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Brathwaite, Blackwood score half-centuries as West Indies in command vs Bangladesh



Kraigg Brathwaite scored a patient 94 at the top while Jermaine Blackwood scored 63 as the West Indies cemented their advantage over Bangladesh on Day 2 of the opening Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium on Saturday (IST).

Resuming the second day on 95/2 West Indies were all out for 265 after tea, which gave them a first innings lead of 162, having dismissed the visitors for 103 on an eventful opening day.

Brathwaite fell six short of what would have been an 11th Test hundred when he was trapped leg-before wicket for 94. It was another pivotal knock this year to follow scores of 55, 160 and 56 not out in the epic series win against England earlier this year.

Vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood stroked 63 and Nkrumah Bonner 33, while Gudakesh Motie, in his first Test knock, played freely unbeaten 23 off 21 balls but off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, with 4/59, along with seamers Khaled Ahmed (2/59) and Ebadot Hossain (2/65), combined to bring a swift end to the West Indies innings.

By the close Bangladesh were reduced to 50/2 as they trail by trailed by 112 with eight wickets left. With strong support from his fans in the stands at the Sir Andy Roberts End, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was fired up and proved to be an inspiration with the ball in the evening as he took both wickets. The first was opener Tamim Iqbal for 22 in the 10th over.

He got a thick edge and keeper Joshua Da Silva flew to his left to take a magnificent one-handed catch. In Joseph’s second over he dismissed nightwatchman Mehidy Hasan for just two as he edged a sharp lifting delivery into the safe hands of Kyle Mayers at first slip.

Earlier, Brathwaite, started the day on 42 and moved to 75 at lunch but lost Bonner — the only wicket of the first session — in the first over following the drinks break, bowled by captain Shakib al-Hasan after misreading one from the left-arm spinner which came on with the arm. He faced 96 balls and struck three fours.

Brathwaite fell to fast bowler Khaled and his dismissal proved to be a catalyst for Bangladesh required as Mehidy Hasan proved effective against the middle and lower order.

He struck left-hander Kyle Mayers in front for nine and got Joshua Da Silva (1) to feather a defensive prod behind, before disposing of Alzarri Joseph without scoring also to a catch at the wicket in the third over after tea, taken at 231/6.

Blackwood responded with his 16th Test fifty to be 53 not out at the second interval, but was eventually ninth out after facing 139 balls in a shade over 3-� hours and striking nine fours, brilliantly taken at cover by Mehidy Hasan off Khaled.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 103 in 32.5 overs and 50/2 vs West Indies 265 (Kraigg Brathwaite 94, Jermaine Blackwood 63; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4/59).


‘I’m happy here’: Cristiano Ronaldo pledges to continue at Al Nassr in Saudi Pro League




Portugese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to continue at Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia despite walking away empty handed in this season. The 38-year-old has earmarked the tournament to be among the top five in the world.

Ronaldo, who signed a two and a half year contract with Al Nassr, scored 14 goals in 16 games in the season, with his side standing second behind Al Ittihad in the Saudi Pro league. However, there were speculations about how long will he stay as reports of swap deal with Saudi-owned Newcastle United emerged, who have now qualified for next season’s Champions league.

In an official Saudi Pro League interview, the star footballer revealed:

“I’m happy here, I want to continue here, I will continue here. And in my opinion, if they continue to do the work that they want to do here, for the next five years, I think the Saudi league can be a top five league in the world. I expected to win something this year, but we didn’t, but next year I’m really positive, but next year I’m really positive and confident that things will change and we go in a better way.”

Cristiano Ronaldo suggests he is still adjusting to strange training timings in Saudi Arabia:

Ronaldo also revealed how contrasting the training timings in Europe and Saudi Arabia are, elaborating:

“In Europe, we train more in the morning, but here we train in the afternoon or evening and in Ramadan, we train at 10 at night. So this is strange but as I tell you, these situations are part of an experience, memories. I like to live these moments because you learn with these things.”

With 837 goals in 512 games, Ronaldo is the combined highest goal scorer in history.

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Lionel Messi to leave PSG at the end of the season, confirms club manager Christophe Galtier




Paris Saint Germain superstar Lionel Messi will leave the club at the end of the current season, manager Christophe Galtier confirmed on Thursday. Messi made 74 appearances for PSG in which he scored 32 goals and made 35 assists. In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain has played 37 matches out of which they have won 27, lost six and drew four.

PSG had acquired Messi’s services two years ago in a record transfer deal after he left FC Barcelona in 2021.

Messi, who’s contract with PSG ends this season, is now being linked with with a move to Saudi Arabia while talk of a return to the Nou Camp has picked up in Spain in recent weeks.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will play his final match for PSG against Clermont Foot on Saturday.

“I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football,” Galtier said on Thursday. “This will be his last match at the Parc des Princes, and I hope that he will receive the warmest of welcomes.”

Messi’s envious record

In the Spanish La Liga football competition, Lionel Messi has scored 474 goals in 520 matches. In the French Ligue 1, Messi has scored 22 goals in 57 matches.

The 35-year-old while playing for Football Club Barcelona has scored 672 goals in 778 games. While playing for Paris Saint-Germain he has scored 32 goals in 74 matches.

No plan to bring Messi back: Barca president

FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta recently said that the club has re-established good relationships with Argentine legend Lionel Messi, but it would not pay any price to bring him back to the Camp Nou Stadium.

“I have spoken with Leo to somehow redirect the situation that occurred when I had to put the institution ahead of everything, including him, the best player in the world,” said Laporta in a Monday morning TV show.

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Mark Zuckerberg strikes gold against jiu jitsu fighters, posts pictures on Instagram




In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has appeared helpless in front of the US Congress where he has been slapped by fines, and fired 11,000 vulnerable employees after being hit by falling revenues. But outside the business arena where Meta is facing tough competition from TikTok and other rivals, Zuckerberg is a huge mixed martial arts fan.

Contrary to setbacks in the tech sector, the Facebook founder has tasted victory in jiu jitsu.

Striking gold, but in a different arena

  • The billionaire who has trained with UFC fighters, posted pictures after winning jiu jitsu matches for the first time.
  • The billionaire who tried his hand at martial arts, revealed that he won a gold medal in the Gi categroy and a silver medal in the No-GI category.
  • His post on Instagram received comments from UFC featherweight and bantamweight category champions, as well as jiu jitsu hall of fame member Bernardo Faria.

Competitive or short tempered?

  • The entrepreneur turned sportsperson, who also enjoys surfing, was seen getting into a heated argument after losing a contest during the tournament in California as well.
  • On the work front, Zuckerberg’s firm Meta also surprised the markets by bouncing back with strong earnings, after struggling with loss of ad revenue.
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