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I wish Ronaldo was Argentine: Maradona

June 20, 2017

DUBAI: Football legend Diego Maradona has reportedly wished that Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo belonged to Argentina. Although he prefers Lionel Messi to lead Argentina, Maradona wishes Real Madrid star Ronaldo was Argentine. Messi and Ronaldo have shared nine Ballon d'Or amongst them in the past nine years. "Cristiano is an animal," Marad...

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Badminton: Kashyap, Siril, Ruthvika qualify for Australian Open

June 20, 2017

SYDNEY: Shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap, Siril Verma and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde on Tuesday qualified for the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries, starting here on Wednesday. Kashyap got past Chinese Zhao Junpeng 21-15, 21-18 in his first qualifying round before brushing aside Indonesia Open runner-up Kazumasa Sakai of Japan 21-5, 21-16 to seal his pl...

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Pakistan a serious contender for 2019 World Cup

June 19, 2017

Pakistan a serious contender for 2019 World Cup, feels Afridi London: After Pakistan clinched their maiden ICC Champions Trophy crown, former skipper Shahid Afridi on Monday rated his side as one of the serious contenders for the 50-over World Cup title, to be played in England and Wales in 2019. On Sunday, Pakistan outclassed traditional rivals...

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Gambhir slams Kashmiri separatist for lauding Pakistan

June 19, 2017

New Delhi: Slamming Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for congratulatory tweet on Pakistan's maiden ICC Champions Trophy triumph over India, seasoned cricketer Gautam Gambhir has suggested that he celebrate the win in Pakistan rather than in Kashmir. Gambhir's strong reaction came after the Hurriyat leader on his Twitter handle expres...

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Don't think we need to change anything for final: Kohli

June 17, 2017

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan's "magnificent turnaround" has impressed him but India captain Virat Kohli says there is nothing that his side needs to be overtly concerned about ahead of the Champions Trophy final against the arch-foes on Sunday. India eased past Bangladesh to enter the finals while Pakistan got the better of more fancied England in their s...

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CT 2017: India defeat Bangladesh by 9 wickets for final clash against Pakistan

June 16, 2017

BIRMINGHAM: India cantered to a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in a lopsided second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Edgbaston Stadium here on Thursday, setting up a clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in the final. Chasing 265 to win after electing to field first, the defending champions did not flinch for one moment as Rohit Sharma s...

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Bangladesh set India 265-run target to enter Champions Trophy final

June 15, 2017

BIRMINGHAM: Riding on fluent half centuries from opener Tamim Iqbal and stumper Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh posted 264/7 against India in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Edgbaston Stadium here on Thursday. Tamim (70) and Mushfiqur (61) posted a 123-run third-wicket partnership to steady the Bangladesh ship after the tigers...

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CT 2017: Pakistan bowlers restrict England to 211

June 14, 2017

CARDIFF: Pakistan bowlers put up a quality display and restricted England to 211 runs in 49.5 overs in the first semi-final match of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at the Sophia Gardens here on Wednesday. Pacer Hasan Ali scalped three wickets for 35 runs while Juniad Khan and debutant Rumman Raees chipped in with two wickets each. For En...

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India XI may be unchanged against Bangladesh in semis: Kohli

June 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM: On the eve of the high-octane ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Thursday, India skipper Virat Kohli hinted at retaining the same playing XI which trounced South Africa in their final Group B game at The Oval on Sunday. In the run-up to the ICC Champions Trophy, India thrashed Ban...

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Bangladesh need to play to a plan to win against India: Aminul Islam

June 14, 2017

DHAKA: Former skipper Aminul Islam on Wednesday said if Bangladesh play to a plan, they can defeat defending champions India in their crunch ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday. “Bangladesh are nothing less compared to India. Rather, we have experienced players like Masharafe (Mortaza), Shakib (Al Hasan), Mahmudullah, M...

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