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  • Will Kumar Sangakkara break Sachin Tendulkar's world record? November 7, 2014

    Sri Lanka's batting legend Kumar Sangakkara scored his 87th ODI half-century in the second match against India on Thursday, and is now only nine behind Sachin Tendulkar's world record of 96 ODI fifties. While scoring 61 in the game that the Lankans in the end lost by six wickets, Sangakkara crossed...
  • Life has come full circle for ton-up Ambati Rayudu November 7, 2014

    Banned for participation in the rebellion T20 league, given amnesty years later, worked hard to earn India colours and now owner of an ODI century - life indeed came full circle for Ambati Rayudu on Thursday evening. Promoted to bat up the order at No. 3 by skipper Virat Kohli, who...
  • It's been special knock as wait has been long: Ambati Rayudu November 6, 2014

    Ahmedabad: An elated Ambati Rayudu on Thursday said that his maiden hundred in international cricket will certainly be a "special one" as it took a long time to come. Rayudu, who first time played for India A back in 2003 as a 18-year-old talent had lost his way in the middle...
  • 2nd ODI: India hammer Sri Lanka with Ambati Rayudu blitz November 6, 2014

    India's batting dominance and penchant for successful chases continued in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Thursday, as Ambati Rayudu celebrated his maiden ODI century to give India a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Sri Lanka's competitive 274 looked minuscule in front of Rayudu's belligerence, who was promoted to...
  • As it happened: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI November 6, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: INDIA: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma SRI LANKA: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Priyanjan,...
  • Kohli hails pacers' promising show ahead of World Cup November 5, 2014

    India are looking at the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka mainly as preparation for the World Cup and home team's captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said the recent performances of the pace bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, has given him a lot of hope going into the mega-event. "I have been...
  • We need to attack a bit more in initial overs, says Dilshan November 5, 2014

    Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan on Wednesday urged his team to change its approach and said that the batsmen must look to attack more in the first 10 overs when they clash against India in the second match of the five-game ODI series, in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Sri Lanka lost their opening...
  • 2nd ODI: India look to keep Sri Lanka on the mat November 5, 2014

    After starting the series with a crushing victory, an upbeat India will aim to maintain their stranglehold over an under-prepared Sri Lanka when they meet in the second ODI in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Needless to say that India will be starting as overwhelming favourites at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera,...
  • Injured James Anderson ruled out of Sri Lanka tour November 5, 2014

    James Anderson has been ruled out of England's one-day international series in Sri Lanka as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Tuesday. The 32-year-old pace bowler, who picked up the injury earlier this year, will not take...
  • Nitin Gadkari assures steps to bring back five fishermen from Sri Lanka November 4, 2014

    Rameswaram: The families of five fishermen, who were awarded capital punishment by a Sri Lankan court last month on drug-trafficking charges, on Tuesday met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and sought immediate steps by India to bring them back home. Gadkari assured them government would take necessary legal steps and take...
  • Indian envoy in Sri Lanka assures 'unstinted support' to fishermen November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka on Tuesday met the five Indian fishermen, who have been sentenced to death by a court here for alleged drug trafficking, and assured them of "unstinted support" by the government to secure their early release and repatriation. Indian envoy Yash Sinha, who visited...
  • BCCI postpones selection meet as confusion reigns supreme November 4, 2014

    Mumbai: In a mysterious turn of events, the BCCI selection committee on Tuesday met here but did not select the team for the final two ODIs against Sri Lanka and the upcoming Australia tour without specifying the reasons for the no show. Later a BCCI release only stated the postponement of...
  • Varun Aaron out, Stuart Binny in for Sri Lanka ODIs November 4, 2014

    Allrounder Stuart Binny on Tuesday replaced injured pacer Varun Aaron in the Indian team for the second and third ODI against Sri Lanka. "Varun Aaron is injured, and he has been replaced by Stuart Binny in the Indian team for the second and third games of the India vs Sri Lanka...
  • Vaiko protests death penalty to Tamil fishermen, blames NDA government November 4, 2014

    Chennai: Workers of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam led by general secretary Vaiko held massive protests in Chennai on Tuesday against the death sentence awarded to five Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan court. Vaiko, who is an ally of the BJP, also lashed out at the central government for inviting...
  • China defends its submarines making port calls in Sri Lanka November 4, 2014

    Beijing: China has dismissed India's concerns over its submarines making port calls in Sri Lanka, saying there is "nothing unusual" as it is an international common practice for warships to stop for refuelling at ports abroad. "It is nothing unusual for the naval vessel to dock at Colombo port," official media...
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen sentenced to death in Sri Lanka will be freed, assures Panneerselvam November 3, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Monday assured the families of five fishermen who were sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court that they will be freed through appropriate measures. The family members of P Emerson, R Wilson, P Augustus, J Langlet and K Prasath of Rameswaram called...
  • At least we could have showed some good intent: Angelo Mathews November 3, 2014

    Cuttack: Questioning the approach of his frontline batsmen, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews attributed the 169-run loss to India in the opening ODI to the abject surrender by the visiting side's batting line-up on a good Barabati Stadium wicket. Chasing 364 for a win, Sri Lanka were shot out for 194...
  • Stat Attack: Rahane's lucky hundred and Ishant's love for Sri Lanka November 3, 2014

    There was only one team playing at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday, where India first scored 363 for 5 and then came back to complete a whopping 169-run win over Sri Lanka producing some interesting stats. While Ajinkya Rahane scoring an ODI hundred is turning into a lucky charm...
  • Varun Aaron doubtful for 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka November 3, 2014

    Cuttack: India have received an injury blow to pacer Varun Aaron, who suffered a muscle strain in his right leg during the ODI series opener against Sri Lanka on Sunday. "Aaron has a right quadriceps muscle strain and we will take a call [on his fitness] after investigation," team manager told...
  • Sri Lanka: Rains slow search for mudslide victims November 3, 2014

    Colombo: Heavy rains slowed the search for victims of a major mudslide on a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka that police say left 38 people missing and presumed dead, officials said. A military official said rains were creating problems for rescuers using heavy equipment to dig through tonnes of...
  • Fishermen families to meet O Panneerselvam to plead for their release November 3, 2014

    Rameswaram: Family members of five Tamil Nadu fishermen, sentenced to death in a drug trafficking case by a Sri Lankan Court, and representatives of fishermen association would meet state Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to press for securing their release. A delegation of the association and family members led by Ramanathapuram...
  • Angelo Mathews blames Sri Lankan batsmen for the huge loss November 2, 2014

    Cuttack: Questioning the approach of his frontline batsmen, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews on Sunday blamed the 169-run loss against India in the opening ODI to the abject surrender by the visiting line-up on a good Barabati Stadium wicket, here. Chasing 364 for a win, Sri Lanka were shot out for...
  • Runs coming from openers is a good sign for India: Shikhar Dhawan November 2, 2014

    Cuttack: As Indian openers pounded the hapless Sri Lankans to rattle up a 231-run stand, Shikhar Dhawan said it was a good sign for the Indian team that top-order batsmen were in good form and his own confidence has shot up after playing a century-knock on Sunday. Dhawan top scored for...
  • Indian management sweat over Varun Aaron injury November 2, 2014

    Cuttack: India received an injury blow to pacer Varun Aaron, who suffered a muscle strain in his right leg during the five-match ODI series opener against Sri Lanka on Sunday. "Aaron has a right quadriceps muscle strain and we will take a call (on his fitness) after investigation," team India manager...
  • Virat Kohli pleased with pace show in Cuttack November 2, 2014

    Cuttack: As fast bowlers are expected to dominate on the bouncy pitches in Australia and New Zealand during the World Cup, India skipper Virat Kohli was pleased to see Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav getting into the groove during the series-opener against Sri Lanka, here on Sunday. Comeback-man Ishant and Yadav...
  • 1st ODI: All-round India thrash Sri Lanka by 169 runs in Cuttack November 2, 2014

    Riding on centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan and an impressive bowling display by Ishant Sharma (4 for 34), India cruised to a comfortable 169-run win over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. The Lankan batting, which had the experience of Kumar Sangakkara,...
  • As it happened: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI in Cuttack November 2, 2014

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Their World Cup build-up halted by West Indies team's sudden mid-series pullout, India would resume the preparations for the mega-event when they square off against under-cooked sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka in a hastily-arranged ODI series starting on Sunday. A series against...
  • Wife of death-row Tamil Nadu fisherman moves High Court November 2, 2014

    Madurai: The wife of one of the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court on charges of drug smuggling has moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and others to appoint a counsel and conduct the appeal in an effective manner. In her...