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Australia Women edge past India to win T20 series

Australia Women beat India Women by four wickets in the second IT20 at Carrara to secure the series win; Tahlia McGrath hits 42no to take hosts to victory target of 119 in the final over; Australia take unassailable 2-0 lead in three-match series

Last Updated: 09/10/21 1:48pm

Tahlia McGrath scored an unbeaten 42 to get Australia over the line and seal the T20 series

Tahlia McGrath scored an unbeaten 42 to get Australia over the line and seal the T20 series

Tahlia McGrath scored an unbeaten 42 to take Australia to a four-wicket win over India in a low-scoring second IT20 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Having been set 119 to win, Australia stuttered in the first half of their chase and found themselves 46-4 in the 10th over and even at 94-6 in the 17th over, the game was in the balance but McGrath held her nerve to get the home side over the line with five balls to spare.

India had Pooja Vastrakar to thank for making the game as competitive as it was. The 22-year-old bowler scored 37 not out from 26 balls and dominated a last-wicket stand of 37 to take the tourists from 81-9 after 17 overs to 118-9 at the end of the innings.

Ultimately, it proved in vain as, despite that early wobble, Australia got home in the chase to clinch the series ahead of Sunday’s third and final T20.

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Having won the toss and chosen to bowl, Australia got just the start they were after by taking three wickets in the powerplay, Tayla Vlaeminck (2-18) removing openers Smriti Mandhana (1) and Shafali Verma (3) before left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux had Jemimah Rodrigues (7) caught at mid-on.

Harmanpreet Kaur (28 from 20) was keeping the scoreboard moving for India despite those early wickets but when she fell to Georgia Wareham (1-14) in the ninth over, the runs dried up and the wickets continued to tumble with two run-outs adding to the visitors’ troubles.

India were in serious danger of posting a sub-100 total when Molineux (2-11) bowled Renuka Singh to end the 17th over but some strong hitting from Vastraka in the last three overs ensured that the bowlers had something to defend.

Australia recovered from losing Alyssa Healy (4) second ball, bowled by a beauty from Shikha Pandey that jagged back, and suffered no further losses in the powerplay.

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However, three big wickets in the space of four overs brought India right back into the game with Meg Lanning (15), Ashleigh Gardner (1) and Ellyse Perry (2) gone.

McGrath joined Beth Mooney with 73 runs still needed to win and just as the pair seemed to have got Australia back in control, Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3-21) had Mooney (34 from 36) stumped and then dismissed Nicola Carey (7) in the same manner three overs later to keep India in the hunt.

McGrath, playing in only her second IT20, remained calm throughout though and with the help of Wareham (10no from 7) and some lacklustre India fielding, put the home side back in the ascendency.

Back-to-back McGrath boundaries at the start of the 19th over all-but sealed the deal for Australia and the right-hander was left to hit the winning run off Vastraka from the first ball of the 20th.

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India have slim victory hopes in day-night Test

Australia 85 runs from avoiding the follow-on and trail by 234 runs heading into final day of day-night Test; Jhulan Goswami and Pooja Vastrakar take two wickets each but Ellyse Perry digs in with the bat on the day she becomes first woman to 300 wickets and 5,000 runs in internationals

Last Updated: 02/10/21 2:00pm

India lead Australia by 234 runs heading into the final day in Carrara, with the hosts still 85 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on

India lead Australia by 234 runs heading into the final day in Carrara, with the hosts still 85 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on

India Women have slim hopes of victory in the day-night Test against Australia after taking four wickets on the penultimate day in Carrara.

The hosts closed day three on 143-4, still 85 runs from avoiding the follow-on target of 228 and 234 runs behind India’s 377-8 declared, which is the highest score by a visiting women’s team in Australia.

India seamers Jhulan Goswami (2-27) and Pooja Vastrakar (2-31) found plenty of movement with the pink ball, with Goswami accounting for Australia openers Beth Mooney (4) and Alyssa Healy (29).

Vastrakar, meanwhile, removed Southern Stars skipper Meg Lanning (38) and Tahlia McGrath (28) during an excellent India bowling performance, although Ellyse Perry (27no off 98) remains unbeaten heading into the final day at Metricon Stadium and a draw seems the likeliest outcome.

Perry had earlier become the first woman to do the double of 5,000 runs and 300 wickets in international cricket when she had Vastrakar (13) caught by Mooney at gully.

India added 101 runs in 43.1 overs to their overnight total of 276-5, during which time Australian debutant Stella Campbell, 19, made Taniya Bhatia her maiden Test wicket, caught behind by wicketkeeper Healy.

Campbell also pinned Deepti Sharma (66) lbw shortly before India’s declaration – the replays showed the delivery pitched outside leg stump but with DRS not in operation, the decision stood.

The lack of DRS went in India’s favour during the Australia innings, though, when Lanning – dropped on 17 and 32 – was out lbw to Vastrakar despite inside-edging the seamer’s nip-backer onto her pad.

Ellyse Perry is unbeaten on 27 for Australia at Metricon Stadium

Ellyse Perry is unbeaten on 27 for Australia at Metricon Stadium

Lanning’s dismissal left Australia 80-3, after Mooney had clipped Goswami onto her stumps with the score on 14 and Healy then snicked the same bowler behind to Bhatia when the hosts were on 63.

A patient Perry steadied Australia, adding 39 with McGrath for the fourth wicket and then an unbroken 24 with Ashleigh Gardner (13no) for the fifth.

India will feel they can push for the four points available for a win if they dismiss Perry early on day four but Australia will expect to secure a draw, a result which would see both sides bag two points.

Australia lead the multi-format series 4-2 after winning two of the three one-day internationals, with the one-off Test match followed by T20 internationals on October 7, 9 and 10, also in Carrara.

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Coronavirus digest: US lowers travel advisory for India

The number of fresh cases in India has fallen to a four-month low. Elsewhere, a new study shows over 1 million children have lost a caregiver due to COVID. DW has the latest.

The US State Department has lowered its COVID-related travel advisory for India and Pakistan to “Level 3 — Reconsider Travel” from “Level 4 — Do Not Travel.”

The advisories had previously asked US residents not to travel to either country.

Restrictions imposed in May, which bar the entry of nearly all non-US citizens who have been in India within the last 14, remain in place.

Though India’s COVID cases have been slowing, some local hotspots remain quite active, driving up the total number of cases. The health ministry confirmed 42,015 new infections on Wednesday, and 3,998 deaths, the highest since June 12.

Some provinces in Pakistan have seen a sharp rise in cases lately, but the country has brought the situation under control more generally.

Nearly all travelers to the US must show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery from the disease.

Here’s an overview of other major coronavirus developments around the world.


Guatemala received three million doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccines donated by the US. The country’s health minister said it was the biggest shipment yet, and would allow the country to vaccinate everyone over 40.

Mexico‘s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 13,853 new confirmed infections and 341 deaths, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 2,678,297 and the death toll to 236,810.

Brazil registered 27,592 new cases of coronavirus and 1,424 new deaths on Tuesday. The infection rate has been accelerating ever since officials relaxed social distancing rules in early May.


The Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right COVID measures in place, World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. The world needed the Olympics “as a celebration of hope,” and the number of cases should not be used to judge the event, Tedros said. Instead, he urged people to think of the way the cases are handled.

South Korea reported a new daily high for COVID-19 infections, with 1,784 confirmed cases. The figures marked the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began.

Australia’s Victoria state logged the biggest daily rise in locally acquired coronavirus cases in more than a week. Health authorities reported 22 new cases on Wednesday, up from nine a day earlier.

The state has extended its stay-at-home orders until July 27.

Mainland China reported 22 new COVID cases, compared to 65 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 20 originated overseas. The rest were local cases, all in the southwestern border province of Yunnan. China’s total number of coronavirus cases stands at 92,364. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.


Authorities in Mallorca are rethinking COVID rules as cases continue to rise on the Spanish holiday island. The number of new infections per 100,000 people rose to 335 from 310 on Tuesday. Last Friday, the figure was 270.

The number of cases in Germany rose by 2,203 and the death toll increased by 19. The total number of cases now stands at 3,748,613 and deaths at 91,416.

Greek Orthodox Church authorities published a circular busting conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. It includes advice that vaccines “do not contain microchips.” Spiritual leaders have urged churches to read the guidelines out to the faithful.

Greece reported more than 3,000 new infections on Tuesday for its approximately 11 million inhabitants.


Around 1.5 million children worldwide lost at least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver as a result of the pandemic between March 2020 and April this year, a new study led by a researcher at the Imperial College London reveals.

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'Skulduggery' released in India

Paul Rushworth-Brown’s novel ‘Skulduggery’ released in India

“You are kept in suspense ’til the final pages with this historical romance, mystery, whodunit. ”

SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, July 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Australian historical fiction author Paul Rushworth-Brown will debut his novel “Skulduggery” which will be available in India July 15, 2021 as part of Shawline Publishing’s historical fiction line. He has appeared on America Tonight with Kate Delaney, the BBC with Sanchez Payne and 2RDJ-FM with Neil Lithgow in Australia.

The novel has already earned acclaim, with one reviewer describing it as “masterful and thoroughly enjoyable. A fascinating and wonderful example of historical fiction and the old-time romance and whodunit really added to the story. Thoroughly researched, it is written in such a way that puts you in the time and place.”

Set on the “Bleak Pennine moors of Yorkshire, England, a beautiful, harsh place, close to the sky, rugged and rough, no boundaries ‘cept the horizon which in some places went on forever. Green pastures and wayward hills, the colours of ochre, brown and pink in the spring. Green squares divided the land on one side of the lane and on the other. Sheep with thick wool and dark snout dotted the hills and dales. One room, cruck house cottages, scattered, smoke billowing out of some and not others. Dry stone walls dividing and falling, a patchwork of green, green and greener. Long grasses whispered while swaying in the chilled wind waiting for the summer months.”

The novel, set on the moors of West Yorkshire, follows wee Thomas and his family shortly after losing his father to consumption. Times were tough in 1603 and there were shenanigans and skulduggery committed by locals and outsiders alike. Queen Bess has died and King James sits on the throne of England and Scotland.

Thomas Rushworth is now the man of the house being the older of the two boys. He is set to marry Agnes, in an arranged marriage, but a love story develops between them. This rollicking adventure paints a descriptive picture of the characters and the landscape they fill. You are kept in suspense ’til the final pages where one hopes good will triumph over evil.

Paul was educated at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia. He became a writer in 2015 when he embarked on a six-month project to produce a written family history for his children, Rachael, Christopher and Hayley.

This four hundred page book traced his family’s ancestry back to Haworth, Yorkshire where his ancestors had been living as copyholders or peasant farmers since 1590. His Great Grandfather James Rushworth Ist was a carpenter and the first to move away from the dales in the mid-1800s with his wife and nine children. Through this research, he developed a passion for writing and “Skulduggery” and the soon to be released “Winter of Red” is a continuation of this.

Rushworth-Brown is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact mailto:[email protected] Find out more on his website: www.paulrushworthbrownskulduggerywinterofred.com/

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India lightning strike kills 11 people taking selfies on top of watchtower during downpour

India lightning strike kills 11 people taking selfies on top of watchtower during downpour

The victims were reportedly taking selfies of themselves at the top of a watch tower at the 12th Century Amer Fort. As many as 27 people are believed to have been on the tower as the lightning struck. A number were injured as they jumped off the tower in panic.

The state of Rajasthan saw a number of thunder storms on Sunday, with another nine people reportedly killed by lightning strikes.

Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, expressed his deep condolences to the families of those involved.

“Many people have lost their lives due to lightning in some areas of Rajasthan,” he wrote.

“Deeply saddened by the demise of people.

“I express my deepest condolences to the families of those killed: PM @narendramodi.”

The state’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, promised financial assistance of up to 500,000 rupee (£4,800) for the families of the dead.

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Extreme weather is not unusual in the country, with various incidents in 2020 leaving at least 2000 people dead.

Cyclone Amphan caused much destruction and loss of life last year.

The storm, which ravaged Sunderbans in the southern fringe of West Bengal and hinterland including Kolkata in May 2020, led to “the biggest displacement” in world in 2020 caused by a natural calamity.

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India reports less than 50,000 daily Covid-19 cases for 11 consecutive days

India reports less than 50,000 daily Covid-19 cases for 11 consecutive days

Continuing a declining trend, India has been reporting less than 50,000 daily active cases of Covid-19 infection for 11 continuous days. The country’s Active Caseload on Thursday stands at 4,60,704 and active cases are now only 1.50% of the country’s total Positive Cases.

In the last 24 hours, India has reported 45,892 new cases.

“This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs,” said the Union Health ministry in a statement.

On another front, India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeded 36.48 crore on Thursday as per the provisional report till 7 am.

A total of 36,48,47,549 vaccine doses have been administered through 47,40,833 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am. 33,81,671 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of COVID19 vaccination commenced from June 21.

“The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID19 vaccination throughout the country,” the Health ministry said.

Rural India sinks deeper into debt as COVID wipes out work

Asha Devi does not remember how many meals she has skipped as she struggles to feed her family of seven in a remote corner of northern India where the novel coronavirus is compounding old problems of rural debt and poverty.

Devi, 35, had to mortgage her land for a 20,000 rupees ($ 270) loan and six months on, as the money runs out, she has stopped buying milk, halved her use of cooking oil and can afford lentils only about once every 10 days.

With her construction worker husband jobless, she is facing going deeper into debt to get by.

“Sometimes I go to sleep hungry. Last week, I think I went to bed hungry at least twice but I can’t remember,” Devi told Reuters news agency as she wiped away tears with her threadbare sari outside her mud house in her village in Uttar Pradesh state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has promised free foodgrains for the poor but the rations are limited and not enough for the family, Devi said.

The coronavirus and a lockdown aimed at stopping it last year saw millions of people thrown out of jobs in cities and towns and forced back to their villages, and ever higher levels of debt.

Interviews with 75 households in a cluster of eight villages in India’s most populous state showed household incomes have slumped nearly 75 percent on average. Almost two-thirds of the households have taken on debt.

Devi’s husband used to have a job in construction in the more prosperous state of Punjab to the northwest, which kept the family going. Now the job is gone and he is back home and struggling to find work.

Others like him who have lost jobs crowd around a brick kiln near their village every day hoping for work.

Rural India sinks deeper into debt as COVID wipes out workA farmer feeds iceberg lettuce to his buffalo during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of coronavirus disease, at Bhuinj village in Satara district, Maharashtra [File: Rajendra Jadhav/Reuters]

Heavy debt and low income in the countryside will hold back any economic recovery the government is trying to make and also dent private savings and investment for longer than expected, economists say.

“It will have a huge impact and prolong the recovery process. Private consumption and investments both will be hurt. There is merit in finding ways to put money in the hands of the people,” said NR Bhanumurthy, economist and vice chancellor at Bengaluru-based BR Ambedkar School of Economics.

India’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell by a record 7.3 percent in the financial year that ended on March 31. The government has forecast a 10.5 percent growth for 2021-22 but a second wave of the pandemic has dented expectations and several economists have cut their forecasts.

The poor have especially been hit hard.

The Reuters investigation showed most of the 75 households in the Uttar Pradesh cluster, a combined 518 people, have taken out a total debt of 6.12 million rupees ($ 82,250), more than 80 percent of which remains unserviced, the householders said.

Borrowing has risen by three times since the pandemic hit in March 2020 and about half of that was taken out in the past six months, the survey found.

With no jobs or with bread-winners sick, the cumulative monthly income of the 75 households has dropped to about 220,000 rupees ($ 2,960) from 815,000 rupees ($ 10,960) before the pandemic.

“Almost everyone is in debt in this village … unemployment is the biggest problem,” said 55-year-old Komal Prasad, a former headman of Gauriya, a hamlet in the cluster with a population of just more than 2,000.

Only about 30 percent of the people in Gauriya had a job or were looking for work, many fewer than before, villagers said.

Juggi Lal, a 35-year-old farmhand, said she was struggling to buy medicine for her disabled husband because there was no work and she owed 60,000 rupees ($ 806) to a moneylender.

“Every morning I wake up thinking what work will I get, how will I get through the day?”

The rural unemployment rate, which used to hover around 6 percent before the pandemic, rose to 8.75 percent in June, according to the Mumbai-based Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).

Rural India sinks deeper into debt as COVID wipes out workManorami Rawat, 35, works at a furnace to extract peppermint oil in Dalipur village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh [File: Saurabh Sharma/Reuters]

The mix of lower incomes, higher debt and rising prices of staples is dampening demand in the countryside where two-thirds of Indians live.

Sales of everything from biscuits, tea and lentils to auto parts have taken a hit, vendors say. Some have shut down shops that their families have run for generations.

Gosh Mohammed, 43, used to sell up to 8,000 rupees ($ 107) of groceries before the pandemic. Now it is down to 1,000 rupees ($ 13.5) a day.

He has taken 60,000 rupees ($ 800) worth of goods from a wholesaler on credit but has not been able to pay it off for six months.

“I never used to take goods on credit because buying with cash gets us more of a discount,” Mohammed said.

“Now I think I’ll have to shut my shop as wholesalers have stopped giving me credit and I have sold the goods on credit and that money isn’t likely to come back.”

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When will India be removed from the red list?

When will India be removed from the red list?

The written plea reads: “The pandemic has been a catastrophe for our industry and the wider economy.”

It adds that while the international travel sector accounted for 1.5million jobs pre-pandemic, “hundreds of thousands of jobs have now been lost”, direly warning that “many more are at risk”.

The 14 signatories to the letter include chief executive of the Association of British Travel Agents Mark Tanzer, director of Tourism Alliance Kurt Janson, and Prospect Union general secretary Mike Clancy.

Pleading for financial support, the letter continued: “We implore you and your cabinet colleagues to act decisively to save jobs and businesses, and to set the industry on the road to recovery in a risk-based manner.”

Author: Myriam Toua
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