QPR’s Gladwin already preparing for ‘big season’

first_imgBen Gladwin believes next season will be crucial for him as he looks to establish himself as a first-team player at QPR.The midfielder, 23, came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Charlton, having spent time on loan this season at Bristol City and his former club Swindon.Gladwin was unable to secure a regular place in the side following his summer move from Swindon and his outing at the weekend was his first league appearance for Rangers since September.“This is the club I signed for in the summer, it’s the club I want to play for and it’s where I want to be,” he told QPR’s website.“This season has been a bit unsettling. I have been here and there, but that’s because I want to play football.”The former Hayes & Yeading player recently recovered from a knee injury that cut short his loan spell at Bristol City.“I want to try and build up some momentum to take into next year,” he added.“I really want to finish the season strongly and get as many minutes as I can.“Then I plan to look after myself over the summer so I go into pre-season strong. I think next season is a big one for me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photo library: South Africa at work 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Eunice Madlala at work in the dairy at Swissland Cheese Farm. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. A sheet of laminated carpet is heated up and put into a press, which shapes it to the floor of the car into which it will be fitted. Here Monty Momberg, plant manager, shows off the finished articles. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. Here a worker closes the door of a machine that extrudes plastic and rubber components. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Workers processing baby peppers on the production line of Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Uitenhage, Eastern Cape province: The Volkswagen South Africa plant in Uitenhage is the largest vehicle factory in Africa. Photo: VolkswagenSouth Africa » Download high-res image Uitenhage, Eastern Cape province: The Volkswagen South Africa plant in Uitenhage is the largest vehicle factory in Africa. Photo: VolkswagenSouth Africa » Download high-res image Uitenhage, Eastern Cape province: The Volkswagen South Africa plant in Uitenhage is the largest vehicle factory in Africa. Photo: VolkswagenSouth Africa » Download high-res image Uitenhage, Eastern Cape province: The Volkswagen South Africa plant in Uitenhage is the largest vehicle factory in Africa. Photo: VolkswagenSouth Africa » Download high-res image Uitenhage, Eastern Cape province: The Volkswagen South Africa plant in Uitenhage is the largest vehicle factory in Africa. Photo: Volkswagen South Africa » Download high-res imageSOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 8: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

African films feature in Dubai

first_imgA disturbing film, Of Good Report is a neo-noir outing from South African director Jahmil XT Qubeka, depicting the dark side of a rural township. A lavish screen adaptation by Biyi Bandele of the Orange Prize-winning novel Half of a Yellow Sun by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reveals a story that spans a generation of Nigerian history through the tumultuous late 1960s, when the country was caught in civil war.(Images: Dubai International FilmFestival)MEDIA CONTACTS• Rachel Lewis Assistant Account ExecutiveEdelman Middle East+971 50 611 8369Melissa Jane CookTwo African films – one of which is from South Africa – have been selected for the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), to be included in the AsiaAfrica out of competition programming segment line-up. The line-up highlights this year’s most dynamic, visionary and critically acclaimed cinema from Asia and Africa.It is anticipated that the programme will allow audiences to discover new cinematic voices, and reacquaint themselves with some of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers from the two diverse regions. The films will offer tales of hardship, love, and the struggle for freedom.The director of the AsiaAfrica programme, Nashen Moodley, says the films selected for this year’s AsiaAfrica programme “will enthral audiences with their gripping storylines, brave and poignant themes, and moving performances. This segment is about providing access to a truly global box office, uniting DIFF audiences with film lovers around the world in their experience of these wonderful stories.”African filmsA disturbing film, Of Good Report is a neo-noir outing from South African director Jahmil XT Qubeka, depicting the dark side of a rural township. An unassuming teacher arrives at the local school; despite his excellent references and innocent demeanour, he promptly starts an affair with one of his students. It leads to horrendous consequences.The film was banned by the South African Film and Publication Board as “child pornography” in July. But the censorship appeals tribunal then lifted the ban after a challenge by the organisers of the Durban International Film Festival where it was meant to be the opening feature. It had hinged on a sex scene between the schoolteacher and a pupil. It was finally shown on the last day of the festival.In the second African film to be screened in the segment, actors Thandie Newton (Crash) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) shine in a lavish screen adaptation by Biyi Bandele of the Orange Prize-winning novel Half of a Yellow Sun by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story spans a generation of Nigerian history through the tumultuous late 1960s, when the country was caught in civil war. Through the historical looking glass, two fiercely intelligent sisters battle for love and independence in a patriarchal society in the throes of ethnic strife.South African programmeThere are several other South African films at the festival, including:● Durban Poison – acclaimed writer and director Andrew Worsdale returns to the big screen with this noir romance set among the marginalised white underclass.● Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as president of South Africa, in the country’s first democratic vote. Epic in scale, the film features stunning performances by Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.● Minesh – Minesh runs away from home after witnessing his parents quarrel. The young boy soon finds himself among street children, who while away the time by sniffing inhalants. Forced to try the intoxicating substances, Minesh is lost in hallucinations. When he wakes up, all he knows is that he must return home.● The Devil’s Lair – set in a world where conflicting forces struggle to regulate the illicit drug market in Cape Town, infamous for one of the highest murder rates in the world.Moodley has been instrumental in bringing diverse films from the vast regions of Africa and Asia to Dubai. “There has been incredible growth within the festival,” he says. “[It] came about on the festival circuit with quite a splash. It’s been wonderful to see how the audience has grown over the 10 years, and also how the festival has come into its own in terms of the various projects that it has been working on. It has made it a really great place for people to come, for the industry to come. Whether you’re showing a film there or looking for films to acquire or looking for funding for an Arab film, there are so many partnerships and activities at the festival now that I think it all works very well together.”Academy partnershipDIFF, which runs from 6 to 14 December, is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. It has upped its profile this year via a new partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American group, based in Hollywood that is dedicated to the advancement of film arts and sciences. A delegation from the academy, including former president Sid Ganis and directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur, will attend DIFF.First held in 2004, DIFF is the oldest, as well as the biggest, festival of its kind in an Arab country. “Dubai audiences will be able to enjoy a broad selection of the best of world cinema this year, both very established directors as well as some exciting new talents. As the programme takes shape, we are really happy with the great films we’ve secured and I think the audience is in for a treat,” Moodley maintains.Some of the selections are already getting an Oscar buzz. “I’m very confident that many of the DIFF films will feature prominently in the awards season.”The vision of DIFF is made clear in its motto – “bridging cultures, meeting minds” – which refers to the diversity showcased at the festival. This is also one of its big draws. According to organisers, this is one of the most prestigious and hotly anticipated events on Dubai’s calendar and brings fame and film to residents while entertaining and educating the public through the art of film.Film buffs from around the world attend, and this year’s red carpet guests include actors Martin Sheen, Cate Blanchett, Zac Efron, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Sheridan, Rooney Mara and Andy Serkis. There are also whispers that Christian Bale and Casey Affleck who may join in. The festival will screen films in four different locations: the Mall of the Emirates cinemas, the Madinat Jumeirah theatre and arena, as well as the free outdoor screenings at Burj Park, also known as the Screen on the Green.There will be panel discussions that will include a session presenting an overview of the Academy and master classes for filmmakers.last_img read more

Officials Investigate Role of Cladding in London Tower Fire

first_img RELATED ARTICLES All About RainscreensFastening Furring Strips to a Foam-Sheathed WallInstalling Roxul Mineral Wood on Exterior WallsGreen Basics: Rigid Foam InsulationHow to Install Rigid Foam SheathingChoosing Rigid FoamQ&A: Fire-Resistant Rainscreen System Investigators in London are studying whether an aluminum-faced cladding that contained rigid foam insulation contributed to the speed at which fire engulfed a 24-story apartment building on June 14, killing at least 79 people.The fire at Grenfell Tower, a 24-story building in West London that contained 120 apartments, raced up the sides of the building with a speed that amazed firefighters. Attention soon turned to the role of aluminum-faced insulation panels in the fire’s rapid spread. The Reynobond PE cladding panels were added to the building’s exterior during a renovation.Reynobond consists of two sheets of aluminum, each 0.02 inches thick, with a core of extruded polyethylene insulation in between. (In the U.S., extruded polyethylene is more often used for pipe insulation or for cushioning delicate equipment in packing cases than for building insulation.)This type of panel isn’t typically found on residential projects. A growing number of residential builders in the U.S., however, attach rigid foam insulation directly to the exterior of wall or roof sheathing, and cover it with a vented rainscreen and siding. That’s a relatively common approach in high-performance buildings where designers are looking for ways to increase the overall R-value of the wall and minimize thermal bridging through wood framing. Are rainscreens a bigger risk?Bazcek is more cautious about rainscreens, which are built-in gaps between the back of the siding and the insulation or sheathing that permit siding to dry faster and accumulated moisture to escape more readily. Ventilated rainscreens are becoming more common, but Bazcek likened them toa “chimney every 16 inches on-center around the house.”In the case of Grenfell Tower, an unbroken air gap would amount to a chimney more than 200 feet tall. It’s not clear whether fire breaks had been included in Grenfell’s walls to slow or stop the movement of fire from one floor to the next. But even in residential construction, with a rainscreen of only one or two stories, flame spread is enough of a concern in some jurisdictions that inspectors require it to end at the top of the wall — without connecting to the attic or roof ventilation, Bazcek said.That said, he prefers to tie the two together because it’s more effective at removing moisture.“You elongate the stack effect by connecting the wall to the roof ventilation system, and if you elongate the stack effect you increase the effectiveness,” he said. “It’s nice when it’s connected, but some jurisdictions don’t allow you to do it.”Bazcek plans to continue using both rigid foam and vented rainscreens in the walls he designs, believing the advantages outweigh the risks. He also points to an inherent risk in all wood-framed buildings, whether they use rigid foam and a rainscreen or not: wood in old houses is very dry and very combustible. The fire in London with its horrific loss of life may strengthen arguments from foam opponents here, but it should not dissuade builders from continuing to use rigid foam in wall assemblies, one Massachusetts architect says, because the energy-efficiency advantages of foam outweigh its risks. Details at Grenfell TowerIt may take many months before investigators in London are able to pinpoint the cause of the fire, and whether the cladding played a significant role in how quickly it spread. The tower, with 20 floors of apartments, was originally built in 1974. It underwent a renovation, completed in 2016, which included the installation of the Reynobond PE panels. The Guardian reports that the wall assembly included Reynobond PE and a layer of Celotex RS5000 polyisocyanurate insulation behind it, the two separated by an air gap. Celotex manufacturer Saint-Gobain says that the insulation was “developed specifically to enhance the thermal performance of external facade constructions.” The foil-faced polyisocyanurate has a “Class O” fire performance rating, a category used for hospitals, schools and retirements homes.The £10 million renovation involved a number of companies and subcontractors, including Harley Curtain Wall/Facades, which won the £2.6 million contract to install new cladding. The Guardian reported that Harley used products from both Celotex and Arconic, which manufactured Reynobond. Contractors saved about £2 per square meter by installing Reynobond PE instead of a more fire-resistant cladding panel called Reynobond FR, the newspaper said. The FR version has a mineral core that resists fire. Residential use of foam is differentWill the fire give builders who use exterior rigid foam a reason to change their minds? Possibly. ButSteven Baczek, an architect in the Boston area who has designed a number of high-performance houses, says that rigid foam insulation is probably here to stay because of its many energy-efficiency advantages. The way foam is typically used in residential building — installed on the exterior side of structural sheathing — reduces the risk of injury and death in a fire because the sheathing offers an ignition barrier that should give occupants time to get out of the house.“If I put up a Zip [System] wall and then put polyiso on the outside, I effectively have the rigid foam outside of at least a 30-minute, maybe one-hour, assembly,” he said in a call. “So what am I worried about there? … Would it go up quick? Probably, but it’s on the outside of the house.”Spray foam used on an attic interior must be covered by a 15-minute ignition barrier, he added, “so the plywood in the wall is doing you at least double what the code requires you to do in the attic.”If occupants couldn’t get out of a burning house in that time frame, he said, it probably means there’s something wrong with fire alarms inside the house.“It’s certainly a tragedy,” he said of the London fire. “You don’t want any house to burn down. You don’t want any life to be lost. But foam provides comfort and energy efficiency over a very long time. You don’t want to say it’s worth a life. It isn’t. But the reality is the benefits seem to outweigh the risks.”last_img read more

IBM Seal Of Approval Boosts Cloud Foundry, Devs Win

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#IBM#paas#Pivotal#VMware Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffitt Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud computing just got a lot stronger and just slightly more weird today with the announcement that IBM would be getting involved with Cloud Foundry, an open source platform as a service currently stewarded by Pivotal.It’s a good kind of weird, to be sure, with IBM announcing that they will be working with Pivotal to collaborate on Cloud Foundry and push the PaaS framework towards a more community-led open source governance.Pivotal will establish a community advisory board of Cloud Foundry users and vendors—including IBM—to guide the community as outlined on the Cloud Foundry site. Pivotal will continue to steward the Cloud Foundry brand and preserve the trademark from direct commercial use in product names. IBM and Pivotal will co-host a community conference for Cloud Foundry Sept. 8-9 in Santa Clara, Calif.This sounds like yet-another let’s-all-be-pals press release, full of legal department-vetted phrases of positive goodwill. But, given IBM’s past history of involvement with open source projects, Cloud Foundry should indeed become a much more vibrant open source project. IBM is a pretty good player in open source land, for the most part.The weirdness comes into play when you consider that IBM, which has implicitly given its stamp of approval (and therefore a huge market boost) to Cloud Foundry, has effectively brought Cloud Foundry together with OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure in which IBM has also decided to invest its resources.When Cloud Foundry was released in 2011, it was a service to enable developers to pick and choose the framework, cloud and application services for their applications. The idea is, write an application once and off you go. The code for Open Foundry is at CloudFoundry.org. The service itself is over at CloudFoundry.com.Cloud Foundry is now part of Pivotal, but when it was launched two years ago, it was VMware that launched the project, a direct counter to Red Hat’s Cloud Formation umbrella of Red Hat’s cloud computing projects. Cloud Foundry was just another attempt to get developers more interested in VMware’s ecosystem than Red Hat’s.Yet here we are, with Cloud Foundry now part of the VMware spin-off Pivotal and getting this endorsement from IBM and very likely a stronger connection to OpenStack. If IBM is indeed the bridge between OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, another beneficiary of any open source technology shared between the two projects will be Red Hat, which has also started betting big on OpenStack.Funny what a difference two years can make.In a broader market view, today’s move is probably the most threatening towards Amazon Web Services and its cloud offerings. Any move that strengthens the developer ecosystem outside AWS—no matter the players involved—is bound to get AWS’ attention.Cloud application development is not easy, especially taking advantage of everything cloud can offer. Platform services like Cloud Foundry make that development process easier and the prospect of using cloud services other than AWS will bolster those cloud offerings, particularly in the North American market. For regions where AWS is not as dominant, a stronger Cloud Foundry will be just more cloud goodness for customers to use.Image courtesy of Scott Prokop/Shutterstock.last_img read more

Despite training woes, Medina vows to give best for PH in ASEAN Para Games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side End of the road for Ceres in AFC Cup MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Josephine Medina. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonWinning a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympics brings its own set of expectations.But Josephine Medina would rather shrug off the pressure and just focus on doing her best for the country in the upcoming 2017 ASEAN Para Games. ADVERTISEMENT Currently, she is forced to train by herself or with her partner Pablo Catalan, who isn’t even getting any allowance from the governing body.“The issues with our incentives will always be present. Same on us not having a coach. We’re training without a coach while the other teams are training with experienced coaches. We’re already at a disadvantage. That’s why we can’t help on always asking ourselves if you really trained hard,” she said.Still, what keeps Medina from doing this is her will to make the Philippines proud.“Even if you don’t win, the important thing is that you fought a good fight in the games. You no longer think of yourself because you fight for your country,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “There’s too much pressure because they expect you to always win a medal. But for me, no matter what happens, I’m sure that I’ll always give my 100-percent in the games,” she said.Placing third in singles class 8 in the Rio Games, Medina is seen as one of the shoo-ins to deliver on table tennis’ target of two mints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut the 47-year-old paddler doesn’t want to get too caught up on the promises, saying, “It’s hard to assure the medal. The approach should always be God’s will.”While the paraathletes are now enjoying some level of support from the government and other sponsors, Medina believes they are still not getting enough to let them train at a high level. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

Panel probing HC judge reconstituted for 3rd time

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI)A three-member panel investigating sexual harassment charges against S K Gangele, a sitting judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, has been reconstituted for the third time since it was set up last year by the Rajya Sabha Chairman.A latest Rajya Sabha bulletin said Supreme Court judge Justice R Banumathi will now head the panel. Earlier, on March 17, Justice Rohinton F Nariman was appointed the presiding officer.On February 10, Justice Ranjan Gogoi was made the head of the panel after Justice Vikramjit Sen retired as judge of the Supreme Court on December 31 last.The successive bulletins have given no reasons for the reconstitution of the committee.The other members of the panel, set up on April 15 last, are Justice Manjula Chellur, Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, and eminent jurist K K Venugopal. Justice Sen was the first presiding officer of the panel.Chairman Hamid Ansari had set up the panel after admitting a motion supported by 58 Rajya Sabha members to impeach Justice Gangele.58 MPs, including Digvijaya Singh (Congress), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Derek O Brien (TMC), Ram Gopal Yadav and Jaya Bachchan (SP) had submitted a motion to Ansari for initiating the impeachment process against Justice Gangele for alleged sexual harassment of a woman judge in Gwalior.The committee is investigating the charges and grounds for removal of the judge and will submit its report to the Rajya Sabha Chairman. The report will then be tabled in both Houses of Parliament along with evidence.advertisementThe motion lists three “grounds of misconduct” for impeachment: “Sexual harassment” of the woman judge; “victimisation” of the judge “for not submitting to his illegal and immoral demands”, including, but not limited to, transferring her from Gwalior to Sidhi; and “misusing” his position as the administrative judge of the MP High Court to use the subordinate judiciary to victimise the judge.As per provisions of the Judges Inquiry Act of 1968, if the motion is admitted, the Speaker of Lok Sabha or the Chairman constitutes an investigation committee consisting of three members. PTI NAB RTlast_img read more

Ahmed Musa becomes Leicester City’s biggest signing of EPL offseason

first_imgEnglish Premier League champion Leicester has made its biggest signing of the offseason, bringing in Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa for a reported club-record fee of 16 million pounds ($20.7 million).Leicester announced Friday the club has reached an agreement with CSKA Moscow for the transfer of 23-year-old Musa, who has signed a four-year deal. The transfer is subject to approval from the Premier League and the Football Association.Musa said “I joined because it’s one of the best clubs in the Premier League and they are like a family.”The pacey Musa, who can play out wide or as a central striker, has a similar profile to Leicester’s No. 1 striker Jamie Vardy. Musa scored 13 goals in 20 games for CSKA last season.WATCH: New signing Ahmed Musa talks to Foxes Player HD after completing his move to #lcfc this afternoon.https://t.co/HfHuuBbWHw Leicester City (@LCFC) July 8, 2016last_img read more

Xavi Hernandez will present trophy to Euro 2016 winner

first_imgUEFA has confirmed that former Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez will on Sunday present the European football championship trophy to the winner of the match between Portugal and France.Xavi, the midfielder who played 133 international matches before leaving the Spanish team, was part of the team that won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, reports Efe. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )While Portugal beat Wales 2-0 in the first semifinal on Wednesday, France stunned Germany by the same margin in the second encounter on Thursday.Portugal and France will meet on Sunday in the Stade de France in Saint Denis.last_img read more

1st ODI: Babar Azam and seamers spur Pakistan to 83-run victory vs Sri Lanka

first_imgPakistan rode on Babar Azam’s century and brilliant bowling by its seamers upfront to notch a convincing 83-run victory against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Friday.Azam, who could total only 39 runs in Pakistan’s 2-0 loss in Test series, returned to form with 103 off 131 balls and Shoaib Malik swelled Pakistan total to 292/6 by smashing 81 off 61 deliveries after being sent into bat.Seamers Hasan Ali (3/36) and Rumman Raees (3/49) snared six wickets in between them before Lahiru Thirimanne (53) and Akila Dananjaya (50 not out) delayed the inevitable and carried Sri Lanka to 209/8.”When you lose one series, the first match of the next series becomes very important, credit to the boys,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.”We’ve got a lot of bowling options. This bodes well for us. The way we’ve done today, we’ll look to carry this template forward.”Earlier, Fakhar Zaman (43) and Mohammad Hafeez (32) couldn’t convert good starts before Azam and Malik dominated Sri Lanka bowling in a 139-run stand with a bit of luck.Pakistan Cricket Twitter PhotoAzam was dropped on 42 and could have been out caught behind off legspinner Akila Dananjaya soon after reaching 50 but Sri Lanka earlier squandered its only video review.Dananjaya thought to have Azam caught by wicketkeeper down the legside off his first delivery only to see the television referral going in batsman’s favor which proved costly to Sri Lanka.Azam held down one end and completed his half century off 80 balls before notching his sixth ODI century and first against Sri Lanka off 128 balls with five fours.advertisementMalik batted with lot of freedom, hitting two sixes and five fours and kept pushing up the scoring rate through brilliant running between the wickets with Azam as Sri Lanka struggled to contain runs in later stage of Pakistan innings.Sri Lanka, which has been whitewashed by South Africa and then by India at home in 2017, struggled to pace it run-chase against both Raees and Hasan.Raees dismissed Niroshan Dickwella (19) and Dinesh Chandimal (4) before captain captain Upul Tharanga was clean bowled by Hafeez while attempting a needless pull shot against the off-spinner.Sri Lanka stuttered to 67/5 when Ali removed Kusal Mendis (2) and Milinda Siriwardana off successive deliveries as Raees returned and had Thirimanne trapped leg before wicket.Dananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay (25) put on the best partnership of the innings by contributing 68 runs for the eighth wicket but couldn’t prevent Sri Lanka from going down to its eighth consecutive defeat in ODIs.”Pakistan batted really well. At one stage, we thought we could restrict them to below 270,” Tharanga said. “We haven’t batted to potential in the last few series…it’s time we deliver.”The second match of the series will be played at Abu Dhabi on Monday.last_img read more