SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.
Olympic champions Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose were among athletes targeted on Monday in the latest leak of confidential medical documents that the world anti-doping agency (WADA) says were hacked by a Russian cyber espionage group.Britain’s Farah became only the second man to retain the 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic titles at the Rio de Janeiro Games last month while compatriot Rose won the first gold medal in golf for 112 years.Spaniard Nadal, a 14-times tennis grand slam winner, won Olympic men’s doubles gold with Marc Lopez. He also won the men’s singles title at the 2008 Beijing Games but missed London 2012 due to a knee injury.WADA has said it believes the hackers, named as APT28 and Fancy Bears, gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.Documents relating to Farah, and published on the fancybear.net website, showed that the distance runner had no active Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) at the time of the Olympics.He received intravenous infusions of saline solution, morphine sulphate and vicodin administered orally during a period in hospital between July 3-5, 2014 when he had collapsed after a training run.Prior to that, he was given a TUE for an 80mg dosage of the corticosteroid triamcinolone in October 2008.Rose had authorisation for daily dosages of the anti-inflammatory drug prednisolone between May this year and June 20.Justin Rose. (Reuters Photo)The documents relating to Nadal, who was out for more than two months with a wrist injury that forced him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon before the Olympics, showed exemptions in 2009 and 2012.advertisementRafael Nadal (Reuters Photo)The fourth release of data so far concerned 26 athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Britain, Hungary, Spain and the United States.Other high-profile names included Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, British cyclist Callum Skinner and double Olympic rowing gold medallist Helen Glover.TUEs allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and there is no suggestion any of those named have broken any rules.WADA has said the “criminal attack” has recklessly exposed personal data in an attempt to smear reputations.The agency has also said it believes the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.Fancy Bear has previously posted data for U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams as well as Tour de France-winning British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa’s brilliance with the bat on Friday handed Delhi Daredevils a seven-wicket defeat and pushed them on the verge of elimination in the Indian Premier League.This was Delhi’s fourth loss on the trot. Chasing a modest 161, KKR were nine for one in the second over, but Uthappa (59 from 33 balls) and Gambhir put together a 108-run partnership off just 66 balls to lay the foundation.After Uthappa was run out, Gambhir held fort and led the team from the front with an unbeaten 71 from 52 balls (11×4) to complete the chase with 22 balls to spare. He also completed 6,000 runs in T20 cricket.This was their fourth century partnership while chasing in IPL- the most by any pair going past David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan’s three. KKR haven’t lost while chasing at Eden Gardens since IPL 2012.KKR (14 points) have one foot in the playoff with seven wins from nine matches, while DD’s campaign is all but over following a four-match losing streak to languish at the bottom of the table with four points from seven matches.While praising his team after the victory, Gambhir warned the players of complacency.”We still have a long way to go. So far most of the boxes are ticked. But this is that type of tournament that we can’t be complacent. There is always room for improvement. We can put more effort in the field. Any run you save, the less you have to score,” Gambhir said.Gambhir also had special praise reserved for Uthappa. Fresh from his match-winning 87 against Rising Pune Supergiant, Uthappa began from where he had left in Pune.advertisementHe was at his furious best against Chris Morris and hammered him for 6, 4, 6 in an exceptional show of might. In the next over he hit Pat Cummins for a six and a four.”Absolutely, the way Uthappa is hitting the ball, I have not seen many people hit it the way he is hitting it,” he said.