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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], February 22 (ANI): India pacer Ishant Sharma on Monday said that the batters in his side are capable of handling whatever is thrown at them during the pink-ball Test against England.
The four-match series between India and England currently stands level at 1-1 and now both teams will lock horns in a pink-ball Test, beginning Wednesday at the Motera Stadium. This Test will also be Ishant’s 100th in the longest format of the game.
When Ishant was asked whether the short-ball tactic can be a good one during the twilight period at the newly-built Motera, Ishant said that one cannot answer for sure as both India and England would be on the same page when it comes to adjusting to a new stadium.
“Till now, I cannot really say what will trouble the batsmen at Motera Stadium. This is the second Test we are playing with the pink-ball in India. Motera is a new ground, even for us, some things are new to us. I am sure our batsmen are really capable of tackling all the things in the pink-ball Test at Motera,” said Ishant while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.
Further talking about the Motera Stadium, Ishant said: “The stadium looks fantastic, we are looking forward to playing in this new stadium. We do not know what kind of playing conditions we will have to face in this new stadium as it is a pink-ball Test. The lights are different, once we are in, then only we can know what kind of track and line and length we need to employ.”
Earlier in the series, Ishant Sharma had become the third Indian pacer to take 300 wickets in Test cricket. Overall, he became the sixth Indian to do so.
“I did not know this stat that I have taken most of my wickets against England. I just focus on the plans we have for every opposition, I like sticking to them,” said Ishant.
India had achieved an emphatic 317-run win against England in the second Test of the ongoing four-match series. As a result, the series stands level at 1-1 and the Virat Kohli-led side has also reached the second spot in World Test Championship (WTC) standings.
India remains in contention to make the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The victory in Chennai on Tuesday has lifted India to the second position with 69.7 percentage points on the points table but they cannot afford to lose another match as they need to win 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the final of the maiden edition of the championship.
England, who led the table after winning the opening Test, has slipped to the fourth spot with 67.0 percentage points. They can still qualify, but for that, they must win both remaining matches of the series against India. (ANI)

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ISL 7: Last games were difficult to control due to injuries, says Ferrando

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Panaji (Goa) [India], March 6 (ANI): After playing out a 2-2 draw against Mumbai City FC in the first leg of the Indian Super League (ISL) semi-final, FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando said that the last few games were difficult for him to control due to injuries to his players.
Goa broke the deadlock through Igor Angulo’s penalty (20′) before his goal was canceled out by Hugo Boumous (38′). Goa took the lead again through Saviour Gama (59′) but Mourtada Fall (62′) soon netted a vital equaliser to help the Islanders in restoring parity.
“We had clear chances. We can play against Mumbai City. Not only two key players, I lost a lot of players. (Jorge) Ortiz was playing today with difficult feelings, Edu (Bedia) was not at his 100 per cent, I lost Ali, Princeton. Very difficult to prepare the team,” Ferrando said during the post-match press conference.
“Sometimes it was good. In transition, we repeated the same mistakes. The last few games were difficult to control. There are a lot of injuries. We were playing with six players who were 100 per cent fit. The rest of the players had big problems. Edu Bedia for example has a fracture but had injections to help the team. But it is difficult to play in these conditions. It was our mentality to win all the time. But sometimes it is not possible,” he added.
Talking about the tackle on his player Princeton, Ferrando said: “Tackle on Princeton is not football, Fall’s tackle is taekwondo. I’m very happy because Leander was working all season. I believe and trust in him. There are a lot of players with problems on the pitch. In case, all the players are there, then you can use Ishan (Pandita). But today I didn’t know if several players were ready to play 90 minutes.”
Mumbai City and FC Goa will now clash in the second leg of the ISL semi-final on Monday. (ANI)

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Swiss Open: Men’s doubles pair of Rankireddy, Shetty progress to semis

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Basel [Switzerland], March 6 (ANI): Indian men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Friday (local time) progressed to the semi-finals of the ongoing Swiss Open.
The pair defeated Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 12-21, 21-19, 21-12 to progress ahead in the tournament.
Satwiksairaj and Chirag lost the first game quite comprehensively but the duo made a stunning comeback to win the next two games to progress ahead in the tournament.
Now, the duo would lock horns against Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussemn in the semi-finals of the Swiss Open later today.
Earlier on Friday, Sai Praneeth bowed out of the Swiss after losing against Lee Zii Jia 14-21, 17-21.
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have also progressed to the semi-finals of the Swiss Open after winning their respective matches here on Friday.
Sindhu secured a 21-16, 23-21 win over Busanan Ongbamrungphan while Srikanth defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-19, 21-15 to advance in the competition.
Earlier on Friday, Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa’s fine run in the ongoing Swiss Open came to a disappointing end after a defeat in the quarter-finals.
In the singles match, Ajay Jayaram’s fine run at the Swiss Open Super 300 came to an end with the defeat against Thai badminton player Kunlavut Vitidsarn. The shuttler from Thailand thrashed the India badminton player in two straight sets 21-9, 21-6. (ANI)

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Sumit Nagal bows out of Argentina Open

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Buenos Aires [Argentina], March 6 (ANI): Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal on Friday (local time) bowed out of the ongoing Argentina Open after losing his quarter-final clash.
Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas outclassed Nagal 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 at Court Guillermo Vilas.
The first set was won by Nagal 6-4 and he was looking on course to win one more set in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
But, the Spaniard manages to change his fortunes around and he ended up triumphing in the next two sets to win the quarter-final and progress ahead in the tournament.
On Thursday, Nagal had outclassed World no. 22 Christian Garinto in the Argentina Open and registered his biggest win of the career. In the second round clash, Nagal defeated Chile’s Garinto 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
This was Nagal’s first-ever win over a Top 50 player. Nagal has faced top-ranked players like Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in the past.
He was even able to clinch the first set against Federer in the 2019 US Open. Nagal encountered Thiem in the second-round clash of the 2020 US Open.
Nagal had bowed out of this year’s Australian Open in the first-round. (ANI)

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ISL 7: Mumbai needs to be more clinical, says coach Lobera

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Panaji (Goa) [India], March 6 (ANI): After being held to a 2-2 draw by FC Goa in the first leg of the Indian Super League (ISL) semi-final, Mumbai City FC coach Sergio Lobera admitted that his side needs to be more clinical if they want to win the competition this season.
Goa broke the deadlock through Igor Angulo’s penalty (20′) before his goal was canceled out by Hugo Boumous (38′). Goa took the lead again through Saviour Gama (59′) but Mourtada Fall (62′) soon netted a vital equaliser to help the Islanders in restoring parity.
“I don’t think we were lucky because we had chances to score more goals and we need to be more clinical. We even had control of the game but we were playing against a team that is comfortable with the ball. But we had clear chances, more chances. I’m not happy. We had chances to score more goals,” Lobera said during the post-match press conference.
The Mumbai coach also admitted that it was a tough job for him to pick the final starting XI for the match against FC Goa.
“It was difficult. I had very good players and a squad. Today I want to play more offensive because we are missing some important players. We want to take advantage of it. But next game we need to think about the first XI,” said Lobera.
Mumbai City and FC Goa will now clash in the second leg of the ISL semi-final on Monday. (ANI)

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IPL key factor in learning what protocols need to be followed for T20 WC, says Sawhney

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London [UK], March 6 (ANI): International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive, Manu Sawhney has said that the postponement of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would surely be used as one of the examples before finalising bio-secure protocols for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
PSL had gotten postponed on Thursday after a string of Covid-19 positive cases and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the safety of players is paramount and it would now look to hold the league in a different window this year.
“It is extremely important for everybody to realise that in the case of risk mitigation, it is not a linear curve. For example, given a series which is a bilateral series, let’s say between two teams, versus let’s say a World Cup, which has 16 teams coming from 16 different countries into one country, the risks associated with that are exponentially larger and way different. And those are the complexities that all of us are right now are going through and understanding each day better than the day before as to what needs to be done,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sawhney as saying.
“So, for us right now, learning from what is happening in the various T20 leagues, learning from what India is doing currently – and BCCI has done a great job – and post this the IPL will be a very key factor in terms of learnings before we look at what are the protocols we’ll have to follow for the T20 [World Cup] later in the year,” he added.
The T20 World Cup is slated to be hosted in India this year in October-November. The venues for the tournament are yet to be revealed.
“But getting 16 teams from different countries with their quarantine protocols, with their risk factors….getting them into the country, then making sure the tournament happens and making sure that the players can then get back to their respective countries is an enormous challenge and a challenge where everybody needs to come together and everybody needs to realise that there is a high probability that things may not go as per plan. And to have the faith that everybody is trying to do his best to make things happen given the uncertainty which still exists,” said Sawhney.
The BCCI is also looking to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India this year. The venues are yet to be announced for the 14th edition of the tournament. (ANI)

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WI vs SL, 2nd T20: Visitors display all-round performance to level series

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St John’s [Antigua], March 6 (ANI): Sri Lanka displayed an all-round performance to defeat West Indies by 43 runs on Saturday in the second T20I of the three-match series here at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
With this win, Sri Lanka has now levelled the three-match series at 1-1. Both teams would now lock horns in the third and final T20I on Sunday.
Chasing 161, Windies got off to a steady start as the side managed to post 45/1 after the first six overs. However, from there on, things went southwards as no batsmen were able to stay at the crease for a long and the hosts were reduced to 66/6 in the 11th over.
Lendl Simmons (21), Chris Gayle (16), Evin Lewis (6), Nicholas Pooran (8), Jason Holder (9), and Dwayne Bravo (2) all disappointed with the bat, and the hosts were left reeling.
In the end, Windies were bundled out for 117 in the 19th over and Sri Lanka gained a 43-run win. For the visitors, Wanindu Haasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan scalped three wickets each.
Earlier, Gunathilaka’s knock of 56 helped Sri Lanka post 160/6 in the allotted twenty overs.
Openers Gunathilaka (56) and Pathum Nissanka (37) provided a solid start to Sri Lanka as the duo put on 95 runs for the first wicket inside 11 overs.
However, West Indies staged a stunning comeback in the latter half of the innings as the hosts gave away just 64 runs in the final 10 overs of the innings.
For West Indies, Dwayne Bravo returned with two wickets while Jason Holder and Obed McCoy picked one wicket each.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 160/6 (Gunathilaka 56, Pathum Nissanka 37, Dwayne Bravo 2-25); West Indies 117 (Obed McCoy 23, Lendl Simmons 21, Lakshan Sandakan 3-10). (ANI)

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