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Live Updates Between India vs New Zealand ICC Women’s World T20, straight from the Providence Stadium in Guyana

21:43 IST: 50 for Jemimah Rodrigues! Hits the ball straight down the ground, collects two runs and gets to her fourth half-century in T20Is. Rodrigues has provided excellent to Harmanpreet from the other end. IND 146-3 after 16.2 overs. 

21:40 IST: SIX! Harmanpreet Kaur is on fire! Another colossal strike from the Indian skipper. Tossed up delivery from Leigh Kasperek and Harmanpreet hits the ball straight down the ground to collect six runs. IND 138-3 after 15.4 overs.

21:35 IST: 50 for Harmanpreet Kaur! What a knock this has been from the Indian skipper. Takes a single down the ground to get to her seventh half-century in T20I cricket. Three boundaries and four sixes in her 50-run knock. IND 122-3 after 14.3 overs.

21:32 IST: FOUR! Harmanpreet Kaur is looking unstoppable at the moment. Boundary to end the over from Amy Satterthwaite. 18 runs from it including two sixes and a boundary. IND 116-3 after 14 overs.

21:30 IST: 100 up for India! Jemimah Rodrigues hits the ball straight down the ground to collect a single and 100 comes up for India in 13.2 overs. 

21:24 IST: FOUR! Beautiful shot from Harmanpreet Kaur. Over pitched delivery from Lea Tahuhu and Harmanpreet hits the ball straight down the ground to collect another boundary. Terrific timing on that occasion from the Indian skipper. 50-run partnership also comes up between Harmanpreet and Jemimah Rodrigues. IND 90-3 after 11.5 overs.

21:20 IST: Tidy over from Leigh Kasperek comes to an end. Five runs from it. Lea Tahuhu comes back into the attack for New Zealand. IND 81-3 after 11 overs.

21:14 IST: SIX! Another big hit from the Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. This time Harmanpreet hits Jess Watkin straight down the ground towards long off to collect six runs. The ball clears the rope with ease. IND 76-3 after 10 overs.

21:12 IST: SIX! First six of the tournament comes from the bat of Harmanpreet Kaur. Charges down the track against Jess Watkin and slams her over deep mid-wicket to collect six runs. 71-metre strike from the Indian captain. IND 66-3 after 9.2 overs.

21:05 IST: 50 up for India! Jemimah Rodrigues hits Sophie Devine’s delivery towards cover and picks up a comfortable single as 50 comes up for the Indian team in 7.3 overs. Jemimah Rodrigues batting on 19 alongside Harmanpreet Kaur on 2 runs. 

21:03 IST: Seven-run over from Amelia Kerr comes to an end. Another bowling change for New Zealand. All-rounder Sophie Devine will bowl from the other end. IND 45-3 after 7 overs.

20:58 IST: OUT! Another one bites the dust. India are three down now. Poor shot selection from Dayalan Hemalatha this time. Sweeps the full toss outside off straight into the hands of Lea Tahuhu at short fine leg. Hemalatha’s brief stay at the centre comes to an end. She walks back after scoring 15 runs. Leigh Kasperek gets her first wicket of the match. IND 41-3 after 5.4 overs.

20:54 IST: FOUR! FOUR! Back to back boundaries for debutant Dayalan Hemalatha. Hayley Jensen struggling with her line in the first over. 13-run over from Jensen comes to an end. IND 37-2 after 5 overs.

20:48 IST: OUT! Hayley Jensen takes an absolute blinder in the deep. Short pitched delivery from Lea Tahuhu and Smriti Mandhana goes after that one. Times it superbly but Jensen takes a stunning catch at the boundary line. Mandhana walks back after scoring just 2 runs. Both the openers are now back in the pavilion for India. Tahuhu grabs her second wicket of the match. IND 22-2 after 3.5 overs.

20:46 IST: FOUR! Beautifully driven from Jemimah Rodrigues. Wide delivery outside off stump from Lea Tahuhu and Rodrigues pounces onto that one. Places the ball perfectly between the point and the cover fielder to collect her first boundary of the match. 

20:41 IST: Terrific over from Lea Tahuhu comes to an end. Five runs and a wicket from it. Another bowling change for New Zealand. Leigh Kasperek replaces Jess Watkin at the other end. IND 14-1 after 2 overs.

20:36 IST: OUT! Spot on from Lea Tahuhu. Length delivery from Tahuhu nips back just in, hits the pads of Taniya Bhatia and goes on to hit the top of off stump. India lose their first wicket. Taniya walks back after scoring 9 runs. IND 9-1 after 1.1 overs.

20:34 IST: Two boundaries and a single from Jess Watkin’s first over of the match. Lea Tahuhu will share the new ball with Watkin from the other end. IND 9-0 after 1 over.

20:31 IST: FOUR! India and Taniya Bhatia are off the mark with a boundary. On the pads from Jess Watkin and Bhatia clips the ball fine on the leg side to collect the first boundary of the match. IND 4-0 after 0.1 overs.

20:30 IST: Openers Taniya Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana are out in the middle to start for India. Off spinner Jess Watkin will start the proceedings for the New Zealand. Here we go! 

20:24 IST: Both teams are out at the centre along with the match officials for the national anthems. We are minutes away from the start!

20:12 IST: Playing XI for both the teams!

India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Dayalan Hemalatha, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy

New Zealand Women: Suzie Bates, Anna Peterson, Sophie Devine, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin(wk), Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Watkin, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu

20:00 IST: Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur wins the toss and elects to bat against New Zealand. 

19:50 IST: Both teams warming up ahead of the start of the match.

19:40 IST: What a moment for Dayalan Hemalatha!

19:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the opening match of the ICC Women’s World T20 between India and New Zealand from the Providence Stadium in Guyana.

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and recently-appointed coach Ramesh Powar insist that the team has learnt from that final loss and the presence of youngsters, including six World Cup debutants, makes the squad “fearless”. India have never won the World T20 in their previous five attempts with their best result, a semifinal appearance, coming in 2009 and 2010.

This is the first standalone World T20 for women after being held alongside the men’s event in the past editions. In the lead-up to the World T20, India have hit good form, beating hosts Sri Lanka before blanking Australia A at home. What should give them additional confidence going into the opener is the wins against reigning champions West Indies and England in the warm-up matches.

India squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Anuja Patil, Mithali Raj, Arundathi Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav.

New Zealand squad: Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Anna Peterson, Harriet Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.







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Delhi High Court Seeks CBI Response To Wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s Plea

Delhi High Court Seeks CBI Response To Wrestler Narsingh Yadav

Narsingh Yadav’s had filed a plea seeking to expedite investigation into his complaint related to doping. © PTI


The Delhi High Court on Monday pulled up the CBI and asked the probe agency to file a response to wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s plea seeking to expedite investigation into his complaint related to doping filed ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics. Narsingh Yadav had tested positive for a banned substance ahead of the Rio Olympics and was debarred from representing India at the Rio Games. Thereafter, Narsingh Yadav filed a complaint alleging that his food had been spiked. Claiming that after his several representations to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the probe went unheeded, he moved the high court seeking speedy disposal of his complaint.

Justice Najmi Waziri observed that Narsingh Yadav had lodged the complaint after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s decision not to give a clean chit to the wrestler in the doping matter.

The court pulled up the CBI for not completing its probe into the matter and asked what the probe agency was doing for the past two-and-a-half years.

The court directed the CBI to look into the matter keeping in mind that sportspersons have a “short career”, especially in sports like wrestling and boxing.

CBI counsel Ripudaman Singh Bhardwaj told the court that the probe agency has to question members of the CAS panel and the scientists involved in the decision-making process who are foreign nationals. The investigation agency is sending requests to question them through diplomatic channels, he told the court.

The court also asked the CBI to file a report detailing how the agency has pursued the matter and listed the matter for February 1.







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Cristiano Ronaldo Refused Special Treatment For Madrid Tax Fraud Hearing

Cristiano Ronaldo will have to enter a Madrid courthouse on foot on Tuesday after he was refused special treatment, officials at the court where he will appear for tax fraud said. According to a court document dated January 18 and unveiled on Monday, the 33-year-old Juventus forward and former Real Madrid player was denied special security measures that would have allowed him to avoid walking past journalists and curious onlookers. The court session will start at 9:50 am time (0850 GMT) and a spokesman said Ronaldo could be sentenced on the same day or in coming days.

Ronaldo is expected to be given a hefty fine after Spanish tax authorities and the player’s advisors made a deal to settle claims he hid income generated from image rights when he played for Real Madrid.

The five-time world player of the year spent nine trophy-laden years at Real Madrid.

The president of the court in northern Madrid, Juan Pablo Gonzalez-Herrero, said in the court document that he had refused Ronaldo the special measures because despite his “great fame,” he won’t “compromise security” when he walks up the stairs to the courthouse.

That means Ronaldo will not be able to drive into a court car park away from the cameras, as he had requested.

His request to appear via video conference was also denied.

The deal reached between Ronaldo’s lawyers and Spanish tax authorities mean the player will be fined 18.8 million euros ($21.4 million) and given a 23-month prison sentence which he will not have to serve.

Sentences of up to two years are generally not enforced in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes.

The judge at the hearing will pass the final sentence.






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Australian Open: Drained Novak Djokovic “Not Feeling So Great” After Grind Past Daniil Medvedev

“I didn’t feel so great, you know, in the last 20 minutes of the match,” Djokovic told reporters.

“So we’ll see tomorrow how the body reacts, but I’m confident I can recover and I can be ready for next one,” he said.

“It was just, you know, a little bit of fatigue, a little bit of back. Nothing major. But there are a couple of things that have surfaced,” said the 14-time Grand Slam champion.

“It was kind of a cat-and-a-mouse game for most of the match.

“We had rallies of 40, 45 exchanges. That’s why I think it was physically exhausting.

‘Draining match’

“His backhand is very, very solid. He didn’t give me much from that side, but, you know, you can’t always play on the forehand.

“You have to open up the court and try to be patient and construct the point.”

The 31-year-old Serb crucially saved three break points at 1-2, 0-40 in the pivotal third set to break the tenacious 22-year-old’s resolve.

“Even though it was three sets to one, it seems like a five-set match, really,” said Djokovic.

“It was draining physically a lot, because, you know, you just could not rely on the one-two punch tactics.”

Djokovic reached his 43rd Grand Slam quarter-final to stay on course for a record seventh Australian Open title, but will next have to conquer marathon man Nishikori.

The Japanese number one was in trouble at two sets down before winning a third five-setter in four matches to get past Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

“Congratulations to him for fighting back from two sets to love down and break down. He’s a fighter,” said Djokovic.

“He’s a very talented player. One of the quickest players on the tour. You know, hard worker. I have lots of respect for him.”

The Australian Open is Djokovic’s most successful major and a seventh crown would put him clear of six-times champion Roger Federer, who was eliminated on Sunday, and Australian great Roy Emerson, whose six wins all came before the Open era.

Victory at this year’s Australian Open would be the Serb’s 15th in Grand Slams, putting him third on the all-time winner list — one ahead of American great Pete Sampras, but behind Rafael Nadal’s 17 titles and Federer’s 20.

It would be his third major in a row after winning Wimbledon and the US Open and set him up for a crack at the “Novak Slam”.

The French Open comes next and victory at Roland Garros would mean he holds all four majors.






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