Hayley Matthews revealed that the urge to fight for every single time in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was all they needed to beat Bangladesh by just four runs and pick up two crucial points in the tournament.
At the venue where they defeated hosts New Zealand by three runs in the tournament opener two weeks ago, West Indies rallied around to defend a paltry 140 against Bangladesh for their third win in four matches and be on third place in the points table with six points, ahead of India, New Zealand and England.
Matthews was one of the main architects of the win, but with the ball. After contributing with 18 runs as an opener, Matthews changed the scenario in favour of the West Indies, taking career-best figures of four for 15 in ten overs and was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ for her efforts with the ball.
“I think going out there you know that it’s not just going to be a walk in the park, you have got to fight every single time. But that’s the spirit that we’ve shown every time we’ve gone out to play this entire tournament,” said Matthews after the match.
“Every one of our games has been close and we just try not to think about the result at the end of the day, just take it one ball at a time, one over at a time. It’s just really good that we’re able to get over the line again, it just shows the fight that we have within the team and the courage and the experience within the team as well,” added Matthews, who is the highest run-getter as well as wicket-taker for West Indies in the ongoing tournament.
Matthews was in praise of wicketkeeper-batter Shemaine Campbelle’s crucial, unbeaten knock of 53 off 107 balls, which ensured West Indies completed their full quota of 50 overs, giving the bowlers something to defend in a low-scoring game.
“I think at that point, we really needed our batters to just stand up and I think she did that really well. She’s the type of player that can definitely catch up in the end and get the runs towards the end of her innings. I think she realised what was most important and that was her spending some time at the crease and she did exactly that.
“Of course, some people will say the strike rate was a bit low, but at the same time, we were in a bit of a troubled position. She just did what we needed to do and the other players could have helped her out there.”
Matthews also gave a positive update on the health of fast bowler Shamilia Connell, who collapsed on the pitch while fielding at mid-wicket towards the end of the Bangladesh innings before receiving treatment and being helped to an ambulance cart.
“We are not really exactly sure why she went down. But at the same time, we know she’s a strong girl and we’re expecting her to obviously make a recovery. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed for the best.”
PM Narendra Modi Lays Foundation Stone For Rs.451 Crore International Cricket Stadium In Varanasi
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi on September 23rd (Saturday). The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar, and Sunil Gavaskar were also present for the ceremony. The Prime Minister also went on to present an Indian team jersey to Tendulkar.
The state government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has remitted a whopping ₹121 crore for the purpose of land acquisition, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shall put in ₹330 crore from their side for the iconic stadium’s construction. Some of the notable features that the stadium would have are trishul-shaped floodlights, drum-shaped media center, and crescent moon-shaped roof.
Meanwhile, the stone-laying ceremony witnessed some of the most top figures from the BCCI, including President Roger Binny, Vice-President Rajiv Shukla, and Secretary Jay Shah. This will also be the third international stadium in Uttar Pradesh, with Kanpur and Lucknow already having one.
“The sportspersons here will benefit from the construction of an international stadium” – Narendra Modi
Speaking at the ceremony, Modi stated that sports are no longer prohibited by the elders, unlike before, as it acts as an incentive in several ways. He said, as quoted by The Indian Express:
“This stadium in the city of ‘Mahadev’ will be dedicated to ‘Mahadev’ himself. The sportspersons here will benefit from the construction of an international stadium in Kashi. There was a time when parents used to scold their children for playing sports, but that is no longer true. When sports infrastructure is built in an area, it acts as an incentive not just for young sporting talent but also spurs the local economy.”
The stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 30000 and the construction of the same is likely to finish by December 2025.
Legends Including Sachin Tendulkar And Ravi Shastri Leave For Varanasi For Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony For New International Stadium In UP
Legendary Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, and Dilip Vengsarkar on Saturday headed for Varanasi for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the international cricket stadium in Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Saturday afternoon.
The Uttar Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has spent Rs 121 crores on land acquisition for the construction of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi. Moreover, the BCCI will spend Rs 330 crores on the stadium’s construction.
The former India head coach Shashti on Saturday took to social media ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter, and wrote in a post, “Varanasi bound. Great to be amongst Greats and colleagues for Mumbai and India. Just a few international runs and wickets there. Pic of a lifetime. Gr8 memories.”
The thematic architecture of this stadium draws inspiration from Lord Shiva, with designs developed for crescent-shaped roof covers, trident-shaped floodlights, ghat steps-based seating, and Bilvipatra-shaped metallic sheets on the facade. The stadium will have a capacity of 30,000 spectators.
Veteran players like Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Shastri, Vengsarkar will be present at the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Uttar Pradesh to have its 3rd international stadium:
The event will also have the presence of key figures from the BCCI, including President Roger Binny, Vice President Rajiv Shukla, and Secretary Jay Shah, the release stated. Furthermore, many veteran players are expected to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony. After Kanpur and Lucknow, this will be Uttar Pradesh’s third international cricket stadium.
IND vs AUS: ‘Always Well Looked After And Well Protected’ As David Warner Feeling ‘Great’ To Be Back In India
The Australian cricket team has landed in India ahead of what will be their final dress rehearsal for the 2023 World Cup. Veteran Australian opener David Warner took to his official Instagram handle and expressed their gratefulness at landing in India. He also thanked GMR Aerocity for making their transit easy.
Warner will be one of the few players most in focus ahead of the ODI series, especially due to his inconsistency in the preceding rubber against South Africa. The left-hander made only two fifty-plus scores in five innings and threw away starts consistently.
The five-time World Champions will be keen to get back in the groove after missing an opportunity to win the series in South Africa despite a 2-0 lead. The middle-order batters, including Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis will be under pressure for consistently failing against the Proteas. With Steve Smith back in the side and Australia set to field a full-strength attack, they should be in a good stead.
The 36-year-old took to his Instagram handle and wrote:
“Always great to be welcomed back to india. We are always well looked after and well protected. Thanks so much. @gmraerocity always makes our transits so easy.”
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Pat Cummins and co. should draw confidence from their success against the Men in Blue in their backyard earlier this year under the captaincy of Steve Smith. Nevertheless, India are an in-form team, having won the Asia Cup 2023.
However, the men’s team’s chief selector Chief selector Ajit Agarkar has announced resting Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for the first two ODIs. KL Rahul will captain India in Mohali and Indore,
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