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India outclass England by inn & 25 runs to win series 3-1, qualify for WTC final
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India outclass England by inn & 25 runs to win series 3-1, qualify for WTC final

In the end the series that started with such a loud bang for Joe Root and his England side, ended with a whimper as India won the fourth and final Test match in Ahmedabad by an innings and 25 runs within three days to win the series 3-1 and also qualified for the final of the World Test Championship. England were thoroughly outplayed in the three-Test matches after their victory in Chennai in the opening Test. A lot of sound and fury erupted about the nature of the surface in Ahmedabad after England lost the third Test within two days. But all that died down and even the English media and the former English cricketers had to accept India's superiority after Root and his men came unstuck on a sporting pitch in Ahmedabad in the final Test. The third day of the fourth Test started with ...
Ravichandran Ashwin first Indian cricketer to pick 30 wickets in Test series twice
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Ravichandran Ashwin first Indian cricketer to pick 30 wickets in Test series twice

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday became the first Indian cricketer to have picked 30 wickets or more in a Test series on two separate occasions. In the ongoing four-match series against England, Ashwin's wicket-tally stands at 30 while in 2015, the spinner had registered 31 wickets in the four-match series against South Africa. Bishan Singh Bedi, Harbhajan Singh, BS Chandrasekhar, Kapil Dev are some of the former India stars to have taken more than 30 wickets in a single Test series. In the third Test of the ongoing series against England, Ashwin picked the wicket of Jofra Archer in the second innings, and as a result, he registered 400 wickets in the longest format of the game. Ashwin is just the fourth Indian to take more than 400 wickets in the longest format of t...
Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Sundar left stranded on 96 as hosts take 160-run lead
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Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Sundar left stranded on 96 as hosts take 160-run lead

Bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar on Saturday missed out on what would have been a well-deserved maiden hundred, remaining unbeaten on 96 while he saw his batting partners fall at the other end as India was bowled out for 365 in their first innings on Day Three of the fourth Test against England here at the Narendra Modi Stadium. With the efforts of Sundar and Rishabh Pant (101), India has managed to take a lead of 160 runs and England would now be looking to provide rear-guard action in order to delay the inevitable. Resuming Day Three at 294/7, overnight batters Sundar and Axar Patel saw off the first hour with ease and the duo scored runs at a brisk pace, piling on further misery on the tired England bowlers. The first hour saw India scoring 50 runs. Both the batters extend...
Djokovic confirms return to Tour at Miami Open
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Djokovic confirms return to Tour at Miami Open

 World number one Novak Djokovic has said he will return to the court at this month's Miami Open having recuperated from a muscle tear suffered during his Australian Open title defence. The 33-year-old Serbian suffered the injury during a third round match at Melbourne Park but that did not stop him from clinching a record-extending ninth Australian Open title and his 18th Grand Slam. He will surpass Roger Federer's all-time record for most weeks as ATP world number one on Monday, holding the top spot for the 311th week. According to a partial schedule posted on his website, Djokovic is entered for the ATP Masters 1000 event on the hardcourts in Miami from March 22-April 4. It is the first of three events he will play in before heading to Europe for the claycourt swing ahead of the ...
JDT coach hails winning start, but says team not at 100pc
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JDT coach hails winning start, but says team not at 100pc

Here’s a chilling message from Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) head coach Benjamin Mora to the rest of the Super League teams: “I don’t think we are at 100 percent.” If this JDT side, who are not firing on all cylinders, can shrug aside Kedah Darul Aman FC (KDA FC) 2-0 in the season-opening Charity Shield match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium today, just imagine what they can do to the rest of the field once they are up and running! What’s even scarier is that Benjamin feels that the win over KDA FC “is very important in JDT’s efforts to have another amazing season”. “I don’t think we are 100 percent... this is a very, very good start but I think they can give a lot more. It would be a nice year because they are motivated and still hungry. You can see the players pressing like crazy whenever...
Ali, Frazier ‘Fight of the Century’ still packs a punch 50 years on
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Ali, Frazier ‘Fight of the Century’ still packs a punch 50 years on

Many events stake a claim to be considered among the sporting clashes of the century and few live up to the hype but any shortlist of contenders for the greatest of all time must include the first fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. To be worthy of this recognition such battles must withstand the test of time and refuse to fade from memory or meaning. They are not fleeting displays of magnificence but monolithic moments that are part of the sporting historical record remembered for more than a winner and loser. For boxing that moment came at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971 when unbeaten heavyweights Ali and Frazier fought in what remains, just as it was advertised that night 50 years ago, the “Fight of the Century”. “It was a magical night that I will never ever fo...
Salah was feeling the intensity, Klopp says after Chelsea defeat
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Salah was feeling the intensity, Klopp says after Chelsea defeat

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp raised eyebrows when he replaced top scorer Mohamed Salah in today’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea but the German defended his decision, saying the striker was “feeling the intensity”. Klopp took off Salah, the league’s leading scorer with 17 goals, for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 62nd minute when Liverpool were hunting an equaliser after Mason Mount had given Chelsea the lead in the first half. Egyptian Salah was baffled by the decision, as he left the field shaking his head. “In that moment he looked like he felt the intensity and I didn’t want to risk it,” Klopp said. “It is all fine, I make decisions that I think are right in the moment. “I just brought on fresh legs. (Salah) looked like he suffered a bit, he played a lot of games. I could have take...
NZC allows crowds for T20I double-header in Wellington
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NZC allows crowds for T20I double-header in Wellington

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Friday announced that spectators will be allowed to attend the weekend's T20I double-header at Sky Stadium after the relaxation in Wellington's Alert Level status. The fifth and final T20I between New Zealand and Australia and the final T20I of the three-match series between New Zealand women (White Ferns) and England women will also be played in Wellington on Sunday. Earlier, both the fixtures were shifted from the Bay Oval to Wellington and were set to be played behind closed doors. The second T20I between New Zealand women and England women is being played at Sky Stadium while the fourth T20I between New Zealand men and Australia men will start later in the day. Kane Williamson-led side currently leads the series 2-1, having won the first two games...
Mohammad Abbas signs two-month deal with Hampshire for County Championship
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Mohammad Abbas signs two-month deal with Hampshire for County Championship

Hampshire on Thursday announced the signing of Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas for the first two months of the County Championship season. Abbas has quickly become one of the world's best Test bowlers since making his international debut in 2017, with 84 wickets to his name at an exceptional average of 22.80 in just 23 appearances. He currently holds the third-best bowling average of all active international bowlers, behind only Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins, and sits 12th in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings. After impressing Pakistan's national selectors through sustained domestic success in 2015 and 2016, Abbas burst onto the international scene four years ago, claiming his maiden Test wicket two deliveries into his debut against West Indies, before going on to record his first five-wi...
McIlroy has five-birdie run to share PGA lead at Bay Hill
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McIlroy has five-birdie run to share PGA lead at Bay Hill

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy made five consecutive birdies in his self-declared best round of the year to share the lead after yesterday’s start of the US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational. The 31-year-old from Northern Ireland fired a six-under-par 66 at Bay Hill in Orlando to share the lead with Canada’s Corey Conners, one stroke ahead of reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau. McIlroy, hoping to complete a career Grand Slam at next month’s Masters, opened on the back nine despite weeks of struggling with his swing birdied the second through sixth holes. “It was good. The 66 is a great way to start the tournament,” McIlroy said. “Hit some really good shots, some good drives. “I saw a lot of really positive signs out there today, which was really encouraging.” Conner...
NZ vs Aus: Santner tests negative for Covid-19, to be available for 4th T20I
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NZ vs Aus: Santner tests negative for Covid-19, to be available for 4th T20I

Left-arm New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner has tested negative for COVID-19 and will be available for selection for the fourth T20I of the ongoing five-match series against Australia. Santner was ruled out of the third T20I after he woke up with a head-cold. He was put under self-isolation as a precautionary measure while awaiting the results of a COVID test. Adam Milne was added as his cover for the third T20I."Team update| BLACKCAPS all-rounder Mitchell Santner has returned a negative COVID test this afternoon. He is feeling better and available for selection for T20 four against Australia at Sky Stadium on Friday night," New Zealand Cricket informed in a tweet on Thursday. Santner had returned with the figures of 4/31 in the second T20I played at the University Oval in Dunedin....
Argentina Open: Sumit Nagal stuns Christian Garinto to record biggest win of his career
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Argentina Open: Sumit Nagal stuns Christian Garinto to record biggest win of his career

Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal on Thursday outclassed World no. 22 Christian Garinto in the Argentina Open and registered his biggest win of the career. In the second round clash, Nagal defeated Chile's Garinto 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Indian had the upper hand in the game and dominated the match to secure an easy win. This is his first-ever win over a Top 50 player. Nagal has faced top-ranked players like Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in the past. He was even able to clinch the first set against Federer in the 2019 US Open. Nagal encountered Thiem in the second-round clash of the 2020 US Open. Nagal will now face Albert Ramos Vinolas in the quarter-final on Friday. Earlier, when being asked by ANI whether we could expect players outside the ...
Virat Kohli equals Dhoni’s record of leading India in most Tests
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Virat Kohli equals Dhoni’s record of leading India in most Tests

Skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday equalled MS Dhoni's record of leading India in most Test matches. As Kohli stepped out for toss in the fourth Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, it became his 60th Test as the skipper of India, and as a result, he equalled Dhoni's record. In the previous 59 matches, he has captained India in, Kohli has managed to register 35 victories and 14 losses. While ten matches have ended in losses for India. Dhoni-led India in 60 Tests, and he managed to attain victories in 27 victories. In 2019, Kohli had surpassed Dhoni to become the most successful Test skipper for India. Earlier, England won the toss and opted to bat first in the fourth and final Test against India. The hosts made one change to their lineup as they brought in Mohammed S...
Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Visitors win toss, opt to bat first
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Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Visitors win toss, opt to bat first

England won the toss and opted to bat first in the fourth and final Test against India here at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday. The hosts made one change to their lineup as they brought in Mohammed Siraj in place of Jasprit Bumrah. On the other hand, England made two changes to their lineup as they brought in Dominic Bess and Dan Lawrence in place of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer. India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj. England playing XI: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Dan Lawrence, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Dominic Bess, James Anderson, Jack Leach. This is the 50th Test for Root as E...
Joker’s wild as Nuggets thrash Bucks, Celtics down Clips
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Joker’s wild as Nuggets thrash Bucks, Celtics down Clips

Nikola Jokic bagged the 50th regular-season triple-double of his career as the Denver Nuggets halted the Milwaukee Bucks’ five-game winning streak with a 128-97 drubbing on Tuesday. Serbian star Jokic dominated a one-sided encounter at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum as Denver never looked back after taking the lead midway through the first quarter before romping to victory. Jokic’s ninth triple of the season included 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds while Jamal Murray added 24 points for the visitors. The Nuggets improved to 20-15 with the win while the Bucks fell to 21-14 following the loss to remain third in the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks scorers with 27 points, but the home side were always struggling to get in the game after conceding a 37-23 lea...