Seamer Chahar takes hat-trick in India’s T20 series win

first_imgMUMBAI, (Reuters) – India seamer Deepak Chahar took a hat-trick and posted the best bowling figures in Twenty20 internationals to guide the hosts to a series clinching 30-run win against Bangladesh in the third and final match at Nagpur on Sunday.Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul struck brisk half centuries to help India post 174-5 in their 20 overs after Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah won the toss and chose to bowl. Iyer smashed 62 off just 33 balls while Rahul made 52 from 35.In reply, Bangladesh lost Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar in successive deliveries to Chahar early to get off to a false start in their chase and were finally all out for 144 to go down 2-1 in the series.Opener Mohammad Naim, who made his international debut during the series, kept Bangladesh in the hunt with 81 off 48 balls but his dismissal in the 16th over snuffed out the touring side’s chances.Naim added 98 for the third wicket with Mohammad Mithun, who made 27, before the latter became Chahar’s third wicket of the evening.Chahar then dismissed Shafiul Islam on the last delivery of his third over and returned in his final one to send back Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam to complete his hat-trick and finish with figures of six wickets for seven runs off 3.2 overs.His figures broke Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis’ mark of 6-8 against Zimbabwe in 2012 as the best bowling figures in the shortest format of the game.India all-rounder Shivam Dube picked up 3-40, including the prized scalps of Naim and experienced Mushfiqur Rahim.India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, leading the side in the absence of rested Virat Kohli, fell for just two while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan also did not last long and was out for 19.Bangladesh medium paceman Shafiul accounted for both the experienced openers and could have also dismissed Iyer for nought if Aminul had managed to hold on to a simple catch.India have struggled to identify their number four batsman in limited-overs cricket in the last 12 months but Iyer showed he could be the solution to their middle order woes.He hit five sixes and three fours and stitched together a 59-run stand with Rahul.Iyer’s stroke-filled knock ended when he holed out to Sarkar, who had minutes earlier dismissed out-of-form Rishabh Pant for six in the same over.The two sides will next play a two-Test series, with the first starting at Indore from Thursday.last_img read more

Bradley Voigt’s career-high 6 goals leads offensive resurgence in win over Albany

first_imgBradley Voigt’s first goal of the season ended with a stomp. In the postgame press conference, Voigt cracked a grin. With No. 20 Syracuse in desperate need of a bounceback following last week’s loss to unranked Colgate, Voigt delivered a shot off the right side of the crease that found a hole to the right of Albany goalkeeper Nate Siekierski. Voigt turned and pumped his fist. For the first time this season — in a new role — SU’s “big and crafty guy” delivered. Last weekend offered Voigt a similar spot, one that sent line drives into the chest of Colgate’s goalkeeper. He waited, as always, and fired, as always. But Saturday was different, and the shots kept coming.Behind a career-high six goals from Voigt,  No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) dominated No. 15 Albany (0-1) 13-5. Coming off their first season-opening loss since 2013, and up against the same team that beat them 15-3 a season ago, the Orange were boosted by an unlikely top-option in Voigt, who has never scored more than two goals in a game in his entire four-year Syracuse career.“We were just moving good off ball,” Voigt said. “I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that were running right now.”Coming into the season, there was uncertainty as to who will see a majority of the minutes as the third member of SU’s attack line. As early as the Orange’s fall intra-squad scrimmage, Voigt ran with the first line. Come the week leading up to SU’s season-opener against Colgate, Syracuse attack Stephen Rehfuss said he’d “earned it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with the loss of Brendan Bomberry, the Orange were hard-pressed to find a piece that would fill the void. Voigt contributed sporadically in his three year career prior to the 2019 season, scoring 19 goals. Minus Bomberry, SU was in need to a player who could set in the right spots in front of the net and receive short passes on the interior for doorstep deliveries. Thrice Voigt got that shot against Colgate and it didn’t find the back of the net. But against Albany, the senior started about five feet further out. His first shot went through the right side, then he hit another from the same spot. In the second quarter, he hit one from the left side. Brendan Curry brought shifts each time he took the ball down the field and Nate Solomon worked as the Orange’s primary dodger around the crease, but the opportunities kept coming to Voigt.After the Orange were dominated on possessions a week ago, SU head coach John Desko ran a number of ground ball drills in practice to help fix the problem. After numerous one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-two drills, the Orange responded by outpacing the Great Danes 44-24 on ground balls. Whenever the ball was knocked loose, SU was there to scoop it up and start up the offense again. “We kicked ourselves,” Desko said of the ground balls. “We’ve always been a pretty good ground ball team and Colgate just kind of woke us up.”The increased possession found Voigt in spots teammates said he excels in. Last season, Bomberry earned a lot of his points by hanging around the crease to the left or right flank of the goalposts. Multiple times, SU found him in that exact spot, and all he needed to do was finish.He found the goal, then again, then again, then again. Prior to his fifth goal of the contest, Voigt spied Solomon as he made a run around the crease and fired a shot around the corner of the goal. The ball deflected off the leg of Siekerski, and Voigt — continuing the trend the Orange set all game, just cleaned up.Though Desko has said the role is one Voigt was prepared to fill, after the game he conceded he couldn’t envision a game of this magnitude, and so quickly. But at the postgame press conference, Voigt said his performance wasn’t about what he could do on the field, it was about what he couldn’t. He’s not a dodger. He doesn’t make things happen behind the net. That’s not his game, and it doesn’t have to be. In the final quarter, when SU pulled Porter and the game was already decided, Rehfuss found Voigt streaking to the net. Open again. Voigt put in the shot and raised his stick in the air and finished his historic day with skip behind the goal as he gazed towards the Carrier Dome ceiling. Nothing was different about Saturday, he said. The opportunities just came, and he finished.“I guess I just felt better during the game today,” Voigt said. “The shots were just going.” Comments Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Slumbering Dodgers cannot right the ship against Nationals in fourth consecutive loss

first_imgThe weekend was an unmitigated disaster.The Dodgers were swept by the Pirates. The already shaky bullpen had imploded in the finale and second baseman Howie Kendrick was headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.Monday did little to assuage those fears. The Dodgers looked lost in an 8-3 setback to the Washington Nationals before a relatively quiet crowd of 45,722 as they lost their fourth consecutive game for the first time this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Anderson was tagged for a season-high seven runs and a season-high 10 hits in five-plus innings. He gave up a booming two-run homer to Ian Desmond in the second inning and then failed to get an out in a five-run sixth inning. To think it could have been worse if not for two double plays.“It was a little bit of everything,” Anderson said. “I didn’t have very much life on my pitches and my command wasn’t good. I was able to make some pitches to get out some jams early, but I was really horrible on that pitch to Desmond that I probably could’ve got a hit on. It kind of snowballed in the sixth.“It’s just a crappy game. You move onto the next one. It’s why baseball is the most frustrating but also the best game in the world.”For good measure, Desmond hit another homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth inning for just the second multi-homer game in his career. His previous came in 2010 on Aug. 11, 2010 against the Marlins.The Dodgers did get seven hits off Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, but could not push across a run against him.The Dodgers did strike for three runs on a two-out, pinch-hit homer by Carl Crawford. It was his first career pinch-hit homer and the Dodgers’ sixth this season.Meanwhile the Nationals — in a mini-slide of their own entering the series — put together a near-flawless performance.There was Desmond’s two-homer game. Gonzalez threw eight shutout innings. Ryan Zimmerman doubled twice, scored twice and had an RBI. Bryce Harper extended his hit streak to 10 games and made a diving catch in right field. Yunel Escobar made two eye-opening defensive gems in the second inning.But not all was lost for the Dodgers.There was Crawford’s homer, his second this season. Rookie Jose Peraza, recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City before the game in place of the injured Kendrick, injected some life into the Dodgers in his Major League debut. Peraza dumped a ball past a diving Harper for a triple for his first major league hit with two outs in the third inning in the most electrifying Dodgers play of the night, but Yasiel Puig meekly grounded out to strand him.Peraza became just the third Los Angeles Dodger to triple for his first major league hit in his debut, joining Gary Moore (May 3, 1970 vs. Montreal) and Doug Rau (Sept. 2, 1972 vs. St. Louis) “At first, I thought he was going to get that ball, but when he didn’t, I just kept running and running and got that triple,” Peraza said in Spanish.Peraza also looked nice on a double play in the first inning, stayed with a grounder after bobbling it to nail Harper in the first inning and had three other putouts, though he hesitated on a potential double play, allowing a run to score in the sixth.Peraza was 1 for 4 with a triple and a walk.A.J. Ellis doubled in the fourth inning and took third on a beautiful sacrifice bunt by Anderson. But Rollins struck out and Peraza hit a sharp grounder to second to end the threat.Puig and Joc Pederson each dazzled defensively.Puig had a fully extended diving catch to save a run to end the fifth inning. Pederson, coming in as a defensive replacement, made a stellar running catch before crashing into the wall to end the eighth inning and save Howell at least two runs.Kike Hernandez, getting the start in center field over Pederson with the left-hander on the mound, blasted a double in the sixth inning.And in standing up for the beleaguered bullpen, Pedro Baez recorded four strikeouts in two innings of work, including striking out the side in the seventh, and Kenley Jansen struck out Harper in a ninth-inning showdown of stars en route to striking out the side in the ninth.So how do the slumbering Dodgers wake up from this nightmarish week when they look to snap out of a four-game funk?“Give the ball to Zack Greinke,” Mattingly said.center_img Sure, the Dodgers still maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. They still have a potent 1-2 punch in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke atop their rotation, but there is a certain uneasiness hanging over a proud franchise that is feeling the pressure to win its first World Series title in 28 years.Yet Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was not about to send an SOS signal from what appears to everyone else to be a ship in distress, though Mattingly conceded that Monday was a rough game.“Tonight was a game we never felt we really had a chance to win it. The last three before that, we felt we could’ve won all of them,” Mattingly said. “Hopefully it’s a little blip and we can get back on track tomorrow.”Perhaps the Dodgers were feeling a little listless after their cross-country flight from Pittsburgh arrived at 5 a.m.But that did not explain left-hander Brett Anderson’s poorest performance of the season. After all, Anderson had caught a flight back to Los Angeles the day before to be fresh for the series opener.last_img read more