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Rahane's century leads India's fightback on Day 1

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India vs England 2nd Test : Rahane’s ton takes India to 290/9 at stumps

After a draw at Trent Bridge, India is up against England at Lords. Rahane’s century leads India’s fightback on Day 1 of  India vs England 2nd Test here at Lords

Rahane's century leads India's fightback on Day 1

Rahane century rescues India at Lord’s

Rahane’s positive batting helped India smash 150 runs in 35 overs for the loss of three wickets in the post tea session after they had lost four wickets for 67 in the second session.

From 145/7, Indian Cricket Team finished 1st day at 290/9. Many congratulations to Ajinkya Rahane who scored century at Lord’s.A strong comeback from India after a batting collapse in the post lunch session Well played Ajinkya and Bhuvi!! Rahane played a sparkling innings of 103, hitting 15 fours and a six in his 154-ball knock, while Bhuvneshwar played another important innings with the bat.

Bhuvneshwar, batting at No. 9, scored 36 runs and was involved in a 90-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Rahane to steer India out of trouble.

Anderson was the top bowler for England on Day 1 as he claimed four for 55 in 22 overs, while Broad took two for 79.

England were guilty of wasting the new ball in the morning session, bowling either too wide or too short and not making the Indians play much.

India lost four wickets for 32 runs in the space of nearly 15 nearly overs before Rahane’s century took them to safety.

“It’s a special hundred, every Test hundred is special but getting one at Lords is to be remembered always. We are in a great position now.” as quoted by Rahane

Putting the Ravindra Jadeja controversy aside, a determined Anderson became the highest wicket-taker in England, surpassing fast-bowling legend Fred Trueman when he accounted for Shikhar Dhawan (7) in the morning session.

Anderson has has managed to get 233 scalps of his overall 363 wickets on English soil with Trueman (229) and former skipper Ian Botham (226) behind him.

Rahane was Anderson’s final scalp of the day after a quick-reflex return catch ended the batsman’s exceptional innings on a greenish wicket at Lord’s.

(After a draw at Trent Bridge, India will be up against England on a much livelier wicket at Lord’s. Catch all the live score and live updates of the match here)

New Zealand’s Lou Vincent gets life ban for fixing

Wellington: Disgraced former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent on Tuesday was banned for life from cricket for match-fixing, admitting he was a cheat who had shamed the sport and his country.

“My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat. I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing,” he said in a statement.

New Zealand's Lou Vincent gets life ban for fixing

New Zealand’s Lou Vincent gets life ban for fixing

The punishment, which was confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board, stems from one-day matches that Vincent admitted he helped rig in English county cricket.

His former Sussex team mate, Naveed Arif, was also banned for life last month after admitting similar corruption offences.

The ECB said in a statement that Vincent pleaded guilty to 18 breaches of its anti-corruption regulations.

Four charges related to a Twenty20 match between Lancashire and Durham in June 2008. The remaining 14 concerned two fixtures played in August 2011 — a Sussex v Lancashire Twenty20 and a Sussex v Kent CB40 match.

“We are extremely pleased that the matter has now been brought to a satisfactory conclusion and that an individual who repeatedly sought to involve others in corrupt activity for his own personal gain has accepted that his conduct warrants a lifetime ban from cricket,” said ECB chief David Collier.

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson welcomed the ban by saying: “The ICC has a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and these life bans, together with the life ban recently imposed by the ECB on Naveed Arif, should send out a loud and clear message to all those who indulge in corrupt practices and think they can get away with it.”

Vincent, 35, has given additional evidence to ICC anti-corruption investigators about his involvement in fixing in five countries between 2008 and 2012.

Vincent’s statement about his ban made no reference to Cairns or any other player.

Instead, he said he had shamed his homeland and the game, prompting him to come clean to try to ease his conscience.

“Speaking out. Exposing the truth. Laying bare the things I have done wrong is the only way I can find to begin to put things right,” he said.

“The time has come for me to now face them like a man and accept the consequences.”

Vincent played in 23 Tests and 102 one-dayers for New Zealand before retiring from international cricket in 2007.

After that, he travelled the globe playing in numerous domestic leagues before retiring early last year.

Vincent, who testified to the ICC that he was offered bribes of money and sex, said he wanted his fate to be a warning to young players not to repeat his mistakes.

“It is entirely possible that I can use this moment to convince others not to be tempted by wrongdoing,” he said.

“To do the right thing for themselves, for their families and friends, and for the sport they love.”

While Vincent’s ban appears to draw the ECB’s investigation to a close, the ICC is yet to release the results of its anti-corruption probe.

The ICC investigation, which was first revealed in December, focuses on Vincent, Cairns and another New Zealander, Daryl Tuffey, who has also denied any wrongdoing.