Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 09:39 IST Dinesh Karthik replaced MS Dhoni in the Indian playing XI for the third ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni is nursing a sore back and missed the 3rd ODI vs New Zealand as a resultDinesh Karthik has donned the gloves for the first time since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2014India also brought back all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the playing XI in place of Vijay ShankarBrief scores – New Zealand 75/3 (21 overs) vs India. Ross Taylor (15*), Tom Latham (10*); Chahal (1/27), Bhuvneshwar (1/23), Shami (1/13). ScorecardAn injury to Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given Dinesh Karthik the opportunity to shine as the wicketkeeper after almost 6 years in the ongoing third ODI against New Zealand on Monday.Dhoni has a sore hamstring which is why he was not included in the playing XI for the crucial game, one that could decide the fate of the series with India already leading 2-0. This is only the third occasion when the veteran stumper was forced out of the playing XI.India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Live Cricket ScoreThe last time he was out of the playing XI was way back in 2013 when he missed three ODIs due to a hamstring injury in a tri-series in the West Indies.While the first time, he missed out was 12 years ago when he was out of two ODIs against Ireland and South Africa in Belfast in 2007 due to viral fever.Dinesh Karthik, who did not feature in the first two ODIs, has donned the gloves for the first time since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2014, the tournament which Dhoni had missed.He remained out of the team for three years before making a comeback in 2017 in the ODI series against West Indies. Since then Karthik has been in splendid form with the bat having scored 183 runs in 2017 at an average of 61, 167 runs last year at 41.75. He has played four matches this year and scored 37 runs till now.advertisementAlready 2-0 up in the five-match ODI rubber, India made two forced changes by leaving out an injured Dhoni and all-rounder Vijay Shankar with Hardik Pandya coming back into the side.This is Pandya’s first match after his ban was lifted by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for his alleged “sexist comments” on Karan Johar’s TV show Koffee with Karan.Pandya returns to the playing XI for the first time since an injury he picked up in the Asia Cup in September last year. After gaining full fitness, Pandya joined the team during the Test series in Australia and was expected to play in the ODIs before the Koffee with Karan controversy erupted.Pandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and skipper Virat Kohli has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all-rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.On the other hand, the hosts made a single change by including the left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner in place of Colin de Grandhomme.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow IND v NZ 3rd ODIFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow MS Dhoni India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 yearsIndia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Dinesh Karthik came into the playing XI as a replacement for MS Dhoni, who was ruled out of the third ODI against New Zealand with a hamstring injury. Brief scores – New Zealand 75/3 (21 overs) vs India. Ross Taylor (15*), Tom Latham (10*); Chahal (1/27), Bhuvneshwar (1/23), Shami (1/13)advertisement
At the meeting of its executive board last week, the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) approved US$8.3 million in grants to support farmers, farmers’ organizations, agricultural research and training programmes, along with $102 million in loans for rural development programmes.The loan of $29.2 million to China, for example, assists farmers living in remote areas of South Gansu province, where natural resources have deteriorated and there is only poor access to water for irrigation and drinking. The programme which will receive the funds will support irrigation, terracing, tree-planting and training toward improved farming methods.Another loan, of $19 million, aims to improve the lives of small farmers, traders and processors in Ghana who depend on roots and tubers for their livelihood. With women making up at least one-half of the beneficiaries, the programme will focus on both better production and marketing methods.The $8.1 million in grants are targeted to a wide range of programmes, including those supporting assistance to rural organizations in the countries of the Southern Cone Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR), improved management of indigenous trees and shrubs in the countries of the Sahel, and agricultural research and training in Eastern and Central Africa.