West Indies show more fight but Aussies triumph

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Allrounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets as Australia broke up a defiant West Indies second innings to claim a 177-run win yesterday in the second Test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy. Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin both scored half centuries and shared an aggressive 100-run partnership to highlight a gritty batting performance for the West Indies after Australia declared on their overnight score of 179-3. Chasing the unlikely target of 460, the West Indies batted patiently in the early stages and went to tea on 146-4. The Test seemed destined for a fifth day, but Marsh (4-61) sparked a collapse midway through the evening session when he had Ramdin caught behind for 59. “I was really happy with the way Mitchell Marsh bowled. He was pretty impressive today, bowling consistently over 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph) and guess really helped out the team in the end,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. Offspinner Nathan Lyon took a wicket in each session to finish with figures of 3-85 as the West Indies were bowled out for 282. “I was glad with the way we finished off,” Smith said. “(Lyons) did what he’s done so well this summer. He got crucial wickets for us at crucial times and he’s bowled beautifully.” After Kraigg Brathwaite (31) provided the only wicket of the morning session, the Australian bowlers took three hard-fought wickets in the afternoon session against a West Indies top order that showed far greater determination than in the first innings, when the visitors collapsed to 91-6. “I was proud of the way the guys showed some fight and skill,” captain Jason Holder said. “I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a better fight. But still credit to the way the guys played.” West Indies 2nd innings K. Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 31 R. Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 37 D.M. Bravo c Nevill b Siddle 21 M. Samuels c Nevill b Marsh 19 J. Blackwood lbw b Lyon 20 D. Ramdin c Nevill b Marsh 59 J. Holder c Hazlewood b Marsh 68 C. Brathwaite b Lyon 2 K. Roach c Warner b Pattinson 11 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Marsh 0 J. Warrican not out 4 Extras (lb7, w1, nb2) 10 Total (all out, 88.3 overs) 282 Fall of wickets:1-35 (Brathwaite) ,2-83 (Bravo), 3-91( Chandrika), 4-118 (Samuels), 5-150 (Blackwood), 6-250 (Ramdin),7-253(C Brathwaite), 8-274 (Holder), 9-278 (Roach), 10-282 (Taylor). Bowling: Hazlewood 20-6-40-0 (1nb,1w),Pattinson 17-4-49-2,Lyon 23-7-85-3,Siddle 9-2-35-1,March 17.3-2-61-4 (1nb), Smith 2-1-5-0. Position: Australia won by 177 runs. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould. Dismissal Peter Siddle had Darren Bravo caught behind for 21 with a fullish outswinging delivery and Rajendra Chandrika opened up and played his shots before falling leg before wicket to James Pattinson for a Test career-best 37. Marlon Samuels, who took 16 balls to get off the mark, was caught behind for 19 off Marsh. Lyon claimed his second dismissal in the second over after tea when he trapped Jermaine Blackwood lbw for 20, before Ramdin and Holder combined to frustrate the Australian attack. Marsh finally broke through with the wicket of Ramdin (59) who smashed nine boundaries from his 90 balls. Lyon struck again to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite for two when his in-swinging delivery brushed the top of off-stump to dislodge the bail and Holder ended his gutsy innings at 68 when he spooned a Marsh ball to Josh Hazlewood at mid-off. Kemar Roach was out three balls later for 11, caught at third slip by David Warner off Pattinson. Holder encapsulated the West Indies’ defiance and even raised hopes of an unlikely victory push, hitting seven boundaries and punishing two loose Lyon deliveries for six, the first hoisted over mid-wicket deep into the stands. “Our guys need to cherish these moments and come up trumps in these kinds of games,” Holder said. “These are obviously big games and big occasions, and these are things our players can really strive to do.” Australia won the opening Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs. The third and final Test begins Sunday in Sydney. “The West Indies were up for the fight this game,” Smith said. “They improved quite a lot from the last match and hopefully they can continue to show that fight in Sydney.” Australia’s hopes of a quick victory were hit by another instance of sloppy bowling when Bravo edged a ball to slip just before lunch only for replays to show Hazelwood overstepped. It was the third time in the match the West Indies had benefited from a similar no ball. James Pattinson squandered two dismissals of Carlos Brathwaite due to no balls Monday to significantly prolong the West Indies innings and deny Australia a possible three-day victory. SCOREBOARDlast_img read more

No rankings reward for Bafana’s big win

first_img20 November 2013 Bafana Bafana’s upset 1-0 victory over world number one Spain on Tuesday will not be reflected in the Fifa world rankings, Fifa’s media office said on Wednesday. South Africa’s Eye Witness News contacted Fifa for clarification about the matter and were told that because Spain used a seventh substitute in Tuesday’s match it could not be classified as a category A game. Therefore no caps will be earned and the match will not be recorded as an official result. However, it appears that the matter is not yet closed, as a Fifa spokesman told Eye Witness News that they are still are still awaiting the official report for analysis and to consider their next steps.The seventh substitution Late in the match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdez, who had replaced Iker Casillas during the game, suffered an injury. Spain had already used the maximum allowable six substitutes by that time, so outfielder Alvaro Arbeloa donned a goalkeeper’s jersey. South Africa’s coach Gordon Igesund was then seen remonstrating with officials and Spanish players as Napoli goalie Pepe Reina moved to join the game. After an exchange of words between Igesund and a number of players and officials, Reina was allowed to replace Valdez and became the world champions’ seventh substitute.‘The rules of the game’ “I was not fighting on the sidelines, I was just informing them that they had already made six substitutes as per the rules of the game and also from our agreement in the meeting a day before the match,” Igesund said at a press conference after the game. “I also added that if they want to make another change it is up to the match officials, but I think the rules are rules and they shouldn’t be changed, even if it is a friendly match. “I was not refusing them to put on another player, and was quite happy for them to get on another player in terms of fair play. I think it was a misunderstanding due to a language barrier,” he added.A welcome boost South Africa’s 1-0 victory was their first win over a team ranked number one in the world. It came as a welcome boost after Bafana Bafana missed out on qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. The focus of the team, Igesund said would be the big forthcoming competitions. “Our vision remains the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as well as the 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger roars at box office

first_imgSalman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger has indeed broken all records. Besides creating the record of the highest opening day ever with a Rs. 32.92 crore earning on last Wednesday, the film has also managed to brake all opening weekend records.The film had collected Rs. 92.5 crore till Sunday night in the domestic market. In fact, the Kabir Khan-directed film co-starring Katrina Kaif earned a whopping Rs. 110 crore over a six-day extended weekend. Incidentally, the film also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office.Seems like Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore in less than a fortnight and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.Meanwhile, the Pakistan Censor Board has banned the screening of the film in their country. Earlier, when the trailer of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was released, the Board had banned it claiming that it tarnishes the image of their intelligence agency ISI.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.advertisementlast_img read more

Cherry Wins Sevens Player of the Year

first_imgAustralian Women’s Open Touch Football representative, Emilee Cherry has been recognised for her impressive start to her Rugby Sevens career, being named the Women’s Player of the Year at the John Eales Medal in Sydney on Thursday night. Cherry, who celebrates her 20th birthday today, has had a busy year, juggling her Touch Football commitments with her Sevens commitments as well as university studies. Cherry has had an impressive year on the Touch Football field, helping her South West Queensland Swans team make the final of the 2012 National Touch League and being part of the Australian Women’s Open team that defeated New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series. She also helped guide the Queensland Women’s Open team to their State of Origin Series win over New South Wales in September, being named Player of the Series. Cherry recently was also a part of the South West Queensland Swans team that won the 2012 Queensland State Championships and was named Player of the Final. After taking up Rugby in 2011, Cherry has been a constant inclusion in the Australian Women’s Sevens team and was recently part of the team’s title win at the Asia Pacific Women’s Sevens Championships in Malaysia. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Emilee on her award. Related LinksCherry Wins Sevens Awardlast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup title

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’re in the Club World Cup to win it.Real’s squad are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament.The Argentine said, “For the club it’s great to be here, it means that Real Madrid are Champions League champions again and it’s the trophy that we like the most.”To be in the Club World Cup again is fantastic and we hope to retain the title this year, which these great players already won last year.”It’s always important to go in to this tournament off the back of a win. The Club World Cup has already begun, we have been following it on television and now we’re happy to have arrived and turn our focus to Wednesday’s game. Until now we were thinking about Rayo, who were our previous opponent, and the only thing that has happened after has been a flight. Now we’ll concentrate and begin to prepare for the first match against Kashima Antlers.” last_img read more