Stokes stars as England earn thrilling five-run win

first_img(REUTERS)-Ben Stokes hit a brisk half-century and then picked up three crucial wickets to help England to a tense five-run win against India in the third and final one-day international at the Eden Gardens yesterday.It was a consolation victory for England and their first on their tour of India after they lost the five-test series 4-0 and both previous ODIs.Opener Jason Roy hit 65, his third consecutive fifty, before half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow (56) and Stokes took England to 321-8 after India won the toss and chose to field.England seemed set for a comprehensive win despite an injury to seamer David Willey as India lost their top five batsmen for 173 but Kedar Jadhav (90) and Hardik Pandya brought the hosts back in the match with a sixth-wicket stand of 104.With India needing 16 off Chris Woakes’ final over, Jadhav, who scored a century in the first ODI at Pune, smashed the paceman for a six and a four but was then caught by Sam Billings at deep cover after two dot balls. The hosts finished on 316-9.Stokes’s last visit to Eden Gardens last April ended in a personal nightmare as Carlos Brathwaite smashed him for four consecutive sixes in the final over to win the World Twenty20 title for West Indies.On Sunday, the seamer first dismissed India’s best batsman Virat Kohli for 55 before returning to remove Pandya for 56 and break his dangerous partnership with Jadhav.India had just taken 16 runs off Woakes in the 47th over and needed 27 in 18 balls when England captain Eoin Morgan called on Stokes to bowl his final over.Stokes gave away just four runs, added the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin to his tally and finish with 3-63.Earlier, Roy and Billings (35), who replaced the injured Alex Hales, gave England a strong start with an opening partnership of 98.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja sent both the openers back in quick succession but Bairstow, brought into the side foComment guidelinesr the injured Joe Root, and captain Eoin Morgan kept England flowing with an 84-run stand for the third wicket.Stokes provided the late flourish with four boundaries and two sixes in his 39-ball 57.India and England will now play three Twenty20 internationals, starting with the first match on Thursday.ENGLAND InningsJ. Roy b Jadeja 65S. Billings c Bumrah b Jadeja 35J. Bairstow c Jadeja b H. Pandya 56E. Morgan c Bumrah b H. Pandya 43J. Buttler c Rahul b H. Pandya 11B. Stokes not out 57M. Ali c Jadeja b Bumrah 2C. Woakes run out (Dhoni, B. Kumar) 34L. Plunkett run out (Dhoni) 1Extras (b-1 lb-8 nb-1 w-7) 17Total (for 8 wickets, 50 overs) 321Fall of wickets: 1-98 S. Billings,2-110 J. Roy,3-194 E. Morgan,4-212 J. Buttler,5-237 J. Bairstow,6-246 M. Ali,7-319 C. Woakes,8-321 L. PlunkettDid not bat: D. Willey, J. BallBowling: B. Kumar 8 – 0 – 56 – 0(w-2),H. Pandya 10 – 1 – 49 – 3(w-1),J. Bumrah 10 – 1 – 68 – 1(nb-1 w-3),Y. Singh 3 – 0 – 17 – 0,R. Jadeja 10 – 0 – 62 – 2, R. Ashwin 9 – 0 – 60 – 0(w-1)INDIA InningsA. Rahane b Willey 1L. Rahul c Buttler b Ball 11V. Kohli c Buttler b Stokes 55Y. Singh c Billings b Plunkett 45M. Dhoni c Buttler b Ball 25K. Jadhav c Billings b Woakes 90H. Pandya b Stokes 56R. Jadeja c Bairstow b Woakes 10R. Ashwin c Woakes b Stokes 1B. Kumar not out 0J. Bumrah not out 0Extras (lb-8 nb-1 w-13) 22Total (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 316Fall of wickets: 1-13 A. Rahane,2-37 L. Rahul,3-102 V. Kohli,4-133 Y. Singh,5-173 M. Dhoni,6-277 H. Pandya,7-291 R. Jadeja,8-297 R. Ashwin,9-316 K. JadhavBowling:C. Woakes 10 – 0 – 75 – 2(nb-1), D. Willey 2 – 0 – 8 – 1(w-5),J. Ball 10 – 0 – 56 – 2(w-1),L. Plunkett 10 – 0 – 65 – 1(w-2)B. Stokes 10 – 0 – 63 – 3(w-5)M. Al 8 – 0 – 41 – 0.last_img read more

Africa Sports to storm Tarkwa

first_imgMedeama Sporting Club will host Africa Sports of Ivory Coast in an international club friendly match on Sunday at the Tarkwa stadium.The management of Medeama SC is pleased to organize this friendly match with one of the finest clubs on the African continent to keep their team in shape before the league resumes from recess.Africa Sports are expected to give Medeama SC a tough challenge after beating Kumasi Asante Kotoko 3-2 at the Baba Yara stadium over the weekend in an international club friendly.This is the first major friendly game for Medeama SC who are second with 32 points on the glo league log.Africa sports with their wealth of experience are expected to attract more fans to Tarkwa this Sunday to witness the thrilling encounter with Medeama sc.Benedict Owusu/ Asempa Sportslast_img read more

Bucky Raw’s CS2 Mixtape Continues Record Breaking Streak

first_imgAll Bucky Raw did was to send out an impromptu Facebook post, which served as the only announcement for the mixtape’s release, and fans went wild.Bucky Raw continues to history, this time being the first Liberian rapper to have his album or mixtape feature on Billboard music chart.Bucky “Country Soda 2” (CS2) mixtape, released few months after his deportation from the US, now stands 10 places (September 12, 2018) on the Billboard world music album chart.  The mixtape has been projected by Liberian music critics to reach #1 if the current demand trend continues.The mixtape is currently 10th place on the iTunes World Music Albums chart and 89th on the Amazon Best Seller International category for digital (September 12, 2018), although last week it  topped both charts.This achievement makes the rapper the first and only Liberian artist to have his album/mixtape featured in the top ten of iTunes, Amazon, and Billboard.CS2 is a 12-track mixtape composed of lyrics that are derogative to women and considered by music critics unfit for listening due to its negative or abusive melodic.However, despite the fact that the mixtape is highly filled with such lyrics, its demand among both male and female fans continues to surge in order to meet the artist’s target of 50,000 digital sales on all streaming platform.It is a target which appears possible, looking at the fact that the mixtape’s release came out of nowhere and without promotional publicity. Yet its demand has increased and is massively loved by fans.All Bucky did was to send out an impromptu Facebook post, which served as the only announcement for the mixtape’s release, and fans went wild.“Country Soda 2” (CS2) has been produced by over five producers, making it Bucky’s first studio mixtape. The cover art for the 12-track collection features a child with a hat on, standing in front of a group of people behind him.The massive love shown towards CS2 by fans is something that is unprecedented in Liberia’s music industry and in post-war Liberian music industry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more