Rohit Sharma’s superb unbeaten 100 led India to a seven-wicket victory over England in a high-scoring third and final Twenty20 International against England on Sunday to earn the touring side a 2-1 victory in the series.Rohit struck five sixes and 11 fours off 56 balls as India chased down their target of 199 with eight balls to spare to finish on 201/3.”That’s the style of my play, assessing the conditions was important. We knew the wicket would be nice to play on. I was trying to hold the shape when playing the big shots,” Rohit, who won the man-of-series and also the man-of-the-match awards, said at the post match presentation ceremony.Rohit became only the second player after New Zealand’s Colin Munro to smash three hundreds in T20Is.A record-equalling century from @ImRo45 and he’s named Player of the Match and of the Series! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/2Wqul8D5q6ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2018Rohit Sharma special but Hardik stands out: Virat KohliHe also became the only player to score at least three centuries in each format of the game.”I like to be calm, not to panic too much, because once you are there you can make up the scoring. With the wicket being so good I just knew I had to stay there,” he said.The other stand out performer in the match was Hardik Pandya, who first picked up a career-best 4/38 and then scored an unbeaten 33 off 14 balls.Also read – Rohit Sharma joins Virat Kohli in elite T20 Internationals listadvertisement”Pandya is a fearless individual and that’s what the team wants him to do,” Rohit said.England made a flying start after being put in to bat, Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler (34) sharing an opening stand of 94 in under eight overs,(Highlights | Report)Roy smashed seven sixes and four fours before Alex Hales (30) and Jonny Bairstow (25) chipped in with useful contributions to lift the hosts to an imposing total of 198/9.Unfortunately for England, the Indian batsmen also enjoyed the bright sunshine and short boundaries in Bristol.Also read- MS Dhoni continues record-breaking spree in T20IsLokesh Rahul (19) was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan running back from mid-on and the all-rounder took another outstanding catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli off his own bowling for 43.But Rohit continued to flay the ball all around the ground with a mixture of raw power and sweet timing, finishing on 100 not out before leaving the field to a standing ovation.#ENGvIND T20I series winners! pic.twitter.com/bEtMAnvf9PICC (@ICC) July 8, 2018The sides start a three-match One Day International series on Thursday before playing five Tests.(With inputs from Reuters)
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell is one among the many greats who has entered the Virat Kohli fan club thanks to the Indian superstar’s record-breaking run in international cricket over the past few years.Kohli, the No. 1 batsman in Test cricket, has been at the top of his game for quite some time now having scored runs all around the world in all formats.England was the only country which Kohli hadn’t conquered after going through his worst phase in Test cricket on India’s tour in 2014.Virat Kohli retains top Test ranking after 104 runs in Southampton TestFour years down the line Kohli has not only buried the demons of the past, but has also emerged as the highest run-getter in the ongoing five-match series against England.Kohli has been the only batsman from the visiting team who has scored runs consistently in the four matches and now has a total of 544 runs at an average of 68 with two hundreds and three half-centuries.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainIt takes a player with special abilities to please a man like Chappell and Kohli has managed to do just that with his prolific run in England.”I don’t know that there are many with more will to succeed than Virat. He has a real desire. Something’s driving him that is beyond what most people are capable of. I think we still haven’t seen the best of him. I think maybe not better to come, but more of the good to come. What he has done in England on this tour has been quite exceptional, ” Chappell told CricketNext in an exclusive interview.advertisementVirat Kohli 2nd fastest Indian behind Sunil Gavaskar to reach 6000 Test runs”He has probably exceeded what anyone would have expected. I think after (Sachin) Tendulkar, most people felt that’s the pinnacle but sport has a funny way of always throwing somebody up who can exceed what the champions of the past have done. Kohli as well as having great physical talent has the mental capacity and the emotional capacity to deal with what it takes to be successful in that really harsh environment,” the former India coach went on to add.England’s lower order made all the difference: Virat Kohli on series lossAfter breaking records all over the world, Kohli went to England and carried on in the same vein as he became the first Indian captain and the sixth visiting skipper overall to aggregate over 500 runs in a Test series in the country.Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketKohli also added another feather to his cap during the final innings of the Southampton Test as he completed 4000 runs in Test cricket as captain.He is the fastest to reach the landmark and the first Asian captain to do so after completing 4000 runs in his 65th innings and in his 39th Test against England. He is averaging over 66 with 16 hundreds, nine fifties with a highest score of 243 against Joe Root’s team, which he got last year in New Delhi.India vs England: ‘Kohli sublime as batsman but not so hot as captain’During the first innings of the Southampton Test, Kohli also went past 6000 runs in Test cricket to become the second fastest Indian to reach the landmark behind Sunil Gavaskar.It is therefore a real shame that Kohli has been waging a lone battle for India with the bat in this series. While the fast bowlers have done exceedingly well in England, it has been the top-order batsmen who have failed to back them up.The likes of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have found it difficult to deal with the seaming conditions in England which is why the visitors are now trailing 1-3 in the five-match series with the final Test to be played at The Oval in London from September 7.
Driver’s championship leader Lewis Hamilton has inched closer to securing his fifth Formula One title. If he goes on to win the championship in the 2018 season it will put him on level with Juan Manuel Fangio with five titles.Hamilton will also edge closer to seven-time champion Michael Schumacher’s all-time record if he wins the title this weekend in Austin, but he said on Wednesday that chasing the German great was never part of his plan.The Mercedes driver will move to within two of Schumacher’s all-time mark if he scores eight points more than his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in Austin on Sunday.Yet Hamilton said that he realised his lifelong ambition in 2015 when he equalled the tally of his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian triple champion who died in 1994, and that chasing Schumacher’s mark was never his aim.”Honestly that has never been my goal. I started out with the goal to match Ayrton Senna or to equalise with Ayrton Senna who is my … who’s the guy that I aspire to be like,” Hamilton told Reuters.”And I equalled him two years ago. So since then it’s kind of been going into unknown territory.”So I mean Michael’s stats are incredible and still quite a long way away, but I’m here for some time still, so I’m just going to keep working hard and keep trying to do what I do and what I love and enjoy it and we’ll see where it takes us.”Mamma I made it, that’s me on the @Nasdaq building in Times Square pic.twitter.com/Q91msWE0wvadvertisementLewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 17, 2018Hamilton is 67 points clear of Vettel with three races and a maximum 75 points remaining after Texas, and will fancy his chances of sewing up the title having won five of the past six races at the Circuit of the Americas — including the last four.Yet with so much riding on the weekend, Hamilton said now is not the time to make changes to his approach.”The approach that I’ve had up until now has worked very well,” said Hamilton. “So we naturally want to win this weekend. So diligence and going through the same steps in terms of getting the car to where it needs to be through the weekend, I feel naturally relaxed and I know what I’m going to do.”An iconic moment from last year’s #USGP! @LewisHamilton doing the Lightning Bolt with the man himself, @usainbolt!! pic.twitter.com/mJfZnPP5yAMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 16, 2018Hamilton has already won nine races so far this season and looks likely to end the year in double figures, which is no mean feat considering he feels this year has been tougher than any he has experienced before.”This year has been the most intensive, the cars the faster, the requirement on the driver’s side physically and mentally is on another level,” said Hamilton.”We’ve been fighting another team who have had the upper hand for a long part of the season. So collectively as a team we’ve had to go above and beyond to deliver more than them.”(With inputs from Reuters)
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni received the Padma Bhushan – the third highest civilian honour – from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.Dhoni was elated after being conferred with the honour, as he thanked “the men and women in uniform”.”An honour to get the Padma Bhushan and receiving it in Uniform increases the excitement ten folds. Thanks to all the Men and Women in Uniform and their families for the Sacrifices they make so that all of us could enjoy our Constitutional Rights,” Dhoni posted on social media.Photos from the event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan flooded social media, with many commending the former Indian captain for the gesture. Photos of Dhoni with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva had already gone viral.WATCH DHONI RECEIVE PADMA BHUSHANIn one of the pictures, Ziva can be seen wearing his fathers ‘maroon beret’ as she poses proudly with father. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also posted a photo with Dhoni and Sakshi. Dhoni, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, was dressed in uniform and marched up to the President when his name was called upon. The Padma Bhushan was presented to five people including Dhoni and billiards champion Pankaj Advani.MS Dhoni salutes armed forces after receiving Padma BhushanDhoni had won the Khel Ratna back in 2007, the padma Srhi in 2009. He was given the lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army in 2011 and th erank of Para Tropper in 2015. His Biographical film, M.S. Dhoni the unr=tod Story, realesed in the year 2016.advertisementPHOTOS: MS Dhoni, in full army uniform, receives Padma Bhushan from President Ram Nath KovindWhat made the award even more special was that exactly seven years ago Dhoni had hit that famous six off Nuwan Kulasekara to help India lift the ICC World Cup trophy at the Wankhede on April 2, 2011.The ball struck the meat of the bat and the sound of it assured everyone in the stadium that India will lift the World Cup again after a gap of 28 years and Mahi’s follow through became an iconic picture.April 2, 2011: Celebrating India’s World Cup triumph 7 years agoBut, these are all known facts. What is relatively less known is the fact that Dhoni’s Reebok labelled bat is the most expensive bat in the history of the game.Did you know that MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup final bat is the most expensive ever?That bat of the former India captain was auctioned and bough for 100,000 pounds (USD 161,295) by R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India), at M.S Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London on 18 July, 2011.Dhoni will next be seen walking out for Chennai Super Kings in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League against Mumbai Indians on April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sao Paulo, Dec 24 (IANS) Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho refused to rejoin the Brazilian national football team because of the threats and insults made against his family on social media following his disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the squad’s coach, Adenor Leonardo “Tite” Bacchi, said in an interview this weekend.Tite told Sport TV that he contacted Fernandinho after the World Cup to discuss his role on the projected roster for upcoming matches, but the 33-year-old Man City player said he had promised his family that he would not return to the national team, reports Efe news.”The first player that I wanted to call up (after the World Cup) was Fernandinho. The number one. He’s an extraordinary player, he gives you everything he’s got,” the national team coach said.Fernandinho, whose name is Fernando Luiz Roza, was on the field when Germany blew out Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup and had an own goal against Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals in Russia last summer.Belgium edged Brazil 2-1, eliminating the South American squad from the tournament and leaving Brazilian fans dejected.After the World Cup, Fernandinho was criticised endlessly by fans and found himself the target, along with his family, of attacks on social media.”I went to speak with him in person because the Brazilian team is very proud to have a player with his dignity and professionalism. I’m not dumb enough to call up a bad player. I hope he sees the light, I’m going to support him alot,” Tite said.–IANStri/vmadvertisement
Not willing to reveal their tactics, India and Oman will play behind closed doors their final international friendly before the AFC Asian Cup, in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.A day prior to the match at the Baniyas Stadium, India’s head coach Stephen Constantine stressed they “haven’t come here expecting to play easy games”.The match is part of Blue Tigers’ preparation for the forthcoming Asian Cup. Both the head coaches have decided on playing behind closed doors, the result of which there won’t be any telecast of the match and the crowd and media will be missing from the stands.India begin their campaign in the Asian Cup against Thailand on January 6.Commenting on the match against Oman, Constantine stated: “It’s going to be extremely hard. We have come here to play the big boys of Asia. We played against the likes of Jordan, China. We need to play these sort of games to prepare in the best possible fashion.”Oman are currently ranked 82 in the FIFA rankings, while India are at 97. India last played Oman in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers twice, with Oman winning on both occasions.”We were very unlucky to lose the first leg in Bengaluru,” Constantine reflected. “That was our first group stage game in the qualifiers. But we are a much improved side now, and much younger.”Central midfielder Pronay Halder, who wasn’t part of the squad in the first-leg in Bengaluru complemented his coach, saying “we are a much matured side now”.advertisement”We have matured a lot since then. Our organisation on the field is much better compared to what we were in 2015,” he opined.India have been the first team to land in Abu Dhabi for the Asian Cup.”The facilities have been superb and it has been going on according to the plan so far. We have done our homework as well,” Constantine insisted.In the continental showpiece, India are looking to improve on their showing from the last time they took part in the tournament, in the 2011 edition, when they suffered three heavy defeats for a group stage-exit.India’s 13-match unbeaten run under Constantine has given them hope of a better outing this time around, coming into the event not long after scaling their second-best ranking in the FIFA chart.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri and I have a telepathic understanding on the pitch, says Jeje LalpekhluaAlso Read | Gouramangi Singh feels hosts UAE will be India’s toughest match
Mumbai Rockets will face Bengaluru Raptors in the set up a summit clash of the Premier Badminton League Season 4 in Bengaluru on Sunday.Mumbai will hope to be third time lucky in the final on Sunday after losses to the Delhi Acers and the Chennai Smashers in the first two seasons.What time does Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets match in Premier Badminton League 2018-19 final start?The PBL 2018-19 match between Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets will start at 7 PM IST at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.What TV channel and live streaming is the Premier Badminton League 2018-19 final match between Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will live stream Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets match.Where will the PBL 2018-19 final match between Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets be played?The PBL 2018-19 final match Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets will be played at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.Where can I watch the Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.What are the squads for the PBL 2018-19 final match between Bengaluru Raptors vs Mumbai Rockets?Bengaluru RaptorsKidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Hendra Setiawan, Lauren Smith, Marcus Ellis, Mithun Manjunath, Mohammad Ahsan, Sanjana Santosh, Thi Trang Vu, Tien Minh NguyenMumbai RocketsLee Young Dae, Anders Antonsen, Anura Prabhudesai, Kim Gi Jung, Kuhoo Garg, Manu Attri, Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth, Pratul Joshi, Sameer Verma, Shreyanshi Pardeshiadvertisement
Flipkart will be hosting Republic Days sale on its platform starting January 19. For the Flipkart Plus users the Republic Days sale begins on Jan 19, but for the rest, it kicks off only on Jan 20. The sale will end for all on Jan 22. During the sale, Flipkart will be offering big discounts on products across categories including smartphones. Flipkart will be selling phones from all ranges during the Republic Days sale. There will be great discount offers on phones and one of the best ones will be on the very recently launched Redmi Note 6 Pro.The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro will be sold with a flat discount of Rs 1,000 on Flipkart during the Republic Days sale. This means the interested buyers can grab the Redmi Note 6 Pro for a low price of Rs 12,999. This will definitely be one of the best deals on Flipkart during the sale. The original price of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is Rs 13,999. This is for the base model of the phone that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.Flipkart is yet to reveal whether both the variants of the Redmi Note 6 Pro will see the Rs 1,000 price drop. If both the version get the price cut the 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage will sell for Rs 14,999 which currently sells for Rs 15,999. Possibly, all the colour variants of the Redmi Note 6 Pro including red, blue, black, and rose gold will be available on discount. Notably, this is for the first every time that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for a discounted price. To recall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro was launched in India back in November last year. This is undoubtedly one of the best camera Note from Xiaomi so far. The smartphone sports two cameras on both rear and front panel. On the rear panel the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth shots. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro consists of a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with a 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.advertisementDuring the same Republic Days sale, Flipkart will also be selling the Poco F1 for discounted price. During the sale, the Xiaomi Poco F1 will be available for a starting price of Rs 18,999. This price will be for the base model of the phone that comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model of the Poco F1 will sell for Rs 21,999, while the 6GB RAM/256GB will be available for Rs 25,999. Additionally, Flipkart will also be offering extra discounts on the Poco F1.For the Republic Days sale, Flipkart will be partnering with the State Bank of India to offer 10 per cent instant discount to buyers shopping with SBI credit cards. Meanwhile, Amazon India will also be hosting Great Indian sale starting Jan 20 which will end on Jan 23. For the Prime users, the Amazon Great India sale will kick off a day early on Jan 19.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro February launch: Waterdrop notch, Snapdragon 675, 48MP camera and all we know so farALSO READ | Redmi Note 6 Pro review: Phone with best camera performance under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and Snapdragon 660 launched, India price could be around Rs 10,500
England were absolutely demolished by West Indies pacer Kemar Roach on Thursday and were bowled out in the first innings of the first Test for a mere 77 runs — their lowest-ever Test total against the West Indies. England were batting in response to 289 all-out by West Indies in their first innings at Bridgetown in Barbados.England’s score of 77 was also the lowest total by any side in 54 Tests at Bridgetown. Last year in March, England were bowled out for 58 by New Zealand in Auckland but apart from that, this is England’s lowest total in seven years.Kemar Roach was the wrecker in chief for West Indies as he returned with figures of 5 for 17 out of the 11 overs he bowled. He picked the big wickets of Rory Burns (2), Jonny Bairstow (12), Ben Stokes (0), Jos Buttler (4) and Moeen Ali (0).Keaton Jennings was the highest run-scorer for England, having put 17 runs on board before falling to Jason Holder.WEST INDIES VS ENGLAND, 1ST TEST DAY 2 BRIDGETOWNApart from the Roach show, Holder and Alzarri Joseph picked two wickets each while Shannon Gabriel picked a solitary wicket.ANDERSON EQUALS IAN BOTHAMAnderson completes his 27th five-for in Test cricket, Stokes finishes with 4/59 as the Windies tail is cleared up in the first hour of day two, Shimron Hetmyer top-scoring for the hosts with 81.#WIvENG LIVE https://t.co/wcA4kP6TbM pic.twitter.com/j8NCZHqFMgICC (@ICC) January 24, 2019Earlier in the day, pace bowler James Anderson equalled an Ian Botham record when he took five wickets as England dismissed West Indies for 289 in the first innings.advertisementAnderson’s 27th five-wicket haul matched Botham’s tally, a record for England, and was instrumental in keeping West Indies’ total below 300 at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.He picked up one more scalp on Thursday morning — tailender Alzarri Joseph for a duck — as the Windies added 25 runs to their overnight total, with England taking nearly an hour to mop up the final two wickets.Anderson finished with five for 46 off 30 tight overs, while fellow paceman Ben Stokes chipped in with 4-59.Shimron Hetmyer was the last man out, caught behind off Stokes going for an agricultural slog.Hetmyer, who will play for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming Indian Premier League Twenty20, top scored with a highly impressive, hard-hitting 81 off 109 balls.While England opted to field two spinners, West Indies went with a four-pronged pace attack on a pitch that, while not exactly fiery, was offering some reward.The teams are playing a three-Test series in the Caribbean.(With Reuters inputs)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim for yet another victory and keep their slim chances of making it to the playoffs alive when they take on the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.RCB would take a lot of confidence from their last victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which they registered despite heroics from MS Dhoni in a nail-biting clash.The inclusion of Dale Steyn has strengthened their bowling attack who is not only providing the early breakthroughs but also is instilling confidence in others bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini. Their batting boasts off having world class batters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who have been in good form in the tournament.KXIP, on the other hand, lost their previous game against the Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the national capital.Apart from KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, their batsmen have not been performing — a worrying sign for the Punjab-based franchise who are at the fifth position in the points table. Their bowling has also been not great with bowlers leaking runs and not picking up wickets at crucial junctures of the game.RCB would be the more confident side going into the match, having beaten the KXIP the last time these two teams met at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on April 13.Where will the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KXIP be played?advertisementThe IPL 2019 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab will be played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KXIP live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KXIP?You can follow our coverage here- www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KXIP?Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Tim Southee, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Kulwant Khejroliya, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas BarmanKings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Chakravarthy, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet BrarAlso Read | Shame to leave IPL midway when RCB is winning: Moeen Ali
South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir ran off for his trademark celebration after he bowled England opener Jonny Bairstow in the opening match of World Cup 2019 at The Oval in London on Thursday. He is now the 1st spinner in World Cup history to bowl the 1st over.Imran Tahir who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League won the Purple Cap in 2019 while Jonny Bairstow, who formed a formidable opening partnership with David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad, had a great season as well.England vs South Africa, CWC 19 opener: Live Cricket ScoreMadan Lal bowled the first-ever ball in a World Cup during the inaugural edition in 1975. Andy Roberts bowled the first ball of the 1979 World Cup to Sunil Gavaskar in West Indies vs India opener. Richard Hadlee bowled the first over of the 1983 World Cup.In 1987, Vinothen John of Sri Lanka opened the proceedings with the new ball in their opener against Pakistan. In 1992, it was Craig McDermott who bowled the first over of the World Cup in a Trans-Tasman clash between Australia and New Zealand.In 1996, Dominic Cork of England had the opportunity to bowl the first over of the World Cup and Darren Gough in 1999. Shaun Pollock of South Africa began proceedings in the 2003 World Cup at home while Umar Gul began things in the 2007 World Cup. Bangladesh’s Shafiul Islam bowled the first over of the 2011 World Cup and Nuwan Kulasekara bowled the first over of the 2015 World Cup.Imran Tahir wins the opening salvoadvertisementIn the first match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bowl against arguably the most dangerous ODI batting side in world cricket. England have talked up their chances of scoring 500 runs in 50 overs. With the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler in the line-up, many feel that is a distinct possibilty.However, the opening salvo on the opening day was won by Imran Tahir after he did Jonny Bairstow in with a gem. Out for zero, Bairstow walked back to the pavillion dejected but Imran Tahir set off to start his now famous celebration.During the Indian Premier League 2019, Tahir’s CSK captain MS Dhoni had said he and Shane Watson do not want to run alongside Tahir during his celebrations.It’s great fun to watch Tahir celebrate. But we have made it very clear that me and Watson we are never coming to him once he gets a wicket because more often he runs to the other side. For me and Watson, it’s a bit difficult when you are not 100% fit. Why go over there and congratulate. The good thing is he finishes his lap and comes back to the same place. So that’s the time we say, ‘yeah, very well done..well bowled’ and we go back to our fielding positions,” MS Dhoni had joked during the 2019 IPL.Also See:
After years of speculation over her retirement, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday said she plans to hang her gloves after winning the elusive gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.The 36-year-old has been the inspiring force in Indian boxing. In her 18-year long illustrious career, she has won six World Championships, an Olympic bronze medal, and five Asian Championships.Besides being an active and top-level boxer, she is also a sitting Rajya Sabha MP.”After 2020 I want to retire. So my main mission is to get a gold for India. I really really want to win ( gold),” Mary Kom said on the sidelines of an event organised by Colgate.Mary Kom won the the bronze medal in the flyweight category at the 2012 London Olympics. She now aims to change the shade of her medal to gold.”I always try my best to give a medal to the country and if possible a gold. I will be starting my preparation for the Olympic qualifiers and the World Championship. I want to win a gold medal this time.”The boxing fraternity is facing tumultuous conditions in the run up to the Olympics next year. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stripped the International Boxing Association (AIBA) from hosting events at the Tokyo Olympics.The IOC has announced that it will prepare a new calendar for Olympic qualifiers between January and May next year and it may even have a re-look at the weight categories. Indian pugilists are stuck in a limbo but Mary Kom feels it is beneficial for her if the qualifiers are held next year.advertisement”It is actually better for me I will get more time to prepare,” she said.”We are training regularly for all competitions not just the Olympics. In the World Championship, I will get to know the opponents, what their strengths and weaknesses are. Accordingly I can prepare. I will also get extra time for preparing if the qualifiers are held later.”After failing to qualify for the Rio Games, Mary Kom had changed her weight category to 48kg in December 2016 but now the pugilist from Manipur is back to competing in the 51kg.Asked about the transition, Mary Kom said: “51kg category is not new for me. I was fighting in this category 4-5 years back. It was not continuous because I kept changing my weight.Also Read | Boxing league likely to happen in August or September: BFI president Ajay SinghAlso Read | Indian Open Boxing: Mary Kom feels disrespected with opponent Nikhat Zareen’s challengeAlso See
Brazilian soccer star Neymar’s agents said on Friday that he and some of his sponsors had agreed to suspend some advertising campaigns following an allegation that he raped a woman in Paris last month.NR Sports, which holds the rights to Neymar’s name and image, said in a statement that no sponsorship contract had been cancelled and it did not provide details on what ad campaigns had been suspended.”All the partners, for obvious reasons, are alert and aware of the unfolding events,” the NR Sports statement said in part.A Brazilian woman accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. Sao Paulo police are investigating the accusation against Neymar, who plays his club soccer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.The woman told investigators that she met Neymar on Instagram. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room.After media reports on the allegation, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, in which he denied the accusations, said he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.On Thursday, Nike Inc said it was very concerned about the rape accusation, raising questions about its sponsorship of one of the sport’s most famous players.A press representative for Mastercard in Brazil confirmed to Reuters that the company had planned an advertising campaign to coincide with this month’s Copa America tournament but she did not confirm reports in Brazil’s three biggest newspapers that Mastercard had decided to suspend Neymar’s featuring in it.advertisementU.S. press representatives for Mastercard did not reply to requests for comment.Also Read | Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against NeymarAlso Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also See
Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa raised a quite a lot of eyebrows on Sunday when he was seen putting his hands inside his pocket and then rubbing the ball during the World Cup 2019 match against India at The Oval in London.The videos and pictures of Adam Zampa rubbing the ball each time after he put his hands inside his pocket went viral on social media. Zampa was seen taking something out of his pocket before bowling.Fans on social media immediately started to talk about the incident and some even claimed that Zampa was tampering with the ball during his spell.Adam Zampa tamper with ball against India ! @ICC @BCCI @cricketworldcup @imVkohli @msdhoni @sachin_rt @SGanguly99 @virendersehwag @cricketcomau pic.twitter.com/uKFJ612hKrSagar Tayde (@SagarTa47360539) June 9, 2019Did #AdamZampa just tampered the Ball ?? #CWC19 #INDvAUS#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/dRHcOxp1NUSP (@SuneelPofficial) June 9, 2019But Australia captain Aaron Finch revealed after the match that Zampa had hand warmers in his pockets, which he carries in every game. Zampa went wicketless in the match and conceded 50 runs from his 6 overs.”I haven’t seen the photos, but I know that he has hand warmers in his pocket. He has them every single game he plays. I honestly haven’t seen them, so I can’t comment too much on it. But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game,” Finch said at the post-match press conference after Australia’s 36-run loss against India in London.The video footage and pictures immediately brought back memories of the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia last year when Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing sandpaper on the ball on the big screen at the ground.advertisementBancroft was suspended for 9 months by Cricket Australia for that incident while then-Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year each.The tainted duo of Warner and Smith made their comeback into the national team at the World Cup this year and have been booed by the crowd in England on several occasions already.Even on Sunday, Steve Smith was booed by a section of the crowd at The Oval following which India captain Virat Kohli asked the crowd to stop.If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I’d apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it either.#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019India crushed Australia by 36 runs to register their second successive victory and bring an end to Australia’s 10-match unbeaten streak in ODIs. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup.India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan (117) and captain Kohli’s (82) knocks to post a mammoth 352 for 5 after winning the toss and then bowled out Australia for 316 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking 3 wickets each. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup while India had defeated South Africa in their opening match.”Just one of those games, they outplayed us. You look at everything (when asked if he’d change the combination). You assess the conditions; you look for different combinations and different balances over time.”They got 120 off the last 10 overs and which is a lot. We didn’t bowl well. With so much batting to come, makes it tough to stop. There wasn’t huge amount on offer (help for the bowlers). We could have been straighter, dried up (runs) a little bit at times. They (India) bat very deep, you want to go for wickets, Finch told in the post match presentation,” Finch said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | India outplayed us, says Aaron Finch after defeatAlso Read | Apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of crowd, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Cricket World Cup 2019: Points TallyAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs India
India opener Rohit Sharma continued his dream run in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a hundred against arch-rivals Pakistan in their big-ticket match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.Rohit Sharma is now the 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to score a hundred against Pakistan in a World Cup match. Overall, this is Rohit Sharma’s 24th hundred in ODIs and 3rd in World Cups.Rohit Sharma’s Manchester hundred (85 balls) is also the 3rd fastest by an Indian batsman against Pakistan in ODI cricket. Virender Sehwag, with his 80-ball hundred in Karachi in 2008, holds the record and he is also on the second spot (84-ball hundred in Kochi in 2005).HITMAN #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/IOTux8x4JlBCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 2019Rohit Sharma looked in imperious touch as he took the onus of taking the attack to the Pakistan bowlers in the first powerplay after India were sent in to bat. Rohit was dismissed for 0 in the Champions Trophy 2017 final which India lost but the seasoned campaigner showed no signs of nerves as he went about his job in a nonchalant manner.Rohit got to his fifty in just 34 balls, his fastest in ODI cricket. The India opener took Hassan Ali and leg-spinner Shadab Khan to the cleaners hitting massive sixes against them, much to the delight of the sea of blue at Old Trafford.Rohit and his new opening partner in ODIs, KL Rahul also became the first Indian pair to stitch a 100-run stand vs Pakistan in World Cup history, going past Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Sidhu’s record from the 1996 World Cup.advertisementIndia vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreRohit had helped India begin their World Cup 2019 campaign on a high as he hit an unbeaten 122 as India gunned down 228-run target with ease. Against Australia, Rohit hit a stylish 57 as he and Shikhar Dhawan bullied the Australian pace attack.On Sunday, Rohit Sharma was watchful against Mohammad Amir before he opened his arms against Hassan Ali. Rohit and KL Rahul became the first opening pair from India to post a 100 + opening stand against Pakistan in a World Cup match. Besides, Rohit Sharma once again overtook MS Dhoni in the race for most sixes in ODI by an Indian.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul break Tendulkar-Sidhu World Cup recordAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul break Tendulkar-Sidhu World Cup recordAlso See:
Pakistan will take on Afghanistan in another must-win match of World Cup 2019 at Headingley in Leeds on Saturday. Pakistan need to win both their remaining matches and hope for favourable results in matches of other teams too to make it to the top four by the end of the tournament.Sarfaraz’s men bounced back after crushing defeat against India and went onto register thumping wins over South Africa and New Zealand.Pakistan’s bowling looks perfect with Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz all chipping with crucial wickets. Their batting has also been bolstered by the inclusion of Haris Sohail who has contributed heavily in Pakistan’s last two wins. Also, with Babar Azam coming to his usual best, one can expect Pakistan to outstage Afghanistan.Afghanistan, on the other hand, have not been able to register a single win in the tournament so far. Their bowling has looked ok with all their spinners performing. But it’s their batting which has let them down in all the matches. The batsmen just have not been able to score and it has been a cause of concern for them.So with a lot riding on the game on Saturday and a host of superstars taking to the field, here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenFakhar Zaman is averaging 32.80 in this tournament and will be a good option as the first opener. Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib can be your other opener as he looked good against Bangladesh before falling to Shakib-al-Hasan.advertisementBabar Azam scored an unbeaten century against New Zealand which helped Pakistan chase down the target with six wickets in hand. Along with Babar (101*), Haris Sohail also made a significant contribution with the bat and scored 68 runs. These two must be your premium picks.WicketkeeperIkram Ali Khil has not been good with the bat or behind the stumps as a wicketkeeper which is why Sarfaraz Ahmed would be a safe bet as the wicketkeeper. He is averaging 30.50 with the bat and has affected 11 dismissals so far in six matches.All-roundersThe experienced Mohammad Hafeez, who has scored 207 runs with an average of 34.50 in six innings, should be your first choice all-rounder in your XI today. Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan can be your second all-rounder as he made handy contribution with the bat against India and has picked 7 wickets in the tournament.BowlersMohammad Amir is the obvious choice as the frontline pacer. He is third on the list of highest wicket-takers in the tournament with 16 and is averaging 17.87. Wahab Riaz can be your second Pakistani bowler in your dream XI.The trio of Rashid Khan, Rahmat Shah and Mujeeb Ur Rehman can turn the tables against Pakistan with their mystery spin.Pakistan vs Afghanistan Dream11 suggested Playing XI:Fakhar Zaman, Gulbadan Naib, Babar Azam (captain), Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Amir (vice-captain), Wahab Riaz, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Squads:Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed(Captain), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain.Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad , Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(Captain), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Jonny Bairstow says critics want England to fail, Michael Vaughan furiousAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma takes to social media to suggest he wasn’t outAlso Watch:
The second phase of road improvements in the Bridgeport West development near the new Seaboard Triumph pork plant was approved Monday afternoon by the city council.The council voted 5-0 to award a nearly 2.2 million dollar contract to Steve Harris Construction of Homer, Nebraska.The work includes improvements at multiple intersections including widening South Patton Street at Bridgeport Drive and Murray and placing traffic signals at the Murray intersection.There’s also plans for a traffic signal at Harbor Drive and Singing Hills Boulevard and adding a lane to the southbound I-29 exit ramp at Singing Hills.A realignment of Boulevard of Champions at Patton is also planned.The work is expected to begin August 14th and be completed by the end of the year.
Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.The lawsuits were filed Friday in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned Parenthood affiliates covering New York City and six states including Iowa and Nebraska.Planned Parenthood says the lawsuits are intended to protect the future of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program from what they termed ineffective abstinence-only curriculums.The Trump administration has announced that it would end funding for what Planned Parenthood called science-based portions of the program.AP
Le Mars based Wells Enterprises has acquired Fieldbrook Foods of Dunkirk, New York, from Arbor Investments.The purchase expands Wells’ current manufacturing capacity.Mike Wells, CEO and president of Wells, released a statement that the combination creates a stronger platform for growth and positions them to better serve customers, as well as providing a more geographically diverse footprint.Wells is the #3 ice cream manufacturer in the U.S.Fieldbrook operates two manufacturing facilities in New York and New Jersey.Wells and Fieldbrook will employ over 3,800 people and produce close to 200 million gallons of ice cream annually.