WATCH: PBA legend Norman Black can still throw it down at 61

first_imgBlack, the former San Miguel Beermen reinforcement who now coaches the Meralco Bolts, is considered as one of the best imports to ever play in the PBA.As coach, Black currently has 11 titles under his belt, including a Grand Slam for the Beermen in 1989.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ayo not surprised with Serrano breakthrough: ‘He has always been a good player’ Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ In a video posted by his son and former Ateneo Blue Eagle Aaron on Twitter, the 61-year-old Black showed he still have enough hang time in him to throw down a one-handed slam.61 years old. I see you Dad 👀🤧 STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40— Aaron Black (@aaronblack_8) September 28, 2019 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MANILA, Philippines—It’s been decades since PBA legend Norman Black retired from playing basketball.During his heyday, Black could do it all. But after all these years, the player turned coach can still dunk the basketball.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

UP eyes other options after commissioner nixes appeal

first_imgKayle Locke still feeling his way through PBA officiating UP’s legal team, led by lawyer Patricia Galang, said the school would now elevate its appeal to the UAAP board of trustees to remedy a decision she called “terribly misguided and based on a poor understanding of the tournament rules, a faulty appreciation of the facts and a blatant disregard for precedent.”“The commissioner is improvising to justify the legally unjustifiable,” Galang said. “In his first memo, he said that the two-game suspension was for continuous flagrant acts of aggression. Now, in an effort to justify each suspended game, he has gone back to the footage and tried to identify each of the purported acts of unsportsmanlike conduct.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace01:49Imee Marcos: Good for UP to teach martial law, but get our viewpoint too02:11Makabayan 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? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? UAAP Season 82 basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan on Friday stood firm on his decision to hand an additional two-game ban on top of the automatic one-game suspension slapped on University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol, forcing the Maroons to scrounge for other options to reverse the decision.“Officiating may not be perfect, but it cannot justify outbursts like what he did. As head coach, he should know that he is a role model, and in the UAAP where character-building is of paramount importance, Mr. Perasol should have been aware of that,” Ilagan said in a statement. “Mr. Perasol did not only disrespect the officials that time but the UAAP as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Zion Williamson to miss final preseason game with sore right knee

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical He was to have played Friday night against former Duke teammate RJ Barrett, the No. 3 pick, in a nationally televised game.Williamson has averaged 23.3 points on 71.4% shooting in four preseason games. The Pelicans said further updates will be provided when available.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ NCAA: Bulanadi erupts for 44 as San Sebastian seals entry to stepladder semis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after scoring a basket against the Utah Jazz during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. The Pelicans won 128-127. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NEW YORK— Zion Williamson won’t play in New York in the New Orleans Pelicans’ final preseason game because of a sore right knee.The Pelicans said Thursday that the No. 1 pick didn’t travel with the team to New York, remaining in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation at Ochsner Sports Medicine.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Kumble-Kohli combo on track to improve overseas Test record: Adam Gilchrist

first_imgAustralia’s legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has hailed the appointment of Anil Kumble as the Indian cricket team’s head coach, saying the combination of leg-spin great and Test skipper Virat Kohli is already showing positive signs in improving their overseas record in the longest format of the game.After being appointed as head coach of India in June, former India captain Kumble has begun his new spell in style by helping the national side to comfortable Test series victory against hosts West Indies with a match still to be played. The win also propelled India to No.1 position in International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings. (Also read: Mohammad Azharuddin wants Virat Kohli to go the Younis Khan way)And the 44-year-old Aussie has praised Kumble as a respected cricketer who will guide the team in the right direction, adding that the series win in the West Indies shows the Kumble-Kohli combination is working well.”It’s a fine appointment. He (Kumble) is a respected player and person who will guide the team in the right direction,” Gilchrist told IANS in an exclusive interview here.”The Kumble-Kohli combination has every chance of getting and retaining number 1 spot (Test). Their key focus will be on improving their overseas record; there are already positive signs of this from the win in West Indies,” he added.Considered as one of the most explosive batsmen in his era, Gilchrist came in defence of India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying that the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper definitely has still a lot to offer for his national side.advertisementHe also added that Kohli should not be rushed to take up captaincy in all three formats.”There is no rush in Kohli taking over captaincy (in all formats). Whilst MSD is still there, there is no reason for him to stand down. It’s a matter of time for Virat,” he said.”MSD-definitely yes,” he added when asked if Dhoni can continue playing.Gilchrist has also encouraged the initiative to popularise the game in the United States and other parts of the world after India and the West Indies are scheduled to play two-match Twenty20 International series in Florida later this month.”It is fantastic and must be encouraged wherever we can,” he said.Despite winning 50-over World Cup for a record fifth time in 2015, Australia is yet to make a mark in the 20-over format, failing to bag the World T20 title. And the Bellingen, New South Wales-born pointed out that lack of quality spinner in the side has resulted in their poor T20 form.”We don’t seem to have ever settled on our best T20 line up. We definitely haven’t identified and stuck with a spin bowler for any length of time. All successful T20 teams need a good spinner,” he added.Gilchrist who was in the city as a brand advocate of ‘Friend of Australia’, a tourism Australia’s global ambassador network, said that he wants more Indians to travel to his country and “experience a bit of everything.”Being a ‘Friend of Australia’, I get the opportunity to share my own personal stories to inspire travel enthusiasts to visit Australia. I am here to do my bit to inspire and drive Indian tourists to experience Australia and am honoured to be the chosen advocate of Australia in helping strengthen tourism ties between our two countries. Having spent so much of my cricketing career playing in India, I have gotten to understand the important bond Australia has with India,” he said.”As far as experiences (are concerned), Australia as a country pretty much has all to offer. Pristine beaches, scenic landscapes, fine cuisine, vineyards, quality snowfields, iconic attractions-can experience a bit of everything. Destinations such as Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Kangaroo Island, Uluru and Tasmania have seen an increased traction among the mid-aged affluent Indians,” Gilchrist signed off.last_img read more

Telengana Deputy Chief Minister promises additional coach for PV Sindhu

first_imgPusarla Venkata Sindhu has done what no other Indian woman has – won an individual Silver medal at the Olympic Games. The Indian shuttler achieved the feat when she went down after fighting a valiant battle against Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final of women’s singles badminton in Rio. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage) The 21-year-old and her coach Pullela Gopichand, who also guided Saina Nehwal to a Bronze in 2012 London Games, have garnered a lot of praise after their Rio show. However, they aren’t done yet. The duo have shown hunger by saying they will try and better their result in 2020 Tokyo Games. (Also read: Classical dance, Hindi songs in PV Sindhu’s felicitation at Hyderabad Stadium)  And Telangana’s deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, who was among the thousands who had gathered at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Hyderabad to welcome Sindhu, wants to pitch in by offering to bring in a better coach than the former All England champion Gopichand. “Sindhu is our daughter and she has made us proud. We will now provide her with an additional coach.WATCH VIDEO HERE  “Her current coach Gopi is good. But we want her to win Gold medals in the upcoming international competitions,” Ali said. While Sindhu herself and her parents are crediting the shuttler’s rise to stardom to coach Gopichand, Ali’s remarks might not go down well with them. Not just SIndhu, but Kidambi Srikanth, another protege of Gopichand, looked impressive in the group stages and gave former Olympic medallist Lin Dan a run for his money in the quarterfinal of the men’s singles event. advertisementlast_img read more

Haryana Assemblys monsoon session begins tomorrow

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 25 (PTI) The monsoon session of the Haryana Assembly begins here tomorrow as the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP Government would try to get the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill passed in the session which is likely to be brief.Apart from the GST Bill, Haryana Legislative Assembly Facilities to members Amendment Bill, Salaray Allowance and Pension of members amendment Bill, Court Fees amendment bill, Haryana Private University Amendment Bill, Haryana Sports Council Bill, 2016 and Vishwa Karma Skill University Bill are likely to be introduced in the assembly, official sources said.The assembly session will begin here in the afternoon tomorrow. However, the official schedule of business is yet to be announced.The assembly session which was to begin on August 19 had been deferred by a week after Khattar announced that many legislators had requested that they wanted to see the states athletes take part in the Rio Olympics.Among others, Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij and senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who is Leader of Opposition, had travelled to Rio.Ruling BJP is expected to bring in a resolution praising the feat of Sakshi Malik, who belongs to Haryana and won an Olympic bronze in a wrestling event at Rio.Opposition Congress and INLD are gearing up to target the Khattar government on a host of issues including crop insurance, law and order situation, employees and power issues.Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the party MLAs here, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda hit out at the Khattar government over its alleged failure on various fronts.advertisementChoudhary alleged that Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was being thrust on farmers and money was being deducted from their Kisan credit cards even when they were unwilling to take up the scheme.”We will bring an adjournment motion on this,” she said.Hooda claimed that the crop insurance scheme was “Kisan Loot Yojna”. (MORE) PTI SUN AKA MRJ RG MRJlast_img read more

Jaishas illness delays Ministry probe into official apathy

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 26 (PTI) The probe into allegations of official apathy levelled by Olympian marathon runner O P Jaisha has been delayed as the athlete is recovering from Swine Flu and will need at least a weeks rest. Jaisha, who returned from Rio with fever and body ache last week, was hospitalised yesterday after she tested positive for H1N1, two days after another athlete Sudha Singh was found to be suffering from the same disease. “Jaisha has been hospitalised for H1N1 and at this point in time, the athlete will not be allowed to travel. She needs rest for at least six to seven days,” Sports Authority of Indias Dr Sarla told PTI here. Since Jaisha is not permitted to travel, the probe into the allegations of official apathy levelled by her will be delayed. The committee, which was formed a Tuesday, was supposed to submit its report in seven days from the date of its formation. Sports Minister Vijay Goel had constituted a two-member committee consisting of Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Vivek Narayan, Director (Sports) to enquire into the allegations. Jaisha, who had finished 89th in the marathon event, had alleged that no water or energy drinks were made available by the Indian officials during her event, leaving her completely exhausted at the end of the race. She had fainted after crossing the finishing line. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI), however, has asserted that the athlete herself refused any such arrangement when approached a day before the event. Jaisha, after returning from Brazil, claimed that officials from all other countries provided refreshments to their runners at designated points set up every 2.5 km. PTI BDN PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Stan Wawrinka battles past Dan Evans to reach US Open fourth round

first_imgThird seed Stan Wawrinka saved a match point at the U.S. Open on Saturday before squeezing past unheralded Briton Dan Evans in five sets to reach the fourth round.The Swiss faced match point at 5-6 in the fourth-set tiebreak but won it 10-8 and then raced through the final set to clinch a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(8), 6-2 victory.”It was an unbelievable fight,” Wawrinka said. “I’m for sure lucky to get through that match, saving match point. He played really great, he’s really talented and he was really pushing me.”To finish like that, I’m really happy to get through. It wasn’t easy for me to find my best game.”World number 64 Evans, who was ranked as low as 772 in May of last year, stunned Wawrinka as he took the match to the two-time grand slam champion in a packed Louis Armstrong Stadium.The 26-year-old, trying to reach the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time, broke in the 10th game to take the first set and though Wawrinka hit back to level the match, the Briton took the third in a tiebreak.The pair traded breaks at the start of the fourth set but Evans, who surprised Wawrinka with his variety, had match point in the tiebreak as the crowd rose to their feet in anticipation of a massive upset.But Wawrinka saved it with a volley winner, and that proved the last gasp for Evans as the Swiss, a semi-finalist in New York in two of the past three years, prevailed in the tiebreak and then dominated the fifth set.advertisementThe Swiss will next play the winner of the match between Australian Nick Kyrgios and Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine.last_img read more

Cabinet approves MoUs with Kenya, Mozambique

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 12 (PTI) Government today approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Kenya for collaboration on matters related to housing and human settlements.The MoU was signed on July 11 this year at Nairobi during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Kenya on cooperation in the field of National Housing Policy Development and Management (NHPDM),” an official release said.As per the MoU, both the sides will collaborate on all matters relating to housing and human settlements through various strategies including training of personnel, exchange visits, expos/exhibitions, conferences and workshops, it added.The cooperation between the two nations will focus on upscaling slum upgradation and prevention initiatives based on the experience and implementation process of each country.Besides, the two nations will also collaborate on development and sharing of information on housing and real estate data base including market trends, best practices and investment opportunities, the release said.The MoU will encourage technical cooperation in facilitating access to affordable housing from locally available building materials, it added.Meanwhile, the Cabinet was also apprised of the MoU signed on July 7 this year with Mozambique on cooperation in the field of Youth Affairs and Sports during the visit of Modi to the southern African nation.”This MoU will help in promotion of sports in the two countries and will promote exchange of ideas, values and culture amongst Youth and in developing friendly relations,” another release said. PTI MP RTadvertisementlast_img read more

Venkaiah Naidu at Safaigiri 2016: Gandhi’s satyagraha finds new meaning in Modi’s swachhagraha

first_imgUnion Minister Venkaiah Naidu at India Today’s Safaigiri Awards 2016 recalled words of Mahatama Gandhi who gave us two personal goals to follow – sanitation is next to godliness and sanitation is more important than political freedom.While addressing the audience at the function, Naidu said, “Today is Gandhi Jayanti. If you have respect for Gandhiji, you should follow what he prescribed. Gandhiji earlier called for Satyagraha and our Prime Minister, another man from Gujarat, has called for Swachhgraha.”‘INDIANS ARE CAPABLE BUT HAVEN’T ACHIEVED THEIR FULL POTENTIAL’ “PM Modi has said – perform, reform and transform. Indians are very capable but still we have not been able to achieve full potential. Earlier, we politicians would take things for granted. I am thankful to the India Today Group for helping in mobilising the public opinion towards the cause of Swachh Bharat.”‘CINEMA IS A GREAT COMMUNICATOR TO SEND OUT THE MESSAGE’ Naidu said the need of the hour is to change the mindset, create infrastructure and make it a people’s movement to achieve the Swachh goal of 2019. ” It is important to communicate to the masses for which we have approached sports icons, celebrities, religious gurus to emphasise on sanitation. And we have received a positive response. What politicians say may not reach the people, but what someone like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says will reach you because cinema is a great communicator.”‘AISHWARYA BEAUTIFUL AND DUTIFUL’ Praising Bachchan for her commitment to the Clean India campaign, Naidu said she is both “beautiful and dutiful”. Naidu said if a country has wealth but no health it would continue to suffer. The Union minister shared various anecdotes of how he came across people who have voluntarily dedicated themselves to the cause of sanitation.advertisement”A 104 year-old woman in Chhattisgarh sold her goats to build toilet. Another woman gifted a gift toilet to her daughter-in-law. A woman in Ahmedabad goes and checks dustbins in the homes of the citizens. These are small efforts to achieve the bigger goal of complete sanitation.”Naidu emphasised on effective communication to bring in the change.”Communication changes mindset, it is a powerful tool. We should remember the Swachh Bharat symbol has a spectacle which refers to Mahatama Gandhi. The symbol says that Gandhiji is watching you and you should do your duty.”THE PROGRESS REPORT Talking on upcoming projects and achievements, Naidu said 170 towns of Gujarat have become open defecation free, similarly, 110 cities of Andhra Pradesh have been declared open defecation free which would be soon followed by Kerala and Maharashtra. “We recently invited movies on sanitation and we received a massive response. We have received fine movies from the directors and producers who are not above 30 years of age. Such immense creativity and talent for the cause is commendable. We have also teamed up with Amar Chitta Katha to educate the children of the abhiyaan through comic books. “The Swachh survey competition carried out by the centre should not only be at the national level but also within the states. The states should hold competitons among its districts and villages to encourage people to follow the path of cleanliness. “By 2019, I am sure we will have a clean India,” he said.Also read:Safaigiri Awards 2016: Swachhta as a way of life needs to be imbibed, says singer Keshav Tyohar We are great but Safaigiri can make us better, says Kailash KherKeeping your body healthy is a way of keeping your body clean, says ‘balam pichkari’ singer Shalmali KholgadeSocial media has made it easy for talented youngsters to reach an audience: Himesh Reshammiya Pop singer Mika bows before garbage pickers at Safaigiri award functionAdnan Sami on surgical strikes: Because you couldn’t do it, I had to enter your house and do itlast_img read more

Murray continues Djokovic chase by reaching China Open final

first_imgTop seed Andy Murray continued his pursuit of Novak Djokovic in the race to end the year as number one in the ATP rankings with a crushing 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Spain’s David Ferrer to reach the final of the China Open on Saturday.The 29-year-old, yet to drop a set in Beijing, clocked up a seventh successive victory over the dogged Ferrer to set up a final against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.Dimitrov was given a walkover in his semi-final after Canada’s Milos Raonic withdrew due to an ankle injury. (Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis)With Djokovic not defending his title in China because of an elbow problem Murray could close the gap to 1,555 points if he wins the title – a sizeable gap but that the British player could overturn with a strong finish to the season.”I felt like if I could find a way to get through the first couple of matches, I’d start to feel better and play better here,” Murray, who has had an exhausting summer in which he won Wimbledon and the Olympics, said. (China Open: Andy Murray sets up quarterfinal vs British teammate Kyle Edmund)”Thankfully that’s been the case so far this week. I’ll try to play another high-level match tomorrow.”But it’s very positive leading into Shanghai. Hopefully I can finish the year strong.”Murray leads Dimitrov 7-3 in head-to-heads but did lose to the Bulgarian this year in Miami. (Andy Murray to face David Ferrer in China Open semis)advertisementBig-serving Raonic was forced to play twice on Friday, beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the last four and he sustained the injury during the win over the Spaniard.”Yesterday during my second match in the evening, I rolled over my ankle, obviously caused it some level of a sprain,” the Canadian told the ATP website. (Andy Murray breezes past Grigor Dimitrov to reach US Open quarterfinals)”I did a test this morning, which showed I had a partial tear on the outside of my ankle. I was told to give it a try. I tried to warm up just before the match like I would normally, and I was unable to play.”last_img read more

Panjab University to set up Chair in honour of Balbir Sr.

first_imgChandigarh, Oct 8 (PTI) Panjab University Chandigarh will set up a Chair in honour of hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior. Panjab University Syndicate, which met here today, approved to recommend the setting up of the Chair in honour of the 92-year-old Olympian at the Department of Sports and Physical Education at PU. PU Vice Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover presided over the Syndicate meeting. Balbir Senior, on his part, said he was humbled by this rare honour bestowed upon him. “I am humbled by this rare honour bestowed upon me by the Panjab University. I thank the almighty that I was able to contribute towards the honour of our tricolour,” he said. “I hope story of my life inspires future generations, to achieve laurels for our country,” he added. Balbir Sr. was a member of Indias three Olympic gold medal winning teams in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956 as captain). Besides being a player par excellence, Balbir Sr. was the manager and chief coach of the Indian team for the 1975 World Cup, which India won, and the 1971 World Cup (in which India settled for a bronze medal). During the London Olympics in 2012, he was felicitated as one of the worlds 16 iconic Olympians. PTI SUN PDS PDSlast_img read more

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New Zealand wary of Pakistan backlash in Hamilton

first_imgPakistan’s hopes of continuing their unbeaten run in seven consecutive Test series will come under pressure when they face a resurgent New Zealand in the second and final Test in Hamilton without inspirational skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.Vice-captain Azhar Ali will take the reins after Misbah returned home following the death of his father-in-law and was later banned from the game by the International Cricket Council as punishment for his side’s slow over rate in their eight-wicket loss in the Christchurch opener.Pakistan have rarely started tours well in the Antipodes where their batsmen have struggled on seam-friendly wickets.They will also face opponents enjoying renewed confidence at home after New Zealand’s horror tour of India.But the South Asian side have not lost a series in New Zealand for over 30 years and the hosts are bracing for a bowler-led backlash on a Seddon Park wicket that usually offers pace and bounce. (Misbah-ul-Haq suspended for slow over rate)”The nature of Hamilton is that you’re going to be faced with different challenges – especially with their strong seam attack,” New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls said.”Yasir (Shah) is also one of the best spinners in the world, so when you’re playing these top teams you’re always being challenged.”We’re expecting them to be at the top of their game. And it’ll be the same for us – we’ll be looking to improve on our performance from Hagley as well.”Pakistan took the field without fiery paceman Wahab Riaz at Hagley Oval, preferring another left-armer in Rahat Ali.advertisementAlthough Rahat took 4-62 in the first innings on the grassy wicket, the decision to omit Wahab raised eyebrows in Pakistan and he is in line for a recall for the match starting Friday.”If the ball’s going to reverse, and the wicket has pace and bounce, Wahab is our number one choice,” coach Mickey Arthur told Christchurch, Yasir went wicketless for the first time in his 20-Test career and may again struggle to extract much from another grassy wicket. But the spinner is rarely subdued for two matches in a row.Pakistan will need far more from their batsmen, however, after they were skittled for 133 and 171 at Hagley Oval.Either Mohammad Rizwan or fellow uncapped batsman Sharjeel Khan are set to replace Misbah.Rizwan, who toured with the squad in England, would slot into the middle order but Arthur said he could include opener Sharjeel even if it meant a major re-jig of the batting order.New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner, who has been recalled after his recovery from a fractured wrist and should replace legspinner Todd Astle.Ross Taylor, who did not bat in the second innings after a having an eye Test on the first day in Christchurch, has been cleared to play after seeing a specialist in Hamilton.last_img read more

England misread Mohali pitch, says Alastair Cook

first_imgEngland captain Alastair Cook misread the pitch in Mohali and was left to rue going into the third Test against India with three spinners, he said on Tuesday. (Scorecard)The dry look of the surface at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium prompted England to pick three slow bowlers and the move failed as India won the match by eight wickets to move 2-0 ahead in the series.”I think all of us probably misread this pitch,” Cook told reporters.”If we’d known what we know now, we would’ve probably gone with four seamers and two spinners, because the seamers are always in the game.” (Mohali Test: Parthiv Patel’s frenetic fifty delivers huge win, India take 2-0 series lead)Experienced off-spinner Gareth Batty endured a forgettable game, going wicketless and never really troubling the India batsmen.”I looked at that wicket along with a number of people before the game that we thought is dry. We all thought it’s going to spin a lot more,” Cook said.”So in hindsight we’d have played four and two but I am quite happy with my decision because I thought it’s the right one at that time.”England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the only bowler to claim five wickets in an innings while leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed five victims in the match. (India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 4: Key Highlights)In the test at the same venue last year, the Indian spinners claimed 19 of the 20 wickets to beat South Africa inside three days.”Sometimes you like to see what four-and-two does but I thought it would have been a bit gamble on this wicket if it would have been turning, like it did in Bangladesh where we played three-and-three when it was turning a lot,” Cook said. (Virat Kohli lauds lower order contributions after Mohali win)advertisementThe England players will now head to Dubai for a break before the team management decide on the side for the fourth test in Mumbai starting on December 8.last_img read more

IPL 2017, RPS vs GL Highlights: How Ben Stokes sealed the deal for Pune

first_imgGujarat have been Stoke’d! What a knock this has been from theEnglishman. To take your team home, scoring your maiden T20 ton, withyour team in dire straits at 10 for 3. Take a bow, Ben Stokes. This hasbeen some, some knock. Today it also the Maharashtra Day and both teamsfrom the state have won. This though shall be etched in memories ofmany, many people involved. (Points Table | Scorecard)Stokes – there was so much debate, whether he did deserved the price tag or not, whether he was good enough or not. But boy, how well has heperformed to shut up his critics. Gujarat will feel knocked over, theybowled well for the most parts of the game but could not dismiss thesouthpaw. Pradeep Sangwan struck twice in the first over to set thetone. Dhoni and Stokes though set the platform with a 76-run stand.Just when Dhoni wanted to hit out, he departed to Thampi. Stokes thoughshowed his class to play of his best knocks in limited overs. Pune willbe delighted with the win as it puts them in a really good position onthe points table. They bowled earlier on with Imran Tahir and JaydevUnadkat taking three wickets each to restrict the visitors. Stokesfailed with the ball but stepped up with the bat to earn them two vitalpoints.HIGHLIGHTSPUNE INNINGS:23.38 IST: Difficult two games for Gujarat Lions! Lost the previous match against Mumbai Indians in Super Over and then this.advertisement2 hard fought losses in 3 days is hard to cope with, but the fighting spirit in the Lions will never die ?? #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201723.33 IST: What an innings by Ben Stokes and so crucial! Maiden IPL century laced with 6 sixes and 7 fours.TAKE A BOW – BEN STOKES #IPL #RPSvGL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 201723.31 IST: SIX! Christian finishes it off in style!23.28 IST: FOUR! Ben Stokes, kudos to you! Maiden Indian T20 League ton for Ben Stokes! He’s absolutely pumped up, so is the crowd and are we! A classical innings from the Englishman this! Faulkner serves it full outside off, Stokes smashes it past a diving extra cover fielder for a boundary.Just have to enjoy this innings from @benstokes38. Been the lone chaser in what seemed a lost cause.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 1, 201723.25 IST: Stokes down with cramps.23.21 IST: What an exceptional fielding effort by Jadeja! Saves a boundary at deep mid wicket.23.20 IST: SIX! Stokes powers a 79m maximum off Thampi over long on.23.18 IST: Good work by Dwayne on the boundary line. Was a sure shot four on deep mid wicket. RPS 137/5 after 18 overs vs GL.23.17 IST: FOUR! Good shot by Christian. Slams Sangwan for a boundary on deep backward point.23.13 IST: FOUR! Ben Stokes is on fire! Powers Thampi’s delivery straight to the boundary line. RPS 126/5 in 17 overs vs GL. Need 36 runs from the last 3 overs.23.11 IST: OUT! Slower ball by Thampi! Dhoni couldn’t get enough elevation on it and safe hands of  McCullum catch him on long-off.23.08 IST: Just 4 overs left and RPS are 118/4 vs GL. Stokes at 72 runs and Dhoni at 26.23.06 IST: FOUR! Stokes slams the fuller delivery through the covers for a boundary.23.05 IST: SIX! Ben Stokes smashes Dwayne Smith out of the park. A mighty 89m maximum.23.00 IST: SIX! Bang! This will get the crowd going! Back of a length delivery on middle, it sits up at a nice height for Dhoni who stands tall, swivels minimal and packs a pull over mid-wicket for half a dozen.22.57 IST: At Strategic Time Out, RPS are 90/4 in 14 overs vs GL.22.53 IST: Very economical over by Ankit Soni. No boundaries off it. RPS 87/4 in 13 overs vs GL.22:49 IST: FOUR! Very full outside off, Ben comes down the track, reaches out to that one and scythes it through point and finds the fence. A boundary to end the over!22:48 IST: Ben Stokes reaches his fifty with a single run off Dwayne Smith’s delivery.22:41 IST: SIX! Jadeja gets slammed for another biggie by Stokes. This time on long on.22.40 IST: SIX! Stokes powers an 89m maximum to deep mid wicket.#Jaddu vs #MSDhoniRound 1: Only 4 runs coming off the over. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201722.36 IST: Jadeja goes for just 4 runs in his first over. RPS 51/4 in 8 overs vs GL.22:34 IST: FOUR! Timing! Fuller outside off, Dhoni strides forward and drives it through extra cover. The fielder gets across from the deep, slides to stop the ball but ends up parrying it on the ropes. Thampi was the fielder.advertisement22.30 IST: The crowd roars ‘DHONI! DHONI!’ as he comes on strike for the first time. RPS 47/4 after 7 overs vs GL. Horrible mix up!Tripathi is runout. Horrible way to get out in the context of the game! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.26 IST: OUT! School boy cricket there! Fuller in length on middle and leg, Stokes comes down and jams it out towards long on. The throw from Finch comes in at the non-striker’s end at hits the target. Stokes has run a long way towards the striker’s end and he is livid with his partner since it was Rahul’s call. When the ball hit the target, the southpaw had crossed the opener and hence Tripathi has to depart. That is a waste of a wicket and a gift of a wicket to the opposition. RPS 43/4 after 6 overs vs GL. 22.21 IST: Good over for Pune, 13 overs off it. RPS 37/3 after 5 overs vs GL.22.20 IST: FOUR! Good hands from Tripathi. A beautiful boundary at backward point.22.17 IST: SIX! Mighty shot by Ben Stokes. Shorter in length on the stumps, at 136 kph, Stokes gets inside the line of this one and hooks it over backwards square leg for a 79m maximum.22.13 IST: FOUR! Stokes is trying to stay positive. In the gap! Good length outside off, Stokes comes down a touch and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Important for Pune to stay positive as the target is not a big one. RPS:24/3 (4 overs) Pulled away into the gap. #Stokes will look to s positive & steady this innings! 4?! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.09 IST: FOUR! Ben Stokes times it to perfection. Fuller in length around off, shapes in, Stokes covers the line and thumps it down the ground past the non-striker for a boundary. RPS:17/3 (3 overs)Elbow high, straight bat and 4?! ?? perfection from #stokes ???! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.06 IST: Gujarat are off to a great start. RPS:11/3 (2 overs) 2? gone! #RPS 1?1?- 3?! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201722.05 IST: OUT! Tiwary has to walk for a duck off Basil Thampi. Pune, what are you doing? Thampi fires a fuller one on middle and leg, Tiwary is beaten for pace and is struck on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire has no doubt to rule it out. That is another big wicket and Thampi leaps in joy. Boy, what a start!Match 39. 1.3: WICKET! M Tiwary (0) is out, lbw Basil Thampi, 10/3 #RPSvGL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 201722.01 IST: OUT! Banged in short on the body, Smith goes across to pull it away but gloves it towards short fine leg. Ankit Soni takes the catch and that is the end of Steven Smith. This is a superb start for the visitors. Sangwan leaps in joy and why not. That is a huge wicket. RPS: 8/2 (1 over)WICKET. Pradeep Sangwan is turning it on. We get the big fish. Steve Smith departs. #RPS 8/2. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201722.00 IST: FOUR! Captain Smith comes and flicks the ball off his pads for a boundary. Fuller on the stumps, Smith gets across and just nonchalantly clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary to get off the mark.21.59 IST: OUT! Rahane is found in front of his stumps. WICKET. Sangwan gets the early breakthrough we wanted. Dangerman Ajinkya Rahane walks back to the dugout. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201721.58 IST: FOUR! Rahane nudges it off of his pads. Reaches 4000 runs in t20. Shorter in length, on the pads, Rahane just tickles it into the fine leg fence neatly. Nice way to get off the mark.21.57 IST: Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane faces Pradeep Sangwan. 21.54 IST: Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers. It was a complete #MahirTahir show at the MCA!????Our leading wicket taker put us right in the game & restricted GL to 161!#RangWahiJungNayi RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201721.51 IST: It up to the Gujarat bowlers, need to defend 161. It’s up to the bowlers now. Come on Lions, let’s defend this! #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL– The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 2017GUJARAT INNINGS:21.46 IST: Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/27. Jaydev Unadkat came back towards the end to finish with figures of 3/29. The rest too held their nerve to not let the home side down. Gujarat will know they could have done a lot better with the bat. They now have to defend a below par score on this good wicket. The home side will back their batting to come good. Should be an interesting chase.21.44 IST: Pune have to chase a total of 162 after bowling out Gujarat for 161.21.42 IST: OUT! Ankit Soni bowled out by Unadkat on the second last ball of the innings. Unadkat serves another slower length delivery, Ankit Soni heaves across the line only to hear the death rattle. Superb bowling from Jaydev this!3? wickets for @JUnadkat Super bowling by the man from Saurashtra! We bundle up GL for 1?6?1?! Now for the chase! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201721.39 IST: OUT! Excellent glovework from Dhoni yet again to run out Karthik. Run out! Dhoni gets his man this time! Slower length delivery, angling in, Thampi swings and misses. Karthik wants the strike and so sets off in search of a bye. Dhoni collects and scores yet another direct hit at his end. This time Karthik’s desperate dive doesn’t save him.?sd show with the gloves was beautiful! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201721.38 IST: FOUR! That’s the glam shot! Length delivery on the stumps, Dinesh Karthik gets into the position early and reverse paddles it over backward point for a boundary. Cheeky!21.35 IST: FOUR! Good feet movement by Karthik and he slams Stokes for a boundary to deep square leg. GL 155/8 in 19 overs vs RPS.21.31 IST: OUT! Pradeep Sangwan falls after scoring just a run in his first game for Gujarat and Dinesh Karthik stands on one end to see wickets fall. Change of pace does the trick! Undakat gets his second! Nicely rolls his fingers over the ball and sends across a good length delivery as Sangwan looks to loft it down the ground. Miscues it high in the air towards mid on where Rahul Tripathi settles underneath it.21.27 IST: OUT! Excellent catch by Manoj Tiwary and Faulkner has to walk back to pavilion. Slower length delivery outside off, James gives himself some roo and bashes it hard but doesn’t bother to keep it down. It goes towards Manoj Tiwary at short extra cover who holds onto a tough catch. Unadkat gets his first wicket of the night.21.25 IST: It’s been 3 overs since Gujarat’s last boundary. GL 146/6 in 17 overs vs RPS.4 overs to go. The Lions are 140/6. @DineshKarthik and @JamesFaulkner44 will look to end with a flourish. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201721.19 IST: It’s Strategic time-out! GL 140/6 after 16 overs vs RPS.21.18 IST: OUT! Jadeja throws his wicket away and walks back to pavilion clearly unhappy with himself. From around the wicket, Christian bangs in a short ball and angles it into the body, Jadeja looks to pull but gets it off the splice. It lobs to Jaydev Unadkat at short fine leg who runs in to his right and takes a simple catch.21.13 IST: NOT OUT! Another quick glovework from Dhoni but Jadeja makes it on time.21.09 IST: FOUR! On the pads and Jadeja has put it away. He doesn’t have any problem to just tickle it fine down the leg side for a boundary. GL 128/5 after 14 overs vs RPS.21.05 IST: FOUR! Jadeja slams Stokes once again. This time to deep mid wicket. GL 121/5 in 13 overs vs RPS.21.04 IST: FOUR! Jadeja powers Stokes’ delivery straight to boundary.21.01 IST: OUT! Back of a length around off, McCullum steps out and plays his usual flat-batted shot. Doesn’t connect and the ball goes off the splice towards Ajinkya Rahane at sweeper cover. He takes a comfortable catch and that spells the end of the Gujarat opener. Pune with a timely wicket. GL 109/5 in 12 overs vs RPS.20.57 IST: BIG SHOUT! Thakur appealed for an LBW but the umpire doesn’t move.20.53 IST: FOUR! Edged and away! Fuller and outside off, McCullum comes forward to push it away but gets a thick outside edge which races down to the third man fence for a boundary. The man in the deep comes across to his left, puts in a dive but to no avail. GL 101/4 in 11 overs vs RPS.20.51 IST: OUT! Tahir strikes gold! Lands a googly outside off, Smith sits down on his knee and looks to slog sweep but misses and has his stumps rattled. What an over for the home side, two big wickets in that over. That after being hit for a biggie first ball. Tahir is elated and why not. This is a superb period of play. His figures read 3-0-22-3 for now. GL 94/4 in 10 overs.20.49 IST: OUT! Finch departs and Tahir takes off! Flatter on middle, Finch looks to go through the leg side but gets a leading edge. The ball lobs back towards Tahir who leaps and takes the catch. Finch has to walk back. Tahir takes off in celebration. A vital wicket for the home side. Dwayne Smith walks out to bat next, replacing Finchy. A slip in place20.46 IST: SIX! Finch goes big! Tahir lands the googly outside off, Finch gets under it and dispatches it over mid-wicket for a maximum.20.44 IST: SIX! Over the ropes! Good length outside off, McCullum gets under it and pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Another big over for the visitors, 15 runs off it. GL 86/2 in 9 overs20.42 IST: FOUR! In the gap! Lands it outside off, Finch gets under it and launches it over mid-wicket. The ball lands in the gap and they get a boundary.20.38 IST: OUT! Raina runs himself out! Flatter around off, Suresh gets it towards square leg off the back foot and takes a single. Raina calls for the second and dives to get into his crease. The throw comes in flat at the striker’s end and Dhoni takes the bails off. It is referred upstairs. Replays show Rahane’s throw was a sharp one and Dhoni had caught Raina short of the crease. That is a big wicket and a special piece of fielding has resulted in a wicket. GL 71/2 in 8 overs. Aaron Finch is the new man in!Always! ?????? #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201720.31 IST: GL 66/1 after 7 overs vs RPS. 20.30 IST: FOUR! It’s McCullum again. Ferocious hit on the mid off. 20.29 IST: Good piece of fielding there by Thakur. Saved two runs for the team.20.27 IST: WICKET! There’s the breakthrough! Too full outside off, Kishan comes forward to drive it but ends up slicing it to short third man. Sundar takes the catch and that is a huge sigh of relief for the home side. Still a superb Powerplay for the home side. GL 55/1 in 6 overs vs RPS.20.23 IST: FOUR! Powerful! Too full on the pads, Ishan Kishan does not miss out and sweeps it powerfully through backward square leg for a boundary.20.19 IST: SIX! Hit away! Length ball on middle and leg, McCullum gets under it and launches it over wide long on for a maximum. This is a superb start for the visitors.20.18 IST:  FOUR! Edged! Fuller outside off, McCullum looks to drive from his crease but gets an outside edge past the keeper for a boundary. Luck has not gone in favour of the hosts so far.20.15 IST: BIG HITTING! Ishan Kishan hitting Sundar big. First a four  through an edge and then a big six. What a hit! Shorter on middle, Kishan gets under this one and pummels it over mid-wicket for a biggie. GL 35/0 in 4 overs vs RPS.20.12 IST: SIX! Ishan Kishan special! Shorter in length on the body, Kishan gets under it and gets it over backward square leg for a 69m maximum. GL 24/0 in 3 overs vs RPS.Vintage #MSDhoni Such a smart and cheeky cricketer. Surely played a lot of gully cricket! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201720.10 IST: NOT OUT! Dhoni special but no harm done. Good length outside off, Kishan pulls it over mid-wicket for a couple of runs. The throw comes in at the striker’s end. Dhoni deflects the ball through his legs back onto the stumps. There is an appeal which is referred upstairs. Replays show that Ishan had dragged his bat into the crease.Beautiful over by Sundae, just a run off his 1st. GL 1?2?-0? after 2?! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 201720.08 IST: Excellent second over by Washington Sundar. Just one run off it. GL 12/0 after 2 overs vs RPS.20.04 IST: FOUR! Past the fielder! Outside off on a good length, McCullum opens the face of the bat and gets it past the short third man fielder for a boundary. What a start for the visitors. GL 11/0 after 1 over vs RPS.20.03 IST: MISSED CHANCE! Slower in pace, fuller in length on the stumps, McCullum is early into the shot. The ball lobs towards Smith at mid on. He comes in, dives but the ball falls short of him. A single taken.20.01 IST: FOUR! Slants it outside off on a length, McCullum goes after the width and sends it crashing over extra cover for a boundary. There was a fielder in the deep but he could not do anything about it.19.58 IST: Brendon McCullum and Ishan Kishan have made their way to the ground in order to open the innings for Gujarat while Jaydev Unadkat is opening the bowling attack of Pune.2 changes from our previous game vs RCB#stokes and Shardul in!Ferguson & D Chahar out!#RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvGL RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 2017Here’s our Playing XI for tonight’s game. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201719.47 IST: Here’s the playing XI of both the teams.Rising Pune Supergiant (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Imran TahirGujarat Lions (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Ankit Soni, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi19.31 IST: Rising Pune Supergiant win toss, opt to bowl first.Steve Smith chose to bowl first saying that there was some dew the other night unexpectedly and this is generally a pretty good chasing ground.Lockie Ferguson makes way for Ben Stokes while Shardul Thakur comes in for Deepak Chahar.Suresh Raina, on the other hand, said that all the five games are important for them and they only have to express themselves and enjoy. He called for the bowlers to step up in the first six overs.Gujarat have got two changes as well. Dwayne Smithy comes in for Andrew Tye and Pradeep Sangwan is playing in place of Irfan Pathan.19.12 IST: Ravindra Jadeja picked the wicket of his Chennai Super Kings teammates the last match that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions played.Last time @imjadeja got the better of @msdhoni. Will he repeat it tonight? Let’s ROAR for #Jaddu. #GameMaariChhe #RPSvGL The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 1, 201719.05 IST: Happy Maharashtra DayJai Jai Maharashtra Mazha, Garza Maharashtra Mazha!Wishing all our #Supergiants a very happy Maharashtra Diwas!#RangWahiJungNayi RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 1, 2017Brief Preview:Rising Pune Supergiant will aim to take two crucial points in their bid to push for the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs as they face an inconsistent Gujarat Lions at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday.Pune have 10 points from nine matches and have gained momentum, having won three of their last four matches. They are coming off a comprehensive 61-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.And at home and going by how Pune have peaked lately, they will be expected to have another successful outing against a side which won their first duel of the edition in Rajkot.Pune will bank on their in-form opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi to give the team a great start. The middle order comprising the likes of captain Steven Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary have the experience to take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners at ease. With all-rounders Daniel Christian and Rajat Bhatia, the lower order batting can come in handy if needed.It is not clear whether English star all-rounder Ben Stokes has overcome a shoulder injury. In his absence, Christian has proved to be an able replacement as far as bowling is concerned, but his batting under pressure remains a question.In the bowling department, the young Indian pace duo of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur has impressed both in the opening and death overs while seasoned leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Christian and rookie tweaker Washington Sundar can provide the breakthroughs as well as stop the flow of runs in the middle overs.Gujarat, who lost to Mumbai Indians in a match decided by super over, are sixth on the points table with three wins from nine games. Their batsmen and bowlers are not clicking at the same match — a problem they must solve as the race for playoffs is hotting up. They need to start firing on all cylinders in order to get some wins under their belt to join the race for the playoffs.Gujarat have several destructive batsmen in Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik and they will hold the key.Their bowlers, always under the blame, however, have vastly improved. Even though Gujarat lost the game to Mumbai, the way they defended a target of 154, it must give them a lot of confidence going forward.Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye has been their leading light. With 12 scalps from six games, he is the third highest wicket-taker of this edition so far but is ruled out of the tournament with a dislocated shoulder. Along with him, youngsters Basil Thampi and Nathu Singh are improving, keeping veteran Praveen Kumar on the bench.A lot will depend on the performances of all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner and Irfan Pathan.last_img read more

PCB, BCCI to meet in Dubai to discuss cricketing ties

first_imgTop officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet in Dubai on May 29 to discuss the financial losses, which the former side had suffered due to India’s constant refusal to play bilateral series as per agreement signed in 2014.Earlier this month, the PCB had sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart, initiating proceedings to seek compensation from the Indian board for failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.However, the BCCI rejected the same saying that it was only an MoU between the two sides, to which, Shaharyar hit back and said that it was a proper contract signed between the two boards in their bid to revive bilateral ties.According to sources, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, executive committee chairman Najam Sethi and chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad will engage with the BCCI’s delegation led by CK Khanna in the meeting.The source further revealed that if both the boards fails to reach the conclusion then the matter would be taken before ICC chief executive officer Dave Richardson, while adding that the failure of which as well could force the PCB to take the issue in front of the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee.”If both the boards fail to reach at any conclusion then a second round of negotiation will be held in the presence of the ICC chief executive officer Dave Richardson on another date. And if the second round fails, then the matter will be referred to the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee,” the Dawn quoted the source as saying.advertisementThe PCB is seeking a compensation of USD 69.4 million from India because of the latter’s failure to live up to their commitment.”The PCB is also seeking recovery for a three-match ODI series which India had to play against Pakistan in the country or at any neutral venue in return of same number of matches Pakistan played in India in 2013 under Misbah-ul-Haq’s captaincy,” sources said.According to the 2014 agreement, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan’s home series.While the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants the Indian cricket board to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the arch-rivals have played each other a number of times in the ICC events, with the most recent coming at the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. However, Pakistan toured India for a short series in December 2012.last_img read more

England, Venezuela reach maiden finals at U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic

first_imgEngland and Venezuela beat Italy and Uruguay respectively to make it to their maiden finals at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is set to take place on June 11.It is a first for both teams – Venezuela have reached their first FIFA final and England have made it to their first U-20 World Cup climax.Both teams registered contrasting victories as England thrashed Italy 3-1 while Venezuela advanced on penalties.Despite being the tournament’s top scorers, Venezuela were largely frustrated.Uruguary opened the scoring in the 49th minute through Nicolas De La Cruz, who slotted home a penalty after Agustin Canobbio was fouled in the penalty area.Venezuela salvaged the game in the 91st minute when Samuel Sosa slammed a 25-yard free kick home.As extra time failed to yield a result, the game went to penalties where Venezuela won 4-3.England, on the other hand, easily dispatched Italy, thanks to second-half strikes from Dominic Solanke and Ademola Lookman.Though Italy were the first to score through Riccardo Orsilini in the second minute, Solanke’s brace in the 66th and 88th minutes and Lookman’s close range strike in the 77th minute sealed the deal for the English.last_img read more

DU to release its sixth cut-off today at

first_imgThe Delhi University (DU) is all set to release its sixth cut off list today, on July 22, after which the admissions for the academic session 2017-18 will conclude. The list would be put up on the official website University had taken out the fifth cut off list on July 18 when roughly 10 per cent seats were left for admissions.DU had released five cut-offs till date on the following dates:First  cut-off was released on June 23Second cut-off was released on July 1Third  cut-off was released on July 7Fourth  cut-off was released on July 13Fifth  cut-off was released on July 18Notice released for the sixth cut-off”Admissions for the sixth cut-off will happen between 22 and 25 July (except Sunday) for all the categories,” the Delhi University said in a release.(Read: Delhi government introduces scholarship scheme for needy students)Admission drive for reserved categoriesAlso, the university has decided to start another admission drive for students of reserved categories including SC/ST, OBC, and persons with disability (PWD), children/widows of armed forces, Kashmiri migrants and sports.”The drive for such admissions will happen from 31 July to 5 August,” the release said.Details of seats left:As of Monday, out of 50,000 seats under merit-based undergraduate courses, admissions to almost 47,000 seats have already been done.For any query related to admission , all the candidates are requested to check the official website of DU.Read: Disabilities could not stop these students from making it to Delhi University Read: Driver’s daughter overcomes all obstacles to make it to Delhi University advertisementlast_img read more

Sports Minister Rathore hints at renaming SAI

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today dropped hints of renaming Sports Authority of India making it clear that the word Authority has no relevance in modern sporting scenario. “The authority in Sports Authority of India has no place in sports today, to deliver better service @IndiaSports & @Media_SAI will shapeup,” Rathore said in the first of a series of tweets indicating significant revamp.The minister assured help to former sports icons of the country, who have been struggling for basic needs of life.”It concerns us when our sporting icons struggle for basic needs past their prime. Help @IndiaSports help athletes, write us what you think,” he wrote in his second tweet.He reiterated that his ministry will not waver from their goal — respect and facility for sportspersons. “Our mantra is Sammaan aur Suvidha where sportsperson, coaches & fans are at the top of the table. Actions of sports bodies must reflect this,” said Rathore, who graced the BSF Half Marathon event at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. Rathore, who won a silver in the mens double trap event in the 2004 Athens Olympics, took over as Sports Minister last month in place of Vijay Goel. PTI PDS KHS KHSlast_img read more