Maharaj, Rabada bowl Proteas to big win

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 496 for 3 decl. (D. Elgar 199, H. Amla 137, A. Markram 97)BANGLADESH 1st innings 320 (M. Haque 77, Mahmudullah 66)SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings 247 for 6 decl. (F. du Plessis 81, T. Bavuma 71)BANGLADESH 2nd innings (overnight 49-3; Target: 424 runs)Tamim Iqbal b M. Morkel 0Imrul Kayes c de Kock b Maharaj 32Mominul Haque lbw b M. Morkel 0Mushfiqur Rahim c Amla b Rabada 16Mahmudullah b Rabada 9Liton Das lbw b Rabada 4Sabbir Rahman lbw b Maharaj 4Mehidy Hasan not out 15Taskin Ahmed lbw b Maharaj 4Shafiul Islam run-out 2Mustafizur Rahman c & b Maharaj 1Extras: (b-1, nb-2) 3Total: (all out, 32.4 overs) 90Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-49, 4-55, 5-62, 6-67, 7-67, 8-71, 9-75.Bowling:M. Morkel 5.2-2-19-2 (nb-1), K. Rabada 10-3-33-3 (nb-1), D. Olivier 5.4-1-12-0, K. Maharaj 10.4-1-25-4, A. Phehlukwayo 1-1-0-0. POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (Reuters) – Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj ran through the Bangladesh batting order to lead South Africa to an emphatic 333-run victory in the first Test as the visitors capitulated meekly on the final morning yesterday.Resuming at Senwes Park on 49 for three and hoping to provide some stubborn resistance, Bangladesh were dismissed for just 90 with Rabada returning figures of 3-33 and Maharaj 4-25 as South Africa took the last seven wickets for 41 runs.Rabada claimed three quick wickets, starting with captain Mushfiqur Rahim, to more than fill the void left by the injury to fellow strike bowler Morne Morkel, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a side strain he suffered on Sunday.Hashim Amla took a sharp catch off Rabada in the third over of the morning to see Mushfiqur depart for 16, setting off a quick procession of batsmen. Mahmudullah was then bowled for nine and Liton Das next adjudged leg-before as he padded up to an inswinger from Rabada.Maharaj chipped in with two more lbws to leave Bangladesh on 73-8 at the first drinks break after just an hour’s play. Rabada then ran out Shafiul Islam, attempting an unnecessary third run, and Mustafizur Rahman was the last wicket to fall as Maharaj bagged a caught-and-bowled.Mehidy Hasan was the not-out batsman on 15. South Africa had scored 493-3 and 247-6, both declared, in their two innings, while Bangladesh responded with 320 in their first innings.The second Test starts in Bloemfontein on Friday, where a livelier pitch is expected after the track in Potchefstroom proved flat throughout the five days.last_img read more

Phil Jackson learns to run an NBA team the hard way

first_img“Franchise player” Carmelo Anthony gets $22.9 million to play when his sore knee is OK, or when he feels like it. That’s once in 2015 … in London where he had an appearance with Prince Harry.Melo and the team agree on shutting him down for the season ‑ although he’s expected to gut it out until starting the Feb. 15 All-Star Game in Madison Square Garden.ESPN, which carried three games of the expected renaissance, cancelled four of its five remaining Knicks games.“Thank God!” announced TNT’s Charles Barkley. “I’m not coming to work anymore if we show the Knicks or the Lakers for the rest of the season.”If Knicks fans now wear paper bags on their heads, arch-loyalists remain, painful as that is for Spike Lee, the arch-est of them who actually made a preseason documentary on Jackson’s triangle offense. Well, this would be hard for Phil if anything was.Among Jackson’s greatest gifts as a coach was his ability to cocoon his players, no matter the level of hysteria around them.When the sky seemed about to fall, he’d be up there, refusing to take questions seriously in his perpetually bemused way, like Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman who uttered the immortal words, “What, me worry?”Of course, his Lakers and Bulls were elite teams. Now he has bupkus … not that he can’t deal with it.After two months of denial, tweeting jibes at contemptuous critics like Barkley (“Do I have to mute this game?”), Jackson did what no one does, standing up and acknowledging that this is his fault.“This is a mea culpa, I take responsibility for it,” Jackson said.“In anticipating that we were going to better, that we were giving hope to our fans that maybe there’s a possible playoff opportunity here, you know, that goes on me. …“Now I have to do the job that I was brought here to do.”Voila! All the expectations were gone.Teams often stay in denial for years, not months ‑ like the one run by Phil’s significant other, Jeanie Buss.No Laker has acknowledged this season’s disappointment, much less noted that it has to be this way with all but four players on one-year deals to save cap space.If fate teed this up for Jackson by making the Knicks a laughingstock instead of merely bad, he’s not slow on the uptake.Phil’s new direction can be described in one word:Splash!J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were donated to Cleveland and starting center Samuel Dalembert waived, increasing their cap space to $33 million, enough for a max player and an $11 million salary.With Anthony shut down, the Knicks should be among the worst teams with the best lottery odds in an ever-more-promising draft.Once upon a time, in the fall of 2012, Lakers fans dreamed of Jackson as their savior, either as coach ‑ although he would have worked only that season ‑ or in the front office after that.Jackson actually had no front-office experience and it showed. With a pronounced comfort level with people he worked with, his Knick coaching choices came down to Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher, neither of whom had done it before.Tyson Chandler, a team leader and the lone defensive presence, was traded because he didn’t fit the triangle, where post players must be able to pass.Nevertheless, Phil’s a basketball guy with a learning curve. That’s a blessing for a team run by Steve Mills, whose background was in business ops before owner James Dolan, whose background is inheriting the team, made him GM so they could run the team into the ground together.In real life, there are sharp guys but no saviors. Phil’s mistake was not realizing that neither he nor anyone else could turn the Knicks around.Nor could Jerry Buss and Jerry West have saved the Lakers while losing Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant.Happily for the Lakers, fate may tee one up for them if Bryant’s age, or good sense, obliges them to shut him down so they fall low enough to get a top-five pick that they can keep.No, it won’t be pretty. In the Lakers’ and Knicks’ straits, you can’t expect art, just a plan.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. So much for Phil Jackson as savior.It’s a long way from the beach in Playa del Rey, where Jackson basked for three years while the Lakers passed him over, to New York, where he’s learning to run a team the hard way.His Knicks, whom he expected to make the playoffs at worst, got the “at worst” part, anyway.With last week’s 16-point loss to Milwaukee in London ‑ yes, they now officially stink on two continents ‑ they have dropped an incredible 26 of 27.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more