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Messi on fire while Bale back on target in Spanish La Liga

Madrid, Dec 10: Leo Messi was at his mercurial best, scoring two free kicks and setting up Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele for further goals as FC Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 win away to local rivals Espanyol on Sunday.

Messi opened the scoring with a magnificent free kick in the...

Women's BBL: Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana score record half-tons

Dubai, Dec 9: Indian women cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur scored record half-centuries for their respective teams in the ongoing fourth edition of the Women's Big Bash League on Sunday.

While Mandhana scored 50 off 24 balls while playing for her team Hobart Hurricanes, Kaur reached the fifty-mark in 23 balls for Sydney Thunders. Both the fifties were...

1st Test: India in cruise control as Australia reduced to 104/4 chasing 323

Adelaide, Dec 9: Indian bowlers once again exposed the chinks in jittery Australian batting line-up leaving the hosts tottering at 104 for 4 in pursuit of a tough target of 323 on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.

With 219 runs required on a fifth day track, it will be an onerous job for the Australian...

Kohli booed by Australian fans, Head, Ponting critical of crowd behaviour

Adelaide, Dec 8: Virat Kohli was booed by a small section of the Adelaide Oval crowd when he stepped out to bat in the second innings against Australia, an act that has been criticised by rival batsman Travis Head and former skipper Ricky Ponting.

Kohli came out to bat after the fall of opener K L Rahul and was...

'Will be 'worst blokes' if Aus celebrates like Kohli'

Adelaide, Dec 8: Australian coach Justin Langer says if his players were to celebrate wickets like Indian captain Virat Kohli does, they would now be seen as "the worst blokes in the world".

Langer also took umbrage at Sachin Tendulkar's "defensive mindset" tweet following Australia's slow batting on the second day of the opening Test against India.

Kohli...

Australia all out for 235, give India 15-run first-innings lead

Adelaide, Dec 8: Rain hampered play on day three of the opening Test before India took a 15-run lead in the first innings by bowling out Australia for 235 runs here on Saturday.

The visitors had scored 250 runs in their first innings.

Inclement weather first delayed play by 45 minutes in the morning session, and then there...

Advantage India on Day 2 as Ravichandran Ashwin, pacers keep Aussies on tight leash

Dec 7: India had the slight edge in a sedately-paced battle of attrition after senior off-spinner R Ashwin cleaned up the Australian top-order and a meticulous pace effort kept the home team's scoring in check on the second day of the opening Test.

Travis Head (61 batting) and Pat Cummins (10) kept Australia in the game with a 50-run...

Australia urges India to get behind day-night Tests

Adelaide, Dec 7: Australia's cricket chief Friday urged India to reconsider its opposition to day-night Tests with crowd numbers hurt by their refusal to play under lights in Adelaide.

Cricket Australia had originally pencilled in the ongoing opening Test of the current series as a pink-ball match, but India baulked at the idea.

The Indians, who are the...

Yasir Shah fastest to 200 Test wickets, breaks 82-year record

Abu Dhabi, Dec 6: Pakistan's leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Thursday became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand.

The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four -- his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings — to reach the milestone...

Adelaide Test: Pujara's ton help India reach 250/9 on Day 1

Adelaide, Dec 6: Indian right-hand batsman Cheteshwar Pujara played a centurion knock of 123 runs to take his side's total to 250 runs at the loss of nine wickets by the end of Day One of the ongoing first Test against Australia here at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Having lost four wickets at the meagre score of 56...