For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: West Indies have been suffering a terminal decline in their Test cricketing fortunes ever since losing at home against Australia in 1995 which saw the end of their domination after 15 years. Since then, there have been plenty of downs and few ups for the Windies. Player disputes with the Board, the decline in the game’s popularity and continued poor results meant a bleak future for the West Indies. However, in the second Test at Antigua against England, all the gloom was erased by Jason Holder’s team as they defeated England by 10 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after winning the first match in Barbados by 381 runs.If the Barbados Test was tagged as a one-off occasion, the result in Antigua came as Holder’s side played like a total unit on a pitch which demanded plenty of application from the batsmen while the bowlers ran riot. England was already on the back foot having been dismissed for 187 in the first innings, with only Jonny Bairstow (52) and Moeen Ali (60) showing some fight. In response, West Indies withstood some fierce bowling from James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes as they chipped away. Darren Bravo scored 50 and he was aided from knocks of 49 from Kraigg Brathwaite, 47 from John Campbell and 44 from Shai Hope. Shane Dowrich (31) and Jason Holder (22) ensured West Indies had taken a 119-run lead on a pitch favoring the bowlers.In the second innings, the duo of Kemar Roach and Holder decimated the England batting again. Roach, who had taken 4/30 in the first innings, once again was the chief destroyer as he picked up 4/52 and Holder picked up 4/43. Alzarri Joseph, who had lost his mother on the third day of the Test, showed his grit and strength to take the key wickets of Joe Root and Joe Denly as England were bowled out for 132. West Indies chased down 12 runs without losing a wicket as West Indies won the match to set off joyous celebrations in Antigua. The win was West Indies’ first in 10 years against England, having won in 2009 after Jerome Taylor’s haul of 5/11 helped them bowl England out for 51 in the Jamaica Test. West Indies held on for four tense draws as they won the five-match series 1-0. In 2015, West Indies had held England to a 1-1 draw while in the 2017 series, they won a match in England after a gap of 17 years.Holder, the skipper, spoke of the need for honesty after being whitewashed 0-2 in India in 2018. “After the Bangladesh tour there was a hard talk in the dressing room, and we needed some honesty. It’s been an up-and-down journey, for me personally, and for the team, but one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I wouldn’t be here without my teammates, so they deserve all the credit,” Holder said. On the other hand, Root rued yet another collapse for England.“Scoring under 200 in both innings, it’s not going to win you many games. The toss could have made a difference, I would have bowled, but the Windies won the toss and made full use of it, and we didn’t do too well,” Root said.With West Indies eliminating a 10-year pain, Holder’s side is on the cusp of a 3-0 whitewash against England, something they have not achieved against England. West Indies, at their peak, achieved back-to-back 5-0 whitewashes against England in the 80s. highlights West Indies won a series against England after 10 years.In 2017, West Indies won a Test in England after 17 years.West Indies will be aiming to whitewash England 3-0.
“Teams that play like them can lose focus, but it never happened to City last year so they have all my respect. We have to be on our best to keep them away from our goal and create some chances in front of their goal.”Man City manager Pep Guardiola wants his side to keep improving when they play Liverpool, but insists no meeting between the sides is the same.“Every game is completely different,” he said. “In the Champions League, the first game we made a good performance except at the end of the first half. At home we made a very good game as well. It doesn’t matter that we lost.“They are a top side in the way they play. Liverpool beat a lot of sides not just City (last season). Liverpool is one of the two greatest teams in England. We try to be close to them. They are a top side and we try to be closer every time.”Liverpool are waiting on the fitness of midfielder Naby Keita after he was carried off with a back spasm during the Champions League loss to Napoli on Wednesday. Klopp was unsure whether he would be able to train ahead of the match.If Keita does not make it, Jordan Henderson is likely to start while Adam Lallana is back in full training after a groin problem.Kevin De Bruyne has a chance of featuring as Man City after returning to training following a knee injury.Benjamin Mendy is also back in contention after recovering from a foot problem but Ilkay Gundogan (hamstring) is doubtful and Fabian Delph is still on the sidelines. Claudio Bravo is a long-term absentee with a ruptured Achilles.Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 home matches against Man City in all competitions (W12 D5) since losing 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League in May 2003.Man City have lost three matches against Liverpool in 2018, losing in the Premier League in January and two Champions League matches in April. They’ve only lost four matches in one calendar year against an opponent twice before, doing so against Grimsby Town in 1936 and Spurs in 1993.Both Liverpool and Man City are unbeaten in their opening seven Premier League games this season – this is the latest meeting between two unbeaten sides in the competition since 2011-12 when Man City and Newcastle met in their 12th game of the season.Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight Premier League home games – only in February 2007 (nine games) have they had a longer such run in the competition.Manchester City have lost only one of their last 25 Premier League away matches (W20 D4), though it was in this exact fixture last season (3-4).Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games, the longest current run in the Premier League (W16 D8).City striker Sergio Aguero has played nine matches in all competitions at Anfield in his career (seven with Man City, two with Atletico Madrid), failing to score in any of those games, attempting just 11 shots and three on target.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool and Man City go head to head today as last season’s champions face their nearest challengers. The Reds got the better of Pep Guardiola’s champions in three out of their four meetings last season and the two are already early title favourites, with Man City currently first on goal difference.But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is too early for title talk and has tipped this weekend’s opponents for another good season.“I don’t think it makes sense at this moment to think about the title. There are a lot of games to play,” Klopp said. “But, it is a home game against Man City and that is a tough one. Last year they were really special and I expect them to be like this again.
With an undefeated record and two weeks off from competitive play, the Women of Troy are ready to take on Michigan and Vermont Friday and Saturday, respectively, at home.“We’re just excited to have another game,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “It’s been a long stretch. It was a good opportunity, though, to rest our bodies and to make sure that we’re improving on the things that we saw from the first two games.”In just their fourth year as a program, the Trojans have raced off to their best start in program history with a 2-0 record, including a commanding 11-5 win against No. 5 ranked Duke on Feb. 20.In the team’s success, the veteran seniors and strong team chemistry have been instrumental.“Our seniors have done a great job not only bringing in our freshman, but also welcoming my class, and they do a great job not only leading by example, but also making sure everyone is included,” sophomore goalie Gussie Johns said. “I’ve found that the closer your team is, the better you play together, and I really think that’s one of our strengths going into the season.”In the team’s two victories, Johns and the Trojan defense have only allowed seven shots to enter the back of the net.“Our defensive unit is so close,” Johns said. “We’ve had the same unit for the past two years, and that’s really helped us. We’ve just worked really hard to get that cohesiveness, especially throughout preseason.”Maintaining a strong defensive front will be crucial for the Trojans as they prepare to face Michigan’s powerful offense. With six games under their belt and a 4-2 record, the Wolverines have produced dominant wins against Central Michigan, Marquette, SDSU and Canisius while only losing to No. 7 Florida and Oregon by a margin of one in each game. A key asset to the Wolverine offense will be junior captain Tess Korten, who was crucial in the team’s win against Canisius, notching a hat trick in the first half.The Trojan offensive lineup boasts junior attacker Michaela Michael, who won MPSF Player of the Week following the team’s win against Stetson, and junior attacker and midfielder Kylie Drexel who scored four goals against Duke.With two weeks off, the Trojans have been honing in on their technical skills and focusing on getting better each and every day. In their first match-up in program history, the Trojans are excited for the opportunity to play a new team.“The biggest thing is we always want to focus on us,” Munday said. “We need to make sure we focus on the details and make sure that we play our style of lacrosse all over the field. We want to be in charge. It’s exciting to play a new team that we haven’t seen before.”The Women of Troy will battle against Michigan at 3:00 p.m. Friday at McAlister Field and Vermont Saturday at 3 p.m. at the same location.