Sports

Flawless New Zealand face resurgent England in WT20 semi-final

ew Zealand were denied a piece of history as their attempt to win a World Cup trophy went kaput in a rare failure in an otherwise flawless campaign. While the pain of falling at the final hurdle must have taken some time to subside, what they have learned from their heartbreak will come to the fore when they take field against a fast improving England at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the first semi-final of the World T20 on Wednesday evening.

New Zealand must be having a Deja vu. Their latest challenge to claim a world title is unfolding in a similar fashion as that of the 50 over World Cup they co-hosted in 2015. Four matches, four different venues, four wins. The only semi-finalists who are yet to lose. All boxes have been ticked so far. The praise has been high from all around. Two more hurdles and the glory will be theirs. History is a grim reminder of their failure to land knockout punches. They'll fight to correct that anomaly. And they seem well prepared having dealt with the challenges that teams like India, Pakistan and Australia who posed with disdain.

England, on the other hand, encountered a major roadblock in Chris Gayle who swatted them for a dominating West Indies victory in their tournament opener. The word 'resurgence' has been attached to them since their rise from the lows of 2015 World Cup. South Africa, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have been witness to that. The team has peaked at just the right time. Time is now ripe to deliver the knockout punch.
.
Source TOI

13 states give nod to Lodha Committee reforms, ready to usher in change

New Delhi: With the Lodha Committee reforms to be heard in Supreme Court on February 23, as many as 13 full-member units of the Board of Control of Cr...

Kohli creates five new records in the ODI series against Proteas

New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli once again displayed his supremacy in the sixth and final ODI match against South Africa on Friday. The star bat...

Unstoppable Kohli Leads India To 5-1 Series Win Over SA

New Delhi: Captain Virat Kohli slammed his 35th century as India crushed South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth One-Day International in Centurion...

Sport Minister congratulates Indian para-cycling contingent

New Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore congratulated the Indian para-cycling contingent for clinching a silver and two bronze medals at...