Australia avert elimination as India dominate Bangladesh

first_imgSYDNEY (Reuters) – Defending champions Australia returned from the brink of elimination to pip Sri Lanka but India underlined their title credentials with their second successive victory in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Monday.Australia were stunned by India in Friday’s tournament opener and the hosts looked patchy again as they edged out Sri Lanka by five wickets to keep alive their hopes of a fifth title.Later at the same WACA Ground, India were much more clinical in their 18-run victory against Bangladesh.Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu had led from the front with a belligerent 50 to help her team post 122-6 after electing to bat.Free-scoring Atapattu smacked two sixes and seven boundaries in her entertaining 38-ball innings before falling to Nicola Carey (2-18).Umesha Thimashini (20), Anushka Sanjeewani (25) and Nilakshi de Silva (18) were unable to convert their good starts into match-winning contributions.Australia, in reply, ran into trouble early and were reeling at 10-3 in the fourth over after Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Beth Mooney departed in quick succession.It was the 95-run stand between Rachael Haynes (60) and skipper Meg Lanning (41 not out) that rescued the hosts.Sri Lanka did not help their own cause by dropping Haynes and burning their reviews which meant they could not challenge the not-out decision after Lanning had edged behind. “World Cup tournaments aren’t easy. You have to keep winning, that’s the nature of the beast,” player-of-the-match Haynes said after Australia won with three balls to spare.“I’m sure there were a couple of nerves today but to be able to get over the line right at the end will hopefully create some momentum for the rest of the tournament.”Put into bat in the later match, India posted a competitive 142-6 with opener Shafali Verma putting on a six-hitting display in her 17-ball blitz. Playing without regular partner Smriti Mandhana, who missed the match with fever, the 16-year-old sensation Verma smashed four sixes before falling for 39.Captain Harmanpreet Kaur disappointed again but Jemima Rodrigues scored a breezy 34 and Veda Krishnamurthy made a quickfire 20 not out even though the 150-mark eluded India.Poonam Yadav’s 4-19 had destroyed Australia on Friday and the 28-year-old tormened Bangladesh too with her loopy leg-breaks to claim 3-18.Opener Murshida Khatun (30) and Nigar Sultana (35) batted fluently but Bangladesh could never really accelerate and eventually managed 124-8.last_img read more

USG passes vote on student referendums

first_imgNapa Aramthanapon | Daily TrojanPower to the people · USG Senators considered an amendment to the bylaws during Tuesday’s meeting at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.The Undergraduate Student Government Senate voted to give students the power to pass referendums at the weekly Senate meeting Tuesday night.Senator Daniel Newman proposed two amendments to the referendum proposal, which had been introduced by Senator Sabrina Enriquez two weeks prior.By the original language of Enriquez’s proposal, any referendum must be approved by USG’s Judicial Council, bear signatures from 10 percent of the undergraduate student body, be affirmed by two-thirds of the Senate, and be passed by a majority vote of students.Newman suggested establishing a threshold that referendums must be voted on by at least 25 percent of the student body to be passed, due to concerns that low voter turnout could result in a referendum being passed by an insignificant fraction of students.Enriquez responded that worries over low voter turnout were unfounded, given that there is no threshold in place for general USG elections, though USG wields an immense amount of control over student policies.“The concern was, ‘What if two people in the entire University voted on it? Should they be able to make the decision?’” Enriquez said. “To that, I would say that if two people were also the only two people to vote on every Senator and President and Vice President of USG who later appoint so much staff, which in all amounts to 2.56 million of student fees, then we have a much greater issue on our hands.”Senator Paul Samaha also raised concerns that the amendment would establish too high of a barrier to passing referendums, given that voter turnout has declined to near 30 percent in recent years.The Senate ultimately voted to pass the referendum proposal without the suggested amendments.Senators Tingyee Chang and Daniel Million, who had not been allowed to participate in last week’s Senate meeting as a consequence of failing to pass a parliamentary procedure test, expressed concerns that they had been disenfranchised without due process. To address those grievances, Senators decided to allow one retake, after which a Senator who did not pass would have to meet with the USG Parliamentarian.last_img read more