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Road Safety World Series: WI defeat England to set semis clash with India

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Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], March 17 (ANI): Brian Lara’s West Indies Legends entered into the semifinals of the Road Safety World Series T20 by beating Kevin Pietersen’s England Legends by five wickets at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Chasing 187 runs to win, half-centuries from Dwayne Smith and Narsingh Deonarine saw West Indies through to the knockout stage of the tournament. However, the Windies that was cruising throughout in the chase got a scare when they needed 1 to win in two balls. Lara stepped out to hit off-spinner James Tredwell but missed the ball and got stumped.
With one required on the last ball, Tino Best smartly played a shot for a quick single that took Windies home.
This win helped West Indies Legends finish fourth in the points table, edging out England on better Net Run Rate and make semis. They will meet league leaders India Legends in the last-four stage game on Wednesday evening.
Earlier, Phil Mustard and Owais Shah slammed half-centuries to see England Legends post a challenging total of 186 for three in 20 overs against West Indies.
Opener Mustard got 57 runs off 41 balls with three sixes and five boundaries while the No.4 batsman Shah hit an unbeaten 30-ball 53 which included three hits over the ropes and five through the ground. Captain Pietersen chipped in with a crucial 38 and Jim Troughton got an important 22.
Put in to bat first by West Indies, the English side was there with a mission. And they showed it in their batting with an aggressive approach in Powerplay. Mustard and Pietersen toyed with the Windies attack on a good batting wicket.
Pietersen executed reverse sweeps convincingly against the spinners with the new ball. The opening half-century partnership of Mustard and Pietersen build a strong foundation for England to put up a good score. As things were going good, Pietersen edged medium-pacer Dwayne Smith to wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs as the scoreboard read 81 on the board.
A while later Smith dismissed Mustard and later in the end, Shah played some big shots to get his half-century and eventually took England to 186 for 3 in 20 overs.
Brief scores: England Legends 186/3 (Phil Mustard 57, Owais Shah 53*; Dwayne Smith 2/31); West Indies Legends 187/5 (Dwayne Smith 58, Narsing Deonarine 53*; Chris Tremlett 2/37). (ANI)

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Chelsea has culture and history to win titles: Thomas Tuchel

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said that the club has the history and culture to win titles again and again.

Chelsea has not lifted a trophy since their 2019 Europa League success under Maurizio Sarri. The side remains in contention for the Champions League and FA Cup this season. The Blues will look to seal a place in the last four of the Champions League on Tuesday when they face Porto in the second leg of their quarter-final.

“We are in the second leg of the quarter-final of the Champions League, you will not find any team who does not have the goal to reach the semi-final. We are in the semi-final of the FA Cup and have the chance to arrive in the final, if we arrive in the final then we have the chance to win. There is nothing to hide. This is a club that has a culture, a structure, to win titles and win games consecutively. Chelsea is the club that has the culture and the history and mentality to do so,” Goal.com quoted Tuchel as saying.

“I am here to win titles, I am here to win games and as a result, win titles.

This is what I demand of myself so why should we now say anything different? If you want to win in five years or three years, I don’t know what that is,” he added.

Further talking about the upcoming match against Porto, Tuchel said: “Now is the time but honestly we can talk for hours and hours but tomorrow is the game to play and there is no tougher match than the next game, there is no tougher obstacle than the one in front of you and we should not get lost in dreams, hopes, and speeches or whatever.”

“We are here to perform in the second leg of the quarter-final, this is what we do, and then hopefully after tomorrow we can talk about a semi-final,” he added.

Tuchel’s team has a 2-0 advantage from the first leg of their tie against Porto and this makes them favourites to reach the next round. The winner of the tie will go on to face either Real Madrid or Liverpool in the semifinals.

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WILLIAMSON AWARDED SIR RICHARD HADLEE MEDAL

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New Zealand men’s captain Kane Williamson on Tuesday was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the fourth time in six years, while Amelia Kerr and Devon Conway claimed double honours at the New Zealand Cricket Awards for the 2020-21 season.

Williamson’s incredible home Test summer helped him claim the supreme award, along with the International Test Player of the Year and the Redpath Cup for first-class batting, after he amassed a whopping 639 runs in just four innings at an average of 159. In bowler-friendly conditions, Williamson, the ICC ranked number one Test batsman recorded his top international score of 251 against the West Indies at Seddon Park in Hamilton, then a Boxing Day Test century on his home ground of Bay Oval in Tauranga, before adding another double-century against Pakistan at Hagley Oval in Christchurch — to help the BlackCaps book their place in the ICC World Test Championship final against India.

“Going into the Test summer — there was that Championship Final carrot and there was a real drive there for the guys. Although it seemed a long way off, winning four tests before you’ve started one is a pretty lofty goal and we knew we just had to try and play as well as we could and commit to what was in front of us,” said Williamson in an official NZC release.

“To do that for a long period of time and to spend some time at the crease personally and make contributions towards that … certainly pretty proud as a leader and a player in this side that we were able to achieve some of those things and we’re looking forward to that final,” he added.

Williamson also made special mention of the International Test Player of the Year award.

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RCB’s batting arsenal to clash with SRH’s spinners

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How Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) star batsmen AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell deal with SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) spinner Rashid Khan could be decisive in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the two teams on Wednesday at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.

RCB pacer Harshal Patel’s contest with SRH’s middle and lower order will also be an interesting affair. A buoyant Patel, who took five wickets against Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener, will be raring to go again in the death overs. On Tuesday, he told media how he is relishing the new-found responsibility.

SRH, who lost their last match narrowly to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), will need to start well. A couple of early wickets against KKR had set them back and even though Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey tried their best, they fell short.

SRH have used an interesting tactic this time. Up until last season they found success largely thanks to captain David Warner and Bairstow’s opening partnership. In the previous game, they let Wriddhiman Saha, who had played some brilliant knocks towards the end of the previous season, open along with Warner and Bairstow came in at No.4. SRH will be concerned about their fast bowling. Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma went for too many runs against KKR.

Devdutt Padikkal will probably return to the top of the order for RCB. Padikkal was rested from the previous game following his recovery from Covid-19 and in his absence, RCB opened with captain Virat Kohli and Washington Sundar, who failed to get going. The return of Padikkal, who was in great form in the Vijay Hazare one-dayers, bodes well for RCB. SRH’s new-ball bowlers will have to get rid of Padikkal and Kohli quickly if they are to give their spinners some backing and freedom to bowl at RCB’s hard-hitting middle order comprising Maxwell and de Villiers.

RCB’s spin bowling has been the weak link, unlike SRH, and Yuzvendra Chahal, who is having a poor run of form, will have to raise the bar. Chahal was wicketless against Mumbai Indians and gave away as many as 41 runs at an economy of 10.25.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Strengths:

• Top order is the main strength of this team

• Bhuvneshwar, T. Natarajan, Rashid, and Nabi

Weaknesses:

• Lower middle-order is a deep concern

• Openers did no last long on the crease during the last match

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Strengths:

• Top order has batsmen like Virat, de Villiers and Maxwell.

• Devdutt Padikkal is back.

• Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel are confident after performing well against MI.

Weaknesses:

• Spin bowling department is underperforming.

TEAM ANALYSISSUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Strengths:

• Top order is the main strength of this team

• Bhuvneshwar, T. Natarajan, Rashid, and Nabi

Weaknesses:

• Lower middle-order is a deep concern

• Openers did no last long on the crease during the last match

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Strengths:

• Top order has batsmen like Virat, de Villiers and Maxwell.

• Devdutt Padikkal is back.

• Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel are confident after performing well against MI.

Weaknesses:

• Spin bowling department is underperforming.

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BHUVNESHWAR, LIZELLE LEE BAG ICC AWARDS FOR MARCH

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the winners of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for March which recognise and celebrates the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket.

India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for March for his impressive performances in India’s recently concluded series against England. He was the standout bowler on either side in the white-ball series and was chosen the winner by fans and the ICC voting academy. Reacting to the win Bhuvneshwar Kumar said: “After what seemed like a really long and painful gap, I was delighted to be playing for India again. I used the time away to work on my fitness and skill and I am happy to be back taking wickets for my country. I would like to thank each and every person who helped me in this journey starting with my family and friends and my teammates. Also, a special thank you to the ICC voting academy and all the fans who voted for me and made me the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for March.”

From the South African camp, Lizelle Lee who played four ODIs against India where she scored a century and two half-centuries to move to the top of the ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings, was deservingly named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for March.

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Mumbai Indians defeat KKR in a thriller

Chasing 153, KKR got off to a perfect start as the openers Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill stitched a 72-run stand for the first wicket. But MI made a comeback as Chahar and Boult bowled brilliantly, and KKR succumbed to defeat by 10 runs.

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Rahul Chahar spun a web while Trent Boult executed perfect yorkers in the death overs to snatch victory for the Mumbai Indians from the jaws of defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

Andre Russell’s five-wicket haul had bundled Mumbai Indians out for 152 after batsman Suryakumar Yadav’s gutsy knock. In response, KKR was restricted to 142/7 thanks to an all-rounder bowling performance from Mumbai Indians. KKR were right on the track for an easy win but Chahar spun a web and removed the top four batsmen before Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult’s fiery spell handed Mumbai Indians the match.

Chasing 153, KKR got off to a perfect start as the openers Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill stitched a 72-run stand for the first wicket. The duo made full use of the powerplay and smashed 45 runs in the first six overs.

Chahar provided Mumbai Indians the first breakthrough as Gill in an attempt to go for back-to-back sixes got out in the ninth over.

Minutes later Chahar picked his second wickets for the day as he dismissed Rahul Tripathi for a paltry five in the 11th over to reduce KKR to 84/2.

Nitish and Eoin Morgan scripted a brief partnership of 20 runs. However, Chahar wreaked havoc and dismissed the KKR skipper in the 13th over.

With Nitish’s wicket, Chahar removed KKR’s top order to turn the game in Mumbai Indians’ favour in the 15th over.

In the next over, Krunal Pandya joined the party and dismissed Shakib Al Hasan as KKR lost half of their side with 31 runs still needed in 28 balls.

Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik then played sluggish knocks in order to not lose any wicket but the batsmen still failed to get KKR over the line.

Earlier after being asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians suffered an early jolt as the side lost opener Quinton de Kock in the second over. Varun Chakravarthy bamboozled the South African batsman on the last ball of his first over.

Rohit played a cautious knock but Suryakumar dealt in boundaries as he brought up his half-century with a six. However, after smashing the fifty, ‘SKY’ got out in an attempt to whack the ball around but failing to get all of it.

And in the death overs, Mumbai Indians failed to get going and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Russell dismissed Kieron Pollard and Marco Jansen in the 18th over as Mumbai Indians collapsed from 115/3 to 126/7.

Krunal Pandya tried to hit some shots towards the end of the innings but he faltered in order to whack every ball in the final over as Mumbai Indians touched the 150-run mark.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 152 (Suryakumar Yadav 56, Rohit Sharma 32; Andre Russell 5-15); KKR 142/7 (Nitish Rana 57, Shubman Gill 33; Rahul Chahar 4-27)

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SEHWAG REVEALS HOW DRAVID LOST HIS COOL WITH DHONI

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Rahul Dravid’s Cred advertisement has made rounds on the social media as the former batsman is seen in the angry avatar. Dravid, in the advert, was seen in a completely different demeanor— Indranagar Ka Goonda— losing his cool and shouting at the top of his voice while being stuck at a traffic signal in Bengaluru.

In the advertisement that has gone viral, the former India batsman was seen breaking rear-view mirrors of a nearby car and even throwing a coffee cup at the windowpane of a car driven by an elderly person.

While Rahul Dravid’s fuming avatar was something that the world hadn’t seen, his former teammate Virender Sehwag has a different story to tell.

Revealing an ODI game in which MS Dhoni was batting with the legendary batsman from Bengaluru, Sehwag said that Dravid lost his cool with the wicketkeeper, who was then still in the budding stages of his career.

“I have seen Rahul Dravid get angry. When we were in Pakistan and MS Dhoni had been a newcomer, he played a shot and got caught at point. Dravid was very angry with MS Dhoni,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

“’That’s the way you play? You should finish the game.’ I was myself taken aback by the storm of English from Dravid, I didn’t understand half of it.”

Sehwag added that MSD was actually wary of another angry outburst from Rahul Dravid, saying the power-hitting batsman abstained from hitting biggies in the following match. When Sehwag asked Dhoni why, MSD had told him about his cautious approach.

“But when MS Dhoni next came in to bat, I could see he was not hitting shots much. I went and asked him what was wrong. He said he did not want to be scolded by Dravid again. ‘I will finish quietly and go back,’ Dhoni said,” Sehwag added.

Myriad cricketers and fans have reacted to Rahul Dravid’s viral advertisement video. India skipper Virat Kohli took to social media and expressed surprise at Rahul Dravid’s surprising outburst.

Dravid’s former India and Karnataka teammate Dodda Ganesh also had an fascinating memory to share. The former India pacer shared a rare clip from a domestic game in which Dravid was spotted being animated in the dressing room.

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