Tony Becca: Who will be the kings of Eden Gardens?

first_img Batting powerhouse Quality hitting In a nutshell, the teams boast exciting batting, probably with the exception of India’s Virat Kohli, the best in Twenty20 cricket, and they bat deep, one parading a batting powerhouse capable of hitting many sixes and many fours, the other known for their elegant drives and cuts which race away to the boundary. In Gayle, especially, and Charles, Samuels, and Simmons, however, plus Bravo, Russell, Sammy, and Brathwaite, the West Indies boast a batting line-up which, although it always promises to hit the ball very far hard and very far, and when it does, it can be very destructive, it sometimes, and quite often, falls very short of its attempted distance or regularity. England, on the other hand, possess more controlled batting, the type which can sometimes be conservative, more reliable and productive. The batting on either side, but especially on the West Indies side, could, however, depend on the luck of the day, on the opposition’s fielding on the day, and on their bowling throughout the day. The West Indies bowling, which may be Samuel Badree, Russell, Bravo, Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, and probably Gayle, may, but for Badree, and probably Benn, find the going rough. England’s attack of the left-handed David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid is a bit more skilful and devious. It could put the West Indies batsmen under pressure, especially because of their big-hitting and sometimes careless reputation. On the other hand, if they report to the Eden Gardens bubbling with confidence, the West Indies batsmen could easily rip them apart. Despite their lack of skill, however, the West Indies bowlers may dismantle England’s sometimes timid batting. The key to the West Indies bowling could well be Bravo. His slower, dipping deliveries can be deadly, if he gets them right. One thing is certain, the fielding on both sides will be extraordinary. England’s fielding, especially that of Stokes and Jordan, is good, and sometimes brilliant. The West Indies fielding, especially the catching of Russell, Bravo, and Sammy, is sometimes truly breathtaking. Based on the action which has gone before, today’s finals of the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournaments at the beautiful Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata promise to be a grand occasion to be played before an estimated 100,000 cheering spectators. The finalists are the West Indies and Australia in the women’s event, and the West Indies against England in the men’s final. And after the triumph of the young West Indians recently, it will be a great day for the West Indies, especially if they win one or both matches. The men’s final, however, is the stellar event, and however it goes, it should be a shoot-out to remember. It features some of the finest players, not only in the new, flashy, and exciting style of T20 cricket, but also some of the best in the longer, more traditional, and more celebrated format and representing the West Indies and England, two past champions. On one hand, representing the West Indies, the people’s favourite is Chris Gayle, the world’s most destructive batsman, a big left-hander with 98 sixes already in his bag, and he is backed up by a few others who fear no foe, by Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, and others like Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, and Carlos Brathwaite. On the other hand, representing England, the founders of the game, is Joe Root, one of the world’s best batsman technically, an elegant, attractive, and confident right-hander with a pocketful of runs in his possession, and he is supported by a mixture of fine batsmen in the confident opening pair of Jason Roy and Alex Hales, the solid Eoin Morgan, the dashing and fearless all-rounder Ben Stokes, the attacking Jos Buttler, and a few others. The two teams, who lit up the tournament, one in 2010 and one in 2012, are desperate for success this time around. England are fighting to establish themselves, especially in this exciting format of the game, and the West Indies are determined to confirm their success in the T20 style as opposed to their struggling and disappointing form in the longer versions of the game. This tournament has been exciting and wonderful, and it has produced some lovely cricket. It has not produced too much of the hit-or-miss swinging while batting. It has produced some elegant and classical strokes, some quality hitting straight down the ground, some extraordinary fielding and catching, and some teasing and baffling right-arm leg-spin bowling instead of the fast and straight variety pitched just short-of-a-length. The spin bowling throughout the entire tournament has been good, the batting of Gayle, 100 off 48 deliveries against England, including 11 sixes, was exciting, and the batting of Kohli, 55 off 37 deliveries against Pakistan, 82 not out off 51 deliveries against Australia, and 89 not out off 47 deliveries against the West Indies were magnificent. The batting of Roy, 78 off 44 deliveries against New Zealand, was tasty, the batting of Buttler, 32 off 17 against New Zealand was delightful, the bowling of spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand, throughout was impressive, the stumping of Sabbir Rahman by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Suresh Raina against Bangladesh was almost unbelievable, and many of the catches were simply extraordinary. India’s comeback victory over Bangladesh in the last over at the end of the innings, as Bangladesh, needing one run to tie with three wickets in hand, lost to India by one run off the last delivery; India beat Australia off the last delivery with Dhoni hitting a six, and the West Indies defeated South Africa with two deliveries to spare were some of the thrilling moments of 2016. If Gayle, Samuels, Russell, Badree and company from the West Indies; and England’s Root, Stokes, Buttler, and Rashid parade their skills today, the Eden Gardens will be the place to be. The action should be exciting and extraordinary, and it may not really matter who wins. The tournament started with eight of the 16 teams very close and having an equal chance of victory, and it is finishing, after some thrilling and exciting matches, with two of them, the powerful, hard-hitting West Indies, and the conservative, easy-going England, boasting an equal chance of snatching victory, even though my favourites must be the West Indies, who have already beaten England. England go in with a thrilling victory over the previously unbeaten New Zealand, the West Indies with an exciting victory with two deliveries to spare.last_img read more

Caribbean Choice new sponsor for Oaks

first_img DELIGHTFUL OPPORTUNITY He also named the Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS from the stables of 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, Philip Feanny’s SORRENTINO’S STAR, GOLDEN GLORY from the Subratie stable and Fitzroy Glispie’s BIRD CATCHER as contenders. David Reid, brand manager of Caribbean Choice, said the sponsorship was “a delightful opportunity to venture into your world of horse racing and we are excited to participate in the coming out party”. Reid was quick to add that the Ladies Day programme will feature a hat parade a staple on Oaks Day over the years as well as a number of giveaways to patrons, while Spragga Benz will provide the musical entertainment for racing fans. The 77th running of the Jamaica Oaks at Caymanas Park on Saturday will have a new sponsor in Caribbean Choice. Plans for the mile and quarter classic for native-bred three-year-old fillies were outlined by representatives of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and Caribbean Choice a major brand with Grace Foods franchise at yesterday’s launch on the front lawns of Caymanas Park. Denzil Miller Jr, CTL’s racing secretary, said the race will offer a total purse of $3 million, inclusive of $1 million donated by the sponsor. The race will as usual be run in honour of Hilma Veira, former general manager of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee. “After the season’s first classic on April 9, the Post to Post 1000 Guineas, it is back to the drawing board for some and high hopes for others,” said Miller. “The outstanding filly and Triple Crown contender NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who romped the 1000 Guineas for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, continues to train well after her fast time win of 1:39.2 for a mile and although Subratie has never won the Oaks, he certainly has the horse to accomplish the feat this time around,” said Miller.last_img read more

NBA playoffs: What DeMarcus Cousins expects in his postseason debut

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – One of his former teams just started a coaching search. His other former team has no clarity on when it will hire a new general manager or trade its star player.DeMarcus Cousins does not need to worry about the Sacramento Kings’ dysfunction after experiencing it for 7 ½ seasons. He no longer has to play the what-if games with the New Orleans Pelicans, …last_img read more

Solar Access on the Florida Ballot

first_imgSolar advocates in Florida say that they have proof that electric utilities are attempting to trick voters into supporting a ballot initiative that appears to broaden their access to solar energy but in fact will do just the opposite. In an article earlier this month, the Miami Herald said that the policy director of a utility-supported think tank admitted at a conference that the utility effort to pass an amendment to the state constitution was “an incredibly savvy maneuver” that would undermine efforts to make solar energy more accessible to Floridians.Florida allows state residents to own or lease solar panels, but does not permit third-party sales. As a blog at Forbes explains, the ballot question would allow residents to lease panels through a utility but does not address third-party power purchase agreements. The ballot measure, supported by a group called Consumers for Smart Solar and $21 million in utility backing, also would let utilities add new fees to the bills of solar customers to compensate for lower sales.Sal Nuzzo, a vice president of the James Madison Institute, was taped saying utility support of the ballot measure amounted to a “little bit of political jiu-jitsu.” Consumers for Smart Solar denied it had hired the think tank, and Nuzzo’s boss later claimed Nuzzo “misspoke.”The Forbes blog noted, “Amendment #1 was labeled as a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ by Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente… She went on to say, ‘Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment, supported by some of Florida’s major investor-owned electric utility companies, actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo.’”The fight over Florida’s solar future has been messy, as this earlier report at GBA suggests. A competing group, Floridians for Solar Choice, wants to remove the ban on third-party sales and allow customers to lease their solar generation to neighbors or building tenants. But an attempt to get that measure on the ballot failed.last_img read more

Let’s Take A Moment To Appreciate Apple’s Huge Year Of Product Launches

first_imgTags:#Apple#Gadgets#iPad#iPhone What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts dan frommercenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What’s the old rule? The bigger a company gets, the slower it moves? Not so in Apple’s case, at least not this year.After a mostly-sleepy 2011, Apple has delivered a huge set of new product launches this year, in unprecedented pace.These are…All-new iPad miniiPad third and fourth generation with significant upgradesAll-new iMac, MacBook ProAll-new iPod touch and iPod nanoAll-new iPhone 5iOS 6 and OS X Mountain LionCompare this to 2011, when Apple launched…iPad 2 with modest upgradesiPhone 4S with modest upgradesiPods with minor upgradesMacs with modest updatesiOS 5 and OS X LionPerhaps this is Apple’s current playbook: A slow year, then a fast year. We’ll see what next year brings — maybe an iPhone 5S and minor, incremental updates to everything else. Maybe, a big, new product in the spring, like an Apple television — or maybe not. Pseudonoymous Apple blogger Sammy the Walrus IV has a good post pondering where Apple goes from here; “the AAPL Unknown.”But this year, at least, Apple has been knocking it out of the park with big-update product launches at an unprecedented pace. It’s really impressive, and shows that Tim Cook is doing a great job so far as Apple’s CEO.Next data point: Thursday afternoon, when Apple reports September quarter financial results, we’ll see if its business is still growing as impressively as its product lineup.Also: When Will Apple Peak? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Aus vs Pak: Pakistan beat Australia by four wickets

first_imgPakistan beat Australia by four wickets in their final World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Score Chasing 177, Pakistan reached home in the 41st over with Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq remaining unbeaten on 44 and 22 respectively.Earlier, Pakistan pacers struck thick and fast to reduce the opposition to 176 with Umar Gul (3-30) and Abdul Razzaq (2-8) claiming five wickets between them.Pakistan too got off to the same kind of start that Australia had got on with, losing their opener early. Mohammad Hafeez fell to a Brett Lee ball that took the edge of his bat only to return into the bowler’s hands after a fine catch. He fell for 5 when the score was 21.Post his wicket the other opener Kamran Akmal and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership which again was broken by Lee in the 10th over with an LBW written against his name. Pakistan went for a review but ended up wasting it. Akmal fell for 23 and Pakistan lost their second wicket on 45/2.Post Akmal’s wicket former Pakistan captain Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership that lasted 14 overs and helped amass 53 runs even as the Aussies found it hard to contain the Pakistani charge.Finally, it was left to Lee to break their stand. A think nick off Lee’s ball and keeper Brad Haddin did the rest behind he stumps. He fell for 31 when the Pakistan score was 98/3 in the 23rd over. But Lee wasn’t done as yet for the very next ball saw new man Misbah-ul-Haq too walk back on a golden duck. However, Lee failed to get a hat-trick as Umar Akmal defended his next ball nicely.advertisementAsad Shafiq was still at the crease and he was giving no room to the oppostion bowlers. Soon he and Umar Akmal got on with a partnership that began to frustrate the Aussie bowlers. The two had put 41 runs for the fifth wicket when Mitchell Johnson claimed his first wicket of the day by despatching Shafiq on 46 to bring the Aussies back into the game.It was an extra bounce that did the trick. Johnson’s ball clipped his gloves and Shane Watson took a fine catch in the slips and Pakistan were down to 139/5.Skipper Shahid Afridi too could not stay for long and Pakistan fell to 142/6 with Jason Krejza claiming his wicket and Brett Lee performing the final honours.Finally, Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq helped Pakistan to a four wicket win.Australia inningsEarlier, Pakistan bowlers struck thick and fast as Australia were bundled out 176 in 47 overs. Australia won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the last league match for both teams. But it wasn’t the kind of start that the Aussies were expecting. They lost their opener Shane Watson in the 5th over when the score was 12/1.Soon skipper Ricky Ponting and the other opener Brad Haddin got on with a partnership. Their stand that helped Australia put 75 when Ponting fell in the 19th over. Ponting wasn’t exactly playing with confidence and could only manage to score 19 before a Mohammad Hafeez ball scalped him with keeper Kamran Akmal taking him behind the wickets. Soon Haddin too fell and Aussies had lost their third wicket on 90/3.Pakistan bowlers continued taking wickets at regular intervals and the next man to walk back was Cameron While. He was run out on 8 and Australia went down to 117/4 in 30.1 overs.Vice-captain Michael Clarke too did not stay for long and fell on 34 with an Abdul Razzaq ball shattering his stumps with the Aussie score was 134/5.Michael Hussey and Steven Smith had scored 10 more runs that the Pakistan bowlers struck again. This time it was the turn of Hussey to walk back on 12 with Abdur Rehman taking his wicket on 144/6 in the 38th over.There was more as Mitchell Johnson, who is even known to perform with the bat when the chips are down, did nothing to help his team as Abdul Razzaq dismissed him on 147/7. He failed to open his account.Later, Umar Gul scalped Jason Karejza (7) to reduce Australia to 169/8. Then it was the turn of Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi to show his prowess and he did that by claiming Seven Smith on 25. Last man Brett Lee scored five before falling to Gul and Australia were all out for 176 in the 47th over.Umar claimed three wickets in the day while Abdul Razzaq ended with impressive figures of 4-0-8-2.last_img read more

Lok Sabha Airtel TV gets special Election 2019 section with latest poll

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:35Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Watch: Amit Shah’s Bengaluru roadshowcenter_img Popular network carrier Airtel announced a new feature on its multi-media app Airtel TV that will offer the latest update about the ongoing Lok Sabha 2019 elections in India.Airtel TV users will now be able to see the special ‘Election 2019’ section to access curated content from across sources – live news TV channels, short news bulletins, collection of top interviews and expert analysis, all on a single screen.Furthermore, Airtel TV app users will also have access to exclusive election news bulletins from Editorji. This will include Daily Election capsules – “Election Express with Vikram” hosted by renowned journalist Vikram Chandra. Election 2019 section on Airtel TV will be offered in multi-lingual options.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaConsidering multi-lingual diversity of India, Airtel TV app’s ‘Election 2019’ section will have state wise election updates in eight regional languages – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Oriya, besides English and Hindi. “General Elections in India are high interest and high engagement event and people are constantly looking for news and analysis around the event. With Airtel TV’s special election section, we have made the app the one stop shop for all election-related updates – curated in convenient and snackable format. In particular, there is curiosity around what’s happening in a customer’s state/constituency, so we are making state wise updates available in regional languages to drive stickiness. Meanwhile, customers can easily switch from their favorite movies and shows to election on Airtel TV with a single touch of the screen,”  Sameer Batra, CEO – Content & Apps, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.In a related development, voters are advised not to take phones to the poll booths. Except the officials deployed for election duty and the police personnel, all are banned to use or take mobiles within 100 meters radius of the polling booth. Airtel TV is offering special Election 2019 sectionAirtel TV on Apple iTunes Store (screen-grab)If people are found violating the order, they will be charged under various Indian Penal codes including the Representation of the People Act.Also, if any citizen comes across candidates indulging in malpractices such as voter appeasement activities offering money, sari, consumer goods in their constituency, they can register a complaint with image or video evidence to Election Commission via cVIGIL smartphone app. There is also an anonymous option so that users can file a complaint without divulging personal information.last_img read more

Quader calls polls date deferral demand funny

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul QuaderAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said BNP’s demand for deferring the general election to facilitate the foreign observers to monitor the polls is funny, irrelevant, baseless and illogical, reports UNB.”A state can’t defer its election if foreign observers fail to monitor it for their personal reasons,” he said while talking to reporters at the Awami League president’s political office at Dhanmondi.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks against the backdrop of BNP’s allegation that the general election date was fixed on 30 December at the behest of the government to rig vote amid the absence of foreign election observers and diplomats due to Christmas and New Year.He said there are many countries which are friends of Bangladesh. “And our country is not inferior to anyone in respect to dignity,” he said.Replying to a query, the ruling party leader said if BNP tries to wage any movement demanding deferment of the election, the country’s people will resist them.He, however, said the election commission (EC) will decide everything about the polls.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “The election date has been set on December 30 so that foreign observers can’t stay here and monitor the polls. The foreign observers, ambassadors, high commissioners and officials of different countries will be on leave on the occasion of Christmas, 31st and New Year.”Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he renewed their demand for deferring the election schedule by a month. “A fresh schedule must be announced further and a level-playing field will have to be created for all the political parties.”last_img read more

Party Politics Ep 52 Paul Ryan Not Seeking Reelection What Does This

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /25:12 On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:Texas:Texas Ag. Commissioner Sid Miller appointed a campaign donor to the state’s Rural Health Task ForceHow’re Texas schools doing?Facebook’s Zuckerberg Vs. Senator Ted CruzU.S Rep. Blake Farenthold resigns from congressNational:FBI raids President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys’ officeSyria using chemical weapons killing at least 40 peopleSouth Carolina Congressman Ralph Norman pulls a gun at a town hall with constituents Listencenter_img AP X And finally Jay and Brandon discuss Speaker Of The House Paul Ryan’s decision not to run for reelection. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more