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India vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019: ‘This is not war’ – Fans make peace as India crush Pakistan

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Passionate fans from both sides of cricket’s fiercest rivalry preached sporting peace after India’s World Cup thrashing of Pakistan on Sunday in front of an estimated global TV audience of a billion people.

India extended their unbeaten World Cup run against Pakistan to seven matches with an 89-run victory in front of a vociferous, sellout Manchester crowd, largely down to Rohit Sharma’s superb 140 off 113 balls.

Pakistan, chasing an initial 337 to win were always behind the run-rate and finished on a rain-interrupted 212 for six, well short of their revised target of 302 in 40 overs.

Despite the volatile political relations between the two countries, the majority of fans were determined that the sporting battle remained good natured.

“India and Pakistan have long been rivals in the cricket field but we have to move on from the hatred,” Amit Jain, an Indian at the match told AFP.

“This is not war, so take it as a game. All those news channels that were trying to spread hate are looking for some other news now.

“This is done and dusted for them. So we should realise this and grow up,” the 43-year-old London businessman added.

Most of the Pakistan supporters trudged away from Old Trafford early when rain interrupted with their team struggling at 166 for six after 35 overs.

When the match resumed, Pakistan were left with a virtually impossible revised target of 136 more from five overs.

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“India is a great team, no doubt about it and (India captain Virat) Kohli is a man who leads from the front,” said dejected Pakistan fan Ashraf Ali.

“We knew we had little chance but had to keep our morale up by saying that we are going to win

“It was fun sitting along side our Indian friends and watching a good game of cricket. That’s how it should be. Peace is what we need.”

In India and Pakistan it was approaching midnight by the time the game ended.

At a packed outdoor screen in Gurgaon outside New Delhi, hundreds of people were glued to the game before the rain started during Pakistan’s innings, many of them with Indian flags and painted faces.

“Today the josh (patriotic enthusiasm) is at the top of the level. I can’t express in words,” Indian fan Satyam Mishra said in Gurgaon.

Some started to dance and celebrate as Pakistan’s batsmen began to falter and the match tilted in India’s favour.

“Thank God we are warring on the cricket field rather than warring between our borders,” Avaneesh Damaraju, a 17-year-old student, told AFP.

Fans in Islamabad braved the heat to watch the match on big screens in a public park, but they began to thin out rapidly as Pakistan’s loss became inevitable.

“My Pakistani patriot tweet for the day: It is just a game,” tweeted former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani.

Others were less sanguine.

“My thoughts and prayers goes out to the television sets across Pakistan,” tweeted one user along with a photograph of a man aiming an automatic weapon at a TV set airing the match.

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Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s international future: Till I am around, everybody will be respected

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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the matter of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket will be addressed but vowed to accord the two-time World Cup winning captain respect during his tenure. Ganguly said he doesn’t now what is in Dhoni’s mind but promised that a player of his stature will be given respect.

“It depends on him. Even when I was left out and when the entire world said he will never make it, I believed in myself and came back and played for four years,” Ganguly said at his first media conference after taking over as the board president.

“You know champions don’t finish quickly. I don’t know what’s in his mind and what he thinks about his career. So we will deal with that you know,” he added.

Dhoni has been on a sabbatical from international cricket since India’s semi-final exit in the ODI World Cup, leading to speculations about his future.

“He is one of the greats of the game and India is proud to have MS Dhoni over a period of time. If you even sit down and take a note of what he has done, you say, ‘Wow, MS Dhoni’,” Ganguly said.

“It depends on him. I have always said when I was left out and the entire world said ‘I will never make it’. I came back and played for four years.” Since the Indian team’s World Cup exit, Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, joined his unit in the south Kashmir region to carry out patrolling, guard duties and similar responsibilities just like other soldiers.

He played golf in the United States and then showed up in the Indian dressing room at the end of their Test series triumph against South Africa in his home town Ranchi on Tuesday.

Legends of the game have often had unceremonious exits and Ganguly knows it more than anyone else how it feels to fight speculations and criticism.

“Till I am around, everybody will be respected and that doesn’t change,” Ganguly said.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament starts on November 9 and it is still not clear if Dhoni will be playing that tournament in case he wants to make himself available for selection for the West Indies tour at the end of the year.

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India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma breaks world record for most sixes in a Test series

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Rohit Sharma slammed his 6th Test century and third of the series against South Africa in the third and final Test match at the JSCA International Sports Complex in Ranchi on Saturday. Rohit got to his century with a six over long-off off Dane Piedt’s bowling in the post-lunch session of Day 1. Rohit, who now has 4 sixes in the innings (before Tea) broke the world record for most sixes by a batsman in a series. (India vs South Africa live score, 3rd Test Day 1)

Rohit broke the record of West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who had hit 15 sixes against Bangladesh in November 2018. The record for most sixes in a Test series by an Indian belonged Harbhajan Singh who had hit 14 sixes against New Zealand in 2010. Harbhajan had also scored two centuries in two matches to be adjudged Player of the Series for his batting.

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Rohit has been severe against off-spinner Dane Piedt, hitting him for 11 of his 17 sixes so far in the series. Piedt did not even play in the second Test but was brought back into the side after Keshav Maharaj was ruled out of the third Test in Ranchi.

Rohit and Rahane put together an unbroken stand of 166 for the 4th wicket as India did not lose a wicket in the second session. Rahane was unbeaten at 74 and Rohit was batting on 108 off 149 balls at Tea on Day 2 as India reached 205 for 3.

Rohit also brought up his 2000 Test runs. But it was not as easy in the first session for Rohit. He had to put his attacking instincts behind him and play the role of a grafter as Kagiso Rabada rattled the Indian top-order after Virat Kohli opted to bat first.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje reduced India to 39 for three in 15.3 overs.

Uneven bounce greeted the Indian openers after hosts elected to bat Rabada and Lungi Ngidi made full use of the conditions to give the visitors their best start of the series.

Rohit Sharma slammed his 6th Test century and third of the series against South Africa in the third and final Test match at the JSCA International Sports Complex in Ranchi on Saturday. Rohit got to his century with a six over long-off off Dane Piedt’s bowling in the post-lunch session of Day 1. Rohit, who now has 4 sixes in the innings (before Tea) broke the world record for most sixes by a batsman in a series. (India vs South Africa live score, 3rd Test Day 1)

Rohit broke the record of West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who had hit 15 sixes against Bangladesh in November 2018. The record for most sixes in a Test series by an Indian belonged Harbhajan Singh who had hit 14 sixes against New Zealand in 2010. Harbhajan had also scored two centuries in two matches to be adjudged Player of the Series for his batting.

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Rohit has been severe against off-spinner Dane Piedt, hitting him for 11 of his 17 sixes so far in the series. Piedt did not even play in the second Test but was brought back into the side after Keshav Maharaj was ruled out of the third Test in Ranchi.

Rohit and Rahane put together an unbroken stand of 166 for the 4th wicket as India did not lose a wicket in the second session. Rahane was unbeaten at 74 and Rohit was batting on 108 off 149 balls at Tea on Day 2 as India reached 205 for 3.

Rohit also brought up his 2000 Test runs. But it was not as easy in the first session for Rohit. He had to put his attacking instincts behind him and play the role of a grafter as Kagiso Rabada rattled the Indian top-order after Virat Kohli opted to bat first.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje reduced India to 39 for three in 15.3 overs.

Uneven bounce greeted the Indian openers after hosts elected to bat Rabada and Lungi Ngidi made full use of the conditions to give the visitors their best start of the series.

Pacer Rabada was impressive in his first spell of 7-4-15-2 as he got rid of opener Mayank Agarwal (10) and Cheteshwar Pujara (nought) inside the first-hour’s play.

The first breakthrough came in Rabada’s third over when the pacer swung it away with Agarwal edging it to Dean Elgar at third slip.

The young fast bowler dismissed Pujara in his fifth over following a successful review by the Proteas after on-field umpire Richard Illingworth turned down an lbw appeal.

But it was Nortje who earned the prized scalp of India skipper Virat Kohli, who could not read one that came back in sharply. Kohli took the review but it was not unsuccessful.

Since then, Sharma and Rahane have stitched a brilliant partnership.

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Virat Kohli’s Team India eye historic first against South Africa in Ranchi Test

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Ever since South Africa chose India to announce their return to international cricket in the post-apartheid era, the two nations have shared a special bond on the cricket field. However intense the rivalry on the pitch, mutual respect for each other never deserted the players. Despite the amiable relations and geniality off the pitch, the two teams have played some fierce encounters against each other.

In Test cricket, South Africa holds a slight edge over India in the head to head. While the Proteas have won 15 matches, India have registered 13 victories. India’s dominance in home conditions means they have lost just one series at home to the Proteas, which came right at the turn of the century. India are yet to win a series on South African soil, having lost 1-2 in their last attempt in 2018.

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Virat Kohli and his team though have wrapped up the ongoing series, after a comprehensive win in the second Test at Pune. The team which created a world record of most consecutive Test series wins at home, is now on the cusp of another special record. If Kohli’s Team India manages to win the Ranchi Test, it will be their maiden clean sweep over the Proteas.

India came very close to achieving this feat during South Africa’s last tour in 2015, but were denied by the rain gods as the second Test in Bengaluru was washed out and India eventually won the 4-match series 3-0. But Ranchi presents a great opportunity to this team to complete a first ever whitewash.

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This will also be the first ever whitewash by either of these teams against each other in a series comprising 3 or more matches. South Africa 2-0 win over India in India in 2000 remains the only series when a team won all the matches in a series.

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