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    Clash of equals between Mumbai and UP******Cricket

    Clash of equals between Mumbai and UP

    Amol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 13, 2022 19:10 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 19:10 ISTAmol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 13, 2022 19:10 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 19:10 IST

    Decent grass cover should elate the pace attack of both sides

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    Battle within a battle: UP’s bowlers will aim to get the better of ex-teammate Sarfaraz Khan, who is on a prolific scoring spree with Mumbai.

    Battle within a battle: UP’s bowlers will aim to get the better of ex-teammate Sarfaraz Khan, amerstar casino live bandswho is on a prolific scoring spree with Mumbai.| Photo Credit: File photo: VIJAY SONEJI

    Decent grass cover should elate the pace attack of both sides

    The last time Uttar Pradesh made it to the Ranji Trophy semifinals, captain Karan Sharma, who is four months shy of turning 24, was not even a teenager and none of its existing squad members were in contention to break into its senior squad. If that makes you wonder whether its semifinal against Mumbai is going to be lopsided in favour of the 41-time champion, think again.

    Despite Mumbai’s legacy and an in-form team, the current squad lacks the experience of a high-pressure match. Only two if its existing members - captain Prithvi Shaw and veteran pacer Dhawal Kulkarni - have featured in a Ranji semifinal.

    Ergo based on current form and similar big-match experience, it will be a clash between equals at the Just Cricket Academy (JCA). And both units heaved a sigh of relief after looking at the 22-yard strip on Monday.

    Contrary to the belter that the adjoining strip turned out to be during Bengal’s run-feast versus Jharkhand in last week’s quarterfinal, the centre-strip at JCA has a decent amount of grass cover, which will elate the pace attack of both sides.

    Nod for Mohsin?

    In fact, Uttar Pradesh will be tempted to draft in Mohsin Khan. The left-arm spinner, who was one of the finds of the IPL, has been added to the squad ahead of the semifinal. It will be interesting to see if he is preferred over Shivam Mavi, who bowled just two overs in Karnataka’s second innings in the quarterfinals.

    Irrespective of its composition, the UP pace attack’s duel versus Mumbai’s in-form batting unit may seal the fate of the game. Each of Mumbai’s top seven batters scored a fifty during its record win against Uttarakhand last week. Even though Hardik Tamore will replace Aditya Tare as the wicketkeeper-batter for the semifinal, the batting line-up appears to be intimidating.

    Sarfaraz Khan, who hit an unbeaten 301 the last time these two teams faced each other, has plundered more than 700 runs in just five innings this season and will be eager to make it big against his former team. Shaw is due for a big knock, with just two fifties in the season so far.

    Sri Lanka fined 40% of match fee for slow******Cricket

    Sri Lanka fined 40% of match fee for slow-over rate in second T20 against Australia

    PTIDubaiJune 10, 2022 17:43 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 17:43 ISTPTIDubaiJune 10, 2022 17:43 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 17:43 IST

    Australia lead the three-match series 2-0

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    Australia’s Matthew Wade and teammate Jhye Richardson shakes hands with Sri Lanka’s Captain Dasun Shanaka after Australia won the second Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on June 8, 2022.

    Australia’s Matthew Wade and teammate Jhye Richardson shakes hands with Sri Lanka’s Captain Dasun Shanaka after Australia won the second Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on June 8, 2022.| Photo Credit: AFP

    Australia lead the three-match series 2-0

    Sri Lanka have been fined 40% of their match fee for maintaining slow over-rate against Australia in the second T20 in Colombo.

    Ranjan Madugalle of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Dasun Shanaka’s side was ruled to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

    "In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time," read an ICC statement.

    "Shanaka pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing," it added.

    On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Prageeth Rambukwella, third umpire Lyndon Hannibal and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge levelled the charge.

    Australia lead the three-match series 2-0.

    david live casinoAmazon pulls out of high******Indian Premier League

    Amazon pulls out of high-stakes bidding battle for IPL telecast rights

    ReutersMUMBAIJune 10, 2022 16:33 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 18:56 ISTReutersMUMBAIJune 10, 2022 16:33 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 18:56 IST

    Amazon’s decision comes just two days ahead of the bidding for IPL television and digital broadcast rights

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    Amazon’s decision comes just two days ahead of the bidding for IPL television and digital broadcast rights

    U. S. tech behemoth Amazon will not bid for rights to telecast the Indian Premier League, projected to be worth more than $6.4 billion, a source with kdavid live casino and hotel arundlenowledge of the company's plans said on Friday.

    The decision comes just two days ahead of the bidding for IPL television and digital broadcast rights.

    Not viable for Amazon

    Amazon had decided not to participate in the bidding as the company did not find it a viable option for growth in India, said the source, who sought anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to media on the issue.

    A representative of online streaming platform Amazon Prime Video did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Bidding war

    The withdrawal leaves an open field for rivals such as Reliance Industries, which will bid through its broadcasting joint venture Viacom 18, Disney Plus Hotstar, and the India unit of Sony Corp when bidding takes place on Sunday.

    Disney-owned Star India, which is one of the country's top broadcasters, along with Sony and its planned acquisition Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, paid $2.1 billion for the rights until 2022.

    IPL bidding rights are seen as key to growth in India's booming online streaming market.

    It is to them that analysts attribute Disney's huge lead over rivals in the cricket-mad subcontinent, luring more than 50 million paid subscribers to its platform, Disney Plus Hotstar.

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    Williamson tests positive for COVID******Cricket

    Williamson to miss second Test against England after testing positive for COVID-19

    PTINOTTINGHAM:June 10, 2022 09:48 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 09:48 ISTPTINOTTINGHAM:June 10, 2022 09:48 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 09:48 IST

    Tom Latham will captain the side in Williamson’s absence.

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    New Zealand’s Kane Williamson during a match. File.| Photo Credit: AP

    Tom Latham will captain the side in Williamson’s absence.

    New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the second Test against England starting in Nottingham on June 10, after testing positive for COVID-19 the night before the match.

    Tom Latham will captain the side in Williamson’s absence.

    Williamson undertook a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) after experiencing minor symptoms during the day and will now begin five days of isolation.

    The rest of the touring party has returned negative RATs and will continue following the tour health protocols of symptom reporting and subsequent testing if required.

    Coach Gary Stead confirmed Hamish Rutherford will join the squad as Williamson's replacement.

    "It's such a shame for Kane to be forced to withdraw on the eve of such an important match," Stead said.

    "We are all feeling for him at this time and know how disappointed he will be.

    "Hamish was with the Test squad earlier in the tour and has been playing for the Leicestershire Foxes in the Vitality T20 Blast," he added.

    Mumbai storms into semifinals with a record victory******Sport

    Mumbai storms into semifinals with a record victory

    Amol KarhadkarBengaluruJune 10, 2022 01:09 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 01:09 ISTAmol KarhadkarBengaluruJune 10, 2022 01:09 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 01:09 IST

    Kulkarni, Mulani and Kotian share the bowling honours as Uttarakhand gets skittled out for a paltry 69 to lose by 725 runs

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    Breached: Robin Bist has no clue to this inswinger from Dhawal Kulkarni in Uttarakhand’s second innings.

    Breached: Robin Bist has no clue to this inswinger from Dhawal Kulkarni in Uttarakhand’s second innings.| Photo Credit: R. Ragu

    Kulkarni, Mulani and Kotian share the bowling honours as Uttarakhand gets skittled out for a paltry 69 to lose by 725 runs

    For the second time in as many days, the Uttarakhand batters were found clueless against Mumbai’s onslaught to hand the 41-times champion outfit a record 725-run win in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal on the fourth day at the Alur Cricket Ground 2.

    Having declared its second essay at its overnight score of 261 for three, Mumbai had set Uttarakhand an unrealistic target of 795 runs. Having lasted just 41 overs in its first innings, Uttarakhand batters would have hoped to stretch the game into the fifth day. Instead, the Mumbai bowlers rolled over them in the first session as Uttarakhand was bowled out for 69 just before lunch.

    The margin of victory — 725 runs — was the highest-ever in the history of First Class cricket, overhauling New South Wales’ victory over Queensland by 685 runs in 1929-30. In the Ranji Trophy, the previous highest margin of victory by runs was 540 runs.

    Only two Uttarakhand batters — Kunal Chandela at No. 3 and wicketkeeper Shivam Khurana — could reach double figures. The others found the Mumbai bowling too hot to handle. Dhawal Kulkarni started the rout with a fiery spell up front, Shams Mulani broke the back of its middle order and Tanush Kotian wiped out the tail in no time to give Mumbai won with five sessions remaining.

    Kulkarni knocked off Kamal Singh’s stumps with one that swung through the gap between the left-hander’s bat and pad and crashed into the middle stump. He then swung another one back into right-hander Jay Bista to hand his former teammate, who was leading Uttarakhand, a pair.

    Battle of veterans

    When Kulkarni won the battle of the veterans by setting up Robin Bist, Uttarakhand was in danger of repeating its mediocre performance in the first innings.

    After bowling four outswingers, Kulkarni bowled one down the leg and followed it up with a perfect inswinger to see the off-stump cartwheeling.

    In the next over, Mohit Avasthi pegged back Swapnil Singh’s middle stump with an inswinger before handing over the reins to the spin duo of Mulani and Kotian for completing the formalities. Had Aditya Tare not dropped Chandela down the leg and injured his finger besides depriving Tushar Deshpande of a wicket, the game could have gotten over earlier.

    The win formalised a tantalising semifinal between Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh at Just Cricket Academy from June 14.

    The scores:

    Mumbai — 1st innings: 647/8 decl.

    Uttarakhand — 1st innings: 114.

    Mumbai — 2nd innings: 261/3 decl.

    Uttarakhand — 2nd innings: Kamal Singh b Kulkarni 0, Jay Bista lbw b Kulkarni 0, Kunal Chandela st Tare b Mulani 21, Robin Bist b Kulkarni 3, Swapnil Singh b Avasthi 0, Dikshanshu Negi c Sarfaraz b Mulani 5, Shivam Khurana (not out) 25, Mayank Mishra c Jaffer b Mulani 0, Akash Madhwal lbw b Kotian 3, Deepak Dhapola c Deshpande b Kotian 6, Agrim Tiwari b Kotian 0; Extras (b-1, lb-4, w-1): 6; Total (in 27.5 overs): 69.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-15, 4-16, 5-35, 6-36, 7-44, 8-55, 9-69.

    Mumbai bowling: Kulkarni 6-5-11-3, Deshpande 7-2-20-0, Avasthi 4-1-5-1, Mulani 7-4-15-3, Kotian 3.5-0-13-3.

    Van der Dussen, Miller star in South Africa’s highest successful chase******IND vs SA T20Sport

    Van der Dussen, Miller star in South Africa’s highest successful chase

    Rakesh RaoNEW DELHIJune 10, 2022 01:05 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 07:27 ISTRakesh RaoNEW DELHIJune 10, 2022 01:05 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 07:27 IST

    Their 131-run unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket flattens India as the visitors go 1-0 up; Kishan’s 48-ball 76 goes in vain for the hosts

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    Rassie van der Dussen.

    Rassie van der Dussen.| Photo Credit: R. V. Moorthy

    Their 131-run unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket flattens India as the visitors go 1-0 up; Kishan’s 48-ball 76 goes in vain for the hosts

    When South Africa stared at India’s 211 for four, only 18 times in T20Is had teams chased down targets of 200 or more.

    On Thursday, before the packed stands of Ferozeshah Kotla ground, David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen raised a match-winning stand of 131 and made it the 19th occasion by pulling off the sixth highest run-chase and South Africa’s biggest.

    David Miller.

    David Miller.| Photo Credit: R. V. Moorthy

    South Africa’s chase picked up momentum when the dangerous Miller and van der Dussen collected 33 runs in two overs — from Harshal Patel and Axar Patel — to make it 125 for three after 13 overs and never looked back.

    Needing 64 off 30 deliveries, decisive blows followed when 22 runs came off successive overs from Harshal and Bhuveshwar Kumar and soon, South Africa was over the line with seven wickets and five deliveries to spare.

    If India slipped at the threshold of a world-record setting 13th straight victory, it was due to the bowlers’ failure to rise to the challenge.

    After Shreyas Iyer dropped a regulation catch of van der Dussen when on 29, the batter smashed his next 46 runs off just 15 balls to remain unbeaten on 75. In contrast, after a 22-ball 50, Miller steadied himself for an unbeaten 64.

    Earlier, India raced to 211, thanks to Ishan Kishan’s calculated assault, the measured strokeplay from Shreyas Iyer and the late flourish from Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who added 46 off 18 balls.

    Kishan impressed as he grew in confidence to finish with 76 off 48 deliveries. The left-hander, after hitting three sixes and 11 fours, holed out in the 13th over.

    A delivery after a review saved him from a caught-behind decision, Kishan failed to clear long-off. This was similar to the way his opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad fell. A delivery after a shot from Ruturaj burst through the reverse cup of Pretorius and cleared the ropes, a mishit was easily taken by Bavuma at mid-wicket.

    Shreyas produced a 27-ball 36 but the momentum was expectedly provided by the flamboyant duo of Pant and Hardik. Pant, who lost his balance and tripped more than once during his flashy innings, kept the scoreboard ticking with two sixes and as many fours.

    But it was Hardik who came up with some wristy shots to send the ball past the mid-wicket boundary more than once.

    Hardik carried on with his IPL form during his unbeaten 12-ball 31, a well-timed six off Anrich Nortje being the pick. In all, India’s batting came good against a quality attack. If 51 runs came in the PowerPlay, another 51 followed off the next four. The next five produced 48 and the last five, 61. The total of 211 wasn’t enough once Miller and van der Dussen got going.

    Coimbatore all set to host Tamil Nadu Premier League******Sport

    Coimbatore all set to host Tamil Nadu Premier League

    Special CorrespondentCoimbatore:June 09, 2022 22:54 ISTUpdated:June 09, 2022 22:54 ISTSpecial CorrespondentCoimbatore:June 09, 2022 22:54 ISTUpdated:June 09, 2022 22:54 IST

    The city will also host the final of the league

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    CDCA president D. Lakshminarayanaswamy at the launch event on Thursday.

    CDCA president D. Lakshminarayanaswamy at the launch event on Thursday.| Photo Credit: PERIASAMY M

    The city will also host the final of the league

    It has been a three-year wait and the city cricket lovers can now heave a sigh of relief as the sixth season of the Shriram Capital TNPL has finally arrived. The launch of the same was held at a city hotel here on Thursday.

    D. Lakshminarayanaswamy, President, Coimbatore District Cricket Association (CDCA), must be a happy man as the event comes at a time when the city fans are starved of sheer cricket entertainment in this part of the region.

    He and his team have worked so hard in getting the SNR ground ready on time before the pandemic struck and further delayed his plans. “I am sure Coimbatoreans will be happy to witness the TNPL matches to take place here. The venue here uses only treated water to maintain the field,” said Lakshminarayanaswamy.

    “With the support of the TNCA and our well wishers, we completed the ground in a record time. But due to Covid, the matches could not take off,” he added.

    However, he believes that this season will bring in more excitement as the event has grown bigger and brighter. Besides that, it is also the first time that a TNPL final is being held outside Chennai and Coimbatore fans have reasons to be all the more happy as it is happening in their hometown. 

    The sixth edition, which begins at the India Cements Sankar Nagar ground in Tirunelveli on June 23, has added Coimbatore and Salem to its venue list. “We are hopeful of getting a good response from both these venues,” said R.S. Ramasaamy, the TNCA secretary. One need not doubt that given the passion of the people here.

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    Ind vs SA 1st T20 | Miller magic stuns India in first T20

    PTINew DelhiJune 09, 2022 19:36 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 07:28 ISTPTINew DelhiJune 09, 2022 19:36 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 07:28 IST

    David Miller made a mockery of the Indian bowling attack to gun down South Africa’s highest ever run-chase in the opening T20

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    Miller magic stuns India in first T20

    Miller magic stuns India in first T20| Photo Credit: PTI

    David Miller made a mockery of the Indian bowling attack to gun down South Africa’s highest ever run-chase in the opening T20

    David Miller carried his sensational IPL form to international cricket as South Africa made a mockery of the Indian bowling attack to gun down their highest ever run-chase and race to a seven wicket win in the opening T20 here on Thursday.

    Rassie Van der Dussen (71 not out off 45 ) and Miller (64 not out off 31) shared an unbeaten 131-run stand to chase down a stiff 212-run target with ridiculous ease and five balls to spare.

    India had posted an imposing to 211 for four with the help of Ishan Kishan (76 off 48 balls), new skipper Rishabh Pant (29 off 16) and Hardik Pandya (31 off 12).

    However, it was not meant to be as the Indians were outdone by the brilliance of Miller and van der Dussen, who toyed with the opposition attack. The loss also ended India’s 12-match winning streak.

    South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma (10) and Quinton de Kock (22) were off to a flyer as they raced to 22/0 in the first two overs. However, the ever-reliable Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a brilliant leg-cutter to dismiss Bavuma.

    Dwayne Pretorius (29 off 13) and de Kock then took leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik to the cleaners.

    While Chahal gave away 16 runs, Hardik, whose return to bowling was highly anticipated ahead of the series, leaked 18 runs and was slammed for three sixes by Pretorius, including one that was 91m long.

    Harshal Patel finally broke the partnership as he bamboozled Pretorius with a slow full toss.

    The Indian bowlers kept striking at regular intervals and limit the boundaries, slowing the proceedings. But ‘Killer Miller’ had different ideas.

    Continuing his stellar run from the IPL, the Southpaw smashed a total of three sixes and a couple of fours in the 12th and 13th over to get South Africa back in the game, while van der Dussen played the perfect second fiddle.

    With 80 needed off the last six. Miller brought up his fifth T20 half-century.

    India had the opportunity to break the dangerous partnership between Miller and van der Dussen but Shreyas was guilty of dropping the latter at deep midwicket on 29.

    The drop cost India dearly as van der Dussen pummelled Harshal to submission. The South African hit three sixes and a four.

    After that, it was a six-hitting fest as both the batters hit five maximums each.

    Earlier, India were off to a bright start after being asked to bat. The hosts plundered 13 runs off the first over with Kishan hitting back-to-back fours as Bavuma opted to open with spinner Keshav Maharaj.

    Rectifying his mistake, Bavuma bought pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada into the attack, who restricted the scoring giving away two runs in the following over.

    Kishan seemed to be struggling with Anrich Nortje’s pace but alongside Rituraj Gaikwad (23) kept on stealing boundaries and sixes with ease at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

    Gaikwad was dropped on 17 by Dwayne Pretorius at the beginning of the seventh over. However, the right-hander couldn’t capitalize on the reprieve as he was caught at midwicket by Bavuma off Wayne Parnell, who made a comeback to the South African side for the first time since 2017.

    Kishan and new-man Shreyas Iyer (36) continued to score runs at will as India raced to 100 runs in 9.4 overs.

    The visitors also seemed a tad sloppy on the field, missing catches and a stumping opportunity.

    Iyer then hit Tabraiz Shamsi for a couple of sixes over long-on.

    Kishan brought up his third T20 fifty in style as he whacked Maharaj for a six-over dip midwicket. In the groove, he then took the spinner to the cleaners in his next over launching the ball for back-to-back sixes before hitting two fours.

    However, Maharaj finally redeemed himself as Ishan hit the length ball straight in the hands of David Miller at wide long-on. Iyer too departed soon after.

    Babar's 17th ODI century earns Pakistan win over West Indies******Cricket

    Babar's 17th ODI century earns Pakistan win over West Indies

    APMultanJune 09, 2022 10:09 ISTUpdated:June 09, 2022 12:55 ISTAPMultanJune 09, 2022 10:09 ISTUpdated:June 09, 2022 12:55 IST

    Both Babar and Imam dominated the spinners and pace on a wicket conducive for batting

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    Pakistan’s Babar Azam celebrates after scoring a century during the first one day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium, in Multan, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

    Pakistan’s Babar Azam celebrates after scoring a century during the first one day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium, in Multan, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 8, 2022.| Photo Credit: AP

    Both Babar and Imam dominated the spinners and pace on a wicket conducive for batting

    Captain Babar Azam's record-breaking 17th ODI hundred powered Pakistan to a five-wicket win over the West Indies in sweltering heat.

    Babar's 103 off 107 balls — his fourth century in the last five one-day internationals — carried Pakistan to 306-5 with four balls to spare for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

    Left-handed batter Khushdil Shah survived a couple of close run-outs before smashing four sixes against the fast bowlers to remain unbeaten on 41 off 23 balls here on Wednesday.

    Shai Hope's brilliant 127 off 134 had earlier propelled the West Indies to 305-8 after captain Nicholas Pooran had won the toss and elected to bat with the temperature reaching 42 degree Celsius (107 F).

    But Babar, the world's top-ranked ODI batter, perfectly engineered Pakistan's highest-ever chase in an ODI against the West Indies.

    Babar and Imam-u-Haq, who made 65, shared a 103-run second wicket stand after Fakhar Zaman (11) spliced a catch at short cover off Jayden Seales' short-pitch ball early in the run-chase.

    Both Babar and Imam dominated the spinners and pace on a wicket conducive for batting. Akeal Hosein got the breakthrough when Imam went for a needless reverse sweep against the left-arm spinner and offered a tame catch.

    But Babar continued his sublime form in white-ball cricket and shared another century stand with Mohammad Rizwan (59) as the West Indies struggled to stem the flow of runs.

    Babar raised his century off 103 balls with nine fours when he delicately late cut leg-spinner Haden Walsh Jr. to third man boundary for his ninth four of the innings.

    Babar became the first batter in the history of ODI to score three consecutive hundreds on two separate occasions. He made three consecutive centuries against the West Indies in 2016 and followed his two hundreds against Australia at Lahore this year with another brilliant knock on Wednesday.

    Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph provided the West Indies a sneak in his return spell when Babar top-edged a pull to mid-wicket with Pakistan still needing 69 runs.

    Rizwan then skied an easy catch to Pooran against Romario Shepherd's off-cutter but Shah ensured Pakistan didn't slip up by smashing four sixes against Shepherd to give Pakistan a memorable win.

    Earlier, Hope and Shamarh Brooks provided the visitors a solid platform of a big total by sharing 154-run second wicket stand.

    Hope and Brooks took on Pakistan fast bowlers Hasan Ali (0-68) and Haris Rauf (4-77) while watchfully playing out the spin threat of Shadab Khan.

    Brooks made 70 off 83 balls before Shadab plucked a superb one-handed sliding catch at short third man to end the threatening stand in the 31st over.

    Pooran (21) tried to accelerate and hit three sixes before he holed out at deep mid-wicket and Brandon King (4) offered a simple return catch to Shadab, who finished with 1-37 in his comeback ODI after missing out the last series against Australia due to injury.

    Hope completed his 4,000 ODI runs when he raised his 12th hundred off 118 balls with a cover driven boundary against Hasan but Rauf's late wickets pegged back the West Indies in the latter half of the innings despite cameos by Rovman Powell (32) and Shepherd (25).

    Hope, who hit 15 fours and a six, dragged Rauf's off-cutter back onto his stump while Shepherd and Hosein were caught in the deep in the fast bowler's last over while looking for quick runs.

    The second game will be played Friday with the last one scheduled Sunday.

    The series was postponed last December after a COVID-19 outbreak in the West Indies camp during the preceding Twenty20 series in Pakistan.

    Karan Sharma guides Uttar Pradesh to the Ranji semifinals******Cricket

    Karan Sharma guides Uttar Pradesh to the Ranji semifinals

    Ashwin AchalJune 09, 2022 00:37 ISTUpdated:June 09, 2022 00:37 ISTAshwin AchalJune 09, 2022 00:37 ISTUpdated:June 09, 2022 00:37 IST

    Karnataka fails to capitalise after setting a tricky target as the visiting team romps home by five wickets

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    Karan made light of the chase with a well-paced, unbeaten 93.

    Karan made light of the chase with a well-paced, unbeaten 93.| Photo Credit: RAGU R

    Karnataka fails to capitalise after setting a tricky target as the visiting team romps home by five wickets

    A brilliant unbeaten 93 (163b, 13x4, 1x6) from captain Karan Sharma took Uttar Pradesh past Karnataka by five wickets in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal encounter at Alur grounds here on Wednesday.

    Karan, playing just his fourth First-Class match, showed nerves of steel to shut Karnataka out of the tournament. Karnataka added only 14 runs to its overnight tally to set a tricky target of 213, but the 24-year-old Karan made light of the task.

    Unbroken stand

    Karnataka had its chances on the third day, when the visitor was reduced to 28 for two and 114 for five. An unbroken 99-run sixth-wicket partnership between Karan and Prince Yadav (33 n.o.), however, crushed all hopes of a home win.

    One-drop Priyam Garg (52, 60b, 6x4, 2x6) put Uttar Pradesh on the right track with an aggressive knock. Garg’s hook off pacer Vidhwath Kaverappa, which sailed well over deep square-leg, showed that Uttar Pradesh was unwilling to take a backward step.

    The start of the Uttar Pradesh essay did not inspire confidence. Openers Samarth Singh and Aryan Juyal threw away their wickets, playing away from the body to offer catches behind the wicket.

    Batting mainstay Rinku Singh (4) fell to a shocking error in judgment. The southpaw shouldered arms to a straight delivery from Kaverappa, only for the ball to crash into his off-stump.

    Dhruv Jorel’s (9) glance off the hip was pouched by substitute wicketkeeper B.R. Sharath. The substitute was required after regular gloveman Sharath Srinivas left the field with a finger injury.

    Karan found an able ally in Prince. Despite facing pressure from the Karnataka players — never shy to appeal, and chirp loudly — Prince stood firm.

    Karan and Prince came alive in the final session, tonking the Karnataka attack to all parts to finish in style.

    This is Karan’s second successive match-winning effort in the final innings, having made 116 against Maharashtra to help Uttar Pradesh reach a stiff 357-run target.

    Karan, who played one match in IPL 2022, stated that he picked up valuable tips from his Lucknow Super Giants teammates K.L. Rahul and Marcus Stoinis.

    On his stellar knock, Karan said, “There was movement on this pitch, so the plan was to play as late and close to the body as possible. This win shows the character of our team.”

    The scoreboard: Karnataka — 1st innings: 253.

    Uttar Pradesh — 1st innings: 155.

    Karnataka — 2nd innings: R. Samarth b Prince 11, Mayank Agarwal c Jurel b Saurabh 22, Karun Nair c Rinku b Rajpoot 10, K.V. Siddharth b Rajpoot 15, Manish Pandey run out 4, Shreyas Gopal c Juyal b Saurabh 3, S. Sharath (not out) 23, K. Gowtham c Jurel b Mavi 1, V. Vyshak lbw b Saurabh 5, Ronit More c Jurel b Dayal 0, Vidhwath Kaverappa c Samarth Singh b Dayal 0; Extras (b-8, lb-9, nb-3): 20; Total (in 39 overs): 114.

    Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-35, 3-67, 4-71, 5-77, 6-84, 7-95, 8-100, 9-105.

    U.P. bowling: Dayal 9-0-35-2, Rajpoot 8-2-15-2, Prince 4-2-6-1, Saurabh 16-4-36-3, Mavi 2-0-5-1

    Uttar Pradesh — 2nd innings: Samarth Singh c Siddharth b Vyshak 14, Aryan Juyal c sub (B.R. Sharath) b Vyshak 1, Priyam Garg c Gopal b Gowtham 52, Karan Sharma (not out) 93, Rinku Singh b Kaverappa 4, Dhruv Jurel c sub (B.R. Sharath) b Vyshak 9, Prince Yadav (not out) 33, Extras (b-6, nb-1): 7; Total (for five wkts. in 65.2 overs): 213.

    Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-28, 3-87, 4-96, 5-114.

    Karnataka bowling: Vyshak 17-5-47-3, More 10-2-27-0, Kaverappa 13.2-3-46-1, Gopal 8-0-38-0, Gowtham 17-3-49-1.

    A poster girl for women’s cricket, Mithali showed the path for a generation******Sport

    A poster girl for women’s cricket, Mithali showed the path for a generation

    P. K. Ajith KumarJune 08, 2022 23:48 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 23:48 ISTP. K. Ajith KumarJune 08, 2022 23:48 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 23:48 IST

    She shattered several batting records and inspired many to pick up a cricket bat 

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    Mithali proved a motivation for many during her illustrious career.

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    She shattered several batting records and inspired many to pick up a cricket bat 

    For a long, long time, there was only one poster girl for Indian women’s cricket. She answered to the name Mithali Raj.

    For more than two decades, she carried the bat for the Women in Blue — and on the rare occasions when they wore whites — in admirable fashion.

    She announced her retirement from international cricket, at the age of 39, on Wednesday. India’s match against South Africa in the Women’s World Cup at Christchurch on March 27 has turned out to be her last.

    It had all begun when her father took her to her brother’s cricket training sessions at Secunderabad where the coach first spotted her potential.

    The game will miss her assured presence at the wicket, and those beauteous cover drives. Her friendly smile — even at the end of a demanding or even disappointing day — will also be missed. She has been a fine ambassador for women’s cricket.

    An inspiration

    Mithali shattered several batting records. She inspired many girls to pick up a cricket bat when it wasn’t the most glamorous thing to do.

    From her bat have flown 7,805 runs in 232 ODIs and 2,364 in 89 T20Is. If she played only in 12 Tests, that is because women get to play a few of them. She scored 699 runs in those Tests; her 214, which she made at Taunton against England in 2002, remains the second highest individual score in Women’s Tests.

    With 10,868 runs, she is the leading scorer in international women’s cricket.

    She is also the highest run-getter in WODIs, in which she made a stunning debut aged 16 in 1999, with an unbeaten 114 against Ireland at Milton Keynes. She led India in two World Cup finals.

    Bright stars

    By the time Mithali reached the evening of her career, Indian women’s cricket was no longer just about her, or the champion bowler and her contemporary, Jhulan Goswami. If the game has several bright stars now in Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Shafali Verma, she is one of the biggest reasons for that.

    She was the Sunil Gavaskar of women’s cricket the Sachin Tendulkars and Rahul Dravids wanted to emulate.

    I feel fortunate and privileged: Mithali******Cricket

    I feel fortunate and privileged: Mithali

    V. V. SubrahmanyamHYDERABADJune 08, 2022 20:12 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 21:33 ISTV. V. SubrahmanyamHYDERABADJune 08, 2022 20:12 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 21:33 IST

    ‘The decision to quit was on the cards ever since the last World Cup’

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    Mithali says she was not perturbed by the growing criticism in the recent past.

    Mithali says she was not perturbed by the growing criticism in the recent past.| Photo Credit: Reuters

    ‘The decision to quit was on the cards ever since the last World Cup’

    Mithali Raj said it had been a wonderful journey of highs and lows, and to be part of a transition in women’s cricket from being push-overs to one of the strongest contenders.

    “When I look back, I feel fortunate and privileged to see the evolution of women’s cricket in India from my early days to the current era when the players are more recognised and have a fan base with huge support from the BCCI too,” Mithali said in an exclusive chat with The Hindufrom Lucknow where she is on a personal visit.

    “I am fortunate and grateful to God and all those who helped me to be part of this journey,” she said.

    “The decision to quit was never an impulsive or an emotional one but had been on the cards ever since we came back from the last World Cup (50 overs) in New Zealand," Mithali said.

    “I have always insisted that the World Cup would be my last international assignment. It was a huge disappointment personally and from the team’s perspective. I hoped we would make it to the semis at least,” she said.

    “I did have a discussion with my father and other well-wishers before I decided to call it a day. It took time for me to come out of the disappointment of the World Cup. That was the reason why I played only one domestic match after that,” Mithali said. "In a way, I was mentally preparing for this day after the World Cup," she added.

    “I was not perturbed by the growing criticism in the recent past about my rate of scoring. These things come when you are successful and for so long at the highest level,” she said.

    “The high-points of my career were the 2005 and the 2017 World Cups (50 overs). Not winning the World Cup would be the biggest regret,” she said. “I believe the 2017 edition broke many shackles as far Indian women’s cricket is concerned in terms of popularity, standard of the game. The team showed to the world what we are capable of,” she added.

    “I can’t pinpoint any one moment as the most memorable or any other as the most disappointing. I always found the ability to keep going, especially fight back from tough times, being mentally more tough and gaining in confidence. I have never let any distraction get the better of me,” she said.

    Mulani and Jaiswal star as Mumbai has Uttarakhand on the mat******Sport

    Mulani and Jaiswal star as Mumbai has Uttarakhand on the mat

    Amol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 08, 2022 19:52 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 23:36 ISTAmol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 08, 2022 19:52 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 23:36 IST

    The former’s five-for and the latter’s century hand Shaw’s men overall lead of 794 runs with seven wickets in hand

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    Shams Mulani and Yashasvi Jaiswal emerged as the stars of the day as Mumbai had Uttarakhand on the mat on the third day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal at the Alur Cricket Ground 2 on Wednesday.

    Mulani’s fifth five-wicket haul (5/39) of the season meant Mumbai bundled out Uttarakhand for a paltry 114 runs at lunch. Despite a match-winning lead of 533 runs, Mumbai opted to give its top-order another go at the Uttarakhand bowlers.

    Jaiswal (103, 150b, 10x4, 2x6), playing only his second First Class match, then made the most of the opportunity to lead the run-feast. At stumps, with captain Prithvi Shaw and Aditya Tare, promoted in the order in a bid to boost his confidence, also scoring fifties, Mumbai was 261 for three, with an unassailable lead of 794 runs.

    Much before Shaw’s scratchy-yet-flamboyant knock, Jaiswal’s left-handed flair and Tare’s impressive driving in the last two sessions, the morning session sealed the fate of the match. It took Mumbai bowlers only 30.1 overs to snare the remaining eight Uttarakhand wickets for just 75 runs.

    On a pitch that had started behaving awkwardly, with the odd-ball keeping low, Dhawal Kulkarni started the rout. The veteran pacer trapped Kunal Chandela off the first ball he bowled in the morning. Seasoned pro Robin Bist then tried to settle the ship with left-handed Kamal Singh going for his shots.

    Kamal was fortunate to have been caught behind off Tushar Deshpande’s no-ball. But Deshpande then played a crucial role in seeing the back of Kamal, lunging forward at deep square-leg to take a superb catch to give Mulani his first wicket.

    The in-form spinner then went on a roll. He was aided in the field as well, with captain Shaw taking a spectacular catch diving to his right to take Dikshanshu Negi’s catch. Mulani read the conditions perfectly and switched from around the wicket to over the wicket.

    It paid rich dividends as the Uttarakhand middle- and lower-order was found clueless against the left-arm spinner. Mohit Avasthi, meanwhile, got the key wicket of Bist with one that rose high on the batter and Jaiswal did not falter at point.

    Later in the afternoon, Shaw raised his highest score for the season with a strokeful innings. With Uttarakhand employing spinners most of the time, the Mumbai batters used their feet well. Both Jaiswal and Tare gave away their wickets moments after crossing their milestones. 

    The scores:

    Mumbai — 1st innings: 647/8 decl.

    Uttarakhand — 1st innings: Kamal Singh c Deshpande 27, Jay Bista c Tare b Deshpande 0, Mayank Mishra c Deshpande b Avasthi 4, Kunal Chandela lbw b Kulkarni 8, Robin Bist c Jaiswal b Avasthi 25, Swapnil Singh c Shaw b Mulani 9, Dikshanshu Negi c Shaw b Mulani 12, Shivam Khurana c Sarfaraz b Mulani 7, Agrim Tiwari b Mulani 0, Akash Madhwal c & b Kotian 0, Deepak Dhapola (not out) 4; Extras (b-2, lb-2, nb-1) 5; Total (in 41.1 overs): 114.

    Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-23, 3-39, 4-71, 5-85, 6-91, 7-109, 8-109, 9-110.

    Mumbai bowling: Kulkarni 8-4-18-1, Deshpande 9-2-25-1, Avasthi 9-3-22-2, Mulani 12-2-39-5, Kotian 3.1-1-6-1.

    Mumbai — 2nd innings: Prithvi Shaw c Mishra b Negi 72, Yashasvi Jaiswal c Swapnil b Mishra 103, Aditya Tare st Khurana b Bista 57, Armaan Jaffer (batting) 17, Suved Parkar (batting) 6; Extras (lb-5, nb-1) 6; Total (for three wkts. in 58 overs) 261.

    Fall of wickets: 1-115, 2-209, 3-245.

    Uttarakhand bowling: Dhapola 3-0-16-0, Tiwari 5-1-19-0, Madhwal 3-0-13-0, Mishra 23-3-83-1, Bista 8-0-46-1, Negi 5-0-31-1, Swapnil 11-3-48-0.

    K. L. Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav ruled out of entire series, Pant to captain India against Proteas******Cricket

    K. L. Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav ruled out of entire series, Pant to captain India against Proteas

    PTINew Delhi: June 08, 2022 19:45 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 21:43 ISTPTINew Delhi:June 08, 2022 19:45 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 21:43 IST

    Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will also miss the entire T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets on Tuesday

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    Indian cricket team captain K. L. Rahul during a practice session for the upcoming T20 cricket series against South Africa, at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, on Monday, June 6, 2022.

    Indian cricket team captain K. L. Rahul during a practice session for the upcoming T20 cricket series against South Africa, at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, on Monday, June 6, 2022.| Photo Credit: PTI

    Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will also miss the entire T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets on Tuesday

    India skipper K. L. Rahul was on Wednesday ruled out of the five-match T20 International series against South Africa due to a groin injury, a day before the first match in New Delhi.

    Wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant, who was named as Rahul’s deputy, will lead the side in his absence. All-rounder Hardik Pandya will be the vice-captain in the series.

    Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will also miss the entire T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets on Tuesday.

    “Team India captain K. L. Rahul has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa owing to a right groin injury while Kuldeep Yadav will miss out in the T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets last evening,” the BCCI said in a statement.

    “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant as captain and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain for the home series against South Africa.” The selection committee has not named replacements for Rahul and Kuldeep. Both the cricketers will now report to the NCA where the medical team will assess them further and decide on the future course of treatment.

    It is understood that Ruturaj Gaikwad will open the batting alongside Ishan Kishan in the series-opener on Thursday.

    Harmanpreet replaces Mithali as ODI captain, no Jhulan for SL series; Jemimah returns******Cricket

    Harmanpreet replaces Mithali as ODI captain, no Jhulan for SL series; Jemimah returns

    PTINew Delhi:June 08, 2022 19:26 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 22:44 ISTPTINew Delhi:June 08, 2022 19:26 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 22:44 IST

    Notable omissions from the ODI squad were veteran Jhulan Goswami, who too like Mithali, was expected to retire after the World Cup, and Sneh Rana

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    Harmanpreet Kaur. File.

    Harmanpreet Kaur. File.| Photo Credit: The Hindu

    Notable omissions from the ODI squad were veteran Jhulan Goswami, who too like Mithali, was expected to retire after the World Cup, and Sneh Rana

    Harmanpreet Kaur was on Wednesday named India women’s team captain for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka on a day when her ODI predecessor Mithali Raj announced her international retirement. Harmanpreet, who remains T20I skipper, and Smriti Mandhana were in the running to replace Mithali in the 50-over format. Eventually, the selectors have gone for the 33-year-old Harmanpreet over the 25-year-old Mandhana. India will play three T20Is and as many ODIs against Sri Lanka in Dambulla and Kandy, starting June 23. It will be India’s first assignment since the early exit from the ODI World Cup in March.

    Notable omissions from the ODI squad were veteran Jhulan Goswami, who too like Mithali, was expected to retire after the World Cup, and Sneh Rana.

    Opener S. Meghana, who had impressed in the ODIs in New Zealand before World Cup, has been included in both the ODI and T20I squads.

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    Jemimah Rodrigues, who was not included in the ODI World Cup squad, made a comeback for the T20Is. Radha Yadav, who last played for India in July last year, also made a return.

    The three T20Is will be played in Dambulla on June 23, 25 and 27 while the ODIs will be held in Kandy on July 1, 4 and 7.

    The timing of the squad announcement was rather interesting as it came soon after Indian legend Mithali called time on her 23-year-old career.

    India's ODI squad:

    Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), S Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol.

    India's T20I squad

    Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), S Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav.

    ‘Mithali the face of women’s cricket’******Cricket

    ‘Mithali the face of women’s cricket’

    V. V. SubrahmanyamHYDERABADJune 08, 2022 18:37 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 18:37 ISTV. V. SubrahmanyamHYDERABADJune 08, 2022 18:37 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 18:37 IST

    Best friend Nooshin backs her to do well as an administrator

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    Best friend Nooshin backs her to do well as an administrator

    Nooshin Al Khadeer has been Mithali Raj’s best friend for close to 23 years now. And when Mithali announced her retirement, Nooshin was not really surprised.

    “It is a mixed feeling for sure. But we have to respect her call,” Nooshin told The Hindu.

    “I can only say Mithali has accomplished whatever an Indian woman cricketer could. Her contribution will always be remembered. She was, she is and will remain the face of women’s cricket,” said Nooshin, who said she played 78 ODIs and claimed 100 wickets, and five Tests either with Mithali or under her.“

    Commenting on her role the few times Mithali went through a tough phase, Nooshin said her emphasis was on the fact that Mithali should focus on what the task was at hand. “Since she was a batter, I thought she should score runs and nothing else. Perform and ignore all the distractions,” was Nooshin’s advice.

    Grit and discipline

    Were you surprised that Mithali played at the highest level for 23 years despite being a women cricketer? “Honestly, no. Because of her grit, discipline and great talent,” Nooshin said.

    What have been the best moments with Mithali? “All her achievements. Because, I have been part of them as a friend, well-wisher. We were always connected with each other. So, when your best friend does better than what she had done a day or a year before, it is a huge moment for you too,” Nooshin said.

    Mithali was part of the team when Nooshin made her international debut. “Glad that there is no retirement to our friendship which began in 2009 as rivals. I was leading Karnataka and Mithali the then united Andhra Pradesh in the under-19 grade. Soon we became best friends as our thoughts and ideas were so similar,” the 41-year-old Nooshin recalled.

    Future endeavours

    “Mithali’s playing journey has ended. But friendship is beyond all these things. I wish her good luck in all her future endeavours and I am sure she will do the right things in whatever assignment she takes up,” the former India off-spinner said.

    “I have been part of her journey - ups and downs. The most impressive feature of her is that she has always been a very grounded person despite all her achievements and the honours she received,” Nooshin said.

    What role do you envisage for Mithali? “The kind of experience she has, she can contribute as an administrator like Belinda Clark. Mithali is suitable to change the face of women’s cricket in India and across the world,” Nooshin added.

    Mithali brings curtains down on playing career******Cricket

    Mithali brings curtains down on playing career

    V. V. SubrahmanyamHYDERABADJune 08, 2022 18:17 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 18:17 ISTV. V. SubrahmanyamHYDERABADJune 08, 2022 18:17 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 18:17 IST

    Bids adieu to all forms of international cricket via social media announcement

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    Inspirational player: Mithali Raj’s exploits will go a long way in getting more girls to take up the sport.

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    Bids adieu to all forms of international cricket via social media announcement

    Mithali Raj, one of India’s finest ever women’s cricketer, announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday.

    The 39-year-old veteran took to her Twitter handle to make this announcement and stated that she felt it was the correct time to call curtains on her playing career as the team is in the “capable hands of some very talented young players.” “The future of Indian cricket is bright,” she added.

    “This journey may have ended but another one beckons as I would love to stay involved in the game”

    “I would like to thank the BCCI and Jay Shah sir (secretary of BCCI) for all the support I have received - first as a player and then as captain of the Indian women’s cricket team,” Mithali, who was travelling, said in the statement.

    An honour

    “It was an honour to have led the team for so many years. It definitely shaped me as a person and hopefully helped shape Indian women’s cricket as well,” said the star batter, who played 232 ODIs scoring a record 7805 runs including seven centuries and 64 fifties.

    Mithali also played 89 T20Is scoring 2364 runs at 37.54 avg besides 12 Tests scoring 699 runs with a career best score of 214 which was then the world record for the highest individual score in women’s cricket.

    “This journey may have ended but another one beckons as I would love to stay involved in the game and contribute to the growth of women’s cricket in India and world over,” Mithali said.

    Mithali.

    Mithali.| Photo Credit: File Photo

    “Like all journeys, this one too must come to an end,” she said.

    Thanks to fans

    “I would like to make a special mention to all my fans, thank you for all your love and support,” Mithali concluded.

    R.S.R. Murthy, mentor and coach of Mithali for long, said she discussed with him about her retirement plans last week.

    “She was feeling the time has come and I am glad that she is leaving the game on a high. I still believe she still has some years of cricket in her,” Murthy told The Hindu.

    “She achieved everything. T20 she quit long back. The 50 ODIs World Cup was over and it was one of her dreams to win it. But, after that disappointment, she apparently thought it was time to give the youngsters a chance,” the coach said.

    Career in numbersMithali played 232 ODIs, scoring a record 7805 runs including seven centuries and 64 fiftiesShe also played 89 T20Is scoring 2364 runs at an average of 37.54Mithali was involved in 12 Tests scoring 699 runs

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    Hazlewood stars as Australia blows away Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in 1st T20******Cricket

    Hazlewood stars as Australia blows away Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in 1st T20

    APCOLOMBOJune 08, 2022 13:14 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 13:14 ISTAPCOLOMBOJune 08, 2022 13:14 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 13:14 IST

    Josh Hazlewood’s four-wicket haul and an unbeaten opening stand by Aaron Finch and David Warner helped Australia make an excellent start to its tour of Sri Lanka, winning the first T20 by 10 wickets

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    Australia’s bowler Josh Hazlewood celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka during the first T20 match in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Australia’s bowler Josh Hazlewood celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka during the first T20 match in Colombo, Sri Lanka| Photo Credit: AP

    Josh Hazlewood’s four-wicket haul and an unbeaten opening stand by Aaron Finch and David Warner helped Australia make an excellent start to its tour of Sri Lanka, winning the first T20 by 10 wickets

    Josh Hazlewood starred as Australia made an excellent start to its tour of Sri Lanka, winning the first Twenty20 by 10 wickets on Tuesday.

    Australia, the T20 world champion, was chasing a modest target of 128 at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and got home with six overs to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. It was Australia’s third 10-wicket win in its T20 history.

    "He's going to be very important for Australia's defence at the #T20WorldCup."

    Josh Hazlewood's four-wicket haul against Sri Lanka only builds on Shane Watson's thoughts on The ICC Review: https://t.co/KWM0KIJHhYpic.twitter.com/kg1AeytNfD

    — ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2022

    Sri Lanka’s good start cut short

    Sri Lanka had got off to an excellent start. After scoring 50 for one in the six overs of power play, Charith Asalanka (38) and Pathum Nissanka (36) extended their second wicket stand to 61 runs and the hosts were looking set to post something in the range of 160 runs.

    Mitchell Starc, who was expensive earlier on, broke the stand when Nissanka was cleaned up by a yorker.

    Hazlewood then picked up three wickets in an over to reduce Sri Lanka to 103 for five as the hosts lost four wickets for two runs in the space of 13 deliveries.

    Australia was excellent in the field and that multiplied Sri Lanka’s miseries as there were two run outs. The hosts lost their last nine wickets for 28 runs.

    Hazlewood, Starc impress

    Hazlewood hardly put a foot wrong and finished with four for 16 in his four overs during his man-of-the-match performance. Starc claimed three for 26.

    “It was quite hot out there and the wicket was slow," Hazlewood said. “We bowled well as a group and the result shows. The plan was to bowl back of a length. After those first few overs, we managed to pull things off.”

    Warner, Finch wrap it up

    Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner were involved in a 134-run stand for the first wicket as Australia cruised to a big win in front of a sold out crowd of 28,000. Finch had been given out leg before wicket to Maheesh Theekshana in the third ball of the innings. But the captain successfully overturned the decision.

    Australia beat Sri Lanka in the first T20I by 🔟 wickets!

    Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner share a match-winning stand of 134* 🔥#SLvAUS | https://t.co/NS6uwhQlBWpic.twitter.com/L90bEveqdt

    — ICC (@ICC) June 7, 2022

    Australia scored 59 runs in the power play, picking up boundaries comfortably as the bowling wasn’t penetrative.

    Warner reached his half-century in 32 deliveries and was unbeaten on 70 with seven boundaries while Finch, who reached his fifty in 37 balls, finished on 61 with four fours and four sixes.

    “With the ball when Josh is bowling those consistent lines we know how tough it is," Finch said. “We wanted them to take risks and it worked for us today. Pretty happy with my performance too. It was nice to have a partnership with Davy. It was a really good performance by us overall.”

    Shanaka unhappy with batters

    Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka faulted his team’s batting.

    “Our batting failed miserably. It’s the first game of the series and hopefully we would be able to bounce back," he said. "We have been losing wickets after getting good starts. It puts us under immense pressure leading into the next game. I guess one win will give us confidence and help us to compete well.”

    The second game of the series is at the same venue on Wednesday with teams moving to Kandy for the finale. The T20s will be followed by five ODIs and two tests.

    The nightmare that was Indian fielding, and how Pataudi changed it******BETWEEN WICKETSSport

    The nightmare that was Indian fielding, and how Pataudi changed it

    Suresh MenonJune 08, 2022 00:30 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 14:49 ISTSuresh MenonJune 08, 2022 00:30 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 14:49 IST

    Watching Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli chase everything and catch everything today, it might be difficult to believe that India began as a team that chased reluctantly and caught by accident.

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    Watching Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli chase everything and catch everything today, it might be difficult to believe that India began as a team that chased reluctantly and caught by accident.

    On a tour of Pakistan, Lala Amarnath, who was there as a media expert introduced me to Gul Mohammed, who had played eight times for India before migrating to Pakistan and playing there. “Greatest fielder,” said Amarnath in the manner he was famous for, leaving it to the listener to fill in the details.

    In the years that Indian fielders dropped catches merrily and often let the ball slip through to the boundary, it was not difficult to earn that sobriquet. Perhaps there was one adequate fielder in every generation, and he automatically qualified as the greatest.

    I didn’t tell Amarnath that, of course. I was young, on my first full tour and there was something about Amarnath — India’s first Test centurion and first captain of independent India — that kept such responses in check.

    In India’s first-ever Test at Lord’s, Lall Singh, probably the only Test cricketer to be born in Malaysia, ran out Frank Woolley to reduce England to 19 for three on the first morning. In later years, Vinoo Mankad was a fine fielder off his own bowling, and Hemu Adhikari earned a reputation as a top class cover point. But it wasn’t until Tiger Pataudi — among the greatest cover points in the game — that India began to pay attention to this aspect of the game.

    Trend-setter

    “He was doing in the 1960s what modern fielders do as a matter of course now,” according to Sunil Gavaskar. In South Africa, Colin Bland, who many consider the greatest cover fielder ever, told me that Pataudi might have been better than Jonty Rhodes “because his anticipation was superior”.

    “I am fanatical in my demands for keen fielding,” Pataudi wrote. He told his team in England, “Although I want to see a smart turnout when we leave the pavilion, once the match starts I want to see a lot of grubby knees…if it takes four or five days to get your flannels cleaned, blame the laundries. I am prepared to put up with a scruffy looking team, but I will never permit scruffy fielding.”

    The philosophy percolated down. Pataudi’s boys Ajit Wadekar, Eknath Solkar, Abid Ali, Venkatraghavan, Sunil Gavaskar all played key roles as fielders in India’s maiden series wins in the West Indies and England, although he was no longer captain by then.

    Attitude issues

    Fielding and fitness began to be taken seriously by a team that had got off on the wrong foot thanks to the attitude of the Maharajahs who played the key roles in the early years and probably believed that running was beneath them. They were perhaps irritated too by the fact they couldn’t ask their retinue of servants to do the job instead.

    The cricket historian Edward Docker summed up the early Indian approach thus: “The deep field couldn’t be relied upon to walk in with the bowler. Fieldsmen failed to anticipate the ball. Or overran it. Or used their feet to stop it. The catching was poor, the throwing abominable…”

    Writing in the 1940s, the journalist Berry Sarbadhikary said, “Although homilies on the need for first-class fielding are indulged in freely by men in authority, it is the same persons who take the least notice of fielding ability when it comes to the actual selection…”

    Watching Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli chase everything and catch everything today, it might be difficult to believe that India began as a team that chased reluctantly and caught by accident.

    Emergence of fielding stars

    Pataudi’s example and attitude changed all that. Brijesh Patel, who began his first class career in 1969-70 was still cutting off boundaries and cover drives nearly two decades later by which time India’s finest all round fielder had emerged. This was Mohammad Azharuddin, as spectacular in the slips as he was in the outfield, his lithe form adding grace to his movements.

    By then Kapil Dev had already exhibited his natural athleticism — he was a superb catcher at gully, but was needed to patrol the outfield where his casual throws to the top of the stumps were a treat.

    India’s stock grew in white ball cricket, and a bunch of fielders helped make that happen: Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mohammed Kaif.

    Today it is no longer necessary to ‘hide’ a fielder, as India were once forced to do when players were important for one or two of three skills, or when they were chosen for reasons other than cricket.

    The flat-footed was stationed in the slips with the prayer that no snick would go to him; or at mid-on hoping that an on-drive might fortuitously be stopped by a boot or a knee.

    The story of Indian fielding is the evolution from ten passengers (usually) in a team to none at all. The Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram, who led on a tour of England, would not recognise this team.

    Women’s ODI Rankings: Mithali maintains 7th spot; Mandhana remains at 9th******Cricket

    Women’s ODI Rankings: Mithali maintains 7th spot; Mandhana remains at 9th

    PTIDubai:June 07, 2022 22:10 ISTUpdated:June 07, 2022 22:10 ISTPTIDubai:June 07, 2022 22:10 ISTUpdated:June 07, 2022 22:10 IST

    Veteran Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami also continued to be on the fifth position in the bowling list

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    Veteran Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami also continued to be on the fifth position in the bowling list

    Talismanic Indian batter Mithali Raj continued to hold on to her seventh position while compatriot Smriti Mandhana also remained in the ninth position in the latest ICC Women’s ODI batting rankings, released on Tuesday.

    Australia’s Alyssa Healy continued to lead the rankings chart followed by England’s Natalie Sciver. Both the batters had a superb show at the Women’s World Cup held in New Zealand earlier this year.

    Veteran Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami also continued to be on the fifth position in the bowling list.

    Veteran Pakistan opener Sidra Ameen has reaped rewards for her memorable series against Sri Lanka, that saw her make a big leap in the latest batting chart.

    Sidra scored 218 runs in the series at an impressive average of 72.66, including a match-winning 123 in the second ODI game against the Lankans. The 30-year-old has now moved up 19 places to a career-best 35th position.

    Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu also made a notable progress, climbing six spots to be placed at the 23rd position. The 32-year-old had scored 101 in the second ODI against Pakistan and totalled 142 in the three-match series.

    The bowling rankings was led by Englishwomen Sophie Ecclestone, while South African Shabnim Ismail, and Australia’s Jess Jonassen took the second and third positions respectively.

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    Bengal continues to pile on Jharkhand’s misery

    Dhruva PrasadJune 07, 2022 21:04 ISTUpdated:June 07, 2022 21:04 ISTDhruva PrasadJune 07, 2022 21:04 ISTUpdated:June 07, 2022 21:04 IST

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    Jharkhand’s day was bookended by two spells of synchronised clapping, aimed at boosting the morale of the fielders, but in between Bengal continued to pile misery on its opponent to end day two of the first quarterfinal of the Ranji Trophy on 577 for five at the Just Cricket Academy ground here on Tuesday.

    After Shahbaz Ahmed ramped Sushant Mishra (two for 122) for a six over third man following the dismissal of Abishek Porel (68, 111b, 11x4), who was strangled down the leg, the Jharkhand dugout geed up the fielders with a round of applause in the 175th over the innings. Earlier, a similar spectacle had transpired an hour into the day’s play.

    Between these bouts of cheers, Bengal ran the bowlers ragged. Porel and Manoj Tiwary (54 batting, 146b, 3x4, 1x6), pairing for a 109-run stand for the fifth wicket, looked poised for a rousing end to the day. Porel cut and drove the pacers and spinners in equal measure. Overcoming his jitters with the short ball, Tiwary struck his first boundary after facing 95 balls before reaching his fifty with a cover-drive for four.

    Big stand

    Earlier, Sudip Kumar Gharami (186, 380b, 21x4, 1x6) and Anustup Majumdar (117, 194b, 15x4) built on the overnight score of 310 for one with their stonewalling yielding 99 runs in 35 overs in the first session. Majumdar reached the three-figure mark with a couple of fours after Ashish Kumar troubled him initially by moving the ball both ways. Rahul Shukla, however, was inaccurate from the start, straying on the pads to allow two fours in the second over of the day.

    After a back-breaking spell, Shahbaz Nadeem finally drew Majumdar’s outside edge by beating him in the air and ending a 243-run stand. Abhishek Raman (61, 109b 8x4, 1x6), who retired hurt on 41 on day one, showed intent from the get-go by stepping out and depositing off-spinner Utkarsh Singh over long-on for six before he was left stranded outside his crease by a flighted Anukul Roy delivery.

    Shifting gears

    The day belonged to young Gharami who shifted gears after an assuring first session. A bottom-handed whip through mid-wicket and a wild slash to the third man boundary betrayed a sense of hurry to rush to the 200-run mark. He fell 14 runs short of it when he flicked a loose one down leg-side to the wicket-keeper and walked back with disbelief writ large on his face and a rousing ovation from his teammates.

    The scores:

    Bengal — 1st innings: Abhishek Raman st. Kushagra b Anukul 61, Abhimanyu Easwaran lbw b Sushant 65, Sudip Kumar Gharami c Kushagra b Shukla 186, Anustup Majumdar c sub (Bal Krishna) b Nadeem 117, Manoj Tiwary (batting) 54, Abishek Porel c Kushagra b Sushant 68, Shahbaz Ahmed (batting) 7; Extras (b-1, lb-9, nb-6, w-3): 19; Total (for five wkts. in 178 overs): 577.

    Fall of wickets: 1-132, 2-375, 3-421, 4-455, 5-564.

    Jharkhand bowling: Shukla 26-3-95-1, Ashish 36-8-105-0, Sushant 27-1-122-2, Nadeem 44-6-118-1, Anukul 33-4-91-1, Utkarsh 12-1-36-0.

    Doctors in Canada can prescribe free annual national park passes : NPR******

    A new program in Canada gives doctors the option of prescribing national park visits

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    A walk in the park may be just what the doctor ordered.

    A new program launched last month in Canada gives some doctors the option of providing patients with a free annual pass to the country's national parks as part of an effort to increase access to nature and the health benefits to be found outside.

    PaRx, a health initiative launched by the BC Parks Foundation in 2019, partnered with Parks Canada to provide doctors across four provinces with an initial run of 100 passes that can be prescribed, The Washington Post reported. The typical park prescription program allows doctors to write more general prescriptions for time spent out in nature; two hours a week, at least 20 minutes at a time, is what PaRx director Dr. Melissa Lem suggests, according to the Post.

    This is the first time that year-long passes to national parks have been available under the program, the outlet reported.

    "Given the growing body of evidence that indicates nature time can improve all kinds of different physical and mental health conditions, we're hoping that our PaRx program not only improves patient health, but reduces costs to the healthcare system, and helps to grow the number of people who are more engaged environmental advocates," Prama Rahman, a coordinator for the BC Parks Foundation's Healthy By Nature Program, told NPR in an email.

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    It's a unique concept, one that's been taking off locally as well as abroad. In the U.S., a group of parks professionals, health care providers, and community leaders worked together to form the National ParkRx Initiative around 10 years ago. The movement still lives on via ParkRx, its website and online resource for information on park prescriptions and the health benefits of nature.

    Research has long pointed to the mental and physical health benefits of spending time outdoors. A 2019 study concluded that those who spent between 120 minutes or more outside per week reported positive effects on their general health and well-being when compared to those who didn't get outside at all.

    Doctors have been catching on; more and more providers have been instructing their patients to turn to nature to improve their health and they're getting creative in how they do it.

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    Dr. Robert Zarr, a pediatrician based in Washington, D.C., began prescribing accessible outdoor activities for his young patients and even created a searchable online database of local parks to make it easier, NPR reported in 2014.

    But getting outside isn't always as easy as it might sound. Income can affect one's access to nature, an issue that PaRx is trying to address in Canada. Doctors utilizing the new national parks pass program are urged to prioritize patients who might not otherwise be able to afford these passes, The Post reported.

    While only 100 adult discovery passes – which gives holders access to more than 80 national parks, historic sites and nature reserves – have initially been made available, organizers plan to routinely reassess this number as the program grows, the BC Parks Foundation told NPR.

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    Community groups receive federal funding for vaccine outreach : NPR******

    The Biden administration will pay community groups to help boost trust in vaccines

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    In this politically polarized time, White House health officials have acknowledged that they are not always the best messengers when it comes to promoting COVID-19 vaccines.

    So the Biden administration has worked to equip community groups to do their own local outreach.

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    On Tuesday, the Health Resources and Services Administration is distributing $66.5 million to community groups working in 38 states and in Washington, D.C. This is the fourth round of the $250 million in funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan.

    "Whether that trusted messenger is your schoolteacher or your pastor or your barber, what we want is for those people to guide you on this very important decision and encourage you to take the steps you need to take to stay safe from COVID," Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tells NPR. "The program that we're announcing this week is to provide additional resources to trusted voices in our communities throughout the country so that they can reach folks."

    "We know there are still millions of Americans who need to be vaccinated, and millions of those Americans are willing to be vaccinated, so we want to reach them," he adds.

    One group receiving more than $11 million Tuesday is Communities RISE Together, an initiative supported by the Public Health Institute. Dr. Somava Saha, who co-leads the effort, says the administration's decision to fund local community groups is smart and "flips it from 'trust us' to 'we trust you.'"

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    Saha says RISE's successes in the past seven months since it first received funding proves that the approach is effective: The coalition of community groups has been able to connect about 160,000 people to services like food and housing and mental health support and has vaccinated more than 137,800 people, she says, adding that there are "probably a few hundred thousand more that have gotten vaccinations elsewhere as a result of [outreach] efforts."

    The racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations have narrowed since the initial gaps at the beginning of the rollout, according to a recent analysis from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Samantha Artiga, director of the Racial Equity and Health Policy Program at KFF, notes that the highly contagious delta and omicron variants may have spurred more people to get vaccinated, but that outreach efforts focused on equity and making the logistics easier likely helped as well.


    This story originally appeared in the Morning Editionlive blog.

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    Canadian trucker convoy blocks key border crossing as protests in Ottawa drag on : NPR******

    Canadian truckers block a key border crossing, as their protest morphs and drags on

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    A massive protest in Ottawa, Ontario, that began with truck drivers opposing a cross-border vaccine mandate continues to snarl traffic and disrupt everyday life in the Canadian capital more than a week after it began.

    Officials from the mayor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have called on the protesters to leave, saying residents in the city of just over 1 million don't deserve to be harassed. Yet the protesters show no signs of relenting, and some have moved into other areas of the city, which is under a state of emergency.

    On Monday, the protests spread elsewhere in the country, as truck drivers blocked traffic on the Ambassador Bridge, a key crossing between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, CBC reported. They also got the backing of more than 100 Alaska truck drivers who rallied in support of the convoy, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

    What is the protest about?

    The "Freedom Convoy" began last month as a caravan of truck drivers who planned to drive to Ottawa to voice their opposition to a government mandate that requires them to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to cross the U.S.-Canada border.

    That's despite the fact that the Canadian Trucking Alliance says the "vast majority" of the country's trucking industry is vaccinated.

    But the narrow focus of the protest quickly grew as more people joined the demonstration to voice their own grievances against Canada's government.

    Some protesters say they're staying until all public health mandates are lifted, while others have called for the dissolution of the current government, as NPR's Emma Jacobs reported.

    In addition, signs for QAnon, right-wing militias and Confederate and Nazi flags have also appeared among the protesters, Jacobs said.

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    Ottawa City Councillor Matthew Luloff told NPR's Morning Editionon Tuesday that theprotest has morphed into a more far-reaching and hostile demonstration against the government than was originally planned.

    "Some of the most well-known radicals in this country have now descended upon the capital. Some of them are calling for violence. Some of them are threatening individual politicians," said Luloff, who also noted the presence of hate symbols and antisemitic flyers at the protest.

    "Now at the same time, there are people within this group that are demonstrating downtown with legitimate concerns," he added, "but you don't have a productive conversation at the business end of a gun or the grill of a semitruck."

    With a note of frustration, Luloff said that although protesters are calling for Trudeau and other government officials to resign, Canada just had an election several months earlier.

    The protests have been largely peaceful — with some exceptions

    Protesters have largely remained peaceful. Much of the criticism of the protest is focused on the disruptions to city life for those residing and working in Ottawa.

    Mayor Jim Watson previously told CBC that residents feel like "prisoners in their own home" as crowds amass downtown, block traffic and at times harass people on the street.

    Law enforcement authorities didn't confront the protesters at first, but they've begun to crack down on demonstrators in recent days.

    Ottawa police made several arrests over the weekend, seized fuel from some protesters and issued more than 450 tickets. The city is also under a state of emergency, and a judge ruled that truckers couldn't sound their thunderous horns for 10 days.

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    There have also been several incidents for which the protesters drew widespread condemnation. One person was filmed dancing on Canada's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and a homeless shelter said a group demanded meals and threatened the shelter's staff members. Police said they've opened several criminal investigations.

    The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 70 First Nations in Saskatchewan, has also criticized the tactics of the protesters and accused them of cultural appropriation, according to Indian Country Today.

    Protesters draw outrage from many Canadians, and support from some in the U.S.

    Still, the standoff — as well as the movement it represents — has galvanized many conservative leaders in Canada and the U.S., with figures like former President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene praising the convoy and championing its cause.

    As Jacobs reported over the weekend, polling shows that Canadians are becoming more supportive of lifting certain public health measures — "but that doesn't equal support for protesters' methods or some of the other far-right causes of the organizers in Ottawa."

    Members of the opposition Conservative Party of Canada are split on how to respond, she added. Party lawmakers are largely supporting the convoy, and some have posed for photos with demonstrators. But two have broken with the party and called for the protest to end, with Ontario Premier Doug Ford saying it had "become an occupation."

    Trudeau, who is recovering from COVID-19, has said that engaging the military in response to the protests is "not in the cards right now."

    NPR's Rachel Treisman contributed to this report.


    This story originally appeared on the Morning Edition live blog.

    Correction Feb. 9, 2022

    An earlier headline mistakenly said truckers in Ottawa blocked a key border crossing, a reference to the Ambassador Bridge. The bridge links Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit; it is not located near Ottawa, the Canadian capital.

    Previously posted Feb. 8: An earlier version of this story misspelled Matthew Luloff's first name as Mathew.

    Ind vs SA 4th T20******Cricket

    Ind vs SA 4th T20 | India looks to Pant in another must-win game

    PTIRajkotJune 16, 2022 13:14 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 21:31 ISTPTIRajkotJune 16, 2022 13:14 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 21:31 IST

    Save Rishabh Pant's problems, India were able to plug the gaps for a comprehensive win over South Africa in the 3rd T20. Another near-perfect game in the 4th T20 will take the 5-match series into the decider

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    Save Rishabh Pant's problems, India were able to plug the gaps for a comprehensive win over South Africa in the 3rd T20. Another near-perfect game in the 4th T20 will take the 5-match series into the decider

    Under pressure India skipper Rishabh Pant will be hoping to tide over his struggles with the bat and help the hosts improve their middle overs play when they take on South Africa in the fourth T20 International here on Friday.

    Save Pant's problems, India were able to plug the gaps in Vizag to open their account in the series with a comprehensive win. They will need another near perfect game to take the five-match series into the decider.

    Off from Vizag with a win 👍 👍

    On-to Rajkot with a warm welcome 👏 👏#TeamIndia | #INDvSA | @Paytmpic.twitter.com/QHokrgNMcT

    — BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2022

    Such has been the brilliance of Pant that every time he has been written off across formats, he has found a way to bounce back. The stage is set for him in another must-win game for India.

    Batting struggles

    The southpaw has been caught in the deep multiple times in the series trying to reach for the ball when it is not there in his hitting zone. Pant prefers to hit in the cow corner region but the South African bowlers have not allowed him to do that by bowling a wide line.

    The hosts had got off to an electric start in the last game with Ruturaj Gaikwad finding some much-needed runs and complementing Ishan Kishan who has made a good case for being India's reserve opener in the long run, including in the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

    The two will be looking to make the most of the remaining two games, followed by a couple in Ireland, before the regular openers walk back into the playing eleven.

    Shreyas Iyer, who has been tested with the short ball regularly in the series, has not yet made a significant contribution at number three and will be itching to change that on Friday.

    The home side struggled in the middle overs in Vizag after a perfect start before Hardik Pandya came to the team's rescue and took the score close to 180.

    Pant's men will be aiming to rectify that here and ensure the momentum is not lost through the innings.

    Chahal and Axar come good

    India rely on their spinners in the middle overs and the biggest positive out of the last game was the performance of Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel.

    While Axar kept it tidy, Chahal bore the fruits of bowling slower through the air. The turn and dip that deserted him in the earlier games was back and he looked at his threatening best.

    In the pace department, the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been remarkably consistent. Avesh Khan has not gone for a lot of runs but is yet to take a wicket in the series while Harshal Patel, who relies on his variations to be effective, found his rhythm in Vizag and ended up with a four-wicket haul.

    The South Africans, on the other hand, would back themselves to win the next game and seal the series. They currently lead 2-1.

    SA hoping de Kock returns

    The visitors will be hoping their star batter Quinton de Kock recovers fully from a wrist injury and rejoins skipper Temba Bavuma at the top.

    After outplaying India in the first two games, the South Africans were at the receiving end in the third match, eventually losing by a massive 48-run margin. Their batting failed miserably after a mixed performance with the ball.

    Their spinners Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj have leaked more than 10 runs an over with the Indians purposely going on the offensive against them.

    Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada has been their most impressive bowler and the hosts have given him due respect by not taking many chances against him.

    Although South Africa's ground fielding has been alright, catching has left a lot to be desired.

    Teams

    India: Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

    South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.

    Match starts at 7pm IST on Friday.

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    India vs SA | Markram ruled out of remainder of T20 series due to COVID-19

    PTIRajkotJune 16, 2022 12:00 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 13:02 ISTPTIRajkotJune 16, 2022 12:00 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 13:02 IST

    Aiden Markram, who tested positive for COVID-19 after the first couple of practice sessions, will not be able to return for the remainder of the India-South Africa T20 series

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    Aiden Markram, who tested positive for COVID-19 after the first couple of practice sessions, will not be able to return for the remainder of the India-South Africa T20 series

    South Africa batter Aiden Markram was on Wednesday officially ruled out of the remaining two T20I against India having already missed the first three games after testing positive for COVID-19 before the opening match in Delhi.

    Markram, who tested positive after first couple of practice sessions, will not be able to return to competitive arena post mandatory isolation period.

    ⚠️TEAM UPDATE@AidzMarkram has been ruled out of the remainder of the #INDvSA T20I series.

    The #Proteas batsman spent 7 days in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 last week and will not be able to complete his return to play program in time for the last 2 matches. pic.twitter.com/LSfRCdFsOO

    — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 15, 2022

    "Proteas batsman, Aiden Markram, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Proteas' tour of India. He spent seven days in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 last week and will not be able to complete his return to play programme in time to take part in the remainder of the T20 series," a Cricket South Africa statement said.

    Cleared to return home

    "The player is healthy and well and has been cleared to return home to look after his mental and emotional wellbeing after isolation in a local facility, as required when an individual tests positive on tour," it added.

    The statement further said that a decision on wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock availability for the remaining two matches will be made in due course by CSA's medical team.

    Improvement in de Kock’s recovery

    "Wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, has made a marked improvement in his recovery from a wrist injury. The Proteas' medical staff will continue to assess his progress and make a decision on his availability for match four in due course," it read.

    South Africa lead the five-match series 2-1 with the fourth T20I scheduled to be played here on Friday.

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    We wanted to show we were going after them: Ruturaj

    S. DinakarVisakhapatnamJune 16, 2022 08:34 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 08:22 ISTS. DinakarVisakhapatnamJune 16, 2022 08:34 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 08:22 IST

    The opener, however, says he did not take undue chances

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    Taking control: Ruturaj set the tone for the Indian innings with a busy knock.

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    The opener, however, says he did not take undue chances

    What strikes you the most about Ruturaj Gaikwad is his composure. The calmness of his mind is his greatest ally. His lightness of feet and a wide repertoire of strokes are also his strengths. When he puts his dancing shoes on, he means business.

    Ruturaj 35-ball 57 and his 97-run first-wicket partnership with Ishan Kishan in 10 overs built the platform for India.

    Ruturaj said that he played to his strengths and did not indulge in slogging. “We did not take undue chances. When the ball was in our area we went for it.”

    He added, “We backed our strength. We also wanted to show intent to the bowlers that we were going after them, put them under pressure.”

    Ruturaj said the Indians had played well in the first two games too. “But the South Africans won the crunch moments. And they batted very well in the first two games. We did not play poorly.”

    The India opener conceded that the host’s bowling was a lot better at Visakhapatnam. “There was greater intensity and focus in the bowling,” he said.

    South African captain Temba Bavuma said, “They put us under pressure. The conditions suited the slow bowlers. We were not able to handle them here.”

    Bavuma conceded “We were not able to put together any partnerships, build any momentum. It was an off-day for the batters. Quinton de Kock is our top player at the top of the order, but he is injured and is not available.”

    Bavuma said, “Their spinners bowled very well. They came early on. Ours came slightly late. I think we missed a trick there. I do not think we had dew tonight.”

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    Chirpy Chahal finishes batters softly******Sport

    Chirpy Chahal finishes batters softly

    S. DinakarVisakhapatnamJune 16, 2022 00:04 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 13:29 ISTS. DinakarVisakhapatnamJune 16, 2022 00:04 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2022 13:29 IST

    The leg-spinner leaves them flummoxed with his revs, dip, drift and control

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    Having a ball: Chahal produced a masterclass in the third T20I against South Africa on Tuesday.

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    The leg-spinner leaves them flummoxed with his revs, dip, drift and control

    The little man floors the big guns. He does not employ heavy weapons either. He kills ’em softly.

    Watching him at work, you are reminded of the Muhammed Ali song, “He floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.”

    When Yuzvendra Chahal throws the ball up, he does the same. The revs on the ball cause it to either dip or drift.

    The batter, whose eyes light up at the flighted delivery and who lines up for a massive hit, is flummoxed as he never quite reaches the ball.

    The resultant catch is gobbled up. Chahal is the toast of his team.

    Attacking bowler

    He is an attacking bowler, always on the look-out for wickets. And he lures the batsmen to their doom.

    Chahal’s three for 20 here on Tuesday night in the crucial third T20I, was a masterclass in the art of leg-spin.

    He is a jadugar, a wrist-spinner with a bag of tricks. Chahal has a good wrong ’un, an effective flipper and a handy top-spinner to go with his potent leg-spinners. Importantly, he has control.

    Chahal, bowling with rhythm and an easy action, consumed the dangerous Dwaine Pretorius whose dab shot came to nothing as the ball spun away slightly and nestled in ’keeper Rishabh Pant’s gloves.

    Rassie van der Dussen too succumbed to a leg-spinner with drift. He attempted to strike the sphere square but only managed to nick the ball.

    One of Chahal’s tricks when the opposition batters are going for runs is to throw the sphere wide. And making the batter reach for it. But then, these deliveries have drift and dip. The batter invariably ends up miscuing the stroke.

    As it happened with Heinrich Klaasen, who, desperate for the big blows, pursued a fuller length and rather widish leg-spinner only to hole out at extra-cover.

    The dismissal encapsulated the perfect night for Chahal. But then, hasn’t he made a habit of becoming a game-changer?

    In the shorter versions of the game, there is no better bowler than Chahal for India. In 61 ODIs, he has 104 wickets at an economy rate of 5.17. And in T20Is, Chahal has 72 wickets in 57 matches at 8.23.

    It is hard to predict how he bowls. He can be a skiddy, slippery customer one day. Chahal can also get the ball to bounce using the seam.

    He had a wonderful IPL for Rajasthan Royals this season. The 31-year-old Chahal won the purple cap for the highest number of wickets in the competition with 27.

    He can bowl and deliver under immense pressure. Mentally tough and consistent he is.

    Chahal is a jovial, chirpy individual with an eye for wickets.

    K.L. Rahul to miss England test, Hardik Pandya in line for captaincy during Ireland T20Is******Cricket

    K.L. Rahul to miss England test, Hardik Pandya in line for captaincy during Ireland T20Is

    PTINew Delhi:June 15, 2022 19:30 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 19:30 ISTPTINew Delhi:June 15, 2022 19:30 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 19:30 IST

    All the players, except Rishabh Pant, are leaving for England early Thursday for the July 1-5 test

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    All the players, except Rishabh Pant, are leaving for England early Thursday for the July 1-5 test

    Senior opener K.L. Rahul is all set to miss the 'fifth' Test against England in Birmingham next month as he is unlikely to recover from a groin injury that forced him out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa.

    In another development, Hardik Pandya is likely to captain the white-ball squad in England as Rishabh Pant, who is currently leading the T20 side, will join the Indian Test squad in United Kingdom only after the South Africa series.

    "Rahul has not recovered from his groin injury. The Test squad members are assembling in Mumbai today and will fly out midnight. Rahul is not travelling with the team. He will take some more time to recover although he might appear in a fitness test during weekend. Chances of recovery aren't looking bright," a BCCI official privy to development told PTIon the condition of anonymity.

    All the players, except Pant, are leaving for England early Thursday for the July 1-5 contest, notable being skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

    It is understood that since there is only one Test match, which is a spill-over from the 2021 series, the selectors are still not thinking about K.L. Rahul's replacement as of now.

    "You have Shubman Gill, who has opened in most of his Test matches. Else, Cheteshwar Pujara can also open the batting, in case there is any fitness issues for any of the two openers. It was a 17-member squad and 16 will be going. So that's not a problem," the source added.

    Hardik in line for captaincy in Ireland

    It has been decided that Pant will not be playing the two T20 Internationals against Ireland and hence Hardik, who is his deputy for the South Africa series, is expected to lead the side.

    "While there is Dinesh Karthik, who is the senior-most player in the squad along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, it was Hardik, who was Pant's designated deputy and hence favourite to lead," the official added.

    In Pant's absence, India have two keepers in Ishan Kishan and Karthik in the squad.

    There won't be too many changes to the squad that is currently playing against South Africa and hence chances of Mohsin Khan or Rahul Tripathi look dim.

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    ICC rankings | Ishan Kishan enters top-10, jumps 68 spots to be placed seventh

    PTIDubaiJune 15, 2022 17:08 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 17:08 ISTPTIDubaiJune 15, 2022 17:08 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 17:08 IST

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal also made gains

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    Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal also made gains

    India opener Ishan Kishan climbed up 68 places to grab the seventh spot among batters, while the bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal also made gains in the latest ICC T20 rankings released on Wednesday.

    Kishan, who has been one of India's consistent performers in the ongoing T20I home series against South Africa, aggregating 164 runs in three matches including two half-centuries, has made a massive jump to enter the top 10 among T20 batters.

    The 23-year-old is the lone Indian batter in the top 10 with KL Rahul occupying the 14 spot.

    Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer have dropped a place each to 16th and 17th spots respectively, while Virat Kohli has slid two places to 21st.

    Among bowlers, Bhuvneshwar is up seven places to 11th while leg-spinner Chahal has climbed up four places to 26th.

    Australia's Josh Hazlewood has regained his number one spot among T20 bowlers, while Maheesh Theekshana of Sri Lanka is up 16 places to eighth in the list.

    In the Test rankings, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has moved a spot to third, behind compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin, who remains static on number two.

    Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin, however, continue to occupy the top two spots in the all rounders' list.

    Rohit and Kohli retained their seventh and 10 spots respectively among batters while England's Joe Root is back at the top after smashing a second successive century in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship series against New Zealand.

    Root, who had reached within striking distance of Marnus Labuschagne after the first Test, has wrested back the top spot from the Australia batter, whom he now leads by five rating points.

    Root is on 897 points after his knock of 176 in the first innings of the Nottingham Test, 20 less than his highest of 917 points.

    Root first grabbed the number one position in August 2015 and was last at the top in December 2021 before Labuschagne leapfrogged him. He has been No.1 in Tests for 163 days so far.

    Steve Smith (1,506 days), Kohli (469 days) and Kane Williamson (245 days) are the others to have had substantial vigils at the top in recent years.

    Root's compatriots, player-of-the-match Jonny Bairstow and captain Ben Stokes have also had major gains.

    Bairstow's 92-ball 136 that led England's last day chase for an eventual five-wicket win, has moved up 13 places to 39th position while Stokes' 75 not out has taken him from 27th to 22nd position.

    Ollie Pope (up 22 places to 53rd) and Alex Lees (up 26 places to 86th) have also moved up the rankings for batters while seam bowler Matthew Potts has advanced 18 places to 59th after picking up three wickets in the match.

    For New Zealand, Daryl Mitchell's scores of 190 and 62 not out have lifted him 33 places to a career-best 17th position while Tom Blundell's first innings century has helped him move up four places to 31st position.

    Devon Conway's innings of 46 and 52 saw him inch up one slot to 23rd. Fast bowler Trent Boult is up four places to ninth.

    It would be a bit foolish to change our batting approach after just one loss: Bavuma******Cricket

    It would be a bit foolish to change our batting approach after just one loss: Bavuma

    PTIVisakhapatnamJune 15, 2022 10:37 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 10:37 ISTPTIVisakhapatnamJune 15, 2022 10:37 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 10:37 IST

    The Proteas had dominated the spinners in the first two matches but the duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20) and Axar Patel (1/28) produced a scintillating show

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    South Africa’s captain Temba Bavuma stops the ball from going towards the wicket after playing a shot during the third Twenty20 cricket match between India and South Africa in Visakhapatnam, India, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

    South Africa’s captain Temba Bavuma stops the ball from going towards the wicket after playing a shot during the third Twenty20 cricket match between India and South Africa in Visakhapatnam, India, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.| Photo Credit: AP

    The Proteas had dominated the spinners in the first two matches but the duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20) and Axar Patel (1/28) produced a scintillating show

    South Africa's batting crumbled under pressure in the third T20I against India but skipper Temba Bavuma said it would be "foolish" to change their approach after just one loss in the five-match series.

    Chasing 180 to win, South Africa had a slow start as they could manage only 15 runs in the first three overs but Bavuma said it "has always been our tactic as a team."

    "First two overs we always have a look and then we try to get some momentum going into the innings and set it up for our big power players," he said during the post-match press conference after his team suffered a crushing 48-run loss to India.

    "That is a strategy that has worked for us and I would be a bit foolish to change our approach after just one loss," he added.

    The Proteas had dominated the spinners in the first two matches but the duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20) and Axar Patel (1/28) produced a scintillating show to stifle the visitors after being introduced early in the innings by skipper Rishabh Pant on Tuesday.

    "I think their spinners put us under pressure and we were not able to absorb and put back the pressure as we did in the first two games. The conditions suited their spinners. Kudos to their spinners for exploiting the conditions to their favour," he said.

    "They bowled quite well, their captain got their spinners early into the game which I think made a big difference versus us. Our spinners came later on and that is a trick we missed out there on the field.

    "With the batting, we were not able to get any partnership going, or any momentum going. In the first two games, we batted really well but today it was an off day for the batters."

    The Indian side is missing big players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and KL Rahul but Bavuma said it doesn't make the hosts a weak team.

    "I don't think it is a weak team, these are guys who performed exceedingly well in their domestic competition and IPL. These are quality players. For us, we knew we had to play well and that is what we have done in the first two games.

    "Today they were much better, that is something we have to expect. I don't think you were expecting that we will just come here and win the series 5-0 because all the big names are not there. This is a good Indian team in my opinion."

    South Africa's openers have struggled and the skipper, who bats at the top, said losing Quinton de Kock to injury has affected the team.

    "Look, Quinton is a big player at the top of the order but unfortunately we don't have him at our disposal, he is injured. We have Reeza (Hendricks) as a backup option and we have full faith in backing him. This is the squad we have built over the last two years.

    "Obviously when a team loses, there are many areas that we can point out. Like I said at the start of the innings, we are looking to get stability but with Quinton not available, we are not able to get that stability.

    Talking about his own performance he said; "I am a guy who partners up with Quinton at the top. I think the guys understand my role within the team."

    "Players play around me. They need someone to keep tight at the other end. That is not going to change, I feel it has been successful for us and we will get going with it."

    Maxwell leads Australia to victory over Sri Lanka in 1st ODI******Cricket

    Maxwell leads Australia to victory over Sri Lanka in 1st ODI

    APKandyJune 15, 2022 10:08 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 10:08 ISTAPKandyJune 15, 2022 10:08 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 10:08 IST

    Australia needed 12 runs off the last two overs in a revised target and Maxwell ensured his team secured the win with nine balls to spare

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    Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka, left, congratulates Australia’s Glenn Maxwell for the two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, June 14, 2022

    Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka, left, congratulates Australia’s Glenn Maxwell for the two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, June 14, 2022| Photo Credit: AP

    Australia needed 12 runs off the last two overs in a revised target and Maxwell ensured his team secured the win with nine balls to spare

    Glenn Maxwell guided injury-hit Australia to a thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the series-opening one-day cricket international with an entertaining, unbeaten 80 from 51 deliveries.

    Batting at No. 7, Maxwell rescued the Australian innings after walking to the crease with the total at 189-5 and 93 runs required from 84 deliveries. He worked with the lower order and hastened the victory with three-quarters of his runs coming from boundaries, which included six sixes and six fours.

    Australia needed 12 runs off the last two overs in a revised target and Maxwell ensured his team secured the win with nine balls to spare when he plundered Dushmantha Chameera for back-to-back sixes.

    Sri Lanka's spinners had been on target, particularly leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who picked up four wickets, but Maxwell toyed with the bowling. He cleared the boundary seemingly with no trouble at all. And his excellent running between wickets put pressure on Sri Lankan fielders.

    With Maxwell on the rampage pulling and reverse sweeping at will, the bowlers were under pressure and started erring with their lengths.

    After starts from Aaron Finch (44), Steve Smith (53) and Marcus Stoinis (44) in the top order, Maxwell dominated two crucial lower-order partnerships to get Australia over the line.

    He'd been given out LBW to Chamika Karunaratne on 10 but successfully overturned the decision after reviewing. From then on, there was no stopping him as he brought up his 23rd ODI half-century with a reverse hit for four.

    Australia has been slowed due to injuries. Mitchell Marsh (calf) and Mitchell Starc (finger) are not available for the match, while fast bowlers Kane Richardson (hamstring) and Sean Abbott (finger) have returned to Australia.

    When Sri Lanka set a target of 301, the hosts were favorites to win as no team had chased that many runs at the venue. However, Australia's target was revised after a rain interruption and the visitors finished on 282-8 from 42.3 overs.

    Three half-centuries enabled Sri Lanka to get to its total of 300. Openers Pathum Nissanka (56) and Danushka Gunathilaka (55) put on 115 before being dismissed in quick succession.

    Kusal Mendis then anchored the innings, making an unbeaten 86 that came off 87 deliveries with eight fours and a six. They lost three wickets for 19 runs as Australia rallied but a 77-run stand between Mendis and Charith Asalaka (37) helped them to come out of the slump.

    “Our bowling was not up to the mark as we sent down too many short balls and full tosses," Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka said.

    “They batted well and credit to their batsmen. They read the situation well. Good effort by us to put up 300 on the board and I thought it was a winning score. But then our bowling was poor today. We need to sit down, look at our strategies and bounce back in the next game.” Australia skipper Aaron Finch said Maxwell's knock was “fantastic.” “He was very smart and took some calculated risks. Although we put up decent partnerships, we were always playing catch up as we kept losing wickets,” Finch said.

    “Then Maxwell put us right back in the game. Steve Smith batted well too. Great to start off the series with a win.” The Australians opened the tour with a 2-1 victory in the Twenty20 series and will be aiming to secure the five-match ODI section in Colombo before the two-test series starts June 29 in Galle.

    Harshal, Chahal help India stay alive in series******Ind vs SA, 3rd T20 |Sport

    Harshal, Chahal help India stay alive in series

    Srihari P 7600VisakhapatnamJune 15, 2022 01:11 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 07:51 ISTSrihari P 7600VisakhapatnamJune 15, 2022 01:11 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 07:51 IST

    Openers Ruturaj, Kishan lay the foundation with a 97-run stand; SA falls well short in its chase of 179

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    Yuzvendra Chahal dealt three vital blows to derail the South Africa innings.

    Yuzvendra Chahal dealt three vital blows to derail the South Africa innings.| Photo Credit: K.R. DEEPAK

    Openers Ruturaj, Kishan lay the foundation with a 97-run stand; SA falls well short in its chase of 179

    This has been a summer of sunshine for David Miller. He has raised the bar, made the impossible seem mundane, and nonchalantly dismissed bowlers with bludgeoning blows.

    When seamer Harshal Patel’s change of pace extracted a miscued hit from the left-handed Miller, caught well by Ruturaj Gaikwad at extra-cover for just three, it marked the decisive moment of the contest.

    No comebacks

    There were no comebacks for South Africa after Miller’s exit and India, winning by 48 runs after bowling out the Proteas for 131, made the series scoreline 2-1 in the third T20I at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Tuesday.

    The last two games of the series bristle with possibilities.

    The Proteas, inserting the opposition, did well to restrict it to 179 for five after a blistering start from Ruturaj (57) and Ishan Kishan (54), both faced 35 deliveries, promised much more for India.

    Ruturaj Gaikwad found his tough to score a breezy half-

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    However, the South Africans lost wickets early in the chase. Axar Patel took out Temba Bavuma with a change in trajectory and Harshal pulled his length back to force a fatal miscue from Reeza Hendricks.

    And Yuzvendra Chahal, bowling with rhythm, skill and control, spun one across Rassie van der Dussen for ’keeper Rishabh Pant to take a sharp catch. The leg-spinner celebrated again when he spun one from the off-stump to consume a heavy-hitting Pretorius.

    When the wily Chahal, flighting the ball outside off, had a fighting Heinrich Klaasen reaching out for the sphere and holing out at cover, South Africa had lost another game-changer.

    This was a night when Ruturaj had put his dancing shoes on. He was nimble-footed, creating space and room for expansive strokes. A flicked six off Kagiso Rabada was a sign of things to come.

    The intrepid opener slammed five successive boundaries off Anrich Nortje in a dramatic over that saw Ruturaj charging down and striking Nortje over mid-on. The South African responded with a nasty lifter that flicked the gloves and crashed into his helmet grill before speeding to the boundary. A pristine flick was the best of the boundaries.

    An inside-out cover-drive off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, after stepping down the track, was a high-quality stroke. Kishan essayed some typically fierce pulls and sweeps. The left-hander showcased his ability to get under the ball to pound it. Indeed, he employed his bat like a sledge-hammer in a compelling onslaught on Maharaj.

    The 97-run opening partnership in 10 overs was broken by a delivery of flight and dip that Ruturaj knocked back to Maharaj.

    Pretorius’ slower ball accounted for Kishan (54, 35b).

    The South African regrouped and focussed on sending down cutters on this dry surface — Pretorious was impressive with his control and cut — to restrict India.

    For the host, Hardik Pandya batted with maturity and cricketing nous to remain unbeaten on a handy 31. These were vital runs for India.

    Then came Harshal’s four-for and Chahal’s treble.

    Ind vs SA, 3rd T20******Cricket

    Ind vs SA, 3rd T20 | Clinical India keeps series alive with 48-run win over South Africa

    PTIVisakhapatnam:June 14, 2022 21:22 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 07:53 ISTPTIVisakhapatnam:June 14, 2022 21:22 ISTUpdated:June 15, 2022 07:53 IST

    The bowlers came good after opener Gaikwad turned things around with a scintillating knock and Ishan scored his second fifty of the series

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    India’s Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal celebrate the dismissal of South Africa’s David Miller during the 3rd T20I cricket match between India and South Africa at ADCA-VDCA stadium in Visakhapatnam on  June 14, 2022.

    India’s Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal celebrate the dismissal of South Africa’s David Miller during the 3rd T20I cricket match between India and South Africa at ADCA-VDCA stadium in Visakhapatnam on June 14, 2022.| Photo Credit: K.R. DEEPAK

    The bowlers came good after opener Gaikwad turned things around with a scintillating knock and Ishan scored his second fifty of the series

    India ticked all the boxes when it mattered the most and crushed South Africa by 48 runs in the must-win third T20 International to stay alive in the five-match series in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

    Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20) and Harshal Patel (4/25) led the way with the ball after sizzling half-centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad (57) and Ishan Kishan (54) powered India to 179 for five.

    The bowlers came good after opener Gaikwad turned things around with a scintillating knock and Ishan scored his second fifty of the series.

    Under the scanner for his patchy form of late, Gaikwad hit two maximums and seven fours in his 35-ball knock, and Ishan too scored his runs in 35 balls after being asked to take first strike.

    Defending the total, skipper Rishabh Pant introduced the spinners early and Axar Patel produced the first breakthrough with a fuller delivery as Temba Bavuma (8) holed out to Avesh Khan in the 4th over.

    Chahal was rewarded for bowling quick as he got extra bounce from the wicket to get the better of Rassie van der Dussen (1), Dwaine Pretorius (20) and Heinrich Klassen (29).

    Harshal mixed his deliveries well to first remove Reeza Hendricks (23) and David Miller (3) and then returned to finish things off with the wickets of Kagiso Rabada (9) and Tabraiz Shamsi (0) as South Africa were bundled out for 131.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/21) too bowled with a lot of heart.

    Earlier, Gaikwad and Ishan hit two sixes each and shared 12 boundaries to set the platform but South Africa tightened the screws in the second half to keep India inside 180.

    It was Gaikwad, who turned aggressor after a watchful start and exploded in the fifth over, slamming five successive boundaries off Anrich Nortje.

    If the first one was cut with aplomb, he danced down the track for the second four. The third boundary was a lucky one as the ball hit his grill while Gaikwad tried to move away from a nasty bouncer.

    Gaikwad then punished Nortje for bowling a half volley and the fifth ball was sent across the third man.

    The Maharashtra batter also deposited Dwaine Pretorius over deep backward square for his second six as India posted 57 for no loss in six overs, their best powerplay in the series.

    Ishan, who was playing second fiddle, got into the act in the ninth over, smacking Shamsi’s overpitched ball for a maximum before sweeping him for another four as 13 runs came from the over.

    Gaikwad completed his fifty in 30 balls and then welcomed Keshav Maharaj with an inside out lift for a four, but the spinner had him caught off his own bowling with India on 97 for one at the halfway stage.

    Ishan then gave a special treatment to Maharaj, picking up two fours and a six en route a 31-ball fifty, his second of the series.

    New-man Shreyas Iyer looked in good touch as he blasted a six each off Nortje and Shamsi, but the spinner dismissed him with Nortje timing his jump to perfection for a nice catch.

    Pretorius pegged India further back by getting rid off Ishan, who was caught by Hendricks.

    It could have been five down but David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen dropped two sitters to give a lives to Hardik Pandya (29) and Rishabh Pant (6).

    Temba Bavuma finally caught one off Pretorius to remove Pant as South Africa slowed things down.

    The hosts managed just 20 runs while losing two wickets from over 13 to 17 before Hardik Pandya took them close to 180 with some lusty blows in the final stages.

    IPL to have two******Cricket

    IPL to have two-and-a-half month window in ICC's next FTP cycle: Jay Shah

    PTINew DelhiJune 14, 2022 19:33 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 19:33 ISTPTINew DelhiJune 14, 2022 19:33 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 19:33 IST

    In an exclusive interview with PTI, the 33-year-old Shah spoke on a range of subjects related to Indian cricket

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    In an exclusive interview with PTI,the 33-year-old Shah spoke on a range of subjects related to Indian cricket

    Attracting astronomical bids that eventually translated into mind-boggling revenue of ₹48,390 crore for a five year period through IPL's media rights has not surprised BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who asserted that cricket's most talked about T20 league has potential to deliver way more.

    In an exclusive interview with PTI,the 33-year-old Shah spoke on a range of subjects related to Indian cricket, IPL's place in the global cricket calendar, running the cricket establishment in times of COVID-19 and the road ahead for both Indian cricket and IPL.

    Excerpts:

    Were you surprised by the intense bidding for IPL media rights or it was on expected lines?

    I am really happy with the kind of numbers that we have achieved. This shows the phenomenal growth potential of Indian cricket. The auction was always going to be exciting for every stakeholder. We have been able to realise the true value and the numbers in-front of you, is a testimony to that.

    These numbers show the potential of the Indian economy and the faith of investors in new India. The digital India push has changed the way cricket is watched in India. So the bid outcome of digital rights bears testimony to that.

    Were there any apprehensions in the BCCI when it was decided to scale up the cumulative base price of media rights in excess of ₹32,500 crore when the winning bid during the last media rights auction was almost half (₹16,347.50 crore) of it ?

    No, the BCCI never felt that the base price was too high. You need to understand that in 2018, it was for 60 games. For the next cycle, we will have 410 games, with 74 games each in the first two seasons and then 84 games in the next and finally 94 in the 2027 edition.

    You also need to check the digital numbers -- there were approximately 560 million digital viewers in 2017 and 665 million in 2021. You expect it to grow even more in the coming years.

    We have agencies conducting research for us. By 2024, there will be 900 million internet users in India as we would be providers of second-cheapest data in the world. Obviously linear viewership (TV) will remain but there is a transition towards digital viewership and that's how you realise the value.  

    You are talking about having 94 matches in the future. How do you plan to manage the window and various international teams having their own FTP commitments?

    That is an aspect we have worked upon. Let me inform you that from the next ICC FTP calendar, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC.

    When Amazon pulled out, there were talks that they were not happy with Package C which offered only 18 games per season for non-exclusive digital rights?

    BCCI's aim was simple. Our motto was maximum participation, maximum value and better price discovery. So if someone is winning A and B, they need to shell out more for buying Package C. It is as simple as that. This is called better price discovery. I think the manner in which we pulled off the e-auction was the most transparent one.

    There is speculation that IPL may be held in two phases. Where does the BCCI stand on that aspect and how do you plan to implement that?

    We are having discussions with various stake-holders. There are also multiple proposals for all the IPL franchises of playing friendlies overseas. That idea is being seriously contemplated but for that we also need to speak to other boards as we would need to know the schedule of international players.

    There are reports that IPL's viewership has dropped by 30% this time. The viewers fatigue due to too many matches is also being discussed. Also, the the recall value of games has been talked about this year. Your views?

    I don't agree that there has been a viewership dip. You have to factor in pre-COVID and post-COVID numbers. The 2020 and 2021 IPL viewership numbers skyrocketed because cricket was the only source of live sporting entertainment for the Indian public. People were unable to venture out due to COVID-19. So the figures saw a sharp rise.

    Now in 2022, the same public after the return of a certain amount of normalcy is venturing out. People are socialising, going out for dinners, taking vacations which they didn't do in the last two years. Also, when you calculate viewership, this year, during evening games, you would have hundreds watching it on TV while sitting in a pub or a restaurant.

    So there are hundreds of fans watching an IPL match on one DTH (Direct To Home) connection. Therefore, if you calculate viewership numbers, I would want you to calculate on the basis of 2019 viewership numbers vis-a-vis 2022.

    Let's discuss a bit about international cricket. Will India's bilateral calendar take a hit if IPL enjoys a bigger window?

    Indian cricket will remain strong as long as world cricket remains strong. Let me assure you of this. The BCCI is committed to international cricket. And it's not just about India versus Australia or India versus England marquee series, we are committed to playing even the smaller nations. All bilateral international commitments across all formats will be honoured. We are playing Ireland in two T20 Internationals this month only. We want a strong robust international circuit and want to help the smaller cricketing nations by playing against them.

    BCCI also needs to factor in players workload management in a crunched calendar. How do you tackle the physical fatigue issues?

    I have had discussions with NCA head VVS Laxman and we will always have 50 players in our roster. In future, you will have a scenario, where the Indian Test team will be playing a series in one country and the white-ball team will be engaged in a series in a different country. We are going in that direction where we will have two national teams ready at the same time.

    Let's turn our focus on women's cricket. You have already said that the Women's IPL will start from 2023. Can you give us an idea about what the scale will be and how you plan to hold it?

    This is a project which is very close to my heart. We will start with either five or six teams in the first edition. I am thrilled at the kind of response we have got from stakeholders. Multiple existing IPL teams have enquired and expressed serious interest in owning WIPL franchises.

    Not to forget interest from outside. We are in discussions with other Boards about the possible window when all top cricketers will be available. I can promise that the valuation of the league, franchises and media rights will stun one and all.

    You took over as BCCI secretary in 2019 and if one asks you to look back at your time so far, what is it that you value most?

    Being able to conduct games despite operational difficulties during COVID-19 times was very satisfying. There were challenges and we had to stop the IPL during the second wave last year because we didn't want to compromise on health, safety and security. I would like to thank Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for helping us with logistical arrangements in 2020 and also the second phase of 2021.

    We had Indian women team playing two Test matches after eight years, which is huge achievement. We conducted more than 30,000 RT-PCR tests and had one of the safest bio-bubbles across three editions with minimum number of cases. When Omicron cases were rising in South Africa, the BCCI sent its full-fledged team for Test and ODI series. We sent our team to Australia during the pandemic and also hosted England successfully with not a single case detected.

    IPL media rights******Cricket

    IPL media rights | Star India bags TV rights for ₹23,575 crore; Viacom18 digital rights for ₹23,758 crore

    Amol KarhadkarMUMBAIJune 14, 2022 18:56 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 23:24 ISTAmol KarhadkarMUMBAIJune 14, 2022 18:56 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 23:24 IST

    At the end of intense bidding over three days through e-auction, BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced the winning bidders.

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    At the end of intense bidding over three days through e-auction, BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced the winning bidders.

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has fetched a total revenue of ₹48,390 crore through Indian Premier League’s (IPL’s) media rights. 

    At the end of intense bidding over three days through e-auction, BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced on Tuesday evening the winning bidders.

    Viacom18 bags digital rights with its winning bid of Rs 23,758 cr. India has seen a digital revolution & the sector has endless potential. The digital landscape has changed the way cricket is watched. It has been a big factor in the growth of the game & the Digital India vision.

    — Jay Shah (@JayShah) June 14, 2022
     

    Star India has bagged the television rights for ₹23,575 crore, while the Viacom 18-led combine has been awarded the digital rights for Indian sub-continent ₹23,758 crore. The rest of the world rights were divided between Viacom 18 and Times Internet Ltd. for a total figure of ₹1,057 crore.

    The Hinduunderstands that while Viacom 18 had the highest bid for three of the five global territories (sub-Sahara, Europe and South East Asia & Oceania), the Times group was awarded the remaining two territories (Middle East and US).

    Red-letter day

    Referring to the development as a “red-letter day” for Indian cricket, Mr. Shah claimed the IPL had emerged as the second most valuable sports league globally. “No cricket property in the world has been sold for such a high value and it is with immense pride that I share that IPL today is the 2nd most valuable sports league in the world. In just 15 years, the IPL has moved ahead of the globally popular English Premier League, Major League Baseball (MLB) and The National Basketball Association (NBA),” Mr. Shah wrote in a letter to BCCI affiliates, accessed by The Hindu.

    “It is indeed a proud moment to see that a league designed and conceptualised in India is now the second-most lucrative sports property.”

    BCCI secretary Jay Shah has written to its affiliates, informing them about the details about #IPLMediaRights and explaining the BCCI's plan @sportstarweb@TheHinduSportspic.twitter.com/BAkwZ43EkD

    — Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) June 14, 2022
     

    It will be for the first time that the IPL will be broadcast by different players on television and on the digital platforms. Despite the setback, Rebecca Campbell, Chairman, International Content and Operations, The Walt Disney Company, stated that the company is “ pleased to extend our association with the Indian Premier League and look forward to offering the next five seasons across our portfolio of television channels.”

    Ms. Campbell hinted that Disney Star turning its focus on retaining the International Cricket Council rights and the rights for international cricket in India.

    “We will be exploring other multiplatform cricket rights, including future rights for International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which we currently hold through the 2023 and 2024 seasons, respectively,” Ms. Cambpell said.

    Vision ahead

    Mr. Shah, meanwhile, spelt out his vision for the roadmap ahead. “It is now time to look ahead and plan systematically for our next phase. I firmly believe that the revenue we generate from IPL must percolate down the pyramid and help us in strengthening our grassroots level and our age-group cricket. The true progress of Indian Cricket will be measured by our international performances both in men’s and women’s cricket,” he wrote in the letter.

    “We have to ensure that the benefits of IPL reach both ex-cricketers and also future stars, who harbour the dreams of taking up the game professionally. As the biggest cricket board in the world, the BCCI has a duty of promoting the game and helping it grow globally. The BCCI also helps other member boards in times of crisis and does its best to help them out, Mr. Shah said.”

    NZ vs Eng second Test******Cricket

    NZ vs Eng second Test | Jonny Bairstow blasts England to victory over New Zealand

    ReutersNOTTINGHAMJune 14, 2022 00:36 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 22:21 ISTReutersNOTTINGHAMJune 14, 2022 00:36 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 22:21 IST

    After losing Joe Root for three, Jonny Bairstow and England skipper Ben Stokes ripped the New Zealand attack apart in devastating fashion

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    England’s Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow celebrate after winning the second test match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain on June 14, 2022.

    England’s Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow celebrate after winning the second test match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain on June 14, 2022.| Photo Credit: Reuters

    After losing Joe Root for three, Jonny Bairstow and England skipper Ben Stokes ripped the New Zealand attack apart in devastating fashion

    Jonny Bairstow blasted a match-winning 136 from 92 balls to lead England to a remarkable five-wicket, second test victory over New Zealand on Tuesday, clinching the three-test series.

    New Zealand were bowled out for 284 before lunch, setting England a target of 299 to win -- the highest ever to claim a test victory at Trent Bridge.

    England were 139 for four at tea, having lost leading batsman Joe Root for three, with the game in the balance.

    But then Bairstow and skipper Ben Stokes ripped the New Zealand attack apart in devastating fashion, hammering 102 in the first nine overs after the interval.

    In total, their partnership was worth 179 runs in 20.1 overs.

    Bairstow flew to his century in 77 balls -- the second fastest test century by an England player, one ball slower than Gilbert Jessop’s record against Australia at The Oval in 1902.

    Stokes, battling a knee injury, was unbeaten on 75.

    A Sri Lankan cricket star rises from the Tamil heartland ******Cricket

    A Sri Lankan cricket star rises from the Tamil heartland 

    Meera SrinivasanKILINOCHCHIJune 11, 2022 19:18 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 16:16 ISTMeera SrinivasanKILINOCHCHIJune 11, 2022 19:18 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 16:16 IST

    Braving poverty, poor infrastructure and gender stereotyping, Sadasivam Kalaiyarasi scores a big win  

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    Watch | School girl from Sri Lanka’s north breaks cricketing barriers

    Braving poverty, poor infrastructure and gender stereotyping, Sadasivam Kalaiyarasi scores a big win  

    Growing up in her village in Sri Lanka’s northern Kilinochchi district, Sadasivam Kalaiyarasi had one dream — to play cricket for Sri Lanka. It came true this week, when she made it to the country’s under-19 squad, becoming the first Tamil girl to enter the national cricket arena.

    “It’s my father who got me interested in cricket and supported me. I’m here because of him,” says the lanky teenager, attired in her dark blue and red training gear. Her recent selection not only highlighted sporting aspirations in the former war zone, but also brought some much-needed cheer to locals who, like many other Sri Lankans, are braving crippling shortages and power cuts due to the national economic crisis.

    A keen follower of cricket, Ms. Kalaiyarasi’s father got his daughter to watch matches with him as a child. Seeing her pick up the game well, local coach Jeevarathinam Priyadharshan focused on honing her skills. “She is a formidable pace bowler, very consistent and confident. More recently, her batting has also improved a lot. I see her attempting leg side shots that I play, and they are getting better by the day,” says the proud mentor. “In a zonal match held earlier this week, she hit what, six sixes?” he asks her student. “Seven, sir,” she gently corrects him.

    Kalaiyarasi Sadasivam with her coach Jeevarathinam Priyadharshan

    Kalaiyarasi Sadasivam with her coach Jeevarathinam Priyadharshan| Photo Credit: Meera Srinivasan

    News of her selection came just a month ahead of Ms. Kalaiyarasi’s 16th birthday. If she makes it to the final under-19 national team from the provisional squad, she will have a good three years to train professionally and play competitive international cricket. “She is leading in points right now and will certainly get there,” says the coach. Sri Lanka’s T-20 captain Chamari Athapaththu is her idol. “I want to play like her,” Ms. Kalaiyarasi says.

    On Saturday morning, Ms. Kalaiyarasi was meeting her coach at a ground in Vaddakkachchi, about 10 km and two military check points away from Kilinochchi town that was once the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) administrative capital. Thirteen years after the war ended, armed military men can be spotted along several roads in Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority north and east.

    It was not a scheduled practice session, as her coach was training a boys’ volleyball team at the time. “In our society, it is rare to see parents supporting a girl child to pursue a sporting career. But Kalaiyarasi’s parents are an exception,” Mr. Priyadharshan notes. Behind her steady rise in cricket and now intense coaching routine is their hard labour. Her father, a daily wage worker in agricultural farms, runs the household, caring for her and her two younger siblings, while her mother left for Kuwait seven months ago, taking up a job as a domestic worker mainly to support her daughter’s training. Until recently, Kalaiyarasi didn’t own a good pair of shoes and even now, rarely eats three meals. “I leave for coaching early in the morning and it is hard for my father to finish cooking by then. So I get back and eat at around 4 in the evening,” the young cricketer says. “No matter what, he fully supports me. At times, neighbours in my village would comment on my wearing shorts and trousers all the time. But my father never told me what girls should dress like or do. Whenever he has the money, he buys me a pair of trousers.” Her father’s support is especially valuable when schools and the wider community see girls taking to sports as unnecessary.

    In Sri Lanka’s post war years, national sports are beginning to see some diversity, according to Mr. Priyadharshan, citing Jaffna-born cricketer Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, now a familiar name in the Lanka Premier League, as an example. Despite good talent and committed coaches, sports infrastructure remains grossly inadequate in Sri Lanka’s north, sportspeople from the area have often noted. “Even in Kalaiyarasi’s school, we had to make the cricket pitch ourselves, laying the gravel and levelling it. If sports infrastructure is generally inadequate in the north, facilities for girls are even poorer,” Mr. Priyadharshan observes, however hoping that Ms. Kalaiyarasi’s feat would prompt more schools to take sports seriously.

    As for Ms. Kalaiyarasi, since cricket is serious business, she turns to Tamil cinema for entertainment. A die-hard fan of actor Vijay, she says she has watched his movie Bigil, in which he plays a women’s football coach, 52 times. “My friends dare not criticise him in front of me, they know I’ll give them a whack,” she laughs.

    Multan Test: A fuming Sachin preferred to be left alone******Cricket

    Multan Test: A fuming Sachin preferred to be left alone

    PTINew DelhiNovember 06, 2014 17:30 ISTUpdated:September 02, 2016 15:29 ISTPTINew DelhiNovember 06, 2014 17:30 ISTUpdated:September 02, 2016 15:29 IST
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    Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after scoring a century on the second of the first Test match against Pakistan at the Multan Cricket Stadium, on March 29, 2004. Photo: S. Subramanium

    Stranded on 194 when stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid declared the Indian innings in the 2004 Multan Test, Sachin Tendulkar has spoken about the anger and shock he felt by the decision which “did not make any sense”.

    In his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’, Tendulkar reveals how hurt he was at the declaration and he told Dravid to “leave him alone” so that he could come to terms with his disappointment of missing out on a double century.

    “I assured Rahul that the incident would have no bearing on my involvement on the field, but off the field, I would prefer to be left alone for a while to come to terms with what had happened,” Tendulkar writes in the book.

    However, the batting legend said that the incident didn’t have any adverse effect on his relationship with Dravid.

    “Despite this incident, I am glad to say Rahul and I remained good friends and even on the field, our camaraderie remained intact until the end of our careers. We continued to have some good partnerships and neither our cricket nor our friendship was affected.”

    In the book, published by Hachette India, Tendulkar has narrated the entire story of the Multan declaration and what happened behind the scenes after he was back in the dressing room.

    Tendulkar writes, “At tea-time, I asked stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid, who was in charge because Sourav was out with a back injury, and coach John Wright what the plan was. I was informed, we were looking to give Pakistan an hour to bat, so would put them in with 15 overs left on the second day. It was perfectly sensible and I went about my business after tea with this plan in mind.”

    Tendulkar said that he paced his innings in a manner that he could reach double century in time to give Pakistan 15 overs to bat as per plan.

    “But then, a little more than half an hour into the post-tea session, Ramesh Powar, who was substituting in the game came on the field and asked me to accelerate. I even joked with him, saying I was aware that we needed quick runs but with the field totally spread out, there was only so much we could do”, he writes.

    “A little later, when I was on 194, he came out again and said I should try and get my double hundred in that over itself because Rahul had decided to declare. I was startled to say the least, because in my mind I still had 12 balls in which to score the remaining six runs before 15 overs were left for the day”, Tendulkar writes.

    But as it happened, Tendulkar did not get to play a single ball in that over.

    “...As it happened, I did not get to play a single ball in that over with Yuvraj on strike against Imran Farhat.

    He blocked the first two balls before picking up two runs off the third ball. He once again blocked the fourth ball and was out to the fifth ball.

    “Then just as Parthiv Patel, the next batsman started to come out, I saw Rahul gesturing us to go back to the pavilion.

    He had declared the innings with me stranded on 194 and with 16 overs left for the day -- one more than we had agreed.

    Tendulkar admitted that he was indeed “shocked” at Dravid’s decision.

    “I was shocked as it did not make any sense. It was Day 2 of the Test match and not Day 4, as it had been in Sydney, a month earlier.”

    “Disappointed and upset, I made my way back to the dressing room and could sense that the whole team was surprised at the decision (Rahul Dravid declaring with me stranded at 194). Some of my team-mates perhaps expected me to throw my gear about in the dressing room in disgust and create a scene. However, such things are not in me and I decided not to say a word to anyone about the incident.

    “I calmly put my batting gear away and asked John Wright for a little time before I went out to field because I was feeling a little tight after batting for so long. Inside, I was fuming.

    “Just as I was washing my face in the bathroom, John walked up to me and apologized. He was sorry about what had happened and said he had not been party to the decision. I was surprised and said to him that as coach he was one of the decision-makers and there was no reason for him to be sorry if he believed in what had been done.

    Tendulkar told coach Wright that what has happened can’t be reversed now.

    “I also said that what was done could not be reversed and it was best to leave it alone. Finally, I couldn’t help reminding him that the declaration was contrary to what had been discussed at tea and it was strange that I was not given even one ball to get to my double hundred after a message had been sent out asking me to get there as quickly as possible“.

    Tendulkar recollects that after Wright, even regular skipper Ganguly came into “apologise” for the decision.

    “Soon after my exchange with John, Sourav came to me and said he was very sorry at what had happened and that it wasn’t his decision to declare. This was a little surprising, as the skipper, was part of the tea-time discussion and was also present in the dressing room at the time of declaration.”

    “I said to him (Sourav) that there is no point going over it anymore.”

    Tendulkar didn’t hide his displeasure at the voluntary opinion given by his one-time teammate Sanjay Manjrekar.

    “........Sanjay Manjrekar, who was a commentator in Pakistan, turned up in my room. Sanjay said, it had been a brave decision to declare and it was a good sign for Indian cricket. He carried on in that vein until I asked him if he really knew what he was talking about.

    “I explained to him that he was not aware of what had transpired in the dressing room and arrived at his judgement without knowing the real facts of the matter. I made it clear that I didn’t appreciate his opinion, which I thought was a deliberate attempt to be different.”

    Tendulkar said that he told Rahul that “he was indeed upset and can’t pretend otherwise.”

    “Rahul said that the call was taken with the interests of the team in mind. It was important to demonstrate that we meant business and were keen to win. I wasn’t convinced.

    First, I said to him that I was batting for the team as well. The 194 was meant to help the team and it was my individual contribution to the team’s cause.”

    Tendulkar reminded Dravid of the Sydney Test match, held less than a month ago.

    “...When we had both been batting on the fourth evening and Sourav had sent out two or three messages asking when we should declare and Rahul had carried on batting. The two situations were comparable and, if anything, the Sydney declaration was far more significant and may have cost a Test match and series victory. If Rahul was so keen show intent in Multan, he should have done the same in Sydney.”

    In cricket, how does the Duckworth******

    The Hindu Explains: Hong Kong protests, DLS method and Assam Foreigners Tribunals

    In cricket, how does the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method work?

    Shreedutta Chidananda June 16, 2019 12:55 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2019 12:55 ISTShreedutta Chidananda June 16, 2019 12:55 ISTUpdated:June 16, 2019 12:55 IST

    When and why was the DLS method or the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method introduced in cricket to handle rain interruptions in one-day matches? What will its impact be on the ongoing ICC cricket World Cup?

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    Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka looks on as rain clouds gather above the ground during the fourth ODI against England in Kandy on October 20, 2018.

    Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka looks on as rain clouds gather above the ground during the fourth ODI against England in Kandy on October 20, 2018.| Photo Credit: AFP

    When and why was the DLS method or the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method introduced in cricket to handle rain interruptions in one-day matches? What will its impact be on the ongoing ICC cricket World Cup?

    The story so far:Rain has played spoilsport at the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket World Cup England and Wales 2019, washing out a number of matches, including India’s clash with New Zealand. As wet weather continues to affect games, the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method could come to feature prominently at the tournament.

    What is the DLS?

    The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern or DLS method (as it is now known) is a mathematical system employed to calculate target scores and reach outcomes in rain-shortened limited-overs matches. Devised by English statisticians Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis and originally named after them, it was first used in 1997. Australian academic Steve Stern updated the formula, becoming its custodian ahead of the 2015 World Cup; his name was added to the title.

    Why is it needed?

    Having a reserve day in place for a limited-overs match and resuming proceedings the following morning would seem ideal, but logistical and scheduling challenges mean this is not always feasible. And so the game’s administrators have for long laboured to find the fairest way of settling rain-affected one-dayers. When a match is interrupted by inclement weather, and one or both teams do not get their full quota of overs, an outcome has to be reached in the time available after resumption of play. What any calculation is doing is trying to adjust a target score according to the reduction in overs. Any number is an estimate: there is no one right answer. What the ICC has tried to do is arrive at a formula that takes into account as many parameters as possible and properly reflects the efforts of both teams. The DLS method, which has been updated a few times, is generally considered the most accurate system used in international cricket.

    Why were older methods discarded?

    When ODI cricket was first played, Average Run Rate (ARR) was used to calculate targets. Here, the chasing side simply had to match the opponent’s run-rate. For example, if Team A scored 200 in 50 overs, at a run-rate of 4, and if Team B’s innings was reduced to 30 overs, then the total to overcome would be 120. But this method did not take into account wickets lost, or the fact that it was easier to maintain a good run-rate over a lesser number of overs. So if Team A made 200 in 50 overs batting first and Team B was 100 for nine in 20 overs when rain ensured no further play was possible, the latter would be declared the winner. So the ARR method was inherently biased towards the team batting second.

     

    Australia came up with an alternative to the ARR ahead of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, called the Most Productive Overs (MPO) method. This involved reducing the target by the number of runs scored by a team in its least productive overs, equal to the number of overs lost. For example, if Team A made 250 in 50 overs and Team B’s innings was reduced to 30 overs, then the total to beat would be the total number of runs Team A scored in its highest scoring 30 overs. Here, Team B had genuine cause for complaint because the best 20 overs its bowlers had sent down were ignored. For argument’s sake, if Team B had bowled 20 maiden overs and conceded 250 runs in the other 30 overs, then its 30-over target would still have been 251. So Team B was being penalised for bowling too many low-scoring overs. Clearly, this method tended to favour the side batting first.

    Its flaws were famously highlighted during the 1992 World Cup semifinal between England and South Africa. Chasing England’s 252, South Africa was 231 for six and needed 22 off 13 balls when rain stopped play for 12 minutes. Two overs were lost and so the two lowest-scoring overs — yielding one run in total — in the England innings were struck off. This meant that the target was reduced only by one, and South Africa had 21 runs to score off one ball (the scoreboard incorrectly flashed 22 that day). This farcical end to the game prompted the search for a better method.

    Years later, Duckworth told the BBC in an interview that this incident had inspired him to come up with a solution. He said, “I recall hearing [cricket journalist] Christopher Martin-Jenkins on radio saying ‘surely someone, somewhere could come up with something better’ and I soon realised that it was a mathematical problem that required a mathematical solution.”

    How does the DLS method work?

    Neither the ARR nor the MPO methods were able to factor the match situation into their calculations, failing to take into account the wickets a team had left. The DLS method addresses this issue, considering both wickets and overs as resources and revising the target based on the availability of those resources. At the start of an innings, a team has 100% of its resources — 50 overs and 10 wickets — available. The DLS method expresses the balls and wickets remaining at any point as a percentage. How much is a wicket or a ball worth in percentage terms? This is calculated according to a formula which takes into account the scoring pattern in international matches, derived from analysis of data (ODI and T20, men and women) from a sliding four-year window. On the first of July every year, a new year’s worth of data is added; so the DLS evolves as scoring trends do.

    The rate at which resources deplete is not constant over the course of an innings: the curve is exponential, with that resource percentage falling faster as more wickets are lost and more balls are consumed.

    The DLS methods sets targets (and decides outcomes) by calculating how many runs teams should score (and would have scored) if the resources available to both sides were equal. To calculate a target, the formula may simply be expressed thus: Team 2’s par score = Team 1’s score x (Team 2’s resources/Team 1’s resources). In international cricket, the resource values (which are not publicly available) are obtained from a computer programme.

    The DLS method also allows for the fact that a team batting before a rain interruption would have batted differently had it known the game was going to be truncated. Of course, the weighting of wickets and overs is based on a formula, and there can be no universally perfect weightage, simply because the method cannot make qualitative measurements of individual batting abilities. It was long felt that under the D-L method, teams chasing big totals were better off keeping wickets in hand when rain was around the corner even if it meant scoring at a lower rate. Steve Stern felt he had improved on the D-L method in this regard by adjusting the formula to reflect changing realities in high-scoring ODIs and T20 matches.

    An older version of the DL method (called the D-L Standard Edition), meant to be used where computers are not available, applies pre-calculated resource values off a chart. Where upward revisions are required (when the first innings is interrupted), a quantity called the G50 — the average total score in a 50-over innings — is used as reference. For matches involving ICC full member nations, G50 is currently fixed at 245. However, the Standard Edition is not used in international cricket.

    Are there alternatives to the DLS method?

    V. Jayadevan, an engineer from Kerala, devised an alternative in 2001, but it was never adopted by the ICC. The VJD method, as it is known, is used in Indian domestic cricket, though. Mr. Jayadevan has continually argued that the DLS method is statistically inconsistent and that his system produces superior results.

    School girl from Sri Lanka’s north breaks cricketing barriers******Cricket

    Watch | School girl from Sri Lanka’s north breaks cricketing barriers

    The Hindu BureauJune 12, 2022 16:15 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 16:15 ISTThe Hindu BureauJune 12, 2022 16:15 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 16:15 IST

    A video featuring Kalaiyarasi Sadasivam, a cricket star from Sri Lanka’s former war zone.

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    A video featuring Kalaiyarasi Sadasivam, a cricket star from Sri Lanka’s former war zone.

    Meet Kalaiyarasi Sadasivam. This 15-year-old girl, like thousands from her country Sri Lanka, loves cricket. She has been selected for Sri Lanka’s provisional Under-19 squad.

    What marks Kalaiyarasi apart is that she is already breaking down barriers for people in her community by being the first Tamil girl to enter the national cricketing arena.

    Kalaiyarasi hails from Kilinochchi, in Sri Lanka’s north. For years, this region was ravaged by the civil war. Opportunities and facilities for budding sportspersons like her, were few and far between.

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    Mithali Raj announces retirement from international cricket******Cricket

    Mithali Raj announces retirement from international cricket

    The Hindu Net DeskJune 08, 2022 14:58 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 17:24 ISTThe Hindu Net DeskJune 08, 2022 14:58 ISTUpdated:June 08, 2022 17:24 IST

    In March 2021, Mithali Raj became the first Indian woman cricketer and second internationally to complete 10,000 runs across all formats.

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    Mithali Raj during the One Day International cricket match in England, July 3, 2021.

    Mithali Raj during the One Day International cricket match in England, July 3, 2021.| Photo Credit: AP

    In March 2021, Mithali Raj became the first Indian woman cricketer and second internationally to complete 10,000 runs across all formats.

    Mithali Raj, captain of India women’s ODI and Test teams, announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday.

    “I feel now is the perfect time to call curtains on my playing career as the team is in capable hands of some very talented young players and the future of Indian Cricket is bright,” Raj said in a statement on Twitter.

    Thank you for all your love & support over the years!
    I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support. pic.twitter.com/OkPUICcU4u

    — Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 8, 2022

    Raj is regarded as one of the top Indian players of the sport. She made her international debut in 1999 and has played prolific cricket across all formats.

    In March 2021, she became the first Indian woman cricketer and second internationally to complete 10,000 runs across all formats.

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    Earlier this year, she led the Indian squad at the ODI World Cup in New Zealand. The team missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals by just one point. In the 2017 edition of the Women’s World Cup, the team lost to England in the final by nine runs and finished second in the competition.

    The cricketer also mentioned that she looks forward to her “second innings” but did not divulge further details.

    Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu will be seen portraying Raj in Shabaash Mithu, a biopic based on the cricketer. The movie is set to be released in July 2022.

    Deandra Dottin:‘I’ll stick with being World Boss; let Gayle be Universe Boss’******Cricket

    Deandra Dottin:‘I’ll stick with being World Boss; let Gayle be Universe Boss’

    P.K. Ajith KumarJune 04, 2022 15:03 ISTUpdated:June 05, 2022 16:00 ISTP.K. Ajith KumarJune 04, 2022 15:03 ISTUpdated:June 05, 2022 16:00 IST

    One of the most destructive batters in world cricket, Deandra Dottin has consistently won matches on the biggest stage. The 30-year-old, who smashed the fastest women’s T20I hundred back in 2010, talks about the game’s evolution, the cricketers she admires, and what it felt like to be compared with Viv Richards

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    Lady Viv! West Indies coach Courtney Walsh says Dottin reminds him of Viv Richards when it comes to never-say-die attitude and self-belief.

    Lady Viv! West Indies coach Courtney Walsh says Dottin reminds him of Viv Richards when it comes to never-say-die attitude and self-belief.| Photo Credit: Getty Images

    One of the most destructive batters in world cricket, Deandra Dottin has consistently won matches on the biggest stage. The 30-year-old, who smashed the fastest women’s T20I hundred back in 2010, talks about the game’s evolution, the cricketers she admires, and what it felt like to be compared with Viv Richards

    Deandra Dottin calls herself World Boss. No prizes for guessing who inspired the nickname. She often lives up to it. Take for instance the way she performed in the final of the Women’s T20 Challenge at Pune last weekend. After scoring a 44-ball 62 (one four, four sixes), she took two wickets with her seam bowling to guide Supernovas to a four-run win over Velocity.

    She had arrived in India a few days after cracking a 53-ball 111 (eight fours, nine sixes) for Barmy Army against Spirit at Dubai in the Fairbreak Invitational tournament. Few women can hit a cricket ball as hard as Dottin. Her record for the fastest hundred in women’s Twenty20 Internationals — off 38 balls — is still intact. It was also the first hundred in women’s T20Is. A little over 12 years have passed since she achieved the feat, after walking out to bat in the 10th over, with the West Indies on 52 for four, against South Africa in the opening match of the 2010 World T20 at Basseterre.

    Excerpts from an exclusive interview with Dottin in Pune:

    There has been a lot of talk of a full-fledged women’s IPL and that it could be held as early as next year.

    Trust me, India is ready for a women’s IPL. This is the fourth edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge and you could see a lot of improvement. I found this edition more competitive than the last one [in Sharjah]. We have seen more players coming up with good performances. It was good to see more runs and boundaries being scored this year and to see a score like 180 becoming a competitive one. The T20 Challenge has been an important tournament in women’s cricket, especially for players who don’t get the opportunity to play for their countries.

    A turnaround: Dottin feels that the women’s game has changed drastically for the better.

    A turnaround: Dottin feels that the women’s game has changed drastically for the better.| Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Whenever the Women’s IPL is discussed, the topic of India’s bench strength comes up.

    I believe India has the bench strength. Look at KP [Kiran Prabhu Navgire]. I was watching her for the first time [in Velocity’s match against Trailblazers], though I had heard of her. I was very impressed with the way she showed her skills. She played to her strengths. There [enough] talent on the bench in India to start a women’s IPL.

    To go back to Kiran’s batting and that maiden knock of 69 off 34 balls. What were your thoughts while watching it?

    She kind of reminded me of myself. The best thing about her was that she didn’t overplay her part. I congratulated her when I saw her on the morning after that innings.

    She hit the first ball she faced, outside domestic cricket, for a six.

    That was special. You wouldn’t find too many female cricketers getting off the mark with a six.

    How much has women’s cricket changed since you made your debut way back in 2008?

    When I began playing cricket, there was virtually no money. The women’s game has changed drastically for the better. I hope it continues on that path. Cricket has improved and the franchises have brought more money. I feel every country should have franchise cricket.

    Are you surprised that your record for the fastest hundred still remains?

    Not much, actually. I feel only two women can break that record: Sophie Devine or KP.

    We have seen here what KP could do. She was even threatening to break the world record for the fastest fifty.

    How do you look back at that record-breaking hundred from 2010?

    I was determined. At the back of my mind, I thought this was our first game in the tournament and we needed to start off well. And here comes the hundred off 38 balls!

    Packing a punch: Few women can hit a cricket ball as hard as Dottin.

    Packing a punch: Few women can hit a cricket ball as hard as Dottin.| Photo Credit: Getty Images

    How much of an impact has your background in athletics had on your cricket?

    Quite big. I was a field athlete. Shot put and discus throw were my main events. That background helped me, especially in natural strength and physique, when I started cricket. I had a love of sport, but in my younger days, athletics was my dream, not cricket. I was doing both but unfortunately I had to choose one because both were clashing. And I chose cricket.

    During the recent World Cup in New Zealand, West Indies coach Courtney Walsh said you reminded him of a certain Viv Richards when it came to the never-say-die attitude and self-belief.

    That statement meant a lot to me, because Richards is one of my favourite cricketers; Chris Gayle is the other. I still watch a lot of videos of Richards. Like them, I do love a challenge.

    How important was winning the Women’s World T20 in 2016, that too after beating the all-conquering Australia in the final?

    It was a big milestone for us. We were all on the same page. We wanted to show the world what we were capable of. And it was good to see someone other than Australia winning the World Cup.

    Who are the Indian women batters you enjoy watching?

    I enjoy watching Mithali Raj bat; she is very composed. I love to see Smriti Mandhana bat, but not against me!

    And among men, apart from Gayle and Richards, that is?

    Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Sanju Samson.

    Best bowlers you have faced in international cricket?

    Jhulan Goswami, who bowls with a nagging and annoying length, and Ellyse Perry.

    When will you promote yourself from World Boss to Universe Boss?

    I will stick with being World Boss. Let Gayle be the Universe Boss.

    Ind vs SA, 2nd T20******Cricket |Cricket

    Ind vs SA, 2nd T20 | Skipper Pant not happy with spinners, feels game turned after 10th over

    PTICuttackJune 13, 2022 03:03 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:39 ISTPTICuttackJune 13, 2022 03:03 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:39 IST

    "I think (while) batting, we were 10-15 runs short," RIshabh Pant said

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    Rishabh Pant during South AFrica T20s.

    Rishabh Pant during South AFrica T20s.| Photo Credit: Getty Images

    "I think (while) batting, we were 10-15 runs short," RIshabh Pant said

    A distraught skipper Rishabh Pant made no bones about the uninspiring performance of the two leading spinners Axar patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, urging them to come good after another meek surrender at the hands of South Africa in the second T20 International here on Sunday.

    While Axar could be given only one over in which he conceded 19 runs, Chahal was equally bad as he was smashed for 49 runs in four overs. In the two games, Axar has given away 59 runs in five overs while Chahal has gone for 75 in six overs.

    "The spinners have (need) to come (perform) better into the game," Pant said at the post-match presentation ceremony without elaborating much.

    He admitted that a total of 148 for 6 was probably 15 runs short despite the track being two-paced in nature.

    "I think (while) batting, we were 10-15 runs short," he said.

    "Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his 4/13) and all other fast bowlers though bowled very well. We were short in the second half and the things did not go our way.

    "The bowlers started really well, but after 10-11 overs, we did not bowl well and that's where the game changed. We thought we were going to do similar things (as the South African bowlers). In the last three matches, we will look to win," his answer lacked conviction.

    Man of the match Heinrich Klaasen was happy that he could play such a knock as it would "extend his career".

    "I am glad the knock came against India. I hope it extends my career longer. I haven't performed well in the last couple of years. I am very happy and confident to be here," Klaasen said.

    He was selected as regular keeper Quinton de Kock sustained a wrist injury.

    "Quinny (De Kock) came up to me two days back in the team bus and said he injured his wrists. I thought he is a strong character and he will be fine. But yesterday again, he said his hand is not fine. Yesterday morning, we came to training and the coach told me I might play."

    His skipper Temba Bavuma was happy how things panned out.

    "It was a tricky chase. They got the ball to talk with the new ball, it was tricky. I was just trying to hold in and allowed Klassen to come and do what he does best. We could have been clinical at the end but the result is what matters," Bavuma said.

    "Klaasen can do a lot of damage with a couple of ball. He adds a lot of value to our batting. It is about whatever your role is," he was all praise for Proteas' hero of the second game.

    Another DK returns from commentary box to set the field ablaze******Cricket

    Another DK returns from commentary box to set the field ablaze

    Amol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 12, 2022 15:27 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 16:34 ISTAmol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 12, 2022 15:27 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 16:34 IST

    Dhawal Kulkarni was instrumental in Mumbai’s record win over Uttarakhand in the Ranji quarterfinal

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    Dhawal Kulkarni... back at his best!

    Dhawal Kulkarni... back at his best!| Photo Credit: R. RAGU

    Dhawal Kulkarni was instrumental in Mumbai’s record win over Uttarakhand in the Ranji quarterfinal

    The cricketing world is raving about DK — Dinesh Karthik — who set the IPL on fire after a stint in the commentary box. Another veteran domestic cricketer, with the same nickname, is doing the same, albeit on the domestic circuit.

    Dhawal Kulkarni, the veteran Mumbai pacer, set the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal on fire by breaking the back of Uttarakhand’s top order to set up Mumbai’s record quarterfinal win.

    Staying occupied

    “This was the first year that I didn’t get picked for the IPL. It was a bit of a setback for me, so I took up commentary in order to be occupied mentally. And, it was good fun,” Kulkarni told The Hindu.

    “There was not too much to do besides sitting at home and working on fitness. Since the grounds in Mumbai were occupied for IPL practice, we couldn’t really do skills training, so I thought of trying out something new. At the same time, whenever there was a break for IPL teams, I would train with the Mumbai boys.”

    But didn’t he enter the Mumbai Indians’ bubble with the anticipation of being drafted into the squad as a replacement player? “I did join the bubble, but that was because I had a break from the commentary stint and it was nice of the Mumbai Indians management to let me practise with the group,” he said.

    Kulkarni seems to have bounced back after going unsold at an IPL auction for the first time. His 11 wickets in four matches don’t really reflect his accuracy and ability to strike regularly. Besides, he has been mentoring newcomers Mohit Avasthi and Siddharth Raut along with bowling coach Vishal Mahadik.

    “When I was young, I always had Ajit (Agarkar) and Zaheer (Khan) to help me become a better bowler, a better cricketer and a better individual,” Dhawal said. “I am just passing on what I learnt from them to the new bowlers, they are extremely talented. And with Tushar (Deshpande) coming in now, it’s become a little bit easier since he is a seasoned bowler.”

    International return

    Kulkarni, who made the last of his 14 India appearances in October 2016, hoped that his effort would not go unnoticed. Just like the other DK, the 33-year-old is making a bid to return to international cricket after a stint with a microphone in hand.

    “Domestic cricket has always been up there for me. I am where I am primarily due to Mumbai cricket. Since I still feel I can make a comeback for India, I know that performing for Mumbai is paramount. If I can continue to do that and help Mumbai win the Ranji Trophy, it can benefit me as well,” he signed off.

    Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in car accident******Cricket

    Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in car accident

    APSYDNEYMay 15, 2022 07:11 ISTUpdated:May 15, 2022 18:54 ISTAPSYDNEYMay 15, 2022 07:11 ISTUpdated:May 15, 2022 18:54 IST

    He played 198 one-day international for Australia and won two World Cups

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    Australia’s Andrew Symonds bowls in the nets during a training session on April 15, 2007, at the National Stadium at St. George’s, Grenada. The former Australian test cricketer was killed in a car crash near Townsville in northeast Australia on Saturday night, May 14, 2022, Cricket Australia said

    Australia’s Andrew Symonds bowls in the nets during a training session on April 15, 2007, at the National Stadium at St. George’s, Grenada. The former Australian test cricketer was killed in a car crash near Townsville in northeast Australia on Saturday night, May 14, 2022, Cricket Australia said| Photo Credit: AP

    He played 198 one-day international for Australia and won two World Cups

    Former Australian test cricketer Andrew Symonds has died after a single-vehicle auto accident near Townsville in northeast Australia. He was 46.

    Cricket Australia reported Symonds' death on its website on Sunday, citing a police statement with details of the accident late Saturday night.

    It described Symonds as “a cult hero during the peak of his international playing career and one of the most skilled allrounders Australian cricket has seen.”

    “The Queenslander was a larger-than-life figure who drew a widespread fan base during his peak years for not only his hard-hitting ways but his larrikin persona."

    As we mourn the loss of former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, we take a look back to his tremendous 143* against Pakistan at the 2003 World Cup.#RIPRoypic.twitter.com/oyoH7idzkb

    — ICC (@ICC) May 15, 2022

    Symonds played 26 test matches for Australia and posted two centuries, but he was better known as a limited-overs specialist. He played 198 one-day international for Australia and won two World Cups.

    After retiring as a player, Symonds became a popular commentator for cricket broadcasters.

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    Queensland Police said the accident occurred at Hervey Range, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Townsville.

    “Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” a police statement said. “Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant. However, he died of his injuries.”

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    Symonds' family appealed for privacy.

    Former Australian captain Allan Border was among those to pay tribute to Symonds on Sunday.

    Border said Symonds "hit the ball a long way and just wanted to entertain.

    “He was, in a way, a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer,” Border told the Nine Network. “He was an adventurer, loved his fishing, he loved hiking, camping, people liked his very laid-back style.”

    That style brought Symonds into conflict with authority late in his career. In 2008 he missed Australia's one-day series against Bangladesh after going fishing when he was required to attend a team meeting. He also was disciplined prior to the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup for breaching team rules around alcohol.

    With dreadlocks and his face daubed with zinc cream, Symonds always cut a flamboyant figure in the Australian team.

    His loss is another bitter blow for Australian cricket after the death in Thailand in March of legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne. Wicketkeeper Rod Marsh also died in March aged 74.

    Media rights sale: BCCI nets ₹44,075 cr. on day 2; spills over to third day******Cricket

    Media rights sale: BCCI nets ₹44,075 cr. on day 2; spills over to third day

    Amol KarhadkarNew DelhiJune 13, 2022 20:48 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 08:00 ISTAmol KarhadkarNew DelhiJune 13, 2022 20:48 ISTUpdated:June 14, 2022 08:00 IST

    Experts expect revenue to cross ₹60,000 crore for five-year cycle

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    Experts expect revenue to cross ₹60,000 crore for five-year cycle

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set for a windfall from the auction of media rights for the Indian Premier League.

    At the end of the second day of the e-auction, the BCCI was assured of a minimum revenue of ₹45,950 crore for the five-year cycle from 2023 to 2027.

    With two of the four categories the media rights have been divided into yet to be finalised, industry experts expect the figure to cross ₹60,000 crore. The e-auction, which began on Sunday, is likely to conclude on Tuesday.

    On Monday, bidding concluded for the first two packages — television rights for the Indian subcontinent and digital rights for India. With a base price of ₹49 crore and ₹33 crore per game respectively, multiple sources in the BCCI and bidders told The Hindu that the winning bids were ₹57.5 crore and ₹50 crore.

    Bidding had closed at ₹57 crore and ₹48 crore in the two categories on the first day.

    While the Reliance-backed Viacom 18-Paramount combine is understood to have bagged the digital bouquet for ₹20,500 crore, it could not be confirmed whether Disney or Star had the highest TV rights bid of ₹23,575 crore.

    However, it was confirmed that for the first time the IPL broadcast would be divided between two platforms on television and digital media. For the last five years, Star India held the global rights across platforms.

    It means that the IPL is assured of fetching at least ₹13.5 million per game, which is second only to the American National Football League’s ₹17 million per game.

    Towards the end of the proceedings on Monday, bidding began for the non-exclusive digital package and overseas rights package.

    The non-exclusive package (including 20 games per edition) bidding closed at ₹18.75 crore for the day. Viacom 18-Paramount combine has the option of challenging the highest bidder on the non-exclusive package with an incremental bid.

    For UP it’s 11 versus 11, says Dahiya******Cricket

    For UP it’s 11 versus 11, says Dahiya

    Amol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 13, 2022 19:25 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 19:25 ISTAmol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 13, 2022 19:25 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 19:25 IST

    Lack of experience won’t hurt Mumbai: Muzumdar

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    Mumbai obviously has history of not faltering on the big stage in Ranji Trophy. Uttar Pradesh, on the other hand, is riding on youth power and its head coach Vijay Dahiya asserted that legacy will not matter during their semifinal encounter from Tuesday.

    Vijay Dahiya.

    Vijay Dahiya.| Photo Credit: File PHOTO: V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

    “With so many people getting exposure in IPL and other cricket, it all comes down to 11 versus 11 rather than anything else. Unfortunately, you don’t have too many senior players in the dressing room to tell you about the legacy but even if they are there, you need time to build that trust and tell them about the legacy,” Dahiya said on Monday.

    “And the other thing is if you try and tell them, they just look at you and wonder what age he is talking about. You just have to try and make them realise it’s 11 versus 11.”

    Amol Muzumdar.

    Amol Muzumdar.| Photo Credit:Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

    Dahiya’s Mumbai counterpart Amol Muzumdar stressed that the lack of experience in the line-up will not hurt the team. “We haven’t looked beyond one game and prepared accordingly. Every game this season has been a must-win, so instead of looking at it as a semifinal, we are just treating it as another game and preparing accordingly,” Muzumdar said.

    The match will yet again pit Sarfaraz Khan, the run-machine, against his former team. After leaving Mumbai for Uttar Pradesh in 2015-16, Sarfaraz Khan returned to Mumbai in 2017-18, served a cooling-off period and then has been unstoppable with the bat. The last time he faced Uttar Pradesh, in 2019-20 at the Wankhede Stadium, he notched up an unbeaten triple hundred.

    Muzumdar tried to downplay the Sarfaraz’s showdown against Uttar Pradesh. “It’s already been some time, right? Some time has passed since he has come back. It may be a big deal for him but I think for him and for us as a team, there are bigger things to look at. It’s a big game, after all,” he said.

    Clash of equals between Mumbai and UP******Cricket

    Clash of equals between Mumbai and UP

    Amol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 13, 2022 19:10 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 19:10 ISTAmol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 13, 2022 19:10 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 19:10 IST

    Decent grass cover should elate the pace attack of both sides

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    Battle within a battle: UP’s bowlers will aim to get the better of ex-teammate Sarfaraz Khan, who is on a prolific scoring spree with Mumbai.

    Battle within a battle: UP’s bowlers will aim to get the better of ex-teammate Sarfaraz Khan, who is on a prolific scoring spree with Mumbai.| Photo Credit: File photo: VIJAY SONEJI

    Decent grass cover should elate the pace attack of both sides

    The last time Uttar Pradesh made it to the Ranji Trophy semifinals, captain Karan Sharma, who is four months shy of turning 24, was not even a teenager and none of its existing squad members were in contention to break into its senior squad. If that makes you wonder whether its semifinal against Mumbai is going to be lopsided in favour of the 41-time champion, think again.

    Despite Mumbai’s legacy and an in-form team, the current squad lacks the experience of a high-pressure match. Only two if its existing members - captain Prithvi Shaw and veteran pacer Dhawal Kulkarni - have featured in a Ranji semifinal.

    Ergo based on current form and similar big-match experience, it will be a clash between equals at the Just Cricket Academy (JCA). And both units heaved a sigh of relief after looking at the 22-yard strip on Monday.

    Contrary to the belter that the adjoining strip turned out to be during Bengal’s run-feast versus Jharkhand in last week’s quarterfinal, the centre-strip at JCA has a decent amount of grass cover, which will elate the pace attack of both sides.

    Nod for Mohsin?

    In fact, Uttar Pradesh will be tempted to draft in Mohsin Khan. The left-arm spinner, who was one of the finds of the IPL, has been added to the squad ahead of the semifinal. It will be interesting to see if he is preferred over Shivam Mavi, who bowled just two overs in Karnataka’s second innings in the quarterfinals.

    Irrespective of its composition, the UP pace attack’s duel versus Mumbai’s in-form batting unit may seal the fate of the game. Each of Mumbai’s top seven batters scored a fifty during its record win against Uttarakhand last week. Even though Hardik Tamore will replace Aditya Tare as the wicketkeeper-batter for the semifinal, the batting line-up appears to be intimidating.

    Sarfaraz Khan, who hit an unbeaten 301 the last time these two teams faced each other, has plundered more than 700 runs in just five innings this season and will be eager to make it big against his former team. Shaw is due for a big knock, with just two fifties in the season so far.

    Shadab gives Pakistan ODI series sweep against West Indies******Cricket

    Shadab gives Pakistan ODI series sweep against West Indies

    APMULTAN:June 13, 2022 11:38 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 12:54 ISTAPMULTAN:June 13, 2022 11:38 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 12:54 IST

    The series win lifted Pakistan to No. 4 on the points table — immediately above West Indies — in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League

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    Pakistan’s cricket team players pose for photographer with the ODI series trophy during a presentation ceremony on the end of third one day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

    Pakistan’s cricket team players pose for photographer with the ODI series trophy during a presentation ceremony on the end of third one day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.| Photo Credit: AP

    The series win lifted Pakistan to No. 4 on the points table — immediately above West Indies — in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League

    Shadab Khan’s brilliant all-round performance led Pakistan to a 53-run win over West Indies in the third one-day international on June 12 and a 3-0 series sweep.

    Shadab’s career-best 86 off 78 balls revived Pakistan to 269-9 after the hosts chose to bat first and their top order stumbled against the surprise off-spin of Nicholas Pooran, who finished with 4-48 in 10 overs.

    West Indies' own struggle against spin continued as its middle order again capitulated against Shadab (4-62) and Mohammad Nawaz (2-56). The visitors were bowled out for 216 in 37.2 overs, losing by 53 runs under the DLS method. A dust storm in Multan suspended play for an hour during Pakistan’s innings and the match was reduced to 48 overs a side.

    No. 7 batter Akeal Hosein smashed six sixes and two fours to top-score for West Indies with 60 off 37 balls before he was undone by Shadab’s sharp delivery and stumped.

    “We executed our plans and got the desired results,” Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said. “We are trying different combinations with bat and ball. We will try to keep continuity and also test our bench strength.”

    Thanks to Pooran, Pakistan had slipped to 117-5 halfway through its innings despite a good start. Imam-ul-Haq (62), who hit his seventh-straight ODI half century, added 85 runs for the first wicket with Fakhar Zaman (35).

    But Pooran, who had bowled just three balls in previous ODIs, stunned Pakistan with his bounce and sharp spin.

    Pooran had Zaman clean bowled in his third over and leg-spinner Hayden Walsh followed it up by successfully going for a leg-before-wicket referral against Azam, who was out for a rare single-digit score of 1.

    Pooran then enjoyed the quick wickets of Imam, Mohammad Haris (0) and Mohammad Rizwan (11) before Shadab revived the innings with a gritty 84-run stand with Khushdil Shah, who made 34.

    🗣 "Thank you so much Multan, we enjoyed a lot"

    Our skipper @babarazam258 with a special message for the Multan crowd 👏 #PAKvWI#KhelAbhiBaqiHaipic.twitter.com/2AMDYL4oW5

    — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 12, 2022

    Shadab looked set for his first ODI hundred before he was clean bowled by Jayden Seales off a perfect yorker in the last over.

    Pakistan's Shahnawaz Dahani, who made his ODI debut after Shaheen Shah Afridi was rested for the final game, didn't have to wait long to get his first wicket when West Indies started the chase. Kyle Mayers (5) was brilliantly caught low at point by Imam in Dahani's second over as West Indies also struggled against the pace of Mohammad Wasim (1-21).

    The introduction of spin unsettled the middle-order batters with Pooran holing out in the deep for 11 while going for a big shot against left-arm spinner Nawaz.

    Pakistan’s Shadab Khan, center, celebrates after taking the wicket of West Indies’ Akeal Hosein during the third one day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

    Pakistan’s Shadab Khan, center, celebrates after taking the wicket of West Indies’ Akeal Hosein during the third one day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.| Photo Credit: AP

    Hosein gave West Indies a glimmer of hope when he added 49 runs for the eighth wicket with Romario Shepherd (16) before Shadab struck in successive overs and Hasan Ali (2-29) claimed the last wicket of Shepherd.

    “The last two games were disappointing for us,” Pooran said, referring to West Indies’ 120-run loss on Friday in the second ODI. “We played poorly with the bat. We did well as a team and going forward that will be the template.”

    The series win lifted Pakistan to No. 4 on the points table — immediately above West Indies — in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. The top eight teams will directly qualify for next year’s World Cup in India.

    The ODI series was postponed last year when West Indies flew back home after a COVID-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp during the preceding T20 series in Pakistan.

    Shane Warne honoured posthumously, Ash Barty awarded in Queen's birthday list******Sport

    Shane Warne honoured posthumously, Ash Barty awarded in Queen's birthday list

    ReutersSYDNEYJune 13, 2022 07:37 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:38 ISTReutersSYDNEYJune 13, 2022 07:37 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:38 IST
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    A statue of the late cricketer Shane Warne is seen outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia,

    A statue of the late cricketer Shane Warne is seen outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia,| Photo Credit: REUTERS

    Shane Warne has received his first Australian state honour posthumously after being named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) along with former tennis player Ash Barty in the Queen's Birthday list.

    The spin-bowling great, who died at the age of 52 of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Thailand in March, was showered with awards in the sporting world but had never been formally honoured by his country.

    Shane Warne | A life in pictures

    Shane Keith Warne had a forgettable international debut, taking 1 for 150 in a Test against India in Sydney in 1991-92. He was dropped and later in 1992 showed glimpses of what he was capable of when he won a Test in Colombo Australia had little hopes of winning

    The 1993 Ashes series was the making of Shane Warne. His first ball in an Ashes Test is regarded as the “Ball of the Century”, when he foxed Mike Gatting with a ball that pitched outside legstump, beat everything and clipped the offstump. He achieved his best Test figures of 8 for 71, against England in Brisbane in 1994.

    In the same Ashes series of 1994-95, Warne achieved a hat-trick in the Melbourne Test. He had David Boon to thank for a spectacular catch at forward short leg.

    Shane Warne finished his one-day cricket career with 293 wickets and was part of the winning 1999 World Cup team. Taunted by fans for his weight early in the tournament, Warne had the last laugh. His magical deliveries jolted South Africa in a low-scoring thriller of a semifinal, and the way he galvanised his teammates showed that Australia were out there to go all the way. He holds the trophy with the Waugh brothers.

    Sachin Tendulkar was right when he said there was never a dull moment with Warne around. Warne was an entertainer both on and off the field. He didn’t care what the world thought of him letting his hair down, like his celebratory jig when Australia claimed the 1997 Ashes at Trent Bridge.

    Warne also had the knack of attracting controversies of various kinds and he admitted to being “naïve and stupid” and he paid the price for his carelessness. One of those was popping a pill given by his mum to reduce weight, which turned out to be a banned diuretic. It cost him a year’s ban from the international game which forced him home just before the start of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

    Was his career finished? Not at all. After a forced exile from the game, he was back at his best during the tour of Sri Lanka in 2004, playing a big part in an intriguing series which saw Australia claim all three Tests.

    Warne’s mentor in his early days was the former Australian off-spinner Terry Jenner. Jenner took one look at the blonde, raw, chubby leg-spinner and told him to get fit. Within months after his terrible debut, Warne was back in the reckoning and there was no looking back.

    One man who literally gave Warne nightmares was Tendulkar. The Indian legend predicted Warne’s tactics ahead of the 1998 series and practiced hard. Tendulkar took him to the cleaners in the Tests and the famous “Desert Storm” series in Sharjah. Warne tamed some of the world’s best batsmen, but never fully got the measure of Tendulkar.

    British tabloids pounced on him just before the 2005 Ashes series with stories of his infidelity. Warne’s personal life was a shambles as it cost him his marriage. Yet, he still managed to torment England on the field, finishing with an incredible 40 wickets.

    Warne’s glittering career ended with 708 wickets in 145 Test matches, second behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. He was also named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century. His 700th wicket was another gem of a delivery, to yet another England batsman.

    Warne was true box office, and it’s not surprising he was nicknamed “Hollywood”. His friends circle extended to top celebrities in the arts. Here he poses with fellow Australian superstar and former INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in the early 1990s.

    He was never afraid to let it rip if a batsman got under his skin. He had a fiery exchange with West Indian Marlon Samuels in a BBL game long after his international retirement. Shirt tugged, bat thrown, it was as heated as it could get.

    Warne never got to be a full-time Australian captain. But he was always known as a shrewd tactician, always one step ahead of the batsmen he bowled to. In the 2008 IPL, Warne was put in charge of the Rajasthan Royals and he led a team of underdogs to the title.

    Like many retired players, Warne took to commentary and was a prominent face in Australia’s games. Passionate, at times over-aggressive, Warne had strong views.

    Think of the number of kids all over the world who imitated Warne’s uncomplicated bowling action, and will still continue to do so. While many talented spinners lost their way in international cricket by getting too predictable with their tricks, Warne knew best how to manage his variations.

    That was rectified late on Sunday when he received the award "for distinguished service to cricket as a player, role model and commentator, to the community through charitable initiatives, and for philanthropic contributions".

    "Shane Warne was one of the most talented and charismatic cricketers the world has ever seen and we are reminded today of the indelible legacy he created both on and off the field," said Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley.

    Three-times Grand Slam champion Barty received her award three months after retiring from professional tennis at the age of 25.

    "There are so many Australian people who do wonderful things for our country and I want to congratulate all of the other award recipients on being recognised for their contributions," Barty said in a statement.

    "On a personal level, I always try to uphold Australian values - being humble, respectful, kind and caring for others."

    Australia women's cricket captain Meg Lanning was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) after leading her country to a seventh Women's World Cup win in New Zealand in April.

    Eng vs NZ, 2nd Test******Cricket

    Eng vs NZ, 2nd Test | Root, Pope centuries narrow down New Zealand’s lead to 80 at the end of Day 3

    APNottinghamJune 13, 2022 02:13 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 02:31 ISTAPNottinghamJune 13, 2022 02:13 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 02:31 IST

    Root, who hit his fourth Test century in last five matches, was still there at stumps on 163 not out

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    England’s Joe Root, right, celebrates after reaching a century with Ollie Pope during Day 3 of the second Test match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge, in Nottingham, England, on June 12, 2022.

    England’s Joe Root, right, celebrates after reaching a century with Ollie Pope during Day 3 of the second Test match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge, in Nottingham, England, on June 12, 2022.| Photo Credit: AP

    Root, who hit his fourth Test century in last five matches, was still there at stumps on 163 not out

    Joe Root and Ollie Pope made centuries Sunday to help England move to 473-5 and within sight of New Zealand's vast first-innings total of 553 on Day 3 of a second Test that has turned into a batter's paradise at Trent Bridge.

    Root, currently the world's most in-form batter in test cricket, was still there at stumps on 163 not out to give England hope of coming out of the first innings with an unlikely lead.

    He's still going! 1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣

    Scorecard & Videos: https://t.co/GJPwJC59J7

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #ENGvNZ 🇳🇿 | @IGcompic.twitter.com/49ADuLAOzK

    — England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 12, 2022

    While Root is used to compiling centuries — this was his fourth in his last five Test matches and the 27th of his career — Pope reached three figures for just the second time in four years in the England team and the first at home.

    Pope's 145 beat his previous best score, the 135 not out against South Africa in January 2020, and justified the decision of England's new leadership to promote him to No. 3 for this international summer.

    Alex Lees (67) and Ben Stokes (46) chipped in with significant knocks and Ben Foakes was with Root on 24 not out at the close, with England trailing by 80.

    England leads the three-match series 1-0 after a five-wicket win in the first Test at Lord’s last week.

    India wilts under the Klaasen blitz on a tricky wicket******Sport

    India wilts under the Klaasen blitz on a tricky wicket

    Y. B. SarangiCuttackJune 13, 2022 01:10 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 16:17 ISTY. B. SarangiCuttackJune 13, 2022 01:10 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 16:17 IST

    The South African, in the company of Bavuma, resurrects the innings from a precarious 29 for three before launching into the host attack

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    Calling the shots: Klaasen’s 46-ball 81 decisively swung the match South Africa’s way. Photo:

    Calling the shots: Klaasen’s 46-ball 81 decisively swung the match South Africa’s way. Photo:| Photo Credit: BISWARANJAN ROUT

    The South African, in the company of Bavuma, resurrects the innings from a precarious 29 for three before launching into the host attack

    Wicketkeeper-batter Heinrich Klaasen excelled on a tricky pitch in humid conditions to make his career-best score and take South Africa to a four-wicket victory in the second T20I against India at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.

    Klaasen, who replaced the injured Quinton de Kock, hammered a 46-ball 81 with seven fours and five mighty sixes as South Africa recovered from 29 for three to chase down 149 with 10 balls to spare and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Tight spot

    After choosing to follow the successful template of the first match and restricting India to 148 for six, South Africa found itself in a tight spot.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar mixed his superb skills with immaculate precision to bowl three of the first six overs and claimed three top-order wickets to leave the visitors in big trouble in the PowerPlay.

    The experienced Bhuvneshwar, who was used well by captain Rishabh Pant, moved the ball both ways and bowled Reeza Hendricks with an incoming delivery in the first over.

    His slower delivery forced pinch-hitter Dwaine Pretorius to mistime a skier to deep mid-wicket in his second over. Bhuvneshwar then changed ends to breach Rassie van der Dussen’s defence in his third over.

    South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma (35, 30b, 4x4, 1x6) took some calculated risks to break the shackles.

    Klaasen, known for tormenting India in the past, relied on his clean-hitting and smart shot selection to revive the innings with Bavuma. He punished Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel as 13 runs came in the 11th over and 19 in the 12th.

    Yuzvendra Chahal broke the 64-run stand when Bavuma failed to connect a pull shot. However, the well-built Klaasen continued to unleash his strokes and took his team close to the target before holing out off Harshal Patel.

    Earlier, the South African bowlers adapted to the conditions well and executed their plan to perfection. Its pacers quickly gauged the two-paced track on which the odd ball kept low. They bowled as a unit and mixed the length and pace nicely. India lost opener Ruturaj Gaikwad to Kagiso Rabada in the first over.

    Ishan Kishan (34, 21b, 2x4, 3x6) continued his good form, contributing 29 predominantly through sixes off pulls, as India made 42 in the PowerPlay.

    Kishan, who was dropped on 28, could not build on his start as he pulled a short ball from Anrich Nortje to deep mid-wicket. Though Pant and vice-captain Hardik fell cheaply, Shreyas Iyer (40, 35b, 2x4, 2x6) worked the ball around and kept the scoreboard ticking before he was dismissed by Pretorius.

    The experienced finisher, Dinesh Karthik (30 n.o., 21b, 2x4, 2x6), clubbed Nortje for two fours in the 19th over and Pretorius for two sixes in the final over which produced 18. It wasn’t enough once Klaasen got into the act.

    ENG vs NZ, second test: Pope, Root centuries fuel England fightback against New Zealand******Cricket |Cricket

    ENG vs NZ, second test: Pope, Root centuries fuel England fightback against New Zealand

    AFPNottingham, United KingdomJune 12, 2022 22:36 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:38 ISTAFPNottingham, United KingdomJune 12, 2022 22:36 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:38 IST

    Replying to New Zealand’s mammoth first innings score of 553, Pope and Root took full advantage of a docile pitch to ease the pressure on England

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    England batsman Joe Root drives to the boundary during day three of the Second Test Match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge on June 12.

    England batsman Joe Root drives to the boundary during day three of the Second Test Match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge on June 12.| Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Replying to New Zealand’s mammoth first innings score of 553, Pope and Root took full advantage of a docile pitch to ease the pressure on England

    Ollie Pope hit his highest Test score of 142 not out and Joe Root swaggered to an unbeaten 109 as England raced to 331-2 against New Zealand at tea on the third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

    Replying to New Zealand’s mammoth first innings score of 553, Pope and Root took full advantage of a docile pitch to ease the pressure on England.

    Thanks to the pair’s commanding displays, England will expect to get close to New Zealand’s total in a match that could be destined for a high-scoring draw.

    Pope’s second Test century, and his first on English soil, came after he was handed a surprise promotion to number three by England captain Ben Stokes at the start of the series.

    It was Pope’s first Test ton since scoring 135 not out in South Africa in January 2020.

    The 24-year-old’s England place has been in serious doubt at times in the last few years due to shoulder injuries and a lack of form.

    But, batting in a position he had never previously featured in for England or Surrey prior to the first Test, Pope has repaid the faith of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

    Freed of the oppressive shackles of the England captaincy after handing the role to Stokes earlier this year, Root was in vibrant mood himself as he unfurled his full array of strokes in his 27th Test century.

    Needing only 116 balls to reach his fastest Test ton, Root has picked up where he left off at Lord’s with a second successive century.

    His match-winning 115 not out led England to a thrilling five-wicket victory over the Test world champions in the opening game of the three-match series.

    Earlier, Alex Lees compiled his highest Test score of 67 before becoming the only England batsman to perish in Sunday’s first two sessions.

    Daryl Mitchell’s Test-best 190 and Tom Blundell’s 106 on Saturday had put New Zealand in pole position.

    But England were able to replicate New Zealand’s success in conditions perfectly suited to batting.

    Majestic Root

    Lees had resumed on 34, while Pope had made 51 not out overnight, with both having survived a dropped catch by Mitchell on Saturday.

    Lees, who had a top score of 31 from his first eight Test innings, reached an assured 50 in 109 balls with a composed clip to the boundary.

    But, losing his concentration after the drinks break, Lees needlessly chased a wide ball from Matt Henry and edged it to Mitchell in the slips.

    Just before lunch, Root escaped when he top-edged Trent Boult to Tim Southee, who allowed the ball to squirm through his hands as he raised them high above his head in a failed bid to make a tough catch.

    Within touching distance of his ton, Pope whipped Boult through mid-wicket for four and reached his milestone with a comfortable drive for two.

    Joy and relief were etched on Pope’s face as he soaked up the crowd’s applause and received a warm embrace from Root after his 14th first-class hundred.

    Root joined the party with a four to bring up a rapid-fire 50 in just 56 balls.

    England were scoring at a blistering pace and Pope’s towering six off Henry was the signature stroke of his innings.

    The boundaries kept flowing from both players as the stand accelerated past 150.

    Root enjoyed a stroke of luck to reach his century with a miscued cut that flashed past his stumps before he waved his bat triumphantly towards his team-mates in the dressing room.

    IPL Media Rights: per match value crosses ₹100 crore mark on Day 1 of rights auction******Cricket

    IPL Media Rights: per match value crosses ₹100 crore mark on Day 1 of rights auction

    PTINew DelhiJune 12, 2022 20:07 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 20:08 ISTPTINew DelhiJune 12, 2022 20:07 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 20:08 IST

    Viacom18, Disney-Star, Sony, and Zee were involved in an inconclusive seven-hour slugfest of day 1 bidding war over TV Rights and Digital Rights fetching upwards of $5.37 billion and counting

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    The final result of IPL Media Rights bidding might not be out late on Monday or Tuesday as the battle for Packages A and B will continue. File

    The final result of IPL Media Rights bidding might not be out late on Monday or Tuesday as the battle for Packages A and B will continue. File| Photo Credit: PTI

    Viacom18, Disney-Star, Sony, and Zee were involved in an inconclusive seven-hour slugfest of day 1 bidding war over TV Rights and Digital Rights fetching upwards of $5.37 billion and counting

    The Indian Premier League’s media rights auction witnessed robust bidding for TV and Digital rights of the Indian sub-continent with the valuation of per match of the cash-rich league being earmarked at more than a whopping ₹100 crore.

    With the bidding going into the second day, the cumulative valuation of the media rights could well touch a staggering ₹50,000 crore mark, which will be one of the biggest in terms of global rights across any sport.

    Four out of the seven players in the fray – Viacom18, Disney-Star, Sony, and Zee were involved in a near seven-hour slugfest that remained inconclusive with Package A (India TV Rights) and Package B (India Digital Rights) cumulatively fetching upwards of 42,000 crore ($5.37 billion approximately) and still counting.

    The final result might not be out late on Monday or Tuesday as the battle for Packages A and B will continue on Monday.

    Once it is over, the winner of package B can challenge Package C which has 18 non-exclusive digital rights games for ₹16 crore per game and subsequently Package D (Overseas TV and Digital combined rights at ₹3 crore per game) will come up for bidding.

    “As of now after 5.30 pm, the bid for TV has gone up to Rs 57 crore per game from its base price of ₹49 crore and India digital rights has seen an unbelievable growth from its ₹33 crore to ₹48 crore per game,” a senior BCCI functionary told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

    “So from per game combined valuation of ₹54.5 crore from the last five-year-cycle, it has already surpassed ₹100 crore mark (₹105 crore plus). It is unbelievable. It will again start tomorrow.” While it is not known which part was the most aggressive amongst the four bidders, it is expected that the Viacom18-Uday Shankar consortium is locked in an intense bidding war with current rights holder Disney (Star).

    “We were expecting fantastic digital bids and with the fight for group A and B still on, the magic figure of ₹50,000 crore could well be touched. For Package C and D, one can have a rough estimate that another ₹5,500 crore would be added if these first two packages stop at ₹45,000 crore,” another BCCI official, present in Mumbai, said.

    Among the company bigwigs, one of the biggest names in the TV industry, who knows IPL media rights bidding like the back of his hand, said: “The BCCI will laugh its way to the bank but if the media rights value goes beyond ₹50,000 crore, then it will have its own set of consequences for that kind of aggressive bidding.”

    The market watchers are saying that Zee could come hard for Package D as it has already got an overseas dedicated viewership base with its Zee TV serials and now they also have their ZEE5 app.

    “With ₹3 crore as base price, Zee could up their game in that category,” the source added.

    Ind vs SA 2nd T20I******Cricket

    Ind vs SA 2nd T20I | South Africa beats India by 4 wickets, takes 2-0 lead

    PTICuttackJune 12, 2022 19:00 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:39 ISTPTICuttackJune 12, 2022 19:00 ISTUpdated:June 13, 2022 07:39 IST

    South Africa made two changes to their side while Indian team remain unchanged.

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    South Africa’s David Miller being greeted by Indian players after the former’s win in the second T20 match at Barabati stadium in Cuttack on June 12, 2022.

    South Africa’s David Miller being greeted by Indian players after the former’s win in the second T20 match at Barabati stadium in Cuttack on June 12, 2022.| Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

    South Africa made two changes to their side while Indian team remain unchanged.

    South Africa outclassed India by four wickets in a one-sided second T20 International on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

    Batting first, India managed only 148 for six in 20 overs with Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten 30 off 21 balls helping the hosts reach a respectable total and Shreyas Iyer's sedate 40 off 35 balls being the saving grace at the top-order.

    Anrich Nortje took two wickets while Wayne Parnell and Kagiso Rabada were economical with a wicket each.

    In reply, Heinrich Klaasen's superb 81 off 46 balls laced with seven fours and five sixes, made it a walk in the park for the Proteas as they knocked off the runs in 18.2 overs despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar's fantastic figures of 4 for 13.

    Brief Scores:

    India 148/6 (Shreyas Iyer 40, Dinesh Karthik 30 not out, Ishan Kishan 34, Anrich Nortje 2/36, Kagiso Rabada 1/15).

    South Africa 149/2 in 18.2 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 81, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/13)

    No major rain in Cuttack during second India******Cricket |Cricket

    No major rain in Cuttack during second India-South Africa T20 match

    PTICuttackJune 12, 2022 04:30 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 07:49 ISTPTICuttackJune 12, 2022 04:30 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 07:49 IST

    South Africa currently lead the five-match T20I series 1-0 after defeating India in Delhi by seven wickets

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    Indian players training session on Saturday was attended by a huge crowd at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. Photo: Twitter/@BCCI

    Indian players training session on Saturday was attended by a huge crowd at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. Photo: Twitter/@BCCI

    South Africa currently lead the five-match T20I series 1-0 after defeating India in Delhi by seven wickets

    Ahead of the second T20 international match in Cuttack between India and South Africa on Sunday, the Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) at Bhubaneswar ruled out possibility of any major rain during the evening.

    “The chance is 50:50. We cannot say for sure that there will be no rainfall in Cuttack on Sunday evening. There may be a small spell of rain but no possibility of any major rainfall,” RMC Bhubaneswar director H.R. Biswas told PTI.

    Mr. Biwas said the sky will remain overcast. "There may be thundershower induced rain in the evening and it will be known about three to four hours earlier. However, there will be no heavy rain which can affect the match”.

    An Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) official said preparations have been made to face the situation.

    With consultation from BCCI Technical committee we have made a sand-based ground for better drainage. The OCA has purchased a rain cover for the entire FOP (field of play) area from England. This apart, it has also purchased another super sopper from Australia. Preparations for the ground will be ready even if it rains throughout the day,” he said.

    The international cricket event, which comes to Odisha after a gap of two and half years, has generated much enthusiasm among the cricket fans here.

    The craze was visible on Saturday when the players of both teams practiced at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack.

    🔊 Sound 🔛

    Some cracking hits from the Captain and Vice-captain get the crowd going. 👌 👌#TeamIndia | #INDvSA | @RishabhPant17 | @hardikpandya7 | @Paytmpic.twitter.com/JoRKKzwvpJ

    — BCCI (@BCCI) June 11, 2022

    “Match day feels on a non-match day. A packed stadium here in Cuttack to watch #TeamIndia train,” BCCI tweeted and shared pictures of players practising in the backdrop of a sea of spectators.

    The previous international cricket match at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was played between India and West Indies on December 22, 2019.

    Meanwhile, Odisha government in a statement urged sports lovers coming to watch the match to take ample precautionary measures to protect themselves from the heatwave like conditions and wear masks through out the match.

    Commissioner of Police S.K. Priyadarshi said wearing mask is mandatory. “None will be allowed inside Barabati Stadium on Sunday without a mask”.

    Any object that can be used as projectiles such as water bottles, lighters, matchboxes and helmets are banned inside the stadium.

    Cuttack deputy commissioner of police Pinak Mishra said 'No Mask No Entry' has been written clearly on tickets for the match and asked spectators not to bring coins, knives and other items.

    Only mobile phones and sunglasses will be allowed inside the stadium,” he said adding that food too will not be allowed into the stadium.

    Food will be available only at stalls set up by OCA, which has also made elaborate arrangements for drinking water in pavilions.

    Mr. Mishra said around 62 platoons (1 platoon comprise 30 personnel) of police will be deployed during the match, the toss for which will take place 6.30 p.m. The gates of Barabati Stadium will be opened for the entry of spectators from 3 p.m. on Sunday.

    Mitchell unbeaten on 162, NZ in control at 481******Cricket |Cricket

    Mitchell unbeaten on 162, NZ in control at 481-5 vs. England

    APNOTTINGHAMJune 11, 2022 22:46 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 07:48 ISTAPNOTTINGHAMJune 11, 2022 22:46 ISTUpdated:June 12, 2022 07:48 IST

    Daryl Mitchell has extended his career-best score in test cricket to 162 before rain stopped play with New Zealand in a dominant position at 481-5 in the second match of the series against England

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    New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell plays a shot during the second day of the 2nd test match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, on June 11, 2022.

    New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell plays a shot during the second day of the 2nd test match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, on June 11, 2022.| Photo Credit: AP

    Daryl Mitchell has extended his career-best score in test cricket to 162 before rain stopped play with New Zealand in a dominant position at 481-5 in the second match of the series against England

    Daryl Mitchell extended his career-best score in test cricket to 162 before rain stopped play with New Zealand in a dominant position at 481-5 in the second match of the series against England on Saturday.

    Day 2 at Trent Bridge was belonging to the Black Caps, who lost just one wicket — Tom Blundell for 106 — before lunch and saw Mitchell and debutant Michael Bracewell (40 not out) add 69 more runs in the second session. Rain arrived around an hour into the session and an early tea was taken.

    Bracewell, whose uncles Brendon and John played test cricket for New Zealand, had already struck eight fours with powerful left-handed strokes.

    Mitchell, meanwhile, was cutting loose — as shown by his big six over long-on that moved him onto 149. His third fifty was scored off just 61 balls.

    Mitchell made it to back-to-back centuries — after 108 in the second innings of the first test New Zealand lost at Lord’s last week — before lunch and he quickly went past that previous best test score.

    He has made the most of being dropped twice by England, firstly by Joe Root at first slip when on just 3 on Friday.

    Earlier, Mitchell and Blundell combined for New Zealand’s record fifth-wicket partnership of 236 before Blundell holed out to Ben Stokes at midoff off spinner Jack Leach.

    It ended a stand lasting around two sessions and bettering the previous record fifth-wicket stand by the Black Caps, 222 set by Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan against Zimbabwe in Wellington in 2000.

    England leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first test by five wickets.

    However, a draw already looks the best the English can hope for in Nottingham after a tough start.

    Stuart Broad, playing on his home ground, is still without a wicket (0-86) and took to the field on Saturday hours after a pub part-owned by the fast bowler was badly damaged by a fire.

    The BBC reported that the roof and first floor of The Tap and Run, located in a village on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, has been destroyed.

    “We are devastated to announce that due to a significant fire in the early hours of June 11, The Tap & Run will not be trading for the foreseeable future,” Broad and co-owner Harry Gurney said in a statement quoted by the BBC.

    “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support.”

    Injured Tare out of rest of Ranji******Cricket

    Injured Tare out of rest of Ranji

    Amol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 11, 2022 15:59 ISTUpdated:June 11, 2022 16:50 ISTAmol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 11, 2022 15:59 ISTUpdated:June 11, 2022 16:50 IST

    Tamore set to don the gloves in semifinal; Pawar called up as back-up wicketkeeper

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    Aditya Tare has been ruled out of the remainder of the Ranji Trophy after fracturing his finger during Mumbai’s quarterfinal against Uttarakhand. Prasad Pawar is set to join the squad as his replacement ahead of the semifinal against Uttar Pradesh, starting on Tuesday.

    Tare injured the finger while attempting a catch down the leg off pacer Tushar Deshpande in Uttarakhand’s second innings. The scans later revealed a fracture, thus ruling Tare out at least for four weeks.

    As a result, Hardik Tamore, the back-up wicketkeeper who led Mumbai to the Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy championship in April, is set to be drafted into the Mumbai XI, with Pawar serving as back-up ’keeper.

    Unfortunate

    “It is unfortunate that we will miss Aditya’s experience. Prasad was a part of the group during the Vijay Hazare Trophy, so the selection committee unanimously picked him,” Salil Ankola, Mumbai’s chief selector, said on Saturday.

    Tare, who is Mumbai’s last Ranji Trophy-winning captain, returned home on Saturday evening.

    “It is obviously disappointing to be missing out on the big matches, but cannot do much about it since I am struggling to grip the bat. I am sure Hardik will come good in the crunch situation with the bat and behind the stumps,” Tare told The Hindubefore leaving for the Bengaluru airport.

    “I am confident that this Mumbai team has the wherewithal to go all the way and bring back the Ranji Trophy.”

    Pawar, 27, made his Mumbai debut during the Vijay Hazare Trophy when Tare was rested for the last league game against Pondicherry. But he will have to wait in the wings with Tamore being the frontrunner to don the gloves on Tuesday.

    Specialist batter

    Tamore played four Ranji games during the 2019-20 season as specialist batter. With Tare leading the team back then, Tamore, a stylish right-handed batter, could not play the wicketkeeper’s role.

    The 24-year-old was a part of Mumbai’s Ranji squad for the league stage in February-March. Having just recovered from COVID and Tare being exceptional behind the wickets, Tamore had to wait for his chance. He will be hoping to make the most of the opportunity, that too in a Ranji semifinal, next week.

    Spinner Nawaz lifts Pakistan to big win over West Indies******Cricket

    Spinner Nawaz lifts Pakistan to big win over West Indies

    APMULTAN:June 11, 2022 10:43 ISTUpdated:June 11, 2022 13:44 ISTAPMULTAN:June 11, 2022 10:43 ISTUpdated:June 11, 2022 13:44 IST

    West Indies stumbled against left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz as Pakistan recorded a thumping 120-run victory in the second ODI

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    Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan, right, and teammates celebrate after the dismissal of West Indies’ Rovman Powell during the second one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

    Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan, right, and teammates celebrate after the dismissal of West Indies’ Rovman Powell during the second one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.| Photo Credit: AP

    West Indies stumbled against left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz as Pakistan recorded a thumping 120-run victory in the second ODI

    West Indies stumbled against left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz as Pakistan recorded a thumping 120-run victory in the second ODI on June 10.

    On a slow wicket where the ball gripped and spun, Nawaz recorded career-best figures of 4-18 to bowl out the West Indies for 155 with more than 17 overs to spare.

    Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (77) and Imam-ul-Haq (72) continued their sublime batting form and scored half centuries before Akeal Hosein bagged 3-52 to restrict the home team to 275-8.

    Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 42 and Kyle Myers added 33 against the pace before Nawaz ran through the top-order to give Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

    “We were confident at the break that we could defend this,” Babar said. “Nawaz took wickets at crucial times. We were under pressure after the first 10 overs but really happy with the way we fought back.”

    Brooks and Myers batted aggressively against fast bowlers and added a rapid 67 runs off 54 balls despite Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissing first-match century-maker Shai Hope for just 4 in the first over.

    Mohammad Wasim Jr. (3-34), replacing Hasan Ali in the Pakistan XI, broke through when he clean bowled Myers before Nawaz had Brandon King bowled off his fourth ball.

    Nawaz extracted sharp turn and also accounted for the wickets of Brooks, who was trapped lbw and then had Rovman Powell (10) and skipper Nicholas Pooran’s (25) wickets in one over.

    Wasim and Shadab Khan (2-40) then wrapped up the tail quickly to give Pakistan a massive win.

    Pakistan Imam-ul-Haq bats during the second one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

    Pakistan Imam-ul-Haq bats during the second one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium.| Photo Credit: AP

    “I was focusing on the basics and the pitch assisted me," Nawaz said. “The ball was turning, we had an idea in the first innings, particularly after I got out ... I want to do well as an all-rounder and improve day by day."

    Earlier, Babar, who won the toss and chose to bat on another sweltering hot day in Multan, and Imam added 130 runs for the second-wicket stand after Fakhar Zaman yet again fell cheaply for 17.

    Babar shared fourth consecutive century partnership in ODIs with Imam but just when it looked like the game would drift away from the West Indies, Imam got run out in a mix-up with his skipper.

    Imam had nearly made his ground at the non-striker’s end but Babar was ball watching instead of responding to Imam’s call.

    Babar looked to pace the innings in testing conditions with the temperature touching to 45 degree Celsius but the West Indies came back strongly in the latter half of the Pakistan innings.

    Babar, who scored a century in a five-wicket win on Wednesday, fell to Hosein’s sharp turning delivery and offered a tame return catch off a leading edge to the bowler as Pakistan lost four quick wickets in space of 20 runs.

    Hosein clean bowled Mohammad Rizwan (15) around his legs and Nawaz (3) was caught in the leg slip with Mohammad Haris’ run-a-ball six-run knock ended when he gloved Alzarri Joseph (2-33) to wicketkeeper Hope.

    Left-handed Khushdil Shah couldn’t repeat his power-hitting from Wednesday, when he carried Pakistan home with a superb unbeaten 41 off 23 balls, and was clean bowled by Anderson Phillip for a struggling 22 off 31 balls in the penultimate over as West Indies gave away just 67 runs in the last 10 overs.

    “Tough day for us," Pooran said after yet again failing with the bat. “Credit must be given to Nawaz who bowled really well. It was definitely a challenging wicket (and) there were some soft dismissals, it wasn’t our day."

    Jaiswal relieved after maiden First Class ton******Sport

    Jaiswal relieved after maiden First Class ton

    Amol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 10, 2022 19:38 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 19:39 ISTAmol KarhadkarBENGALURUJune 10, 2022 19:38 ISTUpdated:June 10, 2022 19:39 IST

    It’s good for my morale and mindset and all the hard work is paying off, says the Mumbai opener

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    It’s good for my morale and mindset and all the hard work is paying off, says the Mumbai opener

    Soon after Mumbai completed Uttarakhand’s rout on Thursday, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Suved Parkar, were given a special ovation. As the whole bunch sat in a circle at the Alur Cricket Ground 2, the duo was made to deliver a speech to the group standing on a chair.

    As much as the game belonged to Parkar’s phenomenal debut, it was pivotal for Jaiswal. Playing only his second First Class match of the season, the left-handed opening batter translated his prodigious talent into a maiden hundred. No wonder he had a mix of contentment and excitement on his face when asked about his milestone moment.

    Matters a lot

    “It matters a lot to me. I will always remember my first century, it will forever be memorable,” Jaiswal said after Mumbai sailed into the semifinals.

    “It’s good for my morale and mindset. All the hard work is paying off. It’s been almost four years since I played a Ranji match. Then came the Under-19 World Cup, and Covid came. Didn’t get a chance in the first three games.”

    Jaiswal’s emergence as ‘boy wonder’ in 2018-19 — he scored three hundreds in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in October 2019 — had given hopes of ending the hunt for a reliable opening pair.

    However, ever since his record 203 against Jharkhand, he couldn’t really convert the starts into big scores. Since that knock in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Jaiswal had failed to reach the three-digit mark in 23 innings (14 in Vijay Hazare Trophy and nine in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy) coming into the season.

    During the league stage, despite being a part of the squad, he wasn’t considered for any of the three league matches. “Even in the IPL, it was the same. I played the first three games and then I was out for the next seven. Did well on my comeback. All this time, I kept myself motivated. These experiences are a part of my learning. I believe in myself, I am confident about my abilities,” he said.

    Having captain Prithvi Shaw at the other end really helped ease the pressure on Jaiswal in the second innings. “He was scoring briskly so I could take my time,” he said.

    Mumbai will be hoping that Jaiswal carries the form into the semifinal versus Uttar Pradesh, starting on Tuesday. If he does, even if he isn’t made to deliver a speech standing on a chair again, his stock will definitely rise higher.

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