Smith stars as Lions roar – Russell now leading wicket-taker

first_img However, KKR were lifted to 158 for four on the strength of a 134-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan, who were undefeated on 66 and 63, respectively. Lions have now climbed to the top of the IPL standings following their win over KKR. Despite his team’s defeat, West Indies opener Andre Russell celebrated a milestone by moving to the top of the table for the most wickets taken this season. Russell had Suresh Raina caught at fine leg for 14 to finish with one wicket for 21 runs and taking his tally of scalps to 14. Meanwhile, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard wants his franchise Mumbai Indians to forget their excruciating loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday. Mumbai crashed to a massive 85-run defeat to Sunrisers at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam They were bowled out for 92 in 16.3 overs, the lowest total of the season, after Sunrisers posted 177 for three in their 20 overs. “To be honest, sometimes in these sort of games, you can find many faults, and at the end of the day, we come to play cricket, we come to give a 100 per cent,” said Pollard in the post-game news conference. “Today is one of the games where we don’t want to actually pinpoint anything. We just want to actually forget it.” Sunrisers’ innings were given momentum from a solid opening stand between David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, which yielded 85 runs. Dhawan was not out on 82, while early aggressor Warner was caught by pollard two runs short of his half century. “This is the back end of the tournament and we need confidence. We don’t need guys with their heads down now,” said Pollard, who scored 11, one of only three batsmen to post low double-digit figures. “We don’t need people to be playing the blame game at this point in time. We need all hands on deck in order to get through the back end of the tournament.” Ashish Nehra, three for 15, and Mustafizur Rahman, three for 16, were the main destroyers of Mumbai’s innings. “For me, personally, I think it’s one of those things we just have to forget,” said the West Indies cricketer. “We will sit down again and look at the performances, look at how the wicket behaved and see how we need to improve”. Sunrisers’ huge win has taken them to the top of the IPL table. KOLKATA, India (CMC): West Indies opener Dwayne Smith contributed with the bat again as Gujarat Lions outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday. Smith raced to 27 from 18 balls to kick off a methodical run chase in which Lions coasted to 164 for five in 18 overs, after KKR posted 158 for four from 20 overs at Eden Gardens. The Barbadian batsman struck four fours and cleared the ropes once in a 42-run opening partnership with Brendon McCullum, who scored 29 from 24 balls. The partnership ended when Smith was beaten in flight by Shakib al Hasan and lost his stumps in the sixth over. Smith, who bowled two overs for Lions, also picked up a wicket for 14 runs. Dinesh Karthik’s top scored with a busy 51 from 29 balls to seal Lions’ seventh win, with five wickets in hand and 12 balls to spare. Earlier Knight Riders were reduced to 24 for four by the end of the power play as a result of impressive swing bowling by Praveen Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni, who exploited overcast skies. STRONG PARTNERSHIP MORE MOMENTUMlast_img read more

Services-Haryana game threatened by rain

first_imgMumbai, Oct 4 (PTI) The opening Ranji Trophy game of the season here between Haryana and Services, commencing on October 6, is threatened by rain which has extended its stay beyond its normal season this year in the metropolis. In fact as a forerunner to what could pan out in two days time, todays morning practice of Haryana was called off due to incessant rain by match hosts, Cricket Club of India. “Haryana were scheduled to practice this morning but it is now cancelled. Theres no possibility of having nets even in the afternoon. Services are set to arrive this evening,” said CCIs Sanjay Jaywant. Asked whether the track for the game was ready the former Mumbai Ranji cricketer said,”The wicket has been covered. We are keeping our fingers crossed.” This is the first season in which the Cricket Board has decided to experiment with the neutral venue concept and thats the reason two northern outfits are set to play their season-opening Group C game here. But the rains, which have been incessant since last Saturday after a brief lull, could play the spoil-sport. PTI SSR DK BS BSlast_img read more

Tendulkar exhorts youth to take up sports

first_imgChennai, Jul 20 (PTI) Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar today expressed concern over the high prevalence of obesity among the population in the country and exhorted the youth to take to sporting activity to stay healthy. “It is important for people to stay healthy and there is no better way than taking up some sporting activity,” he said at a function here to unveil the jersey of “Chennai Thalaivas” which is making its debut in Pro Kabaddi League this season. “By 2020 India is set to be the youngest nation by population. But in obesity we are number three. A young and unhealthy population is a perfect recipe for disaster. What India needs is more participation in sporting activities,” he added. On Pro Kabaddi League, Tendulkar said, “I am here to support not only kabaddi, but sports in general.” He also spoke about his love for the sport and said, “at some stage in our life we all would have played kabaddi. When I went to watch a match some time ago, the kind of energy I felt was incredible. I have since loved the game.” Tendulkar also had a word of advice for the team, which he co-owns: “Go out and win the hearts of your fans.” Asked whom he would pick in a “dream team” to play for him, the answer was: “Certainly M S Dhoni as a defender and Breathless-fame Shankar Mahadevan as raider.” Tendulkar also thanked Tamil film actor Kamal Haasan, who was present, for supporting kabaddi and Tamil Thalaivas, as its brand ambassador. The actor on his part, said he was happy to be associated with Thalaivas and hoped to see the team play the finals in Chennai. “I am delighted to see a cricket legend (Tendulkar) throw his weight behind kabaddi and get involved with a team,” Haasan said. One of the co-owners Nimmagada Prasad hailed Tendulkars interest for sports other than cricket and said the team led by Ajay Thakur and coached by K Baskaran was among the best in the league. Other co-owners including Allu Aravind, Allu Arjun and Ram Charan, who were present, thanked Tendulkar and Haasan for backing a traditional sport like kabaddi. The team and coach were unveiled during the function. PTI SS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Lampard: Chelsea can help Barkley’s World Cup dream

first_imgChelsea Barkley’s World Cup hopes improved after Chelsea switch – Lampard Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 16:03 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Ross Barkley and Frank Lampard Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Everton The Blues hero went to Brazil with the 24-year-old and thinks that his transfer £15 million to Stamford Bridge can help take the midfielder to Russia Frank Lampard believes Ross Barkley will be able to use his £15 million move from Everton to Chelsea to make him a better player with the World Cup coming up this summer. Barkley has 22 caps for England but he hasn’t been called up for his country since April 2016. He missed out on Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad, despite making the 2014 World Cup panel, with Lampard as a team-mate.And the Blues legend, who watched on as a BT Sport pundit as his former club were held scoreless by Norwich in the FA Cup at the weekend, says that Barkley can use his switch to Stamford Bridge to help establish himself as a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think it is a good signing – it is a no-brainer for Chelsea at £15m for a boy of his talent,” Lampard told Goal. “He’s only 24 years old but now it is up to Ross to prove his talents. I think he will do that at Chelsea, so it is a good move. “He just needs to learn and listen to people around the place. The standards at Chelsea will be higher than what he’s used to. No disrespect to Everton but he came through there. There are consistency levels at Chelsea in what’s demanded of you generally in your game and that’s good. Ross Barkley and Frank LampardRoss Barkley and Frank Lampard“He’s at the stage of his career where he certainly needed that and I think Chelsea will be a great home for him on that front. He needs to try and get into the Chelsea team, which will be tough for him – that’s the first challenge. “If he plays consistently then I think he’s a key England player in the making. He’s already an England player and he’s got that ability to create something out of nothing so let’s get him playing regularly to show what he can do for England and Chelsea.”Barkley had his first training sessions at Chelsea this week but he has been working on his own after a seven-month lay-off due to a hamstring injury. His new club were held to an FA Cup third-round draw against Norwich on Saturday, meaning they face a replay, taking their total of January games up to eight over the course of four weeks.Lampard believes Chelsea and England’s other top teams will take their cup competitions more seriously with Manchester City dominating the Premier League. Indeed, he thinks advancing in the third round and beating Arsenal in the Carabao Cup could take a slight priority over the forthcoming league matches for Chelsea.  “It is very important [to get past Norwich in a few weeks],” Lampard said. “We’ve always taken this competition seriously, we’ve won it a lot of times and obviously lost the final last year.Frank Lampard“The Premier League is looking tough so the cups are Chelsea’s chances for silverware but you’ve got to keep playing well in the Premier League, that remains important.”BT Sport is where the best in sport go head to head, bringing you live coverage of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Emirates FA Cup Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more