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World Of Football Gets A Rejig With Messi, Alba, Semedo Make A Come Back

Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo are now part of the FC Barcelona squad that is going to challenge Real Sociedad on Saturday. The left back Alba didn’t feature after suffering a recurrence of his calf knock against Slavia Prague in the start of November.

Portuguese international and the right back Nelson Semedohad been standing for the injured Alba but he too was ruled out for five weeks 23 minutes after Alba pulled up again.

Return of players

Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto made a ceremonial return to La Liga after remaining out fromBarçathat travelled to Milan midweek and clinched their first ever victory over Inter at the San Siro.

AnsuFati and Carles Perez, the goalscoring heroes of that match were rewarded for their spectacular performance. Also, Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena are included in the squad. But keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is expected to replace Neto that made his debut in the Italian fashion capital.

Brazilian midfielder Arthur is still suffering from a pubis problem but a rejuvenated Ivan Rakitic hasn’t got a break even after giving excellent performance. He has yet to … Read the rest

India Beat West Indies By 67 Runs And Wins Series With 2-1

India beat West Indies by 67 runs in the third match of T-20 series. With this win, India won the series by 2-1. Indian team won the first match but lost the second. The third match was played on Wednesday in Wankhede stadium Mumbai. With this series, India won three consecutive series against West Indies. India won the first series by 3-0 in 2018 and second series with 3-0 in August this year.

Highlights of the series

Rahul became Man-of-the-Match and Virat Kohli was Man-of-the-Series

Virat Kohli made 113 runs in the series

It is second time that three Indian batsmen made 50+ runs in T20

Kohli made his 24th half-century; Rohit made 19th half-century and Rahul made 8th half-century

Three Indian batsmen made half-centuries for the first time in T20 in England in 2007

Rohit made record of 400 sixes

Rohit became third cricketer to make 400 sixes in the international cricket. With 534 sixes, Chris Gayle of West Indies is the first batsman to hit maximum sixes. He’s followed by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi with 476 sixes. Rohit … Read the rest

India Took 1-0 Lead In 3-Match T20l Series With West Indies

Indian skipper played a key role in India’s victory the 1st T20l over West Indies in Hyderabad. Virat Kohli made 94 runs in 50 balls and remained not out. India won the match with six-wickets.

Virat Kohli was man of the match

The score 94 out of 50 balls and not-out is the career best of Virat Kohli. KL Rahul also made 62 off just 40 balls in an impressive inning to help India chase the target of 208 runs in just 20 overs. With this winning, India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series starting 6th December Friday. The second match of the series would be played on Sunday 8th December in Thiruvananthapuram.

Highest run-chase by India

208 in 20 overs was the highest run-chase by India in T20l match. Earlier India chased the target of 207 against Sri Lanka at Mohali in 2009. It was also a successful chase.

West Indies skipper on the match

Kieron Pollard, captain of West Indies team, said that the battling line of the team did well by scoring 207. Buy he had regrets that his team … Read the rest

Tim Paine’s Calling Off Innings On 589/3 Resulted In Denial Of Opportunity To David Warner Not Out On 335

Tim Paine declared his innings on Day 2 of the second Test against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. But he decided to declare the innings at a time when David Warner was just a couple of runs behind Brian Lara.

David Warner the scorer

The left-handed batsman had scored 335 at the time of innings declaration. He was well pas the score of the batting legend Don Bradman and Mark Taylor but was denied the golden and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to break the record of Brian Lara. And it is what left cricket community all over the world fuming over the decision of Australian skipper.

Was Tim Paine right in declaring innings when David Warner was chasing the highest Test score?

Tim Paine faced much criticism for his decision of calling the innings but the cricket community and even the experts took at as denial of an opportunity and he was trolled on for declaration on social media. But some people appreciated his decision of keeping team above individual score.

David Warner’s achievement

• Broke the record of Pakistan’s Azhar Ali to become the … Read the rest

England Hopeful Of A Good Start After Winning Toss In The Second Test With New Zealand In Hamilton

Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first in the second and final Test series of two matches with New Zealand. Joe Root also made two changes in his team – Ollie Pope and Zak Crawley are inducted into the team for the last Test.

Why is this Test important for England?

England has to win this Test, if it wants to save the series. It is to be noted that the English team has already lost the first Test by an innings and 65 runs. Joe and Co would want to strike hard tie up the series by winning the last Test. It has already made changes in the team to strike hard.

Winning of toss is seen as an opportunity to put those dispiriting days behind and hope for a win this time. Also, Joe Root can take advantage of the conditions that could be helpful in getting a good start.

What is the winning strategy of England?

The skipper Joe Root said that he would be happy if the series closes with 1-1. His performance in the last test was … Read the rest

Pink Ball Injures Bangladesh Batsmen But Virat Kohli Makes 136

Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to make a hundred after hitting 136 in the first Pink Ball Test in Kolkata. Earlier Virat spoke at length about the challenge of facing pink ball but he was more comfortable on the ground.

Virat Kohli makes hundred with pink ball

Skipper Kohli maintained discipline while hitting the pink ball hard. Most of his shots were aimed at the “V” area where he found much room for his ball. The 136 runs he made include 18 boundaries that gave Bangladesh bowlers a chase to the boundary. Finally, the Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam sent Virat Kohli to pavilion.

With this century, Virat Kohli is now standing alongside top batsman with highest hundreds. He has crossed Steve Smith and moving ahead to join South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Australia’s Allan Border who also have 27 Test hundreds.

Indian bowlers relished bowling with pink ball

According to Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian pacers and spinners were quite excited to bowl before a jam-packed stadium where the audiences were shouting to encourage bowlers at every ball. The Bangladesh batsmen found it quite difficult … Read the rest