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India wins the first T20I against New Zealand

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Though India fumbled against New Zealand in the World Cup a couple of weeks ago, it managed to beat the latter in the first match of the ongoing bilateral T20 series. Team India won the match by 5 wickets by chasing a target of 165 runs in 19.4 overs. Surya Kumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) have shined for the men in blue during the chase.
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It has been a batting show right from the beginning. Though the Kiwis lost their first wicket right in the first over, they recovered soon. Martin Guptill (70) and Chapman (63) made a partnership of 109 runs for the second wicket and troubled Indian bowlers for almost 13 overs. But once India managed to break the partnership, every other New Zealand batter went back to the pavilion without making a mark. Thus, Indian bowlers managed to restrict the Kiwis to a moderate score of 164/6. If the wickets didn’t fall in the death overs, New Zealand would have posted a high total on the scoreboard. Ravichandran Ashwin (2/23) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/24) scalped two wickets each for India.

India also gave a strong reply by chasing hard right from the first over. There was a lot of dew and Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul took advantage of it. They made a partnership of 50 runs in just five overs. Even after Rahul got out, Rohit made another 50+ runs partnership with Surya Kumar Yadav. Finally, Boult scalped the wicket of Indian skipper when the latter was nearing his half-century. After Rohit’s dismissal, Sky finished his half-century. When he was looking good to finish things off, Boult got his wicket as well. Shreyas Iyer got out without making any impact. All of a sudden, momentum shifted back to New Zealand.

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India needed 10 runs off the last over. Venkatesh Iyer and Rishab Pant were in the crease. The first ball went for a wide and Iyer had hit a four off the second ball. When 5 runs off 5 balls were needed, Iyer got out. The equation came down to 5 runs off 4 balls. Thanks to Pant’s temperament, India made 166/5 with 2 balls remaining. Boult remained the top bowler (2/31) for the Kiwis.

The second T20I will be held on Friday (November 19) in Ranchi.

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Ind v NZ series review: Team India turns invincible at home

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Ind v NZ series review: Team India is continuing its dominance at home in Test Cricket. Just the other day, India won its 14th Test series on a trot on home soil. That record itself proves what a powerhouse the team has become over the last few years at home grounds.

Ind v NZ series review

Ind v NZ series review

India’s last Test series defeat at home came way back in the 2012-13 season where England had defeated the host country to win a four-match series by 2-1. Since February 2013, India didn’t lose a single Test series at home. Also, India has only lost two Test matches since 2013 at home. All these records prove India is almost invincible in home conditions.

The major reason for this transformation is the talent pool that India has right now. There are many skilled cricketers who can be filled in the squad right away whenever there is a need. Axar Patel, who made his debut earlier this year, has already become a regular part of the Team Indian squad for the home Tests. In the recently held Test series, Shreyas Iyer made his debut and impressed everyone by scoring a century as well as a half-century right in his debut Test. There are at least two to three players available for every slot in the Test squad.

This gives India a chance of shuffling Test squads at home and on overseas tours. Soon, Team India will be touring South Africa for a three-match Test series and three-match ODI series. The Test squad will be picked in a few days. We can see the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jaspirt Bumrah and Rishab Pant making a comeback into the squad. Even if they are unavailable, there are many others, like Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav and Jayant Yadav, who are waiting for another chance of representing their country. With such a huge talent pool, India will definitely be the favourite of the upcoming World Test Championship.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara makes her modeling debut

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Sachin Tendulkar: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara Tendulkar has taken her first step towards acting. The 24-year-old kicked off her modeling career recently and also shared her first promotional video on social media.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Sara posed for a promotional clip of clothing brand Self Portrait, which is being brought to India by Ajio Luxe. Along with Sara, Banita Sandhu and Tania Shroff acted in this advertisement commercial. Sara looks stunning in the clip and is like an angel in various attires.

Fans are also drooling over her beauty and are wishing all the luck for her modeling career. Sara is already a celebrity on social media and has more than 1.5 million followers on Instagram. It has to be seen if the young lady slowly takes her steps towards films as well, in the future.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Sports stars’ daughters entering into films is not a new trend in India. Earlier we have seen Deepika Padukone carving her own niche in the film industry. Deepika is the daughter of veteran badminton player Prakash Padukone.

Meanwhile, Sachin’s son Arjun Tendulkar is following in his father’s footsteps and is planning to be a cricketer. He currently represents Mumbai in the domestic leagues. He was also a part of the Mumbai Indians squad in IPL 2021. It has to be seen which team picks him in the upcoming IPL mega auction.

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Ajaz Patel becomes the star of Ind Vs NZ Series

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The second test between India and New Zealand witnessed a history. Team India tasted victory with one day remaining and the massive victory has put the team back in first place in the ICC Test Rankings. The Kiwi bowler Ajaz Patel scalped 10 wickets in a single innings against India and became only the third player in the history of Test cricket to achieve the special feat. He became the star of the series now.

Ajaz Patel

Ajaz Patel

Ajaz bowled a brilliant spell on the surface that was assisting his bowling style. As a result, he ended up taking all the wickets of India in 47.5 overs. He bowled 12 maidens and gave away 119 runs in his spell.

Ajaz took four wickets on the first day and scalped the rest six today. This is only the third time where we witnessed such a feat in Test cricket.

Earlier Jim Laker of England (10/53) and Anil Kumble (10/74) of India have achieved this feat.

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Appreciations have been pouring in for Ajaz on social media from various cricket players, fans and analysts. This is a special moment for him that will remain in the history books forever.

In the second innings of the test match, Ajaz Patel bowled 26 overs and scaled 4 wickets.

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