Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

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Angelo Mathews. (Photo Source: AFP)

Angelo Mathews becomes proud father

  • The Sri Lankan Captain Angelo Mathews is feeling sleepless these days, well if you guess it’s because of his injuries issues, then you guessed it wrong.
  • The Sri Lanka skipper became a proud father on March 8 and is now expected to feature in the limited-overs series soon.
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Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2017

  • Bangladesh ended day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka with 133/2 on the board.
  • Earlier Sri Lanka posted 494 runs in their first innings riding on a marathon knock from Kusal Mendis. Mehedi Hasan scalped 4 wickets for Bangladesh.
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Afghanistan v Ireland in India 2017

  • Afghanistan’s first ‘home’ game against Ireland was on a happy note this season. They beat the Irish team by 6 wickets in the first T20I.
  • Chasing 166 for the win, Afghanistan chased down the total with 2 overs to spare.
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South Africa v New Zealand in 2017

  • South Africa posted 229/4 by the end of the first day play against New Zealand.
  • Dean Elgar remained unbeaten on 128 to keep the visitors in command at the end of the day’s play.
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Sunil Gavaskar condemns Smith’s act

  • Legendary Indian batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman blasted Australian captain Steven Smith for trying to involve his dressing room as he wanted to review a decision during the day 4 of the Bengaluru Test.
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Gambhir unhappy with Delhi youngsters

  • Delhi is having some tough times in the domestic circuit and to make matter worse former captain Gautam Gambhir and coach Bhaskar Pillai have been involved in heated arguments recently.
  • Gambhir has said that Pillai is ruining the future of the young cricketers of Delhi.
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Jadeja moves to top spot in bowlers’ rankings

  • Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have become the first pair of spinners to be jointly top-ranked in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.
  • Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli has dropped to number 3 in the batsman rankings below Steve Smith and Joe Root.
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Marcus Stoinis replaces Mitchell Marsh in Australia squad for the last two Tests

  • Dynamic hard-hitting all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been drafted in the Australian squad for the final Two tests of the India tour.
  • Stoinis has been flown in the squad as a replacement for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Marsh has been ruled out of the series due to a shoulder injury.
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Smith will not be punished, Match referee Chris Broad answers Virat Kohli

  • In a conversation with The Telegraph, match referee Chris Broad noted that the umpires had no discretions by the visiting side players in respect to the DRS usage.
  • He added that there will no penalty or punishment handed over to Steve Smith.
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What if Virat Kohli had done a Smith, asks Harsha Bhogle

  • Harsha Bhogle tried to come up with a very insightful thought on social media site Twitter but ended up facing the heat of the fans yet again.
  • Australian skipper Steve Smith was in the news yesterday for the wrong reasons. He had looked up to the dressing room seeking a hint for a referral during the match.
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“Oppo’s bid was five times that of Star India’s” – BCCI CEO Rahul Johri

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday (March 7) announced OPPO Mobiles India Private Limited as the new team sponsor of the Indian cricket team.
  • BCCI CEO revealed that the smartphone company have paid five times the total amount of what Star India had paid.
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CA calls Kohli’s remarks as outrageous

  • Cricket Australia chief executive, James Sutherland, has jumped on Virat Kohli, calling his allegations “outrageous”.
  • Sutherland spoke strongly in defence of Smith after coach Darren Lehmann also defended the actions of Steve Smith.
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Michael Clarke supports Kohli in DRS controversy

  • Former Australian captain Michael Clarke backed Indian captain Virat Kohli’s judgement on counterpart Steven Smith’s controversial method to use the Decision Review System (DRS) on the day 4 of 2nd Test at Bengaluru.
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Ashwin surprise by Steve Smith DRS controversy

  • Ravichandran Ashwin bagged 6 wickets in the second innings against Australia to help India level the series 1-1.
  • Soon after the match, Ashwin said he was surprised over the entire Steve Smith DRS controversy.
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ICC announce Women’s World Cup 2017 schedule

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) today revealed the full match schedule for this summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England and Wales.
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Lehmann refutes allegations of Virat Kohli on Steve Smith

  • It seems that the DRS saga between India and Australia is not going to culminate anytime soon, with more and more people joining the debate.
  • Australian coach Darren Lehmann has defended the actions of Steve Smith and quashed all allegations made by Virat Kohli.
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Virat Kohli’s backing gave Ajinkya Rahane a lot of confidence, says Pravin Amre

  • Ajinkya Rahane was not having a good time on the 22 yards, but his 118-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara in the second innings has given him a good boost.
  • His Mumbai coach Pravin Amre believes that it was the backing by skipper Virat Kohli that helped Rahane resurface his form.
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As per reports, Indian viewers outnumbered others in PSL finals viewership

  • As per statistics released by Pakistan Super League’s official online streaming partner Cricketgateway, the grand finale of the 2017 edition was watched online by more Indians than anybody else.
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