Sun top Sparks in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals

first_imgJasmine Thomas scored 19 points, Jonquel Jones had 16 and Courtney Williams had 15 for the second-seeded Sun, who had a bye for the first two rounds.“We’ve been working toward this all season,” said Alyssa Thomas, who also had five assists and four of the team’s nine steals. “Our first goal was to secure at top-two seed. Single game elimination has not been good to us and we finally put ourselves in a position where we can play a series and we’re more than ready. We’re hungry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Candace Parker had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Nneka Ogwumike added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks, who knocked off defending champion Seattle in the second round.But the Sun forced the Sparks into 17 turnovers and Los Angeles’ starting backcourt of Riquna Williams and Chelsea Gray were a combined 3 of 17 from the floor. Becoming his own man Haaland hits 3 as Liverpool, Chelsea lose in Champions League This jewelry designer is also an architect Sparks: Los Angeles won two out of three from the Sun in the regular season, but fall to 1-2 in Connecticut.UP NEXTThe teams return to the Mohegan Sun arena on Thursday for Game 2 of the best-of-five series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wouldn’t say we came out slow, we actually came out really fast, unsettled, rushing shots, being too anxious to shoot instead of just getting settled,” said Jasmine Thomas. “She settled us. She took the ball, took over, got us going downhill.”Connecticut led by as many as 11 points in the second, before Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks back. She had 13 points in the half, hitting six of her seven shots as LA took a 40-37 lead into intermission.RESPE-CTConnecticut has used the predictions of pundits as motivation for the postseason, making promos using the Tweets of “experts” saying they don’t have a superstar and picking against them in the series. The team sold T-shirts in the arena Tuesday that read DisrespeCT, with the CT highlighted.“We’ve got All Stars; we’ve got the league’s best 3-point shooter,” said Jasmine Thomas. “I don’t know what it’s going to take to turn us into big names. But we can’t control that. We can’t control what people think about us. We can’t control what people say. But how we believe in ourselves in this locker room is what we feed off of. It’s what makes us special.”UNWELCOME BACKThis was Chiney Ogwumike’s first playoff game in Connecticut since the former Sun star was granted a trade to LA in the offseason. She was booed loudly when the lineups were announced and each time she touched the ball.“It’s sort of surreal,” said the younger Ogwumike, who finished with four points and four fouls in 15 minutes. “The first time I came back here they booed and I guess it hurt me a little bit, because this place meant so much to me. But I understand why. What I just learned is that for 40 minutes they are going boo, but afterward there is still a lot of love. At least, that’s what I’m leaning on.”TIP-INSSun: Connecticut has won 24 games this season, the most since 2012, which also happens to be the last time the franchise was in the conference semifinals. The team lost in the conference finals that year and has had just two playoff games since, losing to Phoenix in the first round each of the last two seasons. “We have a third and fourth, fifth person that’s capable of scoring points,” said Sparks first-year coach Derek Fisher. “But we couldn’t sustain it, particularly from our backcourt.”Connecticut trailed by three points at halftime, but scored the first nine points of the third quarter. A layup by Courtney Williams just before that quarter’s buzzer sent the Sun into the final 10 minutes up 59-58.Connecticut never trailed in the fourth. A key 3-pointer from Jones gave the Sun a seven-point lead with 4 minutes remaining and the home team outscored the Sparks 25-17 over the final 10 minutes.The Sun, who lost their final two regular-season games, had not played since Sept. 8 and missed their first four shots.But Alyssa Thomas quickly found her form, scoring the Sun’s first nine points and had 13 as Connecticut took a 21-14 lead after a quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)UNCASVILLE, Conn.  — Connecticut checked off the first box on its postseason to-do list: winning a playoff game for the first time since 2012.Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and the Sun opened the WNBA semifinals with an 84-75 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

Narsingh became unconscious after hearing CAS verdict

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (PTI) Disgraced after being ousted from the Olympics Village for flunking a dope test, Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav “became unconscious” when he was slapped with a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said Narsingh lost his consciousness after being debarred for the dope violation back home. Still backing the disgraced grappler, the WFI chief told PTI, “Narsingh behosh ho gaya tha kal, aaj thik hai (Narsingh became unconscious yesterday, he is fine today). We dont want to accuse anyone. Our only demand is a CBI inquiry. “Everything will become clear after a thorough investigation. All the skeletons will tumble out of the closet once the boy is nabbed. We will press hard for an investigation.” The dope-tainted grappler has vowed to take his battle to the Prime Ministers Office. “Meri toh naam badnam hui, isse pura desh pe kala dhabba lag gaya hai (My name has been tarnished, not just me, this ban is a blot on India). Chahe mujhe phaasi ho jaye, mein iski chhanbin karwaoonga, din-raat ek kar doonga (Let me be hanged, I will take this to higher courts and will leave no stone unturned),” the 74kg freestyle wrestler told PTI here. “I will appeal to the Prime Minister to investigate this matter thoroughly. The truth must come out, even if we need CBI for that. If Im the culprit, hang me, Im ready for it. Do a NARCO test on me and also the people who are involved.” Narsingh had claimed that his drinks/food were spiked during the pre-Games training in Sonepat by unknown persons, which was agreed to by the National Anti-Doping Agency that exonerated him on the dope charge and allowed him to take part in the Games. Narsingh further said he could have easily competed in the Olympics had the evidence of wrong doings were stronger. “Theres a big lobby involved and the names should be out. Its a matter of countrys future in sport. I have become a victim of all this without any fault of mine. All my four years hardships to win an Olympic medal have gone in vain.” He said that such kind of politics mars Indias medal prospects in Olympics. “If I dont get the justice the future for sport will be bleak. Not many will be encouraged to join sport and win medal for India. We ourselves are to be blamed.” Narsingh was evicted from the Olympics Village this morning as the ban meant his accreditation and entry was cancelled and he had to be shifted to a hotel from where he would leave for New Delhi. Without directly pointing fingers at anyone in particular, Narsingh said: “Its clear from the series of episodes who all are involved.” PTI TAP CM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Stephen Constantine names probable squad for Puerto Rico match

first_imgIndia football head coach Stephen Constantine on Thursday announced a 28-member probable squad for the forthcoming international friendly against Puerto Rico.The match will be played at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai on September 3.This will be the first ever official international match in Mumbai in 61 years since India last played USSR in 1955, according to an All India Football Federation (AIFF) release.This is also the first time ever that a team from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) region will be officially playing in India.Puerto Rico are placed 114 in the rankings. India are 152nd.”It’s a hugely important match for the people in Maharashtra that international football is back in Mumbai after a long gap. Mumbai, as vibrant as ever, has been known for its football culture and I hope the Indian fans will be turning up to support and cheer from the stands. It’s important that we have a good crowd,” Constantine said in the release.”The buzz in Mumbai is something that the team is looking forward to. Personally for me, all the cosmopolitan cities of the country should be ready to host the national team,” he added.Constantine informed that all the players would be reporting to the camp on August 28 with practice sessions beginning next day.Commenting on Puerto Rico, the coach maintained that it would be an “extremely tough” match.”Puerto Rico were the best movers in the rankings in July 2016. I have been watching some of their matches and they boast about a lot of players who play in quality Leagues all over the World including Europe and the USA,” he stated.advertisementThe 28-member India squad:Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh.Defenders: Rino Anto, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Keegan Pereira, Chinglensana Singh, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Fulganco Cardozo.Midfielders: Vinit Rai, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Pronay Halder, Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Bikash Jairu, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Rowlin Borges, Alwyn George, Germanpreet Singh, Md. Rafique, Arjun Tudu.Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi.last_img read more

India A need 108 runs to avoid innings defeat against Australia A

first_imgIndia A started off strongly but lost four quick wickets for 16 runs as they ended Day 3 against Australia A on 158 for four, still needing 108 runs to avoid the innings defeat.Akhil Herwadkar and Faiz Fazal started off well as they stitched a partnership of 84 runs in 30 overs before Fazal departed for 29 runs. But the Indian innings fell apart as Jon Holland struck thrice and reduced India to 100 for four.India A’s opening partnership ended with a chaotic run out. A throw at the striker’s end missed the stumps before Travis Dean, backing up, hit the other end to catch Fazal short of his ground. (Also read: Pacer Shardul Thakur’s efforts go in vain as Australia A wrest advantage)Fazal had played second fiddle to Herwadkar, contributing 29 off 88 balls with two fours and a six. Thereafter, Holland struck three times.First, Karun Nair was trapped lbw, and then Manish Pandey was caught by Beau Webster, and finally, Naman Ojha was caught by Bird.Herwadkar was dropped twice, first by Nic Maddinson at first slip, and then on 53, when Jackson Bird put down a tough chance at leg slip. The dropped catches apart, Australia A also missed a run out opportunity.Herwadkar and Samson then came together for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 58. Samson faced 76 balls for his unbeaten 34, while Herwadkar had faced 188 balls and struck six fours and three sixes. At the end of day’s play, Herwadkar was unbeaten on 82 while Sanju Samson was giving him company on 34. (Also read: Hardik Pandya shines as India A struggle on a rain-hit day)advertisementEarlier, Australia A, who began the day on 319 for five in their first innings, piled on 435 for a first-innings lead of 266 runs, with Hilton Cartwright, who was unbeaten on 99 overnight, completing his century.He eventually fell for 117, caught behind off Shardul Thakur, who completed his 10th first-class five-wicket haul and first outside India. He ended with figures of 5 for 101.Brief Scores:India A: 169 & 158/4 (Akhil Herwadkar 82 not out, Sanju Samson 34 not out; Jon Holland 3/59),Australia A: 435 (Hilton Cartwright 117, Nic Maddinson 81; Shardul Thakur 5/101, Jayant Yadav(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Lenovo K6 Power battery-centric phone to launch in India today

first_imgLenovo will launch the battery-centric phone, the K6 Power in India today. The company is set to host a press conference in the national capital at 2.30PM IST where it will take the wraps off its new smartphone. The company has already confirmed that the K6 Power will be a Flipkart-exclusive in India.”We are the number one online smartphone brand in India with 1 out of 4 shoppers choosing to buy a Lenovo or Moto smartphone, and Flipkart has partnered us well to achieve this success. We are glad to announce that we have exclusively partnered with Flipkart for the next launch in the popular K series, Lenovo K6 Power and hope to replicate our winning formula again,” Sudhin Mathur, executive director, Lenovo MBG India had recently said confirming the same.The K6 Power comes with a full-metal unibody and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p IPS display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM/16GB memory or 3GB RAM/32GB memory. The dualSIM phone supports expandable storage, 4G LTE connectivity and runs Android Marshmallow OS.It sports a 13-megepaixel camera on the rear with phase detection autofocus and LED flash alongside an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.Lenovo launched the 6.4-inch Phab 2 Plus phablet in the Indian market recently at a price tag of Rs 14,999.Also Read: Lenovo launches Phab 2 Plus, comes with 6.4-inch screen & dual 13MP rear camerasThe Phab 2 Plus boasts of an all-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p display and dual 13-megapixel cameras on the rear. The twin cameras on-board the device enable for fancy Augmented Reality (AR) software tricks that can be implemented post clicking a random shot. The twin cameras are further aided with f/2.0 aperture, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The phone also comes with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.advertisementThe Phab 2 Plus is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT8783 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card slot. The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE connectivity. It also supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 sound technologies.The phablet is backed by a 4,050mAh battery which is non-removable.last_img read more

Lopetegui rues Real Madrid injuries

first_imgJulen Lopetegui made a point of highlighting injuries to key players after his strong start as Real Madrid coach ended with three winless matches in succession.After being hired as Zinedine Zidane’s successor, Lopetegui presided over a solid start to the season, dropping just two points in his first six matches across LaLiga and the Champions League.But Madrid were beaten 3-0 by Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 26, which was followed by a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid and Tuesday’s shock 1-0 defeat away to CSKA Moscow. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The pressure on Lopetegui has started to increase, but he is adamant it is only a blip, pointing to his lengthy injury list after Dani Carvajal – who he expects to miss a few weeks with a calf problem – was added on Thursday.”We’ve had a few setbacks and injuries,” Lopetegui told reporters on Friday. “Marcelo and Carvajal, who might be out for a few weeks, of course, Isco too.”And [Gareth] Bale, for example, picked up a strain [against Atletico]. These are things you see regularly with so many matches. Carvajal medical report.https://t.co/v4KXCPqLjm— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 4, 2018″Now we must overcome setbacks. It’s easier to make decisions with a full squad.”Lopetegui does expect Bale to return against Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, however.”He’s a key player, an important player. Luckily, he’s trained well,” the coach added. “He felt a twinge and it was good for him to stop, it didn’t get worse. That’s why he came off against Atletico and now he’s ready again.”The former Spain boss was asked if he felt the criticism levelled at Madrid had been unfair or exaggerated, but he appeared to be calm about the situation.”Well, this is Real Madrid, it’s part of being the coach of this club,” he said. “The players are working hard; the attitude is very good.”There are always setbacks, you just have to overcome them. Over a season you have highs and lows – 10 days ago it was all perfect. Time to train! Today’s session at #RMCity is underway! #RMTV pic.twitter.com/Vpw3EAIKUg— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 5, 2018″It depends if you see the glass half full or half empty. I think in LaLiga at the moment we are tied at the top, and in the Champions League we had the performance against Roma [a 3-0 win], then we deserved the points against CSKA Moscow – hit the woodwork three times, we just couldn’t take the chances.”We’re not here to analyse what people think. We’re here to see what happens day in day out.”We focus on the game. We know what the club’s objectives are and we’re still on course, but we want to improve and I’m sure we will.”last_img read more

IPL 2017, RCB v RPS Highlights: How Pune ended their losing streak this season

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 17 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.Bangalore Innings:23.39 IST: RPS (161/8) crush RCB (134/9) by 27 runs. Ab de Villiers 29, Stokes 3/18, Thakur 3/35 DONE & DUSTED! We have won by 27 runs, defending the lowest ever total at Chinnaswamy. What a bowling effort! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201723.34 IST: Bangalore need an improbably 31 runs off the last over with just 2 wickets in hand. 23.31 IST: WICKET! Unadkat knocks out Badree’s middle-stump. RCB 126/8, need 36 off 10 balls23.30 IST: WICKET! Thakur castles Binny for 18 with Bangalore on 125/7 in 18 ovs, need 36 runs off 12 balls.23.25 IST: Thakur to Negi, OUT! Tripathi takes a stunning catch in the deep as Negi departs for 10, Thakur gets the wicket. RCB 123/6, need 39 off 15 ballsThat’s some catch! Negi(10) caught out by Tripathi. #RCB is 123/6 after 17.3 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.22 IST: Christian concedes 13 runs off the over. Bangalore 115/5 in 17 ovs, need 47 from 18 balls. Required run rate: 15.6723.16 IST: Stokes to Watson, BOWLED! Stokes makes a terrific comeback! Stokes unleashes a knuckle ball and on the sticks, the ball stays a bit low as Shane Watson tries to play it across the line. He misses and the middle stump is uprooted. Ben Stokes goes down in celebration. Big wicket for Pune! The collapse continues for RCB (101/5, need 61 from 25 balls) Shane Watson goes for 14 as Stokes takes the wicket. Binny and Negi are on the pitch for #RCB, #PlayBold #VIVOIPL #RCBvRPS- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.11 IST: Unadkat to Jadhav, WICKET! Dragged on! The pressure was building up on the Bangalore batsmen and a wicket was round the corner. Slower delivery on a length outside off, Jadhav skips down the track, looks to hit it but once again fails to pick the slower one. The ball doesn’t bounce much and goes off the inside edge onto the pads. The struggle continues for RCB (91/4, need 71 from 31 balls) advertisementJadhav(18) takes a swing but misses and gets bowled ?? #RCB is 92/4 after 15 overs. #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.00 IST: No boundaries off the last 26 balls. Pune are bouncing back hard. Tahir ends up with the figures of 4-0-27-1! Required run rate is over 11 now and the pressure is on for RCB 83/3, need 79 from 42 balls22.56 IST: Excellent over from Christian, just 6 runs came off it. RCB 78/3 in 12 ovs, need 84 from 48 balls 22.47 IST: Tahir to ABD, STUMPED! Top stuff from Dhoni! Tahir loops it nicely on off. The ball grips and turns away sharply. De Villiers comes forward to defend but gets beaten by that sharp turn. Dhoni behind the stumps is lightning quick in collecting and whipping the bails off. Dhoni is confident and de Villiers also know he is in trouble. The umpires go upstairs and the replays show the greatness of Dhoni’s work behind the stumps. Tahir is amongst wickets again. RCB 70/3, need 92 from 58 ballsOff in a flash ?. Just like that – A @msdhoni special! #RCBvRPS #IPL – @RPSupergiants pic.twitter.com/pRYUkJRmI4- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2017MS Dhoni ???? @ABdeVilliers17(29) is stumped out. #RCB is 70/3 after 10.2 overs.#RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 2017That has gone upstairs! #MahirTahir with a brilliant ball & Dhoni with the quick stumping sends ABD back!????? #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201722.41 IST: Bangalore 63/2 in 9 ovs, need 99 from 66 balls. De Villiers 28*, Jadhav 6*. 22.39 IST: Tahir to ABD, SIX!! Nailed it! Tossed up outside off, de Villiers makes room, gets down on one knee and clobbers it over extra cover for a maximum. That’s a superb inside out shot.22.36 IST: Meanwhile, take a look at the biggest six of the night hit by none other than – Mahendra Singh Dhoni.22.27 IST: End of powerplay! Pune would be really happy at this stage to see the back of Kohli. RCB 42/2 in 6 ovs, need 120 off 84 balls22.26 IST: Stokes to Kohli, OUT!! Stokes strikes! Ben Stokes keeps it short which bounces head height, Kohli tries to slash it but it takes a top edge and goes high up in the air. Ajinkya Rahane, at sweeper cover, gets under it and pouches it easily. A huge blow to Bangalore and Manoj Tiwary must be the happiest person on the field right now.#Viratkohli(28) caught out by Rahane ?? Kedar on the pitch #RCB is 41/2 after 5.3 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.22 IST: Kohli and de Villiers have already put on 25 off 19 balls. RCB 39/1 in 5 ovs, need 123 from 90 balls22.17 IST: Thakur to Kohli, FOUR!! That’s class, really class! Full around middle, Kohli gets across and just flicks it. Gets it off the middle and through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement22.14 IST: Unadkat to ABD, SIX! AB de Villiers ends Unadkat’s over with a maximum. RCB 25/1 in 3 ovs. Required rate: 8.0622.090 IST: FOUR!!! AB de Villiers sends it racing to the boundary.22.07 IST: Thakur to Mandeep, OUT!!!! Third wicket taking delivery of the over and finally Shardul Thakur has one. Short and outside off, Mandeep tries to cut it but edges it. And Dhoni does the rest. Thakur starts appealing and the umpire obliges. Another failure for Mandeep Singh at the top.. @mandeeps12(0) has been caught by Dhoni ?? #RCB is 14/1 after 1.5 overs. @ABdeVilliers17 steps in. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.05 IST: Dropped!! Manoj Tiwary spills Kohli’s catch.  FOUR AND DROPPED! Harsh call but technically it is. Shardul bowls this on a length and outside off, Kohli punches it towards the bowler who stoops low gets his hands to it but fails to hold onto it. The ball goes down the ground for a boundary.That was a close one ??as Manoj drops @imVkohli catch. Captain gets another life! #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/A472NvMGWN- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.04 IST: FOUR!!!!  Virat Kohli greets Shardul Thakur with a boundary.22.01 IST: SIX!!! Kohli off the mark.Classy shot! Fuller delivery outside off, Kohli walks ahead and across and flicks it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Lovely work of wrists and Bangalore are away. RCB: 7/0 (1 over)22.00 IST: Mandeep Singh walks out with his captain. Jaydev Unadkat  with the new ball.Pune Innings:21.55 IST: When MS Dhoni landed the ball on the roof.  Classic Mahi.VIDEO #IPL: POWER! When @msdhoni was in the house. You needed one fielder on the roof https://t.co/u0yzWeXM0i – @RPSupergiants #RCBvRPS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 201721.45 IST: RPS collapse from 127/2 to 161/8 in 20 ovs vs RCB. Tripathi 31,Tiwary 27, Milne 2/27, Aravind 2/29#RPS finish the first innings at 161/8. Some good bowling by #RoyalChallengers Can’t wait for the exciting chase #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/CAs2Ntob2T- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.40 IST: Watson to Manoj, SIX!! Manoj brings up 150 for Pune with a SIX. RPS 151/7 in 19 ovs. Last 4 overs: 34 runs, 5 wickets21.30 IST: Milne to Thakur, OUT!! Adam Milne is on a hat-trick! Fuller delivery, outside off, Thakur checks his drive and it goes towards the cover region. AB de Villiers there takes a comfortable catch and Shardul Thakur has to depart! The Bangalore crowd is up and buzzing, the atmosphere is brilliant. RPS 130/7 in 17.2 ovs#RPS is 132/7 after 18 overs after wickets fell all over the place! #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold #RCB- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.30 IST: Milne to Stokes, BOWLED! He strikes straightaway! On a length and outside off, Stokes tries to pull it away but it takes the inside edge and the ball uproots the off pole. Once again, Ben Stokes fails to make a mark. Bangalore have pulled things back impressively well in the last 2 or 3 overs.It’s raining wickets! @AdamMilne19 gets Stoke’s(1) wicket! Straight Bowled again! ??????#PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.26 IST: Aravind to Christian, OUT! Christian holes out! A touch ahead of length around middle, Christian just flicks it and the ball sails into the deep. Mandeep Singh at deep square leg, with a forward dive. RPS 129/5 in 16.5 ovsadvertisementSreenath Aravind again!!???????? Mandeep catches Christian(1) #RPS is 129/5 after 16.5 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.23 IST: Aravind to Smith, BOWLED! Timber! Wickets of the two consecutive balls! Cutter around off, angling in, Smith looks to drag it but the ball keeps a touch low and goes through under his bat and knocks off the stumps. Bangalore are back on top. Pune now have two new batsmen out in the middle.Sreenath Aravind!! Straight bowled! Smith(27) is out! #RPS is 127/4 after 16.1 overs #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/NawwVgBU6R- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.22 IST: Watson to Dhoni, OUT! Dragged on! Very full outside off, Dhoni tries to go after Watson. Plays the expansive cover drive but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. Watson has his man. Dhoni was looking good out in the middle but now has to walk back.#watto take a much needed wicket! Dhoni’s(28) streak ends! #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/swSYZHUD6L- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.15 IST: Watson to Smith, FOUR! In the gap as well! Length delivery outside off, Smith pulls it through mid-wicket. Finds the gap as well and the ball touches the fence.FOUR! #Smithy goes for it! This brings up the 5?0? partnership between him & #msdhoni #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201721.11 IST: Strategic time-out! Pune 117/2 in 15 ovs. Smith 22*, Dhoni 23*. Partnership: 48 off 40 ballsDhoni(23) and Smith(23) building a good partnership. #RPS is 117/2 after 15 overs. Time for some wickets now! #RCB #PlayBold #RCBvRPS- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.08 IST: MS Dhoni completes 24,000 runs in all forms of the game in all competitions, international & domestic21.05 IST: Chahal to Dhoni, SIX! KABOOM!! That’s out of here, literally! Served slightly flatter on middle, Dhoni dances down and smokes it over wide long on. The ball has got both the elevation and distance on it and it sails way over the ground and it lands on the roof. That was massive! Dhoni is in his elements. 11 runs off the over. RPS 109/2 in 14 ovs OUT OF THE STADIUM! ??? #MSDHONI #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS pic.twitter.com/5xkrQRFOjP- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201721.01 IST: Experienced heads steady Pune! Smith (14*) and Dhoni (15*) have added 29 runs off 28 balls for the third wicket. RPS 98/2 in 13 ovs20.54 IST: Samuel Badree finishes his spell with a wicket and 32 runs off his 4 overs. RPS 92/2 in 12 ovs20.52 IST: Badree to Smith, FOUR! Finds the gap! And he does so with utter ease. Tossed up around off, Smith gets to the pitch and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That’s a gorgeous shot.20.48 IST: At the half-way stage Pune are 79/2 in 10 ovs. Dhoni 9*, Smith 3*20.43 IST: Negi to Tripathi, OUT! AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER FROM KOHLI! Flatter and fuller outside off, Tripathi times his cover drive to perfection but fails to keep it along the ground. It’s traveling quickly and at a very low height. Kohli at short extra cover, leaps to his left, stretches both his hands and the ball sticks in his left hand. That’s something special. Captain Kohli has got the whole of M.Chinaswammy on its toes. RPS 69/2 in 8.2 ovs Captain #Viratkohli pulls off a unbelievable catch to send Tripathi(31) back after Negi bowls. #RPS is 69/2 after 9 overs. #RCBvRPS pic.twitter.com/HRtzGbra9F- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201720.38 IST: Badree to Rahane, OUT! TIMBER! Badree tosses up the wrong one around middle. Rahane skips down the track but fails to pick up the wrong one. The ball goes through his defence and shatters the stumps. RPS 68/1 in 8 ovsThat’s a big wicket! #Rahane bowled by Badree. A straight one & he completely missed it. 63/1 in 7.4 overs. ?? #RangWahyJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201720.35 IST: Pawan Negi comes into the attack and concedes just six runs from his first over. RPS 61/0 in 7 ovs20.24 IST: Watson to Rahane, FOUR! So that’s two in two from Rahane! Fuller delivery outside off, Rahane just places his bat on it and guides it through the backward point region. Mandeep Singh tried to stop it by diving to his left but could not get his hand to it. The ball raced away to the fence. RPS reach 50/0 in 5 ovs. 4?4? #Rahane just going for it! ??? #RangWahyJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201720.22 IST: Watson to Rahane, FOUR! Delicate! Length delivery outside off, Rahane stays in his crease and runs it down fine through the third man region for a boundary.20.19 IST: This is the best opening partnership for Pune this season. RPS 41/0 in 4 ovs. Tripathi 21*, Rahane 16*20.16 IST: WELCOME ARAVIND! Tripathi hammers the first maximum of the match. RPS 34/0 in 3.2 ovs20.12 IST: Four boundaries came off the last over from Milne. Rahane and Tripathi both hit two each. RPS 28/0 in 3 ovs20.09 IST: Meanwhile, look who’s watching the match tonight, none other than – Yohan Blake.india am ready @RCBTweets are you ready we need this win tonight come on boys pic.twitter.com/wvTEkaYQ5Z- Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) April 16, 201720.09 IST: Badree concedes 8 runs from his first over. RPS 11/0 in 2 ovs20.05 IST: Badree to Rahane, FOUR! Looks to give this one a lot of flight but it ends up being a full toss. Rahane flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket for a boundary. The timing was brilliant!20.05 IST: First over from Adam Milne is a good one for the RCB. RPS 3/0 in 1 over20.02 IST: Rahane and Pune get off the mark with an outside-edge which flies towards third man.20.01 IST: New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne will open the attack for RCB. Ajinkya Rahane to take strike for RPS.19.52 IST: Here are the Playing XI’s of both the teams:RCB XI: V Kohli, M Singh, AB de Villiers, K Jadhav, S Watson, S Binny, P Negi, A Milne, S Aravind, Y Chahal, S Badree- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2017RPS XI: A Rahane, R Tripathi, S Smith, B Stokes, M Tiwary, MS Dhoni, D Christian, R Chahar, I Tahir, S Thakur, J Unadkat- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 201719.45 IST: For Pune – Dan Christian and Jaydev Unadkat replace Lockie Ferguson and Ankit Sharma19.40 IST: Bangalore have recalled Shane Watson, Chris Gayle has been benched. Tymal Mills is sick and has been replaced by Adam Milne Check out our line up for #RCBvRPS. With two changes – @AdamMilne19 replaces @tmills15 and @ShaneRWatson33 replaces @henrygayle. #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/s60N2dLvo0- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201719.35 IST: TOSS! Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bowl vs Steve Smith’s Rising Pune SupergiantBrief Preview:irat Kohli and Steve Smith will be eager to stem the rot when Royal Challengers Bangalore square off with Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday. (More IPL News)Both the high-profile franchises have lost three out of their four games and would want to arrest the slide as momentum can quickly shift in a high-paced T20 tournament.While Kohli’s return from injury with a stylish half-century was a morale booster for the RCB, they would definitely be disappointed after losing a low-scoring game against Mumbai Indians, having them on the mat.Pune, on the other hand, lost to Gujarat Lions despite a good start to their innings.Kohli and Smith – the two premier batsmen in world cricket – will be desperate to change the script for their respective teams. They would want to plug the holes as well as lead from the front with their individual performances also.Former RPS skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also under pressure to score runs after an indifferent start to IPL 10.For RCB, the next two games give them an opportunity to get four points against two of the relatively unsettled side in the tournament – Pune and Gujarat.last_img read more

It was nice to get some runs, says modest Hashim Amla after 60-ball 104*

first_imgSouth African star Hashim Amla’s maiden unbeaten T20 century helped Kings XI Punjab post a mammoth 198/4 against Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League 2017 match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Thursday.Put in to bat, the hosts were off to a steady start with Amla (104 not out) and Shaun Marsh (26) putting on 46 runs before Maxwell took just one over from pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, milking 28 runs, to change the complexion of their innings.Amla took full advantage of the life he got on 3 when he was dropped off a difficult chance by Nitish Rana, to first get to a superb half century in just 34 balls.Amla didn’t look back from there on as he wasted no time in dispatching the Mumbai Indians bowlers to help KXIP reach the three-figure mark as the home side ended two short of 200.Amla’s 60-ball effort was laced with eight hits to the fence and six over it while Maxwell consumed just 18 balls and struck four boundaries and three sixes.Speaking after his ballistic innings, Amla said it was nice for him to get some runs under his belt.”It was really nice to get some runs. Maxwell came out and really gave us some momentum. You got to take more risks in this format, sometimes they go your way and sometimes they don’t.”The first two wickets we played on were not as good as this one. The crowd has been fantastic, hopefully 200 is going to be enough for us. It’s a very good wicket, not too much turn either and it’s going to be a good challenge for us,” Amla said.advertisementHowever, Amla’s fine innings was not enough for KXIP to win the match as Mumbai Indians rode on destructive half centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to thrash the hosts by eight wickets.last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma ideal opening pair for India in Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman to India Today

first_imgIndian batting legend VVS Laxman said Shikhar Dhawan should open the Indian innings along with Rohit Sharma in the forthcoming ICCChampions Trophy in England.The Indian selectors are yet tofinalise the squad for the tournament, of which India are the defendingchamps, but Laxman, speaking exclusively to India Today, said Dhawanshould be on the flight to London next month.Playing for theSunrisers Hyderabad, Dhawan made a 50-ball 70 against Delhi Daredevils a couple of days ago. Laxman, being a mentor of the team, says thesouthpaw seems ready for the India duty again.”Shikhar has beenbatting really well from the first match. Unfortunately, he has not been able to convert that into a big score but in last match he did reallywell and got a very good half century against Delhi. He’s batting well,he’s timing well, has made some technical changes in his batting andalso looks in a great space as far as his mind is concerned,” saidLaxman.The 31-year-old from Delhi was dropped midway throughthe ODI series against England earlier this year after making just 12runs in two matches. However, with KL Rahul set to miss the tournamentdue to an injury, Laxman asserts that Dhawan would be an idealreplacement.”I feel that Shikhar should open along with RohitSharma. If you remember, he had a big role to play in the last Champions Trophy win as well. This combination of Dhawan and Rahul is alwayslethal and puts the bowlers under tremendous pressure. So, I believeselectors will be watching him closely and I feel that, the kind ofrhythm he is in, he’s giving a lot of confidence to a lot of people. We, as a franchise, are also very pleased with the way Shikhar has beencontributing to the Sunrisers’ success so far.”advertisementDhawan wasadjudged the player of the Series in the last edition of the ChampionsTrophy, scoring 363 runs from five games, including two centuries.Not just Dhawan, ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman is also quite impressed withthe work ethics shown by Yuvraj Singh, another Hyderabad IPL teamplayer.”Yeah, Yuvraj’s return at the international level hasbeen a brilliant one. If you see, he performed really well in thedomestic cricket, got a double hundred and earned his recall. Then camethat phenomenal knock against England in Cuttack where he got a 150. The good thing about him is that he is not only thinking about doing wellfor Hyderabad in the IPL but also looking ahead.”I am veryimpressed with his work ethics, the amount of time he is spending on his fitness, working on his fielding and also focusing on his bowling. Heis already thinking about the Champions Trophy because there is not much time between the end of the IPL and Champions Trophy. It is great tosee that the Indian players, who are looking forward to playing in theChampions Trophy or who will be in the scheme of things, are alreadyplanning and preparing for the big tournament,” he said.last_img read more

RPS vs SRH: It’s Steve Smith vs David Warner as rejuvenated Pune host confident Hyderabad

first_imgA confident Sunrisers Hyderabad, on a two-match winning run, will face a rejuvenated Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.WATCH: Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey dominate frenetic week 3 of IPL 2017Earlier this week, Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at home and now they play their third away match. They had lost their earlier two away matches.And come Saturday, they will be keen to win the Pune clash so that they can take the confidence to their coming away games at Bengaluru and Mohali.Australian Steven Smith-led Pune, who defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match to end a three-match losing streak on Sunday, will be fresh and raring to go after a five-day break. Pune team, which has won two matches from five games, must have utilised the five-day break as a period to recharge their batteries and retrospect themselves with the middle campaign of the IPL about to reach.To overcome a strong team like Hyderabad, Pune will have to put up a strong show with both the bat and the ball. Pune will be expecting Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes to fire in order to post a good total.Pune’s bowling, always the weak link, must be confident after restricting a powerful RCB batting line-up to 134/9 in pursuit of 162. A lot will depend on how veteran South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir performs.Medium pacers Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Stokes and Daniel Christian will again need to raise the bar as they will be up against the likes of a top-heavy Hyderabad batting line-up, which features David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. Australian left-handed opener Warner has been leading the way for them, having notched 239 run in six innings so far.advertisementWilliamson in the last match plundered 89 off 51 against Delhi Daredevils in his opening match of this edition. He was included because of the off-colour performances of Yuvraj Singh (96 runs) and Deepak Hooda (59 runs).In Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad have two of India’s best shortest format medium pacers. Bhuvneshwar is currently the highest wicket-taker with 15 scalps. Meanwhile, Hyderabad’s newly acquired Afghan spin pair of Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi has been impressive. But due to Williamson, Warner may leave Nabi out of the team.last_img read more

iPhone 8 to launch in September but sale may not start before October

first_imgApple is expected to launch the iPhone 8 in three variants this September. However, new reports that have surfaced hint that the iPhone 8 will be in short supply for the initial months and that it may not come to market until October, or even November.Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst dubbed foremost expert on Apple, has told website 9to5Mac that the production of the iPhone 8 will only start in October or November. Kia says that the delay is because iPhone 8 will have some new components and that Apple is still figuring the supply chain for these components.Also Read: Apple iPhone 8 may come with AR features, smart glasses Earlier reports have hinted that the iPhone 8 will come in three variants. Of these three phones, the two will be the successor to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, with the big screen in the Plus version being the major differentiator. Along with these two, there will be another version that will be called the iPhone 8 Anniversary Edition, and it will mark the 10 years of the iPhone. This version will have a more slicker design, with glass and metal frame.The iPhone 8 is also expected to use an AMOLED Panel and will possibly do away with the home button. To ensure that users still get the functionality of the fingerprint scanner, the iPhone 8 is expected to sport one on the rear cover. Another big change likely in the iPhone 8 compared to the existing iPhones that all variants are expected to come with dual cameras.advertisementAlso Read: iPhone 6 for Rs 25,660, iPhone 5S for Rs 17,499 as Flipkart kicks off Apple Days saleThe information from Kuo comes days after a report in Bloomberg noted that the iPhone 8 would be delayed by one or two months.This year, the iPhone 8 will be competing with the likes of the Galaxy S8 that has been already launched in India. The iPhone 8 will also compete with the phones like the Galaxy Note 8, supposed to launch around August and September, and OnePlus 5 that will come in the next two to three months.last_img read more

Stats: Hashim Amla, Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana highlight 600th IPL match

first_imgMumbai Indians continued their dominant streak in the Indian Premier League on Thursday as they hammered Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets to register their fifth successive win this season. Mumbai rode on destructive half-centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to chase down the target of 199 with more than four overs to spare. (This match reminded me of the 195 we chased vs Rajasthan in 2014: Rohit Sharma)Buttler’s 37-ball 77, laced with seven fours and five huge sixes and Rana’s unbeaten 31-ball 54, comprising seven mammoth punches over the rope, outshone South African star Hashim Amla’s maiden T20 century for Kings XI, who had posted 198/4 on the board after being put into bat at the Holkar stadium in Indore. (Amla’s 104* one of the best knocks we would ever see, says Rohit Sharma)As a result of this high-scoring encounter, there were a quite a few records which were broken during the course of the match. Take a look at the statistical highlights from IPL’s 600th match:51 – Number of runs scored by Hashim Amla against Lasith Malinga in the match (off 16 balls). Only one batsman has scored more runs off a bowler in an IPL match – 52 by Virat Kohli off Umesh Yadav in 2013.58 – Runs conceded by Lasith Malinga in the match – his worst performance in a Twenty20 match. Interestingly, in the previous match (vs Gujarat Lions) Malinga had gone for 51 runs in his four overs. Before these two matches, Malinga had gone for 50 runs only once before in 229 matches. This was when he conceded 54 runs in 2012 World Twenty20 final against West Indies. (Mumbai Indians star Jos Buttler reacts after 37-ball 77: Was desperate to kick-on)advertisement82 – Runs scored by Mumbai Indians in the Powerplay – most they have ever made. The previous record was 78 against Chennai Super Kings in 2008. This is also the most for any side in this edition.199 – Mumbai Indians’ total – their highest ever successful run-chase in the IPL. The previous highest was 195/5 against Rajasthan Royals in 2014. (Also read: It was nice to get some runs, says modest Hashim Amla after 60-ball 104*)15 – Number of sixes hit by Mumbai Indians batsmen in the match – most by any chasing side in the IPL. 14 sixes had been hit on three occasions. Mumbai Indians themselves never hit more than 12 batting second.7 – Number of sixes hit by Nitish Rana in the match – most by any player not hitting a boundary four in the IPL. Douglas Miller had hit six sixes and no boundary four during his 51* for Kings XI Punjab against Rajasthan Royals in 2014.12.83 – Mumbai Indians’ run-rate in the match – the highest for any side chasing a 190+ target in the IPL.8 – Number of centuries scored in the losing cause in the IPL. Hashim Amla joined Andrew Symonds (2008), Yusuf Pathan (2010), Sachin Tendulkar (2011), Shane Watson (2013), Wriddhiman Saha (2014), Virat Kohli (2016) and Steven Smith (2016). Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are the two teams with two centuries in the losing cause.(Stats by Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

Manchester United F.C.’s Jose Mourinho deserves ‘The Special One’ name: Paul Pogba

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho deserves his title of “The Special One” as he can make challenging decisions to get wins and has won three trophies in his debut campaign at the Premier League club, midfielder Paul Pogba said.Mourinho won the Community Shield, Europa League and League Cup titles but drew criticism after an abject league performance, where United finished sixth in his first year in charge.Pogba has defended the Portuguese manager, citing his decisive formation switch against Chelsea that helped United beat the North London side for the first time in five years, as an indicator of Mourinho’s abilities.”He is the Special One because he wins,” Pogba told Sky Sports on Thursday. “Sometimes he does some extreme things. Against Chelsea, he changed our tactical formation just before the game.”We had never trained it before but it worked out well. That was special. He won three trophies in his first year, that’s special as well. He deserves his name.”Pogba joined United before last season for a world record transfer fee of 89.3 million pounds ($113.54 million), and the price tag has led to him being scrutinized. but Mourinho has stood up for the French international on multiple occasions.”He’s a manager who is really close with the players. Personally, he welcomed me, we had a talk and I had a good feeling from the first moment on. He trusted and defended me. That’s all a player needs,” Pogba added.Pogba will be in action for France’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday and the following friendly against England on Tuesday.advertisement($1 = 0.7865 pounds)last_img read more

Bhaichung Bhutia to join Premier Futsal

first_imgMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Star football player and former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia will join the Premier Futsal as the Talent Director heading its Indian amateur talent hunt program.”Premier Futsal League has emerged as a category- defining offering in the Indian sporting landscape…It is a great honour for me to be a part of such a tournament,” Bhutia said in a statement here.Dinesh Raj, managing director, Premier Futsal League said, “It is a matter of great pride and honour for us to have a personality of Bhaichungs stature to be a part of Premier Futsal.” PTI NRB KRK RDSlast_img

Babar Azam not comfortable with ‘Virat Kohli of Pakistan’ tag

first_imgPakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has played down his comparison with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, saying there is no similarity between the two.When quizzed by a fan on Twitter how he felt about being called the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan”, Azam insisted that the comparison between the duo is not equivalent as the Indian skipper is a great batsman while he is just a beginner.”There is no comparison. Virat Kohli is a great batsman and I am just a beginner. But I would like to be recalled as [the] Babar Azam of Pakistan,” Azam wrote on Twitter while replying to one of his fans.Last year, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur also likened Azam with Kohli, saying the 22-year-old is an exceptional player and could perform as well as Kohli.”He [Azam] is a young gun who will be an exceptional player. I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there.”Azam was called up to represent the green shirts during an ODI series against Zimbabwe, thus making an international debut on the home ground amidst Pakistan’s isolation as an international cricketing venue, the Dawn reported.In January, Azam became the joint-fastest player in history to score 1,000 career runs in one-day internationals when he struck a 100-ball 84 against Australia in the third ODI at the WACA, Perth.He reached the landmark in just 21 innings to join West Indies great Viv Richards, England’s Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott as well as South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.advertisementAzam has appeared in a total of 31 ODIs for Pakistan scoring 1,455 runs and nine Tests smashing 436 runs. He has also played eight T20s amassing 253 runs for the country. Ravindra Jadeja replaces Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to become No.1 all-rounder in ICC’s Test rankings.last_img read more

Premier League: Raheem Sterling stunner for Manchester City cancels out Wayne Rooney opener

first_imgRaheem Sterling’s fierce 82nd-minute volley saved 10-man Manchester City from defeat as they drew 1-1 at home to Everton on Monday after Wayne Rooney had put the visitors ahead at the Etihad Stadium.Pep Guardiola’s City had been forced to play the entire second half with a man down after Kyle Walker was sent off for a second yellow card on the stroke of halftime.The numbers were eventually evened up late on when Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin was also sent off, again for a second bookable offence, in the 88th minuteAlthough Everton delivered a determined and tactically astute display, a draw was fair reward for City who had launched waves of attacks throughout the second half.Rooney was set to be the hero after his second goal in as many games this season. The strike was his 200th in the Premier League, making him just the second player after former England forward Alan Shearer to reach that milestone.Photo Credit: Reuters City, who have spent more than 200 million pounds ($258.00 million) so far in the transfer window, fielded an attacking line-up with Leroy Sane given the left wing-back role, while Everton manager Ronald Koeman selected eight English players including youngsters Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.Not surprisingly it was the home side who posed the early threats and Everton defender Phil Jagielka was forced to head over his own bar in the 26th minute to clear a Sergio Aguero chip.Skipper Jagielka saved the day from more Aguero danger seven minutes later when his outstretched leg foiled the Argentine as he burst goalwards.advertisementFor City, everything was coming through Aguero, who turned creator with a beautiful pass with the outside of his foot to David Silva. The Spaniard collected and fired a fierce shot which hammered into the post.Within a minute of almost going a goal down though, Everton took the lead when Rooney, the former Manchester United forward whose every touch was booed by the Etihad crowd, struck.Leroy Sane gave the ball away in his own half and Holgate fed Calvert-Lewin who showed a clever touch to wriggle space for a low cross into the path of Rooney whose side-footed shot went through the legs of City’s Brazilian keeper Ederson.Rooney celebrated his strike with passion and cupped ears for City’s fans.Matters got worse for City, a minute before the interval, when Walker, making his home debut following his move from Tottenham, was dismissed after his challenge on Calvert-Lewin, a decision that City disputed.Despite City’s numerical disadvantage, there was little change in the pattern of the game after the break with Guardiola’s team pouring forward but clearcut chances were hard to find against a well-organised Everton defence.Substitute Sterling should have done better in the 75th minute but blasted high over the bar from a promising position and then another replacement, Danilo, forced Jordan Pickford into a save with a low drive from a tight angle.But Guardiola was saved from an opening home defeat when Sterling met a headed clearance from Holgate and unleashed an unstoppable volley.Despite Schneiderlin’s contentious dismissal for a foul on Aguero, Everton held firm in the final stages, even after as City went all out for a win.Photo Credit: Reuterslast_img read more

Lionel Messi hat-trick takes Argentina into World Cup, Uruguay and Colombia also qualify

first_imgUruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup on Tuesday after a dramatic last round of South American matches that also saw Peru clinch a spot in a playoff against New Zealand.Brazil had already qualified as group winners.Argentina, finalists three years ago but outside the qualifying spots going into their match against Ecuador, went behind in the first minute but an inspired Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to guarantee his side one of the three automatic qualifying spots still up for grabs.Uruguay also went behind, to an own goal from Gaston Silva after 24 minutes, but they bounced back with two goals either side of half time to secure second place in the 10-team South American group behind five-time World Cup winners Brazil.Martin Caceres, Edinson Cavani and two from Luis Suarez gave the home side a commanding lead before Diego Godin’s own goal made it 4-2.A second-half goal from Paolo Guerrero gave Peru the chance of a first World Cup appearance since 1982 when his brilliant free kick in Lima cancelled out the opener from James Rodriguez.Peru advanced to a playoff against Oceania champions New Zealand.Five-times champions Brazil had already qualified before their 3-0 win in Sao Paulo against Chile, who failed to qualify.Three second-half goals, one from Paulinho and two from Gabriel Jesus, saw the group leaders extend their unbeaten run in the qualifiers to 17 games.Paraguay also missed out when they lost 1-0 at home to bottom side Venezuela.last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur boosted as Eric Lamela, Danny Rose return to training

first_imgTottenham Hotspur received an injury boost as long-term absentees Danny Rose and Erik Lamela returned to first-team training, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.England international defender Rose picked up a serious knee injury in January, while attacking midfielder Lamela has not played for Tottenham since October 2016 due to a hip injury. The Argentinian underwent surgery on both hips earlier this year.”Danny Rose and Erik Lamela train with the rest of the team at Hotspur Way today as they continue to progress with their rehabilitation,” Tottenham said on their Twitter account along with pictures of the duo in action.Midfielders Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are still sidelined for Tottenham, who host Bournemouth at Wembley in the league on Saturday.Danny Rose and @ErikLamela train with the rest of the team at Hotspur Way today as they continue to progress with their rehabilitation. pic.twitter.com/d1WMnKfXLz- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 11, 2017last_img read more

WATCH: Leaked video of Vijay’s look test for Thalapathy 62

first_imgAfter the humongous success of Mersal, actor Vijay is all set to kickstart his next project, which is fondly referred to as Thalapathy 62/Vijay 62. It was reported that AR Murugadoss will be joining hands with the Bairavaa star for the third time after Thupakki and Kaththi. The untitled flick will be bankrolled by Sun Pictures.According to sources, Vijay recently gave a look test for Thalapathy 62 at AVM Studios in Chennai. It is being speculated that the actor may be sporting a new look for this venture. Some say that he will play a character of his age in this untitled flick, which will have a strong social message. Shooting of Thalapathy 62 will commence in the last week of January or the first week of February .The look test which was supposed to be secret has been leaked already. The leaked video and pictures are going viral on the social media. From the video, we can make out that Vijay will be sporting a stylish look for the movie. #Thalapathy62 – #Thalapathy #Vijay went through a look test photoshoot yesterday at AVM Studios, Chennai. #Vijay62WithSunPictures @LMKMovieManiac @SurendharMK pic.twitter.com/bpiObYAVPD- Vinoth Cj (@vinothcj_) January 3, 2018Imagine the day when these smashing working stills are officially designed & released! #Thalapathy62LookTestPhotoshoot #Thalapathy62 .. pic.twitter.com/VWnEd96JL4- Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) January 3, 2018The team had roped in Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman for the music of the film. The combo of AR Rahman, AR Murugadoss and Vijay has surely piqued the curiosity of the audiences. AR Rahman’s tunes for Vijay’s Mersal topped the charts and is one of the reasons for the success of the movie.advertisementThe team is also keen on finalising the heroine for the film. Keerthy Suresh has been signed on as the heroine for this prestigious project. She is pairing up with Vijay for the second time after Bairavaa.Editor Sreekar Prasad and Malayalam cinematographer Girish Gangadharan are part of the technical crew.ALSO WATCH:  Vijay’s Mersal inches closer to Rs 200 crore clublast_img read more