Cricket News India vs Australia 3rd Test Match Preview: Can Kohli become first Indian skipper to clinch the Boxing Day Test?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The traditional Boxing Day Test match is all set to be played between India and Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG) from December 26. The annual Test match involves the Australian cricket team against the team on Australia tour in the season. Currently, Virat Kohli-led Indian side is on Australian tour and will face the host on December 26 in order to stay alive in the four-match Test series. Both the teams are well aware about the importance of each session in the Boxing Test match. Under-performing in one session can even change the overall outcome of the match.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the playing XI for the Boxing Day Test match where Murali Vijay and KL Rahul have been dropped while Ravindra Jadeja has made his return into the squad. This is the result of constant failure of the top order where both Vijay and Rahul has scored just 95 runs in their combined eight innings in the first two matches in Adelaide and Perth.In the Melbourne Test, it is expected that Rohit Sharma could open the innings along with Mayank Agarwal or Hanuma Vihari. However, due to injury once again, Prirthvi Shaw has been ruled out of the remaining series.On bowling front, the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja will be leading the spin attack for the squad, as Ashwin has still not recovered from an abdominal strain.Talking about the Australian side, Tim Paine-led Aussies has been able to build confidence after winning the second test by 146 runs. Bowlers including Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc are expected to contribute the same way they did before.Match Predictions: MCG Curator Matt Page has hinted the pitch of the ground will be helpful to all whether spinners, pacers or batsmen, means it will be a pitch where every player can become showman of the match. Although, the toss will be the most crucial part of the game and the captain who wins the toss is more likely to bat first and will ensure the opponent gets completely teared down.Team India Playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah last_img read more

Clippers beat Pistons to end up-and-down stretch, but Paul George leaves early

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “We’re a work in progress,” Clippers guard Lou Williams said in his walk-off interview. “I think we’ll get sharper and sharper as time goes on.”Down six players, Detroit started 19-year-old power forward Sekou Doumbouya, who’d played only 24 minutes all season and Thursday drew the tough task of guarding Leonard, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists – for his career-best fifth consecutive game with at least 15 points and five assists.The Moreno Valley native – facing his former Riverside King teammate Tony Snell (14 points) – was one of six Clippers to score in double figures, including Moe Harkless, whose team improved to 7-0 when he scores 10 points or more.Harkless had 12 on 6-for-7 shooting on Thursday, when Montrezl Harrell led the team with 23 points, and Williams – who shot just 13 for 40 in his previous three outings – added 22 on a 7-for-16 effort from the floor. JaMychal Green also finished with 12 points.Clippers center Ivica Zubac effectively battled Detroit big man Andre Drumond, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Zubac finished with eight points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory George played 16 productive minutes before his departure, and he appeared to be shaking off a string of sub-par shooting performances: He was 5 for 10 overall and 2 for 5 from 3-point range, to go with three rebounds and three assists.“Nothing happened, he just felt tightness,” Rivers said of George’s hamstring. “We just decided not to bring him back. He’s gonna be evaluated, clearly, I think it’s the back more than the legs.”Williams’ fadeaway with 3:34 made it 58-58, and the Clippers scored the next 10 points to go ahead 68-58. They finished a back-and-forth first half that featured 15 lead changes and 12 ties leading 69-63 – but without George, who started the game 3 for 5.“I thought we just picked up our energy,” Williams said. “And tried to shake the new year off.”More to come on this story.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousMembers of the Los Angeles Clippers stand duringa a moment of silence Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles, prior to a basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, for former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Wednesday as a result of the brain hemorrhage. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, second from left, and guard Derrick Walton Jr., right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose, second from left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, left, guard Rodney McGruder, right, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, right, tries to drive past Detroit Pistons guard Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, left, celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul as forward Christian Wood stands by during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Members of the Los Angeles Clippers stand duringa a moment of silence Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles, prior to a basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, for former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Wednesday as a result of the brain hemorrhage. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 11Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Clippers fans who hoped to watch one of their Lob City heroes back in action at Staples Center on Thursday were out of luck; Blake Griffin missed his second consecutive game with a sore left knee.Those fans didn’t get to see much of their team’s new star Paul George in action, either. He left the game late in the second quarter with left hamstring tightness and didn’t return, though Coach Doc Rivers said after the game it was more precautionary move.But the 19,068 in the crowd did get to see the Clippers handle business without him, starting a four-games-in-nine-days homestand with a 126-112 victory over the struggling, short-handed Detroit Pistons (12-23) and winning consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13.The Clippers (25-11), who had alternated wins and losses for nearly three weeks, gathered momentum going into halftime and then proceeded to wear down – and then hold off – the depleted Pistons, who lost their fourth consecutive game and eighth in their past nine despite a respectable effort in the fourth quarter, when they outscored the home team 33-20. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO NEWS REPORT: INCREDIBLE TITANIC EXHBITION – AND THE DONEGAL LINK

first_imgDDTV VIDEO NEWS REPORT: The incredible €120M Titanic exhibition opens in Belfast today – built by a world leading building company with its roots firmly in Co Donegal.Harcourt Developments put the finishing touches to the centre this week.The company is owned and founded by Donegal builder Pat Doherty, owner of the Solis Lough Eske Hotel near Donegal Town as well as the Redcastle Hotel and Letterkenny shopping centre.Harcourt also won the contract to operate the centre which hopes to bring in 400,000 visitors every year. Click our video to see a news report from AFP on the new centre.  DDTV VIDEO NEWS REPORT: INCREDIBLE TITANIC EXHBITION – AND THE DONEGAL LINK was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:afpDDTV VIDEO NEWS REPORT: INCREDIBLE TITANIC EXHBITION – AND THE DONEGAL LINKlast_img read more