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Indian eves suffer six-wicket defeat to Windies in opening T20I

Mulapadu (Vijaywada) [India], Nov.18 : The Indian women's cricket team slumped to a six-wicket defeat at the hands of West Indies in the opening Twenty20 international of the three-match series at the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground here on Friday.

Opting to bat first, India made a poor start to their innings as they lost openers Vellaswamy Vanitha and Smriti Mandhana cheaply for three and 11 runs, respectively.

However, first drop Veda Krishnamurthy (unbeaten at 50) then joined forces with captain Harmanpreet Kaur (unbeaten at 68) and shared a solid 88-run stand for the third wicket to help India post a respectable target of 151 runs in their stipulated 20 overs.

Rod Marsh quits as Cricket Australia chief selector

Rod Marsh quits as Cricket Australia chief selector

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 16 : Cricket Australia chairman of selectors Rod Marsh has resigned from his post following the humiliating Test series defeat at the hands of South Africa.

Proteas' pacemen tore through Australia's last eight wickets before lunch on Day Four of the second Test to complete a humiliating innings and 80-run defeat at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Tuesday and seal the three-match Test series with a game to spare.

Marsh, who is due to finish his contract in June, stood down today as the pressure for change started increasing especially with Australia's recent slump in form.

"This is my own decision and no-one within Cricket Australia has pressured me or even suggested that I should do this," he was quoted as saying by news.com.au.

Only four players sure for Adelaide Test in shattered Australian XI: Lehmann

Only four players sure for Adelaide Test in shattered Australian XI: Lehmann

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 16 : Australia's head coach Darren Lehmann has declared that only four players are sure to keep their places in the line-up post humiliating and demoralising defeat at the hands of South Africa at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Tuesday.

Proteas' pacemen tore through Australia's last eight wickets before lunch on Day Four to complete a humiliating innings and 80-run defeat on Tuesday and seal the three-match Test series with a game to spare.

Kyle Abbott, who replaced pace spearhead Dale Steyn, was adjudged Man of the Match after taking 6-77 in the second innings to go with the match figures of 9-118.

Djokovic beats Raonic to enter ATP World Tour Finals semis

Djokovic beats Raonic to enter ATP World Tour Finals semis

London [UK], Nov. 16 : World No. 2 Novak Djokovic entered the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he claimed a straight sets-victory against Canada's Milos Raonic on Tuesday for his second match win in Group Ivan Lendl.

Djokovic defeated the fourth seeded Canadian 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) at the O2 Arena to became the first player to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

If the Serbian goes on to win the title, he will claim year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The five-time champion will now face sixth seeded Gael Monfils on Thursday in a bid to make it to the summit showdown.

Abbott bowls Proteas to Test series win over Aussies

Abbott bowls Proteas to Test series win over Aussies

Hobart [Australia], Nov.15 : Kyle Abbott scalped a six-wicket haul as South Africa pulled off a crushing innings and 80 runs victory over Australia on day four of the opening Test to seal the three-match series with a game to spare at the Bellerive Oval here on Tuesday.

Resuming at an overnight score of 121-2, Australia suffered an alarming collapse, eventually bundling out for 161 runs in their second innings. Usman Khawaja was the highest scorer for the hosts with 64.

Abbott was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with six for 77 followed by Kagiso Rabada, who finished with the figures of four for 34.

Murray brushes aside Cilic in first match as World No.1

Murray brushes aside Cilic in first match as World No.1

London [U. K], Nov.15 : Playing his first match as world number one, British tennis maestro Andy Murray produced a rich vein of form to clinch a straight-set victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic in the round robin clash at the ATP World Tour Finals here on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who ended Novak Djokovic's 122-week reign at the top of the rankings last week, broke his Croatian opponent twice in each set on his way to a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the one-sided contest that lasted one and a half hour.

It was Murray's 12th win over Cilic and 20th victory in a row.

Murray and Serbia's Djokovic are vying to end the year at the number one spot.

Gerrard hints at leaving LA Galaxy with `will miss you LA` post

Gerrard hints at leaving LA Galaxy with `will miss you LA` post

London [UK], Nov. 14 : Former England skipper Steven Gerrard has once again added fuel to the speculations of him leaving the LA Galaxy.

Gerrard's contract with the LA Galaxy finishes in December, with formal talks over a new deal expected to begin once the club's fate in the MLS play-offs is determined.

The 36-year-old recently posted a picture on Instagram overlooking to evening LA skyline with the caption: "Special place incredible view I will miss you LA [sic]", reports Mirror.co.uk

Gerrard had signed an 18-month deal with the MLS side in January 2015 and there are no suggestions from either side that he will be going for a renewal.

Gerrard, in his last appearance for the LA, had seen his side lose on penalties to Colorado Rapids.

Cricket Australia defends under-fire Steve Smith

Cricket Australia defends under-fire Steve Smith

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 14 : Cricket Australia (CA) has come in defence of skipper Steve Smith who has been under fire post the series whitewash in Sri Lanka, followed by defeat against South Africa in the opening Test in Perth, going 0-1 in the three-match series.

The debacle didn't end there as the Aussies came out with a dismal batting performance in the Hobart Test as they were bowled out for 85 on Day One itself within the second session.

But CA chief executive James Sutherland has backed Smith, citing his age and inexperience, and adding that they have full faith in the latter as a leader.

Pakistan team safe after 'terrifying' experience in Christchurch quack

Pakistan team safe after 'terrifying' experience in Christchurch quack

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 14 : Pakistan team manager Wasim Bari has described the experience felt by the team members of the national cricket squad during a 7.4 magnitude earthquake which struck Christchurch and its adjoining areas as a "terrifying" one.

Pakistan were in Nelson to play a three-day tour game before the first Test in Christchurch beginning from November 17.

"We are staying at a hotel in Nelson, where we were playing our tour match but today when the earthquake came it was a terrifying experience as everything was shaking badly and we were safely escorted out of the hotel," Bari was quoted as saying by the Dawn from New Zealand.

'Attacking, aggressive cricket' key to Pak's success in New Zealand: Yasir Arafat

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 14 : Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat believes that "attacking and aggressive cricket" would do the team a world of good and enhance their chances of winning the upcoming two-match Test series in New Zealand.

Arafat, who is not a part of the 16-member squad picked up for the New Zealand tour, said Pakistan has a very good record in New Zealand and there is every chance that could continue this time around.

Batting in the top-order 'feels good', says all-rounder Deepti Sharma

Batting in the top-order 'feels good', says all-rounder Deepti Sharma

Mulapadu (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Nov. 14 : Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma, who was promoted in the first two ODIs against West Indies, has admitted that batting at the top of the order makes her "feel good" and gives a different kind of confidence altogether.

Sharma was promoted to the top-order in both the matches of the ongoing one-day series and she responded with responsible contributions.

In the first ODI, she made 16 off 40 balls in the first ODI while opening, and scored 32 off 63 balls during the 63-run partnership for the third wicket after coming to the crease at No 3 in the second ODI.

West Indies, asked to make first use of the surface in the second ODI, struggled for momentum and crawled to 153 for 7 in 50 overs.

We proved to everyone else we can play: Cook

We proved to everyone else we can play: Cook

London [UK], Nov. 14 : England captain Alastair Cook has insisted that his team's performance in the drawn first Test of the five-match series against India was a "proof" that they can compete against the No. 1 ranked team this season.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on a defiant 49 in a tense final session to deny England victory in the opening Test played at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday.

"We got ourselves in a position to force a win and did not quite get over the line but it was a good Test match and everyone can be proud of how they played.We proved to everyone else we can play," Cook was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Hamilton wins Brazilian GP, takes title showdown to final race

Hamilton wins Brazilian GP, takes title showdown to final race

London [UK], Nov. 14 : Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken the championship battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi by winning the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix in Sau Paulo, thereby cutting down the latter's lead to 12 points.

Reigning champion Hamilton survived a race that was repeatedly disrupted by heavy rain and crashes. Rosberg now needs a podium finish in the final event on November 27 to seal his first Formula One title win.

The Briton, who moved to second in the list of grand prix winners behind Michael Schumacher, said, "I'm still hunting, hunting. I will give it everything I've got in Abu Dhabi, which has generally been a good track for me."

Bravo axed from Windies ODI squad over `big idiot` jibe

Bravo axed from Windies ODI squad over `big idiot` jibe

Barbados [West Indies], Nov.13 : West Indies' Darren Bravo has been dropped from the ODI squad for the upcoming triangular series in Zimbabwe after the batting mainstay described the top official of the country's cricket board as `big idiot` over the contract row.

Issuing a notice to Bravo, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said that the Trinidad batsman's match contract has been cancelled because of his "disparaging" remarks about board president Dave Cameron.

Bravo took to Twitter to lash out at the WICB for their offer of a C-category contract.

In his outburst, the 27-year-old asked Cameron to stop handling the new deals offered to the leading stars.

Narinder Batra becomes first Indian president of International Hockey Federation

Narinder Batra becomes first Indian president of International Hockey Federation

Dubai [UAE], Nov. 13 : Hockey India chief Narinder Batra has been elected as the president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) here.

He is the first Indian to be elected president of an Olympic Sport's international governing body. His four-year term begins immediately, replacing predecessor Leandro Negre from Spain, who was last night awarded the title of president of honour by the FIH.

Batra, who became the 12th president of the FIH, was voted to the top post by an overwhelming margin during the penultimate day of the 45th FIH Congress.

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.10 : Putting his weight behind the horses-for-courses approach, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen insisted that the less-experienced paceman should replace Dale Steyn for the second Test of the three-match series against Australia beginning in Hobart on Saturday.

Specifying his stance, the South Africa-origin batsman said that the Proteas should prefer Kyle Abbott over more-experienced Morne Morkel for the crucial match against the Steve Smith-led side.

Pietersen, who is currently in Australia as a commentator with Nine's Wide World of Sports ahead of his Big Bash return with Melbourne Stars, had earlier backed Morkel's inclusion in the series opener at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi to officiate NZ-Pak Test series

Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi to officiate NZ-Pak Test series

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.10 : Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi is all set to officiate the two-match Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan beginning November 17 at Hagley Oval.

The 50-year-old, who made his Test umpiring debut in October 2013 at Chittagong when Bangladesh hosted New Zealand, has been given on-field duty and will stand alongside experienced Ian Gould of England for the opening Test.

Meanwhile, Australia's Simon Fry, who is currently officiating the ongoing final match of the Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka series in Harare, will serve as the TV umpire during the Christchurch Test.

Fry would then join the Indian umpire in the middle for the second Test beginning November 25 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Gould will monitor the TV replays of that match.

Warne offers himself up for Australia T20 coaching gig

Warne offers himself up for Australia T20 coaching gig

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.9 : Legendary spinner Shane Warne has expressed his desire to coach the Australian cricket team in the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka to be held in February next year.

The coaching role has become available due to a clash in fixtures, which would see Australia play their final KFC T20 International match against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on February 21 and the first Test of the Qantas Tour of India in Pune the following day.

Therefore, full-time mentor Darren Lehmann and his backroom staff would not be available for Sri Lanka series as they would be preparing for the four-match series against India.

Mohammad Amir to play for English county Essex in 2017

Mohammad Amir to play for English county Essex in 2017

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.9 : Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is all set to continue his career rehabilitation with Essex in 2017 after the English county announced his signing for the second half of the next season.

Amir, who completed his five-year ban for spot-fixing last year, will join the Essex on June 19 after the completion of the Champions Trophy in England.

Excited to be a part of the Essex family, the left-arm pacer said that he is looking forward to achieve success with the club in 2017.

India vs England 2016: Action starts at Rajkot from today

India vs England 2016: Action starts at Rajkot from today

Rajkot [India], Nov. 9 : Brimming with confidence after a 3-0 clean sweep against New Zealand, India would look on take revenge from England for the last three series defeats it faced against the same opposition when the two teams face each other in the opening match of the five Tests series starting from today at Rajkot, which is a debutant as the Test venue.

After their triumphs over West Indies and New Zealand the morale of Team India, which is also ranked World No.1 now, is high.

On the other hand, the current No. 4 ranked England are coming from a recent Test defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. It would be a big task for Alastair Cook to re-instate the confidence in his team when they would take on the No.1 Test side, that too in their den.




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