Pollard upstaged in Strikers win

first_imgADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):Chris Jordan outshone West Indies star Kieron Pollard as Adelaide Strikers won for only the second time in five outings with a five-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League here yesterday.Sent in, Hobart managed 161 for eight off their 20 overs at Adelaide Oval, with number seven Beau Webster hammering an unbeaten 67 off 43 deliveries and Jonathan Wells getting 55 from 37 balls.The pair dug Hobart out of a hole at 30 for five in the sixth over, putting on an invaluable 89 for the sixth wicket.Jordan, the Barbados-born England all-rounder, bowled superbly to claim three for 24 from his four overs.In reply, Adelaide got home in the penultimate over with left-handed opener Ben Dunk top-scoring with an unbeaten 79 from 49 balls.He added 69 for the third wicket with Brad Hodge who made 30 and then partnered with Jordan in an unbroken 31-run, sixth wicket stand to see Adelaide to victory.Jordan struck 15 not out off 14 balls with a single six.However, Pollard’s struggles with the bat continued as he made just 15 off seven balls with three fours before falling lbw to seamer Daniel Christian in the 14th over.The 29-year-old has scored just 60 runs in five innings during the tournament.With the win, Strikers climbed into sixth spot in the eight-team standings on four points while Hobart remained fifth on four points.last_img read more

Facebook Fund REV Graduation Day: Backlight, Thread and More

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web dana oshiro After a summer of hard work, Facebook’s 24 fbFund REV incubator companies presented their products to a room full of investors, entrepreneurs and journalists. Created by Accel Partners and Founders Fund, the fbFund REV program is meant to foster innovation and test the boundaries of app development on the Facebook platform. The groups have certainly come a long way from concept to creation, below are just a few of our favorites:Backlight: Backlight is a community that allows members to share inspirational digital assets from across the web. The community puts art into context by illuminating upon it with a background narrative. Backlight offers a StumbleUpon-style bookmarklet, Facebook Connect integration through page updates and notes, and the group plans on developing a point-based credit system entitled “social currency.”Thread: Thread is a tool that allows Facebook friends to leverage their social graphs and make romantic connections. Formerly Frinto, the company recently raised $1.2 million dollars from Sequoia Capital. It is perhaps best described as Linkedin for dating as friends search each others contacts and request introductions. GeckoGo: GeckoGo is a tool that leverages Facebook data and pushes it back to sites like Expedia and Voyij. Users add their travel information to maps and travel wish lists, receive a snapshot of their destinations as well as a quick look at their friends who’ve also traveled to these locations. FriendRadio: FriendRadio is a Facebook application that allows users to rank and listen to their friends’ music playlists. The tool lets you set favorites, vote on tracks and even assigns music matching scores – a music compatibility rank for your friends. The group is exploring revenue strategies including “song gifting” and the artist-to-fan appreciation model popularized by sites like Bandcamp and Topspin Media. RentMineOnline: RentMineOnline is a resident referral program that offers property managers a chance to leverage social networks to secure better tenants. Managers create campaigns and pass the info on to their favorite residents. From here, residents distribute rental openings to their friends via Facebook Connect. Given the nature of the Facebook platform, social startup presentations were no surprise; however, this year, the fund chose to work with 2 nonprofit organizations – Samasource and Vittana. Interestingly enough, both companies work to help individuals in developing countries. Vittana: Vittana is best described as Kiva for student loans. While financial aid programs are well established in countries like Canada and the US, few programs exist for education in the developing world. Vittana offers 6-24 month student loans to students interested in pursuing advanced education. The project hopes to raise $650,000 in philanthropic venture donations. The majority of loans are awarded to vocational students and amounts range between $500 – $1500. Loan recipients are screened by on-the-ground microloan organizations and preference is given to students who are the children of microloan recipients. Visit Vittana for more information. Samasource: In Sanskrit, Samasource means “equal”. The company works with men and women in developing countries to provide work-related activities via the internet. Similar to Mechanical Turk, Samasource connects corporations, nonprofit organizations and small businesses to complete “microwork” tasks. The group launched App Test early this morning before the fbFundREV demo. Available at Apps.Facebook/Samasource, the product allows Facebook application developers to outsource their QA testing to those in need. The company has helped more than 500 individuals in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana and Pakistan. To find out more about this program, visit Samasource. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

India vs England: 5 things to know about 3rd Test at Southampton

first_imgTeam India lead 1-0 against England in the five-match Test seriesAfter England’s last-day batting collapse against India in the second test at Lord’s, the pressure and scrutiny on captain Alastair Cook seems to be reaching its peak.England slumped from 198-5 to 225 all out as India won its first test away from home in three years, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-test series. The squads drew the first test at Trent Bridge.Here are five things to know for the third test at the Rose Bowl, starting Sunday:COOK’S WOES: England’s captain is without a century in 14 months and his team has lost seven of its last nine tests. Immediately after England’s collapse against India, Cook said this run of poor form has been his “darkest time” as an England cricketer. He refused to step down as skipper after the embarrassing 95-run loss at Lord’s, though, saying he wants to “stay until my position becomes untenable.” One glimmer of hope for the opening batsmen is that while he only made 10 and 22 in each of his innings at Lord’s, his footwork was noticeably better and he hit the ball much straighter.LINEUP CHANGE: England made just one change to its 13-man squad for the third test, with the uncapped Jos Buttler in for injured wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Prior announced after the loss to India he was taking an indefinite break from the game to regain his fitness after struggling with Achilles, thigh and hand injuries. This paved the way for Buttler, England’s one day keeper, to enter the test team. Buttler, an aggressive batsman when not behind the stumps, says he will not be intimidated by making his debut for a team under intense pressure to end its winless streak.advertisement”I’m an England fan, as well, but I’m not coming in expecting to be the one person who can fix English cricket,” Buttler said Tuesday. “I’m coming in determined to be authentic, to be myself and to enjoy the occasion helping England.”VETERAN LEADERSHIP: After a 1-0 series defeat to Sri Lanka in June and two underwhelming performances against India, England coach Peter Moores is also under scrutiny, just four months after taking the job for the second time. At Lord’s, he said the form of his veteran players was a major concern. In addition to the struggles of Prior and Cook, Ian Bell only managed 42 runs overall against India and bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad couldn’t stop India from batting through day one at Lord’s.”They will be desperate to make a big contribution going forward,” Moores said. “The senior players have got to look at their own games and decide how they can come back and play to the level needed to be in a successful England team.”JADEJA vs ANDERSON: The fallout continues after the confrontation between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson as they left the field for lunch on day two of the first test at Trent Bridge. Anderson faces a hearing on Aug. 1 for allegedly pushing and abusing Jadeja, which could lead to him being banned for up to four test matches. The Indian allrounder, meanwhile, was fined 50 percent of his match fee on Friday for his part in the incident.The acrimony between the two has made for a riveting duel on the pitch. In the second test at Lord’s, Anderson was caught out trying to reverse-sweep Jadeja in England’s first innings. Jadeja then blasted 68 from 57 balls in a game-changing knock in India’s second innings before running Anderson out with a direct hit to win the test match.KUMAR’S PLAY: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a revelation for India with both the bat and ball in the series. He managed figures of 5-82 on a lifeless Trent Bridge wicket, and followed it up with a career best 6-82 in England’s first innings at Lord’s. With the bat, he has made 209 runs from ninth in the order, including three half centuries. He did not win man of the match in either test, but has arguably been the player of the series so far.last_img read more

Naman Ojha to lead Board President’s XI against Sri Lanka in warm-up tie

first_imgMadhya Pradesh wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha will lead a third string Board Presidents XI squad against Sri Lanka in a two-day warm-up tie, scheduled to be played in Kolkata from November 11.The 13-member squad primarily comprises of players from four states — Hyderabad, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab as these are the teams, which wont feature during the fifth round of the Ranji Trophy.India A and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid has made it clear that Ranji Trophy is sacrosanct and players should be playing for their state teams.The same pattern was followed recently when the national selectors named two India A squads for series against New Zealand A, so as the players do not have to skip Ranji games.Board President XI for 2-day warm-up tie against Sri Lanka. The game will be played from the 11-12th of November in Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/FVIujnWPP5- BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2017The squad includes out-of-favour Kerala batsman Sanju Samson as well. Punjab opener Jiwanjot Singh too finds a place in the team. He recently led Punjab in their opening encounter of Ranji Trophy against Himachal Pradesh in absence of captain Harbhajan Singh and vice-captain Yuvraj Singh.Selectors also decided to give a chance to Punjab batsman Abhishek Gupta, who scored a double century in his first-class debut in the season opener against Himachal Pradesh.B Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal and Rohan Prem are the other members in the batting department.The pace department consists of Hyderabads left-arm pacer Chama Milind, Sandeep Warrier from Kerala and Avesh Khan from Madhya Pradesh. Avesh has been part of Board Presidents XI set-up during the warm-up games against New Zealand and Australia.advertisementMP all-rounder Jalaj Saxena, who now plays for Kerala, will lead the spin department, assisted by Hyderabads leg- spinner Akash Bhandari.Squad: Naman Ojha (C)(WK), Sanju Samson, Jiwanjot Singh, B Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Prem, Akash Bhandari, Jalaj Saxena, Chama Milind, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Ravi Kiran.last_img read more

Fantasy: World Cup sleeper XI

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Cavani leads the line of World Cup sleepers Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 17:49 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cavani Suarez Uruguay v Peru Eliminatorias WC Qualifying South America 2018 29032016 Getty Images Gaming World Cup Portugal v Spain France v Australia Croatia v Nigeria Sweden v South Korea Belgium v Panama Tunisia v England South Korea Croatia Sweden Tunisia Panama Spain Portugal France Australia Nigeria Belgium England Olivier Giroud Our Fantasy writer bypasses the superstars heading to Russia and looks at eleven of the best values in the Goal game including Cavani, Son, and more There are a lot of high profile stars that will be heading to Russia soon. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and many more will dominate headlines in both the build up to, and during the World Cup. Obviously the Fantasy side of the football world is not immune to the profile and coverage of these stars causes. The prices and ownership percentages of the games elite all soar as people clamber to boast having the best in their squads.This mindset is not necessarily wrong. It’s understandable that you would want the best players in your team but, in Fantasy, it’s often better to prioritise value over quality. There are some players that look worth their hefty price tag, like Ronaldo’s £8.2m, but today we’re going to look at the other side of that coin.With so much money and attention being spent on superstars, many good players can be had for a relatively low cost and ownership. We have included 11 players in this article who fall under these categories but don’t feel limited by them. There are over 800 players in our game this summer an plenty of great options among them. Remember, picking the right sleepers can be the difference in you winning your mini leagues or some of the fantastic prizes on offer! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNowGK: Jordan Pickford – England, £5.8m, owned in 4.93% of teamsDEF: Victor Moses – Nigeria, £5.8m, owned in 3.81% of teamsMoses has been a reliable Fantasy asset for Chelsea over the past couple of years, amassing an impressive 28 clean sheets since. Before that, he played as a winger and that’s what makes him such an interesting option in the World Cup game. Moses still features as a winger for his national team, having played there in all four of his starts during qualifying. With the attacking threat he poses (3 goals and an assist during qualifiers), and the fact that he would earn an extra five points for any clean sheet, Moses is likely the best OOP (out of position) player headed to Russia.DEF: Miguel Layun – Mexico, £5.5m, owned in .92% of teamsSime Vrsaljko, CroatiaDEF: Sime Vrsaljko – Croatia, £5.8m, owned in 1.46% of teamsMID: Dries Mertens – Belgium, £7.1m, owned in 2.58% of teamsThe Napoli man is somehow still flying below the radar despite putting in fantastic performances for Belgium en route to the World Cup. He managed five goals and six assists, with only Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Meunier being part of more goals for the Red Devils. This is even more impressive considering the fact that Belgium had the third best attack of all the teams that qualified for the World Cup. There is a slight chance of rotation but, if Roberto Martinez’s men keep up their scoring ways, two starts from Mertens could well be just as good as three from other options.MID: Paulinho – Brazil, £6.7m, owned in 3.21% of teamsPaulinho BrazilWe discussed Paulinho previously here.MID: Mile Jedinak – Australia, £5.6m, owned in .41% of teamsThis inclusion may surprise some but Jedinak could be one of the best values on offer in the Goal game. The easy comparison for him would, funnily enough, be the player that replaced him at Crystal Palace: Luka Milivojevic, who was the third best value in our Premier League game almost exclusively off the back of his penalty goals. Likewise, Jedinak scored six goals, second most for Australia during qualifiers, and five of them came from the penalty spot. Now, you certainly cannot guarantee that the Aussies will get penalties but, considering his price and ownership, he’s definitely a worthwhile gamble.MID: Son Heung-Min – South Korea, £6.8m, owned in 4.92% of teamsDiego Costa SpainFOR: Diego Costa – Spain, £7.8m, owned in 3.26% of teamsFOR: Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, £8.0m, owned in 4.78% of teamsWho do you think had the most goals for Uruguay during qualifiers? It wasn’t Luis Suarez. In fact, not only did Cavani lead his national side in goals, but he scored more than any other player in South American qualifiers. He racked up an impressive 10 goals in 15 starts and his 0.67 strikes per game lies almost perfectly with his five-year average (0.69 per game), so this is certainly no fluke. Add the fact that Uruguay will not face a top 20 defence in the group stages and Cavani looks an elite option in the World Cup game.FOR: Olivier Giroud – France, £7.3m, owned in 3.39% of teamsGoal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinlast_img read more