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WORLD CUP T20 – Surprises in store ahead?

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India Vs Pak World T20

India Vs Pak World T20

 

KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) We love the unpredictability of the T20 format: champions struggle, minnows excel all in the span of a few charged hours! The World Cup T20 has been no less with the home team stepping up to the plate, the Kiwis continuing their dream run, the Aussies almost choking and the South Africans continue to cough when it matters. Here’s the run down:

India Vs. Pakistan

India continued its dominance over its friendly neighbor at ICC events on Saturday! Despite a shaky start in chasing a measly score on a difficult turning wicket, Virat Kohli ensured that there were no surprises this time. The youngster, who’s taken over the mantle of India’s greatest – Sachin Tendulkar, proved again why he’s amongst the best in the world by completely negating the Pakistan bowling attack while all around him were falling. Hats off to the veteran Yuvraj Singh for giving Kohli able company through a trying period which sealed the outcome in the host nation’s favor. #BleedBlue

The Windies continue dancing

Chris Gayle didn’t even have to bat for the Windies to blow away a sub-par Sri Lanka on Sunday. Lanka’s relatively young team is struggling to bat and field at the highest level and it shows. They’ll have to dig deep if they want to compete through the tournament and the veterans will need to step up. They’re really missing the services and experience of Mahela and Sangakkara in the batting department and Dilshan seems like he has to pull through on his shoulders.

Bangla Tigers Muted

In a shocking reveal, two of their bowlers: Taskin and Sunny got ruled out of the tournament because of illegal bowling actions this week. The ban on Taskin is particularly harsh as he’s a fast bowler and it’s severely dented the team’s chances of success. The moral of the team seemed low in the game against Australia on Monday. A more complete Bangladesh line-up would have made the game a lot more competitive and may have caused an update, but alas…

Predictions: While still early in the tournament, we’d love to play Nostradamus and compare how we match up as the first stage wraps up. Our bets on the top two in each group:

Group 1:

West Indies and South Africa

Group 2:

New Zealand and India

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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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Iowa Family killed

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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