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England’s captain Eoin Morgan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lucky to get out of this game with a tie: Eoin Morgan

  • After the first ODI of the 5-match series between England and Sri Lanka ended in a tie, the England skipper Eoin Morgan said that his side was lucky to escape with a dramatic tie. Chasing a target of 287, England were struggling at 82 for six but Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes got the home side back on track.
  • Buttler scored 93 runs from 99 balls with 6 fours and a six, and Woakes remained unbeaten on 95 from 92 balls with 4 boundaries. The home side needed 14 off the last over, and it went all the way down to the last ball with 7 to win. Liam Plunkett smacked Nuwan Pradeep over his head for a six to tie the match. Chris Woakes was adjudged as the man of the match.
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Zimbabwe-India live telecast hampered due to technical issues in the stadium

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  • The third and the final T20I between Zimbabwe and India turned out to be a riveting contest full of twist and turns. The match was heading towards a potential nail-biting finish with the Zimbabweans batsmen giving the India a run for their money before a technical glitch at the venue disrupted the live telecast.
  • A technical glitch at the venue disrupted the live telecast at the venue just after Peter Moor departed. The advertisements kept running and running and the telecast was halted, leaving the excited spectators nervous and clueless about the proceedings.
  • The fans kept their finger crossed to get the live pictures back because the match was heading towards a nail-biting finish. There was no telecast for about three overs. Initially. It was thought that the telecast was cut off due a power cut at the venue but later but was cleared that it was broadcasting issue.
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Focus should be on engagement, not arrangement: Anurag Thakur

  • Newly elected president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Anurag Thakur wants “engagement with fans as well as media persons” of the media managers of different state teams in domestic cricket.
  • In the past, the job of media managers in state associations was to look after arrangements in the press box and organising the press conferences. However, Thakur added that with the changing times, media management has also undergone a lot of change at the moment.
  • “The focus should be on engagement and not a mere arrangement. The media managers should now be able to tell the story of Indian cricket and also be responsible for highlighting the good work done by their respective state associations using the digital platform,” Thakur told PTI on Wednesday.
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CAB made 5 crore profit from World T20 2016

  • The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said that the association earned over 5 crores from the ticket sales during the World T20 2016. CAB hosted many matches including the crunch clash between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan and the final of the tournament.
  • West Indies played against England in the final of the tournament and had a nail biting finish with Carlos Brathwaite of West Indies winning it for them with 4 back-to-back sixes of the last over.
  • “We have had an income of Rs 8.5 crore. Five crores from the ticket sales during World T20,” Avishek Dalmiya told reporters here after its working committee meeting on Tuesday.
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Mitchell Starc shows damage inflicted by fast bowling

  • Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc is perhaps the most lethal fast bowler in the world at the moment. The Australian left armer has been a fearsome name in the cricketing world.
  • But, every out and out fast bowler like him has to face injury troubles in his career and Starc’s case has been no different. The young speedster has been marred by injuries lately and has missed a large part of the cricketing action in 2016 due to his injury.
  • The 26-year-old posted a photo of his ankles and his toes protected by a swathe of bandages with the messages ‘wifewillbehappy.’ He seems to be taking no chances from the ankle injury he had endured a stress ankle fracture last year during the inaugural day-night Test against New Zealand and was subsequently ruled out of action for 5 months.
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Liam Plunkett hailed England’s batting depth

  • Liam Plunkett had almost presented his side with an unbelievable win in the first ODI of the series at Trent Bridge. With 7 needed off the last ball, he hit the last ball from Nuwan Pradeep for a six to have the Sri Lankan fans stunned. Plunkett credited the batting depth for the comeback from a struggling situation.
  • “It was nice to get that one out,” Plunkett said after the game. “They bowled well at the death and obviously Woakesy (Chris Woakes) and Jos (Buttler) put us in a great position after a few early wickets.
  • We bat all the way down – me and (Adil Rashid) are 10 and 11 – so we’re backing ourselves to take it as deep as possible. I just feel if you’re in at the end you give yourself the best chance to clear the ropes and lucky enough it was the last ball.”
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CAC impressed with Anil Kumble’s presentation

  • When Anil Kumble applied for the role of the head coach of team India, the country immediately became synonymous with the legend’s credentials.
  • Yesterday, the CAC interviewed a few shortlisted candidates for the position of head coach. As per reports from India Today, the list has now been reduced to two names – Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble.
  • The CAC comprising of former Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman had just two questions for the coach elect. Anil Kumble’s presentation saw him touch upon cricketing matters overseas with the ideology of winning at home and losing overseas.
  • Further reports go on to suggest that Kumble’s was the longest presentation and that he touched upon the different formats of the game as well. Perhaps it was the captain’s experience that helped in his presentation as well.
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I was literally speechless watching Maxwell: Mitchell Marsh

  • Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh praised his teammate, Glenn Maxwell after the latter smashed 46 off just 26 balls to help Australia beat West Indies in the 8th match of the tri-series and seal their finals berth.
  • Marsh himself played a brilliant innings of 79 from 85 balls, to chase down a target of 283 against the home side. “I said give yourself a few balls mate and then go for it,” Marsh said after the game. “I was literally speechless at the other end watching an innings like that.”
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Bermuda wicketkeeper Fiqre Crockwell dies aged 30

  • Former Bermuda wicketkeeper-batsman Fiqre Crockwell was found dead early Monday morning in the Pembroke parish area of Bermuda. According to a report in the Royal Gazette, Crockwell was found fatally wounded shortly before 3am near DeSilva Close, in the area of Woodlands Road.
  • He was soon taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. A Bermuda Police Service spokesman was quoted saying: “It is unclear whether the shooting victim and stabbing victim were involved in the same incident or separate incidents.”
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Shane Warne accuses Munaf Patel for faking his age

  • Former Australian legendary cricketer Shane Warne is always known to be associated with controversies. And he sparked another controversy with his comments on Tuesday, while commentating in the ODI match between England and Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge. Warne made a shocking allegation that the Indian pacer Munaf Patel faked his age while playing in the Indian Premier League.
  • Munaf had played under Warne in the Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the IPL. When Warne had asked him about his age, Patel in his response asked him whether he wanted to know his real age or his IPL age. He told Warne subsequently, that his real age was 35, and the age he had used to register for the IPL was forged, and set at 29.
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The CPL is the biggest party in sport: Darren Sammy

  • West Indies ICC World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy believes that the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is shaping to be the strongest tournament ever.
  • In an exclusive interview with cplt20.com, the St Lucia-born all-rounder says: “The CPL is the biggest party in sport”, the 32-year-old said. “It’s not like any other tournament and when it comes to entertainment, there’s nothing like it. I have been lucky to have been a part of it for the last three years since its inception and CPL is renowned for its carnival atmosphere.
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Pratima Singh reveals the story of how Ishant Sharma proposed to her

  • Ishant Shama’s engagement news was a huge surprise for cricket fans. He hardly had any link-ups before and was never been in the news for his personal life unlike some of his teammates. Therefore, the news about his engagement with India’s basketball star Pratima Singh came as a highly unexpected news.
  • “He’s the most decent guy around and extremely caring. We have been dating for quite a few years and I feel he’s the best guy in the world,” Pratima was quoted by TOI as saying.
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We need to have an open mind on day-night Tests: Rahul Dravid

  • India seems to have openly accepted the concept of Day-night tests and have understood that it the way forward to save the classic format of the game.
  • Speaking exclusively to ESPNcricinfo, Former India captain Rahul Dravid also feels that it was imperative that everything be done to ensure Test cricket does not “wither away and die”, and if playing with a pink ball under lights attracts bigger crowds into stadiums, slightly more challenging playing conditions should not stand in the way.
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West Indies skipper Jason Holder doubtful ahead of must-win game against South Africa

  • It seems West Indies will have to play the must-win game against South Africa without their skipper Jason Holder. The tall all-rounder sustained a hamstring injury during his team’s previous encounter against Australia yesterday.
  • The 24-year-old all-rounder, who bowled two overs for 20 runs before trudging off the field, now faces a race against time to regain full fitness ahead of the must-win final league stage encounter against South Africa on Friday (June 24).
  • “I’ve strained my left hamstring,” Holder said after the match. “Hopefully, I’ll be ready for the game on Friday, still not sure at the moment. I think the bowlers made a very good attempt at trying to defend the runs. It was just unfortunate we were one bowler short.
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