India dominate first day of Test against Sri Lanka

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):India were well placed at stumps on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka, reaching 128-2 yesterday to trail by only 55 runs after dismissing the hosts for 183 in their first innings.India captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan added an undefeated 100 runs for the third wicket to give the home team a strong platform. Kohli was undefeated on 45, while Dhawan has 53.Earlier, playing his first Test match against Sri Lanka, the 28-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-46 with steep bounce and sharp turn from the dry Galle surface after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat.Ashwin came on at the City End, replacing Varun Aaron and struck immediately by dismissing key batsman Kumar Sangakkara for just five off the third delivery he bowled. Batting at four, instead of the usual No. 3, Sangakkara was playing on the back foot and gave a catch to Lokesh Rahul at silly point.That was after the fast bowlers had sent both openers back to the pavilion in single figures with well-directed short balls. Dimuth Karunaratne went for nine off Ishant Sharma and Kaushal Silva for five to Aaron.Dinesh Chandimal (59) and captain Angelo Mathews (64) helped to stabilise the innings, putting on 79 runs for the sixth wicket.last_img read more

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Southland officials strike agreement to clean up air

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! State and regional officials announced Friday an agreement to reduce air pollution from trucks, trains, construction equipment and ports. The state Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District agreed to reduce levels of nitrogen oxides by 76 tons a day, according to a statement from the two agencies. Nitrogen oxides are blamed for contributing to particulate pollution. The agencies said the reduction will be achieved by “stringent mandatory regulations as well as incentive programs.” These will involve heavy-duty truck fleets, locomotives, construction and other off-road equipment, and commercial charbroilers and wood-burning. The cuts will help the area meet a federal 2015 deadline to clean air in the AQMD region, which covers major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, and all of Orange County. The area has an overall target of reducing emissions from 1,000 tons a day currently to 454 tons a day in 2014. The cuts will come from a mixture of incentive programs and new rules. “This agreement signals the dawn of a new day in cooperation between state and local air quality agencies,” Mary Nichols, chair of the Air Resources Board, said in the statement. Southern California has some of the country’s worst particulate air pollution. The pollution is made up of microscopic particles that can enter the body and cause respiratory diseases and other problems.last_img read more

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