Indian Premier League Dinesh Karthik loses cool in Kings XI Punjab clash, Ravichandran Ashwin rues powerplay performance

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals are still in the fray.Kolkata Knight Riders face Mumbai Indians in the final IPL 2019 league game.Kings XI Punjab now face Chennai Super Kings in the last league game. New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab had stumbled to 111/4 in the 14th over in their clash against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali. Dinesh Karthik’s side had applied the pressure and was looking good to restrict Kings XI Punjab to a below par score. However, Nicholas Pooran blasted 48 and Sam Curran hammered 55 off 24 balls to boost Kings XI Punjab to 183/6. In 6.3 overs, Kings XI Punjab had blasted 72 runs and this angered Karthik who gave an earful to the Kolkata Knight Riders side during the innings break. The outburst seemed to have helped as Kolkata Knight Riders stormed to a seven-wicket win thanks to Shubman Gill’s unbeaten 69.Speaking after the match, Karthik explained the rationale behind the outburst. “”It’s been a hard few days. I wasn’t too happy with the bowlers and what the fielders were doing, so I thought I should let the boys know what I felt at that time. It is rare, not many people have seen me angry. If I feel I need to be angry to get the best out of the boys, then maybe,” Karthik said. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that the lack of a good start in the powerplay has hurt Kings XI Punjab yet again in the Indian Premier League. Ashwin highlighted that in the previous edition, the bowling powerplay was the team’s main weakness and in 2019, the batting powerplay has been an issue, despite Chris Gayle and KL Rahul scoring over 450 runs at a strike-rate of close to 150.“We have to address the areas that we are lagging. One of such area is the powerplay both with the ball and the bat. Last year, we had a great batting powerplay with Chris (Gayle) and KL (Rahul) but this year we couldn’t get off to great starts, obviously because the pressure was on them and they had to like, do a job. We have to address this going into the next year because we have lost most games on powerplay battles. It has been a massive problem,” Ashwin said.Kings XI Punjab only have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the playoffs while Kolkata Knight Riders can seal the fourth and final spot if they beat Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore. highlightslast_img read more

Syracuse concedes 3 goals in 2nd half, drops season opener to No. 13 Georgetown, 3-1

first_imgIn Ian McIntyre’s 10 years as Syracuse head coach, the program has been almost perfect in season openers. The Orange typically face inferior opponents in the year’s first contest — they have lost just twice in such games since McIntrye’s tenure began in January 2010.From 2012 to 2016, SU started its season with a multi-goal shutout victory four times. The past two campaigns have started with more of a test, as the Orange squeaked by St. Louis in 2017, 2-1, and Oregon State in 2018, 2-1.In 2019, Syracuse had its toughest challenge to start the season in over a decade — on the home field of No. 13 Georgetown. McIntyre noted the difficulty of starting the season against a ranked opponent but saw it as a grand opportunity for the Orange.“It’s going to be a great test,” McIntyre said Wednesday. “We scheduled this tough game for a reason, to find out where we are. It’s going to be a benchmark.”Syracuse (0-1) showed its quality, particularly in the second half, but fell short to No. 13 Georgetown (1-0), 3-1 on Friday afternoon in at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C. The contest marked the 19th all-time meeting between Syracuse and Georgetown, with the Hoyas improving their record to 12-5-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hoyas had the first threatening attacks of the afternoon through midfielder Jacob Montes, who fired two shots, including one off the right post, before 15 minutes had passed. Georgetown went on to strike the woodwork once more in the first 45 minutes and registered seven shots total to the Orange’s two. Freshman Luther Archimede was the sole SU player to test Hoyas goalkeeper Giannis Nikopolidis in the opening half.Georgetown began the second half where it left off the first. Junior Jack Beer fired at Syracuse goalkeeper Christian Miesch within one minute before junior Derek Dodson gave the home team the lead two minutes later. Midfielder Dylan Nealis played junior Paul Rothrock through on goal, and with two SU defenders in close pursuit, the junior slid it across to Dodson for an easy tap-in.Immediately after falling behind, the Orange began creating chances in its best spell of the game. Archimede tallied his second and third shots of the game in the following minutes. Just over a minute after Dodson’s strike, Nikopolidis took down Archimede in the penalty area. Sophomore Ryan Raposo stepped up and buried the penalty shot into the bottom left corner, knotting the match at one.Archimede continued to spearhead Syracuse’s attack over the next 15 minutes, ringing off three more shots, but none found the back of the net. Nikopolidis logged three of his four saves in a six-minute span following the Orange’s equalizer.The Hoyas withstood SU’s pressure and nicked the go-ahead goal when senior JB Fischer drilled a header in the top right corner from a corner kick with 15 minutes remaining. One minute later, graduate transfer Ethan Lochner’s cross found a wide-open freshman Dante Polvara, whose first touch took him past Miesch, where he slotted in Hoyas’ third goal.While the final scoreline favored Georgetown, the two sides posted similar stats. The Orange were outshot, 16-15, and had five shots on goal to GU’s six. The two goalkeepers were equally busy as Miesch recorded three saves to Nikopolidis’ four.Syracuse will host Binghamton in its home opener at 7 p.m. on Monday. Comments Published on August 30, 2019 at 6:51 pm Contact David: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more