Ind vs Eng: MS Dhoni faces selection worries for 4th Test

first_imgDhoni will have to get the combination right if India intend to bounce back in the Test seriesIn the wake of losing the third cricket Test and face in the Jadeja-Anderson spat judgment, India will look to regroup and devise a plan to make enough runs and take 20 English wickets to win the fourth Test at the Old Trafford, starting from Thursday.India were soundly beaten in the Southampton Test, losing by 266 runs at the Rose Bowl.Set to get 445 runs on a deteriorating pitch, India did not even attempt to save the Test by defying the England attack, having lost four wickets by the end of the fourth day, and caved-in in the morning session on the fifth day.India were bowled out for 330 in the first innings and 178 in the second to allow England to square the five-Test series 1-1. The visitors clearly looked out of depth on a pitch which saw England cumulatively amassing 773 runs in the two innings.More than their fickle batting, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni must be worried more about the bowlers’ capability to take 20 wickets at a reasonable rate.Not for the first time has this sort of thing happened to India. They could manage to take 20 wickets in an overseas Test only four times in their last 15 Tests. On three of those four occasions, those 20 wickets cost India more than their batsmen could score.And the other instance was on this tour, at Lord`s. However, two of India`s match-winners from that game, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, are doubtful starters for Old Trafford.advertisementWhile Ishant has been ruled out, Bhuvneshwar barely participated in the first nets session Tuesday with a swollen ankle.In the absence of the two premier pacers, Dhoni might have to rely on one-Test-old Pankaj Singh — who on his debut at Rose Bowl went wicketless, Varun Aaron — yet to play a match on the tour, and Mohammed Shami.Shami will have to shoulder the bowling attack — but can Dhoni pin his hope on a bowler, who has taken five wickets at 73.20? His economy rate of 3.81, too, has been the worst among specialist bowlers.And then there is the worrying factor of Shikhar Dhawan`s batting form. The Delhi batsmen has been woefully short of runs and his place in the side is no longer a guarantee.Dhawan is in danger of losing his place to his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir, who last played a Test for India in early 2012, in Nagpur against England.Many have also questioned the reasoning behind the omission of India`s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Ravindra Jadeja has looked a far cry from being regarded as India`s first choice spinner in Tests.While Moeen Ali, a part-time English spinner, took eight wickets in the third Test — six of these coming in the second innings, Jadeja could manage just five on the same pitch.The left-arm spinner bowled 45 overs in the first innings, bagging just two wickets.England, meanwhile, have all the momentum going for them. The hosts ended a winless run of ten Tests, which began in August last year, with a dominant performance.It was almost the perfect Test. Not only did England`s out-of-form batsmen — and under pressure captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell — make big runs but upcoming star Gary Ballance and debutant Jos Buttler were highly impressive.Another heartening fact is the performance of Moeen Ali, solving their spin problem.last_img

2020 BMW 3 Series Wagon is here but not for US

first_imgEnlarge ImageMmm, wagon. BMW BMW revealed its new 3 Series Wagon on Wednesday, but don’t get your checkbook out just yet. Last we heard, BMW isn’t planning to offer the longroof 3 Series in the United States anymore. And that’s a shame, since this one looks to be a seriously nice package.Up front, the 3 Series Wagon — or Touring, as it’s known in BMW parlance — shares its fascia with the G20-generation 3 Series Sedan. Around back, the wagon’s taillights use a similar design to the sedan’s, and the angular rear glass kinks nicely into the overall shape of the hatch.Speaking of the hatch, all 3 Series Wagons come with an electronically operated tailgate, and you can set how far it opens in the car’s iDrive infotainment system. BMW says the luggage compartment is wider than before, with both a taller and wider loading aperture, making it easier to load cargo. The back seats have a standard 40:20:40 split, and can be folded flat. Maximum cargo capacity is 53 cubic feet, which is about the same as a compact SUV.2020 BMW 3 Series WagonEnlarge ImageInside, the Touring is the same as any other new 3 Series. BMW A total of seven engines will be offered in Europe. The gas-fed 330i and M340i xDrive variants that we get on the US-spec sedan carry over, and a third, less powerful 320i is also available. On the diesel front, buyers can select engines ranging from 150 to 265 horsepower in output — or more importantly, 320 to 580 pound-feet of torque. For folks who might tow, the base 320i Touring can pull 3,500 pounds, while all other versions can handle 4,000.For front passengers, the 3 Series Touring is identical to the 3 Series Sedan — the design, switchgear and multimedia systems all carry over unchanged. The most robust iDrive 7 setup features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.2-inch central screen, with BMW’s voice-controlled AI assistant on board.BMW says customers will be able to preorder the new 3 Series Touring this month, ahead of its official on-sale date in September. Again, it’s unclear if this shaggin’ wagon will ever be offered in the US, but for now, we’ll keep our fingers crossed. The 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring is a wagon we want 1 Wagons Luxury cars Share your voice Tags 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV BMWcenter_img 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy More From Roadshow Comment 74 Photos BMW 2019 BMW 330i xDrive review: The new and improved 3 Serieslast_img read more

Baltimore Arts Building Shuttered Days after Oakland Fire

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials have shut down an arts building for safety violations and evicted dozens of tenants three days after a fire at a California warehouse-turned artists’ enclave killed three dozen people.The Bell Foundry (Instagram photo via @bellfoundry)The Baltimore Sun reports ( officials boarded up the two-story Bell Foundry arts building on Monday.Fire department spokesman Roman Clark says inspectors responding to a complaint found no valid permit, unsafe conditions and other violations.City housing department spokeswoman Tania Baker says tenants may not use the building again until the building is up to code.The Bell Foundry is located in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, which was designated in 2002.A fire broke out late Friday in a cluttered Oakland, California, warehouse that had been converted into artists’ studios, killing 36 people.last_img read more