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ICC World Cup 2019: Cricketing world in awe of Mitchell Starc’s ferocious yorker to dismiss Ben Stokes

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Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc bowled one of the best yorkers ever to dismiss Ben Stokes as Australia thrashed hosts England by 64 runs in a league match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

With this loss, England’s chances of reaching to the semi-finals suffered a major dent as their last two league matches are against India and New Zealand. On the other hand, Australia, on Tuesday, made it through to the semi-finals with two matches to spare.

Stokes was batting on 89, perhaps guiding his side to a remarkable victory considering the early collapse England had. But the 29-year-old Starc had other plans.

On the last delivery of the 37th over, Starc ran in and delivered a 145 kph inswinging yorker to outfox Stokes. The English all-rounder put his front foot a little forward as Starc’s delivery was coming in. But he was a bit late to put his bat down on the ball and it ripped through him to hit the off stump.

Stokes lost the grip on his bat and kicked it away in disgust and distraught as he walked back to the pavilion.

Former and current cricketers were in absolute awe of that stunning yorker and felt that Starc had delivered the ‘ball of the tournament’.

Here are some of the best tweets:

ICC World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly gives a fitting reply to MS Dhoni’s critics

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Just after India’s World Cup 2019 clash against Afghanistan, wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni had been in the eyes of the storm for his slow innings.

Dhoni scored 28 runs off 52 deliveries at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton on Saturday (June 22). Post this, the former Indian skipper has been brutally trolled by the netizens. However, the bashing was not limited to social media but even off the field as cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was unhappy with Dhoni.

“I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying.

Now, Sourav Ganguly in a recent interview gave a fitting reply to Dhoni’s critics and said that MSD will bounce back soon and he should not be judged on the basis of one game.

“At the end of the day, MSD is a very good batsman and he will definitely prove that in this year’s World Cup 2019 as well despite his sticky form against Afghanistan. It’s just one match,” said Ganguly, as quoted by DNA.

Dhoni has not had many opportunities with the bat so far in the ongoing World Cup and has scored 90 runs in four innings for the Men in Blue, who are currently unbeaten in the tournament bagging four wins in their first five games. Dhoni will be hoping to respond to his critics with the bat when India take on West Indies in their next game at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday.

ICC World Cup 2019 – WATCH: Ben Stokes kicks his bat in frustration after being castled by Mitchell Starc

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Ben Stokes Mitchell Starc

Australia beat England by 64 runs to become the first team to seal a birth for the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Hosts England had a stiff target to chase after Australia posted 285/7 in their full quota of 50 overs.

The Eoin Morgan-led side lost early wickets and were struggling at 53 for 4 when all-rounder Ben Stokes came out to bat. He with Jos Buttler (25) added a 71-run partnership before Buttler was dismissed with the team score on 124 in the 28th over.

The turning point in the match, however, came in the 37th over, when Mitchell Starc castled Stokes for 89 (off 115 balls) with a ferocious inswinging yorker.

The southpaw was frustrated with his untimely dismissal and kicked his bat in fury. Also, England’s hopes of winning the game ended with his dismissal and Stokes was well aware of that.

Here’s the video:

England are now in a tricky situation as they need to win the last two games of the league stage in order to make it to the semi-finals.

ICC World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns to training, Navdeep Saini joins Team India as ‘net bowler’

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini

India seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar handed his team a major boost as he returned to training ahead of the World Cup clash against the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday. However, it is yet be confirmed if he will be in the playing XI.

Bhuvneshwar suffered a hamstring injury during India’s league stage match against Pakistan on June 16. During the fifth over of the second innings, the pacer’s leg was caught in the footholds near the popping crease and was ruled out for rest of the game after the penultimate delivery.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday uploaded a video on their social media platforms where Bhuvi was seen bowling during an indoor net session.

Earlier, Navdeep Saini joined the Indian team in Manchester on Monday. He was named as one of the stand-by players when the selectors had announced the 15-member India squad for the 2019 World Cup.

The BCCI sent out an official message saying: “Navdeep Saini has arrived in Manchester. Navdeep is the only net bowler here and he will train with the Indian cricket team.”

India are currently placed in the third position with nine points in five games. The Virat Kohli-led side is yet to lose a game in the ongoing 10-nation tournament.

Brian Lara suffers chest pain, admitted to a hospital in Mumbai

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West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara was on Tuesday admitted to Global Hospital in Parel, Mumbai after he complained of chest pain.

Lara is currently in India as a cricket expert for the official broadcasters of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which is being held in England and Wales.

“Our prayers go out to Brian Lara, who has been hospitalized in Mumbai due to chest pains,” said a statement on Twitter from Cricket West Indies.

“On behalf of all of us at Cricket West Indies, we wish you a speedy recovery.”

In total, Lara has played 131 Tests and 299 ODIs since making his debut in 1990. He had announced his retirement in 2007. In 131 Tests for the West Indies, Lara averages 52.89 and has scored 11,953 runs. In 299 ODIs, he has 10,405 runs to his name at an average of 40.17.

Lara also holds the record for the highest first-class score (501 not out) and the highest individual Test score (400 not out).

Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Jasprit Bumrah but gets hilariously trolled back

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Yuvraj Singh, Jasprit Bumrah

India veteran Yuvraj Singh recently announced his retirement from international cricket and the IPL. But his retirement is not keeping the left-hander away from the limelight and his interaction with former teammates.

On Monday, his Mumbai Indians’ teammate Jasprit Bumrah hilariously trolled him over his growing age.

It all happened after the 25-year-old Bumrah posted a picture of himself with an acne-free facewash which was part of paid promotion. “Act on your acne NOW!” he captioned the picture.

Yuvi was quick to notice Bumrah’s Instagram post and tried to pull the Indian pacer’s leg as he replied, “Yes you indeed has a “lot of acne and needs to get rid of them now.”

Bumrah didn’t leave the opportunity to troll back his former teammate as he wrote, “Yuvi pa I know you have been searching for an anti-aging cream to feel young. you’ll soon find the product soon.”

Here’s the convo between the two:

Both Yuvraj and Bumrah were a part of the Mumbai franchise that won the 2019 edition of the IPL. Yuvraj, however, didn’t play many games as he was benched just after the first three matches.

After his retirement, Yuvi has signed up for the Global T20 League in Canada where he will play for Toronto Nationals. In GT20 Canada, he will be sharing the dressing room with Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult and Sandeep Lamichhane.

CWC 2019: Windies star Andre Russell ruled out of World Cup; replacement announced

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Andre Russell

West Indies star all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 owing to a hamstring injury. He will now be replaced by right-handed batsman Sunil Ambris in the 15-member squad.

In the ongoing World Cup edition, Russell has taken five wickets in four matches he played, in the match against New Zealand, Russell was dropped from the playing XI.

Russell visibly struggled with a knee problem during Windies’ match against Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Ambris will join up with his team in preparation for the match against India at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Sunil Ambris

The 26-year-old Ambris has featured in six ODIs and averages 105.33. He has a hundred and a half-century fifty to his name in the 50-over format.

Well, after managing only one win from their six games, the West Indies have very slim chance of making it to the semi-finals of the showpiece event in England and Wales.

ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s Trent Boult opens up after taking match-winning catch of Carlos Brathwaite

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Carlos Brathwaite, Trent Boult

West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite came up with a single-handed effort and took his side close to New Zealand’s total of 291 in World Cup 2019 match on Saturday.

The Caribbeans were reeling at 164 for 7 after a middle-order failure but Brathwaite, who had picked up 2 wickets earlier at the Old Trafford, wasn’t willing to give up.

The big-hitting all-rounder, who hadn’t been in the best of form in the ongoing World Cup, played with the typical Windies flair and gave Black Caps a massive scare.

Brathwaite hit 101, with the help of 9 boundaries and 5 sixes, in just 81 deliveries, thereby bringing up his maiden World Cup century.

West Indies needed just 5 runs from 7 balls after the Brathwaite heroics but the 30-year-old holed out at long-on when trying to seal the win with a big hit. Trent Boult at long-on held on grabbed a stunning catch.

Here’s the video:

“It’s a bit special, to be honest,” the 29-year-old Boult told the reporters after the match.

“It’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster sitting there with the pads at times and then being under the pump there with the ball.

“It’s what it’s all about. It’s awesome to be a part of it. And I’m sure there will be a lot of proud Kiwis back home, diving into poached eggs, watching a result like that,” he added.

“I’m sure that will give us a little bit of confidence moving hopefully deeper into the tournament.”

When asked what his thoughts were as he got underneath Brathwaite’s final hit, Boult replied: “Yeah, pressure situation, I guess.

“Initially I thought it was going to be quite a way inside the rope. It was almost driven for six in the end, but nice to snaffle it. And what a game. Simple as that, really.”

Boult also claimed 4 wickets for 30 in his full quota of 10 overs against the strong Windies line-up.

ICC World Cup 2019: Haris Sohail, bowlers keep Pakistan’s semifinal hopes alive; knock South Africa out

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Haris Sohail, Pakistan team

Pakistan have kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup 2019 semi-finals alive after registering an emphatic 49-run win over South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday. The Proteas, on the other side, now have ruled out of the tournament after suffering fifth loss in seven matches.

Chasing 309 to win, South Africa were restricted to 259 for 9 in 50 overs with leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz picking up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi also got a wicket.

Pakistan can still make into the final four but for that, they need to win their remaining three matches and then hope for some of the other results to go in their favour to stay alive in the competition.

Pakistan will face New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their remaining matches while South Africa have Sri Lanka and Australia remaining in their roster before they return home after a disappointing campaign.

Electing to bat first, Pakistan posted 308 for 7 against the Proteas after a swashbuckling 59-ball 89 by the recalled Haris Sohail in a late flurry.

Haris, who was brought back in place of Shoaib Malik, added key partnerships of 81 with Babar Azam (69) and 71 with Imad Wasim (23).

Brief Scores: Pakistan 308/7 in 50 overs (Haris Sohail 89, Babar Azam 69; Lungi Ngidi 3-64) beat South Africa 259/9 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis 63, Quinton de Kock 47, Andile Phehlukwayo 46 not out; Wahab Riaz 3-46, Shadab Khan 3-50) by 49 runs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

ICC World Cup 2019: Bollywood stars congratulate Team India on winning against Afghanistan

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Preity Zinta, Team India

India registered a thrilling 11-win over Afghanistan in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.

Mohammad Shami bowled a brilliant final over, as he picked up a hattrick to seal the victory for India.

Right after Team India’s win, congratulatory messages from all across the world started pouring in for the Men in Blue and Bollywood celebs too couldn’t help sending their love.

Preity Zinta, Huma Qureshi, Rishi Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Suniel Shetty were among the many celebs who tweeted for the Indian team.

Check out all the messages below:

World Cup 2019: ICC fine Virat Kohli for “excessive appealing and charging aggressively towards the umpire”

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Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fees for advancing towards umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner while appealing for a leg-before decision during the World Cup game against Afghanistan on Saturday. One demerit point has also been added to his record, taking his tally to two.

Kohli was found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in Southampton and Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”.

Kohli fined

There was no need of a formal hearing as Kohli accepted the sanction from match referee Chris Broad.

It was his second offence since the revised Code was adopted in September 2016, with him having copped the first point during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on January 15, 2018.

Level one breaches carry a maximum punishment of a 50 per cent match fee deduction and two demerit points. If a player accrues four demerit points within a 24-month period, they will receive a ban.

ICC World Cup 2019: Mohammed Shami reveals MS Dhoni’s advice before the hat-trick ball

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Mohammed Shami had no second thoughts in his mind about bowling a yorker for the hat-trick ball after MS Dhoni advised the same during India’s thrilling win over Afghanistan in Manchester on Sunday.

Shami is the second Indian bowler to claim a hat-trick in World Cup after Chetan Sharma’s record feat against New Zealand in 1987.

“The plan was simple. To bowl a yorker and even Mahi bhai suggested that. He said, “Don’t change anything now as you have a great chance of getting a hat-trick. It’s a rare opportunity and you need to do the same thing. So I did what exactly I was told,” Shami told reporters after the match.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s hamstring injury brought Shami into the scene and the 29-year-old pacer believes that it was a stroke of luck that he was in the playing XI.

“Getting a chance in the playing XI is a bit of luck. I was ready that whenever I get a chance, I will have to utilise it. As far as hat-trick is concerned, it is a rarity at least in the World Cup. I am happy,” he said.

Shami said in the final over, there was no time to think and his aim was just to execute the plan.

Mohammed Shami

“There was no time to think. You have to back your own skills as you don’t have much option otherwise. If you try more variations, chances of going for runs is more. My thought was to execute my plan rather than trying to read batsman’s mind,” he said.

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi had threatened to take the game away from Team India with a half-century and Shami said it was important that they don’t let the shoulders drop.

“There was a point when Nabi’s flow was irritating but it’s better if you don’t show your concern or irritation which the batsman would have gauged.”

“We shouldn’t show our weakness. From the exterior, we should always show aggression. We knew that if Nabi was out, then match belongs us. He was the only batsman who could have built their innings,” he added.

Having won 4 out of their 5 matches, India, who are placed at the third position on the points table, are well placed to reach the semi-finals. The 2011 World Champions next face West Indies on Thursday.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Carlos Brathwaite’s heroic effort goes in vain as New Zealand seal thriller

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Carlos Brathwaite

New Zealand escaped by the skin of their teeth as they managed to beat West Indies by 5 runs in a thrilling contest at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday.

Bowling first, West Indies started with two wickets in the first over, courtesy two stunning deliveries by Sheldon Cottrell. But Kane Williamson took charge of the innings and with the help of James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme, guided the Black Caps to post a competitive 291/8.

Trent Boult got things going for New Zealand with two quick wickets. But Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer added a 100-plus stand to put their side back on the track. A massive middle-order collapse saw West Indies reeling, meanwhile, Carlos Brathwaite produced a breath-taking century, but, could not manage to get his side over the line.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter erupts as Mohammed Shami seals a win for India with a hat-trick

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Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami claimed a hat-trick to secure victory as India pipped Afghanistan by 11 runs in a thrilling low-scoring World Cup match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India batsmen struggled on a slow pitch and crawled to 224 for eight with Virat Kohli (67) and Kedar Jadhav (52) managing half-centuries against a disciplined Afghanistan bowling unit.

Captain Gulbadin Naib (2/51) and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi (2/33) shared four wickets between them as India posted their lowest total of the tournament.

Afghanistan’s batsmen, however, could not complement the effort of their bowlers and were dismissed for 213 in 49.5 overs.

Nabi top-scored for them with 52 before Shami claimed the last three wickets in successive deliveries in the final over to seal India’s fourth victory of the tournament.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

ICC World Cup 2019: Mahela Jayawardene congratulates Lasith Malinga in unique style

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Lasith Malinga has time and again been trolled for his poor fitness level. Each time he fails to deliver, online trolls take down the yorker king.

However, Malinga has bounced back on each of these occasions to deliver for his team and Friday evening was just another instance.

The 35-year-old bowled one of the finest spells of his career at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as he finished with impressive figures of 10-1-43-4 against England in Leeds.

His efforts not only helped Sri Lanka fold England out for just 212 – 20 runs less than the Islanders’ 232/9 – but also saw them stay alive in the 10-nation tournament.

Malinga, once again, became a topic of discussion on social media, with many fans and expert heaping praise on his match-winning performance.

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Mahela Jayawardene, too, congratulated him on Instagram but not in a way his ex-teammate would have fancied.

Jayawardene posted a picture of Malinga, in which the latter’s pot belly was on display. Interestingly, the same snap had gone viral not very long ago.

“Well bowled Mali!!! Thought I would share the most talked about picture last week for all you fans,” he captioned the picture, much to the amusement of his 191K followers.

After the win against England, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne also heaped praise for Malinga, who managed to become the fourth bowler ever to complete 50 World Cup dismissals with his four-for in Leeds.

“I think he’s [Malinga] a legend. He knows what he has to do. Whatever he does, he is doing his best, so that is why I said, if he wants to go home and come back, that’s fine. So I think he did that and he came back again and he gave a good example for the rest of the guys. He just keeps doing what he knows, that is the main thing, the basic things,” he said.

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