Incoming Premier League chief executive Susanna Dinnage has decided not to take up her role with the organisation, sparking a hasty search for a new successor to the post. The top division of English football made the announcement, just over a month after confirming Dinnage as the first female to hold the position, that the Animal Planet global president has elected to withdraw her candidacy. Originally scheduled to replace the outgoing Richard Scudamore, the league’s nominations committee has now been reconvened to find a new figure to fill the role. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive,” a Premier League statement read. “The Committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates. There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.” Dinnage, who has been with the Discovery network, the owners of Animal Planet, since 2009, had been set to assume her new role early in the new year. At the time, she said: “The Premier League means so much to so many people. It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege.” Upon her appointment, Nominations Committee chairman Bruce Buck had added: “We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption. “She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights.” BBC and Sky Sports have both reported Dinnage will instead remain in her role at Discovery. A season-ticket holder at Fulham, Dinnage originally ran the company’s British operations, including heading up the Eurosport channel and overseeing their acquisition of coverage rights for the Olympic and Winter Olympic Games. She was also a leading contender in 2017 to assume the chief executive role at Channel 4. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s “incredible” start as caretaker manager at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won his opening five matches after replacing Jose Mourinho in December – equalling Matt Busby’s record in a 2-0 FA Cup victory against Reading last week.The 45-year-old Norwegian – appointed until the end of the season – could surpass Busby’s record with victory against Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Solskjaer seems to have already restored a feel-good factor at Old Trafford following the ill-fated reign of Jose Mourinho, and he is now a contender for the permanent managerial vacancy.When asked about Solskjaer following Manchester City’s 9-0 humiliation of Burton Albion in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, Guardiola told reporters: “His start is much better than mine, I lost my first game and drew the second [after being appointed in 2016].”He won all the games. He is a young manager, getting incredible results. I saw a few minutes of games they played and they played good.”But it is not my business to talk about other opponents, we have a tough game around the corner against Wolves.”It will be a tough game. We have one day off and then prepare for the game.”Good job, fellas! 9-0 #cityvbafc #mancity pic.twitter.com/itt0x7AW2U— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2019Premier League champions City are second in the league, four points behind leaders Liverpool and 12 ahead of sixth-placed United.If United can beat Spurs this weekend they could close the gap on fourth placed Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League spot, while Guardiola’s men are back in action against Wolves at the Etihad.
Unai Emery admits he does not know if Sven Mislintat will be staying on in what is shaping up to be a difficult January transfer window for Arsenal.Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Gunners are set to lose their highly-rated head of recruitment.A little over a year after being brought onto the staff at Emirates Stadium, Mislintat is edging towards the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? He had been keen to take on a new technical director role in north London, but Arsenal are looking elsewhere for somebody to fill that position.With his influence over additions seemingly set to be limited, Mislintat – who enjoyed considerable success in a previous role at Borussia Dortmund – is being heavily linked with a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Gunners boss Emery claims he is unable to shed any light on whether such a move will be made, with the Spaniard still trying to put winter plans in place.He told reporters on the Mislintat speculation: “I was working with him the last two weeks, we had two or three meetings together.“We are working normally. I don’t know other issues. I don’t know [if he’s leaving].“My relationship about transfers is we’ve been speaking about that for the last two, three weeks.”While Emery has held discussions regarding possible additions, he admits bringing fresh faces to Arsenal will be difficult.He has already conceded that he will have no money for permanent additions, forcing him to seek out loan deals for the likes of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.Emery added on the situation he faces in January: “It is not easy to take players who can help us with better performances than we already have.“The club is working, I spoke with [Mislintat] about different possibilities but it’s not easy to take players who can help us with big performances now.”Arsenal would welcome additions to their ranks if the necessary quality at the right price can be found.They have slipped six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four, with a resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them in the battle for Champions League qualification.The Gunners will, however, get the chance to force themselves back into the mix on Saturday when they play host to London rivals Chelsea – the side sat directly above them in the table at present. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal’s £15 million ($19m) bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been branded an “embarrassment” by John Hartson, while James McFadden considers it to be “pittance”.The Gunners have been linked with the Scotland international for some time.Interest is said to have been stepped up during the current transfer window, with a formal offer reportedly tabled this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? An approach from Arsenal is said to have been knocked back, with Celtic valuing their 22-year-old academy graduate much higher than those in north London.Former Bhoys and Gunners striker Hartson is not surprised to see that stance being taken, with the Welshman writing on Twitter: “My old club Arsenal testing the waters with reported £15m bid for Kieran Tierney.“Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.”Hartson is not the only one to have hit out at Arsenal and their apparent reluctance to pay the going rate for a player of Tierney’s ability.McFadden, a former international colleague of the highly-rated left-back, told BBC Sportsround : “[Virgil] van Dijk moves down for £13 million plus his sell-on clause then goes for £75 million. I think Kieran Tierney’s certainly at that level.“We’re not talking about him going to a smaller side to build himself up. It’s one of the top sides in England coming and saying we’re going to take your best player for a pittance.”McFadden added on Tierney’s talent : “He’s so level-headed, he’s a funny guy, but when he trains, as you could imagine, he does everything to his best you know.“You look at small things, when they do the wee sprints to warm up, he sprints his fastest.“He puts everything into every session, and that transfers onto the game. It didn’t surprise me the level of intensity of his training, and it’s not a surprise that teams have come in. We’ve already said the bid is unacceptable, if that’s the level they’re going in at.“There’s no doubt that he would make it down there. It was a problem we had trying to pick a Scotland side, because you’ve got two of the best left-backs in the world, and that’s not trying to make players feel better, that was the hard facts.“Him and Andy Robertson, it’s difficult to split them. He’ll go down there no problem. Andy Robertson, Van Dijk, Wanyama, these guys went to smaller clubs to show people that they can play at a higher level.“He’ll go straight down into one of the top clubs no problem. There’s still improvement in him as well, that’s the thing. He’s a young guy and he can improve.“He’s the top man at Celtic. They can play without a guy in front of him because he can control the whole left side, going forward and defensively.“When you go and play with better players it makes you better. You have to rise to that level, and it makes you a better player.“Kieran Tierney is Celtic daft, so it’ll take something phenomenal for him to consider it, and also for Celtic to consider it.“I think it would need to take someone who’s going to compete for a title in England or go and try to win the Champions League for Kieran Tierney to leave, because he’s winning trophies, he’s playing in Europe, he’s playing for the club he loves.“I think it would have to be something really special, and Arsenal at the minute won’t challenge for the title. They might further down the line if they can invest in their squad, but £100 million is nothing in England.“I don’t think Arsenal will blow him away and make him think ‘I have to go and sign for Arsenal’.“Arsenal look like they’re trying to do things on the cheap, and if it’s £15 million it proves they’re trying to sign as many players as they can for as little as possible.“It tells you that they’re not ready to challenge for the title, and that’s maybe in the back of Kieran Tierney’s mind to say ‘Why do I just want to go and try to finish sixth or break into the top four, when I could be winning titles for the club I love?’”
Unai Emery has suggested that Arsenal’s summer spending spree is over, with Celtic defender Kieran Tierney seemingly no longer a top priority.The Gunners were tipped by many to take in a quiet window, with there a supposedly limited budget on offer in north London.Nicolas Pepe has, however, been acquired in a club record £72 million ($88m) transfer, while Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba have been snapped up on loan and permanent deals. 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? It could be that business is now over at Emirates Stadium.Celtic full-back Tierney has been pursued for some time, with £25m ($30m) put on the table at one stage, but no agreement has been reached.The same is true when it comes to a protracted saga involving Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, with the Ivory Coast international still on the books of a Premier League rival.With there time before the deadline passes, it could be that Arsenal decide to splash the cash again if the right player becomes available.For now, though, Emery appears to be happy with the squad he has pieced together.He told reporters after a 2-1 friendly defeat to Barcelona when quizzed on his recruitment plans: “It has not changed, our idea and our message.“Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that.“If not, then not.“We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.“Only, and only, if we can improve.”Emery has already moved to quieten talk of Arsenal making a potential loan swoop for Barcelona’s former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.It had been suggested that the Brazil international would be sounded out in a bid to bring more creativity onto the Gunners’ books.Emery, though, insists such a move has never been discussed, telling Cadena Ser of those rumours: “We’ve never talked about Coutinho.“He’s a splendid player, but we haven’t talked about Coutinho at any time.”
LUBBOCK, TX -NOVEMBER 22: A general view of the football field and fans at Jones SBC Stadium during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 22, 2003 in Lubbock, Texas. The Sooners won 56-25. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Tech starting quarterback Alan Bowman suffered a scary injury during Saturday’s loss to West Virginia. He left the game after being hurt, and afterwards TT head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Bowman suffered a partially collapsed lung.As of this morning, Bowman remains at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. It doesn’t seem like he is in any danger, but continues to be monitored and cared for.Bowman has already been declared out indefinitely.Tech official says QB Alan Bowman still at Covenant Hospital this morning, being treated and monitored for the partially collapsed lung he suffered Saturday.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) October 3, 2018Before his injury, Bowman was off to a blistering start to his college career. A 6-foot-3 freshman, he has thrown for 1,680 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.His top performance was a 605-yard, five touchdown output in a 63-49 shootout win over Houston in Week 3.Records broken on this play:➡️ #TexasTech single game receiving yards (Antoine Wesley, 261)➡️ Big 12 single-game freshman passing record (Alan Bowman, 605 yards, a record previously held by @PatrickMahomes5 ?)?#WreckEm⚫️ pic.twitter.com/UMrRgLugA9— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 15, 2018Texas Tech is 3-2 on the season following the loss to West Virginia. They have a bye week this Saturday, and will play again on Thursday, Oct. 11 against TCU.The game against the Horned Frogs will be aired on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN analysts have unveiled their predictions for college football’s conference championship Saturday.We have a couple of major upset predictions.Three ESPN analysts are picking one College Football Playoff favorite to go down in an upset loss, setting up a path for Ohio State…Here’s the pick:Three ESPN college football analysts are picking Texas to upset Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. This would open the door for Ohio State to sneak into the College Football Playoff.What are you picking on Saturday?You can view the full picks here.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys watches the replay board in the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)A star college football running back and a standout offensive lineman have decided to skip their team’s bowl game.Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy announced this morning that running back Justice Hill and offensive lineman Larry Williams won’t be playing in the bowl game.The Cowboys are set to play No. 24 Missouri in the Liberty Bowl.“Justice Hill and Larry Williams will not participate in the bowl game to pursue future endeavors. We wish both young men the best moving forward,” Gundy announced.Justice Hill and Larry Williams will not participate in the bowl game to pursue future endeavors. We wish both young men the best moving forward. #okstate— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 3, 2018Both Hill and Williams are seen as serious 2019 NFL Draft prospects.There will likely be several top college players skipping bowl season this year. Michigan star defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced yesterday that he won’t be playing in the Wolverines’ game. More announcements are coming.Oklahoma State and Missouri are set to play on Dec. 31 at 3:45 p.m. E.T.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after scoring a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On Monday night, the Clemson Tigers will face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide for the fourth-consecutive time in the College Football Playoff – three of which occurred in the title game. The only win for the Tigers came in the 2017 title game when little-known Hunter Renfrow delivered the final blow.Renfrow is most well-known as the guy who caught the game-winning touchdown from Deshaun Watson in Clemson’s win over Alabama in the 2017 national title game. Debate raged on regarding whether or not the “pick” play was legal, but the end result was all that mattered.Now he looks to get another shot at the Tide as the teams square off for another title.Earlier this year, however, he made the greatest catch of his career on Tuesday night. The Clemson star bent the knee and asked longtime girlfriend Camilla Martin to marry him in March.Meet Martin below.Renfrow hopes to end his college football career with a ring of his own.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)2020 cornerback Jahari Rogers has been picking up offers from across the country, but the Texas Longhorns have been recruiting him hard. Now that he’s narrowed down his list a little, he’s addressed how Texas has been recruiting him.Speaking to Horns247, Rogers revealed that Texas has been particularly honest with him, and values that in a coaching staff. He also stated that he feels the relationship with the Longhorns is strong.“They’re real with me,” he said. “That’s what I want in coaches with my recruitment. They show a lot of love, and they speak nothing but the truth to me. That really is eye-opening when other people don’t. With them, it’s different. I feel more of a trust with them, and it’s a strong relationship.”Rogers is a four-star prospect and is rated the No. 248 overall prospect by 247Sports. He is considered the No. 20 cornerback in the country, and the No. 41 prospect from the state of Texas.Per the report, Rogers has identified Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma has his standout schools.Rogers spoke especially glowingly about Texas assistant Ra’Shaad Sample. He stated that Sample would likely support him regardless of whether he chose the Longhorns.“He’s probably the biggest person over there that I really trust,” he said. “He saw me before everybody else did. He’s really just cool with me. Even if I didn’t go to Texas, he would still probably have my back, hand I feel that. Just having him over there makes me feel comfortable with Texas.”Horns247 reported that Rogers is eyeing June 22 as a visit date to the Texas campus.He has already completed visits with Arkansas and Florida.[Horns247]
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Cornerback Parnell Motley #11 and cornerback Tre Norwood #13 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate an interception and the end of overtime against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced some unfortunate news on Friday. Defensive back Tre Norwood, who suffered an injury earlier in the week, is out for the season.Norwood reportedly suffered a non-contact injury to his knee at Monday’s practice. He was expected to start at nickelback this season for the Sooners.Norwood started all 14 games for Oklahoma a year ago. Losing him for the season is a huge blow to a team that needs to keep up on defense to contend for another College Football Playoff appearance.Norwood is heading into his junior season with the team. He should still have two years of eligibility when he returns. Defensive back Tre Norwood out for season after suffering injury in fall camp pic.twitter.com/UbsAWQwgZd— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) August 9, 2019A season ago, Norwood had 58 total tackles with a sack and an interception.Oklahoma, last season, won the Big 12 with a victory over Texas in the league’s championship game, qualified for the College Football Playoff but fell to Alabama.The Sooners open the 2019 campaign against Houston on September 1.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The defending champions are back in action as Clemson hosts Georgia Tech tonight. As most fans would expect, almost all predictions involving this game lean toward the home team.Clemson lost several playmakers to the NFL Draft, such as Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Hunter Renfrow. Yet, Dabo Swinney still has more than enough firepower to make a run toward another national championship.Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to shine this season. He’ll get an early crack at making his case for the Heisman Trophy tonight when he faces Georgia Tech.ESPN released its prediction for the Clemson-Georgia Tech game, and it’s about as lopsided as it can be for a conference showdown. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Clemson has a 98.8 percent chance of defeating Georgia Tech.It’s not too surprising when you consider that ESPN’s FPI has the Tigers favored in every game on their schedule.Amari Rodgers and Bryton Constantin are the only players on the roster who will miss the season opener. The rest of the team should be locked and loaded for this game.If the Tigers are going to get back to the College Football Playoff, they’ll most likely need another undefeated regular season. An early victory against the Yellow Jackets would be a good start.Kickoff for this game is at 8 p.m. ET from Memorial Stadium.Clemson fans – what is your prediction for this game?
Jose Mourinho suggests Manchester United lacked structure during his tenure as managerJose Mourinho was dismissed by United last month after a rancour-filled final few months in the job amid media reports of conflicts with players.advertisement Reuters ManchesterJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 12:09 IST Jose Mourinho explained the set-up that managers need to have in place in order to be successful (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United sacked Jose Mourinho last monthMourinho repeated that his second-placed finish with United last season was one of the best achievementsUnited have won all five games in the Premier League since the Portuguese manager’s departureFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said coaches need structures in place to support them as he broke his silence following his sacking by highlighting the difficulties he faced at the Premier League club.Mourinho was dismissed by United last month after a rancour-filled final few months in the job amid media reports of conflicts with players.Appearing as an analyst with BeInSports television, Mourinho repeated that his second-placed finish with United last season was one of the best achievements of his career and went on to outline the challenges he said he faced.”People might say: ‘This guy is crazy, he won 25 titles and now he says that second position with United was one of his best achievements in football,” Mourinho said.”I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”Mourinho made his point by talking about the set-up that managers need to have in place in order to be successful.”We are not any more in a time when the coach by himself is powerful enough to cope,” he said.”The coach nowadays needs a structure, he needs a club organised in a certain way.”The club must have an owner or a president, a CEO or executive director, a football director and then the manager. This is the structure that can cope with all the problems modernity is bringing all of us.”A club must be very well organised to cope with all these kind of situations where the manager is only the manager and not the man that is trying to keep the discipline or is trying to educate the players,” he added.advertisement”(Former United manager) Sir Alex Ferguson used to say the day a player is more important than a club, goodbye,” said the Portuguese, a former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach.”Not any more. The manager ought to be there to coach the players, not to keep the discipline at any cost. You need a structure to protect the manager and keep everything in place, so that the players do not arrive in a situation where they feel more powerful than they used to be.”United have won all five games in the Premier League since former player, Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, took charge of the side on an interim basis following Mourinho’s departure.Mourinho, who also had two spells in the Premier League with Chelsea, said he aims to be back in full-time management and has no intention of retiring yet.”I want to coach. I belong to top-level football and (that) is where I am going to be.”I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young.”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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jose MourinhoFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Former Manchester United manager
Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 19:05 IST India clinched its third trophy of the series after winning the ODI series 2-1 on Friday (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav helped India chase down 231 vs Australia in the 3rd ODI at MCGIndia won the ODI series 2-1 to create history: they had never before won a bilateral ODI series in AustraliaYuzvendra Chahal also played a crucial role on Friday, picking up 6 for 42Brief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardMS Dhoni scored his 70th half-century as India chased down 231 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win their first ever bilateral ODI series in the country. After losing the first ODI in Sydney, India bounced back to win the second match in Adelaide by 6 wickets and the series decider in Melbourne by 7 wickets.India were dealt an early blow when Rohit Sharma fell to Peter Siddle for 9 in the sixth over of the innings. Shikhar Dhawan looked good once again but he was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis for 23. Dhoni walked in to bat at No.4 and added 54 for the third wicket with Virat Kohli to give the Indian chase a sense of stability.India were cruising along before the Australians netted the big fish in the 30th over. Jhye Richardson dismissed Virat Kohli for the third time in the series – on Friday, Kohli was furious after he pushed at a delivery which was far outside the off-stump. He was out for 46 and Australia had started to believe they could win this one.But MS Dhoni had other ideas. He was watchful on a pitch which still had plenty to offer the bowlers even in the closing stages of the match. Tother with Kedar Jadhav, Dhoni ensured India got towards their target. This was a chase tailor-made for Dhoni. India did not really need a lot of runs and the huge ground allowed Dhoni to rotate the strike, run the twos and confuse the Australians with his brilliant placement.advertisementCredit is also due to Kedar Jadhav who was playing his first ODI of the series. Brought into replace Ambati Rayudu, Jadhav made an immediate impact with his off-spinners, giving away only 35 runs from 6 overs. And in a disciplined partnership with Dhoni, Jadhav scored at a good clip and did not allow the required run rate to go beyond India’s reach.While India will rejoice in Dhoni’s return to form and Kedar Jadhav’s spectacular innings, the victory was really set up by Yuzvendra Chahal, who became the first spinner in history to take six wickets in an ODI in Australia.India had preferred Kuldeep Yadav for the first two ODIs in Sydney and Adelaide but Chahal was pressed into action in Melbourne and he delivered immediately when he snared the highest scorer in the series Shaun Marsh with his first ball. In the same over, Chahal dismissed the well-set Usman Khawaja before running through the Australian batting line-up.Chahal now has two five-wicket hauls – in February 2018, Chahal had destroyed South Africa with figures of 5 for 22.Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami also did a lot of damage. Both pacers picked up two wickets apeice. It was Bhuvneshwar who applied the early pressure by removing Australian openers Alex Carey and Aaron Finch.This has been a memorable tour for India. They won their first ever Test series in Australia and now they will return home with their heads held high. Bhuvneshwar, the highest wicket-taker in the series, MS Dhoni, the only man with three fifties in the series and Chahal have given India fresh hope months ahead of the World Cup.Also Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | India vs Australia: Another lucky escape for MS Dhoni, this time at MCG. WatchFor 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 MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Kedar JadhavFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Bhuvneshwar Kumar MS Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal script India’s 1st bilateral ODI series win in AustraliaBrief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets: MS Dhoni scored 87 not out after Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6 for 42 as India beat Australia by 7 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia.advertisement
Rohan Sen New DelhiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 17:41 IST IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh bagged man-of-the-match award in CSK’s campaign opener vs RCB (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHabhajan Singh and Chris Gayle picked up the man-of-the-match awards in their respective first gamesYuvraj Singh top-scored for MI in their campaign opener vs DCImran Tahir also impressed with the ball, picking up 3 wickets in CSK’s opening matchThe Indian Premier League is up and running with all the eight teams opening their campaigns. Four teams got the results they were looking for while the remaining four have much to ponder over and improve before playing their second matches in the tournament.One thing which has stood out so far in the first four games is the performance of four of the oldest players in the tournament this year – Harbhajan Singh (38), Yuvraj Singh (37), Chris Gayle (39) and Imran Tahir (39).Harbhajan Singh and Chris Gayle even got the man-of-the-match awards for Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab respectively, while Yuvraj was the top-scorer for Mumbai Indians in their opening game and Imran Tahir also impressed with the ball, picking up 3 wickets in CSK’s opening match.Out of these four players, only Gayle and Tahir are expected to represent their respective countries in the ICC World Cup in May. Yuvraj and Harbhajan have gone off the Indian selectors’ radar but one can never rule them out. This season of the IPL might just be the year of the veterans.HARBHAJAN & TAHIR DESTROY RCBBhajji roars loud with bowling figures of 4-0-20-3 #CSKvRCB pic.twitter.com/rUKyrXQonSIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 23, 201938-year-old Harbhajan Singh played the first qualifier for Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL against Sunrisers Hyderabad but did not bowl on May 22, 2018. Between the last IPL and this one, he played three matches for Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but did not pick a single wicket.advertisementIn the 2019 IPL opener on March 23, Harbhajan Singh dismissed Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in a four-over spell to fire CSK to a big win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chepauk. Bhajji finished with figures of 3 for 20 off his 4 overs as CSK bowlers took full advantage of the spin-friendly track at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in front of a sea of yellow jerseys.Last year, Harbhajan Singh got 7 wickets in 13 matches. In the new season, he destroyed RCB with three top wickets. Harbhajan’s IPL tally now stands at 137 wickets.For figures of 4-0-20-3 with wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali – @harbhajan_singh was adjudged Player of the Game for #CSKvRCB #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/k6hdRAZB8eIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 23, 2019While Harbhajan ran through the RCB top-order, it was Imran Tahir who finished off the rest with his 3 wickets for 9 runs in four overs in the same match.Tahir, who is the oldest player in the tournament at 39 years and 364 days, is the one of only two specialist leg-spinners in the CSK attack but got the nod ahead of the much younger Karn Sharma in the first game. Tahir has been Dhoni’s go-to man since the two got together in Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 and then came over to CSK in 2019.VINTAGE YUVRAJ ON SHOW vs DC”I’ll play till the time I enjoy playing cricket.” – @YUVSTRONG12 reveals having consulted former teammate and @mipaltan mentor @sachin_rt on playing as long as the spirit & desire remains! #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/Y7KtUZnA1cIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019Delhi Capitals, the franchise which paid the record amount of Rs 16 crore for Yuvraj Singh in 2015 and then released him a year later, had to face his wrath in their opening match against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.Yuvraj, who played for Delhi Capitals for one season, smashed his first IPL fifty in nearly two years and almost pulled off an improbable victory for MI against his former team with his 35-ball 53. It was his 13th fifty in the tournament..@YUVSTRONG12 rolled back the years in a stroke-filled 53 (35) on his @mipaltan debutWatch the key highlights again – https://t.co/ZRQjEQlaeP #VIVOIPL #MIvDC pic.twitter.com/aCWm9Y3vIZIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019At 37, Yuvraj is no longer as fit and fast as he used to be in his prime but he still waged a lone battle for his new team as he rolled back the years and smashed five boundaries and three sixes.But he kept losing partners at the other end which ultimately resulted in MI’s downfall. Had Yuvraj got some support from the other MI batsmen, the result could have been very different at the Wankhede on March 24.UNIVERSE BOSS DAZZLES IN JAIPUR#VIVOIPL #RRvKXIP pic.twitter.com/QICYISmRVkIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019″Kings XI Punjab youngsters want to win the IPL for the Universe Boss,” said 39-year-old Chris Gayle after he nearly smashed his seventh hundred in the tournament on Monday night.advertisementThe second oldest player in the tournament after Tahir at 39 years and 186 days, West Indies legend Chris Gayle once again showed why he is arguably the greatest T20 player of all time as he warmed-up with a 47-ball 79 against Rajasthan Royals and led Kings XI to a 14-run victory in their opening game.During the knock, Gayle also celebrated his entry into the 4000-run club with his 25th fifty in IPL. Playing his 112th innings, Gayle became the fastest player to reach the landmark in the IPL, beating David Warner’s mark of 114 knocks to complete 4000 runs.4000 IPL runs for the #UniverseBossHe becomes the 2nd overseas player to achieve this feat pic.twitter.com/FLi5lbQ09wIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 25, 2019The self-proclaimed Universe Boss, Chris Gayle holds numerous other records in the league including the highest individual score (175 not out) and the most hundreds (6) in the tournament’s history. Gayle is a legend of the IPL and all that he has achieved has come after he turned 35.With the Universe Boss hitting a purple patch for the West Indies just before the IPL started, Gayle might once again be the player to watch out for in the league this year and then again in the subsequent ICC World Cup in May.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow Chris GayleFollow Imran Tahir Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Gayle and Tahir shine: Could IPL 2019 be the year of the veterans?Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle are all in their late 30s but have been the best performers in their teams’ opening match in IPL 2019.advertisement
Injured player turns coach, guides Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa to historic Asian successIndian squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu, who was recovering from a serious back injury, had to travel with the Indian squash team as a makeshift arrangement for the head coach. Not only did injured Sandhu did his job but also guided the team to a historic triumph at the Asian Individual Squash Championship.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 18:21 IST Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal won the Asian Individual Squash Championships on Sunday. (twitter/@joshnachinappa)HIGHLIGHTSJoshna Chinappa retained her title at the Asian Individual Squash ChampionshipJoshna defeated world No.11 Annie Au 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 at the eventSaurav Ghosal beat Leo Au Chun Ming 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 to grab the men’s title.With the national team without a head coach for more than a year, Indian stars Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa had to rely on injured teammate Harinder Pal Sandhu for coaching advice en route their historic triumph at the Asian Individual Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur.Sandhu, who is an active player and Ghosal’s best friend, was sitting courtside when the 10th-ranked Indian outplayed the reigning Asian Games champion Leo Au in straight games to become the first male from India to win the continental title on Sunday night.But this time, Sandhu was not sitting as a teammate but as the ‘official’ coach travelling with the squad.Though Sandhu, who is recovering from a serious back injury, did really well for a makeshift arrangement, national coach Cyrus Poncha did not travel with the team for one of the most important events of the year.However, the scenario is not new in Indian squash as the players had to bank on each other’s advice during the Asian Games last year, creating an embarrassing situation for travelling support staff comprising Poncha and Bhuvneshwari Kumari.When asked why Poncha did not travel with the team to Kuala Lumpur, especially when the team doesn’t have a foreign coach since March 2018, Indian squash federation (SRFI) president Debendranath Sarangi sounded clueless.”National coach Poncha was very much with the team,” Sarangi told PTI.However, the players, including Ghosal, who were in Kuala Lumpur, confirmed they had not seen Poncha around during the competition.Poncha, who was conspicuous by his absence in Malaysia, had told PTI last month that the SRFI had decided to rope in foreign coaches on an event to event basis rather than having one full-time, which is the norm in major Indian sports federations.advertisementA foreign expert was supposed to travel with the contingent to Kuala Lumpur but Sarangi said he is still awaiting sports ministry’s approval on the appointment.”There are elections going on in the country and the government is busy. We hope to get the sanction in the next couple of weeks and when the next event comes, there will be a foreign coach travelling with the squad,” said the SRFI chief when asked why no coach has been hired in more than a year.Ghosal and Chinappa, arguably the finest players to have come out of India, produced their A game to beat their highly-rated opponents. Chinappa defended the women’s singles crown by beating long-time rival Annie Au for the first time since September 2017.Choosing not to comment on the coach-less conundrum, Ghosal said it was good to have Sandhu by the courtside.”He is my best friend and knows my game inside out. I had spoken to David Palmer (his personal coach and former world number one) before the final and Sandhu knew what he had discussed. He knows what I can do on the court and it surely helped me,” Ghosal said.”It was a good coaching stint for him but it is something he can explore after retiring from professional squash. Hoping he is back on court soon,” he added.Chinappa too credited Sandhu and physio Dimple for keeping her in good shape.”Honestly, it was amazing to have Harry (Sandhu) as coach. He is an active player who could not take part due to his injury but was really professional as a coach. He in fact started preparing with me one week in advance and being my mixed doubles partner, knows my game really well,” she said.Also Read | Kedar Jadhav ruled out of IPL 2019 playoffs due to injuryAlso Read | IPL 2019: Warner, Rabada and Russell chart-toppers after league stageAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Joshna ChinappaFollow Saurav GhosalFollow Asian Games Next
Varun Singh New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 14:55 IST Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD LHD had safety features like dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags.HIGHLIGHTSTesla Model 3 Long Range RWD LHD was employed during the crash tests.The electric vehicle scored 96 per cent Adult Occupant Protection category.Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD LHD had scored five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests also.Tesla Model 3 has achieved five stars in the ANCAP safety ratings. The crash tests were conducted on the electric vehicle’s Long Range RWD LHD variant across four categories — Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Vulnerable Road User Protection and Safety Assist.ANCAP safety ratings are published for a range of new passenger, sports utility and light commercial vehicles entering the Australian and New Zealand markets, using a rating system of 0 to 5 stars.Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD LHD that was employed during the tests had safety features like dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags. There were features like autonomous emergency braking (city, interurban and vulnerable road user), lane keep assist with lane departure warning and emergency lane keeping, and advanced speed assistance system.The electric vehicle scored 96 per cent and 87 per cent in Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection categories, respectively. It achieved 74 per cent in Vulnerable Road User Protection section and 94 per cent in Safety Assist bracket.”This is an impressive result and great to see electric vehicles continuing to prioritise safety,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said, adding that it is encouraging to see Tesla give equal attention to the active safety systems and technologies on board as well as the safety fundamentals through the structure and restraints.Recently, Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD LHD had scored five stars in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash tests as well. Tesla might launch its electric vehicles in India in 2020, company CEO Elon Musk has hinted.advertisementALSO READ | Hyundai Venue bookings touch 50,000 mark, 18,000 units of compact SUV delivered since launchALSO READ | Renault Kwid to be offered on Zoomcar shared mobility platformALSO READ | Honda recalls 5,088 units of previous-gen Jazz, City, CR-V, Civic, Accord to replace faulty Takata airbagsGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Tesla Model 3Follow ANCAP safety ratings Tesla Model 3 scores 5 stars in ANCAP safety ratingsANCAP safety ratings are published for a range of new passenger, sports utility and light commercial vehicles entering the Australian and New Zealand markets, using a rating system of 0 to 5 stars.advertisement Next
Next Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 19:45 IST India got a favorable draw for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. (Hockey India)HIGHLIGHTSIndian men’s hockey team will face Russia in FIH Olympic QualifiersThe women’s team will face 13th ranked USA in the QualifiersThe men’s team had mauled Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final in BhubaneswarIn a favourable draw, India’s men’s hockey team was on Monday pitted against lower-ranked Russia while the women’s team drew a tricky USA in the final round of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers.Eight-time Olympic champions India are ranked five in the world while the Russians are placed 22 in the FIH world rankings. India had mauled Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar earlier this year.The women American team is placed four places below India (ranked 9) it won’t be a cake walk for the Rani Rampal-led side when they take the field for the FIH Olympic qualifiers in October-November this year.The Indian women had played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against USA in their last meeting at the Women’s World Cup in London last year.The nations will compete in two back-to-back matches to seal their tickets for the Tokyo Games.The Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid said they are confident of qualifying for the big-ticket event.”We are committed to achieving the Olympic qualification and in that pursuit we continue to emphasise on improving our defence. I believe training and playing against some of the best teams of the world will give us a good platform for the qualifiers,” Reid said.The Indian women’s hockey team’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne too sounded optimistic about their chances.”The team has been performing well in the last few months. All the players are confident, very excited to take part in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers at home and they are charged up to achieve the team’s goal,” said Marijne.advertisementAs part of preparation for the Qualifiers, the Indian women’s team will play a five-match series against England this month.”I’ve always believed that the opponent we play does not matter as long as we are better prepared and that’s been our focus,” said Rani Rampal”We knew the areas we had to work on to be in the best form to play two back-to-back matches and we are working towards winning them.”Among other FIH Olympic matches in the men’s section, Netherlands will host Pakistan, Germany will play Russia, Great Britain are up against Malaysia, Spain have drawn France, New Zealand will play Korea and Canada have been pitted against Ireland.In the women’s section, Australia will play Russia, Germany will lock horns with Italy, Great Britain are up against Chile, Spain have drawn Korea, Ireland will face Canada and China are slated to meet Belgium.Also Read | PM Modi, Sports Minister Rijiju pay tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on National Sports DayAlso Read | Will not beg Bharat Ratna for my father: Dhyan Chand’s sonAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Tokyo Olympics qualifiersFollow Indian hockey team Hockey Olympic Qualifiers: India men to play Russia, women draw tricky USAIndian men’s hockey team will face Russia in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. India are ranked five in the world while the Russians are placed 22 in the FIH world rankings.advertisement
Next Realme launch: Realme XT, Buds Wireless and everything else announced this weekIn addition to launching the Realme XT 64MP quad camera phone in India, Realme also announced the Realme Buds Wireless, a new 10,000mAh power bank and key specs of Realme XT 730G.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 08:07 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme XT comes with a 64MP quad camera setup starting at Rs 15,999.Realme XT 730G with Snapdragon 730G to launch in December.Realme Buds Wireless and 10,000mAh power bank also launched.Realme launched a few new products in India on Friday, September 13 to further expand its ever-growing portfolio. In addition to the much-anticipated Realme XT, the company also announced the Realme Buds Wireless earphones and a 10,000mAh Realme Power Bank. Towards the end of the event, Realme also announced the Realme XT 730G coming to India in December.The Realme XT was the star of the event yesterday as it is the company’s latest premium mid-range smartphone. It is Realme’s first 64MP quad camera phone that comes soon after the launch of the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. Here’s a quick look at everything the company announced at its Realme XT event.Realme XTThe Realme XT is part of the Realme X-series that the company announced a few months ago. This is the first smartphone in India to bring a 64MP quad camera system, which is what separates it from the competition in its segment. Realme is using Samsung’s 64-megapixel GW1 sensor to offer high-res photos. Additionally, the camera setup also includes an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.Realme XT is also the first phone from the company to feature Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, which offers a more premium look and feel. It comes in Pearl White and Pearl Blue colour options and also features an in-display fingerprint sensor.The Realme XT sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 712 SoC. It comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.advertisementWe just reviewed the Realme XT and called it yet another winner from the company as it offers a combination of attractive features for a price even cheaper than the Realme X.Realme XT India price starts at Rs 15,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage option. It also comes in 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB configurations, priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 18,999, respectively. Realme XT 730GRealme XT will get a new variant in December. It will be called the Realme XT 730G. As the name suggests, this phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G mid-range processor. The 8nm SoC is made for gaming enthusiasts and that’s how the company will be pegging the Realme XT 730G.Realme revealed some other key specs of the Realme XT 730G as well. It will bring a similar glass design as the regular XT. It will also get a 64MP quad camera setup, 4,000mAh battery, Super AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint sensor.The other big highlight of the Realme XT 730G will be its 30W VOOC fast charging support, which will be faster than the 20W VOOC support seen on current Realme phones. No word on pricing and availability of the Realme XT 730G just yet.Realme Buds WirelessSmartphones aside, Realme is also looking to offer a wide range of accessories. It already offers some wired earphones, but the company has now launched the Realme Buds Wireless. The Bluetooth earphones cost Rs 1,799 and is currently available on Realme.com and Amazon for a 24-hour period.Realme Buds Wireless will take on the likes of Beats X, Boat 225F and Xiaomi’s Mi wireless earphones. It sports a silicone neckband and metal cases on two ends, where one houses the battery and the other a remote control. The earbuds house 11.2mm bass boost drivers to deliver powerful and dynamic bass.Realme says the Buds Wireless has been tuned by Norwegian DJ Alan Walker to deliver good bass and quality sound, especially for EDM genre. The earphones are IPX4 rated for splash resistance and come with 12 hours music playback. The Buds Wireless also supports fast charging. 10,000mAh Realme Power BankLastly, Realme announced a 10,000mAh power bank for Rs 1,299. The power bank comes in yellow, red and black colour options with a smooth, matt-like finish. It supports two-way fast charging over Type-C port at 18W input and output.The power bank is compatible to charge not only phones but other devices like laptops and video game consoles. You can also charge two devices simultaneously by using both the USB and Type-C ports at the same time.ALSO READ | Realme XT review: Stands out from the crowd with a 64MP quad cameraALSO READ | Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: What’s different between the two 64MP camera phones?ALSO READ | Realme XT 730G with 30W VOOC fast charging to launch in India in December: Specs revealedGet 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 byPavni Jain Tags :Follow Realme
Akshay Ramesh PuneOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 07:13 IST India vs South Africa, 1st Test match: Players in action (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on South Africa in the 2nd Test in Pune from ThursdayIn-form India favourites to clinch unbeatable series leadSouth Africa will look to revamp bowling attack after listless display in VizagIndia have been unbeatable at home for quite some time now. Since 2013, the Asian giants have lost only 1 Test in 30 Tests. However, that rare defeat came when in Pune — the venue of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa — in 2017.Steve Smith scored a second innings hundred. Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon outshone India’s lethal spin twins Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin to hand India a crushing 333-run defeat.The decision to prepare a rank-turner backfired. India were made to come back from behind and beat Australia in the hugely-exciting 4-match series.Can South Africa seek inspiration from what Steve Smith’s men did to India at their own backyard?South Africa will be battling to stay alive in the series when the 2nd Test gets underway at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Thursday. They were expected to be rolled over after India made 502 for 7 declared in the 1st innings of the Visakhapatnam Test last week. However, the visitors showed fight and reduced the deficit to less than 100 only to suffer a collapse in the 2nd innings and concede a 1-0 lead to India in the 3-match series.Pune pitch has been under the spotlight in the lead up to the 2nd Test. One thing is for sure — India will not risk playing on a rank-turner once again despite South Africa not possessing the same quality that the visiting Australian team had in their spin department in 2017.There was reportedly a tinge of green on the MCA pitch a day ahead of the 2nd Test.advertisementMoreover, Virat Kohli’s men will be keen to prove a point in Pune and banish the memories of the unforeseen defeat from 2017.The odds are stacked heavily in favour of India. They have two world class spinners who seem to have just warmed up to their partnership after not playing together for nearly a year. They have a newly-promoted opener who is hungrier than ever for runs, especially in red-ball cricket. They have a fast bowler who refuses to go away even if he is asked to bowl on a wearing 5th-day wicket in the sub-continent.And they have a captain who believes in hitting the refresh button before the start of every single Test. The World Test Championship and the points up for grabs in it has only made him even more focused.South Africa are certainly staring at an uphill task. As conceded by their captain Faf du Plessis at the pre-match press conference, South Africa need to find a bowling attack that is capable of bowling India out twice in a Test. The one that they had fielded in Visakhapatnam was a big letdown when it came to putting pressure on the mighty Indian batting unit.And more importantly, their batsmen need to figure out a way to keep the scoreboard moving without losing wickets at regular intervals against India’s quality spin attack.Faf du Plessis said he wanted his batsmen to find the right balance between attack and defence. Easier said than done, the South African skipper added. He is spot on.Also Read | Harbhajan: People will have their opinions but Virat is the best captainAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow MCA Stadium Next India vs South Africa, Pune Test: Well-oiled India look to banish memories of rare home defeatIndia vs South Africa, 2nd Test preview: India return to Pune — the venue they suffered a rare home defeat in 2017. With South Africa looking to fightback after losing in Vizag, India will have a point to prove when they begin the battle at the MCA Stadium from Thursday.advertisement