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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

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My eyes fixed firmly on Women’s World Cup trophy: Mithali Raj

The right-handed bastwoman, one of India’s most successful female cricketer, has so far scored 6888 runs in 209 ODIs, 663 runs in 10 Tests and 2364 runs in 89 T20Is.

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New Delhi, Aug 8 : Veteran India batter Mithali Raj has said that she is “definitely looking” at the ICC Women’s World Cup, which has been postponed to 2022 and has added that her eyes are firmly fixed on the trophy.

On Friday, the International Cricket Council decided to postpone the World Cup, originally slated to be held in New Zealand in 2021, until February-March 2022 because of the impact the coronavirus pandemic.

“Whilst this is never great news to wake up to. I can understand the reasons why given the lack of cricket in some countries. I just hope those players who were planning to retire after the World Cup can hold on for one year…right Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Rachael Haynes,” cricketer-turned-commentator Lisa Sthalekar tweeted following ICC’s decision to postpone Women’s World Cup.

To this, Mithali replied: “Oh absolutely, my eyes are fixed firmly on the trophy. With all niggles recovered, mind and body fresh and stronger than before, I am definitely looking at World Cup 2022.”

Mithali had led the Indian eves to the final of the showpiece event in 2017 where they had to face a heart-wrenching defeat against England in the summit clash at the iconic Lord’s.

The right-handed bastwoman, one of India’s most successful female cricketer, has so far scored 6888 runs in 209 ODIs, 663 runs in 10 Tests and 2364 runs in 89 T20Is.

The 37-year-old has already retired from T20 cricket and now aspires to win India their maiden World Cup for which she will now have to wait at least until 2022.

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Madrid Masters tennis tournament cancelled: organisers

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The Madrid Open that was scheduled to take place from Sept. 12-20 has been cancelled due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the Spanish Capital, Organisers said on Thursday.

“As an act of responsibility in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19 and having thoroughly evaluated the circumstance that the pandemic continues to generate… it has been decided that 2020 Muta Madrid Open will not take place this year,” organisers said in a satatement.

The tounament, which was to feature both men’s and women’s draws, was seen as an important event for players to prepare for the Frech Open which begins on Sept. 27.

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BCCI issues SOP; players must sign consent form before resuming training

BCCI is responsible for ensuring the resumption of cricketing activity in India to help secure employment of all its workforce and also provide a source of entertainment to the fans at the earliest.

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to the state associations for the resumption of cricket. While these will help the state bodies restart cricketing activities, all players will have to sign consent forms before getting back to training.

In the 100-page SOP, accessed by IANS, the BCCI has touched on principles while returning to training, ground and practice facilities preparation with an eye on the pandemic, gymnasium protocols, physiotherapy and medical protocols as well as protocols to manage a suspected COVID-19 case.

It also has the consent form where the players have to acknowledge that there is risk associated with resuming training and that the player has been informed about the protocols in place and the precautions taken by the association.

The player also needs to acknowledge that the association can’t guarantee complete elimination of risk despite taking necessary precautions and that the player is willing to resume training.

With an eye on the whole situation with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI has shared its views with the state bodies with regards to resumption of cricket.

“The BCCI as the governing body for the sport of cricket in India is responsible for ensuring that appropriate protocols are put in place to protect the health and safety of players, staff and all stakeholders. Covid-19, an infectious disease primarily affecting the lungs, poses a serious threat to the health of individuals as is evident from its spread to almost all countries around the world with more than 17.5 million infections and over 0.6 million deaths as on 1st August 2020. As the world grapples with Covid-19, cricketing activity has come to a standstill and players confined to the four walls within their homes.

“It is said that cricket is a religion in India and the fanfare and fervor that cricket commands are far greater than any other sport or event in the country. Besides, it also helps generate tremendous revenue and employs players and staff across 38 State teams, both in the men and women category. BCCI is responsible for ensuring the resumption of cricketing activity in India to help secure employment of all its workforce and also provide a source of entertainment to the fans at the earliest.

“However, the BCCI is concerned about the high infectivity rate of SARS CoV-2 and in the interest of health and safety of all players, staff and stakeholders, the BCCI would not like to compromise on the preventive measures by resuming too soon,” the SOP read.

“The purpose of these protocols is to ensure the safe resumption of cricket activities and the below guidelines may be amended from time to time as may be required depending on the existing Covid-19 situation in the country and the guidelines issued by the Government of India at appropriate times. These guidelines have been prepared by the BCCI Medical Team.

“All BCCI affiliated State Cricket Associations will adhere to these guidelines and take additional measures as may be necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection. Approvals must also be sought from local administration and health authorities before commencing any cricket activity. The health and safety of players, staff and stakeholders will be the sole responsibility of respective State Cricket Associations.”

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