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India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I: Krunal Pandya tests Covid positive, match postponed by a day

Krunal Pandya, in Sri Lanka, has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka — scheduled for today — to be postponed by a day. The match will be played on Wednesday at R Premadasa Stadium Colombo.

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The second T20 International of 3-match series between India Sri Lanka has been postponed by a day after Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested Covid positive.

The match will be played on Wednesday at R Premadasa Stadium Colombo.

In a statement, the BCCI said following the Rapid Antigen Tests conducted ahead of the match on Tuesday morning, Pandya was found to be positive. The medical teams have identified eight members as close contacts.

After this shocking development for cricket fraternity, the entire contingent is undergoing RT-PCR tests to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad. The two teams went into isolation till reports come in of the rest of the players.

The dark clouds of Covid-19 continue to overshadow the Indian cricket team after the Indian players and staff members in England were tested Covid positive. 

Rishabh Pant was one of them who had tested Covid positive and had stayed back in London as the rest of the Indian team travelled to Durham to play as practice match.

Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were supposed to travel to England from Sri Lanka. Now, it remains to be seen what happens to their travel plans since they were part of the Indian T20I squad in Sri Lanka. Their departure will have to be postponed as well if they are also isolating with Krunal in Colombo.

This is the second time that the fixtures had to be rescheduled. Earlier, the ODI series between India and Sri Lanka was postponed by four days due to Covid-19 cases Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst G T Niroshan had tested Covid positive upon their return from England tour.

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After 2-1 ODI victory, India had beaten Sri Lanka by 38 run in the first T20I of the 3-match series on Sunday.

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IND vs NZ: Team India reaches Lucknow for do or die match in 2nd T20I

The second T20I will be played at Lucknow’s EKANA stadium at 7:00 pm.

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IND vs NZ: Team India reaches Lucknow for do or die match in 2nd T20I

After losing the first T20I against New Zealand, Team India will now play the second match on January 29 at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow from 7 pm. Men In Blue have reached the City of Nawabs for the do-or-die match, which will be played tomorrow.

In the first T20 match, New Zealand scored 176 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in the first innings. In response, Team India had a poor start while chasing this target. Team India lost the match by 21 runs. Now skipper Hardik Pandya and team will have to win the second match so that they can equalize in the series.

On the other hand, if we talk about the figures in Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium, a total of 5 matches have been played here, out of which two have been played by the Indian team and 3 have been played by Afghanistan. Team India played its first T20 match against West Indies on this ground. At the same time, in the year 2022, Team India had a clash against Sri Lanka on this ground. Let us tell you that till now Team India has played two T20 matches at Ekana ground and has won both of them.

Team India played its first T20 match against the West Indies in the year 2018 at the Ekana ground in Lucknow, while batting first, the team had scored a score of 20 195 runs. After which the team registered a big win by 71 runs. Team India played a T20 match against Sri Lanka in the year 2022 on the same ground and scored 199 runs in 20 overs while batting first. Moreover, till now not more than 200 runs have been scored on this ground and the best score is of Team India only. Hence, it will be interesting to see if Men In Blue can continue their winning streak or will Black Caps create a new high.

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Khurram Manzoor takes U-turn on Virat Kohli’s ODI ranking statement, says his statement was misinterpreted

He wrote that it is strange that some media outlets and individuals have taken his interview out of context and twisted his words.

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Khurram Manzoor takes U-turn on Virat Kohli's ODI ranking statement, says his statement was misinterpreted

Recently, while talking on Nadir Ali’s YouTube channel, Pakistani batsman Khurram Manzoor had made a shocking statement on Virat Kohli. But after much backlash, now the batsman has taken a U-turn from his statement and is saying that the media outlets have manipulated his statement.

Manzoor had said that he is the number one batsman in the list of top 10 batsmen in the world in the ODI format. And after him comes the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He also added that Kohli takes 6 innings to score a century or a half-century in the sixth innings. But after being trolled on social media, now the Pakistani batsman has reversed his statement and said that the things said by him were put in a wrong way.

Khurram Manzoor has played 16 Tests, 7 ODIs and 3 T20 matches for Pakistan. While clarifying his statement, the batter reiterated his point by sharing a post on social media. He wrote that it is strange that some media outlets and individuals have taken his interview out of context and twisted his words. Virat Kohli is a generational player and he has always admired him as the best. “I talked about this statistic about the best innings in List A cricket. In per hundred ratio where I am on top and Kohli is on second place. There is no comparison between me and him, he has played more matches and that too mostly at international level,” said Manzoor.

Keeping his point forward, the Pakistani batsman wrote, ‘He is the best regardless of this state. I would like to suggest all these media outlets to show some responsibility before publishing any article or news. Thank you!”

For the unversed, this 36-year-old Pakistani batsman has done amazing batting in domestic cricket but his selection has not been done continuously in the Pakistani team. In such a situation, the former cricketer said that the Pakistani board has ignored him, which is shocking for sure as he has also scored 24 hundreds in the last 48 innings. And is still the leading run scorer among all who have opened for Pakistan since 2015. “I have been the top scorer in National T20 and have also hit a century, yet I am neglected. I have 8-9 records, especially in List A cricket,” said Khurram Manzoor.

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IND vs NZ: Twitter hails Washington Sundar’s all-round performance in 1st T20I, Black Caps defeat India by 21 runs

Washington Sundar scored the first half-century of T20 international career in 25 balls. Sundar got out after scoring 50 runs in 28 balls.

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IND vs NZ: Twitter hails Washington Sundar's all-round performance in 1st T20I, Black Caps defeat India by 21 runs

New Zealand has finally beaten India for the first time on their India tour. Both the teams played the first T20I in Ranchi and Black Caps won the match by 21 runs. Batting first after losing the toss, New Zealand scored 176 runs losing six wickets in 20 overs. Devon Conway scored 52 and Daryl Mitchell scored an unbeaten 59. In response, the Indian team could only manage 155 runs on the loss of nine wickets.

For India, Suryakumar Yadav scored 47 runs and Washington Sundar scored 50 runs. With this victory, New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The second match of the series will be played on Sunday at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. However, India might have lost the first T20I but Sundar’s all-round performance has won the internet.

The Indian all-rounder did not only take 2 important wickets in the first power play but also scored his first T20I half century against New Zealand. Sundar also took an unbelievable catch at mid-off.

Second defeat under Hardik’s captaincy

This is the second defeat of the Indian team under Hardik’s captaincy. Earlier the team had lost to Sri Lanka. At the same time, the Indian team has lost to New Zealand in the T20 format after 15 months. Before this match, India got the last defeat from the Kiwis on 31 October 2021. Then New Zealand had defeated India in the T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai.

Indian batters failed

Apart from Suryakumar and Sundar, the Indian batting flopped in the match. Seven batsmen could not even touch double figures. At the same time, the performance of the Indian bowlers was also disappointing. Arshdeep gave away 51 runs in four overs. Umran also gave 16 runs in one over, Mavi got 19 runs in two overs and Hardik, the skipper gave 33 runs in three overs.

Chasing the target of 177 runs, the Indian team got off to a very poor start. By the score of 15 runs, India had lost three wickets. Ishaan Kishan was dismissed for four runs and Shubman Gill for seven runs and Rahul Tripathi could not even open the account.

After this, Suryakumar Yadav and captain Hardik Pandya shared a 68-run partnership in 51 balls for the fourth wicket. But Ish Sodhi broke the partnership. Surya missed out on his half-century and was dismissed for 47 runs in 34 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.

After this Hardik also returned to the pavilion. He could score 21 runs in 20 balls. Deepak Hooda (10) and Shivam Mavi (2) also could not do anything special. Kuldeep Yadav could not even open the account. Meanwhile, Washington Sundar held one end and kept playing shots.

He scored the first half-century of T20 international career in 25 balls. Sundar got out after scoring 50 runs in 28 balls. Arshdeep and Umran remained unbeaten. For New Zealand, Captain Santner, Bracewell and Ferguson took two wickets each. At the same time, Jacob Duffy and Sodhi got one wicket each.

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