Sunday, 28 December 2014

Steve Smith boosts Australia

Sunday 27/12/14

Steve Smith has scored a career high 192 to help Australia to a massive total of 530 on Day 2. The match was in the balance at the start of play, but by lunch Australia had snatched the momentum before running away with it with yet another flurry of tail-end runs. Brad Haddin (55), Mitchell Johnson (28) and Ryan Harris (74) all ably supported their skipper through two sessions of aggressive batting and lacklustre bowling. Shami (4/130) was the best pick of the Indian bowlers with Yadav & Ashwin grabbing 3 wickets each. India ended the day comfortably at 1/108 with Murali Vijay reaching 50.

Chelsea maintained their lead in the race for the EPL title with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge overnight. Mourihno’s men dominated from the start and had their reward after 31 minutes when skipper John Terry tapped in off a Diego Costa header. Exactly double that time later, Costa had his goal beating 3 West Ham players in the box and sliding the ball past Adri├án. In other games, Liverpool snuck past Burnley with a 1-0 win. Southampton beat a struggling Crystal Palace 3-1. Stoke City shocked Everton away with a 1-0 win. A Wayne Rooney double saw Manchester United beat Newcastle 3-1. Tottenham beat Leicester City 2-1. Hull City got their second away win of the season against Sunderland 3-1. Swansea saw off Aston Villa 1-0. Despite torrential snow, Manchester City still had enough quality to smack three past hapless West Bromwich Albion, while Alexis Sanchez showed his class as 10-man Arsenal hung on to beat QPR 2-1.

Central Coast have broken their home goal drought in their thrilling 3-3 draw with the Brisbane Roar. After 6 hours without a home goal, the hosts were rewarded for their hunger in the 56th minute when they grabbed an equaliser through veteran defender Eddy Bosnar, who took advantage of some poor marking from the Roar to head home an Anthony Caceres cross. The floodgates then opened, with Central Coast taking the lead in the 63rd minute through Matt Simon who smashed the ball home from after close range The Roar then awoke from their slumber to equalise in the 71st minute via young defender Donachie, who scored his first A-League goal with a header. It was then the Mariners’ turn to respond, with Central Coast regaining the lead in the 80th minute through substitute Kim Seung-yong. However, just when it seemed the Mariners would grab a much-needed three points, Solorzano took advantage of some great work from Dimitri Petratos and Daniel Bowles to have the final say in the contest with an 82nd-minute goal. In the other game, a stunning late free kick from Gui Finkler saw Melbourne stay in finals contention with a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.

Written by  Cennan Nwiran


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