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[Watch] Sarfaraz Khan’s emotional tribute to Sidhu Moosewala after scoring century in Ranji Trophy final

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Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan paid a heart-rending tribute to late singer Sidhu Moosewala after scoring a magnificent century in the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy final against Madhya Pradesh at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday, June 23.

Sarfaraz came to bat when Mumbai were 147-3 after 50.1 overs. The top order had fallen without a big score and the middle order was doing the same. But the right-handed batter dug in and smashed his 101 off 190 balls. He reached his century with a boundary against spinner Kumar Kartikeya in the 114th over.

The youngster unfurled an animated celebration, punching the air and letting out an intense, teary-eyed roar. He then did the thigh-five, a popular signature step of Moosewala, which gained emotional significance when the Punjabi singer’s father did it proudly during his son’s funeral procession.

Here’s a video of the same:

Moosewala, one of the most popular and revered singers of his generation, was brutally shot dead on May 29 at the age of 28 in his home district of Mansa.


Sarfaraz Khan’s magical run continues

After 24 first class games, Sarfaraz Khan is averaging 81 and counting. Has hit 8 hundreds, latest in the Ranji final. It’s highest FC average since Sir Don Bradman for someone with over 2000 runs. If that’s not good enough to get an India call up, tell me what is! #RanjiFinal

This was Sarfaraz’s fourth century in this year’s Ranji Trophy. Earlier, he scored 275 (401) against Saurashtra, 63 and 48 in two innings against Goa, 165 (181) against Odisha, 153 (205) against Uttrakhand in the quarter-finals, and two more 40-plus scores against Uttar Pradesh in the semi-finals.

He has now taken his overall season tally past the 900-run mark, becoming the top run-scorer of the season. This is the 24-year-old’s second consecutive 900-plus season, having hit 928 runs, including three centuries, at an average of 78.64 in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy. Such stellar form has prompted fans and pundits alike to demand his maiden call-up to India’s Test side.

Leading Mumbai to a win in the final would arguably bring that dream one step closer. At Lunch on Day 2, he’s batting on 119 off 224 balls, with the team’s score at 351-8.

You can catch the live proceedings here.


Also Read: “What a journey it has been” – Rohit Sharma shares a special message on completing 15 years in international cricket


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Astros throw combined no-hitter in win over Yankees

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The Houston Astros threw a combined no-hitter as they defeated the New York Yankees 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Starter Cristian Javier lasted seven innings with Hector Neris pitching in relief for the eighth inning and Ryan Pressly closed it out at Yankees Stadium.

Javier threw a career-high 13 strikeouts. He issued a walk in the first inning to Josh Donaldson, who also reached base on an error in the seventh when third baseman Alex Bregman threw past first following a grounder.

The Astros (45-26) and Yankees (52-20) close out their four-game series on Sunday afternoon.

It’s the third no-hitter of the season already. Five New York Mets pitchers combined against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 29 and Reid Detmers of the Los Angeles Angels accomplished the feat solo against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10.

Houston’s previous no-hitter was by Justin Verlander on Sept. 1, 2019, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

— With files from The Associated Press.

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TNPL 2022 Most Runs and Most Wickets standings: Laxmesha Suryaprakash and Sanjay Yadav reclaim the top spots – Updated after Match 4

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The Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli hosted the fourth match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2022 between Salem Spartans and Nellai Royal Kings on Saturday (June 25).

After being asked to bat first, the Salem Spartans batters never got going as they only managed to score 149 in their 20 overs, losing seven wickets. Daryl Ferrario top-scored with 60* and was well-supported by R Kavin, who scored 48. The Royal Kings’ bowlers bowled brilliantly, with Athisayaraj Davidson and NS Harish finishing with two wickets each.

The batters then stepped up and backed up their bowlers as they contributed and helped them chase down the total. A fantastic cameo from G Ajitesh (48* off 25 balls) helped the side get across the line with 14 balls to spare to win the game by five wickets. G Kishoor finished with two wickets but his side failed to defend the total.


TNPL 2022 most runs list

Kaushik Gandhi in action (Image Courtesy: Times of India)
Kaushik Gandhi in action (Image Courtesy: Times of India)

Laxmesha Suryaprakash of Nellai Royal Kings scored 62 in their first game and continued his rich form with the bat by scoring 35 against the Salem Spartans. He is currently leading the run-scorers list with 97 runs.

Uthirasamy Sasidev follows Suryaprakash in the list with 73 runs in two games. The right-handed batter represents Chepauk Super Gillies and has looked good in both outings so far. Chepauk Super Gillies skipper Kaushik Gandhi and S Harish Kumar are in the third and fourth positions as both have scored 65 runs so far.


TNPL 2022 most wickets list

Sanjay Yadav in action (Image Courtesy: myKhel)
Sanjay Yadav in action (Image Courtesy: myKhel)

Sanjay Yadav of Nellai Royal Kings leads the most wickets column with three scalps to his name in two games. He has bowled brilliantly for the Nellai Royal Kings and averages 17 with the ball. Yadav also bowls economical spells and is certainly a player to look out for in the competition.

The Chepauk Super Gillies have lost both games but R Alexander has been impressive for them. He went wicketless in the first game but stepped up on Saturday as he picked up three wickets, conceding only 20 runs in his four overs. He sits in the second position on the most wickets list.

Kiran Akash, NS Harish, and V Athisayaraj Davidson have each picked up three wickets and are behind R Alexander in the list. They will all look to keep performing in a similar fashion in the upcoming games.


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Blue Jays recall catcher Zack Collins, active vs. Brewers on Saturday

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Zack Collins, centre, celebrates with George Springer, left, after they and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) scored on Collins’ three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Houston. Toronto Blue Jays’ Zack Collins, center, celebrates with George Springer, left, after they and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) scored on Collins’ three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game. (David J. Phillip/AP)

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