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England crush Australia by 8 wickets, inch closer to semifinals
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England crush Australia by 8 wickets, inch closer to semifinals

Jos Buttler hammered a brutal 32-ball 71 not out to complement a superlative performance from the bowlers as England crushed Australia by eight wickets in their Super 12 match to inch closer to a semifinal spot at the T20 World Cup here on Saturday. It was a thoroughly professional display by the ODI world champions as they bundled out Australia for 125 and then returned to overhaul the target of 126 in 11.4 overs to consolidate their top position in the Group 1 points table. Buttler and Jason Roy (22) hammered the Australian bowlers all around the park to amass 66 runs for no loss in the powerplay, the highest by any team so far in the tournament. The England juggernaut rolls on 🚂#T20WorldCup | #AUSvENG | https://t.co/82wjRVDecK pic.twitter.com/CorHrie1TW — T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup...
Important to have sixth bowling option, Hardik needs to be fit to bowl one or two overs: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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Important to have sixth bowling option, Hardik needs to be fit to bowl one or two overs: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India captain Virat Kohli acknowledged the need for a "sixth bowling option" but also kept it open-ended when asked about flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya's bowling fitness, stating that the Baroda man "has to be fit to be able to bowl one or two overs". Pandya has started bowling in the nets but the skipper didn't give any assurance that the all-rounder would be bowling against New Zealand but indicated that he himself might roll his arm over if India happen to bowl first. 💬 💬 We exactly know how to approach the matches ahead.#TeamIndia captain @imVkohli on how the side will go about… https://t.co/gKW5GNO7g7— BCCI (@BCCI) 1635595967000"It's very important to have a sixth bowling option -- whether through me or Hardik (Pandya). He should have to be fit to be able to bowl one ...
Aus hammered, Woakes finds his wheelie, Ashton Agar flickers
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Aus hammered, Woakes finds his wheelie, Ashton Agar flickers

What a shellacking the 8-wicket win was. Almost a repeat of the 2019 semifinal when England thumped Australia. Both times it was the bowlers who set it up before the batsmen rubbed them to the ground. It was Jason Roy then, now it was Jos Buttler. Not without some help from Australia, who produced a low-quality game much in keeping with most of the teams in this World Cup. Mitchell Starc had third man and fine leg near the boundary and had mid-on and mid-off up. Perfect time for the bluff, then? It would have worked if it was a yorker. But he served two full-length hit-me balls and Buttler obliged with a thunderous bat swing and the ball was thrown back from the long-on stands. In his next over, Starc bowled a lovely yorker which Dawid Malan just about stubbed out. Malan readjusted his...
Premier League: Chelsea thump Newcastle, Man City beaten at home, Liverpool held
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Premier League: Chelsea thump Newcastle, Man City beaten at home, Liverpool held

Reece James scored a second-half double to lead Chelsea to a 3-0 victory at Newcastle on Saturday, extending the London club’s lead at the top of the Premier League to three points. The defender broke the deadlock against relegation-threatened Newcastle in the 65th minute. Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross fell to Reece on the right edge of the area and he slammed home a left-footed finish from a tight angle. Chelsea began to find pockets of space as Newcastle legs tired and when Hudson-Odoi’s fierce drive struck Ciaran Clark, James fired in again in the 77th. The visitors’ relentless approach was further rewarded three minutes later when Jorginho converted a penalty after Kai Havertz was tripped by goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Chelsea was helped by second-place Liverpool being held 2-2 by Brighto...
Watch: Vinícius Junior double leads Madrid to 2-1 win at 10-man Elche
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Watch: Vinícius Junior double leads Madrid to 2-1 win at 10-man Elche

Vinícius Júnior took over the scoring duties from Karim Benzema by netting twice to help Real Madrid win 2-1 at 10-man Elche on Saturday and move to the top of the Spanish league standings. Vinícius opened the scoring with a 22nd-minute strike. After Elche midfielder Raúl Guti was sent off for a second booking, the Brazilian winger then put the result beyond doubt in the 73rd. Elche substitute Pere Milla pulled one back with four to play, but it was not enough to keep his side unbeaten at home this campaign. The 21-year-old Vinícius once again showed his much-improved finishing. The double took his tally in all competitions to nine in 14 appearances this season, compared to six goals in 47 outings in 2020-21. “This is thanks to the work I have been putting in since I arrived,” said Viní...
SA captain Bavuma says Quinton de Kock controversy was at the back of his mind
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SA captain Bavuma says Quinton de Kock controversy was at the back of his mind

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma on Saturday said he endured “tense” moments prior to their T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka as the controversy surrounding Quinton de Kock’s refusal to take the knee was at the back of his mind. Bavuma, though, also expressed relief that his side notched up its second win in the T20 World Cup. David Miller’s two last-over sixes powered South Africa to a four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka despite a hat-trick by Wanindu Hasaranga in a thrilling Super 12 match. “It’s quite hard to put everything that’s happened over the last couple of days. There was a bit of it at the back of the mind but we had a job to do and we had to dig deep. I was a bit tense,” Bavuma said at the post-match presentation. A huge controversy had erupted hours before South Africa’...
Babar Azam’s mother was on ventilator when Pakistan played India, reveals captain’s father
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Babar Azam’s mother was on ventilator when Pakistan played India, reveals captain’s father

Babar Azam’s mother was on a ventilator when the Pakistan skipper went about leading his team to a thumping victory over arch-rivals India in their T20 World Cup match in Dubai last Sunday. This was revealed by the captain’s father, Azam Siddiqui, on Saturday. The right-handed batter smashed an unbeaten 68 against India on the big day, even as his mother was put on a ventilator following a surgery. Babar’s father has posted a message on his Instagram account saying that the Pakistan captain played all three World Cup games “in severe distress”. “It’s time for my nation to know some truth. Congratulations to all of you on the victory in all the three games. There was a big test at our house. On the day the match was against India, on that day Babar’s mother was on a ventilator,” Azam Sid...
PV Sindhu loses in French Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India
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PV Sindhu loses in French Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India

PARIS: India's double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu failed to reach the women's singles summit clash after going down fighting to Japan's Sayaka Takahashi in three games at the French Open badminton tournament on Saturday. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad squandered a one-game advantage to lose 21-18, 16-21, 12-21 against the world number 15 Takahashi, a bronze medallist at the 2013 and 2014 Asian Championships. It was her fourth defeat to the 29-year-old Japanese in eight meetings. Sindhu, the reigning world champion, had lost in the quarterfinals at the Denmark Open last week in Odense. The world number 7 Indian started the match on a positive note as there was little to separate the two. The duo played short rallies, trying to outwit each other with their attacking shots. After going nec...
T20 World Cup: Hasaranga’s hat-trick and Miller’s blitzkrieg as South Africa win by four wickets
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T20 World Cup: Hasaranga’s hat-trick and Miller’s blitzkrieg as South Africa win by four wickets

David Miller hit two sixes in the last over as South Africa shrugged off a hat trick from Wanindu Hasaranga to beat Sri Lanka by four wickets at the T20 World Cup on Saturday. Quinton de Kock returned after declining to play the last game against West Indies when the South Africa players were ordered to take a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement. He made 12 and took a knee alongside all the other players on the field ahead of the start. Miller launched his late attack, with support from Kagiso Rabada, to lift South Africa from 112-6 in the 18th over to 146-6 and beyond the target of 143 with one ball to spare. Miller finished with 23 not out from 13 balls and Rabada hit the winning boundary — an edge past the wicketkeeper for four — having also blasted a six in the penultimate ove...
G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai win men’s double title at WTT Contender Tunis
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G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai win men’s double title at WTT Contender Tunis

The Indian table tennis duo of G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai on Saturday notched up their first international pro tour title with a dominating 3-1 win over Emmanual Lebesson and Alexandre Cassin in the men’s double summit clash at the WTT Contender Tunis here. Sathiyan and Desai beat the French duo 11-9 4-11 11-9 11-6. The Indian pair pocketed the first game but they lost momentum and allowed the French to level the match.Sathiyan and Desai, however, clawed their way back by taking the lead once again and then hardly broke a sweat in winning the fourth game and the title. “It is the first ever men’s doubles international title for myself individually and as a pair (with Desai). We are playing together after a long time and it’s fantastic to start off in a great manner with a gold medal i...
T20 World Cup: The sixes that heal Asif Ali’s pain
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T20 World Cup: The sixes that heal Asif Ali’s pain

Asif Ali has a gut-wrenching backstory. For the rest of his life he will carry the pain of losing his daughter. Cricket can never be an adequate solace. Two years ago, ahead of the 50-over World Cup, Ali’s daughter Dua Fatima succumbed to stage 4 cancer. She was just 19 months old. A day after the funeral, Ali joined the Pakistan squad in England. Media, both social and mainstream, showed enough insensitivity to tear into Ali when he didn’t score runs. In the toughest fight of his life, which ended in heartbreak, Ali had his Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United by his side. At the post-match press conference after Pakistan’s win against Afghanistan on Friday, he spoke about not being a social media nerd, trying to hide years of hurt. A seven-ball 25, including four six...
ICC T20 World Cup: ICC asks Emirates Cricket Board to investigate alleged forceful entry of ticket-less Afghan supporters | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC T20 World Cup: ICC asks Emirates Cricket Board to investigate alleged forceful entry of ticket-less Afghan supporters | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: The ICC has instructed the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to conduct a detailed investigation into the unruly behaviour of the ticket-less Afghanistan fans gathered outside the Dubai International Stadium for the T20 World Cup Super 12 match between their country and Pakistan. More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for Friday night's game between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but thousands of ticket-less fans travelled to the venue and then attempted to force their way through inside the stadium premises. "Dubai Police and security staff secured the stadium to ensure the safety of everyone inside and brought in significant additional resources to disperse the crowd and calm the situation," the ICC said in a statement. "At approximately 7pm, Dubai Police directed that all gates should...
South Africa vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021 Live Score: South Africa face sluggish Sri Lanka
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South Africa vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021 Live Score: South Africa face sluggish Sri Lanka

For the Islanders, Charith Asalanka's form has been a positive. Wicket-keeper Kusal Perera, who got a start against Australia, would need to make it big against South Africa. However, the constant failure of opener Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando, would be a cause of concern for the team management. The role of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who showed glimpses of his talent against Australia and flamboyant Wanindu Hasaranga, will also be crucial if Sri Lanka have to post or chase a big total. Source link
T20 World Cup 2021, England vs Australia LIVE Score Updates: Fierce rivals AUS and ENG set for Dubai showdown
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T20 World Cup 2021, England vs Australia LIVE Score Updates: Fierce rivals AUS and ENG set for Dubai showdown

T20 World Cup 2021, England vs Australia Live Score Online Updates: England will face Australia in a Group 1 Super 12 contest of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday. The Eoin Morgan-led side started their campaign as favourites for the trophy, winning both of their opening matches against West Indies and Bangladesh. England hardly broke a sweat in those games but the Aaron Finch-led team are likely to pose a much tougher challenge. Although Australia’s batting was quite unconvincing in their low-scoring win against South Africa, they were clinical in the chase against Sri Lanka on Thursday. Source link
Kohli’s hour of reckoning as India face New Zealand in ‘virtual quarter-final’
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Kohli’s hour of reckoning as India face New Zealand in ‘virtual quarter-final’

Virat Kohli will be facing the most defining test of his captaincy career as he expects his men to be the proverbial “phoenix rising from the ashes” when India take on a street-smart New Zealand in a ‘do-or-die’ ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 game here on Sunday. Having endured a nightmare last Sunday against Pakistan, a match that they would like to forget in a hurry, India have a lot of course correction to do against the Kiwis, more so in getting the roles assigned for the players right. It wont be easy against a quality New Zealand, which will come hard at India having also lost to Pakistan in their opening game. Tim Southee and Trent Boult, especially have been a nemesis for the Indians in big games. However, their soft underbelly is batting where Kane Williamson is still not hundred p...
T20 World Cup: Never bothered about criticism, always focused on my batting, says Pakistan’s Asif Ali | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Never bothered about criticism, always focused on my batting, says Pakistan’s Asif Ali | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Pakistan batting sensation Asif Ali, who has grabbed headlines with his six-hitting prowess in last two T20 World Cup matches, insisted that he has never paid heed to criticism about his selection in the national squad. The 30-year-old's selection for the T20 World Cup squad had caused an uproar in Pakistani media, with many terming his inclusion as "flawed". He was often guilty of letting the team down in international matches in the past. "Firstly, I'm far away from social media and don't follow the chatter. I don't know about the criticism," Asif said in the post-match interaction after smashing 25 not out off seven balls to power Pakistan to a five-wicket win over Afghanistan with an over to spare. Needing 24 off the final two overs, Asif tonked four sixes off Karim Jannat to...
ICC T20 World Cup: Quinton De Kock likely to return as South Africa take on Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC T20 World Cup: Quinton De Kock likely to return as South Africa take on Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

As a buoyant, impressive-looking South Africa take on a patchy, unpredictable Sri Lanka in their Super 12 game at the T20 World Cup in Sharjah on Saturday afternoon, TOI takes a look at key things to look forward to in the clash…Spotlight on QDK’s return All set to come back into the XI after apologising for his action and agreeing to take a knee for the BLM movement, star ‘keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will be the cynosure of all eyes. De Kock kicked up a storm when he opted out of the match against West Indies as he refused to be a part of the team’s anti-racism gesture mandated by Cricket South Africa. However, on Thursday the dashing opener issued an apology and made himself available, saying he is fine taking a knee if it “educates others”. Two spinners in world cricket you do not...
ICC T20 World Cup: England still looking for the ‘right’ gesture against racism | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC T20 World Cup: England still looking for the ‘right’ gesture against racism | Cricket News – Times of India

Before the T20 World Cup began, the England team had plans to protest racism and any form of discrimination by wearing T-shirts with messages. However, when they arrived in the UAE, they were told by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that they would not be able to wear those T-shirts. That prompted Morgan to agree on taking a knee prior to the game against the West Indies, a gesture that was repeated in their second match vs Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi. Morgan and his mates though are not very happy about this indecision over what gesture they will adopt prior to each game and they are looking for some clarity. “I hope we don’t have a problem of not having a consistent approach to tackling racism,” Morgan said ahead of the match against Australia. “Certainly, from our side of things, ...
Sachin Tendulkar praises Dilip Vengsarkar, Sunil Gavaskar at Wankhede felicitation
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Sachin Tendulkar praises Dilip Vengsarkar, Sunil Gavaskar at Wankhede felicitation

“Now if we are watching that stand in his name, it is the tribute to those tears,” said Sachin Tendulkar as he pointed toward the stand in the Wankhede Stadium newly named after former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar. The Mumbai Cricket Association organised a glittering function on Friday evening where they honoured two former Indian captains. Vengsarkar was felicitated with the stand, and a hospitality box was renamed after Sunil Gavaskar who completed 50 years since making his international debut in 1971. Tendulkar meanwhile, recalled the day when Vengsarkar walked into the Stadium’s dressing room, teary eyed after Mumbai lost to Haryana in a close Ranji Trophy final in the 1990-91 season final. “It was the last day and we lost the final by a run. I will never forget his reaction, we ...