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       HEADLINES: Youth surrenders after killing home nurse                                              Pulsar Suni flees from hands of police                                              Pinarayi orders arrest of 2,010 goons in a month                                              Those who speak against corruption mute, when they come to power: VS                                              Two killed in accident                                              DMK approaches High Court on trust vote                                              Palaniswami announces closure of 500 liquor retail outlets                                              BSP is now Behenji Sampatti Party: Modi                                              US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil                                              South Sudan declares famine in parts of war-torn country                                              Pak army rejects report on Bajwa's 'read book on India' advice                                              Afghan cricketers Nabi, Khan create IPL history                                              Porter's son Natarajan: From tennis ball star to IPL big bucks                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         Porter's son Natarajan: From tennis ball star to IPL big bucks    
 
 
NEW DELHI: His eyes transfixed on the TV screen, left-arm seamer Thangarasu Natarajan was finding it surreal when the bids against his name zoomed up at a breakneck pace during the IPL auction. The little known 25-year-old's life changed in a matter of few minutes as Rs 10 lakh base price saw a quantum 30-time jump reaching Rs 3 crore with Virender Sehwag vigorously raising the pedal for Kings XI Punjab.

 
         Afghan cricketers Nabi, Khan create IPL history    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Afghanistan cricket broke a new barrier when Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan became the first from the war-torn nation to be picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, here today. Both Nabi and Khan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, for Rs 30 lakh and Rs four crore respectively. Five cricketers from Afghanistan were included in the auction for the first time.

 
         Weakest Australian team ever to tour India: Harbhajan Singh    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has rated the current Australian team led by Steven Smith as the "weakest ever" in recent times to tour the Indian sub-continent.

 
         Wade, Marsh hit fifties as Australia reach 436/6 at lunch    
 
 
Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade completed individual half-centuries as Australia added another 100 plus runs against India A reaching a commendable 436 for 6 at lunch, on the second day of the warm-up game. Marsh was unbeaten on 64 off 135 balls in company of Glenn Maxwell batting on two. Matthew Wade was slightly more attacking than Marsh scoring 64 off 89 balls with nine boundaries before being dismissed by part-time off-spinner Akhil Herwadkar.

 
         Sindhu reaches World No. 5 in BWF rankings    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu continued to reach new heights as she became the second Indian woman to break into the top 5 in the latest BWF World Rankings.

 
         Smith, Marsh hit tons to put India A attack to the sword    
 
 
MUMBAI: India A bowlers were largely ineffective, allowing Steve Smith and senior batsman Shaun Marsh to strike comfortable hundreds as Australia started their Test tour in impressive fashion in the three-day warm-up game, here today. Riding on the two batsmen's centuries before both were retired out, Australia made 327 for three wickets by stumps on day one of the match against a largely unimpressive India A attack at the Brabourne Stadium.

 
         Captain Smith starts tour with a ton to put Aussies on top    
 
 
MUMBAI: Captain Steven Smith started the tour in impressive fashion by compiling his 30th first class century to help Australia reach 211-2 at tea on the opening day of their warm-up game against India A here today. Australia, 81 for two after having lost openers David Warner (25) and Matt Renshaw (11) before lunch, added 130 runs in the second session in 33 overs without losing any more wickets at the Brabourne Stadium.

 
         Gujarat Lions appoints Mohammad Kaif as Assistant Coach    
 
 
NEW DELHI: IPL franchise Gujarat Lions today appointed former Indian middle-order batsman Mohammad Kaif as its assistant coach for the upcoming season starting April 5. Speaking on appointment, Keshav Bansal, Director, Intex Technologies and Owner, Gujarat Lions said: "Kaif is a great resource for our team, who has valuable experience and in-depth knowledge of the sport.

 
         Kohli and Smith inspire new captain Root    
 
 
LEEDS: Joe Root hopes becoming a Test captain will take his batting to the "next level", just as it's done for India's Virat Kohli and Australia's Steve Smith. Root was confirmed as England's new Test skipper, following Alastair Cook's resignation, despite the likes of former Test spinner Graeme Swann saying it could adversely affect his batting. The 26-year-old Yorkshireman already boasts an impressive batting average of nearly 53 in his 53 Tests to date.

 
         PSG dismantle lacklustre Barca    
 
 
PARIS: Angel Di Maria scored a brilliant brace on his birthday as Paris Saint-Germain sensationally destroyed Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday. Di Maria, the former Real Madrid star, opened the scoring in the 18th minute and curled in another 10 minutes into the second half to celebrate his 29th birthday in style.

 
         PSG dismantle lacklustre Barca    
 
 
PARIS: Angel Di Maria scored a brilliant brace on his birthday as Paris Saint-Germain sensationally destroyed Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday. Di Maria, the former Real Madrid star, opened the scoring in the 18th minute and curled in another 10 minutes into the second half to celebrate his 29th birthday in style.

 
         Starc will challenge Kohli throughout the series: Hussey    
 
 
NEW DELHI: It will take a "collective bowling effort" from Australia to counter the Virat Kohli phenomenon but former batsman Mike Hussey believes that Mitchell Starc with his abilities will pose some serious challenge for the Indian captain throughout the Test series. Kohli recently eclipsed Sir Don Bradman's world record scoring four double hundreds in four successive Test series.

 
         Bolt, Biles win Laureus Sportsperson of the year award    
 
 
MONACO: Sprint king Usain Bolt pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy for the record-equalling fourth time while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women's category at the Laureus World Awards here.

 
         Selectors retain winning squad for Oz series, Mishra out    
 
 
MUMBAI: Leg-spinner Amit Mishra's injury-forced omission was the lone change as the national selectors today retained the formidable Indian squad, which hammered Bangladesh, for the first two Tests against Australia starting February 23. Mishra had to sit out of the Bangladesh Test owing to a knee injury, which had prompted selectors to bring in Kuldeep Yadav as cover.

 
         Smith accentuates value of series-win in India    
 
 
MUMBAI: Aware of the stiff challenge awaiting them in the upcoming Test series, Australia captain Steve Smith today said winning in India will go down as the 'best time of life' for the players of his team.

 
         Bowlers turn on heat as India beat Bangladesh by 208 runs    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Indian bowlers showed tremendous perseverance on an unresponsive pitch to crush Bangladesh by 208 runs in the one-off Test and stretch the team's unbeaten streak to 19 matches, here today. Chasing a daunting target of 459, Bangladesh were all out for 250 in 100.3 overs but put up a stiffer resistance than what the final outcome of the match would suggest

 
         Planning to turn professional with BFI support: Vikas    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Former Asian Games gold-medallist and two-time Olympian boxer Vikas Krishan has revealed that he is planning to turn professional by the end of this year provided the national federation keeps the amateur doors open for him. Speaking to PTI from New Jersey (USA), where he has been training for more than two months, the former World Championships bronze-medallist said he has his eyes set on the professional arena.

 
         Corruption will continue till PCB sets an example: Afridi    
 
 
KARACHI: Flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi believes that until the PCB sets a proper example, the menace of players being linked to spot-fixing and corruption cannot be stopped in Pakistan cricket. Afridi told the Geo Super channel in Dubai during the Pakistan Super League that he was very sad and disappointed after the latest scandal in which Pakistani batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were flown back under the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code.

 
         India inch closer to another big win vs Bangladesh    
 
 
HYDERABAD: A dominant India remained in pursuit of a comprehensive victory after Bangladesh finished the penultimate day at a precarious 103 for three, chasing a mammoth target of 459 in the one-off Test here.

 
         India lift 2nd successive Blind World Cup, beat Pakistan    
 
 
BENGALURU: The Indian blind cricket team successfully defended its Twenty20 World Cup title here Sunday, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final for the second successive edition.

 
         Bangladesh reach 246/6 at tea on Day 3    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Ravichandran Ashwin got the prized scalp of dangerous Shakib Al Hasan before Bangladesh reached 246 for 6 at tea on the third day of the one-off Test against India here today. Bangladesh did better in the post-lunch session as they added 121 runs for the loss of two wickets. But India, after getting Shakib and Shabbir Rahman in quick succession, were in complete control.

 
         South Africa reclaim No.1 ODI ranking after 5-0 sweep over SL    
 
 
DUBAI: South Africa returned to the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings after sweeping aside Sri Lanka 5-0 in their home series which ended at Centurion. South Africa had entered the series against Sri Lanka, trailing number-one ranked Australia by four points. However, Australia's 0-2 defeat against New Zealand and South Africa's own 5-0 win over Sri Lanka meant the Proteas (119 points) have now moved ahead of the world champions.

 
         Bangladesh reach 41/1 after India declare at 687/6 on Day 2    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Skipper Virat Kohli scored a record-breaking fourth double hundred as Indian batsmen devoured on a meek Bangladesh bowling line-up to pile up a massive 687 for 6 declared on the second day of the one-off Test here. At stumps, Bangladesh were 41/1 after losing opener Soumya Sarkar's wicket to Umesh Yadav. En route his 204, Kohli became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to claim four hundreds in as many series.

 
         India in command at 356/3 after tons from Kohli, Vijay    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay pulverised a hapless Bangladesh attack into submission with majestic hundreds as India reached a commanding 356 for three at the end of the first day of the one-off Test here. The Indian captain (111 batting) scored his 15th Test hundred in just over a session after Vijay (108) batted solidly in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara (83) to provide an ideal platform.

 
         Deep-rooted resistance to reforms remains in BCCI    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The resistance to Lodha panel reforms remains deep rooted in the BCCI with only state bodies of Vidarbha and Tripura implementing the Supreme Court approved reforms in toto, a source has claimed.

 
         National title at 39, age is just a number for Anindita    
 
 
KOLKATA: Life may have changed for her in the last two decades, but for mother of a 11-year-old Anindita Chakraborty table tennis has always remained permanent, especially after winning the senior national women's team title at the age of 39. Anindita, who will turn 40 in April, defeated opponents almost half of her age in the just-concluded senior Nationals in Haryana to help Bengal win the title for the first time since 1997 season which was held in Jammu and Kashmir.

 
         Indians fail to win a medal on 3rd day of Asian Cycling    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Indians failed to win any medal with top cyclist Deborah Herold crashing out at the pre-quarterfinal stage on the third day of competitions in the Saksham Asian Track Cycling Championships here today.

 
         India and England draws 5th ODI, hosts clinch series 3-1    
 
 
MUMBAI: The fifth ODI between India U-19 and their English counterparts ended in a spectacular tie after the hosts lost their final wicket on the last ball of the match at the Wankhede stadium here today. Chasing a modest 227, India needed one run off the last ball with just one wicket in hand but pacer Ishan Porel faltered at the last moment and was caught by Max Holden off Liam White as the match ended in a draw.

 
         Deborah misses bronze, Aleena bags 2nd medal in Asian Cycling    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Deborah Herold missed out on a podium finish but India added another bronze through Aleena Reji, who won her second medal in a national record time to emerge as the star performer of the host country on the second day of the Asian Track Cycling Championships here today. Kerala girl Aleena bagged the bronze medal in the junior women 500m time trial event after clocking 37.439 seconds to add to her first bronze, which she had won in the team sprint on the opening day yesterday at the

 
         India thrash NZ in T20 World Cup for Blind    
 
 
BHUBANESWAR: India thrashed New Zealand by nine wickets to extend their winning streak in the T20 World Cup for Blind here today. New Zealand elected to bat first but they were restricted to a meagre 136 for 6 by defending champions India at KIIT Stadium here.

 
 
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