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         Dhoni scores 43 but Jharkhand lose to Karnataka by 5 runs    
 
 
KOLKATA: Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit couple of towering sixes in his 43 but once again failed as a finisher with Karnataka pipping Jharkhand by five runs in a group D league encounter. More than 1000 people turned up at the Eden Gardens, simply because Dhoni was playing. He did bat for a period but as luck would have it, Jharkhand were all-out for 261 in 49.5 overs after Karnataka scored 266 in 49.4 overs. For Karnataka, IPL specialist Manish Pandey scored 77.

 
         Kohli says his team showed how not to bat    
 
 
PUNE: Captain Virat Kohli loathed the way Indian batsmen negotiated a rank turner, saying they showed how not to bat on such tracks and termed the massive defeat against Australia as their "worst" batting performance in recent times. Kohli suffered his first Test defeat as captain at home with India plumetting to a humiliating 333-run loss. "The batting let us down in both the innings. Our application was not good. There were no partnerships worth mentioning, it's an area which fills u

 
         O'keefe takes 12 as Australia trounce India by 333 runs    
 
 
PUNE: Unheralded left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe today grabbed a sensational match-haul of 12 wickets as a sloppy India slumped to a humiliating 333-run defeat inside three days in the first cricket Test against Australia here. Australia set a daunting target of 441, riding on skipper Steve Smith's batting masterclass on a rank turner, and then skittled out the hapless hosts for a paltry 107 in 33.5 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

 
         O'Keefe decimates India, Australia take control of 1st Test    
 
 
PUNE: An inexplicable batting collapse left India staring down the barrel as left-arm spinner Steeve O'Keefe's career-best six-wicket haul gave Australia a firm grip on the first cricket Test, here today.

 
         Premier League champions Leicester sack Ranieri    
 
 
LONDON: Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager of Leicester City just months after leading the club to a remarkable Premier League title triumph, the Midlands side has announced. The Italian's position has come under intense scrutiny this season during a slump that has left the Foxes just a point above the relegation zone. That follows their startling title triumph, with Leicester 5,000/1 no-hopers before the start of the 2015/16 season.

 
         Umesh shines but defiant Starc takes Australia to 256/9    
 
 
PUNE: Umesh Yadav gave a brilliant exhibition of reverse swing bowling before Mitchell Starc's rearguard half-century helped Australia reach a competitive 256 for nine against India on a difficult first day track in the first Test.

 
         Now Jharkhand captain, Dhoni motivates wards in unique style    
 
 
KOLKATA: On a day Virat Kohli and Co began their Test challenge against Australia in Pune, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a fresh challenge on his hands seemingly oblivious to what's happening in Team India. The former India skipper, who had surprised everyone yesterday by choosing to travel with his teammates in a train from Ranchi, checked in at Eden Gardens in Jharkhand jersey, motivating his state team in his usual 'captain cool' manner.

 
         Sehwag predicts 3-0 or 3-1 series win for India over Australia    
 
 
PUNE: The former India opener Virender Sehwag today described the current national cricket team as the strongest he had seen and predicted a 3-0 or 3-1 win in the upcoming Test series against Australia.

 
         It's not right time to pass judgment on my captaincy: Kohli    
 
 
PUNE: Virat Kohli today said it was too early to pass a judgment on his captaincy but insisted he has become a better batsman after assuming the leadership role since captaincy does not leave any room for complacency

 
         Indian eves win ICC World Cup Qualifier finals    
 
 
COLOMBO: Harmanpreet Kaur blasted a six in the penultimate delivery to power India to a one-wicket win over South Africa in a last-ball thriller at the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier Final at P Sara Oval here today. Needing nine off six balls, Indian women were staring at defeat when they lost Poonam Yadav (7) in the first delivery but Harmanpreet plundered Letsoalo over deep midwicket to bring India back on the chase and sealed the win with a couple of runs in the last ball of the over.0

 
         Stokes excited about sharing dressing room with Smith, Dhoni    
 
 
LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who became the highest paid overseas player in the Indian Premier League auction, is excited about sharing the dressing room with Steven Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his maiden stint at the cash-rich event. England players landed lucrative deals at the auction yesterday with Stokes bagging the biggest of them all after being bought for Rs 14.5 crore by Rising Pune Supergiants.

 
         This squad has become self-sufficient: Kumble    
 
 
MUMBAI: He feels privileged to be India's national cricket coach but the legendary Anil Kumble today said it has been more satisfying to see Virat Kohli and Co. become self-sufficient in dealing with challenges both on and off the field. "I have been privileged to have a chance to work this young lot for the last ten months. It's nice to see this squad grow and understand situations and come up with solutions. You want team to be self-sufficient and not look over their shoulders for advice

 
         Porter's son Natarajan: From tennis ball star to IPL big bucks    
 
 
NEW DELHI: His eyes transfixed on the TV screen, left-arm seamer Thangarasu Natarajan was finding it surreal when the bids against his name zoomed up at a breakneck pace during the IPL auction. The little known 25-year-old's life changed in a matter of few minutes as Rs 10 lakh base price saw a quantum 30-time jump reaching Rs 3 crore with Virender Sehwag vigorously raising the pedal for Kings XI Punjab.

 
         Afghan cricketers Nabi, Khan create IPL history    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Afghanistan cricket broke a new barrier when Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan became the first from the war-torn nation to be picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, here today. Both Nabi and Khan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, for Rs 30 lakh and Rs four crore respectively. Five cricketers from Afghanistan were included in the auction for the first time.

 
         Weakest Australian team ever to tour India: Harbhajan Singh    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has rated the current Australian team led by Steven Smith as the "weakest ever" in recent times to tour the Indian sub-continent.

 
         Wade, Marsh hit fifties as Australia reach 436/6 at lunch    
 
 
Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade completed individual half-centuries as Australia added another 100 plus runs against India A reaching a commendable 436 for 6 at lunch, on the second day of the warm-up game. Marsh was unbeaten on 64 off 135 balls in company of Glenn Maxwell batting on two. Matthew Wade was slightly more attacking than Marsh scoring 64 off 89 balls with nine boundaries before being dismissed by part-time off-spinner Akhil Herwadkar.

 
         Sindhu reaches World No. 5 in BWF rankings    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu continued to reach new heights as she became the second Indian woman to break into the top 5 in the latest BWF World Rankings.

 
         Smith, Marsh hit tons to put India A attack to the sword    
 
 
MUMBAI: India A bowlers were largely ineffective, allowing Steve Smith and senior batsman Shaun Marsh to strike comfortable hundreds as Australia started their Test tour in impressive fashion in the three-day warm-up game, here today. Riding on the two batsmen's centuries before both were retired out, Australia made 327 for three wickets by stumps on day one of the match against a largely unimpressive India A attack at the Brabourne Stadium.

 
         Captain Smith starts tour with a ton to put Aussies on top    
 
 
MUMBAI: Captain Steven Smith started the tour in impressive fashion by compiling his 30th first class century to help Australia reach 211-2 at tea on the opening day of their warm-up game against India A here today. Australia, 81 for two after having lost openers David Warner (25) and Matt Renshaw (11) before lunch, added 130 runs in the second session in 33 overs without losing any more wickets at the Brabourne Stadium.

 
         Gujarat Lions appoints Mohammad Kaif as Assistant Coach    
 
 
NEW DELHI: IPL franchise Gujarat Lions today appointed former Indian middle-order batsman Mohammad Kaif as its assistant coach for the upcoming season starting April 5. Speaking on appointment, Keshav Bansal, Director, Intex Technologies and Owner, Gujarat Lions said: "Kaif is a great resource for our team, who has valuable experience and in-depth knowledge of the sport.

 
         Kohli and Smith inspire new captain Root    
 
 
LEEDS: Joe Root hopes becoming a Test captain will take his batting to the "next level", just as it's done for India's Virat Kohli and Australia's Steve Smith. Root was confirmed as England's new Test skipper, following Alastair Cook's resignation, despite the likes of former Test spinner Graeme Swann saying it could adversely affect his batting. The 26-year-old Yorkshireman already boasts an impressive batting average of nearly 53 in his 53 Tests to date.

 
         PSG dismantle lacklustre Barca    
 
 
PARIS: Angel Di Maria scored a brilliant brace on his birthday as Paris Saint-Germain sensationally destroyed Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday. Di Maria, the former Real Madrid star, opened the scoring in the 18th minute and curled in another 10 minutes into the second half to celebrate his 29th birthday in style.

 
         PSG dismantle lacklustre Barca    
 
 
PARIS: Angel Di Maria scored a brilliant brace on his birthday as Paris Saint-Germain sensationally destroyed Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday. Di Maria, the former Real Madrid star, opened the scoring in the 18th minute and curled in another 10 minutes into the second half to celebrate his 29th birthday in style.

 
         Starc will challenge Kohli throughout the series: Hussey    
 
 
NEW DELHI: It will take a "collective bowling effort" from Australia to counter the Virat Kohli phenomenon but former batsman Mike Hussey believes that Mitchell Starc with his abilities will pose some serious challenge for the Indian captain throughout the Test series. Kohli recently eclipsed Sir Don Bradman's world record scoring four double hundreds in four successive Test series.

 
         Bolt, Biles win Laureus Sportsperson of the year award    
 
 
MONACO: Sprint king Usain Bolt pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy for the record-equalling fourth time while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women's category at the Laureus World Awards here.

 
         Selectors retain winning squad for Oz series, Mishra out    
 
 
MUMBAI: Leg-spinner Amit Mishra's injury-forced omission was the lone change as the national selectors today retained the formidable Indian squad, which hammered Bangladesh, for the first two Tests against Australia starting February 23. Mishra had to sit out of the Bangladesh Test owing to a knee injury, which had prompted selectors to bring in Kuldeep Yadav as cover.

 
         Smith accentuates value of series-win in India    
 
 
MUMBAI: Aware of the stiff challenge awaiting them in the upcoming Test series, Australia captain Steve Smith today said winning in India will go down as the 'best time of life' for the players of his team.

 
         Bowlers turn on heat as India beat Bangladesh by 208 runs    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Indian bowlers showed tremendous perseverance on an unresponsive pitch to crush Bangladesh by 208 runs in the one-off Test and stretch the team's unbeaten streak to 19 matches, here today. Chasing a daunting target of 459, Bangladesh were all out for 250 in 100.3 overs but put up a stiffer resistance than what the final outcome of the match would suggest

 
         Planning to turn professional with BFI support: Vikas    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Former Asian Games gold-medallist and two-time Olympian boxer Vikas Krishan has revealed that he is planning to turn professional by the end of this year provided the national federation keeps the amateur doors open for him. Speaking to PTI from New Jersey (USA), where he has been training for more than two months, the former World Championships bronze-medallist said he has his eyes set on the professional arena.

 
         Corruption will continue till PCB sets an example: Afridi    
 
 
KARACHI: Flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi believes that until the PCB sets a proper example, the menace of players being linked to spot-fixing and corruption cannot be stopped in Pakistan cricket. Afridi told the Geo Super channel in Dubai during the Pakistan Super League that he was very sad and disappointed after the latest scandal in which Pakistani batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were flown back under the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code.

 
 
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