#1 . The Vikings arent going to be able to go get von mary123 29.08.2019 10:38

There are two types of swagger: one is intrinsic, the other is put on. The fake kind is hollow and often irritating but the genuine article is beautiful and irresistible. The feigned kind of swagger is exposed sooner or later on a cricket ground, and doesnt last long.Mohammad Asif has lived a scandal-filled cricketing career and hit rock bottom in 2010 for being banned and jailed for spot-fixing. He has also been caught carrying illegal drugs at the Dubai Airport, has had a notorious and failed public affair with a TV actress, and has failed a dope test. Somehow, he is still a relevant cricketer with his swagger intact. It never went away.His physique as a fast bowler never made sense. He looks thin enough to be blown away by a poke. But he is strong, as all Gujjars tend to be. His presence in the ground can easily be felt; he strides like he is walking a tightrope. On Saturday, the first day of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final, Asif was the last man to leave the dressing room for Water and Power Development Authoritys warm-up session before the toss, and walked straight to the pitch, which was topped with patches of green.By the end of the days play, he had figures of 18.1-4-29-4 as WAPDA bowled Habib Bank Limited out for 236. It took his seasons wicket haul to 19 in five matches, at an average of 18.63. Of the 127 overs he has bowled, 52 - or nearly 41% - have been maidens. He has made a massive impact on his team, leading a brittle attack, holding it together, winning games. Whether that is enough for Pakistan to pick him again remains to be seen; the selectors watched him keenly, but they retain a sense of reluctance about going back to him - given all his misdemeanours, their caution is probably reasonable.But Asifs bowling is capable of changing the most stubborn minds. He ripped through Habib Banks top order within no time, leaving them 19 for 3 by the time he had bowled three overs. In the seven overs of his opening spell, he conceded a mere eight runs. His second spell of five overs was wicketless, but he bowled three maidens and only conceded four runs. His rhythm was relentless.His run-up and follow-through were smooth as ever, stirring old memories of a master strategist. He didnt bowl at any great pace: he made Kamran Akmal stand up to the stumps even when he bowled with the new ball, but this was also because he wanted to push back Ahmed Shehzad, who was standing out of his crease in a bid to counter his movement.At one time, Habib Bank were reeling at 21 for 6, before Rameez Aziz and Fahim Ashraf rescued them with an 84-run stand for the seventh wicket. A 99-run ninth-wicket partnership between Aziz and Abdur Rehman frustrated WAPDA further, before Asif returned to send back Aziz.I did well in previous games but since today was the final and it was also being live telecast, I was just enjoying, Asif said after the days play. I have a much-needed rhythm, and since it was a big match and only big player delivers on such occasions, I gave it all and am now hoping to make the second innings count as well.Asif posed a considerable threat in each of his four spells, and a powerful appeal against Aziz took you back to the past, low to the ground on bent knees with arms outstretched. There was no way to gauge his fitness, at 33, and say if he would be able to cope with international cricket, but he looked confident. I bowled seven straight overs with the new ball. In fact I bowled more overs than anyone else, 18.1 overs, he said. What else do you expect me to do to prove [my fitness]. If I wasnt fit I dont think I could have bowled those overs.I am doing what I am required to do; rest is in the hands of Allah and then the selectors. I am doing my best and I cant do more. So to me I am doing well. The basics are still the same, which I havent forgotten, and I am just applying myself with everything I have. I know I still have my space there and it is never taken by anyone and I am confident that I will soon be taking it back.Asif is playing his second day-night game with the pink ball. He wasnt too happy with the quality of the ball being used in the tournament, and said it becomes soft after about 15 overs and that dew was also an issue under lights.Its an experiment, but obviously we have to adopt it as this is the future for Test cricket, he said. 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PHILADELPHIA -- Theres a clock in Sam Bradfords head, and its ticking fast. The alarm goes off at 2.3 seconds, which is the average length of time its taking the Minnesota Vikings?quarterback to throw the ball this season. That was the fourth-fastest time in the entire NFL entering Sundays game, and Sundays game showed the reason for that.Its hard to evaluate his performance when you look like a sieve in there, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after his team suffered its first loss of the season?21-10 to the Philadelphia Eagles.Theres a clock in Zimmers head too. Although its showing weeks and months instead of seconds, its ticking just as unmercifully. Zimmer is a man who knows his teams glittering 2016 start didnt come with much margin for error. At some point, the alarm clock is going to ring, and the expiration date is going to arrive. At some point, the wolf knocks on the door and sacks Bradford six times in one game.We were soft. We got overpowered. We got whipped, Zimmer said. It was a poor display. We have to stay away from negative plays offensively. Were not good enough to overcome these things.The 5-0 record the Vikings carried into Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday wasnt a mirage, but it wasnt bulletproof, either. The pressure with which the Eagles defensive front whipped Minnesotas overmatched tackles was the attack for which Zimmer has clearly been bracing. Philadelphia sacked Bradford six times, and the Eagles also hit him 19 times and knocked him down 14 times. A tackle rotation that included T.J. Clemmings, Jeremiah Sirles and recently signed veteran Jake Long didnt have any answers for the Eagles edge rushers, who were appropriately unimpressed.They were down a couple of offensive linemen, Connor Barwin said, so we knew there was going to be some opportunity there.Was there ever. Bradford and the Vikings offense didnt turn the ball over once the first five games of the season. They turned it over twice in the first quarter Sunday. The only reason this game didnt get out of hand right away was that the Eagles turned the ball over three times in the first quarter, a truly sordid 15 minutes of facsimile football in which it appeared as if each offense perceived the ball to be radioactive.But when things did settle down, it was Bradford, more than Philadelphias Carson Wentz, who spent the critical part of the day under siege.Its hard to throw when someones grabbing your arm, Zimmer said. Im not worried about Bradford.He should be. Even if he isnt concerned about Bradfords performance (which is wwhat he meant), theres surely reason to worry about Bradfords health if the protection issues dont improve.dddddddddddd. Bradford is in his seventh NFL season and has played all 16 games only twice -- most recently in 2012. The Vikings obviously know hes a health risk; everyone does. They acquired him a week before the start of the season out of desperation, for a first-round pick and more, because Teddy Bridgewater got hurt and they believed they had a chance to win the Super Bowl if they could get decent quarterback play. The risk, for the Vikings, is worth it because they believe -- and believe they have shown -- the ability to compete with anyone in the NFL this season.But oh, that ticking clock. Not two weeks into the season, Minnesota lost starting left tackle Matt Kalil and, worst of all, star running back Adrian Peterson. That combination of absences has left the Vikings without a running game or a viable, week-to-week plan to keep Bradford upright. And they feel it.Hes as tough as they come, and hes shown that in these last five games, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said of Bradford. Id like to eliminate some of those hits hes taking and keep him on his feet.Bradford would like that too, and Zimmer made no secret of how badly he craves that. The Vikings arent going to be able to go get outside help. They already dealt their first-round pick for Bradford, and theyre only about $426,000 under the salary cap. Even if they could trade for a new left tackle, they couldnt pay him. This is what theyve got: this combination of overmatched tackles and a loud, ticking clock.Obviously, Ive been on teams that have had the injury bug, and Ive fought it too, Bradford said. Its been a different group of guys in front of me, but I cant let that affect me. Ive got confidence in those guys. Theyve done a great job of keeping me clean, keeping me protected. I think well come back, figure out a way to get better, and well overcome this.That clock thats in Bradfords head every time he takes a snap is just like the one that needs to be in the Vikings heads as they swallow their first loss and take this turn into the middle part of the season. Theyre 5-1 and have looked as good as any team in the league this year. But because they cant afford for Bradford to get hurt and because their biggest current problem puts his health at direct risk, they dont have a lot of time to get this figured out. ' ' '

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