In my last post, “How Low (Power) Can You Go?”, we examined several different low power modes that are available in microcontrollers and how those low power modes affect energy consumption and wake-up times. Low power modes are one of the main techniques to decrease the energy that a microcontroller uses, but it’s not the only technique available to developers. In this post, we will examine five of my favorite techniques for lowering microcontroller energy consumption.Technique #1 – Utilize the DMA ControllerWithin a microcontroller, the CPU is typically the power-hungry device that uses the most current. Peripherals certainly contribute to the energy consumption especially if there is a USB or Ethernet controller, but one of the first steps to optimizing a device for energy is to keep the CPU in its lowest state as long as possible. Applications will periodically need to wake-up though to move data around such as receiving bytes from a UART and storing them in a buffer. A way to avoid constantly waking the CPU up to handle moving data around is to utilize the direct memory access (DMA) controller.DMA allows a developer to keep their CPU asleep and instead use a lower power peripheral to do what the CPU would have done otherwise, move data around the microcontroller. The DMA controller can be used for several purposes such as:Moving data from a peripheral to memoryMoving data from memory into another memory locationMoving data in memory to a peripheralThe specifics on how to setup DMA will vary from one microcontroller to the next, but the benefit is that the CPU can be kept in a low power state up until it needs to actually wake-up and process the data that has been transferred by DMA.Technique #2 – Use Clock ThrottlingYou might recall from a microcontroller course or from reading online that the energy consumption of a microcontroller is dependent upon the clock frequency. The higher the frequency, the higher the energy consumption. An application doesn’t necessarily always need to be running full tilt. In fact, throttling the clock based on what needs to be done can be an effective technique for minimizing the energy that will be consumed.Take for example Figure 1 below which shows the Run Mode Current versus the Core Frequency in an NXP Kinetis-L microcontroller. From this figure, the reader can see that throttling back the clock frequency will decrease energy consumption. It can also be seen how disabling unused peripherals can make a difference in how much energy the microcontroller consumes as well.click for larger imageFigure 1 – Microcontroller current consumption as a function of core clock frequency. (Source: NXP Kinetis-L Datasheet)Exactly when and how to throttle the clock frequency is completely application dependent. Some applications may still want to run full tilt all the time. In others, it may be okay to cut the frequency in half from the maximum and run the part that way. In still others, it may make sense to dynamically change the clock on the fly based on what the application is doing. Just beware that if you decide to use clock throttling dynamically, you may also need to dynamically change peripheral register settings to compensate for the changes.Technique #3 – Utilize Compiler OptimizationsModern compilers provide embedded with optimization settings that can improve the execution time for a given piece of code. For example, most compilers provide developers with optimization settings to perform loop unrolling and inline functions. While these are just two examples, developers can use these techniques to generate code that executes faster. Code that executes faster, even if it does use more code space, will give the opportunity to spend more time in a low power mode which in turn will decrease the energy consumed by the application.I recommend that you schedule some time soon to review your compilers manual and see what features it has built-in to help you execute your code faster. While it may seem like saving a few dozen clock cycles isn’t a big deal. Those clock cycles can add up very quickly over the course of weeks or even months.Technique #4 – Utilize Low-Power (LP) PeripheralsIf you carefully read a microcontrollers datasheet, you’ll notice that microcontrollers designed for low power operations will often include low-power peripherals that are separate from the “standard” peripherals. For example, the STM32 microcontrollers include a LP timer. This is a timer peripheral that doesn’t include all the extra bells and whistles but is designed to be operated in a low-power environment. When optimizing, or even starting a low-power design, watching for these low-power peripherals and utilizing them can be a great way to decrease the products energy consumption without a lot of extra effort.Technique #5 – Think Outside the BoxSometimes you may find that you need to really think outside the box to optimize for energy. Several years ago, I was working on a medical product that was battery operated and had to last on the battery for 12 – 14 hours between charges. We selected the battery we needed and then moved on with the design. Well, the industrial designers decided that the battery was too big and without telling the electronics or software team, they decided to shrink the battery considerably so that they could create a smaller, sexier device. The first test of the device revealed that the battery was only lasting about 4 – 5 hours!The industrial team had of course gone to production tooling and there was no going back to a larger battery. The only option was to optimize like crazy. Despite using every possible optimization technique in the book, I could only get the device to last for about 8 hours. So, what could be done? It turned out that the product had a USB host on board that had a custom memory device connected as an MSD/CDC device. USB uses a lot of energy and if the USB could be shut down when it wasn’t needed, quite a bit of energy could be saved.We had to think outside the box and after starting the device up, we would disable the USB device, power down the USB host and when the USB device was needed, we bit-banged a message over the USB D+ and D- ports that signals the USB host was going to power back up. It was crazy, ugly, a work-around, but it successfully got the battery life to over 14 hours. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box to get the energy efficiency you need.ConclusionIn this post we have examined a few additional techniques that developers can leverage to minimize the energy consumption of their microcontroller. Using these techniques along with low-power modes can dramatically lower device energy consumption. As you work on optimizing your microcontroller application for energy, don’t forget to select the techniques that will provide the greatest bang for your time. Energy optimization can often become a black hole where the time investment has diminishing returns with each iteration. Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at email@example.com, at his website www.beningo.com, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter. 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Germany were struck by the curse of the champions as they crashed out of FIFA World Cup 2018 after a humiliating 0-2 defeat to South Korea at Kazan in their final Group F match.This is the third successive World Cup where the defending champions crashed out in the first round. In 2010, Italy were knocked out in the group stages while Spain bowed out of the group stages in 2014.In the final frantic minutes in front of 41,835 flabbergasted fans, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loew’s Germany side with two stoppage-time goals to condemn them to finishing bottom of the group on three points.The Germans, who have won four World Cups and finished runners-up four times, entered this year’s tournament heavily backed to retain their title.Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSLoew struggled to explain it.”I cannot say why this was for us,” he told reporters. “It was a bit of overconfidence ahead of Mexico – that we can press the button and win.”It turned sour. I must take responsibility for this. The entire German football lost, the team lost. A lot of things we built up since 2006, always at least (a) semi-final. We have to apologise for that.”The South Koreans, who had no idea of the score in the other match, rejoiced as if having won the tournament, while 11 German players hoped the ground would swallow them.advertisementSweden won the group after thrashing Mexico 3-0 to also deny South Korea a spot in the knockout stages.Once the Swedes had taken the lead in their concurrent match, the equation grew grim for Germany.Loew sprung changes after the break, bringing on Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller, who was dropped from the starting side, but a collective paralysis seemed to have taken hold.FREE HEADEROffered a free header from close in with minutes left on the clock, Mats Hummels missed the ball completely, a perfect snapshot of an afternoon of serial ineffectiveness going forward.”We believed until the end even with the 0-1 (deficit) we tried to turn it but we could not score,” said Hummels, after Germany became the tournament’s third champions in succession to go out at the group stage.”We had a lot of chances, even me I should have scored in the 87th (minute).”Today it was not easy but, yes, no team could get through easily.”Toni Kroos, the hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side in the second half but was denied by South Korea’s Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.”We were playing for the Korean people,” said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.”It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and thats why some of us cried.”Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and poked the ball home from close range.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE The goal was ruled out offside on field but confirmed by use of the Video Assistant Referee.South Korean celebrations went up another notch when Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, and with Germany’s captain and keeper Manuel Neuer having gone upfield to try to help his side score, the Tottenham forward fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.”We need to congratulate our opponents,” Loew said.”We didnt deserve to win the title again, we didnt deserve to get into the last 16. We wanted to win but we didnt have what it takes.”The four-time winners, who had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round since 1938, were a shadow of their once dominant selves, managing only two goals in their three group games.Before today, the Germans had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round in 80 years, had a scrappy first half and almost gifted Korea a goal when keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but recovered to slap the ball away.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany needed was to score one goal to get ahead of Mexico and consolidate a last-16 berth. But there was none of that late magic from Toni Kroos.advertisement It was a miserable afternoon for German fans who saw their World Cup dreams slip away. Sweden finished group toppers while Mexico finished second.Remarkably, Korean hopes of reaching the round of 16 were still alive despite losses in their first two matches – they had to beat Germany by two goals and hoped Mexico would beat Sweden.At the end of the day, while South Korea did win by two goals, Sweden were just too good for the Mexicans.(With inputs from Reuters)
Rohit Sharma’s 18th hundred and Kuldeep Yadav’s record 6 for 25 highlighted India’s eight-wicket demolition of England at Trent Bridge in the first ODI of the three-match series.Chasing 269, India romped home with 59 balls to spare, thanks to Rohit’s unbeaten 137 and Virat Kohli’s polished 75. Shikhar Dhawan had set the stage for a fluent reply with a 27-ball 40.It was the same venue where England had amassed a world-record 481/6 against Australia on June 19.Up against a much better Indian bowling attack, England’s batsmen were all at sea. Their capitulation against Kuldeep continued as the left-arm chinaman bowler dismantled the visitors with the wickets of Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and David Willey.INDIA vs ENGLAND: LIVE SCORE | BLOGUmesh Yadav picked two wickets and the rest of the bowling line-up did well to keep a dangerous England batting order in check. With little to defend, England’s bowlers did not ever look like challenging a formidable Indian batting line-up. Dhawan teed off early and by the time he departed, India had added 59 for the first wicket off 7.5 overs.Dhawan’s dismissal brought together Rohit and Kohli. The pair added 167 for the second wicket off 25.5 overs and produced a batting masterclass in front of a dominant Indian crowd. There were boundaries aplenty, sharp singles and quick running between the wickets as Eoin Morgan looked on helplessly.A Rohit masterclass gives India the opening win! His 137* powers India to a comfortable 8 wicket victory against England with 59 balls remaining at Trent Bridge!#ENGvIND scorecard https://t.co/gypXiagUMS pic.twitter.com/N7dH3V6u5fadvertisementICC (@ICC) July 12, 2018Last month, England had whitewashed Australia in a five-match series but Rohit and Kohli showed India were going to be a far more formidable opponent. Morgan tried everything at his disposal but the Indian pair was just too good for the English bowlers.Mark Wood, Willey, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have had some impressive performances this year but against India, they were rendered ineffective.To begin with, Kohli was the more dominant of the duo but Rohit upped the ante after crossing his half-century. Incidentally, both men got to their fifties off 54 balls and with a boundary.READ – 4 days after record T20I hundred, Rohit Sharma bullies England with 18th ODI tonKohli, in fact, went past 600 ODI runs this year in only his seventh match. He also went past 1000 internationals in 2018. Rohit, meanwhile, continued his red-hot form in England – he had smashed a record-equalling third T20I hundred at Old Trafford on Sunday and continued from where he left off as India stormed home.Earlier, after winning the toss, Kohli had no hesitation in opting to bowl first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to be rested with a stiff back and that meant Siddharth Kaul got his maiden ODI cap.READ – Kuldeep Yadav creates ODI history with figures of 6 for 25 vs EnglandKaul and Umesh Yadav looked sharp but not menacing enough to trouble the opening pair of Buttle and Bairstow, who added 73 off 10.2 overs. They were soon sent back as Kuldeep was pressed into service – the Englishmen, for the second time in nine days, looked utterly clueless against Kuldeep’s guile.Kohli, in the process, drew level with Ricky Ponting and Clive Lloyd in an elite club. All three captains won 39 of their first 50 ODIs.
(Eds: Recasting intro and adding inputs) Changwon (South Korea), Sep 6 (PTI) Saurabh Chaudhary claimed a record-shattering gold in the junior 10m air pistol event but Abhishek Verma missed out on an Olympic quota after finishing eighth in the senior competition of the ISSF World Championship here today. While they failed to impress individually, the senior shooters, including Verma, won silver in the 10m air pistol event. Asian Games bronze medallist Verma had shot 583 in the qualification. Arjun Singh Cheema settled for a bronze in Chaudhary’s event and the Indian team took the silver, propelled by the 16-year-old Asian Games gold medallist’s phenomenal individual performance. India also picked up a silver medal in the junior men’s trap team competition with Aman Ali Elahi, Vivaan Kapoor and Manavaditya Singh Rathore shooting a combined score of 348 to finish second behind Australia. In the senior competition, Verma, Om Prakash Mitharwal, who claimed the 50m pistol gold, and Shahzar Rizvi pocketed the team silver with a combined score of 1738 in men’s 10m air pistol. The 16-year-old Chaudhary, who won the Asiad gold last month, qualified third with a score of 581 before shooting down his own world record with a score of 245.5 in the final. Singh managed 218 once the field was pruned to eight following the qualifying round. Chaudhary first set a world record in the 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in June. Korean Hojin Lim, who made the finals as the top qualifier, finished second with a final score of 243.1 for the silver medal.advertisement The Indian team of Chaudhary, Singh and Anmol, who could not make the individual final, claimed the silver with a combined score of 1730. The gold was snared by the Korean team, which broke the world record with its total of 1732. Russia picked up the bronze with a score of 1711. However, there was disappointment for senior shooters in the individual competition of the 10m air pistol event. Asiad bronze-medallist Abhishek Verma raised hopes for a medal by qualifying third for the 10m air pistol event for men. However, the lawyer-cum-marksman disappointed with an eighth place finish in the final after shooting a score of 118. Korea’s Jin Jongoh claimed the gold in this event. The local favourite was tied on a score of 241.5 with Russia’s Artem Chernousov but prevailed in the shoot-off. India did not return empty handed though with the team of Abhishek Verma, Om Prakash Mitharwal, who claimed the 50m pistol gold, and Shahzar Rizvi pocketing the team silver with a combined score of 1738. In junior trap, Aman shot the best among the trio, his 118 in qualification taking him to the six-man final. He ended sixth. Aman had to also overcome a four-man shoot-off to get to the final. In women’s trap, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Shreyasi Singh managed 110 out of 125 to finish 34th, followed by Seema Tomar (108 out of 125 to finish 41st) and Varsha Verman (107 out of 125 to finish 42nd). The team signed off eighth with a combined score of 325. India ended day five with an overall total of 14 medals which includes four gold, six silver and four bronze. They lie third in the medals tally behind Korea and Russia. So far, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela are the only Indian shooters to secure quota places for the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games. PTI PM AHAH
The Indian junior men’s skeet team bagged a silver at the ISSF World Championship in Changwon on Tuesday.The trio of Gurnihal Singh Garcha (119), Anantjeet Singh Naruka (117) and Ayush Rudraraju (119) combined for a score of 355 for a second-place finish in the finals. The three had combined to top day one of the qualifying Monday.The gold medal was won by Czech Republic with a score 356, while the bronze went to the Italian team, which shot a score of 354, at the premier International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) event.In the junior women’s 50m rifle 3 position competition, the Indian team signed off 14th with a score of 3383. Bhakti Khamkar (1132), Shirin Godara (1130) and Ayushi Podder (1121) made up the team and neither of them managed to qualify for the individual finals.There was no end to the seniors’ disappointment with the women’s skeet team ending ninth with a score of 319.Rashmi Rathore (108), Maheshwari Chauhan (106) and Ganemat Sekhon (105) could not qualify for the individual finals.(With inputs from PTI)
Sporting stars Manika Batra, Lakshya Sen, Dutee Chand, Mehuli Ghosh and her coach Joydeep Karmakar made their presence felt at the India Today Mind Rocks 2018 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi in a session ‘Ready, Steady, Aim The Gold Rush’.Manika Batra, who won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games and then bagged a bronze medal at the Asian Games 2018, shared about her growth as a player and what she needs to do in order to fight off the dominant Asian players in her sport.Lakshya Sen, a former junior world No.1 and Junior Asian Championships gold medallists, spoke about what all he had sacrificed to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to be good at the sport of badminton.Dutee Chand, who won two silver medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta, described her hardships from the time she was called a man in 2014 to fighting her case and then how all of that culminated into glory in Indonesia.Mehuli Ghosh and Joydeep Karmakar spoke about the work that’s going on at the ground level in shooting and the Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mehuli shared how she celebrated the biggest moment of her young career so far.Also read – Dutee Chand proud of being first athlete to fight against hyperandrogenism ruleHere are the quotes from the entire session.HOW INDIA IS PROGRESSING IN THE OLYMPIC SPORTSManika Batra: Indian performances are getting better for the past one year, not just me but everyone else. Everyone is working hard and everyone wants to beat China. We are working hard and for the last two years, we have been receiving support from the government, SAI and the federation, which boards well for us.advertisementAsian Games is a very tough event and if we have defeated Asians there, I will try my best to beat them at the Olympics.Lakshya Sen: The seniors are doing well and the results are coming. I am making a transition from junior to senior and it’s tough but I’m doing my best. A lot of sacrifices have to be made to keep a healthy diet and we have to leave a lot of things that we love like for me it’s chocolate, ice cream and especially cold drink.HOW DUTEE CHAND FOUGHT ALL ODDSDutee Chand: 2014 was very tough for me, I had prepared a lot of CWG but four days ago, I was thrown out of the team. It was very tough and then it was said that I wasn’t a girl and it felt really bad and people spoke really bad things. But then I fought a case with the support of my family. I came back to the track and got success. I have struggled to come here and if it would have been others, either they would have left sports or life.I have seen Usain Bolt live at the Olympics. He’s not a machine but runs like one. These people get a huge team along with them to take care of their body but that’s not the case in India, so the performance suffers. The government has come out in support now, so I want to go abroad and train well.Olympics is huge and top athletes from around the world come there. Also athletes from different countries have a different physique. We are all working hard but I would to request the public to please pray for us and keep supporting us.THE REASON FOR SUCCESS OF JUNIORS IN SHOOTINGMehuli Ghosh: I have Youth Olympics next month in Argentina and then Asian Airgun and then nationals.He’s [coach Joydeep Karmakar] not that strict but he tells me what all to do and I try to follow that. Joydeep sir, Apurvi Chandela and Abhinav Bindra are my role models.Joydeep Karmakar: A wide spectrum of performance is coming from shooting — from the seniors to the juniors. The youth is fearless but I have a word of caution. From what we have seen, failure is inevitable but you have to make the wins count and they have to win the big ones. Failure teaches you a lot and then they will rise but it is about sustaining it.Rio was a debacle and after that a lot of changes happened in shooting like setting up the youth program and the results of which is showing in later championships. If I ask people in the auditorium to sacrifice social media they won’t be able to and that is why these kids are special, they have been sacrificing day in and day out. I am glad we have such a huge audience today because there are times when there is not even a single person in the stadium and yet these people perform.advertisementHOW DIFFERENT HAS LIFE BEEN FOR MANIKA BATRA SINCE CWG 2018Manika: When I came back from CWG my life changed. Now people recognise me and it feels great that people who did not watch table tennis now understand how difficult it is and have hope from the sport in Olympics and big tournaments.HOW LAKSHYA SEN SEES INDIA DETHRONING CHINA IN BADMINTONLakshya: China is a powerhouse of badminton but these past years, Indian men’s and women’s singles players are defeating Chinese and it’s not that big a deal anymore. Earlier, people used to be scared but now people feel confident and that is the big change. Now other countries are also defeating Chinese like Carolina Marin from Spain and Denmark players.Determination in Sindhu and Saina for performing is inspirational. When I saw Saina didi play, I saw professionalism. She never talked much and joked around, her discipline, she would come, practice and go and we need to learn that. Even Sindhu didi’s fighting spirit is amazing.HOW ATHLETES ARE GOING TO GET DEVELOP IN NEAR FUTUREManika: We need support from everywhere like how we are receiving now. Secondly, like Lakshya was saying, Saina Nehwal and Sindhu are very determined and focussed, we have to keep our own focus as well. Thirdly, I can say about myself again, if we have to compete with the Chinese and other Asian players, we need to work on fitness a lot.Dutee: For kids who want to study, when they get everything they do well. Similarly, athletes need help because they do want to work hard. In abroad, they do a lot of scientific training but that is not how it works in India, nobody looks at it here. India is not a country where the weather remains the same throughout and so focus is even more important.When I was branded as a non-girl, I did not feel like leaving the sport but only wanted to work harder and represent India. I also want to thank the media who write about the players when they face a problem and because of which we get support and are able to fight.I am proud that I am the first girl who fought against the rules [hyperandrogenism — a medical condition where a woman has excessive levels of male sex hormones] and I won as well. Now according to rules, at least we can run 100m, 200m. We are still fighting to expand the scope of the new rule.HOW MEHULI, DUTEE CELEBRATED THEIR SUCCESSMehuli: When I won gold in Asian airgun I could not express but I was super happy. I celebrated it very well at home with family and coach.advertisementDutee: I think everyone saw that [how I celebrated by Asian Games wins] on TV. So many people came at the airport to felicitate me. First time I saw so many people at the airport. It felt very nice. We win medals for the country and when we are recognised and felicitated it feels very nice.
Sachin Tendulkar sold off his stakes in Kerala Blasters ahead of the new Indian Super League season, starting September 29, but said “a piece of my heart will always beat for the club”.Tendulkar was associated with Kerala Blasters since its inception in 2014 and often made his presence felt from the stands in their home and away games.He bought the stakes back in April 2014 along with entrepreneur Prasad V Potluri. However, a year later Potluri sold off his stakes making Tendulkar a 40 per cent stakeholder in the franchise.In 2016, Prasad joined the franchise again and this time along with the heavyweights of Southern film industry. It was learnt that while they bought the 60 per cent stakes, an additional 20 percent was bought by Tendulkar also.Also read – Indian Super League season 5 to begin on September 29 in Kolkata”In its fifth year, it is important that the club puts the building blocks for the next five years and beyond. It is also a time for me to reflect on the role that I should play. After reflecting and much discussion with my team, I have decided to exit my association with Kerala Blasters as a co-promoter,” Tendulkar said in a statement.”I strongly believe that Kerala Blasters is in very good shape and on its path to attain many more successes with the backing of its fans offering unconditional support. I am very proud of Kerala Blasters and a piece of my heart will always beat for the club.”Also read – #SaveKochiTurf: BCCI shifts India-West Indies ODI after plea from Tendulkar, Chhetriadvertisement”Over the last four years, Kerala Blasters Football Club has been an integral part of my life. I have undergone all the emotions that millions of Kerala Blasters fans have undergone during this period.”My association with Kerala Blasters was driven with the intent to reignite the passion for the game and give the many fans and the abundant talent in Kerala, a national platform to express themselves.Also read – ‘Sachin Tendulkar brings calmness to Kerala Blasters in trying times'”It has been a thrilling experience to chase this pursuit and something which I will always cherish,” Tendulkar further said in his statement.(With PTI inputs)
India thrashed Pakistan by nine wickets on Sunday to more or less confirm their spot in the Asia Cup 2018 final.Captain Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan smashed hundreds and stitched together a stand of 210 in India’s chase of 238 to take the game away from Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai.Rohit and Dhawan followed up on a fantastic bowling performance from the Indians and never allowed Pakistan to come back in the game or even have a say.While Dhawan fell for a well-made 114 after a misunderstanding between him and Rohit, Ambati Rayudu and captain Rohit took the team home with 63 balls to spare.It was a perfect night for India while for Pakistan, it was another night to forget as nothing worked for them. With one game left in the tournament for Sarfraz Ahmed’s team, they will have to more questions to answer than any other team.From deciding to bat first after winning the toss to letting India take the game away by giving away easy singles, few doubts will be raised on Sarfraz’s captaincy.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | PhotosComing in to bat on a flat track, Pakistan finished with 237/7 from their 50 overs after useful contributions from Shoaib Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed.Malik scored a 90-ball 78 while Sarfraz made 44 from 66 balls and it was their crucial 107-run stand for the fourth wicket, that guided Pakistan towards a respectable total.Before the pair got together, Pakistan were 58/3 from 14.3 overs and looked in a spot of bother. They started off well but lost Imam-ul-Haq in the eighth over with the score on 24. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shrewd judgment and understanding of the game again came to play as he asked captain Rohit Sharma to go for a DRS call, which proved to be correct and helped India get the first breakthrough.advertisementBabar Azam then joined Fakhar Zaman, who was looking in fine touch and at ease against the Indian spinners but his stay was cut short by Kuldeep Yadav in the 15th over when he was adjudged lbw. Interestingly, he didn’t go for a DRS call even though replays clearly showed that the ball brushed his gloves as he fell down while attempting a sweep.Also read – Rohit Sharma celebrates 7000 ODI runs with 19th hundredSoon Babar was run out while trying to steal the single off Ravindra Jadeja and Pakistan were staring at another collapse. But, the wicket brought the two experienced campaigners in Malik and Sarfraz together and the duo stitched a fine stand together to frustrate India and take Pakistan out of trouble.The duo stitched a brilliant partnership, hitting some glorious boundaries and sixes and turning on the pressure on the Indians. But, just as Pakistan were looking to accelerate, they were pegged back again.Kuldeep broke the partnership, taking Sarfraz’s wicket in the 40th over. Sarfraz looked to hit Kuldeep over short extra-cover but failed to clear the man and handed a regulation catch to Rohit.Unperturbed, Malik kept on playing his shots and maintained a good run rate, which was also helped by Asif Ali’s blistering strikes off Buvneshwar Kumar, when he smashed him for 22 runs in the 42nd over.Malik looked to join in and accelerate but gifted a simple catch to Dhoni off Jasprit Bumrah one over later and that was a major blow for the Pakistanis.Asif also fell for 30 to Yuzvendra Chahal in the very next over and Pakistan were reduced to 211/6 in the 45th over. This was also Chahal’s 50th ODI wicket and he became the second fastest Indian spinner to do so.Towards the end of the innings, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz tried to go for the big shots but impressive bowling from Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah meant that Pakistan could only manage 237 for 7 from their allotted 50 overs.For India, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep took two wickets each.Pakistan finish their innings on 237/7 with @realshoaibmalik top-scoring with 78.Will India chase it down? #PAKvINDFOLLOW LIVEhttps://t.co/0SqS4ClLWD pic.twitter.com/5MwnoG363oICC (@ICC) September 23, 2018Chasing 238 to win, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit showed positive intent right from the word go. They saw off Mohammad Amir in the beginning and then started playing their strokes.Amir, who was dropped in the previous match against Afghanistan, looked half the bowler that he always has against India. His 20-year-old partner on the other hand — Shaheen Afridi, looked much more impressive on the day.His impressive show almost paid dividends but a dropped catch meant that he had no early joy. Rohit was dropped in the 6th over by Imam, when his mistimed defence off young Afridi went straight to Imam at short extra-cover but the opener dropped the dolly and Rohit made them pay.advertisementHowever, Rohit’s watchful batting had no impact on Dhawan, who was blazing away from the other end. His attacking batting helped India reach 53 from 10 overs and eased the pressure off them in the tricky chase.Sarfraz resorted to spin and threw Mohammad Nawaz and leg-spinner Shadab from both the ends in the hope of a wicket. But, that didn’t work as too many gaps in the field meant that easy singles.The pair milked the bowlers around and got singles and kept the scorecard moving. Dhawan brought up his 26th ODI fifty in the 18th over and soon after the pair brought their 13th hundred partnership together in the 20th over as India cruised along in their chase.Rohit followed suit and got his own half-century in the 22nd over. With spinners failing to affect the game, Sarfraz went back to his pacers but the two Indian batsmen looked set and continued to play smartly and the two reached the 150-run mark in the 26th over.Rohit, who started slowly, surged ahead after scoring his fifty and caught up with Dhawan, who was batting in his 80s. He was again dropped on 81 by Fakhar off Shadab’s bowling, thus, summing up Pakistan’s disappointing day in Dubai. Shikhar Dhawan smashed his 15th ODI century on Sunday (AP Photo)Rohit made full use of his second life and raced away towards a hundred but Dhawan was not letting him reach first. He accelerated and scored his 15th ODI ton ahead of his opening partner and looked to end the game in a hurry but failed to do so after a misunderstanding between him and Rohit, resulted in a run out and he fell in the 34th over.But, the wicket came little too late for India as Rohit held onto the innings, scored his 19th ton and took his team home to maintain India’s unbeaten run in the Asia Cup as well as take them closer to the final.Rohit and Rayudu saw the team off with both unbeaten on 111 and 12 respectively.Rohit also completed 7000 ODI runs in the process. He was the third fastest Indian to reach the landmark, behind current India captain Virat Kohli and former captain Sourav Ganguly.7,000 ODI runs for Rohit Sharma!Just the ninth Indian batsman to reach that landmark. #PAKvIND pic.twitter.com/znn66WXoRVICC (@ICC) September 23, 2018With the win, India would be confident and sitting pretty on top of the Super 4s table and will play their last match against Afghanistan on Tuesday with less pressure.
Gurugram, Oct 18 (IANS) Samsung on Thursday launched in India its flagship tablet, Galaxy Tab S4, a new two-in-one Android tablet that comes equipped with Samsung Dex and S Pen for Rs 57,900.Galaxy Tab S4 sports narrower bezels to fit a 10.5-inch display with Super AMOLED technology, as well as a 16:10 screen ratio.Powered by a 7,300mAh battery, Galaxy Tab S4 also comes with four speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos immersive sound technology.”Paired with Samsung Dex and S Pen, Galaxy Tab S4 is designed for those who need something portable like a tablet yet capable like a PC,” Aditya Babbar, General Manager, Mobile Business, Samsung India, told reporters here.Samsung DeX optimises the user experience for work situations and gives what they want from a PC experience — a big screen, a full-size keyboard and a mouse. In Standalone mode, one can enjoy a PC-like interface even without a monitor or the “Book Cover” Keyboard, Samsung India said. In Dual mode, users can connect the tablet to a bigger monitor with an HDMI adapter. The redesigned S Pen offers an authentic handwriting experience – suitable for drawing, taking notes, and messaging. Galaxy Tab S4 will be available from Thursday onwards in black and grey colours on Samsung Online Shop and leading offline retail stores, the South Korean tech giant said, adding that it will also be available on Amazon from October 20 onwards. Samsung also announced several offers for those who want to buy the flagship tablet. Those with HDFC Bank credit cards will be able to avail an introductory offer that lets consumers get Rs 5,000 cashback on purchase of Galaxy Tab S4. Moreover, Galaxy Tab S4 customers on Jio 4G, would be entitled to get instant cashback of Rs 2,750 on recharging with Rs 198 or Rs 299 plan.They would also get double data benefits on every recharge for the next four recharges,advertisementSamsung India said. –IANSgb/sed
Women in Saudi have started a protest against the mandatory rule of following a certain dress code enforced by the police.Women are posting pictures on social media wearing a body-shrouding robe inside out.About the protestIn the conservative petro-state, it is necessary for the women to wear the conservative all-black garment in public.The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has supported the protest saying it is not a mandatory rule in Islam for women to wear abaya, but no official actions have been taken so far.Dozens of women have posted pictures of flipped robes in a rare protest against the strict dress code. Using the hashtag “inside-out abaya”.The crown prince said that the rule says, women must dress decently and respectfully like men but the colour choice of the abaya can be of their own choice, it is not necessary to wear a black abaya only.Other protests by Saudi women Saudi women also stood for their driving rights in June 2018 and succeed to overturn the world’s only ban on female motorists.For the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia, women were also allowed to participate in Saudi Arabia’s National Day celebrations.Women have also been permitted to enter a sports stadium recently that was supposedly a male-only area. This has visibly increased the number of female participation in workforces.But in tandem with the reforms, the kingdom has seen a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as it steps up a crackdown on dissent.The country also faces criticism over its male guardianship system, which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives.advertisementList of things forbidden for women in Saudi ArabiaAlthough the conservative kingdom has seen many revolutions in the past few months, women are still not allowed to do many things without the permission of men in their family.Applying for a passportTraveling abroadOpening a bank accountGetting elective surgeryLeading prisonGetting married.Also read: Know about Alugue Padamsee, the Advertisement Man of the CenturyRead: Union minister inaugurates the Global Cooling Prize Innovation summit: Know all about the competitionInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar had lauded the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for suspending Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and asking them to return home from Australia where Team India are playing a three-match ODI series.Gavaskar insisted that suspended players shouldn’t be rubbing shoulders with their teammates in the dressing room. The batting great’s comments come after media reports claimed that the India team management was mulling to keep Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul with the team despite the BCCI suspending them until a pending inquiry on Friday.KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were suspended over “inappropriate” comments they had made during their appearance on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.”They [the BCCI] have dealt with it [the controversy]. From what I read in the newspapers today, they have sent them back or asked them to come back. That’s a right way to send a signal,” Gavaskar told Sony Six on Saturday.”If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can’t be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken.”They have been asked to come back and I believe it’s the correct step because you can’t have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise what’s the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team.”advertisementRahul and Pandya are not going to be part of the ongoing three-match ODI series and a BCCI source had also reportedly hinted that the duo may also miss the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand, starting January 23.Rahul and Pandya have been facing severe criticism for their borderline racist and sexist comments. From references to getting distracted by cheerleaders to claiming they had slept with women in their teammates dressing rooms, both the cricketers were seemingly carried away by the nature of the show, which is known for getting celebrities to open up on their personal lives.Pandya had also boasted about his dates and hoookups with multiple women and even shed light on how his parents were “cool” with him seemingly objectifying the opposite gender.Speaking to India Today on Friday, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh came down on Pandya and Rahul, saying the two tried to act “cool” on the television show but ended up making fools out of themselves.”It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan told India Today on Friday.”They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.”He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.”This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”Also Read | Second time in 82 years Indian cricketers sent back from overseas tour over disciplinary reasonsAlso Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended for Koffee With Karan, to return home
Alzarri Joseph is a man of few words but he lets his performance do all the talking for him whenever he has the ball in his hands which is just what he did against Sunrisers Hyderabad as he finished with the best bowling figure in Indian Premier League history on Saturday night.Mumbai Indians had posted 136 for 7 on the board with Kieron Pollard top-scoring with 46 not out off 26 balls and then defended the below-par score by bowling out Sunrisers Hyderabad for 96 in just 17.4 overs.Alzarri Joseph picked up a six-wicket haul to script the 40-run victory for Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad. His figures of 6 for 12 in 3.4 overs is the best-ever by a bowler in the league’s 12-year history.Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir (6 for 14) had held the record for 11 years but it was shattered by Joseph, who ran through the famed Sunrisers batting lineup to hand Mumbai its third win of the season.”It’s a dream start, I don’t think it can get any better than this. I just wanted to stick to my plans,” Joseph told Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma in a chat after the game on iplt20.com.Ro-Hitman in conversation with 6-strikes Alzarri @ImRo45 tries hard to get silent assassin Alzarri Joseph to express his feelings after taking a sensational 6-for on debut for @mipaltan Interview by @28anand #SRHvMIFull interview – https://t.co/5cZBwBlPpA pic.twitter.com/kYXYhUCsWXIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 2019Joseph picked up the wicket of David Warner with his first delivery in IPL in the fifth over and then went on to remove Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul to win the game for Mumbai.advertisementWhen asked about his wicket celebration, or the lack of it, by Rohit he said, “I don’t really celebrate wickets, I celebrate wins. My aim isn’t just to get wickets but it’s to get wins for my team.”The debutant wreaks havoc here in Hyderabad as the @mipaltan win by 40 runs.Alzarri Joseph with the best ever bowling figures in #VIVOIPLScorecard – https://t.co/kzyaotA3mE #SRHvsMI pic.twitter.com/bZECzrjZCEIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2019Mumbai Indians will take on Kings XI Punjab in their next match on April 10. Joseph will come up against his West Indies teammate and KXIP opener Chris Gayle in that match.Rohit asked Joseph about his plans for the Universe Boss and how he plans to get him out. “Just bowl fast,” was Joseph’s answer.Joseph, who had been in fine form in the domestic four-day tournament back in the West Indies, was called up to the Mumbai Indians squad as a replacement for injured New Zealand player Adam Milne. Joseph had replaced Lasith Malinga in the playing XI on Saturday for their away game in Hyderabad, which had been Sunrisers’ fortress in the recent past.His performance on Saturday was hailed by Rohit at the post-match presentation.”Yes, very pleased. Winning the game is obviously a great result. I thought 136 wasn’t a great batting effort, but we bowled in the right areas, kept them guessing all the time and held our nerves.”We were in the game till the last ball which is what we spoke of. It was a sensational bowling effort from Alzarri, to bowl like this in first game. He’s come in on a lot of confidence from the CPL and he’s carrying it here,” Rohit Sharma said after the match.Also Read | Sensational from Alzarri Joseph: Rohit in awe of record-breaking Mumbai Indians pacerAlso Read | Can’t get better than this: Alzarri Joseph after record 6 for 12 on IPL debutAlso Read | SRH vs MI Highlights, IPL 2019: Joseph takes 6 as Mumbai beat Hyderabad by 40 runs
England have not picked uncapped all-rounder Jofra Archer in a preliminary 15-man World Cup squad but have named him in squads for the warm-up games against Pakistan and Ireland.Barbados-born Archer, who shone for Sussex last season and in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20 competition for Hobart Hurricanes, is eligible for national selection under new England and Wales Cricket Board residency rules.The 24-year-old could get a World Cup call-up if he impresses in the warm-up games as changes can be made to the squad until May 23, seven days before their tournament opener against South Africa at The Oval.Joe Denly, whose last ODI appearance came in October 2009, retained his place in the World Cup group as a backup spinning all-rounder.Although he could be among the pool of players, including Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran, who will feel the pressure if Archer performs well over the next few weeks.Archer’s ability to bowl at more than 90 miles per hour and his lower-order power-hitting skills have earned him a number of high-profile admirers, including England regulars Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.”The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer,” national selector Ed Smith said.BREAKING: @englandcricket announce their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/kInGrqpgUxCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 17, 2019England play Ireland in a one-dayer on May 3 before a five-match ODI series and a Twenty20 against Pakistan.”In line with ICC (International Cricket Council regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup before April 23,” Smith added.advertisement”However, all 17 players named in the ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad, finalised at the end of that series.”Fast bowler Chris Jordan, Archer’s Sussex team mate, could also make a comeback to the ODI setup against Pakistan, despite playing his last 50-overs game for England in September 2016.”Chris Jordan, a regular in IT20 squads over the past few years, has continued to develop as a cricketer — as we saw in the IT20s in the West Indies. He fully deserves his return to the ODI squad,” Smith said.”With regard to resting players, we are conscious of managing player workloads leading into such an important summer so that players are in the best possible condition for the World Cup. That was also a factor in the way we have selected these three squads.”England squad for Pakistan ODI series: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Also Read | World Cup 2019 Team India players full list: Virat Kohli to lead 15-man squadAlso Read | David Warner, Steve Smith back in Australia squad for 2019 World CupAlso Read | Bangladesh announce 15-man squad for 2019 World Cup
The Oppo Reno series is set to launch in India today. The company is holding a launch event in New Delhi where it will announce the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition and the regular Oppo Reno smartphones. The new Reno series aims to offer attractive, youth-centric phones at affordable prices. The Oppo Reno phones tout an all-glass design, notchless displays and shark fin pop-up cameras, among other things.Update: Oppo has launched the Reno and Reno 10x Zoom in India. You can read about the pricing, release date and launch offers right here.The Oppo Reno launch in India will be livestreamed on the official Oppo India YouTube channel. The event will kick off at 1pm IST which is when the company will announce the price and release date of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition and Oppo Reno smartphones.Oppo Reno series expected price in IndiaThe Oppo Reno series was first announced in China last month. The flagship phone among the two is the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition as it packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset. This phone has been priced starting at CNY 3,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant and CNY 4,799 for the 8GB + 256GB version. This means the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition could cost somewhere between Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 in India.The regular Oppo Reno gets a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset and a price of CNY 2,999 in China. This suggests the phone could cost around Rs 30,000 in India. The final Indian pricing of the phones will be announced later today.advertisementOppo Reno series specificationsThe Oppo Reno is a Snapdragon 710-powered handset, while the Reno 10X Zoom Edition packs a flagship 2.8GHz Snapdragon 855 processor. The former sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) display, while the latter gets a 6.6-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) screen. Both the phones are notchless AMOLED displays that offer 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio and support in-display fingerprint sensors. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 on the top.The rear panel is also protected by a layer of 3D curved Gorilla Glass 5 to give the devices a premium look. The phones have been launched in China in Jet Black and Ocean Green colours and these options are expected to come to India as well.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition gets a triple camera setup on the back that includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 13MP telephoto sensor. The regular Reno gets a dual camera setup with a 48MP + 5MP configuration, losing out on the telephoto zoom lens.Both the phones offer similar shark fin-like pop-up selfie camera that houses a 16MP selfie sensor. The Oppo Reno packs a 3,765mAh battery, while the flagship model houses a larger 4,065mAh battery, and both the phones support fast charging with VOOC 3.0. They also ship with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.ALSO READ | Oppo K3 launched with full-screen display and SD710: Specs and price
The County Ground Taunton, home of Somerset County Cricket Club, will host three ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 fixtures.The County Ground Taunton is overlooked by the towers of three churches, with the towers of St. Jame’s, St. George’s and St. Mary’s churches rising behind the pavilion and the Quantock Hills overlooking the other fourth end.The County Ground Taunton has been in use since 1882, and staged one game in the 1983 World Cup and two in 1999, including India’s clash with Sri Lanka.Taunton was unveiled as the official home of English women’s cricket team in 2016 and in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, the County Ground Taunton was host to seven fixtures.Opened:1882Capacity: 6500Known as: Athletic Ground, The Cooper Associates County GroundEnds: River End, Old Pavilion EndLocation: Taunton, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -18:00 IST: AFG vs NZ, Match 1315:00 IST: AUS vs PAK, Match 1715:00 IST: WI vs BAN, Match 23STATS – ODITotal matches: 10Matches won batting first: 3Matches won bowling first: 7Average 1st Inns scores: 219Average 2nd Inns scores: 194Highest total recorded: 373/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs SLLowest total recorded:101/10 (40.3 Ov) by SLW vs RSAWHighest score chased: 231/5 (41 Ov) by ZIM vs KenLowest score defended: 269/10 (48.3 Ov) by AUSW vs RSAW
Liverpool ended an incredible season by winning Europe’s biggest prize after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Saturday’s all-English Champions League final, earning sweet redemption after agonisingly missing out on the Premier League title.Liverpool, who missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by one point, did not produce their usual whirlwind attacking game but Salah’s debatable penalty and Origi’s arrowed finish sealed a sixth European Cup triumph.For Liverpool, it was just reward for a campaign, in Europe and at home, that has highlighted why the recruitment of Klopp in 2015 was such a wise move by the American-owned club.Liverpool’s victory was widely celebrated on Twitter.YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE #WEARELIVERPOOL CONGRATULATIONS MEN AND ANYONE THAT HAS ANY AFFILIATION WITH THE CLUB!! @LFCLeBron James (@KingJames) June 1, 2019A moment we’ll never forget.#SixTimespic.twitter.com/7L5Xv1qstWLiverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019This Picture says everything #Liverpool pic.twitter.com/aUOaKPfkivLokesh | #RG19 (@its_me_lokey) June 2, 2019Totally in love #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/ditOnZpHQC#UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 1, 2019At least we can say we lost to this year’s best team. Congrats, @LFCFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) June 1, 2019Congratulations, @LFC, on winning another @ChampionsLeague title. pic.twitter.com/z8vKbhoVn8FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 1, 2019″I am so happy for the boys all these people, and my family. They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody,” Klopp said after his team’s win.”Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? And we have a keeper who makes difficult things look easy. It is the best night of our professional lives.advertisementAlso Read | Champions League glory impossible without Klopp, says HendersonAlso Read | Champions League Final: Liverpool win 6th title after Salah, Origi heroicsAlso See(With inputs from Reuters)
Bangladesh caused the first upset of World Cup 2019 when they defeated South Africa by 21 runs at The Oval on Sunday. Bangladesh are also the first Asian team to win a game in this World Cup.Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan had lost their opening matches to West Indies, New Zealand and Australia respectively. But Bangladesh were determined to showcase much better cricket and piled up 330 for 6 off their 50 overs.SA vs BAN, ICC World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreChasing 331, South Africa, who were without the experienced Hashim Amla, were banking heavily on Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis. But the target was a little too stiff for the Proteas.To be fair to South Africa, they were in the hunt for a while. Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram. Faf du Plessis, David Miller van der Dussen and JP Duminy got starts but they could not convert them into match-winning scores.Pacers Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin picked up five wickets between them as they struck in regular intervals to dent South Africa’s chase.By the time Duminy joined forces with Chris Morris, the asking rate had climbed steeply for South Africa and it was only a matter of time before Bangladesh wrapped up a famous victory.It was a great day for Bangladesh who had posted their highest ODI score hours ago.Earlier in the day, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to field first.On a flat pitch, Bangladesh would go on to produce the highest score of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Andile Phehlukwayo removed Tamim Iqbal for 16 but not before he had added 60 for the opening wicket with Soumya Sarkar.advertisementBangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar for a well-made 42 soon after before two of their greatest cricketers ever took center stage. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 142 for the 3rd wicket and played a range of dazzling shots.Shakib fell to Imran Tahir in his 100th ODI after scoring a fine 75 off 84. Meanwhile. Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 78 to put Bangladesh in a strong position.South Africa had lost the opening game of the 2019 World Cup to hosts and they were under pressure.Mohammad Mithun (21) and Mosaddek Hossain (26) played blazing cameos while Mahmudullah smashed an unbeaten 46 off 33 balls to propel Bangladesh to a daunting 330 for 6.Also Read | Virat Kohli is blessed with a confidence like no one else: Viv RichardsAlso Read | When Sachin Tendulkar’s friend almost lost his World Cup man-of-the-match awardsAlso See:
Novak Djokovic watched his Wimbledon semifinal opponent’s shot hit the net tape, pop in the air and slide over for a winner that tied things at a set apiece.Centre Court spectators stood and cheered, perhaps thinking Roberto Bautista Agut was ready to keep this one tight, after all. Walking to his changeover chair, Djokovic nodded and waved his racket, then his right hand, at the crowd, sarcastically encouraging folks to get louder, as if to say, “Yeah, good for him and good for you. Enjoy it while you can.”Soon enough, the defending champion was bellowing and shaking his fist after putting away an overhead to go up a break in the third set. Moments later, he was ending a 45-stroke baseline exchange the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2006 with a backhand winner to save a break point. Djokovic eventually overcame Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Friday to reach his sixth final at the All England Club.”I had to dig deep,” Djokovic said.In Sunday’s final, he will seek a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th Grand Slam trophy overall when he faces either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.Those two great rivals were scheduled to face each other later Friday in their first meeting at Wimbledon since the epic 2008 final won by Nadal, 9-7 in the fifth set as darkness descended.”Of course I will watch it,” Djokovic said of the day’s second semifinal. “My coaches will probably see the whole match. I’ll definitely see parts of it. I’m a fan of that matchup, as well. Federer-Nadal is one of the most epic rivalries of all time. So it’s fantastic to see them play today.”advertisementThe opening semifinal was played under a cloudy sky and with a breeze that topped 10 mph, occasionally bothering the No. 1-seeded Djokovic.It was his 36th career appearance in the final four at a major tournament and the debut in that round for Bautista Agut, who was seeded 23rd.Even HE didn’t really expect his visit to the All England Club to last this long: The Spaniard was supposed to meet a half-dozen of his buddies on the island of Ibiza this weekend for his bachelor party. Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday.”He was not really overwhelmed, so to say, with the stadium and with the occasion. He played really well,” Djokovic said. “First set, he was still probably managing his nerves and he made some uncharacteristic unforced errors. But later on, at the beginning of the second, he established himself.”After a flat forehand return winner off a 107 mph serve on the very first point, Bautista Agut certainly did lose his way for a bit. Djokovic won 14 of the next 18 points while pulling out to a 3-0 lead and he didn’t need to produce much magic to do so. Just one of those initial 14 points came via his own winner; 10 resulted from Bautista Agut’s unforced errors.But the second set saw a shift. Djokovic stopped his until-then successful tactic of offering some variety and heading to the net when he could. His forehand also became problematic, while Bautista Agut couldn’t seem to miss a shot.Bautista Agut already beat Djokovic twice earlier this season. Could he do it again?No, largely because Djokovic rediscovered his best abilities. He came up bigger in the longest points, eventually holding a 29-17 edge when they lasted at least 10 strokes.Once his volley winner found the net tape and trickled over to cap the third set turnabout was fair play, in this instance, after the way the previous set ended the outcome seemed inevitable. Djokovic broke to lead 2-1 in the fourth, and again for 4-1, then needed a handful of match points to seal the victory.Also See
The biomechanical lab at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has been accredited by the International Cricket Council as a testing centre for suspected illegal bowling actions, becoming the first such facility in Pakistan.The centre joins the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Loughborough University, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and the University of Pretoria as testing centres for players reported in international cricket under the ICC Suspect Illegal Bowling Action Regulation.The facility will be used for biomechanical analysis of players at various levels with the aim of improving their performances and ironing out technical deficiencies.The testing centre will also help the PCB in identifying and fixing illegal bowling actions for players reported in both domestic and international cricket.Lahore becomes ICC-accredited testing centre for suspected illegal bowling actions https://t.co/jgApepLcr0 via @ICC— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) July 25, 2019The facility at the LUMS was assessed against a range of criteria, including having an indoor area large enough to allow a player to bowl off his or her full run-up; a motion analysis system with a minimum of 12 high-speed cameras capable of producing three-dimensional data, and suitably qualified personnel experienced in using such systems and capable of implementing the ICC testing protocol.The ICC has provided a full set of testing equipment and software to the LUMS testing centre, as it has done with the other accredited centres, to allow for a consistent assessment of bowlers across the different facilities worldwide.PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “The accreditation of the biomechanics lab at LUMS is a significant development and it is a step in the right direction in line with PCB’s aim of equipping the board with modern and world-class facilities.advertisement”The facility will help us identify and rectify faulty bowling actions at an early stage. In the past, we didn’t have a testing centre and a number of Pakistan bowlers were called both at the domestic and international level and then had to undergo remodelling of their action, often at a stage where it was tough for them to regain their effectiveness.The lab will also be available to players from around the world and we will work closely with the ICC to make the facility readily available for testing of suspect bowling actions. The facility won’t be restricted for bowling actions only and players at all levels can sort out their technical deficiencies through biomechanical analysis under the supervision of coaches and experts.”ICC’s General Manager Cricket Geoff Allardice, said: “I want to congratulate the Pakistan Cricket Board, which worked in conjunction with LUMS to fulfil the criteria required for an ICC accredited testing centre. This reflects the PCB’s effort and commitment to deal with suspect illegal bowling actions.”The accreditation of the LUMS University as an ICC testing centre means bowlers reported in international cricket and Pakistan’s domestic competitions can be referred to this facility, where they will be tested according to international protocols.”(As issued in a PCB Press release)Also Read | Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni deployed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor ForceAlso Read | Big Bash League introduces 5-team finals series for 2019-20 season