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T20 World Cup, India vs New Zealand Highlights: India stare at exit after being walloped by New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup, India vs New Zealand Highlights: India stare at exit after being walloped by New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India's superstar cricketers were pummelled on a second-straight Sunday as a disciplined New Zealand firmly pushed them towards the exit door with an easy eight-wicket victory in the ICC T20 World Cup. The defeat that puts India in serious danger of losing out on a semi-final berth also raises questions about outgoing T20 skipper Virat Kohli's abject failure to win an ICC tournament in four attempts as captain. Scorecard | As it happened | Points TableWhile Kohli is set to step down from T20 captaincy, this defeat puts his ODI leadership future also in doubt. If the Pakistan match was a humiliating experience, the encounter against New Zealand was embarrassing to say the least as a meagre target of 111 was chased down by Daryl Mitchell (49 off 35 balls) and skipper Kane Williamso...
Alexander Zverev beats Frances Tiafoe to take ATP Vienna title | Tennis News – Times of India
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Alexander Zverev beats Frances Tiafoe to take ATP Vienna title | Tennis News – Times of India

VIENNA: Alexander Zverev beat American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Vienna ATP tournament on Sunday to claim his fifth title of the year. The German second seed ran his record since losing in the last 16 in Wimbledon in June to 25-2 as he won in one hour and 36 minutes. He has claimed all five finals that he has competed in this year. Zverev broke in the fourth game of the first set but Tiafoe, the world number 49, immediately broke back. Zverev found the breakthrough in the tense 12th game which he took after three deuces. In the second set Zverev's serve was rarely threatened as he produced eight aces, while he had break points against Tiafoe in the second and sixth games before finally making one count in the 10th game. He then held to love to seal the victor...
Was shocked when Asghar told me last night about his retirement: Mohammad Nabi | Cricket News – Times of India
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Was shocked when Asghar told me last night about his retirement: Mohammad Nabi | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi said he was quite "shocked" after Asghar Afghan informed him about his decision to retire from international cricket after their match against Namibia in the middle of the T20 World Cup. Former skipper Afghan, who holds the record of most T20I wins as captain, announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket on Saturday night, less than 24 hours after Afghanistan's heartbreaking loss to Pakistan in the previous match. "Last night, he (Asghar Afghan) told me that tomorrow would be my last game and I was shocked," Nabi said during the post-match presentation. "It was his decision, he knows his career better. He has captained the side for almost 6-7 years He was very consistent with his captaincy in T20Is. He had already decided that t...
Kohli admits team was not brave enough; Bumrah says batsmen attacked too early
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Kohli admits team was not brave enough; Bumrah says batsmen attacked too early

India’s losses in their first two matches in this tournament have been bad enough to send meme-makers on an overdrive. A 10-wicket hammering to Pakistan was a confidence-shredder last Sunday. A week later, India managed just 110/7 in 20 overs against New Zealand and Kane Williamson’s team won with 33 balls to spare. At the post-match presentation, Kohli spoke about the side being fearful. “I don’t think we were brave enough with bat or ball.” The confession came from a man who always took pride in playing bold and fearless cricket. Little wonder then that Virender Sehwag slammed the team’s body language. “Very disappointing from India. NZ were amazing. India’s body language wasn’t great, poor shot selection & like few times in the past, New Zealand have virtually ensured we won’t m...
Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of T20 World Cup due to hamstring injury | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of T20 World Cup due to hamstring injury | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup with a hamstring injury, the country's cricket board said on Sunday. "Shakib sustained a left lower hamstring strain while fielding during the match against the West Indies," the team's doctor, Debashis Chowdhury, said in a statement. "He is ruled out from participation in the last two matches of the tournament and until further review." Bangladesh lost to the West Indies by three runs in Sharjah on Friday. It was the team's third successive defeat in as many matches in the Super 12 phase, effectively ending their chances to qualify for the semi-finals. Shakib, the top all-rounder in men's T20I rankings, was man-of-the-match in Bangladesh's two wins over Oman and Papua New Guinea in the qualifying...
Unheralded NZ spinners script India’s downfall by tying them up in knots in must-win game
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Unheralded NZ spinners script India’s downfall by tying them up in knots in must-win game

Virat Kohli lingered on, dejectedly and disbelievingly. He had just slog-swept Ish Sodhi into the palms of Trent Boult at long-on. Kohli could not fathom how the ball, a harmless leg-break, could buy his wicket, or in the end, how an average ball could turn out to be the most valuable one in the game. Sometimes, it’s these not-so-great moments that turn out to be match-turning. The wicket indeed was match-changing. India lost direction after Kohli’s exit, could just put on 110/7, a total New Zealand surpassed with the loss of two wickets and 32 balls in the bank. It was neither an awesome ball nor an awful shot, but it was neither an awful ball nor an awesome stroke. Maybe, the late dip deceived Kohli. He judged it, but was a trifle early into the stroke and hence could not re-map it. O...
T20 World Cup: Having called week-long break helpful, Virat Kohli now terms it ‘ridiculous’ at NZ toss | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Having called week-long break helpful, Virat Kohli now terms it ‘ridiculous’ at NZ toss | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Sunday criticised the scheduling of his team's first two matches in the ICC T20 World Cup, saying that spreading the games over more than a week was "ridiculous". India, who are taking on New Zealand in a vital match this evening, played their tournament opener on October 24 against arch-rivals Pakistan, exactly seven days ago. "It's ridiculous, we are playing twice in 10 days. Too long a break...," Kohli said at the toss ahead of their match against New Zealand. Interestingly, after the 10-wicket loss to Pakistan, the star batter had stated that the break works well for the side given that players were coming off a high-intensity IPL. "I think it works really well for us from all point of views. Knowing that we have played a full-fledged season alre...
India’s T20 World Cup is all but over: ‘We weren’t brave enough’
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India’s T20 World Cup is all but over: ‘We weren’t brave enough’

FOR INDIA, the T20 World Cup is all but over. Permutations and combinations going ahead might keep statisticians busy but India need a miracle to stay in contention. They first need to secure resounding victories in their remaining matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia — and hope that New Zealand slip badly against Afghanistan. In effect, though, the team’s campaign is done after just two matches at this high-profile ICC event as it went down to New Zealand by eight wickets Sunday, days after it lost to Pakistan by ten wickets. A sparkling performance from New Zealand ✨#T20WorldCup | #INDvNZ | https://t.co/dJpWyk0E0j pic.twitter.com/OO7D1fSreV — T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 31, 2021 But the insipid show was not because of the bowling unit that has now taken a grand ...
T20 World Cup: Suryakumar Yadav rested from NZ game due to back-spasm, India get chance to rejig middle-order | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Suryakumar Yadav rested from NZ game due to back-spasm, India get chance to rejig middle-order | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav was on Sunday rested from India's important T20 World Cup game against New Zealand after he "complained of back-spasm", leading to a forced change in the playing eleven. "Suryakumar Yadav complained of back spasms. He has been advised rest by the BCCI Medical Team and has stayed back at the team hotel," BCCI media team said in a statement. 🚨 UPDATE: Suryakumar Yadav complained of back spasms. He has been advised rest by the BCCI Medical Team and has sta… https://t.co/Z0BKCKxZuN— BCCI (@BCCI) 1635687570000Suryakumar's fitness issue opened the doors for Ishan Kishan's World Cup debut and perhaps also help India rejig their batting order with KL Rahul playing in the middle-order and bolstering the end-game. India have already made a few strategic...
Serie A: Correa double breaks Udinese resistance as Inter Milan win | Football News – Times of India
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Serie A: Correa double breaks Udinese resistance as Inter Milan win | Football News – Times of India

MILAN: Joaquin Correa scored twice in the space of eight second-half minutes to earn Inter Milan a comfortable 2-0 win over Udinese and provisionally lift the champions to four points off top spot in Serie A on Sunday. Simone Inzaghi’s side are third with 24 points, four behind leaders Napoli and second-placed AC Milan, who face Salernitana and AS Roma respectively later on Sunday. The hosts struggled to break down a well-organised Udinese defence in the first half despite the efforts of midfielder Nicolo Barella, who fired seven shots at goal before halftime. But a superb individual effort from Argentina forward Correa put Inter in front after an hour, and he fired in a second eight minutes later to earn the Nerazzurri a deserved victory. Inzaghi rotated his team amid a busy run of fix...
“Disappointing, semis look distant dream”: Twitter reacts after India slump to 8-wicket defeat against NZ
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“Disappointing, semis look distant dream”: Twitter reacts after India slump to 8-wicket defeat against NZ

After India lost their second match on the bounce against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup on Sunday, it pushed the Virat Kohli-led contingent on the brink of elimination. With the 8-wicket loss against the Kiwis, India’s fate rests on how the other teams in the group perform. They have no other option but to pray that Afghanistan beat New Zealand and India win their remaining three fixtures against Scotland, Namibia and the Afghanistan. A plethora of reactions poured in from all around social media where many expressed their disappointment at the result which saw the Indian batting lineup wither away in front of a potent Kiwi bowling attack. Virendar Sehwag tweeted, “Very disappointing from India. NZ were amazing. India’s body language wasn’t great, poor shot selection & like few t...
T20 World Cup: India staring at league stage exit
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T20 World Cup: India staring at league stage exit

Their campaign taking another hit with a second successive defeat, India will need to win all their remaining matches while hoping that other results go their way to keep their semifinal prospects alive in the T20 World Cup. India and New Zealand were locked in a virtual quarter-final, from which the latter emerged triumphant following a convincing eight-wicket win, seven days after Virat Kohli’s men suffered a 10-wicket drubbing to arch-rivals Pakistan. Virat Kohli’s men would now pray that Afghanistan beat New Zealand and India win their remaining three fixtures against Scotland, Namibia and the Afghanistan. With the Indians scheduled to play the last game of the league stage, against Namibia, they might get an opportunity to improve their net run rate, provided other results favour t...
England’s Adil Rashid vows no let-up in intensity against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India
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England’s Adil Rashid vows no let-up in intensity against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

England have been tipped as a contender to win the Twenty20 World Cup after their three crushing wins in the Super 12 stage, and legspinner Adil Rashid said on Sunday there will be no let-up in intensity when they take on Sri Lanka next. Eoin Morgan's men have the chance to become world champions in both forms of white ball cricket, and the side have shown they have what it takes to add the T20 title to the 50-over World Cup win at home in 2019. Asked if it would be a challenge to focus against Sri Lanka within 48 hours of thrashing arch-rivals Australia on Saturday, Rashid said: "Not really. That's part and parcel of the job. "That is what we're required to do as cricketers, professional sportsmen. We take each day as it comes. "Our mindset is exactly the same whoever we play against. ...
I don’t want to be known as last woman to do anything in franchise cricket: Sarah Taylor | Cricket News – Times of India
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I don’t want to be known as last woman to do anything in franchise cricket: Sarah Taylor | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Treading a new ground with her appointment as assistant coach of Team Abu Dhabi for a men's T10 league, former England player Sarah Taylor says she doesn't want to be known as the "last woman to do anything in franchise" cricket. Widely regarded as one of the best wicket-keepers, Taylor, in a breakthrough moment in men's professional franchise cricket, has been named assistant coach of Team Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi T10 league, beginning November 19. "I am hoping that this is a step forward now. Women will get jobs and roles like this and it will seem as extremely normal. Yeah, women can get these roles, and hopefully, it continues. I should be just seen as a coach and not a woman coach," Taylor said during an interaction on Sunday. "It means a lot. I was shocked to kind of...
Virat Kohli’s grim face; Kane Williamson’s cool, cultured finish as India outplayed
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Virat Kohli’s grim face; Kane Williamson’s cool, cultured finish as India outplayed

Not long after Kane Williamson hit the winning run, Virat Kohli lifted his cap, scratched his head and ruffled his hair. The face was grim. The expression that was ever present through the evening – when he sat in the dug-out after he had been dismissed, when he watched the wheels come off India’s batting, and now at the end of the game. On the field, a short while before the end, he failed to collect a throw at non-striker’s end and the ball rammed into his knee. He hobbled away to his fielding position in pain. It was that kind of night: nothing he tried had come off. The rejigged batting order hadn’t come off. It would have been one thing had they tried to hit and got out but it was a strange meandering of sorts. To borrow Kohli-speak, the intent wasn’t visible, they weren’t “brave ...
Champions League: Injured Pique to miss Barcelona’s visit to Kiev | Football News – Times of India
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Champions League: Injured Pique to miss Barcelona’s visit to Kiev | Football News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique will miss Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev with a calf injury, the club said on Sunday. "Tests this morning confirmed first-team player Gerard Pique has a right calf strain and will be out for the forseeable future," the club said on their web site. The statement did not say how long Pique was expected to be out. Pique limped off in the 70th minute on Saturday as Barcelona drew 1-1 at home against Alaves in La Liga in the team's first outing since the sacking of coach Ronald Koeman. He was replaced by Clement Lenglet. The result left Barcelona ninth in the table. Barcelona are third in Champions League Group E after losing their first two games 3-0 to Bayern Munich and Benfica and then beating Kiev 1-0, with a goa...
We were hurt too much by Pakistan loss, that’s why I decided to retire: Asghar Afghan | Cricket News – Times of India
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We were hurt too much by Pakistan loss, that’s why I decided to retire: Asghar Afghan | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: A teary-eyed Asghar Afghan said his decision to retire in the middle of the ongoing T20 World Cup was triggered by the pain that he and his teammates endured after Afghanistan's heart-breaking loss to Pakistan in their previous match. Afghanistan suffered a five-wicket loss in their Super 12 match against Pakistan in which Asif Ali smashed four sixes in the penultimate over, with the team requiring 24 off the last two overs, to end the contest . Less than 24 hours after the match, former skipper Afghan, who holds the record of most T20I wins as captain, announced his decision to retire after the match against Namibia. "In the last match, we were hurt too much, and that's why I decided to retire," Asghar, who has led Afghanistan in 115 matches, said wiping his tears during a c...
Mohammad Shahzad becomes first Afghan player to reach 2000 T20I runs | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mohammad Shahzad becomes first Afghan player to reach 2000 T20I runs | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Mohammad Shahzad on Sunday became the first Afghanistan player to reach 2000 T20I runs. Shahzad achieved the feat during the ongoing match against Namibia in the T20 World Cup. The right-handed batter scored 45 runs off 33 balls before walking towards the pavilion. Shahzad has now scored 2011 runs in T20Is in 68 matches with 12 fifties and one century under his belt. India skipper Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in the format with 3216 runs under his belt from 91 games. Meanwhile, former Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan received a guard of honour from Namibia during the ongoing match. Asghar Afghan is playing his last match for his country as he has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday. Afghanistan is locking horns with Namibia in the ongoing ...
Sathiyan-Harmeet rekindle old chemistry for first TT tour doubles title
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Sathiyan-Harmeet rekindle old chemistry for first TT tour doubles title

When the title was won, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai celebrated in their own way. “We jumped around, really pumped up, and then a tight hug, nothing loose,” Sathiyan says. It’s a celebration they don’t get to indulge in too often because they haven’t played doubles together since the 2018 Commonwealth Games. On Saturday, the first time they paired up in three years, they ended up claiming the World Table Tennis Contender title in Tunis, Tunisia, beating the French team of Emmanuel Lebesson and Alexandre Cassin 3-1 in the final. It was their first tour doubles title, both individually and together. And there is long-term significance of the achievement as well. “We’re keeping in mind the team events at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games next year and also the Paris Olympics,”...
Watch: Asghar Afghan receives Guard of Honour from Namibia | Cricket News – Times of India
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Watch: Asghar Afghan receives Guard of Honour from Namibia | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Former Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan on Sunday received a Guard of Honour from Namibia during the ongoing match in the T20 World Cup. Asghar Afghan is playing his last match for his country as he has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday. Afghanistan is locking horns with Namibia in the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday and this will be Asghar Afghan's last match for his side. What a career for Asghar Afghan!#T20WorldCup https://t.co/HNKGMe65dv— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) 1635678158000Asghar came into bat when Mohammad Shahzad's entertaining knock of 45 came to an end in the 13th over. As Asghar came into bat, the Namibian side gave the former Afghanistan skipper a guard of honour during the match. Asghar Afghan has played six Tests, 114 ODIs and ...