Cricket News Afghanistan create history with maiden Test win in one-off game against Ireland

first_img New Delhi: When Afghanistan’s debut Test against India in Bangalore ended in two days and the team suffered an innings and 262-run loss, it seemed their entry into cricket’s elite format was too soon. On the other hand, Ireland battled heroically against Pakistan in Malahide but they lost by five wickets. While Ireland’s Test debut was hailed, Afghanistan’s was panned. However, in the one-off Test against Ireland at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun on Monday, Afghanistan registered history and won the one-off match against Ireland by seven wickets to get off the mark in the format. Afghanistan joined England and Pakistan as the other teams to register a win in only their second attempt. Australia are the only country to win a Test on their first attempt.It was a topsy-turvy Test match at Dehradun, which has been Afghanistan’s home for this series. After sweeping the Twenty20 Internationals 3-0, the five-match ODI series was shared 2-2 after one match was washed out. In the Test match, Ireland chose to bat but they were immediately in trouble when they were dismissed for 172. George Dockrell scored 39 and had it not been for a partnership of 87 runs for the final wicket, Ireland would not have reached the total after being reduced to 85/9. Tim Murtagh, at No.11, top scored with 54 while Yamin Ahmadzai and Mohammad Nabi picked up three wickets each. Rashid Khan and Waqar Salamkheil picked up two wickets each. Afghanistan lost their debut Test match against India in just two days.Ireland lost their debut Test against Pakistan.Pakistan and England, along with Afghanistan won a Test in their second attempt. In response, Afghanistan were boosted by Rahmat Shah’s brilliant knock and he was well assisted by 61 and 67 from Hasmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan. Rahmat had the chance to become Afghanistan’s first centurion but on 98, he was trapped LBW by Murtagh. Stuart Thompson picked up 3/28 as Afghanistan were bowled out for 314, a lead of 142. Ireland started more positively in the second innings with Kevin O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie hitting fifties.Balbirnie’s 82 and O’Brien’s 56 helped Ireland fightback but Rashid Khan, bowling through the pain of his injured finger, became the first Afghanistan bowler to take five wickets in a Test and his 5/82 reduced Ireland to 288 all out, giving Afghanistan a target of 147 . Mohammad Shahzad was out for 2 but a brilliant stand between Ihsanullah Janat and Rahmat Shah again put Afghanistan on course.Janat scored 65 while Rahmat scored 76 in addition to his knock in the first innings an despite losing a couple of wickets towards the end, Shahidi sealed history when he smashed a boundary to spark wild celebrations among the Afghanistan fans in Dehradun.The performance of both Afghanistan and Ireland in this Test match has shown that Test cricket is well and truly alive and it is THE format for cricketing enthusiasts. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Sportradar places ‘player education’ at the forefront of legacy DFL partnership

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit The Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL), the governing body of German professional football leagues has expanded its ‘Together Against Match-Fixing’ programme with sorts data, intelligence and content provider SportradarWorking in partnership with Sportradar, the DFL will expand its integrity workshops programme for Bundesliga syndicated football clubsSeeking to diminish match-fixing factors and dynamics across German football development, the DFL has stated that it will make the Sportradar workshops mandatory for all licensed athletes.In particular, the training programme emphasises communicating sports integrity values to younger players and preventing match-fixing or criminal exposure at German youth academy levels.‘Since the 2014/15 season, it has already been compulsory for the clubs to take suitable prevention measures against match-fixing in the Youth Academies for age groups from U-16 to U-23.’ details Sportradar in its update.Further to launching new education verticals, Sportradar will support the DFL with a dedicated e-learning tool, as well as a mobile app.Sportradar has monitored DFL syndicated matches and competitions since 2005, and further analyses DFL and DFB betting-related markets across 7,000 events per season.Full information on the ‘Together Against Match-Fixing’ programme can be accessed at Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

De Jong, liquid in San Paolo

first_imgDe Jong will start this Sunday at the Bernabéu. Then, the best version of the Dutch will be expected again because everyone is aware that there is a pearl there. But he has to let go and express himself much more in the field. De Jong’s paradox is that everyone thought he was coming to give Barça a new march. But what he has had to do is take off a gear. De Jong touched the ball 51 times in San Paolo. Very far from the 134 of Busquets, named Man of the Match of the match, 69 of Rakitic or even 74 of Arturo Vidal. There was no sign of that vibrant player that broke lines with its conductions and that filled the Ajax game with freshness until it became the most fun team in the last Champions League. Instead of giving vitality to the team, De Jong has had to adapt to the pasty pace of veteran Barça, in which also Setién has radicalized the desire for possession. De Jong gave 43 good passes in Naples. Busquets made 110, almost triple. Indicate where the Barça game moved. Piqué and Umtiti gave 114 and 113 passes respectively. That means that the defensive triangle of Barça gave 337 touches, which added to the 77 of Semedo and the 49 of Junior would add 459 of the 724 that Barça gave, more than 63% of Barça’s passes. Frenkie De Jong went unnoticed by a soccer temple like San Paolo. Bad news and involution for a player who a year earlier, in the knockout stages of the Champions League, presented himself to the world against Real Madrid and in the quarterfinals dominated the tie against Juventus. Elected best UEFA European midfielder this summer, it is difficult to understand the secondary role in which De Jong is corseted, a player who looked happy and loose, seems to play with chains right now. In many games nothing weighs in the game. More concerned with not disturbing than otherwise, he limits himself to strictly fulfilling his tactical role.last_img read more