Cricket News Sarfraz Ahmed and Faf du Plessis set unwanted ‘pair’ record in Centurion Test

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centurion Test was a memorable affair for South Africa and a not-so-memorable match for Pakistan. On a tough pitch, the Proteas held their nerve and secured a tense five-wicket win on the third day of the match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. However, there was one common factor in the match. Both Sarfraz Ahmed and Faf du Plessis endured torrid times as captain. Sarfraz was dismissed for 0 in both innings while Du Plessis also suffered the same fate. This resulted in an unwanted record for both individuals and it was a historic moment but for all the wrong reasons.Sarfraz and Du Plessis became the first captains in history to be dismissed for a pair in the same Test match. In the first innings, Sarfraz edged a good length ball back onto the stumps bowled by Duanne Olivier to fall for a four-ball blob. In the second innings, Sarfraz chased a wide ball from Kagiso Rabada but he edged it du Plessis at slip who took a smart catch with one hand at slip.Read More | Mickey Arthur, Pakistan cricket coach, gets sanctioned by ICCOn the other hand, even du Plessis was not so lucky. The Proteas skipper departed first ball to Shaheen Afridi as he looked to flick a ball on leg stump to midwicket but instead got a leading edge to gully. In the second innings, du Plessis survived the King Pair but on the fifth ball he swung a short ball again from Afridi straight to Hasan Ali at long leg.  Read More | Arise, Sir Alastair Cook: Former England skipper gets special honourSarfraz became the fourth Pakistan skipper to be dismissed for a pair in Tests. The first one to achieve this unwanted record was Imtiaz Ahmed against England in the Dhaka Test of 1962. Rashid Latif was the next to fall for a pair during the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa while Waqar Younis suffered the fate against Australia in Sharjah in 2002.Du Plessis is the third South Africa skipper to be dismissed for a pair, with the first one being Louis Tancred in 1912 against England at The Oval. The next South Africa captain to be dismissed for a pair came 104 years later and it was in Centurion, with AB de Villiers falling for a pair against England. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Glenn Maxwell has the talent to be like Virat Kohli: Justin Langer

first_img New Delhi: Australia head coach Justin Langer has said that Glenn Maxwell has the talent to be like Virat Kohli. Kohli is currently seen as the batsman who sets the standard, especially in limited overs cricket where he averages 59.57. While Maxwell doesn’t have the numbers, he has started to put in a lot more consistent performances. He scored 71 and 98 against Pakistan in the third and fourth ODIs to help his side recover from tough positions. Maxwell also played a key role in Australia’s T20I triumph over India recently.”At the moment, in 99 games, Maxi averages 32 or 33. He can be Virat Kohli. He has got the talent to do that. The way he played [during] that T20 hundred in India, the way he played both T20s – we know he’s a great T20 player,” Langer said ahead of Australia’s fifth ODI against Pakistan.”His next challenge is to become a great ODI player, and then potentially a Test player. So there’s a huge upside for him, and while he keeps practising with the purpose he’s got and winning games of cricket like he is, it’s great to have him.”RELATED Langer praised Maxwell’s work ethic, saying he works extremely hard in training and brings a good spirit to the side. “He is practising with real purpose and he’s getting the rewards for that, so it’s great to see. He’s such an important part of the team. He brings energy to everything he does, whether it’s fielding, running between the wickets, or strike-rate – he just brings such great energy,” said Langer. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Langer compared Glenn Maxwell’s talent to Virat Kohli’s.Kohli is currently averaging 59.57.Maxwell also played a key role in Australia’s T20I triumph over India recently.last_img read more

Indian Premier League Stephen Fleming is big fan of THIS Mumbai Indians player

first_img New Delhi: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is one of the most flamboyant cricketers the game has ever produced and his all-around contribution on the field has always been pivotal for the side he is playing. One such knock came while playing against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday when his sensational performance with the bat and ball led Mumbai Indians to register their 100th IPL win.Pandya scored a quickfire 25* off just 8 balls with 3 sixes and then picked up 3 wickets including that of CSK skipper MS Dhoni to put the game out of the defending champions’ reach, halting them to 133/8 in 20 overs. This made the coach of CSK, Stephen Fleming praise him highly after the match. Chennai Super Kings suffered their first loss of the season against Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians became the first team to win 100 IPL games. Hardik Pandya was awarded as the man-of-the-match.  “I am a massive fan (of Pandya), I think he is a wonderful player. His confidence is up, looks like he has a good thing going with what he is doing at the death. Plans should be now for teams to combat that. We were happy with what we were trying to do but executed it poorly,” Fleming was quoted as saying by The Quint.“He is a quality player. I think he is one of Mumbai’s key weapons and one of India’s key players going forward. If you keep him out of the game you often go on to win. But today (Wednesday) with both bat and ball he was excellent,” said Fleming, who played for CSK in IPL 2008.Fleming admitted that the game got away from CSK in the last few overs. Despite trying to keep things simple in the last few overs, the game went into the hands of MI team thanks to Pollard and Pandya. “In bowling, we were tight for the first 2/3rds but not in the last 1/3rd. A score of 150 would have been par for the course,” said Fleming.He also said that he knew the limitations of his team’s players on the field and also understood that his team is never going to set any records for good fielding. “That was one of the downsides with athletes who are a little bit older. For the majority of the innings, we were pretty good, but we are not going to be one of the top fielding sides in the competition,” Fleming concluded. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Other Sports Mary Kom enters final of India Open Boxing tournament, all-Indian men’s final in seven categories

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Guwahati: Six-time world champion Mary Kom overcame some stiff resistance to beat promising Nikhat Zareen in a split decision to enter the women’s 51kg category final, while the men pugilists dominated the ring by making it an all-Indian gold-medal clash in seven categories in the India Open in Guwahati on Thursday. In the most-anticipated bout of the day, 22-year-old former world junior champion Nikhat of Telangana was at her aggressive best against her ‘idol’ Mary Kom who was happy to play the waiting game before taking the upper hand in the third round to win 4-1. The 36-year-old Mary Kom, who was making her competitive debut at home in 51kg, took some blows initially but was quick to make amends as Nikhat was not able to connect her punches as the bout progressed.     Using her vast experience, Mary Kom regained her composure and dealt a few telling blows on the Strandja Memorial gold winner Nikhat and that seemed to have clinched the issue in favour of the London Olympics bronze medallist Manipuri in the third round. Mary Kom will face Vanlal Duati of Mizoram in the gold-medal bout on Friday. In the men’s section, 17 Indians stormed into the final in 10 weight categories.RELATED     Continuing his dream run, former world youth champion Sachin Siwach registered an upset win over reigning Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki in a unanimous decision to set up a 51kg gold medal clash against Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal.    A day after he eliminated World Championship bronze medalist Rogen Ladon in a well-calculated bout, the 20-year-old from Haryana had his task cut out against his sparring partner but he again emerged victoriously.     Panghal, who had clinched gold in his new weight category in the Asian Championship, defeated national champion PL Prasad in the second 52kg semifinal. Panghal had won the Asian Games gold in Jakarta last year in 49kg.     “Amit has improved a lot of late but this is my big chance to show my prowess at a major competition. I hope to give my best and return winner,” Siwach, who won a bronze at the GeeBee Boxing tournament in Finland in March, said.     Shiva Thapa also remained on course to clinch a gold at the same venue where he was crowned national champion three years ago as he fended off a strong challenge from his Polish opponent D Krystian Sczepanski to emerge the 5-0 winner.     Sczepanski was at his aggressive best and kept hurling punches but Shiva cleverly kept frustrating his opponent by going out of his range.     “It made him tired at the end of every round. I was playing my style, did not give my 100 per cent. I was just trying to be tactical with him and let his punches go in the air and miss it so that he loses his control and confidence,” Shiva said. He will face Manish Kaushik in the 60kg final on Friday.     There was also a setback in store for India in the men’s 75kg category when Manjeet Panghal twisted his knee in the first round to be knocked out by his Filipino opponent Eumir Felix Delos Santosh. Santosh will face Ashish Kumar in the final.      Former Asian champion Chatchai Decha Butdee of Thailand also created an upset in the men’s 56kg by ousting former World Championship bronze medalist Gaurav Bidhuri in a unanimous decision. The Thai will take on Kavinder Singh Bisht in the final. The 64kg category will also see a non-Indian in the final with Rohit Tokas taking on Colin Louis Richarno of Mauritius. Mary Kom had made her 51kg professional debut in this tournament.Mary Kom’s victory over Nikhat Zareen was by a split decision.17 Indians stormed into the final in 10 weight categories in the men’s section.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Other Sports Mohammad Anas smashes own national record, Hima Das wins 3rd gold in space of two weeks

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : Mohammad Anas bettered his own national record in men’s 400m race to bag a gold while Hima Das won the women’s 200m event for her third international triumph in 11 days at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet at Kladno, Czech Republic on Saturday. The 24-year-old Anas clocked 45.21 as he won an easy race, finishing nearly one second ahead of silver winner Omelko Rafal (46.19) of Poland. Anas’ earlier national record time stood at 45.24 seconds which he recorded last year.In the women’s 200m race, Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. She has a personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m. This was her third international gold inside two weeks.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65 sec on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2.After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday with a time of 23.97 seconds.At Kladno, the Indian trio of Vipin Kasana, Abhishek Singh and Davinder Singh Kang took the top three spots in men’s javelin final with efforts of 82.51m, 77.32m and 76.58m respectively.In men’s shot put event, national record holder Tejinder Pal Singh Toor managed a creditable best throw of 20.36m to win the bronze.He holds the national record of 20.75m.In the women’s 400m race, V K Vismaya clocked her personal best of 52.54 seconds to win the ‘A’ race. Saritaben was third with 53.37.Meanwhile, in the XXII International Memorial Competition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Indians also bagged 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze, with national record holder M Sreeshankar winning the long jump event with a creditable 7.97m. The other gold winners are: Archana in 100m (11.74 sec), Harsh Kumar in 400m (46.76 sec), Lili Das in 1500m (4:19.05), Sahil Silwal in javelin throw (78.50m), women’s 4×100 relay (45.81 sec).  last_img read more

Other Sports Yashaswini Singh Deswal Wins 10m Air Rifle Gold, Secures Ninth Olympic Quota For India

first_imgYashaswini ended the final a massive 1.9 points ahead of the event’s next best performer.Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh finished 1-2 in the women’s 10m Air Pistol.The 22-year-old is a former junior world champion. highlights Rio de Janeiro: An authoritative Yashaswini Singh Deswal secured India’s ninth Olympic quota in style, upstaging the women’s 10m air pistol’s numero uno shooter Olena Kostevych of Ukraine for a gold in the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. The 22-year-old former junior world champion on Saturday recorded 236.7 in the eight-woman final of the season’s fourth ISSF World Cup for pistol and rifle shooters. Ukraine’s world number one Kostevych, also a former Olympic and world champion, claimed the silver with 234.8, while Serbia’s Jasmina Milavonovic bagged the beonze with 215.7. Such was the dominance of Yashaswini that she ended the final a massive 1.9 points ahead of the event’s next best performer, Kostevych. Yashaswini, a student of Economics, had also the topped the qualifications by a mile, aggregating a score of 582.  Starting the finals with 10.1, 10.5 and 10.1, the Indian was third after the first five-shot series of stage 1. A 10.6 pushed her to number two and a 10.1 to the top, eventually ending the stage as number one. She started the elimination rounds with a bumper 10.4, which was followed by 10.0.   The standing was not disturbed despite a 9 as her lead was pretty big by that time. She beiefly slipped to second with a 9.1, but a humongous 10.8, soon after, firmly established Yashaswini’s place at the top. After confirming the quota, Yashaswini shot a perfect 10.9, extending her dominance and securing the top prize with an effortless performance.   Also Read | Despite India boycott threat, shooting excluded from 2022 Commonwealth GamesHer two final shots where in the 9s, but importantly, both were higher than those of the Ukranian champion. The brilliant performance saw Yashaswini join Sanjeev Rajput, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker as India’s other quota holders for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Also Read | Abhinav Bindra not in favour of India boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games This is also India’s third gold in Rio, after Abhishek Verma and Elavenil Valarivan won the yellow metal in the men’s 10m Air Pistol and women’s 10m Air Rifle respectively. Earlier in the day Kajal Saini of India delivered a hugely improved performance in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) by finishing 22nd with a qualifying round score of 1167. Former world champion in prone, Tejaswini Sawant finished 47th with a score of 1156.  In the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, Adarsh Singh and Anish Bhanwala shot 291 out of 300 in the first precision round to be in 13th and 14th spots respectively.Anhad Jawanda, the third Indian in the fray, shot 281 to be in 48th spot. The trio will comeback for the final Rapid Fire round on Sunday to try and make it among the top six finalists. The Indians also continued to do well in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section. Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh finished 1-2 in the women’s 10m Air Pistol, shooting scores of 580 and 577 respectively.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli Says MS Dhoni ‘Made Me Run Like In A Fitness Test’, Social Media Fuels Retirement Rumours

first_imghighlights India eliminated Australia from the 2016 World T20.Virat Kohli hit 82 and shared a partnership of 68 with MS Dhoni.Virat Kohli will have a stand named after him at Arun Jaitley Stadium. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: Virat Kohli is gearing up for fresh challenges after the disappointing semi-final exit in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and a dominant performance in the West Indies. The Delhi Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is naming a stand after the current Indian skipper and he is all set to resume battle against South Africa in three Twenty20 Internationals and three Tests. However, on social media, he shared a special photo with MS Dhoni and hailed him by stating, “A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test @msdhoni.”The picture which Kohli shared was during the clash against Australia in the 2016 World T20 at Mohali. India had just survived elimination in their previous game against Bangladesh as they won the match in Bangalore by one run. In the clash against Australia, a win would see them enter the semi-finals. Australia chose to bat and they notched up 160/6 in 20 overs with Aaron Finch slamming 43 and some decent contributions down the order.In response, India lost Rohit Sharma (12), Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Suresh Raina (10) cheaply as they were struggling at 49/3. Virat Kohli held the key in the chase and he found a able ally in Yuvraj Singh as the duo strung a 45-run stand. Yuvraj was plagued by an ankle injury but managed to hit 21 off 18 balls but once he fell, the pressure was back on India.After Yuvraj’s wicket, Kohli found the boundaries and notched up a fifty but India needed 39 off 18 balls. However, the next two overs saw Kohli at his peak. He blasted two fours and a six off James Faulkner. In between, he ran hard with Dhoni and stole a couple of braces as India clawed back. Kohli sealed the deal in the next over bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile by hammering four boundaries. Dhoni won the match by hammering a four off Faulkner. India won the match by six wickets to qualify for the semi-final and the relief was evident on Kohli as he sank to his knees and acknowledged the magnitude of the knock.Also Read | ‘Owe My Hat-Trick To The Captain’ – Jasprit Bumrah Thanks Virat Kohli For Record FeatAfter the match, Kohli would remark, “Probably the top right now, because I’m a bit emotional, so I would like to put this on top. Against Australia, a world-class side, literally a quarter-final for us, we had to go over the line. There’s a lot riding on us in this World Cup, we are playing at home and the crowds want to see us and we just want to give them as much entertainment and fun as possible.”Also Read | September 1 Becomes Golden Duck Day In Cricket – Check This Amazing Stat HereHowever, the post from Kohli also increased speculation that Dhoni was going to announce his retirement soon. Social media users started trending #Dhoni and it fuelled rumours that the former Indian skipper was stepping down from all forms of cricket.last_img read more

Cricket News Will Support Virat Kohli, Make Life Easier For Indian Cricketers: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgNew Delhi: Sourav Ganguly, the new BCCI president, has already laid out his agenda following the end of the Annual General Meeting at the Indian cricket board headquarters in Mumbai. After clearing the air on MS Dhoni’s future in the team, Ganguly outlined his strategy of how he will deal with Virat Kohli and members of the Indian cricket team starting from Thursday. In a press conference that took place after the end of the AGM, Ganguly outlined how his working relationship with Kohli will be.”Virat Kohli is the most important man in Indian cricket, we will listen to him. Mutual respect will be there, opinions will be there. I will speak to him tomorrow. He is the captain of the team and the most important man in Indian cricket. We are here to make their life easier,” Ganguly said. It will be interesting to see how Ganguly handles the team dynamics, having cleared the air about MS Dhoni’s future and reiterating that a discussion was needed in order to determine what the captain and selectors wanted.Low attendances in cricketFollowing the end of the Ranchi Test against South Africa in which India won by an innings and 202, Virat Kohli had spoken a very interesting thing about the need to arrest the trend of low attendances in Tests particularly in Ranchi and Pune. “In my opinion, we should have 5 strong Test centres. In Test cricket, teams coming into India should know that they are going to play at these 5 centres, these are the pitches and crowds to expect. It can’t be sporadic and spread over so many places. We should have five strong Test centres where the team coming to India knows that this is where we’re going to play and nowhere else,” Kohli stated.Also Read | Cricket World Cup Every 3 Years? This Is What Ganguly Has To Say On ICC PlanHowever, Ganguly has had a different vision when it comes to Test matches. “Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test, that’s a long-term future for Test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also. There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It’s just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win,” Ganguly said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bama looks to sweep Miss. St.

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAlabama (15-12, 7-7) vs. Mississippi State (17-10, 8-6)Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi; Tuesday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State seeks revenge on Alabama after dropping the first matchup in Tuscaloosa. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 8, when the Crimson Tide outshot Mississippi State from the field 49.1 percent to 37.7 percent and hit 11 more foul shots on their way to the 21-point victory. February 24, 2020 Bama looks to sweep Miss. St. LEADING THE CHARGE: Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry has averaged 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while Robert Woodard II has put up 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. For the Crimson Tide, Kira Lewis Jr. has averaged 17.4 points, five rebounds and 5.2 assists while John Petty Jr. has put up 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.KEY FACILITATOR: Lewis has accounted for 48 percent of all Alabama field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 38 field goals and 38 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Alabama is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 76 points and 15-6 when scoring at least 76.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Alabama is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Crimson Tide are 10-12 when opponents score more than 68.PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat Alabama offense has averaged 77.5 possessions per game, the third-most in Division I. Mississippi State has not been as uptempo as the Crimson Tide and is averaging only 67.2 possessions per game (ranked 277th, nationally).center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

BCB senior limited over tournament resumes Sunday

first_imgTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) senior 50 overs tournament will continue this Sunday after a break due to the prolonged inclement weather.Gudakesh MotieArchrivals Albion and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club will highlight this Sunday’s action at the Albion Community Development Centre ground.It is one of three matches set for that date and is expected to be the featured match as several of the nation’s top cricketers will play on each side.The other matches will see Rose Hall Estate Cricket Club versus West Berbice at Rose Hall Canje and Bush Lot will hosts Tucber Park.Eon HooperEon Hooper, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd and Raun Johnson are some of the top players on show this weekend.All clubs are asked to take note that matches start at 09:30hrs. Host teams are reminded of their obligations as set out in the rules and procedures of the competition.Meanwhile, the BCB is requesting that all clubs make contact with its office on 333-2375 for registration forms for their Under-15 players as a competition in that division would commence shortly.Romario Shepherdlast_img read more