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Cricket News Rohit Sharma Blasts Fourth Test Ton, First As Opener In Vizag Match Vs South Africa

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Before the start of the Vizag Test, there was plenty of attention on Rohit Sharma. The right-hander is acknowledged as one of the best players in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals but his Test career has been stop-start at best. Rohit’s selection as opener for the Vizag Test drew some uncertainties, with some people saying Rohit technically lacks the application and mindset to open and face the new ball in Tests. However, Rohit silenced his critics in grand style by hammering his fourth Test century and his first as an opener to put India on top on the opening day of the Vizag Test against South Africa. The fact that Rohit was given a dry pitch which would assist the spinners later worked to his advantage. Vernon Philander generated some late swing and Rohit was beaten a couple of times. Kagiso Rabada also tried to play on his patience but Rohit overcame all that and applied himself brilliantly. After getting off in style with a crunching boundary off Rabada, Rohit survived a tough period. After negotiating the first hour beautifully, Rohit and Mayank Agarwal ensured that they did not squander the advantage. Rohit broke the shackles in style by hammering left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj for his first six. The right-hander neared his fifty with yet another six off Dane Piedt and a boundary off debutant Senuran Muthusamy. However, before lunch, Rohit had a nervous moment as he top-edged a sweep off Muthusamy just over the fielder at fine leg to notch up his fifty. Also Read | Vernon Philander Urges South Africa’s Seniors To Go After India’s ‘Top Dogs’After the lunch break, Rohit continued to find the boundary and at the same time, he ensured that he did not get bogged down by rotating the strike on a regular basis. The Mumbai right-hander neared his century by blasting two consecutive sixes off Dane Piedt and steering a flatter delivery from Keshav Maharaj to the third man fence. Also Read | Rohit Sharma Should NOT Tweak His Natural Game Too Much: VVS LaxmanRohit notched up his landmark by driving Muthusamy to deep cover and the celebrations spoke of the importance of the knock. Rohit became the fourth Indian after KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to score a century in his maiden innings as an opener. Ever since 2016, Rohit has actually had a good run in Tests. In the series against New Zealand, Rohit smashed 82 and 51 in the Kolkata and Nagpur Tests followed by a century against Sri Lanka in Nagpur 2017.With twin fifties in the Delhi match, Rohit struggled afterwards in the South Africa series but contributed a vital 63 against Australia in Melbourne which helped India win a series for the first time Down Under. In Vizag, the right-hander notched up his sixth consecutive fifty-plus score. Rohit’s ton and his partnership with Mayank Agarwal at the top has given Indian cricket plenty to smile and one would be hoping his consistency remains. last_img read more

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Robert Lewandowski eager to maintain goal-scoring run

first_img“It’s more important that we’ve won 5-0,” the Poland international said. “You always have to be thirsty for goals, and you have to be hungry to play better and achieve more. You can’t just think that you have achieved enough.”I always want more. No matter how many goals I have scored or will score, the most important thing always is that we as team pick up three points.”Lewandowski, who is averaging a goal every 22.5 minutes in his last three outings for Bayern, has picked up the baton from fellow Bayern attacker Thomas Muller.Muller had scored six goals in his opening four Bundesliga games as well as a brace in the 3-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos on Sept. 16, but he has not scored in his four appearances since.Referring to Lewandowski’s recent goal-scoring success, Muller joked: “Hebought my run off me!”He does a great job, and should he continue like that it’s just great for the team and the club. We have to continue to play him into positions. He’s certainly in good shape right now.” Muller has credited summer signing Douglas Costa for the Bayern attack’s impressive record this season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams to earn first crown

first_imgSimona Halep was simply unstoppable as she defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 to claim her first Wimbledon title in sensational fashion on Saturday.Seven-time champion Williams was hoping to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles crowns, but she was blown away by Halep’s blistering display on Centre Court in just 56 minutes. Halep’s French Open triumph last year had helped to lay to rest the demons of three previous major final defeats and the seventh seed looked completely at home in her first decider at the All England Club.Williams was undoubtedly below her best, but the reality was, even at the peak of her powers, she would have struggled to live with Halep’s relentless accuracy and energy, the world number seven committing only three unforced errors. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to reach final against Novak Djokovic Her rival, meanwhile, tallied 26 as she fell to defeat in a third straight major final for the first time in her career, while Halep celebrated the most resounding of triumphs by sinking to her knees and then covering her mouth with her hand, seemingly in disbelief at her own display.Hail Halep The Romanian becomes our new champion after defeating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 with a magical performance #Wimbledon | #JoinTheStory pic.twitter.com/wkKcGAl1Ny— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019Williams’ start belied the experience of a woman playing in her 11th singles final at Wimbledon as she looked edgy, a netted backhand and a wide forehand handing Halep an immediate break.The Romanian built on that with a hold to love and, remarkably, it was 4-0 in a little over 10 minutes, Halep securing a double break with a backhand return winner.Williams did get on the board, but she could only applaud in game six when a stunning backhand pass whizzed by her as she approached the net. She then carved out her first break chance, but Halep swiftly snuffed that out and some incredible defense combined with a whipped forehand saw her hold for 5-1.A forehand return winner saw Williams rescue one set point, but she soon erred on the same side as Halep forged ahead in the match, having made just two unforced errors to her opponent’s 10.Williams produced a couple of guttural roars en route to holding at the start of the second, but she soon found herself under pressure in game five.Halep was ruthless in dispatching a forehand with Williams out of position at the net – a winner that created two break-point chances – and the American was the architect of her own downfall as she dumped a simple backhand long with the court wide open.Halep made no mistake in aiming for the same corner as she secured a crucial second break in game seven, and victory was assured with a minimum of fuss – a love service game rounded off when a tired-looking Williams crashed a forehand into the net. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNSimona Halep [7] def. Serena Williams [11] 6-2, 6-2WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSHalep – 13/3Williams – 17/26ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSHalep – 1/0Williams – 2/1BREAK POINTS WONHalep – 4/5Williams – 0/1 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEHalep – 76Williams – 68PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEHalep – 83/45Williams – 59/47TOTAL POINTSHalep – 55Williams – 38last_img read more