Wednesday 25 April 2018

Cricket: India pile misery on Australia

INDIA claimed a series victory over Australia in Mohali as a six-wicket win put them 3-0 up in the four-Test series.

Chasing just 133 in 36 overs for the win, time was always likely to be the biggest obstacle on Day 5, but they reached the target with two and a half overs to spare.

After two devastating defeats, the visitors were more competitive, but a disastrous morning session when they lost five wickets for 95 runs cost them dear.

India had to endure some nervy moments, and Sachin Tendulkar (21) was run out after he was turned back for a single by MS Dhoni, leaving the hosts needing 17 from 23 balls.

Persistent rain and a pitch that offered the seam bowlers little help ensured the second Test between New Zealand and England in Wellington ended in a damp draw when the final day's play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

New Zealand were 162-2 when the match was abandoned, still 49 runs away from making England bat again after Alastair Cook had enforced the follow-on.

Irish Independent

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