India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Sunday said his team’s win in the Twenty20 international series against England is a stepping stone for the upcoming 50-over series.
Pandya played a major role in the deciding match in Bristol, England, with bat and ball, taking 4-38 and scoring a rapid 33 not out that helped India get past England’s 198-9.
The 24-year-old had a nightmare start to his afternoon when he conceded 22 from his first over before bouncing back with a match-winning performance and Pandya says he and his side are on an upward learning curve heading into the five one-day games that begin in Nottingham on Thursday.
“I am always learning the game and making sure I am always learning from my mistakes in every game I play in,” Pandya told reporters in Bristol. “We have a fantastic supporting staff, and leaders who give us immense confidence to go and express ourselves. We are just enjoying the game rather than thinking about what has got to happen. We are just playing our best cricket and when you do that you end up doing well.”
“When I went for 22 in an over I thought the T20 is a funny format and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls,” he said. “Virat Kohli asked me and I told him I was OK — if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. I just had to make sure I kept it simple.”
England got off to a flier, reaching 43 off four overs and 118-2 off 10 before being reeled in by the India bowlers and posting a total that was 20 or 30 runs short.
“The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding — I thought they would end up getting 225 or 230, which would have been tough,” Kohli said. “The character showed was something we are really proud of and as captain I was very happy to see that. We had to bowl wicket-taking deliveries because 20 or 30 runs can be massive.”
England left Joe Root out of their side to make room for Ben Stokes, who has had a month off with a hamstring injury.
Root has been struggling for form in Twenty20s, making a duck and 9 in his previous two innings, but captain Eoin Morgan said he would be back for the one-day international at Trent Bridge.
“It was a difficult decision leaving Joe out. There is a lot of competition for places and that gives everyone a nudge to be playing better,” Morgan said. “Joe was understanding and disappointed he was missing out, but that changes going forward in the 50-over game.”
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner has welcomed Ferrari’s U-turn to support a Formula One engine freeze from 2022. The move gives Red Bull a chance to continue using Honda power after the Japanese supplier exits next year. Speaking ahead of yesterday’s final practice for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Horner said that Ferrari’s decision was encouraging for F1 and everyone involved in the business end of the sport. “It’s positive news,” he said. “I think all the manufacturers, all the CEOs of the automotive industry, they all recognize the investment and cost of these engines, particularly with the new technology coming for 2026,
Argentina’s Pablo Matera yesterday said that he was “deeply ashamed” as he was stripped of the captaincy and suspended along with two other players over messages he wrote on Twitter in 2011 to 2013. Just weeks after leading the Pumas to their first win over the All Blacks, the Argentina Rugby Union “revoked” Matera’s captaincy and suspended him, along with lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino. “The Argentina Rugby Union forcefully rejects the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Pumas squad on social media,” a statement read. In the tweets, since deleted, Matera spoke of “running over blacks” with
Taiwan Steel on Sunday celebrated with the Taiwan Football Premier League trophy, despite a 3-1 loss in their final match of the season, while Taipower claimed second place and Tatung’s Ange Samuel scored on a breakaway to claim the Golden Boot with 20 goals. Ahead of all four of Sunday’s matches players, coaches and fans observed a minute’s silence prior to kickoff in honor of Argentine great Diego Maradona, who died aged 60 on Wednesday last week, following a directive received from FIFA. Already assured the title, Taiwan Steel manager Lo Chi-chong fielded a second-string team against defending champions Tatung in Taoyuan. Lo
Argentine prosecutors on Friday were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Diego Maradona and whether it could have involved medical negligence, judicial sources said. “There are already irregularities,” a close family member told reporters. Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, had earlier called for an investigation into claims that ambulances took more than half an hour to reach the soccer star’s house in response to an emergency call on the day of his death. A preliminary autopsy report established that Maradona died in his sleep at noon on Wednesday of “acute lung edema and chronic heart failure.” The prosecutors’ office in Buenos Aires has opened