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Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu To Receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna On September 25

New Delhi: Union sports ministry has announced that Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu would receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna on September 25.

The list was already out but the ministry made it official on Thursday.

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards, and they will be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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India Register 8-Wicket Win Over Pakistan In Asia Cup Chasing Target Of 163 Runs

New Delhi: India register an emphatic 8-wicket win over Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai International Stadium. Chasing a paltry target of 163 runs, India romped home for the loss of two wickets in 29 overs. This was India's biggest win in terms of the maximum number of balls (126) to spare. India were truly dominant against Pakistan from ball one. They restricted Pakistan to a below-par score and with the bat and later chased the total down incredibly easy. Rohit Sharma (52) and Shikhar Dhawan (46) were in imperious form at the top before Dinesh Karthik (31*) and Ambati Rayudu (31*) saw them home.

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Pakistan Captain Expresses Displeasure At Indian Team Playing All Its Asia Cup Matches In Dubai

New Delhi: India were to play two matches in Abu Dhabi but the schedule was tweaked to allow Rohit Sharma’s men to play all their matches in Dubai giving a chance to Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed expressing his displeasure at the Indian team playing all its Asia Cup matches in Dubai. The other teams are being made to shuttle between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Asked about the scheduling being skewed in India’s favour, Sarfraz said: “If you look at the schedule, even if India lose pool match, they still play in Dubai. Travelling is an issue. If you have to travel 90 minutes and then play matches with a gap of a single day, then it is challenging.

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Virat Kohli To Become Third Cricketer To Get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

New Delhi: Indian captain Virat Kohli could well be on his way to becoming only the third cricketer to get the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. This is the country’s highest sporting honour.

According to latest developments, the awards committee has recommended the names of Kohli and Commonwealth Games gold medal winning weightlifter Mirabai Chanu for the top honour.

The BCCI had in April recommended former India captain Rahul Dravid for the prestigious Dronacharya award and once again nominated Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour.

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Sri Lanka Women Defeats India By Three Wickets In Final One-Day International

New Delhi: Indian skipper Mithali Raj’s career-best knock of 125 not out had gone in vain as Sri Lanka womendefeated India by three wickets in the third and final one-day International.

India had already sealed the series by winning the first two ODIs but in the 3rd match they could not defend the total of 253 for five, built around Raj’s unbeaten 125 and opener Smriti Mandhana’s 51.

They had shared a 102-run stand for the second wicket after young Jemimah Rodrigues (0) made an early exit. Mithali’s seventh ODI hundred and first in 14 months, came off 143 balls with 14 fours and a six.