first_imgPrithvi Shaw became the fourth youngest batsman in history to score a hundred on Test debut during the first match against West Indies in Rajkot. The 18-year-old is now the youngest Indian to achieve the feat. Before him, only 14 players had scored a hundred on debut.Shaw has continued his journey as a boy wonder. He announced his arrival with a record-shattering 546 off 330 balls in school cricket as a 14-year-old. By 2017, he was setting more records.In January 2017, he scored a hundred on Ranji Trophy debut. Later that year, he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the youngest debut centurion in Duleep Trophy.A few months later, Prithvi Shaw led India to glory in the under-19 World Cup. By then, the cricket world was enamoured by him and he went on to bag a Rs 1.20 crore contract with Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 IPL Auction.WATCH PRITHVI SHAW AT INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE 2018In August 2018, Shaw was named in the Indian squad for the last two Tests in England. However, he did not get a game there.And when Shikhar Dhawan was left out of the Test squad for the series against West Indies, it was obvious Shaw would get his first cap at home. On October 3, the Indian team management announced Prithvi Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, would become India’s 293rd Test cricketer.Shaw grabbed the opportunity with both hands and struck a hundred on debut, eventually getting out at 134 off 154 deliveries.Also read – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaadvertisementMonths before his debut, Prithvi Shaw had shown how matured and level headed he was at the India Today Conclave 2018. When asked if he had ever imagined sitting with the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ajinkya Rahane and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri as a 14-year-old, Shaw had replied: “Not really… not when I was 14 years old.. but I really wanted to be in the Indian side. I was looking to get into the under-19, the state side and then the Indian side. I was not thinking directly for the Indian team.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | Scorecard”Obviously there were lots of steps ahead.. there’s the under-16 stage and you have to score there. I am feeling very proud sitting with all seniors over here. After the (U-19 Word Cup), a lot has changed but there’s a lot more to come in my career. And I have to really work hard for it,” Shaw had said.Also read – Prithvi Shaw’s majestic debut Test hundred floors India cricket legendsAsked if he was okay handling the burden of expectations after his success at the Under-19 World Cup, Shaw said he would rather enjoy the process than get bogged down by pressure.”I think there’s no pressure. It’s all about how much you enjoy the game and when you score runs. Some players take time.. Virat sir reached there. He was picked for the Indian team after the U-19 World Cup.Also read – 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to score half-century on Test debut”Cricket is a funny game… there are ups and down. It’s all about handling pressure. When the time comes, you will get in,” Shaw said.And Prithvi Shaw right. When the time came, he did get in. There were no nerves. There was no pressure, at least to those of watching him play those glorious shots. Instead, there were plenty of runs and there was plenty of applause.For over a session on Thursday, young Prithvi Shaw loomed large even over Cheteshwar Pujara, who preferred to play in the teenager’s shadows.last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s U-19 women’s team trampled Pakistan in a mammoth victory as they scored 18 goals past the neighbours in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers opener on Wednesday.Renu put up a five-star performance and scored five goals of the total 18 herself. All of Renu’s goals came in the second half as India earned a massive victory in their first match in Thailand. Apart from Renu, Manisha also registered a solid hat-trick.The Indians dived right into the game from kick-off itself and maintained the intensity on their opponents right through the match, as they took the scoreline well into double figures.Manisha opened India’s account in just the second minute after a melee inside the box saw her end up with some space from close range and she got her shot to the back of the net.This goal opened the floodgates, as Manisha scored another (25′), while Devneta also netted twice (9′ and 25′). Daya Devi got into the act, scoring in the 27th minute. Meanwhile, Pakistan goalkeeper Eman Fayyaz scored an own goal, to round off a marvellous first 30 minutes for India.India U-19 girls lead 9-0 against Pakistan at Half-Time in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers.#ShePower #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 24, 2018Papki Devi and captain Jabamani Tudu also scored two in injury time of the first half, to make it 9-0 at half-time. India went on to score exactly the same number of goals in the second half of the opener as well.advertisementThe Indian girls picked up the second half right where they left off, as Manisha and Daya Devi scored two more goals soon after the kickoff.Renu, who was brought on in the second half, responded with utmost brilliance scoring five past Eman Fayyaz. Her supreme form meant that coach Alex Ambrose decided to push Devneta Roy back into the hole while Renu led the line.Roja Devi (59′) Soumyta Guguloth (77′) scored the other two goals, to make it 18-0 for India.”It was a great result for us. This kind of a win gives a lot of boost to our girls, and hopefully, we can go ahead and do better in the next game as well,” India head coach Alex Ambrose said after the match. This was India’s opening match of the AFC Women’s Championship Qualifiers. (AIFF Photo)Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Mohammad Siddique Sheikh opined that it is a learning curve for Pakistan, as their players were on the pitch for the first time after a long gap.”We were banned by FIFA for three and a half years. So we played absolutely no football back then. India have already started an impressive development of their women’s game. We are just starting out on that front. It will take time, but we have to treat this as a learning experience,” Sheikh said.last_img read more

first_imgIndia hockey team goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh had to fly back home from Hockey World Cup 2018 action in Bhubaneshwar to check up on his ailing father, PV Raveendran who has been hospitalised due to a heart problem.Sreejesh’s departure comes at a time when the national hockey team, under coach Harendra Singh, are preparing for their final Pool C game against Canada, scheduled for December 8.Nonetheless, the seasoned goalkeeper, who has been brilliant between the sticks in the ongoing global spectacle, will return to Bhubaneswar from Kerala before the Canada tie. In fact, the star player from Thiruvananthapuram will join the Indian camp as early as on Wednesday night, according to The Times of India.Sreejesh missed the training session on Wednesday morning and was also absent from a felicitation meet organised by Odisha Police at the Fan Park at the Kalinga Stadium, which has been hosting the Hockey World Cup matches.Coach Harendra said Sreejesh was allowed to leave the Indian camp as there was a big gap between their second Pool C match against Belgium and the one against Canada. Notably, the fifth-ranked team came up with an inspired performance during their 2-2 draw against higher-ranked Red Lions on December 2.India are favourites to top the four-team pool and secure a direct quarter-final berth as consolidated their numero uno position after the stiff test against Belgium. Harendra’s men are tied on points with Belgium but are the Pool C toppers as they have a better goal difference than the highest ranked team in the group.advertisementWhile India are expected to win their match against Canada, Belgium will face South Africa, who were blanked 5-0 by the hosts in their opener, on December 8.Also Read | Indian team utilised crowd’s energy, says coach Harendra SinghAlso Read | Canada, South Africa keep knockout hopes alive after 1-1 drawlast_img read more

first_imgIsha Ambani and Anand Piramal are all set to tie the knot in a grand ceremony on December 12 at Antilia in Mumbai.The couple kickstarted the celebrations with pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur, which was attended by the biggest names from Bollywood, sports, politics and business.For her sangeet ceremony, the bride-to-be, Isha Ambani was a vision to behold as she exuded regal charm in all the outfits. The pretty lady donned a pink lehenga on the first day of the two-day long functions and we are floored by her beauty and elegance! Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremonyThe diva dazzled in a lehenga intricately crafted with silver metallic embellishments paired with a heavily embellished blouse and a touch of fuchsia pink silver-work studded dupatta.She paired the ensemble with intricate diamond necklace and floral earrings. With side parted lightly-curled hair, strong brows, kohled-eyes, mascara laden lashes, mauve lips, nude make-up and glowing face she accentuated her ensemble.Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal Wedding LIVE Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremonyAll her pre-wedding ceremony looks were so stunning that we can’t wait to see what Isha will don for her grand wedding tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the updates on her grand wedding!ALSO SEE | Khushi Kapoor to Kiara Advani at Isha Ambani sangeet: Celebs who nailed wedding fashionALSO SEE | Aishwarya drags Deepika to the dance floor for Taare Gin Gin at Ambani bash. Oh Ho Ho Ho, we sayALSO SEE | Beyonce sings, twerks and kills it at Isha Ambani pre-wedding bash. See all pics and videosadvertisementALSO SEE | Deepika and Ranveer burn the dance floor at Isha Ambani wedding celebrations. Inside pics and videosALSO SEE | What happened at Ambani sangeet: Mukesh and family on stage to SRK-Gauri’s danceALSO WATCH: Isha and Anand’s regal wedding invitelast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) India and Maldives inked four pacts including in the areas of cooperation in culture, agribusiness and information technology and for easy facilitation of visas.Welcoming the pact on facilitation of visa arrangements, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed satisfaction that this will facilitate many Maldivians who send their children to school in India, to be able to accompany them, a joint statement.It added that the pact will also facilitate easier visa arrangements for Maldivian citizens and their families to come to India for medical treatment.Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that the new agreement will address the common concerns and ensure that people-to-people contacts are enhanced.The Maldives is one of the very few countries with which India has a visa free arrangement.The other agreements were on cultural cooperation, establishing mutual cooperation to improve the ecosystem for agribusiness and joint declaration of intent on cooperation in the field of information & communications technology and electronics.According to the statement, both sides agreed to work together to create institutional linkages and to establish a framework of cooperation in areas of health, mutual legal assistance on criminal matters, investment promotion and tourism.Solih arrived here Sunday on a three-day state visit, his first foreign trip after assuming office in the island nation a month ago. In a joint press statement, Modi said it was matter for honour and pride that Solih chose India as the country for his first foreign visit, On his part, Solih reaffirmed his government’s “India-First Policy” and commitment to working together closely with India.advertisement Modi also announced that India would provide 1,000 additional slots over next five years for training and capacity building in diverse fields including judicial, policing and law-enforcement, audit and financial management, local governance, community development, IT, e-governance, sports, media, youth and women empowerment, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, art and culture.Modi and Solih reaffirmed their “unwavering commitment” and support for increased cooperation in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations both within the region and elsewhere. Both sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on issues of common concern, including piracy, terrorism, organised crime, drugs and human trafficking. It was also agreed to intensify cooperation in the areas of training and capacity building of Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defence Force.Both leaders agreed on the importance of combatting the impacts of climate change, especially detrimental to developing countries, and Small Island Developing States, and the need to work towards strengthening the global response to climate change, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.The two leaders underscored the need for strengthening and reform of multilateral financial institutions and enhancing the voice and participation of developing countries in international economic decision-making. PTI PR PR SOMSOMlast_img read more

first_imgOne of the greatest actors India has ever had was born on December 29, 1942.He was a legendary actor who charmed everyone with the way he delivered his dialogues, slightly tilting his head and speaking in a grave voice. Yes, we are definitely talking about Rajesh Khanna.On his birth anniversary, here are some little-known facts you should not miss about the Kaka of Bollywood:Rajesh Khanna was born as Jatin KhannaHe was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parentsOn his uncle’s advice, he changed his name from Jatin to Rajesh, before starting his career in BollywoodRajesh Khanna was the first Bollywood actor for whom the term ‘superstar’ was coined after he gave the blockbuster hit film AradhanaHe was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG sports carTo get into Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna had to compete in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He was one of the eight finalistsHe made his film debut in the 1966 film, Aakhri Khat which also made entry into OscarsRajesh Khanna gave 15 consecutive superhits as a solo lead hero from 1969-1971The song Roop Tera Mastana was recorded in a single shotMany children born in 1960s and 1970s were named Rajesh, following Rajesh Khanna’s phenomenal rise to stardomThe title role of Mr. India was first offered to Rajesh Khanna. He declined it, as he could not relate to the invisible character of the heroIn his career of 45 years, Khanna did 180 filmsRajesh Khanna was the highest paid actor from 1970-79 and shared the honour with Amitabh Bachchan from 1980-87He was called a ‘Faaltu hero’ because of his eccentric featuresThe pair Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz holds the record for being the romantic on-screen pair with 100 percent success ratio at the Box Office. Rajesh Khanna gave eight blockbusters opposite MumtazHe won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same, fourteen timesHe received the most number of BFJA Awards for Best Actor and was nominated 25 times for it. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industryIn 2005, he was awarded with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTop seed Simona Halep had the odds stacked against her ahead of the Australian Open but the Romanian proved her title credentials with a breezy 6-2 6-3 third round win over multiple Grand Slam winner Venus Willliams on Saturday.The reward for the 27-year-old French Open champion is probably the toughest challenge in the women’s draw at Melbourne Park, a fourth round date with the younger Williams sister, Serena.Coming to the year’s first Grand Slam on a five-match losing streak and without a coach, Halep had to grind her way through the first two rounds with tough three-set wins.”It’s going to be a bigger challenge, but I’m ready to face it.” – @Simona_Halep on playing another Williams sister, #Serena next.#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Sublime effort tonight, @Venuseswilliams #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019She started positively against Venus, though, and broke her twice to take the first set.SI-MO-NA!Top seed @Simona_Halep is through to the 4R, def. #Venus Williams 6-2 6-3.#AusOpen #GameSetMatch (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Venus showed more fight in the second and there was an early trade of breaks before Halep broke again to go 4-3 up before converting her first matchpoint with a forehand winner down the line.You’re welcome, mum @Simona_Halep #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Let’s see that once more, @Simona_Halep.The World No. 1 keeps her dream to become an #AOChampion, alive. #AusOpen #AOFiredUp (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli has promised to be flexible in the ODI series against New Zealand but he was clear the focus would still be on winning matches as India head towards the World Cup. These are the final stages of preparations for the showpiece event and India will be confident after beating Australia in the ODI series last week.MS Dhoni returned to form with three consecutive half-centuries against Australia which has to an extent solved India’s middle-order woes. However, there are still some holes that need to be plugged and Virat Kohli said India will look to do that along the way – they have 10 more ODIs left from hereon before the World Cup and each one of them will be critical.”Winning is going to be a very important factor. When you are playing for your country, you want to win every game you play but the main thing is not to be desperate at this stage,” Kohli told the media on the eve of the first India-New Zealand ODI to be played on January 23.”There needs to be a good atmosphere in the change room and there needs to be a collective effort towards just refining ourselves as a team approaching the World Cup. And if we need to try a few players here and there just to see how they react in different situations or different positions, we are open to doing that as well.”We don’t want to be too rigid because you have to be flexible in your mind and your preparation in order to be prepared for a big tournament like the World Cup. I think we need a good balance of both even if we back a few players to play at some stage, the idea is still to win games and not just think of it as an experiment. It’s an honour to play for your country,” He said.advertisementNew Zealand will present a far stiffer challenge than Australia. India failed to win a single ODI the last time they toured New Zealand and Kane Williamson’s men have been extremely dominant at home.Needless to say, Kohli is not taking the hosts lightly despite the highs of the last year when they historic bilateral ODI series in South Africa and Austalia”We played NZ in India as well. They have a good balance in their team. The bowling attack is experienced but not that old. They have that energy and buzz about the same time. They play their cricket in the right way and that’s something we appreciate about the New Zealand cricket team,” Kohli said.India tried Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj and Vijay Shankar in the ODIs against Australia. Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who did not play the first two matches, starred with a fifty and a six-wicket haul in the series decider.It now remains to be seen whether Shubman Gill, who joined the team in New Zealand, will get a game.Also Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaAlso Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanAlso Read | New Zealand tough side but it will be advantage India: Madan LalAlso Read | Virat Kohli first cricketer to win all 3 ICC Awards after sensational year in Tests and ODIslast_img read more

first_imgSpain striker Alvaro Morata said on Sunday he has passed a medical with Atletico Madrid, with his loan move to the La Liga side from Chelsea expected to be confirmed imminently.”Everything went well, thank God,” Morata told reporters as he left the Clinica Universidad de Navarra medical centre in Madrid, having flown to the Spanish capital from London on Saturday.Morata, who passed through Atletico’s youth academy before switching to local rivals Real Madrid, is to sign an 18-month loan deal Spanish media reports said, with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.Morata, who also spent two years at Juventus, joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2017 for a reported 80 million euros ($91.30 million).Despite a promising start to his career in the Premier League, with 10 goals in his first five months, Morata has had a disappointing year with the London club, starting fewer than half their league games under coach Maurizio Sarri.”I’m very happy, I’ve spent days waiting for this,” Morata added, also addressing his spell with Real, where he won one La Liga and two Champions League titles.”I began my career at Atletico and the people who know where I come from and know my history know what this means for me. The past is the past, and it cannot be changed, and I’m very proud of it. I am looking forward to everything being completed so I can start training with my team mates.”Morata joins an Atletico side who are second in La Liga and in the last 16 of the Champions League but have struggled to find a suitable strike partner for talismanic forward Antoine Griezmann.advertisementCroatian striker Nikola Kalinic has struggled for form since joining last year, making only two league starts and scoring twice.Diego Costa, meanwhile, has had an unhappy return to Atletico since rejoining the club from Chelsea, scoring one league goal this season, and is currently recovering from foot surgery. ($1 = 0.8763 euros)Also Read | Atletico Madrid ease past Getafe to put pressure on BarcelonaAlso Read | Gonzalo Higuain confident of success after joining Chelsea on loan from Juventuslast_img read more

first_imgAustralian great Shane Warne ridiculed the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to ban West Indies captain Jason Holder for the third Test against England over his team’s slow over rate in the second Test in Antigua. West Indies thrashed England by 10 wickets in Antigua and captain Holder led his side from the front to the historic victory in a match that finished inside three days.Despite the managing not even going to the last two days of the Test, ICC levied the one-Test suspension on Holder on the basis of overrate on a single day. According to the rules, a team is supposed to bowl particular number of overs at a certain rate on each day of a Test match and Holder’s West Indies did not do the same.However, Warne was unhappy with ICC’s decision and urged Holder to appeal against this ban before the third Test in St Lucia. He also questioned ICC’s common sense in the ban.”The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara,” Warne tweeted.The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Holder replied to Warne comment with a “thank you” to which Warne responded once again congratulating the West Indies captain for the quality of cricket they put on display.”Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned !” Warne said.Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned ! Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Former England captain Michael Vaughan also tweeted his views on this issue, asking the ICC to put run penalties instead of banning captains for such incidents in the sport.246 over Test Match .. that amounts to 2.6 days of Cricket .. A team hammers the opposition & plays great Test cricket yet the Captain gets a ban for Slow over rate .. @Jaseholder98 can find himself very very unlucky on this occasion .. !! The game really doesn’t help itself …Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019Hitting teams & captains with Run penalties after every innings is more powerful than a ban or suspension .. That’s how I would deal with slow over rate .. It would affect the series and games they are being slow in much more .. #OnOnMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019West Indies hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series against England after thumping victories in the first two Tests but Holder, the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder, will miss the last game starting on Saturday.Holder, 27, was named man-of-the-match after the first Test in Barbados for his innings of 202 not out and two wickets as West Indies had crushed England by a 381-run win.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationAlso Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Trevor Bayliss wants England batsmen to show ‘guts’ against West Indieslast_img read more

first_imgMumbai Indians thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets to top the table and their head coach Mahela Jayawardene said unpredictability while bowling was the key to success against the visitors in their final IPL league game.Electing to field, MI bowlers, led by Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, put up a spirited show to restrict KKR to a sub-par 133 for 7, which the hosts chased down with 23 balls and nine wickets to spare at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night.Asked whether it was a planned move to use several bowlers in the power-play and bowl slow bouncer to Andre Russell, Jayawardene said, “We didn’t want to be predictable. I thought we were bit predictable in Kolkata and in that scenario they batted well. So, we wanted to make sure that we don’t give them that familiarity and try and create opportunity to take wickets.”He credited Hardik Pandya for bringing the hosts back into the match after KKR openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill conjured 49 runs for the first wicket.”We didn’t get wickets (initially) but Hardik came and picked up those wickets and I thought Krunal (Pandya) bowled brilliantly to keep the pressure on and it was a good combination.”Then Mali (Malinga) with his experience, coming back and picking couple of wickets, we just didn’t gave them loose balls this time around and that’s what a quality attack can do,” he noted.Hardik is in incredible form with both the bat and ball and the MI coach said the Baroda all-rounder has adapted well.advertisement”More than technically it was about his (Hardik’s) temperament, be patient rather than force the issues. With Hardik, it is about holding his shape pretty much (and) he has got a lot of power going forward. It is not just one area where he has improved this year, he is hitting at different pockets, so it is very difficult for bowlers to bowl to him,” explained Jayawardene.”It is not the easiet job in the world when you are batting at number 6 or 7, coming in and give (score) that extra runs for the team but he has adapted well, and he is still learning. So we are quite happy with the progress he has made over the years.”Malinga bowled round the wicket, which is a rarity, but the head coach revealed that it was an area which was worked upon and that the Sri Lankan pacer got rewards.”We have been working on it for a week or so, trying to create a different angle because the batsmen are getting used to him. That’s something we are practising. He was quite comfortable,” Jayawardene said.”We told him it’s about time (he) tries doing that in a game. He did so. That’s a thing in modern day cricket. Even though you have been a great, you still have to find new ways of creating things. It was nice to see him opening up for that idea and getting rewards.”He also said that to do well in the IPL, a team’s bowling unit has to be up to the mark.”We know that to do well in the IPL, your bowling attack has to be the one which delivers for you, day in and day out,” Jayawardene noted.Mumbai take on Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier in Chennai Tuesday.Also Read | IPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad 1st team to reach playoffs with only 12 pointsAlso Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Seelast_img read more

first_imgFormer captain Michael Vaughan believes England are “clear favourite” to win the upcoming Ashes because of ECB’s decision to revert to older Dukes ball.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last week decided not to use this summer’s batch of underwhelming Dukes cricket balls and revert to a batch from last year or 2017, which had a more pronounced seam.”I now have England as clear favourite to win the Ashes series but there is so much time between now and then that you don’t know who is going to be fit on both sides,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Vaughan as saying.Vaughan said the return of Steve Smith and David Warner and the potential Australian attack have bolstered Australia’s chances, but the change of ball could ultimately prove to be a telling blow for the visitors.”In English conditions, this ball was a massive thing for the (England) team. To use the Duke this year, it’s got no seam, it’s not been swinging around in county cricket, it comes down to real pace and spin and you would say if it comes down to a pace and spin contest, Australia probably has got the edge,” he said.Vaughan, who led England to Ashes win in 2005, however, said the Australian team could prove to be very dangerous as they have the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson in their pace attack.”I think the fact that they have the ball sorted will give him (Root) confidence but they will also know that this Australian team is very, very dangerous. They have got some pace, they have got some skill and, if the ball is moving around, you look at Pat Cummins, (Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, they have got enough in their armory to bowl England out and it’s (a case of whether) England get enough runs on the board, can the Aussies get enough runs on the board?advertisement”That is exactly how the Ashes will be decided – which batting unit can cope and get enough runs on that scoreboard,” he added.The five-match Ashes Test series will begin from August 1.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgIt is a match between five-time world champions and an emerging cricketing nation that will be playing only their second 50-over World Cup.Australia are a strong side, both in terms of batting and bowling and are also the only team to win both their warm-up games.Steve Smith and David Warner have returned to the side after serving the one-year ban and have been in great form. David Warner was the highest run-scorer in the Indian Premier League 2019 while Steve Smith smashed a century during the World Cup warm-up against England.For Afghanistan, batting is a cause of concern but they have quality bowlers in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi and the duo can trouble the Australian batsmen if the wickets are dry and take a turn. They had defeated Pakistan by 3 wickets in their first World Cup warm-up game and cannot be completely ruled out from the event.Here’s all you need to know about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 3, Australia vs Afghanistan:What TV channel and live stream is the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan being broadcast?The match between Australia vs Afghanistan, of the ICC Cricket World Cup can be viewed on Doordarshan, Star Sports 1 and 2. and Hotstar app will live stream the opener.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match be held?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia and Afghanistan match will be played at The Bristol County Ground, Bristol, on June 1.Where can I check the online live updates of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match?advertisementYou can follow our coverage for Australia vs Afghanistan here – time will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match start?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match will start at 06:00 PM IST.Where can I watch ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Australia vs Afghanistan match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network, Doordarshan and can also be streamed on Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle and Andre Russell fit to play against AustraliaAlso Read | New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 Match 3 Prediction and Probable Playing 11Also Seelast_img read more

first_imgTheir semifinal chances reduced to just a mathematical possibility, former champions Pakistan will need an improbable win over Bangladesh to have a shot at making the semifinals of the World Cup when the two sides clash here on Friday.Pakistan’s resurgence in the World Cup looked eerily close to the 1992 Cup-winning edition before India’s loss to England dented their hopes of a semifinal spot and when New Zealand went down to the hosts last night, it was almost over for them.The road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men is just an improbable mathematical calculation and that too provided Pakistan win the toss and bat first.If Pakistan lose the toss and are asked to field, their miniscule semi-final hopes will be over even before the first ball is bowled at the Lord’s.New Zealand finished their engagements at 11 points from nine matches after their 119-run loss to England but despite the massive defeat, the Kiwis are way ahead in terms of their net run-rate, which is +0.175, compared to Pakistan’s -0.792.Currently placed fifth with nine points from eight matches, Pakistan face the challenge of beating Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or by 316 runs after scoring 400, something which is practically impossible.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan vs Bangladesh be played?advertisementThe World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh is being played at Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Friday, July 5.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh?You can follow our coverage here – are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh?Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Abu Jayed, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal.Also See:last_img read more

first_imgAll-rounder Moeen Ali has been left out of England’s squad for the second Ashes Test against Australia next week after a disappointing display during a crushing defeat in the opener.As expected, fast bowler Joffra Archer was included in the 12 and looks poised to make his test debut in the absence of England’s record wicket taker James Anderson.The veteran Anderson injured his calf again on the first day of the opening test at Edgbaston which Australia won by 251 runs.Moeen made only four runs in two innings at Edgbaston and his exclusion means left-hander Jack Leach, who batted impressively as a night watchman against Ireland the week before, will likely take over England’s spin bowling duties at Lord’s.Moeen has reached 50 only once in his last 16 Test innings and has also struggled to make an impact with the ball in the previous series against Australia.Somerset left-arm orthodox spinner Leach has taken 20 wickets in five tests.While the loss of Anderson is a major blow to England’s hopes of regaining the Ashes, the prospect of Archer steaming in to bowl his 90mph deliveries will excite England’s fans.The Barbados-born pace bowler made a huge impact at the World Cup when he was England’s leading wicket-taker and bowled the dramatic Super Over at Lord’s which sealed the title for the hosts over New Zealand.Olly Stone, who was included in the squad for the Edgbaston Test but did not play, is ruled out with a bad back.England squad: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.advertisementAlso Read | Shane Warne eyes IPL-like success after appointmenet as coach of Lord’s Hundred teamAlso Read | Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik shatters glass window with huge sixesAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgKim Reynolds is the fifth governor in the country to “opt in” so Iowa agencies may buy A-T-and-T contracts for high-speed cellular service that provides “first responders” with priority access during times of crisis. Reynolds says A-T-and-T’s “FirstNet” service also will help agencies communicate across state lines.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.About five years ago, federal officials awarded A-T-and-T nine BILLION dollars to start creating a NATIONAL network that would divert private traffic from mobile networks and give public safety agencies like police and fire departments nearly all the bandwidth in a critical emergency. Governors have until the end of the year to start creating that kind of emergency network on their own — or do as Reynolds has and opt for the one A-T-and-T is developing.David Ness, a captain in the Des Moines Police Department, says the 9-11 Commission called for first responders to get “first access” to cellular towers and data networks in times of crisis.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The governor’s “opt in” agreement, however, does NOT require ANY Iowa agency to break current contracts and sign up for A-T-and-T cellular and data service. Signing up for A-T-and-T’s “FirstNet” service is voluntary. A-T-and-T officials say their company has spent nearly 150-million dollars over the past three years to increase the speed of its network in Iowa and more money will be invested here in the future. According to the state government’s “Connect Iowa” program, only a third of the territory in Iowa has access to advanced, high-speed broadband.last_img read more

first_imgU17 World Cup India U17 national team – Confident Luis Norton de Matos satisfied with ‘important’ win over Mauritius Anselm Noronha The Portuguese coach also felt that his charges are very close to attaining the physical condition he desired ahead of the U17 World Cup….. Last updated 2 years ago 11:39 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Norton de Matos Cropped gettyimages U17 World Cup India U17 The Portuguese coach also felt that his charges are very close to attaining the physical condition he desired ahead of the U17 World Cup… India U17 head coach Luis Norton de Matos cut a satisfied figure after his charges romped to a 3-0 win over Mauritius U17 team in a freindly held at Goa on Thursday morning. It was the team’s final preparation game before next month’s FIFA U17 World Cup where India are set to play USA, Ghana and Colombia in Group A. As expected, the Portuguese coach used the opportunity to try out all his players, putting out two different teams in each half and expressed his satisfaction at the scoreline. “This match was very important for us as it was the last international before the World Cup. I wanted to play all the players and hence I put two sets of teams. It’s not that the team which played in the first half who would against USA (in India’s World Cup opener). Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “All the teams, if you look, we had the same philosophy which was interpreted by different players. The way we play must be the same. It wasn’t easy as we like to build the game at the corridors and it is difficult to have stability there,” he elaborated. The 63-year-old also lauded his players for keeping their fitness and concentration throughout the game. “Of course, there are two periods for the other team. They started well, were organised and had a good physical condition. But with more minutes, they lost their concentration because their condition wasn’t so good as us,” he assessed. India U17 vs Mauritius U17Though the second half substitutes, especially Boris Singh, impressed, de Matos refused to single out individual names. “I never talk about individual names as it is always about the team. It is the team which is more important.”However, in every game there are players who play better  and some who don’t. However, today those whose didn’t play well perhaps can play well tomorrow. What is important is how we perform as a collective unit.”Boris Singh, who scored the opener, will not be able to play in the opening game of the World Cup due to a suspension he picked up but de Matos sounded unperturbed by the fact. “When I came, I knew he cannot play the first game. I’m happy that he can be in the group,” he revealed. “For me the most important thing from this win is to finish the game without any injuries. This was my main concern. The field was difficult, the body can have a lot of shock from physical contact. It was good physical work for us.” The coach also felt that the team is primed to attain an optimal physical condition which will help them tackle the rigorous demands of the World Cup. He explained, “We have 15 days for the World Cup and 15 days is enough to have a good condition. If you ask me about the match experience, then no but about the physical condition, yes.”The players are here with us for some months and you cannot change nothing now. You must keep the confidence, the players must go on and I’m sure they are going to give 100 per cent.”If it is enough, the future will tell,” he signed off.last_img read more

first_imgWC Qualification Asia Syrian fans hilariously troll Australian supporters on Facebook Goal Last updated 2 years ago 10:26 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Syria supporters WC Qualification Asia Australia v Syria Syria Australia The Qasioun Eagles’ supporters have taken to the official Socceroos Facebook page to deliver interesting banter ahead of Tuesday’s match Everyone loves a bit of banter between football fans but Syria’s supporters have taken it to the next level ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying playoff second leg against Australia.The Socceroos have a slender advantage in the tie, with the 1-1 draw achieved in Malaysia last week securing a vital away goal.Syria 7/1 to beat Australia Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Syria’s fans aren’t short of confidence – or comical trolling – as they flooded the Socceroos official Facebook page with a stack of hilarious comments.Check out some of their best work below.- Martin Hassan: A kangaroo named Cahill went to a bar, Cahill the kangaroo ordered a beer, the bartender was an eagle named Soma, simply sent the kangaroo home. it’s not a joke I know, cause we are here not to make you laugh.- Youssef Sy: people of australia do you walk normally like other humans or jump around like kangaroo?- Tarek Audi: We will defeat you in your homes…We are the sons of Syria…Woe to you…Ask history about Syria and it will tell you…Victory to us, God willing Syria my love…#yes#…#we..#can They are coming, Russia….Syria Australia– آلاء ابراهيم: Did you know the first blood transfusion was carried out by Gan Dennis in 1667. When the transfer of donkey blood to a boy …! 350 years later, the grandchildren of this boy appeared in the form of the Australian team. Learn and do not learn, and God does not know you!- Hanan AlKadi: Did you like our comments? We will steal from your eyes sleep .. Yellow Gecko. We are coming ..#Syria- Mohamed Dliwati: Goaaal! the first one for the syrian team by Omar Al Soma, oh wait.. why are you so afraid?.. i’m just missing with you and the match haven’t even started. Go syrian eagles- Waddah Ghanem: Kangaroo will know the taste of bitter this night .. your night to forget.- Samer M Amoudi: The Australian team is very weak and we can crush it simply and we do not care about the number of people in the stadium because every Syrian in the stands represents thousands of Syrians and they all beat one heart and say Syria will win and eat the kangaroo.- Jalal Ibrahem Salama: I am from Syria and I would like to tell you that we will freeze your oxygen in your throat and we will do it on your land. Woe to you, you idiot kangaroo.- Ahmed Aljarad: We will make you forget the milk that you breastfeed from your mother #Syrialast_img read more

first_imgLazio ‘We achieved something remarkable’ – Inzaghi hails Lazio’s historic win at Juventus Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:35 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lazio - cropped Getty Images Lazio Juventus v Lazio Juventus Serie A Lazio’s dramatic win away to Juventus will “go down in the history of the club” according to manager Simone Inzaghi. Simone Inzaghi lauded Lazio’s come-from-behind 2-1 win at Juventus as a landmark moment in the club’s 117-year history.Ciro Immobile inspired an admirable recovery from a half-time deficit as the visitors broke Juve’s remarkable 57-match unbeaten run at home in all competitions.7/1 for 0-0 draw in Milan Derby Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The win also saw Lazio move level with the champions on 19 points, five shy of early pacesetters Napoli.And former Italy forward Inzaghi, who guided the Biancocelesti to fifth last term, says his side deserve the respect of Serie A’s title contenders.”It is only right that people talk about Lazio as we achieved something remarkable this evening,” Inzaghi told Mediaset Premium.”The lads deserve credit for a result that will go down in the history of the club.Paulo Dybala Juventus Lazio Serie A“I did get the feeling we could hurt Juve if we just hung in there. Some people said we would be in ninth or 10th place this season, which is unfair, so now it is only right that people talk about us.”Lazio’s two goals each arrived within 10 minutes of the restart as Immobile came back to haunt his former club with a match-turning brace.Inzaghi insists he was always confident in the team’s ability to respond to Douglas Costa’s opener.”I said to the lads at half-time that we could have done better in the final third and just had to work on that final ball,” he said.”We were doing okay, but to win we needed to give something more, have clear heads and play without pressure.”In the second half we felt freer, we were doing the moves that we had worked on in training.”It is never easy with the fans and atmosphere in Turin, as there is a reason they have not lost here in almost three years.”last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid star Bale suffers groin strain Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 02:20 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gareth Bale - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Gareth Bale Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Primera División The Wales international has suffered a groin injury that could mean a further month out of action for the Spanish and European champions. Gareth Bale is facing up to a month on the sidelines after Real Madrid confirmed another injury setback for the Wales international.Bale has been restricted to nine appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season and last featured at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the end of September – limping out of the action during the closing stages after opening the scoring in a 3-1 win.Real Madrid 11/2 to win UCL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On that occasion, the 28-year-old suffered a calf injury that ruled him out of Wales’ decisive World Cup qualification defeat to the Republic of Ireland last month.Bale, who had his 2016-17 campaign disrupted by calf and ankle problems, was back in training with Zinedine Zidane’s squad ahead of next weekend’s derby at Atletico Madrid but a club statement confirmed he has strained an adductor muscle in his left leg.A statement released by Madrid read: “Our player Gareth Bale, who felt some discomfort in his left leg at the end of Thursday’s training session, today underwent various tests carried out by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team. “He has been diagnosed with a strain to the middle third of the adductor longus muscle in his left leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Madrid did not put a date on Bale’s return, simply stating his progress would be monitored, but reports in Spain suggest the former Tottenham star is facing between three and four weeks on the sidelines.Along with the trip to Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano on November 18, Bale will sit out Madrid’s next Champions League match against APOEL and may also miss the conclusion of their Group H campaign when Dortmund visit the Santiago Bernabeu on December 6.A trip to Athletic Bilbao and a home match against Sevilla in LaLiga come either side of the latter contest before Madrid begin their Club World Cup campaign in Abu Dhabi on December 13.Zidane’s men host Barcelona, who are eight points better off at the summit of Spain’s top flight, in the first Clasico of the season on December 23.last_img read more