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Ranchi Test: Jadeja puts India on top after Pujara-Shah show




Ranchi, March 19: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja struck twice on Day Four to put India under control of the ongoing third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy here at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) International Stadium here on Sunday.

At Stumps, Australia, in their second innings were 23-2, and are still 129 runs away from making India bat a second time and with only eight second wickets at their disposal to achieve that.

Explosive opening batsman David Warner, who has been struggling for most of the series, was expected by the visitors to see them through to stumps.

However, Jadeja had some other plans as he bowled Warner first and then in the last over of the day, struck once again to take the wicket of night-watchman Nathon Lyon to put the hosts in the driver’s seat.

Earlier, it was some extraordinary batting from India’s marathon man Cheteshwar Pujara and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha to help India not only go behind the Australian total but also to take a substantial first innings-lead.

Pujara (202) scored his third double century and shared a crucial 199-run seventh-wicket stand with Saha, who also dominated the Australian bowlers and played a blistering knock of 117.

The duo ensured that India declare at 603/9 and take a healthy first inning-lead of 152. Although, the final thrust was provided by Jadeja, who first scored an unbeaten 54 off 55 balls and frustrated the visitors, who in the entire day, kept longing for wickets.

With the game entering the last day and wicket starting to behave ugly, it would be mighty difficult for Steve Smith and Co. to avoid the defeat, especially with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja bowling in tandem.




IND Vs SA, 3rd Test: India reach 45/2 at lunch on Day 1



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Johannesburg, Jan 24: India struggled to reach 45 for two wickets till lunch on the opening day of the third and final Test against South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Wednesday.

Virat Kohli (24) and Cheteshwar Pujara (5) were at the crease for India when the umpires called for the end of the first session which saw opening batsmen Murali Vijay (8) and Lokesh Rahul (0) perish.

India, who have already conceded the three-match series, won the toss and elected to bat, having made two changes in their XI. Ajinkya Rahane was included in place of Rohit Sharma while pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

South Africa replaced spinner Keshav Maharaj with a medium pace-bowling all-rounder in Andile Phehlukwayo.

The home bowlers continued their dominance over the Indian opening batsmen Vijay and Rahul, who once again failed to provide the visitors a good start.

A delivery from Vernon Philander forced an inside edge off Rahul before the ball kissed his thigh pad and moved to the left of wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, who dived to grab it.

India lost their second wicket with the score of 13 when Vijay tried to execute a cover drive off Kagiso Rabada but only managed to edge it behind.

Then Pujara and Kohli joined hands and the pair’s resolve was tested to the hilt.

Pujara, known for his dogged approach, found the scoring tough. He opened his scoring in the 54th delivery he faced — a clip towards square leg for a single off paceman Lungi Ngidi.

Kohli got a life after a mistimed pull was dropped by Philander at a region between short cover and short mid-off.

Brief scores: India first innings: 45/2 (Virat Kohli 24 batting; Vernon Philander 1/1) vs South Africa at lunch on Day 1.


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Blind Cricket WorldCup 2018 : India beat Pakistan by 2 wickets

Blind World Cup 2018: The Indian cricket team won the blind world cup 2018 by beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 2 wickets in the final.




The Indian cricket team won the blind world cup 2018 by beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 2 wickets in the final. Chasing a target of 308 runs in 50 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday, the Indian team reached there with 8 balls remaining.

It was India’s second title at the mega event as earlier they won World Cup, outclassing Pakistan at Cape Town, South Africa in December 2014. Batting first, Pakistan scored 308 runs with the help of Riyasat Khan and skipper Nisar Ali’s solid knocks who scored 48 and 47 runs, respectively after Pakistan was asked to bat first.

India, who are the defending champions, had also defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in their group match on January 13. Pakistan, on the other hand, entered the final after defeating Sri Lanka by 156 runs while India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to book their place. India, who were favourites to retain the title, have remained unbeaten in this tournament.

The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council had also invited ICC CEO David Richardson, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani to witness the final.

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U19 World Cup: India thrash Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in last group tie



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Tauranga (New Zealand), Jan 19: India crushed Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in a Group A clash to maintain their all-win record at the ICC U19 World Cup here on Friday.

India had already sealed a quarter-final spot with back-to-back wins against Australia and Papua New Guinea in Group B. It was another clinical performance on Friday as India ended the group stage unbeaten and unchallenged.

Left-arm apinner Anukul Sudhakar Roy spearheaded the Indian bowling effort with figures of 4/20 as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 154 runs in 48.1 overs.

Openers Harvik Desai and Shubman Gill then produced unbeaten half-centuries to carry India to victory in just 21.4 overs.

The Indian boys have thus finished the opening round at the top of Group A with six points after winning all their three matches.

Electing to bart first on winning the toss, Zimbabwe ran into trouble right at the start when their opener Gregory Dollar was bowled by Indian fast bowler Shivam Mavi in the third over.

The other Zimbabwe opener Wesley Madhevere was then involved in two partnerships with Dion Myers and Milton Shumba.

The trio did their best to keep the Indian bowlers at bay, but struggled to keep the run rate going.

Once the three of them had returned to pavilion, the batsmen in Zimbabwe’s middle and lower order were cleaned up by the Indian bowlers with four of them falling before reaching double figures.

Shumba was the highest scorer for Zimbabwe with 36 runs off 59 deliveries.

Apart from Roy, Arshdeep and Abhishek Sharma also bowled well, ending up with a couple of wickets each.

Desai and and Gill then put on an unbeaten opening stand of 155 runs to power the Indians to an easy victory.

Gill was Player of the Match, scored a quickfire 90 off 59 balls which was studded with 13 boundaries and a six.

Desai produced a steady 56 off 73 balls with eight boundaries an a six.

Brief scores:

India 155/0 (Gill 90*, Desai 56*) beat Zimbabwe (155 all out) by 10 wickets.


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