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
Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays,Restaurant review: TapBe A SportTap is modelled as a sports bar, but if you’re heading over to watch an important game, know that after it’s over, the screen will be rolled away, the projector turned off, and the space will transform into another city rarity – a bar that plays Bollywood tunes.To extend the vibe of the former avatar, there are football-team pennants hanging from the ceiling and a token arcade dart game for patrons to enjoy in the al fresco area. That it’s simulated makes it a safe bet-darts and drinks aren’t exactly the best combination.Said drinks are aren’t inventive, but the staples are satisfactory. The red wine sangria is fruity but not too sweet; the LIIT needed a splash of alcohol, but once the friendly waitstaff obliged, it was potent and perfect. To keep up with stereotypes, enjoy the game with a chilled Tuborg, and if you want to mix things up a little, you can rarely go wrong with classics such as the mojito and cospmopolitan.To cushion the considerable punch of these concoctions, start with a plate of Tap’s Macho Nachos. They live up to their name in both effect and flavour, accompanied by a variety of dips and toppings.In true bar fashion, the establishment’s grub doesn’t quite match the quality of drinks, but makes for a satisfactory meal if you’re trying to sober up before the second innings of your night, and game.From an exhaustive multi-cuisine menu that has Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese food on offer, we recommend their Mexican fare, but suggest you steer clear of the Italian dishes.Meal for two Rs 2,500 At Royal Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri WestTel 42634002Timings Noon to 1.30 a.m.By Asmita BakshiadvertisementListingsEvam Standup Tamasha: August 27Lungis are not great for dancing. Everything above Bangalore is North India. Modi is not a wave. And Rajni is the true king. Catch Karthik Kumar, Aravind Subramanian, Naveen Richard, Aswin Rao and Bala Kumaran, who call themselves loudmouths from down South, offer such pearls of wisdom and more.At Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman PointTel 22824567Timings 7 p.m.Tickets Rs 300, Rs 250 and Rs 200; available at the box office and bookmyshow.com.Mix BagAugust 21 and 22Fashion, jewellery, beauty and wellness products from rising entrepreneurs and stalls showcasing arts and crafts of weavers and artisans from across India are the highlights of Indian Merchants’ Chamber Women Entrepreneurs exhibition.At World Trade Centre, Cuffe ParadeTimings 11 a.m. to p.m.Tel 66387272Jules et JimAugust 20Director Francois Truffaut’s landmark film, Jules et Jim, follows the story of Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) whose friendship faces its toughest test when they both fall for the same girl, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau).At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine LinesTel 22035993Timings 6.30 p.m.Entry FreeChar… The No-Man’s IslandAugust 29Sourav Sarangi’s documentary follows the fraught life of teenager Rubel, who smuggles rice from India to Bangladesh by crossing the river Ganga. It’s the same river which eroded his home in India when he was just four.At Prithvi House, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 7 p.m.Trivial DisastersSeptember 6A man is unable to complete his sentences just when he wants to propose to his girlfriend. A talk show host interviews a serial killer. A man insists his broken kettle is under the warranty period. A son wants to reveal something important to his parents. A wife negotiates with the kidnappers of her husband. These are some of sketches enacted by Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadda, Purab Kohli and Cyrus Sahukar in this play directed by Atul Kumar and written by Ajay Krishnan.At Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Sophia College, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach CandyTickets From Rs 500Email firstname.lastname@example.orgShakkar Ke Paanch DaaneAugust 26In an hour long monologue, Rajkumar (Kumud Mishra) talks about his unremarkable life in a nondescript village and the five people who have stood out his drab life.At Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, JuhuTel 26149546Timings 9 p.m.Tickets Rs 150All Things Nice Wine WeekFrom August 25 to 31Oenophiles can avail a flat 30 per cent discount on any bottle of wine from all over the world or indulge in set course menus paired with wine at any of these restaurants: Four Season-Cafe Prato and San Qui, Sofitel Hotel ‘Jyran and Pondicherry Cafe, Trident BKC ‘ Maya and Botticino, Intercontinental Marine Drive-Long & Short and Kabab Corner, Novotel’s Olio, Out of the Blue, Serafina, Pizza Metro Pizza, O-Cha, Le Mangii, Cafe Mangi, Woodside Inn + All Day Bar & Eater, Viccinia, Di Napoli, Busaba in Colaba, The Tasting Room, Bungalow 9, Nico Bombay, Two One Two, Le Pain Quotidien, Olive Bandra, Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Caf, Cheval, Taj President, Grand Hyatt and Taj Land’s End.advertisementSoulmateAugust 20One of India’s leading blues bands, Shillong-based Soulmate return to the city. Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar present a sonorous blend of blues-rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower ParelTel 61586158Anish SoodSeptember 5Catch one of India’s busiest and biggest dance music artist Anish Sood, who has performed alongside giants such as David Guetta and Steve Aoki. Expect big room bass lines and trademark bootlegs.At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Tel 61586158War HeroesAugust 19 to 22See photographs depicting life and involvement of Indian Soldiers during World War I.At Galerie Max Mueller, Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala GhodaTel 22027710Timings 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Entry FreeLife Of A PhilosopherAugust 22 to September 15On the occasion of Albert Camus’ birth centenary, the Institut Franais and Gallimard edition offer a peek into the writer’s life through exclusive documents, pictures and videos related to his works.At Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines Tel 22035993 Entry Free
Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Hero Federation Cup at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack today.Darryl Duffy’s 35th-minute header and Balwant Singh’s 84th-minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides as the defending Champions progressed to the Final of the Hero Federation Cup where Bengaluru FC wait for the challenge.It was a bright start for East Bengal in the semi-finals and the Red and Golds could have taken the lead as early as the 8th minute when Plaza failed to tap home from close range after Rafique had found the Trinidad & Tobago forward in the box. Three minutes later, Rafique himself saw his header from inside the box being denied by a fine Debjit save.There were more bright spots for East Bengal but the Red and Golds failed to capitalise on them. In the 16th minute Rowllin Borges’s shot earned a good save by Mohun Bagan’s custodian Debjit Majumder and seven minutes later Wedson came close to drawing first blood when his shot from distance curled inches over the goal.For Mohun Bagan, the first real attempt at goal came in the 25th minute when a Sony Norde free-kick was parried away for a corner after Darryl Duffy was brought down. Sanjoy Sen’s men grew into the match and took the lead in the 35th minute when Darryl Duffy’s deft header off a Sony Norde cross crept into the back of the net.East Bengal dominated possession and shots on goal, but the Red and Golds had nothing to flaunt for their prowess, while Mohun Bagan made sure that the Mariners had their finishing boots on as Bagan lead 1-0 at half-time.advertisementMohun Bagan’s midfield sat deep in the second half and protected the Mariner’s defence for much of the half, trying to safeguard the slender lead.The Bagan defence too became compact and proved impenetrable for the East Bengal duo of Plaza and Wedson. Sanjoy Sen’s men attacked on counter and Sony Norde almost came close to doubling the lead when his shot in the 60th minute flew inches near the goal.Three minutes later, Rafique had a golden opportunity to equalise proceedings after a long ball in the box had left the Bagan defence in tandems. Rafique, however, failed to shoot the ball home from hand shaking distance to add to East Bengal’s missed opportunities.In the 78th minute, Debjit Majumder made a reflex save to deny Plaza’s header from close range. The Mariners defence line accompanied by its custodian held on for the remainder of time and Balwant Singh doubled Bagan’s lead in the 84th minute when he scored after Katsumi Yusa found him in the box.The full-time scoreline read 2-0 as Mohun Bagan progressed to the final.Bengaluru FC, earlier in the day, edged out Aizawl FC 1-0.Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will face each other in the final on May 18.
Aug 28 • In pursuit of perfect ice Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Along with Hurley and some others, he pitched in to help Tori rebuild. “Everybody thought she was crazy, but she’s got her mind set that when she starts a project she’s gonna finish it,” Hurley says. “And so we all kind of figured if the boat came back, she’d do it again.” Tori and Mac began dating as they worked to rebuild the American Pearl. He was extremely particular about the construction of the boat. They once broke up during a fight over the daggerboard, a hunk of wood that looks vaguely like a kickboard kids use when they’re learning to swim. It sticks up from the deck like a tongue and helps stabilize the boat. They reconciled the next day and continued building. Along with the new daggerboard, they made the cabin taller so she could sit up in it more comfortably. Tori added foam rubber to the inside, too, so it would hurt less when she got knocked around during storms. And this time, she brought more communications systems. Tori nears her final destination in Guadeloupe, after rowing 3,333 miles over 81 days. Courtesy of Spalding University Back to the beginning On Sept. 13, 1999, Tori set out again across the ocean in the American Pearl, this time from Spain’s Canary Islands heading for the Caribbean to take advantage of the trade winds. She had better luck with technology and the weather this time around, although she did run into Hurricane Lenny along the way, which brought 30- to 40-foot waves with it. She was afraid, but that storm paled in comparison to Danielle’s 125-foot waves the previous year. See more great stories from CNET Magazine. Mark Mann Her daily routine was highly regimented on the American Pearl. She rowed for 12 hours a day and took 5-minute breaks. If she took a “too-long” 6-minute break in the morning, she took a 4-minute break that afternoon to stay on track. On her best days, she could travel 80 to 90 miles. When she wasn’t rowing or fixing things, she was sleeping in a watertight chamber in the back of the boat or recording video footage. She filmed sea turtles and dolphins. On camera, she made breakfast and dinner, freeze-dried packets from a company called Natural High. She used her solar-powered desalinator often to make fresh water. She ate a lot of granola and pasta primavera, aiming for around 5,000 calories per day to offset the physical toll of rowing for hours straight. One day she ate a peanut butter and chocolate “pie” that looked like dirt mixed with gravel. Tori checked in with friends back home and talked with Mac regularly via her Iridium satellite phone. He describes periods of synchronicity where he’d randomly want to talk to her and she’d answer, despite it being via a battery-powered phone that she’d only turn on occasionally. “It was one of those of unusual, faraway connections,” he says. During one of their calls, Tori proposed to him. “When I get out of this boat, will you marry me?” Mac recalls her asking. “Sure, why not?” he replied. Tori used this Motorola Iridium satellite phone to talk with friends back home. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Shortly after, on Dec. 3, 1999, Tori set foot on Guadeloupe in the Caribbean after rowing 3,333 miles and 81 days. Mac was waiting for her. “She got out of the boat and got into my arms, and that’s basically where we’ve been for coming up on 20 years,” Mac says. I ask Mac if Tori’s bad at anything, only half joking. He just smiles and says that knowledge is everything to her. “She has the capacity to help 6,000, 60,000 or 600,000 people because that’s who she is.” He was just glad to have her back, but for Tori, it was something she had to do. “What you’re willing to suffer for is what you’re passionate about,” she says. Nowadays, Tori is focused on helping other people achieve their dreams. She gave two people the rights to adapt her book into a musical called Row, because “they’re young people with a dream.” One of the songs addresses a question Tori gets a lot. “Why did you row across the Atlantic?” The lyrics simply answer, “Because it’s there for me.” Tori really likes that. In addition to her solo rowing trip, Tori was also the first woman and the first American to ski to the South Pole. Courtesy of Spalding University This story appears in the Summer 2019 edition of CNET Magazine. A record of dubious merit When she set out, she had food rations for 100 days, not expecting the trip to take longer than 80 days. But roughly a week into the trip, the boat capsized and salt water leaked into her boat’s electronics compartment, knocking out her primary and backup long-range communications equipment. “I’d have had better communications if I’d gone to the moon than I did in the middle of the ocean,” Tori says. She continued to row for another 78 days without any long-range communications before encountering a series of bad storms, including Hurricane Danielle. Hurley and everyone else back home could track Tori’s location on the tracking beacon and saw the storm coming, but couldn’t get in touch with her. “It’s kind of like watching a car wreck when you can’t do anything about it,” he says. “You just hope for the best.” Her boat was designed to self-right, but Danielle tested its limits. Tori capsized 11 times in one day, and at least twice the boat flipped end over end. During one capsize, she dislocated her shoulder; during the next capsize, it was knocked back in place. Tori recorded a lot of video footage during the storm, as it was her only means of communication with the outside world, even though she had no way to send it. On Sept. 5, at 6:30 a.m., she recorded this on her camera: “I’m definitely in something big, bad and ugly. I’m really hoping I live through this. And if I don’t, I really love you guys.” Tori sits in front of the boat she rowed across the Atlantic, 20 years after her 1999 trip. Tyler Lizenby/CNET After weathering several more capsizes, Tori set off an emergency beacon called an EPIRB, an emergency position-indicating radio beacon. A Royal Air Force plane circled over her location in the North Atlantic Ocean to confirm someone was alive and in need of rescue. She was roughly 1,000 miles from her goal of reaching Brest, France. The aircraft then signaled a nearby container ship called the Independent Spirit to pick her up. She’d spent a total of 85 days at sea, setting a record for the longest amount of time anyone had spent alone on the ocean. Tori calls it “a record of dubious merit,” since it shouldn’t take that long to cross an ocean, alone or otherwise. (In 2007, Charles Hedrich would set the record for the fastest solo rowing trip across the Atlantic. It took him 36 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes.) Tori held onto a lot of the tech she took across the ocean. This is the EPIRB she used to signal for rescue. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The interim The Independent Spirit dropped Tori off in Philadelphia, and she headed back home to Kentucky without the American Pearl, injured and unsure of her next steps. Two and a half months later, she received a call that an oil tanker had found the American Pearl about 80 miles off the coast of Portugal. The tanker’s crew recovered the rowboat, and it was shipped back to Kentucky. Mac McClure called Tori soon after with an offer to help her rebuild the boat. Now her husband, at the time he was only an acquaintance. They worked in similar circles for local government and had attended some of the same events around town. Around the same time she also began working for heavyweight champion boxer and Louisville native Muhammad Ali to develop the Ali Center, a multicultural center and museum that opened in the city in 2005. In the course of working for Ali, they became close. Today a picture of her with Ali hangs in her office. He told her, “You don’t want to be known as the woman who almost rowed across the Atlantic.” It was true. She didn’t. “It was the first time she had ever failed at anything in her life,” Mac says. Now playing: Watch this: One woman’s quest to conquer the ocean CNET Magazine Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan 26 Photos reading • Rowing against the current Share your voice Tech at sea: All of the gear one rower hauled across an ocean 12:44 See All Fitness Tori Murden McClure’s office tells a hundred stories. The countless books crowding the walls are a natural fit for her role as the president of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. But look closer and there’s much more to see here. Rather than a collection of dry academic journals, titles like Ladies First: 40 Daring American Women Who Were Second to None; If Winning Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It; and Lessons in Leadership from the Ground Up: Turning Dreams Into Success all speak to a deep-seated drive. Elsewhere the room is covered in mementos hard-earned from an adventurous life. Tall white boots from a 1989 ski trip to the South Pole rest on the top of a bookcase. On a nearby windowsill sits a miniature replica of the boat she used 10 years later to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Tori was the first woman and the first American to ski to the South Pole and to row alone across the Atlantic, but she doesn’t keep the mementos just to show off. Instead they’re there as a personal reminder of what people can overcome, proof of her abilities after a difficult childhood where she was told girls shouldn’t play sports, be intellectually curious or stand up for themselves and others. “It was clear to me that the whole ‘lady’ thing was an evil conspiracy designed to keep girls incompetent and helpless,” Tori wrote in her 2009 book, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean. But rather than accepting them, she fought against those stereotypes to achieve her dreams and has spent her life inspiring other people to do the same. A solo trip Tori started rowing as an undergraduate at Smith College in 1982. She was on her way to attend the USRowing trials ahead of the 1992 Olympics, but a car accident forced her to drop out. She became a fixture at the community boat club in her hometown of Louisville and never stopped rowing. In 1997, she attempted an ocean crossing with a rowing partner during the Atlantic Rowing Race, but they had barely started when food poisoning and other delays forced them to stop. The next year, when Sector Sports Watches reached out to her asking if she was interested in attempting a solo trip, she jumped at the chance. A few people pitched in to help her get ready. Rowing coach Bob Hurley was one of them. He had some experience with building boats, but he wasn’t an expert. None of her circle were. “If she bought the kit, could we build the boat here?” he remembers her asking. “I told her, ‘I don’t know, but we can look at it.'” The critical electronics were the hardest part, Hurley says. No one had direct experience with solar panels or batteries, which meant they were basically winging it. The initial boat kit cost about $10,000, and the electronics and other equipment added another $10,000 to $15,000. Tori’s rowboat weighs 1,800 pounds and measures 23 feet long and six feet wide. She built it over several months with friends in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Courtesy of Spalding University Hurley, who’s been coaching rowers for 24 years, says Tori had a slow, consistent pace — something that’s important for rowing, especially long distances. Her experience rowing at sea during the previous attempt would only help. Equally important is the mental aspect of rowing alone for months on the open ocean. On a solo trip, Tori would have only a small watertight chamber to sleep in at night — or to retreat to during bad weather. “I told her to go home and live in her closet for a week. That’s what it takes,” Hurley says. Tori wasn’t worried about the solitude. “You don’t spend two and a half months alone in a rowboat if you’re not an introvert,” she tells me. She set off from Nags Head, North Carolina, on June 14, 1998, with her rowboat, the American Pearl. The boat clocked in at 23 feet long, 6 feet wide and about 1,800 pounds. She lowered it into the ocean with a trailer hitched on the back of her Ford F-150. Sector, her sponsor for the trip, gave her a video camera when she left and told her it would be her “best friend” as she crossed. She was doubtful, but they were right. • 0 Post a comment Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ CNET Magazine Tags Fitness
Two soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in a blast at a heavy weapons firing range in the Bandarban Sadar upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Jahidul Islam, 28, a resident of Lama upazila, and Nipun Chakma, 30. The wounded were taken to Dhaka’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH).All of them are members of Comilla Cantonment’s 16-Para Battalion.Bandarban’s police chief Zakir Hossain Majumder said the army was schedule to hold a firing practice at Amtoli on Saturday afternoon.The soldiers were clearing the bushes when an abandon shell exploded around 10:20am, killing Jahidul on the spot and injuring 11 others, he said.Nipun died while being taken to the CMH.