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Day: October 18, 2023

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‘I don’t know’: Bangladesh coach Hathurusinghe on whether Tamim Iqbal is missed in top-order

Last month, Tamim hit out at the Bangladesh Cricket Board after being dropped from the 50-over World Cup squad due to injury concerns. File | Photo Credit: AFP Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe expressed his inability to address whether the absence of Tamim Iqbal is affecting the Tigers’ underperforming top-order ahead of their World Cup match against India on Thursday. Bangladesh’s struggle in the batting department is quite evident as they continue to struggle to put up competitive scores against top teams in the World Cup. During the pre-match press conference, Hathurusinghe admitted that they “haven’t put up complete batting performance, or to that matter, complete performance with the ball and bat so far.” Under such circumstances, Tamim’s absence from the squad once again t...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | With statement win over South Africa, Netherlands shows it’s here to stay

It wasn’t just the result. It was stunning enough, yes. It wasn’t just the margin, either. It was impressive enough, too. But it was the manner in which the Netherlands beat South Africa at Dharamshala on Tuesday to author one of cricket World Cup’s biggest upsets of all time. The Dutchmen outplayed and out-thought the Proteas.Look at the way the inspirational Netherlands captain Scott Edwards — after playing probably the innings of his life — marshalled his bowlers throughout the South African innings. Especially the way he used the spinners inside the first PowerPlay to good effect, making them bowl seven of the first eight overs. Or the way he moved the fielder squarer when Rassie van der Dussen came on strike and obliged, reverse-sweeping a catch. Edwards got a fair bit of assistanc...
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Cricket World Cup: Unbeaten New Zealand demolish Afghanistan in perfect preparation for clash with red-hot India

Mitchell Santner didn’t mince words when talking about New Zealand’s next opponents, India. For all the ‘nice boys’ tag that hangs around their necks, the Black Caps are known to be ruthless on the field, especially at World Cups. They have a history of flying under the radar, largely unnoticed, but as they leave Chennai after making it four wins out of four with their 149-run victory over Afghanistan on Wednesday, New Zealand look every bit prepared for India. Despite getting past Australia and Pakistan, India know New Zealand will be a hard nut to crack at Dharamsala, more so if the conditions are to the liking of the Black Caps. And Santner, who went top of the wicket-takers chart with his three-wicket haul against Afghanistan that took his tally at this World Cup to 11, said that th...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 AFG vs NZ | We couldn’t put pressure on the Kiwis for long: Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott

Striking early: Henry nailed the in-form Gurbaz with a beauty. | Photo Credit: VEDHAN M Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott credited New Zealand for its “clinical performance” that put it on top of the table here on Wednesday. “I think New Zealand played well, but got into a difficult position after we took quick wickets. However, we couldn’t put pressure on them for long enough. We dropped (Tom) Latham twice but credit to them for the way they played and steadied the ship... they steered the team to a defendable total,” said Trott. Azmatullah Omarzai provided the silver lining for Afghanistan on the day. The 23-year-old all-rounder picked up two wickets in one over before battling with the bat in what proved a losing cause. “I see him with a very bright future with both bat and ball. His...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Van Meekeren — the delivery boy who delivered big for the Dutch 

Just how fast the night changes: van Meekeren had worked as a delivery agent in November 2020, when the T20 World Cup was cancelled due to Covid-19. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV This may be an era of short attention span and fading memories, but social media has its own way of remembering. On Tuesday, even as the cricketing world was still coming to terms with Netherlands’ sensational win over South Africa in the World Cup, the online world dug out the rags-to-riches story of Dutch pacer Paul van Meekeren. In November 2020, when the T20 World Cup was originally slated to be held in Australia but was cancelled because of Covid, van Meekeren was working as a delivery agent for food ordering company Uber Eats. “Should’ve been playing cricket today, now I’m delivering Uber eats to get throu...
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We pick a squad we feel is the best for that wicket: India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey

Spin king: Jadeja’s accurate spells have been working wonders in the middle-overs. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR India’s bowling unit may not necessarily sport a change in the days ahead. Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey stated that for now a rotation olicy is not part of the plans. “It is important to maintain the start. As of now there is no discussion of a kind of rotation. It is important to carry this momentum for the next game,” Mhambrey told the media at the MCA Stadium here on Wednesday.Be it Mohammed Shami or R. Ashwin, two key men, who are warming the benches, Mhambrey stressed that omitting them is never easy. “We pick a squad we feel is the best for that wicket. Sometimes Shami will miss out, someone like Ash (Ashwin) will miss out,” Mhambrey said while also effusively praising the...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 IND vs BAN | Scary the way India is playing, says Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha

Strikeforce: Bangladesh and Mustafizur would hope to rattle India’s top-order with some quick wickets. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR  Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha was wary of the fresh pitch at the MCA Stadium for the match against India leaning towards another feast for the batters. His team’s batters have had two poor outings in succession, failing to cross the 250-run mark against England and the Kiwis.“This is the best batting wicket we have come across so far. Even the practice wickets were similar, really good. We haven’t put up a complete batting performance or, for that matter, a complete performance with bat and ball. But we know that we can beat big teams if we play to our potential,” he said. The Tigers have enjoyed a 3-1 record over India in ODIs since December ...
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‘Very disappointed…’: Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi blames dropped catches for defeat against New Zealand – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan's captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, expressed his disappointment following his team's 149-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand in a World Cup match, citing dropped catches at crucial moments and a misjudgment of the pitch's nature as the key factors contributing to their downfall.Batting first, the Kiwis posted a total of 288/6 in their allotted 50 overs. Glenn Phillips (71) and Tom Latham (68) had reprieves at pivotal junctures in the game, allowing them to conjure a match-winning 144-run partnership. In reply, Afghanistan was bowled out for just 139 in 34.4 overs."Very disappointed because at this level you have to take those kinds of catches. End of the day, those catches hurt us as otherwise the team was doing well, but the fielding let us down a little bit," S...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | India in perfect space but Bangladesh can be a tricky customer

India’s Shubman Gill during a practice session at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR “It takes one day,” is the theme of the current World Cup. Across venues, these words leap from ICC banners. Perhaps it is the unspoken motto within the teams as fortunes get altered and a new dawn is embraced. True to that spirit, Afghanistan and the Netherlands ambushed England and South Africa respectively because all it takes is just one day.However, if one team has retained its rich vein of form so far in this championship, it has to be India. With three wins on the trot, the Men in Blue have been on an upward climb even if the peak of lifting the World Cup remains an evolving dream. A familiar rival awaits India in the match at the MCA Stadium here on Thursday. Ban...
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WATCH: ‘This kiwi can fly’ – Mitchell Santner plucks a blinder to send Afghanistan captain packing | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner produced a stupendous effort and grabbed a stunner to send Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi packing during New Zealand vs Afghanistan's ICC World Cup 2023 match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Santner's mind-boggling effort was witnessed during the last ball of the 14th over when pacer Lockie Ferguson bowled a short delivery. In an attempt to play a pull shot, Shahidi got the leading edge. An alert Santner ran backward, dived, and grabbed a one-handed stunner to show Shahidi the way back to the pavilion. WATCH: New Zealand thrashed Afghanistan, who defeated England in their previous outing, by 149 runs. Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham, and Will Young all scored half-centuries and benefitted from dropped catches to score a ...
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CWC 2023 | Paras Mhambrey heaps praise on Suryakumar Yadav, says ‘he is a difficult batsman to bowl’

Suryakumar Yadav during a practice session ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, on October 17, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Ahead of the 17th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between India and Bangladesh at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Thursday, Indian bowling coach Paras Mhambrey showered praise on Suryakumar Yadav and said that he is a match winner and champion. While speaking at the pre-match press conference, Mhambrey said that the 33-year-old Indian batsman is difficult to bowl since he is a 360 player. “Surya is a champion; he is a match-winner and he’s shown you. The last innings that he played, the way he toils - he is a 360 player that we have been talking about....
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World Cup: How New Zealand posted a match-winning total in Chennai against Afghanistan, oscillating from modern to classic ODI cricket

In an innings that lasted five minutes short of four hours, New Zealand indulged in a bit of time travel in Chennai on Wednesday, with Afghanistan providing the perfect support cast. One moment they were playing the way the ODIs are supposed to be played in 2023. The other moment, they rolled the clock back by a decade, showing the respect the situation demanded when Afghanistan were all over them. And as the innings reached the climax, they fast-forwarded to the present day, showing the influence of T20 cricket. When Rachin Ravindra attempted a heave over mid-wicket and ended up losing his stumps to Azmatullah Omarzai — whose seam position had even made Sachin Tendulkar take notice and draw comparison to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s – he ended up giving hope for Afghanistan. On a very hot Octob...
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ICC ODI World Cup, NZ vs AFG highlights: New Zealand crush Afghanistan by 149 runs to go top | Cricket News – Times of India

Less than 96 hours after defeating the reigning World Champions England, Afghanistan received a harsh reality check from a ruthless New Zealand. The Kiwis secured a resounding 149-run victory in a thoroughly one-sided World Cup match held on Wednesday.With this triumph, the Black Caps maintain their unbeaten record in the event, reclaiming the top spot with a fourth consecutive win.NZ vs AFG: AS IT HAPPENEDIn pursuit of a challenging target of 289 on a spinner-friendly wicket at Chepauk, Afghanistan struggled and could only muster 139 runs in 34.4 overs. The Afghans found Lockie Ferguson's pace (3/19 in 7 overs) too challenging, and Mitchell Santner's deliveries (3/39 in 7.4 overs) proved equally formidable, turning sharply at times.This followed triple half-centuries from Will Young (5...
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New Zealand has Afghanistan crashing down to the earth

New Zealand bowler Lockie Ferguson celebrating with teammates after taking the wicket of Afghanistan Rashid Khan during the match between New Zealand vs Afghanistan at MAC stadium in Chennai on October 18, 2023. | Photo Credit: M. VEDHAN Afghanistan, flying high after the win over England, was brought down to the ground by a clinical performance from New Zealand which handed the former a 149-run defeat at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.Asked to bat first, half-centuries from skipper Tom Latham (68) and Glenn Phillips (71) helped the Black Caps post 288 for six. On a two-paced pitch, with the ball holding off the surface, Latham and Phillips combined well for a 144-run stand for the fifth wicket to bail their side out of a tricky situation and end up with an above-par score.I...
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‘It’s scary…’: Bangladesh coach praises India’s fearless cricket at the World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh's head coach, Chandika Hathurusingha, praised the Indian cricket team for their fearless style of play, asserting that they have managed to instil a sense of fear in their opponents in the ongoing World Cup. He shared his thoughts on the eve of the crucial World Cup match between Bangladesh and India, acknowledging the formidable form of the host nation."I think they have covered every area. They got strike bowlers up front. Bumrah has almost come to his best, as good as we have seen in the past. They have good, experienced spinners going in the middle overs. And their batting, especially the top order, is firing, and it's scary the way they are playing at this stage without much fear," Hathurusingha commented during a media interaction.Hathurusingha also emphasise...
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‘Never sledge Virat Kohli as he gets pumped up’: Star Bangladesh batter ahead of India clash | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Leading up to the ICC World Cup match against India, Bangladesh's star wicketkeeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim disclosed that he refrains from sledging charismatic India batter Virat Kohli because it actually motivates him.Rahim shared that he has advised the bowlers to aim to dismiss Kohli as quickly as they can and not to engage in sledging him during a game on the field."Some batters in the world love sledging and get pumped up by that.So I never sledge him because he gets pumped up by that. I always tell my bowlers to get rid of him as early as possible,” said Rahim while talking to the official broadcaster."Whenever I play against him, he always tries to sledge me every time I go in to bat because he is a really competitive guy and he doesn't want to lose any cricket match. ...
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ODI World Cup: India vs Bangladesh head-to-head record | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The 2023 ODI World Cup match between India and Bangladesh on Thursday is poised to be a showdown between the overwhelming favourites, India, and their spirited neighbours. While India's current form in the tournament suggests an easy win, the recent head-to-head encounters tell a different tale.Bangladesh have proved to be a thorn in India's side, securing victories in three of their last four meetings.These wins include two triumphs in a bilateral series hosted in Bangladesh and another in the recently concludedAsia Cup in Sri Lanka. This record implies that India will face a formidable challenge at the MCA Stadium in Pune.While India have historically enjoyed a 3-1 record against Bangladesh in the ODI World Cups, with their sole loss dating back to the 2007 edition in the C...
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Bangladesh sweat on skipper Shakib Al Hasan fitness ahead of India clash | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is scheduled to undergo a fitness test mere hours before Thursday's World Cup match against the in-form tournament hosts India in Pune.The star all-rounder is striving to recover from a thigh injury he sustained during Friday's eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand in Chennai.Shakib managed to score 40 runs with the bat, and he also completed his full quota of 10 overs as a spinner, conceding 54 runs and taking one wicket before he had to leave the field due to his injury."He had a good batting session yesterday," Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha told a pre-match press conference in Pune on Wednesday. "He did a bit of running between the wickets as well."We are waiting for the result of the scan we did today (Wednesday)."We haven't tried...
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CRICKET | Knock, knock. Who’s there? The World Cup, we are back in your city Pune

A view of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on the eve of the ICC men’s cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Bangladesh, at Pune, on October 18, 2023. | Photo Credit: K.R. DEEPAK A majority of the 37,500-strong turnout will have to sit in open stands, that too in the October heat, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium here on Thursday when India takes on Bangladesh in the ICC men’s cricket World Cup. But hardly any of them will be complaining. After all, most of them are expected to be Gen Z or Millennials.Shubham Walunj, an IT professional, is one among them. Walunj — who spent his formative years in Rajgurunagar — a town almost 50kms from Pune before pursuing higher education here — depicts the changing landscape of the city to precision.From being regard...
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IND vs BAN, ODI World Cup: When and where to watch, date, time, live telecast, predicted playing XIs, venue | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On the surface, the pre-match prediction for India's upcoming World Cup encounter against Bangladesh on Thursday may appear to be a clear victory for Rohit Sharma's men, given their current form. However, when one delves beneath the glossy exterior, a different narrative emerges, primarily based on recent head-to-head performances.Bangladesh have emerged as a formidable adversary, having triumphed over India in three out of their last four One Day Internationals (ODIs).Notably, they secured two victories in a bilateral series held in December 2022 and added another win in the Asia Cup Super Four match, a recent encounter that remains fresh in memory.The ongoing tournament has already witnessed underdogs proving their mettle against higher-ranked teams. England and South Afric...