For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: India captain Virat Kohli batted with a lower back pain in the second Test against England but is confident of regaining full fitness ahead of the next game starting at Nottingham on August 18. India lost the second Test by an innings and 159 runs on day four at Lord’s.Kohli could score just 17 from 29 deliveries before becoming Stuart Board’s victim in the second innings which folded for 130 in 47 overs.“It is a lower back issue, coming up again and again, purely because of the workload and the number of matches I have been playing,” Kohli said when asked if he batted with an injury which affected his movement on the crease.“It’s five days to go. I am confident I will be fine in five days’ time with a bit of rehabilitation. I should be okay,” he said.Indian batsmen capitulated once again and they were all at sea against the moving ball. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the Indian batsmen, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).“I am not very proud of the way we played to be honest. It is first time in the last five Test matches we’ve been outplayed. But credit to England, they were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. And we deserved to lose,” he said. Asked if the conditions had favoured the opposition, Kohli said, “We can’t really think about those things. You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. “We will not sit around and say that we didn’t have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball. Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable,” he added.Asked if inclusion of an extra seamer would have been better, he said, “Yeah looking back, I think we got the combination a bit off.”Winning team captain Joe Root praised his bowlers.“Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions to the batsman,” Root said. Also Read | England vs India 1st Test: Virat Kohli and co suffer heartbreaking defeat in series opener“To get that far in front, it is testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes. I am really pleased for Woaksey (Chris). When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve.”Asked about the remaining three matches, Root said, “We are in a really good position to be in at the moment. But we have got to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted. “Obviously, we have another day now to rest and recover, get our heads around what we’ve done this week. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, it is a lot of hard work. Lot of fellas that weren’t getting headlines, but you’ve got to pull together as a team. It’s a great team performance,” he added.
Raymond O’Meara was at the match for Tipp FM Sport.Elsewhere, Cashel were up against City of Derry in Spafield and managed to secure a four try bonus point. It finished Cashel 25 City of Derry 3.Cashel stay in fifth place in the overall league standings but are level on points with fourth place Banbridge. Peter Silk was at the game for Tipp FM Sport. Munster’s aspirations of retaining top spot in the Guinness Pro12 took a hit today as they fell to defeat against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.The final score was 26 points to 12 in favour of the Welsh outfit and Munster captain Denis Hurley said that discipline killed his side’s chances. Nenagh Ormond have secured a bonus point win over Skerries this afternoon. The full-time score was Nenagh Ormond 33 Skerries 5.The North Tipp club move up to tenth in the overall league standings after today’s emphatic win.
GOV’S CUP 1ST LEGThe first leg (Futures 4) of the 2017 edition of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship began yesterday with shocking result as Number One seed in the men’s singles, Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun failed to make it to the next round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) pro circuit competition going on at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.Maamoun, who is ranked 236, a regular face in Lagos in the last few years, crashed out of the first leg of the Governor’s Cup as he succumbed to the fire power of the Dutch star, Stephan Fransen, who is ranked 1212 in two straight sets of 6-2, 6-2 that lasted more than one hour on Court 3. Though the Egyptian player may bounce back in the second leg (Futures 5), he will have to raise his game in the doubles event if he wants to make any impact in the first leg of the competition.In other results, playing on Court 1, Nigerian Imeh Joseph could not continue his game against Serbian Ilija Vucic as he retired midway in the match. He lost the first set 1-6.In the Doubles event, Nigeria’s Abdulmumuni Babalola and Clifford Enosoregbe lost to Johan Sebatien Tatlot and Andrew Watson of France and Great Britain respectively in 0-6, 3-6 game.Meanwhile, tickets for the Governorâ€™s Cup are available on the platforms of Ariya Tickets and Naija Tickets Shop. The tickets come in different categories. While Category 1 regular ticket goes for N1,500 each, the VIP category goes for N5,000 each. The tickets bought last for the two weeks event. The tickets can also be purchased at the venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram