New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team were expected to march into the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against a New Zealand side that had lost three games. On a sluggish pitch, New Zealand managed to make 239/8 thanks to fifties from Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. However, New Zealand put up an inspired bowling performance. Matt Henry removed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul cheaply while Trent Boult got rid of Virat Kohli for 1. When Dinesh Karthik fell for 6, India was in trouble. Despite a partnership of 116 runs between MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, New Zealand held on and won by 18 runs to reach the final for the second consecutive time.Speaking in the post-match presentation, Kohli admitted that the start India got was the prime reason India fell short in the chase. “I am not surprised with the way how New Zealand play. We knew they were going to attack. Always feels bad when you play well all tournament and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out. The perfect line and length forced us to make errors. It is very difficult to come back after being 5/3 but our effort was commendable,” Kohli said.India was staring down the barrel at 92/6 in the 35th over but MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja steadied the ship and counter-attacked in style. While Jadeja found the boundaries at will, Dhoni was content to play the sheet anchor role. However, Dhoni consumed quietly a few deliveries and the scoring rate pressure mounted. Kohli, though, said someone had to hold one end up as Jadeja and Dhoni were the last recognised batting pair.“I think he (Dhoni) was batting with Jaddu. He needed to hold one end up. We needed a solid partnership. It had to be the right balance of holding one end up and aggressive. They played in different manners. One has to understand how deep the game went. It was the perfect tempo for the way how the game played,” Kohli said.New Zealand will now be facing the winner of Australia vs England clash and they could be aiming to go one better than 2015 World Cup, in which they lost to Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in what was a one-sided game. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Zealand now has a 5-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups.New Zealand reached the final in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.New Zealand won for only the second time in the ICC Cricket World Cup knock-out stage.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – President of the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) Donna Raynor says next month’s CARIFTA Games, set to attract more than 600 athletes from 27 Caribbean countries, should not be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe.The virus has reached non-English-speaking Caribbean countries, with a few cases in the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, scheduled for July 24 to August 9, is under threat due to the spread of COVID-19 globally.But as Bermuda prepares to host the 49th CARIFTA Games – the fifth time the island will be the location for the event – Raynor said she did not expect the COVID-19 situation would disrupt the staging.“As of now, all systems are set for CARIFTA, the countries are having their final trials … and we’re all moving ahead as if it is going to take place,” she told the Royal Gazette newspaper.Raynor added that the matter was addressed at a recent meeting of the local organising committee (LOC).“Fortunately for us, most of the athletes are coming in from the Caribbean and flying in on charters, not flying through the United States …. We’re just really keeping our fingers crossed that we can get through the next couple of weeks and that CARIFTA is on,” Raynor said, adding that she was hoping none of the countries would pull out of the April 10-13 games.“I just want to have the event; we’ve put a lot of work into it and are ready to go. Hopefully we can get CARIFTA off the ground.”The BNAA will this weekend host a two-day trial meet at the National Sports Centre which is the venue for the CARIFTA Games. It will be the final opportunity for local athletes to reach qualifying standards ahead of the March 16 deadline.The Games, held under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC), features 150 separate events.Meantime, the International Triathlon Union has confirmed that the April 18-19 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda will go ahead as planned.The Bermuda event is the next on the seven-series circuit that will culminate in the World Championships and Grand Finals in Edmonton, Canada in August.
Syracuse (14-16, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) failed to get a win on the road this weekend, losing at Clemson (14-14, 8-9) on Friday in four sets followed by a five-set loss to Georgia Tech (12-18, 6-12) on Sunday.On Friday, the Orange lost the first set after Clemson won 11 points in a row to gain a 13-4 and eventually won the first set, 25-16. The Orange worked its way to a 23-22 lead in the second, but dropped three points in a row to lose the set.Syracuse rode an 11-4 run in the third set to pull out a 25-21 win, but in the fourth Silvi Uattara, who finished with team-high 18 kills for the Orange along with 14 digs, couldn’t quite lead a final comeback. Three straight kills brought the score to 24-23, but a Moneshia Simmons kill won the match for the Tigers.On Sunday, the Orange lost the first set to Georgia Tech 25-20, but came back to win the next two sets 25-21 and a dominating 25-13 to take a 2-1 advantage.In the fourth set, the Orange grabbed a 20-18 lead, but lost the next five points and eventually lost the set 25-23. In the deciding fifth set, Syracuse grabbed a 12-11 lead, but Georgia Tech won four of the next five points to claim the match.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUattara also had a double-double against the Yellow Jackets, with 18 kills and 12 digs. Fellow outside hitter Nicolette Serratore had a double-double in both matches this weekend, as well, finishing with 18 kills and 11 digs on Sunday and 14 kills and 12 digs on Friday.—Compiled by Ryan Raigrodski, staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on November 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+