IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights: As It Happened

IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights

IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights. Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 19 runs in an IPL 2018 match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. After being asked to bat, RR rode on Sanju Samson’s unbeaten 92 to post 217/4. In reply, Virat Kohli’s half-century kept RCB in the hunt but Shreyas Gopal’s double strike (Kohli and AB de Villiers) shifted the momentum in the visitors’ favour and they went on to register their second win of the tournament. Get highlights of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018, here. (Scorecard) | (Streaming Info) | (IPL 2018 full coverage)

19:50 hrs IST: That’s it. Thank you for joining us. Until next time, it’s goodbye. Cheers!

Sanju Samson (Man of the Match): “I’m grateful to play this tournament every two months of the year. I’m feeling good, hitting the ball well, but the tournament has just started. I want to win as many matches as I can on the field. I love doing what my team wants me to do, whether it’s on the field or as a keeper.”

Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals captain): “Feels good, we know how dangerous they are against RCB. We were looking to score 160-170, but the way Sanju and Jos batted was incredible. We’ve been trying without left-right combination upfront. All of them have experience, it was about one big partnership. K Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal bowled really well. When you score 200 plus, the opponents will come hard at you. They held their own really well.”

19:31 hrs IST: That’s it. Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs for their second win in IPL 2018.

19:26 hrs IST: Stokes removes Sundar after giving away 10 runs off the first two balls. Royal Challengers Bangalore need 36 off 6. Ben Laughlin to bowl the final over.

19:21 hrs IST: Laughlin concedes 13 runs. In context of the game, it is a very good over. RCB need a big one here. Ben Stokes to bowl the penultimate over. They are 170/5 after 18 overs, need 48 off 12.

19:17 hrs IST: Like Umesh, Unadkat is also having a bad day. 35 runs off his three overs. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 157/5 after 17 overs, need 61 off 18.

19:12 hrs IST: Just six runs off Stokes’ second over. Rajasthan Royals won’t mind singles or doubles. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 140/5 after 16 overs, need 78 off 24.

19:08 hrs IST: Good over from Laughlin, eight runs off it. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 134/5 after 15 overs, need 84 off 30.

19:02 hrs IST: WICKET – RCB stumble. Full ball on off stump and it is the off-cutter, Pawan Negi is squared up and the edge is taken by Buttler. Pawan Negi c Buttler b Laughlin 3 (4). Strategic time-out.

19:00 hrs IST: Mandeep hits a six but then can manage only 10 runs in the 14th over. The asking rate is over 15. Tough task this for RCB, especially with Kohli and AB de Villiers back in the hunt.

18:57 hrs IST: In the air but safe. Mandeep does not go through with the pull shot but it lands safely. Ends a brilliant spell from Shreyas Gopal. Potentially match-winning. 4-0-22-2

18:54 hrs IST: WICKET – That is p18:54 hrs ISrbably the game for RCB. AB de Villiers goes. Shreyas Gopal has got both the big wickets of Kohli and ABD. Short ball on leg stump, De Villiers pulls it straight to deep backward square leg where Unadkat takes a tumbling catch. AB de Villiers c Unadkat b Gopal 20 (18).

18:51 hrs IST: Good over from Unadkat in context of the game, nine runs off it. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 114/3 after 12 overs, need 104 off 48.

18:45 hrs IST: OUT! Big wicket for Rajasthan Royals. Gopal gets Kohli 57(30). Mandeep Singh comes to the crease. RCB in desperate need of a partnership.

18:42 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for de Villiers. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 100/2 after 19 overs, need 118 off 60.

18:39 hrs IST: Two runs and that’s fifty for Virat Kohli. This is his fastest in IPL history. Needs to make it count. With AB de Villiers at the other end, RCB should fancy their chances. Ben Laughlin comes into the attack.

18:36 hrs IST: OUT! Too short form SHORT, de Kock looks to clear deep backward square leg but doesn’t get the power and Unadkat does the rest.

18:33 hrs IST: SIX! Flighted delivery from Short, Kohli gets down on one knee and smashes it into long-on stands for a maximum.

18:31 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Shreyas Gopal, only six runs off it (one was a bye). Royal Challengers Bangalore are 71/1 after 7 overs. D’Arcy Short comes into the attack.

18:25 hrs IST: Two runs off the last ball for Kohli. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 64/1 after 6 overs. Strategic time-out.

18:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Stokes and Kohli pulls it through mid-wicket for his fifth boundary.

18:20 hrs IST: Expensive over from Gowtham, 11 runs off it. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 49/1 after 5 overs. Kohli 23*, de Kock 22*. Ben Stokes comes into the attack.

18:18 hrs IST: FOUR! Tossed up from K Gowtham, de Kock makes room and hits it inside out over cover. Looks in great form.

18:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Full delivery from Unadkat and Quinton de Kock drives it past the fielder at mid-on. RCB need more of these.

18:09 hrs IST: Kohli has been splendid so far. As always, he holds the key for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The hosts need two solid partnerships to secure their second win of the tournament.

18:02 hrs IST: Stupendous start from Gowtham. Gets rid of McCullum. Royal Challengers Bangalore are 5/1 after the first over. Dhawal Kulkarni comes into the attack.

17:59 hrs IST: Time for RCB’s innings. Brendon McCullum to take strike. K Gowtham to bowl the first over.

17:50 hrs IST: Sanju Samson smacked 39 runs off his last eight balls.

17:44 hrs IST: Single and Rajasthan Royals finish on 217/4. Samson remains unbeaten on 92. This will take some chasing. RCB have their task cut out. We will back in a few minutes time.

17:42 hrs IST: SIX! Another slower delivery from Umesh and Samson hits it over the fielder at long-off for his ninth maximum. Amazing!

17:40 hrs IST: SIX! Slower delivery from Umesh and Tripathi hammers into long-on stands for a maximum.

17:38 hrs IST: 4,4,6 — Sanju Samson, you beauty! Woakes finishes with figures of 2/47. Rajasthan Royals are 190/4 after 19 overs. Samson 79*, Tripathi 1*. Umesh Yadav to bowl the final over.

17:33 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes from Samson. The decision to go with Khejroliya hasn’t worked for Virat Kohli. Time to bring in Navdeep Saini? Rajasthan Royals are 173/3 after 18 overs.

17:29 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Sanju Samson, eighth in IPL. What a player and what an innings! Needs to stay till the end. Rajasthan Royals are 157/3 after 17 overs. Kulwant Khejroliya is back into the attack

17:26 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Woakes and Samson smashes it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. This has been a sensational innings from the RR number four.

17:23 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav has been expensive today. Thirteen runs off his third over. Can he finish well? Rajasthan Royals are 142/3 after 16 overs.

17:19 hrs IST: SIX! Juicy full-toss from Umesh and Samson deposits it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Moves into 40s.

17:15 hrs IST: Magnificent spell from Chahal, ends with figures of 2/22. Rajasthan Royals are 129/3 after 15 overs. Samson 34*, Buttler 10*. Second strategic time-out.

17:12 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Weightlifter Punam Yadav, who won India a gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast was attacked with bricks and stones by unidentified assailants on Saturday when she was visiting a relative, police said.

When her father, uncle and cousin tried to intervene they too were thrashed. Amid heavy stone pelting and ruckus, the police team escorting her managed to save her and bring her out of the melee.

17:09 hrs IST: SIX! Touch short from Negi, Samson rocks back and smashes it into deep mid-wicket stands for a maximum.

17:07 hrs IST: Good over from Chahal (except the four byes), seven runs and a wicket. Rajasthan Royals are 112/3 after 13 overs. Pawan Negi comes into the attack.

17:04 hrs IST: WICKET! Stokes looks to hit it over mid-wicket but gets a thick inside edge onto the stumps. Second scalp for Chahal. Jos Buttler comes to the crease.

17:01 hrs IST: Two runs off the last ball for Stokes. Rajasthan Royals are 101/2 after 12 overs. Stokes 27*, Samson 21*. Chahal again.

16:59 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Khejroliya and Stokes creams it over deep fine leg for a maximum. Incredible!

16:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Stokes opens the bat face and hits it in the gap between short third man and point. Too much width on offer from Khejroliya.

16:55 hrs IST: Single for Stokes, Sundar finishes with figures of 0/30. Rajasthan Royals are 86/2 after 11 overs. Anything around 180-190 should be a good score. Khejroliya again.

16:52 hrs IST: SIX! Pitched up from Sundar and Samson smacks it over the long-on boundary for a maximum. Stand and deliver!

16:46 hrs IST: Only five runs in the ninth over bowled by Washington Sundar. Royal Challengers Bangalore are drying up the runs after the good start provided by Ajinkya Rahane. Strategic time-out.

16:42 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Stokes. Rajasthan Royals are 63/2 after 8 overs. Samson 9*, Stokes 2*

16:41 hrs IST: SIX! Short and wide from Khejroliya, Samson comes into position early and clobbers it over fine leg for a maximum.

16:37 hrs IST: Great over from Chahal, two runs and a wicket. Rajasthan Royals are 54/2 after 7 overs. Kulwant Khejroliya comes into the attack.

16:35 hrs IST: OUT! Short looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge and Quinton de Kock does the rest. First wicket for Chahal. Ben Stokes comes to the crease.

16:32 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull won Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix to claim the sixth victory of his Formula One (F1) career.

Ricciardo of Australia started from the third row, but took advantage when the safety car came out on the 31st lap to allow him to get fresh tires. He took the lead on the 45th lap, overtaking Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.

16:29 hrs IST: WICKET! Much-needed breakthrough for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chris Woakes removes the danger-man Ajinkya Rahane. Sanju Samson comes to the crease.

16:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Chahal and Short plays it straight down the ground for his first boundary. Rajasthan Royals are 43/0 after 5 overs.

16:22 hrs IST: Two more boundaries for Rahane. Looks in top form. Umesh Yadav struggling with his length. Rajasthan Royals are 33/0 after 4 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack.

16:19 hrs IST: Meanwhile, FC Barcelona responded to the shock of being eliminated from the Champions League by AS Roma by beating Valencia 2-1 on Saturday at the Nou Camp, setting a Liga record run of 39 games unbeaten and taking them ever closer to another title.

16:17 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Rahane. Expensive over from Sundar, 14 runs off it. Rajasthan Royals are 22/0 after 3 overs. Umesh Yadav comes into the attack.

16:15 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Sundar, Rahane makes room and strikes it over the long-on boundary for a maximum.

16:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Quicker delivery from Sundar, Rahane gets down on one knee and sweeps it to deep backward square leg boundary.

16:12 hrs IST: Looks like Rahane is struggling with cramps. The physio is out to attend to him. We will keep you posted.

16:09 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Woakes. Rajasthan Royals are 8/0 after 2 overs. Rahane 5*, Short 1*. Sundar to continue.

16:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Woakes, Rahane comes forward and smacks it over mid-wicket for his first boundary of the evening.

16:05 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal’s aggression and intensity quite literally brought top seed PV Sindhu to her knees as she ensnared the women’s singles Commonwealth Games gold but K Srikanth and the debutant men’s doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty settled for silver medals on the final day of the event on Sunday. Read full story here

16:04 hrs IST: Magnificent start from Sundar. No margin for error. Short cautious, for now. Rajasthan Royals are 1/0 after the first over. Chris Woakes comes into the attack.

16:02 hrs IST: Length delivery from Sundar to start off, Rahane plays the reverse sweep but no runs. The RR captain making his intentions clear.

16:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Rahane and Short to open. Washington Sundar to start the proceedings.

15:45 hrs IST: Rajasthan Royals, the IPL 2008 champions, did not impress with the bat in their first two matches, and having retained the same eleven, it remains to be seen whether they shuffle the batting order.

15:41 hrs IST: RCB had won only one game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in IPL 2017. Their campaign last year was hurt by a shoulder injury to Virat Kohli, that sidelined him until the final stages of the tournament.

15:36 hrs IST: Playing XIs –

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), D’ Arcy Short, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler(wk), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock(wk), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Pawan Negi, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

15:32 hrs IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have opted to field.

15:30 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

AB de Villiers took RCB side home in the last match but the team will be looking at their other big names to fire against the Royals. Skipper Virat Kohli will be itching to get going as he has so far only score 52 runs in the first two matches.

England beat New Zealand in fifth ODI

England beat New Zealand in fifth ODI

New Zealand 223 all out (49.5 overs)
England 229 – 3 (32.4 overs)
Fifth One Day International, Christchurch

England beat New Zealand in fifth ODI

Ben Stokes finishes with an explosive 26 off 18 balls, Joe Root with a sedate 23 off 37. And Ish Sodhi, who has had a pretty good series, is left nursing figures of 7.4-0-78-1.

New Zealand Vs England fifth ODI

He was shredded by Jonny Bairstow, who made his fourth and most destructive hundred in this format, and was well supported by Alex Hales, back from the wilderness with a punchy 60.

Indian women enter Asian Boxing semis Championship Mary Kom

Indian women enter Asian Boxing semis Championship Mary Kom .

The legendary M.C. Mary Kom (48 kilogram), who has turned her comeback to international boxing into a sweet one, Shiksha (51kg) and Priyanka Chaudhary (57kg) won their bouts on a busy Saturday to advance to the medal rounds.

Ho Chi Minh City: India’s women pugilists asserted themselves in the ring once more, assurimng the country of at least four more medals at the Asian Boxing Championships here on Saturday evening. Read More


T20 World Cup 2016 Schedule Dates List – Mens & Womens

T20 World Cup 2016 Schedule Dates List, T20 World Cup 2016 Schedule, 2016 T20 World Cup Schedule, Twenty20 world cup 2016 matches schedule

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups and T20 World Cup 2016 Schedule Dates, which will be staged across eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. 58 men’s and women’s matches to be played at eight venues from 8 March to 3 April; Mumbai and New Delhi to stage semi-finals while Kolkata to stage finals.

T20 World Cup 2016 Schedule


A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men’s matches and 23 women’s matches, will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. New Delhi and Mumbai will host the semi-finals on 30 and 31 March, respectively, while Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be the venue of the 3 April finals. The women’s semi-finals and final will be followed by the men’s knock-out matches. There is a reserve day for the finals.

The men’s event will carry a total prize money of $5.6million, which is an 86 per cent increase from the 2014 tournament, while the total prize money for the women’s event is $400,000, which is a 122 per cent increase from the Bangladesh event.

According to T20 World Cup 2016 Schedule  the men’s event format, eight sides in two groups of four, will feature in the first round matches with the group winners joining eight sides in the Super 10 stage (two groups of five teams). The top two sides from both the Super 10 Groups will then qualify for the semi-finals. In the women’s event, the 10 sides will be divided into two groups and the top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals.

The first round matches in the men’s event will take place in Dharamsala and Nagpur from 8-13 March and will feature Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland, debutant Oman (all in Group A), Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Afghanistan (all in Group B). In a double-header on the opening day on 8 March, Zimbabwe will face Hong Kong in the afternoon match, to be followed by the evening match between Scotland and Afghanistan. Both the matches will be played in Nagpur.

T20 World Cup 2016 Groups


First round (group winners to progress to second round)

Group A – Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland and Oman
Group B – Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Afghanistan

Second round groups

Super 10 Group 1 – Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, England and winner group B (Q1B)
Super 10 Group 2 – India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and winner group A (Q1A)


Group A – Australia (A1), South Africa (A2), New Zealand (A3), Sri Lanka (A4) and Ireland (A5)
Group B – England (B1), West Indies (B2), India (B3), Pakistan (B4) and Bangladesh (B5)

Tournament schedule (‘M’ denotes men’s match; ‘W’ denotes women’s match; PM means afternoon match and Eve. means night match. Match timing to be confirmed in due course)

T20 world cup 2016 matches schedule

Tue, 8 Mar – Zimbabwe v Hong Kong (PM), Nagpur; Scotland v Afghanistan (Eve.), Nagpur
Wed, 9 Mar – Bangladesh v Netherlands (PM), Dharamsala; Ireland v Oman (Eve.), Dharamsala
Thu, 10 Mar – Scotland v Zimbabwe (PM), Nagpur; Hong Kong v Afghanistan (Eve.)
Fri, 11 Mar – Netherlands v Oman (PM), Dharamsala; Bangladesh v Ireland (Eve.), Dharamsala
Sat, 12 Mar – Zimbabwe v Afghanistan (PM), Nagpur; Scotland v Hong Kong (Eve.), Nagpur
Sun, 13 Mar – Netherlands v Ireland (PM), Dharamsala; Bangladesh v Oman (Eve.), Dharamsala
Tue, 15 Mar – India v Bangladesh (W) (PM), Bengaluru; New Zealand v Sri Lanka (W) (Eve.), New Delhi; New Zealand v India (M) (Eve), Nagpur
Wed, 16 Mar – West Indies v England (M) (PM), Mumbai; Pakistan v Q1A (M) (Eve.), Kolkata; West Indies v Pakistan (W) (Eve.), Chennai
Thu, 17 Mar – England v Bangladesh (W) (PM), Bengaluru; Sri Lanka v Q1B (M) (Eve.), Kolkata
Fri, 18 Mar – New Zealand v Ireland (W) (PM), Mohali; Australia v New Zealand (M) (PM), Dharamsala; South Africa v England (M) (Eve.), Mumbai; Australia v South Africa (W) (Eve.), Nagpur
Sat, 19 Mar – India v Pakistan (W) (PM), New Delhi; India v Pakistan (M) (Eve.), Dharamsala
Sun, 20 Mar – South Africa v Q1B (M) (PM), Mumbai; West Indies v Bangladesh (W) (PM), Chennai; Sri Lanka v Ireland (W) (Eve.), Mohali; Sri Lanka v West Indies (M) (Eve.), Bengaluru
Mon, 21 Mar – Australia v New Zealand (W) (PM), Nagpur; Australia v Q1A (M) (Eve.), Bengaluru
Tue, 22 Mar – England v India (W) (PM), Dharamsala; New Zealand v Pakistan (M) (Eve.), Mohali
Wed, 23 Mar – England v Q1B (M) (PM), New Delhi; India v Q1A (M), (Eve.), Bengaluru; South Africa v Ireland (W) (Eve.), Chennai
Thu, 24 Mar – England v West Indies (W) (Eve.), Dharamsala; Australia v Sri Lanka (W) (PM), New Delhi; Pakistan v Bangladesh (W) (Eve.), New Delhi
Fri, 25 Mar – Pakistan v Australia (M) (PM), Mohali; South Africa v West Indies (M), (Eve.), Nagpur
Sat, 26 Mar – Australia v Ireland (W) (PM), New Delhi; Q1A v New Zealand (M) (PM), Kolkata; England v Sri Lanka (M) (Eve.), New Delhi; South Africa v New Zealand (W) (Eve.), Bengaluru
Sun, 27 Mar – West Indies v India (W) (PM), Mohali; India v Australia (M) (Eve.), Mohali; England v Pakistan (W) (Eve.), Chennai; Q1B v West Indies (M) (PM), Nagpur;
Mon, 28 Mar – South Africa v Sri Lanka (W) (PM), Bengaluru; South Africa v Sri Lanka (M) (Eve.), New Delhi
Tue, 29 Mar – Rest/travel day
Wed, 30 Mar – Women’s semi-final (2nd group A v 1st group B) (PM), New Delhi; men’s semi-final (Super 10 Group 1 2nd v Super 10 Group 2 1st) (Eve.), New Delhi
Thu, 31 Mar – Women’s semi-final (1st group A v 2nd group B) (PM), Mumbai; men’s semi-final (Super 10 Group 1 2nd v Super 10 Group 2 1st) (Eve.), Mumbai
Fri, 1 Apr – Rest/travel day
Sat, 2 Apr – Rest/travel day
Sun, 3 April – Women’s final (PM), Kolkata; men’s final (Eve.), Kolkata

De Kock, Morkel control South Africa to 2-1 lead in India

De Kock, Morkel control South Africa to 2-1 lead in India Opening batsman Quinton de Kock gave the early prosper the bat with his seventh century while quick bowler Morne Morkel connected the completing touch with four wickets as South Africa beat India by 18 keeps running on Sunday to take a 2-1 arrangement lead.

De Kock, Morkel control South Africa to 2-1 lead in India

Fast Bowler Zaheer Khan to announce retirement from international cricket

Fast Bowler Zaheer Khan to announce retirement from international cricket

Zaheer Khan was instrumental in India’s 2011 World Cup winning campaign picking up 21 wickets in 9 matches

Zaheer Khan, one of India’s premier fast bowlers in history, will announce his retirement from international cricket later today, Zee News reports. Senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla confirmed the development on his official Twitter account but urged the speedster to continue playing in the IPL.

Zaheer, who turned 37 on October 7, has played 92 Tests, 200 ODIs and 17 T20s, was one of India’s greatest match-winners with the ball, but his career has been one which has blighted by a number of long spells on the sidelines due to injury troubles.

With his last appearance for the national team coming more than 18 months ago, the Maharashtra-born cricketer has decided to call time on his international career. But if reports are to be believed, Zaheer will continue his association with the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the Indian Premier League, where he is serving as a player-cum-bowling-coach.

Zaheer’s most impressive performances for the Men in Blue came during the 2003 World Cup where he picked up 18 wickets as India progressed to the finals only to be undone by the mighty Australians. However, he went one better in the 2011 World Cup picking up 21 wickets in just 9 matches, thus playing a crucial role in India’s successful campaign.

He also played a stellar role in India’s 1-0 Test series triumph in England in 2007, picking up 18 wickets in three matches. His impressive run of form throughout the year was rewarded with him being named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year title in 2008.

Women's US Open semi-finals postponed to Friday

Women’s  US Open  semi-finals postponed to Friday

NEW YORK: Serena Williams’ US Open semifinal has been postponed until Friday because of rain in the forecast.

Williams is trying to become the first tennis player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam singles titles — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open — in the same season.

The US Tennis Association says both women’s semifinals — No. 1-seeded Williams against unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, and No. 2 Simona Halep of Romania against No. 26 Flavia Pennetta of Italy — are being rescheduled for Friday, starting at 11am.

The men’s semifinals will then be played afterward, beginning at 5pm, instead of the originally scheduled 3pm.

Williams vs Vinci was supposed to start Thursday night at 7pm, followed by the other women’s semifinal.

India-Lanka series : Sunil Gavaskar denounces on-field

India-Lanka series : Sunil Gavaskar denounces on-field Former captain Sunil Gavaskar today loathed the way Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers got involved in ugly on-field altercations, saying such incidents are poor advertisement for the sport.

Indian paceman Ishant Sharma exchanged a few words with Dhammika Prasad and Dinesh Chandimal today, and yesterday, the gangling bowler argued with Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera.

India-Lanka series : Sunil Gavaskar denounces on-field

Hockey: Gurbaj Singh suspended for 9 months citing indiscipline

Hockey: Gurbaj Singh suspended for 9 months citing indiscipline

New Delhi: Senior India hockey player Gurbaj Singh was today suspended for nine months for indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team, a decision which might shatter the experienced midfielder’s dream of playing in next year’s Rio Olympics.

The decision to suspend Gurbaj was taken after a meeting of Hockey India’s disciplinary committee headed by Harbinder Singh today with the midfielder and former India coach Jude Felix, who levelled the charges against him in his report after last month’s Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium.

Besides Harbinder, the HI disciplinary panel also include former players R P Singh, A B Subbaiah and Jasjeet Handa.

Gurbaj, however, has the option to lodge an appeal with HI’s appellate tribunal within a month’s time.

Talking to PTI, Harbinder later said it was time to teach a lesson to Gurbaj, dubbed as problem child in Indian hockey, for his repeated misdemeanours.

“We have suspended Gurbaj for nine months starting today, which means he will be unable to play for India till May 9, 2016. The step was taken after Jude Felix in his (HWL) report had brought up disciplinary issues against Gurbaj,” Harbinder said.

“Both Gurbaj and Jude were present in the meeting and the committee gave Gurbaj a chance to tell his version.

“But obviously, he (Gurbaj) can appeal against the suspension,” he said.

Felix in his report, also alleged that Gurbaj did not co-operate with the coaches and was not a good ambassador for the national team.

A talented midfielder and considered as a workhorse, Gurbaj has been in news for wrong reasons in the past as well.

He was suspended for a brief period after the London Olympics following similar accusations from the then chief coach Michael Nobbs and his support staff.

Harbinder hailed Gurbaj as a key player for India but said discipline is something which cannot be compromised upon.

“He is a very good player but discipline is a must. Such charges were levelled against him after the London Olympics by Nobbs and other coaches. That time he was let off after he promised he will improve his behaviour,” he said.

The suspension if not revoked means Gurbaj’s chances of playing in the Rio Olympics is bleak but Harbinder begs to differ.

“The ban will end in May and if his appeal is upheld then he can return to the squad immediately. He is a very talented player and I don’t think his Olympic dreams are over.”

Gurbaj, on his part, had termed the punishment “harsh” and said irrespective of the suspension, he will keep his focus solely on the game.

He also said that he will appeal against the suspension after talking to his family members, fellow players and well wishers.

“I don’t know why such a report was given against me. I didn’t do anything. During today’s meeting, I cleared my position. But the punishment is little harsh,” Gurbaj told PTI.

“I have 30 days time to lodge my appeal and I will do that after discussing with concerned people. I am hopeful the suspension will be revoked,” he said.

Asked if not revoked, whether the suspension marks end of his dream of playing in Rio Olympics, Gurbaj said: “I don’t think so. My focus has always been playing hockey and I will keep that going.” PTI

Sri Lanka v India: Depth in bowling made all the difference for England in Ashes, says Shastri

Sri Lanka v India: Depth in bowling made all the difference for England in Ashes, says Shastri

Galle: Team Director Ravi Shastri says the learning curve for the Indian side is over and it’s time that the players start winning Test matches abroad by finding ways to get 20 wickets.

India are aiming to win a first series on Lankan soil in more than two decades when the first Test gets underway here Wednesday.

“You don’t come to a cricket ground to draw a cricket match so you play a brand of cricket where you look to take the game forward and you look to take 20 wickets, that is paramount. You have got to think how you can take 20 wickets to take the game forward and win the game,” Shastri said.

“It is extremely important to start winning games. They have had the learning curve in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia. They have played a lot of cricket overseas and that experience factor will certainly come into play when they get back to conditions they are familiar with.”

Shastri also backed skipper Virat Kohli’s strategy to field five bowlers.

“And then the fact that you have an additional bowler might just help you close matches that you couldn’t earlier.

“It’s not about getting big runs but about taking 20 wickets. Look at England in the Ashes. It’s their depth in bowling that has made all the difference,” he pointed out.

India’s last Test series win in Sri Lanka came back in 1993 when they won a three-match series 1-0. Since then, winning here has been a big question mark. But now the Lankan team is also rebuilding with a lot of new faces around, putting this series in a fine balance.

“I think they had some very good sides in the past and they play very well as a unit and as a team,” said Shastri.

“When I came here first in the 80s they won that series 1-0. They had a pretty decent attack. And right through those middle years they had Muttiah Muralitharan who was a massive influence. Of course you have Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara coming in after that, but again Murali was the main guy as it is about taking 20 wickets.

“And he was instrumental with some other spinners in doing that. That’s why they have been a force in this part of the world. So it is a big challenge.”

“This must be one of the youngest Indian teams to come here. If you look at the average age of this side, it will be about 25-26 as opposed to the teams that have come here in the last 15 years. So this is a very young side as well. Sri Lanka is a young side too but you can make up for that in home conditions. So it will be young versus young and it will be interesting,” he said.

Talking about the Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara debate, Shastri said Rohit deserves his place in the playing XI.

“Rohit is a class player. It’s just a case of him smelling the coffee, spending some time in the middle and getting a start, and then we know what he can do. It could be a good position for him because he has that ability to counter attack and yet at the same time he will have to be tight. If Pujara is in the best five batsmen of the team he will play, if not he doesn?t. I am sure he will make a comeback at some point, especially if we are playing only four bowlers.”

This policy of five bowlers puts added onus on the lower order then, with the spotlight firmly on Wriddhiman Saha at the number six spot. The Bengal gloves-man hasn?t been in the best of form though and it is a bit of a worry going into the series.

“Saha is a very good player and he might have got out cheaply but he has got the temperament to score runs. He batted really well in Sydney to save that Test match in the second innings as well as when he got the opportunity he looked good at the crease. It?s converting that start into one big score and giving himself the self-belief that he can perform.

“And it’s not just Saha. Each one of those bowlers will have to put a price tag on their wickets. No wicket is free these days and you have to make the bowlers earn those wickets and a lot will be expected from the bowlers,” Shastri signed off.