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ATN to broadcast World Cup Qualifier; Here’s what you need to know

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(Last Updated On: June 19, 2023)

The long-awaited 2023 ODI World Cup Qualifiers finally gets underway on Sunday (June 18) and once again Ariana Television Network (ATN) is thrilled to announce it has secured the rights to broadcast the matches live in Afghanistan. 

The qualifiers will run through until July 9 and all matches will be broadcast on Ariana Television. 

The qualifiers will see 10 teams battle it out for the final two available spots in the World Cup which is scheduled for October and November in India. 

Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, and South Africa have already sealed their World Cup spots. 

However, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Netherlands, along with five Associate nations – Oman, Scotland, UAE, Nepal and USA – will get another crack at making the main event through the qualifier. 

Only two of these ten sides will eventually take part in this year’s World Cup.

So how does the qualifier work?

All matches will have ODI status, and the ten teams have been split into two groups of five. Group A includes Nepal, Netherlands, USA, West Indies and Zimbabwe, while Group B consists of Ireland, Oman, Scotland, Sri Lanka and UAE. 

Each side will play four group matches, facing the others in their group once, in a round-robin format. The winner of each game will be awarded two points, while ties and no-results will fetch one point each.

After the 20 group-stage matches are done, the top three sides from each group will progress to the Super Six, carrying over their points. Each team in the Super Six will face the three qualifying teams from the opposite first-round group. 

Once complete, the top two teams on the Super Six table will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

However, there will be a match between the top-two Super Six sides, with the winner taking home a shiny trophy. But the final will be a win-win game for both sides, since they would have both booked their World Cup berths.

The tournament commences on June 18, with the group-stage games finishing on June 27. 

The Super Six will run from June 29 to July 7, while the final will take place on July 9 at Harare Sports Club. 

Playoffs to decide seventh to tenth places will take place from June 30 to July 6. 

On Saturday, teams got the chance to experience a safari ahead of the qualifiers and team captains made use of the opportunity for a group picture, along with the trophy. 

Ariana Television Network will broadcast the matches daily live on TV and Website.

Pre-match shows will start at 11am (Kabul time), while the day’s match will start at 11.30am (Kabul time).

Matches are streamed live on Ariana Television websites simultaneously:

www.arianatelevision.com/live  and  www.arianatelevision.com/icc-live

CLICK HERE for the broadcast schedule on Ariana Television

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Afghanistan and China draw 2-2 in futsal friendly

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(Last Updated On: April 12, 2024)

A friendly match between the national futsal teams of Afghanistan and China ended in 2-2 draw on Friday.

The match was held in Thailand, with Hussain Mohammadi hitting Afghanistan’s two goals.

Earlier on Thursday, another friendly involving Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia also ended in 2-2 draw.

The friendlies are held ahead of the 2024 AFC Futsal Asian Cup, a 16-team tournament, which is scheduled to begin on coming Wednesday in Thailand.

 

 

 

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Gujarat end Rajasthan’s winning streak with IPL thriller

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(Last Updated On: April 11, 2024)

Gujarat Titans celebrated ending Rajasthan Royals’ IPL four-match winning streak in a nail-biting thriller to win by three wickets on Wednesday.

While Rajasthan cling on to their table-topping position above Kolkata Knight Riders, the Titans clawed their way back to a dramatic victory in the final five overs, needing 73 off the final 30 balls, AFP reported.

The pressure fell on the shoulders of bowling all-rounder Rashid Khan from Afghanistan to win the match on the final ball — thumping it to the boundary for four to end on top with 199-7.

“You just have to be positive,” Rashid said. “The more positive you are thinking inside, the better the result comes out.”

Asked where the Royals had lost, skipper Sanju Samson laughed and said “the last ball of the game”, adding it was “very hard” to speak after the defeat.

But he still handed out praise for the Titans’ play.

“You have to give credit to the Gujarat Titans, to the way they batted, bowled and fielded,” Samson said.

Rajasthan had looked confident going into the game, after being invited to bat first at their home ground of Jaipur.

‘We had belief’
After initial wobbles, with Yashasvi Jaiswal caught on 24, and England’s Jos Buttler going for eight, 22-year-old Riyan Parag helped build a daunting total.

He celebrated his third fifty in five innings, this time in a knock off 34 balls.

Parag fell for 74 to a juggled but successful catch by Vijay Shankar.

But Samson, who made 68, and Shimron Hetmyer, unbeaten on 13, guided Rajasthan to 196-3 — keeping their hopes that they were heading for their fifth straight victory alive.

As Gujarat came into bat, the Royals seemed to have taken charge, with the chase crumbling as speedster Kuldeep Sen ripped through the Titans’ top order, posting figures of 3-41.

Sen trapped Sai Sudharsan lbw for 35 before bowling Matthew Wade and Abhinav Manohar cheaply.

“We lost a few wickets back-to-back”, said Gujarat’s Sudharsan. “But we had belief and we won the game.”

Skipper Shubman Gill made 72 to push Gujarat’s total up before being stumped, while Rahul Tewatia made 22 before he was run out.

But it was Rashid who brought the Titans across the winning threshold, making 24 in the frantic final balls, AFP reported.

“This victory was much-needed for us and gives us momentum,” Sudharsan added. “Hopefully we play a few more good games and have a good season.”

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Reddy helps Hyderabad edge Punjab in IPL thriller

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Sunrisers Hyderabad survived a late assault by Punjab Kings batsmen Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma to win by two runs in an IPL thriller on Tuesday.

Nitish Kumar Reddy, a 20-year-old batting all-rounder, pulled Hyderabad out of early trouble to guide them to 182-9 after being invited to bat first at Punjab’s new home Mullanpur.

Punjab looked down and out at 114-6 but Shashank (46) and Sharma (33) put on an unbeaten stand of 66 off 27 balls to give Hyderabad a scare as Punjab ended on 180-6.

Hyderabad’s Pat Cummins looked a relieved captain after left-arm quick Jaydev Unadkat just about defended 29 runs in the last over, which witnessed three dropped catches in the deep, AFP reported.

Cummins, who was paid $2.5 million by Hyderabad in the auction, praised Reddy for his batting, one wicket and a catch as well.

“He was awesome, fantastic debut last week,” Australia’s World Cup-winning captain said.

“Straight to the top for the order, fantastic in the field, bowled three overs too. To get us to 180 off his bat, it was amazing.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets to play a key part in Hyderabad’s third win in five matches to stay fifth, above Punjab in the 10-team table.

But Reddy set up victory with his 37-ball 64 laced with four fours and five sixes as he put on a key 50-run sixth-wicket stand with Abdul Samad, who hit a 12-ball 25.

Punjab quick Arshdeep Singh struck twice in the space of three balls to send back Travis Head, for 21, and Aiden Markram, for a duck, before Reddy took charge.

Reddy rebuilt the innings as he stood firm despite wickets falling around him and mixed the right dose of caution and aggression.

Arshdeep again struck twice in an over as he sent back Samad and Reddy but Shahbaz Ahmed steered the team to a total which eventually proved enough with his unbeaten seven-ball 14.

Sam Curran and Harshal Patel took two wickets each but leaked runs.

Punjab wobbled early in their chase after Cummins took down Jonny Bairstow for a three-ball duck and soon slipped to 58-4 when Curran departed on 29.

Zimbabwe’s Sikander Raza hit 28 but it was number six Shashank and number eight Sharma who took on the chase only to finish two short.

“There was always the hope that they could finish the game. Hats off to them that they brought it this close,” Punjab skipper Shikhar Dhawan said after their third loss this season.

“Gives us confidence and hope for the next game. We have to do better in certain areas and improve.”

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