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India vs Sri Lanka: Fans Targets Rishabh Pant For Sanju Samson Faliure

Finally, Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey got the chance in the third and last T20I match against Sri Lanka at Pune. Both were the benchwarmers in almost all the last home limited-overs series, expect Manish Pandey got one chance earlier Bangladesh. Meanwhile, everyone’s eye was on the wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson who fortunately got the chance in place of Rishabh Pant.

In Pune, Virat Kohli sacrificed his place to give Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson the chance to showcase their talent. Samson came to the field after Dhawan lost his place. The wicketkeeper impressed with his start by striking Lakshan Sandakan for a maximum. He had also a smile in his face after sending the ball to spectators. Indian skipper Virat Kohli also was surprised by the six from youngster’s bat. But, unfortunately, he was out on the very next ball bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga as he urged for the lbw and the umpire lifted the finger.

Samson was livid with himself and walks off the ground with disappointment. He was out for six runs in two balls. He has surely missed a golden opportunity of his career which he got after four years of his debut match but it is not the end.

And as soon as Samson departed, the fans took Twitter to remember Rishabh Pant in order to come up with some hilarious memes. Through the memes, fans wanted to say Rishabh Pant might be happy after seeing his competitor failing to do well.

Here are some creative memes from Twitter:

About the match:

The openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan both scored half-centuries in Pune pitch. The middle-order batsmen could not survive against Sri Lanka. Shreyas Iyer (4), Sanju Samson (6), Virat Kohli (26) and Washington Sundar (0) lost their wickets back to back. Then the partnership of Manish Pandey and Shardul Thakur was admirable. Shardul Thakur struck two sixes, scoring 22* off 8 balls. Manish Pandey played a mature game and scored 31 not out in 18 balls, striking four boundaries.

India set the target of 202 runs which the visitors could not chase down. The bowlers Navdeep Saini (3/28), Jasprit Bumrah (1/5), Shardul Thakur (2/19) and Washington Sunder (2/37) bundled out Sri Lankan for 123 runs.

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Ravi Shastri succeeded Anil Kumble in 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Cricket Fraternity Pour in Wishes for Ravi Shastri as He Turns 57 Today

Indian National Cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri is celebrating his 57th birthday today. Shastri will be eyeing his best birthday gift as India embark on the World Cup journey on June 5 against South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton.

One of the finest India all-rounders, Ravi Shastri, has served Indian cricket for over a decade. As a stubborn opening or middle-order batsman; as a left-arm spinner who was an integral part of the attack; and as long-time deputy to a couple of captains, Shastri has helped India cricket in every way possible. The tall and lanky all-rounder made his Test debut in 1981 after piling on runs for Mumbai in domestic cricket.

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Also read: ICC World Cup 2019: Injury Scare for Australia as Usman Khawaja Suffers a Ligament Injury

Ravi Shastri played a crucial role in the 1983 World Cup winning campaign and was a part of the 1985 World Championship of Cricket winning Indian teams. He also won the player of the tournament award in the World Championship. However, his career came to an end in 1992 due toh several injuries on his knee.

Since his retirement, Ravi Shastri donned the hat of a commentator before taking up the role of a director of the Indian team in 2014 and continued in the position till 2016. He joined the Indian team in the capacity of a head coach after Anil Kumble stepped down. Currently ranked one and two in  Tests and ODIs respectively, Shastri will look to bring the third World Cup trophy home.


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Meanwhile, since the clock ticked 12, wishes started pouring in for Ravi Shastri on his social media sites. However, it was from the former and the current cricketers which stood out. From India skipper, Virat Kohli to legend Sachin Tendulkar to former Aussie cricketer turned commentator Dean Jones; everybody took the opportunity to wish Shastri.

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IPL 2019 | Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab |
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IPL 2019: Match 28, KXIP vs RCB – Twitter Congratulates Royal Challengers Bangalore as they Register their First Win

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) finally clicked as a unit to register their first win in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beating Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a steady start in pursuit of 174 runs. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel didn’t undertake too many risks and concentrated more on ones and twos. Meanwhile, they put odd deliveries to the boundaries and got a head start to their chase. But Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of Parthiv to have Bangalore for 43 for one. Since then, Kohli combined with AB de Villiers to shoulder the innings on the line of victory.

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The pair who have won Royal Challengers Bangalore many games didn’t overdo things and wanted to take the game the wire. Kohli and de Villiers took calculated risks to keep wickets at hand. The added 85 runs for the second wicket before Kohli slapped one straight to deep mid-wicket. Kings XI Punjab looked to bounce back in the game, but an 18-run over off Andre Tye took the game to Bangalore’s favour. AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis believed in their abilities to take their team home to script the first victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Previously, Chris Gayle single-handedly powered Kings XI Punjab 173 runs for the loss of four wickets. He remained unbeaten on 99 runs to do the bulk of the scoring while the second highest run-scorer was KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh who both scored 18 runs. Meanwhile, Rahul and Gayle got Punjab off to a flying start adding 66 runs for the first wicket. Yuzvendra Chahal got the better of Rahul to draw the first blood.

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However, Gayle had no mood to stop as he kept playing his shots while the odd boundaries kept coming. Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan got starts but failed to capitalise, and Mandeep Singh gave good support to help Kings XI Punjab post a respectable total on the scoreboard.

Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to bank on this victory and script a turnaround in this edition of the IPL as it reaches its business end.

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IPL 2019: Match 15, MI vs CSK – Twitter Reacts as Mumbai Indians Stop Chennai Super Kings’ Winning Run At Wankhede

Mumbai Indians (MI) played an all-round to stop the winning run of defending champions Chennai Super Kings in 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.  The Mumbai bowlers were on the mark as they defended the target to beat Chennai by 37 runs.

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings got off to the worst start during their chase as debutant Jason Behrendorff provided a perfect start. He dismissed Ambati Rayudu in the very first over to kickstart his IPL career with a bang. Lasith Malinga, who is playing his last game before returning to his country cashed on the momentum to dismiss the other opener – Shane Watson. Striving at six for two, Chennai Super Kings were in desperate need of a partnership. Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav looked determined to take their side out of danger but a brilliant catch by Kieron Pollard to dismiss Raina at the boundary stopped the progress. Jason Behrendorff had a spectacular opening returning with two for 22 in his four overs.

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Kedar Jadhav, who looked in brilliant touch partnered MS Dhoni to march towards the target, but Mumbai Indians bowlers bowled good line and length to keep the batters in check. The batsmen failed to match up the asking rate and two quick wickets from Hardik Pandya put the home side in good stead. With 66 runs needed off the last four overs, Lasith Maling and Jasprit Bumrah took the onus on himself to take guide their side to the second victory of the season.

Lates cameo help Mumbai post 170

Previously, late cameos from Mumbai Indians batsmen helped them to post 170 runs on the board. Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock who scored a beautiful century in the last game failed to continue his form as Mumbai lost their first wicket within eight runs. Deepak Chahar, who has been consistent for Chennai Super Kings provided the first breakthrough. Suryakumar Yadav who has struggled so far, played a mind-boggling innings while Rohit Sharma failed to get his timing right.

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Just when Mumbai was looking good, spinners provided the breakthrough for the visitors. MS Dhoni has time and again depended on his spinners, and they have delivered every time. Ravindra Jadeja got the better of Rohit while Imran Tahir dismissed Yuvraj Singh, who has been among the runs. Since then, Suryakumar and Krunal Pandya shared a massive stand to bail their team out of danger. They added 62 runs for the fourth wicket before Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard played blinders at the end to finish the innings on a high.

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IPL 2019: Match 5, DC vs CSK – Twitter Reacts as Chennai Super Kings Makes it Two Out of Two

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) once again produced an all-round effort to make it two out of two beating Delhi Capitals (SC) at their home turf by six wickets on March 26 (Tuesday).

Chasing a modest target of 148 runs, Shane Watson led the charge for the Chennai Super Kings. He has been in good form playing a few good knocks in the Pakistan Super League. However, after missing out in the first game, Watson returned to form with a bang. But Ambati Rayudu couldn’t get his scoring boots on in this game as Ishant Sharma got him out in the third over. Since then Watson and Suresh Raina looked in complete control of the proceedings. Both of them banked on boundaries as they came by freely.

The duo added 52 runs before Amit Mishra got Watson (44 off 26 out). The former Australian in an attempt to reach out to a wide delivery dragged his feet as out as Rishabh Pant whipped off the bails in a flash. Delhi chipped in once again with the wicket of Suresh Raina (30) but MS Dhoni (32*) and Kedar Jadhav (27) safely took Chennai Super Kings close to the victory lines. Dwyane Bravo who starred with the ball finished off the proceeding with a boundary with two balls to spare.

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Clinical bowling effort from Chennai

Previously, at one point Delhi Capitals looked like getting 170 and that would have been a fabulous total on this pitch. But Chennai Super Kings have pulled things back brilliantly in the last five overs. Prithvi Shaw provided the impetus at the top for Delhi but he departed early. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer were cautious in their approach and ate up too many balls. They added 43 runs for the second wicket to set a good platform for the power-hitters to come lower down the order.

But Dwayne Bravo with his slower ones was exceptional on this double-paced track. He picked up three wickets in just a span of six balls which included the ones of Rishabh Pant and Dhawan too. That triggered a collapse and Delhi failed to push the ante in the final few overs. Especially Pant’s wicket shifted the momentum of the game as he once looked to take the game away from the opponent.

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The southpaw started from where he left in the last game. However, scoring a quickfire 25 off 13 balls, Pant holed to Shardul Thakur who took a brilliant catch at the deep square-leg. Delhi Capitals failed to recover from this as the defending champions contained them for a mere 147 runs. Chennai Super Kings will now be oozing with confidence with two back to back wins while Delhi will look to bounce back from the defeat in the next game.

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India vs Australia 2019: Twitter Trolls Rohit Sharma Following his Comical Dismissal At Delhi

Indian National Cricket team vice-captain Rohit Sharma played out of skins but failed to take his side over the ropes in the fifth and the final ODI against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on March 13 (Wednesday). Despite his fighting knock during the chase, Sharma received heavy trolls thanks to his comical mode of dismissal.

India lose the series 3-2

Meanwhile, Australia continued their winning run to win their first series under Aaron Finch coming from 2-0 down. They played some brilliant cricket led by Usman Khawaja in the batting front while the bowlers did well collectively. Batting first, the visiting team posted 272 runs on the board banking on a solid opening stand. India. however, pulled things back but that didn’t stop Khawaja scoring his second century of the series. Peter Handscomb – last match’s centurion also scored a useful half-century. Some significant contributions by Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins at the end helped them go past the 250-run mark.

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Indian National Cricket team, during the chase, never looked comfortable. Besides, wickets at regular intervals also hurt their chance of winning the trophy. The batsmen threw their wicket after getting set and the wicket of Rohit Sharma – their last stakeholder, was the final nail in the coffin. Although Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put in a superb effort but it was not enough to take them over the rope. Meanwhile, the dismissal of Rohit triggered a heavy troll on social media site Twitter.

The Mumbai batsman was getting frustrated with the dot balls and the missed scoring opportunities. As a result, he came down the track of Adam Zampa, who made him his 10th bunny of the series. Zampa is not one who gives the ball air and the zip on the delivery beats the inside edge and Alex Carey does the rest behind the sticks. What was worse was Rohit’s bat slipped out of his hand and ended up near short fine as he completed the swing.

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The funny mode of dismissal gave social media users enough content to make fun out of it. They made several memes to troll Rohit Sharma following the fifth ODI.

Here are some of the reactions:

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India vs Australia 2019: Twitter Trolls Rishabh Pant, Wants Dinesh Karthik in the Squad

The young Indian National Cricket team wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has emerged as an all format player after her heroics in the Test series against Australia. However, he has failed to live up to the expectations once again during the fifth ODI against Australia getting out for 16 runs leaving his side in distress in the series-deciding clash. Meanwhile, soon after his dismissal fans questioned his place in the playing XI and many wanted Dinesh Karthik in the side.

The men in blues lost three games in a row to go 3-2 down in the five-match series against Australia. This is Virat Kohli’s first ODI series loss in him as a skipper and also India’ first series loss after going 2-0 up in a five-match series. After an early flourish by the Australian batsmen, Indian bowlers pulled things back to contain them go past 300 runs. Usman Khawaja continued his superb form to score another hundred – his second of the series while Peter Handscomb chipped in with a fifty. Besides, useful contributions from Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins helped Australia post 272 runs.

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Pant or Karthik? Twitter decides

During the chase, the host nation never looked in line to chase down the target. Shikhar Dhawan departed early as skipper Virat Kohli tried to stitch a partnership with Rohit Sharma leading the charge. But Adam Zampa wreaked havoc picking three wickets in quick succession to throw India out of the game. Although Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added 91 runs for the seventh wicket, it was not enough to change the course of the game.

Meanwhile, this was an ideal opportunity for players like Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar to cement their berth for the World Cup. However, they let go of the chance, failing to stand up when their team needed the most. Besides, there were calls for inclusion of Pant in the World Cup but considering his recent performance it is highly unlikely that he will be in the 15-member squad. Moreover, there have been calls to include Dinesh Karthik in the squad as the second wicket-keeper. He also boasts a considerable amount of experiences with the bat which can come in handy in this kind of lengthy tournaments.

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Twitter Berates Virat Kohli After He Tells Fan To Leave India

Virat Kohli facing wrath from the fans is a very rare phenomenon in India. In this cricket-obsessed, cricketers are treated are demigods and Kohli gets the same treatment. In fact, the way Kohli is playing at the moment, he is arguably the most famous cricketer in the country.

Not surprisingly, he always receives adulation and lavish praise from the cricket fraternity. But recently, he found himself at the receiving end of a major backlash on social media. It all happened after he asked a cricket fan to ‘leave India’ after he said that he likes watching Australian and English batsmen more than the Indian ones.

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In a video available on his newly released app, Kohli was reading out messages from his fans. Then, he read out a message which said – “Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians.”

Not impressed with the comment, Virat Kohli did not hold back and said:

“I don’t think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me, but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”

But Kohli’s response is not going down well with others. Consequently, Kohli’s response has drawn a huge amount of criticism from social media users. Here are some of the reactions:

Virat Kohli, meanwhile, is currently not a part of India’s squad for the ongoing T20I series against Windies. He will return to action when India visits Australia later this month.

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Here are the five talking points from the FIFA World Cup 2018 finale between France and Croatia.

FIFA 2018, France vs Croatia: Twitter Reacts As France Thrash Croatia To Win Their Second World Cup

France ended Croatia’s fairytale run in the World Cup in the most of brutal of fashions, thrashing the first-time finalists 4-2 to win their second World Cup title.

Despite being far from their best, France headed into the break with a 2-1 lead. The Les Bleus’ two goals came from set-pieces as Mario Mandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in the World Cup final. Ivan Perisic brought Croatia level with a crisp strike on his left foot. However, he was then the villain as Antoine Griezmann’s corner struck his hand and after a VAR review, the referee pointed to the spot. Griezmann duly converted to put France back in front at the break.

After the break, Paul Pogba all but sealed Croatia’s fate by scoring France’s third just before the hour mark. Kylian Mbappe then put the icing on the cake by scoring the fourth in the 65th minute. Four minutes later, Mandzukic pulled one back for Croatia but it turned out to be merely a consolation goal.

Contrary to popular speculations, it was debutant Croatia who started the game on the frontfoot. Croatia showed no nerves as they applied pressure to the 1998 winners. However, France once again showed their strength at the back as they dealt with the Croatian attack quite well.

In the third minute, Peresic won the ball off Pavard and burst forward on the counter-attack. He drove into the penalty area but Varane came across to make a crucial tackle. Six minutes later,  Rakitic released Strinic into the box and he almost made some  room to fire a low ball across the face of goal. However, Mbappe got back in time to make the challenge, diverting the ball out for a corner.

But all the early pressure counted for little as France took the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute. After being fouled at the edge of the box, Antoine Griezmann whipped the resulting free-kick into the penalty area. The ball flicked off the head of Mandzukic before finding the back of the net.

Croatia, however, were not pegged back by the unfortunate goal and soon got the reward. In the 28th minute, Perisic scored a brilliant goal to equalise. France failed to clear the danger from a free-kick as Manzukic then Vida knocked the ball towards Perisic. The Inter Milan star took time and space to pick his spot on his left foot before drilling his effort past Lloris.

But 5 minutes later, Perisic turned into villain when he handled Griezmann’s corner-kick. The referee pointed to the spot after reviewing the VAR and Griezmann made no mistake from the spot. Croatia tried to find the equaliser before the break but France held on to keep their lead intact.

Croatia started brightly after the break too. Three minutes after the restart, Ante Rebic was put through on goal by a wonderful pass from Ivan Rakitic. However, his effort was tipped over the bar by Hugo Lloris. Croatia kept on attacking but just could not find the back of the net. And they soon paid a hefty price for it.

One minute before the hour-mark, Pogba handed France a two-goal cushion.  His first effort was blocked by Vida before he curled in with his left-foot from the rebound. Six minutes later, Mbappe put the game to the bed and in the process became just the second teenager after the legendary Pele to score in a World Cup final.

A howler from Lloris then saw Mandzukic reduce the deficit but France held on to win the coveted title.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:

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IPL 2018: Twitterati Makes Fun of Hardik Pandya’s Injury

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya twisted his ankle in the opening game of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

While CSK managed to win the game in a last-over thriller, one particular image with Hardik Pandya lying down on the ground proved to be a real meme material.

Pandya went into the middle after Mumbai lost two wickets post a decent start. Pandya was sent up the order to up the scoring rate. Although, he didn’t get his timing right but still managed to hog his share of the limelight.

Chennai’s Dwayne Bravo was running with the ball in the last over. Brovo is a well-known death bowler for not only cutting down on the runs but also picking key wickets.

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After scoring two runs in the first three balls, Bravo’s fourth was a Yorker on the leg-side. Pandya tried to make room to get under the ball but,as he moved the ball hit him right on the ankle of his left foot, and he fell down.

He was hurt so bad that it didn’t allow him to get back on his feet. His batting partner Krunal and other CSK players surrounded him, and he eventually got up.

Pandya went off the field with the help of his teammates,as MI finished the innings and really struggled with that ankle. But he was back on the field after receiving treatment. Moreover, Pandya took the new ball and bowled with great energy.

He also picked three crucial wickets, but Bravo late cameo took the game away from Mumbai.

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Although Mumbai lost the match, Pandya’s efforts were lauded widely. But social media, as ruthless as it gets, found the funny side of this incident and made a variety of memes on Pandya.

Let us take a look at some of the best memes:

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