Cape Epic a shining success

first_img8 April 2008 The final stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw the Cannondale Vredestein team of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Belgium’s Roel Paulissen walk away as overall winners of the 2008 event.With a nine-minute advantage built up of over the last couple of stages, they solidified their position as winners once again when they crossed the finish line within the leading bunch of riders who sprinted the last couple of metres of “the Magical and Untamed African Mountain Bike Race.”Thousands of enthusiastic spectators lined the impressive finish at Lourensford in Somerset-West to welcome the top guns across the line.Final stage winnersHowever, first across the finish line of the final stage was the Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm in a time of 2:42:21. The stage win secured them the second place overall in 36:10:49.Following the Bulls, in second place, was another German pairing, Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess of Alb-Gold Mountainbike, in a time of 2:42:25, which clinched them a fourth overall finish in 36:28:35.The Cannondale Vredestein team finished one second later to take top honours in 26:01:45.SA’s bestThe final stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw the Cannondale Vredestein team of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Belgium’s Roel Paulissen walk away as overall winners of the 2008 event at the weekend.For the final stage of the 2008 Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas, riders enjoyed a stage half the length of the longest one, but the climbs were amongst the steepest.Through the vineyards and orchards of Oak Valley there were several short, jagged hills. The long, steep climbs over Nuweberg followed, which forced many of the riders into their ‘granny gear’.As slowly as they had to ride uphill, the opposite was true of the next downhill sections. Hair-raising descents forced riders to stay alert in order to avoid a tragic exit to the race at such a late stage.This took them to the flat section nearing the bottom of Gamtou Pass where, like last year, they had a compulsory portage section through the National Heritage Site. The Absa Cape Epic participants followed in the Voortrekkers’ footsteps down to the railway line, through more vineyards, which took them to the finish line at Lourensford.Winners’ strategyRoel Paulissen, one half of Cannondale Vredestein, the overall winning team, says they were prepared to ride the final stage at a very relaxed pace, as they felt they didn’t need to fight too much thanks to their time advantage. It didn’t work out that way, however.“In the beginning, Brandon Stewart of USN/adidas broke away to set the pace for the first 20 kilometres. Once he shot off to attack, our race instincts kicked in and we immediately stayed with him,” Paulissen said. He then decided to take over in terms of leading the teams, which he did for most of the race.The leading teams – Bulls, Alb-Gold Mountainbike, Cannondale Vredestein, MTN Energade and USN/adidas – enjoyed the final stage, although USN/adidas encountered some problems when Brandon Stewart had a chain suck one kilometre from the finish line, and had to fix it.“After that, I was out of the sprint and I am really sad about it. We felt so good today that I believe we could have stepped on the podium in the last stage,” he commented.ThrilledThe MTN Energade team was thrilled with their third place ranking overall. Kevin Evans said: “David (George) had very good legs today so he could have performed well in the sprint.“I ended up in the back of the leading bunch and once I tried to get to the front, it was too late and I was not in a good enough position to compete in the final sprint. However, we are really proud of our overall third place and our African category overall win.”He added that after winning the race’s prologue, he and George thought they might be able to take top honours in this year’s event. “But after stage two and three, we thought absolutely not. Then our confidence grew after stage four and we thought that maybe if we fight, and with Lady Luck’s help, we can climb the overall podium, which we did!”David George added: “What impressed me most about the Absa Cape Epic is the camaraderie between the pro riders. The mutual respect and the relaxed atmosphere amongst the top riders is something I have never experienced before in road racing. That’s why it stood out for me.”Defending championsIn second place overall, the German Bulls team returned to defend the title they won in 2007. Asked on whether they thought prior to the race that they could win again this year, Karl Platt said: “Absolutely, yes. I have never felt this good before during any Absa Cape Epic as I did this year.“Stefan had a few weak days in the beginning and I had to pull him on occasion, but we grew from strength to strength together. It was really hard work to at least claim the second place.”The champions, Jakob Fuglsang and Roel Paulissen of the Cannondale Vredestein team, embraced each other as they completed their race. Victory, they said, had been about tending to unfinished business.Ladies’ winnersFirst to cross the finish line in the ladies’ category were Finland’s Pia Sundstedt and Alison Sydor of Canada, the Rocky Mountain team, who won their sixth stage of the event in 3:23:45.They took overall victory in 43:05:51, which was enough to place them in the top 25 overall!.In second place during the final stage, as well as second overall, was the Trek/VW Wsd team of Susan Haywood (USA) and Jennifer Smith (NZL). They finished the stage in 3:28:16 and the race in 44:41:33 overall. The first South African team, Jane Seggie and Ischen Stopforth of the Scott Contessa team, captured third place in 48:00:03.CelebrationFor Sydor and Sundstedt, crossing the finishing line in Lourensford was a time for celebration as they hugged each other while rolling over the last timing mat of thes race.Unexpectedly, their handlebars caught, resulting in a crash in front of the astonished crowds. Sundstedt hurt her shoulder when they fell on top of each other, but she quickly back on her feet to celebrate the win.Sydor and Sundstedt both reckoned that the 2008 Absa Cape Epic was a hard race in a beautiful environment. “I can truly say that the Absa Cape Epic is the toughest sporting event I’ve ever done in my life. Everything about this race is extraordinary – the scenery, the organisation, the people. It is long ride, but it is a great ride and I can’t imagine a more fantastic way to explore this beautiful country,” explained Sydor.MastersIn the Masters’ category it was no surprise that the Absa Masters, South Africa’s Doug Brown and Switzerland’s Barti Bucher, walked away as the overall winners in 40:22:38.The were second on the final stage in 3:06:21, trailing the Adidas William Simpson team of Shan Wilson and Walter Platzgummer, who finished in 3:05:19. They ranked second overall, with third going to M. C. Franken and Peter Buggle of Pragma Masters.Brown said the Absa Cape Epic puts one through all the emotions a human being can experience in a very short period of time. “It’s an exceptional challenge and in a few years time I won’t be able to believe that I’ve finished it three times,” he said.His riding partner, Bucher, added: “I imagined the Absa Cape Epic to be a scenic ride through some game reserves where I can see giraffes and elephants. To be honest, during the first two stages I couldn’t see a thing around me. All I saw was the route that went up and down and up and down.“Big lungs and good legs are not enough for this race. You have to be an all-rounder who can cope with loose gravel, sand, steep climbs, single-track, wind, and endless flat stretches to win the Absa Cape Epic. Simply finishing it is a real accomplishment.”MixedTop honours in the mixed category went to the Joybike-Maloja Express combination of Ivonne Kraft and Nico Pfitzenmaier, who won their sixth stage in a time of 3:17:07. In addition, the German duo also won the Prologue. Their overall time was 43:31:32.Second place went the way of Cyclelab Toyota’s Johan Labuschagne and Yolande de Villiers in 44:15:58, while Absa Mixed’s Kobus and Fienie Barnard ended third in 45:50:21.Pfitzenmaier commented about his experiences during the event: “During the Absa Cape Epic you go through all stages in life. You experience emotional highs and lows, joy and happiness, as well as frustration and anger. It is a true life experience.”His riding partner Kraft added: “It is fun.pain, exhaustion, but happiness at the end.”RomanceThere was also a memorable romantic moment at the finish when John Bullens (41) proposed to his riding partner and girlfriend of the last 21 years, Patrice Vercammen (39), on the finish line as they completed their nine-day challenge. On reaching the line, Bullens, a firefighter from the Netherlands, went down on one knee and his bride-to-be accepted his proposal. They were married an hour later in Somerset-West!Mike De Beer and Casper van Wyk of Team River Group were the last riders to cross the finish line before the cut-off time in an emotional finale to the event. Overwhelmed by emotion, they rolled in to the tune of “Heroes Live Forever”.FinishersOut of the 1 198 riders who embarked on the gruelling journey on two wheels, 968 cycled the entire 966 kilometres Knysna to Lourensford.During the prologue and the eight stages, they climbed a total of 18 529 metres on their bikes, which is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice! In total, 435 teams managed to arrive at the final destination whereas 98 riders had to complete the event on their own.Since the event began in 2004, 29 riders have completed the Absa Cape Epic five times. In order to reward the loyalty shown by competitors who return each year to ride the Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas, the organisers have introduced a loyalty programme.‘Amabubesi’Riders that have finished the event three times will be awarded membership of adidas Amabubesi – The Absa Cape Epic Finisher Club. “Amabubesi” means “pack of lions’ in Zulu – an excellent description for mountain bikers that return year after year to ride the event.“To finish the Absa Cape Epic just once is a great accomplishment. That is why we would like to award mountain bikers that keep coming back and complete this tough race year after year. This way, we pay tribute to their achievements,” said Axel Burkhardt, head of Olympic Sports, Cycling and Outdoor at adidas Global Sports Marketing.Before the 2008 event, 139 Amabubesi riders had participated and completed the Absa Cape Epic at least three times. Eighty-five of those participated again in this year’s event!RESULTS MEN Cannondale Vredestein – Paulissen (Bel), Fuglsang (Den)Bulls – Platt (Ger), Sahm (Ger)MTN Energade (1) – Evans (RSA), George (RSA)Alb-Gold Mountainbike – Genze (Ger), Kaess (Ger)Full-Dynamix Rsm – Kessiakoff (Swe), Debertolis (Ita)Dolphin-Trek – Brentjens (Ned), Lakata (Aut)USN/adidas – Stewart (RSA), Knox (RSA)Etto Hoydahl (3) – Bratland (Nor), Torgersen (Nor)Etto Hoydahl (2) – Hoydahl (Nor), Kjoren (Nor)MTN Energade (2) – Heymans (Nam), Swanepoel (RSA) LADIES Rocky Mountain – Sundstedt (Fin), Sydor (Can)Trek/VW Wsd – Haywood (USA), Smith (NZL)Scott Contessa – Seggie (RSA), Stopforth (RSA) MASTERS Absa Masters – Brown (RSA), Bucher (Sui)Adidas William Simpson – Wilson (RSA), Platzgummer (Ita)Pragma Masters – Franken (RSA), Buggle (Ire) MIXEDJoybike-Maloja Express – Kraft (Ger), Pfitzenmaier (Ger)Cyclelab Toyota – Labuschagne (RSA), De Villiers (RSA)Absa Mixed – Barnard (RSA), Barnard (RSA)Source: Absa Cape Epiclast_img read more

SA ‘ready to help rebuild Libya’

first_img23 August 2011 South Africa has pledged to contribute to the rebuilding of Libya as Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule crumbles – while denying that it had sent a plane to evacuate Gaddafi from the oil-rich north African country. As news broke on Monday of rebel forces taking control of Tripoli, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa did, however, have a plane on stand-by in Tunisia in case South Africans and embassy staff in Libya needed rescue. “The South African government would like to refute the rumours that it has sent planes to Libya to fly Colonel Gaddafi and his family to an undisclosed location,” Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters. According to media reports quoting a rebel spokeman, the rebels now control over 95% of Tripoli, including the Libyan state radio building. Gaddafi’s two sons have also reportedly been arrested, with his eldest son, Mohammed Al-Gaddafi, apparently surrendering to rebel forces. South Africa says it will support the will of the people of Libya. “With the imminent fall of the government of Colonel Gaddafi, we wish to urge the interim authority in Tripoli to immediately institute an all-inclusive inter-Libyan political dialogue aimed at building a truly representative and people-centred dispensation,” the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement on Monday. The statement also made it clear that Pretoria had no knowledge of Gaddafi’s whereabouts, with Nkoana-Mashabane adding that officials in South Africa were “sure that he will not be coming here.” The government said the political and socio-economic transformation of Libya “held real prospects of ushering in a new era based on the will of people in which Libya should take its rightful place in the community of nations. “As Libya turns a new leaf in its history, the transitional government has the immediate responsibility of building national unity and reconciliation, restoring public order, reconstruction and reviving the economy.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Like Facebook, Starter Edition: Togetherville Launches for Kids (and Parents)

first_imgTags:#Facebook#news#NYT#Product Reviews#Real World#security#social networks#Social Web#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Another important element to the site is the lack of anonymity. On Togetherville, children use their real name and an actual photo. That may be startling to some adults who have traditionally been told that posting your child’s picture online is dangerous, but in Togetherville’s safe, stranger-free environment, it’s not a concern. …And It’s Fun! Beyond the stringent safety measures, which should assure parents, Togetherville is actually fun to use. Site activities include posting “quips” (pre-screened status messages like “Aced the test! Oh yeah!”), playing games and creating art projects via third-party, pre-approved apps, watching (age-appropriate) funny videos and cartoons, sending virtual gifts, earning badges for positive behavior and earning a virtual “allowance” that can be spent on goods, games and gifts. (Virtual goods and the allowance launch later this summer.) Games, videos and creations made on-site by the child can also be liked and commented on by parents, and can be easily shared back the parent’s Facebook account for “instant bragging rights.” Growing Up Digital: Some ConcernsTogetherville is one of many new social networking sites aimed at introducing kids to the concept of digital identities in safe environments. Everloop, for example (still in private beta), is similar but is positioned towards older kids, tweens and young teens. The idea of using sites like these as safe training areas where children can learn best practices and good online behavior is brilliant. The only downside is that a child’s history of interactions, creations and friend lists don’t come with them when they move from site to site as they get older. Although Facebook Connect makes the set-up process easier, we wish the exiting experience could somehow be improved so that the child’s creations are archived off-site for later access. At the very least, it would be nice to export the child’s art projects as digital photos.One day, when these sites are no more (or simply forgotten about), so much can be lost. Unlike Crayola-made drawings hanging on the fridge, digital art and expression is harder to archive. Status messages that fade away into oblivion are more ephemeral than pen-and-ink diaries that are a kick to re-read after years have passed. But perhaps that’s just how it is these days. Impermanence is par for the course on grown-up social networking sites like Facebook; it’s best to prepare kids early on for that fact of digital life. Related Posts center_img Togetherville is a new social networking site launching today that’s aimed at young children under 10-years-old. Although some parents may balk at the idea of children this young establishing a social networking identity and presence, the purpose of the new service is to provide a training ground where parents can teach their kids important lessons about online communication, community building and what it means to be a good digital citizen. Instead of pretending that today’s youngest Internet users aren’t socializing online (even the most watchful parent can be surprised sometimes), Togetherville acknowledges the fact that children can and do play and learn using social networking services. The problem though, as any good parent will tell you, is that young children need to be taught how to use these types of services appropriately. They don’t instinctively know what details should and should not be shared, who is safe to friend and who isn’t (“don’t friend strangers” is the new “don’t talk to strangers,” it seems), and they certainly aren’t prepared for the real-world dangers of using larger social networking services like MySpace and Facebook where issues like digital stalking, harassment and cyberbullying are a sad consequence of public socializing. Enter Togetherville. Togetherville is SafeIn the press release, the site creators call Togetherville a social network with “training wheels” and the description couldn’t be more accurate. The network has been designed from the ground up as a safe place for children to try out social networking. Here, parents can be highly involved with their children’s online ventures. They don’t have to demand the login from their kids – they’re given their own login where they can access their child’s account and activity, as well as interact directly with what the child is doing. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos One of the most interesting aspects about the new service is how it establishes online friendships. Instead of leaving it up to the child to friend others, Togetherville uses the parent’s Facebook account (by way of Facebook Connect) to instantly build communities of trusted, real-world friends the child’s parent already knows. These communities, dubbed “neighborhoods” in Togetherville’s terminology, are made available to the parent who can then pick and choose which adults and children their child may connect to. Facebook Connect allows the parents to discover other Facebook friends who have already established an account on Togetherville. It streamlines the process so parents don’t have to “re-friend” their friends, they just “discover” them. When a child logs into Togetherville, the approved parent and child combos are seen as neighborhoods where “kids” are separated from the “grownups.” There is no way for other, unknown users to contact a child outside of this process. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Gaming in the Cloud: OnLive Launches Tomorrow

first_imgOnLive, the cloud-based gaming service founded by Apple alum Steve Perlman launches tomorrow. The service hopes to mark a monumental shift in the way gaming works: no more downloads, no more patches, no more discs. Instead of running a video game locally, players on OnLive connect via broadband to a gaming system that runs and stores not just their data, but the entire game itself. OnLive enables video games to be played on Mac or PC and, using their “micro console device” on your TV.In a world where “lag” – latency due to Internet or graphics hiccups – means “death,” there have been a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to make cloud-based gaming feasible. Some eight years in development, OnLive’s vision of instant-access, on-demand gaming has necessitated huge tech developments in both the servers’ and in the broadband capabilities. The machines required to run these games, for example, have to have graphics capabilities not typically associated with servers. According to Venture Beat, the service will limit players’ access, depending on their location from a server and the processing power of their computer, in order to ensure gameplay that’s, well, playable.According to CEO Perlman, the launch marks “the first step toward a future where video game content is increasingly free from the restrictions of device and location, while showcasing the ability to instantly play the latest, most advanced games at the touch of a button.”OnLive promises over twenty games available at launch, including Prince of Persia, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and Mass Effect 2. For a limited time, founding subscribers are being offered their first year of OnLive membership for free in a program sponsored by AT&T. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Announcements#cloud Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

On Friction

first_imgThe military strategist Clausewitz described the fog of war as friction. For Clausewitz, war was different in practice than on paper. You can have a strategy, a plan, and well-rehearsed tactics, but as soon as you come into contact with the enemy, there are so many variables that much of your best laid plans go out the window. The opposing force is pursuing its own outcomes, outcomes diametrically opposed to yours.Your prospective client isn’t your enemy (and you should never think of them as such). And you never engage with your competitors in anything that resembles the kind of direct conflict that defines a military competitor (you’re both competing to win hearts and minds, you do this without ever engaging with each other as “enemies.”).But the metaphor still works. In sales, there is friction.Friction Inside Your Client’s CompanyYou encounter friction within your client’s company. The status quo (and it’s many defenders) produce friction by opposing change. The stakeholders that prefer a different solution or a different provider produce friction by opposing your efforts.Sometimes you encounter friction when another project pops up and takes precedence over a deal you’ve been working on. Or maybe the stakeholder that was sponsoring your initiative leaves the company, a loss that sinks your project (or at least sets it back).Competitive FrictionYour competitors also produce friction. They create value in a way that is different from the way you create value. The attractive parts of the value they create can cause your client to change their minds about what they want. It can also make them prefer something different, something you don’t offer.Your competitor’s pricing model can produce all kinds of friction, especially when you have very different business models.Your competitors are good at what they do, too; they are also winning hearts and minds–maybe some of the very hearts and minds that you need. This is another list that could continue on for pages.Dealing with FrictionFriction is inevitable. To combat friction, you need to follow the rules of this disruptive age.As a salesperson, you need to develop yourself so that you are better prepared to deal with friction. You need to observe what’s happening, orient yourself, decide what you need to do, and act (The OODA Loop). You need to think about what needs to change in order for you to win. You also need to study your wins and your losses so that you can duplicate what works and eliminate what doesn’t.As a sales leader, you need to spend your time preparing your sales force to think for themselves, to exercise their initiative, and to be resourceful. Effectively dealing with friction requires creative solutions. Mostly it requires creative solutions on the spot. A lot of the answers aren’t going to be found within the confines of your sales process (although the creative solutions should be captured and codified so they can be shared).QuestionsWhat are the challenges that occur as you pursue an opportunity where your sales strategy and sales process provide no guidance?How do you deal with obstacles to an opportunity when you’ve never before experienced that obstacle?How do you prepare for problems, challenges, and opportunities that haven’t yet occurred?How do you lead people in a way that allows them to successfully deal with new, unique, and difficult obstacles?last_img read more

Guwahati college suspends teacher for remark on Pulwama attack

first_imgA private commerce college in Guwahati has suspended an assistant professor of English for posting “objectionable remarks” on Facebook regarding the February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.The college authorities said they suspended Papri Banerjee with immediate effect on Saturday after her social media post invited criticism and an FIR was lodged against her.In her Facebook post on Friday, Ms. Banerjee said that the killing of the CRPF jawans was a cowardly act that would “break the heart of any Indian”. But she indicated that the armed forces invited retaliation for maiming children, raping women and slaughtering their husbands. “The terrorism maybe Islamic but Karma is a very Indic concept,” she wrote.Facebook users in Assam, grieving the loss of more than 40 CRPF men including Assam’s Maneswar Basumatari, slammed Ms. Banerjee besides tagging the Assam Police for taking action against her. One Subhasish Choudhury of southern Assam’s Silchar town lodged an FIR against her at the local police station.“We have initiated an investigation into the Facebook post,” an officer in the police’s cyber cell said.M.s Banerjee, who removed the post from her timeline after the backlash, told reporters that her post had been misunderstood. “I disagreed but I didn’t disrespect our security forces. I am depressed over the terror attack as any other Indian,” she said.last_img read more

Years of hard work pays dividend for hockey’s Yuvraj

first_imgThe meagre reward offered to the hockey players, as announced earlier, is nothing compared to the crores awarded to India’s cricketers and the contrast in their lifestyles couldn’t be more stark. A case in point is the way India’s rising hockey star Yuvraj Walmiki is forced to live.  Hailed as the new prince of Indian hockey and recognised as one of the finest young talents in the game, Walmiki has enjoyed a dream start with the national team. Having scored three goals including the crucial third strike in the tie-break against Pakistan in the finale of the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy, the young Mumbaikar’s fine showing has lent new hope to the national sport. But his foray into the national side has been fraught with many a hurdle. A 200-sq feet shanty without electricity or a permanent roof at a corner of a residential building in Mumbai has been home to Yuvraj, his three brothers and parents for nearly three decades. His family struggles to make ends meet from meagre earnings of his father, who works as a driver in the building. “We requested all the people here, chairman and the secretary. They tell us to go from here. We can’t provide you anything,” Yuvraj’s brother Devendra Walmiki says. Years of hard work has finally borne fruit for the young hockey player, but more importantly it brings with it the promise of a better future for Yuvraj and his family.last_img read more

Perth Test: Mohammed Shami sets new Indian record after taking 6 for 56 vs Australia

first_imgMohammed Shami now holds the record of most wickets in a calendar year by an Indian pacer after taking his 44th wicket after lunch on Day 4 of the Perth Test on Monday. In 11 matches in 2018, out of which 10 have been away from home, Shami has struck 44 times for India, which included two five-wicket hauls. Shami is also leading wicket-taker among pacers in away Tests this year. India are currently on their third overseas tour of the year and Shami has played each Test match in all of them. He played three Tests in South Africa, five in England and two so far in Australia.On Monday, Mohammed Shami recorded his best-ever Test bowling figures as he wrecked on the Australian batting line-up after lunch in Perth. His figures of 6 for 56 topped his previous best of 5 for 28 that he achieved earlier in the year against South Africa in Johannesburg.Shami’s sixth victim was Nathan Lyon, who was caught out right after a Shami delivery hit him hard at the helmet. After recovering from the helmet blow, Lyon tried to move his body away and hit another pitched-up delivery from Shami but it went straight into the hands of Hanuma Vihari at deep point.India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4: LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCOREShami registered his fourth five-wicket haul in his 37-match long Test career and led to a collapse of Australia’s batting line-up after lunch. This is Shami’s second five-wicket haul against Australia — the previous being back on January 6, 2015 in Sydney.advertisementThe last time Shami had a 5-wicket haul against Australia, he ended with figures of 5/112 and took the wickets of Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns and Ryan Harris. In the second innings of the Perth Test, he picked the wickets of Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Tim Paine.6 wickets for Shami. His career best figures. 3 for Bumrah and 1 for Ishant. Australia 243. India require 287 to win #AUSvIND (@BCCI) December 17, 2018In his entire career so far, Shami had record four 5-wicket hauls and his maiden came against the Windies in Kolkata on November 6, 2013.Shami had picked 31 wickets after his first 8 Test matches and is fourth in the list of most wickets by an Indian pacer after 8 Tests.Jasprit Bumrah leads the list with 39 while Venkatesh Prasad (37) and S Sreesanth (37) complete the top 3.Ahead of the lunch as well, even though India could not take any wickets, there was plenty of drama as India captain Virat Kohli and Australian skipper Tim Paine had a bit of altercation due to which umpire Chris Gaffney had to intervene and remind the two players that “You guys are the captains”.In the morning session, the Indian fast bowlers put in a spirited effort but were unable to get a breakthrough as Australia reached 190 for 4 at lunch in their second innings, 233 runs ahead of the visitors, with Khawaja 67 not out and skipper Paine unbeaten on 37.Australia, desperate to level the series after narrowly losing the Adelaide opener, blunted India’s pace attack on the grassy Perth Stadium wicket during the pivotal morning session.India’s quicks were unable to exploit the pitch’s variable bounce and lacked the energy mustered during an explosive final session on day three.Australia resumed the day at 132-4 with a lead of 175 runs over India’s first innings tally of 283 and dominated the first session to take control of a fluctuating match.With only a smattering of spectators in the 60,000-seat stadium, Australia’s watchful batsmen made a sedate start in the face of accurate Indian bowling and scored just 19 runs in the first hour.Paine and Khawaja tempered their aggression, preferring to rotate the strike through sharp singles to frustrate an Indian side desperate for wickets.However, it was a completely different story in the second session with Shami absolutely running through the batting order and Australia ended their second innings at 243 all out, with a lead of 286 runs.Also Read | Not really concerned how Virat Kohli conducts himself on the field: Nathan LyonAlso Read | Perth Test: Virat Kohli’s energy is infectious, says Jasprit Bumrah after enthralling Day 3Also See:last_img read more

25 days agoBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move close

first_imgBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move closeby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNiklas Sule has revealed he almost joined a Premier League club before deciding on a move to Bayern Munich in 2017.The 24-year-old added that he would love to play in the English top-flight one day.“It was a thought to go to the Premier League [in 2017],” the 24-year-old exclusively told Goal and DAZN.“This is one of the leagues in which I really want to play. At the time, however, I saw the change to Munich as the best step. And, as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern.“Not only because I got my way, but also because the fans and all the staff are great.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

17 days agoShearer says Liverpool team to beat in title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer says Liverpool team to beat in title raceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Alan Shearer can’t see Liverpool being caught at the top of the Premier League table.He wrote for BBC Sport: “It is only the start of October, but Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the table already looks ominous for Manchester City.”Yes, City’s injuries have hurt them – they have been nowhere near as solid as usual defensively, and they lacked a creative spark in Sunday’s shock home defeat by Wolves too.”But, regardless of what their rivals are doing, to come out and win their first eight Premier League games of the season has been a fantastic response from the Reds after they went so close to winning the title last term.”There has been no hint of a hangover from that near miss.”Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side have thrown the gauntlet down to City, and now they are definitely the team to beat in the title race.” last_img read more