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Kuldeep Yadav reveals how he outfoxed England’s dangerous batting line-up

first_imgIndia’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav began his England tour in style as he grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul to script a resounding victory for the visitors in the first Twenty20 International in Manchester on Tuesday.Kuldeep became the third Indian after Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is.Kuldeep finished with 5/24 to help India thrash England by eight wickets at the Old Trafford to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The 23-year-old Chinaman bowler said he enjoyed his first outing and hopes to continue doing the same in the remainder of the two-and-a-half month tour.”My first tour in England, things are going very well. Perfect conditions. It felt like home conditions. The wicket was dry, good to bat on. When I bowled my first over, I felt like it would turn. It’s important if you’re bowling the wrong’un, it should be in the perfect area.MATCH – REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”We’ve got two legends (Virat and MS) and they’re very supportive. It’s just the start of my first tour in England. Hopefully in the next match we’ll do the same thing,” Kuldeep said at the post match presentation ceremony.The hosts were off to a flying start and looked set for massive score. But Kuldeep turned things around as he not only dried the scoring rate but also picked wickets from one end.Also read – Kuldeep 3rd Indian to grab five-wicket haul in T20Is”England had got off to a good start – they had around 65 runs in six overs. In the first over I checked the wicket. It was a bit dry. There was a possibility of a little turn, but it didn’t turn to begin with. Chahal told me it was not turning. It was stopping. Accordingly, I varied the pace a little, thinking then I will get a chance. The batsman would need to use his feet, and only then he would find it easy,” Kuldeep said at the post match press conference.advertisementAlso read – Kohli fastest ever to reach 2000 T20I runsKuldeep revealed that the wicket was not providing much of an assistance and he had to take other measures to keep the run flow under check.Also read – Rahul joins Rohit with second T20I hundred”If you want to take wickets you need to get the ball to turn. If you can’t make the ball turn, get drift, then you are not a spinner. You then cannot change the game. If a spinner takes four or five wickets your team gets the upper hand.Also read – Kohli thrilled with Rahul’s Manchester assault”When I came for the third over, I reduced the pace and maintained the flight while keeping the length good. I got Morgan the first ball. There onwards, my plan was to make sure they [the batsmen] stretched [to play the ball]. I did not want to give any easy ball. I did not want to add pace to the delivery because that would make it easy,” he said.Kuldeep had a sensational tour of Ireland where he finished with seven wickets from two T20 Internationals.India and England play the second T20I on Friday at Cardiff.last_img read more

Harry Kane and Dele Alli on target for Tottenham as Watford regret misses

first_imgIf the result is all that matters at this late stage of the season, then Tottenham will reflect on this low-key victory with a measure of satisfaction. It did not bother Mauricio Pochettino that there were times when his bruised players tried too hard to extinguish their disappointment at failing to reach the FA Cup final. They still won with plenty left in the tank and, in the end, this was a timely reminder that the modern Tottenham possess more resolve than many of their predecessors.That is why Pochettino likes to speak about this young team’s development. The Argentinian has hardened their mentality and, while Tottenham’s wait for their first trophy since 2008 will not end this season, the bottom line is that they can guarantee a top-four finish by beating West Brom on Saturday and Newcastle next Wednesday.Dele Alli’s opener provided them with a springboard to move five points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea and Tottenham will pip Liverpool to third place if they win their final three matches. They endured some awkward moments here and Watford, who are still not arithmetically safe from relegation, felt aggrieved not to have won for the first time since 3 March. Harry Kane’s 38th goal of the season killed off Javi Gracia’s side, though, and left Pochettino praising his team’s response to losing their FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United last weekend. Share on Facebook The striker has looked out of sorts since returning from an ankle injury and he is still playing himself back into form. Yet his importance to this team has never been in doubt and, with Gareth Southgate in the stands, this was a good time for England’s best hope at the World Cup to rediscover his scoring touch. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Europe “It is important in the last few games that we win,” Pochettino said. “We were all disappointed. Our fans the same. You felt it. I am so proud of the mentality and commitment they showed.”The game was played in a subdued atmosphere, with plenty of empty seats dotted around the ground, and Spurs were often there for the taking. There was a slight air of edginess about their play and Pochettino frowned at his team’s tentativeness in the final third, especially when Kane spurned a decent shooting opportunity with an awkward piece of control in the 12th minute. Watford sensed an opportunity to exploit that unease, showing inventiveness on the break, and Spurs’ defenders were relieved to see Hugo Lloris deny Andre Gray in the 25th minute.The frustration for Watford, however, was that one defensive aberration had already undermined their enterprising approach by the time Gray saw his snapshot pushed away.A team with Tottenham’s attacking options rarely require a helping hand from their opponents and Orestis Karnezis will wince when he watches a replay of the mistake that handed the home team an undeserved lead.The threat looked minimal when Kieran Trippier whipped a cross towards the near post from the right flank. It should have been a routine catch for Karnezis. Instead, the Watford goalkeeper was distracted by Christian Kabasele ducking underneath the ball and his fumble presented Christian Eriksen with the chance to tee up Alli, who drove a low shot into the unguarded net. Reuse this content League TwoChampions: Accrington Stanley Promoted: Luton Town, WycombePlay-offs: Lincoln v Exeter, Coventry v Notts CountyRelegated: Barnet, Chesterfield.National League: Macclesfield Town were promoted as champions, with Tranmere Rovers winning the play-off final. ChampionshipChampions: WolvesPromoted: CardiffPlay-off final: Fulham v Middlesbrough or Aston Villa (Sat 26 May)Relegation: Sunderland, Burton, Barnsley Thank you for your feedback. Facebook Tottenham Hotspur Share on Pinterest Harry Kane scores Tottenham’s second goal. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images Quick guide Promotion and relegation: how they stand Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. match reports League OneChampions: Wigan (pictured)Promoted: BlackburnPlay-offs: Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe or Rotherham (Sun 27 May)Relegated: Oldham, Northampton, MK Dons, Bury Pinterest Tottenham emerged with renewed focus at the start of the second half and normal service was resumed when Kane made it 2-0. The goal stemmed from one of those flowing moves that have made Spurs so enjoyable to watch under Pochettino, Eriksen shuffling a pass to Alli, who poked the ball through to Son Heung-min on the left. Son wasted no time turning the ball across goal and, although Kane slipped in the middle, the striker sprung back to his feet to meet Trippier’s centre with a crisp shot.Watford, winless on their travels since 25 November, had been put in their place. Richarlison contrived to fire over from close range and Gerard Deulofeu had a goal correctly ruled out for offside. But despite losing Mousa Dembélé to an ankle injury, Tottenham closed out the game after Kane’s goal.center_img Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Premier LeagueChampions: Manchester CityChampions League: Manchester United and Tottenham in the group stage, Liverpool will face a play-off unless they win this year’s final.Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal and BurnleyRelegation: Swansea, Stoke and West Brom Twitter Share on Messenger Was this helpful? Watford Show ScotlandPremiership: Celtic sealed their seventh straight title with Aberdeen in second and Rangers in third qualifying for the Europa League. Ross County are relegated, with Partick playing second-tier Livingston in a promotion-relegation play-off.Championship: St Mirren are promoted as champions, while Brechin are relegated. Dumbarton also went down after losing their play-off to Alloa.League One: Ayr United are champions with Alloa joining them in the second tier. Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers are relegated.League Two: Montrose are champions with Stenhousemuir going up via the play-offs. Cowdenbeath stayed up after winning their relegation play-off with Cove Rangers. Read more However, Pochettino was mistaken if he thought that isolated show of composure from Alli would settle his players. Watford targeted Tottenham’s unconvincing high line, forcing Lloris to race out of his area to beat Abdoulaye Doucouré to a through-ball, and all that was missing was a touch of ruthlessness.A lovely backheel from Will Hughes released Doucouré, who shot straight at Lloris, and Richarlison also had an effort pushed away after combining with Gray. “We conceded a few chances but Lloris showed fantastic skills in goal,” Pochettino said. His side would make Watford regret their generosity. “We conceded cheap goals,” Gracia said. “When we created chances we didn’t score.” Share on LinkedIn Tottenham facing up to reality check as stadium costs escalate Share on WhatsApp Premier League Hide last_img read more