QPlay: Delhi Daredevils Beat Hyderabad; Vijender Takes on Soldra
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Delhi Daredevils End Hyderabad’s Winning Run
Delhi Daredevils produced an all-round effort and defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets at Hyderabad on Thursday.
Opting to bowl first, the Daredevils first dished out a superb bowling performance to restrict the Sunrisers to a modest 146 for eight and then chased down the target with consummate ease in 18.1 overs, riding on Quinton de Kock’s 31-ball 44 at the top of the order and a half-century stand between youngsters Sanju Samson (34 not out off 26) and Rishabh Pant (39 not out off 26).
By virtue of this win, the Daredevils have moved to the third spot in the standings with 12 points from 10 games.
Despite the loss, the Sunrisers continue to lead the table with 14 points from 11 matches.
2. Federer, Wawrinka Crash Out of Rome Masters
Roger Federer’s struggles continued when he was beaten 7-6 (2) 6-4 by fast-rising Austrian Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Rome Masters on Thursday.
The former world number one has been battling knee and back injuries this year and was not at his best as he succumbed to the 22-year-old Thiem at the Foro Italico.
Thiem’s quarterfinal opponent will be sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who beat Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-4.
Juan Monaco of Argentina upset French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 and will meet lucky loser Lucas Pouille, who beat ninth-seeded David Ferrer 6-4, 6-1.
3. Preity Zinta Lashes out at Media Over Sanjay Banger Episode
Preity Zinta reacted to the media reports that accused her of lashing out at the Kings XI Punjab coach, Sanjay Banger, after her team’s narrow one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.
The co-owner of the Punjab franchise posted a long Facebook post ranting about how everything reported was a lie.
She, however, did agree to the fact that she walked up to team mentor Virender Sehwag and coach Sanjay Banger after the match and spoke to them for exactly 20 seconds. But Preity insisted that she did not disrespect or abuse the Kings XI Punjab coach.
4. Vijender Singh to Take on Andrzej Soldra in His Sixth Professional Bout Today
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is all set to take on Poland’s Andrzej Soldra in his first eight-round professional contest in Bolton today.
Vijender has been unbeaten so far in the circuit, winning all his bouts via Technical Knockouts. His previous fight, against Frenchman Matiouze Royer, was the longest of his fledgling pro career, lasting five rounds.
Friday’s fight would be Vijender’s last before he makes his India debut next month. He will be fighting it out for the WBO Asia belt against a yet-to-be-named opponent in New Delhi on June 11.
His opponent, Soldra comes into the fight with a record of 12 wins – with 5 knockouts – from 16 fights. The 30-year-old has the edge in experience over Vijender with 81 rounds under his belt.
Soldra also has a brilliant record in amateur career with 82 wins from 98 fights.
5. Shashank Manohar Elected ICC’s First Independent Chairman
Veteran cricket administrator Shashank Manohar was elected unopposed on 12 May as International Cricket Council’s (ICC) first independent Chairman, two days after he stepped down as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) President.
The 58-year-old was elected to the post after the ICC Full Council’s approval of constitutional amendments, proposed by the Board following its April meeting. Manohar, who on Tuesday resigned as the President of BCCI, is the first elected independent Chairman of the game’s governing body. He will commence his two-year term with immediate effect.
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