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END VS IND 2nd T20I: India look to wrap up early series win

END VS IND 2nd T20I: India look to wrap up early series win (MatchPreview)

Cardiff, Jul 5: A dominant opening win has set the tone and India would look to ensure that a spin-wary England remains on the back-foot when the two sides clash in the second T20 International, here tomorrow.

Kuldeep Yadav took 5-24 and KL Rahul scored an unbeaten second T20I ton as the Men in Blue produced a fine all-round display to stun the hosts by eight wickets in Manchester for an early lead on this tour. A win tomorrow would seal the three-match series for Virat Kohli and Co.

In fact, India stand on the cusp of a sixth successive T20I series’ win — a run stretching back to their 2-1 win over New Zealand at home in November 2017. In all, they have been unbeaten in bilateral T20I series since September last year.

In terms of ICC Rankings, a 2-0 series’ lead will allow India to close the gap with second-placed Australia, while a 3-0 whitewash will help them overleap to second behind top-ranked Pakistan.

Australia will have to win both their next two games in the ongoing tri-series in Zimbabwe to stay above India.

A loss on Friday will see England drop down to rank seven below New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies, respectively.

It will be a surprising downturn for the high-flying English team, one of the better in limited-overs’ cricket at the moment. It is a stark reminder of their poor winning ratio nevertheless, having won only 5 out of their last 10 T20 internationals.

The big question facing England is how to contend with the unorthodox wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav.

In the aftermath of their loss on Tuesday, both skipper Eoin Morgan and ace batsman Jos Buttler have urged their teammates to show more patience at the crease and watch the ball carefully.

But with such a short turnaround in the fixtures’ list, it is easier said than done.

The English camp will deploy the services of spin-bowling machine ‘Merlyn’ at Cardiff. A scarcity of unorthodox wrist spinners to practice against is one of the key reasons for this move, as the spin-bowling machine is capable of replicating every style of delivery.

An English team last used it ahead of the 2005 Ashes, when they were practicing to contend with Shane Warne.

A key reason underlined by Morgan after the first defeat was that the middle-order batsmen, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, who both got stumped off successive googlies, needed more time to settle in.

Despite the loss, one of the key strengths for England is their top-order’s ability to handle pace and they would like another fast start at Cardiff.

It is perhaps the only real concern for India emanating from that first game as the enforced new-ball pairing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav was proven ineffective at Old Trafford.

Even with Kuldeep causing all sorts of trouble for the hosts, India wouldn’t like to to pull things back after a high-flying English start once again.

The visitors are unlikely to make a change and disturb their winning combination and the pacers will have to learn from the experience of bowling on such batsmen-friendly pitches.

England’s top-order, in particular Jason Roy, doesn’t enjoy facing spin in the powerplay overs, and India might opt for Krunal Pandya, who is proficient at bowling economical left-arm spin.

However, it is tough to see the Indian team management making space for him in the eleven after just one game. Instead, they might back Yuzvendra Chahal to deliver any initial spin overs, despite being taken for runs in Manchester.

Weather could play a part in the game here at the Sophia Gardens. After enjoying a sunny welcome both in Dublin and Manchester, the team was greeted to typical English grey skies, light rain and chill when they arrived in Cardiff on Wednesday.

It is expected to clear out for match day, but rain curtailed the last game these two sides played here in 2014.

India had won that ODI with an all-round performance from Suresh Raina.

England pacer Tom Curran has been ruled out of the remaining T20Is and the ODI series owing to a left side strain. For the ODIs, his brother Sam has been named as replacement.

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan.

Match starts at: 10 pm IST.

Rahul Dravid
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Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame

Dubai, Jul 2:  Former India captain Rahul Dravid and Australian legend Ricky Ponting have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame for their stupendous achievements in international cricket.

Along with Dravid and Ponting, retired England woman wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor was also named in the ‘Hall of Fame’ during a ceremony in Dublin on Sunday.

Rahul Dravid became only the fifth player from India to be named in the elite list.

The other four Indians are former skippers Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble. Ricky Ponting is the 25th from Australia to receive the honour.

“It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame. To find your name in a list of all-time greats across generations is something one only dreams of while setting out on a cricket career and the kind of recognition that would delight any player,” Rahul Dravid was quoted as saying in an ICC media release.

“I am thankful to my near and dear ones as well as players I have played with and against, coaches and officials who have backed me over the years and helped me develop as a cricketer.

“I would also like to thank the KSCA and the BCCI for all the support over the years and the ICC for recognizing my achievements and picking me in this group of Hall of Fame inductees, said Dravid, who scored a whopping 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries.

Ricky Ponting, on his part, said: “I feel deeply honoured to be recognised by the ICC in this way. I loved every moment of my journey as a player and am so very proud of the team and personal achievements along the way. 

“These would not have been possible without the help of so many people including my teammates, coaches and support staff that played such an integral part in my playing career. I would like to especially thank my family for their constant support and direction. Honours like this are just as much for them as it is for me.” 

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honouring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognised for their contribution to cricket in this way and I would like to congratulate Rahul, Ricky and Claire who are wonderful additions to the list of cricketing luminaries in the Hall of Fame.”

Jasprit Bumrah
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Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar to replace injured Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah in Indian team for T20 series against England

New Delhi, Jul 1: All-rounder Krunal Pandya and medium pacer Deepak Chahar earned their maiden call up in the Indian squad to replace injured Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah for the three-match Twenty20 series against England, starting Tuesday at Manchester.

While Krunal and Deepak were included just for the T20 series, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been named as Washington’s replacement for the three-match ODI series that starts at Nottingham on June 12.

Incidentally, Krunal Pandya and and his brother Hardik Pandya will be the the third brother duo to represent India after Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath and Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Krunal Pandya as Washington Sundar’s replacement in India’s T20I side and Axar Patel in the ODI side for the upcoming limited-overs series against England,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.

Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the entire limited overs series against England after injuring his right ankle during Indian team’s training session at the Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin on June 26.
Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, has a fractured left thumb and has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against England.

Jasprit Bumrah suffered the injury during India’s first T20I against Ireland.
Krunal Pandya has been rewarded for his consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the last two editions of the IPL, while Deepak Chahar got rewarded for his good performance in the domestic tournaments and the ongoing India A team’s tour of England.

Deepak Chahar is currently playing for India A squad in England in the 50-over tri-series, featuring England Lions and West Indies A.
After three games in the series, Chahar was on top of India’s wicket taking chart, with seven wickets at 12.71 and an economy rate of 4.04.

Deepak Chahar came into the limelight following his good show with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) where he picked up 10 wickets in 12 games and was also their second-most economical bowler (economy rate: 7.28).

Meanwhile, the selectors have also included Rishabh Pant in India A squad for the four-day matches. Currently a member of the India A squad for the one-day games, Pant will continue to be with the side for the longer format too.

India’s squad for T20Is against England:

Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

India A squad for four-day matches: Karun Nair (Captain), R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani, Rishabh Pant.

Srikanth Kidambi
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Title holder Kidambi Srikanth faces Kento Momota test at Indonesia Open

Jakarta, Jul 2: Defending champion Kidambi Srikanth will look to find a chink in Kento Momota’s armour when he locks horns with the in-form Japanese in the opening match of the USD 1,250,000 Indonesia Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament starting here tomorrow.

Two days ago, Kidambi Srikanth was outwitted by the 22-year-old Kento Momota en route to his final appearance at the Malaysian Open and the Indian will have to produce his top game to trouble the former world number 2 rival, who has been in sensational form since making a comeback after serving a one-year ban on charges of illegal gambling.

Kento Momota, whose run of 21 successive wins was cut short by Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei in the finals yesterday, has defeated Srikanth six times in nine meetings, a statistic which the Indian will be keen to change.

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, who also reached the semifinals last week, will look to continue her consistent performance when she opens the proceedings against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno here.

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina Nehwal, who made an opening-round exit in Malaysia, takes on Indonesia’s Dinar Dyah Ayustine.

For 16-year-old Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka, it will be about gaining experience and confidence by putting a good show when she crosses swords with Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt in her campaign opener.

In men’s singles, H S Prannoy will have an arduous task of surpassing the legendary Lin Dan of China in his campaign opener, while Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth will face Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei for the second time in two weeks, hoping to outwit the world number 15 rival this time and cross the opening hurdle after an early exit in the last tournament.

After a first-round exit in Malaysia, Sameer Verma too will look to keep his campaign alive this week when he takes on Germany’s Rasmus Gemke in the opening round.

In the men’s doubles, Japanese combo of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe will stand in the way of Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, while Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will meet third seeds Chinese Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan.

Women’s doubles pair of Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram will fancy their chances when they square off against Indonesian pair of Agatha Imanuela and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will face tough test in their opening clash with fourth seeded Chinese duo of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.

V D Dogra
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Major General V D Dogra completes Ironman Triathlon

New Delhi, Jul 2: Major General V D Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman Triathlon event, considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, in Austria, the army has claimed.

The Ironman Triathlon comprises three consecutive events 3.8 km swim, 180km cycling and 42.2 km marathon — all completed in a day without a break.

“He is the only serving army officer from the Indian Army to have done a full Ironman and the only General across the globe to have done so,” Army spokesperson Col. Aman Anand said.

The competitors have to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of ‘Ironman’.

Ironman Austria was held in the scenic town of Klagenfurt and over 3000 atheletes participated in the event. He completed the Full Ironman at Klagenfurt in 14 hours and 21 minutes.

Gautam Gambhir
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Gautam Gambhir will take all key cricketing decisions: DDCA Secretary Vinod Tihara

New Delhi, Jul 2: Cornered during the 17 month regime of Court-appointed administrator Justice Vikramajit Sen, senior opener Gautam Gambhir will be back as “government nominee” in DDCA, informed newly elected secretary Vinod Tihara.

The two-time world champion cricketer was appointed government nominee last year but Justice Sen made it clear that he won’t be allowed as long as he remains an active cricketer.

However, after Rajat Sharma panel swept to victory in the DDCA elections, secretary Tihara made it clear that they have grand plans for Gambhir.

“The elected members will look after administrative side but cricketing decisions will be taken by cricketer. Gautam Gambhir is one of the biggest names in Delhi cricket. It’s only natural, he will play a major role. You can put it on record, Gautam will take all policy decisions with regards to cricket,” Tihara said during an interaction at the Kotla.

“How can we forget that after the KP Bhaskar incident, he was summoned for a disciplinary hearing and made to sit outside and wait like a criminal. That’s not how you treat a celebrated cricketer,” the secretary said.

Tihara made it clear that Gautam Gambhir’s decision will be accorded due respect and it will be him, who would decide on who all will constitute the Cricket Affairs Committtee.

Currently Madan Lal, who lost the presidential elections, is the head of CAC but it is unlikely he will continue.

Incidentally, it was Lal who headed the disciplinary committee, that handed a four match suspended sentence for Gambhir’s fracas with coach KP Bhaskar during 2016-17 season.

“We want former players like Mithun Manhas to also get involved in cricketing decisions along with Director of Cricket Sanjay Bhardwaj,” Tihara said.

Birthday girl Sindhu enters quarterfinals of Indonesia Open

Birthday girl Sindhu enters quarterfinals of Indonesia Open

Jakarta, Jul 5: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu celebrated her 23rd birthday with a straight-game win over Japan’s Aya Ohori to enter the quarterfinals of the USD 1,250,000 Indonesia Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament here today.

World No 3 Sindhu, who had reached the semifinals at Malaysia Open last week, didn’t break much sweat as she defeated Ohori, ranked 17th, 21-17 21-14 in a 36-minute women’s singles match. This is Sindhu’s fifth win over the Japanese in as many meetings.

The Indian will face either Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan or China’s He Bingjiao next.

HS Prannoy, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma will also be in action later in the day.

Indian hockey colts beat Bangladesh 6-3 in 3rd practice match

Indian hockey colts beat Bangladesh 6-3 in 3rd practice match

Bengaluru, Jul 2: Indian junior men’s hockey team came up with a collective effort to beat Bangladesh 6-3 in the third practice match at the Sports Authority of India centre here today.

The home team built on an early lead with Raj Kumar Pal’s third minute field strike.

Though Bangladesh were quick to respond with an equaliser via Rashel Mahamud through a set piece in the 11th minute, India worked on a good defensive structure to keep the visitors at bay till the later stages of the game.

Later on Shilanand Lakra (19th) , Mohammad Umar (22nd), Mandeep Mor (33rd), Hardik Singh (46th) and Abhishek (48th) scored for India to help the hosts take a commanding 6-1 lead.

Though the visitors scored two goals in a span of five minutes in the fourth and final quarter of the match through Mohammad Ashraful Islam (49th) and Mohammad Mahabub Hossain (53rd), but that was not enough to salvage a draw against the Indians.

Eng vs Ind, 1st T 20 : Match preview, Head to head & Predicted XI
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Eng vs Ind, 1st T 20 : Match preview, Head to head & Predicted XI

Manchester, Jul 2:  Their supremacy in shorter formats is redoubtable, but India will have their task cut out against a vastly improved England in the opening T20 International in what will be a defining summer for Virat Kohli and his team.

While India has been a consistent limited overs side during the past decade, England has finally found their mojo in ODIs and T20s, courtesy a group of fantastic limited overs players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes.

With the 2019 ODI World Cup less than 12 months away, there is more than bragging rights at stake as both sides look to fine-tune preparations against the opposition of note.

India is coming into the series with two facile victories over Ireland — by 72 and 143 runs respectively but Kohli knows too well that England will be a different proposition.

What will give him confidence though is the fact that India has won 15 of their last 20 T20 Internationals including the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka and the bilateral away series against South Africa.

England is coming into series on the back of 6-0 drubbing of Australia with Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow in fantastic form.

Dating back to June 2017, England has won 5 out of 9 T20Is played against South Africa, West Indies, Australia and New Zealand. Therein, they did endure a torrid time in the tri-series against the latter two sides (earlier in March), losing 3 out of 4 games.

For the Men in Blue, the Irish tour was nothing more than a glorified warm-up where all the top order batsmen save Virat Kohli got runs while wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were again among wickets.

However, Jasprit Bumrah’s thumb injury will be a concern as he has played a big role with his death overs bowling. It will be interesting to find whether his replacement Deepak Chahar gets his maiden cap even though senior pro-Umesh Yadav looks more likely replacement.

It was the first time since February that a full-strength Indian team took the field and they did well to brush off any rust with most of the limited-overs’ players having enjoyed time off since the end of 2018 IPL.

To starting off the series, the Indian team management is expected to play around with set combinations. Siddarth Kaul could come into consideration as well if one of the wrist spinners is benched. That option will be dependent on pitch conditions, but it has been two very hot days by Manchester standards, and so both spinners could come into play in the baking sun.

With Hardik Pandya slotting in as the sole all-rounder, his brother Krunal and Chahar will have to wait for their turns.

Attention then turns to the middle order, wherein Kohli isn’t looking to make too many changes. The skipper himself, Raina and MS Dhoni are the backbones of the batting line-up, while Manish Pandey is in the running for the fourth spot on account of his good run in international T20 cricket.

Batting late in the order, he boasts of 276 runs in 10 matches at average 92 and strike-rate 127.18. These numbers are hard to ignore.

Additionally, Kohli hinted in Ireland that any permutations in the playing eleven would only be like-for-like changes. In turn, this means Rahul could sit out as backup opener, and Dinesh Karthik is still an understudy for Dhoni, again favoring Pandey’s inclusion ahead of both.

The former reasoning could impact India’s preparation for the ODI series as Rahul and Karthik are in contention to bat in the middle order in the 50-over format. However, Pandey is not included in the ODI squad here and giving him ample game time in the T20Is could also be a factor.

England, meanwhile, made a few strategic changes after their poor showing in the tri-series. Assistant coach Paul Farbrace was put in charge of the T20 team for Australia and India series, while head coach Trevor Bayliss took to domestic cricket scouting at the same time.

One of the first moves of the new regime was to promote Jos Buttler as an opener, and it worked in fine fashion as he struck the quickest T20I half-century for an English batsman as Australia were beaten by 28 runs at Edgbaston.

Buttler scored 50 off only 22 balls, and his knock including six fours and five sixes mirrored his IPL form. Back in April-May, he hit five successive half-centuries for the Rajasthan Royals and finished the tournament with 548 runs from 13 matches at a strike-rate of 155.24.

Needless to say, he will be India’s most significant threat, albeit the likes of Jason Roy and Alex Hales also add a lot of firepower to the English top-order.

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan.

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Journalist Rajat Sharma become new DDCA boss beating Madan Lal by 517 Votes
Journalist Rajat Sharma become new DDCA boss beating Madan Lal by 517 Votes
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Journalist Rajat Sharma become new DDCA boss beating Madan Lal by 517 Votes

New Delhi, July 2: Senior journalist Rajat Sharma today beat World Cup winning India cricketer Madan Lal by 517 votes to become the new president of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association.

The results of the DDCA polls were announced today, and Sharma’s group swept the elections winning all 12 seats.

Sharma got a total of 1531 votes while former Test cricketer Lal could only poll 1004 votes. The third candidate in the fray, advocate Vikas Singh, got 232 votes only.

It was a major setback for BCCI acting president CK Khanna, whose wife Shashi lost the vice-presidential battle against Rakesh Bansal, younger brother of former DDCA president Sneh Bansal.

Rajesh beat Shashi by 278 votes while Bansal junior got 1364 votes to Shashi’s 1086 votes.

The defeat might prove to be the end of the road for Khanna in DDCA, where he enjoyed supreme power for nearly three decades.

Sharma and his panel’s candidature was backed by a political heavyweight from the ruling party with the IOA president Narinder Batra throwing in all his might. Batra incidentally is a former DDCA treasurer.

“The moment Sharma got blessings from a senior cabinet minister, there was no chance in hell for any other candidate to win this election. What was not expected was a clean panel sweep. It will be good that Sharma will get a free hand to run the body. This also means that CK Khanna’s reign in DDCA ends unless he strikes some deal with Sharma,” a senior DDCA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Sharma was always considered as the favorite to win against Lal, who was backed by Khanna and former India opener Chetan Chauhan’s group.

With DDCA being the first among equals to go into elections after the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee suggested path-breaking structural reforms, the polling also witnessed abolition of the proxy system with nearly 3000 voters turning up to cast their vote.

Among the other notable winners was former sports committee head Vinod Tihara, (1374 votes) who became secretary defeating nearest rival Manjeet Singh (998) by 376 votes.

Tihara is expected to run the daily affairs of DDCA including a big say in all the representative teams — especially Ranji Trophy and men’s age group.

The joint secretary’s post went to Rajan Manchanda (1402), younger brother of former treasurer Ravinder, who beat Pushpender Chauhan (953) by 449 votes. Pushpender is the younger brother of Chetan Chauhan.

For treasurer’s post, Om Prakash Sharma beat Deepak Singh by 1241-891 votes.

Sanjay Bhardwaj was elected for the director’s post (first-class cricketer) while Renu Khanna became the women director.

The other directors elected were Apruv Jain, son of former media manager Ravi Jain, who polled 1286 votes, Alok Mittal, Nitin Gupta, Shiv Nandan Sharma and Nitin Agarwal.