma (31 off 64 balls), who played the second fiddle during their partnership. Most of the second session's play was washed out but Mandhana added another 16 runs to surpass her previous best of 78. She pulled Tahlia McGrath for a six over deep square leg and also carted the same bowler over mid-wicket for a boundary. Giving her company is Punam Raut (16 batting, 5...
Koeman’s job in danger before Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid
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Koeman’s job in danger before Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid

Ronald Koeman needs his Barcelona side to win big when it visits Atletico Madrid to have a shot at saving his job. That is, if he makes it to Saturday. Two embarrassing losses to start the Champions League have left the Dutch coach under extreme pressure before a trip to the capital to face the Spanish league’s titleholder. Losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich, a European juggernaut, two weeks ago was humbling. But to follow that up with another 3-0 loss at Benfica, a team it had not lost to since 1961, on Wednesday may be too much for the club’s leadership to take. Koeman spoke after the match in Lisbon like a man who knew his time at Camp Nou could be counted in days, if not hours. “As for my future, I cannot say anything because I don’t know what the club thinks about it,” Koeman said. “It is...
Carried a pink ball in my kit bag for last three months, don’t know why: Mandhana
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Carried a pink ball in my kit bag for last three months, don’t know why: Mandhana

India opener Smriti Mandhana familiarised herself with the pink ball by keeping one in her kit bag for the last three months, looking at it on and off while trying to “understand” it. When the idea struck her, little did Mandhana know that her team would enter its first-ever day/night Test match with just two days of training sessions with the pink ball. The idea to keep the coloured ball around her worked well for the stylish player, who was batting on a sublime 80 when inclement weather brought an early end to the opening day of their historic Test, against a formidable Australian side here. “We just had two sessions with pink ball. I was coming from the Hundred (in England) so I didn’t really get much time to play with pink ball, but during Hundred, I just ordered a pink kookaburra ...