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Luis Enrique Not Giving Up Hope After Spain Defeat

Spain coach Luis Enrique said football had been unfair to his side after Thursday’s dramatic 3-2 defeat in Croatia left them in danger of failing to reach the UEFA Nations League finals.

Nivia footballThe 2010 World Cup winners had to chase the game twice in the second half, with Dani Ceballos cancelling out Andrej Kramaric’s opener and captain Sergio Ramos levelling from the penalty spot after Tin Jedvaj had made it 2-1 to the hosts.

Luis Enrique told a news conference that we created a lot of chances, some of them where it looked impossible that the ball would not go in, we hit the crossbar, and football has been unfair to us.

Nivia footballIn their first goal we made a mistake, their second came from a set piece and they were lucky at the end. In the second half we deserved a lot more, we certainly didn’t deserve defeat but this is football and we need to accept it.

Spain have experienced a slump since thumping Croatia 6-0 in September and beating England in their Nations League opener.

Nivia footballTheir place in the finals of the new competition now hangs in the balance, however, after losing 3-2 at home to England and defeat in Zagreb.

Luis Enrique appeared resigned to his side not making it through, turning his attention to the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.

“I am sure we have it in us to beat England,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “The best of this new look team is yet to come.”

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WWT20: India Eyeing To Place in The Semifinals Against Ireland


Women’s World T20 2018: the Indian women’s cricket team faces Ireland in a bid to secure a spot among the last four. The match at the Providence Stadium in Guyana sees a highflying Indian side take on the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

Cosco batThe women in Blue have seen at least one player rising to the occasion and taking the team home. While it was Harmanpreet Kaur who bagged a century in the opening fixture against New Zealand.
While Mithali Raj used her experience with a half century against Pakistan in the next match.

Cosco batIn their previous match, Ireland faced a massive 9-wicket defeat to the hands of Australia, having managed only 93/6 in their 20 over s. Chasing the paltry total, the Aussies overhauled the target with more than 10 over s to spare. We were the gulf between the two teams, witnessing which, the Harmanpreet Kaur led side might rest a few key players. Ireland are required to win all of their remaining matches to secure a spot in the semifinals.

On the other hand Ireland Women’s head coach Aaron Hamilton has called for his squad to relax and focus on enjoying their cricket and the whole ‘ tournament experience ‘ ahead of their third World T20 Group Stage match against India.
Ireland have yet to claim their first victory at the tournament, having suffered defeats against Pakistan and Australia.

So India team have Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.
While Ireland team have Laura Delany (capt), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy O’Reilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

The India Wednesday vs Ireland W match in the ICC Women’s World T20 starts at 8:30 PM IST (November 15). The toss will take place half an hour early at 8:00 PM IST.

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England Vs Sri Lanka: England’s Wicketkeeper Problem

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There is a dilemma of selection for Jos Buttler in front of England, which needs to be sorted out before the second Test against Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday.

The first dilemma is that after the fit of Johnny Bairstow, who will play the wicketkeeper, while playing as a substitute, Ben Fox has scored a glorious hundred in the first Test, making the Test debut.

Puma batEngland need regular batsmen at number three and Butler is also a claimant for this place. During the one-day series before the Test series, Bayersta suffered an injury while playing football in the ankle, but he has now recovered from it.

Butler, who is responsible for wicketkeeping in limited overs, is not sure who will be responsible for the wicketkeeping in the match from Wednesday.
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He said that it would be a tough decision to exclude Foix, who played 107 innings during the first Test victory. While praising FOX’s role in the 211-run win in Galle last week, Butler said, “There are some options. He (Foix) performed well in Gaul and probably one of the best debut in Test cricket.

He said, “In addition to raising the century till the end of the day, we had done a catch and a stumping. Ben came and he performed brilliantly, but you have to remember how wonderful Johnny is, one of England’s best players.

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Israel cricket president Joseph Tal seeks BCCI’s support

Joseph Tal

Jerusalem: India-born Israel cricket boss Joseph Tal seeks BCCI support in nurturing cricketing talent in West Asian country.

The Israeli league has 18 teams participating at two levels. Joseph Tal wants to change that and plans to start a programme which would bring cricket into schools and draw youngsters of diverse origin to the game.

Newly elected Israel cricket president Joseph Tal, who was born in Mumbai, has sought the support of his native country to nurture the existing talent in the Middle Eastern nation.
Joseph Tal’s family immigrated to Israel in the 1960s when Tal was 16.
So Tal think that there are lot of Indian origin youngsters playing for the Israeli national cricket team and also in the Israeli league. Most of them have grown up following Indian cricketing legends and closely watch India play.
Tal said to PTI in an conference that there have been experiments in the past when ICA tried to use cricket as a tool of bringing youngsters from all sorts of background together, in efforts to promote co-existence. Some games were played also in the West Bank.
ICA has been an associate member of International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1974 and is a founder member of the European Cricket Council (ECC). Israel’s national team has been participating in ECC tournaments but has not fared too well of late.
As Tal said that Our new team at ICA would work to bring back cricket at schools, organising training programmes for youngsters and also lead some promotional activities, to popularise the game beyond a small section of population that shows interest in the game at the moment.

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Ranji Trophy: Bengal faces M.P., whose eye on first win

Bangal skipper manij tiwari

Bengal would want the openers to give a fine start by applying themselves in the tricky first hour when the ball swings and seams on the lively Eden Gardens green-top.
Ca plus 15000 batBengal will look to strengthen their batting and exploit the home conditions when they host Madhya Pradesh in a second round Elite Group B Ranji Trophy fixture beginning Monday.
Puma batBoth the teams have secured three points from their opening match with the help of first-innings leads. While Bengal drew against Himachal Pradesh at Nadaun, Madhya Pradesh played a drawn match against Tamil Nadu at Dindigul.
The lack of big scores despite the starts plagued the side in the opening contest. Openers Abhishek Raman (48 and 87) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (21 and 76) looked in fine form against Himachal but got out before they could read a hundred. Against MP, the team would want its openers to provide a safe start in what is expected to be a testing opening hour at the green-top at Eden Gardens.

CA Willow cricket batThe ball seams in morning session. For batsmen, if we survive till drinks, [we would] get value for [our] shots. There are pros and cons,” Manoj Tiwary, the captain, said ahead of the contest. “I’m thinking about scoring a big one, but it’s not in my hands. I’m happy with the batting but I need to focus more when I cross 50-60. I will try my best,” Tiwary, who had been dismissed for 55 in the contest against MP, added.

Bengal team have: Manoj Tiwary (c), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Abhishek Raman, Sudip Chatterjee, Anustup Majumdar, Shreevats Goswami, Aamir Gani, B Amit, Pradipta Pramanik, Ashok Dinda, Ishan Porel, Koushik Ghosh, Mukesh Kumar, Vivek Singh, Shahba Ahamad and Writtick Chatterjee.
While on other hand Madhya Pradesh team have: Naman Ojha (c), Aryaman Birla, Ankit Dane (wk), Rajat Patidar, Shubham Sharma, Yash Dubey, Ankit Sharma, Mihir Hirwani, Avesh Khan, Ishwar Pandey, Kuldeep Sen, Saransh Jain, Venkatesh Iyer, Mohnish Mishra and Gourav Yadav.

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2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma’s century seal series for india

India vs West Indies 2nd T20I Lucknow: Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking 4th T20 International hundred powered India to a comprehensive 71-run win over West Indies.
India thus took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match T20 series. The last T20 will be played in Chennai on November 11 on Sunday.
The legend of Rohit Sharma continued to grow exponentially as his unbeaten 111 off 61 balls, which helped India score 195 for 2 after being put into bat.

On Tuesday evening, Rohit treated the capacity crowd at Lucknow’s brand new ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana’ Cricket Centre to some scintillating stroke-play, most of which only he could pull off in his own inimitable manner. Like that pull shot, he exhibited against his rival captain Carlos Brathwaite, and six against Fabian Allen.
Very early in his knock, Rohit went past Virat Kohli’s approach of 2,102 runs, to become the highest individual scorer in the game’s shortest format.
Adding to the anticipation, Rohit Sharma played out a maiden upfront from Oshane Thomas, a pacer he’s had high praise for. Shikhar Dhawan got India off the mark with a single, bringing Rohit back on strike.
Rohit’s first attempt at cutting loose resulted in a swing and a miss, but Keemo Paul had thrown it wide. The slightly agitated crowd would have no more of it. Even before Paul could get back to the top of his mark, the stadium began reverberating with chants of ‘Rohit, Rohit’. For his first run in the game, the Indian skipper went for his trademark pick-up shot but lost his shape. A single and a collective sigh.
Of all the records Rohit racked up to etch Lucknow’s name in history books already, racing to the second spot in the all-time T20Is runs leader board is something he’ll hold very close to his heart. It’s a vindication of his stature in white-ball cricket. He’s now country’s leading run-scorer in the format and owns four of India’s seven T20I hundreds. If not there already, Rohit is steadily inching towards the white-ball great bracket.
On the other hand Young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who captured two important wickets and played a crucial role in India’s convincing 71-run victory over Windies. So this was an awesome play which has been played by India against West Indies.

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Ronaldo’s Juventus start in Serie A with win over Cagliari

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Juventus have now won 12 of their 13 league games but they needed the help of an own goal by Filip Bradaric after Joao Pedro had equalised for Cagliari.
Paulo Dybala scored after 44 seconds for Juventus but they were made to struggle in a 3-1 win over a brave Cagliari team as they stayed six points clear in Serie A on Saturday 3rd November.
Nivia shoesJuventus have won 12 out of their 13 games in all competitions this season but coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was still worried that “drops in intensity” could cost his team an eighth successive Serie A title.
Allegri was clearly concerned about last week’s 2-1 win at lowly Empoli where Juventus needed a contentious penalty and a moment of individual brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo to turn the game around after trailing at halftime.
Allegri said that defender Giorgio Chiellini and midfielder Federico Bernardeschi were not fully fit and would sit out the match, while Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic would be available for selection.
Juventus have conceded seven goals in 10 league games so far which Allegri said was too many.

Dybala gave Juve the perfect start when he received a pass on the edge of the penalty area, twisted one way and then the other and, despite slipping as he struck the ball, scored with a right-foot shot past Alessio Cragno.

Cagliari fought back and, after having a penalty appeal for handball turned down following a VAR review, forced Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny into a point-blank save to block a Leonardo Pavoletti volley.

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Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool are unlikely to make significant moves

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool has utilised a productive time during the summer transfer window, bringing Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson to Anfield.NIVIA Football Vega Size-5

The new signings have helped Liverpool made a superb start to the 2018-19 campaign and Klopp side sit joint top ahead of this weekend round of fixtures.
Jürgen Klopp believes that his squad is therefore sufficiently stocked to last the season – barring any unexpected circumstances in the next few months.

Manager said that, “If crazy things happen then maybe we have to think new but I don’t expect that. At the moment it doesn’t look like we will be too busy but it all depends on injuries and things like that. In the moment we have each position twice, three times and sometimes four times covered. I don’t think there is any reason to try to do something really big like bring in another striker.”

NIVIA Football Vertigo Size-5He also extended it as, “We have all that we need. Our job now is to use the quality that we have and to work with it because one player doesn’t change it.”

It’s probably safe to say that Liverpool fans aren’t overly upset about Jurgen Klopp’s fitness update on Jordan Henderson.

On Friday, the Liverpool manager ruled Henderson out of this evening’s trip to inform Arsenal.

The 28-year-old, a £20 million signing from Sunderland in 2011, has missed the Reds last two games with a hamstring injury and the trip to North London comes too soon for him.

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Virat Kohli clarify why MS Dhoni is not in T20

Virat Kohli

Thirvananthapuram: India cricket team captain Virat Kohli on Thursday in a press conference stated that,

“MS Dhoni will remain an integral part of the team and the veteran wicket-keeper as well as a batter batsman decided not to play the upcoming T20s only to make way for the much younger Rishabh Pant. There is a possibility that Dhoni never plays for India again in the shortest format.”

SportshopyHe also stated, “I think the selectors have already addressed this if I’m not wrong. And he’s been spoken to, firstly So, I don’t see any reason why I should be sitting here and explaining that. I think the selectors have come out and explained exactly what happened”.

SportshopyHe also said that, “I was not part of that conversation so It is what the selectors explained. I think people are putting too much variables into the situation, which is not the case I can assure you of that. He’s still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh can get more chances.”

Dhoni has been dropped for the upcoming T20 series against West Indies and Australia and there is a possibility that he never plays for India again in the shortest format. Dhoni was left out of both the squads and Rishabh Pant was the designated wicket-keeper for the occasions while Dinesh Karthik was being looked as a back-up keeper according to Prasad.

Hence, Kohli’s comments on Thursday proves that the matter is nothing that is advertised and speculated and Dhoni’s career in the shortest format of the game is not over.