India were once again sloppy in the field on the first day of the third Test against England in Mohali. The Indian fielders dropped as many as four catches after England won the toss and opted to bat first.England rode on Jonny Bairstow’s 177-ball 89 to reach 268 for eight at close of play. Bairtstow was dropped twice by wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel before he was trapped leg by Jayant Yadav in the 84th over. (Scorecard)India’s fielding has been an area of concern throughout the series. They dropped seven catches in the drawn first Test in Rajkot, including three in first six overs.Former captain and expert Sourav Ganguly was not too impressed with India’s fielding.”India’s fielding needs to be looked after, especially the slip cordon. There have been too many changes in the slip cordon. Ravindra Jadeja was standing at third slip. I don’t think he’s a consistent fielder at the third slip. So, India have to get their slip cordon right. They have to stick to them. Even if they drop a few, they’ll have to make sure that these are my guys for slip cordon,” Ganguly told India Today.”I think Ashwin dropped a sitter and I think Ashwin was an accident and he would not drop nine out of 10 of those. I don’t think he expected it. You normally don’t get those chances early on in Test matches at square leg in first session. So I don’t think he was expecting it. I think he’ll catch most of them. He’s a safe catcher,” he added.advertisementON TOSS”Tosses don’t win cricket matches but in sub-continent pitches like Vizag, if you win the toss and have big first innings total, you put enormous pressure on team batting second. Look at England’s win in 2012, they won the toss in Mumbai and won the game. India won the toss and won the game. It doesn’t guarantee you Test match wins but it does put a lot of pressure on team batting fourth.”‘NOT OVER YET'”300 is still a good total on the first day of a Test match rather in first innings of a Test match. If England get to 320-330 and then keep India within 400 with a lead of 40-50, India still have to get 400 on this pitch. With a lead of 40-50, this game could go interesting ways in innings three and four. Still not over yet but I think India have done a remarkable job on Day 1 after losing the toss.”ON ENGLAND”I think England missed the opportunity today. It was a great toss to win because this pitch has looked very, very dry. We should have expected them to be in a better position. 270/8 (268/8) on this pitch, I think they would be dissapointed. Toss was crucial and they called it rightly to win it. From that point of view, I think they will be disappointed.”The details of dropped catches by the Indians on Day 1: Batsman Fielder Position Bowler Score at drop Final score A Cook R Jadeja Slip M Shami 3 27 A Cook R Ashwin Mid-wicket M Shami 23 27 J Bairstow Parthiv Patel Keeper R Ashwin 54 89 J Bairstow Parthiv Patel Keeper J Yadav 89 89Runs scored by England batsmen after being dropped: Test Catches Missed Runs added first first drop Rajkot 7 165 Vizag 2 65 Mohali 4 59(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)
MLS Tim Melia named Goal’s MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Allen Ramsey Last updated 2 years ago 06:00 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gary Rohman MLS Sporting KC The Sporting Kansas City shot-stopper had a brilliant season between the posts, allowing less than a goal per game throughout the campaign Picking the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year wasn’t overly complicated. Despite a deep and talented group of netminders in the league, Tim Melia simply stood out above the crowd. A unanimous pick among the Goal staff, Melia delivered a 2017 campaign that was notable for both brilliance and consistency. While others struggled at times throughout the year, giving up soft goals or failing to make the one or two saved required, Melia was always on hand when called upon, allowing less than a goal a game in his 31 matches. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Playing behind a stout Sporting Kansas City defense — including Goal MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara — certainly didn’t hurt matters, but Melia deserves plenty of credit for the job he did when that back line was in trouble.The 31-year-old came up with his share of brilliant stops along the way, including this full-extension dive against Portland, an MLS Save of the Year nominee. As good a 👐 as you’ll 👀 all year!Vote @TimMelia28 for @MLS Save of the Year ➡️ https://t.co/M8LMltT8cj pic.twitter.com/FmtoPiyosT— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) November 2, 2017A hamstring injury deprived Melia of the chance to be a hero in the MLS playoffs as Kansas City fell to the Houston Dynamo, leaving plenty of what-ifs to go around. But with a healthy Melia between the sticks, don’t count on Sporting KC being easy to break down in 2018. Honorable mentions2. Andre Blake: The 26-year-old’s record as a starter in 2017 is a travesty considering how good he was, making one highlight save after another to keep the Philadelphia Union in games despite playing behind one of the most inconsistent back lines in the league. 3. Zack Steffen: 2017 was a breakout year for the 22-year-old, who has long been considered a top prospect. He’ll be remembered for his playoff performances, and on the strength of those may have topped this list, but his regular season play was every bit as crucial in keeping the Crew viable throughout an up-and-down campaign. 4. Bill Hamid: His last season in MLS was a good one for the 26-year-old. Sitting behind a poor D.C. United team didn’t make life easy on him, but he posted 98 saves and six clean sheets in just 24 matches. 5. Stefan Frei: The 31-year-old continues to play a vital part for the Seattle Sounders and has grown into one of the top goalkeepers in MLS, posting another solid season in 2017. His knack for brilliant saves helped Seattle post the third-best defensive record in the league.