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first_imgUsing data for 25,780 species categorized on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, we present an assessment of the status of the world’s vertebrates. One-fifth of species are classified as Threatened, and we show that this figure is increasing: On average, 52 species of mammals, birds, and amphibians move one category closer to extinction each year. However, this overall pattern conceals the impact of conservation successes, and we show that the rate of deterioration would have been at least one-fifth again as much in the absence of these. Nonetheless, current conservation efforts remain insufficient to offset the main drivers of biodiversity loss in these groups: agricultural expansion, logging, overexploitation, and invasive alien species.last_img

first_img Carmelo Anthony ‘could fill a spot on most second units,’ league executive says David Griffin isn’t sugarcoating his time with the Cavaliers.The former Cavaliers general manager admitted he was “miserable” during his time with Cleveland, adding that he had planned to leave the organization. He said it wasn’t until he left Cleveland to serve as an NBA analyst that he fell in love with basketball again, which led to him being ecstatic to join the Pelicans.The move so far has been satisfactory for Griffin — by winning the draft lottery pick, the team snagged Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft, traded Anthony Davis and now he will be looking at trying to win an NBA title all over again. This time, the pressure is on — but in a positive way.“Getting away from (Cleveland) made me find who I really am,” Griffin said. “It’s funny: Bagger Vance, you know, ‘Your authentic swing?’ I know now, authentically, who I’m meant to be as a leader.” NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers’ Kevin Love ‘not going anywhere,’ Collin Sexton says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was heavily criticized for not trying harder to reach a new contract with Griffin, who had been with the organization since 2010.However, after Griffin was promoted to GM in 2014, LeBron James and the team announced he would be returning to Cleveland to earn a championship ring in front of his native Ohio.The pressure Griffin felt was enormous.According to Sports Illustrated, Griffin “celebrated at first, then collapsed on his office floor in tears after James’ letter ran on SI.com, overwhelmed by the sudden pressure to deliver The King’s coveted ring.”Griffin did give “The King” his ring, but it wasn’t the joyous occasion it should have been.“I didn’t watch the league, and I didn’t love the game anymore,” Griffin said. “I was so fixated on outcome that I just totally lost my joy.” Magic’s Markelle Fultz ‘is a monster,’ Aaron Gordon says “Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin told Sports Illustrated. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”Griffin’s contract expired in 2017 and he did move on — less than two weeks after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Griffin worked as an NBA analyst until April 2019, when he was named general manager of the Pelicans. Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgA challenge for Mosimane is that some of his stalwarts are ageing with centre-back Wayne Arendse and national team midfielder Hlompho Kekana both 34.Orlando Pirates, the only other South African club to be crowned African champions, finished runners-up to Sundowns in the last two seasons and are considered the biggest threat again.The Soweto Buccaneers have gone five seasons without a trophy and the pressure is on Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic to deliver silverware during his third season at the helm.Pirates went on a close-season spending spree with former French youth international goalkeeper Joris Delle and Zambian forward Austin Muwowo among those hired.Sredojevic has kept his thoughts largely to himself, but must realise that a third trophy-less season would almost certainly mark the end of his second spell at the club.Pirates and fellow Soweto side Chiefs are the most popular clubs in South Africa with a pre-season friendly between them last weekend drawing an 80,000 crowd.Chiefs have been almost as unsuccessful as their greatest rivals, going four seasons without lifting any of the four league and cup trophies on offer in each campaign.German coach Ernst Middendorp, who replaced Italian Giovanni Solinas midway through last season, is demanding more aggression from a squad including a number of newcomers.“We need an aggressive mentality. The showboating football of 15 years ago is not how the game is played anymore. Some signings feel they are in paradise and forget about hard work.”Forwards Lazarous Kambole from Zambia and Samir Nurkovic from Serbia and midfielders James Kotei from Ghana and Kearyn Baccus are among the new faces.Johannesburg club Bidvest Wits have been champions once and top-three finishers four times in the past six seasons and coach Gavin Hunt has won four league titles, three of them at SuperSport.Share on: WhatsApp The 2019/2020 South African Premiership season kicks off Saturday with Mamelodi Sundowns favourites to complete a hat-trick despite uncertainty over the future of multiple title-winning coach Pitso MosimanJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  The 2019/2020 South African Premiership season kicks off Saturday with Mamelodi Sundowns favourites to complete a hat-trick despite uncertainty over the future of multiple title-winning coach Pitso Mosimane.He is reportedly upset that the 2016 CAF Champions League trophy-holders want to hire an unnamed Spanish technical director, threatening the independence of the four-time Premiership-winning coach.Media speculation includes Mosimane eyeing a return to the national coach position should England-born Stuart Baxter resign this week amid sustained media and public criticism of him.Baxter will hold a press conference Friday and many pundits believe he will quit a job worth 490,000 rand ($34,500/31,000 euros) a month, according to a leading weekly newspaper.Mosimane says his expensively assembled mix of South African, African and South American stars is not ready for the season opener against Pretoria neighbours SuperSport United.“I do not like this match because it comes at a wrong time for us — we are not ready,” said the 55-year-old coach and former South Africa forward.“When we played SuperSport last year it was just after returning from a Champions League match in Egypt and we lost 2-0,” he recalled.Sundowns battled to score regularly at home and in Africa last season having lost Percy Tau and Keagan Dolly to European clubs and Khama Billiat to domestic rivals Kaizer Chiefs.New Zealand forward Jeremy Brockie was signed last year to replicate his consistent scoring form at SuperSport, but flopped and often fails to make the 18-player matchday squad.Mosimane has turned to South America for a solution, hiring Uruguayan Mauricio Affonso from Peruvian club Alianza Lima.Affonso had an eight goals-three assists record with Alianza last season and these are figures the coach will hope to increase in the Premiership.Sundowns signed Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Sirino from Bolivian outfit Bolivar last year and he quickly became one the outstanding players at the Pretoria club.– Ageing stalwarts –last_img read more

first_imgCheltenham Festival has cancelled the booking of a group of footballers after pictures claiming to show one of the players urinating into a beer glass were published.MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers was caught by a photographer as he relieved himself on a balcony while surrounded by racegoers at the prestigious meet.The series of images printed in The Sun newspaper appear to then show a glass of liquid being poured over the railing by another man as 22-year-old Carruthers watches and grinsCheltenham has now blocked the party from attending day two of the Festival, with the track tweeting: “In regards to images of inappropriate behaviour from yesterday, we have cancelled their booking for today.”Sophia Dale, the Festival’s head of communications, added on Sky Sports News HQ: “It was just this small group of people who made this incident happen and they are not welcome today.”MK Dons have launched an investigation into the pictures and said that while Carruthers was involved, neither he nor any other MK Dons player threw it over the balcony.MK Dons said in a statement: “The club is aware of pictures circulating in the national media of one of its players at the Cheltenham Festival. The club has commenced an internal investigation into the matter.”Bristol City defender Luke Ayling was also pictured alongside Carruthers, with his arm around the Dons player at one point.While there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing from the 24-year-old, the Robins said in a statement: “We are aware of the disappointing images from the Cheltenham Festival that have been printed in various national newspapers this morning.“We will be speaking to the players concerned and will take appropriate action where necessary.” Samir Carruthers is in trouble for his antics at the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 1last_img read more

first_img Tags: Express DXIbrahim Kiryakefa kisalaSteven BengoUganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giants Kisala (left) only took over at Wakiso Giants FC in July. (PHOTO/File)KAMPALA – After days of speculation, Wakiso Giants FC have finally released a statement regarding the status of head coach Kefa Kisala.Many media outlets reported that Kisala had been fired in the wake of Wakiso Giants 3-0 loss to Express FC last Saturday but the club was yet to release a statement.However, on Monday afternoon, the Purple Sharks have come out to notify that the two parties have indeed parted ways.“The club and coach Kefa Kisala have mutually agreed to terminate the employment contract, read part of the statement.“The reasons for termination remain confidental but are for the benefits of either party.“The club thanks Kefa for his services over the past months and wishes him well in his next endeavour. He now becomes an integral part of the club’s history and we are proud of the successes we shared together.”Kisala took iver the coaching role at Wakiso in July, replacing Ibrahim Kirya who led the side to promotion to the top tier in the 2018/19 season.Under his guidence, Kisala has overseen 11 Uganda Premier League matches, winning four, drawing once and losing the other six.His departure comes as no surprise as Wakiso Giants’ form has been deteriorating of late.In their last four games, the Purple Sharks have lost three including both of the last two.As Kisala departs, Wakiso are yet to name his replacement but according to the statement, Steven Bengo will take charge of the side on interim basis.Bengo was part of the squad that earned promotion to the top tier in May and will surley know his way around.His first assignment will be away to leaders Vipers SC on Tuesday, November 4th.Comments last_img read more

first_imgCardiff City’s bid to sign Tommy Smith from QPR appears to have stalled.The 32-year-old forward is not in Rangers manager Mark Hughes’ first-team plans and Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay is hoping to persuade him to move to Wales.Mackay, who recently signed Heidar Helguson from the R’s and is close to capturing Matt Connolly, knows Smith well from their time together at Watford.Smith has been told he can leave Loftus Road, but by Tuesday morning he seemed no closer to deciding his future.“There’s been an enquiry from Cardiff and certainly there’s an opportunity for Tommy to go there if he wants to,” Hughes told West London Sport.“That’s been on offer for a little bit of time though and hasn’t really progressed, so I don’t know where things stand with that at this moment.”See also:Smith could be next to make Cardiff moveCampbell will not be rushed into moveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, 22 October 2013 – Brand South Africa invites interested parties to attend the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate, Midrand on 5 November 2013 by registering online at: http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/projects/sa-competitiveness-forum/sacf-registration.  Only 200 leaders from across the broad spectrum of society – government, business, youth, civil society – will have the opportunity to be part of this conversation.A country’s competitiveness is intrinsically linked to its reputation and in the build up to this historic conference, Brand South Africa has been engaging with citizens throughout the country on various platforms.  Brand South Africa will wrap up its countrywide stakeholder engagements with an interaction with a cross section of citizens in Durban on Thursday 24 October.As Brand South Africa prepares to host the Competitiveness Forum, it has been important to gain insight from various stakeholders about perceptions around the country’s competitiveness and what does it mean for the ordinary citizen.  It has also been crucial to understand how citizens feel about playing their part to improve our competitiveness and therefore our reputation.This will be critical if we are to successful implement the National Development Plan to ensure a country that is developed socially and economically by 2030.  This will ensure a strong foundation for the country’s growth trajectory going beyond 2030.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “This is an opportune time for all South Africans to play their part to build a robust future for generations to come. We are collating the input from our countrywide stakeholder engagements, and these points will be tabled at the Forum, which is a strategic platform through which Brand South Africa intends to work with government, business and civil-society stakeholders.  We need to identify our competitive strengths and challenges to find a common approach to maximising our strengths and minimising our challenges.”Participants at the South African Competitiveness Forum deliberate under the following themes:•         Education, skills & labour;•         Products and services;•         Governance and leadership;•         Infrastructure; and•         FDI competitivenessBrand South Africa’s Head of Research, Dr Petrus de Kock, will host Thursday’s stakeholder session in Durban. He will also discuss South Africa’s performance in various global competitiveness indices.Media are invited to attend the stakeholder engagement as follows:Theme:                     South Africa’s Competitiveness – a programme development and input workshopDate:                        Thursday 24 October 2013Time:                        09h00-14h00 (programme concludes with lunch)Venue:                     Elangeni Sun63 Snell ParadeDurbanFacilitated by:        Dr Petrus de Kock – Brand South AfricaEnquiries/RSVPs:  Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] Media are invited to RSVP should they wish to cover this event with name, surname, ID number, media house and designation.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaStory on SA Competitiveness Forum: http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/news/953-brand-sa-embraces-spirit-of-competition.Media are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]last_img read more

first_img23 June 2014 Some would consider it a lucky escape, but Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer believes South Africa’s come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Wales at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday was his best yet with the team.‘My best win yet’ “This was my best win yet with the team, as these are the matches you coach for,” he said at a post-match press conference. “We were down and almost out, but the team showed massive character and resolve to pull this one through.” Facing a fired-up Welsh team, South Africa trailed 0-17 in the first half and later were 17-30 behind with only eight minutes to play. However, with just two minutes remaining in the contest they took the lead for the first time when Morne Steyn knocked over a simple conversion kick after referee Steve Walsh had awarded the Springboks their second penalty try of the match.‘We had to dig very deep’ “Wins like this stand out, as this is where one’s coaching philosophy and team selection are put under massive pressure. We had to dig very deep against a very good team,” Meyer said. “It is always difficult playing a tough team in consecutive weeks and we needed some luck out there today. Credit to Wales, who played very well.” Crowd support Meyer also said his charges’ win, their 27th in 29 tests against Wales, which includes one draw, was significantly helped by the crowd. “No one left their seats, even when we were still 10 points behind with six minutes to play and looked likely to lose. That support lifted the team in those last minutes of the match and I want to salute the crowd,” he said. The Springboks had recorded a convincing 38-16 victory in Durban in the first test, but in Nelspruit they came very close to losing their unbeaten record on home soil against the Welsh. Finishing, said Meyer, was the big difference between that comfortable win and Saturday’s nailbiter.‘An awesome test match’ “In Durban we took every opportunity we had and scored. This weekend we did not and nearly paid the price. There is not much between the top sides in the world and I am very happy with the final result. It was an awesome test match,” Meyer concluded. Captain Victor Matfield, who became the most capped Springbok ever by taking the field for his 112th test match, blamed his side’s poor exit play for the narrow victory.‘It gave them a lot of space to run at us’ “Last week we could get out of our own half and apply pressure to Wales in their half. This time around we did not manage to do that and it gave them a lot of space to run at us.” On the plus-side of things, he felt the character of the team shone through at the end. “You need character to win the World Cup and we displayed some of that today. Our defence in the last minutes to win the match was testimony of our will and mind set. We won this by coming back from behind. “Last week we played well from the start, this time we had to come from behind. We were under massive pressure for most of the match, but came good when it counted.” ‘They got stuck into us’ Matfield also had words of praise for Wales, saying: “With them leading, they had confidence and got stuck into us. We did not retaliate, though, took the pressure well, and responded at the right time.” After three successive wins against the World XV (47-13), and Wales (38-16 and 31-30), the Springboks next face Scotland in a one-off test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. A good number of changes are on the cards for the Boks, with their English- and French-based players – Gurthro Steenkamp, Schalk Brits, Bakkies Botha, Francois Louw, Morne Steyn, Wynand Olivier and Bryan Habana not available for the match. Squad additions Two additions to the Springbok squad were announced on late on Saturday, with Junior Springbok captain and IRB Junior Player of the Year Handre Pollard and hooker Adriaan Strauss being called up. Strauss, a Bok regular, had been sidelined by a suspension. “I’ve always rated Handre very highly and with Morne returning to France and Johan Goosen struggling with a knee injury, we decided to bring him in,” Meyer commented. “Adriaan has been with us since June 2012 and has played in every test in the last two seasons. He knows our structures well and will slot back in with no hassle.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgIndia won the toss and elected to bat first against EnglandWelcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the 4th Test between India and England from the Old Trafford Cricket stadium in Manchester.Day 1 | Day 2 | Match Report India’s tour is getting from bad to worse. The victory at Lord’s seems a distant memory. They started the day trailing by 85, Root and Buttler continued from yesterday. The pair added 134 runs for the 7th wicket. Both got to the their fifties, Buttler though was given two lives, once when he was dropped by Kohli and then Dhoni missed a run-out chance. After lunch, Broad took on the short balls and was hit on the nose trying to pull one. He went off the field and England were all-out for 367. India started steadily with Vijay and Gambhir seeing off Anderson’s first spell, but Woakes got one to nip back in and trapped the former. Gambhir didn’t have the best of comebacks as he fell to a short delivery down leg. After that the floodgates opened, the visitors lost 4 wickets for 8 runs. Dhoni tried to be aggressive, but he too fell to Moeen Ali who has become a real thorn for the Indian batting line-up. The off-spinner took 4 wickets and now has the best strike-rate among all the bowlers in this series. Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar hang around for sometime, but the latter was run-out going for a suicidal run. With two wickets to win, it was matter of time before England wrapped it up. Jordan put his hand up and picked up No.10 and No.11 off consecutive deliveries. Credit to England though, with nearly two sessions being washed out on day 2 and Broad not bowling in the second innings, they cruised to victory. The seniors have come to the fore, Anderson and Broad bowled with venom on the first day. The duo picked up 9 wickets between them and bundled out India for 152.advertisementEngland team gather around and congratulate each other. Cook and Jimmy take a stump as a souvenir. Cook waves the stump around to acknowledge the support his side has got at OT. The Indian team come out and shake hands with the hosts. Cook leads his team to the pavilion, there are plenty of high-fives among the players and the backroom staff. That’s the END OF THE 4th Test. India succumb to a HUMILIATING INNINGS DEFEAT against England!!42.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Jordan has bowled Pankaj Singh on a pitched up delivery. Pankaj was a tad too slow in bringing his bat down as the ball rattles the stumps. Pankaj Singh departs for a duck. Pankaj Singh comes to the crease for India.42.5 overs: OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Varun Aaron out caught by the wicket-keeper. Aaron pokes at it and gets an outside edge through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Varun Aaron departs after scoring nine runs off 13 balls with two boundaries.42.3 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin gets forward and hammers it through covers for a boundary. With Varun Aaron(8) and Ravichandran Ashwin(39) at the crease, India are currently at 153/8 after 42 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!41.6 overs: SIX!! Ravichandran Ashwin shimmies down the track and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Ashwin is the BATON BEARER for India!!41.3 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut towards third man for a boundary. With Varun Aaron(8) and Ravichandran Ashwin(28) at the crease, India are currently at 141/8 after 41 overs. 40.3 overs: FOUR!! Varun Aaron leans forward and drills it through covers for another boundary.”Anderson to Kohli in this series, he has bowled 30 balls to him, Kohli has scored seven runs off him and been out four times.” #IndvsEng Somya Gupta (@dr_somyagupta) August 9, 201440.1 overs: FOUR!! Varun Aaron picks the length early and smacks it through square for a boundary. With Varun Aaron(0) and Ravichandran Ashwin(28) at the crease, India are currently at 133/8 after 40 overs. ONE RUN off the over!!Varun Aaron comes to the crease for India.38.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been run-out by Moeen Ali. Bhuvneshwar punches it towards the offside and calls for a second run while Moeen Ali covers ground quickly and fires in a quick throw to catch Bhuvneshwar short at the crease. Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs after scoring 10 runs off 15 balls with two boundaries. 36.5 overs: FOUR!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar employs the square cut and earns a crucial boundary.34.1 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin hangs back and pulls it powerfully past midwicket for a boundary.Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to the crease for India.33.1 overs: OUT!! Moeen Ali has got MS Dhoni out caught at midwicket. Dhoni was looking to go over the midwicket but holes out to Gary Ballance who takes an easy catch. MS Dhoni departs after scoring 27 runs off 22 balls with four boundaries. India in BIG TROUBLE now!!advertisementTEN RUNS off the over!!30.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for another boundary.30.1 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it straight down the ground for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(0) and Ravichandran Ashwin(2) at the crease, India are currently at 68/6 after 26 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Ravichandran Ashwin comes to the crease for India.It’s RAINING WICKETS at the Old Trafford!!25.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Moeen Ali has got Ravindra Jadeja out caught at first slip. Jadeja was looking to push it towards covers but gets an outside edge through to Chris Jordan. Ravindra Jadeja departs after scoring four runs off five balls with a boundary.FOUR RUNS off the over!!24.6 overs: FOUR!! Ravindra Jadeja skips down the track and smacks it wide of mid-on for a boundary. That was GUTSY YET STUPID from Jadeja!!Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease for India.24.4 overs: OUT!! James Anderson has got Virat Kohli out caught at second slip. Kohli goes for the drive and gets an outside edge through to Ian Bell. Virat Kohli departs after scoring seven runs off 11 balls with a boundary. Anderson scalps Kohli YET AGAIN!!ONE RUN off the over!!MS Dhoni, yet again, comes to the crease pretty quickly for India.Moeen Ali is ON FIRE!!23.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Moeen Ali has got Ajinkya Rahane out caught and bowled. Rahane was looking to punch it towards mid-off but sends it straight into the hands of Ali who takes it cleanly in his follow-through. Ajinkya Rahane departs after scoring just one run. Another BLOW for India!! With Virat Kohli(6) and Ajinkya Rahane(1) at the crease, India are currently at 60/3 after 23 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!22.2 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Kohli!!TWO RUNS off the over!!Ajinkya Rahane comes to the crease for India.Iam sure there is a Greame swann hidden inside Moeen Ali’s beard. #IndVsEng Pranay singh mala (@pranaysinghmala) August 9, 2014Cheteshwar Pujara is ABSOLUTELY GUTTED with the decision!!21.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Moeen Ali has got Cheteshwar Pujara out lbw on a fuller delivery. Pujara gets a big stride forward and gets struck on the pads in front of the stumps. The umpire ruled him out despite he came a long way forward and the replays suggest the ball was missing the leg stump. Cheteshwar Pujara departs after scoring 17 runs off 38 balls with two boundaries. That’s UNLUCKY for India!!FIVE RUNS off the over!!Virat Kohli comes to the crease for India.Broad or no broad, India bombs #IndvsEng Baskar Ganapathy (@BaskarG) August 9, 2014James Anderson OPENS HIS ACCOUNT in 2nd innings!!20.6 overs: OUT!! James Anderson has got Gautam Gambhir out caught by the wicket-keeper. Gambhir was looking to run it towards fine leg but gets a faint edge through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring 18 runs off 53 balls with three boundaries.advertisement20.2 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara rocks back and crashes the cut past point for a boundary. With Gautam Gambhir(18) and Cheteshwar Pujara(12) at the crease, India are currently at 48/1 after 20 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir bends down and flays the sweep towards square leg for a boundary. With Gautam Gambhir(14) and Cheteshwar Pujara(12) at the crease, India are currently at 44/1 after 18 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!17.5 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara takes it on the full and sends it racing through covers for a boundary. POOR LINE from Jordan!! With Gautam Gambhir(13) and Cheteshwar Pujara(7) at the crease, India are currently at 38/1 after 17 overs.After #Sehwag and #Gambhir era…Opening seems to be quiet an uphill task for #india…#IndvsEng…#BigTest Ankit Sikchi (@Ankit_Sikchi) August 9, 2014That’s a MAIDEN from Anderson!! James Anderson will bowl from the other end for England.FIVE RUNS off the over!! Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara are out in the middle for India while Chris Jordan will start the proceedings for England.And, we’re back!! TEA: Plenty of drama in the post-lunch session. Broad’s injury, blood oozing out of his nose and England coming out fired up against the Indian openers. Gambhir looked edgy throughout. Vijay threw away yet another good start by playing a lazy shot. India trail by 182 and they have a mountain to climb. With Gautam Gambhir(12) and Cheteshwar Pujara(3) at the crease, India are currently at 33/1 after 15 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!14.3 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir picks the length early and flays the square drive past point for a boundary.Moeen Ali comes into the attack for England. With Gautam Gambhir(8) and Cheteshwar Pujara(0) at the crease, India are currently at 26/1 after 12 overs.India Need a solidity from #Gambhir n #Pujara aftEr early departure of #Vijay. #IndvsEng PRAKASH JHA (@prakash_ash) August 9, 2014ONE RUN off the over!!Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease for India.Chris Woakes DRAWS FIRST BLOOD for England!!10.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Woakes has got Murali Vijay out lbw on a pitched up delivery. Vijay leans forward to defend but the ball beats the inside edge and crashes onto the pads in front of the stumps. Murali Vijay departs after scoring 18 runs off 36 balls with three boundaries. With Gautam Gambhir(7) and Murali Vijay(18) at the crease, India are currently at 25/0 after 10 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!9.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans forward and drills it straight down the ground for another boundary. FAB SHOT from Vijay!!9.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay waits for it and steers it past the slip cordon for a boundary.8.1 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay goes on the backfoot and thumps it past point for a boundary. With Gautam Gambhir(1) and Murali Vijay(1) at the crease, India are currently at 2/0 after 2 overs.That’s a MAIDEN from Woakes!! Chris Woakes will bowl from the other end for England.TWO RUNS off the over!! Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England. The highlight of the session would be the Broad injury. India came out with a plan to bounce the England lower-order, Broad took on the first two deliveries from Aaron and managed to send it into the crowd. However, the third bouncer from Aaron beat his pull and went smack into the helmet. It broke the head gear and the ball was stuck between his face and the grill. He walked off the field after the team doctor had a look. The latest update is he was getting stitched. We still have no idea as to how bad the injury is. It is now upto the Indian batsmen to pull up their socks and put in a more gutsy performance. They are currently trailing by 215 runs, it is not going to be easy as the pitch still has something in it for the fast bowlers. Can the visitors put in a better show as compared to the first innings?Stuart Broad is off the fields & “Firangis” are short of one bowler #IndvsEng Shanaya (@Sinceere_Angel) August 9, 2014That’s the END OF INNINGS for England as Stuart Broad will not be able to bat for the hosts.You just can’t keep Anderson and Jadeja OUT OF THIS SERIES!!105.3 overs: OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has got James Anderson out lbw on a quicker delivery. Anderson was looking to work it towards the onside but gets struck on the pads in front of the stumps. James Anderson departs after scoring nine runs off 19 balls with a boundary. With James Anderson(0) and Chris Woakes(20) at the crease, England are currently at 351/8 after 102 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!101.6 overs: FOUR!! Chris Woakes makes room and steers it past slip cordon for a boundary. 100.1 overs: FOUR!! Chris Woakes waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!Nasty! @StuartBroad8 is hit by a bouncer from Aaron. It goes straight in through his helmet. #IndvsEng pic.twitter.com/jP5UWLsUMz Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) August 9, 2014James Anderson comes to the crease for England.97.5 overs: RETIRED HURT!! Stuart Broad has been forced to retire by Varun Aaron’s fiery bouncer. Broad was looking to pull but takes his eyes off as the ball hits his nose after sneaking into his helmet. Broad is bleeding as the physio comes out running. Stuart Broad retires hurt after scoring 12 runs off six balls.97.4 overs: SIX!! Stuart Broad goes on the backfoot and sends it sailing over the ropes for another maximum. Aaron DOESN’T LOOK HAPPY there!!97.3 overs: SIX!! Stuart Broad rocks back and smacks it over deep square leg for the maximum. That was SMOKED by Broad!!Stuart Broad and Chris Waokes are out in the middle for England while Varun Aaron will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: The biggest story of today’s play has to be Pankaj Singh getting his maiden Test wicket. 415 deliveries of hard, long, desperate toil which earned him the tag of ‘unlucky Pankaj’. It looked like he would be destined to finish without a Test wicket, but that moment finally happened off the 416th delivery as he forced Root to glove one down leg. There were a lot of funny comments on twitter, forecasting what kind of a celebration one would see from Pankaj Singh if and when he got his first wicket – with some saying he should rip his shirt off like Hulk Hogan and do a lap of honor! So what did he do? How did his team-mates react? Did he do the unthinkable? Folks you’ll be disappointed to read this – but he just had a smile and accepted the congrats from his mates. There was relief written all over his face when he got there – that reaction sums up the man more than anything else; quiet, calm, and down-to-earth. Apart from that seminal moment, the session was dominated by Root and Broad who feasted on some poor stuff from the visitors. With Stuart Broad(0) and Chris Woakes(6) at the crease, England are currently at 325/8 after 97 overs.Million pound smile. Pankaj Singh. #IndvsEng #UnluckyPankaj #nomore That Guy (@avid__dreamer) August 9, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Singh!!Stuart Broad comes to the crease for England.Pankaj Singh DIDN’T HAD TO WAIT TOO LONG for his 2nd Test wicket!!96.4 overs: OUT!! Pankaj Singh has got Jos Buttler out caught at mid-off. Buttler was looking to go over the in-field but lobs it straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara who takes it comfortably. Jos Buttler departs after scoring 70 runs off 130 balls with 10 boundaries. BIG WICKET for India!! With Jos Buttler(70) and Chris Woakes(6) at the crease, England are currently at 325/7 after 96 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!95.6 overs: FOUR!! Chris Woakes slashes hard and sends it towards third man for a boundary. 95.1 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler hangs back and flays the uppercut towards third man for a boundary. Buttler is ENJOYING Aaron’s pace here!! With Jos Buttler(63) and Chris Woakes(0) at the crease, England are currently at 312/7 after 94 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!93.6 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler gets forward and drills it through extra cover. Buttler is LOOKING SOLID for England!! 93.1 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. That was SWEETLY TIMED by Buttler!! #IndvsEng Pankaj Singh FInally takes his 1st International Test Wkt in His 69th over,Which is absolutely 416 Balls for the wkt #TheBigTest Saravanan (@SARAVANAN420USA) August 9, 2014With Jos Buttler(55) and Chris Woakes(0) at the crease, England are currently at 304/7 after 93 overs.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Singh!!Chris Woakes comes to the crease for England.Pankaj Singh FINALLY BREAKS THE DEADLOCK for India. The MONKEY IS OFF HIS BACK now!!92.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Pankaj Singh has got Joe Root out caught by the wicket-keeper. Root was looking to flick it towards fine leg but gets a faint edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Joe Root departs after scoring 77 runs off 161 balls with seven boundaries. THREE RUNS off the over!!72.5 overs: Joe Root waits for it and works it towards long leg for three runs. That’s FIFTY for Root!!Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India.ONE RUN off the over!!Jos Buttler and Joe Root are out in the middle for England while Ravindra Jadeja will start the proceedings for India.Toss: India won the toss and elected to bat first against England.Changes: India have made three changes with Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron replacing Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami. On the other hand, England have decided to play the same team from the last Test match.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singhlast_img read more