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India Vs West Indies: 3rd ODI highlights: Clinical India outclass West Indies by 200 runs to seal the series 2-1 | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India emerged triumphant over West Indies by a staggering 200 runs in the third ODI late on Tuesday, sealing the series 2-1 in their favour. The encounter not only showcased the remarkable talents of several players but also raised pertinent questions about India's team combination ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup and the highly anticipated World Cup on home soil.Opting to provide World Cup hopefuls with ample opportunities, skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli once again decided to sit out the match. While the result was convincing, India still appear to be far from achieving the ideal balance.As it happened: India vs West Indies, 3rd ODIShubman Gill, who had been relatively subdued during the Caribbean tour, finally found his groove in the third ODI, delivering a comman...
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Stuart Broad says goodbye in style

[ad_1] Time to unwind: Broad with his partner Mollie King and daughter after the fifth Ashes Test. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Retirements in sport are tricky affairs. A swollen ankle, loss of form, youngsters snapping at the heels, selectors’ cold gaze or a dip in love towards the 5 a.m. gym alarm, any of these could force that ‘goodbye’ decision. Sport being that unscripted life-throbbing entity, magical farewells are often elusive. Sir Don Bradman was dismissed for a duck, Javed Miandad got run-out and many great players slipped at the last hurdle. To perform and equally contribute to a team victory is the stuff of dreams and Stuart Broad precisely did that at the Oval under the London skies on Monday. Helping England level the Ashes at 2-2 against the ‘old enemy’ Australia w...
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Deodhar Trophy: Sai Sudharsan’s hundred helps South cruise past Central and maintain unbeaten run

[ad_1] Business as usual: Sai Sudharsan continued his stellar form with yet another hundred.  | Photo Credit: S.S. KUMAR Sai Sudharsan is going through a purple patch every batter dreams of. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old Tamil Nadu player slammed an unbeaten 132 (136b, 11x4, 1x6) to help South Zone beat Central Zone by seven wickets in the final league match and maintain its unbeaten run in this edition of the Deodhar Trophy.After a scratchy half-century in the first match against East, the youngster was in his element showing great maturity in the way he paced his innings.Chasing a target of 262, Sai Sudharsan started with some stylish flicks off Shivam Mavi in the PowerPlay overs against Shivam Mavi as he got his side off to a good start. He almost walked in as opener as skipper Mayank A...
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Full marks to Stokes and Cummins — and lessons for India 

[ad_1] It was not just two teams playing cricket in the Ashes series, it was two philosophies facing off, two systems asking the (cricketing) world to choose between them. In the end, 2-2 was a fair result; after all, the effects of a revolution may not last as long as gradual transformations do. And Bazball needs tweaking, so a 1-3 loss would have been a setback for Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum and their mission to win entertainingly.Combination works bestIt was the future versus the past, the possible versus the tested. Ironically, when trying to win, each team had to adapt the other’s philosophy, however briefly. And that is the beauty of the game. There is no one single road to success. Often a combination works best. Stokes, looking like Moses leading cricket into a new world, said ...
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IND vs WI 3rd ODI: Ishan Kishan’s starting blitz comes good

[ad_1] If Ishan Kishan is not handed a longer stint at the top of the order in the upcoming Asia Cup and beyond, his three consecutive fifties in the ODIs against the West Indies will hold little meaning. The left-hander was given a specific role, of going after the bowling from the first ball, and has performed it selflessly. Of course, the West Indies bowling these days presents few demons, especially with the new ball. Kishan could have been out caught at point in the second over, but the reprieve did little to douse his attacking instincts. Eight fours and three sixes flowed from his bat, not always from the sweet spot, but the operative word in the whole exercise is ‘intent’, with the 50-over game increasingly becoming an extended version of T20 format. His knock of 77 off 64 balls ...
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Sadio Mane joins Saudi side Al-Nassr from Bayern

[ad_1] Bayern Munich’s Senegal forward Sadio Mane has joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr after one season with the Bundesliga champions, both clubs said on Tuesday. Financial details were not disclosed but media reports said the Saudis paid 40 million euros ($43.85 million) for the 31-year-old who had two more years left on his Bayern contract. Mane moved to Bayern last year with high hopes after netting 120 goals in 269 games for Liverpool where he won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup. Saaaadiiiioooooooo MANÉ! 🦁🗣️#ManéIsYellow 🤩💛 pic.twitter.com/NelGDo7MKh — AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) August 1, 2023 He was a key figure in the Merseyside club’s attack but failed to make the same impression at Bayern, where he fell out with team mate Leroy Sa...
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WI vs Ind third ODI | Gill, Kishan and Pandya take India to commanding total

[ad_1] Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav are seen during the third ODI against West Indies in Trinidad on August 1, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Shubman Gill tapered off after a blazing start but Ishan Kishan's golden run of form and Sanju Samson's impactful fifty powered India a commanding 351 for five against the West Indies in the third ODI in Trinidad on August 1. Skipper Hardik Pandya's smashing 70 off 52 balls helped India cross the 350-run mark as he provided the finishing touches to the innings with four boundaries and five sixes. Gill, who has had a quiet Caribbean sojourn so far, finally found some rhythm with 85 off 92 balls but the way he slowed down after a superb start in power-play did hurt India between overs 30 and 40. Kishan (77 off 64 balls) added 143 for the opening wic...
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Sudharsan’s unbeaten 132 powers South Zone to Deodhar Trophy final | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Riding on Sai Sudharsan's unbeaten century, South Zone secured their place in the final of the Deodhar Trophy with a commanding seven-wicket victory over Central Zone in Puducherry on Tuesday.The final match will see South Zone facing off against East Zone on Thursday.Sudharsan played a stellar innings, remaining unbeaten on 132 runs, anchoring the chase for South Zone. The left-handed batter had earlier scored a fine 53 in his first appearance in the competition against East Zone. Despite their captain, Mayank Agarwal, retiring hurt without facing a delivery, South Zone did not find the target of 261 challenging.Rohan Kunnummal contributed 23 runs, while Narayan Jagadeesan scored 19. However, Sudharsan found crucial support from Rohit Rayudu (37) and Washington Sundar ...
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Watch: Prithvi Shaw smacks 65 off 39 balls in intra-squad match in maiden county stint

[ad_1] Prithvi Shaw started his county stint with Northamptonshire in red-hot fashion, scoring 65 off 39 Balls in an intra-squad match. In a video shared by Northamptonshire which was captioned, “Getting straight down to business. A rapid 65 off just 39 balls for Prithvi in the 2XI this morning,” Shaw can be seen smacking the ball in different directions. Northamptonshire had announced Shaw’s arrival for his maiden stint in the English county circuit through Twitter on Monday. Getting straight down to business. 💪 A rapid 65 off just 39 balls for Prithvi in the 2XI this morning. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/5gOxJJj9ZS — Northamptonshire CCC (@NorthantsCCC) August 1, 2023 He will make his debut for the county side on Friday against Gloucestershire in Cheltenham in the One-Day Cup. Shaw’s arrival was...
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Asian Champions Trophy: Good to play in India… there is pressure too, says Pakistan hockey coach

[ad_1] A 26-member Pakistan hockey team, that includes players and support staff, arrived in Chennai on Tuesday evening for the upcoming Asian Champions Trophy that begins on Thursday. Led by Muhammad Umar Bhutta, Pakistan are scheduled to face Malaysia in their opening fixture on Thursday and the team, which entered India via Wagah border, flew from Amritsar to Chennai via Bengaluru. This is the Pakistan team’ first visit to India since the 2018 Hockey World Cup held in Bhubaneswar. The former giants had failed to make the cut for the World Cup held in India earlier this year. “It is always good to play in India. It is also pressure, but big players are those that perform well under pressure. We want to perform well on and off the field. We’ve come to play with an open heart, to play po...
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East Zone rides on Parag’s unbeaten ton and Mura Singh’s five-for to trounce West Zone

[ad_1] Purple patch: Riyan Parag’s unbeaten century set up a massive win for East. | Photo Credit: Mayank Chaudhary Riyan Parag’s century and Mani Shankar Mura Singh’s five-for helped East Zone defeat West Zone by 157 runs in the fifth-round match of the Deodhar Trophy played at CAP 2 ground here on Tuesday. Mura Singh ran through the top-order in his opening spell to completely push West on the back-foot after Parag scored an unbeaten 102 off 68.Opting to bat first, East openers Abhimanyu Easwaran and Utkarsh Singh found boundaries regularly in PowerPlay before the former got caught behind off Arzan Nagwaswalla. Utkarsh and number three Virat added 64 for the second wicket before left-arm spinner Shams Mulani got three as East lost four wickets in quick succession.Parag walked into bat...
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Tiger Woods joins PGA Tour’s policy board as player director

[ad_1] Tiger Woods has agreed to join the PGA Tour’s Policy Board as a sixth player director, the U.S-based circuit said on Tuesday in a bid to restore players’ trust in leadership following the deal it announced in June with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The move, which is part of new governance and transparency measures announced by the Tour that promises to give players more say in future decisions, will see 15-times major champion Woods join Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson on the board. “Tiger’s voice and leadership throughout his career have contributed immeasurably to the success of the PGA Tour, and to apply both to our governance and go-forward plan at this crucial time is even more welcomed and impactful,” said PGA Tour Com...
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ICC recce: DDCA set to add two new pitches, 4 radio commentary boxes as part of World Cup upgrade | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) will add two more practice pitches to the main square of the Feroz Shah Kotla besides replacing 15,000 old bucket seats for the ODI World Cup, joint secretary Rajan Manchanda said on Tuesday.A two-member recce team comprising former BCCI general manager and current Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra inspected the the facilities at the Arun Jaitley Stadium where five World Cup games will be played."They would be giving us a final report in a week's time and intimate us about everything they want to be done before the start of the World Cup. From our end, we are adding two more strips to the existing ones on the main turf for convenience of training," Manchanda told PTI on the day.It was learnt that the ICC team was happy...
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo scripts history, breaks Gerd Muller’s 42-year-old record | Football News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo has a plethora of records to his name and on Tuesday he made one more entry in the record books, breaking a 42-year-old record set by German’s legendary forward Gerd Muller.Ronaldo scored his 145th headed goal and became the highest goalscorer through headers. He surpassed Muller’s previous tally of 144 goals.Muller, who gave up playing in 1981, aged 36, last played for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League.This was Rondaldo's 839th career goal, with the 38-year-old scoring for the 22nd consecutive season.Rondaldo's goal started Saudi club Al Nassr’s comeback, with the team beating US Monastir 4-1 in an Arab Club Champions Cup at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.The third player on the elite list i...
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Young Indian batters must learn to pace innings in one-day format, feels Pragyan Ojha | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] MUMBAI: Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha has emphasised the importance of young Indian batters learning to pace their innings effectively, especially during the team's experimentation phase leading up to the ODI World Cup to be held in India.In the first ODI against the West Indies, India managed to chase down a moderate target of 114 but lost five wickets in the process. However, in the second ODI, India put up a below-par effort with the bat, leading to an unexpected loss with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli being rested for the game.Ojha's observation highlights the need for the young batters in the Indian team to understand the significance of building their innings patiently and responsibly, even during seemingly comfortable chases.As the team is in the process of experimentin...
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Young Indian batters must learn to pace innings in one-day format, feels Pragyan Ojha

[ad_1] Former spinner Pragyan Ojha feels the current lot of young Indian batters must learn to pace their innings while the team remains on experimentation mode ahead of the ODI World Cup at home. India lost five wickets while successfully chasing a moderate 114 against the West Indies in the first ODI with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli sitting out of the game. A below part effort with the bat in the second ODI led to an unexpected loss. “It is very important to address a few things. The batters who are new should know how to pace their innings — that is the biggest challenge I see now,” Ojha told the media during an interaction organised by Jio Cinema. “In 2011, India had players who knew exactly how to pace their innings and what their roles were. But because of so many injuries and cha...
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Australia’s Usman Khawaja laments ‘frustrating’ ball change in Ashes finale | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] Australia batter Usman Khawaja expressed frustration over the ball change during the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in London, which he believed played a role in England's comeback to win the match. The tourists began the last day needing 249 more runs to reach a target of 384, starting on 135-0.England's Chris Woakes made a crucial impact early on the final day, taking two wickets in quick succession, dismissing both David Warner(60) and Usman Khawaja (72) after their strong opening partnership.The ball seemed to be moving more in the air and off the pitch compared to the previous day.While factors like overhead conditions and a refreshed pitch due to rain could have contributed to the difficult batting conditions, the change of ball might have also influenced the game. The ball wa...
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We need the games: Craig Fulton on ACT being held 5 weeks before Asiad | Hockey News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The timing of the Asian Champions Trophy being held in Chennai might raise questions, particularly with the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, scheduled to begin a little over five weeks later. Malaysian hockey coach Arul Anthoni might be bemused by the proximity of the two events, given the potential challenges it presents for teams and players.However, India's head coach, Craig Fulton, expressed that despite the close proximity to the Asian Games, the Asian Champions Trophy remains an important event. He emphasised that the tournament provides a valuable opportunity for teams to fine-tune their preparations for the quadrennial continental showpiece."... it's something that you have to do. But we need the games. So, it's important that we play it. It's even better that it...
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Chhetri, Jhingan, Gurpreet named in Indian football team for Asian Games | Football News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Talisman Sunil Chhetri, senior defender Sandesh Jhingan and first-choice goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu were on Tuesday named in a 22-member Indian men's football squad for the upcoming Asian Games.In Hangzhou, China, the host city for the Games, the Indian squad will be under the charge of national senior team head coach, Igor Stimac.PTI had earlier reported that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was bullish about sending its first team to the Asian Games led by Chhetri and coached by 1998 Croatian World Cup semifinalist Stimac.It is learnt that this Indian squad has got approval from the Asian Games organisers and the Olympic Council of Asia.The participation of the Indian men's and women's football sides in the Hangzhou Games was earlier in doubt as per the ...
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If there is a Virat Kohli of bowling, it is Jasprit Bumrah: Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Jasprit Bumrah's return to Team India after a long injury layoff made former spinner Harbhajan Singh extremely happy who keeps his fingers crossed that the speedster doesn't get injured again.Bumrah has been named captain of the Indian team for the three-match T20 series against Ireland to be played in Dublin. The matches will take place on August 18, 20 and 23."Jasprit Bumrah has made a comeback. He was injured for a long time and his return was awaited. He has come back and has been made the captain straightaway. Congratulations to Jassi for becoming the captain and foremost for getting fit. I hope and keep my fingers crossed that Jassi doesn't get injured again," Harbhajan said in a video shared on his YouTube channel.Breaking News : Team India Announced, Jasprit Bum...