Bengaluru Test called off

News4u- Sports Desk- Bengaluru test called off due poor playing conditions caused by rain; umpires call off the game after inspecting the conditions; Host lead the series 1-0.

The second Test between India and South Africa was on Wednesday abandoned due to poor playing conditions, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. No play was possible on the second, third and fourth days in the Test, which remained tilted heavily in favour of the Indian cricket team.

The conditions remained averse for playing on the final day as well, as the start was delayed and then the umpires inspected the conditions at around 11.30 AM.

It was decided immediately that the conditions were not good enough, and the umpires called off the game and the match was draw.

Bengaluru Test called off

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Dhoni sparkles as resurgent India equalises series

News4u-Sports Desk- A superb performance by the bowlers and a defiant 92 not out from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni saw India outplay South Africa by 22 runs in their second One-Day International (ODI) at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.

Chasing India’s modest total of 247/9, the South Africans lost wickets at regular intervals and their innings folded up for 225 in 43.4 overs. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and left-arm spinner Axar Patel inflicted the bulk of the damage with a three-wicket hauls.

Patel claimed the crucial wickets of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plesis and J.P. Duminy to return figures of 3/39 in his 10 overs while Kumar claimed 3/41 in 8.4 overs.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took two wickets for 51 runs while pacers Mohit Sharma (1/21) and Umesh Yadav (1/52) picked up one each.

India, who had lost the opening match by five runs at Kanpur, have now levelled the five-match series at 1-1.

Amla and Quinton de Kock gave the Proteas’ chase a flying start, tackling Bhuvneshwar and Yadav with ease. Dhoni’s decison to bring on the spinners made an instant impact as Patel got rid of Amla in his very first over. The South African, who had danced down the over to smash the second ball of the over to the mid-on boundary, tried a similar act off the fourth delivery only to be beaten by the spin as Dhoni calmly whipped off the bails.

After de Kock had hit a Harbhajan delivery into the hands of Mohit Sharma at long off, set about trying to repair the damage. The duo managed to bring the visitors into the match but Patel trapped Duminy leg before to bring an end to the 82-run partnership.

That seemed to trigger a mini collapse as du Plesis, David Miller and the dangerous AB de Villiers went back in quick succession which all but ended the visitors hopes.

Earlier, Dhoni led from the front with a defiant 92 not out to help India post 247/9.

Walking in to bat with India in a spot of bother at 82/3 in the 18th over, Dhoni batted right till the end to notch up his 60th ODI fifty. The Indian captain smashed seven boundaries and four sixes during his 86-ball innings.

Dhoni’s fighting knock and Ajinkya Rahane’s 51 — his eighth half-century in ODIs — helped India put up a decent total even though the other batsmen came up short against the disciplined South African bowlers. Besides Dhoni, Rahane was the only other Indian batsman who managed to trouble the Proteas, hitting six boundaries during his 63-run stay in the middle.

The experienced Steyn was the most successful among the Proteas bowlers with figures of 3/49 from his 10 overs. Pacer Morne Morkel (2/42) and leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2/42) also were partly successful while rookie pacer Kasigo Rabada returned figures of 1/43.

Duminy was the only South African bowler to take a bit of punishment from the Indian batsmen, giving away 59 runs in nine wicketless overs.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India were off to a poor start when Rabada uprooted Rohit Sharma’s leg stump with a full length delivery which beat the Mumbai lad with its pace.

Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan tried to steady the boat with a 56-run partnership from 65 balls before Dhawan was deceived by a slower delivery from Morkel. A horrible mix-up saw Virat Kohli run out before Rahane missed one from Tahir only to see the ball hit his stumps.

Patel was also unable to post a substantial contribution and was beaten by the pace of a Steyn delivery to be trapped leg before.

But Dhoni continued his efforts to rebuild the innings with Kumar giving him steady support from the other end. The Indian captain was initially a bit cautious, relying more on the ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking rather than go for the big shots. But he gradually began to open up as the innings progressed, hitting Duminy for a four and a six in the 37th over.

Bhuvneshwar was batting steadily at the other end as the duo added 43 runs between them from 60 balls. Tahir brought the partnership to an end when he sneaked one through the gap between Bhuvneshwar’s bat and and pad.

That brought Harbhajan to the middle and the feisty ‘Turbanator’ helped his skipper jack up the scoring rate with a run-a-ball 22. Harbhajan hit a couple of boundaries and a six before he lashed out a wide-ish delivery from Steyn only to see de Kock do the honours behind the stumps.

But by that time the hosts were well on their way to a decent score.IANS

Dhoni sparkles as resurgent India equalises series

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Tributes pour in for Dalmiya

News4u-News Desk- Tributes poured in from all quarters as players, past administrators and important politicians paid tribute to the Iron Man of Indian cricket politics.

International Cricket Council in its tweet said “The ICC extends its deepest condolences upon the passing away of BCCI President and former ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya.”

Former cricketers too expressed shock and aawe over the cricket administrator..Sachin Tendulkar in his tweet…

“Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. little did I realise that it would be the last Will always cherish his encouragement & support over the years. Worked hard for the game of cricket & excelled as an administrator Was touched by his efforts to make my penultimate Test at Eden Gardens very special. RIP Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Anil Kumble in his tweet said “Saddened by Mr. Dalmiya’s death. Immense contribution to Indian and world cricket. A huge loss. Always a players man! Condolences to family!”

VVS Laxman also expressed grief “Deeply saddened 2 hear the news of the demise of Dalmiya Ji. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.May his soul, rest in peace”

Suresh Raina tweeted:”Big loss for India cricket. Mr. Dalmiya always showed the way. Rest in Peace sir#RIP”

Rohit Sharma also tweeted “Rip Dalmiya sir. My heartfelt condolences to the family”

Senior off-spinner Ravi Ashwin termed him as a fine administrator, “My condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr.Jagmohan Dalmiya. A fine administrator he was. Rip Sir,”

Shikhar Dhawan in his tweet said “Deepest condolences to the Dalmiya Family. Dalmiya Saab’s contribution to the Indian Cricket and @BCCI will always be cherished. #RIP,”

BJP president and former Gujarat Cricket Association chief Amit Shah also expressed grief over the sad demise of BCCI Chief. “My deepest condolences to the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya on his demise …a big loss not only for Indian but World cricket.”

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal said in a statement: “Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise a major loss for cricketing world. My prayers are with his family. Cricket has lost a great administrator.”

Former BCCI treasurer and secretary S.K. Nair “Dalmiya, apart from being his guide, was an outstanding administrator who changed the face of Indian cricket.”

Ratnakar Shetty, whose administrative capabilities were first identified by Dalmiya, said: “He was responsible for making the BCCI a powerful organisation, and helped it gain respect and admiration from the rest of the world. He helped BCCI stand on its own feet. The South African broadcasters paid $120,000 to the BCCI for the highlights of South Africa’s three-match 1991 series in India. Mr. Dalmiya was fantastic!”

Tributes pour in for Dalmiya

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Here`s how cricket is exposing your kids to alcohol

News4u-News Desk- A new study has revealed that Australian Football League (AFL), National Rugby League (NRL) and Cricket are promoting alcohol to children.

Research from Monash University shows that Australian children and adolescents receive millions of exposures to alcohol advertising when watching AFL, NRL, and Cricket on TV, with 47 per cent of the exposures occurring during children’s daytime viewing.

The study found that there were 3544 alcohol adverts in free-to-air AFL, NRL, and Cricket, representing 60 per cent of all alcohol advertising in sport TV. The AFL had the most alcohol adverts (1942) throughout the year, followed by Cricket (941) and the NRL (661), with children’s exposure to alcohol advertising greatest when watching AFL.

The study considerably underestimates children’s true exposure to alcohol advertising when watching sport, because the data we report here do not include alcohol advertising on players uniforms, stadium signage, or on the playing surface, and was restricted to live sports, researcher Kerry O’Brien said.

“What was striking was the extent of children’s exposure because of the clause allowing alcohol advertising in daytime sport. It’s banned in every other TV genre because it’s known to be harmful to children, so why is sport exempt? It just doesn’t make sense,” added lead-author Sherilene Carr.

The alcohol industry’s job is to increase sales and consumption of alcohol, so they can’t be expected to protect young people’s health, but the AFL, NRL, and Cricket, could care more than they apparently do, noted O’Brien.

Along with other recent reports, the study suggests that removing a clause in current regulations that allows alcohol advertising during the daytime in sport, and preventing alcohol advertising before 9.30pm, could halve children and adolescents exposure to alcohol advertising.

The study is published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. (ANI)

Here`s how cricket is exposing your kids to alcohol

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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.

Rahane

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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.

Bangladesh beat India by 6 wkts

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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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