QPlay: Day 5 of Test, German Friendly Called Off & ISL’s Big Win
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
Day 4 of India-SA Test Also Rained Out
Rain and wet ground conditions continued to hold up the second Test between India and South Africa and play was called off for a third successive day without a single ball being bowled.
Play was called off on the second and third day because of bad weather. The fourth day was also called off after the match officials were forced to cancel play till lunch and then take an early call for stumps.
Play was officially called off at 2:30 pm. With the weather forecast for the next few days also remaining the same, there is no possibility of a result.
Bopanna and Mergea in World Tour Finals Semis
Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea reached the semifinals of the World Tour Finals with a straight sets win at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday.
The eighth-ranked side beat home favourite Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Australia’s John Peers 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), the fourth-ranked pairing, to secure a semi-finals spot.
They next take on the Italian combination of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini before the semis.
Dudu, Haokip Hat-tricks Help Goa Beat Mumbai 7-0
Thongkoisep Haokip and Dudu Omagbemi scored a hat-trick each as FC Goa demolished Mumbai City FC 7-0 in the biggest win ever of the Indian Super League.
Dudu (41st, 63rd and 66th) and Haokip (33rd, 52nd and 79th) made merry while substitute Reinaldo Oliveira (90th) added one more in a completely one-sided match at Nehru Stadium.
The earlier biggest margin win was the 5-0 thrashing of FC Pune City by Mumbai City FC in Mumbai last season.
Delhi Govt Committee Recommends Suspension of DDCA
In a blow to DDCA, a Delhi government-appointed inquiry panel today recommended its immediate suspension by the BCCI for alleged irregularities including financial bunglings and said an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital.
The report came amid continuing uncertainty over the venue for the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa with Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) seeking a one-day extension of the deadline set by BCCI for obtaining all clearances by the state association.
Bomb Threat at Germany-
A soccer game between Germany and Netherlands which German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to attend in Hanover was called off two hours before its scheduled start on Tuesday over fears of a planned bombing.
The match was due to have been held four days after the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday when suicide bombers targeted the soccer stadium where Germany were playing France.
“We had received specific indications that an attack with explosives was planned,” Hanover Police President Volker Kluwe told NDR state broadcaster. “We took them seriously and that is why we took the measures.”
England Beat France on Night of Solidarity At Wembley
England fans joined their French counterparts in roaring out a spine-tingling rendition of the visitors’ Marseillaise national anthem before their friendly soccer international which the hosts won 2-0 at Wembley on Tuesday.
The supporters also observed a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Paris attacks on Friday ahead of a match that will be remembered more for the symbolic nature of the occasion than for the action on the pitch.
Played just four days after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s assault in Paris left 129 people dead, the English fans, along with the away supporters, showed remarkable dignity and respect.
On the field, after France appeared to settle first, almost relieved that the pre-match observations were over, England held the upper hand and took a grip on the game with goals from man of the match Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney either side of half-time.
Young midfielder Alli, winning his fourth cap for England and making his first start, blasted the ball past his Tottenham Hotspur club goalkeeper and France skipper Hugo Lloris for his first international goal after 39 minutes.
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