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Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara ton, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma 50s keep India on top in Boxing Day Test

first_imgNew Delhi: For the second consecutive day in the Boxing Day Test, Australia spent long hours toiling away on the lifeless Melbourne wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his 17th ton, Virat Kohli was unlucky to miss one and Rohit Sharma did his Test causes a world of good with a solid fifty. After 1018 balls and three new balls, India finally declared on 443/7 and the Australian openers survived a testing spell from Jasprit Bumrah to ensure India held the advantage at the conclusion of an absorbing day’s play at the G. At the start of the day though, Pujara and Kohli displayed their class and Australia’s bowlers, with the exception of Pat Cummins, felt the heat.On day 1, Pujara had focused primarily on stonewalling the Australian pacers and he ensured India did not suffer any jolts on a wicket that was good for batting. On the second day, the Saurashtra right-hander continued to play straight and took minimal risks. He played Nathan Lyon, his chief-tormentor, well by using his feet and getting to the pitch of the ball with ease. He continued to be at ease against the short ball, employing the cut shot well against Josh Hazlewood and Cummins. At the other end, Cummins bowled with tremendous skill and was unlucky to have not gotten Kohli’s outside edge as the Indian captain hung on. Kohli played some loose shots outside off stump but the Australian fielders could not capitalise.Read More | India vs Australia, highlights, day 2: Kohli’s side on topPujara notched up the landmark in grand style as he danced down the track to Lyon and thumped him to the long-off fence to bring up the landmark. Pujara’s joyous celebrations summed up the mood as to how desperately he wanted to hit a century in Melbourne. The right-hander’s second century in the series, following his match-winning ton in Adelaide, was the fourth instance when Pujara has scored two centuries in a series. Australia ended the session without taking a single wicket and it seemed a total in excess of 500 was on the cards.Read More | Virat Kohli misses out on century, India skipper troubled by back painAustralia fightIn the second session, India looked to up the ante but Australia was given a stroke of good luck. On 74, Kohli pulled a short ball from Mitchell Starc to the deep square leg fence. However, he went after the shot so hard that he jarred his back and was in considerable discomfort. Physio Patrick Farhart attended to him and gave him some pain killers but the pain had not eased. Kohli hit a boundary off Starc to move into the 80s but with his back giving him trouble, the batsman upper-cut the next short ball to third man but Aaron Finch settled under the catch near the boundary to end the skipper’s superb effort. However, Kohli still had a record to his name as he went past VVS Laxman’s tally of most runs against Australia in Tests Down Under.Read More | Pujara slams 17th century, delivers Australia the knock-out blowPujara was cleaned up by a leg-cutter from Cummins which stayed low and he fell for 106. However, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma strung a solid stand with both players helping India near 400. Lyon, who had gone wicketless for 40 overs, came back and trapped Rahane (34) LBW with an offbreak that kept low. It was the ninth time that Lyon accounted for Rahane, the most he has dismissed any player in his career.Read More | Rahane becomes Nathan Lyon’s bunny in Boxing Day Test in MelbourneRohit smoothly moved to his 10th fifty and Rishabh Pant struck some aggressive boundaries but the asking rate never went over three runs. When Pant and Ravindra Jadeja fell in quick succession, Kohli signaled his intent for a win by declaring. With a tricky 25-minute period for Australia to survive, Marcus Harris and Finch had a tough task. Jasprit Bumrah hit Harris on the helmet and both batsmen survived some the spell to end the day unscathed.However, the efforts of Pujara and the Indian middle order on a pitch that is starting to show variable bounce has gone a long way in ensuring India’s grip on the Boxing Day Test is firm. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Police Charge 2 with Murder in Ganta

first_imgThe late Violet Richmond ThompsonMore than two weeks after National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) employee Violet Thompson Richmond and her 13 year old ward Annie Johnson were found dead in their apartment in Peace Community , Ganta, Nimba County the Liberia National Police (LNP) has arrested two persons and charged them with murder.In a radio interview in Ganta last Sunday, the LNP disclosed the names of the two alleged murder suspects as Exodus Wamah and Justin Dolo, residents of Sanniquellie.According to police sources, a SIM card belonging to the late Richmond was found with Justin Dolo who later admitted his involvement in the killing of the two women.The motive is yet to be revealed, but it appears that Thompson was killed for money, which amount is yet to be specified.Her alleged boyfriend, Exodus Wamah, is yet to admit his role in the killing, but police sources say they have gathered all evidences that substantiate their charges.The LNP also revealed that Exodus was always in the habit of harassing the late Violet for money, and SIM card records show he made the most number of calls to Violet Thompson the night she and her ward were allegedly murdered.The Daily Observer has also gathered from sources within the LNP that Exodus’ fiancée, Oretha Dolo, is currently undergoing investigations, after some valuables, including jewelry, and an Apple laptop belonging to the late Violet Thompson were discovered in her possession.The killing of Richmond and her ward has raised alarm in Ganta and its environs and also raised fears among the residents, opening the old wound of the gruesome killing of a motorcyclist in 2015 that led to riots in Ganta.Public opinion says the cancellation of capital punishment, which calls for hanging of convicted murderers, may be responsible for the alleged murder of Thompson and her ward.“Once there is no harsh punishment for murderers, there will always be this kind of gruesome killing and you will see the perpetrator freely going about his normal duties,” said an elderly man.On Tuesday, March 14, Ms. Richmond and her ward Annie Johnson, were found dead in the bathroom of their apartment, with their doors, backed by iron bars, locked.There was no sign of an intrusion into the house but after a 15 jury investigation, it was established that the deceased and her ward were murdered.The little girl had her mouth tied and her head was left in a drum filled with water, while Ms. Richmond was allegedly struck in the head.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgENTERTAINMENT: IRADIO DJ Fergal Darcy will appear at the Pulse Venue this Saturday night.Darcy is one of Ireland’s most popular disc jockeys and has came to national attention with his popular show on Ireland’s fastest growing radio station IRADIO. A massive crowd is expected to descend on the popular Letterkenny clubbing venue to listen to Darcy play the best current tunes in the chart.That’s not the only entertainment on offer at Pulse Venue with ‘The Furry Gilberts’ and DJ Paul R also rocking the venue in their respective areas.Book now to get your own VIP booth and enjoy the night in luxury at Letterkenny’s No.1 nightclub.To find out more check out the Pulse Venue’s Facebook page for details on drink promotions. #PULSEVENUE #FERGALDARCY #IRADIO IRADIO DJ FERGAL DARCY TO APPEAR AT PULSE VENUE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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