FIFA U-17 World Cup: Must win for Mali, New Zealand, Turkey in Group B

first_imgMali, New Zealand and Turkey face must win contests in their respective Group B encounters while already qualified Paraguay will look to end the first round on a winning note at the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thursday.Turkey who are at the bottom of the group, will face table-toppers Paraguay. Mali, who are at the second spot, will take on New Zealand who are currently seated third in the table.Mali will be safely through to the knock-out stages along with Paraguay if they can clinch a victory against New Zealand. A draw will also be enough for the Africans if Paraguay beat Turkey in the other match.For New Zealand, a victory will assure them a spot in the Round of 16 while a draw will leave them hoping for a Paraguay win.For Turkey, no less than a win will do. But even a victory may not be enough if Mali beat New Zealand.Even in case of a New Zealand win, the second placed team will be decided on goal difference.Mali will be high on confidence after their 3-0 drubbing of Turkey in their previous Group B game here.New Zealand earlier drew 1-1 with Turkey, playing without their regular skipper Max Mata, who missed their last match because of two yellow cards he received in their tournament opener.Paraguay have defeated Mali and New Zealand and will be looking to end the group stage with an all win record.Turkey, on the other hand, will be looking to register their first win and keep their chances alive after being beaten 3-0 by Mali in their last game.advertisementlast_img read more

Sam Curran IPL 2019 Auction Live: Sam Curran gets auctioned for INR 7.20 crore

first_imgSam Curran IPL 2019 Auction Live: England all-rounder Sam Curran became the costliest foreign player to be sold at the IPL Auction Live 2019 in Jaipur on Tuesday. Sam Curran, who was India’s tormentor in England during the five-match Test series, was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.20 crore in a fierce three-way bidding war amongst Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.Sam Curran made his Test debut against Pakistan earlier in the year and made an immediate impact. Sam Curran, in fact, was instrumental in England’s series win over India and was named man-of-the-series.South Africa batsman Colin Ingram too fetched big money. The auction witnessed a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the T20 specialist.Sunrisers pulled out after the bid crossed Rs 6 crore before Delhi bought Ingram for Rs 6.6 crore. In the bid for wicketkeepers, Heinrich Klaasen was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Shaun Marsh, the leading run-getter in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, failed to find any buyers.West Indian stars continued to rule the roost in the IPL auctions yet again. Carlos Brathwaite was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore while Shimron Hetmyer sold for Rs 4.2 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Wicket-keeper Nicolas Pooran was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.20 crore.KXIP bagged the services of Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Rs 1 crore while the Sunrisers Hyderabad spent Rs 2.20 crore for English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and Rs 1.20 crore.advertisementMumbai Indians bought back Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga for Rs 2 crore while veteran Ishant Sharma was bought for Rs 1.10 crore by Delhi Capitals.Top overseas cricketers in the world Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Hashim Amla, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Angelo Mathews, Shaun Marsh and Adam Zampa were among the players who failed to attract any buyers.A total of 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, were sold at the IPL 2019 auction. A total of Rs 106.80 crore was spent by 8 teams.Sam Curran joins the squad! #KXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SaddaSquad #IPLAuction XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) December 18, 2018last_img read more