‘YORKED!’ – West Indies lose ODI series to India

first_imgCMC – TAIL-ender Shardul Thakur lashed a late-innings cameo in a tense finish as West Indies lost the plot when it mattered most, to crash to a four-wicket defeat to India in the decisive third One-Day International here on Sunday and suffered their 10th straight series defeat to the subcontinental powerhouse.When captain Virat Kohli dragged on to seamer Keemo Paul (3-59) at the start of the 47th over for a top score of 85 off 81 balls, the match was hanging in the balance with India still requiring 30 runs from 23 balls to get up to a target of 316.But Shardul, in only his second ODI in 15 months, then held his nerve amidst increasing tension to belt two fours and a six in a heroic six-ball unbeaten 17 as India overhauled their target with eight balls to spare, and achieve the highest-ever successful run chase at Barabati Stadium.He punched the first ball he faced from Paul to the cover boundary and in a pivotal 48th over from left-arm speedster Sheldon Cottrell which leaked 15 runs, top-edged a pull for six over long leg before whipping the next delivery to the mid-wicket boundary.With just seven runs required from the last 12 balls, Thakur turned the second ball of the penultimate over from Paul to the fine leg boundary, sprinted a couple off the next delivery before a no-ball brought an anticlimactic end to the contest.Almost unnoticed, Ravindra Jadeja finished unbeaten on 39 from 31 deliveries but it was openers KL Rahul (77) and Rohit Sharma (63) who laid the foundation with gallant half-centuries in their second consecutive century stand.Bidding for their first series win on the subcontinent in almost two decades, West Indies laid down the gauntlet when they gathered 315 for five off their 50 overs, after being sent in.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran punched an exhilarating 89 from 64 balls to notch his second straight half-century while captain Kieron Pollard, with just 35 runs from his previous three innings, belted a 51-ball unbeaten 74 – his first ODI half-century in just over three-and-half years.Opener Shai Hope extended his excellent form with 42 off 50 balls and was joined by Roston Chase (38) and Shimron Hetmyer (37) who both got starts but failed to build.Hope and Evin Lewis (21) put on 57 for the first wicket but neither innings was particularly brisk, and when left-hander Lewis holed out in the deep off Jadeja’s left-arm spin at the end of the 15th over, the Windies were chugging along at only 3.8 runs per over.The decision to send Chase at number three failed to help the Windies’ cause as 13 runs trickled from the next 26 deliveries before Hope, who counted five fours in an elegant knock, was bowled by seamer Mohammed Shami in the 20th over, trying to work one through the on-side.With the run rate having fallen further to 3-½ runs per over, the Caribbean side were in need of urgency and got it through the arrival of Hetmyer who crunched a brace of fours and sixes in a 33-ball knock, in adding 62 for the third wicket with Chase.But seamer Navdeep Saini (2-58) accounted for both in successive overs with 12 runs added, Hetmyer taken at fine leg off a pull and Chase yorked off-stump after 48 balls at the crease and hitting just three fours, as West Indies stumbled to 144 for four in the 32nd over.Forced to rebuild, Pooran and Pollard launched a stunning counter-attack as they put on an up tempo 135 for the fifth wicket off a mere 98 balls.While Pooran struck 10 fours and three sixes, Pollard traded almost entirely in sixes – seven times clearing the ropes while notching three fours – as West Indies blasted 118 runs off the last 10 overs.With West Indies gaining a solid foothold, Shardul broke the stand when Pooran holed out to deep point in the 48th over which went for 21 runs but Pollard then nearly single-handedly gathered 32 runs from the last two overs, as the visitors ended strongly.India then controlled their run chase perfectly from the outset, Rahul and Rohit posting 122 off 128 deliveries to put the pressure back on the Windies.Rahul struck eight fours and a six off 89 balls while Rohit’s knock came at a run-a-ball, also with eight fours and a six, before ending courtesy a catch at the wicket off seamer Jason Holder in the 22nd over.Rahul added a further 45 for the second wicket with Kohli but his dismissal, looping a simple leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Hope off pacer Alzarri Joseph in the 30th over, led to an India slide that saw four wickets tumble for 61 runs.On 228 for five in the 39th over and with the required run rate rising to nearly eight runs an over, India needed a partnership and got it through Kohli and Jadeja who put on 58 for the sixth wicket.Kohli struck nine fours as he posted his 55th ODI fifty and seemed poised to take his side over the line before Paul got him to play on to a wide ball.last_img read more

LMC Expels Giwa FC from NPFL, Cancels All Results, Goals Involving…

first_imgGiwa FC of Jos has been expelled from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for multiple infractions of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL, particularly for violation of B13.28 which prescribes expulsion from the league for any club that fails to honour three matches cumulatively within a season with no acceptable reason to the League Management Company (LMC).The LMC in addition to ordering a forfeiture of all funds due Giwa FC from the LMC, also invoked Rule B13.66 to make pronouncements protecting the players of the club by granting them waiver to terminate their contracts with the club for ‘just cause’ or ‘sporting just cause’ and releasing them for contracts with other clubs during the on-going season. “Pursuant to Rule B13.66 of the League Rules and without prejudice to the agreed written terms of their respective player contracts, nothing shall preclude Players hitherto registered by Giwa FC from the unilateral termination of contracts for ‘just cause’ or ‘sporting just cause’ as the case may be, and from being contracted to and registered by other Clubs”, the Summary Jurisdiction notice stated. The LMC said it would further review with a view to setting up a social safety net to mitigate any consequential hardship, “the matter of registered players and officials currently contracted to Giwa FC – particularly those who may have played at least 50% of its league matches in the current season and whose player contracts and potential earnings may have been brought to jeopardy on account of this decision”.The LMC also ruled that Clubs that had already played Giwa FC before Match Day 19 would have their match day expenses refunded from the funds seized from accruals of Giwa FC that was with the LMC.Giwa FC was charged for breach of Rules B13.25 and B13.28 by the LMC which in a Summary Jurisdiction notice imposed two sanctions on the club for breach of Rule B13.25 and expulsion for breach of Rule B13.28.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lomachenko camp to Pacquiao: Go down to 135, we’ll talk

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPThe only way for a showdown between Vasyl Lomachenko and Manny Pacquiao to possibly happen is if the Filipino boxing superstar would be willing to go two weight classes down.Egis Klimas, manager of the Ukrainian champion, is adamant that Lomachenko, the current WBA lightweight champion, will not fight higher than 135 pounds.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments READ: Money matches: Five who could be next for Pacquiao“We have no interest [in moving up],” Klimas told Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports. “If Pacquiao can make 135, to come in and compete for [Lomachenko’s] WBA title, Vasyl is the champion in that weight class, it’s a possibility.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Klimas cleared fighting at a catch weight is also out of the equation.“If we are talking 137 [pounds] and 136, no, there will be no catch weight. If he wants to challenge, he needs to come down. We are not looking to go to 140 pounds. If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight Lomachenko, he can make 135 pounds.” Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Chicken Curry: I’ll keep on shooting Pacquiao agreeing to Lomachenko’s terms is a long shot. He hasn’t fought at lightweight since destroying David Diaz in 2008.READ: Not ready to retire, Pacquiao lists potential opponents But even if Pacquiao concurs, the venue is another discussion.Pacquiao, the newly-minted WBA welterweight titleholder, had been expressing his interest in facing Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs), who is considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters today.Lomachenko, 30, stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round last May in New York while Pacquiao proved he still has a lot left in his tank following a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Man City still outsiders to win the Champions League

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager claims Manchester City are still big outsiders, at 33/1, to win the Champions League – despite their astonishing 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as the Blues came from 2-1 down to beat the Bundesliga champions at the Etihad. The result leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s side third in Group E, and know a win against Roma in their final match, coupled with a victory for Bayern Munich against CSKA Moscow, will see them progress.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more