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After returning empty hands 10 times, will Pak’s luck shine today ?

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The India and Pakistan cricket team have geared up their spirit to win the match in ICC world Twenty20 and it will be interesting to see who will shower more rain of runs in Eden garden.

Though India and Pakistan have clashed 10 times in ICC tournaments and all the matches are added into India’s account, while Pakistan is still waiting for their luck to shine.

There are also possiblities that the match can be dismiss or draw as its been drizzling since morning in Kolkata.

However, Pakistan is set to walked in ground with a slight change in the T20 World Cup 2016 — Ahmed Shehzad replaces  Khurram Manzoor. Selection committee decided this turn due to his recent good performances.

Pakistan have to play with a trick in the wake of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli batting. The team will also face a huge challenge with balling as they do not even have a specialist spinner in their ranks, and they will heavily rely on their skipper Afridi to chip in with his leg spin.

While Mohammad Aamer is their biggest hope, but the others would also have to step up to the occasion.

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Meanwhile, Cricket fans are so excited  for the high-voltage match that would start-up with cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Intikhab Alam and Inzamam-ul Haq and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is also ready to watch the interesting match live in the ground with a crowd of 66,000 people.

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Speeches, rendering of national anthems of India and Pakistan, songs and felicitation of former cricketing greats would set the ball rolling at the Eden Gardens.

The cricketing legends will be felicitated and presented mementoes with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and Tendulkar, Imran and Bachchan will give speeches.

At 7.25 p.m. Megastar Amitabh and Pakistani classical singer Shafaqat Amanat Ali will render the national anthems of the two countries.

 

High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Abdul Basit, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan, Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani, and host of lcoal businessmen and film personalities would be present at the stadium, which is certain to be packed to capacity.

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Diego Maradona’s personal doctor under investigation

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

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Leopoldo Luque, Diego Maradona’s personal doctor, is under investigation in Argentina over the football legend’s death.He has been named by prosecutors in San Isidro, in Buenos Aires, and the judge has ordered for the doctor’s house and clinic to be searched, with 30 police officers at each site.

There is a suspicion of medical negligence in the final days of Maradona’s life and, therefore, a potential culpable homicide.It has been claimed that Maradona didn’t have the medical permission to leave the clinic where he had surgery for a subdural hematoma earlier in November. But, he did leave on November 11 to return to his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires.

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

This legal investigation could go on for some time as the prosecutors look to get to the bottom of what exactly happened in the final hours of Maradona’s life.

They’ll look to work out if he had permission to be at home, why there wasn’t a specialist doctor present 24/7, why there wasn’t an ambulance at the house, if he had the right medicine, if the general medical protocols were followed, why there wasn’t a defibrillator in the house and how the final hours were managed.

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India vs Australia: We were ineffective with the ball: Virat Kohli

Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India’s highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.

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Sydney: Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that the team was ineffective with the ball on Sunday and outplayed by Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground which they lost by 51 runs.

A second consecutive 62-ball century from Steve Smith helped Australia reach 389/4 and India were restricted to 338/9.

“They have outplayed us. We were ineffective with the ball, and didn’t hit the areas. They have a strong batting line-up, they know the conditions and the angles well,” said Kohli after the match.

Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India’s highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.

“The chase felt steep, and one or two wickets would have taken the required rate up so we had to keep hitting. They took the chances that they created in the field, which was the difference,” said Kohli.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled four overs and got the wicket of Smith. “Hardik felt okay to bowl. Initially just thought of trying for a couple of overs but he felt good and bowled a couple more. And he gave away a bit of a bowling plan with his off-cutters (smiles), but credit to them, they used the dimensions well. Even Rahul or Shreyas, if they carried on, it could’ve gotten us across the line with Hardik to come,” said Kohli.

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India fall to 51-run defeat; Australia win series

Rahul and Hardik Pandya then put up 63 for the fifth wicket but both succumbed to the pressure that came with the rising required run rate.

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Sydney: Australia beat India by 51 runs in the second ODI on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The hosts have thus sealed victory in the three-match series, having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Chasing a mammoth target of 390, India were restricted to 338/9 after another century from Steve Smith took Australia to 389/4 batting first.

India started with a 58-run stand between openers Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. The pair departed within a few balls of each other after which captain Virat Kohli anchored the middle order. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer steadied the ship for the visitors and just as they were looking to shift gears, the latter fell to Moises Henriques thanks to a stunning catch by Smith at deep midwicket.

Kohli soldiered on with KL Rahul at other end before falling to a brilliant catch, this time by Henriques himself, at midwicket again off Josh Hazlewood. Kohli made 89 off 87 balls, putting up partnerships of 93 with Iyer and 72 with Rahul.

Rahul and Hardik Pandya then put up 63 for the fifth wicket but both succumbed to the pressure that came with the rising required run rate.

Earlier, Smith smashed 104 off 64 balls, reaching three figures in just 62 balls for the second consecutive time in this series. He put up 136 runs with Marnus Labuschagne, which was the second century partnership for Australia in the match after the 142-run opening stand between captain Aaron Finch and David Warner.

Smith finally fell to Pandya, who was handed the ball for the first time since making his comeback from a back injury after which Glenn Maxwell smashed 63 off 29 balls to take Australia within 11 runs of the 400-run mark.

The third and final ODI will be played in Canberra on Wednesday.

Brief scores: Aus 389/4 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 104, David Warner 83; Mohammed Shami 1/73) vs Ind 338/9 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 89, KL Rahul 76; Pat Cummins 3/67).

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