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  1. Said to be the ultimate showdown in the three-match series, the third T20 International between India and Australia, sadly, turned out to be a dud. Thanks to the wet outfield at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, the series decider was eventually called off, leaving the cricketers and fans disappointed. Over two weeks of heavy rain leading up to the match meant the ground had taken in a lot of water. And even though there was at least two hours of clear weather before the first ball was due, the ground staff were unable to make good enough progress for the game to begin. In fact, when the umpires went out for their inspection, they found that some patches of turf were so soggy that large divots were created when they dug their heels in. It was reported that the pitch, the square and even the bowler's run-ups were relatively fine but certain areas beyond the 30-yard circle were unsafe. As a result, play was called off and the series ended with a 1-1 score line. With no play possible in the third T20I in Hyderabad, the two captains @imVkohli and @davidwarner31 share the @Paytm Trophy. pic.twitter.com/Jq33HqEysJ — BCCI (@BCCI) 13 October 2017 With both teams fancying their chances - Australia looking to capitalise on their comeback in the 2nd T20I and India eyeing yet another series win, the summit clash undoubtedly had all the ingredients of a scintillating encounter. But it wasn't meant to be. The fans, who had thronged the stadium in large numbers, were hoping for some action, only to left disappointed. With the game called-off and no action in sight, the Indian fans finally had something to cheer for - thanks to MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The Indian stars took the field to try some left-handed batting which seemed to lift the spirits of dejected fans in the stands. Soon, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya also joined the two cricket sensations while turning southpaw with the bat. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also shared the photos of the Indian cricketers caught practicing left-handed batting on Twitter. Some left handed batting practice for the Captain and vice-captain as we wait for a further update on the start of play #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/pG82JVyZIP — BCCI (@BCCI) 13 October 2017 And @msdhoni joins the party #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/slN7dJqIdr — BCCI (@BCCI) 13 October 2017 With the series against Australia coming to an end, the Indian cricket team now shift their focus to a three-match ODI and T20I series with New Zealand, slated to begin from 22 October.
  2. Bollywood's perfectionist Aamir Khan shared that he feared losing fans before signing his blockbuster hit Dangal. Khan shared that he predominantly got scared because of playing a character that was closer to his age than what his fans idolise him to be. "I do get scared [of losing stardom]. When I heard the story of Dangal, I thought I have to do this film. But then I thought that I have just done Dhoom 3 and PK, and have six-packs and star-image." He said, "If I will do this film (Dangal), then I will become old and fat. What my fans will think? I hope I don't lose my fan-following," according to Indian media. "Mahavir is a 55-year-old in the film. I am 52. So, there is less difference between us. We are too close," he remarked. "But fans don't know that as they see me as 30-year-old. So, I told the director that I liked the film and I will do it after 10 years when I will be old. They agreed to that too." He added, "But the story of the film couldn't leave my mind. So, I decided that I should do it and not get afraid of anything," he said. Dangal was based on the real-life story of a Haryana wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who defied all odds to train his daughters Geeta and Babita. The daughters eventually became world-class wrestlers. During the shooting of the movie, Aamir underwent physical transformation to play a younger and older Mahavir Singh Phogat. The movie was awarded several Filmfare awards including the Best Actor and Best Director. The Dangal actor will be seen as a flamboyant music composer in his upcoming movie, Secret Superstar. Bollywood icon Aamir Khan says next film will be biggest yet 'Secret Superstar' is set to release soon and stars Zaira Wasim, who plays a schoolgirl who defies her conservative Muslim family to pursue her dream of a singing career Regarding his role, he claimed that there are ?real people who exist? like his character, but he is nowhere close to him. ?Why it is a tough role for me is because I have to feel like that character. When he is full of himself, I must feel ?I am the best.? It should come from within, which doesn?t normally come to me. I am always questioning my work." He further said, ?My natural instinct is to be critical of myself whereas this guy is not at all. He is sure that he is the best, no question about it.?
  3. Indian pacer Ashish Nehra's announcement of his retirement from cricket has sent shockwaves across the nation and left a series of broken hearts. The 38-year-old cricketer is included in the Indian squad for the T20 series against New Zealand in November, which is set to be his swansong series. © twitter His decision has triggered a lot of emotions and people are taking to Twitter to express their dismay. Ashish Nehra will retire on November 1st on his home ground. Thank you Nehra Ji for everything specially the 6/23 in 2003 World Cup — Abhishek ð®ð³ #408 (@ImAbhishek7_) October 11, 2017 As expected, Ashish Nehra will bid international cricket goodbye at his home ground Ferozeshah Kotla on November 1 with a T20 against NZ. — G. S. Vivek (@GSV1980) October 11, 2017 There were also some puns that floated around. Ashish Nehra retires from International cricket. End of Anehra!#NehraJi #nehra — Naresh Gaur (@nareshgaur11) October 12, 2017 Ashish Nehra will retire after the NZ series. Post-retirement, Ashish will write his autobiography titled "My experiments with tooth". — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) October 11, 2017 Then there were the goodbyes Always found Ashish Nehra's career fascinating. Whenever you thought he was done - he muscled on. Now, he's finally done - you wonder why. — Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) October 12, 2017 Ashish Nehra retires from International cricket. End of Anehra!#NehraJi #nehra — Naresh Gaur (@nareshgaur11) October 12, 2017 It's going to be a bittersweet moment for Nehra and his fans as he will be retiring in his home ground of Delhi. It's going to be an end of a(Nehra), after all.
  4. After a series of unfavourable results, the Australian cricket team finally managed to gain an upper hand on the marauding Indian brigade, following their emphatic eight-wicket win in the second T20 International in Guwahati. A spirited performance by the Australians meant that the visitors will surely have something to cheer for going into the series decider on 13 October in Hyderabad. While the Australians did cut a sorry figure for the in-form Virat Kohli side, the hosts wouldn't have been bothered by their opposition's win - their second on this tour. But, apparently there were some Indian fans who just found it too hard to come to terms with their team's defeat. © Reuters Taking matters in their own hands, the miscreants attacked the Australian team bus with stones to the sheer shock of the Australians, Indian cricketers and a billion fans in the country. The Australian side was on their way back after levelling the three-match series when their joy was overturned into a scary situation with a rock - roughly the size of a cricket ball - hurled at their bus which pierced the glass and shattered a window. Although no player was injured, it left the visitors zapped as it was the second time in two months that their bus was attacked. Last month, the Aussies witnessed a similar situation in Bangladesh. Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXI — Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017 Opening batsman Aaron Finch shared a picture of the broken window, while Adam Zampa relived the "pretty scary" incident as he expressed his "disappointment". The Australian spinner later revealed the details of the incident before lauding the Indian fans for their passion towards the game. Adam Zampa discusses the incident which led to Australia's bus being damaged. READ MORE: https://t.co/SbmW6HXskK pic.twitter.com/7x2ZE2lSYv — cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) October 11, 2017 "Indian fans are so great to us which is one of the reasons why it's so hard to travel here. They're so loud, they love cricket and they're so passionate about it. So, one person to spoil that is disappointing. Guwahati doesn't get much cricket as it is so for one person to do that and to spoil it for the rest of the Indian fans, it's pretty disappointing," he told Cricket Australia. While the local police have already arrested two individuals and are now investigating into the matter, the Indian cricketers, fans and even politicians were quick to condemn the attack and rendered apologies to the visiting Australian team. We are a country that treats ours guests with great respect and hospitality. Contd — Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017 The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let's all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that.ð — Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017 Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahati's reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. (1/8) — Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) October 11, 2017 Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 11, 2017 SHOCKING.Stone Thrown At Australian Team Bus Breaks The Glass. Come On Ppl, This Is Not How You Treat Guests#INDvAUS #INDvsAUSt20 #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/riGhlPT6Qe — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 10, 2017 Fans apologising to team #Australia outside their hotel #INDvAUS #Guwahati #BarsaparaStadium pic.twitter.com/7qADF5rtIa — Vishal (@Vishal15067) October 11, 2017 Guwahati cricket fans with sorry placards apologizing to Aussies outside Radisson Blu hotel pic.twitter.com/KqJJH3WNjw — Mriganka ð®ð³ (@Atheist_mrigen) October 11, 2017 Guwahati Fans pic.twitter.com/12KYpLnxI4 — sanket s.phalsamkar (@sanketsphal) October 11, 2017
  5. PCB chairman Najam Sethi Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has asked fans to be patient and ?have faith? in the young Test side, which played and lost its first series after the retirement of the legendary duo of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. In the absence of Misbah and Younis, Pakistan team ? comprised of mostly young players led by Sarfraz Ahmed in his first Test series as captain, lost both the matches against Sri Lanka, ending its unbeaten streak in the UAE since 2009. As heartbroken fans reacted to the whitewash, Sethi took to Twitter to urge the cricket-mad nation to give the team some time to stand on its feet. ?The boys won CT [Champions Trophy] for you,? he gave a very timely reminder. ?Hard to fill the vacuum of Afridi, Misbah & Younas overnight. Give them time to gel into Test form. Have Faith!? Pakistan were in with a chance of an upset victory when they resumed at 198-5 on Tuesday, with Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed knitting a fighting sixth wicket stand, needing a further 119 runs. But Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera broke the 173-run stand by dismissing Sarfraz for 68 while Shafiq fell for 112, ending Pakistan´s innings at 248 for a 68-run victory. Batting disappointed us, we were prepared: Sarfraz We have learnt a lot from the test series, says Test captain The defeat is Pakistan's first in ten series in the UAE, their adopted home since 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team, which suspended international cricket back home. The defeat allowed Sri Lanka to replace Pakistan at number six in Test rankings, pushing their opponents to seventh. Pakistan and Sri Lanka now play a five-match one-day series, the first in Dubai on Friday. They also play three T20 internationals, two in Abu Dhabi and the last in Lahore.
  6. Last month was the 10 year anniversary of this website, and I did **** all to celebrate it. Which is really the right way to celebrate a site like this. I was going to do an infographic making fun of myself, and I didn’t even do that. But I am doing something else that has something, slightly, to do with this site, I’m starting my own sports writing course. I never passed highschool, university, and also never worked at a newspaper. When I started this site I was a car park attendant, so you know, I’ve learnt a few things along the way. This scrappy little cesspool was the place I learnt how to write good like. So if you want to learn from the guy who taught himself by writing about a Kallis orgasm, you can. There are two SE London all day Saturday classes available: The 21st of October that has just had two cancellations, and thusly has a shittone of space for an intimate course where you can feel my spittle on my face as I talk. The 4th of November class is almost booked out. So you’d want to get in fast for that. There will be a course in Melbourne for late January. And more courses in the UK next year. For those who that doesn’t cover, there will also be an online course hopefully active by late November. You can register your interest for it here. The course is essentially me reverse engineering my writing, so it’s a pretty horrible look inside my brain that will hopefully explain how to be a better writer on sport. Or a sociopath. The rest of the course is from spending the last ten years talking to other aspiring writers. Answering their questions, doing reddit AMAs, dealing with the odd work experience kid, and helping out my friends. I think there are important, easy and practical things you can learn in eight hours that can help you become better. This is really the course I wish I’d taken back in the day, instead of pissing about here making fun of cricketers all the time. Anyway, do the course, don’t do the course, whatevs, I’ll be off half arsing that infographic that I’ll never finish. View the full article
  7. Starc has a bit of a history with Stokes SYDNEY: Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has urged Australian fans to "get stuck into" England bad boy Ben Stokes if he makes the trip for the upcoming Ashes, calling for them to be "very loud". Test vice-captain Stokes was arrested last month in Britain on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended from internationals until further notice following an apparent fight outside a nightclub. He was released without charge but remains under investigation. Stokes was included in the Ashes squad but the England and Wales Cricket Board on Friday said he would not travel with the rest of the players when they leave on October 28. No final decision on his involvement has been made, but if he does play the powerful allrounder faces a hostile reception. "You can only imagine," Starc said in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday on what reception awaits Stokes. "I guess I´d love if he was out here. I´d love for the Australian crowd to get stuck into him the way the Poms (English) get stuck into our blokes over there. "Regardless of whether he´s here or not, I think the atmosphere is going to be great at all the grounds. "I´m really looking forward to that atmosphere and if Ben is playing I´m sure it´s going to be hyped up and really loud. But I´m sure Ben knows how to cope with that sort of stuff if he does play." Stokes´ absence would be a huge blow for England, who have lost two out of their past three tours Down Under 5-0 and are desperate to hit the ground running in the first Test in Brisbane on November 23. Starc has been subjected to taunting from beyond the boundary in England in the past, while other Australian players have also been the butt of English sledging. He is encouraging crowds in Australia to give the tourists a hostile welcome with or without Stokes, believing it can make a material difference to the performance of some players. "Why not? Go for it. The Aussie boys will be backing you all the way in," he said. "On certain people I think it can (affect their performance)," he said. "For certain guys, if they´re copping it in the crowd they enjoy the banter, they give it back and really enjoy that atmosphere and that banter both ways with the crowd. "Other guys will go into their shell and it might affect their cricket."
  8. Professional wrestler Paul Michael Levesque has finally touched down in India! We won't judge you if this piece of information makes you jump off your bed or fall off your chair in excitement, as most of us know Paul as iconic wrestling superstar, the ‘King of Kings'- Triple H. The man evokes serious throwback feels as memories of him beating the crap out of everyone in the ring along with other ‘DX' members will forever be the elixir for 90's kids. The legendary professional wrestler shared the news with his fans on social media along with pictures and videos of him being welcomed at the Mumbai airport. Landed in Mumbai and was warmly greeted. A beautiful country with wonderful cultures, excited for my visit. @WWEIndia pic.twitter.com/8xKrw2VPoN — Triple H (@TripleH) 3 October 2017 For quite some time now, speculations were rife that WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is going to host two shows in India at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, on 8th and 9th December. Now that ‘The Game' Triple H is here as WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative; all those doubts have been put to rest and we can be assured to see some kickass action and end the year on a great note. However, we are still awaiting an official announcement regarding the same. Appreciating the warm welcome and expressing his love for India, he wrote on Twitter “Landed in Mumbai and was warmly greeted. A beautiful country with wonderful cultures, excited for my visit.” Been awhile since I've been in India.... immediately remembered why I love it. Thanks for the warm reception @WWEIndia pic.twitter.com/JjwDPpNJIp — Triple H (@TripleH) 3 October 2017 Earlier, the WWE had come to India in 2016 when it hosted live events across Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The two shows are reportedly going to be RAW-brand house programs and might feature Jinder Mahal from SmackDown Live. The other line-up includes superstars Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins and Bayley. With ‘The Game' in India, please don't ask us to keep calm because we just cannot do that.
  9. A still from a video posted on YouTube. Bollywood super star Aamir Khan is all set to play Shakti Kumaarr, a music director with a largely flawed personality. Mr Perfectionist?s fans will be able to see him in the upcoming film ?Secret Superstar?. ?He flirts with girls,? Khan said. ?Shakti Kumaarr has all the bad qualities you can imagine in a man.? The versatile actor has not shied from taking on different roles. ?Shakti Kumaarr is a music director who is going through a rough time,? said Khan?s wife and co-producer Kiran Rao. ?Such characters are barely written for any actor.? The entire crew of the movie was in splits each time the ?Dhoom 3? actor tried on a different, colourful costume for the character. ?In his personal life, he is really simple, basic and organic. For him to wear these tight t-shirts, I think even he had a really good time,? said director Advait Chandan. A still from a video posted on YouTube. For national award-winning actor Zaira Wasim, it was difficult to absorb Khan?s transformation from a strict father figure to a wannabe music director. ?It was a mental jump for me to witness him in these quirky looks,? Wasim said. Produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions, Zee Studios and Akash Chawla, ?Secret Superstar? is written and directed by Advait Chandan. The film is slated to release on October 19, 2017.
  10. The winds of change are blowing in the modern era of sports. What's causing it, you ask? Well, a lot actually. Abuse, assault, cheating, infractions and, in Oscar Pistorius' case, murder; have not only marred glorious careers of sportspersons in recent times, but also brought disrepute to their respective games. Remember the time when Lance Armstrong, the undisputed king of Tour de France, confessed to doping on the Oprah Winfrey show. Or, the shambolic match-fixing case in 2000 involving Hansie Cronje rocked international cricket. In football, it was Sepp Blatter's disgraceful downfall in light of the 2015 FIFA corruption scandal. © Reuters Their reputation is in tatters, contributions towards their respective sport are wiped away, and today, they are only remembered as the infamous villains of sports. For their condemnable sins, it's only fair to say they got what they deserved. But, their actions also changed the way we perceive sports today. Today, when a cyclist clinches the top spot in a premier race, rather than lauding the individual, we can't help but wonder if he's on something. Even if a bowler accidentally drops a towel during his run-up, the demons of spot-fixing effortlessly cloud our minds. That's the kind of impact the conduct of sportspersons has on fans, and in turn, the sport they represent. Well, as the years go by and these so-called role models in sports never cease to amaze us. And, the recent case of Ben Stokes involved in a brawl is no different. After a devastating final over in the 2016 World T20, the England cricketer surely came a long way to establish himself as one of the best all-rounders in international cricket. Did you witness a disorder in Queens Road or Clifton Triangle area of #Bristol around 2.35am yesterday? Details below: pic.twitter.com/oYQ3qeB3Bb — Avon&Somerset Police (@ASPolice) September 26, 2017 But, in a fraction of a second, Stokes threw away all his hard work thanks to a bare-knuckle brawl on the streets of Bristol. The 26-year-old was seen throwing up to 15 punches in under a minute which were aimed at two men! I mean, it's no wonder Stokes has a minor fracture. Video of England cricket superstar Ben Stokes in street brawl where he knocks out some chap. Will the ECB act on this now? pic.twitter.com/aKS00fnIJV — Nesta (@Nesta_Carter) September 27, 2017 He was arrested for suspected bodily harm and later released without any charge as the police continue to investigate the case. For a man who was named Joe Root's deputy for the highly-anticipated Ashes series against Australia, Stokes not only faces a ban from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), but he is also in contention of receiving a jail term upto 5 years. A role model to youngsters and arguably one of the most-talented players in England's current crop, Stokes' actions have once again raised the all-important question: Are sportspersons aware of their responsibilities - both on and off the field? A Repeat Offender © Reuters While he is undeniably the maverick for England on the field, Stokes, unfortunately, is exactly the opposite off it. This isn't the first time when the right-hander has drawn flak for his antics off the field. In fact, Stokes is a repeat offender, twice putting his career in jeopardy due to his off-field misdemeanours. Sundays and drinks don't really go hand-in-hand with Stokes. In late 2011, on another Sunday, the England star was arrested and cautioned for 'obstructing the police' in Durham. He was allegedly drunk when the incident took place. In 2013, Stokes was sent home from an England Lions tour for a late-night drinking session. An year later, IPL 2017's most expensive foreign cricketer caused all sorts of worries to the England selectors as he missed the 2014 World T20 after breaking his hand. Apparently, Stokes lost his temper due to undisclosed reasons and ended up punching a dressing-room locker which in turn caused the injury. He was also found guilty of over-speeding four times in June 2016 alone, leaving Stokes with the prospect of jail time if he drove faster than the speed limit any time over the next six months. Going by the timeline of his misdemeanours, we reckon, it's high time Stokes made the necessary changes to his lifestyle and show wisdom on the streets if he intends to prolong his England cricket career. Learning From Ponting © Reuters If, in the lonely hours of Monday morning (25th September), Stokes was thinking about role models, and how he might venture to conduct himself in the future given that he is England's most-prolific cricketer and vice-captain in Tests, he could have done worse than think of Ricky Ponting. Ponting, one of Australia's most successful captains, had a troubled start in international cricket with two separate incidents - at clubs in Sydney as well as Kolkata - leaving a dent on his fledgling career. A fracas in a nightclub in India and a fine for missing the team bus on the 1997 Ashes tour, Ponting recognised he had a drinking problem that he had to sort himself out of if he was to reach his full potential. In those dark moments, and in the public embarrassment that followed, Ponting recognised the truth about himself and he committed to rectifying things. The first signs of leadership were born and, eventually, Ponting would take his rightful place at the pinnacle of Australian cricket and among the pantheon of great Australian cricketers. That's the kind of commitment Stokes needs, a drastic change to his tumultuous lifestyle that would resurrect his career after yet another serious incident. Responsibility As A Role Model © Reuters Whether they like it or not, sportspersons are undoubtedly role models for the youth in society. They are the ambassadors of their respective sport. As crucial as their exploits in the game are, the conduct of sports icons off it is equally important as well. The contracts of sports professional - including cricketers - include moral clauses. These require that players should not bring their game into disrepute or engage in activity – including but not limited to illegal activity – that would discredit not only their game, but also their club, their team, club sponsors and suppliers. As much as they are morally obliged, the players also have a contractual obligation to act as moral exemplars or role models. It is a player's responsibility to behave in a reputable manner which is extended to all aspects of his or her off-field life. But then, a player's understanding of the nature or set of their responsibilities are crucial. Many regard their high salaries and product endorsement fees as justified recompense for the level of their talent, skill and dedication. Thus, restricting good sportsmanship to the field and acting the way they deem fit off it. But, what they (including Stokes) fail to appreciate is the fact that the benefits product endorsements bring are built on relationships established with those (possibly young and impressionable) people influenced by their fame. In the modern-era of cricket, on one hand, there are cricketers like Virat Kohli are even rejecting brand endorsements they feel isn't good for the people, and then, there are icons such as Stokes who continue to bring a bad name to the gentleman's game. For the sake of the promise his talent represents, let's hope that Stokes gets his ducks in line and turns these dark times around to ensure he doesn't become the latest addition to the list of would-haves in cricket.
  11. Guess what, you horror movie freaks? Pennywise the evil clown is making a coming back for the sequel of the record breaking, highest grossing film ‘It'. The film is scheduled to be released at a theatre near you, in less than two years; in September 2019. The second half of Stephen Kings' marvelous scary-to-the-hilt rendition will be directed by Andy Muschietti . If you remember, the first half ends with the kids finally sending Pennywise back where he came from. Since Pennywise surfaces after every 27 years, the second half will focus on the kids from the ‘Loser's Club', when they're all grown up, 27 years later, and are brought back together by a devastating phone call. © New Line Cinema The sequel was envisioned from the start, when Gary Dauberman penned the first part. He will also be writing the second half, while Muscheitti gets ready to direct it. The kids from the ‘Loser's Club' will be in their 30's to early 40s roughly and many actors have already been suggested on social media to fit their roles. Let's see who gets to fight the clown and send him back to hell, this time! ‘It' was a huge success in the horror movie genre, not just for this year, but for every horror movie ever made; ‘It' surpassed box office collections and beat even ‘The Exorcist', earning a record breaking $123million in the US. ‘It' also had the biggest opening for an R-rated movie, largest opening for a movie based on a book and the best opening for a New Line release and get this, ‘It' is almost nearing half a billion worldwide! If this one didn't scare you, we really don't know what will! © New Line Cinema Coming back to the sequel though, we're sure it will do justice to the first one and give us a peek into the lives of the seven kids who bravely fought the monster, in order for him to stop haunting them, for the next 27 years. The sequel will be titled ‘It: Chapter II' and we're more than curious where the story is heading, with the scary clowns haunting adults now, or wait, will he be haunting their kids instead? Only one way to find out! Let the wait begin.
  12. ROME: Italy?s soccer federation (FIGC) has fined Juventus, its most successful team, over an alleged scheme of giving tickets to hardcore fans to buy peace in the club?s terraces. FIGC had fined the club 300,000 euros (263,622.92 pounds) and given further fines and temporary bans to four of its executives including president Andrea Agnelli, it said in a statement on Monday. Juventus said it would appeal against the ruling. It denied wrongdoing and said it had always worked with police to ensure public safety and order. Investigators had been looking into whether the club gave tickets to fans known as ultras to avoid violence or racial abuse in the stands that might bring fines or docked points. Such a large number of tickets had been given out over such a long period of time that rules on contributing to fan clubs would have been violated, the FIGC court said, although there was insufficient proof that the recipients were touts or criminals. ?It is no mystery that the entire management was committed to repairing relations with the ultras,? the ruling read. Agnelli, a scion of the family that owns carmaker Fiat Chrysler, said in May he met the ultras to make sure they did not feel discriminated against, and to avoid ?problems of public order?. The FIGC?s court said Agnelli was not guilty of separate accusations that he knowingly met with a member of the powerful ?Ndrangheta mafia group who was involved in the ticket scam. When he met alleged mobster Rocco Dominello -- who has denied any wrongdoing -- Agnelli was ?totally unaware? of any illegality, the court wrote in its ruling. Agnelli, who is also the head of the European Club Association (ECA), is now suspended from his role at Juventus for a year and will have to pay a 20,000-euro penalty. The three other officials have been given the same fine and banned from their posts for up to one year and three months.
  13. When it comes to modern-day cricket, only a handful of cricketers can stake claim to the kind of reputation Virat Kohli has earned in recent times. Whether it's his explosive batting or aggressive captaincy, the Indian captain continues to grow his fanbase in almost every corner of the world. Such has been his exploits on the cricket field, that even fans from countries other than India, have been gaga about the Delhi lad. His absence was sorely missed by the Pakistani fans who recently witnessed the return of international cricket through the Independence Cup. Reuters Pakistan's love for Kohli once again came to fore on the social media. You don't really see a situation where the fans from other countries would reject their own cricketer to pick a rival player. But, that's exactly what happened when a Pakistani Twitter handle ran a poll asking fans to choose between opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad and Kohli. While a lot of fan-accounts are often seen running such polls on the social media, the one started by 'All Pakistan Memes' grabbed everyone attention, not for the question they asked, but the kind response it garnered. While Kohli himself wouldn't have been surprised, the social media users - especially Indian fans - were absolutely stunned with the response. Let's settle this RT for ahmed shahzad Like for Virat kohli #PAKvsWorldXI pic.twitter.com/MyktPUWC3l — All Pakistan Memes (@allPakistanMeme) September 12, 2017 The fans were asked to 'retweet' if they thought Shehzad was better and 'like' if they felt Kohli was their man. What happened next just goes to show the love and admiration fans from other nations have for Kohli. On one hand, where the Pakistani opener received 321 votes (retweets), the Indian run-machine was chosen a whopping 6,442 (likes) times by the fans. Apart from the likes, the tweet also received over 200 comments with most Pakistani fans testifying that Kohli was miles ahead of any Pakistan cricketer. No comparison tbh! Kohli is a world class player! — Fazila ?? (@fazila_1996) September 12, 2017 It would've been better to compare Ahmad with Umar Akmal???? — Irsa (@xxirsa) September 13, 2017 They both are same??but one is the selfie master and the other is self obsessed! ?? — Irsa (@xxirsa) September 13, 2017 Shukar hai ham Pakistanio mai itni aqal hai. Everyone knows @imVkohli se @iamAhmadshahzad ka koi comparison nhi VK is already a Legend — Aqib Siddiqui (@Aqibleo13) September 12, 2017 THIS IS SO DISRESPECTFUL TO VIRAT KOHLI — Maryam (@BefourMaryam) September 12, 2017 Come on . Accept it , out of 100 times, 99.9% time one kohli is equal or above then 6 batsmen of Pakistan team frm past current & in future — NABEEL ZAHID (@nabz84) September 12, 2017 Kohli is way better We all in pakistan know that — Master Oogway (@calculus_guy) September 12, 2017 one is a cricketer and other is a cameraman — Adnan (@AdnanSundal) September 12, 2017 Why are you even comparing two different classes? Kohli is a class and Ahmed Shehzad is also a class.. third class ?? — Ahsan Shamoon (@hsanShamoon) September 13, 2017
  14. Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, pictured here at a match in Manchester, asked fans to "move on" from racist chants. ? AFP LONDON: Romelu Lukaku has asked Manchester United fans to "move on" from their controversial chant about the Belgium striker. Lukaku has quickly become a favourite of United supporters since his close-season move from Everton, but their vocal praise of the star has angered anti-racism groups. One United chant, to the tune of the Stone Roses' Made of Stone, prompted anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out to protest as it used a stereotype about black men. The 24-year-old, who has scored seven times for United this season, is pleased to be appreciated by the Old Trafford fans, but he wants the song to stop. "Great backing since I joined #MUFC," he was quoted as saying on United's official Twitter account. "Fans have meant well with their songs but let's move on together. #RespectEachOther" United contacted relevant bodies to see whether the song could be categorised as racism by the letter of the law, while saying in a statement they have a "zero tolerance towards all forms of discrimination". The club posted on social media ahead of Wednesday's League Cup win over Burton Albion -- in which Lukaku was an unused substitute -- that "action will be taken against any offensive behaviour", reminding supporters of the club's commitment to racial harmony.
  15. Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been on a roll for the past couple of days. Be it sleeping on the field or at the airport floor or slaying the Australian team in the first ODI like a true boss, you can trust Dhoni to literally do anything and proudly walk away after the victory like it was child's play. We were not even close to exaggerating when we said that this man can do anything and this video is a proof of that. Well, it seems that finishing matches with his unparalleled and impeccable skills isn't the only talent he's got; this man has got some killer shooting skills as well. Yesterday, this badass cricketer visited the Kolkata Police Shooting Range to brush up on his shooting skills (after the team's practice session was cancelled due to rains) and we must say we are highly impressed. Kolkata Police shared a video on their Facebook page where Dhoni is seen firing a couple of rounds and even the police officers accepted that “his accuracy is breathtaking!” Kolkata Police in their post wrote, “Our inbox is getting flooded with requests of posting a video clip of MS Dhoni sharpening his shooting skills this afternoon at our range at Police Training School. Here goes.” Check out the video here. Reportedly, Dhoni even had an interaction with the Kolkata Police recruits and inspired them with his words. According to a report published in the Indian Express, a police official was quoted as saying “It's a state of art shooting range at PTS and Dhoni shot both in the 10 m and 25 ranges.” It was further mentioned, “It's great to host Dhoni for the second time. He's an extraordinary marksman and inspired us all.” In the first ODI, India defeated Australia by 26 runs taking a lead of 1-0.
  16. Bollywood's best dancer, alien whisperer, India's answer to Spider Man and one-time ‘Greek God'—Hrithik Roshan—has been receiving a lot of not-so-friendly press lately, all thanks to his highly publicised saga with Miss. Kangana Ranaut. We mean, the dude doesn't even have to make an appearance to be in the news. Call it the power of an A-list celebrity management machine or just the idea of staying away from more drama—Hrithik hasn't publicly addressed the issue in the longest time. This is obviously discounting the not-so-subtle cryptic Instagram message by ex-wife, Sussanne Khan. © HR However, in the name of brand collaborations and million dollar deals—Mr. Roshan stepped out to grace the runway for fashion designer Nikhil Thampi's first effort at a fully realized menswear collection. The collection—‘Connect'—that was showcased in partnership with a tech company—borrowed a lot of elements from his already successful women's line. Think rich tones, low-key bondage detailing, new-age layering and even sequins (!!) The collection was tailormade for the 21st century metrosexual with expensive tastes and an innate inclination for living life on the wild side. © HR But the moral of the story or the butt of all jokes is a one-liner that refuses to go away: “What would Kangana say?” About the look we mean. And since we couldn't get Miss. Ranaut to make enough time to review this sartorially forward runway look, complete with rose-tinted sunglasses and pair of headphones. We got nine of her die-hard fans to critique in on Hrithik's almost-perfect messy hair situation. Let's roll! © HR “To quote the iconic Poo, 6/10” - Chahat, 27 “I really really like how his hair looks like!” Mamta, 22 “Dare I say, yummy? This could've looked bad but it got saved I feel” - Shivani, 28 © HR 4. “No hate but I feel like nothing looks good on him anymore. Why are the headphones even there?” - Romy, 25 5. “Trying too hard. Way too hard!!” - Mansi, 27 6. “A refreshing change…” - Aditi, 26 © HR 7. “He is finally looking hot again!” - Kiran, 25 8. “This look could easily pass off as a sartorial representation of ‘Janta hain mera baap kaun hain?!” - Maya, 32 © HR 9. “Is he trying to replace Bobby Deol, cause he looks like a wannabe DJ” - Dia, 27
  17. Take any fan photos and you will notice the same old boring pattern where the fan is super excited to meet his or her favourite artist and the latter obliges to their requests by either hugging them or just randomly standing next to them while clicking a picture. But, there is one guy who is breaking this monotony by clicking some of the coolest pictures we have ever seen. Honestly, he looks more excited than the fans themselves. But, it's not like we are complaining. In fact we are actually in love with his humility, down to earth attitude and gratitude towards his fans. We are talking about our beloved Frodo Baggins from ‘The Lord Of The Rings' aka actor Elijah Wood. © Imgur Despite being extremely popular and famous, Wood makes sure that his fans are happy at the end of the day and can go back and have a good laugh at the picture they clicked with him. Be it burying his face in someone's chest, posing as Batman, enjoying a piggyback ride from a fan or fanboying his own poster; these pictures are proof that no one can take better fan photos that Elijah Wood. Come Mr. Frodo! I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you! Friend of mine took an epic picture with Elijah Wood. Maybe this ring belongs to Dark Lord Sauron, which he wants to destroy. Thank you @woodelijah!!! Awesome photo :D #FanExpo pic.twitter.com/hpAUiEQOsP — Aaron Drake (@PixelLitch) 31 August 2014 Is there anyone else who noticed the ‘No physical contact' board at the back?? Elijah Wood faceplanted my boobs today! Just Elijah Wood fanboying his own poster. © Imgur If Frodo Baggins had kids, here's how they would have looked. © Imgur We don't know if it's the inferiority complex of him standing with some shirtless dudes or questioning his own choices, but his expression speaks volumes about this picture. © Imgur He won't take it light just because you're his fan. Don't be fooled… @woodelijah is ruthless in arm wrestling. I learned the hard way, so that you don't have to. pic.twitter.com/mKKIxqwomf — Tristan Risk (@littlemissrisk) 1 October 2014 Had we not seen his movies, this picture could have easily passed off as two friends enjoying a match. Enjoying the Brewer Game and met Elijah Wood #wisfanphoto pic.twitter.com/7EJa3xZOPQ — PG (@bigvideodj) 21 September 2014 Just three college students hanging out after their class…not really. So, Brodie and I just met freaking Elijah Wood at the Royal York. pic.twitter.com/Vo4bBtXjC0 — Lauren O'Neil (@laurenonizzle) 31 August 2014 She is a lucky girl. © Imgur Who exactly is the fan in this picture? © Imgur Frodo Baggins seems to be the happiest person in the world. i miss him so much, im cherishing this photo forever @woodelijah pic.twitter.com/lzfQVmUxFn — Saira Rose (@dornessiti) 31 August 2014 Batman fan spotted with a fan of Elijah Wood. We honestly don't know whom to cheer for. If you saw batman walking around Comic-Con last week, there's a pretty good chance it was Elijah Wood Elijah Wood photobombing his fan's picture like it's nobody's business. It was nice seeing you again @woodelijah pic.twitter.com/Ak0c2GUB1J — Fernando Guisa (@Fer_Guisa) 24 September 2014 Elijah Wood is hands down one of the coolest actors we have ever seen and it isn't a surprise that his fans love him so much. Capt. Faramir, Mr. Baggins is alive and well. Recognised me immediately.#Ranger #LotR @woodelijah @MiddleEarthNews pic.twitter.com/qSZTSld9aA — Joshua of the North (@TheJoshTime) 1 September 2014
  18. Thousands of cricket-mad fans have been travelling across the war-torn country to watch the domestic T20 competition that ends Friday/AFP KABUL: Afghan soldier Ehsanullah waves a national flag as he dances half-naked in the stands of Kabul´s main cricket ground -- one of thousands of fans defying rising insecurity for the rare opportunity to see their favourite game live. The 23-year-old took time off from fighting Taliban insurgents in volatile Kandahar province to attend the Shpageeza Cricket League in the Afghan capital just days after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the stadium. "I want to show my love and support the sport," said Ehsanullah, wearing only the baggy trousers of his traditional shalwar kameez to show off his chest painted in the national colours of green, red and black and his back scrawled with the name of Afghanistan´s teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Thousands of cricket-mad fans have been travelling across the war-torn country to watch the domestic T20 competition that ends Friday. Photos posted on Twitter purportedly show a long convoy of mini buses packed with flag-waving supporters, some sitting on the rooftops, driving from neighbouring Logar province to catch the final days of play. The fifth edition of the six-team tournament has attracted big-name Afghan and foreign players, coaches and commentators, bringing much-needed cheer to a country worn down by grinding conflict. Players offer prayers ahead of a match at the Shpageeza Cricket League in Kabul/AFP The deadly violence almost reached the cricket ground on the third day of the tournament when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint near the stadium where hundreds of spectators were watching a game inside. Three people were killed including a policeman and five others were wounded in the blast that briefly interrupted play and rattled foreigners unaccustomed to explosions. While some of the foreign contingent left Afghanistan in the wake of the attack, most chose to stay after receiving assurances from President Ashraf Ghani that their security would be beefed up. "I don´t feel that I am in any danger... I stand in solidarity not only with the Afghan cricketers but with the people of Afghanistan," former Zimbabwe captain and commentator Alistair Campbell told AFP. Former England one-day captain Adam Hollioake, one of team coaches, tweeted: "I refuse to be terrorised. I stay til the job is done." ´Say no to terrorism´ After the blast fans returned to the stadium, forming queues hundreds of metres long as they waited patiently to get inside as heavily armed security forces patrolled the grounds. Spectators are happy to be able to watch a game banned in the late 1990s by the then ruling Taliban, who viewed sports as a distraction from religious duties but is now making a stunning revival. The country was catapulted into the elite club of Test nations in June and made its landmark Lord´s debut the following month. Spectators are happy to be able to watch a game banned in the late 1990s by the then ruling Taliban who viewed sports as a distraction from religious duties/AFP "We are scared but we have to say no to terrorism," said 22-year-old Shamsul Haq who travelled from the southeastern province of Paktika to sell Afghan national flags to spectators and watch the cricket. Matches are punctuated by the blare of team songs -- broadcast in Afghanistan´s two official languages of Dari and Pashto -- whenever a big-swinging batsman hits a four or a six, delighting the mostly male crowd. Fans unable to go to the stadium follow the competition on televisions in homes, shops and restaurants around the country. "I have come to the stadium only on the days when Rashid Khan´s team is playing and I watch the other matches on television," said Azizullah Shabab, 17, who skipped school to watch the tournament.
  19. Pakistan gave a roaring welcome to international cricket when the World XI side came calling for three-match T20I series for the much-anticipated Independence Cup. An entire generation of Pakistani fans witnessed the return of international cricketers to their country. While Pakistan eked out a 2-1 win over the Faf du Plessis-led side - comprised of prominent names in international cricket, the home fans were seen ruing the absence of Indian stars especially the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Some fans carried placards with heartfelt messages for Indian cricketers, while others took to social media and urged Kohli, in particular, to visit the country. Definitely if Indian players like kohli and Dhoni visits to play there will be huge impact of returning of cricket in Pakistan ! https://t.co/OQlPI9a7Y6 — Azhar (@Azharazzu25) September 12, 2017 Though there was no official comment from the BCCI, but the obvious reason behind the absence of the Indian stars from the Independence Cup was probably due to the severed bilateral cricket ties between the two countries. But, while the Pakistani fans clearly missed the Indian stars, they were apparently ecstatic to see Jasprit Bumrah in the country, or at least that's what they like to believe. The Facebook page of Great Team Pakistan shared a post with a photo of what appears to be Bumrah. "Thank You Jasprit Bumrah for coming to Pakistan to watch World XI vs Pakistan. You always support Pakistan in the big events. Thank You, Love, from Pakistan," the post read. This isn't the first time when an Indian cricketer's doppelganger has been spotted in Pakistan. Earlier, Kohli became the butt of all jokes after his look-alike was spotted at a pizza outlet in Karachi. His video, uploaded by 'Just Pakistani Things', also went viral on Facebook. While these doppelgangers are surely providing the much-needed common ground for the cricket fans of the two countries, let's hope that India and Pakistan resume their bilateral ties and we get to see some scintillating action, we've been deprived of all this while.
  20. Ever since Virat Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni as captain, the Indian cricket team has witnessed a lot of young guns making their way into the side. With the sole purpose of finding the right balance for the 2019 World Cup, the national selectors are also providing enough opportunities to the youngsters. While a lot of youngsters have undoubtedly performed in their own capacity, none of them have been able to match the exploits of Hardik Pandya, who has arguably become one of the rising stars, not just in the Indian team, but also in international cricket. Whether it's his effective bowling spells or exuberant batting display, the Baroda boy has time and again proved his mettle against competitive sides, showcasing his abilities as the potent all-rounder Team India has dearly missed over the years. His all-round capabilities were once again on full display during India's 26-run win (D/L) over Australia in the first ODI. © Reuters The right-hander paced his innings brilliantly to bail his side out of a precarious situation against the Aussies. Reeling at 87/5, India desperately needed a partnership and Pandya stepped up his game to partner MS Dhoni and cantered the hosts to safety. The 22-year-old smashed a blistering 66-ball 83 including five fours and as many sixes. If his batting prowess enthralled the crowd at the MA Chidambaram stadium, his exploits with the ball took the Australians completely out of the game. Introducing his knuckle ball to the visitors, Pandya bagged two crucial wickets of Steve Smith and Travis Head in consecutive overs to derail Australia's run-chase. By the time the first ODI got over, Pandya had contributed 83 runs with the bat and had impressive bowling figures of 2-28 to his name which also earned him the Man of the Match award. Such was his influence on the game that the Indian captain even compared him with England all-rounder Ben Stokes during the post-match press conference. © Reuters “I have a lot of faith in him (Hardik) as far as any format is concerned. If he grows in confidence – you see someone like Ben Stokes, what he does for England, brings in great balance as an all-rounder. I see no reason why Hardik Pandya can't become that for India,” Kohli said. Pandy undoubtedly is the upcoming multitasked player in cricket but his comparison with Ben Stokes by Indian media seems unjustified — Fazeela Saba (@FazeelaSaba1) September 18, 2017 While the Indian team and their fans were celebrating Pandya's performance, a Pakistani journalist felt that Kohli comparing the Indian youngster with Stokes was "unjustified". Taking to Twitter, Pakistani sports anchor Fazeela Saba tweeted: "Pandy undoubtedly is the upcoming multi-tasked player in cricket but his comparison with Ben Stokes by Indian media seems unjustified". Soon after her tweet, Indian cricket fans came out all guns blazing against the Pakistani journo with views and suggestions of their own. Cant even spell Pandya @hardikpandya7 doesn't need to justify anything.But it is a very good try to make your tweet famous #cheapjournalism — Sai rasam (@sai_rasam) September 19, 2017 Yes..u r right fazeela..Pandya is much better than Stokes ð — DR. SOUMEN ROY (@DrSoumen777) September 19, 2017 Then plz justify comparison of Babar Azam and Umar Akmal with the greatest batsman of this era Kohli, you guys are just holy shits #INDvAUS — Abhay Chaturvedi (@imab_chaturvedi) September 19, 2017 U r right u cannot compare king (pandya) with pauper (stokes) its really unjustified — Dr.Bhavin.K.Sutaria (@drbhavin4u) September 19, 2017 Exactly bcaz Ben Stokes is nowhere if you would compare with Pandya — aman pandey (@manvpandey89) September 18, 2017 Comparison is not justifiable as he'll be rated above stokes @hardikpandya7 — Vaidyanath Easwaran (@vaidyaE) September 18, 2017 Yeah don't compare him with Ben Stokes, one got 4 sixes of 4 balls and other one defended 2 runs of 3 balls. @hardikpandya7 is awesome — Gaurav Tripathi (@BeingGauravT) September 19, 2017
  21. Keanu Reeves is all set to reprise the role of John Wick for a third inning of the movie series. Not much has been divulged in terms of the storyline and premise that will form the structure of the movie but as per reports, the movie is gearing up for a May 2019 release. © MJW Films The first part of the movie, which came in 2014 was a hit and fans loved Keanu. Chad Stahleski, the director threw some light about expanding the thriller series. “We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I'd like to go back to on [chapter three] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I'd like to show you cooler and more intricate ones. I like telling stories from my one character's perspective. Once you put that aside with the TV show, [you can] expand to all the different characters and follow them throughout their journey.” © MJW Films He also explained how the original intention was to make just one movie. The idea of converting it into a whole series was not a part of the original plan. It's the success of the first part that prompted the makers to make a second one later. If you are a fan of the series or you have been missing Keanu in action, then you have an official waiting period that begins now.
  22. General view of the Barclays Premier League badge on a Chelsea fans shirt, August 23, 2015. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/Files LONDON: Chelsea have released a statement urging fans travelling to Stamford Bridge for their Premier League match against Arsenal on Sunday to take extra precautions in the aftermath of Friday?s terrorism incident in London, as Parsons Green is near the club?s stadium. A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train engulfed a carriage in flames and injured at least 22 people, despite apparently failing to fully explode. The statement seeks to reassure worried supporters, with the club insisting safety is of ?paramount importance?. ?On Sunday, we urge supporters to arrive at least one hour before kick-off to allow for extra security measures,? it said. ?We also request that supporters do not bring bags as this will delay your entry to the stadium.? Chelsea ? the league champions ? also urged fans to remain vigilant and if they see anything they are ?unhappy with? then they should report it to a steward or member of staff as quickly as possible.
  23. After an emotional start to the much-anticipated Independence Cup, the second Twenty20 International between Pakistan and World XI turned out to be a match that far exceeded its predecessor in electricity, intensity, quality and competitiveness. The visiting side edged the hosts in a nerve-wracking contest that went right down to the wire. Trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, the Faf du Plessis-led World XI pulled off a memorable run-chase that was anchored by Hashim Amla and enforced by Thisara Perera. While Amla stroked his way to an unbeaten 72, Perera tore into the opposition bowling attack with his 19-ball 47 to help their side bounce back and level the series 1-1. Finally an international victory for World XI after losing five intls in a row. This win coming after 12 years, 8 months, 3 days!#PakvWXI — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 13, 2017 Deciding to bat first, Pakistan's innings was fuelled by Fakhar Zaman's brilliant stroke-play early on. But, just when the left-handed opener had begun to show his attacking intent, the spin expertise of Samuel Badree averted a major danger for the visitors. Not quite the leviathan of Tuesday, Pakistan's innings centered around another partnership between Babar Azam (45) and Ahmed Shehzad (43) who added 59 runs off 45 balls for the second wicket to ensure their team didn't stutter through the middle overs. Congratulations @realshoaibmalik on becoming the top runs scorer in T20Is for Pakistan #PAKvWXI #CricketKiHalalala pic.twitter.com/3tgBPn2iz3 — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 13, 2017 Shoaib Malik, who became the Pakistan's leading run-scorer in T20Is, also chipped in with a quickfire knock of 39 off 23 balls to help his side post 174 runs on the board. While Ben Cutting was once again taken to the cleaners, an improved showing overall with the ball (courtesy Badree's inclusion) didn't quite let Pakistani batsmen wreak havoc. With the required rate of 8.70 runs an over, the World XI began their chase in a similar fashion to their counterparts. Tamim Iqbal (23) and Amla got the visitors off to a steady start in their run-chase. But, with 47 runs on the board, Sohail Khan drew first blood for his side after dismissing the Bangladeshi batsman. 2nd innings highlights. Watch full highlights at https://t.co/ssrhnqqgQA#CricketKiHalalala #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/bAGrwfrMXX — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 13, 2017 Tim Paine (10) and skipper Du Plessis (20) tried to stitch the partnerships but they couldn't support Amla from the other end. With 69 runs required off the last six overs and the game tilting in favour of Pakistan, Perera walked out in the middle and literally smashed his way to a triumphant end. Batting on 5 runs off six balls, the 28-year-old picked Sohail's slower delivery and sent it deep into the stands over the square-leg boundary for a six. In the 18th over, despite not connecting well, he smashed Rumman Raees at will for a towering six over long on. SIX! 18.5 Sohail Khan to Thisara Perera Watch the match at https://t.co/ssrhnqqgQA#CricketKiHalalala #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/foRSvojrAS — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 13, 2017 With 33 runs needed off 12 balls, Perera arguably spoiled the night for Sohail after hitting him for two massive sixes in the 19th over. Despite Perera's onslaught, Pakistan still fancied their chances with their opponents requiring 13 runs off the final over. But, it was just not meant to be. The night undeniably belonged to the Sri Lankan marauder who deservedly sealed the game with a massive six - something that would make MS Dhoni feel proud. The left-hander finished with a staggering strike-rate of 247.36 alongside five brutal sixes. .@PereraThisara is the Man of the Match for his brilliant all round performance #PAKvWXI #cricketkihalalala pic.twitter.com/DzGAavhBwc — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 13, 2017 His was an innings that was fuelled by the right amount of aggression and positive intent - something the current Sri Lankan team lacks heavily. In their cricket history, Sri Lanka have been many things, but never been meek, submissive and yielding. They need to break out of their slumber, to recall their glorious past, to reinvigorate and energise to at least play to their potential if not above it. To play the Sri Lankan way, with aggression and fierce passion but not recklessly, to not take a backward step, to meet fire with fire - the way Perera showed. Probably this can be few of rarest moments in Pakistan Cricket History when ðµð° fans will cherish opponent's victory equal to PCTâ#PAKvWXI ð — Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) September 13, 2017 Despite losing the match, Pakistani cricket fans were on their feet to laud the heroics of Perera, for they had witnessed a ruthless innings that was somewhat synonymous to one of their own legendary stroke player, Shahid Afridi. Thisara Perera has done a Shahid Afridi. Pakistani bowlers were completely outplayed by Parera and Amla. #PAKvWXI — Manish Shaarma (@Manishshaarma) September 13, 2017 What an innings by Thisara Perera to square the series. 47 not out off 19 balls with 5 sixes and just one dot ball. #PakvWXI — Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 13, 2017 WOW well played @PereraThisara a quality knock. Sets the series up beautifully for Friday. 1-1. #CricketKiHalalala #PAKvWXI — Usama Mir (@iamusamamir) September 13, 2017 Thisara Perera making up for that dropped catch in the CT quarterfinals - World XI win and it sets up the series nicely! — zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 13, 2017 Blistering knock by Thisara Perera keeps World Xl alive. Sri Lanka would so dearly want him to do this more regularly for the national team — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 13, 2017 What an innings Thisara Perera you took this match away from us with some wonderful hitting.Well deserved victoryðð#PakvsWorldX1 — Ashfaq Mangi (@AshfaqMangiPSP) September 13, 2017
  24. Ever since bursting on the international circuit, Virat Kohli has always had a love-hate relationship with the Australians. Whether it's about giving it back on the field or silencing his detractors with the willow, the Indian captain endorses an aggressive brand of cricket - one that has long-been associated with the Aussies. Kohli loves tackling fire with fire and that's probably why he ends up drawing criticism in one way or the other from the Australian media who have often drawn flak for misunderstanding or misrepresenting information about the Indian batting maestro. Facebook From being compared to Donald Trump to nominating him for the title of 'Villain of the week', the Aussie media has rarely missed out on an opportunity to poke fun at the Indian skipper. A similar incident in the most unlikeliest of the situations came to fore ahead of Pakistan historic T20 International match against the World XI side in the Independence Cup. After a hiatus of almost nine years, Pakistan and the cricket fraternity were celebrating the return of international cricket to the country. The Pakistani fans were geared up to witness an international game in their own country after a really long time. But, while everyone was rallying behind Pakistan in the country's show of defiance, an Oz journo followed suit of his professional friends and did what they do best - throw dirt on Kohli. Sweepers clean the stadium in readiness for the World XI match pic.twitter.com/QWzzW13OFc — Worldennis XI (@DennisCricket_) September 12, 2017 At a time when the world was focussing on celebrating cricket, the cricket journalist - named Dennis - probably thought it would be really cool to poke fun at Kohli. Taking to Twitter, Dennis shared a photo of the Indian captain and wrote: "Sweepers clean the stadium in readiness for the World XI match". The picture that was tweeted by the Australian journo dates back to last year's match when Kohli and his teammates were seen cleaning a stadium as part of their promotion of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. And, Indian cricket fans were clearly not impressed. U know hw much is earning of @imVkohli dat he can purchase this stadium n keep u sweeper over there n also pay u more dan ur current package — DEEPAK SARAF (@1frm90Migration) September 12, 2017 Doing practice before sweeping aussies ððð — Parag Pakhale (@paragpakhale) September 12, 2017 Wow... Thanks for showing how good we indians are... We know to clean the place we worship. So keep making india proud of their culture. — Krish De Villiers (@im_de_krish28) September 12, 2017 If you can't do anything good then please don't disrespect those who are willing to do good things ððð — Abdur Rauf (@07_rauf) September 12, 2017 Can someone clean this waste so called Dennis @DennisCricket_ ? — Anoop kp (@Anoopkp1) September 12, 2017 I reject this nonsense , ðð¹ðrespect for big names ,big players of cricket ,from Pakistan. — Ahsan (@LovePak1stan) September 12, 2017
  25. The second Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in March, 2009 is not remembered for the cricket that was played. Not many remember that Thilan Samaraweera scored a remarkable second double-century in successive Tests, or that Umar Gul toiled for a day and a half to earn a six-wicket haul. All that we remember from that Test, and especially before the third day's play, is the act of cowardice by the terrorists who targeted a cricket team to disrupt normalcy. On 3 March, the Sri Lankan team was on its way to the iconic Gaddafi stadium in Lahore to resume third day's play in the second Test. But, as the team made its way towards the Liberty Square, 12 gunmen launched a multi-pronged attack on the Lankan convoy. © Reuters Using RPGs, hand grenades and guns, the attackers took aim at the bus carrying the cricketers. The Pakistani driver of the team's bus was shot, but in a remarkable feat of endurance and extraordinary presence of mind, he managed to drive the team away from the assault to relative safety. Tragically, eight people were killed and those injured included seven Lankan cricketers and staff members. The match was abandoned and the Lankan side was safely flown back home. A day that had begun with a promise of exciting cricket, sadly turned into one of the darkest hours in the history of the sport. It was the worst attack on an international sports team since the infamous Munich Olympics in 1972. Though all the terrorists were either killed or detained, the damage was already done. Pakistan lost its reputation of successfully hosting international cricket matches. The country became a no-go zone for most cricket-playing nations. And, an entire generation of Pakistani fans were robbed of the right to watch international cricket in their own country. © Reuters Fast forward to 12th September 2017, the Gaddafi stadium beckoned again, as a momentous path-breaker highlighting a country's show of defiance. Pakistani flags were held aloft and fans of all ages were making their way through the infamous Liberty Square, towards the stadium. International cricket had finally found its way back into country as the Faf du Plessis-led World XI side locked horns with the Pakistani side in the first of the three T20Is of the Independence Cup. But, this was not just a game of cricket, it was much more than that - a country was trying to shed the tag of being 'unsafe' in international cricket, a team of overseas players were helping a nation stand back on its feet and even the home fans maintained as much discipline as possible to portray a positive image of their country. © Reuters The fans almost brought down the roof of the stadium while responding to Fakhar Zaman's back-to-back boundaries early on. Their excitement grew stronger thanks to a 122-run partnership between Babar Azam (86) and Ahmed Shehzad (39) that powered Pakistan to a competitive 197-run total. With the World XI's weak bowling attack laid surgically bare, a clinical batting performance by Pakistan was not the only thing that got the fans on their feet. Rather, those glued to the game on TV sets (like me) must've been a bit confused to see the home fans cheering for the opposition bowlers. © Reuters On Tuesday, probably for the first time in a cricket match, an entire stadium was seen cheering for the likes of Morne Morkel, Ben Cutting and Thisara Perera despite playing for the World XI side. There was a genuine sense of gratitude from the fans for these players. After all, they were instrumental in bringing the country's most-loved sport back home. In their chase, the World XI side proved no match to the bowling prowess of Pakistan who managed to eke out a 20-run win and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. But, none of the cricketers received the reception Darren Sammy did when he smashed sixes which were met with loud roars. Sammy has long been vocal about the need of bringing international cricket back to Pakistan. In fact, he was an influential player in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) whose final was also held in Lahore. Such has been his passion for the Pakistani fans that he was even seen pushing an auto-rickshaw to help it start ahead of the match. Love this â¤ï¸, @darrensammy88 pushing rickshaw. #PAKvWXI #CricketComesHome pic.twitter.com/Yp7IML944d — Junaid Afridi (@iamjafridi) September 12, 2017 All the cricketers playing for the World XI were treated like Pakistan's own. Their exploits were celebrated with the same vigour as the ones enticed by a Pakistani cricketer. It was a beautiful sight to see the home fans stuck in a dilemma of which team to support - on one side they had their own countrymen and on the other, they had players from different nations helping in bringing their favourite sport back home. © Reuters Sport is a means to bring strangers together, whether it's a local football team or an international cricket side, and despite being a victim of terror activities, a much-needed show of defiance by Pakistan has not only silenced their critics, but also proved a valid point to international cricketers who were sceptical about touring the country. So, on this monumental day in cricket history, let's not stand separated with varied nationalities and hold back credit where it's due. After all, it's not just a win for Pakistan, but also for every fan and every country that idolises cricket.