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India on top in Test rankings

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the latest Test rankings, Samaa reported on Tuesday. According to details, India tops the Test rankings for teams while South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England are at second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Sri Lanka is at sixth place while Pakistan holds the seventh spot in the…

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ICC criticises Bangladesh Test pitch

Dhaka: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday penalised the “below average” pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week’s Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening…

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West Indies to host first day-night Test against Sri Lanka

Colombo:The West Indies will host their first ever day-night Test when Sri Lanka tour the Caribbean in June, cricket officials said Tuesday. The final Test of the three-match series will be a day-night encounter at the Kensington Oval in Barbados starting June 23, said Sri Lanka Cricket. Sri Lanka depart for the West Indies in…

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Cricket: Vijay, Kohli defy bowlers and pitch

Johannesburg: Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli took India further ahead on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa despite increasing concern about the condition of the pitch. India, seeking to prevent a whitewash in the three-match series, were 100 for four at lunch, an overall lead of 93. The visitors…

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Afghanistan to play maiden Test at Bangalore in June

New Delhi:Afghanistan will play their maiden Test match in the southern Indian city of Bangalore from June 14 to 18, cricket officials announced Tuesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it welcomed the opportunity to host its “friends” for their first Test since Afghanistan became a full member of the International…

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Markram falls short of century in 2nd India Test

Centurion, South Africa: Aiden Markram fell six short of a century after getting South Africa off to a strong start on the first day of the second Test against India at SuperSport Park on Saturday. South Africa were 182 for two wickets at tea after winning the toss and batting on an easy-paced pitch. Contrary…

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Play abandoned in South Africa v India Test

Rain prevented any play on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and India at Newlands on Sunday, but with fine weather expected for the remaining two days there is still a good chance of a result. South Africa were on 65 for two in their second innings — an overall lead…

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Shakib Al Hasan to lead Bangladesh in Test format

DHAKA: Bangladesh have named all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as test captain in place of Mushfiqur Rahim ahead of the two-match test series against Sri Lanka in January, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Sunday. Shakib previously led the team for nine tests from 2009 to 2011 and took over the Twenty20 captaincy during the…

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Sri Lanka draw third Test, India win series 1-0

New Delhi: Batsmen Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva helped Sri Lanka draw the pollution-tainted third and final Test in New Delhi as India took the series 1-0 on Wednesday. Dhananjaya, who retired hurt on 119 due to muscle stiffness, and Roshen, who remained unbeaten on 74, held Sri Lanka steady over three sessions of…

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Sri Lanka’s Lakmal vomits in smog-choked Delhi Test

New Delhi: Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal vomited on the ground Tuesday as New Delhi’s pollution again took centre stage during the third Test between India and Sri Lanka. Amid the toxic haze that engulfed the stadium for a fourth day, the Sri Lankan paceman looked sick and pale as he returned to the dressing room…

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Australia all out 138, England chase 354 to win

Adelaide, Australia: Australia were all out for 138 leaving England needing 354 runs to win the second Ashes Test on the fourth day in Adelaide on Tuesday. James Anderson took five wickets for the first time in Australia while Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja both top scored with 20. The highest winning run chase in…

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Kohli double century puts India on top of pollution-hit Test

New Delhi: Virat Kohli smashed a record double century to put India on top in the third Test against Sri Lanka, whose fielders wore anti-pollution masks in extraordinary scenes in a smoggy Delhi on Sunday. Kohli cracked a career-best 243 but his sixth double century as captain was overshadowed on the second day after Sri…

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Delhi pollution interrupts India-Sri Lanka Test

NEWS DESK: India were almost forced to declare their innings in bizarre circumstances as Sri Lanka ran out of players healthy enough to field in the polluted Delhi air on day two of the Test, reported ESPN Cricinfo. There were two stoppages – 17 minutes and five minutes – before the eventual declaration even as…

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Ashes 2017: England strike early but Australia march on in Adelaide

ADELAIDE: England struck early with the second new ball but Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh put together a sixth wicket partnership of 85 to help push Australia to 306 for six at tea on the second day of the first Ashes day-night test on Sunday. Paine completed his third test half century – seven years…

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Rain delays first Test between Sri Lanka and India

KOLKATA: Rain delayed the toss for the opening Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Thursday. Inclement weather in the eastern city of Kolkata had forced the two teams to cancel their practice on the eve of the first of the three Tests and drizzle Thursday morning kept the covers in place at…

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Cricket: Sri Lanka eyes ex-Bangladesh coach

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is in talks to hire former Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha to groom its national team for the 2019 cricket World Cup, sources said Wednesday. The 49-year-old Sri Lankan stepped down from the Bangladesh team earlier this month after a disastrous tour of South Africa. Since then there has been speculation he…

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England must silence Aussie crowds to win Ashes – Swann

LONDON: England must silence the baying home crowds if they are to stand any chance of getting on top of Australia during the upcoming Ashes series, said former spinner Graeme Swann.

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Committee formed to probe alleged paper leak

KARACHI: The Sindh Health Department has constituted an inquiry committee to probe the allegations of improper conduct of Public Sector Medical Colleges/ Universities Entry Test conducted on October 22, through National Testing Service (NTS) at various Centers. Special Secretary (Admn), Health Department Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar will be chairman of the committee, said a statement on…

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Pakistan to test 5G internet service soon

ISLAMABAD: Minster for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal has said after successful launch of third and fourth generation technology, the government will soon test 5G service in the country. Presiding over a meeting on Digital Pakistan in Islamabad, he said the government is striving to achieve the goals in the human resources development and technology…

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Cricket: West Indies win series after drawn Zimbabwe Test

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: An obstinate stand of 91 between Regis Chakabva and Graeme Cremer secured Zimbabwe’s first draw in Test cricket since 2005, leaving the West Indies to settle for a 1-0 series victory. The West Indies were on course to win the second Test on the final day when Sikandar Raza’s dismissal for 89 left…

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Cricket: India recall Vijay for Sri Lanka Tests

MUMBAI: Selectors recalled experienced opener Murali Vijay to India’s Test squad Monday for the first two matches of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts next month. The right-hander has recovered from a wrist injury that forced him to miss India’s recent tour of its island neighbour, when Virat Kohli’s side crushed the Sri…

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