Australia vs India: Virat Kohli century helps India level ODI series

Virat Kohli made 104 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni an unbeaten 55 from 54 balls as captains past and present guided India to a six-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day cricket international on Tuesday, leveling the three-match series at 1-1.  Kohli posted his 39th ODI century, his 24th in a second innings and his sixth against Australia, to lead a perfectly measured run chase which saw India surpass Australia’s total of 298-9 with four balls to spare.  He put on 82 in 13 overs in a critical partnership for…

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Gibson reserves special praise for SA batsmen in bowler-dominated series

PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018-19 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 14 Jan, 2019, 11:49 PM Faf du Plessis was one of the only two centurions in the three-Test series against Pakistan © Getty Despite South Africa’s 3-0 win over Pakistan largely coming at the back of a superior bowling display, South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson reserved special praise for the application of his batsmen. In what was a low-scoring series with the 300-run mark breached only twice in 12 innings and only two centuries were cracked – by…

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All round South Africa sweep series 3-0

PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018-19 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 14 Jan, 2019, 04:24 PM The Proteas pacers ripped through Pakistan’s batting to thump them in the dead-rubber © Getty Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander ran through the heart of Pakistan’s lower/middle order as the trio powered South Africa to a comfortable 107-run victory in the third and final Test at the Wanderers. In pursuit of a daunting target of 381, the visitors could muster just 273. With this win, the home side also completed a clean-sweep.…

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India’s balance problems with series on the line

Big Picture That was largely unexpected. Australia produced arguably their best ODI performance in two years to convincingly take the honours at the SCG and, as in the T20 series which began the tour, leave India needing to find a response. Australia’s batting was efficient rather than electric and the question remains whether the current line-up, with Glenn Maxwell at No. 7, has the firepower to push 350 when required but in Sydney they scored enough runs and defended them impressively. It was the new-ball attack of Jason Behrendorff and…

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Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar to replace KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for Australia, New Zealand series

Shubman Gill has been picked for the ODI & T20I series in New Zealand. (File) The All-India Senior Selection Committee has decided to send all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill as replacements for suspended cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. Vijay Shankar will join the team before the start of the 2nd ODI in Adelaide. He will be a part of the squad for the ODI series in Australia and the tour to New Zealand. Shubman Gill has been picked for the ODI & T20I series in New Zealand.…

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Mohali to host fourth ODI of India-Australia series starting next month

India has faced Australia four times in ODI’s at the stadium since 1995. (Representational/Express photo: Jasbir Malhi) As Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for an Australia tour of India starting next month, I S Bindra PCA Stadium, Mohali, was selected as the venue for the fourth One Day International (ODI) of the five-match series. The ODI will be a day-night match starting at 130 pm on March 10. The stadium, which hosted its first ODI in 1993, will be hosting its 25th match on March…

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Pakistan consider changes after ‘disappointment’ of series defeat

It was perhaps no accident Azhar Ali came out to face the press in Johannesburg. With speculation rife about the number of changes Pakistan may make to their side for the third Test – it could be as many as three – Azhar offered a characteristically straight bat to any queries on the subject. “There might be changes but the captain and the coach should speak about them,” he said. “But there might be changes according to the balance that best suits this pitch.” With Mickey Arthur having said last…

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NASCAR Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt replaces Johnny Sauter at GMS Racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt joined GMS Racing on Thursday in a move that cost another star driver his ride. The driver carousel began spinning right after Moffitt won the 2018 title in November with Hattori Racing Enterprises. That team had sponsorship struggles all last season and was in danger at times of not making it to the track. Even after winning the title, the team still needed a driver who brought financial backing, so Moffitt was let go and replaced by Austin Hill. With Moffitt…

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Australia series triumph will inspire future generations, reckons Tendulkar

FOCUSING ON GRASSROOTS Gaurav Gupta in Mumbai • Last updated on Thu, 10 Jan, 2019, 06:59 AM “All these things haven’t happened overnight. It’s a process which has taken some time.” © Getty Accolades have been pouring in for Cheteshwar Pujara ever since India’s Test No. 3 enjoyed the most prolific overseas tour of his career in Australia by slamming three hundreds in four Tests. The latest to join the Pujara ‘fan club’ is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. On Wednesday, when the batting legend was quizzed on the one factor that…

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IndyCar expects to announce new series title sponsor soon

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar Series officials hope to make an announcement about its new title sponsor before a February test in Austin, Texas, and long before NBC begins its expanded coverage of the series this season. Series officials have been seeking a replacement for Verizon, which announced in October 2017 it would leave the series following the 2018 season. Mark Miles, president and CEO of IndyCar parent Hulman & Co., said he would like to see the new sponsor’s name on the cars and fire suits for the test. NBC also…

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