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South Africa fined for slow over-rate in 4th ODI



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South Africa team has been fined 10% of the match fee for slow over rate.

Dubai, Feb 11: The South Africa team was fined 10 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate in the fourth One-Day International against India in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 10).

The hosts won the rain-curtailed tie by five wickets against India to keep the six-match ODI series alive at 1-3.

ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft imposed the fine after Aiden Markram’s side was ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As such, Markram has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee.

If South Africa commit another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months of this offence with Markram as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Markram and he will face a suspension.

Markram pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction. So there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Bongani Jele, third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Shaun George.



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



India vs england 3rd test

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.



Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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



Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

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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