Sri Lanka beat India by 63 runs

News4u-Sports Desk-In an extraordinary twist to the game, India on Saturday capitulated to an embarrassing 63-run defeat in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka, who scripted one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent Test history.

Set a tricky victory target of 176, the listless Indians surrendered tamely to be skittled out for their lowest score of 112 in just 49.5 over to give the islanders a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Left arm spinner Rangana Herath scalped 7/48 and Tharindu Kaushal took 3/47 as the lankans bamboozled the Indians to bundle them out in just 41.5 overs on Saturday and wrap up the Test match in three half days on a track which gave some assistance to the slow bowlers.

It was a dramatic performance from the hosts who came back from the dead after conceding a massive 192-run first innings lead to turn the table on the Indians who had themselves to blame for the debacle.

The Indians allowed the hosts to wriggle out of a precarious 95-5 in their second innings just at the stroke of lunch Friday with Dinesh Chandimal changing the complexion of the game with a brilliant counter-attacking 162 not out. From then on, the Lankans clawed back into the game.

India’s ploy of going into the game with five specialist bowlers at the cost of sacrifing a batsman also backfired badly as they did not have the batting firepower to chase even a modest target.

The Indian batsmen, for some strange reason, went into the fourth day’s play with a defensive frame of mind and Shikar Dhawan took as many as 36 balls to score his first run in the morning.

The knuckle injury he suffered in the first innings did not help his cause.

Though the Indians are regarded as good players of spin bowling, they showed a shocking lack of technique and foot work on a pitch that had no real demons.

Ajinkya Rahane (36) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) were the only two batsmen who could hang around for some time as wickets kept tumbling with exasperating regularity with six wickets falling for 55 runs in the pre-lunch session.

Kaushal claimed the last wicket of Amit Mishra to trigger scenes of celebrations in the Sri Lankan camp as the players hugged each other to celebrate a memorable victory.

The humiliating defeat also served as a huge mood dampener for Indian fans who were keen to celebrate the Independence Day with a win.

The two teams will now travel to Colombo for the second Test to be held at the P Sara Oval from 20th August.

The Indian collapse began in the morning as Herath picked up his 22nd five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

He picked up 4/24 in the first session as the visitors lost 6 wickets for only 55 runs, whilst chasing 176 to win.

Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma started from their overnight scores of 13* and 5* respectively, with India placed at 23/1.

It was an expected slow start from both, with Dhawan looking to get his eye in while Ishant looking to spend as much time at the wicket as possible.

In the meantime, Lankan pacers Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep and skipper Angelo Mathews bowled 7 overs between them before spin was introduced.

Playing cautiously proved to be a mistake for India, as only 7 runs had come off the pacers.

Dhawan was excruciatingly slow, taking 36 balls to score his first runs of the day, that too a lemon-cut back to the boundary. Then, the spinners were deployed and they got on top immediately.

Ishant was the first to go in the 15th over, trapped LBW by Herath off the very first ball he bowled.

Rohit Sharma (4) walked in at number four and didnt last long, out bowled by Herath in the 19th over.

Three overs later skipper Virat Kohli (3) was out as Kaushal Silva took a diving catch at forward short leg off Kaushal.

Drinks were taken at that stage and India were placed at 45/4, losing 22/3 in the first hours play.

The carnage didnt stop as the session resumed though. Ajinkya Rahane (36) joined Dhawan in the middle, with the latter deciding to play some shots.

They added 15 runs for the 5th wicket and helping India cross the 50-run mark.

But Dhawans ploy wasnt very successful, making odd-looking attempts, and ultimately threw his wicket away in the 28th over as Kaushal took a brilliant return catch.

Three overs later, Wriddhiman Saha (2) was stumped as he charged at Herath.

Runs were coming only in trickles, but there were wickets aplenty this morning, as Harbhajan Singh (1) was sent back in the 33rd over then, caught close by Silva again.

Post lunch, it was only a matter of time, though it remained to be seen if Rahane could muster some magic with R Ashwin and others.

It wasnt to be, as Ashwin was out caught at mid-on in the third over after the break, with Prasad taking a good catch off Herath.

It brought Amit Mishra (15) to the crease and together with Rahane he batted for 7.3 overs.

That period raised some hopes of a stunning turn-around for the two batsmen negotiated the spin bowlers easily, and indeed scored some runs as well. They put on 21 runs helping India cross the 100-mark in the 46th over.

Any hopes were soon dashed as Rahane got a faint edge off Herath in the next over and Mathews pouched it nicely at first slip.

It was only a matter of time thereafter and Mishra was caught superbly at silly point by Dimuth Karunaratne off Kaushal in the 50th over of the innings to seal a stunning comeback for Lanka.

Varun Aaron (1*) was unbeaten at the other end.

Sri Lanka beat India by 63 runs

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India in control of Galle Test at end of first day’s play

News4u-Sports Desk- India was strongly placed against Sri Lanka at the end of the first day’s play of the first Test between the two sides on Wednesday.

At the draw of stumps, India had scored 128 for the loss of two wickets in reply to Sri Lanka’s 183 all out.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan was batting on an unbeaten 53, while skipper Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 45.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were bundled out for a paltry 183, thanks to an incisive spell of off-spin by Ravichandra Ashwin, who claimed six wickets for 46 runs.

For the Lankans, skipper Angelo Mathews scored 64, while Dinesh Chandimal scored 59.

India requires another 55 runs to overhaul the Lankan total.

At the draw of stumps, Kohli appeared to be in a satisfactory position after losing the toss and being put in to field by Mathews.

Ashwin registered the best figures for an India bowler in the first innings of an away Test. Ashwin ran away to his fastest five-for in Tests (63 balls), also his second in two Tests and the best figures by an Indian in Sri Lanka.

On a pitch that offered turn and bounce as early as the first session, this toss was all the more important to win, which is what will rankle the home captain Angelo Mathews the most. (ANI)

India in control of Galle Test at end of first day’s play

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Team India departs for Zimbabwe tour

News4u-Sports Desk-Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian cricket team has left for Zimbabwe and are scheduled to play ODIs on July 10, 12 and 14, followed by Twenty20 internationals on July 17 and 19.

A limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe may not garner as much attention as a series against a higher-ranked team, but for the seven specialist batsmen in India’s squad, the next fortnight may prove to be a crucial phase in their career.

Ajinkya Rahane, the captain on this tour, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, M Vijay, Kedar Jadhav and Manoj Tiwary will be looking to use this series to make a strong claim for the lone spot available in India’s middle order in ODIs.

As India play the three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals here is a look at the five players who will garner much attention.

1. Ajinkya Rahane:

There were doubts over his one-day cricket career when he was dropped for Ambati Rayudu during the Bangladesh series but all of those have been put to rest now after he was named the captain of the team heading to Zimbabwe. He now has a chance to resurrect his numbers and start afresh in ODIs. It will be interesting to see where he opts to bat, given the success he has had opening the batting for his Indian Premier League team, Rajasthan Royals. He bats at No. 4 in the Indian team and for him to have a longer stint in the national team, he needs to put in a strong performance.

2. Murali Vijay:

Murali Vijay’s stature has grown much after his successful run at the top of the order in whites. He was India’s best batsman overseas; in England and Australia to be precise. He did not have a good time playing for Kings XI Punjab but now has a chance to open for India in blues. He will want to cash in on this chance and given his run of form, one expects a lot from him.

3. Robin Uthappa:

Uthappa has been on the fringes of the Indian team for some time now and his success in Ranji Trophy and for Kolkata Knight Riders has earned him another shot at a place in the national team. It is most likely that he will open with Vijay. The new ball will test him and with the new rules, it will help Uthappa as he has built his game around accumulation more than power now. This could be very well be his last chance to cement his place in the squad.

4. Harbhajan Singh:

Harbhajan Singh has been recalled to the national ODI team after a gap of four long years. He will be keen to make an impression being a senior and an experienced campaigner. With the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin, it remains to be seen how well the off-spinner bowls since he usually likes bowling with another spinner at the other end, who can maintain the pressure.

5. Sandeep Sharma:

Sandeep Sharma has had a couple of great seasons for KXIP and his new ball spells have often been very crucial. With India’s perennial issue of not taking enough wickets at the top comes back to fore, Rahane will look up to him to provide India with early breakthroughs to set the game up for the rest. He will have Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni to accompany him and with the MS Dhoni, the first choice captain wanting bowlers who can control the swing and not give more runs, Sandeep stands a good chance of making it to the first eleven of the side he if comes up with a stellar performance against Zimbabwe.

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Bangladesh beat India by 6 wkts

News4u-Sports Desk- Shakib-al-Hasan’s 51* and Mustafizur’s 6/43 helps Bangladesh beat India by six wickets and claim their first-ever bilateral series win.

India under MSD repeated their last ODI’s performance with bat, ball and fielding. Pacers were again clueless with line and length. Rohit Sharma went early, Virat Kohli struggled to regain his touch only Dhawan nad Dhoni could resisit a little to post a easily gettable 200 on board .

Which was quite a easy task for Bangladesh batters and they did in style to register their 10th consecutive victory at home under leadership of Masharfee Mortaza.

Teams:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.

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Bangladesh beat India by 79 runs

News4u-Sports Desk- DHAKA: Bangladesh beat India by 79 runs in their first game of the three-match ODI series at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in city’s Mirpur on Thursday.

Chasing Bangladesh’s 308-run target, Team India were all out for 228 runs in 46 overs in their first ODI match against India at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina scored 63, 30 and 40 runs respectively.

Mustafizur Rahman grabbed five wickets and became player of match. Shakib and Taskin bagged two wickets each.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and elected to bat first. The match kicked off at 3:00pm local time.

The host team scored 307-run, the highest team total losing all wickets in 49.4-over. Tamim, Soumya, Shakib and Sabbir Rahman took 60, 54, 52 and 41 respectively before going back to pavilion.

Ashwin took three wickets while B Kumar and UT Yadav took two wickets each. Jadeja and MM Sharma took one each while Soumya was run out by Raina.

Bangladesh beat India by 79 runs

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Fatullah Cricket test ends in a draw

News4u-Sports Desk-The test series between India and Bangladesh in Fatullah has ended in a draw.

Bangladesh overcame the threat of losing the test match by batting out 15 overs of the stipulated 30 overs scoring 23 runs without losing a wicket.

Both captains decided to shake hands and the lone test ended in a draw.

Shikhar Dhawan is the man of the match. Earlier, India spinners turned the match interesting in the second session of play.

R Ashwin’s five wickets haul helped India bowl out hosts Bangladesh for 256 runs. Ashwin picked a five wicket haul for the 10th time in his career.

Harbhajan Singh on a comeback trail picked 3 wickets. Varun Aaron is the lone pacer to pick a wicket in the test match while the last wicket fell to a run out.

Fatullah Cricket test ends in a draw

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Dhoni only Indian to make Forbes richest athletes list

News4u-News Desk- Residents of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hometown in Jharkhand rejoiced as the Indian skipper made it to the Forbes list of highest paid athletes in the world.

Dhoni is the lone Indian sportsperson to feature in the magazine’s popular list. His ranking dropped to 23 from 22 this year.

Dhoni’s total earnings stood at USD 31 million, including amount from salary and winnings at USD 4 million and USD 27 million from endorsements during the calendar year 2014-2015.

Residents in Ranchi city congratulated Dhoni on the feat and credited his hard work for his success over the years.

“If we see 10-12 years ago, Dhoni did not even own a scooter; he did not even own a bat and kit. But after struggling so much with his hard work he has made so much money today. He should be saluted because he has achieved everything with hard work,” said Kawaljit Singh, a resident.

Some fans wished the cricketer started a cricket academy in the state to promote young talent.

“He has achieved what he wanted. Now for the people of Ranchi he should open a cricket academy and support the children for it,” said a Vinod Chaudhary, a fan.

Dhoni retired from test cricket earlier this year and continues to lead the one day international (ODI) squad. (ANI)

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Broad heroics ensure England matches New Zealand’s first innings total

News4u-Sports Desk-Stuart Broad’s heroics on the crease ensured that England matched New Zealand’s first innings total of 350 on the third day of the second test match at Headingley.

After an overnight score of 253 runs for the loss of five wickets, England looked to be in danger of a major collapse as the hosts lost three quick wickets, the scorecard reading 267/8. However, Broad forged partnerships first with Mark Wood and then with James Anderson to ensure that England staggered to 350 all out.

New Zealand started its second innings the way it started its first – losing two quick wickets, with Broad sending Tom Latham and Kane Williamson back to the pavilion with only 23 runs on the board. However, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor steadied the innings, and though both were eventually dismissed, the visitors were at a healthy 222/4 at the end of 50 overs, with Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling on the crease.

England currently leads the test series 1-0. (ANI)

Broad heroics ensure England matches New Zealand’s first innings total

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Mukhtar Ahmed shines in Pak’s close win against Zimbabwe in first T20

News4u-Sports Desk- Man of the match Mukhtar Ahmed’s smashing knock helped Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in the first T20 international played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Playing an international game on their home soil after six years, Pakistan finally achieved the target of 173, despite suffering from a few hiccups towards the end.

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to bat first on a belter of a pitch.

The openers Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza gave a very good start before both fell with 58 runs on the board.

Chigumbura played a captain’s knock, scoring 54 runs off just 35 deliveries and helped his side to set a competitive target of 173 runs.

Apart from Anwar Ali and Shoaib Malik, the rest of the Pakistani bowlers were expensive. Sami finished with 3 wickets, while Wahab Riaz picked two.

Pakistan’s fielding was once again disappointing as they missed a couple of catches and stumping chances, besides the sloppy ground fielding.

Chasing the target, Pakistan started off in brilliant fashion, with Mukhtar Ahmed showing his class. He smashed the Zimbabwean bowlers all over the park throughout his knock of 83. Ahmed Shehzad was a little slow to get off the blocks, but got into the groove soon after. Their 142-run opening partnership was a treat for the eyes, but Shehzad’s fall after reaching his fifty soon triggered a mini-collapse.

In the end when Pakistan needed four runs from four deliveries, Shahid Afridi finished things off with a cracking hit. (ANI)

Pak Team

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Chris Rogers says to retire after Ashes

News4u Sports Desk- Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers said Monday that he plans to retire from Test cricket after this year’s Ashes tour in England.

The 37-year-old left-hander said he was on track to finish his international career at the end of the five-Test Ashes series in August.

“I’m very happy, I’ve been pretty fortunate to have this second go at it and have loved every moment of it,” Fox Sports quoted Rogers, as saying.

“But time calls on everyone, and, I think, it’s nearly up for me. I think to go out in the Ashes and in England where I’ve played a lot of cricket is pretty fitting,” he added.

After making his Test debut in 2008, Rogers was recalled for the 2013 Ashes and has since been a solid contributor at the top of the Australia batting order, making 1,535 runs at an average of 39.35 across 20 Tests. (ANI)

Chris Rogers

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