For 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.
Sometimes 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! Little 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.He 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.“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.
Australian 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.
Kolkata, 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 PDS
India 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.
Former 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.”
London, 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 AHadvertisement
Mercedes-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 lakh
India 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 pic.twitter.com/AUZtGelNCM- 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 https://t.co/z0YFXjPrDz #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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 pic.twitter.com/ZzhpM7dwlD- 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- cricket.com.au (@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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 pic.twitter.com/On0GtJrWsJ- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 12.5: D Sharma to E Villani, 4 runs, 59/3 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 9.4: S Pandey to E Villani, 4 runs, 33/3 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 8.4: J Goswami to E Perry, 4 runs, 29/3 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 pic.twitter.com/xAOtu7J4WQ- 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 pic.twitter.com/VXoUZ6X3C8- 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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 38.1: E Villani to H Kaur, 6 runs, 232/3 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 pic.twitter.com/ZsaTeO4iz5- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017CENTURY! @ImHarmanpreet brings up her third ODI century off 90 balls! Congratulations! ???#AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/963kAY029B- 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 pic.twitter.com/HJvA0ebSsUadvertisement- cricket.com.au (@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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 33.4: J Jonassen to H Kaur, 6 runs, 170/3 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 pic.twitter.com/K0sGyYjqV8- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 20, 201720.23 IST:Semi-Final 2. 32.5: K Beams to H Kaur, 4 runs, 159/3 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 20, 2017FIFTY! @ImHarmanpreet gets her second consecutive half-century, her 10th in ODis!#AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/ktGJ2NTviM- 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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Loyal support ????#AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/kqOADOhPwo- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 12.5: M Schutt to H Kaur, 4 runs, 49/2 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #AUSvIND #WWC17- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 20 July 2017Semi-Final 2. 12.1: M Schutt to H Kaur, 4 runs, 45/2 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 https://t.co/z0YFXjxQM1 #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 pic.twitter.com/GYRiIx7gFx- 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 pic.twitter.com/4nBhoyccsB- 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 pic.twitter.com/uTp5SXPOGs- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017UPDATE: The umpires will now inspect the pitch at 13:15 BST. #AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/FgLgxqTi9X- 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 pic.twitter.com/dEixIedMY2- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017That’s more like it Derby! #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/ONS3TTXhko- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 20 July 2017Covers coming off in Derby ???#AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/j3OHgaxuno- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 20 July 2017Still some light rain falling in Derby. Umpires will inspect the pitch at 13:45 BST. #AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/wmSXCoVnoG- 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 pic.twitter.com/z0X3gbUcFD- 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 pic.twitter.com/yF8MuDIlNw- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 20, 201714.22 IST: Wishing @BCCIWomen gd luck fr SF @cricketworldcup @ICC @BCCI #WWC17 #CmonIndia ???? pic.twitter.com/S9R8CMKAvi- Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) July 18, 201714.21 IST: Good luck to the Indian Women Team. Take it to the Aussies today @BCCIWomen #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/KfLe4Xo15I- 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 pic.twitter.com/e5mGdEmTUq- 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.
India 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.”advertisement
Team 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Russia’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.”
NEW YORK — Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi were both looking to the future — with vastly different visions.Garcia stopped Malignaggi in the ninth round of their welterweight fight Aug. 1 at Barclays Center to remain undefeated.Garcia improved to 31-0 with his 18th knockout. Malignaggi dropped to 33-7.“Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter are great fighters in this division, and they’re both represented by Al Haymon,” Garcia said. “So, if they want we can make it happen.”Following the fight, Malignaggi acknowledged he may be close to retirement.“I’m probably not fighting again,” said Malignaggi, who also works as a television commentator. “My career started in Brooklyn 14 years ago. If it ends in Brooklyn tonight then at least I ended it at home where I’m from and in front of the greatest fans in the world.”With Malignaggi against the ropes, Garcia threw a flurry of punches before referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped it at 2:22 of the ninth.Garcia and Malignaggi traded shots almost immediately. But Garcia had the better of the exchanges, including opening cuts surrounding Malignaggi’s right eye.Malignaggi landed his best punch in the seventh, a hard right to the chin that Garcia shook off.“I was trying to dictate the pace because I didn’t want him to get into a groove,” Malignaggi said. “He’s a hard puncher and I didn’t want to give him confidence to land a big shot. I wanted to dictate with my jab and keep him missing so he’d second guess on throwing his power. The (fewer) power shots he (threw) the (fewer) power shots he could hit me with.“He was walking me down fairly well behind the jab. He cut me and I think that upped his confidence. I never could get control of the pace.”While the crowd of 7,237 fans was disappointed with the result of the main event, Danny Jacobs’ performance in the semi-main event had the crowd roaring.Jacobs improved to 30-1 when he stopped Sergio Mora at 2:55 of the second round. Jacobs landed a right hook to the side of Mora’s head, who crumpled to the canvas and was taken from the ring by stretcher because of right ankle and knee injuries. Mora was taken to a hospital for a MRI.“I know it’s broken. I heard it pop,” said Mora, who fell to 28-4-2. “I heard my knee pop and I want to see a replay because I know my ankle is broken.”Immediately following the fight, Jacobs unequivocally expressed his disinterest in a rematch.“No reason to go backwards,” said Jacobs, who was knocked down by a left to the face in the first round. “Did a guy with nine knockouts really knock me down?”Also, light heavyweights Travis Peterkin (15-0-1) and Lenin Castillo (12-0-1) fought to a majority draw; Rafael Vazquez (16-1) stopped Mario Macias (26-17) at 1:50 of the first round in their featherweight fight; heavyweight Adam Kownacki improved to 11-0 with a knockout of Maurenzo Smith (12-10-3) at 2:26 of the second round; Heather Hardy moved to 14-0 with a stoppage decision of Renata Domsodi (12-7).Junior lightweights Titus Williams and Thomas Velasquez won in their pro debuts, with Williams topping Micah Branch (2-15-1), Velasquez stopping Gabriel Braxton (2-11-1) in the fourth.Junior middleweight Prichard Colon (15-0) stopped Michael Finney (12-4-1) in the second.(DENIS GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Russia’s World Cup organising committee has confirmed that the Moscow police has detained seven Argentinian fans who were filmed fighting with two Croatian fans when their national teams played each other at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday.”According to the information the Local Organising Committee received from public security authorities of Nizhny Novgorod, seven Argentinians were detained after the match between Argentina and Croatia,” an organising committee spokesman said in written comments to Reuters.”The matter is now with the judicial authorities to judge the matter in line with the governing laws.”Argentina fans beat up Croatian supporters at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium after the two-time world champions were crushed 3-0.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn a video which went viral on social media, several others could also be seen coming to the rescue of the Croat, who lay helplessly on the ground. Some Argentine fans shouted “no” and tried to break up the fight.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThe fight was quickly broken when a woman intervened. The Nizhny Novgorod police said there were “no significant violations of law and order” after the match.Argentina vs. Croatia..21/06/2018. #WorldCup #ARG #CRO pic.twitter.com/uOGEbBNxMcTheRealCasuals (@Real_Casuals_66) June 22, 2018FIFA said they were shocked with the incident which would have left a sour taste on the mouths of the Croats after a memorable win.”FIFA firmly condemns the behaviour of these so-called fans and reiterates that violence has no place in football,” the spokesperson said.Argentina’s test after worst group stage defeat in World Cups in 60 yearsadvertisementNearly 10,500 Argentine fans and 5,000 Croatia fans attended the match on Thursday. According to some media reports, angry Argentine fans also spitted at manager Jorge Sampaoli and hit him in the head with a bottle.Lionel Messi endured another failure as Argentina were crushed 3-0 by Croatia, who qualified for the round of 16 after their second straight victory.Messi was again largely anonymous as Croatia kept him out of the game while, at the same time, taking all their opportunities to ensure a joyful triumph in front of 43,319 spectators at the picturesque stadium on the banks of the Volga.The win thanks to goals from Ante Rrebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic followed a 2-0 success against Nigeria in their opening game at the weekend and was a reminder of the quality of a team who attracted little attention ahead of the finals.World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyThe last time Croatia reached the World Cup knockout phase was in 1998 when they finished the tournament in third place.Diego Maradona, who watched from the stands, was in tears as Argentina suffered their worst defeat in the group stages in the World Cup in 60 years.(With Reuters inputs)
Cameras have become a pretty integral part of a smartphone today and they are probably one of the most important aspects for a consumer when looking for a good phone. It used to be that the really good camera phones would also be the ones that would cost a fortune. But we don’t live that time anymore. In 2018, we see cameras getting better everyday, coming to smartphones that cost cheaper and cheaper.Today, we’re looking at the affordable mid-range segment, which is a very competitive market, especially in India. Phone under Rs 20,000 are expected to deliver on all fronts including design, performance and photography. We are also in a time when dual cameras are trickling down to the lower end of the market, making things even more interesting. When it comes to good camera phones, a few names do come to mind and here’s what you need to know about them.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a dual camera setup that comprises of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and one 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, both of which are RGB. The primary sensor has a 1.25-micron pixel to capture more light while the secondary camera helps in portrait shots. The rear cameras are backed by PDAF and dual-LED flash. Over on the front, you get a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash.The cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro are exceptional and we feel that it edges out the Mi A1 as the best camera smartphone for its price right now. Photos captured have a good amount of detail and colour under ideal lighting. Unlike the Mi A1, low-light captures are good as well despite some noise. Meanwhile, selfies captured via the front camera are also quite detailed and colours are almost true to life. The only area where the Mi A1 has an edge is with portrait shots, although only marginally.advertisementRedmi Y2: Rs 9,999After a pretty disappointing Redmi Y1 last year, Xiaomi found its footing once again with a more impressive Redmi Y2. While not as comparable as the Redmi Note 5 in this segment, the Redmi Y2 is a pretty solid camera phone. The much-touted selfie camera, in fact, is perhaps the best in its class which is why it’s worth a look if you’re looking for a good camera phone on a budget. Additionally, you also get a more premium-looking phone compared to its predecessor and an 18:9 display to top it up. The Redmi sports a dual camera setup with a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5-megapixel camera, for depth sensing. For its price, the Redmi Y2 captures some good-looking photos in decent light with a good amount of detail and colour reproduction. But the real star of the show is its 16-megapixel selfie camera, which is capable of taking crisp and detailed selfies in ideal lighting conditions. The front camera also supports face unlock and portrait mode via software. In conclusion, the Redmi Y2 is perhaps the best smartphone for selfies in the affordable segment.Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999Asus has struck gold with the ZenFone Max Pro as it is one of the few phones that managed to impress us from pretty much all aspects. The phone not only brings a stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box but also impresses with its performance, 18:9 display and 5,000mAh battery. And yes, the phone also comes with some pretty good cameras.The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a dual camera system on the back which includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. The cameras on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 are comparable to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is great for a phone that costs only Rs 10,999. Photos captured in good light look good with spot-on colours. Low-light photography, however, isn’t a strong suit as photos look pretty noisy. In our review, we found the selfie was better than the Redmi Note 5, but doesn’t come close to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.Moto Z2 Play: Rs 17,999The Moto Z2 Play is a 2017 smartphone and has already been succeeded by the Moto Z3 Play, which was launched a few weeks ago. But as the Z3 Play is yet to hit the Indian market, we continue to suggest the Moto Z2 Play as one of the best camera phones you can buy under Rs 20,000. Initially launched at Rs 27,999, the phone can now be found for as low as Rs 18,000.advertisementThe Moto Z2 Play comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-pixel autofocus, PDAF, dual-tone LED support and f/1.7 aperture. Photos captured in good lighting conditions look vibrant and one of the reasons colours pop on screen is because of the AMOLED display. The camera app also has a Pro mode to give you more control of what you’re photographing.The 5-megapixel front camera has nothing to write home about. You’ll get some decent selfies from it in good light and there’s also a beautification mode for that extra bit of help.iPhone SE: Rs 18,999The iPhone SE might be a couple of years old but it is an affordable iPhone that we cannot leave out of a sub-Rs 20,000 list, especially for the Apple fans out there. While the hardware of the iPhone SE may seem dated now, the same cannot be said for the cameras. The iPhone SE has some of the best cameras for its class even today.The iPhone SE has a 12-megapixel sensor with 5-element lens and TrueTone flash. Reviews back in 2016 including our own hailed it as one of the best cameras in a smartphone. And while a lot has changed in the past two years, the cameras remain just as good today. It is super fast at focusing and takes true-to-life images, which are well balanced in terms of contrast and colours. However, the 1.2-megapixel front camera is quite poor and doesn’t fit in a selfie-crazy world today. But if you’re not into selfies too much and need an affordable iPhone with good rear camera then there’s nothing better than the iPhone SE right now.
Authorities at the famous Bowring Institute, an elite club in Bengaluru, were in for a shock on Thursday: In three lockers, they found huge amounts of cash, gold, diamonds, expensive watches and documents in six heavy bags.Since there was a demand for sports lockers in the club, the authorities issued notices to members from February 2018, through e-mail and SMS, and also posted notices on the institute premises.While many came forward to register their lockers, there were 126 lockers for which nobody had come forward to register. Hence, the process of breaking open the lockers began on Thursday. That’s when they found the stash.HS Srikanth, the honorary secretary of the Bowring Institute, told India Today that the entire process was video-recorded, and that when the bags were found, they had no clue to whom these lockers belonged.The club authorities then immediately informed the local police and officials from the Income Tax (I-T) and Directorate of Enforcement (ED) departments, who began their investigation.The bags had cash worth Rs 3.90 crore, 650 grams of gold, diamonds worth Rs 7.8 crore, property documents worth hundreds of crores, 1 Rolex watch and other watches valued at Rs 40 lakh, signed blank cheques for Rs 50 crore, Rs 30 crore and Rs 5 crore.Srikanth says it was during the investigation that an individual named Avinash Anarkali Kukreja, 48, who is a real estate businessman claimed ownership of the contents.”His mother was a regular visitor. Avinash wasn’t an active member of the club,” Srikanth added.On Sunday, IT and ED department officials visited Bowring institute to continue their investigation.advertisement
Sunil Gavaskar batted for the inclusion of Prithvi Shaw in India’s playing XI as an opener for the fifth and final Test at Oval against England. India have already lost the five-match series.England beat India by 60 runs at Southampton to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series and the final Test at Oval in London will just be India’s opportunity to salvage some pride.Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have all not been able to hit their stride and have struggled for runs. Vijay was dropped from the side for the third Test after the second Test at Lord’s, where he was bowled out twice on duck. Subsequently, he was dropped for the final two Tests of the series and was replaced by an inform Shaw, who has been scoring runs for fun with India A.India’s openers in the fourth Test — Dhawan and Rahul — have managed 158 and 113 runs in six and eight innings respectively and Gavaskar feels this is a good opportunity to bring Prithvi Shaw in the senior team.WATCH FULL VIDEO”I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to blood Prithvi Shaw. I would look at him and Karun Nair if you want to go with an extra batsman. If you want to keep the same balance, then Ravindra Jadeja might get a look because I don’t know if Ravichandran Ashwin is fit to bowl,” Gavaskar told India Today.India go into the Oval Test having already lost the series and since the past 37 years, India have not won a Test match at the ground in London.advertisementGavaskar feels it is a pitch that suits India but in the past years, the Oval Test is usually the last match by when India already lose the series and therefore, such a timid record.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan’s perfect response to people who tried to troll Team India”I think it’s one of the pitches that should suit India, ball comes on nicely to the bat and there’s a bit of pace in the wicket and less of lateral movement. I don’t really know how the wicket is like yet. I will go later and have a look at the pitch and the conditions.”Playing the final Test after losing a series is not a good mental state to be in and perhaps this is why we have such a record at this ground where we have folded within three or four days,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also had his say on Indian head coach Ravi Shastri’s controversial statement where he declared this Indian team as the best touring side in the past 15-20 years.In the press conference on Wednesday, Shastri said that this Indian team have won nine overseas matches and he could not remember any Indian team of the past 15-20 years who had “that kind of run in such a short span of time”.What he failed to mention was the fact that five of these nine overseas wins have come in Sri Lanka.”In Sri Lanka, not too many Indian captains and teams have won. West Indies, England and South Africa, previous teams have won matches in the last 15-20 years. I think this was his [Ravi Shastri] view and perhaps only he can speak about it.Also read – Virat Kohli, Joe Root best active batsmen in the world: Brian Lara”What I can say is teams in 1980s have won in England and West Indies. Rahul Dravid also won series in West Indies in 2005, won matches in England in 2007 and captained India when they beat South Africa for the first time. Dravid gets very little credit for his leadership and his team’s wins. There have been teams who have won overseas.”I will not discount wins in Sri Lanka because they are tough to beat at home but when we talk of wins, it is in England, South Africa and Australia and India have won in England before but have never won a series in South Africa and Australia,” Gavaskar assessed.There have been unanimous echoes that this Indian team has the abilities to be the best touring side in the world right now but with series in South Africa and England, they have failed to live up to the potential.Also read – Shastri, Bangar should be held accountable for India’s overseas results: GangulyGavaskar feels an assessment has to be made of the performances and where the management went wrong but that can be done after the series. With one Test still left to go, he understands why the management is speaking so highly of the team.advertisement”I think that’s something [performance failure] that needs to be looked at by the end of the series. During the series, I understand the management saying that the team is still very good, which is to keep the morale up. There is still one Test to go. A real assessment has to be made on September 12, when the series ends.”Gavaskar also had his views on why the Indian batsmen have been found wanting in the series against England and he thinks too much of white ball cricket has a role to play.”Too much of one-day cricket means people can play through the line but with the kind of movement red ball generates, it is not possible. To play spin bowling, you need to use your feet and the lack of footwork has not helped this team.”
Jos Buttler scored a 133-ball 89 to help England recover from 198-7 on day one and score 332 runs in their first innings at The Oval on Saturday.At the end of play on day 2 of the fifth and final Test, India were reduced to 174-6 and 158 runs behind England with 4 wickets remaining in their first innings.Butller, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday, felt England are in complete control of th Test match at the moment.India vs England 5th Test Day 2: Highlights | Report | Photos”Yes, I think so (we are in charge of the game),” Buttler said to a question after the end of second day.”The lead at the moment is quite healthy, and I hope if we can back up the performance today (Sunday) we can be in a really strong position in the game.”Buttler had put on 33 runs with Adil Rashid and then 98 runs with Stuart Broad to bail out England.READ – Virat Kohli questions the utility of tour gamesTalking about his partnerships, Buttler said: “We probably spoke about 50 (more) runs that’s what we were targeting. But I thought we worked really well in partnerships, and Rashid’s got a lot of talent with the bat. And we know Broad’s scored some vital runs for England over his career as well.”What that does is give you confidence to stay in the same manner, and you don’t have to change the way you’re playing just because you’re seven or eight down. We can just build a partnership as we did today (Saturday),” he added.advertisementREAD – Bowlers failed to capitalise despite being on top, admits Jasprit BumrahIndian skipper Virat Kohli again took the onus of scoring, as India struggled to 103-4 after being 70-1 at one stage.James Anderson dismissed both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane but couldn’t get Kohli, despite a massive lbw shout.READ – KL Rahul loses his shoe, Ben Stokes helps him put it back onKohli eventually was out for 49 to Ben Stokes towards the end of play as India slipped to 160-6 after losing Rishabh Pant as well.”It’s obviously a massive wicket. He’s one of the best players in the world, and he’s had an outstanding series. Any time you create a chance, or umpire’s call early on can go either way, they are huge moments for us against a guy of that quality,” said Buttler.The 28-year-old batsman said it is a treat for the fans to watch the duel between Kohli and Anderson.READ – Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated exchange during Oval Test”It’s fantastic Test cricket. Virat’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best at the minute, and Jimmy’s England’s greatest ever bowler. As a match-up for fans and players alike, it’s awesome to watch,” he said.”The two of them are immensely competitive and have a great duel all through the series.”Buttler said Anderson would have had more wickets if they could hold on to more catches.”I think Jimmy has been particularly unlucky. He’s created some great chances, and been very close. If we could catch, he’d have a few (wickets),” Buttler signed off.(With inputs from PTI)