Kohli, Ishant put rampant India on verge of series sweep

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyKOLKATA, India (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli embellished the pink-ball test with a sparkling century before his quick bowlers reduced Bangladesh to 152-6 in their second innings as the hosts closed in on a 2-0 series sweep on day two of the second and final Test yesterday.After India declared their first innings on 347-9 in their maiden day-night Test, Bangladesh risked losing the match inside two days after slumping spectacularly to 14-4 in the seventh over.But Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, who made 39 before a hamstring injury forced him to retire hurt, batted resolutely to force a third day at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.Bangladesh, dismissed for 106 in the first innings, still trail their hosts by 89 runs.Ishant Sharma, who claimed 5-22 in the first innings, was the wrecker-in-chief in the second as well, returning 4-39 with an impeccable display of seam bowling.Mushfiqur will resume on 59 today, hoping to continue the fight though India look set to seal their 12th consecutive home series victory.India’s top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was not surprised how his pace bowling teammates continued to torment Bangladesh.“Our aim was very simple – to bowl to them in the right areas and try and make them play as many balls as possible,” said Pujara.“We know the ball was going to swing and it was important to control the swing and be accurate with our line and length.”Earlier, Kohli smashed a magnificent 136 and added 99 runs with Ajinkya Rahane who fell for a fluent 51.The India captain cover-drove Ebadot Hossain to reach 99 and, with the crowd chanting his name, took two off spinner Taijul Islam to bring up his 27th Test century, and 20th as captain.He removed his helmet to soak up the applause, then continued the celebrations shortly afterwards by hitting Abu Jayed for four consecutive boundaries.Ebadot dismissed Kohli when Taijul moved from deep square leg and hurled himself into the air to take a stunning catch.Kohli hit 18 fours in his 194-ball vigil, outlasting the entire Bangladesh team who had folded in 30.3 overs in their first innings.Armed with the heavily-lacquered ball, Ishant then mowed down the top order to put Bangladesh on the mat.His second-innings victims included Mominul Haque, who made a nightmarish debut as Bangladesh’s Test captain, being dismissed for a duck in both innings.Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah, however, refused to throw in the towel, displaying stomach for the fight that was lacking among their teammates.“We’re still 90-odd runs behind, tomorrow we’ll try to avoid an innings defeat and make them bat again,” Bangladesh quick Al-Amin Hossain said.Bangladesh have had to call two concussion substitutes after Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan sustained nasty blows to the helmet in the first innings.BANGLADESH 1st innings 106INDIA 1st innings o/n 174 for 3Mayank Agarwal c Mehidy Hasan b Al-Amin Hossain 14Rohit Sharma lbw Ebadat Hossain 21Cheteshwar Pujara c Shadman Islam b Ebadat Hossain 55Virat Kohli c Taijul Islam b Ebadat Hossain 136Ajinkya Rahane c Ebadat Hossain b Taijul Islam 51Ravindra Jadeja b Abu Jayed 12Wriddhiman Saha not out 17Ravichandran Ashwin lbw Al-Amin Hossain 9Umesh Yadav c Shadman Islam b Abu Jayed 0Ishant Sharma lbw Al-Amin Hossain 0Mohammed Shami not out 10Extras: (b-12, lb-2, w-8) 22Total: (nine wkts decl., 89.4 overs) 347Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-43, 3-137, 4-236, 5-289, 6-308, 7-329, 8-330, 9-331.Bowling: Al-Amin Hossain 22.4-3-85-3 (w-1), Abu Jayed 21-6-77-2, Ebadat Hossain 21-3-91-3 (w-3), Taijul Islam 25-2-80-1.BANGLADESH 2nd inningsShadman Islam lbw Ishant Sharma 0Imrul Kayes c Virat Kohli b Ishant Sharma 5Mominul Haque c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma 0Mohammad Mithun c Mohammed Shami b Umesh Yadav 6Mushfiqur Rahim not out 59Mahmudullah, retired hurt 39Mehidy Hasan c Virat Kohli b Ishant Sharma 15Taijul Islam c Ajinkya Rahane b Umesh Yadav 10Extras: (b-8, lb-5, w-5) 18Total: (six wkts, 32.3 overs) 152Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-9, 4-13, 5-133, 6-152.Bowling: Inshant Sharma 9-1-39- 4, Umesh Yadav 10.3-0-40-2, Mohammed Shami 8-0-42-0 (w-1), Ravichandran Ashwin 5-0-18-0.last_img read more

Football: No. 9 Wisconsin projected as heavy favorite against struggling Georgia State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team is expected to discard Georgia State at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday like a can of Natural Light in a freshman dorm room.The No. 9 Badgers (2-0) are favored over the Panthers (0-2) by 35.5 points and have a 98.4 percent chance of winning, according to ESPN.UW released an extensive injury report on Thursday, revealing that the team will have to limp through Saturday’s contest, though it may not seem that way when the clock hits quadruple zeros.Senior running back Corey Clement is listed as questionable, and starting left guard redshirt freshman Jon Dietzen is out. Dietzen’s leg injury caused him to leave last week’s win over Akron early. Clement was limited in practice this week, playing in just the first half after a Zips defender tackle forced him to re-tape both of ankles on the bench.Football: Third-down success on both sides of ball key for No. 9 Wisconsin moving forwardIt’s no secret that third down is the most important down in football. Usually, the team that converts the majority Read…If Clement is not available, he will miss an opportunity to go up against one of the worst run defenses in the country. The Panthers have allowed an average of 394.5 points per game (ranking 128th in the country) on the ground through their first two games this season.The defense also concedes an average of 5.8 yards per carry.“I thought that we were horrible,” Georgia State’s fifth-year head coach Trent Miles said on a conference call with reporters this week. “I didn’t think we played well. We didn’t play good football, [including the] fundamentals and basics of blocking and tackling and kicking and throwing and catching. We’ve got to fix that if we want to be a competitive football team.”On the defensive side of the ball for the Badgers, the Wisconsin secondary continues to take hits. After learning that UW would lose Natrell Jamerson for four to six weeks Sunday, it appeared as though true freshman Caesar Williams could see some reps at the third corner spot. That won’t happen as he will be out Saturday. Expect junior Lubern Figaro or redshirt freshman Titus Booker to take his first meaningful snaps in Jamerson’s place.True freshman wide receiver A.J. Taylor will return kicks for the Badgers Saturday, even after head coach Paul Chryst said earlier in the week that Clement was a “viable option” for the task. Clement was listed above Taylor at the kick returner spot on the team’s depth chart released Monday.The Badger secondary’s biggest challenge Saturday, other than finding a suitable replacement for Jamerson, will be stopping Georgia State receiver Robert Davis. Davis ranks eighth among FBS active leaders in receiving yards (2,563) and 13 in receptions (166).Also out for Saturday’s game are freshman defensive lineman Billy Hirschfield (leg), fifth-year senior wide receiver Reggie Love (infection) and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Thomas (leg).Georgia State is in just its fifth-year as a Division I FBS program. The Panthers managed only two wins in their first three years of existence but broke out last year with a (6-7) record to earn Miles the Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors along with an appearance in the Cure Bowl.Game information (TV, radio, time)When: 11 a.m.Where: Camp Randall Stadium. Madison, Wisconsin.TV: Big Ten Network (Brandon Gaudin, Chuck Long).Radio: Badgers Sports Network; Sirius 81/XM 81 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher).last_img read more

NPFL: Giwa a Game Away from Expulsion

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Giwa FC failed to turn up in Ilorin on Sunday for their Nigeria league match against Wikki Tourists and they could now be just a game away from being expelled from the league.Wikki thus conducted a walkover Giwa when it was clear they will not honour the game and there was no representation from them as to why they stayed away.Jos club Giwa has been banished to Ilorin after their home game against Enugu Rangers was abandoned due to crowd trouble.According to the framework and rules of the NPFL for the 2015/16 season, Article 13.27 clearly stipulated the consequence of missing consecutive matches without acceptable reasons to the organisers.It reads: “If a club fails to honour two consecutive matches without an acceptable reason to LMC such a club shall be expelled from the League and its matches played and unplayed match shall be cancelled.”And this sanction would also apply should Giwa fail to honour three cumulative matches in the season.Article 13.28 stated: “If a Club fails to honour three matches cumulatively within the League season without an acceptable reason to the LMC such a club shall be expelled from the League and its matches played and unplayed match shall be cancelled.”Meanwhile, Nigeria league leaders Enugu Rangers were brought down to earth yesterday when they fell 3-1 at Rivers United in continuation of the championship.It was their third loss of the campaign.Rangers closest rivals Abia Warriors and FC IfeanyiUbah canceled themselves out with a goalless draw in Nnewi.Second-placed Warriors now have 24 points, three points behind Rangers, while IfeanyiUbah are on 23 points.Bernard Ovoke gave hosts Rivers United the lead from the penalty spot in the 17th minute after Chigozie Ihunda was brought down inside the box.They doubled their advantage four minutes later through Christian Weli.Former Bayelsa United striker Ovoke, who incidentally trained with Rangers in the close season with a view to signing a contract, completed his brace on the stroke of half time.Rangers pulled a goal back in the 47th minute, when Gabriel Olalekan turned the ball into his own net for an own goal.Both teams had chances to score later on in the game, but they failed to do so.MATCH DAY 14Ikorodu FC 3-1 HeartlandMFM FC 3-0 Akwa UtdSunshine 0-1 Kanob PillarsShooting 2-2 Plateau UtdRivers Utd 3-1 RangersNasarawa 2-0 W’WolvesIfeanyiUbah 0-0 Abia WarriorsEnyimba 2-2 LobiTornadoes 1-0 Elkanemi*Wikki walks over Giwalast_img read more