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10:00 pm – England thrash India

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series

England romped to a 86-run win in the second ODI at Lord’s against India to level the three match series.

Joe Root scored a century as England made 322-7 before the hosts’ bowlers struck at regular intervals to dismiss India for 236.

For scores and stats, click here.

6:30pm – MS Dhoni and Joe Root touch major milestones in Lord’s ODI

It has been a record-breaking day at Lord’s so far in the second ODI between England and India. MS Dhoni completed his 300th catch in ODI cricket when he snapped an edge off Jos Buttler’s bat during England’s innings. The India stalwart became only the fourth wicketkeeper to do so and the first from his country. Joe Root also wrote himself into the record books when he slammed his 12th ODI century.

Read about the record-breaking feats of the two stars in the full story here.

Root and MS Dhoni both crossed major milestones at Lord's.

Root and MS Dhoni both crossed major milestones at Lord’s.

6:15pm – Azhar Ali backs India to beat England in Test series

Pakistan Test opener Azhar Ali had some encouraging words for the Indian cricket team and Virat Kohli ahead of their five-match Test series against England. The 33-year-old believes Kohli’s men can topple England in their own backyard in the five-day format.

Read the Pakistan man’s comments on Kohli and India in the full story here.

Azhar Ali is backing India to win the five-match Test series.

Azhar Ali is backing India to win the five-match Test series.

6:00pm – England set India a target of 323 runs in Lord’s ODI

England’s innings at Lord’s has drawn to a close with a superb unbeaten ton by Joe Root and an entertaining cameo of 50 runs from David Willey helping the hosts post 322-7 in their 50 overs. India will have a stiff target to chase if they want to seal the three-match series at Lord’s itself.

Do not miss any of the action from this T20 by following the live action from Lord’s here.

Root struck a masterful ton to lead England's charge.

Root struck a masterful ton to lead England’s charge.

3:00pm – Veda Krishnamurthy targeting English Super League contract

India women’s Veda Krishnamurthy has been speaking to Sport360’s Denzil Pinto on her side’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka as well as the World Twenty20 in the West Indies later this year.

Read what the India batter had to say about outgoing coach Tushar Arothe’s comments about the players’ unwillingness to get out of their comfort zone here. Krishnamurthy is also hoping to bag an English Super League contract with her performances in the World Twenty20. Read the India star’s full comments on the subject here.

Veda Krishnamurthy played for Hobart Hurricanes in Australia

Veda Krishnamurthy played for Hobart Hurricanes in Australia

2:30pm – Kagiso Rabada becomes youngest bowler to claim 150 Test wickets

South Africa slumped to a crushing 278-run defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka but there was some joy for pacer who registered his 150th dismissal in the format on Saturday. The 23-year-old has now become the youngest bowler in Test history to claim 150 wickets and has broken the record set by India’s Harbhajan Singh in 2003.

Read more about Rabada’s record-breaking feat in the full story here.

Rabada broke Harbhajan Singh's record in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Rabada broke Harbhajan Singh’s record in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

1:45pm – England elect to bat first in second ODI against India

England and India lock horns in the second ODI at Lord’s with Virat Kohli’s men leading the three-match series 1-0. Both sides have named unchanged playing XIs for the Lord’s clash with the series on the line. England skipper Eoin Morgan has won the toss and elected to bat first.

Do not miss any of the action from Lord’s by following the latest ball-by-ball updates here.

The ODI series is on the line for India and England.

The ODI series is on the line for India and England.

1:30pm – Sri Lanka inflict crushing loss on South Africa in Galle Test

At Galle, Sri Lanka have bowled out South Africa for just 73 runs in their second innings to record a 278-run win inside three days. The visitors slumped to their lowest Test score since readmission as off-spinner Dilruwan Perera finished with career-best figures of 6-25.

Read more on how the match panned out in our report.

Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera (C) took six wickets

Sri Lanka’s Dilruwan Perera (C) took six wickets

12:30pm – India likely to be unchanged in second ODI at Lord’s

England and India are set to lock horns in the second ODI of the three-match series at Lord’s on Saturday. Virat Kohli’s men will be looking to seal a series win after taking a 1-0 lead with their eight-wicket win at Trent Bridge. As such, the visitors are likely to field an unchanged playing XI with Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fitness being in focus.

Find out how the two teams could line up in our team news for the second ODI.

India will look to seal a series win at Lord's.

India will look to seal a series win at Lord’s.

11:00am – Joe Root set for maiden BBL stint with Sydney Thunder

England Test skipper Joe Root’s desire of playing more T20 cricket might have got a major shot in the arm with the top-order batsman reportedly sealing a deal to turn out for Sydney Thunder in this year’s Big Bash League (BBL). It will be Root’s maiden stint in the Australian T20 league and he will be joined by compatriot Jos Buttler in the Thunder squad.

Read more on this developing story here.

Root will reportedly line up for Sydney Thunder in the BBL.

Root will reportedly line up for Sydney Thunder in the BBL.

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Root and MS Dhoni both crossed major milestones at Lord's.

It was a record-breaking day at Lord’s as England and India clashed in the second ODI of the three-match series on Saturday.

With the series on the line, England skipper Eoin Morgan elected to bat first after winning the toss and his decision was vindicated with his side going on to amass 322-7 in their 50 overs.

There were a couple of records broken along the way with India’s MS Dhoni and England’s Joe Root both crossing major milestones.

In the 37th over of England’s innings, Dhoni snared his 300th catch in ODI cricket when Jos Buttler edged an Umesh Yadav delivery straight into the hands of the veteran. The 37-year-old became only the fourth wicketkeeper in ODI history to get to the mark after Adam Gilchrist, Mark Boucher and Kumar Sangakkara.

Meanwhile, Root answered his critics in fine fashion as he roared back into form with his 12th ODI ton and his first at Lord’s. Root’s unbeaten innings of 113 from 116 balls put him level with Marcus Trescothick as England’s all-time leading century-maker in one-day cricket.

Root’s 12 centuries have come in 109 innings while Trescothick’s came in 122.

The century also pushed Root’s average in the format over 50 as the Englishman bounced back from the disappointment of being dropped from the final T20 between the two sides at Bristol.

Dhoni can break another record in the ongoing clash should he muster 33 runs during India’s chase of 323. That would make the Ranchi-born man only the 12th batsman in history to register 10,000 ODI runs and the fourth Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.

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Pakistan opener Azhar Ali backs India to win five-match Test series against England

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Azhar Ali believes India have the capacity to beat England in the Test series.

Pakistan opener Azhar Ali has backed India to win the five-match Test series against England starting later this month.

In an interview with PakPassion.net, the 33-year-old stated that the weather conditions prevailing in England currently could work in favour of Virat Kohli’s men.

Azhar said: “The prevailing warm weather conditions in England at the moment seem to favour an India victory in the Test series in my view. They are, after all, ranked as the number one Test side in the world and the only thing England have in their favour is the fact that they are playing on their home grounds.

“They may have a good bowling attack for home conditions but in good batting conditions, the Indian batsmen will prosper and can easily put their team in a winning position when the series starts.”

The Pakistan Test specialist also had some praise for India skipper Kohli’s determination to be the very best.

Kohli and his men will take on England in a five-match series.

Kohli and his men will take on England in a five-match series.

“I believe the most important ingredient of Virat Kohli’s success is his determination to succeed. His composure in any situation is simply amazing. The level of professionalism that he shows in the game is comfortably the best in the game. His attention to fitness is exemplary and how he has steadily improved game year on year is just incredible,” he added.

On his own personal front, the right-hander is targeting a return to Pakistan’s ODI setup after being left out from the squad which is touring Zimbabwe currently. A part of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy in England last year, Azhar is hoping to make a comeback into the side in time for next year’s World Cup at the same venue.

“That is absolutely my target to find a place in the Pakistan squad for the 2019 World Cup,” said Azhar.  “I understand that I need to work hard to get into the team but that remains my aim and it will be an honour to represent Pakistan at such a big stage if given the opportunity.”

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