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Day: August 30, 2023

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UEFA Champions League Draw 2023/24 Live Streaming: When and where to watch, date, time in India, teams, pots

[ad_1] UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw Live Telecast: The UEFA Champions League group stage draw for the 2023-24 season will take place on Thursday. The 32 teams in the group stage will be drawn into eight groups of four. The teams will be seeded into four pots, based on their UEFA club coefficients. The top pot will contain the champions of the six highest-ranked leagues, as well as the holders of the UEFA Champions League title. The second pot will contain the runners-up of the six highest-ranked leagues, and so on. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn into the same group. UEFA will announce several awards from last season’s competition during the group stage draw ceremony. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is expected to be on stage at the ceremony and will give a pe...
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Big win over Nepal will give us confidence ahead of India game, says Babar Azam

[ad_1] Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Wednesday said the massive 238-run win over Nepal in the Asia Cup opener will give his side confidence ahead of their blockbuster clash against arch-rivals India on Saturday. Pakistan crushed minnows Nepal by a huge margin of 238 runs here in a Group A match to make a winning start to the Asia Cup. Pakistan will now travel to Sri Lanka for the much-anticipated match against India to be played in Pallekele. “This game was good preparation for the India game because it gave us confidence. We want to give 100 per cent every match, hope to do that there as well,” Babar said after the end of the match. Babar smashed 151, his 19th ODI century while Iftikhar Ahmed (109 not out) hit his maiden ODI ton to power Pakistan to an imposing 342 for six after optin...
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Which Asian cricketing rivalry is the spiciest? India-Pakistan, Afghanistan-Pakistan or Bangladesh-Sri Lanka?

[ad_1] A strange triumvirate of cricketing rivalries will pop up this Asia Cup. The oldest is India vs Pakistan, but two other battles too come with spice warnings. Afghanistan vs Pakistan of course that even dragged in a retired Shoaib Akhtar during the last Asia Cup after chairs flew around in the stands but the most surprising development in the recent years is the third rivalry: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh. In some ways, it would have been understandable had the politics centred on the birth of a nation had spilled over to the cricket field when Pakistan and Bangladesh face each other. Instead, Bangladesh’s fiercest rivalry is with Sri Lanka, notwithstanding ‘mauka-mauka’ taunts amongst their fans and India’s. Sri Lanka, usually regarded on par with New Zealand as a nice friendly cricket...
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Babar Azam, Iftikhar power Pakistan to huge win over Nepal in Asia Cup opener

[ad_1] Babar Azam hit a delightful 151 while Iftikhar Ahmed smashed his maiden ODI century as Pakistan thrashed minnows Nepal by 238 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup, on Wednesday.Babar and Iftikhar played pivotal roles in powering Pakistan to 342 for six after opting to bat.Babar (151 off 130) was involved in two crucial partnerships after a sedate start — first stitching 86 runs with Mohammad Rizwan (44 off 50) and then sharing a whirlwind 214 runs for the fifth wicket with Iftikhar (109 not out off 71 balls) — to take Pakistan to an imposing total. Babar decorated his knock with 14 fours and four sixes, while Iftikhar, who was at his destructive best, struck 11 boundaries and four hits over the fence. This was after Pakistan made an unimpressive start to their innings as they...
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Ton-up Babar Azam sets the tone ahead of ‘high intensity’ India vs Pakistan clash | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Wednesday fired a warning shot with a dazzling ton ahead of the marquee India vs Pakistan Asia Cup clash on September 2. Leading his team from the front, Babar scored a sensational 131-ball 151 to power his side to a crushing 238-run win over minnows Nepal in the tournament opener in Multan. The ton was Babar's in 19th in ODIs, making him the fastest to accomplish the feat (102 innings) in the format. After the match Babar said that the win gave his side a lot of confidence ahead of the big game against India. "This win will give us the confidence. India Pakistan will always bring high intensity, we will try our best," Babar said.Stitching two crucial partnerships with Mohammad Rizwan (44) and Iftikhar Ahmed (109*), Babar powered Pakistan ...
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Pakistan beat Nepal by 238 runs in Asia Cup opener

[ad_1] Pakistan’s Babar Azam, right, plays a shot as Nepal’s Aasif Sheikh watches during the one-day international cricket match of Asia Cup between Pakistan and Nepal, in Multan, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Pakistan crushed Nepal by a huge 238-run margin in the opening match of the Asia Cup in Multan on Wednesday. After amassing 342 for 6 batting first, Shaheen Shah Afridi struck twice in the first over as Nepal were eventually bowled out for 104. Shadab Khan claimed 4/27 from his 6.4 overs while Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf bowled impressive spells. Aarif Sheikh (26) and Sompal Kami (28) tried to delay the inevitable but Nepal were bundled out in only 23.4 overs. Earlier, Pakistan posted a massive total after Babar Azam scored 151 and Iftikhar Ahmed made an u...
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India set to bid for 2027 World Athletics Championships: Neeraj Chopra | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Olympic and World Championship gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra claimed in Zurich on Wednesday that India is set to place a bid for hosting the 2027 World Athletics Championships.This move signals India's intent to potentially host one of the most prestigious global sporting events.During a press conference on the eve of the Diamond Leaguemeet, Chopra was asked about India's potential to host the World Athletics Championships in 2027.His response, confirming India's intention to bid for the event, highlights the nation's aspirations to hold such a prominent international sporting competition."They (India) are bidding. I will request them (fans), and hopefully, they will come in great capacity)," Chopra said."Now, javelin (throw) is famous in India. I have al...
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‘India have won matches only when….’: Former Pakistan player ahead of Asia Cup clash | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Whenever India and Pakistan take on each other in a multi-nation tournament it emerges as the biggest attraction while the other matches take a backseat.And the fever of the high-octane encounter started gripping the experts and former players with ex-Pakistan opener Salman Butt questioning the preparedness of the Indian team."If we look at India's fast bowling, fitness is a concern.Players have been unfit for a long time, we don't know if they are fragile, will they go full throttle. Apart fromVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, they have youngsters, who have played plenty of cricket but they don't have that much of experience," Butt said in a video on his YouTube channel.07:13India vs Pakistan: Who has the edge in the Asia Cup clash?Butt also said India owe their success la...
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How Pakistan blew away Nepal in Asia Cup opener | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: World no.1 ODI team Pakistan kicked off their Asia Cup campaign in a rampaging fashion, crushing minnows Nepal by a massive 238 runs in a lop-sided opener in Multan on Wednesday.After centurions Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed took the clueless Nepal bowlers to the cleaners at the Multan Cricket Stadium, the batters surrendered against top-notch Pakistani pace bowling attack, handing the hosts their first win of the tournament.On a batting beauty, both Babar and Iftikhar went hammer and tongs, lifting Pakistan to 342 for 6. The Shaheen Afridi-led bowling attack then ran through the Nepalese top-order with the new balls, deciding the fate of the match very early in the second innings. Haris Rauf and spinners then wrapped up the proceedings quickly as Nepal folded for 104 i...
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IOA chief PT Usha to contest for Commonwealth Games Federation vice-president’s post

[ad_1] Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president PT Usha will take a step further as an administrator as she will be contesting the upcoming Commonwealth Games Federation elections for the post of vice-president. On Wednesday, the CGF announced the list of candidates shortlisted for the upcoming polls that will elect candidates for the posts of president, vice-president, regional VPs and sports committee members. Usha will be contesting alongside Hugh Graham of Cook Islands, Barry Hendricks (South Africa), Sandra Osborne (Barbados), Richard Powers (Canada), Ian Reid (Scotland) and Dr Donald Rukare (Uganda). Usha was appointed as the IOA president last December unopposed, while she also happens to be the committee head of the Indian Talent Olympiad. For the president’s position, Chris J...
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‘You can see how deep waters you can swim’: Hardik Pandya on Asia Cup clash against Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The upcoming series of clashes against Pakistan in the Asia Cup is poised to serve as a rigorous examination of the Indian team's mettle and individual attributes, feels star all-rounder Hardik Pandya.As India prepare to kick off their Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Pallekele, the potential for multiple encounters between the two teams looms large, with the possibility of facing off as many as three times should they progress to the final stage.In anticipation of India's opening match, Pandya delved into the heightened intensity that accompanies an Indo-Pak cricket encounter. He underscored the challenges and pressures intrinsic to these matchups, suggesting that they go beyond just the game of cricket and delve into testing the character and fortitud...
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Babar Azam scripts history, becomes fastest to 19 ODI hundreds | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam continued to make waves in the ODI cricket by becoming the fastest batter to score 19 hundreds on Wednesday. The top-ranked ODI batter owned the record during the Asia Cup's opening match against Nepal in Multan.The 28-year-old Azam raced to his 19th ODI ton in his 102nd ODI innings, bettering the record of former South Africa batter Hashim Amla who took 104 innings.Former India skipper and star batter Virat Kohli made his 19th ODI century in 124 innings while Aussie opener David Warner's feat came in 139 innings. Former South African skipper AB de Villiers had played 171 innings for the same number of hundreds.Azam also drew level with Pakistan legends Javed Miandad and Saeed Anwar as he now has 31 international hundreds under his belt. He h...
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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma eye milestones in Asia Cup clash against Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: As India prepare to commence their Asia Cup 2023 journey, their initial showdown against traditional rivals Pakistan on Saturday holds paramount importance. While the Men in Blue's primary focus remains firmly fixed on clinching the coveted trophy, there are also individual milestones on the horizon that deserve attention.With the potential to participate in as many as six matches, provided they advance to the final, the players are presented with ample opportunities to attain personal milestones and elevate their individual statistics.This extended game time throughout the tournament opens doors for players to achieve significant feats that contribute not only to their personal accomplishments but also to the collective success of the team.Here are some milestones to w...
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‘Virat Kohli will be very dangerous against Pakistan’: Mohammad Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The T20 World Cup 2022 encounter between India and Pakistan witnessed a standout performance by Virat Kohli. His splendid pursuit played a pivotal role as India emerged victorious, clinching the match on the final delivery. The exceptional innings delivered by him turned the tide in India's favor.Reflecting on this memorable match, former Indian batter Mohammad Kaiffondly recalled the authoritative innings played by Kohli.He asserted that the Pakistani fast bowlers are bound to experience significant pressure when tasked with bowling to Kohli."Kohli's performance in Australia at the T20 World Cup, against Pakistan, he played magnificently. And he is a brilliant batsman when it comes to playing against Pakistan. He takes full responsibility and is a chase master," Kaif s...
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Babar Azam scores his 19th ODI century and 2023 Asia Cup’s first ton

[ad_1] Pakistan skipper Babar Azam scored his 19th ODI century as well as the first century in this edition of the Asia Cup against Nepal on Wednesday. The Pakistan captain took 9 boundaries to reach the milestone as he and veteran batter Iftikhar Ahmed (56) helped the Men in Green to stay on course of a decent total. Earlier in the match, Babar who stitched an 86-run partnership with keeper Mohammad Rizwan after Pakistan lost both their openers, had to watch helplessly as the latter was run out in a bizarre fashion. The ODI World No. 1 @babarazam258 starts #AsiaCup2023 with a splendid century 💯🔥 Will he take Pakistan to a formidable total? Tune-in to #AsiaCupOnStar, LIVE NOW on Star Sports Network & Disney+ Hotstar#PAKvNEP #Cricket pic.twitter.com/pMGTKMQ2f2 — Star Sports (@StarSpo...
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Asia Cup: ‘It will be India’s game against Pakistan if…’, says Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has shared his perspective, asserting that the fortunes of the Men in Blue in their match against Pakistan will greatly depend on the performance of their top-order batters - Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli. Manjrekar believes that if this trio can provide India with a solid and unbroken opening, it could tilt the match in India's favor.The much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in the Asia Cupis set to kick off in Kandy on September 2.In recent discussions with Star Sports, Sanjay Manjrekar, a prominent cricket analyst, and former Indian cricketerSanjay Bangar engaged in a detailed analysis of India's batting strategies and the adaptability of its players. The experts highlighted the pivotal nature of Indi...
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TNCA President’s XI went down by 70 runs to a cocky-looking Chhattisgarh side on the final day

[ad_1] Left-arm spinner S. Ajith Ram of TNCA President’s XI receives the player-of-the-match award from S. Srinivason, Apex Council Member, TNCA. | Photo Credit: Rayan Rozario Coimbatore After a good fightback the other day, TNCA President’s XI went down by 70 runs to a cocky-looking Chhattisgarh side on the final day of the all-India Buchi Babu invitational cricket tournament at the Sri Ramakrishna Institutions grounds here on Wednesday.It’s always challenging playing on a day four surface. But knocking off 171 with six wickets in hand wasn’t a difficult task given the quality of the host’s batting line-up. Skipper Vijay Shankar (80, 120b, 7x4, 2x6), who looked scratchy in the last couple of innings, finally found his touch. With Mohammed Ali (52, 97b, 4x4, 2x6) to give him company, he...
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Watch: Schoolboy error costs Mohammad Rizwan his wicket | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan paid a heavy price for not wearing a helmet and some casual running as the batter suffered an unconventional run out in the Asia Cup opener against Nepal on Wednesday.The run out ended a solid 86-run stand between Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam after the duo steadied the Pakistan innings after early blows. The incident took place in the 24th over when Rizwan pushed a Sandeep Lamichhane delivery to cover-point for a single. Rizwan, soon after he connected with the ball, ran towards the non-striker's end. However, courtesy a superb effort from Dipendra Singh, there was direct hit at the bowler's end. Worried about the ball coming towards him, Rizwan took evasive action, ducking for cover. In the process, he forgot to ground his bat as the ball si...
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‘Pakistan need to expose Virat Kohli early’: Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg on Asia Cup clash | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former Australian leg-spinner and World Cup winner Brad Hogg feels the outcome of the highly anticipated clash between India and Pakistan hinges on the battle between Shaheen Afridi and the Indian top-order batters. And if Pakistan want to get on top of the game, they need to get rid of star Indian batter Virat Kohli early in the contest.India will play their opening match against Pakistan on September 2 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy and Hogg believes that the spotlight will be on this star-studded confrontation, with the ultimate result potentially determined by the performance of India's seasoned batting lineup against Pakistan's formidable fast-bowling strength."I definitely will be watching it. It is one of the biggest contests that we can ...
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Neeraj Chopra looks to maintain Diamond League unbeaten streak in Zurich | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Newly-crowned world champion Neeraj Chopra is poised to extend his unbeaten record into the esteemed Diamond League meet. He is set to showcase his skills in a high-profile men's javelin throw competition in Zurich on Thursday.Chopra secured his maiden World Championshipstitle in Budapest on Sunday, achieving an impressive throw of 88.17 meters.This achievement follows his silver medal win in the 2022 edition of the Championships.The Indian sensation has also joined an elite club of javelin throwers, becoming only the third athlete in history to hold both the Olympic and World Championships titles.The other two members of this exclusive group are Jan Zelezny from the Czech Republic, the current world record holder, and Norway's Andreas Thorkildsen.Zelezny clinched Olymp...