QPlay: Dhoni’s Pune, Virat’s RCB Lose, JLN Stadium Debacle & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Suryakumar’s 60 Powers KKR to 2-Wicket Win Over RPS
Suryakumar Yadav hit a brilliant fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rising Pune Supergiants by 2 wickets in a last-over IPL thriller in the evening fixture on Sunday.
Rising Pune Supergiants posted a competitive 160-5, courtesy a superb 52-ball 67-run innings by opener Ajinkya Rahane, after KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field.
Chasing the target, the visitors rode on a 49-ball 60 by Suryakumar Yadav, who shared a 51-run third-wicket stand with Yusuf Pathan (36) to set the platform for the chase but Pune’s Thisara Perera picked up two wickets in the fag end of the match to almost derail their chase. In the end, it was Umesh Yadav who blasted a six of the third ball of the last over to take Kolkata home, reaching 162-8, with three balls to spare at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
2. Kohli Maiden T20 Century in Vain; Lions Beat RCB by 6 Wkts
Star batsman Virat Kohli’s maiden T20 hundred went in vain as Gujarat Lions produced a clinical batting display to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets.
Batting first, the RCB posted a challenging 180 for two as captain Kohli, batting with a minor ankle sprain, hit his first IPL as well T20 century but the Lions chased down the target with three balls to spare with a combined effort from their top-order batsmen.
Dinesh Karthik steered the run chase for the Lions with an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls while Brendon McCullum (42), Dwayne Smith (32), captain Suresh Raina (28) made useful contribution as the home side notched up their third win in four matches.
3. Sri Lanka’s Silva Hospitalized After Blow on The Head
Sri Lanka’s test opener Kaushal Silva has been taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball while fielding in a domestic match. Sri Lanka Cricket says that Silva was struck today during a match in Pallekele. His scans were clear, but he was flown to a hospital in the capital Colombo for further tests and observation, the cricket body added.
Silva has played 24 test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 1,404 runs at an average of 31.
4. Olympic Qualifiers at Delhi’s JLN Stadium Disrupted by Power Failure
Power failure at the competition venue led to the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix athletics meet ending in a farce on Sunday..
The one-day meet, an Olympic qualifying event, was held without electricity at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which led to results being recorded manually. Hand timings are not considered valid for record purposes and hence will not be counted for Olympic qualifications.
According to the hand timings, as many as four national records were improved and that included two athletes crossing Rio Olympics qualification norms, but all of them will be of no use.
5. Yogeshwar, Milkha Lead Voices Against Salman’s Rio Appointment
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s appointment as the Indian Olympic contingent’s goodwill ambassador kicked up a storm with star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh questioning the move even as the IOA and some other athletes backed the decision.
Yogeshwar said Salman has done nothing to merit such an appointment. “Everybody has the right to promote movies in India, but Olympics is not a place to promote films,” Yogeshwar tweeted in Hindi. “Can anyone tell me what is the role of goodwill ambassador? Why are you fooling the public?” he added.
Milkha, who won gold in 1958 and 1962 Asian Games, said the fact that no Indian sportsperson had been picked up as ambassador saddened him. “I want to make it clear that I am not against Salman Khan, but the decision of the IOA is wrong and the Government should intervene in the matter. This is for the first time I am seeing a Bollywood hero being made goodwill ambassador for Olympics. I want to ask has Bollywood ever made any sportsperson an ambassador for any of their mega event?” he said.
Ulloa Double Sends Leicester Closer to Title
Leicester easily coped without suspended top-scorer Jamie Vardy on Sunday, sweeping to a 4-0 victory over Swansea to move closer to winning the English top flight for the first time in the club’s 132-year history.
Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice after Riyad Mahrez’s opener and Marc Albrighton completed Leicester’s biggest win of the Premier League season.
Two wins from the last three games will guarantee Claudio Ranieri’s team the title. Tottenham is eight points behind Leicester heading into Monday’s game against West Bromwich Albion.
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