Sammy inspires lower order rally as Windies win

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy’s aggressive, unbeaten half-century led a determined lower-order rally as West Indies beat Australia by three wickets with a ball to spare in their final official warm-up game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.Rocked by seamer Josh Hazlewood’s hat-trick in the fourth over to be tottering on 49 for five in the ninth over, West Indies recovered brilliantly to reach their target of 162 at Eden Gardens, thanks to exactly 50 off 28 balls from Sammy.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smashed 33 from just 14 deliveries, while Andre Russell blasted 29 from 15 balls, as West Indies scored over 10 runs per over in the final half of the innings as they gathered 106 runs from the last 59 balls.The revival started with a 23-run, sixth-wicket stand between Sammy and Russell and continued with an exhilarating 53-run, seventh-wicket stand off 23 balls between Sammy and Brathwaite.Sammy belted six fours and a six, while Russell counted a four and three sixes.But it was Brathwaite’s cameo which included three fours and two sixes that gave West Indies much needed impetus.He and Sammy combined to plunder 17 runs from the 15th over sent by pacer Mitchell Marsh, and they followed up by taking another 17 runs from the next over from seamer Andrew Tye (2-35).When Brathwaite perished in the same Tye over, Sammy and Ashley Nurse, who finished on 12 not out, then posted a vital 37 in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership to see West Indies home safely.Hazlewood’s hat-trick had earlier handed Australia the advantage. He claimed Jason Holder promoted to opener for six with the second ball of his second over and then bowled Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo without scoring off successive deliveries.Opener Johnson Charles (14) and Denesh Ramdin (11) also fell cheaply to leave West Indies in deep trouble.Opting to bat first earlier, Australia started strongly but were pegged back by medium-pacer Bravo and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, to finish on 161 for nine off their 20 overs.Bravo claimed four for 21 and Benn, three for 37, as the Aussies declined from 106 for one in the 12th over to lose eight wickets for 55 runs.Opener Shane Watson top-scored with 60 from 39 balls, striking four fours and four sixes. He put on 76 for the first wicket with Aaron Finch, who scored 33 from 24 balls and a further 30 for the second wicket with captain Steve Smith, whose 36 required 29 balls.Brathwaite was brilliant in his three overs of seam, taking three for 16.West Indies will now turn their attention to their opening group game of the T20 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where they take on England on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Gardaí issue Bank Holiday road safety plea

first_imgThis May Bank Holiday period the An Garda Síochána and The Road Safety Authority is appealing to all road users to take extra care when using the roads.The two groups issued the warning as the county prepares itself for a busy holiday period – statistics indicating an increased risk of collisions during public holidays.They are now appealing to all road users to play their part in helping to ensure the safe use of our roads. A spokesperson for the An Garda Síochána said: “Ahead of the May weekend, An Garda Síochána and the RSA renew their appeal for motorcyclists’ safety and for all road users to be aware of motorcyclists.“An Garda Síochána will have a visible enforcement presence over the May Bank Holiday weekend.”Gardaí issue Bank Holiday road safety plea was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ranveer to woo Sonakshi with Dev Anand songs

first_imgProducer Madhu Mantena plans to have Ranveer Singh woo Sonakshi Sinha with some of Dev Anand’s hit songs in the upcoming action adventure Lootera. Sources said, Madhu is applying for the rights of the songs as he plans to use them keeping the mood and flavour of the originals.Apparently, director Vikramaditya Motwane is so taken in by this idea that he even wishes to shoot the songs in the traditional black and white. Ranveer, who is a huge Dev Anand fan, will portray the character of a fan too in the film, sporting similar characteristics and traits that fans came to know and love about Dev Sa’ab. Mantena commented about the Dev Anand influence in the film and said: “We’re most certainly going all-out to get the mood right. Beyond that it would be premature to reveal our exact plans”.last_img read more

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