IPL 2017: Karun Nair, Zaheer Khan star as Delhi stun Pune by seven runs

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant’s wait to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs continued after the visitors went down to a disciplined Delhi Daredevils by seven runs in a league contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla  on Friday.Placed at third in the standings after eight wins from 13 games, Pune will now need to win their final league game against fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab to qualify for the play-offs. Delhi, despite their two back to back wins, are placed sixth and out of the race to the play-offs.Chasing 169, Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary raised the hopes of the visitors with a 45-ball 60, laced with five boundaries and three sixes before finding themselves seven runs short in the end. Skipper Zaheer Khan gave Delhi a stunning start by picking Ajinkya Rahane for a duck off the very first ball of the innings before packing back the in-form Rahul Tripathi (7) in his third over.With the visitors finding themselves at a precarious 36/2, skipper Steve Smith (38) provided some resistance, raising a 38-run third wicket stand with Tiwary.Smith looked in great touch in the middle, slamming Shahbaz Nadeem for three consecutive boundaries, including a flat six before the left-arm spinner trapped him plumb on the first ball after the strategic time-out.Reeling at 74/3, all-rounder Ben Stokes (33) provided some momentum to the chase, adding 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Tiwary, who by now had got two lives, once on 34 when he was dropped by Sanju Samson and then on 40, dropped by Karun Nair.advertisementComing in at the fall of Smith, the Englishman slammed three fours and two massive sixes during his 25-ball stay, which was cut short by pacer Mohammed Shami off a low full toss, which Corey Anderson latched on comfortably. Shami then jolted the visitors with a brilliant direct hit at the bowler’s end to dismiss Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a run-a-ball (5) before trapping Daniel Christian (3) to further dent their hopes.With 25 required off the final over, Tiwary slammed Pat Cummins for two consecutive sixes to bring up his half century before the Australian came back strongly to dismiss the Bengal right-hander in the final ball.Earlier, Nair’s 45-ball (64), laced with nine hits to the fence, helped Delhi recover from a precarious position after the visitors had reduced the home side to 9/2 in three overs. Electing to bat after calling the toss correctly, Daredevils were off to a disastrous start, losing the key wickets of opener Sanju Samson (2) and one down Shreyas Iyer (3) cheaply.Nair and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (36) then steadied the ship with a 74-run third wicket stand as the right-left combo took the attack to the opposition in no time.The first three overs yielded only 11 runs for Delhi before Nair started the onslaught slamming Washington Sundar and Ben Stokes for five boundaries in two overs.Pant wasn’t left too far behind, slapping Sundar for a flat six over midwicket before milking Shardul Thaur for three boundaries as Delhi got back the momentum to yield 62 runs in the next five overs.Later on, West Indian Marlon Samuels (27) added 34 runs for the fifth wicket with Nair before stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni plucked off a stunning catch off Christian to pack back the Caribbean batsman.Despite losing his partners at the other end, Nair, who had faced 37 balls by then completed his half century and together with Amit Mishra (11 not out) added a quickfire 22 for the seventh wicket to help Delhi go past the 150-run mark.last_img read more

Here Are The Most Absurd NFL Playoff Scenarios

WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Miami beats Buffalo520.273042432 16Seattle loses to Dallas61%61% L.A. Chargers lose to N.Y. Jets4327.4512 To get the wild card, Chargers must win both and then pray Tennessee loses to L.A. Rams6050.4 Cincinnati beats Baltimore210.009377878 17Detroit beats Green Bay653.90156 L.A. Rams lose to Tennessee4024 Will the Lions make it? Hmm… WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability 16Miami loses to Kansas City7676 Cowboys need a near-miracle to keep their season alive Baltimore loses to Indianapolis165.2288 Atlanta beats New Orleans4115.006 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumul. Probability 17L.A. Chargers beat Oakland670.140783616 Seattle beats Dallas399.36 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Detroit beats Cincinnati6036.6 17Buffalo loses to Miami522.28393984 Dallas beats Philadelphia270.31602636 With just two weeks of regular season left, the number of teams that can still make the playoffs — who haven’t already secured their berths — has been whittled down to 14. Out of those, five teams enter Week 16 with at least an 87 percent chance, and two teams with a chance of 3 percent or lower, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions. But the real fun lies with those teams in the middle that do not control their own destiny over the remaining two weeks.AFCThe AFC has three teams that have already made the playoffs: New England, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. Kansas City, which may have had the biggest roller coaster of a season of any team in the league, will join them with a single win against either Miami or Denver. Baltimore needs two wins to clinch a playoff spot but can also get in a few ways with one. Considering that they have an 84 percent chance of beating Indianapolis in Week 16 and a 79 chance of defeating Cincinnati in Week 17, let’s assume the Ravens are in. The rest of the AFC’s playoff picture is made up of three teams with at least a 15 percent chance and a couple of teams with next to no chance.Note: For the purpose of this article, we are going to ignore scenarios that involve ties. They are just too absurd, so we will spare you and ourselves. TennesseeTennessee probably shouldn’t be in this kind of mess, but after being torched for 381 passing yards by the new golden boy of the 49ers, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the Titans find themselves in a precarious position. Mike Mularkey’s men probably have the toughest remaining schedule of any AFC team trying to make the playoffs: In Week 16, the Titans welcome the L.A. Rams to Nissan Stadium, and they then host Jacksonville in Week 17. The easiest path for Tennessee is to beat the Rams and the Jaguars and then hope Buffalo loses to either the Patriots OR the Dolphins in Week 17. If the Titans lose to the Rams but beat the Jags and Buffalo somehow manages to win both of their games, the Titans will need one loss from the Ravens. But fear not, Titans fans: You still have options even if your team loses both games: Baltimore loses to Cincinnati210.057338911 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Miami beats Kansas City248.208 Oakland beats Philadelphia182.17728 17Carolina beats Atlanta361.080432 The Dolphins need a straight flush L.A. Chargers lose to N.Y. Jets4325.8 16L.A. Rams beat Tennessee6060 Dallas beats Philadelphia270.030630247 L.A. ChargersAfter starting the season 0-4, L.A. had just a 1 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to our projections. Philip Rivers and Co. then reeled off seven wins in their next nine games to jump right in the middle of the playoff conundrum in what was perhaps the best turnaround of any team this season. That season will end if the Chargers don’t win out. Assuming they do that, however, the Chargers can still win the division if Kansas City also loses its two remaining games. But let’s imagine that Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt turn it on for at least one of those games — because we’re not in this for simplicity. The Chargers’ path to the final AFC playoff spot then gets really complicated: Oakland beats L.A. Chargers330.025029635 Tennessee can make the playoffs even if it loses both games OaklandThe disappointing 6-8 Oakland Raiders are still mathematically alive. Raiders fans, we will indulge your fantasies. But we really think you should focus on the Warriors’ chances at winning another title. Here it is: With multiple permutations still on the table entering the final couple of weeks, the end to the regular season has the potential to be a memorable one. Be sure to follow along for yourself with our simulation model and play along with our NFL prediction game to see all the different combinations for yourself.Check out our latest NFL predictions. L.A. Rams lose to San Francisco130.064831104 17Jacksonville beats Tennessee530.5250816 Kansas City beats Denver610.085878006 Buffalo beats New England160.2101248 Carolina beats Atlanta360.4987008 Miami beats Kansas City2412.096 17Seattle beats Arizona741.38528 Baltimore loses to Indianapolis160.3483648 New Orleans loses to Tampa Bay301.170468 Buffalo loses to Miami520.044656563 Miami beats Buffalo520.075847378 Baltimore loses to Indianapolis164.392192 NFCWhile a 9-7 record might be enough to make the cut in the AFC, teams in the NFC won’t be so lucky — and there are even some scenarios that a team with 10 wins doesn’t get in. The Eagles and Vikings already have their berths secured, and a single win will be enough for both the Rams and Panthers to make the playoffs. Where it becomes less certain is in the game between the Saints and Falcons: The winner will secure their berth, and the loser will need a win in Week 17 to secure theirs. But let’s assume the loser of the Atlanta and New Orleans game loses its next game – because chaos is great. This will open the door for Dallas, Detroit or Seattle to sneak into the dance.DallasDallas has largely been overrated for much of the season but has pulled off three straight wins to keep hope alive in Jerry World. The Cowboys must win their Week 16 virtual elimination game against the Seahawks, with the losers’ path ended and the winners surviving another week. Dallas must then beat Philadelphia, which will be without star quarterback Carson Wentz and may have already secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by then, and rely on the Lions losing to the Packers, which becomes even more unrealistic if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t play. Still, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Buffalo can still make it at 8-8 New Orleans loses to Tampa Bay300.11344536 Tennessee loses to Jacksonville530.145860342 Miami beats Kansas City246.192 Atlanta beats New Orleans4115.006 Tampa Bay beats Carolina203.0012 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Indianapolis beats Baltimore161.31328 L.A. Chargers beat N.Y. Jets5734.2 17Baltimore beats Cincinnati790.275208192 SeattleSunday’s demolition at the hands of the Rams, coupled with Monday’s victory by the Falcons over the Bucs, left the Seahawks with a very simple to-do list to make the playoffs: They must win both of their remaining games, against Dallas and Arizona, and then pray that Atlanta loses again and Detroit slips up against either Cincinnati or Green Bay. All eyes will be on what Russell Wilson has left in him and whether his MVP-caliber season will go to waste. Assuming they do win their two games, here’s the longest shot we found: 16L.A. Rams beat Tennessee6060 17Baltimore loses to Cincinnati211.098048 16Detroit beats Cincinnati60%60% L.A. Chargers lose to N.Y. Jets4332.68 Indianapolis beats Baltimore160.99072 Tampa Bay beats Carolina201.872 …and the Raiders need a royal flush BuffaloLike Tennessee, Buffalo is in decent shape if it wins its remaining two games. With a 10-6 record, there would be a couple of ways to get in, but the most likely would involve a Titans loss to the Rams in Week 16. The bad news there, however, is that the Bills in Week 16 face the Patriots, against whom they’re just 5-30 since 2000 and have just a 16 percent chance of beating on Sunday. If they fall to the Pats, the Bills still have a decent chance as long as they beat the Dolphins in Week 17. The strange thing about how all of this works out is that, presuming Buffalo does beat Miami, a win for the Titans over the Rams in Week 16 would actually benefit the Bills, and then a Jacksonville victory over Tennessee in Week 17 would secure Buffalo’s spot in the postseason. (That’s because the NFL’s tie-breaking criteria is different depending on which team the Bills are being compared with.)However, even if the Bills lose both games, they aren’t dead. Buffalo can end its 17-year playoff drought at 8-8 — which would be a very Bills move. But they would need a lot of help: Detroit loses to Green Bay350.3781512 Miami loses to Kansas City7663.84 DetroitAtlanta’s win over Tampa Bay on Monday made Detroit’s seemingly tough task all the more unlikely. The Lions’ playoff chances currently stand at just 14 percent, and they must win both of their remaining games against Cincinnati and Green Bay to have any chance. They’ll also need Atlanta to lose to Carolina and the winner of the Seattle-Dallas clash to lose its next game. Again, assuming the Lions do win both of their remaining two, here’s the weirdest path we found for them to make the cut: 16Buffalo loses to New England8484 MiamiWith eight losses, Jay Cutler and the Dolphins have no business being in the playoffs this year, but yes, it’s still in the realm of possibility. Here’s how it could happen: Detroit beats Cincinnati6036.6 L.A. Rams lose to Tennessee406.0024 16Buffalo loses to New England84%84% Russell Wilson can’t do everything WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability 16Dallas beats Seattle61%61% WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability read more

The tech supporting the Thai cave rescue mission

first_imgNews of the Thai cave rescue in has shocked and gripped the world. The mission has required a good deal of bravery and ingenuity to bring back members of the young football team – at the time of writing 8 of the children have been brought back to safety. But technology has also played a hugely important part in enabling rescuers to not only pinpoint the location of the missing boys, but also to eventually get them out safely. With such a complex and unique there are no simple solutions. Rescuers have been creative in exploring innovations and a huge range of technologies that can help them bring the children to safety. How rescuers located the lost football team Identifying the exact location of the missing football team was perhaps the most challenging aspect of the rescue mission. This is why the team were missing, remarkably, for 9 days before they were discovered. However, there were a number of tools that were integral to their discovery. Drones To begin with, 3 drones with powerful 30x optical zoom cameras were used to build up a detailed picture of the area where the boys had gone missing. Wired reports that this allowed rescuers to create a 3d map of the area, which acted as the starting point for the search. Once this map was created, the drones were then used to identify the numerous access points to the caves. This would allow the rescue teams to focus their efforts in specific areas. They could distribute themselves and prioritize the areas the team were most likely to be. Communication The team that made first contact with the missing boys actually used a pretty old communication tool – something called HeyPhones. HeyPhones were used by cavers in the U.K. some 20 years ago. They work because they use low-frequency waves, which mean they can pass through thick rock walls. Now the team has been located, fibre optic cables have been passed down into the chambers to improve communication – something that’s going to be essential if they are all to be safely rescued. Elon Musk’s innovative ideas to support the rescue mission Elon Musk has been eager to help the rescue mission. His first solution a giant inflatable tunnel that could displace the water and provide a passage back to safety. However, Musk has now offered up a new idea: “a tiny kid-sized submarine.” Whatever you think of Musk, you can’t accuse him of resting on his laurels. The ‘submarine’ is already being tested in LA. Musk shared videos of the tests on Twitter over the weekend: Although Musk has been working hard, and a spokesperson has said there has been communication between SpaceX and the Thai government, it isn’t clear if Musk’s submarine will be sent out to south east Asia. A tale of human ingenuity and leveraging technology against the odds The incident has been remarkable – it is undoubtedly a tale of survival against all odds, but as you can see it’s also a tale of human ingenuity and how technology can be leveraged to battle the elements. During a year where it’s felt like technology is working against humanity’s interests, it’s a good reminder that when used properly, we can do stunning things with the tools at our disposal. Read next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 AI to the rescue: 5 ways machine learning can assist during emergency situationslast_img read more