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Day: January 23, 2022

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India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI: Quite obvious we’ve gone wrong, no shying away from that, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: India captain KL Rahul on Sunday attributed the 0-3 drubbing in the ODI series against South Africa to a collective failure and said there is no shying away from the fact that the visitors have "gone wrong". India failed to avoid a series whitewash despite Deepak Chahar's scintillating 34-ball 54, losing the third ODI by four runs here to end a disastrous tour of the 'Rainbow Nation'. India had earlier lost the three-match Test series 1-2 against South Africa. "Quite obvious where we've gone wrong. No shying away from it. At times our shot selection has been poor. Even with the ball we haven't been hitting the right areas consistently. Have played well in patches but haven't built pressure over a long period," Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "Can't fault t...
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Real Madrid thwarted by Elche as Benzema injured in surprise draw | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Real Madrid gave hope to their title rivals on Sunday by drawing 2-2 at home to Elche as Karim Benzema missed a penalty and then went off injured at the Santiago Bernabeu. It could have been even worse for Madrid, who were two down with 11 minutes left yet managed to rescue a point thanks to a Luka Modric penalty and a 92nd-minute header from Eder Militao. Lucas Boye and Pere Milla had put Elche in sight of a shock victory. But two dropped points against a team fighting for survival this season will have come as a welcome bonus for Sevilla, who would have expected to be punished for their own draw at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Benzema's injury is perhaps the biggest concern. The Frenchman was clutching his left hamstring as he walked down the tunnel in the second half. Madr...
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Holders India stunned 0-2 by Japan in Asia Cup women’s hockey | Hockey News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Defending champions India were stunned 0-2 by reigning Asian Games gold-medallists Japan in their second Pool A match of the Women's Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday. Japan scored through Naga Yuri (2nd minute) and Saki Tanaka (42nd minute) to stun the Indians. A slow start from the Indians cost them dearly as Japan took the lead against the run of play in the second minute through Nagai Yuri. Yuri took full advantage of a sleepy Indian defence to slap home from top of the circle after taking hold of a loose ball. The Indians woke up after conceding the unexpected goal and controlled the proceedings of the first quarter from there on. They attacked in numbers and in the process, secured two penalty corners in the first 15 minutes but wasted both. Japan kept a tight defe...
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India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI: India lose by four runs, suffer 0-3 whitewash against rebuilding South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: India's formidable batting line-up was a letdown once again as they were handed an embarrassing 0-3 whitewash by a South African team in transition after falling four runs short in the third and final ODI here on Sunday. Despite half centuries by Virat Kohli (65 off 83 balls), Shikhar Dhawan (61 off 73 balls) and Deepak Chahar (54 off 34 balls), India were on the losing side for a third straight time, this time in pursuit of 288, ending a disastrous tour of the 'Rainbow Nation'. Asked to take first strike, South Africa were all out for 287 after Quinton de Kock's attacking hundred and Rassie van der Dussen's fluent half-century. In reply, India were all out for 283 in 49.2 overs, completely mis-handling a chase that should have been completed smoothly. As it happened | Scorec...
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ISL: Goa held by Bengaluru as Chhetri equals goal record | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Sunil Chhetri's 11-game barren run of goals in the Indian Super League came to an end as he salvaged a point for Bengaluru FC in a 1-1 draw against FC Goa here on Sunday. Scoring his 48th ISL goal, the India captain equalled the league's all-time record goalscorer, Ferran Corominas' tally. Dylan Fox (41st) scored his first goal for FC Goa with a header until Chhetri (61st) equalised with his first of the campaign. The result keeps both Bengaluru FC and FC Goa in eighth and ninth place positions respectively in the points table with 14 points each. The match began at a frantic pace which led to an early injury for Glan Martins who had to be replaced by Princeton Rebello inside the first 12 minutes. Roshan Naorem and Iman Basafa had their shots go narrowly off-target shortly aft...
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No bubble is foolproof around the world: AIFF president Praful Patel | Football News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: All India Football Federation president Praful Patel on Sunday denied that the bio-bubble for the Women's Asian Cup was weak as several COVID-19 cases among the home team's players led to the cancellation of their match against Chinese Taipei. The dozen positive cases of COVID meant that India's campaign in the premier continental tournament was over. "Unfortunately, this happened to us despite the best measures put in place, and it is sheer bad luck that it happened to us. Let there be no fingers pointed at any. We need to understand this is a pandemic situation, and no bubble is foolproof around the world," Patel said in a statement. Apart from the COVID cases, two players were also laid low by injuries. Patel also said that the girls were heartbroken and urged everyone t...
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2nd ODI: Afghanistan beat Dutch by 48 runs to win series | Cricket News – Times of India

DOHA: A second one-day hundred from opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz fired Afghanistan to a series-winning 48-run victory over the Netherlands in the second ODI in Doha on Sunday. Replying to Afghanistan's 237 for six from their 50 overs, the Netherlands were bowled out for just 189 in 47.4 overs. The Afghans, who won the first of the three-match series on Friday, batted first for the second match running on a sluggish pitch and, boosted by Gurbaz's 103 from 127 balls and 54 from captain Hashmatullah Shahidi, posted a challenging 237 for six. Gurbaz, who turned 20 in November, struck six fours and three sixes as he went on to his second ODI century -- his first came on debut against Ireland in January last year. Kent left-arm seamer Fred Klaassen (2-51) and 21-year-old leg-spinner Philippe Boi...
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If Rohit Sharma is fit, why can’t he be the captain in Tests too: Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former head coach Ravi Shastri has said that Rohit Sharma should be made a full-time Test captain of India, provided the senior batter can maintain his fitness. Rohit was appointed as India's Test vice-captain in December last year. However, the Mumbai Indians skipper was not able to travel with the Indian team to South Africa due to a hamstring injury he picked up last year. KL Rahul was then appointed Kohli's deputy ahead of the tour of South Africa. But after Virat stepped down from Test captaincy, the search for next leader has begun. To this, Shastri came forward and shared his view. "If Rohit is fit, why can't he be the captain in Tests too. He was appointed vice-captain for the South Africa series but he couldn't go there because of injuries. So why not, if he was made...
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EPL: Chelsea beat Tottenham, Liverpool down Palace, Arsenal draw

Once Hakim Ziyech’s curling, dipping strike landed in the Tottenham goal, Chelsea never looked back. Sure, it took until two minutes into the second half to break the deadlock. But the space gifted for Thiago Silva’s header in the 55th minute to seal a 2-0 win on Sunday was a snapshot of this most lopsided of London rivalries. Chelsea should never have doubted its four-match winless run in the Premier League would end on Sunday. Not even with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte going nine league matches unbeaten at the start of his Tottenham reign before the visit to Stamford Bridge. 💪 @ChelseaFC have the bragging rights 🔵 #CHETOT ⚪ pic.twitter.com/r6GMOGZOpg — Premier League (@premierleague) January 23, 2022 It’s now 33 wins for Chelsea against Tottenham in the Premier League era — m...
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If you don’t perform, you don’t get your chances: Powar on dropping Jemimah, Shikha, Punam | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: India women's team head coach Ramesh Powar on Sunday defended the notable omission of Jemimah Rodrigues and Shikha Pandey from the ODI World Cup squad, saying "if you don't perform, you don't get you chances". In a virtual media interaction ahead of their departure for the ODI series and subsequent World Cup in New Zealand, Powar and skipper Mithali Raj also spoke about the team's preparations over the last six months and how they will approach the five ODIs against the Kiwis, starting February 11 before the ICC event in March-April. To start with, Powar spoke candidly about the non-selection of the three senior players -- Jemimiah, Shikha and Punam Raut -- and said their experience will not be missed. "Every player in the scheme of things knows where they stand. What is their f...
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Watch: Virat Kohli does cradle celebration, dedicates 50 to daughter

Virat Kohli got to a brisk fifty against South Africa in the third and final ODI at Centurion on Sunday and then proceeded to whip out the ‘cradle’ celebration. Kohli dedicated his fifty to his daughter, Vamika, who was in the arms of his mother, Anushka Sharma at the Newlands and the video instantly went viral. 5⃣0⃣ for Virat Kohli 👏 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/kQUx0Ae0OK — Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) January 23, 2022 The day, however, ended in disappointment for Kohli and his teammates after India lost the match by just 4 runs, allowing South Africa to complete a 3-0 whitewash. India’s formidable batting line-up was a letdown once again and despite half centuries by Virat Kohli (65 off 83 balls), Shikhar Dhawan (61 off 73 balls) and Deepak Chahar (54 off 34 balls), India were o...
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Syed Modi International: Tanisha-Ishaan display chemistry to secure mixed doubles crown

It is not uncommon for Tanisha Crasto and Ishaan Bhatnagar to squabble plenty on court. “Kyu aayaa tu? Mera shuttle hai.” (Why did you go for that return? It was my shuttle to hit.) has rung across playing arenas through the European winter swing of tournaments and now in India – Delhi and Lucknow. But the duo, she – 18 and he – 19, eventually settle into a frenzied pace, and have now secured their first Super 300 mixed doubles badminton title at the Syed Modi International on Sunday. Beating Hema Nagendra Babu and Srivedya Gurazada 21-16, 21-12 in a severely depleted field, the Crasto-Bhatnagar pairing, follow in the footsteps of Jwala Gutta-V Diju and Ashwini Ponappa-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who have played immensely entertaining badminton on way to victories. “I think after this titl...
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Chahar’s enterprise not enough to salvage consolation win

A South Africa tour that had begun with expectations of dominance – heightened by the Centurion Test win – ended with a fifth successive defeat for India, a four-run loss in Cape Town bringing a 0-3 ODI series wipeout. It was the closest India had come to winning a game after Centurion, albeit an inconsequential one with the series already lost. But just when the match seemed to have settled decisively in their grasp, following a familiar middle-order stumble and a stunning revival, they fell apart at the final hurdle. In his previous ODI, Deepak Chahar had walked in at 160/6 in a chase of 276 against Sri Lanka in Colombo last July. It became 193/7, but Chahar took India to a series-sealing victory with an unbeaten 69, playing some outrageous strokes along the way. FIFTY! A crucial...
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Kohli proves rumours of him losing intensity are greatly exaggerated

The long and tedious wait for Virat Kohli’s 75th international century dragged on to another day. It has been 784 days since he registered one—his longest ever wait—and a span in which both his life and cricket changed unrecognisably. He became a father, forsook captaincy, and the halo around his batting has just begun to fade. But for all the changes in his life and career, for all the intrigue that surrounds his decision to step down as Test and T20 captain, he hasn’t lost his passion or intensity, the drive or energy, those characteristics that define him, on the field. Relinquishing captaincy has not doused the fire of ambition in him—not even in ODIs, the only format wherein captaincy was stripped off him. He might be more quiet when fielding, he might not exhort the bowlers as fe...
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No bubble is foolproof around the world: AIFF president Patel

All India Football Federation president Praful Patel on Sunday denied that the bio-bubble for the Women’s Asian Cup was weak as several COVID-19 cases among the home team’s players led to the cancellation of their match against Chinese Taipei. The dozen positive cases of COVID meant that India’s campaign in the premier continental tournament was over. “Unfortunately, this happened to us despite the best measures put in place, and it is sheer bad luck that it happened to us. Let there be no fingers pointed at any. We need to understand this is a pandemic situation, and no bubble is foolproof around the world,” Patel said in a statement. Apart from the COVID cases, two players were also laid low by injuries. Unfortunately, this happened to us despite the best measures put in place, and i...
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Rejuvenated Monfils marches into Australian Open quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Gael Monfils' blistering start to the season continued on Sunday as he eased past Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic 7-5, 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach his second Australian Open quarter-finals. With wife and top women's player Elina Svitolina beaming in the crowd, the flamboyant Frenchman lit up the Margaret Court Arena with sparkling shot-making to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2016. "It was really tough, he played extremely fast on both sides," said 17th seed Monfils, who will play Matteo Berrettini or Pablo Carrena Busta for a place in the semi-finals. "I tried to be very aggressive today ... It was just battling, battling, hanging in there." Monfils wrapped up the match with trademark panache, leaping high to thump a backhand crosscourt winner and end Kec...
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Kohli could’ve carried on for two more years, says Shastri

Former India coach Ravi Shastri believes Virat Kohli could have led the Indian Test team for another two years. Kohli decided to step down after the 1-2 series defeat in South Africa, and now won’t be captain in any format. “I felt that he could easily continue for next two years, but now as he has stepped down, we should all respect his decision,” Shastri told The Indian Express on the sidelines of the Legends League Cricket in Oman. Shastri decided not to continue as head coach of the Indian team after his tenure expired at the end of the T20 World Cup last year and was succeeded by Rahul Dravid. Under the Shastri-Kohli regime, India won two Test series in Australia and also took a 2-1 lead in the series England, with the final Test to be played later this year. The former India...
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Ashleigh Barty fends off Amanda Anisimova to reach Australian Open quarterfinals | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Home hero Ash Barty will play an Australian Open quarter-final for the fourth straight year after defeating emerging talent Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-3 in Melbourne on Sunday. The world number one was able to handle a spirited challenge from the American, proving the steadier player on key points through the 74-minute contest at Rod Laver Arena. Although Barty had her stunning streak of 63 straight service holds broken, her ability to absorb the power of her 20-year-old rival and draw errors proved critical. Seeking to become the first local since Chris O’Neil in 1978 to win the Australian Open, Barty will play another American in Jessica Pegula on Wednesday for a spot in the semi-finals. Barty praised Anisimova, who she defeated in a semi-final at Roland Garros in 2019 on the ...
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Mohammad Rizwan and Tammy Beaumont named ICC T20 Cricketers of the Year | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan and England's Tammy Beaumont were on Sunday named the ICC men's and women's T20 Player of the Year, respectively, following a prolific 2021. Rizwan ruled the roost in 2021 when it came to the shortest format in the men's game, while Beaumont finished the year as the third-highest run-getter in women's T20Is. Aggregating a staggering 1,326 runs in only 29 matches, Rizwan struck at an average of 73.66 and a strike-rate of 134.89. Apart from his exploits with the bat, he was as solid as ever behind the stumps, playing a key role in Pakistan's run to the semifinals during the T20 World Cup in the UAE, where he ended up as the third-highest run-scorer. Sheer Consistency, indomitable spirit and some breathtaking knocks 🔥 2021 was memorable f...