5-Star Rabada Wrecks Aussies
- Emerging paceman Kagiso Rabada took five wickets as South Africa won by 177 runs here to hand Australia a rare defeat in the first home cricket Test of their season 08 November 2016. Set a huge victory target of 539, Australia were dismissed in their second innings for 361 on the final day as they succumbed to their fourth straight Test defeat. Australia hadn"t lost the first Test of a home season since 1988, but Rabada stepped up after Dale Steyn's shoulder injury to help South Africa complete a remarkable victory.
- Debutant spinner Keshav Maharaj (1-94) delivered the final blow, trapping number 11 Nathan Lyon lbw for eight, with Peter Nevill unbeaten on 60. Steven Smith's Australia lost all three Tests on their tour of Sri Lanka in July and August, and they will now look for a quick recovery at this week"s second Test in Hobart. Resuming at 169 for four, a draw was Australia's only hope and it appeared a forlorn task, with man-of-the-match Rabada ensuring that was the case with 5-92. With star paceman Steyn suffering a shoulder injury that will sideline him for at least six months, Rabada stepped up in fine style to lead the South African attack.
- The 21-year-old claimed three wickets on day four and two more today to record his fourth five-wicket haul in just nine Tests, a record for a South African player of his age. The rot set in early for Australia on the final day, when a searing Rabada yorker hit Mitchell Marsh on the pad on 26, although he was given not out by umpire Aleem Dar. The South Africans reviewed the decision and were successful, ending a 50-run stand between Marsh and Usman Khawaja and striking the first blow of the day. Rabada then grabbed his fifth wicket when he trapped Mitchell Starc lbw with another fast yorker for 13. Rabada is shaping as a perfect long-term replacement for Steyn, having also claimed the wickets of Shaun Marsh (15), Smith (34) and Adam Voges (1) on the fourth day. 1988
India Finishes 8th In BWF World Junior Meet
- Indian colts ended their campaign in eighth place at the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Badminton Championship after suffering successive losses to Indonesia and Denmark here. Indian junior shuttlers lost 0-3 to Indonesia in the 5-8th place play-off yesterday and then suffered a 2-3 defeat against Denmark for the 7-8 place tie today. Against Denmark, India had conjured up hopes of a win after mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankiredyy and Mahima Aggarwal and men's singles player Lakshya Sen won their respectively matches to put the team 2-0 ahead.
- But India lost the next three ties with women's singles player Aakarshi Kashyap, men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Krishna Prasad Garaga, and Mahima Aggarwal and Mithula UK going down fighting. In the first tie, Satwiksairaj and Mahima defeated Rasmus Kjaer and Alexandra Boje 21-16 22-20 in a 32-minute match, Lakshya then disposed off Jesper Toft 21-16 21-11. However, Aakarshi lost to Julie Dawall Jakobsen 15-21 12-21, Satwiksairaj and Krishna lost 19-21 21-14 18-21 to Rasmus and Jesper and then Mahima and Mithula suffered a 14-21 21-19 16-21 loss to Julie and Amalie Magelund.
Dhaka Terror Attack Braveheart To Get Mother Teresa Award
- The Harmony Foundation on Monday named the braveheart of the Dhaka terror attack, Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, for this year's Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice, an official said here. The award will be conferred posthumously upon Hossain, who was gunned down during the terror strike at a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 1-2. Some 29 persons were killed in that attack, said Harmony Foundation President Abraham Mathai. "On July 1, Hossain courageously stood up against the terrorists, refused to let his Hindu friends bear the brunt of the terrorists" ire by standing up for them, earning him the title of a "hero"," Mathai told IANS. Hossain's devastated parents will arrive in Mumbai to receive the award on his behalf on November 20. This is the first time the award would be conferred posthumously upon anyone in its 12th edition, he added.
- The award, instituted in 2005 in the memory of Mother Teresa, is the only one in the world recognised by the institution she founded, the Missioneries of Charity, Kolkata, and the first time after she was canonised to Sainthood on September 4 by Pope Francis at the Vatican. Some of the past recipients have been Medecines Sans Froneiters, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Baroness Caroline Cox and other global personalities or organisations, Mathai said.
- Accepting the Harmony Foundation's decision, the Hossain family said: "On behalf of my son, it is an absolute honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to accept the Award. Though in deep grief, we cling onto the immense pride with which Faraaz has filled our hearts. He stood up for what was right by paying the highest cost any human can pay and we hope every day that his sacrifice does not go in vain." Mathai said the 20-year-old Hossain was "the obvious choice", the world needs heroes like him for his act of selflessness and chosing to lay down his life for his friends is one of the highest love. "He displayed courage and bravado when faced with life and death. We consider it our most humble privilege to bestow this honour on Hossain," Mathai said.
India Look To Settle Old Scores
- Top-ranked India will look to settle old scores by unleashing their spinners on a fragile-looking England when the first Test of a five-match series begins in Rajkot on Wednesday. England were the last team to win a Test series on Indian soil when they came from behind to triumph 2-1 in 2012, but India are currently enjoying an impressive run. Talismanic captain Virat Kohli has scored two Test double centuries this year and has led his side to four series wins in a row after taking over the captaincy in 2015. Recent victories, including a whitewash of New Zealand, have not only dimmed memories of three consecutive Test series defeat to England -- in 2011, 2012 and 2014 -- but also whetted India's appetite for revenge.
- Their prospects have been boosted by the recent sparkling form of Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the second quickest bowler to reach 200 wickets during India's 3-0 demolition of the Black Caps. The off-spinner will look to exploit an England batting line-up that struggled on slow and low pitches during their recent tour of Bangladesh which saw them lose a Test to the minnows for the first time. "Ashwin is a good bowler. He uses his variations very well, especially the way he approaches the crease. He's always looking to attacking and outfox a batsman," former England star Kevin Pietersen told The Cricketer magazine.
- Alastair Cook's men, fourth in the world rankings, were cut down to size by teenage Bangladeshi spinner Mehedi Hasan who bagged 19 wickets from the two games last month. The second Test upset also reminded England of shortcomings in their own spinning department but Cook said he was confident that Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and rookie Zafar Ansari would deliver, despite just having 105 wickets between them. England have also brought back 39-year-old Gareth Batty while Pakistan great Saqlain Mushtaq is there to mentor the spinners as they confront a formidable Indian batting line-up. Mushtaq is likely to have a calming effect in a dressing room, and Cook believes his side will bounce back from the Bangladesh defeat and should never be written off.