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Cheteshwar Pujara Prefers Playing Test Cricket With Red Ball

Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s Test specialist No. 3 batsman has said that if given choice he would prefer playing Test cricket with the red ball.

India’s batting mainstay has revealed his preferred choice of the ball while playing Test cricket. The 33-year-old who played a pivotal role in India’s historic 2-1 victory in Australia recently has said that if given a choice he would like facing the red ball more than the pink ball.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara Prefer To Play With Red Ball

In an exclusive interview, Cheteshwar Puajra reckoned that the format of the game remains the same but facing the pink ball is a different ball game altogether.

“I would prefer to play with the red ball if given the choice because it’s a different ball game all together as a batter you need to have a different strategy. Yes, pink-ball is a different ball game. Although it’s the same format, I feel it’s a different ball game. So given a choice, I will prefer to play with a red ball,” Cheteshwar Pujara said.

India vs Bangladesh Day Night Test
India vs Bangladesh Day-Night Test. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Notably, India have played only 2 pink-ball Test matches till date. They had won their first-ever pink-ball Test at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh, while in their first-ever overseas pink-ball Test, Virat Kohli’s men lost by 8 wickets to Australia. India were shockingly bundled out for 36 in the 2nd inning of Adelaide Test in December 2020.

However, India bounced back after losing Adelaide Test and outshined Australian in the next 3 Tests with the red ball winning at Melbourne and Brisbane.

India Played First Day Night Test Against Bangladesh

Day/night cricket is now commonplace in one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket. For instance, all 27 matches in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 were day/night matches, as were most matches in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

In October 2012, the International Cricket Council recast the playing conditions for Test matches, permitting day/night Test matches. The first day/night Test Match took place between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on 27 November 2015.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The Test series between Bangladesh and India also featured the first day/night match to be played by either side at Kolkata. Ishant Sharma took his tenth five-wicket haul in Tests and was awarded Man of Match. Bangladesh scored 106 and 195 while India scored 347/99 declared with Virat Kohli scoring 136. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 55 while Ajinkya Rahane scored 51.

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Australia vs India 2020-21: The Last Time I Saw That Would Have Been Under-12s: Damien Fleming Takes Dig At India For Scoring Lowest Test Total

Former Aussie fast bowler Damien Fleming is astonished to see India bundling out for just 36 runs in their second innings at Adelaide Oval during the opening match of the four-match Test series against Australia. The visitors collapsed within the first session of their innings but with the lead of already 53 runs, India could give the target of 90 runs.

Like others, Fleming was also in disbelief to see the scorecard. The 50-year-old took a dig at Team India stating that the last time he witnessed such collapse when he was in under-12.

“I see it, I see 36, but I don’t believe it. It’s insane. The last time I saw that would have been under-12s,” the BBC quoted Damien Fleming as saying.

Damien Fleming in disbelief:

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Damien Fleming. Image Credit: Getty Images.

India’s early departure is being credited to Australia’s fast bowling. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins dismantled Virat Kohli and co., picking five and four wickets respectively. Damien Fleming also believes that the pitch wasn’t that bad for batsmen but Aussie bowlers bowled the correct area to blew the visitors.

“It wasn’t excessive,” said Damien Fleming on whether there were demons on the pitch for batsmen. “But they didn’t bowl a bad ball. And India’s bowlers could rightly feel like ‘what have we done?’ I wouldn’t have wanted to see Australia chasing 180 on that.”

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Australian team. Image Credit: ICC.

During the post-match presentation, India captain Virat Kohli felt that the lack of execution was the reason behind India’s miserable batting show. He stated that Australia bowled similarly in the first innings but this time India could not get their plans right.

On day three, India lost the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin for a duck. Virat Kohli was also sent back to the hut after adding a four in his tally while Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari was out for nine and eight runs respectively. No Indian batter could get a double-digit score which made the case more worse.

With the win, Australia maintained its dominance in the pink ball history. They will lock the horns in the second Test match in Melbourne, which is scheduled to begin on December 26.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Shoaib Akhtar Rubs Salt On Wounds Of Indian Fans After India Registers Lowest Test Total
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Shoaib Akhtar Rubs Salt On Wounds Of Indian Fans After India Register Lowest Test Total

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, who is the staunchest critics of the Indian team, also could not believe his eyes when he saw India getting all out for just mere 36 runs during their second innings at Adelaide Oval against Australia. India has lost that match by eight wickets.

In his recent video uploaded on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar humorously took a dig at India for collapsing early on day three of the first Test. He shared an interesting story that he thought India had scored 369 but after clearly gazing at the TV screen, he noticed that there was a dash between 36 and 9.

Australia vs India 2020-21: No Explanation- Parthiv Patel Criticise India For 'Shameful Performance' In Adelaide Test
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Shoaib Akhtar, further, added that it was an embarrassing batting and loss for the world’s mighty India.

“I woke up and the morning and switched on the TV. Could not see the match yesterday night. I saw India had put 369 on the board. Then I rubbed my eyes and saw carefully, I saw it’s 36 and there is a slash before 9 and one is retired hurt. Embarrassing loss. Embarrassing batting, the world’s mighty batting crumbling down,” Shoaib Akhtar said.

Bare it and bare the criticism: Shoaib Akhtar

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Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

However, the former Pakistan cricketer didn’t stop there but he further rubbed salt on the wound of Indian fans, adding that his neighbourhood had registered an even low total than Pakistan. But he also sympathizes, stating that nothing can be done but India will have to bear the criticism.

“They broke our record also. 36 all out! This is a disgraceful performance, it’s terrible. But happiest that they broke our (Pakistan’s) record. Anyway, this happens in cricket. Bare it and bare the criticism, this is going to happen to you now. So, mighty India comes crumbling down. This is bad news,” Shoaib Akhtar added.

Earlier, not even a single Indian batsmen could score in double digits as pacer Josh Hazlewood scalped 5 wickets for just 8 runs in the 2nd innings.

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Australia vs India 2020-21: Parthiv Patel Criticises India For ‘Shameful Performance’ In Adelaide Test

Team India’s performance on day three of the Adelaide Test against Australia has left everyone in disbelief. They were dominating until the end of day two but the whole picture changed within the first hour of the play on day three.

Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins left Virat Kohli and co in a drastic position as the whole team was in the pavilion after putting just 36 runs on board in the second innings. Thankfully, India had already the lead of 53 runs ahead of the second innings because of which the audience could witness a longer than expected innings of Australia.

How would India justify a total of 36?Parthiv Patel

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Australian team. Image Credit: ICC.

Parthiv Patel, who announced his retirement earlier this month, has heavily criticised Virat Kohli and co. for their poor show. He was also in disbelief about India’s collapse. The opener, who was with the team when India won the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy, acknowledged Australian’s bowled superbly but could not find a reason why his countrymen were bundled out for just 36 runs, which is the lowest ever score for India in Test cricket.

“India had batted well in the first innings. Posting 250 runs on this tough wicket was a good effort. India bowled well as well in the first innings. But there is no excuse to get all out for 36. We will say that this player bowled sensationally well or he bowled a superb spell. Even then how would you justify a total of 36?,” he said.

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Parthiv Patel criticised that Kohli, Vihari and Rahane were out without setting up a partnership and showing an intent to fight back.

“Players like Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane, have all played on the biggest of stages. So, in your life, you would never be able to explain how you got out for 36. It does not matter how tough the opposition is, you would not have an explanation for this. Even if you are facing Hazlewood, Starc, Cummins, someone could have put their heads down and at least stitched one partnership. But we did not get to see it,” Parthiv Patel added.

He concluded that it was the most shameful performance of India though the men in blue had also seen collapses like this in past.

“This score is India’s lowest total in a Test innings, and their previous lowest of 42 was in 1974, it was a long time ago. This, I would say, is India’s most shameful performance. Even if you try to criticise it, or analyse it, you cannot give an explanation for this. Someone needed to put their hands down, and raised their hands and continued to bat,” Parthiv Patel signed off.

With the win by eight wickets, Australia has gained the lead in the four-match Test series. But the defeat will highly demoralize the visitors, who will also be missing Virat Kohli‘s service in the last three coming Test matches.

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Australia vs India 2020-21: By Far The Best I’ve Seen Us Bowl – Pat Cummins Lauds His Team’s Bowling Performance After Australia Win The Pink Ball Test

Australian pacer Pat Cummins has lauded his team’s bowling effort on day three of the pink ball against India at Adelaide Oval. The visitors bundled out Virat Kohli and co. for 36 runs in their second innings. And the main architect of this was Josh Hazlewood, who went on to register a five-wicket haul.

India’s wickets fell like a heap of cards with Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin being out for a duck. The skipper Virat Kohli was sent back hut after adding a four in his tally while Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal scored eight and nine runs respectively. It was a bad day in the office for India while Australia showed the top-notch bowling.

During the post-match presentation, Pat Cummins said that they had planned to halt India for 200 runs but hadn’t thought they would all out India within the first session. He added that they had the best day because everything went according to their plan.

“We thought if we could get them out for 200 today, have a bit of a bat, we’d stay in the game,” Cummins told Channel 7 after claiming 4-21 to go with his three first innings wickets.

“But for that to happen in the first hour, amazing. It was just one of those days where everything came off, everything we tried worked,” said the top-ranked Test bowler.

By Far The Best I’ve Seen Us bowl- Pat Cummins

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Pat Cummins. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Pat Cummins revealed that during the first innings, they observed that the pitch offered a lot of bounce but on day three, bowling fuller worked for them. He added that the batsman was finding it hard to leave the ball and it was also witnessed.

“We found in the first innings there was actually a lot of bounce, so to hit the stumps it almost felt like it had to be a half volley.

“But when we got into our work we were able to get up there a bit fuller, make the batters make decisions, make it harder to leave the ball and fortunately it all came off today.”

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. Credits: Twitter

Pat Cummins recalled that last year, the bowlers had a similar day in the heading but after bowling out India in Adelaide, he has labeled it the best bowling performance of his team.

“Last year in Headingley’s first innings, we had a similar day out. Today and then are by far the best I’ve seen us bowl.”

Australia has continued their unbeaten legacy in Pink Ball at home after beating India by eight wickets and will now strive to clinch the victory in the Test series.

Shane Warne
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Shane Warne Lashes Out At Umpire Bruce Oxenford ‘For Getting Decisions Wrong’ On Day Two Of Adelaide Test

The spin wizard Shane Warne has slammed umpires for poor decisions in the ongoing first Test i.e, maiden day-night Test between India and Australia at Adelaide Oval. He has especially pointed out Bruce Oxenford’s dubious umpiring decisions on day two.

On day one, Oxenford gave India a short run but after reply, it was seen Virat Kohli‘s bat was clearly touching the crease. However, according to rules, the batsman can not appeal or ask for a replay for overturning the on-field umpire’s decision on short-turn.

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Bruce Oxenford. Image Credit: Getty.

But the decision which fumed former Australian cricketer Shane Warne was when Bruce Oxenford gave Nathan Lyon out in the 63rd over of Australia’s first innings on day two. Indian team loudly appealed for LBW and the Queensland-born umpire straightaway gave him out. Lyon quickly reviewed the decision and DRS showed a significant edge of the bat.

Shane Warne lashed out at Bruce, stating that an umpire can not repeatedly give wrong decisions because it can cost a team.

“People have said to me outside the back of this ground that you might be a tough on Bruce Oxenford, but you can’t keep getting these decisions wrong,” Warne said on Fox Cricket. 

“He just continually makes errors like this. We saw yesterday he gave a short run to India, which just wasn’t a short run. Everyone can make a mistake, but he has made three or four. This is a huge mistake. Look how much that deviates. You could hear the two noises straight away,” he added.

He can cost Joe Burns his grieve: Shane Warne

Australia vs India 2020-21: Shane Warne Lashes Out At Umpire Bruce Oxenford 'For Getting Decisions Wrong' On Day Two Of Adelaide Test 8
Umpire Bruce Oxenford. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

While doing the commentary, Shane Warne also pointed out Joe Burn’s LBW decision which was also given by Bruce. The ball was just clipping the outside of the leg stick but because of the umpire’s call, he had to leave the field.

“To me when you watch that live it was always going down the legside a little bit, but because of umpire’s call it is still in play, and that was maybe just hitting or maybe just missing. But because he gave him out, it’s going down the legs, and maybe it is clipping and it is given.

“He can cost Joe Burns his grieve, all these mistakes. No one likes to make mistakes and you don’t want to pick on an umpire. But he has made too many in my opinion in this game,” Shane Warne said while doing commentary for Sony.

Meanwhile, India ended up the day two at Adelaide Oval with 62 runs lead. Mayank Agarwal and Jasprit Bumrah will continue batting on day three.

Sachin Tendulkar,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Be Extremely Aware Of The Clock – Sachin Tendulkar’s Advice To Virat Kohli For Day-Night Test

The legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has shared a helpful piece of advice to Virat Kohli and Co. for their maiden pink-ball Test match against Australia in Adelaide, which is also the first Test of the four-match series. He reckons India needs to keep eye on the clock for the day-night Test match and has also given a reason for the same.

Sachin Tendulkar on the conditions:

In the recent interaction, Sachin Tendulkar explained that after the sunsets, balls start swinging more in comparison to the day time. The temperature drops while dew sets in and thus, India needs to score more and more during the daylight. As per him, India needs to keep changing its strategy according to the time.

“Whatever I have seen with the pink-ball Tests, you have to be extremely aware of the clock. Whenever the sun is going down and the temperature drops and before dew sets in and the grass is nice and cool, there is going to be a little extra lateral movement of the surface. That is when you don’t just respect the bowler but you also respect the conditions,” Sachin Tendulkar said.

India won the toss and opted to bat:

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Australia has played seven pink-ball Test and has been undefeatable in all the occasions while India has played only one pink-ball Test that too against Bangladesh at home. This could put Tim Paine’s team in an advantageous position, adding to the fact that they will be more accustomed to the conditions at home.

In the ongoing Adeliade Test, Indian captain Virat Kohli has also won the toss and opted to bat. He also repeated Sachin Tendulkar’s words during the toss.

“Here in a pink-ball Test, your first session could well be the one where you cash in where you take a little more chances and play more aggressively. Maybe in Australia, the sun goes down later than it did in Kolkata,” Virat Kohli said during the toss. 

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Prithvi Shaw. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, the opener Prithvi Shaw has also lost wicket for duck and Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara are doing amends for the wicket loss.

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Australia vs India 2020-21: Sean Abbott Ruled Out Of First Test; Moises Henriques Announced Replacement

The pacer Sean Abbott has joined the long list of Australian players who got injured and has been ruled out in the ongoing India tour. After featuring in the pink ball warm-up game between India and Australia A, he picked up a mild calf-strain and has been ruled out the first Test of the four-match series, scheduled to begin on December 18.

On Friday, during the first innings of India, Sean Abbott notched the crucial wicket of Mayank Agarwal besides picking the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami to bundle out the visitors for 194 runs.

However, Sean Abbott is not a prominent player in the national set-up and thus, it’s not a massive blow for the Aussies.

Moises Henriques replaces Sean Abbott:

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Moises Henriques. Image Credit: Twitter.

Moises Henriques, who impressed with his performance in the limited-over leg against India, has been swooped into the squad in place of Sean Abbott. He made his Test debut back in 2013 against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

But in four matches in the format, he has managed only 164 runs and two wickets. Also, the all-rounder didn’t feature in the recently concluded practice matches and is likely to be benched in the opening match considering the existing robust pace attack of Australia.

The left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has returned to the Test squad after leaving the T20I series midway while Pat Cummins and Jos Hazlewood were already available to play in the series. In the bowling department, the home team also have Nathan Lyon, who has more than decent numbers against India in Test cricket.

Virat Kohli (India) vs Tim Paine (Australia)
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. Image Credit: Twitter.

Meanwhile, after playing the maiden pink ball in Adelaide, India will take on Australia in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane in the last three Test matches respectively. The marquee Test series will mark the end of the two-month-long India tour of Australia.

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Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Courtesy: Getty

Cheteshwar Pujara: Batting With Pink Ball During Twilight Not Easy

Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s Test specialist batsman reckons that batting against the pink kookaburra during the twilight session will not be an easy task in the opening Test in Adelaide which will be a Day-Night game as told to news agency PTI.

India are practicing hard at the nets after having already reached Australia ahead of the first ODI in the 3-match ODI and 3-match T20I series which will take place on November 27th while the Test series starting on December 17.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara: Different Challenge Playing With Pink Ball

Cheteshwar Pujara is not part of the limited-overs squad as expected, but he will be a key player in the upcoming 4-match Test series. He was the highest run-scorer in the last Australia tour in 2018/2019 and will try to repeat his performance and has his eyes set on the challenge of facing Australia in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide.

“It will be a different challenge playing with pink ball as pace and bounce also changes. We will be playing with pink kookaburra in Australia (against Bangladesh, it was Pink SG Test). It will be slightly different,” the batsman said.

Pink Ball
Pink Ball

India have so far played only one day-night Test against Bangladesh last year at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Virat Kohli-led side comfortably won the match by an innings and 46 runs. Bangladesh were dismissed on 106 and 195 as the match ended within 3 days with pacer Ishant Sharma adjudged Man of Match.  But Cheteshwar Pujara knows things will be different in Australia as the ball will be kookaburra not SG.

Cheteshwar Pujara: Twilight Period More Challenging But Indian Team Collectively Must Get Used To It

The 32-year-old further added that the Indian team will have to collectively prepare to face the challenge, which can only happen if the team understands and accepts how things will be different with the pink kookaburra under lights.

“As a team and as individuals, one has to understand and accept and get used to it (pink ball and lights) as early possible. There will be a bit of difference with pink ball,” he added.

Day Night Test
Day Night Test

“The twilight period is more challenging than other periods but as you play more and practice more, you get used to it. It does take a little while,” Pujara signed off.

Meanwhile, Australia’s cricket series against India has been cast into jeopardy again after yet another coronavirus outbreak in Adelaide, where the first day/night test is scheduled to be played next month.

Players from Western Australia and Tasmania states who recently returned home from domestic games in Adelaide were ordered into home isolation on Monday when their provincial governments closed borders to South Australia.

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Team India Tour of Australia 2020-21 Full Schedule; MCG To Host Boxing Day Test Match

Since the start of 2020, Team India’s tour of Australia has been the most talking point in cricket. Even during the pandemic, the former and current players of the two countries had passed several comments about the rivalry. But finally, after passing all the hurdles in the way, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA), on Wednesday, have released the schedule of the series across all the formats.

Team India will enter Australia via Sydney and will follow a 14-days quarantine while will also be allowed to train during that period. Indian Team is expected to leave Dubai soon after the completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on November 10.

“India’s squad will arrive in Sydney on November 12 subject to Australian Border Force travel authorisation and the appropriate departure-approvals. The team will quarantine in Sydney prior to the first match of the series on November 27,” said a Cricket Australia media release.

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Team India. Image Credit: Twitter

The tour will start with the three-match ODI series followed by three-match T20I series. The first two ODI will be hosted at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 27 and 29 respectively. The final match of the series will be played at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on December 2.

The T20I series, comprising of three-matches, will kick start in Canberra on December 4 with the last two matches being played in Sydney on Dec 6 and 8 respectively.

And then finally, the most anticipated series, the Border-Gavaskar trophy, will mark the end of the tour. The four-match Test series will start with the Pink Ball Day/Night Test match at Adelaide from December 17. The touring nation will also get two warm-up four-day matches, including a day-night Test match, before the start of the Test series. But the practice matches are also collapsing with the last two T20I matches.

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The second Test match will be played in Melbourne Cricket Ground from Dec 26. Initially, because of the rise of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne, the traditional venue was being considered to be excluded. But now, the decline in cases has given the path to Cricket Australia to host the Boxing Day Test at MCG. Moreover, CA’s Interim CEO Nick Hockley has informed that talks are going on with the Victorian State government to allow the spectators.

The third and fourth Test matches will be held in Sydney Cricket Ground (January 7) and Gabba (January 15).

Team India tour of Australia 2020-21 full schedule

1st ODI: Friday, Nov 27: SCG (D/N)
2nd ODI: Sunday, Nov 29: SCG (D/N)
3rd ODI: Wednesday, Dec 2: Canberra (D/N)

1st T20: Friday, Dec 4: Canberra (Night)
2nd T20: Sunday, Dec 6 – SCG (Night)
3rd T20: Tuesday, Dec 8 – SCG (Night)

Practice match: Dec 6-8- Drummoyne Oval, Sydney

Practice match: Dec 11-13- Sydney Cricket Ground (D/N)

Test Series
1st Test: Dec 17-21 – Adelaide (Day/Night)
2nd Test: Dec 26-30 – Melbourne
3rd Test: Jan 7-11 – Sydney
4th Test: Jan 15-19 – Brisbane.

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