Bangladesh script historic win over Australia

Shakib-Al-Hasan, the number one allrounder of the world today helped Bangladesh script history. His sensational bowling performance in both innings helped to ensure that Bangladesh didn’t lose momentum on their way to recording a first ever Test win over the mighty Australians. He backed up his first innings figures of 5 for 68 with another five wicket haul (5 for 85), picking up wickets when the team needed them the most, thus becoming the chief architect of a victory that will be remembered for decades to come.
The Aussies, themselves trying to pull off a sensational fourth innings comeback, fought with a lot of vigour. Vice-captain David Warner led the charge, putting his nightmare past in Asian conditions behind him, scoring a valiant 112, the 19th century of his career. He and captain Steve Smith were motoring along in the first hour of play on Day 4, but Shakib struck, removing Warner and Smith in quick succession.  The Aussies began to fold like a pack of cards, with the Tigers picking up four wickets in the space of 10 overs. The teams went into the lunch break with only 3 more wickets to get and still 66 runs in the bank.
Glenn Maxwell, who is still looking to cement his place in the test squad, fell in the first ball after lunch to Shakib, but a valiant effort from Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins created a few nerves in the Bangladeshi camp. The Bangladeshi skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, decided to change the bowling attack after a barren period of 10 overs and brought on Taijul Islam who immediately trapped Lyon plumb infront. However, Cummins refused to back down, and partnered with the injured Hazlewood for the last wicket, even managing to smash a couple of huge sixes in a bid to shatter the hopes of the Tigers. In the end, Australia’s second wind failed to secure victory, as Taijul trapped Hazlewood LBW to complete the historic win with Australia falling 20 runs short.
The victory came infront of a packed and passionate Shere Bangla National Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina who has been an avid follower of the sport in the country. This is just Bangladesh’s 10th Test win in 101 Tests but might just be the most pivotal of them all as it marks their breakthrough into cricket’s big league.
Brief Scores: Australia 217 (Matt Renshaw 45, Ashton Agar 41*; Shakib Al Hasan 5-68, Mehidy Hasan 3-62) & 244 (David Warner 112, Steve Smith 37; Shakib Al Hasan 5-85) lost to Bangladesh 260 (Shakib Al Hasan 84, Tamim Iqbal 71; Nathan Lyon 3-79, Pat Cummins 3-63, Ashton Agar 3-46) & 221 (Tamim Iqbal 78, Mushfiqur Rahim 41; Nathan Lyon 6-82) by 20 runs.
Sources: 1] Times Of India

Mumbai-bound Duronto Express derailed

Mumbai-bound Duronto Express coming from Nagpur, on Tuesday early morning derailed in Maharashtra’s Tiwala district. Nine bogies and the engine came off the tracks as heavy rains had washed away a part of the tracks. According to officials there were no casualties recorded. This has also resulted in delays of other trains arriving from Nagpur and Nashik. Travel by suburban trains for those staying beyond Kalyan station has also been badly hit.


While the exact cause of the mishap is not clear yet, but according to sources it is understood that the landslides were the main reason which were caused due to heavy rains in the Kasara Ghats section since the past three days. Officials, however, said the actual cause will be ascertained after an inquiry.
A senior CR official as quoted by TOI said, “The cause of the derailment is a sudden landslide which occurred due to heavy rains. The engine driver did excellent job of applying emergency breaks. As far as preliminary inquiry is concerned, we have not come across any major injuries. The stranded passengers are being shifted to destination by buses and taxis.”
This is the third major train incident in the past two weeks. On 23rd August Delhi-bound Kaifiyat express derailed in Auraiya district, Uttar Pradesh injuring close to 81 people. On August 19, Kalinga Utkal express ran off the tracks in Muzaffarnagar killing 22 people.
India’s railway network is the fourth largest in the world by distance and is also the main form of travel for most of the people of the country, with 22 million passengers commuting daily.


Sources: Hindustan Times, NDTV

Dramatic return for Maria Sharapova

It was at the 2016 Australian Open when she was tested positive for the banned heart medication Meldonium after losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. Although her suspension ended in April, physical ailments have plagued her comeback all summer. She couldn’t play the qualifying tournament at Wimbledon because of a left thigh injury, pulled out of both Toronto and Cincinnati tournaments due to a left forearm tweak. The U.S. Tennis Association, as a courtesy to a former champion, gave her a wild card entry into the Grand slam and she played her first match back like she never ever left.
She was slated to play current world No. 2 Simona Halep of Romania against whom she has a head to head record of 6-0. This match showed why that record is so one sided. Maria’s serve was precise, she was hitting each angle perfectly and she easily covered more ground than her opponent. But Halep was not going to let this match go so easy since the stakes were even higher for her. She was one of seven women who was vying for the coveted world No.1 position. She fought with vigour but eventually surrendered the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to Sharapova in what was a thrilling match.
At the end of the match Sharapova was quoted saying, “Despite not playing a lot of matches coming into this, it almost seemed like I had no right to win this match today. And I somehow did. I think that is what I’m most proud of. I felt like my team and I have been through a lot. Since I’ve come back, I feel like I’m on a team. You know, I’m not just winning for myself, but I’m winning for everyone that has stood behind me. That is a very special feeling to have.”

13 killed, several wounded in bomb attack in Afghanistan

According to Reuters, 13 people which include both civilians, as well as Afghan army soldiers, were killed in Helmand by a car bomb attack on Sunday.Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor’s spokesman confirmed the casualties and added that 18 people were also wounded during the same. The attack occurred in a market in Nawa, a central district of the province. This area has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks due to the fight for control between the government forces and the Taliban insurgents.

Omar Zwak, the Helmand governor’s spokesman confirmed the casualties and added that 18 people were also wounded during the same. The attack occurred in a market in Nawa, a central district of the province. This area has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks due to the fight for control between the government forces and the Taliban insurgents.

The hospitals nearby which include Bost Hospital confirmed that they had received 10 wounded where as the Italian aid run hospital said they had received 3 dead and 19 wounded. The current situation of the wounded is still not clear.

This attack has come just days after a suicide bomber in Lashkar Gah killed 7 people and wounded 40 as the Taliban continued to try to restore strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan and to drive out each foreign force that has been backing the government in Kabul.

There has been no claim of responsibility by anyone as of now and nothing from the Taliban either. Helmand has seen a lot of attacks in the recent past by the Taliban as they control a majority of the area outside the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

Ever since the Taliban has launched its so called spring offensive there has been a series of attacks in the country. The Central Kabul attack which was carried out on the 31st of May remains to be the deadliest attack ever since the US-led forces overthrew the Taliban from power in 2001.

Sources – BBC, EURO news


India thrash Sri Lanka in another one sided affair

For a day that was supposed to be remembered for a dominant Indian performance, it will instead be remembered for a bottle flinging Palekke crowd causing a 35-minute disruption. This was after the home side put up another mediocre performance giving an unassailable lead of 3-0 to the Indians in a 5 match series.

Earlier in the day, stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera won the toss and chose to bat. Unlike in the previous two games where they also batted first and got off to a good start, this time around they were disastrous from the beginning. Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc picking up 5 wickets in 10 overs giving away just 27 runs also winning the Man of the Match award for the same. Bumrah is the leading wicket taker in this series, collecting 11 dismissals in the 3 games so far. No Sri Lankan batsman except Lahiru Thirimanne looked like any threat to the Indian bowlers which was the main reason that they ended up with 217 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

Chasing a relatively low target India initially lost their way stumbling to 61 for 4 in 15 overs. They needed the calm head of M.S.Dhoni to anchor the innings alongside Rohit Sharma who went on to score his 12th ODI century forming an unbeaten 157 run partnership to take India home. The small target proved to be tricky for the Indians, who lost wickets in pairs. With Malinga and Fernando accounting for Dhawan and Kohli respectively, new found sensation Akila Danajaya picked up Rahul and Jadhav of successive deliveries on either side of his two overs. The Sri Lankans failed to capitalize on it and ended up surrendering the series.

Both teams will now travel to The R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the rest of the series.(4th, 5th ODI & Only T20i)

India 218 for 4 (Rohit 124*, Dhoni 67*, Dananjaya 2-38) def.  Sri Lanka 217 for 9 (Thirimanne 80, Bumrah 5-27) by six wickets.


News Source- ESPN, Cricinfo

Muller trumps Rafa in Wimbledon fourth round

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, lost to 26th ranked Gilles Muller in the fourth round of Wimbledon, in a match that lasted for over four and a half hours.
The Spaniard fought back from being two sets down before Muller took a fifth match point to win 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 in the longest Wimbledon clash. Nadal led the head-to-head series 5–1 against his opponent with Muller’s only win coming in the second round at Wimbledon way back in 2005.
As reported by BBC, Muller, who will play his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2008 US Open, exclaimed, “That was a very tough game. In the last two match points I just gave it a hundred percent.” The Luxembourg ace was pushed to his limits by Nadal in the last set, which alone lasted for about two hours.
Rafa, the 15-time major champion who has been in fine form this year, was in contention of replacing Andy Murray as the top-ranked player in the world, had he managed to reach the final.
On the other hand, veteran Muller is enjoying a rebirth of sorts in the later half of his career, finding some of his best form in a 16-year long professional stint. This year alone he has been the player who has won the most number of grass court matches, with Nadal being his eleventh.
The southpaw’s confidence will be sky high before facing Croatian Marin Cillic in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Sources: BBC, The Hindu

SC extends Madras HC stay on cattle trade rules

The Supreme Court on Tuesday has ordered a nationwide stay on the Narendra Modi government’s ban of slaughtering cattle for trade.

According to the Hindustan times, the order from the apex court came after the Centre told the court that the public protests across the country had forced the government to rethink the rules of the ban. Additional Solicitor General P S Narsimha had requested the court to not issue any order since the rules were being examined by the government and they would be notified of the changes by the end of August.

However, the Supreme Court on extending the stay given by he Madras High Court said that livelihoods cannot be subjected to uncertainties and the new rules can be notified but the current rules’ operation for the entire country will stay.

Due to the protests all over the country by the state governments of Kerala and West Bengal, the government is forced to rethink its policy. This brings a big sigh of relief for the cattle traders whose livelihood had been affected extensively.

What remains to be seen is what kind of changes does the government bring to the policy and it’s implications.

Sources: Indian Express, India Today