“We just want to keep fighting so that we won’t end the season at the very bottom.”The Blazers still had a chance to at least cut the deficit to one with 17.5 seconds left but Hamadou Laminou blocked Clement Leutcheu’s layup attempt.They also had a shot for the win but Ray Carlos’ bone-headed three-point attempt just bounced off the backboard with more than four seconds left.Magullano finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Generals while Laminou had 13 points and seven boards.Jerome Garcia put up the bare minimum of double-doubles with 10 points and 10 rebounds for EAC.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Haruna had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers while Gutang had 16 points, five boards, and four assists. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emilio Aguinaldo College pulled off a surprise, upsetting College of St. Benilde, 69-67, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UAAP badminton: NU opens title retention bid with Ateneo rout Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ JP Magullano, who had seven points in the fourth quarter, scored the game’s biggest basket with his floater giving the 11th seeded Generals the 69-65 lead with two minutes left in the game.The win didn’t have much impact on the Generals’ positioning oa they remain in the bottom half with 3-11 card hut it dampened the Blazers’ run as they slip to the fifth seed at 8-6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissEAC head coach Ariel Sison said they just stayed upbeat despite the record with their main goal this point in the tournament is to finish their season strong.“We just keep a positive atmosphere during practices even though we’ve lost a lot of games we’re still excited to hold our practice sessions,” said Sison in Filipino. “I want to instill to my players that we can still fight.” View comments
Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon club has seen a considerable amount of growth in its membership over the past year or so and this was never so evident than in the past week, with numerous athletes heading off on their travels to compete in races the length and breath of the country.Performances of the weekend have to go to two of our Junior members, Christine Russell and Orlaith Fogarty. The girls finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the Under 16 National Triathlon Championships in what was a very tight race and competitive field in Loughrea on Saturday afternoon. These two young ladies have been training very hard over the past year and deserve all the success they get. Colin Dean headed to Sligo to compete in their sprint Triathlon finishing in a very credable 18th position. In Belfast, on Sunday Tommy Hill and Alan O Mahony took part in the Titanic Olympic Triathlon with both athletes performing well on the day. Alan picked up an age medal finishing third and Tommy will be delighted with his home town performance crossing the line in just over 1 hour 7 minutes, a new personal best at the sprint distance. Pauric Mitchell took part in the Shadowman Half Ironman event in the Midlands town of Athlone at the weekend, finishing in a time of 5 hours and 20 minutes, while Gavin Crawford was a member of a relay team that competed in and smashed the relay team record for the full Ironman, also in Athlone. The team came home in 8 hours 52 minutes, while Gavin put in a great display on the bike, completing the 180km course in 5 hours 10 minutes. On Sunday in the surroundings of the Lancashire town on Bolton, Damien Mc Goohan joined that small band of club members that have completed the full Ironman distance as a solo effort. Damien completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run in 13 hours 25 minutes. The Castlefinn trio, of Clint Doherty, John Mc Daid and Paul Kelly travelled to Cavan to compete in their sprint distance race, with Clint doing very well and finishing just outside the top 30. Pauric and Margret Kelly travelled to Loughrea along with Kevin Flangan at the weekend. In what was a very fast and competive field Margret put in a good performance to claim top spot in her age group. On Monday evening Aidan Callaghan, Gavin Crawford and Paul Doherty travelled to the Creggan in Derry to compete in Northwest Triathlon Clubs Aquathon. All performed well in the 750m swim and 5k run, with Aidan winning the event, Gavin finished 4th and Paul came home in 7th.Next up for the club and some of its members will be the Tri the Lough triathlon in Omagh this coming Saturday. TRIATHLON NEWS – LETTERKENNY 24/7 CLUB ATHLETE IN ACTION ACROSS COUNTRY was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:24/7 ClubletterkennyTriathlon
Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Tonight’s team is in! 🦁⚽️#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/Kl5mZMcDTf— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 26, 2018 New Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says John Terry has taken to coaching ‘like a duck to water’ REVEALED RANKED The hosts got off to a horrendous start this season, but have since responded with six wins in their last ten games.That sees them within striking distance of the top-six, where they can move with a victory here.What time is kick-off?This Championship clash is the Friday night offering on October 26.Kick-off at Loftus Road is at 7.45pm.Last season Villa took all three points home after an Albert Adomah double sealed a 2-1 victory.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune into talkSPORT2 from 7pm for live coverage of this game from West London.You can find us on DAB Radio, via our mobile apps or on the web player. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Aston Villa head to the capital to face a resurgent QPR at Loftus Road.After picking up his first win as boss, Dean Smith saw his side lose 2-1 to Norwich in midweek despite taking the lead in the Norfolk. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 REVEALED What is the team news? BEST OF ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade FOOTBALL LATEST Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 👊 Same again, again! #QPRAVL pic.twitter.com/vF1o6Ljdoh— QPR FC (@QPR) October 26, 2018
Daniel and Majella O’Donnell are at the fore of a campaign which aims to highlight the knock-on physical and psychological impacts of untreated hearing loss.The duo teamed up with Hidden Hearing in the hopes of encouraging people aged 50 plus to look after their ears as the issue of hearing loss is personal to them, especially Majella who herself suffers from impaired hearing due to repeated ear infections.According to the National Campaign for Better Hearing, up to 1 in 5 Irish adults suffer from at least a mild degree of hearing loss. They say that although early detection cannot prevent hearing loss, it can help some of the knock-on effects. “I suffered with a lot of ear infections when I was young, which ended up actually damaging my eardrums. I have about a 70 per cent loss in this [left] ear and about 30 per cent in this ear. So I wear hearing aids, and the difference it made to my life was amazing,” she told RTÉ.Majella says that she began noticing her hearing loss while in the boardroom at her job, where she would struggle to take part in discussions when several people spoke at once. At first she thought that perhaps they were speaking too fast or were mumbling, but she soon realised that she had to read people’s lips and facial expressions in order to converse.“It was probably in my late twenties, early thirties that I really noticed it,” she said. She also shared a funny story of how while on a date at the cinema, her suitor refused to go out with her again as he thought she was staring at another boy – when really she had been angling her “good ear” towards the screen to hear what was going on!Daniel added that his late mother Julia also struggled with impaired hearing, and that a hearing aid made the world of difference to her.“It brought her back into the swing of things… She was amazed when she got the hearing aid. We turned the television up to where she would have it and she said, ‘I didn’t have the TV up that loud!’”He says that there should be no shame in wearing a hearing aid, and compares it to wearing glasses.“The strange thing about it is that we wear glasses all the time, and I think the reason for that is that you can’t manage without the glasses.“If you can’t see something, you can’t see something. If you can’t hear, you turn up the sound on the television or the radio, or you ask people to repeat and you do compensate. “I think if you just realise the benefit and it doesn’t really matter – so what if you have a hearing aid?”The Kincasslagh crooner says that thankfully he has no hearing damage himself after the countless concerts he has staged over the years, but says that reduced hearing is something that affects many in the music business.“In the early days, certainly, the sound onstage was loud, but now I wouldn’t be as loud as the pop or rock!“Still, it was loud – there’d be a fair din in your head on the way home after a dance!” Daniel and Majella to the fore of National Campaign for Better Hearing was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daniel o donnellhidden hearingMajella O’ Donnell
OAKLAND— The Warriors’ new arrival has not had much time recently to explore the Bay Area. Jonas Jerebko is too busy figuring out how to fit in with the Warriors.The Warriors even had the day off on Wednesday. That mostly meant Jerebko has more time to learn. Following the Warriors’ season-opening win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco asked Jerebko if he planned to go to the practice facility on Wednesday to resume their daily work with the team’s younger …
Pupils eat food donated by World FoodProgram (WFP) in a classroom in Orango Island, Guinea-Bissau. According to the WFP, intellectual levels rise when children are fed properly.(Image: Manoocher Deghati, Irin Photo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben ParkerDirector, Irin News+254 733 860082 RELATED ARTICLES • Africa: serious about food• Development goals on track • Ethiopian wins World Food Prize• SA at front line of GM research • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmersSource: Irin NewsEarlier in April a group of international academic institutions and an EU-backed NGO launched Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come, or Sunray, to develop a nutrition agenda for Africa, with specific emphasis on the 34 sub-Saharan countries.“We want to make sure nutrition interventions in the next 10-15 years – when Africa faces potential environmental changes which will impact on nutrition – are sustainable, driven by African countries, and their priorities are not pre-defined by donors,” said researcher Carl Lachat of the Belgium-based Institute for Tropical Medicine, one of the participating institutions.A recent study by the International Food Policy Research Institute, a US-based think-tank, found that in another two decades the effect of climate change on food production could drive child malnutrition up by 20%.The two-year Sunray project has invited proposals for working papers from African researchers on a number of relevant topics.They include the relationship between nutrition and climate change; the influence of rising food prices; the future availability of water; social dynamics in households, and the effect of rapid urbanisation, among other themes in order to identify the specific research needs for nutrition in these areas.Research in AfricaProposals for working papers are under review by academics at four universities in sub-Saharan Africa: North-West University in South Africa; Sokoine University in Tanzania; the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin; and Makerere University in Uganda.“South Africa plays in a different league in terms of research when compared to the rest of Africa, but our research is more influenced by Western concepts, so if you are to look at good home-grown research pertaining to local foodstuffs, Nigeria and Kenya are a lot more advanced,” said Prof Annamarie Kruger, director of the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research at North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus.Kruger added that the project gave African researchers the attractive opportunity to develop interventions suited for their own conditions, meaning that they would have a say in the agenda.“We also know the gaps that need to be addressed,” she said. “It is not like we are doing research for European driven projects.”Lachat pointed out that the backing of the EU meant rich countries are calling for African involvement in setting the priorities for nutrition research and funding.Collaborative effortWith the deadline for proposals just passed, the universities are now assessing the submissions. The first of a series of workshops with the authors will take place later in 2011.Ahead of the workshops, the collaborating institutions intend holding discussions with nutritionists, researchers, businesspeople in the food sector, and policy makers in seven African countries – Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Togo and Tanzania.Lachat said they realised that political backing was critical to ensure the research made the journey from paper to the real world, so “we are involving African political leaders in the initiative.”The project will produce a roadmap document summarising research priorities, strengths and gaps, resource requirements, opportunities for linkage and support between African and Northern institutions, or synergies between existing initiatives and research in other sectors.Only nine of the 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are on track to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.Pupils eat food donated by WFP in a classroom in Eva Orango school in Orango Island of Bijago Archipelago in Guinea-Bissau Feburary 2008. According to World Food Program (WFP) intellectual levels rise when children are fed properly.© Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
A campaign launched by the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress to strengthen its presence at the polling booths ahead of the State Assembly elections due in December this year has attracted the party workers in large numbers as well as the local populace in the remote areas. The Congress has refuted the charge that it is a “gimmick” to display power.The ‘Mera Booth, Mera Gaurav’ (my booth, my pride) campaign has been devised to prompt the Congress workers to take pride in the party’s most fundamental unit and reinforce the organisational value of unity in its rank and file. Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has addressed a large number of booth-level programmes in several towns and villages across the State. Mr. Pilot led a massive rally of party workers here on Monday to protest against the alleged misuse of government machinery and money by the ruling BJP during a dialogue meet held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jaipur on July 7. Mr. Pilot said the BJP, which had wasted the hard-earned money of taxpayers to gather the crowds of so-called beneficiaries of government’s schemes, had betrayed the public mandate.The campaign at the booths, on the other hand, is claimed to be an innovative way to motivate the party workers and strengthen the party at its core. “This is an innovation like no other. With other parties painting the picture of workers mobilising to strengthen the party leaders, we in the Congress have mobilised our party leaders to strengthen the core workers,” Pradesh Congress vice-president Archana Sharma said here.Besides Mr. Pilot, AICC general secretary Avinash Pande, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and AICC secretaries Vivek Bansal, Devendra Yadav, Qazi Nizamuddin and Tarun Kumar have attended the booth-level outreach programmes during the last one and a half months.‘Not a gimmick’ Ms. Sharma refuted the BJP’s allegation that the Congress’ campaign was a gimmick to display power and said it was nurturing the very roots of the organisation. “As a united front, we believe that a healthy organisation gives a healthy regime,” she said, adding that the party had reached out to more than 7,00,000 people across the State.During the programmes, the Congress leaders have highlighted the BJP government’s alleged failures and the previous Congress regime’s achievements through one-to-one contacts, street plays and pamphlets.BJP accuses Cong. Newly-appointed State BJP president Madan Lal Saini has accused the Congress of imitating the ruling party’s ‘Mera Booth, Sabse Mazboot’ (my booth, the strongest) campaign running for four years. At some places, the Congress workers and leaders were reportedly involved in scuffles because of ‘local politics’.After the completion of the campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to address a rally in the State next month to give a fillip to the party’s preparations for the Assembly polls.
President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to two land amendment Bills in Gujarat that proposes to allot surplus agriculture land, meant for landless farmers, to industries and civic bodies.The two bills are the Gujarat Agricultural Lands Ceiling (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Gujarat Agricultural Lands Ceiling (Amendment) Bill, 2017.Gujarat Congress had opposed the legislations, alleging that surplus agriculture land acquired during land reform days in 1960s that are meant for landless and marginal farmers will be handed over to industrialists.The Bill first introduced in 2015 under the then BJP chief minister Anandiben Patel was returned by the Centre twice, on grounds that it deviated from the original 1960 Act and would affect agricultural production. In its replym the Gujarat government had told the Centre that surplus land will be allotted to industries only in return for land somewhere else, thereby not affecting the land bank. According to the Agricultural Land Ceiling Act, 1960 there is a cap on holding agricultural land and the Act empowers the State government to acquire surplus land and allot it to landless farmers.”The State assembly had unanimously passed amendments to the Bill, but it was pending with the Centre for over two years. After the necessary changes were made by the State government in the legislation, it was sent to the President for assent,” said a senior home ministry official.Gujarat government had told the Centre that some of the acquired surplus land was not viable for farming. It also said that the civic bodies will be asked to use the land to construct schools or other public amenities.
Star batsmen A.B. de Villiers and Virat Kohli smashed quick-fire half-centuries followed by a disciplined bowling effort which guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable 13-run victory over Rising Pune Supergiants in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest in Pune on Friday. (Scorecard)Highlights:Quotes!Virat Kohli: “That was closer than we thought at one stage. Good to cross the line though. We have been playing good cricket. We are the only team to win it twice after batting first but I would like to win the toss next time. With the power Perera has, you can never relax. On good wickets and with a bit of dew, these guys can take the game away in a couple of overs. It was a lesson for us. Watson showed a lot of composure and showed us the way. It was good to stay calm and not change too many things. Davey (de Villiers) told me to stay calm. When a guy is hitting well, you have to hit your area, and hope he misses and you hit. We spoke about 175-180 and ended up getting 5 extra. I wasn’t happy with my batting. Later, I accelerated my game. Great partnership with AB again. Such a world class player. Gave me the confidence to play the anchor role and made me feel better so that I could explode in the end.” Shane Watson: “I was a bit here and there tonight, but for Virat and AB to do their thing tonight was incredible. Some of the shots AB is playing at the moment is breathtaking. I’m happy to sit down and watch it at the moment. We knew if we bowl well, we can get home. It got a little bit tight in the end, especially when Thisara Perera was going. I was glad to get him out, otherwise the game could have been over.” advertisementMS Dhoni: “We lost three wickets for nothing. Faf got out, then KP got injured, and Steven Smith got run-out. It was a par-plus score. With three batsmen back in, I thought it was difficult to achieve. But I’m happy with the way we came close. Pietersen’s injury can be a blessing in disguise. We’re playing with six bowlers, yet our death bowling isn’t great. Maybe we can look to bring in Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh in the next game. With the kind of players we’ve got, it has always been difficult to drop someone. We need to strengthen our bowling line a bit. I feel overall with less pressure and a few more games, M Ashwin will get better. Not really fussed with these results. I personally feel, we have to improve in all three departments. We have to admit there are a few slow fielders in the team, but as long as they are safe fielders and take their catches, I can’t ask for more.” Pune Innings:23.44 IST: Kane Richardson took 2 wickets and gave away just 7 runs in the final over of the match. 23.38 IST: Match Over!! Kane Richardson’s bowls a brilliant final over as Royal Challengers Bangalore (185/3) beat Rising Pune Supergiants (172/8) by 13 runs. RPS slump to their third successive defeat in IPL 2016. 23.32 IST: What an Over!!! Shane Watson’s penultimate over might just win the game for RCB, he gets 2 wickets for just 4 runs. Pune 165/6, need 21 runs off the last over to win the match. 23.29 IST: Big Wicket for RCB!!!! Shane Watson delivers at the right time for Bangalore getting the wicket of Thisara Perera, who departs after a quickfire 34 off 13 balls. 23.25 IST: SIX!!! Thisara Perera smashes 25 runs off Harshal Patel’s over to keep the home team in the hunt. Pune 161/4 after 18 overs, need 25 from 12 balls. 23.14 IST: That’s Out!!! MS Dhoni goes for a big shot but holes out to a superb catch from AB de Villiers at long-off. Pune 121/4 after 16 overs, need 65 from 24 balls. 23.12 IST: Meanwhile, Chris Gayle can’t wait to get back to the IPL action 23.06 IST: STUMPED!!! Required rate pressure gets to Ajinkya Rahane (60 off 46 balls) as he comes down the track looking for a big shot but misses the ball completely and KL Rahul does the rest. Tabraiz Shamsi gets his maiden IPL wicket. Pune 115/3 after 15 overs, need 71 from 30 balls.22.56 IST: Strategic Time Out!! Pune 94/2 after 13 overs, need another 92 runs from 42 balls at 13.14 runs per over. Rahane 58*, Dhoni 27*. Current partnership: 76 runs from 63 balls.22.49 IST: FIFTY!!! Ajinkya Rahane gets to his half-century in 37 balls. Pune 86/2 after 12 overs, need 100 runs from 48 balls. 22.45 IST: Meanwhile a fan has posted this on RCB’s twitter page. advertisementVery well said ! 484 runs in 4 games ! The only reason I watch IPL @imVkohli @ABdeVilliers17 @RCBTweets @IPL pic.twitter.com/NWj6Hrox69 Mohamed Abuzaid (@abuzaid_abuzaid) April 22, 201622.41 IST: At the half way stage Pune are 73/2 with another 113 runs to go in 60 balls. Ajinkya Rahane batting on 43 from 31 balls, while Dhoni has made 21 off 22 balls. Required run rate has gone well over 11 now. 22.32 IST: Supergiants finally bring up their fifty in the eighth over. Pune 53/2 after 8 overs. Required run rate has jumped to 11.08. 22.22 IST: Strategic Time Out!! Early wickets along with an injury to Kevin Pietersen has completely stemmed the run flow. Pune 36/2 after 6 overs of the powerplay. Required run rate has climbed up to 10.71. 22.10 IST: MS Dhoni has decided to take control of the situation by promoting himself in the batting order. Pune 23/2 after 4 overs.22.05 IST: Run Out!!! Virat Kohli adds more misery on Pune as he runs out Steve Smith with a brilliant effort on the field. Pune 18/2 after 2.3 overs. 22.00 IST: More problems for Pune!! Kevin Pietersen is forced to leave the field after facing just one ball. Seems like he hurt his calf muscle as he was going for a single. Pune 12/1 after 2 overs. 21.56 IST: WICKET!!! Faf du Plessis fails with the bat as he hands an easy catch to Harshal Patel at mid-off. Pune 12/1 after 1.4 overs. 21.53 IST: Stuart Binny gets smacked in the first over. Pune 11/0 after 1 over. 21.50 IST: Rahane and Du Plessis are already out in the middle and taking guard. Stuart Binny will open the attack for Bangalore. 21.46 IST: 186 runs to defend. We’re sure all of you have your eyes on @shamsi90, tonight’s debutant! #RPSvRCB #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/aawu1kiWb1 Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 22, 2016 21.36 IST: Virat Kohli: “Well, the pitch was good to begin with. New ball bowlers were getting the swing. They probably didn’t hit the right areas. Wickets with new ball will be the key. The old ball was not quite bouncing. So, change of pace and squeezing the batsman for boundaries will be the key. Playing the anchor is how I play my game. Rahul, up the order, and ABD can bat around me. I’m not happy with the way I batted today. I thought I could have used 10 balls lesser. M Ashwin has variations, so we wanted to have the upper hand against him. ABD kept cheering me, he said my role was as important as his. If we bowl smartly, we can defend it.” Kohli is also the orange cap holder now.21.30 IST: Innings break!!! A 155-run stand between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers powers Bangalore to 185/3 in 20 overs. De Villiers top-scored with 83 off 46 balls, while Kohli made 80 from 63 balls. Thisara Perera (3/34) was the pick of the bowlers for Pune. 21.26 IST: That’s Out!!! Thisara Perera provides a double blow as AB de Villiers top-edges a slower ball and gets caught by Ankit Sharma. De Villiers departs for 83 from 46 balls. 21.25 IST: WICKET!!! Virat Kohli departs after yet another fantastic innings for his side. He scored a quickfire 80 from 63 balls.advertisement21.17 IST: SIX!!! Virat Kohli smacks Thisara Perera for a big six. Bangalore 157/1 after 18 overs. 21.04 IST: DROPPED!!!! Ankit Sharma puts down an easy catch. Virat Kohli tried to slog sweep R Ashwin but only managed a top-edge which Ankit dropped at long-off. Bangalore 137/1 after 16 overs. 21.03 IST: This is the third century stand between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers this season. 21.00 IST: Fifty for the skipper!!! Virat Kohli brings up yet another half-century this season. Current partnership: 101 off 69 balls. AB de Villiers batting on 68 from 34 balls. Bangalore 128/1 after 15 overs. 20.57 IST: Murugan Ashwin is having a torrid time on the field as de Villiers is taking him to the cleaners. He has conceded 29 runs in his 2 overs so far. Bangalore 122/1 after 14 overs. 20.51 IST: Hundred up for RCB!! Kohli and de Villiers are going great scoring at more than 8 runs per over. Bangalore 106/1 after 12 overs.20.43 IST: Fifty Partnership!!! Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have brought up their third half-century stand in this tournament. Bangalore 79/1 at the half-way stage. 20.38 IST: SIX!!! AB de Villiers ends the ninth over with slog sweep which goes over the ropes. Bangalore 69/1 after 9 overs.20.35 IST: Dhoni has brought Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now. Bangalore 57/1 after 8 overs. 20.30 IST: Average first innings score at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune is 151 20.27 IST: At the end of the powerplay, Bangalore are 48/1 after 6 overs. Virat Kohli 27* (3×4, 1×6), AB de Villiers 12* (2×4) 20.17 IST: WICKET!!! KL Rahul top-edges a delivery from Thisara Perera straight to Ishant Sharma at third man. Bangalore 27/1 after 3.4 overs. 20.13 IST: Virat smashes Ishant for a six and a four to get his innings off to a quick start. Bangalore 22/0 after 3 overs. 20.05 IST: Virat and Rahul take 9 runs from the first over. Bangalore 9/0 after 1 over. 19.58 IST: Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are all set for the big clash. Ishant Sharma starts off the proceedings for Pune.19.40 IST: Playing XIsRising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Murugan AshwinRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Sarfaraz Khan, Stuart Binny, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Iqbal Abdulla, Tabraiz Shamsi 19.35 IST: Team Changes – Pune have brought back Rajat Bhatia and left out Irfan Pathan. While mystery spinner Tabraiz Shamsi will make his debut for RCB. 19.30 IST: TOSS!!! MS Dhoni wins the toss, Pune Supergiants will bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore. 19.15 IST: RCB boys leave for the stadium in Pune .@klrahul11, @AdamMilne19 & @ABdeVilliers17 get on the bus and the boys are off to the stadium! #RPSvRCB #PlayBoldhttps://t.co/S0Q0HxV6cs Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 22, 2016 Preview:Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim to return to winning ways when they meet in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday. (Full IPL Coverage)Both teams started off in promising fashion by winning their respective opening matches, but lost their way thereafter with back to back defeats. A win on Friday will be crucial in getting their campaign back on track.Both teams are on one point each after identical records of one win and two defeats. But Pune are at the fifth spot on the points table, a rung above Bangalore, due to a better run rate.Pune are struggling to get going in both batting and bowling departments. They have star-studded batting line-up which includes the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. But with the exception of Faf du Plesis, none of the big names have lived up to their reputation so far.The Pune bowlers have not done too well either. The pace bowling department saw a couple of changes in their last match against Kings XI Punjab with Thissara Perera and Irfan Pathan replacing Mitchell Marsh and R.P. Singh. But the changes did not bring about the desired results as they could defend a 150 plus total.Ishant Sharma has also been largely ineffective despite his considerable international experience. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also not been in his best form so far. However, rookie spinner Murugan Ashwin and experienced pacer Rajat Bhatia have been promising.RCB also have an explosive batting line-up. They will miss star opener Chris Gayle, who has flown back home to Jamiaca following the birth of his first child. But the likes of captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson have the ability to tear apart any bowling attack on their day. The young Sarfaraz Khan has also been promising.The bowling however, is a cause for worry. Pacers Varun Aaron, Kane Richardson, Adam Milne and David Wiese have been far too expensive and have also struggled to get wickets. The spinners have fared no better with Yuzvendra Chahal, Parvez Rasool and Iqbal Abdullah struggling due their lack of experience.The squads:Rising Pune Supergiants: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Jaskaran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Albie Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, R.P. Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdulla, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Vikramjeet Malik, Kane Richardson, Varun Aaron, Mandeep Singh, Abu Nechim, Adam Milne, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Travis Head, David Wiese, Sachin Baby, Lokesh Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Vikas Tokas, Sarfaraz Khan, Praveen Dubey, Akshay Karnewar.