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Swansea’s Bradley wins first EPL match

first_imgLONDON (AP):After a difficult introduction to English Premier League (EPL) management, Bob Bradley’s wait for a win is over.Swansea’s players couldn’t achieve it the easy way for their trailblazing American coach.In the sixth game of his reign yesterday, Swansea tossed away a 3-1 lead against Crystal Palace to head into stoppage time trailing 4-3.Displaying the fighting spirit Swansea have lacked this season, Fernando Llorente found time to score twice and complete a wild 5-4 victory that lifted the south Wales club off the bottom of the standings.It shouldn’t have been so tough. After Wilfried Zaha gave Palace an early lead, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick and Leroy Fer’s double gave Swansea a 3-1 advantage. But the game unexpectedly swung back in Palace’s favour when James Tomkins and Christian Benteke scored either side of Jack Cork’s own goal in a nine-minute spell.”The character of the players came through,” Bradley said. “It’s been a difficult season so far, there have been a lot of things that just didn’t bounce the right way.”Yesterday they did, but not for Alan Pardew, whose Palace side slumped to a sixth successive league and are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Swansea climbed off the bottom and are two points from safety.The top of the table is unchanged after the top-three of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all won. City remain behind Liverpool on goal difference and a point adrift of leaders Chelsea.Other results: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 2; Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0; Burnley 1 Man City 2; LeiCeester 2 Middlesbrough 2; Hull 1 West Brom 1.last_img read more

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Victoria beat CSK via the Super Over

first_imgOpener Murali Vijay’s breezy 73 went in vain as Victoria Bushrangers snatched a dramatic win over Chennai Super Kings in a keenly contested Champions League Twenty20 Group A match that had to be decided via the Super Over in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.Riding on Vijay’s 53-ball innings, Chennai Super Kings posted 162 for six in 20 overs but then Victoria Bushrangers also managed the exact score and the encounter had to be stretched into the Super Over.With 12 runs required from the last over to win, Victoria lost two wickets in the form of Clint McKay (10) and Dirk Nannes (0) as medium pacer Suresh Raina scalped two wickets in successive deliveries.However, Raina could not stop the Australian side from equalling CSK score although they lost the 10th wicket in the form of Bryce McGain (0) in the last ball of the 20th over.In the Super Over, Aaron Finch and David Hussey hammered spinner R Ashwin to gather 23 runs from the six balls with the help of three huge sixes.In reply, Vijay and Suresh Raina could manage only 13 runs off McKay.Earlier, Chasing 163 to win, Victoria started on an attacking note with opener Finch taking on Chennai bowling attack head on.23-year-old Finch, who cracked four fours and three sixes during his brief but pacy innings, struck two successive fours in the third over off paceman Doug Bollinger.Chennai got their first success when Ashwin removed dangerous looking Finch in the fourth over. Finch mistimed a flick, the ball ballooned towards short cover and Ashwin took a diving catch after a short sprint.advertisementThe Australian side suffered another loss in the fifth over when Brad Hodge (6) fell prey to Bollinger and returned to the dugout, leaving Victoria at 49 for two.But from this condition captain Matthew Wade (31) and captain David Hussey took the initiative away from the Chennai camp with their attacking performance.David scored 51 off 45 balls with the help of four fours and a six.The duo badly battered medium pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji in the seventh over and took 17 runs off the six balls with the help of four fours before rain interrupted the game for a few minutes.Victoria was comfortably placed at 91 for two after the 10th over.But legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was the man who then changed the colour of the match by scalping two wickets in successive deliveries in the 12th over in the form of Wade and Andrew McDonald (0).last_img read more

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