Nathan Lyon described AB de Villiers as the hardest batsman he bowled to, not Virat KohliIANSIn his now highly-successful career, Nathan Lyon has bowled to all the great batsmen who have played in his era. From the likes of Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, the off-spinner has been tested against the best batters in the world. But when he was asked in an interview to name the batsman he found most difficult to bowl at, the Australian chose AB de Villiers.The reason cited by him for his choice presents the reason why the South African has earned the epithet of Mr 360. Lyon said on ‘The Back Page Live,’ an Australian television show, that while bowling to de Villiers, he felt that the former Proteas batsman could hit him anywhere at any time.Considering that Indian batsmen were traditionally regarded as the most skilful in playing spin, it comes as a big surprise that Lyon faced most difficulty not from an Indian, or for that matter any other Asian, but a South African.Lyon’s recordIn his career, the 31-year old Aussie has played 15 Tests against South Africa and 18 against India. Kohli and de Villiers have been present in almost all these matches of their respective teams. So, it says a lot about de Villiers’ ability to play spin that the offie rates him higher than any other batsman.If we were to look at the record of the off-spinner against the two teams, he has done considerably better vs the Indians. While he has 85 wickets against the Asian giants with an average of 32.60 and strike rate of 60.2, against South Africa, he has 46 wickets at an average of 42.28 and strike rate of 83.7. The disparity can partly be attributed to highly spin-friendly conditions that the bowler had on his two visits to India.But even when it comes to bowling in his own country, he has a clearly better record against the sub-continental side. Gary, as he is fondly called by his teammates, has taken 18 wickets in 6 Tests against the South Africans in Australia at an average of 46.22 and strike rate of over 91. Against India at home, he has 51 wickets in 11 Tests and with an average just under 34 and strike rate a shade under 66. Clearly, home or away, Lyon loves bowling at the Indian team. Nathan Lyon has enjoyed great success against IndiaReutersSouth Africa’s better record against LyonIt is noteworthy that India’s supposed dominance against spin bowling has considerably declined in recent years. Even somebody like Kohli has had difficulties facing good spinners in the past. De Villiers, on the other hand, seems highly adept at playing the slower bowlers. Having been a hockey player in his pre-cricket days, he seems to have wonderful wristwork that allows him to place the ball in whichever area he desires.Lyon has had the opportunity to bowl at both Kohli and AB when they were in prime form. When South Africa famously saved a Test at Adelaide in 2012 by batting out the entire fifth day, de Villiers played his part by stonewalling Lyon and co for 220 deliveries while scoring just 33 runs. In the very next match at Perth, he scored a magnificent 169 to help his team win the match and series. In the last series between the Aussies and South Africans, the infamous 2018 rubber, de Villiers again starred with a superb knock in the second Test which allowed the Proteas to level the series after losing the first match.Kohli too has enjoyed great success against Australia. He has seven Test hundreds against the kangaroos, six of them scored away from home. Of these, four came in the 2014/15 series alone. Yet, Lyon has picked up the wicket of Kohli seven times in Tests, the most for any bowler in the format.So clearly, Lyon has good reason to rate de Villiers higher. But while the South African has retired from international cricket, Kohli remains and will remain active for some time to come. Hopefully, we will some more riveting contests between the two.
Part of the Padma bridge. Photo-Prothom AloAround 900 metres of the much-hyped Padma bridge is visible now following the installation of another span named F-6 on the pillars no 36 and 37 on Wednesday, reports UNB.The 150-metre span, weighing 3,140 tonnes, was installed at Jajira point around 10:00am.This is the sixth span of the Padma Bridge.Earlier, the span was taken to the Jajira point on Tuesday afternoon by the 3,600 ton capacity floating crane ‘Tian -E’ from the Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Ward, five kilometre away from the Jajira point.The works of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150-metre first span on the pillars no 37 and 38 on 30 October 2017. Later, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 5th spans were installed on the pillars no 38-39, 39-40, and 40-41 respectively in 2018.Engineers concerned of the Padma Bridge authority, said the span was kept at near the jetty for several days as it could not be floated due to poor navigability.The construction work on the country’s largest bridge started in December in 2015.The 6.15-km bridge will have a total of 41 spans, each 150 meters long.According to the engineers concerned, a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars.Besides, 17 spans were ready to fix while the work for constructing 18 more in underway.
Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Vending machines are so… 2018. At one college campus, students are getting their snacks and beverages delivered via self-driving robot.PepsiCo today rolled out “snackbots” at the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, Calif. The robot delivers snacks from Hello Goodness, which PepsiCo created in 2015 to provide “healthier snacks and beverages to consumers on the go.”From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., students can order food and drinks to one of more than 50 locations across the 175-acre campus through the snackbot app.The snackbots deliver snacks such as Smartfood Delight, Baked Lay’s, SunChips, Pure Leaf Tea, bubly, LIFEWTR, and Starbucks Cold Brew.“We’re thrilled to launch our Hello Goodness autonomous delivery snackbots and reimagine college snacking for the future,” Vice President Innovation and Insights of PepsiCo Foodservice Scott Finlow said in a statement.According to Finlow, the University of the Pacific will serve as a test site with three to five snackbots roaming across campus starting today, following several weeks of testing.Students can order food and drinks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the snackbot App, to be delivered to more than 50 designated areas across the campus. (Photo Credit: PepsiCo)The snackbot, created in partnership with Bay Area-based Robby Technologies, is part of PepsiCo’s efforts to expand the Hello Goodness vending platform and concept of “curated convenience” into new formats, locations and experiences to deliver 50,000 touchpoints by the end of the year.The robots have a range of more than 20 miles on a single charge, and are equipped with camera and headlights that allow it to see and navigate carefully in full darkness or rain, as well as all-wheel drive capabilities for handling curbs and steep hills.“We’re thrilled to welcome snackbot to our campus, along with its convenient and nourishing options,” said Matt Camino, Director of e-Commerce at University of the Pacific Stockton.More on Geek.com:Food Delivery Robot Catches Fire on UC Berkeley CampusThere’s Now a Bacon Vending Machine at Ohio State UniversityPostmates’ Adorable New Robot Will Bring You Deliveries Stay on target
When you consider that 45.8 percent of consumers would rather connect with a business through messaging than through email, it’s clear that businesses need to utilize new communication channels if they want to retain their customers.Unlike impersonal email exchanges, messaging apps allow brands to connect with people in an intimate, personalized way. Unfortunately, maintaining intimate communication channels using human employees is challenging, for a number of reasons. With technological automation, chatbots can be used to deliver a personalized experience, without additional human labor costs.For this reason, chatbots are highly effective for businesses that want to scale their marketing and customer services.If you’re looking to get started with chatbots, choosing a platform that fits your requirements is crucial. Here are 10 of the most popular chatbot platforms, so you can make an informed decision on the right chatbot for your business.Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessFacebook Messenger PlatformFacebook has over 50 million companies that operate on the platform, with over 1 billion business messages being delivered every month. For this reason, Facebook Messenger Platform is very enticing for developers that want to build chatbots.With Messenger, your customers don’t need to download your app in order for you to communicate with them. Instead, you can get in touch with them whenever they’re logged into Facebook (which is over 20 minutes per day, for the average person).Facebook’s developers section has an abundance of material about chatbot creation. Check out this informative guide for getting your chatbot up and running.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingChatfuelIf you’re looking to integrate a chatbot with JSON, YouTube or Twitter, but lack the coding skills to make it happen, you’re in luck. Chatfuel has been specifically designed to enable non-technical developers to create fully functional chatbots.Chatfuel features a very simple interface, which allows you to pick your chatbot’s name, input conversational content and add images with ease. Check out this video to see how you can get your Chatfuel chatbot running in less than 10 minutes.Just because Chatfuel can be used by non-technical developers doesn’t mean you’ll wind up with a weak functioning chatbot. Chatfuel has produced chatbots for big brands like Adidas, MTV, TechCrunch and more.Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkBeep BopBeep Bop is a popular paid platform which allows developers to create chatbots for Facebook and Slack. You can manage your Slack integration using GitHub and work with your desired coding language.Beep Bop features comprehensive event analytics and makes it easy for developers to collaborate with other team members. You can also receive customer support from the Beep Bop team directly within Slack.Remember that Slack’s core users are people at work – so it may not be appropriate to create a chatbot for Slack if you’re a leisure or entertainment brand.ChattyPeopleChattyPeople is one of the most popular chatbot solutions for ecommerce brands, due to the fact that it integrates seamlessly with Facebook commerce. With ChattyPeople, you don’t need any coding skills in order to create a helpful customer service bot for Facebook.Your bot will be able to process orders from Facebook and can recognize variations in trigger words.Due to its excellent functionality and flexibility, many ecommerce marketers choose to integrate ChattyPeople with their Shopify stores. The platform also supports PayPal and Stripe.You can get started with ChattyPeople for $10 USD per month or try the advanced payment plan ($20 USD per month) which offers more comprehensive services for established businesses.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessTelegram BotsTelegram, a messaging application founded by Russian tech entrepreneur, Pavel Durov, was the first app to feature a bot store. In this regard, Telegram is partially responsible for the rise in popularity of chatbots.Since Telegram’s chatbot code is open-source, numerous bot tutorials have been published which teach the basics of bot building with the Telegram platform. Regardless of if you want to create a bot for predicting the weather or a polling bot for market research, you’ll find many comprehensive guides online.BotKitBotKit is another open-source platform which enables you to build chatbots for Slack, Facebook Messenger and Twilio. BotKit has a sizeable developer community forum, where you can get your technical questions answered and receive valuable feedback from expert developers.It’s worth noting that BotKit was developed with plenty of input from Slack. If you’re looking to integrate BotKit with Slack, I recommend checking out this starter kit.If you want to create a chatbot with an identity that can mimic human conversations, BotKit could be a good choice for you.BotsifyBotsify is a paid subscription service that enables you to integrate fully functional chatbots with Facebook, as well as other platforms. With a simple drag-and-drop interface, it’s easy to build complex question-answer sequences in no time.Botsify is lauded for its fast-learning, sophisticated artificial intelligence.For instance, Botsify can ask people questions which enable the AI to build a user profile for each individual. Once Botsify understands each user’s likes, dislikes and location, it can deliver personalized content for each individual user.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyFlowXOIf you’re looking for a business platform that creates chatbots for Slack or Facebook Messenger, FlowXO might be the right choice for you. The platform features over 100 integrated modules, services and applications.FlowXO’s USP (unique selling proposition) is that you get a high level of flexibility without any coding expertise required. You can customize your bot to behave exactly as you want, using FlowXO’s simple interface.This informative guide shows you how to create a chatbot for Facebook Messenger, setup flows, add triggers, ask questions and respond to answers.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowSmoochNot to be confused with the dating website of the same name, Smooch is a cloud-based platform that excels in multi-channel messaging.Integrate your most popular customer channels, such as Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Viper, with one API. 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