Shami refused to meet me: Hasin Jahan

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Mohammed Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan, who was in Delhi to meet the Indian pacer, on Tuesday alleged that Shami not only refused to see her but also threatened her.

Jahan was in Delhi to see Shami after the fast bowler met with a road accident and suffered injuries.

“I had come to see Shami as he was injured, but he refused to meet me. He threatened me and said ‘I will see you in court now’,” Jahan told reporters here.

Jahan and Shami are currently fighting a legal battle after the former accused the latter of having extra-marital affairs.

“Yes he met and played with our daughter, but he did not acknowledge me, his mother was acting like a bodyguard,” Jahan added.

Shami has been booked under various bailable and non-bailable offences, including an attempt to murder, after Jahan’s complaint. (ANI)

Nidahas trophy India vs Bangladesh final: Karthik’s last-ball six helps India win

India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl first against Bangladesh in the Twenty20 tri-series final in Colombo on Sunday.

The youthful Indian team, which reached the final with three wins from four matches, made just one change — with paceman Jaydev Unadkat coming in for Mohammed Siraj.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said his team would have to be at their best against India. The underdogs are unchanged from their previous win against hosts Sri Lanka.

David Miller scores fastest T20 ton in 35 balls

 David Miller‘s world-record breaking innings of 101 off 36 balls gave South Africa clean sweeps over Bangladesh in all three formats with an 83-run win in the final Twenty20 on Sunday.

Miller hammered the fastest century in T20 internationals – he reached 100 off 35 balls to smash the record by 10 balls – to propel South Africa to 224-4 batting first.

Bangladesh was 141 all out in 18.3 overs, another heavy defeat on a difficult five-week tour for the visiting team.

It was the first time that South Africa had won every game in three series against a touring team, Cricket South Africa said.

While South Africa gained valuable preparation under new coach Ottis Gibson ahead of tours by India and Australia, Bangladesh failed to live up to the promise it showed recently in home series.

South Africa took the test series 2-0, winning those matches by 333 runs and then an innings and 254 runs. It swept the ODIs 3-0, with winning margins of 10 wickets, 104 runs, and 200 runs.

Bangladesh came closest to something to celebrate when it went down by 20 runs in the first T20.

In the final game of the tour, Miller hit five sixes in a row in the 19th over, and nine sixes and seven fours in all in his record-breaking innings. He beat the record of fellow South African Richard Levi, who scored a century off 45 balls against New Zealand in 2012.

“Obviously a really special feeling,” Miller said. “Don’t quite know what went on there but I was just trying to watch the ball and back myself.”

Miller’s five sixes off the first five balls of the 19th over from Mohammad Saifuddin helped him move from 57 to 88 in the space of an over. He just missed out on becoming only the third batsman to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket when he could

India Won By 6 Wickets

Half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik helped India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in the 2nd ODI in Pune to level the three-match series 1-1 on Wednesday. 

India achieved a six-wicket victory in the 2nd ODI against New Zealand in Pune on Wednesday to level the three-match series 1-1. Chasing a modest target of 231, India reached home in 46 overs with Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni not out at the crease. Dinesh Karthik and Shikhar Dhawan scored the only two half-centuries of the match to guide the hosts home with ease. Earlier, Indian bowlers did well to restrict New Zealand to only 230/9 in their 50 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked three while Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped two each. No New Zealand batsman could even reach a half-century with Henry Nicholls being the top-scorer with 42. New Zealand had claimed a six-wicket victory in the 1st ODI in Mumbai on October 22. The third and final deciding game will be played in Kanpur on Sunday. Follow full cricket score of India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI in Pune here

Afghanistan cancels T20 matches with Pakistan after Kabul attack

Pakistan were set to play their first Twenty20 match in Kabul later this year

Afghanistan have cancelled proposed home and away cricket fixtures with Pakistan after a deadly bomb attack blamed by the country’s intelligence agency on militants allegedly backed by Islamabad.

Pakistan were set to play their first Twenty20 match in Kabul later this year in what was seen as an opportunity for the neighbours to ease tensions over border skirmishes and alleged proxy warfare.

The Kabul match, set for July or August, would have been followed by a fixture in Pakistan and a full series at an unspecified date.

But the Afghanistan Cricket Board issued a strongly worded statement late on Wednesday, cancelling the matches in light of a truck bombing in the city’s diplomatic quarter that killed at least 90 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, although the Taliban has denied involvement.

“The ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board,” the Afghan board said on its Facebook page.

“No agreement of friendly matches and mutual relationship agreement is possible with a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens.”

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has blamed the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network for the attack, which has been linked to Pakistan’s military in the past.

The development leaves Pakistan’s cricketers even more isolated in the region.

India has refused to play a full series since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, while ties with fellow Test team Bangladesh have also soured after Pakistan pulled out of a planned series in July.

Pakistani officials said they were unhappy that Bangladesh were not willing to send their team to Pakistan.

Only minnows Zimbabwe have been willing to tour the insecurity-wracked country since a 2009 militant attack on the visiting Sri Lanka team.

Cricketing relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan were not always so frosty.

Afghans learned to play cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan after they were forced to leave their homes in the wake of the Soviet invasion in 1979.

The sport struggled to get a foothold in Afghanistan under the hardline Taliban, but has become hugely popular since the Islamist regime was toppled in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

While Pakistan has supported the Afghan team by supplying equipment and arranging fixtures with the fledgling side, rival India has also been keen to lend its support.

Last year, Afghanistan’s national team shifted its base from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Noida, Delhi, while India’s former batsman Lalchand Rajput replaced Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq as their national team coach.

Champions Trophy 2017: All set for an engrossing fortnight of heady action

Champion India has a balanced side with bowlers for all conditions and surfaces

As M.S. Dhoni and his men rejoiced in their white jackets on the damp Edgbaston turf four years ago, the world was meant to have seen the last of the ICC Champions Trophy, a curiously unloved tournament, a quasi-World Cup its promoters had no time for.

Months later, though, the ICC changed stance, reviving the competition and instead putting the proposed World Test Championship into cold storage.

“It proved impossible to come up with a format for a four-team finals event in Test cricket that fits the culture of Test cricket and preserves the integrity of the format,” an ICC press release in February 2014 announced. “The most recent ICC Champions Trophy event proved to be very popular with supporters around the world and the future events will build on this success.”

And so the Champions Trophy is back for an eighth edition, its elite status seemingly entrenched, its arrival at the start of the English summer greeted with cheer.

Much is expected of the home side, transformed after an uninspiring World Cup performance two years ago. Eoin Morgan’s men have won 27 of their 44 ODIs since, the best win-loss ratio among the Full Member sides, thumping their way to scores over 300 on 21 occasions, more than anyone else has managed.

England’s batting might

This has much to do with the surfaces it has played on, but there’s no denying the might of England’s batting group. Ben Stokes, without doubt the finest all-rounder in the world, stands poised to explode, although there exist concerns over an injured knee.

Morgan, who averages 55 over the last 10 months, now has the opportunity to deliver his nation a first major ODI trophy. Monday’s embarrassment at South Africa’s hands will temper expectations, but that game will be seen as an aberration.

For all the boldness of its new approach, England will have to demonstrate that it can overcome self-doubt and handle the white-knuckle tension of a tough knock-out fixture.

There are no such fears about India. Nine of the 11 that triumphed in the final in 2013 are part of this squad, older and wiser. This is a balanced side, with bowlers for all conditions and surfaces.

Virat Kohli leads India for the first time at a global tournament, the campaign set to begin against Pakistan here on Sunday. No pressure then.

Much has been said of Australia’s pace quartet but the batting — which has not covered itself in glory in English conditions in the recent past — would appear over-reliant on Steve Smith, who has spent a demanding but fruitful three months in India.

South Africa, which enters the event as the world’s top-ranked ODI side, continues to chase a first major title since the inaugural ICC Knockout in 1998.

While it remains A.B. de Villiers’ greatest unfulfilled ambition to win a World Cup, the 33-year-old will cherish any sort of trophy with his national team at this stage.

Sri Lanka, which welcomes Lasith Malinga back to the ODI setup; Bangladesh, which enters the event ranked sixth in the world; New Zealand, which possesses bowlers who could flourish in these conditions; and Pakistan, which has managed to send a player home already, do not perhaps strike anyone as favourites.

However, the eight-team format means nobody has much room for manoeuvre in the group stages. It also means we don’t have to wait a full month for the knock-outs.

Bilateral one-day cricket often struggles for context but a tournament such as this, with multiple contenders, evokes genuine interest.

If the scores in the recently-concluded Royal London One-Day Cup, the ECB’s domestic 50-over tournament, are anything to go by there will be some mountainous totals at all three venues. It should make for an absorbing fortnight.

Kohli, Kumble at loggerheads?

Kumble had replaced Ravi Shastri as Head Coach before last year’s overseas series against the West Indies.

Has India captain Virat Kohli taken cudgels against Head Coach Anil Kumble?

The answer, seems to be an emphatic yes.

Kohli, India captain across all formats, is believed to have told those running day-to-day cricketing affairs in India that all is not well with the team and the former India captain.

Kumble had replaced Ravi Shastri as Head Coach before last year’s overseas series against the West Indies.

Observers following the fortunes of the Indian team since last July believe that Kohli and Kumble are strong cricket personalities and that a clash between them was waiting to happen any time.

The BCCI, kept abreast of the personality clash, even asked Virender Sehwag to apply for the coach’s job during the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai.

The ‘Prince of Najafgarh’ seems to have expressed no interest in the proposal. “It was virtually offering the Head Coach position to him,’’ said an official.

BCCI officials tracking the long home international season are not sure whether the fissure in the team harmony began to widen when left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav played the last Test against Australia at Dharamshala (India was led by Ajinkya Rahane for the injured Kohli). It is understood that Kumble’s proposal to field Yadav in the third Test at Ranchi was shot down by Kohli.

An official said: “This may or may not be the reason. But we believe the people in the corridors of power have been told that Kumble is overbearing and doesn’t give freedom to the players. It’s sad that aspersions are cast on a legend of Indian cricket.”

The Indian team members were invited for the premiere of ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ on May 24 and observers believe that Kohli may have even spoken to Sachin Tendulkar about the declining relationship between the team and Kumble.

And, the BCCI invited applications for the post of Head Coach on May 25.

Why Hashim Amla is the most dangerous batsman at ICC Champions Trophy

South Africa cricket team batsman Hashim Amla flicks and scores a boundary during the first ODI vs England cricket team at last week. England sealed the series, winning the first two matches of the three-ODI competition which acts as a warm-up for both sides for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017(Getty Images)
Hashim Amla always carries himself with a certain amount of calm. The bespectacled South Africa cricket team opener exudes a studious aura. His composed demeanour at the crease gives the impression that his job is to remain glued to the crease for hours. And, because he is so technically correct and always stereotyped as a Test specialist, he is not spoken of in the same breath as players such AB de Villiers or Virat Kohli in the shorter formats.

Despite the fact that Hashim Amla averages in the fifties and has 24 centuries in ODIs, he still goes unnoticed, perhaps due to the ease at which he scores.

Aleem Dar credits Hashim Amla for his new look during ICC Champions Trophy
But his recent exploits in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where Amla not only smashed two centuries but also kept his strike rate over 145, aggregating 420 runs in 10 innings for Kings XI Punjab, busted notions regarding his limited-over abilities.

Amla seems to have used the IPL and the ongoing series against England cricket team (where he scored 73 & 24 in the first two matches) to get himself into peak form for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Amla’s transformation into a limited-overs force can be attributed to a few tweaks in his batting technique and change in approach — looking to unleash his attacking instinct. Now, Amla has emerged as a tricky equation to crack for the bowlers.

A year or so back, Amla struggled in the T20s. The absence of fancy strokes and over reliance on copy-book technique seemed to be the hindrance. Amla’s talent and potential was unquestionable — he just had to make that transformation — and with the kind of technique he possessed, it was just a matter of making a mental switch.

Throughout the IPL, Amla scored big and scored fast but never forsake his technique. He stood true to his technique and style, just like how Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson did, and still found huge success in T20.

“Kane Williamson and Virat have the quality to clear the ropes when needed but by and large through good cricketing shots,” Amla told HT during the IPL.

Deep in the Crease

Amla stuck to his “good shots” too, while making a slight tweak in the technique — a matter of using the 1.22m popping crease.

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In the IPL matches against Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions — where he scored centuries — Amla’s shots troubled the bowlers and looked pleasing to the eye as well. While Amla does go really back and across before the ball is delivered, he extended his trigger movement to a few inches deep into the crease. The front foot made sure it stayed on the leg side. And Amla kept a slightly open stance and for a reason too.

The wickets were so flat that swing was out of the equation. So, he didn’t have to worry about getting squared up. The second reason was that he knew he would have to tackle serious pace and only standing deep in the crease would give him the extra time to play his shots. Against Lasith Malinga, Amla hit him for a huge six over long on as Malinga’s perfect length gave him time to free his arms. Cementing his front foot on leg gave Amla the room and the time to swing.

Even if any ball was bowled in the corridor, Amla would further clear his leg and play the ball on the up on the off side. Similarly, if the bowler drifted onto the legs, Amla already used to be in a semi-open position and would only open his hip further following the line of the ball.

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Against spinners, his approach was equally effective. Planting his foot on leg meant that he could play an inside-out drive anytime the bowler pitched on middle. Anything outside off was a free hit. While Amla said that it was his skipper Glenn Maxwell’s backing that helped him express freely in the middle, he added that he also wanted to stick to the tried and tested.

“I think batting in the top 3 does allow the opportunity to play normal cricket shots and still get value as the field is up,” elaborated Amla. “Some of the grounds in India are small and field is quick. It allows you to set it up for the guys at the end who may not be as technically correct.”

Setting it right

Setting a foundation for the big hitters to go for it at the end is what Amla has been doing over the years for South Africa.

In ODIs, 22 of his 24 centuries have come in a winning cause. He averages over 65 in the 95 games in which SA have won. In the remaining 51 games, he averages under 29.

A few years ago, Amla had an average of 53 and at one point it was better than that of Virat Kohli. The India skipper too averages over 65 in winning causes and has scored 24 tons. From the numbers, it is evident that Amla’s contribution at the top has played a vital role in SA’s success.

Kohli’s role over the years has been of an anchor. He is usually busy setting up the game for India. Amla also plays a similar role. He averages 56 when batting first and 41 during chases.

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Come Champions Trophy, Amla would still be busy doing the anchoring role but this time things would be a tad different. He is armed with a a deadly ability to hit boundaries at will.

And Amla’s last two knocks against England show how it took him no time to adapt to the English conditions. As opposed to IPL, he made sure that he played close to the body, waited for the slightly spongy bounce and stayed side-on to tackle swing. In the later part of his innings, he used the long handle against Chris Woakes and Mark Wood during the matches.

Amla seems primed to make that kill and play a big role in helping South Africa win an ICC tournament and remove that chokers tag.

While AB de Villiers is the face of SA’s famous wins, going by recent form Amla’s would be the most sought after wicket for the opposition bowlers during the Champions Trophy. If Amla gives a solid start to South Africa, it sets up things for the power hitters in the squad — the likes of De Villiers, Faf du Plesis and David Miller.

So when India play South Africa in their group match at the ICC Champions Trophy, Kohli & Co would be ready with plans on how to crack the Amla code.

Aleem Dar credits Hashim Amla for his new look during ICC Champions Trophy

Experienced umpire Aleem Dar surprised a lot of spectators during the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match between India and New Zealand with his new look. The 48-year old, who is usually always clean shaven, is now sporting a full-grown beard and he revealed that it was South Africa cricketer Hashim Amla who asked him to grow his beard in the Islamic way.

 

Talking to PTV after the match, Dar said that he was thinking about growing a beard and Hashim Amla’s advice helped him to make up his mind. Amla himself sports a long beard and is well known for his composure both on and off the cricket field.

Aleem Dar is one of the most consistent and experienced umpires in the world right now. He has officiated in 111 Tests, 183 ODIs and 41 T20Is. He has won the Umpire of the Year Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and in January this year, Dar surpassed South African Rudi Koertzen’s record of officiating in the highest number of international games to become cricket’s most experienced umpire.

 

The match between India and New Zealand was interrupted by rain and the men in blue clinched the game by 45 runs (D/L method). They will play their second warm-up match against Bangladesh on May 30.

चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी : जो कमाल क्रिस गेल,अफ़रीदी और महेंद्र सिंह धोनी नहीं कर पाए वह इस “दादा” ने कर दिया

चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में कई रिकॉर्ड बने है लेकिन आज एक ऐसे  रिकॉर्ड की बात करते हैं जो क्रिस गेल,शाहिद अफ़रीदी और महेंद्र सिंह धोनी जैसे विस्फोटक बल्लेबाज नहीं बना पाए लेकिन दादा के नाम मशहूर सौरभ गांगुली ने बनाया था

नई दिल्ली: आईपीएल का बुखार ख़त्म हो गया है अब लोगों की नज़र मिनी वर्ल्ड कप यानि चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी पर है जो 1 जून से इंग्लैंड में शुरू होने वाली है. 18 दिन तक चलने वाले इस टूर्नामेंट में आठ टीमें हिस्सा ले रही हैं. पहला मैच इंग्लैंड और बांग्लादेश के बीच होगा.भारत अपना पहला मैच पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ 4 जून को खेलेगा. 2013 में इंग्लैंड में खेली गई चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी का चैंपियन भारत हुआ था. इस टूर्नामेंट में भारत अपना हर मैच जीता था. पहले मैच में साउथ अफ्रीका को 26 रन से हराया था, दूसरे मैच में वेस्टइंडीज को आठ विकेट से , तीसरे मैच में पाकिस्तान को आठ विकेट से मात देकर सेमीफाइनल में पहुंचा था और सेमीफाइनल में श्रीलंका को आठ विकेट से हराकर फाइनल में जगह पक्का की थी. फाइनल मैच भारत और इंग्लैंड के बीच 23 जून को खेला गया था. बारिश से प्रभावित इस मैच को भारत पांच रन से जीतकर पहली बार चैंपियन ट्रॉफी जीतने का गौरव हासिल किया था.

सबसे ज्यादा छक्के मारने के मामले में यह खिलाड़ी है आगे : चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में कई रिकॉर्ड बने है लेकिन आज एक ऐसे  रिकॉर्ड की बात करते हैं जो क्रिस गेल,शाहिद अफ़रीदी और महेंद्र सिंह धोनी जैसे विस्फोटक बल्लेबाज नहीं बना पाए लेकिन दादा के नाम मशहूर सौरभ गांगुली ने बनाया था. एक दिवसीय मैचों में जब सबसे ज्यादा छक्के मारने की बात होती है तो सबसे पहला नाम पाकिस्तान के शाहिद अफ़रीदी का आता है. अफ़रीदी 398 मैच खेलते हुए  कुल मिलाकर 351 छक्के लगाए हैं, दूसरे स्थान पर श्रीलंका के सनथ जयसूर्या है जो 445 मैच खेलते हुए 270 छक्के लगाए हैं. तीसरे स्थान पर वेस्टइंडीज के क्रिस गेल(269 मैचों में 238 छक्के) और चौथे स्थान पर भारत के महेंद्र सिंह धोनी है जो 286 मैच खेलते हुए 204 छक्के लगाए है. इस मामले में सौरभ गांगुली आठवें स्थान पर है।. एकदिवसीय मैचों में सौरभ गांगुली कुल मिलाकर 311 मैच खेले हैं और 190 छक्के लगाए हैं.
लेकिन चैंपियन ट्रॉफी में दादा ने दिखाई है अपनी दादागिरी : लेकिन चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में सबसे ज्यादा छक्के मारने का रिकॉर्ड न अफ़रीदी, न गेल न धोनी के नाम है. इस मामले में सौरभ गांगुली इन विस्फोटक बल्लेबाज़ों को पीछे छोड़ दिया है. सौरभ गांगुली चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में सबसे ज्यादा छक्के लगाए हैं. गांगुली चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में 13 मैच खेले हैं और 11 पारियों में 17 छक्के लगाए हैं. गांगुली के बाद दूसरे स्थान पर क्रिस गेल है जो 17 मैच खेलते हुए 15 छक्के लगाए है,तीसरे स्थान पर ऑस्ट्रेलिया के शेन वॉटसन है जो 17 मैचों में 12 छक्के लगाए है. इस लिस्ट में गांगुली के सिवा दूसरे जो भारतीय बल्लेबाज सबसे ज्यादा छक्के लगाए है वे है सचिन तेंदुलकर जो 13वें  स्थान पर है जो 16 मैचों में सात छक्के लगाए है. शिखर धवन 28वें स्थान पर( पांच मैचों में चार छक्के) और विराट कोहली 30वें स्थान पर हैं.कोहली आठ मैचों में चार छक्के लगाए हैं. चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में अगर एक पारी में सबसे ज्यादा छक्के मारने की  बात की जाए तो सौरभ गांगुली तीसरे स्थान पर हैं.

गांगुली ने चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में मारे है सबसे ज्यादा अर्धशतक : चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में सौरभ गांगुली का रिकॉर्ड काफी अच्छा रहा है। सबसे ज्यादा अर्धशतक मारने के मामले में सौरभ गांगुली पहला स्थान पर है। गांगुली 11 पारियों में छह अर्धशतक लगाए है।  गांगुली के बाद भारत के राहुल द्रविड़ दूसरे स्थान पर है।  द्रविड़ 15 पारियों में छह अर्धशतक लगाए हैं। चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में अगर सबसे ज्यादा शतक मारने की मामले में सौरभ दूसरे स्थान पर है. गांगुली तीन शतक लगाए है जब की साउथ अफ्रीका के हर्शेल गिब्ब्स ने दस मैच खेलते हुए तीन शतक के साथ पहला स्थान पर है। गांगुली के बाद भारत के तरफ से शिखर धवन सबसे ज्यादा शतक लगाए हैं. धवन पांच मैचों में दो शतक लगाए हैं. भारत के लिए मोहम्मद कैफ,वीरेंद्र सहवाग और सचिन तेंदुलकर एक-एक शतक लगाए हैं. चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में सबसे ज्यादा रन बनाने के मामले में सौरभ गांगुली चौथे स्थान पर है । गांगुली 11 पारियों में करीब 74 के औसत से 665 रन बनाये है,. इस मामले में क्रिस गेल पहला स्थान पर है जो 17 मैचों में 791 रन बनाये है।  श्रीलंका के महेला जयवर्धने दूसरे स्थान पर है जो 21 पारियों में 742 रन बनाये है.

After India, a son for Jonty in Mumbai

Mumbai Indians fielding coach’s wife gives birth to boy, the couple’s second child in the city

South African cricketing legend and Mumbai Indians fielding coach Jonty Rhodes was blessed with a baby boy on Sunday evening in Mumbai. His wife Melanie opted for a water birth at the Surya Child Care Hospital in Santacruz, where she had delivered their first baby, a girl they named India.

“The baby is healthy and weighs 3.7 kg. The mother is doing very well too,” Dr. Bhupendra Avasthi, paediatrician and founder of the hospital, said. The delivery was carried out by gynaecologist Dr. Ameet Dhurandhar. According to Dr. Avasthi, Melanie walked into the hospital around 5.30 p.m. and immediately went into labour. “The water birth was extremely comfortable for her. She was up and walking around within an hour after delivery,” he said adding the hospital has carried out nearly 40 water births so far.

The couples first baby was born during the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) eighth season. “This time, Mr. Rhodes is away for the final [against Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad]. He is expected to arrived early on Monday,” added Dr. Avasthi. Mr. Rhodes took to Twitter to announce the arrival of his son. “The prize before the prize @mipaltan? Nathan John “plunged” into the world at 6:20 pm on IPL final #poolbirth #earthmother #incredibleindia” the former Proteas fielding genius tweeted.

No surprises in Indian team for Champions Trophy

Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami return to the squad after injuries.

The The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee on Monday announced the Indian team for the Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 1.

On Sunday, at a special general meeting (SGM) held in New Delhi, the BCCI said India would participate in the Champions Trophy.

Rohit, after recovering from a thigh injury he sustained during the Test series against England last year, has replaced opener K L Rahul, who suffers from a shoulder injury.

Manish Pandey has been drafted in as an extra batsman in the 15-member squad, to be led by Virat Kohli.

India will play their Champions Trophy lung-opener against arch-rival Pakistan on June 4.

The squad

Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, M.S. Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England v Ireland: Eoin Morgan praises Adil Rashid for overcoming ‘tough’ winter

Adil Rashid showed he has learned from a “tough” winter by taking 5-27 to help England beat Ireland by seven wickets in Bristol, said captain Eoin Morgan.

Leg-spinner Rashid, 29, struggled for consistency as England lost a Test series in India 4-0 late last year.

He was dropped after the first one-dayer against India but performed well in the West Indies series in March.

“He’s a huge asset for us and hopefully he gets it right in the middle of the summer,” said Morgan.

Rashid’s figures on Friday were the second best by an English spinner in one-day internationals, behind the 5-20 taken by Vic Marks against New Zealand in Wellington in 1984.

“It was a tough time in the winter and he’s clearly learned from it,” Morgan told BBC Test Match Special. “He’s slowly building back enough confidence.

“Coming out with his career-best performance after having a very tough winter in India and starting to put something together in the West Indies – it shows the threat leg-spin has.”

England play the second and final one-dayer against Ireland at Lord’s on Sunday (11:00 BST).

Aizawl team members escape unhurt in bus accident

Newly-crowned I-League champions Aizawl FC team members today escaped unhurt when the bus carrying them to the airport met with an accident, police said.

The players were to catch a flight from Lengpui Airport, 40 kilometres west of Aizawl, as they were leaving for Cuttack to take part in the Federation Cup starting on Sunday.

But the bus carrying them met with an accident, police said.

There were no casualties and none of the players sustained injuries, police said.

The mishap occurred as the driver reportedly dozed off while driving and the bus fell into a drain, police said.

Earlier, an Aizwal FC fan had died during the reception ceremony of the club at the Assam Rifles ground on Monday, police said.

Aizawl take on Chennai City FC in their first match of the Federation Cup on Sunday.

Kumble irks BCCI, could land into trouble before Champions Trophy

New Delhi: India’s Champions Trophy participation may still hang till the May 7th Special General Meeting but controversies are chasing the Indian Team and those associated with it like an inseparable shadow.

In a fresh set of obstacles, Indian head coach Anil Kumble has apparently landed into hot soup after letting his emotions flow about Indian’s Champions Trophy fate.

Kumble had reportedly approached the BCCI lamenting that he along with the entire Indian team are willing to board the flight to England to defend their crown in the Champions Trophy. BCCI, which is seriously thinking of boycotting the ICC event, has apparently not taken Kumble’s move in the most harmonious manner.

Some BCCI officials are irked because they want the matter to be left to the board, which is on a head-on fight with the ICC for changing the revenue-sharing model for which the BCCI is set to incur a hefty loss.

“It is the institution which decides, and not one individual. Kumble writing to the Board about his decision of wanting to play in the Champions Trophy was uncalled for. He had no business in doing this,” a senior BCCI member was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

“Kumble is going to be on a sticky wicket for this act once the Board members take control of BCCI. It is just a matter of time,” said another senior functionary.

Notably, Indian captain Virat Kohli and a host of other former Indian cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly have also been vocal about the need for an assent for India’s Champions Trophy participation.

The CoA (Committee of Administrators) has also directed the board to select the squad for Champions Trophy after the April 25 deadline was missed.

India to participate in Champions Trophy

New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) met the members of state association in Delhi on Saturday to reconfirm their status regarding to India participation in the Champions Trophy and with respect to Members Participation Agreement (MPA).

North zone and east zone unit went in first followed by central, west and south zone.

All members categorically stated that they do not favour a pull out or any drastic action. However, some members wanted a letter to be sent.

CoA reminded that negotiations are the only way out and they should bargain hard, and members were largely in agreement. BCCI may seek a tally of $400-450m from ICC.

ABP News first reported that India will play champions trophy and selection will happen on May 8. BCCI acting President CK Khanna confirmed this development and Amitabh choudhary will convene the meeting.

BCCI SGM now remains a matter of generic interest after all members reiterated their intention of India playing the Champions Trophy

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Rupinderpal’s brace seals bronze for India

Ipoh: Rupinderpal Singh converted two penalty corners as India outclassed New Zealand 4-0 to clinch a bronze medal in the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, here today.

Rupinderpal sent identical ground drag-flicks into the corner past New Zealand goalkeeper Richard Joyce’s outstretched right hand in the 17th and 27th minutes.

SV Sunil then scored his first goal of the tournament in the 48th minute as he captitalised on a cross from Mandeep Singh into the goalmouth, while Talwinder Singh rounded off India’s scoring in the last minute.

Earlier, Malaysia defeated Japan 3-1 in the playoff to decide the fifth place in the tournament standings.

Having failed to earn a place in the final after a listless show in the last preliminary league encounter against Malaysia yesterday, India gave an improved display to clinch the bronze medal – a shade below their silver medal behind Australia in the tournament last year.

Combining well, the Indian strikers showed purpose when they moved into the rival territory, but India missed three sitters in the first quarter that ended goalless.

India started with two successive penalty corners in the second minute of play, but the rushers denied Harmanpreet Singh a good look at the goal.

In the next minute, a soft error by the Black Sticks defenders saw Mandeep gain possession of the ball and move into the scoring area, but his reverse drive from the top of the circle was deflected by the goalkeeper.

Captain Manpreet Singh’s brilliant flair in the fifth minute saw him break into the circle down the right flank and feed a cross to Mandeep, who failed to deflect the ball toward the goal.

India’s best chance in the first quarter came in the 12th minute when Manpreet sent a cross parallel to the goalline for Mandeep, stationed near the far post, but Mandeep erred in his effort to tap the ball in.

Rupinderpal opened the scoring on India’s third penalty corner, his stinging grounder leaving the defenders gasping. In the 27th minute, Mandeep had a good run on the left flank.

After charging into the circle, his cross found no takers, but an obstruction on Mandeep earned India a penalty corner. Rupinderpal’s shot on the fourth penalty corner struck a defender’s foot and another penalty corner was awarded, which he duly converted with a fine low shot.

After failing to feature in goal-scoring action in the entire tournament, Sunil finally made en entry on the score- sheet by deflecting in Mandeep’s cross from right in the 48th minute.

Talwinder Singh also got among the goal scorers for the first time in the last minute of play after picking a pass from Manpreet in the circle. Talwinder created some space for himself and sent a reverse shot into the boards.

Unadkat does the ’trick for Pune

Sunrisers fail to overhaul a modest total

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Undakat could not have timed his hat-trick better.

With Sunrisers Hyderabad needing 13 runs in the final over to clinch victory, Unadkat removed Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with his second, third and fourth balls to guide Rising Pune Supergiant to a remarkable 12-run win in the Vivo IPL at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Saturday.

Unadkat finished off a five-for, and it had come against a formidable batting line-up and under pressure.

Stokes shines

A brilliant all-round performance from Ben Stokes earlier — he followed up a breezy knock of 39 (25, 1×4, 3×6) with a three-wicket haul.

Stokes dismissed Shikhar Dhawan, who was looking dangerous, and Kane Williamson in the fifth over, and then forced a well-set David Warner to slash straight to deep-point in the 13th over.

Yuvraj Singh also looked good with a straight six off Stokes and an imperious pull off pacer Shardul Thakur.

But Unadkat, returning for his second spell, drew Yuvraj into a slice to the deep, and Pune was back in the game.

It was a thoroughly disciplined bowling performance from Supergiant which fashioned the win.

Earlier, after being put in to bat, Supergiant did not manage the sort of start it would have hoped for.

In-form opener Rahul Tripathi was run out for one, thanks to a direct hit from short fine-leg by Bipul Sharma in the second over.

Ajinkya Rahane then swept left-arm spinner Bipul to Yuvraj Singh at deep square-leg in the seventh over, with score reading 39.

The fact that Rahane’s six in the sixth over — stepping out to medium-pacer Moises Henriques and lofting him over long-on — was the first boundary was a reflection of the Sunrisers’ discipline.

Bhuvneshwar, yet again, was miserly in his first spell of 2-0-9-0, even as he saw his new-ball partner, left-armer Ashish Nehra leave the field with cramps after bowling seven balls.

Boundaries at a premium

Interestingly, the first four of the innings was struck by Stokes off Siddarth Kaul in the 14th over!

Captain Steven Smith was lucky to be dropped when on five at short fine-leg by Bipul off Kaul.

The belligerence of the big-hitting Stokes, who hit Bipul for three sixes, and an unusually quiet Smith put the innings back on the rails.

Typical Dhoni knock

A typical M.S. Dhoni innings — the former India skipper shrugged off a sluggish start to hit Bhuvneshwar for a four and two sixes in the 19th over — ensured that Supergiant ended up with a far more respectable total than had looked likely.

While it was leggie Rashid Khan who struck the big blow to get rid of Stokes, Kaul was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers, with a four-wicket haul.

He was even on-a-hat-trick, dismissing M.S. Dhoni and Shardul Thakur off consecutive balls in the 20th over.

IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions, highlights: Pant, Samson power DD to 7-wicket win

Powered by a brilliant 143-run second wicket partnership between Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, Delhi Daredevils defeated Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets in the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday. Get highlights of Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions here.

Delhi Daredevils chased down Gujarat Lions’ total of 208/7 with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare in what was the second highest successful chase in the history of the Indian Premier League. Rishabh Pant (97) fell short of his century by three runs but earned praise from all over thanks to his brilliant innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday. The Delhi Daredevils are still sixth in the standings but have kept alive their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, do not have any chance of qualifying for the top-4 spots. Get highlights of Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions here.

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