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Cheteshwar Pujara Hits First Century In Australia, Rescues Indian Inning

Cheteshwar Pujara scored his first hundred in Australia, leading India’s recovery after the cheap dismissals of leading batsmen in the first Test of the four-match series against Australia at Adelaide on Thursday. Pujara reached the triple figure in Test cricket for the 16th time, his third against Australia, with six boundaries and a six in a composed 231-ball knock. He was the ninth man out, for 123 off 246 deliveries, displaying excellent composure under pressure.

Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the opening Test.

Kohli opted to play middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hanuma Vihari missed out from the playing XI. Rohit managed to score just 37 runs before losing his wicket to spinner Nathan Lyon.

“He bats well with the tail, good with the short ball and can take on the bowling. Every tour is an opportunity, coming here is a difficult challenge, not taking anything for granted,” Kohli said after the toss.

Australia left out vice-captain and all-rounder Mitch Marsh and played Peter Handscomb in his place. Despite playing just four bowlers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, the hosts dominated the first day of the opening Test.






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ISL 2018: Delhi Dynamos Beat Chennaiyin FC To Register Season’s First Win

Delhi Dynamos defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-1 to register their first win in the ongoing season of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Marina Arena in Chennai on Saturday. Daniel Lahlimpuia, Bikramjit Singh and Nandhakumar Sekar scored in Delhi’s memorable win that left ISL defending champions Chennaiyin FC reeling at the bottom of the points table. Delhi, placed ninth in the points table, have seven points from 12 matches, while Chennai are last with five points from equal number of matches.

It was the hosts that started the game strongly as first Salom and then Mailson came close to scoring the opener but impressive saves from Dorronsoro kept Chennaiyin at bay.

It was against the run of play though that Dynamos grabbed the opener. Mihelic found Nandhakumar and the winger’s cross from the right was met by a glancing header from Daniel to score his first ever Indian Super League goal.

With five minutes to go for the first half, the hosts grabbed the equaliser. Sajid Dhot bought down Salom inside the box and the referee awarded the hosts a penalty, which was calmly slotted in by Raphael Augusto.

It was Dynamos though who started the second half on front foot as back to back corners handed them a chance at goal, but the hosts resolute defending kept the scoreline on level terms.

Former Chennaiyin midfielder though put Delhi in front again as he finished a wonderful counter attacking move started by substitute Andrija Kaluderovic.

Three minutes later Dynamos added their third as local boy Nandha added the cherry on the top to hand Dynamos their first win of the season.






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Premier League: Christian Eriksen Strikes Late To Rescue Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley

Christian Eriksen came off the bench to score the stoppage-time goal that earned Mauricio Pochettino his 100th Premier League victory as Tottenham Hotspur manager in a hard fought 1-0 win over Burnley. The struggling Clarets had been seconds away from leaving Wembley with a precious point against hosts who had clinched qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League by drawing 1-1 at Barcelona in midweek. Now, Spurs can look forward to Monday’s last 16 draw in the knowledge that third place in the Premier League table will still be theirs whatever top-four rivals Chelsea and Arsenal do on Sunday.

It was perhaps inevitable that Pochettino would make changes to the starting line up, especially as centre-back Jan Vertonghen was ruled out by a thigh problem and Eric Dier was unavailable because of a virus.

Oliver Skipp was the chief beneficiary, with the 18-year-old midfielder handed a first Premier League start after a couple of cameos off the bench.

Yet, the feel-good factor from a famous night at the Camp Nou on Tuesday wasn’t in evidence in the stands with vast swaths of empty seats as patience over the wait for the club’s new stadium seems to be running out.

Burnley were buoyed by last week’s 1-0 win over Brighton, which ended a barren run that had seen them add just one point from a possible 21.

The visitors had the best chance of a lacklustre first-half when Hugo Lloris’s misplaced clearance went straight to Phil Bardsley, who teed up Ashley Barnes to head wastefully over the bar.

Burnley almost broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half from a free-kick move when ex-Spurs winger Aaron Lennon’s cross was met on the volley by Barnes only for a combination of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane to block.

Joe Hart has rediscovered some of his best form since joining Burnley in the summer after a few lean years out on loan from Manchester City. The former England number one produced a top-quality stop to deny Erik Lamela from Danny Rose’s cross.

Skipp, Tottenham’s fourth-youngest ever Premier League starter, was replaced by Heung-min Son for the last 15 minutes, with centre forward Fernando Llorente soon coming on for Lamela.

The newcomers fashioned a clear chance when Llorente chested Kieran Trippier’s cross into the South Korean’s path only for Son to fire across goal and wide.

Dele Alli also scuffed wide at the back post as the pressure built. It finally paid off when Kane held the ball up and played Eriksen in for a finish high into the net to leave Spurs just five points off the top of the table.

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BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu Aims For Gold In Yet Another Badminton Finale

PV Sindhu, India’s Olympic silver medallist shuttler, will aim for a gold medal when she takes on Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles summit clash at the BWF World Tour Finals on Sunday. The 23-year-old Indian defeated 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in the semifinal match on Saturday. In the recent past, PV Sindhu has suffered a series of defeats in finals of tournaments. Following a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, she settled for silver at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games as well.

Sindhu has lost in the final of the World Championships twice and was runner-up in last year’s season finale.

“I hope that ending the season, I can win gold, definitely it would mean a lot,” Sindhu said.

“I would not call it pressure. I will just play freely, like how I have played these last four matches. And, if I win it, it will be very important for me,” she added.

In the men’s final of the season-ending USD 1.5 million tournament in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, home player and number two in the world Shi Yuqi plays top-ranked Kento Momota of Japan in a mouthwatering showdown.

In the other last-four clash in the women’s draw, Okuhara, a place above Sindhu at five in the world, emerged from an all-Japanese clash against Akane Yamaguchi, winning 21-17, 21-14.

The men’s championship match promises to be a cracker between Momota, the world champion, and Shi.

The 22-year-old Shi, who has taken over from the likes of Olympic champions Chen Long and Lin Dan as China’s best men’s player, came back from a slow start to beat Indian underdog Sameer Verma 12-21, 22-20, 21-17.

Momota, 24, had it comparatively easy against Son Wan-ho, defeating the South Korean 21-14, 21-12 to underline his status as the tournament favourite.

(With AFP inputs)






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