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ICC World Cup Need to play every game in World Cup like we are playing India: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_img New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is just over six weeks away but all eyes will be on India vs Pakistan clash on June 16 in Manchester. The rivalry between India and Pakistan is legendary in the World Cup with India winning all six encounters against Pakistan starting from the 1992 World Cup clash in Sydney. Heading into the clash, India is expected to continue their dominance against a Pakistan side struggling for confidence after they were whitewashed 5-0 at home against Australia last month. However, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has stated that the team must approach every game in the World Cup like they are playing India.“The match against India is very important in many ways but it is one match and we need to play all our remaining matches in the tournament like we are playing against India,” Sarfaraz said in an interview to a Pakistan channel. highlights In order to prepare for the World Cup, Pakistan will be playing five ODIs and a Twenty20 International against England starting on May 5. The team is currently in Kent where they will use the period to acclimatize to the conditions. Mohammad Amir, who starred in Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash against India in the final, has not been named in the 15-man squad but is in the side for the England series.Sarfaraz said that he was under no pressure as captain before the mega-event. “Where I bat we will decide as the matches go but there is complete unanimity between me and Mickey Arthur and the selection committee over the players selected,” he said when asked if he had been consulted in the finalisation of the squad. Sarfaraz said his team had the talent and depth to surprise any team but it was important for players to gain momentum and maintain it in the tournament as every team would have to play nine games to qualify for the knockout stage.Sarfaraz was happy that other teams had been given the favourites tag in the World Cup. “It is good for us as it means there will be more pressure on the teams given the favourite tag and it also means that we can play as underdogs that is when we give our best and perform.” For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India has won all six encounters against Pakistan in the World Cup.Pakistan will play five ODIs against England ahead of the World Cup.India will take on Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball falls one spot to No. 21 in AP Top 25 poll

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse fell to No. 21, down one spot from No. 20, in the Week 15 Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday afternoon.Last week, SU (18-8, 9-4 Atlantic Coast) lost at then-No. 14 Duke by 17 points, then blew out North Carolina, 95-64, on Sunday afternoon. Redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes continued her strong season against UNC, scoring a career-high 34 points. She also handed out three assists, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots for an SU team that has won five of its last six. Alexis Peterson, the ACC’s leading scorer, added 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.Seven ACC teams ranked inside the Top 25: No. 4 Florida State, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 13 Duke, No. 14 Louisville, No. 15 North Carolina State, No. 16 Miami and No. 21 Syracuse. Connecticut, amid a 99-game win streak, remains tops in the nation.Syracuse, which has three regular-season games left and places sixth in the ACC standings, plays next on Sunday against the No. 7 Fighting Irish in the Carrier Dome. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Top-ranked Women of Troy head to San Diego

first_imgThe Trojans will need to retain their well-rounded attack in order to face potential competitors in later rounds of the tournament, including No. 6 Arizona State and No. 4 UCLA. Sixteen  Trojans contributed points to their two matches last weekend, and these players will need to bring the same offensive pressure against stiffer competition. Sophomore driver Paige Hauschild goes for a goal against China Jan. 31 at home. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) USC has kicked off its 2019 season in  dominant fashion on both ends of the pool, outscoring opponents 140-19 in just eight games, four of which were against ranked teams. Along with their stellar play, Longan and Parker have taken on important leadership roles in and out of the pool, which will be crucial as the competition gets tougher. A win against Pomona-Pitzer would advance USC to a second game on Saturday afternoon against the winner of the Loyola Marymount-Long Beach State matchup. The Women of Troy could then compete in a semifinal match on Sunday with the aim of securing a berth in that day’s championship game. The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team looks to continue to wreak havoc on its opponents this weekend at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla. The Trojans will begin their tournament against Pomona-Pitzer and play three subsequent games to determine their final place in the tournament. “We have a pretty young team and some new girls that have come and immediately made an impact,” Parker said. “I think [we need to] just put everything together and continue doing what we’re doing.” Despite their early success, the Trojans look to continue improving over the course of the season, with the hope of ultimately reaching another NCAA title match. center_img “[My goal is] obviously, to stop some shots,” Parker said. “[I also] just try to be a leader, command the defense and help to continue to improve our overall defense.” The Trojans’ young talent has also been on display this season, with the invitational setting allowing new players to integrate themselves in the program. Freshman 2-meter Tilly Kearns has been a powerhouse scorer for the Trojans with 14 goals, the second-highest total on the team. Freshmen drivers Alejandra Aznar and Mieria Guiral also boast 13 goals apiece so far this season. The team has also demonstrated its defensive depth early on this season. Senior goalie Amanda Longan, last year’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year, currently leads the MPSF conference with 12.9 saves per game. However, the Trojans’ talent in scoring is not limited to Longan. Redshirt sophomore goalie Holly Parker has played 3.5 of the Trojans’ eight games thus far, and opponents are averaging just 2 goals against her in these games. “We need to work on 5-on-6 defense [and] improve our center plays and half-court plays to achieve [a national title] at the end of the season,” Parker said. In contrast, Pomona-Pitzer has struggled to find a win so far this season, falling in its first two games to Azusa Pacific and Loyola Marymount. While Pomona-Pitzer had a perfect 14-0 conference record last season, it fared poorly in non-conference play, resulting in a 22-11 overall record. In their meeting last season, the Trojans defeated the Sagehens 21-3. The match against Pomona-Pitzer will take place Saturday. With a win, the Trojans would take on the winner of LMU-Long Beach State later the same day. The semifinal and final matches take place on Sunday, as well as the consolation matches to determine each team’s tournament finish.last_img read more