October, 2019 Archive

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10 months agoEurope’s biggest alerted as FFP force PSG into Neymar or Mbappe sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Europe’s biggest alerted as FFP force PSG into Neymar or Mbappe saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEurope’s biggest clubs are on red alert after it broke on Sunday that Financial Fair Play pressure will force PSG to sell Kylian Mbappe or Neymar in 2019.Mediapart reports PSG will have to pay back around £170m Euros to appease FFP – which means selling one of the stars in 2019.The signings of Neymar for €222 million (£195.8 million) and Mbappe for a reported €180 million (£158.7 million), are believed to have unbalanced the club’s accounts.UEFA are looking into the finances of the French champions and the impact of the signings of Neymar and Mbappe.And PSG could be excluded from the Champions League if they are found to have breached FFP rules.Neymar has been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United this season. last_img read more

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a month agoPSV striker Donyell Malen back on agenda of Arsenal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSV striker Donyell Malen back on agenda of Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSV Eindhoven’s £50million-rated striker Donyell Malen is back on the agenda of Arsenal.The Mirror says Arsenal are monitoring Malen – two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.No fewer than 45 clubs have asked PSV to keep them informed of their plans for the 20-year-old international, who was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services. last_img read more

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21 days agoNewcastle boss Bruce sets out his transfer blueprint

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce sets out his transfer blueprintby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce has set out his blueprint for his transfer plans.Bruce says he draws on his experience under Sir Alex Ferguson.He told the Mirror: “When you get the spine right, everything else falls into place.“I think Sir Alex would say himself that bringing in Schmeichel, Pallister, myself , Irwin, we all ended up being there ten or 12 years.“It’s vitally important that you get that right if you can. If you can get the nucleus and spine of your side and keep it together, that is massive.“In front of us, you had Robson who played ten or 12 years, Keane who played ten years, Ince, seven years. Hughes, who played ten years or something like that.” last_img read more

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9 days agoNewcastle owner Ashley makes honest admission to Woodward

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle owner Ashley makes honest admission to Woodwardby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley knows how he’s seen within the game.The Evening Chronicle says he dubbed himself ‘the most unpopular man in football’ in a meeting with Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward, according to a report.The Magpies recently earned a crucial 1-0 win over the Red Devils earlier this month as Matty Longstaff capped his Premier League debut with the winning goal.The win lifted Steve Bruce’s side out of the relegation zone and relieved the pressure that had been building on the Newcastle manager.The same cannot be said for Ashley, though, with Magpies fans growing tired of his unpopular 12-year reign. last_img read more

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9 days agoMan Utd hero Ince questions move for Juventus striker Mandzukic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Ince questions move for Juventus striker Mandzukicby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince does not believe Mario Mandzukic would be an astute signing. The Juventus striker is being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.”I don’t think Mandzukic is the answer,” Ince told the Mirror.”I feel that you never get your best players in January, clubs don’t sell their best players in January, so whoever Manchester United are going to get is going to be a stop-gap.”If they’re looking to go down the young route then they should be looking at young strikers, not Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] or Mandzukic.” last_img read more

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Chelsea links a compliment to Wilson – Howe

first_imgBeing linked with a move to Chelsea is a “huge compliment” to Callum Wilson, says Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.With Alvaro Morata struggling for form and Olivier Giroud injured, Chelsea have confirmed their interest in the England international.Gonzalo Higuain has also been linked with a reunion with his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, but the Blues are reportedly willing to pay up to £50 million ($64m) for Wilson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bournemouth have signed Dominic Solanke from Liverpool to add to their forward options this month, yet Howe is still determined to hold on to Wilson.”I think it is a huge compliment to the player involved,” Howe told Sky Sports.”But with all the rumours, there is no point in me thinking about these different situations until we have something to answer.”From our perspective, we don’t want to sell anybody this window that we don’t want to.”We want to continue to take the club forward and the team forward, and to do that, we’ve got to keep our best player.”Wilson has scored nine Premier League goals this season, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane the only English player with more.last_img read more

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Pochettino defends Klopp’s finals record

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists Jurgen Klopp should be praised for having reached three Champions League finals, not criticised for losing the previous two.Pochettino’s Tottenham take on Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday in the first all-English showdown in the final of Europe’s elite competition since Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in 2008.Klopp’s side reached the final last season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid, with the German also having been beaten when he guided Borussia Dortmund to European club football’s biggest game of the 2012-13 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Klopp also lost the Europa League final to Sevilla in his first term in charge of the Reds, but Pochettino thinks his opposite number deserves far more credit for simply reaching this stage.”Jurgen is a very successful manager, he’s great, he’s always happy, he’s optimistic, he’s spontaneous, he’s natural,” Pochettino told a news conference in Madrid.”I think the people judge because you lose the finals; for me, you need to judge that it’s the third time arriving at the final. That is the most difficult thing and then a lot of circumstances will be decisive. You need to trust that the universe conspired, and you lift the trophy.”To arrive in a third final of the Champions League is… ‘chapeau’. I admire him a lot. We all want to win, we need to feel that adrenaline, but to get to the final of the Champions League, that journey is the most important thing. To arrive here is the most difficult thing.”Pochettino thinks Spurs’ chances of winning the competition for the first time in their history could depend on whether his players are able to shake off the pressure of the occasion.”You cannot prepare a friendly game like [you prepare for] a final of the Champions League,” he said. “When there are one billion watching you in a final, the most important thing is freedom.”When you are seven, eight, nine [years old] and you play with freedom, the key is not to think that one billion people are watching you. That is going to be the key.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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‘Penalty to someone!’ – VAR chaos in Portugal-Switzerland

first_imgVideo assistant referees were once again the subject of controversy on Wednesday in Switzerland’s Nations League semi-final clash with Portugal.Referee Felix Brych was at the centre of a major decision during the game in Porto, as VAR wiped out a Portugal penalty by deeming a foul on Switzerland seconds earlier had warranted a spot kick.Down a goal in the second half, Switzerland had an appeal for a penalty when Nelson Semedo dragged down Steven Zuber in the penalty area, only for the referee to call for play to continue. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Portugal marched down to the other end before earning a penalty of their own as Bernardo Silva was dragged down in the box.However, after consulting VAR, the official determined that the incident involving Semedo and Zuber had indeed been a foul, awarding Switzerland a penalty while wiping away the one earned by Portugal.Ricardo Rodriguez stepped up to bury that shot from the spot, beating Rui Patricio to his right to tie the game at one goal apiece in the 57th minute.Portugal had initially taken the lead in the 25th minute on a free-kick goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.The Juventus star would go on to decide the game, as he scored twice late in the match to complete his hat-trick and give his side a 3-1 win that sees them into the final.GOAL! Switzerland are level after some crazy VAR scenes. Portugal thought they had won a penalty at one end, but the referee checked for a handball at the other 🤯 pic.twitter.com/RO9jqeBh5d— Goal (@goal) June 5, 2019Worth watching the Nations League semi for the strangest VAR moment and a preview of how mental next season will be in the Premier League. #PORvSUI— Ashley Blaker (@AshleyBlaker) June 5, 2019If that VAR call was designed purely to spite Ronaldo then I can get behind it— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) June 5, 2019Switzerland’s penalty was given for a trip in the area, not a handball. But with VAR, who really knows anyway? #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/YSnux1AqCc— Goal (@goal) June 5, 2019VAR YOU KIDDING ME!?Switzerland ask for a penalty, not given, Portugal get given a penalty up the other end, VAR brings it back and gives the Switzerland penalty, Switzerland score.MAD!!!!! #NationsLeague— JΛKE BUCKLEY 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) June 5, 2019Penalty for someone. The best VAR ever.— Max Rushden (@maxrushden) June 5, 2019Me trying to figure out this VAR tomfoolery to understand why Switzerland got a penalty and not Portugal in #PORSUI 🙄🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/8xiC76FejJ— Stephanie (@LIVAUDAIS) June 5, 2019UEFA nations refs be like, I gotta check VAR for this one… pic.twitter.com/aLZQtYOJTz— leonardo (@laryfishsherman) June 5, 2019>Can’t wait for Premier League VAR next season😵😨— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) June 5, 2019Portugal: Did we get the penalty?VAR:#PORSUI pic.twitter.com/nyhQOB8Bt2— Nicolas 🏳️‍🌈 (@nicokont) June 5, 2019Bernardo Silva must be sick of VAR at this point.— SR (@Blissistheone) June 5, 2019last_img read more

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Van Dijk backed to win Ballon d’Or

first_imgLiverpool’s three-time European Cup-winning goalkeeper Ray Clemence has called on Virgil van Dijk to be considered as a serious contender to win the Ballon d’Or.The £75 million ($95m) signing from Southampton transformed Jurgen Klopp’s defence, helping the Reds to win the Champions League in 2018-19 and amass 97 points in the Premier League.Clemence, who won five league titles with the Reds during his career, believes that Van Dijk was Jurgen Klopp’s most influential player last season and that he deserves to be recognised as the best player in the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Who had the biggest influence for Liverpool over the full year? I would say it was Van Dijk,” Clemence told Goal at the launch of the Liverpool FC 2018-19 book. “There’s an obsession with attacking and creative players winning it.”It is more difficult to create and score goals but when you have an influence over a side like Van Dijk had last season, it wasn’t just what he did, it was what he gave. I think he should be a very strong contender for it.”Alisson and Van Dijk have been massive. I like to put the two of them together because I think the two of them have been a massive influence at Liverpool defensively and on the whole team as well.”A year ago, if Liverpool went 1-0 up, you thought they are probably going to need to score another goal because they could concede one somewhere. Van Dijk and Alisson being alongside young, talented players has meant they can win with a single goal.”The main two help with their experience. They are very difficult to beat and that’s what happened in the final. Alisson made a few excellent saves in the second half. I think Tottenham would have gone on to win the game had they got that equaliser.”Alisson Liverpool celebrateAdding to the signing of Van Dijk, Liverpool splashed out £65m ($82m) to bring in Alisson from Roma and Clemence believes that he played a huge part in helping his side beat Tottenham in the Champions League final.”For me, the great goalkeepers have a presence about them,” he added. “Even before they do anything, they look like they are difficult to beat. They stand in that penalty area with size and agility. If they say something to a defender then they do it. He has all of that.”He is capable of great saves, but many are – he does it in tight games. He has a massive influence on the game. In the Champions League final, it was his saves as much as anything that won it.”Liverpool will now aim to go one step further in the Premier League and win the title in 2019-20. Clemence feels that, while they have a strong starting XI, they still need “one or two” new signings to help improve their squad depth.”It is difficult for a team to stick with what they have got in the modern game,” Clemence said. “If you stay still, people go past you. Man City won it last year and they will make a couple of signings. Liverpool will have to be competing with them.”In the last two years, Liverpool has had a good first XI, but the bench isn’t as good as Man City. Last season it got better with [Divock] Origi and [Xherdan] Shaqiri there. I think Liverpool only need a couple, one or two. It might disappoint the one or two who get replaced but you have to keep the competition high amongst the squad.”The most important thing was making sure that they won something. That’s got the monkey off the back of not winning anything for so many years. Hopefully, that will give them the motivation and the confidence to take it forward next year. It is the first time Liverpool have won something for many years.”Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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The 5 Most ‘Overrated’ Teams In The New Top 25

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season was not a great one on paper. Luckily, the action on the field was pretty exciting.As a result, there were some pretty big shakeups in the new AP Top 25 released on Sunday.One major theme: teams who faltered in the first few weeks of the season have seemingly stabilized, and are moving back on up the polls.How good some of those teams actually are, though, is still up for debate.Here are the five most overrated college football teams in the new AP Top 25.From this week’s poll:No. 5 LSU Tigers (Last Week: No. 6) The LSU Tiger leads cheerleaders and players onto the field.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It is hard to deny LSU’s resume to this point. The Tigers have maybe the best pair of wins in the country at this point, with the season-opener against Miami and Week 3’s win over Auburn.The Tigers have definitely exceeded expectations. There are lingering questions about the offense though.Quarterback Joe Burrow makes the plays he needs to, which is a step up for many recent Tiger quarterbacks, but LSU’s running game is a major step back from where it had been with Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice in recent years. The Tigers were actually outgained by Louisiana Tech this weekend, 417-409, the second time that has happened in four wins this year.No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (LW: No. 7) Bryce Love of Stanford celebrates a touchdown during the College Football Sydney Cup.(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Stanford remains undefeated, but anyone who watched Saturday night’s wild prime time game knows the Cardinal really really should have lost.Oregon was dominating the game, and were inches from going up 30-7, before a questionable call wiped a Ducks touchdown off the board. On the next play, the Cardinal ran back a botched snap the length of the field for a touchdown.Later on, up 31-28, Oregon had a chance to kneel the clock down to under 10 seconds and punt, but instead ran the ball, and fumbled, allowing the Cardinal to go down the field to tie the game with a field goal, and win in overtime.Oregon blew the game despite two separate moments when it had a 99-percent chance to win, according to ESPN. Stanford deserves credit for getting the win, but they definitely have some defensive issues that Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert exploited, and is as lucky as humanly possible to remain where it is in the poll.No. 14 Michigan Wolverines (LW: 19) Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators.(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The writers are starting to forgive Michigan for the extremely lackluster performance in Week 1 against Notre Dame.The Wolverines have blown out three straight teams: Western Michigan, SMU, and on Saturday, Nebraska.The Huskers, by Scott Frost’s own admission, are in a major rebuild, Adrian Martinez was coming off of an injury, so the Nebraska win doesn’t carry the same weight it probably should. It is definitely better than the alternative, but this weekend’s game at Northwestern may actually be more telling. The Oct. 13 game against Wisconsin definitely will be.No. 16 Miami Hurricanes (LW: No. 21) Miami Hurricane players debuting new uniformsTwitter/@CanesFootballThe ‘Canes are in the same situation as Michigan. The team suffered a big setback in Week 1 against LSU, and have crawled back up into the teens.The performances on the way have been less impressive than Michigan’s, though. You can throw out the Savannah State win, and while Toledo and FIU are both solid Group of Five programs, both games were a bit more competitive than the scores would indicate (and neither was an outright drubbing to begin with).The team appears to have made a change at quarterback, plugging in dynamic young signal caller N’Kosi Perry for Malik Rosier, who was ineffective to start the game vs. FIU. He could definitely give the ‘Canes, who’ve been inconsistent on that end, a big lift.No. 20 BYU Cougars (LW: No. 25) BYU fans holding up a BYU sign.(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)BYU was the big beneficiary of a number of teams around the back-end of the poll dropping games. With a 30-3 win over FCS McNeese, BYU jumped five spots.The Cougars have had a very nice turnaround after a brutal 4-9 season last year that had Kalani Sitake’s job in jeopardy. The team is on the right path to getting back to a decent bowl.Still, the team’s first win scraped by an Arizona team that looks like a mess, and it lost to Cal, which is undefeated and ranked below the Cougars at No. 24. The Wisconsin win is carrying a ton of weight, and it isn’t crazy to see the Cougars at No. 20 right now, but the program has some serious tests with three games against Washington, and then solid G5’s in Utah State and Hawaii over the next few weeks.last_img read more

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College Football Team Unveils Incredible New Uniforms For Bowl Game

first_imgmissouri players celebrate during a bowl gameORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 01: Missouri Tigers players celebrate following the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 33-17. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)The best uniforms of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season will be worn by the Missouri Tigers.Mizzou, which is set to play Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl on Monday afternoon, unveiled the new uniforms on Saturday.They’re awesome.The all-white uniforms have a sweet cartoon Tigers’ logo on the helmet and the jersey has a cool black and gold piping.Check it out:?? pic.twitter.com/MG4NzbTRFC— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) December 29, 2018Missouri posted some more photos of the uniform on Instagram:Missouri and Oklahoma State are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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ESPN Ranks Best College Football Teams For Each Position

first_imgJosh Jacobs running the ball for Alabama.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is wrapped up by Tre Lamar #57 of the Clemson Tigers Tidein the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)With college football almost back, ESPN released a new set of power rankings. Instead of looking ahead to this fall, it viewed the history of some of the best programs in the country.ESPN released its rankings based on which programs produce the best talent at each position. The positions that were taken into account were quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.Not only does these power rankings show which schools are trending upward, but it also shows which have sustained success.It’s fair to say that more than a couple of these rankings will spark a debate. Let’s see which teams they have ranked as the top three schools for each position (In order from first to third).Quarterback: USC, Oklahoma, OregonRunning Back: Alabama, Wisconsin, LSUWide Receiver: USC, Ohio State, Florida StateTight End: Miami, Iowa, StanfordOffensive Line: Alabama, Wisconsin, OklahomaDefensive Line: Alabama, Clemson, Penn StateLinebacker: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio StateDefensive Back: Ohio State, LSU, AlabamaA few of these rankings are controversial, but the two most noticeable ones are Georgia as ‘Linebacker U’ and Ohio State as ‘DBU.’  For years, Penn State held the title of the top program for linebackers, whereas LSU is often considered a football factory for defensive backs.Despite the recent fall in production at USC, it’s clear that ESPN won’t let that affect its view of the program. ESPN could have gone with Oklahoma for ‘Quarterback U,’ due to its recent success of producing Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. However, it opted for USC’s trio of Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Sam Darnold.While ESPN gives Miami the honor of being ‘Tight End U,’ Iowa is climbing up the rankings in large part because of George Kittle, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson.Do you agree with these rankings?[ESPN]last_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: India lose Group A top spot after 0-2 defeat to UAE

first_img India Today Web Desk Abu DhabiJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 10:54 IST Goals from Ali Mabkhout and Khalfan Mubarak in the 41st and the 88th minute helped UAE beat India 2-0 (AFC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia missed as many as a dozen chances in their 0-2 defeat on ThursdayIndia slipped to second spot with three points from two matchesSunil Chhetri is confident of a strong show in their final Group A game against BahrainIndia suffered a 2-0 defeat in their second Group A match of AFC Asian Cup 2019 against the United Arab Emirates at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Goals from Ali Mabkhout and Khalfan Mubarak in the 41st and the 88th minute helped the hosts register their first win of the tournament after a 1-1 draw against Bahrain in the tournament opener on Saturday.India were clinical in front of goal during their impressive 4-1 win over Thailand on Sunday but their finishing was far from impressive earlier in the day against higher-ranked UAE, who walked away with three points.India have now slipped to the second spot of the Group A table while the hosts, who were cheered on by more than a 40,000-strong crowd in Abu Dhabi topped the group.As many as three chances went begging in the first half. Ashique Kurniyan’s left-footed effort and Sunil Chhetri’s header from a brilliant cross from Sunil Chettri was kept away by UAE goalkeeper, Khalid Essa who was brilliant throughout the match.UAE put early pressure on India by creating a few chances in the opening minutes of the match but India quickly managed to organise themselves and find their feet.Not our day as the #BlueTigers suffer a 2-0 defeat at the hands of UAE and as a result, we remain with 3 points after our first 2 games.#INDUAE #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream: AFC Media pic.twitter.com/JZFwh2YiIeIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 10, 2019Three huge chances went begging but credit should go to UAE goalkeeper Khalid Essa who dnied Ashique Kuruniyan and Sunil Chhetri in the first half. Chhetri rued the missed chance as he was unmarked at the far post when Anirudh Thapa swung it in nicely only to see his captain head it straight into the body of Essa.advertisementIndia continued to be impressive in the mid-field as well but their finishing boots were missing on the big day. They paid the price for it when Mubarak scored his first international goal to give the hosts the lead just break the half-time break.Entering the game after a 1-1 stalemate with Bahrain, UAE required full points full points, and the relief was palpable in their camp when Mubarak broke the deadlock.The joy would have been short-lived for the home team had the talismanic Chhetri’s attempt not missed the target by a whisker in the 43rd minute, this after the Indian captain had the UAE defenders in splits and managed to cut one through one of the gaps with Eisa noweher in the picture.Down by a goal at the break, India were not to be disheartened and made their intentions clear in the second half.Constantine brought in Jeje Lalpekhlua in place of Halicharan Narzary and the Mizo forward, who scored two minutes after coming off the bench in the 4-1 mauling of Thailand, nearly did an encore in the 53rd minute. Jeje’s volley went inches off the post.Three minutes later, India again experienced the so-near-yet-so-far moment when Udanta Singh’s shot ricochets off the bar. UAE got their act together and troubled the Indians occasionally and they also had one of their attempts blocked by the bar.We are ready to fight against Bahrain: Chhetri”It was a tight game. UAE are a good side, and they converted their chances. When you get your chances, you got to convert them. If we could have taken ours, it could have been different. We are still in the running. As a team, we are united and we are ready to fight, and that’s what we are going to do against Bahrain,” Chhetri said.India knew that they had a tough task in hand against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who were not only the better-ranked team than them but also had the huge home support from the crowd.UAE are ranked 79th in the FIFA rankings while India are positioned at 97th. Even in Asia, India (ranked 15th) are seven places below UAE (ranked 8th). More than the battle of the quality of football and the skills, it was always going to be about the physicality.Against Thailand, India had shown no nerves early on in the match and only because Thailand failed to make the best of their opportunities, India stayed in the fight and eventually toppled their opponents.Also Read | Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid’s long list of injured playersAlso Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationAlso See: India go down 0-2 to UAEadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs UAEFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow Abu DhabiFollow India football teamFollow Sunil Chhetri AFC Asian Cup 2019: India lose Group A top spot after 0-2 defeat to UAEAFC Asian Cup 2019: India slipped to the second spot after paying the price for squandering close to half-a-dozen chances in their second Group A fixture in Abu Dhabi against hosts UAE.advertisementlast_img read more

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Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch win Royal Rumble 2019 to book Wrestlemania spots: Full Results

first_img Next India Today Web Desk PhoenixJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 13:44 IST Seth Rollins had to beat the likes of Brawn Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Andrade to win Royal Rumble 2019 (WWE Photo)Seth Rollins outsmarted 29 other wrestlers in the ring on Sunday to win the 30-man Royal Rumble match and book a place in Wrestlemania 35 in April.Rollins had to beat the likes of Brawn Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Andrade in the final minutes of the 58-minute match to win the Royal Rumble epic showdown.Rollins made a point on Monday to discuss how his passion and his heart had carried him through the wild ups and downs of the past two years. He said, in effect, it would always keep him going. It didn’t fail him now: Seth Rollins went the distance, and now there’s just one thing left to do.#TheArchitect @WWERollins just STOMPED his way to @WrestleMania!!! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/9xPf0yFXWQWWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Meanwhile, the 30-women match saw Becky Lynch fight her way through arch-rivals Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair to win the whole thing and earn an opportunity to challenge for a World Championship at WrestleMania 35. Lynch however, lost her singles match against SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka.Becky first eliminated Jax by yanking The Irresistible Force off the apron after Charlotte teed her up, only to suffer a cheap shot that left Lynch with an injured knee that almost gave Charlotte the victory via forfeit. Lynch, however, was unwilling to suffer a second defeat in the same night, and bulldozed her way into the ring, insisting she wanted to continue.#WrestleMania, HERE SHE COMES!#RoyalRumble @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/0h5l8EoXsWWWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Charlotte obliged her fellow Horsewoman, toying with the hobbled Lynch and lining her up for the big boot that would finally put The Man down. With her last gasp of effort, Becky dodged the kick and landed one hard right to The Queen, sending Charlotte crumbling to the outside and bringing the match to an end.advertisementIn case you needed a reminder… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/JqNuGEeEIPWWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 28, 2019In the other matches, Shane McMahon and The Miz overcame their inexperience as a tag team to defeat The Bar and become SmackDown Tag Team Champions while Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy beat over Kalisto, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami in Fatal 4-Way Match on Royal Rumble Kickoff.RAW Women’s champion Ronda Rousey defeated Sasha Banks to defend her title while WWE Champion Daniel Bryan had the better of AJ Styles to retain his title.Brock Lesnar entertained the capacity crowd by beating Finn Balor even though the latter threw a flurry of strikes on the former at the beginning of the match.This is what @HeymanHustle calls a SPOILER.#RoyalRumble @BrockLesnar pic.twitter.com/ygFHkZjTnzWWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Immediately after Balor executed his finishing maneuver, Lesnar trapped the challenger in the Kimura Lock, forcing Bálor to tap out. Furious that The Extraordinary Man got as close as he did to ending his reign, Lesnar erupted after the bell, punishing Bálor with three German suplexes before putting a painful exclamation on the brutality with an F-5.Shinsuke Nakamura claimed his second United States Title by conquering Rusev while Raw Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated the mash-up team of Rezar and Scott Dawson on Royal Rumble Kickoff.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Royal Rumble 2019Follow Seth RollinsFollow Becky LynchFollow Ronda RouseyFollow Finn Balor Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch win Royal Rumble 2019 to book Wrestlemania spots: Full ResultsSeth Rollins and Becky Lynch won their respective Royal Rumble 2019 matches to get their tickets to Wrestlemania 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mahindra XUV300 vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A detailed comparison between their technical specifications

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 13:29 IST HIGHLIGHTSUnder the hood, XUV300 will offer a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel one.Vitara Brezza gets only a four-cylinder, 1.3-litre diesel powertrain.XUV300 will have a standard six-speed manual gearbox.Mahindra XUV300 is scheduled to launch on February 14. The much awaited compact SUV has been receiving a lot of praise for its technical specifications, including powerful petrol and diesel engines. The company is expecting the XUV500-inspired vehicle to turn its fortunes in the segment.A major competitor for XUV300 in the compact SUV segment will be Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which has been quite popular ever since its launch in March 2016. India’s largest carmaker sold 148,462 units of Vitara Brezza in 2017-18, with average monthly sales of around 12,372 units. Maruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaOnce XUV300 is launched, it will be interesting to see how it fares against Vitara Brezza. But for now, I give you a detailed comparison between the technical specifiactions of the two compact SUVs.EngineUnder the hood, XUV300 will offer a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel one. The petrol motor will produce 110 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque, while the diesel powertrain will churn out 115 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. The compact SUV’s petrol and diesel variants will return mileage-figures of 17 kmpl and 20 kmpl, respectively.Vitara Brezza gets only a diesel powertrain. The four-cylinder, 1.3-litre, DDiS 200 engine is good for 89 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. Maruti Suzuki claims a fuel a fuel efficiency of 24.3 kmpl for the compact SUV.DimensionsXUV300 will have a length and width of 3,995 mm and 1,821 mm, respectively. Its height will be 1,617 mm and wheelbase 2,600 mm. It will come with a 265-litre boot and a 42-litre fuel tank.advertisementVitara Brezza is 3,995 mm long and 1,790 mm wide. It has a height of 1,640 mm and its wheelbase measures 2500 mm. The compact SUV gets a 328-litre boot and a 48-litre fuel tank.TransmissionXUV300 will have a standard six-speed manual gearbox. There are expectations that the company will give the vehicle an automatic transmission in near-future.The diesel engine in Vitara Brezza is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with an option for an automatic transmission as well.BrakesXUV300 gets disc brakes on all four wheels. ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) is standard across all the variants of the compact SUV.Vitara Brezza comes in with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. It also gets ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as standard across all its variants.TyresXUV300 gets 17-inch alloy wheels.Vitara Brezza only gets 16-inch alloy wheels.ALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300: Ahead of its launch on February 14, everything you need to knowALSO READ | Kawasaki Versys 1000 introduced in India, priced at Rs 10.69 lakhALSO READ | Land Rover Discovery Sport set to get major updates in 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New SUV launchFollow Compact SUV launchFollow Mahindra launchFollow Compact SUV comparisonFollow technical specifications Mahindra XUV300 vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A detailed comparison between their technical specificationsA major competitor for XUV300 in the compact SUV segment will be Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which has been quite popular ever since its launch in March 2016. India’s largest carmaker sold 148,462 units of Vitara Brezza in 2017-18, with average monthly sales of around 12,372 units.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Kane Williamson may delay IPL 2019 participation due to shoulder injury

first_img Indo-Asian News Service WellingtonMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 11:50 IST Kane Williamson injured his shoulder during the recently-concluded Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Wellington (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKane Williamson suffered an injury to his shoulder during the recently-concluded 2nd Test vs BangladeshWilliamson has suffered a grade one tear to his left pectoral minor muscle, local media has saidKane Williamson had led Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018 in the absence of David WarnerWith around two months left for the 2019 World Cup, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has injured his left shoulder while fielding in the second Test against Bangladesh however, coach Gary Stead feels the injury is rare.After hurting his shoulder while diving in the field in the first innings in the just-concluded Test the hosts won by an innings and 12 runs, Williamson did not field in the second innings besides experiencing pain while batting and scans revealed that he suffered a grade one tear to his left pectoral minor muscle, The New Zealand Herald reported.Hopeful of quick recovery: SteadHowever, Stead said the injury was rare and Williamson will recover shortly.”It’s a pretty rare injury, they’ve only seen I think five in the world before. I know that the physio staff were saying ‘We’ll make this a case study’ because it is so rare,” the coach said.”It’s very minor but we’re hopeful he will recover quickly.”Stead also expressed that the skipper has undergone some injuries in the past and has fought well to attain full fitness.”Kane’s managed his way through injuries before, he’s had niggles all the time, and he seems to find a way through. The extent of this and the unknown of this were the things we were unsure about, but hopefully, he’ll get through that fine.”It’s like any muscle, there’s obviously irritation and a wee bit of bleeding, it’s not a major injury, so we’re hopeful in a short period of time, he will be back to full noise,” he added.advertisement100 percent recovery priority before IPL departureStead however, said that Williamson will feature in the third and final Test against the visitors only if he fully recovers.”If he’s fit, no player wants to give up their spot in the test team. But I think it’s safe to say that we will probably err on the conservative side, and if there’s any chance of risk then we’re likely to pull him from that game.”Keeping in mind the World Cup slated to start from May 30, Stead also hinted that if Williamson doesn’t get complete fitness, the New Zealand management would opt to pull him back from the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting March 23.”From what I’ve been speaking with the physio and Kane about, if things progress as we hope, then going to the IPL shouldn’t be a problem for him. But he’s also aware that if he’s not quite 100 percent, then we will potentially hold him back as well and make sure he is right before he goes on that plane,” he added.Also Read | Dhoni half a captain of Indian team, Kohli visibly rough without him: Bishan BediAlso Read | Support pours in for Rishabh Pant after Mohali taunt over missed stumpingsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow IPL 2019Follow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow New Zealand vs Bangladesh Kane Williamson may delay IPL 2019 participation due to shoulder injuryKeeping in mind the World Cup, head coach Gary Stead also hinted that if Williamson doesn’t get complete fitness, the New Zealand management would opt to pull him back from IPL 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

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Vijay greets enthusiastic fans at Thalapathy 63 shooting spot. Watch viral video

first_imgVijay greets enthusiastic fans at Thalapathy 63 shooting spot. Watch viral videoThalapathy Vijay is currently shooting for his 63rd film with director Atlee. He was greeted by hundreds of fans at the shooting spot in Chennai.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 11:54 IST VijayAfter Sarkar, Vijay is currently busy with the shooting of his forthcoming flick Thalapathy 63 in Chennai. Directed by Atlee, the untitled film is a sports-drama based on women’s football.A huge football stadium set has been put up at the EVP Studios in Chennai where the Thalapathy 63 team has been shooting several important sequences for the last couple of weeks. Recently, Vijay’s ardent fans paid a visit to the studio to catch a glimpse of their idol.Over hundreds of fans gathered at the shooting spot of Thalapathy 63. Vijay stepped out of the caravan and greeted them with his trademark smile. He also waved at them, which was met with loud cheers and whistles.Here’s the video:Here is the Clear Video of #Thalapathy from the spot of #Thalapathy63 @Vijay63Movieoff !50D FOR THALAIVA VIJAY BDAY pic.twitter.com/xuUVEuCK7B#Thalapathy63 (@Vijay63Movieoff) May 3, 2019On May 3, Vijay ad Atlee’s manager Jagadish took to Twitter to reveal the status of Thalapathy 63. He said that Atlee has been shooting for 70 days continuously and that the team is kickstarting the fourth schedule.He wrote, “70 days of continuous shoot, entering into the 4th schedule. And all the hard work are for the fans to celebrate in theatres. Updates & Announcements will be on right time and request fans to stay cool & avoid the rumours till then #IgnoreNegativity #Thalapathy63 (sic)”70 days of continuous shoot, entering into the 4th schedule. And all the hard work are for the fans to celebrate in theatres. Updates & Announcements will be on right time and request fans to stay cool & avoid the rumours till then #IgnoreNegativity #Thalapathy63 pic.twitter.com/wtFKqeuEy0advertisementJagadish (@Jagadishbliss) May 3, 2019According to rumours, Vijay will be seen as the head coach of Tamil Nadu women’s football team. He essays the role of Michael, a former football player in the film.Thalapathy 63 stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu, Indhuja Ravichandran, Varsha Bollamma and others in pivotal roles. The film, produced by AGS Entertainment, has music scored by AR Rahman.ALSO SEE: Mishap on Vijay’s Thalapathy 63 sets in Chennai leaves electrician Selvaraj seriously injuredALSO SEE: Katrina Kaif brings in Christmas cheer early with Zero co-star Anushka SharmaALSO WATCH: Engagement, haldi and garland-exchange visuals from Virat-Anushka weddingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byK Janani Tags :Follow Thalapathy 63Follow Vijaylast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Yawning is normal, did not commit a crime, says Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Yawning is normal, did not commit a crime, says Sarfaraz AhmedICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ahead of Pakistan’s 6th match vs South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said abusive comments from fans on social media hurt the team psychologically.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 08:53 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said the team is confident of staging a comeback (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed spoke about the viral picture of him yawning during India vs PakistanSarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan’s team morale is high even after India defeatPakistan take on South Africa in a must-win match in London on SundayPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has urged the cricket fans back home to refrain from abusing players but maintained they have every right to criticise the team.Stressing that abusive reactions hurt the players and their families psychologically, Sarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan fans are emotional about the game but the players also feel the pressure when representing the country at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing severe criticism from former players and fans alike after their 89-run defeat to arch-rivals India in June 16 at Old Trafford.A picture of Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field even as India were going great guns during their batting innings went viral on social media, leading to funny and, at times, abusive memes.Questions over Sarfaraz’s fitness was raised and a section of Pakistan fans even body-shamed the skipper at Old Trafford. An unruly fan was also seen hurling hurtful comments at Sarfaraz when the Pakistan captain was at UK mall with his son.”Yawning is a normal thing to do, I didn’t commit a sin. If people made money out of me yawning, that’s a good thing,” Sarfaraz Ahmed told the press at Lord’s, London.”Social media and media are not in our control. They are so big that you cannot stop them. Teams have lost before but now on social media it is unstoppable. Whoever thinks [anything, they just] write it on social media. That hurts, too much. Players are affected psychologically.Pakistan team at @HomeOfCricket #WeHaveWeWill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1jy8CKp5HqadvertisementPakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 22, 2019″Criticise us on our game, that’s not an issue, but don’t abuse us. Their families get affected. If someone is hitting, then pushing anyone that’s not good.”Our fans are emotional and these same people lift us when we win. But if they feel sad on a defeat we also feel the same way. We feel it much more because we are playing for Pakistan.”Following a 5-day break, Pakistan are gearing up for a test against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday. Captain Sarfaraz believes the team morale is high and that Pakistan can stage a comeback in a bid to make the last-four.Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot with just 3 points from 5 matches but Sri Lanka’s win over England on Friday has added spice to the tournament, giving teams at the bottom-half of the points table a glimmer of hope.”It (loss against India) was tough for us but after the match, we gave our players two days’ rest. Then after three days, we were practising hard. Morale is still very high for us. The tournament is open now, so we have a chance and we are focussing match by match. Hopefully we can start by beating South Africa,” Sarfaraz added.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Brathwaite hundred in vain as New Zealand pip West Indies in thrillerAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Pakistan cricket teamFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs South Africa Nextlast_img read more

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2nd Test: Tom Latham, BJ Watling lead New Zealand to series-leveling win over Sri Lanka

first_img commentary Reuters August 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:42 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand (431/6d) beat Sri Lanka (244 & 122) by an innings and 65 runsTom Latham was adjudged player of the match for scoring 154 off 251 ballsBoult, Southee, Patel and Somerville picked 2 wickets each in the final innings for NZNew Zealand skittled Sri Lanka out for just 122 runs in the second innings on Monday, taking a series-levelling victory by an innings and 65 runs on the final day of a rain-hit second Test in Colombo.New Zealand had batted on for five overs in the morning, allowing BJ Watling to complete a century before declaring their first innings closed on 431 for six.That gave the tourists, who lost the opening Test in Galle, a lead of 187 with 91 overs of play left. Their bowlers provided them with the early strikes they needed, reducing Sri Lanka to 32 for five before lunch.The hosts did not have regular captain Dimuth Karunaratne available to open the innings after he suffered a torn quadriceps while fielding on Saturday.He was unable to bat higher than number seven in the second innings, though when he did take to the field, he and Niroshan Dickwella batted resolutely for a 51-run sixth wicket partnership that give Sri Lanka hopes of a draw.Karunaratne eventually fell lbw for 21 to seamer Tim Southee, however, while wicketkeeper Dickwella, who had suffered a finger injury, delayed the inevitable a little longer with a 51.”Lost the toss! (smiles). But a great effort to push for victory and ultimately come out on the winning side. Naturally when the game starts coming so close, and the light’s always a factor here as well this time of the year (you do get tense).”But it was an outstanding effort from the first innings itself. And then the batters scored at a rate that allowed us to move the game forward. Great individual contributions that allowed us to get the win. Deserve to be 1-1.advertisement”Our bowlers bowled really nicely in the UAE as well, but as a collective they got breakthroughs at key moments.”Everybody will gain things personally and as a group our general growth is important. Looking forward to my break, the guys are going for some T20 cricket. The international calendar is busy so the moments you do get some time off to refresh are nice,” NZ skipper Kane Williamson said after the match.Earlier in the day Watling had remained unbeaten on 105, completing his seventh Test century before captain Kane Williamson declared.Rain had allowed just 66 overs on the first two days of the match, and 48 overs on the fourth.Also Read | Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 5 in Colombo: HighlightsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen scorecard view more view less No data available! graphs advertisement Next 2nd Test: Tom Latham, BJ Watling lead New Zealand to series-leveling win over Sri LankaNew Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs in the 2nd Test to level the two-match series 1-1 in Colombo on Monday.last_img read more

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