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Hey guys, David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this morning.

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Rohit Sharma stepped up to the occasion and smashed an unbeaten 100 to lead India as they chased down England’s total of 199 in the thrilling third and final T20 at Bristol.

During his remarkable innings, in which he smacked 11 boundaries, Sharma crossed the 2,000-run mark in T20Is, becoming just the second Indian to do so, joining Virat Kohli.

India have now won six consecutive T20 series and appear in fine form ahead of their ODI series against England.

Check out Ashish Peter’s takeaways from Sharma’s big night.

Elsewhere, Pakistan sealed their highest successful T20I run-chase with their six-wicket victory over Australia in the tri-series final at Harare on Sunday.

Fakhar Zaman did most of the damage with his 46-ball 91, further backing up his credentials as a big-match player for Pakistan.

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Paulinho has returned to Guangzhou Evergrande on a season-long loan after a year with Barcelona.

The Brazilian midfielder left the Chinese Super League club to move to the Nou Camp last summer, but after featuring for La Selecao in Russia at the World Cup, he’s now headed the opposite way again.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard is on the radar of Real Madrid, who are prepared to pursue the Belgian star if they can’t land Neymar this summer, according to MarcaCheck out our Rumour Mill for more transfer news.

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The UAE cricket team nearly pulled off an unlikely win against Papua New Guinea on Sunday, but fell as their opposition reached their 84-run target with one ball remaining. To keep their 2020 World Twenty20 qualification hopes alive, the UAE must now beat Bangladesh on Tuesday

In cycling, UAE Team Emirates rider Alexander Kristoff earned another top-five finish at the Tour de France, crossing in fifth on the second stage to La Roche-sur-Yon.

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8:40pm – India thump England by seven wickets to clinch T20 series

It was a batting masterclass by opener Rohit Sharma in the T20 decider between England and India as the visitors romped home to a seven-wicket win with eight balls to spare. Chasing 199 for victory, India rode on Rohit’s third T20I ton and an all-round show by Hardik Pandya to complete their highest successful T20 run chase away from home.

Seamer Deepak Chahar was handed his India debut on Sunday. You can read how the debutant fared at Bristol in our in-focus piece here.  Read more about how the decider panned out in our talking points from the clash.

Rohit Sharma struck his third T20I ton to lead India to a big win.

Rohit Sharma struck his third T20I ton to lead India to a big win.

8:15pm – MS Dhoni becomes first wicketkeeper to claim 50 T20I catches

India wicketkeeping stalwart MS Dhoni got himself into the record books once again on Sunday during the final T20 clash against England at Bristol. The veteran, playing in his 501th international match, claimed five catches in England’s innings which is the first by any wicketkeeper in the format. In doing so, Dhoni went past 50 catches in T20Is, making him the first player in history to attain the feat.

Read more about Dhoni’s heroics in our full story here.

Dhoni claimed a record five catches in the T20 decider against England.

Dhoni claimed a record five catches in the T20 decider against England.

8:00pm – Glenn Maxwell refuses to shake hands with Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed

There was a slight moment of controversy in Harare today as Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets to clinch the T20 tri-series. At the end of the match, Glenn Maxwell appeared to ignore Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s invitation for a handshake.

Watch the video of the controversial moment here and decide for yourself.

Maxwell was the subject of controversy at Harare.

Maxwell was the subject of controversy at Harare.

6:50pm – England set India a target of 199 to win third T20

Virat Kohli and his India team face a tough chase if they want to win the final game of the T20 series. Jason Roy hit 67 runs as England looked set to cross the 200-run mark. But Hardik Pandya claimed four wickets as England reached 198-9. Don’t miss any of the action in the second innings by following our live scores here.

3:50pm – Fakhar Zaman stars with the bat as Pakistan win T20 Tri-Series final

The opening batsman scored 91 runs as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets in the title decider in Harare. Read more on that story here.

3:00pm – Watch Shadab Khan’s magnificent catch against Australia

The Pakistani teenage leg-spinner pulled off one of cricket’s finest catches when he dismissed Alex Carey in the tri-series final against Australia on Sunday. If you missed it, see it for yourself here. 

2:00pm – Pakistan set a target of 184 against Australia

Sarfraz Ahmed’s men need 184 runs to beat Australia and clinch the T20 Tri-Series title after D’Arcy Short’s 76 helped the Australians reach 183-8. Follow all the action from Harare with our Live Scores here.

12:00pm – Alex Hales ready to make way for Ben Stokes 

The opener played an integral role in England’s victory in the second T20 against India but knows he may have to make way for Ben Stokes should the all-rounder return for today’s series decider. Read more on that story here.

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Maxtalent cricketers boys to train at MCC Academy during their UK tour

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On their way to England: Maxtalent Cricket Academy

Maxtalent Academy cricketers are set to train at the MCC Academy at Lord’s when they go on their tour to UK later this month.

A group of 26 boys will travel to England on July 15 where they will play a series of matches as well as enhance their skills in a masterclass session by former England first-class cricketer Keith Medlycott.

Their Under-16 side will also compete in a 30-over tournament where they will play Esher, Old Whitgift, MGS, Star Cricket Academy and Stoke D’Abernon.

Once those games are over, Maxtalent will feature in two two-day back-to-back games where the aspiring players will play a minimum of 80 overs per day.

Head coach Sudhakar Shetty believes the tour will be a great learning experience. “I personally feel the longer version of the game played in the UK will also allow the Maxtalent boys to gear themselves well and prove their mettle in future tournaments including the UAE Under-17 league,” he said.

“The ball hitting the greens and swing generated in the air, due to chill weather in typical English conditions will be an experience for our lads.”

He added: “In the UAE especially when it is humid conditions, the ball tends to swing in evening games which won’t be the case in England.”

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