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  • 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 "Varun Aaron is injured, and he has been replaced by Stuart Binny in the Indian team for the second and third games of the India vs Sri Lanka...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...
  • 1st ODI: India, Sri Lanka begin BCCI's damage control November 2, 2014

    Cricket fans from India and Sri Lanka are in the know of most things when their teams are pitted against each other. SWAT analysis is not the exclusive property of experts in these encounters, thanks to the frequent dinners these two host for each other. This series, though, was planned as...
  • Lanka series perfect for World Cup preparation, says Kohli November 1, 2014

    Cuttack: Relishing the prospect of leading the side in the the first three ODIs against Sri Lanka, India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said the hastily-planned series would be an exciting one, especially with World Cup spots up for grabs. Terming the series very exciting, Kohli said the Indian team...
  • Chance for both India, Sri Lanka to claim No. 1 ODI ranking November 1, 2014

    Dubai: Currently placed at number three behind South Africa and Australia, India have an opportunity to jump to the top in the ICC ODI team rankings if they win the upcoming five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka 4-1 or better. A 4-1 series win will put India at par with South...
  • India resume World Cup build-up against 'under-cooked' Sri Lanka November 1, 2014

    Cuttack: 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 the depleted Lankans on surfaces totally different from those...
  • India should follow law to ensure fishermen release, says Sri Lankan minister November 1, 2014

    Chennai: High drama was witnessed in Tamil Nadu as fishermen associations protested against Sri Lanka court's capital punishment to five Indian fishermen in alleged drugs smuggling case. The protest was carried outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in Chennai. Sri Lanka Minister of Mass Media and Information Dr Keheliya Rambukwella...
  • India pledges Rs 50 lakh as immediate assistance for Lanka landslide November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: India has pledged Rs five million as immediate relief for victims of landslide in Sri Lanka and is also considering medium and long-term assistance. "India has pledged as immediate relief assistance of Rs 50 lakh for the victims of landslide in Sri Lanka," the Spokesperson in the Ministry...
  • Under current ICC rules, Muraliatharan would have never played: Muhammad Yousuf October 31, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf on Friday said that Sri Lankan legend and world's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket Muttiah Muraliatharan would have never been allowed to play top-flight cricket had current ICC rules on chucking would have been in place during their time. "Murali straightened his elbow well past...
  • Dew will be a factor in first India-Sri Lanka ODI October 31, 2014

    Cuttack: The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati Stadium will be a run-feast predicted curator Pankaj Patnaik but at the same time did not forget to remind that toss might turn out to be crucial due to dew factor, later in the evening. The 22-yard strip may...
  • Wriddhiman Saha almost certain for first ODI against Sri Lanka October 31, 2014

    Cuttack: Uncertainty over the availability of Wriddhiman Saha, who had a split webbing in his right hand, for the first ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka seems to be over as the wicket-keeper batsman looked fit ahead of the opener on Sunday. The Bengal wicket-keeper, who impressed during this...