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India 87 runs away from winning Border - Gavaskar Trophy

India's bowlers put up a spirited show on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia in Dharamsala on Monday to give the hosts an advantage that could well clinch them the four-match series.

Pacer Umesh Yadav and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja scalped three wickets each while medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the one wicket that mattered most to restrict Australia to 137 in the second innings - and set a 106-run target for clinching the final cricket Test match.

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Morne Morkel joins 250 Test wickets club

Morne Morkel will remember the day of his 250th Test wicket as one of hard toil and grit on day three of the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday. The lanky seamer became the sixth South African bowler to reach the milestone, joining Shaun Pollock (421), Dale Steyn (417), Makhaya Ntini (390), Allan Donald (330) and Jacques Kallis (291) on the all-time wicket-takers list.

Morkel had a successful debut as a fresh 22-year-old against an Indian line-up boasting batting superstars in Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni, and 11 years on he is faced with another daunting challenge in the form of a rescue-mission to help the Proteas keep the Test match alive with two days to play.

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Williamson century puts New Zealand on top in Hamilton

South Africa endured their toughest day of their tour to New Zealand after a superb unbeaten century from Kane Williamson on day three of the third and final Test took the hosts to stumps on 321/4 at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.

The Black Caps’ captain made 148 (216 balls, 14 fours, 3 sixes) and batted for most of the day alongside Jeet Raval, who struck a career-best 88 (254 balls, 10 fours), taking their side to the close with a seven-run lead.

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India squeeze out 32 run first innings lead in Dharamsala

India were bowled out for 332 at lunch, taking a crucial 32-run lead in their first innings on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia on Monday.

Resuming the day at 248/6, overnight batsmen Ravindra Jadeja (63) and Wriddhiman Saha (31) added 69-runs before the former was dismissed by pacer Pat Cummins in the 113th over. Cummins bowled a wide length ball which Jadeja tried to drive without using his feet and guided a thick inside edge onto the stumps.

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KL Rahul: "Thoroughly enjoyed batting"

Indian opener Lokesh Rahul on Sunday said he was disappointed at not being able to capitalize upon the good starts into big score.

Rahul batted steadily to score 60 runs with nine hits to the fence and a six before being dismissed while trying to hit a short pitched delivery from Pat Cummins over the onside.

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