Expresso National and International Sports News Update at 3:30 pm 21st September, 2022 – The Indian Express

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Expresso National and International Sports News Update at 3:30 pm on 21st September, 2022
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“Let’s begin this bulletin with some football news.
Fresh from the Durand Cup triumph with Bengaluru FC, veteran Sunil Chhetri will lead the Indian attack in the upcoming Hung Thinh friendly football tournament in Vietnam, as coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday named a 23-member squad.
The Indian football team will play against hosts Vietnam and Singapore in two friendlies in Ho Chi Minh City. The squad left for Vietnam on Tuesday. Head coach Igor Stimac is upbeat about India’s chances in the two matches. Stimac said, “We are capable of winning the tournament, but I think it’s the small things that will decide who wins it,”
Regulars Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Sandesh Jhingan were also included in the squad.

England manager Gareth Southgate heads into the final two matches before the World Cup finals knowing he needs to quickly recapture the form of a team that is without a win in their last four games.
Friday’s Nations League encounter with Italy at Milan’s San Siro Stadium and then Monday’s visit of Germany to Wembley Stadium is the last two chances that Southgate will have to restore some of the positive vibes around his team.
Some have written off those Nations League results as an inevitable product of playing in a minor competition at the end of a long season but Southgate’s more serious problems lay in the lack of form of several of his regular starters.”
“Meanwhile,
New Zealand has named a largely settled 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup with Finn Allen and Michael Bracewell the only players who did not feature in the squad that made the final in 2021.
Martin Guptill will play in his seventh T20 World Cup and Devon Conway will keep wickets in addition to his batting duties at the tournament, which starts for the Black Caps with a re-run of last year’s final against Australia in Sydney on Oct. 22.
New Zealand also faces Afghanistan, England and two as yet undetermined qualifiers from the opening stage of the tournament in Group 1 of the Super 12.

“Australia has confirmed former all-rounder Shelley Nitschke will take on the role of coach of their women’s team on a full-time basis.
Nitschke has been filling in for the recently departed Matthew Mott and led the powerful Australians to their first-ever gold medal during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month.
The 45-year-old has been rewarded with a four-year deal and will continue her role ahead of next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa.

New Zealand Women’s cricket team managed to beat hosts West Indies Women by 5 runs with the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-interrupted 1st ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on September 19. The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. This was West Indies’ first game in this format since losing to Australia in the 50-over Women’s World Cup semi-final earlier this year in New Zealand. In a match reduced to 35 overs per side due to rain, the West Indies were able to post 168-7 after New Zealand won the toss and chose to field first.
“Star India opener Smriti Mandhana on Tuesday achieved a career-best world number two rank in T20Is and climbed to the seventh spot in ODIs in the latest ICC Women’s Player Rankings, riding on her stupendous show against England.
The left-handed batter had aggregated 111 runs in the three-match T20I series against England. The performance helped her jump two places.
Mandhana, a former top-ranked batter in ODIs, also jumped three slots to number seven after a match-winning 91 in the first ODI against England. Among other Indians, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has zoomed four spots to ninth place in ODIs, all-rounder Deepti Sharma gained one place to reach 32nd position and wicketkeeper ”
“Lastly,
After the highs of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asiad, Manika Batra’s career took a nosedive following the Birmingham CWG debacle but the ace Indian paddler has vowed to make a strong return at the National Games before heading to the World Championships this month.
Manika said, “Of course, I was sad and upset when I lost my matches in CWG but I always tell myself this is not the end of the world. It’s not finished for me just because I didn’t get a medal at the CWG””
The paddlers will be the first in action at the PDDU Indoor Stadium ahead of the National Games opening ceremony before flying off to Chengdu for the World Championships from September 30.

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