Debutants deliver as Windes wins

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) – West Indies recovered from a batting collapse to mount a clinical bowling effort, and beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in their opening game of the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday.Sent in at the Harare Sports Club, West Indies were well poised at 172 for four in the 42nd over before losing their last six wickets for 55 runs, to be all out for a disappointing 227 off 49.2 overs.Left-hander Jonathan Carter top-scored with 54 on his 29th birth anniversary while wicketkeeper Shai Hope stroked 47 and fellow debutant Rovman Powell, a typically enterprising 44 off just 29 balls.In reply, Sri Lanka slumped to 16 for three in the sixth over, recovered to reach 139 for six in the 26th before crumbling to 165 all out off 43.1 overs – losing their last four wickets for 26 runs.The architects of Sri Lanka’s demise were fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (3-31) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-46) who picked up three wickets apiece, while captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed two for 16 from eight superb overs.Sachith Pathirana, batting at number eight, top-scored with 45 from 40 balls while Shehan Jayasuriya made 31 and Niroshan Dickwella, 28.With the victory, West Indies moved to the top of the table on five points, ahead on net run rate of Sri Lanka also on five points, with Zimbabwe yet to register a point.The Caribbean side’s start was less than impressive, however, as they lost both openers Johnson Charles (2) and Kraigg Brathwaite (14) cheaply to stumble to 27 for two in the tenth over.Charles was taken at third man off seamer Suranga Lakmal essaying a big hit in the fourth over and Brathwaite was unfortunately run-out by Nuwan Kulasekara’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end as he went through for a quick single.Hope and Carter then featured in key partnerships which put the West Indies innings back on track. The right-handed Hope first added 49 for the third wicket with the left-handed Evin Lewis, whose 27 came from 50 balls and included a single four.When Lewis was caught at the wicket off left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana in the 24th over, Hope put on a further 53 or the fourth wicket with Carter, to take West Indies past triple figures.Hope faced 81 deliveries and struck four fours and a six while the left-handed Carter’s second ODI half-century came from 62 balls and included two fours and two sixes.Hope had just cleared the ropes at long on with slow medium Asela Gunaratne and was eyeing a half-century when he was deceived and bowled four deliveries later by the same bowler, at 129 for four in the 35th over.Carter and Powell kept the momentum going in a busy 43-run, fifth-wicket stand off 41 deliveries, with Carter reaching his landmark in the 41st over with a couple to fine leg.He perished in the next over when he flicked seamer Kulasekara into the lap of deep square leg and it was left to Powell to blast two fours and three sixes, to get West Indies up to a competitive total.Man-of-the-Match Holder then struck early for West Indies, having Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind off an inside edge for three at seven for one in the fourth over.Kusal Perera fell in the next over for four via run-out with one run added, failing to beat Charles’ throw to the non-striker’s end from square leg, as he advanced down for a single.When Holder induced a drive from Kusal Mendis and had the right-hander caught high at second slip by Nurse for four, Sri Lanka were declining quickly.Dickwella revived the innings briefly in a 35-run, fourth-wicket stand with Upul Tharanga (12) before guiding a short ball from Gabriel to Sulieman Benn at third man, and his dismissal triggered another slide which saw three wickets tumble for 28 runs.Tottering on 79 for six in the 26th over, Sri Lanka regained their balance thanks to Pathirana and Jayasuriya who posted 60 for the seventh wicket.Pathirana was the aggressor, hammering five fours and two sixes and once he holed out to Lewis at long-off off Nurse in the 38th over, the innings collapsed.WEST INDIES inningsJ. Charles c Perera b Lakmal 2K. Brathwaite run-out 14E. Lewis c wkp. Dickwella b Pathirana 27S. Hope b Gunaratne 47J. Carter c de Silva b Kulasekara 54R. Powell c wkp. Dickwella b Pradeep 44C. Brathwaite c Lakmal b Pradeep 14J. Holder run-out 2A. Nurse not out 5S. Benn lbw b Kulasekara 7S. Gabriel lbw b Lakmal 0Extras: (lb-6, w-5) 11Total. (all out; 49.2 overs) 227Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-27, 3-76), 4-129, 5-172, 6-209), 7-214, 8-215, 9-226.Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-37-2 (w-3), Lakmal 9.2-1-45-2, Pradeep 10-1-55-2 (w-2), Jayasuriya 4-0-19-0, Pathirana 6-0-25-1, Gunaratne 10-1-40-1.SRI LANKA inningsD. de Silva c wkp. Hope b Holder 3K. Perera run-out 4N. Dickwella c Benn b Gabriel 28B Mendis c Nurse b Holder 4U. Tharanga c & b Nurse 12A Gunaratne lbw b Nurse 18S. Jayasuriya c Powell b C. Brathwaite 31S. Pathirana c Lewis b Nurse 45N. Kulasekara c Lewis b Gabriel 16S. Lakmal b Gabriel 0N. Pradeep not out 0Extras: (w-4) 4Total (all out; 43.1 overs) 165Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-8, 3-16, 4-51, 5-64, 6-79, 7-139, 8-151, 9-160.Bowling: Gabriel 8.1-0-31-3 (w-2), Holder 8-0-16-2 (w-1), C. Brathwaite 9-0-34-1 (w-1), Carter 1-0-4-0, Nurse 10-1-46-3, Benn 7-1-34-0.Points: West Indies 5, Sri Lanka 0.Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.last_img read more

Cricket News Kane Williamson’s Facebook message on Christchurch shootings makes fans emotional

first_imghighlights The third and final Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, which was scheduled to be played on Saturday, was cancelled after multiple shootings in mosques in the city. The official Twitter handle of the New Zealand cricket team, @BLACKCAPS, tweeted that a joint decision was made. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.”A video tweeted by Bangladesh’s ESPNCricinfo correspondent Mohammad Isam showed the Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Taijul Islam running back from Hagley Park back to the cricket ground. The incident took place around 1.45pm local time when the team had gone to pray when the incident took place.”It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it (the state of shock) after the experience we had here,” Tamim told reporters at Christchurch airport moments before the team left for Bangladesh on Saturday. At least 17 members of the Bangladesh cricket team, including Tamim, drove up to the Masjid al Noor in a bus to join Friday prayers when the mosque came under attack by a gunman. Team manager Khaled Mashud said the players and staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building. They stayed in the bus for eight to 10 minutes before leaving it sensing danger, according to Mashud. New Delhi: The Christchurch shootings has been described as the ‘worst terror attack’ on New Zealand. The incident left 49 people dead and 30 were injured. The shootings resulted in the cancellation of the third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval which was to begin on March 16. It also resulted in Canterbury not playing their final league game of the Plunket Shield, giving the title to Central Districts. The Rugby Super League games were also not held over the weekend. Cricketers from all across the globe and even the All Blacks rugby team players expressed their shock and horror of the incident on social media. Recently, Kane Williamson, the skipper of the New Zealand, has posted an emotional message on his Facebook page that has warmed the hearts of the fans.Williamson posted a message stating, “Like the rest of New Zealand, I am struggling to understand what has happened today. The need for love in our country has never been higher and I send all of mine to the victims, their family and friends, the Muslim community and every other heartbroken New Zealander. Let’s come together.” The New Zealand skipper then posted an image with the hashtag #HelloBrother with the message ‘Standing in solidarity’. The silver fern cricket crest, which is seen in the Blackcaps cap during limited-overs cricket, was depicted with people bowing and paying their respect to the dead. Christchurch shootings left 50 people dead.New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test match at Hagley Oval was cancelled.Bangladesh cricket team survived a close shave in the attack. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

APASS holds panel on racism

first_imgStudents and community members gathered Thursday evening for a panel discussion focusing on empowering the Asian American youth community after a copy of a racist flier was sent to USC Asian Pacific American Student Services and UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment, and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly.The panel was made up of Asian American activists and community organizers including Nat Lowe from Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Tracy Zhao, a graduate of Pomona College and a research associate at UCLA, and Andrew Quan from the organization Liberty in North Korea. The panel shared their experiences and gave advice to students on how to mobilize their community to accomplish change before the event moved into an open discussion on issues of race on campus.“When I saw the flier, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s really horrible,’ but we’re all here talking about these issues,” Lowe said.The panelists warned against letting emotion influence the response, and said it was important to use this as an opportunity to educate the community about the issues.“It’s easy to get angry about issues, [but] we can’t think about our policies and actions as reactionary, you have to think about what you want to see, what is your vision for your future and your community. It might not feel like activism but you’re enabling people to keep doing what they’re doing,” Zhao said.Quan said it was important to use these experiences to motivate people to get engaged in the cause.“You need to start with the why, the temptation is to just start telling people what to do, but the why is the most important, sharing facts and statistics, or personal stories,” Quan said. “Build on top of the emotional energy with knowledge.”All the panelists urged students to engage with the issues and not to leave them to students in leadership roles or the administration.“In a social justice context, when I think about leadership I think about a commitment to social justice,” Lowe said. “The conventional thought about leadership is you have to have certain qualities, communicate in certain ways, but anyone can have [that commitment.,”The event then shifted toward a discussion on the recent controversy surrounding fliers distributed on UCLA’s campus and sent to USC APASS. Both APASS and APASA issued official responses to the letter, both of which can be found online. Both said they were careful in crafting their response so as not to avoid giving the perpetrator undue publicity.“This is something that is new to us,” director of APASS Mary Ho said. “It’s not about APASS, it’s what it means to the students — what we chose to do. It was a chance to empower students, and to have them frame what social justice means to them, and have them make history at USC.”APASA and USC SCAPE coordinated a response that was co-signed by student groups around campusand around the country, including the Asian Pacific American Coalition at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.“Let’s retool this as a learning tool, use it to educate and empower,” said Jonathan Wang, assistant director of APASS. “It doesn’t matter who the author was, it was meant to drive us apart.”The administration, has not made an official statement, but Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry was present to gauge student response.“We have to [strike] a really important balance here: We don’t want to give the perpetrator any advertising; we don’t want the flyer to receive the attraction of the university promoting it,” Carry said. “We’ve been coordinating a response. We thought the APASS response and the student response was perfect, and we didn’t want to trump that response.”He said that he and the administration were taking the issue very seriously.“As a person of color, I imagined all those terminologies being used against me, and the people I care about, and at USC we do not tolerate that language. This is a community that values its diversity — it is our number one asset,” Carry said.He invoked Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous words: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”“This has an impact on our entire institution,” Carry said. “We are standing together to make sure this is not tolerated on our campus; it is deplorable.”He further urged students to engage in dialogue across cultural boundaries so as not to have a “siloed” approach to the problem.“Imagine how our response would be if we were all equally offended by this,” Carry said. “When any part of our community is challenged, we should all feel challenged; this problem is so big we can’t expect one culture to deal with it. Our approach needs to be cross-cultural.”When asked how students should engage with administrators, Lily Chowana-Bandu, interim director of Campus Activities, urged students to utilize their available resources.“We all support your cause; we were all appalled,” she said. “This is not a part of your USC or UCLA experience — you should have an opportunity to learn where it’s safe, supportive and fun. If you want to talk to any administrator, they will bring it up the chain. We want to be supportive. You are supported in any avenue.”Representatives from El Centro Chicano attended the forum and voiced their support for the cause, saying that it was an issue that affected all minority students in the community.Rayven Vinson, a senior majoring in international relations and Spanish, said the hidden identity of the flier’s author created a sense of mistrust within the student community.“It creates that fear that you’re in a community where there are members who are targeting a group that you are a part of,” Vinson said. “These are people you see every day.”Other students said addressing the problem required becoming more accepting as a community.“We as a society need to become more accepting and open to interacting with different people, like international students,” said Jacky Chen, a sophomore majoring in engineering.last_img read more

Martin Odegaard called up to Real Madrid first team

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Martin Odegaard has earned his first call-up to the Real Madrid first-team squad.The Norwegian teenage sensation has been included on the list of players for Wednesday night’s home game against Almeria. Odegaard joined the Liga giants in January from hometown club Stromsgodset and has been playing under Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane for the Spanish side’s B team, Real Madrid Castilla.There have been mixed reviews of how the 16-year-old is settling into life in Spain, with Spanish media outlet AS initially claiming that he had been ‘frozen out’ by Frenchman Zidane for ‘refusing to train’.”On three occasions, Castilla’s coaching staff have called meetings with the player and his parent to explain the situation and advice him to attend Castilla’s training sessions on a more regular basis,” claimed the report in AS on April 8.Then just a few days later the newspaper refused to give him a mark during Castilla’s game against Tudelano.But the news that Odegaard will be included in Real Madrid’s first team for the midweek La Liga clash suggests that the reports in Spain are wide of the mark, and the fact that he could make his debut during such a pivotal part of the season is a promising sign for the youngster. –last_img read more