Top African business leaders have raised US$28.5 million as an emergency fund to help three countries that have been hard hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa.The announcement was made recently during an African Business Roundtable (ABR) summit on Ebola held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where African business leaders and officials of development finance institutions and members of African Union (AU) countries gathered to launch the emergency response fund.According to a dispatched from Addis Ababa, “the roundtable summit was jointly organized by the AU, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to mobilize African business leaders on the EVD, and to provide their support in the fight against the disease.”African business leaders at the roundtable comprised chief executive officers (CEOs) from different sectors, including banking institutions, telecommunications, mining, energy services and manufacturing companies.At the summit, “business leaders agreed to establish a fund under the auspices of the African Union Foundation, through a facility managed by the AfDB, to boost efforts to equip, train and deploy African health workers to fight the epidemic.”In response to appeals from these countries, leading companies in Africa provided logistical support, in kind contributions and over US$28 million as part of the first wave of pledges.In addition, participants further called on the private sector across Africa to join them in this effort. Businesses also agreed to leverage their resources and capacity to help galvanize citizens action around a ‘United Against Ebola’ campaign, and to provide individuals across Africa and globally with an opportunity to contribute.The consensus at the meeting was that the funds committed would be disbursed immediately to the government and health authorities in the Ebola affected countries.The funds would be used to support an African medical corps – including doctors, nurses and lab technicians – to care for those infected with Ebola, strengthen the capacity of local health services and staff Ebola treatment centers’ in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.The resources are expected to be deployed in the framework of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), in close coordination with the national taskforces in those Ebola-affected countries, and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).The resources mobilized will also be part of a longer-term program to build Africa’s capacity to deal with such outbreaks if any in the future.”Our immediate concern is to respond to the appeal for 1,000 health care workers,” chairman of Econet Wireless, an African telecom operator, Strive Masiyiwa, told foreign reporters.”We have also received considerable contributions in kind, which may well exceed what we have received in cash.”Ebola has killed 4,950 people of the 13,241 infected since the outbreak started earlier this year, according to the World Health Organization, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.While countries such as the United States to China and Cuba have deployed resources and health personnel in a U.N.-led aid surge, fast-growing African states and institutions have faced questions about the level and speed of their own contributions.The AU and the AfDB will guide the legal set-up of the new fund, which will be administered by a board of trustees drawn from corporate Africa.Givers to the fund also include foreign firms that do business in Africa, Masiyiwa said.At the meeting, African telecom firms also agreed an initiative to provide a platform for their customers to give at least a dollar each, with the potential of reaching 700 million mobile phone users, he added.AfDB has been spearheading provision of financial support to the countries severely affected by the disease, namely, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and so far, has committed $223 million to the purpose.The bank’s estimates show that the current Ebola crisis would, in 2014, reduce Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Guinea by 2.4 percent, Liberia by 3.9 percent, and Sierra Leone by 3.7 percent.In Sierra Leone, for example, price inflation could reach 29.4 percent should the situation continues up to the end of the year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– fined, handed 2-year ban by regulator for alleged fraud in India– NICIL says firm to commence work in Guyana shortlyBy Jarryl BryanPricewaterhouseCoopers, the international audit firm selected by the coalition Government to valuate the multibillion-dollar assets of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), has actually been banned from auditing listed companies in India owing to its alleged involvement in fraud.According to a report originating from international news agency Reuters, and other news sites in India, the company was handed the two-year ban last week for allegedly overstating earnings and assets for Indian software company Satyam Computer Services.The report states that Pricewaterhouse was the audit firm at the time the more than US$1 billion fraud occurred. It was the founder of the company, Ramalinga Raju, who blew the whistle on the fraud in 2009, costing shareholders billions and shaking the industry.Besides the ban, Reuters said the Securities and Exchange Board of India has handed down an order for Pricewaterhouse Bangalore and two of its former partners to pay 131 million rupees or US$2 million, plus interest, in forfeited funds. This must be done within 45 days, with the ban taking effect on March 31.In its defence, Pricewaterhouse is quoted as saying it will appeal the regulator’s decision in court. It has defended itself by affirming that there was no “intentional” wrongdoing in the fraud at Satyam.In GuyanaWhile PricewaterhouseCoopers is facing blacklisting and fines in India for its purported involvement in fraud, the firm may very well commence its work at GuySuCo as early as this week.This is according to National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Horace James. During an interview with Guyana Times, he related that Expressions of Interest (EoIs) have been received from local and overseas bidders for the estates.“Three companies submitted proposals. After a financial and technical review, we selected PricewaterhouseCoopers as the persons to do the audits for the divestment. They should be on board by next week (this week). They will audit the three estates and they will also (evaluate) expressions of interest from all over the world, local and overseas, for the three estates.”James also informed this publication that an assets register was currently being used as a baseline to determine what assets were in place on the estates.Government has long made known its plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.GuySuCo, which is saddled with billions of dollars in debt, is currently engaged in divesting its assets to get cash to meet its operational and other expenses. At the same time, Government is forging ahead with downsizing the industry, citing the economic feasibility of the sector. At present, a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) is in charge of this process.That unit was first announced by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder when he presented a policy paper to the National Assembly on the future of the sugar industry. Some $130 million was allocated “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry”.In July, the Government had presented a supplementary request to tap the national coffers. The National Assembly has since approved the monies for the Unit, headed by Colvin Keith-London, who will be based at the Kingston Headquarters of NICIL.At the time monies were being approved for the SPU, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had said that Government was unclear as to what it was looking to earn from the sale of the GuySuCo assets since they still needed to be properly evaluated.As such, some $60 million was approved to hire an accounting firm, in this case PricewaterhouseCoopers, in order to lead the divestment process, including updated valuations of the assets.
“Sid, Tom and myself are showing we know what we’re doing,” Tucker said. “We’re winning and we’re winning with consistency.” No. 2 Flintridge Prep (25-3) will take on top-ranked Laguna Hills (24-4) in the CIF-SS Division IV-A girls basketball title game at the Pyramid in Long Beach on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two years later, Tucker’s words speak volumes. Pasadena, along with La Ca ada and Renaissance Academy, will compete in three of the six showcase games in Saturday’s CIF-SS divisional championships at the Honda Center in Anaheim. After Pasadena High School lost to Dominguez in the 2005 CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA boys basketball finals, Bulldogs coach Tim Tucker was asked if he was surprised how well his team competed against one of the Southern Section’s premier programs. “No,” Tucker said. “I think that if those who make the rankings and write about high school basketball watched what’s going on in the San Gabriel Valley, they wouldn’t be surprised, either.” No. 2 Renaissance Academy (27-1) will face Corona del Mar (21-7) at 9 a.m. for the Division III-A crown, followed by No. 4 La Canada (28-2) taking on top-ranked Campbell Hall (28-1) for the Division III-AA title at 10:45 a.m. Top-ranked Pasadena (29-2) hopes to win its first title since 1995 when the Bulldogs take on unseeded St. Bernard (21-10) for the Division II-AA championship at 2:15 p.m. “You have to start respecting San Gabriel Valley basketball,” Tucker said. “We’re in this little corner of the Valley where nobody pays attention to us, but the proof is in the pudding. This isn’t a fluke.” Coach Sid Cooke at Renaissance Academy is taking the Wildcats to their third consecutive divisional final after losing two straight title games in the V-A division to eight-time champion Price. Under coach Tom Hofman, La Ca ada reached Saturday’s championship after consecutive semifinal appearances in 2005 and ’06. Pasadena is in its second championship game in three years, and its third title game under Tucker.
Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal Mesut Ozil has reportedly cancelled contract talks with Arsenal for a second time.The Germany star, the club’s record signing having arrived in a £42.5 million deal from Real Madrid in 2013, is a big fans’ favourite at the Emirates.After a slow start to his Premier League career, Ozil has gone from strength to strength and was named the club’s Play of the Year this season.The 27-year-old claimed 19 assists and six goals as Arsenal finished second in the Premier League and earned a nomination for the prestigious PFA Player of the Year prize.Arsene Wenger is desperate to extend his current contract, which expires in 2018, and the club have twice moved to open talks over a new deal in the past year.But The Times is reporting the playmaker has informed Wenger that he is not ready to enter negotiations.Ozil wants to wait until after this summer’s European Championship before discussing his future – and his latest stalling act will leave Arsenal fans concerned he could push for a move away. 1
Print Friendly Version Drake University junior and Ankeny, Iowa, native Kylee Macke has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday, Sept. 9.The libero helped Drake to two wins over the weekend at the Drake Invitational and was the Bulldogs’ top defender on the weekend. She led Drake with 56 digs in three matches and 12 sets to average 4.67 digs per set. Her defensive efforts held Drake’s opponents to just .175 percent hitting and led Drake in digs in all three matches including 28 digs in the five-set loss to Milwaukee.Her final dig of the weekend, in a 3-1 win over Saint Louis, moved her into sole possession of sixth in career digs at Drake with 1,171.Macke and the Bulldogs return to action Tuesday evening for a single non-conference match at Western Illinois at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs close the week by taking on two ranked opponents at the Bluejay Classic in Omaha, Neb.
When you don’t know where damage will occur, it makes sense to spread the assets around. Scientists from City of Hope Medical Center (a cancer care and research institute) have a new idea about introns, those regions of DNA “junk“ between the more interesting exons (parts of genes). Perhaps the introns are mutation sponges. Writing in PNAS,1 nine scientists provided evidence that mutations occasionally come in showers. When a bad translation machine comes along, for instance, it could inflict a lot of damage in a small region. By spreading the genetic material apart with introns, most of the damage will be absorbed by the non-coding DNA. Here’s how they expressed it:The observed mutation showers often will affect one or a few genes in mammalian genomes, because they tend to diminish within 30 kb. Therefore, most mammalian genes range from 20 kb to 1 Mb with 90+% of the sequence within introns. Approximately 90% of the mutations within a mutation shower generally would not have functional consequences. Thus, the introns serve as a “sponge” to absorb many of the mutation showers without damage to protein function.They also suggested that a mutation shower in the wrong place might produce “cancer in an instant.” They asked,Might there be scattered mutation showers throughout the genome that occur, perhaps by nucleotide pool imbalances during replication or another cellular metabolic process? This is a critical unanswered question. If scattered mutation showers occur, multiple genes could be inactivated, leading to cancer in an instant.They said this might explain why many tumors have high averages of mutations.1Wang, Gonzalez, Scaringe, Tsai, Liu, Gu, Li, Hill and Sommer, “Evidence for mutation showers,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0610902104, published online before print May 7, 2007.No one knows if this is “the reason” for introns, but it shows that there are creative ways to discover a function for something that otherwise looks meaningless. What a novel concept: sponges in the genome to absorb mutations. If introns are more likely to take the hits, then the sponges can be cut out after the translation by the spliceosome, and 90% of the errors can be thrown away. This way, it is more likely the exons will link up without loss of function. Post-translational proofreading can then provide additional protection against the remaining 10%. It sounds like an intelligently planned strategy the military or an IT company would use. Perhaps other functions for introns will come to light if scientists approach them from a design perspective. The paper, however, was categorized under the topic of evolution. The authors said the existence of mutation showers has “implications… for evolution.” But they did not provide any evidence that mutation showers could advance evolution in any way, shape or form. Mutation showers cannot be sources of evolutionary innovation. On the contrary, they are threats to be mitigated. Risk management requires a strategy appropriate to the threat. Like Kansas towns in tornado alley, it’s best if they are kept small and separated by large tracts of vacant land. Such a strategy does not eliminate the threat; it just limits the exposure. Yes, this has implications for evolution, but evolutionary progress has nothing to do with it. This is disaster preparedness, not innovation. It wouldn’t make any sense to expect to find new functioning towns in the debris of a passing F5 twister – or Boeing 747s, either. Just ask the folks in Greensburg, Kansas.(Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Star sorely missed presence of Pingris, admits Barroca View comments LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This is the second straight conference that the Hotshots had lost in the semifinals, and Victolero knows they have to learn their lessons come the Governors’ Cup.READ: Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we need to get through these kinds of situations before we get to where we want to be,” said Victolero after the Hotshots lost 109-102 in Game 4 against the Beermen at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to experience this as a group.”Victolero’s first stint with Star was in the 2016-2017 Philippine Cup where he led the Hotshots to a 7-4 record before losing to eventual runners-up Ginebra in seven games in the semifinals. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStar head coach Chito Victolero remained positive even as the Hotshots lost their ticket to the PBA after three straight losses to the San Miguel Beermen.Victolero said they first have to experience setbacks, such as their semifinals loss to the Beermen, if they ever want to reach the next level.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH And though there are proper excuses for Star’s fall in the playoffs, Victolero refuses to use those to mask the fact that they failed to qualify for the title round.READ: Victolero: Star needs to ‘refocus, stay together’ Power forward Marc Pingris never played a single game in the Commissioner’s Cup and that took a massive chunk from Victolero’s frontcourt rotation.“I think there are excuses, like Ping isn’t with us but we can’t use that excuse anymore,” said Victolero. “We have to be ready whether we have another injured player in the future, we have to learn from this experience.”ADVERTISEMENT
Chris Gayle continued his superlative form scoring an unbeaten 70 as Bangalore beat Rajasthan by nine wickets during the 55th IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Score | PhotosLike Rajasthan, Bangalore too got off to a fine start and the 146-run target wasn’t a very tough one for the Bangalore side considering the impressive form their opener Chris Gayle is in.He along with Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 68 runs for the first wicket before Dilshan fell in the seventh over.Dilshan tried to sweep Shane Warne, but a top edge of his bat was taken by Ross Taylor in the deep. He fell for 38.That was the last wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp as they wrapped the match in style with three over remaining. Captain Virat Kohli and opener Chris Gayle remained unbeaten till the end as Bangalore scored 151/1 in 17 overs.Gayle’s unbeaten 70 came off just 44 balls while Kohli scored 39 off 34 balls.RajasthanOpeners Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson provided Rajasthan with a good start as the hosts posted a fine 145/6 against Bangalore during their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Bangalore captain Virat Kohli ton the toss and elected to field. Kohli was leading the side in the absence of regular captain Daniel Vettori, who is injured.Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson got off to a good start against Bangalore. The two were scoring at a brisk pace and keeping the run rate to good 8 runs an over.advertisementJust when it was beginning to look that the two were getting ready for a long partnership, Bangalore left-arm medium-pacer Sreenath Aravind struck and despatched both the openers in the 10th over.First, he got rid of Waston to break their stand on 73 and then a ball later got rid of Rahul Dravid. Watson scored a fine 34 while Dravid increased the team total by 37 runs.Next man Ajinka Rahane fell in the 14th over when the total was 102. A mix-up saw him get run out on 17 even as AB de Villiers displayed a brilliant piece of fielding at point.Johan Botha was the next batsman to take a walk back to the dugout. He too fell to S Aravind in the 17th over on 19 when the team total was 122/4.Kiwi Ross Taylor fell to Charl Langeveldt in the 18th over and Chris Gayle got rid on Ashok Menaria in the next over when the Rajasthan score was 133/6.Finally, Rajasthan managed to score 145/6 in their stipulated 20 overs.
Sri Lanka clinched a thriller beating New Zealand via the Super Over after their Super Eights clash ended in a tie in the World Twent20 cricket tournament at the Pallekele International Stadium, Sri Lanka on Thursday. Score | PhotosWhile New Zealand were extremely lucky to stretch the match into the Super Over, Sri Lanka were simply superb in the one-over eliminator after both teams were tied on 174. The win brighetened Sri Lanka’s chances of making the semi-final.Chasing a target of 175, Sri Lanka were on course for a win but faltered in the later stages of the match and needed one run to win off the last ball. But Lahiru Thirimanne was run out in a freakish way on the last ball that resulted in the second tie in Twenty20 international.Thirimanne played the last delivery off Tim Southee to the off-side and made a quick dash for a single. A good throw from James Franklin deflected off Ross Taylor’s hand to hit the stumps with Thirimanne still short of the crease.Taylor was not sure whether he had collected the ball but after several replays third umpire Steve Davis gave the decision in favour of New Zealand.In the one-over eliminator, Sri Lanka smashed 13 runs off Southee and in reply the Black Caps got seven after Lasith Malinga bowled an excellent over.It was a disappointing loss for New Zealand after a good performance by their batsmen. Opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a good start by Rob Nicol (58) and Martin Guptill (38) to score 174 for seven in 20 overs.Sri Lanka’s debutant spinner Akila Dananjaya, who was the youngest from his country to play in Twenty20 international, made a memorable debut bagging two for 32 while pacer Nuwan Kulasekara also got two for 33.While chasing, former captain Tillekaratne Dilshan tore apart the New Zealand bowling with his 53-ball 76 that was studded with five fours and three sixes.The 80-run opening stand between Dilshan and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (44) kept Sri Lanka on course. But the chase faltered only to see both the teams tied at 174 before the Super Over broke the deadlock.advertisement- IANS Match Report Welcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the World T20 match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka from Pallekele International Stadium, Sri Lanka. Score | PhotosQUOTE UNQUOTE:Taylor: “We got ourselves back in the game and did well to make it to the superover. It was a gut feel to give the ball to Franklin, he got us a key wicket in the penultimate over. We should hopefully pick ourselves up and get better in the remaining games “Mahela: “Everyone was craving for a close game. It was too close for comfort though, NZ were terrific. The wicket was good, probably a touch slow but it was a good wicket. At the end of the day, we have 2 points which will count. We’ve got a decent bowling attack and are comfortable with what we’ve got.”Dilshan: “I was a little nervous when I took the catch but I kept it cool in my head. Against NZ, to chase 170 was a good effort. Myself and Mahela set it up in the first 6 overs. I’m really happy that all the guys capitalised and did well.”Man of the Match: Dilshan Super over: SL win the one-over eliminator.Ball No 6: Malinga to Brendon McCullum, 1 leg bye, SL win the one-over eliminator, a yorker that tails back in on the middle and leg stump, Brendon looks to hoick it over mid wicket and gets hit on the back pad, it rolls to short fine and SL have clinched a thriller here.Ross Taylor has come out to bat.Ball No 5: Malinga to Guptill, OUT, full ball just outside off, Guptill hangs back and launches it high to long off, he achieves more height than distance and Dilshan settles under the catch just inside the ropes at long off, that is the match for SL provided that Malinga does not bowl a wide or a no-ball.8 runs needed off 2 ballsBall No 4: Malinga to Brendon McCullum, 1 run, catch dropped by Sangakkara, full and wide delivery outside off, Brendon throws his bat at it and gets a bottom edge that is spilled by Sangakkara, he keeps it down to a single, how costly will that miss be?Ball No 3: Malinga to Brendon McCullum, 2 byes, oh boy, poor keeping from Sangakkara, Brendon charges down the track and Malinga slings a full ball wide outside off, Brendon cannot reach it and the ball sneaks under the legs of Sangakkara, a couple of byes resultsBall No 2: Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, a low and dipping full toss just outside off, Guptill looks to slug it to the leg side and gets an inside edge that rolls to backward square legBall No 1: Malinga to Guptill, 2 runs, good start for NZ, full ball outside off, Guptill slices it over deep backward point and they take a couple. advertisementBrendon McCullum and Guptill are coming out to open the batting.Super Over: New Zealand’s innings. The target for New Zealand is 14. In case, the scores are tied again, the number of boundaries hit will be considered. Ball No 6: Southee to Thisara, 3 runs, low full toss outside off, Thisara paddles it over Mills at short fine leg, Mills is a little slow in getting there and they take three runsBall No 5: Southee to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, another pacy yorker on leg stump, Dilshan cannot squeeze it out and the ball hits the pad, they sneak a leg bye.Dilshan is the third batsman.Ball No 4: Southee to Mahela, 1 run complete, RUN OUT, full ball slanted across just outside off, Mahela moves to the off side and slogs it to deep square leg, he goes for an impossible second run as Guptill fires in the throw to Brendon McCullum, he calmly whips the bails off and Mahela is short.Ball No 4: Southee to Thisara Perera, 2 wides, full and wide delivery outside off, Thisara misses out on the slog and the ball is wide of the white line, they sneak an extra run, New Zealand are not pleased but it was indeed a wide, top umpiring from umpire Taufel.Ball No 3: Southee to Thisara Perera, 2 runs, another yorker just outside off, this is top class death bowling from Southee, Thisara jams it out to long on for a couple, the throw from Williamson is a bit awry and Thisara gets back into the crease.Ball No 3: Southee to Thisara Perera, wide, oh boy, first bad ball after a long time from Southee, full and wide delivery outside off, Perera cannot connect with the drive and wide is signalled.Ball No 2: Southee to Mahela, 1 run, Mahela again makes room and Southee follows him with a pin-point yorker on the pads, Mahela squeezes it out to point.Ball No 1: Southee to Mahela, 2 runs, superb ball from Southee, he stays round the wicket and bowls a pacy yorker just outside the leg stump, Mahela squeezes it out and the ball takes the inside edge to roll to fine leg, Watling slides to his left and keeps it down to a couple. Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera are coming out to open the batting. Super Over: Sri Lanka will be batting first.Sri Lanka’s innings: 7:05 PM: Southee to Thirimanne, out Thirimanne Run Out! Southee has helped to push this match into the super over. A remainder of the 2007 match between India and Pakistan. This was short and outside off, Thirimanne looks to pull and gets an inside edge onto the pads, the batsmen scamper across for the winning run, Franklin gets in quickly, takes his time before throwing the ball towards the bowler’s end. Taylor drops the ball as he looks to effect the run-out, fortunately for him, the ball goes onto hit the stumps with Thirimanne well short of his crease. Taylor seemed to be gutted, he was walking away in frustration, he did not realise that the ball went on to hit the stumps. The 3rd umpire was called for, he watches numerous replays before deciding that the match will go into the super over.advertisement7:00 PM: We have a super over, NZ have created an upset by taking this to the super over. 6:56 PM: The 3rd umpire has been called for, has Taylor lost the ball? The ball seems to have hit Taylor and ricochets onto the stumps, Thirimanne was definitely short. He seems to be OUT! 6:52 PM: Lahiru Thirimanne, left handed bat, comes to the crease6:51 PM: Franklin to Thisara Perera, out Bowled! Franklin has his revenge, he has silenced the crowd. This was a slow off-cutter, Perera swung hopelessly across the line, misses it completely and hears the sound of timber. Needlss shot from Perera. 6:48 PM: Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease.6:47 PM: Franklin to Dilshan, out Dilshan Run Out! 1 run completed. Is this the game changer for NZ? This was the slower ball from Franklin, Dilshan cuts it square on the off-side and calls for a second run, Southee fires in an accurate throw that finds Dilshan short despite a despairing dive. The bat was in the air as Brendon whipped the bails off. Steve Davis has a look and sends Dilshan on his way. 6:37 PM: Angelo Mathews, right handed bat, comes to the crease.6:35 PM: Franklin to Jeevan Mendis, out Caught by Ross Taylor! Sharp catch from Taylor. This was full and outside off, in the zone for the drive, Mendis went hard on the drive, fails to keep it down and Taylor takes a low stinger with ease at extra cover. NZ are chipping away at the wickets. 6:18 PM: Jeevan Mendis, left handed bat, comes to the crease. 06:16 PM: Franklin to Dilshan, out Sangakkara Run Out! 1 run completed. A misunderstanding results in the second wicket for NZ. This was flatter and on the pads, Dilshan tucks it in front of square, Sangakkara wanted a second and was half-way down the track before being sent back. The throw from Oram is not that great, it was slow and well wide off the stumps. Brendon does well to drag it back towards the stumps and catches Sangakkara well short. 5:57 PM: Kumar Sangakkara, left handed bat, comes to the crease.5:55 PM: Oram to Mahela Jayawardene, out Caught by Vettori! Big wicket for NZ. Jayawardene is a goner after an attractive knock, this was banged in short by Oram, Jayawardene was looking to help it along, gets a top edge that is safely held by Vettori coming in from fine leg. The stand has been broken at last. Mahela Jayawardene and Dilshan are at the crease. Mahela Jayawardene is on strike. N McCullum will open the attack. New Zealand’s innings:A par score from New Zealand on a decent pitch for batting. Nicol was the star performer with his 2nd T20I fifty. There were useful contributions from the rest of the batting order, the ploy of playing both mystery spinners did not quite work out for SL. With the hosts having never chased down a score successfully at home in T20I cricket, NZ will fancy their chances here.5:15 PM: Nuwan Kulasekara to Williamson, out Williamson Run Out! 1 run completed. Williamson is out off the last ball. This was full and outside off, Williamson backs away and squeezes it in front of point. He completes the first run and goes for an impossible second. The throw is flat and accurate, Sanga whips the bails off with Williamson miles out of his crease. 5:08 PM: Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease. 5:07 PM: Malinga to N McCullum, out Bowled! Malinga has got his man, this was full and following Nathan as he backed away, he swings and gets an inside edge onto his pads, the ball then deflects back onto the stumps, NZ are not being allowed to finish strongly. 5:01 PM: James Franklin, left handed bat, comes to the crease. 5:00 PM: Nuwan Kulasekara to Oram, out Caught by Dilshan! Another dangerman is gone, this was full and outside off, Oram was looking to carve it over extra cover, ends up hitting it straighter then he wanted, Dilshan gets across and completes a fairly comfortable fcatch. 4:57 PM: Nathan McCullum, right handed bat, comes to the crease.4:55 PM: Nuwan Kulasekara to Ross Taylor, out Bowled! Kula has his revenge. 4:46 PM: Jacob Oram, left handed bat, comes to the crease.4:44 PM: A Dananjaya to Nicol, out Caught by Thirimanne at mid wicket! Nicol falls after a fine hand, this was flighted on middle, Nicol skipped down the track, looks to play the slog sweep over mid-wicket, gets a lot of height but not the distance. Thirimanne steadies himself under the ball and takes it with both hands. 4:34 PM: Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease. 4:30 PM: Brendon McCullum out! Caught by Thisara Perera b Ajantha Mendis. Big wicket for SL and both mystery spinners have struck. This was tossed up on off, McCullum was looking to clear the mid-wicket boundary with a slog sweep, does not get hold of the shot and finds Perera safely under it. He was looking dangerous but walks back to the hut.4.00 PM: Martin Guptill out! Caught by Thisara Perera b A Dananjaya. Dananjaya has struck in his first over, he is thrilled with joy. This was full and outside off, Guptill gets forward, packs some power behind his lofted drive, does not get the height or elevation, ends up offering a straight forward catch to Perera at long off. The dangerous Guptill has to depart. Toss: New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka in the opening Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday.Martin Guptill is back in New Zealand’s playing XI, replacing Adam Milne.Sri Lanka have included Ajantha Mendis, who is about 90 per cent fit, and Akila Dananjaya. They have come in place of Dilshan Munaweera and Rangana Herath.Teams:Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (C), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (wk), Ross Taylor (C), Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills.
Advertisement AdvertisementRafael Nadal reached the US Open semi-finals following another thriller classic in New York after recovering from a first-set bagel to defeat Dominic Thiem on Wednesday.Going into the match, Rafael Nadal rather started poorly and as he lost the first set by a score of 6-0, this was the fourth time Nadal had lost a set 6-0 in his 282 career grand slam match. This match was not an easy one for Nadal as this took him grueling 4 hours, 49 minutes to win the match.The ninth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria overpowered Nadal to win the first, but the Spanish tennis star and king of Clay recovered to lead two sets to one before Thiem leveled in a tie-break.Nadal edged a tense fifth-set tie-break to win 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5).RAFA PREVAILS!In 4 hours and 49 minutes, @RafaelNadal defeats Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 at 2:04am!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/eHYr2rZy3Y— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2018“I said to Dominic: ‘I’m very sorry and keep going.’ He has plenty of time to win. He will have his chances in the future without a doubt,” Nadal said.Asked about how he got through the tense moments, Nadal added: “Suffering is the right word. It was a great battle.”On Friday, Nadal will take on 2009 champion and No. 3 seed Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated No. 11 John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2.VIDEO: