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India vs Sri Lanka: BCCI Changes Start Timings Of First Two ODIs
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The dew factor and cold climatic conditions has forced the BCCI to prepone the start of the first and second ODIs between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be held in Dharamsala and Mohali.
The dew factor and cold climatic conditions has forced the BCCI to prepone the start of the first and second ODIs between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be held in Dharamsala and Mohali next month. As per the revised timings issued by the BCCI on Sunday, both the matches will start at 11:30 AM IST instead of 13.30 PM. "The BCCI in consultations with the two staging host associations - Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) - has revised the start times of the first two matches of the upcoming Paytm ODI series against Sri Lanka to be held in Dharamsala (Dec 10, 2017) and Mohali (Dec 13, 2017) respectively," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement. "The first two ODIs will now start at 11:30 AM. The decision was made keeping in mind the recommendation of host associations regarding inclement weather conditions in North India in the month of December," it added. The statement further said that the third ODI in Visakhapatnam will start as per the original schedule.






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Ruthless Halep ousts Sharapova from China Open
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BEIJING: Maria Sharapova opened up on the despair she feels in defeat after she was ruthlessly knocked out of the China Open in the third round by Romania's Simona Halep on Wednesday. The world number two was an emphatic 6-2, 6-2 winner in 72 minutes to leave five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova still searching for her first title since returning from a doping ban in April. The Russian Sharapova, a former number one now languishing at 104 in the world rankings following her 15-month suspension for taking meldonium, gave an insight into the rollercoaster of emotions in top-level tennis. "Hard work is not good enough any more, maybe it was -- I don't know how many years ago -- but that's just not a factor any more," said the 30-year-old, asked about comments in a book she recently released. "The reason I say that is there's some incredible moments, very high moments, and there are very low moments.
"There have been times where I get off the court and you think, I don't wish this on my future child. The feeling is so tough and disappointing. "You work so much, you dedicate so much of your time, you have so many people around you, and sometimes it doesn't work according to plan, so you start asking questions. "But then once you work, you keep going, keep fighting through it, the rewards are very incredible and special. "They have nothing to do with finance, they have nothing to do with trophies, it's really internal." Halep, the second seed on Beijing's outdoor hard courts, is the first woman into the China Open quarter-finals.
Having turfed out Sharapova and with world number one Garbine Muguruza exiting in the first round with a virus, the 26-year-old Halep is now favourite in the Chinese capital.
Nick Kyrgios said he wanted to make up for his notorious meltdown in Shanghai last year as he beat Mischa Zverev in the second round in Beijing. A year ago the supremely talented but combustible Kyrgios was suspended for his petulant behaviour at the Shanghai Masters, where he swore and argued with the crowd and appeared to give away points in caving in to the German. The enigmatic Australian, seeded eighth in the Chinese capital, smashed his racquet on the floor in anger, bending the head in half, when he conceded the opening set on Wednesday. That earned the world number 19 a warning from the umpire and raised the spectre of one year ago.
But the 22-year-old returned for the second set with renewed determination and errors began creeping into Zverev's game. Zverev, ranked 27 in the world and the older brother of rising star Alexander, surrendered his first service game of the second set and Kyrgios was never in trouble after that, surging into the quarter-finals 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Kyrgios said facing Zverev a year after Shanghai, and again in China, was the perfect opportunity to show how far he has come. "I just wanted to go out there today and kind of redeem myself a little bit from last year," he said, adding: "I just wanted to prove to myself how much I have improved." During one changeover the Australian appeared so relaxed that he sat back on his chair, arms behind his head, and sang along with a pop hit being played over the stadium loudspeakers. "Nothing really, just chilling out," Kyrgios said afterwards, asked about his behaviour. He plays the Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis in the last eight.






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The Great Scape Ride of 2017 by Alisha Jebin, Lady in Pink Jacket
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Millennial these days have lot of hobbies and passion onto the paper but how far are they willing to take their passion to the next level. Meet Alisha Jebin (24), Bangalore, currently working for Societe Generale - a French Investment bank. She might look like an average everyday 9-5 worker commuting in the never ending world of Bangalore traffic. What if I told you that she is one of youngest and fastest women on a motorcycle! Yes, there was an article that caught my eye couple of months back about a Bangalore Lady Biker completing 1600+ kms within 24 hours, and later few days back the same news populated across Social media that the Bangalore Lady Biker who took up the challenge was recognized by IBR for the fastest and Longest Kilometers covered by a Women biker in 24hours! The lady was none other than Alisha Jebin. In the fast moving world, Alisha took up the challenge to complete a Saddle Sore attempt which is to record 1600+ Kms in 24 hours on a two wheeler of any sort. 12 June 2017 will always be remembered as she recorded 1662 Kms in 22 hours in a Royal Enfield Thunderbird!.She had become the fastest and youngest women rider to complete 1600+kms in 24 hours beating the existing record. The Ancient Times reached out to Alisha after she was recognized by prestigious India Book of Records. When asked about the motive of the ride and her future plans, she said " My passion towards riding a Morotcycle came in early in life during my schooling. After I bought my Royal Enfield Thinderbird 350cc in March 2016, every weekend was a ride of 200kms and more. Once read about Chaitra Priya being the only women in India to have covered 1600kms in 24hours, I also wanted to test my endurance level, which took me one step forward in doing the saddle sore challenge. Through the monsoon rains I rode solo in the roads of Bangalore-Pune-Bangalore, through which I learnt to believe in myself better, and a confidence level I never knew I had. I do not have any future plans now. Maybe when my heart says to do it, I'll just do it :)" Being said that she is all set to conquer what her heart wants, The Ancient times is so happy to interview a young, energetic individual who wants the world to identify her on her passion and we wish Alisha all the best to future endeavors and accolades ahead.






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IPL, T20 WC experience will hold us in good stead: Faulkner
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CHENNAI: Australia all-rounder James Faulkner on Monday said experience of playing in the IPL and last year's ICC World Twenty20 in India will hold the visitors in good stead in the upcoming limited over series. India and Australia will play five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, starting with the first 50-over game on September 17. And Faulkner said it would be a "test" of character for Australia to beat in-form India at home. "Most of the boys have played here in the IPL and T20 World Cup. So those experiences will help us," Faulker said after the team's training session at the M A Chidambaram stadium. "They (India) have played a lot of one-day cricket in the recent past. They are in really good nick right now. It is going to be a test."
Faulkner will return to the side after missing out on the Champions Trophy earlier this year. And Faulkner said it was tough to be out of the side for a while but it gave him the chance to reflect and come back stronger. The big-hitting all-rounder, who bowls left-arm medium- pace, said he was happy to be back in the team and looked forward to putting up a solid performance against India. "Obviously if you miss out any time on selection it is tough. I was four months away from the game. I had a bit of pre-season which has been nice, to get strong and fitter," Faulkner said.
Faulkner said he had put in a lot of hard work in the time he was out of the national team. "I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months. It is good to be back with my teammates and hit the gym hard. I'm happy now," he said. "It was pretty tough. I think you ask any player when he gets left out it is not great fun. At the end of the day it up to you to be back. I am excited to back in the group. I don't really want to talk about the past. It is a good opportunity against a tough opposition in their own country," he said. "I didn't get too much feedback (from the selectors) to be honest. The pace had dropped down a little bit maybe. I went back and reflected and wanted to get back into the team. I put that aside and worked as hard I could," he added. Faulkner, who has played a few match-winning knocks in the past against India and was man-of-the-match in the 2015 World Cup (50 overs) final, said he was looking forward to the upcoming series.
"We are obviously looking forward to playing a warm-up game before the series starts. The conditions here in Chennai are tough, it is hot and sweating too much. The boys are eager to get out there and play some good cricket, it is going to be a good series. The last time we were here we had some good, tough cricket, so we are all excited," Faulkner said. "All the boys love playing here, the fans are so passionate about cricket. It has always been a good rivalry between India and Australia. I am looking forward to playing in India," he added. Asked about the so-called 'X-factor', the Australian said, "I suppose it is the variation and depth with both the bat and ball. I don't know about the X-factor regarding myself. There are players with X-factors in both the teams and that is international cricket. "My aim is to do as well as I can and play my part in these conditions which are different from back in Australia."
We have had two training sessions to get accustomed to the conditions. I am looking forward to the getting out there in the heat and bowling some variations and getting through the game with a solid performance," he signed off.






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Umesh, Shami return for first three Australia ODIs
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 16-member squad, on Sunday (September 10), for the the first three ODIs of the upcoming five-match series against Australia, starting September 17 in Chennai. The MSK Prasad-led selection committee brought back frontline pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, while rewarding the bright performances of left-arm spinner Axar Patel and legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the recently concluded ODI series in Sri Lanka, by giving them an extended run. The team management, which has been careful with the workload of injury-prone Shami, had rested the Bengal pacer for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The speedster bagged ten wickets in the preceding Test series and will now return to play his first ODI since the final game in West Indies where he accounted for four wickets. Umesh, too, like his fellow paceman, was a part of the Tests against Sri Lanka before being rested for the limited-overs leg of the tour. Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. As expected, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to be rested. During this phase though, Ashwin will continue to sharpen his trade in the County circuit with his stint at Worcestershire. India also left out paceman Shardul Thakur after he played a couple of games against Sri Lanka, during which he returned just one wicket. However, he was named in the India A squad for the two-match series against New Zealand A later in the month. "The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested. The team's performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours," MSK Prasad, the chairman of selection committee said. Although the selection panel wasn't expected to make any sweeping changes to the outfit that featured against Sri Lanka, KL Rahul would be under pressure to upscale his performance. Rahul is tipped to take the No. 4 spot in the lineup, however, he scored only 28 runs in the three innings he batted. The first three ODIs will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and Indore. The teams then travel to Bangalore and Nagpur for the final two games, before they take part in a three-match T20I series. India A vs New Zealand A, Four-Day Games, Vijaywada The selection committee also announced the India 'A' squad for two four-day games to be played against New Zealand 'A', starting September 23. While Karun Nair will lead the side in the games to be played in Vijayawada, Rishabh Pant will don the wicketkeeping gloves. India A: Priyank Panchal, R Samarth, Sudip Chatterjee, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Karun Nair (Captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, K Gowtham, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Ankit Rajpoot






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Ghosh-Sathiyan settle for silver at Bulgaria Open