David Warner 156 powers Australia’s clean sweep over New Zealand

first_imgAustralia opener David Warner scored 156 on Friday to lead Australia to a 117-run win over New Zealand and a three-match sweep of the one-day international series against New Zealand. (Scorecard)Warner helped pace the hosts to 264/8 batting first after captain Steve Smith, who made an outstanding catch to end the match, won the toss and elected to bat. (Clarke calls on Australia’s young guns to keep making most of opportunities)Australia posted 324 and 378 in the first two games, but set New Zealand a relatively modest score to win Friday’s game. But New Zealand could only manage 147 in reply before being bowled out in the 37th over.Martin Guptill top-scored for New Zealand while Mitchell Starc took 3-34 for the winners.”Credit to the bowlers, they came out and executed the plan after we put up the runs,” Warner said after being named man-of-the-match.Warner hit his second straight century after a 119 in Australia’s 116-run victory Tuesday in Canberra. He helped Australia out of early trouble at 73-4, and was run out on the final ball of the innings after facing 128 balls.In 23 ODI innings this year, Warner has scored 1,388 runs at an average of 63.09, with seven centuries.Warner was dropped on 18, when Henry Nicholls could only get his fingertips on the ball after lunging for a diving catch at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson.Opener Aaron Finch fell for three, and New Zealand’s leg-side trap claimed Smith without scoring.last_img read more

Russia’s Putin among leaders to attend World Cup final

first_img\R Moscow, July 14 (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin will be joined by several world leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Croatian Prime Minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar, where sport’s largest event will next be held in 2022. Non-political guests will include 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Beset by delays in finishing stadiums and infrastructure in the build up to the tournament — and amid fears of the type of racism or hooliganism that has plagued the Russian game in recent decades — the World Cup is roundly being viewed as a huge success for Russia. FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose organisation has been dogged by allegations of corruption and impropriety, said Friday that Russia 2018 had been the “best World Cup ever”, adding that the whole world “fell in love with Russia” for hosting the tournament. (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more