Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn Star As New Zealand Beat Sri Lanka In One-Off T20I


Although the target was not daunting, and Sri Lanka easily kept up with the required run rate to be four for 118 after 12 overs.

But their last six wickets fell for the addition of only 26 more runs and the innings folded for 144 with 19 balls remaining. 

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell both took wickets in their opening overs.

Kusal Perera, who raced to 22 off 12 deliveries was removed by Kuggeleijn’s third delivery while Niroshan Dickwella, who smacked a four and a six from the first two balls of the innings, went for 18 with the first ball from Bracewell.

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell also took the catches to dismiss Kusal Mendis (17) and Thisara Perera (43). 

The first game all tour for Sadeera Samarawickrama was a short-lived affair when he was bowled first ball by Lockie Ferguson.

Ferguson finished with figures of three for 21 while Ish Sodhi took three for 30.

Sri Lanka did with the toss and put New Zealand into bat with impressive early results.

With a more disciplined bowling attack than was seen in the ODIs, and with astute field placements, Sri Lanka ripped through the New Zealand top order to have them four for 27 midway through the fourth over. 

Ross Taylor, who tormented Sri Lanka in the one-dayers, had to play a more circumspect role.

His first 11 runs were all singles from 22 deliveries before he first found the boundary on his way to 33 off 37. 

Taylor’s patience, however, had set the stage for the Bracewell and Kuggeleijn to hit out and give the total some respectability.

Bracewell clubbed 44 off 26 balls including five sixes and a four while Kuggeleijn only faced 15 deliveries to be not out 35 with four sixes and a four.

New Zealand now prepare to host India in a series of ODIs while Sri Lanka head to Australia.

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The Ferrari SP3JC Is A One-Off V12 Powered Roadster


The SP3JC features a very muscular stance with dynamic sculpturing on the flanks designed to emphasise the front-engine layout




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It’s taken over two years to build this one-off SP3JC

The latest Ferrari one-off project, the SP3JC, has been officially consigned to its owner. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the SP3JC was commissioned by a Ferrari client and collector whose brief set out to create a pure, uncompromising roadster using the chassis and running gear of the F12tdf. The sole one-off car to be commissioned on this limited-series special, the SP3JC harkens back to Ferrari’s V12-engined spiders of the 1950s and ’60s. It’s taken over two years to build this one-off SP3JC and the owner too was closely involved with this process.

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The Ferrari SP3JC  harkens back to Ferrari’s V12-engined spiders of the 1950s and ’60s


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The SP3JC features a very muscular stance with dynamic sculpturing on the flanks designed to emphasise the front-engine layout, a distinctive air intake outline at the front, and a dramatic rear fascia with horizontal slashes contributing to a wider stance. What brings it all together is the combination of the Azzurro Met and Giallo Modena livery over the main Bianco Italia colour scheme.

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The Ferrari SP3JC gets a combination of the Azzurro Met and Giallo Modena livery over the main Bianco Italia colour scheme

The Ferrari SP3JC gets specific detailing such as split glass inserts on the bonnet to show off the 780cv V12 engine, a flying bridge between the fairings of the integral carbon-fibre roll hoops and a brushed aluminium external fuel filler cap. The seats are trimmed in blue leather with a white insert. The blue leather extends to the lower dashboard and the colour is picked up in the contrasting stitching to the rest of the interior trim.

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The Ferrari SP3JC is designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, and was commissioned by a Ferrari client and collector

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The powertrain on this one is the same as the one on the F12tdf. The SP3JC gets a 6.3-litre V12 which churns out 770 bhp and develops a peak torque of 770 Nm. There’s a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox which power the wheels and on the F12tdf it helps it go from 0-100 kmph in 2.9 seconds. Now, open-tops are usually a bit slower but we don’t expect the SP3JC to be very slow and it might still hold a respectable time of 3.2 or 3.3 seconds to reach the 100 kmph mark.

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Lamborghini Unveils First Ever One-Off Supercar ‘SC18 Alston’


Lamborghini has unveiled its first ever one-off hypercar, the SC18 Alston based on the Aventador SVJ. The one-off 770 bhp car has been made by the Lamborghini racing division – Lamborghini Squadra Corse

Lamborghini is known for the craziest, most outlandish supercars in the world. Going back to the Miura that shocked the world with its mid-engined approach in the era of the front engine’d GT to the latest Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, there is something about these big bulls that excites the children in us. But what if the SVJ isn’t wild enough for you. And what if you want something your Bullionaire neighbour (no, that’s not a typo), does not have. Well then in that case, here is the newest super car from the crazy Italians, the brand new Lamborghini SC19 Alston.

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(Lamborghini SC18 Alston)

Incidentally, this isn’t strictly a Lamborghini in its truest sense as it was actually designed and made by Lamborhini Squadra Corse – the motorsport division of the supercar maker. Squadra Corse obviously has used a whole bunch of its learnings from its racing activities – especially the Lamborghini Super Trofeo one make series and the GT3 racing that the Huracan takes part in, and has adapted a long list of parts for the SC18. Although the car is based on the Aventador SVJ, it features the air intakes on the hood that are originally from the Huracan GT3. It also includes the fins and scoops along with the fender modifications used by the Super Trofeo EVO.

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(Lamborghini SC18 Alston)

And to top it all off, Lamborgini Squadra Corse has added a massive carbonfibre rear wing that can be manually adjusted to suit the application intended. There are three different settings, one for maximum downforce and maximum drag, a mid-range one for a balanced setup and the last for minimum drag and greatest top speed. All in all though, although the Lamborghini SC18 is technically road legal, this is a without a doubt, a thoroughbred race car.

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(Lamborghini SC18 Alston)

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Power comes from the 6.5-litre V12 engine that is still naturally aspirated. It makes 770 bhp of peak power and 720 Nm of peak torque and is mated to the single clutch 7-speed gearbox. The Lamborghini SC18 also features a custom exhaust for what the Italian automaker calls, ‘a unique sound’.

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South Africa Down Australia In Rain-Hit One-Off T20I


The Australians fell away from 21 for one after two overs to be 60 for six upon the dismissal of Alex Carey for eight in the seventh over.

Glenn Maxwell was Australia’s top-scorer with 38 off 23 balls with two sixes but was guilty of moving around the wicket and missing hittable deliveries as the pressure mounted on the home side.

In the end the difference was the execution of the powerplays. South Africa smashed 42 runs, losing just the one wicket, while Australia could manage only 27, and lost their top three batsmen.

Earlier, Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed two wickets each as South Africa reached 108 for six after being sent into bat.

The Proteas got away to a flyer with opener Quinton de Kock clubbing 22 off 16 balls with two sixes and skipper Faf du Plessis hitting 27 from 15 balls.

The South Africans raced to 42 inside the opening three overs before Coulter-Nile claimed the wicket of Reeza Hendricks for 19 caught in the deep by Ben McDermott.

Maxwell had de Kock stumped by wicketkeeper Carey and two overs later du Plessis fell to a brilliant leaping catch over the boundary rope by Maxwell off Billy Stanlake.

That left South Africa at 84 for three, triggering a rash of late wickets for only 24 runs.

Heinrich Klaasen chipped in with 12 and David Miller hit 11, before he was the first of Tye’s wicket double.

Tye bowled out his only two overs at the end of the innings to finish with two for 18 while Coulter-Mile captured two for 19.

The match was reduced to 10 overs a side after heavy rain prevented a scheduled start.

South Africa went into the T20I match after a 2-1 ODI series win over Australia.

The T20I is the start of four matches for Australia over the next week with three internationals against India.



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England Register Easy Win Over Sri Lanka In One-Off T20I


Sri Lanka used ambidextrous bowler Kamindu Mendis in a bid to bamboozle but brutal batting by Jason Roy saw England to victory in their one-off T20 international on Saturday. Roy hit 69 off 36 balls and Joe Denly, returning to the England side after eight years, opened the bowling with his leg spin and took four wickets as the tourists won by 30 runs. Captain Eoin Morgan hailed Denly’s “outstanding” comeback. England made 187 for seven off their 20 overs. Sri Lanka, who won the toss, lost their final wicket off the last ball as they reached 157 in an increasingly desperate chase.

The 20-year-old Mendis switched his left arm orthodox spin and right arm off-spin for three overs against England’s big hitters but gave away 27 runs before he was withdrawn. His 24 off 14 balls batting showed more promise.

Roy and his partners clattered England to 50 runs off 29 balls before Sri Lanka’s veterans started to limit the damage.

With rain showers predicted, England knew they had to score fast to put pressure on the home side. Roy showed his intent smashing the second ball off Lasith Malinga for six.

He had one run out mixup that cost the wicket of captain Eoin Morgan and was dropped four times by Sri Lankan fielders. But his innings — with six sixes and four fours — was decisive, along with Moeen Ali’s 27 off 11 balls and Ben Stokes’ 26.

Denly also contributed 20 and earned the man-of-the-match award. He opened the bowling and took a wicket in each of his first two overs. He also claimed the final two Sri Lankan scalps, including Perera.

“I am delighted to be back,” said Denly who has had a stellar year with county side Kent. “There were a few nerves, but more excitement.”

Denly said he still had hopes of getting a place in the side to play three Tests in Sri Lanka in November. “Hopefully I can put my name in the hat.”

After the two openers went in the first two overs, Sri Lanka always faced an uphill struggle.

Perera’s six sixes gave the score an air of respectability. But the captain acknowledged the poor decisions and attitude in the side who hammered England in the final one day game even though they lost the series 3-1.

“If we hadn’t lost wickets it could have been a different story,” he said.

“In the last match we had good fielding, but there is no point making excuses. Normally Sri Lankans play spin well, but this series isn’t working.”

He added: “We need to get our plans better. But we are going in the right direction.”

The first Test match starts in Galle on November 5.



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Australia Beat UAE In One-Off T20I Contest In Abu Dhabi


Opener D’Arcy Short smashed an unbeaten half-century as Australia registered a seven-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates in a lone Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Short struck eight boundaries as he finished with 68 not out off 53 balls to help Australia chase down a modest 118-run target in 16.1 overs. After winning the toss, UAE opted to bat first but were restricted to 117 for the loss of six wickets. Short overcame the loss of skipper Aaron Finch (one) and Chris Lynn (20) as Australia tuned up for their three-match T20 series against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake finished with identical bowling figures of two for 20 as UAE lost wickets at regular intervals. The home team got off to a poor start, losing Ashfaq Ahmed for a duck in the first over of the match. Skipper Rohan Mustafa, too walked back without scoring as pacer Stanlake knocked over his stumps. Chirag Suri and Rameez Shahzad tried to steady the UAE innings but the former was dismissed by Coulter-Nile in the sixth over of the match. Post the initial setback, Rameez Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar played gritty knocks to take the team’s total past the 100-run mark.

Anwar top-scored with 41 runs while Naveed remained unbeaten on 27. Anwar hit three boundaries and two sixes during his 44-ball knock while Naveed also smashed two sixes and two boundaries in his 13-ball innings.

While chasing, Australia lost Finch and Lynn inside the powerplay overs but Short, at the other end played fluently, ensuring victory for the team with 23 balls to spare. 

The 23-year-old left-hander was adjudged man of the match for his fine 68-run knock.

Australia will now play a three-match T20I series against Pakistan scheduled to start from October 24. The first match will be played in Abu Dhabi while the second and third T20Is will be played on October 26 and 28 in Dubai respectively. 

Brief scores: UAE 117-6 in 20 overs (Shaiman Anwar 41, Mohammad Naveed 27; N. Coulter-Nile 2-20, B. Stanlake 2-20) vs Australia 119-3 in 16.1 overs (D. Short 68 not out, C. Lynn 20; Amir Hayat 2-26)

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This One-Off Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta Is The World’s Most Expensive Car


Late last week Pagani brought the West End of London, as well as West Sussex, to a halt. A convoy of eight Pagani Zonda and two Huayra hypercars, valued at well over £35million ( ₹ 316 crore), drove down from Pagani UK’s North London headquarters to Goodwood for the 25th anniversary Festival Speed. At the helm of world’s most expensive new car, the exclusive Zonda HP Barchetta was Italian hypercar maker’s founder, Horacio Pagani. Valued at €15million ( ₹ 211 crore), the Zonda HP Barchetta is the first of just three such open-topped models planned to be made, with this unique example being Horacio Pagani’s personal car, and the other two examples already pre-sold.

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Christine Clarkin, Dealer Principal, Pagani UK said, “It was very rewarding to meet with so many keen, appreciative and knowledgeable enthusiasts at Goodwood, especially given their appreciation of art and design meeting engineering excellence. The many excited and positive comments about our Pagani models was very gratifying to hear, and the having Horacio Pagani on hand to sign autographs and meet his many admirers was the icing on the cake of the truly excellent weekend.”

The Pagani hypercar pair made its world debut at Goodwood, as it tackled the 1.86 km Festival of Speed Hillclimb with enthusiasm. Clearly, Horacio Pagani enjoyed his drive in the Zonda HP Barchetta, as many pictures over the internet are proof to that. Under the hood, you will find an AMG V12 engine that is capable of producing 789 bhp, and comes coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. It has a top speed of 338kmph and is capable of the highest lateral acceleration ever seen on a car with road tyres at 1.8 G.

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When launched in 2011, the Pagani Huayra Coupe marked a new era of hypercars, becoming the gold standard and raising the bar for lightweight build and innovative performance-based technology. This formidable combination earned the Huayra Coupe the most accolades in the automobile industry, second only to the Pagani Zonda.

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Live Cricket Score India vs Afghanistan, One-Off Test Day 1


India vs Afghanistan, Live Score One-Off Test Day 1


Live Score, India vs Afghanistan: The match is being played at M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru. © AFP


Afghanistan will embark on a new journey in their cricket history when they make their Test debut against a Virat Kohli-less No.1-ranked India in the historic one-off Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. Afghanistan, who are rising through the ranks of world cricket, have named a spin-heavy squad for their debut Test to give India a taste of their own medicine. The squad comprises five spinners in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak, who incidentally emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded first-class competition. India have a little advantage in the upcoming Test as their batsmen have already faced a couple of Afghan spinners in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Afghan stars Rashid and Mujeeb enjoyed fruitful campaigns in the IPL, playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab respectively. But the home side have to be a little conscious that they don’t slip on a potential banana skin as they come into the game without any match practice. India also have a couple of new players in their squad, which will make Rahane’s task of fielding the right combination a bit difficult. Three key players — regular skipper Kohli along with pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been rested as they prepare for the challenging tour to England next month. New inclusions like wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and Karun Nair will aim to make the most of this chance and would like to cement their place in the playing XI. The batting department seems settled with the likes of Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Karun Nair and Dinesh Karthik. In the bowling department, India have the star spinning trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav along with pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Live updates between India vs Afghanistan, One-off Test, Day 1, straight from M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Having won all their last six Test series at home in the previous season, the Indians are expected to sail through easily as they aim to start the season on a high and take the confidence to the five-Test rubber in England. With a spin-heavy squad, the Afghans may be surely aiming for a fairy tale start to their Test journey as skipper Asghar Stanikzai also backed his spinners being better than the home trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep. In reality, the Indians have been more or less comfortable against the slower bowlers in the previous season barring the first Test against Australia in Pune last year. Afghanistan, on the other hand, won’t find the going too easy against the seasoned Indian campaigners. While the star-studded bowling line-up has hogged most of the limelight, the Afghans would expect their batsmen to contribute equally if they hope for a dream start to their Test journey.






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India Vs Afghanistan, One-Off Test, Preview: Hosts Need To Guard Against Afghan Exuberance


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Rashid Khan Fears Going Wicketless In One-Off Test v


Rashid Khan, who stole the show and proved to be a nightmare for the batsmen in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, has said that he is prepared for the “test of patience” that awaits him in Afghanistan’s five-day debut against India, where all he wants is to keep the jangling nerves at bay. The historic Test against the world No.1 side, which would be without talismanic skipper Virat Kohli, starts June 14 in Bengaluru. “Being a Test cricketer is not a lot different to playing ODIs and T20s,” the 19-year-old Rashid, the world’s No.1 T20 bowler, told PTI. And since he doesn’t see much of difference, Rashid said he won’t be tweaking his style of bowling at all. “I have done well in whatever four-day opportunities that I have got. If I make changes in my bowling thinking about the Test, it will not be good for me. I will bowl with the same speed I have been bowling so far,” crown prince of cricket’s shortest version said.

“I have to make sure that I don’t panic. I know there will be a phase where I won’t pick up a wicket for 20 overs. And I could pick up two in two overs. It is Test cricket,” he explained.

“It is going to be a test of patience. There is a possibility that I might end up being wicketless,” he conceded.

Rashid hasn’t been home for a year and lost a friend to one of Afghanistan’s several terror attacks quite recently but is determined to be in the best possible frame of mind on the field for the sake of his “troubled people”.

“I have not gone home in a year. I miss my family and friends a lot. It also hurts a lot to hear about blasts back home. Even in the IPL (for SunRisers Hyderabad) when there was a blast in my hometown, I was really upset. I lost a friend in that,” he said.

“Another one of my friend had called me that day and asked why I was not my usual smiling self in the game.

“So, all these incidents do affect me a lot but I try to keep myself in the best possible frame of mind to give a good performance on the field so that the troubled people back home get something to cheer about,” he added.

The 10-ball 34 in the IPL qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders was without doubt one of the impact T20 knocks this year. But ask him about his phenomenal rise and the all-rounder prefers to talk it down.

“I never thought in my life that I would be able to achieve so much in such a short time. It is like a dream,” he said.

And an extension of this dream has been the wholesome praise coming from legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, who called him the world’s best T20 bowler right now.

“Sachin’s tweet was unreal. I kept on thinking for hours what to reply to him. I was really happy. Virat also praised me a lot and Dhoni also during the course of the IPL. It lifts your confidence a lot when they compliment you,” he said.

He has resumed national duty after playing a charity match at Lord’s and wreaked havoc in the T20 series opener against Bangladesh.

“Last two months, in fact last two years have been very good for me. Since I have joined the national team, I got the success that I wanted. I am very happy with that.  I am enjoying the game and that is why I am doing well,” said Rashid.

Talking about the depth of Afghanistan’s severely-short-of-experience Test team, he said: “We have a good pool of players at the First Class level back in Afghanistan. They just need a little polishing and experience.”

Expectations are also high from his spin partner Mujeeb Zadran, who too turned heads with his performances in the IPL before getting injured in the second half of the tournament.

“We back each other. Whether it is Mohamad Nabi, who is a senior player, and Mujeeb. We share whatever knowledge we have. Mujeeb has been superb and amazing so far. He has lots of skills and in future, he will be able to do even better,” said Rashid when asked about his rapport with other spinners in the national team.

With the form that he is in, the leg-spinner is sought after in all the major T20 leagues around the world. His travelling has increased substantially over the years but he is not losing sleep over it.

“It is tough but as a professional, you have to get used to it. I have been travelling a lot in the last few years. You just have to be fit enough to play regularly and travel so much,” he said.

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