Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness labelled his team “underdogs” heading into the Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Dortmund are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season and hold a four-point lead at the top heading into the blockbuster clash at Signal Iduna Park.Hoeness said Bayern would go into the encounter as outsiders after Dortmund’s impressive start to the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “You can’t go to Dortmund and say that you want to secure three points. Dortmund have had a very good season so far, no doubt about it,” he said after Bayern’s 2-0 win over AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday.”We do not go to Dortmund as favourites, but as underdogs – for the first time in a long time.”We have to make sure we play a good game there and then we’ll see what happens.”Robert Lewandowski’s brace helped Bayern past AEK to slightly ease the pressure on under-fire coach Niko Kovac.Hoeness called for patience with Bayern and criticised the media, particularly with the Bundesliga title race appearing set to be entertaining this campaign.”Don’t always be so negative. The season has just begun, we have a team in transition, a young coach who has to settle in here and you have to be patient,” he said.”Four weeks ago you all complained that the Bundesliga is getting boring again and now it is no longer boring but exciting and now that doesn’t suit you.”At some point you should agree on what you actually want. We’re doing you a few favours right now.”Despite a slow start to the season under Kovac, Bayern sit just four points back of league leaders Dortmund ahead of Saturday’s showdown and enter the match riding a bit of confidence. “Firstly, the win is very good for our confidence,” Kovac said after the win over AEK. “Secondly, it’s important that we created lots of chances.”I’m happy for Lewandowski because he’s a very important player for us. He had four chances and scored two, which is a good ratio.”
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Hello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the Qualifier 2 between the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (LIVE SCORECARD)Kolkata were never in this game. Earlier in their innings barring Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav, nobody really did anything at all and thatultimately proved to be their undoing. One of the easiest matches Mumbai could have played, that too for a virtual semi-final.MUMBAI INNINGS:Mumbai have gone through to the finals of the 2017 Indian T20 League with a dominating performance. First they bowled Kolkata out for a total of just 107 with Karn Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah leading the charge. It was then just a matter of time before their batsmen chased it down. Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya more or less got the job done with a 54-run stand with the latter added the finishing touches. Kolkata were never in this game. Earlier in their innings barring Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav, nobody really did anything at all and that ultimately proved to be their undoing. One of the easiest matches Mumbai could have played, that too for a virtual semi-final.One of the top sides in the @ipl @kkr can hold their heads high @mipaltan clinical performance hopefully a cracker of a final comin soon- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 19, 2017Mumbai beat Kolkata by six wickets to go through to the final. Pune await them, who have beaten them in all occasions this season.We are into our 4?th final! The chase got tricky, but out batsmen kept cool heads to take us through. ????????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/Ie7Xw9S5y4advertisement- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 20174th time Mumbai Indians have reached #IPL final.2010- Runner-up (lost to CSK)2013- Winner (beat CSK)2015- Winner (beat CSK)#MIvKKR- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 201723.01 IST: U Yadav to K Pandya FOUR! Krunal finishes things off in style! A comfortable win for Rohit Sharma’s men here. It’s short on middle and off, Krunal makes room and looks to cut. It goes off the edge and flies towards third man. The fielder there runs to his right and puts in a dive, but can’t exactly get to the ball. It goes through him and touches the rope. With this, MUMBAI WIN BY 6 WICKETS AND 33 BALLS TO SPARE! #BELI3VE! pic.twitter.com/9byDrHJjYA- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 2017Mumbai just need 3 more runs to go into the final22.57 IST: A Rajpoot to K Pandya FOUR! Stand and deliver stuff from Krunal Pandya. He hammers this full delivery back past mid off and ends the over with a boundary. The left-hander seems to have pulled a groin muscle playing that shot. But he’s done the job for his side. He just needs to stay out there. MI:105/3 (14 Overs) 22.55 IST: A Rajpoot to K Pollard FOUR! That’s poor from Colin de Grandhomme. Pollard pulls this away short ball which the square leg umpire just about manages to evade. Colin out in the deep runs to his right to get to the ball but lets it go right through him.22.54 IST: Mumbai need 16 runs in 41 balls22.51 IST: Kieron Pollard strides out to the middle. MI: 91/4 (13 Overs)#Pollard leaves one outside off! And no, it’s not a Test match.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.48 IST: N Coulter-Nile to R Sharma OUT! Rohit Sharma is gone! Shortish ball pounded in, Rohit gives the charge and pulls it over mid-wicket. It’s straight down the throat of Ankit Rajpoot in the deep who takes a good catch. A little too late though, at best a complimentary wicket for Kolkata.WICKET! MI – 88/4Coulter-Nile dismisses Rohit Sharma as Rajpoot takes the catch in the deep. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/0Grnb4fuT3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017Qualifier 2. 12.2: WICKET! RG Sharma (26) is out, c Ankit Rajpoot b Nathan Coulter-Nile, 88/4 https://t.co/r5FhrdPkQh #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201722.48 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on.22.44 IST: S Narine to K Pandya FOUR! Goes inside out and gets the desired result. Leans ahead and lofts it neatly over extra cover for a boundary. Super shot. MI: 88/3 (12 Overs)Take us over the line, Krunal! ?????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/OXTM8YE1zm- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.44 IST: S Narine to K Pandya FOUR! That’s a lovely shot. Flat, short and around off, Krunal backs away a bit and runs it fine past short third man. The placement is perfect as the ball races away to the boundary line.22.43 IST: P Chawla to R Sharma SIX! THAT’S OUTTA HERE! Chawla floats it up around off, Rohit Sharma reaches out and smokes it over long on. Sends it deep into the stands and ends the over with a maximum. 16 off the over, a big one for Mumbai. MI: 80/3 (11 Overs)advertisementSIX! Into the top tier by #RohitSharma. He took the attack to Chawla.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.41 IST: P Chawla to K Pandya FOUR! Two in two for the southpaw. Loopy and full on middle and off, Krunal slog sweeps this over mid-wicket. Wide long on tries to cut it off by running to his left with a dive but fails in his attempt to do so.FOUR! Krunal is getting into the mood now! He gets down on his knee and slog sweeps the ball for a boundary.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/QES629za3W- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.40 IST: P Chawla to K Pandya FOUR! That’s well struck! It’s tossed up outside off, Krunal stands his ground and hammers this straight back down the ground. Doesn’t give the man at long off any chance to stop that oneFOUR! Calculative hit by Krunal! He darts the ball straight down the ground and beats long off.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.38 IST: Sunil Narine bowls a tihgt over. MI:64/3 (10 Overs)22.37 IST: Captain Rohit Sharma, Kolkata’s bane.#RohitSharma has gone past 700 runs against KKR – one of his favourite opponents.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.32 IST: P Chawla to K Pandya FOUR! Fuller outside leg, Krunal Pandya goes for the sweep. Gets a bottom edge on it and the ball rolls away to the fine leg fence for a boundary. MI: 61/3 (9 Overs) Strategic TimeoutFOUR! Krunal goes for the sweep and hits it fine enough to beat the fielder at short fine leg.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.30 IST: P Chawla to R Sharma FOUR! Rohit completes 3000 runs for Mumbai Indians. Fuller delivery outside off, Rohit Sharma crunches that through the cover region for a boundary. That was a beautiful shot.The captain’s out there leading the charge! ??#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/SbZXt729Dp- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.27 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile gives away just six runs.MI:50/3 (8 Overs)The kings is in the building. #IPL Qualifier 2: The various moods of @iamsrk #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/JBP4adHRGk- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201722.23 IST: S Narinet oK Pandya FOUR! Clever shot! Floated around middle and leg, Pandya shuffles a bit and kneels down to helps the ball really fine down the leg side for a boundary. MI:43/3 (7 Overs)22.19 IST: P Chawla to A Rayudu OUT! Crucial wicket! Floats a leg spinner around off, the ball hardly spins. Rayudu tries to defend in line. Gets beaten by it completely and the ball goes onto rattle the stumps. Chawla gets his man and Rayudu fails to make a mark. MI: 36/3 (6 Overs)Rayudu plays slightly inside the line and gets bowled. That was a good ball to be honest.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MIadvertisement- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.17 IST: Piyush Chawla back in the attack.22.16 IST: Tight over from Narine. MI:32/2 (5 Overs)3?2?/2? in 5 overs!That was a tight over by Narine! Our boys were cautious.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.13 IST: Sunil Narine is brought into the attack.#Narine has a good record against MI captain, Rohit Sharma. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/5zZQTpgfjv- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201722.12 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile gives away just six runs. MI:30/2 (3 Overs)3?0?/2? in 4 overs!We saw some good running in that over. Keep it up, boys!#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201722.07 IST: U Yadav to P Patel WICKET! Umesh strikes! Good length delivery outside off, Patel tries to flay on the off side. Gets a small outside edge on it and the ball goes through to the keeper. Uthappa accepts the gift and takes a good catch to send Patel back in the hut. MI 24/2 (2.5 overs) vs KKR 107.@y_umesh gets rid of Parthiv Patel for 14,MI are 24/2. Come on, #Knights! ???#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/4wIgyK5gxT- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201722.04 IST: U Yadav to P Patel FOUR! Two in two! Sprayed into the pads, Parthiv Patel clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary.22.04 IST: U Yadav to P Patel FOUR! Shot! Length delivery outside off, Patel frees his arms and punches it through the extra cover region for a boundary.22.00 IST: P Chawla to L Simmons WICKET! Piyush Chawla strikes on his first over as he traps Lendl Simmons leg before. Wrong ‘un around off, spinning into the batsman. Simmons prods forward and tries to defend it. Gets beaten completely and gets hit straight on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire responds with a raised finger. Chawla draws first blood and Kolkata are sensing hope. MI 11/1 (1.3 overs) vs KKR 10721.52 IST: Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons out in the middle to chase 108. Umesh Yadav takes the new ball.KOLKATA INNINGS:Incredible bowling performance from Mumbai! After electing to bowl, Rohit Sharma handed the responsibility of the new ball to Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah. They did not disappoint an even a bit as the latter send back the dangerman Lynn back in the hut. All the other batsmen were struggling in the middle and could hardly score any runs in the middle. Karn Sharma was handed the ball in the fifth over and things just got worse for Kolkata.We have bowled KKR out for their 5th lowest total! 4? of their 5? lowest total have come against us. ?????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/BOyeNC9AB1- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.40 IST: Karna Sharma’s 4 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah’s 3, helps Mumbai bowl out Kolkata for a paltry 107.21.38 IST: L Malinga to A Rajpoot OUT! Bowled! Malinga has his first of the game. Bowls it slow again, deceives Ankit Rajpoot once more and makes his play early. This time it’s on the stumps and he’s gone. A dominating performance for Rohit Sharma and his men as KOLKATA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 107! OUT! Couldn’t find the off stump, Malinga goes for the leg stump and nails it! ??#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/02YdnzZ2SJ- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.35 IST: Lasith Malinga misses thrice misses the stumps with his yorkers. Wicket around the cormer?21.31 IST: J Bumrah to U Yadav FOUR! Attempted yorker just outside off, Ankit Rajpoot puts bat on ball and gets it off the inside edge. It races away past the leg pole to the fine leg fence for a boundary. KKR:106/9 (18 Overs)21.29 IST: J Bumrah to S Yadav OUT! Another wicket down for Kolkata. Back of a length coming back in, Suryakumar Yadav stays back and gets a top edge on his pull shot. It skies down to fine leg where Lasith Malinga comes underneath it. Judges the ball well and takes it well in the end diving forward.OUT! Team-work by fast bowlers! Bumrah bowls a good short one, Yadav’s pull is beautifully taken by #Malinga.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/XUMgiVtwNM- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.26 IST: M Johnson to N Coulter-Nile OUT! Johnson has his second. Spears it full on middle and leg, Coulter-Nile makes room and slogs it over mid-wicket. Doesn’t middle it as Hardik Pandya comes running in. Dives forward and takes a good catch. KKR: 101/8 (17 Overs) OUT! Coulter-Nile has been Mitched! He looks to go after Mitch, but mistimes and finds Hardik in the deep.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.25 IST: M Johnson to N Coulter-Nile SIX! That’s right out of the screws! What a hit, Nate! Back of a length on off, Coulter-Nile picks up the length early and is in position quickly. Rocks back and heaves it high and handsome over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.SIX! Coulter-Nile hits one into the stands & that brings up the 1?0?0? for us. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/By40ZGEOth- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201721.23 IST: M Johnson to P Chawla OUT! Johnson strikes! Full and outside off, Piyush Chawla stands his ground and looks to go downtown. Gets it off the toe end however and it’s straight to Ambati Rayudu at mid off who takes a dolly.OUT! Johnson picks up his first and he deserved it! A comfortable catch for Rayudu!! ??????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/5WiVGSyMIh- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.21 IST: Mitchell Johnson is back on for a bowl.21.19 IST: Tight first over from Hardik. KKR: 92/6 (16 Overs)21.17 IST: Hardik Pandya is called in for a bowl, finally.21.15 IST: Karn Sharma ends his spell with four wickets, and his best figures (4/16) in IPL career. KKR:88/6 (15 Overs) Best figures for spinners in #IPL knock-outs:4/16 Anil Kumble (2009)4/16 KARN SHARMA (Tonight)4/54 Karanveer Singh (2014)#MIvKKR- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 2017Take a bow, Karn! His finest @IPL spell! ?????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/0hq7vmq0aB- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.14 IST: Strategic Timeout. Just when it was looking that Kolkata could switch gears and take them to a respectable total. Karn Sharma, steps in and bags them another important dismissal of Ishank Jaggi to upset the momentum of the side. Mumbai are cruising at the moment and will look to restrict Kolkata anything under 120.21.12 IST: K Shrama to I Jaggi OUT! Karn has his 4th of the game. He’s come on and broken the partnership which was going along well, just as his captain would have liked. Bowls it full again, Suryakumar Yadav skips down and looks to clear long on. Doesn’t get it off the middle and it’s straight to Mitchell Johnson out there who takes it well above his head. Mumbai back in the driving seat as the 56-run stand is broken.OUT! Karn gets his 4?th. Jaggi looks to give the charge but finds the sae hands of Mitchell Johnson.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201721.09 IST: Karn Sharma is back for a bowl, for his last over.21.08 IST: L Malinga to I Jaggi FOUR! That’s an excellent shot, beautiful timing on that. Malinga goes for the yorker but just misses, it’s too full and Ishank Jaggi doesn’t fail to put it away. Whips this away through mid-wicket and beats the man out in the deep. Very Dhoni-esque, that. Identical to his helicopter shot. KKR:83/5 (14 Overs) 50-run stand between Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav.5?0? partnership between @ishank_jaggi and @surya_14kumar After 14 overs, we are 8?3? / 5?. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017 21.05 IST: L Malinga to I Jaggi FOUR! Fuller and slower on the stumps, Ishank Jaggi gets low and uses his wrists very well. Turns it over square leg and sends it across the rope.21.02 IST: K Pandya to S Yadav FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for SKY, this is good batting from him. It’s tossed up and right in his slot, he opens his body up and lofts it cleanly over extra cover. Falls just inside the rope and goes across for a boundary. KKR: 71/5 (13 Overs)Back-to-back boundaries from @surya_14kumar in that over.After 13 overs, we are 7?1? / 5?. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/BgHoPWQAR9- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 201721.01 IST: K Pandya to S Yadav FOUR! Full and coming in on middle, Suryakumar Yadav kneels down and nails the sweep to perfection. Gets it through the vacant square leg region to start the over with a boundary.20.59 IST: M Johnson to I Jaggi Three runs taken.Angling in heavily and it’s going down leg a bit, Ishank Jaggi makes room and whips it away through mid-wicket. Ambati Rayudu out in the deep runs to his left and slides to keep the ball from the rope. Saves a run for his team. KKR: 61/5 (12 Overs)20.56 IST: M Johnson to I Jaggi FOUR! Good start to the over again. This is good, attacking batting from Ishan Jaggi. Johnson comes around the wicket and bowls it full, takes the pace off it as Jaggi gives the charge. Smacks it through extra cover and gets a boundary to his name.20.51 IST: K Pandya to S Yadav SIX! From around the wicket, the line is poor as it’s going down leg a bit. Suryakumar Yadav kneels across and sweeps it over the fine leg fence for a flat biggie. Excellent shot. KKR:53/5 (11 Overs)??? runs from the over. After 11 overs, we are5?3? / 5?..@surya_14kumar sweeps well and hits a flat six! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/o2Dg6jXTqZ- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017 Qualifier 2. 10.1: K Pandya to S Yadav, 6 runs, 49/5 https://t.co/r5FhrdPkQh #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201720.51 IST: Jaggi manages to hold his fort against Malinga. KRR:43/5 (10 Overs)4?3?/5? at the half-way mark of the innings.Paltan, what do you think will happen in the second half? ??#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.48 IST: Lasith Malinga will bowl again.20.43 IST: Karn Shrama comes back to try his luck for a hat-trick. Doesn’t manage it, but keeps it tight. KKR:39/5 (9 Overs)Worst starts in #IPL knock-outs:29/5 RCB v GL 2016 (W)31/5* KKR v MI 2017 (?)36/5 CSK v MI 2013 (L)40/5 KXIP v CSK 2008 (L)#MIvKKR- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 201720.41 IST: Fine over from Krunal. KKR:36/5 (8 Overs)Strategic timeout. 3?6?/5? at the end of 8 overs!Krunal gets off the blocks with a tight over.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.39 IST: Krunal Pandya to have a go with the ball.20.37 IST: K Shrama to C de Grandhomme OUT! PLUMB! Googly on off, the ball drifts into the batsman. Colin de Grandhomme tries to cut it really late but he gets hit flush on his back leg. The players appeal and the umpire is quick to raise his finger. Karn Sharma is full of happiness and de Grandhomme departs on a duck. KRR: 31/5 (& Overs)OUTTTTT!!! 2? in 2? for Karn! He has sent Grandhomme back for a golden ??.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.36 IST: K Shrama to G Gambhir OUT! Gambhir departs! Into the pads, Gambhir makes room and tries to heave it hard over the mid-wicket region. Does not get the elevation on it as the ball goes straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. Hardik Pandya takes a simple catch and the skipper has to walk back to the hut.OUT! Gautam Gone-bhir! Karn gets his second as the KKR skipper holes out to Hardik at deep mid-wicket. ?????????#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.32 IST: K Shrama to G Gambhir FOUR! Good shot! Floats this one outside off, Gambhir comes down the track and plays the perfect inside out shot over the extra cover region for a boundary.20.31 IST: Wicket maiden from Bumrah, as the powerplay come to and end. KKR: 25/3 (6 Overs)2?5?/3? in 6 overs!WICKET MAIDEN! The only change in the score from the last over is the number of wickets.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.28 IST: J Bumrah to R Utappa OUT! Bumrah is on a roll! Angling into the stumps from a good length outside off. Uthappa tries to clip it through but fails to make contact. Gets rapped on the pads and the players appeal for an LBW. The umpire is quick to raise his dreading finger. Kolkata are struggling out there in the middle. Replays show that the ball was going to hit the top of leg stump.OUT! Trapped in front! Uthappa is late on a straight ball and is hit on his pad. BOOOM-ROARS please!#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/vCRjk8FW65- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.27 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is back on to bowl.Bumrah back into the attack! He will look to break this potentially dangerous stand.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.25 IST: Robin Uthappa is the next batsman in. KKR: 25/2 (5 Overs)2?5?/2? at the end of 5!A wicket-claiming start by our leggie – this is fantastic.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.23 IST: K Sharma to S Narine OUT! Wrong ‘un does the trick! Narine charges early and Karn Sharma sees him coming. Tosses up a googy around off, Narine goes to hit against the spin. Fails to read the away turn and misses it completely. Parthiv Patel accepts the ball gleefully and dislodges the bails to send Narine back to the hut. His struggle in the middle comes to an end.OUT! No-rine show! Karn bowls a straightish one and Narine skips down the track, only to be stumped! ???#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.21 IST: Karn Sharma is into the attack now.20.20 IST: Four overs gone. KKR 22/1. Narine 10*, Gambhir 6*20.18 IST: : L Malinga to S Narine SIX! First maximum of the night! Length delivery around middle and leg, Narine makes room and heaves it over the backward square leg boundary for a biggie. He has done enough of the waiting.20.17 IST: Lasith Malinga into the attack.20.13 IST: M Johnson to G Gambhir FOUR! Creamed! Length delivery outside off and Gambhir says thank you. Leans into it and drives it crisply through the extra cover region for a single. KKR: 13/1 (3 Overs)20.09 IST: Gautam Gambhir walks in at No.3. KKR: 5/1 (2 Overs)20.07 IST: J Bumrah to C Lynn OUT! Bumrah gets his man! Angling into the batsman at a length around off, Lynn tries to go big downtown. Does not time and middle it well as the ball goes straight to the fielder at long on. Pollard pockets it with ease and Mumbai will be excited as the dangerman Lynn has to walk back to the hut.OUT! Nothing Lynnsane tonight! Bumrah gets Lynn at long on! Fantastic field placement by #RohitSharma.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.05 IST: Jasprit Bumrah will bowl from the other end.That’s 1?0?0? T20 appearances now for @Jaspritbumrah93, and he’s just getting started!#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/N3ZChn4tSw- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201720.04 IST: Mitchell Johnson bowls a tidy first over. KKR3/0 (1 Over)3?/0? in 1 over!What a start by @MitchJohnson398 – right on the money.#CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 201719.57 IST: The players are making their way out in the middle. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine walk out with bat in hand for Kolkata.Mitchell Johnson has been handed the responsibility with the new ball.Rohit Sharma is just 13 runs away from completing 3000 runs for Mumbai Indians.#IPL – ARE YOU READY FOR A SUPER HIT(MAN) SHOW? @ImRo45 #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/wFasEsVPsr- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 201719.49 IST: Mumbai go in with the upper hand.The 15 wins by Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders are the the most by any team in Head to Head contests in the #IPL #MIvKKR #IPL2017- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 19, 2017Playing XIs:Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Ishank Jaggi, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Ankit RajpootMumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga#IPL Qualifier 2 – Here’s the Playing XIs for @mipaltan vs @KKRiders #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/H3pzA3kUOU- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 2017Gautam Gambhir: “We were looking to chase as well. Hopefully the batters can set the game for the bowlers today. We have two changes: Ankit Rajpoot comes in place of Yusuf Pathan and Colin de Grandehomme comes in place of Boult.”Rohit Sharma: “We will field first. By the looks if it, looks a good wicket, but will play slower, as has been the case all season in Bangalore. With weather in mind, we wanted to chase. It’s like a semifinal and try and see what we can do. Last game was an eye opener. So we have spoken about things that need to be corrected. McClenaghan is injured, Johnson comes in.”In this contest between MI & KKR we have the two best captains of the IPL too. #MIvKKR- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 19, 201719.39 IST: Mumbai win toss, choose to bowl MI win the toss, KKR will bat first. Colin de Grandhomme and Ankit Rajpoot in playing XI. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/vVbzfOTGL7- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 19, 2017Both the teams have won this competition twice and will be itching to move onto the finals and hope to make it three. Mumbai, who topped the table will back themselves against the side from the east as they hold a 15-5 record against them. Kolkata have had a good season at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium and they will be looking to replicate their performance again.19.17 IST: Scenes from Chinnaswamy Beautiful day out here in Bengaluru, and we’re ready to for the cricket! #CricketMeriJaan #MIvKKR #MI pic.twitter.com/rQxXXk9loW- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 19, 2017 Mumbai have a 2-0 record against Kolkata this season. Gambhir’s memories of Chinnaswamy and rains from the Eliminator in Begaluru are worrying him, as expressed by the Kolkata Knight Riders captain in “Captain’s Diary: Rain drops felt like missiles” published on KKR’s official website.”I remember I have always hated rains. As we waited for showers to stop, I was thinking, here we go, this could be it. As it is I am such a poor loser and the possibility of crashing out of a tournament due to rain was killing me. There were some guys playing French cricket and I couldnt understand how could they? I was at my brooding worst. Sony, the official broadcasters, made it even tougher. Whoever in their team was responsible to fill the rain time was surely not a KKR supporter,” he wrote. Read the full article hereThe last time both teams met at a neutral venue, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians and went onto win the IPL title back in 2014 for the second time in their history. A serious heavyweight bout on the cards. Two Champions who will go hell for leather. Bring it on @mipaltan @KKRiders #MIvKKR #IPL pic.twitter.com/aZHToD9ZbB- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) May 19, 2017This is what happened last time. Will there be a repeat?BCCI PhotoRain could once again play spoilsport in the second qualifier match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru. The weather forecast predicts thunderstorm in the city this evening.Brief Preview:Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would be eager to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage when they face old rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League Qualifer 2 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.KKR have an abysmal 5-15 head-to-head record against Mumbai Indians, who notched up twin victories over their rivals in the league stage of the tournament this year.In fact, Mumbai Indians had pulled off their first win of the season against KKR at the Wankhede stadium last month when they beat them by four wickets with just one ball to spare.Needing 60 runs off last 24 balls, Hardik Pandya had finished the job in dramatic fashion, smashing 29 off 11 balls.Mumbai once again got the better of KKR when they handed them a nine-run defeat in their last league match at the Edens Gardens. (Read full preview here)
Mumbai Indians’ Karn Sharma is confident of winning the IPL final against Rising Pune Supergiant even though they had lost all three league matches against them. “We are fully prepared and we will win the finals. That is for sure. The losses were in the past,” he told reporters in post-match press conference here.Mumbai had lost all the three matches against Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Steve Smith’s side in league stages.Asked was there any pressure on him justify his selection over Harbhajan Singh, the Railways leg-break bowler said that the decision is not in his hands and gets motivated by the thought of performing well and winning match for the team.”That is not in my hands. The team needs me at that time and I just want to bowl well and win the match for them.”That’s more important. I am working hard even when I am not playing. The main motivation when I get a game is to perform for the team and help the team win,” Sharma said.Asked what was his strategy to get KKR’s left-handers Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir, Sharma said the team had different plans for different batsmen.For Narine, they were asked to bowl stump to stump line as he swings his bat at every possible opportunity.”We have different plans for different batsmen. For Narine, we wanted to bowl at the stumps because he has a very good bat swing. We had different plans for different batsmen and that’s what I executed,” he said.advertisementReplying to a query, Sharma said T20 is about momentum and hence the team won the game despite the wicket being a bit slow.”It was a little bit slow. It was not like the earlier Bangalore wickets. But it was good that we bowled well from the start and got wickets. T20 is all about momentum. We started well in the first six overs and that s why we won the game,” he said.Even KKR’s Piyush Chawla conceded that it was a slow track but 107 was never going to be enough.”It was a slow wicket, not a regular Bangalore wicket but getting out for 107 is not enough, we need to work hard on our batting,” Chawla said.Chawla defended the shot selection of some of the KKR batsmen.”It (shot selection) completely depends on the batsman; if someone is good at something then they back themselves.Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t. Once you are defending 107 runs then you try and get wickets at regular intervals. We didn’t bat well that’s why we managed to get just 107.
In his 1697 book, A New Voyage Around the World, the English explorer William Dampier described a primitive watercraft used by the Tamils on the Coromandel coast. He called it the ‘catamaran’ (from the Tamil kettumaram, meaning ‘logs bound together’). But you could say it was the first stand-up paddleboard,In his 1697 book, A New Voyage Around the World, the English explorer William Dampier described a primitive watercraft used by the Tamils on the Coromandel coast. He called it the ‘catamaran’ (from the Tamil kettumaram, meaning ‘logs bound together’). But you could say it was the first stand-up paddleboard in India, if not the world.This week, it’s the modern version making-or riding-waves, at the second annual Indian Open of Surfing in Mulki, Karnataka. Close on the heels of two third-place finishes in US contests, 17-year-old Tanvi Jagdish will be carving the water in the May 26-28 competition.In the US, Tanvi placed third in the open women’s category at the SUP Surf Pro-Am, and also in stand-up paddle racing at the West Marine Carolina Cup in North Carolina. Last year, she was ranked 16th at the Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, out of 247 participants from around the globe.Those wins are important. Stand-up paddling (SUP) and surfing are still very young sports in India. Moreover, it’s especially difficult for young women like Tanvi, given Indian society’s views on girls hanging out with boys, exposing their legs in board shorts and allowing the sun to darken their skin.”I started surfing when I was ten, with my granny’s permission. But my parents did not know,” she says. “When they found out, my mother forbade me from surfing again because she thought it was too dangerous.” For four years, Tanvi honoured her mother’s wishes. But the ocean was just too much fun to deny. When she returned to the water, she discovered stand-up paddling, a lesser-known offshoot of surfing. Falling in love with the paddle, she vowed to one day rank among the top five competitors in the world. Her family’s concerns notwithstanding, the Mulki resident was born in the right place to do it.advertisementA dozen-odd years ago, when there were hardly any surfers in India, the sport found an unlikely ambassador: a 70-year-old American Krishna devotee from Florida named Jack Hebner. Also known as Swami, Hebner co-founded the Mantra Surf Club in Mulki in 2004, along with fellow Krishna devotee Rick Perry (aka Babaji). Dubbed ‘the Surfing Swamis’, they’re still the most colourful and revered names among India’s wave-riders.It was at their club that Tanvi learned to surf. And some of Hebner and Perry’s disciples, such as Rammohan Paranjape, were instrumental in creating the Surfing Federation of India (SFI)-which organises the Indian Open of Surfing and most other similar competitions in the country. “There were just a handful of surfers in India in 2000-2004,” Paranjape recalls. “Not many people were interested or even curious.” That’s changing-fast. Last year, SFI’s Indian Open of Surfing in Mangalore drew about 15,000 people. This year, it’s expected to draw 20,000 or more-including surfers and SUP enthusiasts from all over the world.Among them-the local favourite-is Tanvi, the Surfing Swamis’ most successful pupil so far. This time, maybe her mother will be watching. “She feels very scared when I surf,” says Tanvi.-Jyothy KaratPORTRAITS OF HURTA series of photographs attempts a stark take on the racism faced by Africans in India.Photo: Mahesh Shantaram, Archival Pigment. Print courtesy: TasveerThe 25 images in this forthcoming exhibition from Tasveer, the Bengaluru gallery showcasing Indian photography, are an earnest portrayal of the impact of racism on the psyche of its victims. Done in the formal portrait style-where subjects ‘sit’ for pictures-this is the work of a promising Bengaluru-based photographer, Mahesh Shantaram, who was traumatised by the mob attack on a Tanzanian woman in January last year. With his grief as a filter for his lens, he took pictures of African youths in several cities across India. This, with the intent to draw attention to their individuality and humanity.Shantaram’s pictures have a distinct ability to ‘extract’ and examine his subjects, even in the most chaotic situations-like a garish middle class wedding or a hectic election campaign (subjects of his earlier work). He captures people in a manner that makes them visuals in a larger social comment. This makes him ideally suited to photograph a subject like racism in daily life.He goes close-establishing intimate bonds with his subjects and photographing them in their homes, neighbourhoods and territories of their personal space. Shot entirely at night using harsh light and saturated colours, he pictures lonely faces staring dispassionately into nothingness, to convey alienation and vulnerability. But he doesn’t go any farther than that.Instead of following his subjects in everyday situations as they navigate the discrimination they face, Shantaram repeats the lonely figure with the blank stare as a constant for all his images. It dilutes the anguish in the images and as a body of work, shows just the discriminated, not the discrimination.advertisement-Bandeep Singh(‘The African Portraits’ by Mahesh Shantaram will be on display at Exhibit320, New Delhi, from June 2-16)Click here to EnlargeHOW TO SEE THE CITY IN A DAY(Clockwise from top left) the Lalbaug spice market; a Bollywood dance class; children at a local NGO.Mumbai may not have the historic charm of Mughal Delhi, but it does offer an interesting mix of art, culture and food-and, of course, it’s home to Bollywood. History comes in the form of British-era buildings, rows of art deco constructions as well as the urban villages where time seems to have stood still.No Footprints, a city-based tour company founded by Harshvardhan Tanwar and Eesha Singh, has devised an eight-hour tour called Five Senses, which offers visitors a sizeable serving of the city’s melting pot of experiences. The tour begins at the Gateway of India, followed by a walk around the Fort area, covering the major landmarks of colonial Mumbai. Aimed at foreign tourists who treat Mumbai as a transit stop en route to Kerala, Goa or Rajasthan, the tour was conceptualised by Singh and is led by Tanwar. “While listening to stories about Mumbai’s history, visitors will also have a chance to watch the dabbawalas making their way through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. We call this section of the tour ‘Sharada’s Mumbai’, after city historian Sharada Dwivedi, as she unearthed stories of these wonderful buildings and documented them in her book Fort Walks,” says Tanwar.And while visiting landmark sites is worthwhile, a dose of contemporary culture is just as important. So next up is a dose of Mumbai’s sounds, exemplified by a session of Bollywood music and dance. Then, a Konkani thali takes care of taste, while a walk down Lalbaug’s Spice Market is a treat for the sense of smell. “Here, not only can you buy the spices, but also get them dry roasted and ground into the masala mix of your choice. It’s not uncommon to see ladies patiently waiting with bags full of spices and a recipe that has been handed down over generations,” reveals Tanwar. The tour, which begins at 8.30 in the morning, ends at 4.30 in the evening with a visit to a local NGO. “A perfect end to this colourful collage of experiences is to be able to touch people’s lives,” adds Tanwar.-Moeena HalimPASS TIMEThe arrival of June lifts the curtain of snow over the mountain passes between Himachal Pradesh and the Ladakh region of J&K. A trip to Ladakh is now an Indian tourist’s rite of passage. Those who haven’t yet made it to our piece of the Tibetan Plateau will get to envy many a selfie-taken in front of ‘the highest pass’ or ‘the highest motorable road’-decorating social media pages.advertisementWhile the Manali to Leh route isn’t entirely open yet, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened the Rohtang pass in the third week of May. Buses have already begun to ply up to Keylong, the tourist town beyond Manali. BRO is working on clearing Baralacha La and Tanglang La as well. These high passes saw snowfall even in the early summer this year, and the snow over Rohtang was up to 30 feet high in some places. Which is why the opening of the Leh-Manali road is a little behind schedule this season.Among other things that Ladakh has plenty of-like mountains and yaks and frozen rivers-is the overwhelming presence of the sky. There is so much sky in tourist photos of Ladakh that the local government could levy a sky tax. Eat your heart out, GST.-Sopan JoshiSLEEPLESS IN THE CITYBill Hayes, the author of Insomniac City.Insomniac City by Bill Hayes is the story of two love affairs running on parallel tracks. The first focuses on the author and the distinguished neurologist, Oliver Sacks, the object of his affections, and the second is the love affair between him and New York City.Hayes is almost fifty when the book begins-with the death of Steve, his partner. Steve died of a heart attack, ironically, on a day when the ‘insomniac’ Hayes was asleep. Unable to bear the heartache, Hayes moves from San Francisco to New York City, where he meets and falls in love with Sacks, a man thirty years his senior, who has ‘no knowledge of popular culture after 1955’ and ‘zero interest in celebrities or fame’ (to the point of asking ‘what is Michael Jackson?’)Sacks is well known to readers as the author of books dealing with psychological disorders, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. But his unique personality comes across through Hayes’ precise, simple descriptions and the lovers’ conversations. ‘Are you conscious of your thoughts before language embodies them?’ Sacks asks. ‘I like having a confusion of agency, your hand on top of mine, unsure where my body ends and yours begins,’ he confesses in a rare erotic moment.The magic of Hayes’ writing lies in its minimalist yet evocative images. As Sacks’ health deteriorates, the modest, self-effacing Hayes focuses so deeply on his partner’s misery that it’s easy to forget it’s a trauma for him, too. There is tenderness without sentimentality, acceptance of what cannot be altered and a strong positive attitude that embraces life in its entirety. This book is not only a fascinating ode to romantic love, but also a profound reflection on life and death. The little ‘vignettes’ are meant to be enjoyed slowly and gradually as sips of fine wine rather than in a single gulp.-Divya DubeyIMPERIAL PINTSCourtesy: Kim JacobsenThe British empire may have forced us to pay for our own oppression but it had its compensations. So as the sun flares over another Indian summer, let’s raise our chilled glasses to the imperialists who begat Indian beer. The pioneer, apparently, was one Henry Bohle who set up businesses in Meerut and Mussourie in 1825. The latter thrived for some years in the hands of the Mackinnon family, seeding a ferment of hill station breweries that stretched from Murree to Shimla, Kasauli and Ranikhet and on to Darjeeling. Edward Dyer, in particular, bought up or established a chain of breweries in the Himalayas and is credited with launching Asia’s first beer brand, ‘Lion’, which was produced in both Murree and Kasauli. Dyer would sire (and later disown) the notorious Reginald Dyer of Jallianwala Bagh-but that’s another story. By the 1880s, another experienced brewer, H.G. Meakin, had set up an extensive empire, buying some of Dyer’s factories as well as establishing new ones as far afield as Dalhousie, Kirkee and Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. The two firms would ultimately merge as Dyer and Meakin in the 1930s.By 1889, the 25-odd breweries in British India were producing some 5,165,138 gallons a year, (roughly a thousand times less than passes through our national gullets today). And judging by some of the vintage beer labels (yes, it’s a thing) treasured by collectors today, there was a lot more variety back then. The Dyer Meakin breweries, for example, offered a range of light and dark ales, a stout, and several ‘sparkling beers’. Today, the concern known as Mohan Meakin is sustained by the popularity of its house rum, while johnny-come-lately United Breweries (estd. 1857) dominates India’s beer market with bland lagers and knuckleheaded strong beers. Did the British take all the tasty beer with them when they left? Well, the glass may be half empty but look at it this way: they gave us beer, we gave them Vijay Mallya.-JabirBENGALURU BREWERIESPhoto: Nilotpal BaruahCraft beer first hit Gurugram and Pune around 2008. A year later, the first brewpub opened its doors in Bengaluru. Today, the garden city boasts nearly 30 microbreweries with 20 more slated to open over the next two years.What makes craft beer stand out? Without getting into beer geekery, the combination of small hand-crafted batches, high-quality ingredients and innovative brewing techniques result in beers that are superior in taste and quality to their mass-produced cousins. Even with 30 breweries, we’re still new to the art, so only a handful of outlets stand out.ToitOne of the city’s first few brewpubs, Toit now enjoys cult status, and will soon open branches in Mumbai and Pune as well. The brewing philosophy here follows the ‘what you do, do well’ model, with just one special on rotation and five stable house beers-Basmati blonde (light ale), Hefeweizen, (wheat ale), Belgian Wit (wheat ale), Irish Red (amber ale), IPA (India pale ale) and a Stout that’s as close to Dublin as you can get.Windmills CraftworksA microbrewery and jazz theatre rolled into one, this is the ‘Ritz’ of brewpubs. It has four house beers on tap-Helles (light blonde ale), Hefeweizen (German wheat ale), IPA (India pale ale, rich in hops/ bitterness) and Stout (hearty dark ale with roasted coffee and chocolate notes). Specials range from Rauchbiers (smoked) to White IPAs and Saisons.BrewskyPopular for its outdoor deck, this award-winning microbrewery churns out several specials, from cucumber ales and English bitters to smoked stouts and coffee-infused porters. House beers include a Belgian-styled light blonde ale, German Hefeweizen (wheat ale), Belgian Wit (wheat ale with orange peels and coriander), IPA (bitter) , Amber Ale (similar to the IPA but with more caramel notes) and a StoutBiergartenLike a traditional German beer garden with a modern makeover, this bright and airy outfit offers German-styled brews (with a few exceptions) and a different approach to brewing. Every Craft Beer at the Biergarten has been designed to be light and easy drinking (‘sessionable’ to beer geeks). Beers on tap include the German style lager, Dunkel (dark) lager, Hefeweizen (wheat), Pale Ale (similar to an IPA but less bitter) and a special-Mango Wheat Ale.-John EapenThe writer is a Bengaluru-based brewery consultant and beer sommelierHINDUSTANI MOTORSThe quintessential jeep was, and continues to be, a lifestyle thing in Bhopal. Not always connected to the brand, a Bhopali ‘jeep’ could be a Ford GPW, a low bonnet Willys MB, a Willys M606, an M38 A1 or even a later Mahindra equipped with jholas-one attached at the back and a smaller one near the dashboard. Bhopali jeeps are often unpainted, or only have a coat of primer, and continue to find patrons, with owners never having to think about resale values.Arriving in Bhopal as the wheels of choice for Nawab Hamidullah Khan, the early jeeps were mainly used in shikaar. Wealthy farmers also used them to ferry themselves to and from their farms. The jhola at the back carried anything from dead game to beaters to gunny bags, while the smaller jhola mostly held chaalia (the Bhopali word for supari) and paan.”With shikaar gone and farm holdings shrinking, the jeep lost some of its importance, but continues to be a utility thing here,” says Bhopal-based automobile enthusiast and restorer Rajan Deb. “In Bhopal, there are those who use the jeep for work and then there are those who collect original Fords and Willys,” he adds.The jeeps have survived the decades thanks mainly due to ‘doctors’-mechanics who keep them going using jugaad. “The work is not what it used to be but I am happy with what I have done,” says Mohammed Zameer, who uses the takhallus ‘Nirale’ and is one of the better known jeep mechanics in Bhopal. Nirale’s grandfather opened a garage in 1946. Nirale apprenticed with him before starting his own shop in 1967. “You learnt everything on the job; there was no option for training or getting a degree,” he says, adding that the work is still commercially viable. “Bhopali jeeps have great demand. One of my old jeeps is in Canada with a collector,” he says. Prices for original Ford GPWs and Willys MBs range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.In the Lal Masjid quarter of Bhopal, more than a dozen garages thrive. Pyare Bhai, one of the owners, says that modern SUVs have taken a toll, but the jeep craze remains. “There are people who spend the entire day with us, seeing how jeeps are repaired,” he says. Expert mechanics have come from the ranks of jeep owners as well. One of the sons of a family of Pathans living at Khandera-Pudhiya-was referred to as an ‘honorary engineer’. Many jeeps bore a ‘designed by engineer Pudhiya’ message on the registration plates. And today, jeeps are no longer an all-male preserve. “Driving a jeep is all about slowing down in life, to appreciate everything that you could miss in a fast car,” says Sonia Rashid, who is married into the erstwhile Bhopal royal family and is the proud owner of a Willys jeep.Just as Nirale is about to close his garage for the day, a customer walks in and admires a parked Ford GPW. Inquiring about the price, he is taken aback at the quote. “Why is it so expensive?” he asks. “Nut, nut par Ford likha hai, miyan (Everything is original-even the nuts and bolts have the Ford ‘F’ emblazoned on them),” replies Nirale.-Rahul NoronhaHAWAI ADDAPhoto: Sandeep SahdevAn Airbus A320, once part of the Air India fleet, has been turned into a 65-seat restaurant called Hawai Adda, in Ludhiana. Transported from Delhi, the plane was modified to create the country’s only such restaurant. Owned by entrepreneur Jaswinder Singh and his cousins, the restaurant serves only vegetarian food and no booze-just like a domestic flight.-Sukant DeepakHOT WHEELSKarun Chandhok, racecar driver, on… racingKarun Chandhok. Photo: Shivangni Kulkarni Q: Apart from doing commentary for Channel 4, what commitments do you have these days?A: The biggest race for me is the 24 hours of Le Mans. I’m also racing in selected rounds of the World Championship and British LMP3 Cup.Q: Which were your best rivalries and which drivers do you most remember racing against?A: I raced with a lot of good drivers- guys like Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet Jr, Bruno Senna, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Buemi, Maldonado…Q: Any regrets that you missed out on the Indian Grand Prix during the three years it existed?A: That was a real shame-I had a contract with Lotus to do the race and they opted to break the contract for various commercial reasons.Q: What are your predictions for this weekend’s Indy 500 and the Monaco GP?A: Indy is so unpredictable, but Fernando winning would be such a great fairytale story! I’m going to say Sebastian to win Monaco.Q: Do you see yourself on the podium at Le Mans? A: For Le Mans, I’m with a rookie team and a rookie team mate who’s 17 years old! A top 5 finish would be amazing for us.-Yogendra Pratap
Extremely jubilant with Pakistan’s emphatic Champions Trophy title-win, former T20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes that the country’s cricket is now back on track and hoped that team reach some incredible highs in the years to come.The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated India by 180 runs at The Oval to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title. (Champions Trophy 2017: Aamer Sohail comments might have charged Pakistan up against India, Harbhajan Singh to India Today)”It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive,” wrote Afridi in a column for the International Cricket Council ( ICC).”This is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long. It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive.” (Sarfraz Ahmed hopes Champions Trophy triumph brings international cricket back to Pakistan)”The turnaround has left the world bewildered and has brought a wave of ecstasy and unbridled joy for Pakistanis all around the world. As soon as the game ended, celebrations mirroring the 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20 wins began across the country,” he added.The former all-rounder asserted that the victory will remain in the hearts of the Pakistani fans for long and that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side deserve to celebrate well beyond the Eid festival next week as the players richly deserve their victory. (Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed thrilled with emphatic turnaround)advertisementThe 37-year-old further said that at present, Pakistan have got a team that has the ability to develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England.”This squad is built around exciting young talent and has an astute and passionate leader in Sarfraz,” he said. (Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory)”The teams that might have taken Pakistan lightly in this event will never dare to repeat such a mistake again and whatever the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup may be like; Pakistan will be a serious contender for the trophy.””The Champions Trophy 2017 has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed. The fans, especially the youngsters, who saw the team dethrone India, will be inspired to replicate the performances of their heroes in the years to come,” he added. (Champions Trophy 2017: Mohammad Amir is a big match player, says coach Mickey Arthur)The flamboyant cricketer, nicknamed ‘Boom Boom Afridi’, further insisted that just like the 1992 World Cup win gave Pakistan a new generation of match winners, this Champions Trophy victory will also put the country’s cricket back on track.”The 1992 World Cup win gave us a new generation of match winners and this win ranks very close to that, I am confident that Pakistan cricket is back on track and we will see this team reach some incredible highs in the years to come, especially if the team continues to play with the kind of passion and commitment displayed in this tournament,” said Afridi.
Russian Ekaterina Makarova turned on the marathon magic again to defeat Julia Goerges 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 and win the Citi Open in Washington DC on Sunday.Seventh seed Makarova came from a set behind for the third successive time to claim her first WTA title in more than three years and after being halted at the Citi semi-finals three times.”Every time when I was coming back, I was really enjoying (it) and dreaming to win this tournament and here it is,” Makarova told reporters.”I don’t have a coach this week with me but I have some great supporters. The crowd was just amazing and I heard a lot of Russians today (and) all tournament.”A twice grand slam semi-finalist, Makarova fended off seven aces from her fourth-seeded opponent and overcame seven double-faults.Battling to stay in the match, Makarova dominated the second set tie-break and then steamrolled Goerges to claim the title.Makarova’s road to the final included seeing off top seed Simona Halep who retired due to heat exhaustion in the third set of their quarter-final clash.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he has still not taken any decision on his Formula One future and is keeping “other categories” as option.Having secured a switch to Renault from Honda as their engine suppliers, the Spaniard is expected to stay at the newly-powered British team next year.But Alonso, whose contract expired in September this year, insisted that he was not sure about extending his contract and that he was thinking about all options.”All options open. There is still no decision. So we’ll see. I continue to have all the options open,” Sport24 quoted Alonso, as saying.Alonso has been linked with both Le Mans and the Daytona 24 hour race for 2018.The 36-year-old further insisted that one of his main goals is to be the best driver in the world, with especially focussing on his desire to clinch the ‘triple crown’.”As I have said several times, one of my goals is to be the best driver in the world, the most complete in the world, and for that I still believe you have to win in other categories too and especially the ‘triple crown’. That is one of my goals,” Sport24 quoted Alonso, as saying.”Sometimes, we focus on F1, because it is the best competition in the world of maximum technology. But there are other categories with other cars – with less technology – that require different driving and different skills and it is a major challenge for someone who specialises in something else,” Alonso continued.advertisementHowever, Alonso, who has been named as the ‘Rookie of the Year’ for the 2017 edition of the Indy 500, downplayed any suggestion of a full-time switch to Indycar.”The whole season at Indycar I do not have in my mind in the short term. But the 500 miles, after my experience of this year, is attractive,” Alonso concluded.
Virat Kohli was named man-of-the-match after his record fifth double hundred helped India overcome Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test in Nagpur.Kohli, on Sunday, equalled Brian Lara’s record for most double hundreds in Test cricket by a captain.Last season, Kohli became the only batsman to slam double hundreds in four successive series. Among the best batsmen in the modern day, game, Kohli has evolved over time and is now focussed on scoring big hundreds in Test cricket as India seek to maintain their domination as the number one side in the world.”The pitch was good to bat on. It was on the slower side, but there was nothing much happening from the pitch. I just wanted to bat the way I bat and how I wanted to.”I wanted to get into good positions and rotate the strike and score quickly so our bowlers have time to bowl the opposition out,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.India will play Sri Lanka in the final Test of the series in Delhi next week but Kohli knows the major challenge for his team lies in South Africa. India, over the last several years, have struggled in places like South Africa, England and Australia and Kohli is desperate for course-correction.”We will need that (the ability to bat long) overseas so I was looking at doing that. I always wanted to better myself at scoring daddy hundreds, for the simple reason that the team benefits.”advertisementAnd the team has benefited for sure. All of Kohli’s five double hundreds have come in winning causes. His gritty 167 against England last year also helped India to an epic win while One of the main reasons India have not been able to do well overseas is because their batsmen have struggled to score big. Kohli wants to lead by example and ensure that does not happen when India play South Africa in a three-match Test series from January 5.”When you lose concentration after a hundred, maybe two wickets can fall quickly. A set batsman can play shots easier than a new batsman so I started thinking in that way and my fitness helps me bat for longer periods.”
ST. LOUIS — John Lackey was just as advertised for the St. Louis Cardinals. Their postseason power surge has been a big surprise.Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and Lackey pitched St. Louis past the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Oct. 6th to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL Division Series.“Well, we just kind of knew what we were going to get,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “He wants the ball. He proves it by how he goes out and throws.”Facing elimination in St. Louis for the second consecutive postseason, the Dodgers will turn to ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest Oct. 7th night in Game 4. Shelby Miller makes his first playoff start for the Cardinals, one win from a fourth straight trip to the NL Championship Series.The Cardinals finished off Los Angeles in a six-game NLCS last fall, knocking out Kershaw in the fifth inning of a 9-0 blowout in the final game.Two runners reached against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth before he earned his second save of the series — with an assist from the grounds crew on a rainy night.Rosenthal said he was unable to find his footing, missing badly on consecutive pitches to Juan Uribe, before the grounds crew applied a drying agent and raked the mound. The right-hander then threw a pair of practice pitches and regained his stride, retiring the next two batters on flies to right for his sixth career postseason save.Hanley Ramirez had three of the Dodgers’ seven hits, including an RBI double in the sixth.Lackey, acquired from Boston at the trade deadline, gave up five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. The veteran right-hander improved to 7-5 in postseason play, including three wins for the Red Sox last year — one against St. Louis in the World Series.“I think there’s definitely different energy, different adrenaline level. And that can take you to special places when you use it the right way,” Lackey said. “The atmosphere tonight was great. Fans were unbelievable. You feel that. You feed off that. If you channel it the right way, it can definitely help you out.”Asked what made the 35-year-old Lackey so tough, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly mentioned plate umpire Dale Scott. “I thought Dale was very generous,” Mattingly said. “We had a lot of guys complaining about the strike zone. We felt like he was really generous, and that puts you in a bind. You can’t go too far with it, but really generous.”St. Louis hit 105 homers in the regular season, the second-lowest total in the majors, ahead of only Kansas City. But the Cardinals have shown plenty of power in the playoffs, scoring 10 of their 15 runs on six homers in three games.Carpenter connected in the third and then Wong, the rookie second baseman who was picked off to end a World Series loss against Boston last year, hit a two-run shot off loser Scott Elbert to put the Cardinals ahead 3-1.“That pickoff last year definitely crushed me for a long time throughout the offseason,” Wong said. “But it was something that I definitely look back and I’m not thankful for it, but I know it made me stronger as a person and as a player.“Once you go through something like that, everything else is a walk in the park.”Carpenter and Wong, both left-handed hitters, connected against left-handed pitchers.Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed six solid innings for the Dodgers in his first start since a shoulder injury on Sept. 12.“Pretty amazing, a guy can be off that long and be that sharp,” Mattingly said. “He settled down and went farther than we thought.”Heavy rain fell briefly in the bottom of the seventh, when Yadier Molina greeted Elbert with a double for his second hit. Molina advanced on a sacrifice before Wong drove the next pitch into the Cardinals’ bullpen in right-center and let out a scream as he rounded first.“An awesome feeling,” he said.Carpenter had eight homers in the regular season and had never connected in consecutive games before these playoffs. He hammered a 1-2 pitch from Ryu over the right-center wall leading off the third.Yasiel Puig struck out in seven consecutive at-bats before hitting a leadoff triple in the sixth. Lackey almost got out of it, getting Adrian Gonzalez on a fly to shallow left and striking out Matt Kemp before Ramirez doubled to tie it.The crowd of 47,574 was the largest for a baseball game at 9-year-old Busch Stadium.Before the game, Mattingly announced Kershaw will start Game 4 on three days’ rest instead of Dan Haren, the only way Los Angeles has a chance to get two starts apiece out of its twin aces in this series. Zack Greinke would start Game 5 on regular rest in Los Angeles on Oct. 9..“This was certainly kind of a must-win, knowing that we do have Kershaw and Greinke left,” Carpenter said.Kershaw was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA this season and is a heavy favorite to win his third NL Cy Young Award in four years, but he blew a 6-1 lead in the Cardinals’ 10-9 victory in Game 1.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — After beating the New York Yankees on consecutive nights, the Baltimore Orioles were 6 1/2 games behind Texas for the AL’s second wild card with 23 games left and four other teams in front of them.“We’re going to try and win out. Crazier things have happened,” Manager Buck Showalter said following a 5-3, come-from-behind win Sept. 9.“I tell them all the time in advance meetings, today’s an opportunity to start doing the things that we’re capable of doing.”A 3-15 late-summer slide dropped the Orioles from contention. They won consecutive games for the second time since mid-August.After a day off, the Orioles open a three-game series at home Sept. 11 against AL champion Kansas City.“It starts now,” said Steve Pearce, who broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with a solo homer off Adam Warren (6-6). “We’ve haven’t been playing good baseball, but there’s a lot of baseball left and we can turn it around, and it started with this series.”Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees. New York took a 3-1 lead in the third against Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9), who retired 13 of his last 14 batters.“We’ve seen many times this year him pitch real well, like he did tonight, in a tough environment, on the road against a good team, that’s scratching and clawing for everything,” Showalter said.Jimenez allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none to win his second straight start after going winless in four outings.“You have to take every game like it’s the last and try to go with everything you have and let’s see what happens,” Jimenez said.New York got only one hit after the third. Darren O’Day and Zach Britton finished the four-hitter, with Britton saving his 32nd game in 35 chances.Wearing a new brace on his surgically repaired right knee, CC Sabathia made his first start since Aug. 23 when he cut an outing short because of knee pain.Sabathia left with a two-run lead, the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth, and Jonathan Schoop hit a one-hopper to third baseman Chase Headley. But second baseman Stephen Drew allowed the throw to bounce past him for an error that let Baltimore tie the score at 3-3.Drew’s shaky night began when Gerardo Parra’s first-inning bouncer on what could have been a double play bounced off the second baseman’s glove and face, limiting him to a forceout when he recovered. Chris Davis singled in a run with two outs on a catchable soft fly that dropped in front of Beltran in right.Davis added a run-scoring double in the eighth against Brian Mitchell and reached base five times (2 for 2, two walks and a hit batter).“We’re back into a corner,” Pearce said. “It’s a long shot, but we know we’re not out of this thing.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)
PITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s time to stop treating the Chicago Cubs like they’re too young to be here.The stage they seemingly weren’t ready for now seems hardly big enough to contain them. Not with Jake Arrieta dealing. Not with a group of 20-somethings in the field that play with swagger and confidence. Not with a manager adept at keeping the minds of his rapidly maturing team decidedly clutter-free.Watch out baseball, the Cubs — yes, the Cubs — are ahead of schedule. And the timetable only seems to be picking up speed for Joe Maddon’s bunch.Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and Chicago rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 7. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Oct. 9.“I’m exhausted. I haven’t felt this way all year,” said Arrieta, who led the majors with 22 wins. “This atmosphere, the energy was unbelievable. Tried to use it to the best of my ability. They were loud, they were really loud.”Dexter Fowler homered and scored three times for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber, a rookie who began his season in Double-A, added a towering two-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole as Chicago raced to an early lead and let Arrieta do the rest.“Jake told me when we talked last night, he said, ‘You give me a few runs, I’m good,’” Fowler said. “And I said, ‘All right, bro, we’ll see what we can do.’”The largest crowd ever at PNC Park failed to rattle Arrieta or one of baseball’s youngest teams, one that looked right at home while snapping a nine-game playoff losing streak that dated to the 2003 NL Championship Series.“You don’t think that these guys are 21, 23 years old, because they don’t play like it,” Arrieta said. “They have elevated their play to a level that’s beyond their years, and it’s one of the big reasons we’re here.”Sounds a lot like the Houston Astros, by the way. They opened this year’s postseason Oct. 6 by winning the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.Pittsburgh was knocked out after finishing second in the majors with 98 victories this year. Last season, the Pirates also were shut out on four hits at home in the wild-card game, losing to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.“Two years in a row we’ve drawn a tough bull,” manager Clint Hurdle said.The bearded, 29-year-old Arrieta, still unbeaten since July 25, stretched his remarkable second half — in which he posted an 0.75 ERA — into the opening round of the playoffs. He threw the first complete-game shutout for the Cubs in the postseason since Claude Passeau tossed a one-hitter in the 1945 World Series against Detroit.Arrieta even laughed off a weird sequence in the seventh when Watson’s fastball hit him in his left side. The benches and bullpens cleared when Watson was issued a warning, leading to little more than a few heated exchanges along the first base line.Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, who’d already been pulled, was ejected and proceeded to give an unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.“It’s two teams battling, grinding it out, supporting their own guys, and sometimes those things happen,” Arrieta said. “But we moved past it, and after that point it was just baseball as usual.”And Arrieta was basically unhittable, as usual.Hurdle shelved slugger Pedro Alvarez — whose 27 homers led the team but whose 23 errors made him a defensive liability — in favor of more sure-handed Rodriguez. Hurdle pointed to the athleticism Rodriguez brought as a major factor, figuring the Pirates would need to get creative to score against Arrieta rather than hope Alvarez runs into the kind of mistake Arrieta has avoided nearly all season.Maddon took the opposite approach, starting Kris Bryant in left and Schwarber in right and Tommy La Stella at third — positions each had played only sparingly during the regular season — because it was the lineup that presented the most firepower.Did it ever.Chicago took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Fowler led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to left by Schwarber.The two hooked up again in the third. Fowler singled with one out and Schwarber turned an 88 mph slider from Cole into a massive two-run shot that appeared destined for the downtown Pittsburgh skyline before disappearing over the stands in right field.“I watched,” Schwarber admitted with a laugh.The blast drained whatever juice remained from a crowd that spent the buildup to the showdown between the teams with the second and third best record in the majors trying to get a rise out of Arrieta on Twitter. All it did was fire him up, tweeting “whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter.”Pretty much.Maddon has preached a “keep it simple” approach since taking over last winter. When Arrieta is on the hill, Maddon’s job tends to get pretty easy.Arrieta retired 10 straight at one point, his only real wobbles coming in the sixth and seventh. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out behind a single, a hit batter and an error.Starling Marte’s sharp grounder, however, rolled right to Addison Russell at shortstop. A toss to second and a throw to first later to complete the double play, and Arrieta and the rest of his teammates were pumping their fist on the way back to the dugout.The team with the best road record in the majors this season hardly fazed by the stakes or the weight of 106 years of postseason futility.The Pirates, meanwhile, head into the offseason after a brief nine-inning stay. Last fall it was Bumgarner and the Giants who silenced the masses in an 8-0 whitewash on their way to winning the World Series.This time it was Arrieta’s turn, perhaps a more alarming development considering the Pirates will spend a large portion of the next decade trying to keep up with Schwarber, Bryant and Russell as well as the Cardinals in the hyper-competitive NL Central. St. Louis led the majors with 100 wins.“Well, sports is hard,” Hurdle said. “Life’s not fair. You go out and play. You get beat, you move on.”(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
(ANA) – Greek sailor Dimitris Papadimitriou was named Laser Radial Youth world champion on Friday, after competing in 11 races at the 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships, held at Medemblik, Netherlands over the past week.He was followed by Argentina’s Matias Dietrich and Nicholas Bezy from Hong Kong. In the women’s division, Germany’s Hannah Anderssohn took first place, followed by Uruguay’s Dolores Moreira Fraschini and Charlotte Rose from the U.S.Forty-six countries were represented in the event by 379 sailors (273 boys, 106 girls) from 15 to 18 years of age who competed from August 13 to 18.TweetPinShare0 Shares
At Computex Taipei 2019, SECO will present a comprehensive range of products mainly centered around SECO’s cross-platform vision and its modular solutions based on state-of-the-art technologies and standard form factors (Qseven, COM Express, and SMARC).The complete Qseven-based product portfolio ranges from solutions featuring the NXP i.MX 8 Applications Processors – such as the Q7-C26, remarkable for its wide connectivity and rich M2M interface for onboard subsystems – or the NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors (Q7-C25), to modules equipped with Intel Atom X Series, Intel Celeron J / N Series and Intel Pentium N Series (formerly Apollo Lake) Processors (Q7-B03) and Intel Atom E3800 and Celeron families (formerly Bay Trail) SoC (Q7-974).The scalability of the COM Express form factor with the latest Intel platforms will be highlighted with three innovative products: the COMe-C55-CT6 – Compact COM Express Rel. 3.0 Type 6 module with 8th Gen Intel Core and Celeron U-series processors (formerly Whiskey Lake), the COMe-C24-CT6 – COM Express 3.0 Compact Type 6 Module with Intel Atom X Series, Intel Celeron J / N Series and Intel Pentium N Series (formerly Apollo Lake) Processors – and the COMe-C08-BT6 – COM Express with Intel 8th generation Core / Xeon (formerly Coffee Lake H). The COM Express Compact 3.0 Type 6 Module COMe-B75-CT6 with AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors will be also showcased.Among the highlighted solutions there will be the SM-B71, a SMARC Rel. 2.0 compliant module with Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC. Unique for its blending of the ARM and FPGA domains, it delivers a flexible ARM + FPGA heterogeneous processing in a standard form factor, merging the cost-effective Dual-Core to high-performance Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 MPSoCs with GPU/VCU, granting extreme flexibility (up to 256k FPGA logic cells), vast scalability, and high-end performance all at once.Not only hardware: a special focus will be on SECO’s brand-new Industrial Internet of Things platform, an all-encompassing B2B service aiming at unleashing the customer’s full potential thanks to the power of AI and Big Data: mainly addressed to industrial enterprises, the service transforms the business into a fully-fledged Smart Industry.Finally, SECO’s booth will also include an area entirely dedicated to the company’s latest creations in the realm of DIY electronics and open-source hardware: UDOO BOLT, an AI-first, high-performant SBC powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC and also featuring an Arduino-compatible platform for sensing and programming the physical world, and UDOO X86II, the next-gen Intel x86 II open hardware SBC with Intel Quad Core 64 bit and Arduino Leonardo Microcontroller.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: attractive package pricing for complete solutions in entry-level test instrumentsNext DATA MODUL: large-sized open frame monitors with high brightness and easyTouch function
Continue Reading Previous Maxim nanoPower real-time clock extends battery life in wearables, POSNext Arrow Electronics, Rigado and Iconics launch market-ready Smart Buildings Solution Apacer is adding the 3D TLC SV250 SSD series to its product line. Made with original ICs from Toshiba, it offers capacities from 30GB to 960GB, and up to 3,000 P/E cycles. It has impressive sequential read/write speeds of 560 and 520MB/s, respectively. It also functions smoothly in temperatures ranging from -40 to 85 degrees C. And its advanced data protection algorithm maximizes it durability and reliability, making it an ideal choice for factory automation applications, security monitoring systems and edge computing devices, etc.Thanks to advanced algorithms including LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) ECC and DataRAID™, data reliability of Apacer’s SV250 series is secured despite of being equipped with TLC NAND flash. Apacer’s engineers also built in a variety of value-adding features, such as a power-saving mode, wear leveling, flash memory management, S.M.A.R.T. and Trim technology.In the case of an unexpected hard shutdown, the SV250 series devices are protected by DataDefender. This combination of hardware and firmware technology is designed to improve data integrity. When power disruption occurs, the hardware mechanism will notice and trigger the controller to run multiple write-to-flash cycles to store data. Then the firmware will check that the data was correctly written to the NAND flash after the power disruption and rebuild the mapping table, preventing data loss.More and more industrial manufacturers are realizing the value of adding encryption technology to their devices. Apacer’s SV250 series devices are self-encrypting drives that are protected by TCG Opal 2.0, which uses the advanced AES encryption to prevent unauthorized access to data. The 3D TLC SV250 series delivers an ideal balance of performance, reliability and cost. They are available in various form factors such as 2.5”, M.2 2280, and M.2 2242, as well as being available in module form.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Data is being procured at an ever increasing rate for analytics, machine learning, and other types of analysis. But Tbytes (or even Zbytes) of data need a transportation system to be useful and although we’ve transitioned from moving data through individual pipes to cloud-based services, we face extended requirements in practice. IoT devices are becoming more prevalent and we need to consider how we will transmit the exponential amount of data before we are suddenly confronted with the need.Applications such as real-time big data analysis require high bandwidth access to all that data. Standard hardware solutions can prove to be inadequate due to bandwidth and capacity. So, to solve for cost (especially when scaling up), bandwidth, capacity, and long-term reliability, there are two valid options at present. The first is cloud computing over high speed Internet and the second is localized portable storage arrays with high speed fiber connections.Cloud SolutionsThe advantages of cloud solutions include offloading cost and hassle of growth onto a cloud provider. Local machines can be offloaded to a generally reliable cloud system. Enterprise level storage arrays with redundancy and historical backups are commonly available from many cloud providers who offer additional reliability and performance from networks that deploy multiple decentralized data centers. With the growing ecosystem of global datacenters maintaining massive virtual clouds, cloud solutions provide an increasingly robust and convenient way in which to store and transfer large volumes of data generated from new technologies and applications such as IoT, autonomous vehicles and other connected smart devices.But while a standard Internet connection provides easy access, it also limits bandwidth to Internet connection speeds. And while giving up the hassle of maintaining the system, you also give up control over the performance of cloud machines, being limited to what is provided.Localized Portable SolutionsWith localized portable solutions, performance can be customized to meet application needs, giving great flexibility. Compute load can still be offloaded, this time from a client machine onto the server, and you can set up security protocols so that only local clients can access the system. The main advantage of localized systems is that connection speeds are much higher using high speed fiber network adapters. 10Gb/s connections over Ethernet have begun to break into the consumer level market and even greater speeds are available over commercial grade SFP connections and optic fiber interconnects. Compared to the national average of 96Mbps/32Mbps up/down over the Internet, this offers notably faster speeds. With IoT expected to generate Zettabytes of data annually alongside the growth and development of new technologies such as machine learning that take advantage of these massive datasets, this speed may not be enough for certain applications. In addition to the added total bandwidth, localized solutions also offer much lower latency and can benefit applications that need low response times, such as video editing of high resolution footage and compositing/rendering Hollywood-grade special effects sequences. For added speed and responsiveness, localized storage systems can be customized with solid-state storage drives as high speed data buffers or used in place of traditional hard drive storage media as the primary storage units.With localized units, transfer and deployment of entire storage systems can be as easy as carrying it to the needed location and hooking it up, as with CP Technologies’ Portable Storage Arrays. These types of storage devices offer a convenient and efficient means of migrating hundreds of TBs of data to a cloud provider. Data can be transferred and stored on the system in a minimal amount of time using high speed fiber connections, then hand carried or shipped to the cloud provider’s datacenter. With such localized solutions, you can transfer TBs of data significantly faster by redeploying in the new location compared to sending all the data over the Internet. And, if you need Internet accessibility, localized solutions can be configured to be Internet accessible. Additionally, by having a discrete portable storage unit, you also maintain a high degree of data security when transferring data from site-to-site, as you can have personnel monitor the unit at all times with significantly reduced for concern over Internet hacking or unauthorized access, since it’d take a physical connection and power to the storage unit in order to access the data while in transit.The main disadvantage of localized storage is that it is not as robust as decentralized cloud storage. If a flood or some other act of God happens and you don’t have additional off-site machines, then you can lose everything. And capacity and growth will be limited by the size and number of local machines. While localized solutions tend to be very cost effective, additional costs for space, power and cooling need to be taken into account when expanding upon an existing storage solution.Whichever solution is the best fit for you, something to think about is creating redundancy of data. Decentralized clouds can mitigate the effects of disasters by spreading out their data across multiple data centers. Local systems should be used with an accompanying off-site storage solution to ensure that the security of the data system is decoupled from its geographic location. When transferring machines from site-to-site, having a ruggedized design like those made by CP Tech ensures that data remains safe when in transit.Michael McCormack is a CEO of Combat Proven Technologies and has extensive domestic and international experience in managing organizations that design and manufacture a wide range of innovative products. His experience covers over 25 years in defense and industrial markets and previous to that served in the US Air Force. 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Before the start of France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign, all the talk was about France’s top three of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele but in the end, it was another man, who came to their rescue.It was Manchester United and France’s talismanic midfielder Paul Pogba, who came to Les Blues’ rescue with a crucial goal against Australia in Kazan on Saturday as France beat Australia 2-1 in the afternoon kick-off.Although he did not put up a scintillating display in midfield, Pogba powered into the box after a couple of one-twos and scored with a slightly deflected lob to earn Les Bleus all three points.It had been rumoured that the Manchester United player could lose his place in the starting line-up at the World Cup after a hit-and-miss season, but France coach Didier Deschamps eventually kept faith in Pogba.”We can’t do without him,” Deschamps had said during the build-up to the World Cup.#FRAAUS #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/XigVaylmdiEquipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 16, 20182018 FIFA World Cup, Day 3: UpdatesAs Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele failed to have an impact in open play, Pogba, one of only four players with previous World Cup experience, came up with the goods nine minutes from time.According to Griezmann, he even over-delivered, becoming the first French player to score in consecutive World Cups since Michel Platini found the back of the net in 1982 and 1986.”We are not expecting him to score, he needs to keep the ball, and win some balls,” said Griezmann, whose second-half penalty was cancelled out by another penalty from Mile Jedinak.advertisement”On his goal, he was strong, went for a couple of one-twos, that’s what we expect from him.”Pogba was unfazed, admitting he got a little help from Aziz Behich as his shot looped off the shin of the Australia defender before going under the bar.”I was really helped by the defender. But scoring with my ear, my nose, my foot, I don’t care. As long as it’s in, it’s fine,” he said.While he has been largely disappointing at United, Pogba manages to raise his level when he wears the Blue shirt, and Deschamps has an explanation.”I know how to use him,” the coach, who captained France to their only World Cup title on home soil in 1998, told a news conference.”Paul has got a lot of potential, he puts himself in the best position.”A big goal at an important time for @FrenchTeam from @paulpogba #FRAAUS pic.twitter.com/X1JvfoSCcFFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018Deschamps’ 4-3-3 system gives Pogba more freedom as the formation features three defensive midfielders.”It suits him very well because he has the freedom to go forward, which he would not be at liberty to do if we were playing with two defensive midfieders,” said Deschamps.France will also face Peru and Denmark in Group C.(With inputs from Reuters)
Vivo has launched a rebranded version of Vivo V7+ in India dubbed as Vivo Z10. The smartphone has specifications similar to the V7+ except that it comes with 32GB internal storage. The Vivo V7+ comes with 64GB storage.The smartphone is available at stores of only Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for now.Vivo Z10 comes with 24MP front camera with Moonlight glow, Portrait mode and Vivo Face Beauty algorithm feature. There is a 16MP rear camera with slow motion, ability to take 64MP Ultra HD photos and PDAF.The Vivo Z10 features a 6-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm bezel, and 84.4 per cent screen-to-body-ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with 4GB RAM. The dual SIM phone also equips a fingerprint sensor at the back which can unlock the phone with fingerprints and also lets you capture selfies by simply placing your finger on the sensor. The smartphone also supports Face unlocking technology called Face Access. The Vivo Z10 runs on Android Nougat with 3,225 mAh battery.Vivo is set to launch its futuristic phone– Nex S– in India on July 19. The phone was announced alongside Nex A in China last June. The Nex S will have no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. The phone will run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 with 8GB RAM with in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone will have 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and its fingerprint sensor is expected to be faster than the one we saw in Vivo X21. The Nex S will sport a 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system comprising of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex S further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.advertisementVivo recently launched the Vivo X21 smartphone in India. The price starts at Rs 35,990. It is the second phone from Vivo to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, X20 Plus UD smartphone being the first one.
By K J M Varma Beijing, Aug 6 (PTI) Asian powerhouse China today announced its 845-member strong delegation of athletes, including 19 Olympic champions, who will take part in the 2018 Asian Games to be held in Indonesia next weekend. The Chinese delegation, which also includes 38 foreign coaches from 15 countries in 22 events, has signed up to compete in 376 disciplines of 38 sports out of the 40 on offer at the 18th Asiad, which opens on August 18 in Jakarta and runs through September 2 in the Indonesian capital. In the last Asian Games, which were held in the South Korean city of Incheon in 2014, China had sent its largest ever contingent of the 897-athlete for any Games overseas. At the 2014 Asian Games, China was the top medal winner with 151 gold, 109 silver and 85 bronze. Among all the Chinese athletes in the delegation, a majority, 631, will make their international debut in Jakarta, echoing the sports-governing body’s call to embrace the continental meet as a high-exposure test for the country’s young talents ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the state-run China Daily reported today. Star athletes, such as three-time Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang, men’s 100m sprint national record holder Su Bingtian and Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Zhu Ting, will lead the Chinese delegation to fight for Asian dominance in mainstream events, including swimming, track and field and collective ball games against rivals Japan, South Korea, Iran and Qatar, the report said. The only two sports China will not compete in at the games in Jakarta are Kabaddi and weightlifting. Last year also it had not participated in kabbadi.advertisement China is facing a one-year suspension imposed October last by the International Weightlifting Federation for doping violations at the 2008 Summer Olympics. PTI KJV SMJSMJ