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Women’s T20 WC Final: Clinical Aus floor Ind to win 5th title

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New Delhi, All-round Australia put on display a clinical performance to beat India by 85 runs and win their fifth T20 World Cup title in front of a packed home crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the final on Sunday.

After electing to bat first, Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy slammed aggressive half centuries as the reigning champions posted 184/4 in 20 overs. Chasing a stiff 185 for victory, India were never in the chase and were skittled out for just 99 in 19.1 overs.

Deepti Sharma (33) top-scored for the visitors who cut a sorry figure as the likes of skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (4), Smriti Mandhana (11), teenage sensation Shafali Verma (2) and Jemimah Rodrigues (0) failed miserably.

Sixteen-year-old batter Richa Ghosh was named as a concussion substitute for Taniya Bhatia who got hit in the helmet while batting.

Wicketkeeper Bhatia was hit flush on the grill as she tried to sweep Jess Jonassen and had to retire hurt in the 2nd over itself. Later, she was not able to continue with teenager Richa replacing her.

It summed up India’s plight as they could never be at ease with the extra bounce on the MCG wicket which was otherwise good for batting as shown by Mooney and Healy.

Besides Deepti, Veda Krishnamurthy (19) and Richa (18) scored some runs but it was never enough as the Aussies stifled their rivals from the word go and had a grip of the game all throughout.

For the Aussies, Megan Schutt (4/18) and Jess Jonassen (3/20) starred with the ball.

Earlier, opener Mooney remained not out on 78 from 54 deliveries (10×4) as wicketkeeper batsman Healy smashed a whirlwind 39-ball 75 (7×4, 5×6) as the hosts put on a show in front of a packed crowd. Both batters were given early reprieves with Shafali dropping Mooney in the first over and Gayakwad unable to dismiss Healy in the fourth off her own bowling.

Healy and Mooney shared a 115-run opening wicket stand which threatened to take the game away from India but allrounder Deepti Sharma snared two wickets in the 17th over of star Aussie skipper Meg Lanning (16) and Ashleigh Gardner (2) to pull things back for the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian side.

But Mooney was in no mood to relent as she continued to find the fence regularly and take Australia to the competition’s highest score.

Healy started off with the fireworks with husband and Australia pacer Mitchell Starc, who cut short his South Africa tour with the team to watch the final, in the stands.

Shikha Pandey had a bad day in office as she was taken for a whopping 52 runs in four overs.

Radha Yadav removed Healy who was caught by Veda Krishnamurthy at long on. But half the damage was already done by then. Deepti removed Lanning and Gardner in the same over to give India some hope but Mooney was in the form of her life as she played Poonam Yadav exceptionally well and also forced her to come round the wicket in her final over.

Brief scores: Australia women 184/4 in 20 overs Beth Mooney 78 not out, Alyssa Healy 75; Deepti Sharma 2/38) vs India 99 all out in 19.1 overs (Deepti Sharma 33; Megan Schutt 4/18, Jess Jonassen 3/20).

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Haryana allows sports training, related activities

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Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

New Delhi, The Haryana government on Wednesday said it has allowed sports training and other related activities in sports complexes and stadiums.

A spokesman for the Sports and Youth Affairs department said the athletes will be allowed to practice from 5 a.m. till 9 p.m. He said gymnasiums and swimming pools will not be opened.

The spokesman said spectators would not be allowed in the stadiums and sports complexes.

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Shastri shares clip of Cyclone Nisarga causing havoc in Alibag

They also stated that the severe cyclonic storm crossed Maharashtra coast and currently was centered on Alibag in Raigad district, over 80 kilometres from Mumbai.

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Mumbai, June 3 : India head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday shared a short video of cyclone Nisarga rampaging through the town of Alibag in Maharashtra. In the video, high speed wind is lashing hard on the trees in the area and displacing things from their original places.

The weather bureau had earlier sounded red alert for at least seven coastal districts of Maharashtra, while several districts along Gujarat”s coast are also expecting heavy rainfall.

Shastri”s Twitter post read: Never experienced something like this. In the eye of the storm #CycloneNisarga. Windspeed close to 100km/hr. Ferocious.”

The severe cyclonic storm is expected to weaken down to a ”cyclonic storm” in six hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department, which made the announcement in its 2.10 p.m. bulletin on Wednesday.

They also stated that the severe cyclonic storm crossed Maharashtra coast and currently was centered on Alibag in Raigad district, over 80 kilometres from Mumbai.

Nisarga comes on the heels of Cyclone Amphan which had killed close to 90 people when it hit eastern India and Bangladesh on May 20, flattening villages, destroying farms and leaving millions without electricity.

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Some PSL owners ready to sell their franchises, claims Shoaib Akhtar

“As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers,” he said.

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Lahore, June 3 : Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar has said that few franchise owners in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) are looking to sell their teams in the wake of coronavirus pandemic that has hit the entire world hard.

The knockout stage of the 2020 edition of Pakistan”s domestic T20 league was postponed in March due to the ongoing crisis and Akhtar believes the tournament can”t take place again for a considerable amount of time.

“I know some people wouldn”t like to hear this but some owners are looking to sell their franchisees. I would be more than happy to provide financial and non-monetary support to keep the PSL alive and to thrive,” Akhtar told a TV channel as per pakpassion.net.

“I think if we do the math, the PSL can”t be held before 16 to 18 months. The World Cup will also take probably after eight months because time is needed for the coronavirus issue to settle down.

“The thing is if there is no proper cricket until say September, how can the PSL be held in four months? I don”t think the board can ask for money from the franchisees in this situation.

“As far as I know some franchises are already ready to sell their brand. They have offers,” he said.

Not just the PSL but other domestic T20 leagues around the world have also suffered due to the global pandemic. The 13 edition of the Indian Premier League also stands postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 3.75 lakh lives across the world so far.

–IANS

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