The Assam Tribune

Hardik Pandya!s shoulder injury "not serious!

- Match starts: 7.30pm

ABU DHABI, Oct 26: Having sealed a place in the Super 12s with two stunning wins, debutants Namibia will look to continue their fairytale run when they take on a bruised Scotland in the ICC T20 World Cup here on Wednesday.

Gerhard Erasmus and his bunch of unknown cricketers stunned the cricketing world when they beat Netherland­s by six wickets and then notched up a shocking eight-wicket victory over Ireland to grab a spot in the Super 12s.

It was a historic moment for a country which has a population of 2.5 million and doesn!t boost of any cricketing legacy. The win over Ireland was their first against a Test playing nation and it also guaranteed Namibia a spot in next year!s T20 World Cup.

Having earned its right to rub shoulders with the cricketing elites, Namibia will now be keen to test their skills against the best in business and a win over Scotland will do them a world of good before they take on the likes of Afghanista­n, India, Pakistan and New Zealand in Group 2.

Scotland, on the other hand, were flying high with three successive wins in the first round before they were bought to earth by Afghanista­n with an embarrassi­ng 130-run defeat. $ PTI

DUBAI, Oct 26: Flamboyant India all-rounder Hardik Pandya!s shoulder injury sustained during the T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan is believed to be a minor one and he is likely to be available for the next game against New Zealand on October 31.

Pandya, who did not bowl in the IPL last month, is playing only as a batter right now and scored 11 off 8 balls on Sunday night, looking distinctly uncomforta­ble against pacers before being hit on the shoulder by a short ball.

"Yes, Hardik!s scan reports have come and the injury is not very serious. Also the fact that there is a sixday gap between two games gives him enough time to recuperate,# a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"But obviously, the medical team would wait and watch as to how he shapes up during the training sessions,# he added.

Pandya had recently said that he would be bowling during the knock-out stages but India!s chances hinge on the New Zealand game. Losing the match would seriously jeopardise their prospects of going ahead in the tournament.

The games against Scotland, Namibia and Afghanista­n are expected to be easy wins for India.

Therefore, if India lose to New Zealand, it will hamper their chances of making it to the top two in the group. $ PTI

SHARJAH, Oct 26: Pakistan wicketkeep­er Mohammad Rizwan on Tuesday urged people to show respect to players, voicing his support for senior India pacer Mohammed Shami, who was subjected to abuse on social media following the national team!s World Cup loss to the arch-rival.

The Pakistan opener, who played a match-winning unbeaten 79-run knock in his team!s comprehens­ive 10wicket over India in the T20 World Cup campaign opener on Sunday, requested people to show respect to players, who are always under immense pressure to perform.

"The kind of pressure, struggles & sacrifices a player has to go through for his country & his people is immeasurab­le. @MdShami11 is a star & indeed one of the best bowlers in the world.

"Please respect your stars. This game should bring people together & not divide +em *Shami *PAKvIND,# Rizwan wrote on Twitter.

One of India!s best fast bowlers in recent times, Shami was the team!s most expensive bowler on Sunday, giving away 43 runs in 3.5 overs.

His ordinary performanc­e in the match was linked to his religion by trolls on social media.

Several current and former players, politician­s and citizens rallied behind the cricketer, posting messages of support on social media on Monday. $ PTI

GUWAHATI, Oct 26: Assam won a total of 19 medals including two gold, two silver and 15 bronze medals in the 20th Junior National (Boys and Girls) Wushu Championsh­ip held at Lovely Profession­al University, Phagwara, Punjab. The championsh­ip was held from October 20 to 25, stated a press release.

Medal winners are:Taolu (routine) event:

Arhaan Borooah (gold in xingyiquan), Glory Bharali (gold in traditiona­l bare hand). Deeksha Tewari (silver in nandao and bronze in nanquan), Gunjan Kalita (silver in jianshu and bronze in qiangshu), Prantika Borah (bronze in daoshu). Riki Kharka (bronze in nandao), Sneha Borah (bronze in jianshu and bronze in qiangshu), Nihar Baruah (bronze in jianshu), Barsha Diya Bordoloi (bronze in baguazhang), Juli Rani Mech (bronze in baguazhang), Sourav Kumar (bronze in traditiona­l taijiquan).

Group A:

Sanda (free fighting) event: (Junior Boys)

Manab Protim Sonowal (bronze in below 52kg), Homraj Lama (bronze in below 65kg), Indro Ghole (bronze in below 75kg). Dwithwn Basumatary (bronze in below 56kg). Prativa Taye (bronze in below 52kg).

Youth boys:

Youth girls:

Group B:

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