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Day: October 8, 2023

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ICC Cricket World Cup: Why beating Australia is a big deal for India in a cricket World Cup

FOR MUCH of the World Cup history, Australia have broken India’s hearts. A one-run defeat here in 1987, thrashings in the 2003 final and 2015 semifinal, hammering in the super-six game in 1999, the five-time world champions has been India’s biggest stumbling block in the prized tournament. But with a comprehensive exhibition of spin bowling and gritty batting from K L Rahul and Virat Kohli, India got off the blocks in the World Cup, beating Australia by six wickets.The importance of winning the opening match could not be over-emphasized, more so against record champions Australia, who incidentally had not lost a World Cup opening match this century. The win was also a vindication of India’s tactics and selection policies too — R Ashwin, a late but valuable addition to the team, produced...
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ICC deems Dharamsala outfield ‘average’, but good to go for England-Bangladesh game

A day after Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott said that Mujeeb Ur Rahman was lucky to escape serious injury on a visibly patchy Dharamsala outfield, the International Cricket Council has judged it ‘average’ but good to go for Tuesday’s England-Bangladesh game. The verdict on the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium’s outfield comes after an inspection by the ICC’s independent pitch consultant Andy Atkinson on Sunday. “The process for assessing the condition of the pitch and outfield lies with the match officials under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, and the outfield at Dharamsala was rated as ‘average’ after the Afghanistan-Bangladesh match. Additionally, the ICC independent pitch consultant has taken a look at the outfield today, and is comfortable wit...
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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur hold on to top spot thanks to arch-rivals Arsenal’s win over Manchester City

Arsenal finally ended its 12-game losing streak to Manchester City in the Premier League after Gabriel Martinelli scored in the 87th minute Sunday to secure a 1-0 win over the defending champion. In a cagey match that featured few quality chances for either side, substitutes Kai Havertz and Martinelli combined for a late winner that made the Emirates crowd erupt. Havertz laid the ball off for Martinelli whose shot from outside the area took a deflection to wrongfoot City goalkeeper Ederson. It was a goal that put an end to six years of demoralizing league defeats against City — including a 3-1 loss at home last season that helped Pep Guardiola’s team finish five points above Arsenal. The team’s 12-match losing streak against City in the league was the longest against any opponent in the...
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R Ashwin reveals Indian dressing room mood during chase vs Australia: ‘When Virat Kohli skied that ball, I was like what’s happening here…’

When Virat Kohli miscued a pull on 12, it wasn’t just the Indian fans who had their hearts in their mouths. In the dressing room, R Ashwin says he was agonised for a moment and wished they had bowled Australia out for 20-runs less. “When you get older, the recovery time seems to take longer! It was so hot today, (after our bowling) I was in an ice bath and by the time I ate, the umpires had already gone in. Then soon Ishan Kishan fell. Then two more! When Virat skied that ball, I ran to the [adjoining] Bell’s road (laughs). I was like, ‘Dei! what’s happening here da, maybe we should have got them out for 20 runs less!” Ashwin said on Star Sports Tamil. “And when he [Mitch Marsh] dropped the catch I went, ‘yabbaaa, (phew!) and came back!” The former India opener S Ramesh and comment...
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Might have to change combinations as per different conditions: Rohit Sharma – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With India set to play across nine venues throughout the country in the round-robin stage of the ODI World Cup, skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday admitted that the biggest challenge in front of his side would be to play in different conditions. India kicked off their 2023 World Cup campaign with a comfortable six-wicket win over Australia in Chennai but Rohit Sharma and co. did have initial hiccups in the 200 on a bowling-friendly Chepauk track after they were reduced to 2 for 3 inside two overs. As KL Rahul (97 not out)and Virat Kohli (85) put up an impressive show to guide India to a win in their opener, Rohit had a huge sigh of relief. "That will be the biggest challenge moving forward because we will play in different conditions. (We) might have to change combinations too an...
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Cricket World Cup: Rachin Ravindra, marked for greatness at 15, comes of age

Hyderabad: A story in Wellington cricket circles goes that one morning, Cricket Wellington’s youth development coach Ivan Tissera tagged a 10-year-old boy to the Hutt Recreation Ground in Lower Hutt Wellington for a nets session with the U-15s. The boy, barely four and a half feet, was asked to pad up against Henry Walsh, a nearly six-foot tall left-arm seamer, then touted as the next big thing in Wellington cricket. Walsh’s parents grumbled over their son having to bowl at a nine-year-old. But in barely 20 minutes, they were wondering why their son was being subjected to this humiliation by a boy who was just a little taller than the stumps. He not just batted emphatically but unpacked an array of strokes that left the spectators stunned. Among the marveled audience were then internat...
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Watch: Why a shocked KL Rahul was down on his haunches after India’s win – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Winning a cricket match by hitting a six is always an icing on the cake but KL Rahul was surprised after sealing the deal with a maximum in India's opening World Cup match against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.IND vs AUS: Rahul-Kohli's Spectacular Performance, Team India win First Match against AustraliaRahul's match-winning six left him not out on 97 but the chance of missing a century by mere three runs was quite evident on his face as he was down on his knees shocked.He found the timing on that shot to be unexpected; his intention was to secure a four so that he could then aim for a six to complete his century.However, his timing was so impeccable that the ball sailed all the way over the covers, depriving him of the opportunity to reach a triple-digit score."I wanted to ...
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‘Had just taken a shower…’: When KL Rahul couldn’t catch his ‘breath back’ after early scare – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India middle-order batter KL Rahul put up a remarkable show as his unbeaten 97 took India to their first win of 2023 ODI world Cup against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.Rahul along with Virat Kohli (85) put up an incredible 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket as India chased down the 200 target with 52 balls to spare.However things weren't that simple at the start of the chase as India began in the worst possible manner, losing three wickets for just 2 runs in the first two overs.Rahul, who had kept wickets for 50 overs and was looking to catch his breath, had to rush in after three of four India top-order batters returned to the pavilions for ducks."I had just taken a shower and was hoping to put my feet up for half an hour after the fielding innings. I was just tryin...
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How Virat Kohli, KL Rahul negated early hiccups to hand India a resounding win over Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: From tottering at 2/3 to orchestrating a come-from-behind win - that's how Team India kicked off their ICC ODI World Cup 2023 campaign against Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.India lost three early wickets, including skipper Rohit Sharma for a duck, inside two overs. Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc struck in the first over to send back Ishan Kishan for a duck after the left-hander slashed at a delivery to get caught at slip.Josh Hazlewood then struck twice in one over to remove Rohit lbw on an incoming delivery and then Shreyas Iyer caught at covers also for naught.AS IT HAPPENEDIndia's chase master Virat Kohli and KL Rahul held India's fortress and stitched a solid 165-run stand to hand India a six-wicket win to start their World Cup campaign on a winning no...
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ODI World Cup | The 2023 World Cup finds its voice at last!

Spectators cheer during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Australia in Chennai on October 8, 2023. | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam It took game five for the 2023 World Cup to finally find its voice as fans thronged the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday to watch the hosts kick off its campaign. Despite the heat and sweltering humidity, the crowd started building up as early as noon. Though there were some empty seats when the match got underway, slowly, the stadium filled up, with the official attendance being 32,531 out of a capacity of 37,000 (approx), about 87% attendance. Interestingly, a few fans on social media shared that they were able to buy tickets for the match on Sunday morning from the official ticketing partner despite it being officially sold out...
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ODI World Cup | England will be pleased with cooler climes, but lot of travel and risk of injury to its bowlers a concern

A picturesque view of the HPCA Stadium where England players are attending a practice session ahead of their match against Bangladesh. | Photo Credit: PTI The view of Dharamshala at dawn is truly mesmerising. The town is arranged in tiers, with the residential areas located downhill. On the opposite side, referred to as “upside” by Ramesh, the owner of a tea stall near the stadium, lies McLeodganj, which is home to the Dalai Lama and several monasteries. The World Cup has brought some relief to this beautiful region of Himachal Pradesh, located at the foot of the Himalayas, which was hit by devastating floods in July and August. Although Dharamshala didn’t see the worst of it, the natural calamity still hurt the tourism sector here. The view is beautiful, but the England team has had a...
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ODI World Cup | England’s Ben Stokes unlikely to play against Bangladesh

England’s Ben Stokes winces during batting practice ahead of his team’s match on October 10 against Bangladesh in Dharamshala, on October 8, 2023., | Photo Credit: AP England’s allrounder Ben Stokes is unlikely to appear in the team’s second ODI World Cup match against Bangladesh in Dharamshala on October 10. Stokes had a brief hit in the nets on Sunday and did some running. However, he did not appear 100% fit. A hip niggle kept England’s Test captain out of the World Cup opener against New Zealand, which the defending champion lost by nine wickets. Stokes, who was the Player of the Match in the 2019 final, came out of One-Day International retirement in August this year despite a long-standing knee injury. He did not play in England’s warm-up game against Bangladesh in Guwahati as wel...
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New Zealand vs Netherlands | We approach every game the same way, says Phillips

New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips. FIle | Photo Credit: Reuters New Zealand’s hard-hitting batter Glenn Phillips said that it was important for the team to keep things as neutral as possible since the tournament can witness a quick turn-around. Speaking to the media ahead of the World Cup match against The Netherlands in Hyderabad, Phillips said on October 8 they were keen not to get too high when they win and not to get too low when they lose after the big win against England in the World Cup opener.“I think this is the key for us throughout the competition,” he said. “We approach every game the same way every time, every team is strong in their own right, especially on the given day and tough team to beat. We’re going to have to still put our best foot forward, as I’m sure they (The Nethe...
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New Zealand vs Netherlands | Southee and Ferguson set to return for Netherlands clash

New Zealand players are seen during a practice session ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Netherlands, in Hyderabad on October 8, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Kane Williamson will be spending more time on the sidelines and is yet to regain full fitness as New Zealand takes on the Netherlands in the sixth match of the World Cup 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 9.New Zealand has been hamstrung by the fitness issues of its key players, especially its bowlers during its opener against England. The Black Caps went for a bowlers’ shopping and found gold in Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner, with Matt Henry spearheading the bowling attack. Against England, the silent assassins hammered the defending champion by nine wickets, with Henry h...
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Hangzhou Asian Games: China’s sporting might, hospitality sets new standards | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

HANGZHOU: A sense of quiet will descend on China's technology hub from Monday. The airports will be busier than the Villages, stadiums and the media centres. Athletes, fans, officials and the mediapersons will head back after almost three weeks of action at breakneck pace -- having shared hugs, smiles, selfies and moments of tear-eyed goodbyes. The Games started with China presenting the event as the 'smart' and 'green' edition of the Asiad, with technology and environmental awareness as the central theme, until the host nation flexed its muscles on the field to be heads and shoulders above the rest.China's gold-medal count alone stood at 201, which is 149 more than the second-placed Japan's 52 gold. It was the 11th consecutive edition where China finished on top of the medals tally, im...
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India vs Australia: Mitchell Starc becomes fastest to 50 ODI World Cup wickets – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Paceman Mitchell Starc on Sunday etched his name in the record books as he became the fastest bowler to pick 50 ODI World Cup wickets during Australia’s opening match against India in Chennai.The Aussie seamer achieved the feat in 19 innings, surpassing the previous record held by Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga who reached the milestone in 25 innings.Left-arm quick Starc made a crucial breakthrough in the very first over by dismissing Indian opener Ishan Kishan, who came into the playing XI in place of ill Shubman Gill, for a duck. Kishan attempted a slash at a delivery and ended up getting caught at slip.Starc has become just the fifth bowler to take 50 wickets in ODI World Cups with countrymate Glenn McGrath (71) sitting right at the top followed by Muttiah Muralitharan (68), M...
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Mihir Vasavda’s Asiad Diary from China: Missing people, Pork butts, Exotic selfies, Sleepless athletes, bargaining Indians

Notes, musings and memories from a fortnight in Hangzhou. Not a lot happens in the clear skies hanging over Hangzhou. Or even on the streets, for that matter. Day 1 in Hangzhou, a city home to 12 million people in a country where 1.4 billion live. But on the eve of the Games, the city resembles a ghost town. It’s a beautiful city, make no mistake, like every other place anywhere in the world with a water body. Hangzhou has the calm waters of the Qiantangjiang River flowing through the centre, the West Lake where thousands flock daily to take a boat ride and sip the famous Dragon Well tea, and the breathtaking Grand Canal that’s of high cultural significance. The architecture is breathtaking and there’s Games branding in whichever direction you look. But where are the people? There’s a ...
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ODI World Cup: Indian batters create unwanted record against Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ishan Kishan (0), Rohit Sharma (0) and Shreyas Iyer (0). These are the sorry figures of three of India's top four batters in their opening World Cup encounter against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.To make matters more worse, they went on to make an unwanted record as this was the first time three of India's top four batters got out for a duck in a men's ODI.India vs Australia Breaking: Kishan, Rohit, Shreyas fall for golden ducks as IND chase target of 200It marked just the seventh instance in the history of the men's ODI World Cup when both opening batsmen were dismissed without scoring a run.The last time of both Indian openers being dismissed for a duck in a men's ODI took place during the 2004 VB series against Zimbabwe.In the first over, left-arm fast bowler Mitchell St...
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ODI World Cup: Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka has been penalised with a 10 percent deduction from their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in their ICC World Cup opener against South Africa in New Delhi on Saturday.Match referee Javagal Srinath imposed this penalty after Dasun Shanaka's team was found to be two overs behind the required rate during Saturday's match, accounting for time allowances.In line with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, pertaining to minimum over-rate violations, players are fined five percent of their match fees for each over their team fails to bowl within the designated time frame.Shanaka admitted to the violation and accepted the proposed penalty, obviating the need for a formal hearing.The charge was brought by on-field umpires ...