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  1. Morgan slammed seven sixes in an innings of 57 not out off 22 balls as England chased down South Africa's 222 for six with five wickets and five balls to spare
  2. Ahead of India's tour of New Zealand, while Virat Kohli might have ruled out the possibility of exacting revenge on the Kiwis for their World Cup ouster last year, the exploits of a rampant Indian team on the field in the past week speak otherwise. The touring Indian brigade recorded two consecutive triumphs before notching up a thrilling 'Super Over' win in the 3rd T20I to eventually seal the five-match series. With the T20I series done and dusted, the Kiwis will now be focussing on the three ODIs next month to peg India back for the losses in the shortest format. But, it is going to be an uphill battle for the hosts, especially during the injury-forced absence of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry. In a bid to fill the void in their pace battery, the Kiwis have included Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Bennett and Kyle Jamieson in their ODI squad. Amongst the Kiwi trio, one man stands out, and by quite a margin. While we've seen the likes of Bennett and Kuggeleijn in the T20I series, the Kiwis appear to have decided to unleash Jamieson, their tallest cricketer in history, on India in the three-match ODI series slated to begin from 5th February. Move over Two Metre Peter! Meet NZ's *new* tallest cricketer Kyle Jamieson 2.03 metres (6'8) in jandals #FordTrophy pic.twitter.com/eLbZFMWz4U â BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 16, 2016 Standing tall at a staggering six feet and eight inches (2.03 metre), Jamieson is even taller than New Zealand's batting coach Peter Fulton who is popularly known as 'Two-metre Peter' for his height (6'6). So, who's this Jamieson and where has he been hiding all this while? Let's take a look. Born in Auckland, bred in Canterbury and now in line to make his senior team debut, Jamieson is a classic fast bowler who makes full use of his tall frame and sheer pace to bounce batsmen out. He was New Zealand's second-highest wicket-taker (7 scalps in 4 games) during the 2014 U-19 World Cup and has been a regular in the 'A' side, playing 13 matches and bagging 15 wickets, over the past few seasons. © Twitter/@SuperSmashNZ Other than his impressive bowling, Jamieson is also handy with the bat lower down the order. The right-hander has a batting average of over 31 and a strike rate of over 112 in List A cricket. He also has three first-class fifties and a List A half-century to his name. In 2018, he had slammed a brilliant 111-ball 101 to trouble the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood during England's warm-up tie at Seddon Park. For someone who looks in Morne Morkel's mould, only taller by three inches, Jamieson's ability to extract extra bounce and ability to swing the ball can trouble the likes of in-form Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Having lost the T20I series, New Zealand will hope that their 'giant weapon' comes out all guns blazing in the upcoming ODI series to peg India back. View the full article
  3. The three-match ODI series between India and the visiting Australian team came to an end in favour of the hosts on Sunday after the experienced Indian batsmen paved way for the younger, more energetic players to chase down the total in style. Two of the best batsmen in the world, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played their natural games - Sharma with his fireworks, capitalising on every opportunity to hit boundaries, and Kohli keeping in pace with the required run rate with quick singles in the early and mid phases of the Indian innings. INDIA WIN A clinical performance by #TeamIndia as they win by 7 wickets and clinch the series 2-1.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/LnhgbjdDI8 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 Having said that, there was one man who had the potential to become the bane of success for the Men in Blue during the three 50-over matches between Mumbai, Rajkot and Bengaluru - Adam Zampa. As a 27-year-old, Zampa has already made a name for himself as one of the more successful leg spinners and his reputation preceeded him ahead of the series. Before the first match at Wankhede, the Australian had dismissed Kohli three times in the given format of the game. The Indian batting lineup was taken by surprise with the level bowling produced by the men from Down Under and history repeated itself when Zampa picked the skipper's wicket for the fourth time on January 14. Kohli falls to Zampa once again...for the 4th time in the ODIs. No spinner has dismissed Kohli more than 4 times in the ODIs. The best ball ever bowled to Kohli in the ODIs is also from a leggie. When Adil Rashid cleaned up Kohli. #INDvAUS — slowyorker (@slowyorker1) January 14, 2020 “I just don't think he [Virat Kohli] is showing Zampa enough respect and he paid the price,” former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh had commented after the match. Zampa got the best of the Indian Captain yet again during the Rajkot match. Regardless of the fact that Kohli went on to strike a heroic 78 off 76, the leggie dismissed him for a record fifth time in ODIs eight innings. He also trapped Sharma with an LBW eight runs ahead of his half-century. Virat Kohli dismissed off the bowling of Adam Zampa for the 5th time in his ODI career. Among the bowlers who have played ODIs against Kohli, only Ravi Rampaul has dismissed Virat Kohli more often (6 times). #INDvAUS — Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) January 17, 2020 Finally, Zampa picked the most important wicket of the day during the Bengaluru match when he forced Sharma to go for a big shot which led to him getting caught at the boundary by Mitchell Starc. Rohit Sharma skies one off Adam Zampa, falls for 119 India still need 80 off 78https://t.co/ECkYWX3Mmh | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/rDJnNZH0Nq — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 19, 2020 While Zampa was responsible for removing the biggest names of the game from the crease in three consecutive matches, it was also evident that they were afraid to take risks against the bowler. Both Sharma and Kohli tried to live through his spell and waited for his six deliveries to get over before they could slam other bowlers for boundaries. But how is it that the spinner was able to create such terror in the hearts of two of the most fierce hitters of the sport? In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Zampa explained: “I keep saying India is one of the toughest places to tour. I think keep it simple, don't be too hard on yourself. Preparation against these guys is really important. Virat [Kohli] is a really intense player, so body language is really important,” he said. “The conditions here, you see a lot of dew at night time so a couple of preparations with the wet ball is really important. And obviously you prepare differently for different guys,” he continued. “So, someone like Virat, you know he's sweating on bad bowling, he's got his strengths. And then you have guys like Rohit [Sharma], who obviously is a six-hitter, he loves hitting boundaries. You might bowl some good balls to him and he might defend them but you know that he's going to come hard at you, early or at the back-end of your over. So it's definitely individualised preparation. “I think very minor variations; good defensive bowling is important here. I don't think over-attacking as a leg spinner is really beneficial sometimes particularly on smaller grounds. I think your best ball and your best defense as a bowler is really important,” he added. View the full article
  4. 2434.52 metres, that is how much Virat Kohli ran between the wickets during the three-match ODI series against the visiting Australian team. The first match in Mumbai turned out to be an unlikely outing for the Indian skipper, who gave away his wicket to Adam Zampa in a caught and bowled, early in his innings. While smashing a solitary six, the batsman could only manage to put up 16 runs in Indiaâs below average total of 255. Even then, 10 of his runs came from singles. Kohli falls to Zampa once again...for the 4th time in the ODIs. No spinner has dismissed Kohli more than 4 times in the ODIs. The best ball ever bowled to Kohli in the ODIs is also from a leggie. When Adil Rashid cleaned up Kohli. #INDvAUS â slowyorker (@slowyorker1) January 14, 2020 The other two matches were a completely different story altogether. In the second ODI in Rajkot, 78 runs came off Kohliâs bat in 76 deliveries as he helped opener Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul build a mammoth total of 340 after being asked to bat first by Aaron Finch. Out of Kohliâs 78-run stint, he scored 54 of them by taking singles and changing strikes with his partner. Yesterday Shikhar Dhawan Was Disappointed He Missed His 100. But Virat Kohli Was Even More Disappointed.! That's Virat Kohli For You Perfect Team Man.!#ViratKohli #KingKohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/2U8icUILA3 â Tamil Viratians ð¥ (@Tamil_Viratians) January 18, 2020 And in the third ODI in Bengaluru, 57 runs of his 89-run innings came the same way as well. Even though the top-order batsman is known for a variety of qualities such as his textbook cover drive and the well-documented capacity to chase big total, Kohliâs ability to take singles often goes unnoticed. The biggest, most recent example comes from Indiaâs win over the Aussies at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday when the Men in Blue were to chase down 286 runs in 50 overs. Rohit Sharma was having his typical high-scoring game amidst which Kohli stepped onto the pitch after KL Rahul got trapped with an Ashton Agar LBW. Understanding that his deputy-in-chief was in the zone, Kohli tried to give Sharma more and more opportunities to reduce the gap as much as he could. The duo maintained a run-rate closer to what was required throughout the middle overs and prevented any massive gaps in scoring which would have returned later to haunt them. Best thing about kohli is no ego. He is happy to be silent when Rohit is playing. He is just taking singles and hitting odd boundaries. Making this partnership as big as it can. #INDvsAUS â Nishant Singh Parihar (@nsp2607) January 19, 2020 Once the opener gave up his wicket on a Zampa leggie after a masterful 119-run knock, the skip decided to take it upon himself to carry his team all the way to victory. With Shreyas Iyer on the other end, Kohli pushed for quick singles amidst a boundary every now and then. The strategy was simple. Choose the bowlers youâd like to score against and those you would just want to end their spells. For Kohli, it was Zampa, who had dismissed him five times in the last eight innings. Even then, Kohli managed to sneak four or five runs during his overs as well. It was because of Kohliâs activity between the wickets that the target felt more like cakewalk for Team India. Even though he got bowled out at the hands of Josh Hazlewood after being found to be a bit greedy for his century, it didnât affect the final result of the match. India now needed fewer runs than balls left to win, the damage was already done. Champions ð®ð³#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/168H5qeSSa â BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 A couple of boundaries by Manish Pandey and a surprisingly good innings by Iyer and India finally won the match and the series to carry along the glory of beating one of the better Australian sides in the recent past. Kohliâs singles made it happen. They not only kept his side closer to the required run rate but also created a sense of frustration amongst the Australian fielders who couldnât stop these pesky singles from taking place. ð®ð³ð®ð³#TeamIndia ð pic.twitter.com/IQmm5Vrf8I â BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 These are the kind of things that Virat Kohli brings to the team. Things like the willingness to share the crease with his partner, watching him score big runs while standing on the other side of the pitch, and motivating younger cricketers amidst immense pressure. These qualities not only make him a great batter but also a phenomenal captain. View the full article
  5. Photo: AFPThe Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan. Opener Tamim Iqbal returns after skipping a home series against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and a tour in India. Mosaddek Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam and Abu Hider have been dropped from the squad. It is pertinent to mention here that wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has declined to visit Pakistan for the forthcoming series on account of security concerns. Read more: Five members of Bangladesh's coaching staff withdraw from Pakistan tour The Tigers will play three T20Is in Lahore from January 24-27. Bangladesh T20I squad Mahmudullah (captain) Tamim Iqbal Soumya Sarkar Naim Sheikh, Najmul Hossain Shanto Liton Kumer Das MD Mithun Afif Hossain Dhrubo Mahedi Hasan Aminul Islam Biplob Mustafizur Rahman Shafiul Islam Al-Amin Hossain Rubel Hossain Hasan Mahmud
  6. Going past one opponent after another in what has turned out to be a dominant home season in recent months, the high-flying Indian cricket team was shot down to the ground by a clinical Australian brigade that romped to a commanding 10-wicket win in the 1st ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The prolific form of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in recent matches had the Indian team management and selectors convinced that they should play all their opening batsmen, including Rohit Sharma, in the ODI series opener. The move saw Rohit and Dhawan, quite understandably, opening the innings and Rahul occupying Virat Kohli's preferred No. 3 slot, pushing the Indian captain further down to No. 4. While the move would have surely looked like a masterstroke on the drawing board, it had quite an opposite effect on the kind of result Team India and their fans would have hoped for. Rohit's dismissal at the score of 10 runs had India on the back foot early on, but a brilliant 121-run stand for the second wicket between Dhawan and Rahul probably had Kohli & Co believing that tinkering with their usual line-up was still going to pay off. But, it didn't. © Twitter/@BCCI Rahul and Dhawan, the biggest accumulators for India in the match, were sent back into the hut in a space of two overs. With a decent score on the board and still more than 30 overs left to play, India needed a partnership and the onus was on captain Kohli. But, a lack of respect to Adam Zampa saw Kohli joining Dhawan and Rahul in the pavilion sooner than the Wankhede crowd would have expected. Then, it was Shreyas Iyer's turn to take the long walk back into the Indian dressing room as the hosts found themselves reeling at 164/5 in 33 overs. Luckily, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja steadied the ship for the home side with a crucial 49-run partnership to keep India in the hunt for a decent total. And, a 26-run stand between Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav later in the innings saw India posting 255 runs on board. For a team that boasts of one of the strong batting line-ups in the sport, India could only manage a below-par total. But, with Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav bolstering their bowling attack, many believed that it was probably enough to contain the touring Aussies. However, contrary to popular perception, the Indian attack conceded the biggest ODI stand against them ever - courtesy centurions Aaron Finch and David Warner. © Reuters Playing his first ODI in over six months, Bumrah, and even Shami, struggled to hit the right lengths and barely troubled the Australian opening duo. The Indian seamers were initially too full and then overcompensated by going too short. And, the familiarity with the conditions due to the IPL experience saw Warner and Finch making merry as batting became easier under lights. On the other hand, the spin bowling duo of Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja, too, looked ordinary while conceding over five runs an over. But, the weakest link in the Indian bowling attack turned out to be Shardul Thakur who bowled just five overs and was plundered for 43 runs, conceding almost nine runs an over. In the eight matches he has played so far, this was his 3rd ODI wherein he went wicketless. To make matters worse, Shardul, who bagged the 'Man of the Match' award in the last T20I against Sri Lanka, has struggled for success since 2019 and remains one of the most expensive bowlers in the 50-over format among those who have bowled a minimum of 20 overs. His economy rate of 6.49 in ODIs is the second-highest among all Indian bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 50 overs bowled in the 50-over format. © Twitter/@BCCI âTotally outplayed in all three departments. Itâs a very strong Australian team, and if you donât play well enough, they will hurt you. In phases, we were too respectful against their bowlers and didnât take the game by the scruff of the neck. Itâs another challenge to bounce back from here,â Kohli had said after their tame loss. But, a closer look at India's tactics in the 1st ODI reveals that their decision to play all three openers disrupted the flow in their line-up. Playing Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul meant that India had to make do without a middle-order specialist - something that they dearly missed in the middle-overs as wickets kept tumbling. © Reuters Furthermore, accommodating the prominent trio made India rely on Shardul's batting lower down the order which also didn't pay off as he could only score 13 runs. And, the key impact came on the bowling line-up that India had to persist with five bowlers and rued the absence of a sixth bowler, even a part-timer who could give the hosts some respite when their bowlers were getting clobbered all over the park. Finding themselves in a must-win situation, the Kohli-led India need to stick to the basics and bring normalcy back to their line-up, especially in the upcoming clashes in Rajkot and Bengaluru, where the pitches are expected to be flatter and the boundaries relatively shorter. The time for tinkering with the playing XI is over and the hosts need to get it right in the 2nd ODI, else it will be their second straight ODI series loss to Australia at home. View the full article
  7. Amazon pulls in 'Game of Thrones' stars into 'Lord of the Rings' seriesAmazon unveiled the first cast of actors for its highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings streaming television series on Tuesday, including two Game of Thrones veterans, and said production would begin in New Zealand next month. Among the 15 cast members are the British actors Robert Aramayo, who portrayed a young Ned Stark, and Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark on HBO’s medieval fantasy hit Game of Thrones. Others coming to Lord of the Rings include British theater actor Owain Arthur, British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi, Australian actor Tom Budge, British actress Morfydd Clark, and Slovak-American actress Ema Horvath, the company said. “After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series,” showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said in a statement. “These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors, they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide,” they added. The TV adaptation will explore new storylines preceding author J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment in the famed fantasy trilogy set in the fictional land of Middle-earth. Amazon announced the cast at a Television Critics Association event where TV networks preview upcoming shows. The series still has a “few key roles left to cast,” said Vernon Sanders, Amazon’s co-head of television. The company did not reveal details about the roles the actors would play or the storyline.
  8. Priyanka Chopra roped in with Richard Madden for Russo Brothers' seriesPriyanka Chopra is soaring high in not just Bollywood but also seven seas across as the diva adds another feather to her cap. The 37-year-old Quantico actor had turned to Instagram to unveil the big news for her fans of having another exciting project in the pipeline with acclaimed directorial duo Joe and Anthony Russo who helmed the record-shattering Avengers: Endgame last year. The project, titled Citadel, will also have Game of Thrones star Richard Madden on board alongside the Baywatch star. "Cannot wait to work alongside the super talented @maddenrichard and incredible @therussobrothers on this new series. Get ready! CITADEL will be a multi-layered global franchise with interconnected local language productions from India, Italy and Mexico. It will truly be global content. More details soon. @amazonstudios @agbofilms #CITADEL,” she wrote on her Instagram. Variety spilled the beans on how the show will also be having local productions in Mexico, India and Italy with the Indian series having Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK as the developers.
  9. Bangladesh have said no on Sunday to a proposal by Pakistan to play a full Test series later this month, saying they will only tour the country to play three T20Is Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan said the recent tension in the Middle East between Iran and the United States was the main reason behind the decision as the government had given the board permission to send the team only for a short period. "The current state in the Middle East is definitely different than other times. So considering escalating tension in that particular region, they (the government) have told us to keep the tour as short as possible," Hassan told reporters in Dhaka after a meeting of the BCB board. "They (government authorities) have told us to play the three Twenty20s as quickly as possible in a short period. Later, if the situation improves, we can play the Test matches. We are going to communicate the same thing to Pakistan Cricket Board," he said. According to the ICC´s Future Tour Programme, Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20 internationals and two Tests in Pakistan in January-February. The BCB had earlier made a similar proposal to play T20s in Pakistan, but the PCB had rejected their offer. The PCB wants Bangladesh to play Test matches if Bangladesh are to make the series short as the two Tests are also part of the ICC Test Championship. The BCB president said he will be flying to Dubai on Monday to discuss with ICC chairman Shashank Manohar about the possible implications of skipping the Test series against Pakistan. Test cricket returned to Pakistan in December for the first time since 2009 when the country hosted Sri Lanka for two matches, held in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
  10. A new Assassin's Creed is probably on its way and the existence of the game was leaked via website listings. Ubisoft has not officially announced the game but leaks are pointing towards one of the biggest games in the series. The game listed on the websites was called Assassin's Creed Ragnarok and is expected to release later this year. © Ubisoft A leak that was posted on 4Chan and later on Reddit revealed detailed information that sounds believable but we still suggest you take it with a pinch of salt. According to the leaker, the game will launch in September 2020 and will be a cross-generational game. It will support four-player co-operative mode or with a single character that can be either male or female. It is said to have role-playing mechanics similar to Assassin's Creed Odyssey and will also introduce a new weapon durability feature. The game will also feature a hidden blade, an iconic feature that was not included in the previous iteration. © Reddit Leaks also suggest that the game will be set in the 9th century and will deal with Norse mythology. The map is also expected to be larger than ever and will expand to cities like Paris, London and Kiev. There will also be more emphasis on mythical beasts that will be protecting temples and other key locations. Previous Assassin's Creed games have leaked in the past and most of the rumours have turned out to be true. It would be interesting to see how Ubisoft will adopt Norse mythology into the Assassin's Creed world. We could expect the game to be announced sometime later this year. We may hear more about the game at E3, this June. View the full article
  11. PUNE, India: Openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan smashed half-centuries as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 78 runs in the third Twenty20 international to clinch the series 2-0 on Friday. Rahul, who top-scored with 54, and Dhawan, who hit 52, put on 97 runs for the opening wicket as India amassed 201 for six after being put in to bat in Pune. Paceman Navdeep Saini claimed three wickets to help dismiss Sri Lanka for 123 in 15.5 overs despite a fighting 57 by Dhananjaya de Silva. Saini sent back De Silva after his 36-ball knock and then got skipper Lasith Malinga for nought as the islanders lost their second straight match after the opening T20 was abandoned due to rain. Manish Pandey and Shardul Thakur also played key roles with batting cameos that helped India take 63 runs from the last five overs. Pandey, scoring 31 off 18 balls, and Thakur, with an eight-ball 22, put on an unbeaten 37-run stand for the seventh wicket and the duo managed to get 19 runs off the last over. Earlier the left-handed Dhawan was dropped on one by Dasun Shanaka at deep square leg off Angelo Mathews and made the most of the spill as he recorded his 10th T20 fifty in just 34 balls. Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan finally got Dhawan and struck twice in his next over to send back Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, for four, trudging back to the pavilion as India slipped to 122-4. Skipper Virat Kohli, who dropped himself to number six in the batting order, then took the attack to the opposition with a 17-ball 26 before being run out while attempting a second run. Sri Lanka were never in the chase after losing their top three batsmen for 15 runs and then slipping to 26 for four. De Silva and Mathews, who made 31, put on 68 for the fifth wicket to raise Sri Lankan hopes but Washington Sundar struck back to break the partnership. Sundar and Thakur took two wickets each. Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah became India´s highest wicket-taker in the T20 format with 53 scalps after he struck first with the wicket of Danushka Gunathilka for one. India now host Australia for three one-day internationals starting Tuesday in Mumbai.
  12. The Nintendo Switch has been having a very successful run ever since it launched in 2017 and the console will probably dominate in 2020 as well. Even in India, the console has managed to outsell the Xbox One, even though the Nintendo Switch does not officially sell in India. According to the MakoReactor, “Industry estimates peg the Nintendo Switch lifetime to date sales to be above 50,000 in India” and this is based on a conservative estimate. © Dbrand/Youtube However, in 2020, both Microsoft and Sony will be launching their next generation of consoles by Christmas and Nintendo will have to introduce a new updated console to keep the competition heated. It has been long rumoured that Nintendo has been working on a “Pro” and “Lite” model where the latter launched in late 2019. The analyst who accurately predicted the “Lite” model of the Nintendo Switch believes the “Pro” model will launch sometime in 2020. "Switch will again be the best selling console during the year," says Piers Harding-Rolls of IHS Markit Technology, who has been speaking to gamesindustry.biz. He went on to say that "2020 is also set to be Switch's best hardware sales performance since launch. The Switch Lite will launch in mainland China.” © Youtube It is currently uncertain when the Pro model of the Nintendo Switch will launch, however, we can expect to see upgraded hardware for better performance in games. “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will launch a "Switch Pro" in 2020, my guess is at $399,” said Harding-Rolls. "More specifically, I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course beefed-up components. I also think the device will launch after the summer holidays to counter the roll-out of the PS5 and next-gen Xbox later in the year - along with a first-party, system-seller game. I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course beefed-up components. I also think the device will launch after the summer holidays to counter the roll-out of the PS5 and next-gen Xbox later in the year - along with a first-party, system-seller game” he said. © Nintendo The more powerful Switch Pro could deliver games at 4K resolution at 30 FPS with upscaling and boosted performance for older games. At the moment, Switch's Tegra X1 processor can't really keep up with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One due to which the “Pro” model might be in the works. The Switch model will be able to even out this difference with better hardware. Having said that, it is possible that the next console may be a dedicated console-only box and not offer the portability feature. Sure, it may not suit the “Switch” name but the Switch Lite already breaks the branding as it cannot be docked. It remains to be seen when Nintendo plans to launch the new console or whether these are all rumours and it simply does not exist. As of now, we can only speculate what the console could be and wait for the official announcement later this year. Source: gamesindustry.biz View the full article
  13. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are going to kickstart a new generation of gaming in 2020 and the only thing we know so far are the names and what the next Xbox looks like. However, new leaks have surfaced online that paint a clearer picture of both consoles. These leaks are not yet official but it gives us a better look at the power of each console. © Twitter/The-Driun According to a report by Digital Foundry, the PS5 will reportedly have a 9.3 teraflop GPU. The report was published by Eurogamer and it also details the GPU specifications of the Xbox Series X. The PS4 is capable of maximum 1.84 teraflops which means the PlayStation 5 will be leaps ahead in graphics prowess. The report also said that the PlayStation 5 will feature GDDR6 RAM, identical to what you can find on AMD's RX 5700 GPU. © Youtube Apart from these specifications, the report also claims that the PS5's GPU will be able to switch between three modes for backward compatibility. It will be compatible with PS4 and PS4 Pro tiles while a “gen2” mode is reserved for PS5 games. The other modes have been referenced as “gen 1” and “gen 0” modes to allow backward compatibility. The “gen1” mode runs on the same clock speed, GPU draw power and other metrics of the PS4 Pro: 36 compute units, a 911MHz core clock, and 218GB/s of memory bandwidth and 64 ROPs. © Microsoft In the same report, it was detailed that the Xbox Series X GPU is able to achieve 12 teraflops, however Digital Foundry describes it as “frankly ginormous, with signs pointing to a possible target of 12 teraflops.” If these leaks are to be believed, the Xbox Series X sounds a bit more powerful than the PS5, at least on paper. While the leak details both consoles and its components well, it is still unofficial information and needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Source: Eurogamer View the full article
  14. Photo: ReutersCENTURION, South Africa: South Africa broke down stubborn England resistance to win the first Test of their World Test Championship series by 107 runs at SuperSport Park on Sunday. England needed 376 to win but despite some committed batting were bowled out for 268 on the fourth day of the five-day encounter. An enthralling contest swung South Africa´s way when left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj bowled Ben Stokes to halt a brief flurry of strokes as Stokes and captain Joe Root tried to lift the scoring rate before the second new ball was due. The new ball then had an immediate impact with Kagiso Rabada having Jonny Bairstow caught at gully before Anrich Nortje claimed the crucial wicket of Root, who made a fighting 48 before he was caught behind. It was the second time in the day Nortje claimed a wicket with the second ball of a new spell after he made the first breakthrough of the day by dismissing top-scorer Rory Burns for 84. The remaining wickets fell quickly, with Rabada finishing with four for 103 and fellow fast bowler Anrich Nortje claiming three for 56. Maharaj, who broke England´s first wicket stand of 92 on Saturday when he dismissed Dom Sibley, took two for 37. South Africa produced a disciplined bowling performance, making scoring difficult on a pitch which always offered something to the bowlers with some sideways movement and uneven bounce. England added only 50 runs in 25 overs while losing two wickets during the morning. Rory Burns took his overnight score of 77 to 84 before mistiming a pull against Nortje to be caught at mid-on, while Joe Denly was leg before wicket to Dwaine Pretorius for 31. Burns and Denly saw off the threat of Vernon Philander and Rabada but found scoring difficult. Philander conceded only one run in five overs. Rabada gave up 23 in six overs, which included two hooked sixes by Denly. Burns, who faced most of Philander´s bowling, adding only seven runs off 37 balls. The change to Nortje brought an immediate result for South Africa as Burns attempted to pull the fast bowler´s second delivery and sent the ball looping to Rabada at mid-on. Nortje made a second crucial breakthrough when South African captain Faf du Plessis made an inspired bowling change. First innings destroyer Vernon Philander sent down three overs with the second new ball but was not making the batsmen play many deliveries, so Du Plessis called on Nortje with immediate success.
  15. Photo: Reuters Australia marched toward a dominant series victory over New Zealand on Saturday after dismissing the visitors cheaply and building a mammoth 456-run lead on day three of the Boxing Day test. Leading 1-0 after thrashing the Black Caps in the Perth opener, Tim Paine’s Australia pushed to 137 for four in their second innings at stumps after routing the tourists for 148 in a firestorm of pace bowling at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Replying to Australia’s first innings 467, New Zealand were bowled out 120 runs short of forcing the hosts to bat again, but Paine sent his batsmen back out to pile on the agony. At the close, Matthew Wade was 15 not out, with Travis Head, the first innings centurion, on 12. The equation is bleak for Kane Williamson’s men, who had hoped for a result in Melbourne to keep the series alive to the third and final match in Sydney next week. No team has ever scored more than 417 runs in a fourth innings at the MCG, and none has ever chased down more than 332 to win at the venue. Dominated by Australia’s batsmen in the opening two days, New Zealand crumbled in the face of formidable fast bowling. Pat Cummins was chief tormentor, underlining his claim as the format’s premier exponent with a blistering display of pace and precision. He led Australia’s bowling with 5-28 to continue a brilliant year. “I’ve had a pretty good run lately so I can’t see it getting too much better than what the last year’s been but hopefully I can maintain it at that level,” 26-year-old Cummins, the year’s leading wicket-taker, told reporters. He was scarcely better than team mate James Pattinson, the fiery 29-year-old quick claiming 3-34 in his return to the side as replacement for the injured Josh Hazlewood. Only opener Tom Latham scored more than 20 runs for New Zealand, but after raising a tough half-century, he promptly gave up his wicket for 50, one of Cummins’ four caught-behind victims. Thousands of New Zealanders had flown across “the ditch” to watch their team’s first appearance at the MCG in 32 years, many with hope of a better show than the 296-run capitulation in Perth. Instead, they have seen another disaster unfold in the wake of Williamson’s decision to send Australia in to bat after winning the toss. Adding to the gloom, their pace spearhead Trent Boult suffered a fracture in his hand when struck by a Mitchell Starc ball while batting after lunch. Having missed Perth with a rib injury, Boult will head home after Melbourne and miss the Sydney test. “It’s obviously gutting news for Trent and also for our group to have someone like that ruled out with his injuries,” said Latham. In a rare highlight for New Zealand, seamer Neil Wagner captured his 200th Test wicket when he dismissed Steve Smith for seven, the fourth time he has scalped the master batsman in the series. But Head and Wade stood firm in the final overs to ensure Australia will return on day four with victory all but assured. “Fair play to Australia the way they bowled,” said Latham. “They were relentless and didn’t really let us have anything, unfortunately.”
  16. Probably one of the best and the only shows to put the Indian entertainment scene on the international map with such a profound impact, Sacred Games has been enjoying the top position for over a year now. The New York Times curated a list of the '30 best international series of the decade' produced and made outside of the USA and without any iota of surprise, Sacred Games has made it to the prestigious list. Directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, the series takes you inside the underbelly of Mumbai where Sartaj Singh, an honest cop struggling with his personal and professional life, is caught trying to unravel the mystery of gangster Gaitonde. The show is on the 28th spot on the list and two other Indian shows, Delhi Crime and Stories Of Rabindranath Tagore have got honourable mention in the list as well. An Israeli show titled Prisoner Of War which is a take on the American show Homeland is on the number one position, followed by Sherlock on number 2. View the full article
  17. Justin Bieber is all set to release first of his three songs which he recently announced on social media. The singer has also given dates for two others songs which he plans to release next month. His social media posts suggest that the singer is feeling holiday spirit. Apart from making arrangements for Christmas celebrations ,the singer is amusing himself watching comedy classic Friends. Taking to his Instagram stories, Bieber has posted a photo of his TV screen which shows Jennifer Aniston and another actor. "Merry Christmas ," he captioned the photo.
  18. It is a cold Sunday and while moving around might be a task, browsing channels and lurking around our streaming services looking for what to watch sometimes gets too boring. So if you're looking for some good laughs as you bring on a cup of coffee or drink beer with pizza in bed, here are five classic recommendations which will make you laugh and serve as the perfect Sunday companion for you. 1. The Office I trust you to have watched it already or maybe at least heard so much about it that you have often tried to spare time to start this fantastic series. If you work in a corporate set up, then this will double up as a balm for everyday workplace bruises that touch our hearts and brain. Brilliant script, insane laughter and spot-on characterisations, this is a must watch for everyone looking to laugh! 2. Scrubs The medical drama which made us laugh with its dismantled characters is a safe Sunday watch/re-watch with pizza and beer in bed. 3. 2 Broke Girls This comedy series follows the life of two friends, one raised as a billionaire's daughter, another raised in poverty, working together at a diner, trying to raise money to start their own cupcake business. This is not just comedy for a mindless watch but throws light on different perspectives of life which makes you wonder how life is a joke sometimes. 4. Fleabag Strictly for people with a penchant for taking everything with a pinch of salt. Insanely well written and scripted and enacted out by Phoebe Waller Bridge herself, this show will make you laugh at how raw and real the characters are. Prepare to embrace some dark humour served with twisted reality. 5. Two And A Half Men With over 262 episodes, it is safe to say this show will help you pass time on your couch for the entire Sunday evening. The show follows the lives of a hedonistic individual Charlie Harper living with a slightly more responsible brother Alan and his 10-year-old nephew in the same house. Guaranteed to make you laugh. View the full article
  19. Whether you have read the books or played the games before, you will absolutely fall in love with the new The Witcher TV series on Netflix. However, if you have never come across The Witcher series before, you don't need to worry as the show teachers you the basics of the world the moment you hit the play button. The show is about Geralt, played by Henry Cavill; a monster hunter for hire who travels across “The Continent” to solve people's issues. In the opening scene, you will see Geralt battle a massive spider that he eventually kills and goes on to collect his bounty. © Netflix He then goes on to the local pub to pick up a new job, similar to what you have done while playing the games. However, Witchers are not accepted by everyone and are often ridiculed for what they do. You get to know this instantly in the first few minutes of the first episode. The show does a great job in setting up characters, plots and the lore in the first fifteen minutes of the show. Viewers get acquainted with the fundamental concepts and story arcs of The Witcher world. © Netflix If you haven't played the games or read the books, it is worthy to point out that this series is not an epic high fantasy tale. Comparisons with Game of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings are pointless as The Witcher deals more with personal stories involving the people of the continent and their problems. You will follow Geralt go from village to village to do dirty jobs and in the process help the people for a price. Having said that, Geralt does have a moral compass and is not some mercenary for hire. The show conveys Geralt's considerate nature beautifully in the very first episode when he rejects a contract for hunting a human as he only hunts monsters. © Netflix Having said that, the show isn't only about Geralt as the world he lives in is a complicated yet robust environment that has a brutal history. The continent has seen countless wars in the past and not everyone who lives in this land is treated equally. Elfs are despised while mages have to harness the power of chaos to carve their own place in society. We get to see Yennefer's origin story where we get to see her transformation from a hunchback to the iconic beauty look we're all familiar with. Her origin story is not easy to watch as it has intense scenes that we did not get to see before in the games. This new original adaptation was an eye-opener and adds more lore to the franchise that we hadn't seen before. © Netflix Ciri plays a crucial role in the series and the show does not shy away from making that clear in the very first episode. While in the books, Ciri's journey does not kick off after the two collections of short stories, we were glad the show did not wait that long to show that on the screen. Freya Allen does an incredible job portraying the character as she learns her own secrets due to unforeseen circumstances. While we are being introduced to the main characters, the war finally explodes between the nations of Nilfgaard and Cintra, forcing Ciri to run away from the purge and seek out Geralt for help. The men of the continent are always at war and in this chaotic world, The Witcher series offers complex heroes, villains and many blurred lines that makes it hard for Geralt and the audience to separate the two. © Netflix Overall, the casting, plot, sets, costumes and great performances by every actor makes this show a great adaptation of the series. The overall look of the show borrows heavily from the video games and for once, we are glad the show went down that route. The scale is massive and it shows Netflix has funded the show well with impressive CGI production and the representation of the world. Every setting, village, cavern and key locations are extensively detailed just like The Witcher games. Battle scenes are large in scale with hundreds of extras while taking place in believable environments. Netflix gets full marks for making the world, lore and characters believable. © CdProjektRed If you have played the games you will notice Henry Cavill does a great job of emulating Geralt's nuances from the games. Witchers don't really feel anything and even though they sound morbid, Cavill managed to add his own character to Geralt's usual bleak way of talking. Cavill uses facial expressions and great body language even when using the iconic “hmm” phrase in between conversations. While watching the show, one thing was clear, Cavill researched the hell out of his character and managed to deliver great performance even when Geralt is under-utilised in some episodes. The only problem you might face while watching the show is that the plot and some concepts can get confusing. There are subtle references that you may not be familiar with unless you've been a fan of the series. You will find some relationships and the politics of the land a bit confusing as the show doesn't elaborate much in the first few episodes of the show. However, the show eventually sets up all the stakes, characters, and their motivations in the third episode. Even though The Witcher is large in scale, it shines the most in dealing with personal stories of the three main characters. At its core, The Witcher is a high fantasy story that is easy to get into and learn about its world. Unlike Game of Thrones, it has its silly moments that have been perfectly adapted from the book and the games. Netflix has already sanctioned a second season of the show and based on what we have seen so far, The Witcher will be the next fantasy show that may change the genre forever. View the full article
  20. Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. Photo: Pakistan Cricket Board TwitterKARACHI: Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne says he now regrets not coming to Pakistan earlier for the one-day international (ODI) and T20Is series in October. Speaking to media in Karachi ahead of his side’s second Test against Pakistan, Karunaratne said that visiting Pakistan for the series has changed his perception about the country. “Yeah, now I regret that,” said Karunaratne referring to his earlier decision of not touring Pakistan in September/October.“I think at that time it was hard decision to take because I never had been in Pakistan and I had heard things on the news and on social media which were not good. But once the guys who came here gave us a really good feedback, we all seniors decided to visit Pakistan and play the Test series,” he shared. Now that we are here, I feel good. I feel that I should have come and play ODIs,” the 31-year-old said. He also appreciated the efforts by the Pakistani security officials, who Karunaratne said made the visitors feel one hundred per cent safe. “I can say that I feel really safe here. The security guys are giving more than one hundred per cent and that is why we are feeling very good. We also went out for dinner and we enjoyed. My team and I feel safe here and I can say that Pakistan is now safe for the cricket. I can’t tell other teams but I can surely give my opinion,” he added.When asked about any changes for the Islanders for the team tomorrow, the Sri Lankan captain confirmed that his side will go with at least one change in the second Test. He, however, added that his side will wait till the morning to make a final call on the playing XI for the second Test“We will definitely have one change, Kasun Rajitha will not play tomorrow, we have another pacer in place of him,” he confirmed.“But we haven’t decided on our final XI yet, we will have a look at wicket tomorrow and see how things are in the morning what they are going to do with wickets, weather they leave the grass or not. I feel it will have turn on later on, that’s why we are waiting what curator is going to do tomorrow,” he shared. Karunaratne added that players do not have much idea about the conditions of Karachi and the home team will surely have an advantage but if his players can apply right thing on right time then it will be a good contest between the two teams.He added that ICC Test Championship has made Test cricket more competitive.“We used to play home and away series previously but it wasn’t that much exciting but now competition is everywhere. You have to play a number of matches and you’ve to dominate in all games and all conditions to stay on top. I personally like the way ICC Championship has shaped up the Test championship,” he said.“India is currently on top, Australia is following. We have to do well to stay on top in championship as well and we are looking forward to get maximum points,” Karunaratne added.
  21. Gal Gadot and her husband, Yaron Varsano, would produce an American adaptation of the Israeli comedy series ?Malkot? (Queens).According to an Israeli newspaper, the actress and her husband will work together on the series which follows the...
  22. Photo: ReutersIndian cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly believes pink-ball Tests are here to stay and wants the team under Virat Kohli to play at least one such match in every series.India became the last major cricket nation to embrace day-night...
  23. Williamson, who had been gifted two lives, was on 96 and Taylor 84 with both having posted their 32nd Test half-centuries in an unbroken 183-run partnership. Photo: FileHAMILTON: Centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured New Zealand...
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