Ishant Sharma scored his maiden Test and second first class fifty to help India post a strong total on Day 2 of the second and final Test against the West Indies at the Sabina Park on Saturday. Ishant, who achieved this feat in his 125th innings, now ranks second in the list of batsmen with most innings before maiden Test fifty. England pacer James Anderson leads the list as he took 130 innings to score his first Test half-century.After creating a buzz with his five-wicket haul in the 1st Test match against Windies, Ishant has now shone with the bat in the ongoing Test match. Every boundary from Ishant’s bat brought smile to his captain Virat Kohli’s face, who was applauding every run scored by his Delhi teammate from the pavillion.Prior to this, Ishant’s highest Test score was 31 not out, which he scored against Sri Lanka in the 2010 Galle Test. He had also made 31 runs against Australia in the Mohali Test in the same year but he was dismissed on that score.India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 2: Live ScoreBatting at no. 9, Ishant came out in the middle in the morning session on Day 2 with India’s score reading 302 for 7. He negotiated the remaining overs of the session without much difficulty and remained unbeaten on 11 in the company of Hanuma Vihari. Vihari, who is currently playing only his 5th Test match, scored a fighting maiden century and by doing so, he became the 2nd Indian to score a century after Ajinkya Rahane during the ongoing 2-Test series.advertisementAfter the resumption of play in the second session, Sharma sent Windies bowlers on a leather hunt, putting on a 112-run stand, which is the second highest partnership for the 8th wicket for India in the Windies. While Vihari went on to score his maiden hundred, the lanky tailender reached his first half-century in the 135th over of the innings. Ishant Sharma scored seven boundaries before falling to Kraigg Brathwaite for 57.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari hits maiden Test century at Sabina ParkAlso See:
Australia’s ever-dependable Ash Barty doled out the dreaded double-bagel to Caroline Garcia to level the Fed Cup final against France at 1-1 after the opening day’s singles at Perth Arena on Saturday.On a day of scorching heat, France struck the early blow when Kristina Mladenovic thrashed Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1 6-1 but the terrier-like Barty wrested back the momentum with her 6-0 6-0 humiliation of Garcia.World number one Barty will return on Sunday for the reverse singles and also the doubles, if required, as Australia bid for their first Fed Cup title in 45 years.”I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect match. That’s probably the best tennis match I’ve ever played in my life,” a thrilled Barty said courtside.”What a place to do it, this is incredible.”Australia were wobbling after Tomljanovic’s torrid Fed Cup debut match against Mladenovic, but a beaming Barty strode onto court cradling her niece in her arms and soaking up a huge ovation from the packed crowd.That was the last display of tenderness the French Open champion would produce until consoling Garcia with a hug at the net after scarcely 56 minutes of play.The crowd may hope for a tighter contest on Sunday and should get it if the confident Mladenovic meets Barty in the singles.The French number one came out swinging against rookie Tomljanovic, who was thrown into the cauldron by team captain Alicia Molik.With Fed Cup veteran Sam Stosur overlooked for the singles, Molik’s gamble backfired as Croatia-born Tomljanovic, who only became eligible to represent Australia a month ago, promptly crumbled under pressure.advertisementMladenovic broke her early in a barrage of power hitting and wrapped up the first set in 38 minutes with a fierce forehand return, delighting a rowdy pocket of blue-clad French fans.Tomljanovic’s serve further disintegrated in the second set as Mladenovic roared to a 5-1 lead before sealing the match when Tomljanovic slapped a return well beyond the baseline.Also Read | Next Gen ATP Finals: Alex De Minaur defeats Tiafoe to book place in final
Brand has opened nearly 60 hotels in the first six months of 2018 MCLEAN, Va. – Hampton by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) upper-midscale brand and longtime category leader, announced the opening of 15 new properties, including Hampton Inn by Hilton Petaluma in California, Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Stationin Belgium and Hampton Inn by Hilton Monterrey Apodaca in Mexico. The latest openings bolster the brand’s global portfolio of more than 2,345 properties. The recent openings solidify Hampton’s strong international footprint, with 11 new hotels outside of the U.S. joining the portfolio, including brand firsts in Belgium, Northern Ireland and Munich, as well as seven new properties in China, where Hampton has the fastest growing pipeline of any international hospitality brand. “Hampton’s consistent, best-in-class performance has been a driving force behind our continued growth and is one of the main reasons Entrepreneur recently recognized our brand among the Top Franchises of the 21st Century,” said Shruti Gandhi Buckley, global head, Hampton by Hilton. “Our strong reputation for delivering a quality, value-driven lodging option to guests has also helped propel our brand forward, reflected by our robust pipeline of 610 hotels, the highest in brand history.” Spotlight Property Openings:Rounding out a strong first half of the year, Hampton by Hilton welcomed several openings across the globe, including:Hampton Inn by Hilton Marathon – Florida Keys:The property is located in the heart of the Florida Keys, near local attractions such as the Dolphin Research Center and Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary. Guests can refresh in the hotel’s oceanfront pool, spa, and at the full-service Tiki Bar, serving delicious drinks and food.Hampton Inn by Hilton Petaluma:Set within the historic Petaluma Silk Mill, which was built in 1892, this adaptive re-use hotel in Sonoma County, California is in close proximity to an abundance of stores, restaurants and breweries near Downtown Petaluma.Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station:The brand’s first property in Belgium offers guests modern accommodations including 63 optional Shabbat rooms and amenities like kosher breakfast and Digital Key. The hotel is surrounded by shopping and dining venues and local attractions including the Diamond District and Cathedral of Our Lady.Hampton by Hilton Monterrey Apodaca:The first dual-brand Hampton and Homewood Suites by Hilton property in Mexico, ideally located near Plaza La Fe, with convenient access for a drive to downtown Monterrey and attractions such as Santa Lucia riverwalk.Hampton by Hilton Munich City West:Part of the brand’s growing presence in Germany, and a first for the brand in the Bavarian Capital, this new, modern hotel is situated near local businesses, shops and Marienplatz, the central square. Additional U.S. openings include Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Atlanta-Buckhead Place in Georgia and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Rocky Hill-Hartford in Connecticut. The brand also opened Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre in the United Kingdom and seven new locations in China. Every guest will enjoy the brand’s signature free, hot breakfast with healthy options; On the Run™ breakfast bags; and free Wi-Fi in every room. Digital Key access is also available at select properties. Hampton continues to lead the pack in terms of guest experience, with each Hampton hotel offering complete satisfaction with the 100% Hampton Guarantee®. Hampton by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key. Read more about Hampton at hampton.com and newsroom.hilton.com/hampton. * Release includes Hampton openings from June 15, 2018 through July 11, 2018.  Available Monday-Friday About Hampton by HiltonAs the number one ranked lodging franchise for the past nine years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,345 properties and more than 238,000 rooms in 21 countries and territories. High-quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, and On The RunTM breakfast bags, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality. Each Hampton by Hilton hotel offers complete satisfaction with the 100% Hampton Guarantee®. Hampton by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. For more information about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hampton and connect online at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.About HiltonHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. 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The Met Office issued widespread warnings for snow and ice that remain in place until Wednesday.Meteorologist Craig Snell said: “It’s going to be a cold week, plenty of dry weather around, but many places will probably see some snow at some point during the week, but for a lot of us not really amounting to much at all.“Probably one of our coldest weeks of this winter so far, but snowfall wise, doesn’t really look too disruptive at this stage.” The Local Government Association said 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been stockpiled in preparation for these icy conditions.Transport spokesman councillor Martin Tett told the BBC: “Gritters will be out treating thousands of miles of roads as the big chill bites, and councils will be keeping people up-to-date about weather forecasts, road conditions and gritting activity.”He advised that people should look in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours who may need assistance in the cold weather. A yellow weather warning for sleet and snow is in place for Scotland and northern England Credit:James Jagger/Alamy Live News A yellow weather warning for sleet and snow is in place for Scotland and northern England until Tuesday afternoon and further warnings are in place until Wednesday morning for the west of the UK. The coldest week of the year began with travel chaos as temperatures plummeted to -6C and snowfall triggered multiple pile ups.Delays of 90 minutes were recorded on the M25 as two lorries collided, as well as a seven car pile up on the M20.There were numerous motorway crashes in the early hours of this morning after a sudden flurry of snow and icy conditions, as forecasters predict lows of -14C this week in the UK.Drivers were stuck on the M25 after two lorries collided at the Dartford Crossing causing major delays.Police confirmed there had been multiple incidents on the M20 between junctions eight and nine. One incident involved seven cars with one vehicle spotted on its roof, no one was injured. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been stockpiled in preparation for these icy conditionsCredit:Guy Corbishley/Alamy Live News Met Office operation meteorologist Martin Bowles added: “The band of snow which is over the UK will move south and east to impact north-west England and on Wednesday we can expect it to remain very cold, but we won’t see as much snow.“The Scottish mountains and hills will be the worst affected with 5cm of snow expected in places and a potential second wave 24 hours after.”It will be another chilly night for much of the country, while Wednesday will remain generally cold, crisp and sunny.A front of rain is expected to move through the country on Thursday, before the cold air swiftly returns. The Met Office issued widespread warnings for snow and ice that remain in place until WednesdayCredit:kentpoliceroads