Steve Smith has scored a career high 192 to help Australia to a massive
total of 530 on Day 2. The match was in the balance at the start of
play, but by lunch Australia had snatched the momentum before running
away with it with yet another flurry of tail-end runs. Brad Haddin (55),
Mitchell Johnson (28) and Ryan Harris (74) all ably supported their
skipper through two sessions of aggressive batting and lacklustre
bowling. Shami (4/130) was the best pick of the Indian bowlers with
Yadav & Ashwin grabbing 3 wickets each. India ended the day
comfortably at 1/108 with Murali Vijay reaching 50.
Chelsea maintained their lead in the race for the EPL title with a
comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge overnight.
Mourihno’s men dominated from the start and had their reward after 31
minutes when skipper John Terry tapped in off a Diego Costa header.
Exactly double that time later, Costa had his goal beating 3 West Ham
players in the box and sliding the ball past Adriàn. In other games,
Liverpool snuck past Burnley with a 1-0 win. Southampton beat a
struggling Crystal Palace 3-1. Stoke City shocked Everton away with a
1-0 win. A Wayne Rooney double saw Manchester United beat Newcastle 3-1.
Tottenham beat Leicester City 2-1. Hull City got their second away win
of the season against Sunderland 3-1. Swansea saw off Aston Villa 1-0.
Despite torrential snow, Manchester City still had enough quality to
smack three past hapless West Bromwich Albion, while Alexis Sanchez
showed his class as 10-man Arsenal hung on to beat QPR 2-1.
Central Coast have broken their home goal drought in their thrilling 3-3
draw with the Brisbane Roar. After 6 hours without a home goal, the
hosts were rewarded for their hunger in the 56th minute when they
grabbed an equaliser through veteran defender Eddy Bosnar, who took
advantage of some poor marking from the Roar to head home an Anthony
Caceres cross. The floodgates then opened, with Central Coast taking the
lead in the 63rd minute through Matt Simon who smashed the ball home
from after close range The Roar then awoke from their slumber to
equalise in the 71st minute via young defender Donachie, who scored his
first A-League goal with a header. It was then the Mariners’ turn to
respond, with Central Coast regaining the lead in the 80th minute
through substitute Kim Seung-yong. However, just when it seemed the
Mariners would grab a much-needed three points, Solorzano took advantage
of some great work from Dimitri Petratos and Daniel Bowles to have the
final say in the contest with an 82nd-minute goal. In the other game, a
stunning late free kick from Gui Finkler saw Melbourne stay in finals
contention with a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.
Written by Cennan Nwiran
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