Argentina fans came beat up a Croatian fan at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Thursday after the two-time world champions were crushed 3-0.In a video which went viral on social media, several others could also be seen coming to the rescue of the Croat, who lay helplessly on the ground. Some Argentine fans shouted “no” and tried to break up the fightThe fight was quickly broken when a woman intervened. The Nizhny Novgorod police said there were “no significant violations of law and order” after the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFIFA said they were shocked with the incident which would have left a sour taste on the mouths of the Croats after a memorable win.”FIFA firmly condemns the behaviour of these so-called fans and reiterates that violence has no place in football,” the spokesperson said.Argentina vs. Croatia..21/06/2018. #WorldCup #ARG #CRO pic.twitter.com/uOGEbBNxMcTheRealCasuals (@Real_Casuals_66) June 22, 2018Nearly 10,500 Argentine fans and 5,000 Croatia fans attended the match on Thursday. According to some media reports, angry Argentine fans also spitted at manager Jorge Sampaoli and hit him in the head with a bottle.Argentina’s test after worst group stage defeat in World Cups in 60 yearsLionel Messi endured another failure as Argentina were crushed 3-0 by Croatia, who qualified for the round of 16 after their second straight victory.Messi was again largely anonymous as Croatia kept him out of the game while, at the same time, taking all their opportunities to ensure a joyful triumph in front of 43,319 spectators at the picturesque stadium on the banks of the Volga.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisementThe win thanks to goals from Ante Rrebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic followed a 2-0 success against Nigeria in their opening game at the weekend and was a reminder of the quality of a team who attracted little attention ahead of the finals.The last time Croatia reached the World Cup knockout phase was in 1998 when they finished the tournament in third place.World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyDiego Maradona, who watched from the stands, was in tears as Argentina suffered their worst defeat in the group stages in the World Cup in 60 years.(With Reuters inputs)
England might be on fire in the ODI format, what with their record-battering 481 and a 5-0 hammering of Australia but Yuzvendra Chahal, the young Indian leg-spinner is not worried about his prospects against Eoin Morgan’s men later in the summer.Last week, England blasted 481 and a few days later chased down a score in excess of 300 without breaking a sweat. Former cricketers around the world expressed concern over the health of one-day cricket.Batsmen, it seems, have the upper hand in shorter formats cricket in England, as indeed in other parts of the world. Two years ago, England had set a world record against Sri Lanka when they blasted 444. It took them less than 24 months to overhaul their own record.Virat Kohli and Co. reach Dublin for T20I series vs IrelandBut Chahal, one of the world’s leading leg-spinners, is not going to let these stats stand in the way of his dreams in England.India are now in Ireland for a short two-match T20I series before returning to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests. Ask Chahal what he makes of England’s massive ODI scores in recent times and he has a ready answer: “England scored those runs against Australia, not against us. The pitches are going to be a little different. England’s spinners took the majority of the wickets and we have that advantage as well,” he said.Ireland’s Punjab-born Simi Singh says facing India will be specialIndia are no strangers in English conditions. Last year, they had reached the final of the Champions Trophy but they also saw what flat tracks could do as Sri Lanka gunned down a 300+ total against them.advertisementAfter the Champions Trophy, India invested heavily in wrist-spinners. Chahal and left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav became a regular part of India’s bowling arsenal and the two were at their best in South Africa, snaring 35 wickets between them in India’s 5-1 triumph in the ODI series.Chahal reckoned leg-spinners in general are hard to pick because of their variations. India have two and that could make matters tricky for batsmen as players around the world gear up for the World Cup next year. More importantly, the likes of Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler would be wary of India’s spin twin.”We have more variations (compared to other spinners). With left-arm spinners, you will find only the straighter ones and the normal left-arm spin.”With leg-spinners, we have four variations – the top-spin, googlies, leg-spinner, the flipper and the batsmen keep thinking what the next ball would be. If you don’t read us off our hands, it is good for us,” he said.Chahal hoped to do what he and Kuldeep do best in the middle-overs: take wickets. They did that successfully in South Africa and they hope to repeat it in Ireland and England.”Kuldeep and my job is to take wickets in the middle-overs. If you want to apply pressure on the other teams – you have to take wickets,” he said.The sensational tour of South Africa notwithstanding, Chahal is looking forward and wants to live in the moment: “The South African series is in the past. We are in Ireland now. I am very excited because this is my first tour here.”
Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by seven wickets five balls to spare in the 4th match of the T20I tri-series tournament and hence were knocked out of the running to make it into the final.It was Zimbabwe’s third straight loss as Australia play against Pakistan on Thursday in a dead rubber, before they meet in the final on Sunday.Solomon Mire missed out on a chance to become Zimbabwe’s first century-maker in a T20 international as his 94-run knock carried Zimbabwe to 162-4 after captain Hamilton Masakadza lost his first toss in the tri-series and his team was put in to bat.Zhuwao exploded at the start, hitting a six and a four in the first over of the innings, bowled by Malik, but then slowed down a bit. He targeted Hasan Ali, taking the paceman for two fours in the third over, but played a lot of dot balls too before becoming the first man out for a 26-ball 24, Faheem Ashraf hitting his stumps.ZIMBABWE VS PAKISTAN – SCORECARDHamilton Masakadza, the captain, came and went, bowled by Shadab Khan, but Mire was in his element by then. He targeted the Pakistan spinners for special treatment, going high and long often, and brought up his half-century off just 32 balls with one of his six sixes.There was one important partnership too, between Mire and Tarisai Musakanda, who had looked good in scoring 43 in the first fixture against Pakistan too.The two added 64 in quick time for the third wicket, but Mire, who topped Masakadzas 93* from 2016 to get the highest individual score by a Zimbabwean in T20I cricket during the course of his innings, couldnt carry on, sending a muscular pull off Talat to Shadab at deep mid-wicket to walk back for 94.advertisementWhen Mire fell, Zimbabwe were on 146/3, and with 10 balls left, should have scored close to 170. That didnt happen, though. Mohammad Amir, bowling the last over, sent back Musakanda for a 22-ball 33, and Zimbabwe stopped at 162/4.Pakistan got off to an even better start, Zaman and Haris Sohail putting up 58 in just over six overs before Wellington Masakadza got Sohail to hole out at long-on, the catch taken by Mire, to send the batsman back for a 15-ball 16.Zaman and Talat, however, kept up the good work. Zaman looked on course for his second half-century of the tournament after the 61 in the first game against Zimbabwe, but fell against the run of play as Mire who seemed to be everywhere, doing it all got the batsman to miscue one to Chris Mpofu at mid-off.It wasnt one of Zamans best innings, but his 38-ball 47 still went a long way in helping Pakistans cause.Zaman went with the scoreboard reading 95/2 in 11.4 overs, and it took till the second ball of the 18th for Zimbabwe to strike again when Mpofu got rid of Talat for 44 in 35 balls, caught by Zhuwao at backward point.To be fair to the home side, they did manage to keep the scoring in check, but Talat and Ahmed still managed to add 43 runs together before Talat fell with Pakistan 25 away from victory with 16 balls in hand.Malik, however, was in the mood, and took 11 runs from Mpofu in the four balls left in the 18th over to take Pakistan within 14 runs of victory, and that was achieved without much fuss with five balls in hand. Ahmed ended the game on 38*, while Malik had 12*.Zimbabwe have now lost all their three games, while Australia have won both their games and Pakistan have two wins out of three. The next game will pit Australia and Pakistan against each other at the same venue on Thursday.(With inputs from ICC and AP)
By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) Mahesh Bhupathi was on Friday accused of non-payment of dues by the production company that was involved in the broadcast of his star-studded league IPTL but the Indian tennis ace said he was not responsible for the situation. Bhupathi founded the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in 2014 and the league, which featured stars such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams among others, was halted after the 2016 season due to financial crunch. The veteran Indian player, also the non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team, has been accused of “breaking the business code” by TV Production company Broadcast Sports News. However, Bhupathi while admitting the delay in payments, said IPTL crashed not because of him but due to an alleged “fraud” committed by the Legenderi group, which owned one of the teams. Broadcast Sports News issued a statement, which was shared on social media by the company’s graphic designer Steph Trudel, accusing Bhupathi and IPTL of not paying many stakeholders. “Twenty two months later and the entire production crew, technology service providers, satellite uplink and distribution suppliers, chair umpires and court surface provider remain unpaid including their expenses, visas costs, per diems (daily allowance) and ground transport fees,” the statement read. When contacted, Bhupathi admitted that the League owes the players and the vendors about USD five million claimed that the Legendari Group was largely responsible for the mess. “There have been pending dues to the tune of approx USD five million from the league to players majorly, most of them are my colleagues and vendors as well. It’s been extremely painful in general but we will get it done one way or another it’s just this process of recovery needs time,” Bhupathi told PTI.advertisement On how the League reached this situation, the multiple-time doubles Grand Slam champion said, “In 2016, one of the IPTL team owners, the Legenderi group, that owned the Japan franchise turned out to be frauds and their share of the payment, close to USD eight million, was the reason things came down.” “The management has constantly been in contact with all confirming that as and when recovery in any fashion happens, the dues will be cleared, majority of them have been cooperative since in the first two seasons the event was a success. I guess some got tired of waiting,” said Bhupathi. Broadcast Sports News also stated that the organisers were aware of the financial issues, but chose to go ahead with the event. “A spokesperson representing the IPTL crew explained, ‘What is most frustrating is that the IPTL continued in December 2016 while the management team knew there were insufficient funds available to pay for it’,” it read. While most of the players have remained silent on the issue, Croatian Marin Cilic had spoken about the non-payment early this year, without giving going into the details. It has also been reported that Singapore Slammers had sent IPTL a legal notice to recover their dues but Bhupathi denied receiving it. “It’s business. There are ups and downs. It concerns just me others should keep out of it,” he said. PTI AT PM PM
The nation’s labyrinthine network of cricket bookies is all padded up and ready to go for the kill as Chennai Super Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season five final in Chennai on Sunday.Satta MatkaThe police were on high alert following intelligence inputs that shady underground syndicates were planning to rake in a staggering Rs 1,000 crore (conservative estimate) from the match between the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led two-time champions CSK and Shah Rukh Khan’s KKR.Typically known as the satta (betting) market, the bookies have already placed their odds – Rs 1.22 for KKR and 83 paise for CSK. That means if a person bets on defending champions CSK and the team eventually wins, he will get only 83 paise for every rupee.”The odds are stacked against KKR because even though they have performed well in the league stages, the fact is that they are against CSK who have won the title twice (2010 and 2011). The players of CSK are in good form and have comfortably beaten strong teams like Mumbai Indians and Delhi Dare Devils. While KKR have played well they have relied heavily on Gautam Gambhir’s batting and bowler Sunil Narine,” a bookie said in Mumbai.The betting starts from the toss itself and goes on to typical cricketing nuances such as probable team score, the number of runs that a team might score within a stipulated set of overs, the overall outcome of the game, and so on a so forth. The betting is based on ‘lines’ set by the bigger syndicates and then ‘hired’ by each bookie. One major Delhi-based line had 80/ 85, meaning a bet of Rs 100 on CSK will fetch a mere Rs 80, whereas a bet of Rs 85 on KKR would bring a windfall of Rs 100.advertisementA Delhi-based bookie said the lowest individual returns are expected from Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir, both of whom are expected to be fairly successful in the final. In contrast, bets on KKR bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji would attract huge returns, with the odds set at 1: 200, meaning a Rs 1 bet on him being Man of the Match would bring Rs 200 if correctly wagered.Whatever the outcome, it is spot fixing get brings in the moolah. “The people just keep playing. They go right through, they play on every ball, and you will hear numbers like lakhs and crore,” a gambler, who refused to give his name, said.Sources in Gujarat’s satta market echoed a similar line. “The rates will be declared only after the toss. But people are more likely to place their money on CSK. The situation might change as the match progresses,” a source said.In addition to the large-scale betting ring, every neighbourhood has a local bookie for smaller customers or amateur gamblers. “There’s very little in terms of proper organisation, but you’ll find one person like me in every street, every alley of Delhi,” a part-time bookie said.Former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad protested against the BCCI and IPL.”The bets can be small, and we only take a few, around 50, but a minimum transaction of Rs 10,000 is assured during normal matches. The final will be much more than that,” he added.UK-based websites that promote online betting – a hugely popular avenue that many south Asiabased gamblers use – have odds that are similarly slanted towards Chennai. At www.iplbet.com, a bet on CSK would fetch a Rs 1.72 payout as compared to Rs 2.20 for any wagers expecting Kolkata to win. ‘Bet365’ puts the odds at 8/ 11 for Chennai and 11/ 10 for Kolkata.The police have reason to believe that the rates were likely to closely follow the odds set by the big websites.The Delhi Police were on their toes after they busted on May 25 two major betting syndicates, including one that used a fullfledged telephone exchange in a soundproof room. They found up to 113 phones getting calls from Singapore, the UAE and across India with bets placed on every ball being bowled in the Chennai-Mumbai playoff game.Because of the ad-hoc nature of such arrangements that can be put together in a day the police have to rely heavily on local information to bust such rackets. “We are ready and we will act as soon as we have information. But we have to get the intelligence first,” ACP (crime) Ashok Chand said.This comes at a time when the ever-popular IPL was going through a rough patch and attracting negative publicity vis-a-vis from mostly its players – be it spot-fixing caught in a TV sting, cricketers found in a busted Mumbai rave party, an abominable molestation charge and punch-up, or Knight Rider co-owner Shah Rukh’s abusive behaviour at Wankhede in Mumbai and his subsequent suspension from that stadium.advertisementIn fact, the Bollywood superstar on Saturday pleaded guilty to charges of smoking publicly at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur during an IPL match last month.However, these incidents pale into insignificance when compared with what’s in store on Sunday. For the grand finale, the police suspect that high rollers in Pakistan and Dubai could pitch in.
An 11-year-old boy is giving lessons to BTech and MTech students in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.Schoolkid Mohammed Hassan Ali is a wonder boy who teaches students much older to him who are pursuing engineering at bachelor’s and master’s level.Ali is a Class 7 student. He does not charge any fees for the lessons he gives to college students. Ali wants to teach a thousand engineers by the end of 2020. Since my area of interest is designing, I started learning and teaching the same: Mohammed Hassan Ali | Photo from Twitter: ANILike many other boys of his age, Ali goes to school and occupies himself with sports and studies till six in the evening. Post 6 pm he dons his wonder-boy cloak and teaches students twice his age at a coaching institute.”I have been doing this since last year. I go to school in the morning and I come back home by 3 pm. I play and do my homework. By 6 pm, I’m ready to go to the teaching institute to share lessons with civil, mechanical and electronics students.”- ANI quoted Mohammed Hassan Ali as sayingHE FOUND HIS DRIFTThe 11-year-old kid has his reasons for doing what he does. Ali had apparently come across a video on the internet in which he saw qualified Indian engineers doing odd jobs in foreign countries.”I was watching a video on the internet about Indians doing odd jobs in foreign countries even after studying. That is when it struck me that what is it our engineers lack? I realised it is primarily technical and communication skills that they are not well aware of. Since my area of interest is designing, I started learning and teaching the same.”- Mohammed Hassan AliSTUDENTS’ TESTIMONIALSadvertisement”I have been coming here [institute] for a month-and-a-half to learn civil software. He is younger to all of us here but manages to teach quite well. He is skillful and good at what he teaches and it is also easy to comprehend.”- G Sushma, civil engineer and a student of Ali”I am an MTech graduate and have been here for a month. He [Hassan] teaches many subjects. He is good at his job.”- Sai Revthi, another student at his instituteThe youngster said that he has been doing all of this for a year now and internet has been his learning resource. He added that he wants to do something for the country. He teaches designing and drafting to 30 civil, mechanical and electrical engineering students.
R17 Pro was one of the most talked about Oppo phone in the last few months. Oppo launched the two R series phones lately. One is the Oppo R17, while the top-end model is the Pro version or the Oppo R17 Pro. Today, Oppo has added a new phone to the R17 series. It is the R17 Neo. Oppo has reportedly launched the R17 Neo in Japan as the phone is spotted listed on a Japanese website called the UQCommunications. It is worth noting that Oppo’s official Japan website doesn’t have the R17 Neo phone listed anywhere on its website. Going in line with the latest trend, the Oppo R17 Neo sports a waterdrop notched display.As far as the design is concerned, the Oppo looks more like the Oppo F9 series of phones and less like the R17 or the R17 Pro. But, the phone does borrow some of the features from the R17 phones like the in-display fingerprint sensor technology. The fingerprint sensor embedded inside the display of the phone is the new trend in the smartphone market. It all started with Vivo NEX, and now some of the major phone makers like OnePlus are following it. Samsung is also expected to bring them under the display sensor tech to its S10 lineup of phones.Going by the specs sheet, the Oppo R17 Neo looks like a pretty decent phone overall. The smartphone comes packed with a screen size similar to the OnePlus 6T. The R17 Neo sports a massive 6.4-inch display HD+ AMOLED display with resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor clocked at 1.95GHz. As of now, there’s no word if the phone will come to India, but taking into consideration the specs if it does, the phone will stand and compete against Vivo’s V11 Pro.advertisementThe Oppo R17 Neo comes in only one variant with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The smartphone comes with several connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 5.0. As expected, the Oppo R17 Neo runs Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top. There’s no information if the phone will be upgraded to Google’s next Android OS – Android 9 Pie – or not.On the camera front, the Oppo R17 Neo includes two cameras on the rear panel. It comes with a primary camera of 16-megapixel and a secondary sensor of 2-megapixel on the back. On the front, the R17 Neo comes with a 25-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone comes with a slightly smaller battery than the OnePlus 6T. It packs a 3,600mAh battery.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T gets OxygenOS 9.0.4 update with Nightscape improvements, November security patchAs noted, the Oppo R17 Neo hasn’t been listed on the official website of the company. But, the phone has been spotted listed on a Japanese retail website called UQCommunications with a price tag of JPY 38,988, which roughly comes around Rs 25,500.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has pointed out that a talented player like Hardik Pandya is key to the balance of Team India and that he will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad in England.Clarke, who didn’t talk about the ongoing controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul over their inappropriate comments on Koffee With Karan, though stressed that earning respect is more important for a sportsperson than earning money in the professional career.Hardik and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry over their borderline sexist and racist comments on the popular television show that was aired earlier this month. Their future remains uncertain as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is unable to decide on the quantum of punishment for the two cricketers even as the Supreme Court is hearing an ongoing case involving the board’s operations.”A talented player like Hardik is very necessary for the balance of the side. He can win games alone with his batting and I am confident he will be in that World Cup squad,” Clarke told the Press Trust of India.He added: “How much money you have earned is irrelevant because most important thing is to earn and give respect. I think it all starts with how you have been brought up. Respecting every individual is very important. It starts with respecting elders regardless of profession.Professional sports persons are role models, recognized and they have a responsibility. Having said that, everyone makes mistakes and one needs to move on and learn from them.advertisementCommittee of Administrators (CoA) members Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai have been divided on the issue and the ongoing stalemate isn’t helping the case of Pandya and Rahul, who have already missed the ODI series in Australia. The duo is likely to miss the upcoming five-match ODI series in New Zealand, starting January 23.The CoA notably had requested the Supreme Court to appoint an ombudsman to decide the fate of Pandya and Rahul during a hearing earlier this week.Meanwhile, it has emerged that BCCI acting president, CK Khanna has written a letter to COA, requesting them to let Pandya and Rahul play till quantum of punishment is decided.”I urge for a meeting/discussion between Committee of Administrators and the office bearers to resolve this issue on priority,” Khanna wrote. “What Mr. Hardik Pandya said and Mr. K.L. Rahul acted as a by-stander to is inappropriate and absolutely wrong, but in my personal opinion, to treat them like lawbreakers is wrong too,” Khanna wrote.”They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology.”For the interest of the Indian cricket in mind, the deplorable off ground activity of the players requires immediate corrective action but we must not keep their careers in limbo.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya spotted with Krunal at Mumbai airport after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticeAlso See:
After the Honor 10 Lite, the Huawei sub-brand is ready to launch yet another smartphone in India at the start of 2019. This time, Honor will be bringing its latest flagship, the View 20. The phone was recently announced globally in Paris and is now set to become the first major flagship launch in India this year. The Honor View 20 touts a few first-ever technologies that include a hole punch display, 48MP rear camera and a unique chevron design language, among other things.The Honor View 20 is set to launch at an event in Gurugram, which starts at 12pm. Honor will of course be live streaming the event, which you can catch here. The Honor View 20 will launch as an Amazon India-exclusive device and you can catch the live stream of the event on the e-commerce website starting 12.30pm. The company will announce the pricing and availability details in just a short while.Honor View 20 expected price in IndiaThe Honor View 20 is available in the European market with a price tag that’s close to around Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000. However, the company is expected to price the device a lot more competitively in India so that it is in a position to take on the OnePlus 6T. As per recent reports, Honor will announce the View 20 with a price starting at Rs 35,999. This is for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The company should also bring the 8GB + 128GB variant that will likely be priced closer to Rs 40,000. There is also a special edition Moschino version of the View 20 in existence, but it is unclear whether the company intends to bring that to the country.advertisementHonor View 20 specificationsThe Honor View 20 brings a unique design language for the company as it is the first phone to sport a new punch-hole display. Like the Samsung Galaxy A8s, the View 20 also has a small hole on the screen to house the selfie camera, as an alternative to the notch. The hole, which is 4.5mm in size, is placed on the top left corner. This allows the View 20 to offer a tall 6.4-inch LCD FHD+ display with over 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The glass back sees a unique chevron design with V-shaped pattern running down the back. This will be offered in blue and red colours.Powering the View 20 is an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset with Dual NPU for advanced AI and machine learning tricks. This is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The View 20 also houses a large 4,000mAh battery and will ship with Android 9 Pie-based Magic UI.The View 20 is also the world’s first smartphone to offer a 48MP rear camera. Honor is using a Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor that will use pixel binning technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into one to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels when using the 12MP mode. You can also use the 48MP AI Clarity mode to capture extremely detailed images in daylight conditions. There is also a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board to obtain depth information. Up front, the View 20 gets a 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture housed in the cutout.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 launched with punch-hole display, 48MP camera: Price, specs, India launch detailsALSO READ | Honor View 20 quick review: A hole new experience
Brief scores – New Zealand (93/2) beat India (92) by 8 wickets. Taylor (37*), Nicholls (30*), Bhuvneshwar (2/25). Full ScorecardSunil Gavaskar said he was not too worried about India’s crushing defeat to New Zealand in the fourth ODI but added it was an opportunity missed for the middle-order batsmen to stand up and deliver after a rare failure for the openers. In the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested, it was an opportunity for Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav to show they could win matches on their own.India have been overtly dependent on the top three – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohlin in ODIs over the last couple of years. There has been some concern over the middle-order but with the World Cup approaching, the focus has shifted to Jadhav, Rayudu and Karthik to fill in the void. Instead, a collective failure meant India were bowled out for 92 – their seventh lowest total in ODIs.On Thursday, the Indian batting line-up imploded against Trent Boult who got the ball to swing in Hamilton. Dhawan and Rohit Sharma fell within two runs of each other as India slipped to 23 for 2 off 8 overs. With Virat Kohli away on a vacation, debutant Shubman Gill batted at No.3 and lasted for 21 balls to score 9.The more seasoned Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik fell for ducks in the 11th over while Kedar Jadhav got out after scoring one.”Big time opportunity missed for Kedar Jadhav and even for someone like Shubman Gill – a newcomer batting at three. Opportunity missed as once the openers have been dismissed early, it gives you forty odd minutes to play. Sometimes you come in with the opener and Virat Kohli is batting with 30-40 overs and what chance do you get to a big total for yourself and the team.advertisement”You get what… 10 overs, 15 overs. But in a situation like this, when both the openers are back in the pavilion within the first 10 overs, it was a terrific opportunity for all these guys. They missed out,” Gavaskar told India Today.Rayudu, specially, would rue his dismissal. Even before getting off the mark, he flashed hard at a Colin de Grandhomme delivery; Rayudu hit it straight to Martin Guptill who took a sharp catch at short cover. Gavaskar said Rayudu should have shown more patience. “That is probably his (Rayudu) preferred option of tackling a situation. It didn’t work. There was a lot of overs to go. There was almost 40 overs to go. With the two-most experienced batsmen back in the pavilion, may he as senior player should have showed a little more patience.”Sunil Gavaskar was however impressed with the way 19-year-old Gill batted in difficult conditions on debut. “Even for the time Gill was there, he showed that he had the ability to play. Anybody can get out when the ball is moving around but he stuck around for a bit. Yes he was probably a bit disturbed by that blow on the helmet, but that can happen. I think he is too good a player that we must not be thinking in terms of dropping him straight away. We should be giving him a few more opportunities.”Gavaskar said days like this could happen to any team and there was no need to be too worried. “I think this just one of those days that can happen to any team. You can have a bad day at the office and that is exactly what happened today to this Indian team. I don’t think I will be overly worried about what happened today.”Also Read | Shubman Gill was nervous on debut but he has a future with India: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma on 4th ODI defeat: One of our worst batting performances in a long timeAlso Read | India don’t want to be dependent on Virat Kohli all the time: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Out of favour India batsman Suresh Raina smashed an unbeaten 54 off 35 balls to lead Uttar Pradesh to a six wicket win over Hyderabad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy in New Delhi on Friday.Opting to bat, Hyderbad could only mange 139 for 7 in 20 overs. Bavanaka Sandeep was the top scorer with 33 off 31 balls.Uttar Pradesh captain Raina guided his team to victory in 18.3 overs after openers Upendra Yadav 25 and Samarth Singh 36 provided a steady start.In another Group E game, openers Nakul Verma and Ravi Chauhan starred with the bat as Services registered a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Tripura.Opting to bowl, Services restricted Tripura to 157 before Verma hit 73 off 45 balls and Chauhan, who was unbeaten on 62, overhauled the target with more than four overs to spare.Earlier, Tripura openers Joydeep Banik and Udiyan Bose were dismissed off simultaneous deliveries. Saurabh Das (0) and Pratyush Singh (7) were also dismissed cheaply. Captain Manisankar Murasingh then scored a 52 off 40 balls to take his side to a respectable total after the middle order collapsed.Playing at Palam A Stadium, Maharashtra beat Puducherry by eight wickets in a low scoring match.Opting to bat, Puducherry could only manage a paltry 101 in 20 overs.Maharashtra’s left-arm pacer Divyang Himganekar wreaked havoc returning with figures of 4-19. Paras Dogra was the top scorer for Puducherry with 32 runs.For Maharashtra, Ruturaj Gaikwad (55 off 44 balls) and captain Naushad Shaikh (44 off 37) starred with the bat.In another match, Baroda skipper Kedar Devdhar’s 61 off 49 balls and Yusuf Pathan’s unbeaten 47 went in vain as Uttrakhand registered a seven-wicket victory.advertisementSet a target of 153, Uttrakhand’s Saurabh Rawat (41) and Vaibhav Singh, who was unbeaten on 49, hit four boundaries and as many sixes to end the match with one over to spare.RAHANE FLOPS BUT MUMBAI BEAT PUNJABLed by pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, Mumbai defended a modest 156-run target as they beat Punjab by 35 runs in their Group C match in Indore, registering their second successive win in the premier domestic T20 tournament.In another Group C game, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, who had hit an unbeaten 100 in 61 balls against Railways Thursday, continued his good form as he scored 68 to help Saurashtra defeat Madhya Pradesh by 6 wickets.This was Saurashtra’s first win in the tournament.On Thursday, Mumbai had kicked-off their campaign on a winning note, thrashing minnows Sikkim by a staggering 154 runs.Asked to bat first, Punjab bowlers led by medium pacer Baltej Singh (3-30) and left-arm seamer Barinder Singh Sran (3-34) dished out a clinical performance as they bundled out a formidable Mumbai for a modest 155 in their 20 overs Friday.Surya Kumar Yadav was Mumbai’s top-scorer as he hit a quick-fire 80 in just 49 balls.Earlier, skipper Ajinkya Rahane (0) and young prodigy Prithvi Shaw (8) had another failure with the bat as Mumbai slumped to 8-2 early on.But in-form Shreyas Iyer (46), who had made a record- breaking 147 against Sikkim, and Yadav stitched a crucial 126- run stand for the third wicket.While Iyer hammered four fours and three shots over the fence, Yadav struck nine boundaries and four sixes in his stroke-filled innings at the Emerald Heights International School Ground here.After Iyer’s dismissal, ‘crisis man’ Siddhesh Lad went for a duck and then Mumbai lost wickets in a heap and eventually folded up for 155.Unheralded 18-year-old Punjab opener Prabhsimran Singh, who has been picked by IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, gave Mumbai a scare with a blazing 54 in just 20 balls, an innings studded with six boundaries and four sixes.But he lacked support from his opening partner Shubhman Gill (1) and one down Mandeep Singh (5).Gurkeerat Mann (24) got a start but failed to convert it into a big score.All other Punjab batsmen, including veteran Yuvraj Singh, had an off-day in office as their innings folded up at 120 in 18.2 overs.With the win, Mumbai added four more points to their kitty.Kulkarni (4-22) was ably supported by Shubham Ranjane (2-14), while Shams Mulani (1-26), Shardul Thakur (1-42) and Tushar Deshpande (1-15) picked a wicket each to fashion Mumbai’s victory.KARNATAKA THRASH BENGALYoung Rohan Kadam struck an unbeaten 81 as Karnataka cantered to a nine-wicket win over Bengal to register their second successive Group D win in Cuttack.The 24-year-old, who made his debut against Assam on Thursday, smashed two sixes and 10 fours during his 55-ball knock as Karnataka chased down the modest target of 132 in 15.5 overs.Giving him company was wicketkeeper-batsman BR Sharath, who got out after completing his 50 off 37 balls with the help of nine boundaries. The duo laid down a solid opening partnership of 117 runs in 14.3 overs for Karnataka.advertisementBengal’s bowling also struggled at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi in the outskirts here, with Ashok Dinda leaking 22 runs from his two overs and didn’t even complete his full quota.Opting to bat, Bengal batsmen faltered to be bundled out for 131 inside 19.4 overs with opener Shreevats Goswami top-scoring with a 29-ball 40 (6x4s, 1×6).The diminutive Goswami gave Bengal the perfect start with Vivek Singh (10) before the latter was dismissed by Abhimanyu Mithun (3/22) by a brilliant diving effort from R Vinay Kumar.Fresh from his century against Mizoram, Bengal vice-captain Abhimanyu Easwaran failed convert a fine start with Rohan taking a catch off Manoj Bhandage (2/18).Three balls later, Bhandage gave a second breakthrough when Goswami edged one behind the stumps.With 66 for 3 in eight overs, the senior duo of Manoj Tiwary and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha (6) looked to rebuild their innings. But it was not be as Saha became victim of a run-out after a mix-up with skipper Tiwary.Earlier at the same venue, Chhattisgarh toyed Arunachal Pradesh attack to notch up a massive 215 for three en route to a 96-run win for their back-to-back victories.Rishabh Tiwary top-scored for Chhattisgarh with a 52-ball 81 (7x4s, 4x6s), while Amandeep Khare was at his explosive best in a 23-ball unbeaten 61 (6x4s, 4x6s).In reply Arunachal Pradesh were restricted to 118 for eight. Vishal Kushwah starred with the ball fopr Chhatisgarh with fine figures of 4 for 16.Chhattishgarh lead the Group D table with a higher net run-rate than second-placed Karnataka and Haryana. All the three teams have garnered eight points from two games each.At the Barabati Stadium, Haryana edged out Odisha by 10 runs for their second successive win.For the hosts, it was their second loss on a row and are yet to open their account after two matches.Also Watch:
Senior Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez believes India and England along with his own nation are the top three favourite teams to win the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup.Brushing aside the recent run of defeats to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in ODIs, Hafeez, who is hoping to play in his third World Cup, is also confident that Pakistan can beat India in the World Cup in the United Kingdom and do a repeat off its Champions Trophy final triumph.”Even from a critical point of view I think we are among the top three favourites for the World Cup. England is always favourites given the brand of cricket they are playing while India has developed a very good ODI side and have some great spinners in their line-up,” Hafeez said on GTV News network.Hafeez also insisted that the single format being used in the World Cup would go in favour of Pakistan since it always had this tendency to pick up its performances late into any tournament.”In the group system teams usually don’t get second chances and remember in 2007 both India and Pakistan were eliminated in the first round,” he said.Hafeez expects strong support for Pakistan in the UKHafeez said he was confident about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup since they have a good combination of players and have ample resources in pace and spin.”We have been playing together as a unit for a while now and we try to support each other a lot. I have a feeling we will do very well in the World Cup,” he said.advertisementHe also attributed Pakistan’s World T20 title win in 2009 and the Champions Trophy title in 2017 in England to the massive support they got in the United Kingdom.”Whenever we have played there the support has been immense and it also encourages the players to give their best.”Hafeez also made it clear that whenever he had toured India with the Pakistan team, he had seen the players get a lot of love and respect and had thoroughly enjoyed their stay there.”I think in cricket we need to work together and diffuse the tensions,” he said.Hafeez is yet to recover from a surgery on his right thumb and confirmed he would be fully fit to train and start playing again after two to three weeks.”I am very hopeful I will be fit before the World Cup and can make the squad. I have played two World Cups and as a senior player, I want to be part of this campaign as well. In the last World Cup, I got injured in New Zealand before the World Cup and that experience was devastating,” he said.Also Read | IPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez said the team’s ability to ignore criticism that came their way after the ICC Cricket World Cup opening defeat to the West Indies helped them focus on the right things in the lead up to their big clash vs England.Pakistan were under quite of pressure as they headed into the World Cup on the back of a 10-match losing streak. It extended to 11 after their horror show against the West Indies on Friday in their 1st match of the quadrennial cricket tournament.Pakistan had come up with a drab batting show as they were bowled out for 105 before West Indies gunned down the total in 13.4 overs.However, on Monday, it seemed a different Pakistan side had turned up against England as they beat the tournament favourites by 14 runs in Nottingham. Hundreds from Jos Buttler and Joe Root weren’t enough for the hosts as Pakistan came up with an all-round performance to script a remarkable comeback.”We don’t pay much heed to what people say. You feel bad when you get to know these things but you can’t get affected by these things. I don’t get bothered with these things and I am sure other players also do the same,” Hafeez told the reporters on Monday.He added: “It’s true that when you lose your moral is low. At the same time, you need confidence.”After losing the first match we had a team meeting and we spoke to each other and backed ourselves, gained confidence by recollecting our good performances. All those things worked today.”We knew we needed to do something extra to get the win and we did it. If you had seen our performance today, every player pushed himself to do better.”advertisementHafeez stole the show with an all-round effort as he hit a 62-ball 84 after taking the attack to the two England spinners in Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. Hafeez chipped in with the ball as well as he picked up the key wicket of Eoin Morgan during England’s unsuccessful chase of 349.The senior campaigner said Pakistan were in desperate need of a confidence-boosting performance and that they are extremely happy after having got the big win against England.”We were in need of this kind of a win since the past few games. We were missing that good feeling. We were playing good cricket but we weren’t able to do well in crucial stages in those matches,” Hafeez added.”I believe the entire team is happy now. Yeah, I am the Man of the Match but all the players contributed to this win. It was a brilliant team effort.”It was total self-belief (turnaround with the bat). Everyone was really motivated after the bad game against the West Indies. We are very much capable of winning matches for Pakistan. Everyone expressed themselves and that worked for us.”Also Read | Everyone believed we can do it: Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan stun EnglandAlso Read | No need to panic: Joe Root after England’s defeat to Pakistan in World Cup 2019Also See:
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga is set to retire from one-day international cricket after playing the first game of a three-match series against Bangladesh on Friday.Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne says Malinga has indicated he’ll retire from ODI’s after Friday’s match.He will continue to play Twenty20 internationals.In a career spanning 15 years, the 35-year-old paceman with a distinctive slinging bowling action has played in 225 one-day internationals and taken 335 wickets.He has been the premier match-winning bowler for Sri Lanka for many years playing alongside and after the exit of ace off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.He also has three hat-tricks in ODIs, including four wickets in consecutive deliveries in a World Cup game against South Africa in 2007.When will the 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh begin?The 1st of the 3-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will start at 2:30 PM local time, 2:30 PM IST and 9 AM GMT on Friday, July 26.Where can I watch the 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh?The first match of the league can be watched on the SonySix. If you want to see online, you can live stream on Sony Liv.Where will the 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh be played?The 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.What are the squads for the 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh?Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lasith Malinga, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru KumaraadvertisementBangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (captain), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Anamul Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Farhad Reza.
SIOUX CITY’S J.C. PENNEY’S STORE WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.THE SOUTHERN HILLS MALL STORE IS NOT ON THE LIST OF 138 STORES THE RETAILER IS CLOSING.FOUR IOWA J.C. PENNEY’S WILL BE SHUTTERED, INCLUDING ONE IN FORT DODGE.THE OTHER THREE STORES CLOSING IN THE STATE ARE IN OTTUMWA, OSKALOOSA AND DECORAH.
An arraignment date has been set for a man accused of murder and other charges in the shooting of two Pottawattamie County deputies.24-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty will be arraigned June 19th on charges of murder, attempted murder, escape, kidnapping and other counts.Authorities say Correa-Carmenaty had just been sentenced on May 1st to 45 years in prison in an unrelated murder case when he managed to grab one of the deputies’ guns while being transferred to a Council Bluffs jail.Prosecutors say he shot them both and used the jail van to escape.Correa-Carmenaty is being held in the Woodbury County Jail here in Sioux City.
A new group of dogs looking for a new home have arrived at the Siouxland Humane Society.Volunteer Manager Kelly Erie says the dogs have been displaced from South Carolina animal shelters overwhelmed with the large number of dogs coming into their care due to the recent hurricane:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DOGS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…spayed/neutered. ;12The seven dogs have been checked over by a veterinarian and getting prepared for adoption. Erie says they now need a new home:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DOGS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….waiting for homes. ;15Erie says October is a very important month for the shelter:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DOGS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………help them and adopt. :18You can see the dogs and others at the Siouxland Humane Society, located at 1015 Tri-View Avenue on Tuesday through Sunday.
STUDENTS FROM BISHOP HEELAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SPENT WEDNESDAY PUTTING TOGETHER OVER 100-THOUSAND MEALS TO BE SENT TO RESIDENTS OF HONDURAS.COORDINATOR MARY JANE MOUSEL SAYS THIS IS THE TENTH YEAR HEELAN STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE “THEN FEED JUST ONE” EFFORT.THEY MEASURE AND PACKAGE INDIVIDUAL MEALS AND SHIP THEM TO A VILLAGE IN HONDURAS THAT ALSO RECEIVES AID FROM GEHLEN CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN LE MARS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MEALS1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………STRETCH IT OUT. ;12THE STUDENTS BEGAN AT 7:30AM AND HAD PACKED OVER 43,400 MEALS BY 10:30AM.MOUSEL SAYS THEY WORK IN SHIFTS AND HOPED TO REACH 110,000 MEALS BY 3PM:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MEALS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..HAS JOINED US. :12STUDENTS IN GRADES FIVE THROUGH TWELVE CREATE THE MEALS.HEELAN SENIOR TOMMY SCHILTZ HAS BEEN TAKING PART SINCE HE WAS A FIFTH GRADER :Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MEALS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……AT A TIME. :10WORKERS AND STUDENTS DONATE TO COVER THE COST OF THE MEALS, MATERIALS AND SHIPPING TO HONDURAS.SCHILTZ SAYS HE’S ALSO BEEN INSPIRED TO DO A SPECIAL TRIP NEXT YEAR:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/MEALS4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….IT’S BEEN AWESOME. ;07MOUSEL SAYS THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS HAVE SENT OVER ONE-POINT-ONE MILLION MEALS TO HONDURAS SINCE THEY BEGAN THE PROJECT A DECADE AGO.
Premier League Mertesacker laments Arsenal collapse: ‘We just wasted the ball’ Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:54 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Watford v Arsenal Watford The Gunners captain said his side should have been woken up by Watford’s equaliser in Saturday’s surprise result Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was unhappy with his team’s failure to respond to Watford’s equaliser in their shock 2-1 loss.Mertesacker had given the visitors to Vicarage Road a first-half lead with a header in the Premier League on Saturday.Southampton 5/1 to beat Newcastle 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Troy Deeney levelled from the penalty spot in the 71st minute before Tom Cleverley scored a dramatic late winner.While Mertesacker was unsure about the penalty, given against Hector Bellerin for a foul on Richarlison, he lamented Arsenal’s inability to respond.”I’m not sure, I cannot tell [if it was a penalty]. Honestly, it’s so quick these actions, it’s difficult to judge and the referee made that decision,” the German defender told Arsenal’s website.”I think for us it was kind of a wake-up call, but it wasn’t loud enough.”1,400 days after his last @premierleague goal, @mertesacker celebrates giving us the lead in #WFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/VKHCxaUOA9— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 14, 2017The loss was Arsenal’s third in eight Premier League games and left them sixth in the table.Mertesacker said his team were wasteful in possession against Watford.”I think that’s what we lacked, especially in the second half. You know when we got the ball we missed a chance, but we missed as well to play, we missed it completely,” he said.”That’s what we did really well in the first half, where we regained possession, kept possession, that was really good.”In the second half we just wasted the ball and that’s obviously not enough.”If you just protect and you have no chances on the break and you miss one chance to kill the game, then it’s difficult in the Premier League to win any game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.