Centurion Mandhana guides India to a thumping victory
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20-year-old Indian Opener, Smriti Mandhana’s stupendous century (106 off 108) guided India to a formidable win over a hapless West Indies team in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England on Thursday. Two wickets each from Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur restricted West Indies to a paltry 183-8 in the allotted 50 overs. Although India lost two quick wickets in the beginning of their chase, charismatic Mandhana combined with Skipper Mithali Raj (46 off 88) to put together a 108-run stand. Mithali missed out on an opportunity to score her eighth consecutive 50, but the partnership ensured an easy win for the Indians by a virtue of seven wickets.
India to face West Indies in the third ODI in Antigua
India will face West Indies in the third ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday. The Virat Kohli-led side lead the five match ODI series 1-0. India looks like the firm favourites to win the encounter unless the West Indies of the old decides to show up. The first match of the series could not provide any results due to rain and India emerged victorious by a margin of 105-run in the second encounter. A win in this match will put India in the driving seat to win the tournament.
Ramkumar’s impressive campaign comes to an end
Ramkumar Ramanathan, who recently made headlines after defeating World Number eight Dominic Thiem in straight sets, lost to Marcos Baghdatis, the former world number eight in the quarter final of the Antalya Open on Thursday. The 222-ranked Indian, however, displayed enormous fitness in the encounter that prolonged for more than two hours and fourty minutes. The gutsy Indian fought gallantly and lost to the 79-ranked Baghdatis 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.
Ruthless Germany destroy Mexico, set up finale clash with Chile
Ruthless Germany joined Chile in the Confederations Cup final after thumping Mexico 4-1 in the semis. Leon Goretzka, the Scchalke midfielder, netted twice for the Germans in the opening eight minutes itself and Germany scored two more to complete a formidable victory. Timo Werner and Amin Younes put up their names on the scoring sheet as well for Germany while the only goal for Mexico was scored by Marco Fabian. Fabian stunner from 35-yards came in too late for Mexico to script a comeback. The Confederations Cup final, between Germany and Chile, is scheduled to be played on Sunday.
- Virat Kohli
- West Indies tour
- Ramkumar Ramanathan
- Dominic Thiem
- ICC Women’s World Cup
- Mithali Raj
- Confederations Cup
- Smriti Mandhana
- Indian Opener
- Deepti Sharma
- Poonam Yadav
- Harmanpreet Kaur
- Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
- Confederations Cup final
- Leon Goretzka
- Timo Werner
- Amin Younes
- Marco Fabian