Record-breaking Aussies thump Sri Lanka in opening T20I

first_imgAUSTRALIA set a new Twenty20 international run record on their way to a comfortable 85-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first T20I clash between the sides yesterday.The tourists posted a score of 263-3 in Pallekele, surpassing the previous record of 260 set by Sri Lanka in 2007, with Glenn Maxwell playing the starring role.The 27-year-old, who was left out of the recent one-day international series against the same opponents, produced an unbeaten 145 to fall just 11 runs short of Aaron Finch’s individual T20I record.Sri Lanka struggled to make any headway in their daunting chase, despite the best efforts of Dinesh Chandimal (58), as Mitchell Starc (3-26) and Scott Boland (also 3-26) stifled the hosts, who fell to their heaviest T20I defeat.Maxwell, who played without a helmet for a short spell as he attempted to cope with the heat, was making his first appearance as an opener in a T20I and wasted little time in putting Sri Lanka to the sword.It took Maxwell just 49 deliveries to chalk up his maiden century in this form of the game, dropped by Tillakaratne Dilshan as he brought up the 100.He eventually finished with 14 fours and nine maximums in a barnstorming display, firing three sixes in a row in a stunning 17th over.Travis Head (45) proved an able batting partner following the earlier dismissals of David Warner (28) and Usman Khawaja (36) – the pair combined for a 109-run partnership that saw the tourists make history.Sri Lanka’s response got off to a poor start as Dilshan (4) fell to Starc in the opening over, before the same man took the catch that saw off Kusal Perera (4) five deliveries later.Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedera (43) put up admirable resistance, but they were a departure from the norm as the rest of the team managed just 58 between them.Sri Lanka did last the full 20 overs but they were no match for a superb Australia side, finishing on 178-9.The second and final T20I takes place in Colombo on Friday.(Omnisport)last_img read more

Hope fires Red Force to nine-wicket win

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Opener Kyle Hope stroked his second half-century of the game to fire Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a convincing nine-wicket victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes inside three days, in their opening round of the Regional Four-Day Championship here Sunday night.Set a mere 155 for victory, Red Force sped to their target just after the final drinks break of the night at Queen’s Park Oval, with the right-handed Hope finishing unbeaten on 79 to follow up his first-innings 56.He dominated a 61-run opening stand with Jeremy Solozano who made 19, and added a further 96 for the second wicket with Yannic Cariah who was unbeaten on 52 at the end.The victory gave Red Force 18 points while Volcanoes took four from the heavy defeat.Earlier, the visitors had fallen for 254 in their second innings, after resuming the penultimate day on 135 for four.Tail-ender Shane Shillingford whacked an attacking top score of 65 off 99 deliveries while Sunil Ambris, unbeaten on 16 overnight, made 43.Volcanoes’ start was a good one as Ambris and Kavem Hodge (16) extended their fifth-wicket stand to 53 before being separated.The right-handed Ambris faced 72 balls and struck four fours and a six before he was one of two wickets to fall in the space of three deliveries from leg-spinner Imran Khan.He went caught at the wicket by Steven Katwaroo and captain Liam Sebastien followed two deliveries later in identical manner, without scoring.Shillingford, who belted three fours and five sixes, then rallied the innings by adding 21 with Hodge for the seventh wicket and 49 for the eighth with Mervin Matthew (10), before Volcanoes were dismissed in the third over after lunch.Imran Khan was the best bowler with five for 81.Barbadian Hope then took centre stage in an innings laced with eight fours and a six, which came from 122 balls in a shade over 2-3/4 hours.When the left-handed Solozano was lbw to Shillingford, Cariah arrived to further the stand by striking five fours in a 102-ball knock.Red Force will host long-time rivals Barbados Pride in the second round of the Regional Four-Day Championship starting Friday.VOLCANOES 1st innings 142RED FORCE 1st innings 242VOLCANOES 2nd innings (o/n 135 for four)D. Smith b Cottrell 19T. Theophile b Primus 53J. Robinson lbw b Imran Khan 33N. Deonarine c Hope b Jagessar 5S. Ambris c wkp. Katwaroo b Imran Khan 43K. Hodge lbw b Imran Khan 16L. Sebastien c wkp. Katwaroo b Imran Khan 0S. Shillingford b Imran Khan 65M. Matthew c wkp. Katwaroo b Ottley 10D. Johnson lbw b Jagessar 2K. Peters not out 1Extras: (b-1, lb-6) 7Total: (all out, 77.2 overs) 254Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-78, 3-91, 4-119, 5-172, 6-172, 7-193, 8-242, 9-246.Bowling: Cottrell 11-2-43-1, Richards 10-2-26-0, Imran Khan 26.2-7-81-5, Jagessar 19-4-58-2, Primus 9-1-38-1, Ottley 2-1-1-1.RED FORCE 2nd innings (target: 155 runs)K. Hope not out 79J. Solozano lbw b Shillingford 19Y. Cariah not out 52Extras: (lb-5, nb-2) 7Total: (1 wkt, 44.1 overs) 157Fall of wicket: 1-61.Bowling: Johnson 6-1-36-0, Matthew 7-1-16-0, Peters 8-1-30-0, Sebastien 9-0-32-0, Shillingford 14-3-32-1, Hodge 0.1-0-6-0.Points: Red Force 18, Volcanoes 4.last_img read more

Cricket News Sourav Ganguly on Sachin Tendulkar India-Pakistan match comment: He wants two points, I want World Cup

first_img New Delhi: The fall-out of the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans is hitting the game of cricket hard, with several players and users on social media calling for the boycott of the India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup encounter in Manchester on June 16. Sachin Tendulkar, India’s greatest batsman, tweeted out a statement which said, “India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament. Having said that, for me India always comes first. Whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart.”Sourav Ganguly, who has advocated a strong position against Pakistan and has called for cutting off all sporting ties with the country in the wake of the terror attack, has responded to Tendulkar’s comment stating, “He wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup. Whichever way you look at it,” Ganguly was quoted by IANS. India will take on Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup on June 16.The Pulwama terror attack resulted in the death of 40 CRPF jawans.Sourav Ganguly has advocated calling off all sporting ties with Pakistan. Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar want Indo-Pak clash to happen. On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh, Saurav Ganguly, and Mohammad Azharuddin are against the idea of the game. Gavaskar, in an interaction with India Today TV channel, said the aim was to beat Pakistan in the field and not give them two points. “India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan will get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don’t reach the semi-finals. Not playing bilateral series vs Pakistan hurts them. I know India are strong enough to qualify by not playing Pakistan. Not playing bilaterally hurts them. But it’s a World Cup, it’s two points…,” Gavaskar told the channel.Virat Kohli, before the pre-match press conference against Australia in the T20I in Vizag, said the team will adhere to the decision the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Government takes. “Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do. We will go by what the govt and the Board decides, we will respect that,” Kohli stated.Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), also advocated strong action against Pakistan. The move comes after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had written a letter to the ICC and asked them to severe ties with nations that supported terror activities. “We would be shooting in the foot if we don’t play Pakistan in the World Cup. Our aim should be to ostracise Pakistan as a cricketing nation. As I have said earlier, all cricketing nations should sever ties with them. They should be banned from all sporting activities just like it happened with South Africa,” Rai said in an interaction with PTI.Earlier, as per the reports by NDTV, boycotting Pakistan clash in World Cup can draw a furious reaction from ICC and BCCI could be handed a ban by the international body. The Pulwama terror attack. “We should not get isolated in order to isolate Pakistan. Punitive action can be taken against us. ICC can even impose a ban on BCCI,” the source further added. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Terrorism strikes Christchurch, Cricket loses

first_img New Delhi: Christchurch is a city in a recovery. In 2011, the entire landscape of the city was devastated with an earthquake which killed 185 people. The earthquake destroyed the Jade stadium, which was witness to several memorable moments for New Zealand cricket and in 2017, it was demolished. For many cricket fans, the destruction of the Jade stadium was a sad moment as a chapter of New Zealand cricket was destroyed. It took time for the people of Canterbury to recover and they found solace when Hagley Oval was inaugurated as the new cricketing centre. However, the mosque shootings, which has resulted in the death of close to 50 people in Christchurch has once again given more pain to the city and the final international match in New Zealand’s season, the Test match against Bangladesh was cancelled after a joint decision by the New Zealand and Bangladesh Cricket Boards. The Christchurch mosque shootings, which has resulted in many fatalities, will scar the city even more than the earthquake. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, summed up the magnitude of the incident. “What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand.” Indeed, if one looked at global instances of terrorism, New Zealand was like an island of tranquility amidst the chaos that had enveloped the world. However, that has been busted by the shootings.  highlights The Hagley Oval was the ultimate symbol of New Zealand’s recovery since the 2011 earthquake. When it was decided that Hagley Oval, located in Hagley Park would be redeveloped as a sporting venue in the wake of Jade stadium’s demolition, there was resistance. The resistance came from the Environment Court initially and the Christchurch City Council.When the application was given in 2012, for nearly a year, the situation was in a limbo. However, all that changed in 2013 when the Environmental council agreed to redevelop Hagley Oval but with strict conditions. One of the conditions was, “No more than 13 match days allocated to major fixtures within any cricket season.” There were also major restrictions on the number of temporary stands and facilities that would be present at the Hagley Oval.Despite all the odds, Hagley Oval pressed on. In 2013, despite facing two major incidents of flooding, Hagley Oval was Test cricket’s newest venue in 2014 and since then, it was witness to plenty of magnificent milestones. The marquee Boxing Day Test was played against Sri Lanka, the opening ceremony and the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was played. Brendon McCullum hit the fastest century in Tests at this venue in 2016 in what his ultimate farewell against Australia while New Zealand broke a 35-year jinx at home against England with a draw at the same venue in 2018. With every passing year, Christchurch slowly recovered from all the physical scars due to the earthquake and the exploits of the cricketers at the Hagley Oval made it possible. The Test match against Bangladesh was the last international match of New Zealand’s summer and they looked good to end it in style, having swept the ODIs 3-0 and winning the first two Tests. Tim Southee was going to captain New Zealand for the first time while Will Young was set to make his debut. However, the chilling images of the Bangladesh cricket team running through Hagley Park following the shooting as they were preparing to offer prayers at Al Noor mosque which was a kilometer away will scar not just the cricketers, but the city again. Christchurch was recovering from the scars of the earthquake, now they have been dragged back into the abyss in what can be described as the ‘darkest period’ in New Zealand’s history. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Hagley Oval Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand was cancelled.Bangladesh cricket team had a narrow escape as they were about to offer prayers.This has been dubbed as New Zealand’s ‘biggest terror attack’.last_img read more

Football News Robert Lewandowski scores brace, Bayern Munich held to 2-2 draw by Hertha Berlin

first_img Munich: A brace for Robert Lewandowski was not enough to save Bayern Munich from making a spluttering start to the new Bundesliga season as the reigning German champions were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin. Lewandowski insisted that visitors Hertha had been “lucky” after he saved a point for Bayern with a second-half penalty on Friday. Hertha, who finished 11th last season, cancelled out Lewandowski’s opener with two unusual goals to take a surprise lead in the first half and ultimately deal an early blow to Bayern’s title defence.  “We didn’t play badly, and they barely had a shot. They were lucky,” Lewandowski told ZDF. “It wasn’t a false start to the season. We were the better team and should have won,” said coach Niko Kovac.  Despite winning the domestic double last season, Bayern opened the season under pressure after a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup two weeks ago. Questions over Kovac’s tactics and relentless criticism of the club’s transfer policy had also unsettled Bayern in the build-up, but they looked sharp early on as Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry probed and prodded on the right wing.  The duo finally broke Hertha on 24 minutes, as Kimmich set up Gnabry to send a fizzing cross towards Lewandowski, who prodded home at full stretch from close range. With Bayern completely in control, Hertha struck twice in quick succession to turn the game on its head. The equaliser arrived with a dollop of good fortune on 36 minutes, as a hopeful long-range effort from Dodi Lukebakio deflected off Vedad Ibisevic and wrong-footed goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.  Three minutes later, Hertha took the lead in curious fashion after Marko Grujic clashed heads with new Bayern signing Benjamin Pavard. While Pavard pulled up holding his head, Grujic managed to chase down the loose ball and round Neuer before himself collapsing to the turf. Both players were quickly back on their feet, and Grujic was in the spotlight again when he pulled down Lewandowski off the ball on the hour mark.  The resulting penalty, given by VAR, was coolly converted by the Polish striker to bring Bayern back on level terms. Lewandowski, Gnabry and Corentin Tolisso all came close as Bayern pushed for the winner late on, but Hertha held on to take a well-earned point back to the capital city.  Bayern fans will at least have one new face to cheer on after the club announced they had reached “agreement in principle” to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona. Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.Benjamin Pavard, part of France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad, is new signing for Bayern Munich.Robert Lewandowski scored two goals for Bayern Munich. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Jackson St., Prairie View meet in SWAC semis

first_img Associated Press March 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 4 seed Jackson State (15-17, 12-7) vs. No. 1 seed Prairie View (19-13, 15-4)Southwestern Athletic Conference Tourney Semifinals, Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama; Friday, 2:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Jackson State is ready to face Prairie View with a spot in the SWAC championship game on the line. In the regular season, Prairie View won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last met on Feb. 17, when the Panthers outshot Jackson State 41.7 percent to 36.5 percent and made seven more 3-pointers en route to the nine-point victory. Jackson St., Prairie View meet in SWAC semiscenter_img BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The Tigers are led by Tristan Jarrett and Roland Griffin. Jarrett is averaging 16.8 points while Griffin is putting up 14 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. The Panthers have been led by seniors Gerard Andrus and Devonte Patterson, who have combined to score 29 points per outing.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Patterson has accounted for 44 percent of all Prairie View field goals over the last three games. Patterson has 21 field goals and 14 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 73: Jackson State is 0-12 when it allows at least 73 points and 15-5 when it holds opponents to less than 73.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Jackson State’s Dontelius Ross has attempted 38 3-pointers and connected on 42.1 percent of them, and is 2 for 4 over his last three games.DID YOU KNOW: Prairie View has attempted the second-most free throws among all SWAC teams. The Panthers have averaged 23.2 foul shots per game this season and 28.7 per game over their last three games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The Latest: German soccer to go ahead this weekend

first_imgThe Latest: German soccer to go ahead this weekend The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.” Associated Press March 13, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:40 a.m. Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Female referees for boxing championships

first_imgTHREE female referee/judges from the Caribbean and North America will be in Guyana shortly to officiate in the second edition of the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors boxingLeyla JacksonChampionships.The three officials hail from St Lucia, the United States of America and the Cayman Islands. On Tuesday afternoon AIBA One Star,Julie Bonnet,will arrive from St Lucia.Bonnet just finished rubbing shoulders with fellow One Star Guyanese Richard Braithwaite and Ramona Agard at the recently concluded OECS Championships in St Lucia.The St Lucian would be joined later in the week by Kelly Pope from the United States and Leyla Jackson, an Attorney-at-Law from the Cayman Islands,Guyana Boxing Association president Steve Ninvalle confirmed yesterday.While here, the three females will team-up with two Trinidadians and several Guyanese officials. AIBA Three Star referee James Beckles is scheduled to be in Guyana on Tuesday and will commence a three-day seminar the same day.The Schoolboys and Juniors Championship will kick off this Friday at the National Gymnasium and conclude on Sunday.Six countries including Guyana have registered to participate. Suriname, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados make up the group.last_img read more

Ready for the senior battle, says Narayan Ramdhani

first_imgNINETEEN-year-old Caribbean champion Narayan Ramdhani is undoubtedly Guyana’s most accomplished badminton player. He also made his mark as the region’s leading player – a multiple silver medallist at the Caribbean Championships.He has been medallng on the Caribbean arena since the age of nine, racking up a number of hardware since then.Over the years, Narayan has amassed 11 silver and five bronze medals at the Caribbean Championships.He also ended with bronze at the South American Youth Games in Peru in 2013 and at the Peru Junior International 2016.The former Marian Academy student has represented Guyana at World Juniors, the Pan American Games and Pan Am Olympic Festival Games. He was age Group Champion at Suriname Easter International 2006-2016.However, all of that was as a junior player, but at this year’s Caribbean Badminton Championships in August, Narayan will be stepping out for his first year as a senior player.Definitely a difficult task, but the 2015 Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year is hoping that his years as a junior have prepared him enough, to at least put forth a satisfactory performance.Narayan will also be looking to capitalise on his development over the past year in Canada, since taking up his scholarship at the Shuttlesport Badminton Academy located in Vancouver.“I’m very confident playing in seniors for the first time because I was training very hard in Canada and I’m sure I’ll do well at Carebaco. It has been great, I had lots of fun training and going to school, so I think I improved a lot both on and off the court,” Ramdhani said.“The competition in Canada is very tough, because Canada has the highest level of badminton on this side of the world; the training over there helped me to improve and to be a better player.”In Canada, Narayan was able to have advantages that he did not have in Guyana.“In Canada I can use the badminton courts anytime, and any day in the week without problem. But in Guyana I have a specific time to train and when to leave. It was hard because to be a better player I need more training time,” he remarked.Narayan is home on holiday for two months and is training locally here at the Yonex Badminton Club,three times a week. He attends the Michael Parris Gym two to three times a week. He is currently being supervised by trainer Theodore Henry.Prior to leaving Guyana last year September, Narayan was undoubtedly Guyana’s top player, sweeping title after title, even in the senior category.He is encouraged by his badminton family, which includes sibling Priyanna Ramdhani, Guyana’s top female badminton player at just 14 years old. He is following in the footsteps of his father Gokarn, a former national player in the 1980s, and now president of the Guyana Badminton Association, as well as a coach. Even their mom is involved in the sport.Destined to be a local badminton great, it was no surprise that he took up the sport at a really young age – four years old to be exact.His profession saw him eventually peaking as number three in the Pan American rankings. But it was his world ranking at number 53 that has been one of his proudest accomplishments. What Narayan has loved most over the years is being able to travel and experience the world as he develops his badminton skills.“The thing I love most about being a badminton player is the travelling all over the world, seeing different places and meeting new people. Also badminton is a very fun sport to play, and it’s a great source of excerise,” he said.last_img read more

Guyana’s men make successful start to Ran 7s title defence

first_img– Women’s side suffer mixed results on opening dayGUYANA’s ‘Green Machine’, the defending Men’s Sevens Rugby Americas North (RAN) Champions, made a successful start to their championships title defence, winning both matches on Day One of the tournament, which is being held at the picturesque Campo Marte, a military and equestrian venue in the heart of Mexico City, Mexico, yesterday.As six-time men’s champions, Guyana started as one of the favourites to claim the coveted title and a ticket to San Francisco for RWC Sevens 2018.In their first game of the tournament, the Dwayne Schroeder-led ‘Green Machine’ first disposed of the Cayman Islands 26 – 14, with Dominic Lespierre, Lancelot Adonis, Schroder, Claudius Butts and Rickford Cummings scoring in the game.Guyana then defeated Barbados 28 – 21, thanks to Lespierre, Adonis, Butts, Cummings, Richard Staglon, Avery Corbin and Schroder.Guyana’s Claudius Buttsscores a try in MexicoGuyana will play Bermuda and Trinidad and Tobago today in their final pool game.Meanwhile, for the women–the former RAN Caribbean Champions–after a 19 – 12 win against Jamaica, they fell 5 – 12 against Trinidad and Tobago. However, the Guyanese women ended day one with a 17 – 12 win against the Dominican Republic.Today, the ‘GT’ women will face host Mexico, Bermuda and French Guiana.One men’s and one women’s team will qualify for next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier in Hong Kong, while places at the Commonwealth Games and Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (CACSO) Games are also on the line.last_img read more