Dec 132017
 
Rohit smashes record double ton in India?s big victory

MOHALI, India: Skipper Rohit Sharma Wednesday became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in One-Day Internationals as he powered India to a 141-run win over Sri Lanka in the second match.Sharma’s unbeaten 208 steered the hosts to an imposing 392-4 and then restricted Sri Lanka to 251-8 to level the three-match series at 1-1 in Mohali.His epic knock, laced with 12 sixes and 13 fours in 153-ball stay, led the Indian charge after they were invited to bat first in overcast conditions.Sharma reached 200 in the 50th over, bowled by opposition skipper Thisara Perera. His first hundred came off 115 balls, and his second off just 38 balls.“It was a great day. Winning the game was important for me and the team after that loss in Dharamsala,” Sharma said after his first win as Indian captain.The right-hander scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, and followed that double-hundred with his highest score of 264 against Sri Lanka a year later in Kolkata.Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) have recorded a double century each in ODI cricket.Sharma made a bright start with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (68) after the Indian batsmen’s horror showing in the opening ODI, when they were skittled out for just 112.“All three came at crucial times. 264 is obviously very close to me. I’ve said it many times, but I honestly cannot pick one,” Sharma said of his three double tons.“The Australia one was [Read More…]

Dec 112017
 
Signing new FTP conditional to India series, says PCB

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that it will not sign the revised structure of cricket competitions unless there is a valid agreement from India in bilateral cricket series with Pakistan.In a statement issued on Monday, the PCB reiterated its position on bilateral series with India.“Our position is that the PCB’s agreement to the revised structures for international cricket is subject to the condition that the PCB has a valid agreement to play bilateral matches with India and that India vs Pakistan matches would be included in the Future Tour Programs (FTP),” said the PCB.“This continues to be our position,” the statement added.It also added that if the dispute panel favours, then FTP should be adjusted to reflect the decision of ICC dispute resolution panel. “PCB has also informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference. Further to that the PCB’s claim is based on an existing agreement with the BCCI which contemplates that India will tour Pakistan in December 2019, August 2020 and Nov – Dec 2022 and Pakistan will tour India in Nov – Dec 2021,” it said. The statement adds that under the prevailing circumstances, the PCB’s position is that if the Dispute Resolution Committee decides the dispute in PCB’s favour, then any FTP will need to be adjusted to reflect the decision.“Any agreement of the PCB to any new FTP structure will therefore be without prejudice to [Read More…]

Nov 282017
 
Kohli leads pay rise call for India cricketers

NAGPUR, India: National team skipper Virat Kohli has demanded a greater share of India’s growing cricket wealth for players ahead of contract talks this week, officials said.Top players saw their annual basic deals doubled to $300,000 this year.But the Indian squad, who are due to hold talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in New Delhi on Friday, want more after the governing body struck a huge new television deal in September.The BCCI will get $2.5 billion from Rupert Murdoch’s Star India channel to show the Indian Premier League from 2018 to 2022.Player contracts expired on September 30 and salaries are one of the key negotiating points.A senior board official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that “the players want a raise” and that Kohli will lead the talks with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and current coach Ravi Shastri. They will meet BCCI administrator Vinod Rai in New Delhi to discuss pay and the packed cricket calendar which Kohli has also criticised.“It’s always healthy to be transparent and that’s what BCCI is trying to be. Kohli and the players are always welcome to put their point across,” the official said.Rai heads a committee of administrators appointed by India’s Supreme Court to run BCCI affairs and reform the world’s wealthiest cricket governing body.Currently the national squad has three salary grades, with Kohli and other senior players at the top. “We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players,” said Rai.“We [Read More…]

Nov 272017
 
India to rest star Kohli before South Africa tour

NEW DELHI: India’s captain and star batsman Virat Kohli will be rested for the one-day matches against Sri Lanka after the ongoing Test series ends, selectors said Monday.Kohli has stepped up calls in recent weeks for a break from cricket because of a packed calendar. India, the world´s top Test nation, start a demanding tour of South Africa in January.“I’m not a robot, you can slice my skin and check if I still bleed,” Kohli said before the Sri Lanka series started.He has played more international cricket in 2017 than any other Indian player – nine Tests, 26 one-day internationals and 10 T20s.The squad for India’s tour of South Africa is expected to be named later this week.India will go into the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Saturday with Kohli leading the squad that hammered the visitors in the second Test.The return of batsman Shikhar Dhawan is the only change.Kohli will be replaced as captain by batsman Rohit Sharma for the three-match one-day series after the Tests.Sharma is expected to remain captain for the T20 games too, as Kohli rests and prepares for the South Africa tour.India squad for the third Test against Sri Lanka:Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay ShankarIndia squad for one day series against Sri Lanka:Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar [Read More…]

Nov 192017
 
Rahul, Dhawan help India bounce back in 1st Test

KOLKATA: Openers Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan hit fluent half-centuries to lead India.” —s fightback after conceding a significant first innings lead to Sri Lanka on day four of the rain-hit opening Test on Sunday.The duo put together a 166-run stand before Dhawan fell to paceman Dasun Shanaka for 94. India lead by 49 runs after overcoming a 122-run deficit in their second innings.Cheteshwar Pujara, on two, was batting alongside Rahul, on 73, when bad light ended an absorbing day.” —s play at Kolkata.” —s Eden Gardens.Rangana Herath made Sri Lanka stand tall until the second session with a defiant 67 that steered the visitors to 294 in response to India.” —s 172.But soon Rahul and Dhawan made batting look easy on a sunny afternoon — a welcome change from the rainy start on the first two days — to keep the Sri Lankan attack at bay.In-form Rahul registered his ninth score of 50-plus runs in the last 11 innings, getting equal support from the left-handed Dhawan, who recorded his fourth Test fifty.The two batsmen smashed 19 boundaries between them, including two sixes from Dhawan, forcing Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal to juggle his bowling options.Shanaka, with little time left for the day to end, denied Dhawan what would have been the batsman.” —s seventh Test hundred in 27 matches.Earlier Sri Lanka, who started the day on 165-4, suffered a middle-order stutter before Herath put on stubborn partnerships against a persistent pace attack.The left-handed Herath, Sri Lanka.” —s premier spin [Read More…]

Nov 182017
 
Sri Lanka gain upper handagainst India in rain-hit Test

KOLKATA: Angelo Mathews called on Sri Lanka’s batsmen to convert their half-centuries into big hundreds to secure victory against India in the rain-hit opening Test on Saturday.Mathews, who made 52 on his return from injury, put together a crucial 99-run third-wicket stand with Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 51, to make Sri Lanka end day three on 165-4 in Kolkata.The visitors trail India by seven runs with skipper Dinesh Chandimal not out on 13 and Niroshan Dickwella on 14.“We have to go out there and take responsibility and try and score as many runs as possible,” Mathews told reporters.“Fifties are not going to do any good to anyone. Not for me and not for my team. If we get a start we need to go onto get a big one. It was a challenging wicket,” the former captain said.The left-right batting combination of Thirimanne and Mathews mixed caution and aggression against a persistent Indian pace attack.Indian quicks Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav claimed two wickets each on a day when almost three full sessions were played. Only 31.5 overs were bowled on the first two days because of rain and bad light.Thirimanne, who was dropped on 27, edged a moving delivery by Yadav soon after registering his fifth Test fifty, and skipper Virat Kohli made no mistake at second slip.Yadav struck again in his next over to send Mathews, making a 50 in an impressive comeback from injury, back to the pavilion after giving away a simple catch to Lokesh Rahul [Read More…]

Nov 182017
 
Sri Lanka bowl out India for 172 in 1st Test

KOLKATA: Cheteshwar Pujara made a gritty 52 before India were bowled out for 172 on day three of the rain-hit first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Saturday.Wriddhiman Saha (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) shared a 48-run sixth-wicket stand on a green Eden Gardens wicket while number-10 Mohammed Shami chipped in with a 22-ball 24.Pace spearhead Suranga Lakmal, who took three wickets on day one, finished with figures of 4-26 after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.Lahiru Gamage, Dasun Shanaka and Dilruwan Perera claimed two wickets each. Click for detailed story

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