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2023 WPL, DC vs. RCB Highlights 

2023 WPL, DC vs. RCB Highlights

Delhi Capitals Women win by six wickets, while Bangalore loses for the fifth time in a row.

In their Women’s Premier League encounter on Monday, Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets. This is RCB’s fifth consecutive defeat. After being called into bat by DC skipper Meg Lanning, Royal Challengers Bangalore reached 150 for four.

In response, DC finished the chase in 19.4 overs. After the early loss of Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey raced away to a 24-ball 38, while Jemimah Rodrigues chipped in with 32 in 28 deliveries and Jess Jonassen smacked 29 in 15 balls.

Ellyse Perry of Australia led the way for RCB with an unbeaten 67 off 52 balls. Perry finished with four fours and five sixes. Richa Ghosh hit 37 off 16 balls, including three sixes and four fours, improving RCB’s run rate in the back-10. DC’s Shikha Pandey took three wickets.

Delhi Capitals XI:

Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jess Jonassen, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, and Tara Norris batted for Meg Lanning (c).

Bangalore Royal Challengers XI:

Richa Ghosh (wk), Shreyanka Patil, Disha Kasat, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Renuka Thakur Singh, and Preeti Bose.

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On Day 1 of the 2nd Test Against New Zealand, Harry Brook Breaks Vinod Kambli’s Unbeaten 184-Run Record

Harry Brook Breaks Vinod Kambli's Unbeaten 184-Run Record

On Friday, England’s Harry Brook extended his streak of record-breaking performances in Test cricket (February 24). After entering into bat on Day 1 of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington at 21 for 3, Brook hit his fourth Test century in six games, ending unbeaten on 184 off just 169 balls.

Vinod Kambli, a former Indian batter, had previously held the record for the most runs scored in the first nine innings in a Test match until Brook’s innings. The Sunrisers Hyderabad player has now scored 807 runs in his first nine innings, breaking Kambli’s previous mark of 798 runs.

In fact, by the end of this Test match, Brook might improve upon this record and pursue a different one. With 912 runs scored in the first six Test matches, former India great Sunil Gavaskar holds the record. Sir Donald Bradman is second with 862 runs. Throughout this Test game, Brook could surpass both of them.

In an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 294 runs, Brook and Joe Root contributed to England’s total of 315 for 3 after Friday’s rain-shortened first day of the second cricket test against New Zealand. After 65 overs and a procession of records and milestones, a day that started unpromisingly with a lost toss and three early wickets concluded with England taking unbeatable control of the game and series.

Brook’s innings, which surpassed his 153 against Pakistan in December as his greatest Test score, was his fourth century in his past five tests. He already has 807 runs from just nine Test innings, more than any other player in Test cricket history at that time in their career. He also has three half-centuries.

He now has athletes like Sunil Gavaskar, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, and Henry Sutcliff behind him. In Wellington, he has already scored the most runs by an English batter.

With England 21-3, Brook stated that he entered the crease with “just the typical mindset, to be honest, just the way I’ve been playing for the entire time I’ve been playing test cricket.” I tried to exert pressure on the bowler while being as cheerful as I could, he said. “I did make a few minor adjustments, but generally, the happier you are, the more you can get away with.”

Before the rain started, Root reached a major milestone by scoring his 29th Test century. Currently, England and the Yorkshiremen have the highest fourth-wicket partnership against New Zealand. The first test, which England won by 267 runs, confirmed their dominance over New Zealand.

England currently appears certain to become the first side to defeat New Zealand in a test series at home in six years.

Brook was named man of the match after scoring 89 and 54 in the first Test, both at more than to run a ball and helping New Zealand lose the match. The home team had only a few days to recover from their thrashing, and they were bolstered on Friday by the return of fast bowler Matt Henry and batsman Will Young, while England named an unchanged squad.

New Zealand would have been pleased to have won the toss and bowled first, especially after Henry and Tim South had early success and England fell to 21-3 in less than seven overs. Then came Brook, and the match was transformed once more. His first half-century came from 51 balls, and his century came from 107 deliveries, with the second 50 coming from 56 balls.

He then went on to score 150 from 145 balls, significantly increasing his and England’s scoring. The third half-century required only 38 balls and served as a test for New Zealand, which was losing the match.

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As Pat Cummins Opts to Bat in the Nagpur Test, Australia Selects Todd Murphy to Partner Nathan Lyon

Todd Murphy

First Test match between Australia and India: Australia chose two off-spinners, including Todd Murphy, who will partner experienced spinner, Nathan Lyon. On Day 1 in Nagpur, Australia chose to bat after Pat Cummins won the toss.

Todd Murphy made his debut for Australia in the first of the four-test series against India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia, won the toss and decided to bat first on Thursday, February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on a surface that was predicted to be spin-friendly.

For the eagerly anticipated Test series, Australia had selected as many as four spinners. The 2-man spin attack will be led by Nathan Lyon, and Murphy, a fellow off-spinner, has been chosen. For the first Test, the visitors did not include Mitchell Swepson, a leg spinner, or Ashton Agar, a left-arm spinner.

Day 1 updates for India vs. Australia’s first test

Peter Handscomb, who had excelled on Australia’s 2017 trip to India, was chosen instead of the in-form Travis Head. Hands comb’s most recent Test appearance for India was in a domestic Border-Gavaskar Trophy match in 2019.

The decision to omit Head by Australia may have been made to reduce the number of left-handers in their batting lineup, which already includes wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Matt Renshaw.

The Indian batting order will bat last on the Nagpur pitch, and it has to be seen how successful two off-spinners will be in opposing them given the attention-grabbing news surrounding the series opener. India will bat last.

Pat Cummins praised their preparation for the Nagpur Test and stated that the team is feeling confident. Notably, before arriving in Bengaluru for a 4-day training camp where they imitated spin-friendly circumstances, Australia held a 2-day spin camp in Sydney.

Indian versus. Australian starting XI for the Nagpur Test

Australia: Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland, Steven Smith, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins (C), and Peter Handscomb.

India: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj, as well as Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Srikar Bharat (w).

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Alex Carey, the Winner of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Praises Virat Kohli and Steve Smith for Their Contributions to Cricket

virat kohli and smit

Alex Carey, an Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, praised Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, adding that both outstanding players have done incredible things for cricket and would be crucial players in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which starts on February 9 in Nagpur, will feature India and Australia competing against one another, reigniting the Virat Kohli-Steve Smith rivalry. The Kohli versus Smith rivalry always exists when India and Australia play each other, regardless of the format.

“We both understand how incredible they have been in the sport of cricket and for Australia. Steve Smith recently reached his 30th Test century. The last time he batted, whether in India or elsewhere, indicates how talented the man is. As a result, we will be aware that there will be massive wickets in the locker rooms. I’m assuming he’ll leave during this trip, but we’ll realize what a huge wicket it is, and for the following player to go in and do their business,” Sportskeeda was told by Alex Carey.

In the top 10 Border-Gavaskar Trophy run scorers, Sachin Tendulkar (3264 runs) and Ricky Ponting (3264 runs) are legends as well as Kohli and Smith (2555 runs). Smith was rated eighth with 1742 runs in 14 games at an astounding average of 72.58, eight hundred, five fifties, a best of 192.

“And we want to eliminate Virat as that important target, but he isn’t the only one. Because they are also two players about whom you don’t need to say much. The fact that he is the crucial wicket doesn’t need to be discussed at a team meeting. Each team will be aware of that. They are the mainstays of both teams,” Added Carey.

While Kohli and Smith’s prowess will be fascinating to watch, both are important batsmen, so their success might affect their respective teams.

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Zim Vs Wi Live Score: West Indies Opt to Bat in the First Test Against Zimbabwe

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A two-match series between Zimbabwe and the West Indies will begin on February 4 in Bulawayo. The series is significant for several reasons even though it is not a part of the World Test Championship. Find out when and where to watch the first Test match between Zimbabwe and the West Indies live in India.

Regular skipper Sean Williams, all-rounders Sikandar Raza and Ryal Burl, pacers Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani, who are on franchise commitments, and are among the five starters for Zimbabwe who are out due to injuries. However, Zimbabwe does include Gary Ballance, a seasoned Test player, in their lineup.

Ballance made a successful start for Zimbabwe’s senior team, scoring two scores of thirty runs or more, including a fifty, in three Twenty20 international matches against Ireland. When England hosts West Indies in the sixth series between the two countries and the first in more than five years, he will benefit from having played 23 Test matches for England.

The West Indies, on the other hand, have had their issues. After a lackluster performance in the T20 World Cup and the Test series against Australia, the Kraigg Brathwaite-led team has an opportunity to bounce back under the guidance of the new performance mentor Brian Lara.

Before the West Indies face the other and more powerful African country, South Africa, the two games will provide the visitors an opportunity to identify their strongest starting lineup and give the players some game time against a weakened Zimbabwe team.

Match Details

West Indies vs. Zimbabwe, first Test

Time & Date: February 4, 12:30 IST

Location: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

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Free Live Streaming of Six Vs. Heat: How to Watch the Live Game Between the Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat on Your Phone or TV

The Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat will compete in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2022–23’s last playoff game on Thursday, February 2. The location of the match is Sydney Cricket Ground. The grand finale, which is scheduled for February 4, will feature the Perth Scorchers and the victor of this playoff game.

The Sixers’ most recent match ended in a loss against the Perth Scorchers, but they still have a chance to go to the competition final. The Sixers had a remarkable run in the latter part of the season, winning five straight league games, until their seven-wicket loss against the Scorchers.

Alternatively, Brisbane Heat had a late comeback, in the second part of the season. On a hard route to this game, they defeated Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades. Even though they came in fifth after the league stages, the Heats played well when it mattered most.

They are just one game away from taking part in the BBL 2022–23 championship game. It should be mentioned that Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, and Matt Renshaw, the Brisbane Heat’s three most important players, are not participating in today’s game. Due to Australia’s Test Tour of India, the trio won’t be present. Steve Smith won’t be available for the Sixers for the same reason.

How can I watch the Sydney Sixers vs. Brisbane Heat game live? Live broadcasting and streaming

Sports Network has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast live BBL cricket matches in India. Live coverage of the matches will be available on the Sony Six and Sony Six HD channels. Additionally, the matches will be broadcast on the SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 3 channels. The Sony Liv app will offer live coverage of the matches.

  • The games will be broadcasted on PTV and Ten Sports Pakistan in Pakistan (Sony Ten Network).

  • The matches will be broadcasted on Fox Sports and Seven Network in Australia.

  • The game will be broadcasted on Willow TV in the US.

  • The game will be broadcasted on BT Sport in the UK.

  • Sky Sport NZ will broadcast the matches in New Zealand.

  • Matches will be broadcasted on SuperSport in South Africa.

  • The matches will be televised on CBN, ATN, and Cricket Plus in Canada.

  • Sports Max and Flow Sports will broadcast the games in the Caribbean.

  • The match will be broadcasted on beIN SPORTS in the Middle East.

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Who Will Win the Third ODI Match Between South Africa and England?

ODI Match Between South Africa and England

The last ODI of the series will be played in Kimberley on February 1, 2023, between South Africa and England. Temba Bavuma will act as the captain of the South African side, while Jos Buttler will serve as the captain of the England cricket team.

Because of a thumb injury, Quinton de Kock will likely miss the third ODI. In the starting XI, Reeza Hendricks can take his spot. In the meantime, England may attempt to reactivate Jofra Archer for the last ODI of the series. Phil Salt can also be included in the starting XI since he has fully recovered from his injury.

The stakes are high for South Africa since they must win to avoid taking part in the 2023 World Cup qualifying process. On the other hand, England, the reigning World Cup champion, must demonstrate its superiority by winning the final ODI of the series. The goal of Jos Buttler and his team in the ODI series against South Africa will be to win at least one game.

Winner Predicted for SA vs. ENG

The current ODI series between South Africa and the England cricket team is predicted to end in victory for South Africa. One quality that the Temba Bavuma-led team exhibited that this England team is currently lacking is their ability to play as a unit and seem dominant.

England should be concerned by Jofra Archer’s poor performance and the lower order’s underperforming, except for Jos Buttler. By winning the third ODI, South Africa would most likely sweep the series against England.

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When and Where Can I Watch the First T20i Between India and Sri Lanka Live Stream on Television?

First T20i Between India and Sri Lanka Live Stream on Television

First T20I between India and Sri Lanka live stream: The T20I series between Team India and Sri Lanka will be their first match of the New Year, and it will be played at Mumbai’s historic Wankhede Stadium.

In place of the team’s ‘big three’ — Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul — Hardik Pandya captains the side as India welcomes Sri Lanka for a three-match series in the shortest format.

However, the trio will return for the ODIs. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, and Deepak Hooda have been added to the T20I squad in their place. (Also read: This Couple, Hrithik Roshan And Saba Azad Welcome The New Year With Flying Lanterns)

Ishan Kishan will assume the wicketkeeping duties, while Suryakumar Yadav has been selected as vice-captain of the team.

Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh are most likely to be the leaders of the pace attack, which also includes Harshal Patel, Shivam Mavi, and Mukesh Kumar. Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel appear set to lead the spin line alongside Washington Sundar. 

The 2nd ODI between Bangladesh and India will be streamed live, as follows:

Q: When is the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka?

A: The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka will take place on January 3. (Tuesday)

Q: Where will the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka be played?

A: The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host the first T20l International between India and Sri Lanka.

Q: What time does the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka begin?

A: The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka will begin at 7 PM (IST). The same toss will be conducted at 6:30 PM IST.

Q: Which TV stations will carry the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka?

A: The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka will be televised on the Star Sports Network (Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3, and HD channels).

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Brittney Griner Is Flying Home, After a Prisoner Exchange with Russia 

Brittney Griner Is Flying Home

Brittney Griner, an American basketball player who had been held hostage in Russia for almost ten months on drug-related charges, was exchanged for Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death,”. 

In a brief statement delivered from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, President Biden announced Ms. Griner’s release. Cherelle Griner, Ms. Griner’s wife, smiled while standing at his side. Ms. Griner was anticipated to arrive in San Antonio overnight and undergo testing at a U.S. army hospital. 

“I spoke with Brittney Griner,” Mr. Biden stated. She is safe. She is on a plane. she is now returning home after being unlawfully detained and held in appalling conditions for months in Russia. (Also read: Virat Kohli Friendship With MS Dhoni, KL Rahul And Shikhar Dhawan)

Ms. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and All-Star center for the W.N.B.A.’s Phoenix Mercury, had been imprisoned for nine years, which put her in the middle of a contentious geopolitical standoff between Washington and Moscow. She was arrested in February at a Moscow-area airport when customs officers discovered two vape cartridges in her luggage that contained hashish oil. 

As a result of the international sanctions imposed on Russia in reaction to its invasion of Ukraine one week after Ms. Griner was detained, her case gained international attention since she was perceived as a hostage held by Mr. Putin’s administration. She was transferred to a prison colony outside of Moscow, which caused the Biden administration’s efforts to negotiate a prisoner swap to delay for months. 

The success in freeing Paul Whelan, another American who was detained by Russia despite months of attempts by U.S. diplomats to include him as part of an agreement with the Russians for the swap with Mr. Bout, dampened the celebration inside the West Wing on Thursday. 

Even as they welcomed Ms. Griner’s release, several Republicans blasted the administration for trading her for Mr. Bout, claiming the arrangement would embolden enemies to kidnap more Americans. (Also read: Gal Gadot Height, Age, Husband, Weight, Gal Gadot Biography)

Mr. Whelan, a former Marine who later worked as a corporate security officer, was detained in a Moscow hotel in December 2018 and found guilty of fabricating espionage accusations two months later in June 2020. 

The Biden administration made the right choice to bring Ms. Griner home and to make the deal that was feasible rather than waiting for one that was not going to happen, according to Mr. Whelan’s brother David in an email to supporters, but he added that “it’s clear the U.S. government needs to be more assertive.” (Also read: Biography: How Tall Ryan Gosling, Ryan Gosling Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Net Worth)

Russians made it plain in recent weeks, according to a senior White House official, that Mr. Biden would decide to sanction a one-for-one swap (Ms. Griner for Mr. Bout) and that they were unwilling to discuss the release of Mr. Whelan. 

The President Made the Painful Decision

The official claimed that the president made “the painful decision” to proceed and asked to remain anonymous to discuss the talks. 

Mr. Biden promised to keep pushing for Mr. Whelan’s release in his speech at the White House. 

Unfortunately, Russia is handling Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s for absolutely ridiculous reasons, he said. And although we haven’t yet been successful in getting Paul’s release, we’re not giving up. Never will we give up. (Also read: 12 Amazing Health Benefits Of Makhana)

The Griner family expressed gratitude to the president and others in a statement later on Thursday. 

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Virat Kohli friendship with MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan

KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli 

The former India captain, Virat Kohli, is better known for his competitive nature on the field than for his records and other achievements.

Unlike any other cricket player in the world, Kohli has a devoted fan base due to his aggressive style of play. India teammate KL Rahul recently said that Kohli’s anger is his “best friend.”

Rahul revealed that it is the same with him as well during his appearance on the show “Breakfast with Champions,” saying that you discover how to use that anger and channel it into appropriate things, this is a major part of  kl Rahul and Virat Kohli friendship to Virat’s career as a cricketer. 

Virat Kohli Friends 

Virat Kohli is a famous figure globally. Although he is well-known, he rarely discloses his personal life, despite the long-standing yearning of his fans to know more about him. Virat Kohli has a lot of friends, but only a minute number of them can truly be considered his closest buddies.

The following is a list of some of Virat Kohli’s closest teammates on the Indian cricket team. (Also read: How Many Cars Does Virat Kohli Have, Virat Kohli Luxury Car Collection)

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli 

Even though Virat has a sizable number of cricket-related pals, only a small number of them have demonstrated a special bond with him. MS Dhoni is one of them. Everyone has seen Dhoni and Kohli’s on-field collaboration.

Virat holds Dhoni in high regard for the crucial part he has played in fostering his development as a player and a leader. We heard them both being courteous to one another because of this.

The extent to which Kohli enjoys playing with Dhoni’s daughter Ziva Dhoni has also been made clear, highlighting their friendship both on and off the field. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s Shoes Collection – One8)

KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli 

KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli 

All of Virat Kohli’s teammates are good buddies, with KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. Since they have shared happy moments during games, there is no doubt that KL Rahul is Virat’s closest friend.

Additionally, Royal Challengers Bangalore, the group for which KL Rahul made his IPL debut, was where their relationship first started. Shikhar Dhawan is a close friend of Virat’s because they both hail from Delhi, which is the foundation of their connection.

They have been seen laughing and imitating one another. kl Rahul and Virat kohli friendship has been obvious since the two have been seen hanging out together off the court during tour games since they get along so well. 

KL Rahul claimed during a conversation online that Kohli is an amazing player, as everyone knows, and that they have a close friendship. (Also read: Virat Kohli Restaurant Kolkata: Amazing Restaurant To Eat)

He replied, “I’ll choose Virat (Kohli) because I know, and everyone knows, he is a brilliant player. He will sacrifice everything to save my life, he said, and we have a wonderful friendship. 

The IPL 2020 Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) franchise was to be led by KL Rahul, but the Coronavirus epidemic put the cricketing world on hold. KL Rahul hit two centuries and a half-century in the ODI series during his most recent tour against New Zealand. 

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