BANGALORE, India (CMC):Chris Gayle’s batting failures continued as his Jamaica and West Indies teammate, AndrÈ Russell, upstaged him with an electrifying cameo to fire Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an important win in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Entering the run chase with KKR in a spot of bother at 69 for four in the 11th over – in pursuit of 186 for victory – the right-handed Russell reignited the innings with 39 off 24 balls as the visitors reached their target off the first ball of the final over.Yusuf Pathan finished on 60 not out off 29 deliveries, posting an invaluable 96 for the fifth wicket with Russell, who blasted a four and four sixes.Captain and opener Gautam Gambhir stroked 37 off 29 balls.The victory allowed KKR to move into second place on 10 points, ahead of Mumbai Indians, courtesy of a superior net run rate.Gujarat Lions remained clear at the top on 12 points.Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were powered by a joint top score of 52 from captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul, as they reached 185 for seven off their 20 overs.RUN OF LOW SCORESAustralian Shane Watson chimed in with 34, while the left-handed Gayle continued his run of low scores with seven.Subdued by Russell in the first over, Gayle seemed ready to explode when he struck South African seamer Morne Morkel straight overhead for six, off in the second over of the innings.Next ball, however, Gayle miscued a pull at a ball of shortish length and skied a catch to the wicketkeeper at eight for one.Gayle has scored eight runs in three innings for RCB this season and all told, has now failed to reach double figures in six consecutive innings since his hundred against England in the Twenty20 World Cup last March.Russell claimed one for 24 from four overs of pace, while West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine went wicketless from his four overs which cost 45 runs.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, in this photo released by North Korea`s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 10, 2019. KCNA via REUTERSSouth Korean president Moon Jae-in said on Thursday North Korea should take bold steps towards denuclearisation, such as abandoning long-range missiles, to extract US concessions amid a prolonged stalemate in their nuclear negotiations.Moon Jae-in also said the North would have to seek a compromise in a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump, which he said could be imminent, in order to resolve the impasse.Pyongyang and Washington have been struggling to find a breakthrough despite a pledge by Kim at his landmark summit with US president Donald Trump in Singapore in June to work towards denuclearisation.Pyongyang has demanded Washington lift sanctions, imposed because of its nuclear and missile tests, and declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War.Those demands were in response to Pyongyang’s initial, unilateral steps toward denuclearisation that included dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility.Moon said North Korea should take more concrete steps, such as abandoning its intercontinental and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and dismantling weapons production lines and other nuclear complexes, to secure US concessions such as sanctions relief.He said reducing US military commitments, such as a withdrawal of troops or strategic assets from the region, would be an unlikely option for Washington.”The second summit would be a venue where they settle on terms of what specific measures North Korea will take and how those moves will be reciprocated by the United States,” Moon told a news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.”But US forces in South Korea or strategic assets in places like Guam and Japan are not linked with North Korea alone, as they exist for the stability and peace of the entire Northeast Asia,” he said.Second Summit Soon?Kim renewed his resolve to meet Trump again during his meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing this week. Moon said Kim’s latest trip to Beijing signalled that a second Trump summit was imminent.Another US-North Korea summit would also expedite an unprecedented visit by Kim to Seoul, planned for last year but delayed amid the nuclear standoff, Moon said.”I expect we’ll hear about high-level talks between North Korea and the United States before long for their second summit,” Moon said.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made several trips to Pyongyang last year. However, a meeting between Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol has yet to be rescheduled after an abrupt cancellation in November.North Korean state news agency KCNA said on Thursday Kim and Xi held “in-depth, frank discussions” on the Korean peninsula and nuclear issues during Kim’s stay in Beijing, his fourth since March 2018.Kim told Xi about the difficulties and concerns in improving North Korea-US relations and denuclearisation negotiations, KCNA said. Xi agreed that North Korea’s reasonable concerns must be addressed properly, it said.China’s official Xinhua news agency also said Pyongyang’s “legitimate concerns” must be taken seriously in order to achieve a comprehensive resolution on the Korean peninsula.Xinhua quoted Xi as saying he hoped that North Korea and the United States could meet each other half way and that the international community expected peaceful negotiations.”The political settlement of the peninsula issue faces a rare historic opportunity,” Xi said.Kim reiterated a pledge from his New Year’s speech that the North would try to make a second summit achieve a result that the international community would welcome, Xinhua said.Wang Yiwei, a senior research fellow at the Centre for China and Globalisation, said he believed North Korea was becoming impatient and beginning to lose hope with the United States for asking it to make changes without in turn removing sanctions.”The crux is how to let North Korea denuclearise and to give it security guarantees. On this, the United States and North Korea don’t have trust, so China has to act as a bridge,” Wang said.