Sunday 30 June 2013

West Indies scrape through in a thriller


A splendid effort by the bowlers coupled
with a fantastic 97 from Johnson Charles
and a fine half century from Darren Bravo
helped the West Indies beat India by 1
wicket in a thriller at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
After restricting India to a moderate 229/7,
the West Indies scraped through with just
over 2 overs to spare.
West Indies won the toss at put India in.
Dwayne Bravo was forced to sit out with a
groin injury. Kieron Pollard was leading the
side in his absence. Ravi Rampaul also
missed the fixture due to a sprained ankle.
India went in with an unchanged eleven for
the sixth game in a row.
Shikhar Dhawan could not continue his
Bradman-esque form and was sent packing
by Kemar Roach for 11 in the 5th over.
Virat Kohli stamped his authority early,
upper-cutting Tino Best over the deep
backward point boundary for a six. Best was
guilty of bowling short and wide in his initial
spell. Meanwhile, Kemar Roach was firing in
on an impeccable line and length keeping
the batsmen on their toes. Kohli was kept
quiet for a while before Darren Sammy saw
the back of the Indian number 3 for 11 in
the 10th over of the innings. India were
reduced to 39/2.
Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik resurrected
the innings. Sammy and Samuels were
difficult to get away and kept a tight leash
on the incumbent duo. The latter was
rewarded with Karthik's wicket who fell for
a rather sluggish 23 off 56 deliveries
offering a simple caught and bowled to the
off-spinner. A painfully slow 59 run-stand
between him and Sharma had come to an
end. Rohit Sharma notched up a solid half-
century - his 16th in ODI cricket but soon
threw it all away with a mis-hit off Sammy
to long-off. Sharma departed for 60 off 89
deliveries. India had moved to 124/4 after
31 overs.
Sunil Narine did an excellent job in the
batting powerplay (overs 35.1 - 40)
conceding just 11 runs off his 3 overs. MS
Dhoni and Suresh Raina were satisfied in
nudging the ball in the gaps and did not
show any urgency to step on the accelerator
- the intention was to preserve their wickets
till the final five. The Indian skipper pulled
his hamstring while completing a run in the
43rd over. Roach picked up his 2nd getting
rid of Raina for 44 off the very next
delivery. Dhoni's movement and stroke-play
was hampered. An injured MSD was cleaned
up by Tino Best for 27. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
hit a few lusty blows to lift India to 229/7.
Narine was taken for 17 in the last over of
the innings. Best, Sammy and Roach picked
up 2 wickets each but Samuels was the pick
of the West Indian bowlers with figures of
20/1 off his 9 overs.
Dhoni did not take the field after the
innings break and Kohli took over the
reigns. West Indies got off to a terrible
start. Umesh Yadav got the prized scalp of
Chris Gayle for 11 before sending Devon
Smith packing for a duck to reduce the
hosts to 25/2 in the 4th over. It got from
bad to worse for them when Bhuvneshwar
Kumar cleaned up Marlon Samuels for 1 in
the next.
Johnson Charles, who had hit a flurry of
boundaries to get going, began the
rebuilding process with Darren Bravo. The
opener took the risks while Bravo looked
solid at one end. The pair took a liking to
Jadeja and tonked him for a number of
boundaries and sixes. West Indies reached
the three-figure mark in the 22nd over.
Charles notched up an impressive fifty off
just 60 balls. The pair raised a fine hundred
stand off 131 balls. Bravo followed suit and
brought up his half-century off 72
deliveries. The 4th wicket partnership had
added 116 before Ashwin got rid of Bravo
for 55. Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin
fell in quick succession and there was a little
panic in the West Indies' dressing room as
the home team were reduced to 161/6 in
the 32nd over.
Darren Sammy came in and heaved Ishant
Sharma and Umesh Yadav for a few massive
sixes taking the match away from India. But
he tried his luck a bit too often and was
eventually sent packing for 29 by Ishant
Sharma. Meanwhile, Johnson Charles had
paced his innings beautifully, playing the
role of the aggressor initially before settling
down to play the anchor. He seemed
determined to take the West Indies over the
line before he had a rush of blood and
gifted his wicket to Umesh Yadav for 97.
Kohli's masterstroke to introduce Raina paid
dividends as he dismissed Narine for 5.
However, the last-wicket pair of Tino Best
and Kemar Roach held their nerve and took
the West Indies home in the 48th over to
clinch a thriller at Sabina Park. Fittingly, the
birthday boy, Kemar Roach hit the winning
runs and remained unbeaten on 14 off 32

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Friday 28 June 2013

Pack on Muscle Like a Pro

I often help celebrities slim down for film roles or TV appearances, so the mandate to add size to Indiana Pacers players Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy Jr. for this NBA season was a welcome challenge. If you think squatting is hard, try dropping till your thighs are parallel to the floor when you're 6'11" and 6'9", respectively, as those guys are. 

Yet such moves -- done with weights, reps, and rest periods, as described here -- unleash a hormonal cascade that allows any skinny dude to break free from hard-gainer hell. By the end of our summer together, Troy, a forward, had packed on 22 pounds. Mike, also a forward, was plus 12. What's more, their bigger bodies had become even more athletic. For example, Troy would walk into my office, jump, and slap his palm flat against an 11'6" ceiling, good for a 5" increase in his vertical leap. If my regimen worked for them, it can work for any guy, including you.
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Thursday 27 June 2013

How This Rare Melon Creates Younger Looking Skin


Movie stars get it done. Fashion models get it done. Television personalities get it done.
Many famous people turn to facelifts in order to appear younger. While it's true that these options can tighten loose skin and reduce fine wrinkles, there are many detrimental side effects and risks associated with getting a facelift.
  • Pain - Lasting 2 weeks to 6 months
  • Numbness - For 6-8 months, and up to 18 month around stitch lines
  • Swelling - You may be unrecognizable for weeks
  • Bruising - Up to 8 weeks of looking battered
  • Surgery Risks - Including infection, adverse reaction to the anesthesia, failure to properly heal, or a doctor who goes "too far" once you're on the table.
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How to Get Celebrity Quality Hair Coloring for Less Than $10

Women often envy celebrities because of their great-looking, flawless hair. From Mia Farrow's classic pixie cut to Jennifer Aniston's Friends-era haircut called "The Rachel," we've been imitating our favorite star's styles for years.
Case in point, Glamour Magazine's UK edition just published the most popular celebrity hair trends for 2013, and short cropped cuts are back. Michelle Williams sports brilliant blonde locks, Rihanna and Emma Watson offer really rich reds, and Oscar-winners Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry are living for dark, glistening blacks.
While not everyone can pull off these short hair styles, there is something all these lovely ladies have in common, and which every woman can achieve for themselves: incredible color.
No, we're not talking about using a basic over-the-counter treatment. Those may be affordable, but these mass-produced colors don’t last as long, don't leave your hair feeling soft, and are often messy to apply. This is not a star-worthy option.
Big name celebrities obviously have big name stylists. However, even mainstream salons can provide high-quality hair dye and great results. The problem, of course, is that these visits are pricey, especially for women who frequently treat gray roots.
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How to Get Beautiful, Thick, Flowing Hair without Chemicals or Harmful Processing

Most people long for the gorgeous, flowing hair they see in magazine ads and TV commercials. Sadly, reality rarely lives up to those images—and not simply because they feature good lighting, photo retouching or even genetically perfect models.

It's because we destroy our own hair.

Between years of blow drying, straightening, curling, and coloring, as well as exposure to smog and sunlight, our hair becomes a fried, thinning mess. Shampoos and hair care products rarely help. In fact, they usually cause more damage because they're loaded with synthetic chemicals, cleaners and perfumes. Even products and treatments from high-end hair salons can sometimes be suspect, only masking the damage rather than healing the hair itself.
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