India's Veda Krishnamurthy hopes good performances at Women's World Twenty20 will earn her an English Super League contract

Denzil Pinto 14/07/2018
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Veda Krishnamurthy played for Hobart Hurricanes in Australia

India’s Veda Krishnamurthy believes the upcoming Women’s World Twenty20 in November will be the perfect opportunity to and earn a contract with an English Super League outfit.

Krishnamurthy, 25, is certain to be part of the squad that travels to the West Indies later this year as India aim to win their first global tournament in the shortest format.

The batter isn’t short of T20 experience with 48 international caps under her belt and that form saw her sign a deal with Big Bash League’s Hobart Hurricanes for the 2018 edition where she scoried 144 runs in nine games.

The two other Indians to have featured in that tournament – Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana – have also been snapped up by England’s Lancashire Thunder and Western Storm, respectively. And Krishnamurthy is hopeful she can follow them providing she impresses in the Caribbean.

“Definitely it will be,” she told Sport360. “How good we do in the World Twenty20 will actually benefit us as a team as well and as a player. If we can make an impact there, it is a chance to get picked for the Big Bash and other leagues like the KIA Super League.

“You have to be really effective when you play international cricket for someone to identify and pick you. That is what happened in England during the 2017 World Cup and that provided the step for Kaur and Mandhana to get selected for the Big Bash League. So, yes, it will be very important for me.”

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South Africa's Kagiso Rabada becomes youngest bowler to claim 150 Test wickets

Ashish Peter 14/07/2018
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Rabada broke Harbhajan Singh's record in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

South Africa might have been on the receiving end of a thumping loss to hosts Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle but pacer Kagiso Rabada did manage to write his name into the record books.

The Proteas slumped to a 278-run defeat on Saturday inside just three days after being bowled out for just 73 runs in their innings.

In the morning session on Saturday, Rabada picked up two wickets in three balls to bring up 150 dismissals in Test cricket. In doing so, the 23-year-old quick became the youngest bowler to attain the landmark, bettering the previous record held by India’s Harbhajan Singh.

Rabada achieved the feat aged 23 year and 50 days while Harbhajan was aged 23 years and 106 days when he got to the mark in 2003.

Rabada had Niroshan Dickwella caught behind before trapping Dilruwan Perera on the pads to bring up his 150th Test dismissal on Saturday.

The Proteas pacer’s three wickets in the second innings at Galle took his match tally to seven wickets.

The youngster’s 150 scalps came in just 31 matches at an average of just 21.21 and a fearsome strike-rate of 38.45. Along the way, the South African has already picked up nine five-wicket hauls as well.

He has been perched at the top of the ICC Test rankings for bowlers since January this year when he had become the youngest bowler to achieve the feat, breaking the record held by England’s George Lohmann since 1888.

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Dilruwan Perera stars as Sri Lanka bowl out South Africa for just 73 runs to win first Test

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

Sri Lanka impressed with the ball as they bowled out South Africa for just 73 to win the first Test by a whopping 278 runs on Saturday.

At Galle, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera delivered a career-best of 6-32 in the second innings as South Africa were all out in 28.5 overs on day three.

The visitors were set a target of 352 runs after the hosts were all out for 190 in their second innings but the South Africans saw only three of their batsmen reach double figures as Sri Lanka’s spinners ran riot.

Their second innings total meant it was their lowest since being bowled out for 79 against India in 2015 and their lowest since readmission.

Speaking after the match, Perera was pleased to have come out on top. “Every spinner likes to bowl in Galle. I get a lot of drift here,” he said. “It’s very easy to bowl with Herath at the other end. South Africa have struggled in the past against off-spinners. Rangana created pressure from one end, and I got the wickets.”

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