first_imgRohit Sharma blasted his 17th fifty.Navdeep Saini picked up 3/17 in the first match.Saini gave an aggressive send-off to Nicholas Pooran. New Delhi: Navdeep Saini had made a dream debut in the first Twenty20 International against West Indies in Florida. Saini took two wickets in his first over in international cricket which included Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer. It was the wicket of Pooran which saw Saini celebrate a bit too aggressively. After Pooran top-edged a short ball and was caught by Rishabh Pant, Saini raised his arms and aggressively pointed Pooran to go back to the West Indies dressing room. Pooran was clearly not happy with the incident as he walked off. The celebrations have resulted in Saini getting one demerit point. “Saini was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to using actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon their dismissal,” said the ICC in a statement. “He has also been handed one demerit point,” the statement added. Saini was charged by the on-field umpires Nigel Duguid and Gregory Braithwaite, third umpire Leslie Reifer and fourth official Patrick Gustard.  He admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. Hence, there was no need for a formal hearing. Rohit’s fifty, combined with some disciplined bowling from Krunal Pandya and rain gave India victory by 22 runs via DLS method and also helped them take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. On the same strip where West Indies struggled to 95/9, India chose to bat and immediately, they were boosted by some fine batting from Rohit. The Mumbai batsman tied the sixes record by flicking Oshane Thomas to the deep midwicket and then broke it in style when he hammered Sunil Narine over the deep midwicket fence to become the ultimate six-hitter in the shortest format of the game. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

first_imgCELTIC will play Italian giants Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League.Neil Lennon played against the Italians twice in 2001-02 but it is the home game at Celtic Park he will draw inspiration from.Martin O’Neill’s side won 4-3. They went on to lose away in Turin after a blatant dive by Amuruso saw the home side win with a penalty 3-2 in one of the most controversial refereeing decisions in Champions League history.Joos Valgaeren, the Celtic defender, was five yards away from the Italian when he dived.After today’s draw Lennon tweeted: ‘Boooooom…..absolute beauty of a tie…very tough but then they all potentially were..brings back great memories.’Lennon said later:  “The home game is pivotal. We’ll have to take some sort of advantage to Turin. Celtic Park is a very special arena and I’m sure the fans will raise the roof again. “In terms of glamour it’s a beauty. Juventus are one of the great traditional European teams. They’re current Italian champions and finished the group stage very strongly. So in terms of glamour it’s great, in terms of qualification it is going to very tough, but it could have been any of the other teams and it would have been just as tough.“We believe over two games anything is possible. Juventus are littered with world-class stars and have been very consistent over the last 18 months and have got a great winning mentality, but so have we.“To come through the group as impressively as we did, you just never know where you’ll be in a month or two’s time in terms of fitness and form.”The SPL side welcome their Italian opponents to Glasgow on Tuesday, February 12.The away leg, played in Turin’s Juventus Stadium, will take place on Wednesday, March 6. THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC DRAW ITALIAN GIANTS JUVENTUS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE was last modified: December 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC DRAW ITALIAN GIANTS JUVENTUS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUElast_img read more