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Virat Kohli scores brilliant century to leave first test finely poised

BIRMINGHAM: Virat Kohli scored a gritty 149 to rescue India and leave the intriguing first test finely balanced as England were left to rue several missed chances before they ended the second day 22 runs ahead on Thursday. With England’s pace bowlers running through India’s much vaunted top order to leave them reeling on 100-5, it was left to captain Kohli to string together a series of partnerships as he seemed to be on a one-man mission to overhaul England’s first innings total of 287. Making the most of the two…

‘Been working on simplifying my action’ – Ravichandran Ashwin

EDGBASTON: His experience in the County Championship has helped Ravinchandran Ashwin vary his pace and simplify his bowling action for English pitches, the off-spinner said after his 4/60 on the first day of the Edgbaston Test. Ashwin was largely the reason why England, who were 216/3 at one point, were reduced to 285/9 by the time stumps were drawn in Birmingham on Wednesday. The 31-year-old had a stint with Worcestershire in 2017 – he scored 214 runs at an average of 42.80, and took 20 wickets in four matches –…

Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ gesture adds to the spectacle, says Root

BIRMINGHAM: England captain Joe Root took Virat Kohli’s “mic drop” gesture in good spirit and said the India skipper’s mocking imitation of him had added to the spectacle of test cricket. England were cruising at 216 for the loss of three wickets on the opening day of the first test on Wednesday when an ill-judged call by Jonny Bairstow led to Root being run out on 80 following a brilliant throw by Kohli. Kohli celebrated the dismissal with a “mic drop” gesture, pretending to drop an imaginary microphone, just as Root…

India limp to 76 for three after Curran strikes

BIRMINGHAM: India suffered early blows in their reply to England’s modest first innings total with English left armer Sam Curran pegging them back to 76 for three at lunch on the second day of the first test match. After getting off to a decent start with the Indian openers chalking up a half century partnership, the visitors were rocked by three swift strikes by the 20-year-old swing bowler who is playing in his only second test match. The opening duo of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan got the visitors off to a good…

Lord’s to host England’s Test clash with Ireland

LONDON: England’s historic first Test match against Ireland will be played at Lord’s next July. Ireland made their Test debut against Pakistan at Malahide in May and in 2019 they will head to London for a four-day match against England at the home of cricket from July 24-27. It will be the first ever meeting between the two local rivals in the game’s longest format. The clash is the precursor to next year’s Ashes series between England and Australia, which begins at Edgbaston on August 1. Lord’s hosts the second Ashes…

Dominic Bess is ready for first Test

LONDON: His first class debut was nightmare for Dominic Bess but come Thursday and if selected Dominic Bess will be ready to make his mark against Pakistan at the headquarters of cricket, Lord's. The 20-year-old is seen as a surprise selection for the Lord's Test but his recent first class showings gave new head of selectors Ed Smith enough hints to throw him in the deep end. Considering Pakistan's past it could be a successful selection. Eight years ago Pakistan gifted part-time spinner Marcus North six wickets in…

Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi Test

ABU DHABI: Pakistan, chasing a tricky 138 to win, failed to survive the quality Sri Lankan bowling and eventually ended up being dismissed for 114. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was 13 not out and Haris Sohail 19 as Pakistan need another 69 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series at lunch. After the lunch break, Pakistan team began to crumble with Sarfraz becoming first victim of the SL bowling. Earlier, Yasir Shah took 5-51 to help Pakistan dismiss Sri Lanka for 138 in their second innings.   Taking a…

Abu Dhabi Test: Chandimal’s century takes Sri lanka to 419

ABU DHABI: Dinesh Chandimal hit an unbeaten hundred to help Sri Lanka post a big 491-run total on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The Sri Lankan skipper remained undefeated on a punishing 155 to lift Sri Lanka from positions of 61-3 and an overnight 227-4 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. He batted for a mammoth 546 minutes, faced 372 balls and smashed 14 boundaries to leave Pakistan's pace-cum-spin attack frustrated on an unresponsive pitch. Chandimal added 134 for the fifth…

Bangladesh stun Australia in historic Test victory

DHAKA: Bangladesh Wednesday registered their first-ever win over Australia in Test cricket, beating Steve Smith's men by 20 runs in a thrilling match in Dhaka. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took 5-85 to help the hosts dismiss Australia for 244 shortly into the second session on the fourth day. David Warner top-scored with 112 for the tourists, who were chasing a victory target of 265 after dismissing the hosts for 221 in their second innings. Shakib lived up to his billing as the world's number one Test all-rounder,…

Pakistan eye win as Shah rattles West Indies top order, Misbah left on 99

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Yasir Shah ripped through the top order of the West Indies second innings in the final session of another long day to put Pakistan on course for victory at the end of the fourth day of the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Monday. After captain Misbah ul Haq became just the sixth batsman in Test history to be left stranded on 99 not out as Pakistan were dismissed for 407 in their first innings, the hosts, trailing by 121 runs, were reduced to 93 for four at stumps with Shah taking all four…