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Suryakumar Yadav takes over as India’s new T20 skipper

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Suryakumar Yadav has been named India’s T20 captain, the country’s cricket board announced on Thursday, after Rohit Sharma quit the shortest format following last month’s World Cup triumph.

The 33-year-old Suryakumar will lead a 15-member T20 squad to tour Sri Lanka for three internationals starting on July 27 in Pallekele.

Shubman Gill recently led a second-string Indian side to a 4-1 T20 series victory in Zimbabwe and has been named vice-captain in T20 and ODI matches.

Rohit will continue to lead the ODI team, which will follow the T20 side by taking on Sri Lanka in three matches on August 2, 4 and 7 at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium.

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Next Sri Lanka #TeamIndia are back in action with 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is
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Virat Kohli will also return for the 50-over matches, while pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah remains absent from the tour after a gruelling season.

Rohit and Kohli had decided to take a break but returned for the ODI matches as India begin preparations for next year’s Champions Trophy to be hosted by Pakistan.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was Rohit’s deputy in the T20 World Cup, had started as a frontrunner for the job but lost out due to his frequent injury breakdowns.

Pandya, 30, suffered an ankle injury during the ODI World Cup at home last year and was out of action until the start of this season’s Indian Premier League where he returned to captain Mumbai Indians.

Pandya remains part of the T20 squad but is out of the ODI series, which will see the return of Shreyas Iyer, who earlier lost out on his contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Suryakumar, an attacking middle-order batsman who has been India’s go-to player in the T20 format, remained new coach Gautam Gambhir’s top choice, according to media reports.

Rohit, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja announced their retirements from the T20 format after India’s thrilling win over South Africa in the final last month in Barbados.

The match was also Rahul Dravid’s last as head coach and Gambhir was handed the job last week to build on the team’s World Cup win.

Suryakumar, who previously captained Mumbai in domestic cricket, last year led India to a 4-1 T20 series win over Australia and followed it up with a 1-1 result in South Africa.

T20I squad: Suryakumar Yadav (capt), Shubman Gill (vice-capt), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rinku Singh, Riyan Parag, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj

ODI squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill (vice-capt), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Arshdeep Singh, Riyan Parag, Axar Patel, Khaleel Ahmed, Harshit Rana

1- Header image: A file photo of Indian cricketer Suryakumar Yadav. — Reuters
Courtesy: Dawn News/AFP/Reuters Suryakumar Yadav has been named India’s T20 captain, the country’s cricket board announced on Thursday, after Rohit Sharma quit the shortest format following last month’s World Cup triumph. The 33-year-old Suryakumar will lead a 15-member T20 squad to tour Sri Lanka for three internationals starting on July 27 in Pallekele. Shubman Gill recently led a second-string Indian side to a 4-1 T20 series victory in Zimbabwe and has been named vice-captain in T20 and ODI matches. Rohit will continue to lead the ODI team, which will follow the T20 side by taking on Sri Lanka in three matches on August 2, 4 and 7 at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium. BCCI@BCCI Next Sri Lanka #TeamIndia are back in action with 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is
Argentina crowned Copa America champions for record 16th time after defeating Colombia

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Argentina won a record 16th Copa America title by beating Colombia thanks to an extra-time goal from Lautaro Martinez on Sunday after the final was delayed for over an hour due to thousands of ticketless fans trying to get into the stadium

Martinez, who came off the bench in extra time, latched onto a precise through ball from Giovani Lo Celso before lifting his effort over advancing Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas in the 112th minute to spark wild celebrations at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.

Argentina’s latest title comes on the back of their triumphs at the 2022 World Cup and 2021 Copa America, and gives eight-times Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi the perfect sendoff in what is likely his last international tournament.

The win, which saw Argentina move ahead of Uruguay after the pair had been tied for 15 Copa titles, marked Angel di Maria’s final international match.

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Defender Nicolas Otamendi, 36, is also set to end his international career.

“The truth is, this was written, it was this way,” 36-year-old Di Maria said.

“I dreamed it, I dreamed that I would arrive to the final and win it and retire in this way.

“I have so many beautiful feelings and I am eternally grateful to this generation and today I am leaving in this way with a title.”

South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL pushed the start time of the match back three times after a video on social media showed security scuffling with fans as they ran across the concourses and attempted to breach the gates of the stadium.

Reuters witness saw several people being ejected from the stadium by security staff at the venue, which will host matches during the 2026 World Cup.

“It was hard because many had their families outside, they didn’t know what was going on,” Argentina’s Cristian Romero told TyC Sports.

“It didn’t seem like a final, there was a lot of commotion and a lot of concern.”

The tournament had already been marred by a number of organisational issues.

Uruguay’s players were involved in clashes with Colombian fans earlier this week, while an assistant referee had to be hospitalised after collapsing in hot and humid conditions while officiating a group-stage match.

Cagey affair

Colombia started the match by pressing high up the pitch and Jhon Cordoba hit the post in the seventh minute before Jefferson Lerma and Richard Rios had long-range efforts saved by Emiliano Martinez.

Messi appeared to hurt his ankle in the 36th minute after a collision with Santiago Arias and while he got back to his feet after receiving treatment he was clearly hampered for the remainder of the half.

Colombia went on the offensive again in the second half with Arias and Davinson Sanchez coming close to scoring.

Argentina soaked up the pressure well but were dealt a blow in the 66th minute when Messi limped off due to an ankle injury.

“Messi had to leave because of that ankle problem but finally we were able to give him some joy,” added Di Maria, who jointly lifted the trophy alongside captain Messi and Otamendi at the presentation ceremony.

They continued to grow into the contest and had a goal disallowed for offside but Colombia held on as the match went to extra time.

The defending champions continued to push forward in extra time, testing Vargas with a shot from Nico Gonzalez before Martinez, the tournament’s leading scorer, finally found the breakthrough.

‘Deserve more’

The defeat ended a Colombian record 28-match unbeaten streak for Nestor Lorenzo’s side, whose last loss also came against ‘La Albiceleste’ in February 2022.

“It hurts after a tournament that the whole team fought for, it hurts when you compete to win and we felt we deserved more,” defender Sanchez said after Colombia’s hopes of winning a first Copa America title since 2001 were dashed.

“We wanted to give the victory to a country that deserves it, Colombia deserves everything, and we leave empty-handed, but we will go on.”

Colombia captain James Rodriguez was named player of the tournament after notching six assists to break Messi’s record of five in a single edition of the Copa America.

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James Rodríguez es el Mejor Jugador Betano de la CONMEBOL Copa América USA 2024
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Courtesy: Dawn News/AFP/Reuters Argentina won a record 16th Copa America title by beating Colombia thanks to an extra-time goal from Lautaro Martinez on Sunday after the final was delayed for over an hour due to thousands of ticketless fans trying to get into the stadium 🏆🌟 pic.twitter.com/yl4S2vd6x9— CONMEBOL Copa América™️ ENG (@copaamerica_ENG) July 15, 2024 Martinez, who came off the bench in extra time, latched onto a precise through ball from Giovani Lo Celso before lifting his effort over advancing Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas in the 112th minute to spark wild celebrations at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. LAUTARO MARTÍNEZ: LA REDENCIÓN. pic.twitter.com/hLoJ9dDjxC— CONMEBOL Copa América™️ (@CopaAmerica) July 15, 2024 Argentina’s latest title comes on the back of their triumphs at the 2022 World Cup and 2021 Copa America,
Sublime Spain strike late to win record fourth Euro crown

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Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal scores 4 minutes from time as they defeated England 2-1

  • Oyarzabal secures 2-1 win with late strike.
  • Record fourth Euros triumph for Spain.
  • Second successive final defeat for England.

Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal scored four minutes from time as they capped a dominant Euro 2024 campaign with a deserved 2-1 win over England in Sunday’s showpiece for a record fourth title and condemned their opponents to a second straight final defeat.

Oyarzabal finished off a swift counter-attack for the winnerafter England had fought back from a goal down for the fourth successive matchand seemingly earned extra-time.

“I have done my job,” said Oyarzabal, who came on for captain Alvaro Morata after 67 minutes. “Just the fact of being in the 26, you value it a lot. It happened to me but could have happened to anyone.”

Spain manager Luis de la Fuente added: “I couldn’t be happier. A real team, European champions. I said I was proud and today I am even prouder. It confirms what we are. For me, they are the best in the world.”

After a cautious first half where Spain had 65% possession but England’s Phil Foden managed the only shot on target, the Spaniards struck two minutes after the restart, despite losing influential midfielder Rodri to injury at the break.

Teenager Lamine Yamal, who had been shackled completely in the first half, finally found space down the right and crossed for Nico Williams to slot home past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Spain then enjoyed a purple patch with a series of sharp attacks as England’s previously watertight defence lost its shape and Dani Olmo, Morata and Williams all had good chances.

England manager Gareth Southgate sent on Ollie Watkins, the scoring substitute hero of the semi-final, for an ineffective Harry Kane after an hour, with Cole Palmer, England’s most creative player in the last month, joining him 10 minutes later.

Pay off

The changes paid off almost immediately when Jude Bellingham laid the ball back into Palmer’s path and the substitute curled home a precise low 20-metre shot in the 73rd minute.

The massed ranks of England fans, who vastly outnumbered their rivals, exploded and the whole feel of the night changed.

But Spain weathered the storm and a lapse of concentration saw England undone as Marc Cucurella was left in space on the left, received the ball from Oyarzabal and drilled it across the box for the substitute to stretch out a toe and poke it home.

There was still time for more drama as Spain keeper Unai Simon parried a Declan Rice header from a corner and Dani Olmo then brilliantly headed away Marc Guehi’s follow up on the line.

It meant that Spain added a fourth title to those won in 1964, 2008 and 2012 and, as only the third team in the last nine Euros to win the trophy without coming through a shootout at some point in the tournament following France (2000) and Greece (2004), nobody can deny they were worthy winners.

For England the “30 years of hurt” after their 1966 World Cup success, which was the soundtrack to their hosting of Euro 96, will now run to at least double that number as they became the first team to lose successive Euro finals

“We’ve competed until the very end of the final,” said Southgate, who is widely expected to step down having remarkably led his country to two Euro finals and World Cup semi and quarter-finals in his eight years in charge.

“I think we didn’t keep possession of the ball quite well enough. They press you really well and you’ve got to get out of that pressure and we weren’t able to do that and in the end that meant they had more control of the game.

“The players have got to take enormous credit for getting us to the point they did. They way they fought and represented the shirt with pride. They were never beaten until the very end, the final five minutes of the last game and then that chance at the end. Just the character and resilience that they’ve shown.

“It’s fine margins, but I think they (Spain) were the best team in the tournament and they deserved to win.”

1- Header image: Spain’s forward Alvaro Morata holds the trophy and celebrates with teammates after winning the UEFA Euro 2024 final football match between Spain and England at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on July 14, 2024. — AFP

Courtesy: Geo News/Reuters/AFP Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal scores 4 minutes from time as they defeated England 2-1 Oyarzabal secures 2-1 win with late strike. Record fourth Euros triumph for Spain. Second successive final defeat for England. Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal scored four minutes from time as they capped a dominant Euro 2024 campaign with a deserved 2-1 win over England in Sunday’s showpiece for a record fourth title and condemned their opponents to a second straight final defeat. Oyarzabal finished off a swift counter-attack for the winnerafter England had fought back from a goal down for the fourth successive matchand seemingly earned extra-time. “I have done my job,” said Oyarzabal, who came on for captain Alvaro Morata after 67 minutes. “Just the fact of being in
Historic Victory: Sohail sisters win 12 gold medals at Asian Weightlifting Championship

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The Sohail sisters have made history by winning 12 gold medals at the Asian Pacific African Combined Weightlifting Championship held in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

On Wednesday, Twinkle Sohail secured four gold medals, adding to the four gold medals each won earlier by her sisters, Sehar Sohail and Veronika Sohail. Competing in the 52 kg, 57 kg, and 84 kg categories, respectively, the sisters dominated in squat, bench press, deadlift, and overall weight categories, showcasing their exceptional prowess and elevating Pakistan’s stature in international weightlifting.

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Punjab Sports Minister Faisal Ayub Khokhar extended his heartfelt congratulations to the Sohail sisters for their record-breaking performance. “You have raised the Pakistani flag on the global horizon and brought honor to our nation. You have proven that with even modest support, our sisters and daughters are second to none. Winning 12 gold medals at the Asian Pacific African Powerlifting Championship in South Africa is a historic achievement,” he remarked.

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He further highlighted the support provided by the Punjab government, saying, “On the special instructions of Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the Sports Board Punjab provided air tickets and uniforms worth 2 million rupees for the powerlifting competition in South Africa. The Chief Minister has directed to extend all possible support to the talented athletes of the province.”

Courtesy: The Nation The Sohail sisters have made history by winning 12 gold medals at the Asian Pacific African Combined Weightlifting Championship held in Potchefstroom, South Africa. On Wednesday, Twinkle Sohail secured four gold medals, adding to the four gold medals each won earlier by her sisters, Sehar Sohail and Veronika Sohail. Competing in the 52 kg, 57 kg, and 84 kg categories, respectively, the sisters dominated in squat, bench press, deadlift, and overall weight categories, showcasing their exceptional prowess and elevating Pakistan’s stature in international weightlifting. Punjab Sports Minister Faisal Ayub Khokhar extended his heartfelt congratulations to the Sohail sisters for their record-breaking performance. “You have raised the Pakistani flag on the global horizon and brought honor to our nation. You have proven
Major surgery: PCB sacks managers; Shaheen Afridi found ‘misbehaving’ with coaches

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Wahab Riaz dismisses reports suggesting that he pressurised selection committee

  • PCB probing why managers didn’t take action against Shaheen.
  • Sources say Wahab, Razzaq extended undue favours to players.
  • Wahab denies reports saying he pressurised selection committee.

LAHORE: The repercussions of the Pakistan team’s early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024 continue to flow as it has been revealed that star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been found misbehaving with the coaches and management staff, sources told Geo News on Wednesday.

Sources say that a probe is underway over why managers — who are responsible for maintaining team discipline — didn’t take any action against the left-arm pacer despite Shaheen’s attitude.

The revelation comes against the backdrop of ongoing measures being taken by the board, the latest of which was the sacking of Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq from the selection committee, following the team’s poor performance and early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024.

Razzaq was a member of both the men’s and women’s selection committees, whereas Wahab remained the face of the men’s seven-member selection committee even after he was removed as panel chief earlier this year.

In a statement today, the PCB confirmed notifying the duo that their services were no longer required.

With senior manager Wahab out of the picture, the board has also removed team manager Mansoor Rana from his post.

Both the Wahab and Razzaq, the sources have claimed, extended undue favours to certain players and PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi decided to oust the duo only after the culmination of the investigation into the said matter.

The players supported by Wahab and Razzaq turned out to be the ones who didn’t perform and were in fact opposed by other members of the selection committee as well.

Moreover, the board is also probing players who have lobbies and the benefit that is being gained from it.

Sources have further said that the team’s coaches have complained to the PCB chairman about the non-seriousness of players and disciplinary violations in recent tours.

Lamenting that players talk against each other, the coaches have also taken up the issue of players’ families and the effect on their ability to focus on the game.

Wahab dismisses pressurising selection committee

Meanwhile, reacting to the board’s confirmation of his removal, Wahab has dismissed the reports suggesting that he had pressurised the selection committee.

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“I don’t agree with the statements being discussed about adding pressure to the members of the selection committee,” the former pacer said in a post on his X account.

Questioning that how can one vote dominate six, as the selection committee comprised of seven members, he stressed that everything was documented on record in the minutes of the meeting.

Wahab then announced that he will be issuing a statement in the evening today.

It is to be noted that the board has retained Mohammad Yousuf, Asad Shafiq and Bilal Afzal in the selection panel which also includes the captain and head coach.

1-Header image: Former selection committee member Wahab Riaz (left) and pacer Shaheen Afridi — AFP/File
Courtesy: Geo News Wahab Riaz dismisses reports suggesting that he pressurised selection committee PCB probing why managers didn’t take action against Shaheen. Sources say Wahab, Razzaq extended undue favours to players. Wahab denies reports saying he pressurised selection committee. LAHORE: The repercussions of the Pakistan team’s early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024 continue to flow as it has been revealed that star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been found misbehaving with the coaches and management staff, sources told Geo News on Wednesday. Sources say that a probe is underway over why managers — who are responsible for maintaining team discipline — didn’t take any action against the left-arm pacer despite Shaheen’s attitude. The revelation comes against the backdrop of ongoing measures being taken
India beat South Africa to become T20 World Cup champions after flawless winning streak

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India won the T20 World Cup title with a thrilling seven-run victory over South Africa in a classic final at Kensington Oval on Saturday.

Virat Kohli’s 76 led India to a strong 176-7 but after Heinrich Klaasen blasted a superb 52 from 27 balls, South Africa were closing in on victory only to be halted by some outstanding Indian bowling at the end.

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𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗔 𝗔𝗥𝗘 #𝗧𝟮𝟬𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱𝗖𝘂𝗽 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics propels to clinch a humdinger in Barbados and create history.

South Africa ended on 169-8 with Hardik Pandya taking 3-20 for India to the delight of the huge Indian following at the stadium.

Kohli had struggled in the tournament but he delivered his best innings at the perfect moment with his balanced batting.

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King Kohli reigns supreme Virat Kohli is awarded the @Aramco POTM after his 76 off 59, played a pivotal role in India lifting the #T20WorldCup trophy.

It was just what was needed for India who had slipped to 34 for three after their captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat.

In what has been a low-scoring tournament, the total looked to be a daunting one for South Africa but then Quinton de Kock (39) and Tristan Stubbs (31) set the Proteas on their way before Klaasen turned the game in their direction in the 15th over, smashing Axar Patel for 24, including two fours and two sixes.

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The Klaasen tornado has hit Barbados Heinrich Klaasen brings up a crucial @MyIndusIndBank Milestone at the #T20WorldCup Final for South Africa.

When Klaasen was finally removed, caught behind off Hardik Pandya, the Proteas needed just 26 off the last 23 balls.

Knowing they had to take the initiative, Rohit turned early for Jasprit Bumrah’s final over and he answered the skipper’s call perfectly, bowling Marco Jansen and conceding just two runs in the 18th over.

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Jasprit Bumrah, the Player of the Tournament in India’s triumphant World Cup campaign WHAT. A. BOWLER

That meant South Africa needed 20 from the final two overs and Arshdeep Singh bowled a superb length to allow just four.

With 16 to win off the last over, Pandya bowled a full-toss at Miller who smashed it high straight down the ground but Suryakumar Yadav produced a breath-taking catch on the boundary, throwing the ball back into play before he crossed the ropes and then returned to complete the catch.

Kagiso Rabada came in and edged a four and Pandya showed some nerves with a wide but the seamer kept his cool to ensure silverware for India after they lost in last year’s 50-over World Cup on home soil.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the whole country was proud of the team’s “historic” success.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan termed the showing an “absolutely fantastic final”, saying that India were the best team and “throughly deserve the win”.

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Incredible catch to win India the World Cup .. Absolutely fantastic final .. India have been the best team so throughly deserve the win .. SA have not been far behind though .. Brilliant World Cup.
The International Cricket Council termed Kohli an “icon of the game” as he announced his retirement from the T20i format.
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An ICON of the game bows out from T20I cricket.
Former all-rounder Shahid Afridi congratulated India on the memorable win and praised the captain, Kohli and Bumrah on their performances.
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Congratulations India on a memorable win.
@ImRo45 fully deserves it, he has been an exceptional leader.
@imVkohli as always a big match player and Bumrah is undoubtedly the best bowler in the world right now. Hard luck
@OfficialProteas , a great fight by a team that played brilliantly in the tournament.
Former coach Saqlain Mushtaq was all praise for Kohli.
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Congratulations to @imVkohli on an extraordinary T20I career! It was a treat to watch you play. Your passion, dedication, and achievements have inspired millions. Wishing you all the best for the future. Prayers.

Former cricketer Ahmed Shehzad also congratulated Kohli on his “incredible career”.

“What a fitting way to end your career by winning the World Cup and getting Man of the Match award in it. The greatest of our generation.”

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Congratulations on an incredible T20I career @imVkohli. What a fitting way to end your career by winning the World Cup and getting Man of the Match award in it. The greatest of our generation. #T20WorldCup
Squads

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

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South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (captain), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shams.
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TOSS | #SAvIND The Proteas will field first. India won the toss & elected to bat. No changes to our XI.
Courtesy: Dawn News/AFP/Reuters India won the T20 World Cup title with a thrilling seven-run victory over South Africa in a classic final at Kensington Oval on Saturday. Virat Kohli’s 76 led India to a strong 176-7 but after Heinrich Klaasen blasted a superb 52 from 27 balls, South Africa were closing in on victory only to be halted by some outstanding Indian bowling at the end. CC@ICC 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗔 𝗔𝗥𝗘 #𝗧𝟮𝟬𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱𝗖𝘂𝗽 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics propels to clinch a humdinger in Barbados and create history. South Africa ended on 169-8 with Hardik Pandya taking 3-20 for India to the delight of the huge Indian following at the stadium. Kohli had struggled in the tournament but he delivered his best innings at the perfect moment