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Cricket: Asia Cup-2018 Begins, Bangladesh Crush Sri Lanka in Inaugural Match!

The 14 th edition of Asia Cup of One Day Internationals (ODI) between cricket playing nations of Asia began tonight, the 15 th of September, 2018 in United Arab Emirates. UAE hosts this tournament for the third time due to well-known reasons. In the inaugural match played at the Dubai International stadium Bangladesh crushed Sri Lanka by 137 runs. Bangladesh, batting first, innings was built mainly on a superlative 144 runs by Musfiqur Rahim who was the last man out setting a competitive target of 261 runs. Sri Lanka began very shakily and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals including a  run-out, the whole team finally getting bowled out for a mere 124 . With its string of successes in last two years Bangladesh has become the team to watch out for in this two-week tournament. It was nice to see Lasith Malinga back in the Sri Lanka team and also among wickets again. Asia Cup this year has six teams with Hong Kong joining the five full ODI members—India, Pakistan, Sri L

Test Cricket: Skipper Virat Kohli Hopes For India!

Virat Kohli recently made it clear that he should never be compared with legendary Sachin Tendulkar, but it must be said that after Tendulkar he seems to be the main Indian contender to make or break records. In 48 Tests so far Virat hit 13 centuries including a double ton and 12 half centuries having a batting average of above 45. In 2012 Virat was made vice-captain of the Indian test team and since then he had been in the reckoning for the skipper’s post consistently with one of the most outstanding Indian skippers Mahendra Singh Dhoni having both cricketing and non-cricketing ups and downs. However, Virat Kohli’s entry as India’s Test captain was  quite  dramatic. First, he was named captain for the Adelaide match against Australia in December, 2014 as Dhoni pulled out due to an injury. He made two centuries in the two innings in that match and nearly pulled in off in  favor  of India.  Virat showed his positive frame of mind by going for an outright win instead of  laboring

Cricket T20: Australia Bashers Thrash Sri Lanka To Win Series 2-1!

Ravichandran Ash win-- P layer of the Match & Series India today clinched the T20 International Series against Sri Lanka 2-1. In the 3 rd and final match played at Visakhapatnam Team India annihilated the visitors wining by 9  wickets. For a change skipper Dhoni today won the toss and put the visitors in surprising everyone—perhaps keeping in mind the dew factor. And the decision vindicated him thoroughly. He opened the bowling attack with Ashwin and two wickets fell in that over. Ashwin went on to capture 4 wickets for just 8 runs—a no mean feat in the shortest format. Displaying a total lack of application and spirit the full Sri Lankan team folded up for a humiliating 82 with Nehra taking 2 and part-timer Suresh Raina chipping in with 2 wickets. The victory for India seemed a mere formality which they completed in 13.5 overs with the loss of Rohit Sharma. The slow track where Sri Lankan spinners got some turn delayed the proceedings a bit. Shikhar Dhawan (46) and Aji

Test Cricket: India Finally Manage To Break The Jinx In Sri Lanka!

India under the young Test skipper Virat Kohli finally managed to break the 22-year no-win jinx in Test Series hosted by Sri Lanka defeating the hosts by 117 runs in the third Test today thus winning the Series 2-1 after wasting a huge opportunity in the first of the three Tests mostly dominated by them. In the first Test at Galle a win for India seemed only a formality when a dismal bout of batting ensured a win for Sri Lanka. In the third Test in Colombo India put Sri Lanka on the mat setting a huge target of 386 runs and capturing three vital wickets for 67 runs at stumps on the fourth day yesterday. They needed to capture 7 wickets today for a series win in Sri Lanka after 22 years, but their bowlers again showed the haunting lack of penetration for most part of today with the scare of Sri Lanka either drawing or even winning the match and the Series looming large. However, at the last moments of the fifth day Ashwin came back to capture 4 wickets ensuring a win for India. In t

Asia Cup-2014: Sri Lanka On Top, Do Or Die India Vs Pakistan Tomorrow!

Kumar Sangakkara Team India seems to be suffering from the overseas hangover in terms of missed opportunities, weak bowling by the pacers in particular, indifferent fielding and Virat Kohli centric batting line-up. In their second match of the on-going Asia Cup-2014 in Bangladesh against Sri Lanka last evening India dropped as many as five catches, other run-leaking fielding lapses, ineffectual bowling by the fast bowlers, a huge stumping chance gone a begging and a batting performance somewhat saved again by a Kohli-Dhawan partnership.   Thanks to the duo it was good going at 130/1 in the 27 th over when Ajantha Mendis, the continuing mystery for Indian batsmen, struck and struck and struck reducing India to 200/5 in the 40 th over making them crawl. Some lusty hitting by Jadeja and Shami enabled the team to reach a somewhat competitive total of 264/9. However, with the aforesaid hangover still lingering it was finally not enough for a strong Sri Lanka. Spinners Ashwin an