India beat Thailand by 9 wickets in Women’s Asia Cup T20

 

Harmanpreet Kaur was the top scorer with 35 runs © Getty Images (File Photo)
Harmanpreet Kaur was the top scorer with 35 runs © Getty Images (File Photo)

India convincingly beat hosts Thailand by nine wickets, registering their second win in a row in Match 3 of the Women’s Asia Cup T20 at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground, in Bangkok, on Sunday. Skipper and opener Harmanpreet Kaur was the top scorer with 35 runs, while fellow opener Sabbhineni Meghana remained unbeaten on 29.Wicketkeeper-batswoman Sushma Verma remained unbeaten on three, while Thailand’s skipper Sornnarin Tippoch claimed the only wicket that fell in the Indian innings. Harmanpreet was the only batter to be dismissed, with Tippoch returning with the figures of 1 for 17. India are now just a couple of wins away from sealing the final spot from the remaining three games. FULL Cricket Updates, IND vs THA, ACC Women’s Asia Cup T20, Match 3 at Bangkok.

Earlier, minnows Thailand set a small target of just 70 for big guns India in the Match 3. Thailand’s Ratanaporn Padunglerd was the top scorer with 20 runs, while Mansi Joshi claimed a couple of wickets for just eight runs. Previously, Thailand skipper Sornnarin Tippoch won the coin toss and elected to bat first, while the Indian bowlers gave a perfect start to their game, as they claimed the opening couple of wickets in quick succession, carrying the confidence after they beat Bangladesh in the opening game on Saturday.

Thailand finished on a mere total of 69 for the loss of 5 wickets, thus setting India a mere target of just 70 runs to wrap the game up.
Brief scores:
Thailand Women 69 for 5 in 20 overs (Ratanaporn Padunglerd 20; Mansi Joshi 2 for 8) vs India Women 70 for 1 in 11.1 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 35, Sabbhineni Meghana 29*; Sornnarin Tippoch 1 for 17) by 9 wickets.
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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)

Source: http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-beat-thailand-by-9-wickets-in-womens-asia-cup-t20-551321

PV Sindhu wins maiden China Open Super Series title

PV Sindhu. (Getty Images)
PV Sindhu. (Getty Images)

FUZHOU: Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China in the final of the $700,000 China Open badminton tournament on Sunday.

Sindhu, who became the toast of the country after becoming the first Indian women to win a silver at Rio Games, continued her rampaging run as she lifted the prestigious title after beating Sun 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in the summit clash that lasted an hour and nine minutes.

World No. 11 Sindhu had come into the match with a 2-3 head-to-head record but then statistics counted little when she took the court at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center.

Sindhu dished out a dominating game as she zoomed to a healthy 11-5 lead early on. The Indian looked sharp and athletic as she engaged in a fast-paced game to bamboozle her opponent.

Eventually it was a cross court return which earned Sindhu a massive 12 game points at 20-8. A couple of smashes on Sindhu’s forehand and backhand and a drop going to the net helped Sun save three points. But Sindhu sealed the opening encounter after dominating a parallel game and finishing it with a return that hit Sun’s face.

In the second game, Sindhu had a slender 6-3 lead which she extended to 11-7 and 14-10. But Sun soon broke the rhythm by mixing her strokes and coming up with steep and powerful body smashes to catch up with the Indian at 14-14.

A sharp smash and a superb return on Sindhu’s backhand helped Sun grab a 18-16 lead which became 19-16 after the Indian lost a video referral. At 20-16, Sun hit the nets but she roared back into contest when Sindhu’s stretched low return at the forecourt could not cross the net.

Back to her winning side of the court, Sindhu once again started with new exuberance as the duo locked themselves in a battle of supremacy. As a result service changed hands too quickly as they moved together till 6-6.

But Sindhu moved ahead with a couple of powerpacked returns which Sun failed to negotiate. The Chinese also faltered with a lift and also hit wide as Sindhu reached 10-6. A few errors helped Sun make it 8-10 before Sindhu entered the interval with a 11-8 advantage.

Sindhu continued to extend her lead even as Sun tried to vary the pace of the rallies but her errors continued to pile up as the Indian was soon 19-11 up. Sindhu then grabbed the match point when Sun let go of the shuttle as it kissed the back line and then the Indian pushed the shuttle at the back, leaving the Chinese stranded before letting out a joyous scream.

Saina Nehwal had clinched the China Open in 2014 before finishing runners-up last year.

Sindhu had reached her maiden Super Series final at the Denmark Open last year but the title eluded her then as she lost in straight games to 2012 Olympic champion China’s Li Xuerei.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/badminton/PV-Sindhu-wins-maiden-China-Open-Super-Series-title/articleshow/55523516.cms?utm_source=toimobile&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=referral

Virat Kohli hits maiden double century, in any format and at any level

Before this knock, Virat Kohli had not scored a double hundred, in any format and at any level.

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Virat Kohli hits his maiden double hundred in the first Test against West Indies on Friday. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli added another record against his name as he hit his maiden double hundred, in any format and at any level. Before this knock, Kohli was yet to score a 200, even at the first class level. The effort set Twitter on fire as former cricketers and experts lavished praise on India’s Test skipper.

Prior to this, Kohli’s top score first class had been 197 against Pakistan based Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) in the Nissar Trophy – a tournament played for three seasons between India and Pakistan domestic winners. That match in 2008 had the likes of Aakash Chopra, Virendra Sehwag, Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma playing for the Delhi team. The SNGPL side, on the other hand, had familiar names in Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Misbah-Ul-Haq.

When Kohli crossed the 150-run barrier with a boundary, he became the highest scoring Indian captain in West Indies going past the previous mark of Rahul Dravid.

Here’s a look at the top reactions:

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/virat-kohli-hits-his-maiden-double-century-in-any-format-and-at-any-level-2930288/

Undefeated Indian beats Kerry Hope to win Asia Pacific super middleweight title

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Welcome to our live coverage of WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title fight between undefeated Indian boxer Vijender Singh and experienced Aussie Kerry Hope.

And the result, by unanimous decision, with scores of 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 from three judges, in favour of Vijender Singh.

Round 10/10: Hope started the final round strongly, even as Vijender tried to fend off using his longer reach. And at times, both the boxers were looking for that decisive blow to settle the fight.

The final moments, however, brought plenty of throws from either side. Seconds away from the final gong, Vijender landed a couple of lucky right blows.

Round 9/10: Hope started the penultimate round on a strong note. And Vijender, smart and wiser, waited for the right moment and landed a huge right.

Hope responded with an equally menacing blow to Vijender. The duo continued exchanging body blows. Scrappy end the the round and both the boxers aimed and missed, aimed and missed.

Round 8/10: Vijender continued to press hard but not certainly landing his blows. Tired and exhausted, both the boxers resorted to hugging and wrestler.

Then, in the last minute, Vijender increased tempo, landing couple of blows. But Hope got his fight back in the last moment. Now, it’s about lasting.

Round 7/10: Another left-right combination from the Indian to start the round seven. Hope then suffered a body blow. Few more blows to the body, and Vijender gained hand going into the wrestle mode.

Hope, charging with his head down, landed a left jab. But a big right handed blow to standing Hope. The Aussie then began closing the distance.

The round ended with an exchange of body blows.

Round 6/10: Hope started with two hits on the back of Vijender’s head. The Indian responded with a straight jab, and seemed to have landed couple more.

Two quick hits on the face from the Indian, then the two boxers resorted to wrestling. Hope than landed a right blow, only to see himself getting two back to back combinations from Vijender. Huge moment in the bought.

Brilliant round from Vijender.

Round 5/10: What a start from Vijender. Huge body blow then point-earning shots in to Hope’s head. After few exchanges, Vijender managed to land another blow in body.

Towards the end, both the boxers exchanged huge body blows. Both the boxers have suffered cuts.

Round 4/10: Vijender started the fourth round sprightly, and landed couple of combinations, and in the corner Hope wrestled down the Indian.

Wild swings followed, very unlike for pros. And Hope continued to duck. Good skill. And out of nowhere, cornered Hope landed a beauty of a left.

And even round.

Round 3/10: It the first two rounds were about Vijender Singh attacking, then the third round started with the Indian boxer defending. But as the round progressed, Vijender opened up with some meaty blows. For Hope, it was all attack, attack. He’s truly the aggressor.

Towards the end of the round, a sleek left jab caught Hope in the head. But the Indian showed glimpses of disappointment as the bell rang to a close.

For it’s part, the gathering in Delhi has been euphoric so far. Cheering!

Round 2/10: Good start from Vijender with quick left jabs, then a brief stoppage as referee inspected Vijender’s gloves for sticker. Bout resumed with Vijender slipping and on his knees. No harms done though.

It was followed by a huge left hook on the ducking Hope, and the Aussie found himself unsettled even as Vijender jostled with confidence.

Another clean hit from Vijender and Hope resorted to face saving jumps. Another good round for the Indian.

Round 1/10: Cautious start from both the boxers, even though Hope seemed to have made some ground with couple of first throws. Vijender’s greater reach came to good use in the opening round, keeping his opponent at bay. Nice end to Vijender, with a couple of big body blows – a tactics both the boxers employed.


WATCH: Former Haryana police-woman takes on a wrestling champion in her salwar-kameez

Never underestimate the power of a Punjabi woman!

Clad in an orange salwar-kameez, this Punjabi woman knocks down a professional wrestler with a lot of panache.

She accepts an open challenge by the wrestler who looks very intimidating and then beats her royally at it. The event was held by Continental Wrestling Entertainment, a training school launched by the The Great Khali.

The wrestler Bull Bull (nothing funny here) took the first shot and the woman, a former Haryana police officer, can be seen thrown off to a corner. But then she gets up and knocks down the wrestler, who has to be rescued by four men in the end.

Here retaliation is savage and will definitely blow your mind.

WATCH: Former Haryana police-woman takes on a wrestling champion in her salwar-kameez http://indothaitrade.com/watch-former-haryana-police-woman-takes-wrestling-champion-salwar-kameez/

Posted by Kumar Raj on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest of All Time’, Dead at 74

A look back on the life of ‘The Greatest’: The Kentucky boy named Cassius Clay who died Muhammad Ali – the greatest sportsman of a generation

  • Muhammad Ali has died aged 74 at a hospital outside Phoenix, Arizona
  • First as Cassius Clay and then as Muhammad Ali, he was idolized and vilified in almost equal measure 
  • Named Sportsman of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated magazine and Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC
  • He battled Parkinson’s Disease for 32 years and died with his family at his bedside  

Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.

Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.

Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics or controversy, releasing a statement in December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.

The remark bookended the life of a man who burst into the national consciousness in the early 1960s, when as a young heavyweight champion he converted to Islam and refused to serve in the Vietnam War, and became an emblem of strength, eloquence, conscience and courage. Ali was an anti-establishment showman who transcended borders and barriers, race and religion. His fights against other men became spectacles, but he embodied much greater battles.

Born Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to middle-class parents, Ali started boxing when he was 12, winning Golden Gloves titles before heading to the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight.

He turned professional shortly afterward, supported at first by Louisville business owners who guaranteed him an unprecedented 50-50 split in earnings. His knack for talking up his own talents — often in verse — earned him the dismissive nickname “the Louisville Lip,” but he backed up his talk with action, relocating to Miami to train with the legendary trainer Angelo Dundee and build a case for getting a shot at the heavyweight title.

Muhammad Ali, right, attacks Alex Mitoff in the sixth round in which Ali clobbered the Argentinean to the canvas, on Oct. 7, 1961 in Louisville, Ky. H.B. Littell / AP, file
Muhammad Ali, right, attacks Alex Mitoff in the sixth round in which Ali clobbered the Argentinean to the canvas, on Oct. 7, 1961 in Louisville, Ky. H.B. Littell / AP, file

 

As his profile rose, Ali acted out against American racism. After he was refused services at a soda fountain counter, he said, he threw his Olympic gold medal into a river.

Recoiling from the sport’s tightly knit community of agents and promoters, Ali found guidance instead from the Nation of Islam, an American Muslim sect that advocated racial separation and rejected the pacifism of most civil rights activism. Inspired by Malcolm X, one of the group’s leaders, he converted in 1963. But he kept his new faith a secret until the crown was safely in hand.

 

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/muhammad-ali-greatest-all-time-dead-74-n584776

Sunrisers choke RCB chase to seal first title

Sunrisers Hyderabad 208 for 7 (Warner 69, Cutting 39*, Jordan 3-45) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 200 for 7 (Gayle 76, Kohli 54, Cutting 2-35) by eight runs

Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate the win during the final of the Vivo IPL 2016 ( Indian Premier League ) between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India,  on the 29th May 2016 Photo by Deepak Malik / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate the win during the final of the Vivo IPL 2016 ( Indian Premier League ) between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, on the 29th May 2016
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In their first IPL final, Sunrisers Hyderabad showed their intent early by opting to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at a venue where tall scores have been chased down nonchalantly.David Warner, their captain, top-scored with a 38-ball 69, before Ben Cutting finished the innings with an unbeaten 15-ball 39 to help them post 208 for 7. Eventually, however, it was Sunrisers’ bowling attack, the best in the tournament, that delivered their maiden IPL title with an eight-run win at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Royal Challengers had passed 200 three times previously at home this season and there was no reason why they could not do so again on Sunday, except the pressure of chasing in a final. It did not affect Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, though, as the opening pair wiped out 114 in 10.3 overs. Gayle alone contributed 76, with four fours and eight sixes. Sunrisers’ attack was under pressure, but they clinically applied the brakes after Gayle’s wicket.

Even with Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers dismissed, 47 off 24 balls was still within reach. Shane Watson, Stuart Binny and Sachin Baby had to contend with two threats. One was Mustafizur Rahman’s cutters, delivered with unfailing accuracy after a rough second over in which Kohli took him apart. The reward for his persistence was the wicket of Watson, who miscued a slog to cover. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then delivered four successive yorkers in the 18th over, leaving the hosts 30 to get off the last two overs. Then, with 18 to defend off the final over, he once again held his composure.

Shane Watson had a rare off day with the ball. He fed the batsmen an assortment of hittable deliveries – short, wide and full – to concede 61 off four wicketless overs, including 24 in his last over, the 20th of the Sunrisers innings.

Royal Challengers, however, had their batting guns. With only one fifty in nine innings leading up to the final, there were question marks over Gayle, but he was unperturbed, launching Barinder Sran for three sixes in his first two overs and lifting Royal Challengers to 42 for 0 after four.

Gayle brought up his half-century with another six, off Moises Henriques at the start of the seventh over, getting there in 25 balls. His rate of scoring gave Kohli the space to overcome a patchy start that brought him only one four in his first 18 balls, that too off a thick outside edge. Then an inside-out hit over the infield nearly carried to a diving Warner at long-off. Gayle finished that over, bowled by Henriques, with two sixes and a four raised Royal Challengers’ 100 in nine overs.

Warner brought back Mustafizur in the 10th over, and Kohli finally got going, squeezing him past cover for four and then lofting him over the long-off boundary. With the asking rate under control, Gayle tactfully rotated the strike. Royal Challengers were cruising.

Then came the turbulence: Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers fell in the space of 20 balls, and Royal Challengers slipped to 148 for 3. They needed 61 off 37 and they needed Watson to make up for his lapses with the ball. He swatted Henriques for six over long-on, but his dismissal in the 17th over, immediately following that of KL Rahul, left Royal Challengers with too much to do in too little time.

The platform for Sunrisers’ win was set by Warner. With Kohli employing a deep point to block his cut, the Sunrisers captain brought out the straight lofted hits. When the ball was not in his half, he was happy to back away to open up the off side or carve the ball behind square. The result was eight fours and three sixes for his ninth fifty of the tournament, which he ended as its second-highest run-getter.

Yuzvendra Chahal bowled more floaters than legspinners to Warner, but they skidded on and ended up giving the batsman hitting room. Warner used that room to cut him for two fours in the ninth over to bring up his fifty off only 24 balls, equalling the record for the fastest half-century in an IPL final. As his innings progressed, he was not afraid to walk across the stumps, and use the depth of the crease to get underneath full deliveries.

Yuvraj Singh, who came in at 97 for 2 in the 10th over, sustained Sunrisers’ momentum. He got going with a punchy off-drive off Watson, and then flicked Chris Jordan for six behind square. The swagger and the the free-flowing bat swing were back. With four fours and two sixes, he raced to 38 and before he fell to Jordan’s slower ball. Yuvraj’s dismissal came in the 17th over, soon after those of Warner and Deepak Hooda. At 148 for 5, it looked like Royal Challengers could reel back Sunrisers in the slog.

Cutting ensured that wouldn’t happen. He stayed deep in the crease, shortening the length of attempted yorkers, and clobbered the low full-tosses and half-volleys. Batting on 16 off 10 at the start of the final over, he hit Watson for 4, 6, 6 and 1 before coming back on strike for the final ball of the over, which he launched high over long-off. That over went for 24 and proved match-turning: playing their third final, Royal Challengers lost for the third time.

Royal Challengers Bangalore players arrives to pitch during the final of the Vivo IPL 2016 ( Indian Premier League ) between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India,  on the 29th May 2016 Photo by Deepak Malik / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore players arrives to pitch during the final of the Vivo IPL 2016 ( Indian Premier League ) between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, on the 29th May 2016
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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli (L) and his teammates acknowledge supporters after losing against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli (L) and his teammates acknowledge supporters after losing against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / GETTYOUT
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Ben Cutting (R) celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman K L Rahul during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.  / GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Ben Cutting (R) celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman K L Rahul during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (L) tries to run out Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Sachin Baby (R)during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (L) tries to run out Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Sachin Baby (R)during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / GETTYOUT
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner (2nd R) celebrates his team's victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner (2nd R) celebrates his team’s victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / GETTYOUT
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli bends down with disappointment in the players dug out after being bowled out during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli bends down with disappointment in the players dug out after being bowled out during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli looks on as he is bowled out during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.  / GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli looks on as he is bowled out during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli raises his bat after scoring 50 runs during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.  / GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli raises his bat after scoring 50 runs during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the dismissal of Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle (L) while partner and captain Virat Kohli (R) looks on during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the dismissal of Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle (L) while partner and captain Virat Kohli (R) looks on during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / GETTYOUT / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli plays a shot during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016./ GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli plays a shot during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016./ GETTYOUT / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli runs between the wickets during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016./ GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and batsman Virat Kohli runs between the wickets during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016./ GETTYOUT / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle plays a shot during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.  / GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle plays a shot during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016.
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The Commentators during the final of the Vivo IPL 2016 (Indian Premier League) between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India,  on the 29th May 2016 Photo by Shaun Roy/ IPL/ SPORTZPICS
The Commentators during the final of the Vivo IPL 2016 (Indian Premier League) between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, on the 29th May 2016
Photo by Shaun Roy/ IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Ben Cutting celebrate the completion of their 20 over innings during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Ben Cutting celebrate the completion of their 20 over innings during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / GETTYOUT / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain and batsman David Warner raises his bat after scoring a half century (50 runs) during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / GETTYOUT / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain and batsman David Warner raises his bat after scoring a half century (50 runs) during the final Twenty20 cricket match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29, 2016. / GETTYOUT / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRANIPL

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

PR STUDENTS OF ASSUMPTION UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES

Bangkok, April 30, 2016 – Students of Public Relations Department, Albert Laurence School of Communication Arts, Assumption University of Thailand launches the mini marathon “RUN FOR PAWS” at Suan Luang Rama 9 Park on April 30, 2016.

By holding this mini marathon, Public Relations students of Assumption University aim to encourage people to support the Home for Handicapped Animals Foundation – the non-profit organization which takes care of disabled animals, helping to improve and provide abused and abandoned animals there a better living condition by donating towels which can be used to cover their bodies and make them feel warm. They also devote to raise awareness for the foundation, and to change people’s perception towards disabled animals. “Since it has become a focused issue nowadays, we would like to try our best to make people pay more attention to the animal welfare and help these adorable but poor animals.” Sugandha Bhandari, the leader of student workshop group says.

Runners start their “RUN FOR PAWS” mini marathon.
Runners start their “RUN FOR PAWS” mini marathon.

Within two distance choices five kilometers and 10 kilometers, 320 participants are involved to run from 5:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M., and every of them gets a medal as participation souvenir and those whose performance are outstanding as winners are awarded special trophies.

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Participated runners take photos with their medals.
Winners take photo after award ceremony.
Winners take photo after award ceremony.

The Albert Laurence School of Communication Arts, Assumption University of Thailand, thrives to train their students in Public Relations campaign based on the planned strategic direction regarding Public Relations program management, implementation and evaluation, in order to broaden their students’ knowledge with practical experiences and prepare them for a better after-graduation life.
Since 1969, Assumption University of Thailand has been yielding education to both Thai and
International students. The university was administered by the Brother of Sr. Gabriel and follows three AU identities, which are Ethics, English Proficiency and Entrepreneurial Spirit.
Home for Handicapped Animals Foundation, founded by Khun Phimkun Olansirarot during 1981/2524, located at Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand, is a non-profit animal welfare organization, caring for sick, injured, handicapped and abandoned animals. The organization aims to take care and give treats to ill and injured animals that are in need of help to provide them a better living condition.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Sugandha Bhandari

Public Relations Student

081-804-6808

Suhani95bhandari@gmail.com

WI grab title after Brathwaite 6, 6, 6, 6

during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India.
during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India.

West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Brathwaite 34*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by four wickets

Write off West Indies cricket at your peril. Less than four months in, 2016 is already a year of great celebration and renewal for cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies won the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies won the Women’s World T20. And now West Indies have won the World T20. In doing so, Darren Sammy’s men have become the first team to win two World T20 tournaments, having also triumphed in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Those are the facts. The how is all the more extraordinary. Set 156 to beat England and win the championship, West Indies found themselves needing 19 off the last over, to be bowled by Ben Stokes. Marlon Samuels, who had steered the chase, was on 85. But he was at the wrong end. This was all down to Carlos Brathwaite, the allrounder who emerged on the Test tour of Australia just a few months ago.

Six. Six. Six. Six. Job done with two balls to spare. The first one was a poor ball from Stokes, down leg, clubbed over deep backward square. Then a length ball slammed down the ground over long-on. Then over long-off. One run needed. Push a single? Why bother when you have the power, like Brathwaite, to crunch another six over the leg side. The West Indies players streamed onto the field in jubilation. They had not only done it. They had done it in style.

And all this from a team that, in the weeks before this tournament, was stuck in another pay dispute with their board. But that is for another day. This day was about what happened on the field, and West Indies dominated the first over of the match and the last over of the match. England, along the way, had their own ups and downs, but by taking wickets throughout the chase gave themselves a strong chance of claiming their second World T20 title.

But if Brathwaite destroyed them at the end, Samuels was the one who chipped away at them through most of the innings. Samuels walked to the crease in the second over of the chase, when England had surprised West Indies by using Joe Root with the new ball, and he duly claimed Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle in his first over. Samuels had a mountain of work to do, and he did it, just as he had in 2012.

Samuels is an enigmatic cricketer, one who seems to spend long periods in hibernation. During those times he looks like a Don’t Care Bear. But when he awakes, he is capable of anything, as he showed during the World T20 final in 2012, when his 78 from 56 balls set up the West Indies victory over Sri Lanka. Here when he came out of his hibernation, he was a Kung Fu Panda, clubbing England’s bowlers and kicking them into the dust.

And he did it with limited support. England’s bowling was good. David Willey picked up 3 for 20, Liam Plunkett was hard to get away, Adil Rashid cost less than six an over. Dwayne Bravo managed 25 off 27 balls but besides him, Samuels and Brathwaite were the only ones to reach double figures. Brathwaite’s final score was 34 from 10 balls, not out. Notably, Root did not bowl an over after taking 2 for 9 in his first.

West Indies found themselves needing 45 off the last four overs, then 38 off the last three, and 27 off the last two. But Eoin Morgan had left himself with Stokes and Root as his only bowling options, and Stokes could not hit the mark. Chasing had again proved successful for West Indies, who did not lose a toss in this tournament and bowled first every time.

You could sense the relief for Darren Sammy, then, when he won the toss for the 10th successive time in T20 internationals, and sent England in. Ball one, Samuel Badree skidded it past the bat of Jason Roy, who was struck on the pad. Not out, sliding down leg. Ball two, Badree skidded it past the bat of Roy and onto the stumps. Roy had starred with 78 in England’s semi-final win over New Zealand, but this was going to be a rather different sort of innings.

When Alex Hales flicked Andre Russell to short fine leg in the next over, it felt like an anti-climax was brewing. So too when Morgan, perplexed by Badree’s wrong’un, edged to Gayle at slip to leave the total at 23 for 3 in the fifth over. But Badree bowled out, his figures of 2 for 16 impressive, and suddenly it was more of a contest.

Root was outstanding in the face of wickets falling around him. He struck seven boundaries and all were from classy, traditional cricket strokes, mostly along the ground, through the gaps. When eventually he innovated, he immolated. On 54 from 36, he fell when he tried to paddle Brathwaite over short fine leg, but in that position Sulieman Benn dived forward to take a sharp catch low to the ground.

West Indies’ fielding was universally outstanding. No catches were dropped, and some of those taken were far from straightforward. Badree, Brathwaite and Russell were all hard to get away. Bravo found three wickets, including those of Stokes and Moeen Ali in the space of three balls. But the fifth bowler – a combination of Benn and Sammy – leaked heavily.

Benn’s three overs cost 40 runs and Jos Buttler clubbed him for a pair of consecutive sixes in his 36 off 22 balls, and Sammy bowled just one over for 14. Sammy finds himself in the strange position of having captained West Indies to one of their greatest triumphs in recent years, but in doing so having almost done himself out of a job. He made only eight runs in this tournament and bowled three overs for 31 runs. In three games he neither batted nor bowled.

But frankly, who cares? Sammy is a dual World T20-winning captain. His men have done what no others in cricket have done. And they have given the Caribbean region a hat-trick of triumphs in 2016. What a year for West Indies.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

Brathwaite sixes take WI to thrilling title win

West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by 4 wickets

Write off West Indies cricket at your peril. Less than four months in, 2016 is already a year of great celebration and renewal for cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies won the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies won the Women’s World T20. And now West Indies have won the World T20. Those are the facts. The how is all the more extraordinary. Needing 19 off the last over against England, Carlos Brathwaite clubbed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to secure the win with two balls to spare.

Full report to follow

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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