QPlay: Iran Beat India, Raina Sings For a Bollywood Movie and More

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Iran’s Jalal Hosseini jumps to take control of the ball as the Indian captain Sunil Chhetri looks on, in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier game between India and Iran in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)   

1. Iran Thrash India in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

The Indians registered their third loss in the FIFA qualifiers after losing to Iran 3-0 at Bengaluru on Tuesday. Goals from Sardar Azmoun (29th minute), Andranik Teymourian (47th) and Mehdi Taromi (51st) sealed the deal for the Iranians, which helped them top the table. India, however are languishing in the bottom with one more game to go. They will play Turkmenistan on October 8.

The first half of the match was an evenly fought contest. Only one mistake by the Indians allowed Sardar Azmoun to put Iran ahead in the game. After two quick goals in the second half, the Indians fell apart and let Iran dominate them for the rest of the match.

Photo Courtesy: <a href="">Suresh Raina Twitter</a>
Photo Courtesy: Suresh Raina Twitter

2. Suresh Raina Sings For a Bollywood Movie

Suresh Raina is set to woo his fans not with the bat but with his singing talent in the upcoming movie Meeruthiya Gangsters. Raina sang a romantic number called Tu Mili Sab Mila, which was released on Monday in Mumbai. The film will release on September 18. Raina said he had a great time recording the song.

Cricket will always remain my passion and while playing, music has always given me company in between. While listening to music, singing became a hobby and I have been interested in doing something in singing when I am free.
– Suresh Raina

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

3. Taylor Helps England Stay Alive in the ODI Series

James Taylor notched up his maiden hundred to help England beat Australia by 93 runs in the third ODI at Manchester on Tuesday. Taylor scored a brisk 101 off 114 balls. England captain Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy made useful contributions of 62 and 63 respectively to ensure England reach 300/8.

The Australians were all out for 207 runs after a comprehensive bowling performance by the English players along with their terrific catches. Steve Finn took a lovely one-handed catch diving to his right to dismiss Steve Smith. Jason Roy also took a brilliant catch to send Ashton Agar back to the pavilion.

England picked up their first win in the series with Australia already winning the first two games. The home team will have to win both the remaining games to win the series.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

4. Mohammad Hafeez Allowed to Bowl in Domestic Tournaments

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is allowed to bowl in domestic tournaments even though he is banned from bowling at the international level due to an illegal action. ICC allows banned bowlers to participate in their domestic tournaments with the permission of their respective boards.

Hafeez, who was banned by the ICC for 12 months in July will bowl for the Lahore Whites in his nation’s T20 tournament.

A bowler suspended in international cricket can bowl in domestic cricket with the permission of his home board. The logic behind this provision is to allow the home board and the player concerned the opportunity to monitor improvement in his bowling action in a match situation, and when happy, apply for reassessment.
– ICC Official

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

5. Kevin Pietersen Returns to South Africa

The English batting star Kevin Pietersen will feature for the Durban-based franchise Sunfoil Dolphins in the RAM Slam Twenty20 later this year. Pietersen, who has scored the highest number of international runs (13,779 runs) for his adopted nation, is very excited to go back to the place where his career began. The 35-year-old confirmed the news on Tuesday.

I’m very excited to return to Durban in a few weeks’ time and contribute to the Sunfoil Dolphins’ cause. Having grown up in KZN it is obviously a place that means something quite special to me and to have the opportunity to play there again is something I’m really looking forward to.
– Kevin Pietersen

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