Rohit, Rahul hundreds crush Windies – India level ODI ­series 1-1 ahead of Sunday’s decider

first_imgVISAKHAPATNAM, India, (CMC): In-form Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran carved out contrasting half-centuries, but Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic hat-trick crippled West Indies’ run chase and propelled India to a series-levelling 107-run victory in the second One-Day International here yesterday. Chasing a mammoth 388 at the ACA-VDCA Stadium after openers Rohit Sharma (159) and KL Rahul (102) slammed scintillating hundreds, West Indies were challenging at 192 for three in the 30th over and creating some worry in the Indian ranks But Kuldeep intervened with his left-arm spin to knock over Hope, Jason Holder (11), and Alzarri Joseph (0) in successive deliveries in the 33rd over as West Indies lost their last seven wickets for 88 runs to be all out for 280 in the 44th. Hope stroked a top score of 78 off 85 deliveries while Pooran unleashed a breathtaking 47-ball 75, but their dismissals ended all hope of pulling off the record run chase. With the game gone, all-rounder Keemo Paul lashed a stroked-filled 46 from 40 balls in an attempt to take some of the shine off India’s convincing win. Kuldeep finished with three for 52 while seamer Mohammed Shami picked up three for 39, including the key wickets of Pooran and captain Kieron Pollard (0) off successive deliveries in the 30th over. The victory saw India avoid a series defeat to West Indies and turn Sunday’s final game in Cuttack into a series decider. Sent in, India flourished through Rohit and Rahul, the pair posting an astonishing 227 at the top of the order – a record first-wicket stand for the hosts against West Indies. Rohit, a deserving Man-of-the-Match, crunched 17 fours and five sixes in a knock lasting 138 balls while Rahul chipped in with eight fours and three sixes off 104 deliveries. Rahul, though, was first to his 50 off 46 balls in the 16th over and Rohit followed in the 22nd over, bringing up his landmark off 67 balls by pulling seamer Paul to the square boundary. Capitalising on a dropped chance on 70, Rohit raced to his 28th ODI hundred off 107 balls in the 34th over, and Rohit joined him three overs later, reaching his fifth one-day century off 103 balls. The stand ended when Rahul was taken at third man off pacer Alzarri Joseph off the final ball of the same over, and the Caribbean side struck again in the next over, the 38th, when Pollard removed his opposite number, Virat Kohli, for a first-ball ‘duck’. However, Shreyas Iyer, who slammed 53 from 32 deliveries, then put on a further 60 for the third wicket with Rohit and 73 for the fourth wicket with Pant (39) to get India up to their second highest-ever total against West Indies and ninth highest total overall. SCOREBOARD INDIA Rohit Sharma c wkp Hope b Cottrell 159 KL Rahul c Chase b Joseph 102 *V Kohli c Chase b Pollard 0 S Iyer c wkp Hope b Cottrell 53 +R Pant c Pooran b Paul 39 K Jadhav not out 16 R Jadeja not out 0 Extras (b1, lb3, nb1, w13) 18 TOTAL (5 wkts, 50 overs) 387 Did not bat: D Chahar, Mohammed Shami, S Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav Fall of wickets: 1-227 (Rahul), 2-232 (Kohli), 3-292 (Sharma), 4-365 (Pant), 5-373 (Iyer) Bowling: Cottrell 9-0-83-2 (w2), Holder 9-0-45-0 (w1), Pierre 9-0-62-0 (w2), Paul 7-0-57-1 (w1), Joseph 9-1-68-1 (w3), Chase 5-0-48-0 (w3, nb1), Pollard 2-0-20-1 (w1) WEST INDIES E Lewis c Iyer b Thakur 30 +S Hope c Kohli b Yadav 78 S Hetmyer run out 4 R Chase b Jadeja 4 N Pooran c Kuldeep Yadav b Mohammed Shami 75 *K Pollard c wkp Pant b Mohammed Shami 0 J Holder st Pant b Kuldeep Yadav 11 K Paul b Mohammed Shami 46 A Joseph c Jadhav b Kuldeep Yadav 0 K Pierre c Kohli b Jadeja 21 S Cottrell not out 0 Extras (b1, lb2, w8) 11 TOTAL (all out, 43.3 overs) 280 Fall of wickets: 1-61 (Lewis), 2-73 (Hetmyer), 3-86 (Chase), 4-192 (Pooran), 5-192 (Pollard), 6-210 (Hope), 7-210 (Holder), 8-210 (Joseph), 9-260 (Pierre), 10-280 (Paul) Bowling: Chahar 7-1-44-0 (w2), Thakur 8-0-55-1 (w2), Shami 7.3-0-39-3 (w1), Jadeja 10-0-74-2 (w1), Yadav 10-0-52-3, Iyer 1-0-13-0 (w2). Result: India won by 107 runs. Series: Three-match series level 1-1. Man-of-the-Match: Rohit Sharma. Toss: West Indies Umpires: Anil Chaudhary, Rod Tucker; TV – Shaun Georgelast_img read more

Strangers Along the Journey to Success

first_imgAs I navigate the treacherous waters of the professional career world, I’ve collected a few nuggets of knowledge along the way.  Many of them have been from strangers I’ve met along the journey.  There have been three that I’ve always been reminded by, that influence my career and ultimately make me excited for those strangers I will meet in the future.As I began my professional career right after college, I met stranger in an interview.  I ended up not getting that job I interviewed for, but was recommended by the interviewer to her friend who was hiring for another role at another company.  While bummed I didn’t get the original job I intended to land, I fortunately was connected to a new one that jumpstarted my HR career and set an incredible foundation for me.The second stranger I met once told me that “work is just a four letter word”.  While true, I think it is so much more now.  We spend a good portion of our day at work and it even infiltrates how we create our self-identity (for better or for worse).  Nevertheless, while only a four-letter word, it’s help built some of the best relationships I’ve gathered thus far in life.Just by saying “hello” was how I met the third stranger.  In that simple act of initiating a conversation, I built tremendous relationships that I still keep today, building those quality connections and relationships that generated shared experiences.  It is through those shared experiences that seem to create and bond groups even in front of incredible adversaries.  In a former HR life, we bonded over many things, however one of which impacted us all and gelled us together.  That bond over an experience is incredible and last far longer than I had ever imagined.While some of these strangers are strangers no more, it’s been those interactions that make this journey so great and exciting.  I enjoy being on this journey and the strangers I will meet along the way.  In every experience, there has been an underlying theme, it’s those strangers along the way that have help me in some way or another to my destination to success. Greg is the Senior Manager of Human Resources at AppDynamics, the premier Application Intelligence company empowering today’s software defined businesses.  He is also an avid succulent propagator.  You can reach him at  What is your four-letter word?last_img read more

Mozambique mourns, Zimbabwe buries dead from Cyclone Idai

first_img(AP) – Zimbabwe is retrieving and burying bodies Wednesday as Mozambique begins three days of national mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai.The death toll is rising in both countries, but the full number of those killed and damage done will only be known when torrential floodwaters recede. Persistent rains are forecast through Thursday so it will be days before the plains of Mozambique drain toward the Indian Ocean.Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to visit on Wednesday the hard-hit mountain community of Chimanimani on the eastern border with Mozambique. Some 300 people may have died in Zimbabwe as a result of the cyclone, say officials.Mozambican officials say its death toll is 200 and rising. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said earlier this week he expects fatalities to be more than 1,000.last_img read more

Election reform bill passed in time for implementation in 2019 federal vote

first_imgOTTAWA — Legislation aimed at preventing foreign interference and constraining the influence of big money in Canadian elections has been approved by the Senate.Bill C-76 passed in the upper house late Monday on a vote of 54-31 and is expected to receive royal assent later this week.That means the reforms will apply during next year’s federal election campaign.Chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault had warned that the much-delayed bill must go into effect by the end of this year if the independent elections watchdog was to have time to implement the reforms for next year’s campaign.Bill C-76 is an omnibus bill that will reverse a number of changes wrought by the previous Conservative administration’s widely denounced Fair Elections Act. It will restore the use of voter information cards as a valid form of identification to prove residency and will do away with measures that critics argued were designed to benefit the deep-pocketed Tories.It will limit spending by parties and advocacy groups during the three-month period before an election is officially called, as well as during the official campaign. And it scraps a Tory-instituted provision allowing parties to spend $650,000 for each day a campaign exceeds the minimum 37 days and caps the maximum campaign length at 50 days.It will also extend the right to vote to ex-patriate Canadians, no matter how long they’ve lived outside the country, rather than the current five-year limit.Bill also encompasses foreign influence in Canadian electionsThe bill represents a first stab at grappling with the spectre of social media being abused by bad actors — foreign or domestic — to manipulate election results, exacerbate societal divisions, amplify hate messages or instill distrust in the electoral system. It comes in the wake of scandal over Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential contest and the misuse of personal information of millions of Facebook users during the United Kingdom’s Brexit campaign.It will ban advocacy groups from ever using money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns.And it will require online platforms, such as Facebook and Google, to create a registry of all digital advertisements placed by political parties or third parties during the pre-writ and writ periods and to ensure they remain visible to the public for two years.The bill requires political parties to put in place and publish policies designed to protect the privacy of Canadians whose personal information winds up in their massive voter data bases. But there will be no requirement for independent monitoring or enforcement of those policies.The legislation also beefs up the powers of the commissioner of elections to investigate violations of election laws, including giving the commissioner the power to compel testimony.Conservative senators proposed four amendments to the bill Monday but all were defeated.They have been particularly critical of the provision allowing millions of Canadian citizens living abroad to cast ballots, some of whom Conservatives have argued might potentially be compelled to vote a certain way by unfriendly foreign governments.Although some two million Canadians live outside the country, Perrault has estimated that only about 30,000 ex-pats will actually take advantage of the right to cast ballots.last_img read more