Blues concede lead to India Red despite Bawne ton

Bengaluru: Maharashtra batsman Ankit Bawne made an unbeaten 121 for India Blue but could not prevent India Red from taking a 30-run lead on the third day of their Duleep Trophy match. India Blue were bowled out for 255 in 83.2 overs, in reply to India Red’s 285. India Red extended their advantage by moving to 93/2 at stumps, for a total lead of 123 runs. India Blue seemed to be in control in the morning session, moving from their overnight 74/3 to 193 without losing a wicket. Bawne and Anmolpreet Singh stitched together a 129-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Brief scores: India Red: 285 and 93/2 in 22 overs (Karun Nair 43*, Ankit Kalsi 21*); India Blue: 255 all out in 83.2 overs (Ankit Bawne 121*, Anmolpreet Singh 56, Ruturaj Gaikwad 37; Avesh Khan 4/58, Jaydev Unadkat 3/52, Akshay Wakhare 3/32). 

Mumbai
Good pitches key to Test cricket’s revival: Tendulkar

Test cricket can be pleasing to eye if it is played on good pitches, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said today. To support his point, Tendulkar cited the surface used for the Ashes Test at Lord’s last week, which saw a fierce contest between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer. “The heart of Test cricket is the kind of surface that you play on. If you provide good pitches, cricket cannot be boring, cricket cannot be damp, and there will always be those exciting moments, exciting bowling spells, great batting and that is what people want to see,” Tendulkar said.

Colombo
Grandhomme, Watling 50s give Kiwis lead of 138

Half-centuries from Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling (in pic) gave New Zealand a first-innings lead of 138 against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second and final Test. The touring side, who need a series-levelling win after Sri Lanka won the opener in Galle, reached 382/5 on another rain-interrupted day. Watling was unbeaten on 81 while de Grandhomme was unbeaten on 83 after a blistering knock with his side needing quick runs to set Sri Lanka a target on the final day. Only 48 overs could be bowled on Day 4.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka: 244 (de Silva 109, Southee 4/63); New Zealand: 382/5 (Watling 81*, de Grandhomme 83*)

Karachi
PCB does away with toss in First-Class matches

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to do away with the practice of toss in First-Class matches from this season. For the first time in Pakistan cricket’s history, First-Class matches in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will be played with visiting teams having the option of opting for a “no-toss start” to the game. “The visiting side will get a chance to decide,” a PCB official said. “But in the scenario where both teams want to bat first, then the match referee will have the toss,” he added. The One-day and T20 tournaments will be played with the traditional toss format — Agencies 

Los angeles
Hurkacz downs Paire to win first ATP title

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz upset top seed Benoit Paire in three sets at the Winston-Salem ATP tournament to clinch his first career title. The towering 22-year-old became the first Polish player to win a tour singles event since Wojtek Fibak in 1982, winning 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Silverstone (uk)
Rins snatches British GP win from Marquez 

Suzuki’s Alex Rins passed MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez at the final corner to win a thrilling British Grand Prix today. After trying a move around the outside of Woodcote corner on the penultimate lap, Rins then lunged through on the inside to edge fellow Spaniard Marquez to the chequered flag by 0.013 seconds.

New Delhi
Dabang Delhi beat UP Yoddha 36-27 in PKL   

Dabang Delhi beat UP Yoddha 36-27 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here today. Defending champions Bengaluru Bulls beat toppers Jaipur Pink Panthers 41-30.

Mumbai
Robin, Varsha take top honours in half marathon   

Delhi's Robin Singh thwarted hat-trick hunter Dnyaneshwar Morgha to claim the Mumbai Half Marathon here today.  Robin finished almost two minutes ahead of the defending champion. Mumbai's Varsha Namdev Bhawari won the women’s title.

Tehran
Iran to let women attend football WC qualifier 

Women fans will be allowed into the stadium for Iran’s next football World Cup qualifier in October. FIFA has been stepping up pressure on Iran to ensure women are allowed to attend qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. Agencies

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