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India men’s cricket team defeats Australia by 27

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History has been made in Australia, India’s men’s and women’s cricket squads clinched series victories at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday—the men’s team dominated from start to finish, with the ball and the bat, defeating Australia by 27 runs in the second Twenty20 International and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-match series.

Rohit Sharma blasted 60 runs to set the platform for a big total for India. Reuters

Rohit Sharma blasted 60 runs to set the platform for a big total for India. Reuters

India’s first series victory of any kind in Australia since the summer of Monkeygate is proving an unmitigated disaster for the Aussie’s, who know face a true uncertainty over their captaincy. Aaron Finch, the Twenty20 International match record-holder for highest innings (156), botched his hamstring during the match, and relinquished under the pressure for the second time in as many matches.

India rode on half-centuries Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to post 184/3 in their 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Despite Finch

India emerged on top Down Under on Friday as the women's and men's cricket team won T20 series against the Aussies adn tennis star Sania Mirza won the women's doubles crown with Martina Hingis at the Australian Open. Getty Images

India emerged on top Down Under on Friday as the women’s and men’s cricket team won T20 series against the Aussies adn tennis star Sania Mirza won the women’s doubles crown with Martina Hingis at the Australian Open. Getty Images

storming out of the gate initially for Australia, they were unable to answer overall, managing 157/8. Rohit continued to lead the charge for India, scoring 60 runs off 47 balls with five boundaries and a six. He added 97 runs for the opening partnership along with Shikhar Dhawan.

Kohli posted a Man of the Match performance by belting 59 runs in his 33-ball innings which included seven boundaries and a six. Before the match began, Kohli has cemented his status as the series’ most successful batsman.

It wasn’t just scoring which spurred India’s revival—Dhoni’s smart bowling shuffles were beginning to work and one such move triggered India’s best moment on the field. In the 12th over, with Finch and Glen Maxwell in for Australia, Dhoni brought on Yuvraj Singh the “pie-chucker”. With rain falling on the pitch, Yuvraj proved to be the perfect bowler for that track.

For the women’s team, it was their first registered series win against the host of any kind. They thrashed Australia by 10 wickets in the second of three-T20 series. During the first match, played in Adelaide on Jan. 26, they beat the Aussie’s by five wickets—the third T20 will be played in Sydney on Jan. 31.

 

 

 

 

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Modi to visit New York City, Houston in September

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be returning to the United States to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. And then will take a day to visit Houston for the first time, where an event for him to connect with the diaspora is being planned.

A series of racially-charged tweets by President Trump directed at four minority female members of Congress received near universal condemnation by Democrats. Mr. Trump in the tweet said these members should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four women Trump targeted were born in the United States.

In an epic championship match, England defeated New Zealand to become the World Champions for the first time in cricket history.

And in an another amazing contest — the top two seeds and tennis legends Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played the first-ever five set tiebreaker in a major Grand Slam. It was the longest match ever played at Wimbledon and Djokovic edged Federer in that tiebreaker to win his fifth Wimbledon championship.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Diya TV) — Iowa police say the shooting deaths of an Indian American family in West Des Moines, Iowa was a murder-suicide. Police said autopsies determined 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara’s death was a suicide. And the deaths of his wife, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, and their two boys, aged 15 and 10, were homicides.

Top diplomats from the U.S. and India are meeting later this month to continue trade negotiations.

India said this week they will increase tariffs on US exports effective immediately, impacting items like apples, almonds, lentils and several chemical products.

The tax has raised the ire of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blamed the situation on President Trump. California almond exports to India are worth more than $650 million a year.

21-year-old Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, who authorities say was the head of a group of Indian college students who cheated more than 20 people out of nearly $1 million in a tech support telemarketing fraud scheme, received a five year sentence to prison in Rhode Island.

And we’ll introduce you to the pioneering broadcasters who called the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the very first time.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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