New Delhi: Usman Khawaja finally broke his jinx in ODIs with a magnificent century in the Ranchi ODI against the Indian cricket team. Khawaja became the second-oldest Australian player after Adam Voges to score a maiden century in this format. Khawaja’s century, along with Aaron Finch’s 93 helped Australia break their rut in ODIs as they secured a 32-run win at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi to stay alive in the five-match series. However, this was taken as an opportunity by one Pakistan news website to ‘mock’ India, the Indian Air Force and also Khawaja. The match report of thenews.com.pk took the entire story from AFP, but they used the headline ‘Pakistan-born Khawaja’s ‘surgical strike’ destroys India’. The headline ‘mocked’ the recent effort of the Indian Air Force which had carried out an air strike in Balakot, located in Khyber-Pakhtunwa which targeted the camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit, the group that was responsible for the murder of 40 CRPF Jawans in Pulwama on February 14. India lost the Ranchi ODI by 32 runs against Australia.Virat Kohli smashed his 41st century.Usman Khawaja slammed his maiden century. highlights The headline also highlighted the ethnicity of Khawaja in a poor state. The left-hander was born in Islamabad but he migrated to Australia at a young age. In 2011, Khawaja made his debut in the Ashes Test against England in Sydney and since then, he has gone on to make an impact for Australia in all formats. The Pakistan website used Usman Khawaja’s ethnicity in a poor taste.(Image credit: news.com.pk)Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s 41st ODI century went in vain as Australia managed to register their first win in the five-match series at Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) with a tense 32-run win. India lost Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu cheaply to be reduced to 27/3. Kohli and Dhoni shared a 59-run stand but after breaking the record, Dhoni was bowled by Adam Zampa for 26. Kohli shared an 88-run stand for the fifth wicket with Kedar Jadhav (26) and Kohli notched up a record century in a chase. Vijay Shankar batted aggressively but India lost wickets at regular intervals to lose the match by 32 runs and keep the series alive heading into the fourth game in Mohali. Dhoni has been rested for the last two ODIs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels believes his side has gained valuable momentum with their ‘vital’ win over tournament favourites Barbados Pride here Thursday night. Previously unbeaten in six outings, Pride slumped to a 74-run defeat in the day and night contest at Kensington Oval, as Scorpions in turn won their fourth straight to build up a head of steam ahead of next week’s Regional Super50 semi-finals in Antigua. “It (the win) was very vital. You do not want to lose twice to any team in the semi-finals,” said the former Test batsman. “Barbados beat us in the first game. I thought we should have won that game, scoring 191. They got there with just one wicket [left]. Today, we scored 250, and I thought it was enough. “I must give Barbados credit. They bowled very well in the middle overs [especially] the two spinners (Ashley Nurse and Jomel Warrican) … and they pulled us back. At one stage it looked as if we would have scored 400, but Nurse bowled extremely well.” Scorpions started the tournament with a shock defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and lost their second when they narrowly went down to Pride six days later. Since then, Scorpions have hardly missed a step, and Samuels said it had been important to get the early jitters out of the way before the knockout round. “In competitions like this you will lose one and you do not want to lose one in the semi-finals or the final so to get that one out of the way [was important],” Samuels pointed out. “We took CCC for granted … fortunately or unfortunately, we played CCC at their home ground which they knew better than us and we took it for granted, became complacent and we lost.” Since then, Scorpions stepped up their game, with their batsmen especially finding their touch. In their last four outings, they have cracked 250 three times and got 204 in the other game. Scorpions, who lie second in the Group B standings behind leaders Pride, face ICC Americas in their final game at Windward Cricket Club today.