New Delhi: When one takes about consecutive sixes in Twenty20 Internationals, Yuvraj Singh’s decimation of Stuart Broad in the 2007 World T20 clash in Durban comes to light. Yuvraj smashed six sixes in one over bowled by Broad and it was the third instance in cricket where this feat was achieved. However, in the game between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Saturday, a unique event was witnessed in which seven balls witnessed seven consecutive sixes. Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah had started building a partnership and Tendai Chatara was bowling the 17th over. Aftr the first two balls went for singles, the third ball was a short ball from Chatara and Nabi dispatched it over deep square leg for the first six. The fourth ball was full but Nabi punched a flat six straight down the ground. The fifth ball completed the hat-trick of sixes as Nabi thumped a full toss over deep midwicket for a six. The sixth ball witnessed the fourth six in the over and Nabi thumped the delivery inside out over extra cover. Having seen Nabi hit four consecutive sixes, it was the turn of Najibullah to get going and he decided to target Neville Madziva. The bowler bowled the first delivery short and Najibullah pummelled the pull shot to deep square leg. The second delivery resulted in the sixth consecutive six as Najibullah swatted a short ball to deep square leg for yet anither six. The seventh consecutive six was completed in the third ball as Najibullah scooped a full toss over fine leg for a six. The carnage ended when the batsman sliced a full and wide ball to deep backward point for a boundary and he notched up his fifty off 22 balls. Also Read | WATCH: Clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match in LeedsThe partnership between Najibullah and Nabi resulted in 107 runs in just 40 balls as Afghanistan notched up 197/5. In response, Zimbabwe never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Brendan Taylor smashed a quick 27 off 16 balls while Regis Chakabva managed 42 off 22 balls but Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan captain was the star as they notched up a 41-run win.Also Read | I don’t play for ACB or Gulbadin Naib, I play for Afghanistan: Rashid KhanThis was Zimbabwe’s second loss in the tri-series, having earlier lost in the final over to Bangladesh but this was also their eighth consecutive loss against Afghanistan, making it their wost losing streak against an opposition. This was also their 11th straight win in the Twenty20 International format, having begun the streak during the Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe in the United Arab Emirates in 2018.Afghanistan will next take on Bangladesh in the next match on September 15 and this will be the last match in Mirpur before a three-day break for the next round of matches will take place at the Zahue Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chattogram. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
New Delhi: Cricket has been in the news recently regarding mental health issues affecting elite-level athletes. Glenn Maxwell decided to take a break from cricket after suffering from mental health issues followed by Nic Maddinson, who opted to take a break during the Australia A match against Pakistan. In previous instances, England players like Steve Harmison, Marcus Trescothick and Graeme Fowler have dealt with depression. The factor of mental health issues has not been a topic of discussion among India’s elite athletes, despite the fact that the country tops the list when it comes to rates of depression.Speaking about the issue of mental health, Kohli admitted that he could not have told how great he felt mentally following his low point which was the 2014 tour of England in which he averaged just 13.4. “To be honest, I couldn’t have said that I am not feeling great mentally and I need to get away from the game. Because you never know how that’s taken. I have gone through a phase in my career where I had felt that it was the end of the world. I just didn’t know what do and what to say to anyone, How to speak, how to communicate,” Kohli said.The Indian cricket team skipper hailed Maxwell and said he has set the right path when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. The Indian captain feels that these issues need to be discussed for a better understanding of what one is going through at a personal level. Kohli, who has played a lot of cricket against Maxwell at the IPL and international level, said he can understand that things must have reached a tipping point for the Australian.”You know when you get to the international stage, every player that’s in the squad needs that communication – that ability to speak out. I think what Glenn has done is remarkable. Not to say that you give up but just to gain more clarity, you tend to take a bit more space which, in my opinion, is quite acceptable and quite a nice thing to do when you are not able to carry on anymore. I think these things should be respected and not taken in a negative way at all. It’s just not having the capacity to deal with things which can happen to any person to any walk of life. I think it should be taken in a very positive way,” Kohli said.Also Read | India Eye Continued Dominance Vs Bangladesh Ahead Of Indore TestThe Indian cricket team will take on Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore and it will be part of the ICC World Test Championships. The second Test will be a historic Day-Night Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This will be the first time India and Bangladesh will play with the Pink Ball. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
February 12, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Tyler Hooker is putting up 13.3 points and four rebounds to lead the way for the Owls. Bryson Lockley has paired with Hooker and is accounting for 7.9 points and five rebounds per game. The Eagles have been led by Caleb Catto, who is averaging 12.2 points and four rebounds.CLAMPING DOWN: The Eagles have given up just 64 points per game to Atlantic Sun opponents thus far, an improvement from the 71 per game they gave up in non-conference play.CLUTCH CALEB: Catto has connected on 34.5 percent of the 142 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 13 of 35 over the last five games. He’s also converted 80.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Florida Gulf Coast is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 7-5 when scoring at least 62.COLD SPELL: Kennesaw State has lost its last six home games, scoring an average of 61.5 points while giving up 74.8.DID YOU KNOW: Florida Gulf Coast is ranked second among Atlantic Sun teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 29.1 percent. The Eagles have averaged 10.2 offensive boards per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida Gulf Coast (7-19, 4-7) vs. Kennesaw State (1-22, 0-10)KSU Convocation Center, Kennesaw, Georgia; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Florida Gulf Coast looks for its seventh straight win over Kennesaw State at KSU Convocation Center. Kennesaw State’s last win at home against the Eagles came on Jan. 30, 2010. Associated Press FGCU looks for road win vs Kennesaw St. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
LEADING THE CHARGE: Marcus Sheffield II has averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds to lead the way for the Phoenix. Hunter Woods is also a key contributor, accounting for 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Dragons have been led by James Butler, who is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points and 11.7 rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Sheffield has either made or assisted on 57 percent of all Elon field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 24 field goals and 12 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Drexel has lost its last four road games, scoring 63.8 points, while allowing 78.5 per game.ASSIST RATIOS: The Phoenix have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Dragons. Elon has 37 assists on 63 field goals (58.7 percent) across its past three outings while Drexel has assists on 46 of 80 field goals (57.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Elon has made 10 3-pointers per game as a collective unit this year, which is most among CAA teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDrexel (13-13, 6-7) vs. Elon (9-18, 5-9)Schar Center, Elon, North Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Elon seeks revenge on Drexel after dropping the first matchup in Philadelphia. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 16, when the Dragons outshot Elon from the field 45.1 percent to 31 percent and made 14 more foul shots en route to a 22-point victory. Elon seeks revenge on Drexel ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press February 14, 2020
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Gerard Andrus scored 24 points with 15 rebounds and Prairie View A&M beat Mississippi Valley State 88-69 on Monday night to remain atop Southwestern Athletic Conference standings.Devonte Patters scored 17 points with seven assists for the Panthers (16-11, 12-2), who have won six straight. Chancellor Ellis scored 14 points and Dewayne Cox had 10. Faite Williams made a career-high 10 assists and scored nine points.Caleb Hunter scored 16 points and Michael Green had 12 for the Delta Devils (2-25, 2-13), who have lost four straight. Torico Simmons had 11 points and Jordan Lyons had 10. February 24, 2020 Prairie View beats Mississippi Valley St. 88-69 Associated Press The Panthers improve to 2-0 against the Delta Devils on the season. Prairie View defeated Mississippi Valley State 102-83 on Jan. 27. Prairie View plays Alabama State at home on Saturday. Mississippi Valley State takes on Jackson State on the road on Saturday.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___ March 12, 2020 10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt. The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease. The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday. Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:25 a.m. Associated Press The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___ ___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said. 10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___ The Latest: Bandy world championships postponed
(REUTERS)-Dean Elgar failed to join a select group of South Africa batsman while New Zealand took three late wickets to leave the first Test at University Oval delicately poised at the end of the fourth day on Saturday.South Africa were 224 for six at the close of play in a chilly Dunedin with a lead of 191 runs entering the final day on a pitch that is turning but offering little assistance for the pace bowlers and is proving difficult to score from.Captain Faf du Plessis was on 56 at the close of play, with Vernon Philander on one after New Zealand had taken three wickets after tea, including Elgar, who was dropped twice and overturned a caught behind decision during his innings.The 29-year-old had been seeking to become the sixth South Africa batsman to score a century in both innings of a test but fell short when he was caught by Kane Williamson for 89 from offspinner Jeetan Patel. He scored 140 in the first innings.Temba Bavuma was then bowled by Mitchell Santner for six and Quinton de Kock also bowled by Patel for four in gloomy conditions, with players leaving the field with nine overs remaining.South Africa had begun the day with a five-run lead and nine wickets in hand and with rain forecast for the final day on Sunday, the hosts needed to make the most of their opportunities to try to dismiss the visitors cheaply.New Zealand, however, only had themselves to blame for not being in a better position having dropped Elgar twice and JP Duminy once.The hosts were also further hampered with opening bowler Trent Boult trudging off the field from midway through the middle session with a groin strain.It is also debatable whether batsman Ross Taylor would bat in the second innings after he suffered a torn calf muscle in the first.South Africa lost just two wickets in the first two sessions when Duminy was trapped in front by Neil Wagner for 39 after lunch, while Hashim Amla was dismissed for 24 early in a disrupted first session.Play had been due to begin 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled start of 1100 (2200 GMT) after a fire alarm in the main stand forced the evacuation of the entire venue and held up play for about 30 minutes on Friday. SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 308 (D. Elgar 140, T. Bavuma 64, F. du Plessis 52; T. Boult 4-64)New Zealand 1st innings 341 (K. Williamson 130, J. Raval 52, B. Watling 50; K. Maharaj 5-94)South Africa 2nd innings (Overnight: 38-1)S. Cook c Watling b Boult 0D. Elgar c Williamson b Patel 89H. Amla c sub b Wagner 24J. Duminy lbw b Wagner 39F. du Plessis not out 56T. Bavuma b Santner 6Q. de Kock b Patel 4V. Philander not out 1Extras (b-1 lb-3 w-1) 5Total (for 6 wickets, 102 overs) 224Fall of wickets: 1-0 S. Cook,2-39 H. Amla,3-113 J. Duminy,4-193 D. Elgar,5-206 T. Bavuma,6-218 Q. de KockTo bat: K. Maharaj, M. Morkel, K. RabadaBowling: T. Boult 15 – 4 – 34 – 1, N. Wagner 27 – 7 – 57 – 2(w-1)M. Santner 19 – 6 – 37 – 1,J. Patel 36 – 15 – 72 – 2J. Neesham 5 – 0 – 20 – 0.
…The current model gives greater power to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECBTHE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will oppose the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) “Big Three” model ahead of the chief executives committee meeting in April.The “Big Three” model introduced in 2014 saw the ICC give greater financial power to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).While the ICC are trying to make changes, the BCCI recently passed a unanimous resolution to ask them to retain the model until its annual general meeting in June.“A resolution has been passed at the SGM that we will ask ICC to carry on with the existing model where Australia, England and India get the lion’s share of revenue,” ESPN quoted a top official as saying. “We will definitely work out a new model during the London meeting. This was today unanimously passed by the forum.”However, the PCB is against the move with chief Shahryar Khan saying that Pakistan have already suffered due to the revenue model. They will also press a case against the BCCI in May’s meeting for their refusal to play a full bilateral tie against them since 2007.“We were always against the Big Three revenue model,” Khan said, as quoted on CricBuzz. “Pakistan has suffered a lot because of it as India didn’t fulfill the bilateral commitments with us. We will oppose it again if BCCI brings it up for discussion.”“As far as my understanding goes, the final constitution could be formally adopted in June only. The upcoming meetings will decide that.”The chief executives committee meeting of the ICC member boards will take place on 24 April.
ATHLETICS Association of Guyana (AAG) president Aubrey Hutson says he takes pride in what Guyana was able to accomplish over the weekend – to successfully host the South American Junior Championships. He is particularly encouraged by the large turnout that witnessed the competition.“I’ve gone to a lot of South American Championships and the kind of crowd enthusiasm that we saw last weekend, I can’t remember experiencing it. I think they would have all left quite happy with what they would have seen,” he noted.“We had some people saying, ‘Could we do it? Are you sure we could?’ Well I think at the end we pulled out every stop to have the best possible championships that we could have had at such short notice.”Guyana had just under three months to prepare for the Championships after it got the nod to host from the South American Athletics Confederation. The country was able to overcome the hurdles, however, and witness Guyana’s largest athletics meet turnout which led to the country’s success.“I think we have really and truly made Guyana proud in pulling off a Championships, almost like we would have never seen in South America before, even with our limited experience, and limited personnel,” Hutson expressed.AAG president Aubrey Hutson congratulates Boys’ 100m gold medallist, Guyana’s Compton Caesar.Like many, Hutson was particularly happy with Guyana’s medal take, after in one hosting Guyana more than tripled our medal take in the entire history of the Championships.Over the years Guyana had only collected eight medals at the event, but last weekend we ended with a total of 25 medals and also finished second place in the point standings.“What I experienced over last weekend is a feeling, since I became president that I longed for; to watch Guyanese athletes cross the finish line in first place. I think what happened last weekend is a result of the drive to develop these athletes and hence we get the reward. The coaches have been doing a tremendous job,” Hutson expressed.Three of Guyana’s medals were gold, and the country was fifth in the medals table. A chance for a fourth gold slipped past Guyana after the Boys 4x400m team was disqualified for a baton-passing infringement.However, this achievement did not come cheap, Hutson says the final price tag rests somewhere in the vicinity of $32M-$33M, and all the bills have not yet been paid. Hutson did not shy away from admitting that there were shortcomings, however.“Are there things we could do better? Sure, but I think we did the best that we could have possibly done under the circumstances. Time was our biggest enemy in this project. The venue not being fully equipped for a Championship of this magnitude played a role in our inability to move smoothly.“Also I don’t think we have all the marketing and sales personnel within our council to really market. What we generally needed was more time to advertise, more time to contact sponsors, to push to get more sponsors on board,” he related.But that is by no means dampening the AAG from looking forward to hosting more international meets. Hutson enthusiastically shared that the body will be looking to possibly bring the 2020 CARIFTA here, with the 2018 and 2019 hosting already spoken for.
A good bowling display by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots helped them defend 150 against Trinbago Knight Riders in Play Off of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the Brian Lara Stadium last night to book their place in the Final on Saturday.The Patriots took early wickets which derailed the Knight Riders innings and continued to make breakthroughs to prevent them gaining any momentum.(Scores: St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 149-7 (Gayle 54*, King 30, Bravo 4-38) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 111 (Bravo 29, Cottrell 3-17, Hafeez 1-11) by 38 runs).The Knight Riders chase got off to a disastrous start when Sunil Narine was run out without facing a ball in the first over by a brilliant direct hit from Evin Lewis. Things quickly went from bad to worse when Ben Hilfenhaus had William Perkins caught down the leg side in a wicket maiden.When Colin Munro was caught and bowled off a leading edge from a low full toss bowled by Sheldon Cottrell the Knight Riders were reeling at 6 for 3 after three overs.A sparky innings from Denesh Ramdin helped the Knight Riders regain a foothold in the match but he could not capitalise on his start and was caught off a leading edge for 19 in the eighth over. A period of consolidation between Darren Bravo and Dan Christian then saw six runs scored in three overs.Bravo briefly threatened to get going with a six and a four off Tabraiz Shamsi but a mix-up saw Bravo run out for 29. When Christian was trapped lbw by Mohammad Hafeez in the very next over the Knight Riders were 59 for 6 after 12.2 overs.With the required run rate spiralling Shadab Khan fell shortly after looking to attack, leaving Dwayne Bravo as the Knight Riders last remaining hope. Bravo did not give up easily, striking three mighty leg side sixes but in the end it was asking far too much of him to dig his team out of a huge hole. Eventually the Knight Riders subsided for 111 with Cottrell’s figures of 3 for 17 the pick of a solid all-round team performance in the field.After winning the toss the Knight Riders elected to field first, citing the unfamiliarity with a new venue. Against the imposing pairing of Chris Gayle and Lewis the Knight Riders could hardly have hoped for a better start to the Powerplay.Ronsford Beaton bowled a excellent maiden to Gayle first over—and on another day may well have had him lbw—before only one loose ball in the second over from Javon Searles increased the pressure further.When Lewis finally looked to cut loose from the fourth ball of the third over he mis-timed a drive high over cover which Christian chased down before completing a stunning sliding catch just inside the rope.It took some beautifully-timed and well-placed boundaries from Gayle and Mohammad Hafeez to lift the Patriots from 7 for 1 after three overs to 42 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay.Hafeez’s elegant innings was ended in the very next over when he edged a wider slower ball from Kevon Cooper through to Ramdin. Through the early middle overs Gayle and Brandon King worked hard to keep the scoreboard moving against the Knight Riders frugal spinners, Sunil Narine and Shadab Khan, with both men hitting excellent and valuable sixes against the turn over the leg side.It brought the return of pace and Dwayne Bravo for the next wicket – King top-edging a pull shot to fall for a battling 30 off 26 balls leaving the Patriots 90 for 3 after 13.3 overs.Despite possessing power-hitters Carlos Brathwaite and Mohammad Nabi the Patriots found it difficult to accelerate in the latter stage of the innings with Bravo and Beaton varying their pace regularly and picking up wickets to disrupt any momentum.It was indicative of the Patriots struggle that Gayle finished not out but only scored 54 runs from 51 balls. A six off the penultimate ball of the innings took the Patriots to 149, with all seven wickets falling to the pace bowlers.It was a total that seemed far from insurmountable at the innings break but within three overs of the run-chase the complexion of the match had been transformed.Upcoming FixturesWednesday: Eliminator 1, Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Tarouba, 20.00hrs.Thursday: Emiminator 2, Trinbago Knight Riders v TBC, Tarouba, 20.00hrs