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Saina Nehwal is now world No. Badminton player

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has become world No. 1 Badminton player. She defeated Carolina Marin of Spain in India Open semifinal at the Siri Fort. While expressing her happiness she kept saying that she can't believe that she is No. 1. Former national champion Vimal Kumar said that Saina's work ethic are commendable and she has brought a revolution in Indian badminton.

Sania Nehwal defeated Hana

Indian shuttler Sania Mirza defeated Hana 21-15 21-12 in the women's singles competition at the Siri Fort Sports Complex to enter the semifinals. Kidambi Srikanth also defeated Japan's Takuma Ueda. But the biggest shock of the day was the defeat of five-time World champion Lin Dan. Indonesian, the eighth seed and World No. 10 Tommy Sugiarto defeated Dan.

India Loses Semi-Final Match Against Australia in ICC World Cup

India was humiliated by Australia during second semi-final match of ICC World Cup 2015 yesterday. With Steve Smith (105) and Aaron Finch (81) putting up a second-wicket partnership of 182 runs Australia scored 328 runs at a loss of seven wickets. With 329 target to chase, India got a good start but soon lost 4 wickets in quick succession. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 65 runs and was highest scorer of Team India. India was all out by scoring 233 runs in 46.5 overs. Aussies won the match by 95 runs and will now face New Zealand in the final.

Ticket Prices for India-Australia Semifinal Match Soar With Looming Threat of Rain

Though Indian fans are gearing up for turning SCG gallery blue, rain may play spoilsport during tomorrow's Semifinal match between India and Australia. It had rained all day yesterday and it may continue tomorrow too. Ticket prices of the high-octane match have soared and the analysts believe the 44,000-capacity stadium will be full to the brim on Thursday. It is reported that an AUS$90 ticket is fetching AUS $1,000 - $1,500 bids. Both Indian and Australian cricket teams are expecting favourable pitch at SCG. While India is expecting a spinning wicket, Aussies are expecting a green top for pacers’ advantage.   

World Cup Cricket Potpourri Just Before India-Australia Semi-Final Clash on Thursday

As India prepares to take on the mighty Australians at Sydney Cricket Ground pitch on Thursday, Darren Lehmann (Australian Cricket Coach) said that he is expecting a high scoring semi-final match between the two favourites of ICC World Cup 2015. Aaron Finch, Australian opener, has said that he considers India as a formidable opponent to take on in the semis. Brett Lee, former Australian pace bowler, expects his country to win against India smoothly on 26 March. Whatever be the outcome, Indian cricket fans (led by Swami Army cricket fan outfit) have decided to paint SCG blue during India-Australia match.

Sania-Hingis Win their First Major BNP Paribas Open Women's Doubles Title

The new partnership between Sania Mirza and former World No. 1 Martina Hingis has kicked off well as they win their first major tournament - BNP Paribas Open women's doubles title. In the final match of the tournament, they beat Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. The No.1 seeds didn’t lose a single set in the last 15 days, making it a dream start for the duo. After winning the tournament, Hingis said that the result is as expected and showed confidence in Sania. She added that it is relieving to see that the new partnership has clicked.  

Bangladesh lose World Cup Semifinal to India because of umpire's wrong decision - PM Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh lost to India in World Cup quarterfinal is because of umpire's wrong decision. Prime Minister Hasina called Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan during a function organized in Melbourne for the team. PM greeted the team, praised them and said that Bangladesh would have won the match if umpire would have given right decision.

BCB to Lodge Protest with ICC on 'Unfair' Umpiring during India-Bangladesh Quarterfinals; ICC President Threatens to Quit

Mustafa Kamal, ICC President, has threatened quitting from the position by alleging foul play during India-Bangladesh Quarterfinal match yesterday. Per allegation, Man of the Match Rohit Sharma (at that time was batting at 90 runs in fortieth over of the match with 196 runs on board) was ‘unfairly’ not declared out because of a ‘controversial’ marginal no-ball decision by the umpire. However, after the ‘controversial’ decision Rohit Sharma added 47 runs to his personal score of total 137 runs. Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to lodge protest with ICC, which is expected to get backing from ICC President Mustafa Kamal.    

India Through to the Semis after Humiliating Bangladesh in the Quarterfinals of ICC World Cup 2015

India humiliated Bangladesh during ICC World Cup quarterfinal match yesterday at Melbourne Cricket Ground by defeating them by 109 runs. Man of the Match, Rohit Sharma, scored a responsible 137-run (off just 126 balls) knock to take India’s score to 302. 122-run fourth wicket partnership between Suresh Raina (scoring 65 runs) and Rohit Sharma changed fate of the game. Chasing a target of 303 runs, Bangladesh never looked settled and was bundled out at 193. While ICC World Cup 2015’s highest wicket taker Mohammad Shami took two wickets for 37 runs, Umesh Yadav took four wickets for 31 runs.

ICC World Cup Quarterfinal Match Begins: India elects to Bat after Winning Toss

Indian Cricket Team won the toss today and elected to bat first during ICC World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Bangladesh, played at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. Though India retained the team that won against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh team made one change in comparison to their last match played against New Zealand. Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza made a comeback by replacing Taijul Islam. At 10am IST, India scored 60 runs at the end of 13.2 overs (4.4 run rate) with no loss of wicket. While Rohit Sharma was not out at 31, Shikkhar Dhawan was batting at 25.

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Announces Re-establishment of Bilateral Cricket Ties Between India and Pakistan

Abdul Basit, Pakistan High Commissioner to India, told media that bilateral cricketing ties between the arch rivals India and Pakistan will be re-established from December 2015. While speaking in an event, Basit said that both the countries’ cricket boards are working hard to organise a bilateral series between the two countries by this year-end. Though the venue has not been finalised yet, it will be either UAE or India. Pakistan High Commissioner to India made the public announcement just a week after Shaharyar Khan, PCB Chief, met Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary, on March 10.

Ex-skipper of Bangladesh Expects Bangla Tigers to Defeat India on Thursday During World Cup Match

Habibul Bashar, ex-skipper of Bangladesh cricket team, today told media that he is hopeful about Bangladesh’s win over India during the upcoming ICC World Cup match on Thursday. It needs special mention that it was under Bashar’s captaincy the Bangla Tigers defeated India back in World Cup 2007. During an interview in Dhaka, Habibul Bashar reportedly said that the current cricket team of Bangladesh is far superior and matured to the one they had in 2007. However, he also advised the Bangladesh team to keep the cool and not think much about taking on the mighty Indians.  

Kidambi Srikanth wins $120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Men's Singles Title

Kidambi Srikanth, ace shuttler of India, has won $120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold championship by defeating defending champion of the title from Denmark Viktor Axelsen by 21-15, 12-21, 21-14. It took the top seeded Srikanth 47 minutes to clinch the title. Though his performance was not up to the mark in the just concluded All England Open, it is the 3rd international title win in the last twenty one months for the 22-year-old Indian badminton player. After winning Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, Srikanth expressed delight and said that he wants to win many more titles in the future.

India enters into finals, meets Poland

India has made a place in finals of the Hero women’s Hockey World League Round 2. The team won match over Thailand at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. India will now face Poland in the finals.

India beat Zimbabwe by six wickets

India scored 288 for 4 in 48.4 overs to defeat Zimbabwe, the team that made 287 runs in 48.5 overs. It is the 10th successive victory of India in the World Cup matches. Suresh Raina (110 not out) and Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (85 not out) showed a splendid partnership of 196 runs at Eden Park. Raina made century in 94 balls. India will now face Bangladesh in the quarter-finals.

Saina Becomes World Number 2 Again after Brilliant Performance in All England Championship

Recent ranking list published by Badminton World Federation shows that India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has regained her world number 2 position. While reacting to the news Saina told media that she is happy about regaining the position and she will work harder to secure world number one rank. The ranking report shows that Saina has accumulated 74,381 points but still lags behind the world number one LI Xuerui from China by 4,833. China’s Shixian Wang, who had accumulated 72,227 points, closely follows Saina. Nehwal first gained No. 2 spot back in July 2010 and went on to regain it in November.    

Indian Skipper Owes his Success to the Performance of the Bowlers

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, skipper of Indian cricket team for ODIs, reportedly owed his success of captaincy to the success of his bowlers during a press meet after convincing win over Ireland. He said this when asked whether his success as a captain has anything to do with the experiments he does with bowling. In the last ICC World Cup match Dhoni made spin bowlers bowl 30 overs. The comment is significant because cricketing legend of West Indies, Viv Richards, questioned Indian bowling by pointing out the inconsistency of the Indian bowlers just a week back.

India Enters Quarterfinals of Women's Hockey World League

India has convincingly beaten Thailand in the Round two of Women's Hockey World League yesterday by 6-0 and emerged at top of Pool A. Jaspreet Kaur, Rani Rani, Amandeep Kaur, and Vandana Katariya scored goals for India. While Jaspreet Kaur scored at 38th and 60th minute of the game, Rani Rani put the ball in the net at 40th and 60th minute. Quarterfinal match will be played between India and Singapore tomorrow. In the earlier Pool A matches, India first beat Ghana by 13-0 and then Poland by 2-0. Other quarterfinal matches will be played between Kazakhstan-Thailand, Malaysia-Ghana, and Poland-Russia.  

India Wins Comfortably Against Ireland

India secured a comfortable win against Ireland today, making it straight ninth match win for India during ICC World Cup. Ireland batted first and piled up 259 runs on scoreboard in 49 overs. N O'Brien, Porterfield, and Stirling were the highest scorers of Ireland scoring 75, 67, and 42 runs respectively. With a ton by Shikhar Dhawan and 64 runs by Rohit Sharma, India reached the 260 run target in 36.5 overs by losing just 2 wickets. India tops the Pool B chart by accumulating 10 points by winning all 5 matches played till now during 2015 World Cup.   

Saina Nehwal Loses in the Finals of All England Championship

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who raced to the finals of All England Badminton Championship, lost to Carolina Marin of Spain during women’s singles final. Though she won the first set 21-16 and started the second game with a much required lead, she lost the match to the woman spaniard by 16-21, 21-14, 21-7. The final match of the prestigious $500,000 championship was over in one hour and two minutes. With this unexpected loss Saina Nehwal missed out to become the first woman of India to win the prestigious event.