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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 : Australia beat Bangladesh by 48-run

Warner, who smashed 166 off 147 balls (14×4, 5×6) equalled Virat Kohli as he became only the second batsman to complete 16 ODI tons in 110 innings.



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Nottingham, June 20 (IANS) World Cup 2019, Australia vs Bangladesh Highlights: David Warner hit 166 as Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs at the Cricket World Cup. Batting first Australia posted a mammoth 381/5 at Nottingham. In reply, Mushfiqur Rahim scored a brilliant century for the Tigers, but it went in vain as Australia were back on top of the points table.

Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar (10) early. Aaron Finch’s direct throw sent Sarkar back when the score was 23. Marcus Stoinis struck in the 19th over to send back Shakib-Al-Hasan after he guided Bangladesh past 100-run mark along with Tamim Iqbal. Hasan gave an easy catch to David Warner at mid-off after a 41-run knock. Bangladesh’s run chase suffered a massive blow when Tamim Iqbal was bowled out by Mitchell Starc. Iqbal scored 62 before edging Starc delivery which then hit the stumps giving Bangladesh third jolt in the 25th over with the scorecard reading 144.

Warner, who smashed 166 off 147 balls (14×4, 5×6) equalled Virat Kohli as he became only the second batsman to complete 16 ODI tons in 110 innings.

Besides Warner, skipper Aaron Finch continued his good form with the bat to score 53 off 51 deliveries (5×4, 2×6) while Usman Khawaja also contributed with a brilliant 89 off 72 balls, hitting ten fours.

Glenn Maxwell played hit a 10-ball 32 — tonking three sixes and two fours — before being unceremoniously run out.

The Aussies scored 131 runs in the last 10 overs as Marcus Stoinis (17 off 11) and Alex Carey (11) remained unbeaten.

Warner was slow off the blocks, but with Finch keeping the scoreboard ticking at the other end, the dashing southpaw allowed himself time to settle down.

Finch got to his 50 in 47 deliveries but perished soon after, trying to run the ball down and getting caught instead by Rubel Hossain at short third man. Soumya Sarkar picked up a wicket in his first over, bringing an end to the marathon opening wicket stand that put the Aussies firmly in the driver’s seat.

But there was not respite for Bangladesh as Khawaja joined the party to bring up his half-century.

The pair got a move on in the last ten overs as Mustafizur Rahman was taken for 19 runs in the 42nd over, Khawja hitting Bangladesh’s premier pacer for four fours.

Warner shifted gears too, smacking Rubel for two back-to-back boundaries in the 44th over before expertly reaching out to a full toss from Soumya Sarkar to slap the ball through point off balance.

Against the run of play, Warner lobbed an easy catch to Rubel at short third man in the next ball, the dismissal similar to the manner in which his captain got out.

The damage, though, was already done as alongwith Khawaja, Warner shared a 192-run partnership that further consolidated the team’s position.

Maxwell came out all guns blazing, smacking two sixes and a four in Rubel Hossain’s 46th over which saw the bowler leak 25 runs. Just when he was looking at his menacing best, he was run out by Rubel with a direct hit after Khawaja refused a single, leaving Maxwell furious.

Khawaja got out soon after, caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim off Soumya, who until this game, had only one ODI wicket to his name.

Steve Smith had an off day, trapped in front by Mustafizur as rain stopped play with one over to go. In the last over, Stoinis hit Mustafizure for successive fours to take the Aussies tally further up.

Brief Scores: Australia: 381/5 in 50 overs (David Warner 166, Usman Khawaja 89, Aaron Finch 53; Soumya Sarkar3/58) vs Bangladesh


Tata Steel Chess: Anand draws with Jorden van Foreest

It was the 18th straight draw between him and Fabiano Caruana of the United States in the Classical time control.




Viswanathan Anand

Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Jan 18 : Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was on Saturday held to a draw by Dutch Jorden Van Foreest in the sixth round of Tata Steel Masters.

Veteran Anand faced the Four Knights opening in the sixth round as black and unleashed an attack in the centre early by sacrificing two pawns.

Anand tried to make inroads as White’s king was stuck around the centre for a long time and
it was a cautious move by both players especially after white lost back one pawn.

The draw was agreed upon once Anand picked the second pawn.

Anand remained in joint sixth spot after three points from six games.

Anand needs a powerful finish to be in with a chance of finishing on the podium with seven rounds still remaining.

Meanwhile, World champion Magnus Carlsen’s got a sixth draw on the trot as his search for an elusive win continued.

It was the 18th straight draw between him and Fabiano Caruana of the United States in the Classical time control.

Elsewhere, Anish Giri bounced back from his previous round loss to defeat Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus while Daniil Dubov thrashed his Russian compatriot Vladislav Artemiev.

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Sania scripts dream return, clinches doubles title in Hobart




Hobart: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza along with Nadiia Kichenok came out with yet another brilliant performance as they defeated the China’s Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai in straight sets to win the women’s doubles title at Hobart International on Saturday.

Former doubles No.1 Mirza and Kichenok defeated the second-seeded Chinese duo 6-4, 6-4 in a rather one-sided contest which lasted one hour and 21 minutes.

The Indo-Ukrainian pair were the first to break in each set, but ultimately needed to wrap up the match by delivering the deciding breaks late. The unseeded duo won the last three games of the opener, and eight of the last 10 points to seal victory, having nearly seen a double-break advantage slip away.

Though the duo won six straight games from 3-4 in the opener to lead 6-4, 3-0, the 33-year-old Indian was the one who saw her serve broken twice as the Chinese eventually restored parity at 4-4.

Nonetheless, Mirza and Kichenok finished the match off in style with their fifth break of the match, before the Ukrainian served out the match and the victory for the team.

It is Mirza’s first WTA title in just over two years and 42nd of her storied doubles career, while Kichenok won her fifth, and first since partnering her twin sister, Lyudmyla, to win the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai in 2018.

The Indian star last won a trophy alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Brisbane International in the first week of the 2017 season, one of three doubles finals she reached that year before announcing her pregnancy in April of 2018.

Three-time doubles Grand Slam winner Mirza was making a return to competition after a two-year hiatus away from tennis, initially due to injuries and then welcoming a son in October 2018.

The former world No.1 won the Australian Open doubles title in 2016 following a successful 2015 season in which she claimed the Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles, all paired with Martina Hingis.

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Rajkot ODI: India level series with 36-run win




Rajkot, Jan 17 : India beat South Africa by 36 runs in the second ODI at the SCA stadium in Rajkot to level the three-match series between the two sides 1-1. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli helped India post a total of 341 to chase. In response, Australia were all out for 304 despite Steve Smith scoring 98.

Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch, who posted a record 258-run stand to help Australia stroll to a win in the first ODI, could not do a repeat of their heroics with the former being dismissed in the fourth over. Smith came in at number three and put up 62 with Finch before the Australian captain fell to Ravindra Jadeja on account of a close stumping call in the 16th over.

Finch had attempted to hit Jadeja over extra cover but missed the delivery due to the turn. Finch dragged his backfoot marginally outside the crease and wicketkeeper Rahul whipped the bails off immediately. Replays made it a tough call for the umpire to make but the decision went India’s way in the end.

However, Marnus Labuschagne, playing his first ODI innings, stuck on with Smith and the pair gave Australia the upper hand in the middle overs. They put up 96 for the third wicket before Labuschagne holed out at mid-off off Jadeja on 46. Smith however looked settled and was cruising to his ninth ODI ton when a loose shot cost him his wicket.

Kuldeep Yadav, who was wicketless in the first eight overs, bowled the 38th over and got Carey when the latter sent the ball straight to Kohli at extra cover. It was Kuldeep’s 100th ODI wicket and two balls later, Smith played on and had to walk back two runs shy of his hundred.

Ashton Turner and Pat Cummins were dismissed off consecutive deliveries by Mohammed Shami in the 44th over. Both players were done in by pinpoint yorkers directed at the middle stump. Shami sent in a leg stump yorker for his hat-trick ball and hit Mitchell Starc on his pads but the umpire didn’t raise his finger with the ball clearly going down the leg side.

Navdeep Saini then got India closer in the 47th with the wickets of Ashton Agar and Starc off the first and third balls of the over. Kane Richardson then delayed the inevitable by smashing Mohammed Shami for three fours and a six in the penultimate over. Jasprit Bumrah ended the match by dismissing Adam Zampa off the first ball of the last over.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan scored his third straight fifty with a sublime 96 from 90 balls, his innings laced with 13 fours and a six as skipper Kohli smashed a 76-ball 78 (6×4). But it was Rahul, batting at No.5 who gave India the much-needed push in the last ten overs with his aggressive batting and range of shots. Rahul was run out in the final over for 80 off just 52 balls, his quickfire knock studded with six fours and three sixes.

For the Aussies, leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/50.

The decisive third ODI will be played on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

Brief scores: India: 340/6 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 96, KL Rahul 80, Virat Kohli 78; Adam Zampa 3/50) vs Australia 304 (Steve Smith 98, Marnus Labuschagne 46; Mohammed Shami 3/77)

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