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Wankhede Wonder! India obliterate West Indies

When India's top order comes to the party, there has to a blast. Wankhede Stadium witnessed its highest ever T20I total after India posted 240-3 in their 20 overs. West Indies could manage 173-8 as India won the decider by 67 runs to clinch the T20 series 2-1. The rock stars of Wednesday's party were openers KL Rahul (91 off 56 balls), Rohit Sharma (71 off 34) and skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 70 not out in just 29 balls. Put into bat, considering India's frailty in defending totals of la

12 Dec 2019 7:01 am
Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed pleads guilty in UK bribery case

New Delhi: Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed pleaded guilty on Monday to a conspiracy to bribe fellow cricketers as part of a Twenty20 spot-fixing coup. Jamshed, 33, had originally denied being involved in a plan focused on the Pakistan Super League but changed his plea during a court hearing in Manchester. Two other men, Yousef Anwar, 36, and Mohammed Ijaz, 34, admitted last week to offering financial advantages to PSL players with the intention of inducing them to perform improperly by fai

11 Dec 2019 1:40 pm
Virat Kohli's birthday wish to MS Dhoni is year's most retweeted post

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli has always made it clear that former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will always remain an inspiration for him and his tweet on the latter's birthday this year was announced as the most re-tweeted sports tweet of the year by Twitter India. Twitter made the announcement on their social platform and said: In the world of sports, this Tweet from @imVkohli stole people's hearts becoming the most Retweeted sports-related Tweet (sic). Kohli had taken to Twitter to wis

11 Dec 2019 12:40 pm
Playing Test in Pakistan an emotional moment for Azhar Ali

Rawalpindi: The return of Test cricket to Pakistani soil is an emotional occasion, captain Azhar Ali said on Tuesday but that will not come in the way of his team's efforts to make amends for a disastrous tour of Australia. Pakistani players will play Test cricket at home after a gap of 10 years when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-Test series starting here on Wednesday. A 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team had led to a freeze on cricket in Pakistan, which has been playing its home mat

11 Dec 2019 12:29 pm
All-rounder Shams Mulani puts Mumbai on top

Vadodra: Domestic giants Mumbai are on the cusp of getting a first-innings lead after reducing Baroda to 301/9 despite a valiant unbeaten 100 by their opener Kedar Devdhar. Resuming on their overnight score of 362/8, Mumbai added 69 runs to their tally, as their innings folded up at 431. For Mumbai, spinner Shams Mulani shone with both the bat and ball, as his 89 helped them cross the 400-run mark. Mulani, who was unbeaten on 56, added 33 runs to his score and eventually fell at 89. He hammered

11 Dec 2019 12:22 pm
After Aussies, it's the Indians for leggie Pradeep Sahu

It's been a roller coaster ride for Mumbai spinner Pradeep Sahu. While the leggie's services are much sought after by the Australian team since the last one year, Sahu was just another net bowler for the Indian team on Tuesday. He turned up at Wankhede Stadium to bowl to the Indian batsmen on the eve of the T20 decider against West Indies during the optional training session for Virat Kohli's team. Sahu, 34, who has represented Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, has been effectively used by the Austral

11 Dec 2019 7:00 am
Wankhede: Rohit Sharma's den, but Kieron Pollard's second home

Though the Wankhede Stadium—venue for today's third and final T20I between India and West Indies—is the home ground of India's limited overs team vice-captain Rohit Sharma. It's also like second home for Caribbean skipper Kieron Pollard. Rohit and Pollard have gelled well to form a winning combination for Mumbai Indians (MI), but now they are in rival camps. Pollard, who helped MI emerge champions last season, scored 279 runs which included 83 against Kings XI Punjab at the same venu

11 Dec 2019 6:54 am
IND vs WI: Capable of hitting six on any ground, says Shivam Dube

Thiruvananthapuram: Shivam Dube is confident that he can clear any ground in the world after providing a demo of his six-hitting prowess against the West Indies in the second T20 International, albeit in a losing cause. Promoted up the order at No 3, Dube smashed 54 off 30 balls with four sixes, three of which came in one over from rival skipper Kieron Pollard but India failed to defend a target of 170 with three-match series levelled at 1-1. I think this ground is big but I have the capability

10 Dec 2019 10:21 am
IND vs WI: We will have good results if we stay as a unit, feels Kieron Pollard

Thiruvananthapuram: West Indies captain Kieron Pollard was happy that his bowlers did an exceptional job in restricting India to 170 despite Dube getting stuck into him in the ninth over of the Indian innings. To be able to restrict India to 170 after my expensive over, it was fantastic. The way we batted, we had discussed how to approach the game, and the boys played it well, he said. He was all praise for leg-spinner Hayden Walsh, who had very impressive figures of 2 for 28 in four overs. We h

10 Dec 2019 10:18 am
Watch video: Ishant Sharma and wife Pratima celebrate third wedding anniversary

Team India pace bowler Ishant Sharma tweeted a series of pictures with his wife Pratima Singh on their third wedding anniversary and captioned it, I don't know how three years have gone by with you, but anyways congratulations for you having to bear with me for three years now but still a loonnngggg way to go my friend, my wife, my life! Happy Anniversary! @PratimaSinghBB [sic].       View this post on Instagram I dont know how 3 years has gone by with you, we have fought, we have

10 Dec 2019 9:50 am
Giles Shield: Aryan Chauhan's first double ton guides Anjuman to big win

Opener Aryan Chauhan's unbeaten 203 and a six-wicket haul by Mann Bhanushali helped Anjuman I-Islam Allana English (CST) beat Shree Madhavrao Bhagwat High School (MBHS), Vile Parle by 316 runs in Round One of the U-14 Giles Shield knockout at Cross Maidan on Monday. Batting first, the CST school scored 371 in the allotted 45 overs. In reply, MBHS were bowled out for just 55 in 17.5 overs. Off-spinner Mann impressed with 6-13. Aryan rated his innings special, not just because it was his maiden do

10 Dec 2019 7:05 am
Ranji Trophy: Sagar Udeshi claims six wickets on Ranji debut

Mumbai are struggling to find a quality spinner, but their very own left-arm tweaker is making heads roll for another state team. Sagar Udeshi, 33, has become a force to reckon with for Puducherry in a short span of time this season. On Monday, the lanky spinner, who has a reputation of being quite economical, claimed six wickets for 50 runs in 28 overs at 1.78 runs per over on his Ranji Trophy debut as Puducherry bowled out Bihar for 173 in a Plate Group match in Patna. Puducherry were 62-0 at

10 Dec 2019 6:48 am
IND vs WI: No total will be good enough if we field so poorly, says Virat Kohli

Thiruvananthapuram: Indian captain Virat Kohli said that the hosts' poor fielding cost them dearly in their second T20I against the West Indies on Sunday. West Indies won the match that was played at the Greenfield International stadium in Thiruvananthapuram by eight wickets to level the series. If we field so poorly, no amount of runs will be enough. We were poor with the field in the last two games. We dropped two catches in one over, he said in the post-match presentation ceremony. Openers Le

9 Dec 2019 1:35 pm