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New Zealand snare 40-run win over India AUCKLAND: Neil Wagner was the toast of New Zealand as they pulled off a dramatic 40-run win over India in the first Test at Eden Park on Sunday. Wagner, New Zealand's go-to man, twice turned the game with quick wickets to wrest control away from India.On a riveting fourth day of the David and Goliath clash between the eighth-ranked New Zealand and second-ranked India, the outcome was settled in the final session when India lost their last five wickets for 96 runs. India went into the session requiring 137 to reach their 407 target while New Zealand needed five wickets. As the target narrowed and wickets fell, rival skippers Brendon McCullum and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were forced to rethink their strategies.When the first over after tea saw the removal of Rohit Sharma for 19, India opted to go on all-out attack.Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja belted 54 in under seven overs ...

New Zealand strike back against India AUCKLAND: New Zealand struck back with three crucial wickets including century-maker Shikhar Dhawan to keep the first Test against India evenly poised on the fourth day Sunday. At tea, India were 270-5 and requiring a further 137 runs to reach their 407 target while New Zealand need another five wickets. Rohit Sharma was not out 19 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni on two.Dhawan and Virat Kohli had appeared to be building a potentially match-winning third-wicket partnership ...

India 270-5 at tea AUCKLAND: India, chasing a target of 407, were 270-5 at tea on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand Sunday.Rohit Sharma was not out 19 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni on two.For New Zealand, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee have two wickets apiece.India require a further 137 runs to win the Test and New Zealand need five more wickets. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Justine Dufour-Lapointe wins women's moguls gold ROSA KHUTOR: Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada won the women's moguls freestyle skiing gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday.Dufour-Lapointe's older sister Chloe took silver while defending champion Hannah Kearney of the United States won bronze under the lights at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Copyright Reuters, 2014

Cilic, Haas meet in Zagreb final ZAGREB: Croatia's Marin Cilic and top seed Tommy Haas of Germany won their respective semi-finals on Saturday to secure their places in the $420,000 ATP Zagreb Indoor Open final.The fifth-seeded Croat easily defeated Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-3, 6-4, while Haas experienced greater difficulty in dispatching Britain's Daniel Evans 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.Cilic is seeking his fourth title in Zagreb after wins in 2009, 2010 and 2013."It's true, so far I'm doing well. Not only did ...

Pakistan feel 'cheated' over ICC vote KARACHI: Pakistan cricket chief Zaka Ashraf Saturday said he felt "cheated" after South Africa abandoned their opposition to controversial reforms of the sport's world body, allowing the proposals to be approved.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman said South Africa had opposed the International Cricket Council (ICC) reforms, seen as favouring the "Big Three" of India, England and Australia, as recently as Friday.But South Africa supported the proposals at an ICC board meeting in Singapore on ...

Local boys Aiken and Walters storm to Joburg Open lead JOHANNESBURG: The chances of a home winner at the Joburg Open increased significantly on Saturday after two blistering third rounds secured the lead for two local-born players.A nine under par 63 from Thomas Aiken and an eight under from Justin Walters left the two South Africans a couple of shots clear of the rest of the field on 17 under with one round to go.Both players were born in Johannesburg.Walters was off to a flying ...


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