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India retains No.1 Test ranking

India has retained its number-one ranking on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings following the annual update in which series results from 2013-14 are no longer included and outcomes from the 2015-16 series are weighted at 50 per cent.

While India leads South Africa by six points following the annual update, only nine points separate third-ranked Australia from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, with ninth-ranked Bangladesh trailing eighth-ranked West Indies by six points.

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Chase century in vain as Pakistan win series with 6 balls to spare

West Indies fell to a 101-run defeat with six balls remaining to concede the decisive third and final Test of the series and hand Pakistan an historic first series victory on Caribbean soil.

A memorable, unbeaten third Test hundred of 101 from Chase almost staved off defeat before West Indies were dismissed 202 in their second innings about an hour past the regularly scheduled close on the final day of the contest at Windsor Park.

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Pakistan close in on series win against West Indies

The West Indies crucially lost opener Kieran Powell in the final over of the day, following some terrific rearguard action from Yasir Shah and Muhammad Amir that left the hosts to chase 304 for victory against Pakistan in the decisive third and final Test of the series in Dominica.

Powell playing forward defensively to leg-spinner Yasir Shah was caught at silly mid-off for four, as the Windies reached seven for one in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of the contest at Windsor Park.

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VVS Laxman awarded honorary life membership of MCC

Stylish former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman on Thursday became the latest ex-India player to be awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). After fellow greats Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan, Laxmann is the fifth Indian to receive the honour.

"It's an absolute honour to become a member at such a prestigious and historic cricket club. I have always admired the rich heritage the Club stands for and I look forward to being a part of the incredible culture of the Club," Laxman was quoted as saying. 

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Pakistan bowled out for 376 in first innings in Dominica

West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell survived purposeful bowling from the visitors in a tense 45 minutes before stumps as the host began their first innings in the decisive third and final Test in Dominica.

Brathwaite was not out on five and left-hander Powell was not out on nine, as the Windies reached 14 without loss, replying to the Pakistanis’ first innings total of 376 at the close on the second day of the contest at Windsor Park.

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