Zimbabwe clinch historic series win over Sri Lanka

first_imgZimbabwe clinched its first One-Day International series win against Sri Lanka after beating the hosts by three wickets in the decider to secure a 3-2 victory on Monday.Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer won the toss and sent Sri Lanka into bat, with his bowlers restricting the hosts to 203/8 in 50 overs. Opener Hamilton Masakadza then scored 73 runs to help the tourists reach 204 in the 39th over with three wickets in hand, despite a middle-order batting collapse.It was Zimbabwe’s first ODI series victory over Sri Lanka in six attempts.Offspinner Sikandar Raza played a key role in Monday’s victory, finishing with 3/21 — his best bowling figures in one-day internationals, before scoring 27 runs at the end to earn a victory that had begun to look in doubt.Seamer Tendai Chatara struck the first blow, having in-form batsman Niroshan Dickwella caught by wicketkeeper Peter Moor with the total on 3 in the second over. Dickwella had scored successive centuries in the previous two games.Raza had Kusal Mendis caught by Cremer and then bowled Upul Tharanga to leave Sri Lanka tottering on 31/3.Opener Danushka Gunathilaka and skipper Angelo Mathews combined for a 47-run partnership but Mathews fell for 24, caught by Masakadza off Cremer.Gunathilaka brought up his seventh one-day half-century and was dismissed for 52.A flurry of wickets saw Sri Lanka eight down for 153, before ninth-wicket pair Asela Gunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera added 50 runs to give the hosts a more respectable total. Gunaratne was their top scorer with 59 runs not out.In reply, Masakadza and fellow opener Solomon Mire dominated Sri Lanka’s attack with a 92-run partnership which ended when Mire (43) was bowled by Gunaratne.advertisementMasakadza scored his runs in 86 deliveries, including nine fours and a six. He was dismissed when Zimbabwe’s total was on 137, triggering a collapse in which Zimbabwe lost five more wickets for 38 runs to reach 175/7.However, Raza came to the rescue with a run-a-ball 27 to see his side through to a historic win.last_img read more


first_imgNebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would lift Nebraska’s ban on public school teachers wearing religious garb such as habits, hijabs and yarmulkes in the classroom.Senators voted 41-1 Thursday to send the bill to a final vote.Speaker Jim Scheer says he introduced the measure so public schools don’t punish teachers for what they wear.He learned about the issue after a nun was rejected for a substitute teaching job in Norfolk.It would repeal a ban enacted in 1919 under pressure from the Ku Klux Klan.Thirty-six other states had similar bans, and all but Nebraska and Pennsylvania have repealed them.Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha was the sole no vote on the bill.He says all displays of religion are inappropriate in public school classrooms.last_img

Wilshere no closer to new Arsenal contract

first_imgJack Wilshere Wilshere no closer to signing new Arsenal contract Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 21:32 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Wilshere Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger West Ham United West Ham United v Arsenal Premier League After making his first Premier League start of the season, the midfielder says he is no clearer about his future at the Gunners Jack Wilshere is no closer to signing a new Arsenal contract despite making his first Premier League start of the season on Wednesday.Wilshere – who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth – played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw at West Ham, having been named in the Gunners’ starting XI for a league game for the first time in 577 days.West Ham manager David Moyes has confirmed his interest in signing Wilshere, who has also been linked with European clubs Real Betis and Sampdoria. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The England midfielder is one of three high-profile Arsenal players with a contract that expires at the end of the season, along with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.But Wilshere, who has been clear about his desire to extend his career-long stay at Arsenal, does not have any renewal talks planned with manager Arsene Wenger.”No, there’s no update on the contract – we’re in the same position as we were two weeks ago. There’s not really a date in the diary,” Wilshere said.”I’ve only read what he’s [Wenger] said in the media. I’ve just played my first game in the Premier League, I’m concentrating on staying fit and staying in this team.”That will look after itself. When it’s the right time to talk about it, I’m sure the boss will call me and we’ll have a chat.”There’s another game on Saturday, we’ll see what the boss does, and at the moment that’s all I’m focused on. This time of the year is probably the most important time of the season.”Jack Wilshere ArsenalWenger singled Wilshere out for praise after a bright performance at London Stadium, but the 25-year-old felt he could have scored a decisive goal for his side, who sit seventh in the Premier League. “I should have hit the target, there’s no denying that and on another day I probably would have if it was on my left,” Wilshere told Arsenal Player. “But it happened really quickly and it fell to my right and I swung at it and unfortunately didn’t catch it right.”But I felt good out there, I have been waiting for that chance for a while. I have played a few games in the Europa League and the EFL Cup and I’ve been desperate to play. I was happy to get the start and I thought I did alright.”The Premier League is a bit different, a bit quicker than the Europa League or EFL Cup so it took some getting used to but I felt good, I felt free, I felt my touch was good and I linked up with the players well but there’s obviously more to come.”last_img read more