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While You Were Asleep: Barcelona register four signings, Afghanistan beat Ireland, and New Zealand dominate West Indies to clinch T20I series

In the 2021/22 season, Messi was unable to highlight his mesmeric standards as he finished with 11 goals and 14 assists.

(Left to right) Barcelona club logo, Afghanistan players during the third T20I vs Ireland, and Martin Guptill in action during the 2nd T20I vs West Indies. (Photo: Reuters, @ACBOfficials and @ICC on Twitter)

Football Club Barcelona registered four of their newly signed players ahead of their opening La Liga game of the 2022/23 season at home against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, multiple reports from Spain suggested. Midfielder Franck Kessie, defender Andreas Christensen and forwards Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha as a result will be available for the opening match, though defender Jules Kounde still needs clearance.

Barcelona had to meet the Spanish League’s salary cap to register their new signings but several “economic levers” including new investment deals released funding after the final lever was triggered.

The club on Friday had announced the sale of 24.5% of Barça Studios for an amount of 100 million euros. This, to accelerate the growth of the Club’s digital, NFT, and Web3 strategy.

Afghanistan beat Ireland to keep series alive

A comprehensive T20 display from the top order with the bat followed by a good bowling show despite Rashid Khan having an off day meant Afghanistan made a comeback in the five-match T20I series against Ireland. Having lost the first two matches, the visitors needed a win in the third to keep the contest alive.

Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 53 off 35 deliveries while Najibullah Zadran provided the finishing touches with a quickfire 42 off 18 deliveries among the best batting performances of the day as Afghanistan posted 189/5 in their quota of 20 overs. Ireland would fall 22 runs short of the total. Naveen-ul-Haq was the pick of the bowlers with his spell of 3/38.

“Today we played as planned,” captain Mohammad Nabi said afterwards. “Openers gave good partnership and we put a good total. Early wickets is more important to win the games. Put opposition teams under pressure. Much better we performed as a team today.”

New Zealand dominate West Indies to clinch T20 series

The Blackcaps beat the Windies in the second of the three-match T20I series by 90 runs and gained an unassailable lead. Having won the toss, New Zealand elected to bat first at the Sabina Park. Apart from Glenn Phillips (76 off 41), Daryl Mitchell (48 off 20) and Devon Conway (42 off 34) were the chief tormentors with the bat for the hosts as New Zealand finished their 20 overs at 215/5.

In return fell short by 90 runs as they managed only 125/9 in their 20 overs. Mitchell Santner and Michael Bracewell took a 3fer each for the Kiwis.

Post a close first T20I, which they had won by 13 runs, New Zealand dominated the West Indies in their second meeting. The two teams will face off for the final time in the T20I series on Sunday, August 14 at the same venue in Kingston, Jamaica.

First published on: 13-08-2022 at 08:57:01 am
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