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India put up a strong fight in 2-3 loss to New Zealand
Indian women's hockey team fought till the final hooter but went down 2-3 to New Zealand in the third game of the five-match series.
The hosts are now 3-0 up in the series.
After suffering a 2-8 loss in their previous game, the Indian women came out strongly today.
They looked a dangerous unit, putting up a structured performance with good attack, strong long drives, cross field passes, which put the hosts on the backfoot and constantly kept them in the hunt.
MI, KKR lock horns in qualifier 2 to enter IPL final
BENGALURU: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be eager to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage when they face old foes Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifer 2 here on Friday.
KKR have an abysmal 5-15 head-to-head record against Mumbai Indians, who notched up twin victories over their rivals in the league stage of the tournament this year.
In fact, Mumbai Indians had pulled off their first win of the season against KKR at the Wankhede stadium last month when they beat them by four wickets with just one ball to spare.
India retain top spot in latest ICC Test rankings
DUBAI: India have retained their number-one position in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Rankings released on Thursday.
While the Virat Kohli-led side lead South Africa by six points following the annual update, only nine points separate third-ranked Australia from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, with ninth-ranked Bangladesh trailing eighth-ranked West Indies by six points.
Pakistan win thriller for first Windies series victory
Roseau (Dominica): Pakistan won a thrilling third and final Test with six balls to spare to clinch a first series victory in the West Indies and give a fitting farewell to the retiring captain Misbah ul Haq and veteran Younis Khan.
Roston Chase's unbeaten 101, his second hundred of the series, proved in vain as the home side, set a target of 303 at Windsor Park in Dominica, slipped to 93 for six before the lower order almost rescued a dramatic draw.
No decision on Champions Trophy without COA permission: Rai to BCCI
NEW DELHI: The Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai today made it clear that BCCI office-bearers are not mandated to take any decision on India's Champions Trophy participation without the COA's approval.
Rai's comments came amid continuing speculation on India's Champions Trophy participation after the BCCI was outvoted on its opposition to a revamped revenue and governance model of the ICC. "Yes, we have issued an instruction that any decision regarding the ICC Revenue Model should only be taken at the Special General Meeting (SGM). But the BCCI units have been told that they cannot issue any legal notice to the ICC with regards to Champions Trophy pull-out without our prior approval," Rai told PTI.
The COA was forced to issue a diktat after it was learnt that around 10 loyalists of former BCCI president N Srinivasan engaged in a teleconference where the options of pulling out and taking legal action against the global body were discussed. The BCCI's SGM is scheduled to be held on May 7.
Yuvraj's timely fifty takes Sunrisers to 185/3
NEW DELHI: Delhi Daredevils managed to choke Sunrisers Hyderabad in the middle overs but Yuvraj Singh's splendid fireworks late in the innings led the defending champions to a challenging 185/3 in an IPL match here tonight.
Openers David Warner (30) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) had given the visitors a fiery start after being asked to bat but once the openers departed, Sunrisers had to work hard for runs.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra played a crucial role in choking the Sunrisers batsmen as he gave away only 23 runs in his four overs and also got rid of Dhawan. Jayant Yadav, included in place of Shahbaz Nadeem, also did a great job by conceding only 26 runs in his four overs.
When Kumble, the left-arm spinner, solved Pujara's puzzle
RANCHI: A legendary former leg-spinner, India coach Anil Kumble went to the extent of bowling left-arm spin to help Cheteshwar Pujara overcome the challenges posed by Steve O'Keefe in the ongoing Test series against Australia.
Pujara, who fell to left-arm spinner O'Keefe and premier pacer Mitchell Starc in the Pune Test, struck a gritty 92 in the second innings to set up a series-levelling win for India in Bengaluru
Mitchell Starc out of India tour with stress fracture
RANCHI: Australia's premier pacer Mitchell Starc was today ruled out of the remaining two Tests against India with a stress fracture in his right foot, dealing a major blow to the team's fortunes.
Starc was handy with both bat and ball in the opening two Tests, picking up five wickets besides scoring a crucial half century on a rank turner in Pune.
Bolt, Biles win Laureus Sportsperson of the year award
MONACO: Sprint king Usain Bolt pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy for the record-equalling fourth time while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women's category at the Laureus World Awards here.
They are the little and large of sport – while Bolt stands 1.95 metres, Biles measures just 1.45 metres – but they were both giants at the Rio Olympics and enjoyed an ecstatic welcome as they received their statuettes here, the birthplace of the first ever Laureus awards 17 years ago.
Starc will challenge Kohli throughout the series: Hussey
NEW DELHI: It will take a "collective bowling effort" from Australia to counter the Virat Kohli phenomenon but former batsman Mike Hussey believes that Mitchell Starc with his abilities will pose some serious challenge for the Indian captain throughout the Test series.
Kohli recently eclipsed Sir Don Bradman's world record scoring four double hundreds in four successive Test series.