QPlay: Mumbai Beat KKR, Barca Knocked Out of Champions League
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Mumbai Indians Beat KKR
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with a sparkling 84 as the blue brigade cruised to a six-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders to open their account in the ninth season of the Indian Premier League at Kolkata on Wednesday.
Chasing a challenging target of 188, Jos Buttler made the chase look easier, smashing his way to 41 off mere 22 balls and helped Mumbai Indians chase down the target with five balls to spare at the Eden Gardens.
Having stayed till the end, Sharma got his runs off just 54 balls, hitting 10 fours and two sixes in the process.
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2. Barca Knocked Out of Champions League, Bayern Munich Reach Their Fifth Consecutive S/F
Defending champions Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid and undone by two goals from Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 quarter-final, second leg loss on Wednesday.
Griezmann headeda goal from Saul Niguez’s exquisite cross to give the home side a deserved lead in the 36th minute and provide them with a platform from which they comfortably contained their uncharacteristically limp opponents.
The France forward then scored a penalty with two minutes remaining, following a handball from Andres Iniesta, to complete a 3-2 aggregate victory that eliminated Barcelona at the quarter-final stage for the second time in three seasons.
Bayern Munich drew 2-2 at Benfica on Wednesday to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth consecutive season with a 3-2 aggregate win and remain on track for a treble of titles.
Arturo Vidal’s 38th-minute goal cancelled out the hosts’ early lead through Raul Jimenez’s header.
Bayern added another goal through Thomas Mueller’s volley from a Javi Martinez header in the 53rd minute to knock out the Portuguese side who managed a late equaliser through Talisca.
3. IPL Matches Post 30 April to be Shifted Outside Maharashtra
The Indian Premier League (IPL) matches scheduled after 30 April in Maharashtra will be shifted out of the state, the Bombay High Court said on Wednesday.
A bench of Justices VM Kanade and MS Karnik heard a PIL by NGO Loksatta Movement challenging use of large quantities of water in stadiums at a time when the state was reeling under severe drought conditions.
Five matches will be played in Maharashtra this month.
There were 13 IPL matches scheduled to be held in Maharashtra after 30 April. The 13 matches that will move out include six to be played in Pune, four in Mumbai and three in Nagpur.
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4. Srikanth, Prannoy, Jayaram, Gutta and Ponnappa Bow Out of Singapore Super Series
It turned out to be a disastrous day for Indian shuttlers on Wednesday. Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram and the women’s pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bowed out in the opening round of the Singapore Super Series.
This loss will affect the men’s singles players’ chances of qualifying for the Rio Olympics. This tournament is the last Super Series event before the May 3 deadline.
World No 22 Prannoy lost to Chen Long 21-18, 18-21, 19-21 in a hard-fought match that lasted an hour and 11 minutes.
Up against World No. 28 Hsu Jen Hao, Srikanth went down 21-11, 18-21, 18-21. It was his third first-round exit after the India Open and the Malaysia Open.
For Jayaram, it turned out to be a repeat of the India Open as he went down 17-21, 16-21 to the experienced Marc Zwiebler.
India’s women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, too crashed out in the opening round after a 18-21, 16-21 loss to South Korean combo of Go Ah Ra and Yoo Hae Won.
5. Lendl Simmons Ruled Out of IPL, Guptill to Join Mumbai Indians
West Indies and Mumbai Indians player, Lendl Simmons has been ruled out of the remainder of the IPL due to a lower back injury. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, who went unsold in the 2016 IPL auction will replace the West Indian in the Mumbai Indians team.
The same injury had stopped him to take the flight with the West Indies team for the World T20 but he joined the team later in place of the injured Andre Fletcher and smashed 82 runs in the semi-final against India.
Simmons was also Mumbai Indians’ most successful batsman in the previous IPL with 540 runs in 13 matches.
6. Manchester United Reach FA Cup Semis
A glorious rainbow provided a fitting backdrop to West Ham United’s last FA Cup tie at Upton Park but Manchester United ended a momentous evening hinting at a brighter future after reaching the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory.
Much-maligned all season and in grave danger of missing out on Champions League qualification after a drubbing at Tottenham Hotspur, United returned to the capital to produce one of their most vibrant displays of a poor campaign.
Teenager Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock with a sensational curling shot after 54 minutes before Marouane Fellaini’s close-range effort sent United’s 5,000-strong travelling fans barmy.
James Tomkins’s header set up a nerve-jangling finale as West Ham threw the kitchen sink at David de Gea’s goal but Andy Carroll headed a glorious chance over and the Spanish keeper produced heroics to repel a late onslaught.
7. Djokovic Knocked Out of Monte Carlo
Defending Monte Carlo champion and world number one Novak Djokovic suffered his earliest tournament defeat for three years when 55th-ranked Czech Jiri Vesely beat him in the second round of the Masters tournament on Wednesday.
Vesely won 6-4,2-6, 6-4 in what was his first meeting with the Serb. It was the 22-year-old’s maiden victory against a top-10 opponent after eight previous failures.
It’s the dream of every single player to beat a world number one. When I went on court, I was hoping to win a game or to do well. But I really had no idea that I really would be able to beat Novak today. I still can’t believe it happened.Jiri Vesely
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