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Sunday, February 20, 2011

World Cup: New Zealand thrash Kenya by 10 wickets

New Zealand crushed Kenya by 10 wickets in a totally lop-sided Group A match for a perfect start to their World Cup campaign on Sunday.
New Zealand unleashed their pace trio of Tim Southee (3-13), Hamish Bennett (4-16) and Jacob Oram (3-2) to bundle out rank outsiders Kenya for a meagre 69 in 23.5 overs and returned to overwhelm the target in eight overs.
There was not much room for batting practice chasing a 70-run victory target but openers Martin Guptill (39) and Brendon McCullum (26) stroked some easy boundaries before completing the chase.
The comprehensive win will lift New Zealand's morale which had taken a beating after a poor build-up that included whitewash in Bangladesh and India, besides a home series defeat against Pakistan.
Earlier, Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande won the toss and opted to bat first before a horror story unfolded in front of his eyes.
Two days before he turns 24, Bennett ran through the top order as Kenya's top half was back in the hut even before the team total had reached the 50-run mark.Openers Alex Obanda (6) and Seren Waters (16) began cautiously even if run-rate was nothing to write home about.
Southee trapped Obanda in the seventh over before Bennett suddenly took fancy to beating the blade and hitting the pad of the flummoxed Kenyan batsmen, claiming three of his four victims lbw.
Southee dismissed Nehemiah Odhiambo and Shem Ngoche off the last two deliveries of his sixth over but could not get a chance to complete his hat-trick as Oram removed Elijah Otieno for a duck to drop the curtains on the Kenyan innings.
Only three Kenyan batsmen - Waters, Collins Obuya (14) and Rakep Patel (15 not out) - managed double digit scores.
New Zealand missed Kyle Mills' service through a sore back but off-spinner Nathan McCullum recovered from fever to open the attack, a move that is getting increasingly popular among the visiting teams.
    score card                           
Kenya innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
AA Obanda lbw b Southee 6 27 19 0 0 31.57
SR Waters lbw b Bennett 16 49 42 1 0 38.09
CO Obuya lbw b Bennett 14 32 19 2 0 73.68
SO Tikolo b Bennett 2 4 2 0 0 100.00
MA Ouma† lbw b Bennett 1 12 6 0 0 16.66

RR Patel not out 16 46 23 1 0 69.56
JK Kamande* c †BB McCullum b Oram 2 19 16 0 0 12.50
TM Odoyo c Ryder b Oram 2 6 6 0 0 33.33
NN Odhiambo b Southee 0 6 6 0 0 0.00
SO Ngoche lbw b Southee 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
E Otieno c Styris b Oram 0 4 4 0 0 0.00

Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 10


Total (all out; 23.5 overs; 107 mins) 69 (2.89 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-14 (Obanda, 6.6 ov), 2-40 (Waters, 11.6 ov), 3-42 (Tikolo, 13.2 ov), 4-44 (Obuya, 13.5 ov), 5-49 (Ouma, 15.3 ov), 6-59 (Kamande, 19.5 ov), 7-63 (Odoyo, 21.3 ov), 8-68 (Odhiambo, 22.5 ov), 9-68 (Ngoche, 22.6 ov), 10-69 (Otieno, 23.5 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

TG Southee 6 0 13 3 2.16 (1nb)

NL McCullum 4 0 15 0 3.75 (1w)
HK Bennett 5 0 16 4 3.20 (1w)

DL Vettori 6 1 16 0 2.66

JDP Oram 2.5 1 2 3 0.70

New Zealand innings (target: 70 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR

MJ Guptill not out 39 37 32 5 2 121.87

BB McCullum† not out 26 37 17 4 0 152.94

Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 7


Total (0 wickets; 8 overs; 37 mins) 72 (9.00 runs per over)
Did not bat JD Ryder, LRPL Taylor, JEC Franklin, SB Styris, DL Vettori*, NL McCullum, JDP Oram, TG Southee, HK Bennett

Bowling O M R W Econ

TM Odoyo 3 0 25 0 8.33 (1w)

E Otieno 2 0 18 0 9.00

JK Kamande 2 0 21 0 10.50 (1w)

NN Odhiambo 1 0 5 0 5.00 (1nb, 1w)

World Cup: Jayawardene shines as Sri Lanka crush Canada

Veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene smashed a sparkling century as Sri Lanka crushed Canada by 210 runs in their opening World Cup match at Mahinda Rajapakse Stadium on Sunday.
The 33-year-old scored his ton off 80 balls for his 13th one-day hundred, and the fourth fastest in World Cup history, which boosted his team's total to 332/7, much to the enjoyment of a sell-out 35,000 crowd. New-ball bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara (3/16) and Thisara Perera (3/24) combined to bundle Canada out for 122 in 36.5 overs.
The lop-sided contest would have given weight to the International Cricket Council's decision to restrict the next World Cup -- to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2015 -- to the top 10 teams, minus minor nations.Earlier in the day New Zealand had mauled Kenya by 10 wickets in Chennai, after bowling out Kenya for just 69.
Canada, who promised much by putting up a valiant fight against England during their 16-run defeat in a warm-up last week, found the co-hosts too tough to handle in the Group A clash.
"The real star was Mahela Jayawardene," said Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara."Once we got the foundation and that solidity we were able to launch and go beyond 300."
Canada captain Ashish Bagai admitted chasing such a huge target was always going to be a tough proposition.
"Two world-class players took the game away from us and 330 was always going to be a tough ask," he said.
Sangakkara mixed up his bowling options as Canada lost wickets at regular intervals once their most experienced batsman John Davison had been bowled off Perera's first delivery of the second over.
Hard-hitting Rizwan Cheema top-scored with 37, including two sixes off world record wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan, while skipper Ashish Bagai, with 22, showed some resistance.Jayawardene had laid the foundation for Sri Lanka's total with an invaluable third wicket partnership of 179 with Sangakkara, who made 92.
Jayawardene and Sangakkara built on the platform set by opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (50) after Sri Lanka won the toss at this new ground which became the 177th one-day venue.
Jayawardene completed his hundred with a single off spinner Davison after facing just 80 deliveries - the fastest by a Sri Lankan in the World Cup, beating Sanath Jayasuriya's 85-ball ton against Bangladesh at Port of Spain four years ago.But Davison dismissed him in the same over, caught at short fine-leg after Jayawardene had hit nine boundaries and a six.
Sri Lanka lost a cluster of wickets in the death overs, but Angelo Mathews (21) and Thilan Samarwaweera (18 not out) ensured they got past 300.
Dilshan (50) and Upul Tharanga put on a quick 63 for the first wicket by the 12th over before a mix-up between the two sent Tharanga back, run out for 19.
Dilshan fell just after scoring his third World Cup half-century, holing out at deep cover to Davison after hitting eight boundaries off 59 deliveries.
It was then left to Jayawardene and Sangakkara to punish a hapless Canadian attack, depleted by an injury to spearhead Henry Osinde who walked off the field due to a hamstring problem after bowling only 13 balls.
Jayawardene, who survived two caught behind referral appeals against spinner Jimmy Hansra, upped the tempo by hitting the same bowler for the first six at this ground.He then clobbered four boundaries in successive overs from Davison, but the veteran Canadian broke the partnership by having Sangakkara caught and bowled.Sangakkara hit seven fours and a six during his 87-ball knock.Sri Lanka now face Pakistan in their second match on February 26. Pakistan play Kenya on Wednesday.
score card

Sri Lanka innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
WU Tharanga run out (Gunasekera/†Bagai) 19 56 31 1 0 61.29
TM Dilshan c Davison b Rizwan Cheema 50 86 59 8 0 84.74
KC Sangakkara*† c & b Davison 92 134 87 7 1 105.74
DPMD Jayawardene c Balaji Rao b Davison 100 115 81 9 1 123.45
NLTC Perera run out (Surkari/†Bagai) 11 17 11 1 0 100.00
AD Mathews c & b Baidwan 21 25 16 3 0 131.25
CK Kapugedera c sub (NR Kumar) b Baidwan 2 5 3 0 0 66.66

TT Samaraweera not out 18 9 10 3 0 180.00

KMDN Kulasekara not out 7 7 3 1 0 233.33

Extras (lb 3, w 8, nb 1) 12


Total (7 wickets; 50 overs; 236 mins) 332 (6.64 runs per over)
Did not bat M Muralitharan, BAW Mendis
Fall of wickets1-63 (Tharanga, 11.5 ov), 2-88 (Dilshan, 19.1 ov), 3-267 (Sangakkara, 41.6 ov), 4-276 (Jayawardene, 43.6 ov), 5-284 (Perera, 45.1 ov), 6-295 (Kapugedera, 46.1 ov), 7-314 (Mathews, 48.4 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

Khurram Chohan 8 0 62 0 7.75

H Osinde 2.1 0 10 0 4.61 (1nb, 2w)
HS Baidwan 8.5 0 59 2 6.67 (2w)

AS Hansra 9 0 47 0 5.22 (1w)
Rizwan Cheema 7 0 47 1 6.71

WD Balaji Rao 7 0 48 0 6.85

JM Davison 8 0 56 2 7.00 (2w)

Canada innings (target: 333 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
R Gunasekera c Dilshan b Kulasekara 1 12 10 0 0 10.00
JM Davison b Perera 0 4 1 0 0 0.00
ZE Surkari lbw b Perera 6 12 10 0 0 60.00
AS Hansra st †Sangakkara b Samaraweera 9 46 49 0 0 18.36
A Bagai*† c †Sangakkara b Perera 22 58 47 2 0 46.80
Rizwan Cheema c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 37 65 35 4 2 105.71
TG Gordon c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 4 16 10 0 0 40.00
Khurram Chohan c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 4 11 8 1 0 50.00

HS Baidwan not out 16 43 35 1 0 45.71
WD Balaji Rao c Tharanga b Muralitharan 6 7 7 1 0 85.71
H Osinde b Mendis 4 14 10 0 0 40.00

Extras (lb 8, w 4, nb 1) 13


Total (all out; 36.5 overs; 148 mins) 122 (3.31 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-0 (Davison, 1.1 ov), 2-8 (Gunasekera, 2.5 ov), 3-12 (Surkari, 3.6 ov), 4-42 (Hansra, 17.5 ov), 5-53 (Bagai, 21.3 ov), 6-68 (Gordon, 24.3 ov), 7-74 (Khurram Chohan, 26.2 ov), 8-103 (Rizwan Cheema, 31.3 ov), 9-111 (Balaji Rao, 33.2 ov), 10-122 (Osinde, 36.5 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

KMDN Kulasekara 6 2 16 3 2.66

NLTC Perera 7 0 24 3 3.42

BAW Mendis 7.5 3 18 1 2.29 (1w)
M Muralitharan 9 0 38 2 4.22 (1nb, 3w)

TM Dilshan 5 0 14 0 2.80

TT Samaraweera 2 0 4 1 2.00

India tells citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Libya

 New Delhi.
India today said all its 18,000 nationals in Libya are safe but issued an advisory asking citizens to avoid non-essential travel to that country which is being rocked by unprecedented protests against the Muammar Gaddafi regime that reportedly left nearly 100 people dead.
"All Indians, numbering around 18,000, are safe in Libya. We are following the situation closely. Presently, disturbances have mainly been reported in north-eastern region of Benghazi, Derna, Baida and Turbuk," the official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs said.
He said in view of the prevailing situation, Indian nationals are advised to avoid non-essential travel to Libya, for the present.
He also said the Indian embassy in Tripoli has set up a round-the-clock control room, which can be contacted for information and assistance.
Protesters in Libya have been demanding ouster of Gaddafi, who has been in power for 42 years. According to rights groups, security forces have reportedly killed nearly 100 anti-regime protesters in the last one week.

Indian students have highest transition rate to work in New Zealand

Students from India have the highest rate of transition to work in New Zealand after completing their studies, followed by their Chinese counterparts, a minister has said.
While 72 percent of Indian students who come to New Zealand get jobs, the corresponding figure for China is 43 percent, Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman said Friday.
Similarly, students from India also have the highest rate of transition to permanent residence (47 percent), again followed by pupils from China (23 percent).
According to a research conducted by the department of labour, around one-third of international students who come to New Zealand stay on following their studies to contribute to the country's economy and workforce.
"Not only does New Zealand gain from the fee-paying students, many of them stay on providing long-term benefits by contributing their skills to our workforce and economy," Coleman said.
"The research shows that New Zealand is an attractive place to study because of the quality and cost of education in an English-speaking country."
"Another plus for fee-paying foreign students is the recent introduction of interim visas which allows them to continue studying while applying for visas to further their studies. This will smooth the enrolment process for education providers."
The research also found 68 percent of former international students were in fulltime employment 18 months after gaining permanent residence.
"This research report confirms what we are actually seeing in the marketplace," said Richard Howard, a licensed immigration advisor.

2,000 guests 'invited to Prince William's marriage'

LONDON: Around 2,000 guests, including leading politicians, heads of state, and royalty from across the world, have been invited to attend Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton's wedding.
According to St James's Palace, over 1,900 people will watch the couple exchange their wedding vows on 29 April with more than half the guests drawn from the couple's family and friends, the British media reported.
The number of guests will be reduced for the lunchtime reception, where 600 relatives, friends and dignitaries will toast the couple at Buckingham Palace; evening dinner followed by dancing will be a more intimate affair with 300 of couple's loved ones gathering at the palace.
More than 200 members of the British government, Parliament and diplomatic corps will be among the guests, along with 60 governors-general and prime ministers from the Queen's Commonwealth realms, and more than 40 foreign royals. Prince William and Middleton got engaged last October and will tie the knot on April 29 this year.

Facebook adds 2 new gay-friendly 'statuses'

NEW YORK: Facebook has added two relationship statuses — 'civil union' and ' in a domestic partnership' , to help homosexual couples in defining their romantic arrangements on the social networking site. These new options will be available to users in US, Canada, France, UK and Australia. The Facebook, which has 600 million users worldwide, made the change after consulting with various rights groups, according to the NY Daily News.
These two options augment site's existing relationship statuses , which include single, in a relationship, in open relationship , engaged, married, divorced , widowed and separated.

Britain to let in 20,000 Indians every year: Report

LONDON: Britain is preparing to let in some 20,000 skilled Indian workers every year, a media report said, citing secret documents.
The Indian migrants, most of them skilled information technology professionals, are to be allowed into the UK every year under the multi-billion-pound European Union-India Free Trade Agreement which is being negotiated in the corridors of Belgian capital Brussels, the 'Sunday Express' reported.
In fact, the workers will enter via controversial "intracompany transfer visas" which allow foreign companies to send cheap home grown labour to Britain for a maximum of five years, the report said.
The deal was initiated by former EU Trade Commissioner Lord Mandelson in 2007 and is expected to be signed by the end of June, it said.
The deal will not only allow Indian workers to bypass the British government's new immigration caps, but would also exempt them from the National Insurance in their first year, though they may use the National Health Service for free.
According to the report, the figure of 20,000 Indian workers is nearly 40 per cent of the proposed quota for all 27 countries in the EU; it is more than double the next highest figure for Germany, which will take just 7,115 a year.
It is also in addition to the 20,700 annual cap on skilled non-EU workers, which was announced to great fanfare by British Prime Minister David Cameron last year. And, UK's Business Secretary Vince Cable won a cabinet battle November to ensure the visas for Indian workers were exempt from the Government's new points-based immigration cap.

New Kama Sutra book delights UK readers

LONDON: A new translation of the Kama Sutra and its adaptation to modern lives by Indian scholar A N D Haksar has been hailed in the British press as a "playful and wonderfully blunt translation."
Published by Penguin, the book titled 'Kama Sutra: The Art of Pleasure' is presented as a lifestyle guide for the modern man and woman.
Citing extracts from the book, Sam Jordison wrote in The Guardian: "For a start it's a hoot - and all the more so thanks to this new playful and wonderfully blunt translation by AND Haksar (No lingams or yonis here. This is a man who calls a cock a cock.) It's also a fascinating - and if this isn't too much of a contradiction - enlightening book."
Bel Mooney wrote in the Daily Mail: "(There) is much more to the Kama Sutra than saucy sex, as this handsome, unillustrated new translation makes clear. The text forms part of a world view that sees human life as a trinity, summed up in the words Dharma, Artha and Kama."
Mooney quoted an extract from Haksar's introduction, that Kama Sutra "is the art of living - about finding a partner, maintaining power in marriage, committing adultery, living as or with a courtesan, using drugs - and also about positions in sexual intercourse."
Its classical status as the world's first comprehensive guide to erotic love comes from its concentration on "essential, unchangeable human attributes - lust, love, shyness, rejection, seduction, manipulation, that are also a part of human sexuality."
Calling Haksar's version of the Kama Sutra as "scrupulous and accessible," Boyd Tonkin wrote in The Independent: "Thanks to the under-the-counter renown of a famous Victorian translation in 1883 by the leading Orientalist Sir Richard Burton, most people in the West think of it as a manual of sex techniques.
Indian experts often dismiss this vulgar notion and evoke a philosophical account of good behaviour in courtship, love and marriage.
As we can now discover from a scrupulous and accessible new version by the eminent Sanskrit scholar AND Haksar, both are right.Here sense and spirit, etiquette and foreplay, always intersect."
Haksar, a leading translator of Sanskrit texts, has chapter headings such as "Making a Pass", "Why Women Get Turned Off", " Girls to Avoid", "Is he Worthwhile?", "Getting rid of him", "Easy Women", "Moves towards sex," and "Some Dos and Don'ts".Alexis Kirschbaum, editorial director at Penguin, said: "This is the most accurate, authentic version to date.
Until now, the Kama Sutra has always been presented as a scandalous, 1960s hippie-influenced pornographic sex book.
But it was originally written as advice to a courtly gentleman on how to live a well-rounded life, not just a passionate life."
She added: "We are therefore stripping away all of those pornographic interpretations people have put on it and presenting the book as a modern and savvy guide for how to live well."