New Zealand v India LIVE: Visitors clinch ODI series with thumping win

Sport360 staff 13:18 28/01/2019
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Another half-century for Rohit Sharma.

New Zealand fell to a seven-wicket defeat to India in the third ODI between the two sides at Mount Maunganui. With this, India have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami got the better of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro respectively as the hosts slumped to 26-2 at the start.

Yuzvendra Chahal then gave India the big breakthrough by dismissing New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for 28. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham struck fifties to resurrect the hosts’ innings before India and Hardik Pandya struck back with a flurry of wickets.

Taylor fell to Mohammed Shami on 93 to miss out on a ton as India hit back at the death to eventually bowl the Kiwis out inside 49 overs.

In reply, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (28) early but Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli put on a formidable stand with the both the batsmen bringing up their half-centuries. Ultimately, India won with seven overs to spare in the end.

Earlier, India made two changes to their playing XI with veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni being rested due to a sore hamstring. Dhoni was replaced by Dinesh Karthik while all-rounder Hardik Pandya returned the side in place of Vijay Shankar.

India lead the five-match series 2-0 currently. Can the hosts spark a comeback? Do no miss the action by following our ball-by-ball coverage below.

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Rayudu suspended from bowling in international cricket after failure to undergo test

Sudhir Gupta 12:42 28/01/2019
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India's Ambati Rayudu (r) has been suspended from bowling.

India batsman Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect by the ICC.

Rayudu had been reported for a suspect bowling action by the match officials during the first ODI between Australia and India at Sydney on January 13. ICC protocol calls for the player in question to undergo a bowling test of his suspect action within 14 days from the time of being initially reported.

Rayudu has failed to undergo a bowling test within the stipulated period and hence shall remain suspended from bowling in international cricket. He will only be allowed to resume bowling once he has submitted his bowling action to a test supervised by the ICC.

According to Article 11.5 of the ICC Regulations, Rayudu can still continue to bowl in domestic cricket under the auspices of the BCCI providing the Indian board provides it consent.

Rayudu has so far played 50 ODIs for India in which he has bowled his part-time off-spin on nine occasions. The 33-year-old has picked up three wickets during the course of these appearances.

The right-hander is currently representing India in their ongoing ODI series against hosts New Zealand. Rayudu remains a key figure in the India ODI setup in the run up to the 2019 ICC World Cup in England with skipper Virat Kohli backing him to make the number four spot in the batting order his own.

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Under-fire Starc gets Langer's backing ahead of second Australia v Sri Lanka Test

Sport360 staff 10:14 28/01/2019
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Justin Langer has come out in support of Mitchell Starc.

Australia head coach Justin Langer has thrown his support behind under-fire Mitchell Starc following his display in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Starc’s disappointing Australian summer with the ball continued despite his side’s win by an innings and 40 runs against the Sri Lankans.

The left-armed pacer picked up two wickets in the first innings before going wicketless in the second at the Gabba. Starc had been off-colour in the recent series loss to India as well where he picked up 13 wickets in the four Tests at an average of nearly 35.

Ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Canberra, Langer has backed Starc despite his average returns of late.

“There’s a lot of talk about Mitchell Starc but in a game like this when you’ve got a guy like Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins bowling fast outswingers, good bouncers, to have that left-arm option is vital,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Starc has endured a poor summer by his standards.

Starc has endured a poor summer by his standards.

“He just got his 200th Test wicket remember, so 200 Test wickets, that’s rare company.

“I suppose there’s high expectation on him but he’s a very good player and is really important for our team.”

Australia have added all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to the squad ahead of the second Test but Langer has admitted that the hosts could field an unchanged XI at Canberra.

“I’d be surprised if we changed the eleven,” he stated.

“It’s always nice to go with the same eleven back-to-back, and without putting any words in the other selectors’ mouths at the moment, it would be nice to keep some continuity.”

The second and final Test between the two sides at the Manuka Oval gets underway on February 1.

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