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U19 World Cup: Skipper Dhull among five players unavailable for Uganda game after returning positive RT-PCR tests | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Five Indian players, including skipper Yash Dhull, were on Friday ruled out of the team's final league game against Uganda in the U-19 World Cup after testing positive for COVID-19 in latest RT-PCR tests. Out of the six players, who were isolated before the match against Ireland on Wednesday, only all-rounder Vasu Vats tested negative, an ICC source told PTI. The team, which has already qualified for the quarterfinals, is set to take on Uganda in the final Group B game on Saturday in Tarouba, Trinidad. Skipper Dhull, Aaradhya Yadav and Shaik Rasheed, who had tested positive in the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), have returned positive reports in the RT-PCR test along with Manav Parakh, who tested negative in RAT. Sidharth Yadav had already tested positive in the RT-PCR test before ...
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Barty sweeps into fourth round at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Ash Barty cantered past Camila Giorgi in just over an hour at the Australian Open on Friday to set up a fourth round tie against Amanda Anisimova, who shocked defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round. The world number one, who is aiming to end Australia's 44-year wait for a homegrown champion, was in dominant form in her 6-2 6-3 victory over the Italian on Rod Laver Arena. After an early break, the 25-year-old Wimbledon champion fended off three break points to go 5-2 up in the opening stanza and then broke Giorgi to seal the set. A break for 4-2 put Barty in charge of the second set and three games later she was bathing in an ovation from the centre court crowd having secured her place in the last 16 at Melbourne Park for the fourth straight year. "I thought tonight...
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Bangladesh Premier League: Andre Russell dismissed in a freak run-out

Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell was dismissed in an unusual manner on Friday in a Bangladesh Premier League match between Khulna Tigers and Minister Group Dhaka. The incident took place in the 15th over when the fielder’s throw at the striker’s end dislodged the bails, and the redirected ball hit the stumps at the bowler’s end, ending Russell’s innings. Russell nudged the ball bowled by KT’s Thisara Perera to third man and called for a single in the last ball of the 15th over. Non-striker Mahmudullah raced towards the line before the throw came in and hit the stumps at the striker’s end. The ball, however, changed direction, went straight to stumps at non-striker’s end and dislodged the bails. Russell had still not reached by that time and was declared out. Andre Russell run out in BP...
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I am probably glad I didn’t have to bowl more to Kevin Pietersen, he was a fine batsman: Jason Gillespie | Cricket News – Times of India

The recently concluded edition of the Ashes was one which saw pretty much all one-way traffic. If Stuart Broad and James Anderson had not managed to survive the 2 overs they did in Sydney to draw the 4th Test, Australia would have won the series 5-0. One man, among many more of course, who had predicted that the Aussies would be the eventual winners was former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie. Gillespie was a guest on Times of India's sports podcast Sportscast before the Ashes began and while talking about the Ashes rivalry between Australia and England also spoke about a few English batsmen he thought were very good players from his playing days. (File image of former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie - Twitter Photo)One man he remembers very well for what he could do with the bat ...
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Asian Cup: Australia crush Indonesia, champions Japan make winning start

Two-time defending champions Japan brushed aside Myanmar 5-0 in their opening game at the Women’s Asian Cup in Pune on Friday while joint-favourites Australia thrashed Indonesia 18-0. Chelsea striker Sam Kerr scored five times and Emily van Egmond hit four in Mumbai as Tony Gustavsson’s side showed no mercy to an inexperienced Indonesia side marking the country’s first qualification for the finals since 1989. Ellie Carpenter, Kyah Simon and Hayley Raso claimed braces while Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler and Aivi Luik were also on the scoresheet as the 2018 runners-up made an uncompromising start to life in Group B.Australia have been drawn with the Philippines and Thailand, who meet later on Friday. Australia Vs Indonesia Group – B match on the second day of the Asian Football Confederatio...
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Anirban Lahiri opens with 69 as Cantlay leads in California

Anirban Lahiri was off to a flying start with an eagle and a birdie in the first four holes but the Indian golfer couldn’t keep the momentum going as he carded 3-under 69 in the opening round to be T-52nd at the American Express. Lahiri, who is playing his first event of 2022, managed just one more birdie after the first four holes and also dropped a shot at the La Quinta Country Club here on Thursday. ie_content_priority_driven exkeyword=”Check, Out, Express, Premium” link=”https://indianexpress.com/about/express-premium/” hlabel=”Check Out Express Premium” hlink=”https://indianexpress.com/about/express-premium/” pid=”6462060″ mlabel=”Click here for more” mlink=”https://indianexpress.com/about/express-premium/”%5D He was placed T-52nd at the USD7.6 million PGA TOUR event in ...
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Skipper Yash Dhull among five players unavailable for Uganda game after returning positive RTPCR tests

Five Indian players, including skipper Yash Dhull, were on Friday ruled out of team’s final league game against Uganda in the U-19 World Cup after testing positive for COVID-19 in latest RT-PCR tests. Out of the six players, who were isolated before the match against Ireland on Wednesday, only all-rounder Vasu Vats tested negative, an ICC source told PTI. The team, which has already qualified for the quarterfinals, is set to take on Uganda in the final Group B game on Saturday in Tarouba, Trinidad. Skipper Dhull, Aaradhya Yadav and Shaik Rasheed, who had tested positive in the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), have returned positive reports in the RT-PCR test along with Manav Parakh, who tested negative in RAT. Sidharth Yadav had already tested positive in the RT-PCR test before the Ireland ...
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Aaron Finch won’t comment on Justin Langer’s contract extension but praises coach | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia's limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch on Friday praised Justin Langer's "unbelievable work" in the team's recent success but did not comment if he would prefer him to continue in the coaching role. Langer's contract extension will be up for discussion and both Finch and Test captain Pat Cummins are likely to be consulted by Cricket Australia before a final decision is made. Langer, whose working style received some scathing criticism from the players, has expressed desire to continue as head coach. "He has done a fantastic job. To win the World Cup when nobody really gave us a chance, then to dominate the Ashes 4-0, to almost get there 5-0, was super impressive," Finch was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'. "I am not going to comment on what Cricket Aust...
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Barcelona crash out of Copa del Rey after extra-time defeat against Athletic Bilbao | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Barcelona were dumped out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday as Ferran Torres's first goal for the club failed to prevent a dramatic 3-2 defeat after extra-time against Athletic Bilbao. Disappointment for Barca was compounded by the sight of a visibly upset Ansu Fati going off injured in the second half of normal time at San Mames. Fati only returned earlier this month after two months out with a hamstring problem, having also come back in September following 10 months out with a knee injury. Another spell on the sidelines for Fati would be a huge blow to Barca's hopes of making La Liga's top four. Pedri also asked to go off in extra-time. Real Madrid needed an extra 30 minutes as well to defeat Elche 2-1, with Eden Hazard grabbing the winner after Marcelo's red card forced La Liga...
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U19 World Cup: England, Pakistan cruise to quarterfinals, Bangladesh bounce back with win

Skipper Tom Prest smashed an unbeaten 154 as former champions England cruised to the Super League quarterfinals of the ICC U-19 World Cup with a thumping 189-run win over the UAE here. Continuing his incredible run of form, Prest powered England to a mammoth 362 for six after electing to bat. The English bowlers, led by leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed (4/30), then put up a disciplined effort to bowl out UAE for 173 in 38.2 overs. Prest blasted 13 fours and four sixes in his scintillating 119-ball innings, while Jacob Bethell (62), William Luxton (47) and George Thomas (41) also chipped in as the 1998 edition winners England put up an imposing total. Bethell and Thomas gave England a blistering start, adding 69 runs in 11.5 overs. 💥 154* runs from 119 balls💥 13 fours and four sixes Sensational ...
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Men’s T20 World Cup 2022: India to meet Pakistan at MCG on October 23 | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The schedule for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 was announced on Friday, and India will lock horns with Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). To be held in Australia between October 16 and November 13, the tournament will be played across seven venues -- Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong, Hobart and Perth -- that will host a total of 45 matches. In the first round (qualification round), 2014 champions Sri Lanka and Namibia will play the opening match of the tournament at Kardinia Park, Geelong, on October 16. They will be joined by two qualifiers in Group A. Two-time champions West Indies will also start in the first round, joined in Group B by Scotland and two qualifiers in Hobart. In the 'Super ...
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Harbhajan Singh tests positive for Covid-19, under home quarantine

Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has tested positive for Covid-19. He took to social media to share the news and requested those who came in contact with him to get tested as soon as possible. “I’ve tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions. I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care,” he wrote on Friday morning. I’ve tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions.I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care 🙏🙏 — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 21, 2022 Last Dec...
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2nd ODI: Time for India’s middle order to show some steel against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

With series on the line, India's middle-order batters will be on test in 2nd ODIHow fortunes change in sport within a matter of 20 days! On December 30, India began their tour of South Africa with a bang, recording a comprehensive 113-run win over South Africa for their first Test triumph in Centurion. Their dream of securing a maiden Test series win in South Africa looked nearer than ever. Less than a month later, India's tour is threatening to turn into a nightmare. After their 'Test' dream went up in smoke with a 2-1 verdict in favour of the hosts, their captain announced his resignation. The beleaguered tourists were jolted further when they went down by 31 runs in the opening ODI in Paarl. With questions cropping up after every defeat, India will be desperate to bounce back to stay...
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Mom was awesome: Victoria Azarenka into 4th round at Australian Open

Before Victoria Azarenka had a chance to analyze both players she might meet next, a question was posed to her son about the two-time Australian Open champion’s third-round performance. Five-year-old Leo, wearing his sunglasses in the news conference room and sitting on his mother’s knee, responded succinctly: “Awesome!” Thanks, kid. Azarenka’s own highlights from her 6-0, 6-2 win over 15th-seeded Elina Svitolina on Friday included the “amount of aggressivity I could bring point after point, applying a lot of pressure, the consistency. The break points I faced, I played really strong.” “Yeah, taking control of my end of the court,” she added. “I think that’s what I’m more happy about.” She’ll next play French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, who rallied from a set and a break down agai...
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Rohit Sharma should be named Test captain: Kevin Pietersen

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen believes white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma should be given the reins of the Test team as Virat Kohli’s successor. Speaking on the sidelines of the Legends Cricket League, Pietersen who will play for World Giants said India had options in KL Rahul and Sharma but he would opt for the latter. “I like Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, you are spoilt for choice. Rishabh Pant not yet, may be in one day (cricket) yes. Sharma and Rahul are very fine cricketers. I like Hitman (Rohit Sharma), I love watching his cricket. He has done well for Mumbai Indians and he is next in line.” The English batsman-turned-commentator felt that playing constantly while being in a bio-bubble was one of the reasons Kohli stepped away from captaincy. “Virat Kohli is a kind of guy, who ...
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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022: A look at India and all teams schedule

T20 World Cup 2022: Just like the last edition, India will be launching their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign against the arch-rival Pakistan on October 23 (Sunday) at Melbourne Cricket Ground. On Friday, the T20 World Cup schedule was revealed. India with teams like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa are placed in Group 2. The tournament is set to commence on October 16. The mega event will witness the participation of 12 teams in the finals of the tournament. This is the very first time that Australia have been given the opportunity to host a mega event. Group 1 is made up of teams like Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England and two more teams will be joining from the qualifiers. Here are India’s fixtures in the 2022 T20 World Cup: Mark your 🗓️, set your ⏰ & get ...
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Diogo Jota at the double as Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach League Cup final

Diogo Jota’s double earned Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 win at Arsenal in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final on Thursday, setting up a Wembley showdown against Chelsea. Arsenal chiselled out a 0-0 draw at Anfield last week despite playing most of the first lead with 10 men after Granit Xhaka’s early red card, but all that sweat and toil ultimately counted for nothing. Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita still away on African Nations Cup duty, came under early pressure and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette hit the woodwork with a free kick.But a flowing Liverpool move in the 19th minute ended with Jota’s shot creeping inside the post. Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp waves after the English League Cup semifinal second leg match between Arsenal and Liverp...
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2022 T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan to lock horns in their opening encounter

Australia will begin the defence of their Twenty20 World Cup title against New Zealand in Sydney on October 22 in a re-run of last year’s final. The Australians will be hosting the tournament, which begins on Oct. 16 and runs until Nov. 13, for the first time. There will be fireworks on Sunday, October 23 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground as age-old rivals India and Pakistan will lock horns in their opening encounter of the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The Super 12 Group B clash will emotions at their all-time high, as both sides will look to get their campaign started on a high, in their quest for World Cup glory. The hosts have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 12 phase of the competition alongside New Zealand, who they defeated in Dubai in November, as well as England, Afghani...