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Day: October 19, 2023

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Didn’t play to our calibre, but the loss to India is not the end of the world: Hasan Ali

Pakistan’s Babar Azam, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi, during a practice session ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against Australia, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bengaluru on October 19, 2023. | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali exuded confidence that his side can recover from the dispiriting loss to India, ahead of the World Cup encounter against Australia.“We agree that we didn’t play to our calibre, but it’s not the end of the world,” Ali said, on Thursday. “I will say this -- nothing has changed.” Make or break“India - Pakistan match is such that it can make or break your career. Maybe if it was against some other team or if we had won, you wouldn’t be asking us this. We sat together and had a healthy discussion about the things that need improveme...
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Australia and Pakistan face off in big-ticket clash at Chinnaswamy

Australia’s David Warner during a practice session ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bengaluru on October 19, 2023. | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar A week is a long time in politics — former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson is supposed to have said, referring to the fast-changing pace of the political landscape. The Pakistan cricket team will hope that the adage comes true in sport when it takes on Australia in a crucial World Cup encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.Though Babar Azam & Co. has won two of its three matches, it is coming off a demoralising seven-wicket defeat to India. A bout of viral fever among its members and a knee injury to opener Fakhar Zaman have also hampered preparati...
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World Cup: Did the umpire ‘help’ Virat Kohli score a century against Bangladesh? | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Batting maestro Virat Kohli led India to a thrilling victory over Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup match in Pune on Thursday, adding another century to his illustrious career. Kohli's century, marking his 48th in One Day Internationals (ODIs), was nothing short of sensational and played a pivotal role in India's triumphant run chase.Kohli's remarkable century was sealed with a breathtaking six off Nasum Ahmed's delivery during the 42nd over, a moment that left cricket enthusiasts around the world in awe.However, a crucial turning point in the match occurred during the same over when the on-field umpire opted not to call a potential wide on the very first delivery.As it happened: India vs BangladeshAt that stage, India required a mere two runs for victory, and Kohli stood tanta...
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ICC World Cup | Ben Stokes ‘in a good place’ as he targets return for England vs. South Africa

England’s Ben Stokes during practice. | Photo Credit: REUTERS Ben Stokes declared himself ready Thursday to play in England's crucial Cricket World Cup match against South Africa after missing the first three games because of injury.Stokes, the match-winner in the 2019 final, has been struggling with a hip problem sustained a week before the World Cup and missed the losses to New Zealand and Afghanistan, which came either side of a win over Bangladesh.England next faces the Proteas on Saturday with its title defense on the rocks.“It was a frustrating little niggle to get before the tournament," the test captain told the BBC before a training session at the Wankhede Stadium, "but I have worked very hard to get back to where I am and I am making myself ready to be available for selection...
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Mathews, Chameera to join Sri Lankan squad as travelling reserves

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews. | Photo Credit: AFP Veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews and pacer Dushmantha Chameera will join Sri Lanka's World Cup squad in Lucknow on Friday as travelling reserves, country's cricket board announced on Thursday.Both Mathews and Chameera last played in an ODI series against Afghanistan in June.The 36-year-old Mathews is a veteran of 221 games with close to 6000 runs and 120 wickets under his belt. Of late, he has not bowled much and plays as a specialist batter only.Right-arm pacer Chameera, 31, has played 44 ODIs taking 50 wickets. "Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Angelo Mathews and Dushmantha Chameera will join the team in India as traveling reserves," SLC posted on X."The Sri Lanka Cricket Selectors took this decision in order to ensure that t...
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IND vs BAN: Rohit Sharma gives a major update on Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India captain Rohit Sharma said star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has not suffered any major injury but was non-committal on his participation in the next game on Sunday against New Zealand in Dharamsala. In a major injury scare for India, who registered a crushing seven-wicket win over Bangladesh, allrounder Pandya hobbled off the field after twisting his ankle while bowling his first over in a World Cup match against Bangladesh on Thursday.AS IT HAPPENED: IND vs BANPandya suffered the injury during the third delivery of the ninth over when he attempted to stop a straight drive from Bangladesh opener Litton Das with his right foot in his follow-through. He twisted his left ankle as the ball passed under his leg and he stumbled to the ground.ICC World Cup: Major injury scare for...
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Kohli sniffs at Tendulkar’s record as India slay Bangladesh by 7 wickets

India’s Virat Kohli and KL Rahul celebrate with captain Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan after the winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Bangladesh, at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI The legend of Virat Kohli continued to grow exponentially as he reached within handshaking distance of Sachin Tendulkar's world record of 49 hundreds during India's walk-in-the-park seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in a World Cup game on Thursday.Kohli, who plans 50-over chases with a precision of a surgeon, remained unbeaten on 103 off 97 balls as India knocked off the 258-run target with as many as 51 balls remaining. India have now make it four wins out of four games and one more win would virtually put them ...
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Cricket World Cup: SL pacer Matheesha Pathirana doubtful for rest of tournament, opener Kusal Perera likely to miss Netherlands tie

Sri Lanka pacer Matheesha Pathirana is likely to be ruled out from the ODI World Cup due to a shoulder injury. The 20-year-old didn’t feature in Sri Lanka’s last match against Australia and is unlikely to play against the Netherlands on Saturday. The Indian Express understands that Pathirana has complained about pain in his right shoulder after Pakistan’s match in Hyderabad. He has been taking scans and has been assessed by the team physio for the past week but his condition has not improved. Pathirana has played two matches in the tournament so far and has picked up only two wickets at almost ten runs per over. The Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday added former captain Angelo Matthews and Dushmantha Chameera as travelling reserves and the duo will join the team on Friday morning. Sri Lan...
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Sorry to Jaddu for stealing Player of the Match, wanted to finish game this time: Virat Kohli after 48th ODI hundred against Bangladesh

Following his 48th ODI century, in pursuit of which a few singles were turned down towards the end of the game, Virat Kohli felt for a teammate, who would have got the Player of the Match prize otherwise. “Sorry for stealing it from Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja),” he said in his on-field interview. “I wanted to make a big contribution. Have made fifties in World Cups, wanted to finish it off this time.” Kohli’s unbeaten 103 off 97 balls rounded off a routine run chase after India’s bowling attack restricted Bangladesh to a below-par 256 on a belter of a pitch in Pune. A quickfire 40-ball 48 from skipper Rohit Sharma and a smooth 53 off 55 deliveries by Shubman Gill had earlier got the team off to a perfect start. The former skipper got off to a dream start when he got back-to-back free hits f...
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‘Sorry for stealing player of the match award from Jaddu’: Virat Kohli apologises after hitting match-winning century – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Player of the match winner Virat Kohli on Thursday tendered his humble apology to Ravindra Jadeja from snatching the coveted award from the star India all-rounder after hitting a match-winning 48th ODI century against Bangladesh in the World Cup 2023 match in Pune.With this win, India registered their fourth win on the trot and are on the second spot with 8 points in the standings despite being on equal number of points with New Zealand who remained at the top spot on the basis of net run rate.Jadeja, who returned the figures of 2/38 in his 10 overs, picked two crucial wickets to restrict Bangladesh to 256/8. Jadeja also took a stunning diving catch at point to get rid of well-set Mushfiqur Rahim for 38."Sorry for stealing it (POTM award) from Jaddu, I wanted to make a big co...
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India vs Bangladesh Highlights: How Virat Kohli masterclass helped India crush Bangladesh for their fourth successive win | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The wait for the Virat Kohli century in the ongoing ICC World Cup got over on Thursday as the India chasemaster scored his 48th ODI hundred to take the hosts home in style against Bangladesh at MCA stadium in Pune. Kohli also became the fourth batter ever to breach the 26,000 runs mark in international cricket during his unbeaten 103-run knock, off 97 balls. With the commanding seven-wicket victory, India registered their fourth win on the trot in the tournament. The hosts are now equal on eight points with New Zealand on the points table, but are placed in second spot due to inferior net run rate in comparison to the Kiwis. As it happened: India vs BangladeshAfter the bowlers performed in unison to restrict Bangladesh to a below-par 256 for 8, India batters led by Kohli and ...
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Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes ready to return and rejuvenate England’s title defence against South Africa

Ben Stokes sat crossed-legged near the boundary line, completing his media duties and talking up his fitness. For the next two hours, the England talisman walked the talk. He playfully wrestled with a couple of teammates, sprinted across the outfield with extra purpose, returned to the dressing room for a quick thigh rub and a snack, and returned padded up, launching lusty blows in all directions. The 32-year-old did everything but bowl. But as he trudged back to the pavilion, Stokes left no doubt that he was ready to make his first appearance in this World Cup when England take on South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Forced out by a hip injury, Stokes has spent the last fortnight on the sidelines watching helplessly as England succumbed to defeats in two of the three ma...
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World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli scores 78th ton in match against Bangladesh, his 3rd ODI WC century overall

Virat Kohli brought up his first century of the 2023 World Cup, his 78th overall as he stayed true to his chase master moniker and helped India defeat Bangladesh.This was Kohli’s 48th ODI century and his 3rd in the 50-over showpiece’s history. He brought up his ton in 97 balls in an innings peppered with 6 fours and 4 sixes. It was the stuff of legends as Kohli finished off the match and his century with a huge six, putting Bangladesh out of their misery as Indian romped to their 4th straight win in as many matches. “I wanted to make a big contribution. I have had a few fifties in World Cups, haven’t really converted. I just wanted to finish off the game this time around and hang around till the end which is what I have done over the years. I was telling Shubman, even if you dream about...
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Virat Kohli surpasses Sachin Tendulkar to become fastest to 26000 international runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli, the modern day maestro of cricket, achieved a remarkable milestone by amassing 26,000 international runs during his illustrious career. In the process, Kohli overtook legendary Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest player to achieve the feat.Kohli, who has 25923 runs to his name from 566 innings across 510 matches prior to the start of the game, reached the landmark in style with a six during the World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune on Thursday.The Indian cricket icon has undeniably left his mark on the ongoing tournament with impressive batting performances. He scored 85 in a crucial match against Australia and followed it up with an unbeaten innings of 55 against Afghanistan. And now Kohli (103*) hit a fine century against Bangladesh - his 48th ODI ton. ...
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Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament | Saurashtra rides on Harvik’s ton to beat Manipur

Harvik Desai’s unbeaten 104 (55b, 10x4, 6x6) helped Saurashtra beat Manipur by 85 runs in the Group C match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 cricket tournament at Ranchi on Thursday.Shai Rasheed hit an unbeaten 100 (54b, 10x4, 6x6) as Andhra posted an 145-run win over Arunachal Pradesh. In the Group D match at Mohali, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand played out a tie for Jharkhand to win the super over.The scores: Group A (at Jaipur): Mizoram 163/6 in 20 overs (Agni Chopra 94) bt Meghalaya 143/7 in 20 overs (Larry Sangma 36, Anish Charak 36 n.o., T.C. Vanlalremruata 3/21); Points: Mizoram 4 (4), Meghalaya 0 (0).Chhattisgarh 97 in 19.1 overs (Shashank Singh 51, Ravi Teja 6/13) lost to Hyderabad 98/4 in 16 overs; Hyderabad 4 (12), Chhattisgarh 0 (8).Haryana 178/3 in 20 overs (Ankit Kumar 89 n....
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ICC WORLD CUP | Spectators struggle to make it to the stadium in Pune

Only a small number of fans were able to make their inside the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, for the initial part of the India vs Bangladesh game during the ICC World Cup on October 19, 2023 due to various issues. | Photo Credit: Reuters In the build-up to the World Cup’s return to Pune after 27 years, the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) had claimed to have done its best to make it convenient for spectators. However, the first of the five matches — and undoubtedly the most high-profile the city is to host in this edition — to be hosted here ended with the same old problems cropping up again.With almost a five kilometre-long stretch, while approaching the MCA stadium, being a single-lane service road off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, traffic snarls are as common as ...
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Defeat against India was painful, but it’s not the end of the world: Hasan Ali | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's fast bowler Hasan Ali described the defeat against India as "painful" but emphasised that the team has put that setback behind them and is now fully focused on their upcoming World Cup match against Australia in Bengaluru on Friday.In their previous encounter, India had convincingly beaten Pakistan by seven wickets in Ahmedabad. Hasan Ali expressed the team's desire to deliver a better performance against the five-time champions, Australia.Following the loss to India, the team came together to reflect on areas that needed improvement for their match against the Australians.“It was painful (defeat against India). But it is not the end of the world. Our vehicle (team) was moving ahead nicely, but it was stopped against India. But there are many other big stops ahead,...
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Ben Stokes says he is ready to make England return for crunch World Cup clash | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ben Stokes has declared himself fit and ready to participate in England's crucial World Cup match against South Africa after being sidelined due to injury for the first three games of the campaign.England's defence of their title in India has encountered significant challenges, particularly after a surprising loss to Afghanistan, which has left them with only one win.Stokes, who is also the Test team captain, sustained a hip injury during England's preparations for the tournament. However, he has given the green light for his return to action against South Africa in Mumbai on Saturday.Speaking before a training session at the Wankhede Stadium that will double up as a final vigorous fitness test, Stokes told the BBC: "It was frustrating to pick up a minor injury just before th...
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World Cup: How India’s bowling attack pegged back Bangladesh on a flat track despite Hardik Pandya’s injury

The flat pitch at Pune offered India’s greatest test yet this World Cup. The difficulties increased when they lost Hardik Pandya in the ninth over, twisting his ankle trying to stop a ball off his own bowling, and escalated further as Shardul Thakur bled runs at the start of his spell. Bangladesh were cruising at 110 for 1 in 19-odd overs, and India’s bowling unit were in the hot seat. Remarkably, they restricted Bangladesh to just 256 when at one stage 320 seemed on cards. There is no doubt that India have the bowling that can sparkle in conditions helpful for seam and spin. One question mark that remained was how they would do on flat tracks; especially the bowlers barring pacer Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The pair’s natural skill and variation can help th...