Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma script record Test victory for India over West Indies

first_imgIndia began their World Test Championship campaign in an emphatic fashion by clinching a record win over West Indies in the first Test of the ongoing 2-match series in Antigua on Sunday.India bowled West Indies out for 100, their lowest total against the Asian giants in Test cricket history.The win also made Virat Kohli the joint-most successful Test captain along with MS Dhoni as it was his 27th as skipper in the longest format of the game. Kohli is now the most successful overseas Test captain as he went past Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 11 wins on the road.India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 4: HighlightsWest Indies were on course to register the lowest score by an opposition gainst the Asian giants in a Test. Kemar Roach’s explosive cameo towards the end help West Indies avoid the unwanted record, which is currently held by South Africa after they were bundled out for 79 on a rank turner in Nagpur in 2015.Virat Kohli’s men were clinical as they clinched a mamoth win of 318 runs against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, finishing off the first Test inside 4 days.West Indies were bundled out cheaply in the second innings as Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma crushed the sprirts of the hosts, who had beaten England at home in their previous Test assignment.Bumrah came up with a fiery and mean spell of fast bowling as he finished with figures of 5/7 in his 8 over quota on Day 4. Bumrah rattled the timber at will with inswingers to the left-handers and outswingers to the right handers. The stumps cartwheeling in Antigua was an alarmingly regular sight as the West Indies batsmen fell like nine pins.advertisementBumrah found perfect partner in Ishant Sharma who followed up his 1st innings five-wicket haul with another impressive spell of 2/25.Rahane’s return to form biggest positive for India from 1st TestWhile Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma continued their impressive showings, the biggest positive to have emerged out of the 1st Test was Ajinkya Rahane’s performances with the bat.Ajinkya Rahane ended his 2-year-long drought for an international hundred when he hit a match-winning 102 in the second innings to help India reach 343 for 7 declared. Rahane stitched 100-run stands with captain Virat Kohli (51) and Hanuma Vihari who missed out on his maiden Test hundred by just 7 runs.Rahane got the monkey of his back in the 2nd innings with a steady 102 during which he rode his luck. There were doubts regarding Rahane’s place in the team as it seems his multi-format aspirations were affecting his performances in the longest format of the game.However, Rahane quashed all doubts over his form and longevity with 183 runs in the Antigua Test.Meanwhile, R Ashwin and Rohit Sharma are likely to miss out on match time in the Test series as India may well go in with an unchanged XI for the 2nd Test, which starts on Saturday in Jamaica. Raivndra Jadeja is all set to retain his place in the side after having hit a crucial 58 in the first innings. The left-arm spinnerAlso Read | Bumrah only Asian pacer to pick up 5-wicket hauls in WI, AUS, ENG and SAAlso Read | Ashes 2019, 3rd Test: Ben Stokes delivers miraculous win with unbeaten 135 as England keep series aliveAlso See:last_img read more

Villarreal vs Real Madrid: Isco benched as Casemiro returns

first_imgReal Madrid take to the field for the first time since becoming FIFA Club World Cup winners once again before Christmas as they tackle Villarreal in La Liga.Bolstered by winning the trophy for a third year in succession, the Bernabeu club are attempting to close an eight-point gap to leaders Barcelona in what is a game in hand caused by their participation in the Abu Dhabi-based tournament.They face a Villarreal side that has had a disappointing start to the season and is in the relegation zone, having won only 15 points from 16 matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Villarreal v Real Madrid Date Thursday, December 3 Time 8:30pm GMT/ 3:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) IIn the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Villarreal players Goalkeepers Asenjo, Fernandez Defenders Laylun, Alvaro, Mori, Ruiz, Costa Midfielders Caseres, Fornals, Trigueros, Pedraza, Cazorla, Raba, Morlanes, Chukwueze, Fuego Forwards Gerard, Bacca, Ekambi Mario Gaspar is banned for the hosts, who are also deprived of key midfielder Bruno Soriano, who has spent the last 18 months laid up. Miguel Layun comes into the defence.Villarreal starting XI: Asenjo; Layun, Alvaro, Victor Ruiz, Costa; Cazorla, Javi Fuego, Caseres, Fornals; Gerard, Chukwueze. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Casilla, Courtois, Navas Defenders Ramos, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Reguilon, Odriozola Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Casemiro, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Jr. Real Madrid are still without Marco Asensio while Marcos Llorente will also miss out . Mariano Diaz, who travelled to the Club World Cup, will not take part in this clash due to a back injury forecast to keep him out for 10 days.Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Bale.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are 3/4 favourites with bet365 . The draw can be backed at 3/1, while Villarreal are 16/5 outsiders.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Bale Club World Cup Real Madrid Kashima AntlersSantiago Solari has warned his Real Madrid side that they must start 2019 with a bang when they travel to face Villarreal in La Liga action on Thursday.The Club World Cup winners have had a couple of weeks off to prepare themselves for this encounter but January promises to be a taxing month, with Copa del Rey fixtures thrown in with five league matches, in which no slips can be accommodated after Los Blancos lost five of their first 16 games of the campaign.“They are a solid team and we must go into the match with energy and aggression,” Solari said on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the coach is not eyeing the January transfer window as an opportunity to make dramatic changes to his squad.That means that no exit is forecast for Isco, who has struggled for minutes under the new coach.“All of the players are part of this squad,” the Argentine affirmed. “Isco? He is a great player and he’ll keep making us happy.”Like Madrid, Villarreal also made a change in the dugout in the first half of the season, with Luis Garcia replacing Javier Calleja a couple of matches before Christmas.Although he guided them through in the Europa League with a 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow, they were held 2-2 against struggling Huesca in La Liga. On both occasions Villarreal finished with 10 men, and if they are to stand any chance of an upset on Thursday, they surely cannot afford such ill discipline.last_img read more