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Karthik And Kuldeep Shine In India’s Victory Against West Indies By Five Wickets

New Delhi: This wasn’t Rohit Sharma’s night but then Dinesh Karthik has shown in the last IPL that he too can stake claim to a piece of the Eden Gardens. With an unbeaten 31, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper anchored a chase that had run into early turbulence, first with Manish Pandey and then with India debutant Krunal Pandya who hit the winning runs in this five-wicket victory.

Debutant Oshane Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite had rocked India, chasing 110 for their first T20 win against West Indies in four years, with some express stuff on a wicket that aided such bowling. Brathwaite set up KL Rahul’s dismissal, pitching it up before tempting him with a short ball and bowling a wicket maiden in the process. He also induced a poor stroke from Rishabh Pant.

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Graeme Smith Says, Superstar Virat Kohli Will Be At Forefront Of Keeping Test Cricket Alive

New Delhi: Former South African captain Graeme Smith feels that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is a “superstar” who will be at the forefront of keeping Test cricket alive. The year 2018 has been great for the Indian captain, who has produced some exceptional ODI feats including the fastest to reach the 10,000 club, elevating his stature as the best batsman in the world.

“World cricket is lacking huge amount of superstars. May be one or two in England. I think Virat (Kohli) is that guy (superstar),” Smith said in his address at the Jagmohan Dalmiya Annual Conclave (Chapter II) here Friday.

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Subhankar Shocks Olympic Champion To Enter Quarter-Finals Of SaarLorLux Badminton Championship

New Delhi: Unheralded Indian Subhankar Dey shocked multiple time World and Olympic champion Lin Dan 22-20, 21-19 to enter the quarter-finals of the SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship. World No 64 Subhankar took 45 minutes to upstage the current world No 12, who has five World Championship titles and two Olympic gold medals in his kitty.

The Indian won crucial points in both games which were closely fought. Lin Dan, at 35, is at the business end of his career but was awarded top billing at the event. Barely two weeks ago, it was Kidambi Srikanth, who beat Lin Dan at the Denmark Open.

The other notable performance on Thursday came from CWG gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap, who beat local player Alexander Roovers 21-14 21-12. In the quarter-finals, Subhankar will be pitted against seventh seed Toby Penty of England while Kashyap will face Frenchman Toma Junior Popov.

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West Indies Team In India Not Just To Compete But Also Learn From Their Opponents

New Delhi: West Indies fielding coach Nic Pothas said that the visiting team is in India not just to compete, but also learn from their fancied opponents. They are into one of their most arduous tours in the recent years.

“They’re a great team to learn from. We don’t just play against India, we learn from them too. These are great opportunities when you come and play against teams of this quality,” Pothas said on the eve of the fifth and final ODI against India here.

Asked if they have any special plans to counter Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Pothas said the focus is not just on the in-form duo.

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India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives And Sri Lanka Withdraw From SWAFF

New Delhi: Countries part of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka have withdrawn from the Saudi Arabia-led South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF). This has been a major turn of events in Asian football politics.

The move comes on the eve of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, where the continental governing body is expected to formally recognise the five regional confederations of the continent, including SAFF.

Formed in May, the creation of SWAFF had generated controversy as it omitted Saudi Arabia’s political foe Qatar as well as Jordan, whose football governing body had been at odds with that of the Saudis. Adding fuel to the fire was SWAFF chief Adel Ezzat’s resignation as president of the Saudi FA and his announcement of nomination for the AFC presidency next year.

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