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  • India vs England: Virat Kohli Equals MS 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 draws for India.Dhoni led India in 60 Tests, and he managed to attain victories in 27 matches. In 2019, Kohli had surpassed Dhoni to become the most successful Test skipper for India.Earlier, England won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth and final Test against India. 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 England skipper in the longest format of the game.India had managed to defeat England by ten wickets within two days in the third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The match saw both India and England batsmen failing to shine and getting out to balls that did not turn and skidded through from the spinners. But critics have looked to blame the pitch for the failure of the batsmen.The four-match series is currently being led by India (2-1) and the hosts just need to win or draw the final Test to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).On the other hand, England is out of WTC's final contention, and they would be playing just to end the four-match series 2-2. If England win the last Test, then Australia would qualify for the WTC final.

  • West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Kieron Pollard's 6 Sixes In An Over Off Sri Lankan Right After His Hat-Trick. Watch

    Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya would have been on cloud nine having claimed a brilliant hat-trick in the first T20 International (T20I) against West Indies in Antigua. However, his fortunes turned very quickly, as the hosts' captain Kieron Pollard smashed him for six sixes off his very next over in one of the most dramatic U-turns in cricket. Pollard became only the second batsman to achieve the feat in T20Is and the third in international cricket. While Herschelle Gibbs was the first to do it in an ODI against Netherlands, Yuvraj Singh had smashed England's Stuart Broad for six maximums in the 2007 T20 World Cup. With West Indies off to a rapid start at 52/0 in 3.1 overs, Dananjaya dismissed Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran in successive deliveries to stall West Indies' momentum.However, as he came back to bowl the sixth over, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard took him to the cleaners.The first delivery of the over disappeared over cow corner. The second was powered straight to the sight-screen. Pollard targeted long-off on the third delivery and went over deep midwicket for the fourth. He smashed a half-tracker over long-on on the fifth delivery and went over deep midwicket again to complete the six sixes.Pollard was trapped leg-before the next over, but the damage was done and West Indies chased down the 132-run target with four wickets and more than six overs to spare.

  • IND vs ENG, 4th Test, Day 1 Live Score: Mohammed Siraj Removes Joe Root, England In Trouble

    England have lost three crucial wickets against India on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test match, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The visitors initially won the toss and elected to bat. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are currently batting for England and will be trying to build a steady partnership. Axar Patel continued with his fine form, taking the wicket of openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley. Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj dismissed Joe Root. England started the series with a massive win but last couple of matches have seen their confidence take a huge hit as they suffered massive defeats. While the hosts are high on confidence with back-to-back commanding victories, all is not lost for the Joe Root-led side who still have a chance to draw the series. For England, Dan Lawrence and Dom Bess have replaced Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad in the playing XI. Meanwhile, Siraj has come in for Jasprit Bumrah, who has been released due to personal reasons.

  • Bishan Singh Bedi Recovering Well After Surgery To Remove Blood Clot In Brain: Report

    Legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi has undergone a surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain at a city hospital a few days back and is recovering well. The 74-year-old former India captain had undergone a bypass surgery at the hospital last month after he complained of heart problems. He underwent the procedure in his brain just after the bypass surgery. "He had the blood clot (in his brain) removed six days back, just after the bypass surgery. He is recovering well and will be shifted to a private cabin by tomorrow," a source close to Bedi told PTI.Bedi, a premier left-arm orthodox spinner in his playing days, represented India in 67 Tests and 10 ODIs between 1967 and 1979, scalping 266 and seven wickets respectively.In December last year, Bedi had protested against the Delhi and District Cricket Association's (DDCA) decision to name the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium after its late ex president and former union minister Arun Jaitley.He had threatened to take legal action against the DDCA if his name was not removed from a spectators' stand at the stadium.

  • PSL: Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi Shine As Karachi Kings Beat Peshawar Zalmi By 6 Wickets

    Half-centuries from Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi guided Karachi Kings to a comfortable six-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi on Wednesday. This is Kings' third win in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six. Kings chased down the 189-run target with three balls to spare as Nabi smashed his second successive half-century with a brisk 35-ball 67, studded with eight fours and four sixes and Babar hammered six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten knock of 77 off 47. The pair stitched a match-winning 118-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Mohammad Imran struck on the first ball of the innings as he dismissed in-form Sharjeel Khan for a duck. Joe Clarke (17 off 14, four fours) and Colin Ingram (three off 11) were next to depart with the scoreboard reading 43 for three at the end of seventh over. But the three wickets did not inflict the harm which Zalmi had hoped for thanks to a solid Babar-Nabi partnership. Nabi, who was dropped on 20 in the 11th over, made full use of the reprieve as he smashed Zalmi bowlers all around the park. He brought up his half-century of just 28 balls and hit Amad Butt for three fours and a six in the 14th over, collecting 18 runs. Babar brought up his half-century off 35 balls and smacked two sixes and a four off Amad's fourth over, the 16th over of the innings which went for 25 runs. For Zalmi, Saqib Mahmood picked two wickets for 41. Earlier, Zalmi were dealt blows early on in their innings as King's emerging player Abbas Afridi, on his debut, dismissed both openers - Kamran Akmal (21 off 17, four fours) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (10 off 11, one six) - in the fifth over. Shoaib Malik, captaining for the first time in PSL 6 due to an injury to Wahab Riaz, was next to walk back to the pavilion after he was adjudged LBW on the first ball of the sixth over bowled by Mohammad Ilyas. The dismissal left Zalmi reeling at 34 for three. The recovery that the pair of Haider Ali (nine off 12, one four) and Ravi Bopara looked to the stage was interrupted in the 10th over with the dismissal of the former off Dan Christian. Zalmi, at half-way stage, were 69 for four. Bopara, however, ensured that the dismissal did not have any adverse impact on the scoring rate as he scored a fighting half-century. Over the course of his 40-ball 58, he smashed six fours and a six. He with Sherfane Rutherford denied Kings' bowlers any further inroads for the next nine overs as the two knitted a crucial 82-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Rutherford struck three fours and as many sixes in his knock of 46 from 32 balls. That the Zalmi were able to post 188 for five was due to explosive batting from all-rounder Amad down the order. Amad returned unbeaten on 27 from seven balls. The right-handed batsman clubbed Christian for three fours andixes in t two she final over which went for 32 runs - the most expensive over in the history of PSL.

  • Watch: Ravindra Jadeja Seen "Hustling On" At The Gym As Rehabilitation Begins

    All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has hit the ground running as he began his rehabilitation after undergoing a surgery following a thumb injury, which he suffered during the Test series in Australia. Jadeja took to Twitter on Wednesday to share a video of himself training in the gym. "Hustling On #comingbackstronger #trainhard," Jadeja wrote while sharing the video on the micro-blogging site. Jadeja had suffered a blow to his left thumb while batting on Day 3 of the third Test against Australia in January and was later ruled out of the fourth and final Test in Brisbane. He had to undergo a surgery after scans showed that he had dislocated his thumb. After his surgery, the all-rounder had promised his fans that he will be back soon "with a bang" and it seems like he is working hard to keep his word. On Tuesday, Jadeja posted a video as he returned to the ground for the first time in over a month. Sharing the video of him running in the field, Jadeja wrote: "Back on the field #firstday #postsurgery." Jadeja has been one of the key players for India in Test cricket and in his absence hasn't affected side's winning habit. In the last four Tests India have played without Jadeja, they have gone on to win three of them, one against Australia and two versus England at home in the ongoing four-Test series. Axar Patel, replacing Jajdeja in the side, has grabbed the opportunity with both hands, picking up three five-wicket hauls in his first two Test matches. The series-deciding fourth Test is set to begin on March 4 in Ahmedabad and Axar and his senior bowling partner Ravichandran Ashwin will be key to India's chances as they look to seal the series with a win and secure a spot in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.

  • India vs England: Pitch Looks "Very Similar" To Last Match, Says Joe Root Ahead Of 4th Test

    England skipper Joe Root on Wednesday said the pitch for the fourth and final Test against India looks very similar to the one on which his team was decimated in the third game but the visitors have learnt their lessons to be ready for the challenge starting Thursday. India need to avoid defeat in the match to find a place in the World Test Championships final in June, while a win for England would revive some of the lost confidence after the thrashing inside two days in the third Test. "It's (the pitch) looking very similar...I think the most important thing is that we learn all the lessons from the last two two test matches and make sure we're back for it," Root said when asked about the raging debate over the pitch in the last Test and how this one was looking. "It's important that if we get ourselves in a similar position in the first innings, we really make that count. And try and get some scoreboard pressure in the game, you know, early on," he said at the virtual press conference, on the eve of the game in Ahmedabad. Root said the English batsmen will look to build partnerships. "I think that as batters if you don't score runs, you will always look at yourselves, you'll always try and find ways to improve and we've certainly done that," Root said. "We've looked at a couple of dismissals and how we're going to find ways of building big partnerships and getting some significant scores on it if it is a similar surface this time around," he added. He also informed that the team has not finalised its 11 or 12 at this stage but made it clear that off-spinner Dom Bess was up for selection. "No, not at this stage and we're gonna have another day to see what that wicket finally looks like, ahead of things and we'll get a team at the toss," the England skipper informed. "He (Dom Bess) is certainly up for selection. He has been training really well. He's got a very good character and if he gets a chance to play I'm sure he'll be desperate to try and exploit the surface if it's anything like the last two games," he added.

  • Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test: Sean Williams Century, Bowlers Help Zimbabwe To 10-Wicket Win

    A century from skipper Sean Williams coupled with destructive pace bowling from Blessing Muzarabani and Victor Nyauchi led Zimbabwe to a rapid 10-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Williams hit 105 to guide Zimbabwe to 250 all out before Afghanistan -- trailing by 119 -- were bowled out for 135 in their second innings. That left Zimbabwe to score 17 runs which they got without any loss to end the match inside two days. Afghanistan were bowled out for 131 in their first innings. Lanky pacer Muzarabani finished with 2-14 -- six wickets in the match -- while his new ball partner Nyauchi took 3-30, also getting six in the match. Afghanistan were facing an innings defeat at 81-7 but opener Ibrahim Zadran fought hard during his 76 -- his second half century -- and added 48 for the eighth wicket with Amir Hamza who remained 21 not out. Zadran batted for three hours and hit 10 boundaries. This becomes Afghanistan's third defeat in five Tests since gaining status to play the five-day format in 2017. The writing was very much on the wall when Nyauchi had Abdul Malik in the second over for a duck for batsman's pair on debut. Nyauchi then had Rahmat Shah (zero) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (four) while Muzarabani had Munir Ahmad (one) and rival skipper Asghar Afghan (14) to leave Zimbabwe rocking at 47-6. Nyuaci's previous best of 3-69 was on his debut against Sri Lanka at Harare last year. Earlier, resuming at 133-5, Zimbabwe added 117 more runs to gain crucial lead. Williams, who resumed on 54 lost his overnight partner Ryan Burl for eight but then found an able partner in Regis Chakabva (44) as the duo added 75 for the seventh wicket. Williams completed his third Test century, and second in successive Tests, soon after lunch with a single to square leg. But he fell while flicking spinner Amir Hamza straight to mid-wicket. Williams had 10 boundaries while Chakabva smashed a six and six boundaries. Left-arm spinner Hamza finished with career-best figures of 6-75 -- his second five-for in Tests after his 5-74 against West Indies at Lucknow in 2019. The second Test starts on March 10, also in Abu Dhabi.

  • Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test: Sean Williams Century, Bowlers Help Zimbabwe To 10-Wicket Win

    A century from skipper Sean Williams coupled with destructive pace bowling from Blessing Muzarabani and Victor Nyauchi led Zimbabwe to a rapid 10-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Williams hit 105 to guide Zimbabwe to 250 all out before Afghanistan -- trailing by 119 -- were bowled out for 135 in their second innings. That left Zimbabwe to score 17 runs which they got without any loss to end the match inside two days. Afghanistan were bowled out for 131 in their first innings. Lanky pacer Muzarabani finished with 2-14 -- six wickets in the match -- while his new ball partner Nyauchi took 3-30, also getting six in the match. Afghanistan were facing an innings defeat at 81-7 but opener Ibrahim Zadran fought hard during his 76 -- his second half century -- and added 48 for the eighth wicket with Amir Hamza who remained 21 not out. Zadran batted for three hours and hit 10 boundaries. This becomes Afghanistan's third defeat in five Tests since gaining status to play the five-day format in 2017. The writing was very much on the wall when Nyauchi had Abdul Malik in the second over for a duck for batsman's pair on debut. Nyauchi then had Rahmat Shah (zero) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (four) while Muzarabani had Munir Ahmad (one) and rival skipper Asghar Afghan (14) to leave Zimbabwe rocking at 47-6. Nyuaci's previous best of 3-69 was on his debut against Sri Lanka at Harare last year. Earlier, resuming at 133-5, Zimbabwe added 117 more runs to gain crucial lead. Williams, who resumed on 54 lost his overnight partner Ryan Burl for eight but then found an able partner in Regis Chakabva (44) as the duo added 75 for the seventh wicket. Williams completed his third Test century, and second in successive Tests, soon after lunch with a single to square leg. But he fell while flicking spinner Amir Hamza straight to mid-wicket. Williams had 10 boundaries while Chakabva smashed a six and six boundaries. Left-arm spinner Hamza finished with career-best figures of 6-75 -- his second five-for in Tests after his 5-74 against West Indies at Lucknow in 2019. The second Test starts on March 10, also in Abu Dhabi.

  • "Watch: Virat Kohli Gives Fans Sneak Peek Into Training Session Ahead Of 4th Tests

    Watch: Virat Kohli Gives Fans Sneak Peek Into Training Session Ahead Of 4th TestIndia vs England: Virat Kohli posted a video on Twitter giving fans a sneak peek into his final net session on the eve of the fourth Test match against England.Prakash RaiUpdated: March 03, 2021 06:55 PM ISTRead Time: 2 min Watch: Virat Kohli Gives Fans Sneak Peek Into Training Session Ahead Of 4th Test IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli posted a net session video on the eve of the fourth Test match.© Twitter Virat Kohli showed his love for batting as he hit the nets one last time ahead of the fourth Test, starting in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Kohli, the most followed Indian celebrity on Instagram, posted a video on his social media handles giving his huge fan base a sneak peek into his final training session ahead of a game. While the India skipper didn't write any caption, but he did use a couple of emojis that were enough to sum up his love and passion for batting. While posting the video, Kohli used a red heart and a bat and ball emoji to express his love for the craft. In the video, Kohli can be seen playing all kinds of shots, including a pull shot and a couple of scintillating cover drives. Addressing the media during a virtual press conference ahead of the fourth Test match, Kohli slammed the pitch critics saying there is "too much noise about spinning tracks". When asked the steps to ensure that the Test match last more than two-three days, the right-handed batsman replied: "Do you play the game to win it or to make sure it goes to five days and there is entertainment?" Kohli also said that the Indian team has never cribbed out the surfaces while playing overseas and that's why they have been successful. "The reason behind our success as a team is that we haven't cribbed about any surface we have played on. We have always tried to improve," he added.