India Pip Pakistan 3-2
- Top-ranked India had to dig deep into their reserves to eke out a 3-2 victory over arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan in a preliminary league match of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey here on Sunday. India exhibited their composed defence when under pressure from early Pakistan raids and worked hard to gain control of the showpiece encounter of the tournament at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium.
- Young striker Pradeep Mor scored his maiden goal in 13 international appearances to give India the lead in the 11th minute, but Pakistan then took charge through strikes from Muhammad Rizwan Sr. in the 31st minute and Muhammad Irfan Jr. in the 39th. Rupinder Pal Singh converted India's only penalty corner in the 43rd minute and Ramandeep Singh came into goal-scoring action the following minute by deflecting in a diagonal cross from Talwinder Singh. This victory gives India seven points from three outings. India had outplayed Japan 10-2 in their first outing, but were held to a 1-1 draw by South Korea yesterday. Starting as two-time defending champions, Pakistan suffered a 2-4 loss to hosts Malaysia and then prevailed 1-0 over South Korea in their previous matches of the six-nation league. Top four team from the round-robin competition will advance to the semifinals.
- Pakistan forced the first penalty corner in the opening minute when an Indian defender carried the ball in the circle, but goalkeeper PR Sreejesh blocked two shots to ward off danger. Sreejesh first padded the drag-flick from Muhammad Aleem Bilal and then dived to his right to clear the rebound attempt. Pakistan spelt danger again in the fourth minute when their strikers worked in unison to create space deep in the Indian territory and a cross from the right rebounded to unmarked Muhammad Rizwan Jr. on top of the circle. But he sent a wayward shot wide of the left post.
- The Indian players did some hard work and got to the top of the rival scoring zone on a couple of occasions, but the resolute defence denied them a crack at the goal. Talwinder Singh had the first Indian shy at the goal in the 11th minute when he picked up a pass from the right on top of the circle and created some space as he turned for the reverse hit, but the shot soared high over the cross-piece. India took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute when Pradeep Mor on the right flank latched on to the ball that had deflected off a Pakistani defender. Mor darted into the circle and sent in a firm shot from a very narrow angle that beat goalkeeper Imran Butt to land on target.
Kohli Magic Floors Kiwis
- Virat Kohli's 134-ball knock was ably complemented by an under-pressure skipper Dhoni (80 off 91) as the duo forged a 151-run partnership off 163 balls to effectively seal the match. Kohli is amassing hundreds at a staggering rate and today was his 26th one in ODIs. He has now scored three hundreds in his last seven ODI innings and has a batting average of 52 plus in 174 matches. He hit 16 boundaries and a six. India's batting mainstay also had luck on side as he was dropped on 6 by Ross Taylor, who could not hold to a regulation catch Mohali, Oct. 23: Virat Kohli produced another breathtaking effort as his superbly crafted unbeaten 154 enabled India to cruise to an easy seven-wicket victory in the third ODI against New Zealand, here tonight. India thus lead the five-match series 2-1.
- Kohli's 134-ball knock was ably complemented by an under-pressure skipper Dhoni (80 off 91) as the duo forged a 151-run partnership off 163 balls to effectively seal the match with 10 balls to spare after the home team made a shaky start in their pursuit of 286. Dhoni for one promoted himself up the order after much deliberation and it did yield results. The visitors had earlier suffered a batting collapse before Jimmy Neesham (57) and Matt Henry (39*) came up with a 84-run stand for the ninth wicket to take their side to a competitive total. Eventually, it was India's No 1 batsman Kohli, who got the job done with ridiculous ease. He is amassing hundreds at a staggering rate and today was his 26th one in ODIs.
- He has now scored three hundreds in his last seven ODI innings and has a batting average of 52 plus in 174 matches. He hit 16 boundaries and a six. India's batting mainstay also had luck on side as he was dropped on 6 by Ross Taylor, who could not hold to a regulation catch standing at a wide slip on the bowling off Henry. Dhoni's effort in the circumstances was also a valuable one. With India in a spot of bother, he promoted himself at number four and was involved in a match winning stand with Kohli. On the way to his first half century in 11 innings, Dhoni completed 9000 runs to become the fifth Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin.
- He also surpassed Tendulkar to be India's leading six-hitter in ODIs. At a packed PCA stadium, the dew also played its part in the evening keeping the grounds men busy during drinks break. India felt the pressure at the start of the chase. Openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who were not among the runs in the earlier games, fell cheaply once again. Rahane spooned a simple catch to cover off Matt Henry before Rohit failed to pick a slow off-cutter from pacer Tim Southee, leaving India at 41 for two in the ninth over. While Kohli looked in sublime touch at the other end, Dhoni promoted himself at number four ahead of Manish Pandey in his bid to lead from the front in a tricky situation. Both Dhoni and Kohli looked in good touch.
- The pressure of performing was more on Dhoni and captain cool went about his business in signature style. Earlier, Tom Latham (61) and Ross Taylor (44) laid the foundation with a solid 73-run stand for the third wicket. Taylor's dismissal led to a flurry of wickets though New Zealand still managed to reach close to the 300 milestone, thanks to a valiant partnership between Neesham (57 off 47) and Henry (39 not out off 37). It seemed New Zealand would not last even 40 overs after slumping from a promising 152 for two, before Neesham and Matt Henry brought the game alive.
10K Primary Schools In Kerala To Get Internet
- In a first-of-its-kind scheme in the country, at least 10,000 lower and upper primary Government and aided schools in Kerala are going hi-tech and will start getting internet facilities from November 1. These schools will be able to get 2 Mbps broadband internet with unlimited data usage powered by BSNL, as part of the "IT@School" Project, the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) arm of the state Education Department.
- "IT@School" Project has been providing broadband internet connection to close to 5,000 High schools, Higher Secondary Schools and educational offices since 2007. "With the addition of broadband internet to primary section also, the state's school broadband internet network will cover 100 per cent schools with over 15,000 connections. This will be the largest and first-of-its-kind in the country," K Anvar Sadath, Director of the Project, said. Education Minister, C Ravindranath, said this would be the commencement of upgradation of ICT infrastructure in the primary section.
- This is in continuation of the High Tech school programme announced by the government through which all classes of Standard 8 to 12 are being upgraded with modern ICT tools. The lower primary schools would get the new ICT Textbooks prepared on Edutainment platform titled "Kalipetti" (play box) in November. The ICT training for all primary teachers is all set to commence from 25 October 2016.
Messi Shines As Barca Win A Thriller
- Leo Messi scored a penalty with the penultimate kick of the game to claim a dramatic 3-2 win over Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium here. A thrilling game looked set for a 2-2 draw when Aymen Abdennour"s clumsy challenge brought down Luis Suarez in the 92nd minute of the game on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency. Messi still had work to do to beat Diego Alves, who had saved 19 out of 41 penalties in Spain. Messi's low spot kick had just enough to go in at the post and give Barca the win.
- A scrappy start to the game saw Valencia clearly motivated with Enzo Perez putting in some rugged challenges. One of those left Andres Iniesta in agony just after 11 minutes and the Spain international had to leave the field with what was quickly confirmed as a partially torn knee ligament. Messi put Barca ahead with a typical left foot finish in the 22nd minute, but Barca were lucky the goal stood as an offside Luis Suarez jumped over the ball and clearly blocked the view of Valencia keeper Diego Alves.
- Alves then kept Valencia in the game with three world class saves, first to deny Messi his second of the game and then to frustrate Suarez on two occasions, the second of which was all the better as the ball took a deflection on the way through. Valencia lost Jose Gaya with a muscle injury but should have equalized when Dani Parejo allowed Ter Stegen to make block. Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli made a brave change at the break bringing on former Barca striker Munir El Haddadi and he was rewarded in the 53rd minute when the youngster leveled the score with a left foot shot.
- Things got even better three minutes later when Rodrigo put Valencia ahead with a close range effort following a sublime pass from Nani. Seven minutes later Barca were level with Suarez on hand to lash a left foot shot home after Alves had produced another fine save from a Rakitic header. From then on it was end to end stuff with Nani having a chance to put Valencia ahead before the late drama saw Messi's penalty seal it in the dying minutes of the game.