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Bengaluru ODI: Smith ton takes Australia to 286/9 vs India



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Bengaluru, Steve Smith slammed a magnificent century as Australia put up 286/9 in 50 overs against India in the third and series-deciding final one day international here on Sunday.

Former captain Smith brought up his ninth 100 in 117 balls, third against India and got out on 131 from 132 deliveries as he tried to change gears and was caught at deep midwicket by Shyreyas Iyer off Mohammed Shami who was India’s best bowler.

Smith had hit 14 fours and a six in his innings. Despite restricting Australia to a score below 300 on what is generally a batsman-friendly track in Bengaluru, India had given away as many as 27 extras.

Shami (4/63) came back for his second spell in the end and picked up four wickets to shave off Australia’s tail and rein in on their scoring to not allow them to get to 300. Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was brilliant too although he went wicketless, giving away just 38 runs in 10 overs.

Besides Smith, fast-rising Marnus Labuschagne notched up his maiden ODI fifty as he scored 54 from 64 balls (5×4).

Smith and Labuschagne shared a 127-run stand for the third wicket which formed the visitors’ bedrock after electing to bat first.

India were dealt a blow early on as senior opener Shikhar Dhawan had to go for an x-ray with a call on whether he will take any further part to be taken once he is assessed.

Dhawan was taken off the field after he hurt his left shoulder in the series-deciding tie after he dived to save an Aaron Finch shot in the cover region before hurting his left shoulder in the fifth over.

India made early inroads as Mohammed Shami found David Warner’s outside edge to wicketkeeper K.L. Rahul who was played ahead of fit-again Rishabh Pant. Warner was gone for just three with his captain Finch (19) following suit soon, albeit in frustrating manner as he was run out due to indecision on Smith’s part while taking a single in the 9th over.

A livid Finch stormed out of the ground with the visitors in a spot of bother at 46/2. But as has been the case so often of late in Test cricket, Smith and Labuschagne joined hands to bring the team on track.

Similar in their playing style, the pair used square of the wicket a lot to score runs and punished the bad ball although Labuschagne was lucky not to get run out after Kuldeep Yadav failed to collect a Yuzvendra Chahal throw from the deep.

Smith got to 53 in 63 balls as he looked as consistent as ever with Labuschagne also notching up his maiden half century in 50-over cricket as he got to 53 in 60 deliveries.

It took a breathtaking catch from Indian captain Virat Kohli to break the stand as Labuschagne looked to accelerate in the 32nd over. The 25-year old played an inside out drive off Ravindra Jadeja which Kohli plucked inches off the grass diving low to his right.

Mitchell Starc was sent to bat at No.5 in a bid to up the ante and score briskly, but the experiment failed as Jadeja had him caught at deep mid-wicket fence by substitute Chahal to complete a two-wicket maiden 32nd over.

Alex Carey (35) and Smith associated for a quickfire 58-run partnership before Kuldeep got a timely breakthrough as Carey holed out to Shreyas Iyer at deep cover.

Bumrah followed it up with a near-perfect 43rd over, just conceding one run off the final delivery as Ashton Turner huffed and puffed at the crease.

Smith brought up his hundred by running a Navdeep Saini delivery down to third man but his celebration said it all as the Aussies fell behind in their run-scoring with Turner struggling to eventually get out caught behind in the same over.

Shami then removed Smith, Pat Cummins (0) and Adam Zampa (1) with toe-crushing yorkers as India ended on a high. Ashton Agar was not out on 11.

Australia made one change to the side, bringing in Josh Hazlewood for Kane Richardson while India named the same team.

Brief scores: Australia 286/9 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 131, Marnus Labuschagne 54; Mohammed Shami 4/63) vs India.


Twitter users hail Tendulkar over Laureus award

Reacting to the award, a user wrote: “He is an icon of cricket ! True champion and a legend! Salute to him !”




Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi, Feb 18 : A section of Twitterati on Tuesday hailed cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar for his World Cup winning moment winning the Laureus Sporting Moment award of the last 20 years.

Laureus (@LaureusSport) tweeted: “This is a reminder of how powerful sport is and what magic it does to all of our lives. A God for a nation. An inspiration worldwide. And an incredible speech from the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 winner, the great @sachin_rt. #Laureus20 #SportUnitesUs”

The moment, titled ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’, describing the moment when Team India members carried Tendulkar on their shoulders across the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai following their 2011 World Cup victory, received the maximum number of votes from the sport’s fans.

After the award was announced, the Master Blaster greeted his fans and wrote: “Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support! I dedicate this @LaureusSport award to India, all my teammates, fans and well wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket. #SportUnitesUs #Laureus20 #SportForGood.”

Reacting to the award, a user wrote: “He is an icon of cricket ! True champion and a legend! Salute to him !”

Another wrote: “In the 90s decade, Sachin was the sole individual who carried team India on his back! Sachin was more than a batsman! Sachin was an emotion! He deserves all the credit. 2K kids may never understand what Sachin meant! #SachinTendulkar.”

A post read: “God of cricket bags the Laureus Sporting moment award… there is no better moment than this in the last two decades… 2011 World Cup memories are always close to my heart and will be remembered for ever.”

“A proud moment for all Indians. Warmest congratulations to @sachin_rt on receiving the prestigious Laureus Sporting Moment Award in Berlin. You have inspired generations of young athletes with your passion, commitment, discipline and tenacity,” a Twitter user remarked.

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Indian Oil comes on board as lead sponsor of Khelo India Youth Games

Prominent shooters like Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Sandeep Rajput were all present at the Anthem Launch ceremony.




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New Delhi, Feb 17: The massive success of the first 3 editions of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG), has paved the way for the Government of India to launch the first season of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG). It received a shot in the arm in its inaugural season with PSU giant coming on board to sponsor the sporting revolution. For the first season of the KIUG, Indian Oil has committed to put its weight behind the Games as the lead sponsor with GAIL and ONGC also supporting.

The coming on board of industry heavyweight as sponsors is testament to the serious intent of the government to build the value of sports in the higher education sector and nurture this talent through guidance and developed infrastructure with KIUG.

Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster continues to partner Khelo India and will broadcast the first-ever Khelo India University Games (KIUG) from February 22 to March 1 to be held in Odisha.

“All the nations in the world which have gone on to become sporting powerhouses have invested heavily in their university structure. It is the first time that such a professionally organized championship is happening at the university level. I would like to thank Indian Oil Corporation who have come on board as the primary sponsor partner for the Khelo India University Games,” Kiren Rijiju said.

Speaking on the association, Subodh Dakhwale, Executive Director, Corporate Communications Branding, Indian Oil Corporation said: “Indian Oil Corporation is a brand which is synonymous with sports. We have 92 active athletes who are currently representing the nation in various sports. I would like to thank Kiren Rijiju for providing us with the opportunity of associating with the Khelo India University Games which is happening for the first time in the country.”

The event also witnessed the launch of Khelo India University Games anthem sung and written by renowned singer and anchor Padamjeet Sherawat. The anthem has a very spirited vibe to it and has been composed keeping in mind the competitive nature of the championship.

Prominent shooters like Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Sandeep Rajput were all present at the Anthem Launch ceremony.

The Khelo India University Games 2020 will be broadcast on Star Sports First, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and DD Sports.

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Popular Nigerian Seven’s footballer taken into custody




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Kozhikode,  Hugely popular Nigerian sevens footballer O.K. Emmanuel was picked up by Nagpur police based on an arrest warrant against him.

The Nagpur police official who took into custody Emmanuel from, here, when he arrived to take part in a Seven’s football tournament told the media that there was an arrest warrant against him.

“The Nagpur police was looking for him, after he failed to appear for the trial, after getting bail, Ain a forged passport case registered against him in 2015. After hearing that he would be coming here, we came here and will now produce him before the court , there,” said the Nagpur police official to the media.

Kozhikode and Malappuram districts holds a number of sevens tournaments and A foreign players, especially from Africa are a huge hit and Emmanuel is a hugely popular player here.

The Nagpur police presented Emmanuel before a local court, here, which gave the police a transit warrant. Emmanuel, however clarified that his passport now is in order.

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