Dubai: Australia’s Sam Fanning has been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel and has received two demerit points, for an incident during the ICC U19 World Cup Super League quarter-final match against India as per an ICC release.The Australia batsman was found to have violated Article 2.12 of the code, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with another player during an international match”.Fanning on the first ball of the 31st over stuck his elbow out which made contact with the bowler while running which is deemed as inappropriate contact with another player.After the match, Fanning admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by ICC U19 World Cup match referee Graeme Labrooy as such, there was no need for a formal hearing. IANSAlso Read: Women expected to be jealous in Hollywood: Elle FanningAlso Watch: CRISIL Foundation’s Gram Shakti certification to drive financial literacy and Inclusion
By Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – For a franchise used to spending the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) wondering what went wrong, the Delhi Capitals have surprised themselves by making the playoff with two matches to spare in a remarkable turnaround.If their long-suffering fans found it difficult to be upbeat about the team at the start of this season, they could hardly be faulted.The underperforming side underwent a major rebranding late last year — becoming the Delhi Capitals with a new jersey, a new logo and a new anthem — after JSW Sport, part of a $13 billion (10 billion pounds) business conglomerate, acquired a 50 percent stake.They appointed Australian Ricky Ponting as the head coach, but still ended the season bottom of the standings, their fourth such finish in 11 seasons. To their fans, who had not seen the side make the playoffs since 2012, all of the changes looked cosmetic as they prepared for another season of underperformance.Ponting, however, knew they just needed to be patient. “Success doesn’t happen overnight,” Ponting said in a team video. “Even last year, we felt we were very close to playing great cricket … but all the big moments popped up.”“This year we’re winning those moments.”That’s largely because of the balance in the side.Delhi retained wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, skipper Sheras Iyer, who was elevated into the role during the middle of last season, and South African speedster Kagiso Rabada while adding opener Shikhar Dhawan — smart investments that paid off. The team effort this year contrasts with the sporadic individual brilliance of last season.“These did not add up to anything,” Ponting said. “We had outstanding individual performances but not much in the middle.“This year (opener) Prithvi (Shaw) played well when we needed him to, Shikhar played well on a number of occasions, Rishabh won two games of his own and Rabada is the leading wicket-taker by a long way.”Delhi have IPL’s youngest skipper in Iyer, who was just 23 when he was appointed, but his relatively youthful side have been guided by Ponting and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who came on board as an advisor earlier this year. Ganguly’s presence has been particularly helpful to fellow left-handers like Pant and Dhawan and the improved performances have brought the fans back to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.“It helps when you win,” Ganguly said. “It helps when you play well, that’s what brings people back. If you can do that, this would be a big brand.” Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director of the JSW Group, which also owns teams in India’s franchise-based soccer and kabaddi leagues, agreed.“The world wants to be with the winners, nobody likes the loser, right?” he said.“After seven years, coming into playoff, it’s a big deal for Delhi Capitals. I’m sure they will go a long way. And I won’t be surprised if they win this championship.”
Ireland will head into next week’s clash with Georgia with a spring in their step following last night’s 29-15 win over the Springboks at the Aviva.Joe Schmidt’s side showed great defensive work, tactical awareness and spirit, as they proved too much for the second-ranked side in the world to handle.Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe got the Ireland tries, with man-of-the-match Jonathan Sexton kicking two conversions and four penalties.
Asante Kotoko assistant coach Henry Wellington has revealed he is unperturbed with the side’s slow start to the season.Wellington, who is acting in the absence of Mas-ud Didi Dramani – away on national team duty – saw the Porcupine Warriors labour to a 0-0 draw on the opening day of their title defence against newly promoted Amidaus Professionals on Sunday.Speaking after the draw at home to Amidaus, Wellington stated he is not overly troubled by Kotoko’s results and admits they were unlucky to claim all the spoils.“It was a good game and I am sure we will defend the league,” said Wellington.“We played very well but it was just hard luck.”Kotoko play AshantiGold next in the league at the Len Clay Stadium.