Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been fabulous with his glove-work this Indian Premier League. He once again showed why he remains India’s undisputed king behind the stumps with yet another brilliant run out of Dinesh Karthik in Pune on Monday evening. (Stokes 63-ball 103* scripts sensational Pune win)In the final over of Gujarat Lions’ innings, Basil Thampi was on strike against Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm pacer bowled a slower and Thampi swung his bat wildly only to miss it. Karthik, at the non-striker’s end, wanted the strike in the last ball and set off. (Stokes follows Dhoni’s success mantra, rewarded with maiden IPL ton)But Dhoni collected the ball and fired a direct hit at the striker’s end to send Karthik back to the pavilion. The speed and precision of Dhoni’s throw was such that even Karthik’s desperate dive failed to save him from getting run out.DHONI TOO QUICK FOR ‘SUPERMAN’ ABDThis was not the first time that Dhoni’s sharp glove-work floored his opposition.Earlier this month, he produced a sensational stumping to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers. On the second delivery of the 11th over of the RCB innings bowled by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Dhoni showed his class behind the stumps when he knocked off the bails in lighting speed even before de Villiers could think of getting his back leg into the crease.TAYLOR FLABBERGASTEDIn October last year, Dhoni’s sensational skills behind the stumps left New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor flabbergasted.advertisementThe 35-year-old grabbed the spotlight with his lightning quick hands during the fourth one-day international against New Zealand. Playing at his home ground in Ranchi, Dhoni’s superb display behind the wicket left Taylor stunned.In the 46th over, Taylor, who played Umesh Yadav through square leg, was looking for a second run but Dhoni back-flicked a throw from Dhawal Kulkarni onto the stumps in a flash and without even looking at it.TV replays later confirmed that Taylor was short of the crease. The Kiwi couldn’t believe his luck as he walked off with a grin.DHONI PLOTS BANGLADESH’S OUSTER IN WORLD T20In March 2016 during India vs Bangladesh World T20 clash, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side required 11 runs from 6 balls but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad got out in successive deliveries after hitting couple of boundaries.It all boiled down to the last ball, off which two runs was required. Dhoni remained calm under pressure when he was required to break the stumps after the the final ball had been bowled. As the bails flashed, Dhoni and his men went berserk and celebrated the win in front of a jubilant, relieved crowd.
(EDs: Rpts after correcting name of dept in 9th para)New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) The Delhi government has widened the scope of the developmental works that can be undertaken by MLAs using the SC/ST welfare fund.Announcing the decision, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the list of works that can be undertaken has been increased from the existing five to 27, and will now include steps like installation of CCTVs.”We took the decision as money alloted under this head was not getting spent. Around Rs 50 crore has been alloted for the same in the current financial year,” he told a press conference.Sisodia said the decision, taken by the Delhi Cabinet yesterday, will cover around 5,500 blocks. The fund can be used by MLAs in areas where the SC/ST population is over 33 per cent.He explained that under the previous arrangement works such as repair or construction of community bathrooms, drains or pavements, unmetalled (kuchha) roads, community centres and approach roads could be undertaken.”Now, a wide variety of works related to parks, installation of CCTVs, construction of sports facilities, libraries, gymnasiums and even installation of street lights have been included in the list,” he said.Rajendra Pal Gautam, who recently took charge of the SC/ST and Social Welfare Departments, said the government has also decided to tweak the way the fund can be used.One issue the MLAs intending to utilise this fund were facing was related to the limited number of agencies that were authorised to take up work, he told PTI.advertisementOnly the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) or the Flood Control and Irrigation Departments could take up work using the welfare fund, which is around Rs 50 crore in the current financial year.This, he said, was giving rise to situations where the municipal corporations were objecting when a road under its jurisdiction was to be repaired citing the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act.”After the changes, if a road that is to be repaired is owned by the MCD, then the area MLA can approach it and the civic body can use the welfare fund to get the work done on its own,” Gautam said. PTI SBR BSA ASV
Rafael Nadal dropped just one game on his way to a straight-sets victory over Nikoloz Basilazhvili.It was Nadal’s 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay. He has a 98-2 win-loss record.With the rainclouds rolling in, Nadal seemed keen to get his third-round match over as quickly as possible and the No. 4 seed took 90 minutes to win 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.”I don’t know if it was perfection,” said Nadal, who turns 31 on Saturday.”I went on court thinking it was going to be a tough match … I believe I played the best match since a while.”Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round when opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired from the match with a left thigh injury.Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when Garcia-Lopez stopped. The Spaniard had already received treatment at the end of the first set.It was the second retirement of the day. David Goffin was forced out with an injured right ankle.Defending champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the fourth round by beating Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2.The fourth-seeded Spaniard broke her opponent’s serve three times in the second set.David Goffin retired from his third-round match after injuring his right ankle against Horacio Zeballos.The 10th-seeded Belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he limped off court with two trainers helping him. Zeballos carried Goffin’s bag.Goffin was serving for the first set and led 40-0 but allowed Zeballos back into the game.The Argentine had a break back point and, at the end of a long rally, Goffin got to a tough ball. He won the point to get back to deuce but slid after he hit it, catching his foot on the tarp at the back of the court.advertisement
The first Champion’s League final to be played under a closed roof will create an ear-splitting atmosphere when Real Madrid take on Juventus on Saturday, but will have no impact on the result, says Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon.UEFA decided last week that the showpiece final would be played under the Principality Stadium’s retractable roof, with anti-drone security reasons cited as one factor.Speaking to reporters before Juve’s training session on the pitch on Friday – with the roof closed – Buffon recalled two previous occasions he kept goal without any hindrance from the elements.”I’ve already played in such conditions in Amsterdam against Ajax and at the World Cup in 2002 and there’s no real difference. If it preserves the pitch and the show, that’s fine,” the 39-year-old said.”I think it’s quite normal, I don’t mind. Perhaps the reason is a bit unclear, whether it’s for rain or security reasons.”For a city that gets more than its fair share of precipitation, the weather is expected to be fine and dry for Saturday’s evening kickoff in a stadium that often covers up for rugby internationals when the weather is inclement, providing Wales’s opponents agree.The roof became a major talking point during this year’s Six Nations championship when England coach Eddie Jones insisted that it remained open for his side’s clash with Wales.England went on to win 21-16.
Lewis Hamilton accused Formula One rival Sebastian Vettel of disgracing himself and deliberately driving into his car as a bitter clash between the two world championship rivals dominated Sunday’s Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won in Baku after a chaotic race which saw Ferrari’s Vettel given a 10-second stop-go penalty when he steered into the back of race leader Hamilton’s Mercedes under safety car conditions after a red-flag stoppage on lap 22.The four-time Formula One champion seemed infuriated with Hamilton after the British driver slowed on the exit of Turn 15. After the initial collision, the German gesticulated angrily with both hands as he then pulled alongside his rival and hit the side of Hamilton’s car.AP PhotoAfter his penalty, imposed by the stewards for dangerous driving, Vettel recovered to finish in fourth, one place ahead of his British rival.The episode left Hamilton incensed. “Deliberately driving into another driver and getting away pretty much scot-free as he still came fourth, I think that’s a disgrace. I think he disgraced himself today,” the Briton told Channel 4.”Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula 1 today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. I think that says it all.”If he wants to prove that he’s a man, I think we should do it out of the car face to face.”Driving dangerously, which in any way can put another driver at risk… we were going slow, if we had been going fast it could’ve been a lot worse.advertisement”It definitely sets a precedent within F1 and it also does for all the young kids that are watching us drive and conduct ourselves.”They’ve seen today how a four-time champion behaves and I think, hopefully, that doesn’t ripple into the younger categories.”Hamilton also denied the accusation that he had deliberately “brake-tested” his rival, arguing that he was merely “controlling the pace.””Like all the other restarts, I slowed down in the same spot,” he said. “He was obviously sleeping and drove into the back of me.”That wasn’t, for me, an issue.”Hamilton began the race in pole and avoided the melee in lap one to establish himself as race leader, but his own progress was stymied when he was forced to cede his lead after pitting due to a loose head rest.While Vettel’s sanction saw him drop from second to ninth, he eventually recovered to extend his championship lead over Hamilton to 14 points.Hamilton’s disappointing race in Azerbaijan extends his underwhelming record in Baku, with the 32-year-old emulating last year’s fifth-placed finish.
There were plenty of records for Roger Federer to savour on Tuesday as he began his pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title, but he was denied a chance to celebrate them in style as his first round match ended abruptly midway through the second set.Trailing 3-6, 0-3 (30-30), Alexandr Dolgopolov drew a chorus of dejected sighs on Centre Court as he walked up to the net to shake hands with Federer.It was the second successive anticlimactic ending on tennis’ most famous stage after Novak Djokovic’s opponent, Martin Klizan also called it quits midway through their second set.Federer’s encounter against Ukrainian Dolgopolov lasted a mere 43 minutes.Fans who had poured in to see the Swiss master in action witnessed him fire down a 10,000th career ace and chalk up a record 85th win at Wimbledon, surpassing the benchmark he had shared with Jimmy Connors.Today Roger Federer, during his 1st round #Wimbledon match v Alexandr Dolgopolov served his 10000th ace of his career, in his 1,293rd match!- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 4, 2017The two other players before Roger Federer to register over 10000 aces are Croatians Goran Ivanisevic and Ivo Karlovic#Wimbledon- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 4, 2017By simply playing the first point, Federer also drew level with Fabrice Santoro’s professional era record of playing in a 70th grand slam tournament.While it is always nice to reach such landmarks, Tuesday’s result is likely to mean only one thing for the 18-times grand slam champion — he is now only six wins away from becoming the first man to hoist the Challenge Cup for an eighth time.advertisement
The record 222 million-euro fee Paris St Germain is paying to acquire Neymar from Barcelona shows just how wrong the transfer system is, world players’ union FIFPro said on Friday.FIFPro is lobbying the European Union to ban transfer fees which it says concentrates power in the hands of a few mega-rich clubs, to the detriment of most players and the sport itself.”The world record transfer of Brazilian Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is the latest example of how football is ever more the domain of a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs,” FIFPro General Secretary Theo van Seggelen said in a statement.FIFPro says the dominant clubs entrench their position in the market by inflating transfer fees and therefore creating barriers against other clubs to compete with them.”Football’s enormous wealth is trapped, research shows, within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance,” Van Seggelen said.”The transfer rules governed by FIFA are anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal,” he said, adding that changes were needed “in order to protect the rights of players as workers and safeguard the best interests of the game.”
Rohit Sharma (147), Virat Kohli (113) notched up centuries while Jasprit Bumrah (3/47) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/39) starred as India clinched the series 2-1. (Scorecard)And that’s a wrap from Kanpur. #TeamIndia seal the 3-match ODI series 2-1 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/yA27kd9Cva- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017New Zealand Innings:21.34 IST: INDIA WIN BY 6 RUNS and take the series 2-1.49.4: WICKET! M Santner (9) is out, c Shikhar Dhawan b Jasprit Bumrah, 326/7- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201721.18 IST: WICKET! Is that the game for India? Is that the game for India? Massive moment. Full and outside off, de Grandhomme looks to flick but misses. He is not sure where the ball is but Latham is halfway down the track, looking for the bye. He has to turn back as de Grandhomme is searching for the ball. Dhoni calmly throws the ball to Bumrah who runs forward towards the stumps a bit and then throws the ball. Bull’s eye! Latham furiously hits the ground with his bat. He is applauded from the dressing room. What a knock again. But this time his team might fall short. 26 needed from 13 balls now. New Zealand 312/6 (47.5 overs) vs India 337/621.09 IST: WICKET! The hushed crowd finds its voice again! Who cares about the past when you are doing well in the present? Bhuvi might have gone for 77 in his previous 8 overs but right now, his focus is only to try and bowl as accurately as possible in these last few overs. He does not have too many runs to play with and has been excellent in this over with this lengths. This is pretty full, around the legs, Nicholls gets across to flick but misses the ball completely. The ball shatters the leg stump and the bails illuminate! End of a 59-run stand. Nicholls departs for a very useful 37 from 24 balls. The momentum swings towards India again. NEW ZEALAND NEED 32 FROM 19 BALLS. New Zealand 306/5 (46.5 overs) vs India 337/6advertisement3rd ODI. 45.6: J Bumrah to H Nicholls (36), 6 runs, 303/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 20173rd ODI. 45.5: J Bumrah to H Nicholls (30), 4 runs, 297/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201720:52 IST: 43.6: H Pandya to H Nicholls, FOUR! Terrific shot! For the third over in a row, the last ball has produced a boundary.3rd ODI. 43.4: H Pandya to T Latham (56), 4 runs, 278/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 20173rd ODI. 42.6: Y Chahal to H Nicholls (16), 4 runs, 272/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201720.44 IST: FIFTY! Latham gets down and sweeps this powerfully, perfectly bisecting deep square leg and deep mid-wicket!20:41 IST: 41.6: K Jadhav to H Nicholls, FOUR. Not a great start to the over. Short and outside off, Nicholls goes back and punches it through the covers. Finds the gap and the boundary. 86 more needed from 53 balls now.3rd ODI. 41.1: K Jadhav to H Nicholls (5), 4 runs, 252/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201720:34 IST: WICKET! Bumrah gets rid of Taylor! The bounce gets the better of the batsman. Bumrah bowls an off cutter, landing it on a length outside off. Taylor comes forward to defend but the ball bounces sharply and goes off the outside edge, looping straight to Kedar Jadhav at point. Nothing much he could have done there. End of a struggling knock but the crucial 79-run stand has been broken. NEW ZEALAND NEED 91 FROM 59 BALLS. New Zealand 247/4 (40.1 overs) vs India 337/620:32 IST: POWERPLAY 3 time! Five fielders allowed outside the circle. India scored 85/5 during their batting. New Zealand need 91 with 7 wickets in hand.20:30 IST: 39.4: B Kumar to Tom Latham, FOUR! Magnificent shot. The length is short but there is not that much width outside off. However, like a very nice guy who adjusts to whatever he gets, Latham gets on top of the bounce and just punches it through point. The result is a boundary.3rd ODI. 37.6: B Kumar to T Latham (38), 4 runs, 237/3 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201720:10 IST: DRINKS are on the field now. 117 from 84 is the equation. The required run rate is slowly touching 9 an over. Normally you do tend to favour the chasing side with so many wickets in hand, but unless dew plays a big part, India have the edge here. The Kiwis will hope that this stand at least takes them to within 50 runs of victory. And here comes one of their biggest obstacles in doing that – JASPRIT BUMRAH.20:08 IST: Interesting. Very interesting. The on-air commentators were discussing about how far the Kiwi batsmen were backing up at the bowler’s end. While they were talking, the image was being shown of Taylor backing up too far on the giant screen. Kohli spots that and has a word with the umpires who in turn, have a word with Taylor. The question to be asked here is – Should the umpires be telling the batsmen about this? Or should it just be left to the consequences which will result in Mankading?advertisement20:07 IST: WIDE. A slower bouncer, around middle, ducked under. Too high and the umpire stretches his arms. 50-RUN STAND is up, in 44 balls. New Zealand will want these two to up the ante now. The required rate is constantly rising, reaching 8.5 an over.3rd ODI. 34.6: A Patel to R Taylor (26), 4 runs, 214/3 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 20173rd ODI. 33.6: H Pandya to R Taylor (20), 4 runs, 205/3 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201719:54 IST: 32.3: A Patel to Tom Latham, FOUR! Cheeky! Landed outside off, Latham adjusts well and reverse sweeps it, just past Dhoni through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence! 148 more needed from 105 balls now.3rd ODI. 31.1: H Pandya to T Latham (8), 4 runs, 181/3 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201719.37 IST: WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal gets a big one and that is it for Kane Williamson! No century for him. New Zealand needed him to anchor the innings but he has departed just beyond the halfway mark. Full and outside off, Williamson looks to sweep but it turns out to be an ungainly one. He gets a top edge which goes straight up in the air. Dhoni calls for it and takes the catch calmly. The equation is now going out of hands for the Kiwis… 170 needed from 128 balls. Replays show that while going for the catch, Dhoni was nearly hit by Williamson’s bat! But all is well in the end. New Zealand 168/3 (28.4 overs) vs India 337/619.32 IST: David Miller breaks the record for fastest century in Twenty20 internationals as he reaches the three-figure mark off 35 balls.3rd ODI. 26.5: Y Chahal to R Taylor (7), 4 runs, 163/2 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201719.22 IST: WICKET! Knocked him over! Chahal erupts, Green Park erupts. He tosses this leg spinner around off, the ball spins in after pitching. Munro chose the unwise option of playing against the spin as he looked to drive it to the off side. Ends up missing the ball and losing his woodwork. This is excellent bowling from Yuzvendra as he was generous in his flight even when the batsmen looked to hit it big. A very good innings from Munro comes to an end now. India would sniff a chance now. New Zealand 153/2 (24.2 overs) vs India 337/63rd ODI. 23.6: K Jadhav to C Munro (75), 6 runs, 152/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201719.12 IST: FIFTY! Kane Williamson brings up his 32nd fifty in ODIs in style. He looked a bit out of sorts in the previous games but today he’s put his hands up when required. This was flatter outside off, Williamson punches it through covers for a boundary. New Zealand 136/1 (21.4 overs) vs India 337/6advertisement3rd ODI. 20.4: Y Chahal to K Williamson (48), 4 runs, 131/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201719:04 IST: 18.6: Y Chahal to C Munro, NOT OUT! Munro stays on! Chahal tosses this around leg, the ball spins in. Munro looks to play against the turn and misses the ball completely. It goes to Dhoni who whips off the bails quickly and asks the question. The umpire takes it upstairs. Replays confirm that Colin is safe indeed. Dhoni’s body language is a sign of things and he wasn’t really gung-ho about this one.19:04 IST: Dhoni is at it again! Flips off the bails quickly and appeals for a stumping against Munro. The third umpire is referred to. His body language shows that the batsman might be safe.18:56 IST: Time for drinks! Time for drinks! New Zealand will be happy with how their chase has panned out as yet. They are going over 6 an over and most of the credit needs to go to Munro.3rd ODI. 15.3: K Jadhav to C Munro (55), 4 runs, 109/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 20173rd ODI. 15.1: K Jadhav to K Williamson (36), 4 runs, 104/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201718.46 IST: FIFTY! That’s the 4th ODI fifty for Colin Munro. He has really teed off from the word go today, something that his side would have wanted. This time he knocks it down to long on for a run to get to his milestone.18:44 IST: 13.3: K Jadhav to K Williamson, FOUR. 50-run stand up between these two! This pair has really looked good since Guptill departed, often leaving the Indian bowlers clueless. Jadhav bowls it flat on the pads, Williamson gets down and sweeps it past short fine leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 12.6: A Patel to C Munro (49), 4 runs, 92/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201718:41 IST: FOUR! You are bowling too fast, shouts Dhoni from behind the sticks as soon as Axar bowled that. He darted it a tad short outside off, Williamson hangs back and cuts it past point for a boundary.18:36 IST: Virat Kohli is off the field and so Rohit Sharma takes charge. KEDAR JADHAV will have a bowl now. How effective will he be today?3rd ODI. 10.6: A Patel to C Munro (44), 4 runs, 80/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201718:33 IST: Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Axar Patel comes into the attack.18:25 IST: 8.2: B Kumar to C Munro, SIX. Munro bashes it high and over mid-wicket for a maximum. Kumar bowls a slower knuckle ball on a length around leg, Colin makes room and plays a cross-batted hit for half a dozen. He’s picking the change of pace alright today.3rd ODI. 7.3: H Pandya to K Williamson (14), 4 runs, 59/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 20173rd ODI. 7.1: H Pandya to K Williamson (10), 4 runs, 55/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201718:20 IST: HARDIK PANDYA is brought into the attack. That’s a tad surprising as Bumrah was going well and had just picked up a wicket.18:15 IST: 6.1: B Kumar to K Williamson, FOUR! Wow, what a shot! Shows that this track is full of runs here. Kumar bowls it on a back of a length outside off, Williamson goes back and punches it through point for a boundary.18:11 IST: KANE WILLIAMSON is the next man in. He’s not having a great run in ODIs in India and the time is ripe for him to change that fact. Will the Kiwi skipper step up today?18.11 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes. 50 ODI wickets for Bumrah, the second fastest Indian to get there after Ajit Agarkar! And what a time to strike. The openers were going great guns when he has struck. He bowls it on a length around off, Guptill makes room and looks to go over mid off. Ends up getting it high on the bat and hence the ball has height and not the distance. Karthik backtracks, keeps his eyes on the ball and pouches it safely. Another failure for Martin, New Zealand rocked early. New Zealand 44/1 (5.1 overs) vs India 337/618:09 IST: 4.6: B Kumar to C Munro, FOUR. Munro finally gets it right! Kumar bowls a shorter length ball around off, Munro sways back and ramps it over short third man for a boundary.3rd ODI. 2.4: B Kumar to M Guptill (7), 4 runs, 31/0 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 20173rd ODI. 1.4: J Bumrah to C Munro (22), 4 runs, 24/0 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201717:49 IST: 0.6: B Kumar to C Munro, 4 runs. Unnecessary through from Kohli there. Munro finds him at covers with the drive but Virat has a shy at the bowler’s end. There’s no one backing up and the ball goes away to the boundary. Sheepish smile from the skipper but the Kiwis are off to a flying start here.17:48 IST: 0.5: B Kumar to C Munro, FOUR. This is even better. Fuller around off, Munro times it brilliantly through mid off. The ball beats the fielder there and races away to the fence. Back to back boundaries for Munro here.17:48 IST: 0.4: B Kumar to C Munro, FOUR. Timing and placement to perfection. Kumar over corrects and gives him width. Munro stays in the crease and cuts it fiercely past backward point for a boundary. The third man fielder didn’t have a chance to cut that off.17:47 IST: 0.3: B Kumar to C Munro, SIX! Woahh! Intentions clear straightaway! Kumar hurls it on a length around middle, Munro shimmies a tad and bashes it over mid-wicket for a maximum. What a way to get going.17.45 IST: Welcome back for the run chase. New Zealand have their task cut out. Their openers MARTIN GUPTILL and COLIN MUNRO walk in with the bat and they would aim to help their side by giving them a flying start. Remember, dew could play its part, meaning, the Indian slow bowlers could struggle. The hosts opt to begin with BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR, who will run in with the first new ball. How will the bowlers bowl first up? Slower deliveries or seam their way through? The change in pace has troubled Munro in the past. Two slips first up.India Innings:17.04 IST: India post 337/6 in 50 overs vs New Zealand at Kanpur. Rohit 147, Kohli 113, Santner 2/58Both camps will be happy at the moment. India will be happy with 337 but at one stage, when Rohit and Kohli were going great runs, 350-360 looked to be on the cards. The Kiwis will hope that some momentum would have been earned.The batting was all about the 230-run stand between Kohli and Rohit. Both scored centuries and also kept the run rate on a high note. The stand came in just 211 balls which shows how good the pitch is. No bowler was spared and only towards the end did the Kiwis get some wickets, with the batsmen going for big runs.Innings Break! #TeamIndia 337/6 in 50 overs (Rohit 147, Virat 113). Follow the game here – https://t.co/8l9in2YV6J #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/RDu0DUQ6pq- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017These are some of the records which were achieved/broken during the course of this innings.Virat Kohli 1425* runs in 2017 – the most runs by an ODI captain in a single calendar year!Prev: Ricky Ponting 1424 runs in 2007#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017150 sixes in ODIs for Rohit Sharma. Only four other Indians have hit more!#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 20171000 ODI runs for Rohit Sharma in 2017. Only the 2nd after Virat Kohli (1385*) to do so this year.#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017Virat Kohli now has 2000 runs in 2017 across all international formats:Tests: 449ODIs: 1356*T20Is: 195#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017Most 100s in international cricket for India:100 Sachin Tendulkar49* VIRAT KOHLI48 Rahul Dravid38 Sourav Ganguly / V Sehwag#INDvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2017Most 200-stands by a pair in ODIs:4 Rohit Sharma – Virat Kohli3 Ganguly – Tendulkar3 Gambhir – Kohli3 Tharanga- J’wardene#IndvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2017Fastest to….ODI runs for India:1K: Kohli/Dhawan2K: Dhawan3K: Dhawan4K: Kohli5K: Kohli6K: Kohli7K: Kohli8K: Kohli9K: Kohli#IndvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 20179000 runs for Virat Kohli in ODIs. He is the quickest to do so in just 194 innings!#IndvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2017Least innings to 5000 runs as a captain in int’l cricket:93 Virat Kohli109 Michael Clarke110 AB de Villiers112 Greg Chappell#IndvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2017First 2 to 1000 ODI runs in a year,both Indians!1997-Ganguly, Azhar1998-T’kar,Azhar, Ganguly2008-Gambhir, Dhoni2017-Kohli, Rohit#IndvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2017Most runs in ODIs in 2017:1372* Virat Kohli986* Rohit Sharma983 Joe Root 956 Quinton de Kock905 Faf du Plessis#INDvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 201717.04 IST: Milne to Jadhav, OUT! c Guptill 18 (10 balls)India finish on 337/6! An outstanding final over from Milne – not a single boundary and going for only 6 and picking up 2 wickets. A short ball outside off, needless to mention – a SLOWWWWWWWWER BALL – at 112 kph, Jadhav connects it well actually but such has been the day for him – when he has miscued, the ball has landed safely and now when he has timed one well, it has flown straight to Martin Guptill at long on.49.6: WICKET! K Jadhav (18) is out, c Martin Guptill b Adam Milne, 337/6- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201717.00 IST: DINESH KARTHIK finally comes out at number 7, replacing Dhoni.16.59 IST: Milne to Dhoni, OUT! c Munro 25 (17 balls)Not a bad start to the over for Milne! Dhoni is gone. A slower ball outside off, 110 kph, on a length, Dhoni gives this his all, aiming to swing hard but only gets it off the outside edge to short third man. Colin Munro at that position takes it with ease and Dhoni has to go. 5 balls left now…49.1: WICKET! MS Dhoni (25) is out, c Colin Munro b Adam Milne, 331/5- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.57 IST: Southee to Jadhav, SIX! How has he hit that? A short ball, in line of the stumps, cramping Jadhav for room as he goes for the pull but he goes through with it and guess what – he clears square leg with ease! 12 from the over and Southee finishes with 2/66 in his 10 overs. 36 runs have come off the last 3 overs.3rd ODI. 48.6: T Southee to K Jadhav (17), 6 runs, 331/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.52 IST: Boult to Dhoni, FOUR! BRILLIANT! Why aim for slogs when you can time the ball so beautifully?3rd ODI. 47.6: T Boult to MS Dhoni (24), 4 runs, 319/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.51 IST: Boult to Jadhav, FOUR! Nice placement! Another full toss outside off, Jadhav reaches out and spoons this over point for a boundary!16.49 IST: 12 runs and a wicket from that over from Southee. IND 307/4 in 47 overs16.47 IST: Southee to Dhoni, FOUR! WHAM! Short ball, outside off, teasing Dhoni whether he can hit it and the answer is a violent pull wide of the running long on to his right.3rd ODI. 46.5: T Southee to MS Dhoni (18), 4 runs, 306/4 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017 16.46 IST: Southee to Kohli, OUT! c Williamson 113 (106 balls)Caught! The skipper departs after a wonderful knock. Full and outside off, the leg cutter, bowled at 103 kph. Kohli looks to go big but the lack of pace does him in. He miscues it to long off where his counterpart Williamson takes it reverse-cup style. Perhaps not a bad wicket to lose for India. The boundaries were drying up and Kohli was tiring. Fresh legs and new batsmen might be the order of the moment.46.4: WICKET! V Kohli (113) is out, c Kane Williamson b Tim Southee, 302/4- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.45 IST: Southee to Kohli, FOUR! A short ball outside off, Kohli heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Just the third since the 40th over. 300 UP FOR INDIA! Can they get another 50 in the time remaining?16.43 IST: 10 runs came off Boult’s ninth over. India 295/3 in 46 overs. Kohli 109*, Dhoni 11*. Last 5 overs – 38 runs, 2 wickets16.35 IST: Milne to Dhoni, FOUR! WHACK! A short ball outside off, Dhoni just pulls it behind square leg and gets a boundary!3rd ODI. 44.4: A Milne to MS Dhoni (6), 4 runs, 283/3 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.31 IST: Santner to Pandya, OUT! c Southee 8 (6 balls)Pandya falls cheaply! Big wicket for the Kiwis. Santner has removed two big hitters in 2 overs. First Rohit with a low full toss. Now Pandya with a slight pace variation. He bowls this at 98 kph, reasonably quick for a spinner and gets it to spin away from the batsman. Pandya is early into the hoick and miscues it high in the air and the catch is taken by Southee again at long off.43.2: WICKET! H Pandya (8) is out, c Tim Southee b Mitchell Santner, 273/3- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.29 IST: Santner to Kohli, takes a single to get to his 32nd ODI hundred! The run machine is back. Not that he was gone for long, but this kind of batting was being missed. The score is just a number. Still, his 6th ton in ODIs this year, 10th as a captain alone and 5th against the Kiwis. Gets to the landmark as easily as a office-goes leaves for home after completing the day’s shift. Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single.The KING reaffirms his dominance – 2nd hundred of the #INDvNZ series. @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/TJZ3cQxXVb- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017Most 100s in international cricket for India:100 Sachin Tendulkar49* VIRAT KOHLI48 Rahul Dravid38 Sourav Ganguly / V Sehwag#INDvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 201716.24 IST: Milne to Pandya, FOUR!16.22 IST: Hardik Pandya has been promoted up the batting order to up the scoring rate in the death overs.16.19 IST: Santner to Rohit, OUT! c Southee 147 (138 balls)41.2: WICKET! RG Sharma (147) is out, c Tim Southee b Mitchell Santner, 259/2- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.11 IST: Southee to Rohit, FOUR! Another one over the infield. A length ball outside off, Rohit just lofts it over cover for a boundary. Brings up INDIA’S 250. 61 balls left. 100 more a minimum?16.06 IST: Boult to Rohit, FOUR! BEAUTY! Now, this is 50 percent classic batting, 25 percent excellent timing and 25 percent brilliant outfield.3rd ODI. 38.3: T Boult to RG Sharma (133), 4 runs, 242/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017 16.04 IST: Santner to Kohli, SIX! Ho ho ho! Don’t remember Kohli playing so many aerial shots in an innings. This is a statement. Jumps down the track, as if to say, don’t bring a spinner in my presence, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it with finesse over long off!3rd ODI. 37.6: M Santner to V Kohli (90), 6 runs, 236/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.02 IST: Virat Kohli has now scored 9000 runs in ODIs and is the fastest to reach the landmark.9000 ODI runs for the Skipper #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/36SGtHAHZb- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201716.01 IST: De Grandhomme to Kohli, FOUR! 1K, 2K, 3K, here comes 9K FOR VK! What a shot to bring up the milestone as well. Landed outside off, Kohli waits and waits and at the last moment, dabs it past the keeper to the third man fence! Another great over – 14 from it, 31 off the last 2!16.00 IST: De Grandhomme to Rohit, FOUR! India on a rampage here! Reminds me of the era when the Batting Powerplay used to be in existence when fielders used to be kept inside the 30-yard ring. Full and outside off, Rohit lofts it over mid off for a boundary!15.59 IST: De Grandhomme to Kohli, FOUR! Goes past Punter! Virat Kohli now has the most runs as a skipper in a calendar year in ODIs. Ponting managed 1424 in 2007. Full and outside off, Kohli just lofts it with ease over mid off for a boundary!15.57 IST: Boult to Rohit, FOUR! Another short ball, another boundary. Pulled wide of short fine leg, Fourth boundary of the over. Well, this is going pear-shaped for the Kiwis. The best over of the innings for the Indians – 17 from it!15.56 IST: Boult to Rohit, FOUR! Goes inside out now! A length ball outside off, Sharma sashays down the track and slaps this over cover for a boundary!15.56 IST: Boult to Rohit, FOUR! Up and over! Full and outside off, Rohit just lofts it nonchalantly over mid off for a boundary!15.55 IST: Boult to Kohli, EDGED, DROPPED, FOUR! Very, very harsh to say that but technically it was a chance. A length ball wide outside off, Kohli slashes hard but gets a thick outside edge. Latham flies to his right, gets a glove to it but cannot take the chance. Off runs the ball to the third man fence.15.45 IST: Milne to Rohit, FOUR! More height than distance but that will do. ‘I will not learn’ being flashed over and over again going by the bowling by the Kiwi bowlers. Rohit Sharma made his presence felt in the international arena during the 2007 WT20 and even then, he showed how much he loves the short ball. He has been telegraphing that in every game but clearly the Kiwis are not paying any heed. Another short ball, pulled over mid-wicket. A bit high of the bat but safe in the end.3rd ODI. 33.2: A Milne to RG Sharma (105), 4 runs, 189/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201715.42 IST: Southee to Rohit, takes a single and THERE IT IS! Century number 15 in ODIs for Rohit Sharma! He has made up for his failures in the first two games. This is his 18th match against New Zealand and his first against them. Coming to the ball, it is on middle and leg and Rohit calmly works it through mid-wicket to get to the landmark. Now then. New Zealand beware. Whenever he crosses the 100-mark, he just explodes.15.36 IST: Milne to Kohli, FOUR! ‘Supreme insult to a fast bowler’ says Sunil Gavaskar on air. A half volley in line of the stumps, Kohli comes forward and drives it straight back past the bowler, down to long on and beats mid on!3rd ODI. 31.1: A Milne to V Kohli (60), 4 runs, 176/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201715.33 IST: Southee to Kohli, FOUR! Misfield. Guess it was Ross Taylor there. Full and outside off, Kohli leans and drives it through the covers where the fielder gets down but lets it through. Mid off runs after it but in vain.3rd ODI. 30.5: T Southee to V Kohli (55), 4 runs, 171/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201715.30 IST: Santner to Rohit, FOUR! WALLOP! Slightly shortish in length, good enough for Rohit as he comes down the track and lofts it just wide of long on for a boundary! The ball lands just inside the ropes.3rd ODI. 29.4: M Santner to RG Sharma (97), 4 runs, 165/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201715.29 IST: Santner to Kohli, FIFTY FOR THE CAPTAIN! 15.23 IST: Santner to Rohit, SIX! That’s his 150th maximum in one-day internationals. VIOLENCE! Number 150 in ODIs for Rohit! A short ball outside off, New Zealand not learning at all, Rohit takes advantage of that and pulls it over widish long on for a maximum. Also brings up INDIA’S 150.3rd ODI. 27.4: M Santner to RG Sharma (88), 6 runs, 152/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017150 sixes in ODIs for Rohit Sharma. Only four other Indians have hit more!#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 201715.14 IST: Milne to Rohit, FOUR! That is a fine shot. All about timing. Fractionally short of a fuller length outside off, Rohit just stands tall and punches it through point. Martin Guptill dives to his left but has no chance. Nothing awfully wrong with that delivery but such has been Rohit Sharma’s class that he is converting good balls into run-scoring ones.3rd ODI. 25.1: A Milne to RG Sharma (78), 4 runs, 138/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201715.09 IST: 100-run partnership up between Rohit (73*) and Kohli (40*) in 106 balls. IND 129/1 in 23.5 overs 100 runs partnership off 106 balls in the decider match- @ImRo45 & @imVkohli #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/MB3lEZDflQ- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201715.04 IST: Boult to Rohit, on a length outside off, Rohit gets on his toes to glide it towards third man for a run. That’s 1000 runs in ODIs for Rohit this year. Kohli has scored 1385* runs so far this yearFirst 2 to 1000 ODI runs in a year,both Indians!1997-Ganguly, Azhar1998-T’kar,Azhar, Ganguly2008-Gambhir, Dhoni2017-Kohli, Rohit#IndvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 20171000 ODI runs for Rohit Sharma in 2017. Only the 2nd after Virat Kohli (1385*) to do so this year.#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 201715.02 IST: Boult to Kohli, FOUR! Kohli welcomes Boult with a boundary. Bowled from round the wicket, he hurls it fuller around off. Kohli moves a bit to his off and flicks it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. The fielder stationed there did put in a dive but failed to do anything there.3rd ODI. 22.1: T Boult to V Kohli (37), 4 runs, 123/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.58 IST: De Grandhomme to Rohit, FOUR!20.6: C de Grandhomme to RG Sharma (69), 4 runs, 116/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.54 IST: India 109/1 in 20 overs. Rohit 64*, Kohli 29* 14.52 IST: De Grandhomme to Rohit, FOUR! How well is Rohit watching the ball now! Another shorter delivery around middle, Sharma pulls it aerially over square leg for a boundary. There was a man in the deep in front of square, but the batter delayed his shot just that little bit to beat him easily.18.6: C de Grandhomme to RG Sharma (62), 4 runs, 104/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.50 IST: De Grandhomme to Kohli, 100 comes up for India in just the 19th over. 5.36 is the run rate per over14.48 IST: De Grandhomme to Rohit, FOUR!18.1: C de Grandhomme to RG Sharma (57), 4 runs, 98/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.41 IST: Drinks are on the field now. This has been a good hour of play here although the hosts have the edge at the moment. The visitors succeeded in picking up an early wicket but since then it has all been the Rohit-Kohli show. The Kiwis will know how important it is to break this stand as quickly as they can. IND 89/1 in 16.4 overs 14.41 IST: De Grandhomme, takes a single to get to his half-century. 35th ODI fifty for Rohit Sharma! He’s back among runs in style here at Green Park. He has played well so far and would look to continue to rake up a big score as is his habit generally. He cuts it towards backward point where Guptill dives to his left to make a half-stop. Rohit hares to the other end beating the throw from the fielder. IND 89/1 in 16.4 overs FIFTY for the Vice-Captain @ImRo45 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/mb7qnGlPZ0- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.33 IST: De Grandhomme to Kohli, couple of runs brings up the 50-run partnership between Rohit and Kohli in just 48 balls. Kohli punches this through covers, where Santner gets some hand onto that. The batsmen get two. This has been a good stand, once again after India lost a wicket fairly early in the game.14.32 IST: Santner’s first over goes for 9 runs, thanks to two FOURs by Rohit. IND 77/1 in 14 overs 14.32 IST: Santner to Rohit, FOUR! This time to the off side. Santner darts this a tad short outside off, Sharma hangs back and guides it past backward point for a boundary. Lovely timing on that occasion.3rd ODI. 13.6: M Santner to RG Sharma (44), 4 runs, 77/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.30 IST: Santner to Rohit, FOUR! Lovely placement there. Santner bowls this flatter on the pads, Rohit gets down and sweeps it firmly through the left of short fine leg. De Grandhomme dives to his left but is nowhere near the ball that races away to the fence.14.29 IST: Spin time! Mitchell Santner to roll his arm now. Would be interesting to see how he bowls to these two set batters who are good against spin.14.27 IST: De Grandhomme to Rohit, FOUR! How well has Rohit timed this pull shot! De Grandhomme bowls it on a back of a length around off and middle. Sharma hits it towards fine leg. The ball beats the dive of Bruce, the sub fielder who ran to his right, and races away to the fence.12.4: C de Grandhomme to RG Sharma (35), 4 runs, 66/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.18 IST: At the end of the first powerplay, India are 53/1 in 10 overs. Rohit 27*, Kohli 10*14.16 IST: Milne to Rohit, SIX! What a shot to bring up 50 for India. The six-hitting machine of 2017 is at it again. Milne bowls it on a shorter length around off, Sharma hangs back and hits it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Always danger signs for the opposition when he is in full flow.3rd ODI. 9.4: A Milne to RG Sharma (27), 6 runs, 53/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.13 IST: Southee to Kohli, takes a single and that will be 200 runs for the Indian captain across all formats in 40 games this year.2000 runs for Virat Kohli in international cricket (Tests/ODIs/T20Is) in 2017- first batsman to do so this year.#INDvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 201714.09 IST: Southee to Kohli, FOUR!3rd ODI. 8.1: T Southee to V Kohli (8), 4 runs, 43/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.08 IST: Boult to Rohit, FOUR! Excellent shot! Timed nicely. Very full delivery around middle and leg, Sharma drives it back down. Boult gets down to his right but is unable to get hand to that. The ball races away to the long on fence. IND 39/1 in 8 overs 14.05 IST: India 33/1 in 7 overs. Rohit 13*, Kohli 4* 14.02 iST: Southee to Kohli, FOUR! Wrists of Kohli gets him a boundary. Southee bowls it around off, Virat moves across a tad and clips it through mid-wicket. The ball speeds away to the fence.3rd ODI. 6.4: T Southee to V Kohli (4), 4 runs, 33/1 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201714.00 IST: India captain Virat Kohli has joined Rohit Sharma at the crease. Kohli is 83 runs short of reaching the 9000-run mark in one-day internationals.14.00 IST: Southee to Dhawan, OUT! c Williamson 14 (20 balls)The clever field change from Williamson brings about Dhawan’s downfall. Southee lands it on a length around middle and off, looks to hit it over mid off but ends up chipping it straight to Williamson there. He moves in front a tad late and takes it safely. Dhawan got out in a similar fashion in the previous game and didn’t seem to have learnt from that. On any other day, he would have been happy to flick it away but the close-in fielder made him go for the rash shot. Good start for the Kiwis, just what they would have wanted.Wicket! Southee draws Dhawan into a false shot and captain Williamson takes the catch. India 29-1 with Kohli coming in #indvnz- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 29, 201713.58 IST: India 29/0 in 6 overs. Dhawan 14*, Rohit 13*. Run rate – 4.83 per over13.55 IST: Boult to Dhawan, FOUR! Delicious Dhawan shot! Boult serves it on a length around off, Shikhar uses his feet to shimmy down and converts it into a half volley. Smashes it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.3rd ODI. 5.3: T Boult to S Dhawan (13), 4 runs, 27/0 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201713.52 IST: Southee to Rohit, FOUR! Shows how keenly and closely Rohit is watching the ball. Southee bowls it short outside off, Sharma stands tall and ramps it over slips. The ball goes towards the third man fence for a one bounce boundary.3rd ODI. 4.4: T Southee to RG Sharma (11), 4 runs, 21/0 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201713.49 IST: Boult to Dhawan, FOUR! That’s the shot that Dhawan was looking for sometime now. Boult provides the batter with width that he wants, Shikhar frees his arms and just thumps it with authority through covers for a boundary.3rd ODI. 3.6: T Boult to S Dhawan (9), 4 runs, 17/0 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201713.46 IST: Just one run off Southee’s second over. IND 12/0 in 3 overs vs NZ 13.41 IST: Boult’s first over goes for just four runs, courtesy a boundary from Dhawan. IND 11/0 in 2 ovs13.40 IST: Boult to Dhawan, FOUR! The Dhawan-special cut shot! Beautifully played. On a length just outside off, the southpaw watches the ball closely till the end and hits it past backward point. The outfield is quick enough to take the ball to the fence.3rd ODI. 1.5: T Boult to S Dhawan (5), 4 runs, 11/0 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201713.38 IST: Trent Boult will share the new ball with Southee from the other end.13.37 IST: Southee concedes 7 runs from the first over of the match, including a boundary. IND 7/0 in 1 over 13.35 IST: Southee to Rohit, FOUR! Short, wide and punished! Southee hurls it on a length outside off, giving enough room for Sharma to free his arms. He does so and hits it over backward point for a boundary, the first of the game.3rd ODI. 0.5: T Southee to RG Sharma (5), 4 runs, 6/0 https://t.co/8l9in3gwvj #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201713.32 IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out there in the middle. Rohit will take strike first against Tim Southee13.20 IST: Listen in to what the captains had to say at the tossVirat Kohli, the Indian skipper, says that they wouldn’t mind batting first but keeping the dew in mind, they would have loved to bowl first, although now they would look to put up runs on the board. Informs that a few guys who wanted practice had a session yesterday and he enjoyed two days off. Feels that regardless of whatever they do first, they would like to play better than the opposition. Opines that New Zealand is a team that don’t play verbally and their body language is intense and competitive and hence both sides like to have a go against each other on the field. States that they are going with an unchanged side as well.Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, reckons that it’s a good surface and has more grass than expected. Even though he doesn’t expect much swing, he expects it to assist the new ball bowlers first up. Opines that surfaces generally don’t change drastically in a one day game and the team that plays better wins. Says that although it’s a great opportunity to win a series in India for the first time, his side isn’t under pressure. Ends saying that there are no changes to his side.New Zealand wins the toss. Elects to bowl first in the 3rd and final ODI #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/fmwuOUvjKM- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201713.03 IST: Both teams are unchanged for this match.IND XI: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, D Karthik, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, A Patel, B Kumar, J Bumrah, Y Chahal- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017NZ XI: M Guptill, C Munro, K Williamson, R Taylor, T Latham, H Nicholls, C de Grandhomme, M Santner, A Milne, T Southee, T Boult- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 201713.02 IST: TOSS! Kane Williamson wins the toss, New Zealand opt to bowl in series decider vs India at Kanpur. Series stands level at 1-1 The BLACKCAPS have won the toss and opted to bowl first in the deciding ODI in Kanpur #indvnz pic.twitter.com/VS4BS6HmZY- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 29, 2017Brief Preview:Coming from a six-wicket victory, India will look to defeat New Zealand in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) to clinch the series at the Green Park here on Sunday.The series is currently level at 1-1, with the New Zealand taking lead in the initial match and the hosts levelling things in the second.India will heavily rely on skipper Virat Kohli to lead the side from the front in the batting department along side opener Shikhar Dhawan, middle-order batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Panya who have looked in good nick throughout the series.Batsmen Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav will only add further depth to the Indian batting.In the bowling department, Kohli will fancy including wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI, who belongs from the host venue to impose threat on the opposition. Yadav was replaced by Axar Patel in the previous match.However, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead the bowling attack. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal, Patel and Yadav along side all-rounder Pandya will look to apply breaks on the Kiwis batting in the middle overs.New Zealand who started the series on a positive note will look to bounce back and clinch the series under the likes of experienced batsmen Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.Middle-order batsman Tom Latham who has proved his mettle in the series will be one of the key in the visitors batting.In bowling, the Blackcaps will hope experienced pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult to provide their side with early breakthroughs.Spinner Mitchell Santner will be the key to halt the flow of runs for India in the middle overs.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur.New Zealand: Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (captain), Adam Milne, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Mitchell Santner, Henry Nicholls, George Worker, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Glenn Phillips, Tom Bruce.
The Indian cricket team sported the Armed Forces Flag badges to honour the Armed Forces Week on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the third Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. The hosts won the second Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The first Test in Kolkata had ended in a draw.#TeamIndia sport the Armed Forces Flag badges to commemorate the Armed Forces Week #ArmedForcesFlagDay pic.twitter.com/EjJfHjagNY- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017India have made two changes to their starting eleven. Shikhar Dhawan replaced Lokesh Rahul while Mohammed Shami has been included instead of out-of-form Umesh Yadav.Sri Lanka, looking to avoid their fifth defeat in six Tests against India this year, have made three changes.Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka were replaced by Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva.Left-arm unorthodox leg-spinner Lakshan Sandakan was included in place of the injured Rangana Herath.(With inputs from AP)You can do your bit for the Armed Forces and contribute to the #ArmedForcesFlagDayFund here – http://220.127.116.11/donateaffdf.htm pic.twitter.com/5fLI36iMnu- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday it has received 22 appeals from Russian athletes against bans handed out for doping offences at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.The Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had found the athletes violated anti-doping rules and barred them from the events in which they participated and forfeited all medals they had won.The athletes were also banned from taking part in any future Olympic games. Lausanne-based CAS said the athletes had requested a final decision be made before the start of next year’s winter games in South Korea.The IOC on Tuesday banned Russia from the event, citing evidence of a widespread doping regime.Earlier in the day, Russia reacted to the ban saying it was insulting and has come from external pressure.”The IOC decision is offensive and insulting. It is completely unjustified,” Alexei Kravtsov, president of the Russian Skating Union, told R-Sport agency.His counterpart at the Russian curling federation, lawmaker Dmitry Svishchev, accused the IOC of having succumbed to external pressure when making its decision.”I consider that the IOC’s decision is unprofessional,” Svishchev told Reuters. “I am profoundly convinced that it was made under pressure. Someone needed Russia not to participate in the Games.”Bobsleigh federation president Alexander Zubkov, who was stripped of his two gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Games and banned for life from the Olympics last month, told Reuters he was shocked by the IOC decision.”I am simply shocked by what is happening and what happened and by (IOC President) Thomas Bach’s decision regarding our country and our athletes.”advertisementMore than 20 Russian athletes have been banned for life from the Olympics in the past few weeks over doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games.The bans came as a result of an IOC investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping and pledged to work with international sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.
Australia pacer Mitchell Starc became the first bowler since 1979 to take two hat-tricks in one match.Starc became the eighth bowler to achieve the feat. R.O. Jenkins, Amin Lakhani, T.J. Matthews, C.W.L. Parker, J.S. Rao, A. Shaw and A.E. Trott had also claimed two hat-tricks in the same match.In fact, Rao and Trott had taken two hat-tricks in the same innings.Starc had fired an ominous warning to England ahead of the Ashes series with a hat-trick for New South Wales on the second day of a Sheffield Shield match on Monday.He has got it! Unbelievable!!! @mstarc56 has got his second hat-trick of the match to win the game! Fairy tale stuff!Incredible scenes!- NSW Blues (@CricketNSWBlues) November 7, 2017HAT-TRICK! Again! Unreal from @mstarc56.Watch here: https://t.co/aoG4dpaSh5 #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/7pqWgkl6sP- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 7, 2017Great win by the Blues. 2 hat tricks in 1 match by @mstarc56 was something special to witness? https://t.co/4Rq5N04nqy- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) November 7, 2017The quick, who will spearhead Australia’s attack when the series begins later this month, claimed the wickets of Jason Behrendorff, David Moody and Simon Mackin in successive deliveries to end Western Australia’s first innings.Behrendorff and Mackin were bowled by trademark Starc yorkers in the four-day match at Hurstville Oval while Moody was adjudged lbw trying to defend another.The left-armer finished with figures of 4-65, while Josh Hazlewood, who is likely open the bowling with Starc against England, did the damage at the top of the Western Australian order with 3-24.advertisementIn the second innings, with Western Australia chasing 395, Starc delivered victory for New South Wales by removing Behrendorff, Moody and Wells.(With inputs from Reuters)
ATHENS – Behind a 69-63 win over lightly-regarded Red Star Belgrade, Panathinaikos advanced to the top 16 of the Euroleague but worries persist that the Greek powerhouse is underperforming and faces tougher challenges.The Greeks were led by Ramel Curry and James Gist to best the Serbian team, but had to overcome a big deficit in rebounding and a poor night by star player and national team veteran Dimitris Diamantidis.Curry, from Brooklyn and Fresno City College, picked up the slack with his best game of the year, firing in 16 points to bring his team back from a 31-28 halftime deficit.The second half was also tight with the Serbs leading 61-59 before Panathinaikos scored eight unanswered points to break away 67-61.Gist was once again his team’s top player with 15 points, three blocks and five rebounds to get his club into the second group stage of the competition with two games left to play.Panathinaikos had to play without Nikos Pappas, who will be sidelined for six weeks while Lithuanian Jonas Maciulis, one of his most reliable players, suffered an injury in the third quarter and will be out an undetermined time.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – With the budget for athletics cut in half, the Hellenic Gymnastics Federation has canceled the upcoming national championships, leaving its top stars shocked that a centerpiece of the Olympics and Greek sports had been set aside.“All I can say is that everything seems to go from bad to worse,” rings specialist Eleftherios Petrounias told Greek media. “We didn’t even know the basics. Seriously we didn’t ever expect that we wouldn’t even have the chance to compete at the Greek championships, even traveling at our own expense.”The federation cancelled the event after the Greek Olympic Committee urged a boycott of all national sports competition from April 12-13, to protest the Greek government’s actions amid the nation’s ongoing financial crisis, International Gymnast magazine noted“The council of the Greek Olympic Committee decided unanimously to recommend to all amateur sports federations in the country that they suspend all competitive activities for the weekend of April 12-13, due to the huge problems Greek sports continue to undergo after the consistent refusal of the government to provide solutions not only to economic issues, but mainly to institutional problems,” the Greek Olympic Committee announced on its website“The recommendation for the suspension is a first measure … to protest the continued inaction and indifference shown by the government toward the country’s youth, who risk being deprived of important social services, such as sports.”The 2014 Greek Gymnastics Championships were to take place April 12-13 in Thessaloniki, where hundreds of gymnasts were to compete at multiple levels. The event was supposed to serve as a qualifier for next month’s European championships in neighboring Bulgaria.Following the announcement from the Greek Olympic Committee, the board of the Hellenic Gymnastics Federation held an emergency meeting on April 1 and decided to join the boycott.“With this decision, the board of the Hellenic Gymnastics Federation hopes to finally wake up minds, that state agencies need to take action and provide solutions to the enormous economic and institutional problems in Greek sports,” the federation said in a statement.The 2010 world floor exercise champion Eleftherios Kosmidis said the decisions of both governing bodies have left the athletes to suffer.“Everyone is to blame,” Kosmidis said. “It starts with the sports leadership and ultimately the athletes pay the price. Everybody is at fault.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
OTTAWA, Ontario — Chris Kreider helped get the New York Rangers back to the playoffs.Kreider had two goals and an assist and the New York Rangers earned a postseason berth with a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on March 26.“We played pretty well away from the puck and we were able to take it home and get two points to clinch a playoff spot,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Probably caught their goalie on an off night and we were able to capitalize early.”Dan Boyle, Mats Zuccarello and Tanner Glass also scored for the Rangers, who have 101 points.“You have to be able to handle momentum swings and to be able to answer with a goal is a big,” Kreider said.The Rangers have reached the playoffs in five consecutive seasons and in nine of the past 10 seasons.Cam Talbot made 23 saves for New York, which handed Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond his first regulation-time loss.Hammond allowed five goals on 22 shots and is 14-1-1 to start his NHL career.“We didn’t help him and that was ultimately the difference,” Senators defenseman Marc Methot said.The Rangers also ended Ottawa’s seven-game winning streak.Curtis Lazar scored for the Senators as they failed to collect at least one point for just the second time in their past 18 games.“They played better than we did from the start and we couldn’t really pick it up,” Senators Captain Erik Karlsson said.“We didn’t find a way to fight through their tight neutral zone and we didn’t really create anything to give us a chance to win.”New York’s fifth goal knocked Hammond out of the game late in the second period.“You’ve got to help out your goaltender, especially with Hammer since he’s stood on his head for us for so many games in a row,” Methot said. “We certainly didn’t do him any favors and it showed and we got pumped on the scoreboard.”Hammond was replaced by Chris Driedger, who made his NHL debut. Driedger finished with 10 saves.The Rangers took a 3-1 lead into the second period on two goals from Kreider and one from Boyle.Kreider opened the scoring at 12:38 of the first after a fantastic pass from Derek Stepan.The Senators tied the game just 19 seconds later when Lazar gained control of a bouncing puck in the Rangers end and beat Talbot with a quick shot from the faceoff circle.Boyle gave the Rangers the lead at 16:40, and with one minute left in the period Kreider got his second goal of the game off a Stepan rebound that bounced straight up after Hammond made the initial save.“I thought it was pretty sloppy for the first 10 minutes or so and then I think both teams did a good job executing the second half of that first period,” Kreider said.At 1:42 of the second period, Zuccarello scored on a one-timer for a 4-1 lead before Glass scored at 16:02 just five seconds after emerging from the penalty box.“It’s one of many hopefully,” Glass said.The Senators had a 5-on-3 advantage for 34 seconds, but didn’t register a shot. They had just one shot over the final 86 seconds of the Glass minor.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Olympiacos Piraeus rallied from several double-digits deficits before turning on all the engines and rallying to beat Khimki Moscow Region 89-77 on Friday night at the Peace & Friendship Stadium. Olympiacos snapped its three-game losing streak, despite falling behind 27-39 in the second quarter, and 44-56 in the third quarter. However, stepping up to play some great defense, Daniel Hackett and Darius Johnson-Odom facilitating things on offense and Georgios Printezis netting points, the Reds got it going and never stopped. In a span of 14 minutes, Olympiacos put together a 42-15 run, and in the end won comfortably to improve to 3-3 in Group F, while dropping Khimki to 4-2. Printezis finished with a career-high 30 points, to go along with 9 rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis had 14 points and 6 assists, and Hackett also scored 14. Othello Hunter collected 10 points and 10 rebound in victory. Tyrese Rice finished with 14 points and 8 assists for Khimki. James Augustine scored 13 points, Sergey Monia netted 12 on 4-of-5 shooting from long range, while Alexey Shved and Zoran Dragic scored 11 apiece in the losing effort.First quarter: Khimki scores 14 in a row, hosts rally right backSpanoulis split free throws to open the scoring, and Othello Hunter finished a fast break with a dunk. Sergey Monia nailed a three-pointer to open Khimki’s account and tie it at 3-3. Spanoulis drove for reverse layup, and after a Khimki timeout, Zoran Dragic finished a breakaway with a layup. Georgios Printezis scored inside, but Dragic bettered it from the outside and Tyrese Rice drove for a layup, making it 7-10. The visitors’ run did not stop there, as Rice dished a length-of-the-court pass for a Shved layup, and James Augustine scored from close range on the ensuing possession to open a 7-14 margin halfway through the first quarter. After an Olympiacos timeout, two more Khimki fast breaks produced Shved’s layup, Monia’s triple and a 7-19 margin. A Printezis triple snapped a 0-14 run, before Lojeski added a short jumper to the Reds’ tally. Printezis continued the run with a fastbreak layup-plus-foul, then capped it at 10-0 with a fastbreak dunk as Olympiacos needed 75 seconds to cut 14-point deficit to 17-19. After a Khimki timeout, Shved nailed a fadeaway jumper, but Spanoulis answered with a triple to get the hosts within 1 point. Before the quarter’s end, Dmitry Sokolov scored from close range for Khimki, helping the visitors to a 20-24 lead after 10 minutes.Second quarter: Khimki pulls away again, Reds stay in touchHackett hit a triple for Olympiacos. After a Tyler Honeycutt tip-in, Hackett dished to Milutinov for an easy dunk. Papapetrou tied it on the next Olympiacos possession with a coast-to-coast layup. However, Rice answered with a tough off-balance triple, Egor Vyaltsev added one of his own, and after Shved’s free throws, Honeycutt buried a corner three to help open a 27-39 cushion midway through the second quarter. Printezis snapped a 0-12 run, and after Augustine’s basket, Lojeski nailed a triple, then dished it for Printezis, who cut it the deficit to 34-41 from close range. Shved drove for a layup, but Printezis scored again inside and Hacket drove the length of the court to finish the half with a layup that made it 38-43 at halftime.Third quarter: Khimki builds another leadSpanoulis found his favorite target, Printezis, who started the quarter with a layup. But Khimki wasn’t going to let its lead just slip away as Rice nailed a three-pointer, making it 41-48. Spanoulis answered with a three of his own, but Monia nailed one from downtown in transition, before Augustine had a put-back and Monia another three, his fourth, to extend the difference to 44-56. Hunter’s dunk-plus-foul snapped a 0-8 run, and Printezis scored a second-chance basket inside for the hosts. Dragic made a tough runner, before 3 of 4 free throws from Hackett made it 52-58. Darius Johnson-Odom grabbed his missed free throw and put it back to get Olympiacos within 3, then Strawberry hit a tough three-pointer to tie it at 58-58. Augustine snapped a 14-2 run with a layup, but Olympiacos countered with a dunk from Hunter before Papapetrou put the hosts in front with a fastbreak layup, making it 62-60 at the end of the quarter.Fourth quarter: Olympiacos does not stop runningPrintezis scored from close range, and Hackett’s free throws made it 66-60. It was a 22-4 charge over a span of seven minutes for the Reds, and it got bigger when Hackett banked in a floater. Vylatsev knocked down a triple to cut to 68-63. Hackett had a fastbreak dunk, but Rice quickly scored at the other end. Olympiacos had a bit of luck when a scramble for a loose ball turned into a Printezis three-pointer midway through the fourth, 73-65. Augustine and Spanoulis traded baskets, before, Shved’s corner triple gave Khimki hope at 75-70. However, Spanoulis fed a trailing Hunter for a monster dunk, then after a timeout, Spanoulis buried a triple, and D.J. Strawberry’s fastbreak dunk opened an 84-70 advantage. An easy two by Johnson-Odom made it 15-point affair, before a layup by Dragic snapped an 11-1 run. In the remaining time, Printezis hit another triple to round out his personally tally at 30 points.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Steven Souza Jr. celebrated his 27th birthday in style. Drew Smyly was the guy getting all the gifts.Souza homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays went deep five times in all, finally giving Smyly some run support April 24 in an 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees.“We’ve got a lot of thump,” Souza said. “We got off to a slow start. We faced some tough pitchers early on, some real good ones. And this last week and a half or so, guys have really started to fall into their groove.”Souza and Corey Dickerson each hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning against Michael Pineda. That was a welcome present for Smyly, who had received three runs of support in his first three starts this year.Steve Pearce and Logan Forsythe added solo shots to help Tampa Bay prevent a three-game sweep and finish 3-3 on its road trip to Boston and New York.“It was awesome,” Smyly said. “It makes my job way easier when you have a big lead like that.”Alex Rodriguez exited with stiffness on his left side, but New York received positive news after the game when results of an MRI on his oblique were negative. No immediate roster move will be made and A-Rod was traveling with the team to Texas, the Yankees said.The 40-year-old slugger drove in New York’s run with a fourth-inning double off the top of the left-field fence, then was pulled for a pinch hitter in the sixth.“He was warming up to take his at-bat, is when he felt it,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “Taking a few swings in the cage.”“Anytime someone leaves with an oblique, you’re not really optimistic because they take a while depending on the severity of it,” Girardi added before the MRI results were announced. “And I even think sometimes when players physically feel ready, I still don’t think they have the strength that they had before.”New York completed a 3-6 homestand and lost for the eighth time in 11 games.Smyly (1-2) went seven innings in his third consecutive strong start. The left-hander allowed six hits and one walk with six strikeouts, five days after dominating the Red Sox.“I think I’m just starting to kind of understand the hitters, starting to understand myself, have more of a game plan out there,” said Smyly, whose college roommate at Arkansas was AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. “Every game with experience you learn something new, you get better and better. I’m feeling healthy and things are going well.”Pineda (1-2) retired his first two batters and was ahead 0-2 on Evan Longoria before he doubled off the center-field fence. Dickerson followed with his fifth homer, deep into the right-field bleachers.Pearce singled and scored on a double by slumping Brad Miller before Souza homered deep into the left-field stands. With that, the Rays had scored five runs in a span of nine pitches.Tampa Bay (8-10) scored three runs or fewer in 13 of its first 17 games. “We’ve been a little bit quiet here and there, but these guys can hit,” Manager Kevin Cash said. “Evident today.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Apoel are through to the last 16 of the Europa League after a heroic 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Nicosia, overturning the 3-2 deficit from the first leg.A late goal at San Mames seven days prior gave the Cypriots genuine hope of reaching the next round, and two quickfire second-half strikes from Pieros Sotiriou and Giannis Gianniotas completed the job on another memorable European night for the club.Apoel needed to win the game at all costs but it was Athletic who started the brighter of the two, controlling possession in the midfield and looking the more dangerous threat early on.The hosts had the first good effort of the game as Efrem tested the gloves of Iraizoz with a rasping effort but Athletic sprang a quick counter-attack which almost saw Inaki Williams strike beyond Waterman.Athletic were in again when De Marcos’ through ball was latched onto by the lightning-quick Williams and his attempt was heading for the corner had it not been for Waterman’s outstretched heal.The Basques were dominating possession and managed to limit Apoel to very little in the first half, but as was the case in the first leg, Thomas Christiansen’s side knew they had to take their chances when they arrived.And that they did, to devastating effect. Within ten second-half minutes, Apoel raced to a 2-0 lead. The first came through a fantastic volleyed finish on the move from Sotiriou after some excellent wing-play from Efrem.The second followed minutes later as Gianniotas got in behind Balenziaga before being felled by the full-back in the box. The Greek international, who scored that precious goal in the last minute at San Mames, picked himself up to score the subsequent spot-kick.Despite those two quick goals giving them a great deal of comfort, Apoel’s resolve was put to the test from the 64th minute, as Sotiriou was shown his second yellow card for a high challenge, leaving the hosts with ten men for the last part of the game.Athletic piled on the pressure, raining crosses into the Apoel area but one after the other was stubbornly refused by the yellow wall in front of Waterman.Iturraspe’s cynical body check on Vander saw Athletic also finish with ten men but it was all trivial by that point as the Cypriots sealed their spot in the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time in their history.Source:TweetPinShare0 Shares
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say two Chelsea fans were injured in an attack by suspected local fans ahead of a Europe League match at PAOK Thessaloniki.Police say the two Englishmen were beaten by three assailants in central Thessaloniki shortly before dawn Thursday. An ambulance crew provided first aid but the men declined to be taken to the hospital.The three assailants escaped and police said the Chelsea fans did not wish to press charges.PAOK hosts Chelsea later Thursday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
EAST MEADOW, NY — A sign hangs above the door between the locker room and the ice at the New York Islanders’ practice facility that reads, “GET BETTER TODAY.”It carries a powerful double meaning for Robin Lehner, who before the season disclosed his struggles with mental illness and is now a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. He was a huge reason the Islanders returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence.“It’s been a fun year,” Lehner said. “I feel like I’m playing good. … Obviously I made some changes. Yeah, it’s clicking.”It’s finally clicking in every possible way for Lehner, who has figured out how to manage a bipolar disorder and thrive on and off the ice. The 27-year-old Swede set a career high with 25 victories, posted a 2.13 goals-against average and .930 save percentage and, in tandem with Thomas Greiss, helped New York go from worst to first in the league in goals allowed.Lehner stopped 130 of the 136 shots he faced in a first-round sweep of the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to get the Islanders into the second round against Carolina. He didn’t do it all himself, but teammates are quick to say Lehner shouldered the burden to solve his problems.“Robin’s handled a lot of this with his support staff and his family and people that are closest to him, and he’s done a wonderful job with that,” captain Anders Lee said. “The biggest thing is just being there for him, letting him know that we have his back and if he needs to reach out to any of us, just being an outlet.”Lehner first detailed his demons and diagnosis of bipolar 1 with manic phases in an essay published by The Athletic in September. He documented his suicidal thoughts, the game that forced him to seek help from the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse & Behavioral Help program and his path back to the ice.New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40), of Sweden, blocks a shot from Carolina Hurricanes center Greg McKegg (42) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. The Hurricanes won 1-0 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Islanders winger Matt Martin recalls meeting Lehner last summer. Lehner was fresh out of a stint in alcohol rehab and had just landed a contract.“He was kind of on his way back,” Martin recalled. “He had a clear head, but he still had a long way to go from a fitness standpoint and he worked hard every day. He was here all summer getting better.”It had been a rocky road. After he was revealed as a Vezina finalist, Lehner said eight or nine teams were interested in him as a free agent last summer before that list shrunk to two after he and his agent were transparent about his coming out of rehab; one meeting “didn’t go well at all.”Conversations with new Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello changed Lehner’s life.Lamoriello signed Lehner to a $1.5 million, one-year contract that is known in hockey circles as a “prove-it” deal. Lehner has outperformed it by leaps and bounds and the organization has helped him.“It’s not like I’ve been a special case that I need someone holding my hands,” Lehner said. “They’ve been incredibly supportive and open-minded and nonjudgmental and all that stuff.”Lehner said plenty of people deserve credit for his spectacular season, from Lamoriello and new coach Barry Trotz to goaltending guru Mitch Korn and goalie coach Piero Greco. But those around the league believe Lehner also deserves a lot of credit for the courage to tell his story.“We are extraordinarily proud of him both in terms of what he’s been able to accomplish for himself and his family personally,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “I do believe that players and the league based on the profile we have can be role models, can let people who are not processional athletes but who adore the games and professional athletes understand that everybody can have problems and everybody can have issues, it doesn’t matter what your walk of life is and that there is hope and that you can address these things.”Attitudes in hockey have changed since Corey Hirsch tended goal in the NHL and dealt with his own mental health issues, largely in hiding. He, too, has disclosed details publicly to help others learn and understand.“You’re seen as mentally weak. … I know what I went through and I know the strength you have to have to get to practice every day,” Hirsch said this week. “The excuse that we don’t want someone who has mental illness because I can’t win a Stanley Cup with them or have a successful team, Robin Lehner just blew that out of the water.”Lehner did so after the Islanders made him part of their plan at goaltender after struggling at that position last season. They’ve since watched him turn into a leading piece of a playoff run for a franchise starved for postseason success over the past quarter century.“Robin has got his life in order,” Trotz said. “When your life is in order, your career is in order. It’s amazing how it sort of goes hand in hand. If it’s not in order, I guarantee you it will fall apart. He’s done a really great job. Really proud of him for getting all that stuff in order and he’s been rewarded with a real great year.”The Islanders by extension have been rewarded for their belief in Lehner, who has been in an ongoing battle while having a career year.“I know if I go into depression, if I go into mania, I know now and my wife knows, ‘OK, maybe I need to fix something, tweak something,’ and I’ve had to do that throughout this whole season,” Lehner said. “I’ve had bad days. I’m always going to have them. It’s like everyone else on their team, they’re going to have bad days. It might get a little worse, but I know how to handle it now and it’s nothing to be scared of.”Lehner revealed his struggles as a way to educate the public and try to influence others who are dealing with similar things.That, more than anything else, is what impresses teammates about how Lehner has handled his journey.“He just really wants to help other people now because he’s been obviously in a dark place and he wants to help other people out of that dark place because he’s an example of kind of that sort of success story,” Martin said. “I’m sure it’s not easy for him. I’m sure he still has his demons, I guess, on a day to day basis, but he’s done a great job and we’re all here for him.”By Stephen Whyno, AP Hockey WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
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