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

Game 2 rewind: Barkley and McKnight shine on the biggest stage

first_imgThe story: After finding itself in an unfamiliar deficit heading into the fourth quarter, USC charged back against Ohio State in an emotional 18-15 win that came down to the final seconds.Down 15-10 and 86 yards from the goal line, the Matt Barkley-led Trojan offense completed a 14-play drive, culminating in a two-yard Stafon Johnson touchdown run in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.Ear-splitter · The 106,033 fans in attendance at Ohio Stadium (a new Ohio State record) reportedly made Matt Barkley’s ears ring. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanBarkley, a true freshman, kept his composure on the decisive drive, completing three of five passes for 55 yards. Some of his best plays came when he got the ball into junior running back Joe McKnight’s hands. McKnight rushed for 30 yards on five carries during the drive and also caught a 21-yard pass.Once near the goal line, Johnson relieved McKnight, taking a handoff and sprinting to the right corner of the endzone, where he high-stepped in untouched for the go-ahead score. USC converted the two-point conversion on a Barkley pass to McKnight to take the lead for good.The game-winning drive provided the Trojans’ only points of the second half.Ohio State dominated the field position battle, beginning three second-half drives in USC territory. The Trojan defense kept USC in the game, stymying the Buckeyes and allowing them only three second-half points.Play that changed the game: Barkley’s 21-yard pass to McKnight.Barkley’s pass came on the third play of its game-winning drive. Barkley was sacked on the first play and a false start penalty took the Trojans back. After a McKnight run, the Trojans were faced with a 3rd down and eight from their own 16-yard line and appeared to be in trouble.Barkley dropped back to pass and found an open McKnight a few yards past the line of scrimmage. McKnight beat an Ohio State linebacker to the inside on an option route and sprinted up the field after he caught Barkley’s pass.The pass gave USC’s offense much-needed breathing room as well as game-altering momentum. Everything seemed to start clicking as the Trojans put together their longest scoring drive of the game by far.Most valuable player: Matt Barkley.Although the youngster’s numbers weren’t amazing — 15 of 31, 195 yards, one interception and no touchdowns — the poise with which he carried himself on USC’s final drive could not be captured in the stat sheet.The roaring Ohio State crowd didn’t seem to faze him. Neither did the interception he threw in the first half to the Buckeyes’ Ross Homan. His teammates said his demeanor remained the same throughout the entire game.“Matt was the same person the whole game,” McKnight said. “[He] never lost his composure, [he] just kept coming in the huddle and calling plays.”Coach Pete Carroll was impressed as usual with his 19-year-old sensation.“It’s just remarkable that he can show all that so early,” Carroll said. “But he showed also that he can take you and win in the fourth quarter, which is huge.”Stat of the game: 106,033.The number of fans on hand at “The Horseshoe,” a new attendance record for Ohio Stadium. The jam-packed crowd hardly sat down the entire night and was at its loudest when the game was on the line.“It was 100 guys versus everyone in the world it seemed like,” Carroll said.But the Trojans remained unfazed despite the noise.“It was pretty loud, not gonna lie,” Barkley said. “I think my ears are still ringing a little bit. But I mean we played through it. The actual noise didn’t affect how we were going to play.”Quote of the game: “The questions that everybody has been asking about Matt [are] legitimate… All we can tell you is the guy’s really special. He’s into it, he’s having fun, he’s not arrogant, he’s not cocky — he’s just a complete ball player.”— Carroll about Barkley’s ability to handle big-game situations.On track into the Pac: After surviving their biggest non-conference test of the season, the Trojans are in prime shape entering their Pac-10 schedule, which starts next week at Washington.But seeing as their only loss in 2008 came against conference opponent Oregon State — the game following the Ohio State matchup ­— Carroll said he already warned his team to not get caught up in the celebration and overlook the Huskies.“I already addressed it,” Carroll said. “This game can’t carry into the next week. This game’s over. I told them, ‘It’s already on ESPN, they already showed the highlights to everybody, so that’ll be over by the time we get home.’”last_img read more