New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has hit five centuries in one edition. Virat Kohli has scored five consecutive 50+ scores. New Zealand’s entire team has scored just nine fifties and two centuries. In response, India’s four batsmen have scored 10 fifties and seven centuries. Those are the statistics Kane Williamson’s side has to face. KL Rahul’s addition has ensured Shikhar Dhawan’s absence has not been felt and it has given the Indian batting a different dimension. Add Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and the spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, India have the perfect team. On the other hand, New Zealand’s batting is only reliant on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.After a solid start, Martin Guptill has been a big let-down and with Colin Munro and Goerge Worker also not contributing, New Zealand’s opening conundrum is a big problem. The lack of partnerships at the top, something which India is mastering with ease with century partnerships at will, gives India the edge. It is thus no surprise that a tweet from Sachin Tendulkar would go so far to wish MS Dhoni all the best for the next two games.New Zealand is flying under the radar and according to coach Gary Stead, it suits them perfectly. No one is giving the Blackcaps a chance, but New Zealand has always known to punch above their weight. It is no wonder they have reached the semi-finals seven times with one final. Before the World Cup started, New Zealand handed India a loss in the warm-up game and it was swing and accuracy which did it. Trent Boult, who has been the star for New Zealand in the bowling along with Lockie Ferguson, will be aiming for a repeat of their form in the start. A collective performance from New Zealand and smart tactics from Williamson will be key if they are to beat India.Team CombinationIndia’s batting order is an envy for the rest of the world. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli are all in prime form and for them, batting first or second is no problem. With MS Dhoni lower down the order and Hardik Pandya’s heroics, India’s batting is invincible. There might be changes in the bowling, with Mohammed Shami replacing Ravindra Jadeja.IndiaProbable XI: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit BumrahNew ZealandWhile India’s batting is the envy of the world, New Zealand’s batting has been heavily reliant on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. The poor form of the openers has resulted in New Zealand losing momentum heavily ahead of the semi-final. Lockie Ferguson could replace Matt Henry and Trent Boult and Tim Southee, considered one of the best new ball pairs, could be reunited for this match.Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultWho will win? When it comes to depth in both the batting and bowling, India hold all the aces and thus are the odds-on favourites to win the match. However, if New Zealand can manage to overcome their opening woes and their bowlers deliver a strong show, then they can cause an upset.Weather and PitchThe forecast in Manchester has scattered showers throughout the day. The forecast is slightly better on July 9 as compared to July 10, where there are 70 per cent chances of rain. With cloudy conditions, there will be some assistance with the new ball.Stadium and TimingsThe encounter will take place at Old Trafford in Manchester at 15:00 pm IST local. highlights India has never beaten New Zealand in a World Cup clash in England.India has a 3-4 head-to-head record against New Zealand in World Cups.Rohit Sharma has scored five centuries in one edition. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
A panel titled “Welcome to Gay Town” explored the idea of the gay community as an ethnic and cultural idea Wednesday night and featured panelists such as West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.Gay pride · Major Pro Tempore John Duran (middle), spoke about the formation of a gay community and its role in society Wednesday. – Rachel Bracker | Daily Trojan Heilman, who has served on the city council since the city’s incorporation in 1984, and West Hollywood Major Pro Tempore John Duran said having a centralized gay community has affected the gay rights’ movement and the integration of LGBT individuals.“It wasn’t a conscious effort to develop into a gay community. It was an organic development that took place as people felt comfortable within the community,” Heilman said. “It was a lot of like-minded people coming together because they were attracted for different reasons.”The campaign to establish an independent City of West Hollywood was been spearheaded by a coalition of LGBT activists. Its first city council had three openly gay members, making it the first city in the county to have an openly gay majority governing body.The panel also included senior policy counsel for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center Sky Johnson, Southern California program manager for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network Daniel E. Solis and associate professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education Mary Andres.Solis, who works mostly with middle and high school gay-straight alliance groups said that, although the gay community has made many strides, there are still problems.“You’re okay now: you have characters on Glee and Ellen is the new Oprah. That’s not true, there are parts of L.A. that are not safe … and you have to recognize that,” Solis said. “A lot of schools don’t know what to do about transgendered students in terms of bathrooms, P.E. and other things. … That’s something that we as a community need to attend to and something we need to advocate for.”The panel also discussed the HIV and AIDS epidemic affecting the community.“HIV and AIDS in many ways pushed the community together. The first time we all got together, we met in West Hollywood in Plumber Park. We were setting up chairs row by row and a group of lesbians came in and said, ‘No, set them up in a circle so that everyone has an equal say,’ … so we spent an hour arguing about how to arrange the chairs,” Duran said. “We had to redefine the way we treated gender in order to work together.”At the end of the panel, Johnson asked audience members how they felt about the use of the word “gay” as a pejorative.Tiara Raffine, a graduate student studying social work, said she was strongly opposed because it implicitly condones a negative view of gays.“The biggest issue that comes up is I’m sitting in a classroom and people are making fun of me and the teacher will do nothing. That makes me feel bad about myself as a person,” Raffine said. “It’s very problematic that we perpetuate that idea. Maybe it’s OK for adults who are more sure about who they are, more secure, but for the younger generation it’s very difficult.”The event was hosted by the Office of Campus Activities and the LGBT Resource Center. It was moderated by Queer and Ally Student Assembly Executive Director Emily Allen and the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association Events Co-Chair Genevieve Flores, who graduated in the spring.