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MS, middle-order under the scanner
MS Dhoni will be eager to prove a point after he was jeered for his slow knock in the second ODI.

MS, middle-order under the scanner

Middle-order needs to come good against England in the decider17 Jul 2018 | 1:52 AM

LEEDS: Following an uncharacteristically slow 59-ball 37 in the second ODI at Lord’s, where he was jeered by Indian fans, MS Dhoni must be under some pressure going into the deciding ODI here tomorrow.

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Leeds, July 16 

Following an uncharacteristically slow 59-ball 37 in the second ODI at Lord’s, where he was jeered by Indian fans, MS Dhoni must be under some pressure going into the deciding ODI here tomorrow. The team, though, is standing steadfastly behind the veteran match-winner. After skipper Virat Kohli defended Dhoni the other day, India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar threw his weight behind Dhoni today. “He (Dhoni) was hoping someone would bat with him. We were hoping for him to stay there till the 40th over and then take on the bowlers,” said Bangar.  “But every time he looked to do that, we lost wickets. First Raina got out, and then Hardik (Pandya), and then there was no support for him to do the usual stuff he does.” 

Notwithstanding the envy it evokes among the opposing teams, Bangar said India’s batting was still a work in progress, with the middle-order still not settled.

“The way our top-order is batting, the middle-order hasn’t got the opportunities. Mind you, not all of them are playing all the formats, so you have to factor in that as well,” said Bangar. “Coming straight to international cricket and doing the sort of things you are expected to do in this format is tough, so continuity factor also plays a part.” 

The three-match series is locked at 1-1 after India won the first ODI by eight wickets, and England won the second by 86 runs.  In the second ODI, KL Rahul failed to get going, and that might force India to have a rethink about their middle-order for the decider. 

A key concern for India will be the availability of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He was seen bowling at full tilt today during the optional practice session today. He will, however, undergo a fitness test before the game.

“He’s a quality bowler. We’ve obviously been missing our two frontline bowlers in the ODI format. However, it also provides us an opportunity to test our bench strength ahead of the World Cup,” Bangar said. — PTI 

Roy suffers finger injury, Billings called in

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has been called up to the England ODI squad as cover for opener Jason Roy for the third ODI against India here tomorrow.   Roy suffered a laceration to his right hand’s little finger during practice on Monday. He will undergo a fitness test before the game.  Batsman James Vince is also in the squad as cover, previously called in to replace Dawid Malan.

Chandimal, coach banned for two Tests

17 Jul 2018 | 1:51 AM

DUBAI: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have been banned for four ODIS and two Tests for acting against the spirit of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

Judoka Rajwinder fights against odds

Judoka Rajwinder fights against odds

17 Jul 2018 | 1:51 AM

JALANDHAR: Jalandhar judoka Rajwinder Kaur is struggling against all odds to win a medal at the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta.

Rohtak’s Lalita best boxer in Serbian youth boxing

Rohtak’s Lalita best boxer in Serbian youth boxing

17 Jul 2018 | 1:51 AM

NEW DELHI: The Indian boxers ruled the ring at the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth tournament, ending with seven gold medals to claim the overall top spot in the event in Subotica, Serbia.

Ronaldo greets Juventus fansBriefly

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17 Jul 2018 | 1:51 AM

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Lanka captain, coach suspended for four ODIs, two Tests for ball-tempering

16 Jul 2018 | 9:18 PM

DUBAI: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were on Monday suspended for the first four ODIs and two Test matches against South Africa for their role in ball-tampering during the tour of the West Indies earlier this year.

Ronaldo greets Juve fans, sparks Champions League dreams

Ronaldo greets Juve fans, sparks Champions League dreams

16 Jul 2018 | 9:08 PM

ROME: Juventus fans gave Cristiano Ronaldo a rousing welcome on Monday as the club prepared to unveil the superstar summer signing they hope will bring the Champions League trophy back to Turin.

India wins nine medals in World Junior Wushu Championships

16 Jul 2018 | 1:07 PM

NEW DELHI: The Indian team bagged nine medals-four silver and five bronze-in the 7th World Junior Wushu championships held in Brasilia, Brazil.

Gold rush for India at Serbian youth boxing tournament

16 Jul 2018 | 11:58 AM

NEW DELHI: Indian boxers ruled the ring at the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth tournament, ending with a whopping seven gold medals to claim the overall top spot in the event in Subotica, Serbia.

Briefly

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16 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

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13 Indian boxers in final of Serbian youth tourney

16 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

NEW DELHI:The Indian boxers continued to be on a roll at the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth tournament with 13 of them, including six women, advancing to the final in Subotica, Serbia.

thailand open

Sindhu loses to Okuhara in final

16 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

BANGKOK:PV Sindhu’s title drought continued as she suffered a straight-game defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash of the Thailand Open.

Dhoni booed at Lord's, Kohli springs to his defence

Dhoni booed at Lord's, Kohli springs to his defence

16 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

LONDON:On a day when he crossed the 10,000-run milestone in the ODIs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was booed by the Indian supporters at the ‘Home of Cricket’ for his slow batting during the team’s 86-run defeat against England in the second game of the three-match series.

Not having a ball: All work, no play, low pay for Jalandhar workers

Not having a ball: All work, no play, low pay for Jalandhar workers

16 Jul 2018 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR:A small black-and-white TV is on, flashing news regarding the World Cup final between Croatia and France.

Djokovic beats Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon title

Djokovic beats Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon title

15 Jul 2018 | 9:18 PM

LONDON: Novak Djokovic was back to his brutal best as he beat South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fourth time on Sunday.

Dhoni booed by Indian spectators during 2nd ODI

Dhoni booed by Indian spectators during 2nd ODI

15 Jul 2018 | 1:44 PM

LONDON: On a day when he crossed the 10,000-run milestone in ODIs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was booed by the Indian supporters at the ‘Home of Cricket’ for his slow batting during the team’s 86-run defeat against England in the second game of the three-match series.

Lord’s pitch offered turn when we batted unlike when we bowled: Chahal

Lord’s pitch offered turn when we batted unlike when we bowled: Chahal

15 Jul 2018 | 11:00 AM

LONDON: Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal felt that unlike England innings when there wasn’t much assistance for slow bowlers, the Lord’s track helped home team spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali as India lost the second ODI by a comprehensive margin of 86 runs.

Unfortunate Dhoni’s finishing skills are questioned repeatedly: Kohli

Unfortunate Dhoni’s finishing skills are questioned repeatedly: Kohli

15 Jul 2018 | 5:02 PM

LONDON: Skipper Virat Kohli had to once again come to the rescue of under-fire former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose painstaking 37 off 58 balls, came in for sharp criticism after England beat India by 86 runs in the second ODI at the Lord’s.

In Brief

Junior women’s hockey team beats Ireland 4-1

15 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

AMIENS:The Indian junior women’s hockey team beat Ireland 4-1 in their opening match of the U-23 Six Nations Tournament.

Sindhu overcomes Tunjung, sets up final clash with Okuharathailand open

Sindhu overcomes Tunjung, sets up final clash with Okuhara

15 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

BANGKOK:PV Sindhu advanced to the final after registering a hard-fought victory over Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung at the Thailand Open tournament.

Root’s ton level series for England

Root’s ton level series for England

15 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

LONDON:Joe Root struck a fluent 113 as England crushed India by 86 runs in the second ODI at Lord’s to level the three-match series at 1-1.

Saurabh shoots gold in Czech meet

15 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

NEW DELHI:Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the individual gold in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event at the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior international championship in Plzen, Czech Republic.

Hima anchors relay team to jr national record

15 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

TAMPERE (FINLAND):Newly-crowned World U-20 champion Hima Das ended her campaign after anchoring the Indian women’s 4x400m relay quartet to a junior national record, though the quartet failed to qualify for the final round.

Shubhankar misses cut at Scottish Open

15 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

GULLANE (SCOTLAND):Shubhankar Sharma’s maiden appearance at the Scottish Open ended in agony as he missed the cut after failing to hole a lot of putts at the Gullane Golf Club.

Djokovic downs Rafa in battle of attrition

Djokovic downs Rafa in battle of attrition

15 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

LONDON:Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final as he resisted everything great rival Rafael Nadal could throw at him to win 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) 3-6 10-8 in a two-day classic that concluded in nerve-jangling tension.

Title No. 1

Title No. 1

15 Jul 2018 | 3:07 AM

LONDON:Angelique Kerber ripped up the script when she stunned Serena Williams 6-3 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon title on Saturday.

Epic Djokovic stuns Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

Epic Djokovic stuns Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

14 Jul 2018 | 10:42 PM

LONDON:Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final on Saturday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal in the second longest semi-final ever played at the tournament.

Kerber beats Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win 1st Wimbledon title

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15 Jul 2018 | 2:47 AM

LONDON:Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams' bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

2nd ODI: England opt to bat after winning toss

2nd ODI: England opt to bat after winning toss

14 Jul 2018 | 7:01 PM

LONDON: England captain Eoin Morgan opted to bat after winning the toss in the second ODI against India.

Djokovic leads Nadal as Wimbledon semi-final halted for night

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14 Jul 2018 | 1:54 PM

LONDON: Novak Djokovic led Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9) in their Wimbledon semi-final when it was halted for the night today.

Have mercy! Anderson and Isner demand rule change after Wimbledon epic

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14 Jul 2018 | 10:40 PM

LONDON: Kevin Anderson and John Isner called for Grand Slam chiefs to introduce a cut-off point for final set marathons after their Wimbledon semi-final entered the record books as the second longest-ever singles match at a major.

2nd Test: Holder shines as West Indies dominate Bangladesh

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14 Jul 2018 | 11:53 AM

KINGSTON: Jason Holder led the rout of Bangladesh with a five-wicket haul as the West Indies took control of the second Test at close on second day at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

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