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Day: February 26, 2023

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Harbhajan Singh: ‘Not in terms of skills, but mentally, this is the most fragile Australian cricket team’

In this Idea Exchange, former cricketer and AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Harbhajan Singh discusses the mental fragility of the visiting Australian team, what India should do to win ICC trophies and why politics minus rancour is the way to go ahead. The session was moderated by Devendra Pandey, Senior Assistant Editor. Devendra Pandey: Do you think this is the most mentally fragile Australian team to tour India? If you compare to other Australian teams which toured earlier — we don’t want to go 30-40 years back but even if we go that far — I think this is probably the weakest team. Not in terms of skills, mentally they are very fragile. They are not able to handle pressure the way the Aussies used to. It’ll be fair to say this is not the Aussie-Aussie kind of team that we used to see or play aga...
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Messi scores 700th club goal, Mbappe crosses 200 for PSG in 3-0 win over Marseille in Le Classique

Lionel Andres Messi is a cheat code. Even at 35. Breaking records and crossing gargantuan football milestones for a living. Just like he did on Sunday night in Le Classique against Marseille. As Paris Saint Germain bested their arch rivals 3-0 away at Stade Velodrome, the Argentine World Cup winning captain scored what was his 700th club football goal. Messi’s tap in off a Kylian Mbappe cross from the left, which double the advantage for the visitors in the first half marked his 28th goal for PSG, aside from another 672 for FC Barcelona. These, in 840 appearances, making for a goal every 1.2 matches. The left footed maestro also registered two assists on the night, both of which were scored by his attacking partner up front. PSG took the lead in the 25th minute, breaking off a counter w...
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Heartbreak for Newcastle as Manchester Utd win League Cup

Manchester United crushed Newcastle United’s hopes of a claiming a first domestic trophy for nearly 70 years with a clinical 2-0 victory in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Goals late in the first half by Casemiro and an own goal from Sven Botman silenced the hordes of Newcastle fans who flocked to the capital as Man United went on to lift the trophy for a sixth time. While much of the build-up was about Newcastle’s first appearance in a major final since 1999, it was Erik ten Hag’s resurgent United who claimed the club’s first silverware since winning the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017. Stand up for the #CarabaoCup champions! 🏆@ManUtd 👏#EFL | #CarabaoCupFinal pic.twitter.com/smmfwSUFfz — Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) February 26, 2023 There was little between the sid...
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Carolina Marin fan Adita Rao overcomes injury to enter semifinals of badminton nationals

Back in December when in practice ahead of the junior nationals, Adita Rao twisted her leg, hurt a ligament and suffered a side strain. The trauma was fresh, and the worrying about aggravating it persistent. Yet, there is the natural speed in her feet – honed in the last six months, but perhaps inherited from her athlete mother – that has propelled her into the semifinals of the Badminton Senior Nationals at Balewadi. It was the foot-speed that helped her negate the big game of the talented and fit Ira Sharma in the quarterfinals, as she made a surprise run into the last four alongside Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha and Anupama Upadhyay. Reading her opponent’s game and using her own quick reach at the net with an effective lunge, Adita, seeded third, would win in straight games 21-16...
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Mooney guides Australia to fighting 156 against South Africa in final

Australia opener Beth Mooney | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre Australia opener Beth Mooney smashed an unbeaten 74 off just 53 balls to guide five-time champions to a competitive 156 for six in the Women’s T20 World Cup final against South Africa here Sunday.After Australia lost dependable opener Alyssa Healy for 18, Mooney, who had struck 54 against India in the semifinal against India, did the rebuilding work with Ashleigh Gardner (29).The in-form batter smashed nine boundaries and a six at a strike rate of nearly 140 to trouble the Proteas bowlers.Healy was undone by a short ball with extra bounce. The veteran opener could not get going as she tried to heave the ball over cover only to be caught by Nadine De Klerk off Marizanne Kapp.Shabnim Ismail emerged the most successful bowler for S...
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Meg Lanning: ‘It was pretty special’: Meg Lanning on record-extending sixth T20 WC title | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia extended their domination in world cricket by clinching a record-extending sixth ICC Women's T20 World Cup title on Sunday.Australia dished out an all-round performance in the final to inflict a 19-run defeat on the tournament hosts South Africa and completed a second hat-trick of T20 World Cup titles.Awesome Australia have done it 🏆They become Women’s #T20WorldCup champions for the sixth time! #AUSvSA |… https://t.co/7XlNrPKnvN— ICC (@ICC) 1677427393000Skipper Meg Lanning expressed her joy over the team's stunning show and termed the title as a "special" effort from the group."It's pretty special from the group. All teams came hard at us but super proud. We felt like it was a good score but we have to bowl well. It was not as good as the semi-final. We had to put p...
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WFI vs Wrestlers: Vinesh Phogat accuses Oversight Committee member of leaking ‘sensitive information’ | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Wrestling Federation of India versus Wrestlers feud took another turn on Sunday after Vinesh Phogat accused an Oversight Committee member of leaking 'sensitive information'. The Committee which was formed by Sports Ministry and led by legendary boxer MC Mary Kom has been probing sexual harassment allegations against WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.In a long social media post, Vinesh, tagging sports minister Anurag Thakur asked for required action to be taken against the committee member. "It has come to my recent awareness that a sportsperson member of the Oversight Committee has been allegedly leaking contents of the complaint of sexual harassment while reading certain media reports since yesterday. Being a sports person it is extremely disheartening to see a fel...
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South Africa vs Australia Highlights: Australia beat South Africa to win record-extending sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia have done it again. They bagged their record-extending sixth ICC Women's T20 World Cup title on Sunday, defeating hosts South Africa by 19 runs at Newlands, Cape Town.Playing their seventh final in a row, Australia denied South Africa, who were playing their very first summit clash, a fairytale ending in front of the home crowd. Instead, the Aussies registered their second hat-trick of titles in the T20 World Cup. They had previously won the title in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020. As it happened: South Africa vs AustraliaOpting to bat in the big final, Australia posted a fighting total of 156 for 6 in their 20 overs, riding on 'Player of the Match' Beth Mooney's unbeaten 74 off 53 balls. And it turned out to be quite enough for them in the end as South Africa succ...
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ICC Women Twenty20 World Cup final | Australia wins record-extending sixth title

The Australian women’s team extended its enviable dominance in world cricket further by winning an unprecedented sixth T20 World Cup trophy with a comfortable 19-run win over a fighting South Africa in the summit clash in Cape Town on February 26, 2023. Riding on Beth Mooney’s unbeaten 74 off 53 balls, Australia first posted a competitive 156 for 6 and then restricted the home team to 137 for 6. Mooney’s knock proved to be the deciding factor as she single-handedly carried the Australian innings with nine boundaries and one hit over the fence. The first player to make multiple half-centuries in the finals of the Women's #T20WorldCup 🔥Beth Mooney is the @aramco#POTM for her stunning knock! #AUSvSA | #T20WorldCup | #TurnItUppic.twitter.com/IV0f4MOXok— ICC (@ICC) February 26, 2...
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PSL 2023: Eight CCTV cameras stolen from Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium ahead of game, says Pakistani media

Eight closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium to provide an additional layer of security for the ongoing Pakistan Super League have been stolen, according to media reports in Pakistan. Pakistan’s ARY News reported that thieves even lifted generator batteries and fibre cables for the CCTV cameras. The report also put the cost of the stolen equipment at “millions of rupees”. Gaddafi Stadium hosted its game of PSL 8 on Sunday, a clash between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. Until Saturday, only Karachi and Multan had hosted PSL games this season. Lahore is scheduled to host four more games in the league stage, before hosting the entire playoff action, including the final on March 19. It must be noted that security for cricket games at Lahor...
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Oliver Skipp, Harry Kane keep Tottenham in hunt for top-four finish | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Second half goals from Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane helped Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League clash in North London on Sunday.The loss extended Blues' torrid run under Graham Potter. Chelsea have only two wins in their last 15 games across all competitions.Suprs sit fourth on the table while Chelsea find themselves at 10th position.Seconds after the break, Skipp picked up a clearance by Chelsea's British record signing Enzo Fernandez and fired in from more than 20 yards, his shot going in off the bar after Kepa Arrizabalaga could not get enough of a hand on it.Kane secured the three points for Spurs when he pounced at the far post after a corner by Son Heung-min was flicked on by Eric Dier in the 82nd minute.Chelsea, who failed to score for fourth time in...
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PSL: Tayyab’s brilliant debut earns Karachi win over Multan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tayyab Tahir made a memorable Pakistan Super League debut as his half-century helped Karachi Kings register 66-run victory over table-toppers Multan Sultans on Sunday.Tayyab scored 65 off 46 balls and stitched a 109-run stand with Matthew Wade (46) to propel Karachi to 167-3. Tayyab's knock was studded with 8 fours and a six.Chasing 168, no Multan batsmen could put up a fight as they were bowled out for 101 in 16.3 overs in their first away game after winning four out of five at home.Shoaib Malik (3-16) and left-arm South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (3-18) did most of the damage to restrict Multan to a below par score.James Vince provided Karachi with a whirlwind start by smashing two sixes and three fours in his blistering knock of 27 off 12 balls before he skied a catch ...
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Irani Cup: Mayank Agarwal to lead ROI in clash against Madhya Pradesh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The highest run-getter in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy season, Karnataka captain Mayank Agarwal will lead Rest of India in the upcoming Irani Cup clash against Madhya Pradesh. The match starts from March 1 in Gwalior.Mumbai's Sarfaraz Khan, who sustained a finger injury has not been named in the 16-member ROI squad. Agarwal, who is looking to regain his Test spot, is likely to partner Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran.The match was initially scheduled to be played in Indore, but was shifted to Gwalior after the Holkar Stadium earned the right to host the third India-Australia Test, starting March 1.Bengal batter Sudip Kumar Gharami, Yashasvi Jaiswal, B Indrajith and Yash Dhull will form the fulcrum of ROI's batting unit.Wicketkeeper-opener Harvik Desai and left-arm seam...
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Man United vs Newcastle Final Live Updates: Rashford a doubtful starter in Wembley finale

Manchester United vs Newcastle United (MUN vs NEW) Carabao League Cup Final 2023 Live Football Score Streaming Online Today Match Updates:  League Cup could be start of Man United-Newcastle rivalry Manchester United vs Newcastle United Live: The finale takes place at Wembley. It’s fair to say Manchester United and Newcastle have their sights on much bigger prizes than the English League Cup. Both teams, however, will recognize the significance of lifting the first major trophy of the season and potentially signaling the start of a new era of success for the winner. Sunday’s final at Wembley is a meeting of two rising forces in the Premier League who will hope to be going head-to-head at the top of the sport for years to come. Which is why a first piece of silverware could be such an es...
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Tamim Iqbal denies rift with Shakib Al Hasan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal brushed off all the charges made by the country's board president Nazmul Hassan that there is a factional dispute between Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim in the team.Tamim made it clear that there is no divide in the team and insisted his relationship with leading all-rounder Shakib was "very normal". "Our team environment has been good for a number of years. A happy dressing room allows one to achieve the type of results that you are seeing," Tamim told reporters at a news conference in Dhaka."I think everything is very normal."Bangladesh Cricket Board president Hassan told Cricbuzz that the environment in the dressing room was not "healthy"."The biggest problem for Bangladesh cricket at the moment is this grouping, and that is the reality. I don...
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Strandja Memorial Boxing: Anamika, Aupama, Govind sign off with silver medals | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India boxer Anamika suffered a 1-4 loss in the 50kg light weight final to settle for a silver at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia on Sunday. Anamika went down against China's Hu Meiyi in a split verdict decision. Anupama also went down in the 81kg final, beaten by a technically superior Australian Emma Sue Greentree by a 0-5 unanimous verdict.In the men's 48kg final, Govind Sahani also lost to Shodiyorjon Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in a bout which went went down to the wire, finishing with a silver. Anamika, the reigning national champion, began aggressively but Meiyi defended well, moving around the ring to take the first round by an unanimous verdict.The two boxers resorted to a lot of body-clinching in the second round as Anamika started to find her footing.In the f...
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German Chancellor visits cricket stadium in Bengaluru, spends time with RCB players | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in Delhi, turned his focus from politics to cricket, which is considered to be a religion in India.On a two-day trip to India, Scholz took time off to visit the M Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bengaluru and interacted with men and women players of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team.(PTI Photo)Scholz spoke to the officials of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), RCB men and women team members for about 15 minutes.The Chancellor understands that cricket is India's number one passion when it comes to sports, a German Embassy official said."In Germany, cricket is not as popular. Although more than 200,000 Indians in Germany are popularising the sport there," he said...
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Ian Chappell slams Australia’s sweep ploy, says Rohit Sharma showed the way | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's predetermined sweep ploy in the first two Tests against India backfired heavily and that has led to Pat Cummins and co. conceding the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the hosts taking an unassailable 2-0 lead after winning the Nagpur and Delhi Tests. Joining the list of critics, former Australia captain Ian Chappell slammed the sweep tactic, saying that sweeping regularly is not the answer on Indian tracks and one has to have good footwork while playing spin in sub-continent conditions. Citing the example of Rohit Sharma, Chappell said the India skipper showed the way how to play sensibility on the turning tracks.Chappell was also critical of Australia's selection in the first two matches, calling it 'awfully inconsistent and at times irrational'."Sweeping regularly is...