Kohli returns to form, India lead nears 500

first_imgINDIA1st innings 600 (S. Dhawan 190, C. Pujara 153, A. Rahane 57, H. Pandya 50; N. Pradeep 6-132)SRI LANKA 1st innings (o/n 154-5)Dimuth Karunaratne lbw b U. Yadav 2Upul Tharanga run-out 64Danushka Gunathilaka c S. Dhawan b Shami 16Kusal Mendis c S. Dhawan b Shami 0Angelo Mathews c Kohli b Jadeja 83Niroshan Dickwella c Mukund b R. Ashwin 8Dilruwan Perera not out 92Rangana Herath c Rahane b Jadeja 9Nuwan Pradeep b H. Pandya 10Lahiru Kumara b Jadeja 2Asela Gunaratne retired hurt 0Extras: (lb-4, w-1) 5Total: (all out, 78.3 overs) 291Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-68, 3-68, 4-125, 5-143, 6-205, 7-241, 8-280, 9-291.Bowling: M. Shami 12-2-45-2 (w-1), U Yadav 14-1-78-1, R. Ashwin 27-5-84-1, R. Jadeja 22.3-3-67-3, H. Pandya 3-0-13-1.INDIA 2nd inningsS. Dhawan c Gunathilaka b D. Perera 14A. Mukund lbw b Gunathilaka 81C. Pujara c K. Mendis b Kumara 15V. Kohli not out 76Extras: (lb-1, w-2) 3Total: (for 3 wickets, 46.3 overs) 189Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-56, 3-189.Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 10-2-44-0, Dilruwan Perera 12-0-42-1, Lahiru Kumara 11-1-53-1 (w-2), Rangana Herath 9-0-34-0, Danushka Gunathilaka 4.3-0-15-1. GALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – A dominant India spared Sri Lanka the ignominy of a follow-on but Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund struck fluent half-centuries to tighten the touring side’s grip on the first Test yesterday.The world’s top-ranked Test team shot out their depleted hosts for 291 to take a 309-run first-innings lead and were 189-3 after the third day’s play at the Galle International Stadium.Sri Lanka, already a batsman short after Asela Gunaratne fractured his thumb, received a new setback when Rangana Herath, leading the side in absence of ailing regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal, left the field with a hand injury.India captain Kohli was unbeaten on 76 at stumps, after adding 133 runs with Mukund whose dismissal for 81 signalled the end of the day’s play.Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed on 154-5 and could have been in bigger trouble but for Dilruwan Perera’s gutsy 92 not out.Angelo Mathews held the key to Sri Lanka’s survival and the former captain made 83 before Ravindra Jadeja (3-67) sent him back.The spinner sent down a flighted delivery and Mathews moved towards leg and slapped it straight to Kohli at short cover. Mathews hit 11 boundaries and a six.Perera enjoyed an eventful stay at the crease.Two balls after an appeal for a catch off his boot was turned down, Perera was adjudged lbw to Jadeja. The decision was overturned after replays suggested the ball would have sailed over the stumps.Perera hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a six and took a single off the next ball to bring up his fifth Test fifty.Jadeja dismissed Herath for nine and debutant Hardik Pandya castled Nuwan Pradeep for 10 to claim his first Test wicket.Perera was eight runs away from his maiden Test century when he ran out of partners. His belligerent knock included 10 fours and four sixes.Perera then returned to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan for 14 after India opted against enforcing the follow-on and Lahiru Kumara sent back Cheteshwar Pujara for 15.Kohli and Mukund shared a century-plus partnership for the third wicket as India moved 498 runs ahead and in a commanding position to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.last_img read more

UW looks for late-season momentum

first_imgJunior linebacker Chris Borland was forced to miss the Ohio State game with a hamstring injury but is looking to return this weekend against Penn State.[/media-credit]Following an emotional 21-14 overtime loss to Ohio State Saturday at Camp Randall, the Wisconsin football team will be looking to recover quickly from heartbreak as they travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State in its Big Ten regular season finale.Head coach Bret Bielema addressed the demoralizing loss from the weekend before turning focus to Penn State at his weekly press conference Monday.In Wisconsin’s last eight losses, the margin of defeat has been a touchdown or less, and Bielema admitted just a few mistakes can lead to a more favorable outcome.“If you don’t take advantage of maybe a touchdown throw here, a tackle here, that’s what gives you a loss,” Bielema said,Nonetheless, the Badgers have certainly shown resiliency under Bielema, having never lost back-to-back games in the month of November, going a perfect 3-0.But a rebounding win will not be a simple task this week as Penn State (7-4, 5-2 Big Ten) and senior quarterback Matt McGloin the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week – await Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3).McGloin dominated Indiana through the air by completing 22 of 32 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns in a convincing 45-22 victory Saturday. McGloin also set Penn State records in career touchdowns, career 200-yard passing games, season completions and season passing yards in the rout.“He really understands the role that he has at quarterback in that system,” Bielema said of McGloin. “He’s obviously a very intelligent, very competitive kid. … You can see why the kids play hard around him.”McGloin is one of several Nittany Lion seniors that elected to remain at Penn State after a tumultuous offseason in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Despite NCAA sanctions and the death of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions have largely exceeded preseason expectations during head coach Bill O’Brien’s first full season.“[It’s] very easy to see that they’ve gotten better every week – offense, defense, special teams,” Bielema said. “I think their coach is getting more and more familiar with what they can bring to the table.”Injury updatesDepending on the health of many Badgers, Wisconsin may not be able to field its top players. The Badgers are hoping redshirt sophomore right tackle Rob Havenstein and middle linebacker Chris Borland will be able to recover from injuries in time for Saturday’s matchup.Bielema said Havenstein could possibly return to practice later this week coming off a mild MCL sprain. Chris Borland’s status is looking positive after he suffered a hamstring injury against Indiana. The junior linebacker’s aggressive, consistent this season have helped anchor the 14th-best scoring defense in the nation.“[Borland’s] feeling very, very well,” Bielema said. “He’ll get in the pool and do some more running here today and we’ll hopefully see where he can be for tomorrow afternoon’s practice.”Bielema noted that given Wisconsin’s proximity to the end of the season, the team may adjust its practice schedule as it prepares for the Nittany Lions.“I gave [the team] Sunday to get a jump start on Penn State, we have today off and then we’ll jump into tomorrow’s practice,” Bielema said. “I think it’s important for us to know that we are at the end of a 12-game stretch here where they’ve battled their all, they’ve gotten to a 7-4 mark.“I think the mental fatigue and the physical fatigue is real, so as a head coach I’ve got to be smart with what we ask guys to do this week, especially with the Thanksgiving week and all the scheduling things that brings.”The Badgers will look to build momentum heading into the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis Dec. 1. Additionally, Wisconsin’s seniors will be looking to play their way into the Badger record book, as a win over Penn State would tie the mark of 40 victories in a four-year span set by the class of 2007.The next class to come through the Wisconsin program will likely have a completely different slate over four years as two new teams – Maryland and Rutgers – are planning to join the Big Ten in 2014-15. At the time of the press conference, Bielema had limited time to think about the move, but he noted that it does benefit UW’s recruiting efforts on the East Coast. “We do go against Rutgers quite a bit in recruiting when we’re in New Jersey, New York, even in on the eastern side of the country in Florida,” Bielema said. “I’m excited. Every time the commissioner and the athletic directors have come up with a plan, that’s been very, very positive. I’m assuming this will be as well.”last_img read more