cricket COMMENT Published on COMMENTS May 21, 2016 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2016 Stage is set for a virtual knockout as a rampaging Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by inspirational skipper Virat Kohli, lock horns with an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in their final IPL Twenty20 cricket match, here tomorrow.After 13 matches, RCB are at the third spot with 14 points, while Delhi have as many points but are placed sixth in the table, lagging behind RCB only in net run—rate.In fact, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians too have 14 points each with just one match to go in their league stage.With a hattrick of wins, Bangalore have been on a roll with skipper Kohli enjoying one of the best phases of his career as he has four centuries under his belt. He is the only batsman to score more than 800 runs in a single edition and has 865 runs from 13 matches thus far.Despite sustaining a split webbing in his left hand while fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli has shown no signs of relenting.His teammates AB de villiers and Chris Gayle also dished out some sizzling batting display as RCB’s much vaunted batting line—up gave nightmares to their opposition by rattling up three of the four 200—plus totals this season.In bowling department, spin—pace duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shane Watson have served Bangalore well with 16 wickets each so far in the season.On the other hand, Delhi, after back—to—back losses, notched up a last—ball six—wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad last night to keep their Play—off hopes alive.Zaheer Khan’s men have been inconsistent but they still somehow managed to keep themselves in contention and will hope to pull the rug from under the feet of RCB one more time like they did on April 17.Delhi’s batting has revolved much around Quinton de Kock, who has been the most consistent batsman for them. Karun Nair and Sanju Samson too have contributed and team’s fortunes would depend on them.Other domestic players like Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant and Pawan Negi have been inconsistent and mentor Rahul Dravid has his task cut out to spur them.
Turkey’s NTV broadcaster reported that s cargo vessel sailing under the Turkish flag, named ‘ACT,’ came under fire from Greek coast guard boats in the Aegean Sea earlier today.The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it strongly condemns the incident in which Greek coast guard boats reportedly fired shots at a Turkish freighter in the Aegean Sea on Monday, calling it an “unmeasured” act on the part of Athens.“There is no justification… for firing on an unarmed commercial ship carrying freight between two Turkish ports. Our sole consolation is that nobody was killed or injured as a result of the incident,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Ankara said it condemns the actions of the Greek coast guard, carried out in “disregard for human life, which is the most basic right.”The ministry said it was important to notify the international community of Athens’ behavior to make sure “similar events will never happen again.”The freighter reportedly picked up cargo in the Turkish port of Iskenderun and was moving in the direction of the Izmit Bay of the Sea of Marmara, Reuters reports.While in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish ship was allegedly approached by Greek coast guard vessels, which demanded that it enter a port on the Greek island of Rhodes for cargo inspection.The Turkish captain allegedly ignored the call, which led to the Greek coast guards opening fire on the freighter.“We did not accept this. They wanted to check (the ship), and we didn’t accept that. They said they would fire if we didn’t stop, they did what they said. Now there are 16 holes in the ship,” the freighter’s captain, Sami Kalkavan, told CNN Turk.Meanwhile, Kalkavan didn’t specify what cargo his ship was carrying and why he didn’t want it to be inspected.The Greek coast guard said in a statement that only warning shots were fired as a vessel carrying a Turkish flag refused to cooperate before returning to Turkish waters.According to the Greek official statement “the Turkish vessel was in Greek [territorial] waters, thus, when there was no reaction to the demand of the coast guard, warning fire was opened.”The Greek Coast Guard said it tried to stop the vessel following “an anonymous telephone complaint” that it was carrying narcotics, however, according to Reuters, the Greek side refused to comment further. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram