MUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard both failed, but new boys Gujarat Lions remained unbeaten with a three-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians off the last ball in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Needing one run off the final delivery in pursuit of 144 at the Wankhede Stadium, Australian Aaron Finch lashed a boundary to seal Lions’ third straight win in the tournament.Opener Finch top-scored with an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls, with seven fours and a six, while captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 27 in a 53-run, second-wicket stand.Bravo, batting at number five, made just two before he got himself in a tangle to the sixth delivery he faced and fell to a catch at the wicket in the 13th over from seamer Jasprit Bumrah at 83 for four.POLLARDFAILEDEarlier, Bravo’s fellow Trinidadian, Pollard, also failed, falling for one as Mumbai tallied 143 for eight off their 20 overs after being asked to bat.Opener Parthiv Patel top-scored with 34 while number nine, Tim Southee, struck a breezy 25 from 11 balls.Ironically, Bravo had a hand in Pollard’s dismissal, taking a skier at long-off as the big-hitting West Indies teammate holed out off 44-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe in the 11th over at 59 for four.Bravo’s four overs of medium pace went for 39 runs and yielded just one wicket.In the other game played in Hyderabad, West Indies all-rounder AndrÈ Russell endured mixed fortunes as his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) completed an uncomplicated eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.BRILLIANTSPELLHe produced a brilliant spell of one for 19 from four overs to help limit Sunrisers to 142 for seven off their 50 overs. England T20 captain Eoin Morgan top-scored with 51 from 43 deliveries.The game was marked by the return of champion West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine, who finished with none for 26 from his four overs, in his first international game since being banned by the ICC last November for having an illegal action.He was cleared to return to action after his remodelled action was approved by the ICC last month.In reply, KKR were propelled by captain Gautam Gambhir, who stroked an unbeaten 90 from 60 balls in a 92-run first-wicket stand with Robin Uthappa, who struck 38.Russell, sent in at three, lasted only five balls and scored two before he had his middle stump removed by a yorker from 20-year-old left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.
After qualifying for Rio 2016, Knight-Wisdom was named Leeds Beckett University Sportsman of the Year for 2016. “This year has been very groundbreaking for me, getting that silver medal in February at the World Cup was out of the world, personally. In the diving world, it was huge, and a lot of people were shocked by it,” he said. He also came close to making it all the way to the 3m springboard final in Rio, finishing two places outside of the qualifying spots after a strong preliminary-round showing that sent him splashing into the semi-finals. “The reason why I missed out is that I didn’t actually bring my best to that semi-final. I made some simple mistakes we all make as divers,” he outlined. Meanwhile, the diver did admit that he has been blessed with the ‘best of both worlds’. He is representing Jamaica, while training in England with “some of the best divers”, including Rio Olympic gold and a silver medallists. “The club I am actually with is one of the most successful in the country and maybe one of the most successful clubs in the world. One of the guys I train with got an Olympic silver medal. His female partner she got an Olympic gold in the synchro event,” he added. Knight-Wisdom, who was born in Leeds, England to Jamaican father Trevor Wisdom and Barbadian mother Grace Knight, chose to represent Jamaica despite being eligible to represent his native Great Britain and Barbados. “It’s been the most amazing four years of my life. Obviously, it is such a positive year. I have never represented Great Britain before. Jamaica was my first country. “I would have it no other way, and I am so happy I made it through representing Jamaica, and I thank everyone for their support and I would love to do it over again in four years,” he told The Gleaner. SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR Lifted by his semi-final finish in the diving competition at last summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Yona Knight-Wisdom is looking to hit the pool in early January in preparation for a new challenge next season. The diver, who became Jamaica’s first male diving representative at the Olympics, is looking ‘to nail down what he hopes are key improvements’ ahead of next year’s competitions, which are set to get underway in February in Leeds, England. Meanwhile, Knight-Wisdom’s performances impressed many Jamaicans and he has been nominated for the RJR Sports Foundation’s People’s Choice award. “Hopefully, I will be here. My first competition starts in February. I want to maintain consistent training and performing at my best,” he outlined. The 21-year-old England-based diver is only the second Jamaican diver to the Olympics. Betsy Sullivan made it to the 1972 Munich Games.