Glenn Maxwell smashed four sixes and seven boundaries to score 66 off 29 balls to set up a close four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 international and a 2-0 series win on Friday.Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first and managed only 128-9 in 20 overs. Dhananjaya de Silva scored 62 for his maiden Twenty20 international half-century. (Also read: Glenn Maxwell eyes Test comeback after blazing 145)Leg-spinner Adam Zampa and fast bowler James Faulkner took three wickets each for Australia.The tourists lost six wickets for 27 runs but went over the line with 13 deliveries to spare thanks to a good opening stand. Retiring Tillakaratne Dilshan had best figures 2-8 for Sri Lanka.Maxwell and captain David Warner started the Australian chase aggressively and shared 93 runs in 51 balls.Maxwell continued his superior form the first match and reached his half-century in 18 balls, the fasted by an Australian. He made an unbeaten 145 in the first match to take Australia to a 85-run win.He was bowled by leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna off the inside edge. (Also read: Record-breaking Australia condemn Sri Lanka to their biggest ever T20I defeat)Left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana brought Sri Lanka strongly back into the game taking two wickets in the tenth over after Australia had experimented with the batting order by promoting lower order batsmen.Moises Henriques was sent in at No. 3 but he was out for one stumped off Pathirana. Two balls later Warner (25) was out caught by Thisara Perera off Pathirana.Dilshan took a wicket off the last ball of his international cricket when he had Matthew Wade (14) caught by Dinesh Chandimal leaving Australia 120-6.advertisementTravis Head hit a six off Pathirana to seal victory.
Peshawar, Sep 16 (PTI) At least 25 people, including five children, were killed and 30 others injured when a suicide bomber shouting Allahu Akbar blew himself up inside a mosque packed with worshippers for Friday prayers in Mohmand Agency in Pakistans restive northwest tribal region.The attacker blew himself when the prayers were in progress at the mosque in the Anbar tehsil of the agency bordering Afghanistan.”A suicide bomber was in the mosque. He shouted Allahu Akbar and blew himself up,” Assistant Political Agent Naveed Akbar told reporters.He said that Friday prayers were being offered around 2 PM when the powerful blast took place.At least 25 people, including five children, were killed in the attack and 30 others injured, Pakistani media reported, citing officials.”Many people were gathered inside the mosque when a suicide bomber blew himself up,” an eyewitness said.Rescue teams and police rushed to the spot. The bodies and the injured are being shifted to local hospitals for medical treatment.Injured were also taken to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar for treatment.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Pakistani Taliban routinely targets courts, schools and mosques.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his grief over the loss of lives in the blast.”The cowardly attacks by terrorists cannot shatter the governments resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country,” he said in a statement.The attack came on a day when Sharif vowed to continue the war against militancy and terrorism till elimination of the last terrorist.advertisementDuring a meeting with Army chief General Raheel Sharif today, the prime minister expressed the resolve to continue the war against terrorism and militancy.The army had launched operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014 to flush out militant bases in the northwestern tribal areas. PTI AYZ/MZ/ZH CPS AKJ CPS
Mundra used a sports analogy to drive the point forMundra used a sports analogy to drive the point for changes in the infrastructure sector, saying many of the players of the past are “retired hurt” and there is a need for new talent to emerge.The infrastructure segment has been one of the biggest pain points, contributing to a bulk of the NPAs for banks.While speaking on the GDP growth to credit growth ratio, Mundra acknowledged there are a few complications like non-capturing of trade credit data, double counting in case of NBFC and HFC credit and a shift to the gross value added (GVA) growth from the traditional GDP.He also said banks need to put in place an efficient way of demand projections for the credit supply. PTI HV AA ARS ANU
In the last two years, India’s Bluetooth audio device market has grown bigger with the entry of new players. This has forced older brands to improve and up the ante, even as companies like Bose and JBL have continued to keep the same gold standards that have allowed them to gain the market and mind share among the audiophiles.But the Bose speakers are serious kind of purchase. Their high price means that even if you get the premium sound quality and features, you also have to spend a premium on them. There are no cheap Bose speakers. JBL has cheap speakers, but unfortunately they are in a different class, in a not so good way, when it comes to the sound quality.But this is where the Ultimate Ears, a brand by Logitech, comes into the picture. Ultimate Ears has a number of Bluetooth speakers from low to mid-price range. But what is special about Ultimate Ears is that its speakers have almost perfect audio experience at all ranges.The latest from Ultimate Ears is UE Boom 2, which is the successor of UE Boom from last year. The UE Boom 2 shares everything from design to price with its older sibling, but has improved performance. Or that is what Logitech claims. After using the speaker for a fair amount of time, I feel that claim is accurate. Priced at Rs 15,995, the UE Boom 2 is a steal. Almost.Design and build qualityThe UE Boom 2 looks exactly like the earlier speaker. Or in other words, it looks good. There is nothing over the top about the UE Boom 2’s design and colour combination. It looks elegant and fun at the same time. It is not cheap. It is not loud, well, in design part. And that is good. This is the kind of speakers that you will like to keep in your chic drawing room and not feel bad about it.The UE Boom 2 is a 360-degree speaker. The speaker grills are covered with a threaded fibre mesh and the vertical centre is covered with a soft rubber-like material. The rubber strip also houses all the controls. The top of the speaker has power and Bluetooth button. At the bottom you will find a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB charging port. Both the openings are covered with a flap, since the UE Boom 2 is waterproof. There is also a hook at the bottom, so you can hang it on your bag or your bicycle’s handle if you plan an early morning trek or a picnic. It’s just the right thing to take along for outings. Sadly the rubber material gets dirty after some time, but on the brighter side you can wash it off.advertisementThe strip also has volume buttons marked as big Plus and Minus signs. However, only a small portion of the volume signs work as buttons, rest is just for the show. While this may not seem to be an issue, it may irritate you at times when you are trying to turn the volume up or down. It would have made more sense to put a touch-sensitive panel underneath.The UE Boom 2 is a sturdy speaker. There are no loose parts and no metallic parts on the outside, so no peeling paint either. The overall feeling that I get after using the UE Boom 2 is that if you decide to buy it, it will easily last you for at least two-three years or even more.Also read: UE Boom Bluetooth speaker review: A good mix of style and performance PerformanceIf you want to test the quality of a Bluetooth speaker you should play music on it at the top volume. This is when the audio cracks and music gets jarring. Actually, here at IndiaToday Tech we haven’t yet tested a speaker that can deliver clean sound at top volume. But some do better than others. The UE Boom 2 is among the ones that do significantly better at this one task.I tested the UE Boom 2 using different music genres like Hindi classics, retro, Bollywood’s latest beat-heavy numbers, Death Metal, Punk, Rock, Prog Rock, Hip-hop and EDM.Overall, the UE Boom 2 is a decent performer, although it may also surprise you with its brilliance at times. Let’s start with what’s best on the UE Boom 2.If you are into classics, Indian or otherwise, you will fall in love with this speaker instantly. The UE Boom 2 does a splendid work with old Hindi songs, Carnatic, and even classics from Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner.advertisementNext comes the usual Indian music, mostly Bollywood. The UE Boom 2 will not disappoint you here. It produces decent bass with thumping numbers, on the other hand treble has been a forte for the Boom speakers, this one and the earlier one as well. It handles treble beautifully without trying to kill the bass. So if you are planning to play some new-age Hindi numbers, you will like the overall experience.The same goes for Rock and Progressive Rock. The UE Boom 2 performs well with lower notes and high-pitched alike. However, at a higher volume it may distort a little but not so much to leave sour notes in the air. If you are into classics, Indian or otherwise, you will fall in love with this speaker instantly. The UE Boom 2 does a splendid work with old Hindi songs Just like other Bluetooth speakers this one also has trouble dealing with Metal. Its predecessor, the UE Boom, performed decently with Metal at mid volume levels, this one however doesn’t. Listening to Megadeth and Opeth felt annoying, vocals and instruments felt flattened even at lower volumes. So no Metal for you, UE Boom 2.As I noted earlier, the UE Boom 2 can produce satisfactory bass when required. That brings me to Hip-Hop and EDM. You will not exactly be disappointed but there is nothing to feel elated about with this kind of music on the UE Boom 2. It produces just above average sound with these genres. It also depends on what kind of a listener you are. For an average listener, this will do the job.I also faced a strange issue with the UE Boom 2, which is most likely to be a software issue. The speaker mutes at times, for no visible reasons, even when the song is playing on the connected phone. Replaying the song solved the issue at times although on some occasions fixing it required closing and restarting the player app.Ultimate Ears says that the UE Boom 2 is 25 per cent louder than the previous Boom speaker. Now, there are no decibel figures here but during the use it sure can get loud enough to fill a big room, a hall so to speak, with audio. If you are having terrace party, the UE Boom 2 will do the job fine.The UE Boom 2 also comes with an associated app for iOS and Android. The app adds a few more features to the speaker like equaliser and alarm.To conclude, I can say the UE Boom 2 is an all-rounder for most users, that is if you are not a Metalhead. The speaker offers loud, controlled music, which is a good thing.Also read: UE Roll 360 Bluetooth speaker review: Best of the lotShould you buy itIf you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker which has a style statement of its own and also delivers good performance across various genres, the UE Boom 2 is a good choice. Yes, it is a little pricey but considering its feature set and performance, it has a fair price.It has some competitors like the JBL Pulse 2 and Bose SoundLink Mini II. But the Pulse has a more in-your-face design. The Bose one sports a heavy price tag. Performance-wise you’ll get somewhat better audio experience with the Bose speakers, but then the premium you have to pay is about Rs 5,000. Is it worth it? Depends on the kind of ears you have.advertisementThe UE Boom 2 is perfect for solo listening, in a small party, or even on a picnic. As noted earlier, it’s an all-rounder for most people, although audiophiles with specific tastes and heftier wallet can look for a few more premium options.####UE Boom 2####8/10########Good stuffElegant and fun designPerformance ranging from Good to greatWaterproof####Bad stuffSome software bugsPoor with Metal
The reputation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been ruined by the freezing of its bank accounts, its president Anurag Thakur said on Tuesday, after a Supreme Court-appointed panel blocked it from making two payments to its state units.The panel asked two banks to halt the disbursements after the board ignored some of the panel recommendations for reforming the world’s richest cricket board, which has been criticised for a perceived lack of transparency. (BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series: Reports)Thakur said the board would take a decision by the evening on the fate of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, which still has a Test and five one-dayers left.”Without the funds how do we play? How can we function, how can we make payments to the players and the various stakeholders?” Thakur told Reuters on Tuesday. (India-New Zealand series should go on: RM Lodha to India Today)”We don’t even take money from the government and it’s our own funds. Our accounts have been frozen without even communicating with us.”Is this how you treat the world’s richest cricket body which has run the sport so efficiently? It has completely destroyed our hard-earned reputation.”Sources in the Bank of Maharashtra and Yes Bank, who operate the BCCI accounts, confirmed the accounts were frozen on Monday night as they waited for more clarity from the panel which was formed last year to assess BCCI operations.The banks have now lifted the ban on the accounts after former chief justice RM Lodha, the head of the panel, clarified the BCCI is otherwise free to use its funds for routine expenditure. (New Zealand says business as usual despite tour cancellation report)advertisement”There is no question of cancellation of any game or series,” Lodha told Reuters TV.”The directive, which we issued to BCCI yesterday in our email, is confined to disbursement of large funds to the state associations.”And banks have been directed to ensure the compliance of that, nothing beyond that. Routine expenses for matches, games, cricketing activities and other administrative matters, they are not at all restrained.”There is absolutely no prohibition, there is no constraint, the accounts of BCCI have not been frozen.”A New Zealand Cricket spokesman said they had heard nothing from the BCCI and were preparing to play the third test at Indore from Saturday.India sealed the three-test series 2-0 on Monday with a 178-run victory in Kolkata.The BCCI on Saturday said it would incorporate some of the Lodha panel’s recommendations but ignored several key measures aimed at reforming the board, which is run largely by politicians and industrialists.In their report, Lodha and two colleagues recommended age and tenure restrictions for top officials, as well as banning them from serving successive terms.
India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that the players believed in their skills rather than conditions and or atmosphere. (Proud of my brothers, tweets Kohli after India whitewash New Zealand)India mauled New Zealand by 321 runs in the third and final Test at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here.Completing a 3-0 clean sweep in the series, India have now stamped their authority and clinched the No. 1 International Cricket Council (ICC) Test ranking from Pakistan. They had already bagged the top spot after winning the second Test at Kolkata. (Kohli gets ICC Test Championship mace, calls it ‘special’)The formality was completed on Tuesday evening when ‘ICC Hall of Fame’ Sunil Gavaskar presented the Test championship mace to Virat Kohli at after-match presentation ceremony. (Captain Kohli surpasses Pataudi, Gavaskar’s record)”That’s the right step we have taken. We believe in our skill and not believe in creating conditions or atmosphere which might suit us partially. We wanted to express ourselves. We finished two games in four days and that gives us a lot of confidence,” said Kohli after the match. (Ashwin’s stats are a topic of discussion in the dressing room; Virat Kohli)KOHLI’s MANTRA – PLAY POSITIVE CRICKETKohli said that the team tried to play the second innings with more intent so that bowlers can express themselves. (Scorecard | Match Highlights)”We try to play positive cricket in the second innings and try to give the bowlers as much enough overs to bowl, and secondly enough runs to keep expressing themselves and not set defensive fields,” Kohli said.advertisement”This was a situation where we batted them out of the game. We could express ourselves best and give our bowlers time to bowl out the opposition. The last two Tests played out nicely for us and that’s why we could finish both the games in four days,” he added.Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again single-handedly triggered another batting collapse of the Kiwis, to return with career-best figures of 7/59 in the visitors’ second innings, bundling them out for a paltry 153 in response to the mammoth target of 475.The 27-year-old Delhi batsman also spoke about recent tweet of Harbhajan Singh that if they had helpful pitches earlier in his career, he and Anil Kumble would have grabbed many more wickets.”Even if it is a turning pitch, you have to bowl well. Spin is just not something to happen only off the pitch. It depends on how many revs (revolutions) you give to the ball and the use of the shoulder. When we lost to New Zealand in the World Cup, I quite clearly remember, suddenly their spinners were quality bowlers and we were found out! I don’t see anyone talking about it now,” Kohli said.”The same (New Zealand) spinners had played (in this series). Why did not they pick up wickets? It’s as simple as that. Our fast bowlers (also) picked up wickets everywhere. Give a guy a cement track to bat on. He should have a mindset to do so. It’s as simple as that. That’s all I am going to sum up,” he added.
Star batsman Suresh Raina will miss the second One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand to be played here on Thursday as the southpaw is still recovering from a bout of viral fever.After thrashing the Kiwis 3-0 in the Test series, India have now taken on the visitors in a five-match ODI series.The hosts won the first match at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala by six wickets last Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the series.”The BCCI medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever and had missed the Dharamsala ODI, is ruled out of the second ODI of the PayTm ODI Trophy against New Zealand,” the board said in a statement on Tuesday.”The team management has allowed Suresh Raina more time to recover. There will be no replacement in the team.”The third and fourth ODIs will be played at Mohali (October 23) and Ranchi (October 26) respectively.The final match will be hosted at Vizag on October 29.
New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Wife of a national-level kabaddi player, who also represents a franchise in the Pro-Kabaddi League, allegedly committed suicide in Delhis Nangloi area accusing her husband and in-laws of “mental and physical harassment” in her suicide note.Police said 27-year-old Lalitas body was found hanging at her home in Nangloi last evening, police said.She had married Rohit Kumar, who represents Bengaluru Bulls in the Pro-Kabaddi League, on March 16, a senior police officer said.It was a love marriage and her second marriage. Her father-in-law used to taunt her about getting married for the second time, police said.In a long video message and a suicide note, Lalita has accused her in-laws and husband of “mental and physical harassment” over several issues, including dowry and her past.”She has made a number of allegations in her video message and her note. She alleged that her in-laws and Rohit used to mentally and physically harass her. They would even make dowry demands,” said a senior police officer.She alleged that on October 15, Rohit told her that if she goes away from his life, he would be very happy. He dropped her halfway to her home and left, she alleged.She also alleged that Rohit used to travel outside Delhi frequently leaving her alone which was upsetting for her.A senior police officer said her parents gave their statement in front of the SDM and alleged that their daughter was harassed by her husband and in-laws.”A case was registered under sections 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 304(B) (dowry death),” said the officer.advertisementRohits family lives in Delhis Kanjhawla area but they are said to be absconding and since the incident and police are on the lookout for them.Lalitas first marriage had also fallen apart because of dowry demands and she had to face similar situation in her second marriage too, which was depressing for her, said the senior police officer.Lalita was studying at a college where Rohit used to come for swimming practice and that is how they met and got into a relationship, said a senior police officer.The 26-year-old kabaddi player got into the Naval Forces in 2009 through the sports quota and was posted in Mumbai.Police are currently on the lookout for him so that they can question him in the matter. PTI SLB TIR
Title holders Chennaiyin FC and former champions Atletico de Kolkata’s (ATK) chances of semi-final qualification were left hanging in the balance after a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL) football clash here on Sunday.Atletico de Kolkata enjoyed a first-half lead through marquee player Helder Postiga (39th minute) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. But Chennaiyin were stronger in the second session and got the equaliser through Davide Succi in the 77th minute.The draw left Chennaiyin in the sixth spot with 14 points from 11 matches. ATK moved to the third spot with 15 points from 11 matches, the same as FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters. ATK have a better goal difference than Pune and Kerala. (Also read: Diego Forlan scores hat-trick in Mumbai City’s big win over Kerala Blasters)ATK coach Jose Molina left Canadian striker and ISL’s highest goal scorer so far Iain Hume on the bench.Hume’s absence didn’t hurt ATK much as they were on the offensive right from the kick-off. The visitors should have been ahead in the third minute when a cross from Lalrindika Ralte towards the far post saw Postiga rise highest but his angled header hit the sidebar and bounced back into play.It was a lucky escape for Chennaiyin, who took time to settle down. Thy had a chance to surge ahead but Dutch midfielder Hans Mulder’s half-volley was parried away by ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder.Chennaiyin were disciplined defensively and looked like going into halftime goalless. But Postiga struck with six minutes to the breather. Defender Pritam Kotal sent an accurate cross inside the penalty box where Postiga headed past goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.advertisementChennaiyin were much improved in the second session while going forward. Italian striker Davide Succi was at the end of most chances created by the hosts but lacked sharpness.In the 56th minute, he was put clear by Zakeer Mundampara on the right but Succi’s first touch took the ball away, forcing him to miss the target.Succi had another chance in the 71st minute when all alone inside the box after being at the right end of a through ball. The Italian drew out the goalkeeper and cut past him but his final shot only ended up hitting the side netting.After two misses, Succi finally converted his third chance in the 77th minute, rising high to head a ball into the net.Chennaiyin should have got all three points from this game but for their wayward strikers who squandered plenty of chances.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has appealed the decision of the ICC Match Referee which found him guilty of a breach of Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.”Faf has decided to appeal the match referee’s decision after he and his legal team had studied the written reasons provided by the match referee.” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.”In his mind Faf is clear that he did not alter the condition of the ball nor did he intend to do so and that the match referee was not correct to find him guilty. He is understandably feeling aggrieved.” (Faf du Plessis disputes ball-tampering verdict, denies cheating)”CSA will support him to appeal the decision before an independent Judicial Commissioner as there are issues relating to fair and just process, interpretation of the rules, science and performance that needs to be considered,” concluded Lorgat.Du Plessis was charged by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth days play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.Under the version of the Code that came into force on 22 September 2016, the offence was treated as a first offence. Du Plessis was fined 100 per cent of his match fee.In addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.2.9, three demerit points have been added to Du Plessiss disciplinary record.
The bodies of Brazilians killed when a plane carrying Chapecoense soccer team crashed in Colombia have all been identified and are being prepared for transport by military aircraft back to Brazil, club Communications Director Andrei Copetti told reporters. (Also read: Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash)Copetti said the coffins will arrive in Chapeco by midday on Friday at the earliest and will be taken directly to the club’s stadium where a collective wake will be held, with Brazilian President Michel Temer expected to attend. A spokesman for Temer said his schedule had not been decided yet.
Bitter rivals meet at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday as the Netherlands host Germany in the UEFA Nations League.Ronald Koeman’s side will be eager to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat they suffered against France in their tournament opener, while Germany will be aiming to put more points on the board having drawn 0-0 with Les Bleus back in September.The Dutch have a friendly game against their near neighbours Belgium to come the following Tuesday, but there is no let-up for Joachim Low’s side, who must lock horns with Group 1 foes France once more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Victory for Germany will set them up nicely heading into the crunch game against Didier Deschamps’ world champions in Paris and it would also pile the pressure on Koeman by pushing his team closer to relegation. Game Netherlands vs Germany Date Saturday, October 13 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Mix and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. The game can also be followed live on Goal here. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Netherlands squad Goalkeepers Cillessen, Zoet, Bizot Defenders De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind, De Vrij, Ake, Van Aanholt, Hateboer, Dumfries Midfielders F. de Jong, Wijnaldum, Strootman, Van de Beek, De Roon, Vilhena, Rosario Forwards Promes, Depay, Babel, L. de Jong, Bergwijn, Danjuma There is no place for Lyon defender Kenny Tete, who is injured along with Terence Kongolo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Davy Propper has also been forced to withdraw after sustaining an injury while playing for Brighton.Roma’s Justin Kluivert, Brugge midfielder Ruud Vormer and Wolsfburg forward Wout Weghorst were cut from the provisional panel. PSV trio Denzel Dumfries, Pablo Rosario and Steven Bergwijn could potentially make their senior national team debuts.Potential Netherlands XI: Cillessen; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Dumfries, Blind; Wijnaldum, F. de Jong, Vilhena; Bergwijn, Depay, Babel. Position Germany squad Goalkeepers Neuer, Leno, Ter Stegen Defenders Kehrer, Hector, Ginter, Hummels, Schulz, Sule, Boateng Midfielders Gnabry, Draxler, Kroos, Brandt, Can, Kimmich, Sane, Rudy Forwards Werner, Muller, Uth Kevin Trapp and Leon Goretzka were named in the initial squad but have been replaced by Bernd Leno and Serge Gnabry respectively after sustaining injuries.Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Marco Reus were also expected to be involved in the game but all three have been forced to withdraw due to injuries.Schalke striker Mark Uth, who bagged 14 Bundesliga goals last season but has yet to score this term, could potentially win his first cap.Potential Germany XI: Neuer; Ginter, Boateng, Hummels, Kimmich; Kroos, Can, Draxler; Werner, Muller, Sane.Betting & Match Odds Visitors Germany are strong favourites to win at 23/20 according to bet365. The Netherlands’ chances of victory are rated 12/5 and a draw is deemed more likely than that at 11/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview As the Netherlands get ready to host Germany in the Nations League on Saturday they do so knowing that they have not managed to beat their bitter rivals in their previous five attempts.The last time the Oranje came out on top in a battle between the teams was November 2002, when goals from Patrick Kluivert, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Ruud van Nistelrooy were the difference in a 3-1 friendly victory. However, one must go back even further, to Euro 1992, for the last time the Dutch registered a competitive win against the Germans.As well as that, the Netherlands are currently at a low ebb having missed out on a place at both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, so they come into the clash as serious underdogs, despite being at home. Nevertheless, Koeman remains positive about his side’s chances, pointing to the Germans’ own recent downturn in form.”In my opinion, it’s not a great period for the national team. We’re used to fighting for trophies. On the other hand, we still have players who play for big clubs,” the former Everton boss said ahead of the game.”We have enough quality but it’s not going to be an easy win for us against Germany. We have to play at our best against them, but I also think that Germany have known better times in football.”Four-time world champions Germany have indeed known better times and head coach Low is navigating uncomfortable terrain as he looks to steer the team through a period of transition. Shorn of stars such as Reus and Goretzka through injury, not to mention Mesut Ozil, the team is evolving, but it still features a lot of youthful talent.Despite the difficulties, Low’s men played out a hard-fought draw against world champions France last month and followed it up with a 2-1 win over Peru, so they will have no concerns ahead of the Amsterdam showdown.
Paulo Dybala upstaged his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi by scoring two exquisitely taken goals to set Juventus on the way to an emphatic 3-0 win over an underwhelming Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.The Spanish side, who overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the previous round to beat Paris St Germain, will have to pull a similar trick out of the hat after being comprehensively outplayed in the quarter-final first leg.Dybala fired Juve ahead in the seventh minute and added the second goal before the half hour while defender Giorgio Chiellini headed in the third early in the second half in another rousing Juventus performance. (Champions League: Borussia Dortmund bus hit by explosion, one player injured)It could have been worse for Barca as Gonzalo Higuain, usually Juve’s most dangerous marksman, missed two chances that he would usually have snapped up.Barca had 65 percent of the possession but were strangely ponderous in midfield and leaky at the back, where they could not cope with the pace and aggression of Mario Mandzukic or Juan Cuadrado on the flanks.The match pitted Chiellini against Barcelona forward Luis Suarez for the first time since the infamous incident at the 2014 World Cup when the Uruguayan bit the Italian defender.Juve, unbeaten at home in a European tie for four years, went straight on to the attack and Higuain wasted their first chance after three minutes with a poor close-range header from Miralem Pjanic’s cross.They needed another four minutes to go ahead when Cuadrado found Dybala who cleverly turned and curled a left-foot shot past Marc Andre ter Stegen.advertisementThe player known as the Jewel, often tipped to be Messi’s natural successor, struck again 15 minutes later, meeting Manduzkic’s low cross in his stride to beat Ter Stegen inside the near post with another left-foot effort.That goal came just after Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had made a superb save from Andres Iniesta in Barca’s best first-half attack.Barcelona made a more promising start to the second half as Messi rolled one effort wide from the edge of the area and Iniesta then fired wide.Juventus were not finished, though, and, after Higuain squandered another chance by delaying too long over his shot, Chiellini outjumped Javier Mascherano at the far post to head in from a corner for the third in the 55th minute.The hosts kept attacking to the end and former Barca player Dani Alves had a chance to add a fourth but took too long over his shot.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made short work of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s star-studded batting lineup to and script a remarkable 82-run win in a high-voltage Indian Premier League (IPL) game here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.Chasing the KKR’s low 131, the visitors were bundled out for 49, the lowest total in the Indian Premier League. The previous being was 58 by Rajasthan Royals against RCB in 2009. (Virat Kohli hurt after ‘reckless batting’ condemns RCB to lowest ever IPL score)Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/21), Chris Woakes (3/6) and Colin de Grandhomme (3/4) starred with the ball for the hosts as they skittled out their rivals for their lowest score ever.Coulter-Nile set the tone for the hosts, removing RCB skipper Virat Kohli for a golden duck as he chased a fullish delivery outside off stump to give a simple catch to keeper Robin Uthappa. Sections of the Eden were stunned to silence as home team supporters brought the house down.The Indian captain seemed unhappy with the movement behind the sidescreen, fuming on his way back.Umesh Yadav got Mandeep Singh’s (1) back with the latter cutting straight to Manish Pandey at point, but it was Coulter-Nile who bowled a fiery first spell (3-0-21-3) sending the dangerous A.B. de Villiers (8) back in the hut after the South African hit two boundaries.Kedar Jadhav (9) too failed to negotiate the Australian as the 2016 runners-up were tottering at 4/24.Chris Gayle (7; 17b 1×4 0x6), who was the last hope for Kohli’s men, cut a frustrated figure trying to pull Woakes over midwicket but giving Couler-Nile an easy catch at mid off.advertisementStuart Binny (8) and Pawan Negi (2) fell shortly as the two-time champions completed a remarkable comeback. Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, and Yuzvendra Chahal were out soon after. Sreenath Aravind was not out on 5.Earlier, an excellent spell by leg-spinner Chahal helped RCB bundle out KKR for 131.He returned figures of 3/16 while the other RCB bowlers also did well to restrict the hosts to the low total.Mills – playing in place of Andre Milne – scalped 2/31 while Negi took two wickets conceding just 15 runs in three overs.Playing in front of a packed stadium, Chahal – who in February returned best figures by an Indian in Twenty20 cricket with 6/25 against England – used the flat deck to his advantage, bowling with variations that flummoxed the home team batsmen.Sunil Narine (34; 17b 6×4 1×6) was the top-scorer for KKR with the off-spinner continuing from where he had left off in the last match, spanking Badree for three consecutive fours and a six in the first over of the game.The southpaw, who was catapulted up the order after Chris Lynn got injured, hit Aravind for two back-to-back fours to get the crowd, mostly cheering for the away side, going.At the other end, Gautam Gambhir (14, 11b, 1×4, 1×6) stay at the crease was cut short by the returning Mills who caught the in-form left-hander’s outside edge for a caught behind which was initially debated, but replays showed clear nick.Narine’s cameo – his third this season – ended when the Trinidadian holed out to Chahal at deep square leg.Narine and Gambhir stitched together a 48-run opening partnership.Robin Uthappa (11; 9b 2×4 0x6) did not last long, playing across the line to a fuller Badree delivery to be adjudged LBW by umpire C.K. Nandan. The hosts stared down the barrel from then on losing the next three three wickets for 27 runs.Yusuf Pathan (8), Pandey (15) and Colin de Grandhomme (0) were removed by Chahal as KKR were left reeling at 93/6.Woakes (18; 21b 3×4 0x6) and Suryakumar Yadav hung around for sometime for a 27-run seventh wicket stand before Mills got rid of Woakes and Coulter-Nile (2) followed suit without troubling the scorers much.Suryakumar (15; 19b 1×4 0x6) fell to Negi while Kuldeep Yadav was taken by Aravind. Umesh Yadav remained not out for 2.
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It’s been years since Batista was last seen in a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ring. Batista did return to the show between 2013-14 and performed as a heel after his babyface return failed.For a brief period, he also teamed up with Triple H and Randy Orton, rolling back the years to form Evolution. They had a succesfull feud with the Shield back then but ultimately Evolution lost the battle.However, he later quit over creative differences.Not having wrestled for quite sometime, Batista in the latest episode of Talk is Jericho admitted that he misses wrestling but slammed the company he had the career with, WWE.”Yeah, I miss it a lot. There’s nothing like it, you know that. There’s just an adrenaline rush that goes along with it. What I don’t miss is the company, to be honest with you. I don’t miss WWE. I miss wrestling, I just don’t miss dealing with the company and its bulls**t. Yeah it’s the bulls**t man, it’s just too much bulls**t.”Batista said he had asked for a program with Triple H multiple times so he could retire his way but WWE company are “just not interested in it” and now he’s “tired of asking” for it.
HTC U11 is set to launch globally on May 16. Ahead of the launch, the smartphone has been subjected to several leaks and rumours. A 360-degree video of the upcoming HTC flagship was also leaked a few days ago, which tips the coming of a fiery red colour device. Now, the smartphone has stopped by GFXBench and the listing reveals a lot about the smartphone in terms of the specifications.Well, the GFXBench listing looks almost similar to that of the previously leaks. The listing doesn’t quite reveal must detail about the device. The listing shows that the HTC U11 will come packed with a 5.5-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and more. However, an info-graphics leaked earlier shows that 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage space. This may indicate the coming of two variants of the phone.Also Read: HTC U11 render leaks online, looks like a mishmash of HTC U Ultra, U PlayIf the previously leaked rumours are to be believed, the upcoming HTC U11 flagship phone is expected to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will be further powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor, which also powers the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 6 – Snapdragon 835 chipset. On the camera front, the smartphone is expected to come packed with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear which comes also with OIS and HTC’s “UltraPixel 3” and “UltraSpeed AF” brandings. While on the other hand fits a 16-megapixel selfie shooter on the front, with f/2.0 and selfie panorama. Display wise, the smartphone is going to sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and is further protected by a Gorilla Glass 5.advertisementHTC U11 is also tipped to come with a 3.5mm audio jack and water-resistance features onboard. Chances are such that these specifications are almost confirmed, as it comes from the retail packaging of the handset. However, no official statement by the company on the same.Also Read: HTC’s squeezable flagship U phone with Edge Sense set for May 16 launchThe upcoming HTC U11 was also spotted on GeekBench earlier, which reveals that the smartphone will support Bluetooth 5.0 like that of the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The listing also reveals the single-core and multi-core test of the upcoming HTC U11. According to which, the HTC smartphone is in full power to beat the recently launch Samsung Galaxy S8 and also S8+. As per the scores, HTC U11 managed to score around 1912 during the single-core test and 6137 during multi-core test.While on the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S8 scored 1916 during single-core test and 6011 while multi-core test. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S8+ scored a little higher than that the S8. The smartphone managed to score 1929 in single-core test and 6084 during multi-core test. So, a tough competition is on its way for both the Samsung devices.
Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and his American partner Scott Lipsky entered the semi-finals of the Bordeaux Challenger tennis tournament with a straight sets win over the French pair of Laurent Lokoli and Maxime Janvier here on Wednesday.The Indo-American pair won 6-4, 6-4 over Lokoli-Janvier.In the semi-final on Friday, Paes-Lipsky will meet the Indian pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan, who got the better of Australian combine of Alex Bolt Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-7 (4), 10-6 in another Round-of-eight clash.