Harbhajan Singh was all praise for Virat Kohli after the India skipper blazed his way to 10,000 runs from only 205 innings in one day internationals.Kohli on Wednesday smashed his 37th century and in the process became the fastest man to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs.Kohli struck 157 not out as India posted a challenging 321/6 against West Indies in the second ODI at Vizag. In reply, the Windies rode on Shai Hope’s inspiring 123 not out and Shemron Hetmyer’s 94 to tie the match with India as they reached 321/7 in their 50 overs.India continue to lead the series 1-0 thanks to their victory in the first ODI in Guwahati.READ – The single that wasn’t, leg byes and other factors in a thrilling tie”Virat must have been really, really pleased with the result. It could have gone either way. From the West Indies’ point of view they must have been happy with the result and at the same time it could have been disappointing as well because they were also very close to victory. But it was a great game of cricket.”But talking about Kohli…My salute to this guy. The way he goes about his business, every time he walks out on the field with all the expectations from him. He is just unbelievable. A run-machine I would say. It is not easy being Virat Kohli. He is one guys who takes the load on his shoulder. His performances are just too good. Undoubtedly, I would say he is the No.1 batsman what I have seen over the years now. I have played with lot of greats…with paaji [Sachin Tendulkar]…the respect for him will remain the same even if Virat Kohli goes past his records. Paaji gonna remain paaji [up top].advertisement”I have got lot of respect for Virat with what he has done. When he came he was a chubby guy and now if you see him with all the hard work he has done…look at his record. He is doing something special. He is setting a right example for all the young cricketers who are willing to play this game. He is a perfect role model,” Harbhajan told India Today.WATCH – Virat Kohli is making everyone proud: Harbhajan SinghRecords tumble every time Kohli walks out to bat. He became the 5th Indian batsmen to join the 10,000-run club.READ – 1 tie, 4 losses and 8 wins: How batsmen fared on reaching 10,000 runsKohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10143) but only 9969 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Not just that, Kohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in a calendar for the sixth time.READ – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000He became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.”I have never seen Virat getting tensed about situations, especially when he is there in the middle with the bat in his hand. While fielding maybe a little bit but when he’s ready for the challenge all the time when batting. I have never seen him tensed before the game, in the game or after the game. I don’t know how he does all this and it’s not that easy especially when you have expectations. Whenever he walks out to bat, people expect him to score hundred. The reason behind this what I feel is he prepares himself like match situation. I have seen people not taking practise so seriously but Kohli practises with dedication. When you practice so well, the game becomes easier and being Virat Kohli is difficult,” Harbhajan said.Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubIt is a known fact that Kohli is a passionate cricketer and plays the sport with 100 per cent commitment. But off the field, he is as relaxed and friendly with everyone.”He is very funny, very witty with his one liners. He does mimicry as well. He’s a fun-loving guy and enjoys being with friends. But on the field he’s a different person. He’s making everyone proud and setting the right examples,” Harbhajan said.The third ODI between India and the Windies will be played in Pune on Saturday.
New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) The Centre has released over Rs 113 crore to six border states as part of its plan to ameliorate the problems of people living in these isolated locations, officials said Monday. The Home Ministry recently released Rs 113.36 crore to Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP). With this, the home ministry has released a total of Rs 637.98 crore so far during 2018-19 to states having International Border, a government official said. The funds released so far this fiscal were in addition to Rs 1,100 crore released in 2017-18 for the all-round development of villages located along the International Border in 17 states. The BADP covers 111 border districts in 17 states to meet special development needs of border population with a focus on the people living within 50 kilometres of the International Border. The BADP schemes include construction of primary health centres, schools, supply of drinking water, community centres, connectivity, drainage to enable sustainable living in border areas. It now covers schemes or activities relating to Swachhta Abhiyan, skill development programmes, promotion of sports activities in border areas, promotion of rural tourism, border tourism, protection of heritage sites, construction of helipads in remote and inaccessible hilly areas, which do not have road connectivity. Skill development training to farmers for the use of modern and scientific techniques in agriculture, organic farming is also part of the BADP now, another official said. As many as 61 model villages are also being developed under the BADP to improve the quality of life for the border population.advertisement A total of Rs 13,400 crore has been released since the BADP programme was initiated in 1986-87. India shares border with Pakistan (3,323 km), China (3,488 km), Nepal (1,751 km), Bhutan (699 km), Myanmar (1,643 km) and Bangladesh (4,096 km). PTI ACB ACB INDIND
Arsenal and Chelsea comfortably entered the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday even as last year’s runners-up Olympique de Marseille were eliminated in the group stage itself.Apart from Arsenal and Chelsea, the other teams to advance to last 32 were Eintracht Frankfurt, Lazio, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Zurich and Dinamo Zagreb. The last two games of the group stages are still to be played before the draw for the next round takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on December 17.On Thursday, Arsenal settled for a 0-0 draw with Sporting CP at the Emirates while their London neighbours Chelsea beat BATE Borisov 1-0 as both the teams qualified for the knockout stages.A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area.However, the point was enough to guarantee the north London side a place in the last 32 atop Group E on 10 points, with Sporting behind them on seven. Vorskla Poltava lost 1-0 to FK Qarabag, with both teams on three points.No goals at Emirates Stadium…But we have secured our qualification for the knockout stages#UEL pic.twitter.com/O0ZEK8dC4NArsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 8, 2018Arsenal forward Welbeck was taken off on a stretcher and given oxygen in the 25th minute after landing awkwardly when jumping for a header only hours after being named in the England squad for their next internationals.advertisementEarlier, Chelsea’s France striker Giroud got his first goal this season in the second half to secure a win at BATE, meaning Maurizio Sarri’s side have qualified from Group L.”I think the first target in this competition was to qualify and now the second target is to win our group so I think we need one more point,” the Italian coach said.”It’s very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February, when we will have another target.”Chelsea have yet to lose under Sarri so far this season.MARSEILLE MISERY90+5′ FT: OM suffer defeat in Rome, despite an energising performance.#LazioOM | 2 – 1 | pic.twitter.com/F9ox6ZpPFlOlympique Marseille (@OM_English) November 8, 2018Marseille were dumped out when they lost 2-1 at Lazio in Group H. Goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa were enough to extend a miserable run for the French side, who have now lost four games in a row in all competitions.Lazio, meanwhile, went through along with Eintracht who eliminated Apollon Limassol with a 3-2 victory in the other game in the section.Leverkusen joined both teams in the next stage after beating FC Zurich 1-0 at home in Group A but thanks to Ludogorets 0-0 draw with AEK Larnaca the Swiss side also progressed.Dinamo Zagreb beat Spartak Trnava 3-1 to qualify from Group D while Anderlecht, UEFA Cup winners in 1983, were eliminated after their 2-0 defeat by Fenerbahce in the same group.Sevilla, the most successful team in the history of the competition with five titles, went down to 10-men at Akhisarspor but came away with a 3-2 win in Group J thanks to a late Ever Banega penalty that ended the Turkish side’s qualifying hopes.There was a goalfest in Russia as Spartak Moscow came from 3-2 behind to lead Rangers 4-3 in two minutes before the hour mark with the home side’s eventual win taking them to second place and level with their opponents on five points in Group G.Rangers’ domestic rivals Celtic kept their hopes alive with a 2-1 win over RB Leipzig in Group B, while AC Milan and Real Betis took a step towards qualifying with a 1-1 draw in Group F.(With Reuters inputs)
India’s top junior shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a bronze medal at the Li Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 at Markham, Canada after losing in the boys singles semi-final on Saturday night.Lakshya Sen was up against the top seed and world junior number one Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand and could not overcome the huge challenge 22-20, 16-21, 13-21 and bowed out with a bronze.This was India’s fifth boys singles bronze medal at the BWF World Junior Championships and the only medal India got at this year’s Championships.Previously, RMV Gurusaidutt (2008), B Sai Praneeth (2010), HS Prannoy (2010) and Sameer Verma (2011) have won the bronze medal. Siril Verma (2015) is India’s only boys singles silver-medallist at the World Junior Championships.Saina Nehwal (2008) remains India’s sole gold medallist at the BWF World Junior Championships. She also won a silver two years before that in girls singles.Also read – Youth Olympics: Lakshya Sen settles for silver in badminton singlesThailand’s Vitidsarn took 71 minutes to beat Lakshya and enter the final. He overcame a first game deficit and rallied to defeat the fourth seed Lakshya.The Asian Junior champion began well in what was touch-and-go opening game. Lakshya seized the opportunity after the mid-game break and sealed the extended game in his favour. The Thai, however, came back strongly and got a number of winners to level the match 1-1 and stay in the tournament.Lakshya failed to find any rhythm after losing the second game and was unable to gather himself in the decider with the Thai getting a good lead and maintaining it throughout.advertisementAfter the break, it was almost inevitable that the first seed, who led by half a dozen points, was making marching into the final.Lakshya admitted missing his tempo in the final. “I could not get into my usual rhythm, though I managed to win the first game. But he [Vitidsarn] was too strong in the second. I could not play to my strong points and my opponent had all answers to my strokes,” Lakshya said.Also watch –
India’s World Cup winner Madan Lal feels that Ramesh Powar’s contract as the coach of the Indian women’s cricket team should have been extended and whatever decisions were taken during the tournament, it should not have bloated into such a huge controversy.Madan Lal felt that taking tough decisions in the interest of the team and players is a part of a coach’s job and Mithali should concentrate on her game instead of engaging into such mud-slinging.The entire controversy started with Mithali Raj being dropped from India’s playing XI in the all-important World T20 semi-final against England. The decision raised a lot of eyebrows following which Annisha Gupta, who has handled a few of Mithali’s contracts, threw harsh words at Harmanpreet Kaur on Twitter.Upon coming back to India, Mithali wrote a letter to BCCI accusing Powar of humiliating her and ignoring her while she alleged Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji used her position to harm her.On the other hand, Powar hit back saying Mithali put her personal interests before the team’s requirements and said that Mithali had threatened to retire midway through the tournament after being denied the opening slot.Powar’s interim contract with Board of Council for Cricket in India (BCCI) ended on November 30. The same day BCCI advertised for the post of Indian women’s coach fuelling speculations that the Board is looking to replace Powar after Mithali criticism of him.Responding to this, Madan Lal said it is better to place dummies instead of coaches who take a stand. He added that constantly shuffling coaches is not in the interest of the teams and this sends a bad signal. The former Indian men’s team coach felt that having a coach for a longer duration works better for the stability of teams and players.advertisement”If you keep removing coaches, it would be better to keep a dummy, who listens and acts according to the players. Coach is part of the team and takes decisions which should be abided by the team. The coach [Powar] also wanted to win only and the captain [Harmanpreet Kaur] was also part of it. Why was Powar alone targeted? Selectors are also part of the decision. It was unnecessary to remove Powar. Like this, the game won’t move ahead,” Madan Lal told ANI.Madan Lal was also unconvinced by Mithali’s allegations and backed Powar. Citing examples from the men’s team, he said: “If tomorrow Ravi Shastri makes someone sit out, will you remove him as well? Things do not work like this. They [coaches] too are under pressure. Performance is kept in mind, you do not make someone sit out randomly. I believe in performance, so the board should analyse.”Speaking on the mudslinging, e-mails to BCCI and emotional rants, Madan Lal said: “No one is bigger than the game. Was there any guarantee that the Indian team would have reached final if Mithali Raj was in the playing XI? This is a team game, not an individual game. I always believe that the captain and the coach have the supreme authority. They had taken the decision after looking at the condition.”Once we start making the player bigger than the game, then these kinds of controversies arise. It is the call of the coach and captain. Sometimes, I do believe that an experienced player [Mithali] should have played but they [coach and captain] must have taken the decision with prior thinking and analysis. So, sometimes the decision is good, sometimes the decision back fires,”Madan Lal said.When questioned about Mithali’s letter demanding justice from the Indian board, Madan Lal said: “If she has written it then let the board decide.”When pressed on Powar’s tour report, the cricketer said, “Whatever the report they give, the board has to look into. I don’t think there should be any controversy the way they are coming out in the media. Like this, you cannot build the team. You have to trust the coach and the captain. If they are not doing well, then selectors can come in and take the decision.”Powar had on Wednesday said that Mithali’s lack of intent to score quickly in practice games prompted them to open with Taniya Bhatia. “It’s not always about individual milestones, it’s always about team strategies and executions,” Powar had written.Madan Lal agreed with Powar’s explanation and said that considering the format of the game, players who can score faster in the powerplay are preferred.”This is not a 50-over match, it is T20. If you waste 6-7 overs, then your team is already under pressure. I will go by the captain and the coach. Whatever decision they had taken must be in terms of the team, and there was the selector also. Sometimes in sports, you have to take a hard decision, which is in terms of the team only. Powar is not Mithali’s enemy, the player should think how can she adjust in the T20 game and how can she perform better.advertisement”I also do agree that she is an experienced player and should have played but looking at the condition, I will go with the coach, the captain and the selectors. They simply took a decision. Now that they have lost, a controversy has built up. If there are any differences between Powar and Mithali, the board has to sort it out. Sitting here I cannot comment about Mithali or Powar’s attitude,” he added.”Team players have to look and make sure how to survive and grow. The decision [taken during World T20] can be wrong or could have been right. Had they won [the semi-final against England], people would have said the decision was good. Things don’t work like this. The controversy should not have arisen,” Madan Lal concluded.(With ANI inputs)Also Read | My patriotism doubted, darkest day of my life: Mithali reacts after Powar’s allegationsAlso Read | Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?Also Read | Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’Also Watch | Sunil Gavaskar speaks out on Mithali Raj’s controversial World T20 omission
Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and also been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year on MondayMandhana played a crucial role in India’s semi-final appearance at the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, scoring 178 runs in five matches at a strike-rate of 125.35.She is currently ranked fourth in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters and 10th in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for T20I batters.India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana bags Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award and Women’s ODI Player of Year 2018!READ https://t.co/7TLSe2pblG pic.twitter.com/h0GtsKKsYGICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018Reacting to the news, a delighted Mandhana said: “The awards are pretty special because as a player when you score runs, you want the team to win, and then when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team.”The century I scored in South Africa (in Kimberley) was quite satisfying and then I had good home series against Australia and England. A lot of people used to say I do not score that much in India, so I had a point to prove to myself.”That was something which really made me better as a player. And then, of course, the first four matches of the ICC Women’s World T20 were quite memorable,” she added.Feels special to win two awards: @mandhana_smritiThe first Indian woman to win two @ICC awards in a calendar year talks about her special achievement and shares her long-time ambition.Full interview here – https://t.co/wPuQvSWGbR pic.twitter.com/58notBvrQTadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) December 31, 2018India’s Harmanpreet Kaur was Monday named captain of the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year, which also includes two of her compatriots Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav.Opening batswoman Mandhana and leg-spinner Yadav were also included in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year, which has New Zealander Suzie Bates as captain.The ODI and T20 sides were selected by a voting academy, which has former players like Lisa Sthalekar, Charlotte Edwards, Anjum Chopra and members of the media, and took into consideration performances in the 2018 calendar year.Harmanpreet has been rewarded for spearheading India to the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies in November.Meet the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@ahealy77@SuzieWBates@ImHarmanpreet(c)@natsciver@EllysePerry@akgardner97Leigh Kasperek@megan_schuttRumana Ahmed@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/R37impUn79 pic.twitter.com/n96VV7aaNcICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018″In that tournament, (Harmanpreet) Kaur scored 183 runs at a strike-rate of 160.5, while in the 25 matches in the calendar year, she accumulated 663 runs at a strike-rate of 126.2. Kaur is ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Player Rankings for T20I Batters,” the ICC said in a statement.The 29-year-old Harmanpreet said she was surprised to have been named captain of the World T20 XI.”To be honest, it was really surprising for me. The last two years we did not get enough T20I matches to play and it was really tough for me to build that confidence in the team and show that self-belief that we can do well in T20Is. Credit goes to all team members, the way they worked hard and show that self-belief,” Kaur said.”This award means a lot to me to build my confidence, BCCI is showing confidence on me – that I can do well in the format and I am looking forward to do well in the future.”The T20I team has players from five countries, including four from the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 champions Australia. Two players are from New Zealand and one player each from Bangladesh and England, besides the three from India.Rumana Ahmed is the first Bangladesh player to have been selected in the ICC squad. The right-arm leg-spinner has been the second most successful T20I bowler in the 2018 calendar year with 30 wickets in 24 matches, including four wickets in four matches in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.The ODI team, on the other hand, has players from seven countries, with two each from England, India, New Zealand and South Africa. Australia, Pakistan and West Indies has one player each.Bates’ appointment as the ODI captain was a recognition of her contribution in inspiring her side to second position in the ICC Women’s Championship after three rounds.advertisementCongratulations to the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@Tammy_Beaumont@SuzieWBates (c)@danevn81@sophdevine77@ahealy77@kappie777@Dottin_5@mir_sana05@Sophecc19@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/V6qREy5SAD pic.twitter.com/WZbsbRliXEICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018In the seven ODIs this calendar year, Bates has scored 438 runs with two centuries and a half-century. Bates is presently ranked seventh in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters.Besides India’s Mandhana and Yadav, Australia’s Alyssa Healy and Suzie Bates of New Zealand are the other players who feature in both the ODI and T20I squads.ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Suzie Bates (New Zealand; captain), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Poonam Yadav (India).ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India; captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India).(With inputs from IANS and PTI)
Renowned cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who died due to age-related ailments, was cremated here on Thursday with his most famous ward Sachin Tendulkar in attendance for a tearful adieu.Achrekar, the childhood coach of Tendulkar, passed away at 87 on Wednesday at his Shivaji Park residence in Dadar in Central Mumbai.His body was kept at Shivaji Park, where he coached aspiring cricketers and then taken to a nearby crematorium.When the body was taken outside the ground, young boys, who practice there, gave a guard of honour amid chants of ‘Amar Rahe’.Tendulkar, along with Achrekar’s other wards like Vinod Kambli, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, and Chandrakant Pandit, took part in the procession to the crematorium, where his body was consigned to flames.Earlier, the body was kept at his residence for people to pay their last respects to the Dronacharya and Padma Shri award-winning coach.Mumbai cricketers such as Atul Ranade, Amol Muzumdar Ramesh Powar, Paras Mhambrey, Ranji coach Vinayak Samant, Nilesh Kulkarni, Vinod Raghavan, were also there along with fans.Former Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sundaram, office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association, veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty also paid their last respects.Among politicians, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, MLA and BJP leader Ashish Shelar, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar also paid tributes to the decorated coach.Also Read | Ramakant Achrekar’s passing away is a big loss to the sporting world: Narendra ModiAlso Read | Ramakant Achrekar dies: Cricket in heaven will be enriched with sir’s presence, says TendulkarAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also See:advertisement
Former India cricketer Nikhil Chopra said on Wednesday that MS Dhoni’s back-to-back half-centuries in the ongoing three-match ODI series between India and Australia will give the wicketkeeper-batsman a lot of confidence for the upcoming limited-overs fixtures in the lead up to World Cup 2019.Nikhil Chopra pointed out that the lack of match practice had made it difficult for MS Dhoni to shrug off rustiness in India’s 34-run defeat in the first ODI in Sydney but said he’s glad the former captain hit form and led India to a win in the second match of the series in Adelaide.Dhoni was criticised for his 96-ball 51 on a sluggish wicket at the SCG in the first ODI but the wicketkeeper-batsman managed to silence his critics, at least for the time being, with a 54-ball 55 that proved crucial in India gunning down a 299-run target at the Adelaide Oval.Dhoni, unlike the SCG knock, kept himself busy from the word go and cut loose after the departure of centurion Virat Kohli. Joining hands with Dinesh Karthik, who slammed a quickfire 25, the 37-year-old made sure India went past the finish line and levelled the three-match series at 1-1.”Tremendous [Dhoni’s effort in Adelaide]. After that first game where he got that half-century, little bit of rustines must have been shrugged off. Scoring a run-a-ball half-century, seeing India through, levelling the series just shows us that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back and back with a bang, without a doubt,” Nikhil Chopra told India Today.Shedding light on the positives from the Adelaide ODI, Chopra added: “Good thing for India is that players are fulfilling their roles – Dinesh Karthik and our man, Virat Kohli who loves to chase. He set up the chase beautifully. He will be a confident player, make no mistake about it.”advertisementKudos to Dinesh Karthik for quickfire knock in Adelaide: ChopraNonetheless, Chopra insisted that Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket in order to keep himself match-ready. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin had also insisted the World Cup-winning former captain keep himself busy with domestic commitments whenever he’s not playing international cricket.”I am glad he has got two back-to-back half-centuries because this will give him a great deal of confidence. I completely agree [with voices from back home urging him to play domestic cricket]. Why isn’t he playing domestic cricket? He has been a captain, he knows exactly that he needs to play domestic cricket so that the bat flow is there for him all the time,” Chopra said.”… He’s a great finisher, he has got more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. I can understand but at this moment of time. Nobody is doubting his ability but sometimes you need to keep playing according to the situation in hand. With Dhoni getting a run-a-ball 55, kudos to the unsung hero of the match, Dinesh Karthik. 25 off 14 was simply outstanding. He was outplaying the man who had been batting for a long time at the other end.”Despite facing a lot of criticism for the dip in scoring rate in the recent past, Dhoni has received the backing of the team management, the selectors and captain, Virat Kohli who heaped praise on the veteran for his contribution to the series-levelling win in Adelaide.”Tonight was an MS classic. Only he knows what’s going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well,” Kohli had said.Also Read | Team India still benefitting from MS Dhoni’s finishing abilities: Jason GillespieAlso Read | MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fiftyAlso Read | India vs Australia: Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in AdelaideAlso Read | MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:
India, who had won the first two games to take an unbeatable series lead, lost the inconsequential third ODI by 8 wickets in Hamilton on Friday as the series ended 2-1 in India’s favour.Smriti Mandhana, who played a crucial role in the first two wins scoring 105 and 90 not out, was pleased as punch with the series result and her performance in the ODIs.”I would have been happy to have scored some runs today but I am really glad that we won our first series in New Zealand.”The first two games were satisfying because I could convert my scores and get the winning runs. This will help me grow as a player,” said Mandhana, who was adjduged Player of the Series after the match.The 22-year-old ended up as the highest scorer in the series with 196 runs in three matches at an average of 98 with a hundred and a half-century in her kitty. But the Mumbai cricketer doesn’t want to stop just here and wants to keep on scoring runs like this on a regular basis.”There’s a lot more hard work to be done (to be tagged one of the best in the world). I need to score a lot more runs and win many more games for India to get there,” Mandhana said.India captain Mithali Raj, who set a new record in women’s cricket with her 200th ODI appearance on Friday, was also quite satisfied with the result and reserved special praise for the bowlers.”I’m happy that the team has done so well this series. Very happy for Deepti (Sharma) and Jemimah (Rodrigues) for getting some runs under their belt. The spin bowlers have done well so far throughout the tour, but the total was quite less today to put pressure on New Zealand.advertisement”We want to do well in the T20s too and try to up our game. There will be changes to the squad and we will continue to train hard and do our best,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation.Congratulations on No.200 Skipper – @M_Raj03 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/oxCWRp4qGOBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 1, 2019India, who were dominant in the first two games, struggled at the Seddon Park as India got bowled out for 149 in 44 overs after being put into bat by the White Ferns.Mithali managed to add just 9 runs to the Indian total while Deepti Sharma top-scored with 52 off 90 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur was the next-best scorer with 24 runs.For New Zealand, Anna Peterson starred with the ball as she took 4 wickets for 28 runs while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3 wickets for 26 runs.Chasing a modest target of 150, New Zealand rode on half-centuries from Suzie Bates (57) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (61 not out) to win the match in the 30th over.The two teams will now play a series of three T20 internationals on February 6, 8 and 10 in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton, respectively.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: White Ferns beat Mithali Raj’s team for consolation win in 3rd ODIAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj completes 200 ODIs to set new record in women’s cricket
Pakistani cricketer Nasir Jamshed, who was previously banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is all set to face trial in the United Kingdom after being accused of bribing players in the Pakistan Super League.Jamshed and two UK nationals – Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz – were arrested in February 2017 as part of an investigation into alleged spot-fixing by the UK’s National Crime Agency, according ESPN Cricinfo.Jamshed, Anwar and Ijaz have been charged with conspiring to bribe players to perform below their potential in the PSL. The alleged conspiracy is said to have taken place between November 2016 and February 2017.Anwar and Ijaz have also been charged with bribing players in the Bangladesh Premier League in late 2016.These three entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Crown Court. The trial will take place at the same court from December 2, Cricinfo said.All the three have been granted unconditional bail, but they have been told to attend a pre-trial review on September 6.Jamshed was banned for 10 years by the PCB after the player was found guilty of five charges under the anti-corruption code.Also Read | Irfan Ansari, man who approached Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, banned for 10 yearsAlso Read | Pakistan Super League finds new producers after IMG Reliance snaps dealAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final call
New Zealander all-rounder Sophie Devine expressed disappointment at the scarce turn out for the opening game of the Women’s T20 Challenge in Jaipur but was hopeful of a full house in the future.The second edition of the women’s tournament kick started in stunning fashion with some fierce hitting by two teams captains Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. In the end, Mandhana-led Trailblazers pulled-off a thrilling two-run win against Supernovas. However, like the last time, the stadium was far from full despite free entry.”It is really unfortunate that in women’s games we don’t have big crowds but hopefully after tonight’s match the people would come to the stadium and would watch us play,” Sophie said at the post match conference.”We would love to have big crowds but we know we need to put good performances. The match tonight was fantastic and next two games and the finals would get good crowd,” Sophie, who scored 32 off 22 balls for the Supernovas, said.The tournament which has three teams playing each other in the round robin format gives the opportunity to 27 domestic players to showcase their talent and the New Zealander was impressed by the standard of the domestic players.”I and all the overseas players have been really impressed with the standard of the domestic players. The catching may not have been that good but the fielding in Indian cricket has come along leaps and bounds and in last couple of series they have played they have been fantastic in the field,” Sophie said.advertisement.@ImHarmanpreet took it deep but @JhulanG10 found a way to close the game out in Match 1 of #WIPL.There was banter and friendly vibes between two of Indian cricket’s senior pros. By @tanmoym.Watch the full video – https://t.co/CB2Xn8HBEW pic.twitter.com/QslSad0MTDIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2019Talking about the game, the all-rounder said the track was a bit tricky and commended Supernovas’ skipper Harmanpreet’s performance.”It is really disappointing, we were so close. We needed 30 off last three overs on a pitch that was a little bit tricky and it was probably asking for too much.”But Harmanpreet, you know can do those sort of things and she took us very close to a great win. We have to work on a few things as a team. We have a few days off.”Harmanpreet was unhappy with her batters who failed to capitalise on good starts.Here’s another guest on Jemi’s Bouncers!@mandhana_smriti talks about laughing more since @JemiRodrigues entered the Indian dressing room as they celebrate team rivalry in #WIPLBy @Moulinparikh.Watch the full video – https://t.co/TFtIvplSkX pic.twitter.com/ZNyiJLhz6HIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2019″I knew if I was going to play till the end, I had the confidence to win but Sophie bowled the 19th over well and that changed it for us,” Harmanpreet said.”I think we bowled well in the first 10 overs, but we didn’t execute our plans in the last 10. When the ball comes on to the bat, it is hard to get the set batsmen out. I think we threw wickets away when we were set and that was the major problem today. Overall, I am really happy both the teams played well tonight,” she added.Meanwhile, young Harleen Deol, who was the second highest scorer for the Trailblazers with 36 runs, was happy to share the dressing room with experienced overseas players.#WIPL pic.twitter.com/SRXwfc8qp0IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 6, 2019″It is a great experience, we are learning a lot of things from them, they are very frank with us, they share their thoughts, they share their views, so we are very grateful that we are sharing the dressing room with them,” she said.”BCCI is taking an initiative so we all are responsible for that. Even today there was a decent crowd. The progress is always slow. Women’s cricket has grown after the World Cup. The empty stands are a challenge for us but we will catch up,” Harleen added.Also Read | We threw away wickets, says Harmanpreet after Supernovas defeatAlso Read | Women’s T20 Challenge: Mandhana 90 powers Trailblazers to 2-run win over SupernovasAlso Read | Women’s T20 Challenge, Trailblazers vs Supernovas: Highlights
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Pakistan take on New Zealand in the must-win match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday at Edgbaston in Birmingham.Pakistan are heading into the match on the back of a 49-run morale-boosting win against South Africa on Sunday.Pakistan faced severe criticism after their loss to arch-rivals India but their 49-run win over South Africa breathed life into their campaign but the road ahead is a tough one.With just two wins and three losses, Pakistan are at the seventh spot with five points in six games.New Zealand, on the other hand, have been undefeated so far and currently hold the top position in the points table. But no team is unbeatable and New Zealand looked vulnerable against South Africa and the West Indies but it was skipper Williamson’s twin hundreds which helped them seal the wins.Williamson, who also anchored the side against Afghanistan, is their highest scorer in the tournament so far. Ross Taylor too has been among the runs but openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are yet to click.Pacers Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, have been in good form, while New Zealand also have two destructive all-rounders in Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme in their ranks.LIVE UPDATES15:00: The toss will happen at 3.30PM IST and the match will start at 4PM IST. No overs will be deducted from this game if it doesn’t rain again.14:20: We will have a delayed start. The outfield is still wet and the umpires will have an inspection at 3:30 PM IST.advertisementA delayed start in the World Cup 2019 match between New Zealand and Pakistan may be on the cards as there is rain predicted early in the morning in Birmingham.However, we can expect a full game as the weather will remain cloudy but without any interruptions by rain, according to AccuWeather.A mixture of sunny, cloudy and overcast with very little chance of rain is forecasted for most of Wednesday in Birmingham. Screengrab from AccuWeatherAlso Read | New Zealand vs Pakistan: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also Watch:
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Tuesday’s semi-finals against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.Not surprisingly, Kane Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.Kane Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day.”We were certainly expecting that it would be tough. But what we didn’t quite expect coming into the tournament was the large variety of conditions that we faced,” Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.”That definitely made perhaps batting with any rhythm a real challenge for everybody, so being able to adapt with the bat and just trying to contribute … is certainly the most important thing.””It’s just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try and try and play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance.”Addressing a news conference before him, India captain Virat Kohli said the “special” Williamson controlled the team’s tempo and would naturally be a key wicket for the Indian bowlers.Kane Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.advertisement”No, I think there’s also been a number of other contributions that have been really important for us to get to where we are right now,” he said.”You never sort of put a number on it. That is why we all practice as hard as we can to try and make those contributions bigger and better.”That, however, would not be easy against India’s varied pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, currently the top-ranked ODI bowler.Bumrah’s skills with both the new and old ball have been complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Mohammed Shami has struck rich form after his delayed introduction, claiming 14 wickets from four matches, including the tournament’s first hat-trick.Besides, India have two wily wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.”The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there,” Williamson said.”As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players.”New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.”It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams.”ALSO READ | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryALSO READ | World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finalsALSO WATCH | Bold In, Bowled Out with Rajarshi: Record-breaking Rohit Sharma in focus as India eye World Cup final
World No. 23 Sai Praneeth’s impressive run at Japan Open 2019 came to end in the semi-final on Saturday as he was outclassed by top seed Kento Momota. Praneeth was beaten 18-21, 12-21 in just 45 minutes in the one-sided men’s singles last-four match in Tokyo.Sai Praneeth showed signs of return to form as he reached the semi-final without dropping a game. The Indian shuttler had beaten the likes of Kenta Nishimoto, Kanta Tsuneyama and Tommy Sugiarto in the Super 750 tournament but the test against World No. 1 Momota was always going to be difficult.Defending champion Momota started the match well with a 11-6 lead in the first mid-game interval of the match but Sai pulled things back with 5 straight points. Momota though never let Sai slip away as he kept the pressure on his Indian opponent with a fine display of defensive skills.Sai Praneeth took a 3-point lead at 9-6 in the second game but Momota went into the mid-game break with a 2-point lead even as errors crept into the Indian shuttler’s game. Momota had 8 match points in the end and he converted his first to reach the final.Notably, Kento Momota, arguably the best men’s singles player in the badminton circuit at the moment, has reached his 2nd successive final. Momota had beaten the likes of Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen before winning the Japan Open title last year.Barring the run to Swiss Open final in March, Sai Praneeth had been struggling for consistency in the ongoing season. However, the former Singapore Open champion would have gained confidence from his run at the Super 750 tournament. Praneeth, in fact, had become the only Indian to reach the semi-final of Japan Open when he defeated Tommy Sugiarto in Friday’s quarter-final.advertisementIndia’s challenge has ended with Sai Praneeth’s exit in Tokyo. Earlier on Friday, PV Sindhu suffered her second straight loss to local hope Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu, who had lost to Yamaguchi in the final of last week’s Indonesia Open, was beaten in straight games by the Japanese star.On the other hand, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went down in straight games to 2nd seed and local favourites Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s singles quarter-final.Having had some impressive runs in Jakarta and Tokyo, India shuttlers will next be in action at next week’s Thailand Open Super 500 tournament in Bangkok.Also Read | Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu’s campaign ends with quarter-final loss to Akane YamaguchiAlso See:
Australia beat England by 251 runs to in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Australia have also secured 24 points in the World Test Championship with their thumping win in Birmingham on Monday.It was a remarkable fight back by Australia who were tottering at 122 for 8 on the opening day. But Steve Smith’s heroic 144 and stubborn knocks from Peter Siddle (44), Travis Head (35) and Nathan Lyon (12) ensured the visitors made a respectable 284 in the first innings.Rory Burns (133), Joe Root (57) and Ben Stokes (50) helped England take a crucial 90-run first innings lead but Steve Smith then became only the 5th to score twin hundreds in an Ashes Test. His 142 once again guided Australia after they had lost David Warner and Cameron Bancroft cheaply for the second time in the match.This time Smith had more support from the middle-order. Travis Head scored 51 while Travis Head, making a comeback into the Australian Test team, smashed an aggressive 110.James Pattinson’s unbeaten 47 to further frustrate England who faced the improbable task of chasing 398 in the fourth innings of an Edgbaston Test.After surviving 7 testing overs on the penultimate day, England lost Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Denly and Joe Root by lunch. Nathan Lyon was on fire and extracted enough turn to bamboozle the English batsmen in their fortress.Pat Cummins was lethal as well – he got the crucial wickets of Burns, Joss Buttler and Jonny Bairstow as Australia inched closer to victory.This Test match belonged to Steve Smith all the way. It was the first time Cameron Bancroft, David Warner and Steve Smith were playing a Test since the ball-tampering scandal. While Bancroft and Warner did not get many runs, Smith hit 286 runs across the two innings to hand Australia a memorable win.advertisementRead more | Ashes 2019: Matthew Wade’s game was at a different Level in Edgbaston, says Ricky PontingAlso see:
A former U.S. Postal Service worker has been sentenced to probation for stealing items from the mail he was supposed to deliver.Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Kirk Baird, of Sergeant Bluff, was sentenced in Sioux City federal court Friday.Baird pleaded guilty in March to one count of theft of mail by a postal service employee.At his plea hearing, Baird admitted that from August to October, he removed cash and gift cards from items in the mail at least 22 times.Baird had originally faced up to five years in prison without the possibility of parole.AP
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Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht of Sloan has lost his battle with cancer.Justice Hecht served from 2006 until he resigned from the supreme court in December 2018 while receiving treatment for melanoma in Sioux City and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.Hecht was raised on a family farm near Lytton, and received his bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in 1974 and law degrees from the University of South Dakota in 1977 and the University of Virginia Law School in 2004.Justice Hecht practiced law in Sioux City for twenty-two years before his appointment to the court of appeals in 1999 where he served until his appointment to the supreme court in 2006.He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Home and Family Services and the Morningside College Alumni Association among other groups.
An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC.The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels at Walmart and Target and other national chains.The affected states are Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and 12 other states.Health officials advise consumers to check packaging to determine if the melon was distributed by Caito Foods, and, if so, not to eat it.They advise stores to pull the products from shelves.Authorities say 93 people have been sickened, 23 of whom were hospitalized.No deaths have been reported.