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ICC World Cup World Cup 2019: Rain keeps dominant India away from victory against uninspiring New Zealand

first_img New Delhi : The one-day International will turn into ‘two’ as the high octane semi-final clash between India and New Zealand is set to resume tomorrow at 10:30 a.m local (3:00 p.m IST) at Old Trafford after consistent rain in Manchester. Earlier in the day, the toss fell in favour of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who asked the opposition to have a bowl. On overcast conditions, the seam movement was ought to trouble the opening pair and the pair eventually took 17 deliveries to open the account. Opener Martin Guptill struggled to get his feet moving and eventually was sent back to the pavilion by a beautiful outswinger by Jasprit Bumrah. Once he departed, in-form Kane Williamson joined Henry Nicholls in the middle. The duo strung a partnership of 68 runs before the latter was dismissed by left-arm wrist spinner, Ravindra Jadeja. Williamson, along with Ross Taylor continued to show their class against promising Indian bowling attack and registered a partnership of 65 runs. In the process, Kane Williamson went past Martin Guptill to become the highest run-getter for New Zealand in a World Cup edition. The wickets continued to tumble and New Zealand batsmen failed to build a partnership in the middle. By 45th over, half-side was back to the pavilion and the team scored 202 runs. With just 30 deliveries left to play, both Ross Taylor and Tom Latham decided to go after the bowlers. However, they weren’t able to add much with rain interrupting the game at 46.1 over. The rain continued to be the spoilsport as there was no play further on the day. However, according to the weather forecast, the game is likely to get completed with New Zealand resuming the innings from 46.1 overs and team India getting a full quota of 50 overs to bat.  highlights Play to resume tomorrow. Kane Williamson went past Guptill to become highest run-scorer in a World Cup for New Zealand. Ross Taylor remained unbeaten for his 67. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

USC performs in first team scrimmage

first_imgThe last time Reggie Bush suited up for the Trojans was in the 2006 Rose Bowl.You wouldn’t have known it at Saturday’s practice, which featured the first intrasquad scrimmage of the spring.Young stunner · Early enrollee freshman running back Dillon Baxter finished his first USC scrimmage with 94 rushing yards on just nine carries, including one rush of 50 yards. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan Freshman running back Dillon Baxter put on his best Bush impression during the scrimmage, dazzling the crowd with ankle-breaking cuts and a pair of long runs. Baxter finished with 94 yards on just nine carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run that left several defenders on their backsides.“I thought [Baxter] was phenomenal,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “His scoring run looked like Reggie Bush’s against Fresno State in 2005. It didn’t matter who was in front of him, nobody could stop him.”His teammates were just as impressed by his touchdown run. Baxter emerged from a pile near the right sideline and wove around defenders on his way to the end zone.“Dillon definitely did some crazy stuff today,” redshirt junior running back Marc Tyler said. “It was fun out there watching him. He did some crazy, stupid stuff today, like a damn videogame.”Baxter is just one of the running backs looking to work their way into the rotation this spring. Senior Allen Bradford is the leading returning rusher for USC and should be a workhorse for the Trojans. Bradford, who rushed for 668 yards and eight touchdowns last season, carried the ball a team-high 10 times during the scrimmage for 27 yards.“Whatever coach Kiffin gives me I’m going to take by the reins and do the best I can,” Bradford said.Part of his responsibilities this season will be mentoring the younger players. Bradford said he has been sharing a simple message with them this spring.“Go out there and do the little stuff right,” he said. “It’s the little stuff that counts. You can’t look for the big plays every time you get the ball. The big plays are going to come.”The big plays certainly came on Saturday for Baxter, who had a slow start to spring practice. He ripped off another long run later in the scrimmage that had defenders turned in circles. Now that the freshman — who enrolled in school early so he could take part in spring practice — is getting comfortable, more big plays like the two he had on Saturday could be on the way.Another running back trying to make an impression on the new coaching staff is Tyler. A top prospect coming out of high school, injuries held Tyler back in his first two seasons. He wants to focus this year on staying healthy.“The past years I’ve been getting hurt, and that’s really hurt my chances of playing and getting in there,” Tyler said. “If I stay healthy, anything can happen.”If Tyler can avoid the injuries that have plagued him thus far, he and Bradford should give the Trojans a formidable one-two punch. And if Baxter and speedy sophomore Curtis McNeal can give USC a pair of home run threats the team could have a running attack not unlike the old backfield tandem of Bush and LenDale White.A number of other USC players turned in standout performances on Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley and senior receiver Ronald Johnson connected for a pair of touchdowns, including a 70-yard strike, and junior defensive tackle Da’John Harris recorded five tackles and returned a stripped ball 52 yards.last_img read more