New Delhi: Before the start of the series, Australia was facing an uphill task. They had lost four consecutive Twenty20 Internationals and they were facing Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, who had won seven consecutive Twenty20 International series since February 2017. However, the entire script changed with India’s bowling and catching found wanting in Brisbane. Chasing a revised target due to rain in 17 overs, Shikhar Dhawan (76) and Dinesh Karthik (30) played attacking knocks but it was not enough as Australia secured a four-run win to put themselves on the cusp of an unlikely series win heading into the second Twenty20 International in Melbourne.Read More | Harris, Tremain included in Australia side for two India Tests The loss in Brisbane would not worry Kohli much, considering the short turn-around time for games in such series. However, the Indian team would be looking to address some issues with the fielding and bowling. Kohli himself dropped Aaron Finch while Khaleel Ahmed dropped Marcus Stoinis. In addition, there were some fielding mishaps as well which proved to be crucial. However, India has an issue with the bowling, with Krunal Pandya giving away 55 runs in four overs.Read More | Kohli says Rishabh Pant’s wicket was turning point for India in T20IIt was the let-up in the intensity during the middle overs, where India leaked 36 runs in two overs which cost the side. Getting Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Pandya might be a good option but it weakens the batting. Chahal’s wicket-taking prowess in Twenty20s is magnificent and it will be interesting to see how Kohli rejigs his bowling composition.Read More | Australia survive Shikhar Dhawan blitz to clinch Brisbane T20IWith the batting, the No.3 position is a conundrum. KL Rahul struggled in Brisbane, continuing the right-hander’s lean run in this format. Since his 101* in Manchester against England, Rahul’s highest score in six innings has been 26*. With Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer waiting in the wings, the pressure is immense on Rahul.Zampa the trump card for AustraliaAustralia headed into the game in Brisbane with turmoil on and off the field. In the end, they emerged victorious thanks to aggressive batting, better fielding and a much-better bowling display, notably from Adam Zampa 4-0-22-2. Zampa’s spell was the key in the middle overs and his wicket of Virat Kohli would be satisfying, considering he got the Indian skipper cheaply in a chase.Marcus Stoinis’ all-round show, combined with Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell’s aggression give the batting a solid look. The pacers, notably Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff struggled and they will be aiming for a better performance.The hosts might not make any changes. However, one potential change could be Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of Tye, who leaked plenty of runs which got India back in the contest. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Published on April 29, 2013 at 12:19 am Facebook Twitter Google+ With a win over Georgetown on Sunday, Syracuse defended its Big East regular-season title and repeated as champions.The No. 5 Orange (14-3, 8-0 Big East) topped the No. 7 Hoyas (12-4, 6-2), 13-7, in Washington on Sunday after defeating No. 17 Loyola (Md.) (10-7, 6-2), 19-9, in Baltimore on Friday. SU has put together a nine-game winning streak while extending its Big East regular-season winning streak to 20.Syracuse finished undefeated in Big East play for the second straight year and third time in program history. The Orange claimed its sixth league title in the last seven years and clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament next weekend.Freshman attack Kayla Treanor tied her season high with five goals against Loyola, then bested it with a six-goal performance at Georgetown. With an assist in each game, Treanor finished the weekend with 13 points.Junior attack Alyssa Murray recorded three goals and five assists on Friday night and followed it up with a three-goal, two-assist outing against the Hoyas. Murray’s 13-point road trip gives her a Big East-leading 83 on the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore goalie Kelsey Richardson set a season-high with nine saves against Georgetown while allowing just two goals. The Syracuse defense held GU to only five shots in the first half and the Hoyas committed 19 turnovers throughout the game.On Thursday, the Orange returns to Washington for the Big East tournament, where it’ll play No. 4 seed Connecticut at 5:30 p.m. in the first round. Syracuse is looking to win it for the third time. SU won the inaugural tournament in 2007 and captured the title again in 2008.Softball takes 1-of-3 at South FloridaSyracuse (20-26, 8-11 Big East) dropped two of three games at South Florida (40-14, 18-3) this weekend and senior Stacy Kuwik threw all 20.2 innings.The Bulls have been one of the toughest teams in the Big East this season, and snapped a three-game Orange winning streak by bookending the series with two one-run victories. Kuwik gave up just four earned runs on the weekend.In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, South Florida edged the Orange 3-2. SU fell behind early and could only muster two unearned runs thanks to spotty fielding from the Bulls.Kuwik threw a complete game in the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits, and striking out four. Junior Sara Nevins notched her 22nd win of the season for the Bulls, striking out 14 Orange hitters in six innings while giving up no earned runs.SU battled back in game two, winning the second game 4-1 on the back of Shirley Daniels. Daniels hit two doubles, drove in two runs and broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning, plating senior Emily Thompson. Junior first baseman Jasmine Watson followed Daniels with a two-run home run to extend the lead.Kuwik pitched another complete game to earn her 14th win of the season, matching her total from a year ago. Kuwik gave up just one run on six hits.In Sunday’s rubber match, the Orange fought into extra innings but fell to the Bulls, 2-1. Kuwik threw yet another complete game, but SU could only score one run on three hits against senior Lindsey Richardson and sophomore Sam Greiner.Next the Orange will meet Cornell for a doubleheader at SU Softball Stadium on Tuesday, before wrapping up Big East play hosting a weekend series against Providence on May 4-5.Track & field takes competes in pair of meetsSyracuse competed at two different meets last weekend.The sprinters and hurdlers traveled to Pennsylvania to race in the 119th Penn Relays, the oldest track and field competition in the United States. The meet’s Saturday attendance has averaged 45,000 spectators for the last six years, and makes the meet the best attended track event in the country each year, and one of the best attended in the world.In front of the large crowd, junior Donald Pollitt finished in second place in the 110m hurdles championship race (13.85 seconds), just 0.18 seconds behind Wayne Davis II from Texas A&M, who finished in first. Pollitt’s time was a personal record.In the same race, senior Amadou Gueye placed in fifth with a time of 14.03 seconds, tying a personal record.Pollitt also competed in the 4×100 IC4A relays with seniors Colin Reno and Will Watson and junior Jaquan Holland. The quartet finished in fourth place with a time of 41.25 seconds.On Sunday, the distance runners competed at the Big Red Invitational at Cornell.In the women’s 100-meter, junior Sa’De Lewis took second place (13.53 seconds), finishing .09 seconds behind first.Freshmen Brianna Nerud and Margo Malone took first and second in the women’s 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:30.77 and 4:31.02 respectively. In the same race, SU sophomore Maura Linde finished in seventh (4:42.41).Sophomore Molly Malone won the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.13, while freshman Ryan Urie won the men’s 800 with a time of 1:52.91.Also taking a first place finish for SU was sophomore Juris Silenieks, who won the men’s 10k in 31:45.18.Next weekend, SU will compete in the Big East Outdoor Championships at Rutgers on May 3, where runners will attempt to qualify for the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C., on May 23.– Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff, email@example.com Comments
All it took was a week for the Atlantic Coast Conference to be flipped upside down.Boston College beat Syracuse, which beat Miami, which beat North Carolina State, which beat Virginia Tech, which beat Duke, which beat Georgia Tech, which beat North Carolina, which beat Clemson, which beat Wake Forest, which beat Boston College.Deep breath.The ACC wheel of confusion continues to spin two weeks into conference play and it has no sign of stopping. Boston College, projected as the worst team in the league, is 2-2. Duke, Virginia and Louisville, projected as top contenders, have an identical 2-2 conference record. The only teams unbeaten in ACC play are Florida State and Notre Dame, which weren’t even ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 until the third and fifth week of the season, respectively.The more one tries to make sense of the ACC, the less sense the league makes. It presents Syracuse (10-7, 2-2 ACC) with a chance and a challenge — depending on how you look at it — because in the ACC this year, anything goes. And with 14 regular season conference games left, there’s no telling where the Orange will land in March.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the Orange lost six of its first 14 games of the year, SU beat Miami and Pittsburgh back-to-back. All of a sudden, Syracuse catapulted into the middle of the conference’s pack. Word spread throughout the ACC, leaving some with only one explanation. Published on January 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm The result is a hodge podge of speculation and guessing where Syracuse will slot in at the end of the year. No one can predict the future, especially in this league. But it’s more than likely the Orange ends up somewhere in the middle, since, you know, that’s where every team in the ACC will be.“I just think it’s incredibly hard to win a game in this league,” Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said. “… And I think it’s just going to stay clumped together because it’s so hard to win a game.”What’s in store for Syracuse remains to be seen. In the last 14 games, there will likely be lots of wins and lots of losses. The roller-coaster ride is sure to continue. And in a league where no one knows, you best just buckle up.Paul Schwedelson is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @pschweds. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Entering Thursday, the ACC had 11 teams in the top 50 in Ratings Percentage Index, also known as RPI. It’s a ranking system used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee. The Big Ten had seven teams and the Southeastern Conference had six teams, just more than half the number of the ACC.“(The ACC) was one of the places I wanted to be,” said Syracuse’s Andrew White, who transferred this offseason from the Big Ten’s Nebraska, “just because you face the best programs, the best players and the best coaches in the country and that’s where you want to step your game up.”There’s no denying that the ACC is the best conference in college basketball. How that affects the Orange can be interpreted in different ways.SU is currently on the outside looking in based on most NCAA Tournament projections. But with seven games remaining against AP Top 25 teams, the Orange has more than enough opportunities to play its way back into contention.“Fortunately there’s a lot of tough games in this league,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, “that you can get a chance to win if you play well.”The problem for SU, though, is that as all the ACC teams beat up on each other, the top teams in the league aren’t as highly regarded as they once were. At the start of the season, four ACC teams resided in the top 13 in the AP Poll, including two in the top six. Now, there isn’t a single ACC team in the top six. There are six ranked teams, one more than at the start of the year, but if top dogs keep losing, the quality of a win against a team like Duke, Virginia or North Carolina isn’t the same. Those top teams may still be good enough to beat Syracuse and the teams that are beating them are better than once thought.According to CBS Sports, nine ACC teams are projected to get into the Tournament. ESPN’s projection has 10. Neither include Syracuse. With a late-season surge from the Orange and others, the ACC could match the Big East’s record 11 Tournament teams in 2011. But that would mean SU has to rack up quality wins and in the topsy-turvy ACC it’s hard to distinguish which opponents actually make for those.