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  • India vs Sri Lanka Nagpur Test: SL reach 47/2 at lunch on day 1

    Nagpur: Opener Dimuth Karunaratne lived a charmed life with two lucky reprieves as Sri Lanka made a sedate start, reaching 47 for 2 at lunch on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India here today. At the break, Karunaratne (21 batting) had faced 82 balls and was in company of Angelo Mathews (1 batting). Opener Sadeera Samarawickrama (13) and one down LahiruThirimanne (9) were out during a session where the

  • Ashes 2017-18: England hit back with Warner scalp after first innings collapse

    Brisbane: Australia lost the big wicket of David Warner as England applied pressure after collapsing to 302 all out on the second day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba today. The tourists, who lost their last six wickets before lunch, had the Australians on the ropes with three batsmen out in the middle session, including the prized scalp of Warner. At tea, Australia were 76 for three off 24 overs,

  • Ashes 2017-18: England collapse to 302 all out in first innings

    Brisbane: England lost six wickets to collapse to 302 all out as Australia roared back in the firstAshes Test on day two at the Gabba today. The tourists were building their first innings in an 83-run partnership between Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali beforeMalan’s dismissal triggered a clatter of wickets before lunch.

  • Live Scores, Match updates, Commentary: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Nagpur

    India, the No 1 ranked Test side will take on Sri Lanka at Jamtha, Nagpur in the second match of the series. The first match saw hosts coming very close to pull off a win against Lankan lions. The match saw visitors dictating the terms for the most part of the match, but India riding on Virat Kohli’s 18th Test hundred and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s eight wickets in the match came pretty close before bad light

  • No time to prepare for SA, need bouncy tracks vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli

    Nagpur: India captain Virat Kohli admitted that the team management had “no choice” but to request for hard bouncy tracks for the ongoing Test series against SriLanka with little time left to prepare for the South Africa series. The skipper once again spoke in a roundabout manner on the cramped schedule, which hampers preparation. Asked if he had asked for bouncy tracks, Kohli gave a direct answer, saying: “Yes (I had), because unfortunately, we

  • Vijay Shankar can be back-up allrounder when we travel abroad: Virat Kohli

    Nagpur: Hardik Pandya is India’s first- choice seam bowling all-rounder and the team management is looking at young Vijay Shankar as a back-up all-rounder with same skill sets for tough overseas assignments, skipper Virat Kohli said today. With Pandya being rested for the Sri Lanka Test series, Shankar was called as replacement of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the second match but Kohli dropped hints that the 26-year-old may be a contender for a slot in

  • Ashes 2017-18: Can England breach Australian fortress to retain the urn?

    It’s that time of the year again, where England will take on arch-rivals Australia for an Ashes series. The series has already created a lot of buzz and currently, England holds the Ashes by virtue of winning the 2015 series played in England and Wales by 3-2. The historical contests have a rich legacy and tradition and this time around it will be no different as both teams have fluctuated with their

  • India vs Sri Lanka 2017 Test series: Sri Lanka fights back as India’s lead crosses 125

    Kolkata: Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal (3/50) took three wickets to blunt India’s surge but skipper Virat Kohli helped the hosts post 251/5 at lunch and keep them on course for a draw on the fifth day of the first Test here at the Eden Gardens on Monday. India now lead Sri Lanka by 129 runs with two sessions remaining.

  • Live Scores, Match updates, Commentary: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3 at Kolkata

    It was the same old story as the second day at Eden Gardens, Kolkata was also hampered by rain and India at stumps were 74/5. Resuming at the overnight score of 17/3, India lost the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin quickly against the gentle pace of Dasun Shanaka. Cheteshwar Pujara once again showed his class to remain unbeaten on 47 off 102 balls.

  • Bancroft, Paine named in Australia’s Test Ashes squad

    Sydney: Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft is set for his Test debut and wicketkeeper Tim Paine returns in a shock selection in Australia’s squad named Friday for the first two Tests against England. Bancroft gets his chance after scoring heavily in this season’s domestic Sheffield Shield competition, and replaces Matthew Renshaw as David Warner’s opening batting partner.

  • Live Scores, Match updates, Commentary: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 at Kolkata

    Sri Lanka’s tour of India got off to a perfect start as visitors dominated the rain-curtailed first day at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The match was hampered by unseasonal rain and wet outfield and SL made the perfect use of the conditions after winning the toss and picked up three wickets for only 17 runs in 11.5 overs. The star of the day for Lanka was lanky speedster Suranga Lakmal who bowled beautifully and picked up

  • Virat Kohli wants fans to take a call on overkill of India-SL series

    Kolkata: Skipper Virat Kohli today left it to the fans to decide if there has been an overkill of India-Sri Lanka contest in recent years, something that had led to dwindling interests in a cricket crazy nation. India played an away Test series against islanders in 2015followed by a short limited overs series at home in 2016 andin the current year are playing them full series across formats on home and away basis. Not

  • Sri Lanka’s tour of India: Can India complete yet another rout of Lanka?

    India vs Sri Lanka contests might not create the same buzz as India vs Australia or India vs Pakistan, but the matches between this two sub-continental giants have always garnered interest and coincidentally Sri Lanka’s maiden Test win was against India in 1985. India, the numero uno Test side has been on a winning spree in recent past and the last time these two teams met India annihilated SL 9-0 across formats

  • PCB allows raising Pakistan Super League squad limit from 20 to 21

    Lahore: A day after the conclusion of the star-studded player draft for the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed the league franchises to raise their number of players from 20 to 21 and increase the player salary cap by USD 25,000. This means each franchise will now be allowed to pick a local player from the domestic circuit apart from the existing squads of 20 players.

  • Sri Lanka’s tour of India: Can Lankan Lions break their duck against India?

    Indian cricket is currently going through a wonderful phase and had just registered commanding wins over Australia and New Zealand in the limited overs matches and will now face Sri Lanka for a full series. Not too long ago when India had toured Lanka, the hosts were comprehensively beaten (9-0; across formats) and there was a sense that SL is struggling to stay relevant and this loss of form could be a

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Munaf Patel: How Ikhar Express got derailed

    India is a country which idolises batsmen and over the years has produced many legends when it comes to batting. Indian cricket has produced very few genuine fast bowlers, and apart from Kapil Dev, one really has to dig deep to find another quality fast bowler after former Indian captain’s retirement. International cricket is a tough gig and many players have been found wanting at the highest level.

  • Top foreign players to feature in Pakistan Super League Players Draft

    Karachi: Around 200 foreign players will feature in a list of 500 cricketers in the Players Draft which will be held in Lahore tomorrow for the third Pakistan Super League. Top foreign players, including Chris Lynn, JP Duminy,Imran Tahir, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo,Jimmy Neesham, Angelo Mathews, Mustafizur Rahman, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mitchell Johnson, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Adil Rashid, Wayne Parnell, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan and ColinIngram will up for grab