QPlay: Malik Leads Pak to ODI Win, Nadal & Djokovic Win in Paris
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
Malik Leads Pakistan to 41-Run Win In 1st ODI
Shoaib Malik hit his first century in six years to help Pakistan outbat Zimbabwe in the first day-night international by 41 runs in Lahore, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Malik, playing his first one-dayer after two years, notched up a 76-ball 112 with 12 fours and two sixes to steer Pakistan to 375-3 -- their highest against Zimbabwe -- before restricting the tourists to 334-5 in 50 overs at Gaddafi Stadium.
Zimbabwe tried their valiant best with skipper Elton Chigumbura hitting a rapid 95-ball 117 but the mounting asking rate proved too much in the end. Chigumbura hit 10 boundaries and four sixes in his maiden one-day hundred as Zimbabwe also improved on their previous highest total against Pakistan, beating 295-9 in Bulawayo in 2002, but ultimately fell 41 runs short.
Djokovic, Nadal Cruise Through French Open Openers
A lot was said about Rafael Nadal’s French Open campaign even before it started but the former World number 1, seeded sixth at Roland Garros, showed no signs of wanting to prove his detractors right as he cruised through his opener.
Playing local teenager Quentin Halys - a wildcard making his grand slam debut- in the first round, Nadal won with a scoreline of 6-3 6-3 6-4.
Tournament favourite Djokovic, like Nadal, waited two days for his opening round match but quickly found his stride with a 6-2 7-5 6-2 defeat of Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen.
In the women’s draw, top-ranked Serena Williams needed less than an hour to defeat French Open qualifier Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 6-2 6-3 in her opener.
However sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard became the highest-seeded player to exit the French Open so far, beaten 6-4, 6-4 in the first round by 44th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Trevor Bayliss Appointed New England Coach
Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed the new head coach of England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach succeeds the sacked Peter Moores, having been preferred to his compatriot Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, who was the initial favourite for the job.
“Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game,” said the ECB’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss in a press release.
Currently coach of New South Wales, Bayliss will take charge of England in time for the start of their home Ashes series against Australia in July.
Bayliss coached Sri Lanka to the final of the 2011 World Cup. He has also guided New South Wales to two Sheffield Shield titles in Australia, won two Indian Premier League titles with the Kolkata Knight Riders and won the Australian Big Bash and Champions League with Sydney Sixers.
Usain Bolt Wins 200m at Ostrava Golden Spike Meet
Usain Bolt won the 200 metres in his season’s best time of 20.13 seconds in rainy, cold conditions at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Tuesday as he builds up for the world championships.
His Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell claimed the 100 in 10.04 seconds but failed to match his season’s best of 9.84 and the world leading 9.74 set by Justin Gatlin on May 15 in Doha.
Isiah Young of the United States finished second in both races, trailing home behind Bolt in 20.35 and Powell in 10.13. American Dedric Dukes has the world leading 200 time of 19.99.
SAI Given Charge of Indian Paralympians
SAI to take decision on matters concerning para athletes New Delhi, May 26 With the Paralympics Committee of India suspended, the Sports Ministry has decided that all matters relating to Para-athletes, including selection of athletes for various events, will be taken care of by Sports Authority of India (SAI).
The Ministry had suspended the Paralympic Committee of India following mismanagement at the National Paralympic Games in Ghaziabad, where the athletes were treated shoddily.
“In order to protect the interest of para-athletes in the country, the Ministry has already requested International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to take certain steps including permitting SAI to send entries of para-athletes of the country to international competitions,” a ministry release said.
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