India lose despite Sharma’s brilliance

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP): Steve Smith and George Bailey scored centuries and shared a 242-run partnership as Australia beat India by five wickets in the series-opening limited-overs international yesterday, reaching the victory target of 310 with four balls to spare. After winning the toss and batting, the visitors posted 309-3 with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten 171 from 163 balls and Virat Kohli contributing 91 to a 207-run second-wicket partnership, surpassing the record 199 for India against Australia held by Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman since 2001. The Indian top-order batsmen dominated an inexperienced Australian attack on the true WACA wicket, with James Faulkner’s 2-60 the pick of the bowling figures. The World Cup champions were in trouble at 2-21 in reply, with Barinda Sran (3-56) removing opener Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (5) before Smith and Bailey set up the victory with the fourth-highest ODI partnership ever for Australia. Momentum swung after Bailey was given not out after appearing to glove a leg-side catch off Sran to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his first ball. With no Decision Review System in play, India had nowhere else to appeal when umpire Richard Kellenborough ruled Bailey not out. STRONG INNINGS He went on to score 112 from 120 balls and was instrumental in helping Smith, who scored 149 from 135 balls before he was dismissed in the last over, take the ascendancy against India’s slow bowlers in the middle overs. The match was all but over when Smith chipped Sran to cover on the first ball of the last over. Mitch Marsh finished unbeaten on 12 and James Faulkner (1) hit the winning run as Australia reached 310-5. Smith, the Australia captain, won the Man of the Match award despite the strong innings from Sharma, who recorded the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia.last_img read more

FIFA will punish England for any pro-Brexit chanting in Belgium World Cup clash

first_imgThis is the first time England have played Belgium since the Brexit vote, and while relations have traditionally been cordial between the two teams’ fans in the past, Thursday’s game may be very different.England fans have already caused outrage in Russia after some were filmed allegedly singing anti-Semitic songs and performing Nazi salutes in a pub during the win over Tunisia.One fan received a five-year ban from England games after the incident, with two more awaiting decisions on their cases.Fifa were reportedly close to punishing England last March after the songs ’10 German Bombers’ and ‘No Surrender’, popular with travelling fans, were heard in a friendly against Germany in Dortmund.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. England’s clash with Belgium in Kaliningrad has been dubbed the ‘Brexit Derby’ FIFA officials told the Telegraph that the chants would be considered political messages, which are banned by football’s governing body.At Euro 2016, chants of “f*** off Europe, we’re all voting out” in the games before the June 23 referendum on the UK’s EU membership quickly turned to “f*** off Europe, we all voted out” after the result.The chants were not reported at either of England’s opening two games at the World Cup, but with Thursday’s game being England‘s first against an EU member, and the home of Brussels at that, tempers may flare.The FA will be sanctioned if fans are deemed to be “displaying insulting or political slogans in any form” or “uttering insulting words or sounds”. England will be punished by FIFA if their fans sing pro-Brexit chants against Belgium on Thursday, according to officials at the organisation.The Belgian capital Brussels is the European Union’s political seat of power and warnings have been issued ahead of a ‘Brexit Derby’, with fears chants from Euro 2016 could be heard again. 2 England fans chanted pro-Brexit songs during clashes with Russian fans in Marseille riots at Euro 2016 2last_img read more