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No. 2 Central Arkansas Deals Straight-Set Win Against No. 3 Sam Houston StateNo. 2 Central Arkansas Deals Straight-Set Win Against No. 3 Sam Houston State

first_imgSet ThreeAnderson was on fire for UCA compiling seven of the teams 14 kills en route to a 25-12 victory over the SHSU. After four lead changes at the beginning of the set, Central Arkansas began separating themselves following a kill from Armstrong and an ace from Doss that placed the Sugar Bears ahead 12-9. UCA allowed just three more points throughout the remainder of the set while Savannah Allen sealed the match with her fifth kill of the afternoon. Samantha Anderson registered a match-high 15 kills for a .419 attack percentage in the Sugar Bears three-set victory over SHSU. Haley Tippett joined Anderson in the scoring barrage adding in 10 kills of her own along with 13 digs for her 14th double-double performance of the season. Emily Doss poured in 21 digs for the UCA defense, while her teammates combined for eight blocks, two of which were unassisted. Sam Houston State’s attack was led by Taylor Cunningham who registered 10 kills to go along with seven digs and an ace. The Bearkat offense ran through Jaclyn Ward who dished out 26 of the team’s 28 assists. Madison Wallace and Ashley Lewis provided two aces each for SHSU. With the win, the Sugar Bears will now take on No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin Sunday at 3:05 for the tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The championship match can be followed on ESPN+, available via and the ESPN app. Set OneDoss led the Sugar Bear’s defensive efforts with nine digs that were key in limiting the Bearkats to a .077 hitting percentage. Tippett and Bailey Waddington collaborated for seven of Central Arkansas’ 13 kills in the opening set, while Elizabeth Armstrong delivered eight assists for the Sugar Bears. Each team collected two aces and a block, but it was a pair of kills from UCA’s Samantha Anderson and Kellen Dunn that helped secure a 25-20 victory for the Sugar Bears. 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | PhotosNATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 2 Central Arkansas punched their ticket to the championship match of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-12) sweep over No. 3 seed Sam Houston State Saturday afternoon at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Set TwoWith the set locked at 19-19, Central Arkansas created a late surge comprised of a 6-2 scoring run that resulted a 25-21 victory. UCA’s .343 attack percentage was bolstered by Anderson’s five kills on nine attempts, while Armstrong handed out nine assists. The Sugar Bears committed just three errors in addition to four blocks, which stalled the Bearkats. Cunningham registered five kills of her own but was unable to make up the difference for the Sam Houston State.last_img read more

Troy Parrott needs game-time at Spurs to cement spot in Stephen Kenny’s sideTroy Parrott needs game-time at Spurs to cement spot in Stephen Kenny’s side

first_imgTROY PARROTT is an Ireland hopeful whose reputation precedes him.Schoolboy football watchers in Dublin were sure he was going places from the moment he started banging in the goals for Belvedere.1 Troy Parrott of the Republic of Ireland shoots to score in an under-21 clash with SwedenCredit: SportsfileAnd he was not even 12 months at Tottenham when Spurs fans wondered if Mauricio Pochettino was going to put the 16-year-old in their Champions League final-bound team.An Ireland debut followed last November, while four goals in four appearances for Stephen Kenny’s Under-21s whetted the appetite for what could happen in future.And the thing that might be easily forgotten — if Jose Mourinho did not keep reminding everyone — is that Parrott is still only 18 and has just two years of full-time training in him.But his talent was always there.HOT PROSPECTHe started playing with Sheriff, then Stella, before moving to Belvedere — all clubs local to his Buckingham Street home — and Ireland call-ups soon followed.Ireland Under-19 boss Tom Mohan remembers seeing and hearing about him long before he had an opportunity to work with him.He told SunSport: “I first had Troy against Wales in 2018 but we would have regular international manager meetings and Jason Donohoe was always talking about the performances for the Under-15s.“You’d know of him from the Kennedy Cups, he was a hot prospect.”MOVED UP QUICKLYJust as now, he was then comfortable playing in older age groups with Colin O’Brien taking him to the Uefa Under-17 Championships in England in 2018 even though he was still the right age for Under-16.Not long after that, he was again called on to play up an age — for the Hano Cup at Richmond Park.The charity five-a-side tournament, in memory of St Pat’s fan Niall Hannigan, is over 18s and Parrott, then 16, helped his team to victory.Few copped that the guy scoring all the goals for the Malthouse Pub team was on Spurs’ books though, within six months, he was joining Pochettino’s travelling squad for Champions League games.NEVER FAZEDIreland Under-17 manager O’Brien reckons Parrott’s attitude is a key part of how he has risen so quickly.O’Brien told SunSport: “Nothing really fazed him as regards opponents or where he had to play. He always took that in his stride.“The thing with Troy was we always knew his ability but his work-rate was incredible.”It is something that new Ireland boss Kenny has also seen.BRILLIANT FINISHERParrott is viewed as an out-and-out striker by Spurs, though Kenny used him as a playmaker and even on the left wing for the Under-21s.The fact he bagged four goals in four games in that time shows that taking him further from goal does not impact on his finishing. Kenny said: “Troy is a No 9. He is a brilliant, brilliant finisher and he has great instincts for getting into goal-scoring opportunities.Troy ParrottBorn: February 4, 2002 in DublinPosition: StrikerClub: Tottenham Hotspur (joined from Belvedere in 2018)Contract: Until 2023First team debut: September 24, 2019 v Colchester UnitedFirst team appearances: 4International honours: Capped at Ireland Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21 and Senior level. Member of the 2018 UEFA Under 17 Championship squad.“He smells his chance and he has a different way of scoring goals.“He wouldn’t be ecstatic about moving to the left but he’s a team player, too, he puts in a shift for the team. And he scores brilliant goals.”GOOD ATTITUDEAnd Mohan, who briefly managed him in Parrott’s flying visit to Under-19 level — when still Under-17 — on his way up to Under-21s, also hailed his team ethic.Mohan told SunSport: “Troy has been one of the most-talked-about players in Ireland but he has a good attitude and temperament so he doesn’t really let that bother him.“He just wants to play. He’s at an important stage of his career and he’s hungry to play first-team football but he’s just 18 and we’ve got to be mindful of that.“But his chance will come because he’s a hard-working lad.”SENIOR DEBUTThat work ethic led to his last Ireland Under-21 cap last November against Sweden.On the bench for Mick McCarthy’s senior team against Denmark having made an impressive debut versus New Zealand the previous week, Parrott was keen when asked to play for Kenny’s Under-21s the next night.Kenny said at the time: “When someone of his ability comes along, you definitely play him.”Now all eyes will be on what Kenny does with him when international football restarts later this year.NEEDS TO PLAYThe new Ireland gaffer has already said he will select his team based on who is playing for their clubs.But he will surely hope that Parrott can kick on at Spurs.A first start came in the Carabao Cup under Pochettino last September, followed by a cameo in the Premier League against Burnley under Mourinho last December.MORE IN SPORTCommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBut Parrott has only made two appearances, one in stoppage time and one in the FA Cup, since then.A loan to Charlton to get first-team action was scuppered by Uefa regulations which meant Spurs could not claim him as a ‘homegrown’ player if he moved at that time — and Tottenham know they have something special.Parrott signed on his 16th birthday and was recently awarded a new contract. Mourinho may not be in as big a rush as everyone else to see him play but the signs are he will be around for a long time.last_img read more

Peace Region Co-ops donate to SJHL player support program after Humboldt tragedyPeace Region Co-ops donate to SJHL player support program after Humboldt tragedy

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Co-op in Fort St. John is one of almost 200 locations across Western Canada to donate to a player support program launched by the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Monday in the wake of last Friday’s tragic crash involving members of the Humboldt Broncos.SJHL President Bill Chow announced yesterday that the league was establishing the Assistance Program for anyone, both within the Broncos organization and in the league’s other 10 teams, who are directly and deeply affected by the crash last week that claimed the lives of 15 members of the team.“The SJHL is overwhelmed with the support for the SJHL Assistance Program. This program will aid in providing mental health assistance, counselling and grieving for all the players of the SJHL,” said Chow. “Should there be funds available, the extra monies will go into an education program in memory of the lives lost on April 6, 2018.”- Advertisement –Federated Co-op CEO Scott Banda announces that Federated Co-operative Limited would be matching donations of other Co-ops in Western Canada for the SJHL Assistance Fund. Supplied photo.To get the program started, 44 local Co-ops that are part of the Co-operative Retailing System across Western Canada made a collective donation of $135,000 to support the Assistance Program. Fort St. John Co-op General Manager Brad Lussier said that $2,500 of that amount came from his branch, while another $10,000 was donated by other Co-ops in the B.C. Peace Region. Federated Co-operatives Limited CEO Scott Banda said his company has matched those retail donations, for a total of $270,000. Banda said that FCL will continue to match donations up to a potential total of $500,000.“Like so many Canadians, we’re looking for any way we can to help the many people in the Broncos organization, and throughout the league, and indeed across Western Canada, who are grappling with the physical and emotional devastation caused by this accident,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “I hope that our contributions today are only the start and that they’ll encourage other businesses and organizations to donate to the SJHL Assistance Program as it supports players and their families in the coming months.”Advertisement The SJHL also announced it would sell #HumboldtStrong t-shirts at Co-ops with proceeds going to the Assistance Program. Details on when the t-shirts will be available in stores will be provided as soon as possible.last_img read more

‘I’ll never change’ — FA Cup winner Conte warns Chelsea‘I’ll never change’ — FA Cup winner Conte warns Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Feeling the strain: Antonio Conte looks downcast despite the FA Cup final win over Man United at Wembley © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 20 – Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea he will never change his demanding ways as the FA Cup winning boss waits to discover if he will be sacked.Conte ended a troubled season on a high note thanks to Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Saturday’s final at Wembley. Eden Hazard’s first half penalty was followed by a backs to the wall display as Conte won the second trophy of his two-year reign in what may prove his final game in charge.Whether FA Cup glory will be enough to convince Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich not to sack Conte remains in doubt after the Blues finished fifth in the Premier League and missed out on Champions League qualification.The Italian has been embroiled in a turbulent campaign marred by his feud with the club’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans following last season’s Premier League title triumph.Conte is also said to have infuriated several Chelsea stars with his intense personality and regimented training sessions.But the former Juventus and Italy coach is adamant his managerial style has made him a “serial winner” who should be respected.In a clear warning that he will never stop pushing his players or demanding boardroom backing, Conte emerged from the jubilant Chelsea dressing room to send a defiant message to his club.Still soaked in champagne from the post-match celebrations, Conte said: “After two years the club knows me very well. If they want to continue to work with me, they know me.“I can’t change. My way is always the same; hard work and to build a strong mentality with my players.“I can’t change. I’m this and I think my past speaks very clear as a player and as a manager.“You can say what you want, but I’m a serial winner.“I showed this in England in a difficult moment for the club. I’ve showed this today, because we found the right way to win this trophy.“There are moments that you have a lot of questions for yourself. To win in this way this season gives me more satisfaction than my wins in the past.”– ‘We must be honest’ –Conte, who won three Serie A titles with Juventus, has one year left on his contract after signing an improved deal without an extension at the end of last season.But the 48-year-old has given the impression for much of the season that he would have no problem leaving Stamford Bridge because he knows he would still be in demand from top clubs.Asked if he expects to be in charge next season, Conte said he would respect whatever decision was taken.“I always say I’m committed to this club, to respect my contract,” he said.“As you know very well our job is not simple. I understand that the club can make a decision, a positive decision, a negative decision. I’m the first to understand.“I’m the coach of a great, important club. It’s right that the club demands of me a lot. For sure we’ll make the best decision.”In truth, Conte may have burned too many bridges to stay with Chelsea amid speculation that former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri are Abramovich’s top targets to succeed him.In another swipe at Chelsea’s refusal to sign his top targets last year, he added: “As you know very well I predicted the difficulty at the start of the season.“To miss a place in the Champions League is not good for a club like Chelsea.“We must be honest to tell this. But at the same time you have to know the real situation.“There is the possibility with this group of players we did the maximum.”If Conte does leave, it will be despite the support of Chelsea’s fans, who serenaded him as he joined in the celebrations on the Wembley turf.“After these two seasons I will always love this colour, these fans, this club. Even if my future must be in a different way,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Witness IDs rape case defendantWitness IDs rape case defendant

first_imgHAWTHORNE: Victim’s ex-boyfriend says he’s 90 percent sure suspect was the gunman in the 2000 home invasion. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER D’Jana Matthews testified Monday that he didn’t struggle with three men who came into his Hawthorne home in the middle of the night. Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link, who tried Blackburn and Dobson five years ago, has told the jury that Myrick will be implicated by DNA. Four years after the June 18, 2000, crime, Myrick was convicted for mooning officers outside his housing project during a demonstration. As a result, he was ordered to turn over a DNA sample. When it was placed in a law enforcement database, it matched the sample taken from the female victim. If Myrick, 41, is convicted by the Torrance Superior Court jury of 11 men and one woman of residential burglary and two rape counts, he faces 25 years to life in prison. Matthews testified he was watching television in bed when he heard a knock on the door. He looked out the window and recognized Blackburn, whom he knew through a neighbor. Matthews said he and the neighbor had gambled at Hollywood Park Casino about a week before, and his neighbor won a few hundred dollars. The neighbor asked Matthews to hold the money for him and, when he brought it over, Blackburn was with him. A few days later, Matthews returned it. Blackburn told Matthews he needed to use the phone. Matthews let him inside and closed the door, and then two men he didn’t know opened it and walked inside, he testified. Identifying Myrick, he said: “He came straight at me and put the gun to my head.” Matthews mimicked a gun with his hand and put his index finger to his temple. They kept asking, “Where’s the money?” Matthews said. He said he didn’t know what they were talking about, but later figured out they were referring to his neighbor’s winnings. Matthews said he didn’t struggle as they pushed him to his bedroom, tied him with a phone cord and piled speakers and clothes on top of him. “Every so often, someone would pass by and hit me, kick me, while I was down,” Matthews said. Link showed a photograph of Matthews taken five days after the assault. It showed abrasions to his face and a bloody eye. He said he cooperated hoping they’d leave, and not hurt his girlfriend. Matthews didn’t know what happened to his girlfriend until she freed him after the assailants left. She was naked and crying, he said. After Blackburn and Dobson were convicted in 2001, Matthews said he thought the case was over. He and his girlfriend broke up and he moved out of state. He was surprised when Hawthorne Detective Joel Romero called and asked him to testify at a hearing last year. “I thought it was over,” he said. Matthews identified Myrick in a six-photo police lineup. Even though his assailant had short hair and Myrick now sports more than a dozen braids, Matthews said in court he was 90percent sure Myrick was the gunman. Myrick’s attorney, James Cooper, asked Matthews why he was only 90 percent sure. “I really can’t say why,” Matthews responded. The jury also heard from a police gang expert Monday who testified that crimes like this are done for the benefit of a criminal street gang and that Myrick is a known gang member. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All Matthews could think about was his girlfriend sleeping in the bedroom of their apartment in the 13600 block of Yukon Avenue. “(She) was my main priority,” Matthews said, recalling the incident more than seven years ago. The men tied him up and beat him while ransacking the house, he said. His former girlfriend testified last week that they raped her. DNA evidence from the assault led investigators to the alleged rapist, Steven Lee Myrick – the only one of the trio who remained unidentified. The other two, Kenneth Dobson and Jerome Blackburn, who belong to the same Watts gang Myrick allegedly associates with, were convicted of the crimes – but not the rape because their DNA did not match. Dobson was later killed in a gang-related shooting. last_img read more

Finance vehicle boosts job creationFinance vehicle boosts job creation

first_imgEconomic Development minister Ebrahim Patel praised the IDC for job creation.(Image: Department of Economic Development) IDC chief executive officer Geoffrey Qhena presented the company’s results on 9 September.(Image: Industrial Development Corporation)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandla MpangasePublic Relations Manager, Industrial Development Corporation+27 11 269 3282.Janice HealingIn the past five years, more than 133 000 jobs have been created or retained through the efforts of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the parastatal development finance institution.Speaking at the annual results announcement, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel praised the significant role of the IDC on job creation in South Africa – despite a tough global and local economic environment. Results for the 2102/2103 financial year were presented on 9 September.The corporation has what Patel described as a unique mandate “to industrialise South Africa and to grow decent and productive job opportunities”. It carries out this mandate by providing finance to expand industrial capacity.In the period under review, it disbursed a record R16-billion of funds and maintained its funding approvals at the R13-billion level, which facilitated the creation of 18 922 direct jobs and the saving of 3 950 existing jobs. “The institution grasps the importance of job creation and supports the shift of capital investment with attractive terms to labour-absorbing projects, which is consistent with the New Growth Path framework adopted by the Cabinet in 2010,” said Patel.Areas identified as strong growth and jobs drivers include infrastructure development; core productive sectors such as manufacturing, agro-processing and mineral beneficiation; high-level service sectors, including tourism; new sectors such as the green economy; and, activities that support regional integration and African industrialisation. The bulk of IDC support over the past year focused on improving conditions in capital intensive industries to build a base for jobs to be created in downstream industries.On a sectoral basis, the greatest proportion of jobs expected to be created and saved as a result of its financing activities in 2013 is in the metals, transport and machinery products sector at 5 638 jobs, followed by forestry and wood products (4 646), textiles (4 020), agro industries (3 952), green industries (2 031), chemical and allied industries (1 029), health care (910), tourism (838), media and motion pictures (745), strategic high impact projects (627), information and communication technologies (211), mining and minerals beneficiation (166) and venture capital (146).Between 2009 and 2013, the IDC’s overall funding supported the creation of 90 000 new direct formal sector jobs and more than 8 000 jobs in the informal economy, as well as saved a further 35 000 existing jobs, bringing the overall employment impact to more than 133 000 direct jobs. The vast majority of these jobs were facilitated in Gauteng at 47 042 jobs, followed by Western Cape (20 875), KwaZulu-Natal (20 608), North West (20 504), Mpumalanga (15 662), Northern Cape (13 671), Eastern Cape (10 415), Limpopo (9 224) and Free State (2 106).However, despite the continued high levels of funding by the IDC over the past financial year, job creation recorded a decline, from 34 700 jobs in the previous year to 18 900. Chief executive officer Geoffrey Qhena explained that this was largely because high levels of funding were destined for capital-intensive projects and the acquisition of stakes in existing businesses. But the envisaged trade-off, he added, entailed a significant enhancement of the employment creation potential in the longer term as a result of the strategic interventions being implemented at present.last_img read more

Evidence that nailed Ram Rahim: CBIEvidence that nailed Ram Rahim: CBI

first_imgCorroborative statements of two rape victims and their relatives, besides adverse lie-detection test results of three close associates of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and other circumstantial evidence, proved crucial in his conviction by the Special CBI court in Panchkula, 15 years after the case was registered.The charge-sheet filed in the case reveals that given the influence wielded by Ram Rahim, it was not an easy investigation for the CBI.Taking cognisance of an anonymous letter, alleging sexual exploitation of girls by the Dera Sucha Sauda chief, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had in May 2002 directed the District and Sessions Judge (Sirsa) to probe. However, the judge found that no one was willing to speak up. Not ruling out the possibility, the judge recommended a central agency investigation and therefore, on the High Court directive, the CBI registered the case on December 12, 2002.2 of 130 speak outIn 2005, the agency managed to get a list of residents at the dera, revealing that 53 “Sadhvis” lived in the girls’ hostel and 80 in the Dera Sacha Sauda’s Sirsa ashram, while 24 others had left by then. The agency contacted 130 girls, who declined to cooperate owing to “an atmosphere of fear and physical, mental and spiritual control of Baba Gurmeet Singh”.Of the 24 “Sadhvis” who had left the Dera between 1997 and 2002, 20 were traced. Most of them were married and did not want to come out with the truth, fearing adverse consequences.The CBI examined 18 girls who had left the ashram, some of who said the Dera chief, its management and his followers were “very dangerous people” and they feared for their lives if they spoke up.It was in May-July 2006 that the CBI managed to convince two victims to share complete information. They gave a detailed account of what was happening inside the Dera chief’s rooms and what transpired to them in August 1999. One of them recorded her statement under Section 164 of the Cr.PC in March 2007.As described by the victims, there was an old and a new Dera complex in the ashram, where Ram Rahim had a separate accommodation called the Gufa (cave)”.The Gufa in the old Dera had three gates, two of which opened towards the area where Satsang was held, whereas the third gate opened towards the girls’ hostel,” said the charge-sheet. The “Sadhvis” would guard the entry door to the cave between 8 p.m. to midnight and midnight to 4 a.m., taking turns.Ram Rahim would allegedly summon the “Sadhvis” into his cave and then force himself upon them. Narrating her woes, one victim said one night, Ram Rahim called her to his cave.“Baba told her to sit on the bed near to him. She hesitated and tried to sit on the floor, but Maharaj asked her to sit on the bed. Accordingly, she sat on the bed by the side of Maharaj, who asked about her life and experience in the Dera…thereafter, Gurmeet Singh started fondling her body,” alleged the charge-sheet. She was then raped.The victim’s father told the CBI that her sister had also been sexually exploited by Ram Rahim. A relative of another victim also recorded his statement.Investigations into the murder of local journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who had published the anonymous letter in his newspaper, and a former Dera follower also had a bearing on the probe into rape allegations, said the CBI.The former follower’s close relative was also a “Sadhvi” in the Dera, but she later left it. His father told the agency that after the anonymous complaint surfaced, his son had confirmed to him that the allegations were correct and that Ram Rahim and his close associates suspected that he was behind the letter. The former follower was later gunned down.The adverse lie-detection tests of accused Avtar Singh, Inder Sain and Krishan Lal, whose names came up during the probe, showed “deceptions” in their statements indicating that Ram Rahim was sexually exploiting the “Sadhvis” in the “Gufa”, alleged the charge-sheet.last_img read more

India Censored the Most Number of Films in the World in 2017India Censored the Most Number of Films in the World in 2017

first_imgIndia topped the list of 78 countries that censored the most number of films in 2017, according to a study titled ‘The State of Artistic Freedom’. The study, conducted by Freemuse, an independent international organisation for free artistic expression, noted that 20 percent of all the film censorship cases, from across the world, came from India.Read it at The Quint Related Itemslast_img

Ind vs Pak: India exults after beating Pak, to face Sri Lanka in finalInd vs Pak: India exults after beating Pak, to face Sri Lanka in final

first_imgMan-of-the-Match Sachin Tendulkar scored 85 as India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the World Cup semi-final at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Score | Latest match photosThey now meet Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.The clash that was being billed as the “final ahead of the final” saw India batsmen score 260 even as Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz finished with a fiver.Chasing 261, Pakistan were all out 231 with Misbah-ul-Haq top scoring with 56 on board.Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal batted according to the merit of the ball, playing the loose ones to the boundary and leaving out the good balls.However, on occasions they seemed wary of Munaf Patel, who was bowling a good line keeping the batsmen on a tight leash.Hafeez even survived a run out chance in the sixth over. Luckily for him, the replays showed that he had brought his bat down at the right time.But, it wasn’t Munaf, but Zaheer Khan, who got the first breakthrough scalping opener Kamran Akmal on 19 with Yuvraj Singh taking his catch in the deep. Pakistan were 44/1 at the stage.Finally, the hard-working Munaf got the reward for his efforts in the 16th over. He was consistently bowling on the off and Mohammad Hafeez didn’t have a choice but play and when he did, an edge off his bat was pouched by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps. He fell for 43 and Pakistan went down to 70/2.Post Hafeez’s wicket Pakistan’s experienced campaigner Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership. They had put 33 runs for the third wicket when Yuvraj Singh decided to break their stand. His straight ball cramped the batsman for room and in the next millisecond the ball had uprooted Shafiq’s middle stump. He fell for 30 and Pakistan fell to 103/3.advertisementYuvraj Singh, who has helped India win four of their league matches, once again struck and this time he did away for Younis Khan (13) to reduce Pakistan to 106/4.Then Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal attempted a revival. Umar even relieved the pressure off Pakistan striking boundaries and over the fence shots off Yuvraj Singh.The duo had put 36 runs for the fifth wicket when Harbhajan Singh got the man India wanted. And it was his doosra that zipped past Umar to strike on to his stumps on 29. Pakistan lost him on 142/5 in 33.1 overs.Later Munaf Patel earned his second wicket of the day by scalping Abdul Razzaq. And it was his slower ball that did the trick as Razzaq ended up losing his off stump on three. Pakistan went down to 150/6 in 36.2 overs.Then Harbhajan Singh struck back to send Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi home with his turner. He fell for 19 and Pakistan went down to 184/7.With seven wickets down, India bowlers didn’t have much trouble doing away with the tail-enders. The only man that came in their way was Misbah-ul-Haq (56), but on the penultimate ball of the match Zaheer scalped him to book berth in the final. India inningsPakistan paceman Wahab Riaz scalped five as India posted 260/9 against their arch-rivals. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss with a specially minted coin. And right way Virender Sehwag got on with what he is famous for – blasting away boundaries. To be precise he hit five fours in the third over off Umar Gul.Later, Sehwag even played his famous ‘upar cut’. But Gul failed to do what left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz did, he bowled it straight and trapped Sehwag leg-before on 38, it was so plumb that even the review could not save him. India lost their first wicket on 48.Soon, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir got on with a partnership to thwart the Pakistan attack.It wasn’t the pacers, who were creating a problem for the batsmen but the spinners as Sachin survived a stumping chance and then a leg-before off offie Saeed Ajmal in the 11th over. And it was actually the review that saved him after the on-field umpire had raised his finger. On the next ball too Sachin survived another chance.Later in the innings Tendulkar survived another chance when Misbah-ul-Haq dropped him off Shahid Afridi in the 14th over. Then in the 20th over the Master Blaster survived another chance when Younis Khan dropped him and once again the bowler was Afridi.However, it wasn’t Sachin Tendulkar but Gautam Gambhir, who was forced to walk back in the 19th over. Mohammad Hafeez beat Gambhir by his bounce even as he tried to punch the ball away. The ball took the edge off his bat and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal did the rest behind the stumps.advertisementThen Wahab Riaz struck to scalp Virat Kohli and then clean bowled India’s saviour in four World Cup games, Yuvraj Singh on consecutive balls to reduce India to 141/4.However, the drama with Sachin Tendulkar’s innings was far from over as Umar Akmal dropped him on 82 off Mohammad Hafeez on the last ball off the 35th over.Finally on the last ball of the 37th over, Sachin Tendulkar departed after surviving stumping, leg-before and catching opportunities. And guess who claimed his catch. It was no other than captain Shahid Afridi in whose over he was dropped twice in the outfield. He fell on 85 off Saeed Ajmal’s ball. The score at the stage was 187/5.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been out of form since the South Africa series, could not stay at the crease for long and fell to Riaz’s pace in the 42nd over. He could manage just 25.At death, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh attempted a revival effectively using the Powerplay (45 to 49 overs) to their cause. But offie Saeed Ajmal ruined their plans as his doosra scalped Harbhajan Singh in the 47th over with Kamran Akmal performing the final rites. India fell to 236/7. In the last over of the match Raiz claimed Zaheer Khan to increase his victims tally to five. Nevertheless, India managed to post a competitive 260/9 on board.last_img read more