Cricket - Sri Lanka lose early wickets against India

Cricket – Sri Lanka lose early wickets against India

Sri Lanka lose early wickets against India PAKISTAN PRESS CLUB – WEB DESK India’s bowlers led by Ishant Sharma struck twice in the morning session to put Sri Lanka under pressure on the opening day of the second Test on Friday. The visitors, who elected to bat first on a green Nagpur pitch, were 47-2 at lunch. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, on 21, and Angelo Mathews, on one, were batting at the break. The islanders lost Sadeera Samarawickrama early after the opener edged a seaming delivery from Sharma to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip for 13. The left-handed pair of Karunaratne and Thirimanne then tried to resist a persistent Indian attack during their 24-run second wicket stand that lasted 121 balls.The duo were solid in their defences before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Thirimanne after his 58-ball nine. Karunaratne, who got a couple of reprieves on 17 and then 21, has batted for 82 deliveries. Karunaratne was stumped off Ravindra Jadeja in the penultimate over of the session before replays suggested that the left-arm spinner had bowled a no ball. Sharma’s new-ball partner Umesh Yadav also bowled a probing line on a wicket that is expected to ease off as the match progresses. The two teams are fighting to get a result in their favour after the first of the three Tests ended in a draw at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.  

New ICC rules in place for the Ashes – ICC confirms extensive list of rule changes

ICC confirms extensive list of rule changes (Pakistan Press  Club) A summary of the major changes that recently came into effect, which are in place for the first time in Test cricket on Australian soil The Magellan Ashes are underway and it will be the first series Australia has played under a host of new rules that could have a major impact on the five-Test bout against England.   Restrictions on bat thickness, the power for umpires to send violent players off the field and tweaks to the Decision Review System are among the most notable rule modifications the International Cricket Council introduced in September. Below, we’ve summed up all the major changes and how they could affect this summer’s Ashes.Decision Review System   An alteration to the Umpire’s Call element of the DRS will be a welcome change for many captains, although the modification is a double-edged sword as teams now have fewer reviews to play with if they are careless with them.   Under the previous regulations, teams were permitted two unsuccessful reviews every 80 overs during a Test innings.   The new ICC playing conditions dictate teams won’t lose a review if they send an lbw decision upstairs and ball-tracking technology comes up ‘Umpire’s Call’ (which is used when a decision is deemed too close to overturn) as was previously the case.   But with that allowance comes a catch; teams will no longer receive ‘top-up’ reviews after 80 overs.   It means that although teams will have more leeway with what’s deemed an ‘unsuccessful [...]