QPlay: India Thrash Zim, England & Wales Enter Round 16 in Euro
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1. India Thrash Zimbabwe by 10 Wickets in 2nd T20
India rode on the young seamer Barinder Sran’s memorable debut performance to notch a crushing 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second T20 International, and level the three-match series 1-1 in Harare on Monday.
Asked to bowl after the coin landed in favour of Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer, a determined India restricted the hosts to 99 for nine in the stipulated 20 overs with Sran picking up the best figures by an Indian debutant in T20 format.
Mandeep Singh (52*) and KL Rahul (47*) then led the way with unbeaten knocks as the visitors chased down the target with 41 balls to spare.
This was India’s first 10-wicket win in this format. Sran (4/10) was ably assisted by Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up three wickets for 11 runs in his quota of four overs.
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2. England and Wales Enter Euro 2016’s Knockout Stages, Russia Eliminated
England drew 0-0 with Slovakia on Monday to finish second in Euro 2016 Group B and qualify for the knockout phase behind Wales who beat Russia 3-0 in their final match.
Wales top the group with six points ahead of England on five, one ahead of Slovakia who should also reach the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.
England, who made six changes from the side that started their 2-1 win over Wales, dominated the first half and Jamie Vardy missed a good chance to put them ahead.
England continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession after half-time but there were few clear opportunities.
Wales outplayed Russia 3-0, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes, as they moved into the round of 16 at Euro 2016 by winning Group B on Monday.
Aaron Ramsey dinked the ball over Igor Akinfeev to finish off a counter-attack in the 11th minute and Neil Taylor added a second, also from a counter-attack nine minutes later as Wales took early control.
Russia had no answer to the fast, incisive Welsh breaks and survived several more chances before Gareth Bale scored his third goal of the tournament to become Euro 2016’s top marksman, flicking the third past Akinfeev in the 67th minute.
The crushing loss left Russia with only one point and also ended their Euro 2016 campaign. Leonid Slutski said he would not continue as Russia coach after they were eliminated from Euro 2016 on Monday.
3. Kumble, Shastri, Patil Set to Be Interviewed Today
Eyeing the Indian cricket team coach’s job, big names such as Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri and Sandeep Patil along with other aspirants are set to be interviewed for the coveted post in a hotel in Kolkata today.
The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar will take the interview of the shortlisted 21 candidates. Tendulkar will join in from London via video conference.
Confirming the development, a top Cricket Association of Bengal official said all the prominent names who are in contention would attend the interview.
The meeting will start at 1.30 pm. The meeting will be convened by Sanjay Jagdale.Cricket Association of Bengal Official
Besides Shastri, Kumble and Patil, the other Indian names in contention include Vikram Rathour, Praveen Amre, Balwinder Sandhu and Venkatesh Prasad among others.
The recommendation of the advisory committee will be forwarded to the BCCI president Anurag Thakur for ratification at the working committee meeting in Dharamsala on 24 June.
4. Arindam Ghosh Hits First Ton With Pink Ball in India
Mohun Bagan batsman Arindam Ghosh, who represents Railways in the Ranji Trophy, became the first to score a century with pink ball in India in Cricket Association of Bengal’s experiment of four-day Super League final under lights at Eden Gardens on Monday.
A day after India pacer Mohammed Shami hailed the ‘radium-like’ ball in his five-wicket haul, Ghosh made it really special with his 125 as it was the pink experiment that emerged as the winner, giving both batsmen and bowlers something to rejoice.
A former India U-19 batsman, Ghosh who was unbeaten on 49 overnight, battled severe hot and humid condition in the afternoon to lead Mohun Bagan to 349 from 88.1 overs in the second innings, setting Bhowanipore a target of 496.
Ghosh smashed off-spinner Writtick Chatterjee over long on to reach the milestone, three overs before tea break as he hit 11 fours and five sixes in his knock from 225 balls, spanning five hours and nine minutes.
5. Devendro in Quarters, Manoj in Last-16 of Olympic Qualifiers
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) stormed into the quarter-final, while the experienced Manoj Kumar (64kg) entered the last-16 stage of the International Boxing Association’s World Olympic Qualification tournament after notching comprehensive victories in Baku on Monday.
Fourth seed Devendro, who got an opening round bye, defeated Argentina’s Leandro Blanc 3-0 in a lop-sided contest, while former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj upstaged second seed Mohamed Eslam Ahmed Aly of Egypt with a dominant 3-0 show.
Devendro, also an Asian silver-medallist, will be up against South Africa’s Sibusiso Bandla today. The 23-year-old Indian has to make the final to book a berth in the Olympic Games.
Manoj, on the other hand, will take on Bulgaria’s Ayrin Smetov Ismetov in his pre-quarterfinal bout today after upstaging a more fancied rival. Manoj, also a former Asian bronze-medallist, will be assured of an Olympic spot if he makes the semi-final of the ongoing event.
6. After Champions Trophy Silver, Sardara Returns For Six Nations
Sardara Singh, who was rested from India’s silver medal winning Champions Trophy campaign, was on Monday named captain of the 18-man squad for the 6 Nations Invitational hockey tournament to be held in Valencia from 27 June.
Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh also made a return with Sardara, and so did Birender Lakra. Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and SV Sunil shared the captaincy of the Champions Trophy side in London where India won their maiden silver medal.
The squad features a strong defensive line up, with experienced campaigners VR Raghunath and Kothajit Singh joined by the returning Lakra and Rupinder Pal. Vikas Dahiya remains a back up to custodian Sreejesh.
The other teams in the tournament are Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland and hosts Spain.
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