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Former cricketer A.G. Milkha Singh passes away, BCCI condoles death

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Chennai, Nov 10 : Former India left-hand batsman Amritsar Govindsingh Milkha Singh passed away following cardiac arrest at a hospital here on Friday.

A prolific left-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium pacer, Singh scored 92 runs in four Test matches at an average of 15.33. Singh, 75, is survived by his wife, a son and daughter.

Singh belonged to a famous cricketing family. His father Amritsar Govindsingh Ram Singh and elder brother Kripal Singh both played the game. His father was an all-rounder, who played for Madras and was just the second player in history to achieve the Ranji Trophy double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets.

His elder brother Kripal Singh also played in 14 Test matches for India. He played a leading role in Tamil Nadu winning the Ranji Trophy in 1954/55, scoring 636 runs and taking 13 wickets.

In a condolence messaged, the BCCI said: “The BCCI condoles the sad demise of A.G. Milkha Singh, a former Test player who passed away on Friday. Singh played four Test matches and made his India debut just after turning 18.”

Born in Chennai, he played 88 first-class games for Madras (now Tamil Nadu) and scored 4,324 runs with eight centuries and 27 half-centuries. The dashing southpaw was the first to score a century in the Duleep Trophy when he struck 151 for South Zone in 1961-62.

Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi took to Twitter to express his condolences. “Once the most attacking left-hand batsman of his times, A.G. Milkha Singh is no more…’AG’ clan is diminishing…RIP Micky… Guru MEHR Kareh..!!” tweeted the legendary left-arm spinner.

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2nd Test: India 172/3 at stumps, trail by 154 runs vs Australia

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Perth, Dec 15: India were 172/3 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Perth stadium here on Saturday.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were batting on 82 and 51 runs respectively when the day ended.

The visiting side still trail by 154 runs against Australia’s first innings total of 326. Resuming the second day at 277/6, the Aussies were all out for 326 shortly before lunch.

Brief Scores: India (First Innings): 172/3 (Virat Kohli 82 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 51 batting) vs Australia (First Innings): 326 (Marcus Harris 70; Ishant Sharma 4/41).

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India’s Sindhu defeats Thailand’s Intanon, storms into final

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 15: Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals here on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who has not lost to World No.8 Intanon in the last two years, breezed into the final after quashing her Thai opponent 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes, reports Efe.

The world number six from Hyderabad – who entered the semi-finals after defeating Beiwen Zhang of the US 21-9, 21-15 on Friday – dominated the first game, winning it in 20 minutes after grabbing an initial 6-4 lead.

Intanon bounced back in the second game but Sindhu did not lose nerve and won it in a nail-biting finish to wrap up the match.

Sindhu will now play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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