Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina put on 137 runs for the second wicket as Chennai beat Rajasthan by 8 wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Wednesday. Score | PhotosBatting second Chennai crossed a good 148-run target with eight balls and an equal number of wickets remaining.The onus for the win was jointly shared by Michael Hussey (79 not out) and Suresh Raina (61), who nullified Rajasthan opener Rahul Dravid’s impressive 66.Chennai lost their opener Murali Vijay early. On the fifth ball of the second Johan Botha trapped opener Murali Vijay on five to reduce Chennai to 8/1.Post Vijay’s fall, Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina batted steadily. Gradually the two upped the scoring rate and started dealing in boundaries. After 10 overs, Chennai were well on course with 73/1 on board.In the 13th over both batsmen scored their half-centuries and by the end of the over the team total was 109/1.Soon the two were seen pounding opposition bowlers even as Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne was struggling for an answer to their batting blitzkrieg.Suresh Raina fell on the third ball of the 19th over when Chennai were just three runs away for a victory. He mistimed a pull shot of Siddharth Trivedi and ended up getting caught by Johan Botha on 61. His 51-ball innings was decorated with three fours and one six.However, Hussey finished the job for Chennai hitting a four on the next ball to help Chennai win by 8 wickets and maintain their 100 per cent victory record at home in IPL season 4.advertisementHussey’s 79 came off 55 balls and included eight four and one six.Rajasthan inningsRajasthan opener Rahul Dravid scored 66 as Chennai restricted Rajasthan to 147/6 in 20 overs during their IPL match.Earlier, Rajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to bat in the 43rd IPL match of the IPL season 4.Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson got on with a good partnership for the first wicket putting on 86 runs on board and that too with ease. The two carried on till the 10 overs frustrating the opposition bowlers.It wasn’t until the 11th over that Chennai bowlers managed to break the Dravid-Watson stand.On the first ball of the 11th over Shadab Jakati got the better of Aussie Shane Watson with a caught and bowled decision on 32.Later, in the 13th over new man in the middle, Ashok Menaria fell off R Ashwin when the team total was 92. Then Rajasthan’s South African recruit Johan Botha, who has been having a good run this season, became Jakati’s second victim. An edge off his ball got carried away towards Suresh Raina in the covers when he took an easy catch to dismiss Botha on 8. Rajasthan were 109/3 post his fall.Unfortunately for Rajasthan, Rahul Dravid, who was batting with determination could not score a ton and fell in the 16th over off Sri Lankan Suraj Randiv.The Rajasthan opener made room for a pull and went for it but Murali Vijay at deep mid-wicket ensured that his shot did not travel any further and caught him nice and easy on 66. His 51-ball innings was punctuated with 10 fours. Surprisingly the pull he got out on, proved to be the only big aerial shot in his innings. Rajasthan were 117/4 post his fall.Post Dravid’s fall, Rajasthan lost the plot a little and Chennai bowlers started striking with renewed vigour. In the 19th over Albie Morkel got rid of Ajinkya Rahane and Ross Taylor in a row to reduce Rajasthan to 139/6.Dishant Yagnik and Stuart Binny remained unbeaten as Rajasthan scored 147/6.
Faced with the prospect of losing the number one tag after conceding a 0- 2 lead to England in the ongoing Test series, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed a cramped schedule for his team’s poor performance so far.He, however, hoped that with considerable rest before the next Test of the four-match series, India will stage a turnaround.”Somebody said time is of essence here. We came straight from the Caribbean and didn’t have time to play more than one (practice) game. So we are playing seven and not four matches back-to-back,” Dhoni said after India suffered a crushing 319-run defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Monday.”It (this series) is a continuation of the West Indies tour and we haven’t really had a gap. It’s a mental thing as well because for some of us it’s been a sevenmatch Test series with hardly any gap.”The preparation needs to be slightly different which is why we are saying the next 10 days are important for us – not only physically but mentally as well,” added Dhoni.With Virender Sehwag set to join the squad, and Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan likely to be fit for the third Test at Edgbaston on August 10, Dhoni expressed hope of a comeback.The series so far has been hard on India and Dhoni admitted that his famed batting lineup needs to fire to give the visitors any hope of a turnaround.”It is important to score and put runs on the board. We have been slightly lacking in this respect. Even in the West Indies, we didn’t score runs consistently. We do need improvement in the batting,” he said.advertisement”In all the three innings, we haven’t been able to see the second new ball through. In conditions such as these, it is vital. We don’t want our batters from number eight onwards to be exposed to the second new ball.” Dhoni also seemed concerned about his own form in the series.”My form is a bit of concern but my preparation and process is alright and when it’s so, you don’t really need to worry. It takes only 15 deliveries to strike form,” he said.The Indian skipper said injuries to Zaheer, Gambhir and Sehwag hampered India.”We missed Zaheer in the middle of the (first) Test and that too in the first innings. We missed Harbhajan in this game. The openers were missing. Conditions really have been tough for us,” Dhoni said.Dhoni conceded England’s batting runs deep but insisted that it can be managed if he has the services of his top four bowlers.”Their batting runs quite deep. Only (James) Anderson to some extent doesn’t bat. We had them down to 124 for 8 in the first innings and yet they were able to score 100 more runs. But if all our four bowlers are playing and are fit, there is no reason why we can’t get them out,” he said.Indian batsmen appeared uncomfortable against shortpitched deliveries in the second Test but Dhoni said it was not a big issue.”It’s not that we haven’t done well against short-pitched balls.Sometimes, individuals get caught up for a while but most of the batsmen are used to short- pitched bowling. It’s not a big concern,” he insisted.He also disagreed with views that the young batsmen of the team are not comfortable against short deliveries.”You need to give consistent chance to newcomers in Tests. You need to groom talent. Sometimes they come and score a few centuries but you want them to be consistent,” Dhoni said.– With PTI inputs
Candidates who appear and are shortlisted in the IBPS examination will be called for a common interview to be conducted by participating organisations and coordinated by nodal bank with the help of IBPS.Depending on the vacancies to be filled in during the financial year 2015-16 based on the business needs of the participating organisations and as reported to IBPS, candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the participating organisations keeping in view the spirit of government guidelines on reservation policy, administrative convenience, etc.Participating banks are as follows:Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Indian Bank Syndicate Bank Andhra Bank Central Bank of IndiaIndian Overseas BankUCO Bank Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce Union Bank of India Bank of India Dena Bank Punjab National Bank United Bank of India Bank of Maharashtra ECGC Punjab & Sind Bank Vijaya Bank Bharatiya Mahila Bank IDBI BankGraduates in any discipline from recognised university and aged between 20 an 30 can appear for the IBPS online test. Prospective candidates will have to apply to IBPS after carefully reading the advertisement regarding the process of examination, interview and provisional allotment, eligibility criteria, online registration processes payment of prescribed application fee / intimation charges, pattern of examination, issuance of call letters etc. and ensure that they fulfill the stipulated criteria and follow the prescribed processes.
The agitating students also slammed the government.Under mounting pressure from protesting civil service aspirants, the BJP-led NDA government on Monday said the marks in English language comprehension skills of the UPSC aptitude test will not be included in the merit list. But students said their demands still remain “unfulfilled”.Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said in parliament: “Government is of the opinion that in the civil services preliminary examination, paper II, the marks of the question section on ‘English language comprehension skills’ should not be included in gradation or merit.”The minister also announced that candidates who appeared in Civil Services Examination 2011 may be allowed one more attempt in 2015.However, protesting civil service aspirants were not satisfied with the government’s statement. They said they wanted the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to be done away with altogether.”The government has studied the matter very deeply and tried to handle it sensitively,” Jitendra Singh told both houses of Parliament.He first read out a written statement in the Lok Sabha and later in the Rajya Sabha.But the matter rocked the Rajya Sabha where opposition members from non-Hindi speaking region raised questions about the government’s announcement.Noisy protests were seen inside the house, leading to several adjournments.”Students from south India may be understanding English better than Hindi. What about them,” said Vayalar Ravi of the Congress, and was joined by other members from non-Hindi speaking states.However, Singh clarified: “We have made it language neutral.”advertisementBut members were not ready to listen.”The non-Hindi speaking students have been facing bias for very long,” said Kanimozhi of the DMK.In response, Jitendra Singh said all languages in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution are treated equally and that status remains unchanged.The agitating students also slammed the government.Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh.Students have been protesting for the past two weeks, asking the government to scrap the CSAT and calling it “discriminatory” against those with a Hindi and humanities background.”We were assured that the CSAT will be done away with, but the minister’s statement talks nothing about that. Instead, they have cheated us by deciding to not consider marks for English comprehension,” Subhankar Vats, a civil service aspirant, told IANS.Vats explained that the comprehension, which is a part of paper II of preliminary examination, consists of four passages, out of which two are easy with no translation, while the other two are difficult.He said the students feel “cheated” by the government for not heeding to their demand.The agitating students said they will resume their protest and will further intensify it till their demands are met. They also demanded the postponement of the preliminary exam scheduled for August 24.”The comprehensions the government has decided to not consider are the easy ones in which most of us score,” added Vats.The preliminary examination is divided into two sections – General Studies (Paper I) and CSAT (Paper II) and both papers are of 200 marks each.Supportive of the government’s decision, Janata Dal-United spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said: “We support the decision of the government…This is the result of the struggle of protesting students all over. The government had to bow to their demand.””At the same time, the government must also listen to the grievances of the non-Hindi speaking students who are still on protest,” Tyagi said.Educationist Kamal Kumar Chenoy said the government, in pursuit of giving importance to Hindi, cannot ignore other regional languages.”Since these are IAS examinations…English becomes an indispensable subject. But, it is a matter of concern that the number of students with a humanities background qualifying for the exams has reduced,” he said.Agitated students argued that their fight was never about languages, but about the technical errors in the exam.”Though CSAT is called an aptitude test, there are only six aptitude questions in it and the maximum are mathematics and reasoning. So, that puts students with non-science background at a loss,” Ashish, an aspirant, said.The CSAT-II paper carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy and English language comprehension skills (of Class 10 level).
Excuses have been given an entirely new dimension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If allowing girlfriend Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli in England for the first two Tests wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, the pretext BCCI used to convince the team management is mind-boggling.BCCI told the management that the duo will get married very soon.Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said that while there was a bit of a dilemma as to how the touring Indian media would react, the Board told the officials travelling with the team that it was just a matter of time before the duo ties the nuptial knot.”The team management was slightly taken aback when the BCCI approved Kohli’s plea of letting Anushka stay with him. But they were told there was no reason to worry as the two were planning to get married. And this isn’t the first time such a thing was happening. A captain’s girlfriend had travelled with the team in the past as well,” he said.In fact, the BCCI also told them that Kohli was smart enough to handle the situation and the media wouldn’t even get to know of Anushka’s presence -a definite error of judgment.”When the management enquired on how to handle the media if they questioned her presence with the vice-captain, they were told that Kohli can handle the media attention and wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag,” he said.On the view that Anushka’s presence had nothing to do with Kohli’s poor form, the official said: “Unlike football, Test cricket is played for eight hours. And when the mind is on picking and dropping friends, the result will be visible on the field itself. Off-field activities definitely play on the mind.”advertisementBut another official said that the sole reason behind the ruckus is the relationship status. “If the duo was married, nobody would have said a word. We all know how Indian culture is. And the lack of form ended up serving as fodder for the media. If he had scored runs, they would have ignored the whole issue,” he said.
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang just knows exactly what to do to beat Shinya Aoki again in their ONE title rematch later this month.Folayang stopped Aoki in the third round the first time they met back in November 2016 and the Filipino MMA superstar is determined to put up a repeat performance.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Folayang and Aoki headline ONE: A New Era on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.The inaugural show in Japan is ONE Championship’s biggest card yet with four world titles on the line.The event also marks the promotional debut of Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, two of the brightest fighters today.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Even with Yeng Guiao thrown out, NLEX still overpowers Alaska MOST READ His fight plan? Avoid getting taken down by the Japanese legend, who is known for his superb grappling.“As much as possible, I will not give him the opportunity to bring me down to the mat,” Folayang said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 35-year-old Folayang had a solid takedown defense in their first bout and he aims to even be better in the rematch.“It all boils down to how well I defend myself from his takedowns, knowing how expertly he moves with this sole purpose in mind. Takedown defense is a very important part of my training right now, and I am constantly improving in this area.”
Top-ranked Pakistani offspinner Saeed Ajmal was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely from international cricket for an illegal bowling action but vowed to return in time for next year’s World Cup. The world’s leading ODI bowler blamed the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruling on his ‘not usual’ right elbow and said he would appeal. Ajmal, speaking to reporters in his home city of Faisalabad shortly after the announcement, shrugged off the ICC announcement as not an issue. But the ban could cause serious problems for Pakistan, firstly in their upcoming series with Australia and also in the World Cup, which they won in 1992.It comes as part of an ICC crackdown on illegal bowling actions – where the arm is straightened more than 15 degrees – in international cricket. “It is disappointing to learn the result of the biomechanic test in Brisbane but I have not given up. I don’t see the ban as a major problem as I know I can work out on the flaws and make a comeback,” Ajmal said in Faisalabad. “My elbow is not usual, so that’s why it seems that I bend it more than normal 15 degree allowed,” said Ajmal, who was cleared on medical grounds when his action was first reported in 2009. “We will go into appeal soon… I will be in action in the World Cup next year, that’s my resolve,” he added — though the Pakistan Cricket Board later said it has yet to decide whether to appeal. The ICC said Ajmal, 36, had been suspended with immediate effect following tests by specialists at Australia’s National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Ajmal was reported for a suspect action after last month’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. He can apply for a reassessment once he has modified his action. “The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations,” the ICC said in a statement. Ajmal is Pakistan’s key bowler, with 178 wickets in 35 Tests and 183 in 111 ODIs. He is also the leading wicket-taker in all Twenty20 matches with 85 in 63 matches. He is ranked number one in ODIs. Ajmal will require to undergo remedial work on his bowling action at Perth’s University of Western Australia, where human movement expert Daryl Foster will work on his action. The ICC said Ajmal can be tested again once the remedial work report is satisfactory.Even if he is cleared, he faces a ban of 12 months if he is reported again within two years. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was a big jolt to lose a player with a total of more than 350 Test and one-day wickets. Under the ICC rules a suspended bowler can appeal within 15 days but can risk a ban of six to 12 months in case the appeal is turned down. “PCB is contemplating its future course of action, weighing all options, after Ajmal was suspended,” said a PCB release late on Tuesday.advertisement”It’s unfortunate and the timing is sad,” said head coach Waqar Younis. “Ajmal is mentally very strong and I am sure he will come back after correcting his action.” The ICC has recently come down hard on suspect actions after its cricket committee decided no bowler should be allowed to play at international level without remedial work. Former Pakistan cricketers have backed Ajmal to the hilt. Ex-pacer Shoaib Akhtar said: “I think legal action is the best option for Saeed at this time. I am surprised at the number of bowlers being reported for suspect actions all of a sudden by the ICC match officials. This new protocol needs to be challenged.” Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said: “The ICC is biased [against] Pakistani players. All its rules and penalties are only for our players,” Qadir said. Agencies
Gujarat Fortunegiants will meet Patna Pirates in the upcoming Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 encounter on Saturday, October 5. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates fixture will be held at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat Fortunegiants, who lost a nervy battle to Haryana Steelers in their previous game, will look to be more assertive when they take on face Patna Pirates. On the other hand, Patna Pirates, who also have no chance to make it to the playoffs like their opponents, will aim at putting a great show. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates will commence at 8:30PM.After bidding adieu to Panchkula, the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 wagon has turned to Noida. The next set of games will be played at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. On its first day, kabaddi fans in Noida will see two fixtures. The first match will be played between hosts UP Yoddha and Dabang Delhi at 7:30PM. In the second game, Patna Pirates will fight it out against Gujarat Fortunegiants. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates match start?The 123th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 8:30PM. The match between Gujarat Fortunegiants and Patna Pirates will be played at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates clash on TV?The PKL 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Gujarat FortunegiantsPatna PiratespklPKL 7 First Published: October 5, 2019, 4:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. andy murrayATP Toureuropean openstan wawrinka First Published: October 19, 2019, 11:33 PM IST Antwerp: Former world number one Andy Murray reached his first final in more than two and a half years on Saturday with a three-set triumph over Ugo Humbert of France in the European Open in Antwerp.Murray, steadily rebuilding his game after career-saving hip surgery earlier this year, triumphed 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-finals. On Sunday, the 32-year-old Briton will tackle fellow three-time Grand Slam title winner Stan Wawrinka in the final.Murray, now ranked a lowly 243, last reached a final in Dubai in March 2017 where he was crowned champion.Wawrinka earlier ended Italian teenager Jannik Sinner’s fine run in Belgium, the Swiss veteran defeating the 18-year-old 6-3, 6-2 to reach his 30th career final.Sinner was the youngest player to make the semi-finals of an ATP tournament since 17-year-old Borna Coric in 2014.But he met his match in 18th-ranked Wawrinka, with the 34-year-old taking one hour and 59 minutes to edge closer to a first title since winning the Geneva Open in May 2017.
Mumbai, Feb 13 (PTI) Defending champions United Services Club jumped to a 5.5 point lead on the opening day of the Grover Zampa Vineyards Inter-Club Golf Championship here today.U S Club tallied 18 points, with hosts Willingdon Sports Club (WSC) in 2nd place with 12.5.BPGC are in 3rd spot with 12 points, followed by Poona Golf Club with 10.5.It was in the four balls competition that U S Club struck it rich, scoring 10.5 points, with four of their pairing winning their matches and two pairs sharing a point with their rivals.They also did well in the singles, tallying 4.5 points and then scoring 3 in the foursomes to stake a strong claim to the title.The pairing of Dharmesh Karani and Ashish Goel of U S Club scored maximum 2.5 points against WSCs Ashish Agarwal and Pradip Patel to make a strong start in the fourball, after which their teammates kept up the momentum to pull away from their rivals.Final scores: U S Club 18 points (singles 4.5, foursomes 3, fourballs 10.5); WSC 12.5 (singles 3.5, foursomes 2, fourballs 7); BPGC 12.5 (singles 5, foursomes 2, fourballs 5); PGC 10.5 (singles 1, foursomes 5, fourballs 4.5). PTI SSR NRB BS BS BAS
New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Scoreboard of the first New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Scoreboard of the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 between New Zealand and England, here today. New Zealand innings:Martin Guptillc Buttler b Willey15 Kane Williamsonc & b Ali32Colin Munroc Ali b Plunkett46Correy Andersonc Jordan b Stokes28 Ross Taylorc Morgan b Jordan 6Luke Ronchic Willey b Stokes 3 Grant Elliottnot out 4Mitchell Santnerc Jordan b Stokes 7Mitchell McClenaghanrun out (Buttler/Stokes) 1 Extras:(B-1, LB-4, W-6)11Total: (for 8 wickets in 20 overs) 153 Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-91, 3-107, 4-134, 5-139, 6-139, 7-150, 8-153Bowling: Willey 2-0-17-1, Jordan4-0-24-1, Plunkett 4-0-38-1, Rashid 4-0-33-0, Stokes 4-0-26-3, Ali 2-0-10-1. MORE PTI SSC SSC
England skipper feels his team’s approach of playing “aggressive brand of cricket” has helped them to enter World Twenty20 final. Riding on Jason Roy’s fluent 78, England defeated New Zealand by seven wickets to storm into the final. (Full World T20 coverage )After putting New Zealand in to bat, England bowlers bowled brilliantly in the death overs to restrict the Kiwis to 153/8. Coming out for the chase, Roy doused New Zealand’s decent bowling attack with an attacking 44-ball 78 and take England home in only 17.1 overs.”We did really well to peg it back after the first six or seven overs. (New Zealand skipper) Kane (Williamson) played really well and his wicket was very important. The belief in our camp is a very aggressive brand of cricket and we have confidence at the moment. We are in a good position at the moment. (A final) is the kind of thing you dream about. The players have made a lot of sacrifices and worked very hard for it,” a jubilant Morgan said at the post-match press conference.He lauded his bowlers for their efforts to restrict New Zealand to 153 for 8 after the Kiwis got off to a rollicking start in the first 10 overs.”We continued to take wickets and it helped us a huge amount. At one stage we were looking at 180,” Morgan said.Losing skipper Williamson admitted that they were beaten by a superior team. (We were 20 to 25 runs short, says Kane Williamson )”All credit to England. I knew we were probably a touch short. The 180-mark was realistic and it would have been a closer game. We were beaten by a far better team,” he said.advertisementWilliamson said he backed his bowlers to defend the score but Roy took the game away from them with his power-hitting.”We weren’t able to stem the flow of runs, it was a fantastic knock by Jason Roy. We backed our bowlers to defend anything but the damage was done early,” he said.Man of the Match Jason Roy credited English bowlers for restricting New Zealand to a below-par score.”The bowling unit did really well. They (New Zealand) are a hugely dangerous line-up.”I tried to get the team off to a good start and it went quite well. It was a chance to get off to a great start on a decent wicket. I gave it a crack and it came off. I got a few boundaries early and kept going from there. It’s the way a lot of us play. We have that opportunity to do what they want and be free with their skills,” Roy said.(with PTI inputs)
Margao, Apr 6 (PTI) Sporting Clube de Goa failed to cash in on the home advantage as they played out a 1-1 draw against Aizawl FC in an I-League football match at the Nehru Stadium here today. In a dull and drab match Aizawl looked stronger of the two sides in the counter moves in the first half and took the lead in the 30th minute through Alfred Jayram. The home side, who lacked the thrust to trouble the rival defence in the absence of their star striker Odafe Okolie, restored parity in the 37th minute through Mahmoud Al Amna. The draw kept Sporting Clube de Goa to fourth place with 15 points from 13 matches. Aizawl FC, who are fighting to avoid relegation, took their tally to 13 points from 14 matches. Aizawl FC enjoyed more ball possession in the latter part of the match and they looked more thrustful in their counter attacks with striker Ayene Joel Sunday Yinka and Alfred Kemah Jaryan posing threat to the rival defence whenever they had the ball in opponents box. Aizawl took the lead in the 30th minute from a counter attack. Ayeni Yinka, who found space on the right, moved deep into the rival box before sending a cross to Alfred Jaryan to score. Sporting felt the absence of Odafe Okolie as debutant Efemena Charles failed to create any impact upfront. Mohamoud Al Amna played one-two passes with Marcus Mascarenhas inside the rival box to beat a couple of defenders before he beat Lalwmpuia with a left footer to find the far post and have both the teams locked 1-1 at half time. The second half was also a dull affair with neither of the two teams creating any real chance to score the winner. Sporting came close to scoring in the dying minutes but rival keeper Lalwpuia did well to save a Mahmoud Amna shot. PTI MCS PDS CMadvertisement
Delhi High Court on Thursday appointed Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal as observer to oversee the affairs of the upcoming IPL 2016 matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vibhu Bakhru directed Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to extend ‘full co-operation’ to Justice Mudgal, who was also a judge of the Delhi High Court before his elevation as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)”Accordingly, Justice Mukul Mudgal is requested to continue as observer in pursuance to the November 18, 2015 order. DDCA will extend full co-operation to him,” the bench said.On November 18 last year, the High Court had paved the way for DDCA to hold the India-South Africa Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi and appointed Justice Mudgal to oversee the affairs of the match.It had also said that his remuneration for the assignment would be decided by him only and DDCA would pay the same to him.The retired judge, who was also an observer for the recently-concluded World Cup T20 matches in New Delhi, had headed the Supreme Court-appointed panel to inquire into the allegations of corruption against former BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements, and others and charges of betting and spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL matches.During the hearing on Thursday, advocate Sangram Patnaik, who appeared for DDCA, told the bench that the cricketing body has no difficulty if Justice Mudgal continues as observer for the upcoming IPL matches in New Delhi.advertisement
England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he was left devastated by his last over horror show in the World Twenty20 final against West Indies and has yet to watch a re-run of Carlos Brathwaite hitting him for four straight sixes.The 24-year-old, who had earned plaudits for his efforts in the last over of England’s semi-final win over New Zealand, was tasked with bowling the final over on Sunday in Kolkata with the West Indies needing an unlikely 19 from it to win.But Brathwaite slugged Stokes’ first four deliveries for giant sixes to give the West Indies their second World Twenty 20 title and leave the Englishman on his haunches looking close to tears.”I thought, ‘I’ve just lost the World Cup’. I couldn’t believe it,” Stokes was quoted as saying by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Friday.”I didn’t know what to do. It took me so long to get back on my feet. I didn’t want to get back up. It was like the whole world had come down on me. There weren’t any good things going through my mind. It was just complete devastation.”Stokes, who had given up just three runs in the final over against New Zealand, said he was still confident of closing out victory against the West Indies even after Brathwaite had clubbed his first two deliveries over the rope.”After the first six I thought, ‘Oh God’, but I was backing myself. I had been in that type of situation for four weeks in all my training so it was not a case of holding anything back and thinking I hope I get this one in, because I knew I could do it,” Stokes said.advertisement”I haven’t watched it back yet because I don’t want to bring myself to do that at this stage so I don’t know how much I missed it by but as a bowler you have a feeling as soon as you let go whether or not you have got a yorker right and it felt like I had.”Stokes was subject to ridicule in his native New Zealand, and two radio presenters were suspended after they broadcast a conversation with his mother on air as she tried to defend her son against the criticism.Stokes said despite the experience in the final he would not be shirking the responsibility of bowling at the death again.”Some days they go well. Some days they don’t,” he added.”That was a bad day but I won’t be shying away from it. You almost want it to happen because if you nail it everyone forgets (the final).”
Chaminda Vaas was to Sri Lankan cricket what Javagal Srinath was to Indian cricket. Assigned with the task to deliver on spinner friendly surfaces at home, sometimes even as a solitary fast bowler in the playing eleven, the left-armer ticked all the right boxes. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table) In the process he got 355 test wickets for Sri Lanka and never complained. “As a fast bowler my job was to bowl well even if it was a desert. That’s the spirit you have to keep. Bend your back and get wickets. Try to enjoy bowling, no matter whatever the surface,” he tells India Today. (Also read: Harbhajan Singh takes fitness tips from Virat Kohli) The Sri Lankan pacer is in Mumbai at friend and cricketer Jwala Singh’s T20 competition.’TOUGH ONE TO ANSWER’Five years into retirement, the fast bowler’s ‘competitive spirit’ is still intact. When asked if at his prime, which of Virat Kohli, AB De villiers or Chris Gayle would he least like to bowl to, this is what Sri Lanka’s left arm great had to say, “When I was bowling, I loved to bowl to Gayle. Got him out many times. But it is a tough one to answer. They may all be good batsmen but as a fast bowler if you put the ball in right area, can get anyone out.” (Also read – Virat Kohli on record-shattering fourth hundred: It was unbelievable!)’GENIUS VIRAT’Yet when asked to evaluate Virat’s superlative form of late, he wasn’t economical in praise. “Virat is a genius. We can see from his consistency. We saw when Sachin was a youngster he did the same. I am sure he will be able to do the same things and get many more runs for India,” he predicted.advertisementHOPES ON BHUVNESHWAR KUMARHaving played initial seasons of IPL and observed Indian cricket closely, Vass is hopeful Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of the few swing bowlers in Indian cricket will learn to find the right balance between yearning for pace and keeping swing in tact. “He is still young. He is someone who has played lot of odi cricket. IPL itself is very competitive so one has to learn variations. When you try to bowl fast you can lose swing. But he will have to keep in mind that you have to have both, develop that ability which comes with practice,” he observed.’BUMRAH, A GOOD LEARNER’Vaas had a word of praise for India’s new find Jasprit Bumrah, who has been an understudy to fellow countryman, Lasith Malinga in the IPL.”Lasith is one of the greatest bowlers in the world with ability to bowl yorkers at will. Bumrah has learnt from him and not surprising that he is doing well. “It’s all about learning. You have to try to apply from learnings and am sure Bumrah is a good learner. Test cricket is not going to be an easy game. One needs skill to succeed there. He will have to put all his experience of odi cricket to use in test cricket to do well,” Vass said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi overruled the Haryana Congress and decided to support lawyer RK Anand’s bid for the Rajya Sabha in order to keep BJP-backed media baron Subhash Chandra at bay.CONGRESS LAWMAKERS MIFFED According to sources, the idea to support Anand had caused resentment among the Congress lawmakers in the state but the high command decided to overrule them keeping in mind the larger strategic objective against the BJP.”Congress MLAs will support RK Anand to keep the BJP at bay,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the issue was critically debated between AICC general secretary BK Hari Prasad and the 17 Congress lawmakers in Haryana.CONTESTED 2014 LS POLLS ON INLD TICKETSonia opted to go with Anand after weighing the pros and cons of the issue along with her advisers. Fearing backlash in the state, the Haryana Congress was opposed to the idea of supporting RK Anand as he was earlier with the Grand Old Party but had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Faridabad on an INLD ticket.In 2009, an embarrassed Congress had virtually discarded Anand after the top court had found him guilty in the infamous BMW hit-andrun case following a sting operation by a private news channel. Explaining the Congress decision, Tewari said Anand had sought support from the party and expressed faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and the party’s policies.ANAND VOWS TO SUPPORT CONGRESS “?nand has said that he will support the Congress both inside and outside of the house,” said Tewari. Sources said the Congress decision could make things difficult for independent nominee Subhash Chandra, who has the BJP’s backing. They also said the party lawmakers will have to placated over the move as they are the ones who fight the rival INLD in the state.advertisement”He is after all an INLD member. The decision will be difficult to swallow for the MLAs,” said a state leader. Sources acknowledged that Anand’s association with INLD on state issues and with Congress on national matters would present an awkward situation.However, the third candidate in the fray, Union rural development minister Birender Singh, is all set to sail through.ALSO READ: Rajya Sabha elections: Independent Karnataka MLA switches loyalty to Congress
UEFA said on Saturday it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the soccer federations of Croatia and Turkey for crowd trouble during two games at the Euro 2016 tournament in France this week.They could face sanctions due to fans “throwing objects and setting off fireworks” during Friday’s matches and a hearing into the unrest will take place on Monday, UEFA – European soccer’s governing body – said in a statement. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Croatia faces additional charges over alleged “racist behaviour”, while Turkey faces charges linked to a pitch invasion by supporters.The incidents took place when Turkey played Spain in Nice and during Croatia’s clash with the Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne, the latest crowd trouble to hit the tournament.Friday’s match in Saint-Etienne was held up for several minutes after Croatian fans threw flares onto the pitch and began fighting among themselves. Eight flares and other objects landed on the pitch near to riot police, who had been deployed in front of the section housing Croatia’s supporters.The trouble broke out in the dying minutes of a game that Croatia were leading 2-1. The final score was 2-2.Croatia, sanctioned three times during the qualifying competition, was already facing a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after fans threw flares and ran onto the pitch during the team’s opening match at the finals against Turkey in Paris.’ULTRAS’A police official told Reuters on Saturday 11 hardcore fans known as “ultras” – some of them carrying neo-Nazi banners – had been detained in Nice before Friday’s Spain vs Turkey match.advertisementPhilippe Castanet, a deputy prefect for the region, said some of them would be sent home. Inside the stadium, five fans were arrested for the possession and throwing of flares. (Croatia game hit by flares, fighting among their own fans )Police moved in at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday ahead of a game between Iceland vs Hungary.”Supporters tried to climb a fence but there was no violence,” a spokesman for regional police said.Supporters in the stands were seen by a Reuters witness making what looked liked a Nazi salute.Euro 2016 has been marred by violence, especially in Marseille last weekend when Russian fans clashed with English supporters before, during and after the Russia vs England game.On Saturday, a Reuters witness saw dozens of Russian fans leave a Marseille detention centre under police escort. Shortly afterward, another witness saw them arrive at Nice’s international airport.In Lyon, two Ukrainian fans were filmed on Thursday during the Ukraine vs Northern Ireland game with tattoos similar to the swastika. The region’s prefect said he had contacted a judge about the matter.Earlier this week, French riot police sprayed tear gas and charged England fans in Lille before the England vs Wales match.France has enlisted more than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security agents nationwide to ensure safety in the face of intelligence agency warnings of potential militant Islamist attacks and the threat of hooliganism.