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Former England cricketer dismisses India’s challenge for the T20 World Cup 2024

Since their triumphant victory in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, India have been longing to secure another major ICC trophy. Despite numerous strong performances and near misses, they have been unable to replicate the success of their past glories. The absence of a significant title win has left Indian cricket supporters eagerly awaiting a…

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Jay Shah clarifies the reports of BCCI approaching Australian cricketers for Team India’s head coach role

Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) initiated a call for applications to fill the position of head coach for the senior national men’s cricket team. As Rahul Dravid‘s tenure draws to a close in June 2024, the board is actively scouting for qualified individuals to take on this role, which entails…

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Kevin Pietersen proposes a team that Virat Kohli should join to end his IPL trophy drought

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has recently urged  Virat Kohli, the legendary player of Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), to contemplate a move to a different franchise in his pursuit of claiming his elusive Indian Premier League (IPL) title. RCB’s IPL 2024 exit: Virat Kohli’s search for elusive title continues Pietersen’s call comes after RCB’s defeat…

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Hardik Pandya-Natasha Stankovic divorced? A Reddit post sparks speculation

Rumours of a possible split between India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and his wife Natasa Stankovic have surfaced online following Mumbai Indians’ (MI) disappointing run in the IPL 2024. Rumours of Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic’s separation  A recent Reddit post titled “Natasa and Hardik Separated?” sparked the speculation. The user observed that neither Hardik nor…

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WATCH: History making moment as USA clinch T20I series against Bangladesh

In the second T20I of their three-match series, USA secured a historic victory over Bangladesh by a margin of 6 runs. This win not only sealed the series for the hosts but also marked a significant moment in their cricketing journey. After being asked to bat first, USA posted a total of 144 for 6.…

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See pics: Travis Head’s wife Jessica having a wonderful time in India amid IPL 2024

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star opener Travis Head has been joined by his wife, Jessica Davies, during the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. The couple, whose journey from childhood friends to successful professionals has won the hearts of many, is making the most of their time in India. Jessica Davies – A…

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KKR, SRH or RR? Brett Lee and Tillakaratne Dilshan predict the winner of IPL 2024

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 reaches its climactic stage, three teams remain in contention for the prestigious trophy. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have already secured their place in the final, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) are set to clash in Qualifier 2 to determine the second finalist. Brett Lee picks…

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Fans react as Justin Langer declines Team India’s head coach role after KL Rahul’s ‘politics’ advice

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has kickstarted the search for the next head coach of the senior national men’s team. With Rahul Dravid‘s tenure set to conclude in June 2024, the board is actively soliciting applications for the role, which is expected to span approximately three years. Following recent remarks by…

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Connor McDavid's goal in 2nd OT gives Oilers 1-0 lead over Stars

Failing to convert another golden opportunity was not an option in Connor McDavid's eyes. McDavid wasn't lamenting after he scored in double overtime to give the visiting Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference final on Thursday. "Glad that we were able to get the win, otherwise I would have had a tough time sleeping," McDavid said, alluding to being denied on a golden chance in the first overtime. The Oilers surrendered a two-goal lead but recovered thanks to McDavid's ability to rise to the occasion. He redirected a crossing pass from Evan Bouchard 32 seconds into the second OT for his third goal of the playoffs. "We're not surprised in here. He's the best in the world," Oilers defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. "He had a good look in the first overtime, too, to get it done, and my experience being here, he doesn't get denied twice." Game 2 will be Saturday in Dallas. McDavid and Zach Hyman each collected one goal and one assist for the Oilers, while Leon Draisaitl added a goal. Goaltender Stuart Skinner made 31 saves, eight of them while killing all five Dallas power plays, including a double-minor handed to McDavid in the opening minute of the first overtime. "A big thing for us was calming down," Skinner told Sportsnet. "It was massive getting that PK done, four minutes for them. ... It was a big effort from those guys and using that momentum to carry on into the second overtime." Tyler Seguin scored both goals for the Stars, who have lost seven consecutive series-opening games. Jake Oettinger stopped 35 shots. Draisaitl extended his point streak to 13 consecutive games to kick off the playoffs when he opened the scoring 58 seconds into the second period by burying a loose puck from the left circle for his ninth goal of the postseason. Hyman doubled the lead at 4:17 of the period when he pounced on a loose puck for his 12th score of the playoffs. Seguin jolted the Stars to life when he put them on the board two minutes later by being on the spot to shovel the loose puck into the net. He tied the clash with 3:23 remaining in regulation when a blocked shot at the edge of the crease came right to him to push into the yawning cage for his fifth of the playoffs. "We played a good enough game to win and so did they," Seguin said. "It's inches out there. I thought it was a great hockey game. We've been here many times." The Stars, who finished atop the Western Conference in the regular season, dropped the first two games at home to the Vegas Golden Knights before regrouping and claiming their opening-round series in seven games. Dallas also lost Game 1 in the semifinals before roaring back and beating the Colorado Avalanche in six games. The good news for the Stars is knowing the recipe that has allowed them to climb out of this kind of hole before. "We're just going to have to be better," captain Jamie Benn said. --Field Level Media

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SRH vs RR IPL record at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai

The cricketing world is abuzz as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) prepare to face off in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 this Friday. The much-anticipated showdown at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium will determine who advances to the final, bringing both teams one step closer to securing their second…

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Nepal squad for T20 World Cup 2024: Trying to include Sandeep Lamichhane despite visa denial

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is in a race against time to include star spinner Sandeep Lamichhane in their T20 World Cup squad after his US visa application was denied. US Embassy denies visa to Sandeep Lamichhane Lamichhane, once considered the face of Nepali cricket, was recently cleared of rape charges on appeal, having…

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Netizens go crazy as USA register historic series win over Bangladesh ahead of T20 World Cup 2024

The United States of America (USA) continued their dominance against Bangladesh, securing a narrow 6-run victory in the second T20I at the Prairie View Cricket Complex. This win gives USA an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. USA sets a modest target against Bangladesh Put in to bat first, the USA batters made a…

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Pacers G Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) exits Game 2

The Indiana Pacers lost All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton to a sore left hamstring in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Haliburton, 24, left with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter of Indiana's 126-110 road loss and did not return. The Pacers' second-leading scorer in the playoffs (19.3 points per game) finished with 10 points and eight assists in 28 minutes. "Losing Ty for the game obviously is a big blow," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll know more (Friday) and even more Saturday. ... I know you want details. I don't have much." The Pacers trail the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals 2-0, with Game 3 set for Saturday night in Indianapolis. Indiana is 6-0 at home in this postseason. Haliburton, who had 25 points and 10 assists in Game 1, missed 10 games with a left hamstring strain suffered Jan. 8 against the Celtics. On that occasion, he had to be helped off the floor after a slip and fall. --Field Level Media

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Jaylen Brown scores 40 as Celtics take 2-0 series lead vs. Pacers

Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 126-110 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers on Thursday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Brown was 14 of 27 from the floor and made 8 of 11 free throws. He added five rebounds. Boston had a 13-point lead after three quarters and the Pacers were never closer than 11 points in the fourth. The victory gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which will shift to Indianapolis for Game 3 on Saturday. The Celtics won Game 1 133-128 in overtime. "I think we adjusted a little bit better in Game 2," Brown said. "I still think we can play a little better, so we're looking forward to doing that in Game 3." The Pacers are unsure whether point guard Tyrese Haliburton will be available for that game. He left with left hamstring soreness in the third quarter Thursday. He collected 10 points and eight assists in 28 minutes. He missed 10 games in January with a left hamstring strain. "Losing Ty for the game obviously is a big blow," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll know more (Friday) and even more Saturday. ... I know you want details. I don't have much." Pascal Siakam made 13 of 17 field-goal attempts and led the Pacers with 28 points. Andrew Nembhard added 16 points for Indiana. Jayson Tatum and Derrick White each scored 23 points for the Celtics. Al Horford had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Brown led all first-half scorers with 24 points. Boston trailed 27-25 after one quarter but held a 57-51 halftime lead. Boston surged in front thanks to a 20-0 run. The Celtics scored the final three points in the first quarter and the first 17 points in the second quarter to take a 42-27 lead. Indiana didn't score in the second quarter until Aaron Nesmith made two free throws with 6:45 remaining in the quarter. Indiana was within two points, 68-66, after Siakam's 3-pointer with 7:55 remaining in the third, but Boston had a 93-80 advantage entering the final 12 minutes. The Pacers have a 6-0 home record in the playoffs this season. The Celtics are 4-0 on the road. Indiana also lost the first two games against the New York Knicks in the conference semifinals and then won that series in seven games. "The only thing we should be thinking about is they were down 2-0 a series ago and they brought it to Game 7 and they do a great job protecting their home court," Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said. "They're undefeated at home, so it's going to take a lot more than confidence to get the job done, and we have to focus on the details and the execution. ... I know they're going to respond, so it's up to us to do the same." The Celtics' Luke Kornet left the game in the first quarter with a sprained left wrist and did not return to the court. Boston center Kristaps Porzingis missed his eighth straight game with a calf strain. --Field Level Media

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NED vs IRE 2024, Tri Nation Series, 6th T20I: Match Prediction, Dream11 Team, Fantasy Tips & Pitch Report | Netherlands vs Ireland

Netherlands are set to take on Ireland in the sixth and final T20 International (T20I) of the Tri-Nation Series. The match is scheduled to take place on Friday, promising an exciting conclusion to the three-team battle. The Dutch side will be looking to bounce back after a challenging encounter against Scotland in their last match.…

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