ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):Pakistan exposed West Indies’ weakness to spin bowling and large outfields by cantering to a comfortable eight-wicket win in their final match, to complete a 3-0 whitewash yesterday.West Indies lost three front line batsmen to the ordinary left-arm spin of Imad Wasim, before stumbling to 103 for five in their 20 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Shoaib Malik struck an unbeaten 43 to guide his side to victory with 29 balls remaining.Debutant fast bowler Kesrick Williams launched his international career by snatching, in one over, the only two Pakistan wickets to fall.Asked to bat after Pakistan won the toss, West Indies’ innings careened into disarray in the third over when Wasim picked up two wickets in two balls.Johnson Charles gifted his wicket when he attempted a heave over midwicket, but missed and lost his middle and leg stumps.Wasim’s next delivery kept low enough to hit the toe end of Chadwick Walton’s bat before crashing into the stumps.Two overs later, the World champions plunged to 17 for three when Andre Fletcher was run out for nine.Fletcher worked a ball towards square leg and took off without approval from Marlon Samuels, but Rumman Raees’ throw was pounced on by Sarfraz Ahmed, who whipped off the bails.LOOSE SHOTSA couple of partnerships in the middle of the innings attempted to repair the damaged caused primarily by West Indies’ failure to adapt, loose shots and bad running.Samuels and Nicholas Pooran stitched together 37 runs for the sixth wicket until Pooran attempted a shot that would have cleared most grounds, only to be caught by Malik on the deep mid-wicket boundary for 16.Samuels and Kieron Pollard, negotiating spinners that were constantly attacking the stumps – including Wasim who finished with three for 21 – then compiled 37 runs for the sixth wicket.Samuels finished unbeaten on 42 off 59 balls, while Pollard, in conditions not favouring big hitting, ended up not out on 16 off 17 balls without hitting a boundary or clearing the ropes.SCOREBOARDWest Indies inningsJ Charles b Imad Wasim 5ADS Fletcher+ run out (Rumman Raees/+Sarfraz Ahmed) 9CAK Walton b Imad Wasim 0MN Samuels not out 42DJ Bravo b Imad Wasim 11N Pooran c Shoaib Malik bMohammad Nawaz 16KA Pollard not out 16Extras (lb 3, w 1) 4Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 103To batCR Brathwaite*, SP Narine, JE Taylor, KOK WilliamsFall of wickets 1-12 (Charles, 2.2 ov), 2-12 (Walton, 2.3 ov), 3-17 (Fletcher, 4.4 ov), 4-31 (Bravo, 8.1 ov), 5-66 (Pooran, 12.4 ov)Bowling: Wasim, 4-1-21-3, Tanvir 4-0-22-0, Nawaz 3-0-16-1 (1w), Amir 4-0-20-0, Malik 2-0-11-0, Raees 3-0-10-0.Pakistan inningsSharjeel Khan c +Fletcher b Williams 11Khalid Latif b Williams 21Babar Azam not out 27Shoaib Malik not out 43Extras (lb 4, w 2) 6Total (2 wickets; 15.1 overs) 108Did not bat: Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed*+, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Amir, and Rumman Raees.Fall of wickets 1-36 (Sharjeel Khan, 5.1 ov), 2-40 (Khalid Latif, 5.6 ov)Bowling: Taylor 2-0-19-0,(1w), Williams 4-0-15-2,(1w),DJ Bravo 4-0-31-0,Narine 4-0-21-0,Brathwaite 1.1-0-18-0.Result: Pakistan won by eight wickets.Series: Pakistan won the three-match series 3-0.Man-of-the-Match: Imad Wasim.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza; TV- Ahmed Shahab.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements.According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DUNS and SAM were designed for billion-dollar government contractors, not everyday farmers trying to support their families. These changes help streamline the customer experience of farmers, which is a top priority at USDA, he said.“This change greatly simplifies the contracting process for our customers and staff,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “Conservation program participants will soon receive letters from their local NRCS office with more details.”The exemption does not apply to any current or future agreements or federal contracts with eligible entities, project sponsors, vendors, partners, or other non-exempt landowners or producers.DUNS/SAM registration is still required for:Partnership agreements entered through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).All agreements with eligible entities under the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP)Agreements under the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) component of ACEP.Partnership agreements under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) component of ACEPWetlandReserve Easements (WRE).Watershed operations agreements with project sponsors.Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) agreements with project sponsors, including Recoveryand Floodplain Easements.All cooperative, contribution, interagency, or partnership agreements of Federal contracts used by NRCS to procure goods or services.NRCS advises participants in its programs to ignore any emails, phone calls or other communications from thirdparty vendors offering assistance for registering in SAMS or applying for a DUNS number.To learn more about NRCS financial and technical assistance, go to www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov.
With London Olympics just a year away, India’s best sportspersons have been charged with re-writing India’s sporting history. As they prepare for the world’s greatest sporting extravaganza, Headlines Today did a reality check on India’s prospects in 2012 Olympics. Foremost among those leading the quest for an Olympic gold is shooter Gagan Narang. The 10 metres air rifle shooter has been on a hot streak and has delivered at in almost every major tournament last year, be it the Commonwealth Games or the World Cup. Partnering Narang in India’s quest for a gold rush would be the nation’s only individual gold medallist at the Olympics, Abhinav Bindra. India’s hope also lies on Ronjon Sodhi, one of the best double trap shooters in the world. Star boxer Vijender Singh has also given the nation hope for a gold. Veteran Akhil Kumar and Suranjoy are also considered in the race for medals. However, the focus would be on qualification for the Games with the World Boxing Championships in Azerbaijan in September. But all eyes would be on M.C. Marykom, the five-time women’s World Champion who has graduated to 51 kg category and will be India’s biggest hope for a medal as women’s boxing debuts at the Olympic in 2012. Another woman bearing the burden of expectations would be shuttler Saina Nehwal. She has become a force to reckon with since Beijing 2008, winning four Super Series titles since then and regularly beating some of the biggest names in the world. There are also high hopes from Deepika Kumari and the women’s recurve archery team since they beat South Korea, the World Champions in the semi-final of the World Championships in Turin to seal their three quota places. India also hopes to win laurels in tennis with the presence of world’s top doubles players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi in their arsenal. After nine years of allegations and counter allegations, one of the best doubles pair in the history of tennis have decided to get back together for one last shot at the Olympics. Even Sania Mirza stands a good chance in the mixed doubles pairing up with either Paes or Bhupathi to try for some Olympic glory for India. Somdev Devvarman, the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion would also be hoping for a burst of form to take him in to the top 54. In wrestling, India would pin its hopes on Sushil Kumar, who had bagged bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. The wrestler has set his sight firmly on the ultimate prize at London 2012.advertisement