Riding on Mithali Raj’s record-setting, unbeaten hundred, India A defeated their Australian counterparts by 28 runs to take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match T20 series last week. The Aussies were never in the hunt in the chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Brief scores: India A 184/5 (Mithali Raj 105 n.o., Harmanpreet 57, Tahila McGrath 2/36) bt Australia A 156/9 (Tahila McGrath 47; Poonam Yadav 2/29)
Imrul, Liton guide Bangladesh to ODI series win
Bangladesh sealed the three-match series against Zimbabwe with a game to spare after cruising to a seven-wicket victory in the second one-day international last week. A 148-run partnership between Liton Das and Imruk Kayes in the opening stand proved to be key as Bangladesh raced to victory with 250-3, overhauling Zimbabwe’s 246-7. Kayes, the centurion of the previous match, made a useful 90, while Liton Das smashed a 77-ball 83, giving the side an early impetus. Brief scores: Zimbabwe 246/7 (Taylor 75, Raza 49, Williams 47; Saifuddin 3/45) lost to Bangladesh 250/3 in 44.1 overs (Kayes 90, Liton 83)
PCB summons Akmal and Shahzad in separate cases
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has summoned Test batsmen, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad to appear before an inquiry committee in different cases. Akmal has been asked to appear before the PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit with regard to his name and video appearing in the Al-Jazeera documentary on spot-fixing. Shahzad, on the other hand, has been called before a disciplinary committee to explain how he appeared in some club matches despite being banned for four month after failing a doping test. Subhan Ahmad, the chief operating officer of the board, said that Umar Akmal has been given time to appear before the ACU officials as he is presently busy in playing matches in the domestic circuit.
Divij is new India No 1 in doubles
Divij Sharan became India's new number one doubles player, overtaking veteran Rohan Bopanna by moving to 38 in the latest ATP rankings. Bopanna dropped nine places to 39 while Leander Paes gained two places to be 60 in the world now. In the singles, Yuki Bhambri dropped a place to 108 and was followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan (121, +3), Prajnesh Gunneswaran (142, +4) and Sumit Nagal (311, +1). In WTA charts, Ankita Raina remains India's lone singles player in the top-200 at number 197. Karman Kaur Thandi remained at 215.
Lahiri picks Bhullar as World Cup teammate
Anirban Lahiri has chosen Gaganjeet Bhullar as his partner after Shubhankar Sharma pulled out of the ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf to be held from November 21 to 25. Sharma, who was committed to three PGA Tour events in Asia, is also due to play three events in Turkey, South Africa and Dubai making it six weeks in a row.
Aditi finishes tied 20th
Ace Indian golfer Aditi Ashok shot a closing one-under 71 to finish a creditable tied 20th in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Taoyuan City, Taiwan. The 20-year-old finished with a tournament tally of even-par 288. American Nelly Korda (68) scored a two-shot victory over Minjee Lee (66). Korda ended up with a total of 13-under 275.