New Delhi: The Indian cricket team put on a dominant performance in the Test series against South Africa. Rohit Sharma capitalised on his new life as an opener by smashing twin centuries in Vizag and a maiden double ton in Ranchi. Virat Kohli notched up his highest individual score in the Pune Test while centuries from Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane made the Indian batting intimidating. Crucial contributions from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja ensured South Africa never took 20 wickets in all the three Tests. Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, has likened his team’s batsmen to a Ferrari car.”Our batting is pretty much like a Ferrari taking off. Ajinkya Rahane was always there. He just needed to rediscover himself. When you need to open in Tests, you might get out in the first 10 balls. But Rohit did well to hang in there for the first two hours. And things changed after lunch for him to take advantage of that. The job satisfaction that an opener gets is wonderful. You have a captain who leads with example and gets a double hundred. You have Pujara chipping in, you have Rahane scoring the runs in the middle order,” Shastri said. Focus on taking 20 wicketsShastri’s compliment for the batsmen, though, did not take away the core focus of the Indian cricket team which was to take 20 wickets irrespective of the conditions. The pitches in the current series against South Africa helped both the pacers and the spinners, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja complimented well by Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.”We had a wish that we could take pitch out of the equation. ‘Bhaad me gaya pitch’ (to hell with the pitches). Whether it’s Johannesburg or Melbourne or Mumbai, we want to take the pitch out of the equation. We always wanted to take 20 wickets irrespective of where we were playing. We are just focussed on taking 20 wickets. Normally, in India you have two players hogging the limelight. But here you have 6 or 7 chipping in,” Shastri said.Also Read | Will Talk To Virat Kohli Like A BCCI President Does: Sourav GangulyShastri complimented Shahbaz Nadeem, the debutant who made a good impression in the Ranchi Test. Nadeem’s first wicket of Temba Bavuma was hailed by former India spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi and his four wickets in the match was an impressive return after slogging away in the past decade in domestic cricket. “Extremely impressed with Nadeem. He comes over the top and has a great wrist position. The guy has put in the yards at the domestic level and am glad he finally had his chance at his home ground. He had no nerves and bowled three maidens on the trot,” Shastri said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Kosovare Asllani made it 2-0 when excellent footwork at the byline allowed her to squeeze the ball inside the near post from a tight angle.The forward wastefully volleyed over soon after but a third did arrive before halftime, Boonsing only able to parry Fridolina Rolfo’s powerful long-range drive into the net. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Sweden booked its place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Thailand in Nice.Having left it late to overcome Chile 2-0 in its opening fixture in Group F, Peter Gerhardsson’s side needed just six minutes to take the lead on Sunday. Linda Sembrant managed to get to Elin Rubensson’s deep free-kick before goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing to score the opener, potentially paving the way for a landslide victory.Yet a Thailand team that conceded a record 13 goals against the United States managed to do a solid job of damage limitation following the early setback. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Netherlands advances with win over Cameroon Thailand’s goalkeeper bravely denied substitute Madelen Janogy from close range early in the second half but was helpless to stop Lina Hurtig’s superb header finding the net with nine minutes remaining.Kanjana Sung-Ngoen garnered the loudest cheer from the crowd when firing in an unlikely consolation goal in stoppage time, her shot leaving Hedvig Lindahl rooted to the spot.However, Sweden — who face the USA next in a likely battle to finish top of the table — had the last word courtesy of a VAR review for handball, allowing Rubensson to add a fifth from the penalty spot.2/2 for Sweden! #SWETHA | #FIFAWWCpic.twitter.com/vTsi3lazuZ— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 16, 2019