ICC Champions Trophy: India are not invincible, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli said his team were not invincible after the defending champions allowed Sri Lanka to chase down a target of 322 to win a pulsating Champions Trophy match at The Oval on Thursday.India, inspired by Shikhar Dhawan’s superb 125, racked up a healthy total of 321/6 but Sri Lanka knocked off the runs with eight balls left to leave Group B wide open.All four teams in the section have two points going into the last round of games in which India play top-ranked South Africa on Sunday and Sri Lanka meet Pakistan on Monday.”I think Sri Lanka played really well,” Kohli told a news conference following his team’s seven-wicket loss.”The other teams are also champions and that needs to be kept in mind. We are not invincible.”India had beaten Sri Lanka in 14 of their last 17 one-day internationals, including the last five.India’s bowlers struggled to contain the Sri Lankan batsmen, however, as Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis shared a second-wicket partnership of 159 before captain Angelo Mathews steered his team home with a composed unbeaten 52.”We all felt we had enough on the board at the halfway mark,” Kohli said.”We trusted our bowlers, but they (Sri Lanka) were pretty good on the day. Kept their momentum going and executed their shots really well. Our bowlers bowled decently, but they batted really well.”Kohli blamed poor execution as India’s bowlers took only one wicket, the other two Sri Lankan wickets coming from run-outs as they achieved the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history.advertisement”There is always hindsight when you don’t win games. As I said we bowled decently well, but the execution wasn’t quite there,” added Kohli, who was out for a duck to complete a bad day for one of the world’s leading batsmen.”Obviously, there is food for thought but you have got to give credit to other teams as well. You don’t take any team lightly. It’s going to be like this throughout the tournament and we don’t expect anything less.”last_img read more

We were outplayed in all departments: Rohit Sharma after India’s worst T20I defeat

first_imgNew Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. MS Dhoni (39), Tim Southee (3/17), Lockie Ferguson (2/22), Mitchell Santner (2/24). Full ScorecardRohit Sharma was gutted after India crashed to an 80-run defeat against new Zealand in the first T20I in Wellington. This was India’s heaviest defeat in T20Is in terms of runs. Set 220 to win, India were bowled out for 139 on Wednesday.Rohit, who is standing in as as captain for Virat Kohli, said India were done in by the lack of partnerships against the Black Caps who came out all guns blazing after losing the ODI series 4-1″It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase. We have chased such targets in the past and that is why we played with eight batsmen, but we didn’t have small partnerships and that made it tough. New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.”We need to go to Auckland, look at the conditions and take it from there. As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen, but we just couldn’t do it tonight,” he said.New Zealand win by 80 runs. Go 1-0 up in the three match T20I series.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/RDet7K7uqbBCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2019Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 1 after Shikhar Dhawan got off to a blazing start in India’s chase of 220. And when Dhawan fell for 29 in the sixth over, New Zealand had started believing they were hot favourites to win this one.advertisementOn Tuesday, Dhawan had insisted India would look to win the series to go into the ODIs against Australia at home with confidence. The T20I series against New Zealand is the last of India’s overseas journey which started with the Test matches in South Africa back in 2018.India vs New Zealand 1st T20I: HighlightsBut India, who had won the ODI series against New Zealand 4-1, were far from impressive. Rishabh Pant, who was kept out of the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand, failed on his return – batting at No 4, Pant managed only 4 off 10 balls.Vijay Shankar was sent up the order at No 3 but he could not capitalise after a cameo. Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya were dismissed cheaply in the 11th over and that was the end of India’s hopes.Krunal Pandya walked in at No 8 and tried to give the Indian scorecard a semblance of respectability with MS Dhoni. Krunal fell to Tim Southee for 20 while Lockie Ferguson dismissed Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India hurtled towards a huge defeat.MS Dhoni top-scored for India but he did not have enough support at the other end to launch a real fight.India and New Zealand will now travel to Auckland for the second T20I of the three-match series on February 8.last_img read more

19 days agoJuventus boss Sarri: Maybe people thought I was dumb…?

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri: Maybe people thought I was dumb…?by Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri says he’s proving himself flexible after victory over Inter Milan.Sarri had started the game with the 4-3-3 he made his trademark at Napoli and Chelsea, but moved to a 4-3-1-2 at Juventus – similar to the Empoli model.He stated, “Maybe people thought I was dumb… They just had to pay attention. I started with a system at Empoli, then changed it completely. I went to Napoli with one system and transformed it for three years.“I went to Chelsea and played what looked similar, but was in fact a completely different interpretation of it. You have to adapt your tactics to the characteristics of the players.”Sarri fielded Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo together, but only for nine minutes.“At that moment, we were dominating the game and it would’ve been unjust in my view not to win, so we tried that out for a little while.“However, I got the sensation from the touchline that the momentum was turning the other way, so I changed again.” last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball Fans Voted Most Annoying College Sports Fan Base In The Country

first_imgKentucky Fans Most Annoying 2Kentucky Fans Most Annoying 2Congratulations, Big Blue Nation. According to our readers, you are the most annoying fan base in college sports. Kentucky basketball supporters were voted slightly more annoying than Alabama football fans, 52%-48%, in our championship game this week. Kentucky was our overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, so technically, chalk won out.Here’s the entire bracket, which is now complete. The Final Four included one basketball fan base (Kentucky) and three football fan bases (Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State). Perhaps the meltdown after UK’s loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four last Saturday contributed to BBN taking the crown.TitleGameYou can check out the voting for the Opening Round here, the Round of 32 here, the Sweet 16 here, the Elite Eight here and the Final Four here.Thanks to everyone who voted throughout the process. Go celebrate, #BBN.last_img read more

Tough and resilient people make isolated Manitoba community home

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – Florence Hamilton’s ancestors once followed the caribou across the Arctic tundra.That was before the federal government forcefully relocated the Sayisi Dene to barren land outside Churchill, Man., in 1956.By 1973, 117 of the more than 250 people who were moved had died, and most of those still alive moved west to Tadoule Lake, where they still live today.Hamilton’s family decided to stay in Churchill on the shore of Hudson Bay.When the community’s top employer, the port, closed in 2016, Hamilton, 49, decided to stay.When the only rail line was washed out the following year and isolated the community, many people moved south. Hamilton decided to stay.“I am going to be the last person standing. I am not going anywhere. It doesn’t matter how bad it gets here, I am not going anywhere. It’s my home,” she says.“It’s where I grew up and my family is here. All my stories are here.”Churchill’s history long predates Confederation and many locals are directly connected to the beginning days of the fur trade. Over the decades the population has fluctuated. There were more than 6,000 people when a Cold-War-era airbase was in operation. Now the town is home to about 800, depending on the season.The population has steadily declined since Churchill became a fly-in community more than a year ago when rail service was cut off. Jobs are more scarce and everything from food to fuel costs more because it has to be flown in.Excited barking echoes off a property just outside town where Dave Daley, owner of dog-sled company Wapusk Adventures and president of the Churchill Chamber of Commerce, feeds his pack.Dog food was about $600 a pallet when it came by rail. Now he’s paying more than $2,400.“If everyone moves south because it’s too expensive to live up here, then what’s going to happen to our north?” Daley asks.“We are the caretakers of our north. We are northerners. We are born and raised here. I’m third generation Churchill. My kids are fourth generation and my grandchildren are fifth generation.”Despite the current challenges, Daley believes Churchill will thrive again.“We are a hopeful bunch up here. We are tough and resilient.”Philip DaSilva had just finished a months-long dog-sled journey when his phone lit up with messages in May. His family’s business, Gypsy’s Bakery, a mainstay in Churchill, had been destroyed by fire.“A lot of people said it was like the information hub of Churchill. If you needed to know what was going on, an event or this or that, call Gypsy’s,” DaSilva says from behind the bar at the Tundra Inn and Pub where he works most nights of the week.Originally from Portugal, DaSilva’s family first settled in Montreal. When he was 11 years old they decided to relocate to the remote Manitoba community.It gave him more freedom and a unique childhood.“If I wanted to cross the street in Montreal, my mom would keep an eye on me and I couldn’t go further than a block that way or a block that way. And then I get here and, ‘Here’s a four-wheeler. Here’s a shotgun. Dinner’s at 7 p.m.. See you later,’” DaSilva says with a laugh.“It was like moving to a bigger place than Montreal. I could go anywhere I wanted and didn’t have to have anyone looking after you. Everyone looks after each other.”The family hasn’t decided whether to sell the bakery property or rebuild. It depends on the rail line’s repair.There’s another sector of the population of the small community: recent immigrants, researchers and backpackers searching for adventure. Many workers are transient, only coming during the busy season, but some find a home.Claudia Grill moved from Austria to Churchill to work on a PhD project studying the interaction between humans and the Arctic environment.She was only supposed to be there a year, but Grill decided to stay.“When I first got here, it felt like I was on a completely different planet compared to the rolling hills of Austria,” she says, pointing to Hudson Bay filled with beluga whales.“I care about the place. I’m not just here to stay for two more years or three more years.“I want to be here for a long time.”last_img read more

Celebrities Attend School Of Rock Preview To Support Miles Frost Fund

first_imgHigh-profile celebrities, including Sir Michael Caine, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, David Seaman, Ian Wright, Greg Dyke, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Steve Furst, Cressida Bonas, Ollie Proudlock and Stevie Johnson, turned out last week to a preview of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock to help raise money for the Miles Frost Fund, in partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).A host of stars joined members of the Frost and Lloyd Webber families at a showing of the hit Broadway musical in the New London Theatre, in Drury Lane, as Lord Lloyd Webber dedicated one of the preview nights to the Miles Frost Fund. Net proceeds from the ticket sales are going directly to the fund.Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd Webber, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this vital charity, however it is under tragic circumstances. If the Miles Frost Fund can save even one young life through screening and awareness this would be an extraordinary legacy. We hope everyone enjoyed the School of Rock Gala performance.”George Frost, Miles’ brother, said: “We are so incredibly grateful to Lord Lloyd Webber for dedicating this evening’s performance to the Miles Frost Fund. Losing Miles was absolutely devastating and we’re determined to do everything we can to prevent others from suffering this same pain. Tonight has been an absolutely fantastic evening, and every penny raised will help us save lives.”Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, adds: “The Miles Frost Fund is visionary, giving us a real opportunity to dramatically improve diagnosis for HCM, a terrible inherited heart condition. Together, we’re determined to help more people across the UK reduce their risk of dying prematurely.“The Frost family are deeply committed to this cause. Their efforts are truly inspirational and tonight’s event shows that loud and clear. Not only has it raised vital money for the Fund but it also highlighted the problems in identifying those at risk of HCM and what we are doing together to change that.”last_img read more

Provincial government to make housing investments on First Nations reserves

first_imgCurrently, the government says that more than 4,600 subsidized housing units are specifically designated for Indigenous peoples in B.C. More than 700 Indigenous housing units are in development or under construction throughout the province. In addition to funding under the new Indigenous Housing Fund, the Province says that Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support under the new housing funds announced as part of the 30-point housing plan in this year’s budget PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Premier John Horgan announced today that B.C. will become the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds on First Nations reserves.Through the new Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund, the B.C. government says it will invest $550 million over the next 10 years to build 1,750 new units of social housing for projects both on- and off-reserve. BC Housing will send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners, including Indigenous non-profit housing providers, First Nations, Métis Nation British Columbia, and non-profit and for-profit developers, wanting to partner with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.“Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve,” said Premier Horgan. “That’s why we’re opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.”last_img read more

AFSPA withdrawn partially from AP

first_imgNew Delhi: After 32 years, the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which gives sweeping powers to security forces, was partially removed from three of nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh but would remain in force in the areas bordering Myanmar, officials said here.The state, which was formed on February 20, 1987, had inherited the controversial AFSPA enacted by Parliament in 1958 and applied to the entire State of Assam and the Union Territory of Manipur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland came into being, the Act was appropriately adapted to apply to these states as well. The Justice B P Jeevan Reddy committee had recommended scrapping of the AFSPA from the state. Under the Act, the security forces can arrest anyone or carry out searches in any premises. The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a notification that the four police station areas in Arunachal Pradesh, which were declared “disturbed areas” under the AFSPA, are no longer under the purview of the special law from Sunday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe police station areas from where the AFSPA has been withdrawn are Balemu and Bhalukpong police stations in West Kameng district, Seijosa police station in East Kameng district and Balijan police station in Papumpare district. However, according to the notification, the AFSPA will continue to be enforced in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and areas under the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district, Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district and Sunpura in Lohit district for six more months till September 30. A Home Ministry official said the “disturbed area” tag was withdrawn from the four police station areas due to the improvement of law and order situation there and it will continue in other areas in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups of the Northeast. The notification said the Union Home Ministry took the decision exercising its powers conferred under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. A review of the law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh’s six districts was undertaken before the March 31 deadline for the validity of the “disturbed area” designation under the AFSPA. In March last year, the AFSPA was removed completely from Meghalaya following improvement in security situation. The AFSPA is imposed in areas where armed forces are required to operate in aid to civil authorities. For the AFSPA to become valid, an area, however, needs to be declared disturbed either by the Central or the state government under the section 3 of the 1958 Act.last_img read more

NDA will be short regional parties will have big say in government

first_imgKolkata: Predicting that the BJP-led NDA would fall short of the majority mark of 272 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress has said regional parties will have a “big say” in the formation of next government but remained evasive on the issue of Prime Ministership. Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien, while expressing confidence that his party would have the third largest tally, also predicted that the NDA would break after the elections and “many” non-BJP parties would work together to form a government at the Centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “trying to create an impression that he is ahead” which is nothing but a defensive tactic being projected as an “offensive” one, O’Brien, TMC’s Parliamentary Party leader in the Rajya Sabha, told IANS here. “The reality is that NDA is not even close to 272 (the majority mark). This is all actually defensive tactics but he (Modi) is trying to pretend that he is being on the offensive,” he said. TMC and the BJP are locked in a direct fight for the 42 Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal, with the saffron party giving a big push to its campaigning to ensure it bags a substantial number of seats here at the cost of ruling party of the state. The Prime Minister and BJP President Amit Shah have addressed several rallies in West Bengal over the last few weeks in a bid to raise the party’s poll prospects in the state where polling has already been held in 18 seats in four phases. Speaking about the likely poll-poll scenario, O’Brien insisted that the BJP will not be able to lead the NDA to form a government in New Delhi. “There are many parties which do not want to be (with them), especially the smaller and north east parties, which always stay with those forming the government,” the 58-year-old famous quizmaster-cum-author-cum-ad man said. “The NDA will break up after the results and maybe, all the north east parties will go,” he predicted and asked, “Why can’t these parties work with us?” In such a backdrop, all parties, which are not with the NDA, would work together, he added. “All I am telling you now is that the regional parties will have a big say (in forming an anti-BJP government),” he asserted. Asked whether the Congress would be part of the alternate coalition, the TMC leader said, “Our position is very clear. We work with all to defeat the BJP”. He went on to add, “The Congress and the CPI-M are working to defeat the Trinamool in Bengal. There is a Bengal match to be played and there is another match in Delhi and we understand there is difference between the two.” On whether his party would extend support to Rahul Gandhi for the Prime Ministership if the Congress does well, O’Brien said, “Such questions are to be answered after May 23… If the Congress gets 272 seats (in the 543-seat Lok Sabha), they will choose whoever they want as PM.” Asked to respond to Modi and Shah regularly ridiculing TMC chief Mamata Banerjee over her purported ambition to become the Prime Minister by contesting so few seats, O’Brien said, “We are100 per cent certain that we will continue to be the third largest party after the ongoing polls. We acknowledge two parties (BJP and Congress) may have bigger numbers than us.” Attacking the Prime Minister, he said, “I am not surprised at Modi’s remarks, as he does not believe in the Constitution of India that says 272 MPs will elect the leader. ” He went on to add, “He has to go. All of us are very clear that he will have to go.” Lambasting the Modi government, the TMC leader said it was destroying all institutions. “Parliament’s principal job is to legislate and scrutinise bills. 70 per cent of bills were scrutinised in India before the BJP came to power. But under Modi, only about 20 per cent of bills get scrutinized,” the Rajya Sabha member said. O’Brien did not agree that the contours of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) envisaged at the January 19 Brigade Parade ground rally had failed to crystalise. “Everything is fine and Mahagatbandhan is absolutely in place. The BJP wants to pretend that it is not in place,” he said. O’Brien, who had worked for years as a creative head of an advertisement agency, quoted legendary advertisement guru David Ogilvy to punch a hole in the BJP campaign. “Ogilvy said if you have a good product, it may sell with bad advertising. The BJP sold a bad product with good advertising in 2014… They have sold all the dreams in 2014. Had they delivered even half of what they promised, they would have got three-fourth majority. But they have been an all-round failure,” he said.last_img read more

Algeria Internal Conflict between Military and Intelligence services

first_imgRabat – Middle East Newsline has issued a new report which confirms a split between the military and intelligence services in Algeria.According to daily Al Massaa newspaper, MENL’s report said that there has been tension between the intelligence agency and ranking military figures.The internal conflict has intensified lately with president’s absence due to illness. According to the same source, the split comes two months before the presidential elections that may lead Abdelazize Boutaflika to his fourth term.The report notes that this is the first time when the clash has been made public.The U.S. and France have already called on Algeria to conduct a cleansing operation in its intelligence agency, after the French secret service accused the Algerian Security Intelligence Services of kidnapping Europeans.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more