“Then Mali (Malinga) with his experience, coming back and picking couple of wickets, we just didn’t gave them loose balls this time around and that’s what a quality attack can do,” he noted.Hardik is in incredible form with both the bat and ball and the MI coach said the Baroda all-rounder has adapted well.”More than technically it was about his (Hardik’s) temperament, be patient rather than force the issues. With Hardik, it is about holding his shape pretty much (and) he has got a lot of power going forward. It is not just one area where he has improved this year, he is hitting at different pockets, so it is very difficult for bowlers to bowl to him,” explained Jayawardene.”It is not the easiet job in the world when you are batting at number 6 or 7, coming in and give (score) that extra runs for the team but he has adapted well, and he is still learning. So we are quite happy with the progress he has made over the years.” Malinga bowled round the wicket, which is a rarity, but the head coach revealed that it was an area which was worked upon and that the Sri Lankan pacer got rewards.”We have been working on it for a week or so, trying to create a different angle because the batsmen are getting used to him. That’s something we are practising. He was quite comfortable,” Jayawardene said. “We told him it’s about time (he) tries doing that in a game. He did so. That’s a thing in modern day cricket. Even though you have been a great, you still have to find new ways of creating things. It was nice to see him opening up for that idea and getting rewards.” He also said that to do well in the IPL, a team’s bowling unit has to be up to the mark.” We know that to do well in the IPL, your bowling attack has to be the one which delivers for you, day in and day out,” Jayawardene noted. Mumbai take on Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier in Chennai Tuesday.(With Inputs: PTI) New Delhi: A stupendous all-around performance by the hosts managed to hammer the Kolkata Knight Riders in most obnoxious manner possible. They came with a set plan and managed to execute them perfectly. Bowlers bowled in the right areas and restricted Knight Riders for a below-par score of 133 runs. Chasing that target, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma set the innings beautifully to keep the momentum on their side. Once de Kock departed, Rohit Sharma continued the innings maturely and eventually managed get his team over the line with 3.5 overs to spare. They will now take on Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1.Asked whether it was a planned move to use several bowlers in the power-play and bowl slow bouncer to Andre Russell, Jayawardene said, “We didn’t want to be predictable. I thought we were bit predictable in Kolkata and in that scenario they batted well. So, we wanted to make sure that we don’t give them that familiarity and try and create opportunity to take wickets.” He credited Hardik Pandya for bringing the hosts back into the match after KKR openers Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill conjured 49 runs for the first wicket.”We didn’t get wickets (initially) but Hardik came and picked up those wickets and I thought Krunal (Pandya) bowled brilliantly to keep the pressure on and it was a good combination. Mumbai Indians upstaged Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets. Mumbai will now play Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier One at Chepauk. Rohit Sharma smashed second half-century of this season against Kolkata. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanOn Wednesday, USC finished up a short week of practice in preparation for Friday’s game against No. 16 Washington State. The team worked on red-zone efficiency and readied for potentially inclement weather while continuing to deal with a slew of recent injuries.Bracing for harsh weatherThis Friday, USC could see a potentially rainy, windy evening in Pullman, Wash. In order to prepare for that prospect, the team practiced with wet footballs on Wednesday.“It looks like we may get some rain there in the second half,” head coach Clay Helton said. “We worked [in] some precipitation, which will be the first time for us this season.”Helton insisted that his team will be able to handle the harsh conditions, despite the lack of experience dealing with rain in sunny Southern California.“We’ve been fortunate,” Helton said. “Stat of the day is: Since 1923, we’ve only had 16 rain games in the Coliseum, but [I’ve] been here for two of them, in 2010 and 2016. At the end of the day, professionals don’t make excuses; they’re supposed to be the answers.”Injury UpdateAs USC grinds through 12 straight games without the reprieve of a bye week, the pileup of injuries always seemed inevitable. A third of the way into the season, after facing four challenging opponents, the accumulation of wear and tear has already become a major factor. The Trojans spent most of their short week trying to get key players healthy and back on the field.“I don’t think anybody is 100 percent right now after these first four games,” Helton said. “I think we all have bumps and bruises right now at all positions.”Helton offered several injury updates on the offensive side of the ball. Junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett and freshman receiver/return specialist Velus Jones both came back to practice on Wednesday after dealing with minor injuries, but their fellow pass-catcher redshirt senior Steven Mitchell Jr. remained out with a groin injury suffered against Texas. Mitchell Jr. is the team’s second leading receiver with 223 yards and two touchdowns.“I watched him run today and he is getting closer,” Helton said. “If it’s not Saturday, it will be next week.”Helton also offered new information about redshirt sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, as he’s been out with a hip injury since the season opener against Western Michigan. Tight end is a particularly thin position for the Trojans without Imatorbhebhe and now with the departure of freshman Cary Angeline.“We’re all hoping that he plays this year,” Helton said. “We’re hoping to forecast for the Notre Dame game week. He’s getting closer but this is an investment that we made. We wanted to get him back 100 percent, and until he’s that way, I’m not going to put him out there.”Junior Tyler Petite is now by far the most experienced tight end on the depth chart. He turned in his best performance last week against Cal with four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.Improving red-zone efficiency Currently, the Trojans’ lack of success in the red zone has been one of the team’s biggest crutches. Over the first four games, the team is 73rd in red-zone efficiency, tied with Ball State and Idaho. During this week of practice, USC worked on that specific area of the game.“The last two weeks, we haven’t been great [in short yardage offense],” Helton said. “Everyone can see that. We worked hard in the red zone today and at finishing drives, because third-down and red-zone efficiency is going to be the key in this game. You’re not going to be able to kick field goals while they’re scoring touchdowns.”
The Cardinals had no semblance of a running game, gaining just 29 yards on 15 carries. Arians admitted after the game that they should have run more, but Lindley didn’t want to use that as a crutch.“I wouldn’t put anything on that, or use that as an excuse,” he said. “I think part of the reason for that is when you’re in the second half and you’re down a couple of scores, you have to pass the ball a little bit. You can’t sit on it.”After trailing 14-3 at halftime, the Cardinals threw 29 times in the second half and ran the ball on only six occasions.It’s unknown if Lindley will get another start in next week’s regular-season finale on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. The hope is that Stanton, who was inactive for Sunday’s game, will be healthy enough to play. But if Lindley gets the call, he’ll be ready to go.“At the end of the day, there’s another opportunity next week. We’ll get after it,” he said. “Like (Coach Arians) said to us today, we’re in the playoffs. It’s not like this is the end of the road or this is the end-all, be-all for us. “We have another opportunity next week to get better and we’ll see who we play, given what happens around the league, who we play a week after that.” The Cardinals had a golden opportunity midway through the second quarter. On a third-and-goal from the 4-yard line, guard Ted Larsen committed a false start penalty. From the 9-yard line, Lindley’s pass to John Brown was incomplete and Arizona settled for a 27-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro. They had the lead, yes, but a touchdown may have changed the complexion of the game.“We had a shot,” Lindley said. “We had that one nice drive where we got down there. We’ll look on film to know for sure, we’ve just got to punch it in. “That’s going to fall on my shoulders; getting the ball in the right place and the other guys getting the ball in the end zone.”Head coach Bruce Arians didn’t pin the offensive struggles on his inexperienced quarterback. “I think he needed some more help. He put us in position sometimes,” he said. “He didn’t jump offside on third-and-goal from the four, that’s for sure. Points were going to be at a premium for us.“But, overall, he did about as well as I expected. He threw one bad ball there at the end for the interception, but that’s it.” – / 17 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s almost cruel to have a home game this important only to have to go into it with a third-string quarterback making only his fifth NFL start.That’s the scenario the Arizona Cardinals found themselves in Sunday night when they hosted the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks with a chance to clinch the NFC West crown and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. With Carson Palmer out for the season and Drew Stanton unavailable with knee injuries, Ryan Lindley — who spent a good portion of the season on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad — got the call to start. It didn’t go well against a Seattle defense that is playing at a championship level. Lindley completed 18-of-44 passes for 216 yards and an interception in a 35-6 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. While the Cardinals weren’t very good in any area of the game, the third-year pro out of San Diego State took the bulk of the responsibility.“We’ll look at the film and see where specifically we can make more plays, but the buck starts and stops here,” Lindley said. “For me, that’s not how I wanted to go out and play and I know we’ll get better going forward.”Seattle’s defense dominated the game, holding the Cardinals to two field goals, 216 total yards and just 20 percent (3-of-15) on third-down conversions. They also intercepted a pass and sacked Lindley four times.“That’s a good group. They’re the No. 1 ranked defense in the National Football League, so they’re the cream of the crop,” Lindley said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to go out and you’ve got to execute. This is a job and you’ve got to be a professional.“The coaches set up a good game plan for us to succeed and there were some things, starting with myself, that we didn’t execute.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Top Stories