… Off-spinner becomes quickest to 300 Test wicketsRAVICHANDRAN reached 300 Test wickets in record time as India consigned Sri Lanka to a crushing innings and 239-run defeat in Nagpur on day four.Ashwin took four wickets in the first innings of the second Test and claimed 4-63 yesterday to reach the landmark in only his 54th Test, two fewer than the previous record set by Dennis Lillee exactly 36 years ago.The spinner bowled Lahiru Gamage to make history, Sri Lanka dismissed for only 166 to suffer their biggest innings loss as India celebrated equalling their most emphatic innings win.Captain Dinesh Chandimal (61) showed some resistance, but the sorry tourists trail 1-0 with one match remaining in Delhi after being totally outplayed in a one-sided contest at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav took two wickets apiece on another miserable day for Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka started the penultimate day on the ropes after a magnificent Virat Kohli double century and a Rohit Sharma hundred enabled India to post 610-6 declared on Sunday before Ishant got rid of Sadeera Samarawickrama without scoring.Murali Vijay dealt another blow by somehow holding a catch at short leg when Dimuth Karunaratne (18) attempted to work Jadeja (2-28) for runs into the leg side and Sri Lanka were 48-3 after Lahiru Thirimanne (23) played a poor shot to gift Yadav (2-30) a first wicket.Angelo Mathews launched Jadeja for six over long-on, but the spinner had the last laugh, the former captain attempting another big hit but only picking out Rohit at mid-off.Chandimal rode his luck at times and could only watch on at the other end as the procession of wickets continued, striking 10 boundaries to score his second half-century of the match.Dasun Shanaka went on the attack, hitting Ashwin for two sixes in an over, but tried one too many against the canny tweaker, who drifted one up outside off stump and the all-rounder took the bait, coming down the track and offering a catch to KL Rahul running back from mid-on.Ashwin closed in on the 300 mark by seeing the back of Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath in the same over without scoring and Chandimal holed out to Yadav, to leave Sri Lanka nine down after the skipper put on 58 with Suranga Lakmal.Lakmal was unbeaten on 31 when Ashwin finished off the job, deceiving Gamage to put Sri Lanka out of their misery and etch his name in the record books.SRI LANKA1st innings 205 (D. Chandimal 57, D. Karunaratne 51; R. Ashwin 4-67) INDIA 1st innings 610 for 6 decl. (V. Kohli 213, C. Pujara 143, M. Vijay 128, R. Sharma 102 n.o.) SRI LANKA 2nd innings (o/n 21-1)Sadeera Samarawickrama b I. Sharma 0Dimuth Karunaratne c Vijay b Jadeja 18Lahiru Thirimanne c Jadeja b U. Yadav 23Angelo Mathews c Ro. Sharma b Jadeja 10Dinesh Chandimal c R. Ashwin b U. Yadav 61Niroshan Dickwella c Kohli b I. Sharma 4Dasun Shanaka c Rahul b R. Ashwin 17Dilruwan Perera lbw b R. Ashwin 0Rangana Herath c Rahane b R. Ashwin 0Suranga Lakmal not out 31Lahiru Gamage b R. Ashwin 0Extras: (lb-2) 2Total: (all out, 49.3 overs) 166Fall of wickets: 1-0 S. S, 2-34, 3-48, 4-68, 5-75, 6-102, 7-107, 8-107, 9-165.Bowling: I. Sharma 12-4-43-2, R. Ashwin 17.3-4-63-4, R. Jadeja 11-5-28-2, U. Yadav 9-2-30-2.
Maradona continued: “I’ll tell you something else – at the 1990 World Cup I used my hand to clear the ball off the line against the Soviet Union,”“We were lucky because the referee didn’t see it. You couldn’t use technology back then, but it’s a different story today.”Maradona also noted how England became world cup champions in 1966 “with a shot that didn’t go over the line”, referring to Geoff Hurst’s controversial strike.“England won the World Cup in ’66 with a shot that didn’t go over the line,”“There have been lots of incidents where World Cup history would have been different if technology had been used. It’s time to change all that.” he concluded.RelatedMaradona Denies Being Hospitalised After Nigeria WinJune 27, 2018In “FIFA”Maradona Offers To Coach Argentina For FreeJuly 3, 2018In “World Cup”Nigeria Showed Teams Don’t Fear Argentina Again – MaradonaFebruary 13, 2018In “FIFA” Argentine Legend, Diego Maradona has expressed his support for the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR), despite being a beneficiary of the lack of VAR with the famous “Hand Of God”.56-year-old Maradona scored with his hand against England in the quarter final of the Mexico 1986 World cup, a game Argentina won 2-1 to progress to the semi final.Speaking to FIFA.com, Maradona said: “Obviously I think about it whenever I show my support for the use of technology,”“I thought about it and, sure, that goal wouldn’t have stood.”
National Psychiatric Hospital– more staff needed at facility – Head RHCAn autopsy performed on the body of 27-year-old Stephon Francis, who died at the National Psychiatric Hospital in Berbice, proved that he died as a result of choking on a piece of meat.The post-mortem was conducted by Dr Vivakanand Bridgemohan at the New Amsterdam Hospital on Tuesday.The dead young man of Kitty, Georgetown, was reportedly involved in a fight at Chalet Four on Sunday evening. During the scuffle, he reportedly fell and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.Police had initially arrested two patients in connection with the man’s death but following the revelation of the post-mortem report, the two men were reportedly escorted back to the Psychiatric Hospital.The now dead man was taken to the medical facility about a week ago and was admitted a substance abuse patient. This was not the first time he was admitted to the institution.Following Sunday’s incident, Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Steven told Guyana Times that 40 per cent of patients at the institution are there for substance abuse.“We have to take care of them because the court order states that it must be sent to the National Psychiatric Hospital,” Steven related.Guyana Times was told that persons would normally be remanded to the National Psychiatric Hospital for observation but would be held at the facility until their next court appearance.However, Steven said that this poses a challenge to the healthcare service.“In most cases, we find that this person to come through the court system and substance abuse patients have a tendency of becoming violent.”In an invited comment, one senior police official highlighted that many lawyers would prefer for their clients to be sent to the Psychiatric Hospital instead of spending jail time.Meanwhile, Attorney-at-Law Joel Edmonds is of the belief that lawyers have to ensure their clients are fit to stand trial in court and more so, noted that the Magistrate has to also ensure the safety of the person on trial.In addition, another lawyer, Adrian Anamayah noted that the situation has always been that way.“Sending persons that are [involved in court cases to the] National Psychiatric Hospital is not for a permanent stay but for them to be evaluated.However, Head of the Regional Health Committee in Region Six, Zamal Hussain said there is a need for more persons to overlook the system at the National Psychiatric Hospital which should also have better management.“Prisoners going there should be put in separate areas. We have some persons who are more violent than others so we need to have those persons separated.”The health committee head noted that $100 million is allocated for the health sector from the national budget just for dietary.“We need to ensure the persons going there are managed properly. On several occasions, I have questioned the management. The Minister of Health told me that they are trying to phase out the National Psychiatric Hospital and putting other systems in place. I think they are paying less attention to the hospital and that is the main reason why we are having casualties.”Dead: Stephon Francis