first_imgEven as the nation is outraged over Pakistan’s alleged involvement in the Uri attack, which killed 18 Indian soldiers, public sentiment continues to rise asking the government to act against the perpetrators. (Virat Kohli unable to contain emotions after seeing Uri attack picture)Former India captain Kapil Dev today urged the government to take steps to make the country feel safe. Speaking to India Today on the sidelines of a Kabbadi World Cup launch event, Kapil said: “Government should have a policy. My saying will not make a difference. I hope the government take steps that our nation stays safe, our jawans feel safe and there is no blood shed.”Significantly, Kapil was commissioned as Lt. Col of the Territorial Army in 2008 and had initiated holding a benefit match during the height of Kargil war to raise funds for the family of martyrs.A question was asked from the organisers about the absence of Pakistan team in the Kabbadi World Cup, to which Kapil stepped in and said ‘an Indian should not be asking such a question’. Kapil’s public statement was received with a thunderous applause from the audience.On suspension of future Indo-Pak sporting ties, Kapil left the ball in the government’s court. “These decisions are best handled by the government. We are players and we play when asked to by the government,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgKohima, Dec 10 (PTI) SNF Band of Nagaland has won the coveted title of Hornbill International Rock Contest 2016.In the final of the contest held last night here, SNF Nagaland pipped eight other bands from different parts of the country to win the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.Crystal and the Witches from Sikkim bagged the second prize of Rs 2 lakh while The Prophets from Mizoram won the third position of Rs 1 lakh.In the individual awards the best vocals went to The Prophets, best guitarist was from SNF, Crystal and the Witches got the best drummer, and the best bassist award was bagged by Mount Groove from Darjeeling.The other finalists who also performed were Mount Groove (Darjeeling), A Touch of Madness (Nagaland), Anti-Trust (Nagaland), Ambush(Assam), Soul Bucket (Nagaland) and I Am We (Kolkata).The judges for the contest were Rudy Wallang, Luke Kenny and Atsung Jamir.Organised annually as part of the Hornbill Festival by the states Music Task Force under Youth Resources and Sports Department, the acclaimed Hornbill International Rock Contest had 20 bands jamming it up before a cheering and clapping audience.Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of 10-day long Hornbill Festival will be held at this evening at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama here. PTI NBS SUS SUSlast_img read more

first_imgDebutant Nico Schulz scored a scruffy 85th-minute winner as Germany claimed their first victory since their World Cup debacle by beating Peru 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.Schulz’s unconvincing attempt appeared to be heading wide of the target before Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese diverted the Hoffenheim man’s drive into the net.Schulz was one of those culpable for the Peruvians’ goal, failing to stop Luis Advincula breezing past him down Germany’s left before beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a tight angle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet Joachim Low’s men replied three minutes later through Julian Brandt’s chipped finish, and Schulz’s late winner ensured the Germans could start to look forward following their poor performances in Russia.Germany started brightly as Marco Reus was denied inside two minutes by Gallese, who then stood up to keep out Matthias Ginter’s free header from a corner, before Peru took a 22nd-minute lead.Advincula was afforded too much space and neither Schulz, Niklas Sule or Germany goalkeeper Ter Stegen could prevent his near-post effort sneaking in.Yet the hosts hit back quickly, Brandt cleverly lifting the ball over the advancing keeper after the Bayer Leverkusen winger was picked out by Toni Kroos’ pass.Both teams created chances in the second half – Timo Werner wasting Brandt’s good work by firing over before Jefferson Farfan fired wide of the target when picked out by Advincula.It appeared the game would finish level until Gallese’s error, Schulz’s weak side-footed shot squirming under him.We got there in the end Nico #Schulz ‘s debut strike wins it late on for Germany! #DieMannschaft #GERPER 2-1 pic.twitter.com/UNRDep4PWr — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 9, 2018 What does it mean: Germany can look to the future This was not a convincing German victory, but it was perhaps fitting it was delivered by a debutant. The memories of Russia will take some shifting and new blood like Schulz can help this team move on.Pat on the back: Brandt a bright spark Germany lacked creativity and flair at the World Cup and Brandt is seen as one of those who can change that. He offered a directness few in Low’s team possess and also showed a cool head to score in the first half.Boot up the backside: Goalkeepers find it tough Ter Stegen, brought in for Manuel Neuer, really failed to grasp his opportunity as he was beaten too easily for the opener. Yet that was not as bad as Gallese failing to keep out Schulz’s weak try.What’s next? Having drawn 0-0 in their opening Nations League match with world champions France, Germany face Netherlands in the competition in October. Peru, meanwhile, have another friendly against Chile at the start of next month. read morelast_img read more

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 15 between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.(POINTS TABLE | SCORECARD)23.32 IST: OUT!!!! Bowled! That does it. Delhi have pulled off a dominating win. Morris takes the pace off it and bowls it on a length on middle and leg, Axar Patel goes for the wild heave but misses and has his bails knocked over. With that, DELHI WIN THIS BY 51 RUNS!#ChrisMorris ends it in style.More points and we go up on the points table.#DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201723.30 IST: This is Axar Patel’s highest score in the IPL.23.28 IST: OUT!!! Chris Morris gets  KC Cariappa. One of those “You miss, I hit” kind of situations. the big South African attacks the stumps, keeps it nice and full, Cariappa backs away to hit it out but misses and the ball crashes into the stumps.#ChrisMorris aims for the stumps and gets it spot on. Clean bowled! #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 2017Punjab need 55 runs in the last over.  KXIP: 134/8 23.27 IST: OUT!!!Pat Cummins strikes timber for his first wicket of the night. Mohit has to walk. Bowled ’em! Yorker from Pat Cummins and that does the trick for him. It’s on leg, Mohit Sharma makes room to hit. It hits him low on the pads and then goes on to rock the timber. The bails are off and he has to make his way back to the dugout.advertisementClean bowled by #PatExpress. C’mon Dilli! #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 2017 KXIP:133/7 (18.5overs)23.26 IST: Losing wickets at regular intervals is costing Punjab the match.  Punjab need 58 runs in 10 balls.23.19 IST:  Punjab need 65 runs in 18 balls. Required run-rate 28.15 KXIP: 130/6 (18 0vers)Down to the final two. #KXIP 130/6. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201723. 18 IST: SIX!!! Axar shows Mohit it is done. That’s outta here! What a hit, son! Full on middle and off, Axar Patel launches this from within his crease and clears the long on boundary with ease. KXIP: 124/6 (17 overs)Match 15. 16.6: Z Khan to A Patel, 6 runs, 124/6 https://t.co/Qx1rO18uHJ #DDvKXIP- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 201723.18 IST: Almost carried!!! Mohit Sharma safe, for now.  23.17 IST:  Punjab need 73 runs in 21 balls.23.15 IST: Zaheer Khan comes on for his last over of the night. 23.12 IST: Nine off the 16th over.  KXIP: 112/6 (16 overs) Punjab need 77 runs in 24 balls. Required run-rate 19.25Looks like KXIP are under pressure as they need 77 runs in 24 balls.#DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201723. 09 IST: SIX!!! Axar blasts Anderson over the ropes. That’s smoked! Full and in the slot, Axar Patel gets underneath this properly. Stands his ground as he clears the long on fence for a flat maximum..@akshar2026 smashes it straight down the ground and it goes all the way! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201723.07 IST: FOUR!!!! Mohit cuts hard. Full and fired across, Mohit slices this away over backward point. Nobody out there in the deep so the ball will race away to the boundary line. KXIP: 103/6 (14 overs)23.07 IST: Punjab need 91 runs in 32 balls. Required run-rate 17.4223.05 IST: FOUR!!! Axar Patel still not willing to give up. Short and wide outside off, Patel slashes hard at this. Clears backward point and it goes across the fence for a boundary.  Required run-rate 16.41.@akshar2026 cuts hard and the ball finds the third man fence. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201723.01 IST: Miller has to make the long walk back after being struck in front of the wickets by Anderson.  THAT’S PLUMB! Anderson bowled his last over  very well, deserved that wicket completely. Anderson fires a full toss on middle and leg, Miller looks to flick it across but misses and is caught flush in front of the stumps. The appeal is made and the finger goes up without a second’s hesitation. Killer Miller is out of here, Punjab sink further.LBW! @coreyanderson78 strikes and the 6th wicket goes down. #KXIP 88/6. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201722.58 IST: Just four runs of Amit Mishra’s over. KXIP:85/5 (13 overs) End of the 13th over. We need another 104 of 42 balls. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201722.55 IST: FOUR!!!! Miller gets lucky boundary. Low full toss, on off, Miller drives at it hard. Ends up getting a thick inside edge which runs away to the fine leg fence.KXIP: 81/5 (21 overs)22.53 IST: Punjab need 117 runs in 54 balls.  Required run-rate 13.27 22.51 IST: SIX!!! Axar Patel hits it long. KXIP: 72/5 (11 overs) Going, going, going….. Gone! That’s a huuuuugggeeee hit from Axar Patel! Tossed up and it’s in the arc, Axar Patel kneels down and slog sweeps it with everything he’s got. Sends it lightyears into the mid-wicket stands for a maximum.advertisement22.48 IST: OUT!!! Maxwell follows Morgan.  MISHRA GETS THE BIG FISH! A huge wicket for the hosts. The Big Show departs without troubling the scoreboard one bit. It’s tossed up on off, Maxwell goes for the slog sweep and gets a big top edge. It skies to Sam Billings at deep mid-wicket and he takes a safe catch. The Punjab skipper departs and his team are in deep trouble here.Taken! #MishraJi get’s the wicket of #Maxwell. 5 down for 65. C’mon Dilli! #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201722.47 IST: OUT!!! Morgan’s shot finds the pint fielder, Karun Nair. Pat Cummins gets his man! Width on offer again, Morgan again unleashes his cut but this time he manages to find the fielder at backward point. Karun Nair judges it well and takes a fine catch to send the dangerous Morgan home. Punjab are in trouble now. They need 125 runs off 60 balls to win.#KarunNair collects that one beautifully.#EoinMorgan walks back to the dug out.KXIP 64/4#DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201722.46 IST: FOUR!! Morgan is turning up the heat in the middle. Powerful! Short and wide outside off, Morgan dispatches it through the point region for a boundary. 22.45 IST: FOUR!!! Cummins goes for a boundary. Full and outside off, Morgan drills it through the extra cover region for a boundary. Much needed boundary.22.37 IST: Amit Mishra into the attack, Miller has no clue what is happening.just four runs coming off the ninth over.  Required run-rate: 12.36  KXIP: 53/3 (9 overs)22.34 IST: Morgan and Miller just can’t seem to be getting ball on bat. Just two runs of th eover from Cummins. KXIP:49/3 (8 overs) Beautiful deliveries from #PatExpress. This is turning out to be a good over. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201722.32 IST: Required run-rate is ever climbing, stands at 11.06 currently.   22.31 IST: Just seven runs given away by Morris. KXIP: 47/3 (7 overs) Good and tidy over as 7 comes from it. #KXIP 47/3. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201722.23 IST: FOUR!!! Morgan greets Cummins with a boundary. Short delivery around off, Morgan clobbers it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. There is no stopping that. KXIP: 40/3 (6 overs) 7 of the 6th over. Score is 40/3. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201722.19 IST: OUT!!! Morris has the last laugh, Amla has to depart. Amla throws it away! Full toss on the pads, Hashim Amla clips that one straight to the fielder at square leg. Sam Billings does not move an inch as he pouches a simple catch. Morris gets his first and Amla is annoyed with himself. KXIP: 33/3 (5 overs)Match 15. 4.4: WICKET! H Amla (19) is out, c Sam Billings b Chris Morris, 31/3 https://t.co/Qx1rO18uHJ #DDvKXIP- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 201722.17 IST: FOUR!!! Amla packs Morris off to the boundary ropes. Subtle movements do the trick! Full into the stumps, Amla walks across and flicks it fine down the leg side for a boundary.advertisement22.15 IST: FOUR!!! Amla going strong. Tossed up outside off, Amla smacks it over the cover region for a boundary. KXIP: 26/2 (4 overs) #HashimAmla strikes that strong enough to lift it over the man inside the circle.#DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201722.11 IST: OUT!!! Nadeem picks up his second. Saha has to depart as Zaheer takes a clean catches. Floated around off, Saha dances down the track and drives it in the air towards the fielder at covers. Zaheer Khan gets low to take a good catch. He starts claiming it and the umpire go upstairs to check it. Replays could not show any conclusive evidence and the soft signal stands. Saha walks back to the hut.  KXIP:21/2 (3.2 overs).@Wriddhipops The catch looks clean. Second wicket down as @Wriddhipops goes. Score is now 21/2. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201722.10 IST: FOUR!!! Saha goes inside-out against Nadeem. Width outside off, Saha cuts it over the point fielder for a boundary.22.09 IST: FOUR!!! Amla ends the over in style. Good shot! Length delivery angling across, Amla stays in his crease and lofts it over the mid off region for a boundary. KXIP: 17/1 (3 overs)22.07 IST: FOUR!!!! Amla pulls Zaheer for a boundary. Knucle ball a bit short, Amla reads the pace well and heaves it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.22.04 IST: OUT!!! Vohra departs for just three.  Nadeem strikes! Floated around middle and off, Manan Vohra shuffles across and goes to play the paddle scoop. He misses it completely and gets rapped on the pads. Shahbaz Nadeem has a stifled appeal and the umpire takes his own time to raise his finger. KXIP: 6/1 (2 overs)Wicket! @ImMananVohra tries paddling the ball but misses and is caught leg before. Score is 5/1. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201722.03 IST: Shahbaz Nadeem shares the new ball with captain Zaheer Khan.  IF Punjab manage to chase this total down it will be record. 21.57 IST: Captain Zaheer Khan with the new ball against Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra. Gives away just two runs. KXIP: 2/0 (1 over) .@amlahash & @ImMananVohra will open the batting once again. Looking forward to a bright start again! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201721.54 IST: Onus will be on Hashim Amla, Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha to chase down the target of 189 for Punjab. A great comeback from the #DilliBoys.Let’s do some serious bowling now!#DDTweets #DDvKXIP #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/ivLKn7KKe2- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201721.47 IST: Corey Anderson, started off late but made amends in the fag end of the innings. He ended up scoring 39 runs off 22 deliveries. Pat Cummins also joined the party in the last couple of overs.6 to finish the innings as Delhi finish with 188/6 from their 20 overs. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201721.44 IST: Delhi have smashed the Punjab bowler’s all over the park in the last overs to post a total close to 190. Sam Billings and Sanju Samson started off in an attacking fashion. The former was relentless as he hammered all the bowlers and managed to score a fifty. The middle order batsmen did not make the most of it. But Morris started the attack once he came out to the middle. DD:188/6 Tremendous batting performance by our #DilliBoys and we have a good total on the board. #DD 188/6. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201721.41 IST: FOUR!!! SIX!!! What a way to end the innings! Super shot from Corey Anderson. He pulls this away over square leg. Manan Vohra out in the deep runs to his right, tries judging the ball flight of the ball and leaps. Gets his right hand to it, tries parrying it back in but just fails in his attempt to do so. A biggie and with that, DELHI FINISH ON 188/6!Sandeep Sharma has a change of angle but it doesn’t work for him. He ends up bowling a low full toss on middle, Anderson thumps it straight back down the ground for a boundary.21.38 IST: FOUR!!! FOUR!!! Consecutive boundaries from Pat Cummins.Low full toss outside off, Cummins reaches out to it and squeezes it through point to pick up a boundary. Brilliant placement from the Australian.Pat Cummins on the charge! Back of a length on the stumps, he muscles the pull over the mid-wicket region for the second boundary in as many balls.21.36I ST: SIX!!! SIX!!! Corey Anderson launches them into the stars. DD: 169/6 (19 overs) Shorter ball on the body, Anderson swivels across and pulls it over the deep backward square leg fence for a biggie.wo in two for Corey Anderson! It’s short and flat outside off, the southpaw pulls it with all his might over the leaping long on fielder for a biggie. Excellent over this for Delhi. They really needed it. 21.36 IST: Axar Patel with the ball in his hand in the penultimate over. 21.32 IST: OUT!!! Morris has to walk.Back of a length on off, Morris pulls it over mid-wicket. Mohit Sharma out in the deep moves to his right and takes a safe catch. Morris departs and that’s another wicket down for Delhi. DD: 153/6 (18 overs)21.24 IST: SIX! That’s a massive hit from Morris! He sends the ball into the orbit. What a shot! Slower one from Mohit Sharma, Morris picks this up and there’s no way he’s going to let this one pass by. He positions himself well and launches it high and handsome over the wide long on boundary for half a dozen.21.21 IST: FOUR! Finally… Anderson gets one away! Full again, it’s in the slot and Anderson gets a hold of this. Murders it straight back over the bowler’s head. Dead straight and it crashes into the fence. DD 131/5 in 16 overs21.17 IST: FOUR! Aaron bowls it short of a length outside off, Chris Morris hops, opens the face of the bat and guides it between backward point and short third man. It races away to the fence leaving the two chasing fielders with no chance.21.16 IST: OUT! Aaron removes Pant for 15. Another timely wicket for Punjab. Back of a length angling across, Rishabh Pant stands firm and swings across the line. Gets a big top edge which spoons to Eoin Morgan at mid off. He moves to his left and takes an easy catch. DD 120/5 in 15.1 overs. Chris Morris is the next man in. Can he cause the same damage he caused last time he stepped out?21.14: FOUR! A bit short on the stumps, Rishabh Pant whips this hard through wide mid on. Beats the man out in the deep and picks up consecutive boundaries.21.13 IST: FOUR! THAT’S CRUNCHED! Lovely shot from Rishabh Pant. Short and flat outside off, Pant hangs back and crashes it hard through the gap in the covers for a boundary.21.11 IST: Dropped! Short and flat on the stumps from Cariappa, Anderson goes back and punches it back to the bowler. It’s in the air and Cariappa gets low to take it. Can’t hold on to it though because it’s hit really hard. Could have maybe done better, probably.21.10 IST: FOUR! He’s hit that exceptionally well. What a shot! A bit loopy and fuller outside off from Maxwell, Pant plants his front foot forward and hammers it over extra cover for a boundary.21.08 IST: Glenn Maxwell brings himself into the attack.21.04 IST: OUT!!!! Billings departs, but not before playing a superb knock. Fuller ball around off, Sam Billings makes use of his feet again, gets to the pitch and lofts it over mid on. Has got the height, but not the distance. It’s straight down the throat of David Miller at long on who hangs on to it solidly. Important breakthrough for Punjab. DD: 103/4 (13 overs)The knock that we needed!#SamBillings plays his part well.#DDTweets #DDvKXIP #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/2hvGcYh4kN- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201721.01 IST: FOUR!!! Sam Billings dances down the track. DD: 99/3 (12.2 overs)20.57 IST: Morgan’s second catch of the night. Iyer goes for a six, finds the fielder off Mohit Sharma.  Length delivery around off, Shreyas Iyer with no foot movement slogs hard across the line. Gets a big top edge though and it skies towards Morgan at long on who makes no mistake in taking it. Mohit Sharma bags his first wicket of the match. That goes up in the air and caught. #ShreyasIyer departs. #DD 96/3. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201720.55 IST: FOUR!!! Billings sends Mohit Sharma to the ropes. hat’s muscled! Back of a length on off, Billings stays back and pulls it hard through the gap in the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Super shot.That is powerful!@sambillings wacks it for a boundary.#DDTweets#DDvKXIP#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201720.53 IST: Axar Patel gives away just seven runs. DD:90/2 (11 overs)20. 49 IST: FOUR!!! Off the pads by Iyer again. Pierced! Another one going down the leg side, Shreyas Iyer clips it through the square leg region for a boundary. Two fielders tried reaching it but the ball won the race to the fence. DD: 83/2 (10 overs)20.48 IST: FOUR!!! Iyer tucks it away for a boundary. Deft! Sprayed down the leg side, Samson shuffles a bit and taps it fine down the leg side for a boundary.20.44 IST: FOUR!!!! Iyer sends it the boundary behind point. Classical! Floated outside off, Shreyas Iyer drives it through the point region for a boundary. DD: 71/2 (9 overs)Tidy over from Cariappa. 7 from it. Score stands at 71/2 at the end of 9 overs. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201720.42 IST: FOUR!!! Good length delivery outside off, Billing just slashes his blade at it and gets a thick outside edge over the keeper’s head for a boundary. Eventfull over by Aaron comes to an end.  DD: 64/2 (8 overs)20.37 IST: OUT!!! Karun Nair gloves it through to Saha off Aaron. Aaron gets his man! Short delivery down the leg side, Karun Nair attempts to clip it fine but manages to find the keeper on the way. Saha takes a good diving catch to his left. Karun Nair’s dismal performances at the top continue. DD:55/2 (7.3 overs) Second man goes down.Well bowled by #Aaron.#DDTweets#DDvKXIP#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201720.33 IST: OUT!!!! Samson finds Morgan in the deep off Carippa. Tossed up around middle and leg, Samson goes for a biggie but he gets a leading edge which flies towards the long off region. Morgan gets under it and takes a fine catch to send Samson back to the hut.  DD:55/1 (7 overs)Cariappa celebrates getting rid of the dangerous Sanju Samson. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/6IlopYg94G- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 2017 Wicket! Cariappa strikes in his first over as #EoinMorgan comfortably catches Samson out. It’s 53/1. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201720.31 IST: No Ball!!  Bowls this one way outside off, spins away after pitching, Billings goes for the reverse sweep. He misses it completely and the keeper collects it quickly to dislodge the bails. Appeals for a stumping and the umpires go upstairs. The third umpire rules it as a front foot no ball and there is a free hit coming up.20.29 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Sam Billings and Sanju Samson.20.25 IST: SIX!!! A very tidy over is ruined by Samson. Back of a length delivery around off, Samson pulls it over wide of long on for a maximum. DD: 49/0 (6 overs)20.22 IST: Mohit Sharma comes back to bowl his second over. 20.19 IST: FOUR!!! FOUR!!! Three boundaries on the trot by Sam Billings off Varun Aaron. DD:41/0 (5 overs) Three in row for #SamBillings. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 2017A bit short this time but the same result! Back of a length delivery around off, Billings dances down the track and whacks it past the diving mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.Sprayed down the leg side, Sam Billings flicks it off his pads through the fine leg region for a boundary.20.18 IST: FOUR!!!! Sixth boundary of the innings by Sam Billings. Sam Billings dances down the track and smashes the full ball down the ground through the mid on region for a boundary.20.17 IST: Quite over from Axar patel, just five off the over. DD: 27?0 (4 overs)Steady start from @akshar2026. Just 5 off his over. Delhi are 27/0 after 4. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201720.12 IST: FOUR!!!! Swept hard by Billings. Sandeep Sharma. Fuller delivery outside off, Sam Billings sweeps it through the square leg region for a boundary. DD: 22/0 (3 overs)20.11 IST:  Hashim Amla saves a certain four.20.08 FOUR!! Back to back from Sam Billings.Another short ball but this time into the body, Sam gets on top of it and pulls it along the ground through the wide of mid on region for a boundary. DD: 17/0 (2 overs) Mohit Sharma concedes 9 off his 1st over. It’s 17/0 after 2 overs. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #DDvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201720.07 IST: FOUR!!! Sheer power from Billings to hit over the inner circle. Back of a length outside off, Sam Billings pulls it over the mid on fielder for a boundary.20.05 IST: Mohit Sharma keeping it tight. Sam Billings yet to be off the mark.20.03 FOUR!!! Eight runs come off the first over. Length delivery around off, Samson hangs in his crease and crunches it through the cover region for a boundary. It was superbly timed as well. DD: 8/0 (1 over) 20.00 IST: FOUR!!! Samson sends Sandeep Sharma to the boundaries. Easy pickings! Angling into the pads, Sanju Samson shuffles a bit and clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary.Nice strike from #SmashingSamson for a 4. #DDvKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201719.41 IST: The teams are ready. .@DelhiDaredevils @lionsdenkxip #IPl Match 15 – The @DelhiDaredevils boys are ready for #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/Y5STm3tOna- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2017.@DelhiDaredevils @lionsdenkxip #IPL Match 15 – @lionsdenkxip are warming up for #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/4hHR2yC71S- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 201719.40 IST: Playing XIsKings XI Punjab: Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell(c), David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, KC CariappaKXIP XI: H Amla, M Vohra, G Maxwell, D Miller, E Morgan, W Saha, A Patel, KC Cariappa, M Sharma, V Aaron, Sandeep Sharma- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2017Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant(w), Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Karun Nair, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan(c)DD XI: S Iyer, S Billings, S Samson, K Nair, R Pant, C Morris, C Anderson, P Cummins, A Mishra, Z Khan, S Nadeem- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2017Here’s our playing XI for tonight’s first home game. C’mon Dilli! #DDTweets #DDvKXIP #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/liDEHlchSQ- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201719.35 IST: Delhi win toss and will come out to bat. Shreyas Iyer has been dropped from the Delhi team and Punjab have decided to go with Eion Morgan and KC Cariappa.Maxwell: It is always a good rivalry. We have their (Delhi’s) favourite son (Virender Sehwag) as our coach. It is nice to have him on our side. We probably would have bowled. It looks a bit dry. Let’s see how it goes. We have a couple of changes, Stoinis misses out to Eoin Morgan and Ishant is replaced by KC Cariappa.Zaheer: Looks like a bat first wicket. It is a bit on the drier side and that is why we wanted to bat first.Hopefully it will assist the spinners later and we can take advantage of that. Pretty good crowd here and looking forward to their support. It is about taking forward the momentum from the last game. Just one change: Tare is out and Shreyas Iyer is in.That’s it then, Captain #ZaheerKhan wins the toss and elects to bat first. The excitement is on! #DDvsKXIP #DDTweets #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201719.30 IST: Over at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by  17 runs.19.20 IST: Delhi play their first game at home. Fans are excited about the new season.Dilli hain Dilwaalon ki.Here’s #Dilli showing some love for their favourite team as we take on @lionsdenkxip#DDvKXIP#VIVOIPL#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/3CtxMjMxFM- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 15, 201719.12 IST:  Both captains with the Spirit of cricket token.  .@DelhiDaredevils @lionsdenkxip Play Hard, Play Fair – Spirit of Cricket at #IPL – @ImZaheer and @Gmaxi_32 #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/rJnSHAz9gh- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 201719.11 IST: Yami Gautam kept the crowd enthralled at the Feroz Shah Kotla..@DelhiDaredevils @lionsdenkxip .@yamigautam has set the stage on fire #IPL #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/puSNjb54b0- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 201719.10 IST: The last Opening ceremony of this season. We had eight opening ceremonies this year, one each at every first game at home stadiums.  The #IPL Opening event is taking place in Delhi – @DelhiDaredevils vs. @lionsdenkxip #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/A1ZCNf19Ej- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2017Brief Preview:Daredevils’ huge win over Rising Pune Supergiant acted as a warning to the rival teams, including their immediate opponents, whose unbeaten run in IPL-10 has just come to a screeching halt.Daredevils are entering the match after hammering Rising Pune Supergiant by 97 runs, thanks to young batsman Sanju Samson’s maiden IPL ton and Chris Morris’ incredible power- hitting down the order. The South African’s nine-ball 38 is still being talked about.Punjab, who beat RPS and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first two games, squandered an advantageous position to lose to Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets yesterday night.Daredevils boast a strong battling line-up, which is full of all-rounders and will fancy their chances against Punjab bowlers, who did a decent job before being hammered around by the KKR batsmen.Meanwhile, Punjab bowlers have a job at hand, specially after KKR exposed their weaknesses at the Eden Gardens.The Punjab bowlers managed to restrict RPS and RCB under 165, but KKR skipper Gambhir and surprise opener Sunil Narine took them to the cleaners with remarkable ease.Punjab have admitted that Narine opening the batting did disturb their plans and the surprise move hurt them badly.Except Mohit Sharma, the visitors do not boast of a reliable name. Ishant Sharma did get a game at the expense of T Natrajan against KKR, but bowled only two overs.Since Feroze Shah Kotla is Ishant’s home ground, he might get his second game, considering his familiarity with the conditions.last_img read more

first_imgStung by two successive reversals, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look bounce back and stay in contention for a play-off berth when they take on lowly Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter in Bengaluru on Sunday.KKR, who suffered losses against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant in their previous two matches, need two wins out of the remaining three matches to seal their berth in the knockout stage.Placed second in the IPL standings with 14 points from 11 matches, the two-time IPL winners are followed by Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad at 14 and 13 points.The manner in which RCB lost to KKR at the Eden Gardens should give them a lot of confidence going into this tie.KKR had handed out a 82-run defeat to RCB after bundling them out for 49 – the lowest score in IPL history.In the next two matches, KKR would be facing Kings XI Punjab, who registered a 19-run victory against RCB on Friday, and already qualified Mumbai Indians who have 16 points from 10 outings.Gautam Gambhir’s side lost by four wickets against Pune and the defeat could be a reality check for the Kolkata side as their top order collapsed in the last match, while Colin de Grandhomme’s 36 and Manish Pandey’s 37 saved the blushes.Rahul Tripathi then single-handedly won it for Pune with a belligerent 52-ball 93.KKR are eagerly awaiting the services of Chris Lynn who has practised recently and is expected to be back by May 9. The hamstring injury to in-form top order bat Robin Uthappa is a cause of worry too. The Karnataka dasher missed out the last game and it is unclear whether he will take a part in Sunday’s game as well.advertisementSunil Narine’s opening experiment is slowly starting to fall off and if Gambhir and Manish Pandey has a bad day, it could well be down to Yusuf Pathan, who is in poor form.RCB, on the other hand, have been the biggest disappointment of this year’s IPL. Virat Kohli’s rock-bottom team has been bowled out four times this season and has just five points to show for from 12 matches.Unlike the previous seasons, RCB’s batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli himself not stepping up.RCB’s two leg-spinners spinners – Samuel Badree (9 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (13 wickets) have been the only ones who stood up and KKR would be way of that threat.last_img read more

first_imgBorussia Dortmund fired Thomas Tuchel as coach on Tuesday, three days after he led the club to its first title in five years.The club issued a statement to say the 43-year-old Tuchel was leaving with immediate effect, one year before his contract was due to expire in 2018.”This is the result of a discussion between Hans-Joachim Watzke (chief executive), Michael Zorc (sports director), Thomas Tuchel and his adviser Olaf Meinking, which took place on Tuesday,” Dortmund said.Dortmund thanked Tuchel and his coaching staff for their sporting success.Tuchel’s last game in charge was the 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final on Saturday.Tuchel fell out with club officials over the course of an inconsistent season.”Dortmund as an employer will not comment in detail on the reasons for the separation, the result of a long process and supported by all the club boards,” the statement said.”Dortmund attaches great importance to the fact that the cause of the separation is by no means (just) a disagreement between two people. The wellbeing of the club Borussia Dortmund, which constitutes much more than just the sporting success, will always be more important than individuals and possible differences between them.”Tuchel, a former Mainz coach who followed in Juergen Klopp’s footsteps by taking over in Dortmund in 2015, led the side to second place in the Bundesliga in his first season, when Dortmund was the best runner-up in the league’s history, and the German Cup final, where again it lost out to league winner Bayern Munich.advertisementTuchel initially earned praise for getting Dortmund out of the slump of Klopp’s final season and for re-introducing an attractive style of attacking play.This season, after a host of summer changes, Tuchel led Dortmund to third place in the Bundesliga behind promoted Leipzig, while finally winning the German Cup at the fourth attempt.Tuchel’s and Dortmund’s difficulties began long before, however, starting in January 2016 when he had a row with chief scout Sven Mislintat, a friend of Zorc’s, over the signing of Spanish midfielder Oliver Torres from Atletico Madrid.After the 2016 German Cup final defeat to Bayern on penalties, he criticized the Bayern-bound Mats Hummels, and he was unhappy with Watzke when other key players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan also departed that summer. Tuchels said the squad break-up was “risky,” Watzke said it was “ambitious.”Last January, Tuchel claimed he was unaware of Swedish forward Alexander Isak’s signing, and he questioned his side’s mentality and whether its targets for the season were overambitious the following month after a league defeat to bottom side Darmstadt.The differences really spilled into the open after the bomb attack on the team bus in April, when Tuchel and Watzke clashed over the rescheduling of the affected Champions League game.After the German Cup win on Saturday, Tuchel said he wished to fulfill his contract despite the difficulties.”It seems to me as though the outcome to the talks is open,” he said.Dortmund evidently felt a different way.last_img read more

first_imgFormer India captain and member of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee Sourav Ganguly today said he has not spoken to Virat Kohli about the latter’s reported differences with coach Anil Kumble.Recent media reports had said that Kohli, among other senior Indian players, was not happy with coach Kumble’s overbearing attitude. Some reports also said that Ganguly had spoken to Kohli about the latter’s problems with Kumble.However, speaking at Salaam Cricket 2017, Ganguly denied those reports, saying he has only met the Indian captain to say hello. “Have not gone to the depth of this. Not spoken to the captain – not the right place to speak – just said hello to Virat at the ground,” Ganguly said.Refusing to say anything more on the issue of whether Kumble could be replaced, Ganguly said no one should speak publicly on the topic until they know exactly what is happening.The former India captain went on to express confidence that the team will not be distracted during its opening Champions Trophy game against Pakistan on June 4. “India will still beat Pakistan whether Kumble and Kohli are fighting or not. India are a better side than Pakistan, especially in big tournaments,” Ganguly said.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who was present on the stage with Ganguly, said that India needs to let the controversy go when they walk on to the field against Pakistan. “The captain needs to feel like he is accountable,” Clarke said, adding, “The captain, not coach, should come out to speak to the media after a defeat. More than coaching, it’s about man-management.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSouth African batsman JP Duminy is to return home ahead of the third Test against England in a move that could signal the end of his Test career.South Africa’s team management said on Monday that Duminy, who had been dropped after the first Test defeat at Lord’s, would return home before the third and final test at The Oval, which starts on Thursday.Uncapped Aiden Markram is staying with the squad as batting cover.South Africa bounced back to win the second Test at Trent Bridge by 340 runs to level the series.The 33-year-old Duminy has scored only 121 runs in his last eight innings and just 17 runs in his two innings at Lord’s.Duminy debuted for South Africa in Australia in 2008 and has played 46 Tests with six centuries at an average of 32.85. He also has 42 test wickets with his right-arm offbreaks.last_img read more

first_imgIndian shooter Ankur Mittal clinched the individual as well as the team gold medal in men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.Mittal shot 71 in the six-man final to finish at the top of the podium.With scores of Sangram Dahiya (43) and Mohammad Asab (34) added to Mittal’s final total, India managed to bag the top prize in the team event too.In the individual event, Dahiya finished fourth, while Asab had to be contend with the fifth position.Mittal, a World Cup gold medallist, shot 137 in the qualification and was behind topper Dahiya (140) as well as Asab (138).Mittal had won a gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, earlier this year. Before that, he had bagged a silver in season’s inaugural World Cup in New Delhi.UAE’s Khaled Alkaabi (70) won the silver in men’s double trap event, while Saif Alshamsy (53) finished with the bronze.last_img read more

first_imgMaria Sharapova is looking for a strong finish to a season that began with a doping ban and hit a high in China on Sunday when she won her first title in over two years.The former world number one, who returned from the 15-month ban in April, defeated Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8) in the final of the Tianjin Open on Sunday.Sharapova said she was looking forward to building on the success next week in Moscow at the Kremlin Cup, a tournament she has not appeared at since 2007.”Obviously coming there with the title already means a lot, but I do really want to finish strong,” said the Russian, who accepted a wild card for the event.”I don’t remember the last time that I played three events in a row. But I will give it everything I have got and I know I have so many amazing fans there.”The five-times grand slam champion said the Tianjin title, the 36th of her career, was special.”It has been a couple of years since I have held the winner’s trophy. It is a great feeling,” she said.”When you start all the way from the beginning of the tournament and then you end up playing the final in a full stadium with so much enthusiasm and energy and you are the one that wins the last point, just everything falls into place.”You have to appreciate those moments, never take them for granted.”Sharapova takes on Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in the opening round in Moscow.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAfter a number of rumours and leaked images regarding OnePlus’ upcoming successor to the OnePlus 5, we now have the first press render of the OnePlus 5T (or at least half of it) courtesy popular tipster Evan Blass. The image tweeted by Blass pretty much confirms that the OnePlus 5T will sport slimmer bezels on the top (and likely the bottom) as has been reported for weeks now.The image doesn’t give us a complete look at the OnePlus 5T as it only shows the top half of the smartphone, which is enough to tell us that the phone will sport a near bezel-less design. It also keeps in line with past reports that the OnePlus 5T will sport an 18:9 aspect ratio as it will look to compete against other full-screen flagships we’ve seen this year like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and iPhone X, among others.The tweet doesn’t mention any other detail regarding the OnePlus 5T. Based on past reports, the upcoming smartphone is expected to sport a 6-inch (1080×2160) display, but It is also possible that the OnePlus 5T will keep the same 5.5-inch footprint like the OnePlus 5 only with a larger display. Slimmer bezels also suggests that the OnePlus 5T will not have a home button, and the fingerprint sensor could be moved to the back as has been seen in previous leaked images.Also Read: OnePlus 5T hands-on images leaked, could launch on November 16Since Qualcomm is yet to announce the Snapdragon 845 SoC, the OnePlus 5T will most likely go with the same Snapdragon 835 as the OnePlus 5. The smartphone will likely be offered in two variants, one with 6GB RAM and 64 internal storage and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.advertisementPast rumours suggest the cameras could get a bump as the rear is tipped to sport a pair of 20-megapixel sensors, while the front could also get a 20-megapixel sensor. The OnePlus 5T is tipped to run on Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo.As of now, the specs of the OnePlus 5T are still hazy and one should take the above with a pinch of salt. However, the image tweeted by Blass is solid proof that the phone will indeed sport slimmer bezels, making it the company’s first smartphone to sport a full-screen display. The OnePlus 5T could launch on November 16 based on a leaked screenshot of an Amazon listing.last_img read more

first_img“The worst nightmare of families living with children in areas ridden with air pollution is actually coming true,” said Dr Sanjeev Bagai, VC and director, Manipal Hospital on Wednesday.”Increasingly, babies below the age of five are exhibiting neurological behavioural disorders like anxiety, attention deficit disorder and development delays. Medical science has proven that these are directly related to breathing in toxic air,” he said.Dr Bagai was speaking at CSE seminar – Stop That Smog. “Polluted air also lowers kids’ IQ and memory, resulting in bad test scores. As it impairs their lungs badly, their sports activities are also limited and it stunts their growth, leading to loss of entire able and productive generations,” he informed.The doctor also referred to a recent UNICEF report stating the same. It said ultrafine particulates such as PM2.5 enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain.These damage the blood brain barrier, a thin membrane that protects the brain from toxic substances, and cause neuroinflammation, which is linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.It said an estimated 17 million babies worldwide – 12 million of them in South Asia – live in areas that record levels six times higher than the global safe limits of 20 microgram per cubic meter for PM10 and 10 micrograms per cubic meter for PM2.5.”Not only do pollutants harm babies’ developing lungs, they can permanently damage their developing brains and, thus, their future,” said Unicef executive director Anthony Lake.He suggested that protecting children from foul air will help societies in terms of reduced healthcare costs, increased productivity and a safer environment.advertisementAir pollution is associated with pneumonia, which kills 18 lakh kids in India every year, and triggers asthma, bronchitis, and other throat and respiratory infections, forcing them to miss school and further limiting their learning and development potential,” said Dr Vinod K Paul, professor of paediatrics at the AIIMS.Also watch | Air pollution plunges New Delhi under thick veil of smoglast_img read more

first_imgA night of high intensity and drama ended with a tragic event when Chennai Smashers’ Gabrielle Adcock fell on court writhing in pain.The result of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) tie between Chennai Smashers and Delhi Dashers hinged on the last match of the night, the mixed doubles. However, Chennai had to concede their Trump match and thus the tie after Garielle sustained an ankle injury.Barely a few points into the match, Gabrielle stepped onto Chris Adcock’s feet after playing a shot and twisted her ankle as the entire stadium came to a standstill. Gabrielle Adcock (L) lying on court with an ankle injury during a Premier Badminton League match between Chennai Smashers and Delhi Dashers in Lucknow (PBL photo)Unable to continue, Chennai lost their Trump and Delhi won the tie 3-0 at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in Lucknow on Wednesday.ALSO WATCHEven though the scoreline suggests that Delhi had a comfortable night, they had the most horrid start when they lost their men’s doubles Trump match to Chennai.The Indo/Taiwanese men’s doubles combination of B Sumeeth Reddy and Lee Yang for Chennai Smashers scored a superb 15-13, 15-11 victory over the Russian duo of Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov to put Chennai up in the tie.The win saw Chennai win their first point of the tie while Delhi fell to a -1 by the virtue of losing the trump match.However, it was an absolutely different picture for Delhi thereafter and a complete turn around of fortune happened.advertisementHong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent put up yet another strong show and beat France’s Brice Leverdez 15-10, 15-13 to bring Delhi back in the tie.By virtue of his win, Delhi upped their score from -1 to 0 against Chennai’s 1.World No.15 Vincent started off brilliantly and raced to an 8-2 lead. Thereafter, Leverdez attemped to come back in the game but Vincent proved to be too much and the Delhi player took the first game.The second game was more of a battle where Leverdez stayed neck-and-neck with Vincent. However, the Hong Kong shuttler rode on his confidence-building play in Delhi’s previous tie against Hyderabad Hunters and beat Leverdez in straight games. Delhi Dashers’ Wong Wing Ki Vincent celebrates after beating Brice Leverdez of Chennai Smashers during their Premier Badminton League tie in Lucknow (PBL photo)Tian Houwei was up next for Delhi against Chennai’s Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk and Mr. Consistent shone on the night once more.World No.22 Houwei of China beat Tanongsak 15-14, 15-10 to level Delhi 1-1 with Chennai Smashers in the tie.Houwei began the match in a dominating manner and breezed to an 8-2 lead. However, the deceptive Tanongsak hit back hard after the mid-game interval and managed to reach the game point.However, his own errors brought his doom as Houwei saved three game points to win the deciding point and the game.The second game had a similar story, only this time Tanongsak lead 8-5 midway. Yet again, a string of errors happened from his side and Houwei dug deep and kept himself in the game to snatch it 15-10.The star of the night for Delhi, however, was Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. The world No.6 forced a massive upset as she came from behind to beat world No.3 PV Sindhu 11-15, 15-13, 15-14 to put up Delhi 2-1 up against Chennai. Sung Ji Hyun celebrates after beating PV Sindhu during the Premier Badminton League tie between Delhi Dashers and Chennai Smashers in Lucknow (PBL Photo)Sung Ji did not have a favourable record against Sindhu in the PBL, having lost both times last season. However, Sung Ji got one back at the perfect time.Sindhu established an early dominance over the Korean with her deceptive cross-court drops. Sung Ji was caught off guard regularly and without breaking much sweat, Sindhu took the first game.It was the second game from where Sung Ji began her revival.Sung Ji began engaging Sindhu in longer rallies — something that Sindhu has been suffering against on the international circuit as well in the past year.Sindhu once again fell prey to the Korean’s strategy and Sung Ji outsmarted Sindhu to win the second game and force the match into decider.The third game was a riveting contest. Both shuttlers matching stroke by stroke, Sindhu began to look drained halfway through. Sung Ji kept her calm in the most crucial moment when the game was tied 14-14 and Sindhu sent the shuttle long to give the match to Delhi.advertisementChennai will next take on in-form Ahmedabad Smash Masters at home in Chennai while Delhi will be up against North Eastern Warriors in Hyderabad on January 10.On January 4, Awadhe Warriors will take on last season’s runners-up Mumbai Rockets in Lucknow.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia sealed a dominant 10-wicket victory before lunch on day five of the series-opening Ashes Test on Monday, having chased 170 runs without loss in a blow to England’s pride.Steve Smith’s team will head to the second Test in Adelaide this week brimming with confidence after decisively breaking England’s resistance at the Gabba.Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, having driven Australia to 114 at stumps on day four, needed only 56 runs to complete the win in the morning and rarely looked in danger.AUSSIES WIN! 1-0 #BeatEnglandWarner finishes 87* and Bancroft 82* as the hosts win by 10 wickets at the Gabba! https://t.co/P6sH6ROa7L #Ashes pic.twitter.com/kkxfmnzapw- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017Vice-captain Warner finished unbeaten on 87, with Bancroft 82 not out after enjoying a maiden half-century in his Test debut.The debutant finished the match in style, bringing up the wins by smashing all-rounder Chris Woakes to the long-off fence twice, sparking a roar from the modest Monday crowd of 6,154.”It was good fun obviously, to share a good partnership was nice and to get the win in the end was good,” Bancroft said.A happy @davidwarner31 after scoring an unbeaten 87 in Australia’s win at the Gabba #Ashes pic.twitter.com/6TpItJt3Hz- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017Four years after thrashing Alastair Cook’s England by 386 runs at the Gabba on the way to a 5-0 whitewash in 2013/14, Australia extended their unbeaten record at the venue against their old foes to 31 years.With Mike Gatting’s team the last English side to win at the Gabba in 1986, captain Joe Root had said his team were about due for a breakthrough.advertisementAnd at the end of day three, with the match still in the balance, paceman Stuart Broad said they were the best-positioned they had been in 30 years to win at the ground.It all smacked of bravado after lunch on day four, however, as England lost 5-40 during a fierce pace assault to be skittled for 195 in their second innings.Australia were left needing 170 runs for victory and Warner and Bancroft batted superbly after tea to drive the hosts to 114 without loss.Congrats to the Aussies. Brilliant performance, convincing win in the end ????º??´ó?ó?ó?ó?ó?ó????- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) November 27, 2017The game had enthralled for three days.Australia’s fast bowlers struggled to capitalise on their edge in pace on a surprisingly slow and tepid Gabba pitch, while England’s rookie batsmen showed impressive composure in their Ashes debuts.While opener Mark Stoneman, James Vince and Dawid Malan all scored half-centuries, none could go on to really make Australia pay or stand up under pressure in the second innings when it really counted.The winning moment! #Ashes#ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/xjml6352Hs- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017last_img read more

first_imgAustralia skipper Steve Steve said that they will not name the playing XI for the third Ashes Test against England until the toss on Thursday morning.However, he did indicate that the hosts might go with a extra seamer in the form of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.The hosts, 2-0 up in the five-match series, could reclaim the coveted urn in Perth and Smith said Marsh would be included, probably for Peter Handscomb, if the WACA track was not quick enough.”We’re going to have another look at the wicket in the morning and decide if we need that extra bowling option,” Smith told a news conference.”The stats suggest over the last couple of years the bowlers have had a pretty heavy workload on this wicket, so we’re probably leaning that way at the moment.”It’s probably not as hard as I’d have liked it to be a day out but 24 hours can change a lot and in the morning hopefully it’s a bit harder and faster.”Mitchell, who will provide medium paced backup to frontline quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, is no mug with the bat either. The Western Australian, who had shoulder reconstruction earlier this year, has a century and nine fifties in ODIs and two half-centuries in whites.Handscomb scored centuries against Pakistan in Brisbane and Sydney last season but has managed knocks of only 14, 36 and 12 in his three innings against England this year.Smith, though, said any changes to the line-up that won the first two tests would be purely to protect the pacemen.advertisement”If we do go down that route then it’s purely because we think we need an extra bowler on this wicket, nothing to do with anyone’s batting,” Smith added.”If we do go down the route of Pete missing out, it’s unlucky. We still see a very bright future (for him) indeed. If he is to miss out, there’s no reason he won’t be back in the team soon.”Smith said he hoped the wicket would be much different from the drawn 2015 Test against New Zealand when 1,672 runs were scored over five days.”It was so evenly paced, really slow, once you got in it was almost impossible to get out,” Smith recalled, adding that the groundsman had been working to get more pace into it.”I think he’s got more grass on it than he previously has to try and get that pace on the wicket.”Marsh is expected to slot in at number six in the order below brother Shaun, who would move up to replace Handscomb.”I think he’s tightened up his defence quite a little bit,” Smith said of the younger Marsh’s batting.”In defence, he has softened his hands up a bit. He still putting away the bad ball, he hits the ball probably as hard as anyone I’ve seen. He’s a strong lad.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgAaj Tak is coming up with the 6th Edition of the award winning annual event ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’.The two-day conclave is scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of December in New Delhi and will feature the most powerful voices debating issues that dominate the Hindi heartland’s mindspace.The distinguished list of speakers includes political personalities such as Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mohammed Salim, Sachin Pilot, and Farooq Abdullah, among others.Apart from politics, discussions will also be held on cinema and sports, with guests including Dharmendra, Badshah, Vidya Balan, Anuradha Paudwal, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, V V S Laxman and others set to grace the Agenda Aaj Tak stage.This year, Agenda Aaj Tak will tap into the most burning questions facing this nation and will dissect complicated issues on the national agenda.  In the light of the excitement around the Gujarat elections, Agenda Aaj Tak will have a stage in Ahmedabad. Prominent political leaders such as BJP chief Amit Shah will go live from Ahmedabad and interact with audiences in New Delhi.And, for the first time ever readers will be able to set the agenda for this year’s event. Readers can call 8550900030 to share their views on India’s development and future.last_img read more

first_imgATHENS — Greece’s football association says matches in the country’s professional leagues have been suspended indefinitely after a referee was beaten in a street and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.Police said 45-year-old former FIFA referee Christoforos Zografos was severely beaten with wooden clubs early Nov. 14 by two men who approached him on a motorcycle in the western Kolonos area of the Greek capital.The association said it would not send referees to upcoming league matches until “immediate steps” were taken to protect match officials.Zografos is the Assistant Director of Central Referee Committee, which appoints match officials and is headed by retired Scottish referee Hugh Dallas.The motive wasn’t known but it came just a few days after Zografos assumed his post of the refereeing committee in a sport charged with match-fixing and constant corruption.Zografos, a close associate of the Scottish former soccer referee Hugh Dallas, remained under armed guard at Evangelismos Hospital on Nov. 14 and was to undergo a minor operation on his arm.He is the third member of the refereeing committee to be physically assaulted in the past two years.Football matches were suspended for a week in September after a fan was beaten at a third division match and later died.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston during their infamous 1965 rematch and a rare century-old signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson fetched over $1.1 million total at an auction Feb. 21.Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, Maine — won by Ali with a first-round knockout from what some saw as a “phantom punch” — were seized by George Russo, the boxing commissioner for Maine.The gloves remained in the Russo family until a California collector purchased them several years ago before putting them up for auction.Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale in New York City, said the gloves were purchased for $956,000 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous.The photo of Jackson, who is mostly remembered for being banned from baseball for his role in the 1919 World Series scandal and later being depicted in the movie Field of Dreams, brought in $179,000. It sold to an anonymous collector.Jackson was illiterate and rarely signed anything but paychecks and legal documents, making his autograph among the rarest in sports.Footage of the Ali-Liston fight does not make it clear whether Ali’s quick right hand actually connected, and many fans booed.Even the most famous photos of the fight show an enraged Ali standing over Liston as he lay on the canvas; Ali is gesturing and yelling at Liston to get up and fight.The Lewiston rematch was the first bout in which Ali stepped into the ring as Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam.He was still Cassius Clay a year earlier when he won the championship from Liston in Miami. His glove from that bout sold last year at Heritage Auctions for $836,500.Ali signed both pairs of gloves when he came to Lewiston in 1995 to celebrate the fight’s 30th anniversary. Liston died in 1970.How many of Jackson’s signatures are in existence today isn’t clear, but most experts agree the number is probably less than 100.Autograph experts from two different authentication companies closely examined the signature on the photo of Jackson and determined it was the real thing, said Heritage Auctions said.A baseball bearing Jackson’s shaky signature brought $78,000 in 2011. Even a scrap of paper with his autograph sold for $23,100 nearly 25 years ago.The photo of Jackson that sold was unknown in the sports memorabilia world until last year.It had been kept in a scrapbook filled with black and white photos of ballplayers from the early 1900s.The collection originated with Frank W. Smith, a photographer with The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, according to Heritage. Smith shot the photo of Jackson along with those of Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Napoleon Lajoie during spring training in 1911.Also sold at the auction was the ring hockey great Herb Brooks received for coaching Team USA’s gold medal victory over the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. It fetched $113,525.Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi’s sweater from his days at West Point was purchased by an anonymous buyer for $43,020, according to Heritage Auctions. The sweater had been found at a Goodwill outlet for just 58 cents.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more