‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. Read Next PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month. View commentslast_img read more

Thunder hold off Australia’s Melbourne United

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Melbourne United center Majok Majok (22), left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, reach for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City. APOKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United.Josh Huestis had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday (Monday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world — it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club’s reputation,” Vickerman said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment.“I know most of the guys couldn’t really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself,” Prather said. “My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don’t feel it too much.”Oklahoma City’s stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10.“I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to,” Vickerman said. “For us, because we’re a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there’s a little more separation.”Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huestis blocked Josh Boone’s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather’s shot to clinch the win.Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group,” Vickerman said. “We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game.”Casper Ware Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League.last_img read more

Woman named to head sports federation in Saudi first

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UST claims 5th UAAP beach volleyball title Under the country’s guardianship system, a male family member — normally the father, husband or brother — must grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A princess has been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom where men dominate all sports, an official said Saturday.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has become “the first woman to lead a federation” covering sporting activities for men and women.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In August 2016, the princess scored another first for women in Saudi Arabia when she was named by the cabinet to a senior post in the kingdom’s equivalent of a sports ministry.A daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Princess Reema is a graduate in museology from an American university.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSaudi Arabia does not allow women to practice sports in the public sphere and even the introduction of private sports centers for women has aroused criticism among religious conservatives in the Gulf state.Although the kingdom announced it will lift a ban on women drivers from next June as part of a reform push, it still retains tight restrictions on women and imposes a strict segregation of the sexes. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgThe referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Castro warns Gilas against complacency vs Taipei

first_img“We’re good. At least, the team’s composure was tested in that game against Japan. Even though our opponents came back, the team showed that we don’t get rattled that easily,” he said.He also believes that his fellow guards Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena will perform better after their silent showing in Tokyo especially with the game being played at home.“It was our first game and it’s noticeable that we still lacked in preparation. But after that, I think we can play well,” he said. “We got lots of open shots that didn’t go in, and hopefully, it will all go down in our home floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be the favored team against Chinese Taipei on Monday, but Jayson Castro reminded his team not let its guard down against its fierce rival.“We can’t be that confident because Chinese Taipei had beaten us before,” Castro said after team practice Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Reyes: Japan and Taipei ‘very similar’ Castro harked back to the two nations’ clash in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge in Iran, where the Taiwanese topped a young Gilas crew.Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz were the lone remnants of that team and that loss is still fresh in their memories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s a good example for us to learn from, and a motivation for us not to let that happen again,” said Castro.The speedy playmaker liked what he saw from the Philippines’ 77-71 win over Japan last Friday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo stuns UST for first win

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “This win was really important because we could’ve been 0-3 and at the bottom, and now we’re at par with a lot of teams even UST,” said De Leon, who had 11 points for Ateneo.Skipper Maddie Madayag said the trust they put on each other finally showed amid UST’s relentless push.“I guess the trust we have with each other was there because if we don’t have it there’s really nowhere to go,” said Madayag who finished with nine points. “And I think their confidence is slowly starting to show especially when they receive UST’s hits.”Kat Tolentino and Jhoanna Maraguinot also had 11 points apiece for Ateneo while Samonte added 10.Rondina had 22 points to lead the Goden Tigresses while Alessandrini and Tin Francisco combined for 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ateneo tacked its first win after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles improved to 1-2 to sport the same record as UST, which lost its libero Rica Rivera to a knee injury in the first set.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: UST libero Rivera suffers knee injury vs AteneoAfter trailing, 16-12, in the fourth set, the Lady Eagles battled back and took a 21-18 edge after Jules Samonte threaded the needle through UST’s blockade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCherry Rondina tried to keep UST alive with a booming kill that cut Ateneo’s lead to 24-22 and a triple block on Bea De Leon trimmed it further to 24-23.De Leon, however, finished off UST with her next kill bouncing off the defense of UST rookie Milena Alessandrini. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belangel stars as Ateneo completes UAAP juniors sweeplast_img read more

‘Premier closer’ Castro comes through for Gilas

first_imgLATEST STORIES Reyes said the risk of missing Castro in the last game against Australia paid off with this superb showing in the clutch.“We rested him the last game to make sure he was ready for tonight because he’s our premier closer,” the mentor said. “And he came through tonight.” The veteran national team playmaker sanm the game-clinching floater with 10.6 seconds to spare, securing the Philippines’ third win in four games.“That’s why we have Jayson,” said coach Chot Reyes. “That’s why we made sure Jayson is in this lineup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro missed the Australia game last Thursday due to an ankle sprain, but made sure everyone remembered why he was named the best point guard in Asia twice.He saved his best for last and came alive in the second half, where he scored all of his eight points and none bigger than the game-sealing baskets in the waning seconds. Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the end, Gilas Pilipinas knew where to go when it mattered the most.Jayson Castro once again saved the day for Gilas Pilipinas in a 89-84 victory over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

Sparks spoil Catchings’ emotional night, beat Fever

first_imgView comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “It’s just a blur. My dad was pulling so fast I was just trying to keep up,” Catchings said after the halftime ceremony. “In that moment, literally, every tug was like every year — 2001, getting drafted all the way to 2017. It was like a flash. Seeing my teammates over there, even the ones I didn’t play with, I feel like I played with them as much as I’m around. Really, replaying the years, that’s a flash.”After being drafted third overall out of Tennessee, where she was a four-time All-American, in 2001, Catchings sat out with an injury before being named the Rookie of the Year in 2002. By the time she retired after last season, Catchings was the all-time leading rebounder in the WNBA and was No. 2 (now third) in career scoring. She is also on top of the steals and free throw lists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCatchings was the 2011 MVP and was the 2012 Finals MVP when the Fever won their only title. She was a five-time Defensive Player of the Year and 10-time All-Star as well as winning four Olympic Gold Medals. Now she is Director of Player Programs and Franchise Development for Pacers Sports & Entertainment.She credited the fans for her long stay with the Fever. What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “When you become so involved in your community, it makes it hard to leave,” she said. “It’s like a relationship … I love what the fans bring.”Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Los Angeles had a 19-0 run in the third quarter.Los Angeles used a 21-5 run to close the first half to take a 46-40 lead then put a damper on the halftime ceremony by scoring the first 19 points of the third quarter to open a 25-point lead.Ogwumike had seven points and Canadace Parker, who had 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, added six points in the run that propelled the defending champions to their fifth straight win.Chelsea Gray added 17 points for Los Angeles (9-3). Parker also had seven assists, three steals and two blocks and the Sparks shot 53 percent and went 8 of 17 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Bader wins light heavyweight title in Bellator’s NYC debut Candice Dupree had 13 points, 10 in the first quarter when Indiana (6-7) took a 23-20 lead. Briann January and Shenise Johnson had 13 points but the Fever couldn’t get closer than 11 after L.A.’s run despite closing the third quarter with 12 straight points and a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Retired Indiana Fever great Tamika Catchings helps hoist a banner with her family as her No. 24 jersey is retired before the WNBA basketball team’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Star via AP.INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings was known as a hard worker during her playing career. But as hard as she worked in 16 seasons for the Indiana Fever, she had a tough time keeping up with her dad on Saturday night.Former NBA player Harvey Catchings helped his daughter raise a banner with her No. 24 jersey to the rafters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the highlight for Indiana in an 84-73 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Papi Sarr’s absence hampers Falcons

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES With Sarr rendered helpless on the bench in street clothes, Ateneo took full advantage, giving more touches to its big man Chi Ikeh.Ikeh pounced on the Falcons’ depleted frontline, coming away with 18 points and 17 rebounds. He already had a double-double as early as halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, three more than the entire Adamson team.“Ikeh just dominated us. We had a hard time containing him,” said Pumaren, whose squad was outrebounded, 60-35.Pumaren admitted not having Sarr around was tough, but it’s still not an excuse as to how the Falcons poorly performed and got badly beaten.“I’m one coach who won’t dwell on that. I’ve been coaching for the longest time and you won’t hear from me saying, ‘If this player was here.’ That’s part of my job to make the most out of my remaining 15 players.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sarr missed the much-anticipated duel between preseason favorites due to a groin injury and it’s still uncertain when he would return.“I want to play next game but everything will depend on the doctor if he will give me the clearance to play,” Sarr told INQUIRER.net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said his Cameroonian import is still day-to-day.“We always prepare for the worst scenario. If he’s there, that’s a bonus, if not then, the other players must step up,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no surprise that Papi Sarr’s absence was a big blow to Adamson in its opening day loss to Ateneo on Saturday.Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game last season for the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Seventh wonder

first_imgSvelte, powerful, flexible… The A7, the latest machine from the Audi, is all set to make heads turn on Indian roads and highways.After having seen the A7 at its world premiere a few months back we were eagerly looking forward to driving the car, the opportunity for which we got at the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Having driven around Sardinia extensively earlier I couldn’t help but wonder how this rather large car, which will take on the Mercedes CLS in India, would manage on the narrow hilly roads of this rocky island.Before getting to that, it was a tough choice on the variants of the car to drive. The car comes with four V6 engines–two diesels and two petrols. The diesel engines are both absolutely new with 3-litre displacement each, there is a 2.8-litre FSI petrol engine and a 3-litre TFSI motor. While the 3-litre TDIs and the 2.8 FSI, engines are available with FWD (front wheel drive) cars and an 8-speed multi-tronic (CVT) gearbox, the other two engines are available with quattro (4WD) variants with the 7-speed S-tronic (dual clutch in Audi parlance). I choose to begin my drive with the 3.0 TDI quattro, which, like the other variants, turns out to be a technological variant. Audi introduced many new technologies on its flagship, the A8, but it has now gone even further on the technology front with the A7.The A7 features the Start-Stop technology on all its variants and includes a superior park assist option which parallel and perpendicularly parks for you, even in tight situations.advertisementTo drive, the car is superbly agile, thanks to its new electromechanical steering, the quick shifting S-tronic gearbox and the sport differential.On the narrow roads of Sardinia the car is easy to manoeuvre. Braking is superb as we discovered when a fiery Italian woman in a red Italian car came down the wrong side of the road, around a corner. Thanks to the great brakes we just about managed to avoid hitting the speeding Italians.The new 3-litre petrol engine feels like a new generation diesel powerplant. It offers the benefits of both a diesel engine in terms of low-end torque and petrol engines in terms of top-end whack. Although I did not get to drive any of the FWD variants, the multi-tronic gearbox works well. Both the engines with the FWD variants are super efficient and feature a number of fuel consumption reduction technologies.I specially liked the advanced safety systems like Audi pre-safe and active lane assist, which work to keep you from colliding. Also great was the large speed limit warning on the car’s twin pod instrument panel.The new five-door touring coupe from Audi features most of the technologies seen on the A8, and more. It is meant to combine the elegant looks of a coupe with the flexibility of an Audi Avant or an estate and the features and comforts of the flagship A8. Engine development is also at its peak in the A7, and with new modules like the steering, the car is not only luxurious and feature filled but sporty as well. Price: Rs. 65-75 lakh (approx)On the road: From Chandigarh to JaipurAt Auto Bild India, we love road trips. It serves two purposes. Firstly, it lets us drive a lot, which is less of a profession and more of a passion for all of us here. And second, we get to see new places. That is exactly what we did on the Drive to Discover tour organised by Honda. The drive started from Chandigarh and we hoped to reach Corbett National Park by sundown. Alas, Indian highways have a funny way of upsetting even the best laid plans, especially if they’re working in conjunction with monsoons as furious as the one we saw last month. So, by the time we had turned off the national highway onto State Highway 1, the road had virtually disappeared.After much manoeuvring around the various obstacles that the roads threw our way, we managed to get back on to the national highway en route to Sarsawa and on to Haridwar, our next stopover. Just a few kilometres ahead of Har ki Pauri (the principal bathing ghat in the pilgrim city) we saw the mighty Ganga in full flow. We finally halted at Ramnagar, close to Corbett.The following day we headed for the Dhangari gate, one of five of Corbett’s main gates. But to get there we would have to pass a section that is best described as an off-road section. The plan was to cross Corbett and then carry on to Bharatpur before calling it a day.advertisementOn the third and our last day we explored Bharatpur’s bird sanctuary before heading off to Ranthambhore. Rajasthan’s roads were brilliant and we made good time but past Ranthambhore we again found roads that had been mauled by the rains. Soon we were forced to take a detour. By the time we reached Jaipur we were exhausted but our wanderlust had been satiated.–Rahul GhoshYamaha SZThe Yamaha SZ is the Japanese bike maker’s attempt at grabbing a piece of the pie that is the entry level 150 cc motorcycle segment. For this new motorcycle, Yamaha has used the 153 cc engine from its FZ range of bikes. This engine is blessed with an impressive low and mid range performance, and doesn’t require too much downshifting to make meaningful progress. Indeed one can potter around the city in top gear, courtesy the bike’s maximum torque being developed at a relatively low 4500 rpm. However if shifting is required then it’s not too much of a hassle because the gearbox is not only precise but is also slick shifting. The SZ is light on its feet and changes directions quickly. The seat is comfy and most buyers wouldn’t mind the hint of sportiness in the riding stance. The ride quality is well sorted and the bike remains comfortable to ride throughout. What is commendable is that despite returning a good ride quality the bike remains an able handler; it does not feel unsettled under cornering and at the same time stays stable in a straight line. Price Rs. 52,000, ex-showroom Delhi.–Abhishek Saksenalast_img read more

Nadal loses, hopes over for 4 Slams in a row

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (right) reacts as he talks with compatriot David Ferrer at the net after his quarterfinal loss to Ferrer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.Rafael Nadal’s bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments is over.An injury-affected Nadal lost for the second straight year in the Australian Open quarterfinals, going down 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.”This is a difficult day for me,” Nadal said, adding that he preferred to not talk about the nature of the injury.”Today I can’t do more than what I did, he played at a very high level.”When pressed about the injury, Nadal added: “I don’t have to tell you what I felt on the court, but it is obvious I did not feel at my best. I had a problem with the match at the very beginning, and after that, the match was almost over.”It was the second year in a row he lost in the quarterfinals here due to injury – in 2010 he retired against Andy Murray due to a right knee ailment that kept him off the tour for two months, again on the Australia Day national holiday.advertisement”This is one big victory for me, but it’s not like a victory really,” seventh-seeded Ferrer said on court after the match.”He was playing with injury … and I had luck. But I played my game.”Nadal, who didn’t bother chasing the winner on match point, won last year’s French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and was trying to add the Australian title so he could hold all four major trophies at once. That hasn’t been achieved since Rod Laver won four in a row in 1969.Nadal didn’t want to elaborate on his injury, saying he didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse when he lost matches.”In general, I had a virus. When you have a virus, your body goes down and you have more risk of everything,” he said of a sickness he picked up in Doha at the start of the year and carried into the tournament. “That’s probably what happened. That’s the simple thing.”The fireworks that would have lit up the tennis world had Nadal won his fourth in a row came Wednesday night during the match – Australia Day celebrations forced a 10-minute interruption while the sky outside Rod Laver was lit up by a pyrotechnics show.As the fireworks exploded, Nadal changed his shirt and briefly left the stadium. He came back a couple of minutes later and took off his right shoe and rubbed his toes and sock.After losing the second set, the usually fidgety Nadal slumped in his chair at the changeover, completely still with his head bent.The crowd cheered almost exclusively for Nadal – “Come on, Rafa,” – they roared, while often applauding Ferrer’s errors.All, eventually, for nothing.Nadal picked up a virus two weeks ago. He sweated profusely in several of his matches, but appeared to be over his problems, saying after his fourth-round win over Marin Cilic that he was “perfect physically.”Murray won’t have to get past Nadal this year, but he will have to beat Ferrer and either defending champion Roger Federer or 2008 champion Novak Djokovic to claim his first major title.He advanced earlier Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, after Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva advanced to the women’s semifinals.Clijsters, the growing favorite in the women’s draw, advanced to a semifinal against No. 2 Zvonareva, whom she beat in the final at the U.S. Open last September. It will be the 10th tour meeting for the pair, with Clijsters holding a 6-3 advantage.Clijsters had some nervous moments in her 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska. None were as bad as when some air force planes flew in formation overhead as part of celebrations for the Australia Day holiday. Cannons went off earlier when Zvonareva started the Australia Day proceedings with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova.Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki plays Li Na of China in another semifinal Thursday, before Federer and third-seeded Djokovic meet in a night semifinal.Dolgopolov had already beaten 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and French Open finalist Robin Soderling and has the kind of unorthodox game that can unsettle higher-ranked players.advertisementApart from the second set, when 2010 finalist Murray didn’t lose a point on serve until he had triple set point, momentum swung frequently.Dolgopolov had 77 unforced errors, mainly because he was trying to push Murray to the extremes. In the first set, it took Murray more than 10 minutes and four set points to finally win the 12th game.Murray spent a lot of time talking – maybe swearing – to himself.”I was trying to get myself pumped up,” Murray said. “It was very slow, cool conditions out on the court. You need to make sure you’re moving your feet a lot when you’re out there. You need to urge yourself to play a solid, stable match, not make too many mistakes.”Clijsters is the only Grand Slam winner into the women’s semis, although she’s still seeking her first major title outside of America.”I hope the experience can help me a little bit,” Clijsters said. “But there are some tough players out there, we have Nos. 1, 2, 3 still in and Li Na has been playing really well. So it is going to be really tough.Zvonareva has lost the last two Grand Slam finals, to Clijsters in New York and Serena Williams at Wimbledon.Clijsters was up a set and a break before Radwanska rallied, winning three straight games to lead 5-4 with a chance to serve for the second set.Zvonareva wore a black ribbon on her hat in honor of the 35 victims of the suicide bombing at a Moscow airport this week. Her quarterfinal also featured a couple distractions.Zvonareva and Kvitova were surprised when cannons went off in a nearby park. And Zvonareva asked that the match be stopped for a few minutes while a woman in her sight line was given medical attention in the stands, but chair umpire Mariana Alves told them to continue.”I didn’t know they were going to start this noise during our match, it was a difficult moment,” said Zvonareva, who led the final set 3-0 before the disruptions but saw Kvitova level it at 4-4. “You’re here to play tennis … I was trying to keep my concentration.”At the end of the day, a reflective Nadal pondered his loss in the quarterfinals again. He had two months off before rejoining the tour, preparing him for what became his best year to date.”Last year I had a fantastic year,” he said. “I think it is almost impossible to repeat that. I still hope to have a lot of really good moments.”last_img read more

Shining stars

first_imgWhat is it about Gujarati women that makes the nation fall in love with them? The Indian television industry has been witnessing an invasion of young damsels from Gujarat for quite some time. But with new faces like Prachi Desai, Apara Mehta, Disha Vakani and Sanjeeda Sheikh winning top roles, they are once again in the news. Name a channel and you have a Gujarati pretty young thing staring back at you. What makes them so irrestistible? Surely, not just the proximity to Mumbai and the ever-burgeoning channels of opportunities?The trend, in a way, started with actor Ronit Roy-who began his journey from the small screen and in a way epitomised the dream of many budding Gujarati stars when he won a whole range of awards- Star Screen, Zee Cine and the Filmfare awards for his role in the movie, Udaan. Following in his footsteps, today many PYTs in the 19-25 year age bracket from Gujarat are making their presence felt on the soaps aired on various channels like Colors, Sab TV, ZEE, Imagine, etc. Here’s an initmate chat with some of the best-known eyecandies from the state.Aashka GoradiaAfter her studies in Ahmedabad, she was freelancing as a translator for marketing companies when she got a break in a TV comedy show, Akting, Akting about seven years ago. “I happened to meet some people who recommended that I audition for TV shows and got me a part in the show. This was followed by Achanak – 37 Saal Baad, a supernatural thriller on Sony TV.” She later joined the cast of Bhabhi on Star Plus. Her big break was the role of Kumud in Kkusum.. Ek Aam Ladki Ki Kahani, a popular daily Indian television drama produced by Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms and telecasted on Sony.”Playing the role of KKusum’s daughter Kumud was exciting. It was certainly the biggest break I could have planned for, and I owe it to Ekta Kapoor,” she says adding, “her conviction that I was suitable for the role gave me the chance to play a character that was so pivotal to the plot. Since then Aashka played Arpita in Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka, Gayatri in Kahiin To Hoga of Star Plus, Nainia in the critically acclaimed serial Virrudh and Saniya in Mere Apne.She has also been part of reality shows and talent hunt shows. “But, so far the character of Kumud remains the highlight of my career.” In the plot of Kkusum, Kumud was the lead role – she is the daughter brought up for 18 years by Kkusum, a single mother after leaving her husband and has to struggle to save her marriage against her sister Kali.Currently, Aashka is playing Kalavati, a character with negative shades in Laagi Tujhse Lagan which is telecast on Colors channel. Kalavati is the sister of Dutta, the main male lead. She pretends to care for her brother as to get property which Kalavari is aware Dutta will inherit of but he is not. What is her big dream? “I am taking things as they come,” she says.Esha KansaraEsha Kansara studied at Hiramani School in Ahmedabad before leaving for Mumbai to study at the Mithibhai College which has many actors on its alumni list. “I was always keen on acting and dancing. So, I learnt Bharatnatyam for seven years in Ahmedabad. I realised that to make it big as an actress, I had to move to Mumbai with its theatre scene, film industry and television industry. I then decided to study commerce in Mithibhai College,” says Esha adding, “I was part of the drama team there which helped me a great deal in my career later.” She then got an opportunity to audition for Mukti Bandhan, an adaptation of Harikishan Mehta’s popular novel Mukti Bandhan by Vipul Mehta. Recalling the experience, she says, “While I auditioned for one of the smaller roles, I was liked so much that I was signed up for the major role of the ambitious woman Devki.” Her character is considered to be a competitor to IM Virani, the protagonist whose extraordinary sense of business has seen him rise from a modest background to become the fourth biggest industrialist of India in the serial. Even as she enjoys following her passion, Esha is also pursuing her second year in commerce at the college. She says, “I could not have dreamt of a better debut. I play one of the most important characters in the soap and that too one of a strong, positive woman respected in business circles.” she says. She adds that she can identify with the character, a contemporary woman with aspirations but at the same time has her roots firmly in place. Having got her big break with Mukti Bandhan, Esha is hoping to make it big in acting with many more TV series.Rashmi DesaiRashmi Desai’s family is from Vapi but she has spent much of her life in Mumbai. “I had never thought of acting as a career choice. I have a great wanderlust and was attracted to a career in airlines,” she says adding, “I did a modeling assignment for a hair oil brand which happened by chance while I was in school and my face appeared on the bottles.” Dancing is her passion. She has learnt Bharatnatyam and Kathak. Later on, she also did an album called Ye Pal. Rashmi got her first break on television in the mythological serial Raavan aired on Zee TV in which she played the teenaged Mandodari. “I come from a very educated family and my grandmother advised me not to give up my studies for an unpredictable career in the show business so I continued my studies in travels and tourism.” She entered regional cinema and worked in Bhojpuri films like Balma Bada Naadan, Kab Hoi Gawana Hamaar, Mai re Kar De Bedai Hamaar and Bambai Ki Laila Chapra Ka Chaila. “I signed up for Star One’s Pari Hoon Main, produced by B.R. Films in which I played a double role in 2008.” The story of the film revolves round the dual characters of Nikki Srivastav and Pari Rai Chaudary and showed how their uncanny resemblance causes turmoil in their lives. Pari was an arrogant, elegant and shorttempered character while Nikki was a simple and down to earth rural girl. “It was challenging to play both roles,” she adds. In the same period, she played Dr Meher Datta in Meet Mila De Rabba aired on Sony TV and after that she played Mona in Ssshhhh…Phir Koi Hai on Star One.”An exciting role is that of Tapasya Thakur in Uttaran, one of the most watched dramas on Colors and ranks among the most popular TV programmes.” The role of Tapu as the character is called is actually Desai’s main calling card today. She also won the Indian Television Academy award for best actress among other awards. “I never dreamt of being a star or even an actor but now I am really happy with this career,” she says adding, “It gives me the opportunity to travel, shop, be adventurous, and at the same time have enough time for my family between shooting schedules.” Everything has fallen in place for this young lady. So what would be that one thing that she wants to do? “I would like to act in Gujarati theatre one day.”Binny SharmaBinny Sharma from Ahmedabad was always fond of dancing. “While I loved dancing, and had the talent for it, I could not attend any serious courses as my father was in the textile business, kept shifting to different locations during my childhood for work,” she says. “However I did pretty well at everything from dance to athletics. I represented my school and college in sports. My parents encouraged me to take up everything possible, from studying to dancing and sports.” Her confidence in her dancing skills led to her auditioning for dance reality shows in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Mumbai.”Though I had no formal training and had just done a short course in hip hop, I have a passion for dancing and learning new styles. I love Hip hop, locking and popping, and stunt dancing, but can also do semiclassical, krumping and B boying,” she says, admitting, “I auditioned for a dance show and was not selected. This taught me an important lesson -hard work, dedication and practice are necessary to back up talent. I also started watching dances on TV, You-Tube, and internet for ideas. The efforts bore fruit when I got selected for Dance India Dance (DID), the dance-based reality show, choreographed by some of India’s top choreographers and I got the big ticket for DID which airs on ZEE TV.”During the show, she was offered Sanjog Se Bani Sangini. “This is an Indian television series based on the love story of Gauri and Rudra and how these two people complete each other. The series premiered on Zee TV in 2010. I play the part of Gauri, a gentle and modest, yet sensible, intelligent, brave and practical character.I’m happy that people started recognising me as a good dancer with DID and now as an actor. I am concentrating now on my acting and dancing. I also completed my first year masters in commerce in Gujarat University and plan to get back to pursuing my post-graduation soon.”Aashka GoradiaGujarat connection: I am an Ahmedabad girl. I grew up, studied and lived there before joining films.Defining moment: Playing the character of Kumud in the popular TV series KKsum.USP: My eyes, I’m toldIdol: RekhaEsha KansaraGujarat connection: I hail from Ahmedabad where I went to school before leaving for Mumbai. Defining moment: Getting selected for the strong role of Devki in my debut serial, Mukti Bandhan.USP: My smile I would sayIdol: Kareena Kapoor, Apara Mehta and Kirron KherRashmi DesaiGujarat connection: My family is from Vapi in south Gujarat. Though I grew up in Mumbai, Gujarati is the language at homeDefining moment: Playing the part of Tapasya Thakur in UttaranUSP: My acting, I’m sureIdol: Angelina Jolie, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Raut.Binny Sharma Gujarat connection: Though my family is from Punjab and Himachal, I have lived much of my life in Ahmedabad. And, yes, I speak Gujarati.Defining moment: Getting selected for Dance India Dance made me and my family proud.USP: My acting skillsIdol: Madhuri Dixit. She is a super dancer and great actor. Saroj Khan and my mentor Geeta Kapoor are my favourite choreographers.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

SL vs NZ: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand, enter World Cup finals

first_imgSri Lanka beat New Zealand by five wickets in the first semi-final of the World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. Live scoreThe Sri Lankans would have liked to see Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan do a repeat of what they had done against England in the quarter-finals, where the two had remained unbeaten till the end, but it wasn’t the case to be.Kiwi pacer Tim Southee struck early in the seventh over to dismiss Tharanga on 30 with Jesse Ryder taking a fine catch at point. Sri Lanka lost their first wicket on 40.Post that wicket Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan got on with a partnership putting 120 runs on board. They were cruising along until Southee came around and scalped Dilshan on 73 with Ryder again performing the final honours. Sri Lanka were 160/2 at the stage.No sooner had Dilshan departed that Mahela Jayawardene fell and Sri Lanka had added just one more run before this dismissal. Soon Sangakkara too was seen walking back on 54 with Andy McKay claiming him when the Lanka total was 169/4.Finally, Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews helped their reach home with 22/5 on board. Samaraweera scored the winning run hitting a four in the 48th over.   New Zealand innings Earlier, New Zealand paltry 217 against Sri Lanka after their skipper Daniel Vettori elected to bat.Sri Lanka wanted early inroads and they got what they had desired with left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claiming opener Brendon McCullum with his quicker ball that took away his off stump on 32/1 on the first ball of the 8th over.  advertisementPost that fall, the other opener Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder got on with a partnership trying to thwart the Sri Lanka bowlers. But, they could not survive for as as veteran offie Muttiah Muralitharan got Ryder on 19 to reduced the Kiwis to 69/2. It was the extra bounce that saw him edge the ball to keeper Kumar Sangakkara.There was more to come as Sri Lanka ‘slinger’ Lasith Malinga bowled Martin Guptill out in the 22nd over when the score was 84. He fell for 39 as the Kiwis lost their third wicket.  Finally, Ross taylor and Scott Styris forged a 77-run fourth wicket stand to help the Kiwis cross 150-rum mark. However, on the first ball of the 40th over ‘mystery spinner’ Ajantha Mendis got better of Taylor to break their stand even as the Kiwis lost their fourth wicket on 161/4. He was caught in the deep mid-wicket by Upul Tharanga on 36.New man Kane Williamson too could not stay at the crease for long and a straight one from Lasith Malinga trapped him leg-before on his individual score of 22. The Kiwis fell to 195/5 in 43.3 overs.Malinga came back to send Nathan McCullum packing on the first ball of the 46th over and Kiwis were down to 204/6.Then Muralitharan had the man the Lankans wanted the most. His ball trapped Scott Styris on the pads and the batsman went for the review, but failed to get any life and was forced to walk back on 57. The Kiwis lost their seventh wicket on 213 on the last ball of the 47th over.Another wicket and Kiwis were down to eight. This time it was Tillakaratne Dilshan who came to the fore scalping Jacob Oram to reduce the Kiwis to 215/8.With the tail-enders out in the midle things became rather easy for the Lankans, who wrapped up the New Zealander on a partly 217 with seven balls to spare. Teams:  Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rangana Herath New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum(w), Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson, Daniel Vettori(c), Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Andy McKaylast_img read more

‘Nilgiri Tahr’ conserved by first of its kind public-private cooperation

first_imgHOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of,HOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of Tamil Nadu, tahr numbers now touch 2,000. This is a significant improvement from a low of 1,200-the tahr count in early 1970s. It has taken 30 years and a unique participatory management conservation programme in the 97-sq-km Eravikulam National Park (ENP) near Munnar, Kerala to push numbers up from 500 to 800 in this single park.In a first of its kind public-private cooperation in wildlife conservation, the watershed programme was run by the High Range Wildlife and Environment Preservation Association (HRWEPA), made up mostly of nature buffs from the Tata Tea plantations that dominate the Kannan Devan Hills (KDH), and the Forest Department of Kerala. Under the programme, tea planters informally doubled as wildlife wardens keeping extra vigil even as concepts like nature education and participatory management of wildlife gained currency amongst the local people.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats as also participation from local people,” says Mohan Alembath, president, Nilgiri Tahr Trust, Kochi. Alembath is a former wildlife warden of Kerala who oversaw conservation measures launched at the ENP. This private-public partnership is a dramatic turnaround from the days when shooting the tahrs was a favoured sport among planters and hunters. At that time, the planting of eucalyptus on the grasslands too had adversely affected the tahr as it led to the erosion of its habitat.advertisementA key group involved in the conservation programme were the Muthuvans group of tribals, the original inhabitants of Munnar. Some of them are enlisted as watchers by the state forest department. “People’s participation in environmental preservation and their interest in the tahr have contributed significantly to its conservation,” says M.K.Prasad, environmental activist of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.When the Kerela Goverment declared the ENP as a protected sanctuary in 1972, it set in motion a chain of events that have led to healthier tahr numbers today. The expanse of the tea gardens in the region have inadvertently aided the conservation effort. The agro-ecological system, where tea was the prime produce with a large expanse of interspersed wilderness, provided ample space for the tahr and other fauna.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats.”MOHAN ALEMBATH, PRESIDENT, NILGIRI TAHR TRUST, KOCHI The tahr is among the few species of mountain goats that have adapted to a cold and wet tropical environment of the kind that is confined to an area not bigger than 5 per cent of the Western Ghats. The tahr prefers a habitat that is predominantly of grasslands adequately sheltered by rocky cliffs, enjoys a short dry season and receives over 1,500 mm of rainfall a year. Such a unique tropical habitat is restricted to just seven of the high altitude landscapes (1,200 m to 2,600 m above sea level) in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, particularly the one found in the southern Western Ghats between the Nilgiri Hills and Kanyakumari Hills.Yet, in spite of the increase in numbers, the tahr still faces many threats to its survival: habitat destruction, competition and disease transmission from domestic livestock and poaching for meat or commercial products. In order to protect the species, experts believe other issues too need attention. Some of these include institutionalisation of the management system, increasing the size of the tropical grassland ecosystem and developing the landscape approach as also the preparation of a comprehensive ecosystem plan still needs to be put in place.Experts on the tahr and other hoofed grazers, who had gathered for the fourth World Congress of Mountain Ungulates at Munnar, have recommended the extension of the ENP to the ecological boundary of the Nilgiri tahr population. This is easier said than done. It will mean establishing protected corridors in the Western Ghats and ensure that forest tourism and other activities respect conservation measures. There is also a plan to extend the ENP by 30 sq km and reintroduce the tahr in some areas from where it had disappeared. Further, a protocol for monitoring the tahr population and its habitat has to be developed to evaluate the economic impact of tourism and put in place a preventive action plan against accidents such as an outbreak of fire in the ENP.Call of the WildThe Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiritragus hylocrius or goat antelope to biologists, is red-listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A full grown male stands 100 cm tall at the shoulder and weighs about 100 kg. Females are slightly smaller in size and weight. Both sexes have curved horns, which are larger in the males, reaching up to 40 cm for males and 30 cm for females. Grey in colour, the animal is paler on the under-surface. Older males are known as saddlebacks due to the whitish hair that develop on the rump in the shape of a saddle as they age. The Nilgiri tahr live in herds ranging from six to 104 animals, with average group sizes of nine for all-female groups and 27 for mixed herds. Nearly half the population is in the Eravikulam National Park near Munnar. There is also the fear that any disease of epidemic proportions could wipe out the animal. That is why experts are against the tahr tracts being opened for tourists except the Rajamalai fringe of the ENP where visitors are taken up the slopes in the park’s vans. The tahr in this area of the park is not alarmed by the presence of human beings, which is also a grim pointer of its vulnerability to hunting and poaching. Also, the staff strength of the national park is very poor considering its remoteness and rugged terrain. “Protected areas have become the only beacons of hope for the long-term survival of the Niligiri tahr as with all wild animals of Asia,” says M.K. Ranjitsinh of the Wildlife Trust of India.A DNA profile of the tahr and a stock-taking of its scattered population outside the ENP is critical to guard against what Alembath calls “genetic erosion”. In order to obtain DNA samples of the tahr, researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have begun non-invasive sampling by collecting the tahr’s dung from locations across the Western Ghats.advertisementThe state governments too have begun to show greater interest. R.J. Ranjit Daniels, director, Care Earth, Chennai, points out that Kerala has set up the Nilgiri Tahr Trust and Tamil Nadu has put the animal on the cover of a book on the state’s biodiversity suggesting that the tahr occupies a significant position in the state’s wildlife conservation plan.However, the pioneers in protecting the tahr, Tata Tea and HRWEPA favour conservation through better management of the flora and fauna. “The tahr has contributed to tourism and generating funds for management through regulated eco-tourism is the only way,” says T. Damu, vice-president, Taj Group of Hotels. They are keen to promote private ownership and management of the tahr tracts and going by their track record in this project, few would bet against their success.last_img read more

RR vs KTK: Warne-Tendulkar to rekindle old rivalry

first_imgAfter registering a comprehensive victory over Kochi Tuskers Kerala to bring their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign back on track, a confident Rajasthan Royals team will be eyeing an upset when they take on leaders Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on Friday. The Sawai Man Singh Stadium will witness the first clash this season between two ageless legends of cricket and whether the Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals can the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians remains to be seen. Mumbai, hot favourites this year, have been able to live up to their reputation by winning all but one of their six matches in the tournament.Rajasthan, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride so far. Out of seven matches, they have won and lost three each with one match having been abandoned due to rain. They currently have seven points from seven matches, while Mumbai have earned 10 from six.After receiving two successive thrashings, Rajasthan managed to notch up a fine victory against the in-form Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their previous match, with Warne leading from the front with a three-wicket haul on home turf.On Thursday too, they will be relying on their captain-cum-coach to do the trick for them and expect Johan Botha, Siddharth Trivedi and Shane Watson to assist Warne with the ball.So far, the Royals’ strategy has been to restrict their opponents and chase down modest targets.It is high time their batting lineup that boasts of Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Botha and rising star Ashok Menaria fires together and makes an impact.advertisementThe batsmen have shown occasional glimpses of their ability but are yet to win a match on their own, and they will need to be at their best to tackle a bowling lineup featuring the leading wickettaker, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel.Mumbai’s batsmen, meanwhile, led by batting maestro Tendulkar, have clicked extremely well in this competition. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard doing their job to perfection, Mumbai should be hoping for a cake-walk.Their fielding, no doubt inspired by their fielding coach and South African legend Jonty Rhodes, has been fabulous. “We have Jonty as the fielding coach and the boys have responded well. In the previous match it was the fielding rather my five- wicket haul that won the match for us,” said Harbhajan on the eve of the match.Bhajji available for WIHarbhajan also said he would be available for the Indian team’s forthcoming tour of the West Indies but was not aware of the plans of other senior players.”I have no idea from where the news (of senior players opting out of West Indies tour) has poured in. I am available for the tour. As far others are concerned, neither have I talked to anybody and nor has anybody has talked to me. We will be playing three Tests there and I don’t want to miss any of those,” he said.Harbhajan praised teammate Ambati Rayudu, saying he was a special talent.”It would be a challenge for youngsters like Rayudu to face a great spinner (like Warne). He is a special talent and we always knew that. He was unfortunately lost in between but lately he has been performing well. He is capable of filling in the big shoes of great Indian batsmen like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid,” the off- spinner said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Dravid falls prey to debatable umpiring on the current England tour

first_imgRahul Dravid continues to be at the receiving end of controvesial decisions by the  umpires on the current England tour as he was ruled out caught behind on Saturday, despite ‘Hot Spot’ not detecting an edge off his bat. For the third time in this tour that Dravid has fallen to a debatable decision as he was given out twice in the preceding Test series in controversial fashion. However, snicko-meter, which is not part of the UDRS, later suggested that there was a contact between the ball and the bat. Saturday’s decision yet again brought technological shortcomings to the fore under the UDRS system. England paceman Stuart Broad appealed for a catch behind the wicket off his own bowling in the fourth ball of the 18th over but umpire Billy Doctrove ruled not out.Broad opted for a review straight away.Third umpire Marais Erasmus from South Africa took help of ‘Hot Spot’ but even after several replays, the edge could not be established, though a sound was definitely detected.However, much to the astonishment of the fans and the batsman, Erasmus ruled Dravid out. In the third Test, Dravid was ruled caught behind off James Anderson in India’s second innings when his bat actually had hit the shoelace and he hadn’t edged the ball. Then in the fourth Test, he was given out caught behind in India’s second innings. Dravid was ruled not out by the umpire but given out for 13 after referral by England though the snicko-meter apparently showed that there was no contact between the ball and the bat before it landed into home side wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s gloves. Debates and discussions have already started on the decision. Cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted, “The most reliable tool for DRS is proving the least trustworthy. But I’m more baffled by the quality of umpiring.” “How can d third umpire overturn the on-field umpire’s decision without conclusive evidence to suggest d opposite,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Try these places

first_imgHeading out of the city? Try these places.Delhi MacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from,Heading out of the city? Try these places.DelhiMacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from American classics, Mediterranean and European preparations, as well as Indian dishes with a modern twist. Take your pick from their sumptuous selection of grilled fish, parmesan chicken steak, fillet mignon and mushroom steaks. Save some room for dessert-there are walnut brownies and Mexican chocolate sizzlers to choose from.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: J 4-5, First Floor, Sector 18, Noida.Tel: 0120 49422222.Coffee WorldAn ideal joint for a great cuppa, Coffee World, a high-quality coffee outlet has opened its fourth outlet in the city. Unlike other coffee joints, Coffee World does not only serve the traditional variations of coffee-based drinks but also has delightful bites like Belgian waffles on offer. The waffles are always prepared fresh for every customer and are served with honey and strawberry syrup. The decor here is a mixture of grey and black walls with contemporary furniture, making the place cosy and private-ideal for a cup of coffee and a quick snack. Other picks from their menu would include the smoked chicken and pepper sandwich as well as the Mexican fajita wrap (a great option for vegetarians).Average meal for two: Rs 600 plus taxes.At: K 79, Lajpat Nagar II.Tel: 011 41048800.KolkataBaan ThaiFor an authentic taste of Thailand in aplush setting, Baan Thai at Oberoi Grand is one of the best options todine at in Kolkata. Right from the waiters in traditional Thai attirewho greet all guests with folded palms and a sawasdee kaa to the selectkhung tok (low seating) tables to the ample Thai figurines positionedacross this 54 cover restaurant inside the Grand Dame of Chowringhee, it all comes together to recreate a truly Thai experience. SatayKai, grilled chicken skewers served with peanut sauce, spicy lemongrassflavoured tom yum soup and som tam salad rustled with raw papaya andpeanuts are some of the recommended starters here. For maincourse, pick from the strongly spiced green and red curries or the PhaeMassaman, a lamb curry with peanuts. Known for their innovations, thelatest in line has been the vegetarian menu, in which even the Thaicurry paste that includes shrimp paste had to be done away with.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500 plus taxes.At: Oberoi Grand, 15 JL Nehru Road.Tel: 033 22492323.advertisementMachchanMachaan is the city’s only jungle-themed restaurant and behind its glass doors is a replica of a wildlife park replete with life-size figures of a baby elephant that trumpets intermittently, a giraffe, a monkey, a snake and a flock of birds chirping from various corners. The dimly lit interiors are laid out with artificial greenery and the wooden tables with uneven edges and the leaf-shaped backrests for the chairs only add to the experience. The menu is North Indian all the way. Try the soft lentils of dal Machaan, the baby potatoes of bhatti ka aloo, the succulent fish of ajwaini tandoori bekti and the pickle-spiced jumbo prawns of ambi ka jhinga with an olive chili naan. Fine touches in keeping with the theme of the restaurant are the leopard-print shirts that the waiters sport and the cutlery items with their handles resembling forked branches of trees.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: Mani Square Mall, 4th Floor, 164/1 Maniktala Main Road, EM Bypass.Tel: 033 65364680.Bangalore100 Ft.100 ft. was one of the first shops in Bangalore to introduce the concept of a boutique alongside a restaurant when it first opened in 2001. In the decade since their opening, both the boutique and the restaurant have managed to develop loyal clienteles of their own. While the restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean fare, the store stocks unusual products and accessories sourced from all over the country. The decor does not follow a traditional layout, but resembles that of a lived-in house.The merchandise is displayed in various nooks and crannies, on walls or casually propped on shelves and window sills. In fact the clothes and jewellery are placed in the bedroom in such a manner that it looks like you have accidentally stumbled into someone’s stylish personal space.Cost: Rs 200 onwards for coasters to Rs 1,500 onward for home decor pieces.At: 777/1, 100ft. Road, Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 080 25277752; 100ft.inThe Orange BicycleA one-stop shop for all things quirky, kitschy and colourful, The Orange Bicycle is the place to let your wild side free. A bungalow that has been converted into a shop, the place has a laid back feel to it and is highly conducive for lazy browsing through the quirky collections for hours.On offer here are jewellery, bags, clothes, shoes and soft furnishings among other knick knacks like stationary and fridge magnets. Selections here include serving trays with fun messages printed on them, large beaded lights in bright orange and fuchsia and old-style trunks made new with a fresh coat of paint and funky designs.Cost: Rs 100 for a magnet.At: 3353, 5th Cross 12th A Main Hall, 2nd Stage Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41255242.advertisementLe CristaalLe Cristaal is Bangalore’s hip new joint for great continental cuisine. This chic all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. Stop by in the morning for a sumptuous breakfast comprising eggs, pancakes and waffles served with maple syrup, honey and fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, we recommend you try the penne arrabbiata, spinach ricotta ravioli or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: 36, Vittal Malaya, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41462747.PsybabasFor all things psychedelic and trippy, head down to Psybaba. Set up to resemble a Goan flea market, this shop is a repository of vibrant and colourful products and accessories. There are so many goodies on offer here that they are stacked all the way up to the ceiling! Psybaba is a haven for backpackers, tourists and even locals who are looking for something different. There are large oversized multicoloured pants that are super comfortable, junk jewellery, leather wallets, and among the hot sellers are organic perfumes whose fragrance closely matches many designer ones.Cost: Rs 20 onwards for a pair of earrings.At: 41/2, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar Bangalore.Tel: 09886527782.PuneOut of the BlueThe famous Mumbai restaurant Out of the Blue, has recently opened an outlet in Pune. If in the mood for a creamy cheese fondue, risottos or pastas, head to OOTB. The pastas in a variety of sauces and DIY sizzlers remain the highlights. End your meal in true OOTB style, with some delectable cheesecake and chocolate pastries. Like its Mumbai outlets, the new OOTB will also host events like bazaar nights. Housed in the ESquare mall at the lobby level, the restaurant, however, doesn’t have the lazy charm of its original Mumbai outlet.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: E Square Mall, Ganeshkhind Road.Tel: 020 66044247.FlambosFlambo’s is the newly opened restaurant by Anita Lazar that promises a Latin-European feast! So, expect great cuisine from Brazil, Italy and Portugal along with some French and Spanish delicacies thrown in. The kitchen and menu are designed by celebrity chef Christopher Salim Agha Bee, the man behind Sublime in Goa and The Sunset Ashram in Ibiza. In keeping with its Brazilian leanings, it has free range meats and well-done steaks, with the Steak with Blue Cheese being a hot seller. Make sure you don’t miss the wasabi prawns, rosemary lamb chops and the Californian filo pastry.Average meal for two: Rs 1,600 plus taxes.At: G 4 Metropole, Near INOX, Camp, Bund Garden Road.Tel: 67265806.HyderabadadvertisementBidriThe dimly lit short passage that leads to Bidri aims to prepare you for the sensory delights that lie ahead. You see inspirations from the traditional craft of Bidri, a silver inlay work, native to the region of the same name in Karnataka, adorning the restaurant all over. Recently revamped, the restaurant known for its Hyderabadi cuisine now includes not just local delicacies but also Mughlai cuisine treats. So whether it’s finely prepared roganjosh in Kashmiri style or the kachche gosht ki biryani from Hyderabad, a meal here promises to be a mouthwatering experience.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500.At: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road.Tel: 040 27522577.KanganA far cry from the typical Indian restaurant, Kangan is where you will find a stylish blend of the traditional and contemporary. The many rows of bangles catch your eye as soon as you enter the eating joint which has anotherwise simple, no-frills decor. Dishes like galwati kebab (clove smoked patties with caramelised onion pate straight from the kitchen of the Lucknowi Nawabs), nalli roganjosh tempered with Kashmiri chili, safed murgh ka salan cooked with sesame seeds, almonds and coconut gravy are show stoppers here. A plate of kulfi or angoori rasmalai are good ways to wrap up your meal.The service is efficient and hospitable. You can even get a few bangles made for yourself by the lacquer bangle artisan who’ll be more than happy to indulge you.Average meal for two: Rs 2,200 plus taxes.At: Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, Raheja IT Park, Madhapur.Tel: 040 67676767.ChennaiSky Lounge BarIf you’re jaded by the usual clubbing scene in the city with predictable music and crowded bars, then the High at The Raintree, Anna Salai, could be your much needed respite. The view of the cityscape from this eleven floor-high sky lounge is breathtaking, with many city landmarks such as the newly built State Secretariat glimmering against the night sky. Try their cocktails such as the High Kaffir Lime Martinia signature drink with a confluence of premium vodka, kafir lime leaf, lemon juice and sugar syrup, besides international classics like Manhattan, Rob Roy and Bloody Mary while here. If you’re feeling peckish, we suggest you try their mezze platter with pita, lavash, hummus, muhammarah and tabouleh or paprika spiced fish fingers with tartar sauce.Average meal for two: Rs 2,000 plus taxes.At: The Raintree Hotel, 636, Anna Salai.Tel: 28309999.last_img read more

IPL 7, KXIP vs KKR: Punjab vs Rajasthan, Qualifier 1

first_imgPunjab won the toss and elected to field against KolkataWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Qualifier 1 between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders from the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata.Full IPL Coverage | Scorecard Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs at the Eden Gardens stadium. Kolkata win! They are through to the final. Great joy in the Kolkata camp. In front of their home crowd at the Eden too. The fans are dancing in the isles as one famous commie used to say. I guess, you already know how the final delivery panned out. Yadav has beaten Johnson with all sorts of deliveries this over, this one was the slower delivery, Johnson made room to work it to leg, missed and the ball looped on the bounce to the keeper. Once the over was called, the celebrations began in the Kolkata camp. So in a crunch game, Punjab fall short – this is the first time they have lost chasing this year; they had won 6 in a row chasing before today. They would happily swap one of those for today’s win. But that’s cricket and credit to Kolkata for strangling the Punjab power-hitters with great usage of their resources. The first 6-7 overs were all about handling the rain and other variables as one thought we could get a rain-shortened game. The D/L sheets were out in full force as the players kept checking it up regularly. Once the 5-over mark was completed, we had a game. Maxwell and Vohra – were big wickets and once they were snared, the spinners came into their own to derail the chase. Shakib in his three overs was the most difficult to get away as he hardly gave any pace on the ball. Chawla picked up wickets and his delivery to get rid of Miller was an absolute belter. The asking rate kept mounting and there was no way Punjab were winning as Narine’s two overs at the end finished off the job.advertisementWith George Bailey(3) and Rishi Dhawan(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 88/6 after 14 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Rishi Dhawan comes to the crease for Punjab.13.3 overs: OUT!! Akshar Patel has been run-out by Piyush Chawla. George Bailey flicks it towards short fine leg and sets off for a quick single while Chawla gathers it quickly fires it back towards the wicket-keeper to catch him short at the crease. Akshar Patel departs after scoring two runs off two balls. Punjab IN TATTERS here!! With George Bailey(3) and Akshar Patel(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 86/5 after 13 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!George Bailey comes to the crease for Punjab.12.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Piyush Chawla has bowled David Miller on a deceiving leg break. Miller goes on the backfoot looking to cut but the ball nips back in sharply to rattle the stumps. David Milleer departs after scoring eight runs off 12 balls. Punjab in a SPOT OF BOTHER now!! With David Miller(6) and Akshar Patel(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 80/4 after 12 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Akshar Patel comes to the crease for Punjab.Morne Morkel gets his THIRD WICKET!!11.6 overs: OUT!! Morne Morkel has got Wriddhiman Saha out caught at mid-off. Saha drives on the up and sends it straight into the hands of Umesh Yadav for a simple catch. Wriddhiman Saha departs after scoring 35 runs off 31 balls with two boundaries and two sixes. With David Miller(4) and Wriddhiman Saha(34) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 77/3 after 11 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!10.3 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha bends down and smacks it deep into the stands over midwicket for the maximum. That was MUSCLED by Saha!! 9.1 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha picks it from outside off and smacks it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. Punjab NEED MORE OF THOSE now!! With David Miller(1) and Wriddhiman Saha(20) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 60/3 after nine overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. With David Miller(0) and Wriddhiman Saha(17) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 55/3 after eight overs.Duckworth Lewis is messing their heads ! Not fair man… 🙁 #KXIPvsKKR #KKRvsKXIP #PepsiIPL Roop Bhinder (@RoopBhinderr) May 28, 2014TWO RUNS off the over!!David Miller comes to the crease for Punjab.Eden Gardens COMES TO LIFE!!7.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Umesh Yadav has got Glenn Maxwell out lbw on a good length delivery. Maxwell shuffles across looking to work it towards fine leg but misses it as the ball hits the pad in front of the stumps. Glenn Maxwell departs after scoring just six runs off nine balls with a boundary. BIG WICKET for Kolkata!! advertisementWith Glenn Maxwell(6) and Wriddhiman Saha(16) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 46/2 after six overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.3 overs: FOUR!! Glenn Maxwell gets down on his knee and sweeps it towards fine leg for a boundary. With Glenn Maxwell(0) and Wriddhiman Saha(15) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 46/2 after six overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease for Punjab.Morne Morkel is PUMPED UP here!!5.5 overs: OUT!! Morne Morkel has got Manan Vohra out caught at mid-on. Vohra was looking to go over the in-field but spoons it straight into the hands of Umesh Yadav for a simple catch. Manan Vohra departs after scoring 26 runs off 19 balls with three sixes. BIG BLOW for Punjab!!5.2 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra presses forward and bludgeons it over long-on for the maximum. Vohra is RUNNING AWAY with this one!! With Manan Vohra(20) and Wriddhiman Saha(15) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 39/1 after five overs.FIFTEEN RUNS off the over!!4.2 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra gets a big stride forward and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Vohra TURNS IT ON for Punjab!!4.1 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra picks the length early and slogs it over deep midwicket for the maximum. MIGHTY HIT from Vohra!!Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Manan Vohra(6) and Wriddhiman Saha(14) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 24/1 after four overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha bends down and flays the sweep towards square leg for a boundary. Extremely clever by Gambhir. Trying to finish 5 overs ASAP. #PepsiIPL #KXIPvsKKR Chirag Bhaiya (@chiragbhaiya) May 28, 2014First sign of spin, Sunil Narine comes into the attack for Kolkata. It’s Narine vs Vohra here!!The DRAMA ENSUES as rain returns at Eden Gardens. The covers were coming on but the umpires have asked them to be taken away. With Manan Vohra(4) and Wriddhiman Saha(9) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 17/1 after three overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha swivels across and flicks it over long leg for the maximum. That was EFFORTLESS from Saha!! With Manan Vohra(3) and Wriddhiman Saha(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 8/1 after two overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Punjab.1.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Umesh Yadav has got Virender Sehwag out caught at cover. Sehwag was looking to clear the in-field but sends it straight into the hands of Shakib Al Hasan who takes it with both hands. Virender Sehwag departs after scoring two runs off three balls. EARLY BLOW for Punjab!!Umesh Yadav will bowl from the other end for Kolkata.advertisementFIVE RUNS off the over!! Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Morne Morkel will start the proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders scored 163 runs at the loss of eight wickets after batting first against Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens stadium.@lionsdenkxip Akshar Patel has bowled the most economical spell for 4 overs 11/2 in this IPL, that to in #Qualifier1 #KXIPvsKKR ?? Ch@ndU ?? (@stylishayaan) May 28, 2014That’s the END OF INNINGS for Kolkata!! 19.6 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla swivels across and scoops it towards fine leg for a boundary. Chawla FINISHES IT OFF in style!!19.5 overs: OUT!! Sunil Narine has been run-out by Mitchell Johnson. Piyush Chawla drills it back towards the bowler who deflects it towards midwicket as the batsmen complete the single…but there’s an overthrow and the batsmen try to seize the opportunity for a quick single as Johnson sprints across and fires in a direct hit to catch Narine short at the crease. Sunil Narine departs without facing a ball. 19.2 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla rocks back and pulls it fine for another boundary. Awana is LEAKING RUNS here!!19.1 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla takes it on the full and whips it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Awana!!Parvinder Awana will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab!!With Piyush Chawla(2) and Sunil Narine(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 148/7 after 19 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Sunil Narine is the new man in for Kolkata.18.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Johnson has got Ryan ten Doeschate out caught at deep midwicket. Tendo was looking for the big flick over the fielder but sends it straight down the throat of Manan Vohra who takes it comfortably. Ryan ten Doeschate departs after scoring 17 runs off 10 balls with two sixes. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!! With Piyush Chawla(0) and Ryan ten Doeschate(16) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 145/6 after 18 overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!Piyush Chawla comes to the crease for Kolkata.17.6 overs: OUT!! Karanveer Singh has bowled Suryakumar Yadav on a quicker delivery. Yadav swivels across looking to sweep but misses it as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Suryakumar Yadav departs after scoring 20 runs off 14 balls with three boundaries and a six.17.5 overs: FOUR!! Suryakumar Yadav gets down and flays the sweep towards deep midwicket for a boundary. 17.2 overs: SIX!! Ryan ten Doeschate bends down and slams it over long-on for another maximum. Tendo is ON FIRE here!!17.1 overs: SIX!! Ryan ten Doeschate stands tall and smacks it over long-on for the maximum. With Suryakumar Yadav(16) and Ryan ten Doeschate(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 128/5 after 17 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!! 16.2 overs: FOUR!! Suryakumar Yadav makes room and mauls it straight down the ground for a boundary. Yadav is TURNING IT ON for Kolkata!!16.1 overs: SIX!! Suryakumar Yadav rocks back and hammers it over deep square leg for the maximum. CRUCIAL RUNS for Kolkata!! With Suryakumar Yadav(5) and Ryan ten Doeschate(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 114/5 after 16 overs.GOOD NEWS: The rain has stopped at the Eden Gardens and the covers are coming off. The players and the umpires are back on the field. And, we’re good to go!! BAD NEWS: It has started RAINING at the Eden Gardens. The covers are out and the players are walking off the field. It seems like a PASSING SHOWER, lets hope doesn’t stay for long. STAY TUNED for more updates!! With Suryakumar Yadav(4) and Ryan ten Doeschate(0) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 112/5 after 15 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!Suryakumar Yadav comes to the crease for Kolkata.14.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Yusuf Pathan out caught at long-on. Pathan was looking to heave it over long-on but finds David Miller instead. Yusuf Pathan departs after scoring 20 runs off 18 balls with two boundaries and a six. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!!Ryan ten Doeschate comes to the crease for Kolkata Knight Riders.14.2 overs: OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Shakib Al Hasan out caught at long-off. Shakib was looking to slog across the line but mistimes it straight down the throat of David Miller who deosn’t drop those. Shakib Al Hasan departs after scoring 18 runs off 16 balls with two boundaries.14.1 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan makes room and smacks it back over the bowler for a boundary. With Shakib Al Hasan(14) and Yusuf Pathan(20) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 104/3 after 14 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!111 SIXES for Yusuf Pathan in all IPL.!!! #KXIPvsKKR #PepsiIPL ZEE (@ZeeSharapova) May 28, 201413.3 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan makes room and smashes it over long-off for the maximum. Pathan KEEPS THEM COMING for Kolkata!! With Shakib Al Hasan(13) and Yusuf Pathan(13) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 96/3 after 13 overs. SIX RUNS off the over!! 12.2 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan shimmies down the track and drills it through extra cover for a boundary. Shakib is BREAKING THE SHACKLES here!! With Shakib Al Hasan(8) and Yusuf Pathan(13) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 90/3 after 12 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!! 11.4 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan was looking to heave it ovr covers but gets an outside edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. Pathan was REALLY LUCKY there!! With Shakib Al Hasan(6) and Yusuf Pathan(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 81/3 after 11 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!10.5 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan goes on the backfoot and mauls it over backward point for a boundary. Pathan WON’T MISS OUT on those!! With Shakib Al Hasan(3) and Yusuf Pathan(2) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 73/3 after 10 overs.Nice to see the young guns fire for KXIP…Mandy,Sandy,Manan,Shivam n Akshar now…you deserve kudos @lionsdenkxip #PepsiIPL #KXIPvsKKR Varsha Rao (@Varsha_7) May 28, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Patel!!Shakib Al Hasan comes to the crease for Kolkata Knight Riders.8.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Akshar Patel has bowled Manish Pandey on a flighted delivery. Pandey goes across looking to sweep but misses it as the ball loops onto the stumps. Manish Pandey departs after scoring 21 runs off 20 balls with three boundaries. DOUBLE WHAMMY for Kolkata!!Yusuf Pathan comes to the crease for Kolkata.8.2 overs: OUT!! Akshar Patel has got Robin Uthappa out caught at long-off. Uthappa was looking to clear the fielder but holes out to David Miller under the fence. Robin Uthappa departs after scoring 42 runs off 30 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!! With Robin Uthappa(42) and Manish Pandey(21) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 67/1 after eight overs.@robbieuthappa u little beauty marching towards the 10th consecutive 40+ in this tournament. Mr.consistency @SonySIX #ipl2014 #KXIPvsKKR Thirumavalavan (@thirungjt) May 28, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!!7.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey gets forward and hoicks it over extra cover for a boundary. Karanveer Singh comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Robin Uthappa(39) and Manish Pandey(15) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 58/1 after seven overs.Akshar Patel’s bowling stats in #IPL7 341 runs 324 balls 133 dots 134 singles 18 doubles 1 three 30 fours 8 sixes #KXIPvsKKR #ipl2014 Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) May 28, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!!Akshar Patel comes back into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Robin Uthappa(37) and Manish Pandey(14) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 55/1 after six overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!5.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey picks the slower delivery and thrashes it straight down the ground for a boundary. Pandey GETS INTO THE ACT now!! Robin Uthappa for @KKRiders is what Virat Kohli is to India. He’s unstoppable ATM #KXIPvsKKR Nick (@cricket_fan77) May 28, 20145.1 overs SIX!! Robin Uthappa stands tall and mauls it straight into the sightscreen for the maximum. Uthappa WELCOMES Dhawan in style!!Rishi Dhawan comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Robin Uthappa(29) and Manish Pandey(9) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 42/1 after five overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! 4.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa hangs back and pummels the pull towards deep midwicket for a boundary. 4.2 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa skips down the track and heaves it over covers for a boundary. Uthappa is LOOKING SOLID for Kolkata!! With Robin Uthappa(19) and Manish Pandey(8) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 31/1 after four overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!3.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa drives on the up and sends it back past the bowleer for a boundary. That was REALLY CLOSE!!3.3 overs: SIX!! Robin Uthappa rocks back and clouts the pull over square leg for the maximum. MEATY BLOW from Uthappa!! 3.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey leans forward and drives it on the up past mid-off for a boundary. Bailey’s DIVE GOES IN VAIN!! With Robin Uthappa(8) and Manish Pandey(3) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 14/1 after three overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa swivels across and clips it past short fine leg for the first boundary in the innings. POOR LINE from Patel!! First sign of spin, Akshar Patel comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. What a catch !! #Bailey – the super hero #KKRvsKXIP #ipl2014 #IPL #KXIPvsKKR And #Gambhir – One more flop show ;)Bhagyashree Parida (@bhagyashree986) May 28, 2014With Robin Uthappa(2) and Manish Pandey(2) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 5/1 after two overs.BRILLIANT OVER by Mitch, a big wicket and just three runs off the over!!Manish Pandey is the new man in for Kolkata Knight Riders.1.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Johnson has got Gautam Gambhir out caught at mid-on. Gambhir goes for the pull but sends it straight down the throat of George Bailey who leaps in the air to grab that one. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring just one run off three balls. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!! Mitchell Johnson will bowl from the other end for Kings XI Punjab.KXIP think tank has gone mad.. Sandeep Sharma is leading wicket taker for them but he is not playing in this match. #KXIPvsKKR #IPL Suresh K Bijarniya (@S_K_Bijarniya) May 28, 2014TIDY START from Awana, two runs off the over!! Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are out in the middle for Kolkata Knight Riders while Parvinder Awana will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab.TEAM NEWS: Kolkata have Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine and Ryan ten Doeschate as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Punjab will play David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and Mitchell Johnson as the overseas players in their Playing XI today. Toss: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders. What’s At Stake:Both Kolkata and Punjab will be eager to secure their IPL 7 finals berth with a clinical win today. However, the losing team will have another shot to make the finals cut in the Eliminator match against the winner of Qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.Statistics:Sunil Narine has picked up 20 or more wickets in three consecutive editions of the IPL. He picked up 24 wickets in 2012, 22 wickets in 2013 and 20 so far in 2014. Lasith Malinga is the only other bowler to have achieved this feat in 2011 (28 wickets), 2012 (22 wickets) and 2013 (20 wickets).This will be the 100th T20 game for Manish Pandey.Morne Morkel needs one more wicket to get to 150 wickets in T20s.Robin Uthappa is the only player in the history of T20 cricket to score 40+ runs in nine consecutive matches.Quotes:”There is always that fear of getting hit for long sixes, but I mainly try to stick to my strength of bowling the arm-ball and the quicker one. I don’t look to spin the ball or try different variations; I only concentrate on bowling a good arm-ball,” Kings XI Punjab spinner Akshar Patel, on his bowling.”We are going to have to be on our A game. They are a good team, a very good batting team and they could easily turn the game around, so we have to stay focused and concentrate on what we are doing,” Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Trevor Bayliss said ahead of his side’s clash with Punjab.Kings XI Punjab:Punjab, on the other hand, have been the team to beat for oppositions. Their sheer aggression with the bat has intimidated many bowlers and it will be a big test for Gambhir and his men come Tuesday. The fact that Manan Vohra is firing all guns at the top of the order, alongside Virender Sehwag, adds to the opposition captain’s woes.If one thought those two were a destructive combination, there is more to come in the form of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. It is quite clear that the bowlers and the fielders will have to be on their toes to stop the best batting line-up of this IPL.Punjab’s Indian talent has not disappointed the team management in the bowling department. Akshar Patel has been very impressive and even when skipper George Bailey asks him to bowl in pressure situations, Patel has shown maturity and has delivered quality goods. The fact that he has not missed a single game this year tells more about the trust the captain has in him.Sandeep Sharma lost his touch in the last few games but he has troubled many a batsman with his sharp swinging deliveries. He also tops the side’s bowling charts with 17 wickets.Kolkata Knight Riders:Gautam Gambhir’s men are on a roll with seven consecutive wins under their belt, including a stunning display against Hyderabad, which helped them pip Chennai and grab the second stop in the table. The fact that the Qualifier 1 was shifted out of Chennai has now given them an added advantage – they will be playing in familiar conditions and in front of an boisterous Kolkata crowd.Robin Uthappa has grabbed eyeballs whenever Kolkata have taken the field of late. With nine consecutive 40+ scores, Uthappa is in fine form and is looking good for more. Deservingly, he is also the leading run-getter in this year’s competition. The way he has scored these runs has forced many to be glued to their seats when he is batting in the middle.Though the skipper has not made many runs in his last few games, he has had no problems in timing the ball. Shakib Al Hasan too has done well in the competition and plays a vital role with both bat and ball. Yusuf Pathan’s stunning innings against Hyderabad not only silenced his critics but also helped Kolkata grab the crucial second place on the table, which now gives them an extra opportunity to make it to the final.If you have Sunil Narine in your ranks you are normally considered to have a fine bowling line-up and the Kolkata attack is no different. He is also the leading wicket-taker in the tournament and is the trump card for Gambhir in crunch situations. The rest of the bowlers too have formed good partnerships with Narine to constitute a formidable bowling attack.Key player to watch in today’s crucial tie:Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.Sunil Narine: The mystery spinner from West Indies, Sunil Narine, was been one of the most influential players for the KKR during their victorious IPL campaign in 2012. Narine was also the highest wicket-taker for KKR with 22 wickets in 16 matches last season. His exemplary performances also helped him in bagging the Player of the Tournament award in 2012. His ability to bowl tidy overs in pressure situations gives an edge to KKR’s bowling department.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Gautam Gambhir: Indian opening batsman, Gautam Gambhir, was one of the most consistent performers for KKR last season. The skipper, while leading from the front, helped Kolkata to it’s first-ever IPL title victory in 2012. The left-hander was also the highest run-scorer with 406 runs in 16 matches last season. Apart from being a devastating batsman, Gambhir is an active and responsible skipper on field.Robin Uthappa: The 27-year-old explosive batsman was the top run-scorer for now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors with 405 runs in 16 matches in 2012. He is an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace. Following the termination of Pune Warriors in 2013, Uthappa was bought for a whopping Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL auctions this year. His availability in the team will provide the much-needed balance at the top-order for Kolkata.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul ThakurKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Mondal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Daslast_img read more