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IND vs PAK: Rain threatens to play spoilsport in Birmingham



Birmingham June 3: India will take on Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy Group B opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 4. 

When it comes to India and Pakistan playing, it is much more than just a game, it is about a reputation, it is about patriotism, and it’s about the long-drawn history of both these countries. Fans are excited to watch the clash, and all their plans have been cancelled for Sunday, every schedule is free to sit back and watch the teams fight for national pride at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

In a major scare for fans across the globe waiting for the highly anticipated ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash between India and Pakistan in Birmingham, rain gods may end up acting as a hindrance to the upcoming game.

The Indian team was on Friday forced to conduct an indoor net session due to an afternoon thundershower.
The Indian team arrived at the training facility in Edgbaston to the pitter-patter of rain, forcing the players to play indoor. The situation is expected to remain unchanged on Saturday with a thunderstorm forecast in the afternoon. On Sunday, there might be a slight improvement but the threat of rain can’t be completely ruled out.

The fourth match of the series, and the first match for both India as well as Pakistan may see some hindrance in the form of rainfall. The game is scheduled to be played at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground which lies in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham in England. The game will begin at 3:00 PM (IST), which means 7:30 PM, local time. There is a rain threat over looming over India vs. Pakistan match. Weathermen predict that some rains may occur acting as a hindrance to the match between India and Pakistan.

Interestingly, during the last edition of Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at the same venue weather played spoilsport and was intervened by rain couple of times. It was reduced to 40 overs a side before India were handed a target of 102 runs from 22 overs. India eventually won the contest by eight wickets.

However, we will continue to pray to the rain gods to keep those showers away. With already a game washed out at Edgbaston, fingers are crossed for this all-important Indo-Pak contest.

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Miami Open: Puig beats Stosur, reaches second round



Monica Puig

Miami (US), March 22: Puerto Rican player Monica Puig advanced to the second round of the 2018 Miami Open after defeating Australian Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4.

Puig played better than her Australian rival in the match on Stadium Court in the Tennis Center at Crandon Park here on Wednesday, where she managed to win the first set, taking advantage of the lead she achieved in the eighth game, reports Efe news agency.

In the second set, Puig did not take long to clinch a 2-0 lead, and although she let her serve slip in the sixth game, she immediately regained control of the court and won the set.

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Prior to this match, Stosur had enjoyed a record of four victories and two losses in a total of six matches against Puig but the Puerto Rican has won their last two matches.

The next match will not be easy for the gold medallist of the 2016 Rio Olympics as she is scheduled to take on No.2 seed, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who was a finalist in the 2017 Miami Open.


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Serena bows out in first round of Miami Open



Serena Williams

Miami (US), March 22: Japan’s Naomi Osaka, fresh from winning the biggest title of her career this month at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, defeated an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Miami Open.

The 20-year-old Osaka, who was born to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother and grew up in the United States, broke the 23-time Grand Slam champion in the seventh game and then finished off the first set with yet another break of serve here on Wednesday, reports Efe news agency.

Osaka, who broke Williams’ serve on two more occasions in the second set, was clearly the sharper of the two players considering that Serena was playing just her fourth WTA match in the past 12 months.

But the 22nd-ranked Osaka also showed she could match her opponent in the power department and most notably on the serve, ending the match with more aces (seven to three) and winning a higher percentage of first-serve points (78 percent to 76 percent).

She faced just two break points in the match and saved both of them.

Williams’ rust was apparent whenever she had to put in a second serve and enter a baseline rally, as was reflected in her 31 percent winning percentage on second-serve points.

The American went from bad to worse during the one-hour, 17-minute contest and appeared to be shocked at the routine shots she missed to lose her serve in the final game, including a wild forehand well over the baseline on match point.

Next up in the second round of this hard-court event for Osaka, who is unseeded at the Miami Open because she was ranked outside of the top 40 until her strong result in Indian Wells, will be fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.


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Bad diet was the reason I used to vomit on pitch: Messi




Barcelona, March 20: A change in his diet has helped Argentine FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi not throw up on the pitch during games, the celebrated forward revealed .

“I ate badly for many years: chocolates, fizzy drinks, and everything,” Messi told La Cornisa TV.

“That is what made me throw up during games. Now I look after myself better. I eat fish, meat, salads. Everything is organised and taken care of,” Messi added.

There were concerns over Messi’s state of health and many thought the five-time Ballon d’Or might have an illness, or was suffering from stress.

“I’ve learned to live the way I do, to be myself because at the end of the day it’s easier to do it that way,” the 30-year-old conceded.

“I don’t think too much about how I have to act because of constantly being watched. I’m aware that whenever I speak there are many people that listen, that there are repercussions. I always try to think about what I say in order not to generate controversies.”

Messi also talked about his sons. He welcomed Ciro, his third, earlier this month, but the occasion did not make him emotional.

“The last time I cried for joy was when my son Mateo was born (2015),” Messi said.

“By the time the third one came, I was already used to it!”

Messi added that the birth in 2012 of his first son, Thiago, influenced his life and he could take on-field defeats in a better way.

“The arrival of my first son (Thiago) made me open my mind, not to focus solely on my profession, on football,” he said.

“Of course I don’t like to draw or lose but I take it differently. There are many important things other than a result.

“In the end it’s a game and everyone wants to win, be a champion and be the best. But at times it’s not possible. You can’t always win and not always the best one wins. I learned that when it’s over, there are other things… being with my children, my wife, my family, the rest is secondary.”


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