BRISBANE, Australia, (CMC): West Indies opener Lendl Simmons emerged from his slump to stroke a small cameo as Brisbane Heat chased down a challenging total to beat Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder by six wickets in the Big Bash League here yesterday. In pursuit of 187 for victory at the Gabba, Heat reached their target with three deliveries to spare, with the right-handed Simmons carving out 34 off 25 balls. Simmons, who failed to score in his two previous innings, struck two fours and two sixes, putting on 72 off 55 balls for the first wicket with Jimmy Peirson, whose 40 came from 36 balls with six fours. Simmons was first to fall, caught at third man by Clint McKay off seamer Shane Watson. His dismissal paved the way for captain Chris Lynn, who slammed 75 off 32 deliveries with six fours and six sixes. Lynn put on a swift 62 off 24 balls with Ben Cutting (22 not out) for the fourth wicket, before becoming one of Russell’s two wickets. The right-handed Russell had earlier belted two fours and a six in scoring 20 off nine deliveries as Thunder reached 186 for five off 20 overs, after being sent in. Captain Mike Hussey stroked 56 from 43 balls with two fours and two sixes, while Watson hammered 46 from 31 balls with five sixes. West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree finished with one for 26 from his four overs.
An Australian politician has questioned Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to award an Order of Australia to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to sport.Federal Independent MP Rob Oakshott, who expressed his love for Little Master, said the special award should not be used for diplomatic gain, the ABC news reported.”I love Sachin Tendulkar, I love cricket. But I just have a problem with soft diplomacy as you call it,” he said, adding “Getting in on the act of the Australian honours.” Oakeshott said the Order should be focused on recognising Australians doing community work instead.”I’m not going to die in a ditch over it…but it’s about the integrity of the honours list which should be for Australians,” he said.He said that Tendulkar was an “obvious diplomatic touch point”, and further suggested setting up an inter-nation gong, such as an “Australia-India award”.
After Sony, Samsung and later Apple accepted that a premium smartphone should have some insurance against water, LG may be gearing up to endow its next flagship device – the LG G6 with waterproofing capabilities.Also Read: Galaxy S8, Xiaomi Mi 6 will come with Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM: ReportThis probably means the phone will have to move on from its “modular” innovation that allowed for a hot swappable battery and opt for a fully sealed body. Expected to debut at the MWC next year in February along with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Nokia D1C and others, the phone is also reported to carry a wireless charging feature.More is known about the G6 when the company was reported to use water-resistant adhesive for its display, hinting that the housing would be made waterproof.So far, the phone is rumoured to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830/835 chipset with 5GB RAM. The phone will include fingerprint unlocking but similar to Apple and Samsung Pay, LG is said to have its own mobile payment digital wallet service.Despite packing several innovative features, LG G5 couldn’t dethrone Samsung and Apple devices in the premium segment, which explains why LG would want to plug all the holes with its next launch.Also Read: LG V20 quick review: Back with a bang? PossiblyThe company recently launched its first V series device in India – the LG V20 with Snapdragon 820 chipset and dual lens camera setup at Rs 54,990. But it is the LG V34, the 5.2 inch version of V20 that already has water resistant capabilities; though it debuted only in Japan and may remain a Japan-exclusive device.advertisement