India, after being invited to bat first, looked reeling after they lost the third-wicket in Yuvraj Singh. The scoreboard still just read 100 runs when Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. It was then the magnificent Mahendra who initially controlled the Indian ship with Rahane and later finished off in his own signature style. After Rahane departed on 72 (112), Kedar Jadhav joined the Indian wicket-keeper in the middle and what followed was a mayhem in Antigua. Jadhav scored a blistering 40 off just 26 and MSD finished the Indian innings on 258-4 with a personal score of 78 not-out off 79 deliveries.
West Indies chase never took off and in the very second over an unplayable Umesh Yadav delivery cleaned up their Opener, Evin Lewis. The spin-duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin scalped three wickets each and West Indies could only manage 158 runs in the 38.1 overs that they could survive. With the 93-run victory in the third ODI, India has an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the five-match series. The first match of the series couldn’t produce a result due to rain.
A spirited Zimbabwe side scripted history on Friday when they crushingly defeated Sri Lanka after chasing down a record 316 in the Island nation. A six-wicket victory, with more than two overs still to be bowled, looked like a statement of arrival of a new Zimbabwe side in the World Cricket.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka rode on half-centuries from Danushka Gunathilaka (60), Kusal Mendis (86) and Upul Tharanga (79) to post 316-5 in their quota of 50 overs. A century from Solomon Mire (112) and half-centuries from Sean Williams (65) and Sikandar Raza (67) propelled Zimbabwe to an unexpected easy victory.
Rahul Dravid to continue as India A and India Under-19 Coach for the next two years. Dravid’s contract, unlike his last term which ran for just 10-months in the year, will run for 12-months each term this time as recommended by the Lodha Panel. The 12-month contract will mean that the legendary Indian Batsman can no more continue as the Coach of the IPL franchise, Delhi Daredevils.
Moving up three spots in the BWF men’s singles rankings, Kidambi Srikanth returned to the top-10 after a lonh 10-months. A series of stupendous performances recently where Srikanth beat the world and Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-6 to claim the Australian Open Super Series followed by a 21-11, 21-19 success over Japan's Kazumasa Sakai in the Indonesia Open final has put the Indian shuttler on the eighth position in the world