Sports News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Sports News Australia extend lead to 175 after Kohli century Indian captain Virat Kohli became the second fastest to 25 Test centuries before India’s pacers made Australia labour for an overall 175-run lead, leaving the second match evenly poised here on Sunday. Usman Khawaja scored an unbeaten 41 as Australia reached 132 for four at stumps on day three. Tim Paine (8 not out) was keeping company at the other end. Perth Test: Kohli, Rahane lead fightback, India end day at 172/3 PERTH: Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane stroked half-centuries to lead a stirring fightback by India in the final session of Day 2 in the second Test against Australia here on Saturday. India ended the day at 172/3, still trailing by 154, with Kohli on 82 and Rahane on 51. Earlier in the post-tea session, Cheteshwar Pujara fell to Mitchell Starc for 24 after nicking one down the leg side to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, leaving India at 82/3. The visitors had gone into tea at 70 for two, with Kohli batting on 37 and Pujara unbeaten on 23. Australia vs India: Blow for Kohli and co as Rohit, Ashwin ruled out of Perth Test Perth: India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma have been ruled out of the second Test starting here on Friday, dealing a double blow to the visitors at a time when opener Prithvi Shaw is yet to recover from an ankle injury. With the trio unavailable for selection, India included Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in a 13-man squad announced on eve of the second Test. India 151/3 at stumps on third day, lead Australia by 166 runs India were 151 for three at stumps on the third day of the opening Test against Australia here Saturday, extending their overall lead to 166 runs. Earlier, responding to India's first-innings total of 250, Australia were all out for 235 to give the visitors a 15-run lead at the Adelaide Oval. BCCI's life ban sentence 'too harsh', S Sreesanth tells Supreme Court Banned cricketer S Sreesanth on Friday told the Supreme Court that he has offers to play English County matches and the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is "too harsh". He said he has suffered the ban for four years now and has been acquitted by a Delhi court in the sensational 2013 spot fixing case in 2015. Pujara's maiden hundred in Australia bails India out of trouble Cheteshwar Pujara rose to the occasion with a maiden century in Australia, pulling India out of a deep hole to a respectable 250 for nine on day one of the first Test here on Thursday. Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket Former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, saying his time to continue with the game was over. The 37-year-old Delhi batsman announced his decision in a video post on his Twitter handle. Luka Modric, from Croatian war child to Ballon d'Or winner MODRICI: Luka Modric's journey from Croatian war child to the world's best footballer was celebrated Monday when the Real Madrid midfielder hoisted the Ballon d'Or. A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia's historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid's third straight Champions League trophy. "It's a unique feeling. I'm happy, proud and honoured," said Modric, who also won the FIFA Player of the Year award in September. The star-studded Paris ceremony could hardly be further removed from Modric's early years as a child refugee, fleeing the burned-out shell of a remote Croatian cottage where he spent part of his childhood. Hidden in the folds of Velebit mountain, with the nearest neighbours several kilometres away, trees now grow inside the roofless ruin and a sign warns of "Mines - Keep out!" Why aren't Dhoni, Dhawan playing domestic cricket? Asks Gavaskar Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the BCCI for allowing the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to skip domestic cricket ahead of a hectic six months culminating into the World Cup in England. Dhawan, who was dropped from the Test team, is spending time with family in Melbourne following the T20 leg of the Australia while Dhoni has had no cricket since the ODI series against the West Indies ended on November 1.  The former captain is a certainty only in the 50-over format after he was ignored for the T20s against the West Indies and Australia. He retired from Tests in 2014. Pakistan's Yasir Shah closes on record as New Zealand struggle in final Test Yasir Shah dismissed three New Zealand batsmen to come within two wickets of becoming the fastest man to 200 wickets in Test cricket on day one of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Mehidy's career-best 12 wicket haul propels Bangladesh to first-ever innings win, series sweep Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan claimed a career-best 12 wickets as Bangladesh thumped West Indies by an innings and 184 runs in Dhaka on Sunday to sweep the two-match series. Hasan took 7-58 and 5-59 in the first and second innings respectively to help the Tigers bowl out the visitors for 111 and 213 runs on the third day of the second Test. Amin Saifullah Bhatkal Cricket League-2018 begins: 12 teams to battle out this season The fourth edition of the Bhatkal Cricket League (BCL) T20 tournament returned to its home environs after a two-year gap with an eye-catching opening ceremony at the Taluka stadium (YMSA Ground), here at Ameenuddin Road in Nawayath Colony, Bhatkal on Wednesday, organized by Bhatkal Muslim Youth Federation (BMYF). Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza to contest parliamentary polls  Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is all set to contest the 11th parliamentary elections of the country on ruling party Awami League's ticket. Hockey World Cup 2018: Optimistic India look to end 43 years of hurt Armed with a sense of togetherness, self- belief and a strong crowd backing them every moment, India will seek to end 43 years of hurt when they begin the Hockey World Cup campaign against South Africa here Wednesday. Kohli, Krunal fire India to series levelling win in 3rd T20I Virat Kohli fired the opening salvo on the Australia tour with a match-winning 61, helping India win the third T20 International by six wickets and draw the three-match series 1-1 here Sunday. Like Mithali, I too was dropped at my peak: Sourav Ganguly Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is not surprised at the women's cricket team's decision to drop senior most player Mithali Raj for its World T20 semi-final against England, saying he faced the same fate when he was at the peak of his career. Australian women beat England by eight wickets, breeze to fourth Women's World T20 title Australia breezed to their fourth Women's World T20 title, thrashing England by eight wickets in the final here on Saturday. Ivory Coast, ​Chelsea ​legend Didier ​Drogba announces retirement from football  Ivory Coast and Chelsea great Didier Drogba announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 20-year career. Wasim Jaffer becomes first batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji Trophy Veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer on Wednesday became the first batsman to go past 11,000 runs in Ranji Trophy during Vidarbha’s round three match against Baroda at the VCA stadium in Nagpur. India start Australia tour with four-run loss in first T20 A sloppy India failed to get an ideal start to the Australia tour, losing the rain-hit opening T20 International by four runs at the Gabba here Wednesday. Rohit Sharma says Indian batsmen ready to take on tall Aussie bowlers Australia's towering pacers are at an advantage against the "not that tall" Indian batsmen, says visiting vice-captain Rohit Sharma but insisted that his team is ready to rewrite the script of the battle this time. New Zealand beat Pakistan by four runs in first Test ABU DHABI: New Zealand beat Pakistan by four runs in a sensational finish to the fourth day in Abu Dhabi on Monday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Set 176 to win, Pakistan were bowled out for 171 with debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel finishing with 5-59 and fast bowler Neil Wagner taking 2-27. Azhar Ali top-scored with 65 while Asad Shafiq made 45. Final scoreboard on the fourth day of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday: New Zealand first innings 153 (K.Williamson 63, H. Nicholls 28; Yasir Shah 3-54) Pakistan first innings 227 (Babar Azam 62, Asad Shafiq 43; T. Boult 4-54) New Zealand 2nd innings 249 (BJ Watling 59, H. Nicholls 55, Hasan Ali 5-45, Yasir Shah 5-110) Pakistan 2nd innings (overnight 37-0) Imam-ul-Haq lbw b Patel 27 Mohammad Hafeez c de Grandhomme b Sodhi 10 Azhar Ali lbw b Patel 65 Haris Sohail c & b Sodhi 4 Asad Shafiq c Watling b Wagner 45 Babar Azam run out 13 Sarfraz Ahmed c Watling b Patel 3 Bilal Asif b Patel 0 Yasir Shah c Taylor b Wagner 0 Hasan Ali c sub (Southee) b Patel 0 Mohammad Abbas not out 0 Extras: (b 4) 4 Total: (all out; 58.4 overs) 171 Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Imam), 2-44 (Hafeez), 3-48 (Sohail), 4-130 (Shafiq), 5-147 (Azam), 6-154 (Sarfraz), 7-154 (Asif), 8-155 (Yasir), 9-164 (Hasan) Bowling: Boult 7-0-29-0, de Grandhomme 3-0-15-0, Patel 23.4-4-59-5, Sodhi 12-0-37-2, Wagner 13-4-27-2 Result: New Zealand won by four runs Toss: New Zealand Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS) Tv umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS) Match referee: Javagal Srinath (AUS) Mumbai, Karnataka eye maiden win Both Mumbai and Karnataka will be eyeing their first victory of this Ranji Trophy season when the two sides clash here from Tuesday in their Elite Group A match. Women's World T20: Mandhana hits 83 to set up India's 48-run win over Australia Opener Smriti Mandhana smashed a career-best 83 before Indian slow bowlers spun their web against Australia to continue their invincible run with a 48-run win in a group B match of the ICC Women's World Cup here on Saturday. ICC Women’s World T20: Mandhana, spinners star as impressive India thump Australia India sent out a warning to their rivals at the Women's World Twenty20 with a 48-run thrashing of record three-time winners Australia in Guyana on Saturday. Bhatkal Cricket League 2018 auction: Abdul Bari emerges as the costliest player Abdul Bari Khateeb, the right hand batsman from ANFA, was the biggest buy in the Bhatkal Cricket League (BCL) players' auction, which was organized by Bhatkal Muslim Youth Federation here on Thursday at Khushaal hall, Bhatkal. Abdul Bari, who began with a base point of one, was finally bought by 'C star XI' for a whopping 118 points. Harmanpreet Kaur's record century headlines India's big win over New Zealand in World T20 ​opener The hitting was incredible and the sixes unbelievably monstrous, making Harmanpreet Kaur the first Indian woman to record a century in the format and propelling her team to a 34-run win over New Zealand in the World T20 opener Friday. Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary set new world record to win mixed event gold at Asian Airgun Championships Teen shooting sensations Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary shattered the junior world record on their way to winning the 10m air pistol mixed team gold medal in the 11th Asian Airgun Championships here on Friday. Moeen Ali picks four wickets as England thrash Sri Lanka in Herath's farewell Test England claimed their first away Test victory in 13 matches on Friday with a commanding win against Sri Lanka in Galle. PCB chief Ehsan Mani wants ICC to pursue India on bilateral playing ties The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani wants the ICC to help restore his country's bilateral playing ties with India, saying that it is the world body's responsibility. Kohli's 'leave India' response to cricket enthusiast creates controversy Virat Kohli has found himself embroiled in a controversy over his "I don't think you should live in India" response to an enthusiast who called the skipper overrated while expressing his admiration for English and Australian batsmen. Khaleel Ahmed himself wanted to bowl with new ball: Rohit Sharma India captain Rohit Sharma said that Khaleel Ahmed's ability to swing the white kookaburra upfront gives the team an option to use their premier bowler Jasprit Bumrah differently in the shortest format. Unsettled Shikhar Dhawan moves to Delhi Daredevils from Sunrisers Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad have traded an "unsettled" Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils in a move that will see the India opener play for the IPL franchise of his home city after 10 years. World Test championship is step in right direction: David Gower Former England captain David Gower feels that World Test Championship can revive the interest in the longest format among the fans if marketed in proper manner with practical tweaks. Cosmos conquers 'Saifwan Nawaz Trophy' championship title after defeating Azaad A fancied Azaad suffered a shocking two-run defeat at the hands of Cosmos as they failed to chase down a tricky target in Saifan Nawaz Coastal King T10 Final cricket match, in Bhatkal on Sunday evening. Indiscipline will not be tolerated during WC: Pakistan hockey coach Pakistan hockey coach Hassan Sardar has sounded out a warning to his players, saying indiscipline will not be tolerated during the World Cup in India. India squad announced for 2020 Women's Olympic qualifiers The Indian senior national women's team will travel to Myanmar for the first round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifying tournament later this month, the squad for which was announced on Saturday. Dhoni's absence is opportunity for Rishabh: Rohit India captain Rohit Sharma is confident that young Rishabh Pant will use the upcoming T20 series against West Indies as an "opportunity to express himself" in the absence of the talismanic Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India crush West Indies by 9 wickets, win sixth straight ODI series at home A ruthless India completed a nine-wicket demolition of the West Indies in the fifth and final ODI here Thursday for their sixth successive series win at home. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets to help India bundle out the West Indies for 104 in just 31.5 overs. Pacers Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with two wickets each. The home team took just 14.5 overs to reach the paltry target, courtesy an unbeaten 99-run stand between Rohit Sharma (62 off 54) and captain Virat Kohli (33 off 29), following another low score from Shikhar Dhawan. Rahul Dravid inducted into ICC Hall of Fame Former India captain Rahul Dravid was Thursday inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame at a brief function here ahead of the final ODI between India and the West Indies. Dravid became only the fifth player from India to be named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar presided over the formalities. The ICC, on July 2, announced his induction into the Hall of Fame. India rout West Indies by 224 runs in 4th ODI A dominant India thrashed the West Indies by 224 runs in the fourth ODI to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series here on Monday. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu struck centuries for India while young paceman Khaleel Ahmed took three wickets in India's massive win. MS Dhoni dropped from T20 squads; Virat Kohli rested for Windies T20s Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Friday dropped from India's 16-member teams for both the T20 International series against the West Indies and Australia later this year. Captain Virat Kohli was rested from the three-match T20I series against the West Indies beginning on November 4. Rohit Sharma will lead the team in Kohli's absence. Bengaluru Bulls beat Haryana Steelers 42-34 in PKL A terrific second-half performance by the Bengaluru Bulls saw them register a comfortable 42-34 victory over Haryana Steelers in the Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI. West Indies all-rounder 'DJ' Bravo signs off from international cricket, will play T20 club cricket A big-hitter on the field and a hit DJ off it, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo Wednesday retired from international cricket to prolong his career as a professional player available for Twenty20 franchise events all over the world. Kohli obliterates record but 2nd ODI ends in a tie Run-machine Virat Kohli sprinted to fastest 10,000 ODI runs but West Indies stole a tie from India with Shai Hope's gutsy hundred in an exhilarating second one-dayer here on Wednesday. India notched up 321 for six, while the West Indies, needing 14 runs in the final over and five off the last ball, levelled the score with Hope (123 not out) cutting Umesh Yadav for a boundary. Besides Hope's ton, there was also Shimron Hetmyer's 94-run blitzkrieg. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli tons ensure easy win for India against West Indies in 1st ODI Skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma conjured up breathtaking centuries as India's ruthless domination over the West Indies continued with a facile eight-wicket win in the first One-day International, here on Sunday. Saina, Srikanth storm into semifinals of Denmark Open India’s Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the semifinals of the Denmark Open with hard-fought victories over Nozomi Okuhara and Sameer Verma respectively. Saina, ranked 10th, recovered after the losing the first game to beat familiar foe and world number seven Okuhura of Japan 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 in the quarterfinal lasting 58 minutes on Friday night. India complete Windies rout as Umesh takes maiden 10-wicket haul A clinical India completed one of the most ruthless clean sweeps in recent times, demolishing a listless West Indies by 10 wickets in the second Test, inside three days, to clinch the series 2-0 on Sunday. Indian women beat Austria 4-2 in Youth Olympics hockey The Indian U-18 women's hockey team defeated Austria 4-2 to make a positive start to their campaign at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games here. Javelin thrower Sandeep opens India's gold account at 3rd Asian Para Games Javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary clinched India's first gold medal at the ongoing Asian Para Games, finishing on top in the men's F42-44/61-64 category here on Monday. Indian girl Keerthana wins IBSF world U-16 snooker title India's Keerthana Pandian has won the girls' title in the IBSF World Under-16 Snooker Championships, her maiden international crown. India beat West Indies by innings and 272 runs India beat West Indies by an innings and 272 runs in the first cricket Test to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series here on Saturday. India vs West Indies: Ravindra Jadeja hits maiden hundred as India declare at 649/9 Ravindra Jadeja ended a long wait for maiden Test ton as India declared after putting up a mammoth 649 for nine at tea on day two of the series opener here. Manu Bhaker named India's flag-bearer at Youth Olympic Games Teenage shooting star Manu Bhaker was on Monday named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires from October 6-18. ICC ODI rankings: Rohit Sharma moves to No. 2, Kohli stays No.1 Rohit Sharma, after leading India to a record seventh Asia Cup title in the absence of Virat Kohli, moved up two places to equal his career-best second spot to make it a 1-2 for India in ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. Dhawan dropped from India squad for West Indies Tests; Mayank, Siraj get maiden call-up Shikhar Dhawan was on Saturday dropped for the two-match Test series against West Indies after his poor run in England while Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj's achievements in the domestic circuit were rewarded with maiden India call-up. India pip Bangladesh in thriller to retain Asia Cup A severely hamstrung Kedar Jadhav ran the most defining single of his short international career as India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title in a pulsating last-ball finish. Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu receive Khel Ratna award from President Ram Nath Kovind Ace cricketer Virat Kohli sent the shutterbugs into a clicking frenzy as he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, sharing the country's highest sporting honour with diminutive weightlifting world champion Mirabai Chanu at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Tuesday. Politicians should not interfere in cricketing matters: PCB chief Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has said that the politicians should stay away from the cricketing matters of India and Pakistan as they use the game as a tool of politics. Team suffering from 'confidence crisis': Pakistan coach Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has said that the team is suffering from a "confidence crisis" and that there is a fear of failure in the dressing room. CA closes Moeen Ali's racial abuse case citing lack of evidence Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that they have closed their investigation into England all-rounder Moeen Ali's racial abuse claims, due to lack of evidence. Sarfraz Ahmed is a great captain: Sourav Ganguly Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has said that Pakistani batsman Sarfraz Ahmed is great as a captain and leaders like him are not born every day. India-Pakistan should resolve their issues on bilateral basis: David Richardson International Cricket Council (ICC) President David Richardson has said that the cricket boards of India and Pakistan should resolve their issues on a bilateral basis. Rohit, Dhawan's tons propel India to Asia Cup finals India dominated arch-rivals Pakistan once again and booked their place in the finals of the ongoing Asia Cup after the Indian side registered a nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in their Super Four fixture face off at the Dubai International Stadium here on Sunday. Steve Smith makes smashing Australia comeback Disgraced former Australian skipper Steve Smith has made a smashing return as he played his first game in the country after the massive ball-tampering incident. Pakistani man sings Indian national anthem at Asia Cup 2018; here’s the story A Pakistani cricket fan, Adil Taj, whose video showing him singing Indian national anthem during the Group stage match between India and Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup is going viral, has said that the move was a small gesture of peace from his side. Mortaza not consulted before batting additions for Asia Cup Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has said that he was not consulted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) before making a decision to add batsmen Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar in the team for the remainder of the ongoing 2018 Asia Cup. Batsmen must prepare better for England tour next time: Dravid Rahul Dravid, the last captain to lead India to a series win in England, says the current side faced unusually tough conditions in the recently concluded five-match Test series and the batsmen must prepare better before embarking on the next English tour. Malik's unbeaten fifty saves Pakistan blushes against Afghanistan Experienced Shoaib Malik conjured up a crucial unbeaten 51 under pressure as Pakistan survived a scare from Afghanistan, winning their Super Four match of the Asia Cup by three wickets, here on Friday. Hasan, Asghar, Rashid fined 15 per cent of their match fees Pakistan all-rounder Hasan Ali along with Afghanistan duo of Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan have been fined 15 per cent of their match fees for different incidents during their Super Four match in the Asia Cup on Friday. Asia Cup: Rohit's unbeaten 83 powers India to thumping win over Bangladesh India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 83 off 104 balls powered his side to a thumping seven-wicket win against Bangladesh in their Super Four match of the ongoing Asia Cup here at the Dubai International Stadium. New Kabaddi Federation launches Indo International Premier League The New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI) on Wednesday launched the Indo International Premier Kabaddi League beginning on January 26. Asia Cup: India thump Pakistan by 8 wickets India produced an all-round performance as they crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their second Group A clash of the ongoing 2018 Asia Cup here at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday. Asia Cup: India survive scare, beat Hong Kong by 26 runs A 174-run partnership between Hong Kong openers Anshuman Rath and Nizakat Khan gave some mighty scares to the Indian camp and fans, but the Men in Blue fought back to clinch a 26-run win in their Group A match at the Dubai International Stadium here on Tuesday. Kohli's absence could impact India, says Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has said that the absence of Virat Kohli from the Indian side could make a huge difference in their Asia Cup match which is slated to be held on September 19. Asia Cup: All-round Bangladesh crush Sri Lanka The Bangladeshi cricket team produced an all-round performance to wallop Srilanka by 137 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup, at the Dubai International Stadium here on Saturday. Sachin Tendulkar inspired me to stage comeback: Sardar Singh Hockey star player Sardar Singh, who recently hung up his boots, has revealed that master blaster and former Indian batsman great Saching Tendulkar had motivated him to make a comeback after he was ignored from this year's Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia. Cricket Australia to probe Moeen Ali's 'Osama' allegations against Aussie player Cricket Australia has decided to launch a probe into England all-rounder Moeen Ali's allegations that he was racially abused by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes. Gayle, McCullum to feature in Afghanistan Premier League Cricket fans in India will be treated with yet another overseas competitive cricket league from October 5 to 21. Kohli finishes as world's best batsman in ICC ranking India captain Virat Kohli finished as the number-one ranked batsman in the world in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after the completion of the five-match series against England at London. Couldn't have scripted a better farewell: Emotional Alastair Cook bids goodbye England batting great Alastair Cook Tuesday said that the script of his last Test match could not have been written better as he bowed out with a hundred against India here. BCCI could shift IPL 2019 outside India; South Africa, UAE viable options The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) proved to be a hit with the return of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) after a two-year spot-fixing ban. But keeping the 2019 general elections in mind, the next edition of the tournament could be scheduled outside India with South Africa and UAE being considered as feasible destinations. England beat India by 118 runs despite tons from Rahul, Pant India lost the fifth and final Test against England by 118 runs here on Tuesday despite heroic resistance from KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, bringing the curtains down on a tour which started as a golden opportunity but ended in a saga of disappointments. David Miller bids adieu to first-class cricket South African batsman David Miller has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The 29-year-old, who has never played any international Test match for South Africa, said that he always loved playing first-class cricket, but now he would like to focus more on white-ball cricket. Players sidelined for Asia Cup should not lose hope: Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has said that the players who were not given the chance to represent the country in the upcoming Asia cup should not lose hope and added that they would get more opportunities in the coming time. Cook dethrones Sangakkara, becomes most successful left-hand batsman in Test cricket Former England skipper Alastair Cook on Monday became the most successful left-hand batsman in Test cricket as he surpassed former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara's figure of 12400 runs in the longest format of the game. Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open meltdown 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Sunday was fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during the final of the US Open against Japan's Naomi Osaka. India, Pak should play more matches: Shoaib Malik Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik has said that India and Pakistan should play more matches as it would help in improving the ties between the two nations. De Villiers set to join PSL Former South African skipper AB de Villiers has signed up for the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). KPL: Bijapur Bulls beats Bengaluru Blasters to clinch title Bijapur Bulls romped home to its second Karnataka Premier League title with a crushing seven-wicket defeat of Bengaluru Blasters in the final on Thursday. Poovamma returns to rousing reception in Mangaluru Asian Games gold medallist M R Poovamma returned to a rousing welcome at the Mangaluru International Airport here Thursday. Ashish Nehra appointed RCB Coach for new season Ashish Nehra, current bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been confirmed as coach and will be part of the coaching leadership team along with Gary Kirsten. India to play 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20I against Windies India will be playing two Tests, five one-day matches and three T20 internationals against West Indies, beginning October 4 in Rajkot, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday. Pakistan drop Mohammad Hafeez from Asia Cup squad Batting all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been dropped from the 16-member Pakistan squad for the upcoming Asian Cup tournament, beginning September 15. Serena Williams cruises into US Open semi-finals Former World No. 1 Serena Williams on Tuesday (local time) went past Czech Republic's Karolína Pliskova in straight sets to enter the semi-finals of the women's singles event in the US Open for the tenth successive year. Delhi govt. raises prize money for Asiad medal winners Delhi government on Tuesday increased the prize money for the state players who brought glory to the nation by clinching medals at the recently-concluded 18th edition of the Asian games. Young Indian shuttlers win titles in Ukraine Young Indian shuttlers Anoushka Parikh and Saurabh Sharma and Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila clinched the mixed doubles and men's doubles titles respectively at the RSL Kharkiv International challenge in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Young Indian shuttlers Anoushka Parikh and Saurabh Sharma and Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila clinched the mixed doubles and men's doubles titles respectively at the RSL Kharkiv International challenge in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Siraj grabs eight to dismiss Australia A for 243 Mohammed Siraj produced career-best figures of 8 for 59 as India A dismissed Australia A for 243 despite a fine hundred from Usman Khawaja. Usman Khawaja credits 'white-ball cricket' for India success Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has admitted that more exposure to white-ball cricket in recent times has helped him in improving his record in the subcontinent conditions. Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket after 5th Test vs India Former England captain Alastair Cook, country's highest run-getter in Test cricket, has decided to retire after the fifth and final match against India at the Oval, starting September 7.