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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 1: Lankan spinners stage comeback after visitors’...

Malinda Pushpakumara ended the opening day with a three-for © AFPIndia ended Day 1 of the third Test at 329 for 6, against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. After electing to bat, openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul added 188 for the first wicket. Rahul registered his seventh consecutive half-century, equalling the world record with Kumar Sangakkara, Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Chris Rogers, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. However, he yet again failed to reach the three-figure mark. Malind Pushpakumara lured him into playing a big stroke and had him caught at mid-on for 85. Dhawan, meanwhile, continued his run-fest, punching his way to his sixth hundred. He joined Virender Sehwag in an elite list, scoring most hundreds (3) on the Sri Lankan soil. That said, Dhawan achieved it in a mere 4 Tests. Although India had gone into lunch without a loss of wicket, they lost three down in the second session. Malinda sent Dhawan packing, as Dinesh Chandimal took a brilliant catch to stop the Indian opener on 119. It was a day for southpaws, and Chinaman Lakshan Sandakan joined the act. He induced a thick outside edge off the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara for 8. India went to tea with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten. All the same, Sri Lanka pushed India in further trouble. Malinda castled Rahane’s defence, looping one between bat and pad. Despite the sudden collapse, Kohli almost eased his way to a half-century, but he fell to Sandakan’s wrist-spinners for 42. All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin was yet again a delight to watch on a track that has something for both batters and bowlers. Given the Sri Lankans were bowling in the right channel, he took some time to find his feet. However, he too perished towards the fag end of the day’s play. Left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando had him caught behind. Brief scores: India 329 for 6 (KL Rahul 85; Shikha Dhawan 119; Malind Pushpakumar 3 for 40) vs Sri Lanka. Full scorecard

TNPL 2017: Delhi police bust online betting racket

© Getty Images (Representational Image)An online betting racket has been busted here with the arrest of three bookies, police said on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma said that the gang was arrested on Friday night from a rented house in north Delhi’s Anand Vihar from where they were operating. Verma identified the accused as Vinod Sharma, Vikas Choudhary and Mukesh Aggarwal — all residents of Delhi. Police also recovered 13 mobile phones, two laptops and three televisions, among other things, from the accused. The trio had placed a bet of around Rs four crore on a cricket match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) on Friday, the Deputy Commissioner said. According to police, the accused where using online betting websites to get details of the match, as live telecast of the match lags by four to five seconds from the actual match. The accused were using a betting assistant software to keep a record of everyone placing bets with them and to keep a tab on the matches and their earnings. Earlier, three people had been arrested in connection with a betting racket during the India-Pakistan Champions Trophy final match. The three were arrested from a hotel in Civil Lines area in north Delhi, the police said. According to the police, the racketeers were placing huge amounts of money as stakes on the high-octane match. On June 9, the police arrested four persons for running an online betting racket during the India-Sri Lanka Champions Trophy cricket match as well.

Photos: England vs South Africa, 4th Test at Old Trafford

◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 11 Duanne Olivier ended with 5 wickets for South Africa especially in the absence of their pacer Vernon Philander © Getty Images Moeen Ali finished a brilliant campaign with a five-wicket haul as England beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Monday to seal a 3-1 series win. Victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, also saw Joe Root triumphant in his first Test series as England captain. South Africa, set a huge 380 for victory, were bowled out for 202 shortly after tea on the fourth day when Ali took two wickets in two balls to remove Morne Morkel and Duanne Olivier. That gave the off-spinner a return of five for 69 in 19.5 overs and 25 wickets in total in a series where he also scored 252 runs. This result meant England had won their first home Test series against South Africa since 1998. It was also just South Africa’s second defeat in 20 away Test series, their other overseas campaign reverse in that sequence coming against India in 2015/16. South Africa, 43 for three at lunch, saw Hashim Amla (83) and captain Faf du Plessis (61) put on 123 for the fourth wicket. But Ali then took three wickets for five runs in 11 balls — including the prize scalp of Amla — as the Proteas collapsed from 163 for three to 173 for six. Earlier, Ali, both the man-of-the-match and the man of the series, made 75 not out off just 66 balls in England’s second innings 243, having been dropped on 15. That left South Africa facing a mammoth chase, with no side having made more to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Old Trafford than England’s 294 for four against New Zealand in 2008. South Africa’s already difficult task was not helped when they lost both openers, leaving them at 18 for two. Dean Elgar, who made a gritty second-innings hundred in England’s 239-run victory in the third Test at The Oval, fell for five on Monday when caught behind off Stuart Broad. Heino Kuhn, struggling to cement his Test place, repeatedly played and missed before, on 11, edging James Anderson, again bowling from the newly-named James Anderson End, to Cook. Temba Bavuma again battled hard until, from the last ball before lunch, he was given out caught behind on review off Toby Roland-Jones. Amla completed a 100-ball fifty with his ninth four, a pull off Ben Stokes. He then twice forced Stokes off the back foot for two stylish offside fours before driving Ali for six. But with South Africa 163 for three, Amla missed an intended whip shot off Ali and was lbw, although England, for the second time on Monday, had to first review umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s original not out decision. No replays were required when Quinton de Kock (one) edged a drive off Ali to Alastair Cook in the slips. And 173 for five became 173 for six when Theunis de Bruyn fell for a duck, nicking Ali to slip fielder Stokes. The end came quickly for South Africa, 182 for six at tea. Du Plessis, who played at Old Trafford for Lancashire, had added just one to his tea score when he was caught behind off Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker. Anderson, who finished with three for 16, then had Kagiso Rabada caught in the covers. Ali, appropriately, finished the match with Morkel holing out for a duck before Olivier, also out for nought, was taken by Stokes at slip.

Live Cricket Score, India A vs South Africa A, Unofficial Test, Day 1: Miller,...

Karun Nair and Aiden Markaram © AFP and Getty ImagesHello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A. We, at CricketCountry, will be bringing to you live updates and interesting tweets throughout the Test series. After Manish Pandey took India A home with ODI series win, it is time for Karun Nair to bring his debut captaincy skills into the foray. He will look to leave behind his disappointing IPL season and begin this series with a hope to regain his spot in the India’s Test squad. India A comprises of young bowlers that includes IPL stars Aniket Choudhary and Mohammad Siraj. Shahbaz Nadeem and Jayant Yadav will also be seen in whites. Jayant will be seen in whites after hi stint for India during the England and Australia series. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant who kept the wickets in the ODI series will see a change too. Ishan Kishan will now keep the wickets for the 4-day match. Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne and likes will handle the task with the bat. It is also testing time for South Africa A’s captain Aiden Markram. The South Africa A is bolstered with Duanne Olivier and Andile Phehlukwayo. Stephen Cook will also handle the task with the bat as the opener. The one newcomer at this level is the Multiply Titans legspinner, Shaun von Berg. The match will take place at Benoni who is hosting the first of the two unofficial Tests. David Miller and Dane Piedt will be the mainstay batters in the middle. Squads: India A: Karun Nair (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), PK Panchal, Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Sudip Chatterjee, Hanuma Vihari, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot. South Africa A: Aiden Markram (c), Stephen Cook, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Piedt, Omphile Ramela, Rudi Second, Jason Smith, Shaun von Berg and Khaya Zondo.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja to play in County Championship?

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja © AFPCounty teams have been drafting many subcontinent players, which has in turn helped the cricketers to better their records in England. Mohammad Aamer was the latest name to join County cricket last month. Skipper Virat Kohli too had expressed the desire to play county cricket ahead of the 2018 India tour of England. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to participate in County Championship before the end of season. Worcestershire has identified Ashwin as the ideal candidate. Steve Rhodes, the club’s director, has considered Jadeja as well. However, BCCI have always been cautious of their players’ schedule. India’s timetable last year was packed with back-to-back series against New Zealand, England and Australia. It was followed by IPL, Champions Trophy, and they are back to the grind with the ongoing Sri Lanka series. But with India’s record in England, this could be an opportunity that could benefit India’s ace spinners. The final three rounds of County Championship is scheduled to begin after September 6, when India are done with their tour against Sri Lanka. Which means, Ashwin and Jadeja could very much be available for the Championship. But with India to play Australia for a limited-over series in October, the participation is currently dangling. BCCI are yet to announce the dates for Australia series as well. Not just Worcestershire, but other county teams are also looking to draft the ideal players to their side. It is not just bowlers, county teams are also looking to hire an Indian batsman to the side by the end of the season. Kohli is in contention. Cheteshwar Pujara, who had a great start to the county season with Nottinghamshire, is likely to come back for the final week of Championship too.

Live Cricket Score, India A vs South Africa A, Unofficial Test, Day 1: SA...

Karun Nair and Aiden Markaram © AFP and Getty ImagesHello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A. We, at CricketCountry, will be bringing to you live updates and interesting tweets throughout the Test series. After Manish Pandey took India A home with ODI series win, it is time for Karun Nair to bring his debut captaincy skills into the foray. He will look to leave behind his disappointing IPL season and begin this series with a hope to regain his spot in the India’s Test squad. India A comprises of young bowlers that includes IPL stars Aniket Choudhary and Mohammad Siraj. Shahbaz Nadeem and Jayant Yadav will also be seen in whites. Jayant will be seen in whites after hi stint for India during the England and Australia series. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant who kept the wickets in the ODI series will see a change too. Ishan Kishan will now keep the wickets for the 4-day match. Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne and likes will handle the task with the bat. It is also testing time for South Africa A’s captain Aiden Markram. The South Africa A is bolstered with Duanne Olivier and Andile Phehlukwayo. Stephen Cook will also handle the task with the bat as the opener. The one newcomer at this level is the Multiply Titans legspinner, Shaun von Berg. The match will take place at Benoni who is hosting the first of the two unofficial Tests. David Miller and Dane Piedt will be the mainstay batters in the middle. Squads: India A: Karun Nair (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), PK Panchal, Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Sudip Chatterjee, Hanuma Vihari, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot. South Africa A: Aiden Markram (c), Stephen Cook, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Piedt, Omphile Ramela, Rudi Second, Jason Smith, Shaun von Berg and Khaya Zondo.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Pallekele: Shikhar Dhawan slams hundred; hosts take...

Dhawan scores his sixth hundred © AFPSri Lanka staged a spectacular comeback in the second session of the third Test, at Pallekele. After adding 188 for the first wicket, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan were dismissed in quick succession. To put India in further trouble, Chinaman Lakshan Sandakan sent the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara for a mere 8. India went into tea at 235 for 3. After equalling world record of most consecutive half-centuries (7), Rahul fell for 85. Trying to clear the infield, Rahul lost his balance and mistimed a toss-up delivery to Dimuth Karunaratne at mid-on. He became Milinda Pushpakumara’s first victim. Dhawan, however, reached his sixth hundred. After Virender Sehwag, he became only the second Indian to score two hundreds in a series on the Sri Lankan soil. In addition, this was his fifth hundred outside India. The only time he reached three-figure mark on Indian soil was on his debut. In all, this is his third century in four Tests in Sri Lanka, again equalling Sehwag. However, Milinda got the better of Dhawan on 119. In a quest to sweep, Dhawan found Dinesh Chandimal who took a blinder. Pujara and Virat Kohli tried to carry forward the good work laid by the openers, but the Sri Lankan showed spirited effort to keep India at bay. Sandakan had Pujara caught at first slip. India lost the top three in the second session, after adding 134 for no loss at lunch. Brief scores: India 235 for 3 (KL Rahul 85; Shikha Dhawan 119; Milind Pushpakumar 2 for 19) vs Sri Lanka. Full scorecard

Sri Lanka to host World XI for T20 charity match in September

Sri Lanka will play host to World XI ©AFPWhat was a rarity back then has now become a norm. Ever since cricket was globalised with the advent of TV and social media, people have been able to see their stars more often than not. In order to heed into this, numerous World XI tours are being organised across cricketing nations. Latest in the list of many Asian countries is Sri Lanka, who are all set to host World XI for a T20 match come September 8. The match will most likely be played at R. Premadasa Stadium. According to a report in crizbuzz, “The negotiations are going on with the overseas players and we will be able to confirm the names soon,” said an SLC source. The match will be played just two days after completion of India’s tour of Sri Lanka when both sides clash in a one-off T20I game. The charity match will feature international stars, former and present. All the charity money will be donated towards the victims of the recent flood in Sri Lanka. Apart from this, the money will also go to the patients suffering from the kidney disease that has caused more than 20,000 deaths in the last 20 years in the Emerald Island. Speaking of World XI, a team coached and managed by former Zimbabwean cricket Andy Flower is all set to take on Pakistan during September. This World XI series will comprise of three T20s to be played at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore.

Dinesh Mongia to ask BCCI for amnesty

Dinesh Mongia played for Chandigarh Lions in ICL © Getty Images (File Photo)Many cricketers, who participated in Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2007-09, managed to find their way back after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) offered amnesty. However, for one player this amnesty comes right at the fag end of his career. Dinesh Mongia, now 40, feels he has one shot left at playing cricket in the domestic circuit if he too applies for amnesty. Mongia was named in corruption allegations by former New Zealand player Lou Vincent but was cleared due to lack of evidence by London court in 2015. Interestingly, Mongia has not been banned by BCCI or been charged of any wrongdoing but still remains disowned. Mongia feels that he too should be given a chance to clear his name. In a report by cricbuzz, Mongia said, “I hope someone in the BCCI hears my case just as they have Mohammad Azharuddin’s.” Mongia further added that he was the only player not to receive amnesty by BCCI back then. ”There was no evidence against me. I was the only player not to receive BCCI’s amnesty to the ICL players. Ambati Rayudu earned a reprieve (for signing up with ICL) and went on to play for India.” Many players involved in ICL then went to represent India, but Mongia – a regular during early 2000 – did not get a chance to revive his career despite repeated attempts. “Is it not strange that the BCCI never banned me but has not responded to my requests to clear my dues? I have written to the BCCI and PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) but have not heard from them.” A member of a near-successful journey in the 2003 World Cup, Mongia represented India in 57 ODIs and a solitary T20I. He also has 121 First-Class matches to his name.

BCCI to select India’s ODI team on Sunday for series vs Sri Lanka

India will play Sri Lanka in a 5-ODI series © Getty ImagesWith proceeding underway in the final and third Test, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has their eyes set on the limited-overs leg of India’s tour of Sri Lanka. As per reports floating around, the BCCI is set to select the Indian squad for the One-Day Internationals (ODI) on Sunday. India play Sri Lanka in a 5-ODI series that will be followed by a one-off Twenty20 International as well. Chief of selection committee MSK Prasad is already in Sri Lanka, while Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh who are in South Africa with the ‘A’ team will join via Skype. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choundary too will join Prasad in Kandy soon. On the eve of the third-Test, Virat Kohli made it clear that he will not be missing the ODI series after rumours of him going back after Tests were doing rounds. ”Who said I am not playing? I don’t know where this came from, but I have no problems in playing. We (team management and selectors) are going to sit down on selection soon and we certainly have plans in mind and combinations that we want to speak about. So as captain, I am definitely in the thick of things and knowing what to speak to the committee about,” he said. It was also reported that players like Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be rested as well. Elsewhere ODI specialist’s, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav were seen at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore giving fitness test and preparing for upcoming series versus Sri Lanka.

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TNPL 2017: Lyca Kovai Kings beat VB Thiruvallur Veerans in high-scorer

Murali Vijay’s 69 set the stage for Kings’ chase © AFPBaba Aparajith’s 60-run knock went in vain as Lyca Kovai Kings chased down 197 put up by Murali Vijay‘s VB Thiruvallur Veerans to post a 7-wicket victory in Match No. 26 of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017. On Saturday, the Kings won the toss at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai and sent the Veerans to bat first. While the Veerans’ batsmen, led by captain Aparajith put up a brilliant show, the bowlers failed to defend the huge score. Despite the victory, the Kings are at No. 5 position in the TNPL 2017, one place behind the Veerans. Veerans now have three victories from the seven matches that they have played while it was only the second victory for the Kings. Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017: Points table and team standings Though the Veerans openers NS Chaturved (24) and S Siddharth (18) failed to pull off anything extraordinary, the team was off to a decent start which Aparajith converted into a gigantic total. He first paired up with Hari Nishanth (27) to build the first big partnership of the innings, then getting to his half-century. Major support, though, came from Abhishek Tanwar who remained unbeaten at 55 as the Veerans put up 196 for 6 at the end of their 20 overs. Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Ajith Ram and MMK Shivakumar were the pick of the bowlers as all bagged 2 wickets each bowling for the Kings but their spells remained expensive, courtesy the ruthless hitting of Aparajith and Tanwar. Coincidentally, both the batsmen hit 3 fours and 5 sixes each in their respective knocks. The chase was thrilling. The match went down till the final delivery of the match. Despite losing his opening partner Laxmesha Suryaprakash (5) in the third over of the chase, Kings’ skipper Murali Vijay did not lose his nerves and paired up with Anirudh Sita Ram to keep the team in the hunt. Vijay got out for 69 off 44, hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes. Ram was joined at the crease by Akshay Srinivasan and both took things further until Tanwar removed Srinivasan (38) in the final over. Ram remained unbeaten at 69 as he ran a couple of runs to take his side to victory. Lakshmi Narayan, Sanjay Yadav and Tanwar were the successful bowlers with wickets apiece. Ram was adjudged the Player of the Match. Brief scores: VB Thiruvallur Veerans 196 for 6 (Baba Aparajith 60, Hari Nishanth 27, Abhishek Tanwar 55*; Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 2 for 29, Ajith Ram 2 for 33) lost to Lyca Kovai Kings 197 for 3 (Murali Vijay 69, Anirudh Sita Ram 69*, Akshay Srinivasan 38; Sanjay Yadav 1 for 23, Abhishek Tanwar 1 for 44) by 7 wickets.

India Women felicitated by MCA for good show in World Cup

India Women finished World Cup 2017 campaign as runners up © Getty ImagesMumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) this evening felicitated members of the India Women’s Cricket team, which ended as runners up in the Cricket World Cup in England last month. MCA President and BJP MLA Ashish Shelar honoured team members – skipper Mithali Raj, Poonam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Harmanpreet Kaur at a gala ceremony here in presence of former India skipper Ajit Wadekar, player Madhav Apte and CoA member Diana Edulji. All the players were given a memento and membership of the MCA’s facility at suburban Bandra Kurla Complex, while Mona, Poonam and Smriti were given Rs five lakh reward each as earlier announced by MCA. READ: BCCI set to award men, women national selectors Members of the team’s support staff Manager Trupti Bhattacharya and Rashmi Pawar were also feted. In a nail-biting final, the Indian women’s team lost to England at the iconic Lords. Skipper Mithali remembered her difficult journey and said she started enjoying facilities which they received after coming under BCCI. “The cricketers who are sitting back can watch women cricketers as role models. For us we have only seen men’s cricketers. We have seen Sachin (Tendulkar), Kapil Dev play and those are the videos we watched. But this is a revolution and they (the budding women cricketers) can see Harmanpreet, Poonam, Smriti play,” she added. Harmanpreet, who played a splendid knock in the semis against Australia to guide India in the finals, remembered that while they were going to the tournament only two media persons had come. “While we were going only two media people had come, but when we returned the entire country knew it and that was an achievement,” she said, adding, it was an message from Diana (Edulji) which pushed her to do well after not a good performance in the opening games. Poonam Raut, who resides in suburban Borivili had played a valiant 86 run knock in the final. Raut said the reception which they received on arrival was like a dream. “We narrowly missed winning the cup, but the love people have showered on us has inspired us. Our goal is to win the next World Cup and we will surely win it,” said Raut, an opener. Mandhana recalled that as the side had gone 15 days in advance before the tournament started they were able to acquaint themselves with the conditions. She expressed gratitude to the physios and trainers at the NCA who helped her recover from the injury. Mona Meshram and Shelar too shared their thoughts. Among others, former India player Praveen Amre, MCA Vice President Vinod Deshpande were present on the occasion

Gautam Gambhhir joins campaign to spread awareness about organ donation

Gautam Gambhir joined the campaign to spread awareness ion organ donation © IANSNew Delhi: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Saturday joined a campaign to encourage people to pledge to donate organs, at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. “I am extremely humbled to be a part of this drive. Organ donation is an egalitarian and a moral act,” said Gambhir, who is also an ambassador for “Gift a Life.” Gift A Life is an initiative launched in 2011 to create awareness about organ donation to save countless lives and is supported by the Apollo Transplant Institutes. “Thousands die every year for want of organs and I feel that this initiative will bridge the gap by spreading awareness in the society,” said Gambhir, who has already pledged to donate all his organs. Every year nearly five lakh people die in India due to non-availability of organs. Nearly 1.5 lakh people are in dire need of kidney transplants but only 3,000 of them receive one. READ: Gautam Gambhir heaps praises on Cheteshwar Pujara; calls him more consistent than Virat Kohli in Test cricket “One of the major reasons is lack of awareness about organ donation in India at large where majority of the population is still shackled with myths and religious beliefs, hence there is an urgent need to address this issue and create sound awareness,” said Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Apollo Hospitals Group. Vital organs such as the heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and lungs can be transplanted to those whose organs are failing. A single donor can save eight lives by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel. World Organ Donation Day is observed every year on August 13.