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Virat Kohli to make his film debut?

8 hours ago  
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What is Virat Kohli gearing up to? Any idea? Well, the major buzz around the film project that Virat Kohli is touted to make his debut with is doing the rounds on social media. The industry is abuzz with rumours of the cricketing world's wonder boy Virat Kohli's big project - off the pitch. Here's the poster that's sure to have gossip mills churning overtime about his next interesting and imminent project. Backed by Wrogn Productions, the poster shows the cricketing superstar in an action setting which sets the tone for the big unveil of the trailer on 28th September. Another debut after 10 years, can't wait! 😀 #TrailerTheMovie https://t.co/zDgE4JrdDT pic.twitter.com/hvcovMtfAV — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 21, 2018 The cricketer himself took to social media and shared the poster of this brand new project. His post reads : Another debut after 10 years, can't wait! Trailer The Movie! A highly-placed source says, "Despite being a short film that Virat's h..
                 

Dhawan's wife Ayesha and Rohit's wife Ritika enjoy girl time!

8 hours ago  
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Shikhar Dhawan's wife Ayesha Mukherjee posted a collage of pictures with Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika Sajdeh and son Zoravar enjoying the Asia Cup match where India beat Pakistan by eight wickets on Wednesday and wrote: "Great day at the match with @ritssajdeh and #zoraverdhawan too many laughs and fun moments #indiavspakistan #cricket_love #cheersquad #thankyoudubai #beautifulstadium #teamindia #thecoolbreeze."       View this post on Instagram Great day at the match with @ritssajdeh and #zoraverdhawan too many laughs and fun moments 🤣🤣🤣 #indiavspakistan #cricket_love #cheersquad #thankyoudubai #beautifulstadium #teamindia #thecoolbreeze A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) onSep 20, 2018 at 1:03am PDT Ritika Sajdeh, too, shared a few pictures of the two women posing for a selfie as well as another photo on Instagram.       View this..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India need to guard against complacency against B'desh

8 hours ago  
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After blowing hot and cold in their league matches, India have their job cut out. They have to win at least two Super Four games to ensure a berth in the Asia Cup final. They have to play three matches in next five days, including one against Pakistan on September 23, to achieve that goal. After the completion of the league phase, the battle begins in right earnest to determine who will become the champion in this desert venue. After five-time winners Sri Lanka were sent packing by Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the field is open for India and Pakistan. But the Afghan and Bangla fans will beg to differ. Given the performances so far, they would consider their teams at par with the two front-runners. Most experts feel that it would be an India-Pakistan final on September 28. But before that, they have to do a lot to reach there. India take on Bangladesh here today here while Pakistan travel to Abu Dhabi to face Afghanistan. Thereafter, it will again be an Indo-Pak affair on September 23,..
                 

9 Puducherry players return home after special allowance taken away

9 hours ago  
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The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) yesterday decided to take away the special allowance granted to Puducherry for their inaugural season in domestic cricket after the debutants fielded all outstation players for their Vijay Hazare Trophy opener against Manipur. The opposition team suffered a crushing eight-wicket defeat in Baroda. It is understood that rising objections from several state associations resulted in the BCCI taking a firm decision. The BCCI yesterday informed the Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP) to pick only those players in the playing XI who were registered before August 2017. As a result, nine players who were part of Puducherry's opening clash were told to return home with immediate effect. Three of those players — Sagar Trivedi, Shashank Singh and Sagar Udeshi — are from Mumbai. Trivedi (3-47) and Udeshi (4-20) shared seven wickets between them against Manipur. The team are led by veteran Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Na..
                 

Chahar, Kaul, Jadeja to replace injured Pandya, Shardul and Axar

11 hours ago  
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The Indian cricket team's injury woes were compounded yesterday with spinner Axar Patel and speedster Shardul Thakur ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup here, joining all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the casualty list. Pandya was also ruled out of the tournament with an acute back injury he suffered against Pakistan on Wednesday. The en masse rule out has led to growing concerns in the BCCI about injury management by the team's support staff. Deepak Chahar has replaced Pandya in the squad, Ravindra Jadeja will come in for Axar, while Siddharth Kaul will be flown in as reinforcement for Shardul, the BCCI confirmed yesterday. Left-arm spinner Axar injured his left index finger while fielding in the same game against Pakistan. He was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. Pacer Shardul experienced right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps ..
                 

Vijay Hazare Trophy: MS Dhoni's advice worked, says Shahbaz Nadeem

12 hours ago  
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Jharkhand's left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem yesterday broke a two-decade old world record for the best bowling performance in List 'A' cricket as he claimed eight wickets for just 10 runs against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Chennai. Nadeem's splendid 10-4-10-8 spell helped his team beat the Ashok Menaria-led Rajasthan by seven wickets in the Elite Group 'C' tie. He bettered former India and Delhi left-arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi's 8-15, achieved in a Ranji Trophy one-dayer for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in 1997-98. In Dubai with Team IndiaNadeem was in Dubai from September 14 to 17 and bowled to Rohit Sharma & Co during their preparation for the ongoing Asia Cup. And while he bowled his heart out in the nets, he received some vital advice from his statemate MS Dhoni. "Mahi bhai assured me I was bowling well, but I needed to take care of the field placements. He guided me on setting fields for different batsmen, who try particular shots frequently. To create addition..
                 

Asia Cup: Birthday boy Rashid Khan lifts Afghanistan with gritty 57

15 hours ago  
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Birthday boy Rashid Khan smashed a superb unbeaten half century and shared 95 runs with Gulbadin Naib for the unconquered eighth wicket as Afghanistan made a stunning fightback to post 255 for seven in their Asia Cup match here yesterday. Opting to bat, Afghanistan struggled initially against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack led by veteran left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, who grabbed four wickets for 42 runs, but Rashid (57 not out) and Gulbadin (42 not out) turned the tables in the final 10 overs. They came together in the 41st over at 160 for 7. Bangladesh, in reply, lost early wickets despite Shakib's 32. Bangladesh were 79-5 in 24 overs at the time of going to press. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability a..
                 

Hardik Pandya can be close to Ben Stokes in 2 years, says Klusener

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A game-changer in his hey-days, South African all-rounder Lance Klusener foresees India's Hardik Pandya closing in on someone like Ben Stokes if the team management can be "patient" with him for the next two years at least. "Among current all-rounders in world cricket, Ben Stokes is right up there. There are a few who have come and gone in recent times as well but certainly, a guy like Pandya, give him a year or two at this level, there is no reason why he can't be one of the best all-rounders out there," Klusener told in an interview here Wednesday. Klusener, who is in the city as senior Delhi team's consultant coach for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, spoke at length about Pandya's all-round abilities which have come under the scanner after his largely disappointing show in England. "I think we must be careful while making comparisons. Everybody wants to compare Hardik to the great Kapil Dev. Hardik is his own cricketer. Of course, he has got some learning to do. I guess Hardik's success ..
                 

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mavi's hat-trick in vain as Saurashtra beat UP

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Sheldon Jackson struck his sixth List A hundred, overshadowing Shivam Mavi's hat-trick on his Uttar Pradesh debut to guide Saurashtra to a 25-run win in a Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on yesterday. Jackson (107 off 108 balls) and Robin Uthappa (97 off 110) put up a mammoth 194-run opening stand to set the foundation for Saurashtra's 303 for nine in 50 overs. Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara (31) and Ravindra Jadeja (14) didn't score too many runs. Mavi, who ended up leaking 73 runs in 10 overs, fought back towards the end of the innings to remove Chirag Jani, Arpit Vasavada and Jaydev Unadkat in three balls to mark a memorable List A debut. In the end, Mavi's five-wicket haul was not enough as Uttar Pradesh fell short of the target to end at 278 all in 49.1 overs. Unadkat (3/42) was the pick of the bowlers for Saurashtra and got support from Prerak Mankad (3/63) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (3/48). Amongst the star players, captain Suresh Raina could only make 22 of..
                 

Prithvi Shaw, Rahane star in Mumbai's 9-wicket win over Baroda

yesterday  
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Mumbai began their domestic season with a dominating nine-wicket win over Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy opener at Alur grounds in Bangalore yesterday. Opener Prithvi Shaw's 98 and captain Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 79 laid the foundation for Mumbai's comfortable victory. Vice-captain Shreyas Iyer scored 56 to chase down the 239-run target in a mere 41.3 overs. Mumbai coach Vinayak Samant was full of praise for young Prithvi. "Prithvi showed how elegant he is while playing his strokes. It is an absolute delight to watch him bat, especially the way he plays between mid-wicket and mid-on, the straight drives and his square cut," Samant told mid-day yesterday. Baroda managed 238 in 49.5 overs, thanks to all-rounder Krunal Pandya's 85 and veteran Yusuf Pathan's 40. Dhawal claims 4-39Dhawal Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai with four for 39 while left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil claimed two for 20. Prithvi dominated Baroda's attack thoroughly by taking just 66 balls for his 98..
                 

India's Jemimah Rodrigues, Poonam Yadav dismantle SL to win 1st T20I

yesterday  
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Jemimah Rodrigues and Poonam Yadav produced special performances to fire India to a 13-run win over Sri Lanka in the first T20 International of the five-match series here yesterday. Teenager Rodrigues smashed 36 off 15 balls in a whirlwind innings that saw her becoming the first Indian woman to hit three sixes in an over. Wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia (46 off 35) and Anuja Patil (36 off 29) powered India to 168 for eight in 20 overs. Poonam Yadav (centre) celebrates a Sri Lankan wicket yesterday Sri Lanka made a flying start in the chase through Yasoda Mendis (32 off 12) and Chamari Atapattu (27 off 22), racing to 39 in 2.5 overs before the former was dismissed by Arundhati Reddy. Sri Lanka remained in the hunt until leg-spinner Yadav's consistent breakthroughs took the game away from them as they were 155 all out in 19.3 overs. Agra-based Poonam ended with figures of four for 26 in four overs. Radha Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur too chipped in with the ball, taking two wickets each. Es..
                 

Mandira Bedi looks gorgeous at the 'Big Bash' in Melbourne

2 days ago  
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Actor and presenter Mandira Bedi posted this picture on Instagram of her experience on hosting an event of the Big Bash League at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. "A beautiful Tuesday morning spent hosting an event at the majestic and imposing #MCG for #BKTTires and the #bigbashleague #Melbourne #ilovemyjob," Bedi captioned the picture. Mandira Bedi is an Indian actress, fashion designer, and television presenter who gained celebrity status playing the title role in the 1994 television serial, Shanti, shown on India's national channel, Doordarshan, which was the first ever daily soap on Indian television. Mandira Bedi followed up her career in TV serials with shows like Aurat (DD and Sony), Dushman (DD) and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (Star Plus) with hosting duties for ICC Cricket World Cups in the years 2003 and 2007 and the Champions Trophies in the years 2004 and 2006 as well as the Indian Premier League season 2 for Sony Max. She fronted the coverage of IPL s..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Rusty India made to sweat for win by Hong Kong openers

2 days ago  
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Minnows Hong Kong gave India a might scare in a Group A match of the Asia Cup at the Dubai stadium yesterday. After their bowlers had done a good job of restricting India to under 300, their openers Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath put on a record 174-run stand that sent shock waves in the Indian camp. But once wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav got rid of Rath and debutant Khaleel Ahmed accounted for Nizakat, their challenge wilted away. After being put in to bat, the way centurion Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu were batting, it seemed India would post a huge total. But after the duo departed, the Indian innings lost much of the momentum and managed 285 for seven in the end. Hong Kong kept threatening the Indian total right till the end. Luckily for India, barring the openers the other Hong Kong batsmen were overawed by the task and cast their wickets away. The win assured both India and Pakistan's passage into the Super Four, rendering today's match between the two of little consequence,..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan gear up to take on India at 'Home'

2 days ago  
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It's the rivalry that matters. When India played Hong Kong in their opening Asia Cup match at the Dubai International stadium here yesterday, it drew sparse crowds. But it will be filled to the rafters when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue today. With both teams expected to qualify for the next round, this game is more for gaining a psychological edge ahead of the crucial Super Four match at the same venue on September 23. And if both keep winning their other matches, the two could well meet again in the September 28 final. But that's for the future. There is no doubt the teams will not be thinking too far ahead and, as captains usually say, they will be taking one game at a time. One can understand the craze for India-Pakistan clashes, as they rarely face each other these days and have not played in the UAE for 12 years. That may be a bit of a disadvantage for India as barring MS Dhoni, no other player from the current team has played international cricket here. ..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Expect tight cricket in the tournament, says Manjrekar

3 days ago  
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While Team India are not expected to break much sweat when they take on minnows Hong Kong today in their Asia Cup opening match at Dubai, all eyes will be on the much-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Wednesday. Going by the trend in the last few years, India have largely dominated Pakistan. This time around though, the contest is most likely to be a closely-fought one, felt former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. India-Pakistan contests are mostly witnessed only in ICC World Cups [50 overs, T20] and in the Asia Cup due to the political tension between the two nations. India thumped Pakistan by eight wickets when they clashed in the 2013 Champions Trophy at Edgbaston. In the 2015 World Cup, India won by 76 runs at the Adelaide Oval. Pakistan suffered another crushing defeat in the 2017 Champions Trophy where they lost by 124 runs in the group stage. However, in the same tournament, Pakistan avenged their loss with a thumping 180-run victory in the final. There has only ..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Heat, a big concern for Team India in Dubai

3 days ago  
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India begin their campaign in the Asia Cup with back-to-back matches in sweltering heat. Thus, the team management would be in a dilemma whether to play their best XI against minnows Hong Kong today and save a couple of players, especially pace bowlers, for the all-important game against Pakistan on Wednesday. It's a difficult balancing act as India are scheduled to play six matches in a span of 11 days, including the September 28 final, if they make it that far. The good thing for them is that all their matches are in Dubai, thus they will not have to travel to Abu Dhabi by road which Pakistan will have to do for their two Super Four matches. Conditions crucialSkipper Rohit Sharma agreed that the heat was a factor, especially for players who were in the UK. "But the rest of the players who have been here for last four days, have got used to the heat. It is good that we have the first match against Hong Kong as we will be able to gauge the conditions and plan accordingly for the subs..
                 

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal out of Asia Cup after injury heroics

3 days ago  
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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the rest of the Asia Cup with a broken hand after batting despite his injury in the opening match, an official said Monday. "He got two fractures in his hand. He would not be able to continue here and also for the next three to four weeks," team manager Khaled Mahmud told AFP from Dubai. Tamim was hailed as national hero after he returned to bat with his injured hand for the final wicket during Bangladesh's 137-run win in Saturday's opening match against Sri Lanka. The left-hander received a blow to his wrist in the second over of Bangladesh's innings when he was hit by a short ball from Suranga Lakmal. He left the field for hospital for a scan, and when he returned to the ground with a sling on his injured hand his Asia Cup was thought to be over. But the opener stunned all by striding out to bat after Bangladesh lost their ninth wicket for 229 runs. He fashioned a hole in his glove in order to fit his taped wrist, and used o..
                 

Catch Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi live on UC Browser!

3 days ago  
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UC Browser, a mobile browser from UCWeb, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, will host live streamed chats with legendary cricketers Virender Sehwag and Shahid Afridi during the highly-anticipated Asia Cup 2018 cricket encounter between arch rivals India and Pakistan on September 19 at 9:30 PM, and September 23 at 7:00 PM. The two former great cricketers will indulge in conversations and discuss about the never-ending excitement everybody holds for the Indo-Pak cricket clash. The arch rivalry between the two nations has always resulted in India-Pakistan cricket matches being the greatest sporting rivalries in the world. Virender Sehwag and Shahid Afridi, known as on-field enemies and off-field friends, will discuss and debate a host of topics in relevance with the game and share their personal match experiences with cricket fans on UC. Cricket lovers can expect the two cricketers, known for their swashbuckling and aggressive performances during their playing days, to brin..
                 

Excited and nervous for first major assignment as captain, says Rohit

3 days ago  
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After impressing with his leadership skills in the absence of Virat Kohli, India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma is excited and nervous as he prepares to lead the Men in Blue in his first major tournament. "I am excited and nervous as this is my first major assignment as India captain. We all know that the Asia Cup is a very important tournament for the region and India are playing in the UAE after a long time. "It's natural that the Indian fans are eager to see us do well and win the trophy," Rohit said on the eve of India's opening clash against Hong Kong here. Rohit has an impressive record as captain, being one of the six captains to win the first four T20Is. In December 2017, Kohli was rested for the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka to prepare for India's tour to South Africa, which began in the first week of January. As a result, Rohit was handed over the reins for the first time in his career. India won the ODI series 2–1 and then went on to win the T20I series 3–0..
                 

We have to be at our best in all departments vs India, says Sarfraz

4 days ago  
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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Sunday said his team will have to produce its absolute best in all three departments to outwit India in the six-nation Asia Cup ODI tournament. Pakistan defeated Hong Kong by eighth wickets to make a positive start to their campaign but Sarfraz pointed out a few things which his team need to work on before they clash with India on September 19. "As a captain, I saw couple of things which we should work on. We should have finished this match with 9 or 10 wickets and we need to ball better with the new ball. Ball didn't swing for us with the new ball, that is alarming for us," Sarfraz said after the match. "We will work on it in our next practice session. To win against India we have to be at our best in all the three departments," he added. Usman Khan was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his three wickets in an over that helped Pakistan bowl out Hong Kong for a paltry 116. Pakistan then scored 120 for 2 in 23.4 overs to win the match. "When I came t..
                 

Pujara, Jadeja in Saurashtra squad for Hazare Trophy

4 days ago  
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Team India players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja have been included in the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) team for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy. The SCA announced their inclusion in the team Sunday. The Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played in New Delhi where last year's runners-up Saurashtra will play their first match against Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) on September 19, the SCA said in a media release. Saurashtra will play eight matches in the tournament. However, Pujara, a Test specialist, and Jadeja, an all-rounder, may miss the fifth match, to be played on September 30, and the remaining matches, if they are selected in the national side for the next month's Test series at home against the West Indies. When contacted, SCA media manager Himanshu Shah told PTI, "Pujara and Jadeja have been included in the squad. The duo will play first half of the tournament as West Indies will start their India tour by playing the first Test at the SCA stadium at Khand..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 8 wickets

4 days ago  
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Usman Khan took three wickets before opener Imam-ul-Haq hit an unbeaten fifty as Pakistan notched up a dominating eight-wicket win over minnows Hong Kong in a group A match of the Asia Cup ODI tournament here on Sunday. Electing to bat, Hong Kong folded for a paltry 116 in 37.1 overs, courtesy Usman's 3 for 19 and two-wicket hauls by Shadab Khan (2/31) and Hasan Ali (2/19). Pakistan then returned to overhaul the target, scoring 120 for 2 in 23.4 overs, built mainly around opener Imam's 69-ball unbeaten 50 that was laced with three fours and a six.Chasing 117 to win, Pakistan made a good start with Imam and Fakhar Zaman sharing a 41-run partnership in 8 overs for the opening wicket. Pakistan lost their first wicket when Fakhar was caught by McKechnie off Ehsan Khan's ball in the 9th over. Imam and new man Babar then added 52 runs to take the team close to the target. Babar hit three fours and a six in his 36-ball 33 before being caught behind by Mckechnie for Ehsan's second wicket. S..
                 

Sachin Tendulkar likely to sell off his stakes with Kerala Blasters

5 days ago  
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Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is one of the co-owners of the Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Kerala Blasters Football Club, in all likelihood will be selling off his stakes in the franchise before the start of the new season. The decision might come as a blow for the Blasters as Tendulkar had always been an integral part of the set-up and seen cheering the team from the stands in home and away games. Tendulkar has been associated with the franchise since its inception in 2014 and is currently one of the co-owners along with industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad, producer Allu Arjun, actors Nagarjuna and Chiranjeevi. "Yes, there is a high possibility that Sachin might sell off his entire stakes that he had in Kerala Blasters. It had been an emotional association with the franchise but probably it's time to move on," an ISL source privy to the development told PTI Saturday. While it couldn't be confirmed exactly how much stake Tendulkar had in the franchise, those in the know o..
                 

Will Rohit Sharma be India's saviour in Australia?

5 days ago  
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India should view their disappointing 1-4 series loss to England as a missed opportunity. India were highly competitive in the series - apart from a disastrous loss at Lord's - but the squad had enough ability to do better than just compete. The batting was disappointing and especially the way they played spin bowling at Trent Bridge. A great opportunity went begging when their failure to be more proactive against Moeen Ali meant a chance to level the series was squandered. Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara, no player was prepared to alter the off-spinner's flight path by leaving the crease. The series loss is even more of a wasted opportunity when you consider how well the visiting fast bowlers performed. India now have to rely on rehabilitating their reputation in the highly-anticipated series against Australia but the batting inadequacies have to be addressed. While Australia's batting is questionable with their two best players Steve Smith and David Warner missing through suspension,..
                 

Cricket Australia open to Ravi Shastri's request for extra warm-up game

6 days ago  
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Cricket Australia has responded positively to India coach Ravi Shastri's request for more warm-up matches ahead of their Test series Down Under later this year. India only had one practice match ahead of their recent Test series against England - which they lost 1-4 - and Shastri believes his side would be better prepared to tackle Australia if more red-ball cricket was scheduled prior to the first Test in Adelaide starting on December 6. "We are happy to discuss options with the BCCI, but we have not received any formal notification to increase the number of tour matches prior to their series commencing in Australia," a Cricket Australia spokesperson was quoted as saying. In England, even the lone four-day practice match against county side Essex was reduced to three days amid high drama over the condition of the pitch and the outfield, both of which apparently left the visitors unhappy. On Thursday, Shastri said he was not averse to the idea of playing practice games. "Absolutely ..
                 

Indian cricketers get festive as they celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

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Moeen Ali hits out at 'rude' Australian cricket team players

6 days ago  
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has criticised the "rude" approach of several Australia teams he has played against, saying their "disrespect" for opponents makes them the only side he has "disliked". The off-spinner and left-handed batsman first came up against the infamously aggressive Australians in 2015 before his struggles with both bat and ball played a key role in England's 4-0 Ashes defeat 'Down Under' in 2017/18, which led to him being dropped. "Everyone you speak to... they are the only team I've played against my whole life that I've actually disliked," Ali told Britain's The Times newspaper. "Not because it's Australia and they are the old enemy but because of the way they carry on and (their) disrespect of people and players," added Ali, who is known as a mild-mannered character on and off the field. "The first game I ever played against them, in Sydney, just before the 2015 World Cup, they were not just going hard at you, they were almost abusing you," the Worcestershire..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India returns to UAE to continue to its love affair

6 days ago  
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There was a time when cricket, Sharjah and India were a heady mix for fans in the United Arab Emirates. From 1984, when it hosted the inaugural Asia Cup, to October 2001, when India last played at the venue in a four-nation tournament, Sharjah ruled the roost, with India-Pakistan clashes being the highlight almost every year. With a strong migrant workforce from the Indian sub-continent in the UAE, it was a win-win situation for cricket promoter Abdul Rahman Bukhatir. But things went downhill for Sharjah and Bukhatir the moment the sordid match fixing nexus was out in the open at the turn of the millennium. Old photographs of Dawood Ibrahim watching matches from his cubicle in the stadium were to haunt the organisers. That led to the BCCI shunning cricket tournaments in the UAE completely. In the last decade and a half, India have visited this country just once, for a bilateral two-match ODI series against Pakistan in 2006 at the then new Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The BCCI d..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: World Cup combination, renewal of India-Pakistan rivalry

7 days ago  
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Virat Kohli's absence might have taken some sheen off it but the general excitement surrounding Indo-Pak encounters will be the USP of the six-nation Asia Cup starting Saturday with a Bangladesh-Sri Lanka clash in Dubai. While there are two assured India-Pakistan matches, one in the group league and the other at the Super Four stage, the organisers, broadcasters, and the supporters will be hoping for a possible summit showdown on September 28 too. For India, it will be a chance to see how the team reacts to pressure situations in absence of Kohli, who has been rested after a gruelling England tour, which ended with a 1-4 Test series loss earlier this week.The team will begin its campaign on September 18 against Hong Kong, followed by the much-anticipated clash against Pakistan the next day. While Rohit Sharma has been a brilliant white ball player, his leadership skills haven't been tested against a quality side. He led against Sri Lanka last December but it was a below par opposit..
                 

Ravi Shastri wants warm-up games before India-Australia Test series

7 days ago  
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Their decision of not playing enough warm-up games ahead of the England tour questioned, India's head coach Ravi Shastri now says they have requested the BCCI to arrange for a couple of practice matches before the Austrtalia tour kicks off later this year. Ahead of the five-Test series, which it lost 1-4 to England, India played just one warm-up game. Even the lone four-day practice match against county side Essex was reduced to three days amid high drama over the condition of the pitch and the outfield, both of which apparently left the visitors unhappy. On Thursday, Shastri said he was not averse to the idea of playing practice games. "Absolutely not. Why would we be?. You can only see the results (in the England Tests). Every time after the second Test we have improved. You can still get better. But why can't we be in that position in the first Test match?," he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Shastri, though, was doubtful if practice games for the tour Down Under could be ar..
                 

Murali Vijay hits century in dream County debut, his team Essex win

7 days ago  
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India's Murali Vijay struck a fine century in a dream county debut, guiding Essex to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in a Specsavers County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge Thursday. Vijay scored exactly 100 from 181 balls and shared a second-wicket stand of 204 with Tom Westley, who finished with an unbeaten 110. Set 282 to win, the visitors reached their target just before lunch to complete a convincing win. The Chennai-born right-hander had earlier scored a half-century in his debut innings. Vijay's feat matched that of South African Hashim Amla, who scored 181 against Glamorgan in 2009, as the last Essex batsman to score a century on his county debut. The 34-year-old Vijay, who struggled in the just-concluded Test series against England before being dropped from the India squad, was eventually bowled off an inside edge by Samit Patel, with 61 required for victory. This was Essex's fifth victory of the championship this season. Catch up on a..
                 

Virat Kohli calls Alastair Cook a great cricket ambassador

8 days ago  
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A great ambassador for the game who has never gone out of line -- this was India captain Virat Kohli's tribute to England batting legend Alastair Cook, who retired from international cricket here. Cook scored a century in his last Test to end his international career on a high as England completed a 4-1 win over India in the five-match series Tuesday. "He's a great example for everyone to love Test cricket so much, and has so much determination and passion to play for the country. He's been a great ambassador for the game," Kohli said in the post-match press conference. "I certainly have a lot of respect for him because he's one guy who has not gone out of line ever. Doesn't say a word to anyone in a negative manner, just carries on with his work and he's very sure about his work as well. I wish him well." Kohli said Cook's determination reflects in his batting as he scored 147 -- his 33rd century -- in his last Test. "I asked him on the field are you having second thoughts that now ..
                 

Roberts, Holding hail James Anderson as best on English soil

8 days ago  
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England's James Anderson may have become the world's leading Test wicket-taker among fast bowlers at the Oval on Tuesday when he went passed Australian Glenn McGrath's 563 scalps. But ask Andy Roberts whether the Lancastrian is the best pace bowler in his book and he'll not answer in the affirmative. "He's probably the best fast bowler in English conditions," said Roberts who was the first West Indian pacer to reach 200 wickets. He did so in his 46th Test — against India at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata — in 1983. Roberts pointed out that Anderson has claimed more than 100 of his 564 Test wickets at Lord's alone and was not a huge force while playing in overseas Tests. "It would have been great had he converted those good performances abroad," said Roberts from Antigua. For the record, Anderson made four trips to Australia and claimed 60 wickets with only a solitary five-wicket haul (at Adelaide on the 2017-18 tour) to his record. Roberts's former pace partner Michael Holding..
                 

Best-ever Indian team? Yes, we believe that, Kohli tells journalist

8 days ago  
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"That's your opinion, thank you very much," that was Virat Kohli's retort when questions were raised on Ravi Shastri's "best Indian team" claim after the crushing Test series loss to England. India were beaten 1-4 in the five-match series that concluded here on Tuesday. The result, one of the several overseas disappointments for the team, led to some uncomfortable queries on whether Kohli believed Shastri's assertion that this was the best touring Indian side in the last 15 years. "We have to believe that, why not? What do you think?" said Kohli to the questioning scribe, whose query was whether a tag like that put his side under pressure. In response to an "I am not sure" from the journalist, Kohli retorted, "That's your opinion. Thank you very much." Shastri's comment, made before the fifth Test, had not gone down well with quite a few former players, who used statistics to demolish the claim, highlighting the results achieved under previous captains such as Sourav Ganguly. The com..
                 

Win against India will provide us momentum, says Sarfraz Ahmed

9 days ago  
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed reckons that the second group league game of the Asia Cup against arch-rivals India will set the tone for his side in the remainder of the tournament. Pakistan will open their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong in Dubai on September 16 followed by the match against India on September 19. "Our preparation is very good. We will try to use the four days we get in the UAE and prepare well. Every match we play against India is important. The match against India will be our first big match and we will try to gain the momentum. We will try to be fully prepared against India," the Pakistan captain said. Sarfraz time and again spoke about the momentum that a victory against India will give. "I have already said momentum is very important for big events and here also momentum would be the key. The team has high hopes and the morale is also very good. So we will try to gain the momentum from the first match and carry that till the end," he said. Catch up on all ..
                 

4-1 scoreline doesn't mean we were outplayed, stresses skipper Kohli

9 days ago  
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India captain Virat Kohli said that the final scoreline of 1-4 is not a true reflection of how his team competed in the five-Test series which concluded yesterday. "I think the 1-4 scoreline is a fair one as England played better than us but we were not outplayed barring the Lord's Test," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "The kind of cricket we have played might not show on the scorecard. But both the teams know this series has been a competitive one," he added. Kohli said the series has been a great advertisement for Test cricket. 'Great advert for Test cricket'"This has been a great advert for Test cricket. The fans will come and watch if both teams play for a win. The basic idea was to go out there and play the cricket we are supposed to do," he said. "England are a professional side and we realised that the game could change with in two-three overs. England also don't go for draws and they played fearless cricket and so did we. That is why you won't see draws i..
                 

Arjun Tendulkar named in U-19 team for invitational ODI tourney

9 days ago  
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Arjun Tendulkar, son of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, was Tuesday named in the Mumbai Under-19 squad for the 6th All India Under-19 J Y Lele Invitational One Day tournament starting September 16. The Mumbai squad will be led by Suved Parkar, Mumbai Cricket Association Joint Secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar said in a statement here. The tournament is being held in Vadodara. 18-year-old Arjun, a promising left-arm pacer, made his India U-19 debut against Sri Lanka in the first Youth Test against the hosts at Colombo in July. Arjun has also bowled to the Indian team in the nets. Squad: Suved Parkar (Captain), Divyansh Saxena, Karan Shah,Pragnesh Kanpillewar, Hashir Dafedar, Arsalan Shaikh, Yash Salunkhe, Kesar Singh Thapa, Vaibhav Kalamkar, Atharva Ankolekar, Bhushan Jalawadkar, Praful Devkate, Arjun Tendulkar Uzair Khan, Balwant Singh Sodha and Saksham Parashar. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates ..
                 

Shane Watson wants long stint for Usman Khawaja in the Australian team

10 days ago  
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Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson wants top order batsman Usman Khawaja to get a lengthy run with the national team. "I hope 'Uzzie' (Khawaja) gets a really good run. He's one of our world-class batsmen, across all formats. He just needs to have the confidence instilled in him by the selectors and by the coaching staff, to let him play with the freedom he does when he's at his best," Watson told cricket.com.au. "We don't have a lot of world-class batsmen at the moment around Australian cricket and he's absolutely one," he added. Watson opined that despite Khawaja's talent, being dropped from the team affects his confidence which has a negative effect on his performance. "When he's not getting selected all the time, he's worried about failing. Then you can see him going into his shell and that's not when he's at his best. When he is at his best he's one of the best ones we've got," Watson said. "So they need to look after him. If they keep playing him for one or two Test matc..
                 

Dinesh Chandimal ruled out of Asia Cup due to injury

10 days ago  
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Sri Lanka Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was withdrawn Monday from the 16-member squad for the Asian Cup because of an injury during a recent domestic tournament, the board said. The 28-year-old batsman had injured a finger during a domestic Twenty20 match and needed more time to recover, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement. Chandimal will be replaced by wicketkeeper and batsman Niroshan Dickwella at the six-nation Asia Cup tournament which opens in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, the SLC said. Sri Lanka squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicat..
                 

At 58-3, India face daunting task to save fifth Test at the Oval

10 days ago  
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For the fourth consecutive day, the crowd poured through the gates at the Oval to get a last glimpse of the batting brilliance of Alastair Cook. The England and Wales Cricket Board had slashed the ticket prices yesterday for spectators to give Cook a grand send-off. Batting on 47 overnight, Cook ensured the spectators were satisfied as he bid goodbye to Test cricket with a fine knock of 147. Cook's masterly ton along with Joe Root's 14th Test century propelled England to a second innings total of 423-8 declared for an overall lead of 463. At stumps, India were 58-3 with Ajinkya Rahane batting on 10 and KL Rahul unbeaten on 46. The duo added 56 runs for the fourth wicket. India lost the wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (1), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and skipper Virat Kohli (0) in quick succession to be in dire straits at two for three after pacers James Anderson (2-23) and Stuart Broad (1-17) accounted for India's early dismissals. India now face an arduous task of trying to prevent Engla..
                 

Ind vs Eng: Pacer James Anderson fined for dissent

11 days ago  
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England fast bowler James Anderson has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent to the umpire in Saturday's play in the fifth Test against India at the Oval. Anderson is just two shy of Australia great Glenn McGrath's record of 563 Test wickets -- the most taken by any fast bowler. Chasing that record on the second day of the Test, Anderson was angry at an unsuccessful lbw review against star batsman Virat Kohli in the 29th over of India's innings. He snatched his cap and jumper from umpire Kumar Dharmasena and "spoke to him in an aggressive manner", the ICC said in a statement issued on Sunday. Anderson has admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, the ICC said. In addition to the fine, one demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record. England are on top in the Test with India set to resume on Sunday on 174 for six -- a deficit of 158 runs -- after Kohli eventually fell to Ben Stokes for 49. England have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match s..
                 

Champions Trophy win has changed outlook of Pakistan, says Aamir Sohail

11 days ago  
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Former cricketer Aamir Sohail reckons the Pakistan team led by Sarfraz Ahmed will come up with a clinical show in the upcoming Asia Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 15. Sohail, who will work as an expert with tournament broadcaster Star Sports, has said that the men in green will make a difference in the prestigious tournament, backed by the confidence gained after winning the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. "I think winning ICC Champions Trophy changed the outlook of the Pakistan Cricket team. It gave them a lot of confidence and at the same time, they are assured of their places now," the former Pakistan cricketer expressed. "The team is responding well to the captain, coach and sports staff. The boys are playing positive cricket and you get to see the difference," Shoail, who featured in 156 ODIs for Pakistan, opined. Significantly, the tourney will feature six nations -- defending champions India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Afghanist..
                 

Ind vs Eng: England 114-2 at 3rd day close of 5th Test, lead by 154 runs

12 days ago  
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Alastair Cook's typically grinding effort of 46 not out in his final Test innings before international retirement left England in a strong position in the fifth Test against India at the Oval on Sunday. England were 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on the third day, a lead of 154 runs, having already won this five-match series at 3-1 up. Now Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer and captain Joe Root (29 not out), his successor as skipper, will look to pile on the agony for India when they resume their unbroken third-wicket partnership of 52 on Monday. India's Ravindra Jadeja continued an excellent return to Test cricket by starring with both bat and ball. Jadeja, playing his first Test of the series after being recalled in place of the injured Ravichandran Ashwin, added to his haul of four first-innings wickets by top-scoring with 86 not out in an India first-innings total of 292. England, who led by 40 runs on first innings, have long struggled to find an open..
                 

Ind vs Eng: Jos Buttler and Co. push India to the brink on Day 2

12 days ago  
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For the fifth consecutive Test match, England's tail wagged as Virat Kohli and the Indian bowlers failed to conjure up a plan to restrict the hosts to a below-par total. Resuming Day Two on 198 for seven, Jos Buttler sparkled on his birthday to score a brilliant 89 which propelled England to a competitive first innings total of 332 here on Saturday. In response, India were reduced to 174 for six with debutant Hanuma Vihari on 25 and Ravindra Jadeja on eight. But while Buttler was at his scintillating best, Kohli made it easy for the England No.7 by employing defensive field settings right from the outset. The pitch had quickened up considerably on Day Two and the Indian bowlers zipped the ball off the surface. Adil Rashid hung around for 35 minutes before Jasprit Bumrah trapped him in front for 15. But from that point onwards, Kohli went on the defensive by placing fielders where the ball went and in the process allowed Buttler to accumulate runs at relative ease. England's Jos Buttl..
                 

Alastair Cook hopes to end rift with Kevin Pietersen

13 days ago  
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Alastair Cook hopes time can heal his rift with Kevin Pietersen - even though they have never spoken since the day the mercurial batsman was ditched by England four years ago. Cook admitted the breakdown of relations between Pietersen and England went on to have a detrimental effect on his own batting. Cook was captain in 2014 when Pietersen was sacked after a miserably unsuccessful and acrimonious Ashes winter. A year later he was witness to England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss' final decision that there was no way back into the fold for the exiled batsman. Cook insists that - although he was relieved when Strauss made the call - his own instinct previously was to suggest a cooling-off period of six months before Pietersen's international career finished for good. Cook told the BBC's Test Match Special: "I haven't spoken to him since that day, but I think time is a great healer. We spent a lot of time together and created some amazing memories." In fact, Cook re..
                 

Andrew Strauss calls Alastair Cook as England's greatest player

13 days ago  
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Alastair Cook was lauded as England's "greatest ever player" by former opening partner Andrew Strauss during his final Test before international retirement. Ex-captain Cook, England's all-time record run-scorer, walked out to a guard of honour from his India opponents after being presented with a commemorative cap by Strauss before play started. Strauss, now the England and Wales Cricket Board director, addressed the England team before handing Cook a cap numbered 161 to mark the final international match. "That average, that consistency, the number of times he's passed fifty and obviously the hundreds and the match-winning hundreds he's got, all combine to make him England's greatest player ever in my opinion," Strauss said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its de..
                 

IND v ENG: Ishant Sharma's three wicket triggers England collapse

14 days ago  
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Ishant Sharma struck thrice to lead India's sensational fightback as the visitors reduced England to 198 for 7 at stumps after Alastair Cook hit a memorable half-century in his career's final match on day one of the fifth Test on Friday. Ishant (3/28) picked up three wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah (2/41) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/57) struck twice each to trigger England's collapse in the final session of the opening day. The 33-year-old Cook, who will retire from international cricket after this Test, produced a 190-ball 71-run innings to give England a good start before the hosts lost six wickets for 58 runs post tea to collapse from 133-1 to 181-7. The hosts were going strong at 133-1 when Bumrah dismissed Cook and Joe Root (0) in successive balls in the 64th over and then Ishant removed Jonny Bairstow (0) in the next over to reduce the hosts to 134-4. Moeen Ali tried to resurrect England's innings with a patient 50 off 170 balls but Ishant returned to take two wickets in three balls..
                 

Vijay Hazare: Ankit Bawne shines as Maharashtra beat Karnataka

14 hours ago  
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Ankit Bawne scored an unbeaten ton to help Maharashtra defeat Karnataka by 57 runs by the VJD method in the rain-hit Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group A game here on Thursday. This was Maharashtra's second successive victory after their win over Goa Wednesday by five wickets. Put in to bat by Karnataka, Bawne took the opposition bowlers to task en route to 104 not out in 115 balls. He found an able partner in Maharashtra skipper Rahul Tripathi, who chipped in with a valuable 70-run innings. Their knocks ensured that Maharashtra posted 245/8 on the board in their fifty overs. Bawne struck 10 fours and a six, while Tripathi hit seven fours and two other hits over the fence. Except these two, no other Maharashtra batsman made a decent contribution. For Karnataka, R Vinay Kumar, M Prasidh Krishna, Abhimanyu Mithun and K Gowtham scalped two wickets each. Karnataka's target was reset to 165, but they managed to post only 107/6 in 22.4 overs with rain intervention. From the beginning Maharas..
                 

Revealed! MS Dhoni is the man behind Kedar Jadhav's renaissance

16 hours ago  
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni spotted potential in him while Sunil Gavaskar calls him "street smart". Kedar Jadhav may lack the grace or flair of a top-notch cricketer, but he can be relied on to give his best. He realises his utility in the team is more of a bits and pieces player. Against Pakistan on Wednesday, he had a bigger role to play after Hardik Pandya suffered a back injury that required him to be stretchered off. By then Pandya had bowled just five overs and skipper Rohit Sharma required another bowler to complete the quota. Jadhav was entrusted with that task and he did more than being just a "filler". He went on to register his best ODI figures of 3-23 to break the back of the Pakistan batting. Unusual actionThe Pakistani batsmen were taken aback by his unusual bowling style and were caught in a web. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed acknowledged Jadhav's role and said: "We had prepared well for the two main bowlers (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav), but fell to the third (Jadhav..
                 

Mumbai boys Sagar, Trivedi and Shashank shine in Puducherry's win

yesterday  
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Puducherry became the first Plate group team to win a Vijay Hazare match with an eight-wicket win over Manipur yesterday. Manipur folded for a paltry 120 after Puducherry opted to field. Mumbai-based boys Sagar Udeshi (4-20) and Sagar Trivedi (3-47) shared seven wickets between them as Manipur struggled to get a partnership going. Another Mumbai-bred player Shashank Singh (63 not out) along with Himachal Pradesh veteran Paras Dogra (21 not out) sweated little to cruise to the target in 25.3 overs. Puducherry is led by Mumbai veteran all-rounder Abhishek Nayar, who returned with figures of 9-2-16-1. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, dele..
                 

Ben Stokes, Hales in ODI squad despite ECB's disrepute charge

yesterday  
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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were named in England's one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite being charged with bringing cricket into disrepute. The pair face a disciplinary panel hearing in London in December following a brawl outside a nightclub in the southwestern city of Bristol in September 2017. Stokes, 27, was last month cleared of affray following a seven-day trial related to the incident. Hales, 29, was with his England teammate during the altercation but was not charged. Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone, 24, has been called into the 16-man squad for the first time as a replacement for Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett. Plunkett, who is getting married, will be available again for the last two ODIs of the five-match series. Stone, who has struggled with injury problems in recent years, has impressed selectors with his consistent performances this season. The first ODI takes place in Dambulla on October 10. England squadEoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos..
                 

Sachin Tendulkar finds Love Sonia 'hard-hitting'

yesterday  
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Cricket great Sachin Tendulkar is mighty impressed with the film Love Sonia, a story about a young girl's journey to rescue her sister from the dangerous world of flesh trade. He posted this picture with his wife Anjali, lead character Mrunal Thakur and director Tabrez Noorani, on social media and wrote: "Watched #LoveSonia, a movie that talks about the trafficking of young girls and the harsh realities they face. Very hard-hitting, with a ray of hope towards the end. Brilliant acting too. A must watch. Awareness of the issue is a step towards saving girls from this trap." View photos: Sachin Tendulkar attends Love Sonia screening with wife Anjali Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar was also in the news recently for selling off his 20 percent stakes in the football team Kerala Blasters which participates in the Indian Super League. Sachin Tendulkar in a statement said, "In its fifth year, it is important that the club puts the building blocks for the next five years and beyond. It is al..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: All-round India crush Pakistan in one-sided encounter

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What a difference a day can make to a cricket team. And what a turnaround it was by the Indian team who were so listless against Hong Kong a day earlier. The outfit that struggled to get past the minnows, totally outplayed arch-rivals Pakistan in their second game of the Asia Cup here yesterday. As India and Pakistan had already qualified for the Super Fours after defeating Hong Kong, their Group A match was more for gaining psychological edge for their real battle on Sunday. And it was India who came up trumps a day after surviving a scare against Hong Kong. One did not expect the Indians to come back so strongly especially as they were playing back-to-back matches in intense heat. The inclusion of pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah added a lot of firepower to the bowling attack and that showed in their performance. They bowled Pakistan out for just 162, which was 12 runs less than what the Hong Kong openers alone had posted against them. Once the bowlers had played their part, the batsm..
                 

Pakistan captain Sarfraz miffed at India playing all matches in Dubai

2 days ago  
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed yesterday expressed his displeasure at the Indian team playing all its Asia Cup matches in Dubai while the others are being made to shuttle between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. India were to play two matches in Abu Dhabi but the schedule was tweaked to allow Rohit Sharma's men to play all their matches in Dubai. Asked about the scheduling being skewed in India's favour, Sarfraz said: "If you look at the schedule, even if India lose pool match, they still play in Dubai. Travelling is an issue. If you have to travel 90 minutes and then play matches with a gap of a single day, then it is challenging. "I believe it should have been same for all the teams, irrespective of whether it is India or Pakistan. I don't know what was Asian Cricket Council's thought behind this. I think PCB is looking into the matter," said Sarfraz. It is learnt that the BCCI, which is hosting the tournament, decided against the shuttling of venues keeping the commercial conditions in mind. ..
                 

Pakistan PM Imran Khan may attend the India-Pakistan match

2 days ago  
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to watch his country's Asia Cup group league encounter against India Wednesday, according to media reports here. Imran, a legendary former Pakistan cricket captain, is also the patron-in chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "Prime Minister Imran Khan will watch the Pakistan-India Asia Cup clash in Dubai on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said," GEO TV reported The Pakistan PM left for his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The arch rivals are facing each other for the first time in the United Arab Emirates since 2006. Incidentally, Imran was the captain of Pakistan for the better part of the Indo-Pak duels in Sharjah from the mid 80's to early 90s. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its depen..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India score 285/7 against minnows Hong Kong

3 days ago  
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Before the start of Asia Cup 2018, there was so much buzz on why India's regular skipper Virat Kohli is not playing this tournament and it even irked the official broadcaster. Indian team led by Rohit Sharma lost the toss and was invited by Hong Kong to bat first and put 285/7 on the board. Indian team were led by centurion Shikhar Dhawan, who returned to form in style (after his struggles in England) against hapless Hong Kong attack and blasted 127 off 120 balls. India lost captain Rohit Sharma early and then Dhawan and new No 3 Ambati Rayudu, who regained his place after clearing the fitness test (60) added 116 runs for the second wicket. Indian middle order which has been facing questions didn't fare well again and the biggest disappointment was former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni getting out for zero. The Indian team, which wanted to experiment in this match handed a debut to Rajasthan left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed and it would be interesting to know how the youngster handle..
                 

Sunil Gavaskar reveals reason for his famous 1984 moustache

3 days ago  
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Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar's moustache became quite a style statement during the inaugural edition of the Asia Cup played at Sharjah, UAE in 1984. It was also the first time that India won a tournament under Gavaskar's captaincy. India won both their matches in the tournament. Speaking at India Today's Salaam Cricket 2018, he disclosed that he decided to sport a moustache in order to get some more sleep. Gavaskar explained: "Matches used to start very early and I liked my sleep. Like most of us, I wanted to sleep five extra minutes. I didn't have to shave my moustache so I could sleep those extra five minutes." Sunil Gavaskar is a former Indian international cricketer who played from the early 1970s to late 1980s for the Bombay cricket team and Indian national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Test batsmen and best opening batsmen in Test cricket history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most Test runs and most Test centuries scored by ..
                 

It's now or never for Manish Pandey, reckons Sanjay Manjrekar

3 days ago  
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Manish Pandey may have forced his way back into the India ODI team after his superlative show for India 'B' in a recent tri-series. However, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels it is now or never for the stylish Karnataka batsman to cement his place in the middle order. Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu are some of the contenders who will be looking to impress the team management for middle order slots during the Asia Cup. Lifeline for ManishPandey, who last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam in 2017, has been given another lifeline by MSK Prasad & Co to stake his claim. Pandey began his ODI career with a bang, scoring 71 on debut against Zimbabwe in 2015. In only his third innings, he impressed with an unbeaten 104 against Australia in the final ODI at Sydney in 2016. But in his next 14 innings, Pandey managed just a half century [v Sri Lanka last year]. "I am surprised that he was picked in this [Asia Cup] squad because after that hundred in Australia..
                 

Kohli's absence won't be a factor when India face Pakistan, says Sourav

3 days ago  
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Former skipper Sourav Ganguly said India are a better team and absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli won't be a factor when the defending champions take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage Asia Cup clash on Wednesday. The two bitter foes will reignite their rivalry in the Asia Cup Wednesday with India having a 6-5 win-loss record from 12 encounters in the continental event. "It will be a 50-50 contest in Dubai," Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event here. India are the most successful side in the Asia Cup, having won the title a total of six times, while Pakistan bagged the crown twice. Rohit Sharma will lead India in the absence of Kohli who has been given rest after a draining England tour. "Virat Kohli's absence won't be a factor, they are a better side," Ganguly said, adding Pakistan too have improved on their performance. The last time the two sides met was the Champions Trophy summit clash in England last year, with Pakistan winning the match by 180 runs...
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Now, a left-handed throw-down specialist for India

3 days ago  
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India have hired the services of a new left-handed throw-down specialist from Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup. Nuwan Seneviratne has been hired initially for the Asia Cup. If he is beneficial for the Indian batsmen, he could be contracted for a year, leading up to next year's World Cup. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said: "We saw him in Sri Lanka. Of course, we have two right-handers who do throw-downs for us. "So, we wanted to bring in that change because left-armers are important. And looking at the future, we are going to play in Australia and they have quite a few left-arm bowlers. "In the Asia Cup also we're going to be encountered with left-armers. I think it is a great move by the BCCI to rope him. He seems to be quite accurate with whatever he does. He's pretty good at his job," he added. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Shane Warne gets 'kisses' from former fiance Elizabeth Hurley

3 days ago  
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Australian spin great Shane Warne, who turned 49 on September 13, may have split with Elizabeth Hurley five years ago, but she still hasn't stopped flirting with him. Warne posted this picture on Instagram over the weekend and wrote: "Very spoilt on my birthday yesterday! Also, thanks to my great mate @rossdesmond & big @stormzy for a fun night." While wishing him for his birthday, Hurley sent him some kisses. The comment has left fans wondering if they may get back together. The former couple first started dating each other in 2010, with Shane proposing in 2011, but they separated in 2013. Interestingly, when Hurley turned 53, Warne had posted a throwback picture of them and called her 'very close and dear friend'. According to a report in Irish website Extra.ie, sources claimed that the two who are currently single, may not stay that way for long as the pair are more than 'friendly'. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and..
                 

Broadcaster can't decide on selection: BCCI tells ACC on Kohli absence

4 days ago  
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Indian captain Virat Kohli's absence from Asia Cup has got BCCI into a head on collision with Asian Cricket Council after broadcasters Star expressed their displeasure. The BCCI, however, in a tersely worded reply to Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has made it clear that neither them or broadcasters have any say in national team selection matters. Kohli, inarguably the biggest draw in world cricket, was rested after an 84-day tour of England where he emerged as top run getter with 593 runs in five Tests. In an email to ACC Game Development Manager Thusith Perera (in possession of PTI), the host broadcaster expressed their displeasure, stating how Kohli's absence will impact the financial aspect of the coverage. "In our view, the announcement of the absence of one of world's best batsmen from the Asia Cup, only 15 days before the commencement of the Asia Cup, is a severe dent to us (event broadcaster) and will severely impact our ability to monetise and generate revenue for the tournamen..
                 

Mithali Raj's 125* goes in vain as India lose third ODI to Sri Lanka

4 days ago  
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Skipper Mithali Raj's career-best knock of 125 not out went in vain as Sri Lanka women shocked India women by three wickets in the inconsequential third and final One-day International, here on Sunday. India had already sealed the series by winning the first two ODIs but in the 3rd match they could not defend the total of 253 for five, built around Raj's unbeaten 125 and opener Smriti Mandhana's 51. They had shared a 102-run stand for the second wicket after young Jemimah Rodrigues (0) made an early exit. Mithali's seventh ODI hundred and first in 14 months, came off 143 balls with 14 fours and a six. Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Attapattu's century though counted as her 115-run knock and a gutsy 101-run stand with fellow opener Hasini Perera (45) set the tone for the chase. There were a few hiccups after the two batswomen returned to the pavillion as Indian bowlers made in roads but tail-ender Kavisha Dilhari held her nerves to push her side to the finish line with one ball to spare. S..
                 

BCCI yet to ask CA for more tour ties

5 days ago  
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Amidst India's disappointing 1-4 loss to England earlier this week India coach Ravi Shastri had declared that it would be beneficial for the team to play additional warm-up matches ahead of the four-Test match series against Australia later this year. Shastri had told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview that he had already requested the BCCI for a 'couple' of warm-up games in Australia before the Test series. As per the current schedule, India are scheduled to play a solitary three-day tour match against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground from November 29 to December 1 with the first Test commencing on December 6 at the Adelaide Oval. Cricket Australia, however, said that they have not received any formal intimation from the Indian cricket board. "We are happy to discuss options with the BCCI, but we have not received any formal notification to increase the number of tour matches prior to their series commencing in Australia," a Cricket Australia spokesperson told mid-day on..
                 

Chris Gayle, McCullum to feature in Afghanistan Premier League

5 days ago  
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Cricket fans in India will be treated with yet another overseas competitive cricket league from October 5 to 21. DSPORT, a premier sports channel of discovery communications India, will bring nonstop live cricketing action from the inaugural edition of the 'Afghanistan Premier League' for cricket enthusiasts. Afghanistan was given the rights to play Test after playing top class international cricket last year, where they debuted against India. Afghanistan are currently standing at the eighth spot in the T20 rankings and have also qualified for the 2019 World Cup which bears testimony to the massive growth of cricket in this country. With the presence of some highly-talented players in Afghanistan like Rashid Khan who tops the table in the best bowlers category and Mohammad Nabi who is world number two in the all-rounder category in the T20 format, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is all set with this one-of-its-kind league in order to provide a major platform for emerging players to s..
                 

Stuart Broad patches up with ex-girlfriend Mollie King?

5 days ago  
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England cricketer Stuart Broad and singer Mollie King are back together after they split last month. The two were recently seen getting cosy outside The Dorchester Hotel in London, reported British tabloid, The Sun. Earlier, Broad ended his relationship with the singer in August owing to their busy schedules after being together for just five months. The couple even unfollowed each other on social media with friends, saying their split was amicable. A source had then told the British tabloid: "Mollie and Stuart's romance has fizzled out. Their schedules are packed and it's not been easy to see each other often. It wasn't working so they went their separate ways. There are no hard feelings." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India vs Pakistan to be the marquee match of the event

6 days ago  
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Whether the other four contenders like it or not, the 14th edition of the Asia Cup, beginning in the UAE today, is all about India and Pakistan. That's primarily because the cricketing rivals have not played a bilateral series for a long time and it's only during such championships, be it World Cup, Champions Trophy or Asia Cup, that they come face to face as hostile relations between the two countries prevent them from playing each other in bilateral contests. Making the most of the opportunity, the Asia Cup organisers have ensured that the two rivals meet at least twice in the 14-day tournament. On September 19, they play at the Dubai stadium in a Group A match, and with weak qualifiers, Hong Kong, in their three-team group, it is almost certain that the two will make the Super Four grade and clash again on September 23 at the same venue. Teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who play in the opening game today, and Afghanistan, who complete Group B, at the most can aspire to spoil t..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Sri Lanka's Dhanushka Gunathilaka ruled out of event

6 days ago  
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Sri Lanka's opening batsman Dhanushka Gunathilaka suffered a back injury and was ruled out of the upcoming Asian Cup tournament on Thursday, dealing a major blow to the islanders. Sri Lanka Cricket said the 27-year-old left-hand bat will return home from Dubai where he suffered a lower-back injury during practice. The tournament opens on Saturday in Dubai. He will be replaced by left-hand bat Shehan Jayasuriya, 27. On Monday, Sri Lanka's Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was withdrawn from the 16-member squad after he injured a finger during a domestic Twenty20 match. Sri Lanka's revised squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get lates..
                 

Dale Steyn back in South Africa's ODI squad against Zimbabwe

6 days ago  
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Fast bowler Dale Steyn was yesterday named in a 16-man South African squad for three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe, starting on September 30.  Steyn, 35, has been plagued by injuries in recent years and has not played in a one-day international since October 2016. But he recently stated his determination to finish his white-ball career by playing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. Steyn made a comeback to international cricket after shoulder and foot injuries when he played in two Tests in Sri Lanka in July but he only took two wickets. He has subsequently shown a return to form during a stint with English county Hampshire, taking 20 wickets in five matches. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and ..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Sourav Ganguly backs India to win the title

6 days ago  
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India without Virat Kohli would not be the same but stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma is capable of guiding the defending champions to their seventh title triumph at the Asia Cup, former captain Sourav Ganguly said yesterday. Kohli has been rested for the six-nation ODI tournament following a gruelling England tour that concluded with a 1-4 loss in the Tests for India. The likes of Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu have been included for the Asia Cup beginning in UAE today. All eyes will be on MS Dhoni, 37, who drew flak for his slow innings during India's 1-2 loss in the ODI series in England. "India could not do that well in England but in limited overs they are a top side. Team is much stronger with Virat but Rohit has a very good record as captain, so I expect him to do well too. They are capable of winning (the Asia Cup)," said Ganguly, who is also the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). India are the most successful team in the Asia Cup, having won six of ..
                 

Nippon Paint signed on as official partner for the Asia Cup 2018

7 days ago  
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Nippon Paint (India) Private Limited, Asia's leading paint manufacturer, today announced its sponsorship alliance for the Asia Cup 2018. This will be the 14th edition of the Asia Cup and Nippon Paint has been signed on as the Official Partner for the same. Nippon Paint makes its debut as a sponsor for the Asia Cup, which is slated to begin from 15th and go on till the 26th in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With this sponsorship agreement, Nippon Paint aims to grow its already large portfolio of Sports sponsorships and make valuable contribution to the sport movement in India. Nippon Paint is also the Associate sponsor of Chennai Super Kings, Chennaiyin FC, the Indian Olympic Association and the recently conducted Asian Games 2018. Talking about the sponsorship, Mr S Mahesh Anand, President – Nippon Paint (India) Private Limited (Decorative Division) said, "Nippon Paint is honoured to team up as the official partner for the Asia Cup. India, as a sporting country is gradually making its ma..
                 

James Anderson's next bar is 600 wickets, says Glenn McGrath

7 days ago  
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Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath has backed James Anderson to breach the 600-wicket barrier after the Englishman overtook him to become the most successful fast bowler in the history of Test cricket. Anderson cleaned up Mohammed Shami on Day five of the fifth and final Test at The Oval to help England win the game by 118 runs and pocket the five-match series 4-1. The wicket enabled Anderson to overtake McGrath as the most successful fast bowler in Test history, with 564 wickets.He is now behind the spin trio of Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and India's Anil Kumble (619) in the list of Test bowlers with most wickets. "Just to see Jimmy now, he looks fit and keen and running around, it depends on what he wants to do. He has gone past me and I think the next bar is 600 Test wickets," McGrath was quoted as saying by the 'BBC'. England pacer James Anderson (left) celebrates his Test wicket No. 564 after dismissing India's Mohammed Shami with teammate Jonny Bairstow at ..
                 

Watch Video: Relive Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century'

8 days ago  
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Shane Warne is unarguably one of the finest spinners in the world in the history of cricket. The Aussie spinner has made many batsmen his prey in his international cricket career. However, there is one particular wicket which will always stand apart - the wicket of Gatting! On Shane Warne's birthday, we take a look at the most historic ball in Test cricket history - when Shane Warne dismissed Mike Gatting at Old Trafford by a unique delivery in 1993. 25 years ago, on June 4th 1993, Shane Warne dismissed Mike Gatting at Old Trafford by a unique delivery which came to be known as the 'Ball of the Century'. Watch the 'Ball of the Century' video below. Video Courtesy/ YouTube Shane Warne. Pic/ AFP The Australian spin legend is the second leading wicket-taker in Test history with 708 wickets. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

India should have won three Tests in the series, says Michael Holding

8 days ago  
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Michael Holding should know a thing or two about big scorelines, considering he was part of a West Indies team that dished out a hiding to many teams. He can relate to highly competitive series, having been part of several contests where the opposition offered a measure of fight before ultimately succumbing to West Indies's superiority. Michael Holding, 64, who was part of the Sky Sports commentary team for the recently concluded Pataudi Trophy series between England and India, agreed with India skipper Virat Kohli, who said at the Oval on Tuesday that the 4-1 scoreline did not reflect the kind of competitiveness displayed by both teams. What Kohli was probably trying to stress was that India were not a 1-4 side. "It might not show in the scoreline, but both sides know it's been a competitive series, it's taken a lot out of both sides and it's something we've really enjoyed. We've taken up the challenge head on and today was an example of two guys [centurions KL Rahul and Rishabh Pan..
                 

ICC Rankings: India still No. 1 in Tests despite loss

8 days ago  
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India continued to be at the numero uno position but England grabbed the fourth spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings after completing a 4-1 series victory at The Oval on Tuesday. The Virat Kohli-led side had started the series at 125 points but the series loss meant it is now on 115 points. India had lost the five-match series after conceding a 1-3 lead to hosts England after the fourth Test. The visitors on Tuesday lost the fifth and final Test by 118 runs. England begun the series in fifth position and 97 points but the emphatic victory over top-ranked India has resulted in a big gain of eight points and lifted them to 105 points as they surpassed New Zealand. Joe Root's England side are now just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points. With New Zealand not far behind on 102 points, there are now four teams within a space of five points of each other on the points table. Catch up on all the ..
                 

IND vs ENG: Kohli a hit? England batsmen good? 10 things we learned

9 days ago  
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Virat Kohli and his men will fly back to India after competing with England for over two months in a long and trying tour. The England 2018 series which featured T20 internationals, One-Day Internationals and a 5-match Test series has finally come to an end. Though honours were equally shared in the T20I series and the ODIs, the English team won the Test series 4-1. Leading 3-1 in the Test series, the two teams met for the final Test at the Oval. England beat India by 118 runs in the Oval Test to wrap up the five-Test series 4-1. Here are 10 things we think defined the 2018 five-match Test series between India and England.  1. Indian openers had a nightmarish tour: There is an old saying in cricket that if you want to be a successful batting team then your openers will have to give you a sound and solid start. But, the trio of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul, the openers for India in the England 2018 Test matches, collectively failed to contribute si..
                 

KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant put on a show but hosts take series 4-1

9 days ago  
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For over three hours on the fifth day of the final Test at the Oval yesterday it seemed like India could salvage a draw from an improbable situation. Both KL Rahul and Rishab Pant had prolonged the Test late into the final session by scoring masterful centuries. However, as has often been the case throughout the series, England won the decisive moment and clinched the final Test by 118 runs to claim the Pataudi Trophy series 4-1. Resuming on 58-3, Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane continued to repel James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the first hour with some gritty batting. The pitch had lost its zing, but Rahane and Rahul ensured they stroked the loose balls to the boundary. Both drove in imperious fashion and the ease at which the pair batted prompted Joe Root to turn to Moeen Ali. The move would prove to be an immediate success as Rahane top-edged a sweep to be caught at mid-wicket for 37. Ben Stokes then got rid of Hanuma Vihari (0). At 121-5, an early finish looked likely, but there..
                 

India 'A' register thrilling win vs Australia 'A'

9 days ago  
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Ankit Bawne's 18-ball-28 ensured a thrilling six-wicket victory for India 'A' against Australia 'A' in the second unofficial Test after Krishnappa Gowtham and Kuldeep Yadav set-up with fine bowling performance. The two-Test series ended 1-1 with Australia winning the first game. The match went down to the wire as India 'A' dismissed the visitors for 213 in their second innings with off-spinner Gowtham getting 3-39 and chinaman Kuldeep ending with 3-46. Needing 55 to win eight overs, India 'A' sent Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill to open the innings but both were dismissed cheaply. Bawne guided the team to victory after Srikar Bharat hit a six and four but India 'A' were reduced to 25-4. With Australia 'A' spreading the fielders to the deep, Bawne changed the course of the match with 16 runs off Chris Tremain's fifth over. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a th..
                 

Indian eves thrash Sri Lanka by 9 wickets

9 days ago  
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India produced a clinical performance to register a convincing nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the ICC Women's Championship here Tuesday. India women produced an incisive bowling effort to bundle out Sri Lanka women for a meagre 98 in 35.1 overs after the home side opted to bat first and then chased down the target with consummate ease, reaching 100 in 19.5 overs for the loss of just one wicket. Medium pacer Mansi Joshi (3/16) and veteran Jhulan Goswami (2/13) wreaked havoc at the top. Besides the duo, Poonam Yadav (2/13) picked up two wickets for India. The spin trio of Deepti Sharma (1/16), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/18) and Dayalan Hemalatha (1/19) also chipped in with wickets. Skipper Chamari Atapattu top-scored for Sri Lanka women with a struggling 93-ball 33. Chasing the paltry target, the Indian openers -- Punam Raut (24) and Smriti Mandhana (73) -- looked at ease as they stitched 96 runs for the first wicket to seal the match for their side. But just when it s..
                 

Indian discard Murali Vijay scores half century for Essex

10 days ago  
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India opener Murali Vijay finally found some runs in England as he made a sedate half-century for Essex in a County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire here Monday. Replying to Nottinghamshire's 177 all out, Essex were off to a solid start as Vijay and Nick Browne added 56 runs for the first wicket at Trent Bridge. However, the visiting team lost a few wickets after that as Nottinghamshire closed in on their lower-order. Vijay, who struggled to get going in the Test series against England, scored 56 off 95 balls. Vijay's knock included nine boundaries. Earlier, Nottinghamshire failed to capitalise on the toss after electing to bat as they were bowled out in 58.1 overs. For Essex, medium pacer Jamie Porter was the most successful bowler, returning figures of 4/50. In another county match recently, India's left-arm spinner Axar Patel claimed nine wickets for Durham, including seven in an innings. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also downloa..
                 

Srikar Bharat's ton puts India 'A' on top

10 days ago  
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Srikar Bharat hit a splendid ton and his century stand with Kuldeep Yadav put India A in command over Australia A in the second unofficial Test at Alur on Monday. Bharat struck a brilliant 106 off 186 balls with 12 boundaries and a six and together with Kuldeep (52) shared crucial 113 runs for the eighth wicket to take India A to 505 all out in their first innings in reply to Australia A's 346." At stumps on day three, Australia were 38 for two in their second innings, still trailing India A by 121 runs. Earlier resuming the day at 223 for three, India A lost captain Shreyas Iyer (42) first, cleaned up by Mitchell Marsh. Then Bharat walked into the middle and built a 41-run partnership for fifth wicket with Shubman Gill (50), who was bowled by Chris Tremain before lunch. In the second session, India A lost two more wickets -- Krishnappa Gowtham (20) and Deepak Chahar (6) with the scoreboard reading 370 for seven. But then Bharat and Kuldeep managed to hold the fort and stitched a fin..
                 

Ind vs Eng: Alastair Cook scores hundred as England score 243/2 at Lunch

11 days ago  
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Alastair Cook marked his final Test innings with a storybook hundred as England piled on the runs against India at the Oval on Monday. England were 243 for two in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the fifth Test, with Cook 103 not out and Joe Root, his successor as England captain, 92 not out. Together the pair had so far shared an unbroken stand of 181 for the third wicket, with England -- who had already won this five-match series at 3-1 up -- a commanding 283 runs ahead. Cook is retiring from international cricket after this match and Monday's innings meant he became just the fifth player and first Englishman to score a hundred in both their first and last Tests after Australia's Reggie Duff, Bill Ponsford and Greg Chappell and India's Mohammad Azharuddin. England resumed on 114 for two, already 154 runs ahead, with Cook 43 not out and Root unbeaten on 29. A capacity crowd, willing Essex left-handed opener Cook to score a hundred, gave him a standing ovation as he ..
                 

Maiden over! Sanju Samson to marry college friend Charu in December

11 days ago  
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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala cricketer Sanju Samson, 23, announced yesterday that he is set to marry his college classmate in December. The wicketkeeper-batsman made the announcement on social media. Posting his photo with his fiancee Charu, he wrote: "11:11 pm on 22nd August 2013 it was when I sent a Hi to her. From that day till now, almost 5 years I have waited to put a picture with her, and tell the world that I am in love with this special girl. We spent time together, but couldn't walk together publicly... But from today we can. Thanks a lot to both of our parents for agreeing to this happily. Feeling and always felt really happy and blessed to have someone special like you with me CHARU. I would request everyone to bless us from your heart and greet us with a smile...!! #officiallytogether #CHANJU." Charu's father B Ramesh Kumar, a senior journalist here, said the marriage would be held on December 22. "Both were classmates at the Mar Ivanios College," revealed Kumar. Sanju Sa..
                 

Waghela, Sarfaraz score centuries for Payyade SC

11 days ago  
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Praful Waghela and Sarfaraz Khan, who have worn the Mumbai cap in first-class cricket, used their punitive blades to good effect for Payyade SC in a drawn Dr HD Kanga Cricket League Division 'A' game against Sind SC at Islam Gymkhana yesterday. Waghela (139, 17x4, 2x6) and Sarfaraz (109, 12x4, 2x6) played attacking cricket to put on 223 runs for the third wicket, a stand that helped the former champions declare on 301 for six. For Sind, Mumbai's left-arm spinner Aditya Dhumal and medium pacer Vaibhav Singh claimed three and two wickets respectively. In reply, Sind scored 115-6 with Chinmay Sutar remaining unbeaten on 43. Left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar and pacer Devendranath Parida picked two wickets apiece. Payyade SC's Praful Waghela plays a leg-side shot during a Kanga League Div 'A' game v Sind SC at Islam Gym. Pics/Bipin Kokate CCI's Parmar claims sixIn another Division 'A' match, Victory CC scored 235 against Cricket Club of India thanks to Mansingh Nigde's 74 which came aft..
                 

Dropped India Test opener Murali Vijay joins Essex

12 days ago  
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After being axed from the Indian squad for the last two Tests against England, opener Murali Vijay has signed up with Essex County Cricket Club to represent them in the remainder of the 2018 County Championship. The BCCI announced the development on Saturday which was also confirmed by the Essex club's official website. Vijay, who featured in the first two Tests of the five-match India-England Test series, will be returning to the county ground where he scored 53 in the first innings of India's practice game against Essex. "I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can't wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches," Vijay said in a statement. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trust..
                 

IND v ENG: Rahul, Pujara take India to 53/1 at tea after England's 332

13 days ago  
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A cautious India reached 53 for one in reply to England's first innings score of 332 at tea on the second day of the fifth and final cricket Test at the Oval here on Saturday. At the break, opener KL Rahul was batting on 35, while giving him company was Cheteshwar Pujara on 15. The duo had put on 47 runs for the unbroken second wicket stand. Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan's torrid time with the bat continues in the tour as he made just 3.India still trail England by 279 runs with nine wickets in hand. Replying to England's total, the visitors made a poor start and lost opener Dhawan early, out trapped LBW by Stuart Broad (1/12) in the second over. Rahul though batted with more freedom than in the earlier Tests, and looked to play his shots as he hit four fours. Pujara, meanwhile, was solid at the other end as they played out a nearly chanceless session.Pujara, though, survived a good LBW shout as TV replays showed England should have opted for DRS but they didn't. After a comfort..
                 

India Blue thrash India Red to win Duleep Trophy title

13 days ago  
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India Blue thrashed defending champion India Red by an innings and 187 runs in the final to win the Duleep Trophy here yesterday. Spinners Deepak Hooda (5-56) and Saurabh Kumar (5-51) needed just 10.5 overs on the fourth day to bundle out India Red for 172 in the second innings. Overnight not-out batsmen Ishan Kishan and Writtick Chatterjee fell in the space of 10 runs to left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar and Hooda respectively. The talented, young Kishan could only add five runs to his score of 25, while Chatterjee moved from 13 to 15 before being caught by Ricky Bhui off Hooda. Off-spinner Hooda picked up the wickets of M Prasidh (7) and Ishan Porel (6) to finish things off for India Blue. Left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh, who took 5-58 in India Red's first innings, bowled only three overs and went wicketless in the second. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from ..