Cricket News IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders aim to match Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings dominance

first_img New Delhi: From a rough start in the first three editions of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders are now the top teams in this competition. Under Gautam Gambhir, they registered a renaissance in their fortunes and they hit jackpot in 2012 when they won the title defeating the Chennai Super Kings in their own turf at Chepauk. More glory followed in 2014 with a win over Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore but since then, they have made it to the play-offs only to lose key moments and crash out in either the qualifier or in the eliminator. The side will have a new captain in Dinesh Karthik and he will be determined to put up a good show in this competition in order to enhance his chances of playing in the Indian cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The squad has a settled look and with match-winners like Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in the squad, the side are not short of power hitters. The injuries to Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have thinned the bowling line-up but they have back-up in Sandeep Warrier, the Kerala pacer who was in great form in the domestic season and KC Cariappa, the mystery spinner. With the addition of Lockie Ferguson in the side, the pace department is also sorted. Carlos Brathwaite, who became ‘remember the name’ for hitting four sixes to help West Indies win the World T20 in 2016 against England at the Eden Gardens will be the star attraction in the side. highlights KKR won the IPL title in 2012 and 2014.Dinesh Karthik is the captain of the KKR side.Carlos Brathwaite, the West Indies T20 skipper, is in the KKR squad. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. For 2019, the blueprint for KKR will be simple. Karthik’s side will be hoping to avoid buckling under pressure in the play-offs while they will be wanting to win more consistently against the Mumbai Indians, having won just five out of 21 encounters against them.Kolkata Knight Riders squadJoe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Nikhil Naik (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Anrich Nortje, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, KC Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Sandeep WarrierKolkata Knight Riders back room staffHead coach: Jacques KallisAssistant coach: Simon KatichMentor: Abhishek NayarFast bowling coach: Omkar SalviSpin bowling coach: Carl CrowePhysiotherapist: Andrew LeipusPhysical trainer: Adrian Le RouxData and video analyst: AR SrikkanthIndian players to watch outDinesh Karthik: A lot will be riding on Karthik in this edition of the IPL. A great performance could see him pip Rishabh Pant for the back-up keeper’s slot for the 2019 World Cup while his position as a leader boosts his chances in the long run.Nitish Rana: The youngster has made good progress for Delhi in the domestic circuit, getting elevation as the captain of the side in 2018 in the Ranji Trophy. A solid performance for Mumbai Indians in the 2017 IPL and another solid show could keep him in the hunt for a spot in the Indian cricket team after the end of the World Cup.International players to watch outLockie Ferguson: He bowls in excess of 145 kmph. He is accurate and he could be New Zealand’s trump card in the World Cup. Ferguson will enjoy himself on the Eden wickets which have helped pacers in the past.Carlos Brathwaite: He is the ultimate power-hitter, known for hitting more sixes than boundaries. Brathwaite will be hoping to give KKR the finishing boost and his smart bowling will be of great importance to the side in the middle overs.Past record2008: 6th2009: Last2010: 6th2011: 4th (Eliminator)2012: Champions2013: 7th2014: Champions2015: 5th2016: 4th (Eliminator)2017: 3rd (2nd qualifier)2018: 3rd (2nd qualifier)last_img read more

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Clippers head into NBA Draft without a pick

first_imgOne focus of the Clippers will be re-signing free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, who can command a max contract of five years with the Clippers while other teams can offer him only four.Contracts to free agents can officially be tendered beginning July 1. Stephenson recalls phone callStephenson had a forgettable 2014-15, his only season with the Charlotte Hornets after four seasons with the Indiana Pacers. He recalled his reaction when he found out he had been traded to the Clippers.“When I got the phone call, I was working out and they said, ‘You’re going to be with the Clippers,’” he said. “I just started yelling, like, ‘Yeah, I’m happy.’ And I’m just ready for a great season.”Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 2013-14, his final season with Indiana. He started all 78 games in which he played.He averaged 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in Charlotte. He started just 25 of 61 games. “Well, we need to add players,” Rivers said. “Obviously, we just gave two for one, so that means one more. We still have a lot of work to do. I don’t want to say what positions, I think it’s pretty easy to figure out. But we’re going to look for the best players. We don’t really case about the position as much as others.“We feel like we have to get deeper, we have to get more athletic, we have to add toughness, we have to be a better defensive team. Offensively, we were not broke last year. Defensively, we were in the middle of the pack, even though in the second half we were really good. But we want to be a consistent defensive rebounding team that can score.”Rivers intimated the moves he might make this summer could be many.“You bring in as much talent as you can get, and then you figure it out,” he said. “That’s basically how it works. And we will be able to do that.”Since Rivers has not committed to starting Stephenson in Barnes’ small forward spot — he could use him off the bench at the guard, point guard and small forward positions — adding someone to replace Barnes could be a priority. Unless the Los Angeles Clippers make a move before Thursday afternoon, they could be the only team in the NBA without a pick when the draft commences at 4 p.m. from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.When the Clippers signed Doc Rivers to be their coach before the 2013-14 season, they had to give up this year’s first-round draft pick to the Boston Celtics. Their second-round pick belongs to the Denver Nuggets for a 2009 deal made for center Cheikh Samb along with cash considerations. Samb is no longer in the league.That said, a league source told this newspaper it’s possible the Clippers could make a last-minute deal that would bring them a second-round pick.Even if that doesn’t happen, Rivers made it perfectly clear last week when he introduced Lance Stephenson — acquired June 15 in a trade for Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes — that his team still has a lot to do to get its roster where he wants.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Zamalek claw back into CAF Confederation Cup title race

first_img0Shares0000African giants Zamalek of Egypt got back into contention for the CAF Confederation Cup title with a 1-0 win at Petro Atletico of Angola Sunday. © AFP / Yasuyoshi CHIBAJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 3 – African giants Zamalek of Egypt clawed back into the CAF Confederation Cup title race Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Petro Atletico of Angola.Desperate for three points after a poor start in Group D, the Cairo White Knights achieved their objective thanks to Moroccan striker Hamid Ahaddad. He netted after 27 minutes at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda to lift Zamalek from the bottom of the table to second place, one point behind leaders Gor Mahia of Kenya.Gor, who have won away only once since 2009 in Africa, face NA Hussein Dey of Algeria in Algiers later Sunday.Zamalek are the joint third most successful club in CAF competitions with nine titles, including five CAF Champions League triumphs.But they have not lifted an African trophy since 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the CAF Super Cup match.They were rated among the favourites to win the Confederation Cup, especially after slamming seven goals past ASCOT of Chad in the first leg of a qualifier.But Zamalek struggled in the group phase, conceding four goals when losing at Gor, then only drawing at home against Hussein and Petro.Having dropped seven points in three outings, victory in Angola became paramount if the Egyptian outfit were to have a realistic chance of a top-two finish and a last-eight place.They are away again next Sunday, at Hussein, and complete a six-match schedule by hosting Gor on March 17.Zambian clubs Nkana and Zesco United fared badly in Group C, conceding three goals each in away defeats that left them third and fourth in the standings.– Crumbled –Overnight leaders Nkana trailed after only four minutes in Kumasi and crumbled 3-0 to nine-time CAF competition finalists Asante Kotoko of Ghana.Fatawu Satiu sowed the seeds of destruction with the early goal and Emmanuel Gyamfi and Martin Antwi netted within four minutes midway through the opening half.Kotoko eased the pressure after half-time, mindful that they must host new table-toppers Al Hilal of Sudan and visit Zesco by mid March.Hilal took advantage of sloppy goalkeeping by Zesco captain Jacob Banda en route to a 3-1 win in the 33 degree celsius (92 fahrenheit) heat of Omdurman.Mohamed Eldai and Waleed Hamid, with his third goal of the Confederation Cup campaign, gave the Sudanese a two-goal advantage that was halved by Lazarous Kambole before half-time.But Banda allowed a long-range shot from Hilal captain Abdellatif Saeed bounce in front of him and fly into the corner of the net on 65 minutes.Hilal have seven points, Kotoko and Nkana six each and Zesco, seeded to win the group, just four with two rounds remaining.Salitas of Burkina Faso failed to score for the fourth consecutive Group B match when held 0-0 at home by record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.Another Tunisian challenger, Etoile Sahel, have seven points, Sfaxien six, Enugu Rangers of Nigeria four and Salitas three.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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TOP BROADCASTER BRANDS DONEGAL’S INTERVIEW ON LATE LATE A “DISGRACE”

first_imgThe controversy surrounding the Donegal team’s brief appearance on RTE’s Late Late Show has been reignited by one of Ireland’s top broadcasters.Well-known and hugely respected former UTV sports commentator Adrian Logan has branded the interview a disgrace.Logan, affectionately known as Logie, tweeted that RTE should forget about interviewing All-Ireland champions if this was the best they could do. He tweeted “Ryan Tubridy’s so-called interview with Donegal was a disgrace. If that’s the best he and RTE can do then forget about it.”Many of Donegal’s army of fans are outraged after their team’s very brief appearance on RTE’s Late Late Show.The team made the 300 mile round-trip on Friday for the show but were only given a little more than four minutes of television time by host Ryan Tubridy.The RTE appearance came after the team had completed a marathon four day bus journey across Donegal visiting most of its towns and village with the Sam Maguire Cup. Captain Michael Murphy and manager Jim McGuinness were interviewed on the floor of the RTE studio with the entire team behind them.However this compares to a full fourteen minute sit-down interview with last year’s champions Dublin.Fans have jammed social media sites complaining about the Donegal side’s treatment.While none of the Donegal team or management have expressed an opinion on the rapid appearance, many of their fans are annoyed.  TOP BROADCASTER BRANDS DONEGAL’S INTERVIEW ON LATE LATE A “DISGRACE” was last modified: September 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Adrian LogandonegalLate Late ShowRTERyan TubridyUTVlast_img read more

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