West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels was on Thursday cleared to bowl in international cricket after his action was found to be legal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here.The 36-year-old was last reported for bowling action during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in October 2015 and was subsequently suspended for 12 months in December 2015 after an independent assessment revealed he had employed an illegal bowling action for the second time in 24 months.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that following remedial work and reassessment, the bowling action of West Indies Marlon Samuels has been found to be legal, and the player can now resume bowling in international cricket,” the ICC said in a statement.”On January 29, Samuels underwent a reassessment of his bowling action at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his off-spin deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.””The umpires are still at liberty to report Samuels if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the reassessment. To assist the umpires, they will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler’s remodelled legal bowling action,” the statement added.If Samuels is reported again, he will be required to undertake further analysis of his bowling action at an ICC accredited testing centre.
Indian captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday credited head coach Anil Kumble for channeling his natural aggression and helping him evolve both as a cricketer and individual.”To an extent, yes (I would say). I was working on those things already on a constant basis. I wanted to learn from my mistakes and evolve as a person. Anil Bhai coming into play channeled it much better in terms of his experience,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the first Test against Australia on Thursday. (Virat Kohli creates a positive environment in the dressing-room: Wriddhiman Saha to India Today)”He was a very aggressive player in his head as well. But he knew when to use that aggression and how to channel it. So he has helped me in that aspect a little bit,” he added.A lot of people initially wanted me to be a 35-year-old matured guy when I was 22, which doesnt really happen: @imVkohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/RfIlzTFgbW BCCI (@BCCI) February 22, 2017 He also complimented the former India skipper for helping the Indian bowlers become more aggressive as far as taking wickets was concerned. (Tendulkar a legend but hard to look past Virat Kohli: Chris Woakes)”Apart from that, what he has really brought into the side is the mindset of taking wickets as bowlers. He was a spinner but used to think as a fast bowler, he was that aggressive with his thinking. That’s why he ended up taking the highest Test wickets (619) for India.advertisement”He was an out-and-out match-winner and the mindset rubs on to the players in the change room as well. There is so much to learn from him especially for the bowlers. (Why Australia should be afraid of Virat Kohli)”The way he thought about getting batsmen out, the way he used to set them up. And the way he worked on his fitness and skills as well. So everyone takes a lot of inspiration from him,” gushed Kohli in praise of the 46-year-old Kumble.”He has been a legend of Indian cricket and we are really glad to have him in the change room,” he concluded.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, has expressed desire to play his farewell match in Lahore.Afridi is representing Peshawar Zalmi in the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and is looking focused on winning a play-off match against Quetta and securing a place in the final which will be played at the headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Earlier, Afridi was in constant touch with the PCB for a rousing send-off, but the matter did not materialize. The flamboyant all-rounder also hailed the decision to host the PSL’s final in Lahore, saying that it was a well thought out decision of the country’s cricket board and the Punjab Government.”Decision to hold PSL final in Lahore is massive and I am really looking forward to it,” the Dawn quoted Afridi as saying.Afridi, however, refrained from commenting on the statement by former great and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, who opposed the hosting of PSL final in Lahore.Afridi said he “is not at same stage [as] Imran Khan”, adding all must contribute to the success of the PSL final in his opinion since the decision has been taken now.On Monday, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed that the final match of the PSL will be held in Lahore on March 5 as scheduled.The doubts over whether the PCB should hold the PSL final in Lahore rose following the February 13 suicide bombing in which 13 people were killed.advertisementPakistan have not hosted any international cricket tournament since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, when six Pakistani policemen were killed and some of the visiting players were injured.
The 10th Indian Premier League auction was an action-packed affair. There was plenty of interest around England’s dynamic cricketers while two Afghanistan players also found buyers. Here are the highlights from Bangalore: That’s it from the Indian Premier League auction this year. Indian cricketers Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Irfan Pathan remained unsold and won’t be featuring in this year’s IPL. England all-rounder Ben Stokes fetched the highest bid price of Rs 14.50 crore from Rising Pune Supergiants. He is now the costliest foreign player to be bought in the history of IPL while his England teammate Tymal Mills got Rs 12 crore from Royal Challengers Bangalore.Afghanistan cricketers Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan created history as defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad snared the pair. The biggest surprise was the clamour for India’s uncapped cricketers, who made crores in an action-packed auction.IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla has a short message for all.I am confident that IPL 10 will be better than the other editions. Best wishes to all the teams #IPLAuction @IPL pic.twitter.com/MPciTtSTJO- Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) February 20, 2017A total of 66 players were sold inclusive of 27 overseas players in the VIVO #IPLAuction 2017- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 2017 15.30 IST: This is how the teams stack up after the IPL 2-17 auction15.27 IST: C Bishnoi is the last player in the auction to go unsold.15.26 IST: SOLD! Lockie Ferguson to RPS for Rs 50 lakh.15.26 IST: Kanishk Seth goes unsold for the third time.#DD had a great session at the #VIVOIPLauction 2017. Hope you’re loving the new #DDsquad as much as we do! pic.twitter.com/kFsddY9EuDadvertisement- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) February 20, 2017 15.25 IST: SOLD! Sayan Ghosh goes to KKR for Rs 10 lakh.15.25 IST: End of the road for David Wiese, he goes unsold for the third time today.15.24 IST: SOLD! Manoj Tiwary sold to Pune for his base price of Rs 50 lakh15.24 IST: SOLD! Darren Bravo sold to Kolkata for Rs 50 lakh15.23 IST: SOLD! Back after the break Aksh Deep Nath becomes the first player to be sold to Gujarat for Rs 10 lakh.14.59 IST: Now every team will give up to three names from the list of unsold players who will re-enter the auction.A good day at the #IPLAuction today for the Lions. Looking forward to a power-packed season. #GameMaariChhe pic.twitter.com/8JbtOa4YQE- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) February 20, 2017 14.57 IST: SOLD! Last player in the list, Pratham Singh goes to Gujarat Lions for Rs 10 lakh.14.57 IST: SOLD! R Tripathi goes to Pune for Rs 10 lakh.14.56 IST: SOLD! KKR have bought Sanjay Yadav and Ishank Jaggi at their base prices of Rs 10 lakh each..@KKRiders’ newest Knights! Follow the VIVO #IPLAuction here: https://t.co/3AqEqEClFb pic.twitter.com/D8nev01OrC- Hotstar (@hotstartweets) February 20, 201714.55 IST: Ashwon Turner goes unsold.14.55 IST: ASK Verma and Himmat Singh go unsold.14.53 IST: SOLD! Shelley Shaurya goes to Gujarat Lions for Rs 10 lakh. Shubham Agrawal also goes to the same team for the same price.14.53 IST: B Indrajith goes unsold14.52 IST: Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah goes unsold. Bad day in the office for Bangladeshi players.14.51 IST: Another Bangladesh start Sabbir Rahman suffers the same fate as Mehedi Hasan. 14.50 IST: No takers! Star Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz goes unsold. He had a base price of Rs 30 lakh.14.50 IST: Manjeet Chaudhary goes unsold.14.49 IST: SOLD! Chirag Suri goes to Gujat Lions for Rs 10 lakh.14.48 IST: Tajendra Singh and Virat Singh go unsold again. 14.48 IST: Left-arm pacer from New Zealand, Ben Wheeler, and West Indian Kesrick Williams go unsold.14.47 IST: Dwaine Pretorious goes unsold again14.47 IST: No bids for Colin de Grandhomme and Andile Phehlukwayo14.45 IST: SOLD! Kulwant Khejroliya. Base price 10 lakh. Mumbai Indians bid for him. And they get him14.44 IST: SOLD! Delhi buy Shashank Singh for Rs 10 lakh, while Milind Tandon goes to Pune for Rs 10 lakh14.43 IST: Harpreet Singh Bhatia goes unsold while Punjab bag Rinku Singh for Rs 10 lakh.14.42 IST: SOLD! India discard Munaf Patel goes to Gujarat for Rs 30 lakh14.41 IST: Lockie Fergusion goes unsold.14.40 IST: Mitchell Santner with a base price of Rs 50 lakh goes unsold.14.39 IST: SOLD! Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 30 lakh14.39 IST: SOLD! Rovman Powell goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 30 lakhKNIGHTED! Welcome to @KKRiders family, West Indian all-rounder Rovman Powell! #IPLAuction #KnightsOf2017- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 20, 201714.38 IST: No bids for New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and South African Wayne Parnell 14.37 IST: South African Colin Munro goes unsold.14.36 IST: SOLD! Daniel Christian goes to RPS for Rs 1 crore, while Mumbai Indians get Asela Gunarathne for 30 lakh.advertisement14.34 IST: SOLD to RPS! Left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar for Rs 10 lakh14.33 IST: SOLD! Pune have bought 17-year-old spinner Rahul Chahar for Rs 10 lakh14.31 IST: SOLD! Right-arm medium pacer Mohammed Siraj goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs 2.60 crore.Our bowling coach L Balaji talks about the new additions to our bowling attack. #IPLAuction #KnightsOf2017 pic.twitter.com/d0dal4zz3A- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 20, 201714.31 IST: Ronsford Beaton from Guyana, Sayan Ghosh and Kanishk Seth go unsold again. 14.28 IST: Dishant Yagnik, Pankaj Jaiswal, Awhile Herwadkar and Rishi Arothe go unsold again.14.26 IST: No bids for Apoorv Wankhede, Akash Bhandari and Himanshu Rana at Rs 10 lakh.14.25 IST: SOLD! Billy Stanlake sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 30 lakh14.24 IST: SOLD! Ben Laughlin goes to Hyderabad at his base price of Rs 30 lakh14.22 IST: Thisara Perera, David Wiese and Parvez Rasool unsold again.14.21 IST: Darren Bravo and Manoj Tiwary unsold again.14.20 IST: Mayank Dagar, Evin Lewis and Mitchell Swepson go unsold again.14.19 IST: SOLD! Delhi Daredevils buy Navdeep Saini for Rs 10 lakh.14.17 IST: Akashdeep Nath and Vishnu Vinod go unsold again.Daniel Vettori on how the #IPLAuction has gone so far at @RitzCarlton, the excitement and our plan for the rest of the auction! #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/QbOyDpu1hJ- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) February 20, 201714.16 IST: SOLD! Praveen Dubey sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10 lakh.14.14 IST: Pragyan Ojha, Imran Tahir and Ish Sodhi fail to attract any bids yet again14.12 IST: BIG NEWS! India fast bowler Ishant Sharma won’t take any part in the Indian Premier League this season as he goes unsold yet again14.11 IST: Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo! Nathan Coulter-Nile goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.50 croreKNIGHTED! Welcome to the @KKRiders family, Aussie seamer – Nathan Coulter-Nile! #IPLAuction #KnightOf2017- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 20, 201714.10 IST: Australia fast-bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile up next. KKR and Sunrisers are bidding for him. His base price is Rs 1 crore.14.09 IST: South Africa pacer Kyle Abbott unsold again.14.09 IST: England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow goes unsold yet again14.07 IST: SOLD! Chris Jordan goes to Sunrisers for his base price of Rs 50 lakh14.06 IST: Australian fast-bowler Sean Abbott goes unsold.14.05 IST: SOLD! Saurabh Tiwary sold to the Mumbai Indians for Rs 30 lakh14.04 IST: SOLD! Gujarat Lions buy Roy for his base price..@JasonRoy20, our latest recruit for INR 1 Cr. We cannot wait to see him in action playing for @TheGujaratLions! #IPLAuction #GameMaariChhe pic.twitter.com/1Jq8xg7OYV- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) February 20, 201714.04 IST: England’s Jason Roy is next, his base price is Rs 1 crore.14.03 IST: SOLD! Kings XI Punjab bag Guptill for his base price of Rs 50 lakh.More power to our batting. Guptill bought for 50 lacs. #IPL2017 #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/BhWlc2yOBY- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) February 20, 201714.02 IST: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is the first player to be sold in the afternoon session. His base price is Rs 50 lakh.14.01 IST: Richard Madley is back to auction off the unsold list of players. 79 players will be sold in the final session.13.14 IST: There have been some exciting bidding wars in the first half of the auction. It should be worthwhile to see how the teams stack up so farFLOODED WITH HAPPINESS TODAY NOT ONLY FOR MYSELF BUT RATHER FOR OUR JUNIOR ROCKING PLAYER #RASHIDARMAN BEING SELECTED FOR @SunRisers. @IPLadvertisement- Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) February 20, 201713.00 IST: As we wait for the team officials to return from lunch, here is a look at what made headlines from the auctions so far:Ben Stokes hits jackpot in historic Indian Premier League player bid Ben Stokes worth the risk for Pune Supergiants, feels coach Stepehen FlemingVirat Kohli’s RCB snare exciting fast bowler Tymal MillAfghanistan cricketers make history in Bangalore auction12.41 IST: Highest bid players so far:Ben Stokes (RPS) – 14.5 croreTymal Mills (RCB) – 12 croreKagiso Rabada (DD) – 5 croreTrent Boult (KKR) – 5 croreMajor unsold players:Ishant Sharma – Rs 2 croreIrfan Pathan – Rs 50 lakhBrad Haddin – Rs 1.50 croreJason Holder – Rs 1.50 croreWe break for Lunch now and will be back at 2 PM IST #IPLAuction. Take a look at the top buys from the morning session. pic.twitter.com/idSdy3GNg2- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201712.38 IST: Last player in this set and in the morning session, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma goes unsold.12.38 IST: No takers for Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon as well.12.37 IST: Australia’s Michael Beer and Sri Lankan Akila Dananjaya both go unsold.12.37 IST: Australia’s Fawad Ahmed is up first and he goes unsold.12.36 IST: Set 15 – Spinners12.36 IST: Final set coming up before the lunch break.VIDEO: Afghanistan’s 18-year-old leggie Rashid Khan gets INR 4 Crore. He will play for @SunRisers https://t.co/4GjjY0a8b1 #IPLauction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201712.34 IST: SOLD! Manpreet Gony goes to the Gujarat Lions for Rs 60 lakh12.33 IST: SOLD! Kings XI Punjab wins the bidding war, they bag Varun Aaron for Rs 2.80 crore12.32 IST: Delhi back out at Rs 55 lakh. Kings XI enter the bidding war with Gujarat. Bid price up to Rs 2.80 crore now.12.31 IST: Delhi Daredevils have bid at Rs 30 lakh for Varun Aaron. Gujarat also in the race now12.31 IST: Australia’s Ben Laughlin goes unsold.12.30 IST: SOLD! Rising Pune Supergiants buy Jaydev Unadkat for Rs 30 lakh.12.28 IST: No takers for Pankaj Singh and Billy Stanlake.12.27 IST: SOLD! New Zealand pacer Matt Henry goes to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 50 lakh.12.26 IST: India discard bowler RP Singh goes unsold.12.26 IST: Set 14 – Fast-bowlers12.25 IST: New Zealand’s Glenn Philipps goes unsold.12.23 IST: Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin goes unsold. His base price is Rs 1.50 crore.12.23 IST: No interest in Sri Lankan Niroshan Dickwella. 12.22 IST: Sri Lankan Kusal Perera goes unsold. His base price is Rs 50 lakh.12.21 IST: Anamul Haque from Bangladesh goes unsold. No takers for West Indian Shane Dowrich as well.12.21 IST: Next set of players – Wicketkeeper-batsman12.20 IST: South Africa’s Farhaan Behardien goes unsold.12.19 IST: Surprisingly, Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera goes unsold at a base price of Rs 50 lakh.12.18 IST: SOLD! Kolkata Knight Riders clinch all-rounder Rishi Dhawan for a bargain price of Rs 55 lakh.An all-rounder with bags of experience – @rishid100. #KnightsOf2017 pic.twitter.com/eHNL4VT8s5- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 20, 201712.17 IST: South African all-rounder David Wiese goes unsold.12.16 IST: SOLD! Mumbai Indians buy Karn Sharma for Rs 3.20 crore..@sharmakarn03 is sold to @mipaltan for INR 320 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201712.14 IST: Leg-spinner Karn Sharma enters the auction at a base price of Rs 30 lakh. Mumbai and Gujarat are going for it. Bid price up to Rs 3 crore now. 12.12 IST: West Indies Test captain Jason Holder goes unsold. 12.11 IST: SOLD! Kolkata Knight Riders bag Chris Woakes for Rs 4.20 crore. Woakes will be playing as a replacement for Andre Russell, who has been banned from international cricket for a year.KNIGHTED! Welcome to the @KKRiders family, English all-rounder – Chris Woakes! #KnightsOf2017- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 20, 201712.10 IST: Kolkata and Sunrisers engaged in a bidding war for Woakes.12.10 IST: England all-rounder Chris Woakes enters the auction at a base price of Rs 2 crore.12.09 IST: No takers for Jammu & Kashmir player Pervez Rasool 12.09 IST: Next set of players – All-rounders.12.08 IST: Australia’s Nic Maddinson also goes unsold.12.07 IST: Heartbreak for the West Indians! Hard-hitting West Indies batsman Evin Lewis goes unsold. No interest for Darren Bravo as well. 12.06 IST: Star West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels goes unsold. His base price is Rs 1 crore.12.05 IST; No takers for S Badrinath as well.12.04 IST: Abhinav Mukund and Michael Klinger both go unsold.12.03 IST: This was on the cards! Star India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara goes unsold. His base price is Rs 50 lakh.12.03 IST: India batsman Manoj Tiwary goes unsold at Rs 50 lakh.12.02 IST: SOLD! Former Rajasthan Royals player Pravin Tambe goes to Hyderabad for Rs 10 lakh.12.00 IST: Mitch Swepson and Akshay Wakhare both so unsold.11.58 IST: SOLD! Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 4 crore. He becomes the second player from the Associate nation to be sold in the auction today.11.57 IST: Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan enters the auction. Sunrisers and Mumbai immediately start the bidding war for this leg-spinner.11.56 IST: SOLD! Gujarat Lions bag mystery spinner Tejas Singh Baroka for 10 lakh11.54 IST: Sehwag’s nephew Mayank Dagar goes unsold. 11.53 IST: SOLD! Murugan Ashwin sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1 crore against his base price of Rs 10 lakh11.53 IST: Murugan Ashwin is the first player in the list.11.52 IST: Next set of players – uncapped spinners.11.50 IST: SOLD! Basil Thampy goes to Gujarat Lions for Rs 85 lakh11.49 IST: Bidding war now on for Basil Thampy. Gujarat and Sunrisers are fighting for him.11.48 IST: Delhi fast-bowler Navdeep Saini and left-arm seamer Pawan Suyal both unsold.11.47 IST: Jammu & Kashmir pacer Umar Nazir goes unsold.11.46 IST: SOLD! Rajasthan pacer Nathu Singh sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 50 lakh. He becomes the first buy for the Lions today.11.45 IST: SOLD, would you believe it! Tamil Nadu fast-bowler T Natarajan sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore.11.44 IST; Pune are out of the bidding race. It’s between Kings XI and Sunrisers now. Natarajan’s price up to Rs 3 crore now.11.43 IST: Another left-arm medium pacer T Natarajan is up next. KXIP and RPS are bidding for him now.11.42 IST: This was the moment when history was made in the IPL auction this year. HISTORY MADE at #IPLAuction – Mohammad Nabi becomes the first Afghanistan cricketer to join VIVO IPL. He will play for @SunRisers pic.twitter.com/Y4sanD86Ev- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201711.40 IST: Aniket Choudhary goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 2 crore11.37 IST: RCB and Gujarat still going on for Aniket. Price up to Rs 1.30 crore now with the Lions. 11.35 IST: Bidding war on between Gujarat and RCB for left-arm seamer Aniket Choudhary from Rajasthan. His base price is Rs 10 lakh.11.34 IST: Abu Nechim is the first player and is unsold..@RCBTweets chairman Amrit Thomas speaks about @tmills15’s selection #IPLauction pic.twitter.com/9ldggj9DHM- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201711.33 IST: Next set is uncapped fast-bowlers.11.32 IST: Manvinder Bisla and Mohit Ahlawat are unsold.11.31 IST: Flamboyant Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad goes unsold. 11.30 IST: Eklavya Dwivedi goes to Sunrisers for Rs 75 lakh against a base price of Rs 30 lakhEklavya Dwivedi is sold to @SunRisers for INR 75 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201711.29 IST: Delhi Daredevils clinch Aditya Tare for Rs 25 lakh. Aditya Tare is sold to @DelhiDaredevils for INR 25 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201711.28 IST: Mumbai captain Aditya Tare is up next. He has played for Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past.11.28 IST: Wicketkeeper-batsman Sreevats Goswami goes unsold11.27 IST: Kerala’s Vishnu Vinod goes unsold.11.26 IST: Next set – uncapped wicketkeepers.11.26 IST: Gujarat’s Priyank Panchal goes unsold.11.25 IST: Rush Kalaria goes unsold as well.11.24 IST: All-rounder Manan Sharma goes unsold.11.23 IST: Shivam Dube goes unsold against a base price of Rs 10 lakh.11.23 IST: Former RCB player Praveen Dubey goes unsold. His base price is Rs 10 lakh.11.22 IST: SOLD! Kings XI bag Rahul Tewatia for Rs 25 lakh11.20 IST: SOLD! K Gowtham sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 2 crore, against a base price of Rs 10 lakh.K Gowtham is sold to @mipaltan for INR 200 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201711.20 IST: MI and Sunrisers battling it out for Gowtham now. KKR are out.11.19 IST: WOW! KKR and MI have raised Gowtham’s price to Rs 1.40 crore.11.18 IST: Gowtham K is the next player in the list. Kolkata and Mumbai have started the bidding war for this Karnataka off-spinner.11.16 IST: Mohammad Nabi becomes the first Afghanistan player to be sold in the IPL auction. He goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 30 lakh, which was his base price. Mohammad Nabi is sold to @SunRisers for INR 30 lacs. First player from Afghanistan #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201711.15 IST: Akshdeep Nath from UP goes unsold.11.15 IST: Uncapped all-rounders will be sold next.11.14 IST: Tanmay Agarwal goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad at his base price of Rs 10 lakh.11.12 IST: Asghar Stanikzai, the first Afghanistan batsman in this year’s auction, goes unsold at Rs 20 lakh.11.11 IST: Former Mumbai Indians player Unmukt Chand goes unsold. His base price is Rs 30 lakh.11.10 IST: Delhi Daredevils bag Ankeet Bawane for his base price of Rs 10 lakh. 11.09 IST: Unsold! Prithvi Shaw. His base price Rs 10 lakh.11.08 IST: Unsold! The first player in this list to be sold is Uman Sharma. Base price at Rs 10 lakh.11.07 IST: The next set of players to be sold will be the uncapped batsmen11.04 IST: This is what Ben Stokes is worth as a player. He was sold to the Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 14.50 crore.Ben Stokes’ worth as a player…1. Fielder (50%)2. Batsman (35%)3. Bowler (15%)#IPLAuction- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 20, 201710.56 IST: India spinner Pragyan Ojha goes unsold for the second consecutive year. End of the first list of spinners. In Pictures: A recap of the VIVO #IPLAuction so far as we complete five sets pic.twitter.com/K6mE0aayvC- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201710.55 IST: WHATTTT!! World No. 1 ranked ODI bowler Imran Tahir from South Africa also goes unsold.Imran Tahir, ranked no.1 in ICC T20I and ODI bowling charts, goes unsold to close the Spinners set in #IPLAuction- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) February 20, 201710.54 IST: Ish Sodhi and Brad Hogg both go unsold. Sodhi was priced at Rs 30 lakh while Hogg had a base price of Rs 50 lakh.10.53 IST: Chinaman Lakshan Sandakan from Sri Lanka goes unsold at Rs 30 lakh.Our remaining purse is now INR 4.825 Cr #IPLAuction- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) February 20, 201710.50 IST: Oops! Richard Madley has called out the wrong name and number.10.49 IST: Ish Sodhi is the first spinner in the list. His base price is Rs 30 lakh10.49 IST: Specialist spin bowlers are up next.10.48 IST: SHOCKING! India fast-bowler Ishant Sharma goes unsold. His base price is Rs 2 crore.10.47 IST: South Africa’s Kyle Abbott goes unsold at Rs 1.50 crore.10.46 IST: Mumbai Indians bag Mitchell Johnson for a bargain price of Rs 2 crore.@MitchJohnson398 is sold to @mipaltan for INR 200 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201710.45 IST: Retired Australian fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson is up next. His base price is Rs 2 crore10.44 IST: Delhi Daredevils buy Australia pacer Pat Cummins for Rs 4.50 crore .@patcummins30 is sold to @DelhiDaredevils for INR 450 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201710.43 IST: Tymal Mills sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore. He is the second costliest foreign player in IPL history. .@tmills15 is sold to @RCBTweets for INR 1200 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201710.40 IST: Seems like Mills will be one of the costliest players in this year’s auction. His price has gone up to Rs 12 crore. KKR are out, the bid is with RCB 10.39 IST: New bidders are in now in KKR and RCB. MI and KXIP are both out. 10.38 IST: Kings XI and Mumbai are fighting to bag the player. His bid price has gone up to Rs 7.50 crore.10.37 IST: England fast-bowler Tymal Mills it the next player in the list. His base price is Rs 50 lakh.10.36 IST: Trent Boult goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore. His base price was Rs 1.50 crore.KNIGHTED! Welcome to the KKR family @trent_boult at the #IPLAuction 2017. #KnightsOf2017- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 20, 201710.35 IST: Mumbai and Kolkata join the bidding war. KKR have entered the bidding for the first time today10.35 IST: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult is the next player. His base price is Rs 1.50 crore.10.33 IST: Delhi Daredevils clinch Kagiso Rabada for Rs 5 crore.10.32 IST: Kings XI Punjab open the bid, Delhi Daredevils also join in.10.32 IST: South African pace sensation Kagiso Rabada is the next player. His base price is Rs 1 crore.10.31 IST: Fast-bowlers are up next. Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile is the first player in the list.10.29 IST: Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal, the last player in the wicket-keeper’s list, goes unsold. His base price is Rs 50 lakh.10.28 IST: West Indies’ Johnson Charles goes unsold.10.28 IST: Sold! Nicholas Pooran goes to the Mumbai Indians for Rs 30 lakh.Nicholas Pooran is sold to @mipaltan for INR 30 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201710.27 IST: Next up is West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran. His base price is Rs 30 lakh.10.26 IST: No bids for West Indies’ Andre Fletcher even at a base price of Rs 30 lakh10.25 IST: Unsold! No bids for England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow. His base price is Rs 1.50 crore10.24 IST: Unsold! Australian Ben Dunk is the first player in the list. His base price is Rs 30 lakh.10.24 IST: Next up will be the wicket-keepers10.19 IST: “We have got good young players. We now are in a situation to back youngsters and we have some big-time players. There is an element of risk when spend big-time money, but we are ready to take that risk. We look strong on paper. It’s the top 8 that you really have to respect. You have got three captains so you have leadership. We have bowlers, allrounders in Mitch Marsh and Stokes,” says Pune coach Stephen Fleming..@benstokes38 is a #Supergiant! After a tough fight, we managed to bag him. RT if you’re excited to see him play with us. #IPLAuction- Pune Supergiants (@RPSupergiants) February 20, 201710.11 IST: All-rounders List 1:Pawan Negi – Sold to RCB for Rs 1 crore (Base price Rs 30 lakh)Angelo Mathews – Sold to DD for Rs 2 crore (Base price Rs 2 crore)Irfan Pathan – Unsold (Base price Rs 50 lakh)Ben Stokes – Sold to RPS for Rs 14.5 crore (Base price Rs 2 crore)Corey Anderson – Sold to DD for Rs 1 crore (Base price – Rs 1 crore)Sean Abbott – Unsold (Base price – 30 lakh)Chris Jordan – Unsold(Base price – 50 lakh) 10.05 IST: England’s Chris Jordan goes unsold. His base price was Rs 50 lakhThis concludes the all-rounders set #IPLAuction. We will be back shortly. Stay tuned!- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 201710.04 IST: Australia’s Sean Abbott goes unsold. He had a base price of Rs 30 lakh.10.03 IST: Delhi Daredevils bag Anderson for base price of Rs 1 crore.10.03 IST: New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson is the next player. His base price is Rs 1 crore.10.01 IST: Pune Supergiants bag England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore. This is the second highest bid ever for a player in the IPL auctions after Yuvraj Singh, who was bought for a record Rs 16 crore by Delhi in the 2015 auction. .@RPSupergiants’ Sanjiv Goenka on acquiring the services of @benstokes38 #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/alFlQnVOvm- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 2017.@benstokes38 is sold to @RPSupergiants for INR 1450 lacs #IPLAuction- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 20, 20179.59 IST: Delhi are out of the bidding war now. Pune Supergiants the new franchise in the bidding war now. The price is now at Rs 14.50 crores9.58 IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad have entered the bidding war now. The price is at Rs 13 crore9.56 IST: Stokes is going to be the costliest player in the IPL now. His bid price has gone up to Rs 10.50 crore. DD have the bid with them.9.55 IST: Stokes’ price goes up to Rs 9 crore9.54 iST: Aggressive bidding war on for Stokes between Mumbai Indians, RCB and Delhi Daredevils.9.54 IST: England all-rounder Ben Stokes is the next player9.52 IST: Irfan Pathan is the next all-rounder in the list. Base price Rs 50 lakh. Unsold9.51 IST: Delhi Daredevils buy Angelo Mathews for his base price of Rs 2 crore. DD was the only franchise to bid for the Sri Lankan9.49 IST: RCB bag Pawan Negi for Rs 1 crore.9.48 IST: Supergiants and Lions are out of the bid now. RCB and Sunrisers Hyderabad engaged now9.48 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore have now entered the bidding war. Price up to Rs 80 lakh now9.47 IST: Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions are engaged in the first bidding war of the morning for Negi.9.46 IST: Pawan Negi is the first player in the list. His base price is Rs 30 lakh9.46 IST: The next set will be the all-rounders.9.45 IST: Batsmen List 1:Martin Guptill – Unsold (Base price – 50 lakh)Eoin Morgan – KXIP (Sold for 2 crore)Jason Roy – Unsold (Base price – 1 crore)Faiz Fazal – Unsold (Base price – 30 lakh)Alex Hales – Unsold (Base price – 1 crore)Ross Taylor – Unsold (Base price – 50 lakh)Saurabh Tiwary – Unsold (Base Price – 30 lakh) 9.44 IST: That concludes the first set of batsmen. 9.44 IST: Indian batsman Saurabh Tiwary is the next batsman. His base price is Rs 30 lakh. Unsold9.43 IST: Former New Zealand captain is Ross Taylor. He has a base price of Rs 50 lakh. Unsold9.42 IST: England batsman Alex Hales is the next batsman. His base price is Rs 1 crore. Surprise, surprise he goes unsold.9.40 IST: Next up is Indian batsman Faiz Fazal. His base price is Rs 30 lakh. Unsold9.40 IST: Jason Roy is the third player in the auction today. He goes unsold.9.38 IST: SOLD! Morgan goes to Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs 2 crore.9.38 IST: The next player is England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan. His base price is Rs 2 crore.9.37 IST: Guptill, who had a base price of Rs 50,00,000, goes unsold.9.36 IST: Richard Madley picks the first player in the auction today. It is New Zealand opener Martin Guptill.This is my workplace for the rest of the day . That little gavel could be busy! #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/Bq4mwURJqu- Richard Madley (@iplauctioneer) 20 February 2017Take a look at how the franchises are placed in terms of their budget. VIVO #IPLAuction to begin shortly. Stay tuned pic.twitter.com/QqvnugJwEK- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 20 February 2017Brief Preview: There will be a strong focus on buying uncapped Indian players with eight franchises gearing up to pick a maximum of 76 out of the 352 players, who will go under the hammer at the auction for the 10th Indian Premier League, in Bengaluru on Monday.This is the last auction of the 10-year cycle after which all players are set to go back into the auction pool. While the maximum squad strength can be 27, most franchises like to keep squad base between 22 and 24.The base price ranges from Rs. 10 Lakh to Rs. 2 crore and there could be a clamour for uncapped Indian players based on their performances during the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.It will be interesting if Test specialist Ishant Sharma, not one of the most sought after players in the shortest format, invites bidders at a premium base price of Rs. 2 crore.At his base price and his erratic bowling in the format, Ishant is a tricky pick. Being a current India player is his only USP as franchises also need faces for brands to invest in them. (Read Full Preview)DWAYNE BRAVO’S INJURY BIG CONCERN FOR GUJARAT LIONS AHEAD OF AUCTIONSuresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions are praying hard for their star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo’s speedy recovery as they prepare for the Indian Premier League player auction scheduled in Bangalore on Monday.Bravo suffered hamstring injury in December last year during the Big Bash League in Australia. He underwent surgery last month and is still on the road to recovery.”We are keeping our fingers crossed. Bravo may not be available for the full season. I am in constant touch with him as he is undergoing the final phase of rehab in Miami,” Keshav Bansal, owner of Gujarat Lions, told India Today a day before the auction.With his extremely effective death bowling, Bravo played a big role in taking Gujarat Lions to the playoffs in their very first season in 2016. He took 17 wickets from 15 matches and along with Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and fellow West Indian Dwayne Smith, provided a perfect mix of Indian talent and foreign experience to his franchise.GANGULY ELIGIBLE BUT NOT GOING, PV SHETTY TO ATTEND AUCTIONSCricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly along with Mumbai Cricket Association joint Secretary Dr PV Shetty are the two erstwhile IPL governing council members deemed eligible to attend Monday’s auctions, but the former captain is not going to be present.According to reliable sources, only Dr Shetty and Ganguly have been sent feelers by BCCI to attend the meeting.”I am leaving for Bengaluru as CEO Rahul Johri asked me to attend the IPL auction as an erstwhile member. I don’t know about others,” Dr Shetty said.Ganguly, who is an eligible office bearer, will not be attending it as a source, privy to the developments, said “IPL GC members hardly have any role to play in auctions”.The erstwhile IPL GC included all office bearers along with Rajeev Shukla, Sourav Ganguly, MP Pandove, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Shetty. Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke are already ousted by Supreme Court.SENIOR BCCI OFFICIALS BARRED FROM ATTENDING PLAYERS AUCTIONThe Committee of Administrators (COA), headed by former CAG Vinod Rai, has barred three top BCCI officials from attending the Indian Premier League players auction scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on Monday.”CK Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary, Anirudh Chaudhry and any other persons who claim to be ex-officio members of the IPL GC on account of being office bearers of the BCCI shall not be entitled to attend the IPL Player Auctions since the issue regarding validity of the undertakings filed by such persons pursuant to the order dated 2nd January 2017 is still pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” the COA said in a statement.While Khanna is the BCCI’s senior-most vice president, Anirudh has been the treasurer. Amitabh, on the other hand, was serving as joint secretary before all three were rendered powerless following the institution of the COA.The COA said only those officials, who conform to the reforms made mandatory by the Supreme Court, would be eligible to attend the auction.
A cricket match in country Australia has turned ugly with a batsman shoulder-barging a celebrating bowler, knocking him over and sparking an onfield clash.The incident, which has gone viral online, came just days after cricket’s law-makers, the Marylebone Cricket Club, announced new rules to penalise bad on-field behaviour.Footage from the incident last weekend shows a paceman for Yackandandah in Victoria state running towards the Eskdale batsman after bowling him out.The celebration wasn’t appreciated with the batsman dropping his shoulder into him, knocking him to the ground.That prompted a fielder to charge at the batsman and push him over with fellow fielders rushing in to break up the melee.”I understand people are passionate about their sport and where they come from — they look after their hometowns — but this is overstepping the mark, and it’s a big overstep,” chair of the regional Albury Wodonga cricket competition Michael Erdeljac told Win News television.The bowler was slapped with a four-week suspended sentence, while the batsman and fielder were banned until January next year.The scuffle came in the wake of the MCC last week announcing that umpires would soon be given powers to send players from the field — temporarily or permanently — for a range of on-field discretions including acts of violence.Excessive appealing, showing dissent and intentionally making physical contact are among those offences umpires will be able to penalise under a new Code of Laws which will be issued this year.At the umpires discretion, they will be empowered to issue warnings, award penalty runs and send players from the field for bad behaviour.advertisement
Londoner are still in shock from the terror attack that took place outside the parliament in Westminster on Wednesday.Four people were killed and at least 29 injured by an assailant who sport utility car into a crowd of people on the Westminster Bridge. He also stabbed a police officer with a knife near the gates of the Houses of Parliament.The assailant was eventually shot down by police.Reports say that seven people arrested in connection to the attack.Londoners are still reeling under the shock of the attack, but believe that despite it, “London is still moving”.”Our flags are at half-mast, but London is still moving,” said a citizen.Watch the video of the Londoners expressing their shock here:
Swansea and Middlesbrough did little to alleviate their Premier League relegation worries with a 0-0 draw on Sunday.Swansea is only a point and a place above the relegation zone, while Middlesbrough is five points behind the south Wales club with a game in hand.The goalless draw highlighted the failings of both sides in front of goal and will encourage the teams around them.There was no shortage of endeavor or commitment, but neither side could provide the defining moment of quality that would have meant so much.Swansea suffered a blow before kick-off when top scorer Fernando Llorente was ruled out with a calf problem.Llorente has shown himself to be one of the best headers of the ball in the Premier League since he left Sevilla last summer and his absence hurt Swansea and boosted Boro in equal measure.On many occasions Swansea found themselves in decent crossing positions, but the ball had to be too precise to find Llorente’s replacement Jordan Ayew and a Boro defense well-marshalled by captain Ben Gibson coped comfortably.Boro had to withstand an early Swansea flurry that saw Martin Olsson fire over an angled shot and Ayew sting goalkeeper Victor Valdes’ hands from 20 yards.But the Middlesbrough defense stood increasingly firm, the real moments of Swansea danger in the first half coming from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s expert dead-ball delivery in which no home attacker could apply a telling touch.Boro’s threat was also fleeting in a first period that started brightly but quietened down as both teams began to settle.advertisementThe visitors looked to utilize the pace of Adama Traore on the break, one such lightning raid ending with Leroy Fer cautioned for a cynical trip.Alvaro Negredo and Stewart Downing had shots blocked in the same attack, the former bringing optimistic appeals for a penalty after the Spaniard’s shot had struck the arm of Alfie Mawson.But the Swansea defender’s arm was in a natural position and his close proximity to Negredo ensured that referee Bobby Madley was not interested in pointing to the spot.Tom Carroll went close to breaking the deadlock with a 25-yard drive that whistled past Valdes’ post as Boro reorganized with targetman Rudy Gestede replacing the injured Gaston Ramirez.The game’s most dangerous moments centred around its two best players, Sigurdsson and Traore.Sigurdsson had one tame effort before the Iceland international produced a delicious touch to find a yard of space and unleash a 25-yard strike that Valdes stretched to push away.At the other end Traore dragged his shot wide before outpacing Mawson and picking out Adam Clayton at the far post.Clayton headed the ball down into the path of Negredo, but Lukasz Fabianski was out quickly from his goal to prevent the striker from converting the chance.Negredo had another opening after 75 minutes when Gestede nodded down Bernado Espinosa’s long ball into his path. He did well to hold off Mawson but he was off balance when he took a shot that ended wide of Fabianski’s goal.Swansea had late opportunities when Sigurdsson’s free kick was deflected wide and Mawson’s goalbound header was cleared by Marten de Roon.But Gestede wasted an even better chance at the death when he sent his far-post header wide.
Following yesterday’s post about a new eGuide available free from Idealware (Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide), today I have five pieces of advice from the guide.1. IT TAKES TIME. If you want some success from using a social media channel, count on spending at least two hours a week on it.2. TWITTER IS A SPECIALIZED STREAM. Twitter skews older and more tech-savvy than other popular social media. It’s an interesting way to reach media, partners and skilled volunteers – but you have to post consistently, because people dip in and out of the stream of Tweets and won’t see most of what you say.3. SUCCESSFUL BLOGS TAKE TIME. You need a person or people passionate about posting and four to eight hours a week (or more!).4. DON’T WORRY ABOUT GOOGLE+ YET. It’s too early.5. MEASUREMENT MATTERS. Keep track of views, followers, engagement and conversion. And your own time!
Almost a year on from joining Arsenal in a swap deal which saw Alexis Sanchez go to Manchester United, the assessment of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s contribution to the Gunners is clear. Nine assists and five goals in 32 appearances looks like, on the face of it, a decent return for a player who was completely out of favour at Old Trafford, but the Armenian’s performances over the first half of this season suggest that he is struggling to show the form which saw him win Bundesliga Player of the Year three seasons ago.The 29-year-old has certainly been a more impactful signing than Sanchez, who is now sidelined with injury following a torrid few months where he has struggled to make a lasting impression under Jose Mourinho at United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mkhitaryan’s three assists on his debut against Everton demonstrated the contribution he can make, even if a series of inconsistent outings towards the back end of last season cast doubt on how talismanic a player he can be.His two goals and one assist from his 10 Premier League appearances this season can be deemed a relatively good return, but a poor showing against Bournemouth and being substituted at half-time of the north London derby demonstrate he lacks the consistency to be guaranteed a spot in the Arsenal starting XI.When asked to reflect on his first year at Arsenal, Mkhitaryan replied: “I would say it’s a bit too early to say something about it but I’m very pleased to be here and I’m trying my best.“It wasn’t very easy at the start but I kept working every day and game after game, I’m trying to improve my game.“I would say everything is going well, I’m very happy at the moment and I hope to continue in the same way.”Arsenal are blessed with riches in attack. From Mesut Ozil to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Aaron Ramsey to Alex Iwobi, there is no shortage of firepower up front where boss Unai Emery is concerned. For Mkhitaryan, a player whose confidence was shattered by Mourinho after he was left out of seven matchday squads, withdrawn in the FA Cup third round and criticised for not being “ready” physically and mentally, he has fought hard to prove himself in the Premier League.Possessed with a unique dribbling style and astute technical ability, Mkhitaryan’s telepathic partnership with Aubameyang was a key facet of Borussia Dortmund’s successful years. It has yet to be replicated as much at Arsenal, mainly due to the fact that Ozil has played behind the striker with Mkhitaryan operating in an inside right role and rarely finishing a game he started.“I think it makes your job easier [having world-class strikers],” said Mkhitaryan. “From the left side you have Auba, from the right side you have Lacazette, you can play in the middle where Mesut is taking position so it makes things more easy. It’s a [dream] for me and I think for the others as well.”The recent match against Bournemouth saw Mkhitaryan lose possession, struggle to trap the ball and unable to create chances for his team-mates. All players have their off days but it appears Mkhitaryan is reaching the latter stages of his career and is struggling with the fierce competition he faces at Arsenal right now. His relatively large salary is one reason why Ramsey is set to leave at the end of the season, with the Gunners withdrawing their contract offer to the Welshman.As Ramsey continues to impact matches and perform to the best of his ability, despite being able to sign a pre-contract with foreign teams in January, Mkhitaryan faces the prospect of having to fight for his Arsenal future, with the Gunners’ head of recruitment Sven Mislintat keen to make changes over the summer window, as a number of player contracts expire and several incomings are expected.Mourinho was certainly wrong about Mkhitaryan’s attitude, and Arsenal clearly got the better end of the swap deal, but it’s time for the Armenian to maintain a consistent run of form before he gets ousted from the starting line-up permanently. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Real Madrid suffered the club’s worst-ever home Champions League defeat on Tuesday as they were dumped out of the Champions League by Ajax in stunning fashion.Following a 2-1 first leg victory, Madrid appeared to have one foot in the quarter-finals as they headed back to Santiago Bernabeu for their second leg clash with the Dutch powerhouse.Los Blancos had not been eliminated in Europe after winning the first leg away from home since a 1994-95 UEFA Cup defeat to Odense Boldklub as they entered Tuesday’s clash as heavy favourites. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! 2 – Ajax are only the second team to eliminate Real Madrid from a European knockout tie having lost the first leg at home, after Odense Boldklub in the 1994-95 UEFA Cup. Shocker.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 5, 2019 However, it was Ajax who ran rampant from the offset, dominating the Spanish side en route to a 4-1 battering that sealed a 5-3 aggregate win for the Eredivisie side.As a result, Real Madrid are the first reigning Champions League winners to fail to qualify for the quarter-final stage since Chelsea in 2012-13 as the Blues were eliminated in the first knockout stage that season.The 4-1 scoreline was also the club’s worst-ever margin of defeat in a home knockout game in European competition, with the capital club having now lost four consecutive home matches at the Bernabeu for the first time since 2004, having done so only three times ever.That run started with a 2-1 loss to Girona on February 17 as Real Madrid looked ahead towards a pair of Clasicos with Barcelona.They lost the first 3-0 to fall out of the Copa del Rey while Saturday’s 1-0 defeat all but ended their La Liga hopes. Having scored four goals on Tuesday, Ajax are just the third away side to score four goals in a Champions League match at the Bernabeu, joining Bayern Munich in 2000 and Schalke in 2015.Ajax are unbeaten in each of their previous 48 Champions League matches in which they’ve scored the opening goal, while they now progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in 22 years.The last time the club won a knockout round tie was 1996-97 as they saw off Atletico Madrid in the quarter-final round that year.Next up for Real Madrid is a trip to Real Valladolid as Santiago Solari’s side plays for little more than pride over the remainder of the campaign.
Venus Williams rejected the suggestion she might be content to serve as an inspiration to younger players after her 6-1 0-6 7-5 defeat to fellow American Sloane Stephens in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday.The 37-year-old Williams was not amused when asked at her hastily-convened media conference if there was any consolation the younger generation of American players, three of whom made the semi-finals with her, have cited her as an inspiration.”To be honest, I’m definitely here to win my matches, not for consolations,” she said. “That definitely sums it up.”Asked about her plans for the immediate future, she was again succinct.”I will continue to play tennis. It’s nothing complicated.”Williams was undone by errors brought about by the defensive-minded Stephens, who managed to track down balls and stretched out rallies at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”It was definitely well competed,” she said.”In the end, she ended up winning more points than I did. That’s what it adds up to.”
Valencia coach Marcelino was sent off from the dugout for dissent before watching his side earn a barely deserved 2-0 win at Espanyol to stay in touch with Barcelona ahead of next week’s showdown against the Liga leaders.A rocket from Geoffrey Kondogbia put Valencia on ther way to victory midway through the second half soon after Marcelino received his marching orders and Santi Mina sealed the victory late in the game.Marcelino, who had opted to rest top scorer Simone Zaza and in-form winger Goncalo Guedes, saw his side survive a flurry of attempts from the hosts in both halves.Gerard Moreno struck the post while Sergio Garcia and former Valencia man Pablo Piatti narrowly missed the target.After his sending off, French midfielder Kondogbia broke the deadlock against the run of play with a deadly shot from the edge of the area in the 66th minute, his third goal of the season.Santi Mina then pounced on a defensive clanger from Espanyol’s Victor Sanchez in the 82nd minute to seal a club record eighth league win in a row for Valencia, who have emerged as unlikely candidates to jostle Barcelona for the Liga title.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid fell 10 points behind the Catalans following Saturday’s goalless local derby.Barca lead the standings on 34 points from 12 games, Valencia are second in 30, while Real are third and Atletico fourth, both on 24. Valencia host Barca next Sunday at Mestalla.
A fortunate 85th-minute goal from Brazilian Willian earned Premier League champions Chelsea a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday after Mohamed Salah’s 15th goal of the season looked to have given the hosts the three points.Just two minutes after coming on as a late substitute at Anfield, Willian whipped in an attempted cross from the right which floated over Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and into the net.Salah, who was outstanding for Liverpool, had put his team ahead in the 65th minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poked the ball away from a hesitant Tiemoue Bakayoko and the Egyptian pounced to fire past Courtois.The result leaves Chelsea in third place on 26 points, eight behind leaders Manchester City who play on Sunday, while Liverpool are fifth on 23 points.It had been an entertaining encounter on a chilly night on Merseyside and while the Londoners ended the happier with the result, a draw was a fair outcome.”I thought on reflection in the second-half we deserved to equal the game up,” said Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill.”They had some good spells in the first half, we had some in the second. They did cause us some problems at times and I’m sure we did them,” he said.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp pulled several surprises with his team selection, leaving strikers Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on the bench and giving a start to forward Daniel Sturridge and midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain.HAZARD THREATEden Hazard was bright and inventive for Chelsea and in the 21st minute produced the first effort on goal when he picked the ball up on the left flank, cut inside and his right-foot shot forced a good save out of Mignolet.advertisementHazard was the threat again moments later when his beautifully threaded pass split open the Liverpool defence and Mignolet had to respond quickly to beat Danny Drinkwater to the ball.It was a busy spell for Mignolet who pushed wide a fierce Davide Zappacosta shot in the 25th minute as Chelsea pushed hard for the opener.While Chelsea continued to look dangerous going forward, Liverpool struggled to find the same level of fluency and their best effort of the half came from Salah, four minutes before the interval, who jiggled to make some space for a left foot shot which curled just wide of Thibaut Courtois’s right-hand post.Liverpool came out strongly after the break and it took a superb block from Cesar Azpilicueta to stop a fierce Sturridge strike. But moments later Klopp’s side had the lead.Salah’s alertness allowed him to take advantage of the sloppiness from Bakayoko and the forward’s confidence was evident in his finish.Klopp promptly strengthened his midfield, taking off Sturridge for Georginio Wijnaldum, but that move did not have the desired effect as Chelsea began to gain the upper hand.Chelsea’s chance to level looked to have gone when Marcos Alonso volleyed wide from a promising position in the 82nd minute but Willian’s effort somehow found its way into the net, right in front of the wildly-celebrating Chelsea fans.There was still time for Salah to test Courtois again in injury time but in the end it was a result that will truly please only Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Parveen Rana and Vasilisa Marzaluik helped Veer Marathas inch closer to a semifinal berth by winning their respective bouts of the night to complete a 4-2 victory over Delhi Sultans in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) here.The 2017 world championship silver medallist, Vasilisa, breezed past Egypt’s Samar Hamza for a 6-0 win at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium.Commonwealth Championship silver medallist Rana set up the victory for the Marathas before her, by easily taking down Vinod Omprakash in the 74-kg category.Rana got off to a flying start as he scored two points in the first round; he survived a late scare though, as Vinod, who replaced injury hit Sushil Kumar, almost tied him down, to finish with a comprehensive 4-0 victory to give his side a 3-2 lead.#PWL3 #Day13 #ParveenRana @veermarathaz defeats #VinodOmprakash @DelhiSultans 4-0 in Men’s 74kgs bout #PWL3 #khelfauladi @NewsX @Inkhabar pic.twitter.com/beLVuGJnUr— Pro Wrestling League (@Official_PWL) January 21, 2018In the fourth bout of the day, down 1-2 in the tie, Marathas’ Marwa Amri (57-kg) romped past the 2017 Commonwealth Championship silver medallist Sangeeta Phogat to level the tie.Marwa pinned Sangeeta down for a comfortable 4-0 win in the first round itself.Earlier in the day, Veer Marathas won the toss and blocked World Champion Haji Aliev (65-kg) while the Sultans used the opportunity to put Ritu Malik out of action.In the lung opener, the Sultans got off to a winning start as Sandeep Tomar registered his fourth consecutive win, pinning his compatriot Naveen Kumar.advertisementSandeep dominated his opponent from the word go and came into his elements in the second round when he rolled his opponent and overpowered him with his might.Veer Marathas’ Ritu Phogat promptly restored parity, defeating African Championship gold medalist Maroi Meizen in a lop-sided affair.Maroi tried to put up a stiff defence but Ritu brought out all the tricks up her sleeve and took an impregnable 14-1 lead at the break. Ritu continued to overshadow her opponent and extended her lead to 17-1 to win on technical superiority.World Championship bronze medallist Aslan Alborov, however, maintained his unbeaten run in the league to help the Sultans regain the lead by winning the 92kg clash.In a clash between titans, Alborov narrowly beat Georgi Keteov of Veer Marathas 3-1 to give the Sultans a slight edge.Both wrestlers began cautiously, waiting for the other to make the big move.Alborov found an opening as the first period was drawing to a close, rolling his burly opponent to take a 3-0 lead.Keteov tried to fight back in the second period but just couldn’t find a way past Alborov’s defences.He managed to pick up a point but that was never going to be enough.(Source: PTI)
Cheteshwar Pujara spent almost 90 minutes and exactly 54 balls to get off the mark in the first day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Everyone in the dressing room was all smiles and Pujara himself couldn’t help but smirk. “It was one of the toughest pitches I’ve batted on. I really had to work hard to score runs,” he said after the end of days play.WATCHBy the time the umpires knocked down bails for the day, India had managed only 187 runs in their first innings. In reply South Africa finished on 6/1 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up the wicket of Aiden Markram.Pujara scored 50 off 179 balls, with an strike-rate of 27.93 but he was happy with the effort put up by the Indian batsmen, “Overall we batted well,” he said.”The runs on the board are sufficient and we can bowl them out. I think it’s a good batting effort at the end of the day.”Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first, something that has raised eyebrows and after looking at the pitch one needn’t wonder why.”Lot of deviation and it was initially very slow, but there was enough bounce in the pitch. There was a lot of lateral movement and a lot of deviation off the cracks. This was tougher than the Cape Town surface. We were just surviving out there,” Pujara said.He came together with skipper Kohli to repair the early damages inflicted on India’s openers by fiery South African bowlers. The pair stitched together an 84-run partnership to bail the visitors out, but couldn’t save, what felt like, the inevitable. Both departed soon after reaching their respective fifties.advertisement”A good partnership (with Virat) but we were getting beaten too. You’re never really in on this wicket and if we bowl well, we are in with a good chance,” he said.
Vivo is certainly not waiting on its competition when it comes to being the “first” in introducing new features and technology in smartphones. After recently unveiling the world’s first phone with an under display fingerprint sensor, the X20 Plus UD, Vivo is now set to launch the world’s first phone to sport a mammoth 10GB of RAM. The Xplay7 will not only come with massive memory, but is also expected to sport a 4K display and an in-display fingerprint sensor, among other things.The Vivo Xplay7 is set to go big when it is announced in Spring. So far, we’ve seen smartphones with memory as high as 8GB. And if you thought that was an overkill, Vivo is planning to take things up a notch by introducing 10 gigs of RAM in the Xplay7. As far as internal storage is concerned, the smartphone will likely be offered in two options – 256GB and 512GB. Like most other high-end smartphones this year, the Xplay7 is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. Notably, this will be Vivo’s first phone since the Xplay6 to carry Qualcomm’s processor.As per past reports, the upcoming smartphone will sport a bezel-less design with an impressive 92.9 screen-to-body ratio. The handset is also expected to sport a fingerprint sensor under the display courtesy Synaptics, which provided the sensors for the X20 Plus UD as well. Additionally, the Xplay7 is expected to feature a dual rear camera setup with 4X lossless zoom and a next-gen facial recognition solution or Face Unlock 2.0.advertisementALSO READ: Vivo X20 Plus UD with in-display fingerprint sensor goes officialThe Vivo Xplay7 will succeed the Xplay6 that was launched late 2016. To recall, the Xplay6 came with a dual curved Quad HD(1440×2560) display and was powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor with 6GB of RAM. As of now, nothing has been revealed regarding the price and availability of the smartphone. We’ll know more as we approach its launch later this year.<br />
Luis Suarez once more made it to the scoreboard as FC Barcelona stayed on course for a place in the final of Copa del Rey for a record fifth straight year.Barcelona edged past Valencia 1-0 on Thursday in the first leg of the semi-final, leaving Valencia needing two goals to win the second leg at Mestalla next Thursday.While Barcelona aim to defend their title, which they won against Alaves last season, Valencia are looking to make it to their first Copa del Rey final in a decade.Despite being a Cup semi-final against one of the top teams in the league, only 50,000 fans made it to Barca’s 99,000-capacity Nou Camp stadium after heavy rain throughout the day.ALSO WATCHSuarez broke Valencia’s resolve by leaping to meet a cross from Lionel Messi in the 67th minute, scoring a 12th goal in 10 games in all competitions.Barca defender Sergi Roberto risked getting sent off but was only booked for a wild lunge on Andreas Pereira, who was unable to come out in the second half and had to be substituted.”We dominated the play but they had a plan, which was to leave here with a result that kept the tie open and they defended well. It’s not a big advantage and there’s still a long way to go in the tie,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.Valencia were trounced 7-0 on their last Cup visit to Barcelona when Gary Neville was in charge and coach Marcelino opted for a cautious approach, with his side having under 20 percent possession at one point in the game.advertisementThe visitors’ best chances came from distance strikes at goal, with Martin Montoya and Francis Coquelin narrowly missing the target either side of halftime.”It’s not a good result for us but we deserve credit for how we competed,” Marcelino said.”It makes the tie very difficult but keeps it alive. We’re going to fight with all our strength to win the tie. It might seem impossible but we’ll try and pull off a miracle.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
New Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) FMCG major Cargill India today partnered GMR Group-owned IPL cricket team Delhi Daredevils as its principal sponsor for the 2018 season.Cargill India will promote its NatureFresh brand under this association. The company sells edible oils and wheat flour under this brand.Besides, two-wheeler major Suzuki Motorcycle India under its brand Suzuki Gixxer has tied up with the Delhi Daredevils (DD) as principal sponsor. Whereas Japanese air conditioning brand Daikin will continue to sponsor the DD team for next three years.Announcing the tie up, Cargill India MD Deoki Muchhal said: “NatureFresh as a brand represents active living and this association with a sporting event is a natural extension of the brand ethos.”The logo of the brand NatureFresh will be sported on the back of DD team jersey beginning this season and will launch joint campaigns.The brand association will be for all three sub-brands under its portfolio — NatureFresh Acti-life Refined oils, NatureFresh Sampoorna Chakki Atta and NatureFresh Professional, he added.DD Chief Executive Hemand Dua said, “The brand with its loyal consumer base will work as the perfect addition to our squad, allowing us to expand our reach over a wider audience. PTI LUX SBT
Fashion, just like history, repeats itself. From flared pants to skinny jeans, almost every fashion trend comes back, while new trends are constantly being worked on. It’s the amalgamation of the old and new, which gives this field an expansive ground for experimentation and innovation.While we’ve seen a lot trends take over 2018, what’s actually making our hearts flutter is the comeback of the traditional sharara.Apart from entertaining us with their acting performances, Bollywood celebs are also the trailblazers of the latest trends. From making pant-suits look spiffy to reincarnating the saree, Bollywood beauties have changed the way one looks at fashion. And just like every other time, it is these divas who have made shararas look trendy, again.Also Read: Everything else is okay, Manushi Chhillar, but you really need to change this one thingDeepika PadukoneDuring the promotions of her recently released film Padmaavat, Deepika, who was at the top of her fashion-game made sure she left us wanting more after every appearance. Amidst the innumerable stunning looks she bestowed upon us, we couldn’t get over the teal-green sharara she sported. The embellished sharara looked grand, but what really worked for the look was Nehru-collar kurta she sported it with. Deepika Padukone sporting a green sharara. Picture courtesy: Instagram/bollfashionfiestaDivyanka Tripathi Clad in a maroon sharara, Divyanka left us impressed with her choice of the regal colour, and the way she pulled off the look. We really liked how she infused a chic element, cold-shoulder, in this traditional outfit, and tried to keep it trendy.advertisement Divyanka Tripathi sporting a maroon sharara. Picture courtesy: Instagram/divyankatripathiAlso Read: We don’t know how to feel about Malaika Arora’s shimmery outfitMalaika Arora Clad in a cream-hued sharara, Malaika looked radiant. The golden brocade work on the sharara looked resplendent, and really stood out against elegant-looking, cream colour. Malaika had draped a sheer dupatta, which boasted of heavy and majestic-looking embellishments, while adding a touch of royalty to her look. Malaiak Arora sporting a cream sharara. Picture courtesy: Instagram/malaikaaroaofficialSince shararas are all the rage this season, we are waiting for more celebs to show us how to ace this traditional outfit.
Muhammed Anas Yahiya missed a Bronze at the Men’s 400m Final by a whisker at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast but managed to break the national record by clocking 45.31 on Tuesday.Anas clocked the timing of 45.31 in the race to finish fourth while Botswana managed a 1-2 with Isaac Makwala and Baboloki Thebe bagging the Gold and Silver, respectivwely. Jamaica’s Javon Francis bagged the bronze medal after clocking 45.11 seconds.Anas, who finished with the timing of 45.31, broke his own national record of 45.32 seconds in the 400m category, which he created in the Indian Grand Prix.Anas had pulled off a stunning performance in the Men’s 400m semi-final, finishing with the timing of 45.44 seconds to qualify for the final. Anas’ timing was the fourth-fastest among all the qualifiers while Botswana’s Isaac Makwala finished the fastest.#Indian @muhammedanasyah will be in action at 5.18pm(IST) in 400m final of #GC2018Athletics Here’s clip of SF-3 yesterday 4 all who missed it”Look how well the Indian is running” #CommentatorShock All d best Anas @GC2018 Shock him againThnks @SonyLIV @ioaindia @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/thDz9zLmIOAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 10, 2018Anas became only the second Indian man to make it to the finals of the one-lap event at the quadrennial Games after the legendary Milkha Singh who won Gold in the 440 yards race at Cardiff 1958.Commonwealth Games 2018: Medals TallyCommonwealth Games 2018: Full CoverageLast year in the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, Anas had won the gold medal clocking 45.77 seconds.advertisementOn the other hand, Hima Das qualified for Women’s 400m Final after finishing with a timing of 51.53 seconds in the Semi-final.Many many Congrats Hima Das #ProudIndian thts a huge achievement girl. Through to the 400m finals with timing of 51.53s @GC2018 #ShareTheDream #GC2018 @ioaindia @kaypeem @IndiaSports @thefield_in @SonyLIV @Media_SAI @DGSAI @g_rajaraman @VishankRazdan @AndrewAmsan @PTI_News pic.twitter.com/GJjtFmhPFRAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 10, 2018Earlier in the day, Heena Sidhu smashed the Games record to win Gold for India in the final of the women’s 25m Pistol event. Sidhu created the record when she shot a total of 38. On Sunday, she had won Silver in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol.Annu Singh, however, disappointed as she finished in sixth after managing only a total of 15 before being eliminated. Chain Singh and Gagan Narang also disappointed in 50m Rifle Prone Men’s Shooting Finals.Boxer’s Naman Tanwar, Amit Phangal, Manoj Kumar and Satish Kumar assured India of medals after they secured their spot in their respective weight category semi-finals.The Indian Men’s Hockey team and the women’s hockey team also booked their spot in the semis after beating Malaysia 2-1 and South Africa 1-0, respectively.India’s para-weightlifter Sachin Chaudhary bagged a bronze medal in Men’s Heavyweight Para Powerlifting after lifting his personal best of 201.0.