TAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Wriddhiman Saha and Hanuma Vihari struck half-centuries but fast bowler Chemar Holder grabbed three late wickets to limit India A on the opening day of the final four-day “Test”.Sent in at the Brian Lara Stadium on Tuesday, the visitors were dismissed for 201, with Saha top-scoring with 62 and captain Vihari chipping in with 55.Opener Mayank Agarwal got a start with 33 and all-rounder Shivam Dube hit 26 but India A fell away at the end, losing their last five wickets for just 12 runs in the space of 41 balls.Holder, who took three of those five wickets, ended with three for 47 while off-spinner Akim Fraser did the early damage for the hosts in taking three for 53.Leg-spinner Yannic Cariah supported with two for 45.West Indies A then stumbled to the close on 23 for one, losing Montcin Hodge for 15 to the day’s final’s delivery, bowled missing an ambitious drive at off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham.Fraser had given West Indies A an excellent start when he took two wickets in the first session to reduce India A to 47 for three at lunch, before taking another almost immediately following the resumption.Fast bowler Miguel Cummins bowled Abhimanyu Esawaran without scoring in the morning’s seventh over before Agarwal and Priyank Panchal (11) put on 38 for the second wicket to steady the innings.However, Fraser struck twice in successive deliveries just before lunch when he had Agarwal taken at short leg by Jeremy Solozano and followed up by trapping Shubman Gill in front first ball.After lunch, he then accounted for Panchal without adding, caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton.Vihari, unbeaten on two at lunch, anchored two half-century stands to prop up the innings. He first put on 86 for the fifth with Saha before adding a further 55 for the sixth with Dube.All told, he faced 139 balls in just short of 3-¼ hours and counted five fours while Saha’s knock was more cavalier, coming from just 66 balls and including nine fours and a six.Saha eventually holed out to wide mid on off Cariah and after tea, reached at 155 for five, Dube added a further 13 before miscuing a heave at the same bowler and falling to a skyer at long off.Vihari was eighth out, dragging on a drive at Holder, to be one of four wickets to fall for just two runs.NDIA A 1st InningsA Esawaran b Cummins 0M Agarwal c Solozano b Fraser 33P Panchal c wkp Hamilton b Fraser 11S Gill lbw b Fraser 0*H Vihari b Holder 55+W Saha c Holder b Cariah 62S Dube c Shepherd b Cariah 26K Gowtham lbw b Holder 0S Nadeem c wkp Hamilton b Reifer 6U Yadav c Ambris b Holder 0Avesh Khan not out 4Extras (lb2, w1, nb1) 4TOTAL (all out, 67.5 overs) 201Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-45, 3-45, 4-48, 5-134, 6-189, 7-190, 8-191, 9-191, 10-201.Bowling: Cummins 12-5-22-1, Holder 16-7-47-3, Reifer 11.5-1-32-1, Fraser 15-2-53-3, Cariah 13-3-45-2.WEST INDIES A 1st InningsM Hodge b Gowtham 15J Solozano not out 7A Fraser not out 0Extras (lb1) 1TOTAL (1 wkt, 15 overs) 23Fall of wicket: 1-23.To bat: J Blackwood, Y Cariah, S Ambris, B King, *+J Hamilton, R Reifer, C Holder, M Cummins.Bowling: Yadav 5-2-11-0, Avesh Khan 3-2-1-0, Gowtham 4-2-6-1, Nadeem 3-1-4-0.Position: West Indies A trail by 178 runs with nine wickets remaining.
Source: BBC German champions Bayern Munich thrashed title rivals Borussia Dortmund to move back to the top of the Bundesliga with six games remaining.Dortmund, who were two points clear heading into this match, were shell-shocked following a ruthless first-half display from the hosts.Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Serge Gnabry and Javi Martinez gave Bayern a 4-0 lead at half-time.Bayern are chasing a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title.In a showdown described as the “biggest in Europe this season”,Dortmund’s title hopes suffered a blow and extended their losing streak at the Allianz Arena to five games.At the start of December, the title race looked to be over with Dortmund nine points clear at the top, but Bayern took advantage of the stuttering form of their rivals to claw back the deficit.And as if intended as a timely reminder of Bayern’s pedigree, Lewandowski became the second-fastest player to score 200 goals in the German top flight, doing so in 284 games.His Bayern side are aiming to win a 29th league title and could add the German Cup after reaching the semi-finals with a victory over second-division side Heidenheim.Over in a flashDortmund’s free-flowing football had propelled them to the top of the table with seven games remaining but they were taught a lesson by a Bayern side hungry to retain their title.There weren’t any initial signs of a collapse – midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud hit the outside of the post within eight minutes as Dortmund looked bright.But ex-Dortmund centre-back Hummels proved more clinical when his towering header thumped into the back of the net just minutes later.After the opener, Dortmund struggled to keep pace with their title rivals and eventually the pressure took its toll.Dan-Axel Zagadou’s clumsy pass fell straight to Lewandowski and the former Dortmund striker lifted the ball over the keeper and slotted it into an open net to double Bayern’s lead.Bayern’s pressure was relentless – Dortmund keeper Roman Burki was forced to tip Thomas Muller’s header over the bar before making two smart low saves to deny Hummels and Lewandowski.But Burki’s heroics were short-lived as Javi Martinez pounced on a rebound to fire Bayern into a 3-0 lead within 40 minutes.Gnabry rubbed further salt into the wounds two minutes later with a pin-point header from Muller’s cross and Lewandowski picked up his second of the night with a tap-in a minute before full-time.Dortmund’s humiliation was confirmed at half-time but they remain only a point behind in a thrilling title race.Bayern’s slip-up last week against Freiburg suggests there could still be more twists to come.Lewandowski breaks more records – best of the statsFor the first time since 2001-02, there is only a one-point margin between the first two teams in the Bundesliga after 28 games – back then, Dortmund trailed one point behind Bayer Leverkusen, but became champions in the end.Bayern have won their last eight home games in the Bundesliga, scoring 29 goals, while conceding only two.Bayern have also scored 19 goals in their last four home matches against Dortmund and only conceded twice.Centre-back Hummels’ four shots on target in the first half was more than the entire Dortmund team combined.For the first time, Martinez has scored four competitive goals in one season for Bayern.Lewandowski has now scored 15 goals in this fixture (14 for Bayern, one for Dortmund) – surpassing Gerd Muller’s previous record of 14.Lewandowski also became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in five consecutive games against a former club.
HRONIS RACING’S GINGER NUT TACKLES MALES AS SHE HEADS SUNDAY’S $75,000 DESERT CODE STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS AT FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF SADLER TRAINEE COMES OFF IMPRESSIVE STAKES SCORE AT KEENELAND ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2019)–Hronis Racing’s Ginger Nut, an impressive stakes winner on April 12 at Keeneland, will take on males as she heads a field of six sophomore turf sprinters in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Code Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf. Trained by John Sadler, Irish-bred Ginger Nut, who made her U.S. debut two races back at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 23, will be making her first Santa Anita start on Sunday.GINGER NUTOwner: Hronis Racing LLCTrainer: John SadlerA minor stakes winner three starts back versus males in England and by the far the most accomplished runner in the Desert Code lineup, Ginger Nut drew the rail going 5 ½ furlongs and rallied from last to take the ungraded Limestone Turf Sprint Stakes at Keeneland by 1 ¼ lengths on April 12. A winner of four of her 10 starts, she has earnings of $301,088. Ridden by eastern based Joel Rosario last time out, she’ll get the services of Drayden Van Dyke on Sunday.LEGENDS OF WAROwner: C T R Stables LLC (Calvert), Qatar Racing Limited & Steven KehTrainer: Doug O’NeillGroup II Stakes-placed six starts back in England on Aug. 24, he gave a good account of himself in his U.S. debut two starts back, running a close third in an ungraded five furlong turf stakes at Churchill Downs April 27. Most recently third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a first condition allowance going one mile over a “good” turf here on May 27, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy will be making his third start for O’Neill as he cuts back in distance to a five furlong sprint and gets the first-time services of Flavien Prat. With two wins from nine starts, Legends of War has earnings of $128,189.RAFALOwner: Sh Rashid bin Humaid Al NuaimiTrainer: Bob BaffertThis lightly race New York-bred colt by the Bernardini stallion Alpha was a runaway 4 ¼ length maiden winner over a wet fast main track going 5 ½ furlongs here on May 19 and will be trying turf for the first time in his third career start. Quick from the blocks, he carved out gate to wire splits of 21.60, 44.60 and 56.40 en route to a final clocking of 1:02.60, which earned him a Beyer Speed figure of 86–the top last-out “fig” in the Desert Code field. He’ll be ridden back by Joe Talamo and could prove an elusive target on Sunday.THE $75,000 DESERT STORMER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 6 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT Ginger Nut–Drayden Van Dyke–119Listing–Mario Gutierrez–124Legends of War–Flavien Prat–122Rafal–Joe Talamo–120Alleva–Rafael Bejarano–122Strictly Biz–Tiago Pereira–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.