File photo of Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson.IANSThe leadership group at SRH is perhaps the strongest and at its helm is one of the most astute minds in world cricket — Kane Williamson. The backroom staff of SRH is fantastic and they are like a family who does not put unnecessary pressure on the players. The like of Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Muthiah Muralitharan are more like catalysts and enablers that help the players play their natural game by expressing their own skills in the ways they know best. Weaknesses The batting form of Manish Pandey has not been great and David Warner is returning after a long layoff. Thus, the pressure of run scoring will fall heavily on the shoulders of Williamson. The team has a decent middle-order but none of them can be ascertained as match-winners. Yusuf Pathan is a difference maker on his day but he is towards the end of his career. Read: Predicted playing XIsOpportunities SRH has the perfect opportunity to lift another title. They have one of the most balanced teams heading into the tournament and like they always do, they purchased very shrewdly in the auction this time too. The likes of Rashid Khan, David Warner, Bhuvi and Williamson are all big match players who can turn games on their own. Thus, another strong season is expected in Hyderabad. This IPL will provide Warner with the perfect opportunity to get back to a high standard of cricket. Following his ban, the left-hander has played club level cricket which is a far cry from international standards. Thus, he will see the IPL as an opportunity to get back into shape for the upcoming World Cup. Threats SRH has a lot of players who perform a similar role which gives the management a headache in terms of keeping the entire camp motivated and happy. Shakib Al-Hasan and Mohammad Nabi have similar jobs; the five pacers will not get a game every time; Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha and Sreevats Goswami will be vying for the same role. Even Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda are similar types of players. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:19Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Squad Kane Williamson (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Siddarth Kaul, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Shakib Al-Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Martin Guptill Close One would not ideally fancy Sunrisers Hyderabad to be tough competitors in the Indian Premier League but it is a team everyone likes. They are every opposition fan’s second favourite team but within the camp, they have been able to foster an atmosphere of success. SRH finished runners up last season despite their campaign tailing off slightly after a bright start. This season, they have bid goodbye to Shikhar Dhawan but will welcome David Warner back to the fold. The franchise has also acquired the services of Vijay Shankar who came their way in a trade which involved Dhawan going to the country and tournament’s Capital. Here’s taking a look at SRH’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.Strengths The team is filled with quality Indian seam bowling options in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Khaleel Ahmed. This gives them the opportunity to stack their batting and all-rounders with overseas players. In Bhuvi and Kaul, they have quality death bowlers too. The plethora of options also allows the captain to pick and choose depending on the conditions while keeping everyone fresh. Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 finals Tom Moody has impressed with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPLIANSIf the mystery of Rashid Khan is decoded, the bowling attack suddenly looks much less threatening. In the age of technology, it may so happen that the opposition does figure him out and that remains a constant threat.
British scientists have developed a hand-held device that infuses a gentle stream of regular cold water with ultrasound to turn it into a highly effective cleaning tool. They believe the tool could reduce dependence on traditional detergents and help combat anti-microbial resistance.The device, known as “Starstream”, passes a gentle stream of water through a nozzle that generates ultrasound and bubbles. The oscillating effect of the sound field on the bubbles turns them into micro-scrubbers that can remove dirt and germs from most surfaces. These tiny micro-scrubbers are particularly effective at cleaning inside cracks and crevices, which are difficult for conventional cleaning technologies, according to co-inventor Professor Tim Leighton.From his lab at the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Leighton said that he and his team found the gas bubbles because they wanted to build a form of micro-scrubber, which can clean without bleach and detergents, and penetrate inside the crevices and the cracks.”So these gas bubbles underwater; these balls of gas, normally just sit there spherically under water. But if you hit them with a sound field you can make their surfaces ripple. And you get such high sheer and rubbing along the surfaces of these ripples that it can clean very effectively,” he added.The patented technology earned Leighton and co-inventor Dr Peter Birkin, the Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation in 2011. This gave them the opportunity to develop their prototype model into the current hairdryer-type design for manual cleaning.However, Leighton said the technology could easily be fixed on to other devices of varying shapes and sizes. He further said that Starstream’s effectiveness without the need for heating or additives has the potential to transform the cleaning sector.In laboratory-based tests, “Starstream” was able to effectively remove biological contamination from medical instruments and bacterial biofilms that typically cause dental disease. Leighton believes if the technology could be incorporated into the public’s hand washing routine then it could prove to be a valuable tool in the fight against antibiotic and anti-microbial resistance.”Despite all our efforts we haven’t been able to change the behavior of people to wash their hands properly. So if we can’t change the behavior, we change the water. And our aspiration would be to make that six seconds of washing in cold water without soap – using Starstream- as effective as 20 seconds of warm soapy water. It’s an aspiration, we hope to realize it.” Leighton said.The device is in limited commercial production by company Ultrawave Ltd., but Leighton is seeking further investment to miniaturize the current design and make it a viable new tool for health providers and the general public.
Indian citizens of Masaladanga enclave queue up to cast their vote at a polling station in Cooch Behar district on 11 April 2019, during the first phase of general election in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Photo: AFPDespite all their woes, the residents of the 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner amid instances of sporadic violence in the region on Thursday.Braving the heat, about 12,000 voters from the erstwhile enclaves, a small proportion of the over 18 lakh electorate in the Cooch Behar constituency, queued up since morning to cast their vote and at the same time air their grievances.The dwellers have been complaining of a dearth of jobs, while many of those who chose to migrate to Cooch Behar from the Indian enclaves in Bangladesh territory are yet to get their promised land and are forced to stay in detention camps.”Unlike the panchayat elections, the situation was peaceful today (Thursday). I did not face any difficulty in casting my vote though I had to stand in queue for about half an hour in the morning,” said Brijendra Nath Burman, a 68-year-old resident of the Falnapur enclave.Even after exercising his franchise, Burman, who underwent decades of deprivation, was uncertain whether the promises of giving land rights, jobs for youth and demand for better health, education and basic amenities would be realised.On August 1, 2015, following the implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement, Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 adversely held enclaves. As a result, over 14,000 residents of Bangladeshi enclaves became Indian citizens.The erstwhile dwellers had earlier voted twice in 2016 — in the state Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha by-poll.Gaining confidence after seeing central forces in the polling booth, Tozzammal Seikh, a 62-year-old dweller from Masaldanga, expressed his satisfaction after casting his vote peacefully and felt happy to be a part of the largest festival of democracy in the world.”There was enthusiasm among the voters who queued up in the morning. There was no incident of violence,” said Madan Roy, a Trinamool Congress polling agent and a dweller of Bakhalitchhora enclave.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, accused the ruling Trinamool of indulging in rigging in 3-4 booths.”Polls were more or less peaceful but there were sporadic violence when Trinamool goons jammed 3-4 booths and rigged the polls in the enclave areas,” said Diptiman Sengupta, BJP’s Jalpaiguri district observer and Convenor of the Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC).The north Bengal constituency witnessed a four-cornered contest between Paresh Adhikary of Trinamool, Nisith Pramanik of the BJP, Piya Roychowdhury of the Congress and Gobinda Roy of the All India Forward Bloc. However, the real battle here is between the BJP and the Trinamool.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThere are roadworks in North Staffordshire that have been there so long the only surprise is they’ve not built a visitor centre and made them a tourist attraction. My own particular bête noire are those on Leek Road by the train station. I travel this way often to visit my old mother up in Penkhull. The lads up at the allotment like to borrow her old Crystal Gayle LPs for use as a bird-scarer. Coming from Cheddleton, there’s a consideration to be made early in this journey – is it worth risking the aforementioned junction or would it be better going a different way? Most times, I’ll take the chance, only to be left sat motionless in a queue of traffic. Such is the wait at this junction that it can be worth taking a shaving kit if you’re en route to a smart engagement or business meeting. Men may wish to do the same. There’s a temporary traffic light at these repairs which sits in a square box. It used to be by the Sixth Form College, now it’s been shifted across under the railway bridge. I dislike this traffic light immensely. It feels as if it has a malevolent power. I’m fairly sure it’s related to a Dalek. Read MorePolice warn cyclists not to ride on motorways in West Midlands I’m not a man for violence. I’ve never had a night out in Skelmersdale nor have I been to a dominatrix dungeon run by a member of Loose Women. But I could be prepared to visit serious harm on this traffic light. If you pass it one morning and see it mangled in the gutter, wires spewing from its broken form, don’t call the police, they’ll already be with me. The scene near the train station is, of course, repeated across the region. The thoroughfares of North Staffordshire are peppered with roadworks, surprisingly few of which are to repair potholes, some of which have grown so deep that applications have been made for open-cast mining. Those poor lads who got stuck in a cave in Thailand have been advised not to travel to Stoke-on-Trent in case they have flashbacks. I know roadworks are a countrywide phenomenon, but Stoke-on-Trent in particular seems wholly ill-equipped to deal with them. The problem is the city was never designed with the motorist in mind. People worked on their doorsteps, predominantly down the pit or at the potbank. Read MoreWatch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week Fifty years ago, a commute was a 200-yard walk. My mum recalls how there was barely a car to be seen on High Lane near where she grew up. Although this was the late 1800s. Down the decades, however, work, retail, and leisure patterns have changed. Nowadays we expect to be able to travel citywide quickly and efficiently. At the very least we would like to pass through Lime Kiln lights within the hour. No-one is espousing that we should have 16-lane superhighways such as in Los Angeles. That would be unnecessary to serve the clientele of the London Road Lidl. But we do need to think of solutions that go beyond the occasional junction change. I genuinely could drive to Derby quicker than Newcastle-under-Lyme from my house, and that can’t be right. The way things are we risk being featured on a low-end ITV documentary titled The World’s Worst Commutes, vying for the number one spot with the drive to work for the Ice Road Truckers. I know change can happen. The A50 eased a lot of congestion when it opened 20-odd years ago. The A500, which ranks alongside the Monaco coast road for breathtaking views, did the same. But it feels like we need something new. Can I suggest whatever that is ploughs straight through that traffic light in a box in Stoke? Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.