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  • Cheteshwar Pujara determined to win Ranji Trophy after cheater taunt in Bengaluru

    first_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 11:45 IST Cheteshwar Pujara led from the front with the bat to take Saurashtra into the final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 131 as Saurashtra chased down a 279-run target against KarnatakaPujara and Sheldon Jackson stitched a match-winning 214-run stand after Saurashtra were reeling at 23/3Saurashtra will face defending champions Vidarbha in the final of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 in Nagpur from February 3India’s marathon man Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that Saurashtra will be able to put up a good fight in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final, starting February 3 in Nagpur against defending champions Vidarbha.Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 131 as Saurashtra edged past Karnataka by 5 wickets in the hard-fought semi-final on Monday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The in-form India batsman stitched a 214-run stand with fellow centurion, Sheldon Jackson as Saurashtra gunned down a 279-run target.Saurashtra have reached their third Ranji Trophy final in seven years. They were beaten in the 2012-13 and 2015-16 final by the powerhouses of Indian domestic cricket, Mumbai.”All of us are excited. Winning the Ranji Trophy title is something that all of us are looking forward to. We were in the final twice, this time we have a good opportunity to win the final. We have a good team. Hopefully, we will continue the good performance and not worry too much about the final and play our normal games,” Pujara said.Saurashtra were reeling at 23 for 3 on Day 4 of the semi-final but Pujara and Jackson ground down the Karnataka bowling attack who were persistent till the final ball of the chase. Pujara batted 266 balls and spent 10 hours at the middle and remained unbeaten as he helped Saurashtra cross the finish line.There were a couple of umpiring errors that handed reprieves to Pujara but the Saurashtra mainstay was composed and got the job done for his team. Pujara was booed by the Benglauru crowd on Saturday and a section of the crowd even shouted “cheater, cheater”.advertisementCheater is the reception Saurashtra batsmen received after Pujara denied to walk after edging twice in two innings. Sayied Khalid, well done Sir. #KARvSAU pic.twitter.com/cNVa0Nd53BThilak Ram (@Thilak_Rama) January 27, 2019Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson had joined forces in the quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow even as Saurashtra chased down a Ranji Trophy record of 372 runs. The two batsmen had added an unbeaten 136-run stand after opener Harvik Desai scored a century.Ranji Trophy Saurashtra vs Karnataka: HighlightsSpeaking about the marathon stand in Bengaluru, Pujara said: “I think we believed in ourselves. Partnership was crucial. We were under pressure when we were at 23/3. We thought a good partnership is needed. Looking at the first innings… I thought that once the ball gets old, it’s easier to bat.”Talking about Saurashtra’s love for batting last in the ongoing competition: “We’ll have a look at the pitch and then decide. Yeah, we are doing well with the bat in the fourth innings. Our openers are also doing well. Little disappointed with the way we batted in the first innings. Credit goes to our bowlers… the way they bowled in the second innings kept us in the game.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow Ranji Trophy finalFollow SaurashtraFollow Saurashtra vs Karnataka Cheteshwar Pujara determined to win Ranji Trophy after cheater taunt in BengaluruRanji Trophy 2018-19: Cheteshwar Puajra’s unbeaten 131 helped Saurashtra reach the final of the premier domestic tournament for the third time in seven years.advertisementlast_img read more

  • BBC wheels out TV big beasts for annual Christmas ratings battle as

    first_imgIt will be the final BBC outing for Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue Strictly Come Dancing will return on christmas Day at 6.45pmCredit:BBC Call the Midwife will be on at 8pm for a tear-jerking specialCredit:BBC On Boxing Day, the second episode of the two-part GBBO will take a star spot again at 7pm, as Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc bid a final farewell to the BBC.The GBBO Christmas special will see four previous Bake Off favourites return to the tent for a competition of their own, featuring three Christmas challenges.Among them, it has been confirmed, will be Howard Middleton, a series four favourite who got caught up in early controversy nicknamed “Custardgate” after his custard was pinched from a fridge and used by another contestant. Doctor Who will air at 5.45pm on Christmas DayCredit:BBC Alan Bennett will take part in a documentary for BBC Two  It will be the final BBC outing for Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue This Christmas is the last chance for the BBC to utilise its popularity, in the fierce annual battle for ratings before it moves to the rival channel.Elsewhere, the corporation’s Christmas Day will have a distinctly familiar feel to viewers with peaktime outings for shows which have proved big hits in recent years. Strictly Come Dancing will return on christmas Day at 6.45pm So far, the main 2016 series of GBBO broke its own viewing figures with 14.8 million tuning in live to see Candice Brown win. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In 2015, Mrs Brown’s Boys topped the charts at with consolidated figures showing 9.5 million tuning in, with 9.3m for Call the Midwife, 7.7m for EastEnders, 8.5m for Strictly and 7.7m for Doctor Who.This year, BBC One has also secured smash-hit children’s film Frozen, announced the fifth-biggest film hit in box office history, to captivate the younger generation in the afternoon, the first time it has been free to air. Channel 4 will show Raymond Briggs' The Snowman It may soon be departing for pastures new at Channel 4, but the BBC is relying on one last ratings hit for the Great British Bake Off, as it places the much-loved show at the heart of its Christmas schedules.The Great British Bake Off is due to air at 4.45pm on Christmas Day, kicking off an afternoon of classic BBC One programming including Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife.It may face little fresh competition from its broadcasting rivals, with ITV airing the end of The Lion King, the Disney film, opposite it, while Channel 4 plumps for Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman and the Snowdog. ITV will be without its biggest Christmas hit, Downton Abbey, this yearCredit:ITV Doctor Who will air at 5.45pm on Christmas Day Call the Midwife will be on at 8pm for a tear-jerking special BBC Two, meanwhile, will take a step back to rely on a diet of repeats it calls a “complementary schedule”, with The Morecombe and Wise Show, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and Dad’s Army: Turkey Dinner taking centre stage.Around three quarters of its shows over the two-week period will be repeats, with executives previously saying they would make “no apology” for giving viewers “another chance to watch some classic BBC programmes and modern family favourites again”. Original broadcasts will include Alan Bennett’s Diaries on Christmas Eve, followed by his film The Lady in the Van, and a documentary about Dame Judi Dench’s career on December 30th.The BBC said it would have fewer repeats on BBC One than last year, with over 90 per cent of peak time scheduling being classed as new. Downton Abbey, ITV’s biggest ratings hit at nearly 11m in 2015, will be absent from screens this year, leaving it relying on films throughout the day before Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret’s Dead Man captures the audience imagination at 9pm. ITV will be without its biggest Christmas hit, Downton Abbey, this year In an era where linear channels face stiff competition from streaming services Netflix and Amazon, this Christmas may prove even more of a sticking point as people unwrap tablet computers and subscriptions to watch instead of their home television.The BBC has announced that six of last year’s top ten best rated shows will make a return to lure families in, with Strictly Come Dancing, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, EastEnders and the Queen’s speech proving a safe ratings bet. Alan Bennett will take part in a documentary for BBC Two  The Queen’s Speech will air on the BBC and ITV at 3pm, as tradition dictates.The Great British Bake Off will debut on Channel 4 in 2017 with a charity special for Stand Up to Cancer. Channel 4 will show Raymond Briggs’ The Snowmanlast_img read more