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Prithvi Shaw becomes youngest Indian to score century on Test debut

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Mumbai :Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian and fourth overall to score a century on his Test debut. He achieved this feat in the ongoing 1st Test against West Indies in Rajkot.
Prithvi Shaw toyed around with the West Indies bowlers to hit a scintillating maiden century in 99 balls with 15 fours to his name, which is also the third fastest century on debut behind Dwayne Smith’s 93 (2004) and Shikhar Dhawan’s 85 (2013).
Shaw became the 15th Indian to hit a Test century on debut and the second youngest Indian batsman after Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (16y 214d) to do so. He was also the youngest Test debutant opener for India after Vijay Mehra, who was 17 years, 265 days in 1955.
The Mumbaikar, at 18 years and 329 days, broke a 59-year-old record held by Abbas Ali Baig, (vs 112 vs England at Manchester 1959) at 20 years and 131 days against England in Manchester in 1959, to become the youngest ever to hit a ton in maiden Test.
With 14 First-class matches, Shaw is also the second least-experienced Indian to make his Test debut behind Sachin Tendulkar, who had played just nine First-class matches before his debut.
Prithvi Shaw had also scored a century on his Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debut. He hit 120 off in 175 for Mumbai in a crunch Ranji Trophy semifinal against Tamil Nadu in 2017 at Rajkot and became the youngest-ever (at 17y, 153d) to score a ton in a Ranji knockout game. He hit 154 off 249 balls for India Red in the subsequent Duleep Trophy final against India Blue, to become the youngest to score a Duleep Trophy hundred in a final and the second youngest behind Sachin Tendulkar (17 years 57 days) to score on debut.


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Punjab fall short again

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Ludhiana: Services overcame hosts Punjab 1-0 in the final to win the 69th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Bikash Thapa’s 61st-minute strike proved the difference between the two sides as Services’ recent dominance in the tournament continued. Of Services’ six titles, five have come in the last eight years — in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019. Since losing to Punjab in the 2008 title match in Srinagar, Services have not lost in the final.

On the other hand, this was Punjab’s third defeat in the final since winning their last title in 2008. The eight-time champions had lost 2-1 to West Bengal in 2010. In their last final appearance, in 2015, they had lost to Services 5-4 on penalties at the same venue. This is the eighth time Punjab have finished as runners-up. This was the fourth time Punjab were playing hosts. In 1970 and 1974, they had emerged champions in Jalandhar.

 

Being the final, the match expectedly saw a slow start, with both teams playing a little cautiously. Punjab, however, were the faster off the blocks. They dominated possession and had greater depth in their attacks. The hosts created a few opportunites but couldn’t convert, with Sunny and Vikrant Singh shooting just over the bar.

However, as the match wore on, Services gained composure and got more control over the proceedings. They started building their attacks from the flanks and almost got the breakthrough just before the end of the first half.

After the changeover, Services came out with more intent and energy. They continued pushing up the flanks and the strategy paid off. Lallawmkima PC found himself on the edge of the Punjab box. He squared the ball to Thapa, who slotted it into the bottom corner. A shirtless celebration followed, for which Thapa received a yellow card.

Punjab could have restored parity in the dying minutes but Services goalkeeper Vishnu VK made some valiant saves to ensure his side won the coveted trophy after three years.

Services skipper N Suresh Meitei was adjudged the Player of the Match. The winners received a prize of Rs 5 lakh, while Punjab pocketed Rs 3.5 lakh.

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Pakistan cricketer seeks Tendulkar’s advice before WC

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Lahore: Picked in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, opener Abid Ali sought advice from Sachin Tendulkar ahead of the showpiece and said he wants to hug the Indian batting great.

The 31-year old has been in prolific form in Pakistan’s domestic cricket and broke into the national one-day squad for the World Cup after scoring a century on his debut against Australia in Dubai last month.

The immensely talented Abid bats in a manner similar to one of cricket’s all-time greats.

 

“It’s my wish and hope that I meet Sachin Tendulkar. Definitely, I would like to hug him and I am sure that just like all great players meet youngsters I am sure that he will not turn me down.

“I am sure that if I want to get any information on cricket from Sachin, he will give a positive reply,” Abid told a group of journalists.

Abid said meeting his idol would be a memorable moment.

“It will be the best day in my life when I meet him (Tendulkar) because he was one of the best batsmen.

“West Indian Viv Richards was also a great so I want to meet all the great players and learn from them,” said Abid.

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MU suffer fifth straight defeat with 0-4 loss to Everton

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London: A woeful Manchester United suffered their fifth straight away defeat, in all competitions, with a 4-0 Premier League hammering at the hands of a vibrant Everton at Goodison Park.

Brazilian Richarlison fired Everton ahead in the 13th minute with an acrobatic high volley after Dominic Calvert-Lewin flicked on a long throw.

Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 2-0 with a low drive from over 25 yards out that United keeper David De Gea was slow to react to.

 

Lucas Digne then blasted in the third in the 56th minute after De Gea punched out a corner to the French full-back as United struggled to get even a foot in the game.

Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson then put substitute Theo Walcott through with a clever pass through the legs of Victor Lindelof which the former Arsenal striker confidently converted.

United, eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona on Tuesday, remain in sixth, outside the four qualification spots for next season`s campaign.

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