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Punjab won the toss and elected to field against DelhiWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Match 45 between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils from the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.Full IPL Coverage Kings XI Punjab defeated Delhi Daredevils by four wickets with two balls to spare at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. Both teams exchange pleasantries, the two young Indians walk back to a happy dug-out. Dhawan just went on his knees and did a twirling wrist pump. Punjab seem to find an unlikely hero in every match. If it was Vohra and Saha in the last match, it is Akshar Patel and Rishi Dhawan in this game. After getting the prized scalp of Pietersen, Patel followed that with a fine knock of 42. Vohra and Sehwag get them off to a bright start as the pair added 67 runs for the first wicket. They had a slight hiccup in the middle, but Patel had decent partnerships with Saha, Bailey and Dhawan to see the team through. Only Tahir and Duminy troubled the batsmen, they picked up 5 wickets between them. The rest of the bowling was quite poor and so was the fielding. Punjab have booked a place in the play-offs with this win and Delhi remain at the bottom of the table.That’s sums up ANOTHER POOR PERFORMANCE from Delhi!!Preity Zinta is ALL EXCITED on the sidelines here!!19.4 overs: FOUR!! Rishi Dhawan rocks back and clubs it over midwicket for a boundary. Dhawan scores the WINNING RUNS for Punjab!! advertisementWayne Parnell will bowl the FINAL OVER for Delhi. It’s 9 off 6 for Punjab!! With Akshar Patel(41) and Rishi Dhawan(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 156/5 after 19 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Rishi Dhawan comes to the crease for Punjab.18.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Imran Tahir has got George Bailey out caught at deep midwicket. Bailey fails to pick the googly and mistimes it straight down the throat of Jaydev Unadkat for a simple catch. George Bailey departs after scoring six runs off seven balls. BIG WICKET for Delhi!! With Akshar Patel(39) and George Bailey(6) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 154/5 after 18 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!17.5 overs: SIX!! Akshar Patel takes it on the full and tonks it over long-off for the maximum. Patel TURNS THE HEAT on Delhi!! With Akshar Patel(31) and George Bailey(4) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 144/5 after 17 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel waits for it and clips it towards fine leg for another boundary.15.1 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut towards third man for a boundary. With Akshar Patel(18) and George Bailey(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 127/4 after 15 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!George Bailey comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.That WICKET SHOULD BE GIVEN to Parnell instead of Shami!!14.6 overs: OUT!! Mohammed Shami has got Wriddhiman Saha out caught at short cover. Saha leans forward and punches it towards Wayne Parnell who collects it and appeals for a catch. The umpires were confused as it appeared to have bumped off the surface but the third umpire ruled Saha out. Wriddhiman Saha departs after scoring 13 runs off 13 balls with a boundary. 14.2 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel rocks back and crashes the cut towards third man for a boundary. With Akshar Patel(13) and Wriddhiman Saha(13) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 121/4 after 14 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!13.1 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha reaches out and slices it over backward point for a boundary. A MUCH-NEEDED boundary for Punjab!! With Akshar Patel(12) and Wriddhiman Saha(8) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 114/4 after 13 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! Jaydev Unadkat comes back into the attack for Delhi Daredevils. With Akshar Patel(6) and Wriddhiman Saha(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 100/4 after 11 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!10.3 overs: FOUR!! Akshar Patel reaches out and heaves it through extra cover for a boundary. With Akshar Patel(1) and Wriddhiman Saha(1) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 95/4 after 10 overs.Akshar Patel comes to the crease for Punjab.JP Duminy is ALL PUMPED UP here!!9.5 overs: That’s OUT!! JP Duminy has bowled David Miller on a flighted delivery. Miller was looking to go over midwicket but misses it as the ball crashes onto the stumps. David Miller departs after scoring two runs off six balls. Preity Zinta is ABSOLUTELY STUNNED here!! advertisementWith David Miller(0) and Wriddhiman Saha(10) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 92/3 after nine overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.8.6 overs: OUT!! Imran Tahir has bowled Glenn Maxwell on a flighted delivery. Maxwell was looking to play down the wrong line but gets beaten with the turn as the ball clips the off-stump. Glenn Maxwell departs after scoring 14 runs off 11 balls with a six. BIG WICKET for Delhi!! With David Miller(0) and Glenn maxwell(10) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 85/2 after eight overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!David Miller comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.7.5 overs: OUT!! JP Duminy has got Virender Sehwag out caught at sweeper cover. Sehwag chases the wide delivery and slices it straight down throat of Manoj Tiwary who takes a good catch running forward. Virender Sehwag departs after scoring 23 runs off 22 balls with two boundaries and a six. Another BLOW for Punjab!!7.4 overs: SIX!! Virender Sehwag reaches out and clubs it over sweeper cover for the maximum. JP Duminy comes into the attack for Delhi Daredevils. With Virender Sehwag(16) and Glenn maxwell(7) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 75/1 after seven overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!6.5 overs: SIX!! Glenn Maxwell gets a big stride forward and sends it deep into the stands over the cow corner for the maximum. Maxwell GETS TO WORK straightaway!!Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease for Punjab.Imran Tahir STRIKES IN HIS 1ST OVER for Delhi!!6.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Imran Tahir has got Manan Vohra out caught at long-off. Vohra was looking to smack it out of the park but fails to get the elevation right as Murali Vijay takes a simple catch under the fence. Manan Vohra departs after scoring 42 runs off 19 balls with four boundaries and three sixes. First sign of spin, Imran Tahir comes into the attack for Delhi. It’s Tahir vs Viru here!! With Virender Sehwag(15) and Manan Vohra(42) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 66/0 after six overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! Preity Zinta ENJOYED that one!!5.2 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra picks the length early and smacks it towards the cow corner for another boundary. That NEARLY CLEARED the fence!!5.1 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra hangs back and steers it past short third man for a boundary. Vohra is in SUPERB FORM!! With Virender Sehwag(14) and Manan Vohra(33) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 55/0 after five overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!First change, Jaydev Unadkat comes into the attack for Delhi. With Virender Sehwag(11) and Manan Vohra(28) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 46/0 after four overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra gets a big stride forward and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for another maximum. Vohra is TURNING IT ON for Punjab!!3.5 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra rocks back and hoicks it over extra cover for the maximum. BRILLIANT SHOT from the youngster!! advertisementWith Virender Sehwag(11) and Manan Vohra(16) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 33/0 after three overs.SIXTEEN RUNS off the over!!2.5 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra swings it again but gets an inside edge past the stumps for a boundary. Parnell was REALLY UNLUCKY there!!2.4 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra stands tall and bludgeons it over mid-off for the maximum. Vohra is TAKING ON Parnell here!!2.3 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra flays the exquisite cover drive and earns a well deserved boundary. With Virender Sehwag(11) and Manan Vohra(2) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 17/0 after two overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! 1.4 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehag opens the face of his bat and runs it towards third man for a boundary. 1.1 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag reaches out and heaves it over covers for the first boundary in the innings. CRACKING SHOT by Viru!!Mohammed Shami will bowl from the other end for Delhi Daredevils. SIX RUNS off the over!! Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Wayne Parnell will start the proceedings for Delhi Daredevils. Delhi Daredevils scored 164 runs at the loss of seven wickets after batting first against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. DK carried on to notch up a typically busy fifty despite receiving little support at the other end. Hendricks, coming in for the more illustrious Mitch, shone with three wickets. More heartening for Punjab would be Sandeep’s return to form after a pasting at the hands of Hyderabad.That’s the END OF INNINGS for Delhi!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: Manoj Tiwary works it through covers and steals a single. Akshar Patel will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Mohammed Shami comes to the crease for Delhi.18.4 overs: OUT!! Beuran Hendricks has got Wayne Parnell out caught at deep midwicket. Parnell tonked it looking for the big shot but sends it straight into the hands of Glenn Maxwell. Wayne Parnell departs after scoring two runs off two balls.Wayne Parnell comes to the crease for Delhi.18.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Beuran Hendricks has got Dinesh Karthik out caught at deep square leg. Karthik was looking for the big shot but holes out to Rishi Dhawan who takes it comfortably. Dinesh Karthik departs after scoring 69 runs off 44 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes. BIG BLOW for Delhi!!ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!17.6 overs: FOUR!! Manoj Tiwary takes it on the full and slices it over point for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(61) and JP Duminy(15) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 134/2 after 16 overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!15.4 overs: SIX!! Dinesh Karthik takes it on the full and smashes it straight into the sightscreen for the maximum. DK KEEPS THEM COMING for Delhi!!15.3 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik flays the slog sweep and sends it racing towards square leg for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(50) and JP Duminy(13) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 121/2 after 15 overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!14.5 overs: Dinesh Karthik gets forward and punches it towards long-on for a single. That’s FIFTY for DK!!14.4 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik rocks back and thumps it over midwicket for another boundary.14.3 overs: SIX!! Dinesh Karthik gets a big stride forward and sends it soaring over long-off for the maximum. That was a MERE PUSH from DK!!14.1 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy goes on the backfoot and clips it towards fine leg for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(37) and JP Duminy(4) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 99/2 after 13 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!12.2 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik makes room and slaps it wide of backward point for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(32) and JP Duminy(2) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 92/2 after 12 overs.11.1 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik swivels across and scoops it towards long leg for a boundary.That’s a WICKET-MAIDEN from Patel!!JP Duminy comes to the crease for Delhi.10.3 overs: OUT!! Akshar Patel has bowled Kevin Pietersen on a flighted delivery. Pietersen leans forward to defend but gets beaten with the sharp turn as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Kevin Pietersen departs after scoring 49 runs off 32 balls with six boundaries and a six. BIG BLOW for Delhi!! With Dinesh Karthik(23) and Kevin Pietersen(46) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 78/1 after nine overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!8.1 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik gets on top of it and flays the cut towards third man for a boundary. That was WAY TOO WIDE from Dhawan!! With Dinesh Karthik(17) and Kevin Pietersen(45) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 71/1 after eight overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.6 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen leans into the drive and sends it racing towards sweeper cover for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for KP!!6.5 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen hangs back and crashes the cut past point for a blazing boundary. Rishi Dhawan comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Dinesh Karthik(14) and Kevin Pietersen(32) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 55/1 after six overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!! 5.1 overs: FOUR!! Dinesh Karthik makes room and hammers it through extra cover for a boundary.First sign of spin, Akshar Patel comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Dinesh Karthik(8) and Kevin Pietersen(31) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 47/1 after five overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!4.5 overs: SIX!! Dinesh Karthik bends down and smacks it over deep square leg for the maximum. DK GETS INTO ACTION now!! With Dinesh Karthik(0) and Kevin Pietersen(30) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 37/1 after four overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: SIX!! Kevin Pietersen hangs back and hooks it over deep square leg for the maximum. KP is ON FIRE!!3.4 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen reaches out and slices it towards third man for another boundary. POOR LINE from Hendricks!!3.2 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen goes on the frotfoot and drills it through covers for a boundary. With Dinesh Karthik(0) and Kevin Pietersen(12) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 19/1 after three overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!! Dinesh Karthik comes to the crease for Delhi.2.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Sandeep Sharma has got Murali Vijay out caught at deep square leg. Vijay goes for the pull and gets a top-edge that goes miles in the air while Hendricks sprints back to collect a brilliant catch. Murali Vijay departs after scoring five runs off eight balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Delhi!! With Murali Vijay(5) and Kevin Pietersen(6) at the crease, Delhi Daredevils are currently at 11/0 after two overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! 1.2 overs: FOUR!! Kevin Pietersen rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for a boundary.Beuran Hendricks will bowl from the other end for Kings XI Punjab.SIX RUNS off the over!!0.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for the first boundary in the innings. GORGEOUS SHOT from Vijay!!Murali Vijay and Kevin Pietersen are out in the middle for Delhi Daredevils while Sandeep Sharma will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab.TEAM NEWS: Punjab have Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey and Beuran Hendricks as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Delhi will play Kevin Pietersen, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell and JP Duminy as the overseas players in their Playing XI today. TOSS: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field against Delhi Daredevils. Team Profiles:Kings XI Punjab:The 2008 semi-finalists, Kings XI Punjab, have failed to perform consistently throughout the IPL history. After failing to make the playoffs for two years in a row(2011 and 2012), The Mohali-team has roped in former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar as their head coach alongside Joe Dawes as their bowling coach. The Australian star George Bailey will lead the new-look yet promising unit for Kings XI Punjab this season.In a desperate bid to yield some positive results this season, Kings XI splashed it all to secure some of the biggest names in limited-overs cricket during the IPL Auction this year.Kings XI skipper George Bailey, Virender Sehwag and Shaun Marsh are amongst the mainstays of the team’s batting line-up, while all-rounders Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson are capable of moulding their game in accordance to the situation. Don’t forget the swashbuckling David Miller, who was the star performer for Punjab in 2012.Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson will lead the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab alongside Sandeep Sharma, Thisara Perera and Lakshmipathy Balaji. Punjab also secured the services of vastly experienced Murali Karthik to spearhead their spin-bowling attack. With the addition of South Africa’s young seamer Beuran Hendricks in the squad, Kings XI can use extra pace to rattle their opponents this season.After making the necessary changes in the team, Kings XI Punjab are definitely one of the teams to watch out for in IPL this season.Delhi Daredevils:Delhi Daredevils appeared promising throughout their IPL career but are yet to add silverware in their trophy cabinet. Their title dreams were shattered after losing against Chennai Super Kings in the 2012 semi-final. The team is coached by former Indian coach Gary Kirsten alongside Eric Simons while Kevin Pietersen will lead the team this year.Following their worst-ever season last year, Delhi chose against retaining either of their players ahead of the 2014 auctions. The team spent a whopping Rs 60 crore to rebuild the team for IPL 7.Delhi will be seen without their mascot and former skipper Virender Sehwag for the first time in six years following his Rs 3.20-crore sale to Kings XI Punjab in the auctions this year. But, the team is still comprised of batting heavyweights including Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Quinton de Kock and Ross Taylor.Team India’s in-form seamer Mohammed Shami will spearhead Delhi’s bowling attack this season while Jaydev Unadkat, Wayne Parnell and Jimmy Neesham will be seen in the supporting role. Also, the new signings of JP Duminy and Rahul Sharma alongside Shahbaz Nadeem will strengthen Delhi’s spin-bowling this season.After spending big at the auctions this year, Delhi Daredevils will be looking to turn it around this year especially after a tumultuous six-point season in 2013.Five key players from Kings XI Punjab:Mitchell Johnson: The 32-year-old speedster has literally turned into a weapon of mass destruction for Australia, as far as the game of cricket is concerned. With 24 wickets in 17 games, the left-arm seamer was the key in Mumbai Indians triumph in IPL last season. His ability to extract late swing at a ferocious pace makes him one of the most effective bowlers in the world today. His frightening pace and malevolent demeanour has earned him 38 scalps in 30 T20 internationals. Apart from his bowling skills, Johnson is more than just a handy batsman with the ability to clear the fence whenever required. In the format where quick wickets are bound to make an impact almost immediately, Johnson is a must-have weapon in your armory.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.George Bailey: The 31-year-old Australian batsman will lead the new-look Kings XI Punjab in the IPL this season. With over 1400 runs in T20 internationals alongside 12 ODI fifties and two centuries, Bailey is one of the most bankable cricketers in modern-day cricket. The Tasmanian cricketer is an exquisite striker of the ball and capable of employing big shots to change the match within a few overs. His presence in the team will undoubtedly strengthen the middle-order for Kings XI Punjab.Mandeep Singh: He turned out to be Punjab’s surprise performer in 2012 as he ended up being their topscorer with 432 runs in 16 matches. With the team lacking experienced Indian players, the onus will be on young turks like Mandeep to deliver.Five key players from Delhi Daredevils:Kevin Pietersen: Arguably one of the most influential batsmen in limited-overs cricket, Kevin Pietersen will be Delhi’s biggest bet in the IPL this year. Following his bitter fall-out with the ECB recently, Pietersen will be available for the full season – a fact that will surely lift the Daredevils. With over 600 runs and seven wickets in just 21 games, Pietersen is a must-have player in any team. Apart from his off-spinners and batting prowess, Delhi will also benefit from his leadership skills and international experience in the tournament this year.Dinesh Karthik: The second most-expensive player in the IPL auction this year, Dinesh Karthik was notched up by Delhi for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore. Karthik was a livewire, with over 500 runs, for Mumbai Indians in the IPL last year. The right-hander’s ability to read the game and mould his innings accordingly makes him a perfect player for limited-overs cricket. Having been named the vice-captain of Delhi, Karthik will also be responsible to add to the team’s think-tank in the IPL this year.Quinton de Kock: The 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman is touted to be the next big thing for South Africa. His aggressive batting style at the top-order has been given headaches to some of the best bowlers in limited overs cricket. His recent quickfire innings against Australia in the two T20 internationals couldn’t save the Proteas but surely showcased his batting prowess against a strong opposition. With a strike-rate of over 119 in T20s, de Kock is more than capable of leading the charge for the Daredevils in IPL 7.Mohammed Shami: The 24-year-old speedster has been a terrific find for the Indian team. In a span of just 29 ODIs, Shami has bagged 50 wickets at an average of 28.96. Shami is the first Indian to bowl four or more maiden overs on his ODI debut. The Bengal seamer is more than capable of moving the new ball, but it is the ability to get reverse-swing that has brought him more accolades of late. Shami’s discipline in line and length has made him MS Dhoni’s go-to-bowler in the hour of need for India. Though Shami is yet to prove his mettle in T20 internationals, but expect him to come out with flying colours for Delhi in IPL 7.Ross Taylor: One of the highly experienced and explosive batsmen in limited, Ross Taylor is a natural match-winner for any team. The aggressive top-order batsman is more than capable of taking the game away from the opposition. His ability to play the big shots and building crucial partnerships in the middle makes him an ideal player to have at no. 2 slot. Taylor slammed three consecutive fifties to script New Zealand’s 2-1 ODI-series win over England in 2013. He has also been in terrific form in T20s with over 950 runs with 63 fours and 38 sixes. He will be one of the key players to watch out for in IPL this season.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul ThakurDelhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, JP Duminy, Ross Taylor, Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal, Saurabh Tiwary, Milind Kumar, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Jimmy Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Wayne Parnell, Siddarth Kaul, Rahul Shukla, HS Sharath, Rahul Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem
Alvaro Morata is unlikely to get a warm reception when Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday because of the striker’s past association with Real Madrid, the Premier League club’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.Chelsea’s record signing Morata joined from Real in the close season and has made a flying start to life at Stamford Bridge. The striker hit his first hat-trick for the club as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan at Real’s rivals Atletico, said his team mate at the other end of the pitch would have to prepare for a “big game” at the Estadio Metropolitano.”He will get a different one from me. Alvaro played a lot of games against Atletico. I think he scored, I am not sure, so for him it will be a big game against his rivals,” Courtois told the Chelsea website.”For me it will be more friendly but between the 90 minutes we are playing there will be rivalry for me as well because they want their team to win.”We know he is a top striker. We know he has this ability and we’re very happy for him that he scored his hat-trick — a striker lives on goals and he has already scored a few important ones this season.”Courtois was looking forward to meet striker Diego Costa, who recently left Chelsea to rejoin Atletico after falling out with coach Antonio Conte.Costa will be eligible to play for Atletico from January 2 when the Spanish transfer window opens and the club’s transfer ban ends. FIFA had banned the Madrid side for illegal transfer of minors.advertisement”He is a very good friend and it will be nice to see him there. I am happy that until the New Year we don’t have to face him and I hope we continue in the Champions League,” the Belgian, 25, added.Chelsea beat Qarabag 6-0 in their Champions League Group C opener while Atletico were held 0-0 at Roma.
New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is likely to express its willingness in hosting the 2026 Youth Olympic Games when International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrives here tomorrow for a two-day visit. Bach, during his second visit to the country, will meet the newly elected IOA office bearers, several Olympic medallists and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. Olympic Council of Asia President and chief of the influential Association of National Olympic Committees, Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah will also accompany Bach. The IOC chief will touch down New Delhi late night tomorrow from Bangkok where he is attending the Sports Accord Summit. The IOA, it is learnt, will express its willingness to host the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in India. No official from the IOA is willing to come on record but sources said that the government is not averse to this idea as the cost of hosting a Youth Olympics is much less than a full-fledged Olympic Games. “Since the cost of hosting a Youth Olympics is to be shared with the IOC, the government is likely to agree to India hosting it in near future. So, we will express our willingness during the meeting with Bach,” an IOA official told PTI on the condition of anonymity. “We will convey to Bach our willingness to host big events,” he added. The costs of hosting a Youth Olympics will be shared by the IOC and the host city, while the travel costs of athletes and coaches are paid by the IOC. The number of athletes to take part in a Youth Olympics is also fixed ar around 3,500.advertisement The first edition of the Youth Olympics held in Singapore in 2010 had a cost of around USD 400 million. Nanjing (China) hosted the event in 2014 while the 2018 edition will be hosted by Buenos Aires in October this year. The bidding process is likely to start in the early part of 2020 only and with the infrastructure of 2020 Commonwealth Games in place, New Delhi could be the likely choice of host venue. IOA President Narinder Batra, just after his election to the top job in December last year, had said that India should think of hosting big-ticket events like the 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics. “The IOA would certainly convey our readiness to host big-ticket multi-discipline events in India and would like to discuss how we can effectively work towards achieving IOC?s Olympic Agenda 2020 strategy,” Batra had said last month while announcing Bachs visit to the country. Rathore, however, has said that the government was not in favour of hosting big-budget multi-sporting events but he may not be averse to India hosting a Youth Olympics Games as this will not need much expenditure. The IOC had introduced these Youth Olympic Games in order to take Olympic events to areas where the Summer or Winter Olympics are not held. It is pushing hard to take these Youth Olympics to Africa in 2022 as that continent has not hosted any Olympic Games. PTI PDS AT AT
Traffic on northbound Highway 75 was backed up for miles Friday afternoon as emergency crews cleared an accident that occurred on the south side of Merrill.Two vehicles collided around 2pm causing a mini van to go into the median and flip on its side.The second vehicle was a passenger car that had sustained major front-end damage.Rescue crews had to extricate at least one victim from the mini van and the Le Mars Ambulance transported at least one victim to the hospital.The names of those involved have not been released.The Iowa Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
They’ve got the best seat in the house for the all the exhilaration and flare of the 2008 X-Blades National Touch League but the referees’ job is often a thankless one. The tournament wouldn’t be possible without the men and women with the whistles, but the refs also receive a great deal of assistance by a team of dedicated behind-the-scenes personnel.One such valuable contributor is veteran Touch personality Al Williams. For more information visit the NTL website
SENIOR CITIZENS’ SECRETARIAT–Task Force on Aging, MeetingSchedule The provincial government’s Task Force on Aging will hold publicmeetings to discuss Nova Scotia’s Positive Aging Strategy. The meetings will give the public an opportunity to comment onthe discussion paper for Nova Scotia’s Positive Aging Strategyreleased on Oct. 20. Meetings will be held in Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens andLunenburg counties on the following dates: Tuesday, Nov. 16Barrington Passage — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Lion’s Hall, 2904Highway 3, Brass Hill Tuesday, Nov. 16Shelburne — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Loyalist Branch Legion, 120 WaterSt. Wednesday, Nov. 17Liverpool — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mercy Branch Legion, 1 Legion Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 17Bridgewater — 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bridgewater Legion, 78Churchill St. Thursday, Nov. 18New Ross — 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., New Ross Legion, 64 FortiesRd. Tuesday, Nov. 23Yarmouth — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Yarmouth Legion, 75 Parade Sq. Tuesday, Nov. 23Saulnierville 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Clare Branch Legion, Route #1 Wednesday, Nov. 24Digby — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Digby Legion, 92 Mount St. To view the discussion paper see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/scsor contact the Senior Citizens’ Secretariat at 1-800-670-0065. -30-
Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached his constituency Varanasi on Monday for a thanksgiving visit after winning from the temple city by nearly 5 lakh votes and leading the NDA to a landslide win in the Lok Sabha elections PM Modi visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in the city and offered prayers. He was accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He is scheduled to address Bharatiya Janata Party workers at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul in the city. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe prime minister in his pre-election trip to the constituency had addressed the party workers telling them ‘each one of you is Modi’ and that they had to run his campaign in his absence. He had also held a massive roadshow before filing his nomination papers on April 26. The PM-elect led the NDA to a mega win sweeping the Lok Sabha elections winning 352 of the 542 seats polled with BJP alone notching up 303 seats. On Monday, Varanasi was all decked up to welcome Modi with BJP flags and posters everywhere. Cleaning and maintenance work has been completed. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with local administration officials in Varanasi to assess preparations made ahead of Modi’s visit here. The chief minister reviewed developmental works and sought information about the progress of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project. Divisional commissioner Deepak Agarwal briefed him on the status of the project. Adityanath laid emphasis on maintaining cleanliness in Varanasi, which draws tourists from across the globe. He said filth should not be seen anywhere in the city. It should be ensured that lanes, streets and parks were properly cleaned, he said. He also asked the officers to improve traffic management to avoid bottlenecks.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)
New Delhi: CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy is likely to resign next month in the party’s national council meeting, sources said Friday.In an earlier meeting to review the CPI’s debacle in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, Reddy had offered to resign taking moral responsibility of the defeat. However, his offer was rejected by senior party leaders who said that the loss was a “collective responsibility”. “He (Reddy), however, said that his health was not permitting him to continue and that he wanted to retire. A decision will be taken in the national council meeting to be held in July. He is likely to resign,” a source in the party said. Asked about his resignation, Reddy did not deny it, but refused to speak on the matter. “What was discussed in the meeting is confidential party matter. A decision will be taken in the national council meeting to be held from July 19-20,” he told PTI. The CPI managed to get only two seats in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls. Both the seats were from Tamil Nadu. Reddy was a member of the 12th and 14th Lok Sabha and represented the Nalgonda constituency of Telangana. He was elected to serve as a general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on March 31, 2012, in the 21st party Congress. Reddy has previously served as the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, while being a member of the Parliament.
22 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the world leaders who addressed the opening of today’s United Nations climate change gathering – including the leaders of the United States, China, Japan and the Maldives – for displaying “energy and dynamism” on the issue. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the world leaders who addressed the opening of today’s United Nations climate change gathering – including the leaders of the United States, China, Japan and the Maldives – for displaying “energy and dynamism” on the issue.Some 100 heads of State and government have converged on UN Headquarters in New York for the largest-ever summit on climate change.Mr. Ban said he appreciated the leaders’ demonstration of leadership “so that negotiators will get clear guidelines and directions” ahead of this December’s conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, where negotiations on an ambitious new climate change agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions are set to conclude.The opening session of today’s summit heard from eight world leaders, with the officials from Japan, the European Union and other developed countries having reaffirmed their pledges to slash emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.“It was an historic and strong commitment… particularly from Japan,” the Secretary-General pointed out.To achieve the 2020 target, Japan’s newly-elected Prime Minister vowed in his address to introduce a domestic emission trading system and a tariff for renewable energy, as well as considering a global warming tax.“You should remember how difficult it might have been for you, Prime Minister [Yukio Hatoyama] – who has been in his office only six days – and has changed the whole dynamic!” Mr. Ban exclaimed.For his part, Mr. Obama noted that the world has been too slow to act or even recognize the magnitude of the global warming threat.“It is true of my own country as well. We recognize that. But this is a new day. It is a new era,” he added. “And I am proud to say that the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.”Also speaking at the opening session of the summit was Chinese President Hu Jintao, who emphasized the unique situation of developing countries. He said their top priorities are to grow their economies and wipe out poverty.“The international community should pay close attention to the predicament of developing countries,” he emphasized. “It is important to listen to their voice and respect their wishes, and combine our efforts to address climate change with those to promote the growth of developing countries and build up their own dynamism for development and ability for sustainable development.”The leader of the Maldives – which consists of some 1,200 tropical coral islets, none of which rises more than 1.8 metres above sea level, leaving the 400,000 inhabitants at great risk of rising sea levels and storm surges – issued an impassioned plea for urgent action today.President Mohamed Nasheed expressed hope that this summit will not fall into the predictable pattern whereby nations pledge action at international gatherings, only to forget about their commitments.“We at the Maldives desperately want to believe that one day our words will have an effect, and so we continue to shout them even though, deep down, we know that you are not really listening,” he said.Other leaders who addressed the opening session were President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, President Óscar Arias Sánchez of Costa Rica, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.
Several prisoners are to be set free for Christmas, the Prisons Department said today.According to the Prisons Department, inmates serving time in jail for minor crimes will be set free. The Prisons Department also said that those above 70 years of age and who have been in prison for over 10 years will also be considered to be freed under a general amnesty. (Colombo Gazette)
All schools in the Northern Province have been closed owing to a threat from the ‘GAJA’ cyclone.The Northern Province Governor’s office said that notice was issued to close all schools in the North today as a precautionary measure. (Colombo Gazette)
“Criminal laws that penalize blasphemy represent an unlawful restriction on freedom of expression, and disproportionately target persons belonging to religious minorities or traditional religions, non-believers and political dissidents,” said the Special Rapporteurs on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, and on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; and the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas.The group also called for the release of Mr. Purnama, who was officially charged with blashpeny on 17 November 2016, in relation to a Qur’anic verse that he quoted during his gubernatorial election campaign.“We urge the Government to overturn Mr. Purnama’s sentence on appeal or to extend to him whatever form of clemency may be available under Indonesian law so that he may be released from prison immediately,” the experts noted.According to a press release by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), the Government initiated the prosecution of Mr. Purnama following the pressure of a fatwa issued by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), as well as aggressive media campaigns and sometimes violent protests launched against him.“It is disappointing,” the experts expressed, “instead of speaking out against hate speech by the leaders of the protests, the Indonesian authorities appear to have appeased incitement to religious intolerance and discrimination.”UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.In addition to Mr. Purnama, recent targets of the blasphemy law in Indonesia included three former leaders of the Gafatar religious community.
In particular, noting that peace and stability are essential to ensure sustainable development, Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov stated that the world does not have “the luxury of being able to make mistakes and then going back to correct them.” “[Therefore] we call on all world leaders to redouble their efforts and goodwill to head towards lasting peace and prosperity for all,” he added. Noting of the growing danger posed by nuclear weapons, the Minister condemned the actions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – the only State in the 21st century continuing nuclear weapons development programme despite condemnation from the entire international community and called on the country to take serious steps to recommit to a political resolution to the crisis. In his address, he noted the importance of the Astana process on Syria and his country’s efforts for a peaceful settlement in that country, and underscored that success at both the Geneva and Astana platforms are critical and that they should be supported by the entire international community. Also in his address, he noted that the UN system may be subject of criticism but at the same time it remains the “beacon of hope” for billions around the globe and a universal institution that brings with it the promise of better, safer and more sustainable future.Full statement available here
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(Trinidad Express) The woman beaten to death with a brick in Mayaro on Monday night was eight months pregnant.The deceased woman, Stacy-Ann Campbell, was also the mother of four children.Killed: Stacy-Ann CampbellTwo of the children are twins. Her firstborn child is 10-years-old.Campbell, 29, was killed at her neighbours’ house at Radix Village at around 8 p.m.She had been chatting at the home of her neighbour, Yvonne Modeste, when she got up to leave.Police were told that the suspect, a relative of Modeste, held onto Campbell.She struggled and broke free.The suspect took up a red clay block and advanced towards her.Modeste ran back into her house for help. When she returned she saw Campbell lying on the ground, bleeding from wounds to the head. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMentally ill man batters pregnant T&T womanMarch 20, 2018In “latest news”T&T father murdered after searching for missing daughterSeptember 13, 2016In “Crime”T&T man kills lover, dies after crashing car into truckMay 12, 2017In “Crime”
EHF CLEHF FINAL4 ← Previous Story Steaua, CSM, Dinamo and Turda for Romanian title Next Story → EHF Cup Final4: Magdeburg to meet Saint Raphael Draw for the Men’s EHF Champions League Final4 was held in Cologne earlier today. The two finalists from the last season, RK Vardar and PSG Handball won’t meet at semi-final. The reigning champions from Macedonia will face Montpellier Handball, the EHF CL winners from 2003.PSG Handball will play against HBC Nantes at second semi-finals.Final4 event will be held at Lanxess Arena in Cologne on May 26/27.
Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite‘s graphics have received criticism almost from the beginning. One of the chief complaints was over how Chun-Li and other character’s faces looked. Capcom promised it would eventually address this issue. Today, a newly released trailer for the upcoming fighting game shows a much better looking Chun-Li.For reference, this is what Chun-Li originally looked like in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.This is how she looks now.That is a vast improvement indeed. Honestly, I never had that much of a problem with the way she originally looked in MvCI. With that said, I am glad Capcom has made her look the way she has for the past 25 years.Along with the new story trailer, Capcom revealed additional information about the game. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite will have 30 playable characters at launch (with Ultron and Sigma being DLC characters). Offline mode will have a story mode, arcade mode, and training missions. Online mode features ranked matches, rankings, and a beginner league for those under level 14.We’ve detailed the full character roster and features below.Character roster:– Black Panther– Captain America– Captain Marvel– Doctor Strange– Dormammu– Gamora– Ghost Rider– Hawkeye– Hulk– Iron Man– Nova– Rocket Raccoon– Spider-Man– Thanos– Thor– Arthur– Chris Redfield– Chun-Li– Dante– Firebrand– Frank West– Jedah– Mega Man X– Mike Haggar– Morrigan– Nemesis– Nathan Spencer– Ryu– Strider– ZeroOffline modes and features:– Story – puts players at the center of a fierce battle as heroes from both universes come together to stop Ultron Sigma, the combined form of two robotic villains.– Arcade – recreates the classic arcade experience. Keep winning to move forward and confront the final boss in an epic showdown of skills.– Mission – players can do various tutorial missions, or try their hand at advanced character-specific challenges.– Training – set up a training area with various parameters and hone skills to improve fighting abilities.– Vs. Player 2 – go head-to-head against another player locally.– Vs. CPU – play solo against an AI-controlled opponent.– Collection – the Dr. Light Database contains numerous unlockable items, including cut scenes from the story mode, character/stage information, concept artwork and character/stage audio tracks.Online modes and features:– Ranked Match – battle other players online to advance in the rankings.– Casual Match – battle other players online without the results affecting the rankings.– Beginners League – a special league, fought between players of Rank 14 or lower.– Lobby – search for or create a lobby where up to 8 players can engage in simultaneous player-vs-player matches.– Rankings – view the rankings of players from all over the world.– Replay Settings – configure replay settings and view replays.Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 19. You can pre-order now from Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents KUSI Newsroom April 14, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The City of San Diego has issued a warning for the closure of the Southbound I-5 from 10pm till 7am Monday. All southbound lanes will be closed on I-5 from State Route 905 to the San Ysidro Port of Entry due to construction. Border crossing will still remain open Updated: 10:07 PM KUSI Newsroom, Freeway closure on the Southbound I-5 Posted: April 14, 2019 FacebookTwitter