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  •   Wrist injury forces Machan to retire at 26
    Image Courtesy: @CricketScotlandScotland and Sussex batsman Matt Machan has been forced to call curtains on his career at the age of just 26 because of a wrist injury.The left-hander had earlier ruled out of the second half of the 2016 English domestic season in order to undergo surgery on what his Sussex coach Mark Davis described a 'repetitive' wrist injury.However, Machan, who was a part of the Scotland squad in 2015 World Cup as well as in the 2016 World T20, failed to alleviate the problem fully by going under the knife and, now, he has decided to retire from the game.Deeply saddened to announce the news, Machan insisted that he had taken the decision following a medical advice and keeping in mind his long-term health."It is with great sadness and an extremely heavy heart that I have to announce my retirement from the professional game due to a wrist injury. Following medical advice, my long-term health is most important to me and I have to take that into account," cricket.com.au quoted Machan as saying.The 26-year-old, who made his international debut in 2013, also said that he feels extremely sad to see his career curt short at a time when he just started performing at his menacing best."I believe as a batsman I was only just starting to come into my own and it is a real shame that this has been cut short so early as I believe I had so much still to offer Sussex over the next few years," he added. 'With the development, Machan became the latest cricketer in his mid-20s to announce shocking retirement this year. In April, Surrey and England all-rounder Zafar Ansari called curtains on his cricketing career at the age of 25 while NSW batsman Ryan Carters bid adieu to the game in May at the age of just 26.Machan, who appeared in 36 matches across ODIs and T20Is and scored 1,141 runs with six fifties and one century, will be best remembered for his match-winning performance during Scotland's breakthrough victory against Hong Kong at the World T20 last year. He smashed 15 runs from just four balls, including a six, to finish the match and hand Scotland their first major victory at a world event after 17 years.Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   Galle Test: India strike early after setting Sri Lanka 550 to win
    Galle: India's pacemen made early inroads into Sri Lanka's second innings on the fourth morning of the first Test on Saturday after setting the hosts a mammoth target of 550 runs to win.India vs Sri Lanka - Complete Coverage | Full ScheduleSri Lanka, already a batsman short after Asela Gunaratne fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, reached 85 for two at lunch, facing an uphill task to avoid going 1-0 down in the three-match series.India vs Sri Lanka - 1st Test, Day 4: ScorecardOpening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 44 with Kusal Mendis 24 not out at the break.India, the world's top-ranked Test side, declared their second innings closed on 240 for three after captain Virat Kohli completed his 17th Test hundred.The right-handed batsman, who resumed the day on 76, remained unbeaten on 103 after reaching the three-figure mark with a single off spinner Dilruwan Perera.The century ended a poor run in Tests for Kohli, who hit five boundaries and one six in his 136-ball knock, with the 28-year-old totalling a meagre 49 runs in his last six innings.Burdened with an improbable target, Sri Lanka needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were pegged back when Mohammed Shami castled Upul Tharanga for 10, after the batsman was dropped by Kohli at second slip in the same over.Debutant Danushka Gunathilaka did not last long either and was out for two, hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg.Sri Lanka were reduced to 29-2 at that stage and needed a solid 56-run unbroken stand between Karunaratne and Mendis to deny India any further success in the opening session.Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   'When you get a chance, capitalise on it'
    Abhinav Mukund, who was included in the India's playing XI for the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in absence of both regular openers, believes one has to capitalise whenever he gets a chance to perform in the middle.India vs Sri Lanka - Complete Coverage | Full ScheduleMukund didn't have the best day on his comeback to Test cricket as he was dismissed for just 12 in India's first innings on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.However, he rejuvenated himself with a brilliant run-out and a terrific catch at silly point on Thursday and then sealed off an excellent last couple of days with a career-best 81 on Day Three of the Test match.However, he missed on his maiden ton as he was dismissed LBW off the last ball of the day."I have the opportunity to do something in this Test. I don't want to think ahead to the next Test. Being the first-choice opener or second-choice opener, it doesn't make a difference. When you get a chance in the middle, I want to capitalise on it. That's what I thought," Mukund said in the press conference after the day's play.The left-handed opener also stressed that while he was out of the team, he worked really hard on both his close-in fielding and batting."I have worked really hard in the off season. I wanted to improve on my close-in fielding and also on batting, on which I have put in the hard yards. I was quite disappointed that it didn't come out in the first day but it happens. It's fine, I came back stronger the next day and I had a decent day but I am disappointed that I got out on 80. I am disappointed that I didn't get to three figures today," he said.The 27-year-old further stated that there was a time in his career where he was even hesitant to even put on whites."There was a point of time that I was hesitant to even put on whites. I was not a part of any team. I was not a part of any first class team. There was a time when I was dropped from my own first class team," he said."So, to have this opportunity to be a part of the Indian team is a huge bonus. I take every game as an opportunity. If I am part of the team, not part of the team, again I will try to put in my best wherever I am," he added.Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   Kohli, Mukund power India to 498-run lead in Galle Test
    Galle: India rode on half centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and opener Abhinav Mukund to post 189/3 in their second innings and extend their lead to 498 at stumps on the third day of the opening Test against Sri Lanka here on Friday.India vs Sri Lanka - Complete Coverage | Full ScheduleJoining forces after the early departure of the first innings centurions Shikhar Dhawan (14) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15), Kohli and Mukund put together 133 runs for the third wicket as India found themselves in a commanding position.Galle Test, Day 3: Scorecard Kohli was unbeaten on 76 at stumps, having stroked five boundaries in the 114 deliveries he has faced so far.Mukund scored 81 off 116 balls with eight hits to the fence before being trapped leg before by Danushka Gunathilaka off the last delivery of the day.In pictures: Team India sets new record; Rohit charms Lankan fansEarlier, India decided against enforcing the follow-on even after taking a mammoth 309-run first innings lead. This was the biggest first innings lead by India on Lankan soil.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/67, as the home side was bundled out for 291 just after the lunch break.The Indians were off to a rocky start in their second essay with Shikhar Dhawan -- star of the Indian first innings -- virtually gifting his wicket to Dilruwan Perera by offering an easy catch to backward point.Mukund and Cheteshwar Pujara then added 37 runs between them before Lankan pacer Lahiru Kumara dismissed the latter thanks to a nice diving effort by Kusal Mendis at leg gully.The Indians proceeded to score 56/2 in their second innings before rain forced the players off the field a little more than an hour into the post-lunch session.It started to pour even as Pujara was climbing up the stairs to the pavilion, forcing the groundsmen to rush in with the covers. It would take almost two hours for play to resume.The Lankans resumed at 289/8 after the lunch break and the Indians needed only 1.3 overs to dismiss the hosts.Jadeja did the honours, bowling Lahiru in the second over after lunch with a delivery that pitched slightly outside the off-stump before moving in sharply.That brought an end to the Lankan innings since they have only 10 players available with Asela Gunaratne ruled out on the opening day due to a thumb injury.Apart from Jadeja, pacer Mohammed Shami also bowled well, returning figures of 2/45. Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya bagged a wicket each.Dilruwan Perera was the top scorer for the hosts. He remained unbeaten on a gritty 92, hitting 10 boundaries and four sixes off the 132 deliveries he faced.Perera and Angelo Mathews started the day on a steady note for Sri Lanka, handling the bowling of Umesh, Jadeja and Ashwin quite comfortably.The duo batted out the first hour with ease, putting together a partnership of 72 runs.Jadeja, however, got the breakthrough with the first over of his second spell when Mathews mistimed his drive while trying to smash the ball over the in-field cordon.It was a poor shot selection from Mathews in the given situation. The right-hander produced an excellent knock of 83 runs, smashing 11 boundaries and a six during his 130-ball stay in the middle.Perera, however, continued to fight on even though wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end.Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   Ashwin's childhood coach named India Team Manager
    New Delhi: Former Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner Sunil Subramanian, who is best known as premier India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's childhood coach, was on Friday appointed the administrative manager of the national cricket team.India vs Sri Lanka - Complete Coverage | Full ScheduleSubramanian, who played 74 matches for Assam and Tamil Nadu, was appointed for a one-year term and will join the team ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka, beginning from August 3 in Colombo."The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday appointed former first class cricketer Sunil Subramanian as the administrative manager of Team India (Senior Men)," the BCCI said in a statement."Subramanian has 285 wickets to his name from 74 matches in first class cricket. He captained Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy and is a National Cricket Academy (NCA) certified coach."He also has a rich vein of experience when it comes to management and administrative capabilities having served both public and private sector organisations for over 16 years," the statement added.Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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