Ishant Sharma is eager to perform for India as they prepare to take on England in the second Test beginning Thursday at Lord’s.Ishant was one of the brighter sparks for India as Virat Kohli’s men went down to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston. Ishant took six wickets in the first Test, including 5 for 51 runs in the second innings.”I have only one motive that I want to win matches for India with my performances. Which ever ground I play, my purpose is to win matches for the team with my performances. My motivation has completely shifted and now my focus on how I can help my team win with my performances.” Ishant told BCCI.tv in an interview.READ – Ishant Sharma needs to figure out his role in Team India: Glenn McGrath”It has also helped me to bowl long spells. The only thing matters to me is that, I want to help my team win with my performances,” he added.Ishant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger. Two balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.The fifth wicket took a while coming for Ishant. He bowled another peach and Broad drove at a ball which was shaping away from him; Dhawan, who had dropped two easy chances before, took it safely at first slip.advertisementREAD – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestWhen asked about his preparation for the Test series, Ishant said that it is important for him to take up responsibility as a senior bowler.”The process always remains the same. You have to focus on where you have to bowl and how to execute your plans. At the end of the day, when it works out, then you feel satisfied and happy. It is important to take up responsibility when you are a senior bowler,” Ishant said.READ – Ishant Sharma feels bowling for Sussex with Duke ball helped him”You have to be performance oriented. I have not done anything special. It’s just the mindset, which is totally different for me. You start believing in yourself and you hit the right lengths. If you ball at a particular length consistently and play with batsmen patience, you will eventually get success,” Ishant added.Ishant has lead from the front with the ball in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah (due to injures). Ishant said that every bowler in the team knows his role in the side and also the fact that performances is the only way to keep their place in the side.READ – India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe Root”The current lot is a competitive fast bowling unit. We have a healthy competition amongst each other which is a good sign for the team. Everyone knows if they don’t perform they can be out of the playing XI. Because of this players are always on their toes. Things are quite simple in this team, if you perform you will be in the team and if you don’t you will sit out,” Ishant said.Ishant had single-handedly demolished a strong England batting line-up four years ago at Lord’s to set up a historic victory for India in their last tour in 2014.England were 71/2 (in their chase of 319) before before Ishant turned up the heat and picked seven of the next eight wickets as India went on to win by 95 runs.
Independence Day is nearing and so is the date of registering for new JioPhone 2. Reliance Jio at its Annual General Meeting this year announced a younger sibling of JioPhone dubbed JioPhone 2.The phone is expected to be smarter and more efficient than the JioPhone 2. Not only in specs, the new JioPhone 2 is also going to be pricier than the JioPhone. Jio says that the new JioPhone 2 will be available for buying from the same date when its registrations begin i.e. August 15. During JioPhone, people had to wait for a week or so after the registration to get the JioPhone.India has a growing market for the feature phone and JioPhone has already earned a good name in this segment. With JioPhone 2, Reliance Jio could disrupt the feature phone market once again.Meanwhile, there is a lot of murmurs and chattering around this new JioPhone 2. The new phone will also come with WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook support. JioPhone until now only supports Facebook. It will also get the WhatsApp and YouTube support starting August 15.Only a day more to go for the registration of JioPhone 2. There is a lot of anticipation and eagerness to know how exactly does this new JioPhone 2 look like. The Internet is flooded with the bits and pieces of information regarding the JioPhone 2. And so here we collect all the important information regarding the JioPhone2 that we feel you should know in case you are planning to buy one for yourself.Price of JioPhone 2: You have to pay Rs 2,999 at the time of booking the JioPhone 2. There is no cash on delivery option yet.advertisementSpecs of the JioPhone 2: The JioPhone 2 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display. Unlike the JioPhone, the JioPhone 2 comes with a BlackBerry-like QWERTY keypad. The phone comes runs on KAI OS and comes with 512MB RAM with 4GB storage. The storage memory can be expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. There is 2000mAH battery, On the rear panel, the JioPhone 2 sports a single sensor of 2-megapixel while on the front you get a VGA sensor.Registering for JioPhone 2: To book your JioPhone 2, head to MyJio app or Jio.com website. Click on the registration page and follow the instructions. You will have to pay online the entire Rs 2999 cash amount as there is no cash on delivery available yet. Jio has not revealed any details on the shipping yet.App support for JioPhone 2: JioPhone 2 will run WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Maps, and YouTube.JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer: Jio has separately also announced JioPhone exchange offer under which the company will give you a chance to buy JioPhone at Rs 501 in exchange for any old feature phone. Note that the phone which is to exchange should not be more than three years old. This Rs 501 is refundable.
Sri Lanka suffered their second defeat in the Asia Cup 2018 on Monday and that ended their campaign in the tournament in Dubai.Chasing a challenging 250 to stay alive in the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka crumbled for 158 in 41.2 overs to hand Afghanistan a 91-run victory.The victory helps Afghanistan advance to the next round — Super Fours — along with Bangladesh from Group B.For Afghanistan, this was their first win over the Sri Lankans in One-day Internationals, with the Islanders already facing a must-win situation having come into this game on the back of a 137-run loss to Bangladesh in their tournament opener on Saturday.Riding on a fine half century from Rahmat Shah (72), and valuable contributions from the opening duo of Mohammad Shahzad (34) and Ihsanullah Janat (45), the Afghans batted confidently to deny the Sri Lankans any early inroads in their innings.Afghanistan were off to a strong 57-run opening start between Shahzad and Janat, before Shah joined Janat for another 50 runs for the second wicket.The departure of the opening duo, however, did not deter the minnows from taking the attack to the opposition as Shah forged together a 80-run fourth wicket stand with Hashmatullah Shahidi (37) to take the side to a comfortable position.Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera (5/55) managed to break the partnership before triggering a mini collapse of sort but by then the Afghans had neared the 250-run mark towards the end of their innings.In reply, the Islanders once again faltered with their batting and lost their first wicket in the opening over itself with teenaged off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/32) packing back Kusal Mendis for a duck.advertisementUpul Tharanga (36) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23) put on a brave show to weather the storm with a 54-run second wicket stand before being separated, courtesy a silly run-out of the latter.Thereafter, wickets began to tumble one after the other as the Sri Lankans slipped from a comfortable 86/2A to lose half their side with just 108 runs from 27 overs.Skipper Angelo Matthews (22) and Thisara Perera (28) managed to get decent starts but the loss of partners at regular intervals dented their hopes, even as the Afghan spinners led by leggie Rashid Khan (2/26) kept dominating the proceedingsBesides Rashid and Mujeeb, veteran offie Mohammed Nabi and seamer Gulbadin Naib also contributed with two wickets apiece.Brief Scores: Afghanistan 249 (Rahmat Shah 72, Ihsanullah Janat 45, Hashmatullah Shahidi 37; Thisara Perera 5/55) beat Sri Lanka 158 (Upul Tharanga 36, Thisara Perera 28; Rashid Khan 2/26, Gulbadin Naib 2/29) by 91 runs.(With inputs from IANS)
London, Sep 23 (AFP) US cable giant Comcast outbid Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox in a blind auction for the European TV operator Sky on Saturday that all but settled a titanic battle between the two media empires.Britain’s takeover regulator said the secret process ended with Comcast offering to pay 30.4 billion pounds (USD 39.7 billion, 33.8 billion euros).Sky’s highest offer was worth 27.6 billion pounds.The pan-European TV operator’s shareholders will have until October 11 to decide which bid to accept.But Comcast’s chief executive Briant Roberts quickly hailed the outcome as “a great day” for his company.”Sky is a wonderful company with a great platform, tremendous brand and accomplished management team,” he said in a statement.”This acquisition will allow us to quickly, efficiently and meaningfully increase our customer base and expand internationally.”Sky’s subscription base of 23 million and lucrative rights to English Premier League football make it one of Europe’s most profitable and powerful TV companies.The nearly two-year battle for Sky has reshaped the global media-entertainment landscape and put Comcast in pole position to take on emerging online rivals.The auction pitted two old media behemoths against each other, both needing a way to boost content in order to keep viewers from switching to streaming services such as Netflix.Saturday’s outcome dealt a potentially fatal blow to Murdoch’s attempts to acquire the 61 per cent stake in Sky he did not already have but has long sought.The 87-year-old global media mogul has been a dominant presence on the British market since first forming the BSkyB broadcaster in 1990.advertisementMurdoch made his first determined attempt to take over Sky in 2010-11.That effort was scuttled by pubic uproar over a phone hacking scandal at his British newspaper holdings.Critics had argued that allowing Murdoch — who owns major British newspaper titles The Times and The Sun — full control of Sky News would have given him too much influence in the UK news business.Fox proposed remedying this by selling the rolling TV news channel to Disney should it win full control of Sky.The fight over Sky has also altered how Americans get to watch their broadcasts and movies.Comcast was forced to drop its bid to take over Fox itself because it needed the money to go after Sky.This allowed Walt Disney Co. to complete a mega-merger with Fox that should close next year.Saturday’s auction thus turned into a proxy battle between Comcast and Disney for Sky.Comcast viewed Sky as a way to win a foothold in Europe and end its sole dependence on the United States.And Disney was looking for a way it could feed its content directly to viewers without having to rely on cable providers.Sky offered a way out for both.The emerging alliances means the coming years might be dominated by offerings from two traditional sources: Disney-Fox and Comcast-Sky.Comcast’s holdings already include Universal Studios and the US television channels NBC and CNBC.Disney’s empire stretches from its film studio and theme parks to the US television network ABC and the various ESPN sports channels.But Sky shareholders still have the option of backing the Disney-Fox offer.And the Disney-Fox alliance must still clear some regulatory hurdles.Sky ended the day Friday trading at 15.85 pounds — below Comcast’s Saturday offer price of 17.28 pounds per share. (AFP) RC
Barcelona’s 100 percent winning start to the season came to a halt on Sunday when they were held to a 2-2 La Liga draw by Girona, having been reduced to 10 men for the final 55 minutes.The result meant Barca lost their two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the table, with both teams on 13 points after five games.Sevilla compensated for last week’s surprise home defeat to Getafe by resoundingly thrashing Levante 6-2 away, Real Betis battled back to draw 2-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao and Valencia are still without a win after being held to a goalless draw at Villarreal.Lionel Messi gave the champions the lead in the 19th minute with a first-time shot after a layoff from Chile international Arturo Vidal and came close to doubling the lead after dancing through a maze of defenders but saw his shot saved.Barca’s strong start was derailed when defender Clement Lenglet was sent off 35 minutes into his first league start for the club after elbowing Pere Pons, a decision made after referee Jesus Gil Manzano consulted the video assistant referee (VAR) and which enraged Barca’s players and supporters.Girona took advantage of the situation right before the interval when Cristhian Stuani freed himself from Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets with an impressive piece of control and fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Uruguayan striker Stuani scored again on the rebound in the 51st to give Girona, playing only their second season in Spain’s top flight, an unlikely lead.advertisementThe Catalans continued to dominate proceedings despite their numerical disadvantage and they almost equalised when Messi sent a free kick crashing against the crossbar.Pique headed in the leveller in the 63rd minute by climbing above two defenders to meet a scrappy, deflected cross from Luis Suarez after coach Ernesto Valverde had put on Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho for the underperforming Vidal and Arthur.Girona coped admirably with Barca’s onslaught for the remainder of the game, keeping their heads under the pressure and forcing the champions to resort to long-range shots which failed to trouble impressive visiting goalkeeper Bono.”The sending-off conditioned the game a lot and we had the bad luck to concede right at the end of the first half, it affected us a lot and we couldn’t turn it around,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, questioning the decision to dismiss Lenglet.”It’s the first sending-off where I’ve seen the player who received the foul apologised. I suppose VAR will do it justice but I have the sensation it wasn’t a sending-off; there may have been an impact but I don’t think it was aggressive at all. It’s a foul by the opponent.”Sevilla’s French forward Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick in the drubbing of Levante to make it five goals in his last two appearances, following his double in a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.Valencia’s hapless start to the campaign continued as captain Dani Parejo and coach Marcelino were both sent off in an ill-tempered stalemate at neighbours Villarreal, coming on the back of a 2-0 Champions League defeat at home to Juventus.Valencia assistant coach Ruben Uria, however, praised his side for holding on for the draw with 10 men.”We deserved more during the game, we went for the victory and deserved to get it even with 10 men,” he said.”We may not have won a game yet but the group is strong and mentally we are fine. There’s no problem.”(With Reuters inputs)
Mumbai Indians will be desperate for a win against Kings XI Punjab to keep their play-off hopes alive when they square-off in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.India vs Bangladesh Final Asia Cup 2018 Live StreamingJust when Mumbai’s dream of making it to the final four was on the verge of getting shattered, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade came up with a spirited show to register a hat-trick of wins before faltering against Rajasthan Royals in their previous game.Mumbai have to win both their remaining two matches to keep their chances alive for advancing to the play-offs.With 10 points, the three-time champions are placed at the sixth spot in the IPL points table while their opponents are a spot ahead with 12 points in their kitty.RCB vs SRHOn the other hand, despite being a place ahead, Punjab lag behind Mumbai in net run-rate.The Ravichandran Ashwin-led side, who started their IPL campaign on a rousing note, faltered in the business end of the league, losing five of their last six games.What time is MI vs KXIP?The game starts at 8PM IST on May 16 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2018 Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 SD, Star Sports Select 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD (Hindi), Star Sports 1 Tamil (Tamil), Suvarna Plus (Kannada), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Maa Movies (Telegu). Live streaming will be available on hotstar.com.advertisementWhen is the IPL match Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab?The 50th match of the IPL will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST.Where will the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab be played?The Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab from our live blog on indiatoday.in.How to watch IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.What are the team squads for the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab?Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (Wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Lorenzo Insigne’s winner in the 90th minute summed up Liverpool’s night and was very well deserved by Napoli as they beat Liverpool 1-0 on Wednesday to go on top of Group C in the Champions League.Napoli absolutely dominated Liverpool throughout the match and if not for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker and their centre-backs Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool would have been in a far worse position.Liverpool could not keep the ball in their feet for a long time and were completely wasteful in the final third of Napoli’s half. Such was their misery that they could not muster a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since a 1-0 defeat to Benfica in February 2006.Mohamed Salah had a horrible game where he failed to hold on to the ball and kept losing it in decisive positions. With the win, Napoli go top of Group C with four points while Liverpool are level at three with Paris St Germain, who they beat 3-2 at Anfield in their opening game. Red Star Belgrade are bottom with one point.FULL TIME! What a win!@championsleague #UCL#NapoliLiverpool 1-0#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/qqeXOqPLOvOfficial SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) October 3, 2018The visitors were dealt a blow inside the opening 20 minutes when midfielder Naby Keita was taken off on a stretcher on his Champions League debut for Liverpool, and Napoli had the better of the first half with Insigne shooting wide and Arkadiusz Milik forcing a save from Alisson Becker.advertisementPoland striker Milik again stung the palms of Alisson early in the second half as Napoli grew in confidence.Also read – Champions League: Messi masterclass lights up Wembley, sinks TottenhamThey went close to taking the lead with 10 minutes remaining when substitute Dries Mertens met a cross from Mario Rui and volleyed off the crossbar from six metres.The pressure paid off in the 90th minute as Insigne scored a deserved winning goal, stretching to tap in a low cross from Jose Callejon.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United play out goalless draw at home vs Valencia”It’s wonderful to win like this, but we had a great performance as a team and wanted the result at all costs,” Insigne told Sky Italia.”Now we’ll enjoy this victory for a little bit…Also read – Champions League: 10-man CSKA Moscow ride on Vlasic goal to stun Real Madrid”We know it’s a difficult group, we always did, but we want to make our mark in every game and put any opponent under pressure.”Liverpool face Red Star at Anfield next and Napoli travel to Paris to play PSG on Oct. 24.(With Reuters inputs)
Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine wants to restore the goodwill of his country’s cricket team in the upcoming two-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Australia are eager to win back respect and move on from the ball-tampering scandal that plunged the team into disgrace in March this year.Paine’s rebuilding side will take on Pakistan in the series-opener in Dubai in absence of banned Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were all found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Australia have not played a Test series since that tragic episode in Cape Town.Little may be expected of Paine’s Australia in a series that will play out when home fans are sleeping, but the 33-year-old skipper is mindful that results, as well as culture, are key to restoring goodwill.”We are certainly making some changes and it’s something we are really serious about but we are also aware that we need to be playing a high level of cricket and winning games,” he said.Read – Aaron Finch named T20 skipper for Pakistan seriesA whole third of the 15 in the United Arab Emirates have yet to play a Test, and Paine’s side could feature up to four uncapped players when they head out into the Dubai heat against Sarfraz Ahmed-captained Pakistan.Paine will be supported by a new vice-captain in all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and a new coach in former Test opener Justin Langer.Change is also in the air back in Australia, with the nation’s cricket board announcing its successor to long-serving CEO James Sutherland, even before the release of a review into the board’s culture and governance.advertisementWith a separate review into the culture of the men’s team also set to land, Australia will be under plenty of scrutiny during the two-Test series which finishes in Abu Dhabi.Paine, who many feel is but a caretaker captain until Smith becomes eligible for the role again, has no illusions about the scale of the task.”We want to build a culture that makes people want to be better and produce not only better cricketers but better people,” he told Fairfax Media.”If we can do that, that’s the sort of environment people want to be involved in and that culture spreads really quickly through the team rather than having to try and sell your culture all the time — just set that culture, live that culture, and guys that want to be involved will carry it through.”FINCH, NESER MAY DEBUTAustralia enjoyed a positive warmup, with opener Aaron Finch, middle order batsman Travis Head and the Marsh brothers all getting runs in the tour match against a Pakistan ‘A’ side.That was enough for Langer to confirm one-day specialist Finch and South Australia skipper Head would play their first Tests.There could be further debuts, however.With Matt Renshaw having suffered a head-knock when fielding in the tour match, selectors may opt for South Africa-born batsman Marnus Labuschagne.Paceman Michael Neser could be a fourth debutant should selectors overlook workhorse Peter Siddle to support spearhead Mitchell Starc.Pakistan are in the midst of their own rebuild in the wake of retirements to former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, but having trounced a better resourced Australia 2-0 in the last UAE series in 2014, they will fancy themselves to win this one.(With inputs from Reuters)
West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer said that it is good to know that Windies legends back him and it gives him immense confidence to do well.Hetmyer, who scored his third ODI hundred during the first ODI against India in Guwahati, said that he looks up to Brian Lara and has spoken to him as well as other greats like Lance Gibbs and Sir Vivian Richards and it has helped his game after a drab Test series.Hetmyer bludgeoned his way to a 78-ball 106 in Guwahati, redeeming himself after a disastrous Test series, in which he managed just 50 runs across four innings at 12.50.”I did look up to Brian Lara when I used to watch cricket, but most of it (shots) comes naturally to me. I am a natural stroke-player and try to play each ball on merit,” Hetmyer said during a chat after a training session.”I have spoken to a few legends in the past, they are quite fun actually, easy going — Lance Gibbs, Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara, some of the other stars, too. Knowing that they are backing you makes me feel good,” he said.”They tell me to be ‘just be yourself’, they give suggestions like play each ball on merit and all. They try to help in every way possible, make it as easy as possible for us and encouraging us to keep pushing,” he added.The 21-year-old looked at comfort at the Barsapara Stadium on Sunday, hitting six sixes and as many fours to help West Indies score 322/8 in the first ODI.advertisement”I had a bad Test series, it was not one of the best ways to start a series in India but from there on I tried to forget about that as much as possible and the senior guys helped. They said don’t worry and look forward to the next game,” he said.”I have quite a few experienced guys to lean on, to know how it was before, even the coach (Stuart Law) who has played for Australia. How much of the big change has happened from then to now. How they played their game,” he added.What an inn by #Hetmyer..he is gonna be a next million dollar baby in the @IPL 2019 #INDvsWI 1st ODIHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 21, 2018India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is sure he will be a big draw in the next Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction, thanks to his big-hitting capabilities.Unlike a few renowned players from the Caribbean islands who have turned to T20 leagues across the world, Hetmyer said his first priority now is to represent the West Indies.”It’s a good feeling to know that one of the great spinners from India has rated me that high. It is a dream of mine but right now I am taking one step at a time, so I would see what awaits. But right now, I am focused on representing West Indies,” he said.”I think everyone aspires to play in the IPL but first you want to represent West Indies. That is possibly the biggest thing you could possibly do as a cricketer and then you would take it from there,” he added.West Indies skipper Jason Holder called Hetmyer a positive.”He is positive for West Indies cricket. It’s good to see a youngster coming and scoring crucial runs and I can only urge him, and hope that he continues to do well and repeat that kind of performance that is best for his team in the coming matches,” Holder said.Asked about playing cricket in his native, Hetmyer said, “It isn’t that difficult to play cricket in Guyana. Yes, there are lot of players from other islands playing for West Indies, but once you are trying to do what you want to and excel in the Caribbean, there is a good chance of being picked in the junior and senior teams.(With inputs from PTI)
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been bending backwards to please the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for boxers from Kosovo to get visas to compete in the women’s world boxing championship in the Capital.Last week, Mail Today had reported how the organisers in India were trying hard to get visas for the boxers who also hold Albanian passports. It is well known as far as the IOC is concerned Kosovo is certainly part of global sporting programmes and very recently they have written to various international sports federations that Spain not be allowed to host big-ticket sporting events.How India deals with countries it does not recognise is something which only the government can answer. By trying to put pressure on the government nothing is going to be achieved.On Wednesday, an email was “leaked” where IOA president Narinder Batra has asked the government to look into the Kosovo matter! It is well known that nothing can happen now on visas. The IOC writing to international sports federations not to grant India major events can become a reality. However, there is no need to panic on this count.Arm-twisting of this nature is not healthy though the IOC is well within its rights to communicate its displeasure. To cite examples of other countries hosting Kosovo at the Olympics, like Rio, is not the best example.As of today, relations between India and Pakistan are at the nadir. To play cricket, a sport close to the hearts of millions of fans in India or Pakistan is impossible. There are no bilateral series and for competitions like Asia Cup cricket, FIH World Cup, Asian Games etc, the two countries do play in neutral venues. Even now there is uncertainty over Pakistan coming for the hockey World Cup though it has nothing to do with visas.advertisementKosovo is not the first time we have had problems. Way back in 1987, when India was hosting Israel in a Davis Cup tie at the DLTA, security was extremely tight. The five-star hotel in south Delhi where the team was staying had been turned into a fortress. Even the main road leading to DLTA was blocked for traffic. The tie took place despite the problems.Way back in 1973, India were to meet South Africa in the Davis Cup final. Due to apartheid, India did not have diplomatic links with South Africa and conceded the tie. To think by not letting Kosovo athletes come to India all hell will break loose is the height of exaggeration. IOC needs India for its own reasons and to talk of the Youth Olympics bid getting derailed is a joke. The bid process is still a few years away as mentioned by IOC president Thomas Bach when he came to India earlier this year.To bully India will not work. Rather than forwarding emails, the IOA should be in touch with the IOC regularly. Not hosting the Youth Olympics will not bring heavens down. More attention needs to be given to our athletes preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And in this, the IOA can play a more proactive role.
Neymar scored a contested second-half penalty to give Brazil a 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay and bring some joy to their fans on a gloomy Friday at the Emirates Stadium in London.The forward was again the stand-out Brazil player and he coolly side-footed home his 60th international goal in the 76th minute after Diego Laxalt brought down Danilo, although Uruguay claimed there was a handball in the build-up.Until then Brazil had looked the more vulnerable of the two sides with Alisson making three fine saves, including a superb stop from a Luis Suarez free kick early in the second half.Also read – England cruise to 3-0 win over USA in Wayne Rooney farewell matchIt was Brazil’s fifth win in a row since they were knocked out of this year’s World Cup in the quarter-finals by Belgium.”It was a tough game. Uruguay are always strong and very competitive,” said Brazil midfielder Walace. “We were patient and when the opportunity arose from the penalty spot we deserved the goal.”Also Read – Referee, who asked captains to play rock-paper-scissors for kick-off, bannedOn a dark and drizzly night at Arsenal’s ground in London, the game matched the weather with few bright moments.Many of the players know each other well from club football and their familiarity was evident in their hugs and smiles before, during and after the game.Also Read – Brexit in Premier League: FA planning to reduce number of foreign playersThere was no lack of commitment, however, as niggly tackles flew in a clash that featured eight yellow cards, including one for Luis Suarez who thought Uruguay should have been given a handball against Danilo before he was felled in the box.advertisementAlthough the fans had little to cheer, both managers had reason to be happy with youngsters Bruno Mendez and Mathias Suarez starting in defence for the first time for Uruguay and Napoli midfielder Allan making a second-half debut for Brazil.The South American powerhouses continue their European dates next Tuesday, when Brazil play Cameroon in Milton Keynes and Uruguay take on world champions France in Paris.(With Reuters inputs)Also Watch – Team India depart for tour of Australia
Tottenham Hotspur put up a delightful display of attacking football at Wembley as they ended Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten streak in the Premier League with a solid 3-1 win on Saturday.While Spurs stopped Chelsea in their tracks, none of that sort happened with Manchester City and Liverpool, who registered comfortable wins against West Ham United and Watford, respectively.City remained in a class of their own though as Leroy Sane scored a brace in The Citizens’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham but Liverpool stayed just two points behind Pep Guardiola’s men with their 3-0 win over Watford.With the Spurs winning, they moved up to the third place in the Premier League with 30 points off 13 matches and Chelsea slipped to fourth with 28 points from as many games. City remained on top with 35 points and Liverpool maintained their second position.Also read – Mane extends Liverpool contract, Kante signs new five-year deal with Chelsea Despite a 4-0 win over West Ham, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his team could have played better. (Reuters Photo)Much had been made of the unbeaten runs of City, Liverpool and Chelsea but Spurs had, quietly, made an impressive start to their own campaign and were at their brilliant best at a raucous Wembley.After City and Liverpool had won, the writing was quickly on the wall for Maurizio Sarri’s men in the day’s late fixture as Chelsea went 2-0 down inside 16 minutes to goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane.Spurs added a sensational third when Son Heung-min carried the ball from inside his own half, beat two men with ease before finishing neatly.advertisementSubstitute Olivier Giroud added a late consolation for Chelsea but Spurs’ win moved them on to 30 points, now two points clear of their London rivals.”We created a lot of chances. If we had been more clinical we could have scored more, it was a great performance by everyone,” Alli told BT Sport.READ – Premier League has made me a better manager, says Pep GuardiolaSane’s double along with goals from David Silva and Raheem Sterling helped Man City record their eighth consecutive victory.Worryingly for the rest of the league, City manager Pep Guardiola felt his side could have played much better.”We are a humble team and today we weren’t at our best, too many touches, our passing was not good enough but our running was fantastic,” he said.Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool had to be patient at Vicarage Road but were rewarded when Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino netted late goals that subdued Watford. Liverpool reaped the benefits of patience against Watford in the first half with goals in the second. (Reuters Photo)The only downside was captain Jordan Henderson being shown a red card for two bookable offences but Klopp was more focused on his side’s spirit.”I think it (the result) tells the story because we stayed stubborn, they defended and counter-attacked so we had a few really good moments we didn’t score which is not a big problem if we stay on track.”How we closed down the game was just brilliant especially the third goal.”Elsewhere, Manchester United failed to close the gap on the top four as they were held by Crystal Palace the sixth time they have failed to win in the league at Old Trafford this season.”Frustrating,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “The objective was to start well this period of eight matches until December. We did not win one point, we lost two. We did not have enough aggression or intensity to kill.”Claudio Ranieri celebrated a winning return to the Premier League as his Fulham team moved off the foot of the table with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton at Craven Cottage.Two goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic helped Fulham record their first top-flight win since August to make it a dream first game in charge for Ranieri.”It was important to come back and come back with a victory. It is a little step but important for the enthusiasm and everything.” the Italian said.Jamie Vardy netted his first goal since September as 10-man Leicester City secured a 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.Brighton thought they were heading for all three points after Glenn Murray put them ahead early in the first half and James Maddison was sent off after 30 minutes.Everton moved into the top six as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s close-range finish after 59 minutes sealed a 1-0 win over Cardiff City who remained in the bottom three.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)Also watch –
HMD Global will be hosting an event in Dubai on December 5. Although the company is yet to reveal the devices it is planning to launch at the event, rumours suggest that HMD could be launching three Nokia phones. Two of the three phones could be the Nokia 8.1 and the Nokia 9 or Nokia 9 PureView. The Nokia 9 flagship device has been subjected to several leaks and rumours lately and most of them have revealed that the phone will come with a Penta camera setup on the rear panel. The newly listed case of Nokia 9 also reveals the same.The phone case has been spotted listed on Amazon UK website, which more or less confirms that the launch day of the Nokia 9 or Nokia 9 PureView is nearing. The phone case appears in glossy black colour and shows five holes for the cameras. Interestingly, the Nokia 9 will be the world’s first Penta camera phone. Reportedly, the case of the Nokia 9 has been created by case maker UniqueMe.The leaked case appears with five holes for the Penta camera setup of the phone to fit properly and click beautiful pictures. The case also has an opening for the LED flash which will most likely fit in between the five cameras. Notably, there’s no opening for the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which suggests that the Nokia 9 could either come with a front placed fingerprint sensor or in-display sensor. There are high chances that HMD will finally adapt to the trend of in-display fingerprint sensor. This will make the Nokia 9 the first phone from HMD Global to have the fingerprint sensor embedded inside the screen.advertisementThe case of the phone also shows that the upcoming Nokia 9 will have the power and volume key on the left side of the phone, which means the SIM card tray will be fitted on the right. At the bottom, the Nokia 9 case confirms that HMD Global will not ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack for the Nokia 9 PureView – which is what HMD plans to call the phone. The case also reveals that the Nokia 9 will have a USB type-C port at the bottom.According to the Amazon UK listing, the case of the Nokia 9 will be in stock on December 1, this indirectly suggests that the launch of the Nokia phone is imminent.ALSO READ: Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 8.1 cases listed online ahead of December 5 launchAhead of the launch, the Nokia 9 PureView has been subjected to several leaks and rumours which suggest that the phone will come with a 5.9-inch display with a QHD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio, while the back panel is expected to be made of glass just like the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The phone could be using CarlZeiss lens and powered by either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 or the upcoming Snapdragon 855 (Snapdragon 8150) processor, which is set to go official on December 4. Other specs of the Nokia 9 include – Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage and a 4,150mAh battery.
A Shower so Good: American Standard Organizes Benefit Sale in Mumbai to Help Underprivileged Children Live Healthier Lives
(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with Business Wire India. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) All proceeds from American Standard Shower for Good’ benefit sale to go towards the UNICEF India WASH program for helping children access basic sanitationMumbai, Maharashtra, India Business Wire IndiaFor more details, visit https://americanstandard.in/shower-for-good/This festive season American Standard is giving yet another reason to celebrate. The brand is organizing a benefit sale on Dec 15, 2018 at Imagica Theme Park in Mumbai; where consumers can get hold of their GENIE hand shower, a red dot award-winning product, at a discounted price for only INR 1,200. What s more, 100% proceeds from this sale will be donated to the UNICEF India WASH program.This initiative is a part of the Shower for Good’ campaign where three other countries other than India will simultaneously mount a benefit sale of American Standard GENIE Hand Showers with 100% of proceeds to be donated to the LIXIL-UNICEF Make A Splash’ program.So while the public and guests at the Imagica Theme Park enjoy the rides, they can also be a part of this great initiative by American Standard. Visitors will be engaged through entertaining games as the benefit sale manned by volunteer student organizations from top universities in the country race to deliver all 1000 GENIE Hand Showers to the sale’s finish line.The water saving GENIE hand showers provide an excellent bathing experience through increased water pressure without increasing the volume of water. 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Virat Kohli was asked during his interaction with media if the world number one side doubted if it can win the second of the ongoing four-Test series after Australia had set a steep target of 287 on a pace and bounce-rich wicket at the Perth Stadium.The answer, as expected from the India captain, was a big NO. Kohli’s visiting team had lost the last five wickets on Tuesday morning for just 28 runs, eventually getting bowled out for 140 and squandering the 1-0 lead they had clinched in the series opener in Adelaide.”No, not for a moment (doubted if India would be able to chase down the total). We always believe we can win from any situation. Guys in the change room believe they can do special things and that’s the communication we have in the dressing room,” Kohli said.”We urge them to believe they can do something special. If it’s been done in the past and now we remember those as great players of the game, why can’t individuals coming into the team do the same thing? You have to dream big. That’s the mindset that everyone takes on to the field. They want to be match winners.”It will not happen (everytime), but as long as that mindset prevails, and it’s there all the time, you’re heading in the right direction as the team Cricket is a game of variables, you can’t win every time. But there was definitely no sense of lack of belief after I got out or anyone for that matter.advertisement”When I got out and with Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari overnight, they believed that they can get a big partnership and win us the game. So, I think the belief is very important to have.”Kohli and Ravi Shastri-led backroom staff have never been bogged down by results since coming together in 2017. Even when India were struggling to get past the finish line in England, the head coach had insisted that his team has been the best traveling team from the Asian country in the last 15-20 years.Hence, Kohli’s insistence that India believed in themselves to gun down the total on a wearing wicket at the Perth Stadium didn’t come as a surprise. However, numbers paint a different and concerning picture.15 defeats and six draws while chasing more than 200Since 2003 wherein a Sourav Ganguly-led team chased down a 233-run target in Adelaide against Australia, India have not managed to chase 200-plus targets outside the sub-continent. In 21 Tests, the Asian giants have lost 15 and managed to draw six.The 146-run thrashing in Perth was India’s sixth defeat while chasing in 2018. No prizes for guessing, no other team has lost more than four Tests in a calendar year while chasing targets.With a variety-rich and well-oiled bowling attack that many India captains in the past missed, Kohli led India into the new year in South Africa with a lot of promise. However, cut to December, the world No. 1 Test team have managed to win only three Tests, losing two overseas series – in South Africa (2-1) and in England (4-1).Unlike the recent past, India weren’t trashed but their inability to seize crucial moments haunted them both in South Africa and England.When India were ticking all the right boxes in the first Test of the ongoing series in Adelaide, it seemed India had learnt from their mistake but it was not to be as familiar woes came back to haunt the visitors in the Perth Test.Misreading conditions, skewed team selection and failure to perform as a batting unit have haunted Kohli’s men throughout the year and it was deja vu in Perth as well.Chasing 287, India needed a strong start from its openers. But the visitors’ 10-for-2-man, Kohli was out as early as in the fourth over of their chase. KL Rahul, who has been having a horror run in the ongoing series, was dismissed for naught and Cheteshwar Pujara’s early dismissal didn’t help India’s cause.Murali Vijay, who has been struggling to put bat to ball, got a start but eventually fell on 20, leaving the middle order with a lot of work to do.For instance, Australia’s No. 10, Lyon has a better batting average (76) in this series than the two Indian openers, who have managed only 97 runs together so far in the series.Meanwhile, Kohli insisted that India never thought of playing a spinner in Perth but going in with a four-man pace attack had a major influence on the outcome of the match.advertisementAustralia had gone in with their premier spinner, Nathan Lyon and he proved to be the difference between the two sides. While Lyon finished with figures of 106/8, India’s Umesh Yadav, who was included in the playing XI ahead of a specialist spinner, leaked runs (139) and managed only two wickets.Reading conditions, especially at a new Test venue, is not easy but India’s inability to learn from the past mistakes is a major cause for concern for a team that has the potential to challenge top teams at their own backyard.Also Read | Paine on banter with Kohli: He brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of peopleAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction Live Streaming: When and where to watch IPL 2019 AuctionAlso Read | Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captainAlso See:
Vijay Shankar received his maiden one-day international cap from the Indian cricket team early on Friday as he makes his ODI debut in the third and final match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Shankar has become the 226th ODI player for India after replacing Mohammed Siraj in the playing XI.Shankar was called in to the team after the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul due to their Koffee with Karan controversy. Shankar filled in the all-rounder’s spot in the squad which was left vacant after Pandya had to return home along with Rahul following their sexist remarks on Karan Johar’s show earlier this month.Hardik’s moment of madness and irresponsible behaviour has given Shankar a big opportunity to cement his place in the ODI team even after his struggles in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year.Vijay Shanker is all set to make his debut for #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/ErqruCeXBsBCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019He played five Twenty20 Internationals during the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In the five matches, he took three wickets at an average of 51.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 3RD ODI LIVE CRICKET SCOREWith the bat, Shankar played just one innings and that too in the final where he struggled to score runs quickly and almost took India out of the run chase of with his 19-ball 17.Chasing 167 in the title clash of the T20I tri series in Colombo, India had suffered a couple of early setbacks but stayed on course thanks to an aggressive 56 from Rohit Sharma.advertisementBut the chase got tricky again after Rohit’s departure and the team management decided to send Vijay up the order at No.6, ahead of the more experienced Dinesh Karthik.Batting for the first time in an international match, Vijay was all at sea and failed to score a single run against Mustafizur Rahman in the crucial 18th over – he ran a leg bye off the fifth ball and Manish Pandey was out slogging off the final delivery.However, Dinesh Karthik came in and smashed 22 runs off the 19th over from Rubel Hossain and India were left with 12 off the final over.Vijay was in the spotlight once again – the first ball was a wide down leg side but he failed to connect the first legitimate delivery of the 20th over. He then ran a single but found himself on strike again for the fourth ball which he placed for a boundary. However, he was dismissed in the penultimate ball, leaving Karthik to get five off the final delivery.Karthik of course smashed it for a six to seal a famous Indian win but Vijay was still shaken up even as the entire team celebrated.”When everyone was rejoicing after the final, I was feeling very disheartened at how things panned out. It was an opportunity given to me to become a hero. I should have finished the match.”It was an off-day for me but I am finding it difficult to forget. I know I need to move on. I had a good tournament until that final day,” Shankar had said after the game.But life has given him another shot at redemption all thanks to Hardik and Rahul’s brain fade moment on a TV show.What has helped Shankar to make a comeback in the side is his form in domestic cricket. In his last 10 matches — domestic cricket and India A – Shankar has taken only four wickets but scored 539 runs with the bat.The 27-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer bats right-handed and is a medium fast bowler, who proved his prowess with the bat, finishing on top of the batting charts during the one-day series with India A in New Zealand.Shankar, after getting the opportunity to be with the team, said he just wanted to play freely and not think about selection in the upcoming ICC World Cup.”I am not thinking about World Cup and all those things. You can’t play freely if you start thinking like that. I will have to be prepared and if an opportunity comes along the way, I will have to grab it,” Shankar told PTI.”I think I have become mentally stronger now and I have full confidence that I can finish close matches. The India A tour of New Zealand has helped me understand my game much better,” Shankar said.
3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). (SCORECARD)Bhuvneshwar Kumar is slowly but surely getting back to best as the Indian cricket team are on roll notching up wins at a flawless pace.India won the third one day international by 7 wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the the five-match series.Bhuvneshwar picked up two wickets from 10 overs, giving away 46 runs, as his opening partner Mohammed Shami got the man-of-the-match award for his figures of 3 for 41.Bhuvi was all praise for Shami, saying that he does not feel pressure when bowling in tandem with him.”Did not feel any pressure. I know Shami is in good form with the Test form and he is always good in overseas conditions. Bowling with Shami has been a good experience,” Bhuvneshwar told the broadcaster on their post-match show.For his spell of 3/41 from 9 overs, @MdShami11 is the 3rd ODI Player of the Match #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/nOxQeILgATICC (@ICC) January 28, 2019The Indian bowlers have managed to bowl out New Zealand for the third straight time, a feat that was last achieved by a visiting Australian back in 2010.Talking about his plans after the match, Bhuvneshwar said that he wanted to keep things simple and how he handles matters when the India is not playing in swing-friendly conditions.”When it comes to swing, yes I am a swing bowler. But if the conditions are not swing-friendly, I try to bowl as straight as possible to make the batsman make a mistake and give me the wicket,” Bhuvneshwar said.advertisement”We expected Munro to come really hard at us, we had our plans but unfortunately he couldn’t fire much,” he added.That’s 100 wickets between our very own #KulCha in ODIs#NZvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/MaYyNFtgn2BCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019Bhuvneshwar also stressed on the importance of learning to bowl in different conditions and as a team.”It’s very important for Indian fast bowlers to pick the length to bowl, overseas its different from India. Nowadays wickets overseas are also good for batting. The wrist spinners have done that well too,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar also talked out his partnership’ with Shami, with has seen the pair snare 11 wickets between them.”It is about partnership, if you bowl dot balls, the other bowler can get the wicket as well. So if the ball is not swinging, my motive is to bowl dot deliveries,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar has taken a total of four wickets, while Shami is second on the list most wickets in the series so far with seven.Bhuvneshwar also spoke about his understanding with Jasprit Bumrah, who is on a small break after a taxing tour of Australia.”When I bowl with Bumrah, if I bowl the first over, we communicate what is happening with the pitch. We discuss the field placements and all that. Virat Kohli keeps talking to us about this is what the batsman is doing and you can mix up a few things,” Bhuvneshwar said.Also Read | Scott Styris trolls New Zealand after Virat Kohli’s India win ODI seriesAlso Read | India are teaching us a lesson: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after series defeat
Brief scores – Sri Lanka (49/1) at stumps, trail South Africa (235) by 186 runs in Durban. Karunaratne (28*), Fernando (17*), Steyn (1/10). ScorecardSri Lanka’s inexperienced bowlers made use of a helpful pitch to bowl South Africa out for 235 on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday, taking the early ascendancy in a series few people give the tourists a chance of winning.Seam bowlers Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha, with only seven Tests of experience between them, shared seven wickets to put South Africa on the ropes at the start of the two-Test series.Fernando took two wickets in his first spell – removing openers Dean Elgar (0) and Aiden Markram (11) – and finished with 4-62 as Sri Lanka jumped at the chance to put South Africa in to bat on a green pitch at Kingsmead that offered as much help to bowlers as it promised.Rajitha ended with 3-68 and there was a wicket on debut for left-arm spinner Lasith Ambuldeniya.Suranga Lakmal, the only member of Sri Lanka’s bowling lineup who had played more than five Tests coming into the game, chipped in with the prize wicket of Hashim Amla for 3.But it was the new players who gave Sri Lanka hope of ending a three-series losing run.By stumps, Sri Lanka was 49-1 in reply and had fended off South Africa’s vaunted pace attack for now, with new captain Dimuth Karunaratne 28 not out. Oshada Fernando, the second Sri Lankan making his Test debut, was 17 not out.At the start of the day, Vishwa Fernando and Lakmal combined to remove South Africa’s top three batsmen inside eight overs as the home team crashed to 17-3.advertisementSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma eased the pressure with a 72-run stand and Quinton de Kock made 80 down the order to take South Africa past 200.Du Plessis fell for 35 on the stroke of lunch to end South Africa’s best stand and Bavuma followed five overs after lunch for 47. He was run out at the non-striker’s end as de Kock’s straight drive ricocheted off bowler Vishwa Fernando’s foot and into the stumps. Bavuma was confirmed out by TV umpire Ian Gould by the tiniest of margins after a lengthy review, one of a series of incidents when the umpiring came under close scrutiny.On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Kettleborough combined to make three errors, one of them a bizarre one when they refused a perfectly good decision review by the Sri Lankans.In that incident, Amla was given a let-off when still on zero and only two balls after Elgar was out. Amla was hit on the pads by Vishwa Fernando, Dar ruled not out after an lbw appeal, but even though Karunaratne signaled for a decision review, Dar didn’t refer the decision to the TV umpire.The problem appeared to be a timing error by the umpires, who indicated Karunaratne didn’t signal for the review within the 15-second limit. Karunaratne’s signal was within the 15 seconds, according to the TV broadcasters.Replays showed Amla was out. Ultimately, it didn’t cost Sri Lanka too much.Kettleborough also thought Amla wasn’t out when he edged behind soon after, believing the catch hadn’t carried to Kusal Mendis in the slips. Replays showed it carried comfortably and Gould got it right this time and sent Amla on his way.After lunch, Kettleborough gave de Kock out when he was on 5 for a catch behind. De Kock reviewed that decision, and it proved the ball came off his elbow, not bat or glove.Sri Lanka came to South Africa off a run of three straight series losses and six losses in its last seven Tests. Sri Lanka’s last series victory came at home against South Africa last July. Since then, it has lost at home to England and away to New Zealand and Australia.South Africa has won seven series in a row at home after sweeping Pakistan 3-0 last month, moving the Proteas to No. 2 in the rankings behind India. Sri Lanka is ranked No. 6.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 1 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | DRS controversy erupts in Durban Test as umpire fails to prompt Sri Lanka after 10 secondsAlso Watch:
Kieron Pollard lauded Krunal and Hardik after the Pandya brothers played starring roles in a 37-run win for Mumbai Indians over defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.Krunal smashed a 32-ball 42 while Hardik blasted an unbeaten 25 off 8 balls and picked up 3 for 20 with the ball to end CSK’s winning streak in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Pollard himself played an entertaining cameo and took a stunning catch to see off Suresh Raina as CSK faltered in their chase of 171.That moment when you pluck out a stunner. Pollard, you beauty #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/fqOuNCFQylIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2019Kieron Pollard is one of the most destructive batsmen in the T20 format but he has had to bat lower down the order below Krunal and Hardik. But Pollard said he did not mind because the brothers were doing a solid job for Mumbai Indians.”The Pandya boys have been batting well, so being the more experienced guy I have to take the initiative and try to do well whenever I come in,” Pollard told the broadcasters after the match.Pollard said Hardik Pandya has him covered with the way he is batting now.”Hardik is phenomenal. For us it’s just about encouraging him and giving him that opportunity. He practices like that,” Pollard said.Hardik Pandya is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant innings of 25* off 8 deliveries and bowling figures of 3/20 #VIVOIPL #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/doSW8t1l5tIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2019Hardik Pandya, who was named man-of-the-match, has played cameos in three matches for MI this season – he made 32 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore and 31 before Kings XI Punjab before the 25 not out against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.advertisementPandya said he was focussed on improving his game and that it was a “fantastic feeling” to contribute for the team.”I was out for injury and then some other controversy award. I would want to dedicate this award to my family because that phase of my life wasn’t easy. Now my only focus is on winning the IPL for MI and the World Cup for India,” he said.Also Read | Mumbai Indians 1st team to win 100 IPL matches, CSK’s winning streak ends
India’s tour of the West Indies could start in the first week of August as Cricket West Indies has agreed to the BCCI’s request of pushing back the tour of the Caribbean by a couple of weeks.The Indian team was tentatively scheduled to reach the Caribbean island immediately after the World Cup final on July 14. However, the BCCI might have wanted the India players to have a break before the tour, which the CWI was happy to entertain.As per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme, India were scheduled to tour the West Indies after the World Cup for a full tour comprising two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the tour is likely to commence in the first week of August and run till September 4. The final dates for the tour along with the venues will be finalised by CWI at its board meeting on May 13.CWI also wanted a clear window for the Caribbean Premier League, which has now also been rescheduled, owing to the shift in the India tour itinerary.Originally, the seventh edition of the CPL was slotted from August 21 to September 27. As per the revised dates, the tournament will now be played between September 4 and October 12.Also Read | Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadAlso Read | West Indies have X factor at 2019 ICC World Cup, says coach Floyd ReiferAlso See