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India beat New Zealand by 35 runs, win series 4-1

Wellington, Feb 3: India overcame a disastrous start to earn a hard fought 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI on Sunday to finish the series with a 4-1 scoreline in their favour, proving the heavy loss at Hamilton was an aberration.

At 18 for four, India were heading towards another sub-100 total before Ambati Rayudu (90...

Smriti Mandhana becomes World No.1 ODI batswoman

Dubai, Feb 2: Smriti Mandhana has moved up three spots to attain the number one rank in the updated ICC ODI batting rankings, released on Saturday.

After scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series against New Zealand, Mandhana now sits above the Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.

Mandhana, who has been...

Dhoni declared fit for fifth ODI against New Zealand

Wellington, Feb 2: Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has regained full fitness and will play the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand, India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed on Saturday.

India and New Zealand will meet for the final ODI at the Westpac Stadium here on Sunday.

Although the visitors have sealed the series 3-1, they will...

Qatar stun Japan with 3-1 win to be crowned Asian Cup champions

Abu Dhabi, Feb 2: Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup on Friday sparked by a moment of magic from record-breaker Almoez Ali and after nail-biting late drama.

Sudan-born striker Ali scored with an acrobatic bicycle kick after just 12 minutes before Abdelaziz Hatim curled in a superb second and Akram Afif converted a VAR-assisted penalty...

New Zealand women beat India by 8 wickets in third ODI

Hamilton, Feb 1: Indian women lost to New Zealand by eight wickets in the third and final ODI here on Friday.

Brief scores: India 149 all out in 44 overs (Sharma 52; Peterson 4/28). New Zealand 153/2 in 29.2 overs (Bates 57, Satterthwaite 66 not out).

Rayudu, Pandya power India to 252

Wellington, Feb 3: The Indian top-order struggled again in testing conditions before Ambati Rayudu and Hardik Pandya powered the visitors to a fighting 252 in the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand here on Sunday.

India's middle-order, which has been under scrutiny, delivered under pressure after the visitors were left gasping at 18 for four.

Rayudu (90...

Mithali Raj becomes first female to play 200 ODIs

Hamilton, Feb 1: India captain Mithali Raj on Friday became the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs, adding another achievement to her illustrious career.

The 36-year-old is also the highest run-getter in ODIs with 6622 runs at an average of 51.33, including seven hundreds.

Mithali could not make a big impact in her 200th game, scoring nine...

La Liga: Barcelona bank on rejuvenated Philippe Coutinho for Valencia test

Jan 1: Since joining La Liga leaders Barcelona just over a year ago, Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has endured a mixed time in Catalonia.

He joined Barcelona to much fanfare for a club record 142 million pounds from Liverpool and was hailed as the long-term replacement for former Spain international Andres Iniesta.

But Coutinho has often failed to...

Coca-Cola enters 5-year partnership with ICC

Gurgaon, Feb 1: Beverages major Coca-Cola on Thursday announced a partnership with the International Cricket council (ICC) for the next five years, till 2023.

The cola major is entering into the cricket space to be the worldwide non-alcoholic partner for the global cricketing body.

The move would help the company, which is building a consumer centric portfolio around...

UAE protests over Qatari players' eligibility at Asian Cup

Abu Dhabi, Jan 31: Asian Cup hosts the United Arab Emirates have lodged a protest over the eligibility of two Qatari players, the Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday.

The move comes a day before Qatar make their first ever final appearance against Japan, and two days after the Maroons trounced UAE 4-0 in a bitter semi-final that saw...