Check todays hot topics and new pictures Today is: 31 July, 2014
Chanderpaul-Samuels partnership is crucial: Gibson

Shivnarine ChanderpaulBridgetown (Barbados), June 30 : The unbeaten stand between West Indies' pair of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels is a crucial partnership which will determine the future of the hosts in their second cricket Test against India, according to coach Otis Gibson.

Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 20 and Samuels 21 and the pair had built up an encouraging 41-run partnership as the West Indies ended a rain-affected second day Wednesday at 98 for five in their first innings. Only 25.3 overs were possible as rain washed out most of the day's play at the Kensington Oval here.

"We are looking forward to the third day. The second day was badly rain-interrupted and that is history. The pair at the crease has done a good job for us so far and there is plenty ahead of them. We know what Chanderpaul can do and he has showed a lot of application in his innings so far," said Gibson, the West Indies coach.

"Marlon is now coming back into the team and he has looked good so far. He is really looking forward to this opportunity in this Test and hopefully he will continue to show the fighting skills he has demonstrated. He came in at a crucial time and has played well so far. We expect him to continue. This is a crucial partnership as there is still a lot of cricket left in the match," he said.

Gibson was happy with the performance of his bowlers, who restricted India to 201 in the first innings on the opening day.

"The bowlers again did their job very well and they deserve the praise. It is good to see them putting in the hard work and getting the rewards," he said.(IANS)


La Liga boss wants to attract world's best players to Spain

Javier-TebasLondon, July 30 : President of La Liga, Spain's top football division, has said that he wants to attract all the best players in the world to the country and rival the commercial power of the English Premier League.  Read more »

Barca reports record income of 530 mln euros for 2013-14

Barcelona-FCJohannesburg, July 30 : Spanish club Barcelona announced on Tuesday that the club has reported a record income of 530 million euros over the past year and made a profit of 41 million euros.  Read more »

Pietersen feels sorry for retired England skipper Andrew Strauss

Kevin-PietersenSydney, July 30 : Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said that he felt sorry for Andrew Strauss following his highly offensive remark against Pietersen during a commentary at Lord's.  Read more »

Malinga prefers IPL over domestic cricket

Malinga prefers IPL over domestic cricketJohannesburg, July 30 - Sir Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga said to his country's cricket chiefs that he would choose to play for his IPL team instead of Sri Lanka's Southern Express in the Champions League T20.  Read more »

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone attempts to settle bribery trial

Bernie-EcclestoneLondon, July 30 : Lawyers of the Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone said that the F1 boss was ready to pay 25 million euros to a German bank to resolve the bribery case against him.  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »