Malan leads England to T20 series win over South Africa

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first_img(REUTERS)-England debutant Dawid Malan’s hard-hitting 78 helped the hosts to a 19-run victory over South Africa in their Twenty 20 international at Cardiff on Sunday to secure a 2-1 series win.The 29-year-old left-hander Malan, who was born in London and brought up in South Africa, blasted 78 from 44 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes as England, whose captain Eoin Morgan was rested, made 181 for eight.South Africa were never really in the run chase, especially after captain AB de Villiers was caught in the deep by Alex Hales off the spin of Mason Crane for 35, leaving his team at 82 for four. They eventually fell short on 162 for seven.Chris Jordan picked up three wickets for England who will be delighted to have won the series while also blooding new talent.One of those propsects, Crane, was delighted to have kept his nerve whilst facing a pounding from De Villiers.The South African carted him for two sixes and a four before holing out and giving the 20-year-old his first wicket in international cricket.But it was Malan who did the most to boost his chances of forcing his way into the England team on a longer-term basis, showing enormous confidence as he smashed his second ball over mid-wicket for six.Malan has had to wait for his ability to be rewarded by the England selectors but he showed that, even when the likes of Joe Root and Ben Stokes return to the side, he could be a very useful option.“I didn’t think (the chance) would ever come but nice to show what I can do. It’s tough but you try and keep things in perspective and wait for an opportunity,” he said.“To play for your country is a fantastic achievement. I’ve only played one game, especially with the guys we’ve got — hopefully they rest a few in the next game as well.”Jos Buttler, who stepped in as captain in the absence of Eoin Morgan, was full of praise for Malan.“Dawid batted on a different wicket to the rest of us, made it look really good on debut. All the best teams have very good players missing out, with injuries, and with guys coming in there is pressure on you, you feel like you need to perform and it was a fantastic show of character from Dawid Malan,” he said.The two countries will now face each other in a four-match Test series starting at Lord’s on July 6.last_img read more

Men’s tennis stumbles in Virginia for first two losses

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first_imgThe No. 6 Trojans suffered their first two losses the season as the men’s tennis team fell short to No. 2 TCU in the quarterfinals Saturday and No. 10 Wake Forest in a consolation match Sunday in the ITA Men’s Team Indoor Championships.The losses followed a win in the first round over No. 13 USF Friday to advance in the tournament.Against TCU, Max de Vroome lost a three-set battle that ended with a 7-3 defeat in the final set tie-break, giving the Horned Frogs a 4-3 win. “I’m proud of our effort tonight,” USC head coach Peter Smith said. “It was one of those college tennis matches that you love being a part of. TCU did a great job down the stretch to get the win.”The Trojans started off with an early lead in the match as de Vroome and Jack Jaede defeated Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder with the final score of 6-4 on Court 2 and Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine topped Guillermo Nuñez and Alex Rybakov on Court 3 with the final score of 6-3.At singles, the Horned Frogs started off with two wins on Court 1, where No. 6 Cameron Norrie defeated the Trojans’ No. 33 Nick Crystal 6-1, 6-2, and Eduardo Nava dropped only 3 games in his 6-3, 6-0 win over USC’s No. 43 Logan Smith. The Trojans reclaimed the lead thanks to Thibault Forget, who won in straight sets on Court 5, and Jack Jaede, who came back and won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after dropping the first set at sixth singles to TCU’s Trevor Johnson. On Court 3, No. 38 Nuñez took three sets to overcome No. 104 Jake DeVine. TCU eventually notched the fourth point and punched the ticket for the semifinal when No. 122 Alex Rybakov battled back after losing the first set against de Vroome and finished the match with an epic 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 win. On Friday, USC was able to pull out a 4-3 win in the first round against USF. After losing the doubles point, the Trojans went down 0-2 after Peter Bertran defeated Laurens Verboven on Court 5 with the score of 6-2, 6-1. USC tied the match at 2-2 thanks to de Vroome and Smith, as they both won in straight sets. Roberto Cid gave the lead back to the Bulls as he defeated Nick Crystal on Court 1 with the final score of 6-3, 6-2. On Court 2, de Vroome upset No. 26 Dominic Cotrone in straight sets. With the score tied at 3-3, all the attention shifted toward Court 6, where Forget was tied 1-1 in his match against Vadym Kalyuzhnyy. After the winning the tie-break in the first set, Forget dropped the second set 6-1. Feeling the pressure on him, he pulled out a 6-2 win in the second set, giving the Trojans their sixth win of season.On Sunday, in the consolation match, the Trojans lost 4-0 to Wake Forest. After losing the doubles point, the Crystal, de Vroome and Smith recorded three losses on Courts 1, 2, and 4, respectively, stopping the play on the other courts. USC is now 6-2 on the season. The next competition will take the Trojans to Palo Alto, where they will face Stanford on Friday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m.last_img read more

President of the City Rival “ordered”: Bring Edin Visca!

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first_imgEdin Visca, a football player of the National team of BiH, recorded a great success in Turkey in the last couple of years. He became captain in the team of Basaksehir thanks to his great shape, and he also led the team to the leading position after the first part of this season.Therefore, it is no surprise that all the clubs from Turkey, as well as most of European teams, want our representative. However, according to Turkish media, one information attracted particular attention.Aziz Yildirim, the president of Fenerbahçe, gave instructions for “general mobilization” and “ordered” everyone to bring Visca.Players of Fenerbahce received the information that Arda Turan is coming to Basaksehir with great enthusiasm, because they believe that it will be easier for them to bring Visca in their team.Turkish media wrote that Visca is a personal desire of the coach Aykut Kocaman, as well as that Fenerbahce will send an official offer for our football player this week. Allegedly, Visca would not mind to move to the ranks of the city rival.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more