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IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli fails yet again, India in serious trouble

England won the toss and elected to bowl first. India’s opening combination was out for 54 and later rain interrupted the match. The second session is being played at Birmingham and India has lost five wickets for 98 runs.

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India continue to struggle in the first innings of 5th Test. The game was resumed after rain at 6:45 and first third number batsman was declared LBW out by Matty Potts and later the same bowler dismissed Virat Kohli as the biggest wicket of the session.

This is cominh out to be very dissapointing for Indian fans as in the absence of MKL Rahlu and skipper Rohit Sharma, it had to be Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara who had to take the plunge and socre big.

But unfortunately both the Indian batsmen failed to score big and India in struggling at 80 for four wickets. The opening duo were bowled out by the eldest Jimmy Anderson and the third and fourth wickets were bagged by the youngest of England team, Matty Potts.

Currently, Shreyas Iyer and vice-captain Rishabh Pant are somehow managing to bat in such time. But both Indian batsmen will have to play crucial knocks to steady India’s ship, as India does not have much depth in the batting order after they get out.

India Playing XI: Jasprit Bumrah (c)Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.

England Playing XI: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Sam Billings(w), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach and James Anderson.

The match is being broadcast LIVE on Sony Sports Network and the digital broadcast is available on Sony Liv app.

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IND vs WI: Tweeple question Rohit Sharma’s fitness after back spasm complaints

In yesterday’s match, Rohit Sharma had walked back to the pavilion and was later declared retired hurt.

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is having a tough time with injuries. In the third T20 match against West Indies, Indian skipper walked back to pavilion after he was declared retire hurt.

Winning the toss, India invited West Indies to bat first and host put up a total of 164 on the loss of 5 wickets for India to chase. West Indies opener Kyle Mayers became the top-scored with 73 off 50 balls while Rovman Powell contributed with 23 runs.

Later Indian skipper Rohit Sharma came out with Suryakumar Yadav to open the India Innings. But after playing five balls, the skipper walked back to the pavilion. He was later declared retired hurt and the score board showed India down by one wicket and Shreyas Iyer came on crease to make partnership with Suryakumar Yadav.

BCCI took to their official Twitter handle and informed that Rohit Sharma has a back spasm and has been advised to rest.

The third number batsman played well until, Hardik Pandya walked in after Shreyas Iyer got out. But was Suryakumar Yadav, who stepped up, took the plunge and scored 76 off 44 balls. Wicket keeper Rishabh Pant remained not out with 33 off 26 balls.

India may have won the match with ease and took a lead of 2-1 in the five match series against West Indies, but Rohit Sharma’s regular fitness issues are now annoying the Indian audience. This is not for the first time that Rohit Sharma has walked back and declared retire hurt.

Rohit Sharma is the only Indian who has been declared retire hurt more than once in the shortest format. Moreover, the regular captain was rested for the ODI series against West Indies and erlier during the IND vs ENG decider Test match, Rohit was Covid positive.

Before that also Rohit was rested due to fitness issues and he had also spend time in NCA camp to regain his fitness. But still such complaints keep arising and with T20 World Cup coming in three months India cannot afford regular captain to have fitness issues every week.

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IND vs WI: Tweeple compare Suryakumar Yadav with AB De Villiers, SKY jumps to 2nd position on ICC Men’s T20I rankings

SKY played a match-winning innings of 76 runs and has helped team India clinch the third T20 game from hosts.

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Team India’s current opening batsman in the IND VS WI T20 series, has made the nation proud yet again. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Head coach Rahul Dravid took risk in the ongoing T20 series against West Indies and brought Suryakumar Yadav.

While several cricket critics doubted this decision, Suryakumar Yadav played such match winning innings in all these three matches that people are now calling him at the rightful opener of Indian cricket team.

SKY played a spectacular innings of 76 runs and has helped team India clinch the third T20 game from the hosts. Not just that, this innings has also helped him rise three places on the ICC T20I ranking.

The latest ICC Men’s T20 batter’s rankings shows Suryakumar Yadav at the second position after Pakistan skipper Babar Azam topping the list. With 816 ratings, Yadav is just two points away from Babar.

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Last night Suryakumar played a very valuable innings by making apt use of entire ground, and since then, tweeple are calling him the new Mr. 360. For those who don’t know Mr. 360 tag was given to former South African batsman AB De Villiers. AB used to play various shots in each side of the ground giving tough time to the ballers. He even invented the shot ‘reverse sweep’.

And last night, the cricket lovers got to witness the same, when Suryakumar Yadav played different and difficult shots with ease by making full use of the cricket ground.

Coming to bat first West Indies gave a total of 164 runs for India to chase. And after losing the second match the Indian cricket team was looking to redeem themselves but soon after Rohit Sharma was declared retired hurt after playing six balls, Indian fans were in a fix, but then Yadav took the load and played a valuable innings.

The other side of the batsmen kept building short partnerships with him and throwing away their wickets but Suryakumar stayed and made sure India takes a lead of 2-1 in the five match T20 series against West Indies.

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Asia Cup 2022 schedule releases, India and Pakistan to clash on August 28

Both India and Pakistan are in the A Group opener of Asia Cup 2022, which will be played in Dubai on August 28.

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BCCI secretary tweeted and announced the schedule of upcoming Men’s Asia Cup 2022. Currently, team India is in West Indies, playing for the IND vs WI five match T20 series. Post West Indies tour India will also commence the Zimbabwe tour and after that all the Asian cricket team will gear for the Asia Cup.

But the major highlight for the cricket fans is that both the arch-rivals India and Pakistan will finally lock horns against each other after two years. The Men’s Asia Cup is starting from August 27, 2022. And both India and Pakistan are in the A Group opener, which will be played in Dubai on August 28.

Men in Blue will first play in Group A along with Pakistan and the third team will be a qualifier. On the other hand, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are in Group B.

Moreover, there are high chances that both the teams will face each other for more than once in the group stages. And possibilities suggest that both the team might end up playing the finals of Asia Cup 2022.

However, this will not be the end of India vs Pakistan battle. A month after the Asia Cup, Both the neighbouring countries will take down each other on October 23 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

BCCI secretary also tweeted about the venue of these matches. Asia Cup 2022 will begin from 27 August and all the matches will be played at Dubai and Sharjah till September 11.

Asia Cup Schedule

August 27 – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan at Dubai

August 28 – India vs Pakistan at Dubai

August 30 – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan at Sharjah

August 31 – India vs Qualifier at Dubai

September 1 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at Dubai

September 2 – Pakistan vs Qualifier at Sharjah

September 3 – B1 vs B2 at Sharjah

September 4 – A1 vs A2 at Dubai

September 6 – A1 vs B1 at Dubai

September 7 – A2 vs B2 at Dubai

September 8 – A1 vs B2 at Dubai

September 9 – B1 vs A2 at Dubai

September 11 – Finals at Dubai

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