Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Douglas Costa will be out for two weeks with a thigh strain, confirmed Juventus, while Matthijs de Ligt dislocated his shoulder. The Bianconeri fought back to beat Atalanta 3-1 on Saturday, but it came at a price with new injury problems. Douglas Costa only came on as a substitute in Bergamo, but still managed to suffer a new lesion to the right thigh. It was confirmed by today’s tests at the J-Medical centre and a statement confirmed he will be out of action for circa 15 days. Defender De Ligt dislocated his shoulder during the match and medics popped it back in place, allowing him to finish the game. He underwent treatment today and remains in doubt for the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Federico Bernardeschi has a bruise to his torso that was making it difficult for him to breathe, so he came off during the Atalanta game. He too needs to be evaluated for the Champions League.
Better known for his sprawling steel empire and mounds of wealth, Lakshmi Mittal has now been named as a visionary by Fortune magazine for extending support to help Indian athletes win Olympic medals.The league of eight individuals also features two other Indians–Rikin Gandhi, the chief of New Delhi-based NGO Digital Green, and Indrani Medhi, an executive at Microsoft India.Elaborating on the ‘The Fortune Global Forum Visionaries’ list, the magazine said it set out to find “eight trailblazers whose innovative contributions to emerging markets and developing nations are as significant as they are universal.”The NRI billionaire has found a place in the list as the founder of Mittal Champions Trust that supports Indian athletes in as many as six sports. The publication said the England-based chief of the world’s largest steel company ArcelorMittal plays a pivotal role in India’s ongoing quest for the Olympic metals.”According to Mittal, the goal of the Mittal Champions Trust is to identify, support and enhance the performance of talented up-and-coming Indian athletes in six sports: track and field, shooting, wrestling, archery, boxing, and squash,” the magazine noted.The trust, started in 2005 with an initial funding of $9 million, supports over 60 Indian athletes, including the Olympic gold medalist and shooter Abhinav Bindra.”The next goal? Bring home at least five medals from the 2012 Olympics in London,” the report said.The Rikin Gandhi-headed Digital Green teaches farmers in small villages the latest agricultural techniques with the help of multimedia presentations and personal demonstrations.Quoting Gandhi, the magazine said, his effort is “ten times more effective per dollar spent in converting farmers to better farming practices than more traditional approaches”.advertisementWriting about Indrani Medhi, the publication said her research work is to “make assistance-free and useful interaction possible for any first-time, non-literate user of a PC or mobile phone”. Medhi is an associate researcher (Technology for Emerging Markets Group) at Microsoft India.The Nobel prize winner and founder of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative’s epidemiologist Seth Berkley and the Hong Kong-based sourcing firm Li & Fung Group’s Victor and William Fung also feature in the list.The Fortune has also named French business school HEC Paris’ associate dean Valerie Gauthier and China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation chief Zhao Xiaogang among the eight visionaries.
Amitabh BachchanA motorcycle rickshaw. A camel. Amitabh Bachchan will stop at nothing to promote Gujarat tourism. For his third round of shooting, which began in Gujarat on January 21, Bachchan strode around the Rann of Kutch, only stopping to tweet. Gujarat Tourism Secretary Vipul Mitra is understandably excited: “Bachchan saab,Amitabh BachchanA motorcycle rickshaw. A camel. Amitabh Bachchan will stop at nothing to promote Gujarat tourism. For his third round of shooting, which began in Gujarat on January 21, Bachchan strode around the Rann of Kutch, only stopping to tweet. Gujarat Tourism Secretary Vipul Mitra is understandably excited: “Bachchan saab has ensured a terrific surge in tourist traffic to the state.” We are sure Narendra Modi can’t stop preening.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who also happens to be a co-owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders, played a pivotal role in bridging the gap between Sahara Group and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).With a series of hectic discussions which led to breaking the 12-day impasse between Sahara and BCCI, King Khan went out of the way to bring things back on track.In fact, SRK motivated everybody to broker a deal in the interest of IPL and cricket. Union Minister Rajiv Shukla, who also happens to be BCCI vice-president, thanked the actor for his role in ending the dispute between the board and its sponsor.”I am happy at the deal. I thank Subroto Roy for this. Things have been resolved. No rules have been bent for them. As for sponsorship, there was no humiliation for BCCI. And a special thanks to SRK, who went out of his way to help,” Shukla said on Thursday evening.After the issue being settled amicably, Sahara has also agreed to field its team Pune Warriors in the forthcoming fifth season of IPL.
It’s official and comes from one of the most studied batsmen in world cricket-batting slots are irrelevant. Indian captain Rahul Dravid believes that rather than arriving at a fixed order, his team is going to stick to the tactic of free-floating libero batsmen in the countdown to the 2007 World,It’s official and comes from one of the most studied batsmen in world cricket-batting slots are irrelevant. Indian captain Rahul Dravid believes that rather than arriving at a fixed order, his team is going to stick to the tactic of free-floating libero batsmen in the countdown to the 2007 World Cup.As his red-hot one-day side got ready to tangle with the West Indians, Dravid said, “I think the question of batting slot has become a little irrelevant – particularly in the one-day game. In Test matches, you would still use more specialists but in the one-day game, I see it as a more flexible option where people move in and out of positions.”Speaking to INDIA TODAY, the Indian skipper denied that the team management’s “flexibility” policy had led to confusion up and down the order. The Indians have used several ODI batsmen “out of position” and after the floating batting order came into play, India has won 18 of its last 24 ODIs, including a world-record sequence of 16 successful chases.”I don’t think it creates confusion-we’re trying to get the best out of a player’s talents and the boys revel in this. Unless you challenge yourself, you are never really going to grow as a cricketer and become a better person….”Rahul Dravid”I think the question of batting slots has become irrelevant – not so much in Tests but certainly in the one-day game .” RAHUL DRAVID, INDIAN CAPTAINDravid’s most recent batting slot- that of opener in the one-day game in the absence of the injured Sachin Tendulkar-led to a few raised eyebrows, particularly as the 33-year-old right hander was considered somewhat unenamoured by the opening position.He denies the perception. “People have this impression that I never warmed to the (opener’s) job and that’s not true. I don’t see any position as being castiron, set in stone. I like to challenge myself and see if I can bat in different positions. At the end of the day it’s not what I want, it’s about what’s best for the team and how we can win games…. When I opened in Test matches, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. You have to ask yourself if that is the best thing for the team at that point of time. That’s always been the discussion, it’s not about numbers.”advertisementThe prospect of Dravid as ODI opener is today not merely an exception, but an alternative, much like Irfan Pathan’s batting at No. 3. “I’ve been opening in the one-day game and after five games, you look back and if it’s actually helping the side perform better, it is something that we might persist with.”The West Indies tour is being considered a trial run for the World Cup next year but Dravid wants to play down the hype and talk about the task at hand. “Our priority is to try and win this series, onedayers and Tests. The World Cup is a long way away-if we do well, there will be some benefits for the World Cup six to eight months down the line, but I don’t think we are going to be thinking about that now.”The Test team’s fortunes appear to be running diametrically opposite to the one-day squad, and Dravid said, “We want to do well in both forms of the game, we’ve had more success recently in the one-day game, had a couple of bad Test matches but you know that can happen. It’s not because we have neglected our Test cricket.”One of the few captains to be given an extended and secure tenure, Dravid has been named captain for the World Cup. He wears the job with a sense of gravitas and unsentimentality, almost at polar opposites to his predecessor Sourav Ganguly.His demeanour in the captian’s role is a function of his personality and Dravid says, “One of the hardest jobs of captaincy is to take tough decisions about players. You still try and be one of the boys and that is important. Never lose the connection with the boys. I can’t go around trying to be liked by everybody, what’s most important is that I need to get the respect of everyone-and that’s what I aim for.”
House that: Lalu Prasad Yadav merged the bungalow allotted to him with the CM HouseThere is a new favourite sport in Patna. It is called eviction and its principal practitioners are Bihar Governor Buta Singh, his advisers and officers in the top echelons of the state bureaucracy.Last week, Singh ordered,House that: Lalu Prasad Yadav merged the bungalow allotted to him with the CM HouseThere is a new favourite sport in Patna. It is called eviction and its principal practitioners are Bihar Governor Buta Singh, his advisers and officers in the top echelons of the state bureaucracy.Last week, Singh ordered that all houses occupied by those who had ceased to be ministers and legislators be vacated immediately. “We have made it clear that due process of law will follow if they do not comply,” says state Chief Secretary K.A.H. Subramaniam.A cursory glance at the list of illegal occupants shows that the state’s babus have a tough task on their hands. To start with, there is the First Couple, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi, for whom 1 Anne Marg, the massive colonial complex opposite Raj Bhavan, has been home for the past decade and a half.Symbol of strength: Sadhu Yadav renamed his bungalow 10 JanpathAccording to Arun Kumar Singh, state housing secretary, the administration was busy preparing a list that included ministers who had lost their jobs following the imposition of President’s rule, those who lost the last assembly elections and legislators who had won the Lok Sabha elections eight months ago but were still retaining bungalows in the state capital (see box). Once the illegal occupants are identified, a one month notice will be served asking them to vacate the premises on their own or face eviction. Apart from MLA flats, there are about 900 bungalows and houses of various categories in Patna for politicians, judges and bureaucrats. Most of them are occupied by politicians, leaving only a few for bureaucrats and judges, who are forced to stay in the Circuit House or chaotic transit houses.”Is there a chief minister we should vacate the house for?” LALU PRASAD YADAV, RJD PRESIDENT The governor now intends to set things right. While few would grudge a slightly extended stay at 1 Anne Marg for Lalu and Rabri, no such sympathy exists for Sadhu Yadav and Subhash Yadav. The two brothers of Rabri, one as an MLA and the other as a member of the Legislative Council, forcibly occupied government bungalows and then got an obliging administration to regularise the “capture”.Sadhu was so carried away by his own importance that he even renamed his bungalow 10 Janpath. The change of nomenclature of a bungalow on Circular Road brought forth no protests either from the administration or from the First Family. The two brothers are now MPs and not entitled to government accommodation in Patna.There are five other ministerturned-MPs close to Lalu who have been overstaying in bungalows in the high-security zone-Akhilesh Singh, Jaiprakash Yadav, Mohammad Taslimuddin (all three are ministers at the Centre), Sitaram Singh and Sitaram Yadav. Influential leaders like V.S. Dubey of the Congress and former finance minister Shankar Prasad Tekriwal are also being served vacation notices. In some cases, however, it is not just a matter of overstaying.TOP SQUATTERSSADHU YADAV: Rabri’s brother first captured the 10 Circular Road bungalow and then got it allotted in his name as an MLA. He has renamed it 10 Janpath. Since he has become an MP, he is no longer entitled to official accommodation in Patna.MOHAMMAD TASLIMUDDIN: The controversial Union minister lives at 1 Polo Road bungalow in the state capital.JAIPRAKASH YADAV: Tainted UPA minister at the Centre, he was given Bungalow No. 7 on Strand Road when he was state education minister. He was involved in a scam and went to jail. Last year he entered the Lok Sabha.RAMA DEVI: She lost the election but lives in Bungalow No. 9 at Baily Road. She has converted it into a memorial to her slain husband Brij Bihar Prasad.VEENA SHAHI: As a minister she was allotted the 5 Circular Road bungalow. Widow of slain Congress leader Hemant Shahi, she allowed others to live there, while she lived in her own house.SUBHASH YADAV: Rabri Devi’s brother, he captured the 3 King George Avenue bungalow opposite Lalu’s as a first-time MLC. The Housing Department says he has to vacate it as he is now a Rajya Sabha member.MOHAMMAD ILLYAS HUSSAIN: He lives in the 4 Baily Road bungalow. He resigned as the roads minister seven years ago and was jailed in the bitumen scam. He won the assembly election this time. Rama Devi, the widow of slain party leader Brij BihariPrasad, has converted her bungalow into “Brij Bihari Memorial”.RamVilas Paswan’s brother Pashupati Nath Paras has converted his bungalow on Taylor Road into the LJP headquarters. Veena Shahi, widow of slain Congress leader Hemant Shahi, kept a big bungalow at Circular Road but never lived there. Another controversial former minister Raghuvendra Pratap Singh, who lost this time, has a bungalow at Chajjubagh where his family lives, while he himself lives in a flat that was allotted to him as an MLA.In Lalu’s case too the officials are wondering whether he is entitled to twin benefits as a railway minister and as a former chief minister. When Lalu quit the chief minister’s post following his alleged involvement in the fodder scam, he used the provision of the Bihar Special Security Act 2001 to get the bungalow adjacent to 1 Anne Marg allotted to him. The Act, drafted to suit the needs of the ruling couple, provides that any person who has served as the chief minister for a full term will get a government accommodation with security and staff for five years.advertisementadvertisementHaving got a bungalow adjacent to the chief minister’s house, Lalu merged the two Tekriwal are also being served vacation notices. In some cases, however, it is not just a matter of overstaying. RamaDevi, the widow of slain party leader Brij Bihari Prasad, has converted her bungalow into “Brij Bihari Memorial”.Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Pashupati Nath Paras has converted his bungalow on Taylor Road into the LJP headquarters. Veena Shahi, widow of slain Congress leader Hemant Shahi, kept a big bungalow at Circular Road but never lived there. Another controversial former minister Raghuvendra Pratap Singh, who lost this time, has a bungalow at Chajjubagh where his family lives, while he himself lives in a flat that was allotted to him as an MLA.In Lalu’s case too the officials are wondering whether he is entitled to twin benefits as a railway minister and as a former chief minister. When Lalu quit the chief minister’s post following his alleged involvement in the fodder scam, he used the provision of the Bihar Special Security Act 2001 to get the bungalow adjacent to 1 Anne Marg allotted to him. The Act, drafted to suit the needs of the ruling couple, provides that any person who has served as the chief minister for a full term will get a government accommodation with security and staff for five years.Rabri Devi may have to move out of 1 Anne MargHaving got a bungalow adjacent to the chief minister’s house, Lalu merged the two to make the complex larger than even 7 Race Course Road, residence of the prime minister in Delhi. As Lalu’s free stay expired in 2002, the Home Department, under the direct charge of Rabri, recommended extension till 2007 on security grounds.Rabri too cannot be sure of retaining her bungalow. Though she is entitled to a furnished bungalow within the security zone, it is for the government to decide which one is allotted to her. Lalu maintains that the day a new chief minister is elected, his wife would move out of the official residence but for now he reacts angrily: “Does Bihar have a chief minister that we should vacate this house for?”While the answer to that question may be in the negative, Lalu and Rabri may have to shift out earlier than they want to.advertisement
Debabrata Das is on his knees there but Harmeet Singh has pulled off a brilliant piece of bowling to give Punjab a well deserved victory at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Score | PhotosGilchrist and his men had just 134 to defend and they did it with some conviction. Kolkata should have been the favourites and they started their innings well. Piyush Chawla and Bhargav Bhatt changed things very quickly though. The ball started to turn and Kolkata’s batsmen started to feel the heat as they were sent packing one after the other. Das did very well to try and take his side home but when it came to crunch time, Harmeet Singh’s leg cutters got the better of Kolkata. Earlier, KKR’s West Indian recruit Sunil Narine scalped five wickets, restricting KXIP to 134/9.IPL 2012: KKR vs KXIP Live: KKR lose by 2 wickets.Narine (MoM): I am enjoying the IPL so far. When I bowl I just think of containing and bowling at the right areas. I have all my mates on bbm so I keep in touch with what’s happening in the West Indies and their matches.7:31 pm | 19.6 overs: Harmeet Singh to Deba Das, 1 run, as expected it is the back of the hand slower delivery. On middle and leg. Deba Das tries to go for the big shot and goes for the slog across the line. The ball goes along the ground to deep mid wicket for a single. And KKR lose by 2 runs.1 ball, 4 runs neededTwo balls remaining, 5 runs required.advertisementRajat Bhatia, right handed bat, comes to the crease7:27 pm | 19.3 overs: WICKET! And Harmeet gets his man. Harmeet Singh to Doeschate, out Bowled!! The lack of pace has worked for Harmeet Singh! Outside the off stump, Doeschate tries to heave it away to the leg side but it takes the inside edge and goes back onto the stumps. Doeschate looks up in the air in disbelief but he only has himself to blame for playing away from his body. Doeschate b Harmeet Singh 11(14) [4s-1] (KKR 128/7 in 19.3 overs)Last over: 9 runs required. Debabrata Das and Ryan ten Doeschate at the crease. Harmeet Singh will bowlRyan ten Doeschate comes to the crease 6:58 pm | 14.4 overs: WICKET! KKR are losing wickets in pursuit, though the target isn’t that steep. Chawla to Shakib Al Hasan, out Caught&Bowled!! Chawla runs a fair distance to take that catch, Gilchrist could have got to it. Tossed up on the off stump. Shakib Al Hasan tries to go for the slog sweep against the turn. The ball goes off the top edge straight up in the air. Chawla runs forward to take an easy catch. Poor shot selection from Shakib Al Hasan there! Shakib Al Hasan c and b Chawla 4(8) (KKR 88/6 in 14.4 overs)Debabrata Das comes into the middle6:50 pm | 12.4 overs: WICKET! Yusuf Pathan arrivs and departs in quick succession. Chawla to Yusuf Pathan, out Bowled!! Yusuf Pathan was in a complete mess while trying to sweep it away. Flighted on the leg stump this time. Yusuf Pathan goes down on one knee and tries to sweep but misses it. The ball then comes off the back foot and hits the top of leg stump. Chawla is running around the pitch like a bird with his arms stretched out. Yusuf Pathan b Chawla 0(3) (KKR 80/5 in 12.4 overs)Big-hitter Yusuf Pathan comes into bat6:48 pm | 12.1 overs: WICKET! Chawla to Bisla, out Bowled!! The wrong one, perfectly bowled! Bisla didn’t pick it at all! Flighted on the off stump. Bisla was looking to drive it thorugh the off stump. The ball went straight through the gap between bat and pad and crashed into the middle stump. Bisla was expecting a leg spinner and he didn’t pick the googly. Chawla looks delighted! Bisla though walks away in dismay. Bisla b Chawla 27(25) [4s-1 6s-1] (KKR 80/4 in 12.1 overs)Shakib Al Hasan, left handed bat, comes to the crease 6:44 pm | 11.2 overs: WICKET! KKR lose their third wicket, but they are still in the driver’s seat. Bhatt to Manoj Tiwary, out Lbw!! Manoj Tiwary was struck plumb in front! The slider from Bhatt. Manoj Tiwary was playing for the turn and ended up pushing along the wrong line. It was tossed up just outside the off stump and anlged in to the batsman. Manoj Tiwary missed it completely and was struck on the front pad right in front of the stumps. Manoj Tiwary lbw b Bhatt 21(27) [4s-1] (KKR 74/3 in 11.2 overs)6:38 pm | 9.6 overs: Harmeet Singh to Manoj Tiwary, 1 run, to backward square leg. KKR are 71/2 in 10 overs with Manoj Tiwary (19) and Manvinder Bisla (25) at the crease.advertisementManoj Tiwary comes into the middle. He would be looking to go after the KXIP bowlers.6:10 pm | 3.4 overs: WICKET! And With that KKR captain Gambhir takes a walk. Mascarenhas to Gambhir, out Caught&Bowled!! Soft dismissal! This one was bowled seam up but it looked as though it was bowled a little slower. Gambhir plays it a little too early and sends the ball straight back to Mascarenhas who takes it at a comfortable height on his follow through. Gambhir c and b Mascarenhas 22(13) [4s-4] (KKR 30/2 in 3.4 overs)Manvinder Bisla, right handed bat, comes to the crease 6:00 pm | 1.6 overs: WICKET! Post two big shots at the beginning of the over KKR lose a big wicket! Bhatt to Kallis, out Caught by Dogra!! Outstanding catch! Tossed up outside the off stump. Kallis tries to go a little inside out and uses the aerial route. Dogra at cover point dives away and stick out his left hand to pluck it out of thin air! That was an absolute blinder! Kallis c Dogra b Bhatt 1(5) (KKR 13/1 in 1.6 overs) 1.2 overs: Bhatt to Gambhir, FOUR, wonderful placement this time! to backward square leg, 1.1 overs: Bhatt to Gambhir, FOUR, superb use of the feet! Flighted on the off stump. Gambhir skips down the wicket and drives it hard hrough the gap on the off side to deep extra cover for a boundary0.1 over: Praveen Kumar to Kallis, 1 run, to mid on5:52 pm | Kallis and Gambhir are at the crease. Kallis is on strike. Praveen Kumar will open the attackKOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: Target – 135KINGS XI PUNJAB INNINGS: 134/9 IN 20 OVERS KKR’s West Indian recruit scalps 5 as KXIP go down to 134/9 in 20 overs.5:45 pm | 19.6 overs: Narine to Bhatt, SIX, Bhatt dances down the track and swings hard, gets enough bat on it to send it well over the long on fence and helps Punjab finish with a decent total. And KXIP put on 134/9 in their stipulated 20 overs.Bhargav Bhatt, left handed bat, comes to the crease 5:43 pm | 19.4 overs: WICKET! And that’s a FIVER for Sunil Narine. Narine to Harmeet Singh, out Caught by Bisla!! Narine gets his fifth and he has Bisla to thank for this one. Harmeet Singh was trying to paddle it fine and it runs off the face of the bat. Harmeet Singh c Bisla b Narine 14(6) [4s-3] (KXIP 128/9 in 19.4 overs)Harmeet Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:37 pm | 17.6 overs: WICKET! Narine gets his fourth victim. Narine to Praveen Kumar, out Bowled!! Narine gets his fourth and continues to leave the batsmen befuddled. It is Praveen Kumar’s turn now to look absolutely clueless. The carrom ball first up and Praveen Kumar was not even offering a proper shot as it fizzes past his bat to strike top of off. Fantastic bowling and he is on a hat-trick too. Praveen Kumar b Narine 0(1) (KXIP 104/8 in 17.6 overs)Praveen Kumar, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:35 pm | 17.5 overs: WICKET! No respite there for KXIP; wickets fall regularly. Narine to Bipul Sharma, out Caught by Bisla!! Narine gets his third, the conventional off-break this time and Bipul Sharma pushes out only to get a soft edge, Bisla watches it well and takes a good catch, Bipul Sharma did not even wait for the umpire to make his decision, turns and walks straight back. Bipul Sharma c Bisla b Narine 12(11) [6s-1] (KXIP 104/7 in 17.5 overs)advertisementPiyush Chawla, left handed bat, comes to the crease 5:30 pm | 16.5 overs: WICKET! 100 up for KXIP but Mascarenhas falls. Bhatia to Mascarenhas, out Caught by Bisla!! Bhatia strikes again, Mascarenhas was not impressed with the decision and rightly so, replays show that there was no bat on that one, it was a good length delivery, skiiding on outside off and Mascarenhas was playing a gentle push on the offside, Bisla fumbles but takes it on the second attempt, both the bowler and the keeper did not have any doubts in their mind. Mascarenhas c Bisla b Bhatia 0(1) (KXIP 100/6 in 16.5 overs)Dimitri Mascarenhas comes into the middle. Mascarenhas has raised the tempo of the game before and his team-mates will be hoping he does so today too.5:25 pm | 16.3 overs: WICKET! Bhatia to Dogra, out Caught by Deba Das!! The slower one from Bhatia does the trick, Dogra does not pick this one either, looks to go hard over long on but ends up chipping it straight into the hands of Debabrata Das, Punjab sink further. Dogra c Deba Das b Bhatia 6(11) (KXIP 99/5 in 16.3)Bipul Sharma, left handed bat, comes to the crease 5:15 pm | 14.1 overs: WICKET! KXIP lose more wickets as they attempt to raise the run rate. Bhatia to Dogra, out David Hussey Run Out!! Dogra just sold his partner a dummy there, taps it in front of point and calls for a quick single, David Hussey was sprinting down the track when Dogra decides to turn him back. David Hussey run out (Gambhir/Bhatia) 32(31) [4s-1 6s-1] (KXIP 85/4 in 14.1 overs)Paras Dogra comes to the crease 5:05 pm | 11.6 overs: WICKET! Mandeep falls after a good 38 off 34 balls. Shakib Al Hasan to Mandeep Singh, out Caught by Doeschate!! Mandeep Singh’s vigil ends, he was looking to up the ante for a couple of over now but the execution was not up to the mark, this was floated up on off and he backs away in an attempt to slog sweep it over deep mid wicket, the timing goes awry and Tendo settles under a simple catch at deep mid wicket. Mandeep Singh c Doeschate b Shakib Al Hasan 38(34) [4s-3 6s-1] (KXIP 73/3 in 11.6 overs)4:54 pm | 10 overs: KXIP are 60/2 at the stage with Mandeep Singh (33*) and David Hussey (17*) at the crease. The two are busy scripting a revival of sorts after the early setback had the visitors reeeling on 21/2 in 4.2 overs. David Hussey, right handed bat, comes to the crease 4:25 pm | 4.2 overs: WICKET! And West Indian offie Sunil Narine gets his second wicket of the day and the second Aussie in KXIP camp falls. Narine to Shaun Marsh, out Bowled!! Completely bamboozled. Shaun Marsh was playing for the off break, it pitches on off and turns in though, sneaks through the gap between bat and pad to crash into middle and off, excellent bowling from Narine and Kolkata are right on top now. Shaun Marsh b Narine 1(6) (KXIP 21/2 in 4.2 overs)Shaun Marsh, left handed bat, comes to the crease 4:20 pm | 2.5 overs: WICKET! And captain Gilchrist departs early. Narine to Gilchrist, out Caught by Manoj Tiwary!! Narine strikes a big blow in his very first over, Gilchrist knew he was a goner as soon as he completed the shot, he was looking to loft it hard but miscued it completely, Tiwary, at point, takes a well judged catch. Gilchrist c Manoj Tiwary b Narine 5(9) (KXIP 16/1 in 2.5 overs)4:05 pm | Gilchrist and Mandeep Singh are at the crease. Gilchrist is on strike. Yusuf Pathan will open the attackTeams Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Adam Gilchrist(w/c), Paras Dogra, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Bipul Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Bhargav Bhatt, Harmeet Singh Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla(w), Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Jaidev Unadkat Gambhir: It is hot but we are used to it. We are all geared up for this game. The pitch will not change much. We have to put our best foot forward and get some points. We are going to bowl first. We hope to restrict Punjab to a low score. We have done well chasing. Balaji misses out due to a groin injury and Unadkat comes in Gilchrist: The wicket does have some spin. We had a training session and hopefully we have adjusted to the conditions. We have to bowl and bat well. We missed out in the first couple of games but we are pleased with the win. Paul Valthaty and Parvinder Awana are out. Paras Dogra and Bhargav Bhatt come into the team.3:40 pm | TOSS: Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and elect to field
Maria Sharapova’s latest win at Wimbledon took two days and considerable resilience.The top-ranked Sharapova was on the verge of victory Thursday when her old serving problems briefly resurfaced. The lapse cost her the second set, but she recovered to beat dangerous Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-0.The Court 1 match, suspended overnight in the second set, ended three minutes after Serena Williams concluded her second-round victory on Centre Court, beating qualifier Melinda Czink 6-1, 6-4.Sharapova saved five set points in the first set and led the second set 3-1 when play was halted on Tuesday because of darkness. She lost the first two games when the match resumed, and double-faulted on her first three service points in the tiebreaker.Sharapova has struggled with an inconsistent serve following shoulder surgery in recent years, but in the final set she had no trouble with her serve – or anything else. She won 21 of the last 27 points and finished with just 11 unforced errors.Pironkova beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon each of the past two years, but Sharapova’s at her best in winner-take-all sets. She improved her record in three-set matches to 9-0 this year and 21-1 since the beginning of 2011.Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17 in 2004 and won the French Open this month to complete a career Grand Slam.While she battled an erratic serve, with eight aces and 10 double-faults, four-time champion Serena Williams had no such trouble. She won 27 of 28 points on her first serve, had 10 aces and was never broken.The sixth-seeded Williams could meet Sharapova in the final next week.advertisementSara Errani committed only five unforced errors and beat Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-1, 6-1. The 25-year-old Errani, an Italian who has blossomed in Grand Slam competition this year, matched her best Wimbledon showing by advancing to the third round.She was the French Open runner-up this month to Sharapova, and she’s 12-2 in major tournaments in 2012. She began this year with a career record of 15-17 at majors.Playing the day’s first match on Court 2, the 10th-seeded Errani erased all three break points she faced and won in 61 minutes. That was a grueling effort compared with Wednesday, when she played only one point to complete a victory suspended overnight because of rain.The fourth day of play began with sunshine and temperatures heading into the low 80s.