QPlay: India Equalise Series vs SL, Pakistan Beat India in Hockey

All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.

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MS Dhoni. (Photo: Reuters)

1. India’s Third-Biggest T20 Victory Helps Equalise Series vs SL

India stamped some authority, got some revenge and showed a lot of class as MS Dhoni’s team equalised the T20 series against Sri Lanka in the second match at Ranchi. After being put into bat, Dhawan’s 51 and Rohit’ 43 propelled India’s score to 196/6. Ashwin’s three-wicket haul and Ashish Nehra’s early strikes helped India to take control and eventually win the game by 69 runs.

Sri Lanka’s Chandimal (31) and Kapugedera (32) tried to reconstruct the innings, but they got out in quick succession which cost Sri Lanka the game.

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(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

2. Pakistan beat India in Gold Medal Hockey Match

India put up a disappointing show to lose 1-0 against arch-rivals Pakistan in a lackluster summit clash of men’s hockey at the 12th South Asian Games. Awaisur Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in added time of the first half as Pakistan clinched the gold medal and notched up a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

The Indians, who created very few goal-scoring chances and were left to defend the citadel for most part of the match, thus continued their gold medal drought in the tournament at Moullanna Tayebullah stadium.

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

3. Will Continue to Try Different Things Till World T20: MS Dhoni

After a series leveling win over Sri Lanka, India captain MS Dhoni said the team will continue to try different things in the lead up to the World T20, which will  be played India from 8 March to 3 April.

Experimenting is a word banned from Indian cricket, but yes we’re trying different things. Our top order has done well, so we’re trying to give everyone an opportunity whenever possible.
MS Dhoni

The Indian captain had sent newbie Hardik Pandya ahead of Yuvraj Singh and introduced Jasprit Bumrah in the 16th over.

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(Photo: IANS)
(Photo: IANS)

4. Kavita Raut Wins SAF Games Marathon Gold, Bags Olympic Berth

Indian long-distance runner Kavita Raut has booked her spot in the Rio Olympics after winning the women’s marathon event at the 12th South Asian Games.

The 30-year-old Raut easily clinched the marathon gold in 2 hours 38 minutes and 38 seconds to become the fourth Indian women to have qualified for Rio Games women’s marathon.

The Games marathon qualification standard stands at 2:42:00. O P Jaisha, Lalita Babbar and Sudha Singh have already qualified for the event in Rio.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

5. Pakistani Umpire Asad Rauf Banned by BCCI For Five Years

Tainted Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf has been banned for five years by the BCCI on Friday after its disciplinary committee found him guilty of corrupt practices and bringing the game into disrepute.

The 59-year-old Rauf, who was part of the ICC’s elite panel and officiated in Test matches, was accused of accepting expensive gifts from bookies besides placing bets on IPL matches in the 2013 edition.

However, Asad Rauf hit back at BCCI saying that there was no evidence found against him.

What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me?
Asad Rauf
(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

6. Banned Umpire Worked at 2015 US Open Due to ‘Flaw’

A Croatian tennis umpire, who was banned from officiating for 12 months after a corruption inquiry worked as a linesman at last year’s US Open because of a “flaw in our system”, the United States Tennis Association said on Friday.

Denis Pitner was suspended by the International Tennis Federation in August after sending information about a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches. But he was already approved to work in the US Open as a linesman on July 13.

“We had a flaw in our system. Denis Pitner did work as a linesman at the 2015 US Open,” Chris Widmaier, the USTA’s managing director of corporate communications, told Reuters on Friday via email.

As we have now determined, Mr. Denis Pitner had been approved to work the U.S. Open as a linesman on July 13. The USTA was notified that Mr. Pitner was placed on the ‘Do Not Credential’ list on August 24.
USTA’s Statement

The sport’s governing bodies said on Friday that an independent review panel (IRP) will take at least a year to investigate allegations of corruption in tennis and the effectiveness of existing procedures.

While there is no fixed deadline for the IRP to complete its independent review, it is expected that the full review will take at least 12 months with the publication of an interim report during that time.
Tennis Governing Bodies Said in a Statement

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