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Dhoni Jadeja absorbed pressure nicely anything could have happened Boult

first_imgManchester: New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult said Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s partnership had his team concerned during the semifinal clash here as the two absorbed the pressure nicely to keep India in the hunt. New Zealand reached their second successive World Cup final by defeating India by 18-runs at the Old Trafford on Wednesday. The match lasted two days due to inclement weather. Chasing a modest target of 240, India’s top order was left reeling as Matt Henry and Boult reduced the world’s number one side to 24 for four. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Jadeja (77) and Dhoni’s (50) seventh-wicket partnership put India back in the game but ultimately it was Boult and Henry’s new ball brilliance that proved decisive in the end. “They absorbed the pressure nicely and anything can happen with Dhoni and Jadeja at the crease, so it’s just nice to come out on the right side,” Boult said. The pacer, who claimed the wickets of India skipper Virat Kohli and dangerman Jadeja, said that he enjoyed being part of the ‘mayhem’ his side created with the new ball. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “It was mayhem out there with the new ball, it was a dream start for us and great fun to be a part of. “We knew our best balls are good enough for anyone, so it was nice to get the ball moving around and really put the pressure on them,” said Boult. New Zealand will take on either England or Australia in the final at Lord’s on Sunday. “We’re just excited about playing in a World Cup final at Lord’s – it doesn’t get bigger than that and whoever we play, we’ll just enjoy it.” “I think we are good enough to beat anyone. Every side is stacked with good players but we can wait to be out there on the big dance, this means everything to the side.”last_img read more

Nigeria attacks Blasts and rockets kill 31 in Borno state

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNigeria suicide blast kills 30 football fans in BornoJune 17, 2019In “latest news”Nigeria army releases 183 detained childrenJuly 9, 2018In “latest news”UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945March 11, 2017In “World” Blasts and rockets ‘kill 31’ in Borno stateTwo suicide bombers have attacked a town in north-eastern Nigeria only hours after the country’s army chief urged displaced residents to return home because it was safe.The blasts hit the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening and residents say at least 31 people died. The explosions were followed up by rockets fired from outside the town.Boko Haram militants are suspected. Army chief Lt Gen Tukur Buratai had said they were no longer a threat. A four-month military operation started on 1 May to expel Boko Haram insurgents from northern Borno and the Lake Chad region.No group has said it carried out Saturday evening’s attacks but a militia leader speaking to AFP, Babakura Kolo, said they bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria.Officials said at least 20 people died in the attacks but residents said they had counted the dead and an anonymous local official confirmed the toll.“It has destroyed our houses. We have also counted 31 innocent people including children and elderly killed in the attack,” local resident Modu Usman, son of a community leader, told Reuters news agency.AttackMore than 40 people were injured in the attacks, which were aimed at people celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday in the Shuwari and Abachari districts of the town.The rocket attacks appear to have caused most of the casualties, a local official said.The UN says 1.7 million people have been forced from their homes due to the Boko Haram conflict, which is now in its ninth year.Boko Haram uses suicide bombers, often young girls, to target civilians and soldiers.In one of the most recent attacks, bombers killed dozens of people in and around a mosque in the town of Mubi.Despite the ongoing threat of suicide bombings, the security situation in north-east Nigeria has improved, says BBC Africa Editor Will Ross.But there will be some scepticism about calls to return home, our correspondent adds. Previous promises that it is safe because the jihadists have been defeated have proved to be premature. (BBC) read more