QPlay: KXIP And a Super-Over Finally Halt Rajasthan’s Royal Charge
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1. A ‘Super Over’ End to Rajasthan’s Winning Streak
Rajasthan Royals’ five-match winning streak was finally snapped by Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday night. The Royals however did not go down without a fight, losing the match in the tournament’s first Super Over.
In the last over of the match, needing 5 runs off the final delivery off James Faulkner, Axar Patel sliced it towards backward point for a boundary as the match entered the ‘Super Over’ with both teams tied on 191.
KXIP scored 15 as Shaun Marsh belted Chris Morris for three consecutive boundaries.
In reply, Mitchell Johnson yorked Shane Watson with a brilliant delivery first up while Wriddhiman Saha kept his cool to run James Faulkner out as KXIP broke their three match losing streak in one of the most thrilling contests.
2. Samuels Leads West Indies Fight Back in 2nd Test vs England
Marlon Samuels brought up an unbeaten 94 in a bid to rebuild the West Indies first innings after an early collapse Tuesday as England ended a rain-shortened opening day of the second test in a strong position with the hosts at 188-5.
Samuels, who came to the wicket shortly before lunch at the unusual dismissal of left-handed opener Devon Smith for 15, benefited from England captain Alistair Cook’s missed chance at first slip off Chris Jordan when on 22 to dominate the scoring in the final session and approach his seventh test century.
At the end of day’s play, Samuels was batting with captain Denesh Ramdin (6 not out) in an unbroken, 59-run sixth-wicket stand.
3. Butt Gets ICC Call for Hearing, Hafeez’s Action Cleared
Pakistan cricket received some good news on Tuesday as banned Salman Butt has been asked by the ICC anti-corruption unit to appear for a hearing and their senior all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez’s bowling action was cleared by the ICC.
The ICC ACU hearing is a big step forward for Butt who wants the same sort of relaxation to play domestic cricket as Muhammad Aamir. Butt, Aamir and Muhammad Asif are all serving minimum five-year bans for spot fixing dating back to September, 2010.
“I am happy that the Pakistan Cricket Board finally pushed my case with the ICC and they have now called me. I am ready to cooperate with them in every way as my priority is to get back to domestic cricket,” Butt told reporters in Lahore.
Meanwhile the ICC has also announced that Hafeez is now clear to bowl again in international cricket. Hafeez had undergone the ICC bowling assessment test in an ICC accredited bowling centre in Chennai on April 9 after his action was deemed to be illegal.
4. Kolkata Club Cricketer Rahul Ghosh Sustains Head Injury
Just a day after former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri lost his life due to a freak on-field injury, another young club cricketer Rahul Ghosh was hospitalised post sustaining a hit on the head during a second division league match on Tuesday.
The incident happened during a match between Police AC and Vijay Sports Club -- both second division teams in the CAB league. Fielding at cover region, Police AC’s Rahul was hit below his ear after he took his eyes off to an awkward bounce during the 2nd division League match at the Videocon School of Cricket ground in Salt Lake.
The condition of Ghosh is said to be “stable but not out of danger”, neurosurgeon Dr Buddhadeb Saha, who is attending to Ghosh at the Nightingale Hospital, said.
Devastated by the death of Keshri, who died at the same hospital three days after he was hit while taking a catch, the CAB is leaving no stone unturned. “We don’t want to take any chances. I’m told he’s stable but unless we’re very sure of his condition he’ll be kept under observation,” CAB joint-secretary Subir Ganguly said.
5. Neymar Double Helps Barcelona Down PSG
Neymar scored twice as Barcelona reached the Champions League semi-finals for the seventh time in the last eight seasons by comfortably beating Paris St Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to complete an emphatic 5-1 aggregate victory.
The Nou Camp crowd were brought to their feet for Neymar’s first goal as midfielder Andres Iniesta ran from his own half, skipping past three challenges, before delivering a perfect pass for the Brazilian, who rounded keeper Salvatore Sirigu and slid the ball home after 14 minutes.
PSG offered little resistance as Barca swept the ball around midfield and the Catalan side went further in front when Neymar headed home a curling cross from fullback Dani Alves after 34 minutes.
Barca eased off in the second half and were happy to hold on for a victory that keeps them on course to repeat their treble success of 2009.
6. Bayern Munich Crush Porto 6-1 to Reach Semis
Bayern Munich destroyed Porto 6-1 to charge into the Champions League semi-finals 7-4 on aggregate and stay on track for a treble in Pep Guardiola’s 100th competitive game in charge on Tuesday.
The five-time European champions, who lost 3-1 in the first leg, showed no sign of nerves as they dismantled the hapless Portuguese with an impressive attacking display to book a fourth straight last four spot.
Reminiscent of Germany’s 7-1 World Cup semi-final demolition of Brazil last year, Bayern scored three times in 13 minutes through Thiago Alcantara, Jerome Boateng and Robert Lewandowski, to wipe out their quarter-final, first leg deficit.
Two more goals before the break from Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller, who became Germany’s record scorer in the competition with 27, and a late Xabi Alonso free-kick finished off Porto, who had Ivan Marcano sent off in the 87th for a second booking.
7. Anand Crushes Wesley So At Shamkir Chess
Five times world champion Viswanathan Anand scored a crushing victory against overnight leader Wesley So of United States in the fifth round of Shamkir Chess 2015, being held in the memory of Vugar Gashimov.
After four draws on the trot, Anand’s chances finally came against the in-form So who had been tormenting opposition till he ran in to Anand on Tuesday.
The Indian ace was at his tactical best at first and then his machine-like technique came to the fore for the first victory in the tournament. Anand took his tally to three points in the process in the strongest tournament of the year and can now look forward to the remaining tournament with a lot of confidence post the only rest day.
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