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.
Sheikh Mansoor takes over the patronage of the Tour’s final Rolex Series event from Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whom he has replaced as chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.
Scheduled to be held on Feb.19, the RAK Half Marathon — termed as the world’s fastest half marathon — has also enticed a tantalising field of top road runners, including 2020 London Marathon champion Brigid Kosgei.
Next week’s Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World will be held over the Fire course from Wednesday, Dec.2 to Saturday, Dec.5.