India thrashes England again to take 2-1 lead

Updated 20 January 2013
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India thrashes England again to take 2-1 lead

RANCHI: After the bowlers dismissed England for 155, Virat Kohli’s breezy 79-ball 77 helped India overhaul the target in just 28.1 overs at the newly constructed HEC International Stadium in Ranchi yesterday. With this seven-wicket win, India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series.
As in the previous match, India’s pacer made inroads inside the first 15 overs to set England back. Shami Ahmed removed Alastair Cook (17) with one that straightened and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got Ian Bell (25) to nick one to M.S. Dhoni standing up to the stumps, but it was the lucky dismissal off Kevin Pietersen, sandwiched between the wickets of the England openers, which gave India the most joy.
Pietersen had looked commanding during his 20-ball 17 before he was adjudged caught behind after an Ishant Sharma delivery deviated off a sharp length, but replays did not show an edge.
After scores of 44 and 42 in the series, Pietersen managed 17 and his reaction to being given out incorrectly was that of disbelief.
Bell’s dismissal in Bhuvneshwar’s eighth over — the 16th of the innings — meant England had lost two wickets in four deliveries, and at 68 for 3 the need was for a recovery. Bhuvneshwar bowled his quota in a row (10-2-40-1), after which R. Ashwin came on and found a bit of turn from the track. Eoin Morgan struggled to dominate, scratching around 30 balls for his 10 before he needlessly tried to reverse sweep Ashwin and popped a simple catch to backward point (97 for 4).
In the next over, Ravindra Jadeja removed Craig Kieswetter and Samit Patel for ducks. Joe Root found the occasional boundary while Tim Bresnan sensibly rotated the strike and the duo managed to stitch together a partnership of 47 runs in 11.4 overs. However, both departed during the batting powerplay. Root chased a wide delivery from Ishant Sharma and four balls later, Bresnan was bowled by Ashwin. The last four wickets fell for 10 runs, the innings ending when Jadeja bowled Jade Dernbach for 0.
In chase of a modest total of 156 Indian lost Ajinkya Rahane for 0 with Steve Finn once again providing the early breakthrough in the third over. Kohli, who was under the scanner for his string of failures, started on a confident by hitting three consecutive fours off Dernbach over as he raced to 31 off 28 balls. Gautam Gambhir (33) looked uncomfortable in the middle but managed to hang in there getting the odd boundary courtesy the edge, before he tried to heave James Tredwell over mid-on but found Root.
India were at this point 78 for 2 and in partnership with Yuvraj Singh, Kohli added quick runs. He cracked his 22nd ODI 50 playing the ball toward square leg for a couple in the 21st over before reaching 4000 ODI runs in his 96th match. Yuvraj cut loose hitting a boundary over midwicket off Bresnan and a massive six over long-on off Tredwell, before he was bowled for a 21-ball 30 with India needing 12 for victory.
MS Dhoni finished off the match with a pull for four toward square leg.


Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

The gunners could not defeat 10-man Atletico Madrid. (AFP)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

  • The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes
  • Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week

LONDON: Arsenal’s hopes of sending outgoing manager Arsene Wenger off with a trophy suffered a major blow as they could only draw 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card handing them the initiative.
However, they were made to rue a host of missed chances before and after Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front on the hour mark.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stands shortly after Vrsaljko’s dismissal, but the Spaniards resisted manfully and pounced when their chance came as Antoine Griezmann prodded home a vital away goal eight minutes from time.
Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week if Wenger’s last game in charge is to be the final in his homeland in Lyon on May 16.
Moreover, Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season also hang on becoming the first side other than Real Madrid to eliminate Atletico from Europe for five seasons.
There was a far more highly-charged atmosphere for Wenger’s penultimate home game in charge than there had been for last weekend’s game against West Ham United.
And the hosts were given plenty of encouragement early on, even when still up against Atletico’s full complement.
Lacazette volleyed off the outside of the post and forced Jan Oblak into the first of a series of fine saves with a header from close range.
Vrsaljko had been booked within two minutes for bringing down Jack Wilshere.

And the Croatian left his side a man light after just 10 minutes when French referee Clement Turpin showed no leniency for another late challenge on Lacazette.
Moments later, Simeone was also dismissed by the officious referee for taking his protests too far when an Arsenal player wasn’t booked for what he thought was a similar foul.
Atletico’s excellent defensive record is what has carried them to five European semifinals in seven seasons under Simeone.
The visitors battened down the hatches with 10 men, but were reliant on Oblak to keep them in the tie.
Wilshere headed straight at Oblak when unmarked at the back post at the end of a flowing Arsenal move.
And the Slovenian then spread himself well with an outstretched leg to deny Danny Welbeck.
Having weathered the Gunners’ early storm, Atletico only began to threaten themselves late in the first half and David Ospina had to be alert to parry a fiercely struck Griezmann shot following a fine run from Thomas Partey.
Atletico retreated ever deeper toward their own goal after the break and were finally punished on the hour mark when Wilshere’s deep cross found Lacazette rising above Lucas Hernandez to head in his seventh goal in seven games.
However, the French international and Arsenal could have had more.
Laczette’s dangerous ball across goal found no takers before he headed another good opportunity wide.
And Arsenal paid heavily for their profligacy, and some comical defending, when Atletico grabbed a vital away goal on 82 minutes.
Griezmann outmuscled French international team-mate Laurent Koscielny and then benefited from a slip by Shkodran Mustafi after his initial effort had been saved by Ospina to prod his 27th goal of the season into the roof of the net.
There was still time for Oblak to show why Griezmann isn’t the only Atletico player wanted by Europe’s elite with a spectacular one-handed save to turn Aaron Ramsey’s header behind and keep Los Rojiblancos on course for another European final.