Premier League Darts schedule and TV times: Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright star

Darts’ biggest party is back in 2023 as the Premier League roadshow heads to a venue near you!; the SSE Arena in Belfast plays host as the first of 17 individual venues from Thursday February 2 with the Play-Offs returning to The O2 in London on Thursday May 25

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Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith will clash on Premier League opening night in Belfast

Full schedule and TV times as Michael Smith takes Michael van Gerwen in a repeat of the World Darts Championship final on the opening night of this year’s Premier League.

This year’s tournament will see eight of the sport’s top stars contesting 16 mini-events during the season, with each league night comprising quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final over the best-of-11 legs.

The Premier League season gets under way at The SSE Arena in Belfast, with the opening night’s quarter-finals headlined by a blockbuster showdown between Smith and reigning champion Van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen was one dart away from a nine-darter before Smith nailed the hold grail in the World Championship final

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Van Gerwen was one dart away from a nine-darter before Smith nailed the hold grail in the World Championship final

Van Gerwen was one dart away from a nine-darter before Smith nailed the hold grail in the World Championship final

Dan Dawson looks at the growing rivalry between MVG and Smith

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Dan Dawson looks at the growing rivalry between MVG and Smith

Dan Dawson looks at the growing rivalry between MVG and Smith

This will be the pair’s first meeting since their Alexandra Palace epic on January 3, which saw Smith land a history-making nine-darter en route to clinching his maiden World Championship crown.

Two-time world champion Peter Wright plays newly-crowned Masters champion Chris Dobey, who celebrated his first televised triumph in Milton Keynes on Sunday night.

Gerwyn Price hit TWO nine-dart finishes in one night in Belfast

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Gerwyn Price hit TWO nine-dart finishes in one night in Belfast

Gerwyn Price hit TWO nine-dart finishes in one night in Belfast

Dimitri Van den Bergh marks his Premier League return with a clash against 2021 champion Jonny Clayton, while 2020 runner-up Nathan Aspinall plays Gerwyn Price – who famously landed two nine-darters in Belfast last year.

Night Two will take place at Cardiff’s International Arena on February 9, with Price pitted against Dobey on his homecoming, while Clayton makes his return to home soil with a tie against Smith.

Wright will headline Night Three at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro when he takes on Van den Bergh, with six-time champion Van Gerwen up against Aspinall in a repeat of October’s World Grand Prix final.

Michael Smith will be looking for Premier League success having claimed World Championship glory earlier this year

Michael Smith will be looking for Premier League success having claimed World Championship glory earlier this year

The sport’s biggest roadshow rolls into Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday February 23, as Smith and Wright lock horns in a repeat of the 2022 World Championship final.

Night Five in Exeter will then see a repeat of two televised finals from 2022, with Van Gerwen meeting Price in a repeat of July’s World Matchplay decider, before Aspinall and Smith battle it out in a rematch of November’s Grand Slam showpiece.

Quarter-final fixtures for 14 of the 16 league phase nights are listed below in draw bracket order, with fixtures for Night Eight and Night 16 to be determined by league standings heading into each night.

All matches will be played over a best-of-11 legs format, with a £10,000 bonus on offer to each night’s winner.

Watch every nine-darter that has been hit in the Premier League

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Watch every nine-darter that has been hit in the Premier League

Watch every nine-darter that has been hit in the Premier League

2023 Premier League Fixtures

Night One – Thursday February 2
The SSE Arena, Belfast
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith vs Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright vs Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall vs Gerwyn Price

Live Premier League Darts

February 2, 2023, 7:00pm

Live on Sky Sports Arena HD

Night Two – Thursday February 9
Cardiff International Arena
Quarter-Finals

Michael Smith vs Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall vs Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price vs Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Live Premier League Darts

February 9, 2023, 7:00pm

Live on Sky Sports Arena HD

Night Three – Thursday February 16
OVO Hydro, Glasgow
Quarter-Finals

Nathan Aspinall vs Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton vs Chris Dobey

Night Four – Thursday February 23
3Arena, Dublin
Quarter-Finals

Michael Smith vs Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton vs Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey vs Michael van Gerwen

Night Five – Thursday March 2
Westpoint Exeter
Quarter-Finals

Michael van Gerwen vs Gerwyn Price
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael Smith
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Chris Dobey
Jonny Clayton vs Peter Wright

Night Six – Thursday March 9
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Quarter-Finals

Gerwyn Price vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey vs Nathan Aspinall
Michael Smith vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night Seven – Thursday March 16
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Michael van Gerwen
Chris Dobey vs Michael Smith

Night Eight – Thursday March 23
Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Quarter-Finals

Fixtures based on league table following Night Seven

Night Nine – Thursday March 30
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall vs Chris Dobey
Jonny Clayton vs Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price

Night Ten – Thursday April 6
Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Quarter-Finals

Michael van Gerwen vs Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall vs Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Michael Smith

Night 11 – Thursday April 13
The Brighton Centre
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Michael van Gerwen
Chris Dobey vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton vs Michael Smith

Night 12 – Thursday April 20
Rotterdam Ahoy
Quarter-Finals

Chris Dobey vs Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith vs Gerwyn Price
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs Nathan Aspinall

Night 13 – Thursday April 27
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Quarter-Finals

Michael Smith vs Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price vs Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 14 – Thursday May 4
AO Arena, Manchester
Quarter-Finals

Peter Wright vs Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith vs Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price vs Michael van Gerwen

Night 15 – Thursday May 11
Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Quarter-Finals

Gerwyn Price vs Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 16 – Thursday May 18
P&J Live, Aberdeen
Quarter-Finals

Fixtures based on league table following Night 15

Play-Offs – Thursday May 25
The O2, London

Semi-Finals and Final



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Mankading: an unnecessary moral dilemma

A sport that breaks for lunch and tea, and harks back to a genteel time of measured applause while paper napkins are discreetly used to wipe away the crumbs of cucumber sandwiches, can lend itself to excessive philosophy and a supposedly higher moral plane. Cricket inevitably became a prisoner of its old pastoral image even if Test whites now jostle with coloured clothing in the laundromat while ODIs and Twenty20s crowd the calendar and draw fans to massive stadiums.

A bored shepherd’s sport with rough-hewn logs and balls of wool played in the English countryside is now a full-fledged commercial endeavour greased equally by the athlete’s sweat and the corporate dollar. But the link to an unhurried time, when twitter was only associated with birds, triggers interpretations that point at the perceived ‘inherent goodness’ within the willow game. And the ‘It is not cricket’ phrase to sum up a bleak event caused by a subterfuge of morality still remains in currency.

No other sport has this all-encompassing embrace that goes beyond a ground and it is this notion that perhaps crops up at awkward times and causes an outpouring of disparate views. The act of a non-striker stepping out a wee-bit early when the bowler is in his delivery stride has happened before and will continue to happen. But the tipping point was when the aggrieved bowlers’ club decided to clip the bails and appeal for a run-out, which is well within the laws drafted by the Marylebone Cricket Club.

The relevant part starts thus: “38.3.1 At any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground. In these circumstances the non-striker will be out Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is broken by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler’s hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered.”

Open and shut?

So far so good and it seems like an open-and-shut case. But well, life is complicated and cricket tends to amplify that. Readers of a certain vintage may recall the 1987 World Cup held in India and Pakistan. In a crucial game against Pakistan, West Indian speedster Courtney Walsh paused in his delivery stride, his loopy eye-brows shot up, lines creased his sweaty forehead and he issued a warning to Saleem Jaffar, who had backed up excessively from the non-striker’s crease.

Walsh refrained from knocking down the stumps and his goodness was celebrated as it was seen to be in sync with the alleged pristine purity of cricket. A mode of dismissal, which in those days went under the Mankad moniker, was ignored and the reality was that Pakistan won that game, West Indies got eventually knocked out. If Karma was supposed to both reward and punish based on cause-and-effect, Walsh and the West Indies were strangely done in by destiny’s reverse-swing.

Going too far: Jos Buttler was run out at the non-striker’s end by Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake in an ODI in 2014, five years before he strayed again and was caught short by R. Ashwin in the IPL.
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Vinoo Mankad, who ran out Australia’s straying Bill Brown at the non-striker’s in Sydney during India’s 1947-48 tour Down Under, got linked with this mode of dismissal and Mankading became a part of cricketing lexicon even though the term didn’t have any official sanction. “He did a Mankad,” was uttered across the air-waves, the words having a sense of revulsion as their base because, as mentioned earlier, cricket operated at a higher level among fluffy clouds and angels smiling from heaven.

Sunil Gavaskar often reacted sharply, saying that this was derogatory to Mankad. He saw a veiled attack on India when in fact this mode of dismissal was well within the rules. One of Mankad’s sons opposed this usage while the larger Commonwealth continued to snigger because, hey, you cannot violate ‘the spirit of cricket’.

Logic vs. noise

The normalisation of this dismissal, despite those coy classicists berating it, finally rested on R. Ashwin. The off-spinner, aware of the cut and thrust and narrow-margins of modern cricket, was never averse to employing this mode of dismissal and, being an engineer, used sharp logic to dissect the noise around this method of sending off a restless batter.

But as talk swirls around the ‘spirit of cricket’, the ghosts of this much-debated run-out version always find a second life! Recently Rohit Sharma recalled Dasun Shanaka after Mohammed Shami ran the batter out in the final over of a lost cause for Sri Lanka. Rohit said that he would have preferred any other mode of dismissal to this, especially with Shanaka nearing the three-figure mark. As if on cue, the ‘goodness of Rohit’ was lauded on Twitter and virtue-signalling resurfaced and cricket’s spirit was whispered.

Ashwin later did offer a reality check, saying Shanaka’s ‘run-out’ was within the rules. But Mark Waugh put out a tweet against this mode of dismissal and Venkatesh Prasad countered, while the bails at the non-striker’s end suffered an existential angst worsened by needless moral dilemma. Cricket has always oscillated between its rules and the manner in which they get implemented.

Adam Gilchrist often walked if he felt he had been dismissed while fellow-Aussie Ricky Ponting believed that it was the umpire’s job to adjudicate unless it was an explicit dismissal like being clean-bowled. But Gilchrist has also at times refused to walk, leaving the umpires in a quandary. There was a former wicket-keeper in Indian domestic cricket who mimicked the sound of edges and then appealed, leaving the batter perplexed and the umpire convinced.

Lozenges laced with saliva have been previously used to alter the state of the ball. Even if the pandemic put an end to the use of saliva, the fact remains that cricketers will use all kinds of methods to get an edge and extract a profit, be it runs or wickets. Worse, matches have been thrown while shady brokers lurked beyond the ropes, but fingers treading upon social media are quick to pounce upon a legitimate run-out.

So is Rohit right and Ashwin wrong? Life is never black and white and there are shades of grey and multiple interpretations. Rohit’s gesture was special while Ashwin’s execution of the rule is spot on. There is no right or wrong here, but we just need to accept the context in which these decisions are taken. Cricket needs to move on, accept its diverse realities instead of getting besotted with trying to be too good to be true.

The South Indian way of eating a masala dosa demands the usage of hands but in Mumbai, where the office-goer is racing against the clock to catch a local train, he or she finds a fork and spoon handy at Udupi joints. It saves time as hands need not be washed. Cricket and life offer multiple options and influence the resultant decisions. Some bowlers will effect a run-out against a straying non-striker, some bowlers may not. Captains may have their own yardsticks but it all adds to the game’s charm. Cricket need not always smell of talcum powder and strut around in spotless white. Let it be.

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Quad Series 2023: England head coach Jess Thirlby calls for more ‘maturity’ ahead of Netball World Cup

England sealed third in the 2023 Quad Series by beating hosts South Africa in Wednesday’s third-place play-off; the Roses suffered defeats to Australia and New Zealand to miss out on a place in the final

Last Updated: 25/01/23 9:02pm


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England head coach Jess Thirlby says it was important her team ended the Quad Series with a win ahead of the World Cup this summer.

England head coach Jess Thirlby says it was important her team ended the Quad Series with a win ahead of the World Cup this summer.

England head coach Jess Thirlby praised her side for showing “grit” to seal third place in the Quad Series but has admitted more “maturity” is needed ahead of this summer’s Netball World Cup.

The Roses came through a tightly contested third-place play-off against hosts South Africa to claim a first victory in their four matches at the tournament.

England had drawn with South Africa in the opening phase of the tournament, either side of defeats to champions Australia and runners-up New Zealand.

The competition marked the final opportunity for England – and their rivals – to prepare for the World Cup, which begins on July 28 in Cape Town.

“It was scrappy, it wasn’t the prettiest of wins,” Thirlby told Sky Sports. “But I think given the journey through the Quad Series that we’ve had, I thought it was a good way for us to finish and show the grit, in particular, that I think this team have become known for.”

Watch the highlights of the third-placed playoff between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

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Watch the highlights of the third-placed playoff between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

Watch the highlights of the third-placed playoff between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

“It’s been a good journey. We’ve just got to keep finding away to compete with those ranked above us.

“We’re respectful of the likes of New Zealand and Australia, but we’ve actually found ways to get a foothold against them, which is a little bit of new territory for us that we’ve got to grow a maturity around how to finish those games and punish them more.”

The Quad Series quickly followed England’s three-match home contest with Jamaica, against whom Thirlby’s side delivered an impressive 2-1 triumph.

England are ranked third in the word, a place ahead of Jamaica. Australia top the rankings from New Zealand, while South Africa are fifth.

Thirlby reflects on a 'bittersweet' loss against New Zealand but says several players have stood out for selection to play in the netball World Cup this summer.

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Thirlby reflects on a ‘bittersweet’ loss against New Zealand but says several players have stood out for selection to play in the netball World Cup this summer.

Thirlby reflects on a ‘bittersweet’ loss against New Zealand but says several players have stood out for selection to play in the netball World Cup this summer.

“In the couple of weeks after this, there’s going to be so much information for us to take, and it’s important to acknowledge that,” Thirlby said.

“These games are here for a purpose. We put ourselves out in two back-to-back series, it’s a big ask of the group but it’s exactly what we needed ahead of the summer.”

The Quad Series brings to an end a congested period for England, which saw them miss out on a medal at a home Commonwealth Games in the summer, and then beat Uganda at home before losing 3-0 as they toured Australia in October and November.

Highlights of the Netball Quad Series clash between England and New Zealand.

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Highlights of the Netball Quad Series clash between England and New Zealand.

Highlights of the Netball Quad Series clash between England and New Zealand.

“I don’t think I can combat all of the noise and the criticisms, but I will absolutely defend this group to the hilt,” Thirlby said.

“Their cohesion, togetherness and loyalty to one and other is unquestionable. They review wins and losses exactly the same way, which is exactly what any championship winning side that’s on track to try to learn to win more consistently should be doing.

“So this team for me, they’re the most together group that I’ve worked with and it’s an absolute joy to see their team resilience grow over the course of January.”

‘No ignoring Fadoju’ | ‘Wrap her up in cotton wool’

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of England’s performances during the Quad Series was the continued emergence of Funmi Fadoju, who has established herself as a key player ahead of the World Cup.

Having made her senior international debut against Uganda in October, the 20-year-old defender looks set to become one of the biggest stars in the sport.

Funmi Fadoju showed off her quick reaction skills with two stunning interceptions against South Africa in the netball Quad Series.

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Funmi Fadoju showed off her quick reaction skills with two stunning interceptions against South Africa in the netball Quad Series.

Funmi Fadoju showed off her quick reaction skills with two stunning interceptions against South Africa in the netball Quad Series.

Her brilliance was on show against South Africa as a series of turnovers helped England to victory.

“There’s no ignoring Funmi Fadoju,” Thirlby said. “If there’s anyone to give a little bit more credit to, I think it’s Funmi today.

“She really picks her moments, with such maturity, to sense that intuition when in the game we need it the most.

“I just think her contribution was excellent, but those around her really allow her to flourish.”

Fadoju reflects on England's win over South Africa in the Quad Series third place playoff and praises teammate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

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Fadoju reflects on England’s win over South Africa in the Quad Series third place playoff and praises teammate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

Fadoju reflects on England’s win over South Africa in the Quad Series third place playoff and praises teammate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

Former England player Pamela Cookey agreed with Thirlby’s assessment that the Roses have found the ideal setup to allow Fadoju to thrive.

“This was the defensive team that we know and love,” Cookey said on Sky Sports.

“That support that Fadoju had from Geva (Mentor) at the back allows her to go and play out the front – she had Jade (Clarke) at centre and Layla (Guscoth) at wing defence.

“That combination is safe, it’s tried, it’s tested and we’ve seen them get so much ball, so once you put that on there, she can then fly.”

How can England prepare for the World Cup? Tamsin Greenway and Pamela Cookey discuss ahead of England and South Africa in the semi-final in the Quad series.

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How can England prepare for the World Cup? Tamsin Greenway and Pamela Cookey discuss ahead of England and South Africa in the semi-final in the Quad series.

How can England prepare for the World Cup? Tamsin Greenway and Pamela Cookey discuss ahead of England and South Africa in the semi-final in the Quad series.

Former Roses player Tamsin Greenaway was also wowed by Fadoju’s performance, but expressed concern over England’s deficiencies in attack.

“Defensively, they were brilliant,” Fadoju said. “I can’t fault it all through the court, they are doing such a good job.

“But attack was static at times, the highest quarter was a 13-goal quarter. Even if that last quarter where Funmi got us about seven balls, we still only put 13 on the board.

“We’re going to have to look it and adjust. I think playing the strongest line-up just helps you get a good run.

“Defensively brilliant, and just wrap Funmi in cotton wool (until the World Cup).”



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India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Highlights: India Edge Past Sri Lanka In Thriller After Shivam Mavi Heroics | Cricket News

IND vs SL Live, 1st T20I Match: India take 1-0 lead over Sri Lanka© AFP

IND vs SL, 1st T20I, Highlights:Powerful knock from Deepak Hooda, followed by a four-wicket haul from the debutant Shivam Mavi, guided Team India to victory by 2 runs against Sri Lanka in the first T20I match, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Asked to bat first, Team India lost some wickets initially before Hooda (41*) and Axar Patel (31*) took Team India to a total of 162/5 in 20 overs. Chasing 163, Sri Lanka kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but Chamika Karunaratne played an unbeaten innings of 23 runs. However, the visitors fell short of 2 runs as they were bundled out at 160 in the last-ball thriller. Apart from, Dasun Shanaka smashed 45 runs. For India, Umran Malik and Harshal Patel scalped two wickets each. Team India take 1-0 lead in the two-match series. (SCORECARD)

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka

India (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan(w), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal

Here are the Highlights of the 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai:

  • 22:43 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka: India win by 2 runs

    India win the first T20I match by 2 runs after Chamika Karunaratne takes a single before Dilshan Madushanka gets run out on the last ball. Shivam Mavi becomes the star of the night as the debutant takes four wickets while Umran Malik takes two wickets. Team India takes 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

  • 22:39 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!! India removes Rajitha as he gets run out for 5 by Axar Patel. Sri Lanka need 4 runs off 1 ball to win.

  • 22:38 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!!! Karunaratne hits another six on Axar Patel as Sri Lanka now need 5 runs off 3 balls. What a nail-biting thriller this is. Karunaratne holds his nerves as he aims to takes his side across the line.

    SL 158/8 (19.3 overs)

  • 22:34 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    Chamika Karunaratne keeps Sri Lanka in the game with a massive six on Harshal Patel’s delivery. He plays shot towards the deep mid-wicket as the balls goes sailing over the fence. Sri Lanka need 13 off the last over as Axar Patel comes to bowl.

    IND 150/8 (19 overs)

  • 22:25 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Shivam Mavi dismisses Maheesh Theekshana for 4. Suryakumar Yadav takes a simple catch as Sri Lanka lose their eighth wicket in the chase. What a dream debut for Mavi as he gets his fourth wicket.

    SL 132/8 (17.4 overs)

  • 22:19 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Umran Malik strikes again and gives Team India a big relief. the Jammu and Kashmir pacer removes the strong batter Dasun Shanaka for 45 as Sri Lanka lose their seventh wicket in the chase. Shanaka plays a big shot but Yuzvendra Chahal takes a brilliant catch.

    SL 129/7 (16.4 overs)

  • 22:16 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!!! What a beauty from Shanaka. He thrashes Umran Malik with a massive six as the visitors aim to clinch the victory. He places the shot over the deep square leg as the ball goes sailing over the fence. Sri Lanka need 34 from 22 balls to win.

    SL 129/6 (16.2 overs)

  • 22:12 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Dasun Shanaka keeps the carnage on as he hits another boundary on Harshal Patel’s delivery. He places a shot between the mid-wicket and the long-on as the ball comfortably goes across the ropes and gives four runs to Sri Lanka.

    SL 123/6 (16 overs)

  • 22:06 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Shivam Mavi on fire!!! The debutant takes his third wicket as he removes Wanindu Hasaranga for 21. Hasaranga tries to play a big shot but Hardik Pandya takes a brilliant catch to dismiss the all-rounder. Sri Lanka lose their 6 wicket in the chase.

    SL 108/6 (14.3 overs)

  • 21:59 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: Back-to-back sixes

    Wanindu Hasranga opens his arms and smashes two back-to-back sixes on Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery. The first one comes after Hasaranga unleashes a powerful shot on a very slow delivery. While the other one comes after he sweeps it over the mid-wicket and ball goes straight into the crowd.

    SL 107/5 (14 overs)

  • 21:57 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Wanindu Hasaranga joins the party and hits a perfect boundary on Umran Malik’s delivery. Hasaranga makes the use of the pace and and steals a four.

    SL 90/5 (13 overs)

  • 21:51 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!!! What a shot from Dasun Shanaka. The skipper keeps the hope alive for the visitors as he hits a massive six on Axar Patel’s delivery. The correctly slots the ball and sends it straight towards the sightscreen to get a maximum. Sri Lanka still fighting despite losing five wickets in the chase.

    SL 80/5 (11.4 overs)

  • 21:49 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya picks up an injury

    After taking a brilliant catch to dismiss Bhanuka Rajapaksa, skipper Hardik Pandya complains of a hamstring pull and goes off the field. In his place , vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav holds the responsibility to leading Team India in the rest of the match.

    SL 68/5 (11 overs)

  • 21:46 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Harshal Patel strikes again as provides Team India with another wicket. He removes Bhanuka Rajapaksa for 10 after skipper Hardik Pandya takes a brilliant catch. Sri Lanka lose their fifth wicket in the chase.

    SL 68/5 (10.4 overs)

  • 21:40 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Dasun Shanaka keeps the hope alive for Sri Lanka with a brilliant boundary on Axar Patel’s delivery. Shanaka hits it with a thick edge and sends the ball across the boundary line to get four runs.

    SL 66/4 (10 overs)

  • 21:35 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Harshal Patel gives Team India another breakthrough as he removes the impactful batter Kusal Mendis for 28. Mendis, who welcomed Harshal with a four just a delivery ago, plays a big shot but Samson takes a brilliant catch on the boundary line. Sri Lanka in deep trouble as Team India takes a sigh of relief.

    SL 51/4 (8.2 overs)

  • 21:29 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!!! What a beauty from Ishan Kishan! Charith Asalanka tries to play big shot on Umran Malik’s delivery. However, Ishan Kishan makes a tremendous effort and takes a brilliant catch at the fine leg. Big blow for Sri Lanka as Team India successfully break the budding partnership between Asalanka and Mendis.

    SL 47/3 (7.5 overs)

  • 21:24 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!! Charith Asalanka hits a massive six on Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery. He brilliantly tosses it up and sends the ball straight into crowd. Asalanka and Mendis anchor the innings for Sri Lanka as they aim to chase down the target of 163.

    SL 42/2 (6.2 overs)

  • 21:20 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Kusal Mendis welcomes Umran Malik with a massive boundary. Mendis smartly makes the use of Umran’s pace and and steals four runs through the mid wicket.

    SL 30/2 (5.1 overs)

  • 21:17 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Charith Asalanka gets off the mark in style as he hits a boundary on Hardik Pandya’s delivery. Asalanka lofts the shot towards the deep mid-wicket and gets a four runs. Asalanka and Mendis aim to take Sri Lanka to victory after the initial fall of wickets.

    SL 29/2 (5 overs)

  • 21:11 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Shivam Mavi strikes again and removes Dhanajaya de Silva for 8. After getting hit for two back-to-back boundaries, Mavi redeems himself with a brilliant wicket. De Silva tries to play a big shot but Samson takes a beautiful catch on the mid-on. Sri Lanka lose their second wicket.

    SL 24/2 (4 overs)

  • 21:09 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: Back-to-back fours

    Dhanajaya de Silva joins the party and hits back-to-back boundaries on Shivam Mavi’s delivery. Mavi bowls on the wrong line as de Silva takes the full advantage and sweeps a shot towards the fine leg and gets four run. Later, he hits a cracking shot and gets a four on the long-on.

    SL 24/1 (3.4 overs)

  • 21:05 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Kusal Mendis continues the carnage as hits another boundary on Hardik Pandya’s delivery. He places the shot towards the mid-wicket and steals four runs. Sri Lanka look steady despite an early wicket.

    SL 16/1 (2.5 overs)

  • 21:00 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! What a dream debut for Shivam Mavi as he provides Team India with a massive breakthrough . He bowls out Pathum Nissanka for 1 as Sri Lanka lose their first wicket in the chase of 163 runs. Brilliant piece of bowling from the youngster.

    SL 12/1 (1.5 overs)

  • 20:58 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: Back-to-back fours

    Kusal Mendis makes a brilliant start as he hits two back-to-back boundaries on Shivam Mavi’s delivery. Mendis lofts the shot over the mid-on as the ball goes across the boundary line. While, the second one comes after he hits the shot through the extra covers.

    SL 11/0 (1.3 overs)

  • 20:53 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: Nissanka dropped by Samson

    What a chance for Team India! Pathum Nissanka plays a straight shot on Hardik Pandya’s delivery and Sanju Samson dives in the air to take a catch. However, he misses out on the opportunity as Nissanka gets dropped on 0.

    SL 1/0 (0.2 overs)

  • 20:51 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka: We are back underway

    Hello and welcome back to our live coverage of the 1st T20I match between India and Sri Lanka. The visitors are chasing 163 with Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis opening the batting. Meanwhile, India skipper Hardik Pandya opens the bowling attack.

  • 20:40 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: India 162/5 in 20 overs

    Depak Hooda (41*) and Axar Patel (31*) anchor the innings for Team India as they took the team’s total at 162/5 in 20 overs. Apart from them, Ishan Kishan smashed 37 runs. For Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga registers the figures of 1/22. Sri Lanka need 163 runs from 120 balls to win.

  • 20:38 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!!! Deepak Hooda hits a massive six on Kasun Rajitha’s delivery as Team India cross the 150-run mark. Hooda slots the shot straight down the ground as the ball goes sailing over the fence. beautiful shot from hooda.

    IND 157/5 (19.3 overs)

  • 20:36 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Axar Patel continues the carnage as he hits a brilliant boundary on Dilshan Madushanka’s delivery. He lofts a shot over the extra cover as he gets a one-bounce four.

    IND 149/5 (19 overs)

  • 20:34 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!!! Axar Patel gives a strong stand to Deepak Hooda as he hits a massive six on Dilshan Madushanka’s delivery. He flicks a brilliant shot towards the leg-side and as the ball goes sailing over the fence. Team India get back on track after the initial fall of wickets.

    IND 145/5 (18.4 overs)

  • 20:27 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!!! Deepak Hooda continues the carnage as he hits another maximum on Wanindu Hasarang’s delivery. He plays the shot over the deep mid-wicket and sends the ball straight into the crowd. What a shot from Hooda as Team India crosses the 125-run mark.

    IND 128/5 (17 overs)

  • 20:24 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: Back-to-back sixes

    Deepak Hooda unleashes his fury on Maheesh Theekshana as he smashes two back-to-back sixes. Hooda drags the shot brilliantly sends the ball into the deep mid-wicket stands. While the other one comes after he leans forward and beautifully flicks the shot. Team India look for revival after the sudden loss of wickets.

    IND 118/5 (16 overs)

  • 20:19 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: India cross 100-run mark

    Axar Patel enters with a brilliant boundary on Dilshan Madushanka’s delivery. With this, Team India cross the 100-run mark with Axar (6*) and Deepak Hooda (6*) standing unbeaten at the crease.

    IND 101/5 (15 overs)

  • 20:15 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Dilshan Madushanka gives another breakthrough to Sri Lanka as he removes India skipper Hardik Pandya for 29. Hardik tries to play defensive shot but Kusal Mendis takes a brilliant catch behind the stumps. India in deep trouble as they lose their fifth wicket.

    IND 94/5 (14.1 overs)

  • 20:03 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Hardik Pandya stands strong for Team India as he hits another boundary on Chamika Karunaratne’s delivery. He brilliantly places a shot towards the fine leg and steals four runs to bring his side back in the game after a regular fall of wickets.

    IND 83/4 (11.3 overs)

  • 19:58 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: OUT

    OUT!!! Hasaranga catches the impactful player as he removes Ishan Kishan for 37. Ishan tries to play a big shot but Dhananjaya de Silva takes a brilliant catch on the boundary. India lose a very big wicket and go 4 down.

    IND 77/3 (10.3 overs)

  • 19:54 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    Ishan Kishan stands powerful as hits another boundary on Kasun Rajitha’s delivery. Ishan comes forward and plays a shot towards the extra cover as every fielder fails to stop the ball from going through the boundary line.

    IND 75/3 (10 overs)

  • 19:51 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: SIX

    SIX!!! Ishan Kishan stands strong for Team India as he hits a massive six on Kasun Rajitha’s delivery. He plays a brilliant shot full and wide outside off as the ball goes straight into the crowd. Good shot from the wicketkeeper-batter.

    IND 70/3 (9.1 overs)

  • 19:48 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka, Live: FOUR

    What a shot!!! Hardik plays a powerful shot on Wanindu Hasaranga’s delivery and steals a boundary. He places a shot straight down the ground as every fielder fails to stop the ball from crossing the boundary rope. Big sigh of relief for the hosts.

    IND 63/3 (8.1 overs)

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“Didn’t they know that they were going to Australia for T20 World Cup?” – Salman Butt reckons sacked Indian selectors paid price for poor thought process 


Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has opined that the Chetan Sharma-led Indian selection committee paid the price for picking a poor team for the T20 World Cup 2022, not keeping the conditions in mind. Pointing to the absence of a genuine fast bowler, he stated that the Men in Blue suffered due to a lack of resources at their disposal.

On Friday, November 18, the BCCI sacked the entire selection committee led by Sharma, just days after India’s 10-wicket loss to England in the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final in Adelaide.

Apart from former pacer Sharma, the selection committee comprised Sunil Joshi (South Zone), Harvinder Singh (Central Zone), and Debashish Mohanty (East Zone). The BCCI has invited applications for new selectors and has set a November 28 deadline for the same.

While some feel the selection committee was made a scapegoat for Team India’s poor performance in the ICC event Down Under, Butt did not agree with the observation. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he stated:

“Yes, at times, in a culture like sub-continent, you have to show that you have sacrificed something. Some people might feel they (selectors) have been made scapegoats. But I don’t feel so. Why were fast bowlers not picked, keeping Australian conditions in mind?

“What was the reason behind not having an out-and-out fast bowler in the team? Didn’t they know that they were going to Australia for the T20 World Cup and were going to play a match in Perth?.”

India lost only one match during the Super 12 stage, going down to South Africa on a pacy surface in Perth. However, they ended up being hammered by 10 wickets in the second semi-final against the Englishmen in Adelaide.


“India did not have any venom in their bowling” – Salman Butt on Men in Blue’s semi-final loss

Reflecting on Team India’s insipid bowling performance in the semi-final contest, Butt again observed that the Men in Blue missed genuine pace. He elaborated:

“When you go to Australia, if you have an out-and-out quick bowler, he will be effective on all the grounds there. India did not have any venom in their bowling that could pose a threat to the opposition in Adelaide. Selectors have to be answerable for that.”

Defending a total of 168, India could not pick up a single wicket in the semi-final against England as the chasing side raced to victory in 16 overs.

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In the 1930s, these women brought hope and rivalry back to Australia’s oldest sporting relationship


Thousands of spectators, a six-week boat voyage and baggy skorts marked the start of women’s international test cricket as we know it.

Australia in the 1930s was in the grip of the Great Depression, and a controversial bowling technique in the men’s Ashes, known as the “bodyline series”, saw sporting relations between Australia and England plummet to an all-time low.

“Australia was dealing with trade tariff protections, they borrowed a lot of money from England during the Depression and a lot of people were saying, ‘Well, let’s not pay that back,’ said author Marion Stell.

So, when a group of women from all walks of life in Australia was asked to play in the inaugural Test cricket series against England in the summer of 1934, they brought hope of mending the fractured relationship.

Marion Stell says the 1930s was a strong time for women in sport.(Supplied: National Museum of Australia)

It’s a legacy Dr Stell, from Toowoomba in southern Queensland, unearthed 30 years ago when she began research for her book The Bodyline Fix and tracked down members of the founding team.

“A lot of women, a lot of factory women, a lot of professional women were playing it [cricket],” Dr Stell said.

“The 1930s was a very strong period in sport for women, most of the team sports got established, the national team organisations got established.

“I think there were more than a million women in Australia playing sport.”

Dr Stell said by the time the inaugural series began, women’s cricket in Australia had been booming for decades, since the first official game recorded in 1855 in Bendigo, Victoria.

Lost in history

Sir Donald “The Don” Bradman is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time, but less attention has been paid to his talented mother, Emily Whatman.

In the 1890s, Ms Whatman played in a strong intercolonial cricket competition between the main states.

“We tend to know the story of Bradman hitting the golf ball with the stump against the family water tank,” Dr Stell said.

“But in fact, his mother, Emily Whatman, bowled to him her left-arm seamers every afternoon after school.”

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Women gearing up for the game.(Supplied: National Museum of Australia)

It was the formation of the Australian Women’s Cricket Council in 1931 that cemented the sport and established a large interstate competition that proved very popular.

“They would have thousands of spectators at them, and the men would come along, and they’d have their own heroines, and they’d bet on the game,” Dr Stell said.

But test matches against England remained the priority, and when the English players arrived in Brisbane in the summer of 1934, the six-week boat trip and their larger nationwide competition proved an advantage for the visitors.

Australia failed to win a game, but then returned the favour during the tour of England in 1937, when Australia won its first five games in a row.

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When the Australian team travelled to England in 1937, they won five games in a row. (Supplied: National Museum of Australia)

Despite the success and growth of the women’s game, it ground to a halt during World War II.

England’s tour of Australia in 1939/40 was cancelled, and it wasn’t until 1948 that they returned.

“[After World War II], women were asked to go back to the home, away from employment and back into childbearing and so we reverted back to the position of women that we traditionally know from those times,” Dr Stell said.

“What you gain in one generation, you don’t necessarily hold onto the next.”

A game of growth

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Grace Harris says the women’s game has come a long way. (ABC Southern Queensland: Anthea Moodie)

When Brisbane Heat and Australian representative Grace Harris reflects on the history of her beloved sport, she can’t help but laugh.

Standing among a group of young girls who eagerly wait for her signature after a game at a packed Allan Border oval, she knows women’s cricket has come a long way.

“It’s great to see the young kids that are coming through that can honestly say that if they want to be a professional cricketer then they have the opportunity to become one,” Ms Harris said.

“If I think back to even just playing when I was 17, someone won player of the match and she won an iron.

“I couldn’t imagine playing at a high performance level in some of the outfits that I’ve seen.”



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