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Virat Kohli defends Dhoni’s Lord’s grind

India captain Virat Kohli said it was wrong for pundits to "pounce" on MS Dhoni and "jump to conclusions" following the former skipper's bizarre innings in the second one-day international against England at Lord's on Saturday. The tourists were 140 for four, needing a further 183 runs in 23 overs to reach their target of 323, when Dhoni walked out to bat at the home of cricket. It was a situation that cried out for some belligerent batting from the often aggressive Dhoni, one of the best finishers of a white-ball…

Mathews expects hostility as test series begins at Lord’s

LONDON: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews did his best to play down any lingering discontent surrounding the controversial runout of Jos Buttler, but admits to expecting some hostility when his side's two-match test series with England begins at Lord's on Thursday. The visitors won the one-day international series 3-2, but their final victory was overshadowed by the dismissal of Buttler, who was runout at the non-striker's end by Sachithra Senanayake, who took the bails off when he strayed out of his crease. Neither player…