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CWC 2019: Actress Sherlyn Chopra wishes Team India for the World Cup in a unique fashion

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Sherlyn Chopra , Team India

Sherlyn Chopra, the Indian model turned actress, who is known for her item numbers in Bollywood, has wished Team India in a unique manner – by singing a rap – during the first semifinal match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup between India and New Zealand which is being played at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Chopra, the first Indian woman to pose for the Official Playboy magazine, uploaded a video on Twitter where she can also be seen praising the likes of opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

In the clip, she sings in Hindi: “Yeah, haa, 83 me pehli baar, 2011 me number 2, karenge jamke vaar, Kiwi ho ya Kangaroo, Hitman maare chati century, ukhare gilli Bumrah ke Yorker, aao jitaye Team India ko, hausle apne zara buland kar, Go Team India, get the World Cup, Humara hain World Cup, kya.”

Here’s the translation: “Yes, first time in 1983, number 2 in 2011, we’ll attack ferociously. Doesn’t matter whether itโ€™s Kiwi (New Zealand) or Kangaroo (Australia). Hitman (Rohit Sharma) will get his sixth ton, Jasprit Bumrah’s Yorkers will rattle stumps, let’s go and win it for Team India. Let’s raise our spirit, the World Cup is ours”

Here’s the video:

The notorious English weather has pushed the first semifinal to the reserve day after dominant Indian bowlers excelled yet again to restrict New Zealand to 211 for five on Tuesday.

Rain forced players to walk off the field after 46.1 overs and as per ICC’s playing conditions, the game will resume on Wednesday from where it stopped.

Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah swung the ball both ways and bowled two maiden overs.

The Black Caps lost opener Martin Guptill cheaply in the 4th over with scoreboard reading 1. Henry Nicholls and captain Williamson batted slowly but steadied the innings. They stitched a 68-run partnership for the second wicket before Nicholls was cleaned up by Ravindra Jadeja for 28 runs.

Williamson scored a gritty half-century and kept their innings going. He got out while trying to accelerate the innings. From there on Ross Taylor changed gears and completed his 51st ODI half-century. The wickets kept falling from the other end and when rain arrived New Zealand had scored 211/5 in 46.1 overs.

ICC World Cup 2019: Here’s the revised target for India if New Zealand doesn’t bat again in the first semi-final

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India vs New Zealand

New Zealand reached to 211/5 off 46.1 overs before rain stopped play in their World Cup semi-final against India at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ross Taylor was batting on 67 and Tom Latham at three not out when persistent rain worsened sufficiently for the umpires to take the players off the field.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had earlier scored 67 after winning the toss, with Jasprit Bumrah (1-25 off eight overs) leading a disciplined India bowling attack.

With the rain still falling down in Manchester, there are chances that New Zealand wouldn’t bat again in the match. In that case, India will be given a revised target using the Duckworth-Lewis method.

In case New Zealand doesn’t bat again, India’s revised target in:

46 overs will be 237
40 overs will be 223
35 overs will be 209
30 overs will be 192
25 overs will be 172
20 overs will be 148

This could affect India adversely as these revised targets could be tricky to chase down, giving the conditions. If the match doesn’t get over by day end today, then it will continue tomorrow, which is the first semi-final’s reserve day.

If there is no play tomorrow as well then India will qualify for the final as they finished ahead of New Zealand in the league stage.

Fans react as woman alleges India pacer Mohammad Shami for sending her private messages

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Mohammed Shami

Indian pacer Mohammad Shami’s trouble with women seems far from over as he was outed by a lady on social media for sending her private messages. Fans, who are well aware of his history in the matter, voiced their thoughts on Twitter.

Shami wished the woman who is definitely a stranger to him ‘good afternoon’ in her inbox on Instagram. And the woman who goes by the name Sophia did not take long to realize that the message was from a famous man. She immediately posted a screenshot of the same while also expressing confusion over why would a popular player keep messaging her.

“anyone wanna tell me why some random cricket player with 1.4m followers keep messaging me,” wrote Sophia.

Sophia Shami

The screenshot soon went viral and unsurprisingly Shami has become the butt of all jokes.

Shami had been involved in a very public, drawn-out domestic abuse and adultery issue with his wife Hasin Jahan, who earlier accused him of stepping out of the boundaries of wedlock.

On the cricket field, Shami has enjoyed a stellar World Cup so far picking up 14 wickets in just 4 matches albeit getting smacked around in the death overs.

He had conceded 44 runs in his last three overs against England and also failed to nail his yorkers in the next game against Bangladesh. And therefore, it may be one of the reasons why team management dropped him from the playing XI in the game against Sri Lanka and in the semi-final against New Zealand.

World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand Semi-Final: How to Watch Live Streaming Online From Anywhere

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After their league stage game was abandoned without a ball being bowled, India will take on New Zealand on Tuesday (July 9) at the Old Trafford, Manchester in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Both these sides have battled it out to make it to the top four and with a place in the World Cup finals on the stake, expect a cracking encounter.

Match Details

Date: July 9 (Tuesday)

Time: 10:30 AM (Local), 3:00 PM (IST) and 10:30 PM (New Zealand)

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Head to head stats

Overall: India and New Zealand have competed in 101 ODIs and India lead 55-45 with one game being tied.

In World Cup: The Kiwi lead 4-3 in 7 World Cup matches with the last meeting between the two sides coming in the 2003 edition held in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

In England: The Men in Blue have had a bad record playing against the Black Caps in England and lost all 3 games they played against them, the last of them being in the 1999 World Cup.

Where to Watch India vs New Zealand Live Streaming Online?

The following is a list of channels that will broadcast the India vs New Zealand Cricket World Cup clash.

Countries/Region Channels Available
India Hotstar
USA Willow TVย |ย Hotstar US
Australia Channel 9ย |ย Fox Sports
Pakistan Sony Liv
England Sky Sports
New Zealand SKY Sport
Middle East Wavo
South & Central America ESPN

CWC 2019: Here’s how Virat Kohli reacts on meeting Kane Williamson in a World Cup semi-final after 11 years

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Virat Kohli is set to lead Team India against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when the two teams meet in Manchester on Tuesday.

The clash between Men in Blue and the Black Caps shares eerie similarities with 2008’s U-19 World Cup semi-finals.

During the U-19 World Cup semi-final, the two sides that faced off against each other were also India and New Zealand.

Well, the current captains of both teams Kohli and Williamson, who rose through the ranks of U-19 cricket, led their respective sides during the 2008 U-19 semi-finals.

Ahead of Tuesday’s match, when Kohli was asked about his memories from 11 years ago, he replied with a smile saying that it’s a really nice thing to happen.

“Quite a nice thing to realise that 11 years after, we are captaining our respective nations again in a senior World Cup from U19. So, yeah we’ve spoken about it before. A lot of players from that whole World Cup from our batch, from their batch, from other teams as well made it to their national teams as well and are still playing, which is I think a great thing to see.

“I think it’s a really nice memory and we’ll both feel good about this is happening. Obviously neither him nor me could have anticipated that one day this will happen, but yeah it’s a really nice thing,” said Kohli.

Also, the Indian skipper left everybody in splits when he suggested that he is a lethal bowler and can roll his arm over any time the team needs but the only thing he has to be careful about is not slipping on the pitch at the time of delivery.

Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult, and Tim Southee also featured in the Under 19 semi-final. Captain Kohli, who helped India trump New Zealand by 3 wickets with an all-round performance, had then accounted for the big wicket of Kane Williamson.

World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar wants Virat Kohli-led India to make these two changes in the playing XI against New Zealand

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Sachin Tendulkar, Team India

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has a piece of advice for Team India captain Virat Kohli before the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday.

Tendulkar had played six ODI World cups for India but captained in none. However, all the captains use to take his advise and valuable suggestions during the matches.

Talking to India Today, the Master Blaster said, “Jadeja is one option I would like to throw on the table to team management. I feel if Dinesh Karthik is going to bat at No. 7 then possible Jadeja could be an option there because his left-arm spin can come in handy. In a big match, you would want a cover-up because we are playing just five bowlers.”

Also, Tendulkar said that he would be very tempted to bring in Mohammed Shami since the fast bowler was very good at the same venue – Old Trafford. Shami was rested against Sri Lanka, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not impressive and could be axed in favour of Shami.


“I would also be tempted to bring back Mohammed Shami because against West Indies he was good on the same venue. When we talk about Old Trafford there are pleasant experiences for Shami, he came back into the team and picked up wickets. So I would be tempted to have him back,” Tendulkar said.

The Men in Blue have won seven of their nine league matches – with India vs New Zealand group clash having been washed off – and everything has been falling in place for the 2011 World Champions throughout the tournament.

On the other hand, Black Caps, who had been on top of the points table in the first two weeks of the ongoing World Cup, suffered a dip towards the end of the league stage and were the last to book their place in the semi-finals.

ICC World Cup 2019: Here’s what will happen if rain washes out the semifinals between India-New Zealand and England-Australia

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ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final rain

After an eventful league phase of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India topped the standings as they finished with 15 points while defending champions Australia settled at the second position with 14 points.

India will now face New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester while the hosts England will take on Australia in the 2nd semi-final at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The English summer season has always had its issues with the rain, and the ongoing World Cup is following a similar pattern. And if the forecasts are to be believed, the next two big encounters, India vs New Zealand on July 9 and England vs Australia on July 11 are set to be affected by rain as well.

What if the rain spoils the play in the semi-finals?

The first half of the World Cup 2019 was often spoiled by rain. A total of four matches were washed out including three without even a possibility of the toss. However, the weather got drier over the last few weeks as the matches hardly got interrupted. However, there are warning signs considering the forecasts for the semi-final matches.

There is a probability of 40% of rain chances during the first semi-final to be played in Manchester. On the other hand, the second semi-final which will be played in Birmingham has a 30% chances of rain.

However, the good news is that both the games have reserve days unlike during the league matches. The weather is expected to get better on the reserve day compared to that of the actual match day. In the worst possible case of both teams not playing 20 overs even after going into the reserve day, Super Over would take place to decide which team will go through to the final.

The Super Over should be played inside the allotted extra time which is applicable in case of the actual game ending in a Tie. If the Super Over is also not possible, the team that has finished higher in the points table goes forward. This means India and Australia will face each other in the final if both the semi-finals get washed out without a result and even a Super Over.

ICC World Cup 2019: Australia batsman Usman Khawaja ruled out of the remaining tournament; replacement announced

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Usman Khawaja

Australia left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC World Cup 2019 due to a hamstring injury which he suffered in the match against South Africa on Saturday.

Coach Justin Langer, on Sunday, confirmed that Khawaja will be out of action for at least three to four weeks, forcing him out of the semi-final match against England in Birmingham on Thursday (July 11), with the emphasis now on the southpaw attempting to regain fitness ahead of the Ashes.

“Ussie’s got a hamstring strain so he’ll be out for probably three to four weeks which is a real shame but we have to work hard on getting him up for the Ashes now,” Langer said. “Such a pity for him, he’s been so integral to how we’ve been playing. Like Shaun [Marsh] I feel sad for him that he’s going to miss the World Cup semi-final.”

Khawaja, who came in at No. 3 during Australia’s chase of 326 against South Africa, picked up the injury facing five deliveries into his innings and had to retire hurt. He later came back to bat when Australia were seven down and needed 51. Having earlier scored six runs, he added 12 more to his score before being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada. Australia lost the match by 10 runs and finished second on the points table, as a result of which they will face the hosts in the second semifinal.

Now, left-arm wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade will replace Khawaja in the 15-member squad. Wade, who is currently in the UK with Australia ‘A’ team, has been in sensational form having scored 355 runs in four one-day matches on the tour.

The injury woes don’t end there for the Aussies as there are concerns over Marcus Stoinis’ fitness too. The all-rounder suffered a side strain in the match against South Africa.

This is the second time in the tournament that he has suffered a niggle. He sustained a side strain in Australia’s loss to India but was cleared to play the match eventually.

Australia earlier had called Peter Handscomb as a replacement for Shaun Marsh, who was injured while facing Pat Cummins in the nets.

Australia’s squad:

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff.

Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: Cricketing world wishes Captain Cool on his special day

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MS Dhoni

As Indiaโ€™s World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday (July 7), the cricket fraternity from all over the country, gave the wicketkeeper-batsman their best wishes and ‘more’ success in life.

In his 14 years of international career, Dhoni has achieved everything one can possibly imagine. He not only won all major trophies for India, including the Champions Trophy 2013, ICC World Cup 2011, T20 World Cup 2007, but also made sure the Indian team reaches at the top in Test as well as One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Getting the name of ‘Captain Cool’ from his days as India’s skipper, Dhoni is known for his ‘calm’ on the field and decision-making skills during the match.

From ICC itself to his former and present teammates, everyone poured their hearts out on Twitter to wish the legendary cricketer.

Here are some of the best tweets for MS Dhoni:

CWC 2019: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and others pay homage to Lasith Malinga as his World Cup career comes to an end

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Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

Veteran Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga made his final World Cup appearance against India at Headingley stadium in Leeds on Saturday.

It was not a fairytale ending for him as his team could not sign off with a win as the Men in Blue registered a thumping seven-wicket victory. The 35-year-old speedster also could also not make an impact with his performance as he took only one wicket by conceding 82 runs in 10 overs.

As Malinga’s World Cup career came to an end, his IPL teammates Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya hailed the champion pacer on social media.

Here’s how others reacted:

CWC 2019: Australia names the cover for injured Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja ahead of England semi-final

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Australia’s top-order batsman Usman Khawaja was troubled by a problem to his left hamstring which led to him retiring hurt in the 10-run defeat to South Africa at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday, although the southpaw did not return to the field again in the closing stages of the match.

Cricket Australia (CA) revealed on Sunday that Khawaja’s injury is likely to preclude his involvement for the remainder of the tournament, while all-rounder Marcus Stoinis’ side strain leaves him doubtful for the semi-final against England.

Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh will, therefore, leave the Australia ‘A’ side currently touring England to join the 15-man World Cup squad.

A statement on CA’s website said: “Australia A arrived at Arundel for today’s four-day clash with Sussex short two players after wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade and allrounder Mitch Marsh were called up as a cover to Australia’s World Cup squad.

“The injury setbacks to Usman Khawaja (hamstring) and Marcus Stoinis (side) suffered in Australia’s dramatic loss to South Africa in Manchester has seen the selectors draft in Wade and Marsh.

“They left Brighton this morning for Birmingham, the destination of Australia’s blockbuster semi-final show with tournament hosts England on Thursday.

“Both Khawaja and Stoinis are set to undergo scans today before their future in the World Cup is determined, with both players still officially a part of Australia’s 15-man Cup squad at this stage.

“However, it appears Khawaja’s hamstring injury looks likely to rule the left-hander out for the rest of Australia’s campaign.”

Marsh will join the World Cup squad for a second time as cover for Stoinis, who missed Australia’s wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka last month because of side injury, before returning against Bangladesh.

World Cup 2019: BCCI files written complaint with ICC after anti-India banners fly above Headingley during India-Sri Lanka match

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BCCI writes to ICC after anti-India banners fly above Leeds

Two planes flew over Headingley Stadium in Leeds during India’s World Cup clash against Sri Lanka on Saturday, with banners of ‘Justice for Kashmir’ and ‘India stop genocide & free Kashmir’ attached to their tails.

It was the second instance when a plane flew over the stadium with some political messages in the ongoing World Cup. A plane with banner ‘Justice for Balochistan’ flew over the same ground on June 29 during Pakistan clash against Afghanistan.

“We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Menโ€™s Cricket World Cup. Throughout the tournament, we have worked with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of protest occurring. After the previous incident we were assured by West Yorkshire Police there would not be a repeat of this issue, so we are very dissatisfied it has happened again,” an ICC spokesperson said on Saturday’s incident.

The BCCI has responded to the incident, raising concerns over the safety of its players with an “incredibly disappointed” and red-faced ICC.

“This is completely unacceptable. We have written to the ICC, raising our concern about what happened in Headingley today. If this kind of incident is repeated in the semi-finals, it will be really unfortunate. Safety and security of our players is paramount”, a senior BCCI official, who is privy to the development told PTI.

It has also been learnt that the air space above Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham will be turned into “No-Fly Zone” during the two semi-finals on July 9 and July 11 respectively.

Also, the ICC has been given assurance by the Manchester and Yorkshire police authorities in this respect.

CWC 2019 – WATCH: Quinton de Kock does a MS Dhoni, maneuvers throw to run-out Marcus Stoinis

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On Saturday, South Africa defeated Australia by 10 runs to register its first World Cup victory over the five-time champions since 1992. The victory helped South Africa finish seventh in the 2019 World Cup standings with seven points from nine games, while Australia dropped to second after losing their second game in the tournament. They will now take on hosts England in the second semi-final, while table-toppers India to play New Zealand in the first.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock paid the best tribute possible to Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni on his 38th birthday. The South African wicket-keeper affected a brilliant run-out in pure Dhoni style.

It all happened on the third delivery of the 19th over. The Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who was playing his last match in South African colors, bowled his stock delivery on David Warner’s pads. Warner, without any trouble, played it towards Kagiso Rabada at short square-leg.

Stoinis, on the other end, responded to Warner’s anticipation for a quick single. But, Rabada made the ground real quick and threw the ball while diving in motion towards de Kock.

The moment of magic then came from De Kock’s side. The 26-year-old, deflected the ball accurately with a back-flick off his gloves without even looking at the stumps to hit the bull’s eye, similar to what Dhoni is popular within contemporary times.

Here’s the video:

CWC 2019: India to face New Zealand in the semi-final as South Africa beat Australia in their last World Cup game

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To bring an exciting end to the league games, South Africa defeated Australia by 10 runs at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. With this loss, Australia slides down to the 2nd spot in the Points Table and will face England in the semis.

In the other semi-final, India will face New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on 9th July. The league match between two nations was washed out due to rain at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 23th June.

After winning the toss, South Africa decided to bat first. Thanks to some wonderful batting performances, the Proteas were able to put up a huge score of 325 runs of the board. Skipper Faf du Plessis scored his first century of the tournament while Rassie van der Dussen played a significant inning of 95 runs off 97 balls.

Chasing a big target, Australia lost early wickets and were 33/2 at one stage. It was a fabulous inning by David Warner (122 runs off 117 balls) and Alex Carey (85 runs off 69 balls) that kept Australia in the game but in the end Australia fell short of 10 runs.

Earlier, in the first game of the day, India defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets claiming the top spot in the Points Table. Indian opener Rohit Sharma played another brilliant knock of 103 runs, scoring his 5th century of the tournament.

KL Rahul also scored his first World Cup century, adding 189 runs for the first wicket partnership.

CWC 2019: Cricketing world lauds Rohit Sharma as he becomes the first ever player to hit five centuries in a single World Cup

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There is no stopping Rohit Sharma as he has become the first player to smash five centuries in a single edition of a World Cup.

In India’s last match against Bangladesh, Rohit had equalled Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of four hundreds in a single World Cup.

Rohit relishes scoring against Sri Lanka – against whom he has scored two ODI double hundreds. Now, the century at Headingley has put ‘Hitman’ par with Sachin Tendulkar, for having scored six centuries in World Cup history.

Tendulkar scored his six tons across six World Cup editions while Rohit took only two to reach the milestone.

Here’s how the cricketing world reacted on Twitter: