IPL 2016: Shakib Al Hasan slams Eden Gardens pitch after loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders’ star spinner Shakib Al Hasan blamed the Eden Gardens pitch for not assisting their slower bowlers following their nine-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday night. RCB troika of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers made a mockery of KKR’s spin-heavy attack to gun down 184-run target to keep their play-offs hopes alive. (Match Report | Highlights )”I can talk of myself and I would say yes, we are not getting that advantage (from the pitch). We are a spin-dependent team, so we always expect some assistance at home. We have not been getting that till now. It’s a bit disappointing for the players,” Shakib said. (POINTS TABLE)FATE HANGS IN BALANCEThe two-time champions KKR face a 2015-like situation as they are left to win their remaining two matches to assure themselves a play-off berth, something they failed to achieve in their title defence last year to be eliminated at group stage. (Kohli, AB playing like Batman and Superman, says Gayle)Out of six home matches this season, KKR have lost three — to Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions and the latest against Royal Challengers Bangalore.A team that banks on three specialist spinners in Shakib, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine, KKR have failed to capitalise on home conditions in their familiar territory at the Eden, as the 22-yard strip has been unusually flat this year. (Kohli smashes Gayle record)’WE WILL FINISH IN TOP TWO’But the Bangladeshi all-rounder said they would bounce back to finish among top two.advertisement”We have enough quality players to win the matches on their own. Maybe, we didn’t do well at home the way it’s expected. But overall we’re in a good position. It’s important to play next two matches well.” (Don’t mind 10 stitches as long as RCB keep winning: Kohli)’DROPPED CATCH NOT A TURNING POINT’Shakib also defended his skipper Gautam Gambhir who dropped an easy catch of Virat Kohli, who was then on 32.”I don’t think it was a turning point. But since he was in good form, our chances would have been brighter had we not dropped the catch and De Villiers would have come under a bit more pressure. But I would never say we lost the match because of one catch. They had other batsmen who could have scored the runs.””They (RCB) have quality batsmen. The way they scored runs there was nothing much we could do. We tried our best but they played better cricket.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

New crime index ranks Costa Ricas most dangerous cantons but data are

first_imgRelated posts:30 percent of murders in the world happen in Latin America and the Caribbean Cops in Limón nab alleged suspect in mugging of British tourists Costa Rica saw ‘important increase in violence,’ says OIJ director Pirates of the Caribbean: Paranoia in Tortuguero The central cantons of Limón and San José top the country’s cantonal crime index, according to the latest report released this week by the Peace Vice Ministry – part of Costa Rica’s Justice Ministry – and the Institute for Municipal Development. But the data, a summary of which was released on Tuesday and didn’t include some serious crimes like rape and kidnapping, are three years old.The “IX Cantonal Analysis of Violence and Insecurity in Costa Rica” is a ranking based on the number of crimes reported to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) in 2011. Actual data on the number of complaints filed are not included in the final report.The report, which reflected the country’s security situation one year into the administration of President Laura Chinchilla, shows that four of the five cantons with the highest crime rates were located in the Caribbean region: Limón (Central), Pococí, Matina and Talamanca. The central canton of San José ranked second.The two cantons with the least number of reported crimes that year were Hojancha and Nandayure, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Next were Dota in San José, Alfaro Ruiz in Alajuela, and Alvarado in Cartago.Researchers used the data to create two other crime indexes, according to the type of crimes commited. Type 1 crimes included homicide, auto theft, assault and home invasions. In this category, the cantons with the highest rates were San José (Central), Limón (Central), Pococí (Limón), Alajuelita and Tibás (both in San José).The cantons with lowest rates in this category were Tarrazú and Dota (both in San José), Nandayure (Guanacaste), Jiménez (Cartago) and San Mateo (Alajuela).Type 2 crimes included burglary and petty theft. In this category, the largest number of crimes occurred again in the Caribbean cantons of Talamanca and Limón Central, followed by Heredia Central, Tarrazú (San José) and Aguirre (Puntarenas).Cantons with the lowest rates in this category were Tibás and Alajuelita (both in San José), Hojancha (Guanacaste) and Santo Domingo and Belén (both in Heredia).Peace Vice Minister Max Loría said the rankings were released to show that different types of crimes vary depending on the region.“We have been supporting the development of local plans for violence prevention, and this analysis can help us improve our local strategies,” Loría said.General Index of Crime Source: IX Cantonal Analysis of Violence and Insecurity in Costa Rica (The Tico Times) Facebook Commentslast_img read more