CSIR at the World Water Forum

first_imgThe Orange River is one of South Africa’smajor water sources. (Image: GraemeWilliams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will feature prominently at the World Water Forum in Istanbul this month, with a number of the organisation’s groundbreaking research projects going on show. Top South African water scientists will also take part in discussions and presentations.CSIR group executive Khungeka Njobe is excited about the organisation’s participation in the fifth edition of the World Water Forum (WWF5), particularly as South Africa is on the shortlist to host the next event.“South Africa is competing against France and Canada to host WWF6 in 2012,” she said. “We will be using this opportunity to share with the global water community our progressive legislative and policy framework and world-class research. The Department of Water Affairs is leading the bid process, but the CSIR has a critical role to play in demonstrating the country’s leadership in water research.”The host for 2012 will be announced during the forthcoming session. Should South Africa be awarded the sixth World Water Forum, it will be a major coup for the southern hemisphere, which has never had the chance to host the event. The country’s bid is centred on Durban, which has the infrastructure and facilities to host an event of this magnitude.The 2012 World Water Forum in South Africa will mean that water problems relevant to sub-Saharan Africa will come under the global spotlight, and that the Southern African Development Community region will be placed on the global water map. The event will give Africa the chance to become a valued contributor to the water-related issues of the world, rather than merely a recipient of donor aid and professional advice.Top-level representationCSIR projects on display at the Forum include acid mine drainage methodologies, human health projects, rural service delivery, and programmes focusing on water for growth and development. Many of these projects fall under the CSIR Built Environment and CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment sectors.CSIR representatives at WWF5 include engineer Dr Kevin Wall, CSIR water resources manager Marius Claassen and researcher Renias Dube. Wall is also scheduled to present a paper on South Africa’s strategy for water services asset management, and the three scientists will assist Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Lindiwe Hendricks during the week-long event. Hendricks will host a round table involving her ministerial counterparts from around the world.The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s Water for Growth and Development programme, one of the projects on show in Istanbul, is in the running for the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, one of three prestigious water-related awards up for grabs.The other two awards are the Turkish Republic Prime Minister’s Water Prize, and the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize.The King Hassan prize, worth R1-million (US$100 000), is for individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions in various aspects of water resources, whether scientific, economic, technical, environmental, social, institutional, cultural or political.The Kyoto prize is worth R280 000 ($28 000) and acknowledges grassroots-level activities that work towards addressing critical water needs of communities and regions. The Turkish Republic Prime Minister’s Water Prize is for journalistic excellence in the coverage of water issues. A prize of R264 000 (€20 000) each will be awarded to two journalists.Global collaboration on water problemsAccording to the World Water Council, 1.1-billion people around the world live without clean drinking water, and 2.6-billion people lack adequate sanitation. Poor access to safe water increases child mortality by up to 20 times, and in areas not served by usable water 3 900 children die every day from water-borne diseases.The World Water Forum is the largest water-related event in the world and aims to facilitate global collaboration on these critical water problems. The forum is organised by the World Water Council and takes place every three years, providing an ideal platform for policy-makers from all over the world to press for greater political commitment to and higher priority for water management strategies.The 2009 forum takes place in March in Istanbul, Turkey, after successful events in Mexico (2006), Kyoto (2003), The Hague (2000), and Marrakech (1997). This year’s theme is “Bridging Divides for Water” and is a reference to the location – Istanbul stands at the cross-roads of Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa – as well as the intent of providing a bridge between the developed and developing worlds.There are a number of side events associated with the main forum, among them the World Water Forum Expo and Water Fair, the Global Water Education Village, and the Youth World Water Forum.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksWorld Water ForumWorld Water Forum – Facebook pageWorld Water CouncilDepartment of Water Affairs and ForestryWater for Growth and Development (pdf)last_img read more

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Football Fridays: SA marks the difference

first_img“We’ve seen World Cups in Germany and in England and in Korea … South Africa’s going to be different.” – Lesego Madumo chats to acting CEO Paul Bannister and other members of the International Marketing Council during a Football Fridays activation at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg.Click arrow to play video.last_img

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Brics journos get to know South Africa

first_imgThe five Brics presidents earlier this year, at the 2012 Brics summit held in New Delhi, India.(Image: Wikipedia) Johannesburg economic development director Marina Mayer, right, speaking at the business breakfast. Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola is second from left.(Image: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• More to SA than Nelson Mandela• Brics a boost to Brand South Africa• Driving a new vision for Africa• Insights into doing business in SA• Brics in a nutshellJanine ErasmusBrand South Africa hosted a media breakfast in Johannesburg’s northern suburb of Sandton for a group of visiting journalists from South Africa’s fellow Brics countries, where experts spoke on the country’s investment prospects and competitive advantages.The journalists hail from China, Brazil, India and Russia, and are visiting as guests of Brand South Africa. While in the country they’ll meet with representatives from business and the government, including the departments of trade and industry and environmental affairs.From Johannesburg the group heads to KwaZulu-Natal, where they’ll visit the Dube Tradeport, one of the big drivers of economic growth in the province, and the Transnet Port Terminal, the largest container terminal on the continent. They’ll also pop into the multi-million-rand Moses Mabhida stadium, built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and visit the offices of Trade and Investment KZN.On the leisure side, the journalists will have lots of opportunity to taste South Africa’s splendid cuisine, and they’ll spend a night at the ever-popular Hluhluwe Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.Hluhluwe is well-known as one of the pioneers of rhino conservation in South Africa, since the start of its Operation Rhino programme in the 1950s and 60s.Sustainable growth“Johannesburg is the cosmopolitan centre, the New York or London of Africa,” said Marina Mayer, executive director of the city’s economic development department, speaking at the breakfast.She was following on from Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, who had opened the morning’s proceedings with some insight into developments such as the African common market initiative which is slowly but surely gathering ground but has yet to become fully operational.Matola said that if this free trade area opens up enough by around 2014, it will bring 600-million people into one market and present tremendous opportunities for business and investment.Many of those opportunities are already available in Johannesburg, said Mayer. She mentioned the city’s Buy Sell Invest and Visit initiative, a flagship programme that aims to bring together people from the Brics and Southern African Development Community blocs to partner with private and public organisations.This programme is part of the city’s 2040 strategy, which outlines the growth of Johannesburg over the next three decades into a sustainable, prosperous and resilient place to live and work. It aims to not only attract new investment into the city, but support existing businesses and help them to expand.“In the past we tended to focus on stimulating the economic development of smaller enterprises,” said Mayer, “but we’re now starting to target mainstream companies.”She moved on to an ambitious plan to construct concrete decks over certain railway lines in Johannesburg. This technique, known as decking, is a tried and tested way of addressing limitations in room for growth, and will offer new space for residents and businesses in the city.“We’re looking for a private partner to help us with decking our railways,” said Mayer.Other big opportunities for investors include the urban development zone in the inner city, which offers a substantial tax rebate that’s already been negotiated with the South African Revenue Service, and the proposed aerotropolis around the privately owned Lanseria International Airport, west of Johannesburg.This is becoming an increasingly popular choice for travellers who wish to avoid the often long and busy trip to OR Tambo International on Johannesburg’s far east side. Unlike OR Tambo, which sits between busy industrial areas and residential suburbs, Lanseria is still surrounded by wide open spaces and is ripe for development.Mayer named other initiatives such as the Jozi Skills Hub, which will train people in needed skills and get them ready to be employed, and the Jozi Rising project, which will provide support and incentives for entrepreneurs.After Mayer it was the turn of Cynthia Chikura from Business Unity South Africa, who spoke of South Africa’s competitive advantages – its wealth of natural resources, its relatively open economy and easy regulatory environment, and its progressive foreign policy.“We rely on trade and investment to increase productivity and grow the economy,” she said, “and South Africa is still an attractive investment destination.”The country recorded US$4.5-billion (R36.6-billion) of foreign direct investment in 2011 – this is more than three times the figure for 2010, $1.2-billion (R9.7-billion).“Other nations and trade blocs, such as the US and EU, are looking to Africa, and South Africa is a focal point in many investors’ strategies,” said Chikura. “We have the biggest ports in Africa and we offer access to land-locked countries.”Demand for natural resourcesInternational relations expert Dr Martyn Davies, CEO of research and strategy consultants Frontier Advisory, spoke on the future evolution of Brics itself.“Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, and Nigeria are all candidates for admission to Brics in the future,” he said, adding that the bloc would then have to be renamed to E11, or something similar.“A strong political foundation will determine economic success,” said Davies.He said that growth in Africa has tracked Chinese investment since around 2009, meaning that there is a visible correlation between investment and growth on the continent.“But nobody foresaw the demand for natural resources that would come from China,” he said, “and therefore nobody planned the infrastructure that would be needed. What most African states need most now is industrialisation.”The continent has another chance to plan ahead, and that’s because the World Bank has estimated that 80-million jobs in low-end manufacturing would be lost in China in coming years, said Davies.“We need those jobs in Africa, so let’s start preparing – job loss in China should be job gain in Africa.”In this, the continent faces opposition from other fast-developing regions such as Southeast Asia, he said – but positives such as South Africa’s world number one position in terms of its auditing standards and its stock exchange regulation are hard to top.last_img read more

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Ag export growth celebrated while NAFTA debate continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues, agriculture is being reminded of the crucial importance of exports markets.Last week U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced some fairly robust export numbers while also considering the massive agricultural ramifications if NAFTA negotiations prove unfruitful.“I believe we have plan A, which is renewing NAFTA. But I am a planner and a plan B thinker. If we don’t get a successful renegotiation we know that is going to have some devastating effects on agriculture and commodity prices. I think it is incumbent on me to think about those kinds of things,” Perdue said. “NAFTA has been favorable to agriculture in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, but it is almost 23 years old and a lot of things have changed in that time, including the Internet. Canada still restrains our marketing in dairy, poultry and eggs. We think our markets are more open to them then theirs are to us. We’d like to change that. The President is very concerned about the manufacturing trade deficit with Mexico. The President is very determined to have a fair and open trade deal of equal reciprocity and that is why I think we’ll be successful.”Though Perdue’s Plan B details are not clear, the benefits of NAFTA to agriculture in the U.S. are much more defined. U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus, which reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30% from last year’s $16.6 billion.China finished the fiscal year as the United States’ largest export customer, with shipments valued at $22 billion, followed by NAFTA countries Canada ($20.4 billion) and Mexico ($18.6 billion, a 6% gain from last year).“U.S. agriculture depends on trade. It is great to see an increase in exports and we hope to open additional markets to build on this success,” Perdue said.  “I’m a grow-it-and-sell-it kind of guy.  If American agricultural producers keep growing it, USDA will keep helping to sell it around the world.”In addition, exports to Japan grew 12%, to $11.8 billion. Rounding out the top 10 markets were the European Union ($11.6 billion), South Korea ($6.9 billion), Hong Kong ($4 billion), Taiwan ($3.4 billion), Indonesia ($3 billion) and the Philippines ($2.6 billion).U.S. bulk commodity exports set a volume record at 159 million metric tons, up 11% from FY 2016, while their value rose 16% to $51.4 billion. The surge was led by soybean exports, which reached a record 60 million metric tons, valued at $24 billion. Exports of corn, wheat and cotton all grew as well, with the value of cotton exports climbing 70%, to $5.9 billion, wheat exports up 21%, to $6.2 billion, and corn exports up six%, to $9.7 billion.A number of other products saw significant export increases as well. U.S. dairy exports grew 17% to $5.3 billion, beef exports were up 16% to $7.1 billion, and pork exports rose 14% to $6.4 billion. Overall, horticultural product exports increased 3% to nearly $33.9 billion, largely driven by an 8% increase in exports of tree nuts, which reached $8.1 billion, the second-highest total on record. Processed food and beverage exports rose 2% to $39.2 billion.Exports are responsible for 20% of U.S. farm income, also driving rural economic activity and supporting more than one million American jobs both on and off the farm. USDA continues to work to boost export opportunities for U.S. agricultural products by opening new markets, pursuing new trade agreements, enforcing existing agreements, and breaking down barriers to trade.last_img read more

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9 Informative Adobe Encore DVD Authoring Tutorials

first_imgOne product in the Adobe Production Suite that often gets overlooked is the powerful Encore DVD authoring application.  Here are 9 tutorials that will get you up to speed on Encore in no time!Creative Cow contributor and Premiumbeat blogger Andrew Devis recently completed a 9 video tutorial series on creating and authoring DVDs in Adobe Encore.  Although video pros are dealing less and less with DVDs, for many clients and consumers it’s still the medium of choice.  Knowing how to create and deliver quality (and often complex) DVDs is still essential for post production professionals.  In addition to standard DVDs, Encore provides the tools necessary to author Blu-Rays.In this 9 part video series for Creative Cow, Andrew walks you through all stages of Adobe Encore DVD creation, from importing video sequences to creating complex menus and buttons.  3 videos are dedicated to creating Slideshows using Encore – a robust use of that application.Naturally, the more complex the DVD project the more room there is for error.  Andrew walks you through how to check your DVD for quality and insure it’s free from common oversights and errors.  The last thing you want is to deliver a DVD to a client with tracks disconnected or playback errors – ouch!Adobe Encore is a good solution if you’re looking for a DVD solution in your post production pipeline, especially if you’re already an Adobe diehard or Premiere Pro editor.Check out the first few Adobe Encore tutorial videos below (the full series is on Creative Cow).What do YOU use for your DVD authoring?Are your clients still asking for DVDs?  Blu-Rays?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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Jahlil Okafor helps Pelicans stun Rockets in 1st game since Anthony Davis’ trade demand

first_img“Everything was hard tonight because we weren’t stopping them, and when that happens obviously we paid the price,” D’Antoni said.The Pelicans snapped a three-game skid amid the Davis drama. Davis’ agent also said the star big man won’t sign an extension with the team, a move that earned Davis a $50,000 fine because the league office said he violated a collectively bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands. Davis chatted with teammates while watching the game from the end of the bench.“That’s going to play out the way it plays out,” Gentry said. “I don’t talk about it very much. I think it’s out in the public now, and I think everything that needed to be said has been said.”The Rockets led by as many as 15 early, but the Pelicans used a 13-5 run in the third quarter to get within 83-81 with about four minutes left in the quarter. Okafor had four points in that stretch and Holiday added a 3-pointer.TIP-INSPelicans: Julius Randle missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Darius Miller had 14 points. … Frazier added 15 points off the bench.Rockets: Holiday is the first guard in NBA history with at least 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six blocks in a game. … Chris Paul had 10 points and nine assists in his second game back after missing 17 with a hamstring injury. … Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 11 rebounds. … Eric Gordon scored 17 points and made four 3-pointers.THEY SAID ITHoliday on his career-high six blocks: “It’s my inner Anthony (Davis), man.”HARDEN’S SCORING PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Holiday had 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks for New Orleans.“Obviously beating a team of this caliber and doing it on their home floor is rewarding,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I just think that the guys that we put out there they play extremely hard.”New Orleans used an 8-2 run to make it 114-102 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Holiday had six points for the Pelicans in that span, and Houston missed seven straight shots.The Rockets got going after that, using a 12-4 spurt — with 10 points from Harden — to get within 118-114 with 22.4 seconds left. Kenrich Williams missed two free throws after that, but Harden turned the ball over, and Houston opted to foul Tim Frazier.He made one of two free throws to extend the lead to five with 12.1 seconds remaining. Harden was fouled on a 3-pointer and made two of three to cut the lead to three with 6.3 seconds left, but Holiday made two free throws to secure the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “It wasn’t no drama to us,” Okafor said. “A.D.’s here. He took us all to dinner last night. There’s not really any drama for us. I know there’s a lot of noise on the outside, but in the locker room we’re still all together. We still love A.D. He still loves us. … So we’re all great.”New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis watches from the bench during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Harden extended his streak of 30-point games to 24, but he had a tough shooting night, making 11 of 32 overall and going 6 for 18 from 3-point range. He had 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHouston coach Mike D’Antoni credited Holiday for making things tough on Harden.“Jrue Holiday is probably one of the best defenders in the league, if not the best,” he said. “Obviously he did a heck of a job on him.” Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Dennis Schroder scores 18 in 4th to rally Thunder past Magic Tuesday was Harden’s 11th straight game with at least 35 points, which is the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. He averaged 43.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.6 assists this month. In 14 games in January he scored 610 points, to become the first player to have 600 or more points in a month since Michael Jordan did it in March of 1987.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Denver on Wednesday night.Rockets: Start a four-game road trip at Denver on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) dribbles as Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Houston. New Orleans won 121-116. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON— If the drama between Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans is frustrating his teammates, it didn’t show in their return to the court Tuesday night.Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and the short-handed Pelicans overcame a big early deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 121-116 in their first game since Davis’ agent said the five-time All-Star wants to be traded. Davis sat out his fifth straight game with a sprained left index finger, but Okafor and Jrue Holiday rallied New Orleans despite 37 points from Houston’s James Harden.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiants, As it happened

first_imgClinical Rising Pune Supergiants defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs (D/L method) to put an end to their four-match losing streak and moveup to the sixth spot in the Indian Premier League table. (Scorecard)Highlights!Rising Pune Supergiants innings!00.06 IST: Clinical Rising Pune Supergiants beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs (D/L) to put an end to their 4-match losing streak. 23.47 IST: Rain Gods have interrupted again! Steady drizzle stops the match once again! Pune are well ahead in their run chase, even on D/L method.  23.46 IST: OUT! Ashish Nehra strikes as MS Dhoni departs for 5. Pune 94/3 in 11 overs 23.38 IST: OUT! Henriques gets rid of Faf du Plessis on 30! Much needed wicket for Hyderabad! Bowls a length ball outside off, du Plessis looks to cut it away butgets a faint edge and Ojha takes a simple catch. Huge appeal from thebowling team and the umpire raises his finger. Two down for Pune now. Pune 80/2 in 9.1 overs 23.31 IST: 58 runs have come in the last 5 overs! Both Smith and du Plessis are dealing in boundaries! Pune 71/1 in 8 overs23.26 IST: Superb over for Pune! Smith, du Plessis take Bipul Sharma to the cleaners! Pune 63/1 in 7 overs 23.22 IST: Big overs back-to-back for Pune. Smith, du Plessis lead Pune’s run chase of 119 against Hyderabad. Pune 46/1 in 6 overs23.17 IST: Ashish Nehra gives away a plenty of runs – 11 to be particular. Pune 35/1 in 5 overs  23.08 IST: Expensive over from Mustafizur – 11 off it! Hyderabad can’t afford these. Pune 24/1 in 4 overs22.54 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes early to give his team momentum! Good lengthball outside off, Rahane looks to slice it over point but couldn’t do as Morgan stationed at Point jumps to take that catch. First he fumblesbut takes it in the second attempt. Pune gets their first blow. RPS 0/1 in 1 over advertisementSunrisers Hyderabad innings:Hyderabad batsmen were not in the momentum tonight as they lostearly wickets and kept losing it in regular intervals. The captain David Warner got cheaply out and Dhawan stayed till the end. Shikhar waslooking for support from the other batsmen to form a good partnership to post a good total. Naman Ojha joined later and was backing Dhawan wellbut fell prey to Dinda. The first innings belongs to Pune as they wereoutstanding in their bowling as well as fielding which helped them torestrict Hyderabad at paltry total of 118. Let’s see if Dhoni’s men canchase it down or the hosts will defend it. Fabulous display of bowling from Pune after losing four consecutive matches. The bowlers were right on the money from the beginning of the innings and picked up early wickets. Ashok Dinda got the opportunity to play tonight and he proved that he is worthy as he was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets in his bag.22.36 IST: Ashok Dinda (3/23), Mitchell Marsh (2/14) help Pune restrict power-packed Hyderabad to 118/8 in 20 overs.22.25 IST: OUT! Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their seventh as Bipul Sharma is run out for 5. SRH 92/7 in 18.1 overs22.23 IST: SIX! Dhawan brings up his fifty with a huge six! That’s the only bright spot for Hyderabad tonight!  22.17 IST: OUT! Dinda is on fire! Dinda strikes again! Bowls a length ball on middle, Ojha swings his bat to play a big shot but misses the line completely and the ball breaks the stumps. The partnership was looking good but Dinda strikes to break it. SRH sink further, 79/6 in 16.4 overs  22.13 IST: Dropped! Ajinkya Rahane puts down a dolly to give a life to Dhawan. SRH 78/5 in 16 overs 22.07 IST: A big over for Sunrisers Hyderabad – 13 off it. Both Shikhar and Naman Ojha have targeted Rajat Bhatia. SRH 72/5 in 15 overs22.03 IST: Tidy over from Ravichandran Ashwin, gives away 6 runs. Dot balls are putting Sunrisers in pressure. SRH 59/5 in 14 overs. 21.55 IST: It has been a difficult night for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Meanwhile, fifty up for the home team in 12.1 overs21.50 IST: The home team is in a spot of bother as they have lost half of their side inside the first 10 overs and with only 40 runs on the board. Anything under 120 will not be a par total. SRH 42/5 in 11 overs 21:41 IST: Out. Mitchell Marsh returns back and gets another wicket in the form of Moises Henriques, caught brilliantly down the leg by MS Dhoni. 21:32 IST: Out. Ravichandran Ashwin gets into action straightaway as he removes Deepak Hooda for 1 caught by Dhoni. Hooda going for the reverse sweep gets a top edge and an alert Dhoni dives forward to take the catch. Sunrisers 32/4 after 8 overs. advertisement21:26 IST:  The Pune pacers have made good use of the conditions by pitching in the right areas. Ashok Dinda gets his second wicket by dismissing Aditya Tare for 8 and the next over Mitchell Marsh sends back Eoin Morgan for a duck. Sunrisers are now three down.21:17 IST:  The ball is shaping around for the seamers because of the initial rain in the evening. So far, Tare and Dhawan have been cautious in their approach. Sunrisers 19 for 1 in 4 overs. Aditya Tare joins Shikhar Dhawan at the crease. 21:03 IST: Out. Dinda strikes first over to send back David Warner cheaply for a duck. The ball was wide to be cut and Warner played it straight into the hands of Rahane at backward point. 20:59 IST: Finally good to see players out in the middle. Dhawan and Warner at the crease, Dinda to start the bowling proceedings for Pune. 20:54 IST: Covers coming off and play to start at 21:00 local time, still a full game. 20:45 IST Not again, steady drizzle is back again. Live visuals show groundsmen dragging the covers back to the middle. 20:33 IST:  Rain has stopped, covers also coming off. Play to start at 20:45 local time and it will be a full game.20:28 IST: Good news trickling in, it has stopped raining and the covers are being taken off. 20:14 IST: The rain is back and so also the covers.20:12 IST: News from Hyderabad is that it has stopped raining and the covers are coming off.20:08 IST Covers are still on with the drizzle getting a bit heavy, but the fans are enjoying the summer rain with Bollywood music playing in the background. We start losing overs after 21:00 local time. 19:58 IST: David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan make their way to open for Hyderabad. But wait, it has started to rain and the umpires ask the groundsmen for the covers. Players also head back to the dugout, looks like passing showers.Teams:Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Aditya Tare, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha(w), Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish NehraRising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith, Thisara Perera, MS Dhoni(w/c), Mitchell Marsh, Rajat Bhatia, Saurabh Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda Toss and team news: Rising Pune Supergiants won the toss and have opted to bowl. For Pune, Albie Morkel makes way for Mitchell Marsh and Ankit Sharma makes way for Ashok Dinda, while Ashish Nehra makes comeback for Hyderabad in place of Barinder Sran.Glad to have Yuvi Paaji back into the side! Time to go all guns blazing! @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/vqaVsijyYX&; Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 25, 2016There was bit of rain in the afternoon but now nothing looks threatening, except for floating clouds here and there. Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to continue their winning streak when they face Rising Pune Supergiants at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.Hyderabad had a poor start to their campaign, losing the first two matches. But they have staged a fine recovery by winning three matches on-the-trot, which has taken them to the fourth spot in the eight-team standings with six points from five games.advertisementThey have a strong batting line-up which includes the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson and the veteran Yuvraj Singh.Warner has been in great form so far and has struck four half-centuries in five matches to be the second highest scorer with 294 runs. The Australian’s opening partner Dhawan seems to have finally snapped out of his prolonged run of poor form after good performances in the last two matches.The left-handed batsman batted through the innings along with Warner to post an unbeaten 53 and take Hyderabad to a 10-wicket win over IPL debutants Gujarat Lions. He was in fine touch in the last match against KIngs XI Punjab as well, and was unlucky to miss out on a half-century.Henriques, Morgan and wicketkeeper Naman Ojha have also done well with the bat for Hyderabad.Hyderabad also have a high quality pace attack spearheaded by New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult. Although veteran pacer Ashish Nehra is down with an injury, Hyderabad has not really felt his absence thanks to the in-form duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman.Bhuvneshwar is currently occupying the second place in the bowlers’ list with eight wickets in five games. Left-arm Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur has also been impressive so far, and is fourth on the wicket takers list with seven scalps. He also boasts a good economy rate of 5.75 runs per over.Ben Cutting of Australia and Barinder Sran, who recently made his debut for India, are also good options in the pace department. Hyderabad also have top class all-rounders in Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques and Karn Sharma.Pune, on the other hand, seem to have lost their way a bit. They started off in promising fashion with a commanding nine-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opener. But they have struggled to find the right combination since and have lost four consecutive matches. They are second from the bottom in the table with just two points.last_img read more

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