Michigan Sprint Cup Series qualifying order

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ICC World Cup India seek answers to middle-order conundrum ahead of semi-final clash

first_imgNew Delhi: A wobbly middle order has been a cause of concern despite the winning run and India would be desperate for the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to find some form ahead of the semifinal when they take on Sri Lanka in their last preliminary World Cup clash here Saturday.Already assured of the second spot and a last-four spot, a win against Sri Lanka can take Virat Kohli’s men to the top of the points table provided Australia lose their final game against the already ousted South Africa. So they might have a lot to play for as a pole position and a possible semi-final against a New Zealand team on a downward spiral will be more welcoming than facing a dangerous England which is on an upswing.The middle-order puzzle has remained unsolved and it has increasingly looked that Indian team management has been heavily dependent on Plan A, which is success from their top-order. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, with 544 runs that include record-equalling four tons, has been the stand-out player and skipper Virat Kohli, with five half-centuries and 400 plus aggregate, has also had a good World Cup but perhaps not exceptional by his standards.In this backdrop, there cannot be a better opposition than Sri Lanka for Dhoni to check his bat swing at the death overs when Lasith Malinga will be firing in at the block-hole or bowl his variation of slower deliveries. Sri Lankan off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva has been pretty economical, going at sub-5 rate in the matches that he has played. If Dhoni gets to play more balls during the middle overs against De Silva and score some runs, it will only boost his confidence.In all the matches so far, Dhoni has managed only 47 runs in 81 balls against the spinners, his widely accepted weakness against the slower bowlers during middle overs coming to the fore. Dimuth Karunaratne may fancy using his left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana knowing Dhoni’s problems against slow left-arm orthodox bowlers.No one more than captain Kohli will like his “guiding light” to succeed as his role will be immense should India remain in the competition for the final next Sunday. But the Sri Lanka game is also one such encounter where Indians can breathe a bit easy and check out some other combinations, including giving the fiery Ravindra Jadeja, some game time ahead of the last four clash.Jadeja is the only player, apart from the the just joined Mayank Agarwal, who hasn’t yet got a game but it is unlikely to happen considering there are too many left-handers in the Lankan line-up.However, this could prompt Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri to bring back Kedar Jadhav in the middle-order for his off-breaks. But that could be a bit unfair on Dinesh Karthik, who didn’t get to face too many balls against Bangladesh in their last game.Kohli till now hasn’t shown any inclination of pushing Dhoni up the order beyond number five. And it could turn out to be an interesting ploy if the former captain bats at number four, while the power hitters like Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya play their natural game down the order.Vijay Shankar’s replacement Mayank is already here but his best friend KL Rahul, with a couple fifties, has ensured his place at the top of the order alongside Rohit, who would would be gunning for a fifth World Cup hundred.Rohit has scored two ODI double hundreds against this attack and it will be imtimidating for the likes of Isuru Udana. They will bank on Malinga’s intelligence gathered from the Mumbai Indians dressing room to break the ‘hitman code’.India’s fast bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah (14) and well supported by Mohammed Shami (14 wickets), would have ideally liked some rest before semi-finals. But with the top position on the points charts in line, Kohli may just be tempted to go with at least one of them if not both.(Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Is your club in the Market to ‘go green’?

first_img Bob Roberts couldn’t have known that a simple objection to plastic bottles being handed out at a seniors’ event in 2018 would lead to a major environmental award for Market Harborough Golf Club.However, that’s exactly what happened last week when former senior captain Roberts and greenkeeper Chris Weir collected the Home Unions Award at the Golf Environment Awards (GEA) ceremony in Harrogate.Now Roberts hopes that his club’s example can be followed by others in Leicestershire and Rutland  – and beyond.From that initial objection to plastic water bottles,  Roberts encouraged others within the club to take more of an interest in their local environment.A steering group was formed, the club committee bought into the action plan, Roberts was able to download an environmental policy template from the England Golf website and the results have been transformational.An ecological and environmental  project was created for 2019 focusing on wildlife and bio-diversity, waste and recycling and education and training.For 2020, Roberts is in the process of organising a forum for 27 clubs in the county all looking to piggyback on Market Harborough’s simple but effective ideas.Market Harborough has already forged strong links with the Wildlife Trust and will  encourage children from the local primary schools to get involved in environmental activities based around the golf club.Roberts is thrilled at how a simple observation about plastic bottles at a committee meeting has developed into a sustainability project at his club.“Year one was all about focusing on three strands,” said Roberts (pictured centre below).“We were able to encourage wildlife through the simple set up of bird boxes, we could easily improve our waste and recycling policy and we were able to reach out to staff, members and the local community with plans for education and training.“Golf clubs can too often operate outside the local community, but we want to be at the heart of ours.“In 2020 we intend to launch a programme with the local primary schools. The children can come in, learn about the environment around the club and then get out to hit a few shots.“There’s an idea to let the children plant saplings on the course this year.“I’ve spoken with the Wildlife Trust and they are promoting the concept of national recovery networks.“It struck me that there are 30 nature reserves in Leicestershire and Rutland but if we get 27 golf clubs at a forum and they form their own environment policies, we are potentially looking at making a huge contribution to the Wildlife Trust’s national aim.”Market Harborough were not the only English winners at last week’s ceremony.Warrington Golf Club won the award as Environmental Golf Course of the Year for a series of innovative projects.Neil Sherman from Ipswich Golf Club in Purdis Heath was honoured as Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year 2020 for his work in restoring the heathland characteristics of his course.Find out more about becoming a greener club with our environmental management advice Tags: Environment, leicestershire, Market Harborough 29 Jan 2020 Is your club in the Market to ‘go green’? last_img read more