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India reduced to 54/5 at stumps, lead Aussies by 346 runs






Melbourne : India were reduced to 54/5 against Australia at stumps of day three on Friday, still maintaining a huge 346-run lead over the hosts in the third Test of the four-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

At the end of the day’s play, Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant were batting at the crease at their respective scores of 28 and six.

India were off to a decent start in their second innings, with openers Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari batting positively. Everything was looking fine till 28-0 when Pat Cummins struck to remove Vihari for 13 runs.


Subsequently, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli, who made significant contributions of 106 and 82 respectively, failed to replicate their good performances and wer both dismissed for a duck off Cummins’ deliveries. The Australian bowler then caught Ajinkya Rahane (one) to claim his fourth wicket of the innings.

Just few overs later, Josh Hazlewood removed Rohit Sharma for five. Sharma, who was unbeaten on 63 in the first innings, was caught by extra bounce as he got a top-edge straight to Mitchell Marsh who made no mistake to take the catch at slip.

Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah tore apart Australia’s batting line up as he scalped a brilliant six-wicket haul to help India bundle out Australia for 151 runs in their first innings, handing the visitors a lead of 292 runs.

The figures of six for 33 also saw Bumrah become the first Asian bowler to claim a six-wicket haul in the longest format of the game in Australia, England and South Africa. He also broke the 39-year-old Indian record of Duleep Doshi to take the top spot in the list of most wickets taken by an Indian bowler in his debut calendar year.

Bumrah has now bagged a total of 45 wickets in his debut calender year of 2018 while Doshi had taken 40 wickets in his debut year in Tests in 1979.

Besides Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets while Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami also chipped in with one each.



Women’s football team better than men’s, says Chhetri




New Delhi: The FIFA ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women’s team is better than the men’s side. The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries, after being in the top-100 last year. The women’s side is currently 62nd out of 152 nations.

Chhetri, the poster boy of Indian football with second-most goals among active international players, praised the national women’s team for its fifth consecutive SAFF title win. “Extremely proud of all of you. I have always maintained that the women’s team is much better than the men,” Chhetri said.

The women’s team will feature in Round 2 of the Olympics qualifiers, which kick off in Mandalay in Myanmar on April 3.

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I will be first one to hang my boots when time comes: Yuvraj on retirement




Mumbai: Yuvraj Singh’s cricketing future has been a topic of discussion for some years now but the player said he would be the first one to bid adieu when he felt that his time is up.

Out of national team’s scheme of things for good, Yuvraj has had a poor track record in the IPL but started on a bright note with a half-century for his latest franchise Mumbai Indians.

“When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang my boots,” Yuvraj told the media after MI’s 37-run defeat against Delhi Capitals in the IPL opener.


However, India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup hero did admit that at times he felt indecisive about carrying on.

“The last two years, have been up and down (for me). And I could not decide on what to do,” said the 37-year-old.

Yuvraj said when on introspection, he found that he is still enjoying the game just as he did as an U-16 cricketer not thinking about national team selection.

“The main thing for me was why I played the game when I started off. I played the game because I enjoyed playing cricket. When I enjoyed playing cricket, I was not playing for India. I was playing for U-14s and U-16s. So till the time, I enjoy playing cricket, I am going to play.”

The veteran left-hander spoke to Sachin Tendulkar, who could relate with his situation as to how he felt when he was at the business end of his career.

“I have been speaking to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through that time when he was 37-38-39 (and how he felt). Talking to him makes things easier for me. And I am just playing because I enjoy playing cricket pretty much,” he signed off.

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Zidane is the right man for the Real Madrid job : Mourinho




London: Jose Mourinho has said that he believes Zinedine Zidane is the right man for the Real Madrid managerial position.

Zidane was re-appointed as Madrid’s head coach earlier this month, just 10 months after he had resigned from the same position.

After Solari’s dismissal, many tipped Mourinho to return to the Santiago Bernabeu after he had been sacked as Manchester United boss in December.


Mourinho was Madrid’s manager from 2010 to 2013, but the Blancos instead opted to bring back three-time Champions League winner Zidane.

And Mourinho himself has now said that the Blancos made the right call, adding that the Frenchman is just getting started in his managerial career despite what he has already achieved.

“I do not think we can talk about a career for him yet,” Mourinho said of Zidane on Canal Plus.

“But in a very short time, he did what no one had done before, that is winning three consecutive Champions Leagues”.

“Now he is starting a new step in his career. He has to build a team, he has to make choices, buy players, sell them. He has to train them, give them his philosophy of play.

“I think he’s probably the best person for this club.”

Mourinho has not been shy about his desire to return to club management, and said this week he has already turned down a number of job offers.

The Portuguese said that he’s growing more eager to return every day.

“Day after day, I miss training. I’m not going to hide it,” Mourinho said.

“There’s something going on in my head, winning a fifth league and a new Champions League with a third club.”

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