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India and Pakistan join Bangladesh in the Tri-Series, which is scheduled to start from 8 june 2008.
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RR v CSK, IPL Final, Mumbai: Rajasthan win inaugural IPL
He took three wickets to reduce Chennai, who lost the toss and were put into bat, to 163 for five, and then smashed 56 - including four sixes and three fours - in a 39-ball innings. Needing eight runs off the final over, Shane Warne (nine not out) and Sohail Tanvir (nine no) kept their cool to reach the target, with the latter grabbing the one run needed for victory off the final ball of the match.
The Royals suffered a double blow as in the same over Kamran Akmal (six) went for a suicidal single after nudging to mid-on and was run out by Makhaya Ntini's direct hit. Pathan proved he was just as capable with the bat as with the ball, although he was lucky to be dropped by Raina in the 11th over on 13. Raina's error proved costly as Pathan went on to smash Muttiah Muralitharan for back-to-back sixes.
Shane Watson chipped in with a quickfire 28 off 19 balls but succumbed when he came down the track to Muralitharan but missed and was bowled.
Needing 52 off the last five overs, Pathan launched Lakshmipathy Balaji for 12 off one over and then dished out the same treatment to Muralitharan, hoisting the spinner over midwicket to bring up his half century. But Mohammad Kaif then lobbed Muralitharan to Mahendra Singh Dhoni at cover and Ravindra Jadeja followed next ball when he pulled Morkel straight to Kapugedera at mid-on. Rajasthan's hopes were knocked when Pathan was run out by Raina's superb direct hit but Warne and Tanvir steered the Royals to victory.
Earlier, Chennai openers Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan and Parthiv Patel put on 39 before the former was dismissed in the sixth over. He tried to pull Pathan over deep midwicket but mistimed it and was caught by Jadeja sprinting in from the boundary.
Aiming for a flurry of runs in the final few overs, Raina tried one shot too many and was caught on the long-off boundary by Jadeja off the bowling of Watson, and Chamara Kapugedera did not last long, adding just eight runs before lofting to Asnodkar at long on off Tanvir.
RR v CSK, IPL Final, Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals 164 for 7 in 20.0 ovs beat Chennai Super Kings 163 for 5 in 20.0 ovs by 3 wickets
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Yusuf Pathan, Ojha new faces in 15-man squad for tri-series
Pathan, 25, the elder brother of left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan, is a hard-hitting batsman and off-spinner who was part of India's World Cup winning Twenty-20 squad in South Africa in September. Ojha, a 21-year-old from Hyderabad, is widely regarded as the country's best young left-arm spinner and forced his way into the national squad after a successful domestic season.
Pathan replaces star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who opted out of both tournaments to recover from a groin injury in time for the Test and one-day tour of Sri Lanka from mid-July. Ojha comes in for Harbhajan Singh, the off-spinner who was banned for five one-dayers after being found guilty of slapping national team-mate Shanthakumaran Sreesanth during a domestic match last month.
The selectors once again ignored veterans Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid as they continued to look ahead to the next World Cup in 2011. Ganguly and Dravid, both aged 35, are two of the seven batsmen in the world to have scored more than 10,000 one-day runs.
Left-hand batsman Suresh Raina, 21, who last played a one-dayer in January 2007, pipped reserve wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthick for the last batting slot. Seamer Rudra Pratap Singh returns to the squad after missing India's one-day engagement in Australia in March when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men defeated the hosts 2-0 in the tri-series finals.
The tri-series in Bangladesh, also featuring Pakistan, will be played in Dhaka from June 8-14 with each side playing the other once in the league before the final.
Pakistan will host the six-nation Asia Cup from June 24-July 6. The other teams are Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. India Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ojha, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar.
IPL performance should count for India selection: Sehwag
The Delhi Daredevils captain said IPL has transcended boundaries to reach people in the furthest corner and so it would be wrong to completely ignore the players' performance in the Twenty20 league. "IPL performance should matter. Everyone is watching IPL. I'm getting SMS from England, Pakistan, West Indies, all saying we are doing well. I think selectors should take IPL performance into account when they select the Indian squad," Sehwag said today.
According to him, a number of youngsters have made their mark in the IPL and they should, on a rotational basis, be blooded. "So many youngsters have done well in the tournament. For us, Shikhar Dhawan has done well, so did V Yomahesh and Pradeep Sangwan. "India play a tri-series in Bangladesh, they play Asia Cup in Pakistan and then there is Champions Trophy. A lot of cricket is to be played this year and I think selectors should, on rotation, give chances to the youngsters to play alongside the seniors," he said.
Sehwag admitted the Daredevils owed it to lady luck as they sneaked their way into the IPL semifinals after Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals pipped Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians in a thriller at Jaipur yesterday.
Team for Bangladesh, Asia Cup to be selected on May 30
India will clash with arch-rivals Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh in the four-match triangular series from June 8-14 (June 15 reserve day).
The three sub-continental countries will then play in the June 24-July 6 Asia Cup to be held among six nations in Pakistan. India are pooled in Group B with Pakistan and Hong Kong in the One-day tournament - their group matches scheduled on June 25 and 26 against Hong Kong and Pakistan respectively. Group A consists of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates.
A full tour of Sri Lanka awaits the Indian team from mid-July to end-August after the conclusion of the continental championship. Meanwhile, Central Zone selector Sanjay Jagdale said no final decision has been take on whether players' IPL performance should also be taken into consideration while picking the squad. "We have not decided that yet. Things would be clear when we meet in Mumbai," Jagdale said from Indore.
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IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: India crush South Africa by eight wickets to level series (1:1)
With this win, Team India have levelled the Future Cup series and retained their position in the ICC Test rankings. Harbhajan Singh was declared Man of the Series for picking an amazing haul of 19 wickets in the series.
Playing their second innings, South Africa were cheaply bowled out for 121-all out on Day 3 of the third Test. Spinner Harbhajan took a four wicket haul, while Virender Sehwag struck three vital wickets leaving Indian batsmen to chase a measly 62 run target to win the match and level the series.
Opening India's second innings play on a bouncy wicket on Day 3, Sehwag scored a quickfire 22 in 12 balls, with two huge sixes off Paul Harris. Sourav Ganguly on 13 and Dravid on 18 runs remained unbeaten at the end of play.
Earlier, replying to the Proteas' first innings total of 265-all out, India put up an aggregate of 325 runs taking a lead of 60 runs. Ganguly top scored playing a handsome knock of 87 runs, with VVS Laxman giving him company in the top scorers with a 33rd Test fifty. The Bengal Tiger was rightly adjudged Man of the Match.
IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: India 325 & 64-2 beat South Africa 265 & 121 by eight wickets
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