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Virat Kohli sets new record as India coast to victory against West Indies



Virat Kohli celebrates after slamming his 42nd International century.

Port of Spain: India defeated West Indies by 59 runs (D/L method) to won the second one-day international (ODI) in Port of Spain on Monday, riding on skipper Virat Kohli’s record-setting 42nd hundred.

His century helped his side set a target of 280. Kohli went wast former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad as the most successful batsman in ODIs against West Indies.

However, the target was revised to 270 in 46 overs after rain interrupted play in the second half. West Indies fell short by 59 runs.

Kohli was playing aggressively and went on to score 120 off 125 balls,  including 14 boundaries and one six. On the other end Shreyas Iyer (71) managed the third half-century of his career and shared a 125-run partnership with Kohli for the fourth wicket.

The Indian run-machine ended his five-month drought for an ODI hundred with a classy ton during which he also went past Sourav Ganguly on the list of most runs scored in ODIs.

From the Caribbean side, Evin Lewis was the only batsman, who fought from the front and made 65 off 80 balls.

Chasing 280, West Indies needed their star performer Chris Gayle to blast in his record breaking 300th ODI appearance. However, it didn’t happen as Gayle scored just 11 runs before he was trapped in front by Kumar.

During the course of his 24-ball inning, the 39-year-old however went past Brian Lara’s record for the most runs by West Indies batsman in ODIs. After his wicket, Shai Hope also perished cheaply before rain caused a brief interruption.

Following the resumption, the hosts were set a Duckworth Lewis and Stern (DLS) target of 270 in 46 overs.

West Indies did appear to be course of chasing the target for brief periods when Lewis, in the company of Shimron Hetmyer and then with Pooran, hit the ball cleanly and took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners.

However, Kumar dented Windies’ chase by picking up wickets at regular intervals and made sure the Men in Blue didn’t lose the ODI series following their 3-0 triumph in the T20Is.

Kohli was adjudged the Player of the Match for his brilliant 120-run knock which consisted of 14 fours and a six.

The two teams will now lock horns with each other in the third and final ODI at the same venue on Wednesday before beginning their World Test Championship campaign from August 22 in Antigua.

“Extremely disappointing. We bowled really well and the game was in our hands. We lost crucial wickets at the back end to lose the game. We need to take responsibility”, Jason Holder, WI skipper said after the match.

“Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up”, Virat stated after the match.

Brief scores: India 279/7 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 120, Carlos Brathwaite 3/53) bt West Indies 210 all out in 42 overs (Evin Lewis 65, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/31)

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Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja among 19 sportspersons nominated for Arjuna Award



Jadeja has played 156 ODIs, 42 T20Is and 41 Tests for India

New Delhi: Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award by the award selection committee on Saturday. The list includes 19 other sportspersons like Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil.

Earlier, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had recommended fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and women’s team leg-spinner Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award. Ravindra Jadeja showcased a spectacular show with a 59-ball 79 innings against New Zealand in the semi-final during World Cup 2019.

The Arjuna Awards are given to honour excellence in sports by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. In 2018, Indian woman cricketer Smriti Mandhana was the only cricketer to receive the prestigious award.

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Russel Domingo appointed Bangladesh cricket team head coach



Russel Domingo has coached South Africa national team from 2013 to 2017.

New Delhi: Russell Domingo has been appointed Bangladesh cricket team head coach on Saturday.

The 44-year-old South African has agreed on a two-year term with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and is expected to arrive in Dhaka on 21 August to take charge of the national team.

Announcing the appointment  BCB president Nazmul Hassan, said, Domingo’s vision for Bangladesh made him the ideal candidate for the role, “He has a wealth of experience and we have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy. He has a clear idea of what is required to take the team forward.”

Domingo said he was eagerly looking ahead to his new challenge, “It is a massive honour to be appointed the Head Coach of the Bangladesh National Cricket Team. I have followed Bangladesh’s progress with keen interest and I am extremely excited to assist the team in reaching the goals that they are capable of.

“I look forward to continuing the ongoing development of current players whilst also looking towards the future and developing some new bright stars from within the talent pool of Bangladesh cricket,” he added.

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Ashes: Rain truncates play as England reduce Australia to 80/4 on Day 3



Play abandoned due to the weather, Australia will resume today on 80/4

New Delhi: Not a single ball could be bowled after lunch as England made the most of the seam-friendly conditions to dent Australia’s top-order and leave them stuttering at 80/4 before showers forced a break to be taken early on Day 3 of the rain-affected second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Friday.

It rained heavily post-lunch as played seemed unlikely as time progressed. It was called off after a final inspection at 5:20 p.m. local time with two days left for a result to the game.

The Aussies won the first rubber by a handsome margin. Steve Smith, whose twin tons helped the Aussies script the memorable 251-run victory in the first rubber at Edgbaston, remained at the crease on 13 off 40 balls (2×4) as other batsmen fell around him.

For England, pace spearhead Stuart Broad picked up two wickets with debutant Jofra Archer and in-form Chris Woakes scalping one each. England rode Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow’s fifties on Day 2 to post 258 after the first day’s play was washed out.

Resuming from overnight score of 30/1, the tourists lost Cameron Bancroft (13) who was trapped in front by Archer. Bancroft reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball nipping back nicely off the seam and hitting the pads in line.

Archer celebrated his first Test wicket to rousing applause from the packed crowd as Smith walked in to bat.

Usman Khawaja looked good for his 36 from 56 deliveries, before Woakes found his outside edge with a good length delivery outside off stump. Khawaja pushed at the ball to give Bairstow a regulation catch behind the stumps.

Travis Head (7) could not dig in for long as he was out plumb in front to Broad who was first turned down by umpire Aleem Dar with a review showing the ball hitting the middle stump with no inside edge.

At 71/4, the Aussies were in all sorts of trouble but Smith looked in a league of his own, once again trying to save his side from a collapse. Matthew Wade joined him at the other end and defended 19 balls without scoring when lunch was taken as it started drizzling.

Brief scores: 1st innings: England 258 all out (Rory Burns 53, Jonny Bairstow 52; Josh Hazlewood 3/58, Pat Cummins 3/61, Nathan Lyon 3/68) Australia 80/4 (Usman Khawaja 36, Steve Smith 13 batting; Stuart Broad 2/26) at lunch.

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