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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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#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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Kuldeep & Chahal’s absence hurting India’s ball game in T20Is

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New Delhi, 25 Sep : Ahead of the T20I series against South Africa, India skipper Virat Kohli had made it clear that he would be looking to increase the batting depth of his team in their preparation for next year’s World T20 in Australia. He dropped the premier wrist-spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for the three-match T20I series against West Indies as well as South Africa.

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India beat South Africa by 7 wickets in 2nd T20I

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Mohali, 18 Sep : India defeated South Africa by seven wickets in the second T20 International here on Wednesday.

Brief Scores: South Africa: 149 for 5 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 52, Temba Bavuma 49; Deepak Chahar 2/22).

India: 151 for 3 in 19 overs (Virat Kohli 72 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 40; Tabraiz Shamsi 1/19).

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