Amazon gives Seattle NHL arena new name: Climate Pledge Arena

first_imgI’m excited to announce that Amazon has bought the naming rights to the historic Seattle arena previously known as KeyArena. Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we’re naming it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. It will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world, generate zero waste from operations and events, and use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system to create the greenest ice in the NHL. #ClimatePledgeA post shared by Jeff Bezos (@jeffbezos) on Jun 25, 2020 at 11:00am PDTMORE: NHL Phase 2 detailsBezos penned a statement on Instagram:I’m excited to announce that Amazon has bought the naming rights to the historic Seattle arena previously known as KeyArena. Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we’re naming it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. It will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world, generate zero waste from operations and events, and use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system to create the greenest ice in the NHL.Fans currently have the name of the stadium, but not the name of the franchise. If they’re still looking for nicknames, here are a few that are available: the Supersonics, Pilots, Primes and Kraken.”We have known for sometime now, we need to do everything different.”Together @amazon, @OakViewGroup & @NHLSeattle_ are doing just that. #ClimatePledgeArena will serve as a long-lasting & regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action.Visit →— Climate Pledge Arena (@ClimateArena) June 25, 2020Key Arena, located in the Seattle Center, has been home to the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) and is the future home of the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. The building was most recently named the KeyArena between 1995 and 2008.  Your Amazon Prime dollars are hard at work.Amazon bought the sponsorship for long-standing KeyArena on Thursday, and is giving the reconstructed arena a new name. Impending fans of the newly christened Seattle NHL franchise will call Climate Pledge Arena their home, per Amazon head man Jeff Bezos.  View this post on Instagramcenter_img Opened in 1962, the building will be home ice to the unnamed Seattle NHL franchise once renovations are completed. The building was last used in 2018.Twitter, as always, chimed in with the climate-conscious name:This sucks so bad!! Bezos buying up Seattle piece by piece is no pledge to the climate, tax Amazon— lena raine 🎴 (@kuraine) June 25, 2020Whether you like it or not…Honestly, how many people thought Climate Pledge Arena was an Onion headline at first?— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) June 25, 2020What on earth are we gonna nickname Climate Pledge Arena? The Greenhouse? An Inconvenient Roof?— Stephen Cohen (@scohenSEA) June 25, 2020seattle: what if you used your billions for affordable housingamazon: climate..seattle: okay that’s a great issue tooamazon: pledgeseattle: ???amazon: arena— Susana Machado (@smacha1995) June 25, 2020The temperature inside Climate Pledge Arena should rise by one degree every year— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) June 25, 2020Seattle’s NHL franchise will take the ice in 2021.last_img read more

Big, bad Seahawks defense shuts down Peyton Manning and Broncos

first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (25) reacts during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Best defense in NFL carries Seattle to titleEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Richard Sherman felt the need to apologize.While the rest of his teammates bounced around in celebration, Sherman hobbled on a pair of crutches, the pain in his right ankle keeping him from enjoying the rain storm of confetti.“This championship hat, winning, achieving a dream it really numbs the pain a lot. It was really hurting and I was sad I let my teammates down I wasn’t able to finish the game,” Sherman said. “I knew they would step up for me and do that. This feeling is just unbelievable. It’s a dream come true.”Led by its All-Pro cornerback, Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary and the nastiest defense in the NFL proved the strength of the Seahawks was greater than the record-setting arm of Peyton Manning in their stunning 43-8 rout on Sunday night.Sherman’s night was, well, kind of boring. After two weeks of so much attention landing at Sherman’s feet for what happened at the end of the NFC championship game, his Super Bowl night was rather uneventful.That was by design. Manning wasn’t about to mess with arguably the best cornerback in the NFL.Manning carefully tried to avoid throwing at Sherman, leaving the rest of his mates in the secondary to make the plays. Safety Kam Chancellor flattened Demaryius Thomas on Denver’s third offensive play, a tone setting moment that epitomized what Seattle was hoping to accomplish against the Broncos talented receivers.Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor (31) celebrates after intercepting a pass intended for Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Feb. 2, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)“I definitely think it did. It just sends a message that anytime you come across the middle you have a chance of getting wrecked,” Chancellor said. “And that’s the way we play on defense. We play physical. We want to instill our will. We want to be a grimy defense.”Chancellor later had an interception on an overthrown pass, cornerback Byron Maxwell forced a fumble in the third quarter and safety Earl Thomas cleaned up everything leftover — which wasn’t much.The result was one of the most lopsided Super Bowl’s ever against the most prolific offense the league had even seen.“You can never expect it but I wasn’t really shocked. I expected us to stand up,” Sherman said. “I didn’t expect us to give up a whole lot of points. It’s not our standard to give up a whole lot of points. We haven’t done it all year. We knew we would play sound football.”That secondary got plenty of help along with way from a defensive line that got enough pressure to make Manning uncomfortable. They only sacked Manning once, but disrupted the timing of the Broncos pass game regularly. Manning either made an extra pump, or had to take an extra slide step because of the pressure coming at him and the coverage in the secondary.And when the passes were thrown, there was almost always someone there to make the tackle. As was their approach all season, Seattle was not going get beaten by the big play. Everything was thrown underneath.Denver’s longest pass play was 23 yards.“Tackling was going to be so important in this game,” Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “It was something we stress all the time, but for us when we play our zone coverages how fast can we close and really eliminate the yards after contact.”Sherman was targeted only once in the first half when Manning threw a pass away that floated out of bounds. It came during the only drive of the half where Denver threatened to score, only to get turned away on fourth down.Sherman was targeted more in the second half and twice had to be tended to by trainers for injuries. The last time finally sent him to the locker room and left Sherman on crutches and in a boot for the celebration.But Sherman insisted he would be healthy enough for the championship parade coming on Wednesday after the Seahawks gave a performance that showed their success goes beyond their spotlighted secondary.“It’s a lot of guys a lot of people haven’t heard of and probably should be in the Pro Bowl and All-Pros and things like that,” Sherman said. “I think they learned how complete of a team we are, how complete our defense is.“It’s not just the ‘Legion of Boom’ back there with four guys who play good football.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

Old Stone Church Celebrates 150 Years

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Perched above the Navesink section, the Old Stone Church remains – as it has for just about a century-and-a-half – a place for its members to worship, take part in programs and to offer support for the community.Members of All Saints’ Memorial Episcopal Church at 202 Navesink Ave., located on a 7-acre elevated slope, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 7, with a yearlong series of events highlighting – what its interim rector called – the church’s “deep roots” in the community.Michael Stasi, senior warden, church member Valerie Schauer, and the Rev. Deborah Piggins stand in front of All Saints’ Memorial Church, Navesink, which is preparing for its 150th anniversary celebrations.“It has been at the heart of this community, with its beauty, its history and what it offers,” said the Rev. Deborah Piggins, who has been the church’s interim rector for a year and nine months. (“But who’s counting?” she said with a smile.)The church was designed and built by noted 19th century British architect Richard Upjohn, who also designed Trinity Episcopal Church in New York’s financial district. All Saints’ was built in the Gothic stone style, using fieldstone, which gave rise to the church’s common moniker of Old Stone Church. Its cornerstone was laid on Oct. 7, 1863, and it has been listed as a National Historic Site since 1974 and as a National Historic Landmark since 1982.The church became a reality through the efforts of the Milnor and Stephens families, two prominent families at the time, and was built in memory of Stephens’ daughter, Jeanette Stephens Edgar, “Who died too young,” Piggins said.The church is one of a collection of Episcopal churches that populate the area and was built at a time when travel was much more time consuming. The proliferation of Episcopal churches was due, in large part, to the imprint of British cultural and life, and the Anglican Church, dating back to before there was a country, Piggins said.The relatively small church continues to thrive and draws far beyond the immediate – formerly rural now suburban – area, Michael Stasi, the church’s senior warden, said.Stasi, a Red Bank resident, suspects quite a few of the church’s members, numbering about 200 on the books with about 100 regularly attending services, have a story similar to his.“We were looking for a church community we could identify with,” he said. “We came here a number of times and stayed.”People “come for the external beauty” of the church building and grounds, “but they stay for what they’re getting here,” said Stasi, who has been a member for 27 years.Valerie Schauer, who grew up in Navesink and still lives there, has been a member since 1956. She had belonged to another area Episcopal church but she felt “you were judged by what you wore as opposed to what you did,” she remembered. “This church has been so warm and nonjudgmental. It’s been my home.”Members are involved in community service, regularly volunteering and cooking for the Kitchen at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Keans­burg. Since Super Storm Sandy, there have been a number of outreach programs sponsored by the church to assist area residents. The church’s twice-monthly dinner and a movie night on Fridays was modified and aimed to assist Sandy victims, Piggins said.As part of its sesquicentennial anniversary year, church members will be partnering with Dress for Success, a women’s employment preparation program. They also will sponsor a series of community forums on a variety of issues, the first being a discussion on human trafficking.The anniversary celebration will begin this weekend with the Stone Church Players’ production of Our Town, performed in the church at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6 and Oct. 11 and 12, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 and 13.Plans also call for a candlelit concert on Dec. 1 and a Dec. 15 children’s Christmas show.In 2014, plans call for the traditional “Kirking of the Tartans,” featuring lots of bagpipes in a celebration of the Episcopal Church’s connection with the Scottish Church, Piggins said.last_img read more


first_imgChad Lindsay2241118%27%$76,230 Philip D’Amato451211527%62%$756,060 Hector O. Palma833038%75%$59,490 Fernando Perez333339%27%$151,140 Martin Jones930033%33%$144,100 Tiago Pereira52581010%44%$211,968 Steven Miyadi1233025%50%$87,895 Edwin Maldonado7115121021%52%$568,086 CHAMPION SONGBIRD WORKS TOWARDS HER RETURNFANTICOLA HAS BETTER DRAW IN MONDAY’S GAMELYEDWIN MALDONADO IS KING OF THE TWO-YEAR-OLDSOBVIOUSLY DRILLS FOR THIRD SHOEMAKER VICTORY Rafael Bejarano7315121221%53%$853,985 Simon Callaghan1231125%42%$142,830 Stewart Elliott423527%24%$181,500 Mike Puype3063320%40%$216,405 Tim Yakteen1334123%62%$131,438 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Mandella1834317%56%$218,415 Flavien Prat53167630%55%$728,020 Santiago Gonzalez711012914%44%$500,975 Drayden Van Dyke3133410%32%$175,550 Edward Freeman1031230%60%$95,930 -30- Doug O’Neill363858%44%$318,350 Peter Eurton1850228%39%$219,370 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Brayan Pena323479%44%$85,585 Martin Garcia4564613%36%$385,130 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler3162319%35%$378,705 Mario Gutierrez2636012%35%$306,320 MALDONADO ENJOYS HOLIDAY ON TWO-YEAR-OLDSMeet Edwin Maldonado, King of the Two-Year-Olds.The 33-year-old native of Columbus, Ohio, who is represented by agent J.R. Pegram, is in a pitched battle for Santa Anita’s Spring Meet riding title, thanks in the main to his remarkable success on two-year-olds.From nine mounts aboard “babies” this year, Maldonado has won seven, twice at Los Alamitos and five times at Santa Anita, including Saturday when he piloted Cioppino Pasadino to a 4 ¼-length score for trainer Gary Sherlock in the second race at an $18.40 win payoff.“He’s number one among 269 jockeys in two-year-old earnings this year with $241,645,” pointed out Pegram, “and he’s also first in wins on two-year-olds.”“I like being on younger horses,” said Maldonado, a refreshing presence in the Southern California riding colony. “It’s exciting. It’s like opening a Christmas present. You don’t know what you have until they run.“Riding good horses for trainers like (Mike) Harrington and (John) Brocklebank who always seems to do well with babies make it easier for me, and it helps to have a little luck at the break.“I got a off to a good start this meet. The last time that happened, at Hollywood Park, I won the title, so based on that, I think I have a good shot to win it here.“In past meets, it seemed I got off to slow starts and had to finish strong to catch up. Now I’m in a better position, up front with others trying to catch me.”FINISH LINES: Obviously, in quest of his third straight win in the Grade I, $400,000 “Win and You’re In” Shoemaker Mile next Saturday, June 4, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s training track Sunday for Phil D’Amato in 1:10.60. Fractional times for the eight-year-old Irish-bred gelding were 23.20, 34.80 and 45.60. Probable for the Shoemaker: Heart to Heart, Julien Leparoux; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo; Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano; Obviously, Mike Smith; Tourist, Jose Lezcano; and Twentytwentyvision, Flavien Prat . . . Leandro Mora, assistant to Doug O’Neill, reports continued good news on Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, currently at Pimlico following his third-place finish behind Exaggerator in last Saturday’s Preakness. “The last two days his white count has been normal, he’s eating, and his temperature is back to normal,” Mora said Sunday morning at Santa Anita. “If everything stays as it is, he’ll be here on June 5.” . . . With three wins Saturday, Flavien Prat moved into first place in the jockeys’ race with 16, one in front of Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano and Edwin Maldonado, who have 15 . . . Unusual Heat, the indefatigable 26-year-old stallion that stands at Harris Ranch in Coalinga for $20,000, sired three winners on yesterday’s Gold Rush Day card for California-bred or sired horses at Santa Anita: How Unusual (3.60) in the third race; Infinite Loop ($7.80) in the seventh; and Packin Heat ($30.40) in the ninth, the latter cementing a Pick 6 carryover into Sunday of $103,276.50. For good measure, Unusual Heat also sired three horses that finished third . . . Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis reflecting on icons Charles Whittingham and Bill Shoemaker, each with a stakes race named in their memory at Santa Anita: “They were two great people, two great horsemen and I’m very lucky to have ridden with Shoemaker and ridden for Mr. Whittingham. It was a great learning experience and I enjoyed many great times with each of them.” Solis pilots Blingo for trainer John Shirreffs in today’s Whittingham Stakes. “He’s a nice horse and he’s training very well,” Solis said. “He’s very happy right now. I think he’s coming up to this race in good form.” . . . Congratulations to jockey Brice Blanc on winning his first race of the meet Saturday aboard Bert’s Melody for trainer Sean McCarthy in the Fran’s Valentine Stakes. “It’s been a little rough,” said the affable Frenchman. “I’ve gotten beat a couple of noses, so it was nice to win, especially for John Barr (Oakcrest Stable) and Sean.” . . . Kona Gold winner Wild Dude worked four furlongs Sunday for Jerry Hollendorfer in 49.20 with Bejarano up . . . Maiden Trojan Nation, runner-up by a head in the Wood Memorial and 16th at 42-1 in the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:00.20, after which trainer Paddy Gallagher said he was “still thinking” about the son of Street Cry‘s next race . . . Trainer Hector Palma feted Victor Espinoza and Fernando Perez on the occasion of their birthdays Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner, balloons and all. Espinoza turned 44 on May 23, while Perez was 30 on May 25 . . . Agent Vic Lipton is representing seven-pound apprentice rider Jose Barnes . . . Horseplayer Dylan Donnelly will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Monday, 12:50 p.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita races through this Monday, Memorial Day, which is Dollar Day when fans can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time Memorial Day is 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Santa Anita’s festive Infield Carnival continues through Monday from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. The entire family can share Carnival rides, games and prizes in addition to exciting Thoroughbred racing . . . Golden Gate’s ‘Golden 6,’ alive and growing for 51 straight days, stands at a whopping $1,065,284 going into Sunday . . . Friday’s single winning Pick 6 at Santa Anita that paid $167,245 was purchased through BetAmerica for $1,280. SONGBIRD TAKES A MINUTE FOR SUNDAY BREEZEOn an overcast Sunday morning, Songbird, racing’s perfect filly, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track shortly after daybreak in a minute flat with exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez aboard.While published reports have mentioned the Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks on June 18 as Songbird’s comeback race, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer indicated that was not written in stone, leaving the door open for other options.“I don’t have an agenda for her,” Hollendorfer said. “We’re taking it one work at a time. It wasn’t me who said we were going to run there. They said, ‘Was it possible?’ It is possible, but I didn’t pick that race.”Songbird, champion two-year-old filly of 2015 and easy winner of all seven of her races including the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks last April 9, has not raced since then. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms.Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had fractional times for Songbird of 24 flat and 48.20, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:13.20.“She galloped out good,” Hollendorfer said. Patrick Gallagher1340031%31%$112,120 Martin Pedroza3964615%41%$214,970 (Current Through Saturday, May 28) Jerry Hollendorfer3763816%46%$499,280 CONDITIONS MORE SUITABLE FOR FANTICOLA IN GAMELY            A better post position and a softer pace scenario could benefit Fanticola in Monday’s Memorial Day feature, the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf.Fanticola, a six-year-old mare conditoned by training leader Phil D’Amato, broke from the extreme outside 14 post last out in the Royal Heroine at a mile on grass, compromising her chances of making the lead from the start under regular rider Joe Talamo.“There was nothing Joe could do,” D’Amato said. “He rode as good a race as he could being hung that wide, but he should be able to save a little bit more ground this time, and it’s her third race off the bench, so all systems are go.”Despite her unfavorable post in the Royal Heroine, Fanticola held the lead into the stretch but was passed late, winding up third, beaten less than two lengths.The Canadian-bred daughter of Silent Name has a 5-5-8 record from 21 starts with earnings of $537,300 for owners Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino.The lineup for the Gamely, race eight of 10: Nancy From Nairobi, Abel Lozano, 5-2; Evo Campo, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Dressed to a T, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Elektrum, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Wekeela, Javier Castellano, 9-5; Keri Belle, Mike Smith, 15-1; Illuminant, Flavien Prat, 5-1; and Nashoba’s Gold, Tyler Baze, 15-1. Mark Glatt2754519%52%$174,846 Tyler Baze7915151619%58%$757,300 Joseph Talamo5510121218%62%$594,323 Richard Baltas2636312%46%$164,588 Ignacio Puglisi1441229%50%$113,518last_img read more

SA mine detector gets top recognition

first_imgRay Maota Landmines such as these pictured cause devastation during wars as they do not discriminate between combatants and civilians, who end being dismembered and killed. (Image: Wikipedia) The Husky 2G is used to clear the path of mines for the military and civilian personnel during combat. (Image: RSD) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rolling Stock and Defence Division  +27 11 914 1400 RELATED ARTICLES • Swedish army prefers SA vehicle • Two centuries of SA military history • SA provides security to South Sudan • Rooivalk gets its wingsThe locally made Husky 2G Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector (VMMD) has been named one of the top 10 greatest military inventions by the US army, proving that South Africa’s engineering ranks among the best in the world.The recent announcement was made in Washington DC at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army.A ceremony held during the meeting paid tribute to inventions which have improved the lives of soldiers around the world.Scott Fish, US army chief scientist, commended the inventions and the brains behind them by saying: “They are all driven by a deep desire to make things better and are not satisfied with a concept of utopia. They go beyond that: they make something real and they make it happen now.”Fish compared the inventions to Apple products for their simplicity and ease of use, paying homage to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who recently passed away.Addressing delegates at the ceremony, Heidi Shyu, acting assistant secretary of the US army, said: “Anything you do to innovate and help our soldiers is incredibly appreciated by the folks who are deployed. I am so impressed. Thank you for what you do for our soldiers.”Unique detection systemThe VMMD was designed and developed by DCD-Dorbyl’s Rolling Stock and Defence Division.The two-seater vehicle is used to detect and clear the field of mines before army and civilian personnel move in.The Husky 2G is a derivative of the single-seater Husky Mark III, which has been used in combat since the early 1980s. It has helped clear mines in the Balkans, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.According to DCD-Dorbyl’s defence division, what makes the VMMD stand out from other mine-detection systems is its ability to pass over pressure-fused anti-vehicle landmines without detonating them.The system is so durable that in the event of a mine being detonated, any damage can be repaired within two hours.Nearly 400 of these South African-made systems have been used throughout the world in combat situations.Top 10 winnersThe nominations for the best inventions were put forward by veteran combat soldiers.In addition to the Husky 2G, they included: the 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round; 40mm Infrared Illuminant Cartridge; Green Eyes – Escalation of Force Kit Integration with the Crows System; Jackal Explosive Hazard Pre-Detonation System; M240L 7.62mm Lightweight Medium Machine Gun; mCare Project; Dismounted Mortar Fire Control System; RG-31 Robot Deployment System; and the Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System.The Enhanced Performance Round is a modified type of bullet used by US forces in Afghanistan, which has a larger steel penetrator on its tip.The Infrared Illuminant Cartridge makes it possible to track enemy troops more effectively at night.The Green Eyes technology disturbs an individual’s vision, making driving or aiming a weapon impossible.The Lightweight Medium Machine Gun is a less bulky derivative of the existing M240B machine gun.last_img read more

World T20: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs

first_imgSouth Africa topped Group C after skipper A B de Villiers led them to a 32-run victory over Sri Lanka in a rain-curtailed match of the ICC World Twenty20 here today.South Africa rode on De Villiers’ 13-ball 30 to post 78 for four after the match was reduced to a seven-over-a-side affair. In reply, the Sri Lankans were restricted to 46 for five as the Protea bowlers took centrestage at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.The loss meant Sri Lanka will enter the Super Eight stage as the second best team from the group.Besides de Villiers, Hashim Amla (16), Faf du Plessis (13) and JP Duminy (12) chipped in with important runs to lay the foundation for a comfortable win, after being put in to bat.In what was the first international T20 match between the two sides, the hosts always had a tough task at hands after the Proteas set a stiff target. It became even more difficult after the Lankans lost openers — captain Mahela Jayawardene (4) and Tillakaratner Dilshan (0) — cheaply.The Sri Lankan batsmen simply failed to find their ground, even as Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis came up with tremendous bowling efforts to restrict the opponents.The bowlers managed to tightened the noose further and the likes of Dilshan Munaweera, Kumar Sangakara (13) and Thisara Perera (1) could never get the momentum going.Steyn finished with impressive figures of two for 10 from as many overs. Earlier, South Africa also did not have an ideal start as Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed opener Richard Levi (4) in the very first over, when Dilshan Munaweera took a brilliant diving catch going back from mid on.With the match reduced to just seven overs, Amla quickly got into the groove, stealing three boundaries before his nine-ball cameo was cut short by Rangana Herath.But de Villiers took over from where Amla left, and in the able company of Faf du Plessis, sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.Besides hitting fours and sixes off loose deliveries, he chipped in with the twos and threes to keep the scoreboard moving.His knock was studded with a four and two sixes. It came to an end when he mistimed a shot off Malinga’s bowling.Plessis was quick to follow his partner to the dressing room.But JP Duminy made sure that his skipper’s good work did not go waste. He hit a four and a six in the last two balls of the innings to take the team past the 75-run mark.advertisementlast_img read more