QPlay: Delhi Beat Gujarat, Bayern out of Champions League & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Rishabh Pant, Bowlers Guide Delhi to Win vs Gujarat
Young Rishabh Pant struck a half century as Delhi Daredevils thrashed table toppers Gujarat Lions by eight wickets to jump to second spot in the standings on Tuesday.
18-year-old Pant, playing in only his third IPL match, stole the limelight as he hit a 40-ball 69 with the help of nine fours and two sixes as the Daredevils chased down the target of 150 with 16 balls to spare at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Uttarakhand boy Pant, who hit some exquisite shots including a six each off James Faulkner and Suresh Raina, stitched 115 runs for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kock (46) and that took the game away from the Lions who lost their second consecutive match and third in nine games. The Daredevils now have 10 points to occupy the second spot behind the Lions who have 12 points from nine matches.
2. Gambhir Fined for Kicking Chair, Kohli Rs 24 Lakh for Overrate
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir was fined 15 percent of his match fees for kicking a chair during his team’s IPL victory over RCB while rival captain Virat Kohli became poorer by Rs 24 lakh due to slow over-rate for second time.
Kohli has now paid a total fine of Rs 36 lakh having already been fined Rs 12 lakh for an earlier offence of slow over-rate and the penalty was doubled as it was the second time that his bowlers failed to maintain over-rate.
According to an IPL media release:”Gautam Gambhir from the Kolkata Knight Riders team was fined 15% of his match fee for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru last evening.
3. India to Play Three ODIs and Three T20s in Zimbabwe
The Indian cricket team will be touring Zimbabwe to play three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals at the Harare Sports Club next month. The six matches are scheduled to be held over 12 days, starting with the opening one-dayer on June 11 and the last T20 on June 22.
“After finalising all the formalities with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), we are pleased to announce the incoming tour scheduled for this June,” Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
4. Atletico Beat Bayern to Reach Champions League Final
Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League final on away goals on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich, in which both sides missed a penalty, with the tie finishing 2-2 on aggregate.
The Bavarians went ahead with a Xabi Alonso free kick just past the half-hour and could have scored again three minutes later but Thomas Mueller’s penalty was saved by Jan Oblak. Atletico levelled through Frenchman Antoine Griezmann’s seventh goal of this season’s competition in the 54th, meaning Bayern would need at least two more goals to progress. Bayern’s Poland striker Robert Lewandowski set up a dramatic finale with his 74th minute goal before Atletico’s Fernando Torres had an 85th minute spot kick saved by Manuel Neuer.
Bayern’s exit ended their hopes of claiming a treble with Atletico going through to the May 28 final at the San Siro in Milan after winning the first leg 1-0 last week.
5. Ronaldo Fit but Benzema and Casemiro Out Against City - Zidane
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is “100 percent” fit to face Manchester City in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg but Karim Benzema and Casemiro will miss out, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.
Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury which forced him to miss Madrids last three games in all competitions and has resumed full training. But striker Benzema is yet to recover from a hamstring problem and midfielder Casemiro is still missing after a knock to the hip in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Real Sociedad.
Cristiano is fine, he is 100 percent. He has trained and will be with us tomorrow, there is no risk. We need a 100 percent Cristiano. He’s a different player. His numbers show that and I’m happy he’s with us tomorrow. I’d have liked Karim and Casemiro to be there too, but others will play and that’s that.Zinedine Zidane, Manager - Real Madrid
6. Aizawl Beat I-League Champs Bangalore FC, Enter Federation Cup Semis
Aizawl Football Club stunned I-League Champions Bangalore FC 3-2 to book a historic semifinal berth in their maiden appearance in the Federation Cup on Tuesday.
Aizawl, who finished eighth out of nine teams in the just-concluded I-League, led 2-1 at half time through a double strike from Joel Sunday in the 26th and 37th minutes while C K Vineeth scored for Bengaluru in the 28th minute.
David Lalrinmuana (73rd) scored the third goal for Aizawl while star India striker Sunil Chhetri reduced the deficit to 2-3 for Bengaluru in the 74th minute. In the end, Aizawl stormed into the semifinals on 5-3 aggregate in the home and away tie and knock Bengaluru out of the tournament.
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