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India vs South Africa: Where we need to get better is right in front of us, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): A fragile middle-order and lack of wickets in the middle overs are obvious areas of improvement needed for the Indian team, skipper KL Rahul admitted after an embarrassing ODI series defeat against South Africa on Friday. For the second game in a row, Indian bowlers looked pedestrian especially in the middle overs. "We are trying to get better at things we haven't done well in the past. Partnerships, middle order becomes crucial when we are entering a big tournament, want to get better at bowling in the middle overs and these are the few things which are really obvious and right in front of us. "We have spoken about it and it's only up to us to get better, learn from it and find a way," said Rahul at the post-match presentation. Boland Park did not offer typical So...
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IPL 2022: Ahmedabad pick Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill; Lucknow choose KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League (IPL)'s two new teams -- Ahmedabad and Lucknow have officially named their draft picks ahead of the upcoming mega auction for the 2022 season. Team Ahmedabad has chosen Hardik Pandya (Rs 15 crore), Rashid Khan (Rs 15 crore), and Shubman Gill (Rs 8 crore). While Team Lucknow has opted to go with KL Rahul (Rs 17 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 crore), and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 crore). Vikram Solanki has been appointed as Ahmedabad's Director of Cricket while Hardik Pandya will be leading the franchise. Gary Kirsten will serve as the batting coach and mentor of the Ahmedabad franchise while Ashish Nehra has been appointed as the head coach. We wanted the best and we didn't settle for less. 💪🤩#TeamLucknow #IPL2022 @klrahul11 @MStoinis @bishnoi0056 https://t....
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In Pics: Magnificent Malan leads South Africa to ODI series win over India | The Times of India

Malan, who now has three hundreds and three fifties in his 12 ODI innings, put on another 80 with captain Temba Bavuma (35) before he was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, the ball deflecting onto the stumps off his elbow. The home side, who won the first ODI by 31 runs, reached their target with 11 balls to spare. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Getty Images)Read MoreRead Less Source link
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2nd ODI: South Africa hand ‘out of sync’ India embarrassing series defeat with 7-wicket win | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL: A young South Africa punished a jaded Indian team for its outdated approach, handing it one of the most comprehensive series defeats in recent times with an easy seven-wicket victory in the second ODI here on Friday. A target of 288 was below-par on a flat track and the seasoned Quinton de Kock (78 off 66 balls) in the company of rising sensation Janneman Malan (91 off 108 balls) added 132 for a match-deciding opening stand. The home team eventually reached the target in 48.1 overs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series. As it happened | ScorecardKL Rahul's captaincy ambitions and head coach Rahul Dravid's wish to see him being anointed in the long run, however, suffered a rude jolt following back-to-back defeats in 50-over games on a track, which was more Indi...
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PKL: Haryana Steelers beat Dabang Delhi 36-33 | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Vikash Kandola was the star for Haryana Steelers as they beat Dabang Delhi 36-33 in Pro Kabaddi League here on Friday. Haryana had a brief scare in the game when 5 players entered the lobby without a touch on the raider, but they kept calm to ensure they came away with all 5 points. Delhi desperately missed their star raider Naveen Kumar's services. Haryana dominated the first 20 minutes with Vikash Kandola taking up the primary raiding duties. He was supported well by Vinay and Ashish as they clinched an ALL OUT close to the 15th minute of the game. The Delhi defenders had a poor outing with no successful tackles before the interval. All hail, House Steelers - the Kings of the North ⚔Vikash's men get the better of the table-toppers in #DELvHS 🔥… https://t.co/0B4oFEtZl2— ProK...
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BCCI and team owners to discuss IPL 2022 back-up venues on Saturday | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI and IPL team owners will discuss potential back-up venues for the upcoming edition of the league in a virtual meeting on Saturday. The mega auction venue, scheduled for Bengaluru on February 12 and 13, will also come up for discussion as the country deals with the third wave of COVID-19. "Owners have been invited for the meeting and it will be held virtual," a team official told PTI. BCCI's first preference is to hold the event in India but if COVID situation worsens, it needs to have a back-up plan ready. The 2020 edition was entirely held in the UAE while the second half of the 2021 edition was held across the Emirates after the event's suspension in India due to the second wave of COVID-19. The IPL is usually held in the April-May window. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) ...
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Sri Lanka crush Zimbabwe by 184 runs to clinch three-match ODI series 2-1 | Cricket News – Times of India

KANDY (Sri Lanka): Sri Lankan spinner Jeffrey Vandersay returned figures of 4-10 to lead Zimbabwe's 184-run rout in the third one-day international as the hosts clinched the series 2-1 on Friday. Zimbabwe crashed out for 70 in 24.4 overs as Sri Lankan bowlers combined to defend their total of 254-9 in Kandy. Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera and offspinner Ramesh Mendis claimed two wickets each. Opening batsman Pathum Nissanka top-scored with 55 and Charith Asalanka made 52 to boost Sri Lanka's score despite a disciplined bowling effort by Zimbabwe. But leg-spinner Vandersay made the match his own with career-best figures as Sri Lanka earned crucial Super League points in their attempt to get a direct entry into the 2023 World Cup. Sri Lankan bowlers came all guns blazing to defend the lo...
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1st ODI: Afghanistan beat Netherlands by 36 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

DOHA: Rashid Khan claimed three wickets and effected a run-out as Afghanistan defeated the Netherlands by 36 runs in the first of a three-match one-day international series Friday in Doha. Patient half-centuries from captain Hashmatullah Shahidi (73) and Rahmat Shah (70) allowed Afghanistan to make 222-8 after being put into bat. Right-arm quick Brandon Glover took 3-43 and left-arm seamer Fred Klaassen returned tidy figures of 2-39 to limit Afghanistan to a modest total. Wicketkeeper and opener Scott Edwards hit a composed 68 off 82 balls to give the Dutch a solid foundation as they made a solid start to their chase by reaching 121-3. Victory: Afghanistan beat the Netherlands by 36 runs to win the first of the three ODIs. #AfghanAtalan | #AFGvNED https://t.co/qzOdE0p6SF— Afghanistan Cr...
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Trick shots now in the past, Mithun looks future ready

Between his two meetings against Frenchman Arnaud Merkle – last Wednesday at Delhi’s Super500 India Open and Saturday’s Syed Modi Super300 semifinal, Mithun Manjunath has had a lot of time to look back on his career. And to simultaneously live in the moment, with incessant Instagramming. He’s 23 and restless to get going. Mithun reckons a “false positive” robbed him of an opportunity in Delhi while he was playing well, and as the only Indian left in men’s singles, he gets a chance to showcase his abilities at Lucknow. “I tested negative the next day,” he says, adding he spent the next few days quarantining in his Delhi hotel, “sleeping, stretching and on Instagram.” Patience is a virtue, Mithun learnt painfully. In Bangalore’s colt badminton circles, Mithun was known as the kid with...
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In Rishabh Pant’s 85 off 71 balls a glimpse of his destructivity and self destructiveness

The start was chaotic; the end was frantic. But between the beginning and the end, Rishabh Pant rattled out 85 runs off 71 balls, a ferocious knock that underlined his tremendous yet often infuriating gifts; defended the ceaseless trust the team management has invested in him, and offered a peep into his destructibility without being overly destructive or self-destructive. He destructs; he self destructs too. Both are the pages of the same story; to appreciate the destructiveness of his batting, one has to accommodate his self-destructiveness too. You remember his breathtaking shots; you remember his gut-wrenching ones too. But on days when he is more destructive and less self-destructive, he raises the roof, shoots up the temperature, transcends the surface, makes the best bowlers look...
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Nadal repels Khachanov to reach last-16 in Melbourne | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Sixth seed Rafa Nadal dropped his first set at this year's Australian Open but still powered through to the fourth round with a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-1 defeat of Karen Khachanov on Friday. The Spaniard, seeking to claim a record 21st Grand Slam title in the absence of great rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, was sensational as he took a two-set lead. "Lots of energy in my pocket to keep going, keep fighting." @RafaelNadal is not done with yet 👊#AusOpen •… https://t.co/cpf5NaPehP— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1642771987000But Khachanov, seeded 28th, threw caution to the wind in the third set, stalling Nadal's charge with some ferocious hitting. Olympic runner-up Khachanov had lost all seven previous meetings with 2009 Australian Open champion Nadal but briefly looked capable of mo...
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SA batted better than us in middle overs: Rishabh Pant

Flamboyant Rishabh Pant believes that the difference between the two teams in the just lost ODI series was far better middle-overs batting by the South African side. Having lost the first game by 31 runs, Indians were once again soundly thrashed by seven wickets after having put up a reasonably good 287 runs on the board. “The track was slightly on the slower side and at the same time, we had enough runs on the board,” Pant, who scored 85, said after the match. “Last match (first ODI), we chased and this match we batted first, so when they batted, the wicket was much better for batting. In second innings, it became slower an slower as the game progressed. “Today, it was same but they batted well in middle overs that’s why they chased down the target. We didn’t get enough wickets in ...
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Different format, same result: India lose second ODI on the trot against SA to concede series

India need to change their white-ball template. That’s the biggest lesson from their ODI series defeat against South Africa. Except Rishabh Pant, and Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin’s 48-run partnership at the death, the tourists played fearful cricket in the second ODI as well, losing the game by seven wickets and with that the three-match series. What India lacked was Quinton de Kock’s boldness upfront, which proved to be the major difference. The left-hander grabbed the game by the lapels, targeting Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the outset on a used Boland Park pitch, where the older ball gripped and lost its pace off the deck. De Kock’s 78 runs off 66 balls, and a 132-run opening partnership with Janneman Malan, slammed the door shut on India. Malan made 91 in 108 deliveries, as t...
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Women’s Asia Cup hockey: Holders India maul Malaysia 9-0 in opener

Holders India thrashed minnows Malaysia 9-0 to start their title defence on an emphatic note at the women’s Asia Cup hockey tournament on Friday. The Indians scored four goals apiece in the first two quarters before returning back to pump in five more in the last two quarters. With four World Cup spots at stake from this tournament, India started a bit slowly but got their grip as the match progressed. It didn’t take India too long to take the lead through Vandana Katariya, who tapped in an open goal after being set up by fine one-two between Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi. The Indians stepped up the pressure and secured their first penalty corner soon but it went wasted. The Indians kept up the pressure on the Malaysian defence and earned two penalty corners in quick time, the seco...
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New IPL teams announce their draft picks

Hardik Pandya will captain the Ahmedabad franchise and K L Rahul the Lucknow team, the two new IPL teams confirmed on Friday while announcing their three draft picks ahead of the mega auction. The CVC-owned Ahmedabad have picked Hardik and Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan for Rs 15 crore each while shelling out Rs 7 crore for batter Shubman Gill, their director of cricket Vikram Solanki announced on Star Sports. The RPSG group owned Lucknow franchise signed Rahul for Rs 17 crore, Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Rs 9.2 crore and uncapped leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi for Rs 4 crore. They will make the rest of their squad at the mega auction scheduled in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(...
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PV Sindhu enters Syed Modi International semis | Badminton News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu rallied from a game down to eke out a hard-fought win over Thailand's Supanida Katething to enter the semifinals of the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament here on Friday. The top-seeded Indian beat her Thai rival, seeded sixth in the tournament, 11-21, 21-12, 21-17 in a quarterfinal match that lasted one hour and five minutes. Sindhu will face fifth-seeded Russian Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the semifinals. In the men's singles, however, HS Prannoy crashed out of the tournament with a straight-game defeat to Arnaud Merkle of France in the quarterfinals. The fifth-seeded Indian, a former top 10 player, lost 19-21, 16-21 to his French opponent in a 59-minute quarterfinal match. Mithun Manjunath, however, advanced to the semifinals after b...
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Match fixing does not amount to cheating: Karnataka HC

Instances of match fixing unearthed by the Bengaluru crime branch police in 2019 during an investigation of corruption involving cricket players and team managements in the Karnataka Premier League T20 tournament does not amount to cheating the Karnataka high court has ruled while quashing a charge sheet against three players and a team official in the KPL. A single judge of the Karnataka high court Justice Sreenivas Harish Kumar has ordered the quashing of a charge sheet filed against the former Karnataka cricket captain C M Gautam, two players Abrar Kazi and Amit Mavi, and the owner of the Belagavi Panthers team Asfak Ali Thara. The high court has ruled that “match fixing may indicate dishonesty, indiscipline and mental corruption of a player and for this purpose the BCCI is the a...
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Djokovic’s coach calls Australian Open saga ‘unjust’ | Tennis News – Times of India

BRATISLAVA: Novak Djokovic's long-time coach Marian Vajda said Australia's deportation of the world number one was "unjust" but said the Serb had not had his "last word in tennis". "It was a political process," the Slovak coach told the Sport.sk website in his first comments since Djokovic's visa was cancelled ahead of the Australian Open over his Covid-19 vaccination status. "It was an unhealthy and unjust decision and it will definitely have significant consequences, as it was also an invasion of his privacy, his family," Vajda said in the interview published Thursday. Djokovic flew out of Melbourne last Sunday after he failed in a last-gasp court bid to stay and play in the opening Grand Slam tournament of the year, where he was targeting a record 21st major title. His dramatic depar...
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Hardworking local coaches behind Manipur being hotbed of women’s football

Chaoba Devi was visiting her maternal grandparents in Angtha, roughly 25km from Imphal, when she saw a puny girl playing with full energy with a bunch of other kids on a barren, uneven surface. There was something about her that immediately caught Chaoba’s attention. “Her discipline… and skill, of course,” she says. Impulsively, Chaoba asked the girl, in her early teens, if she’d move to Imphal and join her community club, Kangchup Road Young Physical and Sports Association (KRYPSA FC). Almost as impulsively, the girl agreed and before they knew it, they were on a bus to Manipur’s capital. This was in 2008. In the decade that followed, that teenager, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, went on to become one of the most influential players in India. In 2019, she was named as one of the three nomin...
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U19 World Cup: Skipper Dhull among five players unavailable for Uganda game after returning positive RT-PCR tests | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Five Indian players, including skipper Yash Dhull, were on Friday ruled out of the team's final league game against Uganda in the U-19 World Cup after testing positive for COVID-19 in latest RT-PCR tests. Out of the six players, who were isolated before the match against Ireland on Wednesday, only all-rounder Vasu Vats tested negative, an ICC source told PTI. The team, which has already qualified for the quarterfinals, is set to take on Uganda in the final Group B game on Saturday in Tarouba, Trinidad. Skipper Dhull, Aaradhya Yadav and Shaik Rasheed, who had tested positive in the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), have returned positive reports in the RT-PCR test along with Manav Parakh, who tested negative in RAT. Sidharth Yadav had already tested positive in the RT-PCR test before ...