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India v England: Hosts win astonishing third Test in two days

India v England: Hosts win astonishing third Test in two days

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Third Test, Ahmedabad (day two)England 112 (Crawley 53; Axar 6-38) & 81 (Axar 5-32, Ashwin 4-48)India 145 (Rohit 66, Root 5-8, Leach 4-54) & 49-0India won by 10 wicketsScorecardEngland succumbed to a 10-wicket defeat against India inside two days of an astonishing third Test in Ahmedabad.On a scarcely believable day when both sides collapsed and 17 wickets fell in two sessions, India completed the quickest Test win since 1935 not long into the final session.England began the day with a thrilling fightback, turning India's overnight 99-3 into 145 all out.But, faced with a first-innings deficit of 33, England were bowled out for 81 as India's spinners ran riot once again.In a frenzied start to their second innings, England lost Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow within three balls - both...
‘Astonishing’ blue whale numbers at South Georgia

‘Astonishing’ blue whale numbers at South Georgia

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Scientists say they have seen a remarkable collection of blue whales in the coastal waters around the UK sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.Their 23-day survey counted 55 animals - a total that is unprecedented in the decades since commercial whaling ended.South Georgia was the epicentre for hunting in the early 20th Century. The territory's boats with their steam-powered harpoons were pivotal in reducing Antarctic blues to just a few hundred individuals.To witness 55 of them now return to what was once a pre-eminent feeding ground for the population has been described as "truly, truly amazing" by cetacean specialist Dr Trevor Branch from the University of Washington, Seattle. "To think that in a period of 40 or 50 years, I ...
‘Astonishing’ fossil ape discovery revealed

‘Astonishing’ fossil ape discovery revealed

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Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how and when walking on two legs evolved.The ability to walk upright is considered a key characteristic of being human.The ape had arms suited to hanging in the trees, but human-like legs. It may have walked along branches and even on the ground some 12 million years ago, pushing back the timeline for bipedal walking, say researchers.Until now the earliest fossil evidence for walking upright dates back to six million years ago. The four fossils - of a male, two females and a juvenile - were unearthed in a clay pit in Bavaria between 2015 and 2018."The finds in southern Germany are a milestone in palaeoanthropology, because they raise fundamental questions about our pr...
Listen: ‘It was an astonishing decision’ – Former Northern Ireland star slams Romanian referee for penalty call

Listen: ‘It was an astonishing decision’ – Former Northern Ireland star slams Romanian referee for penalty call

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Former Norther Ireland star David Healy has slammed Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan for his ‘astonishing’ penalty decision which leave the nation’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.Northern Ireland suffered a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in the first-leg of their play-off at Windor Park on Thursday night, with Ricardo Rodriguez’s controversial penalty putting the Swiss in the driving seat of their tie.MATCH REPORT: Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: Green and White Army's World Cup hopes hang in balanceThe AC Milan star slotted in from the spot after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled inside the area, although replays showed the ball hitting his shoulder, and from point-blank range.It was a harsh decision and one of many questionable calls from the ref, having earlier waved pl...