India open to embrace new sports, says NBA commissioner
NEW DELHI: Basketball is not a popular game in India but US-based National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner Adam Silver feels the country has the space in its sporting culture to “embrace new ideas and new sports”. Silver, who recently begun his second calendar year as commissioner, said basketball is a 21st century sport which can make its presence felt among Indian youngsters in the coming time. “We think basketball is the sport of the 21st century. It has all the important values of teamwork, discipline, respect which are important for young people. It’s a game that can be played by both boys and girls. It’s a game that doesn’t require a lot of space,” he said. Silver said though they are promoting the game big time in India, the NBA has no plans to hold any exhibition match in the country for now. “We have no plans yet (to hold an exhibition match in India) but Vivek Ranadive, who was born in Mumbai, has told me that when we do play an exhibition match in India, he plans to ensure that his team Sacremento Kings is a part of that,” the NBA commissioner said. (PTI)
Ian Gould becomes 15th umpire to stand in 100 ODIs
SYDNEY: Ian Gould became the 15th umpire to stand in 100 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) when he took the field in the Australia versus Sri Lanka match in World Cup 2015 at Sydney cricket ground on Sunday. On completing 100 ODIs, Gould said in a statement: “I love umpiring and really consider it a great honour to be on the field with the some of the greatest players in the world. Cricket is just such a great game.” He made his international umpiring debut in an ODI between England and Sri Lanka at Oval in June 2006, while he made his Test debut two years later in Bloemfontein in a match between South Africa and Bangladesh. Gould joined the first-class umpires’ panel in England in 2002 and was elevated to the Emirates International Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires in 2006. During his playing days, he was a wicket-keeper-batsman for Middlesex, Sussex and England in a career that ran from 1975 to 1996. He kept wickets for England in 18 ODIs in 1983, including seven during the World Cup 1983 in which he scored 66 runs and accounted for 12 batsmen behind wickets. (IANS)
Will never do anything to harm my team or country: Waqar
KARACHI: Pakistan’s under-fire cricket coach Waqar Younis has tried to play down the controversy over the selection of wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, saying he is a patriotic Pakistani and will never do anything to harm the team or the country. “I am a very patriotic Pakistani. I will never do anything to harm my team or country. This is my team, I am all for them. We are going to try to make our people proud of us. We are going to try to do the best things we can do with our knowledge and experience,” said Waqar. (PTI)
AUCKLAND: Upbeat after a 29-run victory over South Africa in a rain-curtailed WC game, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Saturday said his side would take the winning confidence through to their last pool match against Ireland on March 15.
“Of course, beating SA, who are really playing good cricket, everybody knows that they are a wonderful side so after that everybody believes that, all the players and team, they are confident. I think the next game is going to be really important for us,” said Haq, who scored 56 runs at the Eden Park.
“We can take a lot of confidence from this, but we need to be focussed because that’s a must-win game for us and I think the momentum goes with that in the knockout stage. So anything could happen. When you are going with four strike bowlers, the plan is very simple and the opposition also knows that we are going for wickets and we are going for the kill,” Misbah added. (IANS)
ADELAIDE: Staring at an unexpected early exit, beleaguered England would be desperate to get their act together when they take on higher-placed Bangladesh in a do-or-die cricket World Cup Pool A league match on Monday.
Having lost three of their four matches so far, England need nothing less than victories in the remaining two league games — against Bangladesh and Afghanistan — to stay in contention for the last eight stage.
Bangladesh, with two wins from as many matches, are placed higher than England in the table at fourth position and the Asian team would be looking to consolidate its position.
England had lost to Bangladesh by two wickets in the last World Cup in 2011 but still survived the shock defeat to qualify for the quarter-finals. However, there will be no such second chance this time.
The English side has lost to all Test-playing nations so far in the — Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka — and their lone win has come against minnows Scotland.
In fact, in their previous match against Sri Lanka, England failed to defend even a reasonably challenging target of 310 with nine wickets and 16 deliveries to spare.
On Monday, England will have to play as an unit.
There has been a hundred each in the current tournament from Moeen Ali against Scotland and Joe Root in a losing cause against Sri Lanka, but just two other England batsmen have scored half-centuries so far in the tournament.
Under Eoin Morgan’s leadership, England would hope to rise to the occasion in the make-or-break clash.
Although Morgan himself has managed to score just 90 runs at an average of 22.50, his biggest concern will be the performance of his two pace spearheads James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Anderson’s two wickets so far have come at an unusually high average of 91 while Broad averages 92 for his two scalps.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh have ensured that sharing points with Australia in the rained-off match in Brisbane has not been wasted.
Having beaten Afghanistan before losing to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh overhauled Scotland’s 318 for eight with 11 balls to spare, losing just four wickets in the process. It was the second-best winning chase in World Cup history after Ireland’s 329 to defeat England in a Bangalore thriller in 2011.
But Bangladesh are without batsman Anamul Haque, who has been ruled out for the ongoing tournament due to a dislocated shoulder.
However, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side would certainly fancy their chances against an off-colour England today and take a step forward in making it past the first round only the second time in the World Cup Teams (from):
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Arafat Sunny, Shafiul Islam.
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.Match starts at 0900 hrs IST. (PTI)
NEW DELHI: Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes is surprised yet impressed with the Indian bowling attack in the World Cup which has been crucial in the defending champions’ four consecutive wins in Pool B.
Such accurate and economical have been the Indian bowlers, seamers and spinners alike that they have bowled out every opposition in all the four matches yet.
“Everyone knows how strong India’s batting line-up is but there was scepticism about the Indian bowling attack on how they, especially the seamers, would do in Australia. What has surprised me is the discipline with which they have bowled in those conditions as they have enabled the team to put the opposition under pressure,” Rhodes told IANS in an interview from Cape Town.
“I have been surprised with the ability of the pace attack. Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma and the others are bowling quick with accurate direction; otherwise the ball can go over the boundary, especially in power play overs. The direction of swing has been the key as well,” added the South African, who is a World Cup analyst for Yahoo Cricket.
Elaborating further, the 45-year-old, often regarded as the greatest fielder ever, said what has clicked for India is the balance of the side.
“I like the balance of the Indian team who have five specialist bowlers which can make a big difference. Also, India have been one of the stand out fielding teams in the World Cup,” added the former right-handed batsman.
“They have good spin bowlers who have done amazingly in Australian conditions. Meanwhile, the fast bowlers have bowled pretty straight and haven’t given width at all. They have been impressive, having been able to contain runs and take wickets on good batting tracks.”
India has now beaten Pakistan, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the West Indies on the trot to qualify for the quarterfinals. In the process, India won their eighth match in a row in World Cups which equals their previous longest Cup streak in 2003.
“The first two weeks of the tournament were focused on India performing so well, especially after their tough tour of Australia. They have been able to come back and convincingly beat Pakistan and South Africa in the space of a week, following it up with victories over the United Arab Emirates and the West Indies,” Rhodes said. (PTI)
LONDON: Aston Villa became the first team to reach the FA Cup semi-finals after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in a match marred by late pitch invasions.
In a near repeat of Tuesday’s Premier League game between the sides, which Villa won 2-1, Fabian Delph and Scott Sinclair struck to take Tim Sherwood’s team into the last four for the first time since 2010.
Both teams finished the game with 10 men, with Claudio Yacob sent off for West Brom and Max Grealish dismissed for Villa, while play had to be temporarily suspended late on when a number of home fans poured onto the pitch.
Delph described the pitch invasion, which was repeated at full-time, as “scary” and said he had been bitten by some of the invading supporters, while West Brom manager Tony Pulis described the scenes as “disgraceful”.
But Villa manager Sherwood said: “I don’t think it’s scary. It probably is for a West Brom player. Emotions are running very high after two wins and it’s been a huge week for the football club.”
Ben Foster and Christian Benteke had been the central figures in Villa’s win over West Brom on Tuesday, with the former conceding the stoppage-time penalty from which Benteke scored the winning goal.
But neither player was present for the reunion, with Boaz Myhill replacing Foster in the West Brom goal and a hip injury obliging Benteke to cede his place to Sinclair.
Pulis led Stoke City to the final in 2011 and his current charges made an enterprising start, with Saido Berahino working Shay Given before Brown Ideye somehow contrived to lift Craig Gardner’s inviting cross over the bar.
But it was Villa who drew first blood in the 51st minute when Delph collected a pass from Charles N’Zogbia and bludgeoned a low shot inside Myhill’s near post. Six minutes later, West Brom procured a glorious opportunity to equalise, but Joleon Lescott could only head wide at the back post after Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley had helped on Gardner’s left-wing corner.
Third-tier Bradford’s extraordinary progress through the competition was suspended at the quarter-final stage after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Championship side Reading. Bradford memorably came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Chelsea in the fourth round before eliminating Sunderland in round five, but they found Reading a tougher proposition at a muddy Valley Parade.
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson, who spent 11 years at Reading as a player, praised his side, telling BT Sport: “They were very professional and made sure we stayed in the game.
Bradford, beaten League Cup finalists in 2013, are attempting to reach the semi-finals for the first time since they won the trophy in 1911, while Reading last made the last four in 1927.
An uneven, sun-baked playing surface contributed to a bruising, physical encounter beneath the Yorkshire sunshine, as players from both sides struggled to keep the ball on the ground. Both teams struck the woodwork in the first half, with Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak hitting the left-hand post from Jamie Mackie’s cross before Gary Liddle’s effort drifted against an upright at the other end. (AFP)
TURA, March 08: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is now expecting the students who are appearing for their examinations to remain at their respective exam centres for 8 hours at a stretch.
This was indicated by the conditions that the banned outfit has placed when it allowed students who are appearing for various examinations to use vehicles during the bandh which the outfit has called on Monday in protest against the alleged fake encounter of Sengbat Ch Marak, who was killed on March 4, 2015 in his village of Romba Ading in Oragitok, West Garo Hills (WGH).
SHILLONG, March 08: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) on Sunday demanded the arrest of the ‘killer cops’ who the Organization has alleged to have staged a fake encounter at Oragitok, Rimba Adinggre, West Garo Hills (WGH), which led to the death of Sengbat Ch Marak.
In a press statement issued on Sunday, the CSWO president, Agnes Kharshiing said, “The CSWO demands the immediate arrest of Bitching N Marak CI (Circle Inspector) of West Garo Hills and Mingran T Sangma, and other killer cops who masquerade as law enforcers and protectors of the society, when they are the ones who create the fear.”
SHILLONG, March 08: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul M Sangma called upon the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday evening and urged him to ensure that the issue of amendment to the Sixth Schedule is taken up in the ongoing session of the Budget Session of Parliament so that the elections to the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) can be held in the current extension period.
Dr. Sangma had met the Union Minister to take up various pending issues of the state to be tabled before the Union government the chief among them being the Amendment to the Sixth Schedule with reference to Meghalaya and the constitution of the Border Commission among many others.
Guwahati/Dimapur, March 08 (IANS): Twenty-two people have so far been arrested for their alleged involvement in the lynching of a rape accused in Nagaland's Dimapur town, officials said on Sunday.
The government also blocked SMS and MMS services across the state in a move to control the social media, which had seemingly played a role in instigating the mob for the violence.
An irate mob had broken into the central jail in Dimapur on Thursday, dragged out the rape accused, stripped him naked and paraded him in the streets and finally brutally thrashed him to death.
SHILLONG, March 07: Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum on Saturday decided to resign from the ‘top post’ in the name of bringing stability to the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA).
Addressing newsmen here on Saturday, Nongrum said, “I have decided to resign from the post as I owe full responsibility for the current political crisis in the Council.”
TURA, March 07: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh on March 9 across the Garo Hills region to protest against the ‘fake killing’ of the son of Origitok Nokma, Sengbat Ch Marak. Terming killings and harassment of villagers a routine affair, the outfit has demanded the government to set up an independent inquiry into the killings.
As a show of respect and solidarity with the victims, the outfit has called for a 5 am to 5 pm bandh on Monday, demanding the immediate suspension of policemen and magistrates involved in the incident and the setting up of an independent inquiry into the matter. The outfit however, called for an indefinite bandh in Ampati constituency till the government meets the demands of the outfit.
SHILLONG, March 07: The district administration of West Garo Hills (WGH) on Saturday ordered three magisterial inquiries and a jail probe.
The inquiries instituted have been assigned with the task of probing into the recent gruesome murder of five persons, the death of a son of a tribal chief in an alleged fake encounter, the death of an Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) Rajiv Marak at the district jail and the availability and subsequent use of mobile phones inside Tura District Jail recently.
“We have ordered for three magisterial inquiries and a jail probe into the cases,” the Deputy Commissioner (DC), WGH, Pravin Bakshi said.
Guwahati: Keeping in mind the Under-17 World Cup and Indian Super League, national football coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday put the onus on states to streamline youth leagues with an aim to develop a strong pool of players within the next few years.
India is hosting the 2017 FIFA tournament.
“The best players will be playing in the Hero Indian Super League. The league is for readymade players. So it’s up to the states to start focusing on the U-17 and U-19 Leagues and build it for the future,” Constantine said.
The Briton asked the fans of this region to get behind his players when they take on Nepal in their first leg 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers here on March 12.
The team will soon start a preparatory camp for the upcoming fixtures.
“There’s a specific reason why I have come to Guwahati to play against Nepal. It’s because of the crowd,” Constantine said.
“People love their football here. We look forward to having a packed Stadium on the 12th against Nepal. I expect all football lovers to make as much noise as possible and get behind the players. It’s a very important match for us.”
The captain has to reflect the personality of the coach and will be of my choice. I am privileged to be the sole coach in India’s football history to have been invited to coach the Indian national team for a second time. I am honoured.”
The Indian team will be having its first practice session at the Indian Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sajusarai on Thursday.
“The set of players which we had invested in for the Ian Rush Trophy, the Milk Cup, Afro Asian Games during my first stint in India went on to serve Indian football for over a decade.
“Indians have always loved their football as much they love their cricket. I remember over 100000 fans turning up to cheer India against Japan in Kolkata for the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers.” (PTI)
Margao: Dempo came back from behind to hold 10-man Mohun Bagan to a 1-1 draw in the Hero I-League football tournament at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda here on Wednesday.
Mohun Bagan, who enjoyed better share of exchanges in the first half, took the lead in the 31st minute through Balwant Singh.
But the home team, who enjoyed the numerical figure in the entire second half after the visitors were down to 10 man three minutes before the interval after Sony Norde was shown the red card for elbowing Nirmal Chettri, found the equaliser through man-of-the-match and captain Calum Angus in the 88th minute.
With the league taking a two weeks break, the draw take Mohun Bagan to the top of the table with 15 points from seven matches, the same as Pune FC, but on account of better goal difference the Kolkata outfit enjoy the upperhand.
While Dempo remained on the eighth spot with eight points from as many matches.
Wadoo’s strike gives Bharat FC win
Mehrajuddin Wadoo scored a second half goal to guide debutants Bharat FC to a 1-0 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in a ninth round encounter of the Hero I-League at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.
In the 60th minute, Wadoo, a former India International, netted the ball in with a superb header after being fed by Lester Fernandez from a corner kick.
This is the second victory for Stuart Watkiss’ side in the league so far, and it takes Bharat FC to the eighth position, while Sporting Goa remain at the bottom after failing to open their mark in eight games. (PTI)
PERTH/NEW DELHI: The controversy surrounding Virat Kohli’s abusive behaviour with an Indian journalist refused to subside on Wednesday despite the team management’s efforts to play it down with complaints being made to the ICC and BCCI about the episode.
The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that it was a case of misunderstanding and the issue should be put to rest immediately to let the team focus on the World Cup.
“He (Kohli) has clarified on the issue. For India, the ongoing World Cup is very important. We need to put all these issues to rest and indirectly has communicated that he misunderstood the situation. Let’s put this matter to an end,” Thakur said when asked about the incident.
“In future I think these kind of incidents should be avoided and taken care of,” said the 40-year-old who was elected as BCCI secretary at the board’s AGM held in Chennai on Sunday.
The team management issued a brief statement saying that, “there was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used. Virat has spoken to the concerned gentleman immediately and matter ends.”
However, the Hindustan Times, whose reporter was abused by Kohli, has filed complaints with the ICC and the BCCI.
“I have written a letter to the BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya after consulting our Editor-in-Chief. I have asked Dalmiya to look into the incident. The reporter in question, Jasvinder Sidhu, has also informed the ICC about the incident,” HT Sports Editor Sukhwant Basra said.
The newspaper is also examining whether Kohli had violated any law applicable in that country and could consider the option of legal action against Kohli.
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team on Wednesday tried to play down Tuesday’s incident.
A furious Kohli allegedly used obscene language against Hindustan Times writer Jasvinder Sidhu to the shock of many journalists present at the Murdoch Oval here.
The Indian team disputed Sidhu’s version, saying no abusive language was used and that Kohli had apologised directly to him.
“There was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used. Virat has spoken to the concerned gentlemen immediately and matter ends,” India team manager RN Baba was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
However, Sidhu wrote in an article that “when I turned my attention towards Virat, I realised he was getting worked up and raising his voice at me. His furiously wagging index finger left no room for doubt – I was clearly the victim of his scorn.
“However, to confirm, just in case, I pointed towards myself and gestured if he was talking to me. The confirmation came with another gesticulation. Unable to believe that I was the one being singled out, I looked askance in either direction. Huffing and puffing, Kohli said, ‘Yes ba***d … you are here also’.”
Kohli reportedly then headed to the dressing room but reappeared 15 minutes later smiling at Sidhu. Kohli then relayed an apology through another reporter, saying he had mistaken Sidhu for someone else.
However, Sidhu wrote: “I would like to reiterate that Kohli didn’t apologise to me directly.”
Kohli’s outburst came in the wake of a report in some other daily vis-a-vis his girlfriend and actress Anushka Sharma staying with him during the England tour last year despite a ban by the Indian cricket board. (PTI)
Perth: There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers are on song, says India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the defending champions prepare to clash with the West Indies on Friday.
South African captain De Villiers and West Indies’ Gayle are two such players which would have kept Dhoni worried and required him to make some planning.
Mission AB was nipped in the bud, when the Proteas captain was run-out against India at the MCG and come Friday, the onus will be on Dhoni’s men to stop the marauding Jamaican from repeating what he did to luckless Zimbabwean bowlers in Canberra during his double century.
Ask Dhoni about plans, and ‘Captain Cool’ gives a generic answer that the best plan is to have no plan when players such as Gayle, AB or Brendon McCullum go all guns blazing.
“Frankly speaking, you can’t do much because if the individual is hitting sixes as you can’t have fields for it. More often than not, you’ll lose the battle of short-pitched deliveries, if they hit you off the short-pitch stuff also. There’s not much you can do,” Dhoni observed when queried about impact players.
For Dhoni, the best is to ‘bluff the batsman’ with variation and nothing more than that.
“You look to bluff the batsman a bit. I believe that gives liberty to the bowlers to try a few other things if a batsman like Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers gets going. Apart from that, you don’t have a fixed plan as to if you do this, this will happen,” Dhoni was frank in his assessment.
Dhoni said that when a Gayle or De Villiers is on rampage, it becomes even more important to get hold of the half chances that come your way.
“That’s where I feel the bowler will have to take that extra initiative and they have to be backed well by the fielders because if you have a 50/50 opportunity and if you grab that, it will really ease up the pressure from the fast bowlers or the spinners. I think as a unit you have to hunt in pack.”
For India, the man in question Gayle has not been in a big factor in most of the matches but West Indies team management will hope that he fires. Gayle didn’t practice for two days but it was more of a rest after constant cricket in the past few months.
When Darren Sammy was enquired about Gayle, he said, “As far as I know, everybody is fit. We have a full squad to choose from.”
When probed further about a back injury which probably prevented Gayle from taking part in the net sessions.
“Chris Gayle’s back has been same for me for the last three years. He continues to come up and win matches for West Indies. I know, once he is fit, he will turn up and give his all for the team,” said Sammy.
Gayle on Tuesday had a lengthy one-on-one discussion with the West Indies great Clive Lloyd. It wasn’t clear as to what they discussed but it could have been about his own batting. (PTI)
Perth: Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history on Wednesday as they thrashed Afghanistan by a record 275 runs, a result which was also the greatest winning margin in tournament history.
David Warner made mincemeat of an inexperienced Afghanistan bowling attack with a magnificent 178 as the hosts piled up 417 for six in the group league match of the cricket World Cup here on Wednesday.
Batting first, Australia surpassed India’s 413 for five against Bermuda in 2007.
Afghanistan were never in the match as they were bundled out for 142 in 37.3 overs a few days after their initial high following the Scotland victory.
The pace and bounce extracted by Mitchell Johnson (4/22) was too much for the Afghans to handle as Australia went into the match with business like precision after their one-wicket defeat to New Zealand in a low-scoring tie.
Mitchell Starc (2/18) and Josh Hazlewood (2/25) were also impressive while skipper Michael Clarke did roll his arm over for five overs to get a wicket in the process. For Afghanistan Nawroj Mangal (33) hit two huge sixes off Marsh before Aaron Finch’s brilliant catch off Johnson ended his stay. (PTI)
Napier: Pakistan kept themselves in the hunt for the quarterfinals by notching up their second consecutive win as they mauled minnows United Arab Emirates by 129 runs in a Pool B cricket World Cup match here on Wednesday.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad (93) missed out on a hundred but Pakistan punished the UAE bowlers by putting on board a huge total of 339 for six, which was way beyond their rivals.
UAE managed 210 for eight but did well to bat for full 50 overs with Shamimam Anwar scoring 62.
Pacemen Sohail Khan (2/54) and Wahab Riaz (2/54) along with spin all-rounder Shahid Afridi (2/35) took two wickets apiece for Pakistan.
With this win, Pakistan have jumped to fourth in the points table from sixth spot.
Pakistan’s huge score came against a not-so-impressive attack but their batsmen got some much-needed runs under the belt as the race to quarterfinals picks up pace.
After being invited to bat, Pakistan lost opener Nasir Jamshed (4) but Shehzad and Haris Sohail, who scored 70 runs, shared a huge 170-run stand for the second wicket to lay the foundation of a big score.
Mohammed Naveed broke the stand by having Sohail caught by Shaiman Anwar. Shehzad then missed the milestone of a World Cup hundred as he was run out as Pakistan lost two quick wickets.
Shehzad’s 93-run knock came off 105 balls with nine boundaries, including a six.
The following batsmen also treated the UAE attack with disdain as they scored runs at will. Sohaib Maqsood scored a fiery 45 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq further consolidated the innings with a 65 off 49 balls.
Both Maqsood and Misbah hit four shots each to the fence and cleared the boundary twice.
Misbah was dismissed at the fag end of the innings, attempting a big shot off left-arm paceman Manjula Guruge but Shahid Afridi did the finishing job in style, scoring 21 unbeaten off just seven balls. Guruge was the most successful UAE bowler as he scalped four wickets. (PTI)
Hobart: Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has been ruled out of Saturday’s make-or-break World Cup clash against Ireland with a thigh injury, the team announced Wednesday.
The 28-year-old allrounder was hurt in Sunday’s 20-run loss to Pakistan in Brisbane when he tripped and fell while chasing a ball in the Gabba outfield. “A MRI scan showed that Chigumbura suffered a third grade tear of his quadriceps muscle,” said a Zimbabwe team statement. (AFP)
Birmingham: India’s ace men’s singles shuttler P Kashyap crashed out in the first round even as men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy and women’s doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa registered hard-fought wins to progress to the second round of the All England Open badminton championships, here on Wednesday.
Up against sixth seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, it was heartbreak for Kashyap as he surrendered tamely 21-13 21-12 in just 33 minutes to draw curtains to his campaign in the prestigious tournament.
But the highlight of the day for India was Manu and Sumeeth Reddy as the unseeded pair came from a game down to upset seventh seeded Chinese duo of Chai Biao and Hong Wei 9-21 21-17 21-17 in a 57-minute duel at the Barclaycard Arena.
Manu and Sumeeth Reddy will play the winners of the match between Indonesian pair of Gideon Markus Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Germany’s Max Schwenger and Josche Zurwonne in the second round.
Jwala-Ashwini pair also had to sweat it out for 51 minutes to register a 21-12 2-22 21-14 win over Malaysian combination of Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Fie Cho Soong in their first round encounter.
The star India women’s doubles pair will next face top seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei of China. The Chinese duo defeated Korea’s Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan 21-13 19-21 21-5 in another first round match.
Later in the day, India’s star shuttler Sania Nehwal will open her campaign in the women’s singles event. (PTI)