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T20 World Cup: Nepal skipper Rohit Paudel confident of upsetting Sri Lanka

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Lauderhill, June 11 (IANS) Nepal captain Rohit Paudel expressed confidence in his team’s ability to potentially cause an upset against Sri Lanka in their upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup match on Wednesday (IST). He highlighted that past instances of associate teams defeating full members have motivated his side for a win.

While it will be Nepal’s second game, having enjoyed a week’s break after their opening defeat to the Netherlands in Dallas. But, the upcoming match holds greater significance for Sri Lanka, who are on the edge of elimination after suffering defeats in their first two matches.

“The 20 teams are equally balanced. And yeah, (our plans is) just go out and express ourselves. (Watching other upsets) is the motivation for all of us, especially moving forward to tomorrow’s game.

“As a team we believe that we are going to win tomorrow and the way we have been preparing the last couple of months, and the way we have been playing for the last year and a half, I think the belief is always there in their team,” Paudel was quoted by ICC.

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Paudel feels the break has helped his side to assess match trends and conditions from the outside looking in. “The gap (between games) is very good, especially to prepare ourselves as you can see after we lost against The Netherlands.

“It’s helpful for us, especially to prepare and adapt to this situation, and I believe that we have utilised the sessions here and we are very well prepared for tomorrow’s game.”

On the other side, Sri Lanka hope the move to Florida will bring a level of clarity to their campaign, reeling from defeats in New York and Dallas. The side also fell to the Dutch in Florida in an official warm-up.

Sri Lanka’s fast bowling coach Aaqib Javed noted that teams are adjusting their strategies, particularly in batting adding that assessing the situation and the conditions are the key in the tournament.

“I think honestly if you look at the pitch (in Lauderhill and reflecting on New York), you have to be very careful especially as batter what to adopt, what to leave out and I think the best plan is to go out there and assessing the situation and the conditions are the key.

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“The beauty of this World Cup is that you cannot take easy to anything. We have seen some outstanding results from the Associate teams.”

Nepal will take on Sri Lanka at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida on Wednesday (as per IST).

–IANS

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T20 World Cup: Arshdeep, Suryakumar propel India to Super Eight with a seven-wicket win over USA (Ld)

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New York, June 13 (IANS) Suryakumar Yadav scored a 49-ball unbeaten half-century after Arshdeep Singh claimed a four-fer as India thrashed USA by seven wickets in a Group A match to qualify for the Super Eight stage in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.

It was India’s bowlers who set up the win as they delivered a masterclass in seam and swing bowling, setting the stage for their batsmen to chase down a manageable total and secure a vital victory in their T20 World Cup campaign. Arshdeep claimed four wickets for nine runs in four overs while Hardik Pandya bagged 2-14 as India restricted USA to 110/8 in 20 overs.

After setting a modest target of 111, USA’s Saurabh Netravalkar shocked India with early wickets — Virat Kohli got out nicking behind for a golden duck while Rohit Sharma was caught by Harmeet Singh for three. It was the stuff of dreams for the 32-year-old, who had spoken about the desire to chat with Kohli, among others, after the match.

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Skipper Rohit Sharma was opened up by an in-swinger from Netravalkar. On both occasions, Netravalkar had the ball slanting away from the right-handers. Rohit turned the bat face a tad early to get a leading edge to mid-off where Harmeet Singh, Rohit’s junior at school, took an excellent catch running back.

Out came Suryakumar Yadav, Netravalkar’s close friend from Mumbai. The two have known each other from their Under-15 days and played club cricket together before being teammates at in the Ranji Trophy. Yadav added 29 runs in 32 deliveries for the third wicket with Rishabh Pant. Pant was cleaned up by Ali Khan for 18 runs as the ball shot low and skidded through the batter’s defence.

With another Mumbaikar Shivam Dube as his new partner, Yadav repaired the innings. He began with his trademark flick for six over long leg but was treading caution. With 55 needed off 45 balls, Yadav looked to create shots out of the box.

An over prior, he’d tried to sweep Corey Anderson off his lengths and nearly got bowled and then in a bid to break the shackles, SKY tried to open the bat face and play the lofted drive but ended up slicing it to short third. Netravalkar, who can do no wrong, made circles underneath after doing exceedingly well in getting to the ball but trembled for a fraction as the ball descended, and it slipped through his hands.

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Five penalty runs were awarded to India with 35 needed off 30 as thrice in the inning USA failed to start the over within the time limit. Everything fell in peace for India as Yadav–the NO.1 T20I batter as per the ICC Rankings, scored a 49-ball half-century and took India to a seven-wicket victory. Dube remained unbeaten on 31.

Earlier in the day, India’s clinical bowling display, spearheaded by Arshdeep Singh, restricted hosts USA to a modest total of 110/8. On a day when conditions favoured the bowlers with abundant swing and seam movement, India won the toss and elected to field.

It took just one ball for Arshdeep to make an impact. His very first delivery was a beautiful in-swinger that struck Shayan Jahangir’s pad, giving India an early breakthrough. The hosts found themselves at 2 for 2 as Andries Gous, attempting to tackle a short-of-length delivery, succumbed to the extra bounce and was caught out. Both wickets fell in Arshdeep’s electrifying first over.

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Nitish Kumar provided a glimmer of hope for the USA, displaying his clean-hitting ability with some powerful shots, including a straight hit off Hardik. But his promising innings of 27 was curtailed by Arshdeep, who struck again, thanks to a brilliant catch by Siraj at deep midwicket. Arshdeep’s remarkable spell ended with figures of 4 for 9, while Hardik Pandya’s disciplined bowling earned him 2 for 14 in his four overs.

Brief Score:

USA 110/8 in 20 overs (Nitish Kumar 27, Steven Taylor 24; Arshdeep Singh 4-9, Hardik Pandya 2-14) lost to India 111/3 in 18.2 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 50 not out, Shivam Dube 31 not out; Saurabh Netravalkar 2-18, Ali Khan 1-21) by seven wickets.

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Indian Grand Prix 3: Abha Khatua, misses national mark, maintains good form with shot put title in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, June 12 (IANS) Asian Championship silver medallist Abha Khatua, who set a national record in the Federation Cup athletics last month, came up with a below-par effort to win the title in the Indian Grand Prix 3 2024 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Wednesday.

In men’s javelin throw, Sachin Yadav topped the standings after recording a personal best of 82.69m on his penultimate attempt. Rohit Yadav finished second with 75.52m while Asian Games silver medallist Kishore Jena did not start.

Jyothika Sri Dandi and Subha Venkatesan also came up with personal best timings in the women’s 400m.

However, the focus was on Abha Khatua as she had set a national record of 18.41m in the women’s shot put at the Federation Cup athletics last month.

On Wednesday, Abha, an Asian Championships silver medallist, won the gold in the Indian Grand Prix 3 with a throw of 17.93m on her final attempt. Shiksha finished second with 15.38m while Ambika V recorded a 14.32m throw for the third spot.

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Abha is yet to breach the Paris 2024 Olympics qualifying mark of 18.80m but she is currently 27th in the Road to Paris rankings.

The top 32 eligible athletes as per rankings and the entry standard will make it to the women’s shot put event at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Sachin Yadav topped the men’s javelin throw event with a personal best effort of 82.69m on his penultimate attempt. Rohit Yadav finished second with 75.52m.

The Paris 2024 Olympics qualifying standard in men’s javelin throw is 85.50m. Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena had breached the entry standard for the Paris 2024 Olympics last year.

Asian Athletics Championships bronze medallist Jyothika Sri Dandi clocked a personal best of 51.53s to win the women’s 400m final.

Tokyo Olympian Subha Venkatesan also logged a personal best of 52.34s to finish second. Meanwhile, Poovamma Raju Machettira was third in 52.62s.

Asian Games silver medallist Ancy Sojan beat Asian Championships bronze medallist Nayana James in the final to win the women’s long jump title. Ancy recorded a 6.52m jump on her final attempt which helped her overcome Nayana’s 6.48m leap. Bhavani Yadav Bhagavat finished third with 6.27m.

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ATP Tour: Musetti survives Koepfer scare in Stuttgart; Tiafoe reaches quarters

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Stuttgart (Germany), June 12 (IANS) Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti reached his third tour-level quarterfinal on grass on Wednesday at the Stuttgart Open, clawing his way past Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 6-7(9), 7-6(5), 6-3 in a hard-fought second round match.

The fifth-seeded Italian failed to convert five set points in the first set and then rallied from 3/5 in the second-set tie-break to stay alive in Stuttgart. He struck 15 winners in the third set to advance after two hours and 49 minutes.

With his 13th win of the season, Musetti levelled his ATP head-to-head series with Koepfer at 1-1. The No.30 player in the ATP Rankings also reached the quarterfinals in Stuttgart last year and will aim to go one step further this week when he next plays Alexander Bublik after the third seed defeated the 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hamad Medjedovic 6-1, 7-6(4).

Bublik, who fired 18 aces against Medjedovic, clinched the biggest title of his career last season on grass at the ATP 500 in Halle.

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Defending champion Frances Tiafoe continued his title defence with a 7-5, 7-6(5) win against German Yannick Hanfmann.

Tiafoe, who beat Struff in the title match last year to win his third ATP Tour crown, saved all 11 break points he faced according to Infosys ATP Stats to triumph after one hour and 55 minutes.

The fourth-seeded American holds a modest 13-12 record on the season. He will hope he can rediscover his best level this week on the German lawns, where he next takes on Jack Draper or Marcos Giron.

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Bengal Pro T20 League: We need to focus on building stands, says Siliguri Strikers skipper Priyanka Bala after loss in first match

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Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) Following their defeat in the opening match of the Bengal Pro T20 League, Siliguri Strikers Women’s team skipper Priyanka Bala emphasized the need to focus on building partnerships in the middle to secure victories in upcoming games. Siliguri Strikers Women lost the opening match to Harbour Diamonds on Wednesday here at the Jadavpur University campus grounds, Salt Lake. Harbour Diamonds Women began their campaign on a winning note.

Despite the loss, Priyanka Bala remains optimistic about the team’s prospects

“We played well but we have to improve on certain aspects so that we can make a comeback in the League,” said Priyanka Bala after the defeat in the opening match.

Batting first, Siliguri Strikers got off to a slow start with opening batters crawling their way in the middle. It was skipper Priyanka Bala who played a knock of 23 in 13 balls and took her side to 95/5.

Chandrima Ghosal also scored 24 runs in 22 balls but due to Siliguri Strikers starting very slow in the T20 match, the side wasn’t able to cross 100. Harbour Diamonds registered their first win in the opening match.

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“Today we didn’t build any partnerships, so our main focus will be to build a partnership in the next match. And in bowling we need to see our line and lengths and then bowl accordingly,” said skipper Priyanka.

Speaking about her innings, Priyanka said, “I batted just like I bat in any other game. Our run rate was quite slow, so I tried hitting some shots. If I would have been there till the end, we would have given them a good target.”

Siliguri Strikers will now lock horns with Murshidabad Kings on Friday in the women’s leg of the Bengal Pro T20 League.

The Bengal Pro T20 League, which is managed by Arivaa Sports, is conceptualised on the lines of the IPL involving 8 franchise teams in both the men’s and women’s categories.

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Shooting World Cup: Bhowneesh in line for Men's trap final at Lonato

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Paris Olympic quota winner Bhowneesh Mendiratta shot a three-round qualification score of 74 out of 75 in Men’s Trap, to stay in contention for a top-six finish in qualifying round and finals berth at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Shotgun in Lonato, Italy on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Indian shotgun shooter will come back on Thursday for the last two rounds of qualification, with the final slated later in the day. Yu Haicheng of China was on top of the leaderboard with a perfect 75 at this stage.

Bhowneesh was the best Indian on the show on Wednesday as the others in Men’s Trap, namely, Prithviraj Tondaiman (71) was in 21st and Vivaan Kapoor (70) was in 33rd position had quite a lot of ground to cover.

In the Women’s Trap, Shreyasi Singh (67) and Rajeshwari Kumari (67) shot identical scores to occupy the 15th and 17th positions respectively while Manish Keer shot 64 to lie 43rd at this stage.

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