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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Cricket Australia may lift bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) may lift bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.Smith and Warner are into the 8th month of their one year bans while Bancroft, who was banned for 9 months, will be eligible to play after December.The trio was handed substantial suspensions for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March this year. The bans extend to the domestic Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.CA has come under pressure from the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to end the bans following the release of the Longstaff review, which laid some of the blame for the fiasco at the door of the board.”The ACA submission around the players’ sanctions was received by the board a few days ago,” CA CEO Kevin Roberts told reporters.”It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration.”Also Read – Mark Taylor resigns from Cricket Australia’s board of directorsA depleted Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with the test team losing two of their last three matches since Tim Paine took over the captaincy in South Africa.The one-day team, now led by Aaron Finch, have lost their last seven including a 5-0 whitewash by England and a stinging defeat in Sunday’s series-opener against South Africa in Perth.Amid the teams’ struggles, a number of prominent cricket pundits and former players have said the ball-tampering bans were overly harsh and offered various suggestions as to how the three should be rehabilitated.advertisementRead – Stung by Longstaff report, Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever steps downRoberts, who was at the centre of an acrimonious pay dispute with players last year, said repairing relations with the players’ union remained a top priority.”I think what’s really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia,” he said.”There’s no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organisation hasn’t been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides.”Earlier on Wednesday, CA axed high-performance chief Pat Howard and broadcasting boss Ben Amarfio as fall-out from the Longstaff review continued.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Glenn Close To Present Elly Award

first_imgThe Women’s Forum of New York will present The 3rd Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefitting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Tuesday, June 25 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.The awards, named for Women’s Forum founder Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders.The Elly Award Recipients (both in attendance) will be:• Maria Cuomo Cole, advocate, activist, filmmaker and Chair of HELP USA• Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for MediaThe Elly Award Celebrity Presenters (both in attendance) will be:• Glenn Close, award winning actress• Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former New York State First Lady and Founder, Mentoring USAEve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, activist and author of Emotional Creature and The Vagina Monologues, will lead a conversation on leadership with the honorees following the awards presentation.“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most successful women in the city in every professional sector from finance to fine arts. We all know that education is key to success in any field. We are proud to help high-potential women over 35 whose education has been postponed or disrupted because of extreme adversity in their lives. Putting these women back on track to realize their potential is our way of giving back,” said Doris P. Meister, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.“The change that Education Fund grants have on women and their families is truly inspirational. Our awardees redefine for themselves what’s possible and become great role models for their daughters. We believe if you educate a woman you impact generations. Twenty-six years ago we started out small but now, because of the Elly Awards, our education grants are significant and make a real difference. They can truly help high-potential women who have overcome serious hardships realize their dreams,” said Beverly Beaudoin, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York.The Elly Awards will begin at 11:30 a.m. at The Plaza Hotel with a reception & VIP arrivals. The Luncheon and Presentation will be from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

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