Sun­ris­ers all but through to play­offs

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LON­DON—Ever­ton striker Ou­mar Ni­asse has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault, it was an­nounced on Satur­day. Po­lice were called to a prop­erty in Sal­ford, Greater Manch­ester, just over 30 miles from north­west Premier League club Ever­ton’s Liver­pool base, at 00:55 lo­cal time Fri­day (2355 GMT Thurs­day) fol­low­ing a re­port of as­sault. A 26-year-old man was taken into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing and has been bailed pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said. An Ever­ton spokesper­son told the BBC that the Mersey­side club “con­demns un­re­servedly any form of abuse”. “In this case, we un­der­stand an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way to es­tab­lish the facts,” the spokesper­son added. Sene­gal winger Ni­asse joined Ever­ton on Fe­bru­ary 1, for a fee of around £13.5 mil­lion (17.1 mil­lion eu­ros, $19.4 mil­lion) on a four-and-a-half year deal and has since made seven ap­pear­ances for the Tof­fees. —AFP MO­HALI—Yu­vraj Singh and Ben Cut­ting un­leashed some bru­tal end-overs hit­ting to nail a chase of 180 in Mo­hali and all but seal Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad’s berth in the play­offs of IPL 2016. For their part, Kings XI Pun­jab be­came the sec­ond team af­ter Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants to crash out of the tour­na­ment, de­spite a 56-ball 96 by Hashim Amla.

Yu­vraj show­cased his clean strik­ing, with three fours and three mas­sive sixes, in an un­beaten 42 off 24, while Ben Cut­ting - play­ing his first game for Sun­ris­ers - chipped in with cru­cial mon­ster hits of his own.

Both bats­men ruth­lessly tore into seamer Mo­hit Sharma in the 18th over, plun­der­ing 19 runs to bring the equa­tion down to 20 re­quired off the last two overs. Kings XI were cling­ing on as San­deep Sharma con­ceded only three off the first three balls of the 19th, but Cut­ting slammed the fourth over the straight bound­ary to punc­ture the ten­sion in the Sun­ris­ers dugout. The chase was com­pleted with seven wick­ets in hand and two balls to spare.

The early stages of the chase were an­chored by David Warner’s sixth fifty of the sea­son. Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on a 68-run open­ing stand, and af­ter Dhawan was run out, Warner and Deepak Hooda looked set to take con­trol of the in­nings. Just as they seemed to have set­tled in, how­ever, Warner got out softly against the run of play. Look­ing to tuck the ball onto the leg side, he stepped deep into his crease and trod onto his stumps.

Warner’s dis­missal - Sun­ris­ers’ third hit-wicket in four matches - left the game open again. They still re­quired 83 off 47 balls - a stern test for a shaky mid­dle or­der - but Yu­vraj and Hooda hit Axar Pa­tel for a four and a six later in the same over. The next three overs yielded roughly ten runs apiece, cour­tesy Hooda’s lusty hacks and Yu­vraj’s well-timed blows.

Hooda’s dis­missal off the last ball of the 16th was fol­lowed by Axar’s stingy 17th over, which left Sun­ris­ers with 39 to get off the last three overs. But Yu­vraj and Cut­ting laid into Mo­hit Sharma and never looked back.

Af­ter Kings XI had opted to bat on a hot Mo­hali af­ter­noon, Amla set a brisk pace by square-cut­ting the sec­ond ball for four. That shot seemed to bring back the classy, free-flow­ing Amla, who can un­pick the best of at­tacks with tim­ing and cal­cu­lated bel­liger­ence. An as­sort­ment of cuts and drives was ac­com­pa­nied by some rather ad­ven­tur­ous scoops. Amla was helped by the fact that Sun­ris­ers’ new-ball bowlers were not at their best. Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar was tidy but not threat­en­ing, while Ashish Nehra of­fered too many bound­ary balls in his first two overs.

De­spite the early loss of M Vi­jay - who spooned a well-dis­guised slower ball from Mustafizur Rah­man to mid-off - the Kings XI in­nings soon gath­ered mo­men­tum.

Amla stroked 14 fours and two sixes en route to his 96, re­ceiv­ing sup­port from Wrid­dhi­man Saha, Gur­keerat Singh and David Miller, in in­creas­ing or­der of ex­plo­sive­ness. Miller’s un­beaten nineball 20 to­wards the end of the in­nings was a timely boost to Kings XI, as Amla was be­gin­ning to run out of steam.

In an in­creas­ingly des­per­ate at­tempt to stem the run flow, Sun­ris­ers used seven bowlers, none of whom proved par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive. They even lost Nehra to a leg in­jury in his third over. How­ever, it was their bats­men who ul­ti­mately took them to their eighth win of the sea­son and within sniff­ing dis­tance of a berth in the play­offs.—APP Kings XI Pun­jab in­nings: Amla c Warner b Ku­mar .. 96 Vi­jay b Mustafizur Rah­man6 Saha c Hooda b Hen­riques27 Gur­keerat Singh b Ku­mar 27 DA Miller not out ............ 20 GJ Maxwell not out ........... 0 Ex­tras: (lb 3) ...................... 3 To­tal: (4 wick­ets) ........... 179 Fall of wick­ets: 1-33, 2-87, 3152, 4-173 Bowl­ing: ............. O-M-R-W Ku­mar .................... 4-0-32-2 A Nehra ............... 2.5-0-35-0 Mustafizur .............. 4-0-32-1 Cut­ting ................ 1.1-0-11-0 KV Sharma ............ 4-0-26-0 Hen­riques ............... 3-0-29-1 Yu­vraj Singh .......... 1-0-11-0 Warner hit wicket b Pa­tel . 52 Dhawan run out ............... 25 Hooda c Miller b San­deep Sharma ............................. 34 Yu­vraj Singh not out ........ 42 BCJ Cut­ting not out ......... 18 Ex­tras: (lb 4, w 3, nb 2) ..... 9 To­tal: (3 wick­ets) ........... 180 Fall of wick­ets: 1-68, 2-97, 3139 Bowl­ing: ............. O-M-R-W San­deep Sharma .... 4-0-35-1 M Vi­jay .................... 1-0-8-0 MM Sharma ........ 3.4-0-40-0 Anureet Singh ........ 3-0-28-0 MP Stoi­nis ............. 3-0-28-0 GJ Maxwell ........... 1-0-11-0 Pa­tel ....................... 4-0-26-1 have met in a final on clay since Ser­ena beat older sis­ter Venus in the 2002 French Open.

The last all-Amer­i­can final in Rome was in 1970, when Bil­lie Jean King beat Julie Held­man.

In the men’s tour­na­ment, top-ranked No­vak Djokovic was fac­ing Andy Mur­ray in a re­match of last week’s Madrid Open final. the Wim­ble­don quar­ter­fi­nals.

The 24th-ranked Keys broke Ser­ena at love in the open­ing game of the match and hit six aces in her open­ing two ser­vice games to take a 3-1 lead. As Ser­ena be­came more ag­gres­sive, how­ever, Keys hit two dou­ble faults to hand the break back, mak­ing it 3-3.—AP

The crash dra­mat­i­cally forced both driv­ers out of the race at the Cir­cuit de Barcelon­aCatalunya on Sun­day. David Warner is out hit wicket duirng Kings XI Pun­jab vs Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad, IPL match at Mo­hali, on Sun­day. Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad in­nings: - Money dis­pute - Ser­ena Wil­liams with the tro­phy af­ter beat­ing Madi­son Keys in the final match of the Ital­ian Open.

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