first_imgAustralia broke the world scoring record in Twenty20 internationals on Tuesday as an unbeaten century by opener Glenn Maxwell helped the tourists to 263-3 and an 85-run victory in the first match against Sri Lanka. (Scorecard)Asked to bat first, Maxwell smashed nine sixes and 14 boundaries for his 145 not out in 65 balls to guide Australia to its record-breaking 20-over total. The previous mark had been set by Sri Lanka at 260-6 against Kenya in 2007.Needing more than 13 runs an over to win, Sri Lanka made a poor start, losing Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first over bowled by Mitchell Starc.The asking rate soared as Australia’s tight bowling paid off with regular wickets, limiting Sri Lanka to 178-9.Captain Dinesh Chandimal scored 58 for the hosts.last_img read more

first_img–by Boria Majumdar The athletes in India face the ordeal of not having access to top-class facilities but despite that they have managed to win medals at international competitions. Sakshi Malik is one such athlete who made India proud by winning a bronze medal at the just concluded Rio Olympics.Speaking to India Today, Sakshi reveals the hardships she had to go through and the problems Indian athletes faced during the Rio Games.”I have gone through various difficulties and also didn’t get good facilities outside the camps,” Sakshi said. (It was a dream to run with the Indian flag: Sakshi Malik)”Doctors should always be there to guide the athletes on supplements – what to take and what not to. We didn’t get a physio at the Olympics till the last moment. It was only when it was highlighted in the news that we got a physio at the last stage before the Olympics,” the Rio medallist added.Boxer Vikas Krishan, who made it to the quarterfinal stage in 75kg category at Rio was also harsh on the way sports is being managed in India. Vikas was also critical of the fact that how Indian boxing is suffering without a federation.”Indian boxers are suffering in the absence of a federation and we don’t even have boxers in a lot of categories which go unrepresented,” Vikas said.”We have not had nationals, we can’t see the next crop of boxers. Moreover, our boxing contingent didn’t have a physio at the Rio Games,” Vikas added.advertisementIndia won two medals at the Rio Olympics, with shuttler PV Sindhu winning a silver and Sakshi a bronze in freestyle wrestling.last_img read more

first_imgSports icons like Sachin Tendulkar and P V Sindhu also greeting Modi.Responding to the flood of messages, the Prime Minister tweeted tonight: “Today friends from all over India & across the world extended birthday greetings. I profusely thank each & every person who wished.”I have not been able to personally reply to so many people. Am very humbled by the affection received.” PTI AKK AKKlast_img

first_imgSamsung earlier this year launched Galaxy On5 Pro and On7 Pro in India, now the company is teasing ‘The Next On’, Galaxy On8, on online shopping website Flipkart. The teaser has appeared just a few days ahead of Flipkart’s shopping festival Big Billion Days sale, which starts on Oct 2. So Samsung is likely to launch the phone on the same day.The teaser on Flipkart doesn’t reveal much about the Galaxy On8, however, it says that the phone will sport a Super AMOLED screen with Full HD display of 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It also says that the Galaxy On8 smartphone will have 3GB RAM and a “long lasting battery”.According to reports, the Galaxy On8 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz. Samsung had launched On5 Pro and On7 Pro in India in July. The phones were priced at Rs 9,190 and Rs 11,190, respectively. The Galaxy On8 is also expected to priced at around this range. Samsung’s On series smartphones have features like S Bike mode, Ultra Data Saving, Turbo speed charging and more. We also expect the On8 to have these features.Samsung had also launched On7 (2016) in China last week. The phone comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The On7 (2015) has been priced at CNY 1,599 (approximately Rs 16,000). India’s largest online market Flipkart registered 100 million users last week, the first in India. The company will hold its flagship shopping festival, Big Billion Days sale, from Oct 2 to Oct 6. Flipkart has gained 25 million users in less than six months. It had 75 million registered users in March this year.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEngland soccer team manager Sam Allardyce has been caught up in a newspaper sting in which he is alleged to have met a bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the Premier League’s billion pound transfer market. (Latest Football stories)During meetings with undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph, Allardyce is reported to have criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, calling him “Woy” and saying he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking.Former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Sunderland boss Allardyce replaced Hodgson as England manager in July.Allardyce is also alleged to have said England’s players were underperforming because they had a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”, suggested players who were not being played for their club should not be picked for England and described the FA decision to redevelop Wembley Stadium as “stupid”.Reuters was unable to independently verify the report.An FA spokesman said: “We have asked The Daily Telegraph to provide us with the full facts in relation to this matter.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand need to win more playing sessions in order to get a favourable result in the second Test starting at the Eden Gardens on Friday, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said.”The game got away from us in a couple of sessions (during the first Test at Kanpur). We dominated for a decent amount of time. We need to create pressure for a longer period,” Hesson told New Zealand radio on Wednesday.Hesson, 41, said it is a challenge playing in subcontinental conditions – markedly different from other parts of the world.”It is always a challenge playing abroad. The boys have been given an off day today. We are a young group and the boys have never played in these conditions before. Fatigue plays a big part here,” he said.”It is how you execute your skills under extreme fatigue. For the bowlers, it is all about finding that optimum pace in trying conditions. For the batsmen it is all about getting your game plan right.”Hesson was full of praise for middle-order batsman Luke Ronchi and bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner who were the takeaways for the visitors in the 197-run loss. (Injured Jimmy Neesham to miss Kolkata Test)”I am delighted for Luke. He has been travelling with the team for a while now and is a great tourist. He is a player with a lot of skill. More importantly, the skills required here are to his liking as he knows the conditions better than many,” Hesson said.advertisementRonchi, who scored a fighting 80 in the second innings of the first Test sharing a 102-run stand with Santner, has played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.On Santner, Hesson said, “He is in his early days. He has been very consistent for us and his overall performance will help him develop as a player especially when you are playing in such adverse conditions.”Santner returned with a match haul of 5-173 besides his batting exploits in the second innings.Hesson welcomed the return of off-spinner Jeetan Patel into the side saying his experience will help the side.”It’s great to have him back. He was not there for a while and now his experience and knowledge of the game will help the younger crop.”Patel’s flight, however, got cancelled and the 36-year-old is now expected to join the team after midnight on Wednesday.All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has also been ruled out of the second Test because of his rib injury that had kept him out of the Kanpur Test too.last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand coach Mike Hesson admitted that India captain Virat Kohli was “faultless” during his majestic 211 as the home team dominated the proceedings with some “high quality batting” on the second day of the third and final Test in Indore.Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (188) were involved in India’s highest-ever fourth-wicket partnership of 365 runs as the hosts declared their first innings at 557/5.”(It was) high quality batting, took a good delivery to create half chances. Went through long periods of play where we reeled out a lot of plans, stuck to our game well, but we were worn down. Kohli killed us softly, is the nicest way of describing it, after scoring about 120 singles (out of his career best score of 211),” said Hesson. (Kohli is improving as batsman and leader: Rahane)However, he also looked at the positive side and said his team had stuck to the task well.”A tough day but, sounds funny, also a satisfying day in terms of the standards we set. Our seam bowlers delivering 30 overs, 135-140kmph at times, in heat and humidity. At no stage did we roll over and give soft runs. I thought it was a high quality Test cricket. We contributed to that with our bowling.”When you go over a 100 overs without a wicket it can be demoralising. If you’re not strong willed and keep fighting it can be tough, but we did that pretty well,” he said. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened | SCORECARD)advertisementONUS ON TOP SEVEN NZ BATSMENHe said the third day tomorrow was crucial and the onus was on the top seven batsmen who have seen how to tackle the track by Kohli and Rahane, with Rahane missing his double ton by just 12 runs. (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)”Any Test match they have to set the tone, that’s something we haven’t been able to do. This is the third of three quite distinctive surfaces. (We have) been shown a blueprint of how to play on it. As the game moves on things will become harder but tomorrow s an important day for us.”The surface is still pretty good. (It’s) fair to say footmarks (are) building as they tend to do, but body of surface is good. I m sure the umpires will maintain that.”We just have to bat for long periods of time. Each batsman has his own game plan and it is a matter of being very decisive around that. It is not quite as sharp a turn at the moment as perhaps in Kanpur but we know that will change over time. We have a very good blueprint of how to bat of that surface. Our challenge tomorrow is to try and replicate something similar.” (Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Tests)FAULTLESS KOHLIHe said the team tried out a lot many things to break the fourth-wicket stand.”At 100 for 3 on a very slow surface we had got ourselves in a nice position but Virat in particular yesterday was very composed around how he played. There was one half chance but outside of that it was faultless.”We tried to bowl straight, wide, tried to bring the foot holes into play, bowl around the wicket, a short (ball) plan.”We tried a lot of things and we created a lot of chances against Ajinkya but it wasn’t to be. The way they carried on today, it was an exceptional partnership and we have to acknowledge that and say well played,” Hesson singned off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgFor the first time since India played their first ever Test here in 1933, no Mumbai player could make it to the playing eleven of a Test match being played at the country’s ‘home of cricket.’ (Mumbai Test: Key highlights)Although Mumbai player Shardul Thakur was included in the squad for the fourth India-England Test that started on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium, he was not included in the playing XI at the eleventh hour to mark a rare happening.Since 1933 when the Bombay Gymkhana, also in South Mumbai, played host to the first Test not only in this city but in the entire country, no Indian team has been without a Mumbai player in the eleven. (Keaton Jennings 19th Englishman to slam hundred on Test debut)However, with Ajinkya Rahane being ruled out of the remainder of the series after sustaining a finger injury during practice on Wednesday and Thakur, who was in the squad as a cover for Mohammed Shami, also not included, meant there was no representation from Mumbai.There have been instances in the past when a playing eleven had six to seven players from Mumbai.This is also the 25th Test being played at this ground, since the first one in 1974-75, and 44th overall with the Brabourne Stadium, on the south side of the Churchgate railway station, having hosted 18 games from 1948 to 1972.last_img read more

first_imgSometimes in life, it pays to take a step backwards in order to move forwards. The journey of Bordeaux defender Pablo is testimony to this as he achieved a lifelong dream on October 12 as he pulled on the icon colours of the Brazil national team for the first time.Only 18 months ago, he found himself sent on loan to Corinthians, having failed to live up to meet expectations after making a €6 million move from Ponte Preta a year-and-a-half previous. His first season was dogged by injury while he was totally frozen out in his second.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pablo Brazil Saudi Arabia 12102018Little wonder the 27-year-old, who started the 2018-19 season by inauspiciously earning a red card after just 13 minutes of a 2-0 loss to Strasbourg, was so emotional about his surprise call up. “I’m going to cry when I pull on my jersey,” he said.“I was surprised when I got the call. I didn’t think I had a chance. My dad called me and said: ‘You’re in the national team!’ I said: ‘Is it a joke, Dad?’ It was true. I cried a lot and shouted with my wife. It was the best.”A friendly against Saudi Arabia provided the stage for the 27-year-old, picked ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva by Tite, to achieve what once appeared an impossible dream. Flanked by PSG’s Marquinhos and Ligue 1 alumnus Fabinho, he played the duration of the fixture, which was won 2-0. Pablo admits that it has been a steep learning curve since moving to France, initially in August 2015, but he believes that it has all been worth it.“My arrival in Bordeaux was very complicated,” he told the media. “The football, the culture, how to adapt… I was young, I needed to have more experience.“When I came back after the loan, I was stronger. Now I love France.”Pablo, who won the Brazilian championship with Corinthians and was named the competition’s outstanding defender, took advantage of circumstances to make his mark upon his Ligue 1 return.Pablo Corinthians Bahia Brasileirao Serie A 22062017He found a very different Bordeaux when he came back. Jocelyn Gourvennec, the coach who overlooked him, had been sacked and replaced by Uruguayan Gus Poyet, who took command of a side in the midst of a defensive crisis. He needed a reliable player who was strong in the air, and Pablo fit the bill.He offers a strong blend of defensive attributes. Of course, his aerial strength may be the most obvious of these, but he covers ground impressively for a bulky player standing at over 6 foot 1. Now able to make the most of his strengths, the 27-year-old rapidly became a mainstay of a team that swept up the table and into Europe, earning a new contract that runs until 2021 in the process. Poyet may be gone, but his status in the team has been secured thanks to his robust defensive play. He is a different player than the one who first arrived in France, while the arrival of countryman Ricardo Gomes as de facto head coach will only further secure his importance.French Connection Pablo Bordeaux 17102018“Staying at Bordeaux this summer was a choice for my family by also a sporting one because Bordeaux is a big club and it gives me more visibility to play for the Selecao,” he said, his choice thoroughly vindicated. “Now I’m here, the most difficult thing will be to stay here. I don’t just want to join the squad once.”And Pablo is under no illusions that it will be difficult to hold down a place in the most storied national side in the world. He has personally pinpointed his use of the ball as a weakness that he needs to improve, but in terms of raw defensive abilities, there are few better. His perseverance, however, may be his greatest strength, showing remarkable character to overcome his early setback in France to make the most of the Ligue 1 stage and achieve a seemingly impossible dream.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has won the PFA’s fans’ player of the month after a stunning October in goal for Brighton and Hove Albion.The 26-year-old fended off competition from several Premier League stars including Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial, reborn Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, Manchester City maestro Fernandinho and Brighton teammate Shane Duffy.Ryan did not concede a single Premier League goal during the month of October, saving all 17 shots he faced against West Ham, Newcastle and Wolverhampton, to help Brighton secure three crucial victories. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Only Manchester United’s David De Gea and Burnley’s Joe Hart (both 20) faced more shots on target than Ryan did in the previous calender month.The former Valencia goalkeeper has made 43 stops this season at a save percentage of 73 percent, with only Hart (49) and West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski (45) saving more shots.Ryan enjoyed a quality debut campaign for Brighton last season, saving 69 percent of shots faced on target as Chris Hughton’s men defied relegation predictions to finish 15th.Brighton, who sit 12th in the table on 14 points, made a poor start to November with a 3-1 away loss against Everton but will be hoping to bounce back on Saturday on the road against Cardiff City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Apr 13 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match between Kolkata, Apr 13 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab here today.Kings XI Punjab innings: (20 overs maximum) Hashim Amla c Gambhir b de Grandhomme 25 Manan Vohra b Chawla 28 Marcus Stoinis b Narine 9 Glenn Maxwell c Uthappa b Yadav 25 David Miller c Pandey b Yadav 28 Wriddhiman Saha c Woakes b Yadav 25 Axar Patel c Narine b Yadav 0 Mohit Sharma c Yadav b Woakes 10 Varun Aaronc Gambhir b Woakes 4 Sandeep Sharma not out 0 Extras: (LB-1 W-13 NB-2) 16Total: (For 9 wkts in 20 overs) 170 Fall of wickets: 1/53 2/66 3/97 4/98 5/155 6/155 7/156 8/169 9/170Bowling: Trent Boult 4-0-36-0, Umesh Yadav 4-0-33-4, Chris Woakes 3-0-30-2, Sunil Narine 4-0-19-1, Piyush Chawla 3 -0-36-1, Colin de Grandhomme 2-0-15-1. More PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_imgIndia finished their Asian Wrestling Championships campaign on a resounding note with Sumit winning a silver medal in the 125kg category on the concluding day of the continental event.Sumit went down to Yadollah Mohammadkazem Mohebi of Iran in men’s 125kg Freestyle gold medal bout on the final day of the competition here.The Indian wrestlers finished with 10 medals, including a gold, five silver and four bronze, bettering their tally of nine medals in the last edition of the Championship at Bangkok.In the gold medal round, the Indian wrestler could not pose much threat to his formidable Iranian opponent – losing 2-6 to settle for the second position.After conceding a point, the Indian grappler was quick to pull back two points by overpowering his opponent and throwing him out of the mat.The Indian once again managed to grab the Iranian leg but failed to capitalise on the advantage as Mohebi push Sumit down on the mat to bag two points before finishing off the opening round with two more to lead 5-2 at the break.In the second half, the Iranian gained one more point even as Sumit failed to make a comeback and lost out on a gold medal.Earlier, the heavyweight grappler showed his mettle on his way to the final as he faced little difficulty in overcoming his opponents during the quarterfinal and semifinal bouts.In his first bout of the day, Sumit beat Taiki Yamamoto of Japan 6-3 in the quarters and then outplayed Farkhod Anakulov of Tajikistan7-2 in the semifinal to reach the gold medal round with much ease.advertisementHowever, all the other Indian freestyle wrestlers in the fray today – Harphool (61kg), Vinod Kumar Omprakash (70kg) and Somveer (86kg) – bowed out early.Harphool went down fighting 6-7 to Rei Higuchi of Japan in the quarterfinal round to crash out of the tournament.The Indian wrestler though did well during his qualification bout, thrashing Divoshan Charles Fernando of Sri Lanka 11-0.Vinod Kumar Omprakash lost to Japan’s Momojiro Nakamura in the quarterfinal of men’s 70kg.Somveer bowed out of the competition after he was handed a 0-11 defeat by Gwanuk Kim of Korea in his qualification bout.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote died in hospital on Monday after collapsing during a training session, his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises said.The Chinese second flight club confirmed his death at the age of 30 on its Weibo social media account, saying the former Twente Enschede and Newcastle United midfielder had “fainted without any warning” during training.”He was rushed to hospital immediately. However, all revival measures proved ineffective and he died around 7pm on June 5, 2017. The club has already contacted his family,” it read.”Since joining the team, he had made an outstanding contribution to the club and won praise from the club, the coaching team and his team mates with his superb skills and professionalism.”Beijing BG football club expresses our deepest sorrow following Mr Tiote’s passing.”Former team mates and managers took to social media to mourn the loss of the latest high-profile African player to have collapsed and died while playing football.Newcastle United, where Tiote played for seven years before moving to China, said the club was “devastated” at the news, while manager Rafa Benitez spoke of his “sadness” at the death of “a true professional … and above all, a great man”.Former England manager Steve McLaren, who coached Tiote at Twente and Newcastle, spoke of Tiote’s competitiveness.”I knew him first as a young player at Twente. He was the toughest player I’ve ever seen,” he told the BBC.”On the field and in training he was such a competitor. He wanted to win every game, kick every player and win every tackle.advertisement”He was a winner. I just can’t believe it. Some days we would have to pull him out of training because he was such a ferocious competitor, such a winner. He was a warrior and could play too.”Tiote grew up playing football barefoot on the streets of his hometown of Yamoussoukro before moving to Europe with Belgian club Anderlecht in 2005.He moved to Twente in 2008 and was part of the side which won the Eredivisie title in 2010. He played at the 2010 and 2014 World Cup and was a member of the Ivory Coast squad which won the 2015 African Cup of Nations.A combative defensive midfielder, Tiote’s more than 130 appearances for Newcastle featured many yellow cards but only one goal.It was a spectacular effort, though, a left-footed volley from well outside the penalty area two minutes from time which secured Newcastle’s comeback from 4-0 down to secure a 4-4 draw against Arsenal in February 2011.Tiote’s move to Beijing earlier this year was his second attempt to cash in on the riches on offer in the Chinese Super League after holding talks with Shanghai Shenhua in 2016.McLaren said Tiote’s motivation was to provide for an extended family which, he told one interviewer, included nine brothers and sisters.”It was his dream to play in China and I was so delighted for him when it happened,” McLaren added.”He loved playing football to look after his family. All the relatives, uncles, aunts, grandparents, they all relied on him to look after them.”last_img read more

first_imgLondon, Jun 23 (PTI) Indian womens cricket team skipper Mithali Raj feels they should not be compared to their male counterparts and laments the lack of recognition despite representing a country where the sport reigns supreme. The veteran player came up with a snappy response when asked who her favourite mens cricketer was between India and Pakistan. “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?” she said to the scribe in question. “I have always been asked whos your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.” Raj was attending the opening dinner and media roundtable event on the eve of the Womens World Cup. Raj pointed out that the Indian women do not receive the same amount of publicity as the men. “Theres a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition,” she said. Raj said the team has benefitted under the guidance of coach Tushar Arothe. “Mens cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow mens cricket because we want at some point that womens cricket would be up there,” she said. “All of us at some point have been coached by a male cricketer. I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters. “I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. Its nothing to do with women coaches (who) dont have the ability.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMercedes-Benz launched the GLA SUV in India back in 2016. A year and a half later, the company will give an image makeover to the GLA with its facelift to launch in the country tomorrow in an event in Mumbai. Showcased at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the 2017 GLA will get cosmetic changes while still running on the same engine under the hood.     We give you all the dope on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift ahead of its launch on July 5. Price:We expect the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA to come with a price tag of Rs 40 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 45 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftEngine:The engine options for the India bound GLA will stay the same as the current car, although we could see a minor upgrade in power and fuel efficiency. Initially the power range of the 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines will extend from 156 hp in the GLA 200 to 211 hp in the GLA 250.The GLA 200 CDI develops 136 hp and maximum torque of 300 Nm and has a displacement of 2.2 litres. While the GLA 220 CDI likewise has a displacement of 2.2 litres and develops 170 hp and 350 Nm.Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftDesign:The updated GLA features LED High Performance tail lights with a multi-level function, while the brake lights and indicators are controlled in three intensities. Full brightness by day, a medium level for driving during the night and a lower level when at a standstill during the night, so as not to dazzle other road users. With this multi-level function the GLA automatically offers the correct level of brightness for all light, weather and traffic conditions.advertisementFeatures:The interiors have also been given a fresh look and although the eight-inch infotainment system remains the same, the instrument panel has received a makeover and the electric seat controls and centre console stowage compartment surround get a chrome finish.Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftA new Yellow Night Edition model of the GLA has also been introduced which sports black exterior paint, yellow highlights and alloy wheels of the same colour scheme. Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre is present on the seats of  the Yellow Night Edition car.Competition:The updated Mercedes-Benz GLA will be competing against the likes of BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in India.Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftALSO READ:2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift coming to India on July 5ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz slash prices for Made-in-India vehicles by up to Rs 7 lakhlast_img read more

first_imgIndia reached the final of the Women’s World Cup for the second time.Filled with pride seeing @BCCIWomen perform like this.Congratulations on the great victory. Unforgettable knock by @ImHarmanpreet- Kapil Dev (@therealkapildev) 20 July 2017AUSTRALIA INNINGS:Finalists! ??????????#WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 201700.22 IST: That’s it! India have reached the final with a 36-run win over defending champions Australia.Deepti Sharma picked up three wickets while Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami were superb with two wickets apiece.Semi-Final 2. 35.2: P Yadav to A Blackwell, 4 runs, 200/9 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201732.3: WICKET! M Schutt (2) is out, c Jhulan Goswami b Deepti Sharma, 169/9- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201730.2: WICKET! J Jonassen (1) is out, run out (Jhulan Goswami), 154/8 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201729.4: WICKET! A Gardner (1) is out, c Mithali Raj b Poonam Yadav, 152/7- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201723.33 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust. Jhulan Goswami gets rid of Alyssa Healy for her second wicket. Australia 148/6 (28.3 overs) vs India 281/4Semi-Final 2. 27.6: D Sharma to A Healy, 4 runs, 147/5 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201722.32 IST: WICKET! Ellyse Perry departs and that’s a big for India and Shikha Pandey. Perry looks to run it down to third man but ends up getting a faint edge to wicketkeeper Sushma Verma. Australia 140/5 (26.1 overs) vs India 281/4Ellyse Perry has passed #MithaliRaj as top run scorer and reached 400 runs at #WWC17! #AUSvIND Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017A blow for the Aussies as Villani departs for 75 and Blackwell joins Perry out in the middle needing 156 off 113 #WWC17 #AUSvINDadvertisement- (@CricketAus) 20 July 201723.11 IST: WICKET! Rajeshwari Gayakwad gets the big one. Elyse Villani was taking the game away from India but Gayakwad gets better of her. Australia 126/4 (23.1 overs) vs India 281/423.06 IST:  Elyse Villani and Ellyse Perry have put on a century partnership. Australia 124/3 (22.4 overs) vs India (281/4)22.54 IST: Elyse Villani brings up Australia’s 100 with a sweep shot for four. Australia 101/3 (18.4 overs) vs India 281/4Semi-Final 2. 18.2: D Sharma to E Villani, 4 runs, 97/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201722.51 IST: FIFTY! Elyse Villani scores her third half-century in One Day Internationals. Australia 92/3 (18 overs) vs India 281/422.45 IST: Elyse Vallani and Ellyse Perry have added 57 runs for the fourth wicket. Australia 78/3 (17 overs) vs India???? Good take, Deepti Sharma! ???#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 12.5: D Sharma to E Villani, 4 runs, 59/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 9.4: S Pandey to E Villani, 4 runs, 33/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 8.4: J Goswami to E Perry, 4 runs, 29/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201722.08 IST: WICKET! Deepti Sharma removes Nicole Bolton.Bowls it and takes the catch as well. Australia 21/3 (7.2) vs India 281/3 21.56 IST: WICKET! Jhulan Goswami gets the Australian captain Meg Lanning with a superb delivery. Australia 9/2 (4.5 overs) vs India 281/421.42 IST: WICKET! Shikha Pandey draws first blood as she clean bowls Beth Mooney for 1. Australia 4/1 (1.2 overs) vs India 281/4INDIA INNINGS:Take a bow, @ImHarmanpreet ???Mobbed by her teammates & rightly so, what an innings!#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Take a bow @ImHarmanpreet , best innings I’ve ever seen!! #WWC17- Charlotte Edwards (@Lottie2323) 20 July 2017A Harmanpreet special! Kaur hits a stunning 171* off 115 as India post 281/4 against Australia in the #WWC17 semi-final! #AUSvIND Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 201721.18 IST: THAT’S IT! Harmanpreet Kaur blasted her career-best 171 off 115 balls to power India to a daunting 281 for four in 42 overs.Semi-Final 2. 41.1: M Schutt to H Kaur, 4 runs, 272/4 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201721.07 IST: Harmanpreet Kaur hits maiden 150, becomes second Indian after Deepti Sharma to achieve the milestone. India 245/4 (39.2 overs) vs Australia21.04 IST: WICKET! Deepti Sharma is clean bowled by Villani for 25. India 238/4 (38.4 overs) vs AustraliaSemi-Final 2. 38.2: E Villani to H Kaur, 4 runs, 236/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 38.1: E Villani to H Kaur, 6 runs, 232/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201720.52 IST: Harmanpreet Kaur blasts 22 runs off Ashleigh Gardner. India 215/3 (37 overs) vs Australia?????????Standing ovation from her ???? teammates as @ImHarmanpreet brings up her ??#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017CENTURY! @ImHarmanpreet brings up her third ODI century off 90 balls! Congratulations! ???#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Kaur brings up an incredible hundred and then gives her batting partner an almighty spray after a mix-up running between the wickets! #WWC17 (@CricketAus) 20 July 201720.32 IST: CENTURY! Harmanpreet Kaur reaches her third ODI hundred with a couple down the leg side. India 185/3 (35 overs) vs AustraliaSemi-Final 2. 34.3: K Beams to H Kaur, 4 runs, 181/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 33.4: J Jonassen to H Kaur, 6 runs, 170/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201720.24 IST: The Indian fans are enjoying themselves after Harmanpreet Kaur’s fifty. ???????The India fans loved @ImHarmanpreet’s half-century! #AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 20, 201720.23 IST:Semi-Final 2. 32.5: K Beams to H Kaur, 4 runs, 159/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 20, 201720.17 IST:  Hamanpreet Kaur is definitely turning on the style. Semi-Final 2. 31.3: J Jonassen to H Kaur, 4 runs, 148/3 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 20, 2017FIFTY! @ImHarmanpreet gets her second consecutive half-century, her 10th in ODis!#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 201719.58 IST: FIFTY! Harmanpreet Kaur reaches her 10th half-century in style. She punishes the short ball for four to reach the landmark. India 115/3 (27 overs) vs Australia19.50 IST: WICKET! Mithali Raj clean bowled by Kristen Beams for 36. Beams breaks the 66-run stand for the third wicket. India 101/3 (25 overs) vs AustraliaSemi-Final 2. 22.2: M Schutt to H Kaur, 4 runs, 89/2 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201719.40 IST: Fifty partnership between Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur. India 85/2 (22 overs) vs Australia.19.38 IST: FOUR: Harmanpreet Kaur hits over mid-off for four off Jess Jonassen.Semi-Final 2. 20.3: K Beams to H Kaur, 4 runs, 75/2 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Loyal support ????#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 12.5: M Schutt to H Kaur, 4 runs, 49/2 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 12.1: M Schutt to H Kaur, 4 runs, 45/2 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201718.53 IST: WICKET! India openers are back in pavilion. Punam Raut takes on Ashleigh Gardner but Beth Mooney completes a simple catch at deep mid-wicket. Raut falls for 14. India 35/2 (9.2 overs) vs AustraliaSemi-Final 2. 8.5: J Jonassen to M Raj, 4 runs, 35/1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 201718.48 IST: FOUR! Mithali Raj hits her first boundary. The India skipper goes down the track and hits past mid-on for four. India 30/1 (7.5 overs) vs Australia18.37 IST: FOUR! That’s another one from Punam Raut. This time she intentionally plays past wicketkeeper for four towards third man boundary. India 21/1 (5 overs) vs AustraliaSemi-Final 2. 4.4: M Schutt to P Raut, 4 runs, 16/1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017WICKET! An early breakthrough, Mandhana slices it into the air and Villani takes it, Schutt with the wicket! India 6/1! #AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 201718.22 IST: WICKET! Smriti Mandhana’s poor run with the bat continues. This time she edges to Villani at cover point off Megan Schutt in the first over. India 6/1 (1 over) vs Australiaadvertisement????ºv????Team talk time. #AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 201718.00 IST: TEAMS!India: Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam YadavAustralia: Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani, Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Kristen Beams17.56 IST: TOSS! India win toss, elect to bat vs Australia in rain curtailed 42-overs-a-side match at Derby.GAME ON! #AUSvIND will start at 13:45 with the toss at 13:25!42 overs per side. #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017UPDATE: The umpires will now inspect the pitch at 13:15 BST. #AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 201717.19 IST: The rain stopped and the covers are off completely. The umpires will have an inspection at 13.15 BST (17.45 IST).17.10 IST:Off comes the big one!We have a cover-free pitch ???#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017That’s more like it Derby! #WWC17 (@CricketAus) 20 July 2017Covers coming off in Derby ???#AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Still some light rain falling in Derby. Umpires will inspect the pitch at 13:45 BST. #AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Wishing the @BCCIWomen all the best for the Semis today!! Go big. ?º???- K L Rahul (@klrahul11) 20 July 201716.00 IST:The outfield covers are coming off, the umpires are poised to inspect, just a little bit wet but nothing a super-sopper won’t fix! #WWC17 Australia Women ??? (@SouthernStars) 20 July 201714.40 IST: Good luck ????@BCCIWomen today against australia in the World Cup semi final.. you can do it..#bringthecuphome ????- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 20, 201714.30 IST: BAD NEWS! Toss between Australia and India delayed due to rain in Derby.Unfortunately the rain is falling in Derby and the toss has been delayed. #AUSvIND #WWC17 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 20, 201714.22 IST: Wishing @BCCIWomen gd luck fr SF @cricketworldcup @ICC @BCCI #WWC17 #CmonIndia ???? Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) July 18, 201714.21 IST: Good luck to the Indian Women Team. Take it to the Aussies today @BCCIWomen #TeamIndia Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 20, 201714.20 IST: Dhawan’s teammates are also cheering for the girls today.All the best @BCCIWomen! Make us proud as always! Whole nation is cheering for you. #IndvAus #ICCWomensWorldCup2017 #womenpower ????? @M_Raj03- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 20, 2017Let’s get one step closer to the cup..all the best to the Indian women’s team! Much love from all of us here. @BCCIWomen #WWC17- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 20, 201714.15 IST: Shikhar Dhawan has a special message for the Indian women’s team. All the best ?????? @BCCIWomen Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 20, 2017Brief Preview:Also Read – Will be exceptional if we beat Australia, says Mithali RajAlso Read – Anjum Chopra backs India to beat Australia Indian women will aim to turn the tables when they will take on six-time champions Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in Derby, England today.India sports a poor record against Australia, having lost 34 out of 42 games the two teams have played so far.But the Mithali Raj-led Indian team will be aiming to end the losing streak against Australia today in a promising encounter.A win today will ensure India’s entry into the summit clash against the host England at the Lord’s, for the second time in the history of the tournament.India played the final of the World Cup only once in 2005 edition in South Africa, where they lost to Australia.The clash will also give India a shot at retribution to avenge their crushing eight-wicket loss to Australia in the round-robin stage just a week ago in Bristol.last_img read more

first_imgIndia U-17 and U-19 football teams head coach Luis Norton de Matos can continue with his job if he wants, All India Football Federation President Praful Patel said on Friday.Portuguese de Matos was at the helm of affairs of the Indian side that played in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and he is currently with the national U-19 team that will take part in the AFC U-19 Championships qualifiers in Saudi Arabia next month.”De Matos has done a great job for the Indian team. I have complimented him. His contract is till the end of this World Cup. He is with the U-19 team. We will talk about this (extension of contract). If he is ready, India has a big heart to accept him,” Patel said at the FIFA U-17 World Cup wrap-up press conference.Patel said the sacking of Nicolai Adam as the India U-17 team coach early this year to be replaced by de Matos was a necessity under the circumstances.”We had to change the coach. I am not saying that the past coach (Nicolai) was not up to mark. Both the coaches did a fine job. The day you find the players unhappy, there is no point continuing with the coach. You cannot have a disconnect with the coach and players. It would have been a disaster (to continue with Nicolai),” said Patel, explaining why the AIFF had to sack Nicolai.Asked about de Matos’ opinion that there was a big gap between the Indians and players of other countries, Patel said, “Indian football is very complex. It is a huge country and the issues are really complex and the AIFF alone cannot take Indian football forward. There is responsibility of state associations, efforts to be made at the district level etc. So, merely giving of suggestion will not do.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTeam India skipper Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the series-deciding third game against New Zealand. Kohli got to the landmark in the 37th over when he guided one off Grandhomme towards the third man for a four. While other Indians who have done so are Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin, Kohli is, overall, the 19th batsman to breach the 9000-run mark in a record time of 202 innings. Earlier, Kohli also became the fastest player to reach 8000 one-day international runs, breaking the record held by South African skipper AB de Villiers for nearly two years. De Villiers reached the feat in 182 innings during a match against New Zealand in Durban. Kohli bettered that by a significant margin, taking only 175 innings. In a chain of records, earlier in the series, the Indian captain had surpassed Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI hundreds with his 31st ton. Tendulkar tops the list with 49 hundreds and he is also the leading run-getter in the format.Over the time, team India has broken and established numerous records. Let’s take a look at 8 unique world records that Indian players hold:1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni became the first man to hit the 100-stumpings mark in ODIs. Dhoni achieved the landmark during the fifth and the final ODI against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 3, 2017. Dhoni dislodged Akila Dananjaya’s bails to complete his century of stumpings.advertisement2. Virendra Sehwag Virender Sehwag is the only cricketer to have made more than 7500 runs in both ODIs and Tests as an opening batsman. As an opener Sehwag scored 8207 runs at an excellent average of 50.04 in red-ball cricket and accumulated 7518 runs at 36.50 in the 50-over format.3. Hardik Pandya Hardik Pandya, recently, added a unique feat to his name — he has hit three consecutive sixes four times in international cricket this year — becoming the first man to accomplish the landmark in the process. Pandya had done it twice against Pakistan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament.4. KL Rahul On June 11, 2016, KL Rahul, who hit an elegant century on ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Harare, became the first player in cricket history to score a hundred in his maiden innings as an opening batsman in both Tests and One Day Internationals.5. Irfan Pathan Irfan Pathan is the first and the only bowler to claim a hat-trick in the first over of a Test match. The left-arm pacer picked up the wickets of Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf on the 4th, 5th and the 6th ball respectively to achieve the unprecedented feat against Pakistan in Karachi in 2006.6. Bapu Nadkarni Bapu Nadkarni became the first bowler to deliver 21 consecutive maidens in a Test innings — the most by anyone from any nation. During his spell Nadkarni bowled 131 deliveries without giving away a single run.7. Ravichandran Ashwin Ravichandran Ashwin established a record for being the quickest to 25 five-wicket hauls — in 47 Tests — the fastest in Test cricket, outstripping Richard Hadlee’s feat in 62 matches.8. Ajinkya Rahane Ajinkya Rahane, a brilliant fielder, created a world record by becoming the first non-keeper cricketer to take eight catches in a Test match on August, 14, 2015.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.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgRussia’s refusal to accept responsibility for widespread state-sponsored doping uncovered in the McLaren report could prevent its competitors taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said on Friday.One of the 19 conditions the World Anti-Doping Agency laid out in a ‘Roadmap to Compliance’ requires the authorities responsible for Russia’s anti-doping programme, including the Ministry of Sport and National Olympic Committee, to publicly accept the findings of the McLaren investigation.The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a period of five years.”We have one Roadmap that was agreed by everybody, including our board, and until there is a decision from the WADA board that this Road Map should be changed we are sticking to it,” Niggli told Reuters in a telephone interview from WADA’s Montreal headquarters.”So yes, we will not consider that they have fulfilled the conditions as long as there are still conditions on the Roadmap that have not been fulfilled. We are not deviating from the agreed Roadmap.”If Russia remains non-compliant with the WADA Anti-Doping Code it would be another obstacle standing in the way of the country being cleared to compete at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Countries and sports federations must be compliant with the WADA Code to be eligible for the Olympics with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) making the ultimate decision on participation.WADA, which said on Friday it had obtained a database of Russian drug testing that confirms the allegations made in the McLaren report, will present its findings to the IOC before the Olympic Committee’s Dec. 5-7 executive board meeting when it is expected to decide Russia’s fate for February’s Winter Games.advertisementRichard McLaren SHIFTING BLAMEWADA warned Russia in September to stop shifting blame for its doping scandals but the threat has not stopped the denials.Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday that allegations of a state-sponsored doping programme were an attempt to sow discontent ahead of the country’s presidential elections and retaliation for alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election.The head of Russia’s cross-country skiing federation Elena Valbe threw more fuel on the fire on Friday by criticising the IOC’s decision to ban six Russians for life from the Games, describing it as politically motivated.”It is certainly unfortunate that we keep having this kind of rhetoric despite all the evidence that is now on the table,” said Niggli. “We’ve told the Russians the requirement is there for them to acknowledge the findings of the McLaren report.”I honestly don’t understand why rather than accepting what happened and saying it and change things and move forward and they have done a lot of good work, they have a problem doing the last part.”Niggli said the Russia issue will feature prominently on the agenda when WADA heads to Seoul for executive committee and Foundation Board meetings on Nov. 15-16.Russian compliance will be discussed, Niggli said, but he could not say if WADA would make any recommendations to the IOC.”Our mandate is to deal with the compliance of RUSADA (the Russian Anti-Doping Agency) but we will certainly have a full discussion about what the picture looks like and where we are in terms of Russia.”last_img read more