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T20 World Cup: Berrington, Leask shine in Scotland's first win over Namibia

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Bridgetown (Barbados), June 7 (IANS) Skipper Richie Berrington and Michael Leask starred for Scotland as they beat Namibia by five wickets to pick up their first win of 2024 T20 World Cup on Friday (as per IST).

Skipper Gerhard Erasmus’ powerful 52 from 31 balls guided Namibia to a competitive total of 155/9 at the Kensington Oval. In response, Berrington’s unbeaten 47 off 35 balls and Leask’s 35 off 17 steered the chase after an early bout of the jitters to chase down the total with nine balls to spare.

It was Scotland’s first T20I victory over Namibia and they’ll now move above the African nation in the ICC rankings.

Namibia won the toss at an overcast but dry Bridgetown and opted to bat first. asked Scotland to bowl first.

Scotland had an excellent start with the ball, taking the first wicket for no runs as Brad Wheal dismissed JP Kotze for a duck. Two more wickets fell in the Powerplay as Jan Frylinck (12) was bowled by Brad Currie, and Nikolaas Davin (20) was caught off Chris Sole.

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Zane Green (28 off 27) and David Wiese (14 off 13) resisted Scotland’s impressive bowling, but Namibia struggled for late runs, with only Erasmus finding some fluency as his side posted a total of 155/9.

Scotland’s chase began with George Munsey (7 off 15) falling early to Tangeni Lungameni. Erasmus then removed Michael Jones (26 off 20) in the eighth over and Scotland were reeling 49/2. A clever stumping by Namibia keeper Zane Green to dismiss Brandon McMullen shifted the momentum.

When Matthew Cross was trapped LBW (3 off 5) in the 11th over, Namibia remained in contention. However, Berrington hit consecutive boundaries to end the 13th over, putting Scotland back on track. Leask joined in with a six in the next over, taking Scotland past 100-run mark.

A 19-run 17th over brought Scotland close to their first T20I win over Namibia, with the partnership surpassing 50 runs. Leask was dismissed in the next over and Berrington sealed the deal with a maximum in the second-last over.

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Brief scores: Namibia 155/9 in 20 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 52; Brad Wheal 3-33) lost to Scotland 157/5 in 18.3 overs (Richie Berrington 47*, Michael Leask 35; Gerhard Erasmus 2-29) by 5 wickets

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1st ODI: India women opt to bat first against South Africa in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, June 16 (IANS) India women have won the toss against South Africa in the first ODI of the three-match series at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Sunday.

India have handed an ODI debut to leg-spinner Asha Sobhana, who made her T20I debut on tour of Bangladesh last month.

On the other hand, Marizanne Kapp is set to only play as a batter in the first ODI due to workload management following a minor back injury.

Nadine de Klerk, Tumi Sekhukhune and Eliz-Mari Marx have been ruled out of the series opener due to illness, with Annerie Dercksen handed an ODI debut.

Playing XIs-

India XI: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, D Hemalatha, Richa Ghosh, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, S Asha, Renuka Singh

South Africa XI: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Anneke Bosch, Suné Luus, Marizanne Kapp, Annerie Dercksen, Nondumiso Shangase, Sinalo Jafta, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba.

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T20 World Cup: 'Pakistan can't go any lower than this,' says Imad Wasim after early exit

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Lauderhill (USA), June 16 (IANS) After being ousted from the T20 World Cup, Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim believes it is the lowest point for the team as they failed to secure a Super Eight spot for the third time in the tournament history.

Pakistan opened their campaign with a Super Over upset against co-hosts USA before facing a close six-run loss against arch-rivals India. However, they defeated Canada by seven wickets but it was too late for Babar and Co. to make their case for the second round. In the last group stage fixture, Pakistan will take on Ireland in Florida on Sunday.

“Yes, this is the lowest point. You can’t go any lower than this. That’s the fact. I know we’re out of the tournament and it’s hard for the players but at the end this is an international game, a World Cup game so we won’t take anything lightly,” Imad said in a pre-match press conference.

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Pakistan will not leave any stone unturned in the match against Ireland despite it being a dead rubber. “We will go out there and play for the country and play for the pride of our country which we already did but unfortunately the results we can’t control it. Yeah, but we go out there and play like it’s a World Cup game,” the all-rounder added.

Imad refrained from blaming individuals for their losses and called it a collective team responsibility. “We have given away two games by ourselves. We have given away the match by ourselves not because of an individual, but collectively, because of team effort, we gave away the match by ourselves.

“There is no excuse for that. Losing to USA, well, losing is a part of the game, but we shouldn’t have lost to USA. Even against India – we had that game in our hands and we shouldn’t have lost. So, there is no excuse for anything. We are losing matches collectively,” he said.

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“And I will tell you again that we never lose a match because of one or two individuals. Matches are lost because of the whole team. Whether someone does it well or not, that’s why it’s called team sport. If it was an individual, anyone can blame anyone and everything can be taken out of the rest. But you have to sit and think where mistakes are happening, how are they happening, why are they happening and you have to sort it out.

“After the match against Ireland – we will sit down and talk and then decide. I don’t do anything secretly. I told everyone when retired last time – If something happens, I will come and tell everyone,” Imad added.

He further acknowledged the disappointment of his teammates and countrymen on their lacklustre performance and said the team needs to revisit its white-ball strategy.

“When you fall, how do you get up and approach the world? And how do you react? That is what we have to see now. It is a very sad thing. But, who knows, it could be a big thing for Pakistan cricket. Revamp it, revisit it and play it the way white ball cricket should be played.

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“So, me personally and our team, including me, are very disappointed and sad. And the whole public is sad that we didn’t perform well and we are to blame for it. But I would also like to say that we are human beings, we can make mistakes and we are also saddened by these things,” Imad said.

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T20 World Cup: 'It was decided since the team was selected', says Rathour on Gill, Avesh's release

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Lauderhill (USA), June 16 (IANS) India batting coach Vikram Rathour has confirmed that travelling reserves Shubman Gill and Avesh Khan will leave the side after the culmination of T20 World Cup group stage fixtures, saying “it was decided since the team was selected.”

It was reported that Gill and Avesh will return home from the ongoing T20 World Cup home after the match against Canada. Rinku Singh and Khaleel Ahmed will remain with the side for the remainder of the tournament.

The duo, who were part of the four-member travelling reserves along with Rinku and Khaleel, had travelled to Florida for India last group A fixture with the rest of the team as backups in case of any adversity.

“This was a plan from the beginning. When we come to the US, four players will come together. After that two will be released and two will travel with us to West Indies. So, this plan was made from the beginning since the team was selected. This was planned so we are just following that,” Rathour said in a press conference after India’s match against Canada abondoned without a ball being bowled.

India have topped Group A with seven points despite a washout against Canada on Saturday halted their three-match unbeaten run in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Men in Blue will now head to the West Indies to play their Super Eight matches.

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The wet outfield at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Florida forced the abandonment of the fixture which could have given them a chance to showcase their skills outside the tricky New York pitch.

After a washout due to wet outfield Rathour is looking forward to practice days in Barbados, where Men in Blue will take on Afghanistan in their Super Eight fixture.

“Again, not ideal. It would have been great if we could have gotten a game today. But now this is what it is. So, we look forward to having a couple of good practice days in Barbados and get into the game. So again, now the matches will happen simultaneously after one day.

“So, as a team I think we are ready. We are used to these kind of schedules, we have done it in past and I am sure we will do it really well this time as well,” Rathour said.

“Of course, disappointing I think for fans yes but even for a team we were really looking forward to play a game and we were expecting better conditions, batting conditions than what we got in New York. So as a team I think it was important for us to get a game but again something that we can’t control, we don’t control. So, it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get a game here,” he added.

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When asked about Virat Kohli’s dismal form in the tournament, Rathour backed the star batter and said it is a positive sign that he is hungrier for runs.

“I love it when every time I come there is a question about Virat Kohli, whether he is doing well or not. No concern at all, no concern at all. He has been batting superbly from the tournament that he came from. Couple of dismissals here, doesn’t change anything, he is batting really well.

“Actually, it’s good that he is little hungrier, he is really keen to do well and really switched on. It’s a good space to be as a batsman, I think. Looking forward to some good games and watching some good innings from him,” he said.

Talking about the team’s preparedness for the Super Eight stage, Rathour said they have players to deal with any situation.

“Again, we need to be a flexible team. We need to look at the conditions that are in front of us and be ready to deal with those. So as a team, we are going to be really flexible, I think. We’ll react the way what we get on the day. We have enough resources in our team to deal with any kind of conditions,” said Rathour.

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The batting coach added they are equipped with the best resources in each department to tackle any condition on the field.

“It’s good. You should be able to play on all types of wickets. We have the skills to play in all types of conditions and do well. So, we have got the difficult wickets. Hopefully, we will get good wickets in the tournament. And if we get turning wickets or if we get low-scoring games, our team is equipped to deal with that.

“I think our balance is very good in the team at this time. All the batters are batting well, bowlers are bowling really well, we have 4 spin options, we have enough fast bowlers as well. So, whichever conditions come, I think we are really equipped to deal with that,” Rathour concluded.

India will take on Afghanistan in their first Super Eight match in Barbados on June 20.

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Golf: DeChambeau three ahead of McIlroy; Bhatia T-16 at US Open

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Pinehurst (USA), June 16 (IANS) Rory McIlroy was in contention to end his 10-year Major drought, as he was tied second with two others, but Bryson DeChambeau took the three-shot lead in the round 3 at the US Open golf Championships.

DeChambeau, the U.S. Open champion in 2020, carded 3-under-par 67 for a 54-hole total of 7-under 203. He took a three-shot lead into the final round over Rory McIlroy (69), Patrick Cantlay (70) and Matthieu Pavon (69).

In the time since he won his last Major in 2014, McIlroy had been runner-up three times, been third once and has been in Top-5 four other times. In eight Majors starts in 2022 and 2023, he was in Top-8 seven times and missed the cut once, at the 2023 Masters. This year he was T-22 at Masters and T-12 at PGA.

The top Asians are Hideki Matsuyama (70) in Tied-fifth and Tom Kim (71) in T-9.

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Aaron Rai of England, whose parents have an Indian connection, was T-12 after a third round 68, while Indian American Akshay Bhatia (73) is T-16 and Sahith Theegala (72) is T-47.

DeChambeau, who is now so different from the ‘bulked-up’ golfer he was when he won the US Open in 2020, unleased the same power despite needing trainers to work on his ‘tight’ hips. He delivered a 347-yard drive soon after and it fetched him a birdie, too. He shot 3-under 67 and set up a three-shot lead.

Getting along well with the crowds, DeChambeau was in full flow and entertained the spectators, too. Now he is 7-under 203 and the only player to post three straight rounds of 60s in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

DeChambeau was runner-up by one shot last month in the PGA Championship and he had a top 10 at the Masters in April.

Swedish sensation Ludvig Aberg, who started the third round with a one-shot lead, made a triple on the 13th and fell back into tied fifth Hideki Matsuyama (70). They are five behind DeChambeau.

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McIlroy birdied third, bogeyed sixth and bogeyed ninth to turn in 1-under. On the back nine, he birdied the 12th and the 14th and dropped a bogey on the 15th and the 17th in a roller coaster of a round for 69.

No Asian has won the US Open, but Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama showed his resilience to remain in contention after an even-par 70 which left him five shots behind third round leader, DeChambeau.

The 32-year-old Matsuyama traded four birdies against as many bogeys at Pinehurst No. 2, including one at the last hole, for tied fifth place on 2-under 208.

Korean phenomenon Tom Kim also fought valiantly, posting a 71 which included five birdies, four bogeys, and a double bogey, to lie in a tie for ninth place on 210.

Collin Morikawa remarkably had a bogey-free round with a 66 that took him from a tie to 51st to just inside the top 10.

Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 player who had to settle for a 71, played his fourth straight round over par going back to Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

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Lovlina bags silver in Grand Prix competition

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New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Olympic bronze medalist Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain bagged a silver medal in the Grand Prix 2024 competition held in the Czech Republic.

Lovlina (75 kg) lost 2-3 in her third bout against Li Qian of China on the final day of the competition.

She won the first bout 3-2 against England’s Chantal Reid but lost the second 0-5 against Cindy Ngamba of Olympic Refuge team.

The competition was held in a round-robin format from June 12 to 15.

The Grand Prix tournament is being hosted with the support of World Boxing and it features four boxers in the 75 kg women’s weight category namely Borgohain, Ngamba, Qian, and Chantal Reid.

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