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Jadeja bogged down by illness, Dhawan recovers from ankle injury

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Cape Town, Jan 3: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been suffering from viral illness for the past two days, while opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has recovered from an injury ahead of the first cricket Test against South Africa, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that its medical team in consultation with the local medical team has decided that Jadeja will be taken to a hospital for treatment and said it expects him to fully recover in the next 48 hrs.

“The BCCI Medical Team has been monitoring him and is also in touch with the local medical team in Cape Town,” the statement said.

“The BCCI’s decision on his availability for selection for the opening Test against South Africa will be taken on the morning of the match on Friday,” it added.

Left-handed batsman Dhawan hit the nets at the morning training session at the Newlands Stadium on Wednesday as he recovered from an ankle injury. The injury was deemed “minor”.

Dhawan is fit and is available for selection for the first Test.

India have three options for the opening batting roles. Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul are the other two openers in the squad.

India squad for the three-match Test series: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

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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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Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap are married

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New Delhi, Dec 14: India’s ace badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Friday tied a wedding knot.

Nehwal took to Twitter to announce her marriage by sharing a photograph with Kashyap.

“Best match of my life…#justmarried”, she tweeted.

Later, Kashyap also shared a wedding picture with a caption “Best match of my life <3 “.

Both were dating each other since the past 10 years. Saina had confirmed the news of her wedding in October this year.

The two badminton players first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where have been training since 2015.

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IND vs AUS, 2nd Test: Australia 277/6 at stumps on Day 1

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Perth, Dec 14: Australia were 277/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second Test match against India here on Friday.

Pat Cummins (11) and skipper Tim Paine (16) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

Brief scores:

Australia: 277/6 (Marcus Harris 70, Aaron Finch 50; Ishant Sharma 2/35) at stumps on Day 1 vs India.

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