PBA IMAGESJoe Devance bungled an easy layup that could have sealed the win for Barangay Ginebra outright.But that was the only lowlight for the quick-footed big man in a game-long brilliance that spearheaded the Gin Kings’ scrambling 106-103 triumph over the TNT KaTropa in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal playoffs Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody View comments “It’s a very emotional game and I’m just thankful we got the win,” said Devance.The Kings need one more win to forge a Finals rematch with Meralco, which swept Star in the other semifinal bracket.It was a sorry defeat for TNT, especially since Rice came out with a monster game, posting a career-high 44 points aside from grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing off six assists.The former Washington Wizard buried long threes and converted his aerial gymnastics to bedevil the Kings.At one point in the first, rugged wingman Kevin Ferrer went physical on Rice to somehow force the TNT import out of rhythm.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I can’t believe I missed that layup,” said Devance as the defending champion Gin Kings moved to the cusp of the finals.The boo-boo was eventually forgivable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRelentlessly jostling for positioning in the paint, Devance got away with 20 points, six of them at crunch time that helped stop the rampaging Glen Rice Jr. and the Texters from pulling off a reversal.With Rice flooring the pedal all night, the Texters had the Gin Kings on the ropes before a couple of miscues allowed Ginebra to eventually take control of their best-of-five series, 2-1. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Pichay named grievance body head Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Emotions further flared when Kelly Williams was slapped with a questionable foul on Greg Slaughter.It triggered a war of words between TNT coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua from the court to the dugout.PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and media bureau chief Willie Marcial stepped in to pacify the two officials. Olsen Racela, the Ginebra assistant coach and Nash’s brother, also intervened to prevent things from escalating.
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year The North delegation returned home Sunday night. During a three-day visit, the delegation members sat among world dignitaries including the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the opening ceremony of Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, had lunch with Moon at his presidential palace and joined Moon in cheering for the first-ever inter-Korean Olympic team as it debuted in the women’s ice hockey tournament.The North Koreans were the subject of intense media scrutiny during their busy schedule visiting Seoul and the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.South Koreans were especially fascinated by Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who seemed relaxed and smiled most of the time.The 30 year-old, an increasingly prominent figure in her older brother’s government, was the North’s first ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War.South Korean media closely documented every move and gesture of the North Korean leader’s younger sister, commenting on everything from the purse she carried to her writing style in a message she left in the presidential palace guest book.ADVERTISEMENT Kim emphasized the importance of continuing dialogue between two Koreas, according to the North’s official news agency.North Korea sent its nominal head of state and Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, who extended an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang for a summit in the near future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMoon didn’t immediately accept the North Korean offer.He said the Koreas should create an environment so that a meeting of the two leaders could take place. He also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between North Korea and the United States, apparently aware that being friendly with the North could alienate an American ally critical to the defense of the South. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew An hour before the North Korean news agency report, Pence declared that the U.S. is open for talks without preconditions with nuclear North Korea, in a subtle shift in White House policy.The vice president’s remarks provided a little more leverage for South Korea in its path-finding outreach to the North and could reduce potential strains in the U.S.-South Korean alliance.But diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang won’t start unless Kim Jong Un wants it to.While the North Korean dictator, who has yet to meet a foreign leader, has invited the South Korean president for a rare summit, Kim has given no sign of being ready to talk to the U.S.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith, Thompson headline Women’s hoops Hall of Fame class OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In this Feb. 10, 2018, photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center left and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend the ladies’ 500 meters short-track speedskating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. The U.S. is open for talks without preconditions with nuclear North Korea, Pence has declared, subtly shifting White House policy after Olympics-inspired gestures of respect between the rival Koreas. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday it is important to continue a reconciliatory mood between the Koreas and expressed satisfaction with the North Korean delegation’s visit to the South, in his first remarks since the high-level guests led by his sister returned to the North.The North’s state-owned Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim was impressed with Seoul’s welcome and treatment of the high-level delegation. He expressed gratitude to the South for “making their possible and sincere efforts” for their guests from the North.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Former Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar has laughed off suggestions the club will be sold for £1billion.Reports in the Daily Mirror emerged on Thursday morning that billionaire owner Joe Lewis was open to the idea of selling the club, as Spurs build a new stadium adjacent to their current White Hart Lane home.Tottenham have already moved to officially rubbish the claims, and avid Spurs fan Sugar echoed those sentiments.Asked about how the story came about, the ex-Spurs chairman told Kick Off: “This is an over enthusiastic journalist who made it up in the Daily Mirror. They’re not selling, they’ve got no buyers and there’s no one buying it for £1billion.“I suppose it’s like me saying, ‘Roman Abramovich is going to sell Chelsea for £3bn’. I’m sure he would if someone came along and offered him £3bn, but there’s no one around offering Spurs £1bn.“It’s total nonsense. If you ask any buisnessman, ‘Would you sell that for £1bn?’ You might get their attention. It’s not for sale at all. Someone has started a bit of a rumour for no reason at all.“If you’re a billionaire, you do not shell out £350million in cold blooded cash to go and build a football stadium. No one’s ever done it and no one’s ever likely to do it. You do not become a billionaire by making irresponsible moves like that.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Health care is on life support,” said Jack Pitney, political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. “I can’t figure out how the governor can salvage this. It’s difficult to reconcile the competing interests of business and labor.” An overhaul of such magnitude of such a complex issue as health care, said Democratic consultant Garry South, may have been doomed from the start – despite all the early talk of a consensus. “It’s difficult to come up with a package that does anything massive,” he said, “without it scaring off or ticking off one or more of the stakeholders. This is like a house of cards. Pull one card out and the house collapses in a heap.” Nonetheless, administration officials insist that reform is within reach. Assembly Democrats have scheduled a hearing for Oct. 31 on Schwarzenegger’s proposal. The administration is hoping to get a vote in November, so they can begin collecting signatures to put the funding portion of the plan on the November 2008 ballot. “Things are moving forward,” said Daniel Zingale, Schwarzenegger’s top health care adviser. “The vast majority of the parties are still at the table. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his allies are scrambling to keep his health care reform plan from collapsing amid an ever-widening – and increasingly contentious – rift between two of the most politically important special interests in the state: labor and business. Last week, the California Labor Federation – having walked out of negotiations earlier – launched an aggressive campaign accusing Schwarzenegger’s plan of gouging the working class by requiring people to buy health insurance without enough subsidies. Business groups lashed back, warning that unions risked blowing up nearly a year’s worth of work on what many in Sacramento consider potentially the most significant legislation in decades. The division has created a form of political checkmate for Schwarzenegger, who can either hold the line on employer taxes or try to subsidize more uninsured workers, which would likely require more taxes on employers. Either move will alienate someone. “Of course, it doesn’t help when one party walks out of negotiations and hires a political consultant.” The labor federation hired top Democratic political consultant Chris Lehane to spearhead its campaign. The group also has begun holding 48-hour prayer vigils around the state – and promising to run TV ads if needed. Democrats said the campaign has already sharpened the debate. They want the governor to revisit his veto of AB 8, which would have required employers to pay a payroll tax of 7.5percent into a state pool that would cover lower-income uninsured – rather than the 4percent maximum the governor is seeking. The labor federation is also pushing for broader subsidies – to families with a household income of up to $83,000. Schwarzenegger’s plan would allow families of four with a household income of $72,000 to be subsidized by the state. The governor’s plan would subsidize individuals making $35,000 or less; labor is pushing for a $50,000 threshold for individuals. “Hopefully, it’ll push the governor closer to what the Democratic plan is,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles. “We’ve tried the normal route, we’ve tried negotiating, but he vetoed our plan.” The administration has hunkered down into a campaign crouch of its own, firing off missives undercutting labor, while organizing responses of business groups. In a fact sheet titled “How Labor Compromised AB 8,” the administration accused labor groups of insisting on changes to the bill that made it “unworkable, increased opposition to reform and stood in the way of fixing our broken system.” The administration complained that the bill opened a back door to a government-run single payer system, shifted poor families into state- run, unionized hospitals, imposed stiff penalties on employers, didn’t mandate coverage for individuals, and forced employers to shoulder “an unfair burden,” by requiring that employers pay a fee of 7.5 percent of their wages. Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, accused the labor federation of “possibly shattering the last great hope for health care reform in California and perhaps nationwide.” But, Art Pulaski, executive secretary of the California Labor Federation, said he’d rather have no reform than Schwarzenegger’s proposal. “His proposal is not reform; it’s making sure everybody is required to get insurance,” Pulaski said. “You should not require people to get insurance unless it’s affordable. We’re saying we’ll oppose this until it’s family and consumer friendly.” The cost of the governor’s estimated $14billion proposal would be divided between employers, individuals, insurers, government and health care providers. Employers and hospitals would pay from zero to 4 percent, based on a sliding scale of their revenue. Administration officials said the labor group is asking them to go farther left than Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s national health care reform plan, saying the governor’s plan is similar to hers. Pulaski scoffed at the comparison, saying Clinton’s plan would authorize the government to enter into bulk purchasing agreements on prescription drugs and wouldn’t impose mandates on individuals. In a letter to Schwarzenegger, Pulaski criticized the governor’s plan for not addressing the cost of prescription drugs. “Your proposal guarantees drug companies a new stream of very profitable business and asks nothing of them in return,” Pulaski wrote. The failure to address prescription drug prices “brings into question the seriousness of your commitment to truly lowering the cost of health care.” Still, just as politics have toughened negotiations, it could also provide the breakthrough. Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at Sacramento State University, noted that Nu ez is desperate for a major legislative achievement going into the Feb. 5 primary, when voters will determine the fate of his initiative to loosen term limits. It also would divert attention from the media pummeling he’s taken over using campaign funds to pay for international travel, fine dining, posh hotels and expensive gifts. “He has to show leadership, to prove he deserves to be there,” O’Connor said, “and show that he can broker deals and be a leader on policy issues – all the reasons he said he took the trips. And, if he cares about term limits, he better (produce something) out of this special session.” firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita A normal flu season might result in 35,000 to 40,000 deaths nationwide, while a pandemic could kill that many people in California alone, health officials said. To prepare for the possibility, California health officials have drafted a plan that spells out strategies designed to contain the virus, distribute treatments and vaccines, and teach people to prepare their own homes and daily activities. They have also requested additional funds this year and next to implement those strategies and stockpile up to 270,000 doses of antiviral medications. There is no vaccine yet available to prevent infection of this particular strain of avian flu, health officials said. Pharmaceutical companies are studying the issue, but it is difficult to create a vaccine in anticipation of a mutated strain that does not yet exist. The federal government has recently announced a plan to prepare to distribute up to 300 million units of vaccine, when created, within four to six months of an outbreak, and the new state plan outlines strategies to distribute the vaccine to Californians. SACRAMENTO — California would take steps as drastic as shutting schools, limiting public events and asking people to wear masks in public in order to cope with a possible bird flu pandemic, under a draft plan released today by state health officials. The avian influenza has yet to reach California and is not easily spread among humans, but health officials are worried the virus could mutate, launching a worldwide pandemic on a scale not seen since Spanish flu killed 20 million people in 1918. “Depending on its severity, an influenza pandemic could cause widespread economic and societal disruption and severely strain our health-care system,” said California Department of Health Services director Sandra Shewry. “In California alone, scientists estimate a pandemic could cause approximately 35 percent of the population to become ill. An influenza pandemic could be the greatest public-health challenge of our times, disrupting all aspects of society and our health-care system.” In the event of a possible pandemic, state officials will activate a series of emergency procedures, including working with local health officials to increase capacity and staffing at healthcare facilities; quickly identifying and quarantining potential cases; and communicating with the public. They may also invoke certain “social-distancing” measures that involve limiting mass gatherings where the virus could spread quickly including schools, concerts and sporting events. State officials would also establish a Disaster Policy Council with top emergency and health officials to make high-level policy decisions. Some elements of the plan will be implemented prior to a pandemic, such as reinforcing to the public messages about good health practices, like covering one’s mouth when sneezing, washing hands, and stockpiling supplies such as bottled water, canned food, batteries and flashlights for an extended emergency. The California Department of Health Services draft “Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan” can be found at www.dhs.ca.gov. Comments can be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or through the “Making Comments” link on the site through Feb. 15. A final version of the plan is expected to be ready by this spring. — Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TWO GAA stalwarts have today called for Michael Murphy’s red card against Cavan to be overturned….and one of them is Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.He has been supported by former Armagh all-Ireland winning manager Joe Kernan.Murphy’s appeal will be heard tonight in Croke Park by the Central Competitions Control Committee. “I have no doubt Michael Murphy will be back (for the game against Tyrone),” said Mickey Harte.“It appears it was a harsh sending off, so I would expect he will be back,” said Harte.And Joe Kernan insisted: “The offence for which referee Martin Duffy issued the ultimate sanction looked relatively innocuous — more a push than anything else, I would have thought.“While Donegal will be making strenuous efforts to have the red card overturned, there is always the fear that the Competitions Control Committee will support the referee’s stance meaning that Murphy will have to serve his sentence. “Yet there are very few people, including many in Cavan I am sure, who would wish to see Murphy denied the opportunity to lead his team out against the reigning provincial champions.”HARTE AND KERNAN EXPECT MURPHY RED CARD TO BE REVERSED was last modified: June 16th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAdonegaldaily.comjoe kernanMichael Murphymickey harte
Thousands of Orange Order members have taken part in their annual parade in Rossnowlagh today.They have made their way to the beach in the village – but only a few hardy souls dared to dip their feet in the water on a cloud and often wet day in the county,Lodges from here in Donegal have been joined by members from Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan, the North and Canada. The demonstration made its way along a one-mile route starting just outside the village, before a religious service in a field.Grand Master Edward Stevenson said: “Rossnowlagh has always been an excellent parade.“We have had good relationships over the years with local folks.“There has never been any problems the last 35 years we have been parading on a year after year basis and nowhere could you go for a more idyllic setting for a 12th July demonstration, you have the Donegal Hills on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.” ORANGEMEN ON THE MARCH TO ROSSNOWLAGH was last modified: July 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A Donegal-based Garda has been awarded €18,000 in compensation after witnessing her colleague being killed by a car in Letterkenny ten years ago.Garda Robbie McCallion died after being struck by a vehicle while investigating an attempted robbery of another car at Tara Court in Letterkenny 2009.Another garda at the scene that night, Garda Joanne Doherty of Bundoran Road, Kinlough, Co Leitrim said she suffered severe PTSD following the loss of her lifelong friend. The Irish Times reports that Garda Doherty told a garda compensation hearing in the High Court that she kept reliving the incident in her head and she did not think she could come to terms with the life-changing events.“I felt guilty and blamed myself that Robbie was dead and I didn’t have a scratch on me,” Garda Doherty said.Mr Justice Michael Twomey awarded Garda Doherty €18,000 damages, commenting that it was “a very sad case for the McCallion family and for Garda Doherty”.Read the full report on: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/garda-awarded-18-000-for-post-traumatic-stress-after-colleague-s-death-1.4071938 Garda awarded damages for trauma following colleague Robbie McCallion’s death was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Ray Maota An aircraft in the Mango fleet being prepared for flight. (Image: Southafrica.to) Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Mango, says the core value of their brand is affordability coupled with high levels of service. (Image: Flickr.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hein Kaiser Mango Communications Manager +27 11 022 9711 RELATED ARTICLES • 1time to start flying from Lanseria • Zambezi Airlines lands in SA • Green airline goes greener • OR Tambo spreads its wings South African low-cost airline Mango has a good reason to celebrate its fourth birthday this year after being awarded global Superbrand status for strong market dominance, customer loyalty, brand longevity and goodwill.The global Superbrands organisation gave the airline such status in late November 2010 after being recommended by a council of major players from the domestic media and marketing sectors, international media organisations and blue chip companies.Mango received the experts’ seal of approval and a certificate to prove its new status. The seal can now be used on all official Mango documents and in its advertising campaigns to show customers it has achieved this recognition.The road to Superbrand statusMango CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, said: “The delivery of a brand promise is only as strong as the sum of the collective, and recognition is due to my colleagues who convey the company’s values to thousands of guests daily.”The rise of the airline to Superbrand status wasn’t a smooth one: during its second year of operation oil prices shot to an all-time high, and in 2009 it felt more than a pinch from the global recession – one of the worst since the 1930s.“The growth of the Mango brand has been spectacular and for a youthful brand to make an impact on the market is never easy, in particular during a period where negative market influences could have significantly impacted Mango,” said Bezuidenhout.“The core value of our brand is affordability coupled with high levels of service – it is a universal message that we aspire to deliver daily,” he added.Mango has also embraced social media networks to interact with its customers and deal with feedback and complaints.Bezuidenhout said: “Mango has a strong social media presence, including Facebook, a blog and a Twitter feed where travellers are able to directly engage with the brand.”Other accoladesIn its short lifespan, the airline has received four Prism awards for its communication strategy; a Budgie award for its marketing campaign; the title of Best African Low-cost Airline at the World Travel Awards in 2007; and four Acsa Feather awards.The airline was twice named the “coolest” low-cost airline in the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards in 2009 and 2010. It was also the top low-cost consumer airline brand in the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards for 2010 and received the nod for best publication for its in-flight magazine, Mango Juice in 2009 at the SA Publication Forum Awards.SuperbrandsThe Superbrands organisation has operations in 80 countries throughout the world. It aims to recognise brands that stand out in their respective markets by awarding them Superbrand status – this strengthens a brand’s position, adds a sense of prestige and sets it apart from the competition.In South Africa Superbrands has published three books featuring some of the country’s leading groups that have achieved Superbrand status – these include Absa bank, Huletts sugar, radio station Metro FM and food outlets News Cafe and Steers.More about Mango Mango was launched on 30 October 2006 and its first flight was on 15 November of the same year. Its key goal is to offer sustainably affordable air travel that is accessible to all South Africans.Mango flies from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban to Cape Town, Johannesburg to Durban and Bloemfontein to Cape Town.The airline was the first to introduce payment through retail store cards. It accepts all Edcon brands, which include Edgars, Jet, Prato and CNA cards. It was also the first to trade through retail in 2007, enabling customers to buy tickets from Checkers, Shoprite and Checkers Hyper Money Market Counters.Mango is the only low-cost carrier that offers an in-flight entertainment system, Mango TV, which is complemented by Mango Juice magazine. Its car rental partner is Tempest Car Hire and Southern Sun is its hospitality partner.Mango has a strong social conscience and ploughs a portion of its proceeds back into community development. In partnership with Tempest Car Hire, it has boosted grassroots football by sponsoring the development of the sport in 52 schools and has hosted three regional tournaments.It also takes underprivileged children on educational outings and plants trees to offset its carbon emissions.
Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad strengthened their hold on the fourth and final play-offs spot of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they thumped top-placed Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Monday.Playing their final home game of the league stage, Hyderabad restricted Mumbai to 138/7 in 20 overs, before Shikhar Dhawan (62 not out off 46 deliveries) and Moises Henriques (44 off 35) shared a 91-run stand for the second wicket to steer them home with 1.4 overs to spare.Following this win, Hyderabad, having 15 points from 13 games, eliminated Delhi Daredevils (eight points from 11 games) from the race to the play-offs. But Hyderabad’s place in the knock-outs are not confirmed, as fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab (10 points from 11 matches) can still qualify for the play-offs.Only Mumbai have sealed their berth in the play-offs, while Kolkata Knight Riders (16 points from 12 matches) and Rising Pune Supergiant (16 points from 12 matches) are strong contenders.Punjab will have to win all of their remaining three games to be in the hunt for the play-offs.Hyderabad will travel to Kanpur to face Gujarat Lions in their final league game. Hence, going by their poor away record this edition, it was important for the David Warner-led side to win at home on Monday.Coming into the game on the back of two consecutive losses, they needed to raise their game and they did.Winning the toss and electing to bat, Mumbai initially struggled on a slower pitch and needed Rohit Sharma’s sublime 67 off 45 deliveries to get to 138/7 in a crucial match for Hyderabad as far as play-offs chances are concerned. Mumbai’s second-highest scorer was Parthiv Patel with 23.advertisementThe classy stroke-maker that he is, Rohit was the only batsman who could take on against Siddharth Kaul (3/24), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/29), Mohammad Nabi (1/13) and Rashid Khan (1/22).Hyderabad captain Warner exploited the slowish nature of the wicket, as he introduced Afghan off-spinner Nabi in the second over and the latter gave no rooms for the Mumbai batsmen to go for shots.Nabi struck in his fourth delivery, running through the defence of Lendl Simmons (1). Nabi’s efective bowling resulted in another wicket as a desperate Nitish Rana (9) pulled medium pacer Kaul to Bhuvneshwar at mid-off, as Mumbai were reduced to 22/2 in 4.1 overs.The next delivery could have been Mumbai three wickets down but Parthiv, at the personal score of 10, was dropped by Vijay Shankar at point off Kaul.However, the left-handed batsman couldn’t make most of it as exactly 12 deliveries later, he hit straight a Kaul delivery to David Warner at long-on, as Mumbai reeled at 36/3.Then, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (15) forged a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket to bail the team out of the trouble.Rohit started slowly with ones and twos but got into groove once set his eyes in. He hoicked a leg-spinner Rashid Khan delivery over long-on to launch his attack. He targeted medium pacer Moises Enrique in the 14th over and collected three fours in the Australian’s over.In the next over, Pandya lost his wicket, top-edging Rashid to Enriques at cover in the second ball, as Hyderabad lost their fourth wicket for 96.Rohit then completed his fifty and further threatened the hosts with a four and a six against Mohammed Siraj and Bhuvneshwar respectively.His innings ended when he played a Kaul delivery on to his stumps in the first delivery of the 19th over.The edition’s leading wicket-taker Bhuvneshwar then did the job for Hyderabad by removing Kieran Pollard (5) and Karn Sharma (5) as Mumbai were restricted to 138/7.Chasing the small target, Hyderabad suffered an early nightmare as captain and leasing run-scorer Warner (6) was plumbed in front of the wickets against left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan in the first ball of the second over.Then Henriques joined hands with Dhawan and the pair kept patience and played riskfree cricket after initial few quiet overs. By the end of Powerplay overs (6), they took Hyderabad to 43/1.Having got a grip of the pitch, they stepped up the gear as Henriques employed hook and pull shots against medium pacers to good effect, while Dhawan used his feet and experience beautifully against the spinners, especially leg-spinner Karn Sharma.Having collected 40 runs in the next four overs, the left-right combo put the hosts in command, with only 56 required from 10 overs.The partnership was broken by paceman Jasprit Bumrah, who found a leading edge off Henrique and was holed out at short cover by Rohit.Dhawan, however, completed his half-century in 35 deliveries, as he drove Hyderabad near Mumbai’s total.Yuvraj Singh (9) continued his inconsistent show as he drove a delivery from Malinga to Pandya at cover, with the home team at 112/3 in 14.4 overs. Dhawan and Vijay Shankar (15 not out) then saw the team home as Hyderabad posted their sixth win out of seven games at this stadium.advertisement