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Super over thriller unfolds in Kolkata: Jharkhand defeats Hyderabad in closely contested game
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Super over thriller unfolds in Kolkata: Jharkhand defeats Hyderabad in closely contested game

Jharkhand defeated Hyderabad in the first super over in the 2021 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on Monday. The Elite Group ‘B’ match played in Kolkata was a nail-biting contest where Jharkhand captain Ishan Kishan opted to field first after winning the toss. Hyderabad’s top order failed to perform while B Sandeep(37), Buuddhi Rahul (26) helped them reach a fighting total of 139/8 in 20 overs. Left-arm medium-pacer Vikash Singh and right-arm medium-pacer Vivekanand Tiwary scalped three apiece for Jharkhand. In reply, Jharkhand captain Ishan Kishan began with a bang scoring a brisk 27. Even after his dismissal, Utkarsh and Virat Singh kept playing their shots. Right-arm medium-pacer Ajay Dev Goud bagged 4 wickets for Hyderabad which reduced Jharkhand to 78/4. ...
Dinesh Chandimal admits woeful batting cost Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Dinesh Chandimal admits woeful batting cost Test | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Sri Lanka stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal admitted a woeful batting performance in the first innings cost his team the first Test against England at Galle International Stadium. England won the Test by seven wickets on the last day on Monday to record a fifth successive Test victory in Sri Lanka. The home team won the toss and were looking to put a large total on the board but their batsmen contrived to give away their wickets in an opening day performance that drew widespread derision from an array of cricketing personalities. A paltry total of 135 allowed England to establish a significant first innings lead as they scored 421 with captain Joe Root contributing 228. "We were outplayed in the first innings with both the bat and ball and that cost us the game," said Chandimal, ...
India vs Australia: Day 5 will be about bowling in good areas, says Steve Smith
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India vs Australia: Day 5 will be about bowling in good areas, says Steve Smith

Australian batsman Steve Smith reckons that with the Gabba track starting to play a few tricks, staying patient would be imperative for his team’s bowlers when they defend an imposing 328 against a determined India on the last day of the fourth and final Test here. India were 4/0 before the final session of the play was suspended early due to rain on the fourth day on Monday. The series is currently locked 1-1. “I think the game is in a nice place for us. I think the wicket has started to play a few tricks today, couple of balls shot up,” Smith said at the virtual post-day press conference, facilitated by official broadcasters Sony Networks. “So, tomorrow it is just going to be about bowling (in) good areas and letting the natural variation of the day five wicket sort of do...
1st Test: England beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India
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1st Test: England beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: England reached their modest target to win the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Galle International Stadium on Monday. Jonny Bairstow and debutant Dan Lawrence knocked off the 36 runs required on the last day as England reached 76 for three in their second innings. SCORECARDBairstow was 35 not out and Lawrence unbeaten on 21 in an unbeaten 62-run partnership. They had been set a target of 74 after bowling Sri Lanka out for 359 but lost three wickets and were reeling at 14-3 before Bairstow and Lawrence took them to 38-3 when bad light stopped play on Sunday. "It was a tricky wicket to bat on and you had to play as much off your back foot," said Bairstow after England had been subjected to a torrent of sharp spin from Laisth Embuldeniya, Dilruwan Perera and Wanindu...
WATCH: Rohit Sharma shadow bats at crease as Steve Smith watches | Cricket News – Times of India
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WATCH: Rohit Sharma shadow bats at crease as Steve Smith watches | Cricket News – Times of India

BRISBANE: India opener Rohit Sharma was seen shadow practicing at the crease as Australia batting mainstay Steve Smith -- who was accused of scuffing up the area around the batting crease during the third Test while Rishabh Pant was batting -- looked on in the opening session of the fourth day of the final Test at The Gabba on Monday. India's Test deputy Rohit did some shadow practice in a jovial manner while changing ends after an over. Unlike Smith, there was no marking of guard from Rohit. You see it’s not only @stevesmith49 who shadow bats at the crease when he’s in the field! #AUSvsIND https://t.co/7MEGcA6pf0— simon hughes (@theanalyst) 1610935733000On the final day of the third Test, Smith was seen scuffing up the area around the batting crease at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the...
Former Indian spinner BS Chandrasekhar hospitalised in Bengaluru | Cricket News – Times of India
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Former Indian spinner BS Chandrasekhar hospitalised in Bengaluru | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Former Indian cricketer BS Chandrasekhar has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Bengaluru after suffering a stroke, a Karnataka State Cricket association official said. Chandrasekhar, 75, had suddenly complained of fatigue and slurring in speech after which he was taken to the hospital on January 15. The former spinner's condition is stable and he will be discharged within two days. "Former cricketer BS Chandrasekhar admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru. He is in ICU and is stable," Karnataka State Cricket Association spokesperson Vinay Mruthyunjaya said. "BS Chandrasekhar is admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru. He was fine and was watching match when he suddenly complained of fatigue and slurring in speech. So we took him to the ho...
Despite Test win in Sri Lanka, England struggling with bubble life
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Despite Test win in Sri Lanka, England struggling with bubble life

England secured a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first Test on Monday but there will be only muted celebrations at the tourists’ hotel as life in a bio-secure bubble continues to take a heavy toll, said Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow hit the winning runs at the Galle International Stadium as England claimed the first of the two-match series, but players have little option but to celebrate back at their accommodation near the ground, where they are hunkered down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is something that does take its toll because you’re going from a hotel to a cricket ground and back to the hotel,” he said. The players had to quarantine in their hotel rooms after arriving in Sri Lanka and return negative COVID-19 tests before being allowed to start their pre-...
Serie A: Inter beat Juventus to move level with leaders Milan | Football News – Times of India
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Serie A: Inter beat Juventus to move level with leaders Milan | Football News – Times of India

MILAN: Inter Milan beat champions Juventus 2-0 to move level on points with Serie A leaders AC Milan on Sunday, boosting their hopes of a first league title since 2010. Arturo Vidal got his head to a Nicolo Barella cross in the 12th minute for his first league goal for Inter Milan against his former club. Barella added the second six minutes after the break as Inter claimed a first win over Juventus since September 2016, ending a series of seven matches without a win. Inter are equal on 40 points with local rivals Milan, who travel to Cagliari on Monday, with Juventus seven points behind the Milan teams in fifth with a game in hand. For Inter coach Antonio Conte it was a first win in four meetings against the club he led to the first three of their current run of nine consecutive league...
Gabba Test, Day 4: India dismiss Australia for 294, need 328 to win
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Gabba Test, Day 4: India dismiss Australia for 294, need 328 to win

Mohammed Siraj snared five wickets as Australia was dismissed for 294 late on day four, setting India a target of 328 to win the series-deciding cricket test at the Gabba. The highest successful run chase at the Brisbane venue was in 1951, when Australia finished 236-7. The Australians haven’t lost at the Gabba since 1988, but nobody is counting India out. The openers faced 1.5 overs before rain stopped play for a second time Monday and India was four without loss — one scoring stroke from Rohit Sharma. Stumps was called shortly after 5 p.m. local time, leaving India one day to try to get 324 more runs. Siraj put down two catches before picking up the key wicket of Steve Smith for 55 in the middle session as India’s injury-depleted bowling attack kept taking the game to Au...
Ravichandran Ashwin turns interviewer in Brisbane
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Ravichandran Ashwin turns interviewer in Brisbane

Ravichandran Ashwin, who is out of the Brisbane Test with an injury, turned interviewer after Day 3 witnessed some heroics from the team’s new entrants Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar. Ashwin was also seen roping in T Natarajan in the video of the interview posted by BCCI. R Ashwin turns anchor at the Gabba Decoding a gritty century stand & a fairytale entry to international cricket. @ashwinravi99 in conversation with @imShard , @Sundarwashi5 & @Natarajan_91. Interview by @Moulinparikh WATCH -📽️📽️ https://t.co/ZrrEzFb04K #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/DHm8pQRuNI — BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2021 Ashwin Shardul about his Vivian Richards-esque cover drives which became a ‘high-seller’ at the Indian dressing room. “I haven’t practiced those, but you know its one of the d...
Watch: Rohit Sharma shadow bats as Steve Smith looks on
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Watch: Rohit Sharma shadow bats as Steve Smith looks on

With Australia chasing quick runs and an Indian batting innings looming on Day 4 of the fourth and final Test, Rohit Sharma headed to the crease and began shadow batting at the Gabba. Images show Rohit pretending to bat an imaginary shot as Steve Smith watched at the Gabba in Brisbane with the series locked at 1-1. Cheeky Rohit…. very very cheeky!#AUSvIND #INDvsAUS @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/DJm5jJkcpW — Sridhar_FlashCric (@SridharBhamidi) January 18, 2021 Shadow practice 🤪 as Smith watches. pic.twitter.com/BjXIgqzGdl — Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) January 18, 2021 “It‘s very important for all those who thought Steve Smith was tampering the pitch and he had some kind of malicious intent, Rohit Sharma has done the exact same thing as Steve Smith did,” Indian broadcaster Sanj...
Former cricketer BS Chandrasekhar admitted to Bengaluru hospital
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Former cricketer BS Chandrasekhar admitted to Bengaluru hospital

Former cricketer BS Chandrasekhar was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after he complained of fatigue and slurring in speech, Karnataka State Cricket Association spokesperson Vinay Mruthyunjaya told ANI. The former spinner is in ICU and is stable. “He was fine and was watching match when he suddenly complained of fatigue and slurring in speech. So we took him to the hospital. He is fine and will be back home in two days,” his wife Sandhya Chandrasekhar said. The legendary leg-spinner, who made his debut for India in January 1961, scalped 242 wickets in the 58 Test matches at an average of 29.74. He picked 16 five-wicket hauls during his 15-year-old long career. He played his last Test in 1979. The former cricketer also played an ODI match against New Zealand. He ...
Watch: Manchester United stay top after drawing 0-0 at Liverpool
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Watch: Manchester United stay top after drawing 0-0 at Liverpool

Manchester United stayed top of the Premier League after drawing 0-0 with Liverpool on Sunday and extending the champion’s winless run to four matches. Liverpool hasn’t gone as long without a win since 2017, but Jurgen Klopp’s team still maintained its unbeaten record at Anfield since the same year thanks to Alisson Becker’s late saves from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. “We had two great chances and two great saves,“ United captain Harry Maguire said. “It was cagey but it was two good teams matching up. We found it difficult in the first half to get a rhythm to the game, the press was high.” Thiago Alcantara’s long-range effort was well saved by United goalkeeper David De Gea in the 78th minute as Liverpool failed to score for a third successive match. Liverpool, which h...
Live Cricket Score, India vs Australia, 4th Test: Australia dented by quick blows – The Times of India
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Live Cricket Score, India vs Australia, 4th Test: Australia dented by quick blows – The Times of India

38.3 overs0Australia- 137/4 T Natarajan to Cameron Green, NOT OUT! IMPACT IS UMPIRE'S CALL! GREEN SURVIVES AND INDIA DO NOT LOSE A REVIEW! Full and sliding onto middle and leg, Green looks to flick it off the front foot but is beaten to get hit right on the knee roll. Natarajan goes up in appeal so does his teamanates but the umpire is unmoved. Source link
‘Hardworking, fearless and frank’ Shardul Thakur
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‘Hardworking, fearless and frank’ Shardul Thakur

Sometime last month, Shardul Thakur dialled a friend. The call, the friend remembers, was a cry of frustration. Thakur was coping with being benched for a month, with the tough quarantine life chaining him to his gloomy thoughts in his room and he had one query at the end: Could he play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 if he comes back to Mumbai in time for the tournament, which ends on January 31st? His friend didn’t have the answer and muttered some consolatory words, but realised the Australia sojourn was testing the patience of his immensely competitive friend, thirsting for some cricket action. Thakur had made his Test debut in 2018 against West Indies where he could only bowl 10 balls before he pulled up with a groin injury and the wait for the second had stretched for too...
When Washington was 9, he batted despite stitches on his temple: Father Sundar
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When Washington was 9, he batted despite stitches on his temple: Father Sundar

Till he turned 10, Washington Sundar’s daily ritual involved going to his father M Sundar’s cricket academy in Pudupet, Chennai, at dawn, where he would train for three hours before heading to school. Even weekends were usually spent here. Sundar, who could not graduate beyond grade cricket in Chennai, says he was helping his son Washington realise his cricketing dreams. Having an elder sister, also a cricketer, helped. Shailaja, who represented Tamil Nadu at the Under-19 level, calls her younger brother “a natural, with a studious zeal for the game.” With a cricket-crazy father and an enthusiastic elder sister by his side, it was not difficult to predict young Washington’s career trajectory. He would make a seamless progression through age-group levels, breaking into Tamil...
EPL: Manchester United retain top spot after Liverpool stalemate | Football News – Times of India
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EPL: Manchester United retain top spot after Liverpool stalemate | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Manchester United held onto top spot in the Premier League after grinding out a dour 0-0 draw at title rivals Liverpool on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had the better chances in a strangely subdued clash between two of English football's bitterest rivals. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker saved well from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the second half, but neither side deserved to win. That's 1️⃣6️⃣ @PremierLeague away games without defeat for #MUFC 👊#️⃣ #LIVMUN🏆 #PL https://t.co/SFemy9Zaez— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 1610908997000United are three points clear of third placed Liverpool and two ahead of second placed Leicester. United are top after the New Year for the first time since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013 thanks to nine wins in an 12-match unbeaten run....
In latest fightback for India, Chennai flair and Palghar grit
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In latest fightback for India, Chennai flair and Palghar grit

The further these Indian cricketers are pushed to the ropes, the stronger they bounce back. On Day 3 of the fourth Test, the series level at 1-1, India slipped and staggered to 186 for six but rallied spectacularly to finish their first innings at 336. At the heart of their latest feat was the unflustered seventh-wicket stand of 123 runs between Washington Sundar, a 21-year-old debutant, and Shardul Thakur, a 29-year-old one-Test tailender, that limited Australia’s lead to 33. At stumps, the home team were 21 for no loss and a game that seemed to be swaying towards Australia now hung in balance. For India, Sunday was important because late-order flourishes, of late, had become a rarity — the last time a seventh-wicket pair got a century-partnership abroad was in 2018. In Br...
Ozil confirms Fenerbahce move in Turkish TV interview | Football News – Times of India
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Ozil confirms Fenerbahce move in Turkish TV interview | Football News – Times of India

ISTANBUL: Mesut Ozil confirmed on Sunday that he was leaving Arsenal for Turkish team Fenerbahce after being frozen out for months at the Gunners. "I'm very happy, very excited. God has given me the chance to wear the Fenerbahce shirt. I will wear it with pride and give everything for the team," Ozil said in an interview with Turkish television channel NTV. Former Germany forward Ozil said that he would be travelling to Istanbul with his family on Sunday evening, bringing to an end a seven-and-a-half year relationship with Arsenal that turned sour under current coach Mikel Arteta. The 32-year-old has not played for the Premier League team since March 2020 and his reported deal on a weekly salary of £350,000 ($475,000) was set to expire at the end of the current season. However he claime...