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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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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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Birth Anniversary

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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