Today, to celebrate the end of an incredible New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival music marathon, Pretty Lights has a very special celebration in store for the masses gathered in the Big Easy this afternoon. The pioneering electronic artist will host a parade through the streets of New Orleans today, ending under a bridge for a pop-up performance. The spectacle will begin at Bullet’s Sports Bar at 2441 AP Tureaud Ave. promptly at 4:30 pm, and will feature horns, a second line, and all the joyous pageantry that makes New Orleans such a magical city.The parade will head down Tureaud, and then down N Roman St before cutting across Bayou Rd and ending up under the I-10 overpass for a party with Pretty Lights providing the music. You can view the parade route below.Safe to say, with Pretty Lights at the helm and the spirit of Jazz Fest rising to its apex on the final day of the 10-day celebration, this will be quite the spectacle!Happy Jazz Fest, everybody![Cover photo via Live Edits Lab]
All-round T&T beat Guyana by five wickets… Barbados triumph by 99 runs over Leeward IslandsTRINIDAD and Tobago dished out an all-round performance to register an emphatic five-wicket win over Guyana in match two of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Women’s T20 Blaze yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The victory was first set up by a 68-run opening stand between player-of-the-match Stacy Ann King and Lee Ann Kirby, before Britney Cooper put the finishing touches in the run chase.Stacy Ann King sweeps during her knock of 59.(Adrian Narine photos)Earlier, captain Shemaine Campbelle did the bulk of scoring for the Guyanese to guide her team to a commanding 157 for 4 from their allotted 20 overs. However, the visitors reached the target, finishing 161-5 with eight balls to spare.King struck a 48-ball 59, with three fours and a six while Cooper ended with an unbeaten 52 off 26 balls, counting eight fours and a six while Kirby made a 19-ball 31, with three fours and two sixes.The 26-year-old Campbelle lived up to her reputation and was in her element, hitting an unbeaten 77 off just 56 deliveries, counting six fours and three sixes.Deciding to bat first, the hosts got off to a flying start with openers Sheneta Grimmond and Tremayne Smartt scoring 29 runs in the first four overs – helped partly by some wayward bowling from the Trinidadians.Smartt was the more subdued in the early overs, as Grimmond went after the bowling, especially medium-pacer Canesia Isaacs who conceded 16 runs in her first two overs.The right-hander Grimmond had been flowing smoothly when she offered a simple return catch to off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-35), for a 17-ball 21, counting four boundaries.Campbelle joined her Berbician counterpart, and kept the momentum going with a 40-ball 36-run second-wicket stand.Britney Cooper hits an unbeaten 52.Change of bowling had worked well for the visitors with Lee Ann Kirby (1-22), effecting the second breakthrough that was desperately needed.Smartt, who batted for a 27-ball 21, was cleverly stumped by Merissa Aguilleira while Shabika Gajnabi was run-out for seven, leaving the Guyanese 79-3.However, Campbelle took charge soon after and her stand with Akaze Thomspon (11) lifted the hosts to 133 at the end of the 19 overs before she ended the innings with consecutive sixes to spoil Karishma Ramharack’s bowling figures.At the start of the run chase the Guyanese women were mindful of their opponents’ batting prowess so there was no margin for error.However, their bowlers were wayward up front. This allowed openers King and Kirby to achieve a solid start of 68 from their aggressive brand of cricket, in the powerplay overs.The Guyanese soon struck a body blow when Thompson dismissed Kirby. The visitors were further reduced to 90-3 at the halfway stage when they lost Reniece Boyce (6), off the bowling of Smartt and Shania Abdool was run-out for two from a direct hit by Gajnabi.With the required run-rate within reach, the right-handed King was joined by Cooper, who also played a solid knock, but the contest was as good as over, as the pair kept up the pressure on their opponents.They stitched together a 58-run partnership to steer their team within nine runs of the victory target.Meanwhile, Barbados easily overpowered their Leeward Islands counterparts by 99 runs in the first encounter.Player-of-the-match Deandra Dottin made 62 off 23 balls, counting ten boundaries and three sixes; Hayley Matthews, 40 off 23 balls, with eight boundaries and a six while Charlene Taitt made 35 from only 25 deliveries to propel the Barbadians to 206-6. Amanda Edwards took 2-24.Leedward Islands in reply limped to 107-5. Shebani Bhaskar hit an unbeaten 40 while openers Malissa Howard (15) and Shawnisha Hector (18), were the next best batters.Matthews (2-21) was the most destructive of the bowlers. The tournament continues today with another three matches.Guyana will play Leeward Islands from 09:00hrs, Trinidad & Tobago and Windward Islands clash from 14:00hrs while Barbados and Jamaica meet in the final game from 19:00hrs.
By Shamya DasguptaPakistan’s finest batsmen, through the best part of my cricket-watching years, have not been the prettiest. They were the ones that got the job done, smashingly well at that, and none superior to that man, Javed Miandad. Then Saleem Malik and Ijaz Ahmed and later, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar. They were certainly not graceless, the last two especially, but neither was a jaw-dropping stylist either. For that, we have…Majid KhanMajid’s last Test had a fun batting order: Mohsin Khan (pretty), Mudassar Nazar (not pretty), Majid Khan (pretty), Javed Miandad (not pretty), Zaheer Abbas (pretty) and Saleem Malik (not pretty). Unfortunately, Majid fell for a 13-ball duck in that game. But he had made a name as a batsman most pleasing to the eye over the course of a near-20-year-long Test career.Right-handed Majid was elegant in the way left-hand batsmen usually are, with flowing drives and pulls, his bat coming down in a graceful arc. What gave him an air of sophistication was the somewhat laidback appearance at the crease, which led to more than one critic suggesting that it didn’t matter to him enough. It certainly did. A long and quite successful career at first-class and Test level proves that.Zaheer AbbasZaheer Abbas caressed the ball as if afraid he would hurt it (Getty Images)One of Pakistan’s absolute greats, Abbas was, at his best, almost the perfect batsman, beautiful to watch and someone his team could count on to lead the charge – not always a given with batsmen so pleasing to the eye. Abbas finished with a Test average of 44.79.In Australia, it was 40.62, and in England, where he also found a happy, long-term home with Gloucestershire, it was 56.06. He wasn’t quite so successful in India, strangely, or New Zealand and the West Indies. But wherever he played, Abbas wowed onlookers like few could at the time, certainly among right-handers.In many ways, he was the anti-Viv Richards. Both Richards and he scored a lot of runs and dominated attacks, and were equally stylish in their different ways, but Richards was more hammer ’em while Abbas was knife through butter. He was especially alluring because he hit so many boundaries and looked, at times, like he was worried about hurting the ball when banishing it.Is there a prettier off-drive in the game than Babar Azam’s? Getty ImagesMohsin KhanMohsin Khan walked away from the game at the age of 31 to become an actor in India. He left with some pretty impressive performances and numbers to his name, but they don’t tell of how, in late 1983, he seemed like he could make himself taller than he was at the crease and get on top of the bounce from Dennis Lillee, Geoff Lawson, Rodney Hogg and Carl Rackemann to score 390 runs at 43.33 in a five-Test series in Australia.At the time, pace and bounce were the weaknesses of many an opening bat from the subcontinent, but Mohsin – tall and loose-limbed, with in-vogue long hair – was cut from a different cloth (and even in the regulation whites of the time, he looked more stylish than his team-mates). He could have played on, surely, and had he done so it would have only made Pakistan that much more appealing a side.Mohammad YousufFrom the mid-1980s, we jump straight to the late-1990s and 2000s, and to the man who started out as Yousuf Youhana but really came into his own after changing his name to Mohammad Yousuf. Like Abbas before him, the best part about Yousuf was how well he balanced a hunger for runs with grace and grandeur. With 7530 runs in 90 Tests, at an average of 52.29, and 9720 in 288 ODIs at 41.71, he is among Pakistan’s top five run-getters in both formats. Like the other three, Yousuf was supple, graceful, and – what’s the best word? – calm. Calm himself, of course, and so unhurried, so in control, so peaceful that he created a sense of serenity while he was out in the middle. Was it the exaggerated backlift? Was it the time he seemed to create between bowler releasing ball and batsman doing something about it? Or was it, maybe, Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq on either side of him in the batting order? Yousuf stood out. An unusual run-machine who rarely ever looked clumsy.Babar AzamSome say he should be included in the current Fab Four – lose one of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Joe Root. That, or just make it the Fab Five because there can’t be a list of great current-day batsmen without this young man. It’s tough to say exactly why he sets the pulse racing because Azam is not quite as obviously magnificent as the other four stylists on this list. He isn’t even built like them; not as languid nor as nimble.The thing about him is that he never looks ugly, or gauche, not for a moment. His statements on style aren’t as conspicuous as, say, Williamson’s, but you’ll find them – enough to be bowled over – if you are attentive. Think soft-shouldered suits and a dollop of the blasé. That’s Azam.When I can began writing this piece, I didn’t think it would end it with five right-hand batsmen and not even Anwar in it. Here we are, though – and when it comes to Team Pakistan… you know the cliché. (ESPN Cricinfo)