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Harshvardhan’s hearing affected by Mirzya’s climax shoot

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No action movie is spared of injuries while shooting the amazing action scenes that thrill the audience. While many stars use body doubles or stunt professionals for the difficult death-defying stunts, some prefer to do it on their own. Deepika’s co-star, Nina Dobrev is among the latter. She recently posted pics on her twitter handle, showing the injuries she sustained while shooting for ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.’ The beautiful actress seemed unfazed by her injuries as she captioned the pic, “Film an action movie they said. It’ll be fine they said. Movies may not be real but this is.” True actor through and through!

While, Nina escaped with injuries which were not very serious, check out other stars who have sustained injuries while shooting… by Rajani Chandel

Pakistan "completely rejects" Indian claim of cross-border strikes

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ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, India Pakistan on Friday “completely rejected” India’s claim to have sent troops across its disputed border in Kashmir to kill suspected militants, as India evacuated villages near the frontier amid concerns about a military escalation.

In a rare public announcement of such a raid, India on Thursday said it had carried out “surgical strikes”, sending special forces to kill men preparing to sneak into its territory and attack major cities.

Indian officials said troops had killed militants numbering in the double digits and that its soldiers had returned safely to base before dawn, but declined to provide more evidence about the operation.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif maintained that India fired from its side of the heavily militarised frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, the flashpoint for two of three wars between the nuclear-armed neighbours, and killed two soldiers.

“The Cabinet joined the Prime Minister in completely rejecting the Indian claims of carrying out ‘surgical strikes’,” Sharif’s office said in a statement.

Domestic pressure had been building on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to retaliate after 19 soldiers were killed in a Sept. 18 attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that India blames on infiltrators who crossed from Pakistani territory.

A senior leader of Modi’s ruling party declared himself satisfied with India’s “multi-pronged” response to the attack on the army base.

“For Pakistan, terrorism has come as a cheaper option all these years. Time to make it costly for it,” Ram Madhav, national general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, wrote in a column for the Indian Express newspaper.


While India’s public and politicians have welcomed the operation, Pakistan greeted New Delhi’s version of events with scepticism and ridicule.

Television news channels and newspapers reported only small arms and mortar fire, a relatively routine occurrence on the de facto border.

Pakistan’s Express Tribune, an affiliate of the New York Times, led its edition with the headline “‘Surgical’ farce blows up in India’s face”.

India’s announcement on Thursday has raised the possibility of military escalation between the rivals that could wreck a 2003 Kashmir ceasefire.

India evacuated more than 10,000 villagers living near the border, and ordered security forces to upgrade surveillance along the frontier in Jammu and Kashmir state, part of the 3,300-km (2,100 miles) frontier.

Hundreds of villages were being cleared along a 15 km (9 mile) strip in the lowland region of Jammu and further north in the mountains of Kashmir.

“Our top priority is to move women and children to government buildings, guest houses and marriage halls,” said Nirmal Singh, deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

“People who have not been able to migrate were instructed not to venture out of their houses early in the morning or late in the night.”

Modi’s government has been struggling to contain protests on the streets of Kashmir where more than 80 civilians have been killed and thousands wounded in the last 10 weeks after a young separatist militant was killed by Indian forces.

Pakistan said on Friday that Sharif’s special envoys had arrived in Beijing to brief China on the deteriorating situation in Indian-controlled Kashmir. China, a Pakistan ally, expressed its concern, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Farmer Rakesh Singh, 56, who lives in the Arnia sector of Jammu, said his family were among the first to leave home because his village was within range of Pakistan’s artillery.

“We suffer the most,” he said. “It is nothing new for us.”

(Writing by Rupam Jain and Tommy Wilkes; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Nick Macfie)

Mixture of anxiety and uncertainty before BCCI’s SGM

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Lodha proposes, BCCI disposes

Following the Supreme Court’s warning to the BCCI to “fall in line” and follow the directive to implement the Lodha Committee’s recommendations, the board’s defiance seems to have given way to a mixture of anxiety and uncertainty a day before its crucial special general meeting on Friday in Mumbai.

The agenda for the SGM, the BCCI had pointed out last week, would be to “consider directions of Justice (Retd) Lodha Committee in connection with the formal adoption of the new Memorandum of Association and Rules for the BCCI.”

The court asked the BCCI to respond within a week to the status report submitted by the Lodha Committee on Wednesday. If the BCCI fails to adopt the new Memorandum of Association and Rules at Friday’s meeting, the board risks facing further flak from the court. The BCCI could wait for the court to issue a directive based on the board’s response to the status order, but either way there were not many options left for the BCCI, keeping in mind the two sets of timelines drawn by the Lodha Committee, the first of which will expire on Friday, September 30.

A number of board members ESPNcricinfo spoke to admitted to being clueless about the BCCI’s next course of action, and said it would be chalked out by president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke at the SGM. An experienced administrator termed it a “crisis”, but said it was not the end of the road for the BCCI. He felt if the court did not budge, it was time for a new wave of administrators to take charge.

A BCCI office-bearer said the board was looking to drag things for as long as it could. “You should understand one thing: whatever needs to be done, we’ll do it,” he said. “The affidavit [filed by the BCCI] is just to prolong things as far as possible.”

Some members were, however, wary of the aggressive stance taken by the Lodha Committee and the Supreme Court. The president of a south zone association said the BCCI’s response had to be measured, and people needed to be “careful” about what they said.

Another office-bearer of the board, meanwhile, faulted the confrontational approach adopted by the BCCI so far, and said the members of the board were not apprised of relevant developments. “Nobody is kept in the loop. Only president and secretary know what’s happening,” he said. “The BCCI has always been [president and secretary-centric]; that’s the problem we have. All the members could have actually interacted individually with the Lodha Committee, but that was denied. From the beginning itself it has been derailed and we have never got an opportunity to put it on track. From there on, things are messed up.”

Ever since the court approved the Lodha recommendations on July 18, the BCCI has resolutely opposed them. The main recommendations the BCCI does not agree with are the cooling-off period after a three-year term, imposing an age cap of 70 for administrators, having an official of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the proposed Apex Council, which would replace the existing, and powerful, working committee and the one-state-one-vote proposal, which would bring Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Vidarbha, Saurashtra and Baroda under one cluster and limit their voting power to just one by rotation.

Most state associations, too, have continued to wait for the BCCI’s direction on amending their constitutions. So far, only the Vidarbha Cricket Association has decided to put to vote whether the Lodha recommendations can be adopted by the September 30 deadline set by the committee in its first set of timelines.

From being unresponsive at the beginning to openly critical of the Lodha Committee, the BCCI has pursued a combative strategy. Last week, it asked three former India captains, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev – all hired by the board as television commentators – to back its stance and ask the Lodha Committee to modify some of the recommendations through a dialogue.

However, RM Lodha, the chairman of the Lodha Committee, made it clear that there can’t be any dialogue.

“Our recommendations have merged with the July 18 judgment after the Supreme Court accepted them and ordered their implementation,” Lodha told the Times of India. “The recommendations are part of the judgment. Any attempt to impede implementation of the reform recommendations would be construed as non-implementation of the judgment itself.”

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo; Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

India launches strikes on suspected militants in Pakistan

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NEW DELHI India has conducted “surgical strikes” on suspected militants in Pakistan it suspects of preparing to infiltrate into the part of Kashmir it controls, the army’s director general of military operations said on Thursday.

Lt General Ranbir Singh told reporters the strikes were launched on Wednesday based on “very specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves to infiltrate”.

Singh said the strikes had caused significant casualties, and that he had he had called his Pakistani counterpart to inform him of the operation.

An army source said that the strikes were launched across the Line of Control, or de facto border between the two countries.

(Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Anderson set to miss Bangladesh series

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WATCH – Anderson was in irresistible form in the early part of the English summer

James Anderson is expected to miss England’s Test series in Bangladesh next month, amid concerns that he has not yet fully recovered from the shoulder injury that hindered his performances in the English summer.

According to a report in The Guardian, scans this week have shown that Anderson requires an extended break to recover from a stress fracture to his right shoulder blade that caused him to miss the Lord’s Test against Pakistan in July.

Jake Ball, the Nottinghamshire seamer, has been lined up to replace Anderson in the Test squad, after being asked to stay on as cover after the ODI series, but Anderson’s absence may yet have a knock-on effect on the five-Test series against India that begins in November, directly after the Bangladesh leg of the winter.

Anderson has not played any cricket since the end of the Pakistan series in August, and at the age of 34, he himself admitted recently that he may need careful handling if he is to survive a gruelling itinerary that will feature seven Tests in the space of two months.

“It’s a tough one because as a player, if you’re fit, you want to play, simple as that. No matter what the format, you’re desperate to play,” Anderson said last week.

“But there may well come a time when it will get managed. At 34, I probably have to manage myself, or be managed, quite well. You want, if possible, to play every Test but India is going to be five back-to-back and that’s a huge ask for any bowler.”

The first Test against Bangladesh starts at Chittagong on October 20, in just over three weeks’ time, and the two-Test series represents the only match practice that England have lined up ahead of the first of their five Tests against India at Rajkot on November 9.

If Anderson does not tour Bangladesh, and if England cannot provide him a opportunity to prove his match fitness before the India tour, he faces coming back to Test cricket in India without having bowled a ball in a competitive situation for nearly three months.

Anderson was an integral member of the side that beat India on home soil during England’s last Test tour of the country in 2012-13, claiming 12 wickets at 30.25 in their 2-1 series win, including match figures of 6 for 127 in their decisive victory in the third Test at Kolkata.

The ECB is set to name its list of centrally contracted players for the next 12 months on Thursday morning, having delayed the announcement by 24 hours. A new set of deals for one-day players is expected to be unveiled as well.

India’s Modi scraps planned visit to Pakistan for SAARC summit

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NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend a regional summit of South Asian leaders in Pakistan in November because of increasing cross-border attacks in the region, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

India blames Pakistan for a deadly assault on an army base in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir this month that has escalated tensions between the rivals.

India says a group of militants sneaked across the de facto border that separates the countries and killed 18 soldiers on Sept. 18, the biggest loss of life for Indian security forces in the region for 14 years.

Pakistan rejects the accusation and says India needs to conduct a proper investigation before it apportions blame.

Modi was scheduled to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit.

But the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement: “Increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit.”

“In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed summit in Islamabad.”

Pakistan’s foreign ministry called India’s announcement “unfortunate” and said it remained committed to peace and regional cooperation. In a statement, it accused India of meddling in Pakistan’s internal matters.

India said it understood that some other SAARC members were apprehensive about attending but it did not name them.


The decision to cancel Modi’s visit is the latest attempt by India to try to pressure Pakistan diplomatically. India has said it will respond to the Kashmir attack but experts say it is short of military options because of the risk of escalation.

India on Monday began a campaign to isolate Pakistan at the United Nations and Modi told officials India should exploit more of the water from three rivers that flow into its neighbour, potentially cutting water levels downstream.

Pakistan’s top foreign official said on Tuesday it would treat it as “an act of war” if India revoked the Indus Water Treaty regulating river flows.

Indian and Pakistani mistrust has long undermined South Asian regional cooperation and is widely blamed for the poor performance of SAARC, which successive Indian leaders hoped would help South Asia become a viable economic counterweight to China.

Divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, the nuclear flashpoint of Kashmir lies at the heart of the countries’ rivalry. India also faces an insurgency against its rule in the portion it controls, its only Muslim-majority state.

(Reporting by Tommy Wilkes; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Thakur slams Sandeep Patil for comments on Tendulkar, Dhoni

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Anurag Thakur: “Let me make it very clear. Sandeep, being a former chairman, should not have made these comments.” © PTI

BCCI president Anurag Thakur today slammed former selection committee chief Sandeep Patil, saying it was “unethical” on his part to reveal certain confidential details about Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and others after his tenure ended earlier this month.

Thakur stopped short of saying that action will be taken against Patil but said “right people in the BCCI” will speak to him soon over the issue which has created a major controversy.

Patil, a former international cricketer, recently disclosed that the selection panel would have dropped Sachin Tendulkar before he eventually quit international cricket and that it had also considered removing MS Dhoni from ODI captaincy ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

“Let me make it very clear. Sandeep, being a former chairman, should not have made these comments. When he was the chairman, he replied differently to the same questions. But after that [his tenure], it was different. It was totally unethical of him to do that,” Thakur told PTI.

“One should refrain from making such unethical and unwanted comments in this area [selection matters]. It is because he has been trusted to become the chairman, because he has played enough cricket. There were four more selectors with him; they did not say anything. He should have avoided that,” the BCCI president said.

Asked whether any action was being contemplated by the BCCI against Patil over the breach of confidentiality, he said, “The right people in the BCCI will speak to him soon.”

Thakur went to the extent of saying such a breach of confidentiality would make it difficult for any of future employers of Patil to trust him.

“Any organisation, if they hire him, will think ten times that after leaving the organisation, he will speak about the organisation,” Thakur said.

Patil’s three-year tenure ended when the panel announced the 15-man squad for the ongoing Test series against New Zealand.

Is An iOS 10 Jailbreak Available Yet? We’ve Seen A Working Jailbreak, So When Will It Release? Here’s All We Know

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When will an iOS 10 jailbreak release? Here’s everything we know so far …


It’s that time of year again. The time when jailbreak fans begin to wonder, “When will the next jailbreak release?” While iOS 10 has been out less than a month, signs that researchers were working on a jailbreak for Apple’s latest operating system began showing up as early this summer, while the software was still in beta. Meanwhile, claims of a working iOS 10 jailbreak were seen on Twitter just five days after iOS 10 was released to the public.

Despite these small glimmers of hope, there has been no clear indication that a public iOS 10 jailbreak is anywhere near releasing.

As I usually do around this time of year, I’ve decided to take a few moments to talk with active members of the iOS jailbreak development community and find out what the status of the iOS 10 jailbreak release might be, and what hurdles currently stand in the way. I reached out to both Luca Todesco (a.k.a @qwertyoruiopz) and jailbreaking godfather, Jay Freeman (a.k.a Saurik) for insight. Here’s what they had to share.


Question #1: Is a public iOS 10 jailbreak currently in the works?


The answer from both of these guys was, emphatically, “yes.” As Luca was the first legitimate jailbreak developer to showcase a “working” iOS 10 jailbreak, clearly he’s interested. I spoke to Luca Sunday and he shared that he’s currently focusing his research on changes to Kernel Patch Protections (KPP) and the more rigorous memory protection system found in the iPhone 7.  If he can find a way to create a public jailbreak, he will. He’s even expressed interest in finding possible methods of delivering an iOS 10 jailbreak via Safari.

“I plan on doing Safari research at some point,” Todesco told iDigitalTimes, “but right now I’m all about KPP/iPhone 7 memory protections.”

Outside of the efforts by Todesco, it’s safe to say that Pangu team, the developers of the last several public jailbreaks, are still actively researching iOS 10 as well. At Mosec 2016, a Beijing-based security conference that took place in July, Pangu demonstrated a working iOS 10 beta 1 jailbreak. Unfortunately, the vulnerabilities used in that demo were patched in iOS 10 beta 2, which prompted the release of the semi-tethered iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak. The team hasn’t provided any recent updates on their progress, but it’s a safe bet that they are still actively working on an iOS 10 jailbreak.

Question #2: If Luca Todesco has a working jailbreak, why hasn’t he released it?


So this is something a lot of people are probably wondering since Todesco did showcase a video of a working iOS 10 jailbreak just five days after the software released to the public. While the jailbreak is technically “working,” it’s important for the rest of us to understand that it doesn’t necessarily mean the jailbreak is ready for public consumption. Sometimes jailbreaks are demoed using developer-only stuff, meaning, you couldn’t use the same techniques if you weren’t a developer. On the other hand, it’s possible Todesco has a partially working or even a semi-tethered jailbreak, but that he’s holding back while looking for a smoother or more effective way to jailbreak iOS 10.

According to Jay Freeman (a.ka. Saurik), this was actually the type of situation that occurred when Pangu decided to release the semi-tethered iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak.

“I have no clue how long [Pangu] was sitting on that kernel bug [for iOS 9.3.3.], Freeman told iDigitalTimes. “Essentially jailbreak releases go like this: you sit around trying to find bugs until you find a full stack, and then you look at Apple’s release timing and see when it might make sense to push a public jailbreak (for example, if you are on iOS 10 beta 5, often you will wait until iOS 10 to arrive before you release your exploits) … in the case of the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, once it was clear that Apple had fixed the bug, and given that this bug was a rare kind of bug, they figured they might as well release. In that case, if Pangu had actually had a full jailbreak, I believe they would have released it much earlier.”

Question #3: Are there any new players or teams on the jailbreak scene?


Personally, I haven’t seen any evidence of new jailbreak developers on the scene this cycle but this doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t happen. Speaking with Saurik, he had similar thoughts:

“I have not seen signs of other ‘legitimate efforts,’ to jailbreak iOS 10, but that does not mean much.”

Basically, the best thing to do when it comes to being “in the know” about potential jailbreak players or when a legitimate new jailbreak has released, is to follow Saurik’s posts on Reddit. He is quite active there and frequently communicates with the jailbreak community this way.

Question #4: What are the big security hurdles to overcome iOS 10?


As I mentioned before, jailbreak developers are basically in the research stage of development and there hasn’t been a ton of discussion yet of changes to iOS 10 security.  One change that has been mentioned relates to the iPhone 7 and has to do with memory protections.

According to Saurik, “starting in iOS 9 on ARM 64 devices (iPhone 5S and newer) you can’t modify the kernel because there is a memory protection scheme in place that occasionally looks for changes and kills the device if it has been compromised.”

To create a jailbreak, patching the kernel often plays an integral role. If the protections had worked correctly, it would have made jailbreak iOS 9 much more difficult. These protections, however, only “occasionally” worked, Saurik told iDigitalTimes. “Pangu had seen devices wait hours before bothering to enforce the protection.”

But according to Todesco the iPhone 7 remedies that issue.

“The changes to memory protection in the iPhone 7 make it so that regions of kernel memory are now “totally unwritable at the hardware level,” Saurik said.

It’s unclear how much these changes add to the difficulty of making jailbreaks for the latest iPhone 7. Todesco does seem to suggest on Twitter, however, that the changes have added complexity to making jailbreaks.

I asked Todesco if he had come up with a way to defy the new protections but he declined to answer. Based on his comments about focusing on memory protection research, my guess is that he has not.

As more is learned about the development of the iOS 10 jailbreak and when we might expect to see a release, I’ll be sure to provide an update.

Sara Ali Khan doesn’t want to make her debut with SOTY 2

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A life-size vision of Lord Ganesha dressed as Krrish during the festive season has inspired filmmaker Rakesh Roshan to revive the super hit franchise. Hrithik Roshan took to Twitter to make the big announcement, “Ganpati blessings for KRRISH4 :)) hope everyone is enjoying the festivities. Love to all.” He also tweeted an endearing image of Lord Ganesha dressed as ‘Krrish’ which was trending on social media.

Speaking on the same, Rakesh Roshan said that, “When my wife showed me a tweet with Bappa’s picture as Krrish, it reaffirmed my belief that Krrish is the original superhero we have. It boosted my confidence and inspired me to make the fourth installment..” He added, “Ganesha is also called the god of auspicious beginnings. I guess this was his way of saying that we have his blessings for Krrish 4.” Senior Roshan already has an idea for the movie, which he will be working on. The movie is slated to go on floors next year and will be released during Christmas 2018. Now the question remains, will Bappa be making a cameo in ‘Krrish 4’? Watch this space for more!

India begins campaign at United Nations to isolate Pakistan

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UNITED NATIONS India began a campaign to isolate Pakistan at the United Nations on Monday, telling the 193-member General Assembly it was time to identify nations who nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don’t join the global fight.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the arrest of Pakistani Bahadur Ali was “living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in crossborder terror.” India has said Ali confessed that he was trained by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group.

“But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan remains in denial. It persists in the belief that such attacks will enable it to obtain the territory it covets,” she said on the final day of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

“My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” Swaraj said.

India accuses Pakistan of having a role in a September 18 raid on Uri army base in Kashmir, one of the deadliest attacks in the Himalayan region that has been divided since 1947 and lies at the heart of the nuclear-armed neighbors’ rivalry. Pakistan denies any role in the attack.

“We need to forget our prejudices and join hands together to script an effective strategy against terror,” Swaraj said. “And if any nation refuses to join this global strategy, then we must isolate it.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Saturday to mount a global campaign to isolate Pakistan. Last month U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Pakistan to join other nations in fighting terrorism.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militant groups operating in disputed Kashmir as well as of sending fighters to other parts of the country to carry out acts of violence. Pakistan denies the allegations.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week told the U.N. General Assembly India had put unacceptable conditions on dialogue.

“What pre-conditions?” Swaraj said on Monday. “We took the initiative to resolve issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship.”

Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi dismissed Swaraj’s statement on Monday as “a litany of falsehoods and baseless allegations.”

“For the Indian Foreign Minister to claim that her country has imposed no preconditions for talks with Pakistan is another flight from reality. India suspended talks more than a year ago, and has refused to resume these despite repeated offers from Pakistan,” Lodhi said.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Gregorio)

Shami’s reverse-swing leaves NZ seven down

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Lunch New Zealand 262 and 205 for 7 (Santner 57*, Sodhi 2*, Ashwin 3-111, Shami 2-18) need another 229 runs to beat India 318 and 377 for 5 dec
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Luke Ronchi batted fluently to 80 before throwing his wicket away © BCCI

At the start of the final day’s play, India needed six wickets to win the Kanpur Test. They achieved half that objective in a third of the time, but not before an almighty struggle against New Zealand’s fifth-wicket pair of Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner. The two extended their overnight partnership to 102 and looked in increasing ease against India’s overworked spinners on a slow fifth-day pitch before Ronchi lost his concentration in the first over after drinks. Then, eight overs from lunch, Mohammed Shami came on and took out BJ Watling and Mark Craig with reverse-swing, an ingredient that had been largely missing from this Test match till then, to leave New Zealand seven down.

At lunch, chasing a nominal 434, New Zealand were 205 for 7 with Santner still at the crease on a defiant 57. He had faced 160 balls in the innings and 267 in the match, in addition to bowling 55.2 overs of left-arm spin and picking up five wickets.

During the first drinks break, viewers may have wondered why India had gone into the game with two seamers and two spinners. By then, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja had bowled 110.5 overs in the match, and picked up 12 of India’s 14 wickets.

The two seamers, Shami and Umesh Yadav, had bowled a combined 37 overs and taken just the one wicket. Shami hadn’t yet bowled a ball on day five.

By the time Shami came on, the effort was beginning to tell on the spinners. Ronchi gifted them a wicket, but the new batsman, BJ Watling, was looking comfortable, sweeping and cutting delightfully. The sixth-wicket partnership had moved to 29 when Shami measured his run-up.

Bowling around the wicket to the left-handed Santner, he gave early warning of reverse-swing with an lbw shout off his second ball. The ball was probably doing too much and missing leg stump. The last ball of his second over was a near mirror image. Shami was bowling over the wicket to the right-handed Watling, and the ball tailed into him to pin him to the crease. Again, the ball swung appreciably, but replays suggested the ball would probably have hit some part of leg stump – umpire’s call, perhaps, had DRS been in use.

Then, first ball of his next over, reverse-swing into the left-handed Craig, who played the initial line without really moving his feet, and left a big gap for the ball to swerve through and crash into the stumps.

As had been the case through the match, there had been plenty of help in the first half-hour of the morning, and the ball turned and jumped extravagantly past the edge on a number of occasions. Santner’s reaction to being beaten by Ashwin was a wide grin, suggesting there was little he could do against a ball turning so far.

But even when it was beaten, his defence looked solid; front leg coming down the pitch rather than across to guard against the lbw, bat close to pad, and hands refusing to get drawn by the turn.

As the morning wore on, the turn became slower, and batting easier, especially off the back foot. Ronchi, his footwork nimble and decisive, began to dominate Ashwin. He had looked comfortable against the offspinner even on the fourth evening, jumping out to hit him over the long-on boundary and making room to cut him off the stumps.

Now, having mostly faced Jadeja in the early exchanges – 17 out of his first 23 balls of the day – he moved to fifty with a cover-drive for two off Ashwin, and four overs later came down the track to lift him over mid-on for four. By the end, he had scored 37 off the 33 balls he faced from Ashwin.

Santner too was opening up, but always playing within his limitations; his go-to attacking shots were the cut, whenever anyone dropped a little short, and the slog-sweep, when he saw a bit of air and room to free his arms, hitting a six each off Ashwin and Jadeja.

The wicket came off Jadeja’s bowling, and it came off an ill-advised shot. Till then, Ronchi had hit all his lofted hits with a straight bat, but now, with long-off back and mid-on in, he looked to slog-sweep against the turn, and only managed a top-edge that skewed high to point.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Who addressed Katrina as Katrina Kaif Kapoor?

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While the New York City crowd only heard the part where Chris Martin welcomes them to the upcoming Indian chapter of 2016 Global Citizen Festival, it is hard for the Bollywood followers to miss out on the singer’s ‘Katrina Kaif Kapoor’ in his speech.

The 39-year-old English singer, who is also the current creative director of the event under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals establishment, mistakenly said ‘Katrina Kaif Kapoor’ as he announced the names of celebrities who are to collaborate in India for the fest.

Coldplay dedicates song to Jagger at NYC concert

Following an inspiring speech by PeeCee and Member of Parliament Poonam Mahajan, the ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ singer took the stage to welcome the New York crowd to India Global Citizen Festival 2016. “I’m so happy to see all of you. We’re so excited about going to India on November, the 19th,” he started.

Then came the guilty neck-touching moment for Priyanka when the singer innocently added a ‘Kapoor’ to Katrina Kaif. “We’ve Jay-Z and lots of people who I have on the list…Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif Kapoor, AR Rhaman, Farhan Akhtar.”

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Judging from PeeCee’s reaction of an immediate “Oh!”, Martin asks if he pronounced the names wrong. To which host Priyanka replies, “Oh no. It was close. It was close.” Coldplay will headline the first-ever free, ticketed India Global Citizen Festival which will be held in Mumbai on November 19, 2016.

Here’s the video of the incident. Skip to 5:15…

PM Modi hits out at Pakistan after attack in Kashmir

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MUMBAI Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised Pakistan on Saturday, accusing it of being an exporter of terrorism, and vowing to mount a global campaign to isolate it.

The comments follow the September 18 attack on an Indian army camp in Kashmir, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan. The attack claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers, in the biggest blow to security forces in the disputed Himalayan region for 14 years.

“People of Pakistan should question their leadership on why, when both countries gained freedom together, while India exports software, Pakistan exports terrorists,” Modi said.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militant groups operating in disputed Kashmir as well as of sending fighters to other parts of the country to carry out acts of violence.

Pakistan denies the allegations and says India has not provided adequate proof to support its claims.

Modi was giving a speech at a meeting of his Bharatiya Janata Party, whose leaders have said there should be a strong response to the attack, which took place in Uri. 

“India has and never will bow down in the face of terrorism,” Modi said.

Some military experts have called for cross border strikes against militant camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in the wake of the latest attack. 

But Pakistan has warned it will hit back against any Indian attack and the latest tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours are drawing concern.

India is likely holding back from major military action for fear of igniting a broader escalation, and may instead mount a diplomatic campaign against Pakistan, experts say.

(Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Andrew Bolton)

Roland-Jones hat-trick gives Middlesex Championship title

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Middlesex 270 (Gubbins 125, Brooks 6-65) and 359 for 6 dec (Malan 116, Gubbins 93, Eskinazi 78*) beat Yorkshire 390 (Bresnan 142*, Rafiq 65, Hodd 64, Roland-Jones 4-73) and 178 (Bresnan 55, Roland-Jones 6-54)



Roland-Jones hat-trick seals Middlesex glory

In the most dramatic scenes imaginable, Middlesex secured their first County Championship title since 1993 when Toby Roland-Jones claimed a hat-trick, in a six-wicket haul, to bowl out Yorkshire out for 178 with 4.4 overs of the season remaining.

Having been third-favourites at the start of the final day, with Somerset sitting top and Yorkshire still having a lead at Lord’s, it was a remarkable conclusion to a remarkable season.

It brought heartache in Taunton as Somerset players and supporters gathered at the County Ground to watch the drama unfold. They feared the worst when nine overs of declaration bowling left a target of 240 in 40 overs, but initially it appeared Yorkshire were best placed to secure a hat-trick of titles.

However, when Tim Bresnan fell having made 55 – to complete one of his greatest games – Middlesex surged to victory as Yorkshire kept going for the target. The last six wickets fell for 25 runs, and the last four in nine balls.

Azeem Rafiq top edged a pull to start Roland-Jones’ sequence, Steven Finn then bowled Steven Patterson in the next over before Roland-Jones wrapped up the dramatic finish by bowling Andrew Hodd and Ryan Sidebottom with the first two deliveries of his 13th over.

“We’ve had T20s in front of a packed house here but this was pretty special,” Roland-Jones told Sky Sports. I don’t think we were looking at the lob-up side, but we wanted a game and if you ask the neutrals how much they enjoyed that I think it’s the best thing for it.

“To come out on top and be undefeated is brilliant. There’s so much hardwork that has gone in over the last five years, we’ve been on an upward curve, so to finish it off like this, we’ll enjoy it tonight.”

James Franklin, the Middlesex captain, said: “Being unbeaten was something we were very proud of going into this game and we just wanted to put a good show on. We were on the back foot for almost the entire game and to finally get over the line is a testament to our group of players, our squad, the belief. We grew from last year and here we are holding the cup. It’s for everyone at Middlesex.”

Richard Scott, the Middlesex head coach, said: “James Franklin was in the toilet when Andrew Gale came in so they were going hammer and tongs through the door. We had to do something. Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan were outstanding this morning and we earned the right to set up the game.

“I’m really proud the lads pulled it off. They have worked their soaks off, we’ve improved, and this year we really hit our straps. The seamers are real warriors, they’ve done that all season.”

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PIC: Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara is a fashionista

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Sridevi’s older daughter Jhanvi had filmmakers lining up outside her house ever since she first stepped into the limelight at the age of 15 years. The young lady, who has expressed her desire to join the film industry, has received several film offers over the years, all of which have been turned down. The latest buzz doing the round states that Jhanvi turned down a part in director AR Murugadoss’ next film.

According to reports, Murugadoss of ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Holiday’ fame, approached Sridevi and Boney Kapoor to discuss Jhanvi making her debut in his 150-crore Telugu film, which has Mahesh Babu in the leading role. If the director had his way, Jhanvi would have begun shooting for the film this weekend. However, the headstrong girl turned down the offer because she wanted to be ‘completely ready’. She is going the extra mile and trying her hardest to get fit, learn dance forms and has even enrolled at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Film Institute in Los Angeles. The young star in the making wants everything to be perfect before she takes the big plunge into the film industry.

Pakistan’s Sharif says India putting unacceptable conditions on dialogue

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SUV maker Mahindra to recall some vehicles to check fluid hose

NEW DELHI Mahindra Mahindra , India’s top sport utility vehicle maker, will recall some of its vehicles to inspect and reposition a fluid hose in the engine compartment, it said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Bangladesh have ‘more belief’

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Thilan Samaraweera credited Chandika Hathurusingha for transforming his Test career © BCB

Thilan Samaraweera reunited with an old friend on his first day as Bangladesh’s batting consultant. “I divide my career into two,” he said. “First it is from 2001 to 2006 when I was dropped. I became a totally different player when I met Chandika [Hathurusingha].”

Samaraweera began with a century on Test debut in 2001 but suffered a drastic dip in form five years later. When he returned to the Sri Lankan side, he averaged over 72 in 2007 and 2008 and peaked with 114.25 from six matches in 2010. Speaking to the media in Mirpur, he said he was looking forward to working with Hathrusingha, who is the Bangladesh head coach, again.

“I know what he is capable of and I would love to work with him. He gave me the freedom to express myself. He focused on the technique and mindset, the key to international cricket. I became a totally different cricketer. I think my average was close to between 50 or 60.”

Samaraweera was hired by the BCB for the series against England and Afghanistan. His tenure would last 45 days and in that time he has to make sure the Bangladesh batsmen do not feel the drawbacks of not playing international cricket since the World T20 in March.

“On the first day I am a bit quiet as I want to get to know the players. There are a few newcomers. I know four to five players as I played against them. Just had a few chats here and there. After another day I will be more comfortable working with this group.

“My first priority is the Afghanistan series because I know that when you are not playing for four to five months, the international arena seems totally different than practice. I think the key is to get into the groove of international cricket. I am not worried about talent as the talent is there.”

Samaraweera, who had previously worked as a batting consultant for Cricket Australia, was pleased with the amount of progress made by Bangladesh over the last year and a half.

“I think the freedom that the coaching staff led by Chandi gave to the Bangladesh players made them believe they could fight against the top teams. You can see in the last 18 months they beat Pakistan, India and South Africa and they also did well in the World Cup in different conditions. More freedom, belief and support from senior to younger players are what a team requires.

“I think more about the mental toughness and I can see how much they have changed over the last 18 months in terms of the technical aspects.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

Priyanka to present Emmy with Tom Hiddleston?

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TNN Agencies | Sep 18, 2016, 04.49 PM IST

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston will reportedly present at the 2016 Emmy Awards together. The two stars were pictured sharing a laugh, outside the Microsoft Theater, after a rehearsal. While Priyanka was seen wearing an off shoulder white top and blue denims, Tom sported a black t-shirt and jeans.

The confirmation of sorts comes from another photo that Priyanka shared of herself on stage with her presenting partner. The blurry picture shows her ‘partner’ wearing all-black ensemble, much like what the ‘Thor’ star was dressed in at the rehearsal.

“Rehersals #Emmyswithpc keep guessing… Btw the blur is the point!” the 33-year-old ‘Quantico’ actress captioned the photo, hinting that the blur was intentional.

A photo posted by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra)
Sep 17, 2016 at 5:12pm PDT

Emmy Awards, which honour the best on television, are set to go live tomorrow morning. Tom, 35, is nominated for the outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his work in ‘The Night Manager’.

Although not nominated for her role in the hit crime drama series, Priyanka will be presenting an award at the show. The actress teased fans with a picture of a flowing red dress, hinting that she will heat up the red carpet in the red ensemble.

A photo posted by Goddess Priyanka Chopra (@pcgoddess)
Sep 18, 2016 at 12:13am PDT

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