Hardik Pandya Sparks England Collapse As India Take Control On Day 2

After tea, opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (44) and KL Rahul (36) looked to build on India’s advantage by making another cautious start. Rahul, in particular, was aggressive as he hit seven fours and scored at 100-plus strike rate during his 33-ball stay. 

Dhawan, on the other end, was a bit more watchful as the duo brought up the 50 in the ninth over. But Ben Stokes (1/30) broke the partnership by cleaning up Rahul in the 12th over.    

New man in, Pujara was cautious after his recent failures and put on 51 runs with Dhawan for the second wicket before Adil Rashid (1/23) foxed the left-hander with a google, only to be stumped by Jonny Bairstow. 

Earlier, Pandya picked up career-best figures as England lost 10 wickets in the post lunch session to be bowled out in 38.2 overs at Trent Bridge. Ishant Sharma (2/22) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/37) also picked up two wickets apiece.    

But Pandya’s lethal five-over opening spell made the difference as he sent the English line-up reeling in a space of 28 balls.    

Coming on to bat after lunch, the hosts crossed 50 in the 10th over, after which the downfall began. Sharma was handed the ball as play restarted and he had both the openers — Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) — in all sorts of trouble.    

He dismissed Cook for the 10th time in Test cricket, caught behind in the 12th over after the left-hander was dropped by Pujara at first slip two balls earlier. On the very first ball of the next over, Bumrah removed Jennings caught behind as well.    

Olliver Pope (10) and Joe Root (16) added 21 runs for the third wicket, but Sharma’s fuller lengths caused all sort of troubles for both the batsman. He had Pope caught behind as well with Rishabh Pant latching on to his third catch of the day. 

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (0/3) went off the field for a short time owing to a stiff hip, but he recovered enough to return to the field.    

Pandya made sure that the off-spinner wasn’t required at all in the first innings. First, he had Root caught at second slip with Rahul getting his fingers under the ball in time for the TV umpire to rule in his favour.    

Then an over later, Pandya and Rahul combined again to send Bairstow (15) back. England were reeling at 108 for 5 in the 30th over as Stokes’ struggle ended with Rahul this time claiming a catch off Mohammed Shami (1/56).    

Pandya wasn’t done just yet. His next three wickets came in the space of three balls across the 31st and 33rd over, during which he was on a hattrick as well.    

Pandya accounted for both Chris Woakes (8) and Rashid (5) as Pant collected his fifth catch in only his first Test outing. 

Pandya was on a hattrick after he trapped Stuart Broad (0) with the first ball of the next over, but James Anderson (1 not out) fended it off.    

Pandya’s 28-ball effort was the second-quickest five-wicket haul for India in Test cricket after Harbhajan Singh took a fiver off 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.    

Jos Buttler (39) threw his bat around and hit three fours and two sixes as England barely managed to save the follow on. He added 33 runs for the last wicket with Anderson before holing out off Bumrah in the deep.    

Earlier, India’s tail failed to wag as England dismissed the visitors for 329 in their first innings before reaching 46 for no loss at lunch. 

Resuming at overnight score of 307 for six, the remaining four Indian batsmen could add just 22 runs in 7.5 overs as England bowled out the visitors in 94.5 overs. 

Kohli top-scored for India in the first innings with 97, while Ajinkya Rahane made 81

For England, James Anderson (3/64), Stuart Broad (3/72) and Chris Woakes (3/75) picked up three wickets apiece. England lead the five-match series 2-0.

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State Funeral For Victims Of Genoa Bridge Collapse, Italy Mourns

Government has declared Saturday a national day of mourning and a state of emergency for Genoa (Reuters)


Italy mourned the victims of the collapse of a motorway bridge in the northern city of Genoa with a state funeral on Saturday, as rescue workers kept searching for the last few unaccounted people buried in the rubble.

On Tuesday a 200-metre section of the Morandi bridge in Genoa gave way in busy lunchtime traffic, killing at least 38 people.

The mass for 19 of the victims was held at the Exhibition and Trade Centre of the northern port city and led by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco.


Archbishop of Genoa, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, blesses coffins in the funeral of the victims (Reuters)

But some of the victims families boycotted the event and held their own private services, as a protest against the state, seen as negligent in its role of overseeing safety on the privately run bridge.

A car was found on Saturday morning by rescue workers under slabs of concrete. The fire brigade and the Genoa prefecture said it was “compatible” with one believed to carry a family of three. But the official death toll has not yet been revised.

The government has declared Saturday a national day of mourning and declared a state of emergency for Genoa, one of Italy’s largest ports.

Members of the fire brigade, rescue teams and the police force were welcomed with applause as they entered the exhibition centre, where the caskets, including a small white one for a child, were lined up in front of a temporary altar.

“These things should not happen but unfortunately they still do. Now they’re looking for someone to blame but dead people cannot come back,” said Giuseppe Rondinelli, a friend of one of the victims, who was among the mourners.

Players of the city’s two soccer teams, Genoa and Sampdoria, sat among the crowd, having refused to play matches this weekend in sign of respect. Relatives of the dead stood beside the coffins, adorned with white and yellow roses, some with their hands on the caskets.

Albanian flags were draped over two caskets and the Chilean flag on two others. Another was covered with soccer memorabilia.

“The collapse of the bridge was a gash in the heart of Genoa, it’s a deep wound,” the archbishop said in his homily.

Italy’s head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attended the ceremony as well as Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli.

A Genoa court will try to establish the exactly why the 51 year-old bridge collapsed, but experts said problems with concrete-encased cable stays were a possible cause.


The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian city of Genoa (Reuters)

The disaster has dragged toll-road operator Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI), controlled by infrastructure group Atlantia, into a political storm. The firm manages the section of the A10 motorway linking Genoa to the French border.

“Now it is the time of grief.. but we must think about the conditions of the roads of our region and the security of our infrastructure because these victims cannot be followed by other victims,” Ilaria Caprioglio, the mayor of the town of Savona, said ahead of the ceremony.


Italy’s populist ruling coalition on Friday launched a formal procedure aimed at revoking concessions held by Autostrade to operate toll highways.

“Evidently someone did not do their job well in terms of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance. The concessionaire has faults that appear very grave,” Toninelli said in an interview with La Stampa, adding that it was up to investigators to establish who was responsible.

The Transport Ministry has given Autostrade 15 days to show it has met all its contractual obligations, failing which Rome could consider it in breach of the terms of its concessions.

Toninelli said he would deploy all necessary resources to avoid further disasters and said he was preparing contingencies in case the concessions were revoked.

Autostrade, which operates 3,000 km of motorways in Italy, said on Saturday it would hold a news conference in Genoa after the funerals, the company’s first public appearance since the disaster.

The group’s chairman and chief executive officer would outline initiatives to support victims’ families and those evacuated from their homes, as well as efforts to help traffic flow in the city, Autostrade added in a statement.

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On Video, Dramatic House Collapse After Rain In Karnataka’s Kodagu


Heavy rain in six districts in Karnataka has led to floods and landslides in the southern state. The state government has announced a Rs 200 crore relief fund for the affected districts. One of the worst-hit is Kodagu, a district in south-western Karnataka known for its coffee plantations and small waterfalls that draw a lot of tourists.

Residents of Kodagu, 260 km from Bengaluru, have been posting updates on the rain situation on social media. All roads leading to Kodagu are blocked due to multiple landslides, PRS Chetan, member of the civil defence quick reaction team, told news agency ANI. The main Kodagu-Kushalnagar is inaccessible due to landslides, he added.

One of the videos shot by a Kodagu resident shows a house slipping toward a deep fall in the back of the building.

The two-storey house is fairly big and stands on higher ground; half of the building juts out to a steep cliff-like face of muddy soil, made more slippery by rainwater.


The road leading to Kodagu region is blocked due to multiple landslides

The building begins to slide toward the rear and within seconds the entire structure falls on the muddy ground below. A few people who were standing in front of the building run for safety to the side.

Twenty-nine relief camps have been set up and over 1,700 people have taken shelter, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s office said in a statement. Two people have died due to heavy rain in Kodagu and one each in Udupi and Shivamoga.

The gates of 35 of 39 dams in Karnataka, including the ones on the Cauvery river, have been opened. People have been asked to move to safer areas as the water released from the dams could affect them.

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Virat Kohli Slams Batting Collapse, Admits India Were Outplayed By England

England beat India by an innings and 159 runs on Day 4 of the Lord’s Test to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Post a disappointing loss, skipper Virat Kohli blamed the batting collapse in both the innings for the humiliating loss in the second Test. The 29-year-old asserted that the team failed as a batting unit as they were not able to counter the conditions. Virat also praised the England side for their relentlessness throughout the game.

“Not very proud of the way we played, to be honest. First time in last five Test matches we’ve been outplayed. Credit to England. They were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. Can’t really think about those things (conditions not in favour). You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Can’t crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. Won’t sit around and say that we didn’t have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball,” Virat said in the post-match presentation.

Playing two spinners in the overcast conditions was one of the tactical errors that went against the team. Both the spinners went wicket-less as India failed to dismiss England in the first innings. The Indian skipper accepted the fact that the playing XI for the match was not a wise combination keeping the conditions in mind.

“I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. A chance to correct that next game. Five days to go should be okay,” Virat added.  

The Indian skipper, during day three and four of the match, went off the field for some time with a  lower back issue. Kohli also shed light on his injury and expected to be fit ahead of the third Test.

“Lower back issue coming up again and again, purely because of the workload. Confident I’ll be fine in five days time,” the Indian skipper said.

The third Test between India and England will be played at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham from August 18.

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Ajinkya Rahane Hopeful Of India Win Despite Batting Collapse At Lord’s

India were bundled out for a paltry 107 on the second day of the Lord’s Test and their performance with the bat was reminiscent of their poor showing four years ago. However, Ajinkya Rahane believes that the visitors can still bounce back from the dire situation. “You never know, the match can still be interesting if we get them out early and bat well in the second innings,” he told icc-cricket.com on Friday. James Anderson’s 5/20 troubled every Indian batsman, and the 38-ball 29 scored by Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest score on the visitors’ woeful scorecard. 

“We need to believe. Belief is important. There’s a long way to go in this match. You never know, the series can still be 1-1 at the end of this match.”

Rahane scored a 44-ball 18 and admitted that batting was a difficult prospect, but he credited Anderson for keeping on the pressure

“He didn’t bowl one short ball,” said Rahane. 

“He was just bowling there and there – a 4-5m length.

In typically overcast English conditions, almost perfect for swing bowling, Rahane is hopeful that India could bowl the hosts out early and get themselves back into the contest.

“And that is really crucial on this wicket. If you’re bowling that length, you got to bowl consistently, then as a batsman, you have to leave the ball, or you’ve got to back your methods consistently.”

“If you play three maiden overs, you’ve got to be ready to play another three maiden overs after that. It’s all about patience in these conditions and trusting your methods and backing your ability.”

Rahane added that the stop-start nature of the day didn’t help matters, with the players having to rush back to their dressing rooms twice due to rain interruptions. 

“It’s not easy when it’s start-stop but there are no excuses at the highest level,” he said. 

“England bowled well. They used the conditions really well. I’d like to give credit to them.”

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3 Minors, Woman Injured In House Collapse In Bihar

The four injured were rushed to hospital in serious condition, says police. (Representational)


Three minors and a woman were seriously injured after a part of a house collapsed on them at Jalalabad in Shamli district, the police said today.

According to circle officer Arvind Rathore, the incident took place when they were passing through a street last night.

Four people were injured – Aman, 14, Shadan, 12, Insha, 13 and Ruksana, 45, were rushed to a hospital in serious condition, he said.

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Laos Dam Collapse Death Toll Rises To 31, 130 Still Missing: Reports

Many villages had submerged after the dam collapsed following heavy rain in Laos. (Reuters)


The death toll from a massive dam collapse in southern Laos has jumped to 31, officials said, with scores still missing weeks after the unprecedented disaster that swept entire villages and farmland away.

Information about the number of dead and missing has trickled out of the disaster zone since the July 23 dam collapse in the secretive state unaccustomed to organising large-scale rescue operations — and the global media scrutiny the deadly disaster has drawn.

An official in southern Attapeu province said the death toll had climbed and scores were still missing weeks after the dam burst, unleashing a wall of water across a large swathe of the province.

“The operation over the past day, teams have found dead bodies which put the death toll at 31 while the number of missing is at 130,” Ounla Xayasith, the deputy governor of Attapeu, told reporters Sunday.

The number of dead and missing has fluctuated wildly since the disaster, with officials and state media offering conflicting information in the days after the dam burst.

The $1.2-billion dam — a joint venture between South Korean, Laotian and Thai firms — broke after heavy rains and submerged about a dozen villages in one of Laos’ poorest provinces.

Homes and farms were washed away instantly and panicked residents ran into the forest or onto rooftops desperately seeking safety after they were given little warning of the impending deluge.

Images on state media in recent days showed rescuers wading through thick, knee-deep mud that has encased motorbikes and trees, while elsewhere people on boats navigated still-flooded regions.

The massive rescue efforts have been complicated by the remote location of the disaster that had little infrastructure even before the accident.

Laos Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath has said the poor construction may have contributed to the accident and the government would launch an official investigation into the cause.

One of the South Korean companies involved in the project, SK Construction, said it would confirm possible compensation packages after the probe is complete.

“We will focus on relief efforts on the ground for now and will discuss any compensation packages once the investigative team announces the official result of their investigation,” a spokesman told AFP Monday, adding the firm has donated $10 million in aid.

The dam is one of dozens under construction in impoverished, landlocked Laos, which has billed itself as the “battery of Asia” in a bid to become a major energy exporter.

But the accident has called into question its ambitious dam-building schemes, which have displaced thousands and cut off key access to rivers for farming and fishing.

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Probe Into Canopy Collapse At PM Modi Rally Finds Top Bengal Cops Were Missing


A central probe ordered into the collapse of a marquee at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in West Bengal’s Midnapore has sought to fault the Mamata Banerjee government for the accident, triggering a fresh round of blame game between police officers at the centre and Bengal.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba confirmed to NDTV that the probe team headed by SK Sinha, secretary (security) at the Cabinet Secretariat, had submitted the report to the ministry. Nearly 90 people were hurt at PM Modi’s rally in Bengal’s Midnapore on July 17 when a section of the marquee collapsed.

He, however, refused to speak on the findings of the report given the sensitive nature of the report.

The Special Protection Group, or SPG, a force carved out from various para-military and state police forces, is responsible for the Prime Minister’s security. When the Prime Minister steps out, the state police concerned is responsible for the outer ring of security while the SPG handles the proximate security.

Government sources told NDTV that the probe report had indicted the Bengal government on multiple counts, right from the administration’s approvals to the marquee and tents erected at the rally venue, the absence of senior police at the venue, to the state’s non-cooperative approach right at the planning stage.

For one, the centre’s investigation has alleged that senior Bengal police officers who should have been present to oversee arrangements had skipped the event.

“It has been established scientifically that none of the senior police officers had turned up at the rally venue to oversee security arrangements,” a senior government official told NDTV.

The lack of supervision over the state policemen reflected in how the police handled the crowds even before the accident, the official said. Like when people started tried to climb the supporting poles of the marquee for a glimpse of the prime minister, there were no policemen to stop them.

Again, the state police has been blamed for poor access control to the venue which had a capacity to accommodate 70,000.
“But about 100,000 people had turned up at the venue and the police did not stop them from entering the venue,” explains a senior official.

According to the centre’s blue book that details the procedures to be adopted to protect the SPG protectees, it is mandatory for the public works department to clear every tent, stage or installation at the venue of any PM event under the direct supervision of the district magistrate.

The probe report sent to the home ministry questions how the state public works department gave a stability certificate to the tent and stage erected five days ahead of the event when it had rained so heavily before the event

The report states that cast-iron pipe required four screws to be pinned to the ground but only one screw was used; the pipes themselves were rusty at places. The ground, too, was wet and soggy and needed additional support, which was not given, the officials found. The tarpaulin cover had also become heavy because of the accumulated rain water and added to the load on the pipes.

“When the tent collapsed, the entire state administration went missing. How can they absolve themselves of this,” asked a senior home ministry functionary.

But Bengal officials hit back, accusing the SPG and central teams of trying to pin the blame on the state ruled by Trinamool Congress.

The police have already registered a case against the state BJP unit and the contractor hired to erect the tents for the party event. The Bengal BJP, which had attributed the accident to a deep-rooted conspiracy, later appeared to suggest there were other reasons as well.

“What happened at the rally was an accident. We lacked experience in holding such a big rally. We even failed to predict the size of the crowd,” the Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh later said, according to the Kolkata newspaper, Telegraph.

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Nepal Lose Maiden ODI To Netherlands After Heartbreaking Collapse

Nepal Lose Maiden ODI To Netherlands After Heartbreaking Collapse

Nepal had got off to a flying start in their run chase. © Twitter

Nepal suffered a dramatic collapse when they lost nine wickets for just 49 runs to go down to a 55-run defeat to the Netherlands in their maiden one-day international on Wednesday. Chasing a modest 190 to win, Nepal, playing their first 50-over game since securing ODI status earlier this year, were bowled out for 134 with more than eight overs to spare. Nepal had got off to a flying start in their run chase. They looked comfortable at 85-1 before they slipped quickly to 104-6 and with most of their stroke makers back in the pavilion.

Opening batsman Gyanendra Malla hit 51 off 61 balls with eight fours and enjoyed a first-wicket stand of 58 with teenage wicketkeeper Anil Sah (21).

But once skipper Paras Khadka became the second wicket to fall and Malla was then dismissed by South African-born all-rounder Michael Rippon, Nepal’s challenge petered out.

Dipendra Singh Airee (33) was the only other Nepalese batsman to reach double figures.

For the Dutch, playing their first ODI in four years after losing their one-day status, seamer Fred Klaassen took 3-30, leg-spinner Rippon finished with 3-23 while orthodox slow bowler and skipper Pieter Seelaar claimed a miserly 3-16.

Earlier, Rippon had top-scored for the Dutch with 51 while Khadka claimed the best bowling for Nepal, leading from the front with 4-26.

Sompal Kami took 3-34.

The second and final match of the series will be staged at the same venue on Friday.

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