TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bundesliga foursome target Man City winger Rabbi Matondoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Rabbi Matondo is attracting big money interest from Germany.The Sun says Matondo is a shock £10million target for Bundesliga clubs.German sides are on red alert and watching Matondo’s contract situation closely.Scouts from Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig were all in attendance to scout the flying winger in the UEFA youth clash against Hoffenhiem and were impressed again.The 18-year-old, given his first cap by Ryan Giggs last month, has 18 months left on his current deal.
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent: Man Utd have advantage in Koulibaly battleby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Kalidou Koulibaly admits the Napoli defender has been a long-term target for Manchester United.United have been linked with a €100m bid for the Senegal international.Agent Bruno Satin said, “When I took Kalidou to Napoli, Manchester United had already contacted me to inquire about the boy. “He’s one of the best defenders in the world and he has the perfect profile for English football. “United has never stopped following him and maybe they have an advantage over others … we’ll see what happens.”
Van der Sar warns Man Utd: Stars won’t join on past gloriesby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEdwin van der Sar has warned Manchester United will not able to recruit players on reputation alone.The Red Devils have not won the Premier League in six year and their current position of 12th on the Premier League table suggests that drought will not end soon.United are still considered one of the biggest clubs in world football, but former goalkeeper van der Sar says the biggest starts want to join winning teams.”Of course, the name is there. And of course the following they have all over the world,” van der Sar told ESPN.”But for a player […] you want to play at a certain level, you also want to have an idea that you can win trophies and they must take that opportunity also to improve the squad and make the world-class players they have, or the players that they’re going to sign, that they feel welcome and that there’s a good path to where they’re going to go to.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle captain Lascelles: Longstaff just what we neededby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff’s breakthrough is exactly what the club needed.The 19-year-old academy graduate had a debut to remember against Manchester United, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. “I’m buzzing for him since he’s come into the squad. Everything we do, he is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra,” Lascelles told Sky Sports News.”The hard work has recently paid off, he’s been thrown into the deep end like his brother.”What you do know is that he is a young Geordie lad who is going to roll his sleeves up and play with his heart.”Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like that, he was a prime example of what you can get from that. His goal got us the three points, I’m over the moon for him.””You see all these big teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty was not long ago training down with the reserve team.”He’s just come up through the ranks and grabbed a first team spot with two hands.”He’s humble, a very nice genuine lad. It must mean the world to him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City made check on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are checking on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.The 23-year-old, who has attracted interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid, has also been closely monitored by City in recent weeks.The Guardian says City sent scouts to watch Ruiz in action when Napoli played Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Ruiz was named as the best player of the Under-21 European Championship last summer as he helped Spain lift their fifth title and has recently broke into the senior side.The Spain international can play centrally or on the left side of midfield and has been likened to City star David Silva, who is considered to be at the backend of his career at 33.
Andrew Vorhees, a four-star offensive tackle from Kingsburg, California, provided some great news for USC Friday night. Vorhees, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound player for the class of 2017, announced his commitment to the Trojans on Twitter. Vorhees chose USC over nearly every other Pac-12 school, including Oregon and UCLA.Vorhees is USC’s eighth commitment for the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports.I’m committed! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LrbtMy7OFg— Andrew Vorhees (@AndrewVorhees55) June 10, 2016Vorhees is ranked as the 37th-best player in the state of California.
Mats Hummels will help to remedy a lack of quality that hampered Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season, according to team-mate Marco Reus.Experienced defender Hummels returned to Signal Iduna Park for a second spell in June, making a €31 million (£28/$35m) switch from Bayern Munich just three years after leaving Dortmund.In the years without Hummels, Dortmund finished third, fourth and second in the Bundesliga while Bayern clinched the title each season, but the gap between the two sides was just two points at the end of a tense 2018-19 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Reus, who played alongside Hummels for four seasons at club level and for eight years in the national team, said his return could make the difference as Lucien Favre’s men go in search of their first title since 2012.”He [Hummels] brings quality,” Reus told reporters. “That’s most important. We were missing that last year.”Of course, we had positive developments last season. Nobody expected that. But if we want to win the Bundesliga and advance further in Europe, we need good players.”We found that in Mats and the other players we got.”Dortmund have also added Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt to Favre’s squad, along with the permanent signing of last season’s loan star Paco Alcacer, as they prepare to compete for honours in a division that Reus claims is shaping up to be stronger than it was last term.With Julian Nagelsmann taking over as head coach of RB Leipzig and Bayern splashing out €115m on Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard following the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Reus is bracing himself for stiff competition.”What happens with Bayern is nothing I can control,” said Reus.”I think even if they didn’t buy new players they would have a strong team. They won the Bundesliga seven times in a row – that says everything.”True, they lost some very good players who ended their careers, but we will see how the season goes.”I hope it will be an exciting season and we cannot forget the other teams. Leipzig, with a new coach and new players, were very strong in the second part of the season.”So, this could be between two, three, maybe even four teams until the end.”
COLUMBIA, MO – NOVEMBER 12: Derek Mason head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores gives support to his team during a game against the Missouri Tigers in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)One of Saturday’s college football games took an ugly turn late in the first half. Vanderbilt has Florida on upset alert and tempers are starting to flare between the players and coaches.During a punt return, a Florida player hit a Vanderbilt player with a crack-back block and was called for targeting. The players was ejected from the contest, but not before both benches cleared.Florida head coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham can be seen yelling at Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason as well.Here’s video of the play.? ? ? pic.twitter.com/19NEM1t3ye— Matthew Chastain (@MattChastain_) October 13, 2018That sparked the benches to clear.Vanderbilt just cleared the benches. #Gators came out too pic.twitter.com/QVf2Y1gyTS— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) October 13, 2018When the benches cleared, both head coaches were seen yelling at each other.Dan Mullen and Todd Grantham in a shouting match with Derek Mason. pic.twitter.com/xfIxyUtiNJ— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) October 13, 2018Clearly there’s some bad blood brewing in this contest. The Commodores held a 21-3 lead at one point in the contest, but enter halftime with a 21-13 lead.Can Vanderbilt hold on, or will the Gators find a way to complete the comeback?
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 29: Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators players line up before a snap during the first quarter of the game at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Week 9 of the college football season is here. This is the last weekend before the first College Football Playoff rankings are revealed.There are a number of big games this week, most notably a top-10 showdown between Florida and Georgia. This year’s matchup will be one of the juiciest in recent memory for the longtime rivals.Additionally, there are matchups between ranked teams in the Big Ten (Iowa-Penn State) and Pac-12 (Washington State-Stanford).As he does each week, Ralph Russo of the Associated Press released his score picks for Week 9. He picked more than 20 contests.Here are Russo’s predictions for the big games:Clemson 31, Florida State 14Notre Dame 35, Navy 17Oklahoma State 24, Texas 21Georgia 23, Florida 17Oklahoma 49, Kansas State 20Missouri 24, Kentucky 21Washington State 28, Stanford 24Texas A&M 24, Mississippi State 21Penn State 24, Iowa 23NC State 27, Syracuse 24Boston College 24, Miami 21South Carolina 27, Tennessee 24Russo’s “Upset Special” is unranked Oklahoma State over No. 6 Texas. Stillwater can be a tough place to play, so seeing the Cowboys pull this one out wouldn’t be overly shocking.For the year, Russo is 4-4 picking “Upset Specials.” He missed last week picking Oregon to top Washington State.You can see Russo’s full breakdown of his picks here.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and LSU are not just rivals on the football field. The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are rivals on the recruiting trail, too.Tonight, Alabama and LSU’s recruiting battles will be on full display, as several top recruits are visiting Baton Rouge, La. for this evening’s game.One of those recruits: The younger brother of Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Taulia Tagovailoa, the No. 6 pro-style QB in the 2019 class per 247Sports, will reportedly be at tonight’s game. He’s not just there to support his big brother, either. LSU is believed to be a major player in his recruitment.The Tigers are attempting to flip his commitment.247Sports has the latest on his recruitment:The No. 6 pro-style QB in the 2019 class per the 247Sports Composite, Taulia committed to the Tide in April. However, the Tigers have been in pursuit of Taulia ever since. And our 247Sports experts indicate the battle between the two SEC powers is getting interesting, with Tennessee also in the mix.LSU head coach Ed Orgeron watched Taulia play Friday evening during the team’s bye week, even bumping into Tua on the sideline. LSU hopes to make Taulia its second QB take in the 2019 class, adding a little Tagovailoa magic to the roster in the process.Alabama is likely still the favorite, however LSU is making a really strong push. The Crimson Tide have multiple quarterbacks committed in the 2019 class, too.Stay tuned.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions took the field on Tuesday afternoon for a game against the Kentucky Wildcats. Penn State and Kentucky took to Orlando to play in the Citrus Bowl and bring bragging rights back to their conference.Kentucky took a 10-7 lead into the half after failing to score an offensive touchdown. The Wildcats’ special teams dominated the day, with a punt return for a touchdown and a blocked field goal in the first half.Penn State trails 17-7 after a Benny Snell touchdown run early in the second half, but it just got worse for the Nittany Lions. According to a sideline report from ESPN, star quarterback Trace McSorley attempted to get stretched out before the second half, but appears to have suffered a leg injury.Sean Clifford back in at QB for Penn State. Trace McSorley is on the sideline .— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) January 1, 2019As a result, he missed the last Penn State possession.Penn State head coach James Franklin said McSorley would be good to go for the second half, but he remains on the sideline without his helmet.UPDATE: Penn State announced McSorley suffered a broken foot.From #PennState: McSorley has broken foot and is done for the day.— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) January 1, 2019The senior quarterback is done for the day, unfortunately. UPDATE No. 2: McSorley re-entered the game despite the broken foot.
Clemson OL John Simpson, who is cosplaying as Trevor Lawrence at ACC Media Day, says that Notre Dame was a tougher test than Alabama.Clemson crushed both teams in the College Football Playoff. After casting aside the Fighting Irish 30-3, the Tigers stunned ‘Bama 44-16.LOTS of questions here at Media Day about the Alabama remarks about Clemson/Clemson not getting its credit. John Simpson says Notre Dame -not Bama- was the best team Clemson played.— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) July 17, 2019I assume Simpson was taking a shot back at Moses with this quote, though by score, he’s not wrong. The Tigers beat Notre Dame by 27 and Alabama by 28.Of course, by that metric, Syracuse was the toughest test that Clemson faced. The Orange nearly stunned Clemson for a second straight season during the regular season, giving up the lead late to fall 27-23.Either way, the Tigers went 15-0, capping one of the most impressive seasons in modern college football. If Alabama players truly think that was a fluky result, they may very well get their shot at a rematch yet again this winter. ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A.J. Terrell #8 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Dexter Williams #2 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Alabama and Clemson don’t share a conference, and if they face each other yet again, it will be in the post-season. That didn’t stop the two teams from firing some barbs today.ACC and SEC Media Days featured Clemson and Alabama respectively today. Naturally, players from those teams were asked about their national title game counterparts.Crimson Tide linebacker Dylan Moses opened things up with a controversial take. While ‘Bama beat Georgia and was blown out by Clemson, he said that the Dawgs were the tougher team to face.Clemson has responded in kind from Charlotte.
Lord’s granted permission to construct two new stands to increase stadium capacityThe redeveloped stands will improve sightlines for spectators and offer other amenities, such as integrated catering, wheelchair accessible spaces, and lift access to all levels.advertisement Reuters LondonJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 18:14 IST Construction will begin after England’s second Ashes Test against Australia in August (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 2 new stands will replace the existing Compton and Edrich stands at the Lord’sThe new three-tier stands will increase the stadium’s capacity to 31,000Construction will begin on August 24 and the new seats will be ready for use in 2020Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has been granted permission to construct two new stands at Lord’s to replace the existing Compton and Edrich stands and increase the stadium’s capacity to 31,000, it said on Wednesday.The new three-tier stands, to be built at the stadium’s Nursery End, will cost 50 million pounds ($64.37 million).The redeveloped stands will improve sightlines for spectators and offer other amenities, such as integrated catering, wheelchair accessible spaces, and lift access to all levels, the MCC said.Construction will begin on August 24 after England’s second Ashes Test against Australia and the new seats will be ready for use in 2020, the MCC said in a statement, adding that the fully fitted-out facilities would be completed by 2021.”MCC is delighted to receive planning permission for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands. We are excited to be commencing another transformational development at Lord’s, and by raising the capacity to 31,000 we will be able to welcome more spectators to enjoy matches at the largest cricket ground in the country, here at the Home of Cricket,” MCC chief executive and secretary Guy Lavender said.MCC has been granted full planning permission by @CityWestminster to construct two new three-tier stands to replace the existing Compton & Edrich Stands.https://t.co/uCkCOdFgzA#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/xsuEbhE7k0Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) January 16, 2019″The redevelopment will be an outstanding addition delivering world-class facilities, ensuring that Lord’s remains the finest ground in the world to watch, and play cricket.”The MCC’s members will be asked to approve the plans at the club’s annual general meeting in May 2019.advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Lord’sFollow Marylebone Cricket Club
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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: India lose final to Korea as shoot-out woes continueIndia were favourites to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title but they lost to Korea 4-2 in the shoot-out to finish second best in the big final. advertisement Next Press Trust of India IpohMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 21:09 IST Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: Title favourites India finished second best in the big final (Hockey India Facebook)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost 4-2 to South Korea in the shoot-out in the final on SaturdayIndia had finished on top of the six-team group table and were unbeatenMandeep Singh, Sumit Kumar Junior and Sumit missed during the penalty shoot-out situationSouth Korea stunned favourites India 4-2 in the shoot-out to lift the Azlan Shah Cup hockey title after the five-time champions conceded an equaliser in the final quarter of the summit clash here Saturday.Going into the title clash, world no. 5 India were clear favourites to lift their sixth Azlan Shah title against the 17th ranked Koreans.And the Indians started in the right earnest, taking the lead early through Simranjeet Singh’s field strike in the ninth minute.The Koreans, thereafter, kept the Indian forward line under tight vigil, while also pressing hard in search of the equaliser.FT: 1-1 (2-4)Korea edged past a spirited Indian side in a cracker of a final where the winner was decided via penalty shootouts.#IndiaKaGame #SultanAzlanShahCup2019 pic.twitter.com/Y0zDzS1bSZHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 30, 2019Korea’s efforts finally paid dividend in the 47th minute when they were awarded a penalty stroke. The Indians went for the video referral but the penalty decision stayed and Jang Jong Hyun made no mistake in drawing parity for his side.Two minutes from the hooter, India earned a penalty corner but to no avail as the match went into shoot-out.In the shoot-out, the Indians missed their first, fourth and fifth attempts and converted just two, while the Koreans just missed their third strike to win the thrilling contest 4-2 and lift the crown for the third time in the history of the invitational tournament.For India, Mandeep Singh, Sumit Kumar Junior and Sumit missed from the one-on-one penalty shoot-out situation, while experienced Birendra Lakra and Varun Kumar, converted their chances.advertisementDefending the goal in the shoot-out for India was young Kishan B Pathak in place of experienced P R Sreejesh.Hosts Malaysia finished third after beating Canada 4-2 in the third-fourth place classification match.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow India vs KoreaFollow India Hockey teamFollow Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019
Press Trust of India VadodaraApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 17:31 IST Tushar Arothe was the coach of the India women’s team when they reached the final of the 2017 World Cup (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTushar Arothe was arrested connection with cricket betting along with 18 others”Forget about doing it, I have never thought about it”, said ArotheArothe quit as India women’s cricket team coach in 2018 after a players’ revoltFormer Indian women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe on Wednesday claimed innocence a day after he was arrested and subsequently released on bail for allegedly betting on an IPL match.”This (cricket) is my bread and butter. Whatever I am today is because of cricket and I will never do such type of activity. Life mei ek paisa idhar-udhar nahi kiya hai (I have never cheated),” Arothe told PTI.The 52-year-old from Baroda was arrested on Monday before being given bail by the police, Vadodara Police Commissioner Anup Singh Gehlot told PTI on Tuesday.”Forget about doing it, I have never thought about it,” the former batsman, who represented Baroda in 114 first-class games.Arothe and 18 others were arrested by the city Crime Branch for betting on the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab played at Mohali, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaydeepsinh Jadeja of Vadodara Crime Branch.”Arothe is a former coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. He was among the 19 persons held by our team last night for placing bets during the live telecast of an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals,” said Jadeja.Arothe took over the reins of the Indian women’s team in 2017 from Purnima Rao.During Arothe’s tenure, the women’s team had made it to the finals of the 2017 World Cup.He had resigned from the post in controversial circumstances. His son Rishi, a left-arm pacer, also plays for Baroda.Also Read | Ex-India women’s cricket coach Tushar Arothe arrested in connection with IPL bettingAlso Read | International Cricket Council to join hands with Interpol to tackle corruptionadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Tushar ArotheFollow IPLFollow bettingFollow Women’s teamFollow Coach Tushar Arothe claims innocence, says would ‘never indulge’ in such actTushar Arothe, former coach of the Indian women’s cricket team, along with 18 others were arrested by the Baroda Police for betting on the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab.advertisement
Watch: Chris Gayle does the Bhangra as Kings XI Punjab return to MohaliIPL 2019: Chris Gayle got off the team bus and did some Bhangra as Kings XI Punjab reached Mohali’s PCA Stadium to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. No data available! scorecard advertisement view more view less India Today Web Desk MohaliApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 20:23 IST In 2019, Chris Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs and the 1st man to hit 300 IPL sixes. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle was seen doing the Bhangra as KXIP reached the stadium for their tie vs SRH in MohaliGayle had scored an unbeaten 104 vs SRH in Mohali in the 2018 IPLIn 2019, Chris Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs and the 1st man to hit 300 IPL sixesKings XI Punjab are back in their den in Mohali and Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, was in high spirits as he stepped off the team bus ahead of the clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 22 of the 2019 Indian Premier League on Monday.Chris Gayle, the greatest T20 batsman in the world, was seen doing the Bhangra when KXIP reached the stadium for their 6th match of the season. Both KXIP and SRH have played 5 matches each and have 6 points each after winning 3.Chris Gayle + = #SaddaPunjab #SaddaSquad #KXIPvSRH @henrygayle pic.twitter.com/O8poo3AQzBKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 8, 2019Chris Gayle was in brilliant form for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 Indian Premier League when he scored 368 runs including a hundred from 11 matches.His hundred had incidentally come against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali – during a stunning assault, he bashed Rashid Khan for four successive sixes.Chris Gayle has played only 4 of KXIP’s 5 matches this year but he has been in good form once again. He has 144 runs including a best of 79 against Rajasthan Royals.During the 2019 Indian Premier League, Chris Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs and the first player to hit 300 sixes in the IPL.at #SaddaAkhada #SaddaPunjab #KXIPvSRH #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/8RWisdGkWAKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 8, 2019KXIP defeated Delhi Capitals in a thriller last week when Sam Curran became the youngest bowler to pick a hat-trick. His sensational spell coupled with Mohammed Shami’s experience helped KXIP snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.advertisementAlso Read | What happened when Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and SRH in Mohali last time?Also Read | IPL 2019: Clash of firepower as Kings XI Punjab host Sunrisers HyderabadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019 commentary graphs
Akshay Ramesh New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 13:04 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli has loved batting against the Delhi Capitals in IPL ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB haven’t lost an IPL match at the Feroz Shah Kotla since 2010RCB are heading into Sunday’s match against DC on the back of 3 successive winsDC have managed to win only 2 out of 5 matches at home in IPL 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Virat Kohli’s hometown in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Sunday.There’s a lot at stake for the two teams who are at the opposite ends of the IPL 2019 points table. While Delhi Capitals, who are placed third on the eight-team table, will seal a playoff spot if they win on Sunday, RCB need a win to keep their outside chances of making the last four alive.Despite having won three matches on the bounce, RCB are still rooted at the last spot on the points table. A defeat at Kotla would ruin any chances of what could still prove to be one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the IPL.Competing at the venue he had played in all his life to become the criketing superstar he is today, Virat Kohli will want to prove a point against the Delhi Capitals. Also, RCB will be keen on avenging their early-season defeat to DC.Kohli has amassed 802 runs against Delhi Capitals over the years the most he has scored against any opponent in the IPL. The RCB captain will be raring to lead his team from the front.Kohli hasn’t managed to trouble the scorers much after the match-winning hundred against Kolkata Knight Riders on 19 April. However, the India captain is heading into the Delhi clash on the back of a three-day break that should have helped him regain focus.Watch @Heini22 and @SHetmyer fire up at the net practice session in Delhi. Can’t wait to see these guys #PlayBold tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/w8gtMk2UF5advertisementRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 27, 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore will also be bolstered by their stunning record at the Feroz Shah Kotla. They have not lost a match at the iconic venue since 2010, winning their last six matches against Delhi in Delhi.Last year, usual suspects Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers combined to help RCB gun down a 182-run target against Delhi Capitals at the Kotla. While Kohli struck a 40-ball 70, de Villiers smashed 72 not out from just 37 balls to help RCB complete a successful chase.However, it will be difficult for the two flamboyant batsmen to get going on the Delhi Capitals pitch that has played slow in IPL 2019. Both teams have some big-hitters who love some pace on the ball. However, a little bit of patience and good shot selection are a must on the Kotla track.Delhi Capitals have lost three of their five matches at the Kotla in IPL 2019. Their batsmen have struggled on the sluggish wickets on offer at home. However, Shreyas Iyer’s men can take confidence from the way they beat Kings XI Punjab at home in their previous match at the Kotla.Skipper Shreyas Iyer, who spoke to the media on the eve of the big-ticket clash, said his team now has a fair idea of the Kotla pitch and he is confident of an improved batting show against RCB.”It’s an advantage for us because we get to practice in the afternoon and we have been doing that in the night games. We are now aware of the wickets, how it’s going to play we have a fair idea now,” Iyer said.”In all the coming three games we are playing here, Chennai and then back again and it’s kind of a similar wicket. So it’s a blessing in disguise for us to be going through this condition.”Also Read | From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019Also Read | Unadkat credits Steve Smith’s backing for match-winning spell vs SRHAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Feroz Shah Kotla IPL 2019: Virat Kohli arrives at Kotla as RCB look to dominate DC againIPL 2019, DC vs RCB: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore are set for a must-win clash against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla which has been one of their favourite hunting grounds in the recent pastadvertisement
graphs Afghans celebrate World Cup warm-up match win over Pakistan with gunfire in KabulFor Afghanistan, still searching for peace after decades of war, the victory was especially sweet because it came against Pakistan. commentary Reuters KabulMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 17:34 IST Afghanistan cricket fans celebrate their team’s victory over Pakistan (Screengrab: @cricketworldcup)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan beat Pakistan in a World Cup warm-up match on May 24Afghans celebrated the victory with gunfire in KabulThere was also criticism of the gunfire which regularly greets sporting successAfghanistan’s victory over Pakistan in a warmup match for the Cricket World Cup on Friday was greeted with prolonged volleys of celebratory gunfire and prompted a rare show of unity in a country split by increasingly bitter political divisions.Lifted by a controlled 74 not out by Hashmatullah Shahidi and a quickfire 49 from Hazratullah Zazai, the Blue Tigers chased down Pakistan’s total of 262 to win by three wickets in a timely boost before the World Cup starts on Thursday.For Afghanistan, still searching for peace after decades of war, the victory was especially sweet because it came against Pakistan.Many Afghans accuse their neighbour of supporting the Taliban and fuelling instability in their country, a charge which Pakistan, for its part, denies.As the match concluded, automatic gunfire rang out across Kabul as fans rushed into the streets of the Afghan capital in now a familiar celebration of cricket success.Afghanistan’s fans know how to celebrate a victory!Some of them perform the ‘Champion Dance’ after their narrow win over Pakistan @DJBravo47, what do you think? pic.twitter.com/GPzf0Y3N5TCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019The rise of Afghan cricket has been a remarkable by-product of the decades of turmoil that forced millions into refugee camps across the border in Pakistan, where young men uprooted from home and with little to occupy them learned the sport.On social media, politicians set aside brawls in parliament and bitter accusations of corruption, incompetence and nepotism to hail the team under Gulbadin Naib who hope to make the semi-finals.advertisement”We, the Afghans, defeated Pakistan in cricket,” tweeted Amrullah Saleh, a former intelligence chief now running on President Ashraf Ghani’s team for elections in September.”Yes it happened this evening and a massive mark was registered in history.”Similar messages came from a range of other officials and political figures.In a sporting concession, Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the powerful head of the Pakistani military communications wing, sent a tweet saying “Well played Afgan Cricket Team”.Amid the congratulations, there was also criticism of the gunfire which regularly greets sporting success.”Celebrating with gunfire is a shame, those who are interested in gunshots can join ANDSF, we need them on the battlefield,” said Abdul Moqim Abdulrahimzai, a senior official in the interior ministry, referring to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow Afghanistan cricket teamFollow Pakistan cricket team scorecard view more view less No data available! advertisement
India vs New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson happy with ‘underdogs’ tag ahead of CWC semi-finalIndia vs New Zealand: India will be facing New Zealand in a World Cup semi-final for the first time in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup.advertisement Reuters ManchesterJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 07:50 IST New Zealand take on India in the 1st semifinal of World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)New Zealand are at peace with their underdog status and are preparing for a “scrap” in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against India, coach Gary Stead and quick Lockie Ferguson said on Sunday.New Zealand, the tournament runners-up last time, grabbed the last semi-final berth after a hat-trick of defeats nearly derailed their strong start in the tournament.”I’m not spending a lot of time worrying about what other people are thinking, whether we should be here or not,” Stead told reporters at Old Trafford.India topped the group stage with just one defeat while their match against New Zealand in Nottingham was washed out.Stead said his team would walk out on Tuesday to prove their mettle against a strong Indian side.”India are a quality team, there’s no doubt. They’ve got match-winners right throughout their lineup. I said right from the very start whoever we play, we going to have to be somewhere near our very best to beat.”That’s the excitement, that’s the challenge in front of us. Hopefully, you’ll see what Kiwis are made of out there as well, that ‘no-die’ attitude and I guess stand up when we need to.”New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of their leading wicket-taker in the tournament with Ferguson recovering from tightness in his hamstring.The quick also felt the underdog status suited his side.”I guess in World Cups obviously big games get pumped up and where we stand is the fourth going into the semi-finals so naturally I guess they back India,” Ferguson said.advertisement”But as New Zealanders we are often the underdogs and I guess that’s a position we like to be in… it’s knockout cricket now so it’s all on Tuesday and the better team will go through.The right-arm paceman said the 2015 finalists had earned their place in the last four with some good cricket and were braced for another characteristic joust against India.”We’ve played some good cricket to get to the point where we are in a position to play a semi-final and then it all counts on the day so were looking forward to the challenge for sure.”As a team, we definitely want to be the scrappers and guys that scrap for wins and not always do we win pretty.”We kind of pride ourselves on coming back from tough situations and scrap our way out of it and give ourselves an opportunity to win.”On Tuesday, New Zealand will have to find a way to deal with Rohit Sharma, who smashed a record fifth century at this year’s tournament against Sri Lanka on Saturday.”It’s hard to sort of get away from the media on Rohit and fair juice to him, he’s played on a lot of different wickets and scored some big runs.”For sure we’re looking to do our scouting over the next few days and make sure we have a plan to sort of take him down as he’s been their top run scorer and obviously an important wicket to get early on.”Also Read | New Zealand have won just 1 out of 7 World Cup semi-finalsAlso Read | Pressure will be a constant companion: Sachin Tendulkar ahead of India-New Zealand semi-finalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Lockie Ferguson Next