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Shikhar Dhawan hits 3rd World Cup hundred as India bully Australia

first_img view more view less scorecard advertisement Shikhar Dhawan hits 3rd World Cup hundred as India bully AustraliaWorld Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan hit his maiden World Cup hundred vs Australia at The Oval. Overall, this is his 3rd World Cup hundred and 17th in ODIs. Next No data available! graphs Rajarshi Gupta LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 17:30 IST Shikhar Dhawan hit 100 against Australia at The Oval (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred during India’s 2019 World Cup match vs AustraliaDhawan now has 3 World Cup hundreds – 1 each vs South Africa, Ireland and AustraliaThis is Shikhar Dhawan’s 2nd ODI hundred in 2019 – both have come vs AustraliaShikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred and his 3rd in World Cups as India dominated defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday after Virat Kohli won the toss.After India decided to bat on a bright and sunny morning, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were watchful against the Australian new ball-bowlers before Dhawan quickened the pace. Both India openers raced away to their fifties before Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 57.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had added 127 for the 1st wicket and they were the first Indian openers to put on a century stand against Australia in any World Cup match.But Shikhar Dhawan was not done yet. He had come back to form with a fine 143 against Australia in Mohali on March 10. Incidentally, Australia won that high-scoring game to begin their winning streak leading into the 2019 World Cup.On Sunday, Shikhar Dhawan was under pressure after his failure against South Africa in India’s opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on June 5. After weathering the early storm, Shikhar Dhawan opened up and played some thrilling shots on both sides of the wicket.Shikhar Dhawan’s international form was a bit of a concern for India before the World Cup but he is a big tournament player.In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored two hundreds. His 137 had set up victory for India over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) while an 85-ball 100 in Hamilton highlighted a crushing win over Ireland.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been a formidable opening pair for India since the 2013 Champions Trophy. The two men brought up their 16th 100-run stand and are now only behind the erstwhile opening firm of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar who had 21 century partnerships.advertisementOn June 5, Rohit Sharma had guided India to victory over South Africa with an unbeaten 127 after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli failed in a modest chase.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs Australia commentarylast_img read more

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Geological publication addresses alternatives for vital rare earth element supply concerns

first_imgAmidst increasing concerns over the security of supply for natural resources, especially for high tech electronic, military and environmental applications, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has released a profile on rare earth elements (REE). Currently REE are mined almost exclusively in China, but play a vital and increasing role in a wide range of consumer electronics, in environmental technologies and in military applications. Although rare earth deposits are known in several countries, production in recent years has been strongly concentrated in very few locations. In the light of this, and some issues relating to trade restrictions, there is now considerable concern about the security of supply of these critical materials. To help inform discussion on this issue, the BGS has published a succinct guide to rare earth elements which profiles their uses, geology, mining, processing and trade. The publication talks of several solutions for our growing REE needs that are centred around using substitutes and recycling. However it concludes that, although some REE could be substituted, it would be unlikely that those applications based on specific optical, chemical and certain special magnetic properties would be a candidate for substitution.Recycling rare earths may provide some relief in the short term, particularly for defence applications, which use smaller quantities. But recycling REE from scrap is expensive and difficult while reusing components beyond their normal lifespan can produce problems in quality; leading mining companies say that finding alternative technologies is a long shot because of the unique properties rare earths offer.Companies like Avalon Rare Earths have a more direct approach.  Their flagship project, the Nechalacho REE project, is located at Thor Lake, Northwest Territories in Canada, not China, which produces most of the world’s REE. The project has an Indicated resource of 14.48 Mt, currently entering prefeasibility.        Rare earths are indispensable in electronic, optical, magnetic and catalytic applications and play a vital role in environmental technologies, improving energy efficiency and enabling digital technology. The term ‘rare’ as applied to rare earths is something of a misnomer and arises from the rarity of the minerals from which they were first isolated in the 18th century. The crustal abundance of rare earths as a whole is greater than silver, although individual elements in the group show very wide variation. Consumption of rare earths is growing rapidly, driven by our increasing reliance on digital technology and the growth in use of hybrid and electric vehicles which require relatively large amounts of certain rare earths in their motors.“‘World production of rare earth elements has more than doubled in the last 15 years,” says BGS Head of Minerals Andrew Bloodworth. “Our new publication is the latest in a series which aims to provide up to date, impartial and authoritative commodity profiles to inform debate and policy on security of supply’. A new bill known as the RESTART Act proposes reinvigorating the US rare earth sector through loan guarantees and establishing a national stockpile of the minerals. But a new Government accountability office review names critical defence systems that could not function without rare earths and warns it could take up to 15 years for the US to rebuild a domestic supply chain.last_img read more

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