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Day: February 20, 2022

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India vs West Indies 3rd T20I: Suryakumar, Venkatesh shine as India seal 3-0 sweep | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Indian seamers fired in unison after Suryakumar Yadav's belligerent fifty as the hosts coasted to a series-sweeping 17-run win over the West Indies in the third and final T20I here on Sunday. After Deepak Chahar limped off the field after failing to complete the third over due to a hamstring injury, Harshal Patel (3/22), Venkatesh Iyer (2/23 from 2.1 overs) and Shardul Thakur (2/33) performed their tasks impressively to defend India's 184/5. Wicket-keeper batter Nicholas Pooran continued his fine form slamming a third successive fifty (61 off 47 balls; 8x4, 1x6) but it was not enough as West Indies managed just 167 for nine. That's that from the final T20I as #TeamIndia win by 17 runs to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the series.Scorecar… https://t.co/O0cLjTYiqK— BCCI (@BCCI) 16...
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Deepak Chahar sustains hamstring pull, looks doubtful for Sri Lanka series | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: India seamer Deepak Chahar pulled his right hamstring during the third T20 International against West Indies and was rendered doubtful for the Sri Lanka series, starting Thursday. Chahar, who was in fine rhythm and got two early wickets, was seen hobbling up in his run-up in the last delivery of his second over and limping off the field. The extent of damage is being ascertained. In case it's a tear, Chahar could also be a doubtful starter for the IPL where Chennai Super Kings forked out a massive Rs 14 crore at the auction to retain his services. Usually, a grade one tear takes six weeks for complete recovery and rehabilitation. As of now, he is certainly a doubtful starter for the three match T20 International series against Sri Lanka, starting February 24 in Lucknow. He migh...
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ISL: Jamshedpur inch closer to semifinal with win over Chennaiyin | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Jamshedpur FC breezed past Chennaiyin 4-1 in a lopsided Indian Super League (ISL) match to move to the second place on Sunday. Ritwik Das (23rd), Boris Singh (33rd) and Daniel Chima Chukwu (40th) got on the score-sheet before Deepak Devrani scored an own goal (46th) as Jamshedpur made it three wins to rack up 31 points from 16 matches. They are one point behind league leaders Hyderabad FC with a game in hand. For Chennaiyin, Nerijus Valskis (62nd) scored a consolation goal against his former side. Chennaiyin are eighth in the table with 20 points from 17 matches and are all but out of a semifinal berth. Jamshedpur bossed the game from the start with Boris warming Debjit Majumder's gloves early on with an effort from the right-wing. The Red Miners saw a lot more of the ball and th...
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Saha flags journalist’s ‘threat’ tweets, BCCI to ask for his name

A day after Saha tweeted a screenshot of the messages from someone he described as “a respected journalist”, who appeared to be demanding an exclusive interview, The Indian Express has learnt that the BCCI will ask the cricketer to reveal the unnamed person’s identity before deciding on its course of action. Saha, meanwhile, has received an outpouring of support from former cricketers who have expressed solidarity and urged him to reveal the journalist’s name. Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha, the Indian cricketers’ association representative, tweeted that “we will make sure our cricket community boycotts this so called journalist!” On Saturday evening, Saha had posted the screenshot with a tweet: “After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so cal...
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EPL: Manchester United survive Leeds storm to tighten grip on top four | Football News – Times of India

LEEDS (United Kingdom): Manchester United survived blowing another half-time lead to open up a four-point advantage in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League with a thrilling 4-2 win at relegation-threatened Leeds. Harry Maguire responded to questions over his status as captain of the Red Devils by opening the scoring on 34 minutes before Bruno Fernandes added a second on the stroke of half-time. Lost leads have been a feature of Ralf Rangnick's interim spell in charge and United were punished by another slow start to a second half as Rodrigo's fortunate cross and substitute Raphinha brought Leeds level. However, United this time bounced back to find a winner when Fred smashed in 20 minutes from time before Anthony Elanga sealed the points late on. This was United's first ...
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After Australian furore, Djokovic starts his season in Dubai | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic's season, derailed in January when he was deported ahead of the Australian Open in a dispute over a Covid medical exemption, finally starts on Monday in Dubai. "I am excited to go back and play on Monday," Djokovic told the media in Dubai last week. "I miss tennis after all that has happened." The organisers have dubbed the first day of the ATP event 'Magnificent Monday' and a couple of other marquee entrants, Marin Cilic and Andy Murray, will also be in action. But all eyes will be on Djokovic, the only one of the tournament's eight seeds who is in action on Monday. He closes the day on centre court against Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti. Djokovic last played when he beat Cilic on December 3 but could not stop Croatia eliminating Serbia in the Davis Cup semi-fin...
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Beijing Olympics closes after sporting drama, doping and golden Gu | More sports News – Times of India

BEIJING: A Beijing Winter Olympics which saw sporting drama and milestones but was tarnished by a Russian doping scandal ended on Sunday with an uplifting closing ceremony. The Games will be remembered for new stars such as Eileen Gu but also for the doping controversy which engulfed 15-year-old figure skater Kamila Valieva and because they took place inside a vast Covid-secure "bubble". The "Bird's Nest" stadium, which also took centre stage when Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games, was the scene for a celebratory, snowflake-themed closing ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping and a socially distanced crowd seated among red lanterns. ✨The road to achieving #Olympics dreams requires so much passion, dedication, and hard work. All #Beijing2022 Olymp… https://t.co/HGC5j0k8he— Beijing...
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Yash Dhull caps off dream debut with consecutive hundreds, Delhi coach says he is ready for India | Cricket News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: India U-19 star Yash Dhull capped off a dream first-class debut by scoring his second hundred of the game as the Ranji Trophy Group H match between Delhi and Tamil Nadu ended in a draw on Sunday. With his unbeaten 113 off 202 balls on the fourth and final day, Dhull became only the third batter after Nari Contractor (1952/53) and Virag Awate (2012/13) to score a hundred in each innings on Ranji Trophy debut. A dream start! 👏 👏@YashDhull2002 becomes only the third player to score twin tons on #RanjiTrophy debut. 👍 👍 https://t.co/kI5tBQ4Omd— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) 1645355435000After Shahrukh Khan got Tamil Nadu the all-important first innings lead with a sensational 194 off 148 balls on day three, Dhull and his senior opening partner Dhruv Shorey (107 off 165) batted for ...
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India vs West Indies T20I series: WI flattened by bench press

Yet again, the penultimate over of the game proved to be the clincher for India, like the second T20I. The West Indies kept losing wickets right from the start but didn’t ditch their merry hitting. After 18 overs, they were 154/7, chasing 185 for victory. Romario Shepherd was keeping the tourists in the game, even after Nicholas Pooran got out for a 47-ball 61. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was sitting out this game as India rotated their pacers and Harshal Patel bowled the 19th over. The first four balls accounted for four runs, including a couple of leg-byes. Then, the medium pacer dismissed Shepherd, deceiving the batsman with change of pace and Rohit Sharma taking a superb diving catch at extra cover. India’s catching in the third T20I was brilliant, two dropped chances notwithstanding. Patel’s...
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La Liga: Scramble to sign Aubameyang starts to pay off for Barcelona

The last-minute scramble to secure the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has started to pay off for Barcelona. Aubameyang scored his first two goals since joining from Arsenal at the end of the winter transfer window, leading the Catalan club to a resounding 4-1 win at Valencia in the Spanish league on Sunday. Ousmane Dembele, whom Barcelona wanted to leave but ended staying after rejecting a couple of offers at the transfer deadline, made his first start since then and set up Frenkie de Jong’s goal in the first half. Pedri Gonzalez also scored as Barcelona ended a two-game winless run in all competitions. The result moved Xavi Hernandez’s team back into fourth place in the final Champions League qualification spot in the Spanish league. Defending champion Atletico Madrid, which won ...
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IPL 2022: Gujarat Titans unveil team logo in Metaverse | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Gujarat Titans on Sunday unveiled the team logo in the Metaverse. The logo shows an apex echoing the spirit for what they are called the 'Titans' - to move upward and beyond with the aim to achieve higher goals. It symbolizes the aspirations of the team to achieve the 'pinnacle' of success in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. The logo was launched by the team's Head Coach - Ashish Nehra, Captain - Hardik Pandya, and batter - Shubman Gill, who had the first-ever interaction in The Titans Dugout in the Metaverse. 🏃🏃‍♀️Step into the Titans Dugout! ▶️ Watch our stars unveil the logo in the metaverse! ⭐ ▶️ … https://t.co/mSAEMdBvlg— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) 1645357693000The much-anticipated team logo takes inspiration ...
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Ranji Trophy: Bengal bounce back to stun Baroda after Shahbaz, Abhishek’s fifties | Cricket News – Times of India

CUTTACK: All-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed and debutant wicketkeeper Abhishek Porel struck unbeaten fifties as Bengal bounced back after their first-innings debacle to secure a dramatic four-wicket win over Baroda in their Ranji Trophy Group B opener on Sunday. Chasing 349 on the fourth day after being shot out for a paltry 88 in the first innings, Bengal rode on the duo of Ahmed and Porel, who stitched an unbroken 108-run partnership for the seventh wicket to steer their team home. Resuming on 146/2, Bengal received an early jolt when skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran got out without any addition to his overnight total of 79 in the fourth ball of the day. There were familiar jitters in the middle with Bengal losing three quick wickets including the duo of Sudip Chatterjee (18) and overnight batter An...
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Shahbaz, Abhishek script Bengal turnaround

After being rolled over for 88 in the first innings, Bengal pulled off a come-from-behind win against Baroda in Cuttack. Chasing 349 on the fourth day, Bengal rode on the duo of Shahbaz Ahmed (71 not out) and debutant wicketkeeper Abhishek Porel (53 not out), who stitched an unbroken 108-run partnership for the seventh wicket to steer their team home. Bengal’s deputy sports minister and former skipper Manoj Tiwary showed his experience with a fighting 37 from 61 balls. Reeling at 242 for 6, Bengal unearthed a future star in the 19-year-old Abhishek, who showed utmost maturity and matched his senior partner, Shahbaz. The duo sealed the victory in 91.3 overs. Speaking to The Indian Express, Bengal head coach Arun Lal said: “Terrific performance, the wicket was extremely difficult to b...
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Ranji Trophy: Karnataka-Railways match ends in a draw; J&K start with win over Pondicherry | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Karnataka and Railways played out a draw in a Ranji Trophy Elite Group C match while Jammu and Kashmir began on a winning note, trouncing Pondicherry by eight wickets on Sunday. Resuming at 63 for one, Karnataka slipped from 179 for 2 to 223 for 9 before skipper Manish Pandey declared, leaving the opponent with a 278-run target from 41 overs for an improbable victory. The Railways finished at 69 for 4. With Mayank Agarwal batting on 39, the focus was on how much the India Test batter could get. Having missed out in the first innings, the right-hander played with a lot of restraint and reached a half-century. It took a good catch by Akshat Pandey to see the back of Agarwal for 56. R Samarth batted fluently for his 83 (170 balls, 8 fours) and was involved in a half-century stand ...
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Ranji Trophy: Cheteshwar Pujara slams 91 to bail out Saurashtra against Mumbai | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Less than 24 hours after being dropped from the India Test squad, Cheteshwar Pujara struck an uncharacteristic 83-ball 91 for Saurashtra in their Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai here on Sunday. The Elite Group D match ended in a draw with Saurahtra making 372 for nine in their second innings on the fourth and final day. Saurashtra were only 48 runs ahead when the stumps were drawn but the lack of time meant Mumbai could not go for an outright victory. So the record 41-time winners settled for three points from the game for taking the first-innings lead while defending champions Saurashtra bagged one. Bowling his slow left-arm spin to good effect, Shams Mulani returned career-best figures of 7/114, adding to his four wickets in the Saurashtra first innings. On Saturday, seni...
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My job is to bail team out of crisis: Shahrukh Khan

Three years ago, batting at the nets in Mohali, Shahrukh Khan was hit on the wrist by a rising delivery from T Natarajan. Then Tamil Nadu coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar, assistant coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and senior player Dinesh Karthik, watching from the sidelines, rushed towards the youngster, who seemed in sheer pain. Later in the evening, Kanitkar told this reporter, “I’ve never seen anyone hit the cricket ball cleaner than this kid. You will hear a lot about him in the coming years.” Karthik, too, chipped in, “Coach is absolutely right, what a fearless stroke-player, and you should take his interview instead of mine. He is a future star.” Shubman Gill stole the limelight in that match with a sublime 268, while Shahrukh only scored 19 in the first innings and remained unbeaten on 11 in...
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Bundesliga: Riled Lewandowski stirs Bayern comeback to beat Fürth 4-1

A fired-up Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich came from behind to beat last-place Greuther Fürth 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Sunday. The Poland star took his league-leading tally to 28 goals in 23 games and helped Bayern stretch its lead to nine points before second-place Borussia Dortmund hosted Borussia Mönchengladbach later. If Bayern fans had been expecting a reaction after two games without a win — Bayern lost 4-2 at promoted Bochum before drawing 1-1 in Salzburg in the Champions League — they had to wait till the second half to get it. Behind at the break, but @FCBayernEN showed the form of #Bundesliga champions with four second-half goals in #FCBSGF! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/McnBdml5s1 — Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) February 20, 2022 Fürth captain Branimir Hrgota fire...
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Saha shouldn’t have made private conversation with Sourav public: Snehashish Ganguly

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) secretary Snehasish Ganguly said that Wriddhiman Saha probably made an error of judgment by publicly commenting on a private conversation between him and the selectors/BCCI. Snehasish, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother, also opined that Saha could have played the Ranji Trophy rather than opting out of the Bengal squad. “This is my personal opinion, but what was communicated to him (Saha) by the chief selector/BCCI was private. He probably shouldn’t have gone public with that. Also, he could have played the Ranji Trophy. He cited personal reasons for pulling out and we have to respect that. The door is always open for him, whenever he wants to join the squad,” Snehasish told reporters on Sunday. After Saha was dropped from the Test team for...
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Amazon, Reliance set to lock horns over India’s cricket media rights | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Amazon's rivalry in India with oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries looks set to head to the cricket field, where they will likely battle media heavyweights for telecast rights to India's premier cricket league with its hundreds of millions of viewers. Amazon.com Inc and Reliance Industries Ltd are expected to take on India units of Sony Group Corp and Walt Disney Co for exclusive five-year TV and digital broadcast rights to the two-month series of matches, at a cost that could run to a record 500 billion rupees ($6.7 billion), sources familiar with the companies' plans said. "Cricket is the second-biggest sport in the world with two-and-a-half billion fans and IPL is like its Super Bowl," said Anton Rublievskyi, head of Parimatch, a betting company that advertised at ...
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IND vs WI 3rd T20I: Deepak Chahar takes two early wickets, walks off injured

India player Deepak Chahar had to retire to the pavilion with an injury in the 3rd T20I match between India and West Indies in Kolkata on Sunday. The injury occurred when Chahar was bowling the 3rd over of the innings and suddenly pulled up while clutching his hamstring before a delivery. The physio was soon on the pitch to check on him and ultimately, Chahar had to leave the field. It was an unfortunate blow for India because Chahar was on song, taking two vital wickets with Kyle Mayers and Shai Hope, both falling victims to his spell. Deepak Chahar is off the field!..#Cricket #INDvWI #IndianCricket #TeamIndia #DeepakChahar pic.twitter.com/rHJ5JGsnla — CRICKETNMORE (@cricketnmore) February 20, 2022 Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav unleashed his brute power on way to an explosive half-century...