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Indian men’s cricket team won gold medal in Asian Games

Afghanistan, batting first, reached 112/5 in 18.2 overs before persistent rain interrupted play at Zhejiang University Cricket Field, preventing a restart.



Indian men's cricket team won gold medal in Asian Games
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In a historic debut at the Asian Games, the Indian men’s cricket team secured the gold medal after their final match against Afghanistan was abandoned due to persistent rain. The Ruturaj Gaikwad-led Indian side was declared the winners by virtue of their higher seeding in the continental showcase on Saturday.

Afghanistan, who were put into bat, had reached a score of 112 for 5 in 18.2 overs when the relentless rain forced a halt in proceedings at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field. Unfortunately, the match never resumed from that point onward.

Afghanistan had a shaky start, losing three wickets early on with only 12 runs on the board. Zubaid Akbari (5), Mohammad Shahzad (4), and Noor Ali Zadran (1) all fell cheaply in the opening four overs.

The first breakthrough for India came when Shivam Dube (1-0-4-1) dismissed Akbari in his initial over. Akbari’s attempt at a hook shot ended in his downfall against a rising delivery from the Indian pacer.

In the following over, wicketkeeper-batsman Shahzad was caught behind off a delivery from left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh (3-0-17-1).

Afghanistan’s woes continued when Zadran was run out, thanks to a precise throw from Ravi Bishnoi from deep square leg, which led to the uprooting of the stumps.

Shahidullah then played a crucial role in resurrecting the Afghan innings, scoring an unbeaten 43-ball 49 (3×4, 2×6) in a partnership with Afsar Zazai (15). However, India struck back when leg-spinner Bishnoi (4-0-12-1) broke the 37-run partnership by clean bowling Zazai with a deceptive wrong one.

From the other end, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed dismantled Karim Janat for just 1 run. This brought skipper Gulbadin Naib to the crease, and he, along with Shahidullah, managed to add 60 runs to give Afghanistan’s total some respectability before rain halted their progress.

Unfortunately, the match could not resume, and the match referee from Sri Lanka, Graeme Labrooy, made the decision to abandon the match. As a result, India claimed their first-ever gold in cricket at the Asian Games.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 112/5 in 18.2 overs (Shahidullah 49 not out) vs India.


England’s World Cup Hopes Diminished by Sri Lankan Victory

England’s defeat has severely dented their semifinal prospects. Opting to bat first, they managed only 156 runs in 33.2 overs, diminishing their chances.



England's World Cup Hopes Diminished by Sri Lankan Victory

In a stunning turn of events, England’s reign as the 50-over World Cup champion has been cast into serious doubt after a resolute performance by Sri Lanka. On Thursday, Pathum Nissanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama’s fifty-run partnerships, coupled with exceptional bowling, led Sri Lanka to an emphatic eight-wicket victory.

A Struggling England

England, choosing to bat first, suffered a bewildering batting collapse, being dismissed for a meager 156 runs. The primary culprits were the comeback man Angelo Mathews, who claimed 2 wickets for 14 runs, and the impressive Lahiru Kumara, who took 3 wickets for 35 runs.

A Sri Lankan Triumph

Despite losing a couple of early wickets, Sri Lanka confidently chased down the target. Pathum Nissanka, who scored 77 runs off 83 balls, and Sadeera Samarawickrama, with his 65 off 54 balls, played a pivotal role in this victory with an unbroken 137-run partnership for the third wicket.

England’s World Cup Hopes Dwindling

With just two points from five matches, England now retains only a theoretical chance of making it to the semifinals. In contrast, Sri Lanka, with four points, has a stronger foothold in the competition.

A Glimpse of Hope

England managed to dismiss opener Kusal Perera and Lankan captain Kusal Mendis early on, reducing their opponents to 23 for 2. However, Nissanka and Samarawickrama, two of SL’s best ODI batters this year, combined to produce a solid partnership to ease Lanka’s nerves.

A Battle of Determination

The right-handers displayed moments of elegance but prioritized compactness to secure their partnership. Occasionally, they unleashed their natural batting prowess, with Samarawickrama’s exquisite drives and Nissanka’s daring six over long-on.

A Day of Lacking Determination

Unfortunately, England’s performance lacked determination. While Ben Stokes (43) and Dawid Malan (28) made noteworthy contributions, they were the only ones who showed any intention to bat with purpose in this must-win match.

Batsmen’s Struggles

Joe Root got run out attempting a non-existent single, Jos Buttler’s aggressive drive ended in a catch behind, Jonny Bairstow mistimed a pull, and Liam Livingstone fell prey to an LBW. These were expected to be the leading figures of England’s batting charge, but they failed to deliver.

Stokes’ Brave Effort

Stokes did try to carry the weight on his shoulders, but a tough chance dropped by Samarawickrama off Kumara when Stokes was on 12 didn’t change the course of the game. His dismissal marked the end of England’s chances of posting a challenging total.

The Comedy of Errors

Rashid’s comical run-out symbolized England’s struggles with the bat. The inept batting display shouldn’t overshadow the remarkable performance of the Lankan bowlers, particularly Lahiru Kumara.


In a surprising turn of events, England’s World Cup campaign is teetering on the edge. Their inconsistent batting and a formidable Sri Lankan side have put their title defense in jeopardy. They will need to regroup and come back stronger to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.

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Maxwell’s Record Century: Australia’s Historic World Cup Win

Maxwell’s breathtaking century (106 off 44 balls) demolished the Dutch attack, setting the World Cup record for the fastest century in just 40 balls.



Maxwell's Record Century Australia's Historic World Cup Win

In an electrifying match on Wednesday, Australia achieved a historic victory against the Netherlands during the World Cup. Glenn Maxwell and David Warner played pivotal roles in this spectacular triumph, rewriting the cricketing records. This article delves into the remarkable events of this match and provides insights into the key players’ performances.

The Record-Breaking Century

Glenn Maxwell’s stunning performance left cricket enthusiasts in awe. He achieved the fastest century in World Cup history, an astonishing feat that will be etched in cricketing annals for years to come. Maxwell’s whirlwind century came off just 40 balls, outshining South Africa’s Aiden Markram, who previously held the record for the fastest century in a World Cup match.

Warner’s Stellar Performance

Maxwell’s brilliance was complemented by David Warner’s consistency and skill. Warner secured his second consecutive century, showcasing his prowess as a batsman. His 104 runs off 93 balls provided the foundation for Australia’s remarkable score of 399 for eight.

A Historic Victory

Australia’s win was nothing short of historic. Not only was it the most substantial victory margin in the history of the World Cup, but it also ranks as the second-largest win in One Day International (ODI) cricket. The Netherlands, who had to chase down a colossal total, found themselves outmatched and outplayed.

Maxwell’s Explosive Innings

Maxwell’s innings were a spectacle to behold. He smashed nine boundaries and cleared the boundary rope eight times with his powerful sixes. His aggressive and relentless approach demoralized the Dutch attack and set the stage for Australia’s dominance in the match.

Smith and Labuschagne’s Contributions

Steve Smith played a crucial role in supporting Maxwell and Warner, contributing 71 runs off 68 balls. His partnership with Maxwell was pivotal in building Australia’s imposing total. Marnus Labuschagne also played a valuable knock, scoring 62 runs off 47 balls, ensuring that Australia had a formidable batting lineup.

Netherlands’ Struggles

The Netherlands, tasked with chasing a mammoth target of 400 runs, faced an uphill battle from the outset. They struggled to build partnerships and find answers to the Australian bowlers’ relentless attack. In thGlenn Maxwell’s Historic Century Propels Australia to Victorye end, they were dismissed for a mere 90 runs in just 21 overs.

Outstanding Bowling by Australia

Australia’s dominance was not limited to their batting performance. The bowlers showcased their excellence as well. Adam Zampa emerged as the star with an impressive four-wicket haul for just eight runs. Mitchell Marsh chipped in with two wickets for 19 runs. Their efforts restricted the Netherlands to their lowest World Cup total.


In what will be remembered as a historic match, Australia’s exceptional performance, especially the record-breaking century by Glenn Maxwell and David Warner’s consistency, led to a massive victory. This match was a testament to the quality and dominance of Australian cricket on the world stage.

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Afghanistan’s Crushing Defeat by New Zealand in the World Cup

Afghanistan’s impressive win over England was followed by a humbling 149-run loss to New Zealand in a one-sided World Cup match.



Afghanistan's Crushing Defeat by New Zealand in the World Cup
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In a World Cup match held on Wednesday, Afghanistan received a harsh reality check from New Zealand, just four days after their victory over defending champions England. New Zealand dominated the game, securing a resounding 149-run victory.

With this win, New Zealand remains undefeated in the tournament, reclaiming the top spot with their fourth consecutive victory. Afghanistan, tasked with chasing a challenging target of 289 on a spinner-friendly wicket at Chepauk, struggled and could only manage 139 runs in 34.4 overs.

Lockie Ferguson, with figures of 3/19 in 7 overs, proved too fast for the Afghan batsmen, while Mitchell Santner’s bowling (3/39 in 7.4 overs) created significant problems, with his deliveries often turning sharply.

New Zealand’s path to victory was paved by the exceptional batting performances of Will Young (54), Tom Latham (68), and Glenn Phillips (71), helping them post a total of 288/6 in 50 overs.

Afghanistan’s chase was marred by a rocky start, as they were reduced to 43 for 3 by the 14th over. Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (8) was the third wicket to fall, courtesy of Lockie Ferguson. Rahmat Shah (36) and Azmatullah Omarzai (27) briefly stabilized the innings with a 54-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, they struggled to score freely due to the challenging conditions.

In the 26th over, pacer Trent Boult broke the partnership by dismissing Omarzai. From there on, Afghanistan struggled to find answers, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Before their batting innings, New Zealand overcame a mini mid-innings slump to post a commendable total. The Afghan fielding side had some lapses, dropping five catches, which made things even more challenging for them, particularly Rashid Khan.

Despite the occasional setbacks, New Zealand’s trio of half-centuries, contributed by Young, Latham, and Phillips, ensured they posted a competitive total on a challenging pitch. The partnership between Phillips and Latham, worth 144 runs for the fifth wicket, was particularly crucial and could prove to be a game-changer.

New Zealand, put in to bat first, lost opener Devon Conway (20) early in the seventh over, as spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman trapped him leg-before. However, Young and Rachin Ravindra (32) steadied the ship, forming a convincing 79-run partnership for the second wicket.

Afghanistan missed a chance to dismiss Ravindra, and the Black Caps’ batters pressured spinner Mohammad Nabi, attacking him regularly. In the 21st over, pacer Azmatullah Omarzai cleaned up Ravindra, breaking the partnership. This marked a brief collapse for New Zealand, losing Young and Daryl Mitchell (1) by the 22nd over, to Omarzai and spinner Rashid Khan, respectively.

Despite some opportunities, Afghanistan couldn’t capitalize on New Zealand’s difficulties. Skipper Latham and Phillips provided another substantial partnership, as both batsmen reached their respective half-centuries. As the duo accelerated the scoring rate in the latter part of their innings, their partnership was finally broken by pacer Naveen-ul-Haq in the 48th over, with both batsmen departing.

However, Mark Chapman (25 not out) played a late cameo, hitting two fours and a six, ensuring that New Zealand crossed the 275-run mark.

For Afghanistan, Omarzai and Naveen were the standout bowlers, claiming two wickets each, while Rashid Khan maintained an economical spell.

In summary, New Zealand’s solid batting display and effective bowling proved too much for Afghanistan in a one-sided match. The Black Caps maintained their unbeaten streak in the tournament and reclaimed the top spot in the standings.

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