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IND vs SA, 4th ODI : South Africa beat India by 5 wickets in Johannesburg

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Johannesburg, Feb 11: South Africa beat India by five wickets (D/L) in the fourth ODI at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg.

After opting to bat, the visitors rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s century and Virat Kohli’s 75 to post 289/7 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, South Africa were 43/1 when lightning and rain interrupted play for more than an hour. The hosts were set a revised target of 202 in 28 overs, which they achieved with 15 balls remaining. Heinrich Klaasen remained unbeaten on 43 off just 27 balls.

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan marked his 100th One-Day International (ODI) with a brilliant 109 to take India to 289/7 in 50 overs in the fourth match against South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Saturday.

Dhawan, who hit his 13th century, shared a 158-run second-wicket stand with captain Virat Kohli (75) as a ruthless India showed strong intent to clinch the six-match series.

India were cruising at 197/2 in 34 overs when the play was interrupted for nearly an hour due to lightning. After the play resumed, India lost the plot and lost wickets regularly to what looked an under-par total.

Before the interruption, however, Dhawan and Kohli, two of best in-form visiting players in the series, dominated the home bowlers after India won the toss and opted to bat.

They didn’t allow India to feel the loss of Rohit Sharma, who fell for five to extend his poor run of 0, 15, 20 in the series. The right-hander drove a full delivery back to paceman Kagiso Rabada, who managed to take a very low catch.

Kohli and Dhawan then steered India to a position of strength. Both matched strokes per strokes as they played sensibly, waiting for weak deliveries.

Kohli stamped his authority as he continued to punish the South African bowlers. For someone coming into the match with scores of 112, 46 not out, 160 not out, batting looked easy. He registered his 46th ODI fifty.

South Africa, playing without any spinners, looked out of ideas to stop the two with no variety in their bowling. Part-time Jean-Paul Duminy delivered four overs of spin but, expectedly, didn’t look like taking a wicket.

At the other end, left-hander Dhawan pulled, cut, and drove with ease as the partnership flourished.

The stand was broken when Kohli hit pacer Chris Morris straight into the hands of David Miller at short cover, with India at 178/2 in 31.1 overs.

Later, Dhawan went on to complete his century, with a straight drive off a full toss from Morris crossing the mid-off fence giving him the three-figure score.

India’s march was halted by lightening with dark clouds hovering over the New Wanderers Stadium.

When the match resumed, Dhawan was the first to be dismissed, driving Morne Morkel to AB De Villiers at mid-off.

Ajinkya Rahane (8) too perished, with a pull off Lungi Ngidi failing to clear Rabada at deep square leg. With these two wickets, things suddenly looked gloomy for India, who were at 210/4.

The saviour of India was old war-horse, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who remained not out 42 off 43 deliveries.

At the other end, Ngidi and Rabada accounted for Shreyas Iyer (18) and Hardik Pandya (9) to dent India’s hopes of a late surge but Dhoni once again showed why he is so important for the side.

Brief scores: India: 289/7 (Shikhar Dhawan 109, Virat Kohli 75, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 42 not out; Lungi Ngidi 2/52, Kagiso Rabada 2/58) vs South Africa.

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3rd Test: Woakes triple strike leave India 82/3 at lunch

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Nottingham, Aug 18: England bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes continued his rich form with the ball by taking three wickets to spoil India’s decent start and leave them reeling at 82/3 at lunch on Day 1 in the third Test at Trent Bridge here on Saturday.

Woakes (3/18) accounted for the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (35), Lokesh Rahul (23) and Cheteshwar Pujara (14) in a brilliant spell of seam-up pace bowling.

Skipper Virat Kohli (batting 4) was at the crease at the break.

After a batting debacle at Lord’s in the second rubber, India openers Dhawan — back in the mix in place of Murali Vijay — and Rahul got off to a watchful start and stitched together a partnership of 60 runs.

The pair saw off the dangerous James Anderson and Stuart Broad well with the occasional edge off Dhawan’s bat finding the fence.

The left-hander glanced Anderson down the leg side for the first boundary of the match before playing an iffy shot that took the outside edge of his bat to fly over the slip cordon and race to the third man fence.

Rahul took eight balls to open his account but looked the more elegant, driving a Broad delivery outswinger for his first boundary and then playing an exquisite cover drive off Woakes.

Just when things started to look good for the visitors, Woakes found Dhawan’s outside edge with a good length delivery that squared up the batsman and the ball flew to Buttler at second slip.

Rahul perished soon after, Woakes trapping the right-hander in front of the wicket though on Pujara’s insistence he reviewed the decision to no avail.

Pujara played two good-looking fours but at the stroke of lunch holed out to Adil Rashid at long leg uncharacteristically.

Brief scores: India 1st innings 82/3 (Shikhar Dhawan 35, Virat Kohli batting 4; Chris Woakes 3/18) vs England.

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BCCI, cricket team join nation in condoling Vajpayee’s death

Several former and current India cricketers also took to Twitter to condole the demise of the former Prime Minister.

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New Delhi, Aug 16 : The Indian cricket team and the BCCI joined the nation in mourning the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday after battling ill health. He was 93.

“The Indian cricket team and BCCI condoles the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atalji dedicated his life in service of the nation,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Vajpayee, the first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete a full term in office, died here on Thursday after a prolonged illness.

Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble wrote: “A sad day for the country, as we lose one of our greatest leaders. #AtalBihariVajpayee contributed so much for the betterment of the country. May his soul rest in peace.”

“It’s been a sad week, the demise of one of India’s finest leaders “Mr. Vajpayee” is heartbreaking,” India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrote.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan wrote: “My deepest condolences on the passing of our former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. One of the few politicians I always respected for his honesty and devotion to the national cause. May his soul rest in peace.”

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in his message wrote: “Deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. His values and ideologies will be remembered forever.”

Vajpayee, who was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 2014, was undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

His condition worsened on Wednesday evening with leaders from across the political spectrum thronging the hospital and enquiring about his health.

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Vengsarkar calls for Pant’s inclusion in 3rd India-England Test

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London, Aug 16: Former BCCI chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has backed the inclusion of rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant in India’s playing XI for the third cricket Test against England, starting at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

Already in the backfoot after losing the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, India find themselves in a must-win situation in the five-match Test rubber with all eyes on the non-performing batting order with the exception of skipper Virat Kohli.

Vengsarkar, who was the chairman of selectors when Kohli made his debut, has now called for the inclusion of the explosive southpaw in the playing XI.

“Rishabh Pant should get in. Apart from Kohli, nobody has shown that they could score runs here. Whether it’s English or Australian conditions, you have to adapt quickly. You have to apply yourself and get runs,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by BBC Radio.

“You have to give respect to the bowlers,” he added.

If Pant gets his maiden Test cap in Nottingham, that means Dinesh Karthik will be shown the door. Karthik, with scores of 0, 20, 1 and 0 in the four innings so far, has failed to justify his inclusion in the side.

Earlier, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly had also backed the inclusion of Pant for the third Test.

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