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India beat England by 246 runs

first_imgVISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP):India took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five match series by beating England by 246 runs yesterday to win the second test.India sealed a comprehensive victory after lunch on the fifth and final day, dismissing England for 158 in 97.3 overs.Needing to bat through the final day to salvage a draw after resuming on 87-2, chasing an improbable target of 405 to win, England lost their last eight wickets for just 66 runs, giving up five wickets in the morning session then three more after lunch to concede a heavy defeat.India captain Virat Kohli questioned the opposition’s intent as England focused on batting out more than four sessions to save the match.”You need to show some intent as the pitch gets tougher to bat on,” said Kohli, who was named man of the match after scoring 167 and 81. “Scoring runs in between puts some pressure on the bowlers. It is a basic thing. If you don’t have that intent in the fourth innings, it is tough to play out four and a half sessions (on Days 4 and 5).”England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow followed up his first innings half-century to finish unbeaten on 34, but no one outside of England’s top three batsman made double figures.TIGHTEN THE SCREWSRavichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav finished with three wickets each, while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja got two apiece for India.England made an ominous start to the day when Ben Duckett went early for a duck, caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Ashwin with just five added to the overnight total.Moeen Ali made just two before he was caught at backward short leg off Jadeja as India began to tighten the screws.Ben Stokes was bowled for six by off-spinner Yadav after the drinks break, then Shami used the second new ball to get rid of Joe Root (25) and Adil Rashid (4) and leave India in total command.No one bowler stood out on a wearing pitch, and the Indian attack worked as a unit, using the conditions on offer.The home team wrapped up the final three wickets quickly after the lunch interval with Ashwin bowling Zafar Ansari for a duck then Yadav trapping Stuart Broad (5) and James Anderson (0) leg before wicket in successive deliveries.The first test in Rajkot was drawn. The third test starts in Mohali on November 26.last_img read more

Turkish jets again pound Iraqi Kurd targets

first_imgISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey’s prime minister defended the recent bombing of Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq as military jets pummeled the area with fresh attacks on Sunday. A spokesman for security forces in the Kurdish-run region, Jabar Yawar, said the jets bombed an area about 50 miles north of Irbil near the border with Turkey for about an hour and a half. He said there were no civilian casualties because the area was deserted for fear of Turkish attacks. Yawar said he did not know whether any Kurdish rebels had been killed. “We are using our nation’s natural right under international law,” while keeping within limits of reason, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said when journalists asked about reports of a fresh cross-border operation, state-run media reported. After a surge in attacks by the rebels, some of whom are based in northern Iraq, Turkey said it would tolerate no more PKK attacks. Parliament voted to allow the military to strike rebel hideouts and camps across the Iraqi border. The U.S. and Iraq have asked Turkey to show restraint in its response to the guerrillas, fearing that a large Turkish incursion could destabilize what has been Iraq’s most stable area. Turkish forces have shelled across the border periodically, and sometimes have carried out “hot pursuits” – limited raids on the Iraqi side that last only a few hours. In a meeting with Erdogan on Nov. 5, President Bush declared the PKK a “common enemy,” and promised to share intelligence on the rebel group. Washington has been providing Turkey with intelligence, and a “coordination center” has been set up in the Turkish capital of Ankara so Turks, Iraqis and Americans can share information. The first confirmed air assault by Turkish forces in Iraq came on Dec. 16, when up to 50 Turkish warplanes entered Iraqi air space and bombed suspected PKK targets, prompting Iraqi officials’ to complain that Turkey’s actions were a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. Still, they have said they recognize the threat posed by the PKK. The military said Saturday that “hundreds” of Kurdish guerrillas had been killed in that operation and in an incursion into Iraq by Turkish land forces two days later. On Saturday, Turkish jets bombed rebel targets inside Iraq for half an hour, following up by shelling the area from inside Turkish border. It was the third confirmed cross-border operation in less than a week by the Turkish forces.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMilitary authorities were not immediately available to discuss any operations. The U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said before Sunday’s attack that the U.S. acknowledges Turkey’s right to defend itself but asked the U.S. ally and NATO member not to endanger Iraq’s stability. “At the same time, we’ve also said that we all have a pretty substantial interest in the stability of Iraq and none of us want to see operations pursued in a manner that can threaten basic stability inside Iraq,” Crocker said. On Saturday, Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in the third confirmed cross-border offensive by Turkish forces in less than a week, the military said. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, has fought for autonomy in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast since 1984. The group is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. last_img read more