India And Pakistan Foreign Ministers Meeting In New York “Terrific News”, Says US


The US welcomed the exchange of messages between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and PM Modi.

Washington: 

The United States Friday hailed India’s acceptance of Pakistani proposal for talks between the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing annual UN General Assembly session in New York and termed it as a “terrific news”.

“We saw that (reports of meetings between Indian and Pak leaders). I think that’s a terrific news for the Indians and Pakistanis to be able to sit down and have a conversation together,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference.

On Thursday, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar announced that India has agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Pakistan’s request. He, however, made it clear that it was not the resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue.

Ms Nauert also welcomed the exchange of messages between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We saw the reports about the positive messages being exchanged between Prime Minister Khan and also Prime Minister Modi. And we hope that the conditions will be set for a good strong relationship, a good strong bilateral relationship in the future,” she said

The United States has traditionally welcomed any talks between India and Pakistan, the pace of which, it has noted, depends on the leadership of the two countries.

“In general, the United States supports dialogue between India and Pakistan that can reduce tensions, and we understand and had frequent conversations with the Indian partners on the expectations that there would be demonstrable reduction in cross-border terrorism or infiltration that will help create the confidence for dialogue to take place,” Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, had told reporters during a conference call last week.





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Bhuvneshwar Kumar Praises India’s Bowling Unit After Asia Cup Win Over Pakistan


India comfortably beat Pakistan by eight wickets in their Asia Cup 2018 match on Wednesday night. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was adjudged the player of the match for his disciplined bowling display (3/15) against the arch-rivals. Speaking to team-mate Jasprit Bumrah after the match in a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Twitter handle, Bhuvneshwar Kumar praised his team’s bowling unit for their performance against Pakistan. “Good thing is that the bowling unit stepped up to register a comprehensive win,” he said.

Captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with his fine half-century. Rohit scored 52 runs in 39 balls hitting six fours and three sixes. He was ably supported by Shikhar Dhawan (46) to lay the foundation for the other Indian batsmen.

Asked about skipper Rohit’s fiery knock, Bhuvneshwar said, “He appeared to be in the T20 zone. Shikhar Dhawan also batted well. Both openers gave us a solid start.”

Bhuvneshwar also shed light on India and Pakistan’s intense rivalry. “Pressure remains the same for all the matches but India-Pakistan game is always a high-profile game,” he said.

Returning after an injury, Bhuvneshwar said he was slightly nervous ahead of the match but he regained confidence after bowling a few overs. “Was nervous for Hong Kong match. Was nervous. After 4-5 overs I regained confidence,” he signed off.

India take on Bangladesh in their first Super Four match on Friday while Pakistan will play Afghanistan the same day in the second Super Four game.

The final of the Asia Cup 2018 will be played in Dubai on September 28.





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Pakistan Wants Saudi Arabia To Be Third Partner In Trade Corridor


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AFP)

Islamabad: 

Saudi Arabia will be the third “strategic partner” of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a senior Pakistani minister announced on Thursday, soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan returned from his first foreign trip to the cash-rich kingdom.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping aimed at enhancing Beijing’s influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.

Addressing a press conference on Imran Khan’s two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry said that Pakistan’s main interest lies in cooperation with Saudi Arabia on matters of trade and security.

Pakistan has invited Riyadh to join the CPEC as the third “strategic partner”, The News quoted him as saying.

Saudi Finance and Energy Ministers will visit Pakistan in the first week of October, Chaudhry said.

He said the projects that Saudi Arabia would be investing in the CPEC will be smoothed out during the Saudi delegation’s visit.

China has rejected accusations that its financial backing for the CPEC was a “debt trap” that could compromise cash-strapped Pakistan’s sovereignty.

The CPEC is the fastest-moving and flagship part of President Xi’s global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The CPEC aims to construct and upgrade the transportation network, energy projects, a deep-water port at Gwadar and special economic zones to eventually support Pakistan’s industrial development as a manufacturing hub by 2030.

Mr Chaudhry said Prime Minister Khan has assured Riyadh that Pakistan will stand with Saudi Arabia.

“We have also assured the Saudi leadership that we will continue to provide security to their country and provide strategic support wherever needed,” he said on the close defence partnership between the close allies.

He also said that a high-level coordination committee has has been constituted [to look into matters of trade and commerce] and it has the complete backing of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and Prime Minister Khan
 





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Yuzvendra Chahal’s Fine On-Field Gesture During India vs Pakistan Goes Viral


India vs Pakistan matches always have a certain intensity about them but the players never let it boil over and show great respect to each other. Despite the somewhat cold political relationship between the two countries, cricket has been the uniting factor for the people of India and Pakistan. Some Indian players, especially Virat Kohli, share a great bond with their Pakistani counterparts. On Wednesday, the bonhomie between the two set of players was again on show when Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal helped out Pakistan’s Usman Khan after his shoe lace had come undone.

Chahal’s gesture didn’t go unnoticed as fans from both India and Pakistan took to Twitter to praise the Indian spinner.

However, that was the only helping hand Pakistan got from India in the Asia Cup 2018 encounter at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

A dominant performance saw the Indian team completely outclass Pakistan and register a comprehensive eight-wicket win. The win was especially significant for India after their substandard performance against Hong Kong left many fans wondering how they would perform without run-machine Virat Kohli.

But Kohli’s absence was hardly felt as India put in a thoroughly professional performance for their second straight win in the tournament. After packing off Pakistan for a paltry 162 in 43.1 overs, India chased down the target in 29 overs and for the loss of just two wickets.

Kedar Jadhav was India’s surprise hero with the ball while captain Rohit Sharma scored his 35th ODI half-century to end all hopes of a Pakistan fightback in the second innings.

The two teams will clash again in the Super Four stage on Sunday.





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Dominant India Outclass Pakistan By 8 Wickets In Asia Cup 2018


This was India’s most comprehensive victory in terms of balls remaining (126). After a wake-up call against Hong Kong, the Pakistan match was a near perfect performance for India as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15 in 7 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (3/23 in 9 overs) were perfectly complemented by Jasprit Bumrah (2/23 in 7.1 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/37 in 8 overs). If Kuldeep’s googly to snuff out Babar Azam was the turning point, Kedar Jadhav’s unconventional side-arm off-breaks broke the lower middle-order as Pakistan never recovered from the batting collapse. 

With the pressure of scoreboard virtually non-existent, Rohit and Dhawan showed why they are one of the most formidable opening pair in white ball cricket.

The eighth over from Usman Khan enabled India cut loose as Rohit first hooked him for a six using the pace of the delivery and followed it with a ‘Nataraja’ pull shot for a boundary and then short arm pull in-front of the square for another six. With 19 runs coming off that over, there was no looking back for India. 

Rohit’s third six was another hook shot off Hasan Ali followed by a drive through mid-off to complete his 35th half century in ODIs. He was fooled by a googly from Shadab Khan but by then India were on course for a comprehensive victory. 

Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik both contributed 31 to take India past finish line with consummate ease. The two teams will now meet in Super Four on September 23. Earlier Jadhav produced a laudable performance as he did the job of a frontline spinner after Hardik Pandya (0/24 in 4.5 overs) was stretchered off the field due to an acute lower back injury.

This was after young Babar Azam (47) and veteran Shoaib Malik (43) added 82 runs for the third wicket and looked like taking control of the proceedings. However, Pakistan suffered a batting collapse losing five wickets for 36 runs before Faheem Ashraf (21) and Mohammed Aamir (16) added an invaluable 37 runs for the eighth wicket to take the total past 150-run mark.

Put into bat, Pakistan were in trouble straight away as Bhuvneshwar dealt a twin blow removing the in-form duo of Imam ul Haq (2) and Fakhar Zaman (0) to reduce them to 2 for 3.

Imam charged to a short of length delivery that climbed on him and the thickish outside edge was taken by Dhoni. Zaman, India’s tormentor in the Champions Trophy, mistimed a pull-shot and Yuzvendra Chahal took a well-judged catch. Babar and Malik then resurrected the innings with a fine partnership. The half-volleys on both sides of the wicket were driven with ferocity. Malik, who is a good player of spin bowling, gave Kuldeep Yadav the charge to hit him for a six and rotated the strike well.

In fact, Malik was dropped off Pandya’s bowling, whose agonies increased when he had to leave the field.

Babar failed to read Kuldeep’s googly as it clipped his off-bail. From 85 for 2, it soon became 100 for five as Pakistan lost wickets in a heap.

Sarfraz Ahmed (6) was dismissed by Jadhav as substitute fielder Manish Pandey took a blinder at long-on. The Pakistani batsmen found it extremely difficult to read Jadhav’s round-arm action as he bowled straight and wide. Asif Ali was caught behind and then Malik was run-out by a direct throw from Ambati Rayudu.

Shadab Khan (8) was stumped by Dhoni as he became Yadav’s third victim of the match. Faheem and Aamir did try their bit as Pakistan crossed the 150-run mark before Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah wrapped up the tail in the 44th over.

(With PTI Inputs)



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india vs pakistan asia cup 2018 rohit sharma last ball hit boundary by dinesh karthik


नई दिल्ली: भुवनेश्वर कुमार की अगुवाई में गेंदबाजों के जानदार प्रदर्शन और कप्तान रोहित शर्मा से मिली तेजतर्रार शुरुआत के दम पर भारत ने एशिया कप ग्रुप ए मैच में बुधवार को अपने चिर प्रतिद्वंद्वी पाकिस्तान को 126 गेंदें शेष रहते हुए आठ विकेट से करारी शिकस्त दी. पाकिस्तान को टीम इंडिया की तरफ से दिनेश कार्तिक ने चौका जड़कर शिकस्त दी. भुवनेश्वर कुमार (3 विकेट), जसप्रीत बुमराह (2 विकेट) और केदार जाधव (3 विकेट) की धारदार गेंदबाजी से भारत ने पहले बल्लेबाजी का फैसला करने वाले पाकिस्तान को 43.1 ओवर में 162 रन पर ढेर कर दिया. पाकिस्तान के केवल दो बल्लेबाज बाबर आजम (47) और शोएब मलिक (43) ही कुछ योगदान दे पाये. 

एशिया कप में भारत पाकिस्तान मैच पर बॉलीवुड का आया रिएक्शन, सुनील ग्रोवर बोले- मुझे तो चीयर करना है


इसके बाद कप्तान रोहित शर्मा (52) और शिखर धवन (46) ने पहले विकेट के लिये 86 रन जोड़कर भारत को शानदार शुरुआत दिलायी. दिनेश कार्तिक (नाबाद 31) और अंबाती रायुडु (नाबाद 31) ने अपनी भूमिका बखूबी निभायी तथा भारतीय टीम ने केवल 29 ओवर में दो विकेट पर 164 रन बनाकर मैच को एकतरफा बनाने में कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ी. भारत की यह गेंदें शेष रहने के लिहाज से पाकिस्तान पर सबसे बड़ी जीत है. इससे पहले उसने 2006 में मुल्तान में 105 गेंदें शेष रहते हुए जीत दर्ज की थी. भारत ने इस तरह से ग्रुप ए से शीर्ष पर रहकर सुपर फोर में जगह बनायी जहां उसे रविवार को फिर से पाकिस्तान का सामना करना है. 

 

हार्दिक पंड्या पीठ दर्द से परेशान, स्ट्रेचर पर मैदान से बाहर ले जाया गया 
भारतीय सलामी जोड़ी ने सतर्क शुरुआत की. पहले छह ओवर में केवल 17 रन बने. रोहित समझ गये कि अगर यह स्थिति बरकरार रही तो दबाव बढ़ता जाएगा. उन्होंने मोहम्मद आमिर पर दो चौके जड़कर हाथ खोले और फिर अगले ओवर में उस्मान खान पर दो छक्के लगाकर भारतीय समर्थकों को मदमस्त किया. भारतीय कप्तान ने हसन अली की गेंद मिडविकेट पर चार ओवर के लिये भेजकर नौवें ओवर में टीम का स्कोर 50 रन के पार पहुंचाया. धवन ने भी हसन अली पर छक्का लगाया जबकि रोहित ने इसी गेंदबाज के अगले ओवर में पहले छक्का और फिर चौका लगाकर 36 गेंदों पर अपना 35वां वनडे अर्धशतक पूरा किया. अब पाकिस्तान से अगला मुकाबला 23 सितंबर को होगा.

(इनपुट भाषा से)





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Dominant India Outclass Pakistan By 8 Wickets In Asia Cup 2018


This was India’s most comprehensive victory in terms of balls remaining (126). After a wake-up call against Hong Kong, the Pakistan match was a near perfect performance for India as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15 in 7 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (3/23 in 9 overs) were perfectly complemented by Jasprit Bumrah (2/23 in 7.1 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/37 in 8 overs). If Kuldeep’s googly to snuff out Babar Azam was the turning point, Kedar Jadhav’s unconventional side-arm off-breaks broke the lower middle-order as Pakistan never recovered from the batting collapse. 

With the pressure of scoreboard virtually non-existent, Rohit and Dhawan showed why they are one of the most formidable opening pair in white ball cricket.

The eighth over from Usman Khan enabled India cut loose as Rohit first hooked him for a six using the pace of the delivery and followed it with a ‘Nataraja’ pull shot for a boundary and then short arm pull in-front of the square for another six. With 19 runs coming off that over, there was no looking back for India. 

Rohit’s third six was another hook shot off Hasan Ali followed by a drive through mid-off to complete his 35th half century in ODIs. He was fooled by a googly from Shadab Khan but by then India were on course for a comprehensive victory. 

Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik both contributed 31 to take India past finish line with consummate ease. The two teams will now meet in Super Four on September 23. Earlier Jadhav produced a laudable performance as he did the job of a frontline spinner after Hardik Pandya (0/24 in 4.5 overs) was stretchered off the field due to an acute lower back injury.

This was after young Babar Azam (47) and veteran Shoaib Malik (43) added 82 runs for the third wicket and looked like taking control of the proceedings. However, Pakistan suffered a batting collapse losing five wickets for 36 runs before Faheem Ashraf (21) and Mohammed Aamir (16) added an invaluable 37 runs for the eighth wicket to take the total past 150-run mark.

Put into bat, Pakistan were in trouble straight away as Bhuvneshwar dealt a twin blow removing the in-form duo of Imam ul Haq (2) and Fakhar Zaman (0) to reduce them to 2 for 3.

Imam charged to a short of length delivery that climbed on him and the thickish outside edge was taken by Dhoni. Zaman, India’s tormentor in the Champions Trophy, mistimed a pull-shot and Yuzvendra Chahal took a well-judged catch. Babar and Malik then resurrected the innings with a fine partnership. The half-volleys on both sides of the wicket were driven with ferocity. Malik, who is a good player of spin bowling, gave Kuldeep Yadav the charge to hit him for a six and rotated the strike well.

In fact, Malik was dropped off Pandya’s bowling, whose agonies increased when he had to leave the field.

Babar failed to read Kuldeep’s googly as it clipped his off-bail. From 85 for 2, it soon became 100 for five as Pakistan lost wickets in a heap.

Sarfraz Ahmed (6) was dismissed by Jadhav as substitute fielder Manish Pandey took a blinder at long-on. The Pakistani batsmen found it extremely difficult to read Jadhav’s round-arm action as he bowled straight and wide. Asif Ali was caught behind and then Malik was run-out by a direct throw from Ambati Rayudu.

Shadab Khan (8) was stumped by Dhoni as he became Yadav’s third victim of the match. Faheem and Aamir did try their bit as Pakistan crossed the 150-run mark before Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah wrapped up the tail in the 44th over.

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CPEC: Those Opposing Economic Corridor Will “Never Succeed”: China To Pakistan


President Xi Jinping said that China shall continue to support Pakistan as a strategic partner.

Beijing, China: 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that those who oppose his pet projects – the BRI and the CPEC – will “never succeed” as these are initiatives aimed at fostering peace and development.

The $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a pet project of President Xi aimed at enhancing China’s influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.

India has opposed the CPEC project and protested to China as it is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

General Bajwa, who is in China, called on Mr Xi after his meetings with the top Chinese military officials.

“While we work for peace, we need to stay strong to thwart designs of all inimical forces challenging our resolve. We greatly value Chinese support…,” Mr Bajwa said.

He met Mr Xi on a special invitation and they discussed regional security environment, challenges and way forward, Pakistan military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“Those who oppose the BRI or the CPEC shall never succeed as this is an initiative of peace and development not only for China but for region and beyond,” it quoted Mr Xi as saying.

Terming Pakistan as “our time-tested iron friend”, he said the country had a pivotal role towards this lasting relationship.

He acknowledged the role of the Pakistan armed forces towards regional peace and stability.

President Xi said that China shall continue to support Pakistan as a strategic partner.

Mr Bajwa said that Pakistan understands the importance of peace and has given lot of sacrifices for achieving it.

He said the BRI, with the CPEC as its flagship project, is destined to succeed despite all odds and the Pakistan Army shall ensure security of the CPEC at all costs, the statement said.

Earlier, Mr Bajwa in his meeting with top military official General Zhang Youxia assured him that the new government, like the Pakistani military, follows a consistent policy of pragmatic cooperation with China.

General Zhang is the highest military official as he is the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) which is the high command of the two-million-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA) headed by President Xi.

“The Pakistani military and its new government are consistent in their policy towards China,” Mr Bajwa told Zhang during their meeting here on Tuesday, a Chinese Defence Ministry press release quoted him as saying.

His assurance about the new government besides the Pakistan military following a “consistent policy” towards China comes in the backdrop of reports of differences over the  $50 billion CPEC.

Projects of the CPEC, regarded as the flagship initiative in Xi’s multi-billion-dollar BRI, figured high during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s talks with new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad last month.

Pakistan is willing to continue to strengthen pragmatic cooperation with China in the areas of counter-terrorism, equipment technology, and personnel training to ensure the safe and smooth development of CPEC, Mr Bajwa said.





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MS Dhoni Bats In Full Flow At Nets As India Gear Up For Pakistan Clash In Asia Cup. Watch


Dhoni, who stepped down as ODI and T20I captain in January 2017, has played 321 ODIs for India, scoring 10046 runs at an average of 51.25. He has 10 centuries and 67 fifties to his name.

The 2011 World Cup winning captain Dhoni last featured in the limited-overs leg of the recently-concluded series between India and England. He received a lot of flak after his lackluster performance in the three-match One-day International (ODI) series against England that India lost 1-2. He scored just 79 runs in three matches.

Recently, Dhoni became the fourth Indian and 12th overall in ODI history to score 10,000 runs. He achieved the milestone during second ODI against England at Lord’s.

With this incredible feat, Dhoni joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya on the elite list.

The 2011 World Cup winning captain is only the second wicketkeeper-batsman to touch the 10000-run mark. Sangakkara was the first designated wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve the landmark.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India lifted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 in 2007. Dhoni also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England.





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India Bowl Out Pakistan For 162


This was after young Babar Azam (47) and veteran Shoaib Malik (43) added 82 runs for the third wicket and looked like taking control of the proceedings. However, Pakistan suffered a batting collapse losing five wickets for 36 runs before Faheem Ashraf (21) and Mohammed Aamir (16) added an invaluable 37 runs for the eighth wicket to take the total past 150-run mark. Put into bat, Pakistan were in trouble straight away as Bhuvneshwar dealt a twin blow removing the in-form duo of Imam ul Haq (2) and Fakhar Zaman (0) to reduce them to 2 for 3. Imam charged to a short of length delivery that climbed on him and the thickish outside edge was taken by Dhoni. Zaman, India’s tormentor in the Champions Trophy, mistimed a pull-shot and Yuzvendra Chahal took a well-judged catch. Babar and Malik then resurrected the innings with a fine partnership. The half-volleys on both sides of the wicket were driven with ferocity. Malik, who is a good player of spin bowling, gave Kuldeep Yadav the charge to hit him for a six and rotated the strike well. In fact, Malik was dropped off Pandya’s bowling, whose agonies increased when he had to leave the field. Babar failed to read Kuldeep’s googly as it clipped his off-bail. From 85 for 2, it soon became 100 for five as Pakistan lost wickets in a heap.    

Sarfraz Ahmed (6) was dismissed by Jadhav as substitute fielder Manish Pandey took a blinder at long-on. The Pakistani batsmen found it extremely difficult to read Jadhav’s round arm action as he bowled straight and wide. Asif Ali was caught behind and then Malik was run-out by a direct throw from Ambati Rayudu.    Shadab Khan (8) was stumped by Dhoni as he bacame Yadav’s third victim of the match. Faheem and Aamir did try their bit as Pakistan crossed the 150-run mark before Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah wrapped up the tail in the 44th over. 

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir.

 



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