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India win Dharamsala Test, series against AustraliaSeven in a row: India beat Australia to win series 2-1.

India win Dharamsala Test, series against Australia

28 Mar 2017 | 11:20 AM

DHARAMSALA: A clinical India On Tuesday regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test at the HPCA stadium here to clinch one of the most controversial and hard-fought bilateral contests in recent times.

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Dharamsala, March 28

A clinical India On Tuesday regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test at the HPCA stadium here to clinch one of the most controversial and hard-fought bilateral contests in recent times.

It was India's seventh Test series win in a row, continuing the dominance that started in 2015 with Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh being annihilated.

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Needing 87 runs on the fourth day to reach a modest victory target of 106, opener Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) dominated from the start with a flurry of boundaries and finished with six half-centuries in the series.

The match ended in just three days and a session, a reflection of India's distinct upperhand in the 2-1 triumph.

There were some hiccups when Murali Vijay (8) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0) were out in quick succession but stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (38 off 27 balls) came in with the intent of hammering the bowlers into submission.

Rahane and Rahul added 60 runs for a third wicket partnership which took the team to victory in 23.5 overs.

Fittingly, Rahul finished the match with a hard-run three and celebrated wildly. Regular skipper Virat Kohli, who sat out of the contest due to a shoulder injury, and the rest of the Indian team gave Rahul a standing ovation.

In fact, Rahul ran in towards the Australian dressing room before taking off his helmet and letting out a wild war cry, an indication of how intensely the series had been fought.

But putting aside the hostilities that started with the infamous 'Brain Fade' of rival captain Steve Smith, the two teams shook hands at the end of an aggressively-fought series.

Rahul's innings of 76 balls had nine fours while Rahane hit four boundaries and two huge sixes of Pat Cummins.

It brought the curtains down on a very productive home season in which India won 10 out of the 13 Test matches with two draws and the only defeat coming on a Pune dust-bowl against Smith's side.

The victory was even more special as skipper and team's premier batsman Kohli was unavailable in the deciding contest.

A reticent Rahane, completely different in character from Kohli, marshalled his resources well in what could be termed as the best out of the 13 Test wins.

More so, because the conditions were more Australian than Indian and the home team punted on rookie Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, risking a batsman less in the playing XI.

The day started with a Rahul back cut off Josh Hazlewood followed by a square cut. A swept boundary off Steve O'Keefe set the tone for the day and an imperious pull shot off Hazlewood showed why Rahul is rated so highly.

Once India were 46 for 2, Rahane came in and showed uncharacteristic aggression, taking on the bowlers from word go.

Cummins was pulled and then slashed over the cover region for a couple of sixes, leaving the entire Australian team stunned.

A paddle sweep off Lyon by Rahane was a delicate one after the brutal assault he unleashed on the speed merchant.

—PTI

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28 Mar 2017 | 9:14 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to sit together and take a considered decision on setting up of a minority commission for the state.

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Yes to welfare benefits even if no Aadhaar

28 Mar 2017 | 9:15 AM

NEW DELHI:In a boost to the NDA government’s attempt to link its services to Aadhaar, the Supreme Court on Monday endorsed its decision to make it mandatory providing the UID number for opening bank accounts, issuance of passports and driving licence.

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How farmer suicides end ‘up to Centre’

28 Mar 2017 | 9:17 AM

New Delhi: Terming farmers’ suicide as a “serious issue”, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to prepare a comprehensive plan of action to be followed by states to prevent it.

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28 Mar 2017 | 1:39 AM

CHANDIGARH:Admitting that he did not expect such a drubbing for the Shiromani Akali Dal in the Punjab Assembly poll, party chief patron and former CM Parkash Singh Badal today said he and his party had decided to give leeway to the Congress government, which was having “teething troubles”.

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28 Mar 2017 | 9:53 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the plea filed by Gurlad Singh Kahlon, one of the victims in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Earlier, the apex court directed the Centre to deposit more than 190 files in connection with this case.

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28 Mar 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Upset over the cancellation of the motion of thanks on the Governor’s Address and not scheduling the Question Hour, AAP along with its alliance partner —the Lok Insaaf Party — staged a walkout from the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on the second day of the session today.

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28 Mar 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Congress government will seek the Vidhan Sabha’s approval on Wednesday to present the vote-on-account for about Rs 27,000 crore to meet the state’s expenses for the next three months (April 1 to June 30).

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Restore ‘glory’ of House, pleads Manpreet

28 Mar 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Finance Minister Manpreet Badal today said the Vidhan Sabha needed to restore the “glory” of the House in the decision-making process that was largely being handled by the ‘Executive’ (Cabinet and Chief Minister’s office) these days.

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48,000 quintals of mustard sold below MSP in Rewari as govt agencies play truant

48,000 quintals of mustard sold below MSP in Rewari as govt agencies play truant

28 Mar 2017 | 1:23 AM

REWARI: Even as the government agencies are yet to start procurement of mustard in the state, over 48,000 quintals of the crop have so far been sold to private buyers below the minimum support price (MSP) in the local grain market since March 15.

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28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

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28 Mar 2017 | 10:25 AM

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FM tables GST draft Bills in Parliament

28 Mar 2017 | 12:54 AM

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NoBhuvneshwar Kumar removed the biggest obstacle in India’s way when he sent Australian skipper Steve Smith’s stump cartwheeling. PTI

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28 Mar 2017 | 2:14 AM

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28 Mar 2017 | 2:14 AM

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Ton-up Williamson thwarts Proteas

28 Mar 2017 | 2:14 AM

WELLINGTON:Captain Kane Williamson equalled the New Zealand record for Test centuries as his side reached 321/4 at the close of Day 3 of the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton on Monday.

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