10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debut

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Oliver Skipp’s debut for the win over Burnley.The teenage midfielder was handed his first Premier League start by Pochettino.The manager said, “Fantastic, he played like a 30-year-old man. So relaxed, trying to play forward and give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy full energy I am so proud of him. “He is only 18 years old and I think it was fantastic. Now it is going to be easy for him because always the debut you are nervous. I remember my first game and I said to him you look so relaxed. When I was 17, going to play aIways was so nervous. That is the difference between a player going to be a top player and a normal player like me. “In the last few months in the USA in pre-season he shows that he can cope with the pressure to play in the first team and it was only about time and the possibility to give the opportunity. “I want to congratulate the people in the academy that work in education to build his career with him and to help him to build his career is fantastic. The work they are doing is amazing and we need to profit this work to provide the team that energy and quality player because he is a very good kid, person it is a fantastic thing for Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBurnley boss Dyche: Heaton like a family member

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche: Heaton like a family memberby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says there’s no hard feelings over Tom Heaton’s move to Aston Villa.The move raised a few eyebrows with the 33-year-old ending last season as Burnley’s No.1.His departure saw Bailey Peacock-Farrell drafted in from Leeds to bolster the goalkeeping ranks with Nick Pope playing every minute in the Premier League so far this campaign.“I treat all these players like they’re my own family members, I try and be as good with my guidance as I would be with my own children,” Dyche told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.“I think it’s important, they become important to you over time, Tom is certainly one of those. I don’t do favourites, apart from Tripps (Kieran Trippier), everybody knows that!“He was my first signing, an important signing, but he’s a top fella on and off the pitch, I like him as a person and professional.“There will always be a business decision here though, every pound is a prisoner, that’s just the way it is.“Behind that, we have got very good goalkeepers. I believe in Nick Pope, quite obviously, I believe in Joe Hart and young Bailey has joined the group and done very well so far.“There is a method to the planning of it, but there often comes a time when a deal gets done here.“With Tom, it worked on every level, and on the one that’s hard to find, an emotional level, because I can shake Tom by the hand, look him in the face, he’s happy, I’m happy, and there’s no thinking on who’s won, everyone has won.” last_img read more

Report: Rangers 3-1 FC Midtjylland

first_imgRangers secured straightforward progress to the Europa League play-off round, beating FC Midtjylland 3-1 at Ibrox to clinch a 7-3 aggregate success.Steven Gerrard’s men have started the new season in impressive fashion, following up a 4-2 first-leg defeat of Midtjylland by putting six past Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.And they were comfortable again in a clinical display on Thursday as Alfredo Morelos, taking his tally to nine for the campaign with a brace, and Sheyi Ojo each found the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Gerrard had the luxury of leaving Jermain Defoe, the weekend’s hat-trick hero, on the bench until the 81st minute, and Legia Warsaw now lie between Rangers and the competition’s group stage.A double for the Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/cYLxuL6O0U— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 15, 2019The hosts dictated play from the outset and lovely movement from Ojo allowed him to centre to Morelos for the opener, the striker shimmying away from Rasmus Nicolaisen in the area and finishing from close range.Jesper Hansen made a smart stop to deny Morelos his and Rangers’ second with a drive from a tight angle, while Midtjylland were wasteful at the other end despite promising forays of their own.The visitors were duly punished as Morelos turned provider for Ojo to sweep home a low cross, with only an excellent Hansen save keeping the same man from making it 3-0 with a free-kick before the break.Rangers’ front two continued to combine and it took just four minutes of the second period for Ojo to again pick out Morelos, who slammed home at the near post.An outstanding Allan McGregor stop denied Gustav Wikheim when he looked destined to pull a goal back, before Evander did belatedly get Midtjylland on the scoresheet with a first-time finish.But the visitors’ best efforts proved far too little, far too late and Sory Kaba was slightly fortunate to escape with a yellow when he lunged in on McGregor late on.last_img read more

ESPN Computer’s Prediction For Ohio State-Michigan Game

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan have officially entered Rivalry Week, as we’re now just five days away from the Buckeyes and the Wolverines meeting at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.Both Ohio State and Michigan enter this weekend’s game at 10-1, with a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game on the line. A spot in the College Football Playoff could be up for grabs, too.Michigan, for the first time since 2004, will be a road favorite at Ohio State this weekend. The Wolverines are listed as a 3.5-point favorite heading into this weekend’s game in Columbus.Can Jim Harbaugh and Co. finally get a victory over Urban Meyer?ESPN’s computer has made its prediction.ESPN’s computer is currently giving Michigan a 54 percent chance of winning this game, giving Ohio State a 46 percent chance of pulling out a victory.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Star College Football QB Makes NFL Draft Decision

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonBuffalo star quarterback Tyree Jackson will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft, he announced Sunday morning.Late last month, Jackson entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal. He could have elected to matriculate elsewhwere next year as a graduate transfer.Instead, he will throw his hat in the ring for the 2019 draft.“I am really excited about the journey ahead, and I am going to attack it head on,” Jackson wrote on Instagram. “I will work incredibly hard to achieve this lifelong goal.”According to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Jackson received a “return to school” recommendation from the NFL’s advisory committee this winter.Buffalo’s strong-armed QB Tyree Jackson declares for the NFL Draft. He was considering leaving to go somewhere as a grad transfer. He’d gotten a ‘you should return to college’ evaluation from the NFL this winter.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 6, 2019Jackson is regarded as a strong-armed, physically-impressive prospect who is still raw and needs work to become an NFL-caliber QB. Teams will likely be intrigued by him as a developmental draft pick.He earned MAC Offensive Player of the Year honors after putting up 3,131 passing yards and 28 touchdowns during the 2018 season.last_img read more

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Explains Why He Needs A Girlfriend

first_img From Sports Illustrated:“You need a girlfriend,” Tua says, “to make her go get stuff and bring it back.”This is simply a playful joke from Tagovailoa, who is poised for another strong season at Alabama.His parents have clearly prioritized strict dieting and training over the course of his career.All that hard work could pay dividends for Tagovailoa, as many scouts see him as one of the top prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.[Sports Illustrated] Tua Tagovailoa looks to throw a pass for Alabama.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)While there’s no question that Tua Tagovailoa wants to be the next great quarterback, the lefty gunslinger also wants to find himself a girlfriend. However, the reason behind why he wants a significant other is quite unusual.Tagovailoa has gone through a strenuous workout program to prepare for this upcoming season. His father, Galu Tagovailoa, has also put a strict diet into effect for his sons.Although Tagovailoa follows his father’s plan, the dual-threat quarterback wouldn’t mind breaking the rules from time to time.In order to sneak junk food past his parents, Tagovailoa believes he needs a girlfriend that can go out and get the food. After all, the family confiscates the car keys during summer workouts to avoid anyone going to a fast-food chain.last_img read more

James Franklin Discusses Allegations Of Penn State Running Up Score

first_img He’s referring to the Penn State reserves that came in during the third quarter of action. They also had their way with Idaho last weekend.Backup quarterback Will Levis completed 11-of-14 pass attempts for 62 yards and a touchdown. It became clear that even the second-string team for the Nittany Lions was too much to handle.Franklin on the final score: “No one likes to see that, but I will tell you that those guys (reserves) deserve to get in the game and play.”— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 3, 2019Scoring 79 points against any opponent might seem brutal, but James Franklin brought up a great point. It’s not like he left his starting lineup in the game for all four quarters.The chances of Penn State frequently blowing out opponents during conference play are slim. Allowing the reserves to get quality minutes in the season opener gives the coaching staff to see how their backup options may perform down the stretch.We’ll see if Penn State can continue its dominance on Saturday when it hosts Buffalo. Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)James Franklin’s Penn State Nittany Lions looked quite dominant in its season opener against Idaho. On the flip side, the prestigious program received criticism for apparently running up the score.The Nittany Lions won 79-7 over the Vandals in a contest that was basically over heading into halftime. Starting quarterback Sean Clifford shined in his season debut with 280 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.While fans in Happy Valley must be thrilled about how their team looks heading into Week 2, James Franklin and the coaching staff have been dealing with questions about running up the score on a lesser opponent.Franklin had an interesting response to those critics, saying “No one likes to see that, but I will tell you that those guys deserve to get in the game and play.”last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup 2019: After dream start vs Thailand, India brace for tougher test against UAE

first_img Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 17:54 IST India are ranked seven places below hosts UAE in the FIFA rankings for Asia (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia easily defeated Thailand 4-1 in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 openerHosts UAE were held by Bahrain 1-1 in the tournament openerUAE are currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th in the FIFA rankingsIf Thailand was big, India are faced with a bigger test in hosts United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup here Thursday, overcoming whom will require them to play out of their skins.Four days after creating a flutter with a stunning 4-1 drubbing of Thailand, India are now looking an upbeat lot in the continental showpiece.While the result against Thailand, who have three J-League players in their ranks, was no mean feat, it will be a bigger achievement if the Indians are able to put it across the hosts who are gunning for the title.Currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th, the United Arab Emirates were placed as high as 24 in the FIFA chart in January 2015.Coach Stephen Constantine will be pleased with how the second half against Thailand turned out. India not only managed to shut down a lethal Thai attack after being tied 1-1 at the break, but also threatened at the other end through quick transitions in attack.That stupendous show earned India three valuable points, a place on top of the group and a goal average of plus three.”We have a very young side here and they are excited. Of course, hosts UAE will be a different game. They are a very good side but they are just another team standing in our way,” said Constantine.As far as the Indian team is concerned, Sunil Chhetri hogs the limelight wherever he goes, and the Blue Tigers will again look up to him upfront.advertisementIt will not exactly be appropriate to say that Chhetri will be high on confidence after his double strikes against Thailand, which saw him go past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the goal-scoring chart among active international players, because that is an ingredient the Indian talisman never lacked. He is never overconfident, though.In a team sport like football, a squad heavily dependent on Chhetri would not have experienced a 13-match unbeaten run on way to qualifying for the tournament.Over reliance on the 34-year-old striker would not have seen them maul Thailand the way the did.And that is a good sign for Constantine’s team, which will enhance its prospects of qualifying for the second round of the tournament for the first time in over 50 years if it is able to win or at least draw against the UAE.It is even better for the team that for all his achievements over the years, Chhetri remains grounded.Minutes after coming off the bench against Thailand, Jeje Lalpekhlua found the back of the net, and so did young Anirudh Thapa.However, the surprise package was rookie forward Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh being the livewire down wide right.Udanta, in fact, set up a couple of goals including the inch-perfect cross from right flank, which Chhetri slammed home for India’s second goal.Chhetri and Ashique had their eyes on goal whenever they were on the ball and the direct running of the latter and the technique and finishing prowess of the former left the opposition’s defence helpless. More of the could be expected against a superior opponent in UAE.India can expect the UAE to come hard at them after a 1-1 stalemate against Bahrain in the tournament opener.They wouldn’t be satisfied with their performances, especially in the attacking third. It was the late goal by substitute Ahmed Khalil that saved them the blushes.Midfielder Ismail Hammadi is also a key player in UAE’s scheme of things.UAE will look to dominate the midfield where Anirudh Thapa and Pronay Halder will come up against a tightly-knit unit.India will also be required to be vigilant at the back as the likes of Ali Mabkhout and 2015 Asian Player of the Year Ahmed Khalil are goal-scorers with predatory instincts in the attacking third.Mabkhout is seven goals shy of becoming UAE’s all-time top scorer. The central defensive pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika will be kept busy at the back, and so could be goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India’s grand opening seem to have also left the UAE football association concerned, which has adopted a unique strategy to fill the stands at the stadium with fans of the home team.It has been reported that the UAE FA has purchased 5,000 tickets for the game against India and plans to distribute it only among the local fans on the match day for free to pack the stands with home support.India will hope to not get carried away by all these, something their coach stressed a day after the win against Thailand.advertisement”We don’t go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. However, we are not trying to get carried away with the emotion. We still have two games left and we still need another two points to qualify from the group stages,” Constantine had said.”After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited, but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages.”Only time will tell what’s in store.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationAlso Read | India not getting carried away with the win, says Stephen ConstantineAlso Read | Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow AFC Asian CupFollow India vs UAEFollow IndiaFollow United Arab EmiratesFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Indian football AFC Asian Cup 2019: After dream start vs Thailand, India brace for tougher test against UAEAFC Asian Cup 2019: India will look to put one foot in the Round of 16 with a positive result against hosts United Arab Emiratesadvertisementlast_img read more

Harbhajan Singh reveals how Shane Watson batted through bloodied leg in IPL 2019 final

first_img 2 Indian Premier League, 2019, Final 3 Match Ended Indian Premier League, 2019 third Man 149/8 25 vs 0 (20.0) fine Leg Faf du Plessis du Plessis st Quinton de Kock b Krunal Pandya 149/8 third Man 1 Mid off (20.0) covers covers – Fall of Wickets All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg Mid off Match Ended Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Nitin Menon (IND) and Nigel Llong (ENG) 0 4 Ambati Rayudu A. Rayudu c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah 24 14 3 1 Square Leg Scorecard commentary 0 nb Chennai CHE Mid on Mid Wicket 39 Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah Point 0 4 0 1 Mid off 13 r Harbhajan Singh H. Singh Mid off Mid on 4s 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Dwayne Bravo D. Bravo c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah Mid on 0 0 6s Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja not out st Quinton de Kock b Krunal Pandya view full scorecard Point run out (Ishan Kishan) All batsmen are considered right handed 4 8 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket 0 15 Mid on India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 09:22 IST Shane Watson scored 80 off 59 balls in the IPL 2019 final but couldn’t finish the job for CSK (Harbhajan Singh Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson suffered a leg injury while batting in IPL 2019 final, Harbhajan Singh revealedHarbhajan also went on to add that Watson suffered 6 stitches on his leg after the matchWatson’s valiant 59-ball 80 went in vain on Sunday as MI beat CSK by 1 run to lift their 4th IPL titleChennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday revealed how Shane Watson batted through the pain barrier during the IPL 2019 final against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad.According to Harbhajan, the Chennai Super Kings opener received six stitches on his left leg after Watson dived to save his wicket during his knock.Harbhajan posted a picture on his Insta story of Watson’s bloodied left leg from the final.”Can you guys see the blood on his knee.. He got 6 stitches after the game..Got injured while diving but continue to bat without telling anyone,” Harbhajan wrote on his Insta story and shared a picture as well. Harbhajan Singh revealed Shane Watson’s injury on his Insta story on Monday (Harbhajan Singh Photo)Watson almost pulled off the 150-run chase against Mumbai Indians on Sunday night as he smashed 80 off 59 balls for Chennai and batted till the penultimate ball of the match. But once he was run out, Chennai failed to scrape past the finish line and ended up falling short by 1 run.Watson fought valiantly for the Super Kings but couldn’t take his team over the line as Lasith Malinga bowled a sensational final over and defended 8 runs off it.Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians were chasing their 4th IPL title but MI came on top after they held their nerves in a nail-biting title clash.Harbhajan said he still could not come to terms with the fact that CSK could not chase down 150 on a good pitch and rued the loss of regular wickets after a good opening stand between Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson.advertisement”From the fans’ point of view, it was kind of a paisa vasool match but for us it was heartbreaking. Getting MI out for 149, chasing 150 in Hyderabad on that pitch, I thought we had the match,” Harbhajan told India Today. “We had a good start upfront but we lost wickets. I still feel why this happened to us. It was our game. But we have to accept the fact that MI are winners but it was our game,” he said.MS Dhoni’s run out created a stir and Harbhajan Singh said Chennai Super Kings would have liked to see the Dhoni decision go their way.”We would have liked MS Dhoni’s decision to go in our way. If you see, the angles…from one end it looked out, from one end he looked to have made it. It was tough decision to make. A lot of times it’s been said that the decision should be given in batsman’s favour. In Dhoni’s case, it wasn’t given. I think it’s one of the key points where the game drifted away from us.”Apart from that, I didn’t think we built enough partnerships. Watson almost pulled a miracle for us. But it wasn’t enough. Even after MS Dhoni got out, we came so close.. Shane Watson brought us really close,” he said.Also Read | Mumbai Indians’ victory parade brings city to a halt as fans celebrate IPL 2019 winAlso Read | IPL 2019 final was paisa vasool for fans but CSK players heartbroken: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh on MS Dhoni run out in IPL 2019 final: It was a tough decision to makeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shane WatsonFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow mi vs csk finalFollow IPL 2019 final covers wd MS Dhoni (c)(wk) MS Dhoni (c)(wk) run out (Ishan Kishan) lbw b Rahul Chahar covers All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Point Square Leg 1 (20.0) advertisement Square Leg fine Leg 2 fine Leg Kieron Pollard (MUM) K. Pollard (MUM) 0 148/7 2 Mid off Mumbai MUM S/R 0 0 Mid off Mumbai Point Mitchell McClenaghan M. McClenaghan Mid Wicket lbw b Lasith Malinga third Man 8 No data available! 25 All batsmen are considered right handed Shane Watson (CHE) S. Watson (CHE) Square Leg Mid Wicket 3.5 R Deepak Chahar D. Chahar 0 c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah 3.5 fine Leg 133/5 ( D. Bravo 18.2 Overs) , Harbhajan Singh reveals how Shane Watson batted through bloodied leg in IPL 2019 finalAccording to Harbhajan Singh, the Chennai Super Kings opener received six stitches on his left leg after Shane Watson dived to save his wicket during his knock. view more view less Lasith Malinga L. Malinga 0 o 15 2 third Man Super Over 100 3/26 (4) c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah covers Mumbai Bowling MUM Bowling 41 (25) m fine Leg Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed Mid on graphs Imran Tahir I. Tahir 5 run out (Krunal Pandya) Square Leg third Man 100 (20.0) 0 8 Chennai batting CHE batting 13 third Man Mid Wicket Point Shardul Thakur S. Thakur lbw b Lasith Malinga 33/1 ( du Plessis 4 Overs) , fine Leg 100 third Man 0 4 1 Mumbai beat Chennai by 1 run fine Leg 4 Mid Wicket 80 (59) Mid off Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Hardik Pandya H. Pandya 0 4 5 6 148/7 (20.0) 70/2 ( S. Raina 9.2 Overs) , Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 19:30 (Local Time) fine Leg Chennai 82/4 ( MS Dhoni 12.4 Overs) , Extras: 9 runs (B: 5, LB: 0, WD: 4, NB: 0, P: 0) 146/6 ( S. Watson 19.4 Overs) , 0 Point Toss: MUM elected to bat Jasprit Bumrah (MUM) J. Bumrah (MUM) All batsmen are considered right handed w Mumbai MUM 148/7 Mid on 26 Shane Watson S. Watson run out (Krunal Pandya) Point 0 third Man Krunal Pandya K. Pandya 2 Mid off 148/7 ( S. Thakur 20 Overs) , 49 Suresh Raina S. Raina lbw b Rahul Chahar Mid on 1 0 3 covers e/r 1 Mid on 59 covers Deepak Chahar (CHE) D. Chahar (CHE) 0 12.25 0 57.14 2/14 (4) 14 1 Square Leg 0 0 Square Leg Mid Wicket 0 14 covers Rahul Chahar R. Chahar Point Chennai CHE 1 Series Status: Mumbai Indians wins the 2019 Indian Premier League Player Of The Match: Jasprit Bumrah Player Of The Series: Andre Russell 0 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 135.59 0 B not out 80 200 3 73/3 ( A. Rayudu 10.3 Overs) ,last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch relieved after Australia scrape past Pakistan

first_img view more view less World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch relieved after Australia scrape past PakistanFinch was a relieved man after his team managed to survive and win against Pakistan. It was not a comfortable win for the Aussies, as the match was in a firm balance until the late stages of the game. scorecard No data available! graphs advertisement Indo-Asian News Service TauntonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 10:58 IST Aaron Finch relieved post Australia win over Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia put a formidable total of 307 before bowling out Pakistan for 266Pakistan lived up to their “unpredictable” tag and were all out during their chasePakistan will next face India in a high-octane encounter in Manchester on SundayAustralian skipper Aaron Finch was a relieved man after his team managed to survive and win a nervy World Cup fixture against Pakistan in Taunton.Wednesday’s gripping match at the Cooper Associates County Ground saw the defending champions put a formidable total of 307 before bowling out Pakistan for 266.Going by the scoreline, one can predict it to be a rather comfortable win for the Aussies. However, it was not the case as the match was in a firm balance until the late stages of the game.Pakistan lived up to their “unpredictable” tag and was all but out of the contest at 6-160 during their chase. However, it was a different story at 7-264 after Hasan Ali (32 off 15), Wahab Riaz (45 off 39) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (40 off 48) led a big-hitting rearguard action. It was only when Mitchell Starc kept his cool and bowled brilliantly in his ninth over and picked up two wickets which allowed Australia to win the match.After the match, Finch admitted they were put under pressure by Pakistan’s lower order.”They certainly did. It’s always tough when you’ve got guys like Hasan and Wahab coming out and swinging,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”When they start to get on a roll it can be tough to stop. We just had to bowl our best ball, whether that was a length ball or whether it was a yorker. You had to commit to that ball 100 percent. We saw that if your execution is slightly off on a small ground like this you go for six,” he added.advertisementEarlier, after put into bat, Australia made a commanding start as both Finch and David Warner added 146 runs for the opening wicket. Warner went to score his first 100 of the ongoing tournament. However, once Warner got out, Australia lost wickets in a heap and was eventually bundled out for 307 in 49 overs.”We didn’t bat out 50 overs, which was really disappointing. When you go in with the extra batter you stack the batters to do that job,” said Finch while ruing the fact his team didn’t play full quota of 50 overs.”We probably tried to go a little bit too hard too early and ended up probably 20-30 runs short,” he added.Meanwhile, Sarfaraz expressed disappointment and said his top four batsmen need to score runs if they want to win. He also said that Pakistan bowlers came back well after disappointing opening spells allowed Australia to have a flying start.”We conceded too many runs in the first 20 overs. Except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl really well,” Sarfaraz said.”If we want to win, the top four have to make runs,” he added.Pakistan will next face India in what is expected to be a high-octane encounter between the arch-rivals in Manchester on Sunday.Also Read | Ravi Shastri and coaching staff to get 45-day extension after World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand: Unbeaten teams look to spoil each other’s perfect recordAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Aaron FinchFollow Australia vs Pakistan commentary Nextlast_img read more