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T20 World Cup 2021, New Zealand vs Afghanistan: Heartbreak for India as New Zealand qualifies for semi-final after beating Afghanistan in crucial match

For India to qualify for the semi-final, it was essential for Afghanistan to beat New Zealand but New Zealand led by Kane Williamson held their nerves and took the game slowly to their side and became the last and fourth semi-finalist for the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.

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New Zealand defeated Afghanistan in their must-win match on Sunday and qualified for the semi-finals with Pakistan. This also means that team India are out of T20 World Cup 2021, as the Kohli-led Indian team didn’t find any place in the semi-finals after their two consecutive losses in their first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand.

The four confirmed semi-finalists are England and Australia from Super-12 group-1 and Pakistan and New Zealand from Super-12, group-2. This is the first time since the 2007 ICC World Cup that team India has been disqualified from any ICC tournaments from the group stage.

For India to qualify for the semi-final, it was essential for Afghanistan to beat New Zealand but New Zealand led by Kane Williamson held their nerves and took the game slowly to their side and became the last and fourth semi-finalist for the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.

After opting to bat first Afghanistan made a decent total of 125 runs in 20 overs, with the help of Afghan all-rounder Najibullah Zadran’s 73 runs in 48 balls. From New Zealand, Trent boult and Tim Southee took 3 and 2 wickets, respectively.

Chasing the target New Zealand was never in doubt to win the match. Captain Kane (40), Devon Conway (36) and Guptil’s (28) ensured the semi-final spot for the Kiwis. With the ball Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman took one wicket each. New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by 8-wickets to claim their semi-final spot.

Read Also: T20 World Cup: England opener Jason Roy doubtful to play in semifinal after calf injury during match against South Africa

This is the fourth consecutive time that New Zealand has made it to the semi-finals of any ICC tournaments after the 2015 World Cup, 2019 World Cup and ICC Test Championship.

New Zealand will face England in the first semi-final match while Pakistan will play Australia in the second semi-finals.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Rohit Sharma did not mince his words as he targeted Star Sports following the viral video clip where he spoke about his chat with Abhishek Nayar.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday slammed Star Sports for recording and broadcasting his private conversation. Sharma took to his social media platform on X and posted that in spite of asking Star Sports to not record his conversation; it was recorded and was also then broadcasted on air, which he referred to as a breach of his privacy.

This comes after a video featuring Rohit Sharma and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Abhishek Nayar went viral on social media platforms where Sharma is seen contemplating his future with the Mumbai Indians team. The former Mumbai Indians captain said, the lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation they are having in privacy with their friends and colleagues, at training or on match days.

Sharma expressed his concern over the need to get exclusive content which is focused only on views and engagement will have a negative impact on the trust between the cricketers, fans, and cricket.

The post has gone viral on X with 2.2 million views, 2700 comments, 13000 retweets and 73000 likes which are only increasing. Large number of Rohit Sharma fans and cricket enthusiasts commented on the social media post. One X user Archer said that he was surprised on the post by Rohit Sharma and did not see it coming. He added that it was great of Rohit Sharma for calling this out.

One X user Prateek wrote finally captain had to speak against TRP mafia star sports.

Another cricket enthusiast did not agree with Rohit Sharma and wrote that he hardly gave any content with his batting as a result they had to do this.

One Rohit Sharma fan Ayush felt Star Sports should feel shameful for what they have done.

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru beat Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs

With this victory, the Royal Challengers Bengaluru joined Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Sun Risers Hyderabad in the playoffs while Chennai Super Kings were eliminated, which means the end of the campaign for MS Dhoni for this IPL season.

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru beat Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs

Royal Challengers Bengaluru reached the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2024 with a 27-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. RCB made 218 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs before restricting Chennai Super Kings to a total of 191 runs for the loss of 7 wickets to secure the 4th and final spot in the playoff race and will the contest the eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad!

With this victory, the Royal Challengers Bengaluru joined Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Sun Risers Hyderabad in the playoffs while Chennai Super Kings were eliminated, which means the end of the campaign for MS Dhoni for this IPL season.

Earlier, Faf du Plessis hit 54 runs off 39 deliveries while Virat Kohli played a crucial knock of 47 runs off 29 deliveries. Rajat Patidar (41 runs off 23 balls) and Cameron Green was 38 not out off 17 deliveries which helped Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s cause. In reply, Chennai Super Kings could only manage 191 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.

The Chennai Super Kings came within touching distance. They needed 10 off the last two deliveries to qualify with Ravindra Jadeja, the batsman who had hit a 6 and 4 to win Chennai Super Kings in their 5th title last year, on strike. But Yash Dayal bowled two off-pace length deliveries to deny Jadeja and Chennai Super Kings.

This was after he was hit for a massive six on the 1st ball of the last over by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Yash Dayal then used his back-of-the-hand slower one to have him caught at deep square leg. The Chennai Super Kings not only lost the game but also failed to reach the 201-run mark, they needed to enter playoffs.

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Lucknow Super Giants beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

Mumbai Indians’ nightmare of a season ended with yet another defeat, their tenth of the season and fourth at home, against the Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs. With this victory, LSG reached the 14-point mark required for qualification but that won’t help them as their NRR is way below CSK and RCB.

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Lucknow Super Giants defeated Mumbai Indians by 18 runs at Wankhede Stadium on Friday. Mumbai Indians were set to chase a target of 215 runs and were restricted to 196 for 6. Earlier, Nicholas Pooran scored 75 runs off 29 balls as the Lucknow Super Giants posted a total of 214 for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs.

The Lucknow Super Giants needed to beat Mumbai Indians with a margin of over 300 runs to stay alive in playoff race but they could only reach 214. KL Rahul also played a crucial knock of 55 runs off 41 deliveries. In defence of the total, Ravi Bishnoi picked up 2 important wickets and gave just 37 runs and played a pivotal role for the Lucknow Super Giants.

Mumbai Indians’s chase started slowly with just 33 runs in 23 balls before the match ended due to rain. The game resumed after a 45-minute break as Rohit Sharma hit 2 consecutive boundaries to Mohsin Khan. Mumbai Indians managed to increase the run rate after the break, courtesy of some brilliant hitting by Rohit and Dewald Brevis, as they took the score to 53 by the end of the Powerplay. The former skipper reached his half-century with a 6 to Mohsin off just 28 balls.

Naveen-ul-Haq provided the opening breakthrough to Lucknow Super Giants with the dismissal of Brewis. Protea tried clearing the long-off boundary but mistimed the ball. Krunal Pandya, who was standing on the long off had to run and cover a few yards to take a diving catch at the end.

Suryakumar Yadav came at number 3 but did not last for too long as he was dismissed after 3 deliveries.  The Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul may have pre-empted Surya’s shot because just before the wicket ball was bowled, Rahul asked the square leg fielder (Ravi Bishnoi) to move towards his left.

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