QPlay: Ashwin Tops ICC Rankings, SA Whitewash Aus 5-0, Eng bt Bang

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1. Ashwin Regains Number One Spot in Test Rankings

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reclaimed the number one spot in Test rankings for bowlers following a career-best match haul of 13 for 140 in the third Test against New Zealand in Indore.

Ashwin, who was named man of the series after he finished with 27 wickets in a 3-0 sweep by India, now has 220 wickets, the most by any bowler after 39 Tests. Ranked third before the final Test in Indore, Ashwin, who also holds the top position in rankings for all-rounders, has leapfrogged pace bowlers James Anderson and Dale Steyn to attain a career-best rating of 900 points.

In the rankings for Test batsmen, India's middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has attained a career-best sixth rank with scores of 188 and 23 not out.


2. North East United Top Table With Win Over Pune

North East United FC (NEUFC) roared back to the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) points table despite playing with a man down for much of the ninety minutes with a 1-0 win over FC Pune City here at the Balewadi Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro scored from close range in the 79th minute after the hosts were also reduced to 10 men when Eduardo Ferreira was sent off for a second booking in the 71st minute. North East lost Nirmal Chettri in the 36th minute.

3. Dipa Returns BMW, Wants Cash Instead

Expressing her inability to maintain a luxury car in Agartala, Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar has requested that she should instead be given a cash prize equivalent to the vehicle's cost even as the body which offered her the gift promised to "look" into the matter.

A BMW car was gifted to her by the Hyderabad District Badminton Association president Chamundeswarinath in appreciation of her performance. However, Dipa says she wants to return the gift as roads in Agartala are too narrow for a BMW and also the city does not have a single BMW showroom or service centre.

The 23-year-old's coach Bisheswar Nandi was quoted as saying that he has requested an "amount equivalent to the value of the car" should be transferred to Dipa's account.

South Africa’s Imran Tahir, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia’s Aaron Finch. (Photo: AP)
South Africa’s Imran Tahir, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia’s Aaron Finch. (Photo: AP)

4. South Africa Seal 5-0 ODI Series Whitewash Of Australia

South Africa sent Australia to its first-ever 5-0 whitewash in a one-day series, winning the final game at Newlands by 31 runs and making David Warner's brilliant 173 a losing effort.

Chasing South Africa's 327-8, opener Warner took Australia to 288 in the 48th over but the required rate was too much and he was run out trying to push for a second to Imran Tahir in the deep. Australia was bowled out for 296. Rilee Rossouw's 122 and JP Duminy's 73 set up South Africa's big total, but only after Australia's bowlers failed to take advantage with the Proteas on 52-3.

The last time Australia, currently the No. 1 team in ODIs, failed to win a game in an ODI series was a 4-0 loss to England in 2012.

QPlay: Ashwin Tops ICC Rankings, SA Whitewash Aus 5-0, Eng bt Bang

5. England Beat Bangladesh by 4 Wickets, Win ODI Series 2-1

England's Chris Woakes hit a six off Shafiul Islam to seal a series-clinching four-wicket victory in the third and final one-day international against Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Sam Billings justified his selection with his maiden fifty and Ben Duckett registered his second half-century of the series but it was Ben Stokes' unbeaten 47 off 48 balls that helped England pull off a tricky 278-run chase with 13 balls to spare.

Put into bat in Chittagong, Bangladesh had posted a strong 277-6 on the back of a string of top order cameos and Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten 67 down the order.

The 2-1 ODI series defeat was Bangladesh's first at home in two years.

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