New Delhi: India women cricket team’s spinners, led by Radha Yadav’s 3/23 and superb spells from Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav restricted South Africa to 98/8. Despite losing some quick wickets, Harmanpreet Kaur held firm and smashed an unbeaten 34 as India crossed the line by five wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series at the Lalabhai Contractor stadium in Surat on Thursday. None of South Africa’s batters could capitalise on a good start provided by the openers, with Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus stitching a solid 23-run stand in five overs. Lee, in particular, looked in aggressive touch with two fours off Deepti Sharma. However, when Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav got the wickets of Lee and Luus in successive overs, South Africa lost total momentum. Laura Wolvaardt and Nadine de Klerk tried to break the shackles with a four each off Pooja Vastrakar. Woolvardt, who plays for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League, smashed two fours off Radha Yadav. However, Harmanpreet Kaur got rid of Wolvaardt for 17 and Radha got her second by getting de Klerk out for 11. Anne Bosch tried to get South Africa past hundred with a couple of boundaries but when she fell for 11 to Radha Yadav, South Africa managed stumbled. Deepti Sharma got two wickets in the final over and South Africa ended on 98/8.Also Read | 15-Year-Old Shafali Verma Helps India Take 2-0 Lead Against South Africa In T20I SeriesShafali Verma started off with a couple of fours but she fell to Shabnim Ismail. Smriti Mandhana’s poor run continued when she fell to Ayabonga Khaka for 7. India had some nervous moments when Luus got the wicket of Jemimah Rodrigues but Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma got India closer with a couple of boundaries. Also Read | Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur To Miss Women’s Big Bash League For National DutiesDeepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy fell but Harmanpreet sealed the deal with a four off Ayabonga Khaka as India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series. India and South Africa both agreed to play two extra Twenty20 Internationals after two games were abandoned without a ball being bowled in Surat. Thus, the five-match series has become a six-match series and the final match will take place on October 4. The ODIs will start from October 9 and they will take place at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The spread of the virus also highlights the potential reach of political decisions in a globalized world. According to The New York Times, when officials in China first learned of the coronavirus, their reaction was to suppress the discovery rather than report it. At the time, this was a political calculation, a consideration made with the interests of the Communist party in mind. Now, that political calculation has not only led to a miserable situation for the Party but a potential catastrophe for the wider world of sports. However, there are growing fears that the 2020 Olympics in Japan might not even happen at all. In light of the dire condition brought upon many countries by the coronavirus, the Olympics is now in jeopardy. More than 1,000 people in Japan have been infected with the virus, 12 have died and several schools have been shut down. Now, it’s on our sports pages. The prospect alone of a cancelled Olympics shows just how inextricably linked sports are with politics. Months ago, the coronavirus was a story best suited for the front page of The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. It was a story that highlighted communist suppression and the global threat of pandemics. Tokyo was chosen for many reasons. The city has been a hub for international trade, culture and technology for decades, and it also boasts a metropolitan population of 36 million people, which gives the Games maximum exposure. There are many different ways to approach the situation, and there’s not one easy answer. But whatever the IOC decides to do, it must not simply call off the 2020 Games. The Olympics might be cancelled due to concerns regarding Coronavirus. (Photo from BBC Sports/ Twitter) Other prominent examples exist to further highlight the connection between sports and politics. After 9/11, MLB postponed several of its games, pushing the World Series well into November. The NFL did the same, cancelling the weekend’s games after the attack. Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about the 2020 Olympics. His column, “Going for Gold,” runs every other Wednesday. This is a better option than postponing the Olympics because of the challenges with timing that would arise otherwise. If postponed, many of the athletes and participants would have to wait longer, causing their entire training schedules to be thrown off and, for older athletes, possibly impacting their chances of participating in the Games at all. In addition, the Olympics has a tradition of hosting the Winter Games two years after the Summer Games, so a postponement would throw off the IOC’s time tables. The IOC would be doing athletes and sports fans all over the world a disservice by canceling the Olympics. Though the risk is real and must be approached with the utmost care, the Olympics is a historic tradition that should not be canceled altogether even if there is a fear of a health epidemic. The IOC definitely does not want to cancel the Olympics, and an overwhelming majority of people don’t want that either. If I was in charge of determining where to move the Olympics, I would say move the Games to a location that has already hosted it in recent years such as Rio de Janeiro or London. Most likely, many of the Olympic venues are now being used recreationally and can be quickly turned around to accommodate the Olympics again. Every several years, the International Olympic Committee gathers to determine where the next Olympic Games should be held. Because preparation for the Olympics takes years, the IOC chose 2020’s Tokyo all the way back in 2011. In the same vein, the Olympics, arguably the biggest international sporting event in the world, is under threat. Talk of a potential cancellation is in full swing, and representatives of the IOC have already publicly discussed the potential of delaying the Games or moving them to a different city, which is virtually unfeasible.