Indian Premier League IPL 2018, KXIP vs KKR: Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with eye on play-offs spot

first_imgNew Delhi: The current season of Indian Premier League is turning out to be a blockbuster affair for all the cricket lovers.  The eight teams are leaving no stone unturned to secure a place in the playoffs of the cash-rich league.Kings XI Punjab will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday in game number 44 of IPL 2018. While KXIP have won six of their ten matches, KKR have secured victory in five out of eleven matches. Both the teams have lost momentum in their last few matches and will look forward to learning from their mistakes.Punjab have lost three of last four matches despite building up momentum. The Ravichandran Ashwin led team suffered a defeat at hands of Rajasthan Royals by 15 runs in their previous encounter in Jaipur.KXIP need to stop experimenting with their batting order because sending Ashwin higher hasn’t reaped rewards. KL Rahul (471 runs in 10 matches) has been firing from all the corners but the other batsmen are yet to contribute to the team.KKR have some major concerns when it comes to their bowling attack. The Dinesh Kartik led team lost their last match against Mumbai Indians by a staggering 102 runs. The bowlers conceded more than 200 runs twice in this season of IPL.The fast powers are yet to decimate the opposition team’s batsmen and have given runs at an average of 10.50 runs per over. Andre Russell’s fitness remains a serious matter of concern for Dinesh KartikBoth the teams have set their eyes on securing a berth in the playoffs and need to win this crucial encounter. What statistics have to say? Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders have played a total of 22 matches in Indian Premier League. KXIP have won eight matches while KKR staged a win in 14 matches.The last time the two teams met, Punjab walked away with a win at Eden Gardens in a rain-affected match. Teams Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Ankit Rajpoot, Axar Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Dagar.Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi,  Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R., Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Volleyball sees improvement despite loss to Ohio

first_imgWith eight new players on its roster, the Wisconsin volleyball team could view its performance in the InnTowner Invitational as a success. Despite losing to the Ohio Bobcats in four sets Sunday, the Badgers showed signs of improvement throughout the tournament.After getting swept by Duke in their first match of the weekend, the Badgers returned the favor to visiting South Dakota the following day. In the tournament finale, UW took on the Ohio Bobcats, who had swept Duke only a day earlier.In the first set against the Bobcats, junior Allison Wack and freshman Kirby Toon led the Badgers with four and three kills, respectively. After battling back and forth to an 18-18 tie, the Badgers pulled away, taking the set, 25-19.“I think we were just playing steady ball; we kept our composure,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “We had really good matchups with the block.”While Ohio was able to hold off UW over the next three sets, Waite saw a great improvement over the games earlier in the weekend.“I wish we could have come out and gotten that second and third game,” Waite said. “But overall, we saw a lot of good things, a lot of progress over the weekend. Our middles improved every match. Our middles today did great, and it is our testament to them, going to them so much. It also shows that our ball handlers are doing their jobs well and improved a ton from last year.”After dominating the second set, the Bobcats looked poised to take their second set when they took a 22-15 lead in the third. However, the Badgers battled back to tie the set at 25-25, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Ohio, who won the set 29-27.“We had a shot at it and wished we would have had that one,” Waite said. “But we had a chance (in set) four and would have (had a chance) at five. That is something we need to be better at and be tougher about at that point.”In the fourth set, the Badgers were unable to slow down the Bobcats, who were helped by a match-high 19 kills from senior and tournament MVP Ellen Herman. After several competitive rallies, Ohio pulled away to take the final set, 25-21.While a win would have been ideal for the Badgers, the tournament did provide a much-needed source of competition unseen in practice. Aside from undergoing a team makeover, UW also changed its offensive scheme from a 6-2 to a 5-1, with only one passer — Janelle Gabrielsen — to set up her teammates.“I have been working really hard on running the 5-1 since last year,” Gabrielsen said. “It actually feels good because I feel like I’m improving every day and the team is improving every day.”Gabrielsen, who was awarded all-tournament honors, finished the match with 38 assists, while Toon and Wack led the Badgers with 9 and 16 kills, respectively. Toon, a freshman, noted just how important the tournament was to the team, despite not performing as well as it would have liked.“I think that now that we’ve played someone other than ourselves we have gotten to know how everyone plays and have gotten really comfortable with each other.”For Waite, coaching a team with eight new players is a first in his 21-year coaching career. However, keeping in mind his goal of improving every day, he saw the tournament as a step in the right direction.“I think a weekend like this helps them start the next week with even more determination to work hard in every aspect of their games individually and as a team,” Waite said. “Our goal is to keep getting better each week.”last_img read more

MOYS pledge to settle Kwesi Appiah’s salary arrears

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports have stated that they will settle the salary arrears of former Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah.This comes after they admitted that they are the body responsible for paying the monies and not the Ghana Football Association.The Ministry pays his salary not the FA.What this means is that the Ministry is the supervisory body of football and for that matter sports in general.But the FA are the employers of the coach.They recommend him to the Ministry to be paid.Why Kwesi Appiah is on the neck of the GFA is because he signed a contract with the GFA and not the Ministry.Whatever happens we have accepted that we will pay.” revealed aide to the Sports Minister Kofi Asare Brako.Appiah had accused the Ghana Football Association of disrespect after going without his salary for 5 months as  well as unpaid bonus for one match bringing the total amount to 185,000 USD.The FA in response to his claims clearly stated that the responsibility of paying the coach did not rest with them.Despite declaring the intent to pay Appiah, the Ministry of Youth and Sports did not give any timelines as to when these payments would be made.last_img read more