QPlay: SA 11/2 vs India, Afridi Wants to Play India, CL Results 

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Day 1: India Post 215 But Ashwin & Jadeja Strike Late

Off-spinner Simon Harmer took four wickets while paceman Morne Morkel bagged three, as South Africa bowled India out for 215 in the first innings on the opening day of the third test in Nagpur.

The visitors, however, surrendered some of the advantage and lost opener Stiaan van Zyl and nightwatchman Imran Tahir to slump to 11/2 at stumps.

Except Vijay, India’s Top-Order Batting Was Below-par: Gavaskar

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(Photo: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / SPORTZPICS)

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar criticised the performance of India’s top-order batsmen, expect Murali Vijay, terming their effort as “below-par” despite the pitch being a tricky one.

It was below par apart from Murali Vijay, who got out a top class delivery. The other batsmen were out playing shots which one would not play when they are confident and among runs. Vijay is among runs and that is why he is such a good leaver of the deliveries outside off-stump. He is confident of his off-stump.
Sunil Gavaskar to NDTV

However, considering the nature of the pitch, Gavaskar called 215 a “good score”, although he refused to put it at par with a 400-plus score on a better pitch.

Afridi Wants to Play India “Any Time, Any Place”

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

Pakistan’s Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi has said he fully endorses any resumption of cricket ties with India, saying wherever and whenever a series is played the show must go on, irrespective of politics.

I think cricket should go on between Pakistan and India because it creates good contacts. Wherever or whenever, cricket should go on. It should be separate from politics, both teams should always be ready.
Shahid Afridi

Top Pakistani and Indian cricket officials met in Dubai on Sunday, agreeing to play a short limited over series after getting permission from their respective governments. The teams are expected to play in Sri Lanka next month.

Real Beat Shakhtar, Take Group Lead

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

Real Madrid, who had already sealed a place in the last 16 of the Champions League, ensured top spot in Group A with a remarkable 4-3 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored after 18 and 70 minutes while Luka Modric (50) and Dani Carvajal (52) also struck to put the 10-time European champions in complete command on a freezing night in western Ukraine.

Man United Draw to Squander Chance of Place in Last 16

Manchester United failed to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League when they were held to a 0-0 draw by PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday, leaving Group B wide open before the final round of matches next month.

United would have qualified with a win, but will now face the tougher task of claiming their place in the knockout round in their final match at VfL Wolfsburg on December 8.

PSV’s hopes of reaching the last 16 are still alive too and they can qualify if they beat already-eliminated CSKA Moscow at home in their final game.

Golden State Warriors Make NBA History

On Wednesday, NBA’s defending champion Golden State Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0, as Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

With the victory, the Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

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