Harbhajan promises to strike back

first_imgIndia are reeling at 136 for nine after the first day of the opening Test, but spinner Harbhajan Singh said the match is still not over and they had enough ammunition to strike back.The senior off-spinner said toss played a crucial role in the opening Test, which was delayed by more than four hours because of overnight and early rain at the Super-Sport Park.”It was a bad day for us. Losing the toss was the most crucial blow as the wicket was clearly damp. The ball was doing quite a bit. It was swinging and cutting too,” Harbhajan said after the match.”But I would like to say that the match is not over. We need to collect as many runs as possible and then try and bowl well to restrict them in the first innings. We have very good and experienced batting line up.They will score good amount of runs in the second innings. I only hope that this wicket will keep on assisting the bowlers,” he added.The 30-year-old tweaker also heaped praise on South African bowlers for exploiting the seaming conditions well.Meanwhile, South African pacer Morne Morkel said his and Dale Steyn’s exploits with the new bowl on the first day of the opening Test would have repercussions on the rest of the three match series and also send a message to the Indian camp.”We caused huge damage for the rest of the series. We dealt the first blow, the first punch after winning the toss. It sends a good message that we are here and we’re not going to step back,” said Morkel.advertisement”We have been bowling together for some time and so there was a bit of pressure on us to deliver. The main thing was not to get caught in there and get carried away as the game can change very quickly,” he said.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy wrap: Jadeja smashes century, Aaron fires Jharkhand to victory

first_imgRavindra Jadeja warmed up for the upcoming Australia tour with a sensational all-round performance for Saurashtra against Railways in the Ranji Trophy on Tuesday.Jadeja smashed an unbeaten 178 to help Saurashtra take first innings lead versus Railways on the second day of their Elite Group A match.Courtesy Jadeja’s knock, Saurashtra lead Railways by 144 runs after they ended the Day 2 at 344/8.After electing to bat, Railways were bundled out for a meagre 200 with skipper Mahesh Rawat top-scoring with 46.For the hosts, Jadeja finished with 4/58 and the all-rounder did not disappoint with the bat too.Also Read – Rohit Sharma rested for India A’s four-day game against New Zealand AJHARKHAND THRASH HARYANAJharkhand bowlers led by former India pacer Varun Aaron produced a stellar show for the second time as they thrashed Haryana by nine wickets in the Elite Group C encounter.Jharkhand registered a thumping win on the second day of the four-day encounter, which was a low-scoring thriller.After bundling out Haryana for a meagre 81 in the first innings on Monday, Jharkhand pacers again scuttled their opposition for 72 in the second outing to contribute in the team’s resounding win.Resuming the overnight score of 120/6, Jharkhand managed to add only 23 runs to their total and were bowled out for 143. They had a slender 62-run first innings lead.Watch: MS Dhoni makes it a day to remember for young fanHowever, 29-year-old Aaron, who has played nine Tests and as many ODIs, had other ideas. He wreaked havoc on the Haryana batsmen and returned with exceptional figures of 6/32 in the second outing.advertisementAaron was ably supported by Ajay Yadav (3/31) and Rahul Shukla (1/9) as the pacers shared the wickets among them.MANOJ TIWARY SLAMS 201 NOT OUTSkipper Manoj Tiwary silenced his critics by smashing an unbeaten double century before Bengal declared their innings at a mammoth 510/9 against Madhya Pradesh in Elite Group B match.Resuming at overnight score of 246/4, Bengal plundered a further 264 runs with Tiwary (201 not out) completing his fifth first class double century on the eve of his 33rd birthday. Tiwary began the day on 31.Madhya Pradesh bowlers had a tough outing despite a five-wicket haul by young Shubham Sharma (5/59). At close on Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh were 15 for no loss with plenty to ponder with two more days to go.HYDERABAD RIDE ON REDDY DOUBLE CENTURYSkipper Akshath Reddy’s marathon double hundred (248 not out) was the highlight of Hyderabad’s massive total of 523 for 7 in the first innings against Tamil Nadu in Group B match.Resuming at the overnight 249 for 3, the visitors continued to pile on the misery of Tamil Nadu’s bowlers as Akshath and B Sandeep (130, 221 balls, 15X4, 1X6) extended their partnership to 246 runs.Akshath continued his good form into the second day and added eight boundaries to his overnight 14 and also hoisted two more sixers.MILIND PUTS SIKKIM IN COMMANDContinuing his impressive form, former Delhi batsman Milind Kumar struck his second consecutive double century to put Sikkim on top against Nagaland in a Plate group fixture.Resuming on his overnight score of 78 in team total of 120/5, Milind hit a stroke-filled 224 from 215 balls (31×4, 3×6) to steer Sikkim to 374 in 82.5 overs.Sikkim then reduced Nagaland to 97/5 in their second innings with Bipul Sharma and Pawan Suyal claiming two wickets apiece to take their side closer to a second successive bonus point victory.The home side still need 95 runs to avoid an innings defeat.Earlier, Milind, who hit a career-best 261 in Sikkim’s innings and 27-run win over Manipur in Kolkata in their last round match, shared 174 runs with Bipul Sharma (90) to take a big first innings lead.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more