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India looks to consolidate at ‘happy hunting ground’

India looks to consolidate at ‘happy hunting ground’

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Dhoni has been in prime form and every good outing will only boost his confidence ahead of the World Cup. A venue built on the outskirts of the city before the ICC World Cup 2011 has turned out to be a happy hunting ground for the home team against Australia. India has lost a match each to Sri Lanka and South Africa, but has a great record against Australian teams — led by Ricky Ponting, George Bailey and Steve Smith. And, the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have plenty of reasons to feel good here. Happy memories More than a decade ago, Dhoni in his nascent years as captain, showed the way for his team with a sparkling 107-ball 124 with nine 4s and three 6s. Four years later, Shane Watson (102) and
Kerala creates history by entering Ranji semifinals

Kerala creates history by entering Ranji semifinals

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Thampi, who was named man of the match and Warrier finished with eight wickets each. Under a bright sun, which had just begun to warm up a cold Thursday morning at the Wayanad Cricket Stadium, Kerala’s young cricketers claimed their rightful place in history. They became the first Kerala team to reach the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy. The State had started playing in India’s premier domestic tourney since 1957-58. The six-decade old wait came to an end when P. Rahul ran a few yards back from his position at point to take a tumbling catch. That was the last wicket of Gujarat as Kerala won by 113 runs, with two days and a half to spare. Fittingly, that wicket was taken by Sandeep Warrier, Kerala’s leading bowler in the competition. When Arzan Na
Mayank’s impressive debut puts India on a sound footing

Mayank’s impressive debut puts India on a sound footing

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Updates from :  The Hindu : Pujara and Kohli lend further stability to the visitors’ innings, countering hostility from Australia’s pacers on a pitch with inconsistent bounce The action was gripping at the MCG on Boxing Day. Sparks flew on a surface that quickened up after the early moisture disappeared. Mitchell Starc, steaming in with the second new ball, angled a scorcher across Virat Kohli, and ‘keeper Tim Paine, diving desperately, grassed a low catch. Kohli, stroking with typical nonchalance, was on 47, and the Aussie captain’s lapse could have a significant bearing on the third Test. At stumps on day one, India was 215 for two with Cheteshwar Pujara, on 68, and Kohli batting. Earlier, debutant opener Mayank Agarwal had impressed with his innings of 76. Applying the
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