De Grandhomme, Tom Bruce hand New Zealand T20I series win over Sri Lanka

first_img Next Associated Press KandySeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 23:48 IST Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared 109 runs. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSColin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared 109 runs for the fourth wicketNew Zealand won the first match by six wickets, with the last match due to be played in the same venueSri Lanka and New Zealand will next lock horns in the final T20I of the three-match series on September 6Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce scored half-centuries and shared 109 runs for the fourth wicket Tuesday to help New Zealand to a tense four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 match and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga elected to bat first after winning the toss and his team scored a competitive 161-9 in 20 overs, but New Zealand chased it down with two balls to spare in a tense final over.Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya put his team on top early by dismissing opener Colin Munro (13) with the score on 19 in the second over. Munro attempted to loft the ball over long-on and was caught by Wanindu Hasaranga.Dananjaya struck twice in the space of two balls in the fourth over, trapping Scott Kuggelejin (8) and Tim Seifert (15) lbw, leaving New Zealand three down for 38.Bruce joined de Grandhomme at that stage and the pair stayed together for 88 deliveries, taking the Black Caps to a winning position.De Grandhomme scored his second half-century in Twenty20 internationals and was out for 59, caught by Avishka Fernando off left-arm seamer Isuru Udana. He was out when New Zealand had to score 15 runs to win in 10 deliveries, having hit three sixes and two boundaries off 46 deliveries.Malinga handed the ball to Hasaranga to bowl the last over during which Sri Lanka nearly snatched the game away from New Zealand, who needed only seven runs to win.New batsman Daryl Mitchell hit a ball straight back to the bowler Hasaranga, who flung it quickly to the wicket at the non-striker’s end where Bruce was found short of his crease.advertisementBruce made 53 of 46 deliveries including three boundaries.Mitchell was out in the next ball when he was caught in the deep by substitute fielder Lahiru Madushanka, leaving New Zealand to score seven off four deliveries.Mitchell Santner hit the next ball for a six when Shehan Jayasuriya took the ball well on the full but hit the boundary rope after colliding with teammate Kusal Mendis.Both fielders had to leave the field before Santner hit the fourth ball for a boundary to complete for the win.New Zealand won the first match by six wickets, with the last match due to be played in the same venue on Friday.Dananjaya took three wickets for 36 runs for Sri Lanka.Earlier Niroshan Dickwella (39) and Fernando (37) shared 68 runs for the third wicket after Sri Lanka had lost two wickets for 40 runs.Mendis gave Sri Lanka a flashy start by scoring 26 runs off 24 deliveries, hitting two sixes and two boundaries. Jayasuriya made a useful 20 runs off 13 deliveries.New Zealand’s Seth Rance took three wickets for 33 runs while fellow seamers Tim Southee and Kuggelejin took two wickets each.Also Read | Ben Stokes has worst music taste of anyone I know: Mark WoodAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow New Zealand vs Sri Lanka De Grandhomme, Tom Bruce hand New Zealand T20I series win over Sri LankaNew Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets to take 2-0 unassailable lead in T20I series. Sri Lanka and New Zealand will next lock horns in the final T20I of the three-match series on September 6.advertisementlast_img read more

IND vs SA: Keshav Maharaj wishes to replicate R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s consistency

first_img Press Trust of India VisaskhapatnamSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 15:40 IST The 3-match Test series between India and South Africa kicks off on October 2. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKeshav Maharaj appreciated Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin’s consistencyMaharaj said the new look South African team is not dwelling over the gloomy pastThe 1st Test between India and South Africa is to begin from Oct 2South Africa’s most experienced spinner Keshav Maharaj wants to be as consistent as seasoned Indian duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin during the upcoming three-Test starting on Wednesday.The orthodox left-arm spinner with 94 wickets from 25 Tests had a successful county performance and is hoping to make life “uncomfortable” for the Indian top-order.”It is nice that people speak highly of you. Look at Jadeja and Ashwin. Ashwin has got a lot of variations and Jadeja keeps it simple but the key is consistency and that make it uncomfortable for the batsmen. I can (want to) emulate that going forward and do my job from one end,” said Maharaj, who is on his maiden Test tour of India.Spin will hold key but reverse swing can also play a huge role in the series, he said.”You got to expect the ball to turn in the sub-continent and that is why people carry an extra spinner here. As far as bowling to Indian batsmen goes, you can only Test yourself against the best. The series will tell me how good I am and if I belong here in international cricket,” Maharaj said.”Besides spin, reverse swing will be key. Every bowling unit everywhere in the world likes to utilise if reverse swing is available. India have got strong bowlers including Mohammad Shami, who is unplayable at times. If it starts to reverse, then we have also got amazing bowlers, who can utilise the conditions.”The South Africa pace attack comprises Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.advertisementIndia will be without the the services of their lethal weapon Jasprit Bumrah, who was ruled out of the series due to a stress fracture in the lower back. Maharaj said India will miss him badly.”It is a big loss for India. He has turned the whole Test side for India in terms of playing in various conditions but lets face it India have enough quality to replace him. Umesh Yadav is another world class bowler.”South Africa got a decent hit in the middle in the one-off practice game despite the rain with Aiden Markram (100), Temba Bavuma (87) and Philander (47) getting some much needed in the middle. Maharaj struck thrice in that game.”It was important that our batters got some time in the middle. They have been working on how to tackle Indian conditions and it is nice to get a hit.”South Africa were hammered in India four years ago with Jadeja and Aswhin wreaking havoc.Maharaj said the new look South African team is not dwelling over the past.”If you look at the freshness in the side, there is a hell lot of a new faces and that can work for us. There is no point looking back and things may not got our way. But we are here to compete,” he added.Also Read | It’s going to be tough playing India at their home: Vernon PhilanderAlso Read | Rohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South AfricaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Next IND vs SA: Keshav Maharaj wishes to replicate R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s consistencySouth Africa’s most experienced spinner Keshav Maharaj with 94 wickets from 25 Tests had a successful county performance and is hoping to make life “uncomfortable” for the Indian top-order.advertisementlast_img read more

Fantastic debut of Xavi Pascual on Romanian bench

Romania began qualifications for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in fantastic way with new coach Xavi Pascual. Romanians won in Belarus 26:23 (13:10) and made fantastic intro into the new Olympic cycle! This was their first triumph after eight years in qualifications for EURO events!Belarus – Romania 23-26 (10-13)Belarus: Saldatsenka, Matskevich – portari, Brouka 2, Kulesh 2, Shynkel 2, Pukhouski 4, D. Rutenka 5, Nikulenkau, Shylovich 4, Yurunok 2, Baranau, Shumak, Padshyvalau 1, Karalek 1, Tsitou, Bokhan.Romania: Popescu, Irimuş – portari; Cîntec 5, Mocanu 4, Ramba 3, Mihalcea, Ghionea 6, Sadoveac 2, Szasz, Negru 1, Csepreghi 1, Lazăr, Fenici 2, Pavel, Criciotoiu 2, Stamate. ← Previous Story Battle for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 starts today! Next Story → ROAD TO CROATIA 2018: Amazing Finnish night in Austria read more