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Favourites India seek winning start against battered Sri Lanka

The Galle International Stadium stands as a serene setting amongst an otherwise busy hub. The Galle Railway station and the bus stand adjacent to it make it an especially busy part of the city. Nestled cozily opposite the stations, the Galle International Stadium with the Fort and the sea in the background presents a more soothing sight. The serenity will ...

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Mithali-led India promises time-shift in women’s cricket

Six months ago Smriti Mandhana lay on a Melbourne hospital’s operation table, hoping the surgeons won’t cut open her World Cup dream. Two knocks into the sojourn, the India opener had incited a 10-year-old back home to get her jersey customized with ‘Mandhana’ written on the back of it. For Jhulan Goswami, the oldest member of this side, life came ...

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Fighting back has been England’s theme in this World Cup: Knight

England’s World Cup-winning captain Heather Knight praised her side’s fighting spirit after they pipped India by nine runs in a gripping final at Lord’s on Sunday (July 24). Seamer Anya Shrubsole engineered a late Indian collapse to finish with six for 46 – the best figures in a women’s World Cup final – leaving Knight to admit that they handled ...

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Mixed emotions engulf Mithali Raj after final loss

Mithali Raj’s eyes were fixed on the action in the middle, with as much concentration as she would before facing a delivery. She had been run out in the 13th over of the chase but hadn’t taken her pads off till the fall of Deepti Sharma’s wicket. There were varied emotions on that bench, at times clasping onto her lockets, ...

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Transition is about being mentally ready: Kohli

It’s been two years since Virat Kohli landed on the Sri Lankan shores for his maiden series as a Test captain. With MS Dhoni having retired in the earlier series against Australia, India had a rather inexperienced side in 2015 – a team that was languishing in the second half of the rankings table. Having lost the first Test of ...

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Harmanpreet dismantles Australian attack like she owns it

You know how you can tell a player is settling into their rhythm by just how convincingly they play their trademark shot? Harmanpreet Kaur goes down on one knee, backs herself to clear the infield, brutally swings the bat and then derives sadistic pleasure from watching the bowler react when the ball goes sailing over the midwicket ropes. Slog-sweep, breathe, ...

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Road ahead is challenging, but exciting: Shastri

A long-held suspense, fuelled with speculation, has finally ended with former Team India director Ravi Shastri being appointed coach of the Indian team. Shastri will join the team starting with the long tour of Sri Lanka starting July 19. He spoke to TOI on Wednesday (July 12) about his plans ahead, what makes him click with the cricketers, and if ...

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