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T20 World Cup : 3 reasons how India can beat England

T20 WC : 3 reasons how India can beat England



T20 World Cup : 3 reasons how India can beat England

India vs England will face off in the semis

The semi-final stage of the tournament starts today with Pakistan taking on New Zealand   in the 1st Semi-final and India taking on England in the 2nd semi-final of the 2022 T20   World Cup

India defeated Zimbabwe by 71 runs comfortably to reach the semi-final stage of the T20 World Cup. India topped the group in the Super 12 stage with eight points, having won four out of five matches. England finished the group in the second position, having won 3 games out of five matches with one loss.

India kicked off the tournament with a thrilling win over Pakistan and continued the winning momentum. They suffered a loss against South Africa but bounced back well to qualify for the semi-finals.

3 reasons how India can beat England

1. Virat Kohli continues his amazing form

Virat Kohli needs to keep firing with the bat at the top of the order. The opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma has not been able to stitch up a big partnership till now, so Kohli’s role will be crucial in the semi-finals as the England side have quality bowlers at their disposal. Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the World Cup, with 246 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 138.98. He has slammed three half-centuries so far. Also, Adelaide has been one of the favorite hunting grounds for King Kohli he enjoys an incredible record in this venue. He scored 64 runs off just 44 deliveries against Bangladesh in the game. King Kohli will be keen to continue his form in the knockouts and help India lift the World Cup

2. Arshdeep Singh’s bowling performance

Arshdeep Singh has taken 10 wickets in five matches, at an average of 14.10, and an economy rate of 7.83. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep has taken on the leadership role and has bowled some match-winning spells in his first-ever major tournament. In the last encounter at the Adelaide Oval, Team India Arshdeep Singh defended 20 off the last over, to power India to a five runs win over Bangladesh. Arshdeep is India’s leading wicket-keeper and Team India will be relying a lot on his bowling and death overs against an excellent batting lineup against England.

3. SuryaKumar Yadav- The X Factor

Suryakumar Yadav has taken the T20I format by storm this year. He is the leading run-scorer in the format this year, scoring over 1000 runs at an average of 44.60. He has been instrumental in giving India momentum in the middle and end overs. The prolific run-scorer has slammed 225 runs in five matches, at an average of 75 and a strike rate of 193.96. He is the third-leading run-scorer in the tournament. Suryakumar Yadav is the kind of batsman who can change the momentum of the game quickly. England will be wary of his batting form as he proved himself as a  match-winner and could be the difference for India in the mega-clash.

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch after throwing his runner’s-up medal into stands




Cristiano Ronaldo and his AL-Nassr side lost the Riyadh Cup to AL Hilal on Saturday. It was a clinical performance from the Al-Hilal side as they won the match 2-0. It was a frustrating night for the Portugal legend as he was heckled by the fans in the crowd.

The cameras panned to Cristiano Ronaldo who was swarmed by his teammates. There were chants cheering on Lionel Messi from the stands. Already peeved after losing the game, Ronaldo lost his cool and threw his medal at the fans.

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During the game, Ronaldo was seen showing disgraceful actions towards the AL-Hilal fans. A scarf which was thrown his way saw the Portugal superstar rub it in the most inappropriate area. The 39-year-old earned the ire of the fans after this incident came to light.

AL-Hilal down AL-Nassr to win Riyadh Cup 2024 –

The 2024 Riyadh Cup final saw some amazing football being played. Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as WWE Superstar The Undertaker came out to place the trophy. Once the action began it was an end-to-end encounter as both teams went hard at goal.

Serbian star Sergej-Milinkovic Savic opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the game. It was two-nil 13 minutes later as Salem Aldaswari scored an amazing goal. That was the end of the contest despite an hour left in the game to be played.

There was no way back for the Al Nassr side as they looked clueless in front of goal. Not many chances were created by Ronaldo and his team. Al Hilal’s defense held their own against a rampaging Al Nassr side in the last few minutes.

There was pandemonium in the stands as the final whistle was sounded and the Al Hilal fans celebrated. There was a chorus of Messi chants which visibly irked Ronaldo at the end of the game.

Ever since his move from Manchester United in late 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo has changed Saudi Football. The likes of Karim Benzema and N Golo Kante are currently playing in the Saudi Pro League. AL Hilal themselves signed noted Brazilian sensation Neymar who sic out injured. With the veteran star in the twilight of his career, this kind of behaviour is least expected from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Sandeep Lamichhane convicted of molestation, jailed for eight years



Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been convicted of raping a 17-year-old in 2022. During the case, he kept playing for the team, notably during the Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup qualifier in June last year. After the case was filed, he was playing for eventual winners, Jamaica Tallawahs. The leg-spinner was released from the team and was taken into custody.

“I know I am facing a difficult time of conspiracy and wrongful allegation and the ramification of its effect is something unimaginable. I am sure there must be some mechanism of compensating to the accused who proven to be innocent in our legal system,” he wrote. “I will soon seek legal support against wrongful prosecution and allegation made against me and I am sure I will get the justice and will return to the cricket ground soon to make the name and fame of my beloved country and I pray for speedy trial.”

After landing home, the former Delhi Capitals player claimed that the allegations made against him were baseless.

“All these things affected me mentally on one hand and on the other hand, I had to go through illness, and due to mental stress and ill health I kept myself in isolation. I have been mentally and physically affected by the portrayal and I have reached a state of imbalance and I have been bringing myself back to a normal state under the advice of doctors. My health is gradually improving, and I am planning to return to Nepal as soon as possible to defend against the false complaint against me,” the leggie wrote on Facebook in September 2022.

Talking about the current status, the bench also slapped him with a fine of Rs 300,000 (USD 2255 approx) and ordered him to pay Rs 200,000 (USD 1500 approx) in compensation to the victim. Lamichhane’s lawyer, Saroj Ghimire, told AFP that he “will appeal the decision in a higher court.”

Sandeep Lamichhane’s career at a glance

He is the first Nepal player to play in IPL, PSL, CPL, and several other leagues. He made his international debut at the age of 18

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WATCH: Gautam Gambhir makes endearing comment while answering question related to Virat Kohli



Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is believed to have a personal dislike for former India skipper Virat Kohli. Over the years, Gambhir has been critical of the 2008 U19 World Cup-winning captain on a lot of issues. Not to forget, Gambhir has been vocal about not the media should be worshipping individual players.

During a talk show on Star Sports, the two-time World Cup winner was asked about the bowler Kohli faced while completing his 50th ODI hundred. As Gambhir gave the right answer, he also mentioned that his rivalry is with Kohli which stays on the field only.

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He replied:

“Lockie Ferguson.”

Gambhir then smilingly went on to add:

“Ye aap baar baar dikhana, mujhe sab kuch yaad rehta hai. Ladai meri sirf on the field hai (Please show this clip again and again, I remember everything. My fight is only on the field)”

I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for: Gautam Gambhir

In another conversation. Gambhir said that Kohli must bat the same way against South Africa in the two-match Test series the way he does. Notably, the latter won’t play the practice game as he has come back to India for personal reasons. However, the right-hander will be available for the series.

“It will be in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s minds that Shreyas Iyer, who is on his first tour, will be batting after Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, if he plays, will be playing as a wicketkeeper for the first time. However, I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for.”

India’s squad for Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk)

Tuesday 26-Dec-23 to 30-Dec-23 1st Test Centurion
Wednesday 03-Jan-24 to 07-Jan-24 2nd Test Cape Town
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