MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash believes the poor standard of cricket facilities in the Caribbean has played a role in the decline of the game in the region. The Australia-born left-hander, who played 21 Tests between 2008 and 2011 after qualifying to represent West Indies through his father, who is Jamaican, said the quality of the facilities at all levels had fallen off, and this had directly impacted on development. “A lot of money was spent on the 2007 World Cup to increase the standard of facilities,” Nash said. “I know when I was there towards the end of 2010, the facilities really dropped off. So within four years, they just didn’t have the money to keep it going or it wasn’t run correctly. “It starts with the facilities, because training facilities are poor. Even club matches, facilities are terrible. I can’t see it getting better any time soon, unfortunately.” Much of the decline in West Indies cricket has also been attributed to the breakdown in the relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players, and Nash said this appeared to be the case. “I’ve been out of it for two or three years, but from an outsider looking in, there is just no trust between either party,” he said. The 38-year-old ended his association with English County Kent last August, following a productive four-year stint with the club. And he said he was still available for international duty if West Indies required his services. “I’m still available. I’d like to think I can still move around the field quite well, and I’ve been playing county cricket, which has its challenges over there, and done pretty well in the last four seasons.” He added: “They (West Indies) still need that mix of experience and youth, but they need the right kind of experienced players.” Nash averaged 33, with two centuries and eight half-centuries, during his brief Test career.
Lifeguards were forced to close a leading Co Donegal beach because of dangerous jellyfish.The lifeguards at Shroove Beach near Greencastle on the Inishowen Peninsula put up the red flag telling bathers it was unsafe to swim in the water.They were forced to act after what was understood to be a number of Lion’s Mane jellyfish being spotted in the water yesterday afternoon. Donegal County Council has confirmed to Donegal Daily that the beach had to be closed for two hours on Sunday due to the jellyfish.A spokesperson said the decision was taken to close the beach because of concerns over the presence of jellyfish.The spokesperson said “Donegal County Council can confirm that the beach at Shroove was closed for a period of two hours yesterday (Sunday 25 August) due to concern over the number of jellyfish on the beach.“The jellyfish were moved on naturally by the tide after which, the beach reopened. The beach remains open today. “We would like to thank the members of the public for their patience and co-operation yesterday and we would also like to reassure the public that the beach is safe for bathing.”One person who was on the beach said the jellyfish appeared all of a sudden but disappeared themselves soon after.She said “We were enjoying a lovely day but all of a sudden the jellyfish came out of nowhere. They were definitely Lion’s Mane as I’ve come across them before and they were quite large.“I pitied one family as they’d come just up from Monaghan for the weekend and were afraid to go into the water after that.”There have been several incidents of people being stung by Lion’s mane jellyfish around Ireland. It is also known as the giant jellyfish or the hair jelly and is the largest known species of jellyfish.It uses its stinging tentacles to capture, pull in, and eat prey such as fish, sea creatures, and smaller jellyfish.Donegal beach closed after dangerous jellyfish spotted along coast was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beachcloseddonegaljellyfishShroove
Turning lives around Van Selm adds the SASE Pinnacle Award to a long list of accolades that she has received for her work at Khulisa – including being elected as an Ashoka Fellow, winning the Elizabeth Arden/Elle Magazine Visible Difference Award, winning the MIB Group Majuba Forest Entrepreneur of the Year Award and receiving nominations for Woman of the Year for four consecutive years. Van Selm’s early career was characterised by a series of jobs at which she turned her entrepreneurial spirit to creating new opportunities and developing her own skills. A self-proclaimed “graduate of the school of hard knocks”, she worked in sales, marketing and travel, often at companies that she started up herself. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SASE defines social entrepreneurs as visionary individuals who are motivated to evoke social change in a sustainable way. Khulisa crime prevention initiative “Khulisa is faced with many obstacles, including government buy-in, money to cover the costs of expanding according to demand, communities that are angry, hopeless and sceptical of our processes, and a lack of capacity to satisfy the need for programme demand,” says Van Selm. SAinfo reporter 24 March 2009 Van Selm is a social entrepreneur in the truest sense of the term, showing how her drive, compassion and insight have come together to create Khulisa, an organisation that is making radical changes to the South African criminal justice landscape. It was launched as an interactive course at Leeuwkop Prison to help offenders to use a common storytelling language to restore a sense of morality and ultimately lead to rehabilitation. Twelve years on, Khulisa is a reflection of the woman at the helm, who has devoted her time and energy into the Section 21 (not for profit) company, as well as of the huge successes than can be realised when a vision is applied to those who need it most. The course was developed after she spent time travelling around the world with Credo Mutwa, the South African spiritual leader, who was researching the common thread in different cultures’ storytelling traditions. Social entrepreneurs “recognise the gaps in service delivery and are constantly innovating solutions to developmental changes, they are also seeking ways in which to make these projects viable and independent of donor funding,” the organisers said in a statement this week. “I am surrounded by incredible staff, and invigorated by the success stories that emerge from our programmes,” she says. “I also have the support of a secretary who has been with my for over twenty years and my husband who is a business consultant by profession and brought financial acumen into my life.” Khulisa states as its mission, “to unlock the potential of both individuals and the larger society”. This is done through a series of programmes and interventions at prisons and with at-risk youth in communities to make restitution, restore personal pride, prevent recidivism and provide alternatives to gangs, drugs and crime. At the time, Van Selm’s intention was merely to create a practical outlet for the lessons she had learnt on her travels, but in the face of the instant positive feedback she received, and the overwhelming need for such interventions among South Africa’s marginalised prison population, the demand was created and Khulisa was born. Social entrepreneurs Khulisa is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the prevention of crime and the rehabilitation of offenders in South Africa, and the provenance of the organisation is inextricably bound to Van Selm’s personal journey of discovery working with marginalised people in the country. “We have a recidivism rate of 80%. Unless we do something about providing second chances and alternative ways of living to people who have been in conflict with the law, crime will continue to perpetuate,” says Van Selm. “I am honoured to have received this award because I feel that it recognises and draws attention to the vital work that we at Khulisa are doing.” In 1997, armed only with her marketing expertise, experience in building companies for a new South Africa and a genuine belief in the importance of inter-cultural dialogue, Van Selm established the Khulisa crime prevention initiative. Aside from the obvious personal rewards that van Selm realises through helping people turn their lives around every day, she has been supported in her achievements by a number of factors. Unlocking potential Khulisa founder and MD Lesley-Ann van Selm was recognised for her crime prevention and offender rehabilitation initiatives with the Pinnacle Award at the Southern Africa Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) Awards in Johannesburg last week. But she feels that with young people at risk throughout the country, the work being done by Khulisa is so important that the challenges are worth facing and the battles worth fighting. The award is given to individuals who have developed and implemented innovative social ventures that have a transformative social impact, are driven by an operationally and financially sustainable model, and are replicable.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since late May, soybean prices have dropped more than $2 per bushel as the trade war has escalated and tariffs have been implemented. Farm commodities across the board have been targeted and the farmers who produce those commodities are paying the price.The President has vowed for weeks that he would “take care” of farmers, but agriculture groups did not know until today what that help would look like. The plan outlined today by the Trump Administration includes three components: direct payments to farmers to mitigate lower prices resulting from retaliatory tariffs, direct commodity purchases by USDA, and funding for a temporary program similar in purpose to the current Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs. The cost of the package is expected to total around $12 billion spread across multiple commodities, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion impact of the unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods.President Trump directed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets.“This is a short-term solution to allow President Trump time to work on long-term trade deals to benefit agriculture and the entire U.S. economy,” Secretary Perdue said. “The President promised to have the back of every American farmer and rancher, and he knows the importance of keeping our rural economy strong. Unfortunately, America’s hard-working agricultural producers have been treated unfairly by China’s illegal trading practices and have taken a disproportionate hit when it comes illegal retaliatory tariffs. USDA will not stand by while our hard-working agricultural producers bear the brunt of unfriendly tariffs enacted by foreign nations. The programs we are announcing today help ensure our nation’s agriculture continues to feed the world and innovate to meet the demand.”Of the total unjustified retaliatory tariffs imposed on the United States, a disproportionate amount was targeted directly at American farmers. Trade damage from such retaliation has impacted a host of U.S. commodities, including field crops like soybeans and sorghum, livestock products like milk and pork, and many fruits, nuts, and other specialty crops. High tariffs disrupt normal marketing patterns, affecting prices and raising costs by forcing commodities to find new markets. Additionally, there is evidence that American goods shipped overseas are being slowed from reaching market by unusually strict or cumbersome entry procedures, which can affect the quality and marketability of perishable crops. This can boost marketing costs and discount our prices, and adversely affect our producers. USDA will use the following programs to assist farmers:The Market Facilitation Program, authorized under The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and administered by Farm Service Agency (FSA), will provide payments incrementally to producers of soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy, and hogs. This support will help farmers manage disrupted markets, deal with surplus commodities, and expand and develop new markets at home and abroad.Additionally, USDA will use CCC Charter Act and other authorities to implement a Food Purchase and Distribution Program through the Agricultural Marketing Service to purchase unexpected surplus of affected commodities such as fruits, nuts, rice, legumes, beef, pork and milk for distribution to food banks and other nutrition programs.Finally, the CCC will use its Charter Act authority for a Trade Promotion Program administered by the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) in conjunction with the private sector to assist in developing new export markets for our farm products.The National Pork Producers Council commends President Trump for taking steps to provide much-needed relief to American farmers in the crosshairs of global trade retaliation.“President Trump has said he has the back of U.S. farmers and today demonstrated this commitment with an aid package to sustain American agriculture cutoff from critical export markets as his administration works to realign U.S. global trade policy,” said Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “U.S. pork, which began the year in expansion mode to capitalize on unprecedented global demand, now faces punitive tariffs on 40% of its exports. The restrictions we face in critical markets such as Mexico and China — our top two export markets by volume last year — have placed American pig farmers and their families in dire financial straits. We thank the president for taking immediate action.“While we recognize the complexities of resetting U.S. trade policy, we hope that U.S. pork will soon regain the chance to compete on a level playing field in markets around the globe. We have established valuable international trading relationships that have helped offset the U.S. trade deficit and fueled America’s rural economy.”Ultimately, though, farmers simply want to sell their products for a fair price, free of trade wars.“When Secretary Perdue and President Trump said they would be taking care of farmers if need be I knew that things with China weren’t going according to plan,” said Bret Davis, a Delaware County soybean farmer and a member of the American Soybean Association Governing Committee. “We don’t want to be taken care of. We want to have a free market. The way to solve this is for us to sell more soybeans to China, not less.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Abbie Burnett, production communications specialist for Certified Angus BeefIn a third of the world’s economies today banks charge customers to keep money in savings. This and other disincentives to save has brought world economic debt to record levels, and the U.S. at $23 trillion holds the largest share of the $243 trillion total.“Economic and political order has become disorder,” said Dan Basse, AgResource president, in market analysis comments at the 2019 Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo, Texas.The pressure is on to put money to work in those economies, even to the point of devaluing the money,“In agriculture, everybody is dropping their currencies so they have a competitive edge in producing more supply,” Basse said. “This is what’s giving us a supply bear market in the grains.”“It’s really why interest rates cannot rise. So, we are kind of locked into this environment of debt and low growth.”Enter the Chinese economy. Growth there and in India will see median annual incomes of at least $20,000 rising to 150 million people.“That’s why this trade war, if you will, or trade debate is so centered on China —because they have the money to spend over the next six to eight years,” he said.In the next four to seven years, China will become the leading economy in the world and at some point after that, India will become second largest. The longer this trade war goes on, the more worldwide structural production habits change, Basse said.“Someone is going to produce what we don’t, and sell to China,” he said.In the midst of these trade negotiations, China is dealing with a major blow to its agricultural industry. African swine fever is reducing the world’s largest hog herd, which he said will decline from more than 600 million to 340 million head by year’s end.“[China] is of course stepping up their beef imports,” he said. “They are so hungry that they’re now turning to Africa to see if they can bring in some beef to fill their needs.”Basse said if we had a Chinese free trade agreement today, “We couldn’t keep beef and pork on the shelf.”But still, overall U.S. beef export commitments are good.“There’s a solid demand for our beef, both in terms of the domestic market and the export market,” he said. “We think USDA is understating U.S. beef trade, so there’s a real argument of a demand bull market that’s developing as U.S. cattle prices tighten.”The record-high domestic beef quality grades now are partly a result of U.S. consumer demand for better beef, and one reason premium-quality branding has done well, Basse said.“Everybody is looking for that higher quality cut,” he said.Record strong demand now and for “many years to come” suggests a clear advantage for producers of that higher quality.“I think it’s a good investment,” Basse said. “Consumers will reward you with bigger demand going down the road.”He doesn’t have the same optimism for grain farmers. With fewer porcine mouths to feed in China, there’s less need for soybeans and corn. African swine fever in China amounts to a loss of 20 million metric tons per year, compared to the total world meat trade of 7 million metric tons. As bullish as that is for meat, it’s bearish for world soybean demand, which leads to an extra billion bushels a year likely remaining in the United States.Basse’s not worried about having enough corn, for now. An adequate supply going into winter should mean a stable spread of $25 or $26 per hundredweight between feeder cattle and fed cattle, but that may widen to the $35 range in early 2020.“I don’t have a long-term bullish outlook for the feed producer or the corn-soybean farmer,” he said. “But I would take coverage if you see a real dilemma in South American weather.”Climate change and the warming northern oceans have led to more “angular” jet stream patterns so that weather can settle into one region, sticking around longer than usual.If the Southern Hemisphere growing season is disrupted by “stuck” weather patterns, China would be forced to buy from the U.S., despite the tariffs, creating an inflammatory market, Basse said.U.S. weather bears watching as well, because delayed planting put acres at risk of an early frost.“So you want to be protected maybe at current prices,” he said. “But I really have difficulty getting corn too much above $4.20 a bushel relative to spot futures in Chicago.”If weather holds steady, a year from now, corn could be trading at $3 or below, he said.For cattle, Basse said the cash bottom could be in and fed supplies will tighten into March. The market will turn bullish, normal weather advancing prices to the $122 to $128 per hundredweight range for the 2020 first quarter.“I want the cattlemen and the grain farmers to think of profit margins down the road,” Basse said. “Always be protective of them because our real goal in this game is to stay in business, expand when our neighbors aren’t and to look for opportunities.”
Spain’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.”
Heading 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.
Punjab 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 Das