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Day: October 17, 2023

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Roelof van der Merwe leads Netherlands charge as they upset South Africa at another World Cup

Dharamsala: All-rounder Roelof van der Merwe had stressed ahead of the game that facing his former national side South Africa ‘dragged the same weight for him’ as playing any other team at the World Cup. But on Tuesday, that barely looked the case as soon as he was done bowling his first delivery. A wide-arm slider angled in from round the wicket left Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma’s middle and leg stumps toppled. Van der Merwe’s joyous scream could be heard reverberating around the HPCA Stadium. Most of the 10,000-plus crowd in the stands seemed to be behind the Men in Orange, perhaps with some foresight of what was to follow. A night that saw the Dutch upsetting the Proteas at a Cricket World Cup for the second time in less than a year with a 38-run margin. The Netherlands, who were red...
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ICC World Cup | It takes more than just teams to make a match; fans are important too 

Indian cricket fans watch the match between India and Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad on October 14, 2023. | Photo Credit: ANI India’s cricket in the World Cup so far has been excellent. Things are falling into place with a rapidity that must worry the other teams, although one hopes that New Zealand get a fair tilt. They were denied in 2019 when they lost the final to England through a combination of bad luck, bad rules and bad umpiring.However, in denying visas for fans from Pakistan, India have displayed a churlishness that sits badly on a nation of its size and influence. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been acting like an arm of the government since the Home Minister’s son took over as its secretary. In India, sport ...
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It takes more than just teams to make a match; fans are important too 

India’s cricket in the World Cup so far has been excellent. Things are falling into place with a rapidity that must worry the other teams, although one hopes that New Zealand get a fair tilt. They were denied in 2019 when they lost the final to England through a combination of bad luck, bad rules and bad umpiring.However, in denying visas for fans from Pakistan, India have displayed a churlishness that sits badly on a nation of its size and influence. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been acting like an arm of the government since the Home Minister’s son took over as its secretary. In India, sport is politics.The most telling comment after the much-hyped but ultimately one-sided India-Pakistan encounter came from Pakistan’s team director Mickey Arthur. “It didn’t seem like ...
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Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards leads from front with help of his unconventional sweeping technique

Netherlands opener Max O’Dowd terms his captain Scott Edwards as an “awkward, but great man”. “Whether it be golf at 7:00 AM or the World Cup, he’s always ready.” Click here to follow all the action from the Cricket World Cup Being born in the South Pacific island of Tonga and raised in Melbourne before making his international debut with the Netherlands in 2017 after their first-choice wicketkeeper got injured, Edwards has always been ready for whatever assignment has come his way since his early cricketing days. Even the captaincy would come out of the blue last summer after Pieter Seelaar was forced to retire owing to a long-term back injury. It was only fitting that O’Dowd’s words resonated once again as the Dutch skipper bailed his team from five down for 82 to 245 against a red-ho...
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Cricket World Cup: How Netherlands coach Ryan cooked up the perfect recipe, with help from Gary Kirsten, as Netherlands stun South Africa

On Tuesday in Dharamsala, Netherlands pulled off one of the biggest upsets in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup history, as they brought down the high-flying South Africa.Overseeing the result was coach Ryan Cook, who did not have the greatest of starts for his stint. He got the role after the then-coach Ryan Campbell suffered a series of cardiac arrests in April 2022. In Cook’s first match as a coach in June 2022, England almost breached the 500-run mark (498 for 4) against the Dutch. But after initial turbulence, things steadied. They gave Pakistan a run for their money, only losing two ODIs by 17 and nine runs. By then, Ryan was cooking something. He has started to apply Gary Kirsten’s school of thought in his coaching and the results followed. First they defeated Zimbabwe and South Africa...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Consistent India has set it up nicely for tougher battles on the road ahead

Strike force: Siraj and Bumrah have combined well to deal timely blows.  | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR Traversing India’s geographical diversity is inevitable for the Men in Blue while they chase World Cup glory. Be it the humid Coromandel Coast, northern hinterland, Gujarat’s dusty plains or now the leap across the Western Ghats just in time for Thursday’s clash against Bangladesh here at the MCA Stadium close to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Rohit Sharma’s men have been busy travellers.In the weeks ahead more air miles await as the host is bound to leave footprints far and wide, be it the Himalayas, Gangetic Plains, the coasts (west and east) and the Deccan Plateau. Hopefully, the final destination will be Ahmedabad, the venue for the summit clash on November 19. But it is a milestone that...
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Denmark Open 2023: PV Sindhu progresses to Round of 16, Srikanth Kidambi and Lakshya Sen go down

Back in action after her semifinal defeat in Finland last week, PV Sindhu registered a hard-fought opening-round win against Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour at the Denmark Open in Odense on Tuesday. A former finalist at this event, Sindhu needed 53 minutes to win 21-14, 18-21, 21-10 against the world No 28. Also progressing further was Aakarshi Kashyap, who registered a superb comeback against Germany’s world No 26 Yvonne Li 10-21 22-20 21-12. Elsewhere, though, there wasn’t much good news for Indian shuttlers. Newly crowned World No. 1 men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pulled out from the tournament ahead of their first-round match against Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yii. Former World No. 1 and a winner of this event in 2017, Srikanth Kidambi went down in ...
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Cricket World Cup: PCB file complaint over inappropriate conduct targeted at Pakistan squad during match against India

Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday said that they have lodged a complaint over what they termed ‘inappropriate conduct’ aimed at Pakistan players during their match against India at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. PCB also said that they have raised concerns to the International Cricket Coucil regarding delay in visas for Pakistani journalists as well as the absence of fans from the country for the World Cup campaign. The governing body wrote on their official social media handle, “PCB has lodged another formal protest with the ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans for the ongoing World Cup 2023. The PCB has also filed a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct targeted at the Pakistan squad during the India vs Pakistan...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Back-to-back wickets had put us under pressure in first two games, says Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi

Optimistic: New Zealand, while wary of the Afghan bowling attack, will hope to make it four wins on the trot. | Photo Credit: VEDHAN M Afghanistan may still be basking in the glory after its historic 69-run win over England in the ongoing World Cup, but skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi did not shy away from addressing his team’s underlying issues here.Speaking to the media ahead of the match against New Zealand on Tuesday, Shahidi said, “I’m not completely satisfied with our batting as back-to-back wickets had put us under pressure in the first two games, and even against England. “We discussed the problem and agreed that we needed to improve on this area by not crumbling under pressure.” Afghanistan lost six wickets for just 76 runs against England. “We are doing very well in the top orde...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Matt Henry has quietly pulled his weight in New Zealand’s perfect start

New Zealand’s Matt Henry in action during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and the Netherlands. | Photo Credit: Giri KVS New Zealand has gotten out of the blocks strongly with three straight wins in the World Cup so far, with various individuals stepping up in different situations. While there have been some standout performers — Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra scored tons, Mitchell Santner got a five-wicket haul — one person who has quietly flown under the radar, much like how his team operates at global ICC events, is Matt Henry. “It’s been a fantastic four years for most of us to get here to India, and it’s been a great start for us. But we also recognise that this is a long tournament with a lot of work ahead of us,” said Henry, who leads the bowling chart...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | With New Zealand up next, Afghanistan will look to build on its stunning win 

Web masters: The Afghanistan spin trio of Mujeeb, Nabi and Rashid will strive to bamboozle the Kiwis. | Photo Credit: VEDHAN M Afghanistan players, with the wind behind their sails after beating England comprehensively two days ago, will look to build on only its second World Cup win when it takes on New Zealand at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.More than the result, what was impressive about Afghanistan’s 69-run win in Delhi on Sunday was how it outplayed the defending champion and always had its nose ahead throughout the match. Right from Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s brutal onslaught at the top of the order — as he and Ibrahim Zadran added 114-run for the opening wicket — Afghanistan came out all guns blazing before its spinners spun a web around the English batters. After being b...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 IND vs BAN | Indian team opts to practise at full strength

Virat Kohli during practice session at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR The sun was descending in the skies while the foothills of the Western Ghats offered an imposing backdrop. Suddenly a group of fans ran across the undulating terrain around the MCA Stadium here on Tuesday. Peering hard and gesticulating with their hands, cricket’s followers were eager to catch a glimpse of their sporting deities. Soon a security vehicle’s siren blared and the Indian team bus slipped into view while on the nearby expressway, vehicles sped towards either Pune or Mumbai. Originally scheduled as an optional session, the team, though, preferred to be at full strength. Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid sauntered towards the centre-square, gazing at the pitch and then t...
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Railway’s Ashutosh Sharma breaks Yuvraj Singh’s record for fastest fifty in T20s by an Indian | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Railways' middle-order batter Ashutosh Sharma made headlines on Tuesday by breaking a 16-year-old record set by former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh for the fastest fifty by an Indian batter in T20s.He achieved the feat in a Group C clash against Arunachal Pradesh in Ranchi during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament. Ashutosh's record-breaking feat saw him reach his half-century in just 11 balls. Stepping into the middle at a score of 131/4 with five overs left, the 25-year-old, playing only his second match for Railways, displayed his power-hitting prowess.With a remarkable 441.66 strike rate, he blazed his way to 53 off 12 deliveries, with the help of 8 sixes and one four.Despite getting out in the penultimate over, Ashutosh's explosive inning significantly contribut...
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Rashid Khan appeals to donate for Afghanistan’s Herat earthquakes victims | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star cricketer Rashid Khan on Tuesday appealed to donate for the Herat earthquakes victims. The situation in Afghanistan's Herat province is dire, with thousands losing their lives and entire villages being flattened due to a series of devastating earthquakes.These tremors have caused extensive damage to most houses in the area and have resulted in severe injuries to over 10,000 people. The human and structural toll of this disaster is a cause for deep concern, and efforts to provide relief, support, and aid to those affected are undoubtedly of paramount importance.Rescue and relief operations are still ongoing in Herat, with thousands of people heavily dependent on charitable organizations for their survival. In the aftermath of such a devastating event, these organisations ...
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Pakistan Cricket Board: PCB files complaint with ICC regarding Ahmedabad crowd behaviour | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has filed a complaint with the International Cricket Council regarding alleged boorish crowd behaviour directed at Pakistan's players during their big-ticket match against India in their 2023 ODI World Cup match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 14. Pakistan lost the match by seven wickets with 117 balls to spare.There were allegations of Pakistan captain Babar Azam being booed at the toss and a section of the crowd chanting: "Jai Shri Ram," as Pakistan 'keeper-bat Mohammad Rizwan walked back to the pavilion after being dismissed.Watch: Virat Kohli gifts Pakistan captain Babar Azam a signed jerseyThe PCB has also lodged another formal protest with the ICC over delay in the visas of the Pakistani journalists and the "absence of a visa...
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Flying Dutchmen take the wind out of Proteas’ sails

South Africa’s unhappy knack of slipping on banana skins surfaced yet again as Netherlands beat the Rainbow Nation by 38 runs for only its third World Cup match-win. In the rain-shortened 43-overs-a-side affair at the HPCA stadium on Tuesday, the in-form Proteas had to chase 246, way more than they should have after having the Dutchmen at 50 for four. But in a train wreck of a pursuit, Temba Bavuma & Co. wilted to lose its second straight match to the Netherlands at an ICC event after the stunning reverse in the 2022 T20 World Cup.Quinton de Kock gloved one behind off Colin Ackermann; Bavuma was bowled after failing to read an arm-ball from Roelof van der Merwe (a former South Africa international); Aiden Markram’s stumps were rearranged by Paul van Meekeren. Rassie van der Dussen t...
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Cricket World Cup brings South African fan back to Indian roots

Swiftly upon landing in the Indian capital, Natalie Nel would be questioned by the lady at the immigration counter whether she really was a South African? The Cape Town local draws a facepalm while sitting at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, as her husband Seton narrates the incident to this newspaper. “She kept looking at her ID. ‘South African? No, you must be Indian’,” he says before Natalie finally breaks from a laugh to reveal that the customs lady may not have been completely wrong. It’s a first-ever Cricket World Cup experience that’s brought the 41-year-old to a maiden visit to the homeland of her great-grandfather. “My maternal great-grandfather was from Surat,” she shares. “Unfortunately, I never got to meet him or my grandfather. They came to South Africa and somewhere alo...
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‘Didn’t your father teach you..?’: Sunil Gavaskar asks Mitchell Marsh, gets quick-witted response | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia achieved their first win in the 2023 ODI World Cup with a convincing five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their third league game on Monday. Mitchell Marsh played a crucial role with a match-winning knock of 52 runs, enabling Australia to comfortably chase down the target of 210 runs with 14.4 overs to spare.Chasing a modest target, Australia encountered a shaky beginning, losing both David Warner and Steve Smithon successive deliveries.However, the fifties from Marsh andJosh Inglis (58) played a pivotal role in ensuring Australia's comfortable victory. Marsh was particularly outstanding as an opener, taking on the Sri Lankan bowlers with nine boundaries in his brilliant 52-run innings.After the game, the iconic Sunil Gavaskar, who is currently engaged in commentar...
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‘Aag thandi ho chuki hai’: Former spinner urges Shoaib Akhtar to reignite Pakistan’s fire | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan cricket team received severe backlash from former players for their abject surrender against India in the World Cup match in Ahmedabad on Saturday.Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar raised concerns about the team's lack of intensity and determination, which prevented them from quelling the raucous crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium.Watch: Virat Kohli gifts Pakistan captain Babar Azam a signed jersey"Sawa lakh banda akele chup kerwanay k liye fire chahiye hota hai. Yeh sirf tab ho sakta hai jab aap k andar wo aag ho," Akhtar posted on his X handle.Responding to his post, former Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria urged Akhtar to reignite the team's passion and spirit which has completely vanished."Aag thandi ho chuki hai. Wapas jalao Shoaib bhai :)," Kaner...
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Catherine Dalton breaks ground by becoming PSL team Multan Sultans’ fast-bowling coach

Pakistan Super League team Multan Sultans have hired Catherine Dalton as their fast-bowling coach for the upcoming season. Dalton thus makes history by becoming the first female coach in the PSL. An ECB certified Level 3 Advanced Coach, Dalton has previously held coaching positions in the National Fast Bowling Academy in the UK and the Ultimate Pace Foundation in India. Most Read 1 Ratna Pathak Shah on Naseeruddin Shah’s first marriage: ‘He had many relationships… but as long as I am the last, I am okay’ 2 SC verdict on same sex marriages Explained Highlights: No fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry, says Supreme Court See More “Having coached MS Academy players to greatness, Catherine steps up to be...