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Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore face stiff challenge after washout vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgThe pitter-patter rain in Bengaluru forced the Indian Premier League encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad to be called off without a ball being bowled at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.Both the teams will share a point each as the rain refused to relent. RCB, with five points in their kitty, are placed at sixth in the IPL team standings while SRH remain third with nine points from their eight outings.Heavy rain lashed the city in the evening but stopped an hour before the start of the match. It seemed for a while that the match would go ahead as scheduled.However, it began drizzling just before the scheduled toss time and continued to pour from there on.Later, the rain intensified and forced the officials to call off the match, leaving the home team and fans in utter disgust.RCB, under India captain Virat Kohli, were looking to come out of the embarrassing batting debacle when they were all out for just 49 in their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday but the washout has only put their hopes of making it to the playoffs in jeopardy.RCB have only two wins from eight matches so far and they will now need to win win six of their remaining league games to stand a chance of making it to the last four. Hypothetically, if they manage to do that, they will have 17 points.It would be worth mentioning here that only four times in the last nine years of the IPL teams have managed to finish in top four with less than 16 points.advertisementA year ago, RCB were in a similar situation. Seven matches, five defeats and only four points. Then began Virat Kohli’s record-shattering spree. Three of his four hundreds and the bulk of his 973 runs came in the second half of IPL 2016, when RCB went on the rampage, winning six of seven matches to finish second in the points table. RCB stormed through to the final before losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad.Yes, the challenge looks stiff for RCB this year but they have a captain in Kohli, who likes taking up challenges and master them. After the debacle at Eden, Kohli assured his fans there won’t be a repeat and once that man is determined, there’s no holding him back.RCB next face the Gujarat Lions on April 27 at home and there could not be a better challenge for Kohli. With his back against the wall, he has the opportunity to turn the tables.last_img read more


Weightlifter Sushila Panwar fails dope test

first_imgA few days after Arjuna Awardee footballer Subrata Paul was caught for doping, Indian weightlifter Sushila Panwar has also failed the dope test.Panwar’s ‘A’ sample was found positive for a banned substance and now the Indian Weightlifting Federation has suspended her provisionally.The National Anti-Doping agency (NADA) conducted her dope test on March 25 in Patiala.Last week, 30-year-old India goalkeeper Subrata Paul tested positive for a banned substance, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said.NADA chief Navin Agarwal confirmed the former India captain was tested by NADA officials in March but declined to elaborate further.last_img


Ex-national TT champion Bajaj joins Ultimate Ping Pong board

first_imgNew Delhi, May 9 (PTI) Ultimate Ping Pong, the latest addition to sporting leagues in India, has received a huge shot in the arm after three-time national table tennis champion Niraj Bajaj was today named as a co-promoter of the event. Bajaj, one of the promoter directors of Bajaj Group, has come on board along side 11EVEN SPORTS Pvt Ltd (ESPL), a company formed exclusively to promote table tennis in India. An Arjuna awardee, Bajaj has represented India from 1970 to 1977, captaining the team in the last four years. Speaking on this association, Bajaj said, “Table tennis is close to my heart and I have been contributing to the development of the sport. With Ultimate Ping Pong, I found the right platform to begin our journey in bringing an Olympics medal to Indian table tennis.” UPP with support from ITTF and TTFI will be played in July in three different cities and will witness participation from six franchisees across the country. The league will feature a total of 48 paddlers (24 mens and 24 womens players), half of which will be from India. They will battle it out for the ultimate championship and prize pool of USD 450,000 making it the highest ever prize money for a table tennis championship in the country. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more


Stay cool in summer

first_imgThe best remedy for Mumbai’s summer heat and humidity is to be as far away from it as possible. Aim for the hills, where there’s always a nip in the air; or hit a pristine beach, so you’re never too far from cooling waters. But let’s be honest, a getaway,The best remedy for Mumbai’s summer heat and humidity is to be as far away from it as possible. Aim for the hills, where there’s always a nip in the air; or hit a pristine beach, so you’re never too far from cooling waters. But let’s be honest, a getaway long enough to skip the summer entirely is pretty farfetched. So, start with the next best thing. A wardrobe overhaul. Designer Rajesh Aiya, who since 2008 has been designing for the first family of music-the Jacksons, believes strongly in the psychology of dressing. “Cooler colours make you feel cool. And when you’re going to a party, remember you’re not just dressing for yourself but also for your host. Dark colours can be jarring in the summer, even in the evenings,” says Aiya. Dress sensibly, eat the right foods, pamper yourself and make sure to give your home a small heat-proof makeover. Here are some fun recommendations.FashionGo Boho ChicIt’s all about showing off your shoulders this season and LoveGen has an interesting range of designs. The Dolly Sidhwani, Bhavana Pandey and Nandita Mahtani run fashion house is fresh, feminine and flirty this summer. Quirky prints, tie and dye, aztec, floral and abstract motifs rule this season’s collection. Details Instagram @lovegenrationBest Foot ForwardPastel jootis are having a big moment in the Indian fashion space Pastels and florals may be summer staples but have you considered sporting the trend on your feet? Go ethnic chic with Shilpsutra’s summer collection of pastel jootis, which come in colours ranging from ivory, bubblegum pink, whiskey creme to French blue. With pretty Victorian- inspired floral patterns and quintessential Japanese bird designs, Shilpa Agarwal gives the Punjabi jootis a contemporary and seasonal spin. At Amara, 1/ 3/ 5, Kwality House, Near Crossword Book Store, Kemps Corner, Mumbai Details Facebook Instagram @Shilpsutra Price Rs 1,299 to Rs 2,999advertisementBringing Spring Back The soft grey, pink and white palette of Nicobar’s summer collection is reminiscent of Japan’s spring blossoms. But you won’t find flowers or birds on the clothes; in signature Nicobar style, the designs are minimalistic and clean. Taking inspiration from Japanese design, the new collection includes timeworn patching and mending techniques to classic symbols of the country’s fascinating culture layered with a contemporary freshness. At IO Ropewalk Lane, above Kala Ghoda Cafe, Mumbai Details Instagram @nicojournal Facebook Price Rs 1,650 onwardsDress to ImpressWarp & Weft fuses ethnic weaves with modern cuts. Rajesh Aiya’s summer designs at his store, Ropaje, which if literally translated in Spanish means “robe makers to the royal family”, include linens and georgettes in whites, beige, slate greys. For women, he recommends flowy dresses and for men, he suggests wellfitted linen suits or a khakicoloured linen jacket for a vintage look. At Ropaje, Opp SNDT College, Juhu Tara Road Tel 26601033 Contact Price Rs 6,000 onwardsBanaras in BombayBanarasi goes global at Sagarika Rai’s new Warp & Weft store, an expansion of her heritage store at Marine Lines. Here, it isn’t just about gorgeous saris and dupattas but also a new, contemporary pret line that includes Banarasi jackets, skirts, crop tops and even Banarasi shorts, so you can stay ethnic chic in the summer. At Warp ‘n’ Weft, Sethna Building, 55 Maharshi Karve Rd, Marine Lines, Chandan Wadi Cross Rd, Mumbai Details Price Rs 2,500 to 2,00,000HomeMake your home summer ready with Petricor’s fragrances Smells like summer Founded by Rishi Raj, Petricor is a house of luxury international brands of handpicked home fragrances, artisanal candles and gifts. This season they have a new collection of carafe diffusers. The soft, sweet Champagne Rose is a blend of champagne, lychees, red raspberries and velvety rose petals. Made in France, it comes in a gorgeous decanter. The Bourgogne (Red Wine) is a blend of wild strawberries, raspberry leaf, red rose, pomegranate, rosewood, mahogany, amber. Details petricorfragrances. com, Facebook @ilovepetricor Instagram @ilovepetricor Price Rs 10,000 (for the carafe diffuser)Time to redecorateRevamp your spaces with Cottons and Satins Jaipur’s Mala Sapra now has a Cottons and Satins store in Mumbai. The contemporary interior design store includes three collections of kitchenware and soft linens-monochrome, indigo and garden party, each with their own set of ceramics, table mats, napkins, table covers, runners, tea towels and aprons. Choose from earthy neutral tones or floral patterns and you’re all set for the summer. At Cottons and Satins, 1, Mohatta Compound, Off. Dr. E Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai Facebook Price Rs 1,690 to Rs 4,090advertisementFoodMeal with a view The newly re-opened Razzbery Rhinoceros might not be everything you remember from the ’90s, but it still has the incomparable views of Juhu beach. Divided into several different sections, the restaurant has specially designed menus created by celebrated Chef Ranveer Brar. The canteen menu goes well with young college students who drop in to kill the afternoon heat. At Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu Hotel, next to Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu, Mumbai Meal for two Rs 1,800Summer SundownersThe brand new sea-facing jewel entices you with its spread Worli’s Atria Mall seems to be getting a whole new lease of life. Swey, the new open-air rooftop restaurant at Atria, is a large 13,000 sq ft space populated by quirky, comfortable furniture and lovely canopies. While the view of the city’s skyline is stunning, the food is equally appreciable, what with their their bitters, butters and breads all made in-house. Interestingly, some of their best options are vegetarian and must tries include the magic mushroom and feta beignet. Don’t forget to ask for their “adult milkshakes” this summer. At 4th Floor, Atria Mall, Dr. Annie Besant Rd, Opposite Poonam Chambers, Worli, Mumbai Meal for two Rs 1,500Power bowlThe powerpacked Buddha Bowl at The Clearing House Specially created for summer by Chef Nitin Kulkarni, a delicious meal at The Clearing House is packed into a power bowl. The new summer menu highlights the season’s freshest produce in cooling combinations. The refreshing menu includes tangy raw papaya and prawn salad, the fully loaded avocado toast, the porcini pannacotta, and the yellow fin tuna toastada. At 13/15 Calicut Street, Ballard Estate Meal for two Rs 2,500WellnessPamper the Five SensesSofitel BKC’s staycation deal promises to pamper you Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Sofitel BKC is encouraging you to pamper all five senses with their summer staycation package. The experience begins by tantalising your sense of sight with a BMW picking you up from your doorstep. The chocolates, fresh blooms and calming fragrances in play with your sense of smell; while the satin sheets, the mattress and a couple’s treatment at the So SPA by L’Occitane indulges the sense of touch. Tickle your taste buds at any of the five restaurants and if jazz is your jam, indulge your fifth sense at Artisan.Details At C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East Price Rs 15,555 for a weekend staycationCall of the HillsPahadi Local, an initiative that sources wellness products locally from the Himalayas, brings the goodness of the hills to the city. And for those who can’t make it to the hills, their wellness products are the perfect solution. Apart from Himalayan teas and pure honey, they also have skincare products like body oils, salts and scrubs native to the hills. Details Tel 07506469522 Facebook Instagram @pahadilocalSip an artisan brewJoin the cold brew bandwagon If you’re a coffee fiend, there’s little that’s better than a tall glass of a perfectly brewed cold coffee. And we’re not talking about a milky frappe made with instant coffee. Here are some recommendations for a delicious cold brew done right.advertisementDo-it-yourself: The Flying Squirrel and Brew Ex MachinaAshish D’Abreo and Tej Thammaiah offer a cold brew blend of roasted and ground beans that can be brewed at home. They use honey sundried beans from Thammaiah’s farm in Coorg. The beans are dried with their fruity pulp, which lends sweetness to the coffee. By extending the roasting process, they let the sugar melt slowly. Although this might not work for hot brews, it works wonderfully for cold brews. Vishal Sainani, a fan of cold coffee, was bitten by the cold brew bug three years ago. He now brews batches of freshly roasted beans and sells cold brew concentrates through Brew Ex Machina so that you can save yourself a trip to the cafe or the hassle of home-brewing.Buy the bottle: Koinonia Coffee RoastersFounded by Siddhartha Marchant, Shannon D’Souza and Clement Sissia, Koinonia’s primary aim is to highlight Indian specialty coffees. Their roastery in Mumbai currently stocks beans from four estates in the South. Their ready-to-drink chocolatey cold brew is made with 100 percent Arabica beans.By the glass: Blue Tokai and 212 All Good212 All Good’s approach to food is about sticking to the pure and going back to the roots. They serve a delicious cold brew as well as nitro coffee, which they believe might be new age but remains purist in the way it maintains the form of coffee. Blue Tokai has been at the forefront of third wave coffee in Delhi and Mumbai. Besides a range of different cold brews, they also have a nitro coffee. Served in a small cognac glass, their nitro coffee looks like a stout beer with a frothy coat over the dark drink.Photo: Milind Shelte Bring on the fizz: Svami DrinksShuttling between Singapore and Mumbai, Sahil Jatana took four to five months to arrive at a base blend, which would suit the Indian palate perfectly. He has chosen to serve cold brews and nitro coffees at bars and restaurants; so, people who don’t drink alcohol can enjoy the stout-like coffee. Their house blend has flavours like hazelnut and coconut molasses, for which they use good quality Indian Arabica beans, plantation A and AA which are roasted in two to three different profiles and blended.Interesting infusions: Cafe ZoeJeremie Horowitz is the Mumbai restaurant’s resident coffeephile. The espresso drinker has been experimenting with cold brews and has discovered that a blend of Indian Arabica and Robusta from Bangalorebased The Coffee Company gives him the perfect brew with a hint of bitterness and a hit of caffeine. Launching soon, their cold brews will be served with soda or tonic water and infusions will include vanilla and citruses.last_img read more


IPL 2017, SRH vs KKR Eliminator: Nathan Coulter-Nile returns from injury to script Kolkata victory

first_imgAustralian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was out for two weeks due to a head injury, returned to IPL action with a bang on Wednesday night to help Kolkata Knight Riders knockout defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad from the competition at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.Coulter-Nile picked up three wickets for 20 runs from his four overs as KKR restricted Sunrisers to 128 for 7 but the target was then revised to 48 runs from 6 overs as rain played spoilsport in Bengaluru. KKR, after losing the top three batsmen in the first two overs, managed to get over the line with four balls to spare with skipper Gautam Gambhir (32*) and Ishank Jaggi (5*) at the crease.Coulter-Nile was out of action for over two weeks after getting hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Dan Christian in the match between KKR and Rising Pune Supergiant on May 3.But the 29-year-old showed no signs of discomfort or rustiness while bowling against Sunrisers and was among the wickets straightaway. Coulter-Nile dismissed Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar and Chris Jordan at crucial moments in the first innings which dented Sunrisers’ chances of reaching a challenging total in the rain-curtailed match.Coulter-Nile, who was adjudged Man of the Match, revealed in the post-match presentation that he was suffering from headaches just a couple of days ago.”It’s better than it was a couple of days ago. Didn’t expect it to affect me as much as it did [the head injury] I went to bed at 10 pm and woke up at 7 pm the next day and I had headaches. Finally over that.”advertisementThe Western Australian speedster has been in terrific form this season picking up 14 wickets in 7 matches at a staggering average of 15.21 with his effort against Sunrisers being the best he has performed this year.Coulter-Nile has formed a lethal bowling partnership with India pacer Umesh Yadav and the duo have been in form for KKR delivering wickets in almost every game for the team. Coulter-Nile praised Umesh’s effort and acknowledged the fact that the Chinnaswamy wicket is the exact opposite of what they get at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.”The exact opposite of Kolkata, good pace and bounce there, here not so much. Worked out well for us though. All our bowlers were good. Chawla was good, getting the wicket of Warner, who could turn a score of 130 to 160.”Intensity starts in the first over, with Umesh making Warner play and miss. When it was raining, we were quietly confident because 12.50 am was the cut off time. But it rained and rained and we were itchy,” Coulter-Nile added.Kolkata will face Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday at the same venue and the winner of this match will go through to the final and play Rising Pune Supergiant on May 21 at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.last_img read more


Champions Trophy 2017: Yuvraj Singh still nailing it and as usual looking super cool, hails Adam Gilchrist

first_imgIndia defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-marred Group B encounter of the Champions Trophy here on Sunday.Asked to bat first, the Indians rode on a power-packed performance by the top order to post a challenging total of 319/3 in an innings affected by rain twice – and consequently shortened to 48 overs. Here’s some of the messages for Team India,Pote ke baad Bete. Koi baat nahi Beta, Well tried ! Congratulations Bharat !#BaapBaapHotaHai #INDvPAK- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 4, 2017Clinical performance by Indian team to kick start the campaign. Congratulations!! #INDvPAK #CT17- zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) June 4, 2017Well done India..far superior team than Pakistan right now #CT17 #INDvPAK- Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) June 4, 2017What a smooth win #TeamIndia. Heartiest congratulations!!! Way to go and bring the trophy ??? home! #INDvPAK #ChampionsTrophy2017 @BCCI @ICC- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 4, 2017Wow. @YUVSTRONG12 still nailing it and as usual looking super cool. #INDvPAK #CT17- Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) June 4, 2017That was too easy for India. Pakistan played like a No.8 side. Congratulations India, superb victory.#INDvPAK- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 4, 2017 India ???? miles ahead of Pakistan in all the departments !! Indiya Indiya !! Mauka Mauka !! ??????- Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) June 4, 2017 Clinical display from India. Ro’Hitman’ Sharma has hit the ground running. Yuvi of old. Business as usual for Kohli. Hardik–cherry on top!!- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 4, 2017Only one team on the park. Brilliant stuff guys. Clinical, professional and awesome execution. Way to go. Enjoy #CT17 #INDvPAK Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 4, 2017 #INDvPAK is always special for both countries. Match over #indiawin ??????. Players shake hands.Wish life was as simple as sport.advertisement- Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) June 4, 2017Defeating Pakistan is always satisfying. Congratulations #TeamIndia. India ???? dominated thru out the match.? ? -…? ?…#INDvPAK- Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) June 4, 2017? ? #CT17 #INDvPAK BCCI (@BCCI) June 4, 2017INDIA WIN! The defending champions kick off their defence with a win over arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston! #INDvPAK #CT17 ICC (@ICC) June 4, 2017last_img read more


Fiat opens pre-bookings for SUV Jeep Compass

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has opened bookings for its upcoming sports utility vehicle Jeep Compass.The vehicle, which is being locally manufactured at the companys joint-venture facility in Ranjangaon (near Pune), could be pre-booked at Rs 50,000, FCA India said in a statement.”To harness the great demand for the Jeep Compass, we have executed a customer outreach across 21 cities at 26 shopping malls across India,” FCA President and Managing Director Kevin Flynn said.Customers will experience, first-hand, the level of sophistication in the vehicle and those interested can book the SUV online or at any of FCA and Jeep Dealer network across India, he added.The vehicle will be launched with both petrol and diesel engines mated to manual as well as automatic transmissions. PTI MSS BALlast_img read more


Women’s World Cup: Nicole Bolton’s unbeaten ton powers Australia to eight-wicket win over West Indies

first_imgChasing 205, Australian openers Beth Mooney (70) and Bolton (107 not out) put up a 171-run partnership before the former was dismissed in the 31st over by spinner Stafanie Taylor.New batswoman Meg Lanning (12) then joined Bolton but failed to display her class as she was sent back to the pavilion by Taylor in the 35th over.With 15 runs remaining, incoming batswoman Ellyse Perry (5 not out) along with Bolton then completed the proceedings with 71 balls remaining.Earlier, choosing to bat after winning the toss, the West Indies were bowled out for 204 in 47.5 overs with opener Hayley Matthews (46) and middle-order batswoman Stafanie Taylor (45) scoring the maximum number of runs.For Australia, Perry scalped three wickets while Kristen Beams and Jess Jonassen took two wickets each.Brief scores: West Indies 204 (Hayley Matthews 46, Stafanie Taylor 45; Ellyse Perry 3/47) against England (Nicole Bolton 107 not out, Beth Mooney 70; Stafanie Taylor 2/33)last_img read more


Designer fluorescent jackets, T-shirts for rail staff

first_img(Eds: Repeating after adding photo number)Photo: PTI7_2_2017_000061BNew Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Customer-facing staff of railways will be sporting designer uniforms complete with fluorescent jackets and black and yellow T-shirts from this festive season in October.About five lakh railway employees comprising on-board staff, TTEs, station masters, guards, drivers and catering personnel will be in new uniforms designed by fashion designer Ritu Beri for the railways.With the Indian Railway logo embossed, half and full sleeve T-shirts in black and yellow combinations have been designed for the front office staff.Another set of T-shirts in white with black border has been created for the catering staff deployed in trains.Two types of half-fluorescent jackets – yellow and green – are being designed keeping TTEs, guards and drivers in mind.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his 2016-17 budget address had said, “The uniforms of all customer-facing roles will be refurbished to clearly distinguished them on our network.”Currently, railway staff including TTEs, station masters and guards wear uniforms which were designed long ago.The transformation journey of railways through new uniform designs reflects the renowned spirit of the organisation, said a senior Railway Ministry official.The new uniform will also be given to the technical staff in workshops and production units.”We are examining the new designs of uniforms submitted by Ritu Beri and decision on final selection would be taken shortly,” he added.There could be some alterations and changes, if necessary, after the initial trial in some rail divisions.advertisementThe new design would be tried on a few Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains first as part of Project Swarn and later on it would be extended to other services.Project Swarn envisages complete makeover in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains to enhance travelling experience of passengers.Railways is planning to unveil the brand new look Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains with smartly dressed on-board staff on October 2. PTI ARU DV AARlast_img read more


Sports University to soon come up in UP

first_imgLucknow, Jul 9 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government is mulling to start a sports university with an emphasis on courses pertaining to Indian sports.The university will have a variety of courses pertaining to sports, which will provide a number of employment avenues to youngsters. The university will also have course in sports management on the lines of MBA.”The UP government is planning to start a sports university to boost sports and sports management. We are searching 125 acre land for this. The university will emphasise on traditional Indian sports. Apart from this, different courses related to sports will also be started,” UP Sports Minister Chetan Chauhan told PTI.”The university will also offer Bachelors in Physical Education. For the first time, we are planning to start a course in sports management, which is quite similar to MBA,” he said.Stressing on the importance of sports management, Chauhan said, “A course in sports management assumes significance, as we avail services of event managers to organise tournaments. However, since the organisers are not well versed with the nuances and rules of different sports, the tournament does not match up with our expectations. After being imparted training in a course of sports management, these shortcomings will be removed.”Asked whether cricket will feature in the curriculum of the University, Chauhan, the former Indian cricketer said, “Cricket will be there. But, the focus will be on traditional Indian sports.”The UP Sports minister said special training programmes will be held for coaches as well, so that sports persons who retire from active sports, may don the role of coaches after acquiring necessary skills.advertisementFormer athletes and sports persons will be roped in as coaches for the sports university. “We are also planning to call foreign sports persons and trainers as guest faculty,” he said.”All necessary paperwork regarding the university has been almost done. Once we get the 125 acre land, construction of the sports university will begin. Help from the Centre will also be taken for the construction of the sports university,” Chauhan said. PTI NAV DVlast_img read more


STATS: Records galore as Cheteshwar Puajra, Ajinkya Rahane slam centuries

first_imgTeam India’s dominance in Sri Lanka continued as the world No. 1 Test side finished day 1 of the second Test in SSC Colombo strongly.Centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane helped India finish the first day on 344/3 as the Sri Lankan bowlers struggled to keep a leash on the scoring for the second successive time in the first innings.India riding on Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant 190 posted 399 on day 1 of the first Test and this is the second time that they have gone past the 300-run mark. This makes India the first-ever team to score 300+ runs on the first day of a Test match against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.CLINICAL PUJARAPujara’s impressive run against the island nation continued. This was his third consecutive ton in Tests against the Lankans. He scored 145* at Colombo in the third Test in 2015 to help India clinch the three-match series 2-1. He maintained his good form this season as well.The Saurashtra batsman scored 153 in the first innings of the Galle Test, which helped India post a mammoth total of 600 in the first innings, which followed by 15 in the second innings. However, he shook that failure off quickly and scored his 13th century in the longest format of the game.He also became the third fastest to breach the 4000-run mark in whites for India. Virender Sehwag took 79 innings to reach the landmark while Sunil Gavaskar achieved it in 81 innings. He is now joint third with Rahul Dravid, who also took 84 innings as well.advertisementNot only that, he also became the seventh Indian to score a century on his 50th Test. Before him, Polly Umrigar (147* vs England in Kanpur, 1961), Gavaskar (221 vs England at the Oval, 1979), Gundappa Viswanath (124 vs West Indies in Chennai, 1979),  Kapil Dev (100* vs West Indies at Port of Spain, 1983), VVS Laxman (178 vs Australia in Sydney, 2004) and Virat Kohli (167 vs England in Vizag, 2016) had all made hundreds in their landmark 50th Tests.The 29-year-old also has the best average for an Indian batsman in Tests with minimum 1200 run to his name. He averages 53.80*, 0.01 more than Sachin Tendulkar, who has 53.79 to his name.Pujara also went past South Africa’s Dean Elgar in the list of most runs scored in this year in Tests. He now has 838 runs from seven matches while the South African opener has managed to accumulate 762 runs from eight matches so far.RELIABLE RAHULRahul’s form continued to be top notch even after his injury scares. The opener slammed his sixth consecutive fifty to equal the Indian record of most consecutive 50s with Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid.The Karnataka batsman also became the 25th overall to score six successive half-centuries in Test cricket.Rahul has been sensational for Kohli’s team since he cemented his spot as the second opener with Murali Vijay.He suffered a major heartbreak late last year when he fell for 199 against England in the Chennai Test in December. Since then, he endured an ordinary time against Bangladesh in the one-off Test but came back strongly in the four-Test series against Australia, smashing six fifties in seven innings.OVERSEAS HERORahane’s impressive run overseas continued. He hit his sixth ton outside India out of the overall nine he has in Tests. His unbeaten 103* along with Puajra helped India steady the ship and end day 1 on a high after the visitors lost KL Rahul and Kohli in quick succession after lunch.This was his first hundred since the 188 against New Zealand in Indore in October last year.last_img read more


Liverpool F.C. confirm record deal for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita

first_imgLiverpool F.C. have confirmed they have agreed a club record deal with German club RB Leipzig for the transfer of midfielder Naby Keita, who will move to Anfield at the start of next season.The 22-year-old Guinea international was identified as a priority signing by Liverpool F.C. manager Juergen Klopp, but Leipzig, who are in the Champions League this season, were unwilling to let him leave in the current transfer window.Keita has a 48 million pound ($62.14 million) release clause in hisLeipzig contract that comes into effect next season and Liverpool F.C.agreed to pay an undisclosed premium on that amount to secure hisservices in advance.#LFC have agreed a deal with RB Leipzig for the future transfer of Naby Keita: Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 29, 2017″I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool F.C. Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly,” Keita told Liverpool F.C.’s website. (www.Liverpool Guinean, who scored eight goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig last season and helped guide them to a second-place finish, added that he would be committed to the German club until he officially joins Liverpool F.C. in July 2018.”Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more


FIFA U-17 World Cup: Colombia beat United States to move into next round

first_imgColombia outplayed the United States 3-1 in a Group A match to qualify for the knockout stages of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the DY Patil Stadium here on Thursday.With this result, Colombia, the United States, with six points each, made it to the second round and Ghana, who thrashed India 4-0 in Delhi, are also through to the second round.For Colombia, striker Juan Vidal opened the scoring in the third minute. George Acosta of the US then equalised in the 24th minute before Juan Penaloza gave Colombia the upper hand after the half time. And in the 87th minute, Deiber Caicedo dug the final nail.It was a perfect start for Colombia as striker Vidal scored in the third minute to provide a crucial lead.But soon, George Acosta equalised. Carleton got on the end of the throw and he cleared the man on the right and gave the ball to Acosta, who slammed it into the net to make it 1-1.After that, both the teams tried hard to get one but failed to do so and as a result the United States and Colombia went to half time with 1-1.The second half started with both teams attacking each other. But it was Colombia which proved superior as Juan Penaloza, who scored a brace against India in the last match, found the back of the net in the 67th minute through a free-kick to make it 2-1.With the pressure mounting on the United States, the Americans failed to rise to the occasion. They got several chances but could not make them count.advertisementColombia’s Caicedo then sealed the game for his country through a brilliant goal in the last few minutes of the game to hand the Americans their first loss in the group stage.last_img read more


Brazilian GP: Valtteri Bottas wins final practice, denies Lewis Hamilton a practice sweep

first_imgValtteri Bottas denied Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton a sweep of the Brazilian Grand Prix practice timesheets with the fastest time in Saturday’s final session.The Finn lapped the Interlagos circuit in one minute 09.281 seconds, a mere 0.003 quicker than four-times Formula One world champion Hamilton who had been fastest throughout Friday.Hamilton set a track record of 1:09.202 in Friday’s first session.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were a close third and fourth, with the top four split by just 0.058 of a second.Both championships have already been won, with Hamilton wrapping up his fourth world title in Mexico at the end of last month.Mercedes clinched their fourth successive constructors’ championship in Texas in October with three races to spare.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull, but will have a 10-place grid penalty after later qualifying, and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso sixth.Hamilton, last year’s winner in Brazil, will be going for his 12th pole of the season and 73rd of his career.last_img read more


Flipkart Samsung Mobiles Fest: Galaxy S8 at Rs 37,990, S7 at Rs 29,990, deals on On7, On Max and more

first_imgFlipkart has a deal for all the Samsung phone lovers out there. The e-commerce website has come along with Samsung to host a Samsung Mobiles Fest. The sale started from November 6, 2017 and will go on until November 8, 2017.The Samsung Mobiles Fest sees a price cut on popular Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy S7, On7, On Max, J3 Pro and more. There is also an exchange offer of up to Rs 20,000 on the purchase of Galaxy S8 or S8+. Let’s talk about all the top deals one at a time.Samsung Galaxy S7 at Rs 29,990:  Samsung Galaxy S7, company’s flagship phone in the year 2016 has received a 16 per cent  of discount which is about Rs 16,000 price cut on its previous price. The phone is selling at Rs 29,990 in Samsung Mobiles Fest. There is also up to Rs 25,000 off on exchange and EMI plans starting at Rs 1025 per month.The smartphone sports a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels of resolution. The phone is powered by Exynos 8890 Octa core processor and is backed by a 3000mAh battery. The phone runs on Android Nougat.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7 available for Rs 5,090 on Flipkart but it’s an offer you should refuseGalaxy S8/ S8+ at Rs 37,990: Flipkart is giving the Samsung’s latest flagship phones- Galaxy S8 and S8+ at Rs 37,990 but there’s a catch. The phones can be bought at this price, only in exchange of iPhone 7 Plus. There’s up to Rs 17,000 off if you buy it in exchange of iPhone 7. This is not a good deal to do.advertisementGalaxy C9 Pro at Rs 29,900: The C9 Pro has received a 12 per cent discount lowering the price from 34,000 to Rs 29,900. EMI plans start at Rs 1022 per month.Galaxy On Max at Rs 14,900:  Samsung Galaxy On Max has received a discount of Rs 2,000 in the ongoing Mobiles Fest. The phone is selling at Rs 14,900 during the fest. There’s further a discount of Rs 14,000 if you purchase the phone in exchange of another phone. Galaxy On5 at Rs 8,490: There’s a discount of up to Rs 2,500 on the phone. The On5 is selling at Rs 6,490. There is further a discount of Rs 6,000 on exchange.Galaxy On7 at Rs 6,990: Samsung Galaxy On7 is selling at Rs 6,990 after a flat discount of Rs 1,500. Flipkart is also offering up to Rs 6,500 off on the product in exchange.Galaxy J7(2016) at Rs 9,790: The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) is selling at Rs 9,790 after a temporary discount of Rs 4,100. Flipkart is further giving an exchange offer of up to Rs 9,000.last_img read more


Thunder Destroy Knicks’ Xmas Day

first_imgNEW YORK – Not only was there no Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony showdown, there wasn’t much of a game, either.The Oklahoma City Thunder made sure of it with the most dominant performance ever by a road team on Christmas.Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter, and the Thunder rolled to a 123-94 victory Dec. 25 over the New York Knicks. The 29-point victory was the largest for a road team on Christmas.“I just know that if we play the way we play, team basketball, Thunder basketball, not too many teams that can beat us,” Westbrook said. The Knicks, without Anthony, weren’t one of them.The matchup between the NBA’s top two scorers was canceled because of Anthony’s sprained left ankle, so the Thunder had the Christmas spotlight all to themselves while winning for the 10th time in 11 games.Westbrook finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his career. Serge Ibaka added 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting as the Thunder left a sellout crowd of 19,812 booing the home team, or making no noise at all.“I said that on the bench, I was like, ‘Man, it feels like nobody’s in here,’” Durant said.Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 22 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 for the Knicks, who also were missing starting point guard Raymond Felton. J.R. Smith scored 20 points, but shot 8 for 22 and was booed when he left the court for good.Anthony sat out for the first time this season. The Knicks were never really in it without him and may not have had a chance with him the way the Thunder played. “Defensively, we just weren’t there tonight,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.The Knicks not only had trouble with the Thunder, but also with the special edition sleeved jerseys NBA teams are wearing on Christmas.Beno Udrih hit the side of the backboard on two shot attempts in the first half, tugging on his sleeve after the second as if blaming his struggles on his equipment.Oklahoma City had a much easier time in the uniforms. Coach Scott Brooks said before the game the Thunder hadn’t had a formal practice in them, but players had shot around the last few days in the jerseys that featured a giant logo in the middle of the chest and jersey numbers on the left sleeve.“They look great. Hopefully, we play well in them,” Brooks said. They played superbly.Coming off a 104-98 loss to Toronto on Dec. 22 that ended a nine-game winning streak and was their first setback at home this season, they shot 54 percent and got 18 points from Reggie Jackson.Durant made all five shots in the first quarter, with the Thunder leading 35-29 after shooting 70 percent. Jackson and Durant made 3-pointers to start the second, making Oklahoma City 16 of 22. Ibaka did most of the work in an 8-2 spurt midway through the period that extended the lead to 17, and the Thunder led 60-46 at halftime.Durant and Westbrook took turns being unguardable on the perimeter in the third, boos growing louder as Oklahoma City went on to its sixth straight road victory.“I mean, I’m disappointed with them. Honestly, my disappointment probably outweighs theirs,” Knicks center Tyson Chandler said about the fans. “It is what it is. They come out here to see a show and they come here to see their team play hard and I understand it.”Anthony was hurt Dec. 23 in a victory at Orlando, saying afterward he hoped to play Dec. 25. But he looked glum and wasn’t walking particularly well by the locker room area after getting treatment and testing the ankle, and the Knicks announced he wouldn’t be in uniform about 50 minutes before the start.He sat on the bench wearing a brown sports jacket, getting up slowly during timeouts whenever the Knicks called them in a futile attempt to stop the Thunder’s onslaught. The Knicks fell to 0-7 in orange uniforms this season.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more