Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 17 (PTI) Temples and traditional houses across Kerala reverberated with the chanting of verses from the epic, as the annual Ramayana Month began in the state today. With the commencement of Karkitakam, the last month in the Malayalam calendar today, elders chant verses from Adhyatma Ramayana authored by medieval devotional poet Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, during the next 30 days in front oflighted lamps. Temples and cultural organisations across the state have also arranged for recital of Ramayana and special poojas during the season. Karkitakam, is the lean season ahead of Chingam that ushers in Malayalis most colourful festival of Onam. Another age-old tradition of savouring the Karkidaka kanji, a spicy mix of rice and medicinal herbs, remains intact among a few families even today. Branded Karkidaka kanji mix is also available in the market. Also during Ramayana Month, Hindus undertake pilgrimage to the four temples of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna, located in the Kottayam and Thrissur districts. This ritual is known as Nalambalam Darshanam. Aanayootu, a mass feast for elephants, prepared as per ayurvedic tradition, was held at the famed Vadakkumnathan Temple at Thrissur. Freshly bathed elephants sporting sandal paste and vermillion on their foreheads, lined up at the southern tower of the temple and were fed a special feed made of sugarcane, rice, ghee, coconut, jaggery and Ayurvedic medicines. This is also the period when elephants in the state, especially those belonging to Guruvayoor Sri Krishna temple undergo sukha chikilsa (ayurvedic revitalisation treatment) of body wraps, special diets and herbal tonics.PTI UD ROH KK
(Eds: updating with more quotes) New Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) Olympic bronze-medallist and five-time world champion M C Mary Kom today denied reports that she made disparaging remarks against fellow male boxers like Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar during a meeting of the national observers here. Reacting to a report that she had sought Thapas removal from the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme and called Manoj overage, Mary Kom issued a statement to deny having made any such remarks at the meeting. “The article states that I have termed Shiva Thapas career as over and he would do nothing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This is completely fabricated and it borders on being defamatory,” Mary Kom said in her statement. “Let me put this on record, I have never said anything like Shivas career being over and he should be dropped from the TOP scheme,” she added. “Playing with the reputation of a hardworking boxer using falsehood is not acceptable to me.” The 23-year-old Thapa is currently preparing for the World Championships, where he won a bronze medal in 2015, on a training trip in France. He recently won a silver medal at the Asian Championships in Tashkent. Mary Kom also denied saying that former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar was past his prime. The 30- year-old Manoj has also qualified for the World Championships to be held from September 25 in Hamburg. “I would categorically like to state that I have never used the term “overage” for Manoj Kumar as has been stated by the unnamed source quoted,” she stated. “…this kind of stories without proper verification of facts is tantamount to playing with my reputation,” she added. Manoj, on his part, reacted to the report on Twitter and said, “@MangteC I respect U nd ur struggle a lot. Bt u shld also respect our struggle. I qualified 4 #Rio in odd conditions.” “Ur words hurts us bt we still respect u,” he added. Mary Kom responded to him by saying that she had issued a clarification on the matter. Mary Kom is one of the two national observers appointed by the Sports Ministry for boxing, other being former CWG gold medallist Akhil Kumar. Akhil did not attend the meeting due to personal reasons. PTI PM KHS KHSadvertisement
New Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, and congratulated all sportspersons and enthusiasts on the occasion of National Sports Day.In a series of tweets, Modi said, “On #NationalSportsDay, I congratulate all sportspersons and sports enthusiasts who pursue sports with great vigour and passion.””I pay tributes to the exemplary Major Dhyan Chand, whose legendary sporting skills did wonders for Indian hockey,” he tweeted.Modi said India is blessed with immense sporting talent. and to harness this potential, a portal was launched by the Sports Ministry.”The #NationalSportsTalentSearchPortal gives essential direction and support to youngsters to pursue their sporting aspirations and shine,” he said. PTI ABS ANB
Pakistan offspinner Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during Wednesday’s third one-day international against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.The legality of the 37-year-old’s bowling action was questioned by the match officials in their report, which was handed to Pakistan’s team management.”Hafeez’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC illegal bowling action regulations,” the ICC said in a statement.”He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Hafeez is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the assessments are known.”Hafeez was suspended on two previous occasions for the same offence and served a 12-month ban, starting in July 2015, after his action was found to be illegal by the ICC for the second time within a two-year period.
Mumbai, Dec 8 (PTI) Actor Anushka Sharma and her family were spotted early this morning at the international airport leaving for an unknown destination amid rumours that she and cricketer Virat Kohli are getting married in Italy.Anushka was photographed leaving from Mumbai airport around 1 am with her brother Karnesh and their parents.There are reports that the couple, which has dated for over four years now, will tie the knot at a private ceremony in Milan on December 12. However, Anushkas spokesperson denied it.The wedding will reportedly be a quiet affair followed by a grand reception in Mumbai, attended by Bollywood and sports personalities.While Virat is more vocal about his love for Anushka, the actor has remained tight-lipped about their relationship.The two, both 29, were recently seen together at Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatges wedding. PTI JUR BK MIN
There’s no stopping Steve Smith at the moment. His record breaking run continues to roll on year after year.Smith ended Day 2 of fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground unbeaten on 44 to help Australia reach 193/2 at the close of day’s place. The hosts still trail England by 153 runs.En route his 44 not out on Friday, the Sydney dasher became the second joint fastest to reach 6000 runs in Test cricket in terms of innings taken. Smith took 111 innings to achieve the feat — same as West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers. Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman tops the list with just 68 innings to his name. England’s Walter Hammond is third with 114 innings.WATCHSmith now has 6018 runs from 61 matches at the close of second day’s play.Smith has been in sensational form in 2017 and ended the year as the top-scorer in whites with 1305 runs from 11 matches at an average of 76.76. Cheteshwar Pujara is second with 1140 runs from 11 games while South Africa’s Dean Elgar was third with 1128 from 12 Tests.A special milestone for Aussie skipper @stevesmith49!Fastest to 6,000 Test runs:Sir Don (68 innings)Smith (111)Sobers (111)#Ashes pic.twitter.com/TrnhwMfh1z- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 5, 2018At the start of the year, runs flowed from his bat but not something to write home about. But that all changed when Australia toured India, as Smith changed gears. Smith led from the front with a fighting ton in Pune and came back strongly with a 178 not out at Indore after the whole DRS drama in Bengaluru. In the following Test at Dharamsala, Smith hit another hundred (111) and finished the series with 499 runs — the most in the four-match series. Australia lost the series 2-1 but Smith’s calibre was there for everyone to see.advertisementSmith had a very average tour of Bangladesh according to his standards when the time came, he arrived as well.The 28-year-old started the Ashes with an unbeaten 141 to set the tone for the series and he didn’t look back since then. Passion, aggression and career-best double ton (239) allowed Australia regain the urn from England at Perth, with two games to go in Melbourne and Sydney. He also became the first Aussie captain to hit a double ton in 24 years.England came back strongly at the MCG and riding on Alastair Cook’s unbetaen 244, the visitors did put the hosts in some trouble. But a little bit of rain and a resolute Australian captain made sure they don’t fall apart. Smith played a 275-ball knock of 102 not out to guide Australia to safety. In the process, he became the third quickest batsman to reach 23 Test tons, having achieved the feat in 110 innings, after Bradman (59) and Sunil Gavaskar (109).ICC Test player rankings update: Steve Smith is hunting Bradman: https://t.co/nmWr4vBkY3 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/hy6cCOntLC- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 31, 2017Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who himself is one of the greatest ever to have played the game, said after Smith’s brilliant ton in Brisbane that he is as good as the legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis if not better.”These guys (Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis) have scored 15,000 and 13,000 runs, but they played in 150-plus Tests, Tendulkar 200 Tests, to achieve what they achieved. Smith is nearly halfway there in just over 50 Test matches,” Ponting said to ABC Grandstand on Sunday.Smith, who ended 2017 with a ton will look to start the year with another ton and show the Englishmen, who is the boss Down Under.ALSO WATCH:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are preparing for a fight.The reigning Super Bowl MVP will appeal his four-game suspension, his agent said, and the team threw its “unconditional” support behind its quarterback after the NFL came down hard on its biggest star in the “Deflategate” scandal.“Tom Brady has our unconditional support,” Patriots owner Bob Kraft said in a statement issued on May 11. “Our belief in him has not wavered.”Five days after an NFL investigator reported that it was “more probable than not” that the Patriots broke the rules, the league handed down its punishment: Brady was banished for four games, and the Patriots were penalized $1 million — matching the largest fine in league history — and docked two draft picks for using improperly inflated footballs in the AFC Championship game.NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers who carried out the plan, including the one who referred to himself in text messages obtained by the league as “The Deflator.”In letters to the team and Brady, Vincent wrote that the league’s investigation found “substantial and credible evidence” that the quarterback knew the employees were deflating footballs. It also said he failed to cooperate with investigators.The investigation by attorney Ted Wells found that Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two Patriots employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.“Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules,” Vincent wrote, “and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public’s confidence in the game is called into question.”Unless the suspension is overturned on appeal, Brady would miss the first four games of the season — including the league’s marquee Sept. 10 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at which the Super Bowl championship banner would be traditionally raised.He would also miss games against Buffalo in Week 2, a home game against Jacksonville and a game at Dallas.Brady would return the week of a Patriots-Colts AFC championship rematch in Indianapolis. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo, a 2014 second-round selection from Eastern Illinois who won the Walter Payton award as the best player in the FCS, has thrown 27 NFL passes, including one touchdown.Brady has three days to appeal the suspension to Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee.“The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis,” Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said in a statement that questioned the NFL’s integrity and opened the still-raw wound of the league’s botched investigation of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.“The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside,” Yee said.“Sadly, today’s decision diminishes the NFL as it tells its fans, players and coaches that the games on the field don’t count as much as the games played on Park Avenue.”The Patriots would lose next year’s first-round pick and a fourth-round choice in 2017. Kraft, who said after the Wells Report was released that he would abide by the league’s decision, reversed himself on May 11, saying in his statement that said the punishment “far exceeded any reasonable expectation.”It’s the second time in eight years the Patriots have been punished for violating league rules. In 2007, the team was fined $500,000 and docked a first-round draft pick, and coach Bill Belichick was fined $250,000 for videotaping opposing coaches as a way to decipher their play signals.In his 243-page report released by the league last week, Wells found that the team broke the rules again, this time by deflating the game footballs after they had been checked by officials.Although the report did not conclusively link Brady to the illegal activity, text messages between the equipment staffers indicated that the quarterback “was at least generally aware” of it. Investigators said Brady’s explanation for the messages was implausible.“It is unlikely that an equipment assistant and a locker room attendant would deflate game balls without Brady’s knowledge and approval,” the report said.The NFL allows each team to provide the footballs used by its offense — a procedure Brady played a role in creating — but it requires them to be inflated in that range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch. Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch, and Brady has expressed a preference for the lower end of the range.The league owners will discuss the pregame handling of footballs next week at their meetings in San Francisco.Vincent told the Patriots that it did not matter whether the flatter footballs affected the outcome of the 45-7 win over the Colts. He said it was likely that was not the first time the footballs had been improperly inflated, citing evidence referring to games before the start of the 2014 season.“It is impossible to determine whether this activity had an effect on the outcome of games or what that effect was,” Vincent said.The Patriots went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl 28-24 — their fourth NFL title since the 2001 season. In his only public comments since the release of the Wells Report, Brady said that the scandal hasn’t taken away from the team’s accomplishments.“Absolutely not,” he said at a previously planned appearance in Salem, Massachusetts, Thursday night. “We earned everything we got and achieved as a team, and I am proud of that and so are our fans.”Fans chanted “Brady” and “MVP,” then gave him a standing ovation as he entered the arena in the town made famous by the colonial witch trials.Since the airing of the scandal in the hours after the Colts game, New England fans have been unwavering in their support for the team, blaming the investigation on grudges by opponents jealous of the team’s success.But the odds for the Patriots winning another championship dropped from 7-1 to 10-1, according to the Glantz-Culver line.In Oakland to play the Athletics, Red Sox Manager John Farrell said he thought the punishment for his football counterparts was severe. Fortunately, he said, it wasn’t something he has to worry about.“Baseballs are solid,” he said.___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this story from OaklandTweetPinShare0 Shares
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith’s hopes for a breakout season with the New York Jets took a major blow — to the jaw.The quarterback will be sidelined at least 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw after being punched by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room the morning of Aug. 11. Smith, entering his third season, required surgery to repair the injuries.Coach Todd Bowles made the stunning announcement in an impromptu news conference before training camp practice was scheduled to start.Enemkpali, an outside linebacker in his second season, was immediately released by the Jets. Bowles said Smith and Enemkpali got into an “altercation” in the Jets’ locker room.“It had nothing to do with football,” Bowles said. “It was something very childish, and he got cold-cocked, sucker-punched — whatever you want to call it — in the jaw.”Bowles wouldn’t go into detail about the nature of the altercation, except to say: “It was something very childish, that sixth-graders could have talked about. It had no reason for happening.”Smith, who was having a good training camp, will be sidelined for the rest of the summer and likely for the first few games of the season. The season opener at home against Cleveland on Sept. 13 is five weeks away.“Depending on how surgery goes, we’ll see where we go from there,” Bowles said.Smith took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself sitting in a car — mouth closed and looking stern — and a simple message: “ILL BE BACK.”Bowles said the Jets could add another quarterback, but it appears veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will assume the starting job.Bryce Petty, a fourth-round pick this year out of Baylor, and undrafted free agent Jake Heaps out of Miami are the Jets’ other remaining quarterbacks.It was a jaw-dropping announcement by Bowles, who earlier in camp had to deal with the news that star defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and then was arrested after a high-speed road race in Missouri 12 days later.Richardson could face additional discipline by the league for violation of the personal conduct policy once the legal process plays out.Bowles, in his first season as coach, spoke for about 2 minutes before heading to a meeting and then practice, but was clearly angered by the situation.“The team knows this is something we don’t tolerate, something we can’t stand,” Bowles said. “You don’t walk up to another man and punch him in the face.”While the players were not immediately available because they had practice, wide receiver Brandon Marshall sent out a simple “cryface” emoji on his Twitter page.Marshall and Smith have been developing solid chemistry this offseason, with the two spending time together on and off the field.It was unclear as to whether there had been previous bad blood brewing between Smith and Enemkpali.“If you have a team and you have a bunch of side issues, you can’t tolerate that,” Bowles said. “This is something that happened in the locker room and we’re dealing with it internally and that’s where we are right now.”Smith has had a rough two-plus seasons in the NFL, starting with his slip to the second round of the 2013 draft.He got the starting job as a rookie after Mark Sanchez was sidelined for the year after hurting his shoulder in a preseason game, and mostly struggled.Last year, he had a few flashes of solid play, but again had issues with turnovers and consistency and was benched a few times in favor of Michael Vick.Smith has 34 interceptions and 41 total turnovers in his first two seasons, but new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was impressed with his progress this summer.Smith threw the first two interceptions of camp on Aug. 10, an impressive stretch that had the quarterback and coaches thinking positively about his prospects for the upcoming season.“He took time that month when we were away (before training camp),” Gailey said of Smith shortly before the news broke. “He looked at it and studied it and talked about it and thought about it. When he came back, he really had a grasp of it.”Enemkpali had three sacks in six games last season after being taken in the sixth round out of Louisiana Tech.To replace Enemkpali on the roster, the Jets signed cornerback Javier Arenas, who has played five NFL seasons with Kansas City, Arizona and Atlanta.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Interfacing with modern sensors: Interface designNext Teledyne LeCroy’s MDA 8000HD MDA increases channel counts, memory, bandwidth Microchip Technology introduced the industry’s first pre-provisioned solution that provides secure key storage for low-, mid- and high-volume device deployments using the ATECC608A secure element. Microchip’s Trust Platform for its CryptoAuthentication family enables companies of all sizes to easily implement secure authentication.Microchip’s Trust Platform consists of a three-tier offering, providing out-of-the-box pre-provisioned, pre-configured or fully customizable secure elements, allowing developers to choose the platform best suited for their individual design. As the first solution to provide ready-to-go secure authentication for the mass market, the first tier – Trust&GO – provides zero-touch pre-provisioned secure elements with a Minimum Orderable Quantity (MOQ) as low as 10 units. Device credentials are pre-programmed, shipped and locked inside the ATECC608A for automated cloud or LoRaWAN authentication onboarding. In parallel, corresponding certificates and public keys are delivered in a “manifest” file, which is downloadable via Microchip’s purchasing e-commerce store and select distribution partners.In addition to saving up to several months of development time, the solution significantly simplifies provisioning logistics, making it easy for mass market customers to secure and manage edge devices without the overhead cost of third-party provisioning services or certificate authorities. With the ability to authenticate to any public or private cloud infrastructure, Microchip’s Trust Platform is also flexible and customizable. For customers who want more customization, the program includes the TrustFLEX and TrustCUSTOM platforms.The second tier in the program, TrustFLEX, offers the flexibility to use the customer’s certificate authority of choice while still benefiting from pre-configured use cases. These use cases include baseline security measures such as Transport Layer Security (TLS) hardened authentication for connecting to any IP-based network using any certificate chain, LoRaWAN authentication, secure boot, Over-the-Air updates, IP protection, user data protection and key rotation. This reduces the time and complexity involved in customizing the device without requiring customized part numbers. For customers who would like to entirely customize their designs, the third tier in the program – TrustCUSTOM – provides customer-specific configuration capabilities and custom credential provisioning.Microchip worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable a straightforward and simplified onboarding process into AWS IoT services for products designed with all variants of the Microchip Trust Platform. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Major General V D Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman Triathalon event, considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, in Austria, the army has claimed. The Ironman Triathlon comprises three consecutive events 3.8 km swim, 180km cycling and 42.2 km marathon — all completed in a day without a break. “He is the only serving army officer from the Indian Army to have done a full Ironman and the only General across the globe to have done so,” Army spokesperson Col. Aman Anand said. The competitors have to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of ‘Ironman’. Ironman Austria was held in the scenic town of Klagenfurt and over 3000 atheletes participated in the event. He completed the Full Ironman at Klagenfurt in 14 hours and 21 minutes. Maj Gen Dogra is currently DG Resettlement. PTI PM PMPM
Jaipur, Jul 4 (PTI) The Rajasthan High Court has allowed the state government to build a helipad at the tennis court of Sawai Man Singh Stadium here to facilitate the landing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit here on Saturday. A division bench headed by Justice K S Jhaveri gave the permission to the government on its plea for the same. Modi is scheduled to address a gathering on July 7 at ‘Amrudon Ka Bagh’ off Janpath here in Jaipur.The bench, however, cautioned the government to ensure no damage is caused top stadium while building the helipad. It also directed the government to restore the stadium if any damage is caused to it in building the helipad.The government had approached the court for permission to build the helipad because the court had earlier in September 2001 stopped all other activities other than sports in the stadium.After the court granted the permission, two choppers of Indian Air Force were seen landing at the stadium on trial run.PTI CORR ABS RAXRAX
\R London, Jul 13 (AFP) The inaugural Athletics World Cup will be staged in London this weekend with the IAAF and British organisers hoping the concept will find a permanent slot in the calendar, despite clashing with other major sports events. The competition comes from the stated drive of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe to attract new audiences with fresh ideas, utilising a format which provides non-stop action. There will be eight competing nations, with one entrant per team in every male and female track and field event up to the 1500 metres. Points tallied up at the close of two days at the London Stadium will determine which country lifts the platinum winners’ trophy. Great Britain, the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, China, Germany, France and Poland all qualified as the top eight in the medal standings at the 2017 IAAF world championships, also in London, and will share the $2 million (1.42m) prize fund. “Each event is going to be filled with high-level athletes and high-level competition,” USA shot putter Darrell Hill said. “It won’t be super-long and drawn out. So it will be short and quick and very elite. That’s probably the best format, so that it’s not over-flowing.” And yet some argue the clash of dates with Sunday’s football World Cup final in Moscow, and the concluding day nearby of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, has left the new competition toiling to gain traction out of the starting blocks. As has the absence of a number of leading performers, including the current top three in the men’s 100 metres world rankings, Americans Noah Lyles, Ronnie Baker and Michael Rodgers, and British favourites Dina Asher-Smith and Laura Muir, with Germany and China also fielding weakened teams.advertisement Additionally, a sponsorship row involving a number of shoe companies removed some potential competitors from the fray. Nevertheless, optimism remains. It is understood firm interest has already been expressed by possible hosts for the next scheduled edition in 2020 with a willingness from the IAAF to give the event an opportunity to grow. “We know it will take time to establish itself,” said UK Athletics major events director Cherry Alexander. “The response from other federations has been enthusiastic and they’ve really bought into it as a long-term fixture. “The athletes from the eight teams competing at Athletics World Cup have around 150 Olympic and world medals between them. “There are 28 Olympic and world champions, with 43 Olympic and world titles between them, so we know there is a huge appetite to compete from the top athletes.” Caster Semenya is primed to run three races in three days with the Olympic 800 metres champion appearing at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Rabat before undertaking a 800-1500m double for South Africa, who may be the favourites to triumph in London. Double Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson spearheads Jamaica’s challenge with hosts Great Britain and Northern Ireland captained by current long jump rankings leader Lorraine Ugen. It might not carry the status of the other World Cup reaching its finale this weekend, but with prestige and money on offer, the battle for international supremacy will be intense, USA captain Queen Harrison promised. “Team USA always rally as a team and have fun,” the 100m hurdler said. “But most importantly, (we) end up on top.” (AFP) ATKATK
Jos Buttler’s successful switch from white ball to Test cricket is a lesson for any cricketer in this trade anywhere in the world. In present day cricket when stroke players, willing to mesh their game with unconventional stroke play for success in T20’s are branded unsuitable for Test cricket, Buttler has managed to buck the trend.For an English batsman to be rewarded with a Test spot on the back of a successful IPL stint would have been blasphemous a few years ago. That too in an England Test team that already had a settled wicketkeeper batsmen in Jonny Bairstow.But Buttler had his Rajasthan Royals stint cut down for a Test comeback against Pakistan at home. He responded with half centuries in both the Tests he played and finished as the highest run scorer from either side in the series.Buttler’s success at decoding the different ball challenge has now convinced England selectors, he can do the same as a leader too — entrusting him with Test vice captainship against India.Buttler is looked at as one of England’s go-to man for the 2019 World Cup. But his Test career so far has only be stop-start.So what’s led to this transformation in the 27-year old? Interestingly, there is an Indian hand in Buttler’s metamorphosis. And by that we do not mean just the IPL.Buttler’s IPL numbers this season read 548 runs at a T20 average of 54. He credited two individuals who helped him realize his true potential; Royals’ mentor Shane Warne and a leading mental conditioning expert and success coach, India’s Anand Chulani.advertisementButtler has credited Chulani helping him discover sport’s zenith — ‘zone’ and the trick of sustaining it. The IPL is long over but the duo are still in touch.Speaking to India Today on the phone from Los Angeles, Chulani gives a low down of how the duo have made the journey together.”Jos has always had the talent , but he said that he put a lot of pressure on himself. When you come to the subcontinent for IPL, foreign players have price tag pressure and the need to perform at this stage, it [pressure] can happen. The whole thing was to get him outside of that internal pressure. The game itself has external pressure, why create internal pressure, that’s what I stressed on with him,” Chulani said.Buttler helped England recover from a hopeless 114/8 with his 110 not out and sealed a one-wicket win against Australia and that is a major case in point. “The external pressure came but you saw him deal with internal pressure and he could respond,” Chulani pointed out.Explaining the path to discovering a sportsmen’s ‘zone’, Chulani explained, “Cricketers can be self-doubters, achievers and champions. The self-doubters may have all the talent in the world but they have a lot of doubts – can I do it, will I do it? We all have a self-doubter in us but it’s about the ability to work through that. Second is the achiever who focuses on the targets and the runs. If they get the runs and wickets, they feel like champions but if the team loses, they feel terrible.”My work is about working on the path of a champion. About sustaining success, not just achieving it. It’s about winning the internal world as well as the external world. Most people are trying to win the external game to feel good about the internal game.”My work with Jos was about actually winning the game inside first. That will create what’s going to happen on the outside and put you in a state of flow. As Jos mentioned we worked on a process, a mental routine he can do to get into that zone. We have much more power over our zone than we think. You think it’s a feeling that comes, you don’t realize that you can actually completely control, influence that thought, feelings and zone. You can actually be in that zone even before you go on the field, before the first ball is bowled.”But if figuring out your zone alone won you battles, would everyone not be a Test cricketer? Isn’t it technique that will withstand you against the perfume ball?”Cricketers spend their whole lives improving the technique of their games. But what is the thing they spend the least amount of time on? Themselves!”We talk about technique but who is the person who uses that technique, it’s you. So it’s the same thing, figure out the guy who is doing it, than you can learn and acquire the skills and talent.advertisement”If you look at Jos, he may bat more aggressively in limited overs games than in Test cricket, but he is the same person, it’s the same flow, just different tracks,” Chulani explained.Bringing forth the principal of training the mind right, Chulani spells out how it may have helped Buttler. “We work on training the subconscious mind which is 10,000 times more powerful than any computer. We are addicted to our damn smartphones but I tell people I am smarter than my smartphone. And so basically I give a lot of techniques on training the subconscious. We have a choice — we can either let the subconscious run us or we can run it.”We all have unlimited potential, but what stops us from turning potential into performance is internal settings that block us. We just need to change the internal settings and re-set our subconscious mind to move us towards what we want.”What most athletes do when they are not in that zone, they go and practice and practice and hit 500 balls but that will not help you with the old mindset; you have to upgrade the technology within you. I have worked with players who even when injured got to experience the equivalent of hitting thousands of balls in the middle. So when they come back from injury, they are in form and you think, Oh my God, the guy hasn’t batted for six months.”If Buttler finds his zone against India and can add more teeth to England’s middle order alongside Bairstow and Stokes, the depth of India’s bowling resources in the five Test series could be tested.India may have won day 1 of a long Test series but Chulani opines England’s new vice-captain has developed an attitude that will not let him down.”He’s humble and eager to learn and deserves all the credit for he’s the one who scores the runs. Our job as coaches is just to set up players like him with a process to succeed.”Great athletes have the process but are open to refining their processes. They have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. And Jos definitely has a growth mindset which will serve him well.”
New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) IT firm HCL Technologies today said it has set up Internet of Things (IoT) COLLAB — innovation centres focussed on the new-age technology — in Seattle, Washington (the US), and Noida (India).Each IoT COLLAB serves as a collaborative incubation lab that lets Fortune 500 companies accelerate IoT initiatives by bringing together technology experts, partners, financial advisors, and other relevant IoT stakeholders, HCL Technologies said in a statement.Globally, IoT is estimated to be a USD 1 trillion market opportunity by 2021.”Our vision for IoT COLLAB is it to help businesses transform into true 21st century enterprises by co-creating their transformation blueprint and execute it with award winning IoT-led solutions and leveraging our expertise to bring the to reality,” Sukamal Banerjee, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of IoT WoRKS at HCL Technologies, said.***** Sony Pictures partners with Facebook to telecast LaLiga in India Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has partnered with Facebook to telecast the Spanish top division football league LaLiga on TV in India this season.With this deal, over 100 selected matches will be telecast on SPN’s sports channels, including the key clashes — El Clasico and Madrid Derby, a statement today said.”The partnership builds on SPN’s association with LaLiga for the past four seasons in India as the league’s official broadcaster…With broadcast still playing a key role in terms of viewership in India, the SPN and Facebook partnership will ensure extensive reach of LaLiga to fans across the country,” it added.All matches will be available for free on Facebook. The social media giant had won the media rights for LaLiga for the Indian subcontinent for three seasons starting from the 2018/19 season.advertisementThe 2018/19 season of LaLiga Santander will also be available on SPN’s digital platform, SonyLIV.***** University Living raises funding from IAN, LetsVentureUniversity Living, a Delhi-based global student housing marketplace, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by Indian Angel Network and LetsVenture.The pre-series A round saw participation from investors like Ishan Singh, Bikky Khosla, Nitin Singhal, Manipal Group and Sunil Kant Munjal, a statement said.University Living’s platform includes 5 lakh beds in over 4,500 verified properties across 110 international cities, including the UK, the US, Australia, Singapore, and UAE.”All our services are aimed towards helping students transition smoothly into life abroad by connecting the dots to create an impact on the overseas education ecosystem… The new funding has been raised in light of our global expansion plans,” University Living co-founder and CEO Saurabh Arora said.Only 20 per cent of students around the world are able to secure campus accommodation, while the rest are left to fend for themselves and that poses a problem specially for international students.Estimates show that global student accommodation is a USD 5 billion industry. In 2016, the US and the UK alone were home to 1,13,500 Indian students, the statement said. PTI SR SR BALBAL
Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani created a stir by leaving his chair, walking up to Australian Nick Kyrgios during his US Open match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert and giving him a pep talk.Up until Lahyani’s pep talk, Kyrgios was one set down and trailing 3-0 in the second set. Thereafter, the fortunes turned out and Kyrgios went on to win the match and set up a third round clash against world No.2 Roger Federer.Lahyani has been heavily slammed for his behaviour and the US Open organisers reprimanded the umpire for going “beyond protocol” during his exchange with Kyrgios. However, the Swedish umpire will continue to officiate.Lahyani is a well-experienced umpire on men’s ATP Tour and Grand Slam circuit and escaped any sanction after being allowed to continue officiating at Flushing Meadows because of his “exemplary track record as an international tennis official”, a United States Tennis Association spokesman said.The 52-year-old Lahyani, who until Thursday was perhaps best known for umpiring the 11-hour marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010, was roundly criticised by players, pundits and fans alike for taking the extraordinary decision to try and rouse Kyrgios when the Australian was trailing Herbert by a set and 3-0 in the match.The bizarre scene went viral on social media as Lahyani addressed the 30th seed for nearly a minute and at one point was heard saying, “I’m trying to help you.””Lahyani’s conduct during Thursday’s second-round match involving Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went beyond protocol,” the US Open said in a statement.advertisementWhile he will continue to umpire at this year’s final major, he has also been “advised to adhere to proper protocols in all matches that he officiates moving forward.”A defiant Kyrgios, who has been fined for tanking games in the past, denied that the umpire’s remarks were out of line or made any difference to his mindset.”He wasn’t coaching me at all… Of course he wasn’t coaching me. I got some salt from the physio because it was hot and I wasn’t feeling great,” a bemused Kyrgios, who took the salt tablets in the next changeover, told reporters.On Thursday, tournament referee Brian Earley also denied suggestions that Lahyani was trying to gee up Kyrgios.”(Lahyani) came out of the chair because of the noise level in the stadium during the changeover, to make sure he could communicate effectively with Kyrgios. (He) was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention,” Earley said.”Lahyani told Kyrgios that, if he was feeling ill, the tournament could provide medical help. He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, as the chair umpire, he would need to take action.”Herbert, however, said Lahyani had “over-passed his job or what he was supposed to do” and he was upset with Earley’s statement.”Nick from his side is not to blame as he did not ask for anything. But his behaviour and motivation on court changed from this moment and then dominated the match,” fumed Herbert.”I am even more upset against (Earley’s) statement that is clearly taking us for fools when we players are making mistakes on court we are sanctioned.”Kyrgios won the match 4-6 7-6(6) 6-3 6-0 to earn a third-round showdown with Roger Federer.The Swiss was among those who thought Lahyani had crossed the line.”It’s not the umpire’s role to go down from the chair,” said Federer, the winner of 20 majors.”I get what he was trying to do. But you don’t go and speak like that. He was there for too long. It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset.”(With Reuters inputs)
It was touted as a blockbuster match but ultimately turned out to be a one-sided affair as India comfortably beat Pakistan by 8 wickets to register their second successive win in the Asia Cup 2018 on Wednesday.Chasing a paltry 162 for victory, India rode on Rohit Sharma’s quickfire 52 and Shikhar Dhawan’s 54-ball 46 to chase down the total in the 29th over of the match.Rohit and Dhawan were involved in an 86-run partnership for the first wicket which beautifully set up the run chase for the defending champions.Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu took India over the line after the openers departed. Both batsmen remained unbeaten on 31 as Rayudu finished the match with a boundary. The duo added 60 runs for the third wicket off 75 balls to see off the match.Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf were the only two bowlers who were successful for Pakistan as they picked up a wicket each while the rest failed to contain the flow of runs.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | PhotosEarlier, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav took three wickets each as India bowled Pakistan out for 162 after being asked to field first at the Dubai International stadium.The lynchpins of a strong Indian bowling performance, Bhuvneshwar returned figures of 3/15 while Jadhav got 3/23.READ – Manish Pandey’s sensational catch wows cricket fansJadhav removed Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (6) around the halfway mark of the first innings before accounting for Asif Ali (9) and Shadab Khan (8) as Pakistan, who were relatively comfortably placed at 85/2 at one point, collapsed to 121/7.advertisement Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav triggered Pakistan’s slide with a brilliantly executed wrong un’ that outfoxed Pakistan’s best batsman Babar Azam (47) when he was looking good along with Shoaib Malik (43).READ – Hardik Pandya goes down with back injury, stretchered off the fieldThe pair had stitched together a 82-run stand for the third wicket after openers Imam Ul Haq (2) and Fakhar Zaman (0) departed early with fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15) sending them back.From then on, Pakistan could never recover as Mohammed Amir (18 not out) and Faheem Ashraf (21) joined hands for a 37-run partnership towards the end before Jasprit Bumrah (2/23) dismissed Ashraf and Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah got rid of Hasan Ali (1) and Usman Khan (0) respectively.India will next face Bangladesh on September 21 before meeting Pakistan again on September 23 in the Super 4 in Dubai.
The I-League kicks off on Friday with the All India Football Federation’s development side Indian Arrows and Chennai City FC face each other in the opening match at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.Despite the league’s uncertain future due to the impending restructuring of the country’s football structure, the new season of the country’s top league starts with a lot of promise following a fantastic previous season and a fair amount of buzz due to Real Kashmir’s debut in the top division.Eleven clubs from 10 states will vie for top honours in the league which will continue for over six months.Before the @ILeagueOfficial 2018-19 begins on 26th October, the season kicks off through a glittering opening ceremony at the capital city.#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/1IqRMYj9bwHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 24, 2018Srinagar-based Real Kashmir FC are making their debut in the I-League after winning the second division league earlier this year.There is quite a buzz in the Kashmir Valley in anticipation of the first I-League coming to Srinagar and also after the two-year-old club scooped a major sponsorship deal with global sportswear major Adidas.READ – I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC putting hope on the mapSince the launch of the cash-rich franchise-based Indian Super League in 2013, the I-League has been the poor cousin of the ISL, though the All Indian Football Federation would still describe it as the top league in the country.In terms of the spectators turning out during matches or the playing conditions and pitch, the I-League seemed to be inferior to the ISL though majority of its matches were also telecast live.advertisementBut surprisingly, the competitiveness among the teams and even the quality of football, according to experts, were almost similar in both the leagues last season.Indian Arrows’ boys are gearing up for the @ILeagueOfficial opener against @ChennaiCityFC tomorrow. #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/PKzaa21ndoHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 25, 2018In the previous season, the I-League went down the wire with four clubs — Minerva Punjab, Neroca, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal — in title contention going into the final match day. Minerva Punjab eventually lifted their maiden title with three points ahead of Neroca, who in turn, secured just one point more than third and fourth placers Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.Churchill Brothers, who finished ninth out of 10 teams last season, were to be relegated as AIFF’s developmental side Indian Arrows were immune to this rule, but the Goan side got a breather and were retained this season.”Now that the restructuring is going to happen, we thought there was no harm in retaining Churchill Brothers (for this upcoming season) as relegating them would see no representation from the whole of West India,” AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta said at the I-League launch ceremony.ARE YOU READY FOR OUR 1ST HOME MATCH OF HERO I LEAGUE??? pic.twitter.com/2cUp9y6mUSNeroca FC (@NerocaFC) October 23, 2018The AIFF has for some time been seized with this issue of restructuring of domestics football structure and from the hints dropped by the brass of the national federation, including its president Praful Patel, a final decision is on the cards.Current I-League sides and easily the two clubs with the most popular fan-base Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are set to join the ISL bandwagon next season.With the departure of the two biggest clubs in the country, the stature of the I-League will fall a notch down though the AIFF officials sought to play down this kind of eventuality.The name — I-League — itself may be change and is most likely to relegated to the second tier status.For the current season, however, it is hard to pick the favourites to dominate the league though as usual the Big Two of Kolkata have the star power of individual brilliance.Haitian International Sony Norde, who helped Mohun Bagan win their lone I-League title in 2014-15, is back to don the Green and Maroon colours.Welcome Back to Your Den@sony_norde_16 #joymohunbagan#missionileague pic.twitter.com/lDyvbHUkPuMohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) October 11, 2018Norde left Mohun Bagan after suffering a knee injury midway last season but now he has signed a new contract and is likely to be available from his side’s second match.With I-League’s best striker in the last two seasons, Cameroonian Aser Dipanda Dicka in their ranks also, Mohun Bagan’s lethal strike force should be a worry for other clubs.They won the Kolkata League this season at the expense of arch-rivals East Bengal.advertisementEast Bengal, meanwhile, has strengthened its defence by signing Costa Rican World Cupper Jhonny Acosta Zamora in search of their maiden I-League title. The 5-year-old Zamora played in all of the Costa Rica’s group matches in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Defending champions Minerva Punjab will continue their reliance on the young players from their academy and domestic players with some quality foreigners.Last year also, they did not have many big names in their ranks but went onto win the title.Here is an interesting fact!October 26, 1947: Maharaja Hari Singh agrees to the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. Instrument of accession’ was signed.October 26, 2018: I-League will have a team from Kashmir for the first time. @realkashmirfc Who else knew this? pic.twitter.com/UQM1joR7IXGokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) October 16, 2018″Just like last year, we will play as a team and try to defend the title,” Souvik Das said.Manipur side Neroca, which finished second in their first season last year, have signed a new coach Manuel Retamero Fraile and the Spaniard is set to herald a change in playing style from his predecessor Gift Raikhan’s direct football to possession and short passing system.”We want to win the I-League this time, or at least we cannot go down the second spot. The football-crazy people of Manipur will not accept a position lower than that from the last season. We have a new coach and with it a new playing style,” Lalit Thapa, captain of the Imphal-based side, said.The I-League this year will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network and their digital platform Hotstar along with Jio TV.The 12th edition will also be rewarding for the players with significant prize money at stake for the top teams. The champions will pocket Rs 1 crore while the runners-up, third place and fourth place teams will get Rs 60 lakh, Rs 40 lakh and Rs 25 lakh respectively.The 11 participating teams – Minerva Punjab FC (Punjab), Aizawl FC (Mizoram), NEROCA FC (Manipur), Shillong Lajong FC (Meghalaya), Mohun Bagan & Quess East Bengal (West Bengal), Gokulam Kerala FC (Kerala), Churchill Brothers (Goa), Indian Arrows, Chennai City FC (Tamil Nadu), Real Kashmir FC (Jammu & Kashmir)(With inputs from PTI)
Sao Paulo, Nov 12 (AP) Max Verstappen pushed Force India’s Esteban Ocon after the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday following a collision on the track when the Red Bull driver was leading the race.Verstappen was later ordered to perform two days of public service at the direction of motorsport governing body FIA within six months.Verstappen finished second in the race, which was won by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.The collision happened on lap 44 at Interlagos when backmarker Ocon was trying to overtake to unlap himself.Moments after crossing the line second, Verstappen said over the radio to his team: “I hope I can’t find him (Ocon) in the paddock now” and the Dutchman then added a couple of expletives.Verstappen cut off his post-race interview to confront Ocon.The Frenchman pushed Verstappen’s hand away, but Verstappen appeared to shove Ocon in the chest twice as the Force India driver seemed to beckon to his mechanics for help.As Ocon grinned and seemed to say something, Verstappen pushed him hard again in the chest and walked off, before turning around and pointing a finger.At a news conference later, Verstappen said he insulted Ocon to his face and said it was fair that the Frenchman received a stop-go penalty after the incident.Ocon did not apologise in an interview after the incident.”What really displeases me is his behavior afterward, coming to see me and then violently shoving me,” Ocon told Canal Plus television. “To behave like a lunatic clearly isn’t right and not sporting.”advertisement Red Bull team principal Christian Horner defended Verstappen’s actions, saying that “Ocon has to take responsibility. He’s cost him a Grand Prix victory today.” AP BSBS
Yes. If you missed the first sale, that happened at 12PM today, Xiaomi is giving you another chance to grab the phone at a special price of Rs 12,499. The phone went out-of-stock soon after it went on sale at 12PM today on Flipkart and Mi.com. The company has now announced that the next sale of the Redmi Note 6 Pro will happen at 3PM today. Similar to the 12PM sale, during the 3PM sale too, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for special price of Rs 12,499.Update 3: The second sale is also over and the next two sales are also today. They are at 6PM and 9PM, on Flipkart and Mi.com. During these two sales also, the smartphone will be available for Black Friday sale price, which is Rs 12,999.Update 2: Manu Jain has posted the tweet again and yes, the company has actually sold 6 lakh units in its first flash sale today. Considering the demand of the phone, we expect the same numbers in the second sale as well.Update 1: There is something interesting about the Redmi Note 6 Pro Sale today. Around 1PM, Xiaomi India chief Manu Jain shared on Twitter that 600000 units of the Redmi Note 6 Pro were sold in today’s flash sale. But within minutes the tweet was deleted, which was weird so either there was something odd about the number he shared. Or may be 6 lakh units of the Redmi Note 6 Pro are on sale today in two flash sales and Xiaomi expects all of them to be sold out after its second sale at 3pm.advertisementAs a part of the Black Friday sale, Xiaomi has announced to sell the Redmi Note 6 Pro for a lower price tag of Rs 12,999. This price is set for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage model. During the same Black Friday sale, the 6GB RAM model of the phone will be available for Rs 14,999. On top of the flat Rs 1,000 discount, Xiaomi has also partnered with HDFC Bank to offer buyers with Rs 500 additional instant discount. After all the discounts, the interested customers can get the Redmi Note 6 Pro 4GB RAM for Rs 12,499, while the 6GB RAM model for Rs 14,499.All the four colour variants of the Redmi Note 6 Pro including the Red, Blue, Black and Rose Gold will be available during the sale. As for the MRP of the phone, in India, the base model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage has been priced at Rs 13,999, while the top-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage comes for Rs 15,999. The storage of both the phones is expandable by a microSD card up to 256GB. So, if you’re interested to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, today is the best time to get it, and the phone will be available for the lowest ever price.To get the phone before it goes out-of-stock again, buyers should ensure to log in to Flipkart or Mi.com before 3 PM, when the sale is set to start. They should add all their personal details including their name, delivery address, card details and others to book the phone quickly.The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi to come with four camera setup. On the rear panel, the phone includes a dual camera system. It comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing. While on the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with a 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.ALSO READ: Redmi Note 6 Pro review: Phone with best camera performance under Rs 20,000This is also the first Note from Xiaomi to come with a notched display. The notch equips the two selfie cameras, sensors and earpiece. Not just that, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also the first phone from Xiaomi to come with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. As for the specs, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is also powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with Adreno 509 GPU paired with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Tom Latham produced another masterful innings of patience and concentration as New Zealand turned the screw on Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.The 26-year-old left-handed opener was dismissed for 176 in the final over before tea, having batted for more than 9-1/2 hours, faced 370 balls and guided his side to a second-innings lead in excess of 500.Captain Kane Williamson declared the second innings about an hour after the interval on 585 for four, leaving the visitors needing to score a world record 660 to win the match and two-Test series 1-0 after the first Test ended in a damp draw.The BLACKCAPS centurions lead the team off after the Old Firm’ Boult and Southee claimed a wicket each before the close of play24/2 | 636 runs to win | 8 wicketsFULL SCORECARD | https://t.co/YhNC8DPej2Tickets for day four | https://t.co/mnbSmtmpxO#NZvSL pic.twitter.com/RX4rsFy3O0BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 28, 2018The highest fourth innings total to win a Test was the 418-7 that West Indies achieved against Australia in Antigua in 2003.Sri Lanka’s victory target was made all the more difficult when opening batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne (0) and Danushka Gunathilaka (4) were dismissed in the first two overs.Captain Dinesh Chandimal, who was on 14, and Kusal Mendis (six) saw them through to 24-2 at stumps and needing to score another 636 runs to win the match and series or bat two further days to save both.The hosts’ strong position was Testament to Latham, who dominated their second innings, despite a fourth Test century from Henry Nicholls (162 not out) and New Zealand’s fastest Test half-century from 28 balls by Colin de Grandhomme (71 not out) as they chased quick runs after tea.advertisementLatham also scored a career-best 264 not out in New Zealand’s only innings in the first Test in Wellington, batting for more than 11-1/2 hours and facing 489 deliveries.He’s a very resilient guy and one of the most hardworking guys I knowHenry Nicholls has heaped the praise on fellow Cantab Tom Latham after their 214-run stand today.#NZvSL pic.twitter.com/Cdf5PPyzhnBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 28, 2018It has been a superb return to form for the 26-year-old, whose place in the side while probably not under serious threat, had begun to be questioned after a lean run of form.Since he notched 177 against Bangladesh in early 2017 he had scored a total of 488 runs in 19 innings at an average of 27.11.In his three innings in the current series, he has scored 450 runs at an average of 225 and anchored several fruitful partnerships in New Zealand’s massive totals of 578 in the first game and 585-4 in Christchurch.He brought up his eighth Test century, and first on his home ground, when he cut Suranga Lakmal to the fence for his ninth boundary, but fell just short of a second double-ton, feathering a catch down the leg side to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.Latham was ably supported by Nicholls, who surpassed his previous highest Test score of 145 not out shortly before the declaration.