New Delhi: Kedar Jadhav’s aggressive 86, Vijay Shankar and Krishnappa Gowtham’s aggressive cameos of 45 and 33 respectively in the death overs as well as Shahbaz Nadeem’s brilliant haul of 4/32 gave India B a convincing 51-run win over India C as they clinched the Deodhar Trophy title at the JSCA cricket stadium in Ranchi on Monday. Jadhav, who has been a forgotten man for the Indian cricket team ever since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and Nadeem, who impressed on debut combined to put up a magnificent performance that summed up India B’s dominance in the tournament. Jadhav’s knock was crucial after India B suffered a bad start after opting to bat.Ruturaj Gaekwad fell in the first over to Ishan Porel while skipper Parthiv Patel and Baba Aparajith fell after getting off to a steady start. However, at the other end, Yashasvi Jaiswal held firm at the other end and played confidently as the match progressed. Jaiswal benefited from a dropped catch by Diwesh Pathania and he made the bowler pay by hitting him for a couple of boundaries. Jaiswal notched up his fifty with a big six off Mayank Markande but he fell in the quest of quick runs to Axar Patel.However, Jadhav held firm and continued the good work which Jaiswal had done and he signalled his intentions with a six off Markande. The 79-run stand between Jadhav and Nitish Rana laid the foundation for India B’s big score. Jadhav mixed aggression and caution and he continued to target Markande by getting to his fifty with two sixes off the legspinner. When Rana fell, Vijay Shankar ensured the momentum was sustained and Markande continued to bear the brunt of the punishment when Shankar slammed a six.Shankar upped the ante with two fours off Jalaj Saxena and he slammed a six and a four off Pathania as India B went rampant in the death overs. Jadhav hit his fourth six off Markande as the bowler finished with figures of 10-0-79-0. Shankar fell for 45 but the 49th over bowled by Pathania was carnage as Gowtham slammed two fours and three sixes as the over went for 31 runs. Ishan Porel got the big wicket of Jadhav for 86 to pick up his fifth wicket but Gowtham’s blitz ensured India B reached 283/7, with the last five overs yielding 72 runs.Also Read | Incredible – Defending Vijay Hazare Trophy Champions Mumbai Dumped Out After No Result Vs ChhatisgarhThe onslaught in the final overs affected India C and they started badly, losing Shubman Gill, Virat Singh and Suryakumar Yadav cheaply. The collapse of four wickets for 21 runs ensured India C did not recover and despite the best efforts of Priyam Garg, India C were behind the rate. When Siraj got the wicket of Garg for 74, Nadeem ran through the lower order to end with four wickets. Axar Patel, Jalaj Saxena and Mayank Markande did not go for the win and they played out the overs to give India B a confident win. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
By Colin Bynoe JrTHE much-anticipated construction of an International standard eight–lane 400-metre synthetic track at Burnham Park in New Amsterdam, Region 6 has hit phase three of a four-phase project.Berbicians are buzzing and happy to see the start of such a project. Besides boasting some of the country’s naturally talented athletes, this initiative, when completed, will add spice to track and field in Berbice and by extension Guyana.Construction Company BK International was awarded the contract of this historic facility at a cost of G$141M. Chronicle Sport on a recent visit to the construction site witnessed workers on the go with several ground works, which included constructing drainage systems (laying draining pipes), inner and outer track works and asphalting.Adequate drainage is crucial to maintaining the integrity and longevity of a synthetic track surface and its sub-base materials. The drainage system will be built in such a way that it captures and drains rain water. It can also perform as a water collection system for the athletic field, all of which will most likely to be completed in four months.It is understood that the final phase will be the laying of the actual synthetic track and when completed sometime in December the track will be outfitted with 8 lanes and will be 400m in dimension.In addition it will have all the facilities to host international track and field meets. Football enthusiasts will be elated also, as provision is being made for the construction of a full-size football field within the track.The project is being funded by the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Culture Youth and Sport.
After his first three blocks, Bourama Sidibe remained stoic. His arms hung low and he walked slowly back to his spot near the low block, ready to defend. But after his fourth swat sent the ball into the lap of a fan in the second row behind the basket, Sidibe tilted his head down, as if to hide his expression. He smirked.The team’s star guard, Tyus Battle, did too. Teammate Elijah Hughes, who’s redshirting this season, burst off the bench and threw out his arms, elated Syracuse’s true freshman forward had established himself as a rim protector within his first minutes of college basketball, in Syracuse’s eventual 84-54 victory over Southern New Hampshire in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.“He has great timing,” said Battle, a sophomore who led all players with 20 points. “I’ve seen him do that stuff all throughout the summer. … He times the ball, he sees the ball. I don’t know, both (he and junior Paschal Chukwu) are really good. We’re lucky we have two guys who can block shots like that.”Before fouling out with four minutes to go, Chukwu added six blocks of his own. And now, the pairing of Chukwu and Sidibe figures to consistently rotate at the bottom of the Orange’s 2-3 zone. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim depends on this to be true, because, after the Orange vs. White scrimmage, he said he’d like to play each center 20 minutes per game to start the season.The centers’ play Wednesday night, albeit against a Division II team that played no one standing within two inches of the 7-foot-2 Chukwu or 6-foot-10 Sidibe, at least showed each option could be capable down low. The 12 blocks between them wasn’t because of the height advantage, Boeheim said, but because they were in the right spots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange needs quick maturation from both centers because Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson, the pair which combined to play 98 percent of Syracuse’s minutes at center last season, per Kenpom.com, are gone. Lydon entered the NBA Draft and Thompson transferred to Seton Hall. That left new assistant Allen Griffin with the team’s most unproven unit, a true freshman and a fourth-year whose multiple eye surgeries cut last season short after seven games. Last year, Chukwu totaled 12 points and did not play after Dec. 10.“I haven’t played in a while,” Chukwu said. “I need to get in the groove of playing again.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorIn practice, Griffin works with Chukwu and Sidibe on timing blocks. They functioned as an effective one-two punch in the paint. Though Chukwu struggled offensively, committing three turnovers and scoring only two points, he altered other shots not recorded on the stat sheet.“The bigs definitely surprised me,” said freshman guard Howard Washington, who scored 11 points. “They protected the rim. … Bourama had like six blocks, and that really impressed me.”With about 13 minutes remaining against SNHU, Chukwu posted up a defender several inches shorter. With his back to the basket, he spun and lofted a right-handed hook for an and-1. But he missed the ensuing free throw and dropped to 0-for-11 career. Sidibe shot 4-for-5 from the free-throw line.Fouling also became a problem for Chukwu on the defensive end. He committed two fouls in the first 38 seconds of the second half to get to four total and though Boeheim raised his hands and shook his head at the referee each time, it seemingly altered how he wanted to use his centers.“On both ends, he’s still a work in progress,” Griffin said of Chukwu. “Tonight he was very active, especially defensively. This is just game one for him.”It is clear both Chukwu and Sidibe will need more opportunities with the basketball in their hands and backs to the basket. Syracuse’s offense also needs its inside presences to smooth out the clunky play when the ball finds them near the basket. They combined for eight turnovers, many of which came from traveling violations.“I’m trying to be more patient,” Sidibe said. “I know I’m over-quick sometimes.”Sidibe accumulated five blocks through nine minutes of first-half play alone, and he stuffed the layup attempt of the first driver who came his way. His presence served as a message. He and Chukwu offered an early glimpse of what Syracuse’s unproven frontcourt can be — and needs to be — against stiffer competition.“That’s why we’re here,” Sidibe said. “We have to do that.” Comments Published on November 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+