VIDEO: MS Dhoni blast sensational 3 fifty in a row, first time in 4 years

नई दिल्ली: एमएस धोनी अपने उस जबरदस्त फॉर्म में लौट आए हैं, जिससे विरोधी टीमें थर्राती हैं. उन्होंने शुक्रवार (18 जनवरी) को ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ तीसरे वनडे में फिफ्टी जमाई. उन्होंने यह पारी तब खेली, जब टीम अपने तीन सबसे बड़े स्टार गंवाकर बेहद दबाव में थी. ऐसे वक्त में धोनी ने जिम्मेदारी संभाली और केदार जाधव के साथ मिलकर टीम जीत की पटरी पर ला दिया. 

महेंद्र सिंह धोनी ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ लगातार तीसरी फिफ्टी बनाई है. उन्होंने इससे पहले दूसरे वनडे मैच में 54 गेंद पर 55 रन बनाए थे. जबकि, पहले वनडे में 96 गेंद पर 51 रन की पारी खेली थी. धोनी ने साढ़े चार साल बाद लगातार तीन फिफ्टी बनाई है. उन्होंने इससे पहले साल 2014 में न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ लगातार तीन अर्धशतक बनाए थे. उन्होंने तब हैमिल्टन वनडे में 56, ऑकलैंड वनडे में 50 और फिर हैमिल्टन वनडे में 79 रन की नाबाद पारी खेली थी.

2017 की फॉर्म में लौटे एमएस धोनी 
एमएस धोनी साल 2018 में बेहद खराब फॉर्म में थे. उन्होंने पिछले साल 20 वनडे मैच खेले थे. इन मैचों में वे एक भी अर्धशतक नहीं लगा पाए थे. तब उनका सर्वोच्च स्कोर 42 रन था. हालांकि, 2017 में वे अच्छी फॉर्म में थे. उन्होंने 2017 में 29 वनडे मैचों में 60.61 की औसत से 788 रन बनाए थे. उन्होंने 2017 में एक शतक और छह अर्धशतक लगाए थे. उनकी पिछली तीन पारियों को देखकर लगता है कि धोनी 2018 को पीछे छोड़ 2017 की फॉर्म में लौट आए हैं. 

2019 में 3 फिफ्टी लगाने वाले दूसरे बल्लेबाज 
एमएस धोनी साल 2019 में तीन अर्धशतक बनाने वाले दूसरे बल्लेबाज हैं. वैसे, न्यूजीलैंड के रॉस टेलर भी इस साल तीन बार 50 से अधिक का स्कोर बना चुके हैं. टेलर ने इस साल तीन वनडे मैच खेले हैं. उन्होंने इन मैचों में एक शतक और दो अर्धशतक बनाए हैं. भारत को ऑस्ट्रेलिया के बाद न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ ही वनडे सीरीज खेलनी है. धोनी और टेलर दोनों ही मिडिल ऑर्डर में खेलते हैं. ऐसे में अगली सीरीज में दोनों के बीच अच्छा मुकाबला हो सकता है. 

स्पिनर युजवेंद्र चहल ने झटके 6 विकेट 
इससे पहले लेग स्पिनर युजवेंद्र चहल ने मैच में छह विकेट झटके. उन्हें पहले दो वनडे मैच में प्लेइंग इलेवन में जगह नहीं मिली थी. चहल ने इसकी पूरी कसर तीसरे वनडे में पूरी की. उन्होंने 10 ओवर के अपने स्पेल में 42 रन देकर छह विकेट झटके. उन्होंने इस मैच में शॉन मार्श, उस्मान ख्वाजा, मार्कस स्टोइनिस, जाय रिचर्डसन, पीटर हैंड्सकॉम्ब और एडम जंपा को आउट किया.

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US Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s Sensational Routine Wows Fans, Video Goes Viral

American gymnast Katelyn Ohashi has left fans on social media in disbelief with an incredible floor routine, which earned her a perfect 10 score at the Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim. A video of Ohashi performing her routine posted by her school, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has gone viral on Twitter, getting over 31 million views, over 145,000 retweets and close to 650,000 likes. Ohashi’s mind-boggling routine also helped give her UCLA team a first-place team score of 197.700 against California, Michigan State and UC Davis.

According to UCLA’s official website, Ohashi’s team, The Bruins, totaled 197.700, highlighted by a team floor total of 49.700, the fifth-highest mark in school history.

The reigning NCAA co-champion topped all the other floor routines with her fourth career perfect 10 on floor. Not just in the floor exercise, Ohashi was brilliant in other disciplines as well. She nearly scored a 10 on her other event, balance beam, but had to settle for a 9.975.

Fans on Twitter were effusive with their praise of the routine. Some said it was the best floor routine they had seen.

“I feel like maybe (Kondos Field) was the only one that doubted us,” Ohashi said. “I know that we’ve been prepared for the longest time, so in terms of that it was just going out and being more confident in ourselves and everything that we have prepared to do,” quoted Ohashi as saying.

“Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard. Every single thing about it including the backwards split that she does after her leap pass – it’s insane,” said Ohashi’s coach.

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BWF World Tour Finals: Sensational PV Sindhu Seizes Final Spot With Thrilling Win Over Ratchanok Intanon

Continuing with her sizzling form, Indian badminton star PV Sindhu breezed into the summit clash of the World Tour Finals for the second successive time after prevailing over 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon in a tense semifinal in Guangzhou, China on Saturday. Sindhu, who finished runner-up at the last edition, staved off a strong challenge from the fighting Thai to emerge a 21-16 25-23 winner in 54 minutes. The 23-year-old Indian came into the match with a 3-4 record against the Thai player but Sindhu was buoyed by her recent results as she has not lost to Intanon in the last two years. The Olympic silver medallist will now fight for the title with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, to whom she had lost an epic World Championship final, last year.

The duo started on an equal note, splitting the initial 14 points. Sindhu tried to attack the long serves of Intanon, putting pressure on the Thai with her power-packed returns to lead 10-7. The Indian missed a couple of points before entering the break with a small 11-9 advantage.    

Intanon quickly erased the deficit with a brilliant angled return at the net. While the Thai shuttler tried to target Sindhu’s body, she also committed errors of judgement and went wide allowing Sindhu to stay a step ahead always. 

Sindhu tried to put some lovely touch to her returns, leaving Intanon wrong footed many times. She also unleashed some powerful smashes to trouble the Thai player.

Sindhu grabbed four game points when Intanon went wide and sealed it when the Thai player’s angled return got buried in the net. 

After the change of sides, Sindhu rushed away with the first four points but the deceptive Intanon narrowed down the lead to 5-6 with counter attacking cross-court smash and then drew parity at 7-7 when Sindhu sent one wide. But another shot going long and Sindhu was back in the lead and she made it 10-7 when the Thai player made another error in judging the shuttle on the line.    

A 27-shot rally ended with a powerful smash from Intanon, who again levelled the scores at 10-10 and went to the break with a small 11-10 advantage when Sindhu committed two unforced errors. 

Sindhu reeled off four points to again go into the lead but Intanon produced a superb net dribble and a precise smash at the deep corner to keep breathing down the Indian’s neck. 

Intanon equalled again when Sindhu went wide and then led 16-15 with another body smash. Errors again caught up with Intanon as she missed the line and then went long as Sindhu led 18-16. 

But the Thailand shuttler again drew parity at 18-18 with another brilliant smash and a lucky net chord placed the game evenly-poised 19-19. 

Intanon unleashed a superb cross court smash to move to a game point advantage. Sindhu responded with her trademark smash before hitting one out as it was advantage Intanon again. An angled backhand return at the nets helped Sindhu make it 21-21 and she immediately grabbed her first match point with another smash. 

Intanon saved it with another smash at the deep forehand corner and shot to lead when Sindhu found the net. But she stumbled on two unforced errors to hand Sindhu the match point. Sindhu converted it with a smash from near the net following a fierce rally.

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Sensational Saurabh Chaudhary Claims Gold At Asian Airgun Championships

Sensational Saurabh Chaudhary Claims Gold At Asian Airgun Championships

Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the gold with 239.8 points in the eight-man finals. (File Pic) © AFP

India’s teenage shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary continued his incredible run by claiming his fourth individual gold medal in as many months with a top finish in the 10m air pistol junior men’s event of the Asian Airgun Championship in Kuwait city on Thursday. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer based in Meerut, first combined with compatriots Arjun Singh Cheema and Anmol Jain to log a total of 1731 to win the team gold and fetched the individual gold with 239.8 in the eight-man individual final to finish with two gold medals. 

Saurabh won the gold medal at the Asian Games in August, besides bagging golds at the World Shooting Championships in September and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina last month. 

Arjun (237.7) secured the silver medal after finishing second, while Chinese Taipei’s Huang Wei-Te clinched the bronze with a score of 218.0 to deny India a clean sweep. 

Anmol finished fourth with a score of 195.1. The Indian trio missed the World and Asian Junior record by a mere point. 

Earlier, the Indians dominated the qualifying stages with Arjun topping the standings with a score of 578 after 60 shots. Anmol was second with 577 while Saurabh was placed third with a score of 576 and all three made it to the eight-man final. 

This takes India’s tally in the ongoing event to 10 medals, including three gold, five silver and two bronze medals. Manu Bhaker and Abhidnya Patil are also slated to feature in the junior women’s 10m air pistol final later in the day. 

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MS Dhoni Just One Run Away From Reaching A Sensational Milestone

Virat Kohli toyed with the bowling attack in the first three games of the five-match ODI series against the Windies, becoming the first Indian to score three consecutive hundreds in the 50-over format. Moreover, in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam, Kohli scored an unbeaten 157, and in the process, became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs. The 29-year-old achieved the feat in 205 innings, surpassing batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who did it in 259 in 2001. While everyone is talking about Kohli’s batting prowess, veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also eyeing the 10,000-run club. The 37-year-old is just one run short of becoming the fifth Indian and 13th overall to join the elite club.

Dhoni has accumulated a total of 10,173 runs in the 50-over format, however, the record also contains the 174 runs which he smashed against the Africa XI, while representing the Asia XI in a three-match rubber in 2007.

Thus, Dhoni has 9,999 runs while representing India.

Although Dhoni has been struggling with the bat and has failed to finish the games, his upcoming feat is special in its own right.

What sets Dhoni apart is that he will be the only lower middle-order batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs.

Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul Haq batted in the lower middle-order as well, but 62 percent of his knocks were as a top-order batsman. In comparison, Dhoni batted up the order only in 47 of his 280 innings, which is roughly 17 percent.

Batting up the order gives batsmen the advantage of spending more time in the middle.

Dhoni, on the other hand, batted predominantly at number 5 or 6 and this disparity is clearly highlighted by the fact that Dhoni has far fewer centuries than most of the others in the group.

However, in 2018, the Ranchi player has scored just 252 runs in 12 innings, at a below par average of just over 25 along with a strike-rate of 68.10.

His continuous poor form had also resulted in him being axed from both the Twenty20 series against the Windies at home and in Australia.

Nevertheless, if the former India skipper enters the 10,000-run club in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, Dhoni and Kohli will be its only active members.

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Kylian Mbappe Mocks Ousmane Dembele With Sensational Trick During France Training

Mbappe was taking part in a passing drill when he flicked the ball over Ousmane Dembele as he attempted to close him down.

The Barcelona forward went flying to the floor and Mbappe along with his teammates were seen laughing uncontrollably.

France along with Germany and the Netherlands are placed in the Group A of the Nations League.

France’s opening match ended in goalless draw with Germany, while they earned victory by a slender 2-1 margin in their fixture against the Netherlands.

Mbappe had earlier inspired a fightback for world champions France as they rallied from two goals down at home to earn a 2-2 draw against Iceland on Thursday.

Mbappe, brought on as a substitute for the final half-hour, gave France a lifeline when his shot was saved and then inadvertently turned in by Iceland defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward levelled from the penalty spot in the 90th minute after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson handled the ball from a corner.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Jr Follows Dad’s Footsteps, Scores Sensational Solo Goal. Watch

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Jr Follows Dad

Cristiano Ronaldo posted the video of his son playing football on social media © Instagram

Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as one of the best footballers of our generation. He has scored numerous goals ranging from screamers to overhead kicks, his list seems to be unending. However, it appears his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr wants to emulate his father in scoring some astonishing goals. In a video shared on social media by Cristiano Ronaldo, his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr rattles the opposition players by scoring two brilliant goals for his Juventus youth team. The 33-year-old striker posted the clips of both his son’s goals to social media. Cristiano Ronaldo shared the video with a heart emoticon.

Last week, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici had said it was not easy to replace a player of the calibre of Ronaldo as he also dismissed a return to Italy for Manchester United’s French World Cup winner Paul Pogba. Ronaldo, 33, joined Juventus from Real Madrid last summer for 100 million euros (115 million dollars). The Spanish club have lost three and drawn one of their last four matches and are currently fourth in La Liga. 

“Ronaldo is probably the best player in the history of the game so he isn’t easy to replace,” Paratici told journalists at the Manlio Scopigno ceremony at Rieti in central Italy after receiving a “Manager of the Year” award. Paratici revealed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had been keen from the outset to join Juventus. “We talked about it initially, and straight away we got the feeling he wanted to join us, which was a huge advantage,” he said.

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Sensational Rally Between Novak Djokovic, Borna Coric Wows Fans

Roger Federer’s ouster in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals took some sheen off the final. Fans were expecting to be treated to a Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic blockbuster but Borna Coric had other ideas. The 13th-seeded Croatian conquered the Swiss maestro in straight sets on Saturday to book a final clash against Djokovic. Coric, however, didn’t disappoint and put up a gritty performance in the final. But Djokovic is on a roll and continued his fine form by dismantling his opponent 6-3, 6-4. During the match, there was a point which had fans on the edge of their seats.

In the fourth game of the opening set with Coric serving to make it 2-2, the Croatian and his Serbian opponent put on an exhibition and battled it out for the point.

The rally ended with Coric hitting a down-the-line backhand winner that Djokovic had no chance of retrieving.

The win took Djokovic is within touching distance of Rafael Nadal’s number one ranking.

The 31-year-old will leapfrog Roger Federer into second in the world when the rankings are released on Monday and is in imperious form as the season reaches its climax.

Red-hot Djokovic has now been victorious in 18 ATP matches in a row and in recent months won Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters, the US Open and now Shanghai.

The last four months had been “fantastic” and “tremendous”, he said.

“I’m cherishing every moment of it,” he told the crowd, calling Shanghai “a special place” to him.

“I could not ask for a better scenario,” Djokovic said of his late surge to the summit of men’s tennis.

(With inputs from AFP)

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How To Make Sensational Gun Powder At Home: A Perfect Recipe For Keeps


  • One thing you can always find in South Indian kitchens is idli powder
  • This is a life saver when you don’t have time to make a chutney
  • Podi is used creatively to add flavour to various dishes

I still remember the quizzical look on the waiter’s face when a friend of mine from Delhi requested for some gunpowder to be served at the table. This was a few years ago at a popular South Indian restaurant in Chennai. You will still probably get the same quizzical expression in 2018 in most restaurants in Chennai. This is not a commonly used term in Chennai as it is in many parts of India to describe the traditional spicy powder that makes the perfect accompaniment for idlis, dosas or even uthappams. You’re more likely to hear descriptors like milaga podi (chili powder) or idli powder in other parts of South India.

If there’s one thing you can be sure to find in most South Indian kitchens, it is a jar of idli or dosa powder. For many this is a life saver on a day when you don’t have time to make a chutney or a sambar. For many others this is a must have additional accompaniment with idli or dosa. Over the years, restaurants in Chennai have started offering this as an additional accompaniment aside from chutneys and sambars, but interestingly most restaurants charged a small additional amount for the podi served with ghee or oil. Of course, this podi is not just served as an accompaniment but used creatively to add flavour to idlis and dosas.

Decades ago, podi idlis were the ultimate travel companion. At a time when packaged food options were limited, many travellers in Tamil Nadu and other parts of Southern India would dab their idlis with the powder and oil mix. This packed version didn’t need any additional accompaniment and was delicious even at room temperature. Podi idlis are now a popular cocktail snack. You can use coin shaped moulds to make bite-sized idlis that can be deep fried or steamed and then tossed with the idli powder. Many restaurants also coat the insides of the dosa with the podi to make the perfect ‘Podi dosa’.   

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Podi is not just served as an accompaniment but used creatively to add flavour to idlis and dosas

The core of the recipe remains the same across Southern India – urad dal, chana dal and red chillies. But it’s the minor variations in some of the other ingredients that alter the flavour from state to state. In Karnataka, for instance, it’s common to add desiccated coconut while garlic is a key ingredient in many homes in Andhra Pradesh. My grandmother’s traditional recipe uses black sesame seeds. Quite a few new-age recipes also incorporate flax seed for its wellness quotient into the traditional idli powder. It’s not just the ingredients that go through subtle tweaks but also the accompanying oil. It’s fun to watch people mix the powder with the oil. I follow an old trick that I learnt as a kid by creating a small well of sorts with the powder on my plate and pouring the oil into the heart of this crater. In Kerala, coconut oil is routinely used for mixing with the idli powder while gingelly (sesame) oil is the norm in Tamil Nadu. Of course, you can use melted ghee too. I enjoy mixing my podi with extra virgin olive oil aside from the traditional cold pressed sesame oil. The textures of the podi vary too and that is usually down to a personal preference; I prefer the coarse version.

This is my mother’s fail-proof idli powder recipe:

Idli powder – recipe


  • Black Urad dal – 1 cup
  • Channa dal – ¼ cup
  •  Red chillies – 10-12
  • Curry leaves – a handful
  •  Sesame seeds (preferably black) – 1 table spoon (You could add a larger quantity if you like the sesame flavour)
  •   Asafoetida – ¼teaspoon
  •  Salt – to taste


  •   Add a few drops of oil in a pan (you can also dry roast without adding oil)
  •   Add each of the ingredients one at a time – dal, chillies and then the curry leaves and then keep aside
  •   Fry the sesame seeds till they splutter and keep them aside.
  •   Grind chillies, dal, along with the asafoetida, curry leaves and salt    
  • Now toss the sesame seeds and grind till the mixture is ground to your preference – you can choose to keep it coarse or soft.

Idli powder is widely available in supermarkets across India but it doesn’t take too much effort to make your own powder at home. If you do, make sure you store the powder in an airtight jar (and not in the fridge) and avoid plastic storage containers. 

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Shashi Tharoor Shocked By India’s Lord’s Debacle, Dreams Of Sensational Comeback

England completed a crushing innings and 159-run victory over India on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Pacer James Anderson took 4/23 to finish with nine wickets in the match and Stuart Broad shone with 4/44 as India were bowled out for 130. Clearly disappointed with the touring party’s poor batting performances, an avid cricket fan and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to express his disbelief at Team India’s abject failure. “One can’t help a feeling of disbelief at the abject failure of our much-vaunted batsmen in England. There’s shock, denial, grief, & finally a resigned sense of inevitability.  But a corner of one’s mind hopes that it’s just a collective bad dream from which we’ll soon wake up,” Tharoor wrote.

The visitors were highly criticised on social media for their lack of fighting spirit as they meekly surrendered to record their biggest defeat at Lord’s since 1974.

However, a fan was still hopeful that Virat Kohli’s unit could become the second team in history to overturn a 2-0 deficit to win a Test series. The Australian side that contained Donald Bradman in the 1936-37 Ashes, won the series 3-2 after being 2-0 down.

The 62-year-politician replied to the optimistic fan saying that we should continue to dream and keep our hopes alive as there are three more matches to be played.

Tharoor even hoped that opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was dropped for the second Test after a poor show at Edgbaston, might make a comeback and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant may get to make his Test debut in Nottingham.

Earlier, England had declared their innings on on 396/7, with Chris Woakes finishing on 137 not out, before Anderson reduced India to 17/2.

Rain delayed play twice but India lost wickets regularly and Woakes took the final scalp to secure an emphatic win for the home team.

The third Test of the five-match series begins at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

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