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India bat after Ashwin six-for secures 258-run lead

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Indore: Ashwin proved again why he is rated as the best off-spinner in the world by his control and guile. On Monday, he claimed 6 wickets against New Zealand in the first innings at Holker stadium in Indore.

On the least helpful pitch of the series, Ashwin’s wickets came largely through his deception in the air, which constantly disrupted the batsmen’s reading of line and length.

In the first innings, New Zealand, bundled out for 299, handed India a big 258 first innings lead.

India did not enforce follow-on and choose to bat in the second innings to allow bowlers much needed rest and bowl on a crumbling pitch on 4th day.

Ashwin had completed his 20th five-wicket haul to finish with six wickets for 81 runs. At the end of the day, India scored 18/0, extending their lead to 276 run with all second innings wickets in hand.

Gautam Gambhir retired hurt after aggravating a shoulder injury he had sustained while fielding.

Earlier, New Zealand started their first innings with a promise, adding 118 runs for the first wicket – first century stand for the first wicket in the series. But wickets started to tumble with Ashwin’s brilliance.

Brief scores: India 18/0 and 557/5 lead New Zealand 299 (Guptill 72, Neehsam 71; Ashwin 6/81) by 276 runsBrief Scores:

India 557 for 5 dec and 18 for 0

New Zealand 299 (Guptill 72, Neesham 71, Latham 53, Ashwin 6-81)

India lead by 276 runs

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Need fearless match-winners to win big tournaments, says Kohli

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Guwahati, 4 Jan : India sipper Virat Kohli reckons it will be tough for his side to win ICC events untill the middle-order steps up and delivers in situations when the top-order fails. Kohli also said the success of the team can’t revolve around any two or three players and the entire team should click as a unit.

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Bangladesh agree to play Day-Night Test at Eden Gardens

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Kolkata, 29 Oct : Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday agreed to play the second Test against India at Eden Gardens under lights and this will be the first Day-Night Test for both teams.

“Great opportunity and massive game in Eden Gardens against India, who also hasn’t played a D/N Test. It is new to both sides and it will probably bring the two teams together,” Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo said.

“Both teams not quite knowing what is going to happen, so it is a challenge we want to take. Some of our players were skeptical about it, but we are excited. We don’t know what brand of ball will be used, and we will probably have little time to prepare but we are excited by it.”

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is the man behind making this happen as he pushed the BCB to play under floodlights in a bid to pull crowds to the stadiums.

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#VizagTest : Rohit steals show with maiden century as opener

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Visakhapatnam, 02 Oct : The class has been stamped in the maiden appearance itself and it will now be all about building from here on as Rohit Sharma drove, cut and flicked his way to his maiden hundred as an opener in the second session of the first Test between India and South Africa at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Wednesday.

Starting the session at 91/0, the Indian openers put on 111 runs in the post-lunch session when umpires called for an early break owing to bad light. While Rohit was batting on 115, Mayank Agarwal was unbeaten on 84 as the South Africa bowlers had no answer to the quality batting on display.

The second session was once again dominated by the Indians, but primarily by India’s new opener — Rohit. Rising to the challenge handed to him by the team management, Rohit stole the show as his cautious approach was overtaken by the free flowing batsmen one is used to seeing in the limited-overs format in the second session.

Brief Scores: India: 202/0 (Rohit 115, Mayank 84) vs South Africa

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