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.
The results for the second quarter of 2012 have been released by Regent Seven Seas Cruises with a record amount of USD$131.5 million in revenue compared to USD$122.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Additional product costs associated with the increased inclusive product offerings for the line’s European cruise packages resulted in a 2.8 per cent net yield increase driven by an 8.5 per cent increase in the occupancy rate. The scheduled dry-dock of Seven Seas Navigator resulted in a decrease in capacity to 163,170 available passenger cruise days, with the dry-dock also resulting in an increase in expenses from USD$5.3 million for the second quarter in 2011 to USD$5.8 million this year. Fuel expenses also rose from USD$8.6 million for the second quarter in 2011 to USD$10.4 million, with the company hedging approximately 80% of the remaining expected fuel consumption for 2012 as at 30 June. “We are pleased with our second quarter revenue and Net Yield increases over the prior year considering the backdrop of a challenging European environment,”Regent Seven Seas Cruises chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio said. “In order to drive demand for our softer European sailings, we chose to include additional value in our already industry leading all-inclusive product offerings rather than discount cruise fares. This non-discounting strategy is consistent with our longstanding go-to-market philosophy and reinforces our brand’s high value proposition, but it did increase product offering costs for the quarter. “We believe that our steadfast refusal to discount our luxury product has positioned the brand well for the upcoming year. This can be seen in our booking patterns for 2013 sailings as occupancy build is stable while pricing is up in the high single digits compared to same time last year for 2012.” Seven Seas Navigator Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A