MUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies batting stars Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons both failed when they could least afford to as Mumbai Indian suffered a stunning 20-run loss to underdogs Rising Pune Supergiant in the first playoff match of the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Bidding to qualify directly for the final after topping the preliminary standings, Mumbai failed to chase down a moderate total of 163, and will now take the difficult route by playing the winners of today’s second playoff between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.Opting to bowl first at home at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai limited RPS to 162 for four off their 20 overs, with Manoj Tiwary (58) and opener Ajinkya Rahane (56) getting half-centuries.RPS slumped to nine for two in the second over but Tiwary added 80 for the third wicket with Rahane and another 73 for the fourth wicket with MS Dhoni who made an unbeaten 26-ball 40, to revive the innings.MASSIVE BATTING FAILUREIn reply, Mumbai suffered a massive batting failure and could only muster 142 for nine off their 20 overs, with opener Parthiv Patel getting 52.Opener Simmons was run out for five at the non-striker’s end with the score on 35 in the fifth over, after a drive from Parthiv touched the bowler’s hand and on to the stumps with the Trinidadian backing up too far.Pollard, batting at number five, fell for seven in the eighth over at 51 for four, caught at midwicket by Steve Smith off off-spinner Washington Sundar who claimed three for 16 from four overs to earn Man-of-the-Match honours.
The Elders today congratulated the UN Security Council on its selection of António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as the next UN Secretary-General to succeed Ban Ki-moon in January.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “I am delighted by the outcome of the Council’s selection process. António Guterres is a highly-qualified candidate who is well-prepared for the many daunting challenges he faces. He will need the firm support of the Security Council as well as the wider membership of the United Nations to help him fulfil his mandate in these challenging times.”The Security Council’s nomination of Mr Guterres now goes to the UN General Assembly for approval. Hopefully, the resolution endorsing his candidacy will be adopted by acclamation, demonstrating that the new Secretary-General enjoys the support of all 193 member states.The Elders have consistently called for a transparent, merit-based process to select the new head of the United Nations. The open General Assembly hearings in which António Guterres along with the other candidates participated were an important and welcome step in this direction.