Chinese premier lands in Australia on first such visit in 7 years

China’s Premier Li Qiang waves as he arrives at Adelaide Airport on June 15, 2024, in Adelaide, Australia.
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Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrived in Australia on June 15 on a relations-mending mission with panda diplomacy, rock lobsters and China’s global dominance in the critical minerals sector high on the agenda.

His visit is the first by a Chinese premier in seven years and is expected to pave the way for President Xi Jinping’s first journey to Australia since 2014.

This is the second leg of Mr. Li’s tour after New Zealand, and will end in Malaysia.

Premier Li’s optimistic agenda

Before leaving New Zealand, Mr. Li told an audience in Auckland on June 15 that his country was committed to creating a first-class business environment and supporting foreign enterprises to develop in China, according to Chinese state media.

Mr. Li said there was vast potential for China and New Zealand to collaborate in areas such as green development and that Beijing welcomed New Zealand enterprises, such as dairy company Fonterra, that seized such opportunities, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

During the Australian leg of his travels which ends on June 18, China’s most powerful politician after President Xi is expected to visit Adelaide Zoo in the South Australia State capital where his Air China flight landed from Auckland.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and South Australia Premier Peter Malinauskas greeted Mr. Li on the Adelaide Airport tarmac.

Mr. Li will also visit a Chinese-controlled lithium processing plant in the Kwinana Beach industrial estate in Western Australia State, as well as Australia’s Parliament House in the national capital Canberra.

Resetting bilateral relations

China initiated a reset of the bilateral relationship after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s centre-left Labor Party was elected in 2022.

The relationship collapsed during the previous conservative administration’s almost decade in power over legislation that banned covert foreign interference in Australian politics, the exclusion of Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the national 5G network due to security concerns, and Australia’s call for an independent investigation into the causes of and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beijing imposed an array of official and unofficial trade blocks in 2020 on a range of Australian exports including coal, wine, barley and wood that cost up to A$20 billion ($13 billion) a year.

All the trade bans have now been lifted except for Australian live lobster exports. Trade Minister Don Farrell predicted that impediment would also be lifted soon after Mr. Li’s visit with Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao.

“I’d be very confident that the visit this week will result in a very successful outcome for lobster producers,” Mr. Farrell told reporters on June 12.

Economic and security concerns

Many observers expect Australia will be more cautious about its future economic relationship with China after being subjected to what many see as economic coercion in recent years.

Australian National University’s China expert Benjamin Herscovitch describes an “emerging expectations gap” between Beijing and Canberra.

“Beijing, now that the coercion campaign is over, wants to … turn the page and launch into a more expansive, more positive, more cooperative bilateral relationship,” Mr. Herscovitch said.

“Canberra’s saying: Look. Hold on. We want the trade restrictions gone and we want high-level diplomacy restored. But we’re not interested in deeper science and technology cooperation with China because we see that potentially from an Australian point of view as a security threat,” Mr. Herscovitch added.

Mr. Li intends to visit Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia’s processing plant south of the Western Australia capital Perth on June 18 to underscore China’s interest in investing in critical minerals, news media have reported. The plant produces battery-grade lithium hydroxide for electric vehicles.

Australia shares the United States’ concerns over China’s dominance in the critical minerals, which are essential components in the world’s transition to renewable energy sources.

Citing Australia’s national interests, Treasurer Jim Chalmers recently ordered five Chinese-linked companies to divest their shares in the rare earth mining company, Northern Minerals.

Less controversially, Mr. Li is expected to make a visit Adelaide Zoo on June 16, which has been the home of China-born giant pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni since 2009.

The Adelaide Advertiser newspaper has reported Mr. Li will announce the pandas will be replaced by another breeding pair after they return to China in November.

While the bilateral economic relationship is recovering from plumbing new lows in recent years, the security relationship between the two free trading partners appears more tense.

An annual poll by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute foreign policy think tank released in June found 53% of Australian respondents saw China as more of a security threat than an economic partner.

Mr. Albanese has said he will raise with Mr. Li during an annual leaders’ meeting on June 17 recent clashes between the two countries’ militaries in the South China Sea and Yellow Sea which Australia argues endangered Australian personnel.

Other diplomatic engagements

The premier spent three days in New Zealand, a free trade partner with which China has enjoyed a more harmonious relationship than it has with Australia. Mr. Li described China and New Zealand as “good friends.” His next stop will be Malaysia, where bilateral relations are further complicated by competing territorial claims in the South China Sea.

New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon told Mr.Li on June 15 : “China is one of New Zealand’s most important and consequential relationships.”

Mr. Li used the trip to express concerns at New Zealand’s contemplation of joining a military technology-sharing arrangement under Australia’s AUKUS pact with the United States and Britain. The pact’s primary aim is to provide Australia with a fleet of submarines powered by U.S. nuclear technology.

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Queer Sporting Alliance boosting gender diversity in sport

In March this year, the Queer Sporting Alliance (QSA) took out the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award at the Victorian Pride Awards.

The QSA is Australia and New Zealand’s largest LGBTIQA+ sporting club, and the award recognises its ongoing efforts to provide queer-friendly sporting environments and events.

They have included Australia’s first and largest queer basketball tournament, which featured more than 180 players from around Australia and took place on Wurundjeri Country in the northern suburbs of Naarm/Melbourne in January 2024.

The QSA’s focus is on participation and creating a space for those who have previously been excluded from sport.

The QSA focuses on creating safe spaces for those who have previously been excluded from sport. (Supplied: Kirsty Marshall)

Some participants had not played basketball in many years before the tournament, and for some it was their first time stepping onto a court.

The tournament, and all QSA programs, welcome queer folk as well as straight allies.

“It was like Mardi Gras but for gays who love sport,” participant Jethro Athlas said.

“It was my dream come true.”

QSA president Stella Lesic said the tournament was significant because it ensured players of any gender identity could participate.

Queer Sporting Alliance President Stella Lesic defends the basketball

Queer Sporting Alliance president Stella Lesic said the tournament did not require players to out themselves.(Supplied: Monique Clarke)

“The tournament didn’t require any player to out themselves [unless they wanted to] or have a referee assume their gender for the purpose of applying mixed/gendered basketball rules,” they said.

“Particularly for players taking steps to gender affirmation or who have experienced transphobia in sport, our tournament and the QLeague are game-changing.

“For the first time in basketball’s history, players could just play.”

Associate professor Ada Cheung is a clinician, scientist and endocrinologist specialising in the treatment of transgender individuals and sees the benefits the QSA brings to the community.

“What QSA does is beneficial, not just for queer people, but for everybody,” she says.

“[At] the grassroots level, there needs to be much more of a focus on participation [for gender diverse people].”

Woman with short hair wearing a red shirt and black jacket, sitting in an office.

Ada Cheung says there should be more focus on the participation of gender diverse people in sport. (ABC News)

Bringing queer people back to basketball

Athlas started basketball at 11 years old and played until they came out as non-binary at 23.

“I felt I couldn’t show up as me with the binary rules of a regular competition and I didn’t have many other queer friends at the time to make a team that felt safe,” they said.

Fellow tournament participant Leigh Seelie had a similar story of dropping out of sport after coming out as trans.

“I played on and off during my adulthood and stopped around four years ago as I started to transition,” she said.

“I did not feel that the captain of my team would accept me as they had made a number of transphobic posts on Facebook.

“I did not find a new team as I was concerned about how people would react to me playing and I did not want to be spotlighted.

“When the [QSA] tournament came up, I was very excited to play … It felt like a great opportunity to play a sport I loved again.”

The referee awards a four point shot in the QSA basketball tournament

Many QSA tournament participants have similar stories of dropping out of mainstream sport. (Supplied: Kirsty Marshall)

While at first Seelie felt “overwhelmed” about playing in the tournament after time away from the game, she said her team made her feel very welcome.

“I felt a huge amount of joy just being able to be me and play a game I loved,” she said.

With more than 1,000 members registered around Australia, the QSA has also seen an influx of straight, cisgender men and women joining the club.

“QLeague is a joy,” QSA regular and ally Greg Craske said.

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Sydney, Auckland are first major cities to kick off 2024 New Year’s celebrations

Sydney and Auckland have become the world’s first major cities to ring in 2024, with more than a million revelers cheering spectacular fireworks displays that lit up the skies over Sydney Harbor and New Zealand’s tallest structure, Sky Tower.

As the clock struck midnight in Australia‘s largest city, tons of explosives erupted in a 12-minute display that focused on the Sydney Harbor Bridge. More than 1 million people, a number equivalent to one in five of the city’s residents, watched from the shore and from boats in the harbor.

“It’s total madness,” said German tourist Janna Thomas, who had waited in line since 7:30 a.m. to secure a prime waterfront location in the Sydney Botanic Garden. “It’s not so easy to find a good place to sit, but the view is incredible.”

In Auckland, the light rain that fell all day had cleared as forecast by midnight over the city of 1.7 million people before the countdown began on an illuminated digital display near the top of the 328-meter (1,076-foot) communications and observation tower.

The ongoing wars in Ukraine and Gaza, and heightened tensions in parts of the world, are affecting this year’s New Year‘s Eve celebrations in a myriad of ways. Many cities were deploying extra security, and some places canceled New Year’s Eve events altogether.

More police than ever were deployed throughout Sydney. The waterfront has been the scene of heated pro-Palestinian protests after the sails of the Sydney Opera House were illuminated in the colors of the Israeli flag in response to the Oct. 7 attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas that triggered the war.

Eight tonnes of fireworks launched in Sydney to celebrate the New Year


At the Vatican, Pope Francis recalled 2023 as a year marked by wartime suffering. During his traditional Sunday blessing from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, he offered prayers for “the tormented Ukrainian people and the Palestinian and Israeli populations, the Sudanese people and many others.”

“At the end of the year, we will have the courage to ask ourselves how many human lives have been shattered by armed conflict, how many dead and how much destruction, how much suffering, how much poverty,” the pontiff said. “Whoever has interest in these conflicts, listen to the voice of conscience.”

In New York City, officials and party organizers said they were prepared to ensure the safety of tens of thousands of revelers expected to flood Times Square in the heart of midtown Manhattan.

Mayor Eric Adams said there were “no specific threats” to the annual New Year’s Eve bash, which was set to feature live performances from Flo Rida, Megan Thee Stallion and LL Cool J, as well as televised appearances from Cardi B and others. Organizers said in-person attendance was expected to return to pre-COVID levels, even as foot traffic around Times Square remains down slightly since the pandemic.

Amid near-daily protests sparked by the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, New York City police said they would expand the security perimeter around the party, creating a “buffer zone” that would allow them to head off potential demonstrations.

Officials also planned to monitor any protests with drones, the mayor said.

“We will be out here with our canines, on horseback, our helicopters, our boats,” Adams said. “But as we saw last year, after having no specific threats, we get a threat.”

During last year’s New Year’s Eve party, a machete-wielding man attacked three police officers a few blocks from Times Square.

Paris celebrations to highlight 2024 Olympics

Security also will also be heightened across European cities on Sunday.

In France, 90,000 law enforcement officers were set to be deployed, domestic intelligence chief Céline Berthon said Friday.

Of those, 6,000 will be in Paris, where French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said over 1.5 million people are expected to attend celebrations on the Champs-Elysees.

Darmanin cited a “very high terrorist threat” because, in part, of “what is happening in Israel and Palestine,” referring to the Israel-Hamas war.

Darmanin said that police for the first time will be able to use drones as part of security work and that tens of thousands of firefighters and 5,000 soldiers would also be deployed.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in the French capital will center on the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, including DJ sets, fireworks and video projections on the Arc de Triomphe, highlighting “changes in the city and faces of the Games,” according to the press service of the City of Paris. Other planned events include “the largest Mexican wave ever performed” and a “giant karaoke.”

New Year celebrations a ‘test’ for Paris ahead of 2024 Summer Olympics


The security challenge ahead of the Olympics was highlighted when a tourist was killed in a knife attack near the Eiffel Tower on Dec. 2. Large-scale attacks — such as that at the Bataclan in 2015, when Islamic extremists invaded the music hall and shot up cafe terraces, killing 130 people — also loom large.

In Berlin, some 4,500 police officers are expected to keep order and avoid riots like a year ago. Police in the German capital issued a ban on the traditional use of fire crackers for several streets across the city. They also banned a pro-Palestinian protest in the Neukoelln neighborhood of the city, which has seen several pro-Palestinian riots since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas.

In Russia, the country’s military actions in Ukraine have overshadowed end-of-year celebrations, with the usual fireworks and concert on Moscow’s Red Square canceled, as last year.

After shelling in the center of the Russian border city of Belgorod Saturday killed 24 people, some local authorities across Russia also canceled their usual firework displays, including in Vladivostok. Millions throughout Russia are expected to tune into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New Year’s address.

In Muslim-majority Pakistan, the government has banned all New Year’s Eve celebrations as an act of solidarity with the Palestinians.

In an overnight televised message, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar urged Pakistanis to “show solidarity with the oppressed people of Gaza” by beginning the new year with simplicity.

Kakar said Muslims across the world were saddened over Israel’s attacks on Gaza that resulted in the killings of thousands of innocent people.

(AP)

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New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I: Preview, Fantasy Picks, Pitch And Weather Reports | Cricket News

New Zealand will face Bangladesh in the 3rd T20I of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand, 3 T20I Series 2023 on Sunday, December 31 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. The match will start at 5:30 AM IST. New Zealand and Bangladesh have played 2 matches in the series, with Bangladesh winning 1 game while the other match was abandoned due to rain. In their previous encounter in this series, Mahedi Hasan was the Man of the Match and James Neesham scored the highest fantasy points for New Zealand with 103 match fantasy points while Mahedi Hasan topped the fantasy points leaderboard for Bangladesh with 98 match fantasy points.

The last match between New Zealand and Bangladesh was abandoned.

NZ vs BAN, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Pitch Report
The pitch at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui is a balanced track. The average 1st innings score at this venue in the last 20 matches is 161 runs. The team batting first at this venue has won 55 per cent of its matches, so the toss does not make much of a difference here. The team winning the toss may decide to bat or bowl depending on the ground conditions.

Pace or Spin?

The venue is suited for both Pacers and Spinners alike.

Weather Report for Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Temperature will hover around 22 degrees Celsius and humidity is expected to be around 81 per cent. Winds at a speed of 4.64 m/s are expected. Cloud cover is expected, so expect some movement to aid the pace bowlers. Light rain is forecasted which may affect playing conditions.

NZ vs BAN Fantasy XI Prediction: Top Batter and Wicket-Keeper Picks

Tim Louis Seifert

Tim Seifert is a wicket-keeper and has an average of 41 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.6 and is a very consistent player in terms of fantasy points. He is a top-order opening batter, who bats right-handed and also keeps wickets. In the recently played 5 matches, this player has scored 0, 43, 48, 19, 39 runs averaging 29.8 per match.

Glenn Dominic Phillips

Glenn Phillips is a batter and has an average of 48 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.5 and is a fairly consistent player in terms of fantasy points. Glenn Phillips is a top-order right-handed batter. In the recently played 5 matches, he has scored 0, 42, 69, 22, 41 runs averaging 34.8 per match.

Najmul Hossain Shanto

Najmul Hossain Shanto can be a good pick for your Dream11 Team. This player has an average of 45 match fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 7.8. Najmul Hossain Shanto is a top-order left-handed batter. In the last 5 matches, he has scored 43 runs at an average of 8.6 per match.

NZ vs BAN Fantasy XI Prediction: Top Bowler Picks

Inderbir Singh Sodhi

Ish Sodhi is a Bowler and has an average of 41 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.4 and is a fairly consistent player in terms of fantasy points. This player is a leg-break bowler and in the recently played 4 matches Ish Sodhi has taken 0, 0, 2, 3, 2 wickets at an average of 1.4.

Timothy Grant Southee

Tim Southee is a bowler and has an average of 58 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 7.2 and is a fairly consistent player in terms of fantasy points. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and in the recently played 3 matches, this player has taken 3 wickets at an average of 0.6. Tim Southee has done very well against this opposition, taking 0, 1, 2, 2, 3 wickets in the recent matches.

Mohammad Rishad Hossain

Rishad Hossain is a bowler and has an average of 25 match fantasy points in the last 5 games, a fantasy rating of 6.6 and is a good player for your Fantasy Team. He bowls leg-break googly and in the recent 4 matches, this player has taken 1, 1, 0, 1, 0 wickets at an average of 0.6.9

NZ vs BAN Fantasy XI Prediction: Top All-Rounder Picks

Mitchell Josef Santner

Mitchell Santner is a safe bet for your Fantasy Team. Mitchell Santner has an average of 47 match fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 7.6. He is a left-handed batter. In the last 3 matches, this player has scored 23, 0, 9, 0, 0 runs averaging 6.4 per match. Mitchell Santner also bowls decently, bowling slow left-arm orthodox and in recent matches, has taken 0, 1, 0, 2, 3 wickets at an average of 1.2 per match.

Afif Hossain Dhrubo

Afif Hossain is a good player for your Dream11 Fantasy Team. He has an average of 38 match fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 7.5. This player is a top-order batter, who bats left-handed. In the recent 3 matches, Afif Hossain has scored 0, 1, 0, 20, 7 runs averaging 5.6 per match.

Rachin Ravindra

Rachin Ravindra can be a good pick for your Dream11 Team. He has an average of 37 match fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 7.4. This player is a top-order left-handed batter. In the recent 3 matches, Rachin Ravindra has scored 0, 17, 19, 0, 0 runs averaging 7.2 per match.

NZ vs BAN Fantasy XI Prediction: Top Captain and Vice-Captain Picks

Tim Louis Seifert

Tim Seifert is a very consistent player in terms of fantasy points. He has an average of 41 match fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 8.6. This player is a top-order opening right-handed batter and also keeps wickets. In the last 5 matches, Tim Seifert has scored 149 runs at an average of 29.8 per match.

Glenn Dominic Phillips

Glenn Phillips is a fairly consistent player in terms of fantasy points. He has an average of 48 match fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 8.5. This player is a top-order right-handed batter. In the recent 5 matches, Glenn Phillips has scored 174 runs averaging 34.8 per match.

Inderbir Singh Sodhi

Ish Sodhi is a bowler and has an average of 41 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.4 and is a good player for your Fantasy Team. He bowls leg-breaks and in the last 4 matches, this player has taken 0, 0, 2, 3, 2 wickets at an average of 1.4.

Mark Sinclair Chapman

Mark Chapman is a batter and has an average of 38 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.1 and can be a good pick for your Dream11 Team. Mark Chapman is a left-handed batter. In the last 5 matches, he has scored 93 runs at an average of 18.6 per match.

Najmul Hossain Shanto

Najmul Hossain Shanto is a fairly consistent player in terms of fantasy points. This player has an average of 45 match fantasy points in the last 10 games and a fantasy rating of 7.8. Najmul Hossain Shanto is a top-order batter, who bats left-handed. In the last 5 matches, he has scored 43 runs averaging 8.6 per match.

NZ vs BAN Fantasy XI team

Wicket-Keepers: Tim Seifert and Rony Talukdar

Batters: Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Finn Allen

All-Rounders: Afif Hossain and Rachin Ravindra

Bowlers: Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne and Hasan Mahmud

Captain: Tim Seifert

Vice-Captain: Mark Chapman

New Zealand vs Bangladesh head-to-head record in T20I

New Zealand and Bangladesh have battled against each other on 19 occasions in T20s. While New Zealand have won 14 matches, Bangladesh have emerged victorious in 4 instances.

The last 5 T20 contests have seen New Zealand win 3 times and Bangladesh on 1 occasion. The highest score in these 5 games is 208 by New Zealand whereas the lowest has been 72 by New Zealand.

New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I prediction

New Zealand are expected to win the next fixture as they have won three of the last 5 matches against Bangladesh.

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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live Score, Cricket World Cup 2023: Daryl Mitchell Solid As Three-Down New Zealand Cruise Towards Victory | Cricket News

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live Score Updates: Sri Lanka are struggling against New Zealand.© PTI

NZ vs SL, ODI World Cup 2023, Live Updates: Daryl Mitchell is solid in the crease as three-down New Zealand are cruising towards the 172-run target against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru. Devon Conway (45) and Rachin Ravindra (42) took New Zealand off to a solid start in the paltry chase. Earlier, Trent Boult took three wickets as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 171 after Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first. New Zealand always had an upper hand in the game as they kept on scalping wickets at regular intervals. For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera was the highest scorer with 51 runs. (Live Scorecard | Points Table)

Live Updates: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live | NZ vs SL, Straight from Bengaluru

  • 19:21 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT!

    Angelo Mathews has got the wicket of Kane Williamson. The New Zealand skipper played the ball on his stumps. New Zealand are three down but that won’t worry even a bit as they are almost there. They need only 42 runs to win.

    NZ 130/3 (18.2)

  • 19:14 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: SIX!

    New Zealand are in some sort of hurry to finish the game it seems! Daryl Mitchell comes down the track and hits the Maheesh Theekshana delivery over long-off for a six.

    NZ 124/2 (17.2)

  • 19:13 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: FOUR!

    16.4 – A strong shot from Kane Williamson on the off-side and New Zealand are now 56 runs away from a win over Sri Lanka.

    A total of 10 runs came off the first over of Angelo Mathews.

    NZ 118/2 (17)

  • 19:02 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: FOUR!

    Easy pickings for Daryl Mitchell. It was bowled on the pads from Maheesh Theekshana and Mitchell just flicked it away to wide of long-on for a four.

    NZ 103/2 (15)

  • 19:01 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: SIX!

    A six over the long-off from the bat of Daryl Mitchell. It was a powerful shot from the Kiwi star on the bowling of Dushmantha Chameera. New Zealand need 73 more to win.

    NZ 99/2 (14.4)

  • 18:57 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Another WICKET!

    A bit of motivation here for Sri Lanka. Maheesh Theekshana has dismissed Rachin Ravindra and New Zealand are now two down. Conway wanted to go over the extra cover fielder but he got a thick inside-edge on the delivery and Chameera took the catch at mid-wicket. Ravindra is gone for 45 off 42 balls.

    NZ 88/2 (13.3)

  • 18:48 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: WICKET!

    Devon Conway is gone at his score of 45 off 42 balls. Dushmantha Chameera gets the wicket for Sri Lanka and the side at least has something to celebrate. New Zealand need 86 runs more to win and they are still in command of this game.

    NZ 86/1 (12.2)

  • 18:36 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: A superb start for New Zealand!

    New Zealand openers Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway have taken the side off to a solid start in chase of a paltry target of 172 against Sri Lanka. New Zealand need 99 runs more to win with a required run rate of around 2.5 per over. It must be a cakewalk for them from here.

    NZ 73/0 (10)

  • 18:27 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: SIX

    SIX!!! Rachin Ravindra hits a six off Dhananjaya de Silva’s delivery. Ravindra plays a slogsweep over the deep mid-wicket as the ball goes sailing over the fence.

    NZ 58/0 (7.3 overs)

  • 18:21 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Devon Conway inches closer towards his half-century as he is dealing in boundaries. In the previous over of Dilshan Madushanka, he smashes two back-to-back fours as New Zealand are confidently approaching the target of 172. Conway is currently standing unbeaten at 34. 

    NZ 51/0 (7 overs)

  • 18:17 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: SIX

    SIX!!! Rachin Ravindra smashes a huge six off Dhananjaya de Silva’s delivery. Ravindra smashes it hard towards the extra cover as the ball lands straight into the crowd for a maximum. 

    NZ 40/0 (5.3 overs)

  • 18:14 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Devon Conway hit another boundary in the same over of Dilshan Madushanka. Conway plays a terrific down the ground shot as the fielder fails to stop it from going for a four. 

    NZ 32/0 (5 overs)

  • 18:11 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Devon Conway hits a boundary off Dilshan Madushanka’s delivery. The ball hits the top edge of the bat and dodges the wicketkeeper and goes past the boundary line for a four. 

    NZ 22/0 (4.2 overs)

  • 18:09 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: 2 runs off the over

    Maheesh Theekshana bowls an excellent over and gives a sigh of relief to Sri Lanka. In the previous over, he concedes only two runs as Sri Lanka eye some quick wickets. 

    NZ 18/0 (4 overs)

  • 18:04 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Good start for New Zealand

    Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway are standing steady for New Zealand in the chase. In the first over, the duo scores four runs, followed by eight runs in the next over. They aim to get some boundaries in the coming overs. 

    NZ 12/0 (2 overs)

  • 17:51 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: We are back

    Hello and welcome to the second innings of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. In the chase of 172, Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway have opened for New Zealand while Dilshan Madushanka will be bowling the first over for Sri Lanka. 

  • 17:24 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Sri Lanka 171 all out

    Sri Lanka got bundled out for 171 in 46.4 overs against New Zealand. For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera scored 51 while Maheesh Theekshana remained unbeaten at 39. For New Zealand, Trent Boult took three wickets while Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner took two wickets each. 

  • 17:07 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Good partnership for Sri Lanka!

    Maheesh Theekshana and Dilshan Madushanka have added 34 runs off 59 balls for the last wicket so far. This pair is frustrating the New Zeland bowlers. Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult, who all together took 7 wickets out of the 9, have already completed their quota of overs. 

    SL 162/9 (42)

  • 16:58 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Injury scare for Sri Lanka!

    A short ball from Lockie Ferguson hit Maheesh Theekshana on the arm. The play was halted for a bit of time but it has resumed now with Tim Southee bowling the 41st over.

    SL 155/9 (40)

  • 16:49 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: FOUR!

    A boundary comes after a long time for Sri Lanka. The Lockie Ferguson delivery had a good pace and Dilshan Madushanka just guided the short ball over the 30-yard circle for a four. The ball went over the backward point region for a four.

    SL 150/9 (37.4)

  • 16:43 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Sri Lanka continue to struggle!

    Maheesh Theekshana has been joined by Dilshan Madushanka, the last man to come out to bat, after the wicket of Dushmantha Chameera. New Zealand just need one good ball to wrap up the Sri Lankan innings.

    SL 144/9 (37)

  • 16:38 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT!

    32.1 – Sri Lanka are nine down. Rachin Ravindra dismissed Dushmantha Chameera and New Zealand are only one wicket away from bundling out Sri Lanka to a really low total.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Close call!

    A Trent Boult delivery hit the front pad of Maheesh Theekshana. Since the ball seemed to be going down the leg side prima facie, the umpire was unmoved on the LBW appeal. New Zealand went upstairs but ball tracker revealed that the umpire was right.

    SL 128/8 (32)

  • 16:11 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Sri Lanka need a big partnership!

    The onus is completely on lower-order batters Maheesh Theekshana and Dushmantha Chameera to keep the team going. On the other hand, New Zealand bowlers are bowling really tight and it won’t be a surprise if Sri Lanka fail to cross even 150. 

    SL 125/8 (29)

  • 15:51 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Lockie Ferguson has taken his second wicket of the day as he dismissed Chamika Karunaratne for 6. Chamika fails to judge the delivery as the ball hits the edge and wicketkeeper Tom Latham takes a catch behind the stumps. 

    SL 113/8 (23.3 overs)

  • 15:45 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Maiden over

    Lockie Ferguson bowls an excellent over and creates pressure on Sri Lanka batters. In the previous over, he bowls a maiden as New Zealand aim to end Sri Lanka’s innings at the earliest. 

    SL 112/7 (22 overs)

  • 15:36 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Mitchell Santner has taken his second wicket of the day as he dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva for 19. The ball hits the top edge and Daryl Mitchell takes a brilliant catch at the slip. Seventh wicket gone for Sri Lanka. 

    SL 105/7 (18.3 overs)

  • 15:22 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Mitchell Santner has taken his first wicket of the day as he dismissed Angelo Mathews for 16. Mathews tries to flick it for a boundary but ends up giving a catch to Daryl Mitchell. Sixth wicket gone for Sri Lanka. 

    SL 104/6 (16.4 overs)

  • 15:19 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: SIX

    SIX!!! Dhananjaya de Silva smashes a huge six off Tim Southee’s delivery. Dhananjaya simply lofts it over the fence as the ball lands straight into the crowd for a huge maximum. 

    SL 102/5 (16 overs)

  • 15:13 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: 4 runs off the over

    Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva are standing steady as five-down Sri Lanka rely on their partnership. In the previous over of Mitchell Santner, the duo scores four runs and aims for boundaries in the coming overs. 

    SL 95/5 (15 overs)

  • 15:08 (IST)

    New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Dhananjaya de Silva smashes a boundary off Lockie Ferguson’s delivery. Dhananjaya stays back and punches it away to leave deep third man as the ball comfortable goes across the boundary line for a four. 

    SL 90/5 (13.4 overs)

  • 14:59 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Angelo Mathews hits a boundary off Lockie Ferguson’s delivery. Mathews makes a good use of the short ball as he places it perfectly towards the fine leg and steals four runs. 

    SL 83/5 (11.3 overs)

  • 14:54 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Lockie Ferguson joins the party and takes his first wicket of the day in the form of Kusal Perera for 51. Perera smashes it hard but the ball goes up in the air as Mitchell Santner takes a stunning catch. Fifth wicket gone for Sri Lanka. 

    SL 70/5 (9.3 overs)

  • 14:52 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Trent Boult has taken his third wicket of the day as he dismissed Charith Asalanka for 8. Boult strikes directly onto the pads of Asalanka but the on-field umpire signals not out. Later, the DRS reviews shows that the wickets were hitting and Asalanka was declared LBW out. 

    SL 70/4 (8.2 overs)

  • 14:40 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Perera hits 50

    FOUR!!! Kusal Perera hits a boundary off Lockie Ferguson’s delivery and brings up his half-century in style. It is his 17th half-century in the ODI format and he brings it up in 22 balls. Terrific batting from Perera. 

    SL 70/3 (7.3 overs)

  • 14:36 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Perera nears 50

    Kusal Perera is standing like a strong wall for Sri Lanka as he is fearlessly smashing boundaries and inching closer towards his half-century. In the previous over of Tim Southeee, he smashed three boundaries and a six while in the next over of Trent Boult, he hit two boundaries. 

    SL 61/3 (7 overs)

  • 14:30 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Trent Boult have struck twice in the same over and this time he dismissed Sadeera Samarawickrama for 1. Sadeera fails to judge the delivery as the ball hits the edge and Daryl Mitchell takes a brilliant catch at the slip. Third wicket gone for Sri Lanka. 

    SL 32/3 (4.4 overs)

  • 14:23 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Trent Boult has provided New Zealand with their second wicket as he dismissed Kusal Mendis for 6. Mendis tries to smash it hard but fails to time the shot as the ball goes up in the air and lands into the hands of Rachin Ravindra at the third man. 

    SL 30/2 (4.1 overs)

  • 14:21 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: Perera on fire

    Kusal Perera completely changes the momentum of the game with his powerful hitting. In the previous over of Tim Southee, he smashes two boundaries and a six and the pacer leaks 15 runs. Terrific batting from Perera. 

    SL 30/1 (4 overs)

  • 14:18 (IST)

    NZ vs SL Live Score: 12 runs off the over

    Sri Lanka get a big over and Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera start dealing in boundaries. In the previous over of Trent Boult, the duo scores 12 runs, which include one boundary from both the batters. 

    SL 15/1 (3 overs)

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Cricket World Cup 2023: Semi-Final Qualification Scenario For All 10 Teams Explained | Cricket News

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has reached a critical juncture in the group stage, wherein teams have three games left to secure a berth in the semi-finals. A total of 9 teams are still in contention for one of the semi-final spots, with Bangladesh being the only one to be knocked out. No team, yet, has confirmed their progress or been knocked out of contention for the semis. Host nation India is in pole position to make the World Cup 2023 semi-finals as they are atop the standings with six wins in six matches. South Africa, who have won five of six games, along with New Zealand and Australia currently complete the top four.

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ICC World Cup 2023 semi-finals qualification scenarios
India

India, currently on 12 points, need only one more point to secure a semi-final berth in the World Cup 2023. A win or a tie or a no result in either of their final three games will be enough to ensure their progress as all other teams outside the current top four can only get to a maximum of 12 points.

India face Sri Lanka next at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 2. It is followed by South Africa on November 5 and their final group-stage match against the Netherlands on November 12.

In case India lose all three matches, an Afghanistan defeat in their next match will seal India’s semi-final berth.

South Africa

The Temba Bavuma-led South African team need three more points to guarantee a place in the semi-finals. However, they play top-four rivals New Zealand and India, followed by challengers Afghanistan in their final three group games.

Meanwhile, only one win could also be enough for the Proteas to make the knockouts, depending on the results of the teams currently placed between 5th and 10th positions on the points table.

New Zealand

New Zealand began the tournament with four wins on the bounce but lost to India and Australia thereafter. The Blackcaps will need at least two victories from their remaining three matches to advance into the semi-finals.

New Zealand will take on South Africa in Pune on November 1. A win for the Kiwis will help them strengthen their chances of making it to the next round while also potentially opening it to a three-way battle for the second spot in the points table.

On the other hand, the Blackcaps can also go through to the semis despite a defeat to the Proteas by beating Sri Lanka and Pakistan in their other two matches, which would also dent the qualification hopes for those two teams.

Australia

Australia are in a similar situation as their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand. Pat Cummins and Co. need two wins in three games to strengthen their chances of a spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-finals.

After defeats in their opening two games, Australia are on a four-match winning streak while boosting their net run rate after a 309-run success against the Netherlands. The five-time ODI World Cup winners will take on reigning champions England next.

A win against England will put them one win away from the next round. However, if they lose to the Three Lions, Australia can still progress with victories against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Two defeats, meanwhile, would not necessarily be the end of the road for Australia, courtesy of their net run rate. But they will have to depend on other results to advance to the semis.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan bolstered their chances of making the World Cup semi-finals for the first time after beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets on October 30. They can achieve a maximum of 12 points, considering they beat the Netherlands, Australia and South Africa.

However, Afghanistan will need either Australia or New Zealand to lose at least one match by a massive margin or lose two while winning all three of their upcoming encounters in the tournament to stand a chance of progressing to the next stage.

Sri Lanka

The 1996 World Cup champions Sri Lanka, too, are not mathematically ruled out of semi-final qualification in this edition. They currently have four points and with three matches to go, the Lankans can score a maximum of 10 points.

Firstly, Sri Lanka would need to win all their remaining three games, which includes beating two of the current top four teams, India and New Zealand. Sri Lanka will also need at least two of the five teams currently above them to not notch more than 10 points. They would also need to hope that those teams end up with an inferior net run rate compared to them.

Pakistan

Alike Sri Lanka, Pakistan can also notch a maximum of 10 points in the group stage.

The Babar Azam-led outfit defeated Bangladesh to keep their campaign alive, but also need to win against New Zealand and England in their two remaining matches while also hoping that the current top four teams – India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – lose their remaining matches to stand a chance to qualify.

However, even one defeat could end the road for the 1992 World Cup winners if Australia and New Zealand win one of their remaining three matches.

Netherlands

The Netherlands, too, are on four points with three matches to go, wherein they will take on Afghanistan, England and India. The Dutch need to win all three games with a massive victory margin, to stand a chance of making it to their first-ever World Cup semi-finals.

At the same time, they will also hope that no more than three teams finish the group stage with 10 points or more as the Netherlands can score a maximum of 10 themselves.

Bangladesh

The defeat against Pakistan knocked Bangladesh out of the World Cup semi-finals race. Even mathematical permutations and combinations can’t see them secure a top 4 spot now.

England

The defending champions England are all but out of semi-final contention in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, although they can mathematically still qualify. The Englishmen would need to beat Australia, the Netherlands and Pakistan by massive margins and similar to Bangladesh, hope that only three teams finish with more than eight points in the standings.

However, a defeat in either of the three matches would see them exit the tournament in the group stage itself.

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Australia vs New Zealand Live Score, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Glenn Phillips Takes 3rd Wicket, New Zealand Bounce Back vs Australia | Cricket News

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Australia vs New Zealand Live Score, WC 2023: Glenn Phillips has taken his third wicket of the day and this time he dismissed Steve Smith for 18. Currently, Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne are standing unbeaten at the crease as Australia eye huge total. On the other hand, New Zealand bowlers are eyeing some crucial breakthroughs to bounce back in the game. New Zealand stand-in skipper Tom Latham won the toss and opted to bowl against Australia in the ODI World Cup 2023 match on Saturday in Dharamsala. (Live Scorecard | Points Table)

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  • 12:45 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Marnus Labuschagne smashes a boundary off Glenn Phillips’ delivery. Labuschagne tries to play reverse sweep but the ball hits the edge and races across the third man boundary for a four. 

    AUS 240/3 (31.4 overs)

  • 12:39 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Glenn Phillips has taken his third wicket of the day and this time he dismissed Steve Smith for 18. Smith smashes it for a boundary but Trent Boult takes an excellent catch at the mid-wicket. Third wicket gone for Australia. 

    AUS 228/3 (29.4 overs)

  • 12:25 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: 4 runs off the over

    Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith are standing steady for two-down Australia at the crease. In the previous over of Glenn Phillips, the duo scores four runs as New Zealand aim to bounce back in the game with more wickets. 

    AUS 219/2 (28 overs)

  • 12:13 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Glenn Phillips has provided New Zealand with their second breakthrough as he dismissed Travis Head for 109. Head completely fails to judge the delivery as the ball rattles up the stumps and he gets clean bowled. Second wicket gone for Australia.

    AUS 200/2 (23.2 overs)

  • 12:03 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Head hits 100

    Travis Head takes a single off Glenn Phillips’ delivery and brings up his century. It is his fourth century in the ODI format and he brings it up in 59 balls. What a magnificent knock from Head. 

    AUS 189/1 (21.3 overs)

  • 11:56 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: OUT

    OUT!!! Glenn Phillips has finally provided New Zealand with their first breakthrough as he dismissed David Warner for 81. Warner over leg-side to play an aerial drive but ends up giving a catch to Phillips at the non-striker’s end. First wicket gone for Australia. 

    AUS 175/1 (19.1 overs)

  • 11:46 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Travis Head smashes a boundary off Glenn Phillips’ delivery. Head plays a brilliant down the ground shot as it goes over Phillips’ head for a terrific boundary. He is currently batting at 81 and inching closer towards his ton. 

    AUS 162/0 (17.2 overs)

  • 11:43 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: Good over Rachin

    Rachin Ravindra gives a sigh of relief to New Zealand as he bowls an excellent over. In the previous over, he concedes only three runs and controls the flow of runs. 

    AUS 158/0 (17 overs)

  • 11:35 (IST)

    Australia vs New Zealand Live Score: 150 up

    The fiery partnership between David Warner and Travis continues to trouble New Zealand bowlers. In the previous over of Mitchell Santner, the duo scores five runs as Australia go past the 150-run mark. 

    AUS 151/0 (15 overs)

  • 11:28 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: SIX

    SIX!!! Travis Head smashes a six off Mitchell Santner’s delivery. Head makes room and lofts it down the ground towards the long-on for a huge maximum. 

    AUS 143/0 (12.4 overs)

  • 11:22 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Travis Head smashes a boundary off Lockie Ferguson’s delivery. Head hammers a down the ground shot towards the leg side as the ball races across the boundary line for a four. 

    AUS 131/0 (11.3 overs)

  • 11:18 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: Another big over

    David Warner continues to show his dominance in the game as he smashes a boundary and a six off Lockie Ferguson’s over. Ferguson leaks 10 runs as New Zealand desperately aim to break the fiery partnership between Head and Warner. 

    AUS 118/0 (10 overs)

  • 11:13 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Head hits 50

    After David Warner, Travis Head also brings up his half-century with a six and a boundary off Mitchell Santner’s delivery. He takes only 25 balls to cross the 50-run mark as the duo also completes their 100-run partnership. This is the fastest 100 by a team in the ongoing World Cup. 

    AUS 108/0 (9 overs)

  • 11:11 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Warner hits 50

    David Warner takes a single off Trent Boult’s delivery and brings up his half-century. It is his 32nd half-century in the ODI format and he brings it up in 28 balls. 

    AUS 93/0 (7.4 overs)

  • 11:03 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Duo nears 50

    Both David Warner and Travis Head are on fire as they continue to deal in boundaries. Warner is standing unbeaten at 43 while Head is batting at 40. Terrific partnership from the duo. 

    AUS 86/0 (7 overs)

  • 11:01 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: SIX

    SIX!!! David Warner welcomes Lockie Ferguson in style as he smashes a maximum on his first delivery. Warner smartly places a shot towards the deep extra cover as the ball lands straight into the crowd. 

    AUS 73/0 (6.1 overs)

  • 10:54 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Six

    SIX!!! Travis Head hits a massive six off Matt Henry’s delivery. Head moves out of the crease and comfortably flicks it over the mid-wicket for a huge maximum. Terrific batting from Head. 

    AUS 60/0 (4.3 overs)

  • 10:52 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Back-to-back fours

    FOUR!!! Travis Head smashes two back-to-back boundaries off Matt Henry’s delivery. The first one comes after the balls hits the thick and races across the third man boundary. The second one comes after he hits an aerial shot and the ball goes for one-bounce wicket at the mid-wicket. 

    AUS 54/0 (4.2 overs)

  • 10:49 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Warner on fire

    David Warner unleashes his fury as he smashes a boundary and a maximum off Trent Boult’s delivery. The boundary comes after he smashes it through the covers and finds the gap while the for the six, he brilliantly plays a shot over the deep mid-wicket as the ball goes straight into the crowd.

    AUS 46/0 (4 overs)

  • 10:45 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Big over for Australia

    The deadly duo of David Warner and Travis Head completely rip apart Matt Henry. In the previous over of the pacer, the duo scores 22 runs, which include a six from Warner and two sixes from Head. Apart from this, Henry also gives away two no-balls and a wide. 

    AUS 36/0 (3 overs)

  • 10:42 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: SIX!

    SIX!!! David Warner continues his fiery form and this time he hits a maximum off Matt Henry’s delivery. Warner clears his front leg out of the way and smacks it over square leg as the ball goes sailing over the fence for a huge six.

    AUS 20/0 (2.1 overs)

  • 10:40 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Travis Head joins the party and smashes a boundary off Trent Boult’s delivery. Head hammers it hard as the ball goes up in the air and ends in one bounce boundary. 

    AUS 14/0 (2 overs)

  • 10:34 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Good start for Australia

    Australia are off to a terrific start against New Zealand. In the first over of Matt Henry, David Warner smashes two boundaries as the pacer leaks eight runs. New Zealand desperately aim for a wicket. 

    AUS 8/0 (1 over)

  • 10:33 (IST)

    Australia vs New Zealand Live Score: FOUR

    FOUR!!! Australia off the mark in style as David Warner smashes a boundary off Matt Henry’s delivery. Warner makes a good use of the loose delivery and smashes it hard towards the backward point for a four.

    AUS 4/0 (0.3 overs)

  • 10:30 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: We are underway

    The ODI World Cup 2023 match between Australia and New Zealand begins. David Warner and Travis Head have opened for Australia while Matt Henry will be bowling the first over for the Blackcaps. 

  • 10:25 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: National anthems

    Both the teams are out on the field for their respective national anthems. The ODI World Cup 2023 match between Australia and New Zealand will begin in few minutes. 

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: New Zealand’s Playing XI

    New Zealand (Playing XI): Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(w/c), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

  • 10:11 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: Australia’s Playing XI

    Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis(w), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

  • 10:10 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Here’s what Pat Cummins said at the toss

    Looks like a good wicket, might be something in it early. Travis Head comes in for Cam Green. They are a team we know really well, but they know us really well too. Excited to get going. Try and set up a big score.

  • 10:09 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Here’s what Tom Latham said at the toss

    We are going to bowl. Early start, reasonable surface, there may be something early with the new ball because of a day game. Jimmy Neesham is in for Mark Chapman who has a calf niggle. Adapting quickly to what is in front of us will be key.

  • 10:03 (IST)

    Australia vs New Zealand Live Score: Toss

    New Zealand skipper Tom Latham won the toss and opted to bowl against Australia in their ODI World Cup 2023 match on Saturday in Dharamsala. 

  • 09:59 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Pitch report

    “It’s nice and cool. Straight boundary – 79 metres, square – 70 metres and 64 metres respectively. England played here against Bangladesh. If you are a bowler, you are saying can we get more grass, you are not getting that today. There’ll be something in the pitch early on, for a little period only. It looks good, it’s hard, it’s flat, a few cracks here and there. You won’t get more spin than normal. In essence, good carry-through to the keeper, batters are gonna cash in after that initial period. Definitely bowl first,” said Anjum Chopra and Pommie Mbangwa. 

  • 09:50 (IST)

    Australia vs New Zealand Live Score: A confident New Zealand

    New Zealand’s winning run ended when India handed them a four-wicket defeat here on last Sunday, but the Kiwis will still be confident about their style of play as they have better understanding of the conditions having spent a considerable time. Adapting to the varied Indian conditions has been spoken about extensively in this World Cup and New Zealand and South Africa, of course apart from India, are perhaps the only two teams who have not only managed to do that but also have learned to get their best out on the park in terms of team combinations.

  • 09:46 (IST)

    Live Cricket Score: Head to Head

    Even though New Zealand have been one of the top teams in the competition, their ordinary bilateral ODI and World Cup against Australia makes Cummins and Co the favourites. With eight wins and three losses in 11 matches in World Cups so far and overall 95 wins and 39 losses in 141 ODIs, Australia have historically been the better team in the Trans-Tasman rivalry. The fact that New Zealand’s last ODI win over Australia came six years ago in 2017 would also have a great bearing on the contest here, to be played at the picturesque HPCA Stadium.

  • 09:41 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: Big day for Santner

    New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner will be playing his 100th ODI match today. Currently, the fourth highest wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament, with a total of 12 scalps, Santner is in fiery form and is a crucial member of the Kiwi squad. 

  • 09:33 (IST)

    AUS vs NZ Live Score: A dominant Australia

    Australia bounced back from a poor start — defeats against hosts India and South Africa — with three wins on the trot, including a record 309-run thumping of the Netherlands in their last outing to sound warning bells to their opponents. Entering a crucial phase in the tournament, the five-time champions are currently placed at fourth position, one spot behind New Zealand after five games each. And the Pat Cummins-led side would look to carry forward the momentum and strengthen their position in the top four.

  • 08:49 (IST)

    Australia vs New Zealand Live Score: Good morning!

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup 2023 clash between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand are third in the points table with 8 eight points from five games, while Australia are fourth with six points in as many outings.

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England 30-24 Fiji: Owen Farrell kicks Steve Borthwick’s side into Rugby World Cup semi-finals


Owen Farrell’s magical boot led England into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Sunday

Owen Farrell helped boot England into their sixth Rugby World Cup semi-final after surviving an incredible late fightback from Fiji at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Sunday.

England topped Pool D with four victories from four, but they took on a Fiji side in the last eight who inflicted their last defeat in the build-up to this tournament.

Steve Bortwick’s side appeared to be cruising into the semi-finals at 24-10 ahead deep in the second half but the Pacific Islanders mounted a sensational fightback to level matters with 10 minutes to go before Farrell’s boot rescued England and secured a 30-24 victory.

England – Tries: Tuilagi (14) Marchant (23). Cons: Farrell. Pens: Farrell (11,34,38,54,78). Drop goal: Farrell (72).

Fiji – Tries: Mata (28) Ravai (64) Botitu (68). Cons: Lomani, Kuruvoli (2). Pens: Lomani (20).

George Ford, the architect of England’s critical pool-stage victory over Argentina, dropped to the bench with captain Farrell moving from inside centre and Joe Marchant joining Manu Tuilagi in midfield.

Elsewhere, Harlequins playmaker Marcus Smith was preferred to Freddie Steward and made only a second Test start in the full-back position.

Tuilagi celebrates after scoring England's opening try

Tuilagi celebrates after scoring England’s opening try

After a cagey opening 10 minutes, referee Mathieu Raynal handed England the chance to open the scoring in front of the posts after Fiji were penalised for not rolling away and Farrell duly obliged.

Moments later, England went through two phases from the lineout before the dangerous Tuilagi spun away and dived down in the corner for his 20th try for his country and an 8-0 lead after Farrell hit the post with his conversion.

Scrum half Frank Lomani made up for an earlier missed penalty by converting with his second attempt to get Fiji on the board but it was the men in white who continued their bright start when Joe Marchant barrowed over from close range with Farrell putting over the extras for a comfortable 15-3 lead.

The Princess of Wales watches England in action alongside chairman of the RFU, Bill Beaumont

The Princess of Wales watches England in action alongside chairman of the RFU, Bill Beaumont

Marcus Smith is caught full in the face by  Vinaya Habosi

Marcus Smith is caught full in the face by Vinaya Habosi

Things went from bad to worse for the Fijians when wing Vinaya Habosi caught Smith full in the face with his head and was sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

However, despite being down to 14-players, No 8 Viliame Mata produced a moment of magic to outfox the England defence with a neat show and go to cross over the whitewash. Lomani converted to reduce the deficit to 15-10.

Farrell and England’s breakdown success delighted Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, in the stands, by completing a penalty hat-trick as further cracks appeared in Fiji’s discipline, and Borthwick’s side led by 11 points at the break.

Marchant dives in to score England's second try

Marchant dives in to score England’s second try

Both sides hardly charged into the quarter-finals in a blaze of glory, but they were desperate to grasp a glorious opportunity to progress, especially as Fiji upped the tempo at the start of the second half.

Despite looking dangerous, Fiji were continually being beaten to the breakdown and were caught offside. Farrell slotted over his fourth penalty to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

The Pacific Island nation recorded their first-ever win over England when the two teams last met – a 30-22 triumph in a World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham back in August and some wonderful rugby enabled them to close the gap to within punching distance when Peni Ravai burst through to get over the line with Kuruvoli converting.

Botitu (left) celebrates scoring his sides third try in an incredible conclusion to the match

Botitu (left) celebrates scoring his sides third try in an incredible conclusion to the match

Fiji were not going quietly and in an incredible turnaround they sliced England apart to score again through Vilimoni Botitu under the posts with Kuruvoli’s second successful conversion tying things up at 24-24 with 10 to go.

A pulsating finale continued at pace, with Farrell then dropping a goal to put England three points ahead, and after Ben Earl’s stunning break resulted in another Farrell penalty, Fiji were unable to pull off a late miracle.

Ollie Lawrence consoles Waisea Nayacalevu after a titanic batle

Ollie Lawrence consoles Waisea Nayacalevu after a titanic batle

The vagaries of the draw presented a less-than-perilous route to the semi-finals for England and, having now navigated it, they will be out to seize their opportunity at reaching a fourth World Cup final next Saturday.

Farrell: We had to find a way to win I Borthwick: We are determined to be successful

Owen Farrell, speaking to ITV

“It was what we expected. They are a tough, tough team that can turn it on in the blink of an eye. I thought we started the game really well. We really got after it in that first half.

“We always knew Fiji were going to have some good patches and they did. To find a way to win and get through to the semi-finals is a big step forward but we know we have plenty of work to do.”

Farrell

Farrell

England head coach Steve Borthwick, speaking to ITV

“I thought the players were magnificent. The whole squad has worked very, very hard to get that result tonight,” said Borthwick.

“I have to give immense credit to Fiji. They played tremendously well tonight and they have had a fantastic World Cup. I am obviously delighted we found a way to win that game.

“I thought the vast majority of the game we were in control. There was a spell in the second half were they scored two back-to-back tries.

“What I was really pleased with was how the players handled it thereafter.

“A lot has been written about these players and this England team over the last period of time and what I see is a group of players that can handle and rise to these occasions.

“We don’t forget that many people said that we weren’t going to make it out of the group and then there was firmness that we would lose tonight.

“These players will be written off again I am pretty sure but when I see these players, I see a fantastic group of people who are determined to be successful, determined to be the best versions of themselves.”

Fiji coach Simon Raiwalui was nearly in tears in his post-match interview. “This is just the beginning for this Fiji team,” he says. “I couldn’t be prouder.”

What’s next?

Jonny Wilkinson kicked the winning drop goal to give England victory in extra time during the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia

Jonny Wilkinson kicked the winning drop goal to give England victory in extra time during the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia

England, who won their only Webb Ellis Cup in 2003, and have been beaten World Cup finalists on three occasions in 1991, 2007 and 2019 will take on hosts France or holders South Africa in the semi-finals the Stade de France in Paris, scheduled for next Saturday October 21 (8pm kick-off BST).

New Zealand, who progressed to the World Cup semi-finals for the ninth time in their history, will face Michael Cheika’s Argentina, who are into their first semi-final since 2015, at the same venue on Friday October 20 (8pm kick-off BST).

The Pumas beat the All Blacks for the first time in Sydney in the 2020 Rugby Championship and repeated the feat last year on New Zealand soil in Christchurch.



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Ireland 24-28 New Zealand: All Blacks break Irish Rugby World Cup hearts at quarter-final stage again


Ireland suffered an eighth Rugby World Cup quarter-final exit in their history, as New Zealand beat them in a Paris epic

A ruthless New Zealand side broke Ireland hearts at the Rugby World Cup quarter-final stage again, as the All Blacks prevailed 28-24 at the Stade de France in Paris.

In a breathless first half, the All Blacks raced out to a 13-0 lead through a Leicester Fainga’anuku try, and the boots of Richie Mo’unga and Jordie Barrett, but Ireland recovered well to narrow the half-time gap to a single point at 18-17.

Ireland’s Bundee Aki and Jamison Gibson-Park scored tries during that opening period – either side of an Ardie Savea try for New Zealand and Aaron Smith’s sin-binning for a deliberate knock-on – as Andy Farrell’s team fought back, but their inability to strike in the 22 enough proved a major factor as Will Jordan put the All Blacks back to two scores ahead with a second-half try.

Ireland – Tries: Aki (27), Gibson-Park (39), Penalty Try (64). Cons: Sexton (29, 40). Pens: Sexton (22).

New Zealand – Tries: Fainga’anuku (19), Savea (33), Jordan (53). Cons: Mo’unga (21), J Barrett (54). Pens: Mo’unga (8), J Barrett (14, 69).

Ireland responded again as their pack forced a penalty try when Codie Taylor collapsed a rampaging rolling maul, with Taylor also sin-binned for the act. But the men in green crucially failed to score against the 14 players, suffering yet another agonising last-eight exit.

Mo’unga kicked New Zealand into an early 3-0 lead, and, despite several key Ireland chances in the 22, the All Blacks then blew out the scoreboard on 19 minutes with a stunning counter-attack try down the left.

Beauden Barrett created it as he chipped and regathered, before Jordie Barrett, Fainga’anuku and Rieko Ioane connected superbly, with the latter offloading inside magnificently for Fainga’anuku to score.

New Zealand's Leceister Fainga'anuku scored the opening try of the contest

New Zealand’s Leceister Fainga’anuku scored the opening try of the contest

Mo’unga converted brilliantly for 13-0, but Johnny Sexton finally put Ireland onto the scoreboard after a cheap penalty for blocking.

On 27 minutes, Ireland – fuelled by the twinkling feet of Mack Hansen – played on penalty advantage before Aki scored a stunning solo try.

Ireland's Bundee Aki replied with a brilliant solo run and score

Ireland’s Bundee Aki replied with a brilliant solo run and score

Ireland’s lineout continued to falter, however, as, after losing another set-piece, New Zealand produced a 50:22 and were in for their second try through Savea, quick ball in the 22 paving the way for a diving finish in the corner.

Mo’unga struck wide with the conversion to leave the All Blacks up by eight, but scrum-half Smith was sin-binned with four minutes of the half to play.

Ardie Savea's try in the corner came at a crucial time for the All Blacks, just after Ireland had hit back

Ardie Savea’s try in the corner came at a crucial time for the All Blacks, just after Ireland had hit back

After one Ireland attack was illegally halted, Ireland showed courage to kick to the corner again, from where Gibson-Park sniped and reached to score superbly.

Ireland continued to waste chances when well-placed, though, their first three attacks in the 22 in the second period each coming to nothing as the All Blacks defended strongly.

Jamison Gibson-Park scored Ireland's second try on the cusp of half-time, but they wasted many other chances

Jamison Gibson-Park scored Ireland’s second try on the cusp of half-time, but they wasted many other chances

The stark difference in ruthlessness was then laid bare when Mo’unga and Jordan cut through the heart of Ireland’s defence to score a try off a lineout within their own half.

Jordie Barrett lashed over the touchline conversion for a two-score lead at 25-17, and Ireland then lost key man Hansen to injury, before Sexton should have narrowed the gap back to five points via a penalty, but struck poorly wide.

Ireland continued to play in the New Zealand half, and in the 64th minute the pack sprinted forward for a penalty try which resulted in Taylor’s yellow card, handing Ireland a golden chance inside the final quarter. New Zealand were next to score, however, as Jordie Barrett struck over for a four-point lead.

Aki forced a breakdown penalty within moments, and though Ireland’s maul got rumbling forward again, Ronan Kelleher was agonisingly held up as he dived for the line.

The All Blacks' defence just held out in the second half to claim victory

The All Blacks’ defence just held out in the second half to claim victory

Caelan Doris then knocked on the goal-line dropout to compound the error, with Taylor’s sin-bin elapsing for no Ireland score.

Farrell’s men summoned up one final effort through 30-plus phases into the New Zealand 22, but they just fell short.

Sexton: I’m very proud of the boys and the nation | ‘We couldn’t have done more’

Ireland captain Sexton told ITV Sport post-match…

“I’m very proud of the boys. Proud of the nation, the country, we couldn’t have done any more really.

“It’s fine margins, they sucker punched us on a couple of tries and we had to work really hard for our tries, that’s what champions do.

“Fair play to them, they’re a cracking team. It’s been amazing, these last six weeks have been a dream. This group, these fans and I’m just gutted we couldn’t do it for them.

“You’ve got to work hard for fairy-tale endings, we didn’t get it and that’s just life.

“We didn’t leave a stone unturned, we ticked every box, trained the house down. I thought after a slow enough start we played alright tonight.

“Fair play to the All Blacks, they’re a very good team and well coached.”

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster said post-match…

“It was a massive game between two teams that were desperate for a result and they’re an incredibly proud team with an amazing record coming into this one.

“But the quarter-finals is about knockout rugby and we’ve been there before and we know we were going to have to dig into ourselves, we did and I couldn’t be more proud.

“Pretty important, wasn’t it? [Barrett holding up Kelleher over the try-line]. He got himself underneath it and that’s the game of small margins. Our defence was particularly strong for most of the game.”

What’s next?

The defeat means Ireland exit at the quarter-final stage of a World Cup for the eighth time in their history, and have still yet to make a World Cup semi-final. They exit having topped Pool B after wins over Romania, Tonga, South Africa and Scotland, before falling to the All Blacks as they did four years ago in Japan.

The victory means New Zealand progress to the World Cup semi-finals for the ninth time in their history, and will face Argentina at the Stade de France in Paris on Friday October 20 (8pm kick-off BST).



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Cricket World Cup 2023 Captains’ Day: Rohit, Babar Discuss Cricket, Biryani And More | Cricket News

Rohit Sharma at Captain’s Day event




Cricket World Cup 2023 Captains Day Highlights: The likes of Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam, Pat Cummins, Jos Buttler, Kane Williamson, etc. were in the spotlight as Ravi Shastri and Eoin Morgan grilled the 10 captains ahead of the start of the Cricket World Cup 2023. From their respective teams’ preparations, learnings from past events, to some candid Biryani questions, a lot was dicussed at the event.

Here are the Highlights from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Captains’ Day







  • 15:13 (IST)

    ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: That’s All Folks!

    Ravi Shastri concludes the event. We onto the Cricket World Cup now!

  • 15:12 (IST)

    World Cup LIVE, Captains’ Day: Kane Williamson On 2019 Heartbreak

    “We are here in another competition. 2019 was amazing but we are looking forward to what this one brings. It will be different from many levels”: Kane Williamson

  • 15:09 (IST)

    Captains’ Day LIVE: Rohit Baffled By Reporter’s Question

    “It’s not my job to decide that”: Rohit Sharma when asked about the 2019 World Cup final where England beat New Zealand on the basis of boundary count after the match was tied in 100 overs and the Super Over.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Cricket World Cup 2023, LIVE: Babar Azam Really Liked Hyderabadi Biryani

    Babar Azam: Since the time we reached Hyderabad, the hospitality we got, it was amazing. It would’ve been great if fans had come from Pakistan. I hope we get this sort of support in every match. 

    Ravi Shastri: How was the Biryani?

    Babar Azam: It was great. Had always heard Hyderabadi Biryani was good. It was quite good.

  • 15:03 (IST)

    ODI World Cup LIVE: Babar Azam Excited About India Clash

    “We are excited about the India clash. It is always a big match. But, we have two games before that,” said Babar Azam.

  • 15:02 (IST)

    Captains’ Day LIVE: Pat Cummins On Inspiring The Next Generation

    Pat Cummins: “When I was a child growing up, I idolised sports people and cricketers. I wanted to do what they were. It’s important we play the game in the right spirit. It’s important we help children and the less fortunate. “

  • 14:59 (IST)

    World Cup LIVE, Captains’ Day: Rohit Sharma On World Cup In India

    “People are going to love this tournament. The stadiums will be jam-packed. Indians love their cricket. It is going to be a great tournament.” — Rohit Sharma

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Captains’ Day LIVE: Rohit Sharma On Warm-up Games Being Washed Out

    Rohit Sharma when asked about rain washing out the two warm-up games:

    “Not really. We were happy to get those days off. Looking at heat, and stuff like that. We have been playing a lot of cricket of late. We played 4 games in Asia Cup and 3 against Australia. We know where we are at. I would’ve loved to play those two games. But can’t do too much when the weather is like that apart form one part of India to the other part.

    “Overall, happy about how we are coming into the tournament and the guys are looking pretty good,” Rohit said.

  • 14:52 (IST)

    World Cup 2023, Captains’ Day LIVE: Babar Sees Bowling As Pakistan’s Biggest Strength

    Babar Azam on Pakistan’s biggest strength: “Our strength is bowling but as we know, we have been playing well together for the last three years, so bowling is our strength”.

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Captains’ Day LIVE: Rohit Sharma Will Give ‘Everything’

    Rohit Sharma: “Not thinking too much about on that stuff but yeah in last 3 edition hosting teams won the World Cups and we will give our everything in this World Cup and enjoy the tournament”.

  • 14:48 (IST)

    Cricket World Cup, Captains’ Day LIVE: Cummins Confident Of Australia’s Chances

    “Australia have done very well in ODI World Cups over the years. Hoping to do the same this time around”: Pat Cummins, Australia skipper.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Captains’ Day LIVE: Babar Azam Felt Like Home In Hyderabad

    “We weren’t expecting the sort of reception we got at Hyderabad after we reached India. It didn’t feel like we were in India but back home”: Babar Azam

  • 14:40 (IST)

    Cricket World Cup, Captains’ Day LIVE: Rohit Not Thinking Of Home Factor

    Rohit Sharma not thinking about the ‘home advantage’ and the fact that the last three World Cups were won by the one of the hosts. He is only foucussed on doing his best. 

  • 14:36 (IST)

    Cricket World Cup, Captains’ Day LIVE: Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam Arrive

    The captains of the two arch-rival teams — India and Pakistan — have arrived. Ravi Shastri welcomes Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam before welcome England and New Zealand skippers who led their teams in the 2019 World Cup final.

  • 14:34 (IST)

    Cricket World Cup LIVE, Captains’ Day: We Are Underway!

    Ravi Shastri is on the stage, welcoming all 10 captains. First up are the captains of Netherlands and Afghanistan who are leading their respective teams in an ODI World Cup for the first time ever.

  • 14:26 (IST)

    Cricket World Cup 2023 LIVE, Captains’ Day: Rohit Sharma Sumarising His Personality

    “There is no point in doing showbaazi, it’s not in my nature. People around me, friends around me whom I have grown up with, have kept reminding me where I have come from. We just live normal lives. Why will I change and why should I change? I’m still not socially comfortable actually because I feel awkward. I am very poor at socialising. I get very uncomfortable at these events, struggling with small talk. I have a bunch of friends who are connected to me because I have connected with them, they have connected to me. Quality matters to me. People who are genuine, who are true, I connect somehow and feel quite comfortable in that atmosphere,” Rohit said in a chat with Indian Express.

  • 14:16 (IST)

    Cricket World Cup, Captains’ Day LIVE: How To Watch Live Streaming?

    Star Sports will broadcast the Captains’ Day live on their YouTube channel. The 10 captains will be speaking to former England captain Eoin Morgan and ex-India head coach Ravi Shastri at the event, answering some crucial questions.

  • 14:09 (IST)

    ICC World Cup 2023 LIVE: No Opening Ceremony?

    Reports of certain performances at the ICC Cricket World Cup opening ceremony did surface a few days ago but it doesn’t look like the organisers have any concrete opening ceremony plans at present. We are likely to head straight into the first match between England and New Zealand, the two finalists of the last edition.

  • 14:05 (IST)

    World Cup 2023, Capains’ Day LIVE: Candid Talk And More

    Captains Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam, Pat Cummins, Jos Buttler, etc. will have some candid talks during the chat. Expect everything but strategies to be discussed at the event, as was the case 4 years ago.

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Captains’ Day LIVE: Rohit Sharma Meets Babar Azam

    India captain Rohit Sharma had an opportunity to meet his Pakistani counterpart Babar Azam before the Captains’ Day began. Here’s the video that the PCB shared on the two stalwarts’ meeting:

  • 13:50 (IST)

    ICC World Cup 2023: Captains’ Await A Special Day

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Captains’ Day, ahead of the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. England are scheduled to take on New Zealand in the curtain-raiser fixture tomorrow. But, before the on-field contest, the 10 captains will discuss what awaits them over the next month and a half.

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