After 44 matches in the qualifying and Super 12 rounds, the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup has finally reached its business end with Pakistan set to take on England in the final at MCG on Sunday (November 13).
For the marquee game, however, the weather forecast isn’t quite encouraging. The final is likely to be marred by rain on both Sunday and the reserve day, which is Monday (November 14).
On the eve of the summit clash, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also announced a few changes to the playing conditions for the England versus Pakistan final.
Keeping the rain threat in mind, the apex body has increased the provision of additional playing time on reserve day to get a result.
“The Event Technical Committee (ETC) has increased the provision of additional playing time on the reserve day to four hours from the original provision of two hours (clause 13.7.3 of the Playing Conditions), in case more time is required to complete the match and get a result,” ICC said in an official release.
“It may be noted that ten overs per side are required to constitute a match in the knockout stage, and every effort will be taken to complete the match on the scheduled match day, with any necessary reduction of overs taking place,” stated the release.
“Only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on Sunday will the match go into the reserve day. Play on the reserve day will begin at 15h00 (9:30 AM IST) and would be a continuation of play from the scheduled match day,” it added.
In case, rain plays spoilsport and the Super Over cannot be completed, Pakistan and England will be declared joint winners. (Agency)
Argentina wins 2022 soccer World Cup final in penalty shootout against France
Argentina won the World Cup on Sunday after beating defending champions France 4-2 on penalties, following a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time, Reuters reported.
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Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide to give Argentina their first world title since 1986, and third overall.
France had come from two goals down to level over 90 minutes with Kylian Mbappe netting twice in two minutes, including an 80th-minute penalty.
The France striker completed his hat-trick in the 118th with another spot-kick after Argentina’s Lionel Messi had tapped in for a 3-2 lead in the 109th.
Argentina had gone 2-0 up in the first half with Messi, making a record-breaking 26th World Cup appearance, converting a 23rd-minute penalty.
They struck again with a sublime four-pass counter-attack as Alexis Mac Allister’s cutback found Angel Di Maria and he finished well. (Reuters)
Bangladesh beat India by 5 runs, take 2-0 unassailable lead
Bangladesh defeated India by five runs in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here on Wednesday, news agency PTI reported.
Opting to bat, Mehidy Hasan Miraz (100 not out) slammed his maiden ODI century and forged a 148-run stand with Mahmudullah Riyadh (77) to lift Bangladesh to a challenging total after being reduced to 69 for six in 19 overs.
For India, Washington Sundar (3/37) was the most successful bowler, while Mohammed Siraj (2/73) and Umran Malik (2/58) also snapped two wickets each.
Chasing, Shreyas Iyer made 82 while Axar Patel scored a run-a-ball 56 but India fell short as they were restricted to 266 for nine in 50 overs. Skipper Rohit Sharma, who split his webbing while fielding, remained unbeaten on 51 off 28 balls.
Ebadot Hossain (3/45) picked up three wickets while Shakib Al Hasan (2/39) and Miraz (2/46) scalped two wickets each.
Sher-i-Kashmir bodybuilding championship concludes in Srinagar
The Sher-i-Kashmir Bodybuilding & Men’s Physique Championship 2022 concluded on Sunday at Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall Polo Ground Srinagar.
The championship was organised by All J&K Fitness and Bodybuilders Association, affiliated with J&K Sports Association and Indian Fitness and Bodybuilders Federation.
The championship saw competition among various categories. Bilal Ahmad Rah won overall Senior bodybuilding championship, Uzair Ahmad won overall Youth bodybuilding championship, Hamid Qazi won overall Junior bodybuilding championship, Showkat Ahmad won overall Senior Men’s Physique championship, Sahil Tashok won overall Junior Men’s Physique championship. (Statement)
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