Tuesday, March 29, 2011


India will take on Pakistan in the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on March 30 at Mohali. India book their place in the semi final after beating Australia by 5 wickets in the 2nd quarter-final at Ahmedabad.

India have never lost a game to Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup tournamnets. India are also the favourites going into this game just because of their strong batting line up.

India vs Pakistan Semi Final is going to be one of the most exciting matches of this World Cup and some of the experts are also calling the India vs Pakistan Semi Final as the match of the decades and so on.

India vs Pakistan Semi Final is scheduled to be played on 30 March with the first ball to be bowled at 1430 IST.

India (From): Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, S Sreesanth.

Pakistan (From): Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal(w), Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi(c), Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Ahmed Shehzad, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Junaid Khan.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan tsunami 2011 Breaking News from 9211940604

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan at 2:46 p.m. local time, and caused a tsunami to rip apart the island. Reports from Japan suggest there have been over 50 deaths. The earthquake inspired a tsunami to sliced through Japan like paper, flooding the streets and destroying homes. Japanese television displayed the disastrous results of the natural disaster. Although the epicenter of the earthquake was over 200 miles away from Tokyo, the city still felt 30 aftershocks hours afterwards, one being of 7.1 magnitude. Tokyo, one the world’s largest cities,

became a balance beam as the earthquake caused buildings to sway back and forth. Japan declared a state of emergency at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, however there have been no radiation leaks.
Tsunami’s won’t be limited to Japan either, as the US National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for at least 50 countries and territories. This includes even the United States, as Hawaii has been begun preparing for a possible tsunami to reach its shores. Japan’s earthquake comes a little over a year since the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that tore apart Chile.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Prior guides England towards win over Pakistan

Matt Prior acknowledges applause for his 15th Test fifty
Matt Prior scored his third Test century at Trent Bridge

By Sam Sheringham

England are on course for a resounding victory in the first Test after a century from Matt Prior and three early wickets in Pakistan's second innings.

Prior, who came to the crease at 72-5, made 102 not out as England declared on 262-9 at Trent Bridge, setting Pakistan a world record victory target of 435.

Stuart Broad then struck twice and James Anderson once as Pakistan fell to 15-3 at stumps on day three.

Umar Gul had earlier hit an unbeaten 65 as the tourists avoided the follow-on.

It was another dominant day for England - who should strike first blood in the four-match series on Sunday - as they bowled out Pakistan for 182 in reply to their first innings score of 354.

However, it could have been a different story without Prior, who entered the fray with the home side in trouble after some excellent seam bowling had torn through their top order.

The Sussex wicketkeeper showed patience early on before tucking into the spinners later in the day and gave a timely reminder to the selectors that he has the talent to bat at number six should they wish to revisit the option of playing five bowlers in this winter's Ashes in Australia.

There were useful contributions from Graeme Swann (28) and Broad (24) as England's tail-enders made amends for the first innings, when six wickets fell for 23 runs to bring Pakistan back into the game.

Swann will also be encouraged by the fact that the last three England wickets fell to the spinners on a pitch continuing to offer assistance to bowlers of all varieties.

England lost Test captain Andrew Strauss in the first over when an edge off Mohammad Aamer flew to second slip Umar Akmal.

The fielder could not cling on to a sharp chance - juggling the ball from one hand to the other - but was spared embarrassment by his brother wicketkeeper Kamran, who dived to snaffle the ball before it touched the ground.

Alastair Cook's run of low scores continued when he chased after a ball down the leg side and got a faint nick through to the keeper.

Trott and Pietersen set about steadying England with the latter just starting to show signs of his belligerent best when he was dismissed for 22 by a moment of brilliance from Kamran.

An inside edge off Gul looked destined for the boundary, but the Pakistan gloveman, criticized for his sloppy work in the first innings, flew to his left and plucked the ball out of the air with his outstretched left glove.

Umar Gul batting for Pakistan
Gul's batting was a rare bright spot for Pakistan on day three

But perhaps Kamran was still basking in the glory of his moment of inspiration, because he was to undermine his good work with the very next ball.

A flash of Paul Collingwood's blade presented the keeper with a much more straightforward opportunity but this time the ball refused to stick in the glove and the chance went begging.

Luckily for Kamran, Gul did not have to wait long for his second wicket, which came in his next over when a straight ball kept devilishly low and flattened Trott's middle stump.

And soon afterwards, Collingwood was on his way back to the pavilion, trapped leg before wicket for one by the same bowler after trying to pull a short ball that kept low.

First innings centurion Eoin Morgan looked in good touch before he was run out for 17 after a misunderstanding with Prior.

With the wicket still offering plenty of assistance to the bowlers, Swann seemed to decide that attack was the best form of defence, smashing Danish Kaneria over his head for a maximum and pulling the same bowler to the square leg fence.

But a blow on the helmet from an Gul bouncer seemed to rattle Swann and he was dismissed lbw by Kaneria in the next over.

Prior batted superbly, taking the singles on offer from a surprisingly generous field and swiping boundaries through his favoured off side.

He brought up his half century with a clever reverse sweep and smashed two straight sixes in one Kaneria over, before reaching his hundred with a little help from last man Steven Finn, who lasted 50 balls for his nine not out.

Strauss declared as soon as Prior reached three figures, leaving Pakistan to negotiate a tricky last half hour against the new ball.

And once again their batting was found wanting as Broad drew an edge from Salman Butt and had Azhar Ali trapped in front two balls later.

Should Girls Aloud Split?

The future of Girls Aloud is on shaky ground after rumours surfaced earlier in the week that Nadine Coyle will not be rejoining the band. Although a source close to the group has denied the reports it's hard to understand how Nadine, who now lives with her family in Los Angeles, would fit into their future plans.

Aside from running her LA bar ‘Nadine's', the singer has been working hard to build her solo career and has recorded an album of material with some of pop's hottest producers.

So what would Nadine's departure mean for the band and could they carry on as normal? Maybe history has the key to this conundrum.

When Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls in 1998, the remaining members carried on for three years but their star soon began to wane and the band began to sell fewer and fewer records. Seemingly past their sell-by date, the group officially disbanded in 2001.

Robbie Williams left Take That in 1996 but with Gary Barlow at the helm there seemed no reason for the band to split up. Yet in less than a year, Take That parted company after tensions between Barlow and the band's manager.

For those who can remember the murky the world of ‘80s pop, it seemed like girl band Bananarama were never out of the charts. In fact the group still hold the record for being the all-female group with the most chart entries in history. However, following the departure of Siobhan Fahey in 1988, the band's career took a turn for the worse and the hits dried up. Gallantly the band carried on recording and have released six albums since 1987's ‘Wow'. Sadly none of them made the top forty and their last single charted at a measly #114.

Of course there are exceptions to the rule, particularly in the rock world. Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd and Yes have all lost key members but gone on to have stellar careers.

But pop is a lot more fickle. Fashions change, teenagers grow up and what was once deemed cutting edge soon becomes yesterday's news.

Take That lasted six years, the Spice Girls seven. Girls Aloud have clocked up a formidable eight years at the forefront of UK pop which is no small achievement.

They summed up the glitz and glamour of the ‘00s perfectly. They were even formed on a reality TV show, a phenomenon that defined the decade.

But perhaps it really is time to move on. Cheryl has conquered TV and proved that she can sell records as a solo artist. Nicola Roberts certainly has solo ambitions and it's hard to imagine that there aren't record labels and songwriters who would snap up Kimberly Walsh and Sarah Harding.

An extended hiatus would give the members time to step out of the spotlight and develop individually. Even if they failed, anticipation for a reunion would surely grow and perhaps that would herald a spectacular rebirth of the group. Just look at what it did for Take That.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

amar ujala indi - In an India where new cellular phone and car models pop up every other day

there is still no replacement for a 36-year-old who refuses to give up.

“There is rare joy in pushing the limits, busting norms and to keep proving that age is just a number,” says miracle worker Leander Adrian Paes sounding a bit out of breath after a gym session on the eve of his quest for a tenth Grand Slam title. “ More than winning, that’s what drives me on.”

“To keep playing at this level demands constant adaptation, a level of discipline that brooks no compromise and the hunger to keep going out there and keep busting muscle and limb day after day, week in, week out. If people think it’s a picnic, they are delusional,” Paes tells Hindustan Times.

Paes’ first outing at Wimbledon two decades ago in the junior boys had seen him reach the doubles quarters along with a nondescript first round singles ouster. “Back then if I would have been told I would still be playing the game, let alone figure in the closing stages of the tournament a full 20 years later, I would have been really amused. But hey, I like it,” he laughs.

As of now his fans can expect to see Paes go on till the 2012 London Olympics. “No way am I quitting soon dude, I am having fun out here. This my life and, frankly, I love it.”

Did the police in Dehradun gun down a 22-year-old man because he was a gangster? Were the police over jealous in taking on someone who wasn't really a danger? Or was this an out and out fake encounter?

Ranbir had gone to Dehradun to join his new job. He was travelling with two friends on a motorcycle when the police stopped him at a check post. This is where the trouble started. The state police alleges that the three men argued and had a scuffle with a sub-inspector. They then fled after snatching his service revolver into a nearby forest.

The police chased them and then Ranbir was gunned down. His friends managed to escape.

"There were three men, two managed to flee. The one firing at the police was shot at in retaliation," said Amit Sinha, Senior Superintendent of Police, Dehradun.

"Two of them ran together from a different route and one of them fired at us. Ranbir got killed in retaliation from our side," he added.

In Ghaziabad, a Delhi suburb, Ranbir's family insists that their son was killed in cold blood. On Saturday morning, they got into a fight with local police. They allege that Ramnbir had no criminal record and that this is case of fake encounter.

"Ask the police if he was reported in any police station. There was no complaint filed against him. In fact this was the first time he had come to Dehradun. But now he will never return," said Ranbir's father Ravindra Singh.

The Dehradun state police had stepped up the security ahead of President Pratibha Patil's visit. They now claim that Ranbir's friends had criminal records.

"They were using a stolen bike. There is no criminal record against him but the people he was with were engaged in criminal activities," said SSP Amir Sinha.

The chief minister has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the matter and the post-mortem report is awaited. But now the case is taking on political hues. The Jat Mahasabha has now aligned itself with the family and is threatening an agitation if the case is not resolved.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

sport news

Who is the new Ronaldo? United's next superstar

Where will Fergie turn to replace his Real-bound £80m man?

With £80million about to flow into the coffers and the promise of challenging for domestic and European glory, Manchester United shouldn't have a problem replacing Cristiano Ronaldo.

But will the next Old Trafford superstar be bought in, or is Ronaldo's replacement already at United? Metro takes a look at Sir Alex Ferguson's options.

Bayern Munich face a battle to hold on to Franck Ribery
Bayern Munich face a battle to hold on to Franck Ribery


The French forward looks increasingly likely to leave Bayern Munich after two stellar years in the Bundesliga. Barcelona, Real and Chelsea have also been linked but United's fresh spending power may give them the upper hand - although it would require a British record fee to clinch a deal. Not a direct replacement for Ronaldo, Ribery plays from the left and would allow Wayne Rooney to vacate his unpopular station on the flank.

Luis Antonio Valencia seems certain to leave Wigan, but where will he go?
Luis Antonio Valencia seems certain to leave Wigan, but where will he go?


United have been long-term admirers of the Wigan wideman, and the sale of Ronaldo to Real, their only serious rivals for his signature, may clear the way for a successful bid from Old Trafford. The Ecuadorian would cost around £15million, and offer similar qualities down the flank to Ronaldo, if not the Portuguese's goalscoring prowess.

Nani has been inconsistent in two years at Old Trafford
Nani has been inconsistent in two years at Old Trafford


The Portugal international has only impressed sporadically during his first two years at United, but then his compatriot also took time to adjust to the Premier League. Now acclimatised, and released from the shadow of Ronaldo, the young winger may surprise a few people.

Federico Macheda is a talent who made the breakthrough at United last season
Federico Macheda is a talent who made the breakthrough at United last season


The prodigously-talented teenager is a different kind of player to Ronaldo - a natural centre forward. But Ronaldo was increasingly used down the middle during his last two seasons at Old Trafford and Macheda may in time be the man to succeed him as United's most potent goalscoring threat.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a fan of Aaron Lennon's direct wing play
Sir Alex Ferguson is a fan of Aaron Lennon's direct wing play