QPlay: India Choke vs SA, Sindhu Loses Final, BCCI Chickens Out

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India lost the third ODI in Rajkot to South Africa by 18 runs. (Photo: Reuters)

1. De Kock and Morkel Star For SA as India Choke to 18-run Defeat

India’s formidable batsmen choked under pressure as South Africa relied on a disciplined bowling performance to clinch the third One-dayer by 18 runs and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Chasing South Africa’s competitive 270/7, largely built around Quinton de Kock’s 103, India were cruising along comfortably before losing the plot in the last 15 overs, with a flurry of wickets as they ended at 252/6.

The tourists’ pace-heavy bowling attack, led by the lanky Morne Morkel who grabbed a brilliant 4 for 39, throttled the home side’s batsmen in the final stages.

For the complete match report, click here.

MS Dhoni. (Photo: AP)
MS Dhoni. (Photo: AP)

2. “We Are Still Looking for Batsmen at Number 5, 6 & 7,” Says Dhoni

In Rajkot, India made a few changes to the order with Virat Kohli coming in to bat at number three again and captain MS Dhoni following him at number 4. The regular number three from the previous two matches, Ajinkya Rahane, only walked in at number six. When asked about the many changes in the order, Dhoni had this to say to the media at the post match conference.

We are looking for batsmen to play at Nos 5, 6 and 7. Till they play there, we won’t know who is a good bet over there. And we are looking to give chances as well so it’s a tricky one. Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) batted well at No 3 but Virat couldn’t score, this is something we will have to look at
– MS Dhoni

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3. PV Sindhu’s Dream Run at Denmark Open Ends With Defeat in Final

PV Sindhu’s dream run at the Denmark Open ended in agony as the Indian shuttler suffered a straight-game defeat against Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in the final of the US$ 650,000 Super Series Premier badminton event.

Playing her maiden Super Series final, Sidhu, the two-time bronze medalist at the World Championship, could not break the stranglehold of Li, who played a compact game and rode on her repertoire of strokes to notch up a 21-19 21-12 win in the summit clash which lasted 47 minutes.

For the complete match report, click here.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo: AP)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo: AP)

4. BCCI Chickens Out, CSK and RR to Return in 2018

Taking the first step towards laying out a fresh roadmap for the controversy-marred Indian Premier League, the BCCI decided to float tenders for two new teams to replace the suspended franchises of Chennai Super Kings (CKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who will return to the cash-rich league in 2018.

At its working committee meeting on Sunday, the Board decided not to terminate CSK and RR, both of which are currently serving a two-year suspension recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha committee for their involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

This decision by the BCCI will make the next two IPLs an eight-team affair.

Read full report here.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

5. Delhi Dynamos Beat Kerala Blasters 1-0, Move to Second Spot

Ghanaian striker Richard Gadze’s late strike in the 87th minute ensured a third straight victory for Delhi Dynamos as they beat hosts Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the Indian Super League on Sunday.

Substitute Gadze headed home a Florent Malouda cross as he timed his jump to perfection, heading home from close range, much to the dismay of the home fans and team’s owner Sachin Tendulkar, who graced the stands.

Dynamos now have 9 points from four games after their third win and straightaway jumped to the second spot in the league table, behind Pune City FC. The Dynamos trail, despite having equal number of points, due to an inferior goal difference.


6. AIFF Appoints Bhaichung Bhutia as Advisor

The All India Football Federation appointed former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia as the advisor for “overall issues of the game and the Federation”.

AIFF general Secretary Kushal Das said that the Federation would seek Bhutia’s suggestions in a lot of matters concerning the game.

We look up to Bhaichung to advise us on improving the national team’s performance and also help in the development of the squad for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Furthermore, we look forward to his advice on the licensing criteria of State FAs, development of clubs and all other domestic competitions, both men and women and across all age groups.
– Kushal Das, AIFF General Secretary

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