India vs England: Fan proposes to girlfriend at Lord's during second ODI; 'What a decision,' says commentator David Lloyd







The second One-Day International (ODI) between England and India at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Saturday might not have been a very happy experience for fans of the visiting side, but would have been memorable for two Indian spectators who got engaged in the stands during the match.
England skipper Eoin Morgan opted to bat first after winning the toss, and the hosts were off to another good start, thanks to the fireworks display by openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. While fans were glued to the contest that was unfolding at the 'Home of Cricket', a certain individual decided to make the iconic venue the place where he would pop 'the' question to his girlfriend.
According to Fanscric, the cameras panned to Charan Gill and Pavan Bains during the 24th over of the England innings, when captain Morgan and Joe Root had formed a partnership of their own. With the cameras focused on him, Bains got up from his seat, brought the ring case out of his pocket, knelt before his girlfriend and asked the question, with fellow spectators turning around to find out what her answer might be.
Even the broadcasters decided to join the party by adding the text 'Decision Pending' towards the bottom of the screen, which was then replaced by the words: "She said YES!"
the bottom of the screen, which was then replaced by the words: "She said YES!" Popular commentator David Lloyd, known popularly as 'Bumble', decided to lend his voice to the event.
"Oh what a decision! Absolutely fantastic! Charan and Pavan congratulations. What a day!" said Lloyd as Pavan gestured a thumbs up towards the camera.
Coming back to cricket, Joe Root struck a fluent 113 as England crushed India by 86 runs in the second ODI at Lord’s on Saturday to level the three-match series at 1-1.
Chasing a stiff victory target of 323, the touring side struggled after getting off to a decent start in sunny conditions and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
India’s top three batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, failed to go on to big scores after laying solid platforms, putting pressure on the middle order.

India , Bangladesh and Sri Lanka T20 Tri-Series 2018: Schedule, Timing, Fixtures, Match Timings

India , Bangladesh and Sri Lanka T20 Tri-Series 2018: Schedule, Timing, Fixtures, Match Timings

India,Bangladesh and Sri Lanka T20 Tri-Series 2018: Schedule,Timing, Fixtures And Match Timings


India and Sri Lanka will begin the tri-nation series in the island nation on March 6. The series, also involving Bangladesh, has been brought forward by two days from the originally planned start of March 8 to allow the organisers to keep the final for a Sunday. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board are hoping to bring in larger crowds by keeping the final, scheduled for March 18, on a weekend as compared to on a weekend. All games in the series will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium and will begin at 7 PM local time (7 PM IST).

Both India and Bangladesh will arrive in Sri Lanka on March 4. As per Cricbuzz, Bangladesh will play a warm-up game ahead of the series, India will begin without a practice match. The top-ranked India will come into the series having finished their tour of South Africa.
The seven-match T20 series is being played to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence. The Lankan board is expecting a minimum $6.5 million windfall from the series from sale of TV and marketing rights.
Previously the Nidhas Trophy was played in 1998 to mark Sri Lanka’s 50th year of independence and had the islanders host India and New Zealand. In the final, India beat Sri Lanka by 7 runs.

Nidhas Trophy 2018 schedule:

March 6 – India vs Sri Lanka at Colombo at 7 PM 
March 8 – India vs Bangladesh at , Colombo at 7 PM 
March 10 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at , Colombo at 7 PM 
March 12 – India vs Sri Lanka at , Colombo at 7 PM 
March 14 – India vs Bangladesh at , Colombo at 7 PM 
March 16 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at , Colombo at 7 PM 
March 18 – Final at , Colombo at 7 PM 
The top two teams in the points table will qualify for the final.
India Squad:
15-man squad: 15-man squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan (VC), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant (WK)

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India vs South Africa, 5th ODI: India beat South Africa by 73 runs to clinch maiden series win

India vs South Africa, 5th ODI: India beat South Africa by 73 runs to clinch maiden series win

India finally won an ODI series in South Africa. The visitors defeated the Proteas by 73 runs in the fifth one-day international at the St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, to take a 4-1 lead in the six-match series.



Scorecard: India vs South Africa 5th ODI 



India bowlers led by Kuldeep Yadav (4/57) and Hardik Pandya (2/30) bowled South Africa out for 201 in 42.2 overs, registering a comprehensive victory, after Rohit Sharma scored a hundred to help India set a challenging 275-run target. South Africa lost their last four wickets for five runs to the spin duo as India claimed a historic maiden series win.

Yuzvendra Chahal (2/43) also took two wickets for India, while Jasprit Bumrah (1/22) chipped in with a wicket. Hashim Amla top-scored for the hosts with 71 off 92 balls.



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After a good start in their chase, South Africa lost three wickets in quick succession - AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and Aiden Markram. Markram was in good nick and scored 32 off 32 balls which included a six and four boundaries. The Proteas skipper also put on 52 runs for the opening wicket with Amla, before giving a simple catch to his counterpart Virat Kohli at mid-off off Bumrah in the tenth over.



Seven balls later, Pandya dismissed Duminy in his first over, before landing the big wicket of de Villiers in the second. South Africa were reduced to 65/3 in 12.5 overs from 52/0 in 9.3. Amla and David Miller then resurrected the South African run chase by adding 62 for the fourth wicket. Miller (36 off 51 balls), while trying to increase the tempo, was clean bowled by Chahal in the 27th over.



But unlike at Wanderers, South African batsmen found it tough to negotiate India's wrist spinners - Yadav and Chahal. The spin duo gave away 100 runs in their 19.2 overs and took six wickets and along with Pandya, they squeezed the runs in the middle overs.

In the one end, Amla continued to keep South Africa in the hunt and scored his 35th ODI fifty off 72 balls, hitting three fours. Amla added 39 for the fifth wicket with Heinrich Klaasen, but his long vigil ended in an unfortunate way beaten by Pandya's direct hit. And it ended South Africa's hopes for a comeback in the match.



Earlier, after a series of dismal performances, scoring just 40 runs in first four ODIs, Rohit roared back to form and scored his 17th ODI hundred as India made 274/7 after sent in to bat. He smashed 11 fours and four sixes to score a classy 115 off 126 balls. Rohit added three crucial partnerships during his innings - 48 with Shikhar Dhawan, 105 with Virat Kohli and 60 with Shreyas Iyer. But his untimely wicket in the 43rd over stopped India from reaching 300-mark.

Pacer Lungi Nigidi triggered a late collapse for India as he took four wickets, including back-to-back wickets in the 43rd. India lost three of those wickets for just two runs and in 12 balls, all caught behind by wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen. Ngidi finished with figures of four for 51 in nine overs and restricted India to 55 runs in the final ten overs.

India openers gave India a good start with Dhawan and Rohit adding 48, before Kagiso Rabada got the better of the left-hander in the eighth over. Dhawan hit eight boundaries during his 34-run cameo off 23 balls.



Rohit and Kohli then maintained the early momentum and took India to 100-mark in 17.1 overs. After a cautious start, Rohit opened up by hitting two sixes, one each off Rabada and Ngidi, as he reached his first fifty (off 50 balls) of the series. While Rohit was scoring in good speed, Kohli was uncharacteristically slow hitting just one four in his first 52 balls. And the introduction of spinners, JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi, also slowed down India's scoring rate in the middle overs.

Kohli was not in his elements and his second boundary, at third man, came in the 26th over. But soon, while trying to steal a quick run, a miscommunication between him and Rohit sent the India skipper back to the pavilion. Kohli scored 36 off 54 balls, which included just two boundaries, but added 105 for the second wicket with Rohit in 18.1 overs. It was the seventh time, Kohli and Rohit are involved in a run out and the current skipper was the victim in five occasions.



India lost another wicket to run out when Ajinkya Rahane (8) was sent back by Rohit while going for a quick single. With that, India lost two wickets for 23 runs in 6.2 overs. Along with young Iyer, Rohit stabilised the innings and reached his 17th hundred off 107 balls. The duo added a valuable 60 runs for the fourth wicket in 10.3 overs.

Then Ngidi scalped centurion Rohit and allrounder Hardik Pandya in consecutive balls, in a maiden 43rd over, to put a brake on India's run charge. Ngidi then removed Iyer (30) in his next over, before dismissing Dhoni (13) in the penultimate over of the match.


Brief scores: India 274/7 (Rohit Sharma 115; Lungi Ngidi 4/51) beat South Africa 201 all out (Hashim Amla 71; Kuldeep Yadav 4/57) by 73 runs

India vs South Africa, 5th ODI: Virat Kohli's Team India first to win an ODI series in SA

India vs South Africa, 5th ODI: Virat Kohli's Team India first to win an ODI series in SA


Rohit Sharma ended a personal South African hoodoo and set up a series win for India. The Mumbai batsman's115 was his first major innings in three tours of South Africa.

India captain Virat Kohli described his team's 73 runs win in the 5th ODI against South Africa as a "complete performance". The win enabled India to take a winning 4-1 lead in the six-match series, their first success in seven bilateral or multi-team series in South Africa. Kohli, however, vowed no let ups in the final ODI of the series. "We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few (other) guys a chance." Kohli said with the series won using only 12 of India's 17-man squad. "It's a wonderful feeling to have created some history. The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well." Kohli said praising the effort of his team.
Rohit Sharma ended a personal South African hoodoo and set up a series win for India. The Mumbai batsman's 115 was his first major innings in three tours of South Africa.

South Africa's chances of overhauling India's 274 for seven plummeted when they lost their first three wickets inside the first 13 overs. Hardik Pandya struck crucial blows by dismissing JP Duminy and AB de Villiers.
Hashim Amla played a measured innings of 71 and shared partnerships of 62 with David Miller and 39 with Heinrich Klaasen. He was run out by a direct hit from Pandya, effectively ending the home team's hopes.
Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were effective on a slow pitch, taking four and two wickets respectively.
Rohit's 17th one-day international century ended a run of low scores in South Africa. In 19 previous innings across both Tests and one-day internationals, his previous highest score was 47 and he had scored only 249 runs at an average of 13.11.
He said he had ensured that he stayed in a good frame of mind despite not making big scores.
"I have been enjoying South Africa. It's a good place to play cricket. I knew I didn't have to change a lot and the runs would come," he said.
With the series won, using only 12 of India's 17-man squad, Kohli said: "We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few (other) guys a chance."
Although he was the mainstay of the innings, Sharma was at least partially complicit in two run-outs, both of which happened after he sent his batting partner back.
The first run-out accounted for captain Kohli, who made 36 -- his lowest score of the series -- in a second wicket stand of 105 with Rohit. Kohli called Sharma through for a risky single, then could not beat JP Duminy's direct hit at the bowler's end.
Ajinkya Rahane was the second run-out victim, playing a ball to mid-on and almost reaching the other end of the pitch before realizing Sharma was refusing a run.
Rohit hit 11 fours and four sixes in his 126-ball innings but should have been caught on 96 when Tabraiz Shamsi dropped a straightforward offering at third man off Kagiso Rabada.
Rohit's 17th one-day international century ended a run of low scores in South Africa. In 19 previous innings across both Tests and one-day internationals, his previous highest score was 47 and he had scored only 249 runs at an average of 13.11.

India v South Africa, 5th ODI: Chahal, Kuldeep break spinners record in SA

India v South Africa, 5th ODI: Chahal, Kuldeep break spinners record in SA


 India’s  Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have broken the record for most wickets by an overseas spinner in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa, surpassing former West Indies allrounder Keith Arthurton’s mark of 12 wickets taken across seven ODIs during the 1998-99 season.


During the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday which India won by 73 runs to secure their first ODI series win in South Africa Chahal was the first to break Arthurton's mark, when he claimed his 13th wicket in the form of David Miller. Not long after, Kuldeep surpassed him witha haul of 4 for 57 to lead the race with 16 wickets in the series so far.

Chahal, 27, has enjoyed a stunning run of success during the ongoing six-match series against South Africa. He started off with 2/45, then grabbed a career-best 5/22, followed by 4/46 as India went up 3-0. During the fifth ODI, he removed David Miller lbw to take his 13th wicket of the series. In tandem with Kuldeep, he has repeatedly flummoxed South Africa’s batsmen. Kuldeep overtook Chahal with Tuesday's four-wicket haul.



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Arthurton, an offspinner and middle-order batsman, took 12 wickets in a seven-ODI series which West Indies lost 1-6. Next best is Shane Warne, who took 11 wickets in Australia’s eight-game series against South Africa in 1993-94, and then 10 in six matches in 1996-97.
Before Chahal and Kuldeep during the ongoing series, which Virat Kohli’s wrapped up with a game to spare on Tuesday, the best series returns by an Indian spinner in South Africa were Anil Kumble’s five wickets in seven ODIs back in 1992-93.


For any kind of bowler in a bilateral ODI series against South Africa at home, pacer or spinner, the record is shared between England’s Kabir Ali, who took 13 wickets in seven ODIs in 2004-05, and Australian Mitchell Johnson who took 13 in five matches in 2008-09. Jason Gillespie claimed 12 in six matches in 2001-02 and England fast bowler Darren Gough managed 11 on three occasions - in 1995-96, 1999-00 and 2004-05.

Priya Prakash Varrier in trouble

Priya Prakash Varrier in trouble! Hyderabad youth files complaint against Oru Adaar Love song



Oru Adaar Love actress Priya Prakash Varrier who has been trending for the last couple of days for her viral video, has landed in a controversy. A Muslim youth from Hyderabad has filed a complaint against the actress at Falaknuma Police Station for allegedly hurting the sentiments.

Oru Adaar Love actress Priya Prakash Varrier who has been trending for the last couple of days for her viral video, has landed in a controversy. A Muslim youth from Hyderabad has filed a complaint against the actress at Falaknuma Police Station for allegedly hurting the sentiments. In this report, which says that the song from Oru Adaar Love has hurt the sentiments of the Muslims, the makers of the movie have also been named. The report says that Manikya Malaraya Poovi, when translated into English, insults the Prophet.
Reacting to this, the director of the movie said that it is just a love song which doesn’t hurt any sentiments. While talking to media, the director said that all communities are singing the song and it will not be removed from the film, even if there is any pressure. Oru Adaar Love is directed by Omar Lulu, who shot to fame with the 2016 surprise hit Happy Wedding.
Composed by Shaan Rahman, the video resonated with many and filled the hearts of people with the nostalgia of high school romance.With her cute articulations and million-dollar grin, Priya’s performance has earned more than 1 million views, 50,000+ likes within the initial 20 hours of the melody upload on YouTube.
Ever since the first video of the movie was released, Priya Prakash Varrier has become an internet sensation. Talking about her famous wink, the actress recently said in an interview that it was totally spontaneous and she never thought that video clip would become such a hit.
“Actually, the director wanted to capture something cute between me and my hero. So he told me if I can do the eyebrow thing and wink at him. I told him that I could give it a try. That’s how it worked out. It was spontaneous and we hadn’t planned anything,” Priya told NDTV.
The song which is titled Manikya Malaraya Poovi clip has been watched over 14 million times (and counting on YouTube). There has been a massive increase in Priya’s Instagram followers as well and the actress now has over 2.8 million followers.

South Africa vs India, 2018: 5th ODI – Statistical Preview

South Africa vs India, 2018: 5th ODI – Statistical Preview

All the stats and numbers to be looked out ahead of the 5th ODI game.



South Africa kept their unbeaten record in the games they played with Pink Jersey to stay alive in the 6-match ODI series against India. The hosts are currently behind in the series by a 1-3 margin and will need to win both the remaining matches to draw the series. The return of  AB De Villiers will boost the South Africans in their process of 3-3 while the Indian wrist spinners will be looking to bounce back after having an off day in the Johannesburg ODI to help their team to seal the series.

All the stats and numbers to be looked out ahead of the 5th ODI game:

5 – Number of matches India played in Port Elizabeth in the ODI format losing in all of them. This is the only venue where India played more than two ODIs without winning a game.

5 – Number of consecutive ODI innings without a fifty-plus score for Rohit Sharma This is his longest ODI streak without a fifty-plus score in the last four years.
12 – Number of wickets for Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in this series. No other spinner took more wickets in an ODI series in South Africa than these two.

80 – Ajinkya Rahane needs another 80 runs to complete 3000 runs in the ODI format. He scored 98 runs in the three innings he batted in this series.

87* – Virat Kohliscored an unbeaten 87 off 92 balls in a rain-affected ODI in 2011 at the Port Elizabeth. India lost the game which was decided by the DL method. It is also the highest individual by an Indian in their five ODIs at this venue.

266 – Highest team total in the last five ODI matches in Port Elizabeth. This is the 2nd lowest ‘highest total’ at a venue that hosted five and more ODIs since the start of 2012. South Africa lost three of those five matches.

598 – Number of catches by MS Dhoni in International cricket so far. He needs two more catches to become the 4th wicketkeeper with 600 catches in International cricket.

679 – Virat Kohli’s 679 runs across formats on this tour are the most for an Indian captain in an away tour and also the most for a visiting captain in a South Africa tour.

9954 – Runs MS Dhoni aggregated so far in the ODI format. He needs another 46 runs to complete 10000 ODI runs and become the 12th player and the 4th Indian to achieve the milestone.

Virat Kohli is on a whole different level: Ian Bell

Virat Kohli is on a whole different level: Ian Bell


The praise on the Indian skipper continues following his impressive performance in recent times.



We witnessed a one-way traffic in the third one-day International between India and South Africa and one will have to say, Indian Team has been able to outclass the opposition in all three aspects. The prime form of Virat Kohli had set the tone for the bowlers to try the tricks they have in their resources, which eventually led India to clinch their third straight win in the ongoing series.
Stand-in skipper Aiden Markram won the toss and asked India Team to bat first. Seeing the result of first two games, many cricket pundits appreciated the move. However, little did they know, that skipper Virat Kohli has his plans set and is eyeing another hundred. With vice-captain getting out for a duck, skipper came to the crease bit early than he was expecting.
Playing some delightful strokes all around the ground, and letting his bat do all the talking, Virat Kohli registered his 34th International hundred. He scored 160 runs off 159 balls at a decent strike-rate of 100.6. His innings was laced with 12 boundaries and two mighty sixes. The innings became more special after he adjusted to the conditions and played according to the situation. Scoring almost 100 runs in singles and doubles speaks volumes about his character and fitness.
His blistering innings helped India post a mammoth total of 303 runs on the board, putting Proteas under serious pressure. In reply, South African Team lost Hashim Amla early, which eventually had to put them on the back foot. Few cameos by the skipper, JP Duminy and, David Miller were the only good thing happened to the South African team. The Indian spin duo, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal had put the cat amongst pigeons as they picked eight wickets between them to close the one-sided affair.
The result shows the gulf between the two sides and speaks volumes about the run machine Virat Kohli, who refuses to slow down. His innings was well appreciated by veteran batsman Ian Bell, who believes Virat Kohli is at a different level. He tweeted saying, “@imVkohli is just a different level. Another 100  #class”

SA vs IND: Port Elizabeth brings a new Challenge for Virat Kohli and his Troops

SA vs IND: Port Elizabeth brings a new Challenge for Virat Kohli and his Troops

St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth will pose new challenges in front of the Men in Blue who seems to be in red-hot form.




After three excoriating experience in the One-Day International series, the South Africa team needed a snippet of optimism to help pick themselves up for the remaining games against India. Fortunately for the hosts, they received some respite in the ‘Pink ODI’. Their resplendent in pink to raise money for a greater cause, ensured they maintained their unbeaten record on this beautiful day. In the crackerjack of the encounter, the wicket keeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen along with the Swashbuckler David Miller helped Proteas register an all-important win.
Going into the fifth encounter which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday (13 February) at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth will pose new challenges in front of the Men in Blue who seems to be in red-hot form. Though the scoreline is in the favour of the visitors, the past records which Indian Team carry on this ground is something they will look to forget, especially the skipper Virat Kohli.

Stats do not favour India team

Going by the stats, the venue which hasn’t been lucky for the previous four India captains – Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This is because India have played four ODIs on this ground and lost on all occasions. Furthermore, they failed to take the team’s total past the 200-run mark in all four matches.
In first of the four occasions, the Indians were bowled out for a mere score of 147 runs as the Mohammad Azharuddin led team suffered a six-wicket loss. The next three encounters were not too different from the first one as all remaining games were lost in most obnoxious manner.
Virat kohli and his troops will look to recreate the history and not let the past affect teams’ environment. The batters including the skipper, Dhawan, and MS Dhoni are looking rock-solid and will try their level best to help Indian side to register their first victory in Port Elizabeth, which eventually will help them to register first ever series win in South Africa.