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India vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I: India win by 8 wickets



Rohit Sharma

Rajkot, Nov 7 : India vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I: India win by 8 wickets; Rohit Sharma scored 85 runs in 43 balls.

Rohit Sharma smashed a whirlwind 43-ball 85 in his 100th T20 international as India rode his heroics to register a facile eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second rubber here on Thursday to level the three-match series 1-1.

India lost in the first T20 by seven wickets.Chasing a modest 154 for victory, Rohit looked in his imperious best from the get-go as he hit six fours and six sixes to take the tie away from the visitors single-handedly.

Rohit was looking good for his fifth T20 century but fell short in the end as he was caught by substitute Mohammad Mithun at deep midwicket off Aminul Islam in the 13th over.

Shikhar Dhawan — with whom he shared a 118-run stand which is their fourth century partnership in T20 cricket — was the first to be dismissed. Dhawan played second fiddle all along and scored 31 before trying to step out and hit the ball for a six and losing his leg stump in the process to Islam.

In the end, Shreyas Iyer smashed 24 off just 13 balls to remain unbeaten along with KL Rahul (8 not out) as India won with 26 balls to spare.The night, though, belonged to Rohit. Leading from the front after missing a catch of Liton Das earlier in the day, the ace batsman, who became the second Indian from his country to play 100 T20I internationals, brought up his 18th T20 fifty off just 23 balls and then smashed Mosaddek Hossain for three back-to-back sixes in the 10th over to underline his ruthlessness.

Rohit never looked in any sort of discomfort as he milked the Bangladesh bowlers around. Rohit hit the ball for sixes, and his fours were as elegant as you can get.

Dhawan could only applaud some of his shots from the other end as Rohit joined Shoaib Malik of Pakistan (111) and Indian women’s cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur (100) in becoming only the third cricketer to play 100 international matches in the shortest format of the game in style.

He walked off the ground after being dismissed to a rousing reception.Earlier, Indian bowlers led by Yuzvendra Chahal (2/28) made an impressive comeback towards the back end of the innings to restrict Bangladesh to 153/6 in their must-win second T20 after they lost the first rubber by seven wickets.

Put into bat, Bangladesh could not capitalise on a good start as Chahal’s double breakthrough in the 13th over helped the hosts back into the contest.Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad helped Bangladesh cross the 150-mark with a Aquick-fire 30 off 21 balls.

Pacer Deepak Chahar (1/25) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (1/25) did manage to stem the flow of runs but Khaleel Ahmed had a forgettable outing as he was taken for seven boundaries in his last seven consecutive deliveries in the T20 internationals after Mohammad Naim smashed him for three successive boundaries in the second over as Bangladesh raced to 54/0 after six overs.

Rishabh Pant had a bad day too as he messed up an easy stumping in the sixth over off Chahal by leaving a little part of his gloves ahead of the stumps while collecting the ball.It was, therefore, called a no-ball and the visitors got a free hit off which Liton hit two back-to-back to add salt to India’s wounds.

Rohit also dropped Das but Pant made amends by running Das out for 29 in the 8th over to get India’s first breakthrough and end the 60-run opening wicket stand between Das and Naim.And then Chahal picked two wickets in the 13th over — Mushfiqur Rahim (4 off 6 balls), who gave a sitter to Krunal Pandya and then removed a set Soumya Sarkar (30 off 20 balls; 2×4, 1×6) — as Bangladesh were struggling at 103/4. Sarkar was stumped by Pant. Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain (6) tried to accelerate with a 25 run-stand but Khaleel broke the partnership by dismissing Hossain to leave Bangladesh reeling at 128/5.

They managed to cross the 150-run-mark as the bowlers bowled in right areas.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 153/6 in 20 overs (Mohammad Naim 36, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/28); India 154/2 in 15.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 85; Aminul Islam 2/29)


Japan unveils nearly completed venues for Tokyo 2020




Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Nov 21 : The construction of the Aquatics Center, the main venue for the swimming competitions of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the Ariake Arena, which will host volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, is progressing smoothly towards completion.

The outside area, the aisles and the installation of the seats, which is almost 60 per cent complete, are the main tasks pending in the facilities that will host swimming, diving, synchronized swimming events, according to journalists touring the facilities on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Aquatics Center, located on one of the artificial islands in Tokyo Bay, is 90 per cent complete and has a main 50 meter (164 feet) long pool with 10 lanes, which is practically ready and was filled for the occasion.

Next to it is another smaller pool for diving events with platforms at five heights (1; 3; 5; 7.5 and 10 meters), distributed in a structure reminiscent of a spiral staircase but with square cuts.

The center has a capacity for 15,000 spectators and has been built in compliance with government regulations that dictate that 1 percent of seats be wheelchair accessible, the main official of the complex, Daishu Tone said.

The Tokyo government, which owns the center, plans to make the facilities freely accessible to the city’s residents after the Olympic event and host some 100 national and international swimming competitions each year. Through these, it hopes to attract around one million users annually.

However, before opening the pools to public, reforms will be undertaken to reduce the number of seats from 15,000 to 5,000 with the aim of making management more efficient and to reduce costs, according to Tone, who gave no specific starting date for the modifications.

In addition to the Aquatics Center, the exterior and interior of the Ariake Arena, whose construction is 98 per cent complete and expected to finish later this year, was also made accessible for media.

The rear part of the complex, where there is an auxiliary building whose facade is partially covered by plants, is the area where the maximum work remains.

Bulldozers continued to clear land on Thursday while masons worked on the stairs of what, after the Olympics, will be a venue for concerts and other events.

The only thing lacking is some of its 15,000 seats (including 3,000 temporary ones) and for the concrete floor to be covered with the appropriate materials for the Olympic events.

The Ariake Arena, along with the Olympic Stadium that was completed last week, is made mostly of wood, adding Japanese aesthetics to the structure.

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Pink ball Test feather in Ganguly’s cap: Vengsarkar

“It’s a good innovation. One day cricket came in the 70s and then T20s came with the 2007 World Cup. Now we have T10 as well,” he concluded.




Dilip Vengsarkar

Kolkata, Nov 21 : Former captain Dilip Vengsarkar on Thursday hailed Sourav Ganguly, saying the first Pink Ball Test in India is a feather in the BCCI President’s cap as he was the man behind making it happen.

“A cricketing background always helps any administrator to take the right decisions. He has been a very good cricketer, hence, its a right decision as an administrator. The first pink test in India is happening under his leadership which is another feather in his cap,” Vengsarkar said at a promotional event here.

India were apprehensive about playing a pink ball Test and even refused one at Adelaide against Australia last year. But after becoming the BCCI President, Ganguly emphasised on the issue. He said it took captain Virat Kohli only three seconds to agree to it.

India will take on Bangladesh at Eden Gardens here on Friday, which is the second Test of the series. The rampaging hosts won the first rubber by an innings and 130 runs.

“We will have to wait and see,” Vengsarkar said about pink ball test’s future.

“It is happening at one of the best grounds in India — Eden. I scored my first hundred here which I remember vividly. As a captain, I also scored a hundred against West Indies. It is one of my favourite grounds. I am sure it will be a success. I hope it brings more people to the grounds. The timing is very good. Those who work can also come and watch. In Australia, it was a huge success,” the 63-year-old added.

“It’s a good innovation. One day cricket came in the 70s and then T20s came with the 2007 World Cup. Now we have T10 as well,” he concluded.

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ISSF World Cup Final: Manu Bhaker bags gold, breaks junior world record in 10m Air Pistol



Tokyo, Nov 21: Indian Shooter Manu Bhaker has won gold in Women’s 10m Air Pistol with a new junior world record score of 244.7 at ISSF World Cup Final 2019 on Thursday.

A gold for India in the Shooting World Cup Final in Putian.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs & Sports and
Minister of State for Minority Affairs KirenRijiju congratulated her on the win.

Manu Bhaker broke the junior world record with her total of 244.7. Meanwhile, Manu Bhaker also became only the second Indian shooter after Heena Sidhu to win a gold medal Women’s 10m Air Pistol at the ISS World Cup.

Yashaswini Deswal was also competing in the same event and finished 6th in the final round.

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