Ashok Sharma

Ashok Sharma

    Teenager Suresh Raina struck a valiant 81 not out on Friday as India overcame an early collapse to beat England by four wickets in the second limited-overs international. Raina and Mahendra Dhoni (38) combined for a 118-run, sixth-wicket partnership to help India recover from a 92-5 slump.

    A century from opener Andrew Strauss and an unbeaten 50 by Test rookie Owais Shah helped a depleted England reach a solid 272 for three on the first day of the third and final cricket Test against India. Strauss batted with authority as he drove, pulled and swept the Indian bowlers fluently after Indian skipper Rahul Dravid asked England to bat first after winning the toss.

    Indian health officials went door-to-door on Monday searching for people possibly sickened by the deadly H5N1 bird-flu virus, while hundreds of German troops disposed of dead chickens in a desperate attempt to contain the fast-moving disease. The European Union's agriculture ministers met to discuss ways to combat bird flu.