QPlay: Finn’s Dream Comeback, Champia’s Olympic Berth & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Finn’s Five Wickets put England on Brink of Victory
England paceman Steven Finn’s five-wicket haul put the hosts on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes series lead over Australia on Thursday with the tourists facing a desperate battle to avoid a humiliating third-Test defeat.
Australia hold a lead of 23 runs with three wickets remaining and three days to play after Finn, recalled after a two-year absence, ran amok.
He followed up his two wickets in the first innings with figures of 5-45 from 13 excellent overs as only a defiant 77 from David Warner and an unbeaten 37 from Peter Nevill held up England’s victory bid inside two days as Australia closed on 168-7.
2. Aparajith Fifer, Bancroft 150 Lights up Day 2 of Second Unofficial ‘Test’
India A off-spinner Baba Aparajith struck late with a five-wicket haul, but it was opener Cameron Bancroft’s strokeful 150 that powered Australia A to a crucial first innings lead on Day 2 of the second four-day unofficial cricket ‘Test’.
Responding to India A’s 135 in the first innings, Australia A rode on Bancroft’s fourth first-class century to manage 329 for nine at stumps as the hosts gained a healthy 194-run lead.
3. Steyn, Duminy Put South Africa on Top in Second Test
Dale Steyn claimed his 400th Test scalp as he shared six wickets with JP Duminy, giving South Africa the edge on the first day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh.
Paceman Steyn claimed 3-30 while off-spinner Duminy took 3-27, as a mini collapse in the final session restricted Bangladesh to 246-8 at stumps.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim scored the lone half-century for Bangladesh and made a 94-run partnership with Mahmudullah for the fourth wicket after he won the toss and elected to bat.
4. Mangal Champia Earns Olympic Berth
Mangal Singh Champia earned India an individual Olympic quota berth, while Rajat Chauhan and Laxmirani Majhi remained in the gold and bronze medal hunt in the World Archery Championships.
The 31-year-old former Olympian secured an individual berth for the 2016 Rio-bound squad when he entered the recurve quarterfinals defeating sixth seed Antonio Fernandez of Spain 6-2.
Champia, however, lost out on medal contention after bowing to Elias Malave of Venezuela 4-6 as the 2008 Beijing Olympian surrendered a 2-4 lead for an unfortunate last eight exit.
5. Hope To Be Fit Before World Championship: Saina
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is confident of recovering from her shoulder pain and regain full fitness before the prestigious World badminton Championship that gets underway in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 10.
There is some pain in the shoulder. I hope to be fit before the tournament.
– Saina Nehwal
Talking about the draw, Saina, who has got a bye in the first round, said: “The draw is really tough with Sayaka Takahashi and Wang Yihan both in my half. They are very strong players, so let us see how it will be for me in this tournament. I hope I do well this time.”
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