Four policemen, including two sub-inspectors, were killed and seven others injured in an encounter with Maoists in Narayanpur district of south Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.“An encounter took place between the police and Maoists near Irapanar village in Abujhmad area of Narayanpur today. Two police sub-inspectors and two constables lost their lives [in the encounter]. Seven jawans were injured and are being brought to Raipur [for treatment],” Devnath, Additional Inspector General of the Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit of Chhattisgarh police said.According to D. M. Awasthi, special Director General of Police in charge of the ANO, the encounter took place when the police team was venturing into the core Maoist area of Abujmad.Exchange of fire for over an hour“The operation was planned by Narayanpur SP [Superintendent of Police]. The police party left the base camp on Tuesday evening. The exchange of fire between the Maoists and the police team went on for over an hour,” he said.In another incident, two policemen suffered injuries in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh.The IED, planted by Maoists, exploded when a police team was carrying out a search operation in Basaguda area of Bijapur. The injured policemen were evacuated to Raipur by a chopper.
Statistical highlights of the third Test between India and England at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.India lost the Birmingham Test by and innings and 242 runs – their third worst defeat in their history of 454 Tests in terms of runs. This was also the second worst loss for India against England in terms of runs.The 1958 loss against West Indies at Eden Gardens is the worst of India’s losses in terms of runs. India had lost that match by an innings and 336 runs. And an inning and 285-run loss to England at Lord’s way back in 1974 ranks second in the list.This was Alastair Cook’s second double ton. His previous best was 235 not out against Australia during the Ashes in Brisbane in November last year. Incidentally, 235 not out is also his highest first-class score.Alastair Cook’s 294 is his best knock against India, surpassing the 104 not out at Nagpur in 2005-06.Alastair Cook’s 294 is the highest score by a English batsman at Edgbaston.Eoin Morgan scored his second Test ton in his career spanning 12 Tests. His first came against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in July 2010.Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss have registered 13 century partnerships – eleven for the first wicket and two for the second wicket. The pair posted their second century stand against India – their first is 118 for the first wicket at Chennai in December 2008.The Strauss-Cook pair is the first English opening pair and the fourth in Tests to aggregate 4,000 runs or more – 4072 at an average of 43.31 in 96 innings. The pair joined three other pairs – West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (6482 at 47.31 in 148 innings), Australia’s Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden (5655 at 51.88 in 113) and Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (4469 at 40.26 in 118).The 11 opening century stands by Cook-Strauss have been exceeded only by Greenidge-Haynes (16), Hobbs-Sutcliffe (15) and Hayden-Langer (14).Kevin Pietersen (63 off 78 balls) recorded his fourth fifty against India – his 25th in Tests.Pietersen has averaged 56.21 in Tests against India -1068 in 20 innings, including four centuries and four fifties.The 186-run opening partnership is England’s highest against India at Edgbaston, obliterating the 157 between David Lloyd and Dennis Amiss in 1974.The said stand is the third highest for England against India for the first wicket – the top two being 225 between Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch at Manchester and 204 by the same pair at Lord’s – both in 1990.advertisement