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A big opportunity to improve******Cricket

A big opportunity to improve

S. DinakarChennai:July 14, 2014 04:04 ISTUpdated:July 14, 2014 04:04 ISTS. DinakarChennai:July 14, 2014 04:04 ISTUpdated:July 14, 2014 04:04 IST
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Different careers, contrasting paths, same league. With the TNCA opening its doors to outstation ‘professional’ cricketers,The Hinducaught up with some prominent players from the various States in the first division competition here.

And, yes, many of these cricketers have performed creditably in the first two rounds. Centuries have flowed from the willows of Ganesh Satish and Ankit Bawne. Left-arm spinner Ali Murtuza has two five-wicket innings hauls and a combative half-century. The dependable Yashpal Singh has been solid.

During times when first-class cricketers were rather handsomely paid, Money is not the sole consideration for these players travelling to the league here.real roulette casino online An opportunity to improve certainly is.

Satish, who is turning out for Young Stars, has decided to leave Karnataka cricket. This after having scored 117 in last season’s Ranji Trophy final against Maharashtra, and then coming up with an 88 versus Rest of India in the Irani Trophy.

Yet, Satish was left out in several matches and has now decided to look for another State. “I felt playing the first division league in Chennai would be an excellent opportunity for me to get into the groove. The standard here is really good,” he said.

The 26-year-old batsman added, “The facilities in Bangalore are fine, but things are more professional here. It gives me a chance to work on a few things, including my technique in a match situation and not just at the nets.”

Satish, who has 2504 runs in 41 first-class matches at 43.17, said, “The training facilities are excellent here. The Young Stars have looked after me well.”

Aruna’s Murtuza lamented the lack of structured cricket in Uttar Pradesh. “The leading cricket centre in U.P. is Kanpur and it only has a 40-overs-an-innings one-day league. There is very little support from corporates there, unlike Chennai.”

The 24-year-old all-rounder — he has 518 runs at 25.90 and 38 wickets at 22.36 in 14 first-class matches — said, “In Uttar Pradesh, we often heard players such as Piyush Chawla raving about the organised league set-up in Chennai. I had always wanted to play here. I would get to bowl a lot of overs, which is good for a spinner.”

The seasoned 32-year-old Yashpal — 87 first-class matches, 6551 runs at 51.99 — has been among the most consistent performers in domestic cricket. He represents the star-less Services, and has played a lot of cricket on the grass-laden tracks in North India during winter.

“In North India and even in places such as Mumbai, it rains a lot during this part of the year. So, we hardly get match practice. Playing in Chennai will really set me up for the first-class season” said Yashpal, who turns out for India Pistons.

Maharashtra’s Ankit Bawne has possibilities. In 41 first-class matches, the 21-year-old batsman has 2766 runs at 55.32.

Bawne, who plays for Jolly Rovers, said, “I am really looking forward to playing on red-soil, and the turning tracks here. We would get to play on a lot of pitches offering turn in the Ranji Trophy. The standard of cricket in Chennai is excellent.”

These cricketers, with dreams and hopes, have certainly added value to the league.

‘All the authority has been taken away from the umpires’******Cricket

‘All the authority has been taken away from the umpires’

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 23:03 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 23:03 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 23:03 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 23:03 IST
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Dickie Bird. Photo: AP

Dickie Bird. Photo: AP

“Hello there Dickie,” echoed the voices on Bridgford Road near Trent Bridge as cricket’s most-loved former umpire walked to the venue of the first Test between England and India.

Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, acknowledged the fans’ warmth and briefly giving him company was Sourav Ganguly. “Which one of these flats is yours Dickie?” India’s former captain asked the amused umpire.

Later, Bird, spoke about issues close to his heart — the agony of watching technology overwhelming umpires; the awe of seeing Sir GarrySobers and Sachin Tendulkar play; and the nostalgia about India.

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The missing  buzz: Time marches on and there is no good worrying about it but you do miss it. Been my life, because I played county cricket for Yorkshire and Leicestershire and then I went into umpiring. It’s been my life since I was 15, 16 years old till I retired at 65.

Now I am the president of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. I have taken over from (Geoff) Boycott and it has given me a new lease of life at 81.

The technology monster: I believe in leaving it to the umpire to make the decision. If an umpire made a mistake, people talked about it in the club, in the pubs, but it is part of the game (stresses). Now it has become an electronic age and I can’t see that these ways can be correct.

It can’t tell me the state of the pitch, the bounce, the swing, and the turn. It takes one direct, straight line all the time. All the authority has been taken away from the umpires. It is a very sad day.

His last Test as an umpire in 1996: The players (from England and India) formed the lines, gave me a salute and a lot of people told me that the reception I got at Lord’s was bigger than what Sir Don Bradman got in his last game(laughs).

Favourite players: Sir Garry Sobers  was the greatest ever. Then I rated Tendulkar very highly. He came to my county Yorkshire when he was 19 and I umpired Tendulkar when he was probably 17. I told him then — young man, you will put your name in the record books.

Indian summers: I find India has mystique, the people are the finest I have met and that coming from a Yorkshire man is high praise indeed. The hospitality and the hotels are first class and when I walked on the streets , they used to call me ‘come into my shop Mr. Dickie Bird, would you like a shirt? Would you like a shoe?’  

I want to send a message to the Indian people, I want to thank them for their sincerity, friendship and kinship.

online roulette free casinoEngland 205 for 7 at tea on day 3 against India******Cricket

England 205 for 7 at tea on day 3 against India

PTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 20:28 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 ISTPTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 20:28 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 IST
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India players raise their hands in an unsuccessful appeal after India's Mohammed Shami, left, bowled to England's Gary Ballance during day three of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England on Friday.

India players raise their hands in an unsuccessful appeal after India's Mohammed Shami, left, bowledonline roulette free games to England's Gary Ballance during day three of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England on Friday.

England were 205 for seven in their first innings in reply to India’s 457 all out at lunch on day three of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge, in Nottingham on Friday.

Joe Root (13) and Stuart Broad (1) were at the crease for the hosts.

Brief Scores:

India 1st innings: 457 all out

England 1st innings: 205 for 7 in 73 overs. (Gary Ballance 71, Sam Robson 59; Ishant Sharma 3/64).

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India 1st Innings 457 all out

England 1st Innings: (Overnight 43/1)

Alastair Cook b Shami 5

Sam Robson lbw b Sharma 59

Gary Ballance lbw b Sharma 71

Ian Bell c Dhoni b Sharma 25

Joe Root batting 13

Moeen Ali c Dhawan b Shami 14 Matt Prior c Dhoni b Kumar 5

Ben Stokes c Dhoni b Kumar 0

Stuart Broad batting 1

Extras: (LB-3, WD-1, NB-8) 12

Total: (for 7 wkts in 73 overs) 205

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-134, 3-154, 4-172, 5-197, 6-202, 7-202.

Bowling: B Kumar 18-7-35-2, M Shami 16-3-58-2, I Sharma 19-3-64-3, R Jadeja 15-4-24-0, S Binny 5-0-21-0.

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England 131 for 1 at lunch on Day 3******Cricket

England 131 for 1 at lunch on Day 3

PTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 17:53 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:45 ISTPTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 17:53 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:45 IST
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England were 131 for one in their first innings in reply to India’s 457 all out at lunch on day three of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge, in Nottingham on Friday.

Opener Sam Robson (59) and Gary Ballance (59) were at the crease for the hosts.

Brief Scores:

India 1st innings: 457 all out

England 1st innings: 131 for 1 in 48 overs. (Sam Robson 59 batting, Gary Ballance 59 batting; Mohammed Shami 1/41).

Eyesight, footwork made Gavaskar a master: Nadkarni******Cricket

Eyesight, footwork made Gavaskar a master: Nadkarni

G. ViswanathMumbai:July 11, 2014 14:33 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 15:02 ISTG. ViswanathMumbai:July 11, 2014 14:33 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 15:02 IST

Bapu Nadkarni, Milind Rege and Shishir Hattangadi jog their memory and draw insights into what made Sunil Gavaskar a master technician and run-getter in Test match cricket.

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Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar drives a ball off the bowling of Ian Botham, during the first innings of the second cricket Test Match between India and England at the Chinaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on December 13, 1981. 
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Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar drives a ball off the bowling of Ian Botham, during the first innings of the second cricket Test Match between India and England at the Chinaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on December 13, 1981. 
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Bapu Nadkarni, Milind Rege and Shishir Hattangadi jog their memory and draw insights into what made Sunil Gavaskar a master technician and run-getter in Test match cricket.

In spite of a heavy downpour the faithful turned up at the C.K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India (CCI), on Thursday evening for the Legends’ Club meeting convened to celebrate batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar’s 65th birthday.

It was an occasion for three generations of cricketers like Bapu Nadkarni, Milind Rege and Shishir Hattangadi to jog their memory and draw insights into what made Gavaskar a master technician and run-getter in Test match cricket.

``Gavaskar was to cricket like Nandu Natekar was to badminton and Krishnan to tennis. They made everything look easy. Enough has been said about his batting, but what distinguished him from the others was his decision not to use the helmet. It (to wear helmet) has become sort of mandatory today. Gavaskar relied on eye-sight and foot work. He climbed the ladder gradually from school to college and from university to first class cricket. He never forgot to play for his club Dadar Union when he was in Bombay,’’ said Nadkarni.

The audience was taken aback when Milind Rege, Gavaskar’s childhood friend and classmate at St. Xaviers School, said he was not a prolific run getter in school and college. ``I still cannot say when exactly he became a great cricketer. We sat on the same bench in school, played school cricket and then college cricket. He did not score many runs in schools cricket, or in collegiate cricket, but then suddenly the fire in his belly started growing as he started playing inter-university cricket. During those days inter-university cricket was a very important part in the cricketers' curriculum,’’ said Rege.

Rege who played 48 first class matches for Bombay went on to say that there was intense rivalry between him and Gavaskar in school and college cricket. ``I thought Times Shield cricket was important, while for him (Gavaskar) inter-university was crucial and hence he took admission to do his Masters course. He was dropped from the Bombay team initially and spent a few matches as water boy and scorer. Probably the one thing that changed his outlook was perhaps when as a child his uncle Madhav Mantri told him not to touch his India cap unless he earned the right to wear it. He wore the Dadar Union cap in two warm up matches before the 1971 Test series in the West Indies. His temperament, powers of concentration and courage (while facing fast bowling) are unequalled,’’ Rege said adding that Gavaskar is a true legend of Indian cricket.

Former Mumbai opener Shishir Hattangadi narrated stories of his interactions with Gavaskar and recalled how the champion opener persuaded leg spinner Subhash Gupte to tweak a few deliveries during India’s net session at Trinidad in 1971. ``What was important to Gavaskar was the spirit demonstrated by Gupte in spite of his age,’’ said Hattangadi.

England left frustrated as Indian tail wags******Cricket

England left frustrated as Indian tail wags

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 05:49 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 05:49 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 IST
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Nottingham: India's M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Thursday, July 10, 2014.  AP/PTI(AP7_10_2014_000173B)

Nottingham: India's M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Thursday, July 10, 2014. AP/PTI(AP7_10_2014_000173B)

Twice in a span of 24 hours, India found a cumbersome path in the session between lunch and tea here at Trent Bridge. And twice, India found a duo which forced the Englishmen to gnash their teeth in agony.

On the opening day, against persevering England bowlers in the second session, the visitor mustered a sedate 71 for two, largely due to the efforts of Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane. The second day’s similar time-frame found rescuers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Mohammad Shami (51 n.o.).

Thanks to them, India savoured a tea score of 433 for nine and eventually posted 457 in its first innings — truly a remarkable leap from an under-cooked 346 for nine at one stage. There was no time to stretch their legs, though, as once Bhuvneshwar miscued a lofted shot off Moeen Ali, he and Shami rushed back, ripped their pads off  and donned the bowlers’ boots.

Alastair Cook and Sam Robson had to buckle down and survive 17 overs on a Wednesday evening. Cook flicked a four off Shami and the stands broke into applause.

Perhaps that shot emboldened the England captain, as against the same bowler he shuffled across, flexed his bat, missed the line and heard the ball thud into his leg-stump. Robson and Gary Ballance then survived till close and England scored 43 for one.

Earlier, in a passage of play that briefly turned worse despite the cushioning provided by Vijay (146, 361b, 25x4, 1x6) and M.S. Dhoni (82), four wickets fell for just two runs. England still had no respite as it ran into India’s exasperating tail.

Century partnership

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen. The last-wicket pair added 111 and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark. In a city known for its proximity to old coal-reserves, the Indian pair displayed resilience that often defined miners. It wasn’t entirely dour and both twirled their bats around while they gained time at the crease.

With a first-class hundred under his belt, Bhuvneshwar played the senior pro before Shami grabbed his space — a stunning six off James Anderson etching his 50. A tailender’s charmed life was also on view as a skier fell between the fielders and Shami’s snick off Liam Plunkett nestled within Matt Prior’s gloves, but evoked no approval from umpire Bruce Oxenford.

Bhuvneshwar and Shami’s fortitude was a marked contrast to the way India unravelled after lunch once Ravindra Jadeja edged Ben Stokes. Instantaneously, 344 for six morphed into 346 for nine. The steep fall involved Dhoni’s ambitious running, debutant Stuart Binny’s urgency to lash around off-stump and Ishant Sharma’s badly judged leave.

A run-out, a catch and a clean-bowled ensued and just as the England fielders turned boisterous, Bhuvneshwar and Shami forced them to sober down.

Consolidation

In the morning, resuming at the overnight 259 for four, Vijay and Dhoni ensured that India consolidated. Cook placed a lone slip and clustered the others on the off-side in a 7-2 format to stifle the drives, while luck too favoured India as Prior dropped Dhoni (on 51) off Stuart Broad.

Vijay drove regally and Dhoni, after a play-and-miss routine with Broad, remained doughty and alert, wristing a four down the ground off Stokes. The fifth-wicket partnership (126) hurt England and it was left to Anderson to cause the first breach, rapping Vijay’s pad. Jadeja walked in and immediately tucked into Moeen. A pull and two sixes were struck and Cook, except for asking the crowd to step in, packed the off-side with eight fielders! 8-1. Frustration too reared its ugly head as Anderson resorted to verbals against Jadeja, while umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Oxenford played peace-makers. Unhindered, India sat pretty with a lunch score of 342 for five.

What transpired after desserts were consumed may have rattled the visitors, but with Bhuvneshwar and Shami resisting, India stayed ahead in the Test.

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Resilient Indian tail frustrates English bowlers

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 10, 2014 22:38 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 10, 2014 22:38 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 IST

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen Ali. The last-wicket pair added 87 runs and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark.

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M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England.  Photo: AP

M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England. Photo: AP

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen Ali. The last-wicket pair added 87 runs and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark.

Twice in a span of 24 hours, India found a cumbersome path in the session between lunch and tea here at Trent Bridge. And twice India found a duo that forced the Englishmen to gnash their teeth in agony.

If on the opening day of the first Test, against persevering England bowlers, the visitor mustered a sedate 71 for two largely due to the efforts of Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane. The second day’s second session found rescuers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46 batting) and Mohammad Shami (39 batting). Thanks to them, India posted 433 for nine at tea.

In a passage of play that may have turned worse despite the cushioning provided by Vijay (146, 361b, 25x4, 1x6) and M.S. Dhoni (82), as four wickets fell for just three runs, England still saw no light at the end of the tunnel. It just ran into India’s exasperating tail.

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen Ali. The last-wicket pair added 87 runs and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark. In a city known for its proximity to old coal-mines, Bhuvneshwar and Shami dipped into that ancient resilience that defined miners. It wasn’t entirely dour and both twirled their bats around just as they gained time at the crease.

The English shoulders slumped and the claps from the Indian dressing room gained volume. A tail-ender’s charmed-life was also on view as a skier fell between fielders and Shami’s snick off Liam Plunkett, safely nestled within Matt Prior’s gloves, but evoked no approval from umpire Bruce Oxenford.

The fortitude of Bhuvneshwar and Shami was a marked contrast to the way India unravelled while the fans sipped their after-lunch coffee.

Dhoni was expected to stay and shepherd the tail but the narrative changed once Ravindra Jadeja tried to extend his morning’s aggressive veneer and edged Ben Stokes. Instantaneously, the 344 for six morphed into 346 for nine. The stutter and the fall involved a sequence of Dhoni’s ambitious running, debutant Stuart Binny’s urgency to lash around off-stump and Ishant Sharma’s badly judged leave.

A run-out, a catch and a clean-bowled ensued and just as England fielders turned boisterous, Bhuvneshwar and Shami forced them to sober down.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight 259 for four, India had to consolidate the opening day’s gains. Vijay and Dhoni ensured that the agenda was firmly in place as long as they were around. The duo adopted a wait-and-watch method while Alastair Cook placed a lone slip and the others were clustered on the off-side in a 7-2 format to stifle the drives. Luck too favoured the Indians as Dhoni’s edge (on 51) off Stuart Broad eluded Prior’s grasp. A few overs later, Vijay nearly chopped Broad onto his stumps.

After those trysts with fortune, India resumed normal service. Vijay’s drives “both square and cover” stayed delectable. Dhoni after a play-and-miss routine with Broad, remained doughty and alert, wristing a four down the ground off Stokes and harrying for his singles and twos. The fifth-wicket partnership (126) was hurting England and it was left to James Anderson to cause the first breach. He rapped Vijay’s pad with one that darted in though it looked marginally high.

Jadeja walked in and immediately tucked into Moeen Ali. A pull and two sixes were clattered while the southpaw played his shots. Meanwhile, except for asking the crowd to step in, Cook continued to pack the off-side and soon it was 8-1. Understandably when Stokes took a shy at the stumps while Jadeja whispered his prayers and ran hard, the over-throw left Moeen breathless at square-leg, after sprinting all the way from mid-wicket. India gladly took that extra four.

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Advantage India as Dhoni consolidates after Vijay dismissal

PTINOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 18:54 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 ISTPTINOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 18:54 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 IST

India reached 342-5 at lunch on day 2 of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

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James Anderson, right, celebrates Murali Vijay's (left) wicket LBW for 146 runs during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, on Thursday. Photo: AP

James Anderson, right, celebrates Murali Vijay's (left) wicket LBW for 146 runs during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, on Thursday. Photo: AP

India reached 342-5 at lunch on day 2 of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Indian batsmen continued to frustrate the English bowlers as the team reached 342 for five in its first innings at lunch on the second day of the opening cricket Test here on Thursday.

Thanks to Murali Vijay’s 146—run knock and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 81 (147 balls, seven fours), India were placed comfortably in the game.

Ravindra Jadeja (24 off 18 balls) was giving Dhoni company with the duo sharing an unbeaten 38 runs for the sixth wicket.

The day began with Vijay (122) and Dhoni (50) looking to push the score from the overnight 259/4 and help India attain advantage on a placid wicket in the first innings itself. But James Anderson (3—95) and Stuart Broad (1—34) had other plans as England’s two lead bowlers spent the morning hour in testing every limit of the batsmen’s defences.

Broad opened the proceedings and was on the money immediately, bowling five overs for a mere eight runs. He beat Dhoni’s bat so many times that it was almost a surprise that the Indian skipper was still at the crease at lunch.

The Indian skipper was also helped by keeper Matt Prior who dropped a simple catch in only the third over of the day, when the batsman was on 52 and to his credit, he didn’t offer another straight opportunity to affect his dismissal.

Anderson, at the other end, too tried hard and tested the two batsmen with some swing, but the duo persisted and brought up its 100—run partnership for the fifth wicket in the 11th over of the day and the 101st of the innings.

When the two bowlers finally went off the attack, things became easier once again for the batsmen, much like the first day.

Although there were a couple of interesting LBW shouts in between, Ben Stokes (0—65) and Liam Plunkett (1—65) were ineffectual at best, which is a big worry for the hosts in a five-Test series crammed up in 40—odd days.

Vijay then slowly progressed towards the 150-run mark but he was trapped LBW by Anderson but when he was just one scoring shot away in the bowler’s second spell of the morning.

TV replays suggested that the ball might be travelling over the stumps, but the umpire’s finger had gone up and the Indian opener walked back after a heroic score of 146 runs. He had faced 361 balls during his superb innings and batted for 467 minutes, nearly 8 hours, hitting 25 fours and 1 six.

Jadeja was the next batsman in, coming in ahead of Stuart Binny, and he made good use of Moeen Ali’s (0—70) spin, hitting a boundary and a six to get going.

Skipper Alastair Cook duly took off his slow-bowling option then and Jadeja settled down to make sure that there was no further loss of wickets going into the break.

Scoreboard:

India 1st innings (overnight 259 for four)

Murali Vijay lbw b Anderson 146

Shikhar Dhawan c Prior b Anderson 12

Cheteshwar Pujara c Bell b Anderson 38

Virat Kohli c Bell b Broad 1

Ajinkya Rahane c Cook b Plunkett 32

MS Dhoni not out 81

Ravindra Jadeja not out 24

Extra: (LB—7, W—1) 8

Total: (For 5 wkts; 118 overs) 342

Fall of wickets: 1—33, 2—106, 3—107, 4—178, 5—304.

Bowling: James Anderson 30—10—95—3, Stuart Broad 24—11—34—1, Ben Stokes 24—5—65—0, Liam Plunkett 27—7—65—1, Moeen Ali 12—0—70—0, Joe Root 1—0—6—0.

Retired judge appointed as interim chairman of PCB******Cricket

Retired judge appointed as interim chairman of PCB

APISLAMABADJuly 10, 2014 16:05 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 16:05 ISTAPISLAMABADJuly 10, 2014 16:05 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 16:05 IST
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The Pakistan government has appointed a retired judge as interim chairman of the country’s cricket board to oversee fresh elections for chairman.

Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Jamshed Ali has replaced Najam Sethi as interim chairman Pakistan Cricket Board and will conduct the election within a month under the new constitution of the PCB.

Mr. Butt also said that the management committee of the PCB has also been dissolved and a new interim committee will soon be formed for the smooth conduct of elections.

The turmoil at the top of the PCB started last year when the Islamabad High Court ruled the election of Zaka Ashraf as chairman was “polluted”, prompting prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appoint Mr. Sethi instead.

Mr. Ashraf was twice restored to the position by courts in Pakistan before Mr. Sethi finally got reinstated by the supreme court in May.

MR. Sethi was given the mandate to conduct fresh elections but Ali’s appointment as interim chairman will allow Mr. Sethi to run for the permanent post.

During his tenure Mr. Sethi terminated 25 PCB employees and also appointed a new selection committee, head coach and batting coach of the national team.

Good pitch to bat on: Murali Vijay******Cricket

Good pitch to bat on: Murali Vijay

Special CorrespondentNOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 03:12 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 ISTSpecial CorrespondentNOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 03:12 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 IST

When asked about England being a good host, the speedster replied: "Amazing hosts, isn’t it?"

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When asked about England being a good host, the speedster replied: "Amazing hosts, isn’t it?"

If Murali Vijay was patience-personified on the pitch, he seemed in a hurry off it. He gave quick replies, but the contentment at a job well done shone through.

There was also a touch of emotion when he said: “This is a big series and actually it was a dream.”

The plan, Vijay stressed, was to stay positive while gauging the conditions besides remaining patient. “I wasn’t bogged down. On 99, Plunky (Liam Plunkett) was pitching it short and I wanted to see it off. With Shikhy (Shikhar Dhawan), the plan was to start well.

“In the afternoon, there was some reverse swing for James Anderson. I have been working on staying at the wicket. Earlier I used to get set and get out playing some flashy strokes. The pitch was good, the ball came on well and they say when there is something (clouds) in the sky, things happen. I wish it does when we are bowling,” said Vijay.

Meanwhile, Anderson expressed his anguish over a pitch that is hardly English.

“Frustrating it is, but the pitch is what it is, so we just need to stick together as a bowling unit. On a pitch like this you got to be creative,” he said.

When asked about England being a good host, the speedster replied: “Amazing hosts, isn’t it?”

Complaint against Anderson: ECB expresses surprise******Cricket

Complaint against Anderson: ECB expresses surprise

Special CorrespondentLondon:July 16, 2014 03:55 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 ISTSpecial CorrespondentLondon:July 16, 2014 03:55 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 IST
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), through a press-release, expressed its surprise over the Indian team’s complaint against James Anderson’s behaviour against Ravindra Jadeja under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first Test at Trent Bridge. The ECB clearly stated that it will support Anderson.

In the release, ECB declared: “The England and Wales Cricket Board has today reacted with surprise that the India team has made allegations against James Anderson under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for a minor incident involving Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test match at Trent Bridge.

“In the light of this the ECB has notified the ICC of its intention to lodge code of conduct breaches against Jadeja.

“ James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB have pledged their total support for the player should he be charged by ICC.

“Under ICC Code of Conduct regulations the ECB cannot make any further comment and enquiries should be directed to the ICC in Dubai.”

Meanwhile, an ICC release declared: “England fast bowler James Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by India team manager Sunil Dev following an alleged incident that took place on the second day of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge.”

“The alleged offence has been reported under Article 2.3.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: “Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.”

“Anderson has been charged for allegedly abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja immediately after they left the field for lunch on Thursday.”

Level 3 charges are referred to a Judicial Commissioner for adjudication.

All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight Suspension Points. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs.

The BCCI’s official reaction is awaited.

Happy to play the waiting game: Ballance******Cricket

Happy to play the waiting game: Ballance

Special CorrespondentLondonJuly 16, 2014 03:51 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 ISTSpecial CorrespondentLondonJuly 16, 2014 03:51 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 IST
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England batsman Gary Ballance says the host will draw inspiration from the way it played on the fifth morning of the first Test at Nottingham while gearing up for the Lord’s Test.

“We are looking for a win quite badly. The way we played on a flat pitch in Trent Bridge, we were close to that and we will take confidence from the day five morning and try and bowl at them,” Ballance said at a press-conference here on Tuesday.

Returning to Lord’s where he scored his maiden Test century (against Sri Lanka, last month), Ballance emphasised his preference for the sheet-anchor role.

“Hopefully I can go on and get some match-winning scores. Happy to play the patience-game, happy to bat time and bat as long as possible,” he said.

Nervous Ballance, who bowled one over of leg-spin at Trent Bridge, admitted to a bout of nerves when Alastair Cook handed him the ball. “Quite nervous before I bowled. I was glad that the first one landed and gained some confidence after that to bowl the remaining over.

“Will get some overs in the nets I guess and then see how it goes. Tough as a part-timer, difficult, bowled in nets at Yorkshire but not in the games, so we will see how it goes. Every captain wants that extra option,” Ballance said.

He added that his team wasn’t surprised about R. Ashwin’s omission in the first Test.

“Trent Bridge is quite seamer friendly and not many wickets are taken by a spinner,” Ballance said.

Abhinav Mukund eyes a fresh start******Cricket

Abhinav Mukund eyes a fresh start

K. C. Vijaya KumarLondonJuly 16, 2014 03:50 ISTUpdated:July 16, 2014 03:50 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarLondonJuly 16, 2014 03:50 ISTUpdated:July 16, 2014 03:50 IST
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The Indian team had a visitor during the first Test at Trent Bridge. He was an old teammate but in real life, still very much a talented youngster at 24. Abhinav Mukund, who incidentally last played Tests for India during its 2011 tour of England, dropped in to watch the match and bond with his friends.

Playing for Loughborough Town Cricket Club in the Leicestershire Premier League, the opener is busy scoring runs and still fuelling that inner-fire of getting back into the Indian team.

“I am not much of a cricket-watcher but India was playing and I dropped in for the first day. I met Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay, and later some of us went out for dinner,” Abhinav said.

Being at Nottingham, where he played the last of his five Tests, did Abhinav feel any emotion? “I was actually okay” Abhinav said.

“I’ve been here on a 10-week stint. Since I wasn’t doing anything in Chennai, this being the off-season, I thought I might as well play in the counties and three matches a week sounded good. I scored a 74 not out in the semifinal and a 117 not out last week. Unfortunately I won’t play in the final as I am getting back for the Chennai league,” Abhinav said.

The brief shift to England was triggered by his desire to keep improving as a batsman. “I wanted to play county cricket but the professionals are picked by November, December. I have been training with the senior Leicestershire team. The bowling here was not much of a challenge but the pitches are, especially with the seaming conditions, and I have adjusted,” he said.

In the last Ranji season, Abhinav scored 475 averaging 43.18 for Tamil Nadu but his tally looked a touch low primarily because of his prolific early days. “Last season may have looked like a dip because of all the runs I consistently scored in the previous seasons. I scored a double hundred and a 50, and not much in other games,” Abhinav said.

With 211 runs in five Tests and a whopping 6,052 from 83 First Class games, Abhinav is keen to kick-start the new season. “I want to forget all that and start afresh this season. I know I have a good reputation as a batsman and I want to score lots for Tamil Nadu and I hope to get back into the Indian team too,” he said.

Indian players have nets after a day off******Cricket

Indian players have nets after a day off

K. C. Vijaya KumarLondonJuly 16, 2014 03:49 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 01:10 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarLondonJuly 16, 2014 03:49 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 01:10 IST
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After a day’s break following its travel from Nottingham, the Indian team had a net session at Lord’s on Tuesday. The regulars from the playing eleven at Trent Bridge had the primary stints and that may be a pointer towards the way the team-management is thinking ahead of the second Test here from Thursday.

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had the first outings with the bat and interestingly Ishant Sharma had a long session against throw-downs while Virat Kohli monitored his Delhi teammate’s progress.

The training wound down with Gautam Gambhir being one of the last to bat.

Amla braces for challenge of leading South Africa******Cricket

Amla braces for challenge of leading South Africa

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South African cricketer Hashim Amla tosses a ball during a practice session ahead of thei first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

South African cricketer Hashim Amla tosses a ball during a practice session ahead of thei first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

The two-test series starting in Galle on Wednesday marks the start of a new era for South Africa and the pending end of one for host Sri Lanka.

Following the retirements of Captain Graeme Smith and all-rounder Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla becomes only the second non-white captain of South Africa after Ashwell Prince and the first to be appointed for the long run.

Leading the team, he says, is “an honour and privilege.”

Sri Lanka stalwart Mahela Jayawardene has declared this series to be his second-to-last in tests.

South Africa will draw confidence from its 2-1 one-day international series win last week, though winning both tests to wrest back the top spot in the test rankings will be difficult.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says he expects the Galle pitch to help spinners.

Geoffrey Boycott wants end to lifeless pitches like Nottingham******Cricket

Geoffrey Boycott wants end to lifeless pitches like Nottingham

PTILondonJuly 15, 2014 12:30 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 ISTPTILondonJuly 15, 2014 12:30 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 IST
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“We have seven Tests during our summer and if we play on decks like this, our seam bowlers will become exhausted and lose their enthusiasm," said Geoffrey Boycott. File Photo

“We have seven Tests during our summer and if we play on decks like this, our seam bowlers will become exhausted and lose their enthusiasm," said Geoffrey Boycott. File Photo

Disappointed by the “lifeless” pitch which produced a draw in the opening India-England Test, former captain Geoffrey Boycott said decks like the one in Nottingham will turn the home pacers into a bunch of “midgets” with little or no belief in their abilities.

“Both sets of seam bowlers were flogged trying and failing to get any bounce out of this slow, low, lifeless pitch. It was like banging the ball into porridge. The public will not keep paying huge ticket prices to see a no-contest,” Boycott wrote in his column.

“We have seven Tests during our summer and if we play on decks like this, our seam bowlers will become exhausted and lose their enthusiasm. Every country has the right to request and get from the groundsmen surfaces that suit their bowlers. It has always happened and there is nothing in the laws of cricket against it. It is not cheating or gamesmanship, just common sense.”

“We want pitches with pace and seam movement. If England get outplayed, then we need to put our hands up and say that is our fault. But we should back ourselves to beat India in English conditions. You have to believe in yourself,” he added.

Disappointed with England’s overall performance in the match, Boycott also felt that Alastair Cook should step down as skipper if he fails to come good in the second match — which starts on July 17 at the Lord’s.

“I am not saying sack the guy. You sack players who have only played two or three Tests and cannot cut it at the top level. This is a player with 25 Test hundreds, one of our best of all time. He will come good again. But he cannot carry on like this because his form embarrasses the team and puts pressure on all the other players,” he said.

“The talk is constantly about the captain’s runs. It should be about the team and not him. The team is bigger than him. Cook should see himself, without anybody having to tell him, that if he does not score runs then he must act before the outcry becomes too loud.”

“He could still come back as captain and batsman when he has rediscovered his confidence and form. At the moment the other players have to support him as well as cope with their own problems. You cannot have a captain in that situation, especially when you are not winning,” added Boycott.

“I know he had a bit of bad luck in the first innings, but bad luck tends to go with bad form. If he starts getting runs, good things will happen. That is the way it is in life.”

However, Boycott felt “Cook is not the only problem” for England.

“England have played three Tests this summer, but we have not really learned anything about the team. They are like a misfiring, spluttering car. We have various things wrong,” said Boycott.

“We still have batting collapses. We cannot seem to be consistent. I would not mind if the opposition were bowling great deliveries or boasted strong attacks. It is simple errors that are costing us wickets,” he added.

Boycott said a positive for England was the effort put in by the seamers on the final day of the match.

“England can be proud of the great effort put in by their seamers on the last morning at Trent Bridge to give India a fright, but quite frankly, neither side deserved to win and the pitch defeated both teams,” he said.

“I realise we all enjoyed the periods of drama when India had a mini collapse on the second afternoon and England had the same on the third afternoon, but apart from the highly entertaining world-record stand between James Anderson and Joe Root the rest of the Test was tedious.”

ECB invites Sharmila Tagore for Trophy presentation******Cricket

ECB invites Sharmila Tagore for Trophy presentation

PTINew Delhi:July 15, 2014 03:27 ISTUpdated:July 15, 2014 03:27 ISTPTINew Delhi:July 15, 2014 03:27 ISTUpdated:July 15, 2014 03:27 IST
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The England and Wales Cricket Board has sent a formal invitation to late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s wife Sharmila Tagore for the prize distribution ceremony after completion of the fifth and final Test between India and England scheduled from August 15-19 at the Oval.

Since the India versus England Test series played in England is known as the Pataudi Trophy, it used to be presented by the legendary Tiger Pataudi, who was also there during the last edition in 2011.

“Yes, I will be travelling to UK during the final Test match (at the Oval). I have already received a formal invitation from the ECB to be present at the Pataudi Trophy presentation ceremony,” Sharmila Tagore said.

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Lessons learnt from Trent Bridge******Cricket

Lessons learnt from Trent Bridge

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottinghamJuly 15, 2014 03:25 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 01:07 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottinghamJuly 15, 2014 03:25 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 01:07 IST

Binny’s match-saving knock poses a selection dilemma for India

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India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar avoids a bouncer during day two of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar avoids a bouncer during day two of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Binny’s match-saving knock poses a selection dilemma for India

Indian fans, who stood patiently around the barricades near the team bus outside Trent Bridge, were a happy lot here on Sunday evening.

Having witnessed the drubbing that M.S. Dhoni’s men suffered during the 2011 tour, the men and women, who waved the tri-colour, belted outbhangraand even advised Ishant Sharma during the Joe Root-James Anderson last-wicket partnership, had lots to cheer.

The bogey of the defeat in first Tests in series overseas has been shed for now. It wasn’t the case earlier.

At Lord’s in 2011, India lost by 196 runs. At Melbourne, the same year, India suffered a 122-run loss.

And then when scepticism shadowed a young team that had lost its stalwarts, hope floated in at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, last December. If ever there was a nail-biting draw, this was it as the Proteas, chasing 458, finished with 450 for seven.

India lost the next Test at Durban, with Dale Steyn inflicting the bruises. Moving over to New Zealand, another first Test was lost, this time at Auckland’s Eden Park but there was a semblance of honour in defeat as the visitors, chasing 407, fell short by 40 runs. Slowly, the team has shed the self-doubt associated with previous tours. On the flip side, it can be argued that India is not winning matches that it dominates. But the team is bound to acquire that skill if it can build on these positive signs.

Double delight The batting does lean heavily on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, but Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and to a certain extent, Shikhar Dhawan, have shown that they too can contribute as was evident in their varied displays across South Africa, New Zealand and here.

To make it doubly sweet for Dhoni, the tail wagged and showed that it can survive in a post-Laxman era in which the stylist’s calm ways and an arm around the lower order batsmen, are being missed.

The first Test could have eased into England’s grasp but for Stuart Binny’s rescue-act. Even that is a tale of redemption. The presumptions around a probable seam-friendly pitch forced Dhoni to drop Rohit Sharma and field Binny. As a bowler, the debutant didn’t make any impact on a dead track. His selection under scrutiny and with R. Ashwin warming the benches and India having lost Dhoni in a wilting second innings, Binny strode into a pressure-situation and emerged unscathed.

It lent hope to Dhoni. “I feel it is nice that some individuals stood up when the pressure was put on us,” the captain said and hoped that Binny the bowler too would deliver. “Though Stuart bowled only 10 overs, I felt it was a good effort. As the series progresses, we will watch him as he is someone who can swing the ball and can give rest to the other bowlers. He will be more effective on pitches that offer some assistance to the bowlers,” Dhoni said.

Major worry Yet, India is staring at a selection headache ahead of the second Test at Lord’s from Thursday. If the pitch is slow, would the management still plump for Binny, or will there be a temptation to somehow get back Ashwin?

And the way the bowlers failed to prise out England’s last-pair would still rankle despite Ishant’s spell on the third afternoon or Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first five-for. The inability to get 20 wickets in an overseas Test remains a worry. That is one bogey that Dhoni is desperate to shed.

Statistical highlights

Whenever India has drawn the first Test of a series in England, it has gone on to either win it (1-0 in 1971 & 1-0 in 2007), or share honours (1-1 in 2002)

The only occasion India won the first Test was in 1986 when Kapil Dev’s side triumphed by five wickets at Lord’s. The visitors clinched the three-match series 2-0, their biggest-ever series victory in the Old Blighty

Stuart Binny’s 78 is the highest by an Indian No. 8 on debut, against England in England. Three Indians have scored centuries while batting in that position in England: Anil Kumble (110 n.o., The Oval, 2007), Kapil Dev (110, The Oval, 1990) and Ajit Agarkar (109 n.o., Lord’s, 2002). Incidentally, these were the only hundreds made by Kumble and Agarkar in their careers!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the second player, after Peter Siddle of Australia, to make a 50-plus score in both innings of a Test, batting at No. 9 (58 & 63 n.o. at Nottingham). Siddle’s effort (51 & 50) came against India in Delhi, 2013.

This is the first time in the history of Test cricket two 100-plus partnerships have come for the last wicket in the same game (111 between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami; 198 between Joe Root and James Anderson) — R. Narayanan

Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket******Cricket

Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket

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Jayawardene retired from Twenty20 cricket in April after Sri Lanka won the world title.

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Jayawardene retired from Twenty20 cricket in April after Sri Lanka won the world title.

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jaywardene will retire from Test cricket, but will continue to play ODIs, the nation’s cricket board said on Monday.

In a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Chief Executive Officer Ashley De Silva, the 37—year old has stated that he would like to retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming series against South Africa and Pakistan, said SLC in a statement.

“It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years, but I believe this is the right time,” Jayawardene said.

Jayawardene, a right hand batsman, made his debut in 1997, and has since played 145 tests, scoring 11,493 runs at an average of 50.18 with 33 hundreds.

Jayawardene retired from Twenty20 cricket in April after Sri Lanka won the world title.

Amit Mishra on song******Cricket

Amit Mishra on song

PTIBrisbaneJuly 14, 2014 04:08 ISTUpdated:July 14, 2014 04:08 ISTPTIBrisbaneJuly 14, 2014 04:08 ISTUpdated:July 14, 2014 04:08 IST
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Leg-spinner Amit Mishra bagged four wickets to spell trouble for the host as India ‘A’ checked Australia ‘A’ to 288 for seven on the opening day of the second and final unofficial Test here on Sunday.

Electing to bat in the four-day game, the Aussies were hurt by pacer Umesh Yadav’s (three for 42) early burst that fetched him two wickets. Yadav drew first blood after cleaning up opener Alex Doolan for 18 and soon got left-hander Phillip Hughes for 12. Mishra then packed off Chris Lynn (12).

Peter Forrest (77) and skipper James Faulkner (94) then put on 133 runs for the fourth wicket to resurrect the innings. Yadav broke the stand after getting Forrest caught behind to put the host in trouble at 197 for four.

Mishra then spun into action and removed Faulkner as the number-five batsman got his 11th first-class fifty but missed out on his maiden ton.

The scores :Australia ‘A’— 1st innings : 288 for seven in 90 overs (Peter Forrest 77, James Faulkner 94, Amit Mishra four for 114).

A fantastic effort in the end: Dhoni******Cricket

A fantastic effort in the end: Dhoni

Special CorrespondentNottingham:July 14, 2014 04:07 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 ISTSpecial CorrespondentNottingham:July 14, 2014 04:07 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:35 IST
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Leading for a major chunk of the first Test and then slipping down and trying to save the game, India went through a roller-coaster ride before snatching a draw but M.S. Dhoni preferred to dwell upon the ‘positives.’

“It was  a fantastic effort in the end. You don’t think about the pitch and things that you cannot control. Our batting, especially Vijay did well and our bowlers too were not lacking in effort and someone like Ishant bowled 30 overs,” the Indian captain said here on Sunday.

Dhoni lauded the partnerships that the lower-order strung along with Stuart Binny. “It was crucial at that time as we still had half-a-day left. It was a partnership (Binny and Ravindra Jadeja) that was needed. Not many players in this team have had the experience of playing under this kind of pressure and it was good that the individuals stood up,” the skipper said while expressing his preference to see pitches that aid seam and swing in England.

Dhoni also conceded: “We were hampered because the wicket wasn’t really suiting Stuart Binny’s kind of bowling but Jadeja bowled well.”

Dhoni’s counterpart Alastair Cook termed the match as an ‘extraordinary game of cricket.’ “Both sides had massive ten-wicket stands. We had a disappointing session today but we were in with chance till about half-an-hour before tea. This pitch was so unique, it was like the Nagpur pitch we batted upon,” the England captain said.

A big opportunity to improve******Cricket

A big opportunity to improve

S. DinakarChennai:July 14, 2014 04:04 ISTUpdated:July 14, 2014 04:04 ISTS. DinakarChennai:July 14, 2014 04:04 ISTUpdated:July 14, 2014 04:04 IST
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Different careers, contrasting paths, same league. With the TNCA opening its doors to outstation ‘professional’ cricketers,The Hinducaught up with some prominent players from the various States in the first division competition here.

And, yes, many of these cricketers have performed creditably in the first two rounds. Centuries have flowed from the willows of Ganesh Satish and Ankit Bawne. Left-arm spinner Ali Murtuza has two five-wicket innings hauls and a combative half-century. The dependable Yashpal Singh has been solid.

During times when first-class cricketers were rather handsomely paid, Money is not the sole consideration for these players travelling to the league here. An opportunity to improve certainly is.

Satish, who is turning out for Young Stars, has decided to leave Karnataka cricket. This after having scored 117 in last season’s Ranji Trophy final against Maharashtra, and then coming up with an 88 versus Rest of India in the Irani Trophy.

Yet, Satish was left out in several matches and has now decided to look for another State. “I felt playing the first division league in Chennai would be an excellent opportunity for me to get into the groove. The standard here is really good,” he said.

The 26-year-old batsman added, “The facilities in Bangalore are fine, but things are more professional here. It gives me a chance to work on a few things, including my technique in a match situation and not just at the nets.”

Satish, who has 2504 runs in 41 first-class matches at 43.17, said, “The training facilities are excellent here. The Young Stars have looked after me well.”

Aruna’s Murtuza lamented the lack of structured cricket in Uttar Pradesh. “The leading cricket centre in U.P. is Kanpur and it only has a 40-overs-an-innings one-day league. There is very little support from corporates there, unlike Chennai.”

The 24-year-old all-rounder — he has 518 runs at 25.90 and 38 wickets at 22.36 in 14 first-class matches — said, “In Uttar Pradesh, we often heard players such as Piyush Chawla raving about the organised league set-up in Chennai. I had always wanted to play here. I would get to bowl a lot of overs, which is good for a spinner.”

The seasoned 32-year-old Yashpal — 87 first-class matches, 6551 runs at 51.99 — has been among the most consistent performers in domestic cricket. He represents the star-less Services, and has played a lot of cricket on the grass-laden tracks in North India during winter.

“In North India and even in places such as Mumbai, it rains a lot during this part of the year. So, we hardly get match practice. Playing in Chennai will really set me up for the first-class season” said Yashpal, who turns out for India Pistons.

Maharashtra’s Ankit Bawne has possibilities. In 41 first-class matches, the 21-year-old batsman has 2766 runs at 55.32.

Bawne, who plays for Jolly Rovers, said, “I am really looking forward to playing on red-soil, and the turning tracks here. We would get to play on a lot of pitches offering turn in the Ranji Trophy. The standard of cricket in Chennai is excellent.”

These cricketers, with dreams and hopes, have certainly added value to the league.

An innings of character saves India******Cricket

An innings of character saves India

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 14, 2014 00:01 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 14, 2014 00:01 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 IST

Binny’s 78 in a 167-minute vigil hauls the visitors’ chestnuts out of the fire

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India's Stuart Binny plays a shot during day five of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

India's Stuart Binny plays a shot during day five of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Binny’s 78 in a 167-minute vigil hauls the visitors’ chestnuts out of the fire

Dark, damp skies. Hint of swing. Add to it the quick dismissals of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and M.S. Dhoni. The first Test’s final day threw up a morning with ominous signs often associated with India’s struggles overseas.

But before you could say ‘collapse’ and give into grief, India’s lower-order found a fine shepherd in debutant Stuart Binny (78, 114b, 8x4, 1x6), who stood his ground, and Trent Bridge were resigned to see an inevitable draw.

As the game concluded with India declaring its second innings at 391 for nine, Alastair Cook’s two overs yielded his maiden Test wicket in Ishant Sharma’s, much to the spectators’ amusement.

Walking in at the fall of his skipper’s wicket (184 for six in 61.1 overs), with nearly an entire day’s play ahead of him and the team, Binny strode in with that gait familiar to cricket-watchers of the 1980s; there is so much of his father Roger in him.

Stuart ignored the retrospective speculation over his inclusion as the fourth seamer on a dead pitch. And, when he finally returned to the dressing room, he could justifiably feel proud of what he had achieved.

It may not be in the same league as his father’s achievements at the 1983 World Cup where Roger emerged as the highest wicket-taker with 18, but the youngster did enough to draw grudging praise from bunch of sceptical former England captains in the Sky Sports commentary team.

With the bat, Binny had to rescue India, and he did that riding on a straight bat, eschewing the flashiness that had marked his limited tenure in the first innings. The revival had its peaks upon two significant partnerships that Binny sewed up — with Ravindra Jadeja (65 for the seventh wicket off 129 balls) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (a 91-run eighth-wicket stand).

Soon, England gave up, and Moeen Ali and Joe Root bowled in tandem. By then, Binny had gone past his maiden Test 50, racing towards it with two successive fours off Liam Plunkett before dancing down the pitch to twice launch Ali over cover.

England’s misery was aggravated when Bhuvneshwar glided his fours through third-man and even though Ali scalped Binny, there was no relief in sight.

Earlier, Sunday grumpily beckoned, with low-slung clouds and a steady drizzle that delayed start by 15 minutes. With India ahead by just 128, Stuart Broad (6-3-6-2) and James Anderson (8-3-16-0) bowled nagging spells.

Broad trapped a shuffling Kohli and brushed Rahane’s tentative bat. Though the wickets came off different overs, Broad had two wickets in a span of five deliveries without conceding a run.

Dhoni, left with no option but to defend, edged Broad when on five, but Cook dropped a straight-forward catch at first slip. Jadeja twice went through sequences of charge-and-miss and getting beaten on defence against Anderson.

Once Plunkett replaced Broad, Dhoni’s first across-the-line forcing shot got him castled. India was in a pickle, but with Binny commencing his 167-minute vigil, the visitors survived.

Classical A cover-drive off Plunkett, was classical in nature, in marked contrast to Jadeja’s smashed four off a sarcastically applauding Anderson; it was Jadeja’s first runs from 37 deliveries.

Together, Jadeja and Binny, ensured that India did not have too much worry on its lunch plate, and Dhoni’s men saw it through to close.

Trent Bridge was a belter, what does Lord’s, where the second Test commences on July 17, have in store?

Scoreboard

India — 1st innings : 457 in 161 overs.

England — 1st innings : 496 in 144.5 overs.

India — 2nd innings : Murali Vijay c Prior b Ali 52 (119b, 7x4, 1x6), Shikhar Dhawan c & b Ali 29 (29b, 6x4), Cheteshwar Pujara c Stokes b Plunkett 55 (101b, 7x4), Virat Kohli lbw b Broad 8 (29b, 1x4), Ajinkya Rahane c Prior b Broad 24 (29b, 5x4), M.S. Dhoni b Plunkett 11 (30b, 2x4), Ravindra Jadeja c Prior b Anderson 31 (98b, 5x4), Stuart Binny lbw b Ali 78 (114b, 8x4, 1x6), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (not out) 63 (138b, 10x4), Ishant Sharma c Prior b Cook 13 (55b, 2x4), Mohammed Shami (not out) 4 (3b, 1x4); Extras (b-9, lb-7, nb-7): 23; Total (for nine wkts. in 123 overs): 391.

Fall of wickets : 1-49 (Dhawan), 2-140 (Vijay), 3-140 (Pujara), 4-168 (Kohli), 5-173 (Rahane), 6-184 (Dhoni), 7-249 (Jadeja), 8-340 (Binny), 9-387 (Ishant.

England bowling : James Anderson 21-8-47-1, Stuart Broad 21-7-50-2, Liam Plunkett 20-1-85-2, Moeen Ali 28-4-105-3, Ben Stokes 18-3-60-0, Joe Root 12-4-22-0, Alastair Cook 2-0-6-1, Gary Ballance 1-1-0-0.

Man-of-the-match : Anderson.

‘Joe talked me through every ball’******Cricket

‘Joe talked me through every ball’

Special CorrespondentNOTTINGHAM:July 13, 2014 01:13 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 ISTSpecial CorrespondentNOTTINGHAM:July 13, 2014 01:13 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 IST
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India’s tormentors, Joe Root and James Anderson, grinned right through their media interaction on Saturday. The England duo expressed delight over a gritty show. Anderson spoke about working out mini-targets. “Bat a bit, chip away the lead as well but we didn’t expect what we got to. We did pretty well. Joe talked me through every ball.”

Root, who had a run-in with an angry Ishant Sharma, downplayed the incident. “He was trying to use that incident (a caught-behind appeal) as an excuse to fire himself up and I did the same. It was a surreal moment for me to have Jimmy walking in and breaking us up!”

Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara admitted to twin disappointments — watching the England tail wag and his own dismissal. “ Root batted well and he often faced the first three or four balls before giving the strike to Anderson.”

Simon Katich retires******Cricket

Simon Katich retires

PTIMelbourne:July 13, 2014 01:07 ISTUpdated:July 13, 2014 01:07 ISTPTIMelbourne:July 13, 2014 01:07 ISTUpdated:July 13, 2014 01:07 IST
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Already retired from Tests and ODIs, veteran Australian opener Simon Katich on Saturday called time on his Twenty20 career as well ruling himself out of the Champions League T20 in India.

The 38-year-old, who had quit first-class cricket in 2012, had captained Perth Scorchers to KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League title earlier this year, making the team eligible to play in the CLT20.

Katich played 118 T20 games and scored 2483 runs at 0.28 and a strike-rate of 126.61. He played 56 Tests, averaging 45.03 for his 4,188 runs.

Root and Anderson dig in… create history******Cricket

Root and Anderson dig in… create history

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 13, 2014 00:26 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:54 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 13, 2014 00:26 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:54 IST
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England's Joe Root applauds James Anderson, right, as he celebrates after reaching half century, during day four of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

England's Joe Root applauds James Anderson, right, as he celebrates after reaching half century, during day four of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Last-wicket pairs are supposed to split quickly in a variety of ways — a comical shot, cart-wheeling stumps or the tame edge. The first Test here at Trent Bridge bucked those odds with a vengeance. If for India, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami, who added 111 and embarrassed England, the host found its saviours in centurion Joe Root and James Anderson on the fourth day.

England paid back in kind through a world record 198-run 10th-wicket partnership spanning 325 deliveries between Root (154 n.o., 295b, 15x4) and Anderson (81). The previous record — 163 between Australia’s Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes, incidentally at the same venue, last year — was erased and England gained a slender 39-run lead.

Alastair Cook’s men finished their first innings at 496, past India’s 457, while Shikhar Dhawan held onto Anderson’s edge off Bhuvneshwar, who gained his first five-for in Tests. At close, India wiped out the deficit and scored 167 for three in its second innings.

Rapid dismissals Ahead by 128, M.S. Dhoni’s men still have to bat through the final day’s morning session as the rapid dismissals of Murali Vijay (52) and Cheteshwar Pujara (55), off successive deliveries, were setbacks that could have been avoided. The two after sharing 91 runs for the second-wicket, slackened when less than 10 overs remained for curtains to be drawn on the penultimate day.

Vijay charged at Moeen Ali and edged, while Pujara cut Liam Plunkett to a juggling Ben Stokes. Until those stumbles, Vijay, who on zero found his snick off Anderson elude Matt Prior, extended his first innings exploits. He found a kindred soul in Pujara after Dhawan’s cameo suffered a tame end against Ali’s low full-toss.

The pitch remained placid and its worst indictment came when Prior briefly stood up to Anderson and Stuart Broad. India moved steadily, with a few flourishes being Vijay’s six off Ali and Pujara’s lightning cut against Plunkett. Now, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have to anchor India to safety as another stringent scrutiny awaits a young batting order.

Earlier, on a bright Saturday morning, resuming at the overnight 352 for nine, England had a long road to cover. The task proved attainable as Root, patient and an absolute adhesive in stitching partnerships, notched up his fourth Test century and in Anderson, found an ally, who exasperated the Indians.

All that Dhoni’s men could see were Root’s broad bat and Anderson’s fantasy centred around his maiden Test 50! Anderson repeatedly whipped Bhuvneshwar and it was the visitors’ turn to accept a grim foreboding when the 10th-wicket duo went past England’s previous best of 70 by Bob Willis and Paul Allott against India at Lord’s in 1982.

‘Off-with-your-head’ England deserved credit for its fight, but Dhoni wasn’t entirely innocent. He and his medium-pacers got blinkered to the idea of bouncing out Anderson with the fielders forming an umbrella cordon. The ‘off-with-your-head’ philosophy just didn’t work.

Anderson, in a perverse way, extended India’s gambit as he fended one to gully on 45, but a diving Vijay couldn’t hold on. It became a farce as Dhoni refused to dump the strategy and Anderson even played the pull to get to his 50. Yes, Anderson had been a bunny to the one climbing into his face, but on a day when it just didn’t work, India had to switch to Plan B.

At the other end, Root had already written home his century. Two drives — cover and square — off Shami, helping him reach his milestone and reiterate his credentials. Dhoni finally gave up the short-pitched method and utilised spin —Ravindra Jadeja and, briefly, Vijay’s off-spin. Even that didn’t work, nor did Stuart Binny’s belated overs before lunch.

The lead was England’s and at lunch, the weary Indians gaped at the host’s 485 for nine. The psychological brownie points were in England’s pocket.

Scoreboard

India — 1st innings: 457 in 161 overs.

England — 1st innings : Alastair Cook b Shami 5 (10b, 1x4), Sam Robson lbw b Ishant 59 (142b, 8x4), Gary Ballance lbw b Ishant 71 (167b, 9x4), Ian Bell c Dhoni b Ishant 25 (37b, 6x4), Joe Root (not out) 154 (295b, 15x4), Moeen Ali c Dhawan b Shami 14 (30b, 3x4), Matt Prior c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 5 (6b, 1x4), Ben Stokes c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 0 (2b), Stuart Broad lbw b Bhuvneshwar 47 (42b, 9x4), Liam Plunkett b Bhuvneshwar 7 (21b, 1x4), James Anderson c Dhawan b Bhuvneshwar 81 (130b, 17x4); Extras (b-6, lb-5, nb-13, w-4): 28; Total (in 144.5 overs): 496.

Fall of wickets : 1-9 (Cook), 2-134 (Robson), 3-154 (Ballance), 4-172 (Bell), 5-197 (Ali), 6-202 (Prior), 7-202 (Stokes), 8-280 (Broad), 9-298 (Plunkett).

India bowling : Bhuvneshwar Kumar 30.5-8-82-5, Mohammed Shami 29-3-128-2, Ishant Sharma 38-3-150-3, Ravindra Jadeja 35-5-80-0, Stuart Binny 10-0-37-0, Murali Vijay 2-0-8-0.

India — 2nd innings : Murali Vijay c Prior b Ali 52 (119b, 7x4, 1x6), Shikhar Dhawan c & b Ali 29 (29b, 6x4), Cheteshwar Pujara c Stokes b Plunkett 55 (101b, 7x4), Virat Kohli (batting) 8 (21b, 1x4), Ajinkya Rahane (batting) 18 (21b, 4x4); Extras (lb-2, nb-3): 5; Total (for three wkts., in 48 overs): 167.

Fall of wickets : 1-49 (Dhawan), 2-140 (Vijay), 3-140 (Pujara).

England bowling : James Anderson 9-4-21-0, Stuart Broad 11-3-35-0, Liam Plunkett 12-1-42-1, Moeen Ali 7-0-39-2, Ben Stokes 9-2-28-0.

ICC bans Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake for illegal bowling action******Cricket

ICC bans Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake for illegal bowling action

PTIColomboJuly 13, 2014 00:21 ISTUpdated:July 13, 2014 00:21 ISTPTIColomboJuly 13, 2014 00:21 ISTUpdated:July 13, 2014 00:21 IST
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Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake, right, runs out England's Jos Buttler during their One Day International cricket match at Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham, England, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake, right, runs out England's Jos Buttler during their One Day International cricket match at Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham, England, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned by the ICC for illegal bowling action during Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May.

Senanayake’s ban has come with immediate effect, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.

SLC said it had received the ICC Bowling Action Legality Assessment Report pertaining to Senanayake. It was conducted by the Cardiff Metropolitan University - Cardiff School of Sport in England.

“The Standard ICC Illegal Action Testing Protocol was used to assess the degree of elbow extension from the point of upper arm horizontal to ball release within the bowling action,” the report said.

“15-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the 4th ODI played at Lords.”

The report concludes that Sachithra bowled with an illegal bowling action and consequently he is banned from bowling in international cricket, effective immediately.

Senanayake was reported for illegal action during Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May.

The 29 year old played a Test, 37 ODIs and 17 T2Os for Sri Lanka taking 58 international wickets.

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Globe Trotters pulls off a come******Cricket

Globe Trotters pulls off a come-from-behind win

Special CorrespondentChennai:July 12, 2014 00:50 ISTUpdated:July 12, 2014 00:50 ISTSpecial CorrespondentChennai:July 12, 2014 00:50 ISTUpdated:July 12, 2014 00:50 IST
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N.S. Chaturved  (AG’s Office, 110 n.o.)

N.S. Chaturved (AG’s Office, 110 n.o.)

In an interesting low- scoring contest, Globe Trotters bounced back after conceding a lead of 33 to defeat Aruna CC by seven wickets on day three in the TNCA first division league here on Friday.

Chasing 197, Trotters was powered by a strokeful 93 (107b, 8x4) by opener Sunny Gupta. U. Sushil came up with an innings of 48.

Earlier, Aruna was bowled out for 163 in its second innings; S. Chandrasekhar top-scored with 43. Paceman Sunil Sam prised out four batsmen.

Off-spinner M. Prabhu returned match figures of nine for 143 — including four in the second innings — as Jolly Rovers outplayed UFCC (T. Nagar) by an innings and 20 runs.

In the UFCC second innings total of 186, S. Badrinath scored 55 (92b, 6x4, 1x6) while Aaditya Ganesh chipped in with 44.

Vijay took the lead over Alwarpet, dismissing the side for 251. S. Karthik came up with a battling 97 (249b, 12x4) – he put on 118 for the first wicket with B. Rahul (46) in 48 overs. Alwarpet, however, collapsed from 182 for two.

N.S. Chaturved’s unbeaten 110 (275b, 14x4, 2x6) enabled AG’s Office finish at 203 for six in its first innings against Grand Slam.

Chaturved added 118 for the third wicket in 53.1 overs with S. Ashwin Kumar (50, 156b, 7x4) in this rain-affected match where the first innings remained incomplete.

Young Stars grabbed the lead, dismissing IOB for 253. Bharat Reddy made 77 (178b, 8x4) while A.G. Pradeep contributed 42 for the bank side. Paceman B. Ayyappa scalped four.

And Southern Railway Institute fought its way to 144 for five to deny India Pistons an outright victory. D. Govindaraj notched up 50 (120b, 7x4, 2x6) and Anirudh Kasturi, 44 not out (83b, 6x4).

The scores (round two, day three):

‘A’ Zone: At IIT-Chemplast: UFCC (T. Nagar) 140 and 186 in 72 overs (S. Badrinath 55, Aaditya Ganesh 44, M. Prabhu four for 98) lost to Jolly Rovers 346 for six decl.Rovers 8, UFCC 0.

At MRF-Pachaiyappa’s: Aruna CC 191 & 163 in 64.4 overs (S. Chandrasekhar 43, Sunil Sam four for 68) lost to Globe Trotters 159 for nine (innings closed) and 197 for three in 38.5 overs (Sunny Gupta 93, U. Sushil 48).Trotters 8, Aruna 0.

At SSN: Young Stars 409 drew with IOB 253 in 107.3 overs (A. G. Pradeep 42, Bharat Reddy 77, B. Ayyappa four for 56).Young Stars 5, IOB 2.

‘B’ Zone:At IC-Guru Nanak: Vijay 347 drew with Alwarpet 251 in 110.5 overs (S. Karthik 97, B. Rahul 46).Vijay 5, Alwarpet 2.

At Murugappa: Grand Slam 403 for five decl. drew with AG’s Office 203 for six in 87 overs (N. S. Chaturved 110 not out, S. Ashwin Kumar 50).Grand Slam 3, AG’s Office 3.

At CPT-IP: Southern Railway Institute 192 and 144 for five in 59 overs (D. Govindaraj 50, Anirudh Kasturi 44 not out) drew with India Pistons 283 for six decl.Pistons 5, S. Railway Instt. 2

England reaches 352******Cricket

England reaches 352-9, trails India by 105

APNottingham:July 12, 2014 00:45 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 ISTAPNottingham:July 12, 2014 00:45 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 IST
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A batting collapse from 134-1 to 192-7 by England in the second session on Friday left India in control of the first test on day three at Trent Bridge, despite a 10th wicket partnership of 54 between Joe Root and James Anderson.

The hosts trail India's first innings total of 457 by 105 runs and have Stuart Broad and Root's partnership of 78 off 85 balls to thank for avoiding the follow on. Broad raced to 47 off only 42 balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar trapped him lbw.

The tea break coming when it did, it broke up the rhythm and the way they were playing, Root admitted. It gave us a good opportunity to regroup, chat as a team and come out and play a better style of cricket. The way Broady came out and attacked them was fantastic. He put all the pressure back on their bowlers.

Kumar was the pick of India's bowlers with figures of 4-61, but it was Ishant Sharma, who struck three times as England lost six wickets for 58 runs in the second session, who brought about England's slump.

After a wicketless opening period that saw England resume on 43-1, opener Sam Robson was unable to add to his score of 59 as he was trapped lbw in the second over after lunch by Sharma. Gary Ballance fell the same way as Robson for 71.

Ian Bell, who made six fours in his 25, was caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he was tempted into playing at a wide delivery. He tried too late to move his bat out the way, and became Sharma's third dismissal at 172-4.

Moeen Ali took his eye off Mohammed Shami's low bouncer and was caught out by Shikhar Dhawan for 14, before Matt Prior was controversially awarded out, caught behind on 5 off Kumar.

The umpire believed Prior edged the ball, but replays showed it missed his bat and clipped his back leg. Consistent with India's longstanding policy on the issue, reviews were not available to the teams.

There were a few frustrated players in our dressing room but we've got to get on with it, Root admitted. Until the ICC make it mandatory for every team to use it, we can't really complain about it.

Kumar struck again in the same over as Prior's dismissal when Ben Stokes edged to Dhoni for a two-ball duck.

And it was Kumar who led the way for India's attack after tea, not only taking the crucial wicket of Broad but following it up by bowling Liam Plunkett for seven.

But Anderson, alongside Root, dug in and prevented India's attack from maintaining its earlier momentum. Root brought up his fifth test 50 with a single at deep backward cover from Kumar and finished the day on 78 unbeaten, while Anderson is 23 not out.

The duo will aim to surpass India's own last-wicket stand of 111 in the first innings, but overcast conditions have meant Kumar and Shami have found more swing in the flat pitch than Anderson and Broad were ever able to.

We've got to learn quickly at this level, Root said. We will turn up tomorrow and really grind them down on the field.

Gavaskar’s 65th birthday celebrated******Cricket

Gavaskar’s 65th birthday celebrated

Special CorrespondentMumbaiJuly 12, 2014 00:33 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:02 ISTSpecial CorrespondentMumbaiJuly 12, 2014 00:33 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:02 IST
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INCOMPARABLE LITTLE MASTER: Sunil Gavaskar's friends and well-wishers eulogised him when they celebrated the legend's 65th birthday at the C.K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Thursday.- FILE PHOTO

INCOMPARABLE LITTLE MASTER: Sunil Gavaskar's friends and well-wishers eulogised him when they celebrated the legend's 65th birthday at the C.K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Thursday.- FILE PHOTO

In spite of a heavy downpour, the faithful turned up at the C.K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Thursday evening for the Legends’ Club meeting convened to celebrate former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar’s 65th birthday. It was an occasion for three generations of cricketers such as Bapu Nadkarni, Milind Rege and Shishir Hattangadi to go down memory lane and talk about what made Gavaskar a master craftsman and a massive run-getter in Test cricket.

“Gavaskar was to cricket what Nandu Natekar was to badminton and Ramanathan Krishnan to tennis. They made everything look easy. Enough has been said about his batting, but what distinguished him from the others was his decision not to use the helmet. It (to wear helmet) has become sort of mandatory today. Gavaskar relied on eye-sight and foot work. He climbed the ladder gradually from school to college and from university to first class cricket. He never forgot to play for his club Dadar Union when he was in Bombay,” said Nadkarni.

Gavaskar’s childhood friend and classmate at St. Xaviers School, Rege said Gavaskar was not a prolific run-getter in school and college.

“We sat on the same bench, played cricket in school and in college. He did not score many runs in schools cricket, or in collegiate cricket, but then suddenly the fire-in-his-belly started growing as he started playing inter-university cricket.”

Intense rivalry Rege went on to say that there was an intense rivalry between him and Gavaskar in school and college.

“I thought Times Shield cricket was important, while for him inter-university was crucial and hence he took admission to do masters. He was dropped from the Bombay team initially and he spent a few matches as water boy and scorer. Probably the one thing that changed his outlook was when, as a child, his uncle Madhav Mantri told him not to touch his India cap unless he earned the right to wear it,” Rege said.

Former Mumbai opener Hattangadi narrated one or two stories of his interactions with Gavaskar and recalled how the champion opener persuaded leg-spinner Subhash Gupte to tweak a few deliveries during India’s net session at Trinidad in 1971.

“What was important to Gavaskar was the spirit demonstrated by Gupte, although old. Gavaskar appears to be worried about the youth; he wants them to have sense of history,” said Hattangadi.

Ishant and Shami rattle England******Cricket

Ishant and Shami rattle England

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 23:08 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 23:08 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 IST

Just as Dhoni mixed up his bowlers and watched Ishant do his medley of good deliveries, the errant ones, the odd no-ball and a bouncer that surprised Robson, the opener enjoyed a reprieve.

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Ishant Sharma celebrates after bowling England's Ian Bell, right, caught M S Dhoni for 25 runs during day three of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England. Photo: AP

Ishant Sharma celebrates after bowling England's Ian Bell, right, caught M S Dhoni for 25 runs during day three of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England. Photo: AP

Just as Dhoni mixed up his bowlers and watched Ishant do his medley of good deliveries, the errant ones, the odd no-ball and a bouncer that surprised Robson, the opener enjoyed a reprieve.

Hailed for his talent, derided for his no-balls, remembered for his spell to Ricky Ponting at Perth in 2008 and quizzically looked upon by hair-dressers, Ishant Sharma has seen it all. His up-and-down career graph was on view during the third day of the first Test here at Trent Bridge but India wouldn’t complain.

After spraying his no-balls, Ishant’s spell after lunch (7-1-29-3) toppled England from its perch.

At tea, England struggled at 205 for seven, a far cry from its lunch score of 131 for one. Ishant’s strikes found a ripple effect in Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and as the duo shared three wickets between them for just five runs from 10 deliveries, Alastair Cook’s men were resigned to play second-fiddle.

Ishant struck repeatedly post-lunch. First-up, the set batsmen — Sam Robson (59) and Gary Ballance (71) — were caught off-guard with their mode of exits being identical. Ruffled pads were followed by lingering doubts — about a probable inner edge from Robson; about may be a no-ball when it came to Ballance.

Umpire Bruce Oxenford was absolutely certain about the first dismissal and he was proved right by television replays.

And though Ishant’s propensity to bowl no-balls forced him to be cautious and place a call to the third umpire, thankfully for India, the lanky speedster’s delivery was legitimate against Ballance.

Ishant wasn’t done yet and the hint of reverse swing, helped him trouble the willow wielders. Ian Bell, pulled his first ball for four, used the angled bat that targeted the arc behind M.S. Dhoni and punished Bhuvneshwar and even Ishant.

But Bell’s tilting at the windmills had to stop. It did when he resorted to a half-measure against Ishant, intending to cut, pausing his bat but by then the ball had skimmed the blade for Dhoni to do the rest.

England was 172 for four and in the next half an hour, Shami banged one into Moeen Ali that stayed at waist-height. The cramped batsman edged to slip.

Next-man Prior did not edge Bhuvneshwar to Dhoni but going by England’s wretched run these days, Kumar Dharmasena deemed there was a feather-touch. The nightmare continued when Ben Stokes nibbled at Bhuvneshwar and India stayed ahead of its host.

The vagaries of fate that afflicted England after lunch hardly cropped up when Friday morning dawned with a grey shroud. Dhoni banked on the overcast skies to pep up his seamers.

Promptly, Shami and Bhuvneshwar were pressed into service but resuming at the overnight 43 for one, England found a sense of calm from the bats of Robson and Ballance.

The two batted in sync through a second-wicket partnership of 125 runs, with Robson being the initial accumulator before Balance indulged.

For Indian viewers, the unheard-of-duo may have reminded them of men like Graeme Fowler and Tim Robinson, who toured with David Gower’s men in 1984, and took India by surprise.

Out here, Robson and Ballance are rated high. With one Test century each in their respective nascent careers, you cannot grudge them their respect.

Classical opener

Robson essayed the classical opener’s role watchful, eager to bide time but equally crisp in dealing with loose deliveries. Ballance, not exactly the stylish southpaw scripting poetry on the off-side, was equally adequate.

Robson found his early appetisers against Shami, a cover-drive was etched and when Shami strayed into his legs, the opener picked his spots on the fence adjoining mid-wicket and square-leg.

Just as Dhoni mixed up his bowlers and watched Ishant do his medley of good deliveries, the errant ones, the odd no-ball and a bouncer that surprised Robson, the opener enjoyed a reprieve.

A sharp edge of Ravindra Jadeja eluded Virat Kohli’s hands at leg-slip. On 43 then, Robson needed no further assistance as he cruised to his 50.

His partner Ballance found his music with three fours off five balls against Ishant and when Stuart Binny strayed wide, the left-hander cut and dabbed, to notch his 50 and helped England enjoy a better appetite at lunch.

It proved to be a limited hurrah once Ishant steamed in under the sun.

Scoreboard:

India — 1st innings: Murali Vijay lbw b Anderson 146 (361b, 25x4, 1x6), Shikhar Dhawan c Prior b Anderson 12 (24b), Cheteshwar Pujara c Bell b Anderson 38 (69b, 7x4), Virat Kohli c Bell b Broad 1 (8b), Ajinkya Rahane c Cook b Plunkett 32 (81b, 4x4), M.S. Dhoni (run out) 82 (152b, 7x4), Ravindra Jadeja c Prior b Stokes 25 (24b, 2x4, 2x6), Stuart Binny c Root b Stokes 1 (11b), Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Root b Moeen 58 (149b, 5x4), Ishant Sharma b Broad 1 (6b), Mohammed Shami (not out) 51 (81b, 6x4, 1x6); Extras (b-1, lb-8, w-1):10; Total (in 161 overs): 457.

Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Dhawan), 2-106 (Pujara), 3-107 (Kohli), 4-178 (Rahane), 5-304 (Vijay), 6-344 (Jadeja), 7-345 (Dhoni), 8-345 (Binny), 9-346 (Ishant).

England bowling: James Anderson 38-10-123-3, Stuart Broad 33-13-53-2, Ben Stokes 34-6-81-2, Liam Plunkett 37-8-88-1, Moeen Ali 18-0-97-1, Joe Root 1-0-6-0.

England — 1st innings: Alastair Cook b Shami 5 (10b, 1x4), Sam Robson (batting) 20 (48b, 2x4), Gary Ballance (batting) 15 (46b, 1x4); Extras (nb-2, w-1): 3; Total (for one wkt., in 17 overs): 43.

Fall of wicket: 1-9 (Cook).

India bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-12-0, Mohammad Shami 5-1-15-1, Ishant Sharma 5-1-12-0, Ravindra Jadeja 2-1-3-0, Stuart Binny 1-0-1-0.

‘All the authority has been taken away from the umpires’******Cricket

‘All the authority has been taken away from the umpires’

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 23:03 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 23:03 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 23:03 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 23:03 IST
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Dickie Bird. Photo: AP

Dickie Bird. Photo: AP

“Hello there Dickie,” echoed the voices on Bridgford Road near Trent Bridge as cricket’s most-loved former umpire walked to the venue of the first Test between England and India.

Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, acknowledged the fans’ warmth and briefly giving him company was Sourav Ganguly. “Which one of these flats is yours Dickie?” India’s former captain asked the amused umpire.

Later, Bird, spoke about issues close to his heart — the agony of watching technology overwhelming umpires; the awe of seeing Sir GarrySobers and Sachin Tendulkar play; and the nostalgia about India.

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The missing  buzz: Time marches on and there is no good worrying about it but you do miss it. Been my life, because I played county cricket for Yorkshire and Leicestershire and then I went into umpiring. It’s been my life since I was 15, 16 years old till I retired at 65.

Now I am the president of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. I have taken over from (Geoff) Boycott and it has given me a new lease of life at 81.

The technology monster: I believe in leaving it to the umpire to make the decision. If an umpire made a mistake, people talked about it in the club, in the pubs, but it is part of the game (stresses). Now it has become an electronic age and I can’t see that these ways can be correct.

It can’t tell me the state of the pitch, the bounce, the swing, and the turn. It takes one direct, straight line all the time. All the authority has been taken away from the umpires. It is a very sad day.

His last Test as an umpire in 1996: The players (from England and India) formed the lines, gave me a salute and a lot of people told me that the reception I got at Lord’s was bigger than what Sir Don Bradman got in his last game(laughs).

Favourite players: Sir Garry Sobers  was the greatest ever. Then I rated Tendulkar very highly. He came to my county Yorkshire when he was 19 and I umpired Tendulkar when he was probably 17. I told him then — young man, you will put your name in the record books.

Indian summers: I find India has mystique, the people are the finest I have met and that coming from a Yorkshire man is high praise indeed. The hospitality and the hotels are first class and when I walked on the streets , they used to call me ‘come into my shop Mr. Dickie Bird, would you like a shirt? Would you like a shoe?’  

I want to send a message to the Indian people, I want to thank them for their sincerity, friendship and kinship.

England 205 for 7 at tea on day 3 against India******Cricket

England 205 for 7 at tea on day 3 against India

PTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 20:28 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 ISTPTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 20:28 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 IST
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India players raise their hands in an unsuccessful appeal after India's Mohammed Shami, left, bowled to England's Gary Ballance during day three of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England on Friday.

India players raise their hands in an unsuccessful appeal after India's Mohammed Shami, left, bowled to England's Gary Ballance during day three of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England on Friday.

England were 205 for seven in their first innings in reply to India’s 457 all out at lunch on day three of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge, in Nottingham on Friday.

Joe Root (13) and Stuart Broad (1) were at the crease for the hosts.

Brief Scores:

India 1st innings: 457 all out

England 1st innings: 205 for 7 in 73 overs. (Gary Ballance 71, Sam Robson 59; Ishant Sharma 3/64).

Scoreboard

India 1st Innings 457 all out

England 1st Innings: (Overnight 43/1)

Alastair Cook b Shami 5

Sam Robson lbw b Sharma 59

Gary Ballance lbw b Sharma 71

Ian Bell c Dhoni b Sharma 25

Joe Root batting 13

Moeen Ali c Dhawan b Shami 14 Matt Prior c Dhoni b Kumar 5

Ben Stokes c Dhoni b Kumar 0

Stuart Broad batting 1

Extras: (LB-3, WD-1, NB-8) 12

Total: (for 7 wkts in 73 overs) 205

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-134, 3-154, 4-172, 5-197, 6-202, 7-202.

Bowling: B Kumar 18-7-35-2, M Shami 16-3-58-2, I Sharma 19-3-64-3, R Jadeja 15-4-24-0, S Binny 5-0-21-0.

England 131 for 1 at lunch on Day 3******Cricket

England 131 for 1 at lunch on Day 3

PTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 17:53 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:45 ISTPTINottingham (UK)July 11, 2014 17:53 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:45 IST
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England were 131 for one in their first innings in reply to India’s 457 all out at lunch on day three of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge, in Nottingham on Friday.

Opener Sam Robson (59) and Gary Ballance (59) were at the crease for the hosts.

Brief Scores:

India 1st innings: 457 all out

England 1st innings: 131 for 1 in 48 overs. (Sam Robson 59 batting, Gary Ballance 59 batting; Mohammed Shami 1/41).

Eyesight, footwork made Gavaskar a master: Nadkarni******Cricket

Eyesight, footwork made Gavaskar a master: Nadkarni

G. ViswanathMumbai:July 11, 2014 14:33 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 15:02 ISTG. ViswanathMumbai:July 11, 2014 14:33 ISTUpdated:July 11, 2014 15:02 IST

Bapu Nadkarni, Milind Rege and Shishir Hattangadi jog their memory and draw insights into what made Sunil Gavaskar a master technician and run-getter in Test match cricket.

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Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar drives a ball off the bowling of Ian Botham, during the first innings of the second cricket Test Match between India and England at the Chinaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on December 13, 1981. 
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Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar drives a ball off the bowling of Ian Botham, during the first innings of the second cricket Test Match between India and England at the Chinaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on December 13, 1981. 
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Bapu Nadkarni, Milind Rege and Shishir Hattangadi jog their memory and draw insights into what made Sunil Gavaskar a master technician and run-getter in Test match cricket.

In spite of a heavy downpour the faithful turned up at the C.K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India (CCI), on Thursday evening for the Legends’ Club meeting convened to celebrate batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar’s 65th birthday.

It was an occasion for three generations of cricketers like Bapu Nadkarni, Milind Rege and Shishir Hattangadi to jog their memory and draw insights into what made Gavaskar a master technician and run-getter in Test match cricket.

``Gavaskar was to cricket like Nandu Natekar was to badminton and Krishnan to tennis. They made everything look easy. Enough has been said about his batting, but what distinguished him from the others was his decision not to use the helmet. It (to wear helmet) has become sort of mandatory today. Gavaskar relied on eye-sight and foot work. He climbed the ladder gradually from school to college and from university to first class cricket. He never forgot to play for his club Dadar Union when he was in Bombay,’’ said Nadkarni.

The audience was taken aback when Milind Rege, Gavaskar’s childhood friend and classmate at St. Xaviers School, said he was not a prolific run getter in school and college. ``I still cannot say when exactly he became a great cricketer. We sat on the same bench in school, played school cricket and then college cricket. He did not score many runs in schools cricket, or in collegiate cricket, but then suddenly the fire in his belly started growing as he started playing inter-university cricket. During those days inter-university cricket was a very important part in the cricketers' curriculum,’’ said Rege.

Rege who played 48 first class matches for Bombay went on to say that there was intense rivalry between him and Gavaskar in school and college cricket. ``I thought Times Shield cricket was important, while for him (Gavaskar) inter-university was crucial and hence he took admission to do his Masters course. He was dropped from the Bombay team initially and spent a few matches as water boy and scorer. Probably the one thing that changed his outlook was perhaps when as a child his uncle Madhav Mantri told him not to touch his India cap unless he earned the right to wear it. He wore the Dadar Union cap in two warm up matches before the 1971 Test series in the West Indies. His temperament, powers of concentration and courage (while facing fast bowling) are unequalled,’’ Rege said adding that Gavaskar is a true legend of Indian cricket.

Former Mumbai opener Shishir Hattangadi narrated stories of his interactions with Gavaskar and recalled how the champion opener persuaded leg spinner Subhash Gupte to tweak a few deliveries during India’s net session at Trinidad in 1971. ``What was important to Gavaskar was the spirit demonstrated by Gupte in spite of his age,’’ said Hattangadi.

England left frustrated as Indian tail wags******Cricket

England left frustrated as Indian tail wags

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 05:49 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 11, 2014 05:49 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 IST
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Nottingham: India's M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Thursday, July 10, 2014.  AP/PTI(AP7_10_2014_000173B)

Nottingham: India's M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Thursday, July 10, 2014. AP/PTI(AP7_10_2014_000173B)

Twice in a span of 24 hours, India found a cumbersome path in the session between lunch and tea here at Trent Bridge. And twice, India found a duo which forced the Englishmen to gnash their teeth in agony.

On the opening day, against persevering England bowlers in the second session, the visitor mustered a sedate 71 for two, largely due to the efforts of Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane. The second day’s similar time-frame found rescuers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Mohammad Shami (51 n.o.).

Thanks to them, India savoured a tea score of 433 for nine and eventually posted 457 in its first innings — truly a remarkable leap from an under-cooked 346 for nine at one stage. There was no time to stretch their legs, though, as once Bhuvneshwar miscued a lofted shot off Moeen Ali, he and Shami rushed back, ripped their pads off  and donned the bowlers’ boots.

Alastair Cook and Sam Robson had to buckle down and survive 17 overs on a Wednesday evening. Cook flicked a four off Shami and the stands broke into applause.

Perhaps that shot emboldened the England captain, as against the same bowler he shuffled across, flexed his bat, missed the line and heard the ball thud into his leg-stump. Robson and Gary Ballance then survived till close and England scored 43 for one.

Earlier, in a passage of play that briefly turned worse despite the cushioning provided by Vijay (146, 361b, 25x4, 1x6) and M.S. Dhoni (82), four wickets fell for just two runs. England still had no respite as it ran into India’s exasperating tail.

Century partnership

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen. The last-wicket pair added 111 and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark. In a city known for its proximity to old coal-reserves, the Indian pair displayed resilience that often defined miners. It wasn’t entirely dour and both twirled their bats around while they gained time at the crease.

With a first-class hundred under his belt, Bhuvneshwar played the senior pro before Shami grabbed his space — a stunning six off James Anderson etching his 50. A tailender’s charmed life was also on view as a skier fell between the fielders and Shami’s snick off Liam Plunkett nestled within Matt Prior’s gloves, but evoked no approval from umpire Bruce Oxenford.

Bhuvneshwar and Shami’s fortitude was a marked contrast to the way India unravelled after lunch once Ravindra Jadeja edged Ben Stokes. Instantaneously, 344 for six morphed into 346 for nine. The steep fall involved Dhoni’s ambitious running, debutant Stuart Binny’s urgency to lash around off-stump and Ishant Sharma’s badly judged leave.

A run-out, a catch and a clean-bowled ensued and just as the England fielders turned boisterous, Bhuvneshwar and Shami forced them to sober down.

Consolidation

In the morning, resuming at the overnight 259 for four, Vijay and Dhoni ensured that India consolidated. Cook placed a lone slip and clustered the others on the off-side in a 7-2 format to stifle the drives, while luck too favoured India as Prior dropped Dhoni (on 51) off Stuart Broad.

Vijay drove regally and Dhoni, after a play-and-miss routine with Broad, remained doughty and alert, wristing a four down the ground off Stokes. The fifth-wicket partnership (126) hurt England and it was left to Anderson to cause the first breach, rapping Vijay’s pad. Jadeja walked in and immediately tucked into Moeen. A pull and two sixes were struck and Cook, except for asking the crowd to step in, packed the off-side with eight fielders! 8-1. Frustration too reared its ugly head as Anderson resorted to verbals against Jadeja, while umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Oxenford played peace-makers. Unhindered, India sat pretty with a lunch score of 342 for five.

What transpired after desserts were consumed may have rattled the visitors, but with Bhuvneshwar and Shami resisting, India stayed ahead in the Test.

Resilient Indian tail frustrates English bowlers******Cricket

Resilient Indian tail frustrates English bowlers

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 10, 2014 22:38 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 10, 2014 22:38 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:36 IST

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen Ali. The last-wicket pair added 87 runs and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark.

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M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England.  Photo: AP

M.S. Dhoni plays a shot during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England. Photo: AP

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen Ali. The last-wicket pair added 87 runs and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark.

Twice in a span of 24 hours, India found a cumbersome path in the session between lunch and tea here at Trent Bridge. And twice India found a duo that forced the Englishmen to gnash their teeth in agony.

If on the opening day of the first Test, against persevering England bowlers, the visitor mustered a sedate 71 for two largely due to the efforts of Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane. The second day’s second session found rescuers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46 batting) and Mohammad Shami (39 batting). Thanks to them, India posted 433 for nine at tea.

In a passage of play that may have turned worse despite the cushioning provided by Vijay (146, 361b, 25x4, 1x6) and M.S. Dhoni (82), as four wickets fell for just three runs, England still saw no light at the end of the tunnel. It just ran into India’s exasperating tail.

Bhuvneshwar and Shami blunted the host’s seam attack and found easy pickings from Moeen Ali. The last-wicket pair added 87 runs and ensured that India crossed the 400-mark. In a city known for its proximity to old coal-mines, Bhuvneshwar and Shami dipped into that ancient resilience that defined miners. It wasn’t entirely dour and both twirled their bats around just as they gained time at the crease.

The English shoulders slumped and the claps from the Indian dressing room gained volume. A tail-ender’s charmed-life was also on view as a skier fell between fielders and Shami’s snick off Liam Plunkett, safely nestled within Matt Prior’s gloves, but evoked no approval from umpire Bruce Oxenford.

The fortitude of Bhuvneshwar and Shami was a marked contrast to the way India unravelled while the fans sipped their after-lunch coffee.

Dhoni was expected to stay and shepherd the tail but the narrative changed once Ravindra Jadeja tried to extend his morning’s aggressive veneer and edged Ben Stokes. Instantaneously, the 344 for six morphed into 346 for nine. The stutter and the fall involved a sequence of Dhoni’s ambitious running, debutant Stuart Binny’s urgency to lash around off-stump and Ishant Sharma’s badly judged leave.

A run-out, a catch and a clean-bowled ensued and just as England fielders turned boisterous, Bhuvneshwar and Shami forced them to sober down.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight 259 for four, India had to consolidate the opening day’s gains. Vijay and Dhoni ensured that the agenda was firmly in place as long as they were around. The duo adopted a wait-and-watch method while Alastair Cook placed a lone slip and the others were clustered on the off-side in a 7-2 format to stifle the drives. Luck too favoured the Indians as Dhoni’s edge (on 51) off Stuart Broad eluded Prior’s grasp. A few overs later, Vijay nearly chopped Broad onto his stumps.

After those trysts with fortune, India resumed normal service. Vijay’s drives “both square and cover” stayed delectable. Dhoni after a play-and-miss routine with Broad, remained doughty and alert, wristing a four down the ground off Stokes and harrying for his singles and twos. The fifth-wicket partnership (126) was hurting England and it was left to James Anderson to cause the first breach. He rapped Vijay’s pad with one that darted in though it looked marginally high.

Jadeja walked in and immediately tucked into Moeen Ali. A pull and two sixes were clattered while the southpaw played his shots. Meanwhile, except for asking the crowd to step in, Cook continued to pack the off-side and soon it was 8-1. Understandably when Stokes took a shy at the stumps while Jadeja whispered his prayers and ran hard, the over-throw left Moeen breathless at square-leg, after sprinting all the way from mid-wicket. India gladly took that extra four.

Advantage India as Dhoni consolidates after Vijay dismissal******Cricket

Advantage India as Dhoni consolidates after Vijay dismissal

PTINOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 18:54 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 ISTPTINOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 18:54 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 IST

India reached 342-5 at lunch on day 2 of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

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James Anderson, right, celebrates Murali Vijay's (left) wicket LBW for 146 runs during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, on Thursday. Photo: AP

James Anderson, right, celebrates Murali Vijay's (left) wicket LBW for 146 runs during day two of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, on Thursday. Photo: AP

India reached 342-5 at lunch on day 2 of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Indian batsmen continued to frustrate the English bowlers as the team reached 342 for five in its first innings at lunch on the second day of the opening cricket Test here on Thursday.

Thanks to Murali Vijay’s 146—run knock and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 81 (147 balls, seven fours), India were placed comfortably in the game.

Ravindra Jadeja (24 off 18 balls) was giving Dhoni company with the duo sharing an unbeaten 38 runs for the sixth wicket.

The day began with Vijay (122) and Dhoni (50) looking to push the score from the overnight 259/4 and help India attain advantage on a placid wicket in the first innings itself. But James Anderson (3—95) and Stuart Broad (1—34) had other plans as England’s two lead bowlers spent the morning hour in testing every limit of the batsmen’s defences.

Broad opened the proceedings and was on the money immediately, bowling five overs for a mere eight runs. He beat Dhoni’s bat so many times that it was almost a surprise that the Indian skipper was still at the crease at lunch.

The Indian skipper was also helped by keeper Matt Prior who dropped a simple catch in only the third over of the day, when the batsman was on 52 and to his credit, he didn’t offer another straight opportunity to affect his dismissal.

Anderson, at the other end, too tried hard and tested the two batsmen with some swing, but the duo persisted and brought up its 100—run partnership for the fifth wicket in the 11th over of the day and the 101st of the innings.

When the two bowlers finally went off the attack, things became easier once again for the batsmen, much like the first day.

Although there were a couple of interesting LBW shouts in between, Ben Stokes (0—65) and Liam Plunkett (1—65) were ineffectual at best, which is a big worry for the hosts in a five-Test series crammed up in 40—odd days.

Vijay then slowly progressed towards the 150-run mark but he was trapped LBW by Anderson but when he was just one scoring shot away in the bowler’s second spell of the morning.

TV replays suggested that the ball might be travelling over the stumps, but the umpire’s finger had gone up and the Indian opener walked back after a heroic score of 146 runs. He had faced 361 balls during his superb innings and batted for 467 minutes, nearly 8 hours, hitting 25 fours and 1 six.

Jadeja was the next batsman in, coming in ahead of Stuart Binny, and he made good use of Moeen Ali’s (0—70) spin, hitting a boundary and a six to get going.

Skipper Alastair Cook duly took off his slow-bowling option then and Jadeja settled down to make sure that there was no further loss of wickets going into the break.

Scoreboard:

India 1st innings (overnight 259 for four)

Murali Vijay lbw b Anderson 146

Shikhar Dhawan c Prior b Anderson 12

Cheteshwar Pujara c Bell b Anderson 38

Virat Kohli c Bell b Broad 1

Ajinkya Rahane c Cook b Plunkett 32

MS Dhoni not out 81

Ravindra Jadeja not out 24

Extra: (LB—7, W—1) 8

Total: (For 5 wkts; 118 overs) 342

Fall of wickets: 1—33, 2—106, 3—107, 4—178, 5—304.

Bowling: James Anderson 30—10—95—3, Stuart Broad 24—11—34—1, Ben Stokes 24—5—65—0, Liam Plunkett 27—7—65—1, Moeen Ali 12—0—70—0, Joe Root 1—0—6—0.

Retired judge appointed as interim chairman of PCB******Cricket

Retired judge appointed as interim chairman of PCB

APISLAMABADJuly 10, 2014 16:05 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 16:05 ISTAPISLAMABADJuly 10, 2014 16:05 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 16:05 IST
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The Pakistan government has appointed a retired judge as interim chairman of the country’s cricket board to oversee fresh elections for chairman.

Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Jamshed Ali has replaced Najam Sethi as interim chairman Pakistan Cricket Board and will conduct the election within a month under the new constitution of the PCB.

Mr. Butt also said that the management committee of the PCB has also been dissolved and a new interim committee will soon be formed for the smooth conduct of elections.

The turmoil at the top of the PCB started last year when the Islamabad High Court ruled the election of Zaka Ashraf as chairman was “polluted”, prompting prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appoint Mr. Sethi instead.

Mr. Ashraf was twice restored to the position by courts in Pakistan before Mr. Sethi finally got reinstated by the supreme court in May.

MR. Sethi was given the mandate to conduct fresh elections but Ali’s appointment as interim chairman will allow Mr. Sethi to run for the permanent post.

During his tenure Mr. Sethi terminated 25 PCB employees and also appointed a new selection committee, head coach and batting coach of the national team.

Good pitch to bat on: Murali Vijay******Cricket

Good pitch to bat on: Murali Vijay

Special CorrespondentNOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 03:12 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 ISTSpecial CorrespondentNOTTINGHAM:July 10, 2014 03:12 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 IST

When asked about England being a good host, the speedster replied: "Amazing hosts, isn’t it?"

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When asked about England being a good host, the speedster replied: "Amazing hosts, isn’t it?"

If Murali Vijay was patience-personified on the pitch, he seemed in a hurry off it. He gave quick replies, but the contentment at a job well done shone through.

There was also a touch of emotion when he said: “This is a big series and actually it was a dream.”

The plan, Vijay stressed, was to stay positive while gauging the conditions besides remaining patient. “I wasn’t bogged down. On 99, Plunky (Liam Plunkett) was pitching it short and I wanted to see it off. With Shikhy (Shikhar Dhawan), the plan was to start well.

“In the afternoon, there was some reverse swing for James Anderson. I have been working on staying at the wicket. Earlier I used to get set and get out playing some flashy strokes. The pitch was good, the ball came on well and they say when there is something (clouds) in the sky, things happen. I wish it does when we are bowling,” said Vijay.

Meanwhile, Anderson expressed his anguish over a pitch that is hardly English.

“Frustrating it is, but the pitch is what it is, so we just need to stick together as a bowling unit. On a pitch like this you got to be creative,” he said.

When asked about England being a good host, the speedster replied: “Amazing hosts, isn’t it?”

Vijay’s day out******Cricket

Vijay’s day out

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 10, 2014 03:11 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:28 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 10, 2014 03:11 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:28 IST

He bided his time on 99, 13 deliveries to be precise while Liam Plunkett tested him, before stealing a single off James Anderson.

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Murali Vijay plays a shot during day one of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England. Photo: AP

Murali Vijay plays a shot during day one of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England. Photo: AP

He bided his time on 99, 13 deliveries to be precise while Liam Plunkett tested him, before stealing a single off James Anderson.

Murali Vijay knows how it feels to be stranded in the 90s overseas. At Durban, he fell on 97, but on a sunny Wednesday here at Trent Bridge, the opener discarded that ghost and prospered.

He bided his time on 99, 13 deliveries to be precise while Liam Plunkett tested him, before stealing a single off James Anderson.

The relief was palpable, and the joy infectious. When the helmet came off and the bat was raised, Vijay finally acknowledged his fourth Test hundred (122 batting, 294b, 22x4, 1x6) and the first on foreign shores.

The centurion was India’s strong spine throughout the opening day. The opener, who braved Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander in South Africa and spoke lovingly about leaving deliveries, wasn’t successful in New Zealand. Against Anderson and Stuart Broad, Vijay tugged back those South African memories.

He judged the length, knew his off-stump and when the opportunity arose, wasn’t averse to picking fours through glides, punches and drives. Vijay’s ton helped India post 259 for four at close.

England tried everything — reverse swing, the short ball, teasers outside off-stump, the leg-trap, three men under his gaze, and through it all Vijay was a picture of elegance and importantly, he paid his respects to patience.

It was an attribute that India required in ample measure and Vijay also found three allies — Cheteshwar Pujara (38), Ajinkya Rahane (32) and M.S. Dhoni (50 batting).

Quick dismissals

In a critical second session, Vijay ensured that England didn’t prise open India’s door after Pujara and Virat Kohli perished in a span of 10 deliveries, while the host shed its morning stupor.

Anderson got one to grip; Pujara, committed on the front foot, ended up lobbing the ball. It still needed Ian Bell’s spectacular dive from silly mid-on to spell his exit. Soon, Broad scalped Kohli with one that held its line, climbed a bit and lured the edge.

The two dismissals and Anderson’s second spell of 6-3-10-1 (unlike his first of 7-0-40-1), shackled India. In the 14 overs between lunch and the drinks break, India eked out 18. The tale got better close to tea — Vijay and Rahane, with their 71-run fourth-wicket partnership, eased Indian nerves.

In the final session, Dhoni lent support in an unfinished 81-run fifth-wicket alliance and India continued to breathe easy.

In the morning, under clear skies, Dhoni elected to bat and handed a Test cap to Stuart Binny. India stepped in with five bowlers and that positive vibe needed validation from its batsmen. It was precisely the point that Vijay hitched his innings upon as he struck Anderson thrice for four in the first over.

The first was twitchy, the second a well-executed glide and the best was the third — an on-drive. England’s premier bowler was muffled, albeit briefly, at his favourite venue. For the Indians, the benign pitch allied with negligible swing and seam movement, would have seemed as delicious as chicken tikka wraps sold at the ground. Later, on Sky Sports, Sir Ian Botham fumed, “It is a corporate wicket. They want five days of cricket; they don’t want home advantage!”

India had no complaints and Vijay tormented the off-side cordon. He would thread a four, Alastair Cook would close that avenue while inadvertently clearing up another and the batsman would drill through that gap. Anderson leaked runs, Broad kept it tight, Vijay looked at ease, but his partner Shikhar Dhawan unhinged these patterns.

From around the wicket, Anderson bowled fuller and as the ball moved a shade, Dhawan fatally nibbled.

India was 33 for one, but there were no immediate alarms as Pujara forged a crucial 73-run second-wicket partnership with Vijay. Pujara clipped Broad and swatted off-spinner Moeen Ali’s full-toss.

It got better as Vijay drove past cover off Ben Stokes. The fifty was his and India had a hearty lunch score of 106 for one. Vijay was standing tall at tea; he was there at the close too. Dhoni couldn’t have asked for more.

Ojha, Rayudu hit centuries in drawn ‘Test’******CricketCricket

Ojha, Rayudu hit centuries in drawn ‘Test’

PTIBrisbane:July 10, 2014 02:48 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 02:48 ISTPTIBrisbane:July 10, 2014 02:48 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 02:48 IST
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Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu hit unbeaten centuries each to rescue India ‘A’ to 285 for five in the second innings on the fourth and final day as the unofficial Test against Australia ‘A’ ended in a draw here on Wednesday.

After an unconquered double ton in the first innings, Ojha produced yet another unbeaten knock of 101, studded with 11 fours and five sixes, and shared an unbroken 199-run stand with Rayudu for the sixth wicket, to resurrect India ‘A’s second innings after the visitor was reduced to 86 for five in 25.2 overs.

Rayudu hit a 165-ball 100 not out with the 17 fours and a six. Chadd Sayers was the pick of Australia ‘A’ bowlers with three for 48, while Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting took one wicket each in the second innings.

Earlier, resuming the first innings at 522 for nine, the host could add just 12 more runs before Cameron Boyce was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah with wicketkeeper Ojha taking the catch in the 141st over.

India ‘A’s top order once again failed to fire in the second essay as Cutting struck the first blow, dismissing Robin Uthappa (15) in the eighth over with a short ball, which the opener lobbed back with Whiteman taking a diving catch.

In the 17th over, Whiteman pouched on to an edge from Jiwanjot Singh, who failed to negotiate a back of a length delivery from Henriques.

Three overs later, Manoj Tiwary went for a duck when he was adjudged leg before off a Sayers’ delivery with India ‘A’ slipping to 58 for three. Karun Nair, too, ended up giving a simple catch to Mitchell Marsh at short cover off Sayers, while opener Lokesh Rahul, who had been solid at the other end, suffered from a lapse of concentration in the 26th over and paid the price for playing across the line, becoming Sayers’ third victim.

The scores: India ‘A’ 475 for nine decl and 285 for five in 71.3 overs (Naman Ojha 101 n.o., Ambati Rayudu 100 n.o., Chadd Sayers three for 48) drew with Australia ‘A’ 534 (Mitchell Marsh 211, Sam Whiteman 174, Jasprit Bumrah five for 132).

Rohith’s century puts Vijay in control******CricketCricket

Rohith’s century puts Vijay in control

Special CorrespondentChennai:July 10, 2014 02:45 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 02:45 ISTSpecial CorrespondentChennai:July 10, 2014 02:45 ISTUpdated:July 10, 2014 02:45 IST
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 CHENNAI, M. Prabhu, who performed well in the TNCA first div. league. Photo: Handout

CHENNAI, M. Prabhu, who performed well in the TNCA first div. league. Photo: Handout

R. Rohith scored 103 (193b, 14x4, 2x6) for Vijay CC on the opening day of the second round in the TNCA first division league here on Wednesday.

Kaushik Gandhi made 77 (192b, 12x4) — he added 174 for the third wicket with Rohith in 57.1 overs — as Vijay finished at 281 for five against Alwarpet.

Prabhu scalps five

Off-spinner M. Prabhu of Jolly Rovers scalped five as UFCC (T. Nagar) was bundled out for 140. U. Sasidev top-scored with 60 (100b, 7x4) and in reply, Rovers was 89 for four.

Grand Slam progressed to 269 for two against AG’s Office. Openers Ganga Sridhar Raju (67, 101b, 12x4) and L. Suryaprakash (62, 169b, 8x4) put on 120 in 239 balls.

Then Shah Rukh Khan (73 batting, 144b, 11x4) and V. Maaruthi Raghav (59 batting, 127b, 7x4, 2x6) added an unbeaten 103 for the third wicket off 211 deliveries.

Ganesh, Bharat shine

Ganesh Satish was batting on 89 (129b, 7x4, 3x6) as Young Stars reached 262 for four against IOB. Sreekar Bharat contributed 73 (139b, 10x4).

India Pistons left-arm spinner P. Akash Ram took four for 39 while restricting Southern Railway Institute to 192.

Aruna CC was bowled out for 191 — Ali Murtuza produced a crucial 75 (115b, 8x4, 2x6) — by Globe Trotters. Shravan Krishnan chipped in with 46. Paceman Ashwath Mukundhan prised out four batsmen.

The scores:

Round two (day one): A Zone:

At IIT-Chemplast: UFCC (T. Nagar) 140 in 60.3 overs (U. Sasidev 60, M. Prabhu five for 45) vs Jolly Rovers 89 for four in 29 overs (K.H. Gopinath 42).Toss: UFCC.

At MRF-Pachaiyappa’s: Aruna CC 191 in 60.1 overs (Shah Rukh Khan 46, Ali Murtuza 75, Ashwath Mukundhan four for 39) vs Globe Trotters 61 for two in 20 overs.Toss: Globe Trotters.

At SSN: Young Stars 262 for four in 90 overs (Sreekar Bharat 73, Ganesh Satish 89 batting) vs IOB.Toss: IOB.

B Zone: At IC-Guru Nanak: Vijay 281 for five in 90 overs (M. Kaushik Gandhi 77, R. Rohith 103, Vijay Shankar 42) vs Alwarpet.Toss: Vijay.

At Murugappa: Grand Slam 269 for two in 90 overs (Ganga Sridhar Raju 67, L. Suryapprakash 62, M. Shahrukh Khan 73 batting, V. Maaruthi Raghav 59 batting) vs AG’s Office.Toss: Grand Slam.

At CPT-IP: Southern Railway Institute 192 in 69.4 overs (Kiran Kasshyap 41 n.o., P. Akash Ram four for 39) vs India Pistons 54 for no loss in 16 overs.Toss: S. Rly. Instt.

India opts to bat, Stuart Binny replaces Rohit Sharma******Cricket

India opts to bat, Stuart Binny replaces Rohit Sharma

PTINottinghamJuly 09, 2014 15:40 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 ISTPTINottinghamJuly 09, 2014 15:40 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 IST
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Stuart Binny replaced Rohit Sharma in the playing eleven. File Photo

Stuart Binny replaced Rohit Sharma in the playing eleven. File Photo

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bat first against England in the first Test here today.

All—rounder Stuart Binny got his Test cap from Dhoni this morning with the visitors expectedly going in with five bowlers. Rohit Sharma misses out.

England skipper Alastair Cook, who also wanted to bat first, has included Ben Stokes in place of Chris Jordan.

Teams:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami.

England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson.

Marsh, Whiteman make merry******Cricket

Marsh, Whiteman make merry

PTIBrisbane:July 08, 2014 23:37 ISTUpdated:July 08, 2014 23:37 ISTPTIBrisbane:July 08, 2014 23:37 ISTUpdated:July 08, 2014 23:37 IST
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Sam Whiteman and Mitchell Marsh shared a record-breaking 371-run partnership as Australia A took a lead of 47 runs on the third day of the four-day match on Tuesday.

Marsh scored 211 off 294 balls while No. 8 Whiteman smashed a 278-ball 174 in a scintillating run-fest as the pair hit 47 fours and 11 sixes and the host finished the day at 522 for nine here. The partnership off 86.4 overs is the highest for the seventh-wicket by Australia in first class history and the second-best in any first class match.

Scintillating stand Resuming at 126 for six, Marsh and Whiteman rescued the host with a scintillating partnership. They milked the Indian bowlers, scoring at more than four per over. Spinner Karun Nair finally broke the partnership when he had Whiteman caught by Jasprit Bumrah as Australia A lost its first wicket of the day.

Four overs later, pacer Bumrah cleaned up Ben Cutting. Marsh, too, was sent packing during the fag end with Robin Uthappa running him out.

Earlier resuming at 18, Marsh started the day’s proceedings with a couple of boundaries off Umesh Yadav but it was Whiteman who was more dominating, racing away to his fifty with a four off Pragyan Ojha in the 62nd over.

Marsh also got into the rhythm quickly, blasting a four and a six in the next two overs off Bumrah and Ojha respectively to reach his half-century.

Marsh dominated the post-lunch session, reaching his hundred with successive fours off Kulkarni. Whiteman also brought up his century with a boundary.

The scores: India A 475 for nine decl. vs Australia A 522 for nine in 138 overs (Mitchell Marsh 211, Sam Whiteman 174, Jaspreet Bumrah four for 128).

Our overseas game has improved: Dhoni******Cricket

Our overseas game has improved: Dhoni

Special CorrespondentNottingham:July 08, 2014 23:20 ISTUpdated:May 23, 2016 16:16 ISTSpecial CorrespondentNottingham:July 08, 2014 23:20 ISTUpdated:May 23, 2016 16:16 IST

The Indian skipper declared that he is not averse to playing the extra seamer, preferably an all-rounder

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The Indian skipper declared that he is not averse to playing the extra seamer, preferably an all-rounder

M.S. Dhoni emphasised that the Indian team has progressed through the tours of South Africa and New Zealand and is keen to do well against England.

“If you talk about the last two Test series that we played abroad — in South Africa and New Zealand — the performance of our team was really good. Though we lost both the series, we were definitely in a position to win the series.

“If I compare the first Test we played in South Africa and the last Test we played in New Zealand, there has been considerable improvement. It’s a right way of moving ahead,” Dhoni told the media here on Tuesday.

Bright chance for Binny

The Indian skipper declared that he is not averse to playing the extra seamer, preferably an all-rounder, and when specifically asked about Stuart Binny, Dhoni said: “Rather than coming to press conferences and talking about not having a pace bowling all-rounder, it’s better to try and utilise what we have.

“Stuart is someone who can bowl a bit and at the same time bat as well. If we can give him enough chances and groom him, then he can be someone who can do that job for us in the next six to eight months. He won’t be as good as someone like (Jacques) Kallis but he can be someone who can bowl that 10 overs and bat a bit.”

Dhoni also lauded Rahul Dravid’s role as a batting mentor in the prelude to the series and diplomatically stressed that the ‘England team has very good talent, so it’s just a matter of time before they come back into form.’

Cook backs himself

His counterpart Alastair Cook, who is facing the pressure on both fronts — self and team, backed himself and the squad. “Never felt that I have been hitting the ball badly this summer, haven’t been able to transform stay at wicket into runs. There is nobody keener than I to score the runs. I know I will score runs in the top order in this series.

“We all know we are judged from results which haven’t been good enough so we are criticised. If we turn it around, it will be good,” the England captain, who has failed to score a hundred over 24 innings, said.

Terming the pitch as ‘dry’ and the Indian team as ‘competitive’, Cook allayed fitness concerns about Matt Prior and said: “He had an issue with his thigh at yesterday’s (Monday) practice but today he has done everything we have asked him to do. We are 99 per cent certain he will be fine.”

Testing times begin for Dhoni’s men******Cricket

Testing times begin for Dhoni’s men

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 08, 2014 23:17 ISTUpdated:May 23, 2016 16:16 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 08, 2014 23:17 ISTUpdated:May 23, 2016 16:16 IST

India’s batting display will hinge on the starts, while the pacers will relish the conditions

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Alastair Cook would like England to bounce back from a recent slump, while M.S. Dhoni's aim would be to help India exorcise the ghosts of the previous Test tour to Old Blighty. Photo: AP

Alastair Cook would like England to bounce back from a recent slump, while M.S. Dhoni's aim would be to help India exorcise the ghosts of the previous Test tour to Old Blighty. Photo: AP

India’s batting display will hinge on the starts, while the pacers will relish the conditions

The postcard visuals around Trent Bridge, the venue of the first Test here from Wednesday, offer diverse clues to the past, the present and the whimsical English weather.

A picture of delighted England players after an Ashes victory seems poignant in retrospect as it also has Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott.  Both have now vanished from the England Test ranks, one forced into exile while the other is seeking answers from the shadows of his mind.

Walk around the venue and you will gaze at another banner that proclaims: “Our Indian summer is almost upon us.” With India playing a series of five Tests in England after it last did the same in 1959, there is the added incentive of luring more fans to the seats as well as the television sets.

Fickle weather

Stare at the sky, and it is a contrasting mix of bright sunshine and the odd dark cloud that force pedestrians and cyclists to hurry. It is summer out here but when the minimum and maximum temperatures hover from 11 to 20 degrees with a forecast for rain during the Test, it can get taxing for the visitors hailing from the tropics.

Much will hinge on the starts that Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay can string together along with what Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli build upon in the middle-order.

The openers have had a mixed run with Vijay excelling in South Africa and tapering off in New Zealand and Dhawan finding his mettle against Brendon McCullum’s men.

Kohli stayed consistent with hundreds on both those tours while Pujara excelled in South Africa and slumped in New Zealand. Below them, Rohit Sharma hasn’t replicated the success of his debut series against the West Indies but Ajinkya Rahane has grown in stature while Gautam Gambhir hovers in the sidelines.

A ground — that nurtured the great Harold Larwood, who shed the grime off the coal-mines and flung the red cherry at an alarming pace — might hint at success for the fast men. However recent games in England, especially the ones involving Sri Lanka, showed that the pitches are slowing down and with venues enhancing drainage facilities, the havoc that moisture in the pitch wreaks, has been muted. The host counties wouldn’t complain as they want Tests that last five days.

Yet, India’s fast bowling brigade of Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami, to name a few, will relish the conditions that should relatively ally with their shoulders unlike the surfaces back home.  

It would be interesting though to see if the management opts for five bowlers and drops one batsman with seamer Stuart Binny stepping in as an all-round option.

Across the fence, England is searching for a toe-hold that has remained loose ever since the Ashes meltdown. Alastair Cook has suffered a drought while in 2011, he hammered a 294 against India. The other hero then — Ian Bell (235 and 159) — played second fiddle to Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali and Sam Robson recently against Sri Lanka.

As usual, the host will continue to bank on James Anderson and Stuart Broad to do a major chunk of incisions into the rival batting.

So far, it has been a bad sporting summer for England. The football team was knocked out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stage; Andy Murray failed to defend his Wimbledon title; and Sri Lanka humbled Cook’s men. Can India play ‘Robin Hood’ in the city that fostered his legend and aggravate England’s agony? M.S. Dhoni’s men have a tough challenge ahead.

The teams (from):

India: M.S. Dhoni (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Stuart Binny, Ishwar Pandey and Wriddhiman Saha.

England: Alastair Cook (capt.), Ian  Bell, Gary Ballance, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior, James Anderson, Stuart Broad,Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena & Bruce Oxenford;Third umpire: Ian Gould;Match referee: David Boon.

Play starts at 3.30 p.m. IST.

Buttler called up as cover for Prior in England lineup******Cricket

Buttler called up as cover for Prior in England lineup

APNOTTINGHAM:July 08, 2014 21:09 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 ISTAPNOTTINGHAM:July 08, 2014 21:09 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 IST

England captain Alastair Cook believes Prior will be able to play when the first test against India begins on Wednesday in Nottingham.

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England called up wicketkeeper Jos Buttler on Tuesday as cover for the first test against India after Matt Prior reported feeling tightness in his right thigh. Photo: AP

England called up wicketkeeper Jos Buttler on Tuesday as cover for the first test against India after Matt Prior reported feeling tightness in his right thigh. Photo: AP

England captain Alastair Cook believes Prior will be able to play when the first test against India begins on Wednesday in Nottingham.

England called up wicketkeeper Jos Buttler on Tuesday as cover for the first Test against India after Matt Prior reported feeling tightness in his right thigh.

The 32-year-old Prior began feeling tightness in the leg on Monday, but England captain Alastair Cook believes he will be able to play when the first test against India begins on Wednesday in Nottingham.

“We are 99 percent certain he will be fine,” Cook said. “You have a little check in the morning just to make sure, but all looks good at the moment.”

Regarding his own form, Cook acknowledges that he must improve his contributions with the bat. His last century for England came in May 2013 against New Zealand.

“I just need to go back to scoring runs,” Cook said, while denying the captaincy is to blame for his downturn in form.

“I can honestly say that it has never crossed my mind, when someone is running in at mid—80s to 90 miles per hour, I’m thinking about what field placings I’m going to set for someone else,” he said.

Cook also claimed he is not worried about losing the captaincy should he fail to score runs across the five tests against India.

“I’m not in charge of making decisions like that,” he said. “It’s a huge honour to do this and I can go to sleep knowing I’ve thrown everything I’ve got into it.”

England have to decide whether to reintroduce all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is returning from a wrist injury after punching a locker, back into the starting line-up. Cook feels it is one of the better problems he has at the moment.

“It is a tough selection call, and it is what you want as a captain,” he said. “In Australia, he was the standout player. Then you’ve got other people who have done well in his absence. Whoever does play will be desperately keen to keep their place and that can only be healthy competition.”

India captain MS Dhoni, meanwhile, says he is not concerned by the fact his side has not won any of its last 14 away test matches.

“What is important for us is to take the team forward,” Dhoni said. “(We need) to give the team guidance. The more games they play, the more they improve. It is a constant process.”

The last time India traveled to England for a test series, it was whitewashed 4—0. England then won the return series in India 2—1, but since then, the English have fallen from the summit of international cricket.

Still, Dhoni is still expecting a challenging series.

“When it comes to international cricket, there comes a phase where every team does really well, and there comes a phase where they won’t do too much,” he said.

A tour that is a pointer to the road ahead******CricketCricket

A tour that is a pointer to the road ahead

K. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 08, 2014 01:04 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 ISTK. C. Vijaya KumarNottingham:July 08, 2014 01:04 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 17:37 IST

The current stint in England, whetted by fine outings in the two warm-up games against Leicestershire (drawn) and Derbyshire (won), is part of a conveyor belt of tours over the last eight months.

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M.S. Dhoni’s men also have a chance of hurting a host still grappling with its Ashes humiliation. A misery which worsened when the visiting Sri Lankans won the Test series 1-0. Photo: PTI

M.S. Dhoni’s men also have a chance of hurting a host still grappling with its Ashes humiliation. A misery which worsened when the visiting Sri Lankans won the Test series 1-0. Photo: PTI

The current stint in England, whetted by fine outings in the two warm-up games against Leicestershire (drawn) and Derbyshire (won), is part of a conveyor belt of tours over the last eight months.

India’s tryst with cricket overseas gets another critical instalment in a year that has more challenges lined up: a tour to Australia followed by the 2015 World Cup at the same venue and in New Zealand.

The current stint in England, whetted by fine outings in the two warm-up games against Leicestershire (drawn) and Derbyshire (won), is part of a conveyor belt of tours over the last eight months.

Earlier, trips to South Africa and New Zealand yielded an identical 0-1 defeat while the ODI series were squandered 0-2 and 0-4 respectively. The limited overs squad has found a nucleus while the Test team, still nursing pangs of transition, has so far lured an indulgent stare.

It is a luxury that might wane in the coming months.

Having dropped anchor in England, India has a chance to prove that the right lessons have been imbibed in South Africa and New Zealand. M.S. Dhoni’s men also have a chance of hurting a host still grappling with its Ashes humiliation. A misery which worsened when the visiting Sri Lankans won the Test series 1-0.

The first Test here at Trent Bridge from Wednesday is part of a five-match series, a first for an Indian squad bred upon abridged series that involved two to four games. India last played a five-Test series in the West Indies in 2002 and lost 1-2.

The challenges of a long-winding series with its emphasis on the longer format, can test a young bunch that is more tuned to instant gratification through ODIs and Twenty20s.

Interestingly while James Anderson and Stuart Broad, despite niggles and an apparent dip in potency, stand atop their bowling mark, facing them would be a group of batsmen, who are yet to play a single Test in England.

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have to adapt to the conditions and hopefully they have picked Rahul Dravid’s brains.

The batting legend briefly donned a consultant’s role and with him scheduled to be a part of the commentary team, the players will surely have access to him.  

Remember, Dravid, with three Test hundreds, was the stand-out performer in what was a doomed tour here in 2011.

Among the rest, Gautam Gambhir, on a comeback trail, and Dhoni have had their Test sojourns in England. It remains to be seen if the current series will mark a revival in Gambhir’s career, just like how the 2003-04 Australia tour rejuvenated Virender Sehwag.

Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher will keep a penetrative eye upon the bowlers. Twice — at Johannesburg and Wellington — when India held the edge, the opposition had effected a rear-guard action.

India’s greatest match-winning bowler Anil Kumble never tires of repeating ‘you need 20 wickets to win a Test’ and it is this aspect that goes missing especially after the Indians breeze through the immigration counters at international airports.

Senior role for Ishant

Ishant Sharma, with 55 Tests and 164 wickets, has been pitch-forked into the senior’s seat following Zaheer Khan’s injury. He and the rest, ranging from Mohammed Shami to Stuart Binny, have to hit the right lengths. The spin department, where Dhoni has preferred Ravindra Jadeja to R. Ashwin, will have a role too as Rangana Herath proved for the Sri Lankans.

The recent debacles may have pushed England to a corner but for India, the string of defeats here in 2011, still hurt.

However if India can follow its footprints from the triumphant tours of 1971, 1986 and 2007, the team will gain confidence while squaring up in Australia for Tests as well as the World Cup. The five Tests will pave the way for five ODIs and a lone T20. Truly, this is a tour that will stretch India’s resources and throw a pointer to the road ahead.

Excited about playing in England: Kohli******Cricket

Excited about playing in England: Kohli

PTINOTTINGHAM:July 08, 2014 00:21 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:28 ISTPTINOTTINGHAM:July 08, 2014 00:21 ISTUpdated:April 22, 2016 00:28 IST
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Virat Kohli. File Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

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Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has described England as “one of the toughest venues for the sub-continent teams,” but said the team was focused on putting up a strong performance in the five-Test series to begin the transition of the young Indian side to a high-quality one.

The opening Test begins here on Wednesday, and the teams have started their preparation.

“This tour is right up there with South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I would say these are the four places where the sub-continent players do want to perform well. I, too, have that in my mind,” said Kohli.

Special place “It is a pretty special place to play cricket and I’ll be playing a Test at Lord’s for the first time. All in all, it is a very exciting tour for me personally because I have never played Test cricket here and I am really looking forward to it.

“I have some goals I want to achieve, and I have been thinking about them. I am pretty excited about playing here,” added Kohli.

The Indians have not done too well against England in their recent encounters, losing the 2012-13 home series by a 2-1 margin and suffering a humiliating 4-0 whitewash in England in 2011.

New side Though this might appear a big burden, Kohli said it won’t affect the new-look Indian team.

“We haven’t spoken about what we did wrong in that series (2011). We’ve spoken about the positives we could take out of it. That was a different time. Three years down the line, we have a totally new side. Most of us haven’t played Tests here,” he said.

“It’ll be exciting for us to experience the conditions and everyone’s eager to go out there and see what it’s like. You get full crowds, everyone’s involved in the game and everyone knows the game.

“It’s not about washing that (2011) series off, erasing those memories. That will stay in the history books, whether we like it or not. All we can focus on is the new series we have here, and put in a strong performance which would be a starting point for this young team to go ahead and be a quality Test side.

Big plus “A guy who played brilliantly in that series is mentoring us right now, speaking about his experiences — Rahul Dravid. That’s a big plus.

“Dravid has spoken about the experiences he’s had in England, scoring those hundreds and what he felt getting those runs in tough conditions. That’s all you need as a batsman, getting into a player’s head who has done it all here and getting into that zone yourself. It helps big time,” Kohli added.

West Indies beat New Zealand by 39 runs to draw series******Cricket

West Indies beat New Zealand by 39 runs to draw series

APRoseau (Dominica)July 07, 2014 13:07 ISTUpdated:July 07, 2014 13:07 ISTAPRoseau (Dominica)July 07, 2014 13:07 ISTUpdated:July 07, 2014 13:07 IST
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Andre Fletcher hit 62 off 49 deliveries while Sheldon Cottrell and Sunil Narine starred with the ball as West Indies beat New Zealand by 39 runs in their second and final Twenty20 match to draw the series 1-1.

Right-hander Fletcher’s top score, spiced with three fours and three sixes, led the home team to 165-6 off 20 overs at Windsor Park. Lendl Simmons contributed 36 and Trent Boult led the Kiwi bowlers with 2-22.

New Zealand’s pursuit got a spirited start through Kane Williamson (37) and Brendon McCullum (21) but the visitors were eventually bowled out for 126 off 19.1 overs.

Only Ross Taylor (21) offered much resistance as the tourists lost their last six wickets for 13 runs with Cottrell and Narine to the fore.

Left-arm pacer Cottrell took 3-28 while off-spinner Narine grabbed 2-19.

Simmons and Fletcher — who notched his second straight half century — set up West Indies’ competitive total after they were sent in. The right-handed pair shared a second wicket stand of 66 in 52 balls.

There were aggressive contributions in the lower order as well as the West Indies smashed 56 runs off the last five overs.

Captain Darren Sammy hit 10 off three balls and Andre Russell ended 14 not out off seven deliveries.

New Zealand lost Jimmy Nessham (7) at 8-1 when he slashed Cottrell to backward point. But Williamson, captain for the day, shared successive stands with McCullum and Taylor to boost the Black Caps.

New Zealand was still in with a chance at 82-2 in the 12th over before a late collapse. Samuel Badree claimed McCullum while Narine bowled Taylor to start the rot.

Two run outs toward the end also damaged New Zealand’s run chase.

Vijay CC secures outright win******CricketCricket

Vijay CC secures outright win

Special CorrespondentChennai:July 07, 2014 01:22 ISTUpdated:July 07, 2014 01:22 ISTSpecial CorrespondentChennai:July 07, 2014 01:22 ISTUpdated:July 07, 2014 01:22 IST
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Ali Murtaza. Photo: K. Pichumani

Ali Murtaza. Photo: K. Pichumani

Vijay CC defeated Southern Railway Institute by an innings and 90 runs, on the third day, in the first round of the TNCA first division league here on Sunday.

Pacemen L. Vignesh and Aswin Christ took three wickets each, while left-arm spinner Rahil Shah also scalped three as the Railway side was bowled out for 144 in its first innings at the IC-Guru Nanak ground.

Following on, Southern Railway Institute could manage only 153 despite a dogged 60 (149b, 6x4, 2x6) from Mitchell Anthony Mannays. Off-spinner Malolan Rangarajan claimed four, while Vignesh took three.

At the IIT-Chemplast ground, an unbeaten 27 by M. Prabhu enabled Jolly Rovers clinch the first innings lead against Aruna. Rovers, which required 230, was bowled out for 237. For Aruna, left-arm spinner Ali Murtuza’s five for 75 went in vain.

U. Sushil (91, 139b, 7x4, 1x6), Thalaivan Sargunam (48, 92b, 5x4) and W. Antony Das (58, 63b, 4x4, 3x6) enabled Globe Trotters secure the lead over IOB at the MRF-Pachaiyappa’s ground.

Grand Slam’s S. Suresh Kumar was unbeaten on 99 (204b, 6x4) when the match against Alwarpet, at the Murugappa ground, ended with the first innings undecided.

After India Pistons gained a lead of 45 at CPT-IP, AG’s Office finished at 133 for two in its second innings with half-centuries from N.S. Chaturved (61 n.o., 124b, 11x4) and M. Adityan (51, 107b, 7x4, 2x6).

M. Kamalesh (74 n.o., 175b, 11x4) and Vignesh M. Mohan (21 n.o., 129 balls) put on a determined, unbeaten 81 in 33.3 overs for the seventh wicket to help UFCC (T. Nagar) draw against YSCA.

The scores (Round one, day three): ‘A’ Zone: At IIT-Chemplast: Aruna 229 & 104 for three in 48 overs (Akshay Srinivas 50 n.o.) drew with Jolly Rovers 237 in 71 overs (K. Bharath Shankar 105, Ali Murtuza five for 75).Rovers 5, Aruna 2 .

At MRF-Pachaiyappa’s: IOB 292 & 37 for no loss in 12 overs drew with Globe Trotters 413 for five in 124.5 overs (S. Anirudha 68, U. Sushil 91, Thalaivan Sargunam 48, Antony Das 58).Trotters 5, IOB 2 .

At SSN: UFCC (T. Nagar) 137 & 191 for six in 95 overs (M. Kamalesh 74 n.o.) drew with Young Stars CA 306 for nine decl.YSCA 5, UFCC 2 .

‘B’ Zone: At Murugappa: Alwarpet 361 drew with Grand Slam 292 for six in 107 overs (Ganga Sridhar Raju 40, Shah Rukh Khan 42, S. Suresh Kumar 99 n.o.).Alwarpet 3, Grand Slam 3 .

At CPT-IP: AG’s Office 216 & 133 for two in 44 overs (N.S. Chaturved 61 n.o., M. Adhityan 51) drew with India Pistons 261 in 108.5 overs (Faizal 42, R. Vishnu 44, R. Srinivasan 44).Pistons 5, AG’s Office 2 .

At IC-Guru Nanak: Vijay 387 for five decl. bt Southern Railway Institute 144 in 65.1 overs & 153 in 57 overs (Mitchell Anthony Mannays 60, Malolan Rangarajan four for 42).Vijay 8, S. Rly Inst. 0 .

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 75 runs in first ODI******Cricket

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 75 runs in first ODI

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South African cricketers celebrate after their victory.

South African cricketers celebrate after their victory.

Hashim Amla’s 13th ODI century and a 151-run stand with captain A.B. de Villiers led South Africa to a convincing 75-run win in the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Amla scored 109 including eight boundaries to take the Proteas to 304 for five in 50 overs after electing to bat first at the R. Premadasa Stadium. de Villiers made 75 off 70 deliveries including five boundaries and a six.

Legspinner Imran Tahir took three wickets while seamers Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel took two wickets each to dismiss Sri Lanka for 229 in the 41st over.

Kumar Sangakkara top scored with 88 for the home team.

Sri Lanka started its chase well adding 50 runs for the opening wicket with Kusal Perera leading with 34 off 33 deliveries before being caught by Morkel at short fine-leg. His opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan departed for 40 after adding 48 runs with Sangakkara, leaving Sri Lanka on 98 for two.

Mahela Jayawardene (10), Ashan Priyanjan (5) and Angelo Mathews (13) all departed cheaply before Sangakkara paired with Lahiru Thirimanne for a 52-run stand off 48 deliveries again raising Sri Lanka’s hopes.

Thirimanne was bowled by McLaren for 15 and Sangakkara was out two deliveries later caught by substitute fielder Faf du Plessis off the same bowler.

Sangakkara’s 84-ball innings included nine boundaries.

Earlier, South Africa made a steady but cautious start to their innings in scoring 58 for the first wicket off 77 deliveries. Opener Quinton de Kock looked well-set before he chased a wide delivery from Sri Lanka captain Mathews to be bowled off the edge for 27.

Veteran Jacques Kallis, who was playing his first international in seven months, lasted just two deliveries and was out without scoring trapped lbw by spinner Ajantha Mendis.

Kallis’ dismissal brought Amla and De Villiers together and they provided the base for a challenging total.

Mendis picked up three wickets for 61 for the home team.

The second one-day international will be played in Pallekele on Wednesday.

Hashim Amla century steers South Africa to 304******Cricket

Hashim Amla century steers South Africa to 304-5 against Sri Lanka

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Hashim Amla scored 109 — including eight boundaries and a six — in his 86th game.

Hashim Amla scored 109 — including eight boundaries and a six — in his 86th game.

Hashim Amla hit his 13 ODI century and shared a 151-run stand with his captain A.B. de Villiers to propel South Africa to 304 for five in 50 overs in the first of three ODIs against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Amla scored 109 — including eight boundaries and a six — in his 86th game. De Villiers made 75 off 70 deliveries with five boundaries and a six.

South Africa made a steady-but-cautious start after choosing to bat first at the R. Premadasa Stadium, scoring 58 for the first wicket off 77 deliveries. Opener Quinton de Kock (27) looked well-set before he played on a wide delivery from Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.

Veteran Jacques Kallis, who was playing his first international in seven months, lasted just two deliveries and was trapped lbw by Ajantha Mendis without scoring.

Kallis’ dismissal brought Amla and de Villiers together and they provided the base for a challenging total.

Spinner Mendis picked up three wickets for 61 including those of Amla and J.P. Duminy (16) in 10 overs and raised hopes of a Sri Lankan recovery in the latter stages of the tourists’ innings. But David Miller (36) and Ryan McLaren (22) shared an unbeaten stand of 55 runs for the sixth wicket to help their team finish on a high.

Finch’s 181 helps MCC beat RoW by 7 wickets******Cricket

Finch’s 181 helps MCC beat RoW by 7 wickets

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Finch’s 145 ball innings had 23 fours and six sixes as he overshadowed India discard Yuvraj Singh’s attractive 132 for the Rest of the World. File Photo

Finch’s 145 ball innings had 23 fours and six sixes as he overshadowed India discard Yuvraj Singh’s attractive 132 for the Rest of the World. File Photo

Sachin Tendulkar made everyone at Lord’s nostalgic with some delectable strokes but it was young Aaron Finch, who stole the show with a magnificent 181 as MCC comfortably beat Rest of the World by seven wickets in the ’Bicentenary Celebrations’ match here today.

It was a ‘Union of Legends’ as the likes of Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne once again put on their cricketing gears.

While Tendulkar, who made 41 and Lara, who chipped in with 23, showed their class and touch of genius in their short stay, it was Finch’s century that helped MCC overtake Rest of the World’s commanding 293 for seven with 27 balls to spare.

Finch’s 145 ball innings had 23 fours and six sixes as he overshadowed India discard Yuvraj Singh’s attractive 132 for the Rest of the World.

The only disdappointment in the contest was public being robbed a chance to watch a Tendulkar vs Warne duel as the Aussie legend fractured his right hand trying to evade a Brett Lee beamer.

It was vintage Tendulkar as he square drove Peter Siddle and hit him for a straight drive. A cover drive off Paul Collingwood was sheer class.

He got a little too cheeky with his stroke—making and it proved to be his undoing as he was bowled by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. His 41 off 44 balls had seven fours.

Finch then carried on and put on another 67 runs for the second wicket with Brian Lara. The latter didn’t look too comfortable in the middle and departed in the 30th over, after scoring 23 runs off 38 balls, including 3 fours.

Earlier Yuvraj made a strokeful 132 to power the Rest of the World XI to 293 for seven in 50 overs.

Electing to bat in overcast conditions, the Shane Warne—led side slumped to 68 for 5 in the 12th over when Pakistan off—spinner Saeed Ajmal (4/45) bagged four wickets but soon Yuvraj and Paul Collingwood stitched together a 131—run sixth—wicket partnership to put the innings back on track.

The opening combo of Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist had given ROW a brisk 54—run start in 6.5 overs but Brett Lee (2/55) cleaned up the Indian dasher for 22 and then Ajmal took over.

Ajmal’s country—mate Umar Gul though sustained an injury and hobbled off after bowling two overs post sharing the new ball with Lee.

Gilchrist displayed his trademark pull and cut shots as he scored 22 runs off 24 balls, including 5 fours before being stumped off Ajmal.

The champion off—spinner then trapped Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal (1) LBW, got England’s Kevin Pietersen (10) stumped and finally bowled his team—mate Shahid Afridi for a two—ball duck. But strangely Tendulkar took Ajmal off the attack after his third over, probably to give the crowd some entertainment in the exhibition tie.

Collingwood scored 40 runs off 64 balls, hitting 3 fours, but it was Yuvraj who really put on the fireworks. He brought up his half—century in the 25th over of the innings, off only 53 balls and including 4 fours as well as 2 sixes.

Yuvi didn’t let up, perhaps trying to make an impression on the Indian selectors, who will soon be gathering to select an ODI side for the ongoing England tour.

He brought up his hundred off 114 balls in the 45th over.

In doing so, he put on 84 runs for the seventh wicket with Peter Siddle (34 not out, 32 balls, 4 fours). He added 32 more runs off another 20 balls faced and was finally dismissed off Tendulkar (1/33) in the penultimate over. Warne (3 not out) was the other unbeaten batsman.

Batsmen’s day out in first division******Cricket

Batsmen’s day out in first division

Special CorrespondentCHENNAI:July 06, 2014 02:58 ISTUpdated:July 06, 2014 02:58 ISTSpecial CorrespondentCHENNAI:July 06, 2014 02:58 ISTUpdated:July 06, 2014 02:58 IST
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R. Prasanna.

R. Prasanna.

Three batsmen, P. Shijith Chandran (Alwarpet), K. Bharath Shankar of Jolly Rovers and Vijay’s R. Prasanna, put their teams in a position of strength on the second day of the TNCA first division first round cricket matches here on Saturday.

Shijith’s unbeaten 185 (329b, 22x4, 2x6) was instrumental in Alwarpet making 361 against Grand Slam. At stumps, Grand Slam was 47 for one.

Shijith continued his good form from last season, scoring his third successive century; he had scored two centuries in the last two matches of the previous season. Grand Slam off-spinner S. Suresh Kumar added one more wicket to complete a five-for.

Opener K. Bharath Shankar’s 105 (178b, 16x4) enabled defending champion Jolly Rovers score 180 for six at close in reply to Aruna’s 229. Skipper R. Prasanna led from the front with an unbeaten century (113b, 11x4, 3x6) as Vijay declared at 387 for five.

At draw of stumps, Southern Railway Institute was tottering at 136 for eight. Prasanna and Vijay Shankar (79 n.o., 109b, 9x4, 1x6) put on 137 runs for the sixth wicket in 20.3 overs.

The scores:

First round, day two: ‘A’ zone: Aruna 229 in 127 overs (M.R. Prahaladh 50 n.o., D.T. Chandrasekar four for 53, M. Prabhu four for 45) vs Jolly Rovers 180 for six in 53 overs (K. Bharath Shankar 105, Ali Murtuza four for 59).

IOB 292 in 96.5 overs (Monish Satish seven for 112) vs Globe Trotters 197 for five in 64 overs (S. Anirudha 68, U. Sushil 44 batting).

UFCC (T. Nagar) 137 & 22 for no loss in 12 overs vs. Young Stars 306 for nine decl. in 89 overs (K. Srikar Barat 57, Ganesh Satish 58, Wilkins Victor 90).

‘B’: Alwarpet 361 in 137 overs (P. Shijith Chandran 185 n.o., S. Suresh Kumar five for 107) vs Grand Slam 47 for one in 15.3 overs.

AG’s Office 216 vs. India Pistons 218 for five in 93 overs (Faizal 42, R. Vishnu 44, R. Srinivasan 44).

Vijay 387 for five decl. in 111 overs (R. Prasanna 100 n.o., Vijay Shankar 79 n.o.) vs S. Rly Inst. 136 for eight in 62 overs.

Sri Lanka primed to perform well in ODI series******Cricket

Sri Lanka primed to perform well in ODI series

ANICOLOMBO:July 06, 2014 00:38 ISTUpdated:April 21, 2016 23:54 ISTANICOLOMBO:July 06, 2014 00:38 ISTUpdated:April 21, 2016 23:54 IST
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Sri Lanka would like to use its upcoming ODI series against South Africa as a stepping stone towards the number one spot in the world rankings, ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that securing the top spot in the three-match series against South Africa is at the back of their mind. However, Mathews added that the Sri Lankan squad just wants to take it game by game, series by series and play positive cricket.

Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and two Test matches against South Africa, with the first ODI to be played on Sunday in Colombo. Sri Lanka is presently third in the ODI rankings, while South Africa is fifth, with Australia being the top-ranked country.

India’s attack key to England series, says Rahul Dravid******Cricket

India’s attack key to England series, says Rahul Dravid

PTILondonJuly 05, 2014 14:34 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 ISTPTILondonJuly 05, 2014 14:34 ISTUpdated:November 16, 2021 19:09 IST
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Rahul Dravid, who made his debut in England in 1996 with a fluent 95 at Lord’s, said he learnt a lot during that tour. File photo

Rahul Dravid, who made his debut in England in 1996 with a fluent 95 at Lord’s, said he learnt a lot during that tour. File photo

Former captain Rahul Dravid says India’s success in England will largely depend on how well their under-fire bowling attack can shape up during the five-Test series, starting at Nottingham on July 9.

“I think the key is going to be the ability to take 20 wickets,” Dravid said at Lord’s, where he is playing for MCC XI against the Rest of the World in a match marking the ground’s bicentenary on Saturday.

Under Dravid’s leadership, India, in 2007 had won the three-Test series 1-0 — one of just three Indian Test series victories on English soil.

Dravid pointed out that left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, who is not a part of the current series because of injury, and retired leg-spinner Anil Kumble played a vital role in the team’s victory in 2007.

“When we won the series here in 2007, Zaheer was exceptional but he got good support from the other guys as well. Anil was brilliant because he was able to control the game by keeping one end tight,” Dravid recalled.

The touring Indian squad comprises experienced pacer Ishant Sharma — the only bowler in their squad to have played a Test in England prior to this trip - but he was off-colour during the warm-up games. The pace unit also consists of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Stuart Binny.

Dravid said unless these bowlers are able to swing the ball, it would be difficult to get the better of the English batsmen.

“All three of those seamers swung the ball in that (2007) series and if the Indians can pitch the ball up and swing it, I think they give themselves a chance,” he said.

Dravid, however, is confident that the young batsmen in Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma would come up with impressive performances.

“I think most of them, whilst they’ve not played Test matches here, have been on ‘A’ tours here and they have played one-day cricket, including the Champions Trophy (which India won) last year,” Dravid said.

“I see the potential for this young group of players to become a formidable batting force,” the 41-year-old said.

Dravid, who made his debut in England in 1996 with a fluent 95 at Lord’s, said he learnt a lot during that tour.

“I know how much I learned from my first tour of England.

I went away from here a much better cricketer and better person for it,” he said.

“There is a great opportunity here, a great learning experience.”

India were whitewashed 0-4 in England during their last tour in 2011. In fact, they haven’t won a Test away from home since beating the West Indies in June 2011 — the run has now stretched to 14 matches.

Dravid has been appointed as an advisor to the Indian team in England for the Test series and he will be joining them ahead of the first Test.

Asked if he would be “mentoring” the side, Dravid said.

“We will see with the results. If it goes well, I have done it.”

Abhishek, Monish and Ashwath shine******Cricket

Abhishek, Monish and Ashwath shine

Special CorrespondentCHENNAI:July 05, 2014 01:14 ISTUpdated:July 05, 2014 01:14 ISTSpecial CorrespondentCHENNAI:July 05, 2014 01:14 ISTUpdated:July 05, 2014 01:14 IST
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Abhishek (IOB, 136)

Abhishek (IOB, 136)

Abhishek Hegde (IOB), Monish Satish (Globe Trotters) and S. Ashwath (Young Stars) lit up the proceedings as the TNCA first division league commenced here on Friday.

Abhishek’s 136 (226b, 15x4) was instrumental in IOB, opting to bat, scoring 267 for seven against Globe Trotters. Left-arm spinner Monish Satish, a guest player from Kerala, who is making his debut in the league, turned out to be the star for Trotters, scalping six.

Abhishek, who also hails from Kerala (and in his third season for IOB) and Ra. Aravind (73, 145b, 9x4) added a crucial 153 for the third wicket in 44.3 overs. At one stage, IOB was comfortably placed at 223 for two.

Young Stars medium-pacer S. Ashwath (six for 21) helped his team, opting to field, bowl out UFCC (T. Nagar) for 137. At close, Young Stars was 50 for no loss.

The scores (first round, first day): ‘A’ zone: Aruna 181 for nine in 92.3 overs (Akshay V. Srinivasan 44, M. Prabhu four for 36, D.T. Chandrasekar four for 49) vs Jolly Rovers.Toss: Aruna .

UFCC (T. Nagar) 137 in 74.2 overs (S. Ashwath six for 21) vs. Young Stars 50 for no loss in 13 overs.Toss: Young Stars .

IOB 267 for seven in 89 overs (Abhishek Hegde 136, Ra. Aravind 73, Monish Satish six for 103) vs Globe Trotters.Toss: IOB .

‘B’ zone: AG’s Office 216 in 80 overs (P. Francis Rokins 41) vs India Pistons 19 for no loss in eight overs.Toss: Pistons .

Alwarpet 216 for five in 90 overs (S. Karthik 41, P. Shijith Chandran 89 batting, S. Suresh Kumar four for 54) vs Grand Slam.Toss: Alwarpet .

Vijay CC 249 for four in 90 overs (C. Hari Nishanth 55, M. Kaushik Gandhi 93, R. Rohith 53) vs S. Rly. Institute.Toss: Vijay .

I am yet to find the centre of the bat: Tendulkar******Cricket

I am yet to find the centre of the bat: Tendulkar

PTILondonJuly 04, 2014 19:51 ISTUpdated:July 04, 2014 19:51 ISTPTILondonJuly 04, 2014 19:51 ISTUpdated:July 04, 2014 19:51 IST
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Exactly six months and 18 days after he had called time on his illustrious career, Sachin Tendulkar will once again step out in white flannels on the hallowed Lord’s turf leading the MCC XI against Shane Warne-led World XI in a bi-centenary celebrations match here on Saturday.

On his admission, world’s highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs has been enjoying the retired life and is still to find the “centre of the bat” during the knocking sessions for the past 10 days.

“I have enjoyed my time with the family. I started practising 10 days ago and it is nice to be back in the gear and hitting a few balls. I’m still trying to find the centre of the bat,” a smiling Tendulkar told the mediapersons during a pre-match conference at the Lord’s ahead of the match.

Asked if he has missed being in action, Tendulkar replied,”I have been watching but I haven’t been feeling like getting in the net.”

Saturday’s exhibition one-dayer celebrates the 200th anniversary of the ‘Home of Cricket’.

Tendulkar, who first came to Lord’s as a teenager, fondly recollected, “It is always a special feeling, whenever I come here it is special — the crowd and the atmosphere is fantastic, no matter how many times you come here.”

He added he was looking forward to Saturday’s match where he will be playing alongside his long-time teammate Rahul Dravid, the legendary Brian Lara and Australian pace great Brett Lee. Warne’s Rest of the World team comprises of Adam Gilchrist, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shahid Afridi.

“The idea is to celebrate the occasion and give something special to the spectators, compete in the right spirit and compete as hard as possible,” Tendulkar said.

Inaugural ICC Women’s C’ship to commence in August******Cricket

Inaugural ICC Women’s C’ship to commence in August

PTIDubai:July 04, 2014 19:28 ISTUpdated:July 04, 2014 19:28 ISTPTIDubai:July 04, 2014 19:28 ISTUpdated:July 04, 2014 19:28 IST

The inaugural ICC Women’s Championship is to commence in August with a new qualification format for World Cup in 2017.

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The inaugural ICC Women’s Championship is to commence in August with a new qualification format for World Cup in 2017.

The inaugural ICC Women’s Championship is to commence in August with a new qualification format for World Cup in 2017.

According to a media release, the championship kicks off in August and will see the top eight sides in the game lock horns in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition that will lead into the pinnacle event the Women’s World Cup.

Points will be awarded for each game, with the top four sides at the conclusion of the ICC Women’s Championship gaining automatic qualification to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, to be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The bottom four sides will have a second chance to qualify for the marquee event through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017, details of which will be announced in due course.

Joined by six regional qualifiers, the bottom four will face off for the final four positions at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

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