Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | updated 06:48 PM IST

West Indies win toss, ask India to bat first in St. Lucia Test

Updated: Aug 09, 2016 19:52 IST

St. Lucia, Aug.9 (ANI): West Indies won the toss and opted to field in the third Test of the four-match series against India here at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

A win in St. Lucia could hand India with a series win and the number one spot in ICC Test rankings.

The Caribbean side, on the other hand, will aim to bounce back in order to keep alive in the series.

India have made three changes in the Playing XI.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who had averaged 33 over his last eight innings, has been dropped and Rohit Sharma has been called in as his replacement.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has replaced Umesh Yadav while Ravindra Jadeja has been brought in place of Amit Mishra.

In contrast, West Indies have made two changes in the squad. Leon Johnson and debutant Alzarri Joseph have got a nod in place of Rajendra Chandrika and Devendra Bishoo respectively.

India are currently leading the series 1-0 following their massive win by an innings and 92 runs against West Indies in the opening match. The second Test between two sides ended in a draw.

West Indies Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph

India Playing XI: Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma. (ANI)

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.29 (ANI): The Australian media continued their nasty tirade against Virat Kohli branding the Indian skipper as "classless" and "childish", despite the Steve Smith-led side slumping to a defeat in Dharamsala and giving up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.29 (ANI): Left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to give him one more day after he failed to submit his response for being allegedly involved in the spot-fixing scandal during the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE last month.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Mar.29 (ANI): South Africa has finished second on the ICC Test Team Rankings at the April 1 cut-off date after the third and the final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton ended in a draw on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.29 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that their Indian counterpart has so far not contacted them regarding the holding of any bilateral series between two sides.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar.29 (ANI): With four successful seasons completed in a span of just two years and the sport's ever increasing popularity, Pro Kabaddi League is now set to expand to up to four new geographies.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Mar.29 (ANI): 20-year-old Sumit from Sonepat, who has recently been included in the Indian senior men's camp, has revealed that he looks to stalwart players like Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sreejesh, SV Sunil among others for some inspiration.

Full Story >>

Sao Paulo [Brazil], Mar.29 (ANI): Star striker Neymar continued his fine run of form as Brazil virtually booked their place in next year's World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Paraguay in the qualifying clash at home here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Nadal fends off Mahut to reach Miami quarters

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 12:23 IST

Miami [Florida], Mar.29 (ANI): Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after registering straight sets victory over veteran Nicolas Mahut in the men's singles event here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Mar.29 (ANI): More than two years since his last call-up for the national camp, 23-year-old Amit Rohidas is on a comeback trail after a formidable performance in the backline for 2017 Coal India Hockey India League champions Kalinga Lancers.

Full Story >>

Yangon [Myanmar], Mar. 28 (ANI): India registered their first win of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying campaign with a 1-0 triumph against Myanmar in a hard fought contest, courtesy of a fluent counterattack in the 90thminute of the match through the flanks by Udanata Singh, which was finally bundled home by Sunil Chhetri.

Full Story >>

Miami [U.S.], Mar. 29 (ANI): Swiss maestro Roger Federer thrashed Roberto Bautista Agut at the Miami Open and advanced to the quarterfinals at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 28 (ANI): With less than six hours before kick-off, FIFA has banned Lionel Messi from Argentina's World Cup qualifier away at Bolivia.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.28 (ANI): Making a bold move, India's non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has picked four young players in the squad, while the two of the senior-most players - Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna - have been put in the reserve category for the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar.28 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday congratulated the Indian Cricket Team for retaining the No. 1 position in Test team rankings and registering unbeaten series wins in the home season 2016-17.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): Northern Motorsport, one of the pioneers of curating some of the most iconic motorsports events in the country like the Desert Storm rally has joined hands with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the promoters of the legendary Dakar Rally, to elevate cross-country rallying to international stature.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.28 (ANI): Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson has indirectly launched a verbal volley against injured skipper Virat Kohli, saying that batsman Ajinkya Rahane should continue as the Indian captain.

Full Story >>

Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 15:12 IST

Dubai [UAE], Mar.28 (ANI): India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday received Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.

Full Story >>

India retains ICC Test Championship Mace

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 14:45 IST

Dubai [UAE], Mar.28 (ANI): The Indian cricket team on Tuesday retained the ICC Test Championship mace after clinching a four-match series against Australia 2-1 in Dharamsala.

Full Story >>

Virat Kohli doubtful for start of IPL 10

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 14:05 IST

Dharamsala [India], Mar.28 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during the recently-concluded Test series against Australia, is doubtful for the start of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning April 5.

Full Story >>

Dharamsala [India], Mar.28 (ANI): Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who played a crucial role during his side's 2-1 Test series win over Australia, on Tuesday said that he is extremely glad to be the No.1 Test bowler in the world before admitting that he has also developed as a player overall.

Full Story >>