Mohammed Shami takes five-for, India lead by 146 in second innings
India stands in a commanding position after the impeccable bowling performance by the Indian pace battery on day 3 of the boxing day Test match in Centurion. After a consolidating performance on day 1, India kept losing wickets on day 3. India started their proceedings at 272 for 3 on Day three and were bowled out within an hour of day’s play on 327.
KL Rahul remained the top scorer of the team. Indian team cleaned up the Proteas for 197. Mohammad Shami picked up his 6th five wicket haul. He also took his tally to 200 Test wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur also picked 2 wickets each. India are on 16/1 at the end of day’s play, and have lost Mayank Agarwal.
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Brief score at stumps day 3: India 327 (K.L. Rahul 123; Lungi Ngidi 6-71) and 16/1 (K.L. Rahul 5*; Marco Jansen 1-4) lead South Africa 197 (Temba Bavuma 52; Mohammed Shami 5-44) by 146 runs.
Australia thrash England to retain Ashes as tourists collapse yet again
With the terrific bowling from the debutant, Scott Boland, Australia crushed England by an inning and 14 runs and retain the Ashes with two matches left in the series. England were bowled out for 68 in the second innings of the boxing day test in Melbourne. Boland was brought in as injury cover, was phenomenal on his home ground at the MCG, taking 6 for 7 off four overs, equalling the record for the fastest five-wicket haul in 19 balls. Mitchell Starc also added 3 wickets to his tally.
Brief score: England 185 (Joe Root 50; Pat Cummins 3-36) and 68 (Joe Root 28; Scott Boland 6-7) lost to Australia 267 (Marcus Harris 76; James Anderson 4-33) by an innings and 14 runs. Player of the Match: Scott Boland.
Sourav Ganguly tests Positive for COVID-19
BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has tested positive for covid-19. Ganguly has been admitted in the Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata with mild symptoms. He has been taken to the hospital for the third time this year, previous two times for chest pain.
Noteworthy that Sourav Ganguly has tested positive for the virus after he is fully vaccinated. His situation is stable and the treatments are going on. He was rushed to the hospital when his RTPCR report turned positive. Earlier this year, Sourav Ganguly had undergone an emergency angioplasty.
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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Under-19 match called off for Covid-19 reasons
The game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the Under-19 Asia Cup has been called off due to covid-19 scare. Just before the match, two officials of the game were tested positive. The Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed the news and they are been treated as per the tournament health protocol.
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Bangladesh were 130-4 in 32.4 overs with Mohammed Fahim on 27 and Ariful Islam on 19 at the crease when play was called off. This will not affect the semi final schedule. Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had already qualified for the semi finals. Bangladesh will face India while Sri Lanka will play against Pakistan in the semi finals.