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Day: March 18, 2023

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James Ward-Prowse stoppage time penalty earns Southampton comeback draw against Tottenham

A controversial stoppage-time penalty converted by James Ward-Prowse earned bottom club Southampton a 3-3 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League after the visitors had led by two goals on Saturday. Goals by Harry Kane and Ivan Perisic looked to have sealed the points for fourth-placed Tottenham in the second half but Southampton produced an amazing recovery from 3-1 down. Theo Walcott gave them a lifeline with a close-range finish in the 77th minute shortly after Perisic’s volley appeared to have sealed a vital three points for Tottenham in their bid to finish the season in the top four. FULL-TIME Southampton 3-3 Spurs A back-and-forth encounter sees Southampton save a point late on#SOUTOT pic.twitter.com/sCR5hsjAB5 — Premier League (@premierleague) March 18, 2023 The...
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WPL: Sophie Devine’s incredible 36-ball 99 powers RCB to eight-wicket win over Gujarat Giants

Sophie Devine lit up the Mumbai skyline with an astonishing 36-ball 99 as Royal Challengers Bangalore made short work of a 189-run target for an eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Giants in the Women’s Premier League here on Saturday. It rained sixes from the broad willow of Devine as RCB breezed past the target with as many as 27 balls to spare and keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a second successive victory. Devine, who has also represented New Zealand in hockey before starting out in cricket as a bowler often batting at number 11, played an innings that will go down as one of the finest in the history of the T20 format. Sophie Devine scored an incredible 99 off just 36 deliveries in a successful run-chase for @RCBTweets and bagged the Player of the Match award 👏👏#RCB register...
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Rohit returns as Men in Blue look to seal series

Clear edge: Rahul getting back amongst runs augurs well for India, as his wicketkeeping provides fine balance to the side. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini India will look to wrap up the ODI series against Australia when the two sides meet here at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium for the second ODI on Sunday.In the series opener in Mumbai, the hosts fought back after losing the early momentum in both stages of the match to post a five-wicket win and go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma will take over the reins from Hardik Pandya after missing the first game for personal reasons. His return will bolster the top order which struggled against Mitchell Starc’s fiery spell on Friday. Ishan Kishan is likely to make way. Crucial partThe on...
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Rohit returns as Men in Blue look to seal series

Clear edge: Rahul getting back amongst runs augurs well for India, as his wicketkeeping provides fine balance to the side. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI India will look to wrap up the ODI series against Australia when the two sides meet here at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium for the second ODI on Sunday.In the series opener in Mumbai, the hosts fought back after losing the early momentum in both stages of the match to post a five-wicket win and go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma will take over the reins from Hardik Pandya after missing the first game for personal reasons. His return will bolster the top order which struggled against Mitchell Starc ’s fiery spell on Friday. Ishan Kishan is likely to make way. Crucial partThe o...
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‘Devine’ intervention keeps Royal Challengers alive

Demolition job: Devine’s blinder, a 36-ball 99, knocked the stuffing out of the Giants’ attack.  | Photo Credit: SPORTZPICS/WPL Royal Challengers Bangalore needed some divine intervention to keep its slender hopes alive. It came in the form of an astounding innings from Sophie Devine. Devine, on Saturday night at the Brabourne Stadium here, played what should be one of the great knocks in women’s T20 cricket. It was power-hitting at its best. Her 99 off just 36 balls (9x4, 8x6) took RCB to an eight-wicket win against Gujarat Giants, with 4.3 overs to spare. She dwarfed the Giants’ total of 188 for four — which had looked above par given the scores in the last few matches — in stunning fashion. The Kiwi all-rounder began her show, slog-sweeping Ashleigh Gardner for a six in the s...
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Shakib, Towhid set up record Bangladesh win against Ireland

Shakib Al Hasan | Photo Credit: BRENTON EDWARDS Shakib Al Hasan and debutant Towhid Hridoy both narrowly missed centuries but still guided Bangladesh to a record 183-run victory over Ireland in Saturday’s first one-day international in Sylhet.Shakib hit 93 and Towhid added 92 to guide Bangladesh to their highest ever ODI score of 338-8 after the tourists put them in to bat.Ebadot Hossain led the reply with 4-42 and left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed chipped in with 3-42 to bowl out Ireland for 155 runs just shy of 31 overs.“The way we batted was exceptional. Wasn’t the easiest wicket to bat for the first 20 overs. But Shakib was brilliant, Towhid also impressive,” skipper Tamim Iqbal said after the match, according to Cricbuzz.George Dockrell was the last man dismissed after making 45, Irela...
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‘IPL franchises need to to be told to rest India players to keep them ready for WTC final and World Cup’ says Ravi Shastri

With the world Test championship just a week after the IPL and India already reeling with a few injury concerns, the former India coach Ravi Shastri believes the Indian board needs to talk to the IPL franchises to allow players a much-needed break. “Even during the IPL the board has to tell the franchise, listen we need him, India needs him, so for India’s sake, if he doesn’t play those games it will be good,” Shastri told The Indian Express on the sidelines of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) in Doha. Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer are undergoing rehabilitation for their injuries. With India playing the World Test Championship final just a week after IPL, the challenge for the board is to make sure a fit Indian team will board a flight to the UK. The ODI world cup too is ju...
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ISL final: Vishal Kaith the hero as ATK Mohun Bagan triumph

In slow motion, Pablo Perez fell on his knees; hands on head, eyes moist and a look of despair on his face. In warp speed, a bunch of green-and-maroon shirts sprinted past him and jumped on the goalkeeper Vishal Kaith; ATK Mohun Bagan’s Mr. Reliable was buried in a mountain of bodies. Kaith’s remarkable save followed by Perez’s missed penalty meant ATK Mohun Bagan won their first-ever Indian Super League crown on Saturday, beating Bengaluru FC 4-3 in shootouts. The see-sawing final, which ended in a 2-2 draw after extra time, came down to a battle of wits between arguably two of the best goalkeepers in the country: Kaith, who won the golden glove this season for the most number of clean sheets, and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who had made the most number of saves. But it was Kaith, who has b...
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Shai Hope hits 128 as West Indies set South Africa big target

File Photo of Shai Hope | Photo Credit: RANDY BROOKS New West Indies captain Shai Hope hit a century and led his team to a formidable total on Saturday in the second one-day international against South Africa in East London.Hope made 128 not out in a total of 335 for eight at Buffalo Park after he won the toss in his first match in charge.Brandon King (30) and Kyle Mayers (36) gave the tourists a rapid start, putting on 67 for the first wicket off 8.3 overs. But three wickets fell in 10 balls as West Indies slid to 71 for three.Hope shared partnerships of 86 with Nicholas Pooran (39) and 80 with Rovman Powell (46).The innings lost impetus as the ball became softer on a slow pitch before Hope finished with a flurry of scoring. He made his runs off 115 balls and hit seven sixes and five ...
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ATK Mohun Bagan beat Bengaluru FC 4-3 on penalties to win maiden Indian Super League title | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: ATK Mohun Bagan held their nerves in a thrilling Indian Super League (ISL) Final as they beat Bengaluru FC 4-3 on penalties to lift the maiden ISL title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Saturday.As the winners, ATKMB took home a prize money Rs 6 crore, while runners-up Bengaluru FC were awarded Rs 2.5 crore.In a game that ended 2-2 in regulation time, ATKMB’s Dimitri Petratos scored all three penalties he took on the night before Vishal Kaith’s save from Bruno Ramires’ penalty in the shootout brought them one step closer. Bengaluru FC’s Pablo Perez then sent his spot-kick over the bar as the Mariners sealed the result in a game where they had unsettled Bengaluru FC right from the start.RESPECT 🤝#ATKMBBFC #HeroISL #HeroISLFinal #LetsFootball #ATKMohunBagan #BengaluruF...
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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Giants Highlights: Sophie Devine’s blitzkrieg propels RCB to 8-wicket win over Gujarat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sophie Devine bludgeoned 99 off just 36 balls to fashion Royal Challengers Bangalore's emphatic eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Giants in the Women's Premier League at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.Having been languishing at the bottom of the table so far in the tournament, RCB jumped to fourth place with the second straight win and stayed alive in the competition.Scorecard | As it happenedRCB romped home with 27 balls to spare in their pursuit of 189. The rampage started when Devine took Ashleigh Gardner to the cleaners as she gathered 24 runs in the second over. RCB sailed to 77/0 inside the powerplay.Devine and Smriti Mandhana put on 125 in the 10 overs before the RCB skipper was dismissed for 37. But there was no stopping Devine as she made Gujarat bowling loo...
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Shakib Al Hasan and debutant Towhid Hridoy star Bangladesh thrash Ireland by 183 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Seasoned Shakib Al Hasan and debutant Towhid Hridoy starred with the bat as the duo guided Bangladesh to a record 183-run crushing victory over Ireland in the first one-day international in Sylhet, Bangladesh on Saturday.Both Shakib and Towhid, who missed out on well-deserved centuries, added 135 for the fourth wicket to lift Bangladesh from 81-3 after losing Tamim Iqbal (3), Litton Das (26) and Najmul Hossain (25) cheaply.Shakib hit 93 and Towhid added 92 to power Bangladesh to their highest ever ODI score of 338-8 after the visitors asked them to bat.Ebadot Hossain claimed 4-42 and left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed chipped in with 3-42 to bowl out Ireland for 155 runs just shy of 31 overs.Shakib became the second Bangladeshi cricketer to reach 7,000 ODI runs after Tamim.Shakib i...
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WATCH: RCB’s Sophie Devine on rampage, hits 24 runs off Ashleigh Gardner’s over | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Sophie Devine gauged the Brabourne pitch in the very first over and then went berserk to pull off 24 runs in a single over during their Women's Premier League (WPL) match against Gujarat Giants in Mumbai on Saturday.RCB, were 39/0 after two overs, had a blistering start to their 189-run chase against the Giants. Devine missed out on a well-deserved century as she got out on 99 which came in just 36 balls.Devine, who became the highest scorer of the league thus far, made the mockery of the Giants bowling as her blitzkrieg knock included 9 fours and 8 sixes.Unbelievable 🙁99 off just 36 deliveries! Take a bow 👏👏Sophie Devine departs just one run short of the 100-run m… https://t.co/TN3HT0km9I— Women's Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) 167915828500...
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Watch: McDonald’s ka suna hain, Allan Donald ka nahi, says Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah on chat show

Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah was left red faced on a recent chat show when he could not recognize legendary South African bowler Allan Donald. When the name of Donald was brought up, the young speedster said, “McDonald’s ka suna hain, Allan Donald ka nahi” (I have heard about McDonald’s, not Allan Donald). Shah will next be seen in Pakistan colours when they play Afghanistan in a 3-match T20I series starting March 24. Naseem Shah hasn't heard of Allan Donald, but he was quick to recall McDonald's 😅👏 pic.twitter.com/wBeUgoVw7Y — Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) March 17, 2023 On Monday, Pakistan had announced a 15-player squad for the upcoming series. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi announced Shadab Khan as captain for the series. The board further named Mohammad Yousuf as the inte...
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IND vs AUS: Rains might force Vizag ODI into a T20 game

The weather gods haven’t been kind on YS Rajashekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium ground-staff. Having done all the work over the past fortnight or so to carefully lay out a batting beauty, taking all the care they could to even keep the pitch covered to prevent it from being baked under the unforgiving heat, Saturday was a day in contrast. The harsh summer sun gave way for a heavy downpour as the ground-staff scrambled for covers. Within a matter of minutes, most of the ground was covered, but with 80 per cent rain predicted for Sunday, the chances of an uninterrupted, full 50-over contest remains unlikely. Heat one moment, rain the next moment. In a way it sums up Visakhapatnam, one of the cleanest coastal cities, and one which frequently battles cyclones that come out the Bay of B...
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‘Powerful BCCI has big clout’: PCB chief Najam Sethi on Asia Cup hosting issue ahead of ACC and ICC meetings | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi on Saturday raised a big question mark over hosting of Asia Cup in Pakistan, stating that support of other members of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will be important on the issue but everyone knows how much powerful Indian cricket board (BCCI) enjoys big clout in the continental body.ACC chief and BCCI secretary Jay Shah had earlier announced that India will not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup scheduled later this year and the tournament will be moved out of Pakistan.“It's important to see how other members (of ACC) look at our stance on the Asia Cup. What they think is important, but in the end we must realise how much clout the BCCI with its financial power carries in world cricket,” said Sethi at a press conference in Lah...
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A full house expected but rain threat looms large over Vizag ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

VISAKHAPATNAM: 'Rain, rain go away. Come again another day', is the fervent prayer of the fans of the City of Destiny. The city is hosting an ODI match after a long gap of three years and the fans don't want the unseasonal rain to play spoilsport. According to the ACA officials, all the tickets for the game have been sold out and that adds to the woes of the officials.The IMD has predicted rains for the weekend and the Met officials said that most of the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh would experience widespread rain or thunderstorms in the next 24 hours. During the thunder showers, the south-easterly wind speed would also be high.The temperature in the port city on Saturday morning was 30 degrees Celsius with a clear sky but it had become cloudy by the evening. Humidity in the air...
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MI vs UPW, WPL 2023: Mumbai Indians suffer first defeat of season as UP Warriorz clinch low-scoring thriller | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians' five-match unbeaten run came to a disheartening end as UP Warriorz edged Harmanpreet Kaur and co. by 5 wickets in a low-scoring Women's Premier League match in Navi Mumbai on Saturday.The defeat was Mumbai's first of the season while Alyssa Healy-led Warriorz grabbed their third win to strongly remain in contention for the knockouts. It was the first afternoon game of the season at the DY Patil Stadium and a spin-heavy Warriorz emerged on top on a surface where the ball turned a lot and was also holding up. A total of 18 of the 20 overs were bowled by the UP spinners -- a WPL record -- and it helped them bundle out Mumbai for 127.Take a bow @Sophecc19 🙌🏻🙌🏻She finishes in style with a SIX & powers @UPWarriorz to a thrilling win! 👏👏Scorecard… https://t.co/J8...
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IND vs AUS Preview: India look to seal series, but wary of Aussie backlash | Cricket News – Times of India

Skipper Rohit returns for 2nd ODI against AustraliaVISAKHAPATNAM: Resilience thy name is Team India. Down in the initial stages of both the innings, India fought back valiantly to post a comfortable five-wicket win in the first ODI against Australia at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Friday night.After getting out of the cage unscathed, the hosts now eagerly wait to capitalize on the Mumbai gains to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series when the teams clash at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium, here on Sunday afternoon.After comeback man Ravindra Jadeja sent back the dangerous Mitchell Marsh (81), pacers Mohammed Shami (3/17) and Mohammed Siraj (3/29) decimated the Australian middle and lower order to pack the Australians for a lowly 188 after they were strongly placed at 129 fo...