Kohli leads India chase in routine victory vs NZ

first_imgDHARAMSALA, India (AP):India scored 194-4 in 33.1 overs to chase down New Zealand’s paltry 190 and win the first one-day international by six wickets yesterday. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 85, after debutant Hardik Pandya took 3-31, to help their side take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Chasing 191, Rohit Sharma (14) and Ajinkya Rahane (33) got off to a comfortable start and put on 49 runs for the opening wicket. Sharma was trapped lbw by Doug Bracewell (1-44) in the 10th over.Rahane hit four fours and two sixes, as he took India past the 50-mark. But he wasted his start and was caught behind off James Neesham (1-40) in the 12th over.It was a similar story with Manish Pandey (17), who put on 40 runs for the third wicket with Kohli. His innings also ended with a loose shot, caught at midwicket off Ish Sodhi (1-34).Kohli brought up his 37th ODI half-century off 55 balls. He faced 81 balls overall and hit nine fours as well as a six.He put on 60 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni (21). The duo looked like finishing the game off for India, when a miscue between them led to a Dhoni run-out in the 29th over.FANTASTIC PERFORMANCEKedar Jadhav (10 not out) then made sure there were no further hiccups and took his team to victory with 16.5 overs to spare.”It was a fantastic performance by the fast bowlers. We had no clue that the wicket would’ve helped them so much early on. Despite the small total, it was also good that I got to bat in the middle,” said Dhoni, who turned out for India for the first time since late August.For Pandya, his first ODI was extra sweet as he was handed his ODI cap by legendary Indian all-rounder, Kapil Dev. The youngster was dropped from India’s tour of Zimbabwe after poor performances in the 2016 World T20, but has now made his way back after impressing with India-A in Australia recently.”It is good to be back and I was a bit nervous. But I have been bowling a lot of late and therefore was able to bowl today with a good rhythm. The ball was doing something in the early overs,” said Pandya, after winning the Man-of-the-Match award on his debut.MAYHEMEarlier, the Black Caps lost a fourth consecutive toss of the tour and at one point were reduced to 65-7. Pandya caused mayhem in his opening spell, dismissing Martin Guptill (12), Corey Anderson (4) and Luk Ronchi (0).At the other end, Umesh Yadav (2-31) removed Kane Williamson (3) and Ross Taylor (0) off successive deliveries.Only Guptill and Taylor got out to good deliveries and the remaining New Zealand batsmen were guilty of playing loose shots. Kedar Jadhav (2-6) added to their misery when he dismissed James Neesham (10) and Mitchell Santner (0) off consecutive balls in the 19th over.”We needed to weather the early storm a little bit. It was tough to bat at the start with the ball moving a lot. They bowled some good spells and there were some soft dismissals too. It was disappointing with the bat today,” said New Zealand skipper Williamson.Tom Latham (79 not out) and Tim Southee (55) then scored half centuries, and helped their side escape from an embarrassing position. While Latham became the first New Zealand opener – and 10th overall in ODI history – to carry his bat through an innings, Southee hit his maiden 50 with six fours and three sixes.Amit Mishra (3-49) wiped out the tail to restrict the Black Caps in 43.5 overs.last_img read more

‘Rent’ could pay dues for musicals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals If “Rent” connects with audiences, it will be setting the stage for another movie version of a recent Broadway show, “The Producers,” which will open in theaters next month. “It will be very interesting for the genre to see how these do because they were two of the movies inspired by the successes of ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Chicago.’ Those musicals fared well because they were unique,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. The success of the critically praised “Moulin Rouge” and the Oscar-winning “Chicago” was supposed to signal the return of the Hollywood musical. But it hasn’t quite happened. Last year’s “The Phantom of the Opera” was largely panned and earned just over $50 million domestically, while Kevin Spacey’s “Beyond the Sea” and 2004’s Cole Porter biopic “De-Lovely” barely registered with moviegoers. But only “Phantom” was based on a hit Broadway show, and both “Rent” and “The Producers” have the advantage of featuring most of their original Broadway cast on the big screen. The nationwide release today of “Rent”- the big-screen version of one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever – is a watershed event for the show’s legions of fans, simply known as “rentheads.” But it’s still up in the air whether “Rent” will have enough widespread appeal to be a commercial success along the lines of 2003’s “Chicago,” which took in more than $170 million at the domestic box office. “The people who know ‘Rent’ and love `Rent,’ they are there,” said Revolution Studios’ Tom Sherak, whose company is producing the film. “The question becomes, ‘How often will they come back?’ But it also has to expand itself. The hope is the movie’s positive word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising we will have.” Written by the late Jonathan Larson, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Rent” tells the story of Bohemians living in the East Village of New York City. The Sony Pictures Entertainment release is debuting in 2,400 theaters. “They are counting on a familiarity with the stage material, especially with ‘Rent,”‘ Gray said. The two most familiar faces in the “Rent” cast are “Law & Order” star Jesse Martin and Taye Diggs, who starred in last year’s “Kevin Hill” series. “With ‘Rent,’ they didn’t spend a fortune because they didn’t have people like Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise in the lead roles,” observed box office analyst Robert Bucksbaum, president of Reel Source Inc. Bucksbaum said the film has been tracking well with young moviegoers, especially girls, who he predicts will be the film’s core audience. “All the musicals that we’ve seen recently have basically been geared toward older audiences,” he said. “`Rent’ is skewing as young as 12 or 13. It is phenomenal for a musical to generate that young audience. It bodes well for the future and is great for the business.” Bucksbaum, who owns several movie theaters, including The Crest in Westwood, has seen the enthusiasm first-hand. His was among the theaters in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco that sold out midnight shows Tuesday. But Gray wonders whether the film will play to mainstream audiences and thinks the decade-plus that has passed since the original Broadway production debuted, might not bode well for its commercial prospects. Universal Pictures won’t have to refresh anyone’s memory with “The Producers.” The show’s hugely successful Broadway run began in 2001. It won a record 12 Tony Awards and then enjoyed a stellar national tour. Another plus: stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are currently back on The Great White Way in a new version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” “Because of the strong live performances around the country, we wanted to ‘eventize’ this movie,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of distribution. “There aren’t very many movie musicals. You always want to be cautious when you put out a piece of entertainment like this.” “The Producers” was a 1968 film adapted as a Broadway musical by Mel Brooks. It tells the story of a down-on-his-luck producer (Lane) and his accountant (Broderick) and their unique get-rich-quick scheme. The film co-stars Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell and will have a limited opening Dec. 16 in just six cities before it goes into wider release Dec. 25, expanding to 1,200 locations. “Sometimes you put it in 5,000 play dates, and sometimes you don’t,” Rocco said. “With this piece of entertainment, it’s always nice to have full auditoriums.” “Rent” and “The Producers” will not be the only stage musicals getting big-screen treatment in the near future. In preproduction or development are feature-film versions of several other Broadway hits tentatively set for release next year or in 2007. One of the most highly anticipated is “Dreamgirls,” with Beyonce Knowles leading a cast that also includes Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. The movie, loosely based on the real-life Motown group The Supremes, will be directed by Bill Condon (“Kinsey”) for a December 2006 release by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Also on tap from DreamWorks for 2006 is “Sweeney Todd,” which is currently enjoying a successful Broadway revival. The film version is set to be directed by Sam Mendes, Oscar winner for “American Beauty.” Set to begin shooting next spring is “Hairspray,” to be directed by Adam Shankman for release sometime in 2007 by New Line Cinema. Paramount is also mounting a big-screen version of “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Glenn Close, who won a Tony Award for her performance of Norma Desmond on Broadway. “They don’t make that many musicals, but as they make more and more, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain appeal, picture to picture,” Gray said. “Musicals have commercial hope if they are telling or singing a good story.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img