The backup vehicle of Minister Johnston Fernando was involved in an accident this morning injuring two people, the police said.According to the police the accident had taken place in Pannipitiya when the vehicle was escorting the convoy of the Minister. The third backup vehicle of the convoy was believed to have been involved in the accident.One person who was injured in the accident was admitted to the Kalubowila hospital while the other person was admitted to the Sri Jayawardenapura hospital for treatment. The police said that the driver of the vehicle was arrested following the accident.
(CMC) Embattled West Indies captain Jason Holder conceded yesterday his inexperienced side were enduring a difficult period, after they suffered a seven-wicket thrashing at the hands of Pakistan on the last day of the opening Test at Sabina Park.West Indies captain Jason Holder congratulates batsman Babar Azam after Pakistan won the opening Test at Sabina Park on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy WICB Media)Behind by 121 runs on first innings, the Windies started the second day on 93 for four but failed in their bid for survival, dismissed for a paltry 152, 37 minutes before the scheduled lunch break.Pakistan then scored the 32 runs required for victory to condemn West Indies to their 11th defeat in their last 15 Tests, with just one victory to show in that period.“It’s a tough phase. It is very tough but it is what it is,” Holder said moments following the Windies defeat.“We’ve got to work with what we have [in terms of players]. I have full confidence in this young group. It’s just a matter of sticking together but we’ve got to learn. It’s just not a matter of us coming in and playing cricket, we’ve got to learn and we’ve got to learn from our mistakes.”He added: “It’s a very inexperienced side basically in terms of our batting [but] it’s just a matter of them getting in and stamping their authority and there’s no better place to do it than in the next Test match.”West Indies entered the game with a batting line-up which included two debutants – Guyanese left-handers Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer – and three other batsmen in the top seven with less than 10 Tests to their name.And the inexperience showed in the first innings as they slumped to 71 for five just after lunch on the opening day and needed half-centuries from Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich and Holder, to get up to 286.“We did not make enough runs in the first innings. We lost wickets early and then we had to consolidate and we never really got that partnership going in the middle,” Holder explained.“Credit must go to Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase [for] the way they batted. I came down at the end and tried to wag the tail a little bit but unfortunately that didn’t happen. We needed to get in excess of 300 runs but we didn’t.”West Indies were then sloppy in the field as Pakistan piled up 407 to carve out a 121-run lead and batting a second time, the Caribbean side slumped to 93 for four at the close of Monday’s final day.Tasked with surviving the final day, West Indies produced another sub-par display with the bat as leg-spinner Yasir Shah grabbed six wickets to help wreck the innings and earn Man-of-the-Match honours.“Obviously we lost early wickets again [and] we we’re able to get a good start,” Holder pointed out.“Yasir Shah did bowl well but I thought we could’ve batted a lot better. From the position we were in yesterday evening, it would have been difficult coming into a fifth day pitch trying to survive Yasir.”He said the twin failure of usually prolific opener Kraigg Brathwaite had hurt West Indies.“We definitely need to get off to a better start. A big key for us is Kraigg Brathwaite and he didn’t get off in this Test match,” the all-rounder said.“The last Test match which we won against Pakistan, he carried his bat in both innings. For him, he just needs to get in and stay in.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAmbitious Holder eyes more Test successNovember 4, 2016In “latest news”Windies hope Sabina magic will spark team in decisive India TestAugust 30, 2019In “latest news”Pakistan beat Windies by 133 runs, clinch seriesOctober 25, 2016In “latest news”
IT’S A BUSY day in Oireachtas: Enda Kenny will be taking TDs’ questions at 3.15pm, a Fianna Fáil bill on access to credit will be discussed and there’s the issue of the controversial Freedom of Information Bill, which reaches committee stage this afternoon.However, how much of what the average citizen will be able to watch and hear remains to be seen; the Oireachtas website is currently suffering from a range of “technical issues”.On some browsers, this means its not possible to view the site at all, while on others users are reporting problems visiting certain sections.An Oireachtas spokesperson said the issue was due to a full server, and that staff were currently working through the problem.“It’s something we’re hoping to have fixed as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.“Certain sections are coming back to life as they work through the problem.”He said the Oireachtas Communications Department had been fielding a “large number” of calls on the issue, mostly from people asking about today’s schedule for the Dáil, Seanad and committees.Read: Freedom, credit and everything else happening in Leinster House todayRead: Department’s FOI amendments ‘run entirely contrary to spirit’ of bill