IPL 2019: Virat Kohli’s RCB look to get off the mark at KXIP’s fortress

first_imgIPL 2019: Virat Kohli’s RCB look to get off the mark at KXIP’s fortressRoyal Challengers Bangalore have had a horror start to their Indian Premier League 2019 campaign as they have lost six matches on the trot. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab are yet to lose a match at home in the ongoing seasonadvertisement India Today Web Desk MohaliApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 14:48 IST Can Royal Challengers Bangalore snap the losing streak in Mohali on Saturday? ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore are a defeat away from bagging an unwanted IPL recordVirat Kohli-led RCB have lost 6 in 6 and reeling at the bottom of the points tableKings XI Punjab will be hoping to maintain their perfect home record in IPL 2019 on SaturdayIt’s that time of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season where teams will be hoping to settle in on their playing XIs and build momentum as they progress towards the business end of the tournament. While defending champions Chennai Super Kings are well ahead of the chasing pack, as many as four teams are on eight points each in a crowded mid-table.However, two teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have been struggling to gain any sort of momentum. While Rajasthan have two points from their only win over Bangalore, Virat Kohli’s men are yet to open their account in IPL 2019.Can RCB avoid unwanted IPL record?Royal Challengers Bangalore are one more defeat away from creating an unwanted record as they will become the side with the most number of successive defeats at the start of the season. RCB have lost six matches on the trot this season and have equalled Delhi Capitals (Daredevils) record from 2013.Virat Kohli’s men are facing a daunting task of breaching Kings XI Punjab’s fortress. R Ashwin’s men have not lost a single match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali this season, winning three in three. In fact, Kings XI have stitched a 7-match unbeaten run at the iconic venue over the last three years.Notably, skipper Ashwin sent a warning to opposition teams after Kings XI crushed Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday when he said the hosts will be hoping to stretch their winning streak at home to 11 at the end of the season.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore though will be hoping for a change in fortunes as they are heading into their seventh match of IPL 2019 after a five-day break. RCB can take confidence from the fact that they had completed a double over Kings XI in IPL 2018. When it comes to head-to-head records, RCB have managed to beat KXIP 10 times in 22 meetings.While KXIP will be keen on maintaining their fine run at home, all eyes will be on Chris Gayle as the big West Indies batsman had suffered a twisted back during their last match against Mumbai Indians. It remains to be seen if the Universe Boss will recover in time to face his former club.RCB will be boosted by the presence of Dale Steyn in the camp after the South African pacer replaced an injured Nathan Coulter-Nile. However, the fast bowling great will not be available for selection in Saturday’s away game.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s on-field outburst at umpires: Everyone is humanAlso Read | India might select KL Rahul for No.4 in World Cup based on IPL form: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow IPL points tableFollow Virat KohliFollow Chris GayleFollow Dale Steynlast_img read more

The Greatest Moroccan Soccer Matches of All Times

Meknes – There is no doubt that the Moroccan national soccer team has rivaled teams worldwide in the past. When games were aired live on TV, soccer fans filled up popular cafés and stadiums to unleash their patriotism and support their national sport by waving Moroccan flags and singing enthusiastic songs.Do you still remember Mustapha Hajji’s overhead kick? Do you still remember the goal of Salaheddine Bassir in 1998 versus Scotland? Did you watch the spectacular win of Morocco versus Portugal in 1986?In the midst of this Moroccan sport’s decline, Morocco World News would like to take its faithful readers on a journey to the glory days to reminisce about our greatest national matches. Morocco vs. Guinea 1976 During the Africa Cup of Nations in 1976 in Ethiopia, the national team did not break its successful stride when it faced Guinea in the final stage and won its first championship.Although throughout the game Morocco was down by one, Ahmed Makrouh, nicknamed “Baba,” managed to grant Morocco its first championship by scoring a wonderful goal in the last minutes of the match, tying it up with Guinea.Morocco won the game because at that time the league system, which ranked teams by the number of points they accumulated over a series of matches, gave Morocco the advantage.Morocco vs. Portugal 1986In 1986, during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, the world did not believe the absolute destruction of Portugal by Morocco.The national team won, three goals to one. Abderazak Khayri was the superstar of the match, managing to score two goals at 19 and 26 minutes. Talented Krimo scored the third goal at 62 minutes, while Portugal’s only goal was by Diamantino Miranda at 80 minutes.Morocco vs. Scotland 1998In 1998, during the World Cup in France, Morocco was in a strong squad, along with powerhouses Brazil, Norway, and Scotland. Though Morocco was about to qualify for the second round, Norway carried out a plot along with Brazil to eliminate the Atlas Lions.However, the national team made Moroccans proud through their electrifying performance during their match versus Scotland. Giant striker Salaheddine Bassir was the leading goal-scorer; he scored two goals at 22 and 85 minutes, and Abdeljalil Hadda scored the second goal of the game at 47 minutes.Morocco vs. Norway 1998Although the national team tied with Norway in their World Cup match in 1998 in France, Moroccan golden footballers heroically displayed their talents and patriotism. Thus, it was the best Arabic and African team in the World Cup.Fabulous goal-scoring midfielder Mustapha Hadji scored Morocco’s first goal in the first half, and giant Abdeljalil Hadda scored a fantastic goal at 59 minutes.Driss Benzekri, the Moroccan goalkeeper, was outstanding, making great saves in the match.Morocco vs. Algeria 2004During the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004, in Tunisia, the Atlas Lions revived Moroccan sport after a long absence.Moroccan footballers were the stars of the tournament, yet somehow they failed to win the championship.The match versus Algeria in the quarterfinal of the championship was one of the most glorious matches of the tournament.Algeria scored its first goal in the second half, but the magnificent Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh managed to equalize the game in the last minute before the added time of the second half. At the beginning of extra time, attacking midfielder Youssouf Hadji gave the national team the lead. Afterwards, Moroccan playmaker Jaouad Zairi scored the definitive goal that advanced the national team to the semifinal.Morocco vs. Egypt 1998Legend Mustapha Hadji was the Moroccan Cristiano Ronaldo in the 1990s. Moroccans all over the world still remember his memorable overhead kick versus Egypt in the Cup of Nations in 1998, the goal that advanced the Atlas Lions to qualify for the quarterfinals.Morocco vs. Algeria 2012The match between Morocco and Algeria was regarded as the derby of the region. During the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in 2012, the Atlas Lions beat Algeria 4-0. Golden defender Mehdi Benatia managed to score the first goal at 25 minutes. At 38 minutes Moroccan star Marouane Chamakh scored the second goal.In the second half, attacking midfielder Youssouf Hadji demoralized the Algerian team by scoring the third goal at 61 minutes. At 67 minutes Moroccan playmaker Oussama Saidi mesmerized spectators through a wonderful goal.Edited by Esther Bedik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more