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South Africa Concede Their Third Match On The Bounce Losing To India By Six Wickets

New Delhi: Proteas conceded their third match on the bounce, losing to India by six wickets. For a while in the second innings, there was a little glimmer of hope for South Africa when Kagiso Rabada was making the ball fly this way and that (he even broke Shikhar Dhawan’s bat) and Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed the maharaja of chases, Virat Kohli, early. But Rohit Sharma put his head down and extinguished that glimmer with a near flawless and unbeaten hundred.

To give you an idea of just how poor South Africa’s batting was, consider this: when Sharma reached the score of 43, he was already the highest scorer in this match. He scored another 80 runs, many of those coming off Tabraiz Shamsi, who Sharma was especially heavy on. With his second World Cup hundred, Sharma may have won the match for India, but du Plessis’s side had lost it much earlier in the day.

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Kohli Reacts To Rabada If There Is Anything To Be Discussed, We Can Discuss It Man-To-Man

New Delhi: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli reacted to Kagiso Rabada’s comment that he cannot take abuse and said that ‘if there is anything that needs to be discussed, we can discuss it man-to-man’.

At the pre-match press conference ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 clash between India and South Africa, Kohli made it clear that he does not want to use the presser in order to send any message to Rabada.

“What did Rabada say? I have no idea. I’ve played against Kagiso many times and if there is anything that needs to be discussed, we can discuss it man-to-man. I am not using a press conference to answer anything,” he said.

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Sindhu To Resume Chase For First Title Of The Season; Sameer Verma To Eye A Good Show At Australia Open

New Delhi: Indian ace P V Sindhu will resume her chase for the first title of the season, while Sameer Verma too will eye a good show when the Australia Open World Tour Super 300 tournaments begins with the qualifiers here Tuesday.

World No 5 Sindhu reached the semifinals at India Open and Singapore Open, besides a couple of quarterfinal appearances at Indonesia and ABC but a title has remained elusive.

What would be frustrating for the Indian is her losses against top players such as Carolina Marin, Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, China’s He Bingjiao and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara -- opponents she has had better results in the last season.

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Sunil Chhetri Exudes Confidence That Team Will Be Better Prepared For World And Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers

New Delhi: The start of Stephen Constantine’s second stint in charge of India four years back was marked by a series of disastrous results in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In 10 games across two rounds, India managed just two wins—over Nepal and Guam— one draw against Nepal and seven defeats.

In the 12 months preceding the qualifiers, India had played just one international tie. Constantine would later criticise the lack of game time that plagued the preparedness for the campaign. The subsequent improvement in results under him somewhat vindicated his stand. This time, the team is set to play two invitational tournaments—King’s Cup in Thailand and Intercontinental Cup at home before the qualifiers start in September.

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Kiwis Start World Cup Campaign With 10 Wicket Drubbing Of Lankans

New Delhi: New Zealand made a flying start to their World Cup campaign as paceman Matt Henry struck three times in a 10-wicket trashing of woeful Sri Lanka on Saturday. Henry returned figures of 3-29 and combined with fellow paceman Lockie Ferguson, who also took three wickets, to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 136 in 29.2 overs in Cardiff. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro then hit unbeaten half-centuries to make short work of their modest target.

The Kiwis cruised home in 16.1 overs to register their third win in a World Cup game by 10 wickets. The right-left batting combination of Guptill, who hit 73, and Munro, who scored 58, had little trouble in smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers to all parts of the ground. Guptill hammered eight fours and two sixes including one hit that sailed out of the ground. But it was Henry's spell of seven straight overs that opened the gates for New Zealand's domination against the 1996 champions.

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