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Rishabh Pants breaks MSD’s India Record

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Guyana: Rishabh Pant, Indian batsman wicket keeper, played a brilliant knock of 65(42) against West Indies on the third T20 international on Tuesday. The wicketkeeper batsman smashed 65 runs breaking MS Dhoni’s past record of 56 in 2017 for the most runs as an Indian wicketkeeper batsman in T20 Internationals.

Pant stitched a 106-run stand with captain Virat Kohli as India gunned down a 147-run total with relative ease. This was also marked as the highest partnership till now in Guyana ground in an International T20 match, earlier highest runs partnership was of 96 runs.

Also after this match Virat Kohli has equaled Rohit Sharma’s record of most 50 plus scores. India lift the trophy for T20 series and now aims to grab the trophy for upcoming ODI and Test series.  Pant was under the pump after having thrown his wickets away in the T20Is in Florida. In the opening match of the series, he was dismissed for 0 while he was caught in the deep for 4 in the 2nd T20I.

Earlier, questions were raised on Pant’s approach in the shortest format; in the world cup also he could not perform up to the mask. Pant was under the pump after having thrown his wickets away in the T20Is in Florida. In the opening match of the series, he was dismissed for 0 while he was caught in the deep for 4 in the 2nd T20I.But in the last T20, he build his knock with maturity as he took time to settle into his innings and steady India after the visitors lost wickets of their openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in quick succession in chase of 147

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Gulam Bodi sentenced to five years in prison

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Former Proteas batsman Gulam Body has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a match-fixing scandal, which rocked South African cricket in 2015.

The 40-year-old had pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption in 2018, admitting to being a link between players – mostly his teammates at the Lions – and bookies during the 2015 Ram Slam T20 competition.

Bodi, who played two ODIs and one T20I, was charged under the Act after being banned by Cricket South Arica for 20 years for his role in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 scandal. The CSA, however, said none of the fixtures were affected by fixing after the plans to fix matches were foiled.

He was initially banned from all cricket-related activities for 20 years, while the other players involved – Jean Symes, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Thami Tsolekile – also received suspensions which effectively ended their playing careers.

According to reports, the 40-year-old pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption relating to sporting activities, and begged the court for mercy after he was told he could be jailed for as many as 15 years. The sentencing was delayed on several occasions – at one point because his lawyer withdrew from the case due to Bodi’s lack of funds.

The report further said that according to court documents, Bodi had been approached by Indian “bookmakers” as early as 2014.

Bodi’s prison sentence is the highest sanction received by a South African sports personality in relation with match-fixing.

His scandal followed some 15 years after the high-profile one involving late former Proteas captain, Hansie Cronje, who was handed a life-long ban for his actions, but escaped criminal prosecution.

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