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Kuldeep hat-trick; Rohit, Rahul hundreds crush Windies

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first_imgVISAKHAPATNAM, India (CMC) – In-form Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran carved out contrasting half-centuries but Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic hat-trick crippled West Indies’ run chase and propelled India to a series-levelling 107-run victory in the second One-Day International here yesterday.Chasing a mammoth 388 at the ACA-VDCA Stadium after openers Rohit Sharma (159) and KL Rahul (102) slammed scintillating hundreds, West Indies were challenging at 192 for three in the 30th over and creating some worry in the Indian ranksBut Kuldeep intervened with his left-arm spin to knock over Hope, Jason Holder (11) and Alzarri Joseph (0) in successive deliveries in the 33rd over as West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 88 runs to be all out for 280 in the 44th.Hope stroked a top score of 78 off 85 deliveries while Pooran unleashed a breathtaking 47-ball 75 but their dismissals ended all hope of pulling off the record run chase.With the game gone, all-rounder Keemo Paul lashed a stroked-filled 46 from 40 balls, in an attempt to take some of the shine off India’s convincing win.Kuldeep finished with three for 52 while seamer Mohammed Shami picked up three for 39, including the key wickets of Pooran and captain Kieron Pollard (0) off successive deliveries in the 30th over.The victory saw India avoid a series defeat to West Indies and turn Sunday’s final game in Cuttack into a series- decider.Sent in, India flourished through Rohit and Rahul, the pair posting an astonishing 227 at the top of the order – a record first-wicket stand for the hosts against West Indies.Man-of-the-Match Rohit Sharma crunched 17 fours and five sixes in his 28th ODI ton.Rohit, a deserving Man-of-the-Match, crunched 17 fours and five sixes in a knock lasting 138 balls while Rahul chipped in with eight fours and three sixes off 104 deliveries.Rahul, though, was first to his fifty off 46 balls in the 16th over and Rohit followed in the 22nd over, bringing up his landmark off 67 balls by pulling seamer Paul to the square boundary.Capitalising on a dropped chance on 70, Rohit raced to his 28th ODI hundred off 107 balls in the 34th over and Rohit joined him three overs later, reaching his fifth one-day century off 103 balls.The stand ended when Rahul was taken at third man off pacer Alzarri Joseph off the final ball of the same over and the Caribbean side struck again in the next over, the 38th, when Pollard removed his opposite number Virat Kohli for a first-ball ‘duck’.However, Shreyas Iyer, who slammed 53 from 32 deliveries, then put on a further 60 for the third wicket with Rohit and 73 for the fourth wicket with Pant (39), to get India up to their second highest-ever total against West Indies and ninth highest total overall.Needing to score at nearly eight runs an over, Hope and Lewis gave West Indies a solid, if not dashing, start to their run chase when they posted 61 off 66 balls to deny India early success.Surviving a chance at slip off the fourth ball of the innings before he had scored, Hope struck seven fours and three sixes while the left-handed Lewis punched five fours in a 35-ball stay at the crease.With the required run rate steadily rising, Lewis holed out to deep square off pacer Shardul Thakur in the 11th over and first-match century-maker Shimron Hetmyer lasted just seven balls before he was run-out for four going for a second run in the 14th over.When left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja squared up Roston Chase (4) and rocked back his off-stump, West Indies were reeling at 86 for three in the 16th over – having lost three wickets for 25 runs in the space of 30 balls.Pooran then entered to unveil a gem of an innings, belting half-dozen fours and sixes in an up tempo 106-run fourth-wicket stand with Hope to give the Windies Hope.While Hope reached his fifty off 58 deliveries, Pooran wasted little time in racing to his – the fourth of a promising career – off 34 balls in the 27th over with disdainful pull to the mid-wicket boundary off pacer Deepak Chahar.Dropped on 22 in the 24th over, Pooran eventually perished in the 30th over, top-edging Shami to Iyer at long leg and off the very next ball, Pollard edged one that left him and was caught at the wicket.Hope was eyeing a third straight ODI hundred when he swung Kuldeep to Kohli at deep mid-wicket. Holder, who had crossed, was then deceived and stumped by Pant and Joseph edged a prod to Kedar Jadhav at slip, to give Kuldeep the second hat-trick of his career.INDIA inningsRohit Sharma c wkp. Hope b Cottrell 159KL Rahul c Chase b Joseph 102V. Kohli c Chase b Pollard 0S. Iyer c wkp. Hope b Cottrell 53R. Pant c Pooran b Paul 39K. Jadhav not out 16R. Jadeja not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-3, nb-1, w-13) 18Total: (5 wkts, 50 overs) 387Fall of wickets: 1-227, 2-232, 3-292, 4-365, 5-373.Bowling: Cottrell 9-0-83-2 (w-2), Holder 9-0-45-0 (w-1), Pierre 9-0-62-0 (w-2), Paul 7-0-57-1 (w-1), Joseph 9-1-68-1 (w-3), Chase 5-0-48-0 (w-3, nb-1), Pollard 2-0-20-1 (w-1).WEST INDIES inningsE. Lewis c Iyer b Thakur 30S. Hope c Kohli b Yadav 78S. Hetmyer run-out 4R. Chase b Jadeja 4N. Pooran c Kuldeep Yadav b Mohammed Shami 75K. Pollard c wkp. Pant b Mohammed Shami 0J. Holder stp. Pant b Kuldeep Yadav 11K. Paul b Mohammed Shami 46A. Joseph c Jadhav b Kuldeep Yadav 0K. Pierre c Kohli b Jadeja 21S. Cottrell not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2, w-8) 11Total: (all out, 43.3 overs) 280Fall of wickets: 1-61, 2-73, 3-86, 4-192, 5-192, 6-210, 7-210, 8-210, 9-260.Bowling: Chahar 7-1-44-0 (w-2), Thakur 8-0-55-1 (w-2), Shami 7.3-0-39-3 (w-1), Jadeja 10-0-74-2 (w-1), Yadav 10-0-52-3, Iyer 1-0-13-0 (w-2).Man-of-the-Match: Rohit Sharma.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: African federation wants Cameroon probe after VAR controversy

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first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Ellen White’s strike to double England’s tally initially was ruled out for offside, but the video review system confirmed the goal should stand — leading to Cameroon’s players making emotional pleas to the referee before seemingly refusing to play on.Cameroon head coach Alain Djeumfa also was involved in sideline protests, with the Indomitable Lionesses’ frustration compounded when they had a goal disallowed by VAR for a marginal offside early in the second half. Related News “We take the collective blame, but at the same time, without sounding like we are condoning what happened, I think it’s all about now actually understanding why it happened.”These are the issues that I think CAF has got to address and will address, clearly so we can avoid the same mistakes happening.”Cameroon was not the only African nation angered by a series of VAR decisions in the last 16, as Nigeria felt it was done wrong in its 3-0 loss to Germany on Saturday. Cameroon should be investigated for its behavior during the Women’s World Cup loss to England, the chair of the Confederation of African Football women’s committee asserts.England’s 3-0 last-16 victory Sunday was marred by controversy, with Cameroon’s players and coaching staff enraged by several VAR calls. Confidence. Composure. Coolness.The #Lionesses are into the quarter finals of the @FIFAWWC! pic.twitter.com/r687GvvRhR— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 23, 2019Djeumfa later defended his players, claiming his team suffered a “miscarriage of justice” following England coach Phil Neville’s assessment of Cameroon’s behavior as “unacceptable.”Now CAF women’s soccer committee chief Isha Johansen has called for an inquiry into Cameroon’s conduct.”Whilst remaining proud of our African teams that participated in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, (Sunday’s) match between England and Cameroon reflected badly, not only on African women’s football but African football on the whole,” Johansen said in a statement.”It is an issue which will be addressed and dealt with at the appropriate levels of governance.”Johansen, however, insists that any investigation must also take into account the reasoning behind Cameroon’s frustration.”Clearly when something happens like what happened, the disappointment that we saw on the pitch, we as Africans felt for Cameroon as a family, as one,” Johansen told BBC Sport. Women’s World Cup 2019: England advances as Cameroon outraged by referee calls Women’s World Cup 2019: Jill Ellis unfazed by USWNT’s short rest ahead of Spain matchlast_img read more