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Day: October 13, 2023

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Chicago Chacha, sound of garba, as Rohit and Babar dial down hype before Big Game today

ON THE gates of the Narendra Modi Stadium, the lone Pakistan fan, Mohammad Bashir aka Chicago Chacha, is surrounded by television reporters, fans and passers-by. Bashir is in high demand, he’s the rare voice from the opposition. It’s noon time and there are sweat beads on the 68-year-old’s forehead but the questions are unending. Chacha is being coaxed to say that India will win.“I can’t say that,” he says. “The best team should win.” An hour later, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is asked about the prospect of playing in a stadium with 1.3 lakh capacity that might have Chacha as the token Pakistani in the stands. He handles it well and says, “If the Pakistani fans were allowed, it would have been good … But when we arrived in Hyderabad, I felt there were a lot of supporters of the Pakistan...
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Cricket World Cup: Comeback king Kane Williamson guides New Zealand to third straight win with classy knock against Bangladesh

Black is an inescapable colour in Chennai. It is the colour that revolutionised its biggest-ever political movement which continues till date. It is a colour that means dominance in these parts. In the not-so-distant past, there was even a period when one could be denied entry at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on match days for donning black shirts or t-shirts. But on Friday, as the rest of the world’s gaze was on Ahmedabad, and all the talk centred around India vs Pakistan, it was hard to miss a black t-shirt with Kane Williamson’s name on its back. On a humid evening, between their bowlers’ splendid job and Daryl Mitchell’s finishing touch, it was Williamson who weaved his magic with an unbeaten 78 to guide New Zealand to their third successive win at the World Cup. The eight-wicket victo...
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Arctic Open 2023: PV Sindhu comes from behind to win marathon clash against Thuy Linh Nguyen and enter semifinals

In what turned out to be a 90-minute thriller, India’s PV Sindhu came from a game down to defeat Vietnam’s Thuy Linh Nguyen at the Arctic Open Super 500 event in Vantaa, Finland on Friday to reach the semifinals. Sindhu, who was a game and 14-18 down, prevailed 20-22, 22-20, 21-18 against the world No 26 who had been on a giant-killing run this week. The 8th seed will next take on China’s Wang Zhi Yi, the world No 11. Sindhu has a 2-0 Head-to-Head record against her. In the opening game, even though Sindhu entered the mid-game interval with a 11-4 lead, the signs were already there that this would be a tough test as Nguyen pushed the Indian in long rallies. Sindhu’s smash was working well in the early stages and she was dictating the tempo but soon, Nguyen started counterpunching sup...
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‘There is more pressure for tickets than match’: Babar Azam on India-Pakistan clash

ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam along with Mohammad Rizwan during practice at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, on October 13, 2023. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR Ahead of the high-intensity clash with India in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said on Friday that the pressure of providing tickets for the game is more compared to the match itself. The rivalry between India and Pakistan in cricket is one of the most fierce in the world, with matches between the two countries receiving significant global viewership. After registering two back-to-back wins, India, riding on high confidence will face traditional rival Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. “There is more pressure for match tickets than m...
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Pressure on India in much-awaited World Cup clash, says Pakistan’s Hasan Ali | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As the excitement builds for the eagerly awaited World Cup clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali expressed his belief that the pressure will be squarely on the Indian side. With a packed house expected at the venue, the stage is set for a thrilling contest on Saturday.Team India enters the match with an overwhelming 7-0 record in their favour in ODI World Cups.While Pakistan holds a positive win/loss ratio over India, they are yet to secure a victory against their rivals in a 50-over World Cup encounter.Hasan Ali, undeterred by the past, believes that records are meant to be broken and that Pakistan is eager to break the jinx of not having beaten India in a 50-over World Cup. In a video posted by the Pakistan Crick...
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It was a complete team effort, says Kane Williamson after Bangladesh mauling | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As New Zealand cruised to a third straight win in the 2023 ODI World Cup in Chennai on Friday, skipper Kane Williamson lauded the team effort, saying it was a complete performance by his side. The Kiwis thrashed Bangladesh by 8 wickets in a one-sided affair, chasing down the par 246 with 43 balls to spare. For New Zealand, Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell made 78 and 89 respectively."Really good team performance. Great team performance," said Williamson, who retired hurt after getting a knock on his thumb from a throw.Asked about his injury, the Kiwi skipper said: "Just made holding the bat a little tough. Secondary to the thumb. Just got a bit fat and colourful straight away so got a scan tomorrow, but hopefully it's okay."Williamson also allayed fears about his knee injur...
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Unlucky India lose 2-4 to Malaysia, bow out of Merdeka Cup

India lost 2-4 to hosts Malaysia in the opening match, a virtual semifinal to bow out of the Merdeka Cup football tournament here on Friday. Malaysia took the lead as early as in the seventh minute through Dion Cools before Naorem Mahesh Singh equalised for India with a beautiful volley in the 13 minute. A silly challenge from Nikhil Poojary on Arif Amin inside the Indian box gifted Malaysia a penalty and Amin made no mistake in finding the net from the spot in the 20th minute. To make matters worse for India, Faisal Halim increased the score-line 3-1 in Malaysia's favour four minutes from half time. India captain Sunil Chhetri pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute to reduce the margin to 2-3. Five minutes later, a huge controversy broke out when Lallianzuala Chhangte was denied the equ...
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Spain, Norway hold up Scotland’s Euro qualification

Spain’s Oihan Sancet smiles after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2024 group A qualifying soccer match between Spain and Scotland at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Spain, on Oct. 12, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Scotland missed their first chance to seal a Euro 2024 berth as they lost to two late goals in Spain on Thursday as the third contender in Group A, Norway, won 4-0 in Cyprus.Elsewhere, Turkey, in their first game under Vincenzo Montella, won in Croatia to vault to the top of Group D and Albania tightened their grip on Group E with a comfortable win over the Czech Republic.Scotland had won all five of their group games and entered Thursday's match in Seville needing one point from three matches to qualify.Spain pressed in the first half, but Scotland had the ball in ...
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ODI World Cup: Clinical New Zealand crush Bangladesh for third straight win | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Daryl Mitchell and skipper Kane Williamson hit sublime half-centuries after an all-round bowling performance as New Zealand eased past Bangladesh in Chennai for a third straight ODI World Cup win on Friday. After restricting Bangladesh to a below-par 245 for nine, Mitchell and Williamson led the chase, sharing a solid 108-run stand. Opener Devon Conway too hit an impressive 45 as the Kiwis chased down the target with 43 balls to spare. However, Williamson, who missed out on the first two games because of his knee injury, suffered another one his left hand and had to retire on 78 during the chase.Playing in his first match of the ongoing showpiece after finally recovering fully from the knee injury he had sustained during the IPL in April and the ensuing surgery, Williamson sh...
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Cricket World Cup: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan – Pakistan’s bowling guns searching for form before India game

Couple of days ago, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi called his son-in-law Shaheen Shah Afridi. Shaheen has bled runs in the last couple of games, looked off-pace, off-kilter, and out of sorts. Pakistan has been fretting. The rest of the cricketing world has been puzzled. What has happened to the man who knocks out oppositions in the first round that he has been carted around by Shubman Gill in the Asia Cup, and by Kusal Mendis in this World Cup? Afridi tells Samaa TV that he urged Shaheen to ask the performance analyst for his bowling videos. That the lengths and lines have been wrong – “not hit hard lengths,” and “too much room”. And Afridi says, Shaheen agreed with the assessment, and has promised that he would sort himself out in the couple of days leading up to the India game ...
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With two in two, India seems to be getting its act right, albeit it is still early days 

Architect: Kohli played a pivotal role in India’s both victories. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV India’s early steps were mixed but have been dealt with. The opener against Australia was tricky. The second outing against Afghanistan was smooth. And the twin victories augur well as the Men in Blue winged their way to Ahmedabad for Saturday’s much-anticipated clash against Pakistan.The venues were as diverse as they come. Chennai with its slow turf and sweaty heat, and Delhi with its batting track and good bounce, have been accounted for while a contest vested with historical angst and extreme hype awaits Rohit Sharma’s men. Against Afghanistan a few boxes got ticked. While Jasprit Bumrah’s four for 39 and Rohit’s 131 headlined the eight-wicket win, there were other micro-positives. Ishan Kis...
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‘If needed, we are ready to make changes’: Rohit Sharma on team combination for Pakistan clash | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India deployed a three-pronged spin attack, successfully dismissing Australia for 199 in Chennai. Captain Rohit Sharma has not ruled out the possibility of repeating this combination by considering the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin for the high-stakes ODI World Cup showdown against Pakistan on Saturday."Depending on what kind of conditions we face, if there is a change or two we need to make, we will be ready with that and the guys have been informed well in advance about these kind of changes," he said."I don't think it's going to be any issues for the players. If the requirement is there for us to play three spinners, we will play three spinners."India boast an unblemished 7-0 record against Pakistan in the 50-overs World Cup but Rohit warned against underestimating thei...
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Santosh Trophy | Jithin Gopalakrishnan fires Kerala to a big win over Jammu & Kashmir

Kerala midfielder Jithin Gopalakrishnan, centre, who scored two goals, tries to shake off his markers in the Santosh Trophy Group ‘A’ match against Jammu and Kashmir in Benaulim, Goa on Friday. | Photo Credit: Special arrangement Midfielder Jithin Gopalakrishnan scored twice as Kerala crushed Jammu and Kashmir 6-1 for its second win in the Group ‘A’ league of the 77th Santosh Trophy National football championship at the SAG Benaulim Ground here on Friday. Kerala, which blanked Gujarat 3-0 in its opener on Wednesday, is now on top of the five-team group with six points from two wins. Former champion Kerala meets Chhattisgarh next on October 15. Channeling their inner Jude Bellingham, our players celebrate in style! ⚽💪 #JudeBellinghamCelebration#SantoshTrophypic.twitter.com/ZSfFDuo77I— K...
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Ayush, the ‘next Shetty of Indian badminton,’ picks up lessons for future in Junior Worlds bronze medal run

Some medals – that aren’t gold – come coated with a matte finish of serious lessons for the future. Ayush Shetty, 19, returned with a bronze from the Badminton World Junior championship in Spokane, USA, after losing to eventual champion, Indonesia’s Alwi Farhan, in the semifinal. He led 16-14 in the opener before his fast-paced opponent took 4-5 points continuously to leave him with a blitz, from which he gleaned out many tough lessons. One among those, is how to not fall for mind games – like delays when receiving serve. Another, lessons in facing serious pace, because Alwi could accelerate mid-rally, which will be the staple when Shetty graduates into seniors. “In the second set he led 4-12, and I made it 13-13, but it wasn’t enough,” Shetty told The Indian Express on his return havin...
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India vs Pakistan Ahmedabad weather: What is IMD’s forecast for the match day | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cricket enthusiasts and fans of the high-octane rivalry between India and Pakistan can breathe a sigh of relief as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an encouraging forecast for the much-awaited match in Ahmedabad. The IMD indicated that there are no signs of rainfall on Saturday, dispelling earlier predictions of drizzling in the southern parts of Ahmedabad.The IMD's latest statement assures clear skies and rules out any possibility of rain for the next 48 hours, setting the stage for an uninterrupted and action-packed contest.The cricketing rivalry between India and Pakistan is renowned worldwide for its intensity and passion, attracting significant global viewership. As the match day approaches, both teams are gearing up for an electrifying showdown at t...
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WEIGHTLIFTING | Mirabai going through rehab following her Asian Games injury

India’s Mirabai Chanu reacts after a failed attemp at the Hangzhou Asian Games, 2023. | Photo Credit: Reuters World and Olympic silver medallist lifter Mirabai Chanu is going through three weeks’ rehab at Patiala and will resume her training after a fortnight, according to chief coach Vijay Sharma.Seeking her maiden Asiad medal, 29-year-old Mirabai injured her right thigh during the Hangzhou Asian Games and managed just two lifts out of six attempts to total a below-par 191kg and finish fourth in the women’s 49kg category.Hangzhou Asian Games | Mirabai Chanu’s campaign ends in heartbreak, finishes fourthAfter consulting well known sports injury expert Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala in Mumbai and going through several tests, the ace lifter got to know that she had ‘tendonitis’ (when a tendon is ...
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‘The Epic Showdown’: India vs Pakistan rivalry in ODI World Cups | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: No cricket rivalry ignites the passions of fans quite like the India vs Pakistan clash. This intense rivalry extends to all formats of the game, but when it comes to the ODI World Cups, the stakes are raised to another level. The cricketing world holds its breath whenever these two giants of the sport lock horns on the grandest stage of them all, and for good reasons. The India vs Pakistan rivalry in ODI World Cups is a compelling saga filled with drama, emotions, and unforgettable moments.A History of Thrilling Encounters(TOI Photo)The rivalry between India and Pakistan in ODI World Cups dates back to 1992 when the two teams first met in a World Cup match. Since then, they have crossed paths in numerous editions of the tournament, producing some of the most memorable matches...
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Rohit Sharma issues major update on Shubman Gill’s chances of playing against Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian captain Rohit Sharma provided a significant update regarding the participation of opening batsman Shubman Gill in the highly anticipated match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, scheduled for Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium.Gill, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, also took part in the practice session on the eve of the match.During the pre-match press conference, Rohit was asked about Gill's potential inclusion in the lineup against Pakistan, and he responded by saying, "There's a 99 percent chance he (Gill) will play.We'll make the final call tomorrow (Saturday)."Gill had been in Chennai for medical treatment, which prevented him from participating in India's first two matches of the tournament against Australia and Afghanistan.India vs Pakistan World ...
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Tennis | Asian Games silver medal a great morale booster, says Saketh Myneni

Tennis star Saketh Myneni with wife Lakshmi Anumolu to whom he owes a lot for winning the Asian Games silver medal in men’s doubles. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement At 35, many athletes might well think about life after sports! But, for Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni, the journey in search of excellence at the highest level goes on.Not surprisingly, this gifted tennis player, who achieved a career-best doubles ranking of No. 74 this year, made another emphatic statement about his abilities winning the men’s doubles silver (partnering Ramkumar Ramanathan) in the recent Asian Games.“Winning my third medal in the Asiad is a truly fabulous feeling. It only reminds you that you still have a lot more still to give. I owe a lot to my wife for this medal,”  Saketh in a chat with The Hindu.“The...