November 30

Lee says UST will use loss to UP as motivation

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. University of Santo Tomas guard Marvin Lee surveys the floor against University of the Philippines during their game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas lost to University of the Philippines by the slimmest of margins and it couldn’t be more heartbreaking for the Growling Tigers with the way the game turned out Sunday.But no matter how painful UST’s loss was, team captain Marvin Lee still took some positives out of it as the Growling Tigers shift their focus in their coming games. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Alaska extends streak, comes back to beat Kia Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “For me, what happened was a good experience and we’ll use this loss as a motivation for our future games,” said Lee in Filipino after the Tigers’ 74-73 loss to the Maroons at Mall of Asia Arena. Lee, who finished with a game-high 20 points, would’ve been UST’s hero after burying two free throws that put his team ahead, 73-71, with 5.4 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe story, however, was Paul Desiderio, who sank the go-ahead triple with 1.1 ticks remaining.“Well, it was over and we can’t do anything about the result,” said Lee. “I think the first game just wasn’t for us.” MOST READlast_img read more

November 30

Kaya Makati narrows Meralco lead

first_imgRead Next The Laguna side leaned on the heroics of Fitch Arboleda, who struck twice, and goalkeeper Benito Rosalia.But coach Ernie Nierras’ side remained in sixth spot with 27 points, behind JPV Marikina on goal difference. The Aguilas all but kissed their hopes of a Top Four finish goodbye as they picked up just their eighth point from 18 matches.Arboleda put Stallion in front in the 36th minute with a clinical finish past Marko Trkulja, before James Younghusband equalized in the 66th minute. Stallion regained the lead three minutes later with Arboleda finding the back of the net again.Jordan Mintah raised his total to a league-high 15 goals for the season as he gave Kaya the lead in the 22nd minute. —CEDELF P. TUPASADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  New challenge for former taekwondo champion BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kaya, now with 41 points, cut Meralco’s lead at the top to just three points, although the Makati side has played two more matches.Stephan Schrock scored twice, including a spectacular goal from a tough angle in the second half as the Busmen continued their rise, moving up to third with 35 points. Ceres has played five matches less than the Sparks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBienvenido Marañon, Fernando Rodriguez and Carlie de Murga were also on target for Ceres, which rested midfielders Kevin Ingreso and Manny Ott.Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Davao striker Phil Younghusband converted a stoppage time penalty, but the Aguilas’ comeback fell short as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Stallion. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kaya FC Makati and Ceres Negros closed in on leader FC Meralco Manila with crucial victories on Saturday, while Stallion Laguna denied Davao Aguilas of its first win in the Philippines Football League.Substitute Eric Giganto struck a minute from time as Kaya overcame rival Manila, 2-1, at University of Makati Stadium, while Ceres continued its winning run at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod with a 5-0 drubbing of Ilocos United.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

November 30

Smalling defends himself after England omission

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Was I surprised? Yes, I was,” Smalling said on Tuesday of his omission, speaking at United’s news conference ahead of its Champions League game against Basel.“But you don’t play for one of the biggest clubs in the world for as long as I have and probably won the most trophies bar the Champions League without being able to do everything a top defender needs to do, be it playing or defending.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSmalling, who has played 31 games for England, started the season behind Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, and has played more in the Premier League only in recent weeks because of injuries.“This year, as a team, we’ve got one of the best defensive records,” Smalling said, “and we have done for the last few years and I’m very proud to be part of that. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 justice MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “While I’m playing under Jose (Mourinho) and he’s happy and I’m playing regularly, then I’m happy with that.”Smalling is confident of forcing his way into Southgate’s plans for the World Cup in Russia.“While I’m playing regularly here and part of a very successful team I think that should show come the summer,” Smalling said. “I don’t really feel like I need to prove anything to Gareth.“Like I said, I play for one of the most successful managers in Jose and he’s only going to pick the best players. While I’m playing regularly and he’s happy I think, if my season carries on like this and we have a successful season and our team continues to concede very few goals, then I think it gives him maybe no choice in the summer but to pick me.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FIFA bans 3 soccer officials for life for taking bribes CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Manchester United’s Chris Smalling speaks during a press conference the day before the Champions League Group A soccer match between Switzerland’s FC Basel 1893 and England’s Manchester United FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)BASEL, Switzerland — Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says he has nothing to prove to England manager Gareth Southgate after being dropped by the national team and having his ability publicly questioned.Smalling was overlooked for England’s recent friendly games against Germany and Brazil, with Southgate picking younger players and saying he wanted his team to move toward a style of “using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

November 29

NCAA volleyball: EAC surpasses last season’s output with Lyceum win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a good game. We made an improvement and that’s really what I wanted to see and I hope we can bring this next year,” said EAC coach Rod Palmero in Filipino.The victory was only their second in eight outings with a game left in their season and though it may not be a usual cause for celebration, it’s already an accomplishment for the Lady Generals, who won just one game last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEAC appeared well on its way to winning in straight sets after taking a 7-1 lead in the third set, but Lyceum fought back behind team captain Elaine Juanillo and Christine Miralles.“It’s a lesson for us. But my players are new and still adapting to my system and the pressure is still getting the best of them so they tend to lose their game.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Aira Binondo also had 13 points while Crislie Pablo and Yvette Tongco chipped in 10 apiece for the Lady Generals, who will wrap up their season against powerhouse San Beda on Friday.Juanillo fired a game-high 20 points while Miralles tallied 18 for the Lady Pirates (1-6). EAC Lady Generals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College dodged what would’ve been a disastrous outcome and escaped Lyceum, 25-14, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25, 15-11, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Five Lady Generals scored in double-figures led by Ladeisheen Magbanua’s 16 points. Jaylene Lumbo added 13 points, including a perfectly-placed hit that sealed the game.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Kevin Love suffers broken hand, could be out 6-8 weeks John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

November 29

Amid 0-3 start, PSL Manila stays strong ahead of Thailand game

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Coach Francis Vicente called for an evening practice on the day Rebisco PSL Manila received a thorough beating from Tianjin Bohai Bank of China.But instead of working on plays, they used the time to have a heart-to-heart talk.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 athletes The team, mostly made up of the national squad preparing for future tournaments, also played too tight in the face of 10-time Chinese league champion Tianjin Bohai. “We have stopped enjoying the game.”Every one of the team shared her thoughts in bull session — including team seniors Rachel Anne Daquis, Aby Marano, Jovelyn Gonzaga — that lasted for one and half hour. The session ended with fun games to lighten up the mood.“Now the good vibes are up again,” said Daquis, who on Saturday was asked by foreign reporters why the Filipinos are always smiling and celebrating every point scored.Marano said the team should be up to the challenge despite the three losses it has already absorbed. “Let’s not forget why we are here, even against Thailand we can try to level up to their standards,” she said.“You are here because you earned the spot in the team. You have made names for yourselves because of hard work, now you can do it and give Thailand a good fight,” said Vicente.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I saw that the players were disheartened today,” said Vicente. “And it’s because of many factors. But what I like with this team is that we easily banded together although this is technically just our third match as one team.”Vicente said one major factor is the lack of international experience considering that the ongoing Asian Women’s Club Championships marks only the first time the squad went out of the country to compete.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThey face Supreme of Thailand, which swept Group A by demolishing host Altay, Taiwan Power and Sarmayeh Bank of Iran. The Philippines dropped all three games and will now vie for fifth to eighth places.Game time is at 2 p.m. (4 p.m. in Manila). BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Bornok dominates; Reyes takes overall supercross title LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

November 28

Creamline gets bronze in PVL

first_imgRobredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “When you see Lau (Schaudt) and Dao (Kaewpin), they really want to go home with a medal and help the team.That’s where we drew our inspiration,” said Valdez.Kannika Thipachot topped the Power Smashers with 21 points, while Hyapa Amporn had 16 in the defeat.Jovelyn Prado also got 12 points in the fourth-place finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cignal claims PVL men’s crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline powered past Power Smashers and claimed the third place trophy in four sets, 25-20, 11-25, 25-20, 25-19, in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Tuesday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.Guest player Kuttika Kaewpin led the charge for the Cool Smashers with 20 points, all on kills, to go on top of 15 excellent digs to carry her side to the bronze medal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Conference MVP Alyssa Valdez provided the perfect complement with her 16 markers, built on 10 hits, five service aces, and a block, while Laura Schaudt had nine in the win.Creamline surrendered the second set to the Power Smashers, 25-11, but woke up just in time as Kuttika and Valdez teamed up in the next two sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were in a position where we didn’t realize that we’ll be able to be in this stage,” bared Valdez in Filipino. “I think in that second set, we were overwhelmed and doubted ourselves if we can do this. But our coaches helped us overcome the hurdle that was the Power Smashers, who doesn’t stop fighting back in the game, and they reminded us to continue playing.”The Power Smashers kept themselves alive in the fourth set and trimmed the deficit to two, 20-18, but their late errors doomed their comeback attempt as Schaudt capped off the victory with a killer hit. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

November 28

EAC escapes Arellano to claim solo third in NCAA

first_imgSalado paced the Chiefs with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals, but his efforts weren’t enough as his side succumbed to their third straight loss and fell to 2-4.Allen Enriquez got 17 markers and seven boards, while Rence Alcoriza had 12 in the loss.The Scores:EAC 85 – Onwubere 17, Bautista 14, Garcia 13, Munsayac 11, Laminou 8, Diego 6, Guzman 6, Pascua 5, Corilla 3, Neri 2, Tampoc 0, J. Mendoza 0, I. Mendoza 0.ARELLANO 79 – Salado 24, Enriquez 17, Alcoriza 12, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 5, Meca 3, Villoria 3, Nicholls 3, Concepcion 3, Cañete 2, Abanes 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 22-20, 43-43, 67-59, 85-79. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img UFC: Jones buries hatchet with rival Cormier, extends hand of friendship LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “That’s what we are actually preparing for, to get consecutive wins. It’s something that we’re unable to do in the NCAA and we prepared hard to get that. We’re thankful enough to finally get it,” said coach Ariel Sison whose team rose to 3-2.Juju Bautista racked up 14 markers, four boards, three dimes, and two rejections before fouling out at the 2:42 mark of the fourth quarter, while Jerome Garcia shot 3-of-8 from threes to nab 13 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEAC took hold of an 11-point lead, 79-68, with an Onwubere trey with 3:23 remaining, but Kent Salado kept the Chiefs in the game, slicing the lead to as low as two, 81-79, after a pair of Lervin Flores freebies with 49.2 ticks left.Onwubere kept the door wide open for Arellano after he split his freebies, but the Generals trapped Kent Salado to a corner and forced him to commit a turnover, which led to  two freethrows from Raymund Pascua with 16.4 to go. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College held off Arellano, 85-79 to claim solo third place in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Despite losing Hamadou Laminou to a knee injury late in the first quarter, Sidney Onwubere led the Generals with 17 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks for their back-to-back wins.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

November 28

EB rally to overcome Salgaocar in Durand

first_imgRallying to win from a goal down for the second time in succession, East Bengal pipped Salgaocar 2-1 on Monday to enter the semi-finals of the Durand Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Monday.The Kolkata outfit who trailed till the 63rd minute, scored through Sanju Pradhan and Tolgay Ozbey to extend their winning streak to 18 matches.Salgaocar had clearly studied East Bengal’s game as they employed Syed Farid to mark main striker Tolgay, who scored a brace in the previous match against Air India.For Salgaocar, Yusif Yakubu was constantly penetrating the East Bengal defence with his clever dribbles and ball control.Yakubu opened the account for Salgaocar in the 31st minute when he headed in a precise corner by Rocus Lamare. Again in the 37th minute Salgaocar had a golden chance to increase the lead as they earned a free kick when East Bengal’s Uga Okpara fouled Francis Fernandes in front of the box. Yakubu took a clever shot but goalkeeper Sandip Nandy brilliantly stopped the ball.In the second half, Yakubu continued to torment the East Bengal defence. In the 48th minute, he dribbled past Naoba Singh but Nirmal Chhetri cleared the ball to save the blushes for East Bengal.East Bengal restored parity in the 63rd minute when Tolgay, who poached into the Salgaocar box following a Penn Orji pass, was fouled by Khelemba Meitei which resulted in a penalty.Sanju Pradhan made no mistake as he scored from the spot.The goal transformed East Bengal’s game in a jiffy. It was now the Kolkata giants who started attacking and they got the result within five minutes as Mehtab Hossain, who toiled hard in the midfield to create chances for his team, gave a through pass to a speeding Tolgay who slotted home the winner.advertisementEast Bengal could have increased the lead as Budhiram Tudu, who had come in place of injured Robin Singh, missed a couple of sitters.However, there was bad news for East Bengal as Mehtab received the second yellow card in as many matches and will have to sit out the semi- final.East Bengal coach is still not sure about the replacement. ” I have still not decided but we can start with Sushanth Matthew in his place,” said Morgan. When asked whether his team was lucky to win the game, he credited his players to make a brilliant comeback. ” We did not play well in the first but we returned back good in the second half.The response from the players in the second half was fantastic,” he said.Tolgay who scored the winning goal for East Bengal was also happy to come to his team’s rescue in the nick of time. ” The goal came nowhere. As soon as the second goal was scored we knew we had qualified for the semifinal,” said Tolgay.JCT beat GarhwalIn the other match of the day, JCT Phagwara defeated local outfits Garhwal Heroes 2-1 to enter the semi- finals. They will meet Churchill Brothers in the last four.Baoru Ibrahim who was creating most of the chances for JCT proved effective for his team as he struck twice – the first in the 16th minute and the other one in the injury time. Garhwal Heroes’ lone goal was scored in the 59th minute by Kamal Rawat.Garhwal defended well to keep off JCT’s numerous attacks at bay but but could save the match at the end.Tuesday’s match: 3pm: Chirag United vs Indian Air Forcelast_img read more

November 28

SA vs WI: De Villiers hits a ton as SA win by 7 wickets

first_imgSouth African batsman Abraham Benjamin de Villiers celebrated his century as his team-mates celebrated a fine seven wicket win over the West Indies in New Delhi on Thursday. ScoreChasing a meagre 223 for victory in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, the South Africans reached the target in the 43rd over.Their chase was disrupted by light showers post the 38th over when the team total was 199/ 3 with de Villiers batting on 97 and J.P. Duminy on 28. The match resumed within minutes giving de Villiers an opportunity to complete his ton. De Villiers remained unbeaten on 107 and Duminy on 42.However, the Proteas didn’t get off to a good start losing early wickets in their chase. First they lost their opener Hashim Amla and then it was the big-match player Jacques Kallis to walk off the crease with 4 runs written against his name.Both wickets fell in controversial fashion. In case of Amla (14), paceman Kemar Roach had overstepped slightly while bowling and Kallis had just walked off after being caught by skipper Darren Sammy in the slip off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn. There was doubt that the ball had carried off his bat. South Africa fell to 20/2 in 5 overs. Whatever the case, the spinner-pacer combination worked well for the West Indies.AB de Villiers raises his bat post his 50. He scored a ton. APBut South Africa, considering the form that they are in, had little reason to worry and their skipper Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers went about their business as usual. The two put on an impressive 119 runs for third wicket milking the opposition bowlers at ease.Their partnership lasted for more than an hour and erased away the early advantage that the Windies had earned. Finally in the 29th over, paceman Kieron Pollard curved in a delivery to left-hander Smith and uprooted his off-stump on 139/3. Smith fell for 45. advertisementWest Indies inningsWest Indies were all out for 222 as the opposition bowlers tightened the noose at death.South Africa skipper Graeme Smith put the Windies in the middle and West Indies opener Chris Gayle departed on the third ball of the match with offie Johan Botha claiming his wicket.A surprising decision by South Africa skipper Graeme Smith to give the ball to off-spinner Johan Botha in the very first over. But, the moved paid off as in the third ball of the over he struck to send danger-man Chris Gayle back into the pavilion.A good length ball from Botha pitched outside off took the edge off Gayle’s bat to and Jacques Kallis did the rest in the first slip. West Indies slumped to 2/1 in the very first over.One wicket down early on but West Indies had little to fear as their other opener Devon Smith and new man Darren Bravo continued to bat on and frustrate the Protea bowlers. The duo put on 111 for the second wicket before a change in bowling accounted for Bravo on 113/2.On this occasion too it was Botha, who did the trick, claiming him Leg Before. Bravo scored a fine 73 off 82 balls. Post his dismissal Smith too fell on 117/3 with another spinner Imran Tahir claiming his wicket on 36.Tahir struck again to scalp another danger-man Ramnaresh Sarwan when the West Indies score was 120. He only put two on board before a LBW decision send him back.Then Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwyane Bravo got on with another partnership. They put on 58 runs for fifth wicket before Bravo got run out on 40. The Windies score at this juncture was 178/5 in 37.5 overs.However, post Dwyane Bravo’s wicket the West Indies batting line-up faltered and they lost quick wickets. Chanderpaul departed when the score was 209/6 and South African paceman Dale Steyn claimed Kieron Pollard on a duck when the score was 213/7. From here on things became easy for the Protea pacers, who got busy counting the opposition scalps.West Indies could only manage to put 222 on board and were bowled out in the 48th over.last_img read more