Kohli puts Windies to the sword as India complete ODI series win

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Irrepressible India captain Virat Kohli stroked his second successive hundred and 43rd of his career to spearhead a remarkable run chase and send West Indies tumbling to a six-wicket defeat under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the final One-Day International here yesterday.Set a daunting 255 for victory off just 35 overs after rain had caused an earlier three-hour break during West Indies’ innings, India effortlessly chased down the target with 15 balls to spare, to take the series 2-0 and condemn the hosts to their 13th defeat in 22 ODIs this year.Further, West Indies have now won only four of their last 21 ODIs against India, and their latest defeat keeps them winless on the current tour after suffering a 3-0 whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series.Kohli lay the centre of India’s brilliance, carving out a quite superb unbeaten 114 off 99 deliveries to follow up his 120 in last Sunday’s second ODI also at Queen’s Park Oval, and clinch the Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series awards.Dropped on 11, in the sixth over by wicketkeeper Shai Hope off seamer Keemo Paul, Kohli made West Indies pay for the error, hitting 14 fours – the last of which was a clip to fine leg off seamer Carlos Brathwaite which took his side over the line.Indian skipper posts his 43rd ODI hundred, (Getty)Shreyas Iyer struck 65 off 41 balls while opener Shikhar Dhawan gathered a run-a-ball 36 as India expertly controlled a run chase which could have proved tricky.Veteran opener Chris Gayle had earlier blasted 72 from 41 deliveries as West Indies raced to a competitive 240 for seven off their allotted 35 overs.His opening partner, Evin Lewis, struck 43, Nicholas Pooran chipped in with a quick-fire 30 while Shimron Hetmyer (25) and Shai Hope (24) both got starts.Gayle, in possibly his last ODI, handed West Indies a sensational start as he blasted eight fours and five sixes, dominating a 115-run opening stand off a mere 65 deliveries with fellow left-hander Lewis.West Indies had ambled to 13 without loss after four overs after opting to bat first, but Gayle then raised the tempo considerably, racing to his half-century off 30 balls with the first of two consecutive sixes off left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed (3-68) in the 10th over which leaked 17 runs.Lewis also looked in good nick, punching five fours and three sixes as he too got stuck into India’s attack.With West Indies on top, both openers fell in quick succession when Lewis miscued a slog at leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and was caught in the deep in the 11th over and Gayle belted Khaleel Ahmed straight to mid-off six balls later in the following over.The rains arrived at the end of the 22nd over with West Indies on 158 and when play resumed three hours later, they had only 13 overs left in their innings.Hetmyer and Hope, both of whom had struggled before the break, pushed their third-wicket stand to 50 before also departing in successive overs with the score on 171 in the 26th over, but Pooran lashed a four and three sixes in a cameo 16-ball knock to fire West Indies past 200.He put on 40 with captain Jason Holder (14) before picking out Manish Pandey at long on with seamer Mohammed Shami (2-50) in the 31st over.Facing a required run rate of just under 7½ runs per over, India suffered a major early blow when they lost Rohit Sharma in the third over for 10 with the score on 25, run-out at the non-striker’s end after failing to regain his ground in a mix-up over a single.However, Kohli’s arrival changed the complexion of the game as he added a crucial 66 for the second wicket to transfer pressure back on the Windies.Dhawan had struck five fours when he was deceived by left-arm spinner Fabian Allen (2-40) and holed out to mid-off in the 13th over and Rishabh Pant (0) lasted two balls before falling in the same over, also failing to clear Paul at mid-off.Tottering on 92 for three, India were in need of something special and got it through Kohli and Iyer who put on 120 for the fourth wicket to take the game away from West Indies.Kohli was dominant from the start, reaching his half-century in the 18th over off 48 deliveries before marching to three figures off 93 balls in the 31st.The 24-year-old Iyer, in his ninth ODI, lashed three fours and five sixes and by the time he chipped seamer Kemar Roach to Holder at long off in the 29th over, victory was all but assured. WEST INDIES innings Gayle c Kohli b Ahmed 72 Lewis c Dhawan b Chahal 43 Hope b Jadeja 24 Hetmyer b Shami 25 Pooran c Pandey b Shami 30 Brathwaite c wkp. Pant b Ahmed 16 Holder c Kohli b Ahmed 14 Allen not out 6 Paul not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2, nb-1, w-6) 10Total: (7 wkts, 35 overs) 240Fall of wickets: 1-115, 2-121, 3-171, 4-171, 5-211, 6-221, 7-236.Bowling: Kumar 5-1-48-0 (w-3), Mohammed Shami 7-1-50-2 (w-1, nb-1), Khaleel Ahmed 7-0-68-3, Chahal 7-0-32-1 (w-1), Jadhav 4-0-13-0, Jadeja 5-0-26-1 (w-1).INDIA innings (target: 255 off 35 overs) Sharma run-out 10 Dhawan c Paul b Allen 36 Kohli not out 114 Pant c Paul b Allen 0 Iyer c Holder b Roach 65 Jadhav not out 19Extras: (lb-4, w-8) 12Total: (4 wkts, 32.3 overs) 256Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-91, 3-92, 4-212.Bowling: Roach 7-0-53-1 (w-1), Holder 4-0-39-0, Paul 5-0-39-0 (w-4), Allen 6-0-40-2, Chase 7-0-43-0, Brathwaite 3.3-0-38-0 (w-2)Result: India won by six wickets (DLS).Series: India won three-match series 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Virat KohliMan-of-the-Series: Virat Kohli.last_img read more

Heisman odds still not in Woods’ favor

first_img“Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jonathan at jkendric@usc.edu. Five games into the college football season, the nation’s best players are building their cases for the sport’s biggest award.The race for the Heisman Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding player in college football, is watched almost as closely as the battle for the national title.Top target · Through five games, sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods has caught 55 passes for 757 yards and six touchdowns. He has not, however, garned much consideration for the Heisman Trophy. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanPreseason Heisman favorites like Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones have solidified their candidacies with strong starts.Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson have put their names into the mix with eye-popping statistics.Here in Los Angeles, Robert Woods leads the country in receptions (55) and receiving yards (747), while his six touchdown catches are second best in the nation.Despite his early season success,  the sophomore wide receiver is not considered a serious Heisman contender. Sports Illustrated and ESPN release weekly Heisman watch lists, ranking the top 10 candidates for the award after each slate of games. Woods has yet to appear on either list.It begs the question: What more does Woods have to do to put himself into the national conversation about the most outstanding player in college football?He’s already broken USC’s record for most catches in a game, 17 against Minnesota, and came only five yards short of the school’s all-time single game high of 260 receiving yards against Arizona last weekend.The Carson, Calif., native is on pace for 132 catches and 1,792 yards in 2011, totals that would be good for seventh and eighth place, respectively, in the NCAA record books.Woods’ situation is the perfect case study of what the Heisman Trophy has become. Instead of honoring the nation’s best player regardless of position or team success, Heisman voters nearly always choose the quarterback or running back of one of the nation’s best teams.For one, Woods’ position on the field doesn’t lend itself to Heisman campaigns. Only two wide receivers have ever won the award: Tim Brown of Notre Dame in 1987 and Desmond Howard of Michigan in 1991.Since the turn of the new millennium, nine of the 11 winners have been quarterbacks. The other two — USC’s Reggie Bush and Alabama’s Mark Ingram — were running backs.Voters usually give extra weight to quarterback play because of the importance of the position: They touch the ball on every play and direct the offense.Players like Woods, however, can transcend the traditional position description and force defenses to account for them on every single play.USC coach Lane Kiffin has dubbed this phenomenon “the Robert factor,” referring to the way defenses send two or three defenders toward Woods on a regular basis, creating opportunities for other players to get open.During one play in USC’s road loss to Arizona State, Woods lined up in the backfield, causing frantic pointing and shouting from the Sun Devil defense about whom should account for him. As the ball was snapped, Woods ran to his right, drawing all of Arizona State’s attention as Marc Tyler ran the opposite way, gliding 10 yards untouched into the end zone.More and more in recent years, award voters have made team success one of the primary qualifications for individual accolades.Nine of the past 11 Heisman winners played in that year’s national championship game, including the last three. All six of the top-ranked teams in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll have nationally recognized Heisman candidates.Griffin, who quarterbacks the No. 25 Baylor Bears, had to complete 82 percent of his passes and throw 18 touchdowns to only one interception this season to get noticed.Though USC will always earn more than its fair share of media attention no matter its record, the Trojans no longer have the nation’s respect like they did five or six years ago.Currently unranked and unable to play in a bowl game, USC would have to put together an extraordinary second half of the season to even sniff a top-10 spot in the Associated Press Poll, hindering Woods’ Heisman case.If that weren’t enough for Woods to overcome, the Trojans’ NCAA sanctions and postseason ban provide a whole different set of challenges.The Heisman Trophy is no stranger to USC’s Heritage Hall. Six trophies are proudly displayed on campus.It’s the most recent winner, however, who gave Trojan athletes another hurdle to deal with, one unique to their situation.The fact that Woods plays for the only program to ever give back the Heisman following NCAA sanctions won’t help his case with some of the voters.It’s safe to say that short of rewriting the entire receiving portion of the NCAA record books, Woods won’t win the Heisman this year.Then again, as opposing coaches have been telling their defenses all season, you better you keep your eye out for No. 2 in cardinal and gold. He’s likely to surprise you.last_img read more

Sondre Norheim’s late goal the only spark in Syracuse’s 1-1 draw with Colgate

first_img Published on September 24, 2018 at 11:16 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Hugo Delhommelle dribbled the ball to the left of the goal just outside the penalty box as he scanned for options. The senior, who’d already assisted on Syracuse’s lone goal of the game, spotted Ryan Raposo streaking down the field on the other side of the box undetected by the Colgate defenders. Delhommelle’s service was perfect, finding Raposo’s right foot as the freshman midfielder wound up for the potential game-winning shot.He’d gotten too much underneath the ball, though, sending it just above the crossbar of the goal. The ball flew into the netting behind the goal and fell to the ground innocently. Raposo landed just inside the penalty box and fell to the ground in despair.For the second straight game, the Orange (3-3-1, 0-2-0 Atlantic Coast) failed to find a spark on offense and missed out on numerous opportunities despite outshooting its opponent. SU tried different formations and rotations and even introduced new players to the lineup, but all of its attempts to get something going offensively failed. It took a goal in the 77th minute by a defender, Sondre Norheim, for Syracuse to salvage a draw against the Raiders (4-1-4, 0-0-1 Patriot).“We need to be able to score goals anytime,” Delhommelle said. “That’s what we’re missing right now…Because we have the opportunities, every single game we out-shoot teams. That means something.”As opposed to Friday’s loss against Virginia in which the Orange played the Cavaliers even in the first half and dominated in the second, Syracuse had control throughout the game on Monday. A 5-3 lead in shots after halftime increased to a 13-9 advantage by the end of the game, but aside from Norheim’s goal, SU came up empty time after time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse head coach Ian McIntyre suggested that the Orange wasn’t at 100 percent after Friday’s game, leading him to make changes to his rotations.“These are tough games to turn around,” McIntyre said about Monday games following Friday contests. “We weren’t firing on all cylinders. We got some tired legs.”Fifteen minutes into the game, Djimon Johnson moved to the backline to add a fourth defender to the lineup on the field. Fifteen minutes later, three substitutions were made, one of which was Julio Fulcar, who made his college debut.Fulcar failed to record a stat but provided the Orange with fresh legs, something that was just as meaningful on Monday.“Getting fresh feet on the pitch is always a good way to bring energy to the game,” Norheim said. “(We) needed energy in our attacks.”Syracuse’s fatigue from the weekend meant Norheim’s goal to tie was that much more important after falling behind early like the Orange has been prone to do this season. Considering the fact that the sophomore is a defender and normally not an attacking player, the goal is only magnified.It came off a set piece on the left half of the field and another accurate free kick set-up by Delhommelle. Norheim set up near the far post just outside the six-yard box and barely had to move, heading the ball just enough to change its direction into the back of the net.It was the pinnacle of what McIntyre believed was an ‘outstanding’ day for Norheim, who played all 110 minutes.“Being next to him, seeing him flying forward,” Delhommelle explained, “I said, ‘Okay, go ahead Sondre. Go have fun. I’ve got your back.’”Norheim’s play was certainly the main takeaway from the contest and may very well be expected moving forward as he transitions into more of an attacking role. But it’s likely one of the only positives the Orange can take from Monday’s game.After ‘outplaying’ its opponent but failing to capture the win for the second-straight game, Syracuse is still looking to find consistency as the season reaches its midpoint. Positives looking back at the past couple games are scarce, but the Orange is optimistic looking forward.“We just need this click during the season,” Delhommelle said. “I thought today would have been the day. We’re still looking for it, but it’s gonna come.” Commentslast_img read more