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Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to Croatia

first_imgCroatia absolutely crushed Lionel Messi’s Argentina 3-0 in their second Group D encounter in the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.After having drawn 1-1 to Iceland in their opening World Cup fixture, Argentina were required to win this match to keep themselves in a strong position to qualify. Instead, Luka Modric and co stunned Argentina and left them at the brink of elimination.Ante Rebic, Modric and Ivan Rakitic scored one each for Croatia but the floodgates began after Willy Caballero made a silly mistake to gift the first goal.It was a humiliating defeat for the South American nation considering the way it came.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENone of the Argentina players could be effective as they failed to have any impact on the game.While the first half saw Argentina play more direct football and take the game by the scruff of the neck, the better chances fell to Croatia.When the second half came by, Croatia played with far more flair, took advantage of the acres of space left by Argentina on the flanks and created a flurry of chances.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the 53rd minute, under pressure from Rebic, Caballero attempted to chip the fall back to his defender. However, the ball kindly floated for the Croatiana and to his credit, he executed a fabulous half-volley.That completely opened the floodgates for Croatia — also because of the substitutions made by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli. Refusing the change the system of play, Sampaoli left Mascherano alone in the midfield and that allowed Modric and Rakitic to play havoc with the Argentinian defence.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: First goal broke us emotionally, says Argentina coachSpanish World Cup-winning footballer Cesc Fabregas said in his punditry stint on BBC that Argentina practically played without a midfield and that is what any team in the world wants.Eventually, Modric struck a beauty to put Croatia 2-0 ahead and then Rakitic applied salt to Argentina’s wounds to make it 3-0.Also read – World Cup 2018: Modric reveals how Croatia kept Messi quietOf course, the internet did not spare Messi’s men and tore them apart, along with Sampaoli. For the first time since 2002, Argentina now stare at a group-stage exit.Brilliant from Modric but in all the years of watching Argentina I cant remember them ever having such a poor side.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 21, 2018Sampaoli is a joke, Argentina is a joke. #ARGCROVarunrajsinh Jadeja (@Varunrajsinh23) June 22, 2018This World Cup is making Christiano Ronaldo look more like GOAT and Messi look more like he was made great by possibly the greatest club side/midfield of all time.Georgie Bingham (@georgiebingham) June 21, 2018Ignoring all of the “it’s Messi’s fault’ no team that unsportsmanlike should win or should even play, first Messi pushing away Strinic after he started apologising, kicking Rakitic in the head and playing dirty the whole fucking game they deserved to lose more than anyone #ARGCROKarlo Ila (@KarloIla) June 22, 2018#Messi’s abject performance against #CRO once again proves what I’ve been consistently maintaining over the years. He needs a well-oiled midfield and ball possession to suit his menacing game. Otherwise, he can’t ride the team on his back like #CR7. #WorldCup #ARGCROBharath Shastry (@bharathshastry) June 22, 2018so how long till messi announces his retirement THIS TIME? ?? #ARGCRO #WorldCupkassandra ponce (@kas_ponce) June 22, 2018WTH is #Sampaoli upto?! He benched two of #ARG’s most creative midfielders in #Dybala & #DiMaria who could have created a host of goal scoring opportunities. #ARGCRO #EpicFailBharath Shastry (@bharathshastry) June 22, 2018Is it me or is really Karius’s concussion is contagious? First de Gea and now Caballero #ARGCROBhavik Jain (@jussbhavik) June 22, 2018See Messi, working so hard defending!! . #arg #cro #ARGCRO #Worldcup pic.twitter.com/pUv8NA0Cgm??LORD Marshal?? (@rugzzy) June 21, 2018Sampaoli dropping Dybala, DiMaria and Banega vs Croatia in the #WORLDCUP reminded me of Brendan Rodgers dropping Gerrard, Coutinho and co. vs Real Madrid in UCL. ??#ARGCROVaibhav Shah (@Aviation_Freak) June 22, 2018#ARG manager tactics is the worst given the formation they plays and the players they have… There was no midfield play in the game #ARGCRO ….Diptendu Mukherjee (@DiptenduME) June 22, 2018Argentina desperately need couple of true midfielders instead of attacking midfielders who don’t know how to set up a game. Argentina’s midfield has been a complete failure till now, which is why players like Messi, Di Maria and Aguero have had no impact at all.#ARGCROOblivious (@Anupamability) June 22, 2018Argentina are dependent on Messi but so are Barca. In tough moments Busquets always looks for Messi, who somehow manages to create & to score.A major difference is that Messi just doesn’t seem to enjoy playing for La Albiceleste#ARGCRO #WorldCup #MessiadvertisementWali Khan (@SportsConnectWK) June 22, 2018It all started when Sampaoli dint pick Mauro Icardi for the #worldcup#ARGCRO #ArgentinaVaibhav Shah (@Aviation_Freak) June 22, 2018While Argentina were being torn apart on social media, Messi did find some support.Everyone blaming Messi for the loss like he is the coach, defender or a goalkeeper of Argentina. Messi is just a one player not a whole team! If you wanna blame then blame to #caballero and coach. #WorldCup#ARG #CRO #ARGCROfreedom fighter (@ailrazabaghi) June 22, 2018We know how much amount of talent you have and what a great player you are! You are carrying expectations of your whole country. You are paying for mistakes of others. You are the only one taking it seriously. I know you need 1 moment to emerge again. #ARGCRO @FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/1efGYaKSWfPrashant Pareek (@prashan23S) June 22, 2018#ARGCRO 1. Lack of game spirit2. Lack of team performance3. Overconfident4. Overdependent#feelingsadforMessiRSP (@RSP_1995) June 22, 2018One man can represent a whole team but can’t be the whole team. It’s probably an end to Messi’s dream to win a world cup. You can see the disappointment on his face, that frustration. Team’s too much dependent on him, makes him poor. #fifaworldcup2018 #ARGCRORohan Nathiya (@rohanme57) June 22, 2018Please do not make him feel pressured anymore!The fault was not his!Being an Argentina fan, I feel so sad but it is nothing compared to the pain that Messi suffered??#ARGCRO#Messi #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/Id7I9SW7eSYang Mii (@yumidaniel12) June 22, 2018last_img read more

first_imgFakhar Zaman blasted his career-best 91 to help Pakistan beat Australia in the final to win the Twenty20 International tri-series in Harare on Sunday.Opener Zaman smashed 91 off 46 balls as Pakistan chased down the target of 184 runs with with four balls remaining and six wickets in hand at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track in the final, posting 183 for eight in their 20 overs with the innings anchored by opener D’Arcy Short’s stylish 76 from 53 balls.Pakistan were in trouble early on in their reply as they lost their first two wickets with just two runs on the scoreboard.But Zaman launched a ferocious counter-attack with an innings that included 12 fours and three sixes, bringing up his half-century in 30 balls.SCORECARDPakistan, who top the global rankings in Twenty20 cricket, won the game with four balls to spare to secure victory in the final of the series that also involved hosts Zimbabwe.It is Pakistan’s highest successful run chase in Twenty20 International cricket and their ninth successive series win in the shortest format of the game.”It was a great team effort. Credit to the bowlers and then Fakhar Zaman and (Shoaib) Malik (43 not out) finished it for us,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at the post-match presentation.”There were some dropped catches in the field but we took the momentum in the second innings. Credit to the boys and management.”Australia skipper Aaron Finch (47), who shared a run-a-ball opening stand of 95 with Short, felt his side should have posted closer to 200 on what was a good batting wicket.advertisement”I thought we should have got around 200 and we just kept losing wickets, which stalled the momentum,” he said.”Pakistan played well. I thought we started well with the ball but Fakhar Zaman played one hell of a knock. A 90-odd in a T20 game is hard to beat.”Pakistan handed a debut to opener Sahibzada Farhan, who was out for a duck without facing a legal delivery.Seamer Glenn Maxwell’s ball to him slid down the legside and was called a wide, but the batsman fell over in the crease and was stumped by wicketkeeper Alex Carey.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh started their three one day international series with a spectacular victory over West Indies in the first match, thanks to Tamim Iqbal’s unbeaten century and Mashrafe Mortaza bowling spell.Tamim scored an unbeaten 130 and shared a 207-run second-wicket stand with Shakib Al Hasan to guide Bangladesh to a tour-reviving 48-run win over the West Indies in the first ODI in Guyana on Sunday.After winning the toss and electing to bat and losing a wicket in the second over, Bangladesh recovered to post 279 for four set up by Iqbal’s 10th ODI century and Al Hasan’s 97 from 121 deliveries.Mushfiqur Rahim’s late cameo of 30 from 11 balls contained three boundaries and two sixes before he was dismissed on the next-to-last ball of the innings.MATCH SCORECARDWest Indies was in contention in reply until Chris Gayle was runt out for 40 in the 22nd over and the hosts eventually reached 231-9 in 50 overs.Mashrafe Mortaza led the Bangladesh bowling attack with 4/37 from his 10 overs and Mustafizur Rahman took 2-35.West Indies dominated the two-Test series at the start of the tour with commanding wins in Antigua and Jamaica.The three-game ODI series will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

first_imgIndia will look to continue their momentum and aim to level the five-match Test series 2-2 when they take the field at the Rose Bowl on Thursday in the fourth Test.After losing the first Test by a narrow margin of 31 runs and an innings and 159-run hammering at Lord’s, India came back strong and handed England a 203-run loss in the third Test at Trent Bridge to make a comeback in the series and keep it alive.And Virat Kohli’s men will look to carry the momentum forward and replicate their all-round show of Trent Bridge in Southampton as well.India are expected to stick to their winning combination as everyone fired in unison for their victory in Nottingham.Kohli will again be India’s main man as they will bank on him to get the runs like he has been so far in the series. Kohli has smashed 440 runs and is the leading run scorer in the series. He has hit hit two centuries and half centuries each.Also read – England field 2 spinners, recall Sam Curran for 4th Test against IndiaThe return to form for Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara will also give India a sigh of relief going to the penultimate match of the series.With Murali Vijay axed from the remainder of the series, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul would once again open India’s batting, while Hardik Pandya is likely to be retained in the playing XI after his all-round show in the third Test.advertisementHardik had bagged six wickets conceding 50 runs at Nottingham beside playing an unbeaten 52-run knock in the second innings.Also read – Don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format: Virat Kohli India are expected to field an unchanged playing XI from the 3rd Test (AP Photo)In the bowling department, the visitors would in all likelihood opt for three pacers, keeping in mind the green-top laid out for the fourth Test.The trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami returned a handful from the third Test, with Bumrah’s fifer ripping through the English batting order in the second essay.Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to recover from his injury and will shoulder the responsibility as the lone spinner in the side, and in case of a forced change, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is already warming the bench for the first three Tests.On the other hand, England will hope their misfiring opening combination of Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings to give them a decent start.England’s batting so far, has revolved around the likes of skipper Joe Root, Jos Buttler and injured stumper Jonny Bairstow, who is expected to play as a specialist batsman in the fourth Test.Batsman James Vince was called up to the England squad as cover for Bairstow, but there are growing calls for his inclusion into the playing eleven nevertheless.The bowling unit will once again be on expected lines with the star pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad leading the attack that comprises all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.It will be interesting to see whether England will persist with leg-spinner Adil Rashid or bring in an additional batsman and part-time spinner in Moeen Ali to bolster their batting.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (WK), Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England playing XI: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokeslast_img read more

first_imgGermany’s exit from the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was a brutal shock to the world. Germany had come to Russia as the defending champions and left with a battered reputation.With the Nations League beginning on Thursday, Germany will take on France in the opening match and their long road to recovery begins. However, this will perhaps be the hardest of challenges they could have asked for at this stage.France, loaded with young superstars, will play their first match after lifting the coveted World Cup trophy in Russia with a 4-2 win over Croatia on July 15. Germany, on the other hand, have an entire team to rebuild.While France will come into the match with immense confidence from their stint in Russia. Germany will be looking get back to their old self.READ – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupThe Nations League, brainchild of European soccer body UEFA, aims to boost interest in the autumn and spring internationals, which were seen by clubs and fans as disruptive to the domestic football season.To be held every two years, it features all 55 of Europes national teams divided into four divisions — Leagues A to D — that are themselves split into four groups, to be played between September and November.There is promotion and relegation between each league while the top division, which includes France and Germany, will finish with a four-team mini-tournament, to be held in June next year, to decide the Nations League champion.advertisementInitially greeted with scepticism because of its seemingly complex format, it was given a warmer reception by coaches when the draw was made in January, with teams receiving financial bonuses as they progress in the competition.The Germans, world champions in 2014, crashed out in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia in June for their earliest exit in 80 years.Coach Joachim Loew decided to stay on and has pledged to successfully overhaul the team and turn it back onto the road to success, with the Nations League being their new start.He has added three new players and dropped midfielders Sami Khedira and Sebastian Rudy among others.Italy, who did not even make it to the World Cup, will start their own road to recovery with a tie against Poland in Bologna on Friday.Coach Roberto Mancini called up five new players, including 17-year-old Monaco forward Pietro Pellegri.World Cup semi-finalists England host Spain a day later while Switzerland take on Iceland in the other League A clash on the first matchday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: 15 SEPT, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi/Patna/Guwahati/Hyderabad/Jammu/Bhopa/Faridabad/Mumbai:’Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign(B+A)Dharmanagar:Measels rubella vaccination program(A)Belagavi:Law College Platinum Jubilee celebration(B)Jammu:Protest rally in Jammu(B)Hyderabad:BJP President Shah addresses media(B)New Delhi:’International Day of Democracy'(A+B)Guwahati:Brahmaputra water level rises(A)Hubballi:Former CJI Misra at Hubballi airport(A)New Delhi:’Sampoorn Kranti Yatra'(B)Mumbai: Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations(B+A)Bhopal:Hajj pilgrims welcomed back(B)Bhopal:Protest against hike in fuel prices(B)INERNATIONALSeljord:Agricultural fair in Seljord(B)Washington: Attorney Kevin Downing, with the defenseteam(B)Manila/Cagayan:Heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon(A+B)Pyongyang:70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding day celebrations(B)Beit Lahiya:Protest on the beach near the border withIsrael in Beit Lahiya(B)New Bern/Galveston/Swansboro:High winds fromHurricane Florence(B+A)Gaza:protest east of Gaza City(B+A)Uswetakeiyawa:Oil spill in Uswetakeiyawa(B)Jersey City:17th anniversary of the Sept.11 terror attacks(B)Toronto: Film Festival in Toronto(B)Beijing:Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Beijin(B+A)Belgrade:Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at Belgrade(B)Salt Lake City: U.S. International Figure Skating Classic(A)London:British designer Steuart Padwick(A)Piazza Armerina:Pope Francis waves as he leaves at theadvertisementend of his visit to Piazza Armerina(B) SPORTSSingapore: Singapore Formula One Grand Prix(B)Las Vegas:Serena Williams walks on stage beforespeaking at the Shop.org conference(B)Dortmund:German Bundesliga soccer match(B)Paris: French League One soccer match(B)Toronto:Davis Cup tennis match action in Toronto(B)Guwahati: ‘Pinkathon’, in Guwahati(A+B)Plovdiv : World Rowing Championships(B)Amritsar:Indian Hockey Captain Rani Rampal in Amritsar(B)PTI PHOTO GCS DLDLlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Oct 9 (IANS) After turning out for the country in international cricket and discharging his ministerial responsibilities for over two years since joining politics, Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Tuesday launched his own music video centreing around the Durga Puja festival.”This is an endeavour to encourage the upcoming generation and inspire them. My objective is to provide an opportunity to new generation composers, dancers, choreographers and others,” he said while releasing the music video featuring a single song.Shukla, an MLA from North Howrah and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports in West Bengal, said he was habituated to stepping out since his cricketing carrier and took up the latest challenge with his team. “During our time, many aspiring players could not afford to go to coaching camps. So, I have opened a free camp in Howrah so that everyone gets an opportunity. Similarly, many young performers have participated in the music video,” he said.Shukla, who played three One-Day International matches for India in 1999, said the entire shooting of the music video was conducted in a house in North Howrah.”The house, where the shooting was done, is owned by the Ghosh family. They used to organise Durga Puja and had stopped it due to some reasons. Our team renovated it and this year, Durga Puja will be organised in the Ghosh house for the first time after 1974,” said.”Last year, too, I sang a song ahead of Durga Puja with kids,” the all-rounder said.Notably, the ardent fan of legendary singer Kishore Kumar, had earlier also recorded the master’s evergreen “Chalte Chalte” song to as a tribute to him.”We have a team of Kishore Kumar fans and have been demanding a posthumous Bharat Ratna for him for the last 12 years,” he added.Shukla had a long and successful career in Indian domestic cricket, where he captained Bengal and turned out for various sides in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.He joined politics in 2016, becoming a legislator and minister that very year.–IANSbdc/ssp/vmadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBabar Azam narrowly missed out on his maiden Test century but Pakistan strengthened their grip on the second and final Test against Australia by setting them a 538-run target in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Azam fell for a career-best 99 and captain Sarfraz Ahmed failed to score a century for the second time in the same Test falling for 81 before Pakistan declared their second innings at 400/9, giving themselves two days to win the Test.Pakistan delayed their declaration perhaps thinking about the first Test in Dubai, where Australia had escaped defeat. In Dubai, Pakistan had declared with just a little under five sessions to be played and despite being given a massive 462-run target to win, Australia held on with just two wickets to spare.This time around, Pakistan set an even bigger target for Australia and gave themselves a little more than six session to win the match. Australia, already burdened with a daunting task, lost Shaun Marsh for just four runs with an incredible delivery by debutant Mir Hamza after Marsh and Aaron Finch opened the innings with Usman Khawaja injured.Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 3: HIGHLIGHTSBy stumps on day three, Australia were 47-1 — Aaron Finch not out on 24 and Travis Head on 17.That’s stumps. Pakistan are nine wickets away from a series win with two days still to play in Abu Dhabi: https://t.co/oisEOaAba8 #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/F6UwguxQDWcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 18, 2018Pakistan resumed their innings from 144-2 overnight and the morning session was lowlighted by Azhar Ali’s embarrassing run out on 64.advertisementAli steered a delivery through slips and the ball rolled towards the boundary. Ali didn’t run, believing he had hit a four, and met Asad Shafiq in the middle of the pitch to talk.But the ball stopped just short of the boundary at third man, and the chasing Mitchell Starc threw it at the striker’s end and captain Tim Paine whipped the bails off.All this while, Azhar Ali and Shafiq were chatting on the pitch. Ali, playing his 67th Test, and Shafiq, playing his 63rd, were dumbfounded while the Australians celebrated a little slice of luck.Schoolboy error!Azhar Ali assumed that the ball had reached the boundary, and this brain fade led to a comical run-out that will make every highlight reel from the match! #PAKvAUS #SPNSports pic.twitter.com/mYAGukuITBSPN- Sports (@SPNSportsIndia) October 18, 2018That dropped Pakistan to 160-4 but Shafiq and particularly Azam and Sarfraz took advantage of a tiring Australia attack. Shafiq was the only wicket to fall in the middle session, caught at point for 44.Then Azam and Sarfraz dominated, briskly scoring 133 runs for the sixth wicket. Australia couldn’t break the partnership even with the second new ball.Azam was on 99 when he fell lbw to seamer Mitchell Marsh while trying to play across the line. Azam’s disappointment was obvious. His 161-ball knock included six fours and three sixes.Offspinner Nathan Lyon, burdened with much of the workload, then grabbed two wickets in one over, those of Bilal Asif (15) and Yasir Shah (4).Legspinner Marnus Labuschagne got Sarfraz when the captain missed a sweep and was trapped lbw. Ahmed faced 123 balls and hit five fours and a six.Lyon finished with 4-135 from 43 overs, and eight wickets in the match.Marsh was forced to open the innings after regular opener Usman Khawaja injured his troublesome left knee during a warm-up before the third day’s play. He didn’t field all day and had to drop down the order.This is the fourth different opening partnership for Australia in as many Tests #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/WAXxjKtEgccricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 18, 2018Marsh has struggled in the series, which has ended for him with scores of 7, 0, 3 and 4. The lefthander couldn’t cope against the Pakistan seamers, and gave Hamza his first Test wicket when he lost his off stump.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

first_imgPeshawar, Oct 19 (PTI) A domestic hockey player associated with a local club here was on Friday shot dead after some unidentified armed men open fired at him in northwest Pakistan, said police.Ziaur Rehman, who was in-charge of Qazi Mohib Hockey club, was killed in the premises of a sports complex in Bannu district of southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.The armed men open fired at him due to an old enmity. The killer escaped from the spot, said the police.Later, the police shifted the body to DHQ hospital in Bannu.An employee of Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority, Rehman had represented WAPDA in a number of hockey events at the national level.Police said that it has started investigation into the killing. PTI CORR RUP RUPRUPlast_img

first_imgVirat Kohli on Thursday took to Twitter to explain why he made the “leave India” comment to a cricket fan.Kohli was in the eye of a storm during the launch of his mobile application when he told a fan that he should not be living in India if he cannot like Indian cricketers.”I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled! I spoke about how “these Indians” was mentioned in the comment and that’s all. I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all,” Kohli tweeted.I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled!I spoke about how “these Indians” was mentioned in the comment and that’s all. I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 8, 2018Kohli launched his mobile app on his 30th birthday on November 5. He read out social media messages and reacted after reading a particular tweet on his app.”Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the tweet from a fan during his app launch.It was his reaction to the comment that sparked a major uproar.”Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then…you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right,” Kohli replied.advertisementIs #Kohli asking his non-Indian fans to leave their country and come to India.. Or to sort their priorities? #WTF pic.twitter.com/tRAX4QbuZIH (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018Since Kohli’s video went viral, fans have expressed their staunch views over the 30-year-old’s statements calling him arrogant and obnoxious. One fan said Kohli may have had a brain fade moment and shouldn’t be attacked.The Rang De Basanti actor Siddharth called the Indian skipper’s comment “an idiotic set of words”.”If you want to remain #KingKohli it may be time to teach yourself to think ‘What would Dravid say?’ before speaking in future. What an idiotic set of words to come from an #India #captain!” Siddharth tweeted.If you want to remain #KingKohli it may be time to teach yourself to think ‘What would Dravid say?’ before speaking in future. What an idiotic set of words to come from an #India #captain! https://t.co/jVsoGAESuMSiddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) November 8, 2018Kohli has a huge following on social media with most of his posts showing him sweating it out at the gym, which strikes a chord with the youth of the country. He is well aware of his influence on the youth of the country and that he is closely followed not only by the media but millions who profess him their hero.last_img read more

first_imgXiaomi’s Note series phones have always been popular since the company launched the Redmi Note 3 in 2016. They are priced well, offer fantastic hardware for their price, and are in general reliable and versatile phones. This is probably the reason why the Redmi Note 5 Pro (review) remains, according to market research firm IDC, the best selling smartphone under Rs 20,000. Xiaomi is now hoping that next quarter when this IDC report comes out, the name it will see on the top of the list will be that of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, a phone launched on November 22 at a price of Rs 13,999. These hopes are based on something that is substantial, because, as you will see in this Redmi Note 6 Pro review, the new Note from Xiaomi is formidable.The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes in two variants: the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 13,999 and the top model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 15,999. Both will be on sale today, that is November 23, in a flash sale on Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home store at 12 noon. The phone comes in four colour options, including Red, Blue, Black, and Rose Gold. Xiaomi has announced a special price for the Redmi Note 6 Pro for today’s, that is November 23, sale. During the first sale, the 4GB model of the phone will be available for Rs 12,999, while the 6GB RAM variant will sell for Rs 14,999. On top of the Rs 1,000 discount, Xiaomi has also partnered with HDFC Bank to offer an additional Rs 500 off.advertisementOver here at India Today Tech, I am reviewing the Black variant of the Redmi Note 6 Pro. In many aspects, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, but primarily the camera is one area where I found the big difference. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a phone worth its price for its camera alone.Redmi Note 6 Pro quick lookBefore going into sharing my experience with the Redmi Note 6 Pro, here are some of the quick facts you should know about the phone:– It comes with four cameras in total: two on the front and two on the back.– The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi Note phone in India with a notched display.– The phone comes with Dual VoLTE support– The phone runs MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.– The Redmi Note 6 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, and comes with 4000mAh battery.– The screen size of the Redmi Note 6 is bigger than the display in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone comes with a 6.2-inch FullHD+ display.Polished Redmi Note 5 ProTo talk about the Redmi Note 6 Pro, I need to start with the Note 5 Pro. This is because if you look at the specs of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, you won’t see many noticeable upgrades apart from some changes here and there. The only major upgrade that Xiaomi has brought to the new Note is in the camera and display.If both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Note 6 Pro are kept together, you will find it difficult to tell them apart. The design is almost exactly the same for these two phones. Both sport dual rear cameras on the back, which are placed in a vertical fashion. Next to the cameras, sits the rear mounted round fingerprint sensor. It is fairly quick at unlocking phone, although I feel the face unlock system — it uses the front camera — is faster. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a well-built and neatly designed phone. The smartphone sports an arc design on the back and has a brushed metallic finish, which makes the phone feel extremely sturdy and premium. Although the design of the new Redmi Note phone is similar to its predecessor, one aspect that differentiates the “Naya Note” from the “Purana Note” is the P2i hydrophobic nano-coating. Xiaomi claims that the P2i hydrophobic nano-coating is bonded to the surface of the phone at a molecular level and provides a high level of water resistance and protection, although this is not a waterproof phone certified with some IP rating.From the front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro looks different compared to its predecessor. The phone comes with a notch above the display. This notch houses two selfie cameras, some sensors and earpiece. The notch is pretty wide, but doesn’t look ugly or out of place like the one in the Pixel 3 XL. The bezels around the screen in this phone are thinner, which combined the bigger size of the display makes watching videos on the Note 6 Pro fun.advertisementBigger and brighter displaySo, watching videos on the Note 6 Pro is fun. What else? Compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro screen, the display of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is bigger and brighter. This screen measures 6.26-inch and comes with FullHD+ resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. The screen is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass that has 2.5D curved corners for added protection from scratches.If both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Note 6 Pro are kept together, you will find it difficult to tell them apart.With the 500-nit maximum brightness and 1500:1 contrast ratio, the Redmi Note 6 Pro appears to be pretty bright in both inside a room and outside under the blazing sun. Indoors, if you keep the brightness of the Note 6 Pro screen between 40 to 50 per cent, it is enough for you to enjoy watching an episode or two of the latest Netflix blockbuster. Outdoor too, the brightness is good enough to read an email or browse web although in direct sun you may need to crank the brightness around 80 per cent or more.Best camera in a Redmi NoteCamera is the main area where Xiaomi has pulled out all stops in the Redmi Note 6 Pro, particularly when you consider that this is a phone with price tag of Rs 13,999. With this phone, Xiaomi for the first time brings dual camera setup in a Redmi phone not just in the back, but also on the front. After using the Note 6 Pro for nearly a week, I can say that the Xiaomi phone does a great job here. I’m absolutely in love with the pictures that the phone clicks, especially the selfies.First the camera hardware: The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 12MP + 5MP camera configuration on the rear panel. One of the special features of the phone is its dual-pixel autofocus, which according to Xiaomi helps the Note 6 Pro get focus in low light quickly. The primary camera uses a F1.9 lens, which is shaper and wider than the F2.2 lens in Note 5 Pro. The secondary 5-megapixel sensor is used to calculate details like depth. The rear camera supports features like AI scene detection, AI adjustable bokehs, light trails photography, studio lighting and more. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 20MP main camera and 2-megapixel secondary sensor.IMAGE SAMPLESThe rear camera of the Redmi Note 6 Pro captures minute details of a subject in the image. And it does so without messing up colours, which too turn out to be vibrant and punchy in images shot with this phone. The phone is capable of clicking great photos in both low light and good light. In low light particularly, I like that images shot with the Redmi Note 6 Pro don’t have too much of colour noise or grain, which is good.The Redmi Note 6 Pro also clicks neat bokeh shot — portrait photos with background properly blurred out. Though edges do look little fake in these scenes, so I suppose there is still room for improvement. Features like ‘bokeh adjustment’ and Light Trails, which lets users change the background in portrait photos, are nice to have and fun to play with. Same is the case with the Studio Lighting feature, which too lets users click artistic portrait photos.advertisementThe performance of the front cameras is equally good. They click fantastic selfies in good light, and good enough portrait photos. The only area that I believe could have been better with the Redmi Note 6 Pro cameras is the way they expose the photos in bright light. Highlights — read well-lit areas — in these scenes tend to be overexposed, resulting in some parts of the photo looking washed out.Overall, I believe the camera system in the Redmi Note 6 Pro is one of the best we have ever seen in a Xiaomi phone in India. And it definitely makes the phone with the best camera performance under Rs 20,000.Performance and batteryThese are areas where the Redmi Note 6 Pro more or less offers what the Redmi Note 5 Pro does. The core hardware between these two phones is the same and even the MIUI 10 software is the same. The performance too is the same. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a fast phone, in my use, I found that it handled almost everything that I did on it gracefully. It handles games very well and doesn’t lag at any point in time. Switching between apps happens in a blink of an eye, scrolling through Facebook and Twitter feeds is also smooth on the Redmi Note 6 Pro.The performance of the front cameras is equally good. They click fantastic selfies in good light, and good enough portrait photos.One area where I saw some lag was in the MIUI 10 animations but that was likely due to some shoddy software optimisations. The gestures weren’t as smooth as what you get on high-end phones like the iPhone XR or the OnePlus phones. But then do keep in mind that these phones are much more expensive compared to the Redmi Note 6 Pro.Photos9 Photos +SEE MORE The battery life is also similar for the two phones. The Note 6 Pro comes with a large 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. The phone easily lasts one full day of use, even if you are watching 3-hour long films or playing games for long hours. Overall, the battery of the Redmi Note 6 Pro can go on easily for about one day on a single charge, but if you aren’t a social media addict or a movie buff who watches a lot of videos on the phone for extended hours, the Redmi phone could easily go on for about one and a half days.Is it worth buying Redmi Note 6 Pro?I think this is one of the best smartphones you can buy under Rs 20,000. The fact that it costs just Rs 13,999 makes it an even better deal. It is also a phone that you should pick if you want to get the best camera performance from a smartphone under Rs 20,000.While the camera performance is the highlight of the phone, the Redmi 6 Note is also fairly good at everything else. If you don’t particularly want stock Android — in which case you should look at the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Xiaomi Mi A2 — the Note 6 Pro is an obvious choice in this price segment. With the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi yet again hits the bulls-eye in the mainstream phone market.Redmi Note 6 Pro review8/10ProsClicks great picturesGood displayLong battery lifeConsOld designCore hardware not changedlast_img read more

first_imgVerse in my veinsSoumya Joshi, 22, Spoken word poet, ChandigarhThe first Line: With a master’s in mass communications (2018) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Joshi remembers that poetry fascinated her ever since she was a child. “I used to read poems even in school, much to the amusement of my teachers,,Verse in my veinsSoumya Joshi, 22, Spoken word poet, ChandigarhThe first Line: With a master’s in mass communications (2018) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Joshi remembers that poetry fascinated her ever since she was a child. “I used to read poems even in school, much to the amusement of my teachers, who nonethe less encouraged me in the art,” she says.Speak Out: Convinced that spoken word poetry has the power to reach the masses in a way that it connects them to the per former and the poetry, Joshi, who writes in Hindi and English, says, “Simply reading out poems to the listeners might not hold the latter’s interest, but when it is is performed using music, drama and expressions, what emerges is an absolutely new experience with genesis in verse.”Word of Affairs: One of the first in the region to spearhead the café culture poetry movement, Joshi feels that though several youngsters are coming forward as poet, they must read more in order to write better. “Exposure to other poets and writers widens one’s hori zon and opens the mind to new subjects,” says the young poet who is planning to publish her anthology of poetry soon.Page Forward: Aware of the fact that poetry may not help pay the bills, she is also planning to dabble with films to fill this gap.Rhyme and rhythm Besides poetry: ActingUnwinding: Reading a novel with slow music playing in the backgroundFavourite poets: Amrita Pritam, Gulzar, Paash, Faiz Aahmed Faiz, Zubair Ali Tabish, Ahmed Faraz and KatyayniOn my bookshelf: Short story collection Firangiyan di Nooh by Veena VermaWeekend means: Home in my pyjamas and binge sleepingadvertisement Kiranjit Kaur, International shooter.Bull’s eye Kiranjit Kaur, 32, Shooter,Ropar (Punjab)The first shot: Kiranjit Kaur remembers seeing Olympics bronze-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra on televi sion in 2008 and being inspired by him. “I always dreamt of making a mark for myself, and shooting being an individual sport attracted me. You need total con centration and nerve of steel in this sport. There is no scope for error,” she says.Gun proud: A former National Champion (2011-2012, 10 metre Air Rifle event) Kaur, who also participated in the World Cup- 2013 held in Spain and stood 4th insists that more is less.Roadblocks: Lamenting that only Delhi has good infrastructure for this sport, Kaur stresses on the need to hire foreign coaches in order to compete against the best in the world. “Even the process of importing weapons needs to be simpli fied to help qualified shooters. Sadly, the government is just not doing enough for shooters,” she rues.Moving ahead: “I am aiming to make it to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and training eight hours a day for the same,” she says.Through the barrel Besides shooting: Brisk walkingChilling: MusicIdols: Abhinav Bindra and Zhu Qinan (China)Letting go: Meditation Gurdeep Dhaliwal and Navjeet Kaur of The Kirrt Project.Cultural viewfinderGurdeep Dhaliwal, 25, and Navjeet Kaur, 31, ChandigarhFrame One: In January this year, writer-pho tographer Gurdeep Dhaliwal and designer Navjeet Kaur started The Kirrt Project to document and honour lesser-known artisans, artworks and their stories across the state. A Punjabi word with roots in Sanskrit, Kirrt stands for creation.With an aim to introduce people to the dying arts and crafts of this region, the team visits small hamlets to meet artisans and understand the process.The Guerilla Army: With just four members entirely dedicated to the cause, Kirrt is a closely-knit unit. “No one is paid a penny for the time and effort they put in. The Punjab Arts Council gives a monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 to our team. Till this point, we have not accepted any private donations,” says Kaur.Future perfect: The team now plans to travel across Punjab extensively and take on more creative and artistic projects that will engage the local population. Suvrita Bhadwaj.Alive in every stone Suvrita Bhardwaj, 27, architect, ChandigarhThe foundation: Bhardwaj, an architec ture graduate from Sushant School of Art and Architecture (2014) in Gurgaon, insists that her profession is more of a lifestyle than a job. “I look at the minutest details of buildings that catch my eye. I have always wanted to be an integral part of ‘building’ things. Architecture is one of the few professions that keeps evolving in terms of design and construction material,” says the partner at Loop Design Studio in Chandigarh.Chip on the shoulder: Bhardwaj and her part ner Nikhil Pratap Singh, 27, have restaurants like Karim’s and Playground in Chandigarh, besides The Drawing Room in Ludhiana to their credit. The architect insists that the she couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity than Karim’s to showcase her skill-set. “The galiis reminiscent of an Old Delhi alley or a bazaar street, with different shops, houses, live counters and informal setups. The entire space has been kept raw and true to its concept in every sense,” she says.advertisementSave the earth: Bhardwaj feels that sustainable architecture has now become indispensable for the ecosystem and as long as the final product has an aesthetic appeal and fits the budget, it’s the best way to sell an environmentally cognizant design. “The strategy is to make sure that there is a strong storyline that is carried through the niceties of the design, ensuring each detail plays its part but without looking contrived or redundant to the overall concept,” she adds.Building blocksIf not an architect: RestaurateurFavourite architect: Bijoy Jain.Hhis work is all about availability of construction materials reflecting local architectureWeekend vibes: KasauliRelax mantra: What can be better than picking up fiction? Akshay Thind. Photo: Sandeep SahdevEngineering successLakshay Thind, 26, Om Divine DeveloperGreater MohaliAbout: For this engineering graduate from Government College, Chandigarh, who has a net worth of Rs 200 crore, making a mark in the region’s real estate scenario was crucial. No wonder then that even during his college years, he would make it a point to attend office every day, not just to assist his father in his real estate business but also to dwell on lending a new dimension to their work. “When I joined in 2013, the real estate market had just crashed. I overhauled our strategy and decided take some instrumental measures to ensure that we not only survived but also offered the best to our customers,” he says.The Makeover: She says that ever since he entered the fam ily business which has delivered more than 1,000 houses to fam ilies in Kharar (Punjab), he has been concentrating making the firm future ready.The next block: Entrepreneurship is not just about making money but com ing face to face with new chal lenges. He says, “The challenge keep me excited and that’s why I want to now diversify and ente areas like food and beverage an merchandising.”Castle on stable groundRelaxing my way: Clubbing on weekendsFavourite destination: GoaDressing for success: I love formal clothesIf not a builder: A civil servantSaby Singh25, musician, ChandigarhRe-engineering: A graduate in electronics and communication-engineering from Model Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jammu (2016), Saby Singh wants to use his degree to re-engineer the music scene he has always been passionate about. An independent musician, he regularly does gigs in major cities across the country.Holy intervention: Originally from Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh grew up with his grandparents who taught him how to play different musical instruments and the basics of ragas. “My grandfather loved music and also taught me the basics of singing and ragas.” An accidental introduction to the table and harmonium helped him pick up the guitar in his late teens. “In college, I started experimenting with compositions and the rest as they say is history,” says Singh.advertisementSocial media: The young musician insists that social media has emerged as a major platform for showcasin talent, something which has helped him immensely. ” is the new stage,” he says. Adding that metros are the major market where his audience is based, he says, “M all-time-high was the recent gig where we performed and the audience knew all the lyrics of my song.”Future strings: Singh, who launched himself in July 2016 dreams of his music being picked up for main stream Bollywood or Hollywood projects. ” Netflix and Amazon Prime have changed how one views television I am hoping the same happens for music,” he says.Rajiv Kukreja36, NGO Shri Ram Kirpa Sewa Sangh Welfare Society, FazilkaA primary government school teacher in Dhani Vasakhasingh Village, bordering the India Pakistan border, Rajiv Kukreja says that if it were left to him, he would make blood donation a compulsory chapter in school textbooks. “Awareness is the key,” he says.Need of the hour: A personal crisis at the age of 16 led Kukreja to think about blood donation. “I ran pillar to post to arrange just four units of blood for my mother. As I was underage, I could not donate myself,” he says. At the age of 18, he started donating regularly and the personal cause became a NGO when a friend need ed blood at regular intervals for his child-a thalassemia patient. “I realised that a lot more could be done,” he adds.Every drop counts: Having received numerous awards by the State Blood Transfusion Council, both personally and for his NGO, this teacher believes that every citizen should donate blood every three months. “Stay healthy and avoid donating if you are on any antibiotics for diabetes or blood pressure. One should eat healthy to ensure a steady haemoglobin count of 12 and above, and a platelet count of 2 lakh and more when donating,” he says.What’s needed: Stressing that there is an urgent need for infrastructure, Kukreja hopes that the private sector and individuals would come forward and donate chairs. “Fazilka may have 4,000 donors, but there’s only one chair at the blood bank,” he says.last_img read more

first_imgHistory has it that in over seven decades since India made their first tour Down Under, they have never been able to win a Test series in Australia. But that piece of history is about to change if Sunil Gavaskar is to be believed.”India should win this series and by a 3-0 margin. Melbourne Test may end up in a draw because of rain and that’s what I feel,” Gavaskar told India Today.The former India skipper, who is the first overseas batsman to score at least a century at each of the venues in Australia, is confident of India’s chances in the four-Test series that begins in Adelaide on Thursday.His optimism is not on the basis of the quality of this Indian team but also because of the state in which the Australian team finds itself in. The curator at the Adelaide has already announced that there will be a fair bit of grass cover for the series opener, but will that affect the Indians?”If there is grass on the pitch and if Australia elect to bat first, Indian bowlers are well capable of exploiting the conditions. They (Indian batsmen) have played in South Africa and England, where they had encountered bouncy and swinging conditions. So, hopefully, the Indian batsmen will use that experience and come good in Australia this time,” noted Gavaskar.”Surely, this is Australia’s weakest batting line-up that I have seen as it lacks experience. Aaron Finch was recently batting at the fifth position for Victoria, so it will be difficult for him to adjust to opening position suddenly. The other opener Marcus Harris would be nervous playing his first Test and then Usman Khawaja is coming back from an injury. So it will be tough for them.”advertisementGavaskar feels that India should go in with two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Ashwin for the series opener, and if a choice has to be made between the two, the chinaman should get the nod.”I will go with Kuldeep Yadav and Ashwin in the playing XI for the opening Test with three fast bowlers. If I have to pick just one spinner, then it has to be Kuldeep because the Australians were not able to read him in the T20I series that India just played. He brings that novelty factor as the Aussies haven’t played him much,” reckons Gavaskar, one of the greatest of all time.Although Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari both do not figure in Gavaskar’s playing XI for the opening Test, if a choice has to be made, the former India skipper would pick Vihari.”Rohit was dropped for the one-off Afghanistan Test and since then he hasn’t played red-ball cricket. So it is difficult for him to get back into the playing XI. If there has to be someone, it has to be Hanuma Vihari, because he scored a fifty in his last Test match. So what wrong has he done to not deserve a place in the XI?”Mitchell Starc is being touted as the most potent weapon in Australia’s bowling arsenal, but Gavaskar has put his money on Josh Hazlewood. “Hazlewood would be more dangerous [than Starc] because he is a McGrath-like bowler, who will tease you with his line and length. He will not give you those boundary balls, which releases pressure on the batsman. I think Hazlewood would be more dangerous than Starc,” feels the batting genius.Also Read | Bowlers give India their greatest hope of beating Australia: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Ricky Ponting suggests hostility to rattle Virat Kohli in Test seriesAlso Read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inlast_img read more

first_imgAsian Games gold medallists Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna will start their first tournament together – Tata Open Maharashtra as the top seeds in the men’s doubles event. The ATP 250 tournament, India’s only ATP Tour stop, will be played in Pune from December 31.Sharan, who briefly became India’s number one doubles player, and veteran Bopanna recently joined forces, keeping in mind the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri will be the second seed while Phillip Oswald and Tim Puetz are seeded third. The team of Marcelo Arevalo and Jamie Cerretani is seeded fourth.Veteran star Leander Paes will team up with Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela with whom he won the Santo Domingo Challenger title and ended runner-up at Brest, Monterrey, and Chicago in the 2018 season.Left-handed Jeevan Neduncheziyan has entered the main draw with American Nicholas Monroe, who is ranked 65th in the world.”It’s a matter of pride for us to have Asian Games gold medallist Bopanna and Sharan to confirm their participation and become top seeds at the same time,” Tournament director Prashant Sutar said.World number six Kevin Anderson, World number seven and former US Open champion Marin Cilic and Frenchman and defending champion Gilles Simon are among the top names in singles to feature in the second edition of the tournament.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Serena Williams and Andy Murray all set for Australian Open return 2019Also See:last_img read more

first_imgHuawei is planning to launch a new budget smartphone in India soon and it is called the Huawei Y9 (2019). Unlike the Mate or Pro series phones from the company, this one is likely to be under Rs 30,000, or it may even possibly be under Rs 20,000. This, hence, is a mainstream smartphone from Huawei. The phone will be exclusive to Amazon India and the e-commerce site has put up a dedicated page for the smartphone.The Huawei Y9 first went official back in October 2018 as a phone designed for the young generation. The phone touts a big 6.5-inch display and a 4,000mAh battery, among other things. Given the large screen size and a huge battery inside the phone, it seems that Huawei is going to position the Huawei Y9 as a multimedia phone. In other words, this could be a good phone for Indian users who like to watch a lot of videos on their phones, whether those are the Hindi movies they have loaded in their phone or YouTube videos.The Amazon India page does not reveal the exact date for the launch of the Huawei Y9 (2019), but it is likely going to happen in January. This is a budget smartphone that runs on a Kirin 710 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone succeeds the Y9 (2018) that was launched early last year but never made it to India. Huawei has been showing a renewed interest in India after launching the Mate 20 Pro as the first-ever Mate-series device in India last year and now with the Y9 (2019).advertisementThe Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) FullView display with a notch. The phone features a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. Notably, it also gets dual front-facing cameras with a 16MP + 2MP configuration. The cameras get AI-based features thanks to an AI-powered Kirin 710 chipset. The phone also gets a GPU Turbo feature that enhances gaming performance. The Y9 (2019) comes with a 3D arc design on the back with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It also comes in three attractive colours – Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue and Aurora Purple.The other big highlight is that the Huawei Y9 (2019) houses a large 4,000mAh battery that should offer enough juice for consumers looking to consume a lot of media or play graphic intensive games on a smartphone. The Huawei Y9 (2019) was announced in October with EMUI 8.2 based on Android Oreo. It will be interesting to see whether the company launches the device in India with the same OS or with a more current EMUI 9 based on Android Pie.ALSO READ | Huawei launches affordable Y7 Pro (2019) with waterdrop notch, AI based dual rear cameras and moreALSO READ | Huawei P30 may come with triple rear cameras that includes a 40MP sensorlast_img read more

first_imgManchester City have a one-point advantage over rivals Liverpool going into the final six games of the Premier League season but a tougher set of fixtures means Pep Guardiola’s side will have to be at their very best to defend their title.Liverpool’s home game with Chelsea on April 14 is their only meeting with a top-six team during the run-in and half of their games are against sides in the bottom five of the league, starting with a trip to 16th-placed Southampton on Friday.Should City, who have won their last eight games in the league, extend that run until the end of the season they will win the title again.Yet two of their fixtures stand out as absolutely crucial to deciding the outcome of what promises to be a thrilling battle.City, who play four of their last six away from home, host Spurs at the Etihad on April 20 — a game which comes after a two-legged Champions League quarter-final between the pair.City’s big test at Old Trafford on April 24Then the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on April 24 offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side the chance to ruin the ambitions of their local rivals.It is such a tight race that even a normally acceptable result — a draw at Manchester United — could be enough to tip the balance in favour of Juergen Klopp’s side.Yet there have rarely been title run-ins without some surprises.There is an argument that playing against teams scrapping desperately against relegation is tougher, at this stage of the campaign, than taking on mid-table sides with little to motivate them.advertisementTeams such as Leicester, who City host in the penultimate game and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are at Anfield on the final day, have shown they are capable of upsetting the big boys.Another factor is the Champions League — both clubs are in the quarter-finals and if one were to be eliminated their workload would ease.Whatever happens, there will be no shortage of drama between now and May 12.Manchester City:April 14: Crystal Palace (a)April 20: Tottenham (h)April 24: Man Utd (a)April 28: Burnley (a)May 4: Leicester (h)May 12: Brighton (a)LiverpoolApril 5: Southampton (a)April 14: Chelsea (h)April 21: Cardiff (a)April 26: Huddersfield (h)May 4: Newcastle (a)May 12: Wolves (h)Also Read | Tottenham manager Pochettino says Spurs must play as per ‘World Cup’ level stadiumAlso Read | Pele hospitalised in Paris with urinary infection, condition not life-threateningAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgThe knockout stages of Indian Premier League 2019 begins with a blockbuster clash. It’s one of the most intense rivalries in the nascent history of the T20 league. Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians or as Rohit Sharma puts it, the “El Clasico” of IPL.Interestingly, one of the two three-time champions will inch closer to their fourth title after Tuesday’s encounter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Nonetheless, the luxury of having finished inside the top two spots gives the losing side an extra shot at reaching the final.When it comes to previews of any sport, tagging favourites is the ideal way to set a narrative. However, for Tuesday’s clash, it is safe to say, there isn’t any.Chennai Super Kings have been a formidable side at home over the years. Apart from MS Dhoni’s midas touch and a consistent core group, CSK’s ability to make best use of the conditions at home has been one of the major reasons for their success in the IPL over the years.Super Coach @SPFleming7 on how it’s not a league anymore, but one-off games and about the preparation in place for the Pride! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/U4I1bevqhFChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 6, 2019CHEPAUK CSK FORTRESS BUT NOT DURING MI INVASIONSIn the last 23 matches at home, CSK have won 19! Chepauk has certainly been a fortress for the Men in Yellow.However, 3 of their last 4 defeats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium have come against Mumbai Indians. In fact, Chennai haven’t beaten Mumbai Indians at home since 2010.advertisementMumbai Indians are the only team to have a positive head-to-head record against Chennai Super Kings in the history of IPL – 15:11. Moreover, MI’s record at Chepauk is sure to help raise a few eyebrows. In 6 IPL matches, MI have beaten CSK 4 times!Set the whistle clocks to 7:30 PM!Follow the matchday routine and cheer all the #Yellove you’ve got! Matchday it is! #WhistlePodu #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/mJYrJuggF1Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 7, 2019When Mumbai Indians last played at Chepauk less than two weeks ago, Chennai Super Kings were handed a 46-run thrashing in the absence of their skipper MS Dhoni, who was rested due to a back injury.Mumbai beat Chennai in their own game on the sluggish Chepauk pitch. Rohit Sharma hit his first fifty of IPL 2019, a well-paced 67 from just 48 balls to help MI post 155. The par total proved too much in the end for CSK as the visiting spinners put the brakes on CSK’s scoring rate and let their pacers enjoy the benefits. CSK were bundled out for 109.MI have headed to Chepauk with a lot of confidence. They have completed a double over CSK in IPL 2019 and will be hoping to make it 3-in-3 and secure a final berth. In fact, MI have beaten CSK in 6 of their last 7 meetings.MI thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders in their final league game to seal the top spot in the eight-team points table. On the other hand, CSK were handed a 6-wicket thrashing in Mohali against Kings XI Punjab but managed to hold on to their 2nd spot and make the Qualifier 1.Here’s to more badges of honour before the season ends #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKKR @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/z7YAPRitkRMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 2019Odds are in favour of Mumbai Indians but that doesn’t make them favourites. There’s no better team when it comes to stepping up at the biggest moments in IPL than Chennai Super Kings.MS Dhoni’s men don’t rely a lot on numbers unlike their Tuesday’s opponents, who are known for their homework. As Dwayne Bravo revealed, CSK hardly do have meetings. In fact, their captain, Dhoni flew from Mohali to Ranchi and made use of the one-day break ahead of the high-profile match to cast his vote for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Kedar Jadhav getting ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2019 is a cause for concern as CSK don’t have enough established backup options at the middle-order spot. On the other hand, MI are likely to replace pacer Mitchell Mcclenaghan to bring in an extra spinner.There will be an army of yellow at the MA Chidambaram stadium stands cheering for the defending champions. However, even their most ardent fans will know it’s not going to follow a familiar script. What more can one ask for? It’s time to fasten our seat belts.advertisementAlso Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | IPL 2019: Warner, Rabada and Russell chart-toppers after league stageAlso Read | My daughter was sleeping when I hit my fifty: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Unpredictability while bowling against KKR did the trick for MI: Mahela Jayawardenelast_img read more

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan will miss Friday’s fourth one-day international against Pakistan in Nottingham after being suspended for a slow over-rate offence, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday.Match referee Richie Richardson imposed the suspension on Morgan after England were ruled to be two overs short after time allowances during their victory over Pakistan in the third ODI in Bristol on Tuesday.The ICC said it was Morgan’s second “minor over-rate offence” after being previously found guilty during the Barbados ODI against the West Indies in February.Morgan was also fined 40% of his match fee, while the players were hit with a 20% fine.”In accordance with Article 2.22.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10% of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” the ICC said in a statement.Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded by the ICC for hitting the stumps with his bat after his dismissal for 128 in the 29th over of the same match.ICC confirmed that one demerit point was added to the disciplinary record of Bairstow, his first since the introduction of the revised code in September 2016.Also Read | Imam-ul-Haq breaks Kapil Dev’s 36-year-old record despite 3rd ODI loss vs EnglandAlso Read | IPL 2019 final: Why James Neesham deleted tweet about MS Dhoni’s controversial run outAlso Seelast_img read more

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