Visakhapatnam, Oct 5 (AP/UNB) — India led by 106 runs in reaching 35-1 off 14 overs in the second innings at lunch on day four of the first cricket test against South Africa on Saturday.
Mayank Agarwal was the batsman dismissed, caught at slip for seven off Keshav Maharaj (1-31) as India built on their first innings lead of 71 runs.
At the break, Rohit Sharma (25 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2 not out) were the unbeaten batsmen.
Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 7-145 as South Africa was bowled out for 431 runs (131.2 overs) in its first innings.
The visitors were placed 385-8 overnight and added 46 runs to their score in just over an hour of Saturday's morning session.
Senuran Muthusamy (33 not out) played the heroic hand in stretching the South African innings and frustrating the hosts. Bizarrely, India made regular bowling changes on day four in their bid to quickly take the remaining two wickets.
Ashwin got into the act as Maharaj holed out to long on for nine in the 124th over. But the last wicket stand between Muthusamy and Kagiso Rabada (15) denied India for another eight overs, adding 35 runs.
Rabada was last man out, lbw to Ashwin, who took his tally to 349 wickets in 66 tests. This was his 27th five-wicket haul in test cricket.
South Africa passed 400 in the 125th over, eating into India's total, with time of due importance for the remainder of this test. Ravindra Jadeja finished with 2-124 from 40 overs.
India had declared their first innings at 502-7, including a record opening stand of 317 runs between Mayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176). In reply, South Africa were reduced to 39-3 at stumps on day two.
They fought back through Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111) who scored counter-attacking hundreds on day three. Skipper Faf du Plessis also made 55 runs.
Visakhapatnam, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) — Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock struck centuries to help South Africa avoid the threat of a follow-on and reach 385-8 at stumps on Day 3 of the first test against India on Friday.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took his 27th five-wicket haul in tests to keep India in control of the series opener, however, with South Africa still trailing by 117 runs.
After the Proteas resumed in some trouble on 39-3, Elgar scored 160 off 287 balls for the opener’s 12th test hundred before De Kock attacked India’s spinner to make 111 off 163 deliveries.
They put on 164 runs for the sixth wicket, allowing South Africa to ease past the follow-on mark.
At stumps, Senuran Muthusamy (12 not out) and Keshav Maharaj (3 not out) were in the middle.
Responding to India’s first innings of 502-7 declared, South Africa _ which, at one stage, was reeling on 34-3 _ dominated the third day of the test and lost only two wickets in the first two sessions.
Ishant Sharma trapped Temba Bavuma (18) lbw before lunch, while Faf du Plessis fell for 55 in the afternoon to end a partnership of 115 runs with Elgar that resurrected the Proteas’ innings.
That brought Elgar and De Kock together, the latter taking charge of the innings with a counterattacking knock to reach his fifth test century off 149 deliveries.
The breakthrough finally came in the 100th over when Elgar holed out to deep mid-wicket off Ravindra Jadeja (2-116).
De Kock helped South Africa cross 350 in the next over but fell to Ashwin, pushing the ball onto the stumps off his pads.
Ashwin made it a quick double blow as he bowled Vernon Philander for a 10-ball duck, and had figures of 5-128 from 41 overs.
India’s big first-innings score was established on an opening stand of 317 runs between Mayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176).
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Hosts Sri Lanka A team scored 223 for 5 in 74 overs against touring Bangladesh A team on the first day of second four-day unofficial Test match of the two-match series at MRICS in Hambantota on Friday.
The hosts opted to bat after winning the toss and lost opener Sangeeth Coora (17) when the team’s score was 32 at 13.4 overs. A 121-run second-wicket partnership by opener Pathum Nissanka and Kamindu Mendis helped them reach the moderate total.
Nissanka smashed 85 runs off 166 balls hitting 11 fours and Mendis contributed 62 off 121 balls featuring one six and eight fours.
Among others, captain Ashan Priyanjan added 28, Priyamal Perera 4 runs while Charith Asalanka and Lahiru Udara remained unbeaten at 17 and 2 runs respectively at the end of the first day.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz grabbed three wickets and Ebadat Hossain picked two conceding 66 and 51 runs respectively.
The first three-day match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ended in a draw at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota on Tuesday.
Visakhapatnam, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) — Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis put on 90 runs for the fifth wicket as South Africa reached 153-4 at lunch Friday on day three of the first cricket test against India.
At the break, Elgar was batting on 76 not out, while du Plessis was unbeaten on 48 runs. The Proteas trail by another 349 runs.
India made the early breakthrough after India resumed at 39-3, with Ishant Sharma (1-29) trapping Temba Bavuma (18) lbw in the seventh over.
But momentum changed as Elgar and du Plessis combined, batting positively against spinners and looking to score rather than just survive.
They rotated strike often and then picked up regular boundaries, not allowing the spinners to settle down. In doing so, they put on 53 runs off 83 balls with South Africa crossing 100 in the 38th over.
Elgar hit six fours and three sixes, while du Plessis hit seven fours and a six as the pair frustrated India’s bowlers.
India declared its first innings at 502-7, established on an opening stand of 317 runs between Mayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176).
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB)— All are set to kick-off the new domestic season with National Cricket League (NCL) beginning on October 10.
The players are gearing up to show their prowess in the most prestigious first-class cricket event of the country. At the same time, they are hoping a better season of NCL this time around.
A total of eight teams will participate in this event. The selectors are busy now to set up the squads. Ahead of the new season, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) set a bar of fitness quality for all the players who are aiming to play in NCL.
According to the players, this stance of the board will help Bangladesh to improve the overall quality of their cricket.
“I think this edition of NCL will be better than before. The way BCB is organizing the event seems to be helping everyone to improve their qualities. As a cricketer, I hope it’ll be a great event this time,” Raqibul Hasan, the right-handed middle-order batsman, told the media on Thursday.
“I’ve been playing really well since the last two seasons of NCL. I’ll try to keep that flow of scoring runs on,” Raqibul added.
Raqibul represented Bangladesh in nine Tests, 55 ODIs and five T20Is. However, after playing a Test in October 2011 at Dhaka against West Indies, Raqibul never got a national team call in spite of scoring ample of runs in domestic cricket.
As Raqibul does, 23-year-old left-arm pacer Abu Hider Rony also believes that this season of NCL will really be quality ground.
“The participation of the national stars will help the junior guys to improve their quality of the game. It is like a dream for them to share the same dressing room with the national players,” Rony told the media on Thursday in Mirpur.
“It will be challenging for me as a pace-bowler because of the wickets of NCL always do better for the spinners. However, things have been turning around since the last two seasons when we saw the pacers ended the even being among the top-wicket takers,” Rony added.
Talha Jubair, the former national star, who is set to take this NCL as his another chance to improve his skills as a coach, also expressed his gladness about the forthcoming edition of NCL.
“There was a time when people used to call NCL a picnic event. But the things were not like that. Everyone put their best foot forward to prove their quality in NCL. I think this time we’ll have a better NCL as the national players will participate in at least two rounds,” Talha added.
Talha informed that Mahmudullah (Riyad) will play in my team (Dhaka Division). The other players are happy to have Mahmudullah in the same dressing room.”
The NCL will be kicked off on October 10 and will be played in four different venues around the country. Before that, the selectors will announce the squads of all eight teams on October 6.