Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cricket news: Dravid scores landmark ton

Rahul Dravid completed his 28th Test century and moved into fourth place on the all-time scorers list as India tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.

Dravid made a superb 144 after becoming the third player to score a hundred before India were all out for 642 soon after tea on the second day.

Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath triggered a late batting slump,when he grabbed five wickets by striking either side of the interval on a slow Green Park pitch.

Herath captured five for 121, his fourth five-wicket haul in a test innings,, taking all but one of the last six wickets which tumbled for 29 runs.

Sri Lanka reached 66 for one at stumps after a nightmare start when opener Tillakaratne Dilshan was out for a first ball duck when he top-edged a loosener down the leg side from paceman Zaheer Khan to be caught at mid-on.

Contador to stay with Astana team

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is set to remain with his Astana squad in 2010 after International Cycling Union (UCI) announced the team's official registration for next season had been approved.

The registration enables Astana to remain part of the top ProTour league and removes one of the last major obstacles to Contador remaining with the Kazakh-funded squad.

The UCI yesterday released a list of 17 teams, including Astana, that had completed the registration procedure.

The UCI said they had asked for an extra bank guarantee from the team after Astana had problems with rider payments this year.

Astana had missed an earlier deadline for registration in October and Spaniard Contador threatened to quit the team if the new target date was not met.

Despite winning the Tour de France for the second time, Contador had a turbulent 2009 marked by delayed wages and a stormy relationship with team-mate and seven-times Tour champion Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong announced in July he was leaving Astana to set up his own team.

Irish Independent

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