Colin Munro looks to anchor innings, rather than explode

first_imgAggressive batsman Colin Munro may have given an insight into New Zealand’s batting order tactics after they created a debate on Monday following their 68-run loss to Australia in the first one-day international in Sydney.Munro, whose strike rate in limited overs cricket is among the highest in the New Zealand team, did not come in until number six and anchored the middle order on Sunday, scoring 49 runs from 59 balls before becoming the ninth wicket to fall.”It was a different sort of knock than I am used to playing,” said the 29-year-old, who is more well known as a power-hitter, having scored 50 runs from 16 balls in a Twenty20 international last year.”Given that role to take it deeper into the innings suits my game and hopefully with a few extra batters around me… I might be able to have a bit of a hit.”In effect Munro has taken over the role occupied by Ross Taylor, who is out for up to six weeks having undergone eye surgery last week.Taylor, who can take any attack apart when at his best, has been more circumspect from his number four batting position in recent seasons, ticking the board over and setting his side up for a final assault in the final 10 overs.Munro, however was dropped behind all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and wicketkeeper BJ Watling to number six on Sunday and the demotion of the aggressive Colin de Grandhomme to number eight caused a debate in New Zealand’s media on Monday.advertisementDe Grandhomme is a batting all-rounder, and he and Munro provide their domestic side Auckland with an explosive middle order double punch, something former international Andre Adams said should be used in the second game on Tuesday in Canberra.”When you look at the way Munro and de Grandhomme dominate domestic cricket when they bat together, I think they missed a trick there in having those two bat together for a long period,” Adams told Radio Sport. “I think they sold themselves a little bit down the river there.”Maybe they are looking at experience and that sort of stuff, but you got them in there, just throw them in there and review it afterwards.”last_img read more

Hotsheet: Things to buy this season

first_imgArt gone wildThe Parisian luxury house Hermes, and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organisation, come together to pay homage to the extraordinary talent of the French artist and naturalist, Robert Dallet through a travel exhibition, Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet, that celebrates the,Art gone wildThe Parisian luxury house Hermes, and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organisation, come together to pay homage to the extraordinary talent of the French artist and naturalist, Robert Dallet through a travel exhibition, Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet, that celebrates the beauty of big cats while raising awareness of their existence, forming part of a project to protect them from extinction. Launched at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, USA, the exhibition has travelled through Milan, Munich, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and will culminate in Mumbai at the Hermes flagship store from December 8, 2016, to January 10, 2017.The exhibition features a few of the artist’s paintings, drawings and sketches, illustrating the eight big cat species. Offering a cross-disciplinary approach that brings together art, design and science, this exhibition provides a visual framework for a powerful conservation message and touches on Dallet’s two-decade-long design collaboration with Hermes. Paintings and drawings of Dallet’s work have been selected both from the EmileHermes collection and the Robert Dallet family private collection. It is accompanied by a book by Hermes and the French publishing house ActesSud. For more information call at 022-22717418For menWILD DREAMS: Making a strong statement through its bleach effect treatment, this made-in-Italy black cotton denim jacket from Rick Owens flaunts a cutaway collar, a concealed front fastening, long sleeves and button cuffs. Crafted from dark indigo cotton with denim, it wins on texture and pattern. Price $1,270 Availability www.lyst.comDYNAMIC IN DENIM: Denim is all about versatility and longevity. The ripped and crumble treatment to denim makes it a bold choice this season. The grey cotton blend ripped slim-fit jeans from Amiri is a cool addition to the warmer months ahead. Pair it with a leather jacket or the classic overcoat and you are set for a day-to-night winter look. Accessorise as per your mood. Price $890 Availability www.barneys.comadvertisementBAG-WISE: It’s time to take the backpack to the boardroom. Complete your look in style with the brown calf leather triangular structure shoulder bag from Loewe. The classic shoulder bag is going for a makeover and it’s time to experiment with basic colours in leather with a new shape for a minimal, sporty or a semi casual look. Price $2,450 Availability www.loewe.comRUGGED CHARM: Accessories for men balance the gap between being overdressed and underdressed. Be it the brushed calfskin shoe or the hand-dyed caiman slip-ons to the classic leathers, Corneliani’s footwear collection is sure to add a dash of style and class to your look. Price On request Availability Corneliani Boutique, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New DelhiFor womenPOWERFUL IN BLACK: Drawing on contemporary sensibility, La Martina, famous for its equestrian style, celebrates its essential elements in its recent leather accessory collection. The vintage elements have been revisited with the hand dyed technique and embroideries. Minimalist lines, edgy design and gender-free style make it a must buy. Price On Request Availability La Martina, 1st Floor, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New DelhiROSY PICTURE: Art in your wardrobe is a must this season. The multicolour cotton blend Tokyo Exhibition dress from Comme Des Garcons brings back the love for florals in a structured form. The art of cutting is back and how. Price $11,235 Availability www.shopstyle.comELEGANT TRAPS: Ornating the foot in bands of suede, these stilettos are sleek yet embody a bohemian appeal. Nude suede runway sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti Design are stylish and classy with crossover straps to the front, a branded insole as well as rear zip fastening in high stiletto heel. Price $1,150 Availability www.giuseppezanottidesign.comCOSMIC ROMANCE: Ethereal, elegant and crafted rocks resemble the delight of cosmos on earth. The cocktail rings from Mirari bring together beautiful gems of emerald, ruby, sapphire and black diamond available in many colours and enthralling shapes, exuding grace and glamour. Price On Request Availability Mirari Boutique, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New DelhiAccessoriesWRAP IT UP: Artfully draped and minimally constructed, a poncho is much more than just a warm wrap. The green cashmere Fransenschal poncho from Antonia Zander flaunts a beautiful neckline and sports edgy fringes on the rims. Mix it up with a pair of hipster denim pants or a mid-length skirt and revisit the 60s. Price $1,051 Availability www.farfetch.comSCARLET LOVE: Hats have always been a classic choice and offer an effortless fix to a look. The wide-brimmed hat from Lanvin in cherry red with the brand’s signature engraved gold metal cord jewel and a flat front, is the upcoming season’s best pick. Complement it with casual or formal silhouettes for best effect. Price 590 euros Availability store.lanvin.comadvertisementPINK IN PRINT: The art of Retrofuturism is celebrated in these Dior Umbrage sunglasses from Dior’s AW16-17 collection. The mirrored lenses reflecting a bold and graphic foliage pattern, developed exclusively for Dior, demonstrate cutting-edge craftsmanship. The round front is a juxtaposition of Havana acetate and the metal temples are adorned with sophisticated details. Price On Request Availability All Dior boutiques across IndiaNEW ROYALTY: Drawing on contemporary sensibility, the classic styles of Greek and Roman jewellery traditions come together in Rosantica’s Pocahontas leaf head band. The delicate display of wired metallic leaves and green stones assembled in a crown-like structure makes it a must-have hair accessory for those who love glamour. Price $603 Availability www.more.comThe new minimalLess is more this season. The top five picks.MARNI SCULPTURE CROSSBODY BAG: Sculpting is an art of intelligence. The blue calf leather Sculpture crossbody bag from Marni has a foldover top with magnetic closure, gold-tone hardware, an adjustable shoulder strap and two divided compartments. Price $997 Buy from www.farfetch.comOLYMPIA LE-TAN WUTHERING HEIGHTS BOOK CLUTCH: Olympia Le-Tan’s handcrafted book clutches celebrate literary icons with their new collection. An ode to Emily Bront’s Wuthering Heights, it’s crafted from baby-pink cotton canvas, and decorated with black and white applique and embroidery. Price $355 Buy from www.lyst.comGIANLUCA CAPANNOLO OVERSIZED CAPE: Big is beautiful by all means. The black stretch virgin wool blend oversized cape from Gianluca Capannolo stands out with its unusual structure and edgy neckline. Price $1,856 Buy from www.anyahindmarch.comCHARLOTTE CHESNAIS BOND CUFF: Charlotte Chesnais’s choice of sleekest of lines to sculpt her elegant jewellery creations is extraordinary. Made from 18 carat yellow-gold plated sterling silver, it is designed to wind around the wrist before twisting along the hand and over the thumb. Price $435 Buy from www.barneys.comSTELLA MCCARTNEY ELYSE PLATFORM SHOES: For the new season, Stella McCartney reinvents its beloved Elyse shoes with playful metallic stars. Crafted from copper faux-leather for a touch of high-shine luxury, and finished with the signature wooden platform and deep-tread sole, they add a vibrant feel to sophisticated staples. Price $935 Buy from www.valentino.comHypnotic designAudemar Piguet’s Millenary collection is festooned with bold and bling that celebrates diamonds and onyxFashion is a fickle lover; the colour black probably being the only exception to this rule. It is this obsession with black that is beautifully captured in a new graphic women’s watch from Audemars Piguet. The bold design features diamonds and onyx interlaid in a bold expression of precision craft. Classic techniques are abstracted to new effect with the Millenary’s zebra-like stripes that spring to life in a flurry of brilliant-cut diamonds and velvet-black onyx.Good looks aside, the design is even more remarkable because the balance wheel and bridge are an integral part of the decoration; a technical challenge that bears avid testimony to the brand’s skilled gem-setters and horological engineers. The 18-carat white gold case is entirely set with diamonds, with glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, while the crown is set with a blue cabochon sapphire. The elegant black alligator strap is the cherry on the cake and completes this fabulous ensemble. Price on request; Available at Time Avenue, 189 Turner Road; Kapoor Watch Co, DLF Emporioadvertisementlast_img read more

Not surprised by Rashid Khans performance: Moody

first_imgMumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Praising IPL debutant Rashid Khans performance as a leg-spinner in the two games he played so far, Sunrisers Hyderabad chief coach Tom Moody today said he was not surprised at the Afghanistan bowlers early success in the cash-rich T20 League. “I am not surprised, and thats why we were keen to get him in the auction. I have seen him bowl a lot in the last 12 months. I was very impressed with what hes capable of doing. He and Mohammed Nabi are a couple of reasons why Afghanistan have grown as a cricketing team,? said Moody ahead of his sides face-off against Mumbai Indians here tomorrow. Moody pointed out that the two-way turn generated by Khan while disguising his bowling action, has been one of the reasons for him troubling the opposition batsmen. “Generally, most leg-spinners turn it both ways and thats one advantage (with having leg spinners). The other advantage is if you are a spinner like Rashid and can spin both ways with ability to disguise which way its going to turn, it makes it doubly difficult for any batsman,? he said. “Its one of the reasons that Sunil Narine, though hes not a leg spinner, is such a handful over such a long period of time. He turns it both ways, with mystery. Rashid has got a very good wrong one and hes also got a good leggie. He generally bowls a lot quicker than leg-spinners which suited Indian wickets. And obviously he has found some good form early,? he added. Khan has so far bagged five wickets in two matches which were won by SRH — against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. “He, like any spinner, is going to be challenged on smaller grounds, but the surface here offers something for spin; it bounces and turns a bit and he will relish the conditions. With T20 cricket there are going to be times you will be hit out of the ground; how you respond to that is most important,? he replied when asked about how Rashid will cope up with bowling on small grounds like the Wankhede Stadium. The two back-to-back wins has given the team a good momentum, Moody said, adding that he was not worried about his sides lack of success in the matches they had played at this ground in the past. “If we can get some early wins on board in a tournament like the IPL, its certainly goes in increasing the confidence within the playing group and also builds some momentum. “Whats happened in past is not relevant to what is going to happen tomorrow; its a different team and a few different players. Its about time for it to be rectified and we would look forward to that being an additional challenge.” SRH will be boosted by the arrival of Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman who is available for the game. “Hes reaching this evening. He will be fit and available and he is in our consideration for final eleven,” said Moody. Describing Yuvraj Singh as a “dynamic” player, Moody felt the swashbuckling batsman has sported a relaxed demeanour after joining the team midway through the last IPL after recovering from an ankle injury. “Yuvraj missed the first half of tournament last year due to ankle injury. When he joined us I saw a sense of contentment with himself and with his game. He was relaxed and enjoyed the environment with Sunrisers. “I think hes enjoying his cricket which is very important for any young or old player. When they are enjoying they are at their best. Yuvraj is content with everything, on and off field. Hes in pretty happy place and obviously an important member of our side as hes such a dynamic player,” said Moody. PTI SSR PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

10 photos of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

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Auto Bild India GLA Day 16: Across the white wasteland of China

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Celeb Spotting: Unrecognisable Arjun; Akshay, Virat at the airport

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Farah Ki Daawat: Check out who will be next in her kitchen

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India vs South Africa: 4th Test, Day 3

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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson will return latest by pre-season, says Juergen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will return before the start of the pre-season from a foot injury that has sidelined him since February, manager Juergen Klopp has said.Henderson, 26, has suffered from recurring heel and foot injuries since the turn of the year and has made just six appearances for the Premier League club in 2017.”It is too early to say,” Klopp told British media. “Next season is the latest moment of course but anything can happen. We stay positive because he is strong.”The moment someone gives him the green light he will be back in a second because of his attitude and character. I am not thinking about the start of pre-season but that would be the latest moment he is back.”Klopp said Henderson was advised rest by the club’s medical team.”We don’t know if he will back tomorrow in training or next week,” Klopp said.”Because it is Jordan and he has a really high fitness level, even if it’s just swimming, we know we can think about him immediately when he is ready.”Then we could think about the national team. If he has games he could play, if not it makes no sense. But no we did not speak.”Third-placed Liverpool travel to 12th-placed West Ham United on Sunday before their final game against relegated Middlesbrough at home on May 21.last_img read more

French Open: Racket-smashing Nick Kyrgios ‘underdone’ for competition

first_imgAustralian number one Nick Kyrgios said the disruption to his training schedule caused by the death of his grandfather had left him ill-prepared for the French Open, which he exited in a fit of petulance on Thursday.Kyrgios started well against South African Kevin Anderson before crumbling mid-match and crashing out of the second round 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, taking out his frustration on his rackets, one of which he smashed to pieces on a courtside cooler.The 18th seed, who time and again failed to convert break points on Anderson’s booming serve, looked resigned to his fate in the fourth set and asked a spectator to get him a beer.The 22-year-old, who has also been battling hip and shoulder injuries, pulled out of the Estoril Open in late April to return to Australia after the death of his grandfather, Christos.”After my grandpa passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything, really,” Kyrgios explained to reporters.”When I was back home, it was tough. I mean, I can’t talk about it.”But I haven’t really put together any good training in the last couple of weeks. Obviously, just trying to manage some niggles.”I haven’t really structured any good training in the last five weeks. So I don’t think I was match-ready to play best-of-five sets. But he played well today, too good.”A brilliant U.S. hardcourt season, in which he beat Novak Djokovic twice, had raised home hopes that this might be the year the supremely gifted Kyrgios finally broke into the top 10.advertisementThe clay courts of Roland Garros, where he has never got past the third round, were always an unlikely location for Kyrgios to make a grand slam statement, however.”Obviously, it’s disappointing just to lose, but, to be fair, my preparation for the claycourt season hasn’t been great. I feel like I’m way underdone coming into the French,” he added.”You know, and the surprising thing is I was in a winning position today and I still could have won… It doesn’t even matter how underdone I was. I still could have won.”Kyrgios is likely to be fined for his racket smashing, which earned him a penalty point at the end of the second set.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League Final: Records galore as Real Madrid C.F. retain title

first_imgReal Madrid became the first club in the Champions League era to retain the title as they crushed Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final late on June 3 in Cardiff.Thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and goals from Casemiro and Asensio, Real Madrid achieved the milestone in style. AC Milan are the only other team to have won back to back titles in 1989 and 1990 but at that time the competition was called the European Cup.It was a night of celebration for the Madrid club who had also won the La Liga title a few days ago and the game saw some records broken and some equalled.Following are the records from the electric final:1. Cristiano Ronaldo finished as the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth straight year, having scored 12 goals this season.2. Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in his 144th Champions League match on Saturday night, equalling Raul’s record and behind just Ryan Giggs (151), Xavi Hernandez (157) and Iker Casillas (168).3. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in the Champions League era to score in three different finals (2008, 2014 and 2017).4. Cristiano Ronaldo became only the fourth player to win 4 Champions League titles (one with Manchester United and 3 with Real Madrid) and the second player to win the title playing in all the four finals from the start. The other three players to have 4 titles are Clarence Seedorf, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi, only Clarence has played from the start in all the four finals he has won.advertisement5. Real Madrid won both the La Liga and the Champions League in the same season after 59 years.6. Real Madrid extended their scoring streak to 65 games, scoring in every single match this season.7. Real Madrid have won the most number of European titles (12), 6 times between 1955-1992 and other six after 1993.8. Real Madrid became the first club to score over 500 goals in the Champions League (503); the second place belongs to Barcelona with 459 goals.9. Zinedine Zidane became only the second manager to win back-to-back European titles.10. Since Zinedine Zidane took over Real Madrid as manager, Los Blancos have lost just two games out of 62 after scoring first.11. Sergio Ramos became the first captain to consecutively lift the Champions League trophy.12. Gareth Bale became only the sixth player to lift the Champions League in his hometown, the last player being Nicolas Anelka winning the title in 2000 with Real Madrid in Paris.13. Juventus conceded more goals (4) in the final than they did in the entire season (3).14. Juan Cuadrado of Juventus became only the third player to be shown a red card in the Champions League final. The other two being Jen Lehmann (2006) and Didier Drogba (2008).15. Spain became the first country to have one of its clubs win the Champions League for four successive years.last_img read more

Yoga is a treasure, it helps in reducing stress: Narasimhan

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 21 (PTI) The Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, ESL Narasimhan, today said yoga is a treasure which helps in reducing stress that people have in the modern day lifestyle.Narasmihan, Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali and several other state ministers participated in different International Yoga Day events organised here.Narasimhan, along with the other officials, performed yoga at an event held at the Raj Bhavan.”Yoga is a great treasure given to us by our ancestors. We have to protect this treasure,” he said.”Yoga helps in reducing stress and tensions associated with the modern day lifestyle,” Narasmihan said.Dattatreya, the Union Minister of State for Labour (independent charge), took part in a programme organised at the Gachibowli stadium in the city.Yoga is not a religious activity, he said adding that the traditional practice promotes good health.Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, state Health Minister C Laxma Reddy and other leaders participated in the event at the Gachibowli stadium.Perala Shekhar Rao, the vice chairman of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, which comes under the Union sports ministry, led the International Yoga Day celebrations at Saroornagar indoor stadium. PTI SJR GK BASlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup, India vs Pakistan: Proud of Ekta Bisht, says Mithali Raj after crushing victory

first_imgThe Indian women’s team hammered Pakistan by 95 runs to earn their third straight victory in this year’s Women’s World Cup in Derby.Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht starred with the ball for India, picking up her second five-wicket haul. She finished with figures of 5/18 from her 10 overs. Her first spell did all the damage for Pakistan and they could never really recover.India captain Mithali Raj was high on praise for the 31-year-old.”Ekta has always delivered when given the new ball. I am very proud of her; her spell was so crucial. Her first spell got the team back into the game,” Mithali said.Batting first, India lost their star batter Smriti Mandhana early. The Pakistan bowlers bowled beautifully to keep the run scoring in check and kept applying the pressure on the batsmen.However, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma steadied the ship before the former fell for a well made 47 with the scores 74/2 from 22.2 overs. India lost Mithali and Deepti soon after and they were in a spot of bother at 94/4.Harmanpreet Kaur and Mona Meshram kept the scoreboard ticking and it looked like they are going to take India to a safe total. But, they fell in quick succession as well. Wicketkeeper Sushma Verma and former captain Jhulan Goswami then built a partnership to take India to 145 before Goswami fell.India were starting at a below par total but Verma’s lusty blows towards the end made sure that the Women in Blue finish on 169/9 from their 50 overs.Defending a paltry total of 170, India were right on the money from the word go. Bisht struck in the second over and Pakistan never recovered from that. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Nahida Khan and captain Sana Mir did put up some resistance but they failed to take Pakistan’s score past the 100-mark.advertisementTalking about the slow scoring rate in the first innings, she said that there were some anxious moments.”There were some anxious moments,” she said.Verma and Goswami struck a 34-run partnership for the seventh wicket, which turned out to be crucial.”That partnership involving Sushma was crucial. We got the breakthroughs. This is one of the off days for the top order but we will look into that in the next game,” said the India captain.The 34-year-old said that there were a lot of strategies since they were defending a small total.”I believe when you’re defending a small total, you come up with a lot of strategies. “When you intend to become the top side, the bowling side should be able to come back and perform the way the girls have done today,” said Mithali before signing off.India now have won all their three matches and will next play Sri Lanka on July 5.last_img read more

FICA backs Aussie cricketers in pay dispute with CA

first_imgMumbai, Jul 3 (PTI) The Federation of International Cricketers? Associations (FICA) today extended its support to the Australian Cricketers? Association (ACA) and its members in their pay dispute with Cricket Australia.”FICA is concerned with CAs desire to end the percentage revenue sharing model that has so successfully underpinned the partnership between the players and administrators in Australia for twenty years,” FICA said in a media statement.”The model has not only been hugely successful for Australian cricket but has been a model of best practise adopted by associations in cricket and other sports, worldwide,” the statement said.According to FICA, 230 professional cricketers, whom it represents, have been rendered unemployed following the ending of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the players and CA and the failure of the latter to negotiate a new agreement with the ACA based on the same partnership principles of the previous MOU.”FICA is also seriously concerned with CAs approach to its dealings with the ACA throughout this ongoing process. FICA commends the ACA and the Australian players for their unity and resolve and for their consistent attempts to negotiate with CA in a professional and transparent manner, including their willingness to use independent mediation to reach a resolution,” the statement said.The cricketers federation said CA has given indications that it may attempt to restrict now un-contracted players from competing in other cricket events by refusing to grant them a No Objection Certificate (NOC) or threatening them with future playing bans and has opposed it.advertisement”FICA reiterates its strong opposition to any artificial restrictions that unfairly attempt to prevent players from earning a living and that have not been agreed with players or their representatives. FICA believes that such restrictions would be open to legal challenge in most jurisdictions as a restraint of trade,” the statement added.”The players are the game. History has shown that where country boards work in genuine partnership with players and their representatives the game thrives and succeeds. Cricket is at a crucial moment in its history, with new and competing markets for players, fans and broadcasters. I believe that boards should be working more collaboratively with players in the current cricket landscape, not pushing them away,” said FICA chief, Vikram Solanki.”FICA and its member associations stand shoulder to shoulder in support of the ACA and the Australian cricketers in their current dispute with their board. As an important stakeholder in the game, players and their associations deserve to be treated with professionalism and respect. It is in the interests of everyone in the world game that the situation in Australia is resolved quickly and in a manner that is acceptable to the players collectively,” said Tony Irish, FICA Executive Chairman and SACA CEO.Former South Africa skipper and FICA Independent Board Member Graeme Smith said, “I was part of a revenue share partnership model for many years as a player and this was a critical factor in fostering the relationship between Board and players. In the current cricket environment where players have other options I dont understand why a board would want to change a partnership that has proved to be successful.””It has been heartening to see the unity shown from the male and female players across Australia at a time when they have come under immense pressure. I know there is a lot of support around the world for the principled stance they are taking to maintain a genuine partnership for all players, not just a few,” said Lisa Sthalekar, FICA Independent Board Member and ACA Executive Member. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Kei Nishikori beaten by ‘Mr Consistent’ Roberto Bautista Agut

first_imgSpain’s ‘Mr Consistent’ Roberto Bautista Agut reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the seventh time in his last nine attempts with a shock victory over Japanese ninth seed Kei Nishikori on Friday.The 29-year-old proved too solid for a listless Nishikori, winning 6-4 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 on Court Three.”I could not get into my rhythm,” Nishikori told a large gathering of Japanese reporters.”It was really hard for me to be aggressive today. In the third set I began to move him around a bit but it didn’t last long enough unfortunately. I totally lost my rhythm out there.”It has been a mediocre year for Nishikori who is struggling to build on the promise he showed when he reached the 2014 U.S. Open final, losing to Marin Cilic.After reaching the final in two of his first three tournaments of 2017 he has not made one since and has been suffering with niggling injuries.On Friday he paid the price for failing to take his break point chances in the first set, especially at 4-4 when Bautista Agut saved one with a crisp forehand winner.The Spaniard broke in the next game to take the opening set.It was a similar story in the second set with Nishikori unable to convert any of the five break point chances that came his way before succumbing in a tiebreak in which Bautista Agut reeled off the last four points.Nishikori, who has never flourished on grass and is yet to go past the fourth round at Wimbledon, did briefly gain the upper hand as he took the third set.advertisementWhen he broke at the start of the fourth with a running forehand pass, to the delight of his fans, it seemed the match could swing his way but it proved a false dawn.Eighteenth seed Bautista Agut belted a forehand winner to break back for and delivered another hammer blow to move 5-3 ahead before sealing victory as Nishikori skewed a backhand out.Bautista Agut will face stiffer opposition on Monday when he plays Croatia’s seventh seed Marin Cilic.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Victoria Azarenka reaches fourth round

first_imgVictoria Azarenka’s Grand Slam comeback has extended into the second week at Wimbledon.The former No. 1 from Belarus, who gave birth to her first child in December, advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday by beating Heather Watson 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court.Azarenka also lost the first set in her opening match, but that was only her third match since her return. Friday’s match was only her fifth.”This is the matches that you’re looking for,” Azarenka said, “try to find a way when not everything goes great.”The two-time Grand Slam champion will next face Simona Halep, who beat Peng Shuai.Two-time champion Rafael Nadal was next on Centre Court against Karen Khachanov, with defending champion Andy Murray to follow against Fabio Fognini.On No. 1 Court, five-time champion Venus Williams was to play Naomi Osaka. Before that, sixth-seeded Johanna Konta was facing Maria Sakkari.Also, ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori was eliminated from the tournament. The 2014 U.S. Open finalist lost to Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3.”I couldn’t maintain my level high enough,” Nishikori said. “I think he served well every set. Was really tough time (on) my return game.”Marin Cilic, the man who beat Nishikori in that U.S. Open final, advanced to the third round by beating Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4. The seventh-seeded Croat will next face Agut on Monday.Sixteenth-seeded Gilles Muller also advanced in the men’s draw, while 21st-seeded Caroline Garcia reached the fourth round among the women.advertisementlast_img read more

BCCI to reward selectors after Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj lead Indian teams to ICC finals

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Committee of Administrators met today to take a few key decisions.The BCCI has has decided to reward the selectors of the men’s and women’s team with Rs 15 lakh each for the good performances of the teams.While Virat Kohli had led Team India to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, Mithali Raj led India to the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup – both tournaments were played in England.Kohli’s men lost to Pakistan while Raj’s girls went down to England in a thriller.Meanwhile, Mohammad Azharuddin’s request for a one-time payment and pension has been referred to the general body meeting.There was also some development regarding the Kerala High Court’s order to lift the ban on pacer S Sreesanth. The BCCI legal team is going through the order and will soon decide the future course of action. On Monday, the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The court had earlier sought the BCCI’s stand on the plea by the cricketer challenging the life ban imposed upon him by the game’s governing body following the 2013 Indian Premier League-6 spot-fixing scandal.Besides, no decision was taken on cricket in the Olympics.last_img read more

Sonowal flags off cycling event, says it will boost tourism

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 23 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today flagged off the MTB Tawang Challenge Cycling Competition and expressed confidence that it would give a “new dimension” to tourism in the state.The cycling competition is organised by the state governments Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, and will coincide with the forthcoming Tawang Festival, 2017.”The initiative of the Arunachal Pradesh Government to organise the Tawang Challenge cycling competition to promote the Tawang Festival is very praiseworthy. This will definitely help in giving a new dimension to tourism of the state as well as the entire North Eastern region,” Sonowal said.The chief minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims at giving a new boost to the growth of North East through implementation of the Act East Policy, and all the states in the region must join hands with the Centre for fulfilling his vision.Several cyclists from all over the country have taken part in the cycling competition, which will cover 500 km of difficult terrain during the six-day journey culminating on October 28. PTI ESB RBTlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: How David Warner almost lost out on a Boxing Day Test hundred

first_imgAustralia opener David Warner had luck on his side as he reached triple figures on Day 1 of the ongoing fourth Test of the Ashes series against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Scoring a hundred in a Boxing Day Test is probably what every batsman looks forward to and Warner had his moment in the second session but he almost faltered at the last hurdle.The 31-year-old was caught on 99 just before the drinks break but was reprieved when the TV replay showed debutant paceman Tom Curran had overstepped his mark to the delight of a bumper Boxing Day crowd at the MCG.Warner raised his hundred with a single on the next ball to add insult to England’s injury but he was unable to capitalise on the life, nicking James Anderson behind to be out for 103.It was Warner’s 21st Test ton as he also completed 6000 runs in the format in just his 70th Test match.A classic Boxing Day moment! Just wait for the reaction to the replay on the big screen… #Ashes @MastercardAU #MastercardMoment (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017Warner had galloped to 83 at lunch but England’s bowlers did well to pin him down in the nineties and he ended up top-edging Curran to Stuart Broad at mid-on with a clumsy pull-shot.The hard-hitting left-hander trudged away furious with himself but turned straight back after seeing the no-ball replayed on the scoreboard.The terraces roared in delight at Curran’s misfortune and again when Warner pushed a single off his hip off the next ball to raise a ton boasting 13 fours and a six.advertisementHe celebrated with his customary leap and fist-pump but Anderson mercifully cut short Curran’s agony with a fine delivery that jagged back off the seam to catch the edge on the way through to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Usman Khawaja was 10 not out at tea, with captain Steve Smith on five, as Australia managed only 43 runs in the middle session after piling on 102 in the morning.All-rounder Chris Woakes had earlier broken a 122-run opening partnership between vice captain Warner and Cameron Bancroft after Australia resumed on 102 without loss.Woakes removed Bancroft leg before for 26 early in the session, the tourists’ first reward following a fruitless morning after Smith won the toss and opted to bat.Australia, leading the series 3-0, regained the urn with victory in the third match at the WACA and are bidding to whitewash the tourists for a second consecutive home Ashes.Australia made one change to their side from the third Test with right-arm pace bowler Jackson Bird coming in for injured left-armer Mitchell Starc.England also made one change to the side that lost by an innings and 41 runs in Perth with Surrey seamer Curran replacing Craig Overton who was ruled out with a broken rib.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Rohit Sharma blasts 3rd double century in ODIs, second vs Sri Lanka

first_imgRohit Sharma scored a historic third double hundred as India continued to be ruthless against Sri Lanka in the second of the three-match series vs Sri Lanka in Mohali.Rohit was the only man to score more than one double hundred in ODIs. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have only one each.On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a scintillating 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka. He had scored his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia the previous year.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Rohit, standing in as India captain in Kohli’s absence, had a nightmarish time in Dharamsala. He was dismissed for 2 and India were bundled out for 112 before Sri Lanka romped home with seven wickets to spare.However, it was a different story on Wednesday as India fought back in typical style in Mohali on a flat pitch. He was watchful in a 115-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before opening up when Shreyas Iyer joined him in the middle.No other player has more than one ODI 200… @ImRo45 now has THREE!What an unbelievable innings! ??? #INDvSL ICC (@ICC) December 13, 2017Rohit was in fine form in late 2016 before an injury ruled him out of international cricket for seven months. He returned to competitive cricket during the IPL and made 333 runs from 17 matches as Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy for a record third time.advertisementRohit was an automatic choice to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the Champions Trophy and he made an immediate impact with scores of 91, 78, 12 and 123 not out as India stormed to the final. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the title clash against Pakistan.Rested for the bilateral series against West Indies, Rohit returned for the Sri Lanka tour with scores of 54, 124 not out and 104. Against Australia, he carried on from where he left off in Sri Lanka and smashed successive scores of 71, 65 and 125 as India won the series 4-1.Later in the year, Rohit turned his attention on New Zealand and set up India’s victory in Kanpur with a scintillating 147.last_img read more