Aug 132016
GROS ISLET (St Lucia): Indian captain Virat Kohli is happy that his team could make a course correction of all that went wrong in Jamaica during the second Test that saw them failing to get even six wickets on the final day.

India today clinched the four-Test series 2-0 by winning the third Test by 237 runs despite losing an entire day's play due to poor weather conditions.

No wonder Kohli was happy when told about Indian team's feat of winning two Test matches in a single series since they started coming to West Indies in the earl 1950's.

"We have done quite a few firsts in the last year. In Jamaica, we understood the things that went wrong. We corrected those things here on the fourth day. We got seven wickets for 31 runs (on 4th day) and that was the game-changer. We have always aimed to win series' away from India. This is a good start," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

He was also satisfied that all three changes worked well and made it clear that it will be him and not anyone else who will be batting at No 3 from now on with Rohit Sharma getting an extended run at No 5.

"We made three changes and we understood Rohit needs to be backed at a particular position. I batted at No 3, Jinks (Rahane) at No 4. Rohit is dangerous at No 5 and take the game away in a session. That means I take up the extra responsibility at No 3. I don't mind that and someone like Ashwin is batting well.

"And we can play five bowlers. It was wonderful, commendable from Bhuvneshwar. He showed the bowlers how to bowl in consistent areas. We lost early wickets here, that's the way Test cricket goes. I am being too critical but we will look for a complete performance in Trinidad," said Kohli.

He was equally lavish in his praise for Wriddhiman Saha's century.

"We all know Ash can bat but you particularly feel happy when a teamman like Saha does well. Such a nice person, never cribs about anything, does not have a bad word to say about anybody, ready to bat at Nos 8,9, or 10."

Man of the match Ravichandran Ashwin said that althiugh it looked like a slow wicket but it has enough juice in it for the pacers.

"We thought 234 on the first day was a par score, and we wanted to extend it. From the outside, it looked like a slow wicket. We were bowling good lines and conservative lengths and Bhuvi bowled that wonderful spell on the fourth day."

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Aug 132016
Stuart Broad fined by ICC after making inappropriate comments

by Manuj Sharma  Saturday 13 August 2016

A dejected Alex Hales walks back after given out.

A dejected Alex Hales walks back after given out.

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England speedster Stuart Broad has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for letting his frustration out on the controversial dismissal of Alex Hales on day one of the ongoing third Test against Pakistan at Kennington Oval.

In the seventh over of the first innings, Hales had chipped a low catch to Yasir Shah at midwicket and the Pakistan leg-spinner was confident of taking it cleanly.

Even though the decision was referred to the third umpire Joel Wilson to check the legality of the catch, the TV umpire ruled Hales out in support of the on-field umpire Bruce Oxenford’s soft signal despite the replays being inconclusive.

Following the day’s play, Broad responded to a tweet from cricket correspondent for English newspaper The Daily Mirror, Dean Wilson on the dismissal which was a breach of Article 2.1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, relating to “Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match”.

@CricketMirror replays are unclear? You don’t believe that do you?

— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 11, 2016

Since Broad pleaded guilty on the sanction handed to him by the ICC match referee Richie Richardson, there was no need for a formal hearing.

Speaking about the sanction handed to Broad, Richardson emphasised on the need for the players to accept umpire’s decision.

“One of the most fundamental principles of the sport is to always accept and respect an umpire’s decision,” Richardson said in a statement.

“In this case, Stuart ignored this golden rule and made inappropriate comments in regard to the umpires’ decision.”

At stumps on day three, England were struggling at 88 for four, still trailing Pakistan’s first innings total by 126 runs.

© Cricket World 2016

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Aug 132016
Bowlers deliver historic series victory for India

by Manuj Sharma  Saturday 13 August 2016

Ishant Sharma picked the key wickets of Marlon Samuels and Roston Chase.

Ishant Sharma picked the key wickets of Marlon Samuels and Roston Chase.


India 353 & 217-7 dec (Rahane 78no) beat
West Indies 225 & 108 (Bravo 59) by 237 runs
Third Test, day five, Darren Sammy National Stadium

A collective effort from Indian bowlers dismissed West Indies for 108 runs in the fourth innings to ensure a massive 237-run victory in the third Test at Darren Sammy National Stadium which gives them an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.

This was also the first time an Indian team has won more than one Test in a series against West Indies in the Caribbean, while also making Virat Kohli the fourth Indian captain to claim a series victory in the country.

India resumed day five at 157 for three after taking a lead of 285 runs. In the first over of the day, Miguel Cummins (6-48) trapped Rohit Sharma (41) LBW and three overs later, the Barbados speedster dismissed Wriddhiman Saha (14) to get his fourth wicket.

Ravindra Jadeja (16) made India’s intention clear with a six down the ground in the 46th over stretching the lead to 330 runs.

With the wickets of Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin (1), India declared after reaching 217 for seven in their second innings, leaving Ajinkya Rahane (78 not out) unbeaten. West Indies were set a target of 346 runs in 87 overs.

In the final innings, West Indies lost both the openers early inside five overs. Leon Johnson (0) became a victim of Mohammad Shami (3-15) while Kraigg Brathwaite (4) was trapped lbw by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-13).

Darren Bravo (59) and Marlon Samuels (12) scored four boundaries combined between overs 11 and 13 but Ishant Sharma (2-30) produced a beauty to castle the latter. West Indies went into lunch at 53 for three.

The second session saw a completely dominating performance from Indian bowlers as they rattled the remaining seven West Indian wickets. Roston Chase (10) was bowled by Ishant while Jermaine Blackwood (1) was stumped off the bowling of Jadeja (2-20). West Indies were 68 for five at that stage.

Bravo kept the fight going at one smashing Jadeja for a six and a four to bring his first Test fifty in 2016. However, West Indies lost Shane Dowrich (5), Jason Holder (1) , Bravo and Alzarri Joseph (0) in a span of 11 runs to leave them reeling at 95 for nine.

West Indies were eventually bowled out for 108 with Shami picking three wickets while Ishant and Jadeja accounted for two wickets apiece. The 237-run victory allowed India to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series. Ashwin was awarded the man of the match for his century and also his three-wicket haul in the game.

© Cricket World 2016

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