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 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. Mo Farah seals epic 10,000m win at IAAF World Athletics Championships Mo Farah launched the World Athletics Championships in scintillating fashion on Friday with another consummate 10,000 metres triumph that further embellished his claim to being the greatest distance racer in the sport’s history. With 55,000 of his home fans roaring their support at the London Stadium, the 34-year-old Briton sprinted away with his 10th consecutive gold medal in a global track final, a dazzling sequence that ranks among the greatest feats in sport. Farah survived being clipped twice from behind in the final lap, nearly tripping over and being forced to ta Colombo Test: Ashwin strikes twice after India pile up 622-9 Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck twice in quick session to reduce Sri Lanka to 50-2, at the end of the second day's play of the second Test of the three-match series at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground. In reply to India's massive declared score of 622-9, Sri Lanka had an unexpected start, losing opener Upul Tharanga for a duck off Ashwin's delivery. Ind vs SL 2nd test: Pujara and Rahane hit unbeaten tons, India dominate on Day 1 Cheteshwar Pujara chose an apt occasion to profess his never-ending love for red-ball cricket, scoring another classy century as India reached 344/3 against Sri Lanka, in Colombo on the first day of the second Test. On a day, when Pujara played his landmark 50th Test match and was also recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award, the Saurashtra right-hander remained unbeaten on 128 -- his 13th hundred in longest format.Ajinkya Rahane (103 batting) also roared back to form after a patchy last season hitting his ninth Test ton while adding 211 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand as Sri Lankan bowlers once again had a poor day in office. Comeback man KL Rahul (57) and senior opener Shikhar Dhawan (35) will be cursing their luck, having missed out on a run-feast against a below-par home team attack. Sourav Ganguly urges BCCI to consider pay hike for domestic cricketers Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday, urged the BCCI to consider a substantial pay hike for domestic cricketers plying their trade in Ranji Trophy. It was learnt that Ganguly spoke extensively on the issue during the BCCI technical committee meeting in Kolkata on Tuesday. Oval Test: Moeen Ali notches hat-trick as England take 2-1 lead over Proteas Moeen Ali scalped a hat-trick as England wrapped up a huge 239-run win over South Africa on the fifth day of the third Test at the Oval to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series here on Monday. Chasing a daunting target of 491 runs to win, South Africa made a poor start to their second innings, losing opener Heino Kuhn for just 11 runs. Kuhn's opening partner Dean Elgar waged a lone battle as he smashed 20 boundaries in his blistering 136-run knock to make England sweat for victory. Rs 25 lakhs award for women cricketers from State: Minister Pramod Madhwaraj Minister for Sports and Youth Empowerment Pramod Madhwaraj has congratulated the Indian Women’s cricket team for its good performance in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup-2017 held in England, by being the runners-up. India crush Sri Lanka by 304 runs in first cricket Test A vastly superior India on Saturday outclassed an injury-ravaged and out-of-sorts Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the opening Test to bury the ghosts of a humiliating loss at the same venue, exactly two years ago. India lead the three-match series 1-0. SL vs Ind: Virat Kohli, Abhinav Mukund take India forward with massive lead on Day 3  India closed in on a big win as their domination went uncontested for the third successive day in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here. Virat Kohli (76 batting) and Abhinav Mukund (81) put on 133 runs for the third wicket as India reached 189 for three in 46.3 overs at stumps on a rain-affected day three. Sri Lanka all out for 291 Sri Lanka wereallout for 291 in reply to India's first innings score of 600 on day 3 of the opening cricket Test here today. In the post-lunch session, Lahiru Kumara (2) was cleaned up by Ravindra Jadeja as Sri Lanka's innings came to an end as they are one man short, following the thumb injury of Das Gunaratne, who was ruled out of the series on day 1. India reach 503-7 at lunch on day two India maintained their hold over the proceedings despite losing four wickets on the second day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here today. Nuwan Pradeep (5-88) took his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket as India reached 503 for seven in 117 overs at lunch. At the Galle International Stadium, the visitors lost four wickets for 104 runs in the morning session but still managed to extend their advantage. Starting from overnight 399 for three, India crossed the 400-mark on the first ball of day two. Cheteshwar Pujara (153 runs, 265 balls, 13 fours) and Ajinkya Rahane (57 runs, 130 balls, 3 fours) looked to continue their overnight partnership, and were batting fluently. Pujara had a DRS decision for caught behind turned down off Rangana Herath in the third over of the day. SL vs Ind 1st Test: Dhawan, Pujara power India to 399/3 pener Shikhar Dhawan made the most of his lucky Test comeback to slam a career-best 190-run knock, while Cheteshwar Pujara continued his golden run as India posted a formidable 399/3 on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka here. Brought into the squad only after first-choice opener Murali Vijay was ruled out due to injury, Dhawan made full use of the opportunity and played an entertaining 168-ball  innings that was studded with 31 fours. This was his fifth Test hundred. England beat India in thriller to clinch ICC Women's World Cup 2017 The England Women Cricket team staged a comeback to beat India by nine runs in a thrilling ICC Women's World Cup final. Anya Shrubsole was the pick of the bowlers as she took six wickets to clearly take away the game from India. India's Poonam Raut was batting brilliantly even as India looked all set to achieve the target of 229. But as soon as the 27-year-old opener fell lbw to Shrubsole for 86, the whole innings came crashing down like a deck of cards. Indian cricket team to get new manager soon: BCCI Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) acting president C.K. Khanna said that a new manager for the Indian Men's cricket team will be announced very soon. After the appointment of Ravi Shastri as the coach of the Men's cricket team, the Indian team has been looking for a new manager as well. Speaking to ANI, Khanna said, "We have shortlisted thirteen names for now. We'll interview them on Tuesday afternoon." Kevin Pietersen eyes international return with South Africa after England sacking Kevin Pietersen has said that he has not ruled out resurrecting his international career with his native South Africa even though he'll be pushing 40 when he requalifies. The 37-year-old batsman will become eligible to play for the Proteas in 2019 having not been selected for England after being sacked in the aftermath of the 2013-14 Ashes defeat in Australia. Shot putter Manpreet Kaur in dope net again, to miss World Athletics Championships Top Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur will miss next month's World Athletics Championships in London after she tested positive for banned substances for the second time in a couple of days, the AFI said on Thursday. Manpreet's urine sample 'A' collected during the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix at Jinhua (China) on April 24 has also been found to have stimulant dimethylbutylamine in it. No added pressure on me: Virat Kohli A fair understanding of each other already there, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli today said he expects the going to be smooth with new coach Ravi Shastri as they are both well aware of what is expected of them. Speaking to the media before the team's departure for the tour of Sri Lanka -- featuring three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 starting July 26 -- Kohli, for the first time, shared his views on Shastri's appointment. I have matured immensely in last two weeks: Shastri Newly-appointed India head coach Ravi Shastri feels he has "matured immensely" in the last two weeks, a period that saw dramatic developments leading upto his appointment to the high-profile job. Addressing his first press conference since getting the position, the former Team Director spoke about the challenges ahead, the first of which is a tour of Sri Lanka comprising three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 starting July 26. Shastri gets his team, Arun back as bowling coach Acceding to newly-appointed chief coach Ravi Shastri's demand, the BCCI today appointed Bharat Arun as the Indian cricket team's bowling coach, ending days of drama surrounding the position. Arun was India's bowling coach during Shastri's previous tenure as Team Director and the latter had insisted on his appointment in his soon-to-start second stint with the Indian team. Burglars break into Umesh Yadav’s house Unidentified thieves broke into the house of cricketer Umesh Yadav here and decamped with Rs 45,000 in cash and two mobile phones, the police said today. The incident took place on Monday between 7 pm to 9 pm when the Yadav family was not in the house, they said. Inspector B R Khandale told PTI that Yadav has a flat on the ninth floor of a building in Lakshminagar area. "Our control room received a call around 3.30 am today informing about the burglary," he said. Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world: Mohammad Amir While the entire cricketing fraternity is finding it difficult to name the best batsmen in the present era, left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has made it clear that for him it is none other than India skipper Virat Kohli. Amir, who recently organised a chat session on his Twitter account, was asked to name his favourite current best batsman to which left-arm pacer wrote "Virat Kohli". Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tears Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament's oldest champion today with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3 6-1 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon's oldest men's winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976. Zaheer, Dravid are being humiliated: ex-CoA member Ramachandra Guha Former Committee of Administrators member Ramachandra Guha feels Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan are being subjected to "public humiliation" by the manner in which their appointment as consultants has been put on hold. "The shameful treatment of Anil Kumble has now been compounded by the cavalier treatment of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid," Guha tweeted. 2011 World Cup final: Gambhir, Nehra rubbish Arjuna Ranatunga’s match-fixing claims  India's World Cup heroes found former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga's demand for an inquiry into the 2011 final as "outrageous". India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to win their second World Cup title in 50-over cricket. Ranatunga, in a video posted on his Facebook page, said: "I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt. Arjuna Ranatunga makes match-fixing claims over 2011 World Cup India-Sri Lanka final Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Friday demanded an investigation into the country's 2011 World Cup final defeat by India amid allegations of match fixing. Ranatunga, 53, in a video posted on his Facebook page, said he was shocked by Sri Lanka's six-wicket defeat in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. "I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt," Ranatunga said. "We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final." ICC Women's World Cup: Australia beat India by 8 wickets India's semifinal prospects suffered a massive setback after Australia cantered to a convincing eight-wicket win, riding on a superb batting show by their top-order in the ICC Women's World Cup here today. Put into bat, opener Punam Raut's fighting century and a 69 from record-breaking skipper Mithali Raj enabled India to post a decent 226 for seven in their sixth group league encounter. Mithali Raj creates history, becomes leading run-getter in women's ODIs In a crucial match against Australia, captain of the Indian women's cricket team Mithali Raj added yet another feather to her cap. As soon as she scored 34 runs, the Indian skipper became the leading run-getter in One-Day Internationals, going past England player Charlotte Edwards' record of 5992 ODI runs. Mithali was on a record-making spree as she became the first player in women's cricket game to have reached 6000 ODI runs when she launched legspinner Kristen Beams for a six. Ravi Shastri Team India coach, Zaheer, Dravid to take care of bowling, batting The BCCI on Tuesday named Ravi Shastri as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team with former fast bowling great Zaheer Khan being appointed the bowling coach for a period of two years. Rahul Dravid, India A and Under-19 coach, will work as a batting consultant on away tours alongside Sanjay Bangar, who is with the team as batting coach. "On Cricket Advisory Committee's recommendation, we have decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the chief coach while Zaheer Khan will be appointed bowling coach for a period of two years," BCCI acting president CK Khanna confirmed the development to PTI on Tuesday. It will be third stint with the national team for 55-year-old Shastri, who was earlier a Cricket Manager during 2007 tour of Bangladesh and then Team Director from 2014 August to 2016 June during which India won Test overseas series versus Sri Lanka, reached the semi-finals of 2015 World Cup and World T20 semi-finals in 2016. Stars missing, but 2017 Asian Athletics Championship proves historic for India The absence of top stars took some sheen away but India's record-breaking medal haul and a maiden top-of-the-table finish made the just-concluded 22nd Asian Athletics Championship a memorable one. Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin retain top 2 spots in ICC Test bowlers rankings India's spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin continued to sit at the top two positions in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings, released here on Monday. Manu-Sumeeth eye title defence; Prannoy, Kashyap also in fray Defending champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will hope for a turnaround in their fortune when they begin their campaign in the men's doubles competition of the Canada Open Grand Prix which begins with the qualifiers, here tomorrow. World Boxing Super Series announces quarterfinal matchups The World Boxing Super Series has announced the quarterfinal matchups for its upcoming tournaments in the super middleweight and cruiserweight divisions. Wimbledon 2017: Sania Mirza takes on Martina Hingis in women’s doubles round 2 Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza will aim to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon when she and her Belgian partner Kirsten Flipkens head into the last-16 clash of the women's doubles event here today. Karthik blames dropped chances for T20 loss against Windies India's top-scorer Dinesh Karthik rued the dropped catches that proved decisive in his team's nine-wicket loss to the West Indies in a one-off Twenty20 match, acknowledging a chance that he himself spilt. India scared of playing Pakistan in bilateral series, claims Shaharyar Khan Outgoing Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has taken a jibe at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying India are scared of Pakistan after losing the Champions Trophy final and that's why the Men in Blue don't play their arch-rival in bilateral series. "After our win, we challenge India to come and play bilateral cricket with us. They don't play us, they are scared of our team. They say we'll play you in ICC matches but they won't play us otherwise," Khan was quoted as saying during the felicitation ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad by BCCI to announce name of new India coach before Lanka Tour Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) senior official Rajeev Shukla on Thursday said that the board will announce the name of the new head coach before Team India's tour to Sri Lanka which begins July 23. "It was Anil Kumble's decision not to continue as coach of Team India. We will announce the name of the coach before Team India's tour to Sri Lanka," Shukla, head of BCCI Special Committee said. India inch closer to semi-final with 16-run win over Lanka India took a giant stride towards clinching a semi-final spot with another convincing 16-run victory over Sri Lanka in a one-sided ICC Women's World Cup encounter here today. Mithali Raj and Co recorded their fourth win on the trot as they defended a respectable 232/8 by restricting the island nation to 216 for 7.