BANGALORE, India (CMC): West Indies batting star Chris Gayle smashed a whirlwind half-century and passed 9,000 runs in Twenty20s, but his effort was in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad edged Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight runs to lift the 2016 Indian Premier League yesterday. Chasing an imposing 209 for victory in the final at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were propelled by the left-handed Gayle’s top score of 76 off 38 deliveries with four fours and eight massive sixes. He put on 114 for the first wicket with the prolific captain, Virat Kohli, who hammered 58 off 34 balls, but once they were separated, the RCB innings collapsed from 140 for one as six wickets tumbled for 54 runs. RCB required 18 from the last over, but seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved brilliant, conceding just nine runs. The foundation of Sunrisers’ victory was laid by captain David Warner, who pummelled 69 from 38 deliveries at the top of the order. Fellow Australian, Ben Cutting, who was voted Man of the Match, stroked an unbeaten 39 from just 15 balls with three fours and four sixes while veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh hit 38 from 22 deliveries. The left-handed Warner, who counted eight fours and three sixes, put on 63 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (28) and a further 34 for the second wicket with another Australian, Moises Henriques (4). Gayle, who shared the new ball, finished wicketless from his three overs of off-spin, which cost 23 runs, while Barbados-born England seamer Chris Jordan claimed three for 45. CLEARING THE BOUNDARY Needing to score at 10.45 runs an over, RCB were given a flying start by the mercurial Gayle. His first 16 runs needed 13 deliveries, but he teed off in the third over from left-arm seamer Barinder Sran, which went for 16 runs, twice clearing the boundary and then finding it on another occasion. The Jamaican reached his half-century off 25 balls by belting Henriques over long on off for six and he combined with Kohli to rip into the Aussie seamer in the ninth over, which leaked 21 runs. Gayle seemed en route to his 18th T20 hundred when he miscued a big hit at seamer Cutting and was caught at third man. One of the world’s leading T20 batsmen, Gayle now has 9,066 runs in the game’s shortest format. Kohli carried on, raising his half-century with a six off Sran in the 13th over, but he fell a couple of balls later in the same over, as Sunrisers hit back strongly.
Last Wednesday, the UP Fighting Maroons tops Adamson University’s Soaring Falcons in the semi-finals game, finally giving UP a shot to the finals after a 32-year wait. /kgaRELATED STORY Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The so-called “Battle of Katipunan” has spilled over social media as netizens adopt photo filters to seal their support to UAAP Season 81’s men’s basketball finals contenders – University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).Photo filters “UP Fight” and “Ateneo One Big Fight” dominate profile pictures of supporters days before UP and ADMU’s initial finals face-off this Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Facebook users Ezra Daniel and Arvin Abreu cheered for the UP Fighting Maroons and chose the “UP Fight” photo filter:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After 32 years, UP makes it back to the UAAP Finals on skipper Desiderio’s heroicsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ For others who support both UP and ADMU like Gary Villanueva, it was time to draw the line and choose which photo-filter to use. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled settle over digital coin promotions Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, netizen Alia Arellano shared her profile picture with the UP Fight filter and also featured Jose Mari Chan to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.Another netizen, Deg Daupan, used the UP photo filter while showcasing his photo with the LGBT rainbow flag.On the other hand, profile photos of Facebook users backing the Ateneo Blue Eagles donned the Ateneo One Big Fight filter:ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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0Shares0000Senegal supporters will follow their team in Russia © AFP/File / SEYLLOUMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 7 – World Cup organisers say the competition will draw more than one million fans to Russia, creating challenges that range from the logistical to the cultural, both for the hosts and their guests.– One million expected – World Cup tickets keep selling. By Thursday, FIFA said that just over 2.4 million had been sold, more than 1.5 million of them outside Russia. FIFA said another 100,000, which had been reserved for its “constituent groups”, were now being offered to fans.Even though the tickets are often sold in packages including several matches, that’s a lot of visiting supporters. The nice round number FIFA has been using is one million.There will be the clapping Icelanders, the chanting English and the distinctive personalities of the supporters of the other 29 visiting countries.The differing languages, songs, flags and fan cultures of the world will energise the streets of Russia’s host cities until the middle of July.There won’t be an “Oranje” army in Russia, because the Dutch failed to qualify, but the biggest demand, outside the host nation, has come from a country that did not qualify.FIFA said on Thursday that it had sold 88,825 tickets to customers in the United States. After that came Brazil (72,512), Colombia (65,234) and Germany (62,541). The English broke into the international top ten in the latest figures with 32,362 tickets — just behind Australia.Russia’s objective, organising committee chief Alexei Sorokin said, is to show fans “an unforgettable, colourful Russia”.– $13 billion in infrastructure –Around $450 million was spent on Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVRussia has spent a whopping $13 billion (11 billion euros) on infrastructure.“The airports in six cities have new terminals, 21 new hotels have been built in host cities,” Sorokin said in May, adding that “14 hospitals have been re-equipped for the tournament”.“Nothing is superfluous,” he said. “We needed them.”“This fulfils a regional planning objective that is in effect catching up on the lack of investment over the last 20 years,” said Jean-Baptiste Guegan, one of the authors of a book investigating Russian football.He added that the goal was also to present a “radiant and attractive” image and give visitors the best possible experience so they would go home and recommend Russia as a tourist destination.– Free transport and Fan IDFIFA president Gianni Infantino told AFP this week: “I have never seen a country that has done so much to welcome the fans.” They will certainly be able to get between the host cities on trains, although in reality the vast majority who benefit will be Russian nationals. Sorokin said 700 additional trains would be laid on.“It’s a good system but what they are offering is insufficient and the vast majority of trains are already reserved,” said Ronan Evain, head of Football Supporters Europe (FSE), an umbrella organisation of supporters in 40 countries.– Accommodation concerns –This could be a concern because some owners of apartments in host cities have sharply increased their prices. Some owners have cancelled bookings, and are now demanding higher prices than they originally advertised. Many fans complained of similar tactics in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in May when Liverpool played Real Madrid in the Champions League final.Evain said: “In Moscow, things are starting to balance out because there is an enormous choice of accommodation, but in cities which are not as used to having tourist visitors, like Saransk and Nizhny Novgorod, prices are shooting up.”– Language barrier and human rights –LGBT activists take part in a May Day rally in Saint Petersburg in May this year © AFP/File / OLGA MALTSEVAThe question of how foreign visitors will be received in Russia remains to be seen. “A lot has been done to train volunteers and the security forces to avoid racism,” said Sylvia Schenk, of Transparency International, who also sits on a FIFA committee on human rights.But in a country where black footballers are still occasionally subjected to monkey chants, there is an obvious risk of racist incidents.A 2013 law in Russia makes homosexual “propaganda” a criminal offence if it is distributed to young people. FIFA has succeeded in negotiating with Russian authorities so that the rainbow flag, the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, can be displayed in stadiums during the tournament.“The rainbow flag will be allowed in stadiums for example. Is it solving all the issues of Russia with gay people? No, but it is a step,” Infantino told AFP.Schenk, from Transparency International, said: “There will also be a ‘House of Pride’ in Moscow run by Russia NGOs and FIFA, and the authorities have confirmed that no-one will be prosecuted.”In terms of the training of volunteers, “many have not been given any training in English”, Evain said.“It won’t necessarily be a problem unless there is a problem like an illness or a specific request from an elderly supporter, for example, bearing in mind that security measures mean spectators might have to walk several kilometres to the stadium.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The global oil markets remain very tight, and with spare capacity still limited, supply shocks or heightened geopolitical concerns could lead to oil price spikes that could trigger higher inflation, economists said. There is room for some cheering, though. “The good news is that emerging and developing countries weathered the recent financial storm and are providing the basis for strong global growth in 2008,” IMF chief economist Simon Johnson said. “For the first time, China and India are making the largest country-level contributions to world growth,” he said. Emerging Asia is forecast to expand 9.2percent this year and 8.3percent in 2008; Africa is to grow 5.7percent this year and 6.5percent next year; and the Middle East, supported by high oil prices and robust domestic demand, is projected to expand 5.9percent in both 2007 and 2008. NEW YORK – The world economy, buffeted by the credit crisis gripping financial markets, is expected to keep expanding in 2008, albeit at a slower pace, with little fear of recession. But unlike past economic upswings – driven by the U.S., Japan and Western Europe – the main engines of growth this time are predicted to be China, India and other emerging economies. In its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund projected that 2006’s global-economy growth rate of 5.4percent would moderate to 5.2percent this year and 4.8percent in 2008. The 2008 forecast was downgraded by nearly one-half percentage point from the summer outlook, reflecting the turbulent conditions in financial markets. “Risks to the outlook, however, are firmly on the downside, centered on the concern that financial market strains could deepen and trigger a more pronounced global slowdown,” the IMF warned. Inflation pressures, volatile oil markets and the strong flows of foreign currency into emerging markets are also threats, it said. The IMF said the ongoing turbulence in financial markets and a new rise in oil prices have dampened the outlook since its October update. In particular, the U.S. growth outlook has become riskier, IMF First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky said in an interview posted on the Fund’s Web site Dec. 11. The IMF raised its growth forecast for China’s sizzling economy this year to 11.5percent, from 11.2percent, and said Beijing’s efforts to cool the boom would be more effective if currency controls were eased. However, it said that easing may not materialize unless the authorities act more decisively and let the yuan’s exchange rate rise faster. Economic growth in the 30 industrialized economies of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – which include the U.S., Britain, Germany and France – will slow to 2.3percent in 2008 from 2.7percent in 2007, the Paris-based think tank predicted in early December. “Although near-term growth has been revised down virtually everywhere in the OECD area, the baseline scenario … is actually not that bad in view of the recent shocks,” said Joergen Elmeskov, the acting economic chief of the think tank. Corporate profits, high employment that boosts income and consumption, and increased global trade have supported the world economy, while it has been hit by financial turmoil, cooling housing markets and rising energy and commodity prices, the OECD said. The gradual slowing currently envisioned comes as the world economy’s biggest player – the United States – is facing a considerable loss of speed. The IMF lowered its forecast for U.S. growth, predicting the economy would expand by just 1.9percent this year and next, reflecting the impact of the worst housing slump in more than two decades and the effects of the credit crisis. If the IMF’s forecast for 2007 proves correct, it would be the weakest growth the United States has logged in six years. The housing slump would cost the U.S. economy a full percentage point of growth this year or one-third of the typical 3percent annual rate of increase, economists said. Although risks of a recession have risen in the United States, the IMF said the likelier outcome would be a more prolonged period of sub-par growth. A November survey by 50 professional forecasters of the Washington-based National Association for Business Economics trimmed the estimates for all the major U.S. economic sectors next year, with the exception of net exports and government spending, without predicting a recession. The panelists didn’t see recession as likely, although the economy faces risks from the credit markets, housing and energy prices, said Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, NABE president and chief economist at Ford Motor Company. Other U.S. economists are less upbeat. “Slow jobs growth along with the shortage of business credit, declining home prices, and falling industrial production indicate the risk of a recession is clearly above 50percent. Either the economy has already entered a recession or the risk that a recession will begin soon exceeds 50percent,” said Peter Morici, a business professor and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. While overall U.S. economic growth as measured by the gross domestic product moved ahead at a 4.9percent rate in the third quarter, the fastest pace in four years, GDP is expected to slow to a barely discernible 1.5percent or even less in the quarter that will end Monday. Growth at such a slow pace would increase the risks that the world’s largest economy could dip into a recession. To cushion the blow, the Federal Reserve has slashed a key interest rate three times – most recently on Dec.11 – to 4.25percent, a nearly two-year low. Fed officials signaled that further cuts are possible if housing and mortgage lending get worse. On the positive side, the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate stayed at a relatively low 4.7percent for the third straight month in November – better than economists were expecting – and wages grew briskly, encouraging signs that America’s employment climate is still holding up in the face of credit and housing problems. Job and wage growth have been shock absorbers, helping Americans to cope with all the negative forces in the economy. “This should provide reassurance to those who worry that a recession is imminent,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank. Still, a lingering fear among economists is that consumers will cut back on their spending throwing the economy into a tailspin. Consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. In other economic predictions: The Middle East economies, supported by high oil prices that hit a trading record of $99.29 a barrel on Nov. 21, are projected to expand by 5.9 percent in both 2007 and 2008, with growth accelerating in Iran and Egypt. After years of stop-and-start results, many African economies appear to be growing at the fast and steady rates needed to put a dent in the region’s poverty and attract global investment, the World Bank said. Overall growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to rise from 5.7 percent in 2006 to 6.1 percent in 2007 and further to 6.8 percent in 2008. The growth acceleration reflects largely the coming onstream of new production facilities in oil-exporting countries such as Angola and Nigeria, according to the IMF. In Russia, GDP growth is set to accelerate in 2007 to 7.3 percent before moderating to 6.5 percent in 2008 as oil and metals prices stabilize at their current levels, OECD economists said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Greg Hanour has been obsessed with big brown trout for decades. It was nearly 40 years ago that he moved with his family from Buffalo, New York, to California and started making regular fishing treks to Upper Twin Lake near Bridgeport with his parents. He continued to come back as a young man, and today he returns regularly with his own family. The attraction always has been the huge mounted trout on the walls of the resort at Mono Village. While eating at the cafe, the young angler would look up at the mounts and dream. Catching one became a goal for the young angler, a quest. He told himself that one day he would catch a brown big enough to be mounted and put on the wall with those other huge trout. While still a kid he remembers fishing from the shore and seeing the legendary Allan Cole, the founder of the Brownbaggers, troll past in his boat one opening weekend. Something was charmed that night. The big brown was the third huge fish Hanour had hooked at Upper Twin over the past five years, the first two fish breaking off before he could even get a glimpse of their size. This one didn’t get away. “I was really happy to see him catch that fish,” said Jim Reid, owner of Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport, who’s known Hanour for over a decade. “He’s been obsessed for 20 years, so it’s pretty cool to see someone who’s earned it make that catch.” And apparently once is not enough. Hanour will be back at Upper Twin before the season closes Nov. 15 to try to catch the 17-7s bigger sister. Jim Matthews is a freelance writer. His column appears on Thursdays. Readers may write to him at 399 North D St., San Bernardino, 92401, phone at (909) 887-3444 or fax to (909) 887-8180, or e-mail email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It wasn’t an accident. Hanour has been focusing almost all of his fishing effort on big browns at Upper Twin the last few years. This is the lake that produced the 26 1/2-pound state record brown trout for Danny Stearman of Bakersfield opening weekend in 1987. Martin Strelneck, a former Mono County sheriff and chronicler of Sierra fishing, said he thought Hanour’s fish was the biggest brown caught from Upper Twin since Stearman’s fish. “It’s been 10 years or more since anyone has caught a brown from either of the (Twin) lakes in the teens, and now there have been two or three this year,” said Strelneck, citing Jim Bringhurst’s (another Brownbagger) 16-pound, 5-ounce fish caught at Lower Twin early this season. The big brown trout was hooked and landed on lightweight six-pound test line just at dusk that Sunday evening. It was well past dark when he finally netted the fish and brought it in to the boat house to have it weighed. The big brown trout stuck a home-tied streamer fly Hanour calls the Garth Flasher, named after his son, while the fly was being trolled slowly across a shallow shoal. The trolling fly was developed with the different features Hanour liked on other flies had used over the years. And it was effective. Nine years ago he used the same pattern to catch a 10-pound, 12-ounce lake record rainbow trout at Upper Twin. That record would topple a few years later, but the Garth Flasher had proved it’s worth. Hanour used the fly less and less in his quest for big browns, preferring larger baits that resembled small kokanee salmon, the big brown’s favorite food at Upper Twin. But for some reason, the Garth Flasher was the lure Hanour tied on his second rod that evening. “I’d yell out to Allan Cole that I was going to be a Brownbagger someday, and he’d just smile and wave back,” Hanour said. While Hanour still doesn’t qualify for membership in the Brownbaggers – it takes catching two brown trout more than 10 pounds – he has made a big first step. On Oct. 9, he hooked and landed a 17-pound, 7-ounce brown trout from Upper Twin Lake.
Tags:#games#Virtual worlds [Editor’s note: In a world where tags like “visionary” and “big thinker” get tossed around too frequently, J.P. Rangaswami is the real deal. He’s a fantastic storyteller and has lived an incredibly adventurous life. Trained as an economist, J.P. has been CIO of an investment bank in London and has won acclaim as one of the most forward-thinking and influential people in tech. He lives in London and is now the chief scientist at Salesforce.com. His blog, Confused of Calcutta, should be on every techie’s reading list, along with his feed on Twitter, where he is @jobsworth. I’m thrilled that J.P. has agreed to write articles for ReadWrite. This piece, his first for us, leaps from a description of buying tickets online to a meditation about the billions of previously disenfranchised people who soon will come online. J.P. promises to explore these ideas in future articles. I cannot wait. – Dan Lyons]I woke up early this morning; I tend to wake up early most mornings, but today was special. I knew I had to get ready to do something important, something very important. Something many people would find hard to understand.Cricket. I planned to go and queue for tickets for the Saturday and Sunday of the fifth and final “Ashes” Test between England and Australia, to be played at the Oval on August 24th and 25th 2013. Because that’s the kind of person I am.Not just the kind of person who looks forward to spending a couple of days watching 22 men in white (or “flannelled fools,” as George Bernard Shaw called them) amble around, the occasional sound of willow on leather rudely disturbing the reverie of moustachioed majors as they snored gently into their tea and crumpets. But the kind of person who enjoys actually going to see stuff “live”: plays, concerts, musicals, opera, and sport. In all shapes and sizes.So I woke up, got ready, made sure I had my membership details and credit card with me, and went along to buy my ticket. Queued patiently as they started serving bang on time. Waited my turn. Bought the tickets I wanted.It was altogether a thoroughly satisfying experience. I was warm and dry throughout; there was plenty of decent food and drink on offer; the environment was peaceful and comfortable, the company friendly and worthwhile, no noise, no crowds. They even had a notice telling me how the queue was progressing.I was at home.While I queued, I was greeted with a notice that the website was experiencing high demand, and that I’d been placed in a queue where “the flow of members accessing the site is monitored and adjusted accordingly depending on the number looking to purchase at any one time.” There was an estimate of how long I would have to wait before entering the site.Speeding Up EvolutionEven though I’ve bought tickets online many times, I felt a real sense of wonder at how technology had improved the whole process. I was particularly taken with how the size of the “waiting room” could be adjusted to reflect the number of people “queueing” in the room. Kevin Kelly, in What Technology Wants, suggests that we should look at technology as a means of speeding up evolution. In similar fashion, whenever I look at a digital process, I am particularly interested in how it improves on the analog. (And that is why I detest “region coding” on DVDs and games, where technology was used to pave cowpaths rather than build roads.)The “physics” of the digital world is different from that of the physical world. I remember Richard Bartle making this point very elegantly in October 2005, in a comment on Terra Nova:“Virtual space is not like real space, and the users of both have different criteria by which they judge it a success. People want to feel they’re in the world, and that means the architecture has to be faithful to genre. Exciting new architecture is possible, but if it intrudes then it must do so for a reason. I expect it will be a long while before the architecture award goes to a building in a contextualised (ie. game-like) world, rather than a less themeful one such as SL.“Also, because each virtual world is physically different, architecture that is successful in one may not be successful in another. Does the virtual world need staircases? Does it require structures to self-support under gravity? Are there materials that you can see through from one side but not the other? How about materials that change what they look like depending on who’s looking at them? What’s possible in one virtual world may not be possible in another – unlike the real world, they don’t all use the same physics.”When The Constraints Of The Physical World Are RemovedWhat Bartle spoke about is what excited me about digital infrastructure in general and virtual worlds in particular. The idea that people who were otherwise constrained from movement or speech or action could have those constraints removed made my heart sing. The possibility that ubiquitous affordable access to connectivity, computing power and storage could soon become a reality fascinated me. The implication that billions of disenfranchised people could have their lives transformed, particularly when it came to health, education, welfare, filled me with glee.So I was very taken with this “physics is different” idea ever since I came across it. This, despite the fact that digital landscapes and virtual worlds tended to attract a lot of criticism, particularly of the “people who are in Second Life don’t have a First Life” class.That was over seven years ago. Since then, I’ve spent considerable time observing, and participating in, social networks of one form or another, in business as well as in society in general. Over time, some themes became more important to me than others. One particular theme, that of how trust could scale, not just scale but scale at speed, has intrigued me deeply.When it comes to the physical world, biology plays a key role in how we trust, both in nature as well as speed. The “biology” of the digital world is different; over the next few posts, I plan to look at how this affects us, in our personal lives as well as in our professional ones. I am particularly interested in identifying, understanding and sharing with you the class of person who was disenfranchised in the physical world, and who is now empowered to trust and to be trusted, reliably and at speed, in the digital world.And I’m looking forward to learning from the dialogues that ensue.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jp rangaswami 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
VVS Laxman said the historic 281 in the second Test of a three-match series against Australia in 2001 did not come as a surprise to him because he had scored heavily in domestic cricket in the years before.Speaking at India Today Conclave South 2018, Laxman said despite popular perception the iconic 281 did not change his life the way a hundred in Australia did in 2000.In January of 2000, India were trailing Australia 0-2 before going to Sydney. Laxman was still a young man with a bright future for India but he was yet to score his first Test hundred. He had come close against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 1998 but fell five runs short.CLICK HERE FOR FULL COVERAGE OF INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE SOUTHIt all changed at the Sydney Cricket Ground where he conjured up a magical 167 against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Brett Lee and Shane Warne. India still lost by an innings and 114 runs but Laxman said the hundred was a career-defining knock and he did not look back again.”Strangely, it (the 281 at Eden Gardens) did not change my life – the 167 against Australia (at SCG) did. That was my first Test hundred. I had always doubted my abilities before I got my first hundred. The manner in which I got my hundred against a top quality bowling attack in conditions favourable to them…. My approach changed after that game.”I had a wonderful run in domestic cricket. 281 was not a surprise for me. 167 was the turning point for me in my career,” Laxman said.advertisementVVS Laxman, who had opened the innings with current chairman of selectors MSK Prasad in the Sydney Test of 2000, scored 7 in the first innings. Glenn McGrath picked up a five-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 150. Australia responded with 552 for 5 declared thanks to Justin Langer’s 223 and Ricky Ponting’s unbeaten 141.In their second innings, India were reeling at 33 for 3 when Sourav Ganguly joined VVS Laxman in the middle. A partnership developed between the two – albeit only 68 runs, the fourth wicket stand was the only sign of resilience from the Indians in the Test. Ganguly was dismissed for 25 but Laxman single-handedly sent the Australians on a leather hunt with a majestic 167 off 198 balls.A little over a year later, Laxman played the most famous Test innings by an Indian – with their backs against the wall, Laxman scored 281 while Rahul Dravid made 180. Harbhajan Singh picked 7 wickets in the first innings and 6 wickets in the second as India ended Australia’s record run of Test wins with a 171-run triumph.Also Read | Wanted Anil Kumble to continue as coach, his exit left a bitter taste: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | I have no problem with Virat Kohli’s aggression in Australia: VVS LaxmanAlso See:
Brief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardSunil Gavaskar heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni for his series-defining performance in the ODIs against Australia. Dhoni scored 193 runs including three fifties from three matches as India won their first ever bilateral ODI series in Australia.Dhoni, who scored 51 (Sydney), 55 not out (Adelaide) and 87 not out (Melbourne), was named player-of-the-series. Gavaskar said Dhoni deserved the reward and accolade.”I am delighted with the way India have performed.. just becoming the second team to win a Test and ODI series in Australia. It’s never easy,” Gavaskar told India Today. “It is a fantastic achievement. Absolutely terrific to see Dhoni get the man-of-the-series award. Don’t forget he keeps wickets and to do that for 50 overs and come out and bat… Full credit to the man for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket.”MS Dhoni scored a slow 51 in the first match but bounced back in Adelaide with a 54-ball 55 not out when he was involved in crucial partnerships with Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik.In Melbourne, India were again under a bit of pressure when they lost Virat Kohli in the 30th over. But Dhoni built an unbroken 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav to take India home.Gavaskar, however, pointed out that it was important to not forget how craftily Dhoni ensured India not suffer any hiccups in their chase in Adelaide and Melbourne.”You need the partnerships and that’s what he got from Dinesh Karthik the other day and Kedar Jadhav in Melbourne but don’t take anything away from the way he made sure there was no collapse. Had Dhoni got out, India would have struggled,” Gavaskar said.advertisementThere has been a debate around MS Dhoni’s batting position in recent times. Rohit Sharma felt No.4 was ideal for Dhoni while Virat Kohli prefers No.5. Sunil Gavaskar agreed with Kohli and said five was a good number for MS Dhoni to bat at.Dhoni said he was open to bat wherever the team wanted him to.MS Dhoni is known for his cricketing acumen – after the match, he conceded he was targeting certain bowlers towards the end. Dhoni even went up to the umpires to find out how many overs certain bowlers were left with. Gavaskar said that is the kind of intelligence that sets Dhoni sets apart.”You need that kind of experience and cricketing intelligence to take the team home. The Australian captain might have got it wrong with his bowling changes. MSD knew which bowler to target and he did that brilliantly,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi Shastri
If you don’t know who Nick Wooster is, get him on your style radar, pronto. He is one of the world’s coolest gents. Based in New York, his dress sensibility always leaves you guessing. One day he is in camo and cashmere, the next he is tailored tighter than an Englishman on Savile Row. As the former fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman and Nieman Marcus, he has become the style arbiter of the moment not just because of what he wears but for his very Midwestern sensibility about life. He is the consummate gentleman (some people forget part of dressing well is acting accordingly.)This week at a breakfast held at Pitti Uomo, the world’s most buzzed about menswear trade show held in Florence, Italy – a collaborative line was launched between Nick and Lardini. Launching in spring 2015, the capsule collection includes four jacket styles, three of which are dyed and washed and a fourth in patchwork using English cotton canvas. A fifth jacket is knitted in navy and white for a classic striped look.There are four models of trousers and three styles of Bermuda shorts (for all of you guys who are still panicked over the short length trend going on right now).We are big fans of the woven shirts too – they mix classic shirt stripes, oxford cloth/linen, seersucker, Prince of Whales plaid, houndstooth, summer tweed, and compact panama in cotton and linen.Founded in 1978 in Italy, Lardini specializes in menswear and has extensive knowledge in making the perfect jacket.We were fortunate enough to catch Mr. Wooster right after the presentation to hear more about the collaboration:How did the collab happen?I was introduced to the Lardini family last year at Pitti Uomo by Michael Burns who owns the M5 Showroom. They asked me to help consult for the United States market. After two meetings, they asked me to do the collaboration. Although I vowed I would never do a collection with my name on it, I immediately said yes, given Lardini’s fantastic culture of development and technical know how.Tell us about the debut at Pitti. How was it?Debuting the collection at Pitti Uomo is both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. What’s so amazing to me is that I came to Pitti for the first time 27 years ago…never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that I would be presenting a collection with my name on it. As I have always considered myself a retailer, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to present the collection in a store-like atmosphere.Can you tell us any inspiration for the collection?Given that Lardini has unparalleled experience in making perfect garments, I wanted to start with something imperfect. I think that was the biggest challenge, how to NOT press everything. I think there is perfection in imperfection.The collection really boils down to a simple formula: there are three jackets, 1 vest, 1 shirt, 5 bottoms and one shoe. There are twelve fabrics. When it’s all said and done, the mix of fabrics and the way one jacket makes up in something in constructed wool versus lightweight linen, gives the appearance the collection is bigger than it is.I am also inspired by exploring the volume of the bottoms. For me, that is what makes a classic jacket look new. 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached 1. Nick Wooster x Lardini 2. Nick Wooster x Lardini 3. Nick Wooster x Lardini 4. Nick Wooster x Lardini 5. Nick Wooster x Lardini Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer