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Australia brush aside Pakistan in opener

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Guyana : Australia began their ICC Women’s World T20 campaign with a 52-run win against Pakistan, getting the search for their first world title since 2014 off to the expected start. Considered among the favourites for the title, the three-time champions put up 165 for five in their 20 overs, a total that proved out of Pakistan’s reach.

After winning the toss at the Guyana National Stadium, Australia’s openers made merry in the powerplay, smashing 58 runs without any damage. Alyssa Healy made her intentions clear by stepping out and hitting her fourth ball for six; she would add eight fours to that in a quick-fire 48 (29b), the joint top score of the match.

After Healy was dismissed, Meg Lanning was promoted to No. 3 and joined Beth Mooney in a 36-run partnership, off a sedate 37 balls. Seamer Aliya Riaz, who dismissed Healy, helped bring the run rate down, conceding only two boundaries in her four overs, one of those off the last ball of the match. Mooney copied her opening partner’s score, departing for 48(39b, 6×4).

 

Lanning continued her measured aggression, entertaining with her play against spin, the highlight being in inside out loft for six over cover in the 15th over. She was dismissed for 41(34b, 3×4, 1×6) in the final over, Aliya’s second victim.

In reply, Pakistan lost three wickets for 33 runs in their powerplay, the costliest of those coming from a needless run out: 21-year old Umaima Sohail was looking impressive, batting on 20 off just 11 balls, when she chose not to put in a dive for a tight run and was caught centimeters short of her ground.

From among the rest of the top order, only Bismah Mahroof got into double figures, scoring 26 (25b, 2×4) as wickets fell around her. She was dismissed in the 14th over, part of a late slide that saw Pakistan lose three wickets for six runs.

Sana Mir provided some late resistance, scoring 20 not out (21b, 2×4). But against the discipline and variety of the Australia attack, Pakistan never looked like threatening Australia’s total. All but one of Australia’s bowlers picked wickets, with Megan Schutt, the top ranked T20I bowler, taking two.

Pakistan now face a red-hot India on Sunday, 11 November in the first game of the day. Immediately after that, Australia will take on Ireland, who will be playing their first match in the tournament.


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Rasikh Salam banned for two years for submitting faulty birth certificate

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Mumbai Indians and Jammu and Kashmir pacer Rasikh Salam has been handed a two-year ban by the BCCI after he was found to have submitted a faulty birth certificate to the board.

Subsequently, he has been removed from the under-19 squad that will travel to England to play in a tri-series and has been replaced by Prabhat Maurya.

Salam, a pacer from J&K, made news when he debuted for Mumbai Indians in this Indian Premier League. He was the third player from Jammu & Kashmir to get an IPL contract – after Parvez Rasool and Manzoor Dar – and only the second after Rasool to get into the playing XI. He hails from Ashmuji village in southern part of Kashmir, which is often said to be affected by curfew and power cuts. Mumbai Indians picked him for his base price of INR 20 lakh.

 

Earlier this week, IANS had reported that Salam could be in trouble for age fraud after the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education informed JKCA that the age Salam gave the board doesn’t match the records they posses.

JKCA and the BCCI soon got involved in the matter and a two year ban was deemed appropriate.

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Dhoni could be ‘exposed’ by Yuvraj’s dad after World Cup

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Mumbai: Father of recently retired former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, Yograj has struck again, and all the signs point toward former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

While the cricketer is busy preparing for India’s next clash against Pakistan on Sunday after rain played spoilsport on the much-hyped India-New Zealand clash, a recent video of Yograj has surfaced where he speaks about an ‘un-named’ player who is responsible for the ‘dirty politics’ in the Indian cricket team.

Yograj further goes on to state that this player is the reason that many players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and his own son Yuvraj Singh were not included in the Indian team at crucial points in time.

 

While Yograj didn’t reveal much about the player he talks about, he did mention that he’d make the complete revelations after the currently ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Based on earlier allegations by Yograj, who was also a former pace bowler, towards then Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, It seems pretty evident that he is speaking of ‘Captain Cool’.

“I don’t want to take his name but he has been playing these dirty politics from the last 15 years. He has made lives difficult for Indian cricketers. I will make this revelation after the World Cup gets over. He will remember this for life that someone said something about him,” said Yograj.

“I don’t want to speak about him at this point in time because I don’t want the team to get affected during the World Cup,” he added.

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FIFA Rankings: India unmoved at 101

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London: The Indian national team remain unmoved in the June 2019 edition of the FIFA Rankings released.

Following India’s exit from the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup, India have had a change in coach with Igor Stimac replacing Stephen Constantine.

Under Stimac, India recently participated in the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand where a 3-1 defeat against Curacao (79) was backed by a 1-0 win over hosts Thailand (116) in the third-place play-off.

 

GFX India FIFA Rankings June 2019

The Blue Tigers are set to face Tajikistan (120), DPR Korea (122) and Syria (85) in the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2019 next. India enter the tournament as defending champions.

Meanwhile, in the global standings, Belgium continue to lead at the top having bettered their advantage over second-placed France who also stay put in their position, the same as Brazil and England at third and fourth spots respectively.

2019 UEFA Nations League champions Portugal have displaced Croatia to stand fifth while Spain (7) has gained two places. Germany (11 – tied with Argentina), Italy and Netherlands (both at 14) have also moved two places up.

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