INDIA completed a 3-0 whitewash in devastating fashion as a seven-wicket haul from R. Ashwin shot New Zealand out for 153 in their last innings of the series.India declared just under an hour from tea, after Cheteshwar Pujara had completed his eighth Test hundred, to set New Zealand a target of 475 and give themselves a day and a half to take 10 wickets. They only needed 44.5 overs, as New Zealand lost nine wickets for 115 runs in the post-tea session.Ashwin’s figures of 7 for 59 were his best in Test cricket, as were his match figures of 13 for 140. He picked up his 21st five-wicket haul, his sixth ten-wicket match haul, his seventh Player-of-the-Match award and seventh Player-of-the-Series award – fourth in a row – as well.There probably isn’t a more influential cricketer anywhere in the world today. Certainly no one has played a bigger part in India securing the No.1 Test ranking – a feat they got to celebrate when Virat Kohli was handed the ICC Test championship mace at the end of the match, in front of a capacity crowd in Indore.Set a similar task last year in another dead-rubber Test, on a similar slow turner at Feroz Shah Kotla, South Africa chose to block their way to a draw. They didn’t succeed, but they did make India toil for 143.1 overs.New Zealand, having until now given India a harder time on this tour than South Africa did in theirs, adopted an entirely different approach and collapsed spectacularly.Their two most accomplished batsmen, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, exemplified this approach. Both came out looking to attack Ashwin, their tormentor through the series, and ended up playing a part in their own undoing.Williamson hit Ashwin for three fours in his first two overs, either side of tea, but in that time also gave the bowler enough of a clue that he was looking to step across his stumps and play him with the turn as much as possible. He shuffled across again to the eleventh ball he faced from Ashwin, premeditatedly, and a flatter, quicker one turned in and trapped him in front.Like he had done to Kumar Sangakkara on the 2015 tour of Sri Lanka, Ashwin had dismissed Williamson four times in four innings.In his first over at the crease, Taylor jumped out and hit Ashwin over the top for a four and a six off successive balls. As Ashwin’s spell continued, he stepped out again to whip him over midwicket, and then drove him against the turn through the covers. Having gone to 32 off 24, though, he chanced a sweep off a ball that was too full for the shot. It sneaked under his bat and bowled him.Luke Ronchi, James Neesham and Martin Guptill all fell in the next seven overs, the latter two to Ravindra Jadeja, and it seemed almost certain that the match wouldn’t go into a fifth day.BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner hinted that it just might, while putting on 24 for the seventh wicket, but Ashwin came back to break their partnership, bowling over the wicket to the left-handed Santner and beating him with natural variation. Coming forward to defend, Santner inside-edged the ball into his pad and then onto the stumps.India didn’t have to wait too long for the eighth and ninth wickets, but Watling and Trent Boult briefly raised the possibility of their having to come back today to take the tenth, by putting on the longest partnership of the innings.They stuck around for 10.1 overs, causing India a bit of frustration – Jadeja bowled a 45kph donkey drop to Boult, Ashwin dragged down a legbreak to Watling – and threatening to take the fourth day into an extra half-hour, before Boult came down the track to drive Ashwin and popped back a waist-high return catch.India declared halfway through the morning session, one ball after Pujara brought up his hundred by helping a short ball from James Neesham to the fine leg boundary. It was a fitting way to reach the landmark, given that the area behind the wicket had fetched him 57 of his runs and six of his nine fours, with the lap-sweep and late cut his go-to shots against the spinners.Having gone to lunch batting on 50 off 98 balls, he had sped away to score 51 off 50 in the second session. At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane helped an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 58 to hurry along at 6.44 an over, stepping out to play his favourite chips down the ground and inside-out drives.Ahead by 276 overnight, India had only extended their lead by eight runs when M Vijay was run-out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Guptill in the eighth over of the morning.In walked Gautam Gambhir, who had retired hurt late on the third evening with a shoulder injury. His re-entry sparked an immediate upsurge in India’s run rate, as he took frequent singles against New Zealand’s one-day fields, and pounced on anything remotely loose, his standout shot a drive drilled past extra-cover off Boult.Gambhir’s urgency rubbed off on Pujara as well. He ran as fast as his troubled knees would take him, ending up with a dirt-streaked shirt from all the times he had to dive into the crease, and looked outside his usual repertoire of shots, even jumping out of his crease at one point to flat-bat Boult back over his head.The pair added 76 for the second wicket before Gambhir fell for 50 off 56 balls, chipping Jeetan Patel to short extra-cover. Kohli, the first-innings double-centurion, fell in the sixth over after lunch, given lbw looking to sweep Patel although replays suggested the ball may have struck his pad outside the line of off stump.With nine overs to bat out before tea, New Zealand lost one wicket, Umesh Yadav going around the wicket in his first over and attacking the stumps to get Tom Latham lbw playing around his front pad.New Zealand were 38 for 1 at tea. They probably would not have imagined that it would all be over after just one more session.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Community College’s Marine Technology Program were out at Rockport State Park to learn how to use some drone technology along with underwater ROV’s.Four Marine Tech Alpena Community College students expanded their minds working endlessly at Rockport State Park learning how to operate ROVs in water along with drones.The students broke up into teams and worked as drone operators and ROV techs trying to find shipwrecks along with other items in Lake Huron.Working as an under water pilot during the project, marine tech student Andrew Fredrick said he enjoys learning the different ways to see things under water.The goal was to capture images to show how each program can possibly be used in other settings, as well as a way of showing how programs at the college tend to work together.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, Drones, ROVsContinue ReadingPrevious Senior Expo Coming to Alpena Aplex WednesdayNext Thunder Bay Theatre Hosting Anniversary Event this Weekend Find Out Details!
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments Share “Drew’s just got to do a good job of finding other guys. We’re capable, from a skill-position standpoint, to get everybody involved and make plays.”Goodwin went on to say it’s important to be disciplined and patient while taking what the defense gives them, but it’s the part where he mentioned “Drew” that jumps out.“Drew,” of course, is Drew Stanton, the backup quarterback who would be in line to start Thursday if Carson Palmer is not cleared from the concussion protocol in time. On Monday, head coach Bruce Arians indicated there was a chance Palmer could be ready in time, but would not know for sure until Wednesday when the team was set to leave for the Bay Area.Though he is the offensive coordinator, Goodwin is not one to divulge injury news, and Arians said Tuesday that Palmer has been with the team in meetings and going through everything mentally, but that his status going forward is in the doctors’ hands.And when pressed on his comment that it would be up to Stanton to make sure the ball is thrown in the right place, and if that meant he was going to start Thursday, Goodwin did his best to backtrack.“Not necessarily,” he said. “Drew was out there today, so whoever is out there is out there. It’s not a big issue to us. Follow Adam Green on Twitter “I could play quarterback. I’ve still got to do my job and we’ve got to play.”Goodwin made sure to reaffirm that he could play quarterback, though the hope is it does not get to that point. If Palmer is out, as many would expect him to be, the nod will go to Stanton, who started eight games in 2014 but only appeared in mop-up duty last season and then was inserted late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Rams.His task Thursday, should he be the starter, is to prevent a team with Super Bowl aspirations from falling to 1-4 on the season and into last place in the NFC West.“I think that is why I’m here, to fulfill these kinds of opportunities if it presents itself,” he said on Monday. “That all remains to be seen, and again, last game is behind now and unfortunately I didn’t do what I was hoping to do and really what I thought I was going to do. Now it’s time to move on and prepare for San Francisco and try to win a division game.”Arians and Goodwin both said the offense would not change if Stanton starts, and Fitzgerald echoed those thoughts.“This is Drew’s fifth season now with Coach Arians; he was there one year in Indianapolis with him, he’s been here four years with him, with us,” he said. “He has a great understanding of the system; he knows the system better than anybody because he’s been in it the longest. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Nothing’s going to change — we’re still going to take our shots — and he has full command of the offense.”Stanton has appeared in 18 games as a Cardinal, with eight of those coming as the starter. He has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 1,863 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.In relief of Palmer Sunday, he completed 4-of-11 passes for 37 yards with two interceptions, the second of which came on a desperation heave into the end zone as time expired on the loss. The 32-year-old is not Palmer and is the backup for a reason, but if he is under center against the 49ers, Fitzgerald is confident there is nothing he can’t do.In fact, there are some positive differences between Stanton and Palmer.“Drew has a very strong arm, he can make all the throws, he understands the reads and the progression and where he’s going,” Fitzgerald said, before smiling. “The only thing, and Carson probably wouldn’t like me saying this, but if Drew plays, he’s probably a little bit better of an athlete. He’s probably a little better.“Last year, Carson tripped on the goal line getting into the end zone with nobody around. Drew would never trip like that.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Tuesday afternoon, when answering a question about Larry Fitzgerald’s dominance over the San Francisco 49ers, Cardinals offensive coordinator may have let slip a tasty bit of information pertaining to Thursday night’s game.“Just normal,” Goodwin said of what the offense does to get the ball to No. 11. “B.A. has certain things dialed up for him to get the ball. Obviously everybody knows he’s our No. 1 receiver, so they’re probably going to try to do a good job of stopping him.