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1st Test Live: Rahane, Vihari lead India innings

Live Blog | Live Scorecard 54.5 overs: OUT! Third wicket for Kemar Roach, dismisses Hanuma Vihari (32). India 175/5 52.5 overs: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane (74*) hits it towards square off Kemar Roach, his 10th boundary of the innings. India 172/450 overs: India 154/4Hanuma Vihari (27*) hit two fours off Miguel Cummin in the over. Good one for the visitors. * 150 comes up for India in 49.2 overs – 150/4. Hanuma Vihari 23* & Ajinkya Rahane 61*48.3 overs: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane (61*) hits a four towards fine leg off Roston Chase to bring 50-run partnership with Hanuma Vihari (19*). India 146/4 48 overs: India 140/4Six runs, without boundary, off Miguel Cummin over. * Welcome Back! The last session starts. It’s very windy right now in Antigua. Hanuma Vihari will face Miguel Cummin. 00:...

World Badminton Championships: Sindhu, Praneeth in quarters

HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth stormed into the quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships on Thursday. Praneeth recorded a 21-19, 21-13 victory against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. But HS Prannoy failed to stop the rampaging World No.1 Kento Momota in the other pre-quarterfinal. Later in the day, India’s top ranked shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a straight games loss against Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 14-21, 13-21. Sindhu trounced Beiwen Zhang of USA 21-14, 21-6 to set up a mouthwatering quarterfinal against Tai Tzu Ying. The second seed from Chinese Taipei, who enjoys a 10-4 record against Sindhu, worked hard to beat unseeded Kim Ga Eun of Korea 24-22, 24-22. Earlier, playing a fast-paced game, World No.19 Praneeth shocked World No.8 in 43 minutes. Gin...

Vikram Rathour replaces Sanjay Bangar as India batting coach

MUMBAI: Former opener Vikram Rathour will replace Sanjay Bangar as India’s new batting coach while Bharath Arun and R Sridhar were expectedly retained as bowling and fielding coaches respectively. The senior national selection committee headed by MSK Prasad on Thursday recommended three names each for all the support staff positions and the top names in each category will be appointed after the formalities with regards to Conflict of Interest declaration is complete. The 50-year-old Rathour has played six Tests and seven ODIs in 1996 without much success but was a domestic heavyweight for Punjab. Till 2016, he was a senior national selector under Sandeep Patil’s chairmanship. As per the recommendations of the selection committee, incumbent Sanjay Bangar came second while former...

India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie postponed to November

CHENNAI: In a huge relief for the Indian tennis fraternity, the International Tennis Federation decided to postpone India’s Asia Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup match against Pakistan to November. The match, which was supposed to take place in Islamabad on September 14-15, had to be postponed because India was not in a position to travel to the neighbouring country due to the escalated diplomatic tension. The decision was taken by the Davis Cup committee on Thursday after two scheduled meetings of the AITA with ITF were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday respectively. “Following an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan by independent expert security advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the decision to postpone the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between...

Kohli will break most of Tendulkar’s records barring one: Sehwag

NEW DELHI: When Virat Kohli is on song, he is unstoppable. Kohli, like Sachin Tendulkar has a plethora of records to his name. With his sheer batting prowess and hunger for runs, the Indian run-machine is tipped to break at least a few of Tendulkar’s monumental records. Former India cricketer and one of the best attacking batsmen ever to have played the game, Virender Sehwag feels Kohli is the best batsman of this generation at the moment and that the current Indian captain will break most of Sachin’s records, barring one. READ ALSO: Virat Kohli has Ricky Ponting’s Test record in sight “At the moment, Virat (Kohli) is the best batsman. The way he is scoring centuries, the way he is scoring runs, he is the best. I am sure he will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records,&#...

Indian women’s hockey team beat Japan to win Olympic test event

TOKYO (Japan): The Indian women’s hockey team won the Olympic test event with Navjot Kaur and Lalremsiami leading the side to a 2-1 win over Japan in the final on Wednesday. Navjot Kaur (11th minute) opened the scoring to put India ahead but the lead was neutralised within a minute as Minami Shimizu (12′) scored for the hosts. Lalremsiami (33′) struck the winning goal for India. India dominated the first 10 minutes, and finally managed to find the breakthrough when forward Navjot kept her nerves under pressure and produced a fine finish in front of the goal. However, the next minute saw Japan strike back immediately with a well-crafted field goal which was put into the back of the net by Shimizu to make it 1-1. The second quarter saw both the teams focus on their defensiv...

World Championships: Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth enter third round

HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu was made to work hard before getting past Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei 21-14, 21-15 in the women’s singles second round of the BWF World Championships in Basel on Wednesday. Though the scoreline may suggest a complete domination by the Indian, the story is a bit different as Sindhu was tested by her opponent. Pai played well in patches and troubled the Indian with her fast paced drives and smashes. However, there is nothing much to worry about Sindhu’s performance as the lanky Indian always takes some time to get into the groove. In most of the tournaments, Sindhu toils in the first couple of rounds even if the opponent is lower ranked than her. But once she settles in, she finds her length and is back at her best. Even against the world No.45, Sindhu lost m...

Memorable performances by Indians in Tests in the Caribbean

NEW DELHI: A number of Indian cricketers have put up stellar individual performances in Tests in the Caribbean islands. Here’s a list of the top picks in chronological order: 1971: First Indian double centurion in the Caribbean India toured the West Indies in 1971 under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar. In the first Test of the series, Dilip Sardesai became the first double centurion for India in the West Indies, scoring 212 in the first innings, as the Windies were made to follow-on. But the hosts held on to salvage a draw. 1971: The emergence of Sunil Gavaskar Sunil Gavaskar’s Test career got off to a flying start in the 1971 series against the West Indies when the legendary opener, playing his debut series not only held his own but made the world sit up and notice his prodigiou...

Competition in Test cricket is up two-fold, says Virat Kohli

NORTH SOUND (Antigua): Excited about playing in the inaugural World Test Championship, Indian captain Virat Kohli says the competition in the traditional format has “gone up two-fold” in recent years. The inaugural edition will see the elite nations — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years. According to the batting mainstay, Test cricket is set to become more competitive. “The games are going to be much more competitive and it brings a lot of purpose to the Test matches you play. It’s the right move and at the absolute right time,” he said during the West Indies Players Association awards night on Mo...

Sushil earns World Championship ticket with win over gritty Jitender

NEW DELHI: Struggling star Sushil Kumar sealed a berth in India’s squad for the World Championship, pipping a spirited Jitender Kumar 4-2 in a bitterly-fought 74kg final of the selection trials here on Tuesday.Consistent attacks from both the wrestlers in the fast-paced final bout had the fans on the edge of their seats. Close to 1500 gathered at the IGI stadium to watch their favourite star in action.Sushil opened up a 4-0 lead in the first period and ended up inflicting an eye injury on Jitender early in the second period. Sushil, whose return to the mat after a year at an event in Belarus met with a disappointing end, apologised immediately. Later, another attacking move from Sushil had Jitender wincing in pain as he suffered an elbow injury. Nevertheless, Jitender did not give up...

World Championships: Prannoy stuns Lin Dan; Praneeth advances

HYDERABAD: HS Prannoy packed off five-time world champion Lin Dan 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 in the second round, thereby, causing a minor upset at the BWF World Championships in Basel on Tuesday. The exit of Super Dan was not surprising as the legend is not considered a force anymore. Sai Praneeth joined Prannoy in the pre-quarterfinals with an impressive victory against Dong Keun Lee of Korea 21-16, 21-15. Playing an aggressive game against a player known for solid defence, Praneeth, targeted the backhand side of the Korean to pull off a straight games victory. He hardly allowed Lee to play his trademark rally game. Incidentally, this is the third victory for Prannoy against the two-time Olympic champion five meetings. Prannoy started off with a 6-2 lead in the first game. He moved to 10-3 and d...

Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test

LONDON: Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test beginning on Thursday after suffering concussion, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday. The 30-year-old — who has scored two centuries and 92 in his three innings in the first two Tests — was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s. “Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, with coach Justin Langer confirming the news after the batsman sat out Australia’s training session on Tuesday,” Cricket Australia announced on their website. The team doctor Richard Saw had the final say on whether Smith played or not and he was seen speaking with him during team training on Tuesday. According...