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India were at their ruthless best once again as they crushed Bangladesh by seven wickets in their opening match of the Asia Cup Super Four stage in Dubai on Friday.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the star for India as he made a triumphant return to the ODI team, snaring 4-29. He replaced injured all-rounder Hardik Pandya and was used ahead of left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
He proved his worth by taking top wickets of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun. The target of 173 didn’t trouble the Indians one bit as captain Rohit Sharma (83) slammed his second successive fifty to secure win in 36.2 overs.
Under pressure Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed claims his players are tired and are being over-worked.
Spurs are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, having been beaten by Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan, and there have been suggestions they are jaded, with Harry Kane being the subject of particular scrutiny.
Kane was one of nine men in their squad that were in Russia for the entirety of the World Cup and only returned to pre-season training a week before the Premier League kicked off.
India weren’t the only cricketing super power in action yesterday with Pakistan also taking on rising force Afghanistan.
Shoaib Malik stole the show with an unbeaten 51 as Pakistan won by three wickets in their Super Four stage at the Asia Cup.
Batting first, Afghanistan posted a score of 257 in Abu Dhabi thanks to big scores from Asghar Afghan (66) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (97*) as Pakistani youngster Shaheen Afridi took two wickets on his ODI debut.
In reply, Imam Ul-Haq top-scored with 80 but Afghanistan got themselves back into the game with a flurry of wickets before Malik with two back-to-back boundaries in the last over to seal victory.
Liverpool host Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League and, as well as giving the Reds the chance to win the opening seven games of the season for the first time in their history, it also marks Jurgen Klopp’s 600th competitive game as manager, not counting his early days at the Frankfurt Under 10s of course.
It’s been a remarkable rise for the Stuttgart-born former Mainz striker, and latterly a defender.
SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Klopp on reaching 600 games as a manager this weekend: "My view on football will never be different. I love the game. There are a lot of better managers than me out there, but that has never stopped me from doing my best."#LIVSOU https://t.co/2ELPLS2IuN— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 21, 2018
'I will always remember this comeback' – @imjadeja— ICC (@ICC) September 22, 2018
In his first ODI since July 2017, Jadeja returned a brilliant 4/29 against 🇧🇩 in the #AsiaCup.
Here's what he had to say! 👇https://t.co/9Fd4Adx43p pic.twitter.com/M5eOg903WV
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