Cone can’t wait to tell good pal Spoelstra about PBA record crowd

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Game 7 drew 54,086 fans in attendance and Cone couldn’t wait to tell his good friend and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra about it when he flies to the United States for a family reunion and watch an NBA game between Golden State and Miami at Oracle Arena in Oakland.READ: Game 7 breaks PBA attendance record anew FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s unfathomable you’ll play in front of 54,000 people,” said Cone Friday at Philippine Arena. “I’ll watch the Warriors-Heat game in San Francisco and I’d get a chance to see Erik Spoelstra and I can’t wait to tell Erik that I just got through coaching in front of 54,000 people. That’s amazing.”The two coaches share a special bond and there will surely be a lot of ribbing happening when they catch up. Desiderio nails clutch 3 as UP forces tie at 4th with FEU Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE—As Tim Cone steered Barangay Ginebra to a 101-96 win over Meralco in Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup Finals, he knew he had just been part of something special.Not only did Cone chalk up his 20th title, he and the Gin Kings celebrated it in front of a record crowd at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6“He’s been in the NBA Finals and such but he’s never coached in front of 50,000 people so I got a one up on him,” said Cone. “It’s awesome, I’m proud of being part of it.”“Nobody does that, nobody coaches basketball in front of 54,000 people. Maybe 30,000, or 25,000. But 54,000? That’s such a privilege.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Jokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors

first_imgDenver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, tries to move the ball as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris combination worked so well that Denver went back to it two days later.It wasn’t scripted, but it paid off anyway.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harris hit the game winner against the Thunder on Thursday when Jokic found him with an inbounds pass with 1.4 seconds left and he drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.This time Harris drove the baseline and went up to dunk, but Durant got a hand on it. The ball went out to Jokic in the corner, and he calmly drained a 3-pointer with 2:10 left to give the Nuggets a 107-104 lead.“Missed, dunk, layup, pass, assist. That was huge,” Jokic said. “I thought I heard the whistle because everybody stopped. I’m just going to shoot it. I’m glad I made it because I didn’t think about it.”After Curry missed a 26-footer, Jokic hit two free throws to make it 109-104 and Denver closed it out.“It was a tie ballgame, things had gone our way to the point where Gary Harris goes up for a dunk,” Curry said. “It was just one of those lucky kind of bounces, right to Jokic and he knocks down a 3 and he gets the crowd into it.”ADVERTISEMENT Jokic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer off a missed dunk by Harris, and the Nuggets rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-108 on Saturday night.Jokic finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Will Barton had 25 points and Harris 16 for the Nuggets, who split the four games with Golden State this season. Denver rallied from 12 down in the second half to hand the Warriors their second loss in three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKevin Durant scored 31 points and Stephen Curry had 24 for Golden State.“It was huge, especially coming off an emotional win over (Oklahoma City),” Harris said. “For us to come and get the defending world champs was huge.” AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harris joked he deserved an assist on the play but wasn’t credited with one.“It was definitely a pass and I’m sticking with it,” he said.Durant, who didn’t attempt a shot in the first quarter, was 12 of 16 from the field the rest of the game. He had nine points in the fourth when Golden State appeared to take control, but Denver rallied to take a 102-99 lead on Barton’s 3-pointer.The Warriors still had a chance down 109-105 but Nick Young missed everything on a 3-point attempt. He and Durant were then hit with technicals and Jamal Murray hit the free throws with 28 seconds left.“They hit some shots tonight,” Durant said. “We made plays but down the stretch we couldn’t get it done.”TIP-INSWarriors: F David West (personal reasons) and Jordan Bell (left ankle) were out of the lineup. … G Shaun Livingston returned after missing Friday’s game for personal reasons. … C JaVale McGee had five fouls in 6:15 but also finished with a game-high four blocks.Nuggets: Trey Lyles had 15 points and 10 rebounds. … F Mason Plumlee missed his third straight game with a right calf strain. … F Wilson Chandler did not take part in the morning shootaround due to illness but was in the starting lineup and had five points in 23 minutes. … The announced crowd of 20,103 is the largest for a Nuggets game in Pepsi Center history.ONE-LEGGED MANDenver got a scare when Murray left the game with a right leg injury after he collided with Draymond Green on a drive into the lane less than a minute in. He went to the locker room and came back to the bench with his right thigh heavily wrapped. Ramirez dominates Ahmed with 6th round stoppagecenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Murray played 28 minutes and had 12 of his 15 points after halftime. After the game he got some treatment, and his teammates praised his effort.“I was worried but then I remembered it was Jamal and he was going to figure a way to get back on the court,” Harris said. “He’s a tough kid. The bruise is going to be ugly in the morning but he’s a competitor. He’ll go out there and play on one leg. That’s just the type of guy he is.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Player of the Week: Injury free, Manuel back to playing big for Aces

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Lassiter open to Gilas return Following Magnolia’s loss to San Miguel, Alaska now tied with the Hotshots in second place with a 6-2 record. The Aces are currently the hottest team in the league having won six straight games, but their streak wouldn’t have reached this far if it wasn’t for Manuel’s production this past week that eventually earned him the Player of the Week honor.The 6-foot-4 Manuel posted 21 points and five rebounds to lead Alaska past GlobalPort, 105-98, in overtime on Sunday in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe also sparked the Aces to a 93-75 rout of the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Wednesday with 10 points and three rebounds off the bench.Manuel averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals off the bench during that stretch. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFree from injuries, Vic Manuel is reminding everyone that he’s still among the best big men in the PBA.Manuel has regained his deadly form and he has been one of the major reasons for Alaska’s rise in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free skate round

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold View comments Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines performs during the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Michael Christian Martinez failed to advance in the men’s single figure skating, finishing 28th in the short program Friday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Gangneung Ice Arena.The 21-year-old could only muster 55.56 points–26.04 from technical elements and 29.52 from presentation–in his short program performance, good for third to the last place among 30 skaters.ADVERTISEMENT Only the top 24 skaters from the short program are advancing to the free skate round which is slated on Saturday.Though Martinez had a clean run without deductions, most of his moves were seen as largely basic compared to the level of difficulty of the routines of the other competitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: PH bet Michael Martinez puts on flawless show in Olympics short programYuzuru Hanyu of Japan lead all the skaters with 111.68 points, followed by Javier Fernandez of Spain with 107.58 and Shoma Uno of Japan with 104.87.center_img Back in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Martinez proceeded to the next round after ranking 19th with his 64.81 points in the short program. He then ended up at 20th place after getting a 119.44 points in the free skate round.The Philippines’ medal hopes in the quadrennial Games now hinges on Asa Miller, who will compete in the men’s giant slalom in the alpine skiing event on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again

first_imgConor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Although his fighter took a painful loss, UFC President Dana White is extremely proud of his Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor after going toe-to-toe with iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 rounds.With the Irish sensation showing promise in the ring despite the defeat, the UFC head honcho was asked if he’d be ok if McGregor returns to the boxing ring again.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streak Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I would rather he did not,” White said, as relayed by MMA Fighting. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands.”McGregor’s transition from the octagon to the boxing might open some doors for other MMA fighters to do so as well, but White made it clear that this was a special case.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” he said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”McGregor looked comfortable in the early minutes of the fight, but was visibly slowing down in rounds 4 and 5.center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected,” White told the news outlet. “When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”Regardless of the result, White still has full support of his fighter and is not rushing him for a comeback to the octagon anytime soon.“We’re not talking about fighting tonight,” White said. “He put on a great performance. We’re not talking about fighting. You know how he is. When he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—reportADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a hit at the box office and could end up the biggest pay-per-view ever, with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone.Preliminary figures released by Showtime PPV on Friday showed the fight was tracking in the “mid to high” 4 million range, threatening the 4.6 million record set by Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao. Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza said the number will likely rise some as more firm figures come in.ADVERTISEMENT The pay-per-view numbers include streaming on the Showtime and UFC apps as well as cable and satellite television buys. The fight was held up briefly because of some streaming issues, but Espinoza said reports of widespread problems with the online feed were overblown.“We were particularly pleased with the digital streaming aspect,” he said. “It was our first venture going direct to consumers on Showtime and we were thrilled. We generated over four times the buys we had expected online.”There were also reports of several million illegal streams of the fight and Espinoza said Showtime’s anti-piracy technicians saw more illegal streams than any previous fight. But he said the nature of the fight meant groups of people gathered to watch it, and that most bought it legitimately to be guaranteed the best possible feed.“We knew we had a massive event with huge interest,” he said. “And we knew a huge amount of people were going to be watching, including some who watched illegally.”Mayweather improved to 50-0 in what he said was his last fight, while McGregor is expected to return to UFC following his only pro fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper MOST READcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “It’s a little soon to be predicting a record,” said Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime. “But the record is definitely within reach.”Estimates vary, but if an average of 10 people watched each pay-per-view the total audience for Saturday’s fight in the US could reach 50 million people, or nearly one in six Americans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’d absolutely call this a complete success,” Espinoza said. “This was a fight that had massive expectations in both the fight itself and the business results. It lived up to those expectations in every respect.”At $99.95 a buy, the pay-per-view generated at least $450 million in revenue on domestic television alone, money from which each fighter gets an undisclosed percentage. Mayweather estimated after the fight he would make $300-350 million, while McGregor said his take would be around $100 million. Though the fight suffered some at the box office because of extremely high ticket prices, it hit the kind of numbers on pay-per-view that promoters were hoping for. When added all together the fight could generate some $600 million in total revenue, which would be along the lines of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round, the first time he has had a real stoppage in nearly a decade. But McGregor’s performance also won some applause, as he boxed better in his first boxing match as a pro than many thought he would.Assuming the preliminary estimates hold up, Mayweather will have participated in the top four pay-per-view events of all time. His fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 sold 2.4 million pay-per-views, and his 2014 fight with Canelo Alvarez sold 2.2 million.Espinoza said he should know by next week whether the fight will end up No. 1 or No. 2 on the all-time list. But he said the early estimates were lower than what the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ended up to be, and that this would likely go higher, too.“There could be a good amount of growth between the initial numbers and where we eventually end up,” Espinoza said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Tour to South Africa ill-timed feels Akram

first_imgIndia need to cut down on the amount of cricket they play, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.Akram said the upcoming South African tour just before the World Cup in February has been ill-timed and will only exhaust the Indian players.”I have been keenly following Indian cricket for a while and I can say that they are playing too much cricket,” he said.Making a balanced cricketing calendar has been a problem with the BCCI for the last five to six years.”There is a serious overkill. India play too many matches round the year and no wonder their fast bowlers are getting injured far too often,” said Akram.”I will beg to differ with Imran Khan’s views on India’s upcoming tour of South Africa. Imran has said a tough tour of South Africa ahead of the World Cup will stand India in good stead. Not really.”No matter how good the players’ form is, the South Africa series will end just a couple of weeks before the World Cup and that is little too close. Although, they may not be tired physically but it will certainly take a mental toll on the Indian cricketers.Such a long tour is quite tiring and there is a great risk of injuries,” the legendary pacer said. India’s South Africa tour starts on December 16 and involves three Tests, a Twenty20 and five ODIs.Commenting upon India’s 5-0 win over New Zealand in the just- concluded ODI series at home, Akram said the result has once again proved India’s might in world cricket.advertisement”The 5-0 clean sweep against New Zealand does not say that New Zealand were a weak side but the result clearly indicates India have a strong bench strength. Even after resting the seniors before the South African tour, India easily outplayed the Kiwis in the Tests and ODIs.””The Black Caps are no pushovers in the limited- over format and to beat them convincingly speaks volumes about India’s young guns. Players like Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan rose to the challenge at crucial junctures to help Gautam Gambhir lead an inspired show in the ODIs,” said Akram.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

India’s WC triumph made up for my disappointment, says Praveen

first_imgKings XI Punjab strike bowler Praveen Kumar on Thursday said all his disappointment of missing the World Cup vanished after India won the showpiece event under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership earlier this month.Originally named in the Indian squad, Praveen missed the World Cup because of an ankle injury and was replaced by S Sreesanth at the last minute.”It’s always a big disappointment to miss out on the World Cup, that’s quite obvious. But it did not matter in the end as we won the World Cup. That was the biggest joy, nothing can be greater than winning the World Cup,” Praveen said.”Yes I’ve come out of that phase for a long time now. Injuries are part and parcel of every sportperson’s career. I was at NCA rehab and it helped me a lot. Since most of the matches were in India, it was not a big disappointment. We would catch up on all the matches especially when Bangalore hosted. We used to watch from NCA,” he said.The Kings XI pacer said he is focusing on the ongoing Indian Premier League and a comeback in the Indian Team is the last thing on his mind at present.     “The focus is just to play good cricket, that’s it. My target is to bowl well, in good line and length with variations.”Ishant (Sharma) got five wickets yesterday while at the same time you tend to concede more than 10 in some matches. This is all about Twenty20. Anything can happen. We don’t think much but to bowl line and length,” Praveen said.advertisementPraveen said his side’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday will be a tough contest.”Both are good teams. They have good opening and middle-order batsmen. So it’s going to be a tough contest. We are also doing well, our openers are in fine nick. But as a bowler you tend to get hit in Twenty20. It’s going to be very competitive.”Asked to about Duncan Fletcher who has been appointed as India coach for a period of two years yesterday, Praveen said: “I heard only recently. I saw him only during the England tour. I have no idea (about him).”– With PTI inputslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Delhi Daredevils- DD win by 38 runs

first_imgDelhi skipper Virender Sehwag scored a quick-fire 80 and then his bowlers struck thick and fast as Delhi beat Kochi by 38 runs during an IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing 158, Kochi were all out for 119 with Delhi paceman Morne Morkel and left-arm spinner Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe sharing six wickets between them. The striking part was that Van der Merwe took three wickets in the 19th over even as Kochi ran out of batsmen with seven balls to spare.Like Delhi, Kochi too started off on a poor note with three wickets falling in the first five overs. Opener Michael Klinger fell to a Morne Morkel ball in the second over then the other opener Brendon McCullum fell to Irfan Pathan in the third over when the team total was 15.Parthiv Patel too could not last long and departed in the fifth over off Pathan when Kochi were batting on 28.Captain Mahela Jayawardene stayed in the middle for some time. But he did not make any significant change in the scoreboard and fell in the 10th over off Ajit Agarkar putting just 18 runs on board. Kochi were 50/4 post his fall.On the first ball of the 14th over Morkel scalped Brad Hodge on 27 with wicketkeeper Naman Ojha performing the final rites with his stumping. Kochi were down to 77/5.Balachandra Akhil became Morkel’s third victim in the 16th over and the only man, who could save Kochi from the jaws of defeat, was Ravindra Jadeja. Ajdeja fell to Ajit Agarkar on 31 on the last ball of the 18th over and Kochi were reduced to 118/7.advertisementThe first ball of the 19th over saw new man Ramesh Powar walk back clean bowled by Roelof van der Merwe on a duck. A ball later van der Merwe clean bowled S Sreesanth and then on the penultimate ball of the 19th over he bowled R Vinay Kumar on 11 and Kochi were all out for 119 with seven balls to spare.Delhi innings Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag played a captain’s knock scoring a fine 80 and helping the team post a good 157/7 against Kochi during an IPL match.Earlier, Delhi captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bat against Kochi in the 36th match of the IPL-4.Kochi paceman S Sreesanth struck in the second over to send opener David Warner back when the score was 4. The ball moved away from the left-hander, kept low and entered the bat-pad gate and uprooted his off stump.Two balls later new man Naman Ojha too was walking back with an LBW written against his initials and Delhi were down to 4/2.There was no respite for the Delhi batsmen as in-form batsman Venugopal Rao too departed in the seventh over off Ravindra Jadeja ball adjudged LBW on 1. Delhi lost their third wicket on 35.Finally, Delhi opener and captain Virender Sehwag and Yogesh Nagar salvaged the innings for Delhi staying in the middle and thwarting the opposition attack. Sehwag went on to complete his half-century.But as soon as he reached there, Sehwag upped the tempo and started converting singles into doubles and during one such effort in the 15th over Yogesh Nagar, a slow runner between the wickets ended up getting run out on 22. Their fourth wicket stand ended 94.But Sehwag was still at the crease and he continued to play the captain’s knock, providing the much-needed stability to the innings. And he task didn’t end there for he also had to speed up the run rate and he did that in fine fashion hitting boundaries and over the fence shots off the balls that warranted such play. He scored a fine 80 off 47 balls hitting eight fours and five sixes on the way.R Vinay Kumar got the better of Sehwag with a slower ball that was hit by him towards the boundary where Brad Hodge took a fine catch. Delhi were 132/5 post his fall.Delhi’s Aussie import Travis Birt fell in the next over off Ramesh Powar when the team total was 145.Delhi managed to score 157/7 in 20 overs with Irfan Pathan remaining unbeaten on 13 while his partner Roelof van der Merwe got run out on the last ball of the innings.last_img read more