New Straits Times : 2019-11-11

SPORT : 48 : 48


NewStraits­Times . MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019 | SPORT 48 CRICKET boundaries at will. The right-handed opener hit two fours and five sixes in his 47 off 18 balls with Morgan and Sam Curran also chipping in with useful contributi­ons. The two sides will next play a two-test series, with the first starting from Nov 21 at Mount Maunganui. WELLINGTON the highest successful run chase in the format. Guptill fell after hitting five sixes and three fours in his 20-ball 50 while Munro was out for 46 off 21 balls. Wicketkeep­er Tim Seifert produced the fireworks at the end for the Black Caps with a knock of 39 from 16 balls. England lost two early wickets in their chase but were never behind the steep required rate of over 13 with Jonny Bairstow hitting E ngland all-rounder Chris Jordan shone with both bat and ball to steer his side to a thrilling super over win against hosts New Zealand in the rain-truncated fifth Twenty20 internatio­nal at Auckland yesterday and a 3-2 series victory. Chasing New Zealand’s total of 146-5, the touring side needed 16 runs from the last over for victory but managed only three from James Neesham’s first three deliveries. Walking in to bat at the fall of Tom Curran, Jordan smashed a six and a four to score 12 from the remaining three deliveries to take his team to 146-7 and force the super over. The right-arm seamer then expertly defended the touring side’s super over score of 17, taking a wicket while giving away just eight runs. “There was nothing between the sides in the 11-over game. And in the super over I thought the standout was Chris Jordan,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the presentati­on. “The guy is extremely calm under pressure and delivers.” The deciding match between this year’s 50-over World Cup finalists was reduced to 11 overs a side due to rain and Martin Guptill and his opening partner Colin Munro gave New Zealand a blistering start after Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl. The duo added 83 in five overs, including 55 in the first three of the powerplay, to lay the foundation for their imposing total at the ground, which last year witnessed Australia make 245-5 for Reuters CYCLING Froome says hip surgery went perfectly LONDON: Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome said surgery to remove a metal plaque and six screws from his hip went perfectly as his bid to regain full fitness overcame another hurdle on Friday. Froome fractured a thigh, elbow and vertebrae in a high speed crash during June’s Criterium du Dauphine stage race. But his burning ambition to win a fifth Tour de France title next July and a possible participat­ion at the Tokyo Olympics road race just a week after the end of the Tour are inspiring his recovery. Froome’s hip and thigh bones had already healed but he was suffering discomfort in what he described as his ‘soft tissue’ due to the six screws in a metal plaque that was removed from his right hip in a Saint-Etienne hospital on Friday. “Less some hardware from my hip and elbow. Feeling groggy but all went perfectly,” Froome said on Twitter above a picture of him giving a thumbs up. In an interview with in Tokyo in late October Froome insisted the Tour was his main driving force but he also expressed great excitement for next July’s Olympics. “The Tour de France is the driving force, the big prize for me is to try and get back to the Tour de France, it’s still too early to say if it’s doable. “I’m going to do everything I can to get back to where I left off,” he said. AFP PIC RUGBY Australia men, Fiji women qualify for Tokyo Games AFP SUVA (FIJI): Australia and Fiji have qualified for the men’s and women’s rugby sevens at the Tokyo Olympics next year following their wins at the Oceania championsh­ip in Fiji on Saturday. In the men’s Olympic qualifier final, Australia edged Samoa 19-12 while Fiji beat Papua New Guinea 36-0 in the women’s final. Samoa and Tonga qualified for an Olympic repechage tournament in the men’s section as did Papua New Guinea and Samoa in the women’s. Australia men’s captain Lewis Holland said his side had put in a lot of hard work to qualify for the Olympics. “The last three months have been building towards this moment because we didn’t qualify through the World Series,” Holland said. Samoa had control of the first half and turned with a 12-0 lead before Australia rallied with three tries in the second half including one from the captain. Fiji dominated the women’s final with six unanswered tries against Papua New Guinea. The New Zealand and Fiji men’s teams, who are taking part in the Oceania Sevens championsh­ip run in conjunctio­n with the Olympic qualifier, have already confirmed their berths in Tokyo as have New Zealand and Australia in the women’s section. AFP AFP