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Making a comeback is very hard, admits Parthiv Patel

Making a comeback is very hard, admits Parthiv Patel

Mohali (Punjab)[India], Nov. 30 : Parthiv Patel, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, who was recalled into the Test side after a gap of eight years in the Mohali game against England, made a mark before the selectors and scored in both the innings.

Usually, whenever a cricketer makes a comeback after such a long time, there is bit of tentativeness and lack of self confidence. But not was the case with Patel, who had made his Test debut at the age of 17.

Opening the batting for India, walking out to the middle with Murali Vijay, the 31-year-old left hander made a classy 42 in the first innings. Those 42 runs, which he scored with absolutely no discomfort, showed how much it meant for him to don the India whites back again.

Kohli moves to third spot in ICC Test Rankings

Kohli moves to third spot in ICC Test Rankings

Dubai [UAE], Nov. 30 : India Test skipper Virat Kohli has moved up to his career-best third spot in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen following his useful contribution in team's eight-wicket win over England in the third Test in Mohali.

Kohli made 62 and six not out to move to 833 points in the third Test, within 14 points of England's Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith. His knock proved significant in the sense that India have now taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against the Alastair Cook-led side.

Starting the series in 15th position, the 28-year-old flamboyant batsman has risen at a fast pace scoring 405 runs in the three Tests against England.

Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori's bowling action again comes under scanner

Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori's bowling action again comes under scanner

Bulawayo [Zimbabwe], Nov.30 : Zimbabwe left-arm seamer Brian Vitori has been reported of suspect bowling action during his side's six-wicket defeat in the tri-series final against Sri Lanka at the Queens Sports Club here on Sunday.

The match officials, who handed the report to the Zimbabwe team, cited doubts about the legality of Vitori's deliveries in the finals of the tri-series, which also featured West Indies.

The 26-year-old will now have get his action tested at an ICC accredited centre within two-weeks duration.

He, however, would be allowed to continue bowling in the international cricket until the results of the test are known.

Gillespie backs Starc-Hazlewood to become Oz's greatest pace duo

Gillespie backs Starc-Hazlewood to become Oz's greatest pace duo

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.30 : Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie has predicted that Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will one day emerge as the best fast bowling combination the country has ever produced.

The performances of Starc and Hazlewood were the only positives for Australia during their recently-concluded three-match Test series against South Africa which the hosts went on to lose 1-2.

The duo finished the home series as the first and the third highest wicket taker, with Hazlewood grabbing 17 wickets at an average of 22 and Starc taking 14 wickets at 30.

And Gillespie believes the pair would soon surpass all to become Australia's greatest pace duo.

ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata qualify for semis after 1-1 draw with Kerala Blasters

ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata qualify for semis after 1-1 draw with Kerala Blast

Kolkata [India], Nov.30 : Atletico de Kolkata booked their place in the semifinals of the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) after settling with a composed 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium here last evening.

CK Vineeth gave Kerala Blasters a lead in the eighth minute but Kolkata restored parity in the 18th minute through Stephen Pearson to take his team to the semi-finals.

Kolkata now have 19 points and will qualify along with Delhi Dynamos (20 points from 12

Mohali Test: India thrash England by 8 wickets, take 2-0 lead

Mohali Test: India thrash England by 8 wickets, take 2-0 lead

Mohali (Punjab)[India], Nov. 29 : Recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel on Tuesday smashed a brilliant half century to hand India a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England on Day four of the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) here in Mohali.

Chasing a paltry score of 103, Patel, who was recalled into the Test side after a gap of eight years, along with inform Cheteshwar Pujara (25) anchored the chase and played an unbeaten knock of 67 runs to help the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the five match series.

Murali Vijay's diminishing returns since Rajkot century continued when he fell for a duck but Patel and Pujara played positively and made sure there no hiccups in the run-chase.

`I'm ready to go,` says returning Tiger Woods

`I'm ready to go,` says returning Tiger Woods

London [UK], Nov. 29 : Former World No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods, who was sidelined for more than 460 days due to back-related issues, is all set to make a comeback to competitive action at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Thursday.

"I'm not dead, I'm ready to go," Woods was quoted as saying by the Guardian. He, however, admitted to an element of trepidation.

"I'm nervous for every tournament I play in whether it's after a lay-off or six in a row or a major," he said.

"I care. If I care, I'm nervous. And it's good to be that way. To have that nervous energy and channel it into aggression, into focus, concentration, that's good stuff. If I wasn't nervous, that would mean I didn't care. I don't want to be out there flat. I want to be out here so bad; and now I am," he added.

Pandya set to be sidelined for six weeks with shoulder injury

Pandya set to be sidelined for six weeks with shoulder injury

Mumbai [India], Nov.29 : In what may come as a major blow to India, all-rounder Hardik Pandya is set to be sidelined for at least six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture on his right shoulder.

The 23-year-old was struck by a ball during a net session before the start of the ongoing third Test match against England in Mohali and was subsequently released from the side to consult a specialist.

"He will take minimum six weeks to recover from this injury. BCCI medical team will monitor his progress and rehabilitation programme and update accordingly," a BCCI statement confirmed.

Earlier, Pandya was picked in the Test squad as a replacement for injured Rohit Sharma for the first time after impressing the national selectors in the limited-over formats.

Pankaj Advani settles for bronze at IBSF World Snooker C'ship

Pankaj Advani settles for bronze at IBSF World Snooker C'ship

Doha [Qatar], Nov.29 : Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani went down against Andrew Pagett of Wales in the semi-finals at the IBSF World Snooker Championship to settle for a bronze medal here in Doha.

Advani, the fifteen-time World Champion, suffered a 14-74, 8-71, 0-87, 78-64, 0-81, 70-37, 7-80, 37-68, 19-74 defeat against Pagett in a thrilling last-four contest.

Earlier this month, the 31-year-old Indian took his world title count to 15 by defeating his Chinese opponent Zhua Xintong in the final of the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Hurghada, Egypt.

Advani will now head to Bengaluru to switch to the 3-ball game in preparation for the World Billiards Championship, which starts from December 5.

Roger Federer to make injury return in IPTL

Roger Federer to make injury return in IPTL

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 29 : Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who suffered from a knee injury in July, will make his return in Asia next month after his participation was confirmed in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

In July, Federer ruled himself out of the rest of the season to recover fully from his injury, which got aggravated during his semifinal defeat to Milos Raonic in Wimbledon.

However, since the Spanish maestro has turned 35, there are question marks over how longer will he continue to compete.

Federer will prepare for January's Hopman Cup by representing the Indian Aces in the IPTL, reported Sport24.

NZ bowlers rip through Pakistan to complete Test series whitewash

NZ bowlers rip through Pakistan to complete Test series whitewash

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov.29 : New Zealand bowlers displayed a scintillating performance as the home side pulled off a crushing 138-run win over Pakistan on Day Five of the second Test to complete the two-match series whitewash at the Seddon Park here on Tuesday.

Chasing a daunting target of 369 runs, openers Sami Aslam (91) and stand-in skipper Azhar Ali (58) provided their side with a solid start by sharing a crucial 131-run partnership.

However, Pakistan failed to build partnership after the duo's dismissal and were eventually bundled out for 230 runs. Apart from Kiwis' skillful bowling, it was Pakistan's horrendous batting which led to their downfall as they lost their last nine wickets for just 90 odd runs.

Malaysia invited to replace Pak in Junior Hockey WC 2016

Malaysia invited to replace Pak in Junior Hockey WC 2016

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Nov.29 : The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has invited the Malaysian junior men's team to replace Pakistan in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men beginning in Lucknow on December 8.

Earlier, the Pakistan Government had granted NOC to the country's Hockey Federation to participate in the tournament.

However, the Indian High Commission kept Pakistan Hockey Federation and players waiting for the visa till Monday, the deadline for PHF to confirm their participation in the tournament.

As a result, the FIH was forced to officially withdraw Pakistan's name from the event.

Aussies scrap rotation policy for NZ ODI visit; Lehmann to play Starc, Hazlewood

Aussies scrap rotation policy for NZ ODI visit; Lehmann to play Starc, Hazlewood

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 28 : It seems that Australia have learnt from the humiliation dished out to them by playing the gamble of sending second string ODI attack against South Africa last month as they have decided to scrap its resting strategy for the upcoming one-day series against New Zealand.

Head coach Darren Lehmann has made it clear that Australia would be playing Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood when they would play against the Black Caps to regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Earlier this year, Australia lost the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy to the Black Caps and have, therefore, picked a full-strength squad in a bid to regain the trophy.

Hamilton Test: Taylor's century helps NZ set 369-run target for Pak

Hamilton Test: Taylor's century helps NZ set 369-run target for Pak

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov. 28 : Veteran batsman Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten knock of 102 to help his side set a target of 369 runs for Pakistan in the second and last Test here at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

With three overs to survive before stumps on Day Four, Pakistan openers Sami Aslam (1*) and skipper Azhar Ali (0*) got through the task unscathed.

Earlier, Taylor scored his 16th Test hundred to drive New Zealand to a declaration 20 minutes before the end of the day's play which was completely dominated by the hosts.

Du Plessis, Philander fancy more pink-ball Tests despite loss

Du Plessis, Philander fancy more pink-ball Tests despite loss

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.28 : South Africa stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has expressed his desire to see more pink-ball cricket at home despite losing their first day-night Test against Australia by seven wickets at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Although du Plessis admitted that the lights need to be upgraded dramatically in the country to suit the pink ball, he believes that it would add something different to the Test cricket.

“The questions we had about day-night cricket were more skeptical and now we are not so much like that anymore. But there are positive signs. I would like to see it in South Africa. Obviously, the lights would have to be upgraded dramatically but it adds something different to Test cricket,”ESPNcricinfo was quoted du Plessis as saying.

ISL 2016:Delhi Dynamos demolish FC Goa 5-1 to inch closer to semis

ISL 2016:Delhi Dynamos demolish FC Goa 5-1 to inch closer to semis

New Delhi [India], Nov.28 : Delhi Dynamos took an inch closer towards the semi-finals of the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) after crushing FC Goa 5-1 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here last evening.

Brazilian striker Marcelinho Pereira scored a magnificent hat-trick with goals in the 38th, 48th and 56th minute while Richard Gadze scored the other two goals. Delhi have now moved to the second spot with 20 points from 12 matches.

In the first half, the teams were tied 1-1 after Fulganco Cardozo gave Goa the lead in the 31st minute but Marcelinho equalised seven minutes later. Delhi's domination in the second session, however, stunned FC Goa as they conceded four goals in nine minutes.

Injured Pandya, Rahul released from Test squad; to consult specialists

Injured Pandya, Rahul released from Test squad; to consult specialists

New Delhi [India], Nov. 27 : The medical team of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday confirmed that all-rounder Hardik Pandya sustained a blow on his right shoulder during a training session in Mohali where the third Test is currently being played.

He has been released from the Test team and will consult a specialist to decide the future course of action.

On the other hand, batsman KL Rahul is also released from the squad to recover from his left forearm injury. He is expected to regain his fitness for the fourth Test match of the ongoing five-match series against England to be held in Mumbai from December 8. (ANI)

Hamilton Test: Black Caps secure 55 run lead on rain-curtailed day

Hamilton Test: Black Caps secure 55 run lead on rain-curtailed day

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov.27 : Tim Southee, New Zealand's bowling mainstay, took a six-wicket haul to help the hosts secure a 55-run lead on a damp third day of the second and final Test against Pakistan here at Seddon Park.

Only 38.1 overs of play was possible in the entire day. A short shower spell forced lunch eight minutes early, and only six balls were possible in the second session.

Resuming at the overnight score of 76 for 5 and trailing by 195, Pakistan's innings ended 5.2 overs into the third session before they narrowed down the deficit to 55, after which the New Zealand openers came out and faced one ball before it rained again.

PV Sindhu to take on Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying in Hong Kong Open final

PV Sindhu to take on Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying in Hong Kong Open final

Kowloon [Hong Kong], Nov. 27 : Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu will today take on Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in the final of the women's singles event of the Hong Kong Open Super Series tournament.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist yesterday Hong Kong's girl Ngan Yi Cheung in straight sets to enter her second straight Super Series final.

The ace Indian shuttler defeated Yi Cheung, who had defeated Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinals last evening, 21-14, 21-16 in the last four-match that lasted 46 minutes.

Meanwhile, fourth seed Tai Tzu Ying would also be brimming with confidence after defeated World number one and defending Hong Kong Open champion Carolina Marin 21-17, 14-21, 21-16.

Southee, Wagner leave Pakistan reeling in Hamilton Test

Southee, Wagner leave Pakistan reeling in Hamilton Test

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov. 26 : New Zealand pacers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner wrecked havoc to leave Pakistan reeling at the end of Day Two of the second Test here at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.

Both Southee and Wagner ripped through Pakistan's batting line-up to leave the visitors in tatters at 76 for 5 at stumps, still 195 runs short of hosts' first innings total of 271.

Southee scalped three wickets while Wagner took two to leave the Azhar Ali-led side at sixes and sevens. Sami Aslam (5), Ali (1) and Younis Khan (2) were Southee's victims, while Wagner dislodged Mohammad Rizwan (0) and Asad Shafiq (23) at the fag end of the day.

Earlier resuming the day at 77 for 2, the Black Caps slipped to 119 for 5 before their lower order hauled them to 271.




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