Maguire: Booking the right decision

first_imgHarry Maguire insists he did not deserve to be sent off for a challenge on Sadio Mane before scoring Leicester City’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Liverpool.Maguire brought Mane down when the Liverpool winger was running in behind the Leicester backline during Wednesday’s game at Anfield, but referee Martin Atkinson opted to only show the defender a yellow card.England international Maguire then went on to cancel out an opening goal scored by Mane, with Liverpool missing the chance to move seven points clear of Manchester City, who suffered a shock loss at Newcastle United on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Jurgen Klopp suggested that Maguire should have been dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity but the centre-back did not agree with the Liverpool manager’s assessment of the incident.”I didn’t actually see him coming across my body,” Maguire said to BT Sport of the Mane foul. “I did catch him, I stood on the back of his heel to be fair.”I didn’t mean to catch him so I thought it was the right decision but you’re always worried because it looked like he was going to race through on goal. I’m thankful it was a yellow card.”Inconsistency has dogged Leicester’s campaign to date but, although their performance merited a point, Maguire rued a slow start at Anfield.”It was a great team performance after the first five minutes,” Maguire added. “We’ve been really sloppy in games in the first 15 minutes, we’re the worst team in the league at it.”We keep speaking about it, but we’ve started sloppy again and given them a goal. It was a good reaction to get back into the game and we’ve had spells in the game where we probably should have scored two.”We know they are a top team, [and we] couldn’t open up as much as we’d like. We had periods where we put them under a lot of pressure, maybe we should have capitalised and gone on to win the game. But it’s a tough place to come, [we] would have taken a point before the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Insigne & Verratti secure comeback Italy win

first_imgLorenzo Insigne inspired Italy to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over battling Bosnia-Herzegovina in an absorbing Euro 2020 qualifier in Turin on Tuesday.Napoli star Insigne volleyed in a brilliant equaliser soon after the interval and provided the pass for Marco Verratti’s decisive 86th-minute strike as Roberto Mancini’s men extended their winning run to five matches.Edin Dzeko had given the impressive visitors a 32nd-minute lead – the first goal conceded by the Azzurri since October – and their performance merited at least a point. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It was not to be, though, as Robert Prosinecki’s side lost ground on the top two in Group J, in which Italy have taken maximum points from their opening four matches.#EuropeanQualifiers 49′ THAT WAS INCREDIBLE! #Insigne lurks outside the box before volleying the corner home!#ItalyBosnia 1 -1 #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/lggRtvPjFY — Italy (@azzurri) June 11, 2019 Bullish from the beginning, Bosnia-Herzegovina might have been ahead as early as the 18th minute had Leonardo Bonucci not dived to brilliantly block Edin Visca’s shot.Dzeko provided the pass for that chance and roles were reversed for the opener, the captain turning home after winger Visca broke to the byline.Italy restored parity in stunning style just over three minutes after the restart as Insigne lashed a first-time volley into the bottom-left corner from Federico Bernardeschi’s corner.Bosnia-Herzegovina bounced straight back onto the front foot with Giorgio Chiellini nodding an Eldar Civic header off the line, before Salvatore Sirigu thwarted Visca.Chiellini’s aerial prowess almost paid dividends at the other end in the 72nd minute, but Ibrahim Sehic positioned himself well to parry.Italy funnelled their attack through one man, however, and Insigne unsurprisingly had a say in the winner, finding midfielder Verratti free in the box for a measured, curling finish into the bottom-right corner. What does it mean? Azzurri strengthen grip on Group JThis was not a vintage performance from a team that has evolved encouragingly in recent months and their 3-0 weekend win in Athens was made to look less glamorous by Armenia’s defeat of Greece elsewhere on Tuesday.Regardless, it is a result that keeps Italy three points ahead of second-placed Finland and six clear of the teams outside the automatic Euro 2020 qualifying positions.Insigne the leader of Azzurri attackItaly might never have really clicked at Allianz Stadium, but that was not a necessity with Insigne scoring and assisting goals.The 28-year-old is simply the most important figure in a forward line that is yet to really adopt a consistent look under Mancini.Quandary over QuagliarellaIt does not reflect well on Fabio Quagliarella that Italy scored so soon after his half-time withdrawal, nor that the front three appeared more fluid in his absence.He tallied just nine touches and one shot of note in his 45 minutes on the pitch – head coach Mancini might have patience with peripheral displays from a young player, but not one of Quagliarella’s 36 years.What’s next?Italy visit Armenia and Finland when qualifying resumes in September. Bosnia-Herzegovina head to Armenia following a home date with Liechtenstein. read morelast_img read more

‘Hazard would have liked to come to Fenerbahce’

first_imgFormer Fenerbahce official Hasan Cetinkaya says that Eden Hazard admitted would have liked to join Fenerbahce during his time at Lille.The Belgian recently completed a big-money move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, but while still plying his trade in Ligue 1 he confessed an affection for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.Hazard’s old friend and a former official of the Turkish outfit has revealed the player’s affection for the club and believes he will wear their shirt one day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Eden Hazard is an old friend of mine, I’ve known him since I was 15-16. Then he was playing at Lille,” Cetinkaya said to Ajansspor.“He had a great sympathy for Fenerbahce. He had a word for me: ‘Hasan, I will play at Fenerbahce someday’. We don’t know when.“He was 16 at the time when he was playing for Lille and I watched them play against PSG. Even at that age he showed what he can do.“There was Eden Hazard, Gervinho and Sow during the time that we spoke. We just got Sow from there.Cetinkaya does admit that given Hazard’s transformation into one of the world’s finest talents, landing him could prove a tough challenge.“Eden has changed into a different dimension. He got offers from the most important clubs in Europe. He was one of the greatest talented star candidates in Europe,” he added.“He would have liked to come to Fenerbahce at that time [in Lille]. Let’s see if one day he wears the uniform of Fenerbahce.”A young Hazard lit up Ligue 1, notching 50 goals and managing 53 assists in all competitions for the French side before moving to the Premier League with Chelsea, where he has scored 110 goals and registered 92 assists across all competitions.Fenerbahce are one of the biggest clubs in Turkey but finished sixth last season and have been linked with big moves in the transfer market as they seek to challenge at the top once more, having been 23 points adrift of champions Galatasaray.However, they recently denied any interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil for financial reasons.last_img read more

Video: This Is The Worst-Looking Punt Of The College Football Season

first_imgNebraska fans celebrate during game.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Things are not going well for Scott Frost and the Nebraska football program this afternoon.The Huskers, still searching for their first win of the 2018 season, are getting crushed by Purdue, 27-7, in the third quarter.The game – and, really, the season – can be best summed up by Nebraska’s most-recent punt:Check it out:Let’s check in on Nebraska pic.twitter.com/gI7g5kltbH— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) September 29, 2018It doesn’t get much more embarrassing than that.Nebraska and Purdue are playing on BTN.last_img read more

Coach’s Daughter Releases Heartfelt Statement After Dad’s Firing

first_imgHelicopters fly over Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 15: The Apache attack helicopters fly over Kenan Stadium before the Atlantic Coast Conference football game September 15, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s the busiest time of the year in the college football coaching carousel world, with several major programs opting to make a change in leadership heading into 2019.It’s important to remember the families of these head coaches at this point in the season. They’re often forced to go through quite a bit.Today, North Carolina announced that its head coach, Larry Fedora, had been fired.Fedora’s daughter took to Twitter to release a heartfelt statement:“My hero & my coach. Prouder than ever to be your daughter,” she writes.My hero & my coach. Prouder than ever to be your daughter. pic.twitter.com/pcv4OlOTc9— Sydney Fedora (@sydneyfedora) November 25, 2018Well said, Sydney.North Carolina decided it was time to move on from Fedora, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a UNC fan who wasn’t appreciative of what he did for the program.last_img read more

New Injury Update For Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa and his health status are one of the biggest storylines in the country heading into this year’s College Football Playoff.Alabama’s star quarterback suffered an ankle injury during the SEC Championship Game victory over Georgia. He was forced to undergo a minor procedure in anticipation of the Orange Bowl game against Oklahoma.Here’s the latest on his status.Tagovailoa opened up about his injury during an interview with ESPN’s Maria Taylor.From 247Sports:How’d you know the ankle injury was bad?“My body was telling me no. My body was telling me there’s no way. I wasn’t able to extend plays. I wasn’t able to move the same and I was basically a pocket passer. I’m glad Jalen (Hurts) had that opportunity and got to step in for us and make big things happen.Wheeling you off to the locker room, what went through your mind?“How long is this going to take for me to recover? I was looking at the recovery time.”Has has rehabilitation been post-surgery?“I’ve been hitting on all cylinders. I’ve had the opportunity to run some. I’ve been able to work on my footwork a little bit.”Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban, issued a promising update on Tagovailoa’s status earlier in the week. It was good news.“He can run. I don’t think he’s 100 percent change in direction yet, but he’s already going 100 percent on the gravity treadmill,” Saban said earlier in the week. “So, he’s been able to practice, and he’s made really, really good progress, so we’re encouraged by that.”Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Dec. 29. Stay tuned for more updates on Tagovailoa.last_img read more

Country needs to do lot more for women empowerment in sports, says Sania Mirza

first_imgCountry needs to do lot more for women empowerment in sports, says Sania MirzaSania Mirza said the likes of Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have done the country proud but there is still discrimination in sports. She believes women should be paid equal prize money with men.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 17:02 IST Ace tennis player Sania Mirza Saturday said India still needs to do a lot more to bring women at par with men in sports. (IANS Photo)Ace tennis player Sania Mirza Saturday said India still needs to do a lot more to bring women at par with men in sports, though the country has come a long way in this aspect.Sania, the first Indian woman tennis player to win a Grand Slam title in doubles and mixed doubles, said the likes of Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have done the country proud but there is still ‘discrimination in sports.'”Today, we can name at least 10 superstar sportswomen like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Mary Kom, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik. We could not do this 10 years ago. So, we have come a long way (in women empowerment in sports) but still a lot needs to be done for women in sports,” Sania said.”As much as we talk about women empowerment and equality (with men) I feel we still live in a man’s world to a large extent,” she said at a panel discussion ‘Women Shaping the Future,’ organised as part of the 35th annual session of the FICCI Ladies Organisation.Sania, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, gave the example of disparity in the prize money between men and women in most sports though she said it was a world-wide phenomenon.”I have been saying for long that women should be paid equal prize money with men. This discrimination is in all sports world wide. My question is why we even need to explain that women should have equal prize money with men. I want to reach that day when we don’t need to explain this,” said the 32-year-old who has won six Glam Slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles.advertisement”Even if I have made a small impact in the life of just one girl, I will feel proud,” she added.Sania said her only regret was “being a tennis player in the nation which loves cricket.”Talking about motherhood, Sania said, “Being a mother has made me realise that I have selfless love in me and made me a better person.”Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor Ahuja also spoke on the occasion while Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla was the chief guest.”It was a perfect platform for sharing best practices and experiences across 16 locations pan India, in a unified effort to play a catalytic role towards women empowerment. It also marks the ushering in a new year and continuing the legacy that FLO has walked upon, in the past 35 years of its existence,” said the outgoing FICCI Ladies Organisation President Pinky Reddy.Also Read | Sania Mirza eyes comeback to tennis by the end of yearAlso Read | Sports teaches you equality, respect and humanity: Sania MirzaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow Women empowermentFollow women in sportslast_img read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Black Shark 2: Two extremely powerful gaming phones with class-leading specifications

first_img Next Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Black Shark 2: Two extremely powerful gaming phones with class-leading specifications The recently launched Nubia Red Magic 3 directly competes with the Black Shark 2 in India. For less than Rs 40,000, both these phones are extremely powerful but which one is perfect to satisfy the gamer inside you? We find out.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 15:45 IST HIGHLIGHTSBoth the phones are equipped with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.The Red Magic 3 sports a 90Hz OLED display whereas the Black Shark 2 gets a pressure sensitive display.The Black Shark 2 starts at Rs 39,999 for the base variant and the Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999.Gaming smartphones are all the hype these days and manufacturers are trying to come up with new offerings to appeal to those who love exercising their thumbs most of the day on PUBG, Asphalt 9 or any other game. Last month, BlackShark ventured into the Indian market with its Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone. Starting at a price of Rs 39,999, it offers the massively powerful Snapdragon 855 paired along with custom cooling solutions to ensure higher peak performance. It also comes with its host of gaming accessories that claim to improve the gameplay experience. Sounds interesting.On the other hand, Nubia launched its Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone in India yesterday. Similar to its earlier offering, the Red Magic 3 aims at an affordable segment in the market. Hence, despite offering a flagship-grade Snapdragon 855 chipset and some exclusive gaming technologies, the Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999, which is quite a lot cheaper than the Black Shark 2.On paper, both these phones are neck-to-neck in terms of specifications and if you had to choose one between the two, which is the one you should pick?Both have extremely powerful specificationsGaming smartphones are supposed to massage your ego when it comes to boasting about specifications. Similar to gaming laptops, gaming phones offer the best hardware available in the market and wrap it up in an exciting body. The Red Magic 3 and BlackShark 2 prove this effortlessly.Both the phones are equipped with Snapdragon 855 chipset as their brain and employ custom cooling solutions to ensure sustained peak performance. However, both serve the experience in completely different ways.advertisement The Black Shark 2 comes in two variants – one with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 60Hz refresh rate and is pressure sensitive. It runs on JoyUI which is a customised iteration of Android 9 Pie – it’s a fairly stock interface with Black Shark’s custom Shark Space launcher to enhance gameplay when activated. For cameras, it uses a dual camera combo of a 48-megapixel primary sensor as well as a 12-megapixel secondary sensor while the front is managed by a 20-megapixel camera. It is kept alive by a 4000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.The Nubia Red Magic 3 comes in two variants as well – one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a bigger 6.65-inch OLED display with a higher refresh rate of 90Hz. This one also runs on a very stock Android 9 Pie interface with Nubia’s custom Game Space launcher built in, which can be activated by a dedicated slider button. For cameras, it uses a 48-megapixel single rear camera and a 16-megapixel front camera. The Red Magic 3 is powered by a massive 5000mAh battery and comes with 27W fast charging support. It also gets a stereo speaker setup.In terms of gaming, both these phone are almost equally matched in their capabilities. The Red Magic 3 edges out the Black Shark 2 in terms of benchmark scores but the real-world performance is almost identical. The Black Shark 2 impresses with its pressure sensitive display and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, the Red Magic 3 impresses with its 90Hz refresh rate and a PC-grade fan-based cooling system.Both look exciting as wellThe Black Shark 2 gets a very rugged look and feel with its multi-material surface at the rear and crazy design. It looks chunky and has all the contours to ensure a comfortable fit in hands for longer gaming sessions. Like all gaming devices, it has an RGB Black Shark logo at the rear and two LED strips on either edge. At the front, the 6.3-inch display has narrow bezels all around with slightly thick forehead and chin. A green accent runs around the frame that imparts a distinct presence. The Red Magic 3, on the other hand, wears a very slick yet striking design with its all-metal body. There’s a central ridge on the rear panel that houses a large RGB LED strip. The fingerprint sensor gets a narrow angular design while the camera gets a polygonal design to go in sync with the rest of the design. The Camo version has crazy graphics that certainly demand attention from onlookers. At the front, it has an 18:9 display with slim chin and forehead. It also gets a 3.5mm headphone jack, something which the Black Shark 2 doesn’t.Prices: The Red Magic 3 has an advantageThe Black Shark 2 starts at Rs 39,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and it goes up to Rs 49,999 for the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 46,999.advertisementThe Red Magic 3 clearly offers more value, especially when you consider the base variant. It even offers the 90Hz display that makes more sense in daily gaming scenarios. The Black Shark 2 demands a premium but offers a slightly more polished experience and if you seek that, you should spend more for it.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 review: A new benchmark for gaming smartphonesALSO READ | Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone launched at starting price of around Rs 33,000, coming to India soonGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow Blacksharklast_img read more

New Zealand have won just 1 out of 7 World Cup semi-finals

first_img Next Rohan Sen ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 18:45 IST New Zealand’s record in the World Cup semi-finals is not something they would be proud of (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand and India will play the first semi-final on July 9, Australia will take on England in the 2nd on July 11New Zealand have lost 6 out of the 7 World Cup semi-finals they have played so farThis is the first time New Zealand will face India in a World Cup semi-finalThe first semi-final of the World Cup 2019 will be a match-up between two teams who haven’t faced each other in the competition right now. India and New Zealand’s group game had been washed out in Birmingham without a ball being bowled which is why now the two teams will get another shot at getting the better of each other after both qualified for the knockouts.India topped the table after the group phase thanks to the 7 wins and one washout, thus, pushing Australia to second place, who lost their final group game against South Africa on Saturday.England and New Zealand qualified in 3rd and 4th places respectively, to complete the top-four. India will now take on New Zealand in the first semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 while Australia will face hosts England once again in this edition in the second semi-final in Birmingham on July 11.Australia and New Zealand have played the most number of semi-finals and will both be appearing in the last-four clash for the eighth time in the World Cup.While Australia have not lost in the semis in all the 7 games, New Zealand have gone beyond and qualified for the final just once in 7 attempts. They entered the 2015 World Cup final where they suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia.Kane Williamson’s New Zealand will be looking to better their last-four record this time when they get ready to face Virat Kohli’s Team India for the first time in a World Cup semi-final.advertisementSemi-final 1 India v New ZealandWinner: ________Semifinal 2 Australia v EnglandWinner: ________Final: SF1 winner v SF2 winnerChampion: ________Fill in the blanks #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/iq0bkIZYgsICC (@ICC) July 7, 2019But before their face-off against the second-ranked ODI team, let’s take a look at how New Zealand have fared in the 7 semi-finals that they have played up until now.PRUDENTIAL WORLD CUP 1975New Zealand took on eventual champions West Indies in the first World Cup semi-final they played and lost by 5 wickets in a one-sided match.Clive Lloyd’s side first bowled out Glenn Turner’s New Zealand for 158 in 52.2 overs with left-arm pacer Bernard Julien taking 4 wickets. Half-centuries from Alvin Kallicharran (72) and Gordon Greenidge (55) then helped the Windies reach the target in 40.1 overs.West Indies then defeated Australia in the final at Lord’s to clinch their first World Cup trophy.The final #CWC19 standings table!A loss to South Africa in Manchester means Australia finish second on the points table behind India. pic.twitter.com/cIMNDM4utPCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 6, 2019PRUDENTIAL WORLD CUP 1979The next World Cup saw England face New Zealand in the semis and this time the game was a thriller with the hosts prevailing by 9 runs in the end.Put into bat, England posted 221 for 8 in 60 overs with Graham Gooch (71), captain Mike Brearley (53) and David Randall (42) making significant contributions to the total. New Zealand in reply were restricted to 221 for 9 with John Wright top-scoring with 69 while Mike Hendrick took 3 wickets for England at Old Trafford.West Indies then beat England in the final to retain their trophy.WORLD CUP 1992The 1992 World Cup saw Pakistan taking on New Zealand and winning by 4 wickets in a close game played in Auckland.Batting first the hosts rode on captain Martin Crowe (91) and Ken Rutherford’s (50) knocks to post a challenging 262 for 7 on the board. Pakistan in reply, chased down the target with an over to spare with Inzamam-ul-Haq (60) and Javed Miandad (57 not out) leading the way with the bat.Which two teams do you think will make it to the #CWC19 final? #TeamIndia #CmonAussie #WeAreEngland #BackTheBlackcaps pic.twitter.com/MeyRwZggRiCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 6, 2019Pakistan went on to beat England in the final to win their one-and-only World Cup trophy.WORLD CUP 1999Pakistan once again had the better of New Zealand in a semi-final as they won by 9 wickets in a one-sided match in Manchester.Led by Shoaib Akhtar (3/55) and Abdul Razzaq’s (2/28) superb bowling performances, Pakistan restricted the Kiwis to 241 for 7 in 50 overs. Saeed Anwar (113 not out) and Wajahatullah Wasti’s (84) opening partnership for 194 then made the job really simple for Pakistan as they reached the target in 47.3 overs.Australia then defeated Pakistan in the final to clinch the World Cup for the second time.WORLD CUP 2007New Zealand faced Sri Lanka in the semis at Kingston where they lost yet another one-sided contest by 81 runs.Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka rode on Mahela Jayawardene’s unbeaten 115 and 73 from Upul Tharanga to post 289 for 5 in 50 overs. Muttiah Muralitharan’s four-wicket haul then derailed New Zealand’s run chase as they got bowled out for 208 in 41.4 overs.advertisementSri Lanka eventually lost in the final against Australia, retained the trophy which they had won for the fourth time.WORLD CUP 2011Sri Lanka and New Zealand once again faced each other in the semis four years late and once again the Lankans had the better off the Blackcaps as they won by 5 wickets.Three wickets each from Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis helped Sri Lanka bowl New Zealand out for 217 in 48.5 overs. Tillakratne Dilshan (73) and Kumar Sangakkar (54) then laid a superb foundation for the run chase with a 120-run partnership for the second wicket which helped Sri Lanka eventually reach the target with 13 balls to spare.India then defeated Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai to clinch the World Cup after a gap of 28 years.WORLD CUP 2015New Zealand and South Africa played out an epic semi-final match at Auckland in 2015 with the hosts prevailing by 4 wickets with 1 ball remaining (DLS method).The match was reduced to 43-overs-per-side due to rain. The Proteas decided to bat first and posted a challenging 281 for 5 on the board with Faf du Plessis (82), AB de Villiers (65 not out) and David Miller (49) scoring big.The Kiwis then rode on Grant Elliott’s superb 84 not out off 73 balls to chase down the target revised target of 299 in 42.5 overs. Captain Brendon McCullum (59) and Corey Anderson (58) also made telling contributions as New Zealand reached their maiden World Cup final.McCullum’s side had defeated Australia in their group game on home soil in the tournament but unfortunately couldn’t replicate that performance in the final in Melbourne and succumbed to defeat by 7 wickets as Australia bowled them out for 183 and then chased down the target in 33.1 overs with Michael Clarke leading by example with 74 runs. It was Australia’s 5th World Cup title and first won on home soil.Also Read | Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-finalAlso Read | Rohit Sharma playing big brother role in opening partnership with KL Rahul, says Aakash ChopraAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stageFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand CricketFollow India vs New ZealandFollow World CupFollow New Zealand World Cup record New Zealand have won just 1 out of 7 World Cup semi-finalsIndia vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: New Zealand will be playing their 8th semi-final match in the World Cup on Tuesday when they take on India in Manchester on July 9.advertisementlast_img read more

Australia women retain Ashes after drawn Test vs England

first_imgAustralia women retain Ashes after drawn Test vs EnglandAshes Test: Australia retained the Ashes after securing a draw in the only Test against England in Taunton on Sunday. Meg Lanning’s women had dominated the ODI series, winning it 3-0.advertisement India Today Web Desk TauntonJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 22:48 IST Australia women retained the Ashes after a dominant performance in the only Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia retained the Ashes after a dominant performance in the only TestAustralia had won Ashes ODIs 3-0 against EnglandEllyse Perry and debutant Sophie Molineux shone for the visitorsAustralia women retained the Ashes even before the T20 leg of the 3-part series began by securing a draw in the only Test at the County Ground in Taunton on Sunday.Women’s Ashes is a point-based series and the team that earns the most points at the end of the series will clinch the trophy. A team will be entitled to earn two points on winning an ODI or T20I. If the match is tied or abandoned, both teams will receive a point each. The only Test had 4 points up for grabs and England needed nothing less than a win to keep their hopes alive.Australia dominated the ODI series against England winning it 3-0 and the drawn Test has helped them retain the Ashes. England and Australia will play three T20Is, starting July 26.Australia were holders of the Ashes as they won it in the backyard of England in 2015 and then retained the trophy in Australia in 2017.Led by Ellyse Perry’s hundred, Australia posted 420/8 declared in their first innings that extended to 3 days after a rain interruption on Day 2. Australia were 230/7 in the second innings on Day 4 before players shook hands, signalling the end of a drawn Test.Ellyse Perry remained unbeaten on 76 as the senior Australia batter dominated the English bowling attack in the only Ashes Test. Ellyse Perry scored her 2nd successive hundred-plus score in an Ashes Test as her 116 in the 1st innings gave Australia the early control.Notably, Ellyse Perry was dismissed after 329 runs, 655 balls, 3 years, 11 months and 6 days in Test cricket as the Australia star fell after making a hundred on Day 2.advertisementAll-rounder Sophie Molineux scored a quickfire 41 to cap off a memorable Ashes debut. The 21-year-old will be the one to watch out for in future as she demolished the England batting unit, finishing with figures of 4 for 95 in 37 overs.Molineux got the big wickets of Heather Knight, Amy Jones and Sarah Taylor on Day 3 to dent the England reply.Natalie Sciver put up a valiant fight for England as she hit 88 to make sure England’s middle-order didn’t collapse. Amy Jones’ 64 set a good platform for the hosts but they failed to build on it.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Australia womenFollow England Womenlast_img read more