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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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Cyclone Fani in India, leaves 16 dead, 160 injured in its aftermath

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Odisha, INDIA (Diya TV) — Cyclone Fani, the largest cyclone to hit India in decades, claimed the lives of at least 16 people. 160 others were injured in the cyclone that peaked with wind speeds of 127 mph, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. The United Nations praised India for its early warning systems and evacuation of more than a million people, which helped minimize the loss of life.

The fifth phase of the Indian election is underway. Seven states are going to the polls. Voter turnout for the first four phases is at 67%. Analysts say it’s due in large part to increased voter turnout by women. Final election results will be announced May 23.

Delta Air Lines is resuming nonstop flights from Mumbai to New York starting in December, nearly a decade after they terminated that route.

And The Kings, a 14 member dance troupe from Mumbai, took home NBC’s World of Dance crown, winning a cool $1 million.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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University of Houston’s President, Renu Khator joins the NCAA Division I Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Renu Khator, President & Chancellor of University of Houston, the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the U.S., is joining the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors.

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is now permanent president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He was a private practice lawyer for nearly 30 years before becoming interim CSUF president last year.

Rutgers Law School announced Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Vanita Gupta, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will both be 2019 commencement speakers.

George Jacob, the President & CEO of non-profit Bay.org behind the ambitious Bay Ecotarium, received the 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal from the The Royal Canadian Geographic Society for making Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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