Cricket News Virat Kohli reveals MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma’s hand in Vijay Shankar’s last over

first_imgVijay Shankar bowled the final over of the Nagpur ODI.India on the cusp of winning their fourth consecutive series vs Australia at home.The Ranchi ODI could be MS Dhoni’s last international match at home. highlights New Delhi: The India vs Australia clash at the VCA stadium in Jamtha was heading for a tense finish. Marcus Stoinis had scored a magnificent fifty and Australia needed 11 runs off the final over with two wickets in hand. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had bowled out and Virat Kohli had the option of bowling either Kedar Jadhav or Vijay Shankar in the final over. Shankar already had a tough night, conceding 13 runs in his only over that he had bowled and the pressure was immense. However, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder repaid the faith shown by Kohli in grand style by trapping Stoinis LBW for 52 with a length ball and the batsman could not overturn the decision on review. With Adam Zampa taking two runs on the second ball, the equation boiled down to nine runs off four balls. Shankar held his nerve and bowled a full and straight delivery which bowled Zampa and India became the second team after Australia to win 500 ODIs as they took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series with this eight-wicket win. Speaking after the end of the match, Kohli revealed that the decision to bowl Shankar in the final over was made after consultations with MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. “He (Shankar) just put the ball in the right areas. He showed great composure with both bat and the ball; a good game for him. Both are experienced, it’s always nice to speak them. Rohit is the vice-captain and MS has been there for a long time. These guys watch the game so keenly,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation.  In Kohli’s absence, Rohit has stepped up to lead the Indian cricket team and he has had tremendous success. He won the Nidahas Trophy 2018 Twenty20 tri-series while he led India in the two matches in New Zealand. Rohit also won the Asia Cup 2018 trophy by defeating Pakistan in the final. On the other hand, Dhoni has played a vital role when it comes to strategy and planning. Behind the wickets, Dhoni has been superb especially when it comes to stumpings, catches and the ability to take the DRS correctly. Kohli’s revelation that he took the help of Dhoni and Rohit won him plenty of plaudits for his honesty on social media. On the other hand, many Indian fans stated the obvious that Kohli’s captaincy is propped up the decisions made by Dhoni and Rohit. The fact that Dhoni has transitioned to a role of a mentor in the side has given Kohli’s side a massive boost heading into the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which will begin on May 30. India’s next match will be at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi on March 8 and this could potentially be the final international match for Dhoni at his home ground. India lead the five-match series 2-0 and a win in Ranchi will give them their fourth straight series win over Australia at home.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

‘Somebody dropped the ball’

first_img– Sir Viv on Beaton suspect actionCMC – LEGENDARY former captain, Sir Vivian Richards, believes someone in the current West Indies setup should have picked up on fast bowler Ronsford Beaton’s suspect action before he reached international level.Beaton was reported to the International Cricket Council for a suspect bowling action, following the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch last week.The 25-year-old Guyanese had made his debut in the first ODI in Whangarei just days prior.Beaton previously represented West Indies Under-19s, West Indies A and was also called up for the Afghanistan Twenty20s earlier this year, though he failed to get a game.Sir Viv said with the player having gone through so many of the different stages of West Indies cricket, the onus was on coaches to identify these types of flaws.“He [Windies bowling coach Roderick Estwick] is supposed to have the know-how and the technical knowledge as to how to get these guys and correct them and these guys [players] would have been through that particular department for quite some time to try and rectify all that,” Sir Viv told the Observer newspaper here.“Here now he goes on tour and he is reported and especially around individuals who would have been given the responsibility to make sure that this guy; all is fine with him and that’s why he is on tour; so somebody dropped the ball somewhere guys.”Beaton has impressed in the shorter formats of recent. In the last Regional Super50 earlier this year, he claimed 14 wickets at 20 runs apiece and also picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.7 runs in the Caribbean Premier League this year.He was selected for the ongoing T20 series against the Black Caps but was forced to return home after picking up a side strain.Beaton is the second West Indies bowler in the last five months to be reported for a suspect action, with part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite suffering the same fate following the first Test against England last August.Beaton is now required to undergo testing within 14 days but can continue bowling until results of these tests are known.last_img read more

Libya Head Coach Quits Three Days to Clash with Nigeria

first_imgThe newspaper also revealed that Al-Maryami will lead the Mediterranean Knights out against Nigeria in Uyo on Saturday.Al-Maryami has already taken charge of the team’s training in Tunisia following the sudden exit of Amrouche.Libya occupy the top spot in Group E of the AFCON qualifiers with four points from two games following their 5-1 win over Seychelles in June last year and goalless draw recorded away to South Africa.South Africa are second with the same number of points but with an inferior goal difference while Nigeria are third with three points from two games. Seychelles are fourth in the standings with no point.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barely three days to the AFCON 2019 qualifier between Nigeria and Libya, Adel Amrouche has resigned from his position as the head coach of the Libyan national team.Libyan daily,, announced yesterday that Amrouche has quit his job after going six months without his salary paid,Amrouche was appointed Omar Al-Maryami’s successor in May.last_img read more

Round table – Kambi: The future of sportsbook personalisation

first_imgShare Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020 Submit Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models.The next round table participant was Kambi, represented by its Head of Data Analytics, David Warder.SBC: What role does pricing and risk have to play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering?DW: Automation and odds feeds have meant odds served up to players can be fairly homogenised, with operators who are prepared to take a view becoming a rare breed. As players become ever more sophisticated, sportsbooks wanting to differentiate through pricing must employ the very best technology, analytical resources and above all, proven experts working together to take a position while maintaining margins. None of this comes cheap, which is why there is a growing tendency for less sophisticated sportsbooks to follow the odds produced by leading operators and suppliers, which ultimately means they have no control over when they open markets or the ability to produce unique betting content. Naturally, this has consequences for risk management. Without in-house excellence in trading and pricing, operators are obliged to punish anyone who makes the cardinal sin of daring to take top price.At Kambi we aim to leverage the power of our network data and technical capacity to empower our odds teams to produce accurate probability forecasts fed into powerful models to generate odds. Operators are empowered to express themselves through differentiation in paybacks for bet offers by region, with a range of odds boosts and price boosts at their disposal, to ensure they have control of their differentiation in price. This is supported by a market-leading, automated player management solution built on advanced, self-iterative machine-learning technology, which is configured to each operator’s unique expectations delivering bespoke risk management.SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both enhance player experience and drive higher margins? DW: Unleashing the value hidden within the vast quantities of data generated in sports betting requires both an advanced data platform used by experts, and an up-skilled workforce that is fully data-literate. Operators must concentrate on both the capability to supply and consume analytics.Scalable differentiation in a product means manageable personalised experiences, potentially achieved through segmentation, but becoming ever more granular in their application. Identification of the highest value-driving functions of a sportsbook, combined with detailed analytics can direct strategy around cultivation of customers.A deep understanding of behaviour driving key success indicators such as retention and lifetime value will identify the critical components defining different customers’ experiences – these might not necessarily be traditional front-end components, but platform and product performance, availability or integrity. Some customers may be attracted by the look-and-feel, some by the in-play delay and others by the ease of placing multiples through bet builder. In many cases, higher margins should not be the goal, rather operators should focus on finding the optimal margin to maximising revenue.Analytics strategies will only succeed in leading to improved experiences and realised business goals if their maturity continues to develop. While there is value to be gained from descriptive and diagnostic analytics, ensuring expertise and ‘productionisation’ of predictive and prescriptive analytics is key. Combining this with replicable, trusted testing frameworks within a culture that prioritises data-driven decisions provides the base to deliver improved experiences, increased engagement and optimal margins.SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?DW: With ever-increasing data storage and usage capabilities, tapping into the richness of sports betting data and productionising its value will be critical in maintaining a competitive advantage. Customers expect the most efficient personal service, and by definition, this can vary significantly.To enable the future proofed service that customers demand requires more accurate decisions to be made at scale, as close to real-time as possible. Every decision a customer makes (or doesn’t) is another set of data points from which predictions can be generated, or can supplement complex ML-algorithms. From the very beginning of a customer’s lifecycle their experience can be tailored, while integrating further information from product interactions, personalisation leads to a unique experience at the most granular levels.The industry is still some way behind the technology and its application, and would be wise to tread carefully. The complexities of an ever-changing offering, both in terms of the short lifespan of available events and the highly variable pricing, are not easily comparable to classic cases of personalisation. Customers still need to maintain independence and control over the experience – an overly operator-defined experience, strongly pushing customers towards a particular outcome can erode the critical trust in the customer versus operator competitive dynamic.SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification, what can it do for sportsbook? DW: Gamification is an emerging trend within sportsbook, though it has gained traction in related industries and more widely. The basic premise is to bring gaming mechanics to the product, with primary aims to increase engagement and retention. By exploiting the natural competitiveness of customers, simple concepts such as leaderboards, badges and challenges are clearly applicable in a sportsbook environment. Operators should be mindful that some customers could be turned off by socialising the sports betting experience.No platform has yet harnessed the full potential of gamification, and the elements of a gamification strategy listed above barely scratch the surface of the potential. As an example, gamification can be a powerful tool during the onboarding process. The broader a customer’s view and understanding of the product, the more likely they are to extend engagement. A customer who is educated in all aspects of sports betting and the offering will see more opportunities and would be expected to interact more frequently, taking advantage of the breadth of the product and the depth of their knowledge. As operators’ products continue to evolve and improve, gamification can be a useful communication and conversion tool.As personalisation becomes more and more prevalent, individual customer-specific retention strategies will be more manageable, and gamification can play a significant role in this with tailored offerings delivered in real-time. It is one more tool in the box for operators to differentiate their platform from those of competitors.last_img read more

John Harbaugh: ‘Bet the over’ on Lamar Jackson rushing more than Cam Newton

first_imgSo much for Lamar Jackson running less for the Ravens in 2019.Speaking Sunday on NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp Live,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked to estimate the second-year quarterback’s rushing output. Panthers’ Cam Newton admits he shouldn’t have thrown with shoulder injury Derrick Henry injury update: Titans back (lower leg) has no timetable for return JuJu Smith-Schuster promises season tickets to fan who got autograph tattooed on head But Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in May the team will look to build around Jackson and decrease his rushing attempts to keep him safe and healthy.”I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game,” Bisciotti said at the time, via ESPN. “That’s not what this offense is about.”Now that veteran Joe Flacco is with the Broncos, Baltimore’s offense will be tailored to Jackson, though it appears he’ll run things — literally — when he’s comfortable.“What’s the next era going to be? We’re about to find out.” @Ravens head coach John Harbaugh generously sat down w/ @CoachBillick and me after a sweltering practice. We had some fun. Here’s Part I:— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) July 28, 2019“It’s exciting for me!” Part II of our chat w/ @Ravens coach John Harbaugh on @nflnetwork earlier today.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) July 28, 2019 Former Ravens coach Brian Billick noted Cam Newton’s career-high 139 rushing attempts under center for the Panthers in 2017, which Harbaugh believes can be beaten.”I’d bet the over on that one. I’d bet the over for sure,” Harbaugh said. “It’s going to be interesting. I don’t think we know the exact numbers or the math.” Related News Jackson rushed for 695 yards on 147 carries last season, which is the most attempts by a quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger. He completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions in addition to his five scores on the ground.last_img read more

Jonathan Isaac injury update: Magic forward out at least two months with hyperextended knee

first_imgAfter receiving an MRI on Thursday, Orlando ruled him out for at least eight-to-10 weeks.JONATHAN ISAAC INJURY UPDATE#MagicAboveAll— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) January 2, 2020The injury occurred after Isaac stripped Bradley Beal, accelerated down the floor and rose for a layup. He tangled with Beal, who was backtracking to contest the shot, and crumpled to the court.Jonathan Isaac was taken off the floor on a stretcher after injuring his left knee.Hope he’s alright. 🙏— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) January 1, 2020MORE: David Stern dies at 77 Magic forward Jonathan Isaac was in the process of making one of his trademark explosive plays in transition Wednesday against the Wizards when his knee appeared to buckle.Isaac stayed on the ground for an extended period before being stretchered off the floor with what the team announced is a hyperextended left knee. Isaac, 22, has been a defensive monster this season. He averages 1.6 steals per game and 2.5 blocks per game. He is considered the most promising piece of a Magic team trying to break a perpetual cycle of mediocrity since the departure of Dwight Howard almost a decade ago.Orlando is no stranger to serious lower-body injuries in recent years — fellow wing Aaron Gordon has dealt with knee problems throughout his career and is now sidelined with an Achilles injury.The Magic (14-19) recently got center Nikola Vucevic back from a foot injury.last_img read more

Joginder Sharma on MSD’s hiatus: Perhaps he is preparing himself a different way

first_imgImage Courtesy: Outlook India/ReutersAdvertisement 0emNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsow8h6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ein5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9cl7Would you ever consider trying this?😱zmmCan your students do this? 🌚4gpyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been absent from the Indian Cricket Team. While the former captain was seen in Military training and golf court, speculations on the possible return of Mahi were on the rise. After BCCI prez Sourav Ganguly and Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, former cricketer and Dhoni’s teammate Joginder Sharma has now spoken up.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Outlook India/ReutersBack in November, Dhoni broke his silence on his plans for making a comeback by asking the media to have patience till January: “January tak mat poocho (don’t ask me till January).” While the former captain is yet to answer, Joginder Sharma has added his opinion, suggesting that Mahi might be thinking up differently.Joginder, who was under Dhoni’s maiden captaincy in the squad that lifted the 2007 T20 World Cup, has always held massive respect on his compatriot. Currently a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Haryana Police department, announced retirement from international cricket just after the final match against Pakistan.Advertisement In a recent interview, the 36 year old put in his opinion on Mahi’s plans on making a comeback to the Men in Blues squad: “Dhoni is very strong, both physically and mentally. There must be a lot of reasons behind the decision he has taken.”“He has a family, a personal life, maybe he is preparing himself in a different way,” he added.Advertisement Joginder was Dhoni’s key to success in the final match against Pakistan. As India’s opponents needed 12 runs from 6 balls, the skipper chose the Haryanvi over the superstar Harbhajan Singh, surprising the audience of the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. However, Dhoni’s decision went in avour of India, as Joginder picked up the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq, after dismissing Younis Khan earlier.He continued: “Nobody expected us to make it to the knockouts of the World T20. But we were being led by someone who went on to become one of the best captains in the game…the result was that we won the trophy.” In his short international spell, Joginder earned 4 ODI and 4 T20 caps. Along with the Indian Cricket Team, he also shared game time with Dhoni in five Indian Premier League seasons with Chennai Super Kings, from 2008 to 2012. Joginder continued to play domestic cricket for Haryana until 2017.Also read-Sourav Ganguly: MS Dhoni has communicated decision on future with captain, selectorsRavi Shastri warns off rumour mongers: Don’t mess around with MS Dhoni’s plans! Advertisementlast_img read more

Binnie happy with second pro title

first_imgKINGSTON: Jamaica and Caribbean men’s singles champion, Chris Binnie, recently won his second international Professional Squash Association (PSA) title, when he beat Jamaica?s number two ranked player, Lewis Walters, in an all-Jamaica final at the Securian Indian Summer Tournament in Minnesota, United States. Binnie, who defeated Walters in July to win his sixth All Jamaica title, knew his teammate would be looking for revenge when the two faced off again. The first game was a pitch battle, with Binnie managing to take the early lead 12-10. The Jamaican and Caribbean number one then consolidated his advantage by winning the second game 11-6. However, Walters regrouped to pull one back, when he won the third game 8-11. The rally sparked an all-out war in the fourth game, but Binnie prevailed 13-11 to take the title. “Both of us were pushing hard so it was a tough final and although it?s always hard to beat a teammate and friend I?m happy I was able to win it,” Binnie said. The victory gave the six-time Jamaica and Caribbean champion his second title since joining the squash pro tour in 2012. “I’ve done a great deal of training and this win shows that my game is coming along and I am making good strides. Now, I’m looking forward to my next tournaments and taking this momentum into future events,” he stated.last_img read more

PBA: NorthPort wins back to back, hands Meralco 6th straight loss

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No surprise, the West title still runs through the Warriors Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Batang Pier, who started the conference at 0-6, tacked their second straight win while the Bolts fell to their sixth straight loss for a 1-6 slate.Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle came up big in the clutch for the Batang Pier after the pair exchanged a couple of huge threes that put NorthPort up 98-91 with 24 seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis came after the Bolts got back from 10 points down, 84-74, to just two, 90-88, after a 14-6 run with 2:05 remaining in the game.“Stanley and Sean are the heart and soul of this team, they were out for the first three games of the conference so when they got back they first had to adjust to the team’s chemistry,” said NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino. Pringle was serving his international duty with the national team in the Asian Games at the start of the conference while Anthony was injured before the start of the tournament.Apart from the clutch heroics of Pringle and Anthony, import Rashad Woods recovered from his first half slump and scored all of his 20 points in the second half.Anthony led NorthPort’s offense with 26 points, on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point distance, with three steals while Pringle had 24 points, on 6-of-12 shooting from deep, with eight rebounds.Durham carried the Bolts with 37 points and 19 rebounds while Mike Tolomia added 18 points.The Bolts’ 1-6 record is their worst start in any conference and their six straight losses matched a franchise record.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption NorthPort had its first winning run of the conference after beating Meralco, 99-94, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more