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Where there’s a hill, there’s a way…The Rise of Afghanistan

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Afghanistan team mates celebrate the wicket of Virender Sehwag, right. AP
Afghanistan's bowler Shapoor Zadran, left, reacts after taking the wicket of Gautam Gambhir, right, during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday. India beat Afghanistan by 23 runs. AP

Afghanistan’s bowler Shapoor Zadran, left, reacts after taking the wicket of Gautam Gambhir, right, during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday. India beat Afghanistan by 23 runs. AP


KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) Beleaguered with continuous strife, one country that we didn’t expect to rise to the top has been Afghanistan. Their progress through the group stage of the T20 World Cup and just the sheer competency they’ve displayed is the stuff grit is made off. They made short order of Zimbabwe on Saturday, a team that’s unfortunately seen a reversal of fortunes since they were always a competent contender in all world cups (remember Henry Olonga’s ripping through the dominant Indian batting line up in 1998 and then again in 1999?).

Afghanistan was amongst the first teams to qualify from the Group stage into the top 10 while Bangladesh and Oman are fighting for the 2nd spot on Sunday morning. This sets Afghanistan squarely against England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies, all match-ups that will test their depths and consistency to play at the highest level.

Afghanistan team mates celebrate the wicket of Virender Sehwag, right. AP

Afghanistan team mates celebrate the wicket of Virender Sehwag, right. AP

 

Afghanistan’s chances are highest against a younger Sri Lanka side which has not clicked together as a unit yet. If Afghanistan can bat well at the top of the order with Shenwari and Nabi (both names that you would have heard before) playing the bulk of the last 7-10 overs, most games will be close especially with them chasing scores down. Bowling will depend on consistency at the top and their ability to take wickets despite a sub-par fielding outfit. Having depth in competent spin bowling is always a big plus on the subcontinent, and they have the assets. Now here’s hoping that they can trigger as a unit in the pressure cooker.
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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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Indian American family of four killed at home in Iowa

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DES MOINES (Diya TV) — Investigators in Des Moines, Iowa say the Sunkara family, an Indian American family of four, were found dead in their home over the weekend. All four had gunshot wounds. There is no suspect in custody.

The 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated around the world this weekend. Thousands flocked to the Washington Monument in Washington DC, where yoga enthusiasts of all ages took part in the event, including representatives from the White House, US Department of State and the Ambassadors of Nepal, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The alums of the Indian Institutes of Technology gathered in Silicon Valley for their annual conference, featuring talks by Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs.

India is now 7-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup games, after winning by 89 runs in a match interrupted by rain.

And we spoke to Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia after his team won their first NBA title. Nav told our Ravi Kapur exclusively he will part of the championship parade and even received a ring from the owner.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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