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Dramatic collapse leaves India facing whitewash in ODI series against Australia

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP):Kane Richardson took five wickets, including four in his last four overs, as Australia held on to beat India by 25 runs yesterday and extend their lead to 4-0 with one match remaining in the limited-overs international series.Aaron Finch made 107 and David Warner returned from paternity leave to score 93 as Australia posted a total of 348-8 after winning the toss and batting.India were coasting at 277-1 in reply in the 38th over but lost their last nine wickets for 46 runs, with Richardson taking 4-16 in a match-turning spell and returning 5-68 for the innings.Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 and Virat Kohli added 106, the pair sharing a 212-run partnership for the second wicket and seemingly setting India on course for a victory until the dramatic late collapse ended with the visitors all out for 323 in 49.2 overs.The pattern of the series changed slightly yesterday; India batted first in each of the first three matches and lost.Finch reached his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. It was his first against India and his second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital. Warner was the main aggressor in a blazing beginning by the Australian openers, who rushed to 40-0 after five overs. Warner was out in the 30th over when he chopped a ball from Ishant Sharma on to his middle stump.Finch was out when Australia were 221-2 in the 38th over after he and Mitchell Marsh had added only 34 runs in 8.4 overs. The opener reached 100 with a single from his 97th delivery, two years after his first century at Manuka Oval against South Africa. Finch was finally caught off Umesh Yadav, skying a pull shot to Ishant Sharma at mid-on.Finch’s power-hitting claimed one notable casualty. In the 17th over, his straight drive hit English umpire Richard Kettleborough on the right leg and Kettleborough was forced to retire from the match. He was replaced by Australia’s Paul Wilson.Steve Smith hit the ball powerfully from the outset and reached his 50 from 27 balls.The Australians lost 5-37 to lose momentum before Glenn Maxwell hit 41 from 20 balls with six fours and a six, falling to the last ball of the innings.The fifth match will be played in Sydney on Saturday. – APlast_img read more

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‘Liverpool need four summer signings’

first_imgTransfers Four areas Liverpool need to invest Coutinho cash highlighted by McManaman Chris Burton 18:35 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City v Liverpool, Sept. 17 Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Premier League The former Reds star believes Jurgen Klopp needs to be busy in the next window bringing in a proven striker, a centre-half and two more wingers Jurgen Klopp may not be looking to reinvest funds from Philippe Coutinho’s sale during the January window, but Steve McManaman says Liverpool need four signings in the summer.The Reds boss remains adamant that he is not actively seeking a replacement for a playmaking talent offloaded to Barcelona for €160 million.For now, the German tactician would rather work with those already at his disposal and endeavour to maximise what they offer to the collective cause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp has, however, admitted to having targets “all over the world”, and McManaman feels at least four of those will need to be pursued as Liverpool strengthen at the back and in attack.The former Reds star told the Daily Star: “I am [pleased about Liverpool’s business]. Coutinho was always going to leave, I’d have preferred him to leave in the summer.”It would have been nice to see him carry on playing in the Champions League for Liverpool considering he’s cup tied for Barca. I don’t understand that.”Bringing [Virgil] van Dijk in was necessary, he needed a centre-half. He seems to be looking at other positions.”When you look at the squad there’s plenty of full, experienced, international players there, even on the bench.”But what can you do? You buy four or five full internationals for a lot of money and in the end somebody else pops up from the substitutes bench.”I think they’ve got a fine balance. They’re not as strong as Manchester City but nobody is at the moment.”It’s just about staying fit and playing well until the end of the season.”You always want a few more players, I’d love them to buy a 30-goal a season forward to complement the players we’ve got. I’d like them to buy another central defender and a couple of wingers but in football you can’t have every position filled by everybody that you want.”Liverpool are already well-stocked in the final third of the field, but replacing Coutinho is a must while Daniel Sturridge has been allowed to link up with West Brom on loan and his days at Anfield may be numbered.Further reinforcements at the back are also likely to be sought, with the Reds expected to be in the summer market for a new goalkeeper and additions to a porous defensive line. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more