Smith cameo takes Lions into top spot

first_img Lions have 18 points, two clear of Sunrisers Hyderabad, with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils, all two points back on 14 points. Sent in, Mumbai were carried by Nitish Rana’s top score of 70 off 36 deliveries, while Englishman Jos Buttler gathered a patient 33. Smith, who grabbed a career-best four-wicket haul in his last outing, again shone with the ball, picking two wickets for 37 runs from four overs of seam. Fellow medium pacer and West Indies player Dwayne Bravo also claimed two wickets. In reply, Australian Aaron Finch fell to the second ball of the innings without a run on the board, but Raina and opener Brendon McCullum, who scored 48 off 27 balls, added 96 to put Lions back on course. When three wickets fell for 26 runs in the space of 18 balls, Smith put his head down, belting four fours and two sixes, to ensure Lions got home safely. KANPUR, India (CMC): Dwayne Smith’s late cameo earned Gujarat Lions a convincing six-wicket victory over Kieron Pollard’s Mumbai Indians with 13 balls to spare here yesterday and propelled them to the top of the Indian Premier League standings. The West Indies all-rounder, batting at number five instead of his usual position at the top of the order, stroked an unbeaten 37 off 23 balls as Lions overhauled their target of 173 at Green Park. Lions were 122 for four in the 13th over when top-scorer and captain Suresh Raina departed for 58, but Smith ensured there were no hiccups as he added 51 for the fifth wicket with Ravi Jadeja, who finished on 21 not out. Smith raced to 27 from 18 balls to kick off a methodical run chase Last outinglast_img read more

MAN WHO WENT ON BURGLARY SPREE CAUGHT AFTER HE CRASHED STOLEN CAR

first_imgA man who went on a burglary spree was caught after the car he was driving crashed into another car on a bridge.Lee Rowan was caught by Gardai after a car he was in crashed at the bridge at Ballybofey/Stranorlar on July 12th, 2011.When Gardai searched Rowan, 20, and two other men, they discovered a catalogue of stolen goods including a handbag, three wristwatches, a phone and money. The car in which the men had been travelling, a black Honda Civic, had also been stolen hours earlier.Rowan, 20, who has a number of previous convictions, committed the burglaries while out on bail for other charges.He pleaded guilty to the burglaries when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.Rowan and two other men had broken into the houses at Drumboe Avenue, Glenfin Road and Beechwood Avenue.Solicitor for the defendant Kieran Dillon said his client had been trying to go down the right road since committing the burgalries.He said that on the day his client had been drinking and taking tablets and did not remember robbing the houses.He said Rowan had endured a tough upbringing, his parents had split and he had witnessed events at a young age which no young person should.He said his client had undertaken to do a course in kerbing and paving with FAS and was trying to turn his life around.However Judge Paul Kelly said he noted the burglaries were carried out while Rowan was on bail for other offences.He adjourned the case until July 25th and said he will take an offer of compensation and also a probation report into consideration.“I am making no promises,” said Judge Kelly.MAN WHO WENT ON BURGLARY SPREE CAUGHT AFTER HE CRASHED STOLEN CAR was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglaryLee RowanLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah has an injury-prone action: Aaqib Javed

first_imgFormer Pakistan fast bowler and current United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed feels that Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will “find it difficult” to sustain for long without injury in international cricket with his unusual action.”Bumrah’s action is his main problem. During loading, this kind of action puts enormous strain on the back. This is an injury-prone action. With this kind of action, I don’t see him playing 10 years of injury-free international cricket. I may be wrong as I am not an astrologer but that’s how I feel,” Aaqib told PTI during an interview ahead of UAE’s match against India.Aaqib, who played a lot of cricket with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, also feels that Bangladeshi youngsters Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahaman are “more talented than Bumrah”.”Mustafizur and Taskin are both 20-year-olds and look at their quality. Taskin regularly hits 145 kmph mark and Mustafiz has such amazing variations. Bumrah at best is a fast medium bowler and team expects him to get a wicket or two and hurl a few in the blockhole at the death. Now that will make him a good Twenty20 bowler but beyond that I don’t know,” Aaqib said. (World T20: India will be unstoppable if Rohit, Kohli fire, says Sehwag)  The 43-year-old Aaqib is also surprised that the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron are out because of either inconsistency or injuries.”India for the first time in their history produced four genuine fast bowlers in Umesh, Aaron, Ishant and Shami. Now where are they? Injury management has always been an issue with bowlers from these parts. Breakdown happens due to lifestyle, wrong training. (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli smash records as India enter Asia Cup final)advertisement”But when I hear that Umesh is inconsistent, I get baffled. I mean if someone has genuine ability to bowl quick, how much time it takes to correct the line and length? At the most 3-6 months. Not a day more than that if you are sincere and attentive. If anyone tells me that Umesh, if told to land on a particular spot can’t do after being told repeatedly, then I think there is some problem with either his intent or his coach’s ability to make him understand,” Aaqib said in a frank assessment.Aaqib even termed 37-year-old Ashish Nehra as a short term solution to India’s fast bowling problems.”The best part about T20 cricket is that you can play this format for a long time even if you have aged. What do you need to do in a T20? Just bowl 24 deliveries and field for 16 overs. You don’t need any extra-ordinary fitness for playing T20. Ashish has experience and that’s helping him. But I believe, he will struggle even in 50 overs leave aside five-day cricket,” he said.last_img read more