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Gritty Century By Pujara Pushes India To Respectable Total Of 250 At The End Of The Day’s Play At Adelaide

New Delhi: A gritty century by Cheteshwar Pujara pushed Indian to a respectable total of 250 at the end of the day’s play India did not get off to a bright start and were reduced to 86 for 5 at one stage.

“I would say it is a decent total because there is enough turn. Ashwin will also come into play. It is not an easy wicket to bat on. Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it doesn’t look like it is doing a lot. But when I batted in the first and second sessions, I felt it wasn’t easy to bat on and with our fast bowlers, I will share my experience of what line and length to bowl on this pitch. It is the grass. The oddball is skidding on and the oddball is holding a bit more from the grass. I would say it is kind of a two pace and it is not easy to bat,” he said at the end of the day’s play.

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India Smells Blood But Kohli’s Men Too Under Pressure To Perform In Australia

New Delhi: Coach Justin Langer said that with Australia in turmoil, India are ‘smelling blood’ but Virat Kohli’s men would also be under great pressure to perform during the four-Test series starting from November 6.

“You sense they’re smelling blood. Just like the great Australian cricket team of 2001 felt and we just fell short (of winning in India) and we were able to (win in) 2004,” Langer told Australian radio channel SEN’s Whateley. “You sense these moments. I’m sensing India feel that.”

India have never won a Test series in Australia and their recent oversees record has also been poor with 1-2 loss to South Africa in February and 1-4 defeat to England in September.

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Kapil Dev May Be Part Of The Panel To Finalise India’s New Women’s Cricket Coach

New Delhi: Former captain of Indian cricket team legendary Kapil Dev could be part of the panel to finalise India’s new women’s cricket coach. There is a possibility that the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) may not be able to conduct the process for various reasons.

The position of women’s coach has been left vacant after a bitter end to Ramesh Powar’s interim tenure on November 30 and the deadline for potential candidates to file applications ends on December 15.

As per norms, the CAC is mandated to conduct interviews for the job but the committee, comprising the legendary trio of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly may not be part of the process owing to prior commitments.

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Birthday Wishes Pour In For Mithali Raj As The Ace Cricketer Turned 36 On December 3

New Delhi: From the International Cricket Council (ICC) to Sachin Tendulkar, a number of people took to Twitter to extend good wishes to Mithali Raj on her birthday. Wishes poured in for the Indian women’s ODI team skipper Mithali Raj from across the cricketing fraternity as the ace cricketer turns 36 todaon December 3.

“Happy birthday to Mithali Raj! No woman has scored more ODI runs than her 6,550,” ICC wrote along with her picture in the blue jersey.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Women also wished the “leading run-scorer” in women ODIs.

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India Settle A 2-2 Draw With Belgium In The Men’s Hockey World Cup

New Delhi: India in a spirited effort eked out a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium in an evenly-contested Pool C match of the men’s hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwar.

Pegged back by Alenander Hendricks’ goal in the eighth minute, India made a valiant comeback after the change of ends, scoring two goals in the third and fourth quarter through Harmanpreet Singh (39th) and Simranjeet Singh (47th) to take the lead.

But the hosts defence faltered in the final minutes and conceded a late goal when Simon Gougnard scored in the 56th minute to draw level.

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