Saturday 20 January 2018

India close to Australia win

CRICKET: Opener Murali Vijay and rookie Cheteswhar Pujara batted with great flourish as India moved within 134 runs of victory today in the second and final cricket test against Australia.

A win here would give India a resounding 2-0 series triumph.

Set 207 to win with two-and-a-half sessions remaining, India lost Virender Sehwag, caught behind wicket by Tim Paine off Ben Hilfenhaus, in the third over.

But Pujara and Vijay flayed the Australian attack to put India in command at 73 for one at lunch.

Pujara and Vijay, who notched a maiden hundred (139) in the first innings, were both batting on 29.

Earlier, Australia were bowled out for 223 after resuming the final day at 202 for seven.

Zaheer Khan (3-41) accounted for Mitchell Johnson and Peter George while Sreesanth (2-48) bowled Hilfenhaus.

Serena still best

TENNIS: Caroline Wozniacki this week became the 20th female player to become world No1 and it is some achievement for her.

That she also won the China Open yesterday to complete a wonderful few days says much about her focus.

But is she really the best player in the world? No. Her record in grand slams -- the benchmark -- is average.

Wozniacki has won six events in 2010, Williams two -- both slams.

Wozniacki's stay at the top of the rankings could be prolonged as Williams -- injured since July -- is unlikely to return this year.

Yet come Melbourne at the start of next year, bet on Serena to once again show who is really at the top of the tree.

MLB: Tampa Bay 1 Texas 5 (Texas win best-of-five series 3-2).

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