MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ She played in two other Wimbledon singles finals, losing to Steffi Graf in 1993 and to Martina Hingis in 1997.Novotna also won four Wimbledon doubles titles with compatriot Helena Sukova in 1989 and 1990, with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1995 and with Hingis in 1998.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWearing her distinctive headband, she won doubles titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments.Born on October 2, 1968, Novotna won a total of 24 singles tournaments and 76 doubles tournaments in her career that spanned from 1987 to 1999. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:15Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 9502:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA This file photo taken on July 4, 1998 shows Czech Republic’s Jana Novotna enjoying her championship trophy after winning the final of the women’s singles at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.Novotna has died at the age of 49 after suffering from cancer, the WTA said on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIFormer Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49 after suffering from cancer, the WTA said on Monday.Novotna, who won the Wimbledon title in 1998 when she defeated France’s Nathalie Tauziat in the final, died on Sunday in her native Czech Republic surrounded by her family, a WTA statement said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lonzo Ball’s triple-double sends Lakers past Denver Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa She also won the Fed Cup with the former Czechoslovakia in 1988.
View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Espina heads zark’s 500K run field Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Second chances don’t come too often, that’s why Calvin Abueva is grateful to be included in the 14-man Gilas Pilipinas team that will go up against Australia in the second window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers in Melbourne on Thursday.“It’s like my world was turned upside down,” said Abueva after he was initially dropped from consideration by national team coach Chot Reyes due to absences in practices.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Filipino-American big man and Gilas cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing injured big men Troy Rosario and Mac Belo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dealing with personal matters that also affected his performance with PBA team Alaska, Abueva vowed to make up for his shortcomings and has since appeared in every Gilas Pilipinas’ practice.“I’m glad that I’m given this opportunity again,” he said. “I promise that whatever I’m showing in my game, they can expect the same, or even more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeading Reyes’ lineup, announced on Sunday night, are naturalized Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.Also part of the squad which left for Melboune on Monday are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz and Kiefer Ravena. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
MOST READ “We made shots today, and when we make shots, we’re much tougher to defend,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after a runaway 125-101 victory that cut the Texters’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five series at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We had a breakout game today and we’ll see if we can carry it over to Game 4,” added the two-time Grand Slam champion. “We haven’t done anything, exactly, we’re still down 1-2. Our goal right now is get this thing into Game 5 and let the chips fall where they may.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe next game is slated on Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, and Cone admits that they are not exactly aware what they would be up against, considering that burly TNT import Joshua Smith practically didn’t play.“Obviously, the easy thing to say is that the import (Smith) didn’t get much minutes tonight,” Cone said. “We don’t know what’s going on with him.” Smith delivered lethal blows in narrow TNT wins in the first two games, but was played less than 10 minutes in Game 3.In the other series on Friday, San Miguel Beer tries to put Star away in their 7 p.m. match at Mall of Asia Arena.GINEBRA 125 – TNT 101BRGY. GINEBRA 125—Brownlee 31, Thompson 17, Aguilar 15, Mercado 12, Devance 10, Ellis 9, Cruz 9, Tenorio 8, Ferrer 5, Mariano 5, Taha 2, Jamito 2, Helterbrand 0, Caguioa 0.TNT KATROPA 101—Garcia 16, Tautuaa 15, Carey 11, Reyes 9, Rosario 8, Castro 7, Rosales 7, Hernandez 6, Nuyles 6, Smith 4, Pogoy 4, Semerad 3, De Ocampo 3, Golla 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Quarters: 34-28, 61-47, 96-74, 125-101Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PBA IMAGESDown big in a short series and playing with an underdog mentality for the first time, Barangay Ginebra on Thursday night broke away early and earned a new lease on life in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series with TNT KaTropa.It also helped a lot that the Gin Kings shot a lot better than they did in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cignal sets record winning margin
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Of course, I think all of us were surprised. But maybe, it shows that our hard work is paying off,” Lastimosa said in Filipino. “We’ve been adjusting in the past two conferences, but with the veterans coming in, we’re slowly getting our groove.”The changes have been evident, especially on Sunday when NLEX fought back from a 10-point deficit with eight minutes to play and pulled off a 95-91 squeaker over Phoenix to stay unbeaten.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLastimosa is one of the big reasons for the Road Warriors’ come-from-behind victory, triggering the late push as he poured in 11 of his 14 points in the payoff period.The 26-year-old slasher said the team is imbibing Guiao’s no-quit attitude. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Creamline rallies past Perlas to sweep PVL elims “Our attitude comes from coach Yeng, that we won’t give up. Fortunately, we had a good showing in the fourth quarter and we’re able to get the win,” he said.And that may really be the biggest takeaway from this scintillating stretch for NLEX that after two conferences, the team is finally forming in the same mold as the old Guiao teams in the past.But Lastimosa would rather not get too far ahead of himself as the Road Warriors seek to achieve more than just match their total wins in the past two conferences.“We’re not yet satisfied. We still have to prove ourselves to the stronger teams. There’s still a lot of games and we can still get eliminated early. So it’s important that we sustain this,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Yeng Guiao may have his reservations when it comes to NLEX’s 4-0 start, but Carlo Lastimosa is convinced that the Road Warriors are no fluke.But he wouldn’t deny that even he is surprised with how cohesive NLEX has been so far in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We needed that first round, but in the second round he got too eager,” said Recaido. “I was telling him to go for his midsection.”That visibly slowed down Kasim in the third round and the arena noise fell several decibels lower.“Good start sir,” said Bautista. “I will just fight on.”ADVERTISEMENT PH Volcanoes lose steam, bow out of gold medal hunt MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ian Clark Bautista, right, with his coach Elias Recardo. INQUIRER/ Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Ian Clark Bautista punched his way through the flailing arms of his Malaysian foe Abdul Salam Kasim, whose every move elicited uproar from the big hometown crowd here Sunday.Fortunately for Bautista, his fists managed to silence them.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know what to do about the crowd, even if he (Kasim) blocks, the crowd applauded,” said the 22-year-old Bautista.He said he got confused and in the chaos that gripped the cramped Hall 8 of the spanking new Malaysia Interntional Trade and Exhibition Center, left everything to God.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Good thing He didn’t leave me,” said the defending 52kg champion.His coach, former Asian Games champion Elias Recaido told him to get the opening round.
Somdev Devvarman’s opener in the men’s singles at the Commonwealth Games came as a wake-up call for the top seeded Indian player. Though Somdev grasped the match against Bahamas’s Devin Mullings with a 6-4, 6-2 score-line, the initial phases of the match were a bit jittery for him.Not many would have expected that Mullings would be able stand up against the world No. 97 Somdev but the Bahamian had something else in his mind. Mullings took a 4-1 lead within the first 20 minutes of the match. But before things could go worse Somdev regained composure and took away the set 6-4.The next set was an easy affair for Somdev as he took a comfortable 3-1 lead in the first four games and completed the set with a score of 6-2. Somdev’s opponent seemed to be troubled by the hot weather in the last phases of the match as he was seen gasping along with his ground speed becoming slower.After the match Somdev was in full praise of his opponent whom he had played in his college days. “Mullings is a really good player. He hits the ball really hard and also has a quick serve,” Somdev said. “And I think he is a bit deceptive too. He’s better than he looks. You have to really work hard if things are going his way in the match. He’s bound to trouble you.”Talking about his shaky start in the first set Somdev said he was a bit nervous playing his first Commonwealth Games match. “I was little nervous playing my Commonwealth Games match. I was trailing but I am happy that I came back strongly,” said Somdev. He also felt that the court at the RK Khanna Stadium had its part in his performance. “The court is a bit bouncy. I was having a hard time out there to adjust. I think it will take me a little while to adjust to these conditions,” said the 25-year old.advertisementSomdev added that it was his fitness level that stood him in good stead in performing well. “I am regularly working on my fitness with my personal physical trainer. Being at the top of your fitness is really important these days and it helps me winning matches. And I find it really funny when guys at the other end are struggling with the fitness,” said Somdev.Somdev next faces Sri Lanka’s Amresh Jayawickreme, who got past Bermuda’s David Thomas 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round.
Young Tarundeep Rai won India their maiden individual silver medal in archery at the Asian Games on Wednesday despite losing 3-7 to South Korea’s Kim Woo-jin in the recurve final at the Aoti Sports Complex.This was indeed a big effort from Rai as the depth in the field was top-class. On a dramatic and tiring day for Rai, sustaining the intensity was not easy. He started the day by crushing Vietnam’s Trong Kien Dao 5-1. The bespectacled lad won the first and third sets and tied the second on his way to victory.After a short gap, in the pre-quarterfinals, Rai beat Malaysia’s Cheng Chu Sian 6-2.He then came up with a major upset defeating fancied Korean Oh Jinhyek 6-4 in the last eight. Rai lost the first set 26- 27 but won the second 30-26 to draw parity. The third set was tied 28-28 and he won the next 29-27 and then tied the fifth 28- 28.”This was a big win,” said Paresh Mukherjee, secretary general of the Archery Association of India. “The Koreans are very strong and, for Tarundeep, this was a morale-boosting win.”In the semi-finals, Rai made short work of Chinese Taipei’s Sung Chia Chun 7-3. He won three sets (six points) and tied one (one point) and lost one. The first set was tied at 29- 29 and Sung won the next 30-26. But the Indian staged a great fightback, winning the next three sets (30-27, 28-26, 29-28) to make it into the historic final.advertisementThe final was indeed a big match where mental toughness and consistency were key factors. Rai could not reproduce the form he had shown in earlier matches. Pitted against top Korean Kim Woo-jin, he tied the first set 28-28 but lost the next 27-28.The Indian fought back to win the third set 29-28 but the Korean snuffed out the Indian challenge, winning the next two sets 28-27 and 29-27, with an eight point shot by the Indian towards the end being decisive.”This is the best showing by the Indian archers in the Asian Games,” said former world number one Dola Banerjee. “We are going back home with three medals – a silver and two bronze. In the last edition of the Games at Doha we had won only one bronze medal.”Dola also feels the showing by India in Guangzhou will count in the future. “These are the kind of results we need for the development of the sport in future,” said Dola.Speaking about his silver medal, Rai said: “I am happy with my result but not the medal. I could have won gold today,” said the archer.For his part, Kim was very happy. “I did very well today and it was wonderful. At the last shot, I only focused on the yellow zone. I think victory will finally favour me as long as I work hard. My parents came to my mind when I shot the last arrow. I will now spare no efforts in preparing for the 2012 London Olympics,” he said.Much was expected from the Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rahul Banerjee but he crashed out in the prequarterfinals without putting up a fight. The Indian went down 0-6 to Chinese Taipei’s Sung Chia Chun.
Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 68 as India overcame a shaky start to notch up an easy four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International of the five-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval here Monday. Score | PhotosIndia had won the T20 match against West Indies on Saturday.Chasing a modest 215-run target, Rohit anchored the Indian innings and together with captain Suresh Raina (43) raised 80 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home in 44.5 overs after the visitors lost their first three wickets for just 61 runs.Rohit’s unbeaten knock came off 75 balls during which he struck three fours and a six while Raina scored his 43 from 50 deliveries with the help of four boundaries.At the top, opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 76) notched up his maiden half-century and guided the chase initially to help India’s cause.Leg-spinner Anthony Martin (2/39) was the best bowler in action for the home team while pacer Ravi Rampaul also snarred two wickets but gave away 58 runs in the process.Earlier, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels scored hard-earned half centuries as West Indies struggled to score a modest 214 for nine.Opting to bat, West Indies witnessed a wobbly start to their innings as they lost their first three wickets scoring just 59 runs in 18.2 overs.But Sarwan and Samuels then paired up to resurrect the innings with a 82-run fourth-wicket partnership that came of 118 balls.While Sarwan’s 56 came off 94 balls and was studded with only five boundaries, Samuels took 75 deliveries to score his 55. He hit three fours and two sixes.advertisementThe stand between Sarwan and Samuels was the only silver lining in the West Indies innings as the hosts scored 73 runs in the last 12 overs losing as many as six wickets.Down the order, Dwayne Bravo tried his bit to up the scoring rate with a 20-ball 22 while opener Kirk Edwards (21 off 45) was the next best scorer for the Caribbean side.For India, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh relished at the low and slow Queen’s Park Oval pitch with figures of three wickets for 32, while Praveen Kumar (2/37), Munaf Patel (2/47) and captain Suresh Raina (2/23) shared six wickets among them.Coming onto bat, the Indians found it difficult to bat with fluency on a sluggish Queeen’s Park Oval wicket and against the niggardly line of West Indian bowlers, especially leg-spinning duo of Martin and Devendra Bishoo, who conceded only 76 runs from their 20 overs and picked up three wickets between them.West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was an excellent foil to his spinners and it was only the depth of India’s middle order which gave them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Openers Parthiv Patel (13) and Dhawan (51) had smoothly moved to 29 runs by the sixth over when a smart throw from Dwayne Bravo at mid-on found the former short of his crease at the batsman’s end.Virat Kohli (2) aimed a lordly drive at an away going delivery from Ravi Rampaul and nicked a straight forward catch to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps as India slumped to 34 for two.Badrinath then under-edged a cut off Bishoo into the gloves of Baugh to leave India in testy waters at 61 for three.Dhawan and Rohit then soldiered on to bring up the hundred of the innings, which also was the moment to celebrate the former’s maiden ODI fifty.Dhawan appeared to have got carried away by the occasion as he slogged-swept Martin from outside the off-stump to hole out to Lendl Simmons at deep midwicket.Dhawan played a useful hand of 51 off 76 balls with three fours and a six.Rohit and Raina then played like seasoned campaigners and first layed the foundation of their stand and then slipped into top gear to gallop towards the target.Rohit reached his half century with a gorgeous backfoot drive off Martin into the covers in the 39th over and ensured he stayed till the end to take India past the finishing line in the 45th over.Raina, on the other hand, thrived under pressure and batted with authority to make 43 from 50 balls.The West Indies fought gamely but they didn’t have enough runs on the board to stretch the visitors.Earlier, the West Indian batsmen failed to rotate strike for most part of their innings and could score only 70 runs from the 20 overs of frontline Indian spinners — Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.Even the part-time bowlers, Yusuf Pathan, Raina and Virat Kohli conceded only 54 runs from the fifth bowler’s quota to strangulate the West Indian innings.Despite some early play-and-miss and a dropped chance in the slips, the hosts found themselves tottering at 28 for two by the eighth over after electing to bat.advertisementOpener Lendl Simmons was on naught when he was reprieved by Rohit Sharma off Munaf in the first slip, but despite the life he scored only six runs before an over-hit was caught by Harbhajan off Praveen at mid-off. .Young prodigy Darren Bravo departed in the very next over when he drove at a moving delivery without much foot movement and this time the thick edge was well-accepted by Rohit in the lone slip.West Indies then began the long haul of recovery as painfully slow Kirk Edwards (21) and Sarwan dropped anchor for the next 11-odd overs.But Edwards departed next as he pulled too early at a slow delivery from Harbhajan and a leading edge went high up in the air for Virat Kohli to accept in the slips.It made the score 59 for three in the 19th over but there was no break in the tempo as Sarwan and Samuels buckled themselves up for the long, hard and boring grind.The crowd was thrilled when Samuels made the most of a free-hit against Kohli and hoisted him over widish long on for six and then Sarwan steered and flicked Munaf for two consecutive fours to move past his half century.However, the stands fell silent when Sarwan edged an innocuous Munaf delivery down the leg side to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.Samuels too reached his half century in stirring fashion with a powerfully hit six down the ground off Amit Mishra but after doing all the hard work he suffered a soft dismissal when a Raina delivery dislodged his stumps after hitting the inside of his pads.Samuels departed in the 42nd over with the West Indies scoreboard reading 177 for five.Harbhajan finished his final spell with two critical wickets of Dwayne Bravo, who was stumped by Parthiv and Carton Baugh (16) lbw while attempting a sweep.Raina then showed up West Indies batter’s complete ineptness against spin when he picked up two late wickets to leave the hosts gasping for breath.- With PTI inputs
England beat India by 6 wickets (D/L method) during the fifth and final ODI at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday. Score | PhotosThe win dashed Team India’s hopes of giving Rahul Dravid a winning farewell, who retired from ODIs after scoring 1089 runs in 344 ODIs.With this win hosts England have whitewashed India in both forms of game. They beat India 4-0 in the Tests and then capped it was a 3-0 win in the five-match ODI series. The first ODI was washed away and the fourth ended in a tie (D/L method).The Cardiff match too witnessed the Duckworth Lewis method coming into picture with the match affected by rains on three occasions – start of both occasion and midway during England innings.Put to bat, India scored 304/6, with Rahul Dravid, playing his last ODI, scoring a fine 69. But it was Virat Kolhi’s fast-paced century that was the highlight of the India innings followed by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 26-ball unbeaten 50.India openers Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel started the innings with caution and gradually upped the tempo. But their opening-wicket stand came to an end on the first ball of the 13th over. A Jade Dernbach ball took the top edge of Rahane’s bat and Steven Finn took a fine catch at third-man. He scored 26.Soon the other opener Parthiv departed. A Graeme Swann turner took the edge of his willow and Tim Bresnan snatched a neat catch at mid-on. Parthiv fell for 19 and India lost their second wicket on 57.advertisementSoon Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli batted on to increase the tempo and helped India reach past the 100-run mark. The duo continued batting and soon India were way past 200 with a run rate that was hovering close to six an over.Kohli went on to complete his sixth ODI century and it took him just 87 balls to reach the millstone. He hit eight fours and one six in the process.However, even as the fans were celebrating Kohli’s ton, the very next ball sent Dravid back on a Graeme Swann turner. The ball entered Dravid’s bat-pad gate and clipped his off stump. He fell for 69 and India lost their third wicket on 227/3. His 79-ball inning was decorated with four fours.Soon Kohli too headed towards the pavilion, falling in a way he wouldn’t have imagined. He nudged the ball off Swann and went ahead to take a single without realising that his backfoot had hit the wicket. Kohli scored 107 off 93 balls.Then left-handed batsman Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined to hike the run rate even as the English bowlers struggled to find an answer to their charge.It was not until the 49th over that Raina departed. The penultimate ball of Steven Finn’s over saw Raina attempt an untimely slog which was lapped up by Tim Bresnan at extra cover. He fell for 15 when the India total was 284/5.Ravindra Jadeja fell on the first ball of the last over and skipper Dhoni went on to complete his half-century as India posted a fine 304/6.England were given a revised target of 270 in 40 overs (D/L method) as the start of their innings was delayed by intermittent showers. However, the target was revised for a second time to 241 in 34 overs when the match was halted again during their innings.In reply, England got off to a not so impressive start losing their opener Craig Kieswetter early. A R. Vinay Kumar delivery trapped Kieswetter leg-before on 21.Kieswetter was a long way into the crease, but umpire Nigel Llong raised his finger and the batsman was seen walking back when the England total was 27.Post that fall however, the other opener – captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott started batting with resolve. But their effort came a cropper when the match was again halted and the target revised (241 off 340 overs).Post the rain break, the two went on with a fine partnership scoring 79 runs for the second wicket. Captain Cook scored 50 before falling to Kohli on 50 when the team total was 106. Trott went on to score a fine 63 hitting three fours and four over-the-fence shots before departing in 26th over of the innings off Jadeja’s ball.Spinner Jadeja did claim a wicket, but it was his lacklustre bowling that cost India heavily. He was belted across the tract by the English batsmen who scored 52 runs in the five over that he bowled.Finally Ravi Bopara, who had got out on nervous 90s in the last ODI, and young Jonny Bairstow, who led their team to victory putting on a unbeaten 75 runs for the fifth wicket.advertisementThe two turned the course of play with their impressive batting display which reduced the margin from almost two runs a ball to a run a ball and soon the runs were lesser than the number of balls remaining.While Bopara played is safe, rotating the strike nicely and dealing in ones and twos, it was Bairstow whose barrage of shots left Indian bowlers astray. He picked RP Singh and hit boundaries and sixes at will in his over and then repeated the task in Kohli’s over.Bairstow’s unbeaten 41 came off just 21 balls and included three huge sixes and one four. Bopara on the other hand scored a 36-ball 37 decorating his innings with three fours and one six.The two helped England reach the 241-run target with 10 balls and six wickets to spare.There was more disheartening news for India as Munaf Patel injured himself during play on Friday, while Praveen Kumar, India’s best bowler on tour, had to skip the match as he got injured during training on Thursday.
China’s Lu Xiaojun broke two of his own world records as he took the Olympic gold in the men’s 77kg weightlifting category. Lu Xiaojun headed the field with a world record total of 379 kg, one more than his previous world best, and Wednesday set a separate world record of 175 kg in the snatch part of the event, beating his own record of 174 kg.He achieved the overall record with a clean and jerk lift of 204 kg, which he managed on his last lift despite sinking into a squat with the massive weight above his head before completing the lift.”I feel absolutely amazing,” Lu said.Asked about breaking records, he said it was “not bad.””Most of the records were my own to begin with. But I’m very happy.”His compatriot Lu Haoije managed a total of 360 kg to give China a one-two finish, despite injuring his left arm during the competition.”During the second snatch my elbows were stretched. The right not so bad, but the left very bad,” he said.Asked how he was still able to compete, Lu Haoije said: “It is the Olympics. How could I just give up? I just decided to try everything.”Bronze went to Cuba’s Ivan Cambar Rodriguez, who managed a total of 349 kg before watching his two main rivals for third place failing to make their lifts.Thailand’s Chatuphum Chinnawong twice managed to lift the 195 kg weight he needed for bronze above his head in the clean and jerk, but failed to manage a legal lift, while Egyptian lifter Ibrahim Ramadan Ibrahim’s failure at 197 kg was enough to guarantee Cambar Rodriguez a bronze.advertisement