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#JaVotes2016: Vaz confident of win as delays hit West Portland voting

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first_imgThe electorate in West Portland are turning out to cast their ballots on election day 2016. Most polling stations across that constituency, where the incumbent Daryl Vaz is being challenged by Peoples National Party (PNP) candidate Vernon Hemmings, opened on time and voting is proceeding, but not without delays. At Orange Bay primary, the voting process was proceeding without much difficulty, although some of the electors including 70 year old Sherwood Forrester stated that it took them approximately 10 minutes to complete the voting process. A similar situation was evident at Buff Bay primary and Windsor primary, where the process was delayed by lack of national identification cards. Vaz, who is seeking a third term, is expressing confidence that he will win by a wide margin. According to Vaz, indications are that there will be a national swing in favour of the JLP. But while Vaz is confident of victory, Hemmings is also expressing confidence of a victory- pointing out that the ground work done by his team should ensure a PNP victory. `last_img

IPL 2017, SRH vs KKR Eliminator: Gautam Gambhir’s calming presence delivers victory at 1.27 AM after rain break

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first_imgGautam Gambhir is the best thing to have happened to Kolkata Knight Riders and the left-handed batsman once again showed his class and guided his team to a 7-wicket win over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator on Wednesday.The rain-curtailed match saw KKR chasing 48 in 6 overs (D/L target) which caused panic in the top-order with Gambhir deciding to demote himself in the batting order. Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn opened the innings for the two-time champions but the move backfired as Lynn fell on the third ball of the first over followed by Yusuf Pathan in the very next delivery from Chris Jordan.Uthappa departed in the second over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar which brough skipper Gambhir to the crease who brought a bit of sanity along with him. The Delhi batsman maintained his calm but also went for the big shots as KKR required over 8 runs per over after making a mess of the run chase.Gambhir remained unbeaten on 32 from 19 balls with two fours and as many sixes and forged a 36-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Ishank Jaggi, who also kept his cool and supported his skipper with an 8-ball 5* and spent 21 minutes at the crease, to guide KKR through to victory with 4 balls to spare.Kolkata haven’t been in the best of forms lately and had lost their last two matches as their batsmen failed to deliver and panicked just like they did against SRH at the M Chinnaswamy last night with Gambhir himself struggling to find form. But the 35-year-old made sure to see his team through in the run chase this time around as he done on numerous occasions in the past and in the process regained his touch with the bat.advertisementGambhir even mentioned in the post-match presentation that his team’s batsmen should have played more sensibly after their bowlers restricted Sunrisers to 128/7 in the first innings.”A lot of credit to the bowlers. They set the game up for us. We should have been more sensible with the batting, though. But the bowlers restricting the Sunrisers batting to 128 was brilliant.”You do get nervous (about the rain) and we have played really well this season and our bowlers put in an unbelievable effort and if we had gone out after the rain, it wouldn’t have been good.”Kolkata will face Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday at the same venue and the winner of this match will go through to the final and play Rising Pune Supergiant on May 21 at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.”We don’t have a good record against Mumbai, but hopefully we can settle that tomorrow,” Gambhir added.last_img read more