Australian captain Adam Gilchrist rejected the opportunity to enforce a follow on against India in the test series opener Friday after gaining a 228-run lead in the first innings. \nAustralia, chasing its first test series triumph on Indian soil in 35 years, had scored 474 in its first innings. \nDuring its last tour to India in 2001, Australia lost a test match after enforcing the follow on, which appeared to have played a role in Gilchrist's decision not to risk batting last on an unpredictable Chinnaswamy Stadium track. \nThree years ago, India fashioned one of the most remarkable comebacks in test history after being forced to follow-on in the second test at Calcutta. Outplayed in the opening test at Bombay, India had bounced back from the brink to clinch the series 2-1. \nBy tea, the Aussies had stretched the lead to 252, losing opener Justin Langer for a duck in the first over from Irfan Pathan to reach 24 for one. Matthew Hayden was batting on six and Simon Katich on 18 at the break. \nAustralia's ace leg-spinner Shane Warne closed on Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan's all-time test record of 532 wickets when he broke the Indian lower order's resistance Friday morning. \nWarne, whose haul of two for 78 took his tally to 529, broke the defiant seventh-wicket partnership between overnight batsmen Parthiv Patel and Irfan Pathan 15 minutes before the lunch break. \nResuming at an overnight score of 150 for six, Patel and Pathan took their stand to 60 before Warne had Pathan caught behind by Gilchrist for 31. The partnership came after Australia's pace bowlers ripped through India's top order Thursday to seize control of the match. \nPathan began the day's play by hitting fast bowler Glenn McGrath for four to third man, before lofting him to the mid-off fence. \nHe smashed ace spinner Warne to the mid-wicket fence in Friday's 24th over, but was out next ball as tried to fend away a ball outside the off-stump. \nPatel, 19, continued to thwart the Aussie charge before falling four runs short of what might have been his fourth half-century in 17 tests. He was bowled through the gate by Jason Gillespie in the second over with the new ball. \nPatel's 3-1/2 hour knock contained five boundaries off 96 deliveries. \nMcGrath had Harbhajan Singh (8) caught by Darren Lehmann in the covers and Gillespie then bowled Anil Kumble (24) to end India's resistance. \nMcGrath's haul of four for 55 on his return to test cricket from injury was Australia's best figures, while Gillespie finished with two for 63. \nZimbabwe versus Sri Lanka \nZimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu aims to break a losing streak of 12 limited overs internationals today when he leads his young side against Sri Lanka in a must-win triangular series game. \n"It's time now for us to break the ice and win a game," Taibu told reporters Thursday. \nPakistan has already qualified for the Oct. 16 final after beating Zimbabwe twice and thrashing Sri Lanka by eight wickets in Karachi on Wednesday. \nZimbabwe has lost all its one-day internationals since leading white players revolted against the Zimbabwe Cricket Union over its selection policy in April 2004. However, under Taibu, Zimbabwe gave Pakistan a scare in the first two games last week. It narrowly lost the second game at Peshawar by three wickets after posting a fighting target of 252 for four. \nZimbabwe also put up a spirited fight against Sri Lanka at the ICC Champions Trophy in England last month before lost went down by four wickets, mainly due to the inexperience of its backup bowlers. \nSri Lanka was the first team to compete against a weakened Zimbabwe in April and won all the five one-day internationals. \nJayawardene said his team was hungry for victory and would come back strongly after losing the first game against Pakistan.
SCHEDULE CONFLICTS: While new dates have not been announced, somewhere around this year’s original dates would conflict with other major sports events next year The rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will require sacrifices and compromises by all involved, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said yesterday, before predicting the completion of “a beautiful jigsaw puzzle and wonderful Olympic Games.” “Our mission is to organize Games and make [the] dreams of athletes come true,” Bach said, adding that although the Olympics must be held before the end of summer next year, the as-yet-undecided dates would not necessarily be restricted to summer months. Japanese yesterday awoke to the deflating reality that the Olympics they had hoped to host in Tokyo this summer were now probably 16 months away. The IOC
From perfecting pizza dough to fermenting tea, rugby players in Europe have found various ways to pass their time during the lockdown forced on them by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia international Scott Higginbotham, who plays for Bordeaux-Begles, has been busy in his kitchen during the confinement period, which started in France on March 17. “My wife and I take turns in going out, and doing a bit of exercise and a lot of cooking. Every meal is made from scratch,” Higginbotham told reporters last week. “I made my own pizza dough the other day, which was quite nice. I do love pizza,
While COVID-19 seeps daily into the consciousness of the White House, 1,900 kilometers away in Wichita, Kansas, a British tennis player is helping families who know poverty, but are yet to feel the full effects of the coronavirus. As Katie Swan waits for the Tour to resume — and for Wimbledon to decide whether or not to hold this year’s championships, scheduled to start on June 29 — she prepares part-time and turns the rest of her energies to helping disadvantaged people in her adopted city. The Bristol-born player has lived in Wichita for seven years with her mother, Nicki, her father,
BOARDROOM ACTION? Organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori said that some decisions could be made as early as this week when the executive board meets Tokyo Olympics organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled Games in the spring of next year. The signs point toward the summer. Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori suggested that there would be no major change from the plans they had for this year. “The Games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September,” Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Mori saying on Saturday. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, after the postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced in Switzerland on Tuesday last week, left open the possibility