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South Africa knocked out of 2019 World Cup after 49-run loss to Pakistan

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London, June 23 (IANS) Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs at Lord’s in their 2019 ICC World Cup group stage match on Sunday, ensuring they remain in contention for the playoffs while making the Proteas the second team after Afghanistan to be knocked out of the tournament.

Chasing a target of 309, South Africa were restricted to a total of 259/9.

Pakistan were powered to 308/7 thanks to Haris Sohail’s 89 off 59 balls and Babar Azam’s 69 off 80. Imran Tahir’s performance in the middle overs and Lungi Ngidi’s late wickets ensured that Pakistan don’t get too far beyond the 300-run mark but even that turned out to be too much for the Proteas to chase.

Mohammad Amir dismissed Hashim Amla in the second over but captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock gave the South African chase a semblance of stability for the next 18 overs. The pair put up a partnership of 87 and were helped quite a bit by dropped catches. Shadab Khan then provided the breakthrough when De Kock holed out near the boundary off his bowling in the 20th over.

Shadab then got Aiden Markram, ensuring that the 24-year-old’s poor show in this World Cup continues. Amir then got the big wicket of Du Plessis. The South African skipper looked to hit the ball over deep midwicket and ended up getting a top edge to it. The ball went quite some distance in the air and Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed did well to hold on.

South Africa were given hope by David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen. With Pakistan continuing to drop catches, the pair went on to put up 53 runs for the fifth wicket. Shadab was once again the man to provide the breakthrough. Van Der Dussen tried a slog towards the leg side and the ball ballooned up in the air. Mohammad Hafeez kept his eyes on it all the way and completed the catch.

It was all downhill for South Africa after that as Wahab Riaz started the swinging the old ball around corners and went about cleaning up the tail. Miller fell to a slower delivery from Shaheen Afridi and Wahab then got Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi in consecutive overs.

Earlier, Pakistan were dominant for much of their innings, except for the middle overs where Tahir dismissed openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-Ul-Haq, the latter because of a brilliant catch off his own bowling. This took his tally in World Cups to 39 and he thus overtook Allan Donald to become South Africa’s highest wicket taker in the history of the tournament.

Haris Sohail was the star performer for Pakistan with the bat as his innings ensured that Pakistan cross the 300-run mark. He also won the man of the match for his performance.

This victory means that South Africa have been officially knocked out of the 2019 World Cup, becoming the second team after Afghanistan to suffer this fate. They have now played seven matches and have just three points of them. Pakistan are placed seventh in the standings with five points and a net run rate of -1.265.

Brief scores: Pakistan 308/7, Haris Sohail 89 (59), Babar Azam 69 (80); Lungi Ngidi 3/64
South Africa 259/5, Faf du Plessis 63 (79), Quinton de Kock 47 (60); Wahab Riaz 3/46

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Priyanka Chopra’s special way of paying tribute to Bryant at Grammys

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Los Angeles: Actress Priyanka Chopra paid tribute to the late basketball star Kobe Bryant in a special way at the Grammys.

The annual ceremony isn’t only focused on music, as news broke earlier on Sunday that Bryant and his daughter had passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Many took to the star-studded ceremony to pay their respects to the NBA legend, including Diplo, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Common and Priyanka.

The Indian actress took a moment to style her decorated nails with the number “24” written on her index finger, reports eonline.com.

That number belonged to Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years before he retired in 2016.

“RIP Mamba,” Priyanka shared on Instagram Story with a purple heart emoji, alongside an image of her tribute.

While attending the 2020 Grammys, she walked arm-in-arm with her husband and singer Nick Jonas.

She wore a custom Ralph & Russo design, which featured a plunging neckline and also included diamond-adorned pieces, fringe sleeves and intricate embroidery.

“This guy,” she shared on Instagram, with a photo of her and her beau striking a pose hours before making their way to the event.

The couple walked the red carpet with the Jonas Brothers and their spouses. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Kevin and Danielle Jonas all arrived to the star-studded event together.

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in California helicopter crash

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Los Angeles, Jan 27: Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was one of five people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas of southern California on Sunday.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas,” the City of Calabasas confirmed on its official Twitter account, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10 a.m. Nobody on the ground was hurt, the city tweeted.

Five people were confirmed deceased, no survivors in Calabasas helicopter crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted.

According to reports, Bryant was travelling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down. CNN later confirmed Bryant’s death. He was 41. There has been no word from his family so far.

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street at around 10 a.m., the department tweeted.

Flames that erupted in the crash have been extinguished. The investigation is underway.

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2nd T20I: All-round India ease past New Zealand to take 2-0 series lead

Chasing a modest 136, the Indians were jolted early with Tim Southee (2/20) removing Rohit Sharma (8) and Virat Kohli (11) early.

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Auckland, Jan 26 : Opener K.L. Rahul scored consecutive fifties as India took a 2-0 lead in their five-match series against New Zealand with a seven-wicket victory the second T20 international at Eden Park in Auckland Sunday.

Rahul, who had scored 56 in the first T20I at the same venue, remained unbeaten on 57 with Shreyas Iyer also contributing with 44 runs. He put up an 86-run stand with Shreyas Iyer, who scored 44 off 33 balls, his innings punctuated three sixes and a four.

Chasing a modest 136, the Indians were jolted early with Tim Southee (2/20) removing Rohit Sharma (8) and Virat Kohli (11) early.

Spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner then bowled some quiet overs to keep their chances afloat as India were 60/2 at the halfway stage.

But it was in the 15th over that Rahul cut loose to hit Hamish Bennett for 16 runs as New Zealand were made to pay for their two missed run out opportunities, the second of which came in the last ball of the over.

Rahul brought up his fifty with an aerial extra cover drive as he looked to extend his purple patch.

In the next over, Shreyas Iyer hit Blair Tickner for back-to-back four and a six to bring down the equation to 16 from 24 balls after the 16th over.

Iyer then dispatched Sodhi for another maximum in the 17th over before holing out to Southee.

The job was done though as India needed six off the last three overs and Shivam Dube (8 not out) completed the formalities with a six off Southee in the 18th over as the tourists won with 15 balls to spare.

Earlier, the on-song Indian bowlers, led by Ravindra Jadeja, stifled New Zealand batters as they laboured to 132/5 in the allotted 20 overs.

Jadeja returned best figures of 2/18 in his quota of four overs as Jasprit Bumrah (1/21 in 4 overs), Shardul Thakur (1/21 in 2 overs) and Shivam Dube 1/16 in 2 overs) got one wicket apiece. Mohammed Shami was wicketless but gave away just 22 runs in his four overs and bowled superbly to deny Kiwis any advantage.

Tim Seifert (33 not out)and Martin Guptill (33) top-scored for the Black Caps.

Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor failed to middle the ball and looked off colour after they asked India to field first.

Guptill and Colin Munro gave the hosts a good start by adding 48 runs together for the opening wicket. Guptill tried to go for one too many and holed out to Indian skipper Virat Kohli at mid-off helping Thakur with a wicket.

Williamson joined Munro in the middle but once Guptill fell, the scoring rate slowed down as both batsmen struggled to get going against spin and Shami’s searing pace.

Munro (26) was removed by Dube as the batsman tried to change gears and was caught at extra cover by Kohli in the ninth over.

A Shami bouncer also hit Williamson on the helmet but the Black Caps’ premier batsman seemed to shrug it off. Williamson (14) did not last long though, finding Yuzvendra Chahal at deep square leg as he tried to sweep Jadeja in the 13th over.

Just before Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme (3) was caught and bowled by Jadeja as New Zealand found themselves on 94/4 after 15 overs with the experienced Taylor and Seifert at the crease.

Seifert smashed Chahal for a four and a six in the 16th over as he looked to accelerate, but Jadeja was on top his game, as the all-rounder bowled an excellent 17th, conceding just six runs.

It was relentless pressure from India as Bumrah followed it up with a magnificient 18th over, conceding just three runs but the highlight was Kohli dropping a sitter at long on in the third ball.

Taylor was the batsman who got a second life, but the seasoned campaigner failed to make the most of it as Shami and Bumrah bowled near-perfect last two overs with just 14 runs coming off them.

Brief scores: New Zealand 132/5 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 33, Tim Seifort 33; Ravindra Jadeja 2/18) vs India 135/3 in 17.3 overs (KL Rahul 57, Shreyas Iyer 44; Tim Southee 2/20)

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