Manchester: India’s famed top-order imploded on a day when it mattered most as a gritty New Zealand survived a swift counter-attack from Ravindra Jadeja to win an exciting World Cup semi-final by 18 runs, here Wednesday. Indian top-order had one failure due and much to their horror, the semi-final proved to be their doomsday. Jadeja (77 off 59 balls) used every ounce of his ‘bits and pieces’ skill but the ‘men in blue’ could only get as far as 221 in 49.3 overs in pursuit of 240. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayNew Zealand made it to their second successive final, with credit going to their pacers’ – Matt Henry (3/37) and Trent Boult’s (2/42) – deadly opening spell and Lockie Ferguson’s steely nerve in the penultimate over. The script was eerily similar to the 2015 World Cup semi-final and just like that evening in Sydney, skipper Virat Kohli was once again out cheaply and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) was stuck in the middle overs. Mitchell Santner (2/34) bottled Dhoni up and there was too much left for Jadeja to do even as he smacked four sixes and four boundaries to raise hopes of a turnaround. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyCall it irony, Dhoni, in what could be his last international innings, was run-out by a direct throw from Martin Guptill. This was after Dhoni and Jadeja raised visions of an improbable win after adding 116 runs for the seventh wicket, coming together at 92 for six. Jadeja came in under overcast conditions when all looked lost and then wielded the willow like a sword, proving a point to critics like Sanjay Manjrekar in the most befitting manner. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the result as “disappointing” but hailed the Virat Kohli-led team’s fighting spirit in the nail-biting thriller.
North American markets climb on solid U.S. jobs data, higher crude prices TORONTO – North American markets closed higher on the final trading day of the week as oil rose and new jobs data out of the U.S. was stronger than anticipated.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 88.85 points to 13,212.50, while the loonie gained 0.40 of a cent to 75.05 cents US.It was the first time since late November that the loonie closed above 75 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 62.87 points to 17,006.77, while the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 6.59 points to 1,999.99. The Nasdaq composite rose 9.60 points to 4,717.02.South of the border, the economy added 242,000 jobs last month, particularly in the construction, retail and health care sectors, according to the latest data from the U.S. Labor Department, which also revised its job estimates for December and January upwards.Bruce Cooper, chief investment officer of TD Asset Management, said the jobs data was a positive for both the U.S. and the Canadian stock markets on Friday.“We worry about an environment of relatively low growth,” Cooper said.“So when you get indications that in the biggest economy in the world, which is the United States, things are continuing to move along — they’re not roaring ahead, but they’re moving ahead in a reasonable fashion — that allows the market to breathe a sigh of relief.”Toronto’s resource-centric market benefited from a boost in commodity prices Friday. The metals and mining sector of the TSX grew 5.17 per cent, while base metals stocks were up 4.22 per cent. Meanwhile, energy stocks gained 2.98 per cent.Crude oil, which has been flirting with US$35 a barrel for the last few days, finally closed above that mark — something it hasn’t done since late January. The April contract for benchmark U.S. crude oil rose $1.35 to US$35.92 a barrel.The rebound in the price of oil helped the TSX slip into positive territory for the year so far this past week.“Of the major markets, the TSX is the best performing market year-to-date,” Cooper said. “Canada clearly has the most resource exposure of any of the major markets, and so it’s a beneficiary as the commodity recovers.”Oil has recovered somewhat as rock-bottom prices forced a number of U.S. producers to scale back their drilling, Cooper said.“The number of drills operating in the United States is down something like 70 per cent from the peak,” Cooper said.In other commodity news, April natural gas gained 2.7 cents to $1.67 per mmBtu, the April gold contract climbed $12.50 to US$1,270.70 per troy ounce and May copper was up seven cents at US$2.28 a pound.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 4, 2016 7:14 am MDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more