SHARP CATCH DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): Opening batsman Azhar Ali razed the West Indies bowling with a triple century in Pakistan’s mammoth first innings score of 579 for three declared on the second day of the day-night Test yesterday. Azhar reached 302 off 469 balls after dinner with his 23rd boundary when captain Misbah-ul-Haq declared and ended a below-par 11-hour effort by the West Indies in the field. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah removed Leon Johnson in his second over as West Indies went to stumps at 69-1 and still trail Pakistan by 510 runs. Azhar admirably adjusted to the pink ball – used in a Test match for only the second time – and faltered once when he was dropped on 190 late in the first session. Resuming at overnight 279-1, Azhar swelled Pakistan total by featuring in two century stands with debutant Babar Azam (69) and Asad Shafiq (67). Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-125) dismissed both Azam and Shafiq, but was also guilty of bowling too many short deliveries on a flat wicket. Captain Jason Holder missed an opportunity in the very first over of the day when he didn’t go for a leg before wicket referral against Shafiq, as replays showed Shannon Gabriel’s inswinger would have hit the top of middle stump. Shafiq went on to contribute 137 runs with Azhar for the second wicket, until Bishoo held on to a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss Shafiq. Azam carried his brilliant run of form from the preceding one-day series in which he scored three successive centuries against the West Indies and was unruffled by either the seamers or spinners. Azhar raised his double century with successive boundaries off Gabriel in the first over after tea and then celebrated the feat in his 50th Test with nine press-ups before bowing down and kissing the turf. Together with Azhar, Azam contributed a further 165 runs with an impressive run rate of 4.8 against a ragged West Indies bowling before Azam was caught in the covers. But Azhar continued to dominate the West Indies bowling and showed brilliant fitness with his running between the wickets in sapping humid conditions. Misbah (29 not out) then showed the intent of declaration with a quickfire half century-stand before Azhar carressed the part-time spinner Blackwood through the off side for a boundary and became only the fourth Pakistani batsman to score a triple century in Test matches. Late Hanif Mohammad, current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan are the other Pakistanis who have scored triple centuries in Test matches. SCOREBOARD PAKISTAN 1st Innings (overnight 279 for one) Sami Aslam b Chase 90 Azhar Ali not out 302 Asad Shafiq c & b Bishoo 67 Babar Azam c Holder b Bishoo 69 *Misbah-ul-Haq not out 19 Extras (b1, lb9, w1, nb11) 22 Total (3 wkts decl., 155.3 overs) 579 Did not bat: +Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan. Fall of wickets: 1-215 (Sami Aslam), 2-352 (Asad Shafiq), 3-517 (Babar Azam) Bowling: Gabriel 22-3-99-0 (nb10), Cummins 25-2-99-0 (w1), Holder 25-4-73-0, Brathwaite 14-2-56-0, Bishoo 35-4-125-2, Chase 33-2-109-1, Blackwood 1.3-0-8-0. WEST INDIES 1st Innings K. Brathwaite not out 32 L. Johnson lbw b Yasir Shah 15 D. Bravo not out 14 Extras (b8) 8 Total (1 wkt, 22 overs) 69 To bat: M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, D Bishoo, M Cummins, S Gabriel. Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Johnson). Bowling: Mohammed Amir 5-0-13-0, Sohail Khan 4-0-14-0, Yasir Shah 7-3-13-1, Wahab Riaz 4-0-17-0, Mohammed Nawaz 2-1-4-0. Position: West Indies trail by 510 runs with nine first innings wickets intact. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, P Reiffel; TV: M Gough.
The hunt is on for one black Toyota Juke motor vehicle bearing registration number PWW 6930, which was taken from the owner by three knife-toting bandits pretending to be customers in the wee hours of Monday.The vehicle is owned by 30-year-old Dustin Greaves of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, who operates it as a taxi in the evening. Based on reports received, apart from the motor vehicle, the man was relieved of cash and a mobile phone.Preliminary investigations conducted by Police revealed that on Monday morning, Greaves was operating the vehicle as a taxi outside Ocean Spring Hotel on Vlissengen Road, Kitty, Georgetown. He was approached by the three men, who asked to be taken to another location at Kitty.As he was heading to their destination, one of the men informed him that they wanted to go on the East Coast of Demerara instead. Without thinking that something was amiss, the driver made his way to the East Coast of Demerara using the Railway Embankment.In the vicinity of the Ogle Airport access road, the man, who was sitting behind the driver, started to choke him while the other in the front passenger seat dealt him several blows to the body as he demanded valuables.The third suspect, who was also in the back passenger seat, reportedly took out a knife and dealt the VC several cuts to the body. Greaves was then tossed out the vehicle and the men made good their escape.Meanwhile, the injured man managed to stop a vehicle that was passing and related what took place. He was subsequently taken to the Police Station where he made a report. He was then sent to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated and sent away. No arrests were made and the search for the vehicle continues.
…neighbours suspect arsonAuthorities are currently investigating the cause of an early morning fire which completely destroyed a West Bank Demerara (WBD) home, leaving the owner homeless and counting losses amounting to some $20 million.The fire occurred just after midnight at the Lot 124 Coglan Dam, Pouderoyen, WBD house.According to reports, the owner, 43-year-old Mahesh Parwat was at home alone and about 00:05h, he heard someone shouting “Fire! Fire!” Guyana Times was told that at the time, the man was taking a shower and after being alerted, he ran out of the building and saw sections of the house completely engulfed.Neighbours immediately rushed to his assistance and tried to put out the blaze by forming a bucket brigade. However, they were unable to do so and by the time theThe Coglan Dam house on fireFire Service arrived, the entire one-storey wooden and concrete building was engulfed.The firefighters were able to douse the blaze hours later, but only the front veranda was left.Parwat, who is a known alcoholic, has since been taken into custody for questioning. “He was drunk, so the Police picked he up and say that they will keep him ‘till he sober up and then they gone question he,” one man said.Meanwhile, neighbours believe that the fire was an act of arson. One woman, Candy, told this newspaper that earlier Wednesday night, Parwat and his reputed wife, who lived in Canada but would stay at another house further up Coglan Dam when she returned to Guyana, had an argument.“This is not the first time they fight and they curse – you can ask the whole neighbourhood – but this get real bad and this is not the first time too they talk about burning down house while arguing… Last night she said to him “tonight is the last you gonna be here” but [I] didn’t take it as anything, because they always fighting every time she come back from Canada,” Candy related.The woman said that she and her family have been constantly living in fear of this happening, especially during the day when they are not at home.“Me and my husband wholeheartedly work and build our home and we don’t have anything else other than this or nowhere else to go. So, I’m always scared about what’s going to happen,” the woman posited.However, Candy added that their worst fear came true on Thursday morning. She recounted that they were asleep when she was awakened by the sound of glass shattering. She noted that the fire started in the back room of the house, which is adjacent to her bedroom, so she immediately saw the flames reflecting through theThe remains of the Coglan Dam house after it was destroyed by firewindow.“When I wake up, I see the brightness and feel the heat, so I wake my husband up and say fire. We start to throw water on the walls and we start to fetch out things from in the house. Then my husband start to scream for help and the neighbours them came out and help,” the woman said.While only the PVC gutter of the neighbour’s house was damaged, they are also suffering severe water damage to the inside of their home from soaking the building to prevent the fire from spreading.The now-destroyed home was said to be valued some $20 million, but was not insured.
Victory at St Mary’s, however, still left City seven points behind leaders Liverpool and for a while it seemed Guardiola’s side might drop more points on the south coast.David Silva put City ahead after 10 minutes but they then squandered several chances and gifted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg a 37th-minute equaliser.But the uncertainty that crept into City’s play was ended by a James Ward-Prowse own goal and a Sergio Aguero header just before half-time that left City 3-1 up.Saints’ frustrations boiled over with a red card for Hojbjerg after a wild challenge on Fernandinho late in the game.David Silva, who opened the scoring in Manchester City’s 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday, applauds fans after full-time at St Mary’s © AFP / Glyn KIRK“We knew it, that with the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it (the title race is finished,” Guardiola said.“It would be almost impossible. Of course they are going to drop points but not too many. If you want to be there as far as possible until the end we have to remember what happened last season and this as well –- apart from the last few days,” the City manager added.Guardiola was adamant he had not lost confidence in his side, despite the Palace and Leicester reverses.“How can I doubt them?,” he said. “Football is like this. We make 30 exceptional minutes again, especially without the ball, we create chances to go 2-0 or 3-0, we concede one goal.“Against Crystal Palace and Leicester they were happy with 1-1 and they found a second one, I always judge our intentions of the game and always our intentions are to try.”The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added: “We won a lot of games but unfortunately we lost two and we have a rival (Liverpool) who at the moment is the best team in Europe, or in the world.“That’s why it’s a challenge for us next Thursday, to try and win and sustain this position as far as possible to arrive at the end of the season fighting for the title.”– ‘Know what we have to do’ –City may again be without Kevin de Bruyne against Liverpool because of the influential playmaker’s muscle problem, but Guardiola rejected suggestions that a defeat of Southampton had sent a message to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverppol side.“We’re not here to send a message,” he said. “Liverpool know what they have to do, we know what we have to do next Thursday. I know the distance is big, seven points, especially because they’re so solid and consistent, but we’re at home.“Hopefully our people at the Etihad can help, they can support us. Not just for the game, but these players deserve it. What they have done in the last 14 or 15 months, how they defend this club, is incredible, it’s massive,” Guardiola added.Southampton had hoped to contain City and to an extent it worked, as Hojbjerg robbed Oleksandr Zinchenko before equalising.But Ward-Prowse’s unlucky deflection of Raheem Sterling’s shot between goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the near post and Aguero’s unchallenged header from Zinchenko’s cross effectively settled the match before the interval.“First 20 minutes we had no chance, they were very dominating,” Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said. “But suddenly you saw that they are not perfect.“They take a lot of risks and if we are sharp we can maybe win the ball and score and we did, a fantastic goal by Pierre. That gave us the hope that we can spring a sensation.“But two horrible mistakes before the break and we gave it away in a way that was too easy. That changed everything.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola warned Manchester City they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to retain their Premier League title © AFP / Glyn KIRKSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City side a failure to beat Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday will effectively mean their title challenge is “over”.Reigning champions City revived their bid to retain the Premier League trophy with a 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday that followed shock defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester.
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Sidibe established himself as one of Europe’s finest full-backs in 2016/17 But now it has emerged that the 25-year-old will not be making any decisions until France’s involvement in the World Cup is over.That will come as good news to both United and Spurs, who have been heavily linked with the left-back. RANKED LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tottenham and Manchester United target Djibril Sidibe has put his future on ice until after the World Cup.It has been reported that the Monaco full-back is on the verge of agreeing a move to Atletico Madrid. Latest transfer news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sidibe is currently part of the France squad at the World Cup Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Both clubs are expected to strengthen their defensive units while the window is open and signing full-backs is high on their agendas.The Premier League pair have both tracked the former Lille man and are said to have been impressed with his displays for Monaco since his arrival there in 2016. targets 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Local paper Nice-Matin has revealed that Atletico are currently leading the race for the £30m-rated star but with no decision yet made, there is still time for United or Spurs to strike.
2 December 2010 The South African government has launched a special unit to tackle corruption in the country’s public service by investigating suspected corrupt officials, improving lines for reporting wrong-doing, and protecting whistleblowers and witnesses. Launching the unit in Johannesburg last week, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said the unit would investigate officials with undisclosed business interests as well as official who did outside work without permission, who solicited bribes, or who received grants or benefits unlawfully. Baloyi said the unit would operate in collaboration with the police Special Investigative Unit, the Auditor-General, the Public Service Commission, and the National Treasury. Provincial anti-corruption units will also work hand-in-hand with the new unit, which is divided into three divisions to handle investigations, legal and disciplinary matters, and strategic information management. It will conduct, facilitate and coordinate the investigation of high-profile cases and, where necessary, refer investigation outcomes to the relevant authorities for further action. It will also oversee disciplinary proceedings in high-profile cases. “Our stance is zero tolerance on corruption,” Baloyi said, adding that rooting out corruption would lead in turn to a more efficient public service. Last month, the Public Service Commission recommended the establishment of an anti-corruption unit in the public service because non-compliance and a lack of coordination was hampering the fight against corruption in government departments. Source: BuaNews
KPIT-MSLTA ChallengerPune Challengerramkumar ramanathansemi-finals First Published: November 16, 2019, 2:42 PM IST Pune: Ramkumar Ramanathan scored an upset win over Sumit Nagal in an exciting all India contest to enter the semifinals of the KPIT MSLTA Challenger here on Friday.In their first meeting this year at the Challenger level, 25-year-old Ramkumar, seeded sixth, notched up a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Indian No 2 Sumit Nagal, seeded third, in a 97-minute thriller. Ramkumar will now take on second-seeded James Duckworth, who went through close moments to stop another Indian Sasikumar Mukund 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a 2 hour and 16 minute battle.In doubles section, top seeds Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan registered a dominant 6-3, 6-4 win over Tunisia’s Aziz Dougaz and Frenchman Calvin Hemery in the quarterfinals.In the semifinals, the Indian pair will take on fourth seeded Brydan. Klein of Great Britian and N Vijay Sundar Prashanth of India, who easily disposed off Indian pair of Niki Poonacha and Annirudh Chandrasekar 6-2, 6-3 in another match.It turned out to be an exciting contest between Ramkumar and Nagal as both the players held serves till 4-4 in the first set. Ramkumar broke Nagal in the 10th game to take the first set 6-4.In the second set, Sumit was broken in the 6th game but he broke back Ramkumar in the 7th game. Sumit then held his eighth game and again broke Ramkumar to go up 5-4.In the 10th game, Ramkumar played some classic tennis to break Sumit on the third breakpoint and level scores at 5-5.Both Ramkumar and Sumit held serves in the next two games to level scores at 6-6 and force a tiebreak.In the tie-break, Sumit raced off to a 3-0 lead before Ramkumar came back to level scores at 3-3. Ram played some good point at 5-4 to go up 6-4 but Nagal aced to reduce the margin to 6-5. Ramkumar then closed the match on the second matchpoint to register a big win over in-form Nagal. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on a windy day in Montreal.World number three Federer, who faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the last four, was never seriously pushed by Spains Bautista Agut, who is winless in seven matches against the Swiss maestro.”I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal,” Federer said in a courtside interview after his 6-4 6-4 win over the 12th seed.”Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?”Federer opened the second set with a break and cruised through the rest of the match, which lasted just over an hour.With world number two Rafael Nadal eliminated on Thursday by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov and world number one Andy Murray sidelined by a rib injury, Federer has an opportunity to regain his world number one ranking.He would need to win the Rogers Cup and have an equal or better finish than Nadal at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week to become the world number one on Aug. 21.”Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here. But it’s all connected to great play,” said the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.Earlier, Haase recovered to defeat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final.advertisement
Diego Costa has accused Chelsea of treating him like a “criminal” in a forthright newspaper interview which will deepen the breach with the Premier League club.The striker is seeking a move back to Spain in the transfer window and has not played for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May, following which he claims manager Antonio Conte sent him a text, telling him he was not in his plans for the new season.Costa was interviewed at home in Brazil on the same day Chelsea lost their opening Premier League game to Burnley, and said he was refusing the club’s demand to return to play with the reserves.”They want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys,” he told the Daily Mail.”I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.”Reuters PhotoThe Brazilian-born Spain international, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014, said if the club did not allow him to move before the transfer window he was prepared to see out his contract unpaid in Brazil.”I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me. I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.”I want the deal with Atletico resolved this month. My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup.”advertisementThe situation is complicated by the fact that Atletico are currently banned from signing players in this window although a loan deal would be possible.Costa’s relationship with Conte appears to have broken down although the Brazilian accepts the Italian “is a good coach”.Last week Conte said there was “no news” on the Costa situation but earlier this summer said the “situation is closed.”
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad today said that former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future is being discussed at selection meetings but they will look at alternatives only if the Jharkhand dasher doesn’t deliver.After explaining Yuvraj Singh’s omission, Prasad was asked about Dhoni and he replied: “You have been fair and I will be honest. Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS. When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody. You will also see in times to come.”Reuters PhotoAsked about Dhoni’s future, the chairman said that it’s difficult to predict but till he is delivering for the team, it shouldn’t be a problem. (Yuvraj Singh no more India’s limited-overs talisman?)”You never know. We don’t say it is an automatic thing (selection) but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” Prasad answered in a pragmatic manner.He then drew the Andre Agassi analogy about how some players get better with age.”I was just reading Andre Agassi’s autobiography ‘Open’, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then, he won two or three. His actual life started after that. He lived under the media pressure with the question “When are you going to retire?” But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams.