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India take unassailable 3-0 lead in David Cup tie against Pak

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Nur-Sultan: India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing Davis Cup tie over Pakistan as old warhorse Leander Paes along with debutant Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won the third rubber here on Saturday.

The Indian duo of Paes and Jeevan defeated Pakistani teenagers Mohammed Shoaib and Hufaiza Abdul Rehman 6-1, 6-3 in just 53 minutes. With the win, Paes bettered his own Davis Cup record by winning his 44th doubles match.

Hufaiza and Shoaib began with a hold of serve in the opening game of the match, but the Indians broke the teenagers in the third game before holding their own for a 3-1 lead.

The Indian pair then took control of the match from the start and didn’t allow their opponents to put any kind of pressure. Simply put, the Pakistani teenagers were no match against the Indian duo.

Last year, Paes had become the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup when he won his 43rd doubles match after he went past Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli during the tie against China.

On Friday, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal toyed with Pakistan to give India a 2-0 lead. While Ramkumar swept aside 17-year-old Muhammed Shoaib in just 42 minutes in the opening singles encounter, Sumit Nagal earned his first-ever Davis Cup win after he beat Hufaiza Mohammed Rehman 6-0, 6-2 in the second rubber.

The tie was first supposed to take place in Islamabad but after India expressed reservations over travelling to Pakistan due to security issues, it was moved to a neutral venue by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

India will now travel to Croatia for the World Group Qualifiers, to be held on March 6-7.

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There’s only love & nothing else: Kohli on 2nd wedding anniversary

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New Delhi: Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who on Wednesday is celebrating his second marriage anniversary Anushka Sharma, expressed gratitude for his actor wife.

Kohli took to social media to share a black and white picture with Anushka along with the caption: “In reality there is only love and nothing else. And when god blesses you with the person who makes you realise that everyday, you have just one feeling, gratitude.”

Anushka also defined love in a heartwarming wedding anniversary post for Kohli.

“To love another person is to see the face of God’ -Victor Hugo. The thing about love is that it’s not just a feeling, it’s much more than that. It’s a guide, a propeller, a path to the absolute truth. And I am blessed, truly, wholly blessed, to have found it,” Anushka captioned a black and white picture from their wedding on Instagram.

The cricketer-actor pair had tied the knot on December 11, 2017 in Italy. After their nuptials, the couple had hosted grand receptions in New Delhi and Mumbai which was attended by celebrities from all spheres of life.

The 31-year-old Indian skipper is currently involved in a three-match T20I series against the West Indies, the final of which will be played on Wednesday evening at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Final T20: India to face West Indies tomorrow

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The 3rd and final Twenty20 International between India and the West Indies will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tomorrow.

The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Presently the series is level at 1-1. After T20 series, hosts India and the visitors will play three ODIs starting from 15th of this month.

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Ind-WI 2nd T20I: Windies level series with comprehensive win

Lewis and Simmons went on to put an opening stand of 73 runs, which remained the West Indies’ best partnership of the match.

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 8 : West Indies on Sunday recorded a comprehensive 8-wicket win over India in the second T20I between the two sides at Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium. They chased down a target of 171 with nine balls to spare with opener Lendl Simmons being unbeaten on 67.

The win helps them level the three-match series 1-1.

West Indies were helped significantly by misfields and dropped catches by the hosts. Washington Sundar’s nightmarish run in the field continued when he dropped a sitter and gave Simmons a lifeline while he was on six off 10 balls in the fifth over that was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Two balls later, Simmons’ opening partner Evin Lewis was saved when Rishabh Pant was wrong footed. The wicketkeeper did well to get to the ball after changing direction but it was a drop nonetheless.

Lewis and Simmons went on to put an opening stand of 73 runs, which remained the West Indies’ best partnership of the match.

Sundar managed to get the breakthrough with some help from steadfast glovework by Rishabh Pant which got Lewis stumped on 40. Shimron Hetmyer came in and was starting to tee off when he was dismissed thanks to a screamer of a catch by Virat Kohli on the boundary line. However, that was the last bit of joy for the hosts as Nicholas Pooran came in and took the visitors home.

Earlier, Shivam Dube’s masterful 54 off 30 balls was one of the chief reasons why India managed to post 170/7. Dube was promoted to number three and he repaid the faith shown by hitting a maiden international fifty. After his dismissal, Kesrick Williams and Sheldon Cottrell led the way in stopping the Indians from crossing 200. Kohli, who was unbeaten on 94 in the previous match, was dismissed for 19 off 17 balls.

The series now moves to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where the decisive final T20I will be played on December 11.

Brief scores: India 170/7 (Shivam Dube 54, Rishabh Pant 3 n.o.; Hayden Walsh jr 2/28) vs West Indies 173/2 (Lendl Simmons 67, Evin Lewis 40; Ravindra Jadeja 1/22)

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