WATCH: Chris Gayle hits fastest 50 in Big Bash League

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Chris Gayle has smashed a 12-ball-50 to equal Yuvraj Singh’s record of the fastest half century in a T20 game. Yuvraj Singh had set the record of the fastest 50 in Twenty20 in the 2007 World Cup against England in Durban. Yuvraj had smashed 6 sixes in an over of Stuart Broad in the match.

Gayle hit 7 sixes and 2 fours for Melbourne Renegades before he was dismissed for 56 off 17 balls in the semi final of the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia.

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Melbourne Renegades needed 171 runs in 16 overs against Adelaide Strikers to qualify for Big Bash T20 league final. And Gayle started by hitting four consecutive sixes in Greg West’s first over. He reached his 50-run mark in the fourth over of Renegades’ innings.

The West Indies opener also holds the record for the fastest T20 century in the Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle had scored 100 in just 30 balls in the 2013 edition of the IPL while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In spite of Gayle’s blistering half century, Renegades lost the semi-final and and crashed out of the Big Bash League. The Melbourne team fell 27 runs short of their target of 171

Chris Gayle was met with raucous applause by the crowd of 25,227 people in the Etihad Stadium as he walked off raising his bat after his dismissal. This could be the Jamaican’s farewell match if Cricket Australia decides not to welcome him back in the next edition of the cricket league.

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Chris Gayle to TV presenter Mel McLaughlin: Don’t blush baby

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Chris Gayle is drawing ire for his comments to a female reporter during a live interview after a Big Bash League game in Australia. Gayle asked Channel 10 presenter Mel McLaughlin out for a drink during a live interview after Melbourne Renegades‘ Big Bash League win over Hobart Hurricanes. The West Indian cricketer further added “Don’t Blush Baby” making the interviewer uncomfortable with his remarks that has been criticised by former England all-rounder and Channel 10 commentator Andrew Flintoff.

Chris Gayle made a whirlwind 41 in 15 balls to help Melbourne Renegades register a comfortable victory in the match.

Mel McLaughlin said to Gayle at the start of the interview: “You’re absolutely smashing this innings!”

Gayle, who is known for his antics, replied: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well.. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so ..“Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush baby.” The cricketer burst out in laughter after the comments leaving the interviewer clearly embarrassed.

The comments led to an onslaught of condemnation on social media. According to Australian media, David Barham, Channel 10 head of sport said, the network was “deeply offended” by Gayle’s comments and had conversations with Cricket Australia and had sought an apology.

Twitter has been trolling Chris Gayle but not all of it is criticism. There is some support for the star West Indian batsman too.

This is not the first time Gayle has been criticised for his sexist comments on female reporters during interviews.

In 2014, Chris Gayle who was captain of franchise Jamaica Tallawahs during the Caribbean Premier League was asked, “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?,” by a female reporter. And in response he said to her, “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels.”

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VIDEO: Sydney Vs London New Year 2016 celebrations

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New Year 2016

New Year eve saw some spectacular display of fireworks around the world. Happy New Year 2016 and #NewYearDay hashtags have been trending in the United States and worldwide. According to Facebook, fireworks at Brisbane, Australia, on the midnight of 31st December, 2015 and 1st January, 2016 were the largest ever.

London skies were lit up by 12000 fireworks on the River Thames as Big Ben struck midnight marking the start of 2016. The show cost £1.8 million and lasted 11 minutes, according to UK’s Daily Mail.

Sydney‘s lavish display of fireworks was its ‘biggest and best’ ever New Year’s Eve celebrations. Sydney spent a record $ 7 million on fireworks display as the skies sparkled over the Harbour Bridge perfectly reflected by the waters below. The Australian city lived up to expectations as it is often said there is no New Year’s eve celebration quite like Sydney.

Moscow celebrated the beginning of a new year in style with colourful display of fireworks. The show was beautiful.

The celebrations and fireworks in other cities were praiseworthy too. The fireworks in Thailand, Bangkok and Hong Kong were spectacular and the cities revelled as the world celebrated the start of 2016.

 

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Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan steady India: IndvsPak

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Half centuries by Team India vice captain Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan took India to 132 for 1 in 25 overs at the Adelaide Oval. The highly anticipated match between the arch-rivals is being watched by a mighty crowd. Tickets of the match were sold out within minutes of going on sale months ago.

India has never lost to Pakistan in the World Cup and are keen to keep the record while Pakistan will be looking to break the jinx.

Earlier, Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first to grab the opportunity to put pressure on Pakistan. India has a strong batting line up and Pakistani bowlers will have some work at hand to keep the likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane calm.

India lost opener Rohit Sharma early for 15 when the team’s total was 34 in 7.3 overs. India are playing the game with two spinners – left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and offspinner R Ashwin.

Virat Kohli now looks in good form connecting the ball really well after he was slow at the start of his inning. Shikhar Dhawan is giving him good company with some well-timed strokes.

The last updated score is 163/2 in 29.5 overs. Shikhar Dhawan was run out for 73 after a misjudgement. Dhawan wanted a single but Kohli sent him back. Dhawan dived to reach his crease but Shehzad’s direct throw is too quick.

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MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket after India lose Australia series

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Indian skipper MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket Tuesday after the third Test against Australia ended in a draw in Melbourne. Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team as captain in the final Test match against Australia in Sydney. India have already lost the four match Test series.

The announcement came as a surprise to cricket fans as Dhoni made no mention of his decision during the match or at the post match press conference. It was only after the PC that the Board of Control for Cricket in India sent a press release revealing Dhoni’s decision.

The release cited “strain of playing all formats of cricket” as the reason behind Dhoni’s sudden decision.

The press release stated: “One of India’s greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No. 1 team in the test rankings, MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket,” the board said. “BCCI, while respecting the decision of MS Dhoni to retire from Test cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Test cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India. Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney.”

Soon after the announcement, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “Well done on a wonderful career in test cricket @msdhoni. Always enjoyed playing together. Next target 2015 WC my friend!!”

Although 2014 has not been a very fruitful year for MS Dhoni – he averaged 33 in 17 innings this year and suffered from fitness issues – MS has been the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team. India have won 27 Tests out of 60 under Dhoni’s captaincy and enjoyed No 1 Test ranking position from 2009 till the tour of England in 2011. Dhoni has scored most runs (3454) than other India captains, holds the record of highest individual score (224) by an Indian skipper or wicket-keeper, most dismissals and catches by an Indian wicket-keeper.

Dhoni has also played more number of matches than any other cricketer since 2008 after he took over as captain of Team India. He not only led the Men in Blue in all three formats of cricket but also the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise and played in the Champions League T20. The former captain has played whopping 398 matches since the start of 2008.

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David Warner and Varun Aaron involved in on-field sledging, Virat cools tempers

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David Warner Varun Dhawan spot

Fiery Australian batsman David Warner was involved in a heated exchange of words with Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron at the ongoing First Test at the Adelaide Oval in Australia.

Varun Aaron bowled Warner on 66 and the dismissal had triggered wild celebrations at the Indian camp led by the fast bowler. But when the umpire checked for a no-ball, video replays showed Varun had overstepped. It was Warner’s turn then to reply to the bowler. Shikhar Dhawan stepped in from mid-on asking Warner to mind his words. Warner was on the other hand joined by Shane Watson who has had a spat with Dhawan in the past too. So the two – Shikhar Dhawan and Shane Watson – exchanged some heated words in the middle of the ground.

The tempers restored ‘normalcy’ of the usual India-Australia encounters that has otherwise so far been missing in the first Test between the two countries. It was Indian skipper Virat Kohli who stepped in to calm things down. Warner listened calmly to Virat Kohli and then the game went on as usual.

David Warner went on to score a century, his second straight hundred in the Test match. Australia were 290 for 5 at stumps n their second inning on Day 4 of the first Test.

 

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5 Seconds of Summer’s Calum Hood nude picks leaked, fans support swell

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Calum Hood exposing

A leaked nude picture of 5 seconds of summer member Calum Hood has sent his million of supporters into a tizzy. The photograph that has been leaked from Snapchat shows Hood taking a selfie with his penis exposed.

Although it is not clear from the picture that the individual featured is Calum Hood, the teenager tweeted yesterday “Least ya know what it looks like now,” making it clear that it is him.

The 5 Seconds of Summer’s bass player then explained, “I am still just a teenage kid learning from mistakes” sending his volley of supporters into a frenzy. They took to Twitter to voice their support for the Australian pop rocker.

The picture was perhaps taken an year ago as per some reports but this is not the first time Calum has downed his pants. Look at this footage from a Live concert.

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India Vs Australia: Yuvraj, Ashwin crush Australia in T20 World Cup

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Yuvraj Singh and Ashwin

MIRPUR, BANGLADESH: Team India continued its winning streak in the ongoing World T20 defeating Australia in their last league match by 73 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Indian bowlers led by spinner Ravinchandran Ashwin bundled Australia up for just 86 runs. India made 159/7. Ashwin picked up four wickets giving away only 11 runs in his spell of 3.2 overs. He too had something to prove after questions were raised on his bowling in the tournament. He was adjourned the Man of the Match. Amit Mishra picked up two wickets.

An important positive from the game was Yuvraj Singh coming back to form. He scored blaze flashing 60 runs in just 43 deliveries keeping up his name as a potential match winner. Yuvraj hit four sixes and anchored an important 84-run partnership with Indian captain MS Dhoni. India were 66 for 4 in the 12 th over at one stage.

Yuvraj Singh said it was important for him to spend time on the field and bat till the end and it worked in the match. When Navjot Singh Sidhu asked him about Dhoni’s faith in him, Yuvraj Singh said that he and Dhoni have won a number of matches for India and it could be that the confidence came from that.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni complimented the bowlers at the post match press conference. “Having three fantastic spinners in my team gives me the option of using them as and when required and Suresh Raina pitches in whenever needed,” MS Dhoni said.

Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from today’s match and Ajinkya Rahane replaced him as the opener. Rahane however made 19 runs and failed to convert the start that he got.

India now lead the points table with 8 points having won all their four matches in Group 1. Australia are out of competition having lost all the three matches that they have played so far.

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