Many small businesses have a presence on social media or use their personal account for business. But most don’t have time for developing a full strategy and making sure if their message is reaching customers and clients.There are dozens (if not hundreds) of social media apps that help you manage your pages. We’ve selected just a handful that we use!Even if an app is cool, you’ll never use it if you don’t have a clear purpose for why you’re downloading it in the first place. Here are the apps organized by what you’re trying to accomplish:You want: To schedule posts in advanceHootsuiteIf you stop what you’re working on every hour to send out a tweet, it can really cut into your focus and productivity. Instead, schedule out posts for the day (or the week!) and let it do it’s own thing. But remember to check your twitter feed at least once a day to engage with your audience. If they’re engaging or responding to your posts, you should be there to respond back!Hootsuite is one of the simplest social media scheduling and tracking apps. Just write out your tweet or Facebook/LinkedIn/Google+ share and select a time to send.Hootsuite also tracks the success of your efforts by gathering stats about retweets, shares, likes, etc. and putting them into spreadsheets. This is a great way to learn the “formula” for your best posts in order to do better on future posts.Cost: Free for limited services, $8.99/month for multiple users and pagesYou want: To hear when someone mentions your business or any topic you’re interested in on social mediaTweetDeckThis app, now part of Twitter, allows you to track multiple search terms across Twitter so that you can see whenever someone mentions your business name (without @mentioning you) or a search term you want to follow (like “freelance writer” so you can catch all the times someone says “Anyone know a freelance writer I should use?”).You can also schedule posts through TweetDeck, like Hootsuite, but you obviously TweetDeck only allows you to schedule tweets and not other social media posts.Cost: FreeFacebook PagesIt’s much more difficult to search and track terms on Facebook. It will only appear in the “Notifications” section of your Facebook Page if they tag your business. Yes, it makes everyone’s life difficult.Cost: FreeYou want: A quick way to compare yourself to the competitionWildfireTry checking out Wildfire’s Track Your Competitors app — it’s a simple way to see a side-by-side comparison of how you’re doing. https://monitor.wildfireapp.com/?=undefinedCost: FreeYou want: To track how many people click links you shareBit.lyIt’s easy to see how many people retweet your posts, but chances are that even more people are actually visiting what you link to in that post. Bit.ly (or Ow.ly) how to measure that. Bit.ly is a link shortener that also measures how many clicks each link receives.Cost: FreeYou want: To know if your social media profiles are bringing people back to your websiteGoogle AnalyticsGoogle Analytics is one of my most vital business tools — and one of its hundreds of uses is that it allows you to track how much traffic came to your website from social media. (We talk extensively about the value of Google Analytics here.)Unlike a traditional app, you will need to put a bit of code on your actual website in order for this to work.Once you do, view the “Acquisition” section and then click “All traffic” to see how many people (“Pageviews”) your website is getting from Facebook, Twitter, etc.Cost: FreeWhat social media apps do you use, freelancers?Want more posts like this? Join Freelancers Union and never miss a post.
This Sunday, more than 300,000 people came together in the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March, a historically inclusive environmental action advocating for the future of our planet.(Member credit: @monzeeki)Freelancers Union members are a part of the movement to create responsible political stewardship for the planet and came out to show their support for environmental justice!(Member Credit: @LAGilman)This Tuesday, 120 world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are attending the United Nations Climate Summit to discuss ways to address the growing threat of carbon pollution.(Member credit: @monzeeki)Over the course of the march, the people made it clear what they want to come of this meeting: more enforceable environmental protection that is better for the planet and for all of the people in it.(Member Credit: @LAGilman)Freelancers, did you attend the People’s Climate March? Tell us about your experience in the comments.
“Let go” is such an evocative euphemism, isn’t it? It suggests a kind of sweet, newfound freedom– I let that baby bird **go **free from my hands and oh how it flewww!But it often feels more like- I know I’m dangling you off this cliff but hey I’m just going to gently let go… now stop clutching at me with your pathetic claw-hands.Like many freelancers, I’ve been let go from plenty of positions – mostly for perfectly innocuous reasons, but occasionally because of complete company-wide meltdown. Once, working as a lowly assistant in a company that was swiftly plummeting towards bankruptcy, I spent an entire month putting together cardboard boxes for recently-laid-off workers clearing out their desks. Looking around at the rapidly emptying offices, it became clear… the next box would be for me.It’s not an uncommon experience! Maybe your project is ending, or maybe the client is laying off freelancers left and right. Maybe you just have the sinking feeling that the axe is going to fall. But what do you do when you think you’re going to be let go?1. Don’t panicSeriously – don’t panic. It’s completely normal to be scared or nervous when you’re staring down the unknowable barrel of a layoff. Absolve yourself of some of that anxiety by focusing on what you CAN control.While it may be tempting to agonize over details you can’t contorl – when is it going to happen? how is it going to happen? where is it going to come from? – focus instead on preparing yourself to move forward.Use this limbo period to take action. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are natural, but ultimately, this is an opportunity to empower yourself and pursue all sorts of dream gigs and opportunities. You GOT this.2. Get your materials togetherNo, I don’t mean clearing out your desk – although, heck, if you want to start sneaking Post-Its out of the workspace, snag a stack for me!I mean, start updating your resume and cover letter. Write down major accomplishments that you achieved during this job, while they’re still fresh in your mind (you’ll be surprised how swiftly you’ll forget them once out the door). Update your LinkedIn and other social media profiles. Think about who in your current company might be able to write you a recommendation. Make sure your portfolio is in order. And if you want work samples from this gig, now’s the time to collect them – before your access becomes limited.The idea here is to prime yourself so that IF and WHEN you’re laid-off, you’re poised to hit the ground running.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member3. Start lookingMake a list of people in your network that you could potentially reach out to in order to find work. Investigate job leads. Research your options. As soon as you realize that there are other fish in the sea, you’ll start to feel much better.Use this as a time to shoot for great new opportunities; think of your impending “schedule flexibility” (sounds better than unemployment, doesn’t it?) as a chance to shoot for your next goal – that dream company, that dream job. If you’re willing to end your current gig before you’re officially laid-off (or just want to take action) start sending out resumes. Otherwise, start casually mentioning to your freelancing network that you may be looking soon.4. Start pruningNow is also a good time to prune your budget a little bit – something many of us can do. Do you have a lot of frivolous expenses? Consider cutting back now, before you’re laid-off. Put any money you store into savings, if you can. That will build a little cushion for you, and ease the panicky feeling of sudden belt-tightening when (and if) you lose your job. Nothing is more annoying than having to cancel every lame magazine subscription the day AFTER you’re let go; get the minor cutbacks over with now.Build your network; investigate your options. Instead of focusing on your anxiety (I know it’s tempting), use that wonderful/terrible stress-adrenaline as fuel to prepare yourself for new opportunities. By the time they actually let you go, you’ll be raring to surge ahead.Ready to get started? Take a look at some of the other opportunities swirling about the universe in our Work, Work, Work Hive for freelancers seeking or hiring for work, work, work!Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 4th ODI between India and Australia at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Follow live updates. (Scorecard)India Innings:21.41 IST: Australia (334/5) beat India (313/8) by 21 runs. Jadhav 67, Richardson 3/58. India lead 5-match series 3-1 Finally the monkey is off Australia’s back as they have ended theirwinless run away from home. India started the chase superbly. Theopeners were off to a flier. They added 106 runs with both the batsmencompleting their half centuries. Rahane was first one to fall as hetried to cut loose. Sharma fell next due a confusion in the middlebetween him and the skipper.The Australia come back well after the initial phase but a 78-run standbetween Jadhav and Pandya got the chase back on track. The latterdeparted but it didn’t dent the hosts as local lad, Pandey stood tall in the middle. But, Jadhav and Pandey fell within 3 deliveries that pavedway back for the Aussies. They made full use of this as Dhoni couldn’tfinish things off and the tail couldn’t create anything spectacular.The Australian bowling lacked discipline at the start but made up for it later on. Kane Richardson led the pace attack, picking up another 3-fer in the series. He was superb with his off-paced deliveries and deceived batsmen more often then not. Cummins and Coulter-Nile provided a goodhand to them, as they picked 3 wickets in total among them.Finally an ODI win for Australia away from home after 13 games. Their last away win ame a year ago!#INDvAUSadvertisement- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 28, 2017Australia win the 4th ODI by 21 runs #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/2Q4VQM1VYJ- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201721.41 IST: Coulter-Nile to Shami, dot ball to finish the match! Sigh of relief for the visitors! Good length delivery outside off, Shami swings his bat across but he fails to make contact. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 21 RUNSThe Aussies are on the board in India with a 21-run win to break their ODI drought away from home: https://t.co/0IVnsCCfck #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/IoQD2RWCEr- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201721.40 IST: Coulter-Nile to Shami, FOUR!21.37 IST: Coulter-Nile to Axar, OUT! c (sub) Maxwell 5 (6 balls)21.37 IST: India need 29 runs from the last over to win21.32 IST: Top over from Richarson, just 6 runs and the wicket of Dhoni came from it. IND need 34 from 12 balls21.30 IST: Richardson to Dhoni, BOWLED! Richardson has the last laugh! Slower delivery outside off, Dhoni swings again but gets an inside edge this time. The ball goes onto hit the stumps and India’s hopes have faded with that wicket. India need 34 runs off 13 balls.GOT HIM! Six and out! Richardson bounces back from being sent over the rope as Dhoni chops on for 13. India now 7-301 in the 48th #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201721.30 IST: Richardson to Dhoni, SIX! Finally Dhoni connects and you don’t doubt what the result is! Short delivery at a slower pace, Dhoni waits for it and smashes that over the extra cover region for a biggie.21.23 IST: Cummins to Dhoni, FOUR! Angling into the pads, Dhoni shuffles across and clips it really fine past the keeper for a boundary. Much-needed for India, they now need 40 from 18 balls.21.21 IST: Cummins to Pandey, BOWLED! Cummins strikes and Australia are ecstatic! Good length delivery, angling into the batsman. Pandey stays in his crease and swings his bat across. Fails to make contact and the ball goes onto hit the top of leg stump. Another settled batsmen depart and India are in trouble now.BOWLED HIM! Cummins lights up the stumps and Pandey is on his way for 33. India now 6-289 in the 47th over #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201721.20 IST: Good over for the Aussies, just 7 runs and a wicket came off it. IND 289/5 in 46 overs, need 46 from 24 balls vs AUS21.17 IST: Richardson to Jadhav, OUT! c Finch 67 (69 balls)Another slower delivery outside off, Kedar Jadhav camps back and tries to wreck havoc with a biggie. Mistimes it and the ball balloons towards the long off region. Aaron Finch settles under it and takes it comfortably. Jadhav was struggling to score towards the end and Richardson has made the most of it. India need 49 off 26 balls.GOT HIM! A big one for the Aussies as Richardson’s slower ball has Jadhav caught by Finch in the deep for 67. India 5-286 (45.4) #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201721.12 IST: Cummins to Jadhav, FOUR! Shot! Shot! Shot! Short delivery outside off, Jadhav shuffles across and slaps it past the diving point fielder for a boundary. A much-needed boundary for the Indians. IND 282/4 in 45 overs, need 53 from 30 balls to beat AUSadvertisement21.09 IST: Excellent over from Kane Richardson under pressure, gives away just 5 runs. IND 274/4 in 44 overs, need 61 off 36 balls to beat AUS21.04 IST: Coulter-Nile to Pandey, SIX! That’s something special! Fuller deliver in line of the stumps, Pandey stays in his crease and whips it elegantly over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen.42.3: N Coulter-Nile to M Pandey (24), 6 runs, 268/4 https://t.co/NY3wPgofyR #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201721.01 IST: Zampa to Pandey, FOUR! Sprays this fuller in line of the stumps, Pandey dances down the track and whacks that through the wide long on region for a boundary.21.00 IST: Zampa to Pandey, NOT OUT! Sprayed down the leg side, Pandey fails to clip it through. Brushes his pads and the ball goes past the keeper for a leg bye. Smith waits too long and then opts for the review. Replays show that there was no bat involved and Ball Tracker shows that the ball was pitched outside leg. A review wasted.This will not go down as Australia’s greatest review… #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/9kKStoT35j- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201720.58 IST: The players are making their way back to the middle. ADAM ZAMPA to continue bowling to MANISH PANDEY. Here we go…The players are back out in the middle for a big finish to this fourth ODI! India need 84 runs off 53: https://t.co/0IVnsCCfck #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201720.48 IST: GOOD NEWS! The covers have started coming off slowly and it looks as if the resumption is round the corner.20.40 IST: RAIN STOPS PLAY IN BENGALURU! The players have been asked to leave the field as the rain has picked up. The Indian players are not happy to leave the field and are asking the umpire about it. On the other hand, the Aussies have already left the field. The groundstaff have quickly covered the ground. India (251/4 in 41.1 overs) are 2 runs behind the Duckworth-Lewis par score at this stage. Slight drizzle has stopped play at Bengaluru. India are 2 runs behind par score on DLS #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/05IUSp0phF- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 2017The covers are coming on! India are currently two runs behind the par score at 4-251 after 41.1 overs: https://t.co/0IVnsCCfck #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201720.37 IST: Coulter-Nile to Jadhav, FOUR! 3rd ODI fifty for Kedar Jadhav! Fuller and angling into the batsman, Jadhav shuffles across and whips it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Top batting from Kedar and he needs to continue in a similar fashion. The Duckworth-Lewis par score at the ends of 41 over is 252.20.32 IST: Zampa to Pandey, FOUR! Good shot! Full toss in line of the stumps, Pandey relishes the freebie and smashes that through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.4th ODI. 39.2: A Zampa to M Pandey (5), 4 runs, 237/4 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201720.27 IST: Coulter-Nile to Kadhav, FOUR! In the air but safe! Back of a length delivery, angling in. Jadhav chips it through wide mid on. Gets in the gap and the ball races away to the fence.advertisement20.21 IST: Zampa to Pandya, OUT! c Warner 41 (40 balls)In the air… Gone! Zampa wins the battle between him and Pandya tonight! He bowls it cleverly, a touch short around off, spinning away. Hardik has to reach out for it, still goes through with his big shot. Mistimes it and Warner at long off remains calm under the ball and gobbles the catch.37.1: WICKET! H Pandya (41) is out, c David Warner b Adam Zampa, 225/4- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201720.10 IST: Richardson to Pandya, FOUR! Poor line, punished! Full on the pads, flicked away nicely through backward square leg region for a boundary. This isn’t good bowling from Kane!33.4: MP Stoinis to K Jadhav (36), 6 runs, 212/3 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201720.01 IST: Wide! Cummins sprays it down the leg side. Jadhav tries to flick it away but misses. A wide is signalled.19.56 IST: M Stoinis to K Jadhav, FOUR. Slapped away! Back of length outside off, Jadhav cuts it through point. Gets it past the fielder and gets back-to-back boundaries.31.5: MP Stoinis to K Jadhav (24), 4 runs, 197/3 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201730.5: P Cummins to K Jadhav (18), 4 runs, 190/3 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201719.45 IST: Stoinis to Jadhav, FOUR! Good shot! Short delivery into the batsman, Jadhav stays tall in his crease and pulls it through the vacant deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.19.37 IST: Zampa to Pandya, SIX! Here comes another one! Tosses fuller outside off, Pandya smacks that over the cover region for a biggie. This is top batting from Hardik. IND reach 173/3 in 28 ovs, need 162 more vs AUS 4th ODI. 27.5: A Zampa to H Pandya (26), 6 runs, 173/3 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201719.37 IST: Zampa to Pandya, SIX! Pandya against spinners is just a treat to watch! Shorter around off, spinning away. Hardik stays in his crease and plays the short-arm jab over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen.19.22 IST: Coulter-Nile to Kohli, OUT! b 21 (21 balls)Dragged on! Coulter-Nile has dismissed Kohli twice in the same way in this series! Good length delivery outside off, Kohli tries to dab it towards third man. Gets an inside edge and the ball rolls onto the stumps. Nathan has struck gold and that’s a big, big wicket for Australia.GOT HIM! Kohli chops on for 21 and Coulter-Nile collects the key wicket. Big moment. India now 3-147 (24.2) #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201719.20 IST: Head to Pandya, SIX! Hardik likes having spinners for breakfast! Floats it outside off, Pandya gets under the pitch of the ball and unleasheses the full blade at it. Smacks it over the long on region for half a dozen.19.20 IST: Head to Kohli, FOUR! Timed to perfection! Floated outside off, Kohli lunges forward and drives it through the extra cover region for a boundary.19.17 IST: RUN OUT! Rohit Sharma departs for 65 off 55 balls. A big confusion in the middle results in Rohit Sharma’s run out! Pitched outside off, Kohli slashes it towards point. Smith stationed there, leaps to his left, stops the ball and throws it towards striker’s end. However, both the batsmen somehow are stranded there.RUN OUT! A big mix-up and a great save from Smith results in the big wicket of Rohit for 65. India 2-135 (23) #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201719.13 IST: Richardson to Kohli, FOUR!22.1: K Richardson to V Kohli (14), 4 runs, 131/1 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201719.12 IST: Head to Rohit, SIX! Downtown! Slower through the air around off, it’s in Sharma’s slot. He extends his arms and clobbers it straight down the ground for a biggie. That’s hit with utter disdain. Don’t ever bowl at this pace in Sharma’s arc!19.03 iST: Head to Kohli, FOUR! Deft! Flatter outside off, spinning in a touch, Kohli stays back and delicately guides it very fine. Beats the fielder at short third man for a boundary.4th ODI. 19.2: TM Head to V Kohli (5), 4 runs, 112/1 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201718.59 IST: Richardson to Rahane, OUT! c Finch 53 (66 balls)Rahane holes out! Richardson with the breakthrough! He rolls his fingers over it, pitches it on a back of a length around middle and off, angling in. Ajinkya tries to go after the bowler, skips down and pulls it over mid on. Gets it off the splice and Finch in the deep, hares to his right and takes a well-judged catch. Once again Rahane throws his start away. This was an inspired change from skipper Smith. Will this change the momentum?GOT HIM! Richardson with a much-needed breakthrough for Australia as Rahane picks out Finch in the deep. Gone for 53, IND 1-106 #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201718.50 IST: Zampa to Rohit, SIX! 34th ODI fifty for the HITMAN! Almost an action replay of the previous maximum! Zampa tosses it up around middle and off, Sharma kneels down and smokes it over wide long on for half a dozen. This one is one metre bigger than the previous hit.That’s how Hitman @ImRo45 celebrated his 34th ODI half-century. He is dealing in sixes at the moment. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/focqws0cht- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 2017Rohit hitting sixes for fun to bring up his half-century off 42 balls and that’s the 100-run opening stand in 17 overs #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201716.6: A Zampa to RG Sharma (51), 6 runs, 103/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201718.50 IST: Zampa to Rohit, SIX! That’s huge! Tossed up around middle, spinning away. Sharma kneels down and slogs it over wide mid on for a biggie. That was a handsome shot!18.48 IST: FIFTY FOR RAHANE! 22nd ODI fifty for Rahane! Tossed up outside off by Zampa, Ajinkya plants his front foot ahead and pushes it to long off for a run. Gets to his fifty and it’s his third in succession. What a series he is having!. IND 89/0 in 15.4 ovs vs AUS (334/5)18.34 IST: Stoinis just stops just before delivering the ball. He is leaving the field. Seems to have hurt his groin in the last ball of his previous over where he tried to stop the ball. AARON FINCH to finish off his over.Uh oh. Stoinis has pulled up mid-over and he’s making his way off the field. We’ll update when we know more… #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201718.25 IST: After 10 overs India are 65/0 with Rahane on 38* and Rohit 26*. Required rate – 6.75 per over18.21 IST: Stoinis to Rahane, FOUR! On a fuller length outside off, Rahane in the mood he is today, will surely not let those go. Camps back a touch and smashes his cut through cover-point for a boundary.9.1: MP Stoinis to A Rahane (37), 4 runs, 63/0 https://t.co/NY3wPgofyR #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201718.21 IST: 12 runs off Richardson’s first over courtesy a SIX & FOUR from Rohit & Rahane respectively. IND 59/0 in 9 ovs, chasing 335 vs AUS18.19 IST: Richardson to Rahane, FOUR! Now Rahane joins in on the action. Doesn’t want to feel left out it seems. Short of a good length around off, Rahane hangs back and pulls this hard over mid-wicket for a boundary.18.18 IST: Richardson to Rohit, SIX! WHAT A SHOT, ROHIT SHARMA! Wow! Picked the length up early and sent that packing into the stands. Richardson with the short one, Rohit stands tall and muscles the pull over deep backward square leg for a biggie. Came right off the meat, monstrous hit.8.2: K Richardson to RG Sharma (24), 6 runs, 53/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201718.12 IST: India 45/0 in 7 overs, chasing 335 vs Australia. Rahane 27*, Rohit 17*. Required rate – 6.7418.10 IST: Cummins to Rahane, FOUR!4th ODI. 6.2: P Cummins to A Rahane (27), 4 runs, 44/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201718.07 IST: Coulter-Nile to Rahane, SIX! Unbelievable! Back of a length, wide outside off, Rahane frees his arms as he slams it hard and flat over covers for a maximum. That was some shot! The Aussie bowling has been poor so far. They are giving too much width.5.4: N Coulter-Nile to A Rahane (23), 6 runs, 39/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201718.05 IST: Eight came of that over from Cummins with Rohit hitting a big SIX. IND 33/0 in 5 ovs, chasing 33518.01 IST: Cumming to Rohit, SIX! Hammered! Back of a length delivery around off, sits nicely for Sharma, who stands and delivers. Pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Rohit loves this shot and has played to a great effect. India are off to a brisk start as well.4.2: P Cummins to RG Sharma (15), 6 runs, 31/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201717.57 IST: Coulter-Nile to Rohit, FOUR! Slashed! Shortish outside off, Sharma frees his arms and slams it through covers for a boundary. Once again a boundary comes in the over and India tick along nicely.3.1: N Coulter-Nile to RG Sharma (8), 4 runs, 24/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201717.55 IST: Cummins to Rahane, FOUR! Easy pickings! Once again Cummins bowls it full and straight but strays on the pads. Rahane flicks it with utter ease through square leg for a boundary.4th ODI. 2.1: P Cummins to A Rahane (15), 4 runs, 16/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201717.50 IST: Coulter-Nile to Rahane, FOUR! Streaky! Length delivery around off, seams away a touch. Rahane looks to defend with soft hands, gets an outside edge and the ball runs away through the gap between first slip and gully to the fence behind. Even if there was a second slip in place, it wouldn’t have carried to him.1.3: N Coulter-Nile to A Rahane (10), 4 runs, 11/0 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201717.48 IST: Cummins concedes 6 runs from the first over with Rahane scoring a boundary. IND 6/0 in 1 over, chasing 33517.46 IST: Cummins to Rahane, FOUR! Just away from a diving Head! Wide outside off, Rahane slashes it hard. Travis at cover-point, dives to his right but the ball goes past his outstretched hand to the fence behind. Cummins has to keep his line tight!17.40 IST: Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle and the latter will take guard first against Pat Cummins will open the attack for Australia. India need 335 to win in 50 overs at a run rate of 6.74The chase is on! Target of 335.Rohit and Rahane opening up for India. Cummins has the ball for Australia: https://t.co/0IVnsCCfck #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 2017Australia Innings:Australia 334/5 in 50 overs (Warner 124, Finch 94) #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/ggHMPGi9YC- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201716.59 IST: AUSTRALIA FINISH ON 334/5. The pendulum swung from Australia to India and back in Australia’s favour in the end. The visitors started off in dazzling fashion, tearing the Indian bowling apart and rising a 231-run stand. In that partnership, David Warner scored his 14th ton while his partner Aaron Finch fell just 6 runs short of his century. Both these batsmen fell on the score of 231 and opened the gates for India to come back.16.58 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Fuller in line of the stumps, Stoinis clips it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.16.58 IST: SIX! That’s just sheer power! Length delivery at a slower pace, Stonis reads the pace well as he just whips it over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen.16.51 IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav gets his fourth. What a comeback from Umesh! Comes steaming in from over the wicket and keeps it fuller outside off, Handscomb swings his bat but gets beaten by the extra pace. Finds his off stick rattled and Handscomb has to walk back to the hut. A cameo has come to an end. Australia 319/5 (48.5 overs) vs India48.4: U Yadav to P Handscomb (43), 6 runs, 319/4 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201748.3: U Yadav to P Handscomb (37), 4 runs, 313/4 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201716.41 IST: WICKET! Umesh gets his third. Slower delivery does the trick! Short delivery around leg, Head camps back and tries to slog it over the square-leg region. Gets elevation on it but fails to get the distance as the ball lobs straight towards Rahane who takes a well-judged catch. Australia 299/4 (46.5 overs) vs India4th ODI. 46.1: U Yadav to TM Head (26), 6 runs, 294/3 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201716.29 IST: Umesh bowls a fuller and angling into the stumps, Handscomb stays in his crease and flicks it uppishly over mid-wicket. Virat Kohli runs across from long on, dives to his right and makes a brilliant stop. Saves two vital runs for his team.16.18 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Full toss into the pads, Handscomb kneels down and plays the slog sweep over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.4th ODI. 41.4: Y Chahal to TM Head (14), 4 runs, 259/3 https://t.co/NY3wPg6EHj #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 2017Batting first opposition opening pair has put on 200+ runs 4 times (before today).India managed to chase down the target thrice!#INDvAUS- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 28, 201715.56 IST: WICKET! Umesh strikes again and this time it’s the wicket of Steve Smith. That’s his 100th ODI wicket! Fuller delivery and angling into the pads, Smith shuffles across and ends up clipping it straight into the hands of Virat Kohli at mid-wicket. The Indian skipper catches a dolly and his counterpart has started walking back to the hut. Australia are once again losing the plot just like the last game. Australia 236/3 (37.1 overs) vs India15.50 IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav strikes and Aaron Finch falls six short of his second consecutive hundred. Another wicket goes down and suddenly Australia have lost their openers for 231. Full and wide outside off, Finch lost his patience there as he got disturbed by four dots in a throw. Tries to go over mid on but gets it off the bottom half. The ball goes straight towards mid on. Hardik Pandya accepts it gleefully. Umesh Yadav is excited and a stunning Finch innings comes to an end. Australia 231/2 (35.5 overs) vs India15.44 IST: WICKET! David Warner departs for 124. A dazzling and an entertaining innings comes to an end! Jadhav has done the trick here and Indians have finally got a wicket. Short delivery around middle and leg, Warner camps back and goes for the pull. Does not get the elevation on it and gets it straight towards long on. Axar Patel holds onto it and David has to walk back to the hut. Kedar is all pumped up and this just might be the wicket the hosts were waiting for. Australia 231/1 (35 overs) vs India4th ODI. 33.4: A Patel to D Warner (119), 4 runs, 218/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 20174th ODI. 33.2: A Patel to D Warner (113), 6 runs, 212/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 2017CENTURY! Brilliant knock from @davidwarner31, bringing up his 14th ODI hundred – and first international ?? in India – off 103 balls #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/FsjyIFZc3x- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201715.32 IST: HUNDRED! David Warner slams 14th century, becomes first Australian to score 100 in 100th ODI. Jadhav sprays it full wide outside off. David reaches for it and gets it past backward point this time. The ball races away to the fence and Warner jumps and pumps his fist in the air. His typical century celebration. What a knock it has been. His second ton against India. Australia 197/0 (30.5 overs) vs India4th ODI. 29.1: A Patel to A Finch (79), 4 runs, 187/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201715.17 IST: SIX! Finch is livening the party even more! Tossed up full around off, Finch smokes it over long off for a biggie. 13 runs off the over. Australia are cruising through!15.16 IST: FOUR! Tossed up around leg, Finch gets down on one knee, gets a top edge over backward square leg. There’s no fielder there and the ball races away to the fence. He has decided to get a move on!15.14 IST: FOUR! Poor line, punished! Sliding down leg, Finch delicately works it fine down the leg side. The ball races down to the fence for a boundary.4th ODI. 25.3: A Patel to A Finch (56), 6 runs, 155/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201715.11 IST: FIFTY! Aaron Finch slams 17th half-century. Chahal bowls a tossed up around middle, Finch kneels down and sweeps it towards cow corner. The deep mid-wicket fielder has some ground to cover and a brace is picked with ease. Finch delivers once again. He was dearly missed in the first two ODIs. Australia 148/0 (24.5 overs) vs IndiaMissed chance! Finch charges down the pitch, misses and Dhoni can’t complete the stumping. Finch remains 47*, AUS 0-141 in the 23rd #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 20174th ODI. 20.1: Y Chahal to D Warner (77), 6 runs, 131/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201714.50 IST: Chahal to Warner, SIX! Boom! Tossed up around off, Warner kneels down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum. David loves this ground and has a phenomenal record here in the Indian T20 League.SIX! Warner sends Chahal over the rope for his second six to move along to 67* with the tourists 0-120 in the 19th over #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201714.42 IST: Time for Drinks! Australia have been cruising with the bat and both their openers are looking settled in the middle. They will look to make the most of their starts. India on the other hand will be hoping for a couple of quick wickets to get back into the game. Australia 104/0 in 17 overs vs India. Warner 56*, Finch 42*14.32 IST: Axar to Warner, FOUR! 17th ODI fifty for David Warner! Short and wide outside off, Warner cuts it through the point region for a boundary. the southpaw has been looking fantastic and he will look to make a mark on his 100th ODI.FIFTY! @davidwarner31 is on song in his milestone match as he brings up his half-century from 45 balls. Great start from the opener #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Uhb7YH0o47- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201714.32 IST: Axar to Warner, SIX! A bit short and Axar has been punished for it! Around middle and off, Warner camps back and smashes that over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen. First one off the day and Warner looks his self today.14.24 IST: Axar to Warner, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Warner camps back and slaps that through the cover-point region for a boundary. Australia 81/0 after 13 overs.4th ODI. 12.5: A Patel to D Warner (37), 4 runs, 80/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201714.22 IST: 9 runs off Pandya’s first over of the match. Australia 73/0 after 12 overs.14.20 IST: Pandya to Finch, FOUR! Top shot! Length delivery outside off, Finch camps back and punches it through covers. Chahal tries to cut it off but the ball wins the race to the fence.4th ODI. 11.2: H Pandya to A Finch (35), 4 runs, 70/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201714.19 IST: Hardik Pandya begins the over with a wayward wide.14.18 IST: Axar gives away just a single run in his first over of the series. Australia 64/0 after 11 overs.14.15 IST: Three fours off that Umesh over! Australia look like they’re growing in confidence. Australia 63/0 after 10 overs.4th ODI. 9.6: U Yadav to A Finch (31), 4 runs, 63/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201714.12 IST: Umesh to Warner, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Top shot! Short delivery outside off, punched through extra cover for a boundary. Warner looks to be growing in confidence. Australia 58/0 in 9.3 overs.14.11 IST: Umesh to Warner, FOUR! Sloppy and that is the last thing India would want! Length delivery outside off, Warner stays in his crease and slaps it towards cover-point. Pandey and Pandya both were expecting the other to stop the ball. None stop it and the ball races away to the fence.4th ODI. 9.1: U Yadav to D Warner (24), 4 runs, 54/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201714.09 IST: Fifty up for Australia without a loss of wicket. Australia 50/0 after 9 overs.14.04 IST: Umesh to Finch, FOUR! Edged and another boundary there for Australia. Deft! Slower delivery again and Finch just makes the most of it. Good length delivery around off, Aaron stays in his crease, waits for the ball and glides it past the keeper for a boundary. Australia 49/0 after 8 overs.4th ODI. 7.5: U Yadav to A Finch (27), 4 runs, 49/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201714.02 IST: Shami goes for a couple of boundaries, Warner and Finch look solid at the moment. Australia 45/0 after 7 overs.4th ODI. 6.3: M Shami to D Warner (19), 4 runs, 45/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201713.59 IST: Shami to Warner, FOUR! Good shot! Back of a length delivery into the batsman, Warner camps back and half pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.13.57 IST: Umesh Yadav under pressure, 7 runs off that over. Australia 36/0 after 6 overs.13.54 IST: Umesh to Warner, FOUR! Stand and deliver! Fuller delivery outside off, Warner gets under the pitch of the ball and smashes it over the mid off region for a boundary.4th ODI. 5.1: U Yadav to D Warner (15), 4 runs, 33/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201713.53 IST: After big runs in the first four, Shami pulls back. Maiden over from him! Australia 29/0 after 5 overs.13.49 IST: Big over that for Australia, 10 runs off it. Australia 29/0 after 4 overs.13.47 IST: Umesh to Finch, FOUR! Freebies! Sprays this again fuller into the pads, Finch adjust well this time and flicks it elegantly through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.13.46 IST: Umesh to Finch, FOUR! Top shot! Good length delivery around off, Finch camps back and punches it through the cover region for a boundary.4th ODI. 3.2: U Yadav to A Finch (12), 4 runs, 23/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201713.44 IST: Shami to Warner, FOUR! EDGED AND FOUR! Length delivery outside off, Warner tries to push at it on the off side. Gets a thick outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. Australia 19/0 after 3 overs.13.40 IST: Shami to Warner, FOUR! Warner gets the first boundary on his 100 ODI appearance. Fuller delivery outside off, David is not going to miss on those. Presses forward and drives it through the mid off region for a boundary.Warner collects his first boundary of the day in his 100th ODI. Australia 0-13 in the third over: https://t.co/0IVnsCCfck #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201713.38 IST: An early misfield from captain Kohli and Warner gets off the mark. Australia 9/0 after 1.5 overs.13.33 IST: Shami to Finch, FOUR! First runs for Australia! Strays this one fuller outside off, Finch cashes on the width and drives it through the cover-point region for a boundary. First off the day and Finch is off the mark. Australia 5/0 after 1 over.4th ODI. 0.2: M Shami to A Finch (4), 4 runs, 4/0 https://t.co/KpT5nWFcEx #IndvAus #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201713.28 IST: Both teams finish singing their respective national anthems and the players are all set to take the field.13:25 IST: David Warner will be playing his 100th One-Day International game for Australia today.13.15 IST: India will be looking to make it 10 on 10.Lets extend our winning streak and continue our forward march. pic.twitter.com/JkVvEEuP6j- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201713.09 IST: Virat Kohli said they would have chosen to bat first as well but also mentioned they are happy to bowl first since under the lights, the wickets tends to settle more. Kohli mentioned three changes in the India squad — Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah have been rested as Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel make it back to the squad.IND XI: A Rahane, RG Sharma, V Kohli, K Jadhav, M Pandey, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, A Patel, M Shami, U Yadav, Y Chahal- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 2017AUS XI: D Warner, A Finch, S Smith, TM Head, P Handscomb, MP Stoinis, M Wade, P Cummins, N Coulter-Nile, A Zampa, K Richardson- BCCI (@BCCI) September 28, 201713.05 IST: Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Steve Smith said that from here, they look to end the series 3-2 and mention a couple of changes. Mathew Wade has come in place of Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa replaces the injured Ashton Agar.Australia have won the toss and elected to bat in Bengaluru: https://t.co/0IVnsCCfck #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201712.58 IST: Peter Handscomb warming up as Australia look to salvage some pride.Peter Handscomb warming up in Bengaluru #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/TF08FSSu25- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 201712.55 IST: Jasprit Bumrah showing his accuracy at the nets.Target hitting at its very best – Boom Boom @Jaspritbumrah93 #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/BVszZ7Urkd- BCCI (@BCCI) September 27, 201712.52 IST: Rohit Sharma is embodying the Indian management’s emphasis on fitness and fielding.Sharp reflexes. Heres @ImRo45 working on his skills as @coach_rsridhar gives him catches from a short distance. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/7CLyinYkdw- BCCI (@BCCI) September 27, 2017Brief preview:India will be eyeing a series whitewash as they take on Australia in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru today.India have already pocketed the series with an unassailable 3-0 lead over the Aussies after the Men-in-Blue won the third ODI by five wickets in Indore.Australia prepare to play for “pride”, as stated by Australian opener David Warner and leg-spinner Adam Zampa may make a comeback in the team after Ashton Agar was ruled out of the series with a fractured finger.On the other hand, captain Virat Kohli mentioned in the post-match presentation of the third ODI that the team management may tinker with the squad now that they have won the series and courtesy the experiementation, KL Rahul might get a chance to play on his home ground.Also, Virat Kohli will overtake MS Dhoni and Rahul Dravid’s record of nine straight wins as captain if India beat Australia today.One of the key battles in the match will be Yuzvendra Chahal vs Glenn Maxwell as the Indian spinner has managed to flummox the hard-hitter in all the three ODIs.
China will continue to host a Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai for at least three more years, F1 said on Friday.The Chinese Grand Prix, which made its debut in September 2004, would take place a week later next year, on April 15, swapping places with the Bahrain race, which will move to April 8, Formula One said on its website.The current Shanghai race weekend coincides with China’s Qingming three-day national holiday, also known as the Tomb Sweeping Festival, when families pay respects to their ancestors.”We are very pleased to have reached an agreement which will see the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix continue as a fixture of the Formula 1 World Championship for at least a further three years,” F1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey said in a statement.”This great country has already demonstrated an overwhelming show of interest in our sport and we firmly believe there is still a great deal of unexplored potential here.”That’s why this renewed agreement is so important as part of our development strategy, especially in this part of the world.”This year’s race, won by world championship leader Lewis Hamilton for a record-extending fifth time, was set to be the last under the previous contract.Jiang Lan, chairman of Shanghai Juss Sports Development, the company that organises the race, said the Chinese Grand Prix had become “one of the most prestigious and recognised events” on the Formula One calendar.”Since its Shanghai debut in 2004, the Formula 1 Chinese F1 Grand Prix has become a motorsport showpiece for China but also a fixture for all of Asia Pacific’s and global motorsports fans,” added Jiang.advertisementFriday’s announcement comes as Malaysia, which pioneered Formula One’s push into Asia, is set to host its last grand prix in Sepang, while Singapore agreed a four-year extension earlier this month, keeping it on the calendar until 2021.
Chinese great Li Na has backed former world one and new mom Serena Williams to make a quick fire return to the tennis court.She, however, insisted that there was no other way that the American tennis star could have rushed her comeback.Last month, Serena had revealed that she has set an ‘outrageous’ goal for making a comeback at the Australian Open in January, something which will push her Grand Slam total to an all-time record-tying 24 titles.Li, who bid adieu to the sport two months before announcing her pregnancy in 2014, said that unlike Serena, she would have never been able to leave her own young daughter.Reflecting on the challenge of being a tennis-playing parent, Li further pointed out that she had probably only hit a tennis ball 10 times since quitting the sport and becoming a mother.advertisement”Serena can fix everything. But if I think about myself, I couldn’t do that. With a baby so young, I couldn’t leave them,” Sport24 quoted Li as saying.Earlier, Serena’s friend and Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki had revealed that the American tennis star remains absolutely focused on her return as she is constantly keeping an eye on the sport she has dominated for so many years.Serena’ baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, arrived on September 1 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, weighing in at 6 lbs., 13 oz.
New Delhi, Oct 3 (PTI ) Rio Paralympcs silver medallist remains upset over being ignored for Khel Ratna this year and feels exception should have been made by the awards committee, like it had done in 2016.The Khel Ratna was awarded to two-time Paralympic gold medallist, Devendra Jhajharia, and former India hockey captain Sardar Singh in August.However, as many as four were awarded the countrys highest sporting honour in the Olympic year — shuttler PV Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, wrestler Sakshi Malik and shooter Jitu Rai, who flopped in the Rio Olympics but was rewarded for his consistent performances at world events.”They gave to all four last year. They could have done something similar this time. However, I will continue to apply and they will have to give me sooner than later. Anyway the rule is that my performance over four years will be taken into consideration,” Malik told PTI on the sidelines of an event organised by the Australian High Commission.With her event not being there in the Commonwealth Games next year, Malik will have to wait till the Para Asian Games in October 2018 for her next major event.”May at the Asian Games I will break the world record and then they will have to give me Khel Ratna,” said Malik, who was honoured with Padma Shri earlier this year and Arjuna Award in 2012.”However, I still dont feel negative. Sports has given me a lot. More than I thought it would,” said the para athlete, who won her silver medal at Rio in shot put.advertisementIt has been more than a year but Malik is yet to get some of the cash awards promised to her.”Madhya Pradesh government has written back to us saying they will honour us during their state awards. But we have not yet heard anything from Delhi Golf Club. The club had announced it but they have not approached us yet,” she added. PTI BS PM PM
India suffered a shock 19-run defeat against Nepal in the U-19 Asia Cup One-day tournament on Sunday.India opted to bowl after winning the toss and restricted Nepal to 185 for 8 in 50 overs with Aditya Thakare and Abhishek Sharma grabbing two wickets apiece.But the Indian side led by opening batsman Himanshu Rana failed to chase down the target as they were bowled out for 166 in 48.1 overs in the Group A match.Rana himself was the top-scorer for India with a 38-ball 46 while his opening partner Manjot Kalra made 35 from 69 balls.The Indian opening duo stitched 65 runs together in 12.2 overs but none of their team-mates could contribute much to lose the match at the Bayuemas Oval.For Nepal, captain Dipendra Singh, who had hit 88 while batting, was the most successful bowler with figures of 4/39.India and Nepal are now with two points each from two matches.India had beaten Malaysia by 202 runs in their opening match on November 10.Brief Scores:Nepal U-19: 185 for 8 in 50 overs (Dipendra Singh 88, Aditya Thakare 2/33, Abhishek Sharma 2/38). India U-19: 166 all out in 48.1 overs (Himanshu Rana 46; Dipendra Singh 4/39).
Liverpool have overcome the instability that contributed to their inconsistent start to the season, manager Juergen Klopp said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Sevilla.A victory in Spain will guarantee Group E leaders Liverpool passage into the knockout stage and Klopp’s side head into the game high on confidence after three successive victories in the Premier League.”It’s getting really exciting and decisive — and that’s really cool,” Klopp said. “We’ve had 12 (league) games this season, that’s not even a third of the season, so we have to learn from our experiences and build on our performances.”That’s what we did in the last few weeks and now what we have to do in the next few weeks… to get points you need to play stable football and that’s what we were lacking. Now it looks much more stable and that was really important for us.”Liverpool’s blistering form in front of goal has stemmed from the understanding between Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah with the attacking foursome limiting striker Daniel Sturridge’s game time.However, Klopp said the England international will have a part to play as the season wears on and he was not thinking of selling him in the January transfer window.”I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time,” Klopp added. “The situation with the player is completely okay. We are in November and need all our players — even if he feels a little different.advertisement”There is around one-and-a-half months before the window opens and I don’t think about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them (players).”Klopp will be without defender Joel Matip on Tuesday and hopes he will recover from a thigh strain in time for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday.Liverpool, who were held to a 2-2 draw by the Spanish side in their opening clash in Europe in September and followed that up with a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow, thrashed Maribor 7-0 and 3-0 in their next two games to top Group E.
Debutant Prithvi Shaw on Monday became the youngest cricketer to score a century in the final match of Duleep Trophy, reaching the milestone while propping up India Red against India Blue on the opening day in Lucknow.At 17 years and 320 days, Shaw became the second youngest player to notch up a three-figure mark in the Duleep Trophy, many years after Sachin Tendulkar created one when he was 17 years and 262 days old. Prithvi Shaw has gathered a lot of praise right from the beginning of his career when he got a hundred on his Ranji debut.Owing to the Mumbaikar’s 154 and a fluent century by the experienced Dinesh Karthik, India Red finished the first day of the five-day final at 317 for five in 83.3 overs.The day’s play ended nearly seven overs less than the quota at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium.Karthik made 111 off 155 balls during his 211-run third- wicket partnership with opener Shaw.Watch Prithvi Shaw’s scintillating century in @paytm #DuleepTrophy 2017 #Final – #IndRedvIndBlue here – https://t.co/4gMZcbJCK2- BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) September 26, 2017In his Ranji Trophy debut earlier this year, Shaw had slammed a century and helped Mumbai reach the final of the tournament beating Tamil Nadu by six wickets.Shaw burst into the scene after he aggregated 546 off 330 balls at a Harris Shield school match in Mumbai, recording the third highest score in any form of cricket. It is the same tournament that brought Tendulkar into the limelight nearly three decades ago.Shaw also displayed decent form on the tour of England recently where he played five youth ODI matches.advertisementAfter India Red elected to bat first, Shaw, along with Akhil Herwadkar, stitched a 74-run partnership for the first wicket before the latter was run-out for 25.Surya Kumar Yadav did not last long, but Shaw joined forces with skipper Karthik to take India Red to a position of strength.When Karthik got out at the team score of 300, India Red were comfortably placed with some batting to come, but two quick wickets before the close of play pegged them back a bit.Left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt (3/83) was the most successful bowler for India Blue.While Shaw struck 18 boundaries and a six while facing 249 balls, Karthik hit 12 fours.India Red had topped the table with seven points during the round-robin contest.
By Aditi KhannaLondon, Jan 23 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to cut production at one of its UK plants in the wake of “uncertainty” around the Brexit vote as well as the future of diesel vehicles.The Britains largest car manufacturer, however, indicated that a change to the current three-shift production line is not likely to lead to job losses.Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which had a “record breaking year” in vehicle sales in 2017, will make “some temporary adjustments” to the production schedule at Halewood in Merseyside, England from the second quarter of this year.”Ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is being felt by customers at home (with demand for new cars down 5.7 per cent in 2017) and in Europe where collectively we sell approximately 45 per cent of the total UK production,” a JLR spokesperson said yesterday.”Add to this, concern around the future of petrol and diesel engines, and general global economic and political uncertainty and its clear to see why industry is seeing an impact on car sales,” the spokesperson said.Britain is set to increase the amount of vehicle excise duty paid by almost everyone buying a new diesel car from April, which is expected to hit JLR hard as diesel variants account for a large percentage of its UK sales.The cut in the UK production line will cover Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport, the models that are produced at the Halewood plant.The Tata Group company said a change in production schedules was part of “standard business practice”.advertisement”Following a review of planned volumes, we are planning to make some temporary adjustments to the production schedule at Halewood in second quarter. These changes have been communicated to our workforce,” the spokesperson said.JLRs global sales grew by seven per cent in 2017 with the sale of 621,109 cars in a year the company branded as its “best ever” and the seventh consecutive year of successive growth.The Range Rover Evoque has been made at Halewood since 2011 and Discovery Sport since 2014.The volumes of both models have remained at peak levels since then and the car manufacturer indicated that a change to the current three-shift production line is not likely to lead to job losses at the factory.”While there will be further challenges facing our industry, there are also exciting times ahead for Jaguar Land Rover. We continue to over-proportionally invest in delivering clean, safe, smart technologies and new vehicles to our customers,” Andy Goss, JLR Group Sales Operations Director, had said earlier this month.The company also unveiled plans for a new software hub at Shannon in Ireland as part of its wider plans to invest in electric and driverless technology.However, JLR said the automotive industry continues to face a “range of challenges” which are adversely affecting consumer confidence.The knock-on effects of the referendum in favour of Britains exit from the 28-member bloc European Union (EU) in June 2016 and a hike in diesel taxation have hit the car industry hard in the UK.Earlier this month, the new owner of Vauxhall, PSA Peugeot Citreon, had also announced a cut in production at its Ellesmere Port factory, which produces the Astra model. PTI AK CPS AKJ CPS
Ranchi, Feb 3 (PTI) Kerala Hockey and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) set up the title clash of the Hockey India Senior Women National Championship after winning their respective semifinals, here today. Kerala Hockey defeated Bengaluru Hockey Association 2-0 while CRPF blanked Steel Plant Sports Board 3-0. Kerala Hockey scored the first goal in the 10th minute through KM Arya and defended well to keep out Bengaluru Hockey Associations efforts. In the third quarter, Kerala Hockey produced some fine attacking display again as they extended their lead to two goals as they scored through Anju Shaji in the 40th minute, which saw them secure the win. In the second semi-final, CRPF scored their first goal in the third minute through Siddhi Singh and extended their lead in the second quarter when Priya Rai also found the back of the net in the 21st minute. Steel Plant Sports Board tried to make a comeback into the match in the third quarter but could not be efficient in their attempts. CRPF scored their third goal through Pricilia Tirkey in the 58th minute to wrap up a convincing victory. PTI AT AT
India will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 1st ODI between India and South Africa in Durban on SonyLIV from 4:30 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Match Preview:India shift focus to the limited-overs formats after going down 2-1 in the three-match Test series in South Africa. The two sides will now lock horns in a six-match one day international series starting in Durban on February 1.India, who have won only 5 ODIs in bilateral ties in South Africa in the past, will look to improve their dismal record under Virat Kohli’s leadership.The likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav will add depth to India’s star-studded batting line-up.With only 14 months to go for the 2019 ODI World Cup, India will also look to kick off their preparations in earnest during the series.India have a long limited-overs’ schedule until their next big Test assignment this year.They play six ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals here, a T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka and then three ODIs and three T20Is in England and Ireland, with the 2018 IPL season thrown in, before the five-Test series in England later in August.Such a definitive run of limited-overs’ cricket, especially in overseas conditions in South Africa and England, will allow the Indian team management to round up the squad’s core for the big tournament in 2019 and fix up certain spots which still need some work.advertisementAt the same time, the Men in Blue will be intent on winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series on South African soil.
India registered their first-ever series victory in South Africa with a 73-run win over the Proteas in the fifth ODI of the six-match series at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.India had won the first three ODIs in remarkable fashion but South Africa fought back in the Pink ODI to stay alive in the series. However, a century from Rohit Sharma and a four-wicket haul from Kuldeep Yadav meant India wrapped up the series with still an ODI left to be played.Virat Kohli has managed to do what no other Indian captain could and India have finally won a series on South African shores. Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, India would consider it a good victory, a morale boost and a series that gives them a lot of learn. Dropped catches, shaky fielding at times in the series would give India plenty to think about and work on.ALSO WATCHHaving put up a score of 274/7 in 50 overs, South Africa got off to a solid start with both Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram playing steadily and cautiously. However, Markram looked sort of shaky from the very beginning and Jasprit Bumrah gave India their first breakthrough in 10th over.It was then that Hardik Pandya got into the business. Unable to contribute a single run to India’s total, Pandya scalped two important wickets of JP Duminy and AB de Villiers in quick succession to peg back South Africa.Thereafter, Amla and David Miller got together and started taking on India’s bowling, building up a steady partnership. While Amla looked in absolute control against the spinners, Miller looked hesitant but managed to play them around.advertisementJust as Dhoni screamed at Chahal ‘bas ek wicket ki baat hai’ (it’s just about one wicket), Miller’s hesistancy brought his downfall in the 27th over. Chahal tossed up the ball inviting Miller to come forward. Miller danced down the track and completely missed the low bounce of the ball and it hit the stumps.Amla and Klaasen then stood at the crease battling and keeping the South African hopes alive before Pandya’s direct hit sent Amla back in the hut.Thereafter, Klaasen waged a lone battle as Phehlukwayo departed for a duck and Rabada for 3 off Kuldeep Yadav, who joined the party late but how.The 42nd over was the pick of the lot as Kuldeep tricked Rabada, Klaasen and Shamsi to leave South Africa in tatters.Chahal completed the proceedings picking the final wicket of Morne Morkel as India clinched a historic series win.Earlier, opener Rohit Sharma scored his maiden century on South African soil as India posted 274/7 against the Proteas.Rohit (115) who notched up his 17th ODI century hit 11 boundaries and four sixes in his 126-ball innings. It was also his second ton against South Africa, the first one came in 2015 at Kanpur when he scored 150.The century also helped Rohit become the fourth highest century scorer in ODIs for India, following Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (34) and Sourav Ganguly (22).For South Africa, Lungisani Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 4/51 while Kagiso Rabada picked up a wicket.Asked to bat, openers Shikhar Dhawan (34) and Rohit got India off to a decent start before the former was removed by South African pacer Kagiso Rabada while trying to pull a good bouncer which ended straight into the arms of Andile Phehlukwayo at deep square leg.Rohit, who struggled to score in the previous ODIs started his innings in similar fashion. However, a boundary and a hit over the fence in back-to-back overs set the momentum for the Mumbai batsman, who kept going from there.Later, one-down batsman Virat Kohli (36) played a slow 54-ball innings. He was involved in a 105-run second wicket stand with Rohit before he was ran out by Jean-Paul Duminy.Following the dismissal, Ajinkya Rahane (8) again fell victim to Rohit’s mis-timed call and was ran out by Morne Morkel.However, Rohit continued his flow of runs and brought up his century in the 36th over after he got a lucky escape batting on 96 being dropped by Tabraiz Shamsi.Incoming batsman Shreyas Iyer (30) played a steady innings to keep the flow of runs going. He hit two boundaries in his 37-ball innings and was involved in a 60-run fourth wicket partnership with Rohit.Rohit, who ended his drought of runs was cleaned up pacer Ngidi while trying to play a late cut which was easily taken by the keeper.Incoming batsman, Hardik Pandya (0) was sent back by Ngidi in the very next delivery for a duck, which brought former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on crease.advertisementLater, Iyer, who kept the momentum of runs for India also fell prey to Ngidi in similar fashion.Post the dismissal, Dhoni scored 13 runs while before becoming the fourth scalp to Ngidi while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out) contributed important runs in the lower order.(With inputs from IANS)
India will play Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo on Wednesday and DSport have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the final between India and Bangladesh on JioTV from 7 PM today.As for TV, the match will shown live on DSport, DD Sports and Rishtey Cineplex/HD in English and Hindi respectively.Match Preview:India take on Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. After losing their opening match of the tri-series, India registered comfortable victories in their next three Twenty20 Internationals to reach the final.India and Bangladesh have been bitter rivals over the last few years and another cracker of a contest can be expected when the two sides face-off on Sunday.Bangladesh reached the summit clash with couple of dramatic wins over hosts Sri Lanka.In a tense encounter, Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka on Friday, with Mahmudullah Riyadh rising to the occasion with a winning six. The victory will give the ‘Tigers’ immense confidence going into the final.However, an angry Shakib Al Hasan’s attempt to call the team off the ground and allegedly damaging of the dressing room by Bangladeshi players is a testimony that they still have some way to go as far as composure is concerned.Unlike India’s rivalry with Pakistan and Australia, there isn’t any significant cricketing history attached to India-Bangladesh matches.But since their 2015 World Cup quarter-final defeat in Melbourne where they felt a few umpiring decisions went against them, Bangladesh consider India to be their biggest on-field rivals.advertisementIronically, then also it was a case of Rohit Sharma being caught off a waist high full toss, which was adjudged a no-ball by the umpire. Bangladesh team and fans have not moved on since then.Not to forget a crass advertisement “Mauka Mauka”, which was aired before and during 2015 World Cup, something that Bangladeshi fans still consider as an insult.During the same year, India lost an ODI series in Bangladesh and there were some objectionable photo-shopped billboards of Indian players’ with heads half-shaved, put out across the streets of Dhaka.For an average Bangladeshi fan, Indian cricket team is perceived as a big bully and the jealousy stemming from BCCI’s financial clout, makes them treat every game against ‘Men In Blue’ as a grudge match.Bangladeshi players’ skills don’t match their zeal always but there will be no inches given when the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim or Mahmudullah step onto the field.However in terms of sheer talent, Indian team is a cut above their Bangladeshi counterparts.Man to man, the opening pair of Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan have scored runs across the globe even though Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das are good on their day.Dhawan has scored close to 200 runs in the tournament while skipper Rohit is back in form after an 89 off 61 balls against the same opposition in last group league match.No one among the 22 players have more experience compared to Suresh Raina in the shortest format as Soumya Sarkar is no match for him.Dinesh Karthik and Mushfiqur Rahim are on even keel as far batting is concerned although the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper has shown composure more often in pressure cooker situations.Manish Pandey may not be as experienced as Mahmudullah in international cricket but Pandey’s 10 years of IPL cricket holds him in good stead.In the bowling department, Shardul Thakur has been steady and Washington Sundar’s Powerplay bowling has been India’s biggest gain from this tour.Vijay Shankar has also been impressive but unlucky at times because of the number of catches dropped off his bowling.However the only worry for India will be second specialist seamer. Both Jaydev Unadkat and Mohammed Siraj have proved to be expensive.It will be interesting to see who among the two plays. It can also be that Axar Patel or Deepak Hooda used as additional spin bowling all rounder on a slowish track.Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan,, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Lokesh Rahul, Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda and Mohammed SirajBangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Nazmul Islam, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Ariful Haque, Nurul Hasan, Abu Hider Rony and Abu Jayed.
Dean Elgar flew like ‘Superman’ on Sunday at the New Wanderers in Johannesburg to end a brave-hearted innings from the current Australian captain Tim Paine on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test against South Africa.Paine batted bravely with a fracture on his thumb as scandal-hit Australia showed some much-needed fight.He was eventually dismissed for 62 (96 balls) after spending 164 minutes at the crease when he skied a ball from Kagiso Rabada in the 70th over to end Australia’s innings on 221, handing South Africa a first-innings lead of 267 runs.Paine tried to score some quick runs and came down the track, seeing it, Rabada banged it short. He tried to flat-bat it but got a top edge which went over mid off’s head. Elgar then turned, ran towards the ball, kept his eyes on it and at the very end when he knew he couldn’t get there, put a full-stretched dive and somehow managed to take it with both hands.Exceptional from Dean Elgar to end Australias first innings. #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/fAo10EpUSLWilliam Kedjanyi (@KeejayOV2) April 1, 2018Paine’s fighting innings however, will go in the history books as his knock became the highest score on his debut innings as keeper-captain for Australia.This innings from the Tasmanian showed his grit and determination to do well for his country after a horrible week in South Africa. The skipper had suffered a hairline fracture on his right thumb on Saturday and was in severe pain. He was hit on the hand while standing up to Chadd Sayers’ bowling, as he misread a delivery that edged off Quinton de Kock’s bat. The new Australian captain waited till the end of the over to ask for medical help from Australian team physio David Beakley.advertisementAustralia’s 46th Test captain then agreed to a painkillers before Beakley cleared him to stay on. Beakley and team doctor Richard Saw again went out on the field during the drinks break to check on Paine.Paine’s career had threatened to come to an early end back in 2010, when he had injured that very finger after being struck by a bouncer from Dirk Nannes.Seven injuries later he finally made his return and he doesn’t want the matter to hold him back.Australia need a win to share the series, an outcome that would provide hollow comfort after the chaos that engulfed the team in the wake of their ball-tampering in the third Test in Cape Town and the crisis that followed this week.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have deep mutual respect.Both men are in awe of each other’s batting skills, both men have raised the bar in limited-overs cricket and more importantly they are very good friends.Kohli is the only batsman to average over 50 across all three formats in international cricket while Rohit is the only man to hammer three ODI double hundreds and the only Indian to score two T20I hundreds.Their strong bond and unbelievable skills have worked wonders for Indian cricket.However, on Tuesday when defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium, the two friends will resume an intense rivalry.Mumbai are defending champions and they will be feeling the heat with three straight defeats. RCB, meanwhile, finished at the bottom of the table in 2017 after making it to the title clash in 2016.RCB won only three matches last year and even though these are early days in this edition, they have managed to win only one out of their first three games. Kohli might not show it but surely there must be a few concerns in the dressing-room.Rohit got off to a poor start with the bat and demoted himself from his preferred opening position. Kohli looked scratchy against Kolkata Knight Riders in RCB’s season opener but has gradually started to look his usual self – in fact, on Sunday, he scored his fastest fifty in T20 cricket.Cricket is a team sport but if either of Rohit or Kohli get going, there is no stopping their teams. There are other protagonists for both teams but none bigger than AB de Villiers, who forms the other half of RCB’s batting might. With Kohli, ABD has won Bangalore several matches over the years – together, they were phenomenal in 2016.advertisementBoth teams would look to address their concerns while the season is still young.Nerves could well play a part if it comes to another close match at the Wankhede and RCB are well suited to deal with such anxiety.Both the games held here so far have gone down to the wire and on both occasions MI have had their chances to go across the line and fumbled on the doorstep against Chennai Super Kings in the season opener and then Delhi Daredevils.In between they had also lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first away game of the season, so that the three-time champions led by Rohit Sharma are placed at the bottom of the eight-team table.MI had been in worse situations before recovering poise to become eventual champions.RCB started off on the losing note away from home to Kolkata Knight Riders, brought their campaign on track immediately with a convincing victory over Kings XI Punjab at home and then lost a high-scoring game to Rajasthan Royals at home yesterday.RCB’s bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav who had broken the back of KXIP innings with a three-wicket burst in one over, went for plenty against the Royals who set up the highest total so far of the season, 217, by riding on Sanju Samson’s blistering 45-ball 92 not out.After the pace trio’s profligacy RCB need to set right their bowling woes as MI possess a strong batting line up that threatened to score over 200 in their previous game before the Daredevils bowlers restricted them below that threshold.Barring leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who bowled brilliantly to grab 2 for 22, the other RCB bowlers had an off day against the Royals.(With PTI inputs)
BMW’s M division has stepped up several notches in the performance department with the introduction of its latest sports coupe, M2.Called the M2 Competition, the 2018 model of the rear-wheel-drive coupe replaces the current M2. Pop the hood, and you will find a new version of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine capable of belting out a whopping 410 horses. This same powertrain, incidentally, does the work on the current-gen M3 and M4. The BMW M2 Competition, with the new engine, will now blast off from standstill to 100kmph in 4.2secs, assisted by an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. BMW has also, in view of strengthening CO2 and emission norms, given the M2 a particulate filter.Top speed is restricted to 250kmph. The M2 Competition will now compete against the likes of Porsche Cayman GTS and Audi TT RS. Because of which, the M2 Competition not only receives an injection of extra performance but also gets a number of chassis increments. The M2 Competition gets its power from BMW M’s S55 engine, as found in the M3 and M4. Detuned to produce optimum power for the M2 range, the twin-turbo 3.0-litre unit delivers 410bhp of power and 550Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as today’s M2. Gear ratios are retained and operate alongside an electronic limited-slip Active M Differential, which gives a locking effect to the rear wheels between 0-100 per cent depending on current traction, yaw rate, and steering angle, among various other factors.advertisementThe M2 Competition now looks more aggressive and now addresses the new engine’s requirement for better cooling efficiency. On the front, the bumper has been heavily structured with larger cooling ducts, a redesigned kidney grille, and more advanced highlights with an adaptive LED function as standard.
New Delhi, Jun 2 (PTI) Left with bitter experience after Saina Nehwal’s pull-out threat during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has decided to strictly follow “no accreditation policy” for the parents of sportspersons during the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. In Gold Coast, Saina’s father Harvir Nehwal initially didn’t get accreditation to stay inside the Games Village leading to the Olympic bronze medallist threatening to pull out. The IOA had then arranged for Nehwal senior’s accreditation and Saina went onto play a pivotal role in winning gold in team event as well as women’s singles. “There is no policy to give accreditation to parents of the players. We made an exception in Gold Coast as the athlete in question (without taking Saina’s name) said she won’t play,” IOA secretary general Rajeev mehta told mediapersons. “We gave her parent a ‘P’ type accreditation as there were officials who were not travelling, which allowed us to make an exception. But no parents of athletes will get an accreditation from IOA for Asian Games,” Mehta added. However, if a particular National Sports Federation (NSF) includes a parent or a spouse or a relative in the support staff, IOA will not be in a position to raise an objection. “The convention is 25 percent of the squad will have officials/support staff. For example if any particular squad comprise 12 members, then three will be officials (coach, manager). Now if an NSF induct any parent/spouse/relative as official, then we can’t object,” Mehta said. PTI KHS ATATadvertisement
Having landed at Chandigarh after a long time, BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday tried to set free the Akali Dal-BJP alliance from bitterness which caught both the partners after their Punjab Assembly election debacle.The leaders of both the parties were maintaining an arm’s distance from each other after their loss. Cracks between the two appeared wider as the leaders differed on various issues including the appointment of the chairman and members of minorities commission.Akali leaders were also not happy with the Centre for the way it handled its demand to keep the community kitchen (Langar) of Golden Temple complex out of the GST ambit.Though the Centre waived off GST from the Harmandir Sahib’s langar but it was too late and only after Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal threatened to quit.However, the result of Amit Shah and Parkash Singh Badal meet was visible when SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said the relationship between Akali Dal and BJP was intact as it was time tested. He also claimed that the alliance will continue in future as well.”Both the leaders discussed the strategy to win 2919 Lok Sabha elections. The meeting was fruitful. So far, as the relations between BJP and Akali Dal are concerned it is healthy and will continue in future as well,” Sukhbir Singh Badalsaid.Shah’s visit to Prakash Singh Badal also brought the Akalis and BJP leaders under one roof. They were seen outside Badal’s residence where both the leaders were having a close door meet.advertisementMeanwhile, Amit Shah also met BJP leaders and workers separately in party’s Punjab and Chandigarh unit offices. He also met prominent Chandigarh personalities including veteran athlete Milkha Singh and hockey Olympian Balbir Singh.Milkha Singh was all praise for PM Modi and said he liked the way he was maintaining cordial relations with the foreign countries. He requested Amit Shah to promote sports.”I am a sportsperson, therefore, I cannot favour a particular party. But I like the policies of Modi government. I also like efforts being made by him to strengthen ties between various countries,” Milkha Singh said.ALSO READ | Amit Shah meets Ratan Tata, Madhuri, Uddhav Thackeray for BJP’s outreach programmeALSO READ | Back to drawing board? Shah meets Maha BJP committee after meeting UddhavALSO READ | Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray, meeting lasts for 2 hoursWATCH | Will BJP build its own grand alliance to take on Opposition?