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Australia has the upper hand in the first Test after smashing India’s top batsmen

Staff writers, December 7, 2018 7:08AM Kids News

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Pat Cummins' extraordinary run out of Cheteshwar Pujara of India yesterday. media_cameraPat Cummins' extraordinary run out of Cheteshwar Pujara of India yesterday.

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CRICKET: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was thrilled with how Australia started their four-Test series against India yesterday, including a stunning final-over dismissal* of century-maker* Cheteshwar Pujara.

Pujara scored a ton* on day one of the first Test at Adelaide Oval after his top order* teammates failed.

India will resume today at 9-250, having crashed to 3-19 when they lost star batsman Virat Kohli for just three runs thanks to an amazing catch by Usman Khawaja, then 6-127 before Pujara fought back with help from the tail*.

Yesterday’s play finished with Pujara being run out for 123 by a superb direct hit from a diving Pat Cummins, who had one stump to aim at.

“It was a special moment for him. Especially after a long day in the field,” Starc said, referring to Cummins’ efforts in 38-degree heat.

Australian fieldsman Pat Cummins (centre) is congratulated by teammates for the run out of India's batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralian fieldsman Pat Cummins (centre) is congratulated by teammates for the run out of India’s batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Picture: AFP

With just one Indian wicket left, pressure will be on Australia’s batsmen to perform when they take the crease later today.

“You can’t judge a wicket until both teams have had a crack,” Starc admitted. “One good day isn’t going to win a series.”

Andrew Bogut. Picture: AAP media_cameraAndrew Bogut. Picture: AAP

BASKETBALL: Star player Andrew Bogut and coach Andrew Gaze are certain Sydney can improve further after the Kings’ hard-fought 77-72 home win over ladder leaders Perth.

The Kings led by 15 in the second quarter and by 13 early in the final quarter at Qudos Bank Arena last night.

But Perth, who suffered just their second loss in 12 games, showed great resilience* to get within one point inside the last five minutes of a tough contest.

Brad Newley and Kevin Lisch each scored 16 for Sydney, while Nick Kay and Terrico White each tallied 17 for Perth; Clint Steindl contributed 16 off the bench.

Nick Kyrgios wants to play in the Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraNick Kyrgios wants to play in the Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Getty Images

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios still hasn’t given up on his dream of being an Olympian.

Australia hasn’t won an Olympic medal in tennis since 2004 and any chances of ending that drought at Rio in 2016 all but ended when Kyrgios pulled out after a public fight with the Australian Olympic team leader Kitty Chiller.

Despite having the backing of Tennis Australia, Kyrgios took exception after Chiller openly criticised his behaviour so he made himself unavailable saying he was being treated unfairly.

More than two years later though, Kyrgios is now eyeing a spot in Tokyo in 2020.

“It’s definitely on my radar,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

Steph Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots around Larry Nance Jr of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Picture: AFP media_cameraSteph Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots around Larry Nance Jr of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Picture: AFP

BASKETBALL: Steph Curry has already begun making moves for a third NBA Most Valuable Player award with a stunning performance against Cleveland, netting nine 3-pointers and finishing with 42 points.

Kevin Durant also played a role, adding 25 as the Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cavaliers team for the first time since winning another NBA title.

It never looked too tight as the defending champs downed their rivals 129-105.

Curry scored nine points in less than a minute midway through the fourth quarter to help the Warriors pull away for their eighth straight win over their former Finals rivals.

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GLOSSARY

  • dismissal: wicket
  • century-maker: someone who scores 100 or more
  • ton: score of 100
  • top order: top batsmen in a team
  • tail: weakest batsmen in a team that bat last
  • resilience: to show toughness or bounce back from difficulties

QUICK QUIZ

  1. Which Aussie player impressed with a final-over run-out?
  2. How many points did Sydney Kings win by?
  3. Who did Nick Kyrgios have a fight with? Why?
  4. Which NBA team does Steph Curry play for?

VCOP ACTIVITY
With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text. Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb. Make sure it still makes sense in the context it was taken from.

Try to replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

HAVE YOUR SAY: Tell us what you thought about Usman Khawaja’s catch to dismiss Virat Kohli and Pat Cummins’ amazing run-out.
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