QPlay: India Level ODI Series, Jose Mourinho Fined and Suspended
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. India Beat South Africa by 22 Runs in Second ODI
Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni marked his return to form with an unbeaten 92 as India recorded a 22-run victory over South Africa in the second ODI to level the five-match series 1-1 in Indore on Wednesday.
Electing to bat, Dhoni bailed India out of trouble with his 86-ball knock to take the team to 247 for nine. His bowlers then ended the visiting side’s innings at 225 to record their first win on South Africa’s current tour.
Axar Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shared six wickets between them, whereas Harbhajan Singh picked up two wickets in his comeback match.
2. Chelsea Manager Mourinho Fined and Suspended
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been suspended for one match and fined 50,000 pounds ($77,235.00) by the English Football Association for saying referees were afraid to award penalties to the Premier League champions.
Mourinho admitted the misconduct charge following his comments after Chelsea’s 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on October 3.
With the score at 1-1 (there was) a huge penalty and once more we don’t get it. If the FA wants to punish me they can punish me, they do not punish other managers, they punish me. My players deserve it, the Chelsea fans deserve it, I am a Chelsea fan too, I want to say it again, referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.
— Jose Mourinho
3. Karunaratne’s Century Puts Sri Lanka Ahead on Day 1 Against West Indies
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored his third Test century and made the West Indies bowlers toil in sweltering conditions as Sri Lanka finished 250 for two at stumps on the opening day of the first Test at Galle in Thursday.
Karunaratne remained unbeaten on 135 along with Dinesh Chandimal who has so far made 72 in an unbroken stand of 149.
4. Malik’s Double Century Takes Pakistan to 523/8
England openers Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali batted solidly to take England to 56-0 after Shoaib Malik’s double century lifted Pakistan to a mammoth total in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
England trail by 467 runs in reply to Pakistan’s first innings of 523-8, declared at the end of day two at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Shoaib Malik, who is making a comeback to the Test side after five years scored 245 runs, which is his best score in his Test career.
5. Liverpool Defender Gomez Suffers Ligament Injury
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has suffered a cruciate ligament injury that could rule him out for up to nine months, the British media reported on Wednesday.
Gomez, who joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic in the close season, suffered the injury while playing for England under-21s against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Liverpool could call up Alberto Moreno for Saturday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.
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