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Sri Lanka opt to bowl against India in first ODI

Sri Lankan players during a practice session on the eve of the 1st ODI match against India at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, in Guwahati on January 9. | Photo Credit: ANI Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to field against India in the first ODI in Guwahati on Tuesday.Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open for India as Ishan Kishan misses out. Suryakumar Yadav has also been excluded from the playing XI. For Sri Lanka, Dilshan Madushanka will make his ODI debut.Teams: India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal.Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka,Wanindu...
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Ashish Nehra made a big difference to my captaincy at Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya

Captain Hardik Pandya celebrates with teammates after their win in the third T20 cricket match against Sri Lanka, in Rajkot on January 7, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP There has been no looking back for Hardik Pandya since he led Gujarat Titans to an IPL triumph in their maiden appearance last year, and the new Indian T20I skipper credits his franchise coach Ashish Nehra for making "a big difference" to his captaincy. Coming back from a long injury layoff, the premier all-rounder was made the Gujarat skipper in a bold move by the first-timers. But Pandya, who had led only once at senior level in a tour game against Australia, proved his detractors wrong and led by example. "What has been very important from Gujarat point of view is the kind of coach I worked with. Ashish Nehra made a big d...
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Australia’s Cameron Green ruled out of Sydney test with broken finger

Australia’s Cameron Green bats during the second cricket test between South Africa and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP Australia all-rounder Cameron Green will not bowl for the rest of the second test against South Africa in Melbourne and has been ruled out of the third and final match in Sydney to recover from a broken finger, the team said on Wednesday.Green was struck in the right index finger by an Anrich Nortje ball and retired hurt late on day two at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.After finishing the Melbourne test, Green will have a period of rest ahead of the tour of India, the team said.Green, who was picked up for $2.12 million in the recent Indian Premier League auctions by Mumbai Indians, took a ca...
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We are made to work hard for the win against Bangladesh, says Captain KL Rahul

India’s Captain K.L. Rahul sets fielding during the day four of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP India captain KL Rahul admitted that his team was made to really work hard by Bangladesh to register a comprehensive 188-run win in the first Test of the two-match series here on Sunday. Needing four Bangladesh wickets on the final day to take a 1-0 lead in the series, Indian wrapped up the match inside one hour in the morning session, bowling out the hosts for 324 in 113.2 overs. This was after Bangladesh offered dogged resistance on the fourth day morning session on Saturday with Zakir Hasan (100) hitting a patient century, while Najmul Hossain Shanto (67) scoring a fifty. "Hard fought Test mat...
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Ind vs Ban, 1st Test | Axar takes India closer towards victory in first Test

India’s Kuldeep Yadav, second right, celebrates wicket of Bangladesh’s Litton Das with his teammates during the day four of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Chattogram on December 17, 2022 | Photo Credit: AP Seasoned Axar Patel upped the ante with a triple strike just when it mattered as Indian bowlers compensated for an insipid first session by reducing Bangladesh to 272 for 6, closing in on a big victory, on the fourth day of the opening Test in Chattogram on December 17, 2022. Debutant Zakir Hasan (100 off 224 balls) showed a lot of character, scoring a patient hundred but saving the Test match by batting out for nearly 180 overs in two days was always going to be an uphill task, as also chasing a target of 513. Bangladesh need another 241 runs on...
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Rampant Wood fires England to series win over Pakistan

England’s Mark Wood celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Zahid Mahmood during the fourth day of the second test cricket match between Pakistan and England, in Multan, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP Mark Wood grabbed four Pakistan wickets to give England a hard-fought 26-run win Monday in the second Test in Multan and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.The fast bowler finished with 4-65 as Pakistan were dismissed for 328 about 50 minutes after lunch on day four, having been set a challenging 355-run target.Wood, who missed England's 74-run win in the first Test in Rawalpindi with a hip injury, turned the match in England's favour with the wickets of Mohammad Nawaz (45) and Saud Shakeel (94) in the space of 12 balls and one run.Pakis...
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To qualify for World Test Championship final, we have to play aggressive cricket: Stand-in skipper Rahul

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan left and Indian captain K.L. Rahul right pose with the test trophy ahead of their first test cricket match in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP A spot in the World Test Championship final at stake, a depleted Indian team has no option but to play an aggressive brand of cricket against Bangladesh in the two-match series starting Wednesday, stand-in skipper KL Rahul said on Monday. The Indian team will be without three key players - Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and regular skipper Rohit Sharma, due to injuries. Having already lost the ODI series, the Indian team will need to win its next six Test matches (two in Bangladesh and four vs Australia at home) to remain in contention for a top-two spot in the World Test Cham...
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Ind vs NZ 2nd ODI | Rain plays spoilsport, match abandoned after two interruptions

Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill during the second one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and India at Seddon Park in Hamilton on November 27, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP The second One-day International between India and New Zealand was abandoned due to persistent rain here on Sunday.New Zealand inserted India to bat after winning the toss but only 12.5 overs could be possible as twice the game had to be stopped due to rain.The game could not resume after the second rain-forced break when India were 89 for one in 12.5 overs.India lost Shikhar Dhawan (3) before Shubman Gill (45) and Suryakumar Yadav (34) added 66 runs for the second wicket.Rain first stopped play when India were 22 for no loss.New Zealand are leading the series 1-0, having won the Auckland ODI by seven wi...
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Twenty20 World Cup warm-up | Shami sizzles in four-wicket over as India edge out Australia in warm-up

Shami, who last played a competitive game in July and landed here after suffering a long bout of COVID-19, turned up to bowl the last over of the game and made a decisive impact on the game Shami, who last played a competitive game in July and landed here after suffering a long bout of COVID-19, turned up to bowl the last over of the game and made a decisive impact on the game Mohammad Shami put the concerns over his fitness to rest with a sensational 20th over as India pulled off a six-run win over Australia in their first warm-up fixture of the T20 World Cup here on Monday. K L Rahul (57 off 33) and Suryakumar Yadav (50 off 33) smashed entertaining half-centuries to power India to 186 for seven after Australia opted to bowl at the Gabba. Needing 16 runs off the last 12 balls with s...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Scotland thrashes two-time champion West Indies

Chasing a target of 161, the two-time champion West Indies were bundled out for 118. Chasing a target of 161, the two-time champion West Indies were bundled out for 118. George Munsey's unbeaten half-century and some inspired bowling helped Scotland thrash two-time Twenty20 World Cup champions West Indies by 42 runs in another big upset on October 17, 2022. The shock result comes a day after Namibia hammered Asia Cup winners Sri Lanka in the tournament opener in Australia.Munsey's 53-ball 66 laced with nine boundaries steered Scotland to 160-5 after being put in to bat first in the opening-round match in Hobart. Left-arm spinner Mark Watt led the bowling charge to bundle out West Indies, winners of the title in 2012 and 2016, for 118 in 18.3 overs. Minnows Scotland are on ...
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Twenty20 World Cup | ‘Historic day’ as Namibia stuns Sri Lanka in opening game

Jan Frylinck smashed 44 runs and took two wickets as Namibia hammered Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka by 55 runs to cause a major upset in the opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup on October 16, 2022.The left-handed Frylinck and JJ Smit, who made an unbeaten 31, lifted Namibia to 163-7 with their 69-run seventh-wicket stand after being invited to bat first in Geelong. Sri Lanka were then bowled out for 108 in 19 overs with David Wiese, Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz and Ben Shikongo taking two wickets each in the team's first of three opening-round matches. The African minnows are on course for a second straight Super 12 place after achieving the feat on their T20 World Cup debut last year in the United Arab Emirates. Namibia's special performance is being lauded by the cricketin...
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England’s Knight accuses India of lying over ‘Mankad’ run-out

Heather Knight has accused India of "lying" about giving tailender Charlie Dean warnings before her controversial "Mankad" run-out in the third one-day international Heather Knight has accused India of "lying" about giving tailender Charlie Dean warnings before her controversial "Mankad" run-out in the third one-day international England women's captain Heather Knight has accused India of "lying" about giving tailender Charlie Dean warnings before her controversial "Mankad" run-out in the third one-day international between the sides.The home side were chasing victory at Lord's on Saturday when India bowler Deepti Sharma dismissed Dean, who was well out of her ground.Running out a non-striker backing up is allowed under cricket's rules but has long been regarded as unsporting by many ...
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Jhulan Goswami’s two-decade-long international career ‘monumental’, says BCCI

In her farewell game, Jhulan finished with excellent figures of 2/30 in her full quota of 10 overs, including three maiden overs. In her farewell game, Jhulan finished with excellent figures of 2/30 in her full quota of 10 overs, including three maiden overs. The BCCI has described Jhulan Goswami's two-decade-long international career as "monumental", saying an era has come to an end with the retirement of one of women's cricket's greatest players. The 39-year-old Jhulan retired from international cricket following the conclusion of the ODI series in England, in which the visitors secured a first-ever clean sweep to give the legendary seamer a fitting farewell. In an international career spanning over two decades — the second longest in women's international cricket — Jhulan, who made...
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Cricket: Why is age a selection criteria, asks Sheldon Jackson

Saurashtra veteran disappointed after being excluded from India-A and West Zone squads Saurashtra veteran disappointed after being excluded from India-A and West Zone squads Having tallied almost 2,000 runs in the last three Ranji Trophy seasons, Sheldon Jackson was hoping to be picked for India-A. But the Saurashtra batter, who was last picked for Duleep Trophy in 2015-16 and India-A a season earlier, was not even picked in the West Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy. When Jackson, 35, tried to ask around, he was told he was too old to be picked for the zonal side. The stylish batter and articulate speaker opened up to The Hindu.On his disappointmentIf I am thinking of playing for the country and I am not even picked for the Duleep Trophy because someone feels I am too old, how am...
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Ind vs WI 4th T20I | India bags series with 59-run win over Windies

Rishabh Pant’s crucial 44 and Avesh Khan’s 2-17 helped India beat the West Indies by 59 runs in the fourth T20I to clinch the five-match T20 series Rishabh Pant’s crucial 44 and Avesh Khan’s 2-17 helped India beat the West Indies by 59 runs in the fourth T20I to clinch the five-match T20 series India clinched the Twenty20 series against West Indies with a game to spare after winning the fourth by 59 runs on Saturday.The Indians posted 191-5 and bowled out West Indies for 132 in the last over to the delight of the pro-India crowd.For his match-winning bowling display of 2⃣/1⃣7⃣, @Avesh_6 bags the Player of the Match award as #TeamIndia take an unassailable lead in the T20I series. 👏 👏 #WIvINDScorecard ▶️ https://t.co/DNIFgqfRJ5pic.twitter.com/T33sZ7Gi5i— BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2022The...