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Sports World: India Colts Chase Down Afghanistan's 173-Run Target In Asia Cup; Copa America Draw Groups Brazil With Colombia; Mumbai City Rout Bengaluru In ISL - As It Happened

India defeated Afghanistan in the ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2023 title opening fixture. Here's what transpired on Friday, December 8, 2023

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Indian colts defeated their Afghanistan counterparts by seven wickets in their opening fixture of the ACC U-19 Asian Cup 2023 title. In football, Mumbai City FC thumped Bengaluru FC 4-0 in the ISL. Copa America 2024 draw was made as Argentina, Brazil found out their groups. The India vs Australia, ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 final pitch was rated 'average' by the ICC. Here's what transpired for December 8, 2023. (Cricket News | Football News | December 7 Highlights)

11:46pm: Adios
That's it for today! Goodbye

11:29pm: London All Set To Host The Best FIFA Football Awards 2024
The Best FIFA Football Awards will be staged in London in January, world soccer's governing body said. The gala event, which will see the likes of Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Pep Guardiola, Aitana Bonmati and Emma Hayes in contention for big prizes, will be held on January 15. Read more here.

10:04pm: South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi Ruled Out Of T20I Series
South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi was on Friday ruled out of the three-match T20I series against India with a left lateral ankle sprain. His pullout has forced CSA to draft in Western Province pacer Beuran Hendricks as his replacement. Read more here.

9:15pm: Subrata Paul Retires: Legendary Indian Goalkeeper Calls It Quits
Subrata Paul, who made his debut against Lebanon in the World Cup qualifiers in 2007, had 65 appearances for India. The 36-year-old earned the sobriquet "Spiderman" for his heroics under the bar.

8:49pm: Savita Punia To Lead 22-Member India Women's Hockey Team At Five-Nations Tournament 2023
Goalkeeper Savita Punia will continue to lead the Indian women's hockey team, while veteran forward Vandana Katariya will be her deputy as the national federation on Friday announced a 22-member team for the upcoming 5-Nation Tournament in Spain. Read more about it here.

7:27pm: Sanjay Bangar Back At Punjab Kings
Former India cricketer Sanjay Bangar is back in action as he has joined IPL franchise, Punjab Kings' head of cricket development. This is Bangar's second stint with the IPL side, having earlier worked with them as an assistant coach (2014) and head coach (2015, 2016). Read more here.

6:53pm: Lionel Messi, Inter Miami CF Heading To Hong Kong
Lionel Messi and Inter Miami are headed to Hong Kong. The club revealed plans for a February 4 match there on its first international tour, part of its preseason before the 2024 Major League Soccer campaign. Messi and Inter Miami will face a team composed of top players from the First Division league in Hong Kong. Read more details here.

5:52pm: Copa America 2024 Draw - Know Who's Playing Who
Argentina and their superstar captain Lionel Messi will get a golden opportunity to avenge their defeats to Chile in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals, as they have been grouped with their old foes in the draw for next year’s tournament in the United States. Read more about it here.

4:49pm: India Vs Australia Final, 2023 ODI World Cup Pitch Rated 'Average' By ICC
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad which hosted the ODI World Cup final between India and Australia on November 19 has been rated "average" by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ICC match referee and former Zimbabwe batter Andy Pycroft, however, rated the outfield as "very good". Read more about it right here.

3pm: IND U-19 Chase 174-Run Target
The Indian Under-19 men's cricket team have bowled out Afghanistan for a paltry 173 and have begun their chase of the modest target. India have scored 22 runs for the loss of one wicket in 2.5 overs.  

12:30pm: ZIM's Memorable Win Over IRE
Zimbabwe did not qualify for ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, but they did not let that disappointment get in the way of their momentous home fixture against Ireland in Harare on Thursday, December 7, 2023. The hosts ended the T20I - the first-ever international game to be played under lights in Zimbabwe - with a thrilling last-ball, one-wicket victory under their belt. Read our report here to know how it transpired. 

10:36am: Under-19 Asia Cup, IND Vs AFG
India colts have won the toss and opted to field first against Afghanistan in their opening game of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup. Check out India's full squad here.  

8:30am: Copa America Draw Update
The Copa America 2024 draw ceremony has concluded. Brazil are grouped with Colombia and Paraguay (Group D), while Argentina will open the tournament on June 20 against the winner of a Canada-Trinidad and Tobago play-off.

8am: Recap
The second day of the New Zealand vs Bangladesh second Test was washed out. The Indian men's junior hockey team lost its match against Spain in the FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Cup 2023. Meanwhile, the 13th edition of Big Bash League kicked off with Brisbane Heat winning the opening game against Melbourne Stars. Jamshedpur and Chennaiyin played out a 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League, and there was another stalemate in the day - in Pro Kabaddi League between Bengal Warriors and Jaipur Pink Panthers (28-28). 

Sports World Live: Hello and welcome to our live blog coverage of today's sports news and events. Bangladesh and New Zealand's second Test enters day three with the visitors languishing at 55/5. India have travelled to South Africa for the white-ball tour as well as two Test matches. The first T20I is on December 10. Mumbai FC take on Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League

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