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Fast & Furious

India’s batsmen plundered runs and spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin got among the wickets against Sri Lanka but it was the resurgence of paceman Ishant Sharma that probably pleased captain Virat Kohli most ahead of their tour of South Africa.

Sri Lanka had lost 9-0 to India across all formats a few months back and were therefore never expected to provide the ideal preparation for what will be a challenging trip to South Africa for the world’s top-ranked test team.

Spin master at it again, breaks Lillee’s record

|Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin polished off Sri Lanka’s tail in the second test to help India equal their biggest victory and go 1-0 up in the three-match series in Nagpur on Monday. The hosts bundled out Sri Lanka for 166 shortly after fourth day’s lunch to prevail by an innings and 239 runs, the margin equalling their 2007 triumph against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Ashwin finished with 4-63 in the second innings, overtaking former Australian paceman Dennis Lillee as the fastest to 300 test wickets in the process.

Online ticketing GBV falls in Q3

In the absence of a blockbuster like Baahubali, online ticketing companies have seen a drop in gross booking value (GBV) in the September quarter. Both revenues and volumes dropped despite the start of the festive season.

The GBV dropped to $419 million in September quarter from $422 million in June quarter. The ticketing volumes fell 15 per cent, while the revenues of booking intermediaries fell 8 per cent, slightly more than the GBV.

This one takes the cake

A 36-year-old slice cut from the multi-tiered wedding cake served at the royal wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981 is up for auction in the US. The piece of fruitcake, housed in a special box marked on the cover, “CD, Buckingham Palace, 29th July 1981,” is expected to fetch $800.

HADID or not, the show did go on...

Victoria’s Secret’s glitzy annual fashion show hit the stage in China for the first time on Monday, though without several of its “Angels” and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry.

At a packed Shanghai stadium, British singer Harry Styles opened a 45-minute show of singers, dancers and lighting theatrics — along with a line-up of models sporting the brand’s flamboyant and racy lingerie.

Katrina Kaif to be a special guest at IFFI

Katrina Kaif will be special guest at the closing ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India. This will be the 34-year-old actor’s maiden visit to the festival. “I look forward to being a part of IFFI 2017. This year is special because it will be my first visit there. I’m happy to be part of Asia’s oldest festival as it celebrates the future of cinema this year,” Katrina said in a statement. Superstar Salman Khan — also her co-star from Tiger Zinda Hai — will bring down the curtains on the festival on November 28.

Cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83

Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his “family” of young followers, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the late 1960s, died on Sunday, prison officials said. He was 83.

Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. It gave no further details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

Photo released to mark 70th wedding anniversary of Britain’s queen

Buckingham Palace issued a new photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip on Saturday to mark their upcoming 70th wedding anniversary. The couple married at London’s Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world. The portrait, taken earlier this month, showed the queen wearing the same dress which she chose for a service of thanksgiving to mark their diamond wedding anniversary held at the Abbey where they were married.

Gimme $2, become stylish

Victoria Beckham had volunteered to offer fashion advice to people strolling in the Central Park for two dollars. As a guest on Vanity Fair’s show Derek Does Stuff With a Friend, the former Spice Girl conversed with passerbys through an iPad video conference at a stand in the famous area, giving style tips to them.

Too much bakwaas in Bollywood

Rohit Shetty’s record inBollywood was impeccable — he made mass entertainers and was good at them. Whether it was an action film like Singham or the Golmaal comedy franchise, Shetty’s films routinely exasperated critics and delighted audiences. But with 2015’s Dilwale, a multi-starrer with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, Shetty faced his first big failure. The film didn’t do well at the box office and faced protests over Khan’s comments on intolerance in India. Almost two years later, Shetty says he has moved on.