MOHALI, India (AP): Virat Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls yesterday to help India defeat Australia by six wickets in their World Twenty20 match and advance to the semi-finals. Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarter-final, smashing nine fours and two sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6. The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game. Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over. The opening stand was worth 54 and ended in the fifth over when Nehra induced an edge to dismiss danger man Khawaja. David Warner (6) and Smith (2) fell to spinners Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh, respectively, with Dhoni having a hand in both dismissals. Ashwin’s single wicket yesterday made him the first Indian to take 50 wickets in T20 internationals, while wicketkeeper Dhoni’s three victims brought him level on 60 with Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal for dismissals in T20 internationals. Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a useful 31 that included a reverse-sweep six off Yuvraj Singh. Shane Watson made an impressive exit from international cricket as he followed up his unbeaten 18 with 2-23 in four overs and a brilliant diving catch at cover to dismiss Yuvraj off Faulkner. Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile, to the delight of more than 25,000 fans. Dhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that sets the 2007 champion against 2012 champion West Indies in the semi-finals in Mumbai on Thursday. “That was a pretty serious innings there, under pressure,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “He hit it right out of the middle and he’s done it for a long time. Virat played an unbelievable knock … I think 160 was around par, it just took an unbelievable innings to get India over the line.” Earlier, Australia got off to a quick start as left-handed opener Usman Khawaja began the innings with a pulled four off Ashish Nehra and then took four fours off the following over from Jasprit Bumrah to finish with a 16-ball 26 comprising six fours. Australia raced to the 50-run mark in only 3.4 overs as Aaron Finch (43 off 34) smashed two consecutive sixes over long on off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, but the scoring rate was checked as wickets fell at regular intervals. “It was a tough score, they got 60 runs in the first six overs,” Dhoni said. Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.5 overs and 150 in 19.4. fifth over 25,000 fans
Bengaluru, Aug 17 (PTI) The National School of Dramas Bengaluru chapter, which operates from a Karnataka government- owned building here, has been “evicted” from the premises over a rent dispute, setting off protests by students and members.Officials of the NSD, an autonomous institution under the Union Ministry of Culture, charged that officials of the Karnataka Youth Empowerment and Sports Department who carried out the eviction yesterday dumped property worth Rs 5 crore outside even as it was raining.Theatre personalities and students belonging to various states and Union Territories are staging a protest since last night against the eviction.Policemen have been deployed outside the premises.NSD (Bengaluru chapter) Director CBasavalingaiah told PTI that they were protesting their eviction carried out inan “inhumane manner”.Officials “evicted us along with our Rs five-crore property, which has been left to the mercy of rain gods,” he said.Defending the eviction, officials of the state government said the NSD had rent arrears to the tune of Rs 20 lakh and the department had directed them to vacate the property in May last, giving a 30-day deadline.They said notices had been served on the NSD six times, but it did not respond following which they carried out the eviction.”The rental agreement of the property between the department and the NSD, which was entered into in 2008, was extended thrice before,” an official said.According to NSD officials, the state officials along with a contingent of staffers entered the premises located at Gurunanak Bhavan here. They allegedly broke open the main door, locks of rooms and dumped the properties outside.advertisementBasavalingaiah questioned the eviction even as talks were on with ministers Roshan Baig and Umashree to grant the property on lease for 20 to 30 years.However, state government officials, who are camping at the premises, alleged the NSD had stopped paying rent for sometime, despite having the wherewithal.The also alleged that hardly any theatre activities took place at the NSD.Basavalingaiah allegedthe department had increased the monthly rent from Rs 20,000 to Rs 55,000.”I apologise for not paying the rent, but we want minister Roshan Baig and the department to either provide another property or grant us this property on lease. We are ready to pay up,” he said.He said the NSD did not want to shift its base here due to lack of proper facilities at other theatre centres such as Kalagram, on the campus of Bengaluru University.Basavalingaiah also said the eviction had created a roadblock for them to conduct Theatre Olympics, which is scheduled to take place in a weeks time for the first time in the country.”It is coming here after completing its circuit in Greece, Japan, Russia, Turkey South Korea, China and Poland. We are embarrassed. We do not know what we have to say to the NSD, Delhi,” he said. Basavalingaiah also said the NSD has offered to spend Rs three crore on renovation to hold the event if the government leased out the property. “To continue our theatre activities, we need the property here,” he added. PTI BDN RA VS GVS
When the first Associated Press Poll for the 2017 season debuted on Monday, the Cowboys found themselves ranked No. 10. It’s the third time the Coach Gundy led Cowboys have been ranked in the top 10 to start the season. Thanks to the good people over at RedditCFB we can see exactly where each of the 62 AP voters ranked Oklahoma State to start the season.The highest OSU was ranked was No. 2 by Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun Times (bless you Pat Dooley). Dooley covers the Florida Gators, who he ranked 13th.The lowest ranking for the Cowboys was 23rd by Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Vingle covers West Virginia, who he ranked 18th and recently picked to beat the Cowboys this season.The No. 23 ranking was more of an outlier than the No. 2. No other voter picked OSU to finish worse than 16th. However, only 24 of the total 61 votes placed Oklahoma State in the top 10. OSU had a three-way tie — ten votes each — for votes of 10th, 11th, and 12th place.As far as conference affiliation, more voters tied to SEC schools voted OSU in the top ten than any other conference with five. Granted, four voters from papers/schools/outlets affiliated with the Big 12, Pac-12, ACC, and Big Ten voted OSU top 10 so it was pretty evenly split.As for writers with Big 12 affliations, here’s how each one voted:• Ryan Aber (OU) of the Oklahoman slotted OSU 11th (really backing up the belief of OU favoritism there, Aber.)• Chuck Carlton (Big 12) of the Dallas Morning News has OSU 8th.• Kellis Robinett (KSU) of the Wichita Eagle has them 10th.• Kirk Bohls (Texas) of the Austin American-Statesman has OSU 7th.• Soren Petro (Kansas and Syracuse) of Sports Radio 810 WHB has OSU 10th.Other fun facts:• OSU’s No. 2 ranking by Pat Dooley is the highest individual ranking for any Big 12 team.• OSU’s next highest ranking was one vote for 6th by Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald.• Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune, who covers OSU’s week three opponent Pittsburgh, voted OSU 12th.Feel free to take a look at the full list of rankings below (click to enlarge — or see the original post here).If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!