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Abu Dhabi [UAE], January 29 (ANI): Delhi Bulls brilliantly chased down Bangla Tigers’ impressive total to win the third match of the Abu Dhabi T10 at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium by seven wickets.
Bangla Tigers’ opener Johnson Charles and skipper Andre Fletcher, through a 101 partnership, had posted a total of 128 for 2 in 10 overs. Charles hit 73 runs off 35 balls with six boundaries and five sixes, but his effort went in vain before the systematic chase by the Delhi Bulls batsmen.
Delhi Bulls chase was spearheaded by opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz (41), Evin Lewis’s unbeaten 32, and Ravi Bopara’s 38.
Bangla Tigers paid the price for their poor fielding that saw three dropped catches.
Bangla Tigers had earlier won the toss and promptly elected to bat.
Johnson Charles and skipper Andre Fletcher began scoring at a brisk pace. In the second over, Fletcher hit Fidel Edwards for two consecutive sixes. In the third over, Charles launched his spree of sixes with a cracking hit off Amad Butt.
Their 50 runs partnership came in just 3.5 overs. Charles accelerated the run flow further by hitting Kashif Daud for two sixes in the fifth over. He reached his half-century in just 20 balls.
Charles did not spare Dwayne Bravo too and hit him for two consecutive sixes in the sixth over. The 100 runs partnership came in 6.4 overs.
Bravo ended the partnership with the first ball of the eighth over when he clean bowled Fletcher with an accurate yorker for 32. In the ninth over, Edwards dismissed Tom Moores by having him caught by Bravo at extra cover for 2.
Afif Hossain joined Charles and took the score to 128. Charles remained unconquered to ensure a run rate of 12.80.
Delhi Bulls opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz began aggressively by hitting the first ball of the innings from Mujeeb Ur Rehman for a six. He also picked two boundaries to get 18 runs off the first over. He continued his big-hitting and scored two boundaries off Mohammad Irfan.
He also pulled Karim Janat elegantly over mid-wicket for a six in the third over. Off the last ball of that over, Janat produced an accurate yorker to force Gurbaz to play on to this wicket. His 41 runs came off just 15 balls with five fours and two sixes
Next man Ravi Bopara rode his luck getting dropped twice in the fifth over off Mujeeb Ur Rehman. At the halfway mark, Delhi Bulls needed 57 runs. Opener Evin Lewis pulled George Garton for a six in the sixth over.
In the seventh over, Bopara fell hitting high to Qais Ahmed at deep square leg off Fazalhaq Farooqi for 38. Next man Mohammad Nabi too fell for a duck off the first ball of the eighth over.
Undaunted by the fall of wickets, Lewis maintained the run flow backed by Sherfane Rutherford (11 n.o.) and took their team to the target with seven balls to spare.
Brief Scores: Delhi Bulls 129/3 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 41, Evin Lewis 32*, Ravi Bopara 38; Karim Janat 2-34) beat Bangla Tigers 128/2 (Johnson Charles 73*, Andre Fletcher 32; F Edwards 1-17) (ANI)

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I backed myself and executed my plans: Fabian Allen

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St John’s [Antigua], March 8 (ANI): After delivering a match-winning performance in the third T20I against Sri Lanka here at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen said he backed his plans and executed them well in the game.
Windies defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets on Monday. With this win, the hosts won the three-match series 2-1. Both teams would now lock horns in the three-match ODI series, beginning Wednesday.
Allen delivered an economical spell while bowling as he just gave 13 runs in his fours overs including a wicket. Then with the bat, he played a blasting knock of 21 not out off six balls studded with three sixes in a low-scoring affair.
“I prepare for everything, including bowling in the Powerplay. I just backed myself and executed. The pitch is very slow, so I just needed to execute my plans. When I look in the dressing room we have a lot of batting power. I told Jason Holder that I’m not comfortable batting against Hasaranga, so I told him to bat him out and I’ll be finishing. I just backed myself in the end. It was a good performance overall,” Allen said after the match.
Chasing 132, Windies got off to a steady start as openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis put on 37 runs inside the first five overs. However, Sri Lanka came back into the match as the side dismissed Lewis (21), Simmons (26), Chris Gayle (13), Kieron Pollard (0), reducing Windies to 75/4 in the 12th over.
Nicholas Pooran (23), Rovman Powell (7), Dwayne Bravo (0) also did not manage to stay at the crease to guide Windies home but in the end, Jason Holder (14*) and Allen (21*) took the hosts over the line by three wickets and six balls to spare.
Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten knock of 54 helped Sri Lanka post 131/4 in the allotted twenty overs.
Batting first, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start as the side lost Gunathilaka (9), Pathum Nissanka (5), Niroshan Dickwella (4), and Angelo Mathews (11) with just 46 runs on the board.
Chandimal (54*) and Ashen Bandara (44*) then got together at the crease and the duo formed an unbeaten stand of 85 runs to take Sri Lanka’s score past the 130-run mark. (ANI)

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International Women’s Day: SCG to have first statue of female cricketer

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Melbourne [Australia], March 8 (ANI): Cricket Australia on Monday announced its commitment to continue addressing gender imbalance on this International Women’s Day, with the formation of a “Recognition of Women in Cricket Working Group”.
As a major first step, the NSW Government’s stadiums authority Venues NSW has committed to housing the first sculpture of a women’s cricketer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The sculpture will be the first of its type for a female cricketer, compared to the 73 known statues or sculptures of male cricketers across Australia.
“Just as this year’s International Women’s Day theme promotes ‘choose to challenge’, we are committed to challenging ourselves to continue to address gender inequality across our game. Precisely one year ago to the day, we were celebrating a ground-breaking moment when 86,174 fans packed out the MCG for the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO said in an official statement.
“So many challenges have been presented since that day, and it is now more important than ever that we keep pushing for equality in cricket and keep building the momentum established before the pandemic. This is a historic moment for the game with Venues NSW today committing to the first sculpture of a female cricketer at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and we can’t thank Kerrie and her team enough for their leadership,” he added.
In addition, Cricket Australia has co-commissioned a piece of artwork with the Melbourne Cricket Club that will depict the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final. The artwork will be painted by award-winning artist Vincent Fantauzzo and will begin to redress the imbalance of artwork that depicts women’s sport on the ground.
The piece will be showcased within the level 2 corridors of the MCC Members’ Reserve where it will feature as a regular of the MCG Tour route, meaning more than 40,000 school children each year will learn the powerful story of the T20 World Cup Final.
Initial Members of the Recognition of Women in Cricket Working Group: Nick Hockley, Angela Pippos, Christina Matthews, Kerrie Mather, Kirsty Henshall, Kristene Reynolds, Lisa Sthalekar, Rachael Haynes, and Rina Hore. (ANI)

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Joan Laporta wins Barcelona’s presidential elections

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Barcelona [Spain], March 8 (ANI): Joan Laporta has won Barcelona’s presidential elections and he would now be in charge of the Spanish club.
Laporta was elected as the president by the club members in the elections for the Presidency and Board of Directors held on Sunday.
It was an exemplary election day, and for the first time, it was held in six different electoral venues and incorporated the vote-by-mail results.
“A total of 55,611 members exercised their right to vote and by a large majority, they chose Joan Laporta with a total of 30,184 votes. Before the start of election day, 20,663 members had already exercised their right to vote by mail, which for the first time was incorporated in elections to the presidency, and 87,479 members could vote in person in any of the six territorial headquarters,” FC Barcelona said in its official statement.
Laporta has a degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s in Company Law and Tax Experts at the Institut d’Estudis Superiors Abat Oliba in Barcelona.
Laporta was previously elected president of FC Barcelona after winning the elections held in June 2003, and in the summer of 2006, he was re-elected as president of the club.
With Joan Laporta, a generation of young and dynamic leaders came to the entity who generated a real boost by putting into circulation the expression of the ‘virtuous circle’, which tried to strengthen the club economically and socially, to make a winning team possible and to provide feedback for the social dimension of the entity.
During the seven years of his presidency, the first team achieved two Champions Leagues, four league championships, a Copa del Rey, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup, three Spanish Super Cups, and three Spanish Cups.
It should be noted that the four professional sections of the club (football, basketball, handball, and roller hockey) managed to proclaim themselves European champions under his presidency too. (ANI)

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Premier League: United wins Manchester derby

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Manchester [UK], March 8 (ANI): Manchester United defeated Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League 2020-21 season to reduce the gap between both sides in the table standings.
Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw got among the goal-scoring charts as United defeated City 2-0 on Sunday here at the Etihad Stadium.
City is at the top of the Premier League standings with 65 points from 28 matches while United is at the second spot with 54 points from as many games.
With this loss, Manchester City’s winning run has come to an end. Before this match, Pep Guardiola’s side had won 21 matches in a row.
Bruno Fernandes got the first goal of the match in just the second minute as he converted a goal after getting a penalty. This goal have United an early momentum in the match.
The first half saw no more goals and at halftime, United went in with a 1-0 lead over table-toppers City.
In the second half, Luke Shaw got the second goal in the 50th minute and as a result, the visitors gained a 2-0 lead. No more goals were scored in the match and in the end, United walked away with a 2-0 victory.
Manchester City will next take on Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday while United will lock horns against West Ham on March 14. (ANI)

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WI vs SL, 3rd T20I: Simmons, Allen guide hosts to series win

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St John’s [Antigua], March 8 (ANI): Fabien Allen played an unbeaten knock of 21 runs off just six balls as West Indies defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in the third and final T20I on Monday here at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
With this win, the hosts won the three-match series 2-1. Both teams would now lock horns in the three-match ODI series, beginning Wednesday.
Chasing 132, Windies got off to a steady start as openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis put on 37 runs inside the first five overs. However, Sri Lanka came back into the match as the side dismissed Lewis (21), Simmons (26), Chris Gayle (13), Kieron Pollard (0), reducing Windies to 75/4 in the 12th over.
Nicholas Pooran (23), Rovman Powell (7), Dwayne Bravo (0) also did not manage to stay at the crease to guide Windies home but in the end, Jason Holder (14*) and Allen (21*) took the hosts over the line by three wickets and six balls to spare.
Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten knock of 54 helped Sri Lanka post 131/4 in the allotted twenty overs.
Batting first, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start as the side lost Gunathilaka (9), Pathum Nissanka (5), Niroshan Dickwella (4), and Angelo Mathews (11) with just 46 runs on the board.
Chandimal (54*) and Ashen Bandara (44*) then got together at the crease and the duo formed an unbeaten stand of 85 runs to take Sri Lanka’s score past the 130-run mark.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 131/4 (Dinesh Chandimal 54*, Ashen Bandara 44, Fabien Allen 1-13); West Indies 134/7 (Lendl Simmons 26, Fabien Allen 21*, Lakshan Sandakan 3-29). (ANI)

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LEE, WOLVAARDT SHINE AS SA DEFEAT INDIA BY 8 WICKETS

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Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt scored their respective half-centuries to help South Africa Women’s team thrash India by eight wickets in the first ODI on Sunday here at the Ekana Cricket Stadium.

With this, South Africa Women took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Chasing a target of 178 runs, South Africa got off to an impressive start, with openers Lee and Wolvaardt scoring regular boundaries. The duo proved to be too good for the hosts’ bowlers, who struggled to restrict the batters from scoring runs.

Lee and Wolvaardt continued their scintillating performance and took the team over the 100-run mark in the 26th over. Both showed no signs of a struggle and kept adding runs to the scoreboard, taking South Africa closer to the victory. Both completed their half-centuries in the process.

In the 38th over, Jhulan Goswami handed India the first breakthrough as she got hold of Wolvaardt (80). Sune Luus then came to bat but failed as Goswami dismissed her as well. However, the comeback was too late for the Indian side as South Africa easily got over the line in the 41st over.

Earlier, Mithali Raj top-scored with a knock of 50 runs as India posted a score of 177/9 in the allotted fifty overs against South Africa.

Put in to bat first, India got off to a bad start as the side lost its first two wickets with just 18 runs on the board. Smriti Mandhana (14) and Jemimah Rodrigues (1) both failed to leave a mark and the hosts were put on the backfoot. Punam Raut (10) also failed to stay at the crease for a long time and this brought Mithali and Harmanpreet Kaur to the middle in the 14th over of the innings.

Mithali and Harmanpreet put on 62 runs for the fourth wicket and the partnership saw Harmanpreet scoring runs at a brisk pace.

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