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We can’t be happy playing few Super 12 games, reckons Kyle Coetzer | Cricket News – Times of India
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We can’t be happy playing few Super 12 games, reckons Kyle Coetzer | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer on Friday reckoned that his country cannot just be happy by merely competing in a few Super 12 games of an ICC event as the establishment needs to be brave and push themselves a bit further. What Coetzer meant was proper financial stability for the players which would give them an opportunity to pursue their passion with freedom unlike now when they all are dabbling in some other profession to earn money. "For us in Cricket Scotland, it is brilliant to see how we managed to get ourselves in the Super 12 (stage) and qualify for the next World Cup, so there is plenty to look forward to. We can't be happy with just playing a few Super 12 games. We need to be brave and push that a little-bit further, and we need support there," he elaborated. Scotland, w...
Unfair to judge us on two bad games: Ravindra Jadeja | Cricket News – Times of India
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Unfair to judge us on two bad games: Ravindra Jadeja | Cricket News – Times of India

Moments after completing a rout over Scotland on Friday night, Ravindra Jadeja claimed this Indian team shouldn't be judged on two bad games because it was done in by dew in the first two games of the tournament. "This team has played some great cricket in the past two-three players. It shouldn't be judged on two bad games. It can happen to any team in T20 cricket. We are in this position because the dew played a big role in the first two games where we bowled second. Dew is making it seem as if the first team to bat is playing on a different surface as to the chasing tea," Jadeja said during the post-match press conference. .@imjadeja starred with the ball to set up #TeamIndia's superb 8⃣-wicket win over Scotland & bagged the Man of the… https://t.co/VSvRNRa74S— BCCI (@BCCI) 163613...
Wish we had couple of good overs against Pakistan and New Zealand but glad to get our mojo back: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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Wish we had couple of good overs against Pakistan and New Zealand but glad to get our mojo back: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Virat Kohli doesn't want to go overboard after India's second consecutive dominating victory in the T20 World Cup even though he rued the absence of a couple of "good overs" which could have possibly changed the outcomes of the games against Pakistan and New Zealand. India trounced Scotland by eight wickets in 6.3 overs while chasing 86 for win to stay alive in the semifinal race. In the previous game, India beat Afghanistan by 66 runs. However, the losses against Pakistan and New Zealand meant that now their fate depends on Afghanistan-New Zealand game on Sunday. "It's a dominating performance. It was something we were striving to again. I don't want to say too much about today because we know how we can play," said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony. "These little th...
Hylo Open: Kidambi Srikanth cruises to semifinal with hard fought win | Badminton News – Times of India
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Hylo Open: Kidambi Srikanth cruises to semifinal with hard fought win | Badminton News – Times of India

SAARBRUCKEN (GERMANY): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth showed great determination to outwit NG Ka Long Angus in a hard fought match and cruise into the semifinal of the Hylo Open Super 500 badminton here on Friday. The sixth seed Srikanth subdued the higher ranked Hong Kong shuttler 21-11, 12-21, 21-19 in a men's singles quarterfinal that lasted one hour four minutes. Srikanth, ranked 15, hardly broke a sweat in the first game, taking a 1-0 lead. However, Indian lost momentum in the second game as the world no nine Angus levelled the proceedings. Both players dominated a game each but the decider was fought on an even keel. In the end, Srikanth had five match points to seal the deal but the former world no one squandered four before eking out a narrow win. With the win Srikanth lev...
T20 World Cup, India vs Scotland Highlights: India rout Scotland by 8 wickets to stay alive in semifinal race | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup, India vs Scotland Highlights: India rout Scotland by 8 wickets to stay alive in semifinal race | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India showed their class and might with an all-round effort as they pulverised Scotland by eight wickets in a Super 12 game on Friday, ensuring that they live to fight another day in the ICC T20 World Cup. The entire match lasted a mere 24.1 overs as India first skittled Scotland for 85 in 17.4 overs and then batted for another 6.3 overs to knock off the runs, taking the net run-rate to +1.619, which is now best among all six teams, even better than top placed Pakistan (+1.065). Scorecard | As it happened | Points TableTo surpass Afghanistan's current Net Run-Rate of +1.481, India needed to score the required runs in 7.1 overs and KL Rahul (50 off 19 balls) and Rohit Sharma (30 off 16 balls) added 70 in five overs to make sure that they achieve it in style. The fastest team 50 of...
India vs New Zealand: NZ to train in Kolkata ahead of Kanpur Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs New Zealand: NZ to train in Kolkata ahead of Kanpur Test | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: New Zealand have chosen Kolkata as their practice venue to prepare for the two-match series against India that will mark the start of a new cycle for the World Test Championship (WTC). The Kane Williamson-led side will practice at the Jadavpur University second campus ground at Saltlake before going to Kanpur for the first Test, scheduled to begin from November 25. "The Test team would be practicing at Jadavpur University second campus venue," Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Avishek Dalmiya said. Mumbai will host the second and final Test from December 3. A two-member Kiwi recce team visited Eden Gardens which will host the third and final Twenty20 against India on November 21. "The recce team expressed satisfaction after seeing the facilities and bio bubble arran...
Yorkshire cricket boss quits as racism crisis shakes sport
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Yorkshire cricket boss quits as racism crisis shakes sport

The chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club quit on Friday as the club struggled to contain a crisis over its handling of a former player’s racism allegations that have shaken the sport. Roger Hutton said he resigned “with immediate effect.” He cited the club’s unwillingness to accept the claims by former player Azeem Rafiq and its refusal to apologize. “There has been a constant unwillingness from the executive members of the board and senior management at the club to apologize, and to accept that there was racism, and to look forward,” Hutton said. “For much of my time at the club, I experienced a culture that refuses to accept change or challenge.” He apologized “unreservedly” to Rafiq. Hutton also urged the board to follow him and three members have stepped down: Hanif Malik a...
Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Venkatesh Iyer sends reminder to selectors with all-round show as MP thrash Railways | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Venkatesh Iyer sends reminder to selectors with all-round show as MP thrash Railways | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India hopeful Venkatesh Iyer smashed an unbeaten 41-ball-50 and also took two wickets to send across a strong message to the national selectors during Madhya Pradesh's seven-wicket win against Railways in a Mushtaq Ali T20 Group D match on Friday. Courtesy Venkatesh and fellow national team contender Avesh Khan (3/23), MP had a walk in the park by first restricting Railways to 97 for 9 in 20 overs and then surpassing the paltry target in 13.5 overs. Both Venkatesh and Avesh, who were stars for their respective franchises KKR and Delhi Capitals, were simply way above par for the opposition. Venkatesh (2/20 in 3 overs) came in as one-change in the third over itself and used his variations well to complement Avesh as Railways were four down within the Powerplay and never recover...
Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Nitish Rana smashes 25-ball-50 as Delhi cruise past Chandigarh | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Nitish Rana smashes 25-ball-50 as Delhi cruise past Chandigarh | Cricket News – Times of India

ROHTAK: Nitish Rana smashed half a dozen sixes in his unbeaten 25-ball-50 to lead Delhi to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Chandigarh in a Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 group E encounter on Friday. Chasing a target of 145, Delhi knocked off the runs in just 17.2 overs as Rana with six sixes and a boundary. All-rounder Lalit Yadav's (23 not out off 13 balls) five fours made it difficult for unheralded Chandigarh bowling attack. Rana, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, and Yadav added 65 runs in just 5.1 overs to also bolster their net run-rate. They are now on top of the group E table with eight points. The other contributor with the bat for Delhi was left-handed keeper-batter Anuj Rawat, who hit three sixes and three fours in his 35-ball-44. However credit should also go to the Delh...
If India plays like this, nobody can beat us: Ravindra Jadeja
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If India plays like this, nobody can beat us: Ravindra Jadeja

India thrashed Scotland on Friday by eight wickets and kept alive its slim chance of reaching the semifinals next week. The men in blue squared its win-loss record at 2-2 with one more match remaining on Monday against Namibia. However, whether India reaches the knockout stage, will depend on the result between New Zealand and Afghanistan which take place on Sunday. India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja put it best on a cheeky note after the Scotland match when a scribe asked, “what if New Zealand beat Afghanistan? What would you do?” “Then we will pack our bags and go home. What else will be left then,” he smiled. Scotland was forced to bat first and was dismissed for 85 in 17.4 overs. India achieved the winning target at 89/2 in only 6.3 overs, improving its net run rate above New Zealan...
Carvajal becomes first Real Madrid player in Spain squad since March | Football News – Times of India
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Carvajal becomes first Real Madrid player in Spain squad since March | Football News – Times of India

Spain coach Luis Enrique recalled Dani Carvajal to his squad on Friday for their remaining World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Sweden, the first Real Madrid player he has selected since March. Right back Carvajal missed the majority of last season due to a series of injuries, making only 15 appearances in all competitions, and also sat out Spain's European Championship campaign. Luis Enrique has selected no players from 13 times European Champions Real Madrid in his last three squads, including at the Euros where Spain reached the semi-finals. Spain are second in their World Cup qualifying group, two points behind Sweden and need victory in their last two games to guarantee top spot and a place at the tournament finals in Qatar. Spain face Greece away on Nov. 11 before hosting Swede...
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Rahane slams fifty as Mumbai notch first win | Cricket News – Times of India
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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Rahane slams fifty as Mumbai notch first win | Cricket News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane continued his good form with a second successive half-century as Mumbai defeated Services by 17 runs in a Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Group B clash at the Nehru Stadium on Friday. The Mumbai skipper, who slammed 75 in their loss to Karnataka on Thursday, once again formed the cornerstone of their innings with a 44-ball-54 to power them to 154/7 after Services opted to bowl. In reply, Tushar Deshpande (3/35) and Mohit Avasthi (2/19) shared five wickets between them as Mumbai restricted Services to 137/7 while registering their first win in the tournament. Former India A player Rajat Paliwal was the top-scorer for the Services with his 49-ball 64. Earlier, Rahane slammed four sixes and three fours and held the innings together stitching two crucial part...
Al Sadd agree to release Xavi Hernandez ahead of Barcelona switch | Football News – Times of India
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Al Sadd agree to release Xavi Hernandez ahead of Barcelona switch | Football News – Times of India

Xavi Hernandez is free to take over as head coach of Barcelona after the Catalan club paid the release clause in his contract with Al Sadd, the Qatari team said on Friday. Al Sadd agreed to release Xavi, who is set to take the reins at his former club where he enjoyed an illustrious playing career following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. "Xavi informed us a few days ago of his desire to go to Barcelona at this particular time, because of the critical stage his hometown club is going through, and we understand this and decided not to stand in his way," Al Sadd CEO Turki Al-Ali said in a statement. Turki Al-Ali: Xavi informed us a few days ago of his desire to go to Barcelona at this particular time, because of… https://t.co/8qi4t1JHqO— 🏆 #76 Al Sadd SC | نادي السد (@AlsaddSC) 163610955100...
South Africa can bowl themselves into the semifinals: Morne Morkel | Cricket News – Times of India
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South Africa can bowl themselves into the semifinals: Morne Morkel | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Former pacer Morne Morkel feels South Africa can "bowl themselves" into the semifinals of the ICC T20 World Cup as their bowlers have the capability to rattle the in-form England top order on Saturday. For South Africa to seal a semifinal berth, they must win against England by a good margin in their final group match and hope West Indies beat contenders Australia, who currently have superior net run rate to the Proteas. "The bowling attack is certainly the Proteas' strength and I believe they can bowl us into the semifinals," Morkel wrote in his column for the ICC. The Proteas have a potent bowling attack, with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje taking care of the pace front, while world no 1 T20 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj will spearhead the spin department. "It's a m...
T20 World Cup 2021: Jasprit Bumrah becomes leading wicket-taker for India in men’s T20Is
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T20 World Cup 2021: Jasprit Bumrah becomes leading wicket-taker for India in men’s T20Is

India’s bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah made light work of the Scotland batting unit by bundling them out for just 85 in 17.4 overs in the Super 12 game of the ICC T20 World Cup on Friday. Bumrah (2/10), wreaked havoc among the Scottish batters in his first spell. He surpassed Yuzvendra Chahal (65 scalps) to now become India’s highest wicket-taker in the shortest version.  Ashwin is third with 55 wickets from 48 matches and is followed by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (50 wickets from 52) and Ravindra Jadeja (43 wickets from 54 matches). The right-arm speedster achieved this milestone when he bagged the wicket of Scotland’s Mark Watt in the 18th over. Bumrah took 54 matches to achieve this feat. Bumrah had made his T20 debut against Australia, at Adelaide in January 2016. Spinner Ravindra Jade...
T20 World Cup: Focussing on results of other teams clouds your judgement, says Finch | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Focussing on results of other teams clouds your judgement, says Finch | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: A win against the West Indies may not be enough to send Australia into the T20 World Cup semifinals but skipper Aaron Finch feels it is best to focus on the job at hand as worrying about results of other teams clouds one's vision and judgement. England are set to make the semifinals from Group 1 and Australia are battling for the second spot with South Africa. Australia have only lost to England so far and they bounced back by demolishing Bangladesh in their last game. "You'd love to keep it in our control. That's all you can focus on. I think as soon as you start helping other teams win or other teams lose, it just clouds your judgment and your vision. "That's really important that we just go and stick to our guns, stick to our process because we know that that's good enough...
T20 World Cup: Bavuma focussed on beating England not net run rate | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Bavuma focussed on beating England not net run rate | Cricket News – Times of India

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma says first and foremost his side are concentrating on beating a rampant England in their final Twenty20 World Cup Group 1 game in Sharjah, and discussions over their net run rate can come later. South Africa are level with second-placed Australia on six points in the pool, but the latter have the advantage of a better net run rate and will meet out of touch West Indies prior to the match against England. If South Africa can better Australia's result, they will advance to the semifinals, but if the latter are victorious then Bavuma's team will at least know what the measure of their victory must be. But he is not concerned about that for now. "It’s obviously a big game. Some have even called it as a 'quarterfinal'," Bavuma told reporters on Friday. "So I...
Roberto Firmino ruled out for more than four weeks with hamstring injury
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Roberto Firmino ruled out for more than four weeks with hamstring injury

Roberto Firmino will miss at least one month with Liverpool and upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Brazil because of a hamstring injury. Firmino, named last week to Brazil’s squad for matches against Colombia and Argentina, sustained the injury Wednesday during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League. “Losing Bobby Firmino is a blow,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Friday ahead of Sunday’s game at West Ham. “We talk about weeks still and I don’t know exactly but more than four, which I would consider as a serious injury.” The 30-year-old forward had missed time earlier in the season with a similar injury. “We have to see. It’s Bobby, he’s a quick healer,” Klopp said. “Usually when you have an injury before the international break, you think OK after the...
Windies’ old guard face axe after T20 World Cup ends with whimper | Cricket News – Times of India
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Windies’ old guard face axe after T20 World Cup ends with whimper | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Once international cricket's most-feared side, two-time champions West Indies exited the T20 World Cup with a whimper and with their ageing A-listers facing the axe. A 20-run defeat at the hands of already-eliminated Sri Lanka on Thursday was a third loss in four second-round games for the 2012 and 2016 winners, following an eight-wicket thrashing by South Africa and a six-wicket beating by England. In that game against Eoin Morgan's English side, they were bowled out for just 55, a miserable performance which set the tone for the defending champions' tournament. Even their sole victory was a nail-biter -- a three-run win over Bangladesh, who lost five games in five, only secured on the last ball. "I think it's heartbreaking," admitted captain Kieron Pollard. "It's something ...
Ansu Fati returns for Spain’s decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers
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Ansu Fati returns for Spain’s decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Spain coach Luis Enrique called up Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati on Friday for the national team’s decisive World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Sweden. With two matches remaining, Spain is in second place behind Sweden in their qualifying group. The group winners qualify for the next year’s tournament in Qatar, while second-place finishers face a playoff. Spain plays Greece in Athens on Nov. 11 and then hosts Sweden in Seville on Nov. 14. Sweden leads Group B with 15 points, followed by Spain with 13 and Greece with nine. The 19-year-old Fati will join a squad that is largely untouched from the group that reached the semifinals of the European Championship in July and the Nations League final last month. The other additions are AC Milan attacking midfielder Brahim Díaz and defender D...