Stokes, Ali Pile On Agony For India
- Indian spinners were taken to the cleaners by the English batsmen as the visitors posted a mammoth 537 on the second day of the opening cricket Test here 11 November 2016. India made a cautious start reaching 63 for no loss with openers Murali Vijay (25 not out) and Gautam Gambhir (28 not out) at the crease. England's first innings total was their third-highest ever in this country, showing their batsmen were in total control against Indian spinners especially Ravichandran Ashwin, who conceded 167 runs in 46 overs taking only two wickets. Amit Mishra fared no better, having being hit for 98 runs in 23.3 overs.
- India still need 275 more runs to avoid following on, on a track showing increasing signs of wear and tear after its easy-paced nature on day one 10 November 2016. The hosts also trailed the visitors by a massive 474 runs with all ten wickets in hand going into day three tomorrow. Both faced testing spells of fast bowling and probing spin bowling to remain unbeaten for carrying on the daunting task faced by the home team. Vijay had faced 70 balls, striking four fours - three of which came in one over off Stuart Broad. Gambhir, playing his second Test on the trot after his recall from hibernation, struck four fours in his 68-ball knock as they batted out the shortened last session of play.
- Earlier, New Zealand-born England all rounder Ben Stokes became the third century maker in the visitors" first innings after Joe Root yesterday and Moeen Ali today morning. The tourists, in particular Stokes who made an attacking 128 which was the innings highest score, batted right down the order to post the massive total before being all out to end the extended session two. England 's total revolved mainly around Root's classical, foundation-laying 124 on day one, Ali's attractive knock of 117 the enterprising hundred by Stokes against a listless Indian bowling attack that was plundered for a whopping 139 runs in 30 overs in the pre-lunch period.
- Only the 652 made in 1984-85 in Chennai and 559 for 8 declared at Kanpur repeat Kanpur made way back in 1963-64 topped the total raised by England in this city, hosting its first-ever Test. This was also the first instance after 2009 by Sri Lanka in Motera that three visiting team's players triple digit scores. (PTI) 1st Test l Ravichandran Ashwin conceded 167 runs in 46 overs taking only two wickets. l Amit Mishra fared no better, having being hit for 98 runs in 23.3 overs. l India still need 275 more runs to avoid following on, on a track showing increasing signs of wear and tear.
Bolt, Thompson Shortlisted For IAAF Awards
- Five-time IAAF World Athlete of the Year Usain Bolt has made the shortlists for the awards alongside with some other gold medalists at the Rio Olympic Games. The Jamaican became the first sprinter to win three straight Olympic titles of the men's 100 and 200 meters in Rio de Janeiro last August, while holding the World records in the two disciplines, 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively, reports Xinhua. He was joined on the men's list -- which was announced on Wednesday -- by two-time 5,000 and 10,000 meters Olympic champion Mo Farah of Britain and South Africa's double 400m Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk.
- His fellow Jamaican Elaine Thompson matched Bolt's feat by also winning the 100m and 200m golds in Rio, and made the women's shortlist together with Ethiopian Almaz Ayana and Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk. Ayana broke a 23-year-old record of China's Wang Junxia to win the women's 10,000 meters with 29:18.45 at the Rio Games, where she also took the bronze in 5,000m, while Wlodarczyk retained her hammer title in Rio.
2018 CWG And Asian Games Our Immediate Targets : Sikki
- Set to combine with Ashwini Ponnappa for the first time in international circuit, young shuttler Sikki Reddy said the decision was taken keeping in mind the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and hoped she would be able to step into the big shoes of Jwala Gutta. "One month ago, our Malaysian doubles coach Kim Tan Her, Gopi bhaiyya, me and Ashwini had a discussion and we decided to pair up. Of course 2020 Tokyo was a reason but that is too far away, four long years, and we want to just focus on the smaller events now," Sikki told PTI. "We are a scratch pairing so have no ranking. We have to start with smaller events and make our way up. I hope we can gather some good ranking points and then target the super series and big events. 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games will be the immediate targets for us." Sikki and Ashwini will be playing the Scottish Open (Nov 23-27), Welsh International (Nov 30-Dec 3) and Irish Open Dec 7-10) this year before combining again at the Malaysia Masters (Jan 17-22) and Syed Modi International (Jan 24-29) next year.
- Ashwini said: "When I started with Jwala I had zero exposure to international badminton but it is not the case with Sikki. She is experienced and have done well in mixed doubles. She has played super series events. So I think we will not take much time to gel well." The 23-year-old Sikki, like Jwala, is a left-handed shuttler. "I being also a lefty is a big positive as I have got a lot of variations in my strokes. Of course she has more experience in women's doubles and needs to guide me and believe in me as I am the junior here," said Sikki, who had clinched the 2016 Brazil Grand Prix with Pranaav Cherry Chopra in mixed doubles. Asked how different is their combination, Ashwini said: "There are few things which are quite different like Sikki and me can rotate a lot more now.
- If I move into the net, she can cover the back of the court and vice versa." "But we need to work on our strength and weakness and it is going to be a great learning experience for the initial one year for us," added Ashwini, who will also be pairing up with K. Nanadagopal in mixed doubles in the upcoming three events. Ashwini and Jwala has been India"s best women's doubles pair, winning Commonwealth Games gold and silver in 2010 and 2014 respectively, the World Championship bronze medal in 2011 at London and 2014 Asian Championship bronze. But after qualifying for their second Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, they decided to part ways.
- "Me and Jwala had a discussion and we decided to go our different ways. It has been a beautiful journey for us together and I think she has been a great mentor. Whatever I learnt I learnt from her but we had separate priorities so we decided it is best if we part ways," Ashwini said. Jwala said: "I have been thinking about playing mixed doubles for quite sometime. I missed it. So me and Ashwini discussed about splitting just before the Rio Olympics." "I had a break after the Olympics and I'm working on my fitness now. I"m almost there. I think Manu Attri and I will make a good pair. Our first tournament together will be Macau Open or Malaysia and Syed Modi for sure," she added.
India Set To 'Over Achieve' Emission Intensity Targets
- Surprised by India's initiatives in clean energy and coal dependency reduction, the international climate research organisations at COP22 here said that the country is set to "over-achieve" its emission intensity targets. According to an analysis, the on-ground actions are more effective than what India has reflected in its Paris Agreement commitments in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) -- a country's plan to reduce its emissions. "We expected that the emissions from coal-fired power would increase but we don't see that. We instead see that there's a huge renewable energy installations and this is growing rapidly.
- This is very positive and was surprising for us," Professor Niklas Hohne from New Climate Institute said at a media briefing at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22). About 60 per cent of India's electricity comes from coal-based power plants. However, India has set a target to increase its clean energy share -- solar and wind -- by 40 per cent by 2022 to 175 Giga Watts and 100 GW solar alone.