Mithali Raj, Poonam Raut help Indian women’s team win quadrangular series

first_imgPoonam Raut and Mithali Raj shared an unbeaten 127-run stand as India women steamrolled South Africa by eight wickets in the final of the Quadrangular Series, here on Sunday.Veteran Jhulan Goswami starred with the ball with three wickets, helping India dismiss South Africa for a paltry 156 in 40.2 overs.Raut (70 off 92 ) and Raj (62 off 79) then delivered with the bat, taking their team to a comfortable win in 33 overs after a rather jittery start to the chase.RECORD: @M_Raj03 becomes first captain to lead India Women in 100 ODIs. India are bowling first in the final of Women’s Quadrangular Series. BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) May 21, 2017Captain Raj not only guided the team to a resounding win but also became the first Indian captain to lead the side in 100 ODIS.The tournament also turned out to be good preparation for India ahead of the World Cup, which begins in the UK next month.Both Raut and Raj displayed top form throughout the tournament. Raut had scored an unbeaten 109 against Ireland while Raj came to the final after scoring two half-centuries.Chasing a modest target, India lost opener Deepti Sharma and Mona Meshram cheaply before Raut and Raj completed the job in a clinical fashion.Brief scores: South Africa 156 all out in 40.2 overs(Luus 55; Goswami 3/22). India 160/2 in 33 overs (Poonam Raut 70 not out, Mithali Raj 62 not out). India win the Women’s Quad Series! Unbeaten fifties from Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut help them chase 156 for a 8 wicket victory! #SAvInd ICC (@ICC) May 21, 2017last_img read more

Fan says MS Dhoni faster than Usain Bolt, gets trolled by Mahela Jayawardene

first_imgMahela Jayawardene, in a career spanning 17 years, etched his name as one of Sri Lanka’s finest batsmen and one of their most inspirational captains.But not many are aware that there’s a witty side to Jayawardene. That was left for an overzealous MS Dhoni fan to discover.Jayawardene, like millions around the world, paid a tribute to sprint king Usain Bolt, who had to settle for bronze in the last 100m race of his career.Bolt, who finished third in a time of 9.95, accepted with class both the result, and the fact that, at 30, he probably is picking the perfect time to retire. “I did it for the fans,” he said after collecting a bronze to go with his three world golds at 100 meters. “They wanted me to go for one more season. I came out and did the best I could.AP PhotoThe Jamaican won widespread respect and love for his grace despite an obvious heartbreak. Jayawardene, one of the most respected cricketers in the fraternity, was also bowled over by Bolt’s charm.Respect @usainbolt ?????????- Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 5, 2017However, an Indian supporter replied “Also respect to @msdhoni who is more faster than bolt”Jayawardene was quick to pounce on the unsuspecting man with a funny riposte.Was Dhoni on his bike? ??? Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 7, 2017Dhoni’s love for bikes is well known and he continues to be an avid rider despite the demands of international cricket.Jayawardene was at the receiving end of a Dhoni special in the 2011 World Cup final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The Sri Lankan legend had scored a fine hundred but it was eclipsed by Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 as India chased down a stiff target to lift the Cup for the second time in history.advertisement(With inputs from AP)last_img read more