GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies crumbled to a pathetic innings and six-run defeat to Sri Lanka inside four days in their opening Test at the Galle International Stadium here yesterday.Jermaine Blackwood fell eight runs shy of a century in a brave effort to avert the innings defeat, but the West Indies, who were asked to bat a second time, were bowled out for 227 in their second innings in the second session.Just like in the first innings, several frontline batsmen failed to capitalise on starts as the left-arm spinner Rangana Herath returned to haunt the Caribbean side with a four-wicket haul to finish the match with his fifth 10-wicket haul in Tests.West Indies, resuming the day on 67 for two, facing a deficit of 166, failed to make full use of an over reliance on Herath and lost their final eight wickets for just 160 runs on a slow Galle pitch.Marlon Samuels, one of Herath’s victims, was dismissed for a first ball duck, staying on the back foot to a ball he should have been playing to on the front foot.The Caribbean side were tottering on 88 for five, after losing opener Kraigg Brathwaite for 34 and Darren Bravo for 31, when Blackwood arrived to launch an enterprising attempt to salvage Windies pride.The diminutive Jamaican hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 169-minute occupation of the crease, while confirming his status as a promising West Indies investment.For the most part, he batted freely, using his feet to get down the track to launch Tharindu Kaushal over mid-on for six and drive Milinda Siriwardana for four while running out of partners.Blackwood carved out a 48-run sixth-wicket stand with Denesh Ramdin, which ended when the partnership was giving West Indies a glimmer of hope.Ramdin went for 11, driving loosely at Siriwardana and edged to second slip, while Blackwood almost followed in the next over with an edge, spilled by Angelo Mathews of Kusal Perera’s glove.Blackwood reached his half-century just after lunch with support from captain Jason Holder, who hung around long enough to add 36 with him for the seventh.However, Holder was run out for 18 in unfortunate circumstances as he played across a ball from Herath, which deflected off his pad to Mathews at slip.Mathews, spotting Holder out of his crease, threw down the stumps with a direct hit.Kemar Roach was removed in similar fashion to his first innings dismissal to become only the fifth West Indian to get stumped in both innings of a Test match.When Jerome Taylor departed, lbw to Prasad for five, West Indies were nine down with 44 wickets, still needing to avoid an innings defeat.Blackwood had no option but to farm the strike to push his side as close as possible and succeeded in rattling Herath, hitting him for two fours and two sixes in the space of nine balls.But the pressure mounted on Blackwood on 92, with nine fielders on the boundary as he ran down the track, only to pick out the cover boundary, leaving Shannon Gabriel not out on seven.SCOREBOARDSRI LANKA 1st innings 484WEST INDIES 1st Innings 251West Indies 2nd innings 227 (67-2 overnight)KC Brathwaite lbw b Herath 34SD Hope b Siriwardana 6DM Bravo c +Perera b Pradeep 31D Bishoo c Mathews b Herath 10MN Samuels lbw b Herath 0J Blackwood c Silva b Prasad 92D Ramdin+ c Silva b Siriwardana 11JO Holder* run out (Mathews) 18KAJ Roach st +Perera b Herath 5JE Taylor lbw b Prasad 5ST Gabriel not out 7Extras: (lb 3, w 2, nb 3) 8Total (all out) 227Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Hope), 2-60 (Brathwaite), 3-74 (Bishoo), 4-74 (Samuels), 5-88 (Bravo), 6-136 (Ramdin), 7-172 (Holder), 8-178 (Roach), 9-189 (Taylor), 10-227 (Blackwood).Bowling: Prasad 9.3-3-28-2, Herath 22-5-79-4, Pradeep 14-1-28-1, Siriwardana12-1-60-2, Kaushal 11-3-29-0.Position: West Indies lost by an innings and six runs.Toss: Sri LankaUmpires: Marais Erasmus, Richard Illingworth; TV – Simon Fry
Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane’s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City on a raucous afternoon at Anfield.City have five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, leaving the destiny of the title in the hands of the champions.But there is a growing feeling at Anfield that this will be the season Liverpool finally end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.Chelsea posed the last major threat to Liverpool’s title bid, yet the leaders dealt with the challenge impressively to mark Klopp’s 200th game as Reds manager in style.With City having difficult league fixtures looming against Tottenham and Manchester United, Klopp’s men are convinced they can hold onto pole position.Mo Salah celebratingTheir run-in is undoubtedly less daunting than City’s, with Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle on the schedule before a potential title party against Wolves at Anfield.For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans and in the week that club legend Tommy Smith passed away, there was even more emotion at Anfield than usual.After a minute’s silence featuring mosaics reading “30 years” and “96” held up by fans around the ground, Liverpool’s focus was trained on avenging one of the more painful defeats in the club’s recent history.Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in 2014 led to a defeat against Chelsea that effectively gifted the title to Manchester City when Liverpool had looked odds-on to lift the trophy.But Klopp insisted his players wouldn’t be haunted by the ghosts of that collapse and they were true to his word.Liverpool threatened an early goal when Mane whipped a pin-point cross towards Salah and he fired a volley that Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga held well.– Salah makes his point –Liverpool’s fans hold up a mosaic making out the number “96” as they observe a minute’s silence for the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster© AFP Paul ELLISChelsea were unbeaten in their last eight matches at Anfield going into Sunday’s clash and showed signs of troubling Liverpool when Eden Hazard twisted away from Joel Matip for a low shot that forced Alisson Becker into action.David Luiz launched a dangerous Chelsea counter-attack with a pass that sent Willian racing away, but the Brazilian’s miscued shot drifted wide.Those escapes shook Liverpool out of their brief lull and Salah got behind Emerson to cross for Mane to smash just wide.Hampered by a first-half injury to Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea creaked at the back and Liverpool took full advantage to break the deadlock in the 51st minute.When Salah scampered onto Roberto Firmino’s flick in the Chelsea area, Blues defender Emerson could only prod the ball to the influential Jordan Henderson and his deft cross reached the unmarked Mane, who headed home at the far post.Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a sweet headerAny Liverpool nerves had been wiped away by jubilant celebrations and soon after Salah blew the roof off Anfield with a moment of pure genius.Taking possession wide on the right flank, Salah cut inside and glided away from Emerson before unleashing a sumptuous 25-yard drive that arrowed past Kepa into the far corner.It was a sweet moment of vindication for the Egypt forward after a group of Chelsea fans were filmed chanting “Salah is a bomber” before their team’s Europa League tie at Slavia Prague on Thursday.And Salah, a practising Muslim, celebrated his 22nd goal of the season by adopting a prayer position in front of the Kop.Hazard should have reduced the deficit, but twice the Belgian couldn’t find the net from close-range as Liverpool moved a step closer to their holy grail.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s second goal in their win over Chelsea© AFP Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 14 – Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike clinched a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side had surrendered pole position a few hours earlier when Manchester City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace, piling pressure on the Reds to respond as the title race heats up.
Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sir Alex Ferguson personally recommended fellow Scot David Moyes as his successor at Manchester United deals Jose Mourinho has often cut a glum figure at Old Trafford this season 4 tense But United had more points under Moyes after 13 games than they have this season under Jose Mourinho – with the Red Devils currently sitting in seventh place.In fact, United have endured their worst start to a league campaign for 28 years since the 1990-91 campaign, before the formation of the Premier League.They were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, with United winning just three times at Old Trafford in all competitions this term.Joining the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast in the studio on Monday, Moyes said: “Do I feel I should have been given more time? Of course I do. Moyes was sacked before finishing his first season as United boss huge blow REVEALED 4 David Moyes has told talkSPORT he should have been given more time at Manchester United, saying the club have still not recovered following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson.Moyes was axed after just ten months in charge at Old Trafford having been chosen to succeed the legendary manager. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Moyes began his reign as Manchester United manager in July 2013, and was sacked the following April with the club seventh in the Premier League Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Premier League news on talkSPORT.com The club have appointed two world-renowned coaches since then and yet are still struggling to compete for a top-four spot, let alone the Premier League title.Current boss Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver top trophies this season having spent over £300million on new players since his appointment in 2016. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 4 4 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker shining no dice “To go to a club like Manchester United and follow someone like Sir Alex after the time he had been there, to stay for ten months…“It couldn’t be a revolution at Manchester United, it had to be evolution. It had to take time.“I wasn’t going to come in and change all the things Alex had done, but there were lots of things that had to be changed at the club.“You look at the way Chelsea and Man City had been doing things and changing things along the way – Manchester United had been winning because they had a special manager and a special group of players. “But when that all changed, it was going to take time to find its way.“I still think they’re having difficult times at the moment.”Listen back to a clip of David Moyes on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above! Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January