ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Amidst hostility, India and Pakistan square off in marquee clash

first_img New Delhi: There is tension. There is continuing hostility. The build-up was dominated by calls for a boycott due to the terror attack in Pulwama. Despite all this, the tickets for this match were sold out in minutes. In terms of numbers, the rivalry has been one-sided. However, when it comes to passion, emotion and nationalistic fervour or jingoism, nothing beats India vs Pakistan clash. Indian fans will keep on harking about the 6-0 scoreline against their arch-rivals. For Pakistan, what began as a process of removing the monkey off the back is now a gorilla off the back. With every passing World Cup, the desperation for Pakistan has been palpable. They have only one mission: Defeat India or face more agony.The momentum for both sides heading into this contest is stark. Pakistan squandered a golden chance to get the better of five-time champions Australia. India, on the other hand, is operating like a well-oiled machine in both the batting and bowling. The wash-out in Trent Bridge against New Zealand would not have affected India too much. KL Rahul is an ideal fit at the top in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan while either Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik can add more depth to either the batting or the bowling.However, Pakistan is known to be mercurial and India cannot take them lightly. Mohammad Amir, who ripped out Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final showed that he is back in form with his first five-wicket haul in ODIs. In many ways, Amir is the key to the bowling along with Wahab Riaz, who has proven to be expensive against India in past encounters.For Pakistan to make a contest out of this, their batting needs to fire. Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq and Sarfaraz Ahmed have made contributions but all eyes would be on Fakhar Zaman, whose century helped Pakistan win their last ICC trophy. In past encounters, Pakistan’s batting has always let them down and they will be hoping for a better show.There is one slight problem heading into the clash in Manchester though. The weather has been inclement in Manchester for the last couple of days and showers are expected to play a part in this match. The billions of fans would be hoping that the rain gods stay away and the ICC will also be praying. If rain washes out this match, then it is certain that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be a certified disaster.Team combinationsWith Shikhar Dhawan missing this match, KL Rahul will open the batting. India already has depth in the bowling. Considering his previous record against Pakistan and provided the pitch offers seam movement, Mohammed Shami might replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If India needs depth in their batting, they might go in with Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar. For Pakistan, they might want to include Shadab Khan in place of Shaheen Afridi who was a tad expensive against AustraliaIndia (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra ChahalPakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad AmirWho will win?On all departments, India is better equipped and it is no longer a case of India’s batting versus Pakistan’s bowling. Barring a freakish performance from either the Pakistan batsmen or the bowlers, India should make the scoreline 7-0 on Sunday.Weather and pitchThis is the most dominant question of all. The weather in Southampton is not all that great. There are chances of rain and it could end up being another spoiler.Statistics6-0. This is not only a decorated scoreline in tennis but for Indian cricket fans. India has won all six encounters against Pakistan starting from 1992 in Sydney, 1996 in Bangalore, 1999 in Manchester, 2003 in Centurion, 2011 in Mohali and 2015 in Adelaide.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. highlights India holds a 6-0 advantage against Pakistan in World Cups.Pakistan last won an ICC event against India in 2017 Champions Trophy.India holds a 3-2 advantage in ICC events against Pakistan in England.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football: Takeaways from “ground em’ pound em” victory at Camp Randall

first_imgSaturday night the Wisconsin Badgers met the Nebraska Cornhuskers for what should have been a marquee matchup, hampered by the inconvenient fact that Coach Scott Frost’s Nebraska squad has yet to find themselves a ‘W’.Instead, we were graced with a Badger trouncing of an abominable team that said more about the shortcomings of both teams than the strength of Wisconsin.Jonathan Taylor, Mr. 88Editor’s Note: I wanted to copy and paste this section from every other week but I was told that would be dishonest.Running back Jonathan Taylor found the end zone for the first time since his three-touchdown performance in week two — and made it count.He finished the game with 221 yards on 24 carries, picking up three touchdowns along the way and subtweeted the Heisman committee with a career-long 88-yard explosion that elevated his night from good to great.Football: Wisconsin embodies idyllic Big Ten football, tops Nebraska 41-24For the diehard fan of purebred Big Ten football, Saturday night versus Nebraska was an absolute dream come true. Picture Read…“It was real nice to get out to open field, stretch my legs a little bit,” the Heisman hopeful said.Some stretch their legs by going for a short walk up and down the aisle of an airplane.Taylor prefers a stroll during the fourth quarter of a Big Ten soiree.There truly isn’t a takeaway here. I mean, if Taylor hadn’t had the 88-yarder, or if he’d only run for 120 yards yesterday, nobody would be questioning his position as one of the best backs in the country.“The Heisman stuff, that’s all at the end of the year, what matters right now is Michigan,” Taylor said.Spread the wealthWisconsin didn’t just ride Taylor Saturday, they used a whole fleet of running backs to end the game with a combined 370 yards on the ground.Men’s soccer: Badgers reach no decision vs UW-Milwaukee, face Rutgers nextFollowing a major upset win in East Lansing, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (5-4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) hosted Read…In fact, the Badgers used five rushers on their first drive of the game.Running backs Taiwan Deal and Garrett Groshek have proven themselves excellent compliments to Taylor in the backfield.“They’re different body types, different style runners,” offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel said of the trio of running backs.The ability of the Badgers to show opponents these many different looks was vital in their success wearing down the defense to eventually break off the long Taylor run.Groshek and Deal both eclipsed the 70-yard mark Saturday, a career-high for Groshek and season-high for Deal.Aron Cruickshank: Your favorite player’s favorite playerWhen it rains it pours.Wide receiver Aron Cruickshank had himself quite a day Saturday.The slight-statured Cruickshank was a shifty blur in the kickoff return game. He had 90 yards total in three returns, including one which was destined to go all the way to The House, until Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn managed to get a finger on the cleat of Cruickshank and ruin what would have been a dagger for Nebraska’s morale.Volleyball: Wisconsin comes off win against Illinois, heads to Iowa CityThe kills rained down on the Illinois defenders Wednesday night as Sophomore Dana Rettke went for a career-high 23 kills Read…Would we be satisfied with three extraordinary returns from the freshman?Yes, but we got even more.The hero of Taylor’s 88-yarder was not, in fact, Taylor at all.Nor was it the offensive lineman leading the way.It was Aron freaking Cruickshank of course.“I saw some sweet blocks, I saw Aron Cruickshank put a sweet block on someone,” offensive lineman Michael Deiter said.And a sweet block it was.As Taylor broke free from the line of scrimmage, it seemed for a moment like he may be caught by trailing Nebraska defenders. Then, No. 1 comes flying into view — taking out the pursuant with an expert block that would make fullback Matt Bernstein blush.Suffering SecondaryAs wonderful as a game Saturday was for the running attack, it was about as brutal as it could get from a pass defense point of view.Football: Badgers hope to deny Nebraska their first win of season SaturdayThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin Badgers will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday at Camp Randall as Wisconsin eases off Read…They allowed 384 yards through the air from Nebraska’s freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez. There’s a reason Nebraska hasn’t won a game, and it isn’t because they have an elite passing game.Safety Scott Nelson, who at times has looked like the future of the Badger secondary, looked undisciplined and unprepared Saturday.At the onset of the second half, Nelson literally fell down to allow a 75-yard Nebraska completion for a touchdown.This damage was only compounded when Nelson, perhaps overzealous as he tried to compensate for his transgression, was called for targeting and ejected for the remainder of the contest and the first half of next week’s game against Michigan.As Martinez tossed a long ball down the sideline for his receiver, Nelson came in hot toward him, lowering his shoulder into the head of the Cornhusker receiver, eliciting immediate flags from not one, not two, but three referees on the scene who soon after confirmed the ejection penalty.Even with the struggles for consistency the secondary has faced when healthy, heading into next week the obstacle of injury has also reared its head.Football: Taylor’s season starts off strong, but strong enough for a Heisman?The University of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has been a victim of his own excellence. After submitting one of Read…Aside from Nelson, who is healthy but suspended for the first half of the Michigan game, lone veteran safety D’Cota Dixon landed awkwardly late in the game and may be questionable with a foot injury, cornerback Caesar Williams was out this week with a leg injury, his replacement Eric Burrell also succumbed to a leg injury and Faion Hicks was listed as questionable with a thumb injury though he played most the night.You don’t need a medical degree to know that a litany of injuries will severely hamper the already struggling Badger secondary.The Badgers don’t dwell on games too long, and for some of those that have to figure out how to adapt to Michigan’s passing game, that could be for the better.“Sunday afternoon, it’s Michigan week,” Deiter said.last_img read more

Women’s basketball splits road trip

first_imgThe game was close until the fourth quarter when the Buffaloes started to run away with the lead. The Trojans were able to close it to a 1-point deficit in the last minute of the game, but the Buffaloes closed the game out at the free throw line. With USC up by 3 points in the last 30 seconds, junior guard Minyon Moore stole an inbound pass from graduate student guard Sarah Porter and hit two free throws. However, Utah hit a quick 3-pointer and stole the inbound pass with 13 seconds to play. Mariya Moore blocked the potential game-winning three, sealing the Trojans’ victory. More than halfway into Pac-12 play, the USC women’s basketball team is currently sitting near the bottom of the standings. This past weekend, the Trojans went on a road trip to No. 17 Utah and Colorado, splitting their games with an 84-80 victory over the Utes and an 81-76 loss to the Buffaloes. Senior guard Mariya Moore had a big game early in the Utah matchup, putting up 8 quick points to give USC an early lead. The score at the end of the first quarter was 23-19 USC, after eight lead changes in the first 10 minutes. Moore said she bought into the green-light mentality despite the team’s recent shooting struggles. Head coach Mark Trakh’s Trojans entered Friday’s matchup with Utah coming off two straight wins over Washington and Washington State. USC was 3-7 in Pac-12 play, with its only previous win coming against UCLA. USC shot 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. Redshirt sophomore forward Asiah Jones and the Trojans took charge on the glass, leading the Utes 21-11. Jones had five rebounds for the game, four of which came on offense. “I’m very proud of myself,” Tapley said. “I’ve really have been focusing on the game and how I played, not really worried about the other negative things going around me.” The Trojans finished their road trip at Colorado Sunday. The Buffaloes, who hadn’t won a game in conference play to that point, dominated the Trojans for most of the game, emerging victorious in a high-scoring affair. Utah started the fourth quarter with a quick 5-1 run and lead, narrowing its deficit to 4 points in the first minute and a half. After three more baskets, the Utes tied the game at 68 points with under seven minutes left in regulation. “It’s hard to be in the gym so much and not hit shots, but we are just at the point where, it’s like, at least we are confident now whether we make it or miss it,” Moore said. Although USC suffered its eighth Pac-12 loss on the season, the Moore sisters continued to play at a high level. The sisters combined for 41 points, 13 rebounds and three steals against the Buffaloes. In addition, Minyon Moore played the entire game, while Mariya only missed two minutes. For the Buffaloes, the double whammy of sophomore guard Mya Hollingshed and senior guard Alexis Robinson kept the Trojans at bay, combining for 37 points and 11 rebounds. Hollingshed and Robinson had a strong game on both sides of the ball, draining a combined six 3-pointers and forcing five turnovers. Mariya Moore finished with 23 points on 66 percent shooting in 39 minutes of action, but her biggest play came on the other side of the ball. “I’ve got to sprint with all my effort, I can’t let her get the three off, so I just jump as high as I could,” Moore said. “It probably doesn’t look like I got high up, but I tried to jump as high as I could, and I guess I just tipped it.” At halftime, Moore had 16 points in 20 minutes for the Trojans, equaling Utah redshirt freshman guard Dru Gylten. Moore hit three 3-pointers, shooting 75 percent. She also added three rebounds to her total, while senior guard Aliyah Mazyck forced two steals. At the beginning of the third quarter, the Trojans extended their lead to 10 points with a shot from Mariya Moore. After trailing by as many as 14 points, the Utes entered the final quarter down 68-59. Another standout player was junior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley, who scored 14 points in less than 30 minutes. Tapley missed just two shots and snagged six rebounds. Senior guard Mariya Moore was all over the court against Utah, scoring 23 points and recording the game-winning block. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) The Women of Troy are now 14-9 overall, with six more games to play until the Pac-12 tournament. They will return home this weekend with important matches against Cal and Stanford Friday and Sunday, respectively, at Galen Center.last_img read more