Friday, October 22, 2021

March 7, 2021  ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — A cavalier West Indies paid a heavy price for their indiscreet stroke-play as Sri Lanka’s spinners weaved a web around them to earn their side a series-leveling 43-run victory in the second Twenty20 International. Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-10) and leg-spinner Hasaranga de Silva (3-17) snatched three wickets apiece on March 5th, laying waste to the Caribbean side’s pursuit of 161 at Coolidge Cricket Ground.

Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera chipped in with two for 26 as West Indies collapsed from 45 for one at the start of the seventh over to a hugely disappointing 117 all out in the penultimate over.

Number 10 Obed McCoy top-scored with a merry 23 from just seven balls with the game already gone while Lendl Simmons was the only specialist batsman to pass 20 with 21 off 19 deliveries.

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka had earlier top-scored with a bold 56 off 42 deliveries, posting an entertaining 95 for the first wicket with Pathum Nissanka who struck 37 from 23 balls in only his second international, to fire the visitors up to 160 for six from their 20 overs.

Veteran medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo was the standout bowler with two for 25 from his four overs and it was he who broke the opening stand which led to the decline in Sri Lanka’s innings.

While the defeat came on the heels of a similarly suspect batting display in Wednesday’s opener which West Indies won by four wickets, Captain Kieron Pollard was quick to downplay the issue as a major worry.

“We can say all sorts. At the end of the day, we didn’t get the total,” Pollard said afterwards.

“I just thought that a couple of dismissals were a bit soft and [we were] just not playing our match-ups. It’s a matter of just figuring it out mentally and coming and trying to put it right.”

Needing to score at a shade over eight runs an over, West Indies started slowly with eight runs from the first two overs before Evin Lewis (6) missed a swipe at the sixth ball he faced and had his stumps shattered by leg-spinner Akila Dananjaya in the third over.

Simmons, who struck two fours and a six, put on 36 for the second wicket with veteran Chris Gayle who hit a run-a-ball 16 with two fours and a six.

In the first of two expensive overs from seamer Thisara Perera, Simmons and Gayle combined to smash 20 runs, giving their side the advantage at the end of the first power play.

However, Hasaranga changed the complexion of the run chase when he removed Gayle and Simmons in the next over and his first of the innings, as West Indies slumped to 48 for three in the seventh.

Gayle holed out to deep midwicket off the first ball while Simmons played down the wrong line to a googly and was plumb lbw.

All-rounder Jason Holder (9) followed in the ninth, picking out long off with off-spinner Gunathilaka one ball after he had cleared the ropes in the same area.

And when Chameera got Dwayne Bravo (2) to parry a short ball to captain Angelo Mathews at midwicket and then bowled Nicholas Pooran (8) when the left-hander missed an ungainly swipe in the same over, the home side had lost three wickets for six runs in 15 balls to be tottering on 66 for sixth in the 11th over.

Pollard (13) and Fabian (12) added 23 for the seventh in a last-ditch effort before Hasaranga trapped Allen lbw in the 16th and Sandakan got Pollard to hole out to deep extra cover in the next over.

Gunathilaka had given the innings a rousing start after Sri Lanka opted to bat, punching four fours and two sixes while Nissanka counted four fours and one six before becoming the first casualty of the innings, run out by Bravo’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end going for a quick single in the 11th over.

With one run added in the same over, Gunathilaka also perished softly, guiding an innocuous delivery from Bravo into Kevin Sinclair’s lap at the cover.

Thereafter, Sri Lanka lost wickets steadily as the innings fell away and it was left to Ashen Bandara with 21 off 19 deliveries to add runs at the end.

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Entertainment

September 7, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most popular character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.

September 8, 2021 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court. “As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

September 8, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With Katie Holmes and Lil’ Kim on his front row and singer Marina on the mic high above his runway, Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week’s first big pandemic round of in-person shows Tuesday with a flurry of neon and lace-inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life. From ornate Gotham Hall, beneath a stained-glass skylight 70 feet up, Siriano’s commitment to size inclusivity was never stronger as he opened and closed the show with plus-size breakout model Precious Lee. She first walked in a stunning yellow trouser suit with wide loose pants and an asymmetrical jacket, a matching crossover bralette underneath.

September 7, 2021  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself. At 75 years old, the writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and director of “American Gigolo” and “Mishima” was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his 2018 film “First Reformed,” for which he got his first Oscar nomination. He didn’t want to. He just knew it might be the reality. “I thought I would go back to this character again for about the fifth time,” Schrader said in a recent interview. By “this character” he means “the man in the room.” It’s Travis Bickle. It’s John LeTour. It’s Julian Kay. And it’s a formula he’s been working with for 45 years.

Business News

September 8, 2021  -Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where weak jobs data and pandemic concerns weighed on sentiment. Shares rose in Tokyo after economic growth for the April-June quarter was revised upward to an annualized 1.9% from an earlier estimate of 1.3%. “Any feel-good factor was ignored, though, given the climb was less than half of the 4.20% fall in Q1,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. “Japan will be lucky to break even this year as the current Covid-19 wave will almost certainly have weighed on domestic consumption,” he said.

September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

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