Ajinkya Rahane’s Father Arrested in Car Crash Case, One Woman Dead

Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane’s father, Madhukar Baburao Rahane, was arrested on Friday in Kolhapur after his car mowed down an elderly woman. The deceased, identified as Ashatai Kamble, was hit by Madhukar’s car on the national highway near Kagal.

Reports suggest that the India Vice-Captain’s father, along with his mother and sister, were on their way for a vacation to Konkan while the incident took place. Although Madhukar Rahane was booked for negligent driving, it is unclear who was driving the car at the time of the accident.

The victim, Ashatai, was rushed to the nearest hospital after the accident but succumbed to her injuries during the treatment. Inspector of Kagal Police Station, Audumbar Patil, said that Kamble was crossing the road and got scared with the speeding vehicles coming in. At a point, she stopped in between the lanes and was hit by Rahane’s i20. The lady was a resident of Savitrinagar in Ichalkaranji.

A case was registered at the Kagal police station under sections 304 (a) [causing death by negligence], 289 (negligent conduct), 337, 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Motor Vehicles Act.

Madhukar Rahane has now been released on bail, while Ajinkya is currently with the Indian squad in the Sri Lanka series.

Sources: Free Press Journal, Indian Express

Chase century and five-for keeps West Indies alive in test series against India

1998 was the last time Sabina Park saw a draw in a test match. There have since been fifteen consecutive results in the long format at the same venue.
The sixteenth match between the hosts and India saw a rare draw in a series that the visitors have an upper hand.

The West Indies won the toss and decided to bat. Form seemed to continue to desert the batting side as they were bundled out for 196.
Ravichandran Ashwin continued his assault with five wickets from his sixteen overs. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami two wickets apiece to lead to the collapse.
Jermaine Blackwood top scored with 63 runs before the Indians were sent in to bat.

KL Rahul led the charge with a sublime 158 from 303 balls. This included 18 boundaries of which he cleared the ropes thrice. He was supported by Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 108 as the team piled up 500 for 9 before they declared.
Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets in an otherwise uninspiring display that saw too many runs being given away.

Sent to bat once again; the hosts were languishing at 141 for 5 when Chase came in. Faced with the uphill task of batting the day out – Chase remained not out on 137 runs and in the process became the first West Indian since Sir Garry Sobers to achieve the test double of 5 wickets and a century. It has been 50 years since the feat was last achieved in 1966 according to ESPNCricinfo.

Shane Dowrich joined Chase at the crease, and together they put on 144 runs for the sixth wicket to ensure that the home team held out for the draw finishing at 388 for 6.
This keeps their chances in the series alive with two more tests yet to come. India leads the four match series 1-0.

The teams now meet between August 9 and 13, 2016 for the third test at Gros Islet, St Lucia at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

Match Details – West Indies 196 (Blackwood 62, Ashwin 5-52) and 388 for 6 (Chase 137*, Dowrich 74, Holder 64*, Blackwood 63) drew with India 500 for 9 decl. (Rahul 158, Rahane 108*, Chase 5-121)

India crush SL to level series

India defeated Sri Lanka by 69 runs in the second T20 international at Ranchi on Friday, thus levelling the three match series 1-1.

In a blistering start, openers Rohit Sharma (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (51) put up 75 runs in 6.6 overs, before the latter was caught behind the wicket in Dushmantha Chameera’s spell. Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Hardik Pandya added to the score, contributing 82 runs together , and put up 196 runs on board for the Lankans to chase. Sri Lanka started off shakily, with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan walking back with a golden duck. There was a ray of hope for the visitors after the middle order tried to build partnerships, but they were crushed by the Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

With skipper Dhoni’s strategy and wicket-keeping skills, Jasprit Bumrah’s yorkers and Ashwin-Jadeja’s spin attacks, Sri Lanka surrendered to the hosts by making just 127 runs at the end of 20 overs. The match was also India’s third biggest win in terms of run margin in T20s.

Shikhar Dhawan was declared the Man of the Match for his 24- ball 51. The third T20 is scheduled to be played on 14th February at Vishakapatnam.


Sources: ESPN Cricinfo, NDTV Sports

Records galore on day 4 as England strikes late to ensure comeback

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Nottingham: A record 10th wicket stand of 198 runs between Joe Root and James Anderson provided an unlikely lead for England after they were 202/7 at one point, to actually finish 496 as their 1st innings came to an end. India were 167/3 at stumps to reduce the lead to 128 runs with Murali Vijay (52) and Cheteshwar Pujara (55) falling to two loose shots to pave the way for an English comeback.

Earlier in the day Joe Root scored a massive 154 to bring up his 4th international ton while James Anderson provided a solid 81 from the other end to create a world record where the last batsmen from both the camps had hit fifties. It was also the highest an Englishman had scored in that position.

The 198 run partnership also meant that this was the first time, 290 runs were scored against India in the last 3 wickets and century partnerships in the final wicket were put up by the both the sides. The game in all likelihood is heading to a draw with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane out in the middle to ensure there are no more sorrow fortunes for the visitors.