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India vs South Africa 2nd test at Wanders Johannesburg. Ishant Sharma in place of Ashwin?

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After defeating Proteas in the 1st Test, India will be confident to take on team Africa. De Kock retired in the mid of the tour can affect SA. India vs South Africa 2nd test at Wanders Johannesburg starts at 1:30 pm India time.

Confident Indian team:

Beating Proteas in their home ground is never easy. Seaming pitches their pace attack always has trouble visitors. This time Indian team was ready to take on the pace attack of Africa and give them the same taste as Bumrah and the pace lineup. India beat Africa easily in the 1st TestTest they might look to clinch the victory in this TestTest and make history to become the first Asian team to win a series in Africa. 

Pitch report 2nd test India vs SA Wanderers Johannesburg:

Pitch will help seamers for sure. Spin-on this pitch is rare, so there is a possibility we might see Ishant Sharma in place of Ashwin. But Dravid and Kohli would like to keep Ashwin in the team as one spin option can never be ruled out in the Indian team at any given pitch. But Pitch of Wanderers might temp both coach and captain to think about Ishant Sharma. 

Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane form a worry in tests:

It has been three years now these three players are not in good shape in batting form. All of them are below 30 on average, which is not good news and brings the question in mind how many more tests they will play with this form. When will youngsters get a chance and get set in the team? Players like Iyer, Gujarat’s Priyank Panchal, have been sitting on the desk for many years, looking for the opportunity. Pujara and Rahane now need a rest. No doubt about their talent, but playing them for long without scoring runs will add more pressure. They have at least three years of Cricket left in their life. So a break of 2 to three months from cricket-playing Indian Ranji and other tournaments will boost their morale. India needs to find a solution for Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane. New players now should be given chances. Rahane did show some spark in 1st test but that inning came after Hundred against Aussies. 

Poor performances by batters worldwide in Cricket in this era:

On the other side, Africa has to work in every department. Rabada and Ngidi showed good form but other than Elgar, no other batter from Africa showed any resistance vs Indian pace attack. Akram and all are good players, but in tests, you have to play silent inning as per situations, and that’s lacking in most team players in recent times. Any tough pitch, you will see the collapse of the team. Recently England collapsed, India too suffered, so things are frequently happening because of poor batting and not adjusting with pitches and conditions. 

Probable Playing 11 of India in 2nd test vs SA:

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin / Ishant Sharma. Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. India vs South Africa 2nd test at Wanders Johannesburg starts at 1:30 pm India time.

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Tsitsipas wins in the end in a five-set epic at the Australian Open

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Tsitsipas survives a five-set epic

On Monday, fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas wins an attritional fourth-round battle with American Taylor Fritz. Coming from a set down double to win 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-4 and advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals.

At just after midnight on Rod Laver Arena, the Greek broke Fritz’s resistance to set up a meeting with Italian 11th seed Jannik Sinner. Tsitsipas wins Who will be attempting to reach the semifinals for the third time in his career.

Tsitsipas appeared out of sorts and tense at times, but his more excellent experience on the big stage eventually paid off as he earned the decisive break in the fifth set before winning.

Fritz, who was playing in his first Grand Slam fourth round, converted only two of his 15 breakpoints and will be disappointed that he did not become the first American male to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in two years.

“It was an epic match,” the 23-year-old said. “I showed everything out there on the court today.” “I’m please with how I fought.

Tsitsipas wins in the end

Tsitsipas wins in the end

“I’m completely overwhelmed. It’s almost too good to be true. I knew it would be physical. And I knew I had to be patient, and it paid off in the end.”

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yelled at French chair umpire Renaud Lichtenstein over a recently revised rule limiting players to three minutes off the court, with an additional two minutes if they change their clothes.

After a tough 6-2 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 7-5 win over American Cressy on a sweltering day at Margaret Court Arena. The 2nd seed said players needed more time to cool off on hot days.

“The thing is, I know that in 35 (degree) heat when you’re playing in the sun. So I’m going to need to change after two sets because you’re going to get wet,” he explained to reporters. Medvedev, who finished second to Djokovic last year, will face Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada. Who defeated Croat Marin Cilic in 4 sets, for a place in the semifinals.

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Pieters of Belgium wins the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

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When everyone else was slipping, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters stood firm.

An Pieters of Belgium wins even-par round of 72 may not reveal how well he played on a golf course that was becoming increasingly hostile by the minute, but it was enough to win him the $8 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Pieters’ win was his sixth on the DP World Tour and his second in his last three starts. He will turn thirty years old on Thursday, and he will have plenty to celebrate. He will move up to world No. 31 inside the all-important top-50 that grants players automatic entry into significant championships and will receive a whopping $1.36 million check (AED 5 million).

Pieters finished with a solitary birdie (on the par-3 8th) and a solitary bogey (on the par-5 11th) for a 72, bringing his four-day total to 10-under par 278.

Shubhankar Sharma (71) of India and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (70) of Spain were tied for second, one shot behind Pieters. Sharma’s finish was his best in a Rolex Series event, surpassing his tied seventh in Italy and Turkey in 2019. Both Sharma and Cabrera-Bello birdied the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (69) and Norway’s Viktor Hovland, the world number seven, tied for fourth at 8-under par 280.

Josh Hill, a 17-year-old amateur from Dubai who cut spectacularly, battled hard but shot a three-over-par 75 with three bogeys in the final four holes. He tied for 58th place with a three-over-par 291.

Pieters of Belgium wins

Pieters of Belgium wins

Pieters began the day at 10-under par, one stroke behind overnight leader Scott Jamieson and tied with Shane Lowry of Ireland.

Lowry, who won the title in 2019 and then went on to win the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, faded after a triple-bogey seven on the first hole. Jamieson did not last long either; four birdies in his first five holes meant Pieters had new rivals.

“Some of the world’s best players were here this week, which gives me a lot of confidence that I’ll finish high on the leaderboard and compete with them.” So there’s a lot to look forward to right now.”

Jamieson finished in a tie for the tenth place after shooting a 77.

The highest-ranked player in the field, world number two Collin Morikawa (75), finished tied 62nd, while McIlroy (69) finished tied 12th. The DP World Tour then heads to Dubai for the $8 million Slync Dubai Desert Classic, the second Rolex Series event in a row.

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Messi makes a comeback, Ramos scores, and PSG cruises

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PSG wins 4-0 over Reims to extend their Ligue 1 lead to 11 points.

Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 4-0 victory through Reims on Sunday, restoring their Ligue 1 lead to 11 points thanks to the return of Lionel Messi and another marquee signing, Sergio Ramos.

Nice had earlier closed the gap to 2-0 with a win at Metz. After that, however, three of the teams immediately behind them were defeated.

Messi started on the bench after returning from Covid, while Kylian Mbappe returned to the starting lineup after a groyne strain, and Ramos made only his second league start of the season. Keylor Navas, the team’s goalkeeper, also returned, rushing back into the lineup after a bout of Covid during to an injury to Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.

PSG took the lead in the final minute of a sluggish first half, thanks to Marco Verratti’s first Ligue 1 goal since May 2017.

After the break, PSG picked up the pace.

Ramos scores

Ramos scores

Ramos, who joined the club from Real Madrid in the summer, scored his first goal. The central defender was the first to react to a loose ball from a PSG corner. After Predrag Rajkovic parried his first shot, the Spaniard responded quickly to slam the rebound.

That goal not only tied Ramos with Messi for the most league goals this season, but it also signaled Messi’s arrival. Messi decor up Verratti for a shot that deflected off two defenders and into the top corner in the 67th minute. PSG matched their biggest league win with a fourth goal from Danilo Pereira. Earlier, Khephren Thuram’s goal set up a crucial 2-0 away win for Nice, who defeated strugglers Metz to reclaim second place.

Stephy Mavididi scored twice in stoppage time after Elye Wahi gave the home team a 13th-minute lead. Wissam Monaco fell to seventh place after Ben Yedder and Vanderson scored.

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