Good win in tough conditions for England: Chris Woakes

first_imgEngland pacer Chris Woakes expressed happiness to play a part in England’s first victory of the India tour, edging past the hosts by five runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Sunday. (Good to be back at Eden Gardens and win a game: Ben Stokes)Woakes bowled the final over of the innings, with India needing 16 runs with two wickets in hand at the Eden Gardens. (3rd ODI: Jadhav’s 75-ball 90 in vain as England clinch Eden thriller)He was blasted for a six and a four in the first two balls of the over. But under tremendous pressure, he kept his composure to restrict India to 316/9, chasing 321/8, to win by a narrow margin.Woakes, who earlier in the day contributed a crucial 34 runs off 19 balls, with four boundaries and a six, dismissed the dangerous Keda Jadhav (90) in the penultimate over of the match to close in on a hard-fought victory. (Kohli picks Jadhav for special praise after ‘series of positives’)Woakes grabbed 2/75 in his 10 overs. He said the conditions were tough, which makes the victory special. (Kohli wants to give more time to out-of-form India openers)”Not ideal I suppose going for a four and a six in the first two balls, but it feels nice to close it off. The lads bowled really good overs before I came on.”Suppose you’re bowling to a guy who hasn’t bowled a ball, you hope he didn’t get a hold of it. It was damp, spikes are full of mud, bit slippery at the crease,” Woakes said after the match.advertisementIt was England’s first ODI win at the Eden Gardens and Woakes acknowledged beating a formidable India side as a difficult proposition.”Tough conditions, good to get the win against a tough Indian side in front of this crowd. It was nice to bowl on the pitch but at the same time you miss your length if you get hit for four,” Woakes said.”It’s something we struggled to do, picking wickets consistently through the middle. Good to close out with a win. My first time here, beautiful ground. We’d have liked to have won the series, but credit to the Indians who have played some really good cricket.”last_img read more


Not playing PlayStation with you: Smriti Mandhana to Harmanpreet Kaur

first_imgMay 22, 2018 was a momentous day for the women cricketers in India and around the world as they all came together for the Women’s T20 challenge ahead of the Indian Premier League Qualifier 1 on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.It was a happy occasion for all the 22 players involved including the 10 foreigners and they cherished their time on a hot day in Mumbai. But it looks like there is a bit of a problem between IPL Trailblazers captain Smriti Mandhana and the IPL Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. The duo are good friends and have played some brilliant innings for India but on Tuesday, Harman did something that Smriti didn’t like at all.Harmanpreet took a brilliant catch to dismiss her opposite number and that didn’t go down too well with Smriti it seems. After the match, the Mumbaikar said that she told Harmanpreet that she won’t play PlayStation with her because of holding on to the catch.”I told Harman 5 minutes back that I am not playing PlayStation with you for 7 days because you picked up the catch,” she joked.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS)To which, Harman said: “I think she’s already a little angry with me for taking that catch (laughs), but she’s a really good batsman and I’m glad I managed to grab that catch.””Smriti is a little weak against the off-spinners so I brought her on and thankfully it came off,” she added.Supernovas rode on a disciplined all-round effort to edge past Trailblazers by three wickets in a last-ball thriller.advertisementAfter restricting the Mandhana-led Trailblazers to a modest 129/6, Supernovas rode on a collective batting effort from the top order to overhaul the target on the last ball of the innings.Needing four runs in the last over, Pooja Vastrakar (2 not out) and Ellyse Perry (13 not out) held their nerves to take Supernovas over the line to win the match by three wickets.The very first one-off Women’s T20 challenge went down to the last over. What an experience this has been at Wankhede. Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 3 wickets. Smiles all around #IPLWomen pic.twitter.com/7WwnxEhAtu IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 22, 2018Speaking about the match, Mandhana said that she didn’t expect the match to go that long but Suzie Bates (New Zealand captain) helped her take decisions and it helped her.”I did not expect to take the match to the last ball but girls did well to take it to the final ball. We were about 10 runs short. Wicket was really slow but 145-150 would have been a good total to defend but in T20 cricket anything can be defended. Suzie helped me a lot in taking the decisions. We were discussing which bowler to bring on,” said the 21-year-old.The winning captain felt that the pitch was not an easy one to bat on, so she asked her batswoman to take less pressure and chase it down with caution.”Surprisingly, this surface was not that easy to bat on. Told the batsmen to not take too much pressure, no need to go for your shots, and go ball by ball. We are focused on our fielding and I think we are improving quite well day by day,” said Harmanpreet.last_img read more



first_imgPolice in South Sioux City have arrested a man suspected in two South Dakota slayings.South Sioux City Police Chief Ed Mahon says the U.S. Marshals Service notified his department around 6:30pm that Manuel Frias was in a South Sioux City home near East 20th and B Streets:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FRIAS1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..not communicate. :09Mahon says the joint Dakota County-South Sioux Police SERT Team deployed to the scene shortly after 9pm:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FRIAS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….into custody. :23Frias was not armed and was taken into custody just before 10 p.m.South Dakota authorities say Frias is wanted in the January 5th shooting deaths of 28-year-old Samuel Crockett and 30-year-old Corey Zephier in Sioux Falls.Frias is in custody in the Dakota County Jail pending extradition to South Dakota.last_img read more