New Delhi: Sri Lanka were staring down the barrel at 13/3 in their second innings after Tom Latham’s epic 264 had given New Zealand a massive lead of 296 runs. However, Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis dug in and shared a magnificent partnership that gave Sri Lanka hop for survival. Both batsmen played out of their skins and scored centuries as Sri Lanka did not lose a single wicket on day 4 as they staged a revival. On day 5, the rain came to their rescue but Mathews (120*) and Mendis (141*) epic rearguard had helped Sri Lanka save the Test and ensure that the second and final Test at the Hagley Oval on Boxing Day was a decider.Mathews and Mendis scored 239 runs on day 4 without losing a single wicket and they created a unique record. This was the fifth instance where a Sri Lanka batting duo had gone through the day without losing a single wicket. Asanka Gurusinha (116*) and Arjuna Ranatunga (135*) had scored 240 runs on day 5 of the Test against Pakistan in 1986 as it ended in a draw. 11 years later, in 1997, Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama would pile plenty of misery on India as they batted for two whole days to create plenty of records.Read More | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of India vs Australia Test seriesJayasuriya and Mahanama scored 283 runs on day 3 and 265 runs on day 4 as they amassed a 576-run stand for the second wicket, which was then the world record for the highest partnership in a Test. Jayasuriya (340) and Mahanama (225) had boosted Sri Lanka to 952/6 declared, which remains the highest Test score in history. The efforts of Jayasuriya and Mahanama are the only instance when a dup has batted for two whole days without losing a wicket.Read More | India lose Perth Test to ‘weakest’ Australia by 146 runsIn 2006, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene created history as they batted the entire second day of the first Test against South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Jayawardene (374) and Sangakkara (287) broke the previous partnership record held by Jayasuriya and Mahanama as they stitched a world record 624-run partnership for the third wicket.Read More | Naseeruddin Shah calls Virat Kohli ‘worlds worst behaved player’Mathews and Mendis’ feat was the first time a Sri Lankan duo had batted for a full day without losing a wicket outside of the sub-continent. Their stand of 274 for the fourth wicket was the second-best for Sri Lanka in Tests, behind Jayawardene (240) and Thilan Samaraweera’s (231) 437-run stand which was against Pakistan in Karachi in 2009.For India, there have been only two instances when a duo has batted without losing a wicket in the entire day of a Test. Gundappa Viswanath and Yashpal Sharma scored 217 runs for the second wicket during the fifth Test against England in Chennai in 1982. Viswanath scored 222 while Yashpal slammed 140. However, the most memorable instance for Indian cricket fans is the Eden Gardens Test of 2001 against Australia. VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) shared a 376-run stand and did not lose wicket on day 3 as they scored 335 runs to spark a dramatic turnaround and win a Test after following on.The highest number of runs scored in a single day without losing a wicket is 405; Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie blasted the Bangladesh bowlers in 2008 on day one in the Chittagong Test. McKenzie (226) and Smith (232) went on to make a world record opening stand of 415. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
No. 3 seed Syracuse (24-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) hosts an NCAA tournament game for the second time in four years when it welcomes No. 14 seed Fordham (25-8, 13-3 Atlantic 10) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. SU head coach Quentin Hillsman and players spoke about hosting the matchup, the return of freshman Emily Engstler and more topics relating to the big dance. Here are three takeaways from Friday’s media availability.Homebodies Jim Boeheim Court looked different than it has at other points this season on Friday afternoon. Branded on the court in sleek, black-lettering was “NCAA” instead of the customary “ACC.”Last Monday, when ESPN leaked the NCAA women’s tournament bracket hours ahead of the scheduled selection show, a text was fired among SU’s team group chat, star point guard Tiana Mangakahia said. A celebration kicked off early as Hillsman’s season-long goal to be a top-four seed was fulfilled. SU now has a “premium” advantage, Hillsman said, for at least the first weekend of the tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our goal in the beginning of the year is to be sitting where we are today and hosting the first two rounds of NCAA tournament…we are very excited for tomorrow.”The last Syracuse team to host in the first round went to the Final Four. In 2016, SU faced Army and held the Black Knights to a 36.4-field goal percentage and 6-of-22 from deep. Many opposing teams have been asked about the Dome’s depth effect and it continued on Friday. No. 11 seed Quinnipiac redshirt-senior forward Jen Fay said shooting is “very hard” in the Dome. Edel Thonrton senior guard said the experience can be “overwhelming.” SU guard Isis Young said earlier this season that the Carrier Dome depth effect can be jarring. But sitting in her locker on Friday, Young stretched her legs and mocked eating in the comfort of her own bed later tonight. She said she’s “excited” to stay in Central New York for at least the first part of the tournament.Syracuse owns a 10-3 home-record this season, only losing to eventual No. 1-seed Notre Dame and three-seeds Miami and North Carolina State. SU hasn’t dropped a game in the Dome’s confines in four years, losing to Arizona State in 2015. If the Orange are to proceed to next weekend, it’ll have to take care of home court. “We are very excited to play at home and we understand that this is the path we took to get to the championship,” Hillsman said. “Play our style” Hillsman’s message has been the same all season. And in last week’s ACC tournament, Syracuse’s margin-based offense carried it to the two wins it needed to solidify its seeding. Multiple players felt that the 92-85 quarterfinal win against Miami featured the offense at its best. SU connected on 14 3s, forced 15 turnovers and totaled 15 offensive rebounds. Young applauded SU for overcoming many multi-possession deficits and Engstler noticed how energetic the team looked. After an eventual semifinal loss to Notre Dame, SU had a couple days off, players said. Since they’ve returned, the team hasn’t watched film on Fordham’s top-10 scoring defense, Mangakahia said. Instead, the focus has been on the Orange’s shooting ability. Hillsman said that SU would need to execute its season-long gameplan on Saturday. “We need to score the ball,” Hillsman said. “If we can score then we can get into our pressure and then we’ll speed the game up. … They do a really good job of defending so we need to do a good job of putting the ball in the basket.” Back in action During the stretching-portion of SU’s practice on Friday, Engstler side-shuffled, back-peddled and joked with forward Digna Strautmane. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary. Engstler was back, prepping to play in her first game in nearly a month. Comments Engstler’s “roller-coaster” first season hit a roadblock when she didn’t travel with the team to Florida State on Feb. 28. The freshman didn’t go into much detail about what specifically caused her brief dismissal, opting to stay say in “in the past” and “taken care of now.” Earlier this year, Engstler was benched multiple times due to hustling issues and Hillsman said she “responded.” In 27 games played, she’s averaged just under 15 minutes per with 5.1 points and 4.6 boards an outing. Working with the guards on Friday, she drove the lane and featured the versatility that highlights her potential. She said she watched SU’s first two conference tournament games between exams and watched the third with her mom before rejoining the team after spring break. “At this point she’s back,” Hillsman said. “She’s a good player and we are looking forward to getting her into the lineup and her contributing right away.” Published on March 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+
FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 1st October, 2019 16:17 IST UFC 244: Diaz Vs Masvidal For The BMF Belt And Dana White’s Take UFC 244 will put a brand new UFC title on the line. It is going to be a one-time belt in the fight between Diaz and Masvidal. Know everything about the belt Read | Brock Lesnar Vs Daniel Cormier: Will There Be A UFC Fight Ever?UFC 244 and Dwayne JohnsonWWE and Hollywood Superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been a fan of martial arts throughout his life. He has been present in a lot of UFC events including the famous Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2. It is official that Dwayne Johnson is going to present the BMF belt to the winner at UFC 244 and that in itself is one of the biggest selling points for the UFC match. Dana White said The Rock gets what he wants and this is what Dwayne Johnson wanted. Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st October, 2019 16:17 IST COMMENT Doing all I can to make this fight. If I can and you win, I’ll put the belt around your waist at MSG – consider it done. Already shaping up to be one of the biggest and most electrifying fights in @ufc history. Can’t wait. @GamebredFighter @NateDiaz209 #respect #BMF #UFC244 ⚡️ https://t.co/nVTIeBtkgv— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 9, 2019 After a huge gap of two years, Nate Diaz made his comeback at UFC 241 and became victorious against Anthony Pettis. Nate Diaz did not fight since UFC 202 against Conor McGregor and it was expected that Diaz vs Mcgregor 3 will be his comeback. However, after a big win at UFC 241, Diaz called out Jorge Masvidal as his next opponent and the fans absolutely loved the idea. The idea of Nate Diaz going against Masvidal became so popular that UFC President Dana White is going to make a one-time belt for the fight. The belt will be called BMF (Baddest Mother F*$%#R) while the winner will not get to defend the title against anyone in the future. Read | Brock Lesnar: UFC Records Of The MMA Star, Upcoming Fights And MoreWhat Is BMF?The idea of BMF belt actually came up with an Instagram post. After a victory at UFC 241, Nate Diaz made a callout to Jorge Masvidal for his next fight. Masvidal was in the arena and he absolutely loved the idea of going against Nate Diaz. Both Diaz and Masvidal are eminent strikers and are really dangerous boxers. Masvidal is a knockout specialist while Diaz has never been knocked out in his entire life. The American fighters have fought the best in the organisation and have always shocked the world. Masvidal recently made the fastest knockout in UFC history by knocking out the undefeated Ben Askren in just five seconds at UFC 239. After the Diaz and Masvidal fight was made public, Diaz made an Instagram post claiming himself as the Baddest Mother F*$%#R of the game and Masvidal’s comment caught everyone’s attention. UFC President Dana White immediately decided to create the BMF belt for the match and it is also referred to as the People’s Belt for all the valid reasons.Read | WATCH: Chaos Ensues At UFC 229 After Khabib Nurmagomedov Taps Out Conor McGregor Read | WATCH: Netizens Remind Varun Dhawan That His UFC Prep Moves Are Actually WWE Submission Hold, Here’s How The Actor Reacted Raj Sarkar