Russell passes 500 runs, Pooran shines in KKR  defeat

first_imgMOHALI, India (CMC) – All-rounder Andre Russell blasted a cameo to become only the third player this season to pass 500 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) kept their playoff hopes alive with a seven-wicket win over Chris Gayle’s King Punjab.Chasing a tricky 184 at the I.S Bindra Stadium here yesterday, KKR reached their target with 18 balls to spare to move into fifth place on the eight-team table, while Kings XI suffered elimination.The run chase was propelled by opener Shubman Gill who stroked a responsible unbeaten 65 off 49, while adding 62 for the first wicket with Australian Chris Lynn whose quick-fire 46 came off just 22 deliveries.Gill also put on 38 for the second wicket with Robin Uthappa (22) and a further 50 off 26 balls for the third wicket with Russell who struck 24 off 14 balls.The big-hitting Russell, who will represent West Indies later this month at the ICC 50-overs World Cup in England, lashed a brace of fours and sixes before perishing in the 15th over when he holed out to square leg off seamer Mohammed Shami.Russell now has 510 runs for the season at an average of nearly 64, joining Australian David Warner (692) and Lokesh Rahul (522) in the 500-run club.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran, also a member of West Indies’ World Cup squad, extended his decent form with 48 off 27 deliveries as Kings XI, sent in, reached 183 for six off their 20 overs.Englishman Sam Curran smashed 55 not out off 24 balls while Mayank Agarwal chipped in with 36 from 26 deliveries.Gayle (14) fell cheaply for the second match in a row to leave Kings XI on 22 for two in the fifth over but Pooran came to his side’s rescue, belting three fours and four sixes as he added 69 for the third wicket with Agarwal.He was eventually dismissed in the 11th over, finding the lap of deep mid-wicket off off-spinner Nitish Rana.Russell finished with one for 29 from his three overs of pace while off-spinner Sunil Narine went wicket-less from four overs which also cost 29 runs.last_img read more

Gov Ikpeazu Salutes FC IfeanyiUba, Enugu Rangers

first_imgThe Governor believes that the well deserved victory of Ifeanyi Uba FC makes a compelling case for private sector support and partnership with government in sports development in Nigeria.He therefore calls on wealthy citizens and companies to invest in the growth and development of sports.The Governor commended the proprietor and members of Ifeanyi Uba FC for the feat, and for demonstrating that the private ownership and management of football teams in Nigeria is the way to go in order to win laurels, create jobs and sustainably manage clubs, as practiced in Europe.The Governor said that as the state that hosts the most successful football club in Nigeria, Enyimba FC of Aba, Abians appreciate efforts that went into the successes of Ifeanyi Uba FC and Enugu Rangers FC and will learn from their experiences to remodel the operations of our great football teams and re position them to continue to win laurels and make football loving Abians and Nigerians proud.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated Ifeanyi Uba Football Club on their recent victory in the 2016 Federation cup competition.The Governor also congratulates the management and players of Enugu Rangers FC Enugu for breaking 30 years jinx to win the Nigerian premier league.last_img read more