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India took control of the Lord’s test as they forced England into a wobbly situation at 105-4 on day 4 after posting a target of 319 for the hosts to get in over four sessions. Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shone with the bat as India were helped to a second innings total of 342 before their bowlers bowled with intent and discipline.

England conceded 12 runs in the opening over of the day through Stuart Broad as Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni looked to build on an overnight lead of 141 runs. Vijay adapted quickly as he looked his usual defensive self from the previous day. Dhoni looked more sedate at his end as he chose to support the partnership that slowly went past 50. Vijay, though cautious, made sure to punish the bad balls as India went past the 200-run mark.

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India managed to post a first innings total of 457 before snuffing out England captain Alastair Cook early as the hosts finished on 43-1 at stumps on day 2 of the first Test match at Trent Bridge. The heroes for India today were Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami, who stitched together a century partnership for the last wicket to help them post a total from which they are unlikely to lose this match.

Continuing from their overnight score of 259-4, MS Dhoni was given an early reprieve as keeper Matt Prior put down a regulation chance off Stuart Broad in only the third over of the morning. Murali Vijay began in similar fashion as he did on the first day, edging a boundary down to third man before creaming James Anderson through extra cover.

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India won the toss and both the sessions that were completed to finish day one of the second Sunfoil Test match against South Africa at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday on 181/1 in 61 overs. Only eight overs were possible in the final session before bad light made its regular appearance at this venue. As a result play will start 30 minutes early tomorrow.

It has been a long time since the Proteas world-class pace attack has had such a disappointing opening day. It was a good toss for MS Dhoni to win under clear skies with plenty of heat and humidity in the atmosphere. The pitch was also drier than usual for a first day and the Proteas had to manage without the help either swing or seam throughout the day.

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The Chennai Super Kings booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 with a thumping 8 wicket win over the Brisbane Heat in Ranchi on Saturday night. Having been put in to bat on losing the toss, the Heat posted an under par 137-7 in their 20 overs with Ben Cutting scripting a late revival for the Australian side smashing 5 sixes en route to a quickfire 42 from 25 balls.

CSK chased down the target with consummate ease, getting there inside 16 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets with Michael Hussey posting an unbeaten half century with Murali Vijay chipping in with a handy 42 from 27 balls as Chennai added 75 runs for the first wicket.

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The fourth and final test between India and Australia in Delhi is tantalizingly poised with the hosts eking out a negligible 4 run lead at the end of Day 2 with 2 wickets still in hand. The Australian tail continued to wag this morning, and took their score to 262 before India got their turn with the bat. The Indian openers Murali Vijay (57) and Cheteshwar Pujara (52) both made half-centuries and posted a century stand before off-spinner Nathan Lyon spun the game Australia's way. Ravindra Jadeja's 43 late in the day helped India squeeze out a lead, but Lyon struck with the last ball of the day to take a 5-fer to keep the game very much in the balance.

India needed almost 40 minutes on Saturday morning to wrap up the Australian innings with Peter Siddle falling shortly after bringing up what was an excellent half-century, bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin having played down the wrong line. Ashwin picked up yet another 5-wicket haul, his 9th in India.

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Centurions of the Wellington and Mohali Tests have made impressive gains in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen released on Tuesday.

In Wellington, England’s Nick Compton’s 100 was his second successive century, and his teammate Jonathan Trott scored 121 in a drawn encounter against New Zealand. In Mohali, openers Murali Vijay scored 153 and debutant Shikhar Dhawan hit 187 to set up their side’s six-wicket victory over Australia, which gave India a 3-0 lead in the four-Test series.

 

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An exciting fourth day of the Mohali Test left the match brilliantly poised as 13 wickets fell to give both sides every chance of forcing a favourable result. Resuming from their overnight score of 283-0, India were bowled out for 499 with Murali Vijay (153) and Virat Kohli (67*) making the only telling contributions of the day for the hosts. India lost 5 wickets for 47 runs in the middle of the day with Peter Siddle the destroyer in chief, ending with excellent figures of 5-71 on what was still a very good batting surface. India though, armed with a 91 run lead, reduced the Aussies to 75-3 at the close of play with Phil Hughes' battling unbeaten 53 the lone shining light in an otherwise ordinary batting effort.

Australia made a dream start to the fourth morning of the Mohali Test, striking twice within the first half hour to give themselves a chance of putting some pressure on a very much in-form Indian batting unit.

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