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first_imgAshley Barnes struck a stunning equaliser as Burnley staged a remarkable comeback to snatch a 2-2 draw against stunned champions Manchester City. Danny Ings also fired over before City took control with Silva’s well-worked 23rd-minute opener. The hosts built patiently until finding a way through as Nasri fed Navas down the right. Navas turned the ball back inside to find Silva and he had the space to turn in a drill home a low shot for his fourth goal in three appearances. City doubled the lead 10 minutes later after more patient approach play. Nasri looked to have been crowded out on the edge of the area but Fernandinho had more space behind him and took a touch before lashing home a powerful curling shot off the underside of the bar. City looked in control and went close to a third before the break as Navas tested Tom Heaton with a powerful shot following another quick break. City’s mood might have been further lifted at half-time with news that Chelsea had been held to a draw by Southampton, but they were shocked within two minutes of the restart. Ings got the better of Pablo Zabaleta on the left and shot across goal. Hart looked to have it covered but Boyd nipped in and, despite suspicions of offside, appeared to get a final touch to divert the ball into the net. City almost immediately restored a two-goal advantage as Shackell cleared from Demichelis and Nasri forced Heaton to tip round the post. But Burnley began to look a much tougher proposition as Ings flashed a shot narrowly wide and Shackell headed over from a Trippier free-kick. City boss Manuel Pellegrini decided it was time to introduce a striker and Jovetic came off the bench to provide the team with a new focal point. But still Burnley dug in and frustrated City as they tried to launch further attacks. Frank Lampard also came on in an attempt to steady City’s nerves but Burnley put themselves in sight of an unlikely point after Zabaleta was booked for fouling Shackell. Trippier lofted the resulting free-kick into the area and Barnes flicked on. It rebounded off Michael Keane back into Barnes’ path and he struck a ferocious shot from inside the area that flew into the top corner. City were unable to muster a decent response and Burnley held on to celebrate an impressive result. City had looked set to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to one point as David Silva and Fernandinho scored in a commanding first-half display at the Etihad Stadium. But the battling Clarets responded after the break, controversially pulling one back through George Boyd before Barnes lashed home a brilliant leveller nine minutes from time. Press Association Burnley’s fightback denied City a club record 10th successive win and was a real bonus in their fight against relegation. City could complain that Boyd looked offside when scoring in the 47th minute but the visitors’ greater energy and determination after the break arguably deserved tangible reward. City will view it as points dropped given that Chelsea also drew – b ut they had apparently rested key midfielder Yaya Toure and again started without a recognised striker. Stevan Jovetic was on the bench after recovering from injury but James Milner again operated as a makeshift centre-forward with Silva playing behind. There seemed little to alarm them at first. City’s first chance came after five minutes as Boyd diverted a Samir Nasri corner into the path of Martin Demichelis but the defender’s shot was blocked by Jason Shackell. The pacy Jesus Navas stretched Burnley down the right and Milner did well to nip between two defenders to meet his ball across goal but he shot over from six yards. Burnley had a good spell themselves early on but they failed to take advantage of some good openings. Kieran Trippier flicked in a good cross but Barnes was unable to make contact and Dean Marney’s snap-shot from the edge of the area was straight at Joe Hart. last_img read more

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Australian cricket team is undergoing tough times. Tim Paine’s side lost the Test series 1-2 against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, making them the first side to ever lose a Test series to an Asian nation. The team has been undergoing plenty of problems with results on the field due to the absence of their star batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner. Looking at the performance of the batsmen in the series against India, Cricket Australia has decided to bring in some fresh faces as Australia aims to enter a transition phase in the New Year and show the door to some of the other veterans in the side.Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh have all been shown the door for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka which will begin on January 24 with a Day Night Test at the Gabba followed by the inaugural Test in Canberra. In their place, the selectors have included Will Pucovski and have recalled Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw for the series.Read More | Vohra – Living life out of comfort zone and being ‘Royal’ly gratefulSpeaking about the selection, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns spoke about the criteria behind the selection of the three players. “Joe Burns has had strong performances in first-class cricket this season, and we believe he can contribute strongly if given the chance in the series. Renshaw is a player with the ability to make big scores, and at 22 years old has 10 first-class centuries. He also performed extremely well in England during the County season. We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player. Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield. He is another player with a track record of making centuries. We look forward to him joining the squad and congratulate him on his first national call-up,” Hohns said to Cricket Australia’s official website.Read More | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul issued showcause notice by BCCIHohns also said the senior batsmen in the India series had failed to live up to expectations. “Aaron, Peter, Shaun and Mitch have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at the Test level. They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need. All four are very good players, and the door is by no means closed for them to return to play Test cricket for Australia. They will all feature in the ODI Series against India, and each of them forms an integral part of our white-ball strategy and set-up at the moment as we also focus on our journey to the 2019 Cricket World Cup,” Hohns said.Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who were all part of the India series and bowled plenty of overs, make it to the side despite questions about whether they should be rested ahead of the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes.Sri Lanka will play one warm-up game with the Pink Ball which will be against Cricket Australia XI in Hobart. It will be the game where all three players picked in the Australia squad will also feature. The first Test will be in Brisbane from January 24 to January 28 while the second Test will be from February 1 to 5 in Canberra, which will become the newest venue for Tests in Australia.Sri Lanka, who has never won a Test in Australia, will be aiming to break the jinx but they face an uphill task, having lost four out of five Tests against England and New Zealand recently.SquadsAustralia: Tim Paine (c/wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter SiddleSri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha last_img read more

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