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India see off Wade threat to make it 4-1

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India won the Bengaluru T20I by a narrow 6-run margin (Cricbuzz)

India managed to withstand a late assault from Matthew Wade to pick up another win and finish the T20I series 4-1.  The visitors, chasing a consolation win, appeared to be in a very good position when a dangerous-looking Wade was dealing in boundaries. But Arshdeep Singh, making a return to the XI in this contest, delivered an excellent final over to deny the visitors in Bengaluru.

India had only 10 runs on the board off the first 15 balls after Australia opted to bowl. Yashasvi Jaiswal then stepped up with a flurry of boundaries and looked set for more before he got a top-edge while attempting a pull to fall for 21. Ruturaj Gaikwad followed him soon as the right-hander never got going on the night. Ben Dwarshuis then picked up the huge wicket of Suryakumar Yadav as the Indian skipper failed to fire despite walking out to bat fairly early.

The crowd were very disappointed as Rinku Singh finally endured a failure in his blossoming T20I career. The left-hander had plenty of overs to bat and make an impression but a mistimed sweep saw him departing for just 6 and that put India in serious trouble. Shreyas Iyer then broke the shackles with a six and a four off consecutive deliveries, and Jason Behrendorff’s error in judgement cost his side another six in the following over as India found some momentum.

A promising partnership was brought to an end by Aaron Hardie in his final over but Axar Patel stepped up for the home side alongside Shreyas. Axar hit a valuable 21-ball 31 before succumbing to a knuckle ball whereas Shreyas at the other end managed to bring up a fighting half-century with a six and a four off successive deliveries again as India managed to finish with a fighting 160 on the board.

While India made only 9 in their first two overs, Australia got off to a flier with Travis Head hammering the first three balls of the run chase to the fence. He added one more in the second over as Australia looked to assert their dominance. But Mukesh Kumar gave India a vital breakthrough as Josh Phillippe dragged one onto his stumps before Ravi Bishnoi did his thing. The legspinner has been very impressive in the powerplay this series and his stocks only grew after he managed to castle Head, who had just smashed him for a six the previous ball. While Australia had knocked off 50 in the powerplay, Bishnoi struck again with another googly to peg them back.

Walking out to bat early, Ben McDermott was only dealing in sixes and those hits ensured Australia kept up with the asking rate. Having pulled just his third delivery for a six, McDermott sent one to the roof before going into a shell with Australia losing wickets. A six from Tim David then appeared to put Australia back on track before McDermott hammered his fourth biggie of the night. Australia appeared to be in a very good position when a fifth six brought the equation down to 60 from 42 before a thrilling climax sealed it for India.

India nudged ahead when David top-edged a pull as Axar finished with excellent figures of 1/14. McDermott then smashed another six, this time off Arshdeep, to bring up a fifty but his wicket in the same over brought India firmly back into the contest. Mukesh then came back to strike twice in one over that stunned Australia and put India on top again. However, Wade’s brilliance in the 18th over changed the entire complexion. Taking on Avesh Khan, Wade managed to hit three back-to-back boundaries and suddenly, the equation was down to 15 off 12. That became 11 off 8 when Wade added to his boundary tally and from thereon, it was definitely Australia’s game to lose. But there was another twist in the offing as Arshdeep delivered an excellent final over. Needing 10 from 6, Wade couldn’t connect the first two deliveries and was dismissed off the next, which ended the chase once and for all.

Brief scores:
India 160/8 in 20 overs (Yashawi Jaiswal 21, Shreya Iyer 53, Jitesh Sharma 24, Axar Patel 31; Aaron Hardie 1-21, Jason Berendorff 2-38, Been  Dwarshuis 2-30, Nathan Ellis 1-42, Tanveer Sangha 1-26) beat Australia 154/8 in 20 overs  (Travis Head 28, Ben McDermott 54, Mathew Wade 22; Arshdeep Singh 2-40,  Mukesh Kumar 3-32, Ravi Bishnoi 2-29, Axar Patel 1-14) by 6 runs



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According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the relevant notification was issued without prior approval from the Cabinet of Ministers.

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United Republic Front presents ‘A united step for the country’ to the President

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Leader of the United Republic Front Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka, presented the proposal titled “A United Step for the Country” to President Ranil Wickremesinghe , at ‘Srikota’, the United National Party headquarters in Colombo this morning (24).

Speaking at the event President Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the government’s concerted efforts over the past two years to stabilize the country’s economy, which had faced significant challenges. Stressing the government’s commitment to steering the economy towards recovery through strategic reforms, the President expressed his determination to continue these initiatives with the collective support of everyone.

Recalling his open invitation to all political parties to unite under a common agenda for the country, regardless of political differences, the President reiterated his willingness to embrace constructive proposals from all political parties as part of the nation-building efforts.

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Spinners put England in command on Day 2

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Shoaib Bashir bagged four wickets on Day 2 (Cricbuzz)

England’s spin duo of Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley put India in trouble on the second day of the fourth Test in Ranchi by sharing six wickets between them. After getting bowled out for 353 in their first innings, England kept striking at regular intervals despite Yashasvi Jaiswal’s efforts at the other end.

England made a positive start to the day with Ollie Robinson opening up to hit a flurry of boundaries to catch India off guard. He ended up stretching the stand over 100 runs alongside overnight centurion Joe Root with the latter taking a backseat on the second morning. In the process, Robinson ended up registering his first-ever fifty in Test cricket with India desperately searching for a breakthrough. That breakthrough arrived in the form of Ravindra Jadeja as Robinson gloved one to the ‘keeper while attempting to reverse sweep.

Jadeja then made quick work of the tail as Bashir first miscued one hoick and James Anderson got trapped lbw, leaving Root stranded on 122. England would have still been fairly pleased with the score of 353 though given they were reeling at 112/5 at one stage on the opening day. They received a massive boost with the ball too as Rohit Sharma ended up nicking Anderson behind very early in his innings.

Jaiswal on the other hand though got off to a bright start yet again. Having already smashed two double tons in the series, the opener was in great touch prior to the lunch break. He carried on the same vein post resumption as well but ended up watching a procession from the non-striker’s end. Bashir hurt India big time in the second session as he first trapped the well-set Shubman Gill lbw before getting rid of Rajat Patidar and Jadeja, who had smashed successive sixes prior to that.

Those three wickets put India on the backfoot and the onus was on Jaiswal again to revive the innings. The opener did  continue to pile on the runs but England managed to keep Sarfaraz Khan quiet at the other end. The visitors then took full control of the game when Jaiswal dragged one back on to his stumps to fall for 73. With half the side back in the pavilion and almost 200 runs still behind England’s tally, India needed a massive contribution from the lower order. However, England cashed in on their advantage as Hartley drew the outside edge of Sarfaraz before trapping R Ashwin leg-before-wicket. Kuldeep Yadav and Dhruv Jurel put up a brave fight batting out almost 18 overs before stumps but India still need a huge effort from the duo on the third morning to bridge the gap.

Brief scores:
India
219/7 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 73, Shubman Gill 38; Shoaib Bashir 4/84) trail  England 353 in 104.5 overs (Joe Root 122*; Ravindra Jadeja 4/67) by 134 runs

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