The Delhi Daredevils remain without a victory in the 2013 Indian Premier League following a heart-breaking Super Over defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Challengers looked well placed for the points as they chased Delhi’s 152-5 from their 20 overs, but a poor finish meant the match finished level.
Two sixes from South African AB de Villiers in the eliminator over made sure the Challengers came out on top to maintain their position at the top of the table.
The match was full of drama in the final overs, after it looked like the hosts would cruise to victory in chasing the 153 required, with De Villiers and Virat Kohli going great guns.
Once De Villiers departed with the score on 129-3, it still seemed hard to imagine RCB would lose it, but the wickets tumbled around Kohli, leaving him to battle along to 65 before falling in the 19th over.
He was furious at having to leave the task up to the tail enders, but Ravi Rampaul stepped up to the mark and smashed 11 runs in the final over off Yusuf Pathan to force the Super Over.
Total Delhi’s innings of 152-5 was not a daunting figure but it was not a disaster either.
Kedhar Jadhav led the way with 29 with Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene also contributing with 20-odd scores.
Bangalore’s response started poorly with both openers departing earlier than planned.
Lokesh Rahul could only make 12, while Chris Gayle added a mere 13, leaving De Villiers and Kolhi to sort out the chase.
The pair put on 103 runs together before the South African was sent packing by Proteas team mate Morne Morkel, who ran him out for 39.
The wickets crumbled from there on out, as Andrew McDonald, Arun Karthik, Sayed Mohammed and Kolhi all fell in the next nine runs.
The Super Over saw RCB bat first, with Gayle and De Villiers going up against Umesh Yadav.
They made 15 thanks to two big sixes from AB, while Gayle could only get two singles.
David Warner and Ben Rohrer batted for Delhi, but Ravi Rampaul bagged Warner off the first ball.
Pathan then came in and hit a four and a six, but the West Indian struck again and removed Rohrer off the final ball to leave the Daredevils four runs short.
by John Reynolds, 16.04.2013
Usain Bolt: Olympic gold medallist set to appear at the Anniversary Games
Adidas and the BBC are expected to join the National Lottery and Sainsbury’s as new partners of British Athletics, as the governing body ramps up its commercial offering.
British Athletics today unveiled the National Lottery as an event partner for the Anniversary Games, which is set to feature Usain Bolt and other top global athletes competing at the Olympic Stadium this summer.
The National Lottery has been an existing partner of British Athletics for some time, but the deal announced today is a commercial enterprise in its own right, running up until 2017. The National Lottery deal comes one day after it was revealed Sainsbury’s would become title sponsor of British Athletics’ flagship events.1
Ed Warner, chairman of British Athletics, said: “It’s an important week for us as tickets go on sale for the Anniversary Games and the Sainsbury s deal has obviously been announced. The exciting things from a British Athletics perspective is both Sainsbury’s and The National Lottery have commitment with us through to the World Championships in 2017.”
It is understood that the next two commercial deals announced by British Athletics will feature the BBC and Adidas renewing their respective deals as broadcaster and kit supplier.
Both commercial renewals are likely to run for between four and five years and will be announced in the coming months.
In the wake of the London 2012 Games, British Athletics changed its sponsorship model from involving one overall lead sponsor, to looking to secure multiple-tier deals.
Jack Warner, G rard Depardieu, Justino Compe n and Loulou.
Photographs: Reuters, AP, YouTube, AFP/Getty Images Man of the week Jack Warner weighing up another tough week of headlines after reports that an FBI inquiry into alleged Fifa corruption has signed up his son Daryan as a co-operating witness.
Jack’s view: the media are obsessed by “negative things” at the expense of good news.
“Far too often,” Jack says, “good just never gets the spotlight.” Meanwhile Also causing trouble: Thailand’s press monitoring the football family’s next big election.
Local media allege the Thai FA presidential contest in June has already featured “certain people trying to buy votes” for 6,700 each.
Candidate Virach Charnpanich, not implicated in wrongdoing, said: “That’s a big sum Our football really struggles with transparency.” Plus one to watch Coming next year: Fifa, the movie .
French press say the film, directed by Fr d ric Auburtin, will chart “the human story of the creation of the largest sports federation in the world” – with Russia-based tax exile G rard Depardieu playing the lead.
Other news: compromise of the week David Miliband – leaving the UK to “work on behalf of some of the least fortunate people on Earth”, and retaining his 15-day-a-year nonexecutive directorship at Sunderland.
Miliband’s Sunderland income since 2011: 125,000.
New man of the week Lyon’s “special adviser” Bernard Lacombe , explaining why he told a female caller to a radio phone-in: “I won’t talk football with women.
My advice: mind your pots and pans and things will be fine.” Lacombe said he was provoked by the woman’s criticisms of Karim Benzema, which were “cheap and unacceptable”.
Respect campaign: match of the week Spain: Loja’s third tier game against San Fernando: held up in the 77th minute while police removed a five-inch flick knife from a 12-year-old ballboy.
Local media say the boy was “trying to worry” a linesman with the knife, but “never intended to hurt anyone”.
Job news Brazil, 12 March: Vila Nova president Marco Martinez on press rumours about coach Dar o Pereyra.
“I don’t know where these rumours come from, or why people seem to think we wouldn’t have learned from the past.
Changing coaches all the time is no good.
So Dar o stays for the medium to long-term.
Otherwise what’s the point?” 24 March: Sacks him.
Italy: New Palermo coach Giuseppe Sannino, back in the job after being sacked in September, on why president Maurizio Zamparini turning up at the training ground was nothing to worry about.
“When your child is ill you run to his bedside.
The president’s being like all parents he just wants his baby to live.” Clarification of the week Mexico: FA president Justino Compe n on video footage appearing to show him aiming “an obscene finger” at Honduras fans, twice.
“I would never make such a gesture, you must understand that.
I just have an injured finger, so I raised it.
I’ve been misunderstood.” Strategy of the week Brazil: Uni o Barbarense trying to “confuse opponents” by sending two players out for the second half wearing the same shirt number.
Midfielder Britto, booked 26 minutes later when the referee noticed his shirt swap, told local media: “They had us under pressure in the first half so we just used our tricks.
It was a strategy, and it worked.” Best self-restraint Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev asked about his reaction to refereeing decisions against his side.
“I promised not to talk about the referee’s performance.” Plus: “But we’ve been robbed by referees again.
It was a refereeing circus.” Team spirit Romania: Steaua manager Laurentiu Reghecampf, explaining why his squad ignored several hundred fans who had waited for autographs outside a friendly match, refusing to get off the team bus.
“It was freezing outside.
It must have been -10.” Sad news France: Montpellier owner Louis “Loulou” Nicollin on his relationship with outgoing coach Ren Girard.
“He’s not talking to me, seriously.
The other day we were in the same restaurant: everyone came over to see me except him.
We had good times.
Now there is only sadness.” Plus: love news Brazil: model Vanessa Tasquetto, ex-partner of Ronaldinho and Adriano, says she had “more than kisses” with Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli.
“He was a nice boy.
He even took pity on me and bought me a motorbike, which meant a lot.
But now I will sell it.” Next up: “I want Oscar.
He plays for Chelsea.”
Australia face an anxious wait to see if captain Michael Clarke will bat on the final day of their third Test with India in Chandigarh.
Clarke suffered a back injury during the warm-up on day four and, after coming on and off the field several times during the day, he failed to come out to bat at number three during Australia’s second innings.
In the absence of Clarke, Australia slipped to 75-3 at stumps on day four, still 16 behind.
“Michael injured his back in the warm-up this morning,” the team physio Alex Kountouris said.
“He’ll undergo further treatment overnight.
“We’ll assess that and see how it settles in the morning to determine when he’s able to bat.” Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3-25 with the new ball in the evening session after India had claimed a first-innings lead of 91.
David Warner (2), Ed Cowan (8) and Steve Smith (5) all fell cheaply before nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (4no) survived the final seven overs of the day alongside Phil Hughes.
Fast bowler Peter Siddle admitted Clarke had been struggling but remains optimistic he will bat on the final day.
“I think he’ll definitely bat,” Siddle said.
“It was very sore throughout the day.
Everyone knows he’s had a bit of trouble with his back.
He got some treatment after we came off the field and everything seems to be going along fine.
“Knowing Michael he’ll do everything he can tonight with Alex and be ready to go tomorrow morning as soon as possible, no doubt.
He’ll want to get out there first-up.
I think he’ll be ready to go.
India had earlier turned their overnight position of 283-0 into a total of 499 all out with opener Shikhar Dhawan, who raced to an 85-ball debut century the previous day, adding only two runs to his total before off-spinner Lyon had him caught by Cowan at silly point for 187.
“I think there was a bit more fight today,” Siddle said.
“We knew we had to go out there and bowl to our plans and slow it down and put a bit of pressure back on them which I think we did.
“A few wickets tonight set us back but we will turn up tomorrow and see how we go.”
Michael Clarke ended unbeaten on 224 from 243 deliveries Captain Michael Clarke became the first man in Test history to score four double centuries in a calendar year as Australia produced a dominant performance on day one of the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide.
Clarke, who hit 259 not out in the drawn series opener, ended unbeaten on 224 from 243 deliveries, with 39 fours and a six.
Australia’s total after 86.5 overs in the day was an imposing 482 for five, with opener David Warner (119) and veteran Michael Hussey (103) also compiling centuries and hitting four sixes apiece.
When Clarke arrived at the crease South Africa, who had lost the toss, were well in the game having struck early to leave the home side on 55 for three.
But while there were failures for Ed Cowan, Rob Quiney and Ricky Ponting, Warner and Clarke led the fightback superbly.
The duo’s game-turning stand was surely eased by the injury-enforced departure of Jacques Kallis, not to mention Vernon Philander pulling out before the start of play.
All-rounder Kallis had taken the first wicket of the day, trapping Cowan plumb in front of the stumps and also claiming a return catch after the ball hit the bat – with the latter dismissal taking precedence under the laws of the game.
Morne Morkel then added the wicket of Quiney, caught by Graeme Smith at slip for a duck.
Australia’s 44 for two became 55 for three when Kallis removed the clearly out-of-form Ponting for four.
The dismissal offered further ammunition to the theory that Ponting is in his final days as an international player, the former skipper mis-reading the length and losing his off stump only to tumble to the ground as he lost his footing.
Yet at the other end Warner was scoring freely and found a willing partner in Clarke as the pair moved the score to 102 by lunch.
The start of the afternoon session was the start of the carnage, Warner taking 10 off the loose Imran Tahir in the first over and then reaching his 100 in 93 balls after another Tahir over leaked 17.
Both batsmen were finding the ropes with abandon by this stage and added a remarkable 99 runs in the first 10 overs after the resumption.
Warner eventually fell, edging Morkel to Smith to halt the partnership at 155, but Hussey wasted no time finding his stride.
Clarke cut Tahir for four just before tea to seal yet another century in a tea score of 280 for four.
South Africa’s stretched bowling attack suffered another blow when Dale Steyn left the pitch for treatment for a lengthy period in the evening session and with Tahir and Rory Kleinvedlt looking well short of Test class, Australia cashed in.
They added a stunning 202 runs before stumps, with Clarke smashing Morkel for five fours in a single over to move past 150.
Clarke’s now inevitable double hundred came with a single off his 226th ball and when Hussey thrashed the very next delivery, a rank Tahir full toss, for six he joined his skipper to three figures.
Steyn, having returned to the field, finally broke the 272-run partnership when he bowled Hussey with the last ball of the day but it was scant consolation for the Proteas.
Australia took full advantage of South Africa’s struggles to dominate day one of the second Test – with Michael Clarke leading the way in Adelaide.
Clarke became the first player to hit four scores of 200 or more in a calendar year, while Australia’s total of 482-5 at stumps was the second highest of all time on the opening day of the Test.
South Africa had lost Vernon Philander before the start of the match, while Jacques Kallis, who had wobbled the hosts early on, and then Dale Steyn both limped off.
And Australia showed no mercy as they recovered from 55-3, courtesy of a sensational 224 not out from Clarke and blistering centuries from David Warner and Michael Hussey.
Kallis had taken a return catch off Ed Cowan (10) to make the first breakthrough of the day, with Morne Morkel accounting for No 3 Rob Quiney for a duck in the next over.
Kallis then sent Ricky Ponting (4) and the stumps tumbling with a snorting delivery to seemingly put the world No 1 Test team in the driving seat.
However Warner and Clarke steadied the ship and – with Kallis already off needing a scan – then unleashed an extraordinary assault on South Africa’s hapless attack.
Warner was clubbing the ball over the ground, with Imran Tahir taking the brunt of the punishment, and his century came up off just 93 balls and including 13 fours and four sixes.
The 155-run stand for the fourth wicket was brought to an end, though, when Warner (119) edged Morkel to Smith – but hopes this could be a foothold back into the game for the Proteas quickly vanished as Mike Hussey continued to keep the runs flowing alongside Clarke.
The Australia skipper brought up his century off 117 balls just before tea while his needed a further 109 deliveries to bring up the 200, with his knock including 35 fours and a six.
Hussey brought up his century with a massive six, the fourth of his impressive innings, and although Steyn returned to the field he couldn’t stem the flow of runs.
However the South African quickie finally struck at the close when he bowled Hussey for 103 – although it will have done little to lift the mood of the tourists.
Hannah Cockroft: More glory on home soil? London have submitted a bid to host the 2017 Paralympic World Championships for athletics.
On the back of the successful 2012 Games, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson revealed the news on Wednesday after opening talks with the International Paralympic Committee, UK Athletics and UK Sport over holding the championships in the Olympic Stadium.
If London wins the race for hosting, it would be a double triumph for the city after it beat rival bidder Doha a year ago to host the IAAF World Athletic Championship – to be hosted in August 2017.
Johnson said: “The huge appetite for tickets to the 2012 Games this summer shows the level of excitement Paralympic sport can generate, and forever changed the way we think about disabled sport.
“The 2017 IPC World Championships present a fantastic opportunity for us to build on that phenomenal surge of enthusiasm, and welcome back some of the world’s greatest sportsmen and women to the Olympic Stadium.
“Securing the Championships would not only reinforce London’s reputation as the world’s leading sporting city, it would bring a vital multi-million pound boost to the capital’s economy, creating jobs and driving growth in east London.” Two months ago ParalympicsGB bagged 120 medals, including 34 golds, and were third in the medal table behind China and Russia.
Hannah Cockroft, one of GB’s greatest stars during the sumer with two track golds in the T34 100m and 200m, tweeted: “Yes! MayorOfLondon has put in a bid to bring the 2017 world championships to London! #bringushome #bringbacklondon” UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner added: “I’m delighted that the city has decided to build on the success of the Paralympics.”
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle led his side to the Twenty20 final after they beat Australia in Colombo.
Gayle was impregnable at the crease, and hit 75 not out as Darren Sammy’s side notched up a total of 205 to set up a meeting with hosts Sri Lanka in the final.
Australia came no way near that total when their turn came at the crease and were beaten by 74 runs – despite a late stand from George Bailey, who hit 63 from 29 balls.
Gayle storm: Chris Gayle hit 75 not out against Australia More to follow.
Gotcha: Samuel Badree celebrates after dismissing Shane Watson (right) Almost: Kieron Pollard dodged a bouncer during his innings for the West Indies Oh no: David Warner looks back as his bails are toppled Off you go: David Warner had to walk past the gloating West Indies players after being bowled Job done: Ravi Rampaul bagged the wicket of David Hussey early on in the innings
Tweet Australia’s captain George Bailey won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in a group two Super Eights match of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Tuesday.
Australia, who won their first two games, will advance to the semi-finals if they win.
But the second semi-finalist from the group will be decided only after the India-South Africa game later on Tuesday.
Both Pakistan and India have one win each from two games, while South Africa lost both their matches.
Australia: George Bailey (capt), David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Abdul Razzaq.
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG) TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)