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CWC19 INDvAUS: India beat Australia by 36 runs



2019 World Cup - India Vs Australia Match

London, June 9 (IANS) Shikhar Dhawan smashed a century as India produced a masterful batting display to beat a spirited Australia by 36 runs in a marquee World Cup clash at the Kennington Oval here on Sunday.

Playing in front a large number of Indian spectators, Dhawan starred in the run-fest with a strokeful 117 while skipper Virat Kohli also chipped in with a quickfire 82 to help India post a mammoth 352/5 after opting to bat first on a flat deck.

With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/50) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/61) did the maximum damage with the former denting Aussies’ hopes of a fightback by dismissing Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis in the 40th over.

Australia were in the hunt for most part of their chase with Smith (69; 70 balls, 4×5, 6×1) doing the spadework and wicketkeeper Alex Carey hitting a whirlwind unbeaten 55 off 35 balls (4×5, 6×1).

In the end, the slow start cost Australia as India snapped the defending champions’ 10-match winning streak with a comfortable victory. Australia were all out for 316.

The Aussies were off to a sedate start with skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner sharing a 61-run opening stand before the former got run out trying to take a second run. A fuming Finch stomped off the ground, making way for the in-form Smith.

Warner struggled with timing all along but with Smith he was associated in a 72-run partnership for the second wicket before holing out to Bhuvneshwar at deep mid-wicket off Yuzvendra Chahal.

Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal, India’s star wrist spinners, then applied the choke in the middle overs as Smith and Usman Khawaja found the going tough.

The pair laboured to a 69-run stand before Khawaja edged a full Bumrah delivery right into his own stumps while trying to shuffle across the stumps and ramp the ball past wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The Aussies were always in the hunt with Smith in the middle and partnerships being forged. And after Glenn Maxwell joined the former captain in the middle, their asking rate came down as the big-hitting batsman punched Bumrah to the long-on fence for a first-ball boundary before racing to 21 off just nine balls.

Just when Australia were making a case to chase down the huge target, Bhuvneshwar struck gold by sending back Smith and Stoinis in the 40th over.

Smith was trapped in front with the umpire first giving him not out, only for reviews to show otherwise. Bhuvneshwar then clipped Stoinis’ off stump to leave Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile (4) with too much to do.

Earlier, Dhawan continued his love affair with ICC tournaments, as he cracked his 17th century in one-day internationals to lead India’s superlative batting show.

Dhawan added 127 runs with fellow opener Rohit Sharma and 93 with skipper Kohli to lay the foundation for a big total before departing for 117 off 109 balls with the help of 16 fours.

Kohli smashed 82 off 77 balls, his innings laced with four fours and two sixes, while Rohit too scored a fluent 57 off 70 balls with the help of three fours and one six.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, dropped behind the wicket off the very first ball he faced, smashed 48 off 27 balls (4×4, 6×3) to justify his promotion in the batting order.

Former India captain Dhoni, unruffled by the “gloves” controversy, also joined the party with a breezy 14-ball 27, hitting three fours and a huge six off Mitchell Starc (1/74).

Stoinis was the pick of the bowlers (2/62) while Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins also picked up one wicket each but not without getting hit to all areas of the park.

Brief Scores: India: 352/5 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 117, Virat Kohli 82, Rohit Sharma 57; Marcus Stoinis 2/62); Australia: 316 all out in 50 overs (Steve Smith 69, Alex Carey 55 not out, David Warner 56; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/50, Jasprit Bumrah 3/61)


My eyes fixed firmly on Women’s World Cup trophy: Mithali Raj

The right-handed bastwoman, one of India’s most successful female cricketer, has so far scored 6888 runs in 209 ODIs, 663 runs in 10 Tests and 2364 runs in 89 T20Is.




Mithali Raj

New Delhi, Aug 8 : Veteran India batter Mithali Raj has said that she is “definitely looking” at the ICC Women’s World Cup, which has been postponed to 2022 and has added that her eyes are firmly fixed on the trophy.

On Friday, the International Cricket Council decided to postpone the World Cup, originally slated to be held in New Zealand in 2021, until February-March 2022 because of the impact the coronavirus pandemic.

“Whilst this is never great news to wake up to. I can understand the reasons why given the lack of cricket in some countries. I just hope those players who were planning to retire after the World Cup can hold on for one year…right Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Rachael Haynes,” cricketer-turned-commentator Lisa Sthalekar tweeted following ICC’s decision to postpone Women’s World Cup.

To this, Mithali replied: “Oh absolutely, my eyes are fixed firmly on the trophy. With all niggles recovered, mind and body fresh and stronger than before, I am definitely looking at World Cup 2022.”

Mithali had led the Indian eves to the final of the showpiece event in 2017 where they had to face a heart-wrenching defeat against England in the summit clash at the iconic Lord’s.

The right-handed bastwoman, one of India’s most successful female cricketer, has so far scored 6888 runs in 209 ODIs, 663 runs in 10 Tests and 2364 runs in 89 T20Is.

The 37-year-old has already retired from T20 cricket and now aspires to win India their maiden World Cup for which she will now have to wait at least until 2022.

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Madrid Masters tennis tournament cancelled: organisers




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The Madrid Open that was scheduled to take place from Sept. 12-20 has been cancelled due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the Spanish Capital, Organisers said on Thursday.

“As an act of responsibility in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19 and having thoroughly evaluated the circumstance that the pandemic continues to generate… it has been decided that 2020 Muta Madrid Open will not take place this year,” organisers said in a satatement.

The tounament, which was to feature both men’s and women’s draws, was seen as an important event for players to prepare for the Frech Open which begins on Sept. 27.

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BCCI issues SOP; players must sign consent form before resuming training

BCCI is responsible for ensuring the resumption of cricketing activity in India to help secure employment of all its workforce and also provide a source of entertainment to the fans at the earliest.





New Delhi, Aug 2 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to the state associations for the resumption of cricket. While these will help the state bodies restart cricketing activities, all players will have to sign consent forms before getting back to training.

In the 100-page SOP, accessed by IANS, the BCCI has touched on principles while returning to training, ground and practice facilities preparation with an eye on the pandemic, gymnasium protocols, physiotherapy and medical protocols as well as protocols to manage a suspected COVID-19 case.

It also has the consent form where the players have to acknowledge that there is risk associated with resuming training and that the player has been informed about the protocols in place and the precautions taken by the association.

The player also needs to acknowledge that the association can’t guarantee complete elimination of risk despite taking necessary precautions and that the player is willing to resume training.

With an eye on the whole situation with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI has shared its views with the state bodies with regards to resumption of cricket.

“The BCCI as the governing body for the sport of cricket in India is responsible for ensuring that appropriate protocols are put in place to protect the health and safety of players, staff and all stakeholders. Covid-19, an infectious disease primarily affecting the lungs, poses a serious threat to the health of individuals as is evident from its spread to almost all countries around the world with more than 17.5 million infections and over 0.6 million deaths as on 1st August 2020. As the world grapples with Covid-19, cricketing activity has come to a standstill and players confined to the four walls within their homes.

“It is said that cricket is a religion in India and the fanfare and fervor that cricket commands are far greater than any other sport or event in the country. Besides, it also helps generate tremendous revenue and employs players and staff across 38 State teams, both in the men and women category. BCCI is responsible for ensuring the resumption of cricketing activity in India to help secure employment of all its workforce and also provide a source of entertainment to the fans at the earliest.

“However, the BCCI is concerned about the high infectivity rate of SARS CoV-2 and in the interest of health and safety of all players, staff and stakeholders, the BCCI would not like to compromise on the preventive measures by resuming too soon,” the SOP read.

“The purpose of these protocols is to ensure the safe resumption of cricket activities and the below guidelines may be amended from time to time as may be required depending on the existing Covid-19 situation in the country and the guidelines issued by the Government of India at appropriate times. These guidelines have been prepared by the BCCI Medical Team.

“All BCCI affiliated State Cricket Associations will adhere to these guidelines and take additional measures as may be necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection. Approvals must also be sought from local administration and health authorities before commencing any cricket activity. The health and safety of players, staff and stakeholders will be the sole responsibility of respective State Cricket Associations.”

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