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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Murali Vijay scores half-century as India reach 119/2

Murali Vijay scores half-century as India reach 119/2

Adelaide, Dec 11  Opener Murali Vijay struck his seventh Test fifty as India began their reply to Australia’s mammoth first innings total of 517 by reaching a steady 119/2 at lunch on the third day of the first cricket Test here today. At the Adelaide Oval, Vijay (53 runs, 88 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) put on 81 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara who was batting on 34 not out (77 balls, 4 fours). This was after Australia had declared at their overnight score of 517/7.
The day’s play began half an hour early to make up for the lost time yesterday due to rain. There was not even a speck of cloud on the blue sky as the sun came out bright and shining and 32 overs were bowled in the first session. There was a strong wind blowing across the ground and with Ryan Harris (1-20) and Mitchell Johnson (1-38) made use of it with the new ball.
The two bowlers were on the money from the word go and Johnson would have been successful instantly, but keeper Brad Haddin let go off a tough chance off Shikhar Dhawan in the second over. The left-handed opener though was in an attacking mood, and while Vijay took his time to settle down he sped away, smacking three boundaries in the third over.
He used the little width that was offered to him and raced to 25 runs off just 23 balls (5 fours), before playing a loose drive against Harris to be bowled with an inside edge deflecting back to his stumps. It brought Pujara out to the crease, the batsman looking to make amends for scoring only one fifty in his last 15 Test innings.
In between, Michael Clarke had thrown the ball to off-spinner Nathan Lyon (0-34) as early as the seventh over, but did not persist with him at that instant as Vijay looked to attack him. When he was reintroduced into the attack a little while later, the Tamil Nadu batsman was still looking to hit him out of the attack. Vijay hit Lyon for a six and a four off successive balls in the 20th over, adding another big hit in the bowler’s next over.
Vijay was making use of the life given to him by Mitchell Marsh (0-5) at third slip off Johnson in the 14th over earlier, as the all-rounder dived to his left and only got a hand to the driven ball. The Indian’s 50-run mark also came up in that over.  Afterwards, Vijay and Pujara settled down to grind out the bowling in this morning session and brought up their 50-run partnership in the 20th over when the former went on an attacking spree against Lyon.
The opener had taken 46 balls to score his first boundary but hit three fours and two sixes in the 19 balls after that. Things were looking smooth for India at this juncture with the 100-run mark coming up in the 24th over. Four overs later, Vijay brought up his half-century off 78 balls. But with the first session’s play extended, Johnson and Harris were brought back for one more spell before the lunch break.
The left-arm fast bowler looked particularly threatening as he began a short-ball attacking barrage against Vijay, pushing him on the back-foot. It worked as he slipped in a length ball afterwards, and the batsman was caught behind feeling for it. Indian skipper Virat Kohli then walked in and, off the first ball he faced, got hit on the head by a bouncer from Johnson.
There was no staring or words exchanged in light of the Phillip Hughes’ death. Instead, all the Australian players as well as the umpires rushed in to check on the batsman who was okay. He resumed guard and finished unbeaten on 3 going into the break.
On day one, David Warner had scored a rousing 10th Test hundred, helping Australia to 354/6 at stumps after winning the toss and electing to bat first on a placid track. On day two, intermittent rain washed away nearly four hours of play, and in the two hours allowed, Clarke scored his 28th Test hundred while Steve Smith scored his fifth Test century to help Australia to a 500-plus total.
Virat Kohli get ready for a f***ing broken head…no more

Virat Kohli get ready for a f***ing broken head…no more

“I didn’t go out to hit people. It’s just that a lot of people get hit…The sympathy is there (for the batsman) but I can’t show to the batsman,” the hitman from the West Indies Andy Roberts said in the documentary Fire in Babylon.
This has been the kind of approach Australians have adopted for long; in their cricket, in other sports and life in general. They like to play it the hard way – no cocooning, no showing of sympathy. But Adelaide Oval witnessed something unusual on Thursday. Virat Kohli, out to face his first delivery, got hit on his helmet by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer. The bowler walked up to him, the fielders came up to check if everything was alright. After a decent amount of time with him, Johnson walked back to his run-up with an expression of guilt, a face that loudly said, “C’mon, not again!”
The cricketing scenes have changed big time since the demise of Phillip Hughes. The aggression has blunted and there is more heart to the game than what the conventional Australian school of upbringing taught. 
Exactly a year and four days back, it was different. The bowler was same, so were the venue and the captain. With Mitchell Johnson ready to charge in at the No 11 batsman, Michael Clarke walked up to James Anderson and gave him a word of caution. The pleasantries overheard from the stump microphone sounded something to this tune – “Face up. Then get ready for a f***ing broken arm. Face up.”
Today, Clarke went up to Kohli first to check if everything was in order and then to Johnson to give him a warm pat. The death of Hughes, fresh like an open wound, still hurts. Cricket has changed. It has taken a more human approach. And it has certainly reminded us all over again – in sports, there is much more than winning.
Live Cricket Score Updates India vs Australia 2014-15

Live Cricket Score Updates India vs Australia 2014-15

India 294 for 4  Virat Kohli 74* Rohit Sharma 1* Yet another wicket gone after a well made half-century. Ajinkya Rahane is out to a brilliant delivery by Nathan Lyon, which hit the rough, bounced more than expected with the turn and go the edge of the batsman’s gloves. Shane Watson took an easy catch at slips while Ajinkya Rahane remained stunned as to how all of this conspire. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has come out to bat following the dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane. Ajinkya Rahane c Watson b Lyon 62 (76b)
India 275 for 3  Virat Kohli 63* Ajinkya Rahane 55* Ajinkya Rahane is looking good as he races away to a Test fifty. This is the fourth fifty by an Indian batsman in this innings. However, now that both the batsmen in the middle -Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are set – they need to put on a much bigger partnership. There is little evil on the pitch. And only a careless shot can stop their march in this innings.
India 236 for 3  Virat Kohli 52* Ajinkya Rahane 28* Virat Kohli has just gone past yet another half-century in Test cricket. Both the captains have played critical roles in the match. But unlike Chesteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, he needs to carry on longer, play an innings of a greater significance. He needs to score another century in Adelaide if he has to put India in a commanding position. There is little going against the batsmen on this pitch, excuses will be few in case he gets out. This has been a tough innings by the Indian skipper so far after getting rattled by Mitchell Johnson’s bouncer early in the innings.
India 223 for 3  Virat Kohli 48* Ajinkya Rahane 19* India go in at Tea without any further damage. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are unbeaten and looking good in the middle. Australian bowlers are doing well – especially Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon. However, they have got the rewards yet. The wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay  is all they got to savour in this session of play
India 210 for 3  Virat Kohli 43* Ajinkya Rahane 11* There have been quite a few occasions where Australia have made a loud convincing appeal for caught behinds and leg before wicket, but they have all been rightly declined. Nonetheless, having said that, Mitchell Johnson is operating at good line and pushing the batsman on his backfoot with his short of good length deliveries at more than decent pace.

India 207 for 3  Virat Kohli 41* Ajinkya Rahane 10* After some initial struggle, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli have slowly managed to get the scorecard moving. Nathan Lyon continues to bowl a testing line. There is a bit of rough on offer for Nathan Lyon to pitch his ball at while bowling to the right-handers. Good competitive cricket going on.
India 192 for 3  Virat Kohli 36* This is an unfortunate dismissal. Cheteshwar Pujara is out bowled by Nathan Lyon. After probing the batsman with a  nagging line outside the off-stump, where the off-spinner was pitching on the ruff, one ball turns in, hits the bat and rolls on to the stump dead. Unfortunately for Cheteshwar Pujara, the bails are dislodged. Cheteshwar Pujara b Lyon 73 (135b)
India 163 for 2 Cheteshwar Pujara 60* Virat Kohli 20* Indian batsmen – Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli have toned down their approach post lunch. They are happy seeing through the overs. The run rate has come down in the last four-five overs. Meanwhile, the Adelaide crowd is indulging well in the game, resting with cucumber helmets in the green lawns of the stadium.
India 152 for 2 Cheteshwar Pujara 51* Virat Kohli 18* Cheteshwar Pujara scores yet another Test fifty. It is extremely critical that Pujara stays at the wicket for much longer. This is the second half-century in the Indian innings after Murali Vijay. However, he couldn’t convert the start into a big knock. Pujara needs to do that in order to put India in a good position on a placid track. Not a single Indian batsman has an average of over 40 in Tests in 2014
India 147 for 2 Cheteshwar Pujara 47* Virat Kohli 17* India has come out to bat after lunch and are having no trouble in dealing with the Australian bowlers. Peter Siddle is pitching it fuller, which is making it easier for the Indian batsmen to play their shots. They are looking a lot more comfortable playing on the front foot than being kept on the backffot with back of good length deliveries.
India 119 for 2 Cheteshwar Pujara 34* Virat Kohli 3* Australian bowlers have done well in conditions that haven’t been the easiest for them. Indian batsmen have used the placid batting track and the conditions to their advantage. Ryan Harris was slightly disappointing with his line. Michael Clarke’s move of bringing in Nathan Lyon hasn’t exactly worked out. Nonetheless, he has been proactive and tried to take charge of the match. However, the dismissal of Murali Vijay late in the first session on Day Three will hurt India.

Australia cruise to 405/6 against India at Lunch before rain halts play on Day 2 at Adelaide

Australia cruise to 405/6 against India at Lunch before rain halts play on Day 2 at Adelaide

Adelaide, Dec 10 Steven Smith and skipper Michael Clarke helped Australia reach a commanding 405 for six before rain forced an early lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test against India here today. Nearly an hour of play was lost with the session also beginning 10 minutes late after injured Clarke returned to the crease with a heavily strapped back on this second morning, thanks to painkilling injections.
Clarke resumed his innings on 60 and was batting on 85 not out (117 balls, 13 fours) with Smith, who was unbeaten on 98 runs (171 balls, 14 fours) when rain stopped play. The two batsmen added 51 unbroken runs for the seventh wicket till the lunch break, even as the Indian bowlers struggled to make any impact with the second new ball, still fresh despite overcast skies. Watch the Free Live Streaming of the First Test between India and Australia here
Mohammad Shami got the day’s play underway and first-up Ishant Sharma was his attack partner on day two. But the two medium-pacers repeated the mistakes made on day one morning, bowling short of length and wide off stumps, giving the batsmen too much room to play. The resultant was a clutch of boundaries, five within the first four overs. Catch the live cricket score updates of Day Two, 1st Test between India and Australia here
The most disappointing bit was that the bowlers were making no efforts to trouble Clarke, who was batting under distress and appeared to be in some pain. Yet the captain managed to play his strokes and score at a fast pace, adding 25 runs off 33 balls he faced this morning. Leg-spinner Karn Sharma was introduced into the attack even before Varun Aaron despite cloudy skies affording some movement. But even when the fast bowler came on, he was as unimpressive as the other two quick bowlers. At the other end, Smith was also in hurry to steal runs as the second new ball was still hard and the bowling appeared listless and without direction. He added 26 runs to his overnight tally.
 Ravi Rampaul dropped as West Indies announce 30-man provisional squad

Ravi Rampaul dropped as West Indies announce 30-man provisional squad

St. John’s (Antigua), Dec 10 West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul will not be playing in the 2015 World Cup to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The Trinidad and Tobago cricketer has been left out of a 30-man provisional squad released by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), reports CMC.
Rampaul played two ODIs during the tour of India in October before the series was cancelled because of a dispute between the West Indies players, the WICB and West Indies Players Association (WIPA). The squad also included six uncapped players — left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters, legspinner Imran Khan, offspinner Ashley Nurse, 19-year-old fast bowler Marquino Mindley, left-hand opener Evin Lewis and allrounder Jonathan Carter.
Squad: Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Imran Khan, Leon Johnson, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kenroy Peters, Versammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Devon Smith, and Jerome Taylor.
Steve Smith, Michael Clarke raise ton as Australia reach 423/6

Steve Smith, Michael Clarke raise ton as Australia reach 423/6

Steve Smith raised his fifth Test century and saluted his fallen Australia team-mate Phillip Hughes in between frustrating rain delays on the second day of the opening Test against India on Wednesday. Smith clipped the first ball after lunch for two to bring up his hundred, touching off more tributes to Hughes who was fatally struck by a bouncer in a domestic game late last month.
He jogged away from the wicket and pointed towards the ’408′ — Hughes’s Test cap number — painted on the playing surface and then raised his bat and looked skywards in tribute to the batsman. Smith then shared another long hug with batting partner Michael Clarke, who was also at the wicket when David Warner reached his century on day one.
The emotion continued when the crowd broke out into applause when the Australian total reached 408. When rain forced the players from the field for a second time on day two, the home side were 423 for six with Smith unbeaten on 103 and Clarke nearing his 28th Test century on 98.
Clarke returned to the crease at the outset of day two and batted clearly in discomfort, but he provided dependable support for Smith. Clarke, who needed injections to resume his innings after retiring hurt with a bad back on the opening day, grimaced and yelped in pain as he twisted his torso to play some shots.
His running between the wickets was constrained, but he and Smith kept the scoreboard ticking over with a handful of sweetly-timed boundaries. The Australian skipper has earned a reputation for courageous displays. Last March he batted on with a fractured left shoulder in an unbeaten 161 to help his team to a 2-1 series victory over South Africa in Cape Town.
Clarke only played in the Adelaide Test after passing a fitness test for recurring hamstring trouble. Team physio Alex Kountouris said he was struggling with a “significant back injury.”
“This is his right lower back. This is his old injury, what he’s had in the past. I don’t think it’s directly related to his hamstring, because it’s the other side,” Kountouris said before the start of Wednesday’s play. We believe it’s related to his old disc injuries. With that comes a lot of muscle spasms and other things that cause pain.” The morning session took place under cloudy skies with the ground’s floodlights switched on.
Watch India vs Australia 1st Test Day 2 Full Video Highlights

Watch India vs Australia 1st Test Day 2 Full Video Highlights

Australia resumed the batting from previous day score of 354/6 on Day 2 of the first Test Match between India vs Australia 2014-15 at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on December 10, Wednesday. With constant showers at Adelaide, it was Australian skipper Michael Clarke and Steve Smith that cracked brilliant centuries to lighten the otherwise rain-spoilt day. One can watch the highlights of India vs Australia 1st Test Day 1, the full video highlights on the Official Star Sports Website.
With flurry of late wickets fallen at the end of Day 1 put a set back on the Australia innings but Michael Clarke who was retired hurt Tuesday at an individual score of 60 due to a back spasm, battled pain to record his 28th Test century to give Australia an edge over the tourists. Giving him company and good support was overnight batsman Steve Smith, who looked comfortable against the Indian bowlers. Steven Smith smashed 21 boundaries for his unbeaten 162 to take Australia to a strong 517 for seven in 120 overs at stumps on the second day of the first Test match against India at the Adelaide Oval here Wednesday.
Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson (0) were at the crease when bad light forced the umpires to terminate the day’s action. The light deteriorated rapidly after rain halted play twice in the day.
Scoreboard: Australia vs India, 1st Test, Day 2
Australia: Chris Rogers c Dhawan b Ishant 9, David Warner c I Sharma b K Sharma 145, Shane Watson c Dhawan b Aaron 14, Michael Clarke c Pujara b K Sharma 128, Steven Smith batting 162, Mitchell Marsh c Kohli b Aaron 41, Nathan Lyon b Mohammed Shami 3, Brad Haddin c Saha b Mohammed Shami 0, Mitchell Johnson batting 0 Total: AUS 517/7 at stumps
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Rogers, 7.5 overs), 2-88 (Watson, 18.3), 2-206 (Clarke, retired not out, 43.2), 3-258 (Warner, 56.2), 4-345 (Marsh, 84.2), 5-352 (Lyon, 87.3), 6-354 (Haddin, 89.2), 7-517 (Clarke, 119.2).
Bowling:  Mohammed Shami 24-2-120-2, Varun Aaron 23-1-136-2, Ishant Sharma 27-5-85-1, Karn Sharma 33-1-143-2, Murali Vijay 13-3-29-0
India vs Australia 1st Test, Day 2: 5 interesting highlights

India vs Australia 1st Test, Day 2: 5 interesting highlights

Play on day two of Adelaide Test was frequently halted by rain as Australian Captain Michael Clarke and Steve Smith together clobbered the Indian bowling to complete their respective centuries.Only 30.4 overs of play was possible and that saw Australia reach 517 for seven when play was suspended on day two. With not much overs bowled, here is what happened on day two that was marred by rain.
Michael Clarke returns to bat: Forced to retire hurt on day one due to back injury, Clarke was batting in the nets before the start of play on day two and made his way out to the middle when play resumed after a short delay due to the early morning drizzle. Clarke was batting on 60 when he walked off on day one.
Rain interrupts, early Lunch taken: Indian bowlers looked helpless against Clarke and Smith as the duo found it easy to score runs. With Australia on 405 for 6, rain interrupted the play and players walked off the field. At lunch Smith was unbeaten on 98 while Clarke on 85.
Steve Smith gets to his ton, rain stops play again: It was a delayed start to post lunch session as well, thanks to the intermediate rains.When play began after lunch break Smith, who was stranded on 98, go to his fifth Test ton. With only few overs bowled rain once again halted the play and this time it was Clarke who was left stranded on 98. With no respite from rain, Umpires called in for a Tea break.
Michael Clarke notches ton, rain halts once again: 3rd session began with Smith and Clarke looking to score quickly, in the process Australian Captain completed his 28th Test hundred. Both started to play aggressive strokes and found boundaries frequently, but heavens opened once again and play had to be stopped with Australia on 473 for six.
Michael Clarke dismissed, Play suspended:With play resuming for one last time in the day Smith reached 150, he was lucky to survive as India grassed couple of chances to dismiss him. Clarke and Smith took Australia’s total past 500-run mark.  A few overs later, looking to slog-sweep Karn Sharma, Clarke found Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg and was dismissed on 128. Mitchell Johnson was the new man in, but he faced only four deliveries before play was stopped, this time due to bad light. Eventually play was suspended on day two and 60 overs were lost. Smith, who showed his class, was unbeaten on 162. It will be interesting to see whether Australia declares on 517 or continues to bat on day three. 
Sri Lanka vs England Watch Free Live Streaming

Sri Lanka vs England Watch Free Live Streaming

Watch the live cricket streaming and telecast of the fifth One-Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the Mahinda Rajapaska stadium in Hambantota on Wednesday. The match is set to start at 14:300 om IST and live telecast in India will be on Ten Action. Live streaming links will be available on Ten Sports’ official website.
Sri Lanka and England face off in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) at the Mahinda Rajapakse Stadium in Hambantota. Having romped to a 3-1 lead in the series, a win would seal the series for the hosts and would thereby signal the end for England in the Emerald Isles.
The top dogs of Sri Lanka — Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews — have looked in top form. The spinners, led by the ever-reliable Rangana Herath and have been backed up well by Ajantha Mendis and Tillakaratne Dilshan’s part-timers.  England on the other hand would have seen that only the younger crop of performers have stepped up to the plate. Sri Lanka hold all the aces in the game though, which predictably will have rain playing a big part in the game.
England
Alastair Cook (c), Mooen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Steve Finn
Sri Lanka
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk),Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Sachitra Senanayake, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
 Live Cricket Score Updates, Day 1 at Adelaide: AUS 354/6 at Stumps

Live Cricket Score Updates, Day 1 at Adelaide: AUS 354/6 at Stumps

Australia 354 for 6 Steve Smith 71* at Stumps Australia have truly dominated day One of the first test match at Adelaide. Eventhough the back injury to skipper Michael Clarke might be a cause of concern for the hosts, they have made the Indian bowlers look miserable today. Barring Ishant Sharma, none of the others, looked to pose any sort of danger to the Australian batsmen. India, nonethless, pulled things back with three late wickets. Steve Smith, however, will go back  to the pavilion unbeaten. Brad Haddin c †Saha b Mohammed Shami 0 (5b)
Australia 354 for 6 Steve Smith 71* David Warner led the way for the home side with a scintillating ton. Steve Smith and Michael Clarke too played fine knocks. Australia scored over 4.00 runs per over on Day One to take command of the match and put India on the mat. Towards the end of the day’s play, Mohammed Shami struck as he castled night watchman Nathan Lyon. Nathan Lyon b Mohammed Shami 3 (14b) Brad Haddin has come out to the middle following the dismissal of Nathan Lyon. He follows it up with the wicket of Brad Haddin who nicks an away going delivery to the wicketkeeper.
Australia 345 for 4 Nathan Lyon 0* Steve Smith 68* Against the run of play, Australia lost the wicket of Mitchell Marsh in the 85th over of the day. the ball took an awkward bounce, getting the outside edge Mitchell Marsh’s bat. The ball travelled safely to slips. Mitchell Marsh c Kohli b Aaron 41 (87b). Nathan Lyon has come out as the night-watchman following the dismissal of Mitchell Marsh. Steve Smith, however, is looking good in the middle.

Australia 336 for 3 Mitchell Marsh 37* Steve Smith 63* Steve Smith raises his bat as the crowd gives a standing ovation to the batsmen after he reaches 63 not out. Steve Smith looks heavenwards in memory of Phillip Hughes – whose last innings ended at 63 not out! Australia are coasting along at. He reached the score with a flick towards deep square leg for a boundary.
Australia 323 for 3 Mitchell Marsh 35* Steve Smith 52* Murali Vijay has been surprisingly bowling well. But there seems to be no stopping the Australian run flow. The scorecard looks disastrous for India. If not for Michael Clarke’s injury, things would’ve looked much worse. Even though it was a good batting pitch, where the Australian batsmen applied themselves well, there can be little excuse for poor bowling. Runs are coming easily and without any trouble.

Australia 318 for 3 Mitchell Marsh 32* Steve Smith 50* In a bid to improve the over rate, Virat Kohli has brought Murali Vijay to bowl. He bowls through a harmless over. Varun Aaron too is brought back into the attack. However, the pacer isn’t able to execute the plan well. Despite a fielder kept at fine mid on, just stationed in front of the runner, he is bowling length deliveries way outside the off-stump. Meanwhile, Steven Smith has reached his ninth Test half-century. He has played well and looked confident in the middle. Mitchell Marsh is also slowly getting into the groove. he has hit two exquisite boundaries.
Australia 302 for 3 Mitchell Marsh 22* Steve Smith 45* Australia have crossed the 300-run mark with ease. Just three wickets have fallen with Michael Clarke back in the pavilion with a back injury. While Steve Smith is looking at ease in the middle, Mitchell Marsh is looking scratchy in the middle. However, the scoring rate and over rate have gone down.
Australia 291 for 3 Mitchell Marsh 15* Steve Smith 41* With the over rate being one of the bigger causes of concern for Virat Kohli, he is continuing with Karn Sharma from one end. Even as the young leg-spinner is flighting the ball well and pitching it fuller, Steve Smith is playing him well. Steve Smith is coming down to the pitch of the ball and playing it well through the gaps. 
Australia 273 for 3 Mitchell Marsh 9* Steve Smith 35* Ishant Sharma has found some spunk in his bowling. He is troubling Mitchell Marsh with his line. However, with teh field set slightly deep, the singles are coming easily. Ishant Sharma is pitching the ball in the right areas, hitting the right lengths, somethoing with which Varun Aaron and Mohammed Shami have struggled today. The run rate has gone down considerably.

Australia 258 for 3 Mitchell Marsh 0* Steve Smith 23* David Warner’s stay at the crease is over and it is débutante Karn Sharma who dismisses the little dynamite after the left-hander plays a brilliant innings. David Warner c I Sharma b Karn Sharma 145 (163b). Mitchell Marsh has come out to bat following the dismissal of David Warner.
Australia 238 for 2 David Warner 135* Steve Smith 13 Australia have had a good session of play post-lunch. They haven’t lost any wicket. But Michael Clarke retired hurt, following the resurfacing of his back injury. Even as the run rate was brought down, runs came comfortably. More importantly, the Indian bowlers didn’t pose much trouble to the batsmen. The over-rate will be a cause of concern for Virat Kohli. David Warner and Steve Smith have confidently played out the last few overs of the second session.  David Warner ends the session with a glorious cover drive for boundary!
Australia 206 for 2 David Warner 116* Michael Clarke 60* India has managed to pull the run raet back, but the bowlers don’t seem to be giving any sort of trouble to the two batsmen at the crease- Michael Clarke and David Warner. Warner is playing with a straighter bat and offering the full face of the bat. The field setting has become defensive and Virat Kohli seems to have run out of ideas as the two batsmen are going along without any trouble.
Meanwhile, Michael Clarke walks out of the field retired hurt. It looks terrible for now. Bad news for cricket fans. The Adelaide crowd applauds him back to the pavilion. But he looks disconsolate. The injury has been recurring. Steve Smith has come out to bat, to join David Warner at the crease.
Australia 190 for 2 David Warner 107* Michael Clarke 53* After David Warner, it is Michael Clarke who gets the applause for reaching his half-century. But the celebration isn’t big. Maybe he will celebrate after a big one. If that is indeed the case, the situation isn’t pleasant for the Indian bowlers. His innings today has been sublime, smooth and classy.
Australia 171 for 2 David Warner 100* Michael Clarke 41* David Warner has made the Indian fielders chase the leather today. He has middled the ball well, found gaps and been daring with his shot-making. The fearless approach has given the Indian skipper a lot of headache, with his field placements and bowling changes. This is David Warner’s 10 Test century, scored at almost run-a-ball. Barring Ishant Sharma, the Indian bowlers have looked mediocre.
David Warner looks heavenwards after scoring the century. This has been an emotional knock. Adelaide Oval crowd has stood up to give a long applause to the little cricketer. It is a sight worth watch. Catch the free Live cricket streaming of the match here
Australia 150 for 2 David Warner 89* Michael Clarke 31* Michael Clarke and David Warner look solid at the crease as Australia cross the 150-run mark with the loss of just two wickets – Chris Rogers and Shane Watson. David Warner has been slightly cautious with his shot-making following the lunch break. He has nudged the ball around every now and then and relied on easy singles. Meanwhile, Michael Clarke has looked classy at the crease.
Australia 136 for 2 David Warner 84* Michael Clarke 23* While David Warner is grown quieter with his scoring in the post lunch session, Michael Clarke is hitting some exquisite shots. Mohammed Shami seems to have lost a bit of zing. He is bowling straight and full. meanwhile, Ishant Sharma continues to come around the wicket to David Warner. He is bowling a bit shorter to Michael Clarke from over the wicket. undoubtedly, he has been the best bowler for India in this Test so far.
Australia 114 for 2 David Warner 78* Michael Clarke 9* Play resumes after the Lunch break and David Warner goes to the other with a quick single. Mohammed Shami starts the proceedings for India. The session starts off slowly with just a single. India has also changed their tactics, coming into bowl from over the wicket. However, the field is surprisingly spread out.
Australia 113 for 2 David Warner 77* Michael Clarke 9* Australia go into Lunch on Day 1 at 1113 for two. there were two wickets for India – Chris Rogers and Shane Watson. Only 24 overs bowled. However, it was David Warner who emerged as the hero of the session. He played out the last over defensively to go into lunch unbeaten alongside skipper Michael Clarke. It was an exhilarating two hours of play on Day One. There were bouncers, there was aggression and some good pace bowling. But at the end of it all, it was a Warner show.
Australia 110 for 2 David Warner 75* Michael Clarke 8* David Warner is putting the pressure back on the bowler as he goes down the track to Karn Sharma and hits him for two boundaries. The first one straight down the track and the second one is inside out over the in-field. If not for David Warner, Indian pacers have done a good job in the first session. Meanwhile, Australia have crossed the 100-run mark in the 23rd over with two batsmen back at the pavilion.
Australia 92 for 2 David Warner 64* Michael Clarke 1* Michael Clarke is looking good in the middle. he is using his feet well against the leg-spinner Karn Sharma, who comes on to bowl his first over. Virat Kohli has set an attacking and unconventional field. Karn Sharma is yet struggling with his length. Luckily for him, the Australian batsmen haven’t managed to make the most of the full-tosses. Meanwhile, David Warner got a huge applause from the Adelaide crowd as soon as he reached 63 – Phillip Hughes score when he was hit by the bouncer.
Australia 88 for 2 David Warner 61* Michael Clarke 0* Varun Aaron strikes! His first success of the day. Shane Watson tried to fish outside the off-stump, but got an outside edge which travelled ssafely to the fielder at third slips. India get their second breakthrough in the first session. Even as David Warner is going along well, batsmen are struggling at the other end against India’s pace. Shane Watson c Dhawan b Aaron 14 (33b). Meanwhile, Michael Clarke has come out to bat following the dismissal of Shane Watson.
Australia 86 for 1 David Warner 60* Shane Watson 13* There is nothing that seems to be troubling David Warner – Not pace, not the movement, not the change in angle. David Warner is showing glimpses of his innings at Perth, played in early 2012. He has been especially severe on Varun Aaron. Australia has scored at run a ball through the fast hour of play. Nonetheless, Shane Watson has looked a little circumspect.
Australia 80 for 1 David Warner 54* Shane Watson 13*: David Warner reaches is half-century. As Sourav Ganguly says, this has been an ‘impact innings’ by David Warner. The talented little dynamite has had a fantastic year. And more importantly, he has scored his runs at a fast clip. Australia is scoring at almost run a ball, and David Warner is leading that charge for teh hosts. This will be an emotional innings for him. Australia reach 80 for one in just 15 overs. Meanwhile, Shane Watson is a little tentative.
Australia 64 for 1: However, Ishant Sharma comes to India’s rescue. Bowls a maiden over first up to David warner. He operates from around the wicket and pitches the ball full and at the stumps. He follows up well in the next over as he bowls from over the wicket and pitches an away going delivery ful at the batsman. Chris Rogers, looking to play the drive, gets an outside edge and Shikhar Dhawan gets an easy catch.
Australia 41 for 0: Meanwhile Chris Rogers is slightly conservative with his drives. They aren’t as powerful; there is a bit of caution to it. Unlike David Warner, he isn’t looking to hit on the up. Australia is off to a brisk start nonetheless. 41 runs off the first five overs.
Australia 40 for 0: David Warner is looking good. He is off to a positive start. In the last 15 tests, he has scored at a strike rate of over 80 in the first 15 overs. He is being peppered with deliveries outside the off stump and he is going after it. Scores three boundaries off Varun Aaron’s first over.  David Warner isn’t holding back against Mohammed Shami either. He is going after any delivery outside off-stump with a bit of width on offer.
Australia 2 for 0: Mohammed Shami is generating good pace and getting the ball to move well into the left-hander. Chris Rogers looks to leave the first ball – risky call. Nearly survives a close leg before wicket call. Starts off with a good first over.
Australia skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat against India in the first Test match at Adelaide on Tuesday. Michael Clarke says it will take some time for Australia to get over the death of Phillip Hughes, but they are excited to take on India and play some cricket. Virat Kohli is excited to lead India in the first Test, he becomes the 32nd player to lead India in a Test. He becomes nostalgic about Phillip Hughes and the memories with him. He also talks about his first Test century on the same ground – Adelaide. Karn Sharma will be playing for India. Rahul Dravid feels it is a good move to play Karn Sharma in the first Test.
Catch the live cricket score updates as India prepares to take on Australia on Day One of the First Test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Tuesday. This is the first time the two teams play an international encounter following the untimely demise of Phillip Hughes, who has been named as the 13th man for the match. Karn Sharma makes his Test debut ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
India will be led by Virat Kohli, who will lead for the first time in a Test match as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is yet to recover fully from his injury. He gets a good chance to prove his mettle as a captain as Dhoni hasn’t had a good track record in Tests outside India. India will also be set back by the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is out for the first two Tests. Nonetheless, Umesh yadav, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma offer four potent pace options to choose from.
The big decision to make will be over the selection of Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. While Rohit Sharma has been in good form, Jadeja can offer a good second spin option – which might prove handy in the second innings on the Adelaide wicket. Australia, on the other hand, are pretty sorted with their Playing XI as they are likely to field their strongest line-up. Michael Clarke, who has regained full fitness, will lead the side in the first Test match. Read the Preview of the first Test match between India and Australia at Adelaide.
India Playing XI (Probables): Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Karn Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron
Australia Playing XI (Probables): David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon
David Warner joins the elite Sir Donald Bradman’s 1948 ‘Invincibles’ Australian team

David Warner joins the elite Sir Donald Bradman’s 1948 ‘Invincibles’ Australian team

Adelaide, Dec 9: Australian opener David Warner Friday joined an elite list of illustrious batsmen of the famed ‘Invincibles’ team during his knock of 145 runs on the opening day of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval here. The left-hander hit his 10th Test century en route to an aggressive knock leading his team to a comfortable 354 for six wickets at stumps on day one.
The only other Australians who have notched 10 or more centuries after 33 Tests were members of Donald Bradman’s 1948 ‘Invincibles’ Australian team: Bradman himself (18 hundreds), Neil Harvey (12) and Arthur Morris (10).
In 2014 he has made 959 runs at 73.76 in seven matches. No batsman in the world has scored more than his five hundreds this year.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Leander Paes Finds 99th Men's Doubles Partner, Picks Martina Hingis for Mixed Event

Leander Paes Finds 99th Men's Doubles Partner, Picks Martina Hingis for Mixed Event

Leander Paes has chosen his 99th men's doubles partner. The Indian ace will play with South African Raven Klaasen in the coming season. Paes had played with Czech Radek Stepanek before this. Paes won the 2013 US Open men's doubles with Stepanek defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-3.
Paes will partner former Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis in mixed doubles. Hingis will be Paes' 24th mixed doubles partner. Paes, who has 14 Grand Slam victories in doubles and mixed doubles, will start with new teammates in the Australian Open.
"When I select a partner, I want him to have my weaknesses as his strengths. Raven has world-class backhand and big serves, which is a big plus for our partnership," Paes said during a media interaction on the sidelines of the ongoing Premier Tennis League (PTL) in Pune on Tuesday.
"I will be playing with Raven in the Australian Open next year, but we are contemplating playing in a few warm-up tournaments before that. It may be Doha or Chennai," Paes said
It was a relatively bad year for Paes as he could not even qualify for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals. It was something rare for Paes in all these years. Paes and Stepanek were not among the top eight doubles teams at London.
Paes also last finished the year outside the top 25 doubles players in the world for the first time in over 15 years. One title, no Grand Slam final, no Masters series final -- 2014 has truly been a forgettable year in Paes' long 24-year pro career.
At 41, however, Paes still wants to keep going despite the odds.
"This was a difficult year, but tennis still remains a priority... I'm an eternal optimist. I feel very motivated as I look ahead... Taking care of my daughter, my tennis, my business, creating a good environment for my family, finishing the dirty chapter of my life and getting everything sorted out. I will be strong.
"Many players have expressed interest in being my 100th partner. I've spoken to Novak Djokovic also, he's very keen. Let's see who ultimately becomes my 100th partner," Paes said in a recent interview.
Atletico de Kolkata under pressure to secure semi-final berth, reveals coach Antonio Habas

Atletico de Kolkata under pressure to secure semi-final berth, reveals coach Antonio Habas

New Delhi: Atletico de Kolkata chief coach Antonio Lopez Habas said his side are under immense pressure to reach the Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 semi-finals. The former coach of La Liga outfit Valencia however praised his wards’ commitment and the desire to win and was also happy with the team’s performance against the Delhi Dynamos FC, which ended in a goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at the national capital on Tuesday.
“We created a few chances to score but we didn’t. I feel that we’re under pressure, I can feel it around the team; we want to reach the semi-finals and soon as possible and for that we’re under pressure. I’m very happy with the team’s performance. They were committed, they sacrificed and they tried to win. We could see from the bench that two penalty decisions by the referee for fouls against Fikru were not given. We do not understand why these decisions go against us since the beginning of the league,” Habas was quoted as saying by indiansuperleague.com.
The Spaniard also believed that ATK’s marquee player Luis Garcia lacks fitness to play three games a week and hence did not start in the match against the Dynamos.
“He did warm up (before the start of the game) and at half time. But after the substitution of (Biswajit) Saha, I had to change the plans,” the Spanish coach added. On the left back’s injury he added that Saha had a little twist in the ankle but would be fine soon. Third-placed Kolkata will be travelling to Navi Mumbai to take on Mumbai City FC for their next fixture Dec 7 before returning to Salt Lake Stadium to take on FC Goa on Dec 10.
Chelsea brushes Spurs off with 3-0 win to maintain six-points

Chelsea brushes Spurs off with 3-0 win to maintain six-points

Ruthless Chelsea extended Tottenham`s 24-year barren spell at Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 win on Wednesday (December 3) which saw Jose Mourinho`s unbeaten Blues consolidate their lead at the top of the English Premier League. With Spurs were bidding for a first win at their rivals` west London home since February 1990 at the 28th attempt and began well, with Harry Kane hitting the crossbar with an early header.
There was a sense the visitors had to take an opportunity when enjoying the early supremacy and their failure to do so was punished by two goals in four first-half minutes through Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba. Drogba, deputising for suspended striker Diego Costa, returned a pass to Hazard, whose shot squirmed under Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea a 19th-minute lead.
Worse was to follow for the France goalkeeper as his dreadful clearance went straight to Hazard, who found Oscar, with the Brazilian playing a pin-point pass to Drogba. The striker`s fifth of the season – and 162nd Chelsea goal – effectively ended the match as a contest and ensured Mourinho`s men would extend their unbeaten start to the season to 21 matches ahead of this weekend`s trip to Newcastle. Substitute Loic Remy netted Chelsea`s third to complete a comfortable victory.
 Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager spoke about Didier Drogba`s contribution in the victory, “No. Obviously he (Didier Drogba) did every well and (Loic) Remy the same. But I prefer to speak about the team in a very difficult match against a very good Tottenham. Against a Tottenham that was better than us in the first 20 minutes. And the team was able to face the difficult moment, to be stable, to score and after that, to manage the game in the best way. So important victory against a very good team.”
Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur manager said, ”We are disappointed in the result because 3-0 is hard. But we need to take some positives from the team tonight. ”I don`t know. I mean the history here for Tottenham Hotspur was always difficult. But tonight we came here but our idea was to get the three points, to win the victory. And we showed that with our intentions in the beginning of the game.”
Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager further added, ”First of all he (Drogba) is a team player. After that, he is one of those old days` mentality. Not selfish, not vain, humble guy. Plays for the team, fights for the team. Fantastic. Because when he is on the bench and he comes to play the last couple of minutes because the team needs somebody to hold the ball, because the team needs somebody to help in defensive set-pieces, he does that with the same enthusiasm, with the same spirit as he starts the game against Tottenham Hotspur. So brilliant.”
“The important thing is that he (Drogba) is here and that he is going to finish his career with Chelsea. And it looks for me that he is going to stay and do other things when he has finished his career.” Mourinho said.
India take on Cricket Australia XI in a two-day match on December 4 after 1st Test postponed

India take on Cricket Australia XI in a two-day match on December 4 after 1st Test postponed

The cricket is gradually returning back on pitch after the tragic death Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes brought a halt to the game for India and Australia side. But as they say, the show must go on, a day after Hughes’s funeral, touring Indian side led by Virat Kohli returned to Gliderol Stadium in Glenelg to take on Cricket Australia XI for a two-day match. India’s tour of Australia that would have kick-started from today in Gabba had the unfortunate incident not taken place. The first Test has been rescheduled to take place on December 9 in Adelaide Oval.
National talent manager Greg Chappell in a statement said, “11 of Australia’s brightest cricket prospects took the field at Gliderol Stadium in Glenelg, including the 21-year-old Turner, young Victorian allrounder Alexander Keath and highly-rated NSW keeper-batsman Carters. “This is another great opportunity for some of our most exciting young cricketers to test themselves against one of the strongest international teams,”
Everyone in Australia praised the support and co-operation shown by both Indian team and BCCI during the crisis hour taken place in last few days. “We appreciate the understanding and cooperation shown by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who has been nothing but supportive during this tragic time,” said Pat Howard, CA’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance.
“They have put the welfare of the Australian national and domestic players, as well as the cricket community’s concerns for Phillip Hughes’s family, well ahead of their own preparation. “We have a responsibility to provide international teams with adequate preparation ahead of international series and we feel that this two-day tour match will prove sufficient.” India completed a two-day match at the same venue a week ago, and while regular captain MS Dhoni will not be ready for this tour game, he could return for the opening chapter of the four-Test series.
Squad for India vs Cricket Australia XI
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami, Karn Sharma, Ishant Sharma
CA XI squad: Ashton Turner (capt), Ryan Carters, Jake Doran, Sebastian Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Josh Lalor, Alexander Keath, David Moody, Jonte Pattison, Sam Rainbird, Matthew Short, Jordan Silk.
Sri Lanka v England third one-day international Hambantota

Sri Lanka v England third one-day international Hambantota

Joe Root and Jos Buttler steered England to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a weather-affected third One Day International (ODI) in Hambantota on Wednesday (3rd December), reducing Sri Lanka`s lead in the best of seven series series to 2-1. Following back-to-back defeats in the first two ODIs on their tour of Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook`s England needed a win as they took to the field at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota on Wednesday. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and opted to bat first in the day-night game, but his side got off to a poor start.
Opener Kusal Perera was first to go, for a duck, at the end of the second over, handing a simple catch to Eoin Morgan at backward point off Chris Woakes. That was just before the weather intervened – play was suspended for more than three hours for rain and the game was reduced to 35 overs per side.
Once the game got going again, Tillakaratne Dilshan hit four boundaries before edging Steven Finn to Jos Buttler for 23 with the score on 30. Thilina Kandamby then registered the home side`s second duck as the scoreboard read 31 for three. Skipper Mathews then joined Kumar Sangakkara in the middle and the two experienced war-horse steadied the Sri Lankan innings cautiously, picking up boundaries off loose deliveries and putting on 87 runs for the fourth wicket.
But their partnership was ended when Mathews nicked an outswinger from Chris Jordan straight to Buttler. Soon after the captain`s departure, Sangakkara brought up his sixth half century of the year, pushing Moeen Ali down the line for single. Jordan, playing in his first game of the tour, picked up Sangakkara as his second victim when the wicketkeeper-batsman mistimed a slower one and Moeen Ali made no mistake at mid-on.
But Lahiru Thirimanne made his presence felt, smashing the English attack all over the park, and Sri Lanka earned 35 runs in the batting powerplay, losing just one wicket in the process. Thirimanne brought up his 10th 50 – and second against England – helping Sri Lanka put on 242 for eight in 35 overs – Thirimanne remaining unbeaten on 67.
Chasing a revised target of 236, England got off to flying start with Moeen Ali leading the charge. Cook and Moeen were all over the bowlers until Sangakkara broke their partnership by taking a brilliant catch from edge off Dhammika Prasad in the 12th over. Captain Cook and Moeen had put up 84 for the first wicket though.
Soon after completing his third ODI half-century off 29 balls, Moeen was run out by Rangana Herath in the 15th over after surviving two lbw (leg before wickets) calls off Ajanta Mendis and Prasad. Alex Hales, Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan came out and then went back to the dressing room without contributing much on the scoreboard.  That left England on 152 for five and seemingly heading to an inevitable defeat.
But Joe Root and Buttler stepped on the gas, stroking brilliantly to both pace and spin attack. Prasad appeared to earn a much needed breakthrough when Kusal Perera took an easy catch of Root at silly mid-off, but replays showed the paceman overstepping the line. Root and Buttler went on to share an unbeaten 84-run stand for sixth wicket as England won the match by five wickets with eight balls remaining. Buttler ruthlessly smacked the Sri Lankan attack all over the park and was later adjudged man of the match for his incredible unbeaten 37-ball 55, which helped England cut the deficit to 2-1 in the best of seven match series.