Nov 232013

Saturday 23 November 2013 

by John Pennington

Gareth Berg

Gareth Berg took a couple of wickets as Italy beat UAE by 67 runs

International Cricket Council


Italy’s win puts them back in contention for qualification

International Cricket Council

Italy have delivered the latest upset at the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier by beating hosts United Arab Emirates while there were also wins for Nepal, Namibia and the Netherlands.

Group A

The upset of the day came as Italy beat United Arab Emirates by 67 runs to revive their chances of making the play-offs.

Damian Crowley hammered 59 in 48 balls while Peter Petricola hit 38 and Carl Sandri 30 not out to help India post 158 for five.

In reply, UAE slipped to 14 for four and never recovered, bowled out for 91 in 16.2 overs. Shan Munasinghe took three for 19, Crowley two for 10 and Gareth Berg two for 21.

Namibia‘s seven-wicket win over Canada ends the Canadians chances of reaching the ICC World Twenty20 next year.

Canada started well enough, Ruvindu Gunasekera hitting 25 and Jimmy Hansra 23 but they were bowled out for 117, unable to build their innings. Nicholaas Scholtz took five for 13 and Bernard Scholtz two for 19.

Raymond van Schoor then hit 58 in 55 balls and Craig Williams 37 not out in 33 deliveries as Namibia reached their target with three balls to spare.

Standings: Ireland 11 points, Hong Kong 10 points, United Arab Emirates 8 points, Namibia 6 points, Italy 5 points, Uganda, USA 3 points, Canada 2 points

Group B

The Netherlands bounced back from their defeat to Scotland by beating Kenya by 29 runs.

Michael Swart (44) and Wesley Barresi (28) top scored as the Dutch posted 130 for seven and they then restricted Kenya to 101 for seven.

In the seventh over, Kenya were 10 for six, from which point there was no way back.

Mudassar Bukhari took three for 14 and Swart two for eight and some respectability was restored to Kenya by Shem Ngoche’s 38 in 28 balls.

Gyanendra Malla hit 39 in 22 balls and Subash Khakurel 35 in as many balls as Nepal beat Bermuda by 21 runs.

A late collapse saw Nepal close on 148 for eight as Malachi Jones, Allan Douglas II and Dion Stovell took two wickets.

However, Bermuda could not capitalise on their strong finish in the field when they were bowled out for 127.

They lost wickets early and were 15 for four although Janeiro Tucker’s 48 in 31 balls gave them some hope before Nepal came back, Jitendra Mukhiya finishing with three for 25, Avinash Karn two for 14 and Paras Khadka two for 23.

Standings: Afghanistan, Netherlands 10 points, Nepal 8 points, Kenya, Scotland 6 points, Papua New Guinea 5 points, Bermuda 4 points, Denmark 1 point

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Jun 112013
Kangana to sport Madonna’s famous conical bra for ‘Revolver Rita’

Kangana would be sporting the same for her upcoming action flick Revolver Rita, to be produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Rahul Mittra.

She would be sporting the lingerie for a fight sequence in the film states reports. Designer Gavin Miguel who has been in charge of Kangana’s costumes in the film is said to be taking inspiration from Madonna’s infamous cone-shaped brassiere from the 90s.

We hear that Gavin who is excited about designing this also is conscious of adding authenticity to the design, for which he is all set to pick out the best material for the lingerie from Italy.

The conical bra, made famous by the pop diva Madonna during the 90s, was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. The costume remains one of the singer’s most popular looks.

Lets wait to see if Kangana Ranaut gets the look right for her film and creates the same buzz.



Kangana Ranaut who in the recent times turning in to a fashionista, sometimes even sporting some bizzare wardrobes for various parties and events, now gets to wear Madonna’s famous  conical bra.

Feb 022013
Love is in the air

Aaaah February, the month of love, 28 days of the year dedicated to romance and the celebration of love, with the highlight in the middle of the month being Valentines Day, celebrated by showing a loved one or someone who you are interested in how you feel with a barrage of chocolates, flowers and cute cards, perhaps even taking them on a date, because nothing says ‘I love you’ better than a 3-course dinner and a bottle of champagne.

February means something completely different to me, and I might not be alone. Starting of with the first Sunday of the month, the NFL season draws to a close with the most watched sporting event in the world, the Superbowl XLVII. This year sees the Ravens taking on the SF 49ers.Honnors even I would say, with no clear favourite. Even though it is already early Monday morning in the rest of the world, that shouldn’t stop you from getting enthralled by all the Americana and enjoy the spectacle with some hot wings in hand.

By the time the dust settles from the social media aftermath, the beautiful game takes centre stage. The first leg of the Uefa Champions League sees the top European footballing clubs entering the Round of 16 knockout stages, and with that the most anticipated game of the round Real Madrid versus Manchester United, Jose Mourinho versus Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo versus Robin van Persie, a mouth-watering  prospect to say the least.

And if that’s not enough footballing action for you, the Afcon reaches its climax, where the winner will be the last qualifier for this years Confederations Cup, the hors d’ oeuvres before next years FIFA World Cup main course, hosted by Brazil.

But wait there’s more, the Super 15 Rugby tournament kicks off, which means that every weekend for almost 6 months is filled with the top Southern Hemisphere clubs brutally bashing the beeswax out of each other, a more physical kind of love if you like. Not to forget the 6 Nations kicking off where Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France and Italy want to see who reigns supreme.

And while this is all happening there is a bounty of international cricket on offer with Pakistan touring South Africa, India visiting the country of the long white cloud, and Australia facing the boys from the Caribbean.

So whatever you fancy, there is something for everyone in the sporting world. An ever-lasting relationship between fans and the sporting disciplines they love.

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