However, there are still some areas of concern. Ambati Rayudu has failed with the bat and is not bowling due to his action deemed suspect, faces immense pressure. Dhawan, speaking in the pre-match press conference, has admitted that the absence of Hardik Pandya has disturbed the balance of the team. With Pandya not present and with the likes of Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj struggling in both the games, Kohli might be tempted to hand a game to Yuzvendra Chahal and hand a debut to Vijay Shankar. In order to fill the fifth bowler’s slot, Kohli could go for Kedar Jadhav, who is known to break partnerships and Shankar in order to boost the batting.Australia under pressureFor Australia, the loss in Adelaide continued their era of inconsistency. Aaron Finch, the skipper, has suffered from poor form and he has admitted that he did get bogged down. “I am little bit frustrated. I am trying to bat a little bit longer for one thing. When you are searching for runs, you can be searching for the right recipe, and over the last couple of days, I have had a look at footage. I have seen things that have worked out when I got a hundred for Australia last, and what didn’t,” Finch admitted.With Shaun Marsh showing his brilliance and with the likes of Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell chipping in, the Australian middle order is settled. However, the bowling is a major concern. Jason Behrendorff is in doubt for the MCG game due to a back injury and Billy Stanlake could replace him. Jhye Richardson, after his exploits in Sydney, had an off day in Adelaide but he will be the key. With Nathan Lyon struggling, Australia have roped in Adam Zampa, their best bowler in the Twenty20 Internationals.A win for Kohli will give them immense momentum for the series against New Zealand while a loss could force a rethink of their policy as time comes closer to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar.Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India can become 2nd team to win a series in all formats Down UnderIndia’s last victory against Australia in Melbourne came in 2008Vijay Shankar, India all-rounder, could make his debut in the match New Delhi: During the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in December 2018, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team eliminated 37 years of pain to win the match by 137 runs and ensure the Border-Gavaskar Trophy remained with India. Three weeks later, Kohli’s India is on the cusp of creating even more history. With the three-match series tied 1-1, a win for India will not only give Kohli his first bilateral ODI series win Down Under but it will make India only the second side to win a series in all three formats Down Under after South Africa. Australia, on the other hand, have not won a series since their 4-1 win against Pakistan in 2017 and they will be determined to break their rut in bilateral ODI series.The performance in Adelaide got India’s series and their quest to build momentum for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 back on track. After the blip in Sydney, the team ticked most of the boxes in the batting and bowling. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave them a fast start but the match belonged to King Kohli, who reaffirmed his class with his 39th century and 24th in a chase. MS Dhoni also shut critics for the time being with a brilliant fifty, his 69th in ODIs and he showed glimpses of his finishing prowess to guide India over the line. In the bowling, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the key as his 4/45 ensured India did not have to chase a target in excess of 300.
Vidarbha thrash UttarakhandCompleting the semi-final line-up was Vidarbha, the defending champions who thrashed Uttarkhand by an innings and 115 runs. After Uttarakhand reached 355, Vidarbha were boosted by Wasim Jaffer’s brilliant 206, his 57th ton in First Class cricket and he got able assistance from Sanjay Ramaswamy (141) and Aditya Sarwate (102) as they secured a 274-run lead.Vidarbha were boosted by Umesh Yadav’s magnificent burst of 5/23 and Aditya Sarwate’s 5/55 and Vidarbha achieved a crushing innings win to set-up a semi-final encounter with Kerala, who entered the semi-final for the first time after beating Gujarat in a low-scoring contest.The semi-finals will be held on January 24 with the venue yet to be confirmed by the BCCI. Pujara scored 521 runs in the series in AustraliaSaurashtra will face Karnataka in Ranji semi-finalVidarbha will face Kerala in the other semis highlights Lucknow: Cheteshwar Pujara had hurt Australia in a massive way during the recently concluded four-Test series. His centuries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney proved to be the difference maker in India securing a Test series win in Australia for the first time ever. With 521 runs in the four Tests at an average of 74, the presence of Pujara in the Ranji Trophy 2018/19 quarterfinal clash against Uttar Pradesh was greeted with tremendous joy and the the 30-year-old did not disappoint. After a blip in the first innings, Pujara’s magnificent 67, combined with Harvik Desai’s 116 and solid contributions from Sheldon Jackson and Snell Patel helped Saurashtra chase down 372 to win by six wickets in Lucknow on Saturday and enter the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy 2018/19 where they will face Karnataka.After Rinku Singh’s 150 and valuable spells from Yash Dayal (4/55), Ankit Rajpoot (3/71) and Shivam Mavi (3/40) gave Uttar Pradesh a valuable 177-run lead, Saurashtra fought back by dismissing the hosts for 194 with Dharmendrasinh Jadeja taking 4/53. In response, Harvik Desai and Snell Patel stitched a 132-run opening stand which gave Saurashtra the best platform. Desai reached a magnificent century but after he fell for 116, it was the Pujara and Sheldon Jackson show. The duo negotiated the Uttar Pradesh bowlers with ease. Mavi, who had accounted for Pujara for 11 in the first innings, failed to dislodge the ‘New Wall’ of Indian cricket as the 152-run stand guided Saurashtra to a magnificent win. The chase of 372 in the fourth innings is the highest in the history of the Ranji Trophy, going past the 371 in the game between Assam and Services in 2008/09 at Palam. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
New Delhi: September 16, 2007 had something special in store for cricket and Brett Lee would provide it. The year 2007 witnessed the birth of a new World Cup for a new format. Before this tournament, there were 22 matches played in Twenty20 Internationals, a new format which was started in 2005 during the match between Australia and New Zealand. Looking at the popularity of the format, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to start the new World T20 in 2007. The venue was South Africa and all the top teams were venturing into the unknown. Australia started their tournament poorly when they were upset by Zimbabwe in Cape Town while they bounced back with a win against England. Bangladesh started the tournament brilliantly with a win over the West Indies but lost to South Africa. Both teams qualified for the super-six stage, with Bangladesh taking on Australia at Newlands. Australia won the toss and chose to bowl with Tamim Iqbal and Nazimuddin opening the batting.Tamim and Nazimuddin started confidently with a four each off Brett Lee in the third over. The duo stitched a 40-run opening stand before Mitchell Johnson sent back Nazimuddin for 11. Following the end of the powerplay, Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke built the pressure and Tamim was sent back by Clarke for 32. Stuart Clark got the wicket of Mohammad Ashraful as Bangladesh struggled. Shakib Al Hasan got going with a six and a four off Clarke but in the 17th over, Lee returned and he created history. After Aftab Ahmed hit a four first ball, Shakib was on strike for the third ball. Looking to be aggressive, Shakib made room but Lee bowled a short of a length ball and the batsman edged it to Adam Gilchrist. Next ball, Mashrafe Mortaza made room and looked to find a scoring opportunity on the off side but Lee fired the yorker and he was cleaned up.Lee created history the next ball when he trapped Alok Kapali in front to become the first bowler to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 Internationals. Bangladesh never recovered from Lee’s hat-trick and even Nathan Bracken had a chance to take a hat-trick in the final over but he missed it and Bangladesh finished on 123/8 with Lee finishing with 3/27 from four overs. In response, Adam Gilchrist blasted 43 off 28 balls which included four sixes but Matthew Hayden showed his class with a blazing, unbeaten 73 off 48 balls as Australia romped home to a nine-wicket win. Also Read | Here’s how Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal mocked ICC’s super over rulesFollowing Lee’s hat-trick, there have been seven instances of a hat-trick in Twenty20 Internationals. Jacob Oram achieved the second hat-trick in the game against Sri Lanka in 2009 at Colombo while Tim Southee took 5/18, including a hat-trick in the game against Pakistan in Auckland in 2010/11. After a four-year lull, Thisara Perera took a hat-trick against India in Ranchi in 2015 while Lasith Malinga took his first hat-trick against Bangladesh in Colombo in 2016/17.Also Read | Shivam Mavi is the future of Indian bowling, says Brett LeeFaheen Ashraf became the first Pakistan bowler to take a hat-trick during the clash against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi while the next two hat-tricks were special. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan was the first to take four wickets in four balls during the game in 2018/19 against Ireland in Dehradun while Malinga created history by becoming the first player to take two hat-tricks in T20Is.In the game against New Zealand in Pallekele, Malinga took four wickets in four balls and he became the first player to achieve this feat twice, having done it in 2007 against South Africa in the ODI World Cup in Guyana. However, for Lee, he will always be the owner of the first hat-trick in this format. RELATED For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Sydney: World number one Novak Djokovic will begin his 2020 season in Brisbane, Rafael Nadal in Perth and Roger Federer in Sydney after Monday’s draw for the ATP Cup, the new world tennis team event. The championship, which will take place from January 3-12 in the lead-up to the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open in Melbourne, will feature 24 nations split into six groups across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Eight teams — with up to five players each — will emerge from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase in Sydney until one is left standing Most of the world’s top 30 men will take part, with ties comprising two singles and one doubles match. At the draw in Sydney, Djokovic’s Serbia were pitted against France, South Africa, Germany, Greece, Canada and wildcard entry Australia in Brisbane. Nadal’s Spain will face Japan, Georgia, Russia, Italy and the United States in Perth while Federer’s Switzerland take on Belgium, Austria, Croatia, Argentina and the Andy Murray-led Britain. The final five nations in the ATP Cup standings, based on the ranking of their number one singles player, will be determined by the second entry deadline of November 13. The new-look start to the year offers USD15 million in prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings points. Also Read | US Open 2019: Master Of Clay Rafael Nadal Finds Unlikely Second Home At Flushing MeadowsIt will be held on the back of a revamped Davis Cup, run by the International Tennis Federation, in November, bringing together 18 nations in one place for a week at the end of the 2019 season. Also Read | Novak Djokovic eyes historic Grand Slam calendar year sweep, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal eye French Open gloryATP Cup draw: Group A (Brisbane) – Serbia, France, South Africa +1 TBC Group B (Perth) – Spain, Japan, Georgia +1 TBC Group C (Sydney) – Switzerland, Belgium, Britain +1 TBC Group D (Perth) – Russia, Italy, USA +1 TBC Group E (Sydney) Austria, Croatia, Argentina +1 TBC Group F (Brisbane) – Germany, Greece, Canada, Australia.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorthwestern State (12-14, 9-8) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (6-22, 3-14)University Center, Hammond, Louisiana; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Southeastern Louisiana looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Northwestern State. In its last six wins against the Demons, Southeastern Louisiana has won by an average of 15 points. Northwestern State’s last win in the series came on Jan. 25, 2017, an 85-71 victory. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com TEAM LEADERSHIP: Southeastern Louisiana’s Ty Brewer has averaged 15 points and 7.6 rebounds while Pape Diop has put up 11 points and 5.4 rebounds. For the Demons, Nikos Chougkaz has averaged 8.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while Trenton Massner has put up 8.1 points.CLUTCH CHOUGKAZ: Chougkaz has connected on 25.8 percent of the 66 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 69.5 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Northwestern State is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 12-7 when scoring at least 63.COLD SPELL: Southeastern Louisiana has lost its last five home games, scoring an average of 69.8 points while giving up 78.8.DID YOU KNOW: The Southeastern Louisiana defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.8 percent of all possessions, which is the 19th-highest rate in the country. The Northwestern State offense has turned the ball over on 23.4 percent of its possessions (ranked 346th among Division I teams).___ February 27, 2020 SLU looks to extend streak vs NW State
Update on the latest sports Associated Press March 29, 2020 — Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through all of April. The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed. The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features 96 athletes across 27 sports. They include soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha. Visa had already filmed some promotional campaigns with athletes for the Tokyo Games that will require some reworking.— The executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Knicks announced James Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night, saying he has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. Dolan is the first U.S. major pro sports owner known to have tested positive for the virus.— Former All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms. The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life, but was awaiting results of tests for the coronavirus.— IndyCar debuted its iRacing league Saturday with a virtual race won by Sage Karam. The field included NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who is tuning his skills for a possible run at some real IndyCar racing. For now, the professional leagues have turned to simulated esports and IndyCar staged its first event on a virtual version of Watkins Glen in New York. The race had many of the series’ top names and was streamed on YouTube by both IndyCar and iRacing. The race was IndyCar’s attempt to give fans content since sports have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. — The Spanish league says more than 665,000 euros ($740,000) has been raised for the fight against the coronavirus outbreak with the help of athletes and musicians in Spain. The final tally was announced a day after the athletes and musicians took part in a four-hour online global music festival organized by the league to help purchase medical supplies and support fans confined to their homes. Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested to local television there may be no major change from 2020. Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Mori saying on Saturday that “the games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September.”International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, after the postponement was announced in Switzerland on Tuesday, left open the possibility of spring dates.The postponed games were to have opened on July 24 and closed on Aug. 9. Mori suggested some decisions could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee’s executive board meets.Any final decision will be made by local organizers and the IOC, and hundreds of sponsors, sports federations and broadcasters.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSpring Olympics appearing less likelyUNDATED (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021.
April 12, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis. The Latest: Liverpool great Dalglish back home from hospital The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.Dalglish won eight league championships and three European Cups across spells as player and manager for Liverpool, while also guiding Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1994-95.In a statement on Liverpool’s official website, Dalglish said: “Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days. I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever.”Dalglish has gone into self-isolation at home and urged the public to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus.___ Real Sociedad plans to have its players resume training individually this week. It would make it the first Spanish club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures.Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions. Group activities will remain prohibited as Spain enters its fifth week of confinement because of the pandemic.It was not yet clear whether the government will allow Real Sociedad to open its training center, though, as most sports facilities are still supposed to remain closed.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills. Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks, with the total at about 166,000.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – Chris Froome all but wrapped up a third consecutive Tour de France triumph as he outpaced his rivals in the penultimate-day time trial won by Maciej Bodnar on Saturday.Last to go, the Team Sky rider was the third quickest of the 167 to tackle the 22.5-km course that started and finished in Marseille’s Velodrome soccer stadium — extending his lead to 54 seconds going into Sunday’s ceremonial ride into Paris.Providing Froome avoids any calamities on the 103-km trek from Montgeron to the capital he will take his Tour haul to four in the last five years — one behind cycling greats Miguel Indurain of Spain, Belgian’s Eddy Merckx and Frenchmen Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil.Froome, 32, goes on to the Tour honour roll as the first person to win three times in a row since Indurain who was unbeatable between 1991-95.American Lance Armstrong won seven Tour titles from 1999-2005 but was later stripped of them for doping.After surviving this week’s Alpine stages Froome arrived in the historic French port with a slender 23-second lead over France’s Romain Bardet but with perfect weather conditions there were no scares as he produced a scorching ride to finish only six seconds behind Pole Bodnar.Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky was second, one second behind his fellow Pole.Bardet was roared on by huge crowds on a course that looped around the Vieux Port but he struggled terribly on the steep hill towards the Basilica Notre-Dame and was almost caught by a charging Froome despite the Briton starting two minutes later.Bardet was only 52nd quickest in the time trial but remained one second ahead of Spain’s Mikel Landa in third place in the overall standings. Colombian Rigoberto Uran hit a barrier but moved above Bardet into second place.
The Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad and Tobago’s Franchise team for the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament arrived in Guyana last evening ahead of their Saturday clash against the Guyana Amazon Warriors at Providence Stadium.The team arrived at the Marriott Hotel last evening and will take a rest day today before training tomorrow.(Adrian Narine photo)
ST PIUS were big winners during round three of the ongoing Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)/Smalta Girls U-11 football tournament on Saturday.The side were 8-0 victor over Tucville, thanks to Kerry Boyce who scored four goals. Her goals came in the 1st. 5th, 13th and 28th minute. She gained assistance from Breann Solome who scored in the 9th, 24th and 30th, as well as Akesha Sibdhani in the 26th.In the first game of the day, St Angela’s won via walkover from School of the Nations, while in Game two, it was easy sailing for North Georgetown who overcame Redeemer 3-0.Jada Maison’s brace in the 10th and 20th along with Ameza English (11th minute) accounted for the goals.Game four went in F.E Pollard’s favour as they beat off South Ruimveldt 2-0, thanks to Shania Lord in the 26th and Ciara Fraser in the 30th.Stella Maris also found themselves on the losing side to West Ruimveldt by a 4-0 margin in game five. Akila Smith was on target on all four occasions with strikes in the 18th, 20th 25th and 29th.There was a no-contest between Enterprise and Sophia.Matches continue next weekend.