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Sourav Ganguly has assured me that India will tour Australia: CA chairman

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Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings has put doubts over India’s upcoming tour to Australia to rest, saying he has got assurance from his Indian counterpart Sourav Ganguly that Virat Kohli’s men would travel Down Under for a full-fledged series.

“I’m 100 per cent confident they are coming. Sourav Ganguly and I talk about it most days and we are already planning when we can catch up once he and the team get over here,” a report in The Australian quoted Eddings as saying.

As per the report, the tour will commence with a white-ball component before the four-Test series, which at this stage, begins in Adelaide on December 17-21. The other venues include Melbourne (December 26-30), Sydney (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19).

The report further said that the Indian team would land in Brisbane, instead of Perth or Adelaide, and will not face much strictness in terms of quarantine time despite the state of Queensland currently seeing severe restrictions.

Ganguly, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, is currently in the United Arab Emirates where the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is taking place.

Team India, under Kohli’s leadership in 2018, had become the first Asian team to register a Test-series win Down Under when they won the four-match series 2-1.

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Prithvi Shaw scores century as Mumbai beat Delhi in Vijay Hazare Trophy

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Prithvi Shaw scored an unbeaten 105 as Mumbai beat Delhi by a comprehensive seven wickets with nearly 20 overs remaining in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Jaipur on Sunday.

Shaw smashed 105 in in 89 balls with 15 fours and two sixes to help Mumbai chase down a target of 212 in 31.5 overs. Suryakumar Yadav, who recently earned a call-up to the Indian T20I team for their upcoming five-match series against England, also scored 50 off 33 balls with six fours and two sixes.

Earlier, Delhi were pulled to 211/7 due to an unbeaten 106 by Himmat Singh. Shikhar Dhawan, who is also part of the Indian squad for the series against England, and his opening partner Anuj Rawat were out for ducks leading to Delhi losing their first two wickets without scoring a run in the first two overs.

Meanwhile, Rahul Tewatia, who has also received a maiden call-up to the Indian team along with Yadav, smashed 73 off 39 balls for Haryana against Chandigarh. His innings was coupled with a century from opener Himanshu Rana as Haryana scored 299/9 but Chandigarh rode on captain Manan Vohra’s 117 and Ankit Kaushik’s unbeaten 78 to reach 300/7 and thus win the match by three wickets with as many balls to spare.

Elite D (In Jaipur):

Puducherry 273/6 in 50 overs (Paras Dogra 101, Sheldon Jackson 55; Shubham Sharma 2/34) lost to Rajasthan 274/4 in 46.1 overs (Mandend Singh 115, Aditya Garhwal 70; Anton A Subikshan 3/55) by 6 wickets with 23 balls remaining

Maharashtra 295/8 in 50 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 102, Yash Nahar 52; Vaibhav Arora 4/45) beat Himachal Pradesh 236 all out in 48.3 overs (Abhimanyu Rana 46, Amit Kumar 34; Rajvardhan Hangargekar 4/42) by 59 runs

Delhi 211/7 in 50 overs (Himmat Singh 106 not out, Shivank Vashisht 55; Dhawal Kulkarni 3/35) lost to Mumbai 216/3 in 31.5 overs (Prithvi Shaw 105 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 50; Lalit Yadav 2/32) by seven wickets with 109 balls remaining

Elite E (In Kolkata):

Haryana 299/9 in 50 overs (Himanshu Rana 102, Rahul Tewatia 73; Jagjit Singh 3/36) lost to Chandigarh 300/7 in 49.3 overs (Manan Vohra 117, Ankit Kaushik 78 not out; Sumit Kumar 2/34) by three wickets with three balls remaining

Jammu and Kashmir 279/9 in 50 overs (Shubham Khajuria 68, Vivrant Sharma 66; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3/50) lost to Saurashtra 283/7 in 49.1 overs (Chirag Jani 93 not out, Arpit Vasavada 66; Mujtaba Yousuf 2/46) by three wickets with five balls remaining

Bengal 315/6 in 20 overs (Kaif Ahmed 75, Anustup Majumdar 58; Varun Choudhary 2/54) beat Services 245 all out in 49.4 overs (Rajat Paliwal 90, Pulkit Narang 53; Ishan Porel 2/31)

Plate (In Chennai):

Nagaland 310/8 in 50 overs (Sedezhalie Rupero 99, Rongsen Jonathan 92; Varun Sood 2/34) beat Sikkim 212 all out in 49.2 overs (Robin Bist 72, Nilesh Lamichaney 37; Hem Chetri 3/29) by 98 runs

Manipur 108/6 in 28 overs (Kangabam Singh 25, Langlonyamba Meitan Keishangbam 25; Rajjakuddin Ahmed 2/11) lost to Assam 119/0 in 15.4 overs out of 25 (Pallavkumar Das 75 not out, Denish Das 36)

source: The Statesman

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1st Test: England lose Burns for duck after bowling Ind out for 337

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England on Monday reached 1/1 in their second innings at Lunch on Day Four of the first Test against India here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, thus extending their overall lead to 242 after bowling out the hosts for 337.

England started off their second innings on the worst possible note as they lost opener Rory Burns on the very first ball bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin. The ball turned sharply taking the edge of the bat of Burns and went straight into the hands of Ajinkya Rahane at the slips.

Dominic Sibley (0 batting) and Daniel Lawrence (0 batting) then made sure the visitors didn’t lose any further wickets in the two overs bowled by Ashwin and Shahbaz Nadeem.

Earlier in the day, India got bundled out for 337, thus conceding a massive first innings lead of 241 runs in reply to England’s 578. However, the visitors decided not to enforce the follow-on.

Resuming the day at 257/6, India lost Ashwin just before the first-hour break as he got out against Jack Leach. Ashwin (31) stitched a valuable 80-run partnership with Washington Sundar before his departure.

Nadeem, who came in next, went back to the dressing room without troubling the scorers, becoming the second scalp of Leach.

Ishant Sharma (4) also didn’t stay long and was out caught at short-leg on a well directed short-delivery from James Anderson.

Jasprit Bumrah (0) was the last wicket to fall as he was caught brilliantly at the slips by Ben Stokes. Sundar remained unbeaten on 85 for which he faced 138 deliveries. He scored 12 boundaries and two sixes during the course of his innings.

Off-spinner Dominic Bess was the pick of the England bowlers as he picked four wickets in the 26 overs he bowled. Leach, Jofra Archer and Anderson scalped two-two wickets each.

On Day Three, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara had made valuable contributions of 91 and 73 respectively.

England had scored 578 runs in their first innings, riding on a brilliant knock of 218 from skipper Joe Root. Sibley and Stokes had also contributed with 87 and 82 respectively.

Brief scores: England 578 and 1/1 at Lunch on Day Four (Dominic Sibley 0 batting, Daniel Lawrence 0 batting; Ravichandran Ashwin 1/0) lead by 242 runs vs India 337 all out (Rishabh Pant 91, Washington Sundar 85 not out; Dominic Bes 4/76)

source: The Statesman

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India conquer The Gabba by beating Australia in final Test; win four-match series 2-1

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India on Tuesday became the first team to conquer The Gabba in 33 years as they beat Australia by three wickets in the final Test and won the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series 2-1.

Chasing 328, India achieved the target with three overs remaining on Day 5. Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pan shone with the bat for visitors on the weary Brisbane wicket against the star-studded Australian bowling attack.

If Pant ensured India’s completion of the chase by remaining unbeaten on 89, opener Gill’s innings of 91 was the kickstart India needed.

Pujara with his marathon 211-ball knock of 56 runs was the steadying force that held India’s fort from end eventually guided the tourists towards history.

The Ajinkya Rahane-led team were comfortably placed after the second session of final day at 183/3, requiring another 145 runs in 37 overs from the post-Tea period.

Earlier, resuming the session at 83/1, talented opener Shubman Gill continued on his development as he went on to play positively and alongside Pujara, collected runs at a brisk rate.

Gill, who looked reasonably comfortable against the Australian pace attack which resorted to short-pitched stuff, looked all set for what would have been a well-deserved century before he got caught in slips by Steve Smith against Nathan Lyon at his individual score of 91.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who came in next, looked positive right from the word go and shared a quick 35-run stand with Pujara.

Rahane, after contributing with 24 off just 22 balls to India’s total, however got out caught behind against Pat Cummins.

India then sent in Pant, instead of Mayank Agarwal, clearly signalling their intentions of going for the win. Pujara and Pant added 61 runs to steady India’s ship after Australia looked to threaten by dismissing Gill and Rahane in a span of 10 overs.

While Pujara was dismissed soon after Tea, Pant showed why he is backed to the tilt by the team management. He scripted a 37-run partnership with Mayan Agarwal (9) before adding another 53 with Washington Sundar (22).

In the meantime, the 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman completed his half-century and anchored the broken ship of India, which was without its main captain and chief sailors, at finishing line after a successful voyage.

Earlier, in the morning session, India lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma (7) but scored 79 runs as Gill and Pujara didn’t allow Australia to make inroads into the Indian batting line-up

West Indies were the last one to beat Australia at what is considered a fortress for the Australian team.

In all, Australia had won 40 out of the 62 games they played at the venue prior to this match, losing just eight.

Four of those losses have come against England while three came against West Indies, the last of which was in 1988. One came against New Zealand.

India have played seven matches, losing five, drawing one and winning the one in the ongoing series.

This is also the first time Australia have not won at The Gabba since 2012.

Back in November 2012, they had drawn against South Africa. Following that draw, they beat England (twice), India, New Zealand, Pakistan (twice) and Sri Lanka.

source: The Statesman

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