India’s captain Virat Kohli (right) interacts with batting coach Sanjay Bangar during a practice in Southampton on Thursday. Associated Press
Australia and India will be aiming to finish top of the World Cup league phase and so avoid facing hosts England in the semi-finals as they prepare for the final day of round-robin matches.
It was a superb display by the underdog Black Caps, who came into the match on the back of three straight defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England and only qualified for the semi-finals on net run-rate, while India topped the 10-team group stage.
Cricket-mad Indians tried on Thursday to come to terms with their shock World Cup exit, with the Times of India telling readers “The Sun will still rise tomorrow” and Ravindra Jadeja emerging as a new national hero.
Germany, who suffered a 0-1 defeat in their opening game against France, are in desperate search of a win to keep their knockouts’ hope alive. Germany badly needed a win in Group F - and to stop Ronaldo adding to his phenomenal goal tally.
After the first day’s play was washed out due to rain, the inclement weather encouraged New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson to field first after winning the toss with five fast bowlers chosen in the playing XI.
Ayesha Al Muhairi, who scored with distinction 71 days before the Games in Tokyo, emphasised that women’s sports in the UAE is on the right track and has taken steady steps to achieve aspired ambitions.