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India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma 46 runs away from going past Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara in Rajkot

When all the focus was on the incoming delivery from the left-armer, India vice captain Rohit Sharma was done by a Mitchell Starc cross-seam delivery in the first ODI at Mumbai. In his attempt to hit it over the infield, Rohit had miss-timed the Starc delivery straight to David Warner at mid-off. Rohit is experienced and classy enough not to repeat the same mistake – he can’t afford it either – when India face Australia to keep the series alive in the 2nd ODI at Rajkot on Friday. If there was need of some added motivation for Rohit, then the India opener is inches away from becoming the third fastest to 9000 ODI runs.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic the man to beat, again, at Melbourne Park

Gary Lineker’s celebrated quote that soccer is a simple game that “the Germans always win” might well be adapted to tennis and the inescapable dominance of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. For a tournament that has been thrown into some doubt by bushfire smoke in the leadup, a record-extending eighth Grand Slam title for the defending champion Serbian would hardly be a breath of fresh air for many fans at Melbourne Park.

LIT exploring alternative project at city centre site

After the district and sessions court accepted the closure report of the vigilance bureau in the Ludhiana city centre scam case,involving Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh as one of the accused, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) is now exploring options for an alternative project at the site at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. The land, measuring 26 acres, has been lying abandoned since December 2007 after the scam surfaced.

Behmai killings: A massacre and decades-old wait for justice

Kanpur: A group of dacoits took Behmai in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat by surprise on February 14, 1981, when they stormed the village, dragged out all the men from their houses, lined them up and shot them dead. The dacoits fired 150 rounds to kill 20 people, mostly upper-caste Thakurs, sharpened social fault lines, and brought in the limelight Phoolan Devi, their leader.