Ashes 2019: Paine expecting ‘same old’ Smith when batsman returns –

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling believes the Black Caps can take plenty of positives into the second Test against Sri Lanka, despite a six-wicket defeat in the first match of the series.

Dimuth Karunaratne scored a century in Galle to inspire Sri Lanka to a comfortable victory, ending a run of seven straight Test defeats to the Black Caps.

Tom Latham’s drop let Karunaratne off the hook early on day five, and though the hosts eventually lost their skipper when he edged Tim Southee behind, Sri Lanka had already done the bulk of the work in pursuit of their 268-run target.

Watling, though, insists New Zealand played well in spells throughout the first Test, suggesting missed chances to dismiss Sri Lanka’s key figures were crucial in deciding the outcome.

“We’re in a good space, we’re very disappointed to have lost that match,” Watling told a news conference ahead of the second Test in Colombo.

“We’d got ourselves into a good position to win it and obviously, we let it slip a fraction. We felt like we played some pretty good cricket over the five days.”

“We lost some key phases of that game. We know it’s tough to play in sub-continent conditions and then it’ll all happen, and you can lose wickets.

“It’s about taking it that little bit deeper. We had a few good starts in the first innings and probably should have scored about 350 on that surface, but we let Sri Lanka back in the game and that cost us.

“We bowled really well in the first innings and put them under a lot of pressure. Even in the second innings we missed a few chances that could have changed the game.

“Our spinners bowled really well, asked a lot of good questions, but we didn’t quite take those opportunities.”

Watling, who scored 77 in the second innings, added New Zealand cannot entirely blame themselves for the defeat.

“Nobody is trying to drop a catch or miss anything. They were pretty tough chances. We have to give a lot of credit to Sri Lanka’s batsmen, especially their opening partnership,” he said.

“They took it deep enough to win the Test match and hopefully we can look to make some more inroads into the top order and put the middle order under some more pressure.”

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka bowler Akila Dananjaya were both reported for suspect bowling actions in the first Test.

They will undergo testing within 14 days from the reporting date – August 18 – though they are permitted to bowl in Colombo.

How Pogba Reacted In Man Utd Dressing Room After Missing Penalty vs. Wolves – BlameFootball

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Manchester United were expected to make a consistent and strong start to their season after the thumping 4-0 victory against Chelsea on opening day.

That was a fixture riddled with positives for the Red Devils who seemed to have defensive stability as well as offensive swagger, a first in quite a while.

Monday saw them travel to the Molineux and take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, a team against whom Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a horrid record. While the Norwegian gaffer was successful in securing a draw this time around, the game could have easily gone the other way.

United took control of the game early on with Anthony Martial finding the back of the net in the first-half in a brilliant display of offensive pressure and team play.

WATCH: Explaining The Role Of McTominay Under Solskjaer

The away side’s other attempts during the game couldn’t be translated as well.

When Wolves came back onto the pitch in the second-half, the dynamic of the game shifted in their favor. After hitting the woodwork, the home side were able to equalize through a Ruben Neves freekick. However, United had the opportunity to win the game when Paul Pogba won a penalty later in the half.

The Frenchman decided to take the kick himself, ahead of Marcus Rashford who had scored from the spot against Chelsea. However, the World-Cup winner’s shot was saved by Rui Patricio.


How Marcus Rashford Reacted To Paul Pogba’s Penalty Miss vs. Wolves

This was a move that was heavily criticized, including some controversial comments hurled at Pogba.

Now, as per the Sun the Frenchman apologised to his teammates in the dressing room after the game.

Pogba was apparently frustrated at his action, which was the fourth time in the past year that he has failed to convert a goal from a penalty kick.

It does seem that the midfielder is being too hard on himself. Regardless, it seems certain that it may be quite a while before he is tasked with penalty-duties again.

Lionel Messi back training with group ahead of Real Betis clash – Barca Blaugranes

Lionel Messi is finally back training with the group after an injury he sustained in the first training session of preseason. He had previously returned to training alone and missed Barcelona’s opener against Athletic Club Bilbao.

He was training alone this morning but rejoined the group in the afternoon. It’s been 16 days since his calf muscle injury, but it seems the player could be ready to be a part of the next match in La Liga.

It remains to be seen how he does in the next few days of training, which will dictate how much he can play, if at all. The timing of the injury means he missed out completely on preseason so his fitness levels may be relatively low as well. One possibility is that he comes off the bench.

Ernesto Valverde also called up B team players Iñaki Peña, Chumi, Carles Pérez, and Abel Ruiz, in addition to Juvenil A player Ansu Fati, for the training session.

Pérez may play a role with the injuries to Messi, Luis Suárez, and Ousmane Dembélé in mind. Antoine Griezmann is expected to start upfront, as is Rafinha.

‘Huge shoes to fill’ – Root and Paine ponder Steve Smith absence – International Cricket Council

Steve Smith has starred so far in the ongoing men’s Ashes series, but will be absent from the third Test due to concussion.

He scored twin centuries in Australia’s first Test victory, but in the course of making 92 in the drawn second Test, he was hit on the back of the head below the helmet by a bouncer from Jofra Archer and forced to retire hurt.

Though he didn’t show immediate signs of ill effects, Smith woke up the next morning with a headache, and subsequent examinations ruled him out of the remainder of the Test, and the upcoming game at Headingley. Marnus Labuschagne, who came in as Test cricket’s first concussion substitute at Lord’s and made a half-century, is set to replace him in the XI, but Australia captain Tim Paine has said it will take a group effort to fill Smith’s boots.

Labuschagne will likely replace Smith in Australia's XI

Labuschagne will likely replace Smith in Australia’s XI

“We do it as a team,” he told reporters at Headingley. “There aren’t too many guys that have averaged higher than Steve in Test cricket. Clearly they are huge shoes to fill and we don’t put all that pressure on Marnus.

“Marnus comes in to play a role in our team and it’s up to everyone else, particularly our senior players, to make sure we give that little bit more output and cover Steve.”

For England, Smith’s absence, along with the momentum gained from their performance at Lord’s, gives them hope of drawing level in the series at Leeds, but home captain Joe Root said the plan is never to injure an opponent.

Smith's injury presents England with an opportunity

Smith’s injury presents England with an opportunity

 “When you play against someone of his quality, you’re trying to find a number of different ways of getting him out,” he said. “I felt like the way that Jofra bowled in that spell made for great cricket. It was great to be on the field being a part of that, and we felt like we were creating chances all the time, but you never want to see someone go off injured. For him to miss this game, there was a lot of concern in our dressing room for his health, and it’s great to see that he’s up and about and he’s fine.

“We had the challenge of Jimmy going down four overs into a Test match and had to manage that without a replacement. You get these swings within a big series like this, and when you get the opportunity you’ve got to jump on it. There’ll be huge shoes to fill for whoever comes in for him in Australia’s batting line-up, and we’ve got to make sure that we keep looking to exploit their techniques on these wickets.”

Whatever happens, someone else will take centre-stage at Headingley.

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers in Chennai: Jaipur Beat Tamil 28-26 – News18

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Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers: Catch all the live updates from the
Pro Kabaddi 2019 match between Tamil Thalaivas and Jaipur Pink Panthers through News18 Sports’ live blog.
Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Tamil Thalaivas 28-26 in the second game of matchday 27 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. In the first game of the night,
Puneri Paltan faced Bengaluru Bulls, at the same venue.

Jaipur Pink Panthers play their second Chennai leg match on Wednesday against home team Tamil Thalaivas. The visitors slumped to just their second loss of the season against UP Yoddha on Monday and will want to put that behind them with a positive result against a team they have never lost to in Pro Kabaddi. Tamil Thalaivas, meanwhile, improved on their result of the first match in the Chennai leg with a tie against Puneri Paltan. They have momentum on their side and they will look to use that to their advantage when they take on Jaipur Pink Panthers.

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Aug 21, 2019 9:53 pm (IST)

Jaipur’s Nilesh Salunke puts in an empty raid.

Tamil’s Rahul Chaudhari also gets back empty-handed. 

Nilesh Salunke and Vineet Sharma put in empty raids.

Deepak Narwal in the DO OR DIE raid gets out of bounds.

Rahul Chaudhari gets tackled by Sandeep Dhull in the DO OR DIE raid.

Nilesh Salunke puts in an empty raid.

V Ajith Kumar gets a touch on Vishal.

Nilesh Salunke finishes off with an empty raid.


Aug 21, 2019 9:40 pm (IST)

Jaipur’s Nilesh Salunke puts in an empty raid.

Tamil’s Ajay Thakur also gets back empty-handed. 

Deepak Narwal and Vineet Sharma put in empty raids.

Deepak Narwal gets tackled by Ran Singh but Ajay Thakur had stepped out of bounds in the DO OR DIE raid.

Vineet Sharma gets a touch on Deepak Hooda in the DO OR DIE raid.


Aug 21, 2019 9:30 pm (IST)

Jaipur’s Nilesh Salunke puts in an empty raid.

Tamil’s Rahul Chaudhari gets back empty-handed. 

Deepak Hooda gets a touch on Rahul Chaudhari.

V Ajith Kumar gets tackled by Vishal.


Aug 21, 2019 9:28 pm (IST)

Tamil’s V Ajith Kumar gets back empty-handed.

Jaipur’s Nilesh Salunke also puts in an empty raid.

Ajay Thakur goes into the lobby and so does Amit Hooda in the DO OR DIE raid.

Nilesh Salunke in the DO OR DIE raid gets a bonus point.

Rahul Chaudhari gets a touch on Sunil Siddhgavali. 

Nilesh Salunke again gets a bonus point.

Rahul Chaudhari gets a touch on Sandeep Dhull.


Aug 21, 2019 9:24 pm (IST)

Jaipur’s Nilesh Salunke gets a bonus point. 

Tamil’s Rahul Chaudhari gets tackled by Vishal.

Nilesh Salunke gets another bonus point. 

Ajay Thakur gets back empty-handed.

Nilesh Salunke also puts in an empty raid.

V Ajith Kumar gets a touch on Vishal.

Deepak Narwal gets tackled by Mohit Chhillar.

Ajay Thakur puts in an empty raid and so does Deepak Hooda.


Aug 21, 2019 9:19 pm (IST)

Tamil’s Ajay Thakur gets a touch on Sunil Siddhgavali.

Jaipur’s Deepak Narwal gets a touch on V Ajith Kumar.

Ajay Thakur gets tackled by Pavan TR. SUPER TACKLE!

Deepak Hooda and then Vineet Sharma put in empty raids.

Nitin Rawal and then Nitin Rawal comes back empty raid.

Nitin Rawal gets tackled by Vineet Sharma in the DO OR DIE raid.

Rahul Chaudhari gets touches on Pavan TR, Deepak Hooda in the DO OR DIE raid. SUPER-RAID and ALL OUT!


Aug 21, 2019 9:09 pm (IST)

Tamil’s Ajay Thakur puts in an empty raid.

Jaipur’s Deepak Narwal gets a touch on Rahul Chaudhari.

Ajay Thakur gets a touch on Sandeep Dhull in the DO OR DIE raid.

Deepak Narwal gets back without a touch.

Ajay Thakur gets a touch on Amit Hooda.


Aug 21, 2019 9:05 pm (IST)

Jaipur’s Nilesh Salunke gets tackled by Mohit Chillar.

Ajay Thakur fails in his raid. Sunil Siddhgavali with the SUPER TACKLE!

Nitin Rawal gets tackled by Vineet Sharma.

Rahul Chaudhari puts in an empty raid.

Sunil Siddhgavali puts in an empty raid

V Ajith Kumar also comes back empty-handed.

Sunil Siddhgavali also does the same.

Rahul Chaudhari in the DO OR DIE raid gets a touch on Vishal.

Deepak Narwal gets a bonus in his DO OR DIE raid.

Rahul Chaudhari gets back without touch.

Deepak Narwal gets a touch on Ran Singh.


Aug 21, 2019 8:58 pm (IST)

Jaipur’s Deepak Hooda and then Tamil’s Rahul Chaudhari puts in empty raids.

Nitin Rawal and the Rahul Chaudhari put in empty raids.

Nilesh Salunke in the DO OR DIE raid gets tackled by Mohit Chhillar.

Rahul Chaudhari in his DO OR DIE raid gets a touch on Amit Hooda.

Nitin Rawal and then Sandeep Dhull come back empty-handed.

Ajay Thakur gets a touch on Sandeep Dhull.

Deepak Hooda puts in an empty raid and so does Ajkay Thakur.

Deepak Hooda in the DO OR DIE raid gets tackled by Vineet Sharma.

Rahul Chaudhari gets tackled by Vishal. SUPER TACKLE!


Aug 21, 2019 8:52 pm (IST)

Jaipur’s Deepak Hooda and then Tamil’s Rahul Chaudhari puts in empty raids.

Nitin Rawal also comes back empty-handed.

Ajay Thakur gets a touch on Amit Hooda.

Nilesh Salunke gets a bonus in the DO OR DIE raid.

Rahul Chaudhari puts in an empty raid

Nitin Rawal gets a touch on Rahul Chaudhari.

Ajay Thakur gets a touch on Vishal.

Nilesh Salunke gets a bonus point.

Ajay Thakur gets tackled by Sandeep Dhull.

Nilesh Salunke gets a touch on Ajeet.

V Ajith Kumar gets tackled by Amit Hooda.


Aug 21, 2019 8:47 pm (IST)

Tamil Thalaivas Squad:
RAIDERS: Ajay Thakur, Anand, Rahul Chaudhari, Shabeer Bappu, V. Ajith Kumar, Vineet Sharma and Yashwant Bishnoi

DEFENDERS: Ajeet, M. Abishek, Ponparthiban Subramanian, Himanshu, Mohit Chhillar, Sagar and Milad Sheibak

ALL-ROUNDERS: Hemant Chauhan, Manjeet Chhillar, Ran Singh and Victor Onyango Obiero

Aug 21, 2019 8:30 pm (IST)

Jaipur Pink Panthers Squad:
RAIDERS: Ajinkya Ashok Pawar, Deepak Narwal, Guman Singh, Lokesh Kaushik, Milinda Chathuranga, Nilesh Salunke and Sushil Gulia

DEFENDERS: Pavan TR, Amit Hooda, Elavarasan A, Karamvir, Sandeep Kumar Dhull and Sunil Siddhgavali

ALL-ROUNDERS: Deepak Niwas Hooda, Dong Gyu Kim, Nitin Rawal, Sachin Narwal, Santhapanaselvam and Vishal

Aug 21, 2019 8:21 pm (IST)

Tamil Thalaivas Form –

Played: 8

Won: 3

Tied: 2

Lost: 3

Win rate: 37.5%

Best Raider: Rahul Chaudhari

Best Defender: Manjeet Chhillar

Aug 21, 2019 8:16 pm (IST)

Jaipur Pink Panthers Form –

Played: 8

Won: 6

Tied: 0

Lost: 2

Win rate: 75%

Best Raider: Deepak Hooda

Best Defender: Sandeep Dhull

Aug 21, 2019 8:08 pm (IST)

In head-to-head contests, Tamil Thalaivas have never managed to win a match against Jaipur Pink Panthers and have lost on both occasions they have met.

Aug 21, 2019 7:51 pm (IST)


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Virat Kohli will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records barring one: Virender Sehwag – Times of India

Virat Kohli is on song, he is unstoppable. Kohli, like
Sachin Tendulkar has a plethora of records to his name. With his sheer batting prowess and hunger for runs, the Indian run-machine is tipped to break at least a few of Tendulkar’s monumental records.

Former India cricketer and one of the best attacking batsmen ever to have played the game, Virender Sehwag feels Kohli is the best batsman of this generation at the moment and that the current Indian captain will break most of Sachin’s records, barring one.

READ ALSO: Virat Kohli has Ricky Ponting’s Test record in sight

“At the moment, Virat (Kohli) is the best batsman. The way he is scoring centuries, the way he is scoring runs, he is the best. I am sure he will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records,” Virender Sehwag told in an interview.


File Pic: Virat Kohli with batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. (TOI Photo)

Kohli, who has smashed two back-to-back centuries in the recently-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies in the Caribbean islands, has 43 ODI centuries to his name already and needs just seven centuries more to break Tendulkar’s world record. Tendulkar scored 49 centuries in 463 ODIs (452 innings).

Tendulkar scored 18426 runs in his ODI career at an average of 44.83, while Kohli has an astonishing average of 60.31 in 239 ODIs (230 innings).

In Tests, Kohli is just about half-way through to Tendulkar’s centuries record. The Indian skipper has 25 centuries under his belt in 77 Tests (131 innings), while the Sachin scored 51 centuries in 200 Tests (329 innings).

“The one record no one can break is his (Sachin) 200 Test matches record. I don’t think anyone can break his record of playing 200 Test matches. I don’t think anybody can play more than 200 Test matches,” Sehwag said on the sidelines of the launch event of ‘The Selector’ app in New Delhi.

Despite Virat’s already incredible body of work, some feel
Steve Smith is a better batsman. The former India opener though doesn’t agree with that assessment.

“Virat Kohli is a much better player than Steve Smith. If you look at Kohli and Smith (while batting), Kohli looks much more pleasing to the eyes in comparison with Smith. He is the number one batsman in the world,” Sehwag said.

With India getting ready to begin their first chapter of the
ICC World Test championship when they take on the West Indies in the first not two Test matches beginning Thursday, Segway backed Virat and his men to win the series.

“The West Indies team don’t have quality players in their side who can give competition to this Indian team. I am sure India will win the two-match Test series 2-0,” Sehwag said.

Durand Cup 2019 SF LIVE: Chamorro gives Mohun Bagan the lead against Real Kashmir – Sportstar

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the Durand Cup 2019.

This is Dominic Richard and I will be taking you through our live coverage.

The action takes place at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata, where Mohun Bagan and Real Kashmir FC face off in the second semifinal. Let’s get going!


So that’s it from my side. Thanks for tuning in today and see you soon again!

MATCH REPORT | The Mariners beat RKFC in extra-time, set up final with GKFC

Mohun Bagan beats Real Kashmir FC 3-1 after extra-time to advance to the 2019 Durand Cup final. A possible 17th title for the Mariners? Gokulam Kerala FC awaits it in the title showdown.

AND THE MATCH IS OVER! Mohun Bagan into the Durand Cup final after 10 years!!!!

120′ ET: Mohun Bagan 3 – 1 Real Kashmir FC. Just a minute to be added on. Jose Antonio Vicuna is already celebrating on the sidelines with his coaching staff. But the Mohun Bagan players are sticking to their task of seeing off the opponents. The men in blue are struggling to get the ball back. But the Mariners are sticking to the basics.

117′ ET: Mohun Bagan 3 – 1 Real Kashmir FC. Mohun Bagan still with most of the possession. Thought it would only defend after regaining the lead early on in the first half of extra-time (ET). But the team has played some brilliant football in the second-half of ET as well. Real Kashmir not able to get a move on at all.

112′ AND IT’S 3-1 now!!! Two goals for VP Suhair and two assists for Fran Gonzalez!! The game is surely over now. Suhair received a perfectly-timed pass from Gonzalez and hot a shot with sheer power to give Mohun Bagan a two-goal lead. It was a similar pass like the previous goal and it was from a similar position as well. But the angle was narrower. And Suhair chose the near post this time.

110′ Super-sub V P Suhair hits the cross-bar with a brilliant through ball from another substitute Imran Khan. Surprisingly, Real Kashmir is sitting back now as Mohun Bagan’s fresh legs asre troubling the men in blue. The Mariners are showing intent to put the game to bed here.

107′ SUBSTITUTION FOR MOHUN BAGAN! Imran Khan replaces Nongdamba Naorem on the field. Look’s like Bagan will just sit and defend in the final few minutes of the game. If its plan backfires, we’ll be heading into a penalty shoot-out, just as the first semifinal between East Bengal and Gokulam Kerala.

The final 15 minutes are underway!

Mohun Bagan went ahead just two minutes into extra-time. VP Suhair had come off the bench and he did the job for his team, acting as the perfect finisher. Another substitute Francisco Gonzalez provided the ball for Suhair as the fans of the Mariners wnet into a frenzy. Real Kashmir shouldn’t lose hope and must come back stronger in order to stand a chance of reaching the final.


105′ ET: Mohun Bagan 2 – 1 Real Kashmir FC. Just one minute to be added on at the end of the first of extra-time in the second semifinal of the 2019 Durand Cup. Mohun Bagan is defending in numbers here. SUBSTITUTION!!! Ritwik Kumar Das makes way for Nagen Tamang as Real Kashmir continues with its attempts to equalise.

100′ CLOSE CHANCE FOR REAL KASHMIR!! However, Francisco Morante makes a mind-blowing goal line clearance. Vicky Meitei received a pass from Danish Farooq and he dribbled past goalkeeper Sankar Roy, who came off his line one more time, and placed it towards goal. But Morante came to Bagan’s rescue.

96′ ET: Mohun Bagan 2 – 1 Real Kashmir FC. Mohun Bagan is happy to sit back and defend now. Last time it did this, it was punished. Why does the team have to do the same again? YELLOW CARD!! Fran Gonzalez has been booked for diving inside the penalty box. Some of his colleagues are laughing it out.

92′ AND MOHUN BAGAN GETS BACK THE LEAD!!! The Super-sub VP Suhair does it!! A wonderful ball in from Fran Gonzalez and a faultless finish across the keeper from the man who came in after the 65th minute. This is what the Mariners had been lacking for most of the game – A proper finisher. This was a very good team goal as well!!!

The first-half of extra-time is underway!

Real Kashmir equalised against Mohun Bagan in the 93rd minute, just like Gokulam Kerala did versus East Bengal in the first semifinal. This is similarity for the ages!! Let’s wait and watch if Real Kashmir FC can go the distance like Gokulam Kerala FC and reach the final of the 2019 Durand Cup.

AND IT’S HALF-TIME!! Mohun Bagan 1 – 1 Real Kashmir.

90+3′ AND IT’S 1-1!!!!! Real Kasmir does a Gokulam Kerala!!! Another Kolkata club, another semifinal, another equaliser in the exact same minute!!! Unbelievable scenes at the Salt Lake stadium!!! The captain Loveday Enyinnaya put in the ball from the mid-line and Bagan shot-stopper Sankar Roy makes a mess of it as he advanced towards the ball. But, however, Gnohore Krizo gets to the ball first as he heads it past the keeper to bring his side back in the game!

90′ Four minutes to be added on!!! Real Kashmir is playing a 2-0-8 formation here!! Mohun Bagan defending with all its got. Anything can happen from here on. Will it go to extra-time? It actually seems likely with the way Bagan is playing right now.

86′ Nervous moments for Mohun Bagan right now! They are kind of faltering at the dying stages of the match. Remember, Bagan’s Kolkata rival East Bengal conceded a very late penalty in the first semifinal after Mehtab Singh brought down Irshad in the penalty box. So who will be Real Kashmir’s Marcus Joseph (the player who scored the penalty)???? Or will Mohun Bagan hold on?

82′ FREE-KICK FOR REAL KASHMIR!! Once again, this is from a dangerous position. Fran Gonzalez comes up with the silliest and most senseless tackle of the game. He must be very lucky as he gets away without a card. Subhash Singh tried to get to the aerial ball first. He got the better of Gonzalez, who went to the ground, but he was pulled down by the Bagan player, thereby winning a free-kick. Brian Mascarenhas takes the shot, but the ball goes way over the bar as usual.

78′ Real Kashmir coach David Robertson is looking very tensed standing on the sidelines now, while his opposite number Jose Antonio Vicuna is sitting in the dugout calmly observing the game. Real Kashmir might be losing the plot here. But anything can happen in this game after what Gokulam Kerala did against East Bengal in the first semifinal.

74′ Poor free-kick taken by Danish Farooq! Real Kashmir pumping in a number of crosses now in order to somehow find the back of the net before it’s too late. SUBSTITUTION FOR BOTH SIDES!! Fran Gonzalez comes in for Mohun Bagan as Joseba Beitia walks off to a huge and loud applause from the crowd, while Real Kashmir brings in Brian Mascarenhas for Chesterpoul Lyngdoh in attack.

70′ Joseba Beitia has been the best player on the field in the second semifinal of the 2019 Durand Cup. He has got ample support from both wings throughout the match. Surabuddin doesn’t look a bit tired after making brilliant runs the entire game. Ashutosh Mehta with a very silly tackle from behind on Subhash Singh. FREE-KICK FOR REAL KASHMIR!

66′ Subhash Singh has been having a terrible game today. And he comes up with another blatant miss-pass. SUBSTITUTION FOR MOHUN BAGAN! Manager Jose Antonio Vicuna brings in VP Suhair for Romario Jesuraj, who has done his job to perfection in today’s match. Like-for-like change from the coach here.

62′ It is still 1-1! And there has been attacking passages from the teams at both ends here. Real Kashmir is trying hard to make inroads. But when it comes to the final shot both teams have failed miserably in today’s game. Today, we’ve seen some perfect passes, which have often gone to waste.

58′ Mohun Bagan just keeps going forward with a number of players. Its wingers and midfielders are supplying balls forward at will. However, the attackers are lacking the finishing instinct today. Real Kashmir is getting away due to this. Morante is screaming at his own players if they make a back pass. He wants to keep the attacking intent going on.

54′ A couple of yellow cards here!! First up, it was Bazie Armand penalised for taking out Morante through a miserable tackle. Later, his captain Loveday brought down Chamorro outside the box to bag the second card of the match. Real Kashmir is clearly missing Mason Robertson at centre-back today. Bazie was actually warned a few minutes earlier for a foul and was eventually yellow carded.

51′ GOOD CHANCE! Francisco Morante to Joseba Beitia, who puts the ball to Chamorro. The Bagan striker somehow finds Romario Jesuraj, who gets a brilliant chance on goal. He cuts aside one player and shoots but the ball goes well over the bar. One more good chance created and one more shot off target.

47′ Both teams have given the ball away numerous times since the start of the second-half. Beitia and Surabuddin with an amazing one-two but once again they are dispossessed. Real Kashmir needs to come up with something different here to come back on level terms in the match.

The second-half is underway!

The men in blue have themselves to blame as Salva Chamorro buried the ball past Phurba Lachenpa to give the Mariners the lead. Real Kashmir has to do a lot in the second-half to make it even once again. Not many fouls in this game but there is indiscipline from both sides when it comes to arguing with the referee’s decision.

Real Kashmir with no shots on target as of now. Even Mohun Bagan has only two, out of which one was the goal. Both sides have been able to create a number of chances but they are not able to finish those. The side from Kolkata has had most of the possession here, however, there’s nothing much to separate the two sides except the solitary goal.


45′ Mohun Bagan 1 – 0 Real Kashmir FC. Just a minute to be added on to the first-half. Danish Farooq shoots from long off and misses the target by a mile! Chesterpoul is not happy with him. Skipper Loveday Enyinnaya has a go at him as well.

42′ AND IT’S A GOAL!!!!!!!! Chamorro finds the back of the net for Mohun Bagan!! A well-deserved lead after an amazing move from the Mariners. Captain Gurjinder Kumar makes a tough turn towards his right and crosses the ball brilliantly with his left foot to Salva Chamorro in the middle, who controls it amazingly with his right and shoots with the same foot to make it 1-0 for the home side. There was a beautiful dummy from Francisco Morante leading up to the goal.

38′ It feels as though the ball is attracted to Joseba Beitia. He always gets it easily. Another chance for the midfielder. He takes the ball, makes a nice turn and shoots furiously, but it goes wide yet again. No shot on target for about 15-20 minutes now. Both goalkeepers are having it easy.

35′ Joseba Beitia connects with a good through ball to Naorem, but he doesn’t finish it properly as the ball rolls out. Jose Antonio Vicuna is looking very animated on the sidelines. Surprising that the game is still at 0-0 in spite of both teams getting numerous chances to break the deadlock.

32′ A busy last few minutes for the Bagan defence. Real Kashmir attacking in numbers here. Two back-to-back corners for Dave Robertson’s men. Are the mariners feeling the pressure of the big game here? However, the Kashmir attackers are not able to trouble the opposition keeper.

28′ CORNER FOR MOHUN BAGAN! Once again, Surabuddin with the cross in for Chamorro which is somehow cleared by the Kashmir defence. The corner is headed away by Khalid Qayoom, but Naorem shoots it, and it goes just above the goalpost. And it’s a goal- kick.

25′ Ritwik evades Surabuddin Mollick with a brilliant skill, but his cross is not able to find anyone in the middle. However, the ball goes back to Kashmir. Chesterpoul is brought down by a Bagan defender! FREE-KICK FOR RKFC! And it is from a dangerous spot. Subash Singh takes it but the ball goes way over the target. Poor stuff!

22′ The first time in the match there are around five Real Kashmir players attacking. Chesterpoul Lyngdoh is the centre of all the action. Danish and others are playing one touch passes. Ritwik Das puts the ball in to Subhash Singh who takes a decent shot which goes off target. Few half chances for the men in blue in a matter of minutes.

18′ Romario is giving Farhan Ganie a tough time here. The pace of the exciting forward is too much to handle for the defender. Real Kashmir has not been able to make more than four or five successful passes right now. It’s advantage Mohun Bagan!  

14′ WHAT A SHOT! AND A GOOD SAVE AS WELL! Joseba Beitia with a stunner from a way off. Tough angle! but he managed to get a lot behind the ball. Phurba Lanchepa showed good reflexes there. Ball out for a corner. But Bagan is not able to capitalise on it.

13′ Danish Farooq finally gets his act right. He had been struggling in the first 10 minutes. Beitia puts a good ball into the box but Real Kashmir goalie Lachenpa clears the ball away and it goes to Danish who dribbles past few players before being dispossessed. Good intent from him though.

9′ And the Kolkata giant keeps applying the early pressure. Loveday Enyinnaya with a brilliant sliding tackle to get the ball away from the penalty box! Muhammad Hammad clears the ball to safety. Surabuddin and Romario are playing with freedom here. They are all over the Real Kashmir midfield.

5′ The Bagan striker Chamorro has got into an offside position twice already but it wasn’t called because the cross was poor both times. Surabuddin Mollick with the pass the first time Joseba Beitia tucked in a very long ball for Chamorro later. 

2′ Mohun Bagan with most of the initial possession. Romario Jesuraj and Gurjinder make a promising run on the left flank but there was no one to support in the middle as Real Kashmir won the numbers game. However, it’s a throw-in for the club from Kolkata.

KICK-OFF! And the match is underway.

FACT: Only foreign players have scored for Mohun Bagan so far in the tournament!

The players are out! It’s toss time.


Mohun Bagan XI: Nongdamba Naorem, Lalchhawnkima, Sankar Roy (gk), Gurjinder Kumar (c), Salva Chamorro, Francisco Morante, SK Sahil, Surabuddin Mollick, Romario Jesuraj, Joseba Beitia, Ashutosh Mehta.

COACH: Jose Antonio Vicuna.

Real Kashmir XI: Phurba Lachenpa (gk), Farhan Ganie, Muhammad Hammad, Loveday Enyinnaya (c), Khalid Qayoom, Danish Farooq, Ritwik Das, Subhash Singh, Bazie Armand, Chesterpoul Lyngdoh, Altamash Sayed.

COACH: David Robertson

– Real Kashmir, on the other hand, won 1-0 against Chennai City FC and 4-0 vs Army Green in its first two matches. It held FC Goa to a 0-0 draw on August 17 to top Group C.

–  Mohun Bagan made the 2019 Durand Cup semifinals as Group B winner. It has registered three wins in as many games. The team beat Mohammedan SC 2-0 in its opening game, while it beat ATK 2-1 and Indian Navy 1-0 on August 8 and August 17 respectively. 

The knockout stage of the Durand Cup will be live streamed on Hotstar and telecasted on Star Sports 3.

Welcome back to the LIVE coverage of the Mohun Bagan vs Real Kashmir FC Durand Cup fixture.

Surjeet Singh’s High 5 helps Puneri Paltan beat Bengaluru Bulls – Pro Kabaddi

Surjeet Singh’s High 5 helps Puneri Paltan beat Bengaluru Bulls

Puneri Paltan moved off bottom spot in the Season 7 standings after a 31-23 win over Bengaluru Bulls.

Puneri Paltan overcame Bengaluru Bulls in Match 51 of vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7.

Puneri Paltan returned to winning ways with a 31-23 victory over Bengaluru Bulls at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. Manjeet was their leading raider with seven raid points and skipper Surjeet Singh registered another High 5.

Both sides traded blows early on but neither managed to get the upper hand even though Puneri Paltan had a slender 6-4 lead after the opening 10 minutes. The final 10 minutes of the first half, too, followed a similar pattern as Bengaluru Bulls stayed within touching distance of Puneri Paltan.

Bengaluru Bulls levelled the score at 7-7 courtesy of ‘Hi-Flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat, who became the first player to score 100 raid points this season. The closing stages of the first period witnessed the teams get most of their points in Do-or-Die situations.  Just when it looked like Puneri Paltan were about to take a one-point lead in the break, Sehrawat pulled off a successful raid make it 10-10 at halftime.

Puneri Paltan skipper Surjeet Singh registered a High 5 against Bengaluru Bulls.

Puneri Paltan began the second period on the front foot after successful tackles on Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar. A two-point Do-or-Die raid by Manjeet moments later reduced Bengaluru Bulls to two men on the mat. Puneri Paltan then seized the initiative and inflicted the first All-Out on the match on Bengaluru Bulls to take a 19-11 lead, as well as control of the match.

The defending champions tried to forge a comeback, but resolute defending and efficient raiding ensured that Puneri Paltan kept the scoreboard ticking over. The final few minutes of the contest saw Puneri Paltan put in a disciplined performance to keep their sizeable lead intact.

Bengaluru Bulls’ Banty scored a two-point raid in the last few minutes of the match to give his side a glimmer of hope. However, a successful two-point raid by Amit Kumar for Puneri Paltan ended the defending champions’ hopes of a comeback as Anup Kumar’s men went on to register a comfortable eight-point win.

Top Performers:

Puneri Paltan –

Best Raider – Manjeet (7 Raid Points)

Best Defender – Surjeet Singh (6 Tackle Points)

Bengaluru Bulls –

Best Raider – Rohit Kumar (7 Raid Points)

Best Defender – Amit Sheoran (4 Tackle Points)

PSG reject second Barcelona offer for Neymar – report – Barca Blaugranes

Paris Saint-Germain have turned down a second offer for Neymar from Barcelona, according to a few sources.

Reports flew in yesterday that PSG had rejected the initial bid for the Brazilian. The description of what exactly that first offer was, however, varied by source.

Cadena COPE reports that the initial offer was to pay a loan fee, cover the player’s salary, and have an optional purchase clause for next season. The report says that bid was turned down, and thus a new one was made: to loan him and pay his fee over the next two years with a mandatory purchase option. This information about a second offer was seconded by Cadena SER.

PSG turned down this second offer as well, but there is hope that if the payment is done in one year instead of two, that PSG might accede.

US Open draw: Three players Djokovic, Nadal, Federer won’t want to play in the first round – Express

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the top three seeds in New York and once again the men to beat.

But if they are not at their best, there are a host of names ready to pounce.

The likes of Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger Aliassime and the mercurial Nick Kyrgios are all dangermen and will be among the top 32 seeds.

But what about those players not seeded? Express Sport identifies three men capable of springing an upset.


This is a man Roger Federer will definitely not want to see in his route to the final.

At the Cincinnati Masters last week, the two men met for the first time and the Russian bullied Federer and pulled him left and right across the court.

Afterwards, Federer admitted Rublev had been too good on the day and rued the chances he failed to take but when in form, the 21-year-old is capable of taking any match out of his opponent’s hands quite easily.

Rublev’s has had an up and down year but his emergence in Cincinnati will have made all of the top 32 seed sit up and take notice.

His talent has never been in doubt and now that he finally appears to be over his injury problems, there’s no better time than the US Open to finally make a mark.

World Ranking


Best result at US Open

2017 Quarter-Finals

US Open series results

Citi Open – First Round

Rogers Cup – Qualifiers

Cincinnati Masters – Quarter-Finals

Winston-Salem – Third Round (Ongoing)


On the hard courts in Australia, Tiafoe had his best-ever finish at a Grand Slam after reaching the quarter-finals.

He then followed that up by making the last eight in Miami but the American’s form and confidence have dipped significantly since then.

Nevertheless, the bright lights and atmosphere in New York is as good a place as any to discover yourself.

And the 21-year-old is more than capable of bettering his second-round exit in 2018.

American tennis has been waiting a long time for a winner and while patience is still needed with Tiafoe, reaching the second week of Grand Slams must be his main target.

World Ranking


Best result at US Open

2018 Second Round

US Open series results

Atlanta Open – First Round

Citi Open – Second Round

Cincinnati Masters – Second Round

Winston-Salem – Third Round (Ongoing)


With five wins in his last ten match against players ranked in the top ten, Struff is a man for the big occasion.

And the possibility of a top seed in a night session match on Arthur Ashe stadium in front of a packed crowd is the ideal opportunity to demonstrate his qualities.

In 2018, Struff got to the third round, where he was beaten by David Goffin but the big-hitting German is more than capable of taking out names in the early rounds.

The 29-year-old just missed out on a seeding and after a breakthrough season is primed for his best result at a Grand Slam.

World Ranking


Best result at US Open

2018 US Open

US Open series results

Citi Open – First Round

Rogers Cup – Second Round

Cincinnati Masters – Third Round

Winston-Salem – Third Round (Ongoing)