Glassdoor Q4 CEO Watch List: Another One Bites the Dust – Rob Glaser

first_imgSince Glassdoor began reviewing CEO approval ratings in 2008, we’ve been monitoring the lowest-rated CEOs on Glassdoor.com through our quarterly Watch List. Since then, six CEOs from the list left their respective buildings – until last week, when Rob Glaser of Real Networks brought the number to seven. Glaser was on the list in the first three quarters of 2009, and although his approval rating had edged up slightly in Q4, last week it was announced he is leaving the company, effective immediately. As of January 1, 2010, Glaser’s approval rating was 21%. He joins a notable group of now departed CEOs:The CEO ratings report is based on quarterly analysis conducted by Glassdoor’s analytics team to see which leaders (with a minimum of 50 CEO ratings) are gaining points among their employees and which ones are worthy of making the CEO watch list. The Top and Bottom rated CEOs are outlined below.The CEO Watch List* (Lowest Rated CEOs):Frost & Sullivan CEO Krishna Srinivasan is the lowest rated CEO on our Watch List for the second quarter in a row. At the end of Q4, he had a 3% approval rating. Srinivasan is followed by LexisNexis’ Andy Prozes (7% approval), and Xilinx’s Moshe Gavrielov (10% approval).Here are some recent reviews from employees with one of the three lowest rated CEOs:“Krishna is a smart guy but the bloke has not worked anywhere else in his life so he does not have any idea of what world class companies look like.” – Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst (Palo Alto, CA)In advice to senior management, a Xilinx Staff Software Engineer writes: “Xilinx needs to return to its core values, placing people above profits. Cutting vital engineering jobs is a short-sighted strategy that only serves to demoralize the workforce and weaken the products.”“Please either drop the “employee engagement” campaign or put your best effort behind it.” – LexisNexis Manager (Cary, NC)While there does appear to be a correlation between the Glassdoor list of lowest-rated companies and low CEO approval ratings, five companies on the Watch List run counter to this trend as employees rate their opinion of the company as “satisfied” (3.5 or higher) or “neutral” (2.5 – 3.4) versus “dissatisfied” (2.4 or lower). The company satisfaction ratings ask employees how they would rate: career opportunities, communication, compensation & benefits, employee morale, recognition & feedback, senior leadership, work/life balance, and fairness & respect.Of these companies with neutral ratings, Sun Microsystems has the highest company rating (3.2) on the Watch List, but CEO Johnathan I. Schwartz has just a 20% approval rating from employees (as of 1/1/10). Others companies with low CEO approval rating but moderate company ratings include:• Amgen: 3.1 company rating, CEO Kevin W. Sharer 20%• Pfizer: 3.0 company rating, CEO Jeff Kindler 19% approval• Kimberly-Clark: 2.8 company rating, CEO Tom Falk 18% rating• Nortel Networks: 2.8 company rating, CEO Mike S. Zafirovski 11% approval ratingHighest Rated CEOs*The highest rated CEO is General Mills CEO Ken Powell who for four consecutive quarters has made the #1 CEO on Glassdoor.com – he holds a 96% approval rating. Powell has held on to a very stable approval rating among his employees. Plus it can’t hurt Ken Powell when his company reports positive earnings in one of the worst recessions in history.Powell is followed by Southwest Airline’s Gary Kelly (94% approval) and Apple’s Steve Jobs (91% approval). Notably Southwest Airlines and General Mills, respectively, were the top two highest rated companies in Glassdoor’s Annual Employees Choice Awards, 50 Best Places to Work in 2010. Apple came in #22.“Work Life Balance -the company encourages people to do what it takes to be their best at work.” – General Mills Sourcing Manager (Golden Valley, MN)“Southwest really tries to take care of their employees with good communication materials, open discussions between upper management and junior employees, and good relations between the TWU and IAM unions representing southwest employees.” – Southwest Airlines Ramp Agent (location n/a)“Great Atmosphere. Helpful colleagues. Lot’s of enthusiasm. Helpful management with lots of training.” – Apple Hardware Engineer (location n/a)How does your CEO rate? Want to sound off on your approval or disapproval? Be sure to complete a review and rate your company and CEO (https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm). Don’t worry: it’s anonymous.We’d love to hear from you about your past work experiences and how a good or not so good CEO has impacted your career or job satisfaction.* Ratings provided as of 1/1/10last_img read more

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Financial Services Industry Report Card; Susquehanna International Group and Goldman Sachs…

first_imgIn an industry closely affected by the markets ups and downs, it looks like good news may be on the horizon as many financial service companies have the green light to start adding to their employee rosters. According to 109 investment banking, private equity, venture capital, asset management and other financial firms that took part in the 2010 Summer Finance Employee Outlook Survey  conducted by the AnEx Advantage Training and Associate Program, 74% asserted that hiring in the finance sector would improve within the next 12 months.In the latest Glassdoor industry report card*, our data analysts dug into employee sentiment at more than 100 companies in the financial services industry, including  top name accounting firms, asset management companies, banks, brokerages, credit card companies, mutual fund managers, as well as transaction, credit and collections companies.  To be included in the evaluation, companies had to have at least 20 reviews submitted by employees on Glassdoor.com.The Highlights:The highest rated financial sector companies (on a 5-point scale) include: Susquehanna International Group LLP (4.0), Goldman Sachs (3.8), Scottrade (3.7), Brown Brothers Harriman (3.6), Capital Group (3.6) and RBC Financial Group (3.6).The highest rated CEOs within the financial services industry include Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd C. Blankfein (97%), Susquehanna International Group’s Jeff Yass (96%), BB&T’s Kelly S. King (96%), RBC Financial Group’s Gordon M. Nixon (96%) and T. Rowe Price’s James A. C. Kennedy (95%).  (Based on CEOs who have received 20 approval ratings or more).Below breaks down companies within the industry by going a bit deeper than overall rating. As part of the Glassdoor survey, employees are asked to rate eight workplace and cultural attributes, making it easy to compare differences among companies.Large Investment Banks: Following Goldman Sachs in terms of overall company rating is Morgan Stanley (3.3), followed by both Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase (3.2), and CitiGroup closes out this group with a 2.5. When we look at workplace factors for these large investment banks, Goldman Sachs has the lead in seven of the  eight categories  —  it’s Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch  that receives the highest work/life balance rating (3.6) compared to competitors.The “Big Four” Accounting Firms: Ernst & Young edges out the other three with a 3.5 company rating, followed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (3.4), KPMG (3.4) and Deloitte (3.3). Within the breakout for company ratings, Ernst & Young receives the highest ratings across five of the eight unique workplace factors: employee morale (3.7), communication (3.6), work/life balance (3.5), recognition & feedback (3.4) and, fairness & respect (3.3). However, while ratings are competitive when it comes to satisfaction with compensation & benefits, Ernst & Young receives a slightly lower rating (3.2) than competitors who all receive a 3.3.Credit card companies: American Express and Capital One come out on top with a 3.5 company rating, followed by Discover and Mastercard, each with a 3.2 rating, then VISA with a 2.5 rating. When we look at the workplace factors for credit card companies, Mastercard receives the highest satisfaction rating when it comes to compensation & benefits (3.8). Discovers rates the best in terms of work/life balance (4.2). And in terms career opportunities, American Express and Capitol One tie (3.3).Banks: According to the National Information Center, a repository of financial data and institution characteristics collected by the Federal Reserve System, the four largest banks in terms of assets as of March 2010 are Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, CitiGroup and Wells Fargo. But how do they compare as employers? JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo are the highest rated of the largest US banks with a 3.2 company rating. Bank of America comes in third with a 3.1, followed by CitiGroup with a 2.7.  When it comes to the banks, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo tie for the greatest satisfaction when it comes to compensation & benefits (3.5) but when we look at satisfaction with career opportunities, Bank of America and Wells Fargo tie (3.2).Below is the complete break out of financial services companies with at least 20 reviews on Glassdoor.  If you are in the industry, see how your company rates compared to others. If you don’t see your company on this financial services report card, it likely does not meet the minimum number of reviews.  Help change that by sharing a company review of your own and tell us what’s working and what needs improvement.* The financial services industry report is based on companies who have received at least 20 employee ratings on Glassdoor. Report based on ratings as of July 28, 2010. ¹ Represents CEOs with less than 20 reviews.last_img read more

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Laid Off? 5 Ways To “Slash” Your Way Back To Work

first_imgLast month, more than 165,500 people were laid off in the United States, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those job losses were part of mass layoffs; some 391 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector alone. A look at national headlines shows that layoffs continue and aren’t expected to slow down anytime soon.If you are (or suspect you might become) one of the unlucky laid-off American workers, it might be a good time to consider diversifying your income sources. In her book, One Person/Multiple Careers, Marci Alboher popularized the term “slasher” for those who can’t answer the question “What do you do?” with a single word or phrase. For the book, she interviewed hundreds of people pursuing multiple careers simultaneously, from lawyer/chefs to surgeon/playwrights and mom/CEOs, and found that many of today’s most fulfilling lives are the ones filled with slashes.While some people prefer “slashing” to maintain control of their own work lives and keep things interesting, others resort to working in various jobs out of necessity. Even if slashing isn’t your first choice for a career, now might be a good time to open your mind to the possibilities. Here are five ideas to help you start the process of finding your own potential slash career:1.      Write thank you notes. When dealing with a layoff, gratitude may not come naturally. But Alboher says it’s a good time to send handwritten thank you notes to the people who have helped you in your career thus far. You never know; touching base with supportive people from your past may spark ideas of your own or inspire them to call you up with a new opportunity. 2.      Mine your passions. Have you always dreamed of being a chef? Doing stand-up comedy? Owning a bookstore? If you have a nagging dream that just won’t go away, now is a good time to pursue it. Even if you don’t launch a full-time business, consider taking a part-time position that would get you closer to your ultimate goal. When a new job opportunity arises, you’ll be a slasher.3.      Take a course. Money may be tight, but you have lots of time on your hands. Why not splurge for a community college class on photography, cooking, writing, speaking, music or some other topic in which you’re interested? Get to know your instructor and brainstorm ideas to make money with your new skill. Maybe you could bake and sell cakes for children’s birthday parties, perform at a neighborhood club, or sell your photos on a stock photography website. 4.      Leave your job on good terms. If you suspect you may be laid off, don’t leave in a huff. Instead, “continue to do good work, and touch base with those in the senior ranks who may be able to give you some insights about what is going on,” writes Alboher in the New York Times. Making positive connections with superiors may keep you on their minds if they ever need a consultant with your skill set.5.       Fulfill a need. Is there a product or service you wish you could purchase but isn’t available? Maybe you want organic dog food you can afford, or an easy way to change the oil in your car on your own. If so, chances are other people share your desire for this product or service. So why not figure out how to make or provide it, and you’ve got yourself a side business.last_img read more

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Icardi delight at another winner

first_imgInter captain Mauro Icardi revelled in scoring a late winner to beat AC Milan for the second Serie A season in a row.Icardi’s hat-trick settled the derby last term and he was the decisive factor again in a 1-0 win for Luciano Spalletti’s side on Sunday.Gianluigi Donnarumma misjudged a brilliant right-wing Matias Vecino cross, leaving Icardi the simple task of nodding in his sixth goal in six games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And after sending Inter up to third by earning their seventh straight win in all competitions, Icardi was thrilled to have downed Milan again, having earlier had a goal ruled out for offside.”Derbies have to be won, we’ve been saying it all week,” Icardi said to Sky Sport Italia.”We had chances, hit the woodwork, had a goal disallowed, so we deserved to win it for what we created over the 90 minutes.”Winning it like this at the 92nd minute, that makes it even more enjoyable.”7 – Inter have scored seven goals in the last 15 minutes of play, the most in Serie A this season. Believe, #InterMilan — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 21, 2018 After Juventus dropped points for the first time this season by drawing against Genoa on Saturday, Inter move to within six points of the champions.And Icardi indicated Inter believe they can mount a Scudetto push having secured a return to the Champions League last season.”We must continue like this,” Icardi added. “I said before going on international duty [with Argentina] that Inter have to win for all these wonderful fans at San Siro, and for us, because we must get used to winning consistently and making a habit out of victory.”It’s up to us to find consistency, then we’ll see at the end of the season where we are. We have to continue like this and keep picking up the wins. We know the potential in our squad and that we can fight it out with everyone.”last_img read more

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Solari’s journey to Real Madrid began with an American detour

first_imgWhen Santiago Solari was named interim manager by Real Madrid on Monday, it wasn’t difficult to remember his accomplished career as a player. From his time at River Plate, to his tenure as a role player on Real Madrid’s Galactico teams, to his stint at Inter Milan, Solari’s career took him around the world, but what goes often overlooked is that his journey from his childhood in Rosario, Argentina to the Bernabeu included a very early and important detour through the United States.Before Solari starred at River Plate, was capped by Argentina, or helped set up Zinedine Zidane’s timeless Champions League winner in 2002, he was a skinny 17-year-old kid playing Division 3 college soccer for a small college just 30 minutes from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Those fortunate enough to see him play during that time remember a highly skilled and intelligent player who was technically gifted and read the game at a different level than his opponents, who often resorted to fouling him rather than trying to cope with his superior ability.”Obviously he was at a different level with his runs, and a lot of stuff where he was playing chess and a lot of us were playing checkers,” Tim Lenahan, who was Solari’s coach at Richard Stockton College, told Goal.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! How did Solari wind up playing small-time college soccer in America?It was the summer of 1994, and the World Cup was kicking off in the United States that year. The Saudi Arabia national team settled into the campus of a small New Jersey college located an hour southeast of Philadelphia. Stockton University, known then as Richard Stockton College, was chosen as the base camp for Saudi Arabia, coached at the time by Jorge “El Indio” Solari, and assisted by his brother Eduardo. Lenahan was a part-time head soccer coach at Richard Stockton then, and took a leave of absence from his full-time job as an IT professional to manage Saudi Arabia’s training camp site.During the five-week training camp, Lenahan and Eduardo developed a friendship, helped by what wound up being a successful World Cup run for Saudi Arabia, which played its group matches in Washington D.C. and at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. During that time, Lenahan suggested to Eduardo that his 17-year-old son Santiago spend a semester attending college at Richard Stockton, playing soccer for Lenahan, and experiencing a different culture before jumping into the world of professional soccer. The Solaris liked the idea and decided to give it a try.”It was not a soccer experience,” Santiago Solari told Soccer America in 2001 of his time at Richard Stockton, “but it was an experience about life, about meeting people, about knowing a different culture and different ways of thinking. It opened up my head.”Santiago Solari Full Image Richard StocktonThe experience had a lasting impact on Solari, who served as an English-language World Cup analyst during the 2014 World Cup.”I loved the idea of studying in the United States and learning English better,” Solari said. “I had a really good time. I was there for three or four months and played for the team at Stockton. I had to come back because I had an opportunity to play for River Plate in the reserves. But the experience was really good for me.””Even to make that decision at that age, to come so you can improve your English and grow and be independent for the first time, even to make that decision puts him light years above other kids,” Lenahan said.”Being able to come here at 17 and to grow in a nurturing environment before going through the pro system, I think helped him so when he made the moves later on from Rosario to Buenos Aires, then to Madrid, he was able to handle those transitions better.”Lenahan knew he had a special talent on his hands back in 1994, but didn’t know just how good Solari would be.”I thought he would go down and be a great pro in Argentina,” Lenahan said. “Did I think he and I would be lifting the Champions League trophy after he just played 90 minutes and assisted on the greatest goal in Champions League history eight years later? No, I didn’t know that.”Santiago Solari Tim Lenahan 2002 Champions League TrophySolari did show Lenahan a glimpse of the drive that would help him achieve so much success, even when he was just 18 years old. Lenahan remembers Solari responding to having missed a clear look at goal in a close win by taking to the practice field alone the next day and practicing the same shot he missed over and over.”The game was on a Friday night and he took the ball bag out the next day and I don’t know how many shots he shot from that same spot,” Lenahan said. “Eight years later I’m watching the Champions League, he subs in against Porto and gets that same shot and tucks it right in the corner.”The old adage is good players do it till they get it right, the great ones do it till they can’t get it wrong. Santiago had that drive.”Santiago Solari Tim Lenahan ScarfNow in his 18th season as the head coach of Division 1 Northwestern University, Lenahan has remained in close contact with Solari, visiting Madrid every year. The two also crossed paths in Chicago in 2013, when Lionel Messi held a charity match there and wound up needing players to fill out the teams.Lenahan reached out to some of his former Northwestern players, who wound up playing next to the likes of Messi, Thierry Henry and Solari. It was a match best remembered for an audacious bicycle kick scored by one of Lenahan’s former players, Matt Eliason. Lenahan has produced a documentary about Eliason’s goal and subsequent journey to revive his professional soccer career.Lenahan has even established a Real Madrid connection to his current college team, with freshman forward Jose Del Valle joining Lenahan’s team from Real Madrid’s academy after meeting him during one of Lenahan’s visits to Spain.As for Solari’s new role as interim coach of Real Madrid, Lenahan is confident that his old friend is up to the challenge, even if the team he has inherited is a flawed one.”It’s a little different than Zidane because ZIdane had a pre-made team that wasn’t achieving,” Lenahan said. “This team may be underachieving a bit, but I don’t think it’s the class of the league either.”I think he’ll treat the players with respect, and I think they’ll play for him. If it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks or months, then it’s still an unbelievable experience for his career, and if not at Real Madrid he’ll be a first-division coach somewhere in the world.”I’m not ruling out somewhere west of Spain. [David] Beckham was a teammate of his so who knows,” Lenahan said, referring to Beckham’s ownership of an MLS team in Miami that will begin play in 2020. Solari and Beckham were teammates for two seasons at Real Madrid.While Lenahan takes great pride in having coached a UEFA Champions League winner, he isn’t exactly trying to take credit for Solari’s success.”My running joke is because of my coaching he made the first team at River Plate at 19,” Lenahan said. “Because without my coaching he would have made it at 18.”last_img read more

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Angry Spurs shut down Pochettino to Man Utd questions

first_imgTottenham refused to allow questions about Mauricio Pochettino being linked to the Manchester United manager’s job at a news conference on Thursday.Pochettino has been tipped as the leading candidate to permanently replace Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed on an interim basis following the Portuguese’s departure.The Argentinian manager insisted his sole focus was on Spurs when he faced the media on Tuesday and the club were unwilling to allow him to field similar questions ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! When a reporter attempted to ask a question relating to comments made by Les Reed, who was technical director at Southampton when Pochettino left the club for Tottenham in 2014, he was met with a swift rebuttal from Spurs’ head of communications Simon Felstein.”We’ve gone over Manchester United and the manager before. Anything to do with Manchester United we’ve heard 48 hours ago. I’m not prepared to have another press conference dominated by this,” he said.”Your man was here on Tuesday and asked the same questions, so I’m not prepared to have it again. So I’d ask you to move on.”When the stance was questioned by the reporter, Felstein responded: “With respect I’m saying move it on. We invite you here to preview a football match and you’re coming in and you’re asking our manager about another job. I’m sorry.”The Tottenham boss was seemingly entertained by the exchange and interjected with a humorous quip.”You’re going to be the star of the press conference,” Pochettino told Felstein with a smile.When it was put to Felstein the rumours would continue for months, he added: “Okay, fine. Let people speculate. We’re not having our press conferences dominated by it, there’s plenty else to talk about.”Speaking on Sky Sports’ Debate programme, Reed said of Pochettino: “He was being courted when we were still playing games and he never lost his focus, worked just as hard. I think he’ll carry on doing that at Spurs.”Pochettino has been highlighted as the favourite to step in and take the job full-time at Old Trafford at the end of the season, with former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp believing that he will leave for the Red Devils. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Fabregas: I’m slower but I’ll never lose my technique

first_imgCesc Fabregas believes his technical quality has never abated even if he has begun to lose “sharpness”, with the midfielder expected to leave Chelsea for Monaco.Fabregas captained Chelsea to a 2-0 FA Cup win at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, bidding what looked to be an emotional farewell to the Stamford Bridge crowd at the end of the game.Alvaro Morata appeared to confirm Fabregas would leave Chelsea on social media, writing on Instagram: “You do not know how much I’m going to miss you!” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Reports have indicated the 31-year-old will hold talks with Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco on Sunday ahead of a reunion with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, who took over as head coach in October.And despite missing a penalty against Forest, Fabregas insists the technique he has shown throughout his career will not leave him as he reaches the final years of his playing days.”It is always something that I have had, and it feels like growing up and getting older, it is one of those things that really does never go away because it is technique,” he told Chelsea’s website.”Physicality goes away from all of us unfortunately when you get older, you lose speed, you lose some sharpness, but technique I think is something that always stays with you when you have something, so hopefully it can stay with me for a very long time yet.”With the penalty, when I stopped in the middle of my run, I saw the goalkeeper going down and I thought that I had it, so yes, it is unfortunate but the day I did 100 caps for Spain I also missed a penalty!”It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years. It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast.”In football you have to be ready every three days, you have to live with criticism, you have to live with everyone saying how good you are – up and downs – and you just think I am young, I have time but time really does fly, so enjoy every single second of it.”2 – Callum Hudson-Odoi is the first teenager to assist two goals in a single competitive fixture for Chelsea since Scott Sinclair versus Leicester in October 2007 (League Cup). Sparkling. pic.twitter.com/LBOVauSKwW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 5, 2019Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed in the Forest win, setting up both of Morata’s goals, and Fabregas backed the teenager – linked with a move to Bayern Munich – to have a bright future.”He has got everything to make it in world football,” the Spaniard added. “I have told him that if he does not really make it at the very top, I will be disappointed because he is one of these talents you can see can be fantastic.”He can be world-class, so he just needs to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard. He is a humble boy, he really loves playing football and hopefully he can really make it very soon.”last_img read more

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Hashim Amla slams century in 100th Test, joins august company

first_imgHashim Amla on Thursday joined an elite list of players to have struck century in their 100th Test. Amla became the eighth batsman ever to hit a hundred in his 100th game of the longest format when he reached the landmark against Sri Lanka on the first day of the third Test at Johannedburg.He also joined fellow South African and his former captain Graeme Smith in achieving the feat.The elite list comprises of Colin Cowdrey (1968), Javed Miandad (1989), Gordon Greenidge (1990), Alec Stewart (2000), Inzamam-ul-Haq (2005), Ricky Ponting (2006) and Graeme Smith (2012). Interestingly, Ponting holds the record for scoring hundreds in each innings of his 100th Test.Amla, who also became the eighth player to play 100 or more Tests for South Africa, struck his 26th hundred to surpass Inzamam’s tally of 25 hundreds and has now equalled West Indies great Sir Garry Sobers’ record.The 33-year-old played a fantastic knock to hit another century for which he had to wait for almost a year. Amla scored his last hundred against England on January 22, 2016 in Centurion. In the same match he scored 96 in the second innings but could only manage two more fifties after that the entire year.In 2016, Amla played nine matches and batted in 15 innings in which he scored a total of 729 runs at 48.60, including two hundreds and three fifties.last_img read more

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Lindsey Vonn just happy to be racing again after 13th place in women’s World Cup

first_imgLindsey Vonn said she was just happy to be competing again after finishing 13th in her comeback race, a re-scheduled women’s World Cup downhill in the Austrian resort of Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, on SundayThe four times World Cup overall champion, and 2010 Olympic downhill champion, had not raced for 322 days since she suffered a knee injury in Andorra late last February and then broke her arm in training in Colorado.The 32-year-old American needed surgery after the November accident, requiring an intensive program of rehabilitation. She also suffered lingering nerve damage.”I felt like I was skiing pretty well, just not quite on the limit yet,” she said on Sunday.”For me, it’s not really a matter of the results, I’m just happy to be racing again. Of course I have higher expectations for myself, but considering the condition and the fact that we had a training run and a race in the same day, I think it was pretty good.”Thursday and Friday training were cancelled due to heavy snowfall and a further session was then scrapped on Saturday with the race moved to Sunday and a scheduled Combined cancelled.Austria’s Christine Scheyer won the race, her first on the World Cup circuit and from a 25th place starting position, with Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather second and American Jackie Wiles third — the first World Cup podium finish of her career.Switzerland’s Lara Gut finished fourth and trimmed U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s overall World Cup lead to 315 points. Shiffrin, the 2014 Olympic slalom champion, did not race on Sunday.advertisementTwo top 10 skiers crashed in training and saw their seasons ended on Sunday, with Italian Nadia Fanchini suffering a fracture to her right humerus that will require surgery in Italy.Edit Miklos of Hungary sustained a severe right knee injury, rupturing ligaments.The Alpine world championships are in St. Moritz, Switzerland, from Feb. 6 to 19.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Leander Paes-Martina Hingis enter mixed doubles quarters

first_imgLeander Paes and Martina Hingis sailed into the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open with straight sets win over Matt Reid and Casey Dellacqua on Monday.The Indo-Swiss pair took just 54 minutes to get the better of Reid and Dellacqua 6-2, 6-3 in the second round encounter. (Latest Tennis stories)It was total domination from Paes and Hingis as they took control of the match from the onset and didn’t give their Australian rivals any opportunity to forge a comeback.The Indo-Swiss pair broke Dellacqua in the fourth game to gain an early lead.Leading 5-2, Paes and Hingis broke Dellacqua again to pocket the first set with a near-flawless show in 24 minutes.Paes and Hingis’ domination could be gauged from the fact that they committed just one unforced error in the first set as against seven by their opponents.While Hingis controlled the baseline, Paes was near perfect at the net, converting almost every time he approached the net.The second set was no different as Paes and Hingis secured a break in the eighth game to go 5-3 up and then held their serve to seal the set and the match.Paes and Hingis will now face the winner of another second round match between Samantha Stosur-Samuel Groth and Darija Jurak-Jean-Julien Rojer, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane hails Real Madrid’s patience in crucial win over Betis

first_imgZinedine Zidane praised his Real Madrid side for coming through a testing game with Real Betis to win 2-1 at the Bernabeu on Sunday and knock rivals Barcelona off the top of La Liga.Real fell behind to an embarrassing own goal by goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the first half but turned things around with a diving header from top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo before the break and a late headed goal by captain Sergio Ramos from a corner.Real top the standings on 62 points, two above Barcelona who suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Deportivo La Coruna four days after their epic 6-1 win over Paris St Germain at the Nou Camp took them into the Champions League quarter-finals.Zidane’s side also have a game in hand on Barca and third-placed Sevilla in their bid for a first Liga title since 2012.”We didn’t have it all our own way and that’s normal, but I am happy. We must congratulate all the players because we had to be patient, the result was fair in the end even if it didn’t all go our way for the whole game,” Zidane told reporters.”They (Betis) played most of the game in their own half, they defended well and caused us problems on the counter attack but we’re happy with the result because it wasn’t easy. The pressure was on us but it doesn’t end here, there’s still a lot to play for and we know that.”Betis were the third team in four games to take the lead against Real after Las Palmas and Napoli and on each occasion Zidane’s side got back in the game with a goal from a set piece.advertisement”I’d be more relaxed if we went two or three goals up at the start of every games, but this is just the way things go,” the Frenchman said.”We know that we’re capable of scoring at any time. Today we showed patience when the going got tough and we kept our heads. We know that we’re a threat from set pieces, but I’d like us to score more goals from open play.”Zidane also backed Navas after Real fans booed the keeper, who turned a soft shot from Antonio Sanabria into his own net and had been fortunate not to be sent off earlier in the match for upending Betis winger Darko Brasanac.The Costa Rican compensated for his howler, however, with a vital save to prevent Sanabria from equalising in added time.”Everyone makes mistakes, they’re part of the game and everyone supported him in the dressing room at halftime,” added Zidane.”Keylor has a big personality and he made a great stop at the end. He made up for the mistake and made sure we got all three points.”last_img read more

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Football with one goal: Indian, African youth play for harmony

first_imgBy Kunal DuttGreater Noida, Apr 5 (PTI) Its critics may wryly call the game a collision sport, but it was football which came to the rescue of ruptured Indo-African ties today, days after four Nigerian students lay bruised and battered in this Uttar Pradesh township.With Colombian singer Shakiras Waka Waka, the official song of 2010 FIFA world cup in South Africa playing in the background, Indian and African students played football alongside and not against each other as they attempted to put behind the unpleasant memories.Banking on the healing power of sports, the local administration organised a friendly match at the Knowledge Park to eliminate the bad blood caused by the incidents, which were condemned as racist attacks by African envoys in India.”A few incidents should not mar the long-standing ties between India and Africa. And this initiative is to heal the wounds that may have inadvertently been inflicted in our relationship.”This is to create harmony at the micro-level and eventually present a model of spreading the message of peace that can be replicated elsewhere,” Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh told PTI.The match was organised by the district administration in association with Sharda University.”Both sides have a mix of players, comprising Indian and African students. The idea is to make them intermingle on the ground as we would want them to do so off the ground. Both Indian and African students from the university were excited about the football match, which they concurred will help in improving the ties between the two sides, both diplomatic and people-to-people.advertisement24-year-old Tinashe Munanga from Zimbabwe who is pursuing BBA course at Sharda University said, “We need to dismantle stereotypes we harbour about each other, especially the wrong perception that many in India have about Africa, like it is place of the poor and underdeveloped.””This game is definitely a good beginning but we need to take it to the higher level,” said Munanga, who played the game.Nabeel, an Indian student pursuing BTech final year at the university said, “The message would be loud and clear. Sports has power to connect and I hope this match will help heal some of the wounds that may have been inflicted psychologically on our African friends.”The 50-minute match was played on the ground located opposite the Mandela Hostel of the university which has a fairly large number of students from Africa. “For a few days after the incident many African students did not come to classes. Those living outside did not come to the campus as the incident had definitely affected them mentally. With this match we want to tell them that they are welcome in India and need not worry,” said Tarun Negi, a BBA student. Senior diplomats from Senegal, Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia and two guests from Uganda and Tanzania attended the event. “There would also be song and dance performances later, again by a mixed troupe of students from both countries. We really want them to understand each others culture, and what better way than through sports, music and dance,” Singh said. PTI KND SK SKlast_img read more

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Now or never: When you want – and don’t want – urgency in marketing

first_imgWhen I speak about compelling people to action, I keep coming back to the principle of urgency. It’s one thing to get someone to want to do something — it’s quite another to get someone to do something, now.Some new research suggests one context when it’s perhaps best to make your issue sound far into the future – and far from urgent: when you are trying to get people to do something they’re likely to resist.Inside Influence report says If your coworkers volunteer for a weekend at a local homeless shelter, their evaluations of that task are likely to differ depending on whether you’re asking about the upcoming weekend or a weekend eight months from now. If you are asking them about the upcoming weekend, your coworkers are likely to focus on the concrete costs they will incur if they agree to volunteer. For instance, they may focus on the fact that they won’t have the opportunity to go shopping, watch television, or catch up on sleep due to their volunteering. On the other hand, if you are asking your coworkers about volunteering on a weekend eight months from now, they are much more likely to evaluate the proposition at a much more general level, including how the request relates to their own general values, morals, and ideology. What this translates to is that those considering the request to volunteer months from now are less likely to ask themselves whether they want to do it and more likely to ask themselves whether they should do it (“Is it the right thing to do?”). Realizing that being helpful is consistent with their values, they are more likely to say yes and to follow through with that commitment.People are more likely to agree to a gas tax that happens four years in the future than one happening this year. And research by Richard Thaler and Shlomo Benartzi has showed they could drastically boost participation rates in 401(k) plans when instead of asking workers to participate in the program immediately, they asked workers to commit to putting a portion of their future salary increases into the plan:Although this program was successful for many reasons, one central reason is that it effectively shifted workers’ thoughts about the program from the concrete costs associated with it (“I’ll have less money in my paycheck each month.”) to how this program would help them achieve their broader values and goals (“I should do this because it’s important and the right thing to do for my family.”)Bottom line? If you have a tough call to action, let people put it off to another day. They might just say yes.last_img read more

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6 Key Factors for Obtaining Major Gifts to Your Nonprofit

first_img[Editor’s note: If you ever wanted to know how to position your organization for major gift success, look no further. In this guest post, nonprofit expert and Bloomerang CEO Jay Love has distilled critical tips for creating a solid transformational gifts strategy. Check out the recommendations and let us know how you plan to put them into practice for your nonprofit.]After reading the groundbreaking research within Million-Dollar-Ready: Assessing the Institutional Factors that Lead to Major Gifts, by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Johnson, Grossnickle, and Associates, I realized that virtually every factor they mention can have an impact on larger gifts for other nonprofits, too.The outstanding report examines the characteristics of higher education institutions that consistently attract publicly reported gifts of $1 million or more. The study drew on a unique data set of 1,449 higher education institutions that publicly received gifts worth $1 million or more between 2000 and 2012 that were reported on the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Million Dollar List. These institutions received more than 10,500 such gifts worth a combined total of more than $90 billion during that period. The report also incorporates insights from in-depth interviews with donors and staff at case study institutions with a successful track record of securing million-dollar gifts, shedding light on both a major donor’s path to giving a gift at this level and the institution’s view of the process of attracting such a gift.The insights in this report lead me to compile six key factors for every nonprofit to consider focusing on when striving for major gifts. Bear in mind, the study did not include charities outside of the higher education world, nor were any of the interviews outside that subset of the nonprofit world. However, my experience working with over 20,000 nonprofits over the past 30 years supports these factors as vital to major gift success.1. Success Starts at the TopYour nonprofit’s top leadership needs to be solidly in place, and there needs to be a clear and compelling mission. The stronger the leadership is perceived to be by donors, the higher the level of trust potential donors will feel for you. Together, these attributes inspire donors to participate at major gift levels.2. The Board Must Be 100% InThe trustees and board members need to be 100% involved with as many potential donors as possible who would give at the major gift level. This involvement also means knowing the nonprofit’s mission, spreading the word, and being a willing ambassador in any manner required. This includes previous board members, especially in the area of monetary gifts.3. Results MatterProper measurement of the impact of your mission is vital. The sooner the organization establishes the measurement methods and criteria, which are accepted by the public, the easier it is to attract larger value donors. Major donors also want to make an impact and to know for sure that their large gifts are doing just that.4. Experience and Infrastructure Make a DifferenceThe longer your organization has been in place fulfilling its mission the more likely it is to draw major gifts. Such donors are looking for a solid infrastructure and a proven track record before making leadership level gifts. This includes proper staffing to address the stated mission. Major donors realize there have to be proper expenses to achieve results.5. Endowments CountOrganizations with endowments are perceived as safe and secure for the placement of major gift dollars. The study found that the larger the endowment, the more likely million dollar gifts can occur.6. Reputation and Publicity AssistBeing recognized by reputable authorities for your nonprofit’s impact is a huge plus! Donors must be aware of you and comfortable in announcing who they will support with a major gift. Never underestimate the value of recognition of this type.These six factors make up a remarkably strong foundation and lever for major gifts. If you are a newer organization please do not be disappointed if not all six are currently in place. These six factors are not easy to establish and improve, hence their effect on major donors. In my opinion, being recognized as having all six is a game changer for your major gift aspirations. With them in place, perhaps your organization will be rewarded with one or more of the million dollar gifts serving as the foundation of the original study!last_img read more

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Madrid encouraged in Palacios pursuit

first_imgReal Madrid are planning further talk to sign talented River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios, according to president Rodolfo D’Onofrio.Palacios has been linked with Champions League holders Madrid as well as La Liga rivals Barcelona following his impressive performances for River.The 20-year-old, who made his Argentina debut in September, is in Madrid as River prepare for Sunday’s Copa Libertadores final second leg against Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And River boss D’Onofrio provided an update on Palacios’ future as Madrid circle the club’s sensation, telling Marca: “I wrote to [Madrid president] Florentino Perez a few days ago to thank him for having us at the Bernabeu.¡#River continúa su trabajo en Valdebebas!  Imágenes de un nuevo entrenamiento del Millonario. La final de la Copa Libertadores se acerca. ¡Vamos, River!#JuntosSomosMásGrandes pic.twitter.com/VrQKsESEL7— River Plate (@CARPoficial) December 7, 2018″We are not currently talking about Palacios but about 20 days ago [Madrid director Emilio] Butragueno spoke to Enzo Francescoli about the player, but with a view to continuing negotiations later.”D’Onofrio added: “The economic differences between Real Madrid and River are very large. It’s very difficult to retain a player, but history tells us that the player sees a future opportunity and we can’t cut his career.”The club can’t be closed and must open themselves up to negotiation. That a player from River goes to Madrid is also prestigious for River.”Asked if Palacios is ready to play for Madrid, D’Onofrio said: “He’s at a great level, but I think it would be good to play for one more year in Argentina. However, that is not my decision. We will negotiate, Madrid know that.”He is very young but he is very serious, and seems older than he is. A very complete player. If they really love him, the move would be ideal for both the player and Real Madrid.”last_img read more

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90% of the workforce says entrepreneurship is a mindset. Are you an entrepreneur?

first_imgWant to live a more entrepreneurial lifestyle? You’re not alone.It turns out that 72% of people who have a traditional job want to go independent.oDesk, a job resource website for freelancers and one of our favorite bloggers, recently released a report entitled Millennials & the Future of Work. Not only did they find that most of those at traditional workplaces want to quit their job, but that most of those people plan on quitting within the next two years.Why? Because the majority of millennials define themselves as entrepreneurs, which they believe to be more of a mindset than anything else.They want a more flexible workplace that will allow them to work according to their interests, wherever and whenever they want. In short, the contemporary workforce wants freedom above al****l.As advocates for the independent workforce, the freedom to pursue meaningful work is something that we can get behind.Check out the full report here.last_img read more

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Why emotional intelligence counts

first_imgHow important are “soft skills” like emotional intelligence when running a business, dealing with clients, or even managing your personal relationships?According to psychologist Daniel Goleman…very.Emotional intelligence refers to the way you monitor emotions, both your own and others, and how you use emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior in social situations.According to Goleman, this trait is crucial for both potent leadership skills and more productive relationships.Recent research also shows that high emotional intelligence is also linked to better decision-making abilities — people with this trait are able to distinguish what emotions are relevant to their decisions and which are not.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberSo how does one become more emotionally intelligent, you ask?In a recent New York Times piece, Goleman cited a number of crucial “competencies” including:– Self-awareness, which includes the ability to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses, and knowing when to rely on someone else for help.– Emotional insight, or being aware of what makes you angry, frustrated or flustered, so you can help manage these emotions when they arise.– Compelling communication is also crucial, according to Goleman, or putting your points in “persuasive, clear ways so that people are motivated and clear about expectations.”Interested in reading more tips? See the full article here.What do you think freelancers? Is having high emotional intelligence critical in dealing with clients or running your freelance business? Or, have you dealt with a terrible boss or client in your past that sorely lacked these skills? We want to hear your story in the comments below!last_img read more

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4 Secrets to Getting Hired …and Hired Back

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.What do you think matters most in landing that next gig? Your portfolio? That high-profile client on your résumé? Your LinkedIn references?I recently spoke with 3 Brooklyn-based content producers across a range of creative fields, putting to them the question:What are your top considerations when hiring freelance talent?Their answers were not what I was expecting.1. ResponsivenessEvent producer Laurea de Ocampo says “From the first e-mail I notice response time.Just as you, as a freelancer, are on the lookout for clues as to what working with this client will be like, the reciprocal process is going on: Your potential client is gauging what working with you will be like.So what to do when that inquiry drops in the frantic hour before that deadline on that other big project?It’s often as simple as a quick e-mail that says “Thanks for getting in touch, maybe we can jump on a call tomorrow morning.” This way, you’re promptly responsive, but also have time to review the request when you don’t have quite so many other pressures.Demonstrate from the get-go that no matter what else you have going on, you are responsive and clear about what, and when, you can deliver.Even if what you’re “delivering” is something as minor as that first phone call.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. ReliabilityPoint B Productions’ Scott Patterson notices right away if the prospect provides what is asked for: “If I ask for a link to their portfolio and there’s not a link, that’s it. It’s over.”Pureworks Studio head Victoria Jordan also puts reliability at the top of the list: “When you deliver reliably, you make me look good.”Conversely she says, if you do have to be late with a delivery, don’t ignore the problem but communicate a heads-up as to when you can deliver, so she can adjust expectations with her clients.Does reliability matter more than your portfolio?”There’s a boatload of talent out there, but it’s much harder to find professionalism,” observes Victoria.3. ResourcefulnessSimilarly, your work may begin even before the scope of the project has been discussed.Laurea again: “In those first meetings or calls I’m noticing whether they’ve done their homework. Do they show up knowing about the brand and the context of the project?”I’ve been freelancing so long that when I started there were no search engines. (Fortunately, no one had heard of stuff like “content strategy,” either.) But nowadays, there’s a ton of information at your fingertips.Check the website of the person who contacted you. Check the end-client’s website. Research other players who may be down the e-mail thread.Stalk a little (in a good way). What are they about? What’s important to them?You may not get a chance to show off your knowledge in the meeting, but you’ll have some background for the discussion — and can save yourself from asking a dumb question.And if you can organically work into the conversation, “Yes, I saw on your website…” you’ll show that you take initiative, and that you’re resourceful and committed enough to learn about the context of the project and the client’s goals.4. And yes, even punctuation.Don’t hate me.In high school when they taught us how to write a “business letter” it seemed as dumb to me as it probably did to you.But here’s Scott again: “You clearly have to write halfway decently, and politely with correct spelling, and actually care about punctuation. That shows you care about little details right off the bat.”Scott needs freelancers who are going to be thorough, quick and accurate. People who get it right without having to be told that details matter.From the very first communication, he’s assessing if you are that person.The conclusion after talking to these 3 producers?It starts, and ends, with good interpersonal and communication skills.Sure your portfolio and résumé will be reviewed to make sure you’re a match for the job.But before you even get that far, your contact is looking for clues to what the experience of working with you will be like. Will you be a good match for them?So before you send that e-mail or make that call, take a moment and consider the signals you are sending.It may well make the difference between being in the running and being left on the sidelines.For a related article aimed especially at those starting out in the freelance world, see “Why Your Portfolio Doesn’t Matter.”Declan Zimmermann is a Brooklyn-based motion graphic artist who believes great animation is fueled by solid design, constant exploration and falafel from the corner deli. He’s been freelancing since before the dawn of the World Wide Web.last_img read more

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Era of Aussies producing top batsmen is over: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgMocking Australia’s struggle in the ongoing One-day International (ODI) series against India, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday said the era of producing top class batsmen Down Under is over.Currently trailing 0-3, the Steve Smith-led side has already lost the five-match series and are looking down the barrel.Harbhajan felt that the current Australian side lacked “quality” and jokingly asked former Kangaroo skipper Michael Clarke to come out of his retirement to save the tourists.Mate u need to come out of your retirement and start playing again I think.Era of Aussies producing top batsmans is over I feel.No quality https://t.co/kGcovxfJWR- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 24, 2017″Mate u need to come out of your retirement and start playing again. I think era of Aussies producing top batsmen is over. I feel no quality,” Harbhajan tweeted.In reply, Clarke admitted that the Kangaroos have a lot to work on if they are to give any fight to Virat Kohli’s men in the remaining two ODIs.”I have only just seen this buddy. These old legs of mine are enjoying the air conditioned commentary box. Aussies have some work to do!,” he said.On Sunday, India thrashed the visitors by five wickets to claim a hattrick of series wins and are now eyeing a whitewash of Australia going into the final two ODIs in Bengaluru and Nagpur.last_img read more

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Madushanka’s debut hat-trick helps Sri Lanka win tri-series

first_imgShehan Madushanka’s hat-trick on debut helped Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 79 runs on Saturday to clinch the tri-nation series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.Batting first, Sri Lanka put up 221 on the board after winning the toss. Upul Tharanga top-scored with 56 off 99 balls. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal added 45, while wicket-keeper batsman contributed a valuable 42.Rubel Hossain was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he returned with the figures of 4-46. He was well supported by Mustafizur Rahman (2-9)It’s a hat-trick on debut for Shehan Madushanka as Sri Lanka seal this tri-nation series!BAN 142/9 (41.1 Ovs) Shehan Madushanka 3/26, Chameera 2/17, Akila Dananjaya 2/30 v SL 221 #BANvSL pic.twitter.com/urPR8pWBla— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) January 27, 2018In reply, the hosts lost all their batters for 142, with Shakib al Hasan unable to bat after he injured his bowling hand in the field. The chase got off slowly and was hampered by the early loss of Tamim Iqbal. If anyone was going to break the back of this pursuit it was the explosive opener, but he got frustrated by his inability to keep the scoreboard moving and played a forced pull shot that saw him caught off a top edge at mid-wicket.It goes worse when the other Bangladesh opener, Mohammad Muthin, was run out in the ninth over with the score on just 17. And when Sabbir Rahman was out in the next over to an over ambitious pull shot off Dushmantha Chameera they slumped to 22/3 and the start became a disastrous one.advertisementMahmadullah fought back with a patient 76 (92) but he had very little support and wickets continued to fall around him including a second run out of the innings that accounted for Mohammad Saifuddin.The final three wickets fell in three balls from Madushanka who finished with figures of 3/23 to seal a famous win for a Sri Lankan team that has had a difficult 12 months in white-ball cricket.(With ICC inputs)last_img read more

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