Chelsea had to withstand a brief period of pressure in the second half at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would put them level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool.Frank Lampard almost put them ahead in the first half, volleying against the underside of the bar after meeting Eden Hazard’s ball into the box.The England midfielder earlier miscued when Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the ball back from the left after linking up with the lively Hazard.Boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that his attacking players must improve the defensive side of their game when the team do not have possession if Chelsea are to sustain a title challenge.And with Fernando Torres and Willian constantly looking to stop Arsenal building from the back, and with Ramires dropping deep to join midfielders Lampard and John Mikel Obi when needed, they have looked solid so far.Arsenal finished the first half strongly, however, and wanted a penalty when Theo Walcott went down after Willian stepped on his feet, but referee Mike Dean was having none of it.There have been no clear-cut chances since the restart, with Chelsea standing firm during a 10-minute spell in which the Gunners had plenty of possession.Chelsea (4-2-3-1:) Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Ramiries, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The J&K police has raised an alarm over the ‘reprisal attacks’ on non-locals living in Kashmir, after the reports of intimidation of non-local workers in Srinagar’s Kara Nagar and Bandipora areas.A senior police officer at the police headquarters said the situation was “being monitored closely as a few incidents of intimation has started pouring in.” “There were two minor incidents of intimidation at a sweets shop in Srinagar and workers in Bandipora. Some bike-borne youth tried to intimidate non-local workers. However, locals intervened and doused the situation,” said the police officer. The police said it fears that viral videos of alleged violence emerging from across the country against Kashmiri students and traders are “fuelling tension and anxiety in Kashmir Valley.” The administration is mulling to extend winter vacations of schools and colleges in Kashmir to avoid any law and order situation. Meanwhile, posters were pasted by a few doctors at Srinagar’s premiere health institute Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) barring representatives of pharmaceutical companies Zydus, Macleods, Intas and Sun Pharma following the move by the Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited “to suspend” three Kashmiri sales executives, Rounak Bashir Bhat, Arif Bashir and Sheikh Shabir Ahmad, “for their Facebook posts”.“It has been reported that you started posting hateful messages on your Twitter handle in the wake of Pulwama attack. Your tweet is insensitive in nature and has brought disrepute to the image of our organisation,” reads the notice issued to one of the sales representative.Non-locals hold protest Meanwhile, scores of non-locals staying in Kashmir held a demonstration in Srinagar and demanded “an end to the attacks on Kashmiris outside the State.” “It is unfortunate that people from Kashmir were at the receiving end in the country after the Pulwama attack. This demonstration is to demand an end to such attacks,” one of the traders said.said a non-local goldsmith in Srinagar, who has been living in the J&K’s capital for the past 25 years.The protesters said that non-locals working were “feeling secure in Kashmir but the treatment meted out to Kashmiris is not a positive development.” According to an official figure, around six lakh non-Kashmiri workers travel to the State every year to work in different sectors, especially the construction business. Attacks in Kashmiris a collective shame: separatists Separatist amalgam Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Wednesday said the unrelenting attacks in Kashmiri businessmen, students, tourists “was distressing”.“The videos and photographs of Kashmiris being beaten, humiliated, looted, vandalized and oppressed in various Indian states will only push more Kashmiri youth to the wall and the path of rebellion,” they said.The Mirwaiz said such attacks “is a collective shame for India”. The separatist leaders said Kashmiris throughout the history “safeguarded religious harmony and protected all outsiders living or working here and we will stand firm and provide safety, relief and other assistance to every Former chief minister and National Conference vice president asked the Prime Minister to condemn the attacks. “Dear PM Narendra Modi sahib, can we please have a few words of condemnation for the systematic attacks directed against Kashmiri students and others or does your concern not extend as far north as Kashmir?” he said.
Brief Scores – 3rd ODI: Australia 27/2 in 9 overs vs India. Usman Khawaja 7*. Last wicket – Aaron Finch 14 (24 balls). Full ScorecardBhuvneshwar Kumar got the wicket of Aaron Finch for the third successive time in the three-match series on Friday to put Australia on the back foot early after India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the series decider.But the dismissal was preceded by some interesting tactics from the Indians as Bhuvneshwar decided to try something new against the Aussie skipper.Bhuvi had got rid of vice-captain Alex Carey in the third over, getting him caught behind to Virat Kohli at second slip for 5.For Finch however, he bowled a delivery from behind the stumps in the 9th over, which it seems was suggested to him by wicket-keeper MS Dhoni. The former India skipper was talking to the fast bowler just before the incident.In the fifth ball of the ninth over, Bhuvneshwar ran in and got into his delivery stride besides the umpire and released the ball almost a yard before the usual landing crease, which put Finch off and he backed out. The umpire had no choice but to call it a dead ball.This one was called a dead ball… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/8V7ElRzZd9cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019Bhuvneshwar was not happy with the call but he got his revenge the very next ball as he brought one back in which kept a little low, Finch tried to defend but got struck flush on the front pad in front of the stumps.advertisementHe consulted with his batting partner Usman Khawaja at the other end whether he should take the DRS or not and eventually decided not to opt for it which was the right call as the replays showed that that ball would have gone on to clip the leg stump.This one was called lbw… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Kno6FrQvm6cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019At the time of Finch’s dismissal, Australia’s score was 27/2 in 9 overs with Usman Khawaja batting on 7. Shaun Marsh joined him in the middle after the captain’s departure.Also Read | India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd ODIAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionAlso Read | After historic Test series triumph, India eye 1st ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia