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Pakistan success sees Windies World Cup hopes fade further

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first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Any hopes West Indies harboured of overhauling Pakistan and clinching the crucial eighth spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings have all but disappeared as the Asian side have surged to sixth position following their capture of the ICC Champions Trophy here Sunday.In the latest rankings released yesterday by cricket’s world governing body, Pakistan gained four points to jump from eighth to sixth on 95 points, now ahead of seventh-placed Bangladesh on 94 and Sri Lanka, who have slipped to eighth on 93 points.Pakistan, who had lingered at eighth in the world rankings in recent times, convincingly beat powerhouse India in the final at the Oval by 180 runs to lift the title regarded as the mini World Cup.With the success, Pakistan have further enhanced their chances of automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England while West Indies slipped further behind in their quest to also seal a direct spot at the tournament.Ironically, Pakistan had edged West Indies for the final spot in the Champions Trophy because of their eighth place ranking.West Indies remain in ninth spot on 77 points in the latest rankings following a disappointing 1-1 draw in the recent three-match series against ICC Associate side Afghanistan.They are now faced with the task of closing a 16-point gap on Sri Lanka by the September 30 cut-off date for automatic qualification for the World Cup. Hosts England and the remaining top seven sides in the rankings by that date will earn automatic qualification.The Windies face India in a five-match series starting Friday at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and take on fourth-ranked England in another five-match series in September.If they lose these series and subsequently fail to qualify automatically, the Caribbean side will enter a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year, to determine the final two World Cup berths.South Africa have retained top spot in the newest rankings on 119 points, two ratings points ahead of Australia with India lying one point back in third.Latest ICC One-Day International rankings:1. South Africa 1192. Australia 1173. India 116 (-1)4. England 113 (-1)5. New Zealand 1116. Pakistan 95 (+4)7. Bangladesh 94 (-1)8. Sri Lanka 939. West Indies 7710. Afghanistan 5411. Zimbabwe 4612. Ireland 41last_img read more

LeBron James explains Lakers’ turnaround after ‘reckless’ start vs. Heat: ‘My teammates got on my ass’

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first_imgThe four-time MVP was transformed in the second half, though, finishing with 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds as the Western Conference leaders won a thriller to move to 23-3.James revealed some frank words from his colleagues were justified.Our General  pic.twitter.com/yCThgBXyC5— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 14, 2019″Well, we were down today because of me,” James told ESPN. “I was reckless. My teammates got on my ass. They told me you’re playing too passive, thinking about the game way too much instead of reading and reacting and doing what you do. Anthony Davis got on me, Boogie Cousins got on me and they told me to just be me. LeBron James said being told he was “too passive” by his Lakers teammates in a “reckless” first-half display fueled him to raise his game in a 113-110 victory over the Heat.The Lakers inflicted the first home defeat of the NBA season on the Heat, but a 13th straight road win looked unlikely when they trailed by 14 points in the first half. James dropped well short of his usual sky-high standards in that opening half, turning the ball over seven times and missing seven of his 11 shots. “So I was like, ‘Thank God we have two halves in a basketball game,’ where I can flush the first one, and then come back and try to help us win.”Davis also played a major part in the Lakers’ turnaround, racking up 33 points and 10 rebounds. “We knew it was going to be a dog fight, that’s what it was tonight and the game was fun,” Davis said. “These are the types of games we live for.”last_img read more