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Day: August 6, 2023

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Fit-again Rashid named in Afghanistan squad for Pakistan ODIs

[ad_1] Ace spinner Rashid Khan. | Photo Credit: Ragu R. Ace spinner Rashid Khan was named on Sunday in Afghanistan’s 16-member squad for the one-day international series against Pakistan.The sides will contest their first-ever bilateral series in Sri Lanka as they prepare for the Asia Cup later this month and the ODI World Cup in October.The 24-year-old -- regarded as the world’s top spinner in white ball cricket -- featured in the Major League Twenty20 event in the United States but last week withdrew from The Hundred in the U.K. with an unspecified injury.Also returning to Afghanistan’s squad to supplement Rashid in the spin attack is teenage left-armer Noor Ahmad.Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief selector Asadullah Khan said the team is gearing up for the upcoming big events.“Thi...
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Batters need to take more responsibility: Hardik Pandya after India loses 2nd ODI against West Indies

[ad_1] India captain Hardik Pandya walks off the field after being bowled by West Indies’ Alzarri Joseph during their second T20 cricket match at Providence Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana, on August 6, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Not pleased with his team's display with the willow, India skipper Hardik Pandya on Sunday said batters have to take more responsibility going forward.India put up another underwhelming batting display as they could manage only 152/7 in the second T20I against the West Indies, which the hosts won by two wickets.The total was only a touch better than the 145/9 they managed in the first game."If I am being honest that was not a pleasing batting performance. The wickets were falling and the track was on the slower side. We could have batted better. 160 plus or 170 wou...
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Hardik Pandya on 2nd T20I loss to West Indies: ‘The batters need to take more responsibility’

[ad_1] It took another close contest but the West Indies would manage to best India in the second T20I – by two wickets – and gain a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. This, following a four-run win in the first match on Friday. After Hardik Pandya won the toss and India opted to bat first, Tilak Varma’s half-century would help the men in blue post 152/7. In response, the Windies chased down the total with seven balls to spare. In the previous outing, the visitors When asked to comment on side’s performance, Pandya would suggest that while the team was trying to take a new approach, the onus was on the batters to perform better going forward. “If am being honest that was a not a pleasing batting performance, we could have batted better,” the Indian skipper said afterwards. “160+ or ...
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West Indies ride Nicholas Pooran masterclass to beat India in nervy encounter for 2-0 lead in T20I series

[ad_1] A plucky unbeaten eighth-wicket stand of 26 runs between Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hosein staved off the embarrassment of a mindless collapse, in true West Indies fashion. It was a game West Indies lost, won, lost and won again, enduring late, heart-stopping drama, to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.When the hosts lost two wickets in the first four balls of the innings, a shambolic defeat looked imminent. But Nicholas Pooran produced 67 runs off 40 balls to revive their hopes. His departure though precipitated a collapse, as only West Indies could conjure these days, and his side teetered to the edge of another defeat. But Hosein and Joseph displayed composure that the lower-middle order lacked to guide them home.With 12 runs in as many deliveries required, Joseph hammered...
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2nd T20I: West Indies register thrilling two-wicket victory over India | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Despite Tilak Varma's brilliant performance, scoring his first international half-century, India couldn't avoid a thrilling two-wicket defeat in the second T20I against West Indies in Guyana on Sunday.Opting to bat first after winning the toss, India struggled to post a competitive total, managing only 152-7. Nicholas Pooran's impressive 67 provided hope for West Indies, but when they found themselves at 129-8, India seemed on the verge of victory.Scorecard| As it happenedHowever, the West Indies tailenders, Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hosein, displayed nerves of steel and launched a spectacular counterattack. With remarkable composure, they steered their team to victory, reaching the target with seven balls to spare.Following their narrow four-run win in the series opener...
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Arsenal down Man City in shootout to win Community Shield

[ad_1] Arsenal beat Manchester City 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win the Community Shield on Sunday and strike the first blow in this season’s rivalry between the two clubs.Fabio Vieira scored the winning spot-kick after Arsenal scored a late equaliser in stoppage-time to earn a 1-1 draw with the Premier League champions and take the game at London’s Wembley Stadium into a shootout.Community Shield matches often have a ‘friendly’ feel but with cynical fouls and crunching tackles in the London sunshine, there was no shortage of intensity – spilling over perhaps from last season’s title race in which City emerged victorious. Introducing your 2023/24 FA Community Shield winners… Congratulations @Arsenal! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/2eQbtLRu6A — Premier League (@premierleague) August 6, 2023 “For us,...
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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo scores to help Al Nassr enter Arab Club Champions Cup semis

[ad_1] Cristiano Ronaldo scored his team’s opener against Raja Casablanca as Al Nassr beat Raja Casablanca 3-1 in the quarters of the Arab Club Champions Cup. The Portuguese superstar scored in the 19th minute after being set up by his teammate Talisca. The Brazilian football player hoodwinked two defenders on the right flank before bursting into the box and laying the ball on a platter for Ronaldo to slot home. With no one marking him at the edge of the box, Ronaldo put his left foot through the ball, which flew into the goal. Ronaldooooooooooooooooooooo pic.twitter.com/myqUqMkedt — AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) August 6, 2023 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js As the players celebrated the opener, Al Nassr’s new signing Sadio Mane also hit a siuu celebration, that has become a Ron...
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Asian Champions Trophy 2023: Calm and composed backline help India beat Malaysia 5-0

[ad_1] As far as clinical performances go, India couldn’t have asked for a better one than the 5-0 resounding win over Malaysia that took them to the top spot of Asian Champions Trophy. Despite scoring seven past China in the first game, India came into this fixture facing a stern test as they were struggling to score from field goals and the defence looking petrified at times. Having struggled to breach Japan’s defence on Friday in search of a winner, where their lack of intent in the circle came under the lens, Sunday was totally different at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, where they netted five, two of them via excellent field goals that should make them breathe easy. For head coach Craig Fulton, whose philosophy revolves around defense to win, this was only their second clean sheet...
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Weekend Watch List: How not to be a goalkeeper, how not to be a sprinter, how not to catch a ball and more

[ad_1] In the week gone by, Nasra Abukar Ali joined a group of athletes with creatively cruel nicknames such as Eric the Eel and Trevor the Tortoise. Why? The Somalian sprinter ran herself into infamy after completing a 100m sprint at the World University Games in China’s Chengdu with a tediously slow timing of 21.81 seconds. So slow was the 20-year-old sprinter that Somalia’s sports minister Mohamed Barre Mohamud has had to publicly apologise; the chairwoman of the country’s athletics federation, Khadijo Aden Dahir, has found herself suspended and Nasra could be facing legal action for competing despite being neither a sportsperson nor a runner. The Ministry of Youth and Sports should step down. It's disheartening to witness such an incompetent government. How could they select an unt...
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Tilak Varma scores maiden T20I fifty, takes India to 152/7 against WI

[ad_1] India’s Tilak Varma plays a shot against West Indies during the second T20 cricket match at Providence Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana on August 6, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Negotiating disciplined bowlers, Tilak Varma produced a well-calculated half-century, his first in T20Is, to take India to 152 for seven against West Indies in the second match in Providence on Sunday.The fearless Varma continued his good run in the shortest format as the 20-year-old scooped, swept and heaved the ball all around the ground to score 51 off 41 balls, becoming the youngest Indian to score a fifty in T20 Internationals.Coming out to bat with India in a spot of bother at 18/2, Varma put up a crucial 42-run partnership with Ishan Kishan (27) before joining forces with skipper Hardik Pandya to stitch a...
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HS Prannoy played some brilliant strokes, says chief coach Pullela Gopichand | Badminton News – Times of India

[ad_1] HS Prannoy suffered a heart-breaking loss after squandering a crucial five-point lead in the third game against Weng Hong Yang of China 9-21, 23-21, 20-22 in the final of the Australian Open BWF Super-500 tournament in Sydney on Sunday.Luck deserted Prannoy at crucial moments as he put up a brilliant fight against Weng. Leading 14-19 in the third game, Prannoy made a couple of mistakes to allow the Chinese to reduce the gap to 16-19. At this moment both players were involved in the longest rally of the match (71 shots).During this rally, Prannoy fired three powerful smashes. On most of the days they would easily earn points but not today as Weng found a way to retrieve all three - two of them by diving to his extreme left and one was a body smash. A rattled Prannoy hit the shuttle...
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Prannoy squanders 19-14 lead in decider as China’s Weng Hong Yang clinches Australian Open Super 500 badminton title

[ad_1] Perhaps, HS Prannoy reckoned he had done enough of the fighting back when he reached 19-14 in the decider after hammering down two successive power-smashes from the backcourt. He had shrugged off a 21-9 first-game concession, and forced a decider with a 23-21 score in the second in a physical humdinger. But the 5-point lead wasn’t enough and a last dramatic twist was about to unfold, as Weng Hong Yang found a second wind, restored his nerves and won the battle of comebacks, showing more courage at the net in the Australian Open Super 500 final.Scoring five straight points thereafter, the Chinese levelled at 19-19, and rode that momentum to bury Prannoy’s Australia Open hopes in Sydney after the Indian was a point away from victory at 20-19.Weng’s biggest deception proved to be lul...
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ICC Cricket World Cup | Pakistan cricket team gets government clearance for participation

[ad_1] A view of the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy. Pakistan government on August 6 gave clearance to the country’s senior men’s team to travel to India for the 2023 World Cup | Photo Credit: AFP The Pakistan government on August 6 gave clearance to the country's senior men's team to travel to India for the 2023 World Cup, ending months of uncertainty over their participation in the showpiece. A press release from the foreign ministry informed that Pakistan has consistently maintained that sports should not be mixed with politics. It has, therefore, decided to send its team to India to compete in the upcoming World Cup. "Pakistan believes that the state of bilateral relations with India should not stand in the way of fulfilling its international sports-related obligations," the release s...
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Fit-again Rashid Khan named in Afghanistan squad for Pakistan ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Afghanistan announced its 16-member squad for the upcoming one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan on Sunday. The series holds significance as it marks the first-ever bilateral series between the two nations and will take place in Sri Lanka. The matches serve as preparation for the Asia Cup, scheduled later in the month, as well as the ODI World Cup in October.Among the notable players in the squad is the ace spinner Rashid Khan, who is widely regarded as the top spinner in white-ball cricket. However, there have been concerns about his fitness, as he recently withdrew from The Hundred tournament in the UK due to an unspecified injury. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old spinner remains a crucial part of Afghanistan's lineup.Another exciting addition to Afghanistan...
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West Indies beats India by two wickets to take 2-0 lead in five-match series

[ad_1] August 06, 2023 07:57 pm | Updated August 07, 2023 12:02 am IST - Providence (Guyana) Tilak Varma (R) of India congratulates Akeal Hosein (L) of the West Indies for winning the 2nd T20I between the West Indies and India at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana on August 6, 2023. | Photo Credit: AFP West Indies beat India by two wickets in the second T20 International to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series here on Sunday.Opting to bat first, India scored 152 for seven. West Indies completed the chase of 153 with seven balls to spare, as Nicholas Pooran blazed his way to a match-winning 67 off 40 balls.Earlier, playing in only his second match, Tilak Varma top-scored for the visitors with a 41-ball 51, which is also his maiden half-century at this level.There were two...
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Pakistan to send its cricket team to participate in ODI World Cup in India | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to send its cricket team to India to participate in the international cricket World Cup this year, the foreign office in Islamabad said on Sunday.The neighbouring countries, who share fraught relations, have played each other only in multi-team events at neutral venues over the last decade.More to follow!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments); }; if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n; n.push = n; n.loaded = !0; n.version = '2.0'; n.queue = []; ...
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‘Don’t write off the Indian team’: Mohammad Kaif requests cricket fans | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former India player Mohammad Kaif has come out in full support of the Indian team as he urged ardent cricket fans to show unity instead of being divided by their individual choice of players ahead of big-ticket Asia Cup and ODI World Cup tournaments.The Indian team think-tank's decision to rest Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharmafor the last two ODIs against West Indies has sparked significant criticism.Even though India lost the second ODI against the Windies, they managed to register a 2-1 series win eventually.The social media kept abuzz with few former cricketers and numerous fans expressed their opinions and displeasure over keeping two key players on the benches, especially just two months before the 50-over World Cup.However, Kaif's viewpoint is quite clear that this is...
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Tearful end to Megan Rapinoe’s World Cup career

[ad_1] Megan Rapinoe did not get the Women’s World Cup farewell she wanted on Sunday, a penalty that sailed over the crossbar the last international play by one of the United States’ most decorated players.American soccer’s charismatic figurehead was sent on as a substitute in extra time but the last-16 game against old foes Sweden ended 0-0 before the Swedes won the penalty shootout 5-4.Rapinoe was of three American players to miss her spot-kick. “This is the balance to the beautiful side of the game. I think it can be cruel and (it was) just not our day,” Rapinoe told Fox Sports. “I still just feel really grateful and joyful.” Renowned for her reliability as a penalty taker, Rapinoe said missing one in the final moment of her career felt like “a sick joke”. She tearfully embraced her c...
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We did not ask India to send ‘little kids’ for Emerging Asia Cup, says Pakistan’s Mohammad Haris | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Mohammad Haris, the wicketkeeper-batter of Pakistan Shaheens, has voiced his discontent regarding the reception of their victory against India A in the final of the ACC Men's Emerging Cup.He expressed that they had no control over the composition of the Indian team and did not request the Indian board to send a relatively inexperienced side to the tournament.Despite criticism for their dominant performance, where Pakistan secured a resounding 128-run victory over India in the summit clash to claim the trophy, Haris highlighted that their team included players with considerable international experience.For instance, Mohammad Wasim Jr, who featured in the final, has already played two Tests, 14 ODIs, and 17 T20Is for Pakistan. Wasim Jr played a vital role, contributing wi...
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Aleix Espargaro wins British MotoGP, Francesco Bagnaia second | Racing News – Times of India

[ad_1] In a thrilling British MotoGP race at Silverstone on Sunday, Aleix Espargaro emerged victorious on the final lap, overtaking the reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia. It was a nail-biting finish that left fans on the edge of their seats.The podium was completed by Brad Binder of KTM, who put on an impressive performance after the mid-season break of MotoGP.Despite the intense competition, Bagnaia managed to extend his lead in the riders' standings, benefiting from the misfortune of his closest rival, Marco Bezzecchi, who unfortunately crashed out of the race. This victory further solidified Bagnaia's position at the top of the championship rankings."It was crazy, I felt super good with the bike," said Espargaro who continued the race's tradition of producing a different winne...