first_imgTN govt provides Rs 50 lakh for World Junior Squash eventChennai, Jul 17 (PTI) The Tamil Nadu government has givenRs 50 lakh towards the conduct of the World Junior SquashChampionship, which is commencing here tomorrow.Chief Minister K Palaniswami presented a cheque for theamount to Tamilnadu Squash Rackets Association President NRamchandran yesterday, an official release said.The fund was given in response to a plea by theassociation, an official release said today.Over 170 participants from 28 countries including hostsIndia, Egypt, Australia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore andScotland, are competing in the tournament being held fromtomorrow till July 29.The release also said Palaniswami inaugurated variousfacilities at the Tamil Nadu Physical Education And SportsUniversity at Melakottaiyur in neighbouring Kancheepuramdistrict.The Chief Minister inaugurated the facilities, constructedat Rs 16.03 crore, through video-conferencing from here, itadded. PTI SAVSVSVSlast_img read more

Honda issues recall for 96,900 SUVs in China, runs checks on two models

first_imgHonda Motor Co on Monday said it will recall 96,900 Avancier sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China, due to a cold-climate engine problem that has already led to hundreds of thousands of its vehicles being recalled earlier this year.The midsize Avancier is produced and sold in the world’s biggest auto market by one of Honda’s two local joint ventures. Honda said it was looking at two other models in China to see if they were facing the same problem.The recall is linked to a problem caused by an unusual amount of un-combusted petrol collecting in the engine’s lubricant oil pan. The issue in some cases caused a strong odor of gasoline inside the car and in other cases, the car’s check engine light came on, Honda has said.This does not affect the engine’s performance and there have been no reports of accidents because of this particular issue, the automaker added.Earlier this year, the cold-climate engine issue prompted the Tokyo-headquartered automaker to recall 130,000 of its popular CR-V SUV models and 294,500 Civic cars in China.The company is currently studying to see if the same issue is affecting the Honda Jade car and the UR-V crossover SUV, Honda spokesman Zhu Linjie said.”If it is so determined that these models are also being affected by the same engine issue, Honda will announce measures to deal with it,” Zhu told Reuters.The quality issue has led to a slump in Honda’s business in the country. Its sales fell for a sixth straight month in July, down 7.8 percent from a year earlier to 105,960 vehicles.advertisementDuring the first seven months of 2018, Honda’s sales volume in China fell 6.6 percent from a year ago to 715,060 vehicles.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Dinesh Karthik rues dropped catches after KKR slump to 102-run defeat

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were absolutely decimated by Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Eden Gardens in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday slumping to 102-run loss and falling out of the top four in the points table.KKR captain Dinesh Karthik accepted that there were too many runs on the board and rued the dropped catches that eventually cost them the match.Evin Lewis was dropped by Kuldeep Yadav early on even though he was dismissed in just the next over. Nitish Rana dropped Rohit Sharma at just one run in the 12th over and that proved to be fatal as the captain went on to score 36 runs, hitting two boundaries and a six.”200 is always a big ask. We didn’t bat well enough. If we had held on to our catches, you never know. It was a good batting wicket,” Karthik said after the match.Also read – IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: Ishan Kishan lifts Mumbai to 4th on points tableKarthik admitted that the loss of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn within the powerplay pegged KKR back immensely as they were chasing a humungous total.”When you lose wickets in the powerplay, you are always playing catch up. We weren’t in the game after the powerplay,” Karthik added.Despite the huge loss and disappointment, Karthik asked his men to lift up their spirits and better their game. He said such losses can affect the team’s morale and here is exactly where he as a leader would like to come into play.advertisementSee Photos – IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: MI inflict 102-run loss on KKR”We just took it as a normal game. Chin up for the boys and keeping moving forward. We need to rise our skill levels and that is the most important thing. This kind of losses can put you down and that is where I as a leader need to stand up. Be honest about it. We need to believe and I have to make them believe we can make it to the playoffs,” Karthik concluded.Ishan Kishan proved to be the major difference between the two sides as the youngster smacked a 21-ball 62 to propel MI to 210/6.Also read – Shah Rukh Khan returns from Sonam Kapoor’s wedding to cheer for KKRMI were cautious and struggling early on and even lost their openers Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav cheaply. However, after a first-ball jitter, Kishan smashed every other ball to the ropes and batted life into the MI innings.In his 82-run partnership with captain Rohit Sharma, the latter’s contribution was a mere 20 runs as the 19-year-old on the other side of the pitch hit the balls away with utmost ease.At the death, a brilliant cameo of 24 off 9 deliveries by Ben Cutting set things up for MI brilliantly and from there, the bowlers took the initiative and silenced the Eden Gardens crowd.None of the KKR batsmen could hold on and play the required innings as regular wickets from MI meant Kolkata were chasing the game throughout.Two crucial runs outs of Chris Lynn and Karthik put MI in absolute control from where, KKR only played for a better Net Run Rate (NRR).However, others failed to step up when required and eventually KKR slipped to the fifth place while MI rose to the fourth spot in the points table.last_img read more

British scientists create 3D-printed meals

first_imgLondon, Oct 8 (PTI) British scientists have created 3D-printed meals for a school in east London to inspire an interest in science subjects among young pupils. Scientists from the annual Big Bang Fair, which promotes science, technology and maths (STEM) subjects, worked with St Helen’s Primary School in Canning Town to create dishes such as geometric fish and chips, cauliflower cogs and a pie in the shape of the mathematical constant of ‘Pi’ as part of the project. “We were delighted when the Big Bang Fair approached us to be part of the 3D-printed school dinners project,” said Claire O’Sullivan, a teacher at the school. “Demonstrating STEM in this way is a fantastic opportunity to allow our pupils to see innovative technology first-hand and there is nothing that gets them more excited than bringing classroom learning to life,” she said. The meals, served during school lunchtime this week, followed a survey by the Big Bang Fair that found 71 per cent of 11-16-year-olds think it is crucial to have access to this kind of technology at school not just in science labs and classrooms, but the school gym, playground and even the canteen, with 40 per cent believing it will enable them to learn something while they eat. “Our research and this trial show just how big an appetite there is amongst young people to experience new technologies,” said Beth Elgood from EngineeringUK, organisers of the Big Bang Fair. “Building on young people’s curiosity about how they might shape the world in the future and inspiring them to think about where their science, technology, engineering and maths studies might take them, is what the Big Bang Fair and Competition are all about,” she said.advertisement The team hopes the futuristic meals, being dished out by the school’s cooks alongside engineers, will inspire children to take up careers in STEM-related fields. Brenda Yearsley, UK Schools and Education Development Manager, Global Social Innovation Team at Siemens, a long term supporter of the Fair, added, “3D printing is fast becoming a mainstream technology but that makes it no less groundbreaking and exciting, with a vast number of applications across sectors, from medicine to motor sports, improving lives across the board and enabling STEM specialists to make ever bigger leaps and bounds in their fields”. PTI AK KUNKUNlast_img read more

Inside Malaika Arora’s New Year’s Eve celebrations: Unbelievably crazy workout

first_imgMalaika Arora is one of the most fittest celeb of Bollywood. The 45-year-old always proves that age is just a number if you take care of yourself and your body.She is often spotted heading to the gym, to train in Pilates, and also shares her workout videos with her fans.Recently, she took to Instagram to ring in the New Year by nailing a very difficult pose with her trainer Namrata Purohit, and it will give you the right kind of Monday motivation. Malaika Arora with her gym trainerShe posted the picture with the caption, “#malaikasmondaymotivation ….. bye 2018 ….willl see in 2019 #namratapurohit.”In the post, Malaika can be seen doing a headstand with Namrata. She perfectly nailed the difficult pose, yet made it look so flawless and simple.For the workout, she donned a black sports bra with black gym tights, a messy top-knot and a bare face.Earlier, Malaika had also shared a stunning picture of herself celebrating the last Sunday of 2018.Malaika’s workout videos are always an inspiration to stop being lazy, get out of bed and get fit.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora stuns in Rs 1.7 lakh jacket and Rs 90k shoesALSO WATCH | Malaika-Arjun to make it official soonadvertisementlast_img read more

Trial production begins at Kia Motors’ Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgSouth Korean automaker Kia Motors has commenced trial production at its new 536-acre manufacturing facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. The facility will be used for producing the SP2i SUV, which is based on the Kia SP Concept first showcased at Indian Auto Expo 2018.Trial production of the SP2i will enable Kia to synchronize and fine-tune the brand’s manufacturing equipments and technologies before series production commences later in 2019. The SUV is expected to bring Kia’s standards for quality to the Indian market, as well as the brand’s reputation for modern design and technology.If rumours are to be believed, SP2i SUV will be launched in India in the second half of 2019. It might be priced between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom) and will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and soon-to-be launched Mahindra XUV300.There is no official word about the engine and power details of SP2i, but it is expected that it will come in both petrol and diesel variants and have manual as well as automatic transmissions. It will come in with a bold grille and projector headlamps.The automaker also strengthened its Future Mobility Partnership with the Andhra Pradesh government by handing over a new Kia Soul EV (electric vehicle), which is part of Kia’s growing portfolio of advanced and eco-friendly powertrains.Kia’s new Anantapur manufacturing facility is capable of an annual production capacity of up to 3 lakh units. It is expected to create more than 3,000 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs across the state, the company claims. An investment of USD 2 billion in the facility has been made by the automaker and its vendor partners. The new facility employs the latest production technologies, with more than 300 robots automating the press, body and paint shops.advertisementThe Anantapur manufacturing facility houses a five-acre training facility offering a basic technical course in automobile, in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation, helping develop manufacturing skills among the youth. Another important aspect of the facility is safety performance during vehicle production. It is also equipped with high-end robotics and artificial intelligence technologies and uses environmentally-conscious techniques, such as 100 per cent water recycling, to fulfill the company’s responsibilities for developing sustainable and mutually-beneficial production practices.The trial operations began with a launch ceremony at the Anantapur plant, in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and South Korean Ambassador Shin Bongkil. The ceremony was also attended by Han-Woo Park, President and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation, and Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and CEO of Kia Motors India.ALSO READ | Land Rover launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition, price starts at Rs 53.77 lakhALSO READ | White most preferred colour choice among Indian car buyers in 2018ALSO READ | Tata Motors makes ABS standard safety feature across all Tiago and Tigor variantslast_img read more

Is this how Varun Dhawan is planning to celebrate his birthday?

first_imgVarun Dhawan, who will turn 32 on Wednesday (April 24), is planning to ring in his birthday with his school friends in Thailand, according to a newspaper. The actor and his buddies jetted off to the country for a week-long holiday on Sunday night.A source close to Varun revealed that on the to-do list is camping and attending training sessions of Muay Thai (a form of close-combat that uses eight points of contact in the body as weapons).”Varun, who is a sports enthusiast, wanted to do something different for his birthday this time and settled on learning the Thai sport, which is also known as the ‘art of eight limbs’ as it is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. The party will also explore beaches and the local cuisine,” the insider revealed.After the short getaway, Varun will resume shooting for Remo D’Souza’s Street Dancer 3D, which is touted to be the most expensive dance film that Bollywood has ever seen. The film also features Shraddha Kapoor, Nora Fatehi and Prabhudheva in key roles.Initially, when Street Dancer 3D was announced, fans thought it would be the next installment of the ABCD franchise. However, director Remo D’Souza and producer Bhushan Kumar rubbished the news and said that though both are centred around dance, there are no similarities between them.Buzz is that Varun will be seen playing a boy from Punjab in Street Dancer, while Shraddha will be seen as a Pakistani dancer. Both their characters will be based in the UK, where a major portion of the film will be shot.advertisementStreet Dancer, which will be shot in 3D, is scheduled to hit the theatres on November 8 this year.ALSO READ: Varun Dhawan reveals trolls attacking girlfriend Natasha Dalal hurt him the mostALSO READ: Varun Dhawan reveals his brother Rohit Dhawan is his biggest trollALSO WATCH: Varun Dhawan on nepotism, Judwaa 2 and how to woo a girllast_img read more

Langer defends Australia’s decision to leave out Hazlewood for 2019 World Cup

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer has defended the decision to leave Josh Hazlewood out of the World Cup squad, saying the paceman lacked match fitness as he recovers from a back injury.Hazlewood, who partnered left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson during Australia’s 2015 World Cup triumph, expressed his frustration last week at first missing out on a place in the initial squad for England and then being overlooked as Jhye Richardson’s replacement.Richardson, ruled out with a shoulder injury, was replaced by namesake Kane Richardson, with Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile the other pace bowlers picked.”He just hasn’t been playing any cricket,” Langer said in England of the 28-year-old Hazlewood, who has claimed 72 wickets in 44 ODI matches.”He’s come off a second stress fracture in his back and while he’s just starting to get up and running in the nets now – I think he’s played six white ball games in the last 18 months – that’s T20 and one-day cricket.”We know he’s a great bowler. He’s a brilliant bowler, but it was just such bad timing for him.”World champions Australia head into the tournament on the back of an eight-match winning streak, including series wins away to Pakistan and India.Much of the focus on Aaron Finch’s team will follow former captain Steve Smith and David Warner, who are back in the squad after serving 12-month bans for ball-tampering.Both played key roles in the 2015 tournament and have made plenty of runs in the leadup to England, with Warner top scoring in the Indian Premier League and Smith smashing two half-centuries off an understrength New Zealand in an unofficial warmup series in Brisbane.advertisementLanger said both players were champing at the bit.”It’s been hilarious for me, because whether on the Anzac Cove or in the lunchroom or we’re on the bus playing cards, (Smith’s) just shadow batting the whole time,” he said.”He loves batting – he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower – I’m not joking.”They’ve (Smith and Warner) had 12 months to have a good think about a mistake they and the team made. I’m sure they’ll be better people for that.”Australia play their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Bristol on June 1. The tournament starts on May 30.Also Read | Steve Smith reminds Justin Langer of Sachin Tendulkar: He’s shadow batting in showerAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Australia look to make 6th triumph a realistic possibilitylast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 9T appears on Geekbench site with Redmi K20 specs and high benchmark score

first_imgMi 9T is the next Xiaomi phone and it is launching on June 12. So far we have heard a lot about the Xiaomi Mi 9T, thanks to the innumerable leaks and rumours making rounds on the internet. Just a few days ahead of the launch the Xiaomi Mi 9T has been spotted on Geekbench benchmarking site with all the key specs and performance score. Going in line with the past leaks, the Geekbench listing also suggests that the Mi 9T will be a rebranded version of Redmi K20.The benchmark listing reveals that the Xiaomi Mi 9T will run on Android 9 Pie and like every Xiaomi phone the software will be customised by the company’s own MIUI skin. The listing further reveals that the Mi 9T will come packed with 6GB RAM. We believe there will be other RAM models available too. The Geekbench listing notes “davinci” in the motherboard section.To recollect before the launch of the Redmi K20 the phone was spotted on Geekbench with the same davinci codenamed processor. This indirectly suggests that the Mi 9T will come with Snapdragon 730 processor like the Redmi K20. Coming to the benchmark score now. The Geekbench listing reveals that the Mi 9T has managed to score 2,540 in single-core and 6,911 in multi-core.Having said that, until now, it looks like the Mi 9T will sport the same specs sheet as the Redmi K20. This means the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9T will come with pop-up camera mechanism, triple cameras on the back panel and Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 that is announced by Qualcomm only last month. As far as the specs are concerned the Mi 9T aka Redmi K20 includes 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 20MP pop-up selfie camera, 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear camera setup, 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, among others.advertisementAhead of the launch the Xiaomi Mi 9T is seen listed on a Bulgaria retail website that reveals the price of the phone. The listing shows the Mi 9T price to be 649 Lev that roughly translates to Rs 25,800. This price is for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. We expect, similar to Redmi K20 the Mi 9T will also be available in several RAM and storage variants. Notably, Xiaomi is yet to officially reveal the price of the Mi 9T.In China, the Redmi K20 comes in two variants. The 6GB RAM+64GB storage version comes for 1999 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,000) while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model comes for 2099 Yuan that translates to Rs 21,000.Notably, the Xiaomi Mi 9T will not come to India. Instead, Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi K20 in the country in the next 6 weeks.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 will go on sale from tomorrow: All you need to know and should you buy itALSO READ | New Dish TV game gives free monthly subscription, requires predicting winning cricket teams ALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India launch by mid-July, will not be rebranded Poco F2 and Poco F2 Prolast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Things can go haywire if you approach this game too emotionally, Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli said sticking to a set template helped India defeat Pakistan for the 7th time in World Cup history. This was one of the most highly-anticipated cricket matches in history but India kept their calm to secure an 89-run win (DLS).On the eve of India vs Pakistan game at Old Trafford, Kohli said his team would be isolated from the hype surrounding the match. On Sunday at Old Trafford, Kohli and his men walked the talk. They appeared confident and executed their plans perfectly after being put in to bat.India had lost to Pakistan in the last ODI the two countries played against each other in England – the Champions Trophy final. But on Sunday, India showed why they are so much better than Pakistan now. Kohli said his team did not approach the match with the same emotions as the fans and that helped.”I think they outplayed us in the Champions Trophy final, but apart from that we have played good cricket against them. If you focus on this game with too much emotion, things can go haywire. We never approach these games from the fans’ atmosphere, but as cricketers we need to be professional and understand what needs to be done on the field,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Kohli heaped praise on man-of-the-match Rohit Sharma and his bowlers who set up a convincing victory.”The template has been really nice in the first three games till now – Rohit single-handedly winning us in the first game, a team effort in the second and today was Rohit’s day again. You could say that to get to 330, you need a team effort, KL set a great foundation with Rohit and Rohit after getting to 70-75 is unstoppable and he showed again why he’s such a good ODI player,” Kohli said. “It allowed me to play a certain kind of role and it allowed Hardik to come and explode in the end. It has worked till now, gives us a lot of solidity in the middle and it is a role that I am happy playing for the team. It is going really nicely at the moment. Kuldeep was brilliant, those guys were only trying to play him out..”advertisementVirat Kohli once again led by example. He had scored 82 against Australia at The Oval on June 9. A week later, he made a stylish 77 and watched from the other end as Rohit Sharma sent Pakistan on a leather hunt across Old Trafford.Kohli was elated with India’s clinical performance. Every player has stepped up in the World Cup so far. With 3 wins from 4 matches (1 no result because of rain), India are strong contenders to reach the semi-finals. After a 6-day break, India will take on Afghanistan on June 22.Before the high-profile match, Virat Kohli had said his team would take the Pakistan contest like any other. Kohli appeared relaxed when he spoke to the media and was just as assured on the field when he came out to join Rohit Sharma after a 136-run opening stand for India by Rohit and KL Rahul.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Wasn’t thinking of double hundred when I got out, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Pakistan, Sarfaraz Ahmed trolled after heavy defeat to IndiaAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, bowlers make it 7-0 for India vs Pakistan in World CupsAlso Watch:last_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Vijay Shankar proved himself, has had a dream start to World Cup, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar heaped rich praise on Vijay Shankar, saying the all-rounder had a dream start to his World Cup campaign.Tendulkar’s comments came after Vijay Shankar came up with an impressive bowling performance against Pakistan in India’s 89-run (DLS) win at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday. With the dominant win in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 meeting, India made it 7-0 against their arch-rivals at the biggest stage of world cricket.India vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Highlights | ReportShankar, who was slotted in the playing XI, to replace the injured Shikhar Dhawan made a handy contribution with the bat, scoring 15 runs in as many balls as India posted a mamoth total of 336 for 5 in 50 overs.However, Shankar stole the show with the ball, picking up a wicket off the first ball in his World Cup campaign. Shankar, replacing an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar as early as the 5th over, got the ball to swing back into Imam-ul-Haq and had the Pakistan opener trapped in front.Shankar then came back to get the big wicket of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in the 35th over just before a rain interruption in Manchester. Pakistan needed 136 runs off 30 balls following the rain break after which it was just India’s turn to complete the formalities.Speaking to India Today after India’s emphatic win, Sachin Tendulkar said Vijay Shankar’s inclusion was indeed the right move by the team management.”I thought his [Vijay Shankar’s] inclusion was correct and he proved himself. Picking the wicket off the first ball was a dream start for him. the moment that is realised now things are easing down a bit. Before they could press the gas hard, Vijay Shankar hurt them. Bhuvi set Imam up beautifully. Virat made the right move,” Sachin Tendulkar said.advertisement”We need to understand from Shankar’s point of view because he was bowling in the powerplay. So he was backed to go out and deliver,” Tendulkar added.Sachin Tendulkar also lauded the fast bowler’s effort in keeping the Pakistan batsmen quiet during their defence of 337.Despite not picking up wickets after Shankar’s strike, the likes of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah kept things tight agianst Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq.”Upfront the fast bowlers bowled really well and kept things under control. I would also like to applaud how everyone fielded. We built pressure through our fielding. The difference between the two sides was we batted and bowled much better than them but fielding was at a different level.”Also Read | Sarfaraz Ahmed was confused, Pakistan lacked imagination, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Vijay Shankar joins elite list with wicket off first ball in World CupsAlso Read | Things can go haywire if you approach this game too emotionally, Virat Kohlilast_img read more

We have a plan for Andre Russell: Yuzvendra Chahal warns West Indies

first_imgThey have the license to thrill in cash-rich T20 leagues but the likes of Andre Russell will feel “situational pressure” in their World Cup game against India, feels leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.West Indies are all but out of semi-final contention having lost four out of their six games and Russell’s hamstring issues have compounded their problems further.Chahal, who has had a good World Cup so far with seven wickets from four games at a decent economy rate of 5.45, will be ready to ask questions along with wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav, who has given less than five runs per over.”We would obviously have a plan. He (Russell) is a hard-hitter but we have bowled to him enough,” Chahal replied when asked about the possible gameplan for Russell and the other big-hitters in their line-up.The wiry leg-spinner, who is ready with his bag of tricks for the June 27 battle, is certain that the Caribbean batsmen will be under severe pressure as they are desperate for a win.”Playing for your country is very different from playing IPL. The pressure to win games is as much on them as it is on us. Look they are desperate to win. They are also trying to get some form back. So the conditions will be different and so will be the situation,” Chahal had a word of caution for the opposition.Nursing a hamstring injury, Russell didn’t play in West Indies’ five-run defeat against New Zealand in their last game.However with all his pyrotechnics, the Jamaican marauder may come to the crease when the Windies might be four out for next to nothing and he would need to play as per situation, reckoned Chahal.advertisement”If Russell comes in after four have got out, then he would also be conscious that he would like to play himself in. So we would also be changing our tactics as per game situation,” he said.The Afghanistan game has been like a reassurance for the bowling unit that they can deliver even when the margins are lesser due to a low total.”This was one occasion when we scored below 230 (224). There would be some negative points that would come up and also a few positive points. When you win these types of games, you are confident that even scores less than 250 can be defended,” he said.For Chahal, the big positive in a not so impressive batting performance was Kedar Jadhav’s half-century at a time when the pitch was difficult for batting.”In the first innings, the positive was the manner in which Kedar batted when the pitch was offering turn. At the onset, we had thought of a score of around 270 but they bowled so well, then we readjusted the target in our minds. We were confident even 30 runs less would have done the job,” he sounded assured.The idea was to test themselves while defending a low total as skipper Virat Kohli had also mentioned. The primary aim for him and Kuldeep Yadav was to bowl as many dot balls as possible during the middle overs.”From the start, the intent was to keep up the pressure and bowl more dot balls, so that during the final overs, their asking rate should be 6 or 6.5, which at least bring the bowlers back in the game.”If it’s an asking rate of 4 or 5 per over, and the field is open and the ball is a bit old, it won’t swing. The aim was to increase the dot-ball percentage in the first 25 overs. Sometimes you can’t even defend 350 and sometimes, you can defend even 250. It’s all about mindset,” he concluded.Also Read | Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for Bangladesh vs AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du PlessisAlso Seelast_img read more

T20 win in India gave us confidence to win World Cup: Cummins

first_imgAustralian fast bowler Pat Cummins has revealed that the T20 series win in India provided the team with the belief and confidence that they could win the ongoing World Cup.”I think that Indian series win, probably the T20 series win, to be honest (was when I realised we could give the World Cup a shake),” Cummins was quoted as saying by news.com.au.He pinpointed the T20 match in Bengaluru in which Glenn Maxwell scored a brilliant hundred and won the game for the Aussies.Chasing 191 at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium on February 27, Maxwell scored an unbeaten 113 off just 55 balls as Australia crossed the line with two balls to spare.”At Bangalore, Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) hit a hundred and we won seemingly out of nowhere. It gave us a real confidence, the best side in the world, in their own conditions,” said Cummins.”It really felt like a special group, a couple of really special wins where we felt like we could win from anywhere.”It’s pretty infectious when you have that feeling around the group. Luckily, we have held on to it,” he added.”After the T20 series, the Aaron Finch-led side came from 0-2 behind to win the five-match ODI series 3-2. They then went on to defeat Pakistan 5-0.Talking about their ongoing World Cup campaign where they have won seven of the eight games and are the first team to book a place in the semifinals, the pacer said, “Everything has clicked, the batting, the bowling, our game plan.”advertisement”Everyone is being comfortable in their roles and being comfortable around each other. It takes time but everyone is in a really good place.”We have come so far and we are playing the way we have talked about for a while that we wanted to play,” Cummins added.Australia, sitting pretty at the top of the table, will play their final group stage match against South Africa on Saturday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Team India ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso See:last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli in furious argument with umpires after losing review

first_imgVirat Kohli lost his cool with umpires Marais Erasmus and Ruchira Palliyaguruge during India’s 8th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh in Birmingham on Tuesday. Kohli was furious after India lost a review when the third umpire did not use ball-tracker for an LBW call.After the second ball of the 11th over of the Bangladesh innings bowled by Mohammed Shami, things got really heated in the middle. Shami hit Soumya Sarkar on the pads and there was a huge appeal for a leg before wicket.Marais Erasmus, one of the on-field umpires ruled it not out and Virat Kohli took a review with only 5 seconds remaining. On referral, it did look like the ball was missing leg-stump.Third umpire Aleem Dar decided there was an inside edge and did not go past Ultraedge to check ball-tracking. Therefore, Erasmus’s decision was not overturned and India lost the only review.Virat Kohli immediately got into an argument with the on-field umpires.TV replays after the DRS call shed light on what could have irked Kohli. Had Dar used ball-tracking, it would have been umpire’s call touching the leg stump. Teams do not lose reviews on umpire’s call.MS Dhoni, India’s best judge of the DRS, had gone off the field for a short break. Rishabh Pant was keeping wickets in Dhoni’s absence.This is not the first time Virat Kohli was seen in an animated chat with the umpires in World Cup 2019. After the match against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing.advertisementIncidentally, in the game against Afghanistan, the on-field umpire who Kohli had approached with an over-the-top appealing was Aleem Dar.That offence was Virat Kohli’s second since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. The India captain now has 2 demerit points – one was added during a Test match against South Africa in January 2018.According to rules, when a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.Also Read | Fans slam MS Dhoni over another disappointing batting show in World Cup 2019Also Read | Rohit Sharma 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World CupAlso See:last_img read more

Couple kill lion, kiss next to corpse in South Africa, pic goes viral. Internet tears into them

first_imgA picture of a trophy hunting couple kissing beside the corpse of a lion that they killed in South Africa has gone viral on social media. The picture that shows Darren and Carolyn Carter sharing a kiss over the corpse of the dead lion has escalated severe outrage.The Canada-based couple participated on a Legelela Safaris tour – a company that organises big game hunts – recently. The picture was shared online by the company on its Facebook page but that has been deactivated after Legelela Safaris was condemned extensively. Yahoo News reports that Legelela Safaris praised the couple for hunting the lion in the caption of the photo, saying, “Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun Well done. A monster lion.”Here’s the picture:END THIS HORROR: #DarrenCarter and #CarolynCarter, from #Edmonton, #Alberta, #Canada, celebrate their kill on a hunting trip with Legelela safaris in South Africa. pic.twitter.com/LXCFx7KKpqisy ochoa (@isyochoa) July 15, 2019Twitter is fuming after the picture surfaced on social media as netizens called out the couple and labelled them as disgusting. “Killing a trapped animal isn’t hunting. People that do this make me sick. And angry,” a user wrote while another added: “I will never understand why people want to hunt these beautiful animals. They should get in trouble for this, The sad part is they have no remorse over it. Idiots.”Sample these responses:”Hunt”, actually hunt, for food not for fun. Killing a trapped animal isn’t hunting. People that do this make me sick. And angry.advertisementRich Hilton (@RichInGB) July 16, 2019I will never understand why people want to hunt these beautiful animals. They should get in trouble for this, The sad part is they have no remorse over it. IdiotsTalitha Stewart (@TalithaStewar12) July 16, 2019I hope someone hunts these people. Fair is fair .Carl Phares (@c_phares) July 16, 2019DisgustingPrincess Shears (@MrsFabulous1974) July 16, 2019Prison is the best reward….HEALTH BONANZA (@SimbarDr) July 16, 2019Humans are the worst!Breezy Breeze (@Br33Bear) July 16, 2019what a disgusting couple killing this beautiful lion.Armand (@tascosa1) July 16, 2019HeartlessTina Anton (@TinaAnton10) July 16, 2019I hope they die slow in a fireGhoul (@Ghoulgoon6) July 16, 2019Darren Carter, however, remains unfazed by the backlash and told The Mirror, “We aren’t interested in commenting. It’s too political.”A section of the internet also stressed upon the fact that trophy hunting should be banned. While speaking to The Mirror, Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, said that there is nothing sporting about trophy hunting.”There is nothing romantic about killing an innocent animal. It looks as though this lion was a tame animal killed in an enclosure, bred for the sole purpose of being the subject of a smug selfie. This couple should be utterly ashamed of themselves, not showing off and snogging for the cameras,” Eduardo Goncalves told The Mirror.ALSO READ: Deer swept away in Assam floods captured in viral video from Kaziranga. Internet is devastatedALSO WATCH: Couple goes high on PDA on a bike on Delhi roads. Watch videolast_img read more


first_imgThe weather has finally turned warm enough to get your boat out on the water.Susan Stocker, the D-N-R administrator who oversees Iowa boating laws, says don’t let your excitement at getting onto the water turn into tragedy.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….CAR :21Stocker says drinking on the water has other issues that go with it.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….DRINK :15There were 41 reported boating incidents on Iowa waters last year, with 22 of those involving personal injury.There were four people killed in boating accidents and Stocker says you need to be aware of the water conditions when you are out on a lake or river:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….HIGH WATER :13Iowa law also requires that the boat has a life jacket for everyone aboard.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….THE STORES :19You may find out more about boating safety on the D-N-R’s website at iowadnr.gov/boating.Radio Iowalast_img read more




first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds has signed two education funding bills into law that provide a 2 percent increase in state per-pupil funding for the budget year beginning in July:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/EDUBILL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..per student equity. ;11The measures boost per-pupil support from the state general fund to nearly $3.3 billion:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/EDUBILL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….end of 3rd grade. :15The second bill provides schools $21.3 million, including funding for transportation in districts where the cost of busing students is higher.Reynolds was joined by a group of elementary school students as she signed the bills in a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Iowa Capitol.last_img read more