David Warner spoke exclusively to India Today’s Boria Majumdar on a range of issues after Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick helped India defend 252 at the Eden Gardens and go 2-0 up in the five-match ODI series.The Australian vice-captain was his usual candid self and responded to Kuldeep Yadav’s jibe and spoke at length about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s evolution as a pacer.WATCH VIDEOHere is an excerpt:ON CURRENT FORM:I don’t put pressure on myself. We always talk about players who have played the game for long periods of time and you don’t lose form overnight. You have purple patches, you have downs. All comes down to backing your game and backing your skill. At the moment I’m facing two quality bowlers up front and and it’s about adjusting to that. The conditions have been in their favour and we have to put the pressure back on them. From my side, have I been doing that? Probably not, maybe lacking intent. But I’ve got to sit on working how I’m best to tackle the bowlers up front, through the middle period and play the game as I know. (Pressure will be on Kuldeep Yadav to perform, not me: David Warner to India Today)ON THE PANDYA DISMISSAL CONFUSION:We were under the impression that the umpire didn’t give him out originally. So we were saying why can’t he be run-out? So we were thinking if you are a batsman you’d probably keep running. So we were asking if if he’s not given out, will it be given runs? The umpire said ‘no…it’s dead and you can’t run him out.’ It was a funny incident and as a player you just want clarity if the umpire is going to give him out or is he going to call it a no ball. In these situations, maybe a World Cup final or something…if you hit a ball in the air and the umpire calls it a no-ball and you keep running, you can be run-out. That’s where we were coming from. (MS Dhoni a good helping hand for Virat Kohli: David Warner to India Today)advertisementHardik said Oh I am out and he just walked off. He didn’t think about it either. So both teams I think just…the umpires said it’s not-out…so not out.ON HOW THE SENIOR PROS CAN HELP THE YOUNGER PLAYERS:From my personal experience I feel, you need to find it yourself, how you get out of these situations. Some of these players probably haven’t come in this scenarios where they’re struggling and haven’t been in the form they would have like and try and overcome that and get yourself in the form. I think you need to go back and do what you know. Like hitting the ball, try and not go out searching. I know when you’re out of form, you would go out searching for a lot of balls and try and hit the lengths they are bowling and drive and you nick off. You got to be patient, you got to allow the ball to be in the right spot and it has to be in the right spot when you’re not seeing the ball well. That’s not the training, that’s the basics and as one of the leaders in the team, I try and take the responsibility to make sure the guys are mentally okay because you can start thinking negative and being away from home…the boys have been in Bangladesh, come here…it’s been a long time period when you’re away and it happens all the time. When you’re playing all the three formats away from home and you’re not doing well…I’ve been there and it’s very very hard and tough mentally to get out of that. You can’t rely upon this but it speaks volumes if your senior players, coaching staff comes up to the player and asks ‘how are you going?’ And it’s upon that individual to give an honest response and if you give an honest response ‘I’m fine’ and you’re not, you are not helping yourself. Everyone likes to be that person who is brave and put on that brave face but some times you need little bit of help and guidance because it’s very very challenging. (Funny to see how India-Australia series are commercialised: David Warner to India Today)ON BHUVNERSHWAR KUMAR’S EVOLUTION:I reckon he gained a couple of years. Bowling a bit faster and he has gained a bit of strength of what I see and it’s always about confidence…he has had that confidence in the IPL, he has been given that opportunity again in playing for India in Test match formats, he has bowled fantastic. His key is his upfront swing and his death bowling and I think he has used that to his advantage very well. And I know as a batsman, when you try to take on these guys, when they’re going well, it’s always going to be challenging. You actually have to wait for that really bad ball, you might not get it, so you have to see his spell out but when you do, you need to pounce on it. But at the moment he is flying high on confidence and I like that seeing on any player. It speaks volumes of the person he is. He was out of the team, he made his way back into the team through to the IPL and now he’s back playing for India. One thing that has impressed me is his batting. He his coming out and playing his shots, tinkered with his technique. That’s probably one of the senior players giving his confidence and that’s probably a string he has added to his bow and the confidence for Virat of having him.advertisementON MS DHONI:AP PhotoI think we have all run out of superlatives. He is just quality, we all know what he brings to the team and I can’t speak for him but what I see is him giving the captaincy to Virat…it looks like he is enjoying his cricket. He is loving being a part of this young, energetic group. That was the same with Ricky (Ponting) when I came into the Test setup. You could just see these guys, a new life is just born for them. It’s great and I like seeing it. He is a world class player and if the player feels he is not going the way he would have liked, I’m sure they would have upon themselves to step down. I think he is hitting the ball well and it looks like he is tinkering with his technique as well. I personally think, he can go another two years.ON INDIA’S TOUR OF AUSTRALIA:It’s going be exciting and huge. I know as a batsman, when a team has pace balling, you always lick your lips little bit because you got to move your feet, you got to be fast and ready. As a batsman, you got to be sharp. We face pace everyday in the nets, three times a week. It gets you ready and in the tempo, it gets you going well.Every series you got to start well. Win the first Test and that sets the momentum for the rest of the series. We took that with South Africa in Perth, they took the momentum away from us and they were on top. Those are the little things that challenge you as players. How to bounce back and overcome that. With history as it says in India coming to Australia and having won for a long time and same thing when we come to India. You got to just prepare as well as you can to have the mindset, forget about the history and play the game. You are going to have the world’s best team going there, not necessarily you are going to win. You got to start well and that’s what we talk about as a group.advertisementON WHETHER AUSTRALIA CAN TURN IT AROUND:You just got to put the last two games to bed, forget about that and move on. As I always say try and keep this game simple. We over-complicate a simple game. Keep backing yourself, bat and bowl well in the field, do what you do best and play with some freedom. When you’re 2-0 down, sometimes you are a bit hesitant but you got to have that intent and faith in your ability and as a team unit to win fro many situation. Yes we have bowled India out in less than 300 which is very rare in their backyard, now we have to bowl extra better and we have to bat even better. time will tel. Hopefully we can turn it around and make it 3-2.
Virat Kohli, who swept the ICC awards on Thursday to win the ODI Player of the Year, Cricketer of the Year and named captain of the ICC’s ODI and Test teams, became the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach 900 Test ranking points.Kohli moved back to No.2 in the rankings for ICC Test batsmen following his 153 during India’s defeat to South Africa in the Centurion Test. The India captain, who had started the series at No.2, had slipped down to No.3 after his twin failures of the Cape Town Test.Australian captain Steve Smith, who won the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award, continues to sit at top with 947 points.WATCHEngland captain Joe Root is third in the list with 881 points followed by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who has 855 points.An ICC press release said Gavaskar had reached the milestone of 900 ranking points during his 50th Test. Kohli got there in his 65th Test.BREAKING: On the day he was named ICC Cricketer of the Year, @imVkohli has become the second India batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach 900 points in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Batting Rankings!https://t.co/Q9fT3BLIos pic.twitter.com/SEdczeqKDm— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018″Gavaskar had achieved the milestone in his 50th Test when he scored 13 and 221 at The Oval in 1979 to jump from 887 points to 916 points, which remained his career-best.”Kohli, who recorded his 21st century at Centurion, got to the rare feat in his 65th Test after vaulting from 880 points to 900 points.advertisement”Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are the other two India batsmen who came close to the 900-point mark, but were unable to break the barrier. Tendulkar peaked to 898 points in 2002, while Dravid achieved 892 points in 2005,” the release said.Kohli has joined a rare club of batsmen. Before him, only 30 other batsmen had reached 900 points in Test cricket.Australian great Don Bradman sits on top of the table with 961 points, followed by Smith (947).Len Hutton (945), Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs (both 942 points) are at numbers three and four.ALSO WATCH:
Until recently, rumours were that Xiaomi will will launch the successor to last year’s Mi 6 at MWC 2018 in February. However, newer reports have suggested that the Mi 7 will be unveiled at a later date. But before that happens, the Chinese manufacturer is planning to launch another smartphone ahead of MWC. As per latest reports, this will be the Mi Mix 2S which is essentially set to be an upgraded version of last year’s Mi Mix 2.Over the weekend, some reports emerged that said Xiaomi is looking to unveil the Mi Mix 2S before MWC kicks off on February 26. This is perhaps Xiaomi’s way to upstage Samsung which is all set to unveil the Galaxy S9 series a day ahead of MWC on February 25. What would be further interesting is if Xiaomi manages to launch the Mi Mix 2S with the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset ahead of the Galaxy S9. Based on all the reports we’ve heard so far, here’s everything you need to know.– Since the Mi Mix 2S will be launched within six months of the Mi Mix 2, we’re not likely to see a significant change in design or hardware. This will be more akin to what OnePlus does with the T version such as the OnePlus 5T.– The Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 have come with edge-to-edge displays and the same can be expected from the Mi Mix 2S. The upcoming phone will likely slim down the bottom bezel even further for a larger screen-to-body ratio.advertisement– A render posted by Slashleaks (seen above) shows a display with almost no bezels around. The front camera is seen on top right corner rather than the bottom as previously was the case with the Mi Mix 2.ALSO READ: Xiaomi may not launch Mi 7 at MWC 2018: Report– The fingerprint sensor will likely be placed on the rear of the handset. However, with in-display fingerprint sensors now a real thing thanks to the Vivo X20 Plus UD, Xiaomi could surprise everyone with an under display fingerprint sensor for the Mi Mix 2S as well.– As per the render, the Mi Mix 2S will continue to sport a single rear camera on the back above the fingerprint sensor. The phone is expected to come with a ceramic back in Black and/or White.– While neither the phone nor its design and hardware have been confirmed as yet, rumours suggest the Mi Mix 2S could be the first smartphone to sport a Snapdragon 845 chipset, edging out the Galaxy S9.– The Mi Mix 2S is expected top cost around CNY 4000 (approx Rs 40,000). You can expect the handset to cost around the same when it comes to India. To recall, the Mi Mix 2 was launched in the country at Rs 35,999.<br />
Virat Kohli, the world’s No.1 ranked ODI batsman had just been dismissed for 112. India were just eight runs away from victory, South Africa were on the cusp of losing their first ODI at home after 17 successive victories when something wonderful happened at Kingsmead.Imran Tahir, the world’s No.1 ranked ODI bowler had a poor night against Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. He had bowled 10 overs for 51 runs and failed to take a wicket. The wily leg-spinner was expected to dent India’s middle-order but he was completely ineffective.However, that did not stop Tahir from running down to Kohli and congratulate him for a special hundred, the Indian superstar’s first in South Africa.ALSO WATCHThat moment was appreciated by the International Cricket Council, which has had to step in and impose demerit points, fines and even suspensions when players have crossed the line and breached the ICC Code of Conduct.#SpiritOfCricket pic.twitter.com/MSlGtYpgpw— ICC (@ICC) February 1, 2018Chasing 270 against the Proteas, India romped home to their first ODI victory in Durban after Kohli smashed his 33rd hundred and Rahane scored a stylish 79. The duo shared a 189-run stand for the third wicket after Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had restricted South Africa to a below-par score.India-South Africa matches have largely been played in the right spirit over the years. There were some words exchanged between certain players during the Test series and in Durban Thursday night but nothing transpired that crossed the line.Several South African cricketers play in the Indian Premier League and have formed close bonds with Indian players. AB de Villiers has played with Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore for several years while Tahir teamed up with MS Dhoni for Rising Pune Supergiant last season.advertisementTahir and Dhoni will feature together for Chennai Super Kings in this edition of the IPL while Quinton de Kock will share the dressing-room with Kohli and de Villiers at RCB.
Hanuma Vihari’s unbeaten 76-ball 95 and a good bowling performance from spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja’s 4/36 helped India B beat India A by eight wickets in the opening match of the Deodhar Trophy in Dharamsala.With rain around, India B made full use of the conditions after opting to field.Their bowlers stepped up and dismissed the A side for 178 in 41.2 overs.From 42 for four, it was a recovery of sorts for India A who could have been bundled out for less than 100 if it was not for the effort of Ricky Bhui (78).Rain stopped play when India A were 51 for four in 14 overs. At resumption, the match was reduced to 43 overs a side.Bhui’s valiant effort did not prove to be enough as India B chased down the revised target of 175 in just 26.2 overs.Vihari was in red hot form and got good support from captain Shreyas Iyer (28 not out) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (43).During the chase, Vihari was unstoppable smashing 16 fours and a six.He was unlucky to miss out on a deserving hundred by five runs. Mohammad Shami, playing for India A, leaked 49 runs in six overs and took a wicket.The clinical batting performance from India B came after an all-round bowling show.Pacers Umesh Yadav (2/28) and Siddharth Kaul (2/39) provided the breakthroughs upfront before left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (4/36) inflicted more damage.Barring Bhui, none of the batsmen could cross 30. U-19 stars Shubman Gill (5) and Prithvi Shaw (28) also could not contribute much to the total.India B will next take on Karnataka on MondayadvertisementBrief scores: India A: 178 in 41.2 overs (Ricky Bhui 78; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4/36, Jayant Yadav 2/25, Umesh Yadav 2/28, Sidharth Kaul 2/39) vs India B: 175 in 26.2 overs (G. Hanuma Vihari 95 not out, Abhimanyu Easwaran 43, Shreyas Iyer 28 not out; Krunal Pandya (1/21). India B win by 8 wickets via VJD method.(With PTI inputs)
Indian captain Virat Kohli’s wax figure will be the latest addition at the Madame Tussauds Delhi as he is set to join other sports icons there.Kohli’s wax figure will join other sports heroes including Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Lionel Messi.Kohli’s journey has been phenomenal, from his first-class debut in 2006 to captaining the Indian cricket team, winning the Under-19 World Cup on route.With his unbeatable performances, Kohli has won several accolades including the Arjuna award, ICC World Cricketer of the year and three BCCI international cricketer of the year awards. He has also been honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of of India.Kohli met with Madame Tussauds’ team for the sitting process, where a group of talented world renowned artists flown in from London took over 200 measurements to create an authentic figure. Kohli’s wax figure will join other sports heroes including Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Lionel Messi (Twitter Photo)Talking about his inclusion in Madame Tussauds Delhi, an excited Kohli said “It’s a great honour to be chosen as one of the figures at Madame Tussauds. All thanks to the Madame Tussauds team who were extremely patient during the sitting sessions and for giving me a lifetime memory”.Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director, Merlin Entertainments India Pvt. Ltd., said, “We are thrilled to announce the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s figure as the 23rd attraction. He holds the heart and respect of every Indian and a perfect choice to have him as our next Figure.”advertisementMadame Tussauds Delhi is an attraction that portrays the fascinating world of Bollywood and Hollywood, renowned sportspersons, historical and political personalities under one roof, through planned themes and interactive areas.(With PTI inputs)
Kings XI Punjab will play Delhi Daredevils in the second game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mohali. Star Sports Network have the rights for the match.You can watch Live Streaming of the match in Mohali from 4 PM today at Hotstar.As for TV the matches will be shown live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.BRIEF PREVIEW:Kings XI Punjab will look to embark on a memorable journey under their new captain Ravichandran Ashwin when they host Delhi Daredevils at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in the second game of the IPL.They will be without their star opener Aaron Finch, who is away for his wedding in Australia. However, they will be hoping that the seasoned campaigners in Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, KL Rahul and others will help them get through without the mercurial Australian.The Mohali wicket is typically hard and offers bounce, which should aid the stroke-makers in the Punjab squad.Delhi on the other hand, are boosted and raring to go under their own son Gautam Gambhir, who returned to his home side after a successful stint with KKR.DD are one of the most balanced sides in the competition and are spoilt for choices. Although they were handed a late blow, when Kagiso Rabada was ruled out of the tournament, but they found an able replacement in England’s Liam Plunkett.The Mohali picth will also assist the stroke makers in the Delhi side, who has the likes of Rishabh Pant, Colin Munro, Glenn Maxwell in their ranks.advertisementSquads: KXIP: Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.DD: Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Daniel Christian, Jason Roy, Naman Ojha, Prithvi Shaw, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Avesh Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh.
After launching a two-in-one detachable notebook, t.Book flex earlier this month, Smartron is back with another product. And this time the company has announced its first fitness tracking device– t.Band– that comes with first of its kind features such as an electrocardiography (ECG) and a blood pressure monitoring system.”With the t.Band also, we have built in first in category features like ECG and BP monitoring that are not available even in high end products. We hope to change the conversations around health with this launch,” Smartron’s President and Co-founder Rohit Rathi said during the launch while adding that the wearable was essentially made for those who were looking for a device that would not only track their activity but also prove to be a holistic health indicator.The wearable, t.Band, will be available exclusively on Flipkart from May 13 for Rs 4,999. As a part of the launch offer, the company is offering an additional premium leather strap to all buyers. Interested customers can also avail an additional discount of five per cent on using their Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card.As far as the specifications are concerned, Smartron t.Band sports a 0.96-inch OLED display with a single touch keypad. It features a 4MB memory with a 100mAh lithium polymer battery which can go up to 2 days without a charge on standard use. It works with both, Android smartphones and iPhones and is compatible with all versions of Android OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, and iOS, iOS 8.3 and above. It is protected by IP67 dust and water resistant technology. However, the company advices not to use the wearable while swimming.advertisementAs mentioned earlier, Smartron t.Band comes with some unique features. It not only tracks your activity level but also monitors your sleep and measures a host of other factors including your blood pressure, stress level, resting heart rate, fatigue level, steps walked, total distance covered, calorie count, and weather among other things.ALSO READ: Smartron t.phone P quick review: This budget smartphone goes big on batteryThe good thing is that you can not only measure your health count but also answer your calls, text your friends, get notifications, customise your alarm and even set reminders using t.Band. The wearable is also compatible with Smarton’s thealth app, which is the company’s proprietary health tracking app.
Now before we take this further, let me be clear about one thing, this is not an in-depth comparison piece between the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5. But because I’ve used (and reviewed) both the phones at length, I think, I am in a position to paint a rough picture about both the phones when pitched against each other, and help you, make an informed choice when you’re out to buy a new phone at around Rs 10,000. An in-depth piece will be coming in the days to come. Before we begin, let me also say one more thing, both the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5 are fantastic phones in their own right. Having said that every buyer, when he/she is out to buy a new phone, has a certain set of things that he/she is looking for. The Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5 may seem similar on paper, but, both the phones are directed towards a different audience. That’s a good thing.At the outset, while the Redmi Y2 is a phone that is chiefly targeted towards the youth looking for a big screen and what is supposedly the best selfie experience, on a budget, the Redmi Note 5 is what you call an all-rounder phone. It’s not everyday that you see a phone playing out the way that it has been marketed by the company behind it. Both the Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5 are two phones that stick very closely to Xiaomi’s script. That’s a good thing as well.advertisementThe Redmi Note 5 has been around for sometime now. Unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi hasn’t hiked its price over time, which means the Redmi Note 5 still starts at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the top-end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version costs Rs 11,999. Interestingly, the Redmi Y2, also starts at Rs 9,999. This is for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version, while its top-end version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage has been launched at Rs 12,999 which is Rs 1,000 more than the top-end Redmi Note 5 version. Now let me tell you straight off the bat, don’t buy the 4GB RAM/64GB storage version of the Redmi Y2. If you have that kind of money, either increase your budget by Rs 2,000 and buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro, or save yourself some cash and buy the 4GB RAM/64GB storage version of the Redmi Note 5. Now that we have that out of our way, let’s quickly jump into what we’re actually here for. Is the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 a better buy than the Redmi Note 5? Yes and no.The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is better than the Redmi Note 5 because– The Redmi Y2 has a better, more modern design. The Redmi Y2 looks a lot like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A1 had a baby. The front is big and bezel-less while the dual camera module on the back is reminiscent to how things are on-board the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The antennas see a major reshuffle in that they’re seen honing a new U-shaped outline. Their placement remains the same, which is towards the ends of the phone, much like it is in the Mi A1. All in all, the Redmi Y2 is the most beautiful and the most premium looking phone under Rs 10,000. Even more so than the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5, although it’s modern from a philosophical point of view, uses a dated design that Xiaomi has used over and over again.– The Redmi Y2 has the same core hardware (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) and because it has to push less pixels owing to the 720p+ resolution capping, in theory, the Redmi Y2 should be faster than the Redmi Note 5. And it is, but you’ll have to be as observant as Sherlock, to make out the differences. The difference is still there though and even though it is hard to notice, even a minor boost to things matters, since both the phones are priced so very similarly.– The Redmi Y2 is a dual-SIM phone that supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The Redmi Note 5, on the contrary, ships with a hybrid slot which means you can’t have two SIM cards and a micro-SD card running simultaneously on the phone.– The Redmi Y2 sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. It further comes with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Videos are capped to 1080p but the phone comes with EIS for stabilisation which is nice. The Redmi Y2, captures some good-looking photos — with occasional softness — in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on colours. Dynamic range could have been better, but overall, the Redmi Y2 should suffice in ideal lighting. Xiaomi’s new phone is also able to capture some well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail. As for the secondary camera, well, the Redmi Y2 does a fine job — for the price — at capturing bokeh shots as well, which is a welcome change in this price segment. It’s surely not perfect, but then, the Redmi Y2 can differentiate between subject and background more effortlessly than any other dual camera phone around its price point. The Redmi Note 5 has a single rear camera, and although it’s same as the primary camera of the Redmi Y2, it’s not as good in terms of all-round performance.advertisement– The Redmi Y2 has a whopping 16-megapixel selfie camera with ‘soft’ LED flash and face unlock for biometric authentication. It is further assisted by AI for enabling beautification in selfies. Xiaomi says that the 16MP front camera on-board the Redmi Y2 uses pixel-binning technique to combine data from four pixels into one single large 2.0um pixel, that apparently reduces noise and helps capture more light even in low and tricky light situations. Xiaomi calls this Super Pixel. Also there’s auto HDR (that was last seen in the Redmi Note 5 Pro) that can detect backlit conditions automatically and helps bring out more details in selfies both in indoor as well as outdoor situations. And it can take software-based portrait selfies too. The Redmi Y2, it’s safe to say, doesn’t disappoint as far as selfies are concerned, especially in good (outdoor) lighting. It is capable of taking some really crisp and detailed selfies in ideal lighting conditions. The same is true about portrait selfies, that although can be quite a hit or miss, are the best that we’ve seen in this price range. The Redmi Note 5 has a paltry 5-megapixel camera.The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is better than the Redmi Y2 because– The Redmi Note 5 with its near all-metal body offers better build quality and solid all-round feel. It comes with curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified) protective covering on top. The Redmi Y2, on the other hand, is missing out on any sorts of protection up-top. Now the reason why I mentioned that, is because the Redmi Y2 is a little different from other Xiaomi phones. In construction. The Redmi Y2’s screen is part of a raised lip that sits on an extended platform above the back panel. This means it’s exposed. This means that you’ll have to be careful while handling it. If you drop it, and if it falls with the screen facing down, chances are it may suffer from a crack or two.advertisement — The Redmi Note 5 is sleeker. The Redmi Y2 feels bigger and much less compact: it comes with chunkier bezels. And therefore, has a smaller screen-to-body ratio, than other tall Xiaomi phones, including the Redmi Note 5. It is still smaller than regular 6-inch phones, but when compared with the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi Y2 feels like a monster in your hand. I am sure there will be many who’d be turned off by its sheer size and scale, much like it is in the case of Xiaomi’s Mi Max and Mi Max 2.– The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 1080p+ display. The Redmi Y2 maxes out at 720p+.– The Redmi Note 5 has a larger 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Y2 is backed by a smaller 3,080mAh battery.– The bottom-firing mono speaker on-board the Redmi Note 5 can get loud but there is some distortion at peak volume. The Redmi Y2 has a similar setup, but, it’s not as loud.Bottom-line:– The Redmi Y2 looks gorgeous, is tad faster, and offers the best in-class cameras (both front and back).– The Redmi Note 5, meanwhile, is sturdier (feels more solid), offers more screen real-estate with 1080p+ resolution, has a better battery life, and comes with a better speaker.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Y2 review: The best all-round camera phone under Rs 10,000
Bengaluru, Jun 12 (PTI) India is still not comfortable with the idea of playing day-night Tests, but former England captain Kevin Pietersen today made a strong statement when he said that pink ball matches is the only way forward to save the game’s traditional format. The first-ever foreign cricketer to address the prestigious MAK Pataudi Lecture, Pietersen couldn’t have possibly chosen a more appropriate platform to make a case for day-night cricket, especially at a time when T20 is threatening to usurp all other formats. “If we wish cricketers to commit to five-day cricket we have to pay them. So how do we pay them? Simply by throwing the same commercial nouse and innovation at the Test game. Five days of action. They provide so many opportunities. “Day night games have demonstrated the enormous leaps that are possible. The IPL doent play its biggest fixtures when many of its staunchest, wealthiest fans are at work. Neither should Test cricket,” Pietersen said in his address. Pietersen stated that marketing Test cricket is the need of the hour for the custodians of the game. “It will only be by pushing the marketing dial to a maximum that we will see if the Test game has true potential. Lets make every game count. Push the profile of the world Test championship. Develop marketing opportunities. Offer cheaper seats in the ground to provide a better spectacle for TV viewers,” he said. “We need to get them back through the turnstiles. Its better for the players the sponsors and television. Lets get the fans back! Lets throw equal marketing clout behind the Test game before we succumb to the lazy assumption that 20-20 rules.”advertisement Pietersen said entertainment value of Test cricket needs to be increased. “I say, lets create a fair comparison. Let’s not compromise entertainment. Lets put the Test fans first. Lets make Test cricket a spectacle. Garnish it with colour and fireworks. Fill the grounds. Play in the evenings. Give the umpires microphones to broadcast to the spectators. Allow sledging — as long as it remains the right side of the line. Communicate better with the fans,” he said. Pietersen himself has plied his trade across the globe in various T20 leagues but the Englishman remains a staunch supporter of the five-day format. “In my humble opinion a hard fought five-day Test match remains the greatest all-round challenge in modern day sport. A challenge as mentally demanding as it is physical. A challenge demanding the very highest levels of concentration of technique, of determination, of stamina, all, for the batsman at least, with no second chances,” he said. “Because, having played every form of cricket in every corner of the cricketing globe, I remain 100% convinced that the five-day Test remains the supreme form of the game,” Pietersen stressed. Further emphasising on his point, Pietersen said T20 may be ruling the roost but it is Test cricket which eventually showcases the character of a player. “This may surprise some of you. After all, I am not known as a traditionalist. But in 2005 I maintained that you shouldnt judge a man by his haircut. And now, thirteen years later, I suggest you should not believe everything you read on Twitter! “Nor, I should add, am I anything but unstinting in my praise of 20-20 cricket — particularly the wonderful IPL. 20-20 provides the thrill, the noise, the speed and no little genius. It has taken fielding to a new level and has redefined batting,” he said. “But it offers the cricketing buzz without the full sting. Wickets are less precious. Risks are taken without the same downside. There is less character and technique required. Few players have ever been met with the wrath of an entire population simply for getting out to an injudicious shot early in a 20-20 innings!” PTI KHS SSC SSC PDSPDS
On June 20 in 2017, Anil Kumble stepped down as India coach after a successful one-year term – the move, fair to say, took everyone by surprise.However, this move was probably on the cards as the legendary leg-spinner was struggling to get along with India captain Virat Kohli and the rest of the players in the dressing room.Kumble had been appointed coach in June 2016 for a one-year term by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and was instantly successful. Under him, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.Reports of a rift between Kohli and Kumble had emerged after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited fresh applications for the coaching job days before the start ICC Champions Trophy in England last year.Virat Kohli’s lack of respect for India’s legends absolutely shockingThe Indian board had stated back then that it was a mere formality to ensure a fairness in the process. Kumble had re-applied despite being told he would get a direct entry into the pool.India were thrashed in the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan and had to depart immediately afterwards for their tour of the West Indies.Kumble however, did not travel with the team from England to the Caribbean for the limited-overs tour from June 23 and decided to stay back in London to attend the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.Anil Kumble goes out as one of India’s most successful coachesKumble’s one-year term saw India flourish in Test cricket with 17 matches being played against four teams – West Indies, New Zealand, England and Australia – over the course of the year.advertisementIndia also regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings during this period and reached the final of the Champions Trophy before losing to Pakistan by 180 runs.Kumble’s term was supposed to end after the Champions Trophy but a few weeks back would have seen him not continuing in his role.Sources told India Today that the players were unhappy with the fact that there was no freedom in the dressing room and insisted that the coach did not enjoy cordial relations with the players.Soon, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) stepped in to intervene and even met Kohli a day before the Champions Trophy final to discuss the coaching issue.Kohli had in a press conference before India’s opening match against Pakistan, had denied any reports of a rift with Kumble as mere rumours.Earlier, the BCCI had shortlisted five candidates – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh. Kumble had re-applied despite being told he would get a direct entry into the pool.The advisory committee had met in London and decided to firmly back Kumble to stay on as coach.Sehwag emerged as the second best option.After Kumble’s resignation, Ravi Shastri was appointed as India’s full-time coach.Here is a timeline of the events from the very beginning when Kumble was appointed as head coach post in 2016:June 23, 2016 – BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman appoints Anil Kumble as head coach on a one-year term, ahead of former Team India Director Ravi Shastri.March 25, 2017 – Kohli and Kumble reportedly have disagreements over who should replace the India captain in the playing XI for the deciding Test match against Australia in Dharamsala. Kumble went with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, a decision which Kohli did not agree with.May 23, 2017 – India coach Anil Kumble, in his presentation to the BCCI, asks for batting coach Sanjay Bangar to also be appointed assistant coach and creates a slot for a bowling coach to feature in a structured support staff for Team India.May 25, 2017 – BCCI begins hunt to select the new head coach of the senior men’s team taking everyone by surprise although Kumble was assured of a direct entry for the process. The Indian board later clarified that it was a mere formality to ensure a fairness in the process.May 29, 2017 – Reports of a rift between head coach Anil Kumble and India captain Virat Kohli comes to light. Sources told India Today that the players are unhappy with the fact that there was no freedom in the dressing room and insisted that the coach does enjoy cordial relations with the players.June 1, 2017 – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh among six candidates who applied for the role of the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Incumbent Anil Kumbe also reapplies.advertisementJune 2, 2017 – Ramachandra Guha resigns from the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA), says superstar culture was still prevalent under the CoA.June 3, 2017 – India captain Virat Kohli denies rift with head coach Anil Kumble. “There are no problems within the team and people are just making things up. There are agreements and disagreements which is basic human nature,” Kohli said before India’s Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan.June 17, 2017 – BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee meets with Virat Kohli and decides that the issue should be further dealt with after the Champions Trophy.June 20, 2017 – Team India leaves for West Indies tour, Anil Kumble stays back. A BCCI source later confirms that Kumble has stayed back in London to attend the ICC meeting scheduled to be held in London and will later join the team in West Indies.June 20, 2017 – Later in the evening, Anil Kumble steps down from his post as Team India head coach. It is reported that he turned down the offer given to him by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee on Tuesday, which was Kumble’s last day as India head coach.
This blog post was originally published in U.S. News and World Report on June 16, 2015.The G7’s unprecedented pledge to decarbonize the world economy this century is a recognition of simple arithmetic: Our energy-as-usual approach is changing the climate so much that it is a serious threat to our future prosperity.The stock of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will determine the degree of warming around the world, and thus the degree of harm from more extreme weather events, droughts, floods, sea level rise and more. Scientists tell us that if we are to have a reasonable chance to limit average temperature rise to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), the upper end of the acceptable limit, there is only so much greenhouse gas we can emit. Once we have reached this level, we must totally stop adding new emissions to the atmosphere.At current rates, our remaining emissions’ “allowance” will be used up well before 2050, implying we must get ready now for a decarbonized economy. If we immediately begin to reduce emissions, we will have a few more decades before we need to fully decarbonize. Either way, global emissions will need to be net zero this century.The G7 commitment to a medium-term target (a reduction of 40 to 70 percent by 2050) and long-term, full decarbonization this century is exactly the kind of leadership that is needed.In making this commitment, governments are finally responding to the global corporations that have been pleading for policy clarity. One group of leading CEOs (the so-called B-Team) have called for full decarbonization of energy by 2050. More than 1,000 corporations have signed a commitment to support a price on carbon. Another group of 100 major companies have committed to sourcing only renewable energy, with top global brands like Walmart and IKEA pledging to power their companies with only non-fossil sources. Others – including Facebook, Unilever and General Motors – are signing up to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, which assists companies in the transition to low-carbon energy.There is growing recognition that these actions will benefit our economy, our citizens, our competitiveness and our quality of life. As much as 90 percent of what we need to do to address climate change is compatible with accelerating economic development. And the United States is well-placed to lead in driving this transition. The good news is that we don’t have to choose between climate action and a strong economy. Last year, the New Climate Economy report reaffirmed that smart climate policy goes hand-in-hand with economic opportunity.Momentum for action is building. Two weeks ago, I had the extraordinary honor of joining business leaders and policymakers to discuss the need for climate action with Pope Francis and leaders of the Catholic Church at the Vatican. We exchanged ideas about our shared vision to protect the Earth and its people.This week, Francis issued a major encyclical to bishops. The message to the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics adds a major moral voice to the debate, stressing that climate change disproportionately affects the world’s poor. We all share in the responsibility to ensure all people have the opportunity for healthy and prosperous lives.The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place: The scientific, economic and moral case all point to the need for a strong international agreement and greater national and sub-national action. The G7 has wisely joined the growing chorus.2015 holds the potential as a major turning point in history, pointing us toward a safer and economically secure future. World leaders should seize the opportunity to make sure it does.
Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the quarter-finals of All England Championships 2019 in Birmingham on Thursday after a three-game victory over Asian Games 2018 gold-medallist Jonatan Christie. Srikanth beat Christie 21-17, 11-21, 21-12 in 58 minutes to make his way into the next round.Srikanth came into the match at the back of two straight losses against Christie but displayed great strength and accuracy to advance ahead.With the win, Srikanth levelled their head-to-head record to 3-3 and would now face world No.1 Kento Momota of Japan on Friday.Momota, earlier, beat Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-19, 21-11 in 56 minutes.This was the first time when a match between Srikanth and Christie went to three sets but for the Indian, it was literally a tale of first and third sets where he performed excellently.King @srikidambi continues reign The Indian World No 8 storms to the QF of the @YonexAllEngland with a lethal and clinical display to get the better of @jonatan979 in a thrilling 21-17, 11-21,21-12 contest that lasted nearly an hour! All Hail! #IndiaontheRise #YAE19 pic.twitter.com/2zapD7vlei BAI Media (@BAI_Media) March 7, 2019Srikanth began the match on a high as he ran off to a 5-0 lead over the Indonesian. Christie’s fight throughout the first game did keep him close to Srikanth but the Indian did not let go of his lead even once.What stood out for Srikanth in the game was the power behind his shots and the way he was dominating the net.Net play is something Srikanth has shown immense improvement from late last year and it was on full display in the first game.advertisementCourtesy, some solid all-court play, Srikanth took the first game 21-17 despite a fightback from Christie.As the ends changed for the second game, so did the fortunes. Like Srikanth had begun the first game in a dominating fashion, Christie took control early in the second game.It did not help Srikanth that his shots were either going wide and long or were hitting the net. Also, Christie had begun to read his net play perfectly.Christie also upped the pace of the game and started getting more proactive eased to an 21-11 win in the second game to take the match to the decider.The decider belonged completely to Kidambi Srikanth. Srikanth’s accuracy and his patient play was back with him with the ends changing once again and at the break, Srikanth led 11-4.Before the break, Christie even took a 3-minute break to get some medication on his foot but that did not break Srikanth’s momentum and he surged through.After the break as the ends changed again, Srikanth did not let it trouble him this time and kept his stranglehold on Christie.As the scoreboard pressure built on the Indonesian, he started making small errors and with absolute ease, Srikanth took the decider and the match.Earlier, Saina Nehwal produced a come-from-behind performance to make it to the quarters of the tournament. In 51 minutes, Saina beat Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt 8-21, 21-16, 21-13 to make it through.B Sai Praneeth, however, hardly posed a challenge and lost 12-21, 17-21 to Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus.
With age not on his side, Prajnesh Gunneswaran must avoid the trap of playing safe on the Challenger circuit to defend points and should go full throttle in search of wins at the biggest tournaments, India’s Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali suggested Wednesday.Playing the best tennis of his life, Prajnesh recently broke into the top-100 and also competed in his maiden ATP Masters series event at the Indian Wells, second only to Grand Slams.The 29-year-old recorded the biggest victory of his career by toppling world No.18 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round after coming through Qualifiers.This week, he is trying to make the Miami Masters main draw and is one win away from sealing his spot.”Prajnesh, at this stage of his career, does not have the luxury of time and has to keep making bold and tough choices to get himself in a position where getting main draw entries in the big events are guaranteed,” Zeeshan told PTI in an interaction.”The only way to make large jumps in the rankings is to play and do well in the bigger events. A lot of players sometimes make the mistake of playing safe and protecting their ranking and points by playing smaller tournaments,” he added.After a very successful 2018, Prajnesh will defend a lot of points as the season progresses and therefore winning matches at big tournaments will help him, according to the captain.He was ranked 243 at the start of 2018 and is now at a career-best 84th — all in a space of 15 months.advertisementPrajnesh and Yuki Bhambri broke into the scene at the same time but the Chennai player lost five crucial years of playing due to stress fractures in his knees.But after being motivated by his father S G Prabhakaran, Prajnesh tried and made a memorable comeback. He has managed to remain injury-free so far.It all began with a win over Yibing Wu in the must-win fifth rubber in Davis Cup tie against China. He has only got better and has beaten top-30 players such as Denis Shapovalov and Benoit Paire.This year, in the first six tournaments of the season, Prajnesh has earned 154 points.”Playing the qualifying round in Miami was a much better decision than playing a Challenger event where even if he won the event, Prajnesh would have only moved up a few spots on the ATP rankings.”How he does this year will also impact his entry into the Olympics next year. Doing well in the next few weeks will also give him some cushioning for the rest of the year when points start to drop off from last year,” Zeeshan said.Also Read | Indian Wells 2019: One of my best matches, says Prajnesh after stunning Basilashvili
Rishabh Pant played one of his most destructive knocks as Delhi Capitals stormed to a 37-run win over three-time champions Mumbai Indians in their opening game of the 2019 Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Pant smashed 78 not out off 27 balls as Delhi Capitals piled up 213 for 6 off their 20 overs.Mumbai Indians managed only 176. For Mumbai to mount a serious challenge, they needed Rohit Sharma to fire at the top. But Rohit became Ishant Sharma’s first IPL wicket in 2 years, Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock became Ishant’s second IPL wicket in 2 years. In 5.5 overs, Mumbai’s chase was effectively over at 45 for 3.Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard added 50 in the next 5 overs and looked in good touch. Yuvraj, who had a poor time with Kings XI Punjab last year, played a couple of cracking shots and the dangerous Pollard gave Mumbai Indians a glimmer of hope.MI vs DC IPL 2019: HIGHLIGHTSIn 2018, Yuvraj had managed a highest score of 20 for KXIP. On debut for Mumbai Indians, he went past 20 easily but the steadily climbing required rate meant he was under intense pressure. Hardik Pandya did not make Mumbai’s job any easier – he fell to Axar Patel for a two-ball duck.It was a clinical performance by Delhi Capitals. With Ricky Ponting as coach and Sourav Ganguly as team advisor, the players looked a lot more settled and they knew what their roles were. None better than Rishabh Pant, who came out all guns blazing.Shikhar Dhawan (43) and Colin Ingram (47) played important knocks but Pant destroyed Mumbai Indians. He broke MS Dhoni’s record for the fastest IPL fifty against Mumbai before doing more damage. He treated Jasprit Bumrah with disdain and finished with 78 not off 27 balls. A sweep for six off Bumrah left Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh stunned.advertisementRishabh Pant is often criticised for the way he gets out in international cricket but like 2018, he looked a lot more at home in the IPL. Last year, he scored 684 runs in 14 matches and forced the national selectors to give him a look-in. Pant made the most of his chances in Test cricket and even finished as the second highest run-scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara in the historic Test series win in Australia.But Pant has been cause for concern with his glovework and batting in the shorter formats. The innings against Mumbai Indians will give him and the Indian team management plenty of confidence.Also Read | Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s record for fastest IPL fifty vs Mumbai IndiansAlso Read | Mumbai Indians say Jasprit Bumrah fine after injury scareAlso Read | Rasikh Salam second player from Jammu and Kashmir to play IPL
THE ONGOING HIGH WATER ON THE MISSOURI RIVER HAS RESULTED IN THE U.S. COAST GUARD AND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CLOSING THE RIVER TO ALL BOAT TRAFFIC EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.THE MISSOURI RIVER IS CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION TRAFFIC FROM ST. LOUIS TO NORTH OF SIOUX CITY AT MILE MARKER 750.THE AGENCIES SAY VESSEL TRAFFIC MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO OR OVERTOPPING OF FLOOD LEVEES.THERE IS ALSO A HAZARD FROM DRIFTING OBJECTS IN THE HIGH WATER.THE RIVER WILL BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY UNTIL THE LEVEL RECEDES.THAT IS NOT EXPECTED TO HAPPEN FOR WEEKS AS RELEASES FROM YANKTON’S GAVINS POINT DAM WILL CONTINUE AT 75,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND THROUGH AT LEAST THE END OF THIS MONTH.
Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe Bovoda (formerly Bodog) odds to win the Big 12 title are out and you might be surprised about where OSU sits.Oklahoma – 1/1Texas – 4/1TCU – 11/2West Virginia – 6/1Kansas State – 12/1Oklahoma State – 18/1 Texas Tech – 30/1Baylor – 40/1Iowa State – 65/1Kansas – 100/1 Wait, I thought we were favored in 11 of 12 games? What happened to that?It’s not that I actually think OSU is going to win every game (I don’t) but I also think if you play this season 18 times, OSU wins the league more than once[1. And that’s what we’re going for here on bets like this, isn’t it?].In fact, if I had to pick an order of my favorite value from this list, I’d go:1. OSU – See above2. WVU – Do we need to watch the Orange Bowl again?3. Texas – Should offer to play D for 60 min.4. K-State – At WVU/OU5. TCU – 11/2 is pretty high for their first year, better than WVU?6. Iowa St. – [words removed because this is a family blog]7. Baylor – Nick Florence isn’t THAT bad8. Tech – Did they mean 300/1?9. OU – No, not at 1/110. Kansas – No, not at 1,000,000/1OU at 1/1 is the most absurd bet here, are Scooter and Jack secretly running Vegas without me knowing about it.I’m not positive but I really think the Big 12 champ is going to come from that Texas-OU-OSU-WVU-TCU group and at 18/1 I take OSU all day[2. If this is your first time as a reader, I PROMISE I’M AN OBJECTIVE BLOGGER AND THIS IS A LEGITIMATE OPINION].If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Thru 2 gamesComp/AttPercentage Despite what was, at times a sloppy game, OSU demolished South Alabama 44-7 on Friday night in Mobile, Alabama. There was a lot of good in the game (defensive line play) and some “meh” (run game), but after combing through the numbers, there were five stats that stood out to me.72.6Through the first two games of the season, quarterback Mason Rudolph has completed 45 of 62 passes for a completion rate of 72.6 percent. 201644/6864.70% 201545/6767.10% 201745/6272.50% That’s his best completion rate through the first two game of the season. Before you tell me ‘oh well they’ve just played Tulsa and South Alabama,’ let me remind you that both of those teams are FBS teams. The last two seasons OSU faced an FCS opponent in one of the first two games of the year.Also, if you look at the numbers, that’s his fewest attempts through the first two games. That’s what happens when you sit out the fourth quarters of both games.Not to look ahead, but those are the kinds of numbers you need through college to be a succesfull QB in the NFL. It’s not guaranteed, but every successful NFL quarterback had at least one season with 60 percent completion or higher in college. (I’d show you you the math, but I lost the excel document from when I researched that stat months ago at my previous site, and I’m not spending 8 hours putting it back together.)2.7What’s funny, is like TU’s offensive line in week one, this might be one of the better defensive lines OSU will see this season. It’s got a lot of former Power 5 players on it. You also have to add in the fact that USA completely sold out to stop the run. It worked through the first half. They held the OSU run game in check allowing just 46 yards on 17 carries for 2.7 YPC.The second half though? OSU racked up 117 yards on 20 carries for an average of 5.9 yards per carry.I realize this is nit-picking as OSU finished the game with a 4.4 yard-per-rush average, but OSU has to run the ball to be successful. I would like to see the offensive line and Cowboy Backs get a better push moving forward.22:57I want to throw up some major props to the Oklahoma State defense. They didn’t allow South Alabama to record their first first-down until 22:57 into the game, or 8:03 remaining in the second quarter.I don’t care if it’s South Alabama. They put up 27 points on Ole Miss. The Rebels aren’t great this year, but they’re still an SEC defense.Do you know the last time OSU held a team without a first down until the second quarter? Me neither, but I went back through 2010 and couldn’t find an example. Even against FCS teams the past two years, OSU didn’t hold an offense in check that well for that long.Bravo to the defense, especially the defensive line, on a fantastic performance.10A week after Tulsa completed 61.5 percent of their third down attempts (including some long ones) the Cowboy defense held South Alabama in check. They completed one of their 10 third down attempts (or 10 percent). Granted it was a 3rd-and-10, but that is major improvement over last week.It certainly didn’t hurt that USA faced five third downs of six or more yards.I’m not sure we should expect OSU to be a shut-down defense on third downs, but I also don’t think they’re as porous as they were against Tulsa last week. Usually, the truth is somewhere in the middle.60Props to Hayden Barber on his piece breaking down the success of the defensive line. The name that stood out to the most to me was Enoch Smith Jr who beat his man six of the ten times he was on the field. That’s impressive. Add to that the fact that he went into the game as OSU’s top-graded player by pro-football focus.The highest graded players after Week 1 in the South Alabama-Oklahoma State game on Friday. pic.twitter.com/Zsp2MdLSr4— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 7, 2017Preseason, I don’t think we talked a lot about the redshirt-junior, yet two games into the season he might be one of the best players on defense. His stat lines from the first two weeks won’t blow you away… 5 tackles (5 solo) including 2 TFLs, 1 quarterback hurry, and 1 sack… but for a defensive lineman, that’s a haul.Smith is going to be a guy to keep an eye on as the season continues and the level of competition rises.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Brandon Weeden was concussed on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Jerry Jones. Weeden got walloped by Quinton Dial and Eli Harold on this play.He seemed to be fine in talking to him afterwards,” head coach Jason Garrett said, “but we’ll see what the (team’s) medical people have to say.”It didn’t look awful, but Weeden isn’t expected to return to practice before Dallas breaks camp on Friday. He didn’t play very much this preseason to begin with. He’s only thrown 10 passes total as the 3rd and 4th string QBs have gotten the lion’s share of the work.This is (at least) Weeden’s third concussion as a pro (No. 1 and No. 2). While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.