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Men in Blue need to find a way to tackle the Mitchells’ menace

[ad_1] Bilateral one-day internationals may have lost relevance in recent times, but for visiting teams, a series win in India is still a big deal.The Men in Blue have only lost one ODI series since 2016, when Australia beat India 3-2 in 2019. On Wednesday at the recently-renovated M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, the Aussies will look to repeat their feat from four years ago in the third and final one-day match of the series now level at at 1-1. The visitors will take confidence from the commanding 10-wicket win in Visakhapatnam on Sunday to level the three-match competition after the opening-game loss in Mumbai. Perfect finishAnd an ODI series win in India ahead of the World Cup here later this year would be a perfect way to finish the tour for Australia, which lost the four-Test series 2...
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Capitals ease past Warriorz, enter final

[ad_1] Alice in wonderland: Everything Capsey touched turned to gold on Tuesday.  | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI England all-rounder Alice Capsey stamped her class once more in the Women’s Premier League, claiming three for 26 and making a fluent 34 (31b, 4x4, 1x6) to guide Delhi Capitals to a five-wicket win over UP Warriorz here on Tuesday. The win, sealed with 13 balls to spare, sent Capitals into the final, edging Mumbai Indians by virtue of better Net Run Rate. MI and UPW will meet in the Eliminator on March 24. Warriorz got off to a brisk start with Shweta Sehrawat and Alyssa Healy bringing up 30 runs in just four overs. While Capsey and Radha stemmed the run flow with quick wickets of Healy, Simran Shaikh and Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath took charge of the innings for the se...
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Capitals ease past Warriorz, enter final

[ad_1] Alice in wonderland: Everything Capsey touched turned to gold on Tuesday.  | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI England all-rounder Alice Capsey stamped her class once more in the Women’s Premier League, claiming three for 26 and making a fluent 34 (31b, 4x4, 1x6) to guide Delhi Capitals to a five-wicket win over UP Warriorz here on Tuesday. The win, sealed with 13 balls to spare, sent Capitals into the final, edging Mumbai Indians by virtue of better Net Run Rate. MI and UPW will meet in the Eliminator on March 24. Warriorz got off to a brisk start with Shweta Sehrawat and Alyssa Healy bringing up 30 runs in just four overs. While Capsey and Radha stemmed the run flow with quick wickets of Healy, Simran Shaikh and Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath took charge of the innings for the se...
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Kerr does the star turn as Mumbai Indians subdues Royal Challengers Bangalore 

[ad_1] Stellar role: Amelia Kerr (3/22 & 31 n.o.) shone for MI.  | Photo Credit: PTI After a bit of an aberration, normal service resumed at the Women’s Premier League. Mumbai Indians won. Royal Challengers Bangalore lost.The Mumbai women, who lost their last two games, must be relieved with their four-wicket victory at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Tuesday. After reducing RCB to 125 for nine, they romped home with 3.3 overs to spare. Even before the afternoon’s first ball was bowled, there was a smile on MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur ’s face: she had won the toss for the first time in the tournament. The day got better with just the third ball of the match: Off the third ball, Sophie Devine, fresh from her astonishing 36-ball 99 against Gujarat Giants, was run out following poor communica...
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Kerr does the star turn as Mumbai Indians subdues Royal Challengers Bangalore 

[ad_1] Stellar role: Amelia Kerr (3/22 & 31 n.o.) shone for MI.  | Photo Credit: PTI After a bit of an aberration, normal service resumed at the Women’s Premier League. Mumbai Indians won. Royal Challengers Bangalore lost.The Mumbai women, who lost their last two games, must be relieved with their four-wicket victory at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Tuesday. After reducing RCB to 125 for nine, they romped home with 3.3 overs to spare. Even before the afternoon’s first ball was bowled, there was a smile on MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur ’s face: she had won the toss for the first time in the tournament. The day got better with just the third ball of the match: Off the third ball, Sophie Devine, fresh from her astonishing 36-ball 99 against Gujarat Giants, was run out following poor communica...
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Test cricket will probably disappear first in the West Indies 

[ad_1] West Indies’s batsman Joshua Da Silva watches on as South Africa’s bowler Gerald Coetzee celebrates after dismissing him during the 4th day of the 2nd Test cricket match in Johannesburg, South Africa onMarch 11, 2023 | Photo Credit: AP The first Test I watched from the first ball to the last was India v West Indies in Bengaluru in November 1974. The visitors were going through a dip then. Garry Sobers and Rohan Kanhai had played the previous Test against England, in Trinidad, but were no longer part of the team. It was a West Indies attempting to rebuild with a younger side led by Clive Lloyd. They had two promising batsmen making their debut — Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards, and a young Andy Roberts who carried the legacy of fast bowling on his shoulders. For a team known for...
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Test cricket will probably disappear first in the West Indies 

[ad_1] The first Test I watched from the first ball to the last was India v West Indies in Bengaluru in November 1974. The visitors were going through a dip then. Garry Sobers and Rohan Kanhai had played the previous Test against England, in Trinidad, but were no longer part of the team. It was a West Indies attempting to rebuild with a younger side led by Clive Lloyd. They had two promising batsmen making their debut — Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards, and a young Andy Roberts who carried the legacy of fast bowling on his shoulders. For a team known for thrilling batsmanship, the West Indies came to India having won only three of their previous 23 Tests in the new decade, and having drawn 16. The rebuilding began in Bengaluru where they won. For some two decades they were the best Test...
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Lack of elite level competition shows in Russian boxers’ poor performance

[ad_1] For a year, Russian women’s team coach Albert Mutalibov went to his coterie of World Champion boxers and like an elder with no plan of how or when things would get better, but just a comforting lie in his pocket, assured them that things would indeed be fine soon. He promised them that they would all be back on the world stage and would soon be competing in international competitions once again. It was the only thing keeping the Russian women’s boxing team and their staff going. At these Women’s Boxing World Championships in New Delhi, those comforting words sat true, but the return has come at some cost. Russia was one of the select nations in the competition that sent a full-strength twelve-woman squad to New Delhi. But what has happened since then has been something that Mutali...
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Capsey caps off Delhi’s passage to WPL final

[ad_1] It was quite an outing for Alice Capsey. The 18-year-old from England took three wickets, dropped two sitters (one off her own bowling) and then smoked a brisk 34 to help Delhi Capitals to a comfortable five-wicket win over UP Warriorz. 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥!@DelhiCapitals win their final league stage game by 5️⃣ wickets & 13 balls to spare to mark their entry to the #TATAWPL FINAL 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/r4rFmhENd7#TATAWPL | #UPWvDC pic.twitter.com/4BwnCeSnbO — Women’s Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) March 21, 2023 The victory cemented their place in Sunday’s inaugural final of the Women’s Premier League where they will take on the winner of the Eliminator between Mumbai Indians and UP Warriorz. Chasing a modest total of 139, Capitals skipper Meg Lanning looked in a hurry. Sh...
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Hojbjerg calls on Conte to elaborate after Tottenham criticism

[ad_1] Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has called on manager Antonio Conte to elaborate on his stinging criticism of the players after Saturday’s Premier League draw at Southampton. The experienced Denmark international is the first Spurs player to publicly react since Italian Conte’s angry rant in a media conference following the 3-3 draw. Conte, who labelled his players selfish, lacking team spirit and not being able to play under pressure during his tirade, is tipped to leave the club before his contract expires in June. Speaking head of Denmark’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Finland and Kazakhstan, the 27-year-old Hojbjerg was asked for his thoughts on Conte’s comments. “He gave a very honest and very open press conference. It is because he is not satisfied. You do...
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Klaasen slams 54-ball century, South Africa level series

[ad_1] File Photo of Heinrich Klaasen  | Photo Credit: Shahbaz Khan Heinrich Klaasen slammed a 54-ball century as South Africa beat the West Indies by four wickets in the third and final one-day international on Tuesday.South Africa were in trouble at 87 for four chasing a West Indian total of 260 but Klaasen went for his shots and the home side chased down the target with 20.3 overs to spare.The series was shared 1-1 after the first match was rained off.“We try to play conditions and not the situation and the conditions were fantastic,” said Klaasen.Klaasen finished with 119 not out off 61 balls, hitting 15 fours and five sixes in Potchefstroom. He shared partnerships of 55 off 38 balls with David Miller (17) and a match-clinching sixth-wicket stand of 103 off 62 deliveries with Marco ...
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Five straight losses at start spoiled our chances: Heather Knight

[ad_1] Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Heather Knight on Tuesday admitted that it was tough for her side to turn things around after five straight losses at the start of the event, which ruled the Smriti Mandhana-led side out of the knock-out reckoning of the inaugural Women’s Premier League. RCB suffered their sixth defeat out of eight matches on Tuesday against Mumbai Indians by four wickets here at the DY Patil Stadium here, finishing with just four points in the inaugural WPL. “We did not start particularly well and sometimes in quick competitions like these it is hard to turn it around and change the momentum,” Knight told the media after RCB’s last match. Not exactly the way we wanted to finish our campaign but we’ll forever be thankful to the 12th Man Army for the support. We take...
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Women’s Boxing World Championship: Nikhat Zareen and three others move to quarterfinals

[ad_1] A “fatigued” Nikhat Zareen continued her winning run to enter the quarterfinals along with three other pugilists, including Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaismine Lamboria, at the Women’s World Championships on Tuesday. Competing in her first international tournament in 50kg weight class, Nikhat saw off Mexico’s Patricia Alvarez Herrera 5-0 to notch up her third win of the tournament. Commonwealth Games champion Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) won her bout with a first round RSC against Sumaiya Qosimova of Tajikistan, while last year’s bronze medallist Manisha Moun (57kg) got the better of Nur Elif Turhan of Turkey when the referee ruled in her favour in the third round. Jaismine (60kg) came from a round down to overpower Mijgona Samadova of Tajikistan. Shashi Chopra (63kg) and Manju B...
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Five straight losses at start spoiled our chances: Heather Knight | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NAVI MUMBAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore's Heather Knight on Tuesday admitted that it was tough for her side to turn things around after five straight losses at the start of the event, which ruled the Smriti Mandhana-led side out of the knock-out reckoning of the inaugural Women's Premier League.RCB suffered their sixth defeat out of eight matches on Tuesday against Mumbai Indians by four wickets here at the DY Patil Stadium here, finishing with just four points in the inaugural WPL."We did not start particularly well and sometimes in quick competitions like these it is hard to turn it around and change the momentum," Knight told the media after RCB's last match."We looked at all things closely and were able to turn things around a little bit too late and we had some momentum but ...
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SA vs WI, 3rd ODI: Heinrich Klaasen smokes 61-ball 119* as South Africa blow away West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Heinrich Klaasen blasted a dazzling unbeaten century as South Africa registered a four-wicket win over West Indies in the third and final one-day international at Senwes Park on Tuesday. With the first game being a wash out and West Indies winning the second match, the victory in the final ODI ensured South Africa shared the honours.South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl, restricting the tourists to 260 all out.The Proteas got into trouble early on in their reply as they slipped to 87-4, only to cruise to victory thanks to Klaasen's power hitting (119 not out off 61) with an astonishing 123 balls remaining in the innings."It’s a pretty good wicket and that is one of my better knocks," Klaasen said at the post-match presentation. "We tried to play to the condition...
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My mantra is to not expect anything and be ready for everything: Arshdeep

[ad_1] Arshdeep Singh, set to play for Kent this summer, is keen on doing well in red-ball cricket also. | Photo Credit: PTI In the last two seasons of the Indian Premier League, Arshdeep Singh has been one of the standout bowlers. In 2021, he claimed 18 wickets at an economy rate of 8.27 and in 2022, he scalped 10 wickets at a rate of 7.70, an astonishing figure for a death-overs specialist.The performances helped the left-arm seamer make his T20I debut against England in Southampton last July. He has since become a regular in the shortest format, and as a brand new IPL season beckons, the 24-year-old Punjab Kings bowler is keen to impress again.“My mantra is to not expect anything and be ready for everything,” said Arshdeep, on the sidelines of an event organised by Parimatch Sports,...
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We would like to go one better this time, says Rajasthan Royals head coach Kumar Sangakkara | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] JAIPUR: Rajasthan Royals surprised everyone with their stupendous show to finish runners-up in the last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).Many believed one of the main reasons for their inspiring execution was the presence of Kumar Sangakkara in the RR dugout.The legendary Sri Lankan cricketer added the much-needed out-of-the-box ideas which helped the inaugural edition champions perform at their best.Sangakkara is hoping to carry the momentum in the 15th edition of IPL – which begins on March 31 -- and said they would like to better last year’s show.“We would like to go one better this time. Our target would be to complete the job this season by winning the title. We have been doing our homework right and preparing for another excellent effort this season. The overall feeling is...
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MI will be successful if Tim David, Cameron Green perform like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in IPL: Harbhajan | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Mumbai Indians will be successful in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) provided Tim David and Cameron Green can do the same things which Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya used to do for the franchise in the previous editions.Harbhajan stressed on the fact that a positive start to the tournament is paramount for any team's success."Well, they will be successful if Tim David can do the same thing that Pollard was doing and whether Green can do what Hardik was doing," Harbhajan told Star Sports."But yes, they do have the potential, but IPL is such a tournament that if you start to get going from day one, you will have a good season. If you don't get going, and you have to find that rhythm, it gets very difficult," he added.M...
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Watch: Tim Paine’s 94-year-old grandmother watches him play farewell game

[ad_1] Former Australia captain Tim Paine bid a quiet adieu to first-class cricket after the game between Tasmania and Queensland which ended in a fraw in the Sheffield Shield. With this Paine drew the curatins to his 18-year career. Paine, 38, did not made any public announcement and Tasmania captain Jordan Silk confirmed that Paine was ending his first-class career. “He’s been a phenomenal player,” Silk was quoted as saying by Cricinfo. “I think it’s around 22 years of professional cricket. It’s an incredible effort to have the longevity that he’s had. He’s certainly going to be missed behind the stumps. I certainly won’t play, I’m sure a lot of guys who are playing now will say that there will never be another keeper as good as Tim Paine in Australia. So we’ve been incredibly blessed ...
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We have narrowed it down to 17-18 players for World Cup squad, says India head coach Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid is feeling quite positive after playing three ODI home series in the build-up to the ODI World Cup as he has already narrowed his World Cup core team to 17-18 players.India are going into the decider having already played eight home games -- three versus Sri Lanka, three versus New Zealand and three against Australia finishing on Wednesday in Chennai.Dravid wants to explore different playing XI combinations to get more clarity ahead of the ODI World Cup and doesn’t want to be surprised at the quadrennial event."We have to a large extent. We have got a lot more clarity at the end of these nine games irrespective of what happens tomorrow. We need to keep building on that clarity."For us it is now the different playing XI combinations and...