ICC Test Rankings: Cheteshwar Pujara Climbs To Fourth Spot, Ravichandran Ashwin Moves Up To No. 6


Cheteshwar Pujara, whose knocks of 123 and 71 were the cornerstone of India’s victory against Australia in the first Test, moved ahead of Joe Root and David Warner to take the fourth position while pacer Jasprit Bumrah achieved a career-high ranking of 33rd, after his three for 47 and three for 68, in the latest ICC rankings. And Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took six wickets in the recently concluded Adelaide Test, has moved up one spot to No. 6, as Australian Pat Cummins dropped to No. 7.

Pujara helped India out of a hole in the first innings with a brilliantly crafted hundred and then in the second innings played a vital role in helping the tourists set the Aussies a target of 323.

Bumrah, meanwhile, restricted the hosts to 235 by taking the wickets of Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. In the second essay too, he accounted for the dangerous Shaun Marsh, skipper Tim Paine and Cummins.

Kane Williamson also became the first New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to break the 900-point barrier in the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen following a stellar performance in the third Test against Pakistan, which helped his side win their first away series against the Asian side in 49 years.

Williamson scored 89 and 139 in Abu Dhabi last week, which set up New Zealand’s convincing 123-run victory over Pakistan.

This performance not only helped Williamson win the Player of the Match award, but also earn 37 points in the latest player rankings, which, in turn, has allowed him to leapfrog Australia’s Steve Smith into second position on a career-high 913 points.

Richard Hadlee, ICC’s Cricket Hall of Famer, is the only other New Zealand player – with bat or ball – to reach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test rankings.

While Williamson shone with the bat in Abu Dhabi and was richly rewarded, number-one ranked Virat Kohli managed only three and 34 in his side’s impressive 31-run victory over Australia at the picturesque Adelaide Oval.

As a result, Kohli has conceded 15 points to slip to 920 points, just seven points ahead of Williamson.

With Williamson breathing down Kohli’s neck, the India captain will be under pressure to perform strongly with the bat in the second Test starting in Perth on Friday otherwise he will potentially lose his number-one ranking he has been holding since the Edgbaston Test against England in August.

The other two notable movers from the Adelaide Test are Ajinkya Rahane in 17th (up by two places) and Mitchell Starc in 16th (up by two places).

Amongst the newcomers, Australia’s Marcus Harris has reached the 116th batting position, while amongst the bowlers, off-spinner William Somerville of New Zealand has emerged in 63rd spot and Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has popped up in 111th place.

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Fourth Season To Start With PV Sindhu-Carolina Marin Clash


For the left-hander Marin, it comes as a challenge which she will cherish as the Spaniard would be playing against the team that she has been a part of until last season.

That itself makes the opening contest an exciting affair as she is expected to take on none other than Sindhu, who will be returning home after being with the Chennai Smashers in the previous season.

“I will be representing my own city and that makes this opening clash even more special. You can expect full-throated support from the Hunters which will prove to be our strength as we face Pune. I will look forward to play against Carolina and it will surely be a match to remember,” said Sindhu, talking on her singles contest against the Spaniard.

The 2016 Olympic champion, who had helped Hyderabad hunt down the title last year, will have no qualms while competing against the team that she had represented. This is what makes the lung-opener in Mumbai very interesting.

“I am now part of a new team and yet another Indian city; you can expect me to give my 100 percent to Pune 7 Aces. As for the match against Sindhu, both of us will want to win our tie. My job is to play to the best of my ability and I will certainly do it,” said the Spaniard.

Indeed, the two have had a great rivalry, especially since the Rio Games final which spilled over to the Worlds.

Sindhu, who lost on both occasions will have the home advantage and would be looking to avenge her back-to-back losses in Mumbai, to give a positive start to the Hyderabad Hunters.

The added advantage is the South Korean mixed doubles specialist Eom Hye Won, a marquee player who can change the fortunes for the Hunters.

As a counter, 7 Aces have Danish doubles former No.1, Mathias Boe and promising Lakshya Sen in their ranks.

The badminton extravaganza will witness 30 ties being played including seven double headers this season; each city will be hosting one double header though Pune and Ahmedabad will see two double headers this year.

“We have a new team in Pune 7 Aces and this season we will be playing in two new cities — Ahmedabad and Pune — keeping in mind BAI and PBL’s efforts to promote and take the game far and wide,” Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Syed Modi International champion Sameer Verma-led Mumbai Rockets will open their campaign from Mumbai on December 23. The Pune leg will witness yet another marquee clash between Sindhu and Saina Nehwal when Hyderabad Hunters meet North Eastern Warriors on New Year’s Day.

This contest would be as keen for both the top-ranked Indians as well as their followers as it will be a keenly-watched uproarious contest with the locals equally divided in their support!

Former world champion Viktor Axelsen-led Ahmedabad Smash Masters will start their home campaign against Awadh Warriors and later play against the defending champion, Hyderabad Hunters.

India’s top-ranked Kidambi Srikanth-led Bengaluru Raptors will see the home leg starting from January 7 with the semi-finals and the final being played in Bengaluru.

H.S. Prannoy turning up for Delhi Dashers will play their first match against Mumbai while Chennai Smashers will kick off their campaign against Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

The 23-day event will witness nine teams Delhi Dashers, Ahmedabad Smash Masters, Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashes, North Eastern Warriors and Pune 7 Aces slug it out for a prize purse of Rs 6 crore in five cities with the inaugural rounds being held in Mumbai, followed by Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.



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Australia Beat England To Lift Their Fourth Title


Australia Beat England To Lift Their Fourth ICC Women


Australia bagged their fourth women’s World Twenty20 title. © ICC


Australia bagged their fourth women’s World Twenty20 title after a thumping eight-wicket victory over England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here on Sunday. They had earlier clinched the prestigious title in the years 2010, 2012 and 2014. The Australians rode an all-round show by Ashleigh Gardner, who dominated England in all departments of the game. The bowlers of the winning side came all guns blazing on a slow wicket as England’s decision to bat first turned disastrous.

The English never looked in control as nine of its players did not even touch the double-digit mark.

It was opener Danielle Wyatt and skipper Heather Knight who showed some resistance with scores of 43 and 25 as England somehow managed to cross the 100-run mark before being bowled out for a paltry 105 in 19.4 overs.

Off-spinner Gardner was the wreaker-in-chief with figures of 3/22 from her four overs while Georgia Wareham and Megan Schutt also chipped in with a couple of wickets each.

Australia then comfortably chased down the target in 15.1 overs, losing just two wickets.

After shining with the leather, Gardner was also handy with the bat after remaining unbeaten on 33 runs of 26 deliveries.

Meanwhile, skipper Meg Lanning also remained unbeaten on 28 runs as her side crossed the line with ease.




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BJP Announces its Fourth Candidate List for


भोपाल: आज जहां मध्यप्रदेश चुनाव (Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018) के लिए नामांकन भरने का आखिरी दिन है वहीं भारतीय जनता पार्टी (BJP) ने चुनाव को लेकर अपने उम्मीदवारों की चौथी सूची जारी कर दी है. चौथी सूची में कुल सात विधानसभा सीटों के लिए उम्मीदवारों की घोषणा की गई है. पार्टी ने पवई सीट से प्रहलाद लोधी को टिकट दिया है वहीं पन्ना और लखनादौन (एसटी) सीट से ब्रिजेंदर सिंह और विजय उकई को मैदान में उतारा गया है. इसी तरह सिवनी मालवा और भोपाल उत्तर से प्रेमशंकर वर्मा और फातिमा रसुल को चुनावी मैदान मे उतारा गया है. जबकि माहिपुर और गरोठ से पार्टी ने बहादुर सिंह चौहान देवीलाल धाकड़ पर दाव खेला है.

यह भी पढ़ें: मध्य प्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव 2018: बीजेपी ने जारी की दूसरी लिस्ट, देखें 17 उम्मीदवारों के नाम

गौरतलब है कि इससे पहले भाजपा ने अपनी तीसरी सूची में कुल 32 उम्मीदवारों के नाम की घोषणा की थी. पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री बाबूलाल गौर की बहू कृष्णा गौर को पार्टी ने गोविंदपुरा सीट से उम्मीदवार बनाया है. बाबूलाल गौर इस सीट पर ख़ुद या बहू के टिकट के लिए अड़े हुए थे. इंदौर-3 सीट पर बीजेपी ने कैलाश विजयवर्गीय के बेटे आकाश विजयवर्गीय को उम्मीदवार बनाया है. इंदौर की मेयर मालिनी गौड़ पार्टी टिकट पर इंदौर-4 सीट से क़िस्मत आज़माएंगी. इससे पहले सोमवार को भारतीय जनता पार्टी (बीजेपी) ने 17 उम्मीदवारों की दूसरी सूची जारी की थी.

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यह भी पढ़ें: कर्नाटक विधानसभा चुनाव: दूसरी लिस्‍ट में नहीं आया नाम तो रो पड़े बीजेपी के पूर्व MLC

वहीं, इससे पहले मध्यप्रदेश विधानसभा के 28 नवम्बर को होने वाले चुनाव के लिये भाजपा ने शुक्रवार को अपने 177 उम्मीदवारों की सूची जारी कर दी थी. इस चुनाव में भाजपा ने वर्तमान सरकार के तीन मंत्रियों और करीब 30 से अधिक विधायकों को चुनावी रण में फिर से नहीं उतारने का फैसला किया है.



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Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: BJP announced fourth list of candidates


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Congress Releases Fourth List Of Candidates For Madhya Pradesh


The Congress announced its first list of 155 candidates for Madhya Pradesh on November 3

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The Congress on Wednesday released its fourth list of 29 candidates for the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, taking the total number of declared candidatures to 213.

Among the 29 candidates declared Wednesday for the November 28 polls, the Congress has fielded Ramesh Dubey from Bhind, Pravin Pathak from Gwalior South, Preeti Agnihotri from Indore-1, and Surjeet Singh Chadda from Indore-4, according to a party statement.

The Congress announced its first list of 155 candidates on November 3 in which it renominated 46 MLAs. A day after, it announced the second list of 16 candidates.

On Monday night, the Congress announced a third list of 13 candidates.

The announcement for the remaining 17 candidates is awaited.

In the current assembly, the Congress has 57 MLAs.

The Congress has been out of power in Madhya Pradesh since 2003. The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is seeking a fourth straight term.





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Unstoppable Simone Biles Claims Record Fourth All Around World Title


Superstar Simone Biles made yet more gymnastics history in Doha on Thursday when she became the first woman to win four individual all around world titles. The unstoppable American won despite uncharacteristic errors in two of the disciplines, the vault and beam, to claim her 12th world title. It also means she remains on course this week to equal the record of 20 world championship medals set by Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina. The 22-year-old held off strong challenges from Japan’s Mai Murakami who took silver and American compatriot, and 2017 champion, Morgan Hurd.

Simone Biles finished on 57.491 points, almost two points clear of Murakami on 55.798.

Hurd was edged into bronze on 55.732 points.

Simone Biles did not dominate as many anticipated.

She trailed after her first piece of apparatus, the vault, and also struggled on the beam where she came off.

Despite that her winning margin of 1.693 is the largest of her titles.

Also going close to a medal were Belgium’s Nina Derwael and Russia’s Angelina Melnikova.

At one point Derwael headed the competition and looked certain to claim a medal but was outdone by superlative final performances by the top three.

Emphasising how close the competition was there was just 0.001 points between fourth and fifth places.

The gymnasts perform on four pieces of apparatus, vault, beam, uneven bars and floor. 

Simone Biles is making her return to the world stage in Doha after taking a year off in 2017 following her triumphant showing at the Rio Olympics, where she won four golds.



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Sachin Tendulkar Rings The Bell Before Start Of Fourth ODI. Watch


Watch: Sachin Tendulkar Rings The Bell Before Start Of Fourth ODI Against West Indies


Sachin Tendulkar retired from cricket in 2013 © BCCI/Twitter


Neither Virat Kohli nor Rohit Sharma, it was Sachin Tendulkar who hogged the limelight before the start of the fourth ODI between India and the West Indies at the Brabourne Cricket Stadium in Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar dropped in at the cricket ground, owned by the Cricket Club of India, to ring the bell to indicate the beginning of the match. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to post the video and wrote, “A kind of firsts here at CCI as the Master Blaster @sachin_rt rings the bell before the start of play today.” This is the first international game the Brabourne Stadium has hosted in nine years, the last one played here was an India-Sri Lanka Test match in 2009.

Initially, the ongoing ODI was allotted to the Wankhede Stadium, but the venue was shifted due to certain financial constraints cited by the local cricket body.

Tendulkar retired from cricket back in 2013, playing his last Test match against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium. He has played 200 Test matches and 463 ODIs and is the only batsman to get to a hundred centuries in international cricket.

After the ongoing ODI, India will head to Thiruvananthapuram for the fifth ODI, after which, Rohit Sharma will lead India in a three-match T20I series against the Windies.

The more challenging task for India starts in Australia, beginning with the three-match T20I series on November 21.








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Petrol, Diesel Prices Cut For Fourth Straight Day


Fuel prices have been declining since Thursday as oil companies factored in softening of international rates.




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Petrol price has been cut by 25 paise a litre, while diesel price is down by 17 paise

Petrol and diesel prices were cut for the fourth straight day Sunday on softening international oil prices, providing some relief to consumers battered by two months of relentless rate hikes. Petrol price was cut by 25 paise a litre and diesel by 17 paise, according to the price notification of state-owned oil firms. In Delhi, petrol now costs Rs 81.74 a litre and diesel is priced at Rs 75.19 per litre. In Mumbai, petrol is sold for Rs 87.21 per litre and diesel at Rs 78.82. Fuel prices have been declining since Thursday as oil companies factored in softening of international rates.

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In four days, petrol price has been cut by Rs 1.09 per litre and diesel by 50 paise. State-run oil marketing companies Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) revise fuel prices with effect from 0600 hrs on a daily basis. The rates were reduced by a minimum Rs 2.50 per litre across the country on October 5, when the government cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.50 a litre and asked oil PSUs to subsidise the fuels by another Re 1 a litre. The reduction in BJP-ruled states was more as they matched this cut by an equivalent reduction in local sales tax or VAT.

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The price cut follows international oil prices trading near the lowest level in a month on a bigger-than-expected gain in American stockpiles. On Friday, West Texas Intermediate for November delivery settled at USD 69.12 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent for December settlement was at USD 79.78 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. Brent had earlier this month hit a four-year high of USD 86.74 a barrel.

Prior to Thursday’s cut in rates, diesel price had risen by Rs 2.74 per litre since October 5 to more than wipe away the excise duty cut and oil firm subsidy. Petrol price had during this period risen by Rs 1.33 a litre. Before the October 5 price cut, petrol in Delhi had hit an all-time high of Rs 84 per litre and diesel was at record Rs 75.45. This came down to Rs 81.50 per litre for petrol and Rs 72.95 in case of diesel.

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In Mumbai, petrol had hit a peak of Rs 91.34 hit on October 4 and diesel was sold at a record high of Rs 80.10.

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