15 July 2014There will be a visible change to the South African cricket team when it takes on Sri Lanka in the first test at the Galle International Stadium. Graeme Smith, the most capped test captain in history, has retired and Hashim Amla, his successor, will lead the team for the first time on Wednesday.Amla was named captain of the test side in June, thus becoming the first player of colour to be permanently appointed to the position.Leading by exampleWidely respected, not only for his excellence as a player but also for the example he sets as a person, he appears to be a natural fit for the position. He has previous experience of captaincy at a high level too, having led the Dolphins’ franchise and the South African under-19 team.Amla enters the two-test series in excellent form, having scored consecutive centuries and a 46 in South Africa’s 2-1 win in the one-day international series, which concluded on the weekend. He will know that a 2-0 series win would lift the Proteas back to number one in the test rankings, a position they ceded to Australia earlier this year.Opening batsmanAfter Smith’s retirement, Dean Elgar, the obvious replacement for the long-time captain as an opening batsman, was awarded a contract by Cricket South Africa. He has big shoes to fill.In his nine-test career, the 27-year-old has so far scored 325 runs at an average of 29.54. That average is a little low, but he has time on his side to improve on it and become a staple at the top of the order, like the man he replaces.The loss of experienceSmith has followed Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis into retirement, thus leaving the Proteas without three of the most experienced and best players in South Africa’s history.While AB de Villiers, ranked number one among test batsmen, has performed admirably as a wicketkeeper/batsman in Boucher’s place, Faf du Plessis will surely find it harder to replace Kallis at number four in the batting order. He has, however, looked very Kallis-like in some innings of outstanding concentration against Australia and India, and with an average of 52.42 in 14 tests, has made a very solid start to his test career.On the subject of the great all-rounder, JP Duminy, an off-spinner, will likely be the man called on to send down the overs that Kallis, a seamer, used to contribute.Bowling attackThe bowling attack, in contrast to the batting line-up, is well set, with the pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel set to provide a varied set of questions for the Sri Lankan batsmen.The bigger question, though, will be about South Africa’s approach to spin. They have Duminy, a strong batsman as an option, but will they add another bowler in the form of Dane Piedt?The Sri Lankan spinners have a strong record in Galle, with Rangana Herath having snared 48 wickets in nine previous matches at the ground, leaving him second on the all-time list at the stadium, trailing only test cricket’s all-time leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan.‘Spin is always a factor’“Spin is always a factor when you come to the sub-continent, that’s why they prepare wickets to suit their bowlers,” South African quick Vernon Philander said in an interview in Galle on Monday.“He (Herath) is going to be a big threat, but our batsmen played him quite well in the last one-dayer in Hambantota, so hopefully we can continue to do so. I’d like to see our guys stepping up against the spinners and playing them to the best of their abilities.”Philander, ranked third in the test bowling rankings, with Steyn at one and Morkel at 16, said taking early wickets will be crucial to the Proteas’ success.‘You want to be striking with the new ball’“The more damage you can do with the new ball the better,” he explained. “You want batsmen five, six and seven batting against a newish nut. In these conditions you want to be striking with the new ball. Our lines up front need to get the batsmen to play.“I wouldn’t really say that lengths change, it’s more the line of attack,” he said of bowling on the sub-continent. “You need to sit on that off-stump line, and make sure you get the LBW into the game. The wider ball becomes the knick-off. Hopefully we can adjust really quickly and assess conditions accordingly.”Hot and humidThe weather conditions in Galle have been hot and humid with occasional showers, and that could bring swing into the equation, Philander said hopefully.“There is a bit of moisture and overhead conditions around, which will favour the swing bowlers. We have to wait and see what the deck looks like tomorrow and on the morning of the test.”South Africa vs Sri LankaSouth Africa and Sri Lanka have met in 20 tests previously, with the Proteas winning 10, the islanders’ five, and five matches being drawn.While the overall record favours South Africa, their record in Sri Lanka indicates that a serious challenge awaits Hashim Amla and company: four of the five Sri Lankan wins over the Proteas have come in Sri Lanka, with South Africa winning just twice away from home.Game on!
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After 32 years, the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which gives sweeping powers to security forces, was partially removed from three of nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh but would remain in force in the areas bordering Myanmar, officials said here.The State, which was formed on February 20, 1987, had inherited the controversial AFSPA enacted by Parliament in 1958 and applied to the entire State of Assam and the Union Territory of Manipur. After Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland came into being, the Act was appropriately adapted to apply to these states as well.The Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy committee had recommended scrapping of the AFSPA from the State. Under the Act, the security forces can arrest anyone or carry out searches in any premises. The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a notification that the four police station areas in Arunachal Pradesh, which were declared “disturbed areas” under the AFSPA, are no longer under the purview of the special law from Sunday.The police station areas from where the AFSPA has been withdrawn are Balemu and Bhalukpong police stations in West Kameng district, Seijosa police station in East Kameng district and Balijan police station in Papumpare district.However, according to the notification, the AFSPA will continue to be enforced in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and areas under the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district, Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district and Sunpura in Lohit district for six more months till September 30.A Home Ministry official said the “disturbed area” tag was withdrawn from the four police station areas due to the improvement of law and order situation there and it will continue in other areas in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups of the Northeast.The notification said the Union Home Ministry took the decision exercising its powers conferred under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. A review of the law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh’s six districts was undertaken before the March 31 deadline for the validity of the “disturbed area” designation under the AFSPA. In March last year, the AFSPA was removed completely from Meghalaya following improvement in security situation. The AFSPA is imposed in areas where armed forces are required to operate in aid to civil authorities. For the AFSPA to become valid, an area, however, needs to be declared disturbed either by the Central or the state government under the section 3 of the 1958 Act. Some parts of Arunachal Pradesh has the presence of banned militant outfits such as NSCN, ULFA and NDFB, another official said.
Kecmanovic is the last teen left in the men’s draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov.At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic’s run came to an end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem.Thiem needed less than an hour to subdue the 89th-ranked Karlovic, surrendering just seven points on his own serve and punishing Karlovic’s second serve.Thiem said putting 87 percent of his first serves in play was key in his first meeting with Karlovic.“I felt pretty confident on my own service games. That’s what I transferred also to the return games,” he said. “I made two breaks in the right moment I would say.”Thiem booked a meeting with 18th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2 in 57 minutes a day after the German stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).Khachanov produced just one ace to the big-serving American’s 12 but stretched his record over Isner to 4-0.Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his win over Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fourth-seeded Federer, fresh off his 100th career title, looked poised to finish off Edmund in less than an hour.But the Swiss great had to fight off three break points as he served for the match, just a small speed bump in a match that he took charge of early.“He didn’t have the best start, so that cost him the first set,” Federer said. “Second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roger Federer, of Switzerland, acknowledges the fans after his win over Kyle Edmund, of Britain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a blockbuster semi-final showdown at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday with brisk fourth-round wins.World number two Nadal overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine football chief “Conditions are tough with the glare, and the jump of the ball it’s sometimes hard to find the rhythm and timing.”Federer will fight for a semi-final berth against 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz.Hurkacz, ranked 67th in the world, sent 25th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov packing 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3.Although he’ll be an overwhelming favorite against Hurkacz, Federer said he wouldn’t take a semi-final meeting with Nadal for granted.“I hope I can get there,” Federer said, “but I’m not going to underestimate Hubert.” Kecmanovic capitalizesA day after world number one Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the third round, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic kept the Serbian flag flying.Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the last eight at Indian Wells since the ATP’s Masters 1000 series launched in 1990.Kecmanovic, ranked 130th in the world, had taken the first set against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 when the 74th-ranked Japanese retired because of injury.Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarter-final. Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4.Nadal said his performance on a windy stadium court wasn’t as good as his 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced.Nadal, who lifted the Indian Wells trophy in 2007, 2008 and 2013, is in the last eight for the first time in three years after missing last year’s edition, skipping both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters with a hip injury. 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