India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 65 in a strong batting show as India strengthened its position in the third cricket Test against the West Indies by taking a healthy 104-run lead on day three here on Friday. Score | PhotosAs many as four visiting batsmen scored fifties as India, resuming at eight for no loss, ended the day at 308 for six while replying to hosts’ 204 all out.Dhoni shared 103-run sixth wicket stand with Suresh Raina (50) and made sure that the good work of opener Abhinav Mukund (62), VVS Laxman (56) Virat Kohli (30) does not go waste.West Indies, deprived of services of Ravi Rampaul and handicapped by a hobbling Darren Sammy, never quite wilted under a scorching sun and on a flat pitch on a day when 94 overs were bowled at Windsor Park.Nearly 90 overs were lost on the first two days of the match due to poor light and rain but no such problem emerged on Friday.India lost two early wickets of Murali Vijay (1) and Rahul Dravid (5) but thereafter steadily mounted their total without ever dominating a depleted attack.Dhoni, played his first innings of substance of tour, and when on 52 completed 3000 runs in Test cricket in the 86th innings of his 57th Test.The Indian captain has so far batted for 157 minutes and struck three fours from 109 balls. He walked in when India were frittering away the advantage, losing three wickets in the afternoon to nothing balls.Mukund, Kohli and Laxman were all guilty of poor judgment as the visitors lost three wickets in the middle session.advertisementMukund had serenely moved to his top Test score of 62 when he shaped to play a rising leg-spin from Bishoo towards mid-wicket but only edged it on to his pads and the lobbed chance was gratefully accepted by Adrian Barath at forward short leg.Kohli seemed intent on making up for his lost chances of the series and had reached 30 without much ado but poked at a harmless delivery from Sammy down the leg-side and was brilliantly caught low by wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.Laxman’s dismissal was a freak one when he allowed a leg-spin delivery from Shivnarine Chanderpaul to go to Baugh but his backfoot lost contact with the ground for just a fraction of second, which was enough for the keeper to whip off the bails.Laxman was flabbergasted but there was little doubt that it was his own carelessness which had did him in. He shared a 84-run stand for the third wicket with Mukund and added 52 for the next wicket with Kohli.Mukund batted for 176 minutes and hit five fours from 149 balls while Laxman handled 129 balls in 207 minutes, caressing three boundaries.Dhoni, in the company of Raina, then put his head down and began rebuilding the innings with singles and twos.There was never any temptation to throw their bats at a wilting attack, or at least cart the leg-spin of Chanderpaul around the park, as the two showed intent to build a sizeable lead over West Indies.Their stand occupied the most of final session and raised 100 runs in 113 minutes from 182 balls.Raina showed uncharacteristic restraint and reached his half-century from 131 minutes of batting, hitting three fours from 103 balls.There was no further joy for West Indies but for the emergence of Rampaul from the dressing room as Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh (12) helped India reach their first 300-plus score of the series.Earlier in the day, India lost Vijay (1) and Dravid (5) within the first five overs to be 18 for two before normalcy was restored.Vijay was nearly bowled off a low full toss in Edwards’ first over, squeezing the ball between the slip cordon for a four, but his tendency to push at the ball once again proved his undoing.In Edwards’ next over, a delivery took the edge of his bat on way to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh?s gloves.The Tamil Nadu opener is in the middle of a wretched run of scores, the sequence of his five innings in the series reading 8,0,11,3 and 1.Dravid then fell to Sammy, making the normally passive West Indian captain roar in triumph as he has not done at any stage in this series.Dravid played for an away movement at the delivery which kept coming straight and went between bat and pad to rattle the stumps.- With inputs from PTI
Kolkata: Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, visited Hijatullah Lane where a bridge is coming up to ease traffic movement during the Durga Puja.He was accompanied by senior officials of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and the city police. The KMDA is constructing two bridges and both will be opened before the Pujas. The decision was taken at a meeting held between senior KMDA officials and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) last week. Hakim said due to the inordinate delay by the Railways to give clearance to the sub-structure drawing, the construction of Majerhat bridge got delayed by six-seven months. Initially, the deadline to open the bridge was September but because of the delay, it is likely to be opened in February 2020. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe bridge at Hijatullah Lane is situated beside Tolly Club and the Karunamoyee bridge. For the construction of the bridge beside the existing Karunamoyee bridge, a portion of the wall of Tolly Club will have to be pulled down. The labourer quarters of Tolly Club will have to be demolished and the employees will have to be shifted. Forty trees will have to be relocated as well. The Kolkata Police has introduced the one-way system in the area to facilitate movement of cars coming from Behala. According to the minister, the prime concern of the city police, KMDA and KMC is to ensure steady flow of traffic. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHakim said during the Puja, thousands of people will come from Behala to visit South Kolkata. As the construction of Majerhat bridge is not yet complete, there will be tremendous traffic jam in vast areas surrounding Taratala. He added that both the bridges will help in the smooth movement of traffic. “The Kolkata Police will introduce the one-way traffic system for smooth flow of traffic.” He also added that a Bailey bridge will come up in Chetla as the Chetla Lock Gate has become weak. The movement of heavy vehicles has been stopped along the bridge.
Six exhausted and weather-worn celebrities have crossed the finish line of the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas. Celebrity crew complete Hell on High SeasThe One Show’s Alex Jones, TV presenter Angellica Bell, comedian Hal Cruttenden, actress Doon Mackichan and TV presenters Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry sailed around the South Coast of the UK, from Belfast to London, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance.The challenge, which is sponsored by BT – a long-term supporter of Sport Relief challenges since 2009 – has already raised £944,288.“Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support on our difficult and magnificent journey,” Alex said.During the week, the celebrities were pushed to their limits as they battled gale-force winds of 29 knots, waves of up to 10ft, relentless sea-sickness, lack of sleep and a terrifying moment on day two when the boat nearly capsized.The elements were against them from the outset and with no respite from the brutal conditions, even the most menial tasks, like brushing their teeth, became impossible. On day three the crew were forced to attempt to outpace impending storms by racing the yacht at phenomenal speeds with 30+ knots of wind, steep waves and low tides, in order to make it to shelter safely.The team were living, sleeping and working on the Volvo Ocean 65 – a carbon-fibre speed machine that has been optimized for maximum performance. At 65 feet, and weighing in at 12,500 kgs the vessel is as long as five cars and weighs the equivalent of twelve great white sharks.The money the crew has raised will be used to help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.