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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Spin test from Afghanistan trio awaits unstable Pakistan middle-order 

Time running out: Babar and Co. will have to regroup quickly as they approach the must-win territory. | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B While the on-field rivalry between Pakistan and Afghanistan is still in its infancy, crowd disturbances, edge-of-the-seat finishes, and scuffles between players have already lent it the kind of rhetoric that perhaps better describes events in a bullring than in a cricket stadium. The ICC 2023 World Cup match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday is a good chance to see if the on-field action has retained a similar needle.Afghanistan’s spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi can pose a challenge to Pakistan’s unstable middle order if it find its rhythm. The way skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi deploys Rashid will also i...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 IND vs NZ | I bowled good line and length and took whatever came my way: Mohammed Shami

India’s Mohammed Shami celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra during the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ODI between India and New Zealand. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR The seasoned fast bowler was equally quick on the draw while addressing the media. Fresh from a five for 54 yield against New Zealand, India seamer Mohammed Shami spoke with remarkable candour at the HPCA Stadium here on Sunday night. “I bowled a good line and length and took whatever came my way,” he quipped.When asked about his favourite dismissal, Shami replied: “All dismissals are my favourites. It is difficult to pick one, it is like making a building, every brick matters and so is the case with every wicket, they all matter a lot.” There was a tricky query about him being benched in the ...
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Virat Kohli has a response to most plans, says New Zealand captain Tom Latham | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India batting star Virat Kohli scored 95, while Mohammed Shami picked five wickets as India cruised to a four-wicket win over New Zealand at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.India bowled out New Zealand for 273, a total Rohit Sharma's men overhauled with 12 balls to spare to make it five in five in the ongoing World Cup.Chasing New Zealand's 273, an in-form Virat, who hit 103 not out in the previous victory over Bangladesh, put on key partnerships including a 78-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja, who scored the winning four in his unbeaten 39.Virat fell to Matt Henry in an attempt for the glory shot which would have given him another century.The Indian batting maestro leads the tournament batting charts with 340 runs.New Zealand captain To...
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India break 20-year ICC tournament jinx against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India ended a 20-year jinx against New Zealand in ICC tournaments, securing a memorable four-wicket victory in the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup on Sunday. Riding on the indomitable innings of Virat Kohli, who played a valiant knock of 95, India successfully chased down a competitive target of 274 runs with 12 balls to spare.The encounter at Dharamsalasaw New Zealand being sent in to bat first, and it seemed as if they were on course for a 300-plus total.This was largely due to the exceptional partnership forged byDaryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra, who put on a phenomenal 159-run stand for the third wicket. Mitchell's remarkable century, 130, and Ravindra's contribution of 75 put New Zealand in a strong position.However, it was India's resurgence in the death overs, led by the ...
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World Cup: Like Sachin Tendulkar in 2011, Virat Kohli carries Team India on his shoulders

Virat Kohli was just a few metres away from equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries in ODI cricket. On 95, with only five runs required to chase down New Zealand’s 274, he flicked Matt Henry straight to Glenn Phillips. As he saw the catch, Kohli smiled sheepishly and walked back to the dugout, soaking in the applause of the crowd and waving his bat at them, acknowledging their support. Though he missed the three-figure on Sunday, it could not be too long before he equals and then breaks the record of his idol. But more importantly for his team, he is playing the Tendulkar role in the 2011 World Cup. He, like Tendulkar, has been their talisman and the nucleus. The little master was India’s highest run-getter in the 2011 edition—482 runs at 53.55 including two hundreds and as...
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Abu Dhabi Masters: Ashwini Ponnappa-Tanisha Crasto, Unnati Hooda clinch titles at Super 100 event

World No 38 pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto started the tournament as the top seeds and lived up to the billing as they defeated Denmark’s Julie Finne-Ipsen and Mai Surrow in a three-game battle. The Indians won 21-16 16-21 21-8 in 58 minutes, overcoming a second-game blip when they had the finish line in sight. In women’s singles, it was an all-Indian affair as 16-year-old Unnati Hooda overcame the challenge of 20-year-old Samiya Imad Farooqui. Hooda won 21-16 22-20 in 40 minutes to clinch the second Super 100 title of her career. She had previously won the Odisha Open in 2022. Ponnappa and Crasto, the pairing of the veteran who has been around for more than a decade and an up-and-coming youngster, came into the tournament on the back of an impressive win against world N...
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Shami took his opportunity with both hands: Rohit Sharma – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mohammed Shami delivered a sensational five-wicket performance in his first game of the World Cup 2023, earning high praise from his captain Rohit Sharma.Shami's exceptional bowling, where he claimed 5/54, played a pivotal role in India's four-wicket victory over New Zealand on Sunday.With Shami leading the Indian bowling attack and restricting New Zealand to 273, the master chaser Virat Kohli played a brilliant innings of 95, ultimately helping his team successfully achieve the target with 12 balls remaining."Shami took the opportunity with both hands. He's got class and so much experience and he used the conditions really well," Rohit said at the post-match presentation."At one stage NZ put up a big partnership there. Dew came in as well. But we have to give credits to the ...
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‘It’s not too hard…’: Mohammed Shami opens up on being benched for four World Cup 2023 games | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: He came, he saw and he conquered. India's experienced pacer Mohammed Shami was benched for four ICC World Cup 2023 games. He has been warming the benches and was seen coming onto the field only to deliver drinks and replacement bats.However, on Sunday, during India's fifth match of the tournament against New Zealand, when Shami got the opportunity, he grabbed it with both hands for a triumphant comeback.With his very first delivery in the mega event, Shami proved he still had the fire in his belly by dismissing Will Young for 17.He didn't stop there.Shami went on to add four more scalps to his name. He returned with astonishing figures of 5 for 54 and bagged the Player of the Match award.Apart from Young, Shami dismissed Rachin Ravindra (75), Daryl Mitchell (130), Mitchell Sa...
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‘India will forever remember this 95’: Social media abuzz after Virat Kohli’s match-winning knock – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli's match-winning 95-run knock against New Zealand in the World Cup match left the social media abuzz as netizens started drawing parallels with a century and saying 95 is bigger than any hundred as it came in the winning cause.Kohli came tantalisingly close to equalling the record for the most ODI centuries, currently held by his compatriot Sachin Tendulkarat 49.In a bid to secure the record, he attempted a six but was caught just near the boundary.In a highly anticipated clash between the only two undefeated teams at the World Cup on Sunday, India successfully pursued the target of 274 runs to defeat New Zealand - their first victory against Kiwis in any ICC tournament match since 2003.India secured victory with four wickets in hand, reaching their goal with 12 ba...
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India vs New Zealand Highlights: How India passed tough New Zealand test to remain unbeaten | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A resilient Indian team overcame a tough challenge from New Zealand in Dharamsala to register their fifth successive win in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup. Riding on Virat Kohli's 95, hosts India chased down a competitive 274-run target with 4 wickets in hand and 12 balls to spare in a chilly night on Sunday.Kohli came agonisingly close to equal Sachin Tendulkar's record of most hundreds in 50-over format, before being holed out at deep mid-wicket by Glenn Phillips off Matt Henry's delivery in the 48th over. India were left to score just 5 more runs for the victory when Kohli walked off the field. As it happened: India vs New ZealandAfter Mohammed Shami's five-wicket haul restricted New Zealand to below 280, Kohli stitched three solid partnerships to take India home. It was India...
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India versus New Zealand: Mohammed Shami has mastered the art of bowling out batsmen, like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis did

There are eleven legitimate ways to get a batsman out. But the bowled is perhaps the queen of all dismissals. Even more so when a fast bowler batters the stumps. It’s the ultimate spectacle; the sign of a bowler’s absolute powers, the picture of a batsman’s utter defeat too. In the foothills of the Dhauladhar, Mohammed Shami treated the audience with the spontaneous thrill of blasting batsmen’s stumps. Three of his five dismissals were bowled. The first one speared onto the stumps from Will Young’s inside edge. Such ‘bowled’ dismissals are of a relatively inferior quality — the half a centimetre of wood the ball brushes before hitting the stumps robs some punch out of the blow. But the second one produced sudden unfettered joy. Mitchell Santner was just a ball into his innings, but he i...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 AFG vs PAK | Neighbours’ rivalry lends an element of intrigue to the contest

Team game: Afghanistan coach Trott was insistent that not just the spinners, but the other members, too, have to pull their weight. | Photo Credit: Jothi Ramalingam B One of the charms of international sports is the rivalries between countries for various reasons ranging from political to regional or shared borders and even style of play. Cricket is no exception as the latest one in the sport that is gaining traction is the clash between neighbours Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is something that, Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott said, gets his players excited ahead of their clash against Babar Azam’s men on Monday. “I think for them it’s a rivalry that excites them. We have seen Asia Cup clashes and matches that have been very exciting. No closer than the T20 Asia Cup last year, where i...
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‘A treat to watch…’: Wasim Akram praises Shubman Gill’s batting – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Shubman Gill has been regarded as one of the young, promising talents in Indian cricket for his stylish stroke play across the formats. His impressive batting skills gained praise from all quarters and the rising India star now has a new admirer in Pakistan legend Wasim Akram.Speaking highly of his remarkable determination and unwavering commitment, Akram praised Gill for making a successful recovery from dengue. He said that Gill is not only physically fit but also a mentally resilient player."He has got a proper technique. He is a good Test player, good T20 player and we have seen his recent ODI form in Asia Cup and World Cup. He is a complete player and a treat to watch. He controls the game. He is young but he doesn't show when he goes to bat," Akram said during the discu...
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India versus New Zealand: Daryl Mitchell uses his feet, long reach to put Indian bowlers under pressure

When Daryl Mitchell walked into the middle, New Zealand were in a spot of bother in the powerplay with two wickets down and just 19 runs on board. By the time he was dismissed, going for big runs in the final over of the innings, New Zealand had enough on the board for the bowlers to try and defend. Mitchell’s 130 off 127 was a mixture of cautious play and some bold hitting, including against the difficult to hit spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. The standout feature of his innings was the use of his feet and long levers to find the boundaries and unsettle the bowlers. Early in his innings, it was evident that Mitchell was not going to let the bowlers dictate terms as they had at the start. Mitchell was New Zealand’s man for the mini crisis. He began by making his intentions c...
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ICC World Cup | Pakistan inspired by Saeed Anwar’s Chennai magic

Pakistan opening batsman Saeed Anwar is seen during his monumental knock of 194 against India in Chennai on May 21, 1997. | Photo Credit: The Hindu ArchivesN Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq will channel the spirit of record-setting compatriot Saeed Anwar and his country’s winning relationship with Chennai on October 23 in an effort to revive the team’s World Cup campaign.Pakistan tackle Afghanistan at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium where in 1997, flamboyant left-handed opener Anwar hit a monumental 194 against India. At the time it was the highest individual ODI score while Anwar’s heroics also gave Pakistan a 35-run win over their arch-rivals. Pakistan maintained their two-game undefeated run at the stadium with a six-wicket win over India in 2012. “We have a great record at this venue, so ...
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Madras memories: Seeking World Cup inspiration, Pakistan return to venue where they got a famous standing ovation

Waqar Younis paused for a moment as one of the local staff of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association pointed to the wall behind him. It was a mural of the Pakistan team on a victory lap soaking in the Chepauk crowd’s applause. It would have definitely brought back fond memories for Waqar, who played that famous Test in 1999. A litter later, a few Pakistan players who were making their way to the practice nets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, would also stop by, recalling that match which their team had won, one that broke a billion Indian hearts too. There were around 30,000 fans that evening 24 years ago as Wasim Akram and Co won a thriller by 12 runs. At the Pavilion Sports shop which sits only a stone’s throw away from the stadium, there is a photo of Saeed Anwar buying a new cricket bat, ...
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India vs New Zealand: ‘Poor’ Dharamsala outfield back in focus as Indian players avoid diving – Times of India

NEW DELHI: During the World Cup match between India and New Zealand at the HPCA stadium in Dharamshala, the problematic condition of the outfield once again took center stage, with Indian players opting to avoid sliding to prevent potential injuries.The incident that highlighted these concerns occurred early in the New Zealand innings when India's captain, Rohit Sharma, made a sliding effort while fielding and ended up injuring his little finger. This injury prompted his temporary departure from the field for treatment. Despite the discomfort, Rohit later returned to lead the Indian side.In another instance, during the 35th over of the match, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah refrained from diving at the fine-leg boundary while chasing the ball, inadvertently allowing a boundary to New ...
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Mohammed Shami’s stature in bowling is as high as Virat Kohli’s in this team, says Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Fast bowler Mohammed Shami led an impressive Indian resurgence in the final 10 overs, claiming a remarkable 5-54 as the hosts dismissed New Zealand for 273 runs in 50 overs in their crucial top-of-the-table clash at the HPCA Stadium on Sunday.Shami also achieved the distinction of being the first Indian bowler to record two five-wicket hauls in Men's ODI World Cups. Harbhajan Singh, the former Indian off-spinner, drew a parallel between Shami's stature in bowling and Virat Kohli's standing in the current team."What Mohammed Shami has done is remarkable because in the next match, when Hardik Pandya returns, it will be an interesting question of who will be left out. Mohammad Shami's stature in bowling is as high as Virat Kohli's in this team. When you bench such players, it in...
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Shubman Gill breaks Hashim Amla’s record, becomes fastest to 2,000 ODI runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's dynamic opening batsman, Shubman Gill, etched his name in cricket history by surpassing Hashim Amla's record, emerging as the fastest cricketer to reach the coveted 2,000-run mark in One Day International (ODI) cricket. This remarkable feat transpired during India's World Cup match against New Zealand, where Gill's swift ascent to this milestone played a pivotal role in India's pursuit of New Zealand's 273-run target in Dharamsala.Gill's awe-inspiring journey to the 2,000-run milestone required just 38 innings, a remarkable achievement that bettered the previous record held by South Africa's Hashim Amla, who had reached the same milestone in 40 innings. Gill's accomplishment not only reflects his prodigious batting talent but also provided India with a robust start in...