India A vs South Africa A 1st Test: Shubman Gill hits unbeaten 66 after India A bowlers skittle out SA for 164

first_img Press Trust of India ThiruvananthapuramSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 19:24 IST Shubman Gill roared back to form with a gritty fifty against South Africa A. (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill was back in form with an unbeaten 66 after bowlers set the platformIndia A had won the five-match ODI series against South Africa A 4-1India A were in command reaching 129 for 2 at stumpsYoung Shubman Gill was back in form with an unbeaten 66 after bowlers set the platform, dismissing the visiting side for 164 on the first day of the ‘Unofficial’ Test here on Monday.Gill, who has been an opener for Punjab in the longer format, played out Lungi Ngidi’s (1/18 in 6 overs) first spell as he faced 108 balls, hitting nine fours and a six as India A were in command reaching 129 for 2 at stumps.With India looking out for an opener who can replace an out-of-form KL Rahul, a big inning from Gill will put him in contention alongside Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal.The youngster had two steady partnerships — 48 for the opening wicket with Ruturaj Gaikwad (30) and 56 for the second wicket with Ricky Bhui (26).This was after the bowling attack performed admirably demolishing the South Africans for a meager score in 51.5 overs.Pacer Shardul Thakur (3 for 29) and off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham (3 for 64) were the picks of the bowlers. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was steady as ever (2/37).After being drubbed 1-4 in the five-match ODI series, South Africa ‘A’ would have hoped for a change in fortunes, but it was a tough day for them.Sent in to bat by the host, the visiting side was jolted early when senior team opener Aiden Markram was caught behind by wicketkeeper Kona Bharat off Mohammed Siraj in the first over of the match.After Siraj got the prized scalp of Markram, Thakur took over, dismissing the other opener Pieter Malan (0), Khayelihle Zondo (6) and the dangerous Heinrich Klaasen (0).advertisementWith South Africa ‘A’ tottering at 22 for 5 and the host bowlers being on target, Markram’s side looked in danger of being bundled out for a double-digit score.Some late resistance from young paceman Marco Jansen (45 not out, 69 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) and spinner Dane Piedt (33, 45 balls, 6 fours) helped them cross the 150-run mark.Brief scores (at end of day 1): South Africa ‘A’: 164 all out in 51.5 overs (Marco Jansen 45 not out, Dane Piedt 33, Shardul Thakur 3/29, K Gowtham 3/64).India ‘A’ 129 for 2 in 38 overs (Shubman Gill 66 batting, Rituraj Gaikwad 30, Ricky Bhui 26).Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India AFollow South Africa A India A vs South Africa A 1st Test: Shubman Gill hits unbeaten 66 after India A bowlers skittle out SA for 164India A bowlers put in a spirited performance to bowl out South Africa A for a meagre 164 on the first day of the ‘Unofficial’ Test.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Vague trade plan after Trumps tough talk

by Paul Wiseman And Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2017 11:40 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vague trade plan after Trump’s tough talk WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as “disaster” during the presidential campaign.In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Rep. Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intends to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact, which took effect in 1994. Trump and other critics blame the agreement for wiping out U.S. manufacturing jobs because it allowed companies to move factories to Mexico to take advantage of low-wage labour.The letter spells out few details and sticks with broad principles. But it appears to keep much of the existing agreement in place, including private tribunals that allow companies to challenge national laws on the grounds that they inhibit trade — a provision that critics say allows companies to get around environmental and labour laws.The draft also contains some provisions that were part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country Asia-Pacific trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration but rejected by Trump for possibly hurting U.S. workers.“We’ve got a long ways to go,” said Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. “President Trump made big promises to working people in Ohio, and I’m ready to work with him to deliver on those promises or hold him accountable if he doesn’t.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed in an interview on CNBC that the draft letter had come from the administration. He told CNBC that the administration wants to update how products qualify for tariff-free status, noting that some auto parts made outside the United States, Canada and Mexico can now qualify for this special status due to the agreement’s outdated rules.“It is a backdoor way for non-NAFTA goods to take advantage of NAFTA,” Ross said.But not everyone viewed the draft letter as protecting workers.NAFTA critic Lori Wallach, director of the left-leaning Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, called the letter “a punch in the face.”If it represents the president’s plan for a revamped NAFTA, she said, “he will have broken his campaign promises to make NAFTA better for working Americans and have a deal that cannot get a majority in Congress.”But Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which advocates free trade, said the letter leaves open the possibility that the Trump administration can take a tougher position once talks with Canada and Mexico begin.“The language is soft. It’s very diplomatic,” he said. “But it does have the potential of being an umbrella for very hard-hitting demands.”For instance, the letter said the president wants to revamp rules on government contracts to allow the U.S. government to insist that U.S. contractors do more to “buy American” while nudging the Mexican and Canadian governments to buy more U.S. products, too.Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, whose district runs more than 800 miles along the border with Mexico, welcomed administration calls for NAFTA to be updated to reflect the rise of e-commerce in the years since the pact was negotiated. The U.S. will seek commitments from Mexico and Canada not to impose customs duties on digital products.Criticizing NAFTA was a winner on the campaign trail. But many U.S. manufacturers have built complicated supply chains that cross NAFTA borders and worry that a rewrite of the deal will disrupt their operations. The letter states that a goal of new talks is to boost manufacturers’ profits “within the trading bloc.”U.S. farmers also have enjoyed increased access to the Mexican market through NAFTA, a benefit an amended agreement would look to expand.The vague draft may reflect a Trump administration still figuring out its trade priorities.Outside of the president’s own fiery rhetoric, congressional staffers have said it’s unclear precisely which administration officials are setting the agenda on trade.There is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor whom Trump has hailed as a “killer” negotiator.But the president also created the National Trade Council led by the economist Peter Navarro, who has talked up border taxes in hopes of bringing factory jobs back into the United States.And then there is Robert Lighthizer, the lawyer awaiting Senate confirmation as U.S. trade representative, the post officially responsible for leading talks about a new pact.White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to discuss the draft until Lighthizer is in place.“Our goal is to get Robert Lighthizer appointed as the next ambassador and U.S. trade representative,” Spicer said. read more