HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC): Impressive rookie all-rounder Rovman Powell has urged West Indies not to relax on the heels of their convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the Tri-Nations Series yesterday. The 23-year-old all-rounder played a starring role on debut as the Windies trounced the Sri Lankans by 62 runs at the Harare Sports Club, to make a winning start to the tournament which also includes hosts Zimbabwe. “I think it was a fantastic team effort to see a young team gel and beat a strong Sri Lanka team,” said Powell. “It’s been a while we haven’t beaten Sri Lanka in competitive cricket, but what we need to do now is not get complacent. We have a next game in three days time, so we need to go back to the drawing board and sharpen the areas that need sharpening.” Powell produced a master class in power hitting, smashing a 29-ball 44 with two fours and three sixes, to power West Indies to 227 all out off 49.2 overs after being sent in. WEST INDIES J Charles c Perera b Lakmal 2 K Brathwaite run out 14 E Lewis c wkp Dickwella b Pathirana 27 +S Hope b Gunaratne 47 J Carter c de Silva b Kulasekara 54 R Powell c wkp Dickwella b Pradeep 44 C Brathwaite c Lakmal b Pradeep 14 *J Holder run out 2 A Nurse not out 5 S Benn lbw b Kulasekara 7 S Gabriel lbw b Lakmal 0 Extras (lb6, w5) 11 TOTAL (all out; 49.2 overs) 227 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Charles, 3.1 overs), 2-27 (K Brathwaite, 9.5), 3-76 (Lewis, 23.1), 4-129 (Hope, 35), 5-172 (Carter, 41.5), 6-209 (Powell, 45), 7-214 (CR Brathwaite, 46.1), 8-215 (Holder, 46.3), 9-226 (Benn, 48.5), 10-227 (Gabriel, 49.2) Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-37-2 (w3), Lakmal 9.2-1-45-2, Pradeep 10-1-55-2 (w2), Jayasuriya 4-0-19-0, Pathirana 6-0-25-1, Gunaratne 10-1-40-1. SRI LANKA D de Silva c wkp Hope b Holder 3 K Perera run out 4 +N Dickwella c Benn b Gabriel 28 B Mendis c Nurse b Holder 4 *U Tharanga c & b Nurse 12 A Gunaratne lbw b Nurse 18 S Jayasuriya c Powell b C Brathwaite 31 S Pathirana c Lewis b Nurse 45 N Kulasekara c Lewis b Gabriel 16 S Lakmal b Gabriel 0 N Pradeep not out 0 Extras (w4) 4 TOTAL (all out; 43.1 overs) 165 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (de Silva, 3.2 overs), 2-8 (Perera, 4.3), 3-16 (Mendis, 6), 4-51 (Dickwella, 15.3), 5-64 (Tharanga, 21.5), 6-79 (Gunaratne, 25.3), 7-139 (Pathirana, 38), 8-151 (Jayasuriya, 41), 9-160 (Lakmal, 41.5), 10-165 (Kulasekara, 43.1) Bowling: Gabriel 8.1-0-31-3 (w2), Holder 8-0-16-2 (w1), C Brathwaite 9-0-34-1 (w1), Carter 1-0-4-0, Nurse 10-1-46-3, Benn 7-1-34-0. Result: West Indies won by 62 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder. SCOREBOARD CARTER’S HALF-CENTURY Fellow debutant Shai Hope got 47, while left-hander Jonathan Carter celebrated his 29th birthday with a measured top score of 54. Powell, who impressed on the recent West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka, said he was pleased with the way he had gone about his innings. “I think it was smart cricket. You have to mix your aggression with a little bit of finesse, and I think I did that well today. After I got a boundary, I tried to come off the strike, I tried to get a single or a double just to calm back down and start to re-assess again.” Powell’s rise to the senior ranks has been meteoric. He has played just one first class game, but caught the eye during a practice game for West Indies last year and followed that up with a impressive outings in the Caribbean Premier League for champions Jamaica Tallawahs. Yesterday, he showed no signs of nervousness as he plundered the Sri Lankan bowling, and said he always trusted his ability at the crease regardless of the situation. “I try to back my preparation and try to believe in my work and and I’ve worked extremely hard so I try to stick by that,” he pointed out. “In doing that, I ensure I get the start and after I get the start, I know that I can make up in the end so no matter what it takes to get the start, as long as I get it I know I will catch up in the end.”
Kolkata: With continuous apathy of the Centre in addressing the problem of river bank erosion in Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to invest Rs 107 crore to check erosion at vulnerable areas along Ganga and Padma rivers. Rajib Banerjee, the state Irrigation minister, said: “We will be investing Rs 107 crore to check erosion of the banks of river Ganga and Padma.”The work that will be carried out by investing the money, will be completed by the end of March 2019. Hundreds of people will get relieved as they would no longer have to worry about their houses getting washed away by strong currents. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that in 2017-18, the state Irrigation department had invested Rs 72.1 crore to check erosion at different points along the rivers and with the investment of another Rs 107 crore, a stretch of 15 km will be concretised, so that the soil does not get eroded any more.It may be recalled that around 37 spots were identified, where erosion of river banks is a serious problem and hampers the normal lives of people.The most vulnerable points out of these spots have been identified, where the work will be carried out initially so that it doesn’t cause further loss to property as agricultural land was also washed away at many places due to erosion of river banks. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter completion of the concretisation and strengthening of the river banks at such vulnerable locations, the same task will also be gradually taken up elsewhere in due course of time, so the problem is ironed out at all the spots.It may be mentioned that Padma river divides Murshidabad in Bengal and Bangladesh. So, the erosion of river bank also leads to threat to national security as there have been instances when river bank close to Border Out Post (BOP) of Border Security Force was washed away. BSF jawans maintain vigil on Bangladesh on the other side of the river from the BOP. On the other hand, a stretch of river Ganga divides Malda with the neighbouring states on its west. So, erosion of river bank has come up as a serious issue, causing inconvenience to the local residents.Banerjee said: “We had approached the state government several times. But it fell on deaf ears. So, the state government has taken up the responsibility to ensure safety of the people who reside along the river, by checking possibilities of erosion.”
Kolkata: IAS officer of the 2004 batch, Sanjay Bansal has been given the charge of Project Director of the State Programme Management Group (SPMG).He will also continue as Chief Executive Officer of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority with additional charge as CEO, Sector VI ITA. Bansal has been made the Project Director of the State Programme Management Group (SPMG) replacing Avanindra Singh, who will continue as Director of Land Records and Survey with additional charge of DEO Kolkata South. Malay Ghosh, Additional Inspector General of Registration and Additional Commissioner of Stamp Revenue, West Bengal, and ex-officio Joint Secretary, Finance Department has been appointed as Joint Secretary of the Finance Department.
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