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 India captain Virat Kohli grabs second position in ICC Test rankings Riding on his career-best 243 in the third Test against Sri Lanka, India captain Virat Kohli today jumped three places to grab the second position among batsmen in the ICC Test rankings. Kohli's double ton was followed by a 50 in the second innings as he finished with 610 runs in the series, which India won 1-0 after the first and third Test ended in draws in Kolkata and New Delhi. Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches, started the series in sixth position but has leapfrogged David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50. India close in on win as SL totter at 31/3 in pursuit of 410 India hurtled towards their ninth successive series victory as they left Sri Lanka precariously placed at 31 for three and staring at another humiliation in the third and final Test here today. The visiting Lankans were set an improbable victory target of 410 to level the three-match series. It will be a miracle if Sri Lanka manage to make it. The 16 overs that they batted during the final 85 minutes of the fourth day's play was with an aim to survive rather than play positive cricket. Kohli blasts ton as India reach 371-4 in Sri Lanka Test Skipper Virat Kohli hit 156 as India reached 371-4 at the close of the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Bhatkal's Yusuf Motiya to represent K'taka in National Athletics meet in Jharkhand A 26-Year-Old sportsman of the town, Muhammad Yusuf Motiya s/o late Usman Motiya, will be representing Karnataka in the 22nd National Athletic sports meet organized for deaf sportsmen at Ranchi in Jharkhand state. As per the information, Yusuf Motiya is the first player from Bhatkal who was selected for Karnataka team in National level. Also, Yusuf is the only sportsmen from Uttar Kannada district to play in this event. Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal in Weightlifting World Championship Mirabai Chanu today became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, exorcising the ghosts of her forgettable outing at the Rio Olympics. Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women's 48kg, in the process setting a new national record. Pakistan spinner Ajmal retires from cricket, criticises ICC Pakistan's ace spinner Saeed Ajmal has brought the curtains down on his cricket career with a "heavy heart", criticising the ICC's protocol to assess bowling actions on his way out. After a successful but controversial career, off-spinner Ajmal finished with 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last of which was at Galle in Sri Lanka in 2014, where his bowling action was reported for a second time. His action was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the UAE in 2009. Kohli rested for Lanka ODIs, Rohit named captain Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has been playing non-stop cricket for the past year and a half, has been rested from the 15-member squad for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, beginning December 10 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. In Kohli's absence, India's vice-captain and opener Rohit Sharma has been named to lead the limited-overs squad against the islanders, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced. Kohli, however, will continue to captain the Test squad in the third game of the ongoing three-match series, which will be held at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi from December 2. Bhatkal: Two students from Anjuman selected for University teams Two students from Anjuman Degree College and PG center of Bhatkal were selected for the Karnataka University's Kabaddi and Shuttle Badminton team. It may be noted that the KUD sports teams are composed of the best players from every division of the state.  Host Parashuram wins Inter-District Kabaddi Tournament in Bhatkal Host Parashuram Bhatkal defeated Jala-durga Udupi by 17-14 in the final to win Kabaddi Championship title at the Inter-District Kabaddi Tournament. The two days flood light Kabaddi tournament was ended on Monday early morning. Kohli double ton puts India in command of 2nd Test Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blistering double century to hand India a massive first innings lead of 405 as the hosts tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka on day three on Sunday. India declared on 610-6 after Rohit Sharma (102) had completed his hundred, as they seek to go one up in the three-match series. The visitors were in early trouble on 21 for one at stumps in Nagpur, still trailing India by 384 runs. Indo-Pak series is more than a sport: MS Dhoni Former India Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that as India-Pakistan cricket match is more than a sport to the country, the government should have the final say on bilateral series. Dhoni, during a visit to Baramulla, said, "When we talk about cricket, in most people's opinion it is a sport, but when it comes to India and Pakistan series, it is much more than that. It is also a diplomatic and political decision." Australia inch closer to win first Ashes Test As David Warner and Cameron Bancroft crossed a 100 run partnership, here on Day 4 at the 'Gabbatoir'; the Australian team seized complete control of the first Ashes Test. Chasing 170 in the fourth innings, after their fast bowling ripped through England in the morning session; the Australian openers looked quite at ease when they came in to bat. Smith's masterful ton as England crack in Ashes battle Steve Smith produced a defiant unconquered century and Josh Hazlewood claimed two wickets to leave England reeling as Australia cracked open the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Saturday. The Australian skipper played one of his greatest Test knocks with an unbeaten 141, crafted over eight and a half hours, to deliver his team a 26-run lead over the tourists on the third day. Paceman Hazlewood compounded the tourists' woes with the wickets of Alastair Cook (7) and James Vince (2) in his opening two overs before a nasty Mitchell Starc lifter thundered into Joe Root's helmet grille late in the day. Ritu won silver in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship India wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) clinched the silver medal in the Under-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship at Poland. The 23-year-old, who had won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship last year, lost against Turkish Wrestler Demirhan in the gold medal bout to settle for a silver. First Test between India and Sri Lanka ends in draw Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four quick wickets to give Sri Lanka a scare but the visitors held on to draw the first Test against India on Monday's final day. Rain delays start of India-Sri Lanka first Test The first day's proceedings in India-Sri Lanka opening Test was delayed as there was no let up from rain and the conditions remained overcast because of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal. The entire Eden Gardens ground remained under thick white tarpaulin cover, while the strip had three layering on it, as it's been raining since yesterday and there is more forecast of rain for next 24 hours because of the system over west- central Bay. There was a brief hope in the morning as the drizzle had stopped and the cover on the wicket was removed while the groundsmen were pressed into action with four super soppers to drain the water. Dravid named Bengaluru FC ambassador Bengaluru FC today announced former India captain Rahul Dravid as their ambassador for the upcoming ISL season. "It s great to be an ambassador for Bengaluru FC, a team who I have been tracking across the last four seasons. Also, the connect is instant given I am a Bangalore boy," said Dravid. Indian ace Pankaj Advani wins 17th World Billiards Championship title Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani today clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed his arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship here. Advani beat Russell 6-2 (0-155, 150-128, 92-151, 151-0, 151-6, 151-0, 150-58, 150-21) to defend the 150-up format title he had won in Bengaluru last year. The Indian did not have an ideal start to the best-of-11 summit clash as Russell drew first blood with a well-crafted break of 155. Mary Kom strikes gold at Asian Women’s Boxing Championships M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, winning a fiercely contested summit clash in Vietnam on Wednesday. Up against North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi, the five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Indian prevailed in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to add another accolade to her already crowded cabinet. India beat New Zealand by 6 runs in a thriller, clinch T20 series 2-1 Indian bowlers defended a modest-looking 67 with admirable discipline as the hosts pipped New Zealand by six runs in the rain-hit third Twenty20 to claim the series 2-1, on Tuesday. Playing spoilsport, the rains reduced the decisive match of the series and first ever International match at Greenfield Stadium to an eight-over per side affair. India women win Asia Cup, qualify for World Cup The Indian women's hockey team won the Asia Cup crown with a 5-4 win over China in a shootout and qualified for next year's World Cup, here on Sunday. The score was 1-1 at full-time after China found a 47th-minute equaliser through Tiantian Luo to cancel out Navjot Kaur's goal in the 25th minute. Bumrah backs rookie pacer Siraj to do well in future Jasprit Bumrah has backed debutant fellow-India pacer Mohammed Siraj to learn from his mistakes and come good in future after he received a hammering from New Zealand batsmen in the second T20I here. Siraj, 23, was given the second over to bowl and overall he gave away 53 runs for the prize wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. Mary Kom named Youth World Championships ambassador Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom was today named ambassador of the AIBA Women's Youth World Championships to be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26. Besides five world titles, Mary Kom also has an Olympic bronze medal to her credit. Sindhu hits out at airline staff for 'rude' behaviour Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu today accused an Indigo airline ground staff of misbehaving with her while travelling from Hyderabad to Mumbai, calling it a very bad experience. World number two Sindhu claimed that the staff behaved rudely with her and an air hostess intervened to advise him against doing so. "Ground staff (skipper) Mr Ajeetesh behaved very badly and rudely with me. When the air hostess Ms. Ashima tried to advise him to behave properly with the passenger (me), but to my surprise he behaved very rudely with her. If these type of people work for a reputed airline like Indigo they will spoil their reputation," Sindhu wrote on her twitter handle. ICC gives clean chit to Virat Kohli for using walkie-talkie during India-New Zealand first T20 The International Cricket Council today gave a clean chit to India skipper Virat Kohli who was seen using a walkie-talkie during the first T20 International against New Zealand here. Kohli was sitting at the dug-out and TV footage showed him talking on the walkie talkie at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. I am not leaving with selectors' permission: Nehra  Just-retired India pacer Ashish Nehra has made it clear that his farewell from cricket was not decided by the selectors and he was the one who took a call on bidding adieu to the game. "When I started playing cricket, I didn't take any selector's permission. When I am leaving, I am not leaving with their permission," Nehra said after his final game, the first T20 against New Zealand which India won by 53 runs last night. The terse statement was in response to a question on chief selector MSK Prasad's comment a few days ago that Nehra had been told he would not be considered for selection beyond the T20 series against New Zealand. India beat NZ by 53 runs in first T20I India finally tasted success against the team that has been their Achilles heel for long in this format when they outplayed butter-fingered New Zealand by 53 runs in the first Twenty20 International here tonight. At the end of the lopsided game that was also veteran seamer Ashish Nehra’s last in competitive cricket, hosts India sauntered to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Fittingly, Delhi players Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan carried Nehra on their shoulders after the win. Double gold for India in Commonwealth Shooting Championship India continued their strong showing at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, winning a gold each in the mens 10m air pistol and womens 10m air rifle events, respectively, here today. Kohli becomes 6th Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs Virat Kohli today became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the series-deciding third game against New Zealand here today. Kohli got to the landmark in the 37th over when he guided one off Grandhomme towards the third man for a four. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had reached the milestone last year while other Indians who have done so are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. BCCI suspends Pune curator after tampering claims in sting The BCCI on Wednesday suspended the curator of Pune's cricket stadium after he was seen in a TV sting operation claiming that he could tamper with the pitch ahead of the second India-New Zealand ODI. In the sting operation by India Today TV, curator Pandurang Salgaoncar is seen and heard speaking to an undercover reporter, who poses as a bookie, while standing on the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium. The 68-year-old Salgaoncar is seen agreeing to tamper with the pitch to suit the requirements put forth by the reporter. Ranji Trophy: Siraj celebrates India call-up with 4 wkts, Rahul fails Mohammed Siraj celebrated his India call-up with a four wicket haul as Hyderabad dismissed Karnataka for 183 on the first day of a Ranji Trophy group A encounter. At stumps, Hyderabad were 51 for 3 with Kolla Sumanth unbeaten on 34. Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA player award Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA's best player award. The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on yesterday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar. Pak vs SL ODI series: Usman Shinwari leads Pakistan’s 5-0 sweep Left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari destroyed Sri Lanka with a five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a convincing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final match for a 5-0 clean sweep of the series on Monday. Shinwari’s 5-34 in seven overs reduced Sri Lanka to 103 all out in 26.2 overs in Sharjah before openers Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq (45 not out) knocked off the paltry target in 20.2 overs. Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer in India T20 squad, Murali Vijay included in test squad Rookie Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj and prolific Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer were the two new faces in the Indian T20 squad announced today for the three-match series against New Zealand starting November 1. Despite speculation, skipper Virat Kohli has decided against taking rest from the New Zealand leg and the first two Tests against Sri Lanka, starting November 16. The first two Tests against Sri Lanka are to be held in Kolkata and Nagpur. Latham, Taylor overshadow Kohli as New Zealand win by 6 wkts  New Zealand batsmen showed clinical efficiency in a tricky chase to spoil Virat Kohli's milestone match with a comfortable six-wicket victory over India in the opening One day International, here tonight. For the 'Black Caps', young gun Tom Latham (103 no) and senior pro Ross Taylor (95) batted with lot of purpose, chasing down a target of 281 in 49 overs with minimum fuss. Sreesanth hints at playing for another country After the Kerala High Court refused to lift the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI, former India pacer S Sreesanth has hinted that he might play for another country. He said since BCCI has banned him from playing in India, he has the freedom to play cricket for any other country. Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez reported for suspect bowling action Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, the International Cricket Council said Thursday. The ICC said the match officials' report, which was handed over to the Pakistan team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 37-year-old's bowling action during the match on Wednesday. New Zealand warm up with victory against President’s XI New Zealand found some much-needed momentum heading into the ODI series against India, as they beat Board President’s XI by 33 runs after Ross Taylor and Tom Latham struck breezy centuries in a warm-up match here on Thursday. Owing to Taylor’s 102 and Latham’s 108 (both retired out) on a flat Brabourne Stadium track, New Zealand notched up a mammoth 343 for nine in the allotted 50 overs. Kerala High Court restores life ban imposed on Sreesanth by BCCI A division bench of the Kerala High Court today restored the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan, gave the verdict on a petition filed by the BCCI against a single-judge bench's order, lifting the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer. Pakistan will play in ICC leagues only if India honours MoU: PCB chief Najam Sethi The Pakistan Cricket Board has agreed to be a part of the World Test and One-day leagues, announced by the ICC, only if the BCCI honours the MoU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play bilateral series. "PCB will only sign on the document for participating in the World Test and ODI leagues if India fulfils its obligations to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan outlined in the MoU signed between the two boards," PCB chairman Najam Sethi told the media in Lahore. Throw corrupt politicians out from Pakistan: Musharraf Former President of Pakistan, Gen. (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf  has said that all the corrupt politicians of Pakistan should be thrown out, reported Pakistan's English daily, The Express Tribune. Addressing a rally in Karachi via phone from Dubai, Musharraf accused the ruling PML-N politicians of speaking against the judiciary and the Army. He accused them of creating chaos in the country, and urged the Supreme Court to take notice of the situation. De Kock, Amla help Proteas thrash Bangladesh Blistering centuries by Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla helped South Africa claim a thumping 10-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first ODI of the three-match series here at the Diamond Oval on Sunday. Chasing 279 to win, De Kock (168*) and Amla (110*) came out with a master-class and never allowed Bangladesh to be on top of them. India beat Pakistan 3-1 to top pool in Asia Cup Hockey Favourites India continued their winning momentum defeating arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 in a pool encounter of the 10th men's Asia Cup hockey tournament, here today. After the two easy wins against Japan (5-1) and hosts Bangladesh (7-0), as expected India had a relatively tough outing against Pakistan but managed to maintain their all-win record. India controlled the proceedings for the better part of the match, barring the final quarter when Pakistan, trailing 0-3, came hard on the Indian defence in search of goals. Dhawan back in ODI team; Karthik, Thakur too recalled Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and pacer Shardul Thakur were today recalled for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand while selectors continued to ignore senior spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Aswhin. Opener Shikhar Dhawan has also returned to the ODI team after missing the series against Australia due to his wife's illness. However, he did play the T20 series against Australia. Ind-Aus: Final T20 International called off over wet outfield The final Twenty20 International between India and Australia was today called off without a ball being bowled here. As a result of the abandonment, the three-match T20 series ended tied 1-1. The two captains Virat Kohli and David Warner, umpires and match officials decided that no play could be possible because of a soft outfield. Dominant India maul Bangladesh 7-0 in Asia Cup Hockey Meet Favourites India produced yet another clinical performance to maul minnows Bangladesh 7-0, registering their second consecutive win at the men's Asia Cup hockey tournament, here today. India beat Japan 5-1 in the opening encounter. Ranked 6th in the world, Indians were no match for their less-fancied rivals as they controlled the proceedings from start to finish en route their emphatic win. FIFA U-17 WC: India face do-or-die clash against Ghana After a gallant display against Colombia, the Indian U-17 national team, which won hearts all over, will face Ghana in their third Group A stage match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium later today. India had lost their first two matches against United States of America and Colombia. Ashish Nehra to retire post-New Zealand Delhi T20; Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri informed Veteran speedster Ashish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1. According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli. Australia level T20 series with emphatic win over India India had a forgettable outing with both bat and ball as Australia bounced back in the T20 series with a crushing eight-wicket win in the second game here today. Rookier pacer Jason Behrendorff (4/21) ripped through the high-profile Indian batting to restrict the home team to a below par 118 at the Baraspara Stadium, which hosted its first international match tonight. Penaloza brace breaks Indian hearts in FIFA U-17 World Cup India faced its second consecutive defeat in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup after going down 1-2 to Colombia in an entertaining Group A encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday evening. A pulsating first half saw India come ever so close to breaking the deadlock. However, Abhijit Sarkar's close-range shot was well saved by Colombia goalkeeper Kevin Mier before Rahul Kannoly struck the post for the tournament hosts in stoppage time. Nadal demolishes Kyrgios to win China Open World No. 1 Rafael Nadal extended his win streak to 12 straight after defeating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in straight sets on Sunday to win the men's singles title of China Open. Nadal defeated Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1 in what turned out to be a one-sided summit clash in Beijing. Caroline Garcia stuns Simona Halep to win China Open Caroline Garcia of France came out with a spectacular performance as she stunned World No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets to win the women singles title of the China Open here on Sunday. The unseeded player from France, who has been in the form of her life, edged out the Romanian second seed 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to add the China Open to the Wuhan Open title she lifted last weekend, making it five WTA crowns in all. India beat Australia by 9 wickets in 1st T20I Skipper Virat Kohli played a sweet cameo after yet another impressive show by the bowling unit as India comfortably beat Australia by nine wickets in a rain-curtailed opening T20 International, in Ranchi on Saturday. It was the seventh consecutive win for India in the shortest format having last lost against the Aussies, way back in 2012 in Dhaka, during the ICC World T20. Injured Steve Smith out of T20Is against India Australian captain Steve Smith was today ruled out of the Twenty20 series against India due to a shoulder injury, a massive setback for the already struggling visitors. Cricket Australia confirmed that vice-captain David Warner will stand in as captain for the three-match series, which begins here today. Marcus Stoinis will replace Smith in the squad for the remainder of the series. Smith, on the other hand, will return home and is expected to be fit for next month's Ashes. Mirza-Shuai eye China Open final spot Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai will look to seal a spot in the finals of the China Open when they head into the semi-finals of the women's doubles event later today. The third-seeded pair rebounded strongly from a set down to beat fifth-seeded Czech duo of Barbara Strycova and Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 in a thrilling last-eight clash yesterday. FIFA U-17 World Cup: India go down 0-3 to USA India showed heart but lacked in skill and quality with a much superior United States of America handing them a sound 3-0 thrashing in the opening encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Friday. Playing in their maiden FIFA tournament, rank outsiders India were outclassed by a side that was a few notches above the 'Boys in Blue' physically as well as technically. Captain and star striker Josh Sargent gave US the lead in the 30th minute through a penalty before Chris Dunkin (51st) got a freak goal and Andrew Carleton (84th) hit on the counter after the change of ends. Pooja Kadian hands India its first gold in Wushu World C'ships Pooja Kadian on Wednesday created history as she bagged India's first ever gold medal at Wushu World Championships in Russia. Pooja, an ace Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) Wushu champion, finished on top of the podium in the 75 kg women's Sanda Category after defeating Evgeniya Stepanova of  Russia in the final. She had earlier defeated Egypt's Heba Abdelkader 2-0 in the semifinals to reach the finals of the 14th edition of the World Wushu Championships being held at Kazan, Russia. Four other Indians also landed on the podium in the World Championships. Herath drives Sri Lanka to thrilling win in Abu Dhabi Veteran spinner Rangana Herath picked up an 11-wicket haul as Sri Lanka pulled off a dramatic win over Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday. Defending a paltry target of 136, Sri Lanka---who got thrashed at home by India---came out with a brilliant bowling performance and bowled out Pakistan for 114, thus winning the match by 21 runs in the final session of Day five and taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Rohit’s masterful knock gives India 4-1 series win Rohit Sharma achieved a memorable milestone with his classy century as India outplayed Australia by seven wickets in the fifth ODI to seal the series 4-1 and cement their number one spot in the ICC rankings. Rohit (125) and Ajinkya Rahane (61) set up the comprehensive win with a 124-run stand, their third century stand in a row, before the former shared a 99-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli (39) to take the team on the cusp of a big victory. England crushes West Indies by nine wickets to win final ODI Jonny Bairstow top scored with 141 not out as England chased down its target of 289 in 38 overs to win the fifth and final one-day international against West Indies on Friday. England finished on 294-1 after Joe Root smashed a six off Marlon Samuels to win the series 4-0 with the second ODI a no-result due to rain. Bairstow, who also got a ton in the first match, hit 17 boundaries in his 114-ball innings. Jason Roy was the only English wicket to fall — trapped leg before wicket for 96 by Miguel Cummins in the 22nd over — after an opening stand with Bairstow of 156. Australia halt India’s winning run with 21-run victory The Indian juggernaut finally came to a halt with Australia dishing out an exceptional performance during the death overs to win the fourth One Day International by 21 runs, here tonight. The consolation win also snapped India’s winning streak of nine matches as the hosts could manage only 313 for 8 chasing a stiff victory target of 335. India lead the five-match series 3-1 with the fifth and final ODI to be played in Nagpur on Sunday. India to play 6 ODIs, 3 Tests and T20s in South Africa India will play three Tests, six One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals matches with South Africa. The T20i matches will all be double-headers as they will also feature the Proteas in T20 International matches against the India women's team. The ODI series will start from February 1, whereas the T20i series will begin February 18. Sports Ministry recommends shuttler Sindhu for Padma Bhushan Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, country's third highest civilian award, by the Sports Ministry here on Monday. "Yes, we have recommended Sindhu for Padma Bhushan," a Sports Ministry official told PTI. India beat Australia by 5 wickets to clinch ODI series, grab No.1 spot All-rounder Hardik Pandya rose to the occasion yet again with a fluent 78-run knock as India registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Australia in the third ODI to grab the number one spot, on Sunday. Kuldeep Yadav takes hat-trick as India beat Australia by 50 runs Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became only the third Indian to take a hat-trick as the hosts demolished Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI here on Thursday, continuing their dominating run over the listless visitors. Chasing 253 on a tricky surface, Australia once again had no answer to the guile of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/34) and chinaman Yadav (3/54), who struck at crucial junctures to bundle out the opposition for 202 in 43.1 overs. Sindhu conquers Okuhara to clinch Korea Open title Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu defeated world champion Nozomi Okuhara in a thrilling summit clash to clinch the women's singles title at the Korea Open Super Series here today.  The 22-year-old Indian saw off eighth seed Okuhara 22-20 11-21 20-18 in an energy-sapping contest that lasted an hour and 23 minutes to exact sweet revenge of her heart-wrenching World Championship final loss to the Japanese at Glasgow last month.  Telugu Titans vs Bengaluru Bulls match ends 26-26 draw Telugu Titans and Bengaluru Bulls played out a dramatic 26-26 tie in a Pro Kabaddi League match here today. The Titans came back strongly in the last five minutes after trailing for majority of the match. Rahul Chaudhari scored eight points for the Titans and created history as he became the first man to score 600 raid points in Pro Kabaddi League. Titans' defence forced as many as four super tackles to claw their way back into the match. Pakistan celebrate cricket return with series triumph over World XI Pakistan celebrated the return of international cricket with a thumping 33-run win to clinch the final Twenty20 match and the series against a World XI team at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium Friday. The hosting of the short series is a major step towards convincing international teams to begin touring Pakistan again, with Sri Lanka already due to play a Twenty20 match in Lahore on October 29. Hashim Amla, Thisara Perera lead World XI to 7-wicket win over Pakistan in 2nd T20 Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera hit a towering six off the penultimate ball to steer the World XI to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 Wednesday. Perera made a whirlwind 19-ball 47 not out with five sixes, while Hashim Amla finished not out 72 off 55 balls to help the World XI overhaul a 175-run target and level the three-match series 1-1 before a packed Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. Pakistan beat World XI by 20 runs Pakistan beat the World XI by 20 runs in an exciting finish to the first Twenty20 match in Lahore on Tuesday, celebrating the return of international cricket to the country amid tight security. It is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an international match since a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, also in Lahore. 2007 WC was the lowest for Indian cricket: Tendulkar Legendary Sachin Tendulkar today said the phase around the 2007 World Cup was the lowest ebb for Indian cricket. Tendulkar said the Indian cricket team witnessed a lot of changes after the first round exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and the move eventually reaped huge dividends. US Open: Rafael Nadal beats Kevin Anderson to win 3rd title, wins 16th Grand Slam Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title and16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. The world number one, the champion also in New York in 2010 and 2013, added the US title to the record 10th French Open he captured in June. US Open: Sania Mirza-Shuai Peng crash out in semi-finals Fourth seeded Indo-Chinese pair of Sania Mirza and Shuai Peng was sent packing by Swiss ace Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei in the women's doubles semi-finals of the US Open here. Although the scoreline suggests a straight-set victory of 6 -4, 6-4 for the second-seeded pair, it was the Indo-Chinese combination that had the initial advantage which it frittered away. District Level Pro Kabaddi tourney from 30th Sept. The two day district level pro-kabaddi tournament will be held from September 30 at Maladevi ground, MLA Satish Sail said. Nathan Lyon, David Warner star as Australia level Test series 1-1 against Bangladesh Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon returned a career best 13-154 on Thursday as his team completed a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second test to level the series. Lyon followed up his 7-94 with 6-60 in the second innings to wrap up Bangladesh's innings for 157 on the fourth day of the match. Australia lost three wickets for 48 but the victory was never out of the sight. Glen Maxwell ended the match with a consecutive cover-drive four and slog-swept six over mid-wicket as Australia brought up the victory in only 15.3 overs. Virat Kohli scripts T20 win as India complete Sri Lankan rout Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blazing half-century as India completed their rout of Sri Lanka on this tour, winning the one-off Twenty20 by seven wickets in Colombo on Wednesday. The visitors remained unbeaten in their nine matches against Sri Lanka as they won the Test and one-day series 3-0 and 5-0 respectively. Sania and Bopanna reach US Open quarterfinals, Paes-Raja out Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna have reached the quarterfinals of their respective events at the US Open but the fledgling partnership of Leander Paes and Purav Raja has fallen flat yet again. The fourth seeded Indo-Chinese pair of Sania and Shuai Peng overcame a stiff resistance from Sorana Cirstea and Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2 3-6 7-6(2) in the third round of the women's doubles. Sri Lanka fail to seal direct qualification in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019  Sri Lanka have been unable to seal a direct qualification place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in the ongoing ODI series against India, after failing to win two matches. But with India taking a 4-0 lead, Sri Lanka will now have to wait for the Windies to lose at least one of its upcoming matches to be able to clinch that berth. If Sri Lanka win the last match of the series on Sunday, it will reach 88 points on the points table but that will not be enough to ensure it automatic qualification. Pakistan’s Sharjeel Khan handed five-year ban in PSL spot-fixing case Left-handed batsman Sharjeel Khan was on Wednesday handed over a five-year ban by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)-appointed Anti-Corruption Unit in connection with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case. Sharjeel was facing five major charges of breaches of the PCB's anti-corruption code and was found guilty for all five. According to the Dawn, he will not be able to play any form of cricket for at least 30 months, after which he may be allowed to play domestic cricket until the completion of the ban - subject to the terms and conditions set by the PCB. Bangladesh stun Australia for historic Test win in Dhaka Bangladesh Wednesday registered their first-ever win over Australia in Test cricket, beating Steve Smith's men by 20 runs in a thrilling match in Dhaka. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took 5-85 to help the hosts dismiss Australia for 244 shortly into the second session on the fourth day. David Warner top-scored with 112 for the tourists, who were chasing a victory target of 265 after dismissing the hosts for 221 in their second innings. Bangladesh tighten screws over Australia in Dhaka Test Bangladesh tightened their grip in the ongoing first Test of the two-match series against Australia after securing an 88-run lead on Day Two here at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. After bowling out Australia for 217 in their first innings, Bangladesh were 45-1 at the close of play, with Tamim Iqbal and Taijul Islam batting at the crease of 30* and 0* respectively. It would have been a big advantage for the hosts to go no loss into Day 3 hadn't been for that brain-fade moment from Soumya Sarkar (15) in the penultimate over of the day. Sindhu loses epic final, settles for silver at World Ch'ship PV Sindhu's gallant effort to become India's first ever World Champion ended in a heart- wrenching defeat against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in an epic final, here today. In the longest match of the tournament, which tested the physical and mental strength of both the players, Sindhu lost 19-21 22-20 20-22 after battling hard for one hour and 49 minutes. Sri Lanka vs India: Rohit, Bumrah combine to power India to series win Pacer Jasprit Bumrah took his maiden five-wicket haul, enabling India restrict a struggling Sri Lanka to 217 for nine in the third ODI of the five-match series here on Sunday. Bumrah was brilliant both upfront and in the death overs to end with figures of five for 27, surpassing his previous best of four for 22. Afridi, Gayle, Sehwag to play T10 league in UAE Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakkara will be part of the T10 league, named Ten Cricket League, in the UAE. Teams playing in the league are - Team Punjabis, Team Pakhtoons, Team Maratha, Team Banglas, Team Lankans, Team Sindhis and Team Keralites, among others. Afridi will lead Team Pakhtoons. Wayne Rooney announces retirement from international football England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney announced on Wednesday he is retiring from international football with immediate effect after manager Gareth Southgate tried to recall him to the squad. The 31-year-old -- scorer of 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country -- told Southgate of his decision during a phone conversation on Tuesday. Shahid Afridi's ton helps Hampshire beat Derbyshire by 101-run in NatWest T20 Blast Pakistan's Shahid Afridi blasted 101 in only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire's 101-run victory at Derbyshire in the Twenty20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday. All-rounder Afridi hit seven sixes and 10 fours to power Hampshire to 249 for eight, their highest T20 score. Skipper James Vince made 55 from 36 balls as Hampshire passed their previous best of 225 for two against Middlesex in 2006 and, faced with an improbable target of 250, the Falcons crumbled to 148 all out with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott each taking three wickets. Sindhu, Praneeth, Pranaav-Sikki win at World Championships Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's singles competition after defeating Korea's Kim Hyo Min in the second round of the World Championship here today. Sindhu, who twice won bronze medals at the 2013 and 2014 editions, notched up a 21-16 21-14 win over Kim in a 49-minute match, to extend her head-to-head record against the Korean to 4-1 in five meetings. Two Chinese cricketers to play in Pakistan Super league Two Chinese cricketers have been drafted to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) next year, giving a boost to the fledgling sport in China. The two players of China national cricket team will represent Peshawar Zalmi in the next edition PSL, Pakistan's official news agency APP reported on Sunday. England rout Windies in Edgbaston Test England crushed West Indies by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in their inaugural day/night Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Saturday. Following on, the visitors were bowled out for 137 in their second innings as they lost 19 wickets in total during the day's play, thus giving England a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Sania, Bopanna out of Cincinnati Masters Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza bowed out of the Cincinnati Masters after losing their quarterfinal and semifinal with respective partners in the men's and women's doubles. Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost 1-6 7-6 7-10 to second seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo in an enthralling three-setter quarterfinal that lasted one hour and 36 minutes. Pakistani cricketer Zubair Ahmed dies after being hit by a bouncer In a tragic incident, Pakistani batsman Zubair Ahmed has died after being hit by a bouncer during a domestic match at Mardan. Ahmed, who had played four List A matches and represented the T20 team Quetta Bears, was hit on the head on August 14. India complete series sweep with another emphatic win An authoritative India today completed a 3-0 clean sweep of Sri Lanka with an innings and 171-run annihilation in the third and final Test, bringing to an early end to one of the most lopsided series in recent years. None of the three matches lasted five days, with the final one being the shortest, lasting just two and a half days. With Sri Lanka resuming the day at 19 for one after following-on and facing a 352-run deficit, the final outcome was a foregone conclusion. Pallekele Test: Dhawan, Rahul shine before Lanka fight back Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul shared a brilliant 150-run opening stand before Sri Lanka fought back as India reached 329-6 at stumps on the opening day of the third and the final Test at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Saturday. Kerala High Court lifts BCCI's lifetime-ban on Sreesanth In a big relief for S Sreesanth, the Kerala High Court on Monday lifted the lifetime-ban imposed on the tainted pacer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in connection with the spot fixing case. Wasim Akram Named Brand Ambassador of 10PL Former Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram has been named the brand ambassador of 10PL, which is a UAE-based tennis ball cricket tournament. The tournament boasts the highest prize money for tennis ball cricket anywhere in the world and is valued at a total of 250,000 Dirhams. Pakistan to play day-night Test in upcoming Sri Lanka series in UAE Pakistan and Sri Lankan have agreed to play a day and night Test match with pink ball in Dubai in the upcoming series between the two countries.  This will be Pakistan's second day and night Test in Dubai as last year also they had played against the West Indies and won the encounter.  ICC suspends Jadeja from 3rd SL Test after breach of conduct India spinner Ravindra Jadeja was on Sunday suspended for the third Test against Sri Lanka as his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. Jadeja threw ball at opener Dimuth Karunaratne off his own bowling when the batsman was inside the crease and the unpired ruled it "dangerous". Jadeja takes 5 as India clinch series by innings and 53 runs India buried Sri Lanka under a mountain of runs as they cantered to a comprehensive innings and 53-run victory in the second Test, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here today. The hosts, who put up their best batting show in the series so far were all-out for 386 in the second innings despite twin centuries from opener Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and No 3 Kusal Mendis (110). Usain Bolt beaten by Justin Gatlin in farewell 100m final One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him. One final time, the World’s Fastest Man furiously pumped the arms and legs on his gangly 6-foot-5 frame, desperately trying to reel in all those would-be winners as the finish line fast approached. This time, the afterburners kicked in but not hard enough. Not one, but two overlooked and underapp Vijender retains Asia-Pacific title Vijender Singh outslugged his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali in a close bout to retain the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title on Saturday. It was double delight for the fans as Vijender also snatched the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title from the Chinese, who is nine years younger to him. It was the 32-year-old’s ninth successive win in his professional career.