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T20 World Cup: Australia almost seals semis berth with a dominating win

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T20 World Cup: Australia has almost sealed its semifinal berth in the ongoing T20 World Cup. With a quick chase against West Indies, Australia is now in a comfortable position to qualify for the semis. South Africa needs to beat England by a big margin in order to beat Australia’s Net Run Rate and qualify for the next level. While David Warner shined on the batting front, Josh Hazlewood stood out on the bowling front.

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The Aussies were dominating while chasing a moderating target of 158 runs. Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner (89*) gave a flying start right from the first over.

However, Finch was departed in the third over. That didn’t stop Warner from his carnage. He, along with Mitchell Marsh (53) continued smacking Windies bowlers all over the park. They made a partnership of 124 runs for the second wicket and ensured a win for Australia.

In the process, both of them completed their half-centuries as well. Marsh was sent back to the pavilion when Australia needed one run to win. But that didn’t matter as Warner finished things off in the next two balls. As a result, Australia scored 161/2 in just 16.2 overs.

The case was different for the Windies batters though. They struggled to score from the beginning. Australian bowlers dismissed Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, and Roston Chase within the powerplay and threw Windies into deep trouble. Then, Evin Lewis (29), Shimron Hetmyer (27), and Kieron Pollard (44) played responsible knocks and helped Windies in getting a respectable score of 157/7 in 20 overs. Josh Hazlewood (4-0-39-4) remained the top bowler for the Aussies by claiming four wickets.

If England manages to beat South Africa, Australia will be entering the semis. It can also qualify if England loses by a close margin, because of its better Net Run Rate than South Africa.

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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.

Also Read: Team India wins the series against New Zealand by 1-0

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.

Also Read: India’s Tour of South Africa: BCCI to send 20 players

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