Sri Lanka reach 151-4 at Tea against India as Dimuth Karunaratne hits half-century

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Scored 51 before becoming Ishant Sharma's victim: Dimuth Karunaratne

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit a gritty half-century as Sri Lanka struggled against India‘s persistent bowling on the opening day of the second Test on Friday.

Paceman Ishant Sharma took two wickets including Karunaratne for 51 to hurt the visitors, who opted to bat first on a green Nagpur pitch.

Sri Lanka were 151-4 at tea with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, on 47, and wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, on 18, at the crease.

Chandimal was involved in a crucial, 62-run fourth-wicket stand with Karunaratne as the visitors attempted to steady the innings after losing three early wickets.

The left-handed Karunaratne, who hit six boundaries in his 147-ball stay, went on to register his 14th Test fifty before being trapped lbw by Sharma.

They were hard-earned runs for the left-handed Karunaratne, who got two reprieves on 17 and 21 in testing conditions.

Ravindra Jadeja, who had got Karunaratne stumped on a no ball before lunch, was also rewarded for his persistence after trapping Angelo Mathews lbw for 10.

Earlier, the visitors lost opener Sadeera Samarawickrama for 13 and Lahiru Thirimanne for nine to take lunch at 47-2 after a tough morning session.

The two teams are fighting to go ahead in the three-Test series after the opening game ended in a draw at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

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Fans go wild as India icon MS Dhoni launches new Cricket Academy in Dubai

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India cricket star MS Dhoni officially launched his first academy in the UAE on Saturday, creating a wave of excitement at the Springdales School in Al Quoz.

The Academy, jointly launched by Dubai-based Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club, has been in operation for a couple of months at the school.

The facility named the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) will have some of the best coaches from India to train the wards. The Academy was officially launched by the legendary former India captain himself on Saturday in the presence of excited trainees, parents and other key stakeholders of the facility.

The Academy has the following facilities: Four Turf, three cement and three matted pitches; Spin and Swing bowling machine; safety nets; lights for night practice; in-house sports shop for quality cricket gear and video analysis
The Academy will also conduct regular matches and will also field squads in tournaments to enable trainees to gain vital match practice. There will also be an aim to engage the parents in the overall development of their children while they train at the academy.



PSC and Aarka Sports have employed some of the best coaches from India to train the wards at the Academy. The coaching staff, led by former Mumbai bowler Vishal Mahadik is well equipped to manage the progress of the students.

The Academy aims to provide the following to the trainees: Systematic and holistic progress plan of every student; specialised training camps by BCCI Level 3 coaches; quarterly report card for each student; focus on mental conditioning; center wicket sessions and reciprocal international tours.

For More Information on the Academy, visit www.pacificsportsclub.com.




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MS Dhoni on questions over his T20 career – “Everybody has views in life and it should be respected”

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At 36, MS Dhoni is used to the plaudits and indeed critics.

Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar has received a lot of criticism on social media for his views on wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni and his suggestion the Indian team should look beyond the gloveman in T20 cricket.

Dhoni’s position in the Indian T20 team has been questioned in some quarters and Agarkar is one of the few former cricketers to openly suggest the Indian team won’t necessarily miss Dhoni in T20 cricket. The 36-year-old faced some flak for his 37-ball 49 while chasing 197 in the second T20 against New Zealand in the recently concluded series.

However, Dhoni himself isn’t too worried about the criticism. While speaking during the launch of the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy, in partnership with Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports at Springdales School, Dubai, Dhoni said people are entitled to their views.

“Everybody has views in life and it should be respected,” was the wicketkeeper’s brief reply to a question on Agarkar’s recent remarks.

Dhoni doesn’t play Tests anymore and is almost certain to be the No1 keeper in ODIs. However, the Indians might be tempted try out someone like a Rishabh Pant in T20 cricket if Dhoni’s indifferent form in T20s continues.

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