QPlay: India Beat Zimbabwe, Federer In Final & Sachin at Wimbledon
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. India Avoid Embarrassing Defeat; Escape With 4-Run Win
A second-string Indian team just about managed to avoid an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe as they struggled to a close four-run win in the first ODI at Harare.
For a while, the Indian fans had their hearts in their mouths as Zimbabwe needed only 10 runs off the last over but Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura’s second One-day hundred was not enough to see the team through and they fell short by four runs.
Earlier in the Indian innings, Ambati Rayudu produced a career-best unbeaten 124 and his second international century helped India recover from a top-order collapse and post a competitive 255 for six.
2. England Set Australia 412 To Win First Ashes Test
Joe Root again put Australia‘s bowlers to the sword and together with Ian Bell gave England the platform on Friday to push for victory in the first Ashes test after setting the tourists 412 to win with two days remaining.
Root followed up his first-innings century with another stylish knock of 60 and Bell (60) ended a poor run of form as England were bowled out for 289 to end an eventful third day’s play in which 15 wickets fell.
Australia did fight back in the last hour by taking five wickets but some lusty blows from tailender Mark Wood (32 not out) allowed England to set an imposing target on a pitch offering some signs of life after a docile first two days.
3. Proteas’ Rabada Claims Hat-trick on Debut v Bangladesh
South Africa‘s Kagiso Rabada became only the second bowler to claim a hat-trick on his one-day international debut as they thrashed Bangladesh by eight wickets in the rain-hit first ODI.
The 20-year-old right-arm paceman claimed 6-16, the best figures for any bowler on his ODI debut, to destroy Bangladesh, who were 160 all out in the 37th over after a rain-delay had reduced the contest to 40 overs a side.
Rabada uprooted opener Tamim Iqbal‘s off-stump with the fourth delivery of the over before getting Litton Das caught at midwicket and trapping Mahmudullah lbw to achieve the feat.
South Africa romped home with nearly nine overs to spare, bringing Bangladesh down to earth after the hosts’ recent ODI series victories at home to Pakistan and India.
4. Federer Beats Murray in 3 Easy Sets
Playing the kind of untouchable tennis that has brought him 17 Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in straight sets to reach his 10th Wimbledon final and put him within one victory of a record eighth championship at the All England Club.
Riding a dominant serve that produced 20 aces, keeping relentless pressure on Murray with his returns and breaking at the end of each set, Federer put on a supreme grass-court performance to outclass his British rival 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.
He next plays world number one Novak Djokovic in the title match on Sunday.
For more details of the match, click here.
5. Leander Paes in Mixed and Sania Mirza In Women’s Doubles Finals
Sania Mirza set herself up for her first ever women’s doubles Grand Slam after she along with Martina Hingis beat Raquel Kops -Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1 6-2 in a lop-sided semifinal which lasted 56 minutes.
In the final, they face second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina who beat Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 4-6 6-4.
After that match, Hingis joined hands with Paes to reach the mixed doubles final with a convincing 6-3 6-4 win over top seed Americans Mike Bryan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Paes and Hingis, who won the Australian Open early this year, broke their rivals four times in the semifinal that lasted 56 minutes.
Read full report here.
6. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat and Anushka Steal The Show At Wimbledon
A regular at SW19, Sachin Tendulkar once again made an appearance at Wimbledon on Friday, this time with Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli for company.
The two cricket heroes however were not watching the action unfold by themselves, Sachin’s wife Anjali and Virat’s girlfriend Anushka Sharma too were spotted sitting with them in the Royal Box.
The two couples watched all matches on the centre court, witnessing Novak Djokovic beat Richard Gasquet and Roger Federer take out Andy Murray.
7. Chhetri, Lyngdoh Sell for One-crore Plus Bids in ISL auction
India football captain Sunil Chhetri and central midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh led the bidding war at the first-ever player auction of the Indian Super League, with both being bought in excess of Rs one crore by Mumbai City FC and Pune City FC respectively.
Star striker Chhetri, who missed the first season of ISL as he was not released by his I-League club Bengaluru FC along with other club mates, was bought for Rs 1.2 crore by Mumbai City FC, Rs 40 lakh over his base price of Rs 80 lakh.
This was immediately preceded by an intense bidding war among six teams for I-League’s top performer Lyngdoh, whose base price of Rs 27.50 lakh. The midfielder ultimately sold for Rs 1.05 crore.
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