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Day: August 25, 2023

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HS Prannoy guarantees himself a maiden World Championship medal by outlasting World No.1 Viktor Axelsen, enters semis

[ad_1] HS Prannoy brought in a lifetime’s grit, an unapologetic attack and 68 minutes of tactical brilliance to the court as he completely out-thought, out-manoeuvred and outplayed defending champion Viktor Axelsen 13-21, 21-15, 21-16 in the quarterfinals to secure a coveted medal at the World Championships. He finished with a standing ovation from the Copenhagen crowd that couldn’t help but appreciate the incisive way in which their home hero was humbled by the brilliant Indian. First Prannoy lulled Axelsen into believing he had a grip on this quarterfinal, as he took his time to adjust to the cadence of the rallies and fell back in the opener 21-13. Then the Indian Top Tenner started turning the screws, and teased out one error after another, from long, languorous rallies to build up a...
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Cricket World Cup 2023: ICC’s head curator inspects Chepauk Stadium

[ad_1] Ground preparation and infrastructure in full swing for ICC men’s ODI World Cup Cricket tournament at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. | Photo Credit: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM As the ICC Men’s One Day International World Cup inches closer, Chennai and the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium will be at the centre of attention as it will host India’s first match of the tournament against Australia on Oct. 8. With the preparations now in full swing, ICC’s head curator, Andy Atkinson, visited the venue on Friday to take stock of the pitch and the outfield. TNCA secretary R.I. Palani told The Hindu, “It is a routine inspection carried out before a big tournament. He was delighted with all the facilities and the work we have done. We have everything in place to host the games, and he was even plea...
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IBSA World Games: It’s India vs Pakistan in the men’s final | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Indian visually challenged cricket team secured a resounding 7-wicket victory over Bangladesh in an impressive display of skill and determination on Friday, propelling themselves into the final of the IBSA World Games 2023. The team's stellar performance in the semifinal clash has set the stage for an intense showdown against arch-rivals Pakistan in the title match, scheduled to take place at the iconic Edgbaston cricket stadium on Saturday.India's bowlers limited Bangladesh to a competitive total of 144 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. The Indian side then executed a composed run chase, successfully achieving the target with 18 balls to spare, cementing their place in the final.The forthcoming title clash against Pakistan carries an added layer of significance as ...
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BCCI president Roger Binny and vice-president Rajeev Shukla to visit Lahore for Asia Cup

[ad_1] The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Roger Binny and vice-president Rajeev Shukla will be travelling to Lahore for Asia Cup following an invite from the hosts Pakistan Cricket Board. This will be first visit by any BCCI office bearers to the neighbouring country since the political tension arouse between both countries and brought bilateral series between the two teams to a grinding halt. The Indian Express understands that both the office bearers will watching Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan group match to be played in Gaddafi Stadium on September 3. “BCCI president Binny and vice president Shukla will be going to Pakistan to watch few game. PCB had invited BCCI and as one of the key member of ACC, Binny and Shukla will be travelling to Pakistan,” a BCCI official c...
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BCCI president Roger Binny, VP Rajeev Shukla to visit Pakistan for Asia Cup games | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Accepting the invitation from Pakistan Cricket Board, BCCI president Roger Binny and vice-president Rajeev Shukla are set to visit Lahore from September 4 to 7. During their stay, they will witness a couple of matches of the upcoming Asia Cup. The PCB had extended this invitation to all key office-bearers of the BCCI and it has been confirmed that both the top officials have received the board's nod for the visit.Pakistan plays Nepal in the first match of the regional event on August 30 in Multan after which four games will move to Sri Lanka for the remaining matches including the much anticipated Pakistan and India encounter."Binny, Shukla and secretary Jay Shah will be in Sri Lanka for the marquee India vs Pakistan clash in Pallekele (Kandy) on September 2. The trio w...
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Opening day rush: ODI World Cup tickets app and website crashes for 40 minutes | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The much-delayed sale of tickets for the ODI World Cup began on Friday but fans had a tough time booking them with the official website not working for a good 35 to 40 minutes.The opening day of ticket sales was reserved for non-India matches, including the warm-ups. However, the process started at 8 pm local time and soon after fans complained of the the application crashing amid a mad rush to book the tickets.'Bookmyshow' is the ticketing partner for the World Cup beginning October 5."This is really frustrating - after such a delayed announcement of ticket sales, if the basic systems infrastructure is not in place, it speaks very poorly of the mighty BCCI and ICC. Events like these are organised world over and systems like lotteries and ticket queues are common. Why a...
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Zaka Ashraf approaches High Court against move to remove him as head of Cricket Management Committee | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] LAHORE: The Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board's temporary Cricket Management Committee, Zaka Ashraf on Friday approached the Lahore High Court to stop any move by the government to replace him.The Lahore HC held a hearing on his plea and called all the concerned defendants to appear before it on Monday.The move comes after the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, which deals with sports matters, sent a note to the principal secretary of the caretaker Prime Minister saying that the Election Commission of Pakistan had called for termination of all heads of different institutions who were appointed on political basis by the outgoing coalition government.A reliable source aware of the developments said Ashraf had realised that there were serious attempts to remove him from the ...
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Shubman Gill tops Yo-Yo test score during India camp ahead of Asia Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The India team has begun its preparations for the Asia Cup with a closed-door camp in Alur, where squad members are undergoing standard fitness testing ahead of the continental event, which begins on August 31.The required Yo-Yo test, which young opener Shubman Gill topped with an outstanding score of 18.7, is being undertaken alongside the numerous fitness and medical exams.All of the cricketers who have taken the YoYo test so far have passed the cut-off level of 16.5, with Virat Kohli also posting an excellent 17.2 as per his Instagram story.Except for Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson (reserve member for Asia Cup), and KL Rahul, all cricketers have undergone the test."The YoYo test being an aerobic endurance fitness test, the results could va...
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What lies ahead for Praggnanandhaa and pack?

[ad_1] India’s 18-year-old Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa created history by becoming the youngest player to reach the final of a FIDE World Cup earlier this week. He may have lost the final to World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in tiebreakers, but it was undoubtedly his best-ever performance at a major tournament.It was also a breakthrough tournament for India’s ‘Golden Era’ of chess prodigies, with four of them making it to the quarterfinals.Winning the World Cup would’ve been a sensational result for Praggnanandhaa but by just making it to the final, he’s done what no other Indian since five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand has managed to do — secure a spot in the 2024 Candidates Tournament. What level is the World Cup? The World Cup term may seem like it’s the highest tournament for chess...
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Wrestler Antim Panghal wins World Championships trials; Divya Kakran, Sarita Mor strike back | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Antim Panghal reaffirmed her status as one of the country's top wrestlers by winning the World Championships trials in Patiala on Friday, while Divya Kakran and Sarita Mor rebounded from disappointing losses in the Asian Games trials to secure seats in the global competition.Antim, who recently became the first Indian woman wrestler to win back-to-back U20 World gold when she defended her 53kg title in Amman (Jordan), also won the Asian Games trials last month.She was kept on standby after an ad hoc committee formed by the Indian Olympic Association exempted Vinesh Phogat from trials and sent her name directly to the Sports Ministry for clearance.However, Vinesh, the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist, had a knee injury, and Antim was added to the ministry's roster of athle...
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World Championships: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty miss out on a medal after losing in quarterfinals | Badminton News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Indian men's pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Friday fell short of securing their second World Championships medal as the duo suffered a shock straight-game loss against Denmark's Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in Copenhagen.The world no.2 Indian pair, who had previously won a historic bronze in the last championship, struggled to showcase their usual aggressive gameplay.Satwik and Chirag went down 18-12, 19-21 against the 11th seeded Danish pair in a match that lasted 48 minutes.Coming into the match with a 2-5 head-to-head count, Satwik and Chirag, who last played the Danish pair in 2021, just couldn't get going as the local favourites, backed by a vociferous crowd, came up trumps.Chirag found the going tough, while Satwik tried to keep In...
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Asia Cup: Setback for SL as Chameera, Hasaranga injured; Perera, Fernando test Covid positive

[ad_1] Sri Lanka on Friday suffered a major setback as four of their cricketers, including pacer Dushamantha Chameera and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, were rendered doubtful for the upcoming Asia Cup because of injuries and COVID-19. Chameera could be ruled out of the Asia Cup because of a shoulder injury that he suffered during the recent Lanka Premier League (LPL). Leading spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who picked up a thigh niggle ahead of the LPL final, could miss at least two matches of his team in the Asia Cup, ESPNCricinfo reported. Sri Lanka will begin their Asia Cup campaign with a match against Bangladesh on August 31 at Pallekele. Adding to the Lankan woes, batters Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando have been tested positive for COVID-19.Most Read 1 69th Natio...
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‘Afghanistan will play to win in Asia Cup & World Cup’: Rookie spinner Noor Ahmad | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Rising Afghan cricketer Noor Ahmad has lavished praise on India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, crediting the Gujarat Titans skipper for his progress in cricket.Speaking exclusively with IANS, the 18-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner who impressed all with his skills in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), claiming 16 wickets from 13 matches for Gujarat Titans, Noor shared his thoughts on the upcoming Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup and how Afghanistan will not be just a 'participating' team but will 'play to win'.Excerpts: Your game is getting better and better and people have started calling you ‘KOHINOOR’. How do you see your progress in cricket?It's all about the confidence you have in yourself... Every day I go to practice, I keep believing that I can get better. I'll ...
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Setbacks for Sri Lanka ahead of Asia Cup as Dushamantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga injured | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Sri Lankan cricket team had multiple setbacks on Friday as pacer Dushamantha Chameera and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga were rendered doubtful for the upcoming Asia Cup due to injuries. To go with that, batters Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando tested positive for COVID-19 and are under observationChameera could be ruled out of the entire Asia Cup because of a shoulder injury that he suffered during the recent Lanka Premier League, ESPNCricinfo reported.Hasaranga, who picked up a thigh niggle ahead of the LPL final, could miss at least the first two matches in the Asia Cup.Sri Lanka begin their Asia Cup campaign against Bangladesh on August 31 at Pallekele.Both Perera and Fernando's inclusion in the Lankan squad will depend on the speed of the recovery.The Sri Lanka...
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Gabriel Jesus fit to face Fulham, says Arsenal manager

[ad_1] Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is ready to make his return after missing the opening games of the season due to a knee injury, manager Mikel Arteta said on Friday. Jesus underwent a minor knee operation before the season started after sustaining an injury at the Qatar World Cup. “It was a big blow for him, after the pre-season that he had to have another surgery, but he’s looking really sharp, he trained the full week really good, so he’s ready to go,” the manager told reporters ahead of the game with Fulham. When pressed on whether the Brazilian could be involved in Saturday’s game, Arteta was very positive. “He is ready to go. (From the start?) Let’s see.” There is speculation that both Folarin Balogun and Kieran Tierney will leave the club, and with the transfer window closing ...
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Billie Jean King’s push for equal prize money in 1973 will be celebrated at US Open

[ad_1] When Billie Jean King won the US Open in 1972, she didn’t make the usual remarks about hoping to win again. Instead, she threatened to not play at all the next year — and added that no other women would, either. That’s because she earned USD 10,000 for her championship, USD 15,000 less than what Ilie Nastase won for his. “I said: This really stinks,’” King recalled Thursday. “And, of course, deep down in my heart of hearts, in my brain, I’m going, I haven’t talked to them yet. You sure you’re doing the right thing here?’ This is the other voice in my head: What if they don’t agree with you on this? I think they do because we talk about it all the time, but we didn’t talk about this move.’ And so I said, The heck with it. I don’t think we’ll be back.’” That led the US Tennis Associ...
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Boom boom time for India as Bumrah and Prasidh sizzle on return

[ad_1] It looks like Jasprit Bumrah never went away from international cricket for 327 days.His second ball in his comeback match against Ireland on Aug. 18 nipped in enough to get an inside edge off Andy Balbirnie’s bat and crashed on to the stumps. Bumrah picked up his first wicket after 11 months, and to celebrate that, he nailed another three balls later in the same over.However, despite the two scalps in his first six deliveries, the best thing was the inswinging yorker he bowled to Lorcan Tucker — a ball that brought the excitement back among the viewers. Ireland in all sorts of trouble against India in the 1st T20I in DublinIRE - 3⃣5⃣-5⃣ (7 overs)LIVE Updates: https://t.co/dSAgQaNPYe#INDvsIREAnd it all started with this👇pic.twitter.com/epBDoGavj9— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) August ...
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Wrestler Bajrang Punia in 634-strong India squad for Asian Games | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Wrestler Bajrang Punia was on Friday included in the 634-strong India squad for the Hangzhou Asian Games which will run from September 23 till October 8. The sports ministry cleared the list of athletes which also includes the men's and women's cricket teams, comprising 15 members each respectively.The 634-sportspersons squad is now a new record number for the Indians participating at the Games, surpassing the 572 athletes in the last edition of continental showpiece in Jakarta in 2018.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had recommended 850 athletes for event.Track and field events have got the pride of place as 65 athletes -- 34 men and 31 women -- are part of the huge contingent.Sportspersons in 38 disciplines have been cleared, with a total of 44 footballers -- 22 p...
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ISSF World Championships: Women’s team clinches 50M Pistol gold; India finish second with 14 medals | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Indian shooters Tiyana, Sakshi Suryavanshi, and Kirandeep Kaur joined forces to capture the gold medal in the Women's 50M Pistol event at the 2023 ISSF World Championships on Friday. This triumphant victory contributed to India's remarkable tally of 14 medals, including six gold and eight bronze, solidifying their second-place finish in the overall standings, with China clinching the top spot.The Indian trio showcased their exceptional prowess by amassing a total of 1,573 points, securing the top position in the team event. China followed closely with 1,567 points, while Mongolia secured the third spot with 1,566 points, making for a thrilling competition.Tiyana, a standout performer, continued her impressive streak by also capturing an individual bronze medal in the Wo...
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‘Supernatural powers’: Hasan Ali’s spot-on prediction moments before Pakistan’s win | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: As Pakistan beat Afghanistan in an ill-tempered thriller by one wicket in Hambantota on Thursday to seal three-match ODI series, pacer Hasan Ali's insane prediction moments before the tense finish turned out to be a perfect one.Hasan on X (formally known as Twitter) had predicted that Pakistan will finish the game with a four off the edge and things turned exactly the same way when Naseem Shah collected a boundary off Fazalhaq Farooq to seal the win for his side in a final-over tense finish. "I can smell it will be edge for 4 runs and we will win," Hasan wrote on X, moments before the final over.Users on social media were pretty impressed with Hasan's insane and precise prediction."Hassan bhai, some supernatural powers," a user wrote. Needing 11 runs off the last over, ...