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Former Indian Pacer David Johnson dies after falling from balcony in Bengaluru; Police probe on

BENGALURU: India pacer David Johnson has died after falling from the balcony of his fourth-floor apartment here, and an investigation is being conducted to determine if it is a case of suicide, a police official said on Thursday. He was 52 and is survived by his wife and two children. As per currently available details, Johnson, who was running a cricket academy near his home, had not been keeping well in recent times. We were informed that he had fallen from the fourth floor of his apartment bu

20 Jun 2024 6:20 pm
Salt assault leads England to smooth eight-wicket win over WI

GROS ISLET: Opener Phil Salt slammed a belligerent unbeaten 87 as defending champions England began their T20 World Cup Super Eights campaign with a crushing eight-wicket win over co-hosts West Indies here. Coming off a scorching display against Afghanistan, West Indies amassed a competitive 180 for four, but England waltzed to 181 for two in 17.3 overs in their Group 2 match. Salt led the Three Lions' charge with a bruising innings that came off 47 balls with seven fours and five sixes. The rig

20 Jun 2024 11:12 am
India vs South Africa: Memories of partnership for Mandhana and Kaur

CHENNAI: I'm sure the ICC will be giving another trophy, they have enough budget, Smriti Mandhana had remarked gleefully. The reasons for her smile were aplenty. India had just beaten West Indies in the 2022 Women's ODI World Cup to keep themselves alive in the race for the semifinals, Mandhana had smashed her second-highest score in the format at that time and put up a massive partnership of 184 with then vice-captain, Harmanpreet Kaur. The second trophy Mandhana asked was for Kaur who went on

20 Jun 2024 10:58 am
Arshdeeps swelling influence

CHENNAI: When Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the 2022 T20 World Cup at the last moment due to back injury, there was a massive void in the Indian pace department. India had Mohammed Shami, who had played every T20 WC since 2014, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya, but the question was who among them was going to step up to be the imposing wicket-taker. The answer, however, was somewhere else Arshdeep Singh. Flown under the radar in the 2018 U-19 pace factory, the left-arm pacer had risen thro

20 Jun 2024 10:50 am
T20 World Cup: De Kock leads South Africa to 18-run win over USA

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: Quinton de Kock hit a blistering half-century as South Africa defeated a battling United States by 18 runs in their opening T20 World Cup second round clash on Wednesday. The Proteas piled up 194-4 off their 20 overs after being put into bat before restricting the USA to 176-6 as the Super Eights stage got underway at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. However, the USA, who stunned former champions Pakistan in the first round, were close to another upset when Andries Gous (80

20 Jun 2024 12:09 am
Stoinis dethrones Nabi as top-ranked T20 all-rounder

DUBAI: Australia's Marcus Stoinis on Wednesday toppled Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi as the number one all-rounder in the latest ICC T20 rankings. Stoinis snared six wickets and also made valuable contributions with the bat to help Australia cruise to the Super Eights in the ongoing T20 World Cup. While Stoinis climbed a spot to become the premier all-rounder, Nabi dropped three places, with Sri Lanka skipper Wanindu Hasaranga and Bangladesh veteran Shakib Al Hasan also rising to the second and th

19 Jun 2024 6:15 pm
T20 World Cup 2024: Hosts West Indies primed for Super 8 clash against defending champions England

GROS ISLET: An inform West Indies will be keen to carry the winning momentum but will be wary of underestimating familiar foes England in their opening Super Eight clash of the T20 World Cup which promises to be a run fest here. Both England and West Indies are each competing for an unprecedented third T20 World Cup title. While the hosts are undefeated in the tournament so far, England had a rather anxious group stage and needed arch-rivals Australia's help to keep alive their title defence. Ha

19 Jun 2024 1:48 pm
SA skipper Markram hopeful about getting atting-friendly venues in Caribbean after struggle in US

NORTH SOUND: South Africa captain Aiden Markram is hopeful that the venues in the Caribbean will be etter to bat on after their batters failed to deliver in the group stage and their bowlers had to bail them out. South Africa couldn't touch the 120-run mark in the group stage while facing Asian sides Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Netherlands managed to give them a run for their money after they were just a couple of steps away from pulling off another upset. South Africa will face high-f

19 Jun 2024 1:34 pm
Kohli expected to shine on big stage as India ponder over Kuldeep question

BRIDGETOWN: Virat Kohli will be expected to hit his straps after a lean run while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will anxiously wait for his chance when title-favourites India face a sprightly Afghanistan in their opening Super 8 fixture of the T20 World Cup here on Thursday. The big talking point ahead of the game is the Indian team combination. Will India go in with the same line-up that worked for them in the group league stage or bring in their best spinner over the last 12 months, Kuldeep,

19 Jun 2024 12:49 pm
Bangladesh bowler Tanzim fined 15 per cent of match fee for violation of ICC Code of Conduct

DUBAI: Bangladesh seamer Tanzim Hasan Sakib has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for violating ICC's code of conduct during their final group D match of the T20 World Cup against Nepal. The incident took place in the third over of the Nepal chase on Sunday when Tanzim had a verbal spat with Nepal skipper Rohit Paudel amidst a spirited spell at Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown. Tanzim bowled exceptionally well in the game and finished with a match-winning spell of 4/7 to help Bangladesh clai

19 Jun 2024 11:43 am
India vs South Africa: Curious case of Richa's role in ODIs

CHENNAI: We believe that she can be a good top-order player. We believe in her talent. That was India's head coach Amol Muzumdar when Richa Ghosh fell agonisingly close to what could have been her maiden ODI century against Australia in December last year. All the praise the wicket-keeper batter received despite India's narrow loss was absolutely valid. Till that series, in her short career with the national side, Ghosh had never batted at three. To take up that position and come out as India's

19 Jun 2024 10:56 am
Radhakrishnan and Vimal in big stand

CHENNAI: Centuries by S Radhakrishnan (175 batting) and R Vimal Khumar (139 batting) put Jolly Rovers in command against Alwarpet CC as the opening pair raised 330 runs in 75 overs on the opening day of the Senior Division league of the TNCA played at IIT-Chemplast grounds here on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Washington Sundars 96 helped Globe Trotters get to 240 against Nelson S & RC. Sachin Rathi and Shoaib Mohd Khan shared seven wickets between them. Brief scores: Jupiter 94/1 in 38 ovs (SR Athish 47

19 Jun 2024 10:44 am
T20 World Cup: Horses for courses in Caribbean for India?

CHENNAI: Ever since Rohit Sharma landed in the United States, one question has followed the Indian captain. When will India play four spinners as he wanted as many in the squad? To be fair, the conditions in New York were such that there was no way India were going to field more than two spinners. Rohit has reiterated as much and even explained how things might change as their campaign moves to the West Indies. On Thursday, India will begin their Super 8s campaign and the question once again com

19 Jun 2024 12:49 am
Gautam Gambhir, WV Raman interviewed for post of Indian team head coach

NEW DELHI: Former India openers Gautam Gambhir and W V Raman were on Tuesday interviewed by the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the national team's head coach's position. The interviews took place over a Zoom call. Yes, Gambhir appeared for the interview with the CAC. One round of discussions happened today. There is another round expected tomorrow, a BCCI source told PTI. Raman was interviewed after Gambhir. He also gave his presentation on his vision and road map on Indian cricket.

18 Jun 2024 8:22 pm
Kane Williamson uncertain about his future in T20's following New Zeland's worldcup exit

TAROUBA: New Zealand will require some time to regroup after their shock early exit from the T20 World Cup, said skipper Kane Williamson, who was non-committal regarding his return for the 2026 edition of the marquee event. An all-format player who is considered one of the greats of modern day cricket, Williamson has been the Blackcaps batting mainstay for over a decade. New Zealand reached three finals with Williamson in the side -- the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups, the 2021 T20 World Cup and t

18 Jun 2024 12:50 pm
T20 World Cup: Pooran's explosive 98 take West Indies to 104-run win over Afghanistan

GROS ISLET: Nicholas Pooran displayed his incredible six-hitting prowess as West Indies geared up for the Super 8 with a dominating 104-run win over Afghanistan in their final Group C match of the T20 World Cup here. With both teams assured of a Super 8 berth, it was the two-time champions who displayed their batting might, amassing a formidable 218 for five, with Pooran going on a six-hitting spree during his 53-ball 98. It was the highest total for the West Indies in T20 World Cups. In reply,

18 Jun 2024 10:19 am
T20 World Cup: New Zealand beat PNG by 7 wickets as Ferguson creates record

TAROUBA: New Zealand's Lockie Fergusonfinished with the remarkable figures of three wickets for no runs in his maximum four overs as Papua New Guinea were dismissed for just 78 in a T20 World Cup match on Monday. The 33-year-old fast bowler's return in Tarouba was the most economical in any T20 World Cup match, surpassing Nuwan Kulasekara's 1-2 in two overs for Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in Chattogram in 2014. Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis's 6-8 against Zimbabwe at Hambantota in 2012 r

18 Jun 2024 12:14 am
Kirsten slams Pakistan team's lack of unity, says he's never seen such a situation

NEW DELHI: In a scathing criticism of the beleaguered Pakistan cricket team, head coach Gary Kirsten has said that there is o unity in the side and he has ever seen such a situation in his long coaching career. Kirsten's criticism follows the Pakistan's team's group stage exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies. Entering the tournament as runners-up from the previous edition, the Pakistan team produced one of its worst performance in recent years and ended the event with

17 Jun 2024 7:58 pm
Haven't thought about quitting captaincy, it's PCB's call: Babar Azam

FORT LAUDERHILL: Under-fire Pakistan skipper Babar Azam hasn't yet thought about quitting captaincy despite his team's group-stage exit from the T20 World Cup, insisting that any decision on the matter will be taken only after discussions with his Cricket Board. The 2009 champions and also the finalists of 2007 and 2022 editions, lost to USA and India in their first two games to exit the tournament even before the Super Eights. Having faced massive criticism, the Pakistan skipper hit back when a

17 Jun 2024 1:55 pm
T20 World Cup 2024: Tanzim, Mustafizur star in Bangladesh's Super Eight entry

KINGSTOWN: Pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib's career-best figures of 4 for 7 with an astounding 21 dot balls headlined Bangladesh's dominant bowling performance as they entered the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup with a comfortable 21-run win against Nepal in their final group league game. Having nearly shocked South Africa in their previous game, Nepal bowlers were again on target, bowling out Bangladesh for 106 but Tanzim along with seasoned Shakib al Hasan (2/9) and Mustafzur Rahaman (3/7) bowled o

17 Jun 2024 11:52 am
T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka defeat Netherlands by 83 runs

GROS ISLET: Sri Lanka signed off from the T20 World Cup with an 83-run victory over the Netherlands in their inconsequential last group stage match of the T20 World Cup here. Kusal Mendis and Charith Asalanka scored 46 each to power Sri Lanka to 201 for 6 after being put to bat. The Lankan bowlers, led by Nuwan Thushara 3/24, then bowled out the Dutch for 118 in 16.4 overs. Brief Scores : Sri Lanka 201 for 6 in 20 overs (Kusal Mendis 46, Charith Asalanka 46; Logan van Beek 2/45) Netherlands 118

17 Jun 2024 9:45 am
Defending dreams stay alive: England live to fight another day

CHENNAI: It was about 3.15 PM at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, on Saturday. After almost three hours since the scheduled start of their final group game against Namibia, anxiety had crept into the England dressing room. Understandably so. A lot was at stake for the defending champions. Not only did they need a win, they also needed Australia to beat Scotland in St. Lucia later in the evening. Such was the dire situation in Antigua that Cricket Scotland had taken to X (formerly known

17 Jun 2024 12:35 am
Pakistan salvage pride with consolation three-wicket win over Ireland in their final T20 WC game

LAUDERHILL: Former champions Pakistan restored a semblance of pride with a toiling three-wicket win over Ireland in their inconsequential final game of the T20 World Cup here on Sunday. The 2009 champions, who were eliminated following their loss to India and the USA in the earlier group matches, restricted Ireland to 106 for 9 after opting to bowl, with Shaheen Shah Afridi (3/22) leading the show. Despite chasing a not-so-daunting target, Pakistan's fragile batting was once again exposed as the

17 Jun 2024 12:14 am
Of faith and patience to hope and joy: Journey of Asha Sobhana

CHENNAI: There is a story of Job in the Bible. He was a true believer of God, Asha Sobhana says over a Zoom call. Satan would come and ask Job if he could give up on God. (If he did so) Satan would give everything backhis richness, health, everything. However, Job stuck by God and he continued to praise God during his difficult times. Eventually, his life was backed by God. So he stuck with the belief in God and the reward was there. I think we need to wait for that moment to come, no matter wha

16 Jun 2024 10:26 pm
Australia crush Scotland by 5 wickets; England enter Super Eight of T20 World Cup

GROS ISLET: Australia did their arch-rivals England a massive favour with a five-wicket win over a gritty Scotland as the Richie Berrington-led side crashed out of the T20 World Cup Super Eight stage race here. With England hammering Namibia earlier in the day in a rain-truncated game, all that Jos Buttler's side needed was Australia's win over Scotland to a get a lifeline. Australia scored 186/5 while chasing 181 in 19.4 overs after Scotland fought right until the end to keep their hopes alive.

16 Jun 2024 11:39 am
T20 WC 2024: Left is right in the world of fast bowling

As the people of Nepal woke up to a heartbreak against South Africa on Saturday, Tabraiz Shamsi (4/19) was the man credited with triggering a collapse at the death. One other name went unnoticed. Marco Jansen. In his four overs, the left-arm pacer gave away 16 runs, delivered 14 dot balls and was hit for just two boundaries. Jansen did not have a wicket to show, but his contribution was as crucial as Shamsi's in a defence of 115. It is not a one-off performance. This is what Jansen has been doin

16 Jun 2024 11:11 am
Group discussion: Crash out in testing conditions

CHENNAI: The day the 2024 T20 World Cup started, nobody would have imagined that halfway through the tournament, amongst the four semi-finalists from the previous edition, only India would have confirmed their position in the Super 8. There were talks of sluggish pitches, weather disruptions, one-sided matches but in the end what mattered was results in the middle. And to be fair, teams that played well won. The tournament has truly turned global too. The likes of New Zealand and Pakistan, are a

16 Jun 2024 7:54 am