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Where do we go from here? Or more specifically, where does Vivo go from the Vivo X21, a phone that the company launched in India in May? The answer is Nex, a phone that the company unveiled just a few weeks ago as part of its global launch. And just like the Vivo X21 which made news with its unique and industry-first feature of an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor, the Nex will probably end up creating a buzz with its unique bezel-less screen and a selfie camera that pops up when required.Of course, we will get to know how much of an impact the Nex makes in the industry once it arrives, but we are sure it does have a few features that no other phone right now has in the Indian market. This is a futuristic phone and its launch is set for July 19. It was first announced in early June in China. Vivo is now bringing the Nex to India, making it only the second market in the world after China to gain access to its sci-fi tech.Vivo Nex: Straight out of the futureThe USP of the Nex is its futuristic design. In fact, it is a design that no other phone has right now. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and has an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not come with an iPhone X-style notch like a majority of Android phones do. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now.advertisementIt is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018. The Nex does not have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case with the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom-seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. While it is possible that the pop-up camera design may not find takers from others because of its moving parts — or maybe it will — Vivo says that is perfectly safe and durable because it can be used hassle-free for about 50,000 times and can withstand up to 45 kilograms of weight.The Nex also sports third-generation fingerprint scanner under the display. This sensor is faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21.Vivo Nex: High on specsThe Nex isn’t a one or two trick pony though, or at least, that is what it looks like. And the impression is based on how the Vivo X21 turned out, a fairly all-rounder phone. Yes, the Nex is about the design and the sci-fi tech, but it also comes with high-end specs that may make it stand neck-to-neck with the Galaxys and the iPhones of the world.The super phone comes with a 6.59-inch, 1080p+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.3:9 and pixel density of 388ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that has been clubbed with 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot but in 2018, who uses a microSD card in a high-end phone? The dual-SIM phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS, which is Vivo’s custom skin.In terms of the camera, the Nex comes with a dual-camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. It also boasts Dual-Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus, similar to what we saw in the Vivo X21 and something that should help in faster focus and low-light photos. The camera also comes with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, the Nex comes with an 8-megapixel camera. Once again, the proof of the pudding is in eating so how well the Nex does with its camera is something we will only be able to figure out once we use it, but on paper it surely looks like a sharp shooter.Finally, there is the battery, and here too, the Nex seems to have pushed the boundaries. Most high-end phones come with a battery size of around 3500 mAh or less. This one comes packed with a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.The sum of the matter is that the Nex, arguably, could be the most exciting phone launch of July 2018. It has the technology that no other phone has right now. How well this technology is used by Vivo in the Nex is something that we will talk about in the review of the phone after it launches on July 19, but if Vivo can price it right, this phone could be a new beginning for the company in India.advertisement
Hardik Pandya is still a “work in progress” but he could take a cue from Ben Stokes’ bowling during the ongoing series, which could prove to be a “defining one” in the all-rounder’s career, feels Ian Chappell.The former Australian captain also feels that Pandya should be batting at No.6 in the current line-up.”India’s search for a seam-bowling all-rounder is still a work in progress but Hardik Pandya displayed determination and discipline to go with his undoubted skills in an important partnership with Kohli,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England'”Perhaps a move to No.6 would further bolster his batting confidence and if he can also profit from watching Stokes’ efforts with the ball, this could be a defining series for the talented all-rounder,” Chappell assessed.Edgbaston Test: Too early to judge India’s batting failure, says Shaun PollockIn his column Chappell paid glowing tribute to Indian captain Virat Kohli, comparing his Edgbaston hundred to Stan McCabe’s epic double hundred during the 1938 Ashes, which even made Sir Don Bradman give a standing ovation.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston”Having survived Anderson’s challenging examination Kohli went on to dominate the Indian first innings, scoring 82 of the 91 runs accumulated for the last two wickets.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs England”It was a similar dominance near the end of Stan McCabe’s glorious double-century at Trent Bridge in 1938 that caused captain Don Bradman to summon his players onto the balcony with the words; “You will never see anything like this again.” Chappell wrote.advertisementIndia vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliNot one to mince his words, Chappell found the slip catching from both teams shoddy.”Both England and India were sloppy in the slips, with a combination of poor technique and faulty alignment being to blame for the shoddy work. One reason for both sides dropping catches is that the fielders are standing too close to each other, thereby causing confusion,” Chappell, a fantastic slip fielder during his playing days observed.He praised Sam Curran and Stokes’ bowling effort, which enabled England to win the first Test match.”Part of England’s success with the ball can be attributed to the increased variety in their attack. The addition of Sam Curran’s vibrant left-arm swing and Stokes’ rejuvenation with the ball made a huge difference to an attack that lacked variety in Australia.(With PTI inputs)
The recently launched Mi A2 by Xiaomi is all set to go on sale in India today. This is the first ever time that the second Android One phone from Xiaomi will be available for buying, the first one being the Mi A1 which launched last year. The Xiaomi Mi A2 sale will kick off at 12 noon today on Amazon India store, Mi.com and also on offline channels like Mi Home and Mi Preferred Partner Store.The Xiaomi Mi A2 will be available with a starting price tag of Rs 16,999. This is for the 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage variant. At the launch last month, alongside the 4GB RAM model, Xiaomi also launched the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage model, but this variant will not be available for now. The company had said that the 6GB RAM will be coming soon. Xiaomi is yet to reveal the price of the 6GB RAM model of the Mi A12, but chances are it could be priced under Rs 20,000.During today’s sale, the Mi A2 will be available in four colours — Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold.The Xiaomi Mi A2 price in India starts from Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. It will come with a soft case in the box. The 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant was also launched, but, the smartphone will be coming soon, and no price has yet been revealed. It will be made available in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour options.advertisementFor the sale, Xiaomi has partnered with Jio to offer data benefits to the buyers. The customers will get Rs 2,200 instant cashback and 4.5TB additional data.As far as the specs are concerned, the Mi A2 Android One phone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 2160x1080p resolution. On the hardware front, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processors, which also run phones like Vivo X21, Nokia 7 Plus, BlackBerry Key 2.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Two steps forward, two steps backOn the camera front, the Mi A2 comes with a 20-megapixel camera on the front paired with a soft LED flash. Additionally, the selfie camera uses AI for better portrait shots. On the rear panel, the Mi A2 comes with a primary camera of 12-megapixel Sony IMX 486 sensor, while the secondary camera includes another 20-megapixel Sony IMX 376 sensor. The rear camera setup comes paired with a dual LED flash. On the software front, the Mi A2 runs a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and comes paired with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology support.To know more about Mi A2, read our review
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Karun Nair was named captain of the Board President’s XI for the touring West Indies’ warm-up game on Friday.The two-day game will be held in Vadodara will start September 29. The BCCI’s senior selection committee picked the 13-man squad for the game.The Board President’s XI squad includes the likes of Test probables in young Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Mayank Agarwal and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, among others.All-rounder Hanuma Vihari, who made his Test debut in the final Test against England earlier this month was also named in the squad with Kerala’s Jalaj Saxena picked as the other all-rounder.The pace bowling department will have the likes of Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan and Ishan Porel in action while Saxena and Saurabh Kumar will handle the spinning responsibilities.Board President’s XI squad for Windies warm-up game announced.BP XI: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Karun Nair (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan, K Vignesh, Ishan PorelBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) September 21, 2018India will play two Tests against West Indies starting October 4.The West Indies will be in India for almost seven weeks, starting September 26.They will compete against India in two Tests, five ODIs and three T20 Internationals.The opening Test will be held at Rajkot from October 4-8, followed by the second Test from October 12-16 at Hyderabad.The five-match ODI series will begin on October 21 at Guwahati, followed by the second ODI on October 24 at Indore and third ODI at Pune on October 27. The final two one-dayers will be held at Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on October 29 and November 1.advertisementThe one-dayers will be followed by the three T20 Internationals to be held at Kolkata (November 4), Lucknow (November 6) and Chennai (November 11).The West Indies are touring India on the back of a comprehensive 2-0 series win over Bangladesh.Board President’s XI: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Karun Nair (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan, K Vignesh, Ishan Porel.(With inputs from PTI and IANS)
Vivo is set to launch the V9 Pro in India today. The phone will be launching on Amazon India at 10AM. The V9 Pro is the successor to the Vivo V9, which was launched in India for Rs 22,990 back in March this year. Although being the Pro version the V9 Pro will be much cheaper than the V9. The smartphone is expected to be priced under Rs 20,000 and will compete with some of the similar segment Nokia, Xiaomi and Motorola phones. Soon after the launch, the V9 Pro will seemingly go up for pre-orders, but the sale is expected to begin only in October.The V9 Pro is a brand new smartphone from Vivo and hasn’t been released in any market yet, which means, India is the first market to get the device. Amazon India is already out with the dedicated page for the V9 Pro and has revealed some of the key specs about the phone.The Amazon page reveals that the Vivo V9 Pro will come with a massive screen. The teaser reveals that the V9 Pro will come with a 6.3-inch Fullview display 2.0, which Vivo claims will offer “a perfect view for enhanced experience.” The teaser also reveals that unlike the V11 Pro and the V11, the V9 Pro will come with an iPhone X like notch which will equip the selfie camera, earpiece and some sensors. The V11 and the V11 Pro comes with a waterdrop notch, or what Vivo calls a Halo FullView Display.The Amazon teaser also confirms that the V9 Pro will be powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial intelligence engine) chipset paired with 6GB RAM, similar to what we get inside the V11 Pro as well. The yet-to-be-launched Realme 2 Pro is also tipped to come with Snapdragon 660 processor. The teaser also claims that the Vivo V9 Pro will be capable of tackling multitasking with ease.advertisementThe pricing of the V9 Pro is still a mystery, but what we know for sure is that the V9 Pro will be positioned below the Vivo V11 Pro. We expect the phone to be priced under Rs 20,000 to create a buzz in the similar price segment market. An IANS report that leaked last week also revealed that the V9 Pro will be priced under Rs 20,000. By pricing the V9 Pro under RS 20,000, Vivo could aim to take on the likes of phones like Mi A2, Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, among others.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 with 6.3-inch Halo FullView Display, AI powered cameras launched in India for Rs 22,990Vivo V9 Pro has been subjected to several leaks and rumours of late. Besides the already confirmed specs, rumours suggest that the V9 Pro will come with dual cameras with a primary sensor of 16MP and secondary sensor of 5MP. On the front, the phone is expected to sport a 24MP selfie shooter. Some rumours also reveal that the V9 Pro will come with a 3260mAh battery with 18W fast charging.
Lawyers for Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday they would sue German magazine Der Spiegel after it published “blatantly illegal” accusations by an American woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese soccer star in 2009.Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement the report was “an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy”, and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.The statement was sent to Reuters by Ronaldo’s agent Gestifute in response to a request for comment on the Der Spiegel story. Gestifute did not answer any specific questions about the content of the Der Spiegel report, which Reuters was unable to independently verify.Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport. He has been named player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for 100 million euros. The Italian club declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report.The magazine said the rape allegedly took place in June 2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga.Ronaldo and Mayorga then reached an out-of-court agreement, according to Stovall as reported in the magazine.It said, according to Stovall, that she had pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000.”Kathryn was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by an individual named Cristiano Ronaldo,” Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, said in a video published online by Der Spiegel.Reuters was not able to independently verify Mayorga’s allegations.advertisementStovall did not immediately respond to email requests from Reuters for comment on the report and Mayorga was not available for comment in telephone calls to her home.Her lawyer told Der Spiegel, however, that he had filed a civil complaint seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.”The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries,” Stovall told Der Spiegel.Schertz said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel for “moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years.”The magazine’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Alfred Weinzierl, told Reuters that Der Spiegel had repeatedly written to Ronaldo’s management and lawyers about the allegations before publishing its report.”We sent written questions, to which there were no answers. Nobody sued us in connection with earlier Ronaldo reports,” he said in an email.Mayorga told Der Spiegel she no longer felt bound by the non-disclosure agreement as she suffers from the consequences of the night nine years ago.”I’ve had like these serious breakdowns,” she told the magazine. “And again, blaming of the rape. And I blame him, and I blame myself for signing that thing.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho denied that his job is on the line as his team prepares to take on Valencia in a testing Champions League fixture on Tuesday.Mourinho, who has been under the hammer after United’s disastrous to the campaign, feels that his job is safe but some of his players care more about the club and what is happening than others.United have struggled to put together good performances and have collected just 10 points from their first seven Premier League games and have also been knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier club Derby County.The tumultuous start has also been reflecting off the field as reports of the manager and the mercurial Paul Pogba having a bad relationship have dominated the headlines ever since. Mourinho has been extremely critical of the Frenchman and also stripped him off vice-captaincy. Since then, many are also of the belief that he has lost his dressing room and the third season syndrome is back.They did, however, secure an easy 3-0 victory over Young Boys in their first Champions League group match and on Tuesday, Mourinho’s team will have to face a much tougher opponent in Valencia.But the Portuguese coach was in a confident mood on Monday and when asked at a news conference if he felt his job was on the line, he simply answered: “No, I don’t.”Media reports following United’s 3-1 league defeat at West Ham United on Saturday linked former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane with Mourinho’s job.advertisementAsked if he had spoken to the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following Saturday’s loss, Mourinho gave a tetchy reply.”That’s a private matter. I’m not asking you who did you speak with yesterday or this morning, who was your last phone call, that’s a private matter. I’m not going to answer it,” he said.The West Ham defeat drew sharp criticism from defender Luke Shaw who said United needed to take responsibility for the “horrendous” result.Mourinho said it was down to more than just the players to turn the situation around.”The performance on the pitch is the consequence of many factors,” he said.”Luke Shaw for example said ‘we players on the pitch have to give more’. I like that perspective but I don’t agree totally. Everyone at the club has a role to play. The kit man, the nutritionist. I have a role to play, everyone has a role to play.”I think that some care more than others,” he added.Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford could be a good opportunity for United to bounce back against a Valencia side who have one win in eight matches in all competitions this season, although that came against Real Sociedad on Saturday.United go into the game depleted as Ashley Young picked up an injury during the loss at West Ham, while Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are also sidelined.Midfielder Nemanja Matic said the West Ham defeat was one of his worst games for United.”Everyone has a responsibility,” he said. “We have spoken between us and we know the situation is not good and we can do better. Everyone is trying to do more for the team.”Tomorrow is a great chance to do that against a big team. I expect everyone will give more and be more concentrated.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Jasprit Bumrah has lauded fellow Team India pacers for helping each other grow and meet the demands required to play in international cricket.India’s pace bowling department — comprising of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav — is now a force to reckon with in Test cricket. In fact, India’s fast bowling unit is equipped with variety and depth.”It’s very good that we have a fast bowling unit. Everybody has good rapport with each other. All of us are always together discussing plans. And everybody is quick nowadays. No one is medium pace and everybody is able to clock 140’s. It’s a very good time for Indian cricket. We learn from each other. Everybody has a different quality and not everybody is the same. It’s a very good sign that we keep learning from each other and keep developing,” Bumrah said.Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah have developed a deadly partnership for India in recent times in the limited-overs formats.Bumrah, raw pace delivered with his unique action, joining forces with Bhuvneshwar’s swing and myriad variations; no pair in world cricket in recent times has been as damaging with the new ball and at the death.Also Read – Any bowler can get injured, bowling action not a problem: Jasprit BumrahWith seven months still left for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales, India are one of the top contenders to lift the title.Although the World Cup is just three one day series away, both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar thoughtfully play down the anticipation and excitement.advertisement”The World Cup is too far. One step at a time has always been my philosophy,” Bumrah said.For Bhuvneshwar, this will be his second outing after a disappointing Australian sojourn in 2015 where he lost match opportunities to injury.”The ultimate aim is to play and do well in the World Cup. But like Jasprit said you can’t think too far ahead. The focus is on West Indies, Australia and New Zealand series. If we start thinking about the World Cup now, it’s possible that we will lose focus from what we have to achieve before that,” Bhuvneshwar said.The immediate challenges are the four Test matches in the upcoming tour of Australia.Australia will be without two of their best batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who have been serving one-year bans for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.Read – Australia tour will be challenging even without Smith and Warner: Bhuvneshwar KumarHowever, both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar said India were wary of Australia’s threat even in the absence of Smith and Warner.”No we don’t think that way. We are not focusing on that,” Bumrah said.”It’s a challenge. If you look at it, for the past few years, away from home, it has become easier to bat rather than in the sub-continent. It’s more difficult for bowlers so it will be a challenge. But we know if we do well in Australia it will be good preparations for England (World Cup),” Bhuvneshwar said.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests before a three-match one day international series in January 2019.
Shikhar Dhawan’s 42-ball 76 and sizzling cameos from Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik almost helped India gun down 174 off 17 overs in the rain-curtailed first T20 International at the Gabba in Brisbane. Australia had scored only 158 off their 17 overs but the hour-long rain break meant India had to chase a steeper target after DLS adjustment.There were runs on offer at the Gabba but the job still had to be done. And it was not easy especially after Rohit Sharma was dismissed cheaply for seven. KL Rahul fell not long after for 13. However, Dhawan was undeterred and blazed away to his ninth T20I half-century off only 28 balls.Eventually Dhawan’s classy knock and heroics from Karthik andVirat Kohli walked in at No.4 but the India captain was not his usual self on the field Wednesday. To start things off, he dropped an easy catch offered by Australia skipper Aaron Finch – then when it was his turn to bat, he was nowhere near as fluent as he generally is. Kohli eventually perished to Adam Zampa after scoring 4 off 8 balls.India vs Australia 1st T20: Highlights | As it happenedThe pressure was on India as the asking rate climbed steeply but there was hope with Dhawan going great guns at the other end.But that hope was dashed a few balls later when Billy Stanlake had Dhawan caught at third man.At that stage, Australia were run-away favourites having sent back all of India’s superstars. But the hosts had probably not accounted for the destructive powers of Pant and Karthik. Both men are proven performers in the Indian Premier League.advertisementAUSSIES WIN! A four-run win (DLS Method) and Australia take a 1-0 series lead over India: https://t.co/HW09hVOINP #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/cM4JSxM4BZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 21, 2018Moreover, Karthik showed he loved tight games when he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh earlier in the year. Pant had smashed his maiden T20I fifty in India’s previous match against the West Indies less than two weeks ago. Besides, he was high on confidence after some barnstorming knocks in the Test format.In short, Pant and Karthik together were going to be dangerous. And dangerous they were.READ – Powerful Maxwell shot damages spider camera in BrisbanePant cleared fine leg to send an Andew Tye delivery fying into the stands for a six. The next ball was dispatched to the boundary before Karthik finished the over with a four and a six. Both Indian batsmen dug in against the highest T20I wicket-taker and suddenly the Indian camp was rejuvenated.But there was heartbreak in store for the heavyweight visitors.India needed 24 runs off the last two overs and with Pant and Karthin destructive mood, victory seemed very likely.And then Tye had his revenge when he had Pant caught at point for 20. However, Karthik picked up a boundary off the final ball of the penultimate over, leaving 13 for the final over.Krunal Pandya got two off the first ball of the 17th over, got beaten off the second and dismissed off the third. Karthik was dismissed off the next and that was that for India even as Kuldeep finished with a boundary.The defeat ended India’s four-match winning streak against Australia in T20 Internationals.Earlier, cameos from Finch, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Stoinis helped Australia power to a formidable total. But the hosts would want to thank their good fortunes as rain lashed Brisbane. Play was stopped for an hour and the match was reduced to 17-overs-a-side.The DLS method meant India had to chase over 10 runs an over.India were sloppy on the field starting from Kohli’s dropped chance. On the other hand, Australia were sharp and energetic. Moreover, the hosts had planned well against Rohit and Kohli and kept them quiet – the pressure eventually told on the two superstars.India and Australia will play the second T20I in Melbourne on Friday.
London, Dec 10 (AFP) England kept faith on Monday with the squad that delivered a Test whitewash in Sri Lanka, naming the same 16 players who finished that tour for the series against the West Indies.That means no place for Surrey’s Ollie Pope, who was initially selected for Sri Lanka but left early to get game time with the second-tier Lions side, and a reprieve for Kent’s Joe Denly.The uncapped 32-year-old was not required during the 3-0 win but will once again travel as batting cover for the three Tests, ahead of Pope and his overlooked county colleague Jason Roy.Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was a late addition in Sri Lanka after an injury to Jonny Bairstow and takes his place as a first-choice pick after collecting man-of-the-series honours.The 15-man one-day squad also has a familiar look as the countdown to next summer’s World Cup continues.Left-armer David Willey returns and Mark Wood is included ahead of Olly Stone, who made his bow in Sri Lanka.Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have both been named in the ODI squad after a disciplinary hearing into their roles in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017, with all-rounder Stokes also in the Test squad.”Ben is obviously in all England formats and is one of our leading cricketers in this country,” national selector Ed Smith told Sky Sports.”Alex has been a central part of the white-ball team for a number of years. He’s currently missed out on selection at times but when he’s got his opportunities, he’s taken them.advertisement”So nothing has changed. They are available for selection, they have been selected and that’s the situation — that’s what is appropriate for me to consider as a selector.” England are due to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on their tour of the West Indies, which starts next month.The T20 squad will be announced at a later date.Test squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) One-day squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham). AFP BSBS
Brief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson expressed delight at his team’s “complete” performance in the first T20I of a three-match series against India at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday. The Black Caps handed India their biggest-ever defeat in terms of the margin of runs 80 and started the series on a high.Williamson said the big win has set the tone for New Zealand for the remainder of the series. However, he insisted that there’s no room for complacency and that the Black Caps can still work on a few things ahead of the 2nd T20I on Friday.After being sent into bat, New Zealand posted a mammoth total of 219 under the lights. Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert, who replaced an injured Martin Guptill, took the India bowlers to the cleaners, hitting a 43-ball 84. Seifert stitched an 86 runs stand with Colin Munro and gave the hosts a strong start.Captain Williamson chipped in with a handy 34-ball 22 while Ross Taylor (23) and Scott Kuggeleijn (20) played cameos towards the end of their innings. After losing opener Rohit Sharma early, India kept losing regular wickets and were eventually bowled out for 139 with four balls to spare. MS Dhoni hit a 39-ball 31 but it wasn’t enough as he was running out of partners at a serious pace.”Fantastic performance all around. I think everybody in their roles did their jobs. One of the complete performances you search for. It’s sort of finished now, we move on in a day’s time and there’s another game,” Williamson said.advertisementINDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST T20I WELLINGTON: HIGHLIGHTSHe added: “There were some really good things in this game. The top order was outstanding. Seifert played a special knock. We were able to build partnerships.An exciting start to the T20I series! A record total at @WestpacStadium and 5 T20I wins in a row at the venue. Also complete the winning start to the Double-Headers with the @WHITE_FERNS #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XzcCAlF1IVBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 6, 2019″The bowling performance was outstanding. We had runs on the board but bowling and fielding were of a high standard. Complete performance. Doesn’t happen always. It has set the tone for the rest of the series”Williamson also congratulated the New Zealand women’s team who beat their Indian counterparts in the first of the double header in Wellington on Wednesday. Both the Black Caps and the White Ferns have bounced back from their respective ODI series defeats to begin the T20I series with a bang.Despite a Smriti Mandhana half-century, India women lost the first T20I by 23 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur’s girls lost their last nine wickets for 35 runs in chase of 160.”It [the women’s T20I] was a great game that ebbed and flowed a little bit. Throughout the series, we have copied them a bit… the two teams have followed a similar trend. Hopefully, they can do that in the next game and we can follow them as well.”Also Read | We were outplayed in all departments: Rohit Sharma after India’s worst T20I defeatAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s winning streak as T20I captain comes to an endAlso See:
Winger Malcom’s second half strike secured Barcelona a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid to leave the Copa del Rey semi-final evenly poised on Wednesday after the first leg.Brazilian Malcom, who started in place of Lionel Messi, curled home in the 58th minute to pull Barcelona level after Lucas Vazquez had fired Real Madrid ahead early on.Vazquez struck after just six minutes to silence the Nou Camp at the end of a slick team move, with Santiago Solari’s side impressing in the opening stages.However, Ivan Rakitic clipped the crossbar with a header as Barcelona fought for an equaliser and Malcom eventually found it when Luis Suarez’s shot rebounded to him off the post.Messi, who suffered a thigh injury at the weekend against Valencia, appeared for the final half hour but could not help champions Barcelona find a late winner.”Speaking generally, the draw was fair,” said Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.”It was very even, everything will be decided in the second leg. There were chances for both sides to win the game. It’s 50-50, even though they’re at home.”The goal will give (Malcom) a lot in terms of confidence, we hope that everyone in the squad can help us.”Malcom has struggled for game time since joining from Bordeaux last July as he is behind Messi, Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the pecking order.However, Messi’s injury gave him the chance to impress and the 21-year-old was Barcelona’s liveliest player, always probing at Madrid’s defence.advertisementWednesday’s result would also have gone some way towards healing Real’s wounded pride as their last visit to the Nou Camp ended in a 5-1 La Liga thrashing last October in what turned out to be Julen Lopetegui’s final game in charge.”Both sides have the chance to go through,” said Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who made good saves from Suarez and Malcom.”It was a good game. Everyone on the team worked hard when we needed to and we played well too.”The second leg takes place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Also Watch:
A Tripura minister was caught on camera groping a woman ministerial colleague on stage during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Agartala.A video has surfaced on social media of Tripura minister Monoj Kanti Deb putting his hand in the waist of Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Santana Chakma in an indecent manner. The young tribal leader was seen quickly pushing away the BJP minister’s hand.Modi ji2,9,2019 ku tripura pucha ohaEk udgatan pe tripura ki #bjpneta ki halat dekiye #santanachakma minister social welfare bar bar inki kamar par hat dalte #manojkantideb minister of youth affairs ek minister honeki bad khud suraksit nahi@abhisar_sharma @dhruv_rathee pic.twitter.com/oc0x2F8Aj8Zakaria Ahmed (@zakariaahmed332) February 10, 2019Tripura’s opposition Left Front demanded state Minister Monoj Kanti Deb be sacked for “touching” his woman ministerial colleague in an “indecent manner” during PM Modi’s rally on Saturday (February 9, 2019).”Monoj Kanti Deb must be sacked and be arrested for touching the woman minister in an extremely indecent manner on the stage from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and others addressed the public gathering,” Left Front convener Bijan Dhar told the media.”The male minister has publicly harmed the modesty, sanctity and dignity of the lone woman minister of Tripura at a public platform where the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister and other important personalities were present.”Some tribal-based parties are also trying to organise agitations soon to demand the resignation and arrest of the minister.advertisementContacted for his response, Deb, who holds the Food, Youth Affairs and Sports portfolios, told news agency IANS over phone from his home town Kamalpur in northern Tripura that he has no comments on this issue.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party dismissed the demand, while hitting out at the Left Front for “character assassination”.BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee, however, said that the Left Front, after raking up non-issues against the BJP government, has now “started character assassination of BJP ministers on false and non-issue matters”.”The woman minister has never made any statement and complaint on the issue raised by the Left parties. Why are the Left parties doing this dirty politics?” he asked.(With inputs from IANS)ALSO READ | MeToo: Here’s what 11 women journalists have accused MJ Akbar ofALSO WATCH | PM Modi faces black flags from protestors on reaching Guwahati
After being in the rumour mill for a while, Motorola India has finally made the G7 Power official. The handset goes on sale in India for Rs 13,990 and comes only in the Ceramic Black variant. The Indian variant also gets more RAM and storage than the international variant – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The G7 Power will be available for purchase via offline retail channels as well as Flipkart.The Moto G7 Power is meant for those who value longer battery life over everything else. The phone sports a 5000mAh battery and comes equipped with a 15W TurboPower fast charging. The handset also features a modern 6.2-inch display with a notch on the top. And yes, there’s a fingerprint sensor sitting on the Moto logo.Moto G7 Power specificationsThe Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution with a notch on top. It also sports a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset. The Indian variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. As with previous Moto G series phones, the G7 Power will come with a nearly stock Android interface. The G7 Power will run on Android 9 Pie with Moto Experiences out-of-the-box.The Moto G7 Power grabs highlights with its 5000mAh battery. Motorola claims that the G7 Power will be able to deliver up to 60 hours of endurance at a time. Also, the G7 Power gets the 15W TurboPower fast charging as standard. Motorola claims that one can charge the battery for 9 hours of usage within 15 minutes.advertisementMoto G7 Power price and availabilityThe Moto G7 Power will go on sale in India at a price of Rs 13,999. The handset will only sell in one variant in India with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Indian variant will only sell in the Ceramic Black variant.Moto G7 Power competitorsThe Moto G7 Power will compete with the likes of Redmi Note 6 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 also offers a big 5000mAh battery but comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset with at least 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Samsung’s Galaxy M20 also comes with an equally big 5000mAh battery and offers a more desirable waterdrop notch display and a dual camera setup. From Motorola’s own stable, the Moto One Power also offers a 5000mAh battery but is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset and gets the Android One treatment with the latest updates before any other device.ALSO READ | Moto G7 Power to go on sale from today: Price, Specifications and everything else you need to knowALSO READ | Exclusive: Moto G7 Power will sell at a market price of Rs 13,999 in IndiaALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximately
Brief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). ScorecardKusal Perera pulled off a miracle against South Africa in the Durban Test on Saturday as he played an unbeaten innings of 153 runs to script a memorable one-wicket win for Sri Lanka. With the win, Sri Lanka took an unassailable 1-0 against South Africa in the two-match Test series.The form and state of Sri Lankan cricket is such at the moment that none expected this miracle, perhaps apart from Perera and that dressing room. Perera stitched a 78-run stand with the 11th man Vishwa Fernando to take Sri Lanka home.Fernando played a very crucial role, sticking out there for 27 deliveries and scoring just 6 runs, clearly supporting Perera. Perera on the other hand, played with skill, gusto and bravado to lead Sri Lanka to victory with an unbeaten 153 off 200 deliveries.As soon as Perera struck the winning boundary, he let go of his bat and raised both his hands in the air, looking up and eyes closed, it was relief, it was passion and it was ecstasy — all at once. He was soon joined on the field for celebration by his teammates and they will not stop anytime soon.It was a marvellous display of Test cricket and India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin did not hold back in applauding the beauty of that win and the format.”Did someone say Test cricket is dying?? Sri Lanka!!! you beauty, take a bow Kusal Perera and well done to @IamDimuth for a historic win. #SAvSL congrats @RusselArnold69,” Ashwin tweeted.advertisementDid someone say test cricket is dying?? Sri Lanka!!! you beauty, take a bow Kusal Perera and well done to @IamDimuth for a historic win. #SAvSL congrats @RusselArnold69Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 16, 2019Twitter could not stop raving about Perera’s magical knock, one that will go down as one of the greatest Test knocks ever.he’s bloody done it!!! what a knock, SL win by 1 wicket, Kusal Perera has played an absolute blinder!mark butcher (@markbutcher72) February 16, 2019KUSAL PERERA! Remember the name. one of the greatest Test wins of alltime. one of the lifetime innings. what a win for the young Sri Lanka against all odds. Incredible teams effort. a Test captaincy debut to remember for Dimuth. Test cricket at it’s absolute best. @IamDimuthDaniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) February 16, 2019Well played Kusal Perera and @OfficialSLC that was a knock for the ages. Gripping test cricket. Gosh I hope test cricket continues to be this good all year as we’ve seen in the last three weeks.ian bishop (@irbishi) February 16, 2019I never thought I would get to see a better test knock than Kevin Pietersen’s 186 at Wankhede, but this knock from Kusal Perera at Durban easily surpassed it. Un-freaking-believable. #SAvSLAbhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) February 16, 2019Test cricket at it’s best!!Take a bow,Kusal Perera #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/NuBUtx5nT3deepak (@DpkYdv17) February 16, 2019Hands down the best test knock I’ve ever witnessed live. Yes, I haven’t witnessed @VVSLaxman281 281 against Australia. But this should go down as the greatest test knock of all time. KUSAL PERERA , take a bow. #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/oORz9Pi9S4Anish Mainali (@AnishMainali) February 16, 2019From Kumar Sangakkara to Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka cricketers were on the ninth sky with this unbelievable victory and Perera’s stupendous innings.KJP just scored what could be the greatest innings ever in an overseas run chase by a Sri Lankan batsman. Brings back memories of the brilliant hundred by @MahelaJay against @OfficialCSA in 2006 at The P Sara Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) February 16, 2019What a beauty !!!! One of the best inings under presure. Showed intelligents and mental strength KJP and very proud of you. Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) February 16, 2019Wow just amazing!! Well done the @OfficialSLC boys on this rare test win away from home Absolutely brilliant!! Love connection with Durban continues for us kjp, ambul, vishwa outstanding! Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) February 16, 2019Wat an inning @KusalJPerera ! Excellent knock under pressure. Great support by vishwa at the end and Embul by ball in the 2nd inning. Way to go @IamDimuth and team!!Thrilled!!!!!!!! #SAvSL Danushka Gunathilaka (@danushka_70) February 16, 2019Take a bow @KusalJPerera . What a outstanding victory for @OfficialSLC . Congratulations @IamDimuth @NiroshanDikka @KusalMendis1 @CHathurusinghe @Dhananjaya7575 . What a performance by Lasith Abuldeniya and Vishwa Fernando #SLvSA Upul Tharanga (@upultharanga44) February 16, 2019We Won … We Won !!!! #SAvSL Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 16, 2019Amazing batting display by @KusalJPerera Was lovely to watch him bat.Well done Guys! Keep up the good work @OfficialSLCadvertisement Chaminda Vaas (@chaminda_vaas) February 16, 2019Chasing a daunting target of 304, the Lankans were reduced to 83 for 3 on Day 3 and had lost half their side at 110 on the fourth day when Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva joined forces to add 96 runs for the sixth wicket.De Silve departed on 48 but Perera carried on and batted smartly with the tail-enders to take Sri Lanka closer to the target.He brought up his second Test hundred in just 146 deliveries in the 74th over of the fourth innings and went on to cross his highest score of 112 with a six to reach 112 with Sri Lanka needing 52 runs at that stage. The shot also took the team past 250.His last wicket partnership with Vishwa Fernando had reached 26 runs by then with Perera scoring all the runs while the latter didn’t even open his account for 15 deliveries.The Proteas strangely decided not to take the second new ball after the 80-over mark by which time Sri Lanka had reached 262, needing another 42 runs to win with Kusal Perera on 120 and Fernando yet to get off the mark after facing 20 deliveries.South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was visibly under pressure by that point and had multiple discussions with veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn who was operating from one end.After the second meeting with the skipper in the 81st over, Steyn finally decided to take the new ball with one ball left in the over and Fernando on strike, but the latter managed to survive yet again.With Kagiso Rabada being introduced into the attack, Perera decided to take him on and carried on playing his shots. He was unable to get the strike back in the 83rd over and with Steyn operating with the new ball, Fernando had to survive or find a way to get off strike.In the second ball of the over, Fernando managed to edge the ball past second slip to collect five runs to get off the mark and get Perera on strike again for the third ball. Against all odds, Perera smacked a six over deep mid-wicket off the fourth ball to bring down the deficit to just 23 runs. The shot also brought up the fifty-run partnership for the final wicket with Fernando scoring just 5 runs from 23 balls.Perera smashed another two sixes off the next two overs from Steyn and Rabada to take Sri Lanka within touching distance from victory which finally came in the third ball of the 86th over as the left-hander finished the match with his 12th boundary to trigger massive celebrations at the Kingsmead stadium.Perera and Fernando’s unbroken partnership for the final wicket reached 78 off 95 balls, which is a record for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Test cricket. The win was also Lanka’s first in Durban after 7 years.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | Kusal Perera speechless after pulling off epic Test victory vs South Africa in Durbanadvertisement
After Afghanistan’s 7-wicket loss to New Zealand in their 2nd match of World Cup 2019, their captain Gulbadin Naib said that he missed the services of star-spinner Rashid Khan who couldn’t take the field during New Zealand’s chase after he was hit by a bouncer from seamer Lockie Ferguson.Having failed two concussion tests, the Afghan team management decided to rest Rashid as a precautionary measure but the team could only pick 3 Kiwi wickets as NZ completed a comfortable victory. Naib also conceded that Afghanistan ‘were not great in the field’ and that contributed to the defeat.”We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat. We misread the length of the ball, some of us batsmen, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid. I just tell the boys to keep calm and show a little more composure in the middle. We missed out on saving some boundaries too and we were not great in the field, so we have a long way to go – the improvement at this high level of cricket will happen day by day,” Naib told Star Sports after the match.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was pleased with his side’s ‘outstanding’ effort and singled out James Neesham and Lockie Ferguson for special praise.advertisement”It was an outstanding effort. There are some world-class players in the Afghan side. I have played with a number of them for a few years. They got off to a good start and it was important to build some pressure in the middle overs, and the way the seamers came back in the middle-overs was fantastic – pace, bounce and a bit of movement did it for them. Lockie doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to turn up the speed. He has been fantastic in the three games so far. The left and right-arm combination helps up top and Neesham hitting the wicket hard with the bounce, pace and the movement – the same with their opening bowlers. The fielding, I think, was great from us. The batting improved from the last match. We have chased three games in a row and we are trying to chase some of the lower targets on surfaces that, if you’re put under pressure, you can pick up wickets. It is important to build partnerships in those situations. Every game you play, you set out to win it, and it’s great to have three wins in a row to start with. We have a couple of days off now, and then we have India after that so we need to adapt to new venues, which is the nature of tournament sport, but the guys will be looking forward to it,” said Williamson.James Neesham who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his best-ever figures of 5/31 said that earlier he had ‘let a few external voices affect’ his bowling but against Afghanistan, he went back to his ‘forte’ of ‘hitting the deck hard’ which yielded expected results.”Pretty pleased with my performance today. Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got. The chase was clinical, obviously. Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally, to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today – hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much,” said Neesham.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand retain top spot after dominant win over AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand game
Realme has garnered massive success in India in a span of just one year, which is not an easy thing to achieve today. In the budget and mid-range segments where companies like Xiaomi and Samsung have reigned supreme, Realme has managed to break through by offering some exceptional phones that look good and offer great hardware at disruptive prices. If last year was about getting the company’s name out there, 2019 looks to be about taking charge.Last year, Realme launched phones like the Realme 1, Realme U1 and Realme 2 Pro that offered segment-disruptive hardware. The company is following a similar formula this year as well, but the only difference is that it is not looking to wait around anymore. While phones like the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X have brought segment-first technologies, the company is now looking to bring “world’s first” technologies such as a 64MP quad camera system.The story so farThe Realme 3 Pro (Review) was launched in India earlier this year with a Snapdragon 710 chipset and VOOC fast charging support. Both these features are a first for a phone under Rs 15,000. Here, even a disrupter like Xiaomi has trailed behind. Of course, Xiaomi still continues to disrupt in its own ways, offering, for example, 48MP camera phones under Rs 15,000 i.e Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi 7S.Then we have the Realme X which was launched in China a couple of months ago with a notchless AMOLED display, pop-up camera and a 48MP dual camera setup. These features have been seen on a number of phones this year, but not quite at a price that starts at approximately Rs 15,000.advertisement The Realme X is yet to launch in India, but from what Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth said a few weeks ago, the Indian variant will offer a slightly different hardware. This shows that the company is well aware of the competitive state of the Indian smartphone market and that even a phone with the kind of features that the Realme X China variant offers may not necessarily do exceptionally well in India.There has been speculation that the Realme X will come to India with a Snapdragon 730 chipset, which would definitely be a first for a phone under Rs 20,000. And while we wait for the Realme X in India, which could possibly launch next month, the company is steamrolling ahead with its next major smartphone – a phone with a 64MP quad camera setup.Go big or go homeRealme is clearly not looking to wait around this year for someone else to offer a 64MP camera phone first. What’s surprising is that Realme was not considered in the running to launch a 64MP camera phone. There were rumours that Xiaomi or Samsung would be the first to launch a phone using Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor, but it turns out Realme is set to beat them to the punch. Sheth posted a camera sample on Twitter that was shot on this mysterious new Realme phone, claiming that it will be the world’s first phone with a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor.Working on the new premium killer! Introducing world’s first smartphone camera with 64MP GW1 largest 1/1.72 sensor and mega 1.6µm pixel with amazing clear shots in low light too. RT if you want to see more knockout shots. #DareToLeap pic.twitter.com/D54xNFdaVmMadhav 5G (@MadhavSheth1) June 24, 2019This speaks volumes of the kind of confidence Realme has right now. Not only will this upcoming Realme phone be the world’s first 64MP camera phone, but it will also be the company’s first phone with a quad camera setup. Realme is not afraid to take risks this year, which is a philosophy that was also followed by Xiaomi when it was trying to establish its own presence in India.Apart from the cameras, we still have no idea about what to expect from this upcoming Realme phone. This Realme phone could launch as part of a brand new series in India, and it may well be the company’s most premium phone yet. A few days before the launch of the Realme X in China, Sheth told India Today Tech that the company is looking to bring “more innovations and more technologies” to its smartphones which should justify its price, whether it is under 20,000 or over it.Realme currently has the ability to surprise fans and make the competition worry, which is what any brand strives to do. The next Realme phone could be the company’s most innovative phone yet or it could fizzle out, but it’s clear that the company is looking to go big. This mysterious Realme phone isn’t expected to launch before Q4, 2019, which suggests Realme is looking to close the year with a bang, not a whimper.advertisementALSO READ | Realme 64MP camera phone teased, will launch in India and here’s what camera setup looks like
India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first against Bangladesh in a crunch match of the ongoing World Cup 2019 on Tuesday at Edgbaston. While Kohli attributed the decision to the tendency of the pitch to slow down in the 2nd half, it was when commentator Ian Bishop asked him a question on his ‘conversion-rate’ that seems to have taken Kohli aback.When Bishop asked Kohli at the toss whether he is trying to figure out the fact that he has not converted any of his past 5 back-toback half-centuries into hundreds, Kohli said that he doesn’t ‘need to sit down and assess’ this aspect as he has already done it ‘a lot of times in the past’.”I don’t need to sit down and assess how to convert those (fifties into hundreds), I have done that a lot of times in the past. I’m really enjoying the way I’m batting at the moment. It’s just about contributing to the team,” Virat Kohli said at the toss.Five half-centuries in a row. Three figures today?Make sure to follow #BANvIND on the #CWC19 appAPPLE https://t.co/whJQyCahHrANDROID https://t.co/Lsp1fBwBKR pic.twitter.com/fhhxQrNZhKCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019Virat Kohli has already scored 41 hundreds in his ODI career to go along with 54 fifties combining for an astounding conversion rate of 43%. Possibly this was the reason, Kohli seemed stunned by the question.Earlier, Kohli defended his decision to bat first by saying: “It’s a used pitch. In the last game, it was getting slower and slower in the second half of the innings. We think it’s going to keep on deteriorating as the match progresses. Couple of changes looking at the short boundary.”advertisementThe two team changes which Kohli talked about were: Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar replacing Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav.Teams:India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahBangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur RahmanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionAlso Read | Watch: Rihanna meets Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite after Sri Lanka vs West Indies game