Younis Khan becomes first Pakistan batsman to complete 10,000 Test runs

first_imgYounis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 Test runs on Sunday, reaching the milestone against West Indies in the opening match of his farewell international series. (SCORECARD)Earlier this year, Younis also became the first batsman to score centuries in all 11 countries that have hosted Tests after completing his set with a maiden ton in Australia, and the Pakistan Cricket Board was quick to pay tribute to the 39-year-old’s “prolific career”.”Younis Khan has been an excellent ambassador of Pakistan cricket,” PCB Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan said on the board’s website. “The number of records he has set in the recent past is something we as a nation can take great pride in.”PCB Executive Committee Chairman Najam Aziz Sethi said Younis was a “run machine” while Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad described him as the “backbone” of Pakistan’s batting.Younis was stuck on 9,999 runs at the tea break on the third day at Sabina Park in Kingston but did not have to wait much longer for his moment to come.On the second ball of the final session, Younis swept off-spinner Roston Chase to the fine-leg boundary as an excited Pakistani contingent in the small crowd cheered and chanted wildly.Younis removed his helmet, pointed his bat towards his team mates in the pavilion and punched his chest.He took 208 innings to reach the 10,000 mark, and has averaged just over 53 runs in his 116-Test career, scoring 34 centuries.India’s Sunil Gavaskar became the first player to score 10,000 Test runs in 1987 while his compatriot Sachin Tendulkar heads the all-time list with 15,921.advertisementBorn in Mardan, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Younis scored a century in his debut Test against Sri Lanka in 2000 and notched his highest score of 313 against the same side in 2009.Later that year, he led his country to a World T20 win at Lord’s where they defeated Sri Lanka to lift the trophy.Younis played 265 one day internationals and amassed 7,249 runs before stepping back from the format in 2015. That same year he also became Pakistan’s highest Test run maker, passing Javed Miandad’s mark of 8,832 runs.He announced earlier this month that he would bring the curtain down on his international career after the three-Test series against West Indies.After sharing in a third-wicket partnership of 131 with Babar Azam on Sunday, Younis was caught at cover off paceman Shannon Gabriel for 58.Pakistan were 201 for four wickets at stumps in their first innings, 85 runs behind.While Younis deservedly took the limelight, fast bowler Mohammad Amir also had reason to smile after earlier finishing with 6-44 off 26 overs as Pakistan dismissed West Indies for 286, with captain Jason Holder unbeaten on 57.It was Amir’s best haul since returning to the Test team last year after serving a five-year ban for his role in a spot-fixing scandal.last_img read more

Dani Alves enjoys a second wind at Juventus F.C.

first_imgAfter an injury-interrupted start at Juventus, Dani Alves has rediscovered the form which helped him win 23 trophies over eight seasons with Barcelona and made him one of their most influential players.The exuberant Brazilian is now enjoying a second wind at his new club and gave an inspired performance in Juventus’s 2-1 win over AS Monaco on Tuesday which must have left Barcelona wondering why they let him go in the first place.Having played a part in both goals in Juve’s 2-0 win in the first leg a week ago, he again created the first goal and then scored the second with a thumping drive as the Serie A champions completed a 4-1 aggregate win in the semi-final.It was a remarkable turnaround for a player who felt unwanted when Barcelona decided to release him as a free agent in June and then suffered a broken left fibula in November.That could have ended his career, yet the 34-year-old has come back stronger than ever.Alves, more usually fielded as a right-back, was brought in on the right side of the Juventus midfield in place of Juan Cuadrado, a position which allowed him to show all his attacking ability.He quickly showed his intentions with a thumping but perfectly-timed tackle to stop Monaco’s 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe from breaking down the left wing.He followed that up by floating over an inviting cross which Mario Mandzukic converted at the second attempt to break the deadlock.Having threaded an incisive ball through for Paulo Dybala to set up another opening, he capped his performance with an outstanding goal, meeting Danijel Subasic’s punched clearance with a full-blooded 25-metre volley which caught the goalkeeper out of position.advertisementAlves never felt loved by Barcelona where his flamboyant manner was often viewed as a lack of professionalism by the club’s hierarchy.”I like feeling loved and as they did not want me I left,” he told ABC de Sevilla earlier this year.He now has a chance to win a remarkable fourth Champions League title, probably against his former club’s arch-rivals Real Madrid, who take a commanding lead into the second leg of their semi-final against city rivals Atletico on Wednesday.”I don’t score very often, so I’m happy, but in a way I prefer the assist to a goal, so everyone goes home happy,” he said on Tuesday.Alves celebrated by drawing a heart in the air which he said was for his girlfriend.”She is always there. At this special moment, I like to remember the special people in my life and thank everyone who is with me every day. This moment is for them.”This was an opportunity that life gave me, to my team mates and to this squad,” he added.last_img read more

Australian cricket team pay homage to Manchester attack victims

first_imgThe Australian cricket team observed a minute of silence to pay their tributes to the victims of the recent deadly terror attack that took place at the Manchester Arena in England.The Australian players halted their training session at The Oval in south London on Thursday to gather in the middle of the ground and acknowledge this week’s tragic event in Manchester.All the players present in the practice session moved from the the nets and the outfield where they were training and gathered in a circle along with the team’s support staff to mourn the incident.Meanwhile, people across the United Kingdom were also urged to pause to remember the 22 people who were killed in the bombing attack. .Besides Australia, England and South Africa also observed a minute of silence ahead of their opening ODI of the three-match series at the Headingley Carnegie in Leeds, which the home side went on to win by 72 runs.”A lot of guys were upset by what happened and we dedicate this game to them,” England allrounder Moeen Ali said following the win.Australia are slated to take on Sri Lanka (May 26) and Pakistan (May 29) in warm-up matches before they begin their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand on June 2 at Edgbaston.The Australian cricket team were also in the UK for the 2005 Ashes when London was attacked in the 7/7 bombings.Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had reiterated their commitment to safety and security of all the teams participating at the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 at the Oval.advertisementInsisting that the security situation has been very much front and centre of their preparations, the ICC said that it is constantly reviewing their procedures to ensure they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.The blast took place on Monday night during a pop concert performed by American singer Ariana Grande, in which 22 people were killed and about 50 injured.The Manchester Police confirmed that a lone male suicide bomber was behind the explosion.The attack is being touted as the worst in Britain in a decade.last_img read more

Confederations Cup: Germany reach semis as referee needs VAR double-take

first_imgGermany eased into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Cameroon on Sunday as the VAR system was again thrust into the spotlight when the on-field official needed two reviews of an incident to reach the right verdict.Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Germany’s Emre Can saw Sebastien Siani wrongly receive a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity. (Confederations Cup: Chile into semis after draw with profligate Australia)But even then Roldan did not come up with the right outcome as he simply switched the colour of midfielder Siani’s card from yellow to red.It was only after Cameroon’s players insisted he review the incident again that he realised his error, rescinded Siani’s sending off and instead flashed the red card to the correct culprit Mabouka.Germany deservedly topped Group B to set up a last four meeting with Mexico at the same venue on Thursday after the first international goals for Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner, who got two. Vincent Aboubakar scored Cameroon’s consolation.The drama came on a landmark day for Joachim Loew, who was able to celebrate his 100th win as Germany’s head coach in his 150th game in charge.The best chance of a tight first-half fell to Germany’s Joshua Kimmich as he headed wide from six yards with the goal gaping.But three minutes into the second period, Germany hit the front as some wonderful build-up play was rewarded by a first international goal for Demirbay.advertisementA superb back-heel from captain Julian Draxler steered the ball into the path of the former Turkey junior international and he rifled a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.After the lengthy stoppage involving the red card incident, Germany made their numerical advantage count almost immediately as Werner got his first national team goal with an excellent header from Kimmich’s fine cross to the back post.Cameroon were gifted a way back into the match when Marc-Andre ter Stegen let Aboubakar’s header burst through his gloves in what was a poor goal to concede for the Barcelona keeper.Any thoughts of a comeback from the 10 men, though, were quashed when Werner lashed home his second as Germany’s young side went on to seal a comfortable win.last_img read more

India will tour South Africa early next year, says Rahul Johri

first_imgThe BCCI CEO Rahul Johri confirmed on Sunday that India will travel to South Africa for a full tour early next year.With Sri Lanka scheduled to play a return tour to India in November-December, which is part of the ICC future tour program, there were some doubts over the Indian team’s visit to South Africa.”The South Africa tour is on. There is some back and forth on dates, but it will be a full tour and that has been locked in,” Johri told PTI.The 2017-18 is be a busy season for the Indian cricketers as Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka are set to visit the country for long series each.Sri Lanka will take on India for the second time in 2017 when they pay a return visit for three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I in November and December.Earlier, Sri Lanka were due to tour India from February end to the first week of April next year, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) requested the Indian Board to prepone the series as they are suppose to host the tri-nation Independence Cup during that period.As a result, India’s tour to South Africa, which was planned around end of the year, became uncertain.Meanwhile, Johri ruled out any move for a women’s IPL at the moment but said steps had been taken for their betterment.”That (women’s IPL) is for the BCCI general body and the office bearers to decide. We will implement whatever their decision. Last year we did create a separate vertical for women’s cricket and we made Prof. Shetty in-charge for women’s cricket.advertisement”It was a part of our internal re-organisation and enhanced focus on women’s cricket, and the results are there for everyone to see,” he said.On how the BCCI is following COA’s diktat in implementing the Lodha reforms, Johri said, “I was powerless to stop those SGMs. I do attend and will attend SGMs only if they want me to otherwise not.”The office bearers and the board secretary run these things. My job is to facilitate what the COA asks and what the office bearers ask. At best, I am a link between the two,” Johri signed off.last_img read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 fresh leaks, shows off huge camera module and big flash

first_imgSony is working on three Xperia phones and could unveil them at IFA 2017 in Berlin.  The Xperia XZ1 was recently spotted on an unknown Chinese website revealing the specs of the phone and now a leak from has revealed the phone in its full glory.The rear view of the phone reveals a large camera module and a big flash. The phone shows off a metal-built and the looks similar to the design of the the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia X. The rumoured Xperia XZ1 is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB RAM. The smartphone could sport a 5.1-inch full HD and flaunt a metal body as seen in the new leak. There are talks that the Xperia XZ1 could come with 19MP rear camera and a 13MP selfie snapper. The phone could be fuelled by a 3000mAh battery and come in colour options like Moonlight Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver and Moonlight Blue. The phone could run on Android 8.0 and priced around Rs 55,000.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact images leaked, may launch by September 10The phone like the typical Xperia phone sports a rectangular design on the back with slightly rounded edges which offers a good hold on the phone. In a separate 3D CAD video, the alleged Xperia XZ1 is seen sporting the 3.5mm audio jack which many companies are ditching these days. A power button along with volume and shutter button is paced at the right edge of the phone while the hybrid SIM tray is placed at the left edge. There’s a home button that also doubles up as the fingerprint sensor.advertisementSony is also working on Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia X1 alongside the XZ1. While we know very little about the Xperia X1, there was a recent rumour that the Xperia XZ1 Compact could be priced lower than the Xperia XZ1. It could cost around Rs 48,000. The phone is purported to come with 4.6-inch display and run on Android 8.0. The phone could house 32GB of internal storage.last_img read more

Marcos Alonso seeks win against Roma after league setbacks

first_imgChelsea must put the shock of two straight Premier League losses behind them and target victory in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Roma, wing-back Marcos Alonso has said.After a 1-0 defeat to table-toppers Manchester City last month, the injury-hit champions lost 2-1 to bottom side Crystal Palace on Saturday to drop to fifth place with 13 points.The Group C leaders will look to maintain their perfect Champions League record when Roma visit Stamford Bridge and defender Alonso said Chelsea are not lacking motivation.”The team is looking forward to this game because it’s a good opportunity for us to change things in terms of the last game,” the Spaniard told the club’s website (”Motivation is high…we will try to get the three points.”It is a good chance to make things a bit better after the last couple of games in the Premier League, and to get closer to what we want, which is to finish the group as the first team.”Alonso echoed manager Antonio Conte’s view that Chelsea’s players were below-par against Palace.”It’s the truth. It wasn’t our best game on Saturday. It’s a good call from him to motivate us and to make us work to change things from the last performance.””Football is a sport that changes very quickly…the only solution is to work hard and win the next one.”Chelsea will be without long-term injury absentees N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater while fellow midfielder Victor Moses limped off midway through the first half at Palace.advertisement”It’s normal when you play in four competitions there are so many games, and because of this there is more risk of injury or tiredness. We train very well to stay away from injuries and it is something weird that is happening now with the injuries.”Alonso’s compatriot Alvaro Morata has returned to training after shaking off a hamstring injury and could feature against the Serie A side.last_img read more

Steve Smith scales new heights in 2017 with 23rd Test hundred

first_imgTest cricket has rarely seen a batsman as consistent as Steve Smith in recent years. Virat Kohli has been giving his Australian counterpart some stiff competition in the last couple of years, but Smith has been well ahead of the rest in the longest format for some time now.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYThe Australian captain on Saturday slammed his 23rd hundred and steered his team to safety as the fourth Test match against England ended in a draw at Melbourne. Australia lead the five-match series 3-0 having regained the Ashes after the innings and 41-run win in the third Test at Perth.Smith is the third quickest batsman to reach 23 Test tons, having achieved the feat in 110 innings, after Don Bradman (59) and Sunil Gavaskar (109).Smith was unbeaten on 102 with Australia 263/4 in their second innings as he shook hands with England skipper Joe Root to bring an end to an exciting Boxing Day Test match at the MCG.It was Smith’s third hundred in the series after making an unbeaten 141 in the first Test in Brisbane and 239 in the third match in Perth.A look at Smith’s statistics prove the fact that he is indeed the best batsman in this generation.The 28-year-old is the only player in Test history to score more than 1000 runs and average over 70 in four straight calendar years.Since 2014, Smith has scored 1146 at an average of 81.85, 1474 runs at 73.70 (in 2015) and 1079 runs at 71.93 (in 2016).This year Smith finished as the highest run-scorer in Tests, amassing 1305 runs in 20 innings at an average of 76.76 with six hundreds, three fifties and a double hundred. India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is second with 1140 runs in 11 Tests followed by South Africa’s Dean Elgar (1128 runs in 12 Tests).advertisementHe equalled former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record of six Test hundreds in a calendar year on two occasions, in 2015 and 2017. Ponting has actually achieved the feat thrice in 2003 (6), 2005 (6) and 2006 (7).He is already the highest-scorer in this Ashes series with 604 runs in 6 innings at an average of 151 with three hundreds, one fifty and a double ton.Smith is also leading the list of batsmen with most hundreds since January 2016 with 10 centuries ahead of Virat Kohli (9), Cheteshwar Pujara (7), Dean Elgar (6) and David Warner (6).He is second behind Joe Root (2443 at 49.85) in the list of batsmen with most Test runs since January 2016, with 2383 runs at an average of 74.46. Kohli is third with 2274 runs at 75.80.last_img read more

Feuding Greek Players Say World Cup Goals Will Come Vs. Japan

first_imgNATAL, Brazil – Despite their country’s dismal scoring record at World Cup finals, Greece players insist the goals will come in Brazil — starting on June 19 against Japan.Now playing in its third World Cup, Greece has only scored two goals to date — both in the 2010 tournament in South Africa. That record clearly needs to improve if the team is to advance beyond the group stage for the first time.The game at Natal’s Arena das Dunas is a must-win for both teams after they lost their opening matches in Group C. Greece was beaten 3-0 by Colombia after its supposedly rock-solid defense caved in, while Japan was edged 2-1 by Ivory Coast.Given the stakes, Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos had no doubts on June 18, promising “tomorrow, we will have goals.”His teammates were similarly convinced that Greece would overcome its problems in finding the back of the net.“It’s not a psychological hurdle, certainly not,” said defender Vasileios Torosidis, who will take any kind of goal to secure victory. “Tomorrow, I hope to win with an own goal or a goal, the important thing is to win,” he said. “We are not stressed. The World Cup is a celebration.”He’s one of only two Greece players who have celebrated a World Cup goal, notching the winner in Greece’s 2-1 victory over Nigeria in 2010. Dimitris Salpingidis also scored in that game.Greece also scored just two goals in four warm-up matches for the World Cup in Brazil as coach Fernando Santos searched for answers up front.However, there were several good chances to score against Colombia. Georgios Samaras hit the crossbar. Panagiotis Kone sent a shot just wide in the first half and later was denied by an outstanding reaction save by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.“Scoring has been difficult indeed,” midfielder Lazaros Christodoulopoulos acknowledged. “Every year is different, every match is different. We have to score tomorrow to keep ourselves alive.”Greek players insist a dispute during practice was minor and won’t affect team harmony heading into the match against Japan.The Guardian newspaper in London reported the dustup between Ioannis Maniatis and Georgios Tzavelas in training on June 18. Their teammates and coach Fernando Santos confirmed a confrontation between the two players but would not divulge details.The Guardian reported Maniatis threatened to fly home but calmed down and agreed to stay in Brazil. Papastathopoulos called the matter “trivial” and a good controversy for the media.The Greek football federation also issued a statement downplaying the incident, saying the team is committed to trying to advance out of the group stage.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Moyes appointed Sunderland manager

first_imgSource: Reuters, cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares Sunderland appointed David Moyes as their new manager on Saturday, replacing Sam Allardyce who has taken charge of the England team.The 53-year-old Moyes, who has been without a club since being sacked by Spanish side Real Sociedad in November, has signed a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light, the Premier League club said in a statement.“I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity,” Moyes told Sunderland’s website.“I have taken over a big British club, with a great support and I’m looking forward to working in the Premier League again.“I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam.”The Scot’s last managerial job in England was his ill-fated spell in charge of Manchester United in 2013-14, following Alex Ferguson’s retirement.He has also managed Preston North End, with whom he won the Second Division title, and Everton, where he spent more than 11 years.Under Allardyce Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing fourth from the bottom in the 20-team league.“We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice,” Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said.“He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired.“He was my number one managerial target for the last five appointments, but his desire to honour existing contracts meant we were not able to bring him to Sunderland previously.“To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club.”last_img read more

Blatt Leaves Olympiacos 2 Months after MS Announcement

first_imgPIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has left his post as coach of Greek club Olympiacos two months after announcing he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.In a statement on the club website, Blatt said that “after a long and respectful discussion between the owners and myself, our two parties have decided it’s in the best interest of both sides to part ways.”Blatt announced in August he had been diagnosed with MS, which attacks the central nervous system, a few months earlier.At the time, he said he was determined to continue working despite “not being as agile or active.”Blatt’s departure was a “consensual termination of cooperation,” Olympiacos said without providing further details.The announcement comes two days after Olympiacos lost 82-63 to French team ASVEL in its opening Euroleague game of the season.Blatt was appointed coach of Cleveland in June 2014 and took the team to the NBA finals in his first season, losing to the Golden State Warriors.He was fired partway through the 2015-16 season, in which Cleveland won the NBA championship for the first time under coach Tyronn Lue. He has coached Olympiacos since June 2018.___More AP sports: httpTweetPinShare1414 Shareslast_img read more

ams: Micro Camera Modules for medical imaging applications and minimally invasive surgery

first_imgams announced the introduction of the latest products in its NanEye family. The NanEyeM and NanEyeXS will enable the production of high-performance, single-use endoscopes for use in minimally invasive surgery.The new 1mm2 NanEyeM offers a high-resolution 100kpixel readout over an LVDS digital interface at a maximum rate of 49 frames/s at 62MHz. The NanEyeM, which is supplied as a Micro Camera Module (MCM) including a cable up to 2m long, features a custom multi-element lens which greatly improves the effective resolution of the sensor and reduces distortion. Compared to the earlier NanEye 2D sensor, which has a single-element lens, the new NanEyeM offers improved MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) of >50% in the corners, lower distortion of <15%, and lower color aberration of <1Px.The new NanEyeXS from ams has a 0.46mm2 footprint, making it one of the world´s smallest image sensors. It produces a digital output in 40kpixel resolution at a maximum rate of 55 frames/s at 28MHz. The sensor’s very small size offers significant advantages when developing ultra-small instruments for minimally invasive procedures, enabling the design of surgical devices with a very small diameter, or freeing more space for working channels in larger devices. Like the NanEyeM, the NanEyeXS is supplied as an MCM. The NanEyeM is also available in surface-mount chip form.In volume, endoscopes based on the new NanEye sensors will have a low enough unit cost to support the emerging single-use market. This has numerous benefits, including eliminating the risk of cross-contamination resulting from ineffective sterilization, avoiding high maintenance costs, and minimizing the risk of disruption of operating theater schedules when re-usable endoscopes are unavailable for use. Chip-on-tip endoscopes based on the NanEyeM or NanEyeXS also offer much higher image quality than is available from the conventional optical fibre-based endoscopes which are widely used in operating theaters. The NanEye image sensors produce sharper pictures, better contrast and a smoother video output to enable practitioners to more accurately and precisely guide surgical equipment inside the patient’s body.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ERNI and Amphenol sign second-source agreement on MicroSpeed connector systemNext Winbond announces 64Mbit addition to 1.2V SpiFlash memory familylast_img read more

Pencak Silat: India starts on a winning note

first_imgJakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) India’s pencak silat campaign started on a winning note as Naorem Boynao Singh beat Turatbek Sulaimankul Uulu of Kyrgystan in the men’s 50-55 kg pre-quarterfinals match at the 18th Asian Games here today. The 28-year-old Boynao beat Turarbek 5-0. He will face Dumaan Dines of Philippines in the quarterfinal match tomorrow. “Boynao maintained his lead from the beginning till the end. His performance was outstanding,” India’s national coach Mohammad Iqbal said. Pencak silat is a full-body fighting sport, which includes grappling and throwing, in addition to the use of weaponry. The sport is indigenous to Indonesia. PTI APA PDSPDSlast_img

ISL: Mumbai City FC beat FC Pune City to earn bragging rights in Maharashtra derby

first_imgMumbai City FC got their first win in this year’s Indian Super League (ISL) and they did it in style by putting away their local opponents FC Pune City in the Maharashtra derby.Modou Sougou’s 25th minute strike and a penalty from Rafael Bastos in the 45th minute was enough to seal Mumbai’s 2-0 win over Pune at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday.Mumabi drew first blood after an uneventful start to the game when Senegal’s Sougou clinically finished a close range effort from aulo Machado’s cross, which had rebounded off the crossbar.At the other end, Emiliano Alfaro was starting to look threatening for Pune and the Uruguayan vociferously appealed for a penalty after going down under Subhashish Bose’s challenge, to no avail.However, a spot-kick would be awarded at the other end eventually in the dying minutes of the first session. A scrappy phase of play found Mumbai’s attackers with a numerical advantage over Pune’s defenders. Bastos attempted to set Sougou through on goal but the Senegalese was brought down by a challenge from behind from Chhuantea Fanai.The referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle for a penalty. Bastos stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake from the spot, sending Vishal Kaith the wrong way..@MumbaiCityFC picked up their first win of the season, courtesy two first-half goals by Modou Sougou and Rafael Bastos.More videos: #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #MUMPUN #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 19, 2018Pune came out with some much-needed urgency after the break. However, it were the hosts who should have extended their lead around the hour mark when Machado surged forward on a mesmerising run. The Portuguese’s attempt after cutting in from the left flew inches wide off the target.advertisementMiguel Angel Portugal threw on Marcelinho as he sought to get his side back into the game and the Brazilian almost made an instant impact with a snapshot from the edge of the area where Amrinder Singh was alert enough.Alfaro almost reduced the deficit in the 65th minute with a sharp turn and shot in the 65th minute following a cross from Golui. But his effort agonisingly scraped the crossbar before going out of play.Jorge Costa shored up the hosts’ defence as they looked to protect their two-goal lead with Pune’s attackers being thwarted repeatedly despite coming forward in numbers.Arnold Issoko put in a resilient performance throughout 90 minutes and even won a penalty for his team in the second half. He is the Hero of the Match!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 19, 2018There would be another spot-kick awarded in added time, once again to the hosts. A quick breakaway saw Arnold Sissoko skip past the Pune defence before he was hacked down in the box by Gurtej Singh. Lucian Goian stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was saved well by Kaith who guessed the right way.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Kane Williamson thrilled after New Zealand use potent weapon perfectly vs India

first_imgBrief Scores: New Zealand (93/2) beat India (92) by 8 wickets. Taylor (37*), Nicholls (30*), Bhuvneshwar (2/25) (SCORECARD) New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said he had no idea the Hamilton pitch would afford as much swing as it did in the fourth ODI against India. Trent Boult picked his fifth five-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 92, their seventh lowest total in one-day internationals.New Zealand chased down the paltry target of 93 with 8 wickets and 212 balls or 35.3 overs to spare. This was India’s heaviest defeat in terms of balls left. Without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the line-up, the Indian batting line-up was completely exposed after openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were dismissed early.After New Zealand had lost the third ODI on Monday, Williamson had said India were teaching his men a lesson. Three days later, the Black Caps bouned back to show they had learnt their lesson well. The series is lost but aided by swing, New Zealand played for pride and delivered.”We didn’t expect the surface to behave like this. Nice to restrict them to a 90-odd total. It stood up a little bit and nipped a bit. It spun as well. One of those days, things went well,” Willimason said at the post-match presentation.”Credit to the areas the guys bowled. We always wanted early wickets, to be able to that was a real step at the right direction. It was swinging, that was a weapon we wanted to use.It was just one of those days where things went our way and we were able to exploit the conditions with the ball. – Kane Williamson #NZvIND (@BLACKCAPS) January 31, 2019″Because we were able to put India under pressure, we were able to pick regular wickets. We exploited the conditions really well and chased down nicely as well. We always play to win and today was an outstanding performance,” Williamson said.India and New Zealand now travel to Wellington for the fifth and final ODI on Sunday. The Black Caps will hope for another win to end the series with a respectable margin of 3-2.”We’ll be on a different surface at Wellington. Cricket will be different. Great to have a win today… Against a team like India, it’s going to be a strong challenge. He (Henry Nicholls) played beautifully, it was challenging. Guptill whacked it around and other guys chipped in well. This is an opportunity to play against best team in the world – great opportunity to improve,” he said.Trent Boult was named man-of-the-match for his figures of 5 for 21. He said it was pleasing to exploit the conditions as well as he did. “It was nice to see the bowling swinging…. To make the most of the conditions was very pleasing. Colin de Grandhomme from the other end bowled ten overs on-the-trot as well. It was Nice to bowl them out cheaply. It’s pretty simple on a wicket like this. Pitch it up and target the stumps. We will put on a similar performance hopefully in the next game and make it 3-2.”last_img read more

Arjun Rampal and pregnant girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades enjoy summer vibes. See pic

first_imgArjun Rampal is all heart for Gabriella Demetriades. The actor, who recently announced girlfriend Gabriella’s pregnancy, posted an adorable picture with her on Instagram.The actor captioned the photo, “Summer vibes.”Earlier, Arjun took to Instagram to reveal Gabriella’s preganacy with a loved-up post. He shared a picture with her, where she is seen flaunting her baby bump, and said, “Blessed to have you and start all over again….thank you baby for this baby.”Before dating Gabriella, Arjun Rampal was married to Mehr Jesia. The couple, however, announced their separation on July 25, 2018. The couple announced their decision to end the marriage in a joint statement.Arjun has two daughters with Mehr – Mahikaa, who is 17-year old, and Myra, who is 13.Initially, Arjun kept his relationship with Gabriella under the wraps. But the Rock On actor made it official through an Instagram post.Rumour has it that Arjun met Gabriella during an Indian Premiere League afterparty in 2009, but they reconnected and began dating only a few years ago. She was by his side when his mother, Gwen Rampal, passed away last year.It was earlier reported that Mehr is taking Gabriella’s preganancy news sportingly. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, though Arjun and Mehr haven’t filed for divorce yet, Mehr’s friends say that she has accepted the fact that Arjun has moved on.advertisement”They are still working out the financial terms of the separation,” Mehr’s friend told the daily. “Mehr is a wonderful mother and wants to do what works best for her children,” her friend added.Also Read | Arjun Rampal’s ex-wife Mehr Jesia is fine with his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades’s pregnancy: ReportAlso See | Arjun Rampal announces girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades is pregnant: Thank you baby for this babyALSO READ | Has Arjun Rampal moved in with his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades?ALSO READ | Inside story of Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia’s separationALSO WATCH | Ranbir-Katrina to Farhan-Adhuna, big Bollywood break-ups of 2016last_img read more

IPL 2019: Warner, Rabada and Russell chart-toppers after league stage

first_imgIt all began on March 23 with 8 teams and after 44 days of razzmatazz here we are with the final four of the Indian Premier League 2019.It was an easy passage to the playoffs for the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians while there was a lot of competition for the last knockout spot.Royal Challengers Bangalore were first to find themselves at the IPL exit gate and were soon followed by Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams had nightmarish phases at the beginning of the IPL 2019 but turned the fortunes around half-way through the tournament to keep hanging by the thinnest thread, hoping for all sorts of miracles to see them through.However, that couldn’t happen.Kings XI Punjab finished third from the last on the points table to leave it to the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to fight it out for the last playoffs spot. SRH lost to RCB in their last league match and were hoping Kolkata to lose their’s against Mumbai Indians.And exactly that happened to carve out a way for the SRH to the playoffs.The best of IPL 2019Orange CapAfter missing out on the previous edition of the IPL due to the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner rose up to the expectation when he marked his return to the 12th edition of the league.The Australian opener is the highest run scorer in the league with 692 runs from the 12 matches he had played for the Sunrisers. He had smashed 8 fifties and one hundred to attain the feat.advertisementWarner couldn’t add more to his runs as he had to leave the IPL and depart home for World Cup duty calls.He sits atop of the runs table with a 99-run lead over KL Rahul who is second on the table with a total of 593.David Warner (SRH): 692KL Rahul (KXIP): 593Andre Russell (KKR): 510Purple CapThe bowler with most number of wickets in IPL 2019 is Kagiso Rabada of the Delhi Capitals.Rabada had scalped 25 wickets in 12 matches before leaving the tournament with a back niggle as South Africa couldn’t risk their fast bowler ahead of the World Cup 2019.Kagiso Rabada (DC): 25Imran Tahir (CSK): 21Shreyas Gopal (RR): 20IPL 2019 hundredsSix players have hit a hundred so far in the IPL 2019. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow of SRH, KL Rahul of KXIP, Virat Kohli of RCB, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals.Jonny Bairstow (SRH): 114 off 52 balls against RCBSanju Samson (RR): 102 off 54 balls against SRHDavid Warner (SRH): 100 off 54 balls against RCBVirat Kohli (RCB): 100 off 57 balls against KKRAjinkya Rahane (RR): 105 off 58 balls against DCKL Rahul (KXIP): 100 off 63 against MIHighest Strike rateAndre Russell with this big-hitting power won a couple of matches almost single-handedly for the KKR. The West Indies star had collected 510 runs off just 249 balls in 14 matches. Russell has figures of some impressive 50*, 45, 65, 80* and 24 this IPL season.Andre Russel (KKR): 204.81Hardik Pandya (MI): 198.95Sam Curran (KXIP): 172.72Most number of sixesKolkata Knight Riders had whacked 52 sixes in IPL 2019. Second in the list of hitting the most number of sixes is Chris Gayle but he is way behind his compatriot Russell here.Andre Russell (KKR): 52Chris Gayle (KXIP): 34Hardik Pandya (MI): 29Fastest fiftyHardik Pandya smashed 91 runs of just 17 balls against KKR to become the fastest one to do so in this season. Delhi Capitals Rishabh Pant has the second-fastest in IPL 2019.Pant hit 78 runs off 18 runs against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium.The third one in the fastest league is KL Rahul, who shone with his 71-run blitzkrieg against Chennai Super Kings from just 19 balls in KXIP’s last league match.Hardik Pandya (MI): 91 off 17 balls against KKRRishabh Pant (DC): 78 off 18 balls against MIKL Rahul (KXIP): 71 runs off 19 balls against CSKHat-tricksThe IPL 2019 saw two players bagging a hat-trick. Firstly, Sam curran surprised everyone with his sensational display of bowling in death overs during KXIP’s match against Delhi Capitals.Curran bagged the wickets of Harshal Patel in the final delivery of the 18th over and then got rid of Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane respectively with his beautiful yorkers to give us the first hat-trick of IPL 2019.Rajasthan Royal’s Shreyas Gopal was the second one to bag the hat-trick as his side faced RCB in a first-ever 5-over IPL match.Gopal first had Kohli caught for 25 off 7 balls, then AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis to complete his first hat-trick in the IPL.Best bowling figuresMumbai Indians fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was ruled out of the season with a shoulder injury but before leaving the tournament the West Indian had set a record of best bowling figures with his 6-wicket-haul in 3.4 overs, giving away just 12 runs against Sunrisers on April 6.advertisementAlzarri Joseph (MI): 6/12Mohammad Nabi (SRH): 4/11Sam Curran: 4/11Most economical bowler (in a match)RCB’s Yuzvendra Chahal proved to be the most economical bowler during the match against Chennai Super Kings on March 23. The wrist spinner gave away only 6 runs off his 4 overs to maintain an economy of 1.50.Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB): 1.50Hardik Pandya (MI): 2.00Imran Tahir (CSK): 2.25Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | All not well in KKR camp? Assistant coach Katich admits to on-field tensionAlso Seelast_img read more