India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 4: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the fourth day of the second Test between India and England in Vizag. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)England (2nd innings): 16.35 IST: India manage to break England’s resistance late in the day by getting the wickets of openers Hameed and Cook. Ashwin gave the first breakthrough by sending back Hameed for 25 trapped leg before and then Jadeja striking in the last over by dismissing the England skipper for 54. England at stumps were 87/2 and needing 318 more runs to win. Thanks for tuning in and tomorrow could be a cracker of a day. Till then goodbye. 16.29 IST: One more over to go for the day and England have done exceptionally well to stonewall India. Hint of reverse for Umesh Yadav in this over. 16.17 IST: Cook leading from the front as he notches up his 53rd Test half-century. Gritty stuff from the England skipper! 16.08 IST: Joe Root joins Cook at the crease and it would be spin trial for both of them with Ashwin and Jadeja bowling in tandem. After getting the breakthrough, things happening for India. 15.58 IST: Out. Finally Ashwin gives India the breakthrough by trapping Haseeb Hameed lbw for 25 and breaking the stand of 75 runs. The young opener too could not have done much about it with the delivery really keeping low. ENG 75/1 15.48 IST: NOT OUT! Ashwin bowls a loopy ball around off, Cook comes forward to the pitch of it and looks to defend but misses and is rapped on the pads. Huge shout for LBW turned down. Ashwin straightaway asks Kohli to take a review and they take it out of desperation. Time for the Hawk Eye. The impact is on umpire’s call and hence, it cannot be overturned. Cook survives a scare yet again and India lose both their reviews. England 255 and 72/0, need 333 more to beat India 455 and 204advertisementCheck out that high left elbow ???England are past 50 with an hour left in the day #INDvENGFollow live: England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 20, 201614.43 IST: England have 4 sessions to survive or in the hindsight, they can still go for the target provided they have wickets in hand but it is still far away. They still need 363 runs to win and it can be an uphill task if the Indian bowlers come in to their own. The hosts are still in the driver’s seat and a wicket or two can turn things around. Will the English side keep on frustrating the home side or will India find a way out? England 255 and 42/0, trail India 455 and 204 by 363 runs14.35 IST: Umesh Yadav starts proceedings after tea. England 255 and 40/0, trail India 455 and 204 by 365 runsTEA Solid start ??? England reach 40-0 at the interval & need 365 more runs to win #INDvENGCatch up: England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 20, 201614.11 IST: That’s Tea! The English openers have been resolute in their defense and have seen off the new ball with ease. Indian spinners have bowled well but haven’t got much purchase from the track yet. Will this tactic to block keep on working for them? They are playing nonchalantly at the moment and the pitch is behaving pretty normal at the moment. There is slow turn and Cook and Hameed have negotiated it calmly. England 255 and 40/0 at tea, need 365 more to beat India 455 and 20414.07: Umesh Yadav comes back for a bowl. He will bowl from the end from which Broad was bowling earlier. May be a good move just before Tea. England 255 and 40/0, trail India 455 and 204 by 365 runs 13.22 IST: DRINKS! England have been cautious in their approach in chase of 405. Meanwhile, India have already deployed spin from both ends. England 255 and 20/0 in 14 overs, trail India 455 and 204 by 385 runsHaseeb Hameed (Reuters Photo) 13.00 IST: England start their chase of a challenging 405 runs. England 255 and 17/0 in 7 overs11.50 IST: WICKET! The crucial 42-run last wicket stand comes to an end. Moeen Ali bowls it flatter outside off, Shami comes forward and looks to defend but is beaten by the ball skidding through. Bairstow takes the bails off in a jiffy and makes a confident appeal. The umpire goes upstairs for the stumping appeal. The replays roll in and it looks like Shami’s back foot is just planted on the crease. There is nothing in and the TV umpire is satisfied with the replays and rules it out. India 455 and 204 all out, set England (255) 405-run targetGood comeback by England today to bowl out India in the first session itself! They picked up 7 wickets and it was started by Stuart Broad who dismissed Rahane and Ashwin in his superb first spell. The rest of the batters couldn’t make their mark and kept giving away their wickets. Rashid was joined the party as well and picked up four wickets. Stuart Broad finished with four too. The last pair frustrated England though and took India’s lead past 400.advertisementVirat Kohli was a class above once again. On a pitch where the batsmen were struggling to get their bat on ball, he was middling it and scored at a pretty good rate too but unfortunately was dismissed when Stokes took a stunning catch. So England need 405 runs to win. It’s going to be really difficult as the track has started to misbehave. 11.49 IST: India’s lead now crosses 400 as Jayant Yadav and Mohammad Shami put on 42 runs for the 10th wicket.11.11 IST: WICKET! Rashid gets his fourth! Getting rewards for his probing lines and lengths. Bowls it slow through the air on middle and leg, Umesh Yadav with minimal foot movement looks to heave across the line but misses it completely. The ball spins and bounces away sharply to extract a faint edge and the keeper does the rest. India 455 & 162/9, lead England 255 by 362 runs 11.03 IST: WICKET! Jadeja departs in the hunt for quick runs. Tossed up on the stumps, Jadeja kneels and goes for the slog sweep. Doesn’t time it that well and hits it right down the throat of Moeen Ali at deep mid-wicket who gets underneath it and takes a simple catch. Rashid gets his third and he has bowled pretty well. India 455 & 162/8, lead England 255 by 362 runs 10.43 IST: WICKET! How did Stokes catch that? Rashid bowls it slower through the air outside off, spinning away. Kohli lunges forward and flashes at it hard but only manages to get a thick outside edge. It flies to the right of Stokes and he dives athletically to grab a stunner. It is a terrific reflex catch and the crowd goes silent. A superb knock from the skipper comes to an end and he misses out on a ton. India 455 & 151/7, lead England 255 by 351 runs 10.30 IST: Virat Kohli is being attended by the physio as he had hurt his left hand. Meanwhile, drinks break has been taken. 10.17 IST: WICKET! Umpire’s call! Adil Rashid bowls a googly around off, Saha lunges forward to defend but misses the variation and gets hit on the pads. The umpire takes his time and raises his finger as England appeal for a leg before. Saha waits for a while and decides to take a review. Replays show the ball would have clipped the leg stump so that is umpire’s call which is out. India 455 & 130/6, lead England 255 by 330 runsStuart Broad (AP Photo) 10.11 IST: WICKET! Broad picks up another wicket and this time no review by Ashwin. Fuller length ball outside off, angled in, Ashwin tries to defend but gets a faint edge to the keeper behind. The umpire raises his finger and Ashwin starts walking back. Broad picks up his fourth wicket, he has bowled really well here and he’s not even hundred percent fit. India 455 & 127/5, lead England 255 by 327 runs advertisement10.03 IST: Broad to Ashwin – NOT OUT! Inside edge. Good length ball landed just outside off, Ashwin tries to defend but gets hit on the pads. Big appeal for a leg before and the umpire raises his finger. Ashwin takes a review straightaway. Replays show there is an inside edge and the umpire overturns his decision. Ashwin survives. 09.55 IST: WICKET! Edged and gone. It’s a length ball outside off, a leg-cutter, Rahane pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies straight into the hands of Alastair Cook at first slip who makes no mistake. Stuart Broad takes his third wicket. Twin failure for Rahane in this Test match. India 455 & 117/4, lead England 255 by 317 runsIndia v England. Second Test. Day Four. Work to be done #INDvENG England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 20, 2016Stuart Broad has strained a tendon & one of the small joints in his right foot. He’ll continue to bowl & be assessed after the Test #INDvENG England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 19, 2016With the lead almost 300, the pitch starting to misbehave, the Indians will fancy their chances to take a 1-0 lead. However, you never know if the tourists put up a fight like they did in the first Test, this game can head either way. How much will Kohli and co. feel is enough to hand over the willow again to the opposition?England were eventually bundled out for 255 and handed a massive 200-run lead. The visitors did well to jolt the home side early as both the openers were sent back cheaply. Anderson then removed Pujara through a peach of a delivery but that was all for them. Kohli and Rahane then kept the English bowlers at bay and made sure they avoid further hiccups. The skipper has got to his fifty and Rahane would be itching to be amongst the runs and will be relieved as he was dropped early by Bairstow.After opting not to enforce the follow on, India lost three quick wickets but captain Kohli and Rahane combined in an unbroken stand of 58 to take the team to 98-3 at the end of the third day, an overall lead of 298.The 28-year-old Kohli, who hit 167 in the first innings, hit six boundaries in his unbeaten 56 and looked in no trouble on a surface which has tested all other batsmen with the turn and variable bounce on offer.last_img read more

My wedding would be like a non-stop party: Ranveer Singh

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) Ranveer Singh has always been open about his desire to get married at some point of life and the actor says he would like to tie the knot at an island with all his loved ones around having a blast.The 31-year-old actor, who along with his “Befikre” co-star Vaani Kapoor launched the Bhangra wedding song, “Khulke Dhukle,” from the film yesterday, said he just wants his marriage to be a non-stop party.”My wedding would be like a non-stop party. I just want people to have a blast. I would like to have my wedding on an island, if I can afford it by then. I would like to have trance party where everybody is tripping out,” Ranveer told reporters.The lead pair of the film walked the ramp last night at the Embassy of France here for DIVANI, Indias first cinema inspired fashion brand.The Spring/Summer 2017 collection was all about the free spirit of dressing effortlessly in stylish ensembles that suit the carefree yet elegant bride and groom.Ranveer and Vaani walked the ramp in golden and beige outfit teamed with golden and white sneakers. The actors are sporting the same ensemble in the song which has been shot at Parisian monument, Sacre Coeur.”Befikre” is a romantic-comedy directed by Aditya Chopra and Ranveer said working in a romantic movie is way more difficult than a period film.”One would imagine that a film like Befikre which is a breezy romantic comedy would be easy. But taking from what one of my colleagues said recently, sometimes these films are even more difficult.advertisement”Sometimes, in period films where you have distinctive characters and all their traits are there for you, it is easy to get into those characters. Here (romantic film) you got to put in your own personality and hope that it is good enough to engage people,” he said.”Befikre” will hit the theatres on December 9. PTI SHD JCHlast_img read more

Australia pick pace quartet for ICC Champions Trophy in June, James Faulkner dropped

first_imgAustralia has picked four fast bowlers — Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins — in its 15-man Champions Trophy squad while dropping all-rounder James Faulkner, the man-of-the match from its triumph in the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand.Australian selector Trevor Hohns referred to the four quicks as a “fast-bowling artillery” and “a very exciting proposition for Australian cricket.”Starc returned early from Australia’s tour of India with a stress fracture in his right foot, but Hohns said he was confident the left-arm opening bowler would be fit to play in the June 1-18 tournament in England.Big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn, sidelined for two months recently with a neck/shoulder injury, was also included in the squad.”Our medical staff will continue to monitor Mitchell and Chris’ recovery from their respective injuries, but we are hopeful they will be fit in time for the team’s departure on May 18,” Hohns said.All-rounders Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques and John Hastings were also included in the squad to be captained by Steve Smith.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the only specialist slow bowler selected, although Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell offer off-spinning options.Head and Aaron Finch are the likely contenders to open the batting with vice-captain David Warner.Australia joins England, Bangladesh and New Zealand in Group A, while defending champion India is pooled with South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Group B.Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Aaron Finch, Andrew Tye heroics help Gujarat sink Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgGujarat Lions dominated with both bat and ball to thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday evening.Chasing a modest target of 135 runs, Gujarat crossed the line in 13.5 overs. Aaron Finch and skipper Suresh Raina played a crucial role with 92-run stand.Finch produced a whirlwind innings of 72 runs, hitting five boundaries and six sixes during his 34-ball stay in the middle, while Raina remained unbeaten on 34, off 30 balls with four hits to the fence and a six.This is the sixth defeat for RCB who are going through a poor run this season. They are now placed seventh in the eight-team table with a mere five points from nine matches with only two wins to their credit.They had suffered a humiliating 82-run defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on April 23 when they were bundled out for a mere 49 runs which is the lowest-ever total in the IPL’s 10 year history.Gujarat registered their third win of this season to climb to the sixth position. They have six points from eight matches which include three wins and five defeats.Defending a modest total, the hosts were handed a glimmer of hope when West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree picket up wickets in consecutive overs.Badree struck the first blow for RCB in the third over when Ishan Kishan could not time his shot properly while attempting a sweep and was trapped plumb in front of the stumps.advertisementBrendon McCullum also did not last long as he was also dismissed by Badree. The New Zealand star stepped out to attempt a bit hit but miscued his shot only to be caught by A.B. de Villiers at long on.That was the only bit of success the hosts will enjoy in a long time as Raina and Aaron Finch proceeded to take on the RCB bowling.Raina enjoyed a major reprieve in the 10th over. The jampacked stadium collectively leapt to their feet when Raina holed out to the fielder on the deep midwicket boundary while attempting to hit Yuzvendra Chahal out of the park.But the joy of the RCB players and fans soon turned to disappointment when the delivery turned out to be a no ball.Raina and Finch made full use of the reprieve and continued to punish the RCB bowlers.By the time Finch holed out to de Villiers at long on when he mistimed a pull off Pawan Negi, Gujarat was well on their way to victory.Earlier, Gujarat produced a disciplined bowling performance to restrict RCB to 134.This was the second successive match in which the big three guns of the RCB batting line-up — Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and de Villiers — proved to be a damp squib.Negi was the highest scorer for the hosts with 32 runs off 19 balls which included three boundaries and two sixes.Kedar Jadhav, who smashed 31 runs off 18 deliveries, was the only other RCB batsman who managed to trouble the Gujarat bowlers.For Gujarat, Australian pacer Andrew Tye returned figures of 3/12 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja also picked up a couple of wickets.RCB skipper Virat Kohli was the first to go when he picked out Finch at short fine leg while attempting a big shot off young pacer Basil Thampi.Tye then took consecutive wickets with the first two balls of the next over. He struck a crucial blow with his very first ball of the match when he induced an outside edge off the dangerous Gayle with wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthick doing the honours behind the stumps.The Australian pacer then produced a similar delivery to remove Travis Head, whose edge travelled to Raina at first slip.Jadhav and de Villiers then tried to spark an RCB comeback, adding 36 runs between them off 26 balls after the former kicked off the partnership with three boundaries off Thampi in the sixth over.But the partnership did not last too long as Jadhav was removed by Jadeja. The batsman had exposed his stumps while attempting a late cut to third man, but he missed as the ball held its line and crashed into the stumps.RCB plunged into further trouble when a mix-up between de Villiers and Mandeep Singh coupled with an excellent piece of fielding by Jadeja saw the South African being run out.Negi then strode to the middle to play a slam-bang knock and produce a 40-run stand with Mandeep.advertisementIt was however, not enough to revive the hosts’ innings.By the time Negi hit an Ankit Soni delivery into the hands of Thampi at deep midwicket, the wind had been knocked out of RCB’s sails.last_img read more

Leander Paes wins Tallahassee Challenger, Ramkumar Ramanathan ends runner-up

first_imgVeteran Leander Paes won his second challenger-level title of the season but Ramkumar Ramanathan had to be content with a runner-up finish at the USD 75,000 clay-court event in Tallahassee, Florida.The top-seeded pair of Paes and American Scott Lipsky came from behind to pip Argentine third seeds Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-7 in the summit clash. Paes had won the Leon Challenger in Mexico with Adil Shamasdin, earlier.It was the second challenger title of the season for Paes, who earned 80 ranking points for his effort.However, Ramkumar, who was playing the first challenger level final of his career, lost the title match 2-6, 7-6(6), 5-7 to Slovenian qualifier Blaz Rola.The 22-year-old Indian earned 48 ranking points and a pay cheque of USD 6,360.last_img read more

With ICC Champions Trophy in mind, Mohammed Shami eager to make the most of last IPL game

first_imgIndia pacer Mohammed Shami says it is important for him to make most use of the last IPL game and upcoming practice sessions to be fully ready for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in United Kingdom. Shami has played seven IPL games for Delhi Daredevils since returning from injury, conceding runs at close to 10 runs per over and taking five wickets.Against Rising Pune Supergiant last night, Shami had a decent outing and also effected a match winning run out of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”Definitely, the more you play after coming from an injury, the better it is for your rhythm. You get confidence out of that. So I am looking to make the most of upcoming game and practice sessions to lift my confidence as high as I can,” said Shami.Talking about his direct hit which was too accurate for even someone like Dhoni, Shami said: “Yes, it was a game changer. I just went for it knowing Mahi bhai is quick between the wickets and it just clicked.”The Daredevils, already out of play-off race, defeated Supergiant by seven runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Asked to reflect on the team’s disappointing IPL campaign this season, he added: “Our start was bad. We lost too many games initially. We got better in the middle stages and now there is simply nothing to lose.”Daredevils play Royal Challengers Bangalore in a dead rubber here tomorrow.While Shami was happy with the result, it was a disappointing for Supergiant’s Manoj Tiwary to not take the team home despite a fighting 60 off 45 balls.advertisementNeeding 52 off the last 30 balls with seven wickets in hand, the visitors were expected to reach home comfortably.”I take full responsibility for the defeat. I should have taken the team home since I was the set batsman,” said Tiwary, who was dropped twice.”It was not easy to bat in the second innings. The ball was gripping a bit, especially when the spinners were bowling,” he said.He also lashed out at critics of Dhoni, who think the former Indian captain is past his prime.”He is still the best we have. So I don’t understand where this criticism comes from. Even in the game today, you saw he took a one handed catch. We should look at the future but not at the cost of present. I feel he still has a lot of cricket left in him,” added Tiwary.last_img read more

National Anti Doping Agency bans top Indian athlete

first_imgA top Indian athlete was handed a provisional suspension by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on Wednesday after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substance meldonium.Talking to a news channel, a top NADA official refused to disclose the athlete’s name.He, however, informed that over 20 syringes of the banned substance was found in the athlete’s hostel room.Russian star Maria Sharapova, a former World No.1 in the women’s tennis circuit, had also tested positive for the same substance at the Australian Open in 2016.She was originally suspended for two years but the ban was later reduced to 15 months.last_img read more

Virat Kohli would want to prove that he can deliver in England: Mohammad Azharuddin to India Today

first_imgThe cuts and drives were back. Some of them check drives including a dropped chance. Yet Virat Kohli’s 55-ball unbeaten half-century against New Zealand was the best news to come for the Indian camp from the first warm up match of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.WATCH FULL VIDEOTo say Virat would have exorcised his demons with the knock would be far-fetched. But this being his first tour of England after the forgettable 2014 outing where he averaged 13.5 in ten Test innings, even Kohli would have been anxious.”It would have been at the back of his mind. Virat would want to prove that he can deliver in England,” former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin tells India Today.In between that tour until earlier in the year, Virat delivered some of his best innings in all forms of the game. But India only played in the sub-continent and the West Indies. And although Indian batsmen in the last decade-and-a-half have done enough to dispel the ‘lambs abroad’ theory, experts maintain the baggage of past does not go away so easily.”Sub-continent players want to do well in England. Else people from other countries say they can’t perform well against the moving ball. That’s why Virat would want to do well this time,” Sri Lankan opening legend Sanath Jayasuriya tells India Today.Azhar backs up Jayasuriya’s opinion. “He would want to prove people wrong. Else people would say he can’t perform well against the moving ball. His stats go beyond imagination. So he has a very good chance of doing well,” he says.advertisementVirat was asked the same question in his pre-departure media meet. And he wasn’t amused. “When we don’t do well overseas, it’s like a knife hanging over our head. I don’t play for redemption. My only motivation is to play well for your country. It does not matter where you play,” he said.The other mental challenge for the Indian skipper would be to pull himself out of the rut with a series of losses as skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League this season. Before the IPL, Virat also had a forgettable Test series with the bat against Australia where he managed only 46 runs in three Tests. “India’s chances will depend heavily on Virat Kohli. And if you ask me he would have begun having one eye on the Champions trophy from the IPL itself when he realized his team won’t make the playoffs,” former Australia skipper Michael Clarke told India Today recently.Now back wearing the India blues leading his team in the Champions Trophy, a few balls in the middle from his blade would have done the magic which multiple hours of brain storming cannot. With the tournament opener slated against Pakistan on June 4, the venue will indubitably become incidental.last_img read more

I’m a practice world champion now and that’s not who I want to be: Roger Federer

first_imgEighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has committed to a full schedule in the second half of the season, saying that he’s had enough of practice and is hoping to quickly recapture his stunning early-season form.Federer, fresh off a two-month break to rest his 35-year-old body, will begin his grass-court campaign and bid for an eighth Wimbledon crown at Stuttgart on Wednesday.”There are no more breaks now,” Federer told the ATP website.”I’ve had enough breaks. I’m a practice world champion now and that’s not who I want to be. I want to be a champ on the match courts. So I’m going to be playing a regular schedule for the second part of the season… And this is the beginning here at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart,” he added.The Swiss maestro has taken the last two months off after what he described as a surprisingly successful start to the year that resulted in victory at the Australian Open and then the Indian Wells- Miami Masters double.”I was terribly surprised to win the Australian Open and to back it up and win the sunshine double in Indian Wells and Miami was a complete surprise to me,” Federer said.The 35-year-old further insisted that Rafael Nadal’s return to clay-court dominance was not unexpected.”I think Rafa winning the French Open is less of a surprise because he’d done it nine times before… I was hoping he was going to dominate the clay-court season like the olden days,” said Federer.advertisementThe Swiss also admitted that Nadal is a hot favourite to finish No. 1 for the fourth time.”Obviously Rafa is in great position to finish World No. 1. For him it’s going to be all about staying injury free. For me it’s about getting back to winning ways, where I left off in Miami,” he said.He, however, insisted that the second half of 2017 season will be much more competitive.”I’m sure a lot of guys are going to start playing their best in the second half of the season, like Murray, Djokovic, Nishikori, Raonic, Zverev, Kyrgios, Stan. We’ll all be playing our best tennis. It’s going to be an epic finish to the end of the season. Quite exciting actually for the ATP Tour,” he added.Federer will begin his Stuttgart Open campaign against the winner of Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert and German veteran Tommy Haas.last_img read more

India overtake Australia to create record for team with most 300-plus totals

first_imgIndia’s top order toyed with an inexperienced West Indies bowling attack to post 310/5 in rain-curtailed 43-overs-a-side second One Day International at Port of Spain on Sunday.This was the 96th time that India crossed the 300-run mark. They surpassed Australia’s record for most 300-plus totals by a team in ODIs.Ajinkya Rahane blasted his way to 103 off 104 balls while skipper Virat Kohli struck a blistering 87 off 66 deliveries and Shikhar Dhawan continued with his good form with a 59-ball 63.India’s 310/5 today is their 96th total of 300 or more- one more than Australia. A world record!!!#WIvIND #WIvsIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 25 June 2017Most scores of 300+ in ODIs:96 India95 Australia77 South Africa69 Pakistan63 Sri Lanka57 England51 New Zealand#INDvWI #INDvsWI- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 25 June 2017The match had to be reduced to 43 overs a side after a long spell of rain forced the start to be delayed.Pacer Alzarri Joseph was the most successful among the West Indies bowlers with figures of 2/73.India reached their maiden 300 total v Pak at Sharjah 15-4-1996Since then 300+96 Ind88 Aus72 SAf62 Pak59 SL50 Eng46 NZ29 WI#WIvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 25 June 2017last_img read more

Bipasha Basu talks about the importance of fitness and making healthy lifestyle choices

first_imgActress Bipasha Basu, was here on Sunday to launch Proquest Nutrition–a series of nutritional supplements from VRS Foods, that can aid people’s workout.The fitness-freak star has urged the country’s youth to understand that fitness is about a way of life, and not just a goal, and added that it’s really important to consume nutritious food items.”It is extremely important for the young generation to realise that fitness is not just a goal for your body, rather it has to be a way of life,” Bipasha said in a statement.”Essentially, being healthy is at the root of fitness. An active body can successfully keep many diseases and ailments at bay. However, while being active and exercising, it is equally important to fulfill the nutritional requirements of your body,” added the actress.In recent years, focus on fitness has become an integral part of the lives of a large number of Indians who are more aware, and conscious of the need to stay healthy and fit. The proliferation of gymnasiums and workout centres is an example of this quest to look good, feel good.The Race actress, also added, “Individuals involved in rigorous exercises to bulk up their bodies need much more than normal food, they need supplements to make up for the nutritional requirements, avoid exhaustion and burnout. This is also true for sports persons and athletes who need a sudden, intense burst of power on the field.””At the same time, they also need additional inputs in digestible protein form to boost their muscles and fulfill their workout goals. On the other hand, individuals working out to lose weight need to make sure their diet control doesn’t leave them nutritionally deficient. Proquest Nutrition is a comprehensive series of products that takes care of all these requirements,” explained Rajendra Singh, Managing Director, VRS Foods Ltd.advertisementBipasha’s inclination towards fitness, and her rigorous workout sessions to achieve that goddess-like body has inpired a lot of her fans to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and she stands as a role model for the same today.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Aggressive Caroline Wozniacki powers past Bulgaria’s Caroline Wozniacki

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki’s power game proved too much for Tsvetana Pironkova as she eased past her Bulgarian opponent 6-3 6-4 in their Wimbledon second-round clash on Thursday.In a gruelling baseline duel, the Danish fifth seed’s bigger shots off both wings and her pinpoint accuracy as she hit the lines time and again proved to be decisive.She largely had the measure of 29-year-old Pironkova, ranked 131, whom she had beaten in their four previous encounters.It was not all brute power, however – Wozniacki also showed flashes of her deft touch as the match progressed, including a beautifully judged lob to break serve in the second set.The Dane, who will face 38th ranked Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the next round, was happy with her performance.”I feel like I’m hitting it (the ball) well. I thought I played aggressive, defended where I needed to,” said the 26-year-old, who has finished two seasons as world number one – 2010 and 2011 – but has never won a grand slam.”I haven’t had any easy matches here this week yet. It’s only going to get tougher.”last_img read more

CoA forms four-member panel to decide on Ravi Shastri’s salary

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Saturday formed a four-member panel, which includes acting Board president CK Khanna and CEO Rahul Johri, to decide on the remuneration of newly-appointed head coach Ravi Shastri and other members of the support staff.CoA member Diana Edulji and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary are the other members of the Committee which will meet on July 19. This was decided after a CoA meeting on Saturday. WATCH FULL VIDEOReceived communication that 4-member committee formed with Rahul Johri as convener.1st meeting on 18th in Mumbai:CK Khanna, BCCI Acting Pres ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017For further coaches&others, must hv discussion with Ravi Shastri. Then we set up a committee of Diana,Acting Pres,Secy&CEO as Convener:V Rai ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017Recommendation has been made which COA has to act upon which will be done in consultation with head coach: V Rai on Rahul Dravid&Zaheer Khan- ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had named Shastri as head coach while Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan were appointed batting and bowling consultants respectively for specific overseas tours.The new committee will reach out to CoA with its recommendations on July 22.Since the Indian cricket team is leaving for a tour of Sri Lanka on July 19, it is not clear if Zaheer and Dravid will travel with the team.India will play the first Test against Sri Lanka on July 26.advertisementlast_img read more

Winning Grand Slam No. 20 at US Open would be a joke: Roger Federer

first_imgSwiss maestro Roger Federer, who recently lifted his 19th Grand Slam champion at the age of 35 at Wimbledon, has insisted that it would be a joke if he wins third slam this year at the US Open.Federer has had a sparkling 2017, having emerged victorious in five tournaments including his fifth Australian Open title in January and a record eighth-Wimbledon title this month.The current world number three, who has returned to his menacing best, also holds a great chance to grab final slam of the year-US Open-which he won five times between 2004 and 2008.However, Federer refuses the possibility of accomplishing the same, saying, “That would be a joke, if I won three slams this year out of nowhere. I know if I stay in shape, there are chances for me to do well at the US Open, but to win it? Yeah, at some stage I almost feel like I have to be realistic.””I am not 25 anymore. I’m not sure I can win three slams in one year. Winning two is already pretty crazy and plenty good enough for me,” Federer told in an interview with CNN.The Swiss legend, however, said that he would try and give his best shot in the final major of the season.”I’ll definitely try and get myself organised, prepared and ready so that I’ll have the best chance to do well at the US Open,” he added.Earlier this month, Federer outclassed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in his 11th final at the All England Club.advertisementThe victory made Federer the oldest man to win at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968.With Federer’s fifth crown of the year, the Swiss also surged to No. 3 – his highest rankings position since August 2016.last_img read more

US Open: Denis Shapovalov upsets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in second round

first_imgCanadian Denis Shapovalov appeared older than his 18 years at the US Open on Wednesday, staying poised to beat eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3) and advancing to the third round.Shapovalov, who had to qualify for the main draw, rose his hands in triumph after the television review showed that Tsonga’s final shot had sailed past the baseline.”It’s a dream come true for me,” he said during an on court interview. “I’ve always dreamed of playing a night match on Arthur Ashe.”Reuters PhotoShapovalov had got off to a good start breaking the 32-year-old Tsonga to love in the opening game and the only sign of nerves came in the third set when he was broken while serving for the match before he rebounded in the tie-break.”Serving for the third set I got a little bit tight, stopped moving my feet on a couple shots, sailed some forehands,” he said. “I just stayed calm and just waited for my next chance and took it.”Shapovalov surprised the tennis world earlier this month with a run to the semi-finals in Montreal, which included a win over current world number one Rafa Nadal.The left-hander faces Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who defeated American Steve Johnson, in the next round.last_img read more

In Kedarnath, Modi says Congress didn’t let him rebuild flash flood-hit holy town in 2013 as Gujarat CM

first_imgOn a visit to the Kedarnath shrine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked the Congress for rejecting his proposal in June 2013 when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat to redevelop the Uttarakhand shrine that was badly damaged in the massive flash floods.While addressing a public meeting after offering prayers at the Kedarnath temple, the Prime Minister also said that the BJP was trying to develop the Himalayan shrine into an ideal pilgrim centre with quality infrastructure. Talking about the devastating 2013 flash floods in Uttarakhand, Modi said he as the chief minister of Gujarat had visited Uttarakhand in its aftermath to offer help. “I came here to do all that I could for the victims. I had met the then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and state government officials and offered that Gujarat would redevelop Kedarnath. During the meeting they agreed. And I announced it outside in the media. But when the news was flashed on television, and it reached Delhi, the people there (UPA government) panicked and within hours, the state government was pressurised to announce that it would redevelop Kedarnath itself”, Modi alleged.Modi said after the BJP government came to power in Uttarakhand earlier this year, “I understood that the work for Kedarnath’s redevelopment will be done by us”.In June 2013, the then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and the Congress party had rebuffed Modi’s offer for redevelopment of Kedarnath and his Rs 3 crore cheque, which was in addition to a Rs 2 crore his state had donated as relief aid for rain disaster.advertisementMODI CRITICISED FOR TRYING TO BE “RAMBO” OF RESCUE The Congress and other parties had criticised Modi for trying to be the “Rambo” of rescue. The Congress had alleged that he was trying to communalise a natural calamity.Speaking about the work being done in Kedarnath, Modi said, “Through the work we are doing, we want to show what an ideal ‘Tirth Kshetra’ (pilgrim centre) should be like, how it should be pilgrim-friendly and the well-being of priests should be given importance.”The Prime Minister added, “We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath. It will be modern but the traditional ethos will be preserved. We will ensure the environment is not damaged”, Modi said, adding it would also be developed as a site for adventure sports and to showcase the natural beauty of the area.He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a slew of reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s tomb which was damaged in the floods.He said the Himalayas have much to offer – for spiritual pursuits, nature lovers, for those interested in adventure and water sports.”If we protect the environment, in return it shall protect us all”, he said, adding, “I invite everyone to come and explore the Himalayas.”PM APPRECIATES NATIVES OF UTTARAKHAND FOR THEIR DISCIPLINEHe also lauded the people of Uttarakhand for their discipline.”Discipline is in the blood of the people of Uttarakhand. At least one person from each family is a soldier”, the Prime Minister said.He urged the state government to promote organic farming and turn it into an organic state like Sikkim.The Prime Minister asked the corporate sector to join in the work for development of the country.”We need more corporate support to work on the development of the country. We need more companies and their corporate social responsibility activities to work on this nation. We will fully develop India by 2022 “, he said.WATCH VIDEO | PM Modi’s speech in Kedarnathlast_img read more

Getting married was much more important: Kohli

first_img(Eds: Repeating after adding a missed word in para 5)Mumbai, Dec 27 (PTI) Getting married was “something much more important” than a cricket series for Virat Kohli as he asserted that the three-week break wont affect his preparations for the upcoming South Africa tour.The India captain opted out of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka to get married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Tuscan, Italy.Kohli, who scored 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in 2017, will head for South Africa tonight for a tough tour where India play three Tests starting January 5. The Tests will be followed by six ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.Asked how difficult will it be for him to return to cricket post the marriage celebrations, Kohli replied: “Not difficult at all, it was away for something (marriage) which is much more important. That is a period that will always remain special for both of us.””Switching back to cricket is not difficult at all because it is in my blood, like it is for every other team member and the team management as well, so getting back to professional front is not difficult at all,” he added.Following their wedding in Italy on December 11, Kohli and Anuskha had hosted grand receptions in New Delhi and Mumbai, where several Bollywood and sporting celebrities were spotted.Just prior to the break, Kohli was in red-hot form smashing 610 runs in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka. Even though he was busy with his wedding celebrations, Kohli said he continued to prepare for the gruelling South Africa tour side-by-side during the break.advertisement”I havent done anything in the past three weeks. I have been training to get back to play in South Africa. Somewhere in your head you are always thinking about you have something important coming up, so subconsciously you are looking forward to it (South Africa tour). So, mentally I am very well prepared.” PTI NRB SSC AT SSClast_img read more

You can party into 2018 at these happening places in Delhi

first_imgDANCE TILL YOU DROPWHAT: Over at Playboy Club, there will be a range of performances to make the party a memorable one. Apart from the Gogo dancers, carnival and Ariel acts, three DJs – Ashim, Ishy and Yogi – will keep the party going till the end of the year. While Delhi-born Ashim became a DJ in 2002, Ishy has been in this profession for the past eight years. Yogi, on the other hand, has played with several renowned artists and is famous for his groovy remixes. Photo: Mail Today WHERE: Playboy Club, Samrat HotelWHEN: December 31, 10 pm onwards. Call 7999997791/92 for prior booking.Also Read: How to relish food and still not put on weight on New Year’s EveART & CRAFT FROM ISRAELWHAT: If you want to skip the usual and give open air shopping a try, head to the the 32nd Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar. Around 200 artisans from different states are displaying their myriad art and craft traditions. Five craft persons from Israel will work with their Indian counterparts from Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to create two completely new art pieces. Papier mache, embroidery and patchworks will be on sale. There will also be live folk performances. Photo: Mail Today WHERE: Dilli Haat, opposite INA MarketWHEN: January 1 to 15; 11 am to 9 pm. Entry fee is Rs 20.HAVE A ROCKING TIMEWHAT: Choose your favourite drink from the bar, listen to either DJ GRV (in Delhi) or DJ Robby (in Gurugram) and start the new year on a high with the iconic Hard Rock Cafe brand. The theme of the night is ‘Paparazzi 2018’.advertisement Photo: Mail Today WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, Delhi and GurugramWHEN: December 31; 9 pm onwards. Premium stag is at Rs 3,499, premium couple at Rs 5,999, VIP stag at Rs 4,999 and VIP couple at Rs 8,999.CELEBRATORY FEAST WHAT: Indulge in a scrumptious spread at Park Plaza Gurgaon’s The Great Kabab Factory, New Town Cafe and Sky Lounge. The package at Sky Lounge is priced at Rs 8,999 + taxes per couple and stag Rs 5,999+ taxes. At The Great Kabab Factory, the offer starts at Rs 4,999 while at New Town Cafe it begins at Rs1,299. Photo: Mail Today WHERE: Park Plaza Gurgaon, B block, Sushant Lok, Phase -I, GurugramWHEN: December 31FLAVOUR OF INDIEWHAT: Mellissa Dessa, an indie artist from Mumbai, will create an easy going atmosphere at Raasta with her tunes. A fashion designer by profession, Dessa was also a contestant on a music competition on TV. Photo: Mail Today WHERE: Raasta, A2/A, second floor, Aurobindo Marg, Green ParkWHEN: December 30; 9 pm onwardsAlso Read: Why you will NOT be able to keep your new year resolutionsKEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGHWHAT: Kaama Klub brings you a night of opulence and sheer indulgence with unlimited gourmet food, in- house cocktails and the hottest tunes spun by India’s most sought after DJ Akanksha Popli (MTV Splitsvilla Winner). Choose from a wide range of drinks at the multilevel bar all through the night. Photo: Mail Today WHERE: Kaama Klub, C Block, Ansal PlazaWHEN: December 31, 8 pm onwards. Passes are available at bookmyshow and paytmSPEND A ROMANTIC NIGHTWHAT: The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel has a range of offerings on New Year’s Eve. Punjabi and Bollywood beats will be played live by Funky Boys. For Rs 10,999 (including taxes) per couple, you can enjoy dinner, beverages and entertainment. Include New Year’s Eve night stay and breakfast on January 1 for Rs 15,999. Photo: Mail Today WHERE: Maharaja Surajmal Road, Near Yamuna Sports ComplexWHEN: December 31PARTY ALL NIGHTWHAT: Bombay Bar has planned special packages on New Year’s Eve. The IMFL drinks and unlimited food buffet package costs Rs 4,500 for couples and Rs 5,000 for stags. Join the dance floor as DJ Neil plays epic music counting down the hours and minutes to midnight. There will be a lavish spread for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Photo: Mail Today WHERE: P-21/90, 1st & 2nd Floor, Outer Circle, CPWHEN: December 31last_img read more

In Sushils absence, PWL 3 receives modest response on day 1

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI) The season three of the Pro Wrestling League got off to a lukewarm start with a modest crowd turnout and top draw Sushil Kumar not making his tournament debut after the opposition blocked the 74kg category.A handful of people who had come to watch the action at the Siri Fort Sports Complex were left disappointed after Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, representing Mumbai Maharathi, won the toss and took no time in blocking the 74kg category, in which Sushil was to compete for Delhi Sultans.The crowd numbers increased as the tie progressed but still more than half of the 3000 capacity arena was empty.PWL CEO Sunil Yash Kalra felt the turnout would improve as the 18-day league progresses.”I am sure there would have a lot more people if Sushil was competing. But his category was expectedly blocked by the opposition which is the beauty of this format,” Kalra told PTI.”Wrestling is a sport where you are never worried about the crowd support. It has a huge following. I am confident the turnout will only get bigger as the tournament goes on.”There are an unprecedented number of world and Olympic medallists taking part in the league,” he said, adding that 12 Olympic medallists and 24 world championship medallists are participating in the event.With Sushil not stepping on the mat, the headline fight of the evening was between Rio Olympics 65kg champion Soslan Ramonov and reigning 61kg world champion Haji Aliyev. Ramonov won the battle 3-2.advertisementAs far as Indian interest was concerned, Sakshi Malik competed in the 62kg class and won her bout comfortably against Monia Kumari.After seven bouts, Mumbai Maharathi defeated Delhi Sultans 5-2 in the tie.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also present at the venue. PTI BS AH AHlast_img read more