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Maxwell got me at Lord’s, its good to get him back, says Jofra Archer

England have managed to bowl out Australia for 223 in 49 overs in the second semi-finals at Birmingham. Pacer Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers, bagging two wickets and conceding just 32 runs in his 10 overs. Archer hit Alex Carey on the chin after knocking off his helmet. The Australian was bleeding before he was provided medical assistance.

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Carey was the second highest scorer with 46 after Steve Smith’s 85. The Aussies were 14/3 at one stage before the duo forged a promising stand to bail them out of trouble. The other notable contributions came from all-rounder Glenn Maxwell (22) and Mitchell Starc (29). Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid shared 6-wickets between them. The spinner proved to be a little expensive as he went for 54 runs in his 10 overs. Woakes, on the hand, leaked just 20 runs off his 8 overs.

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England’s make or break scenario

During the innings break, Archer said that the hosts have been playing every game like a knock-out game since losing to the Kiwis. England finished third at the points table- below India and Australia. “To be honest every game we have played from the New Zealand game has been like a semifinal. We just got to keep winning.” the pacer said.

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Archer praises Smith’ s effort with the bat

Archer complimented Smith’s effort with the bat and added that Maxwell’s wicket was special. The paceman rolled his fingers off the ball and Maxwell failed to read the delivery. “Maxwell (was my favorite) wicket. He got me at Lord’s, so good to get him back. He (Smith) batted really well, especially on this pitch. It nipped a lot more than it swung so probably after the first over we went cross-seam and quarter-seam to get more out of the pitch. Hopefully not (needed with the bat).” Archer said. His team need to score 224 in order to face New Zealand in the finals at Lord’s.

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Waqar Younis takes a dig at India’s heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals

Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis took yet another dig at the Indian cricket team after their semi-final loss to New Zealand in Manchester. Virat Kohli‘s men put up a fight but went down losing by 18 runs. Waqar had earlier questioned India’s sportsmanship after their defeat to England in the group stages. India’s loss to the hosts ruled out Pakistan’s chance of making it to the last four.

He tweeted, “Such a brutal game this Cricket and a great leveler… Bites you back when you are expecting the least #CWC19 I learnt a great lesson today “Never Abuse The Game.” It was clearly indicated at the men in blue. India finished on top of the points table at the end of the league stage.

New Zealand beat heavy-weight India to advance to the finale

The Kiwis came into the semis as the fourth-ranked side and they were the underdogs going into the knock-out clash. The Indian bowlers restricted the Blackcaps to 239/8 but lost their top-order after Matt Henry and Co. sent back Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for mere one run each.

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Waqar lost his cool after India’s loss to England

This is the not the first instance where the former paceman has lost his cool, Waqar was fuming after India lost to Eoin Morgan‘s men by 31 runs at Edgbaston on June 30. Many said that MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav didn’t accelerate and the intent was missing. Post that particular game, Waqar had tweeted, “It’s not who you are.. What you do in life defines who you are.. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure.. Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly.” For the second consecutive time, New Zealand have advanced into the finals. They will take on either of Australia or England in the finale at Lord’s.

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Michael Vaughan mocks Virat Kohli as India crashes out of the World Cup

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has been quite vocal on the internet of late. At the start of the tournament, ICC had posted a picture of Virat Kohli sitting in a throne with a crown on his head. It was a tribute from the ICC to the Indian skipper, who has hit 41 ODI tons so far in his career.

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Vaughan didn’t hold back after India’s defeat

Vaughan though wasn’t impressed with the particular gesture. He questioned ICC’s double standards. ICC in return shared a run-scoring chart that had Kohli at the top. Post India’s shocking loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals, Vaughan was quick to troll the Indian captain. He posted a photoshopped picture of Kohli with a boarding ticket in hand- mocking fun at India’s defeat.

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It didn’t go too well with the fans as they questioned Vaughan’s professionalism. The English commentator has been in news for all the wrong reasons. He was recently blocked by former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar before having a heated exchange of tweets with cricketer Jonny Bairstow.

Virat Kohli on India’s loss

The Indian skipper didn’t react to Vaughan’s poke, but he did address the media and reflected on the loss. “The way they came out and bowled in that first half-an-hour was the difference in the game. With the new ball they were outstanding with the areas that they hit. It made life very difficult.” he said.

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“I thought Jadeja had an outstanding game; the way he played today was a great sign for his skillsets and what he can do for the team. It always feels disappointing when you” ve played good cricket and 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament. ‘It’s difficult to accept and to come to terms with but New Zealand deserve it because they put enough pressure on us and were sharper when it came to the crunch moments,” he added.

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It will take Rohit Sharma some time to overcome the loss: Tendulkar

Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar has extended his support towards in-form Indian opener Rohit Sharma. India were knocked out of the tournament after losing the semi-finals to New Zealand by 18 runs in Manchester. Rohit is the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 648 runs. The elegant batsman hit five tons in the league stages.

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Tendulkar extends his support towards gutted Rohit Sharma

Clearly, he was gutted as India failed to advance to the finals. Rohit was dismissed for one. Skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul too, failed to get off to starts as India were 24/4 at one stage. Tendulkar came out in support of the fellow Mumbaikar.

“He [Rohit Sharma] must be feeling terrible and so bad about the way we have ended this WC. It’s something which he will take quite some time to overcome because this is a huge disappointment. I feel bad for him,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.

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India were found wanting against the Kiwis

After restricting the opposition to 239/8 in 50 Overs, fans and experts expected India to put on a clinical show. Instead, the Kiwi bowlers made life miserable for the Indian batters. Ravindra Jadeja hit a gutsy 77 while MS Dhoni perished scoring 50. India were one of the favorites to lift the World Cup. They finished on top of the table at the end of the leage stage encounters. The men in blue won six of their eight games, losing the tie against England and sharing a point each with the Kiwis.

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“It is a tough time for everyone, we have expectations and dreams. All I can say is its been a tough day. How bad they must be feeling in the dressing room. I fully agree that we should have chased 240. 10 out of 10 times we would have taken that,” he concluded.

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Alex Carey in blood after being hit by a lethal bouncer from Jofra Archer

In-form batsman Alex Carey’s helmet was knocked off by a brutal bouncer from Jofra Archer in the ongoing semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Australia got off to a shaky start- losing three crucial wickets inside the first ten overs. The incident took place in the eighth over. The Aussies were struggling at 19/3 when an 86mph delivery from England pacer Archer knocked off Carey’s helmet in a lethal manner.

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Carey bleeds as England intimidate the Aussies

Carey took the blow to the chin and there was blood to be seen. The incident clocked back the event from the famous 2005 Ashes series where Steve Harmison hit on Ricky Ponting‘s helmet with a nasty bouncer- resulting in a lot of first-aid help for the former Australian skipper as he was seen bleeding.

To Carey’s credit, he didn’t let the helmet hit the stumps as that would have resulted in a hit-wicket. He immediately called out for help and later on carried on batting. In the very next over, Carey hit Woakes for a boundary. The onus is on him and Steve Smith to stitch a solid stand here and get Australia to a respectable score.

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The rivalry is at it’s best at Birmingham

England have been quite intimidating in the ongoing marquee event and especially Archer. After bowling the lethal delivery, Archer went back to his bowling mark and didn’t check on Carey. Though, skipper Eoin Morgan and some of the close-in fielders had a quick word with the Australian batsman.

Both sides will look to bring out their best brand of cricket in order to advance to the finale and set an appointment with New Zealand at the home of cricket- Lord’s. The Kiwis beat heavyweight India to make their way to the finals, courtesy an 18-run win at the Old Trafford.

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Virat Kohli reveals his animated discussion with Ravi Shastri

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was seen fuming and having an animated chat with head coach Ravi Shastri after Rishabh Pant’s dismissal during the semi-finals against New Zealand at Old Trafford. India lost their top three batters in quick succession as Matt Henry and his pace brigade went all over India.

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Virat Kohli on his reaction post-dismissal

In the post-match conference, Kohli was asked about his poor scores in knock-out games at the World Cup. The 30-year-old said that he was disappointed at not being able to contribute when the team needed it the most. The prolific scorer, with 41 ODI tons to his name, was dismissed by Trent Boult in the third over of India’s innings. The ball took a sharp movement towards the middle stump after pitching on the leg stump. Kohli failed to get his bat down in time as the ball trapped his pads. Kohli was given out though DRS review showed the white leather had just kissed the top of the stumps. He said it is quite obvious to be disappointed as getting dismissed for a low score is never pleasing. He termed it has a natural reaction and nothing else.

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On his animated talk with Shastri

On being asked to reveal his animated talk with Shastri, Kohli said ” With Ravi bhai I was discussing what happened and what is the plan going forward from that situation and what kind of information needs to be sent out there in the middle so we can access where the game needs to go. So yeah! these were the events that happened.”

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India finished the group stages on top of the points table. They conceded defeat to England and won the rest of the seven games. Opener Rohit Sharma ended the tournament with five hundred while Jasprit Bumrah bagged 18 wickets.

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Dhoni hasn’t told us anything about his retirement yet, says Virat Kohli

Post India’s heart-breaking loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli said that MS Dhoni is yet to take a call on his future. Dhoni, the veteran batter, hit a fifty and took India close to the target before getting run-out by Martin Guptill. He along with Ravindra Jadeja steadied the Indian ship after the top-order went down packing.

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India were bundled out while chasing a modest target

India restricted the Kiwis to 239/8 after sending in to field by skipper Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor hit a vital 74 while Williamson made 67. Chasing a modest target of 240, India lost the wickets of in-form Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and captain Kohli early. The side did recover, courtesy a solid stand between Jadeja and Dhoni. Jadeja was caught while trying to clear the fence as he departed for 77. The loss has sent India out of the World Cup as New Zealand advanced to the finals.

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Kohli on Dhoni hanging his boots

There were a lot of talks over Dhoni’s retirement as the man himself took a cheeky dig at the reports stating that many wanted him to retire post the group stage game against Sri Lanka. At the post-match conference, Kohli was asked if a decision has been made, he stated, “Dhoni hasn’t told us anything yet.”

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At 38, Dhoni isn’t getting any younger but the World T20 next year would tempt him to play active cricket for one more year. In all likeliness this was his last World Cup, having led India to victory in 2011. He has so far played 350 ODIs, scoring 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57. The batter has hit 10 hundreds and 73 fifties and has a record 123 stumpings against his name. This was his second fifty of the tournament after hitting a match-winning 56* against the Windies.The former skipper started the campaign with a gritty hundred against Bangladesh in the warm-up match.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Here is how India can still qualify with rain playing spoilsport

India were on top against the Kiwis until rain halted play at the Old Trafford. New Zealand were at 211/5 in 46.1 Overs, with Ross Taylor batting on 67*off 85 balls. They had about 4 overs in hand and a decent total looked possible. On the other hand, the men in blue were right on the money, pressing brakes on the ‘Blackcaps’ from the very start.

The match has been delayed by rain and India need to bat at least 20 overs in order to produce a result. If rain spoils the day, the game will resume tomorrow. In case no action takes place even tomorrow then India will advance to the finals as table toppers from the group stage.

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Indian pacers were all over the Kiwis

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah sent back Martin Guptill to provide a perfect start for the Indians. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who won the toss earlier in the day and elected to bat, went on to play a steady knock of 67. Each of the five bowlers bagged a wicket each as New Zealand never really got going.

India tagged as favorites

India went into the match as favorites whereas New Zealand were the perennial dark horses. Skipper Williamson was aware of the tags ahead of the clash and he had mentioned that the Kiwis have the same opportunity just like the other nations.

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Williamson was aware of the dark horse tag

“Although we have qualified fourth, we have the same opportunity as anybody else does. There’s only two games left in the tournament. During the round-robin we saw that anybody could beat anybody and we saw on a number of occasions that happened. Our focus once again is committing to the style of cricket we want to play that gives us the best chance.” he told the reporters.

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Mehidy Hasan struck by a ball on the head during practice session

21-year-old Mehidy Hasan Miraz was struck in the side of his head by a ball during Bangladesh’s practice session. The Tigers are currently in Southampton, preparing for the clash against Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup. It is understood that the all-rounder is out of danger.

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Mehidy hit by injury during practice session

The Asian team has been hit by a string of injuries in recent past. Opener Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza are all carrying certain injuries but they have played an integral part in the tournament so far.

Mehidy was keen on batting in the nets but he wasn’t allowed to continue. A concussion report will be issued soon. The incident took place while the cricketer was giving an interview in the sidelines. Hasan hasn’t been at his best in the ongoing tournament. He has scalped five wickets from as many games. With the bat too, he wasn’t able to contribute wholly.

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Bangladesh hit by a string of injuries

”He [Mehidy] was hit by a ball but as far as I know he is fine at the moment,” said head coach Steve Rhodes, giving much hope to the spirited fans. Earlier,  Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain missed out on playing against Australia. Bangladesh raised hopes by beating the Windies comprehensively. Chasing a 300-plus total, veteran cricketer Shakib Al Hasan hit his second hundred and was well supported by Liton Das. They are still in the reckoning for a semi-finals berth.

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The Tigers will take on Afghanistan next

Afganistan, on the other hand, came agonizingly close to beating India in Southampton. They eventually lost the game by 11 runs as Mohammed Shami bagged a hat-trick. The newcomers in world cricket would fancy their chances of beating Bangladesh as the clash promises to be an exciting one.

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Ben Stokes recalls the World T20 horrors post Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics

The Windies came agonizingly close to clinching a win against the Kiwis but they fell short by a few yards at the end. Craig Brathwaite was in amazing touch as he hit his maiden hundred but the effort went in vain. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was all praise for his nemesis and was sporting enough to mention one if his nightmarish nights, all courtesy the Windies man.

He tweeted, “First it was Virat now it’s @TridentSportsX is clogging up my mentions,I wonder why???that was a unbelievable innings Carlos thought it was going to be a repeat of 2016 in Kolkata…how good was that game by the way.”

Carlos Brathwaite tees off Kiwi attack

Brathwaite hit Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the 2016 World T20 finals and bagged the coveted trophy in style. He was in similar touch last night in Manchester, hitting five sixes and nine fours but lost his wicket to a brilliant catch by Trent Boult near the boundary. It also marked the end of the Windies innings.

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Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson led the charge with a solid 148 while Ross Taylor crafted a steady knock of 69. The Blackcaps made 291/8 in their allotted 50 overs

Chasing 292 to win, veteran opener Chris Gayle fired through all cylinders and made 87 off 84 deliveries but the rest of the batters failed to capitalize. Braithwaite took up the lost case and made a match out of it. Shimron Hetmyer too played the supporting role and chipped in with 54.

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Trent Boult finished with figures of 4/30 and Lockie Ferguson bagged three wickets. The duo played a vital part in turning the table in their favor as they won the game by 5 runs. They are currently at the top of the table with 11 points from 6 games. Windies, on the other hand, are at the seventh spot with 3 points.

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