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Bopanna To Skip ATP Rogers Cup In Toronto; To Focus On Asian Games

New Delhi: Doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna will skip the ATP Rogers Cup beginning in Toronto from August 6, and will reach Palembang on August 14 to get acclimatised to the conditions ahead of the Asian Games. Bopanna is recuperating from a shoulder injury.

It means that Bopanna will compete at the Asian Games without any competitive match since the Wimbledon Championships.

Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin had conceded their men’s doubles second round after the Indian suffered the injury on July 6.

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Sindhu To Face Marin In Momentous World Badminton Finals At Nanjing

New Delhi: Ace  Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the women's singles final at the World Championship in Nanjing, China on Saturday. In the semi-final, she registered a brilliant 21-16, 24-22 win over World Number two, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.  Sindhu will face Carolina Marin of Spain in the final on Sunday. Sindhu is the lone Indian to progress in the Badminton World Championships, as her compatiorts Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in thequarter-finals  on Friday.

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Chasing A Target Of 194, India 110/5 At Stumps At Edgbaston; Need Another 84 To Win

New Delhi: Going into the Edgbaston Test, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane explained why no batsman is ever in when the ball starts seaming around in England. By extension, it meant no bowler is ever out.

Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin put on another pace-spin show for India to raise victory hopes, but England pacers roared back after tea to leave the first Test tantalisingly poised on the third day.

India, chasing a target of 194 to win the thrilling match, were 110/5 at stumps, needing 84 to win. For those who feel Test cricket is on the decline, or put batsmen on top, it was thrilling to see bowlers from both sides turn the match into an absolute cracker.

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Virat Kohli Shows The World What Sheer Determination And Class Can Achieve

New Delhi: On a day when other batsmen of India failed to show spine as they caved in against rookie left-arm pacer Sam Curran, Ben Stokes and James Anderson, Kohli showed what sheer determination and class can achieve.

With this, Virat Kohli ended a four-year debate about his ability to negotiate swing and seam to win a sensational personal battle and for his team on a dramatic second day of the Edgbaston Test against England on Thursday.

England had been put up as the Indian skipper’s final frontier after failures on his first tour to a country where seaming conditions make life difficult even for the most experienced.

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England Skipper Joe Root Once Again Denied A Century By Indian Team

New Delhi: A run out for 80 by a brilliant direct hit by ViratKohli, England skipper Joe Root was once again denied a century pulling back the home team’s surge on the final session of Day 1 in the opening test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Root was easing towards his 14th century only for Kohli, with the sun in his eyes, throwing down at the non-striker’s end to catch his counterpart well short as he tried a risky second run after Jonny Bairstow had played R Ashwin to midwicket.

It helped India rein in England, who were threatening to run away with the innings after Root had elected to bat on a good pitch. Missing out on a century will, however, add to the pressure on the home team skipper.