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Day Night Pink Ball Test Match

Kolkata, Nov 20 : The excitement around the historic Pink Ball Test to be played at one of crickets most iconic venues, the Eden Gardens, has reached fever pitch. Star Sports Network will begin broadcasts as a run up to the #PinkBallTest as early as on November 21. Cricket fans and viewers alike can tune in across the Star Sports Network to enjoy engaging and innovative content.

Fan favourite programmes like ‘Follow the Blues’, ‘Game Plan’ and the flagship pre and post show ‘Nerolac Cricket Live’ will feature the Star Sports panel of experts who will deliver deep insights to create excitement amongst the fans in the build-up to the start of the test match. As part of the content line up, Ajinkya Rahane who is expected to play the historic test, will speak about playing the pink ball. Star Sports has curated segments on the making of the pink ball including an interesting documentary – “17 times to get the colour right”.

One of the most watched pre-game shows, ‘Game Plan’ will feature VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Sanjay Bangar and Aakash Chopra who will talk about the challenges of playing the pink ball especially under lights. A key point that will be discussed at length will be what to expect out of the pink ball and how different it will be for the players playing in the first ever day and night test in India. Viewers will be able to watch how the players go through their preparations and make the necessary adjustments to account for the movement of the pink ball and the weather during the all-important net practice LIVE.

In addition, Star Sports 1 Bangla will be providing Kolkata fans a unique cricketing experience by hosting a cultural extravaganza for the first ever ‘Pink Ball’ match. Cricket fans across the country will witness a cultural utsab LIVE on Star Sports 1 Bangla only for the India vs Bangladesh test match in Kolkata. As fans will witness the first ever Day and Night Test Match, Star Sports 1 Bangla will ensure that the content remains engaging and keeps fans glued to the Test Match over the course of all five days or till the match comes to a close. Special segments as part of the pre-show of Nerolac Cricket Live will include a series of iconic spots in Kolkata that celebrate the bond between India and Bangladesh will also be shown to bring a cultural flavour to the programme.

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India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Kohli masterclass helps India chase down 207

IND vs WI 1st T20I, Live Cricket Score: Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl against the West Indies in Hyderabad.

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Hyderabad, Dec 6 : India captain Virat Kohli on Friday bettered his personal best in the shortest format of the game to lead his team to a memorable six-wicket win over the West Indies in the first T20I at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here.

After the West Indies posted an imposing 207/5, Kohli’s unbeaten 94 off 50 balls (4×6, 6×6) helped India get to 209 with eight balls and six wickets to spare.

Sheldon Cottrell’s early spell helped put pressure on the Indians which resulted in Rohit Sharma (8) holing out to Shimron Hetmyer at deep midwicket off Khary Pierre.

But K.L. Rahul was on song at the other end, hitting three fours in the second over.

Kohli and Rahul (62 off 40 balls, 4×5, 6×4) ensured that India didn’t lose another wicket although the former struggled to make things happen in the initial part of his innings.

After the first 10 overs, however, Kohli started connecting and he seemed to have reverted to his younger, flamboyant self and it was more than just his bat that was doing the talking.

He stared back at the bowlers whenever they did the same to him and even asked Pierre to go back to the start of his bowling run-up besides mimicking Kesrick Williams’ trademark notebook celebration after hitting a six off him.

His partnership with Rahul produced 100 runs for the second wicket and his stand with Rishabh Pant for the third wicket produced 48 runs, most of which was scored by the India captain.

Pant fell to Cottrell in the 17th over and was replaced by Shreyas Iyer. The 18th over, bowled by skipper Kieron Pollard, proved to be a pivotal one. Kohli managed to hit a six but his opposite number dismissed Iyer with a brilliant catch off the last ball of the over.

In the 19th over bowled by Williams, Kohli hogged the strike and hit two sixes, the second of which was the one that took India over the line.

Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer’s 56 off 41 balls led the way for the West Indeis while Evin Lewis got 40 off 17 while captain Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder too used the long handle to good effect to help the visitors post an imposing total.

India now lead the three-match series 1-0. The second match will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on December 8.

Brief scores: West Indies 207/5 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 56, Evin Lewis 40; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/36) vs India 209/4 in 18.4 overs (Virat Kohli 94, KL Rahul 62; Khary Pierre 2/44)

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SAG 2019: Siril, Ashmita lead India to 6 badminton golds

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Pokhara, Dec 6 : Ashmita Chaliha and Siril Verma were crowned the womens and men’s singles champions respectively as Indian shuttlers claimed eight medals that included four gold, two silver and two bronze as the individual badminton events came to an end at the 13th South Asian Games here in Nepal on Friday. Along with the two gold the Indian mens and womens teams won earlier, India ended their glorious campaign with a rich haul of 10 medals to finish at the top of the badminton medal standings.

Former World Junior Championships silver medallist Siril Verma of Telangana lived up to his top seeding as he came back from a game down to stave off the challenge of compatriot Aryaman Tandon in an all-Indian men’s singles final. The Gujarat boy had the upper hand after pocketing the first game but Verma rebounded strongly to complete a gritty 17-21. 23-21, 21-13 win.

In women’s singles, Assam’s Ashmita Chalia overcame a late surge from fellow rising star, Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana to finish with a 21-18, 25-23 win.

In doubles, there was double delight for Dhruv Kapila who emerged victorious in both men’s and mixed doubles. The men’s doubles proved to be the tougher outing for the young pair of Kapila and Krishna Prasad Garaga but they were able to hold their nerves to clinch the gold. Sri Lanka’s Sachin Premshan Dias Angoda Vidanalage and Buwaneka Tharindu Dullew Dumbukola Goonathilake took the middle game in this hard-fought encounter only to see the Indians storming back to take the 21-19,19-21, 21-18 win.

In mixed doubles, Kapila had a breezy time on the court with Meghana Jakkampudi. The top seeds eased past second seeds Sachin Premshan Dias Angoda Vidanalage and Thilini Pramodika Hendehewe of Sri Lanka 21-16, 21-14.

Earlier on Thursday, India had won two bronze medals when the women’s doubles pairs of Sikki Reddy-Meghana Jakkampudi and Kuhoo Garg-Anoushka Parikh lost their semi-finals.

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Have always commanded respect, now I have a position: Azhar

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Hyderabad, Dec 6 : Mohammed Azharduddin’s roller coaster relationship with the game of cricket seems to have reached a steady place now with the former Indian captain’s role as the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).

Considered one of the best batsmen in the world at the peak of his career, Azhar’s reputation took a beating post the ban that was imposed on him for his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal that rocked the cricket world at the turn of the century. He however said that he has always commanded respect and now has a position from which he can make a difference.

“It’s not that I have not been respected. I have always commanded respect. If you are nice to people and respect others, people respect you back. I have always held this policy,” he told Hindustan Times. “(But) in every walk of life, you need a position to work. If you don’t have a position, you can’t work. You can’t put things in perspective. When you are at the helm of affairs, you can try to do something different.”

Hyderabad will host an international match for the first time in Azhar’s presidency when India take on West Indies on Friday. But he said that his priority will be Hyderabad cricket. “I will try to do things to the best of my ability and my main aim is to promote the game of cricket in Hyderabad. International matches will come and go. But I want Hyderabad cricket to progress,” he said.

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