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Indian hockey squad for Women Under-18 Asia Cup announce

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : Hockey India (HI) on Tuesday announced an 18-member squad for the 4th Women Under-18 Asia Cup to be held in Bangkok from December 16-22.

The team will be led by midfielder Udita and defender Salima Tete will be her deputy.

Fresh from her stint with the Under-18 national side in the recently concluded series against Australia, 14-year-old Salima will be a key member in the Indian defence that will have other members Ritu, Neelu Dadiya, T. Suman Devi, and Gagandeep Kaur.

The goalkeepers in the squad are Divya Thepe and Alpha Kerketta.

The midfield will see young talents including Udita, Manpreet Kaur, Jyoti, Mariana Kujur, Mahima Choudhary, and Lalremsiami. The forward line will include Sangita Kumari, Poonam, Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Rajwinder Kaur, and Mumtaz Khan.

An enthusiastic group of young players, the girls are upbeat and confident before the tournament.

Captain Udita said: “This is a very good learning opportunity for young players like us. The team is really looking forward to playing in Bangkok. We are playing well as a unit and will put our best foot forward against our opponents.”

Goalkeepers: Divya Thepe, Alpha Kerketta.

Defenders: Salima Tete (vice captain), Ritu, Neelu Dadiya, T. Suman Devi, Gagandeep Kaur.

Midfielders: Udita (captain), Manpreet Kaur, Jyoti, Mariana Kujur, Mahima Choudhary, Lalremsiami.

Forwards: Sangita Kumari, Poonam, Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Rajwinder Kaur, Mumtaz Khan.

 

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U19 World Cup: India thrash Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in last group tie

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Tauranga (New Zealand), Jan 19: India crushed Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in a Group A clash to maintain their all-win record at the ICC U19 World Cup here on Friday.

India had already sealed a quarter-final spot with back-to-back wins against Australia and Papua New Guinea in Group B. It was another clinical performance on Friday as India ended the group stage unbeaten and unchallenged.

Left-arm apinner Anukul Sudhakar Roy spearheaded the Indian bowling effort with figures of 4/20 as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 154 runs in 48.1 overs.

Openers Harvik Desai and Shubman Gill then produced unbeaten half-centuries to carry India to victory in just 21.4 overs.

The Indian boys have thus finished the opening round at the top of Group A with six points after winning all their three matches.

Electing to bart first on winning the toss, Zimbabwe ran into trouble right at the start when their opener Gregory Dollar was bowled by Indian fast bowler Shivam Mavi in the third over.

The other Zimbabwe opener Wesley Madhevere was then involved in two partnerships with Dion Myers and Milton Shumba.

The trio did their best to keep the Indian bowlers at bay, but struggled to keep the run rate going.

Once the three of them had returned to pavilion, the batsmen in Zimbabwe’s middle and lower order were cleaned up by the Indian bowlers with four of them falling before reaching double figures.

Shumba was the highest scorer for Zimbabwe with 36 runs off 59 deliveries.

Apart from Roy, Arshdeep and Abhishek Sharma also bowled well, ending up with a couple of wickets each.

Desai and and Gill then put on an unbeaten opening stand of 155 runs to power the Indians to an easy victory.

Gill was Player of the Match, scored a quickfire 90 off 59 balls which was studded with 13 boundaries and a six.

Desai produced a steady 56 off 73 balls with eight boundaries an a six.

Brief scores:

India 155/0 (Gill 90*, Desai 56*) beat Zimbabwe (155 all out) by 10 wickets.

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Virat Kohli named ICC Captain and Cricketer of the Year

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New Delhi, Jan 18: Indian captain Virat Kohli  had something to cheer about after the second Test debacle against South Africa when was named the ICC awards cricketer of the year, ODI player of the year and captain of the year as well, in both formats. 

The Indian batting mainstay is the leading run-getter in ODIs with 1460 in 26 innings at an average of 76.84 and strike-rate of 99.11, with six centuries – the most for any team. Kohli led India to the final of the Champions Trophy, ODI series wins over England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Test series wins over Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka (twice).

Kohli regained the No 1 spot on the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen with 889 rating points, the best ever by an Indian cricketer.

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IND Vs SA, 2nd Test: S.Africa beat India by 135 runs, clinch Series 2-0

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Centurion, Jan 17: South Africa bowled out India for 151 in their second innings, registering a 135-run victory in the second cricket Test here on Wednesday. With this win, the hosts have clinched the three-match cricket series.

Chasing a target of 287, India resumed the day at 35/3. Rohit Sharma top-scored for India with 47.

Debutant pacer Lungi Ngidi picked up six wickets for 39 runs.

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