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Rare are matches when one feels that both the players are winners. The 2019 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final was one such match.

The match was played on 14th July 2019 between the two legends of tennis, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. All the matches played between the Big three (Federer, Nadal & Djokovic), are historical. But this one was historical in its own sense. This match was the longest in the history of Wimbledon. The five-hour long match kept everyone guessing till the last minute.

Although both played some excellent tennis, but had Federer reduced the amount of unforced errors which he committed, the result would have been completely different. This was for the very first time that a Wimbledon Final match ended with a tie-breaker. Also, the match witnessed members from the Royal Family as spectators. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, for the first time, presented the trophy to the winner.  Let us have a summary of the match that created history.

Highlights

Set 1

The match started on a positive note for the Swiss, who clinched the first game easily. The Serb then fought back, leveling the score.  Federer had a 5-4 lead when the first set was about to end. But to his dismay, Djokovic won the tenth game. The score was equaled tied at 5-5. Although Federer was one game away from winning the first set, it was his errors that allowed Djokovic to overpower Federer. The first set ended with Djokovic winning the tie-break with a 7-5 score.

Set 2

The second set began with Federer bouncing back and taking a 1-0 lead. Federer dominated this set right from the beginning, owing to Djokovic’s errors. It was after Federer’s 4-0 lead that Djokovic managed to win one game but to no avail as Federer made light work of the task and took the second set 6-1.

Set 3

Federer easily took the first game of the following set. But Djokovic fought back by holding his serve. Thus, the score was leveled as 1-1. Playing excellent ground strokes and serving his best, Federer took the third game and taook a 2-1 lead. Taking advantages of Federer’s errors, Djokovic  leveled the score at 2-2. At 5-4, with Federer in the lead, the score was 30-30 and he was just short of two points from taking the set away. But Djokovic held his serve and the score was 5-5.  The series of Federer winning one game and losing the next continued and by the end of the second set the score was 6-5, with Federer in the lead. But to Djokovic’s good luck the third set ended with him winning the tie-breaker by 7-4.

Set 4

The fourth set was no different. Djokovic won the first game thus taking a 1-0 lead. Without losing a single point, Federer took the next game. Contrary to the previous games, Federer broke Novak’s serve and took a 4-2 lead. Federer took a 5-2 lead but Novak fought back and took the score to 5-4. Federer then took the next game and the fourth set.

Set 5

Playing super cautiously, Novak won the first game of the fifth set. Federer then went 4-2 down, post not being able to break Djokovic’s serve. But Federer did not sit back and won the next two games, thus leveling the score at 4-4. Contrary to the previous sets, this set had Djokovic in a 5-4 lead. Federer then levelled the score to 5-5. At 9-8 Federer was just one point short of winning his 21st Grand Slam, but Novak fought back and took four points in a row. This continued until 12-12. Then the tie-breaker started and Novak dominated the tie-break right from the beginning. Djokovic won the tie-break 7-3.

The match ended with Novak clinching the 2019 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s final, his 16th Grand Slam title, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3)

 

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Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors defeats Dabang Delhi; Lifts their maiden title

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A superb performance from Bengal Warriors helped them clinch their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title in the final match against Dabang Delhi. The match took place at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad where the franchise of Bengal smashed Delhi by a scoreline of 39-34.

This win was even more special for Warriors as they were missing from the services of their regular skipper Maninder Singh who is also their star raider. Stand-in captain Mohammad Nabibakhsh took the charge of the side and lead from the front to prevent Delhi from winning their first PKL title.

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The pressure of finale was always on Bengal as they were 0-6 down in the earlier few minutes of the match. Nabibakhsh helped his team fight and changed the destiny in the favour of his team as the teams were levelled with 17-17 at half-time. Warriors took the game to their side of the court immediately in the second half to lift the trophy.

Here are all the award winners from the final match of Pro Kabaddi League 2019:

Best Raider of the Match: Naveen Kumar (18 raid points in 24 attempts)

Defender of the Match: Jeeva Kumar (4 tackle points in 5 attempts)

Game Changer of the Match: Mohammad Nabibakhsh (9 raid points in 13 attempts)

Moment of the Final: Mohammad Nabibakhsh (When he inflicted an all-out on Dabang Delhi from a Super tackle situation)

Stylish Player of the Match: Naveen Kumar (22 Super 10s, 21 consecutive Super 10s, Over 300 raid points in the season)

Here are the top award winners of the entire 2019 Pro Kabaddi League:

Referee of the Season: Mr. Shankar

New Young Player of Season 7: Sumit (UP Yoddha) – 77 tackle points in 22 matches

Perfect Raider of the Tournament: Pawan Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls) – 346 raid points (most raid points in the season) in 24 matches

Defender of the Tournament: Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba) – 82 tackle points in 24 matches.

Most Valuable Player of the Tournament: Naveen Kumar (Dabang Delhi) – 301 raid points in 23 matches.

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Pakistan appoints two new captains, Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to sack Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain from Twenty20 Internationals and Test matches. His poor performance in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka has been named as the primary reason behind his removal.

Pakistan suffered a 3-0 loss in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at their home under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed. The wicketkeeper-batsman received a lot of backlash after that and it was expected that a call might taken up on him.

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PCB has appointed ace batsman Babar Azam as the T20I skipper while Azhar Ali will manage the command in the longest format during the upcoming series against Australia. However, there is no clear message on Sarfaraz’s future as the One Day International skipper as Pakiststan’s next 50-over assignment is in July 2020.

The board has not just sacked him from captaincy but he has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour. Moreover, he has been asked by the PCB to indulge in domestic cricket and regain form if he wants to be a part of the side in the future.

The selection committee is yet to announce the entire squad that will visit Australia for the Tests and T20Is. Here is the schedule of matches that will take place in Down Under from the end of October.

T20 Practice Match (31st October, 2019): Cricket Australia XI vs Pakistan at Sydney

1st T20I (3rd November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Sydney

2nd T20I (5th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Canberra

3rd T20I (8th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Perth

Three-day Practice Match (11th November, 2019 – 13th November, 2019): Australia A Vs Pakistan at Perth

Two-day Practice Match (15th November, 2019 – 16th November, 2019): Cricket Australia XI Vs Pakistan at Perth

1st Test Match (21st November, 2019 – 25th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Brisbane

2nd Test Match (29th November, 2019 – 3rd December, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Adelaide

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Everything about 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: Full Schedule, Participating Teams, Squads and Broadcasting Details

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The 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is a is a cricket tournament currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament began on 19 October 2018 and the final match will be played on 2 November 2019 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

14 teams are participating in this tournament which are divided into two groups. These are:

Group A: Scotland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya and Bermuda

Group B: UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria

FULL SCHEDULE

A total of 51 matches will be played during the tournament in a round robin format which will be followed by the playoffs. Here is the full schedule:

Oct 18, Friday: Scotland vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Hong Kong vs Ireland, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Netherlands vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Oman vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 19, Saturday: Papua New Guinea vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Scotland vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM

Netherlands vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Jersey vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Ireland vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 20, Sunday: Papua New Guinea vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Canada vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST

Hong Kong vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Bermuda vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Oct 21, Monday: Scotland vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Hong Kong vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Ireland vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Kenya vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Canada vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 22, Tuesday: Scotland vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Singapore vs Netherlands, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

United Arab Emirates vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Oct 23, Wednesday: Namibia vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Oman vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST

Singapore vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Ireland vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Hong Kong vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 24, Thursday: Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

United Arab Emirates vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST

Hong Kong vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Scotland vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 25, Friday: Papua New Guinea vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Ireland vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST

Namibia vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Oman vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 26, Saturday: Ireland vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST

Netherlands vs Bermuda, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Namibia vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 27, Sunday: Hong Kong vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST

Papua New Guinea vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST

Oman vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST

Scotland vs Netherlands, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

United Arab Emirates vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 29, Tuesday: TBC vs TBC, Play off 1 – A2 v B3, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

TBC vs TBC, Playoff 2 – A3 v B2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 30, Wednesday: TBC vs TBC, Playoff 3 – A4 v Loser of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

TBC vs TBC, Playoff 4 – B4 v Loser of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST

Oct 31, Thursday: TBC vs TBC, 5th Place Play-off, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

Nov 01, Friday: TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 1 – B1 v Winner of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 2 – A1 v Winner of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST

Nov 02, Saturday: TBC vs TBC, 3rd place Playoff, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST

TBC vs TBC, Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST

FULL SQUADS:

Bermuda: Dion Stovell (c), Terryn Fray (vc), Okera Bascome, Onais Bascome, Oronde Bascome, Derrick Brangman, Deunte Darrell, Allan Douglas, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, George O’Brien, Delray Rawlins, Macai Simmons, Sinclair Smith, Charles Trott, Rodney Trott and Janeiro Tucker

Canada: Navneet Dhaliwal (c), Rizwan Cheema, Nikhil Dutta, Romesh Eranga, Jeremy Gordon, Dillon Heyliger, Abraash Khan, Nicholas Kirton, Nitish Kumar, Junaid Siddiqui, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq (wk), Rodrigo Thomas, Srimantha Wijeratne and Saad Bin Zafar

Hong Kong: Aizaz Khan (c), Kinchit Shah (vc), Ahsan Abbasi, Haroon Arshed, Waqas Barkat, Aarush Bhagwat, Kyle Christie, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Raag Kapur, Ehsan Khan, Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Nasrulla Rana and Shahid Wasif

Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, David Delany, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker and Craig Young

Jersey: Charles Perchard (c), Corey Bisson, Dominic Blampied, Harrison Carlyon, Jake Dunford (wk), Nicholas Ferraby, Nick Greenwood, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Jonty Jenner, Elliot Miles, Rhys Palmer, William Robertson, Ben Stevens, Julius Sumerauer and Benjamin Ward

Kenya: Shem Ngoche (c), Sachin Bhudia, Emmanuel Bundi, Aman Gandhi, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Pushpak Kerai, Jasraj Kundi, Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Nelson Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno, Rakep Patel and Rushab Patel

Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck (vc), Stephan Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Niko Davin, Zane Green, Zhivago Groenewald, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Tangeni Lungameni, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Christi Viljoen, Pikky Ya France and Craig Williams

Netherlands: Pieter Seelaar (c), Colin Ackermann, Philippe Boissevain, Ben Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards (wk), Brandon Glover, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Max O’Dowd, Shane Snater, Antonius Staal and Tobias Visee

Nigeria: Ademola Onikoyi (c), Sylvester Okpe (vc), Abiodun Abioye, Sesan Adedeji, Vincent Adewoye, Daniel Ajekun, Chima Akachukwu, Daniel Gim, Segun Ogundipe, Isaac Okpe, Chimezie Onwuzulike, Leke Oyede, Sulaimon Runsewe, Mohameed Taiwo and Codi Yusuf

Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas (vc), Khawar Ali, Fayyaz Butt, Sandeep Goud, Aamir Kaleem, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Mehran Khan, Naseem Khushi, Suraj Kumar (wk), Sufyan Mehmood, Khurram Nawaz, Jay Odedra and Jatinder Singh

Papua New Guinea: Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini (vc), Simon Atai, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga, Riley Hekure, Hiri Hiri, Jason Kila, Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua and Tony Ura

Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Ollie Hairs, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace and Mark Watt

Singapore: Amjad Mahboob (c), Vinoth Baskaran, Surendran Chandramohan, Tim David, Avi Dixit, Aritra Dutta, Rezza Gaznavi, Anantha Krishna, Navin Param, Janak Prakash, Rohan Rangarajan, Manpreet Singh (wk), Sidhant Singh, Aryaman Sunil and Selladore Vijayakumar

United Arab Emirates: Ahmed Raza (c), Ashfaq Ahmed, Sultan Ahmed, Waheed Ahmed, Mohammad Boota, Darius D’Silva, Zawar Farid, Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Rameez Shahzad, Junaid Sidique, Chirag Suri and Muhammad Usman

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Mithali Raj completes twenty years in international cricket, becomes the first woman with this achievement

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Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj has collected another feather in her hat as she became the first woman cricketer to play international cricket for more than 20 years.

She achieved this feat during the first One Day International game of the three-match series played between India and South Africa at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara on Wednesday. She scored 11* in the game as India won the match by eight wickets against the Proteas.

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Mithali Raj completes more than twenty years | Credits: ICC

Raj made her international debut in a 50-over game against Ireland on June 26, 1999. After three years, her Test debut came on January 14, 2002 against England. She has played 20 years and 105 days of International cricket in her career. Mithali Raj is also the only woman cricketer to have played ODI cricket for more than two decades.

Apart from this achievement, the right-handed batter also holds the record for playing the maximum number of ODIs in women’s cricket. She has played 204 ODIs till now and is followed by England’s Charlotte Edwards (191), Jhulan Goswami (178), Alex Blackwell (144) of Australia. This also makes her the only female player to play over 200 ODI games.

The veteran Indian batter also has represented India in 10 Tests and 89 T20Is as well. Last month, she retired from T20I cricket and said that right now she just wants to focus on the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

Looking at the overall numbers, the greatest Indian batsman of all-time Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for having the longest international career — 22 years and 91 days. He is followed by Sri Lanka’s great Sanath Jayasuriya (21 years and 184 days), Javed Miandad (20 years and 272 days) of Pakistan. This puts Mithali coming in at the fourth spot.

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Mohammad Irfan makes a big statement, claims to end Gautam Gambhir’s white-ball career

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Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Irfan recently made a massive statement that he was the reason behind why Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir’s career got finished. He said this in an interview with Pakistan’s news channel Samaa.

“During the series against India, they were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them even told me that they could not read my delivery or watch it carefully during the 2012 series in India because of my height and pace,” Irfan told this to ‘Samaa’ channel.

Mohammad Irfan is also the tallest cricketer to play international cricket and he also made his T20I debut during that series against India in 2012. He managed to dismiss Gambhir four times during that limited overs tour which included both T20Is and ODIs. Gambhir could only play a single white-ball series after that for India (vs England) before being dropped.

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Mohammad Irfan | Credits: AFP File

“Gambhir didn’t like to face me during the match or even when both teams had nets, I always felt he tried to avoid an eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got him out four times during the 2012 limited over series and he was always unnerved against me,” Irfan said.

As the interview progressed, he went on to say that he never claimed that Gambhir’s career ended up because of him but it was some who congratulated him for ending Gambhir’s white ball career.

After the 2012/13 series in winter against Pakistan, Gambhir appeared in just one more ODI series against England. He was not seen playing white-ball cricket internationally as he did not get picked up by the selectors.

Irfan also recalled in the interview that Virat Kohli also faced difficulty while facing his bowling. He said that Kohli told him while batting that his pace used to trouble him a lot and he could not read him.

Indian Twitteratis took no time in responding to it and making fun of the out-of-action Pakistan’s paceman. Hilarious memes got viral all over the internet and #GautamGambhir also started trending

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