Senior pros VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid struck half centuries as India ended the fourth day’s play at 229 for three in the second Test match against the West Indies being played at the Kensington Oval thereby extending their overall lead to 240 runs. Score | PhotosAt stumps, Laxman (72 batting, 171 balls, 6×4) having scored his second 50 of the match was batting in company of Virat Kohli (26 batting, 98 balls, 1×4, 1×6) having added 75 runs for the undefeated fourth wicket partnership. Dravid scored a slow 55 (171 balls, 3×4) while Abhinav Mukund (48, 6×4) was unlucky to miss out on his maiden Test half century.However almost all the Indian batsmen employed a sedate approach as the visitors could only manage 206 runs in a whole day’s play that saw 83.2 overs being sent down by the Caribbean bowlers.It will be interesting to find out as to when Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides to declare so that he can give his bowlers enough chance to take 10 wickets.India are 1-0 up in the series having clinched the first Test in Jamaica by 63 runs last week.Dravid and Laxman themselves put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket but it was their presence that helped two young Indian batsmen to play confidently.Both Mukund and Kohli played their first substantial innings of the tour as India produced 62, 65 and 75 runs for second, third and fourth wickets respectively.The day began ominously for the Indians who once again lost opener Murali Vijay (3) early as he edged a Ravi Rampaul delivery behind the stumps.advertisementVijay now has scores of 8,0, 11 and 3 from the series and would be very lucky if he manages to retain his berth in the final Test in Dominica (July 6-10). In fact it seems that he has blown away the chance to make it to the squad for England.India didn’t find the going particularly good thereafter though Mukund grew in assurance with every passing minute in the middle.Most of the concerns, strangely, revolved around Dravid who unusually struggled on a bouncy pitch and lived dangerously.He was also at the centre of an umpiring controversy when he flicked Darren Sammy to midwicket region and fielder Adrian Barath made a tumbling scoop to claim a catch.Several replays and after a five-minute hold up, the claim was rejected and Dravid, then on 10, could continue his innings. It was the 17th over of the innings, the 12th of the morning session with the visitors’ score reading 47 for 1.Even after the two umpires, Ian Gould and Asad Rauf, had resumed their positions, and the fielders and bowlers were back in their place, the third umpire Gregory Brathwaite kept lingering over the decision before ruling it in batsman’s favour.Mukund and Dravid then held steadfast to guide India to 62 for 1 from the session which duly lost an hour due to rain as has been the norm in this Test.The elegance of young Mukund was much in evidence as he always got behind the line of the delivery and played a few pleasing strokes down the ground. But for one occasion when a Fidel Edwards bouncer hit him on the helmet, the left-hander was usually in control. Mukund’s one stroke, a glorious cover drive off Darren Sammy, stood out from the morning session’s play.The southpaw fell after lunch, just two runs shy of his maiden half century, when he rose on his heels to an Edwards bouncer which still took his gloves on way to the wicketkeeper.Mukund batted for 153 minutes and hit six fours from the 81 balls he faced. He was a picture of dejection as he walked back to pavilion.Dravid now had his long-stand partner Laxman at the other end who withstood all that West Indies could muster from its four-pronged attack. Both took India to tea without any further loss at 143 for 2.Dravid fell in an uncharacteristic manner post-tea when he slashed at a rising delivery from Edwards and was puched by Ramnaresh Sarwan at first slip.The veteran batsmen batted for 221 minutes, faced 171 balls and hit three fours, two of which were steers past the slip cordon.Dravid’s departure brought the sparse crowd on its feet as they anticipated Edwards to make short work of Virat Kohli once again.The fielders began crouching around the bat and Kohli once nearly played into the hands of forward short leg as well but West Indies didn’t get the breakthrough they were looking.Kohli held firm even as runs were not coming and opened his score in pulled six off Edwards?even though it took 22 balls in coming.advertisementLaxman batted without a worry at the other end, going past Sir Garfield Sobers’ run aggregate of 8032 runs on the home ground of the most talented all-round cricketer the world has ever seen. Laxman was unfazed by anything the West Indies could throw at him, hooking Edwards in front of square leg for a boundary and then essaying a classic on-drive off Darren Sammy which gathered pace and hit the pickets despite a heavy outfield.A hapless West Indian team decided against taking the second new ball as both its premier fast bowlers, Edwards and Rampaul, were exhausted by a long day’s exertions.Rain did intervene during the day but not in the manner it had on two previous days. An hour was lopped off due to rain in the morning and then the middle session could begin after a 10-minute delay.- With inputs from PTI
Kerala Blasters rode on a strike from Kervens Belfort to defeat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg of their Indian Super League (ISL) semifinal on Sunday.Belfort scored the winner in the 65th minute as Kerala registered their sixth consecutive win at their home ground.The Haiti international picked up the ball in the Kerala half, made a long run into the opponent penalty box and dribbled past a defender before unleashing a shot which took a lucky deflection off Delhi defender Anas Edathodika and went in at the near post.Kerala will thus take a slender but important advantage into the second leg to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday.Kerala were on a five-match winning streak at their home ground before this match and they seemed to be in good shape for this encounter.With Mehtab Hossain returning from suspension and Josu Prieto also back in the starting XI, Kerala were at their best.Delhi Dynamos too looked good at start with all players being available and they almost silenced the huge crowd in the first minute itself.A long hopeful ball from midfield saw Delhi’s Florent Malouda take aim but a clearance saw the ball fall for Kean Lewis. Before the Delhi Dynamos winger could try his luck, Kerala defender Cedric Hengbart deflected the ball away for a corner.A minute later, it was Kerala’s turn to give Delhi a scare. From a counter attack, Belfort ran the length of the pitch and set it up for an unmarked C.K. Vineeth.advertisementThere was Duckens Nazon to his left but the in-form India striker chose to go for goal and instead ended up hitting the side netting from close range.Delhi took time to show their attacking strength and top scorer Marcelinho Pereira went close in the 35th minute. The Brazilian did well to push his way past Mehtab Hossain and Didier Kadio, but Kerala goalkeeper Sandip Nandy proved equal to the challenge.Kerala thought they had scored their opening goal and the stadium erupted in joy just before half time when an attempted back pass by Delhi’s Marcos Tbar saw Belfort intercept the ball and put it into the net.But that celebration proved to be premature as the assistant referee ruled that Belfort had handled the ball while attempting to receive it.But Belfort was not to be denied in the second session.The 24-year-old striker picked up a pass from Cdric Hengbart near the centre line, ran quite a distance with the ball, sidestepped defender Ruben Gonzalez Rocha and unleashed a shot with only Delhi goalkeeper Antonio Doblas to beat.The attempt was not powerful enough but a deflection from the sliding Anas Edathodika was enough to catch Doblas on the wrong foot and the ball went in at the near post.Delhi’s response was strong with Malouda testing the rival goalkeeper and 10 minutes later, Kerala survived their biggest scare.A corner kick from Malouda saw the Kerala Defence head it out but the ball came back for Tebar who lobbed it into the six-yard box where Marcelinho headed it dangerously towards goal but Hengbart proved to be Kerala’s saviour by heading it off the line.The match was marred by violent scenes towards the the fag end when the referee denied Delhi what seemed to be a very strong case for a penalty.Kerala’s star defender Sandesh Jhingan brought down Marcelinho inside the hosts’ penalty box during second half injury time. But the referee did not find anything wrong with the challenge and showed a yellow card to Delhi’s Richard Gadze for protesting.That incident coupled with an off the ball foul on Marcelo Pereira by Kerala’s Didier Boris Kadio saw emotions boil over in the Delhi camp and the two sets of players indulged in a physical confrontation at the final whistle.
The Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA held its biannual Open Mind Gala on March 22nd at the Beverly Hilton in support of mental health research, education, and clinical care programs at UCLA.Demi Lovato Honored At Open Mind GalaCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for UCLA Semel Institute’s Open Mind GalaThe Open Mind Gala, which was sponsored by both The Friends of the Semel Institute and the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Directors, raised over $900,000 for the cause.Friends Courteney Cox and Lisa KudrowCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for UCLA Semel Institute’s Open Mind GalaThe Open Mind Gala honored three leaders in business, education, and entertainment, for their work in advancing the fields of neuroscience and mental health. Demi Lovato received the Artistic Award of Courage from CAST Centers CEO Mike Bayer for her inspirational leadership, passion, and advocacy in using her platform to heroically speak out about mental health in order to reduce stigma, raise awareness, and help others. Julia S. Gouw accepted the Humanitarian Award, in memory of Dr. Lori Altshuler, from Dr. Peter Whybrow for her deep commitment to improving the lives of those with mental illness through humanitarian efforts and philanthropy. Dr. Kelsey Martin was honored with the Visionary Award, presented to her by Chancellor Gene Block, for her outstanding visionary work in the fields of mental health and neuroscience. Actress Lisa Kudrow hosted the event, while singer-songwriter Chord Overstreet took the stage with his guitar in hand to perform “Homeland” and his new single “Hold On.”Attendees included Vicky Goodman (Founder and President of The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA), Dr. Nancy Glaser (Founding Chair of The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors), event co-chairs Margot Calabrese, Alexandra Dwek, Beth Karmin, and Dana Pachulski, UCLA’s Dr. Michael Gitlin, Dr. Andrew Leuchter, and Dr. Thomas Strouse, along with Dan Bucatinsky, Courteney Cox, Diane Keaton, Andrea and Peter Roth, Jane Semel, Luke Walton, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh, and more.