Saurav Ghoshal storms into final of Macau Open Squash Championship

New Delhi: India's leading player Saurav Ghosal stormed into the final of the Macau Open Squash Championship. The national champion, seeded fourth, ousted the top seed Simon Rosner of Germany in five games 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4 in a pulsating semi-final.
The Indian is ranked 28th in the world while the German is placed 11th. But that did not unsettle Ghosal who showed his characteristic fighting ability and ensured victory in what proved a topsy turvy tussle. 

Mixed Doubles Shuttlers Pranaav, Sikki Reddy Lone Survivors In Japan Open

New Delhi:  India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy reached the semi-finals, while the men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy fell in the quarter-finals of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries on Friday.

Pranaav-Sikki got the better of South Koreans Seung Jae Seo and Kim Ha Na 21-18, 9-21, 21-19 in 58 minutes. The Indian pair will have a good chance to advance to the final as they will meet Japanese qualifiers Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota tomorrow.


2nd ODI: Kuldeep Yadav takes hat-trick as India goes 2-0 up against Australia

New Delhi: Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav has become only the third Indian to take a hat-trick as the hosts demolished Australia by 50 runs in the second OD at Eaden Gardens in KoIkata, continuing their dominating run over the listless visitors.

Chasing 253 on a tricky surface, Australia once again had no answer to the guile of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/34) and Chinaman Yadav (3/54), who struck at crucial junctures to bundle out the opposition for 202 in 43.1 overs.


Lalchand Rajput says Hardik Pandya 'ideal' all-rounder after Kapil Dev

New Delhi: Former India cricket manager Lalchand Rajput has said that Hardik Pandya is the "ideal all-rounder" that the national team has been aspiring since the departure of legendary Kapil Dev.

"Hardik Pandya is an exceptional cricketer. The talent he has got, I have seen him at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) and then he was with me at the Zonal Camp (ZCA). He has got tremendous talent. He is an ideal all-rounder after Kapil Dev," Rajput said.

The 23-year-old Pandya played a crucial knock in the first ODI against Australia in Chennai, which eventually helped India to win the ODI by 26 runs via Duckworth Lewis method.


BCCI Moves Kerala HC Against Order Lifting Life Ban On Sreesanth

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has moved the Kerala High Court against a single bench order lifting the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

In its appeal, the BCCI said that the decision to ban the cricketer was taken based on the evidence against him.
The single judge bench on August 7 had lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the board.