Ravichandran Ashwin’s scintillating century and early wickets helped India to dominate on day three of the second Test against England after setting a 482 target at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Monday.
Ashwin played a knock of 106 runs before the hosts were bowled out for 286 in the final session of the day and set a target of 482 runs against visitors to take the 2-0 lead in the four-match series. At stumps on day three, England’s score read 53/3 with skipper Joe Root and Dan Lawrence still unbeaten on two and 19 runs respectively. Visitors still require 429 runs to win the game.
Axar Patel bagged two scalps while Ashwin clinched one wicket in the second innings.
Openers Dom Sibley (3) and Rory Burns (25) failed to provide a solid stand for the visitors and were picked by Patel and Ashwin respectively.
After losing openers early, England sent Jack Leach as nightwatchman but that move also did not work for the visitors. Leach was sent back to the pavilion on a single ball duck by Patel. Root and Lawrence played cautiously and made sure that the side did not suffer any hiccup on the day.
In the final session, 31.5 overs were bowled as both the teams together scored 118 runs with a loss of five wickets.
Earlier, Ishant Sharma departed after scoring seven runs when India’s score read 237 but Ashwin formed a crucial 49-run stand with Mohammed Siraj and the duo took the hosts’ score to 286 and the lead was extended to 481 runs.
At the tea break on day three, India’s score read 221/8, with Ashwin and Ishant on the field. The hosts currently enjoy a lead of 416 runs.
Resuming day three from 54/1, India got off to the worst possible start as the hosts lost both Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first 15 minutes. While Pujara lost the grip on his bat and failed to ground it on time, Rohit got stumped off Leach’s ball courtesy of some quick glove work by Foakes. Pant was sent up the order after the fall of two wickets but he too failed to leave a mark. Foakes stumped Pant as Leach scalped his second for the day.
Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli then started to rebuild India’s innings with a couple of boundaries. But Moeen Ali struck his first of the day as he dismissed Rahane to leave hosts reeling at 86/5 in the 31st over. Axar Patel too was sent back to the pavilion by Moeen in the 37th over. Kohli and Ashwin then formed a brilliant partnership. Both the players played cautiously but did not miss the opportunity to score boundaries on loose balls.
Continuing their brilliant form, Kohli and Ashwin completed their respective half-centuries as India crossed the 200-run mark in their second innings. Soon after that, England got the much-needed breakthrough as Moeen dismissed Kohli (62).
Kuldeep Yadav then took the field. Ashwin and Kuldeep began adding runs to the scoreboard, with India’s lead crossing the 400-run mark. However, the partnership between the two did not last for too long as Moeen removed Kuldeep (3).
Brief scores: England 134 and 53/3 (Rory Burns 25, Dan Lawrence 19*; Axar Patel 2-15, R Ashwin 1-28); India 329 and 286.
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Emily Ramsey joins West Ham United Women from Manchester United on loan
London [UK], March 8 (ANI): Emily Ramsey has joined West Ham United Women’s team until the end of the 2020/21 season, the club announced.
The club said that Ramsey has joined on an emergency loan basis after Mackenzie Arnold sustained an injury in training last week.
“West Ham United Women are pleased to formally announce the loan signing of Emily Ramsey until the end of the 2020/21 season,” the club said in a statement.
“The 20-year-old goalkeeper joins us on an emergency loan basis from Manchester United after Mackenzie Arnold sustained an injury in training last week,” it added.
Ramsey spent seven years at United’s centre of excellence before joining Liverpool in 2017. The England U21 international went on to rejoin the Red Devils for their inaugural season in the FA Women’s Super League and has since played two times for her hometown club.
She has also spent time out on loan at Sheffield United and represented England at U17 and U19 level.
“Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Emily to east London and wish her the best of luck for her time in Claret and Blue,” the statement read. (ANI)
Sam Curran defends England’s rotation policy, says he’s raring to go for T20Is
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 8 (ANI): While former cricketers raised question over England’s rotation policy, all-rounder Sam Curran feels the rest given to a player is important as living in a bio-secure bubble is tough.
In the recently concluded Test series against India, England’s rotation policy came under severe criticism and the side has been accused of not prioritising the India Test series.
The rotation policy saw Jonny Bairstow being rested for the first two Tests against India, and he was a shadow of himself in the next two Tests that he played, as he joined Shane Warne in the list at the second spot for recording most ducks against India.
But Curran admitted that he feels refreshed for the white-ball series against India and the rest given to him has made the all-rounder raring to go for the upcoming T20Is.
“Definitely there has been a lot of stuff spoken about it (rotation policy). So I think as a player it’s been greatly beneficial, the bubbles are really tough from a players perspective. Being away for long periods, it’s nice coming back and I do feel really refreshed and raring to go for this white-ball series,” said Curran in a virtual press conference on Monday.
“I think it’s gonna be a great series and like you said there have been various players who had their break and I am sure guys might say similar things. One reacts to bubble in different ways and that’s why I think ECB has allowed us to get out and come back. It’s about keeping us mentally and physically fresh in that aspect. I appreciate the break that I was given,” he added.
Curran highlighted the long terms benefit of rotation policy while pointing out the big summer England is going to witness later this year.
“You have to look at the broader aspect, like there is a T20 World Cup, the Ashes, the big India summer when they tour England and obviously New Zealand’s Test now,” said Curran.
“I think it’s a really busy period and England are making sure they get it right in the long term, like to make sure we are playing a lot of cricket and not burning out at the same time,” he added.
India and England will face each other in the first T20I on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“Really nice to be back in India, obviously a great place to play cricket. I left Sri Lanka, had my break and it was nice to get home and see my family and loved ones. The travel issues extended my break a little bit. Really excited to be in India again,” said Curran.
Earlier, England head coach Chris Silverwood suggested that visitors might look to continue the rotation policy in the Ashes which is scheduled for later this year. (ANI)
Man City are too far ahead: Solskjaer plays down title race revival after win
Manchester [UK], March 8 (ANI): Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down the talks regarding the late Premier League title push after his team defeated Manchester City.
Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Sunday which ended the leaders’ 15-match winning run in the Premier League. With this, Manchester City remain at the top of the Premier League table with 65 points while Manchester United are now second on the table with 54 points.
While Solskjaer is delighted with the victory, he insisted that Pep Guardiola’s side is “too far ahead”.
“We just take one game at a time. City are too far ahead for us to think we can catch them. Last year we caught 15 points up on Leicester, but City are a different proposition,” Goal.com quoted Solskjaer as saying.
“Even today they put us under so much pressure you could see we were playing against a very good team. When you come away with a 2-0 win and another clean sheet and a performance like this then you are delighted,” he added.
During the match, Manchester United got off to a flying start and took the lead thanks to a second-minute penalty from Fernandes, awarded after Gabriel Jesus had fouled Anthony Martial. Manchester City threatened after the break but Manchester United defended well to maintain their lead.
Shaw doubled Manchester United’s lead in the 50th minute and with this, Solskjaer’s side sealed a 2-0 win in the match. (ANI)
International Women’s Day: Mithali Raj shares picture with her ‘idol’
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, India women’s ODI skipper Mithali Raj dedicated a heartfelt post to her mother, her ‘biggest inspiration’, on Monday.
The veteran cricketer shared an adorable picture with her mother, along with a sweet note for the ‘strong and brave person’.
Mithali, who represented India in 89 T20I matches before calling off her career in the shortest format, said that her mother has always encouraged her to give the best.
“My mother is my biggest inspiration, she is my idol. A strong and solid person. Caring, honest, brave and always encouraging me to give my best. On women’s day I salute her and wish all the lovely women a very happy women’s day #HappyWomensDay,” Mithali tweeted.
Earlier in the day, India skipper Virat Kohli said the strength of a society is the strength of women.
Taking to Twitter, Kohli wrote, “Happy Women’s Day to all the amazing women of the world. The strength of a society is the strength of women.”
India Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wrote, “I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many strong women in my life, thank you for your all unending support. Wishing all the wonderful women a very Happy Women’s Day!”
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world. (ANI)
Big matches drive us: Tuchel ahead of Everton clash
London [UK], March 8 (ANI): Ahead of the clash against Everton, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said that their opponents have a “very strong squad” while admitting that he relishes big matches.
Everton are witnessing a very good form and enjoying a three-match winning streak. The fifth-placed club Everton will leapfrog Chelsea on the Premier League table if they manage to defeat Tuchel’s side in their upcoming match.
“Everton had a very strong start to the season and had a big win also at Anfield and they kept the momentum going [by beating West Brom on Thursday]. They have a very strong squad, very physical and full of talent, with strong strikers and a dangerous no.10 with James Rodriguez,” the club’s official website quoted Tuchel as saying.
“They have strong experienced players and a super-strong manager on the sidelines with Carlo Ancelotti who knows how to keep the momentum going. It is good that we have a big match next because that drives us, it gets us out of bed early and then it is a very natural process to be at our top level again,” he added.
Chelsea is unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League home matches against Everton (W14 D11). Also, Tuchel could become the first head coach in Premier League history to see his side keep a clean sheet in each of his first five home matches in charge in the competition.
Chelsea will take on Everton in the Premier League on Monday. (ANI)
India women’s team to play one-off Test against England
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah announced that India women’s team will play a one-off Test against England later this year.
It will be India women’s first game in the longest format of the game since November 2014 when the Indian players took on South Africa. India and England had earlier played a one-off Test in 2014 where the Mithali Raj-led side emerged victorious by six wickets.
“On the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay, I’m pleased to announce that #TeamIndia @BCCIWomen will play a one-off Test match against @ECB_cricket later this year. The women in blue will be donning the whites again,” Jay Shah tweeted.
Meanwhile, the India women’s side is currently locking horns with South Africa in the three-match ODI series. In the first ODI, Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt scored their respective half-centuries to help South Africa women’s team thrash India by eight wickets.
Chasing a target of 178 runs, South Africa got off to an impressive start, with openers Lee and Wolvaardt scoring regular boundaries. The duo proved to be too good for the hosts’ bowlers, who struggled to restrict the batters from scoring runs.
Lee and Wolvaardt continued their scintillating performance and took the team over the 100-run mark in the 26th over. Both showed no signs of a struggle and kept adding runs to the scoreboard, taking South Africa closer to the victory.
In the 38th over, Jhulan Goswami handed India the first breakthrough as she got hold of Wolvaardt (80). Sune Luus then came to bat but failed as Goswami dismissed her as well. However, the comeback was too late for the Indian side as South Africa easily got over the line in the 41st over.
Earlier, Mithali Raj top-scored with a knock of 50 runs as India posted a score of 177/9 in the allotted fifty overs against South Africa. (ANI)
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