Leafs face defending KIJHL champs in mid-week clash at NDCC Arena

first_imgHowever, two of the wins came early in the season when Beaver Valley, well wasn’t, Beaver Valley.Nelson leads the series offensively 21-15.However, one game Nelson blitzed the Hawks 8-0 early in the season.The Nitehawks, fresh from a split in the Okanagan Shuswap Conference against 100 Mile House and Kamloops, are once again on top of the Murdoch Division with a 28-11-1-0-4 record, five points ahead of second place Castlegar and eight points up on the Leafs.Beaver Valley is 6-2 in the month of January while Nelson — 2-3-1-1 — has struggled with injuries.The Hawks are led Fruitvale native Mitch Foyle with 49 points and team-high 27 goals. Foyle is currently riding a five-game point streak.The Leafs top scorer is defenceman Robson Cramer, who inked a letter of intent to play at Simon Fraser University next season.Cramer also had 49 points, with 18 goals.Game time is 7 p.m. Is Wednesday Nelson/Beaver Valley clash going to be a playoff preview or just two teams playing out the string?The Nelson Leafs certainly hope it’s not the latter as the Green and White play host to the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champions Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.The game is the second to last time the teams meet during the regular season.The two Murdoch rivals conclude the regular campaign Tuesday, February 3, in Fruitvale.Nelson, which managed to right the Good Ship Leaf this past weekend with three points in two games, holds a slight advantage in the series with a 3-2-1 record.last_img read more

Short spells key, advises Sir Curtly

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose is advising new captain Jason Holder not to burden his seam attack with long spells if he wants to ensure their effectiveness in the two-Test series.Since arriving in the south Asian nation, the Windies have been confronted with stifling heat, with temperatures soaring into the mid-30s Celsius, coupled with high humidity.”In these conditions it’s been very, very hot and it is going to be important that the fast bowlers bowl shorter spells,” said Sir Curtly, the legendary Windies fast bowler, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests.”Bowling eight, nine, 10 overs a spell is going to be too much for them, so the skipper will have to monitor the fast bowlers a little bit better, giving them shorter spells – whether it’s three- or four-over spells – where they can give you a full hundred per cent, so at the end of the day they have some energy left when you need them to produce. So, the spells are going to be important.”He added: “Hydration is going to be (important). You can’t wait until you’re tired or feel hydrated to put in the fluids, so that is going to be key, the hydration factor is going to be key;”Sir Curtly said that in the humid conditions, the fast bowlers will need to make the most of the abbreviated spells and get early wickets, as life would become harder for bowlers as the game went on.”You have to make sure that your first spell – for instance, with the new ball – you have to try your best to make that count,” he cautioned.”You have to nick out a few wickets early because the conditions here will be extremely hot. So short spells for me will do the trick, where fast bowlers will feel a little more fresh than bowling eight or nine overs in one spell.”quick pitchHe said one of the bright spots from the tour game was the awareness of the seamers in knowing the right length to bowl.”It’s a lot hotter than the Caribbean. Playing that three-day warm-up game … there was something for the fast bowlers. It was not a quick pitch, but there was grass on it and something for the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly pointed out.”What impressed me most with our quickies was that they quickly found the right length to bowl and that was very impressive. We didn’t have to tell them what length to bowl, they really worked it out themselves and that, to me, was very impressive.”Once we can do that going into the Test matches, I think we’re going to be ok.”last_img read more

Venezuelan, 2 Guyanese nabbed with 42 kilos ganja

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has revealed that three persons were likely to be charged today after they were found with 42 kilograms of cannabis at GoldenThe cannabis was found around 17:30h on SaturdayFleece, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).According to reports, the persons were arrested in the Back Street of the village after Police acted on information they received which resulted in a raid. The cannabis was found around 17:30h on Saturday. A Venezuelan national is among the persons arrested.last_img read more

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino makes stunning admission

first_img Massimo Cellino 1 Massimo Cellino has risked a further backlash from Leeds supporters by admitting he interfered in first-team matters during the defeat at QPR last weekend.The club’s controversial owner, who has seen off five managers in two years, revealed to the Daily Mirror he went to the away dressing room at half-time of the Championship clash at Loftus Road to tell current boss Steve Evans to make a tactical change.Leeds were drawing the match at the time and went on to lose 1-0, with Charlie Austin scoring the winner with his first touch.Cellino told the Mirror of his tactical switch: “Didn’t work anyway. We lost the game.”The revelation comes as Leeds prepare to stage a walkout during Saturday’s visit of Hull in protest at the Italian’s handling of the club.Supporters will stream out of the Elland Road stands in the 17th minute – a number Cellino has a superstitious dislike of.Cellino is currently fighting a second Football League disqualification for tax evasion, while a string of managerial changes and supporter rows have brought terrace dissent to a head.Having told Leeds Fans United – a supporters group aiming for fan ownership – he would sell them the club, he then changed his mind three days later and said he would not be attending any further matches or contemplating selling the club until the new year.But he was present at QPR and news of his interference will further infuriate supporters of the Championship club.last_img read more

NEW CHARITY SHOP TO ‘GET DONEGAL TALKING’

first_imgNoel Cunningham will open the charity shop.A new charity shop set to open in Letterkenny will help raise funds for the ‘Let’s Get Talking Donegal’, project which offers counselling to men and women over the age of 17 years.The shop and coffee hub, which will be launched by television personality Noel Cunningham, will open this Saturday.The main objective of the organisation and those involved is to advance mental health in the community by alleviating the emotional distress of clients suffering from a wide range of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and offering hope for those with suicidal tendencies. Without the benefit of care funding, ‘Let’s Get Talking Donegal’ depends on donations and fund-raising to provide this vital service to the community.The charity shop, located at the Port Road, opposite the An Grianan Theatre, has been open for the past six weeks under the management of well-known fund-raiser, Margaret Devenney.“All the money raised will go to the services provided. We’ve already had a good response both from the point of view of people dropping in items and from people making purchases. All of it is helping to contribute to this more than worthy cause,” said Margaret.Apart from the charity shop and coffee hub, plans are in readiness for the creation of counselling rooms for the services being provided by ‘Let’s Get Talking Donegal’ which has been set up in conjunction with the Donegal Women’s Centre, situated adjacent to the premises. “These rooms will provide a space for both men and women from the county to access the services in a safe and confidential manner,” indicated Mary Maguire.Substantial work will be involved in the building and furnishing of the rooms and any donations to assist would, she added, be greatly appreciated.“We are also looking for carpenters, painters and plumbers to volunteer their services for the premises,” Margaret pointed out.As for the shop itself, the provision of clothes, books and bric-a-brac continue to be welcome.The coffee hub will also help provide an additional social aspect to the premises. “There’ll be a set price for a coffee and a snack and, again, the money will go towards the services,” said Paul Maguire.“We hope to organise a coffee morning either in May or at the start of June to further the fund-raising efforts.”Meanwhile, well known entertainer, Noel Cunningham, will perform the official opening of the charity shop on Saturday at twelve noon.The shop is open from Monday to Saturday (10.a.m. to 5.p.m.).NEW CHARITY SHOP TO ‘GET DONEGAL TALKING’ was last modified: April 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charity shopdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL V TYRONE: VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JIM McGUINNESS

first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness leads his side against Tyrone in the much-anticipated Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones on Sunday.You can watch a full preview interview with Jim on our video, brought to you by jacskonmedia.tv. DDTV: DONEGAL V TYRONE: VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: June 25th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal v tyronejacksonmedia.tivjacskonmedia.tvJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

Once in a lifetime

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Quick, call in the cameras, send out the press releases, watch closely and notify the neighbors: Los Angeles’ elected officials are doing … their jobs! For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the filling of the city’s 80,173rd pothole Tuesday, you’d think that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council members Wendy Greuel and Tom LaBonge have forgotten that this is the sort of thing they were elected – and get handsomely paid – to do. Don’t get us wrong: After years of neglect of the city’s roads, we’re thrilled that elected officials are finally taking potholes seriously. But let’s get real – this is no heroic effort. The politicians were merely using tax dollars that L.A. residents have paid for just that purpose. It’s great to see public servants actually serving the public. But it’s disheartening to see them act like this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remakelast_img read more

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IRISH SOCCER – WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgLONG AND THE SHORT OF ITWhile much has been said and written about the Republic’s much improved second half display against Poland, the bare fact is that we dropped two points at home whatever way you look at it.Sure it could – and was three minutes away from being so – have been worse had it not been for substitute, Shane Long, drifting into space to get on the end of Wes Hoolohan’s headed pass to secure the equalizer. by Paddy Walsh, Donegal’s Top Sports ColumnistWalshyAnd while Long and several of his team-mates raced in the direction of the corner flag to acclaim the goal, there was Jonathan Walters picking the ball out of the net in an effort to speed up the kick-off and, perhaps, push for a winning score. Not to be but at least he saw the urgency of the situation and wasn’t happy to accept a share of the spoils.With all the possession the home side enjoyed in that second period, we should have created more and been in a position to go on and win it from early on.On the plus side, Martin O’Neill’s men recovered with a few tactical changes from a below par opening half which saw the Poles dominate for long spells and go into a deserved lead midway through it. As predicted last week, Shay Given, got the nod over David Forde, and couldn’t be faulted for the goal, coming as it did through a series of defensive errors out on the right.“It would have been really interesting if we’d got it [the equalizer] five minutes earlier; we might have had a second had it not come a little bit too late but we created a lot of chances, hit the post and the crossbar and on another night we could have snatched the win,” the Lifford stopper summed it up.Fellow Donegal international, Seamus Coleman, enjoyed a much better second half and indeed could- should – have netted the equalizer when put into a more than half decent position by the generally disappointing Robbie Keane (how he was allowed stay on the field for the full ninety-five minutes is baffling seeing as he contributed so little).There was a mixed night for the other two players this county can lay half a claim to – both James McCarthy and Aidan McGeady only showing in fits and starts (and more fits at that).There were plenty of positives to take from the game but we won’t be able to take any from the game against Scotland in the summer if we repeat this result even with the best of performances. UNITED IN SOCCER? DON’T THINK SOIt’s June 25th, 1982 and forty-seven minutes into the World Cup Finals meeting of Spain and Northern Ireland, Gerry Armstrong is smashing home the goal that wins the game and shocks the footballing world. And the entire island of Ireland is on its feet in rapturous celebration. Our cross border neighbours have pulled off a big one and the soccer brethren have united in hailing a stunning victory, achieved with ten men after Mal Donaghy’s sending off.Switch forward eleven years, Windsor Park, Belfast, November 17th, 1993. And Republic of Ireland midfielder, Alan McLoughlin, has cracked home a 78th minute equalizer for Jack Charlton’s team that will propel his team to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the U.S.But this time the celebrations are divided. True, there were many football followers in the likes of Derry and Strabane who were leaping off their feet but for the vast majority sandwiched into Windsor Park that night, it was a bitter finale to a game that Northern Ireland didn’t need to win but did their very utmost to trump the Republic’s World Cup ambitions. You certainly couldn’t have argued with their determination on that night of nights – the other teams in the group would have expected nothing less – and you certainly would have admired Jimmy Quinn’s stunning volley that put Billy Bingham’s team in front.But it was the sheer bitterness and hatred that poured down off the terraces that evening that stands out. Yes, the Troubles were a factor but only part of it.I remember watching the game in the Central Bar in Letterkenny and that hostility and sheer venom fairly crackled off the T.V. screen and those brave Republic fans – and I know a few of them – who were actually present at the match will tell you that the intensity of animosity was much, much worse in close proximity.And none of it helped by the sight of host manager, Billy Bingham, heading down the touchline to his dugout after half-time and inciting the locals to more poisonous malice.It was a letter in Monday’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’ from a Donegal based correspondent that got me thinking of that particular encounter and, indeed, Northern Ireland’s adventure in Spain in 1982.A Scotsman, residing in Muff, Daithi McGonigal, hailed the “wonderful achievement” of the Irish rugby team in claiming the Six Nations title.“Hockey, boxing and cricket are also organised on an All-Ireland basis, so why is there not an All-Ireland soccer side?,” Daithi posed the understandable question, adding: “As the late Ian Paisley once said: “United we stand, divided we fall.”Notwithstanding the fact that Northern Ireland are on the verge of qualifying for next year’s European Championship Finals following that win over Finland at the weekend, I don’t believe too many in their camp would be in favour of such a united front at this particular time (or, perhaps, any other time you can name).For some of us on this side of the border that experience from twenty-two years ago still rankles and would undoubtedly colour – it certainly does mine – any ambitions of an All-Irish team going into battle.Yes, things have changed over the past few years and the bitterness may have been eroded somewhat from that November night but I still feel it would cause more trouble than its worth.And should the North qualify for the 2016 Euro Finals, how many of us would be able to shed our disquiet and lend them our full support as we had done way back in 1982?DONEGAL TAKE HARTEMickey HarteJust like Tyrone, I didn’t make it to Ballybofey last Sunday but by all accounts Donegal were in control right from the first whistle. That impressive display in the Kingdom was seemingly matched by another cohesive performance that ensures survival in the top rank for another year.The criticism the team, both management and players, took for that abysmal display against Monaghan obviously resulted in much soul searching and the outcome of that has been a better shape to their play and a more fluid approach.Not that Rory Gallagher’s men can take all the credit. For it appears that Tyrone were a shadow of their former selves and were a well-beaten team long before the end.Even the emerge of the normally influential Sean Cavanagh at half-time failed to ignite the spark that once was Mickey Harte’s side.When they return for that Ulster Championship Preliminary found clash on May 17th, we can surely expect better things from them. But I’m not sure. And I believe we could be watching the end of an era and the final days of the Harte regime.DIRECTIONLESSBig surprise that Finn Park wasn’t teeming with a mass of screaming schoolgirls last Friday night given the invitation handed out on social media earlier in the week.Somebody asked that Zayn Malik come along to the Ballybofey venue for the match against Cobh Ramblers – even going as far as suggesting he could avail of a half-price offer from the soup stall. Now only a vegetable would turn that down.Didn’t see him there myself but that’s not to say he wasn’t smuggled in under cover of a blue and white jersey and scarf.Who he, the odd one out there might be asking? To which we can only furnish the clue that Harps are only going in the one direction this year.Though they’ll need to improve vastly from the hoof and hope game that dominated a particularly scrappy display against the league’s basement boys.But good to see French striker, Wilfried Tagbo, on the mark with a well taken opening goal and also to see Kevin McHugh net his first score of the new campaign. Hopefully, he can surpass last season’s dismal – for him – tally of four.MARTY ON THE MOVEJockey Martin HarleyThere I was trawling the television stations on Saturday afternoon when this Donegal accent caught my attention on Channel 4. And when I saw the face that went with it and it, and the rest of him, sitting aboard a horse and being interviewed at Doncaster racecourse, I guessed Marty Harley had just ridden another winner (always so sharp on these occasions, I am).Naadirr had just romped home in the 2.35. and a modest Marty was given him his mount due credit. “He’s immense”, declared the Letterkenny man.The same for which could be said of the rider who followed that up with a third place on Moonharib in the 3.45.The new flat season is upon us – look out for more winning enclosure appearances from Rathdonnell’s favourite son.WHITE ONCommunications Minister, Alex White, is ruffling a few feathers in the Irish Rugby Football Union with his determination to ensure future Six Nations matches are open to terrestrial television viewers.He is considering adding Ireland’s home games in the tournament to the list of free-to-air events and will bring a report on the issue to the Cabinet soon.Hopefully, he will win out. But the I.R.F.U. are apparently opposing such a move and will be battling hard, it seems, to send the coverage SKY wards.It appears that the rugby authorities have forgotten just how popular the sport has grown here, thanks, in very large measures, to the continued coverage by the likes of R.T.E. and TG4.PASSING GAMEThe death has been announced of Gaelic Football, formerly of Croke Park and other venues.Deceased, who had been in ailing health for some time, was well known throughout the country where he had been hugely popular for several centuries.Mr. Football, who is survived by his siblings, Hurling, Camogie and Handball, had been an energetic figure throughout his lifetime.Born in Thurles, County Tipperary in 1884 – though many say he was active long before that – he enjoyed a very large fan base and was a frequent visitor to Donegal.One associate, Mr. Joseph Brolly, spoke passionately about him this week: “He was a marvellous sight in his prime but I felt that he was losing touch with his roots in recent times.“He actually took ill in Donegal where they had to wrap him in a blanket which I don’t think helped him at all.”Acknowledged another former friend, Mr. Jarlath Burns: “I saw this coming a long way back but I’m still hopeful I can bring him back to life.”Mass (defence) at high noon. No flowers. Donations in loo alongside deceased.THE LONG AND SHORT OF IRISH SOCCER – WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Walshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

NEW VIDEO PROMOTING DONEGAL TO THE WORLD GOES VIRAL IN JUST 24 HOURS

first_imgA new video promoting Donegal as a great place to live, to work and do business has gone viral over the last 24 hours.The superb video has been produced by Donegal TV for Donegal County Council as part of the campaign to reach out to Donegal’s global community. It also aims promote Donegal as a great place to do business, has received a brilliant response across the world especially in the US.The video is not due to be officially launched on 28 September at the County House in Lifford, but has already received over 27,000 views on social media platforms.Cathaoirleach Cllr Ciaran Brogan is delighted with this response.“In July I had the pleasure of launching the Donegal Prospectus at Oakfield a Park in Raphoe and this video complements the prospectus and adds a new dimension to our campaign. Whilst I am delighted with this response to our video I am not surprised as Donegal is great place to live in, to work in and to do business in.” He added “Donegal stirs up an emotional response to anyone with a connection to our county no matter where in the world they may be and the video grasps that emotion and shares with the world not only the love we have for our county but the love and depth of feeling that people who have come to live and work here also have for Donegal”.The Cathaoirleach is urging the people of Donegal to get behind this campaign and help to share our message that Donegal is an excellent place to live, work and do business.The video itself is a high quality production and is introduced by Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan and takes a trip around Donegal, presenting the county to the global business community as an excellent location for their business operations.The video highlights a range of international and local companies already operating successfully in and from Donegal. The video also presents a wide range of local services including access, recreation, health and education, demonstrating the wonderful quality of life available to people and families who are thinking of making Donegal their home.The official launch of the Donegal Prospectus video will take place on Monday the 28th September at 10.15am in the County House, Lifford.NEW VIDEO PROMOTING DONEGAL TO THE WORLD GOES VIRAL IN JUST 24 HOURS was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegalTVvideoVirallast_img read more

Detailed look at the India vs Pakistan World Cup semi-final

first_imgThe India versus Pakistan World Cup match on Wednesday is being billed as the final before the final, having gained elevated status among the billion-plus people in these cricket-obsessed countries. A peek into the numbers -It was already the most discussed match in the World Cup, but it will no longer be just about years of intense rivalry or Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth international century.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance.In a cricket sense alone both sides will be under massive pressure. It is the first time they have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.This is the first head-to-head match since July 2008 which has taken place on the home soil of one of the teams. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Mohali is the border state of Punjab and this will be the closest Pakistan have been to a home game since March 2009, when the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team’s convey en route to a test match at Lahore led to the end of teams touring Pakistan for the foreseeable future.Master Blaster Sachin TendulkarThe teams have only met four times in nine previous World Cups and India have won all four games convincingly. Sachin Tendulkar has played in all four of these encounters, scoring 54 not out, 31, 45 and 98.In 1992 in Sydney, India won by 43 runs after Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 68 runs. In a highly-charged match Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More made a frenzied appeal for a legside catch off Javed Miandad – Javed mocked him by leaping up and down. Tendulkar was man of the match for an unbeaten 54 and 1-37.advertisementIn 1996 in Bangalore India won the quarterfinal by 39 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu made 93 out of 287-8. In Pakistan, crowds burned an effigy of Wasim Akram even though had not played in the game because of injury. It was Miandad’s final match. While announcing his retirement he took the opportunity to denounce the team management.In 1999 India won the Super Six match by 47 runs at Old Trafford amid high security because of the tense situation in Kashmir. India scored 227-6. Pakistan made 180 off 45.3 overs with Venkatesh Prasad taking 5-27.In 2003 India won by six wickets at Centurion. Pakistan made 273-7, with Saeed Anwar scoring 101. India reached 276-4 in 45.4 overs and Tendulkar was man-of-the-match for his 98 off 75 balls, laying into Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling despite struggling with cramp.HEAD TO HEAD ODIs: Played 119; India 46, Pakistan 69, NR 4In India: Played 26; India 9, Pakistan 17In World Cup: Played 4; India 4, Pakistan 0At Mohali: Played 2; Pakistan 2– In April 1999 Pakistan won by seven wickets in Mohali after bowling India out for 196. It was Virender Sehwag’s debut match and he batted at No. 7. Saqlain Mushtaq took 3-49 and Shoaib 2-18. From 34-3 Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq added an unbeaten 163 after Prasad had dismissed the top three batsmen.– On Nov. 8, 2007, Pakistan won by four wickets. India made 321-9, with Tendulkar out for 99 after edging Umar Gul to the keeper. Pakistan overhauled India’s total with a ball to spare with Younis Khan making 117 and Shahid Afridi hitting the winning run. The 322-6 is still Pakistan’s highest score batting second to win an ODI.– India have played nine games at the Punjab Cricket Association ground at Mohali, winning five and losing four, including two to Pakistan. Of the eight floodlit games, India has won four and lost four.– Pakistan has played six games here, all under lights, won two and lost four. Pakistan has batted second every time. Afridi has played in all six matches, spanning more than 10 years.– Overall 18 ODI’s have been staged at the PCA Ground. Of the fifteen that were floodlit matches, 10 have been won by the side batting first and the average first innings score is 253.– The two matches played here in this World Cup were both day games and the results went to form with South Africa beating the Netherlands and West Indies beating Ireland.– Once again all eyes will be on Sachin. He scored 53 in the quarterfinal win over Australia as a nation watched hoping he would reach his 100th international hundred. Will he make it against Pakistan? He has 32,710 international runs at 49.71 from 629 matches, with 99 hundreds, 153 fifties and 34 ducks.– He is the first batsman to cross the 18,000 run barrier, his 18,008 coming at 45.13 with 48 centuries and 94 half centuries. His average against Pakistan is lower at 39.16 and he has five hundreds and five ducks against them.advertisement– Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 at 10.71, including two five-wicket hauls. He has taken a wicket every 18 balls and his economy rate is 3.49 in his seven matches. Afridi has 313 ODI wickets and is the third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. This will be his 300th ODI innings and he will become the ninth player to pass that mark, the second for Pakistan after Inzamam-ul-Haq. His batting has been a disappointment in this tournament, with just 65 runs off 50 balls in six innings, with a top score of 20 against Canada.– India have asked for eleven umpire decision referrals, resulting in two decisions being changed. Pakistan have asked for 19 reviews, seven of which were lbw appeals by Afridi. In total five of the 19 were successfully overturned, including two in Afridi’s favour. Simon Taufel and Ian Gould are the on-field umpires. Taufel has changed one of his seven decisions that were referred to the TV umpire, whereas Gould has had all six confirmed on review.STAT ATTACK India opener Virender SehwagVirender Sehwag needs two for 1,000 runs against Pakistan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs 24 for 1,000 runs against Pakistan and 67 for 6,000 runs.Gautam Gambhir needs 51 for 4,000 runs.Kamran Akmal needs 95 for 3,000 runs.Misbah-ul-Haq needs 51 for 2,000.Saeed Ajmal needs three wickets for 50 and Shoaib Akhtar needs three wickets for 250.Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in a tournament with 26 in 2006-07. In this tournament Shahid Afridi has 21 and Zaheer Khan 17.last_img read more