Sports http://www.theweek.in/news/sports.rss en Thu Sep 16 13:17:27 IST 2021 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html dominant-delhi-capitals-demolish-srh-by-eight-wickets <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/dominant-delhi-capitals-demolish-srh-by-eight-wickets.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/9/22/shreyas-iyer-pti.jpg" /> <p>Delhi Capitals rode on a brilliant fast bowling performance from their South African duo Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada to pulverise wooden spooners Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets as they took a giant leap towards Indian Premier League play-offs on Wednesday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Capitals produced top-notch performance in their first match of the second phase of this year's IPL to eke out the easy win in 17.5 overs in their pursuit of a modest 135-run target.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It was only possible after fast furious Nortje bowled at 150 clicks to finish with 2 for 12 and was ably supported Rabada (3/37) and Axar Patel (2/21) in a brilliant bowling effort.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Last edition's runners-up are now well and truly in contention for clinching a play-off berth with 14 points from nine games while SRH with two points are all but out of the competition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DC started their chase on an aggressive note with Shikhar Dhawan and young Prithvi Shaw (11 off 8) adding 20 runs in 17 balls before the latter was caught by Kane Williamson off the bowlng of Khaleel Ahmed as the batsman went for an extravagant shot over mid-wicket.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Orange Cap Dhawan was unperturbed as he continued his attacking batting and slog swept Rashid Khan over deep midwicket for a maximum in the Afghan spinner's first over.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While SRH batsmen struggled, Dhawan made batting look easy on the wicket as he then pulled a Jason Holder delivery on to the square leg fence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Swing bowler Sandeep Sharma was then taken to task by Dhawan as he hit the medium pacer for back-to-back boundaries in the 10th over take DC to 69 for one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But Dhawan paid the price for being too aggressive when he was holed out by Abdul Samad off the bowling of Rashid as the left-hander went for a slog sweep over deep square leg in search of a six.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dhawan's runs came off 37 balls and was laced with six boundaries and one hit over the fence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shreyas Iyer (47 not out off 41), who played the second fiddle when Dhawan was around, then took the onus on himself and upped the ante, hitting Sandeep Sharma for two consecutive fours in the 14th over.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Iyer continued to bat freely and in the company of skipper Rishabh Pant (35 off 21) took DC home with 13 balls to spare.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While Khaleel Ahmed extracted some pace and bounce from the track, none other SRH bowlers managed to trouble the DC batsmen as Iyer and Pant batted with consummate ease.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Iyer hit two fours and as many sixes during his knock, while Pant decorated his innings with three boundaries and two lofty hits over the fence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier, SRH put up a dismal batting performance to manage a meagre 134 for nine.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Nortje and Rabada were terrific with the ball as they extracted extra bounce and pace from the relatively low and slow wicket to dismantle SRH top-order.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The script didn't turn out as SRH wanted after opting to bat as they lost David Warner (0) in the third ball of the innings without any runs on the board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wriddhiman Saha (18) then added 29 runs with skipper Kane Williamson (18) before the former mistimed a pull to Shikhar Dawan at midwicket of the bowling off Kagiso Rabada.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Williamson and Manish Pandey then tried to build the innings, stitching 31 runs for the third wicket but SRH soon suffered a jolt when their skipper gave a simple catch to Shimron Hetmyer at long-off off the bowling of Axar Patel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pandey (18) followed suit and Kedar Jadhav (3) too didn't help his cause either.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jason Holder (10) too turned out to be a big flop for SRH.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Damage already done, Abdul Samad (28 off 21, 2x4s, 1x6) tried his best to shore up the run-rate in company of Rashid Khan (22 off 19 balls) but he too departed in search of quick runs, top-edging a miss-timed pull to DC skipper Rishabh Pant off Rabada's bowling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rashid's knock was laced with the help of two fours and one six before being run out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar remained not out on 5 from 3 balls.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rabada was the pick of the bowlers for DC with figures of 3 for 37, while Nortje (2/12) and Patel (2/32) picked up two wickets apiece.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/dominant-delhi-capitals-demolish-srh-by-eight-wickets.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/dominant-delhi-capitals-demolish-srh-by-eight-wickets.html Wed Sep 22 23:31:11 IST 2021 threatening-e-mail-was-sent-to-new-zealand-cricket-team-from-india-says-pak-minister <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/threatening-e-mail-was-sent-to-new-zealand-cricket-team-from-india-says-pak-minister.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sci-tech/images/2019/1/3/laptop-computer--plug-in-devices-shut.jpg" /> <p>Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, on Wednesday, alleged that a threatening email to the New Zealand cricket squad that prompted the Kiwis to call off a tour of the country was sent from India.</p> <p>The Kiwis called off their first tour of Pakistan in 18 years last Friday due to a security threat to the team, followed by a decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday to cancel a bilateral series scheduled for next month in Pakistan.</p> <p>Pakistan has been claiming that India was behind some of the terror attacks in the country recently. India has dismissed these claims as "baseless propaganda" and asked Islamabad to take "credible and verifiable" action against terrorism emanating from its soil instead.</p> <p>"It is not new for Pakistan to engage in baseless propaganda against India. Pakistan would do well to expend the same effort in setting its own house in order and taking credible and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from its soil and terrorists who have found safe sanctuaries there," ministry of external affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in July.</p> <p>"The international community is well aware of Pakistan's credentials when it comes to terrorism. This is acknowledged by none other than its own leadership, which continues to glorify terrorists like Osama Bin Laden as 'martyrs'," he said.</p> <p>Speaking at a press conference alongside Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Wednesday, Chaudhry claimed that a fake post was created in August under Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan militant Ehsanullah Ehsan’s name which told the New Zealand cricket board and government to refrain from sending the team to Pakistan as it would be "targeted".</p> <p>Despite this, the New Zealand cricket team travelled to Pakistan. However, on the day of the first match New Zealand officials said that their government had concerns of a credible threat and cancelled the tour, he said.</p> <p>"Pakistan Cricket Board officials, the interior ministry security team, everyone went to them and asked them to share the threat ... [but] they were as clueless as us," he was quoted as saying.</p> <p>He said that a day later, a second threatening email was sent to the New Zealand team using the ID, Hamza Afridi.</p> <p>Chaudhry claimed that investigating authorities discovered that the email was sent from a device associated with India. "It was sent using a virtual private network (VPN) so the location was shown as Singapore," he claimed.</p> <p>He said that the same device had 13 other IDs, nearly all of which were Indian names.</p> <p>"The device used to send the threat to the New Zealand team belonged to India. A fake ID was used but it was sent from Maharashtra," he claimed.</p> <p>&nbsp;He said the interior ministry had registered a case and had requested Interpol for assistance and information on the Tehreek-i-Labbaik ProtonMail and the ID of Hamza Afridi.</p> <p>Chaudhry said the West Indies team was travelling to Pakistan in December. "A threat has already been issued to the team," he claimed, adding that this was also issued via a ProtonMail account.</p> <p>"This is unfortunate. We believe this is a campaign against international cricket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) and other bodies must take notice," he said.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Chaudhry had claimed that his country was paying a price for saying no to the US on allowing American military bases on its soil.</p> <p>Commenting on England's decision to cancel their tour, Chaudhry said that British High Commissioner Christian Turner had made it clear that the United Kingdom government's advisory for Pakistan was not being changed.</p> <p>"So if the government has no reservations, who is the English Cricket Board [to cancel the tour]? To claim that players are tired is a shoddy excuse," he said.</p> <p>He said that PCB chairman Rameez Raja, foreign ministry and Interior ministry would take up the issue at all concerned forums and Pakistan Television would evaluate the financial losses.</p> <p>"We are working on this and if our legal team permits, we will sue the ECB," he said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/threatening-e-mail-was-sent-to-new-zealand-cricket-team-from-india-says-pak-minister.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/threatening-e-mail-was-sent-to-new-zealand-cricket-team-from-india-says-pak-minister.html Wed Sep 22 21:34:37 IST 2021 paralympic-medallists-gurjar-kathunia-set-eyes-on-improving-performances-in-paris-2024 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/paralympic-medallists-gurjar-kathunia-set-eyes-on-improving-performances-in-paris-2024.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/9/22/felicitate-para-athletes.jpg" /> <p>Paralympic javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar has seen massive lows and highs in the past six years. In 2015, he met with an accident while fixing a tin shade at his friend's house, resulting in his left wrist being amputated. Before the mishap, he was an athlete who had a dream of representing India in the general category. He overcame the trauma of the accident and resumed training, this time in the F-46 javelin throw category. A year later, he was set to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games when a mistake in a roll call led to his disqualification. He went into depression, but his coach Mahavir Saini never gave on him. Saini pulled Gurjar out of his dark thoughts and got him to train and prepare for Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020. Today, Gurjar sports a big smile, having won the bronze in Tokyo with a throw of 64.01m.<br> <br> He has indeed buried the ghost of the past and is happy with his medal from Tokyo. Added to this joy is the fact that his name, alongside that of shooter Manish Narwal, high jumper Sharad Kumar, and&nbsp;shuttler Pramod Bhagat, has been recommended for Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021 by the Paralympic Committee of India.<br> <br> "For me, what happened in 2016 is in the past. I am happy I could win this medal in Tokyo, but my work is not over. I will now aim for the gold in Paris 2024," said Gujjar who hails from Karauli in Rajasthan. Gurjar said he felt that the monkey of participating in a Paralympic Games and winning a medal was finally off his back, and now working towards a gold for the next edition would be easier.<br> <br> Gurjar, silver medallist in discus throw Yogesh Kathunia and Tokyo gold medal winner in javelin throw Sumit Antil were felicitated by their corporate sponsor&nbsp;Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India Ltd in a lavish ceremony in the capital on Wednesday. The company has been supporting 10 para-athletes, out of which the trio won medals at the Paralympic Games recently under its&nbsp;‘Radiant in Quest of Gold’ campaign. The company is buoyed by the reception and attention given to the para-athletes during these games that it has decided to extend more support to para-athletes as part of its CSR initiative.<br> Kathunia is looking forward to resuming his training once again, with the celebrations at home and multiple felicitations having subsided a bit. Asked whether he thought para-athletes weren’t getting as much attention as the Olympic medalists, Kathunia, ever ready with a wide grin and sunny disposition, said, "This time we too have got good support. As long as people and media keep giving the same support, it will be a huge thing for us."<br> <br> Satyanarayana, coach of the Indian para-athletics team too was present at the felicitation. Having seen his athletes come up with a stellar performance at the Paralympic Games, he urged all his athletes to follow the example of Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Copra to further excel in their sports.</p> <p>"Look at Neeraj Chopra. He was not number one in the world but he has the discipline to work hard. This is why he could win a gold at Olympics. His discipline has helped him to excel in his sport."<br> <br> Meanwhile, it was announced that the para-athletes would also be making a guest appearance in a feature film produced by&nbsp;<i>Shirdi Sai Baba</i> fame actor Aushim Khetarpal, <i>Chal Jeet Le Ye Jahan</i>. It is a feature film on para cricketers who won the Physical Disability World Cricket Series 2019 in England.<i></i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/paralympic-medallists-gurjar-kathunia-set-eyes-on-improving-performances-in-paris-2024.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/paralympic-medallists-gurjar-kathunia-set-eyes-on-improving-performances-in-paris-2024.html Wed Sep 22 19:53:25 IST 2021 isl-to-launch-nft-collection-ahead-of-2021-22-season <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/isl-to-launch-nft-collection-ahead-of-2021-22-season.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/9/22/ISL-nft.jpg" /> <p>The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has announced a partnership with London-based Terra Virtua Limited to launch its exclusive non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as digital collectibles ahead of the 2021-22 season.<br> </p> <p>The agreement sees the ISL become the country’s first sports property to launch a digital collectibles series, leading the Indian sports industry in the fast-growing NFT market.</p> <p>Terra Virtua is an entertainment-focused collectibles platform and the partnership with the ISL is its first foray into the sports ecosystem.</p> <p>Under the licensed partnership, Terra Virtua will create unique digital collectibles featuring the Indian Super League and all its 11 clubs. Since the ISL’s launch in 2014, the league’s memorable moments, player cards, in-match highlights and more will be made available for fans to purchase and trade as interactive memorabilia.</p> <p>“Digital collectibles have been one of the most talked-about fan engagement avenues in 2021, and ISL being a young league would like to keep pace with the demands of India’s millennial and Gen-Z audience segments,” said Hoshedar Gundevia, ISL’s head of digital.</p> <p>“Digital collectibles offer innovative opportunities for the league and its clubs to connect with the growing Indian football market and attract newer audiences.”</p> <p>&nbsp;“This is a big day for the future of Indian and international sport,” said Terra Virtua CEO and cofounder Gary Bracey. The partnership signals a fundamental shift in the way sports fans will be able to engage with their favourite sports teams going forward, allowing them to collect and trade interactive player merchandise and dynamic digital memorabilia with fellow fans.”</p> <p>Terra Virtua recently switched its platform from the Ethereum blockchain to Indian platform Polygon in a drive to be more sustainable. By making the change, it has reduced its energy usage in minting NFTs by over 99 per cent.</p> <p>Last month, Polygon had also announced that it would launch a new platform for cricket fans to collect and trade memorabilia of iconic moments from cricket history.</p> <p>Information on the ISL collectibles available will be announced ahead of the 2021 ISL season, which starts on November 19.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/isl-to-launch-nft-collection-ahead-of-2021-22-season.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/isl-to-launch-nft-collection-ahead-of-2021-22-season.html Wed Sep 22 19:18:30 IST 2021 efl-cup-youngsters-shine-for-liverpool-man-city-in-facile-3rd-round-wins <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/efl-cup-youngsters-shine-for-liverpool-man-city-in-facile-3rd-round-wins.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/9/22/pjimage.jpg" /> <p>Liverpool’s fringe players came to the fore in the third round EFL Cup clash against Norwich City, facilitating a routine 3-0 victory. Takumi Minamino scored two and Divock Origi headed in another as coach Jurgen Klopp rotated nearly the entire squad for the cup fixture.<br> </p> <p>Klopp handed debuts to two teenagers—Kaide Gordon and Conor Bradley—against the Canaries, both of them impressing.</p> <p>Minamino scored from close range in the opening minutes of the game, Origi got his first goal of the campaign in the 50th minute, and the Japanese sealed the deal 10 minutes from time, gliding into the box and poking the ball beyond the Norwich keeper.</p> <p>Earlier, Liverpool’s 22-year-old goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher denied Norwich striker Christos Tzolis from the penalty spot, right before the end of the first half.</p> <p>Liverpool continue their unbeaten start to the season, chalking up seven wins and a draw so far.</p> <p><b>Cityzens win big</b></p> <p>Manchester City also progressed to the fourth round of the EFL Cup—aka Carabao Cup—with a 6-1 thrashing of third-division side Wycombe Wanderers. Riyad Mahrez scored twice for the defending champions.</p> <p>Though the minnows took a shock lead in the 22nd minute, the Manchester side rattled in three before the break, completing the rout with another three in the second half.</p> <p>It was Kevin de Bruyne who scored first for City, as youngsters Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and Cole Palmer bagged a goal each.</p> <p>The highlight of the night though was that coach Pep Guardiola handed debuts to five graduates of the City academy. Defender Josh Wilson-Esbrand even assisted Mahrez’s second goal.</p> <p><b>Toffees crash out</b></p> <p>Everton were handed their second defeat in four days, this time resulting in their ouster from the EFL Cup. Championship side QPR beat the EPL team on penalties after the game ended 2-2 in regular time.</p> <p>Charlie Austin scored two headers for QPR on either side of a Lucas Digne goal for Everton, with Andros Townsend getting another in the second half.</p> <p>Everton were missing several key attacking stars like Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, both of whom are nursing injuries. Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez was also missing, with claims that he is in talks for a move to a Qatari club.</p> <p>The Carabao Cup third round action continues tonight with Manchester United taking on West Ham, Chelsea playing Aston Villa, Tottenham visiting Wolves and Arsenal hosting AFC Wimbledon.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/efl-cup-youngsters-shine-for-liverpool-man-city-in-facile-3rd-round-wins.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/efl-cup-youngsters-shine-for-liverpool-man-city-in-facile-3rd-round-wins.html Wed Sep 22 14:39:54 IST 2021 ramiz-raja-slams-ecb-for-making-excuses-to-call-off-pakistan-tour <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/ramiz-raja-slams-ecb-for-making-excuses-to-call-off-pakistan-tour.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2021/1/13/Ramiz-Raja-PCB-Pakistan-Cricket-Board-ap.jpg" /> <p>The England Cricket Board’s decision to call off the tour of Pakistan next month has attracted the ire of many, particularly that of Ramiz Raja, who was recently appointed chair of the Pakistan Cricket Board.</p> <p>Raja said his country felt “used and binned” by the decision, which came days after New Zealand abandoned their tour of Pakistan only minutes ahead of the first ODI between the teams at Rawalpindi.</p> <p>It was supposed to be England’s first tour of Pakistan since 2005. The men’s team was to play two T20 matches on October 13 and 14, to prepare for the World Cup which would start a week after that. The England women’s team were scheduled to play two T20s and three ODIs after that, but they will not travel either.</p> <p>The ECB cited the mental wellbeing of players and security concerns in Pakistan as the reasons for pulling out, for which Raja accused them of “failing a member of their cricket fraternity” and “making excuses”.</p> <p>The ECB had announced the tour last November as a show of gratitude towards the PCB for sending a Test side to the UK during the height of the Covid pandemic in 2020. Pakistan players had spent two months in the bio-bubble, cushioning the financial blow it would have had on the ECB had the series not gone through.</p> <p>In a video released by the PCB, Raja said if England and New Zealand do not help Pakistan, it would have a domino effect on future series against those in the “Western bloc”.</p> <p>“We go out of the way to accommodate them, we honour their wishes… and then when we go visit them, they mistreat our players while in quarantine…. You did not treat us properly, and we will exact revenge for this on the playing field,” said Raja.</p> <p>The former Pakistan international later told reporters that he does not trust the ECB to keep their word of playing a full men’s tour in 2022, and said they would have a backup plan in place.</p> <p>“I spoke about this with Ian [Watmore] as well,” said Raja, referring to the chair of the ECB. “I said, what is the guarantee of England coming back and playing here in 2022? Because a month before that tour you can easily quote tiredness, players being spooked again, sick of living in a bubble, or a threat perception that will once again be not shared with us. He clearly had no answer to that. So, we’ll have a backup plan for sure.”</p> <p>Raja is just a week into his tenure as PCB chair and has already been snubbed by the New Zealand and England boards. The West Indies are expected to tour Pakistan in December and Australia in early 2022, both of which hang in the balance now.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/ramiz-raja-slams-ecb-for-making-excuses-to-call-off-pakistan-tour.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/ramiz-raja-slams-ecb-for-making-excuses-to-call-off-pakistan-tour.html Wed Sep 22 11:32:53 IST 2021 kumble-losing-ipl-games-narrowly-now-a-pattern-for-punjab-kings <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/kumble-losing-ipl-games-narrowly-now-a-pattern-for-punjab-kings.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/9/22/kumble-iplt20.jpg" /> <p>Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble admitted that his team losing IPL games narrowly has become a pattern and the two-run defeat to Rajasthan Royals was certainly a difficult pill to swallow.<br> </p> <p>The Punjab side failed to score four runs from the final over with the Royals fast bowler Karthik Tyagi dismissing Nicholas Pooran and Deepak Hooda, and giving away only one run to snatch the win for his team on Monday.</p> <p>“It’s sort of become a bit of a pattern for us, especially as soon as we get to Dubai, it seems. There was a clear message saying we need to finish this game in 19 overs, and that was the approach," Kumble said at the post-match press conference.</p> <p>"Unfortunately, we let it till the end, and in the last couple of balls it becomes a lottery (with) a new batsman going in, it is a bit of lottery.”</p> <p>The legendary leg-spinner gave credit to Tyagi for the way he bowled the final over.</p> <p>“But credit to how Tyagi bowled the last over, it was pretty obvious that he’s going to bowl wide outside the off stump, but somehow our batters didn’t take the right options.</p> <p>“Yes, it’s become a pattern, that’s something that we need to discuss and sort out. We have five more games, but again, we don’t want to get bogged down by this defeat. It’s certainly a difficult pill to swallow,” elaborated Kumble.</p> <p>While Kumble praised the bowling effort of his team, he lamented that the batsmen could not finish the game.</p> <p>“It was a very good wicket, in fact we really came back in the last four overs, I think we gave just about 20 runs and picked up six wickets. Arshdeep (Singh) bowled brilliantly, (Mohammed) Shami bowled brilliantly, (Harpreet) Brar bowled really well on a tough pitch.</p> <p>“And remember one side of the ground, the boundaries were short, the other was longer. At one stage, Rajasthan were looking to score almost 200-210, so to really squeeze the last four overs and pick up six wickets, I thought the bowling effort was really good,” said the head coach, who has 619 Test wickets to his name.</p> <p>“I think the batting showed till the 17th over that we were cruising, unfortunately 18th, 19th (over) sort of pulled us back after that six [Aiden] Markram hit. After that, we just got singles and then lost wickets and took it to the last over, which unfortunately we couldn’t finish,” he added.</p> <p>According to Kumble, the team management had given a clear message to finish the game in 19 overs, but unfortunately it did not turn out that way.</p> <p>“As batsmen, they certainly know what their scoring shots are, it’s not about just the scoop. It also boils down to that particular batsman. When you have 8 runs in 12 balls, I don’t think we needed a scoop, all it needed was a bit of hitting, and even if someone got out, the next batsman would at least get five or six balls to get those runs.</p> <p>"When it goes to the last couple of balls, it becomes really hard," he said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/kumble-losing-ipl-games-narrowly-now-a-pattern-for-punjab-kings.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/kumble-losing-ipl-games-narrowly-now-a-pattern-for-punjab-kings.html Wed Sep 22 10:39:11 IST 2021 knee-injury-keeps-messi-out-of-psg-metz-game-midweek <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/knee-injury-keeps-messi-out-of-psg-metz-game-midweek.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/9/16/messi-paris-ap.jpg" /> <p>Lionel Messi will miss Paris Saint-Germain's next French league game at last-placed Metz after a knock to his left knee.</p> <p>A scan confirmed "the signs of bone contusion," PSG said in a statement on Tuesday. Another assessment of Messi will be made in 48 hours.</p> <p>Messi was taken off in the 75th minute of his home debut on Sunday, when PSG beat Lyon 2-1 in the league.</p> <p>PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said he took the decision to replace Messi after noticing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner repeatedly touched his knee. Messi, who hit the crossbar with a curling free kick, looked angry at being taken off.</p> <p>"I'm really happy with what he did during the match, he played a great first half," Pochettino said during a news conference.</p> <p>"All the great champions don't want to leave the pitch."</p> <p>Messi is still chasing his first PSG goal following his shock move from Barcelona this summer.</p> <p>PSG's win against Lyon extended the club's perfect start to the season ahead of Wednesday's trip to Metz. PSG has won its first six league matches to open a five-point lead over second-placed Marseille, which has one match in hand.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/knee-injury-keeps-messi-out-of-psg-metz-game-midweek.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/knee-injury-keeps-messi-out-of-psg-metz-game-midweek.html Wed Sep 22 17:42:06 IST 2021 sunrisers-hyderabad-pacer-t-natarajan-tests-covid-positive <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/sunrisers-hyderabad-pacer-t-natarajan-tests-covid-positive.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sports/images/2021/4/23/natarajan-srh-warner-iplt20.jpg" /> <p>In a worrying development for the ongoing IPL in the UAE, pace bowler T. Natarajan of Sunrisers Hyderabad tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.</p> <p>Sunrisers Hyderabad are scheduled to play Delhi Capitals on Wednesday. According to reports, Natarajan, who is asymptomatic, has been isolated from the rest of the squad.</p> <p>Another player, all-rounder Vijay Shankar, and five members of the support staff (team manager Vijay Kumar, physiotherapist Shyam Sumdar J., doctor Anjana Vannan, logistics manager Tushar Khedkar and net bowler Periyasamy Ganesan) were identified as his close contacts and isolated.</p> <p>An official IPL communication informed, "The rest of the contingent including the close contacts underwent RT-PCR tests at 5AM local time this morning and the test reports are negative. As a result, tonight's game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will go ahead at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai."</p> <p>In early May, the IPL was disrupted by a number of players getting infected, leading to the tournament being postponed and subsequently being shifted to the UAE.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/sunrisers-hyderabad-pacer-t-natarajan-tests-covid-positive.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/sunrisers-hyderabad-pacer-t-natarajan-tests-covid-positive.html Wed Sep 22 15:39:57 IST 2021 special-to-change-game-myself-after-watching-others-do-it--tyagi <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/special-to-change-game-myself-after-watching-others-do-it--tyagi.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/world/2021/09/karthik-tyagi-cricket-RR-twitter.jpg" /> <p>Pacer Kartik Tyagi was ecstatic to effect a turn around in an IPL match for Rajasthan Royals after having seen others do it in the past seasons.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Punjab were poised for an easy win as they needed just four runs from the last over but the 20-year-old from Uttar Pradesh changed the game with his accurate bowling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He took two wickets and conceded just one run to script an incredible two-run win for his team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tyagi, who missed the India leg of the IPL, said "This feels really good".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"I have been talking to seniors over the years and they keep telling me that things keep changing in this format, so I need to keep believing," Tyagi said at the post match press conference.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"I've always heard from everyone and also watched games in this format where strange things have happened. Today, I was fortunate to play a big role in something special."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Asked about his effort, he said, "I was bowling a bit too short earlier, later worked on it consciously after getting a lot of feedback."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Royals skipper Sanju Samson could not stop smiling after pulling off an incredible win.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's funny that we kept believing (that we could win). I kept the overs of Mustafizur and Tyagi for the end, believing. Cricket is a funny game right. We just kept fighting and believing," he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"I always believe in my bowlers, want to keep fighting and that's why I kept those two overs till the end. To be very honest, to get that score on this wicket, we felt good because we had the bowling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"If we took the catches, we could have won the game earlier. People have really worked hard on their fitness," he said.</p> <p>Punjab skipper KL Rahul was gutted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"This is a tough one to swallow. We need to see how we can handle pressure better. It's happened to the best in the game. Tough one to swallow that you haven't learnt from your previous mistakes," he said, looking dejected.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We bowled decent lengths in the first six. Unfortunate that edges got it away from us. But we pulled this back nicely with the ball."</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/special-to-change-game-myself-after-watching-others-do-it--tyagi.html http://www.theweek.in/news/sports/2021/09/22/special-to-change-game-myself-after-watching-others-do-it--tyagi.html Wed Sep 22 09:34:58 IST 2021