QPlay: No Batting for Gayle, WI Win 2nd & Prannoy Wins Swiss Open
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Badree, Fletcher Script West Indies’ Second Win
Samuel Badree stifled Sri Lanka with an exceptional spell before Andre Fletcher hammered an unbeaten 84 as the West Indies cruised to a seven-wicket win over the defending champions in a Group I World Twenty20 match, here tonight.
The Caribbean side ticked all the boxes right from winning the toss to restricting Sri Lanka to 122 for nine and finally overhauling the target in 18.2 overs.
They now sit at the top of the table in Group I with two wins from as many matches.
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3. BCB Appeal to ICC to Revoking Taskin Ahmed’s Ban
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has appealed to the ICC to revoke the ban on country’s pace sensation Taskin Ahmed, who has been barred from bowling in the World T20 due to suspect action.
Taskin and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny has been barred from bowling and will have to undergo action correction before they can come back into competitive cricket.
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon has communicated with ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and Chief Executive Dave Richardson intimating them that the board was not convinced about independEnt assessment of Taskin’s bowling action.
4. Anand Draws With Topalov to Stay Joint 3rd in Candidates
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with his former challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to remain joint 3rd after the end of the eighth round of Candidates chess tournament.
In the other game of the eight-player double round-robin tournament with a 420000 Euros prize fund, the all-Russian duel between Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin also ended in a draw leaving the doors open for a nail biting finale.
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5. Prannoy Clinches Swiss Open GP Gold Badminton Title
Up and coming shuttler H S Prannoy clinched his second Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title by notching up a straight game victory over Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the summit clash of the Swiss Open on Sunday.
Seeded 13th in the USD 120,000 tournament, Prannoy outclassed seventh seeded Zwiebler 21-18 21-15 in a 45-minute final.
The 23-year-old Prannoy, who had won the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold in 2014, had been in fine touch with wins over higher ranked players, including Rajiv Ouseph of England, in this tournament.
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6. Wrestler Hardeep Books Olympic Quota in Greco-Roman
Hardeep sprang a surprise by booking an Olympic quota place for India in Greco-Roman wrestling, which is not the country’s forte, after finishing with a silver medal in the 98kg category on the last day of the Asian Olympic Qualification championship.
This is the first time that an Indian Greco-Roman wrestler has secured an Olympic berth after 2004 Athens Games, when Mausam Khatri had made the cut. In fact, in a heavy weight category, this is the first time that an Indian Greco-Roman grappler has ensured a place in the Games.
Overall, three Indian wrestlers have so far qualified for the Olympics – two (Yogeshwar Dutt and Narsingh Yadav) in men’s freestyle and one in greco-roman.
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7. SSP Chawrasia Finally Breaks Jinx, Wins Indian Open
Breaking a long-standing jinx, SSP Chawrasia finally clinched the Hero Indian Open title with a two-stroke win and also secured his Full European Tour card at the Delhi Golf Course on Sunday.
Chawrasia, who has ended runner-up here four times in the past, came up with a sedate one-under 71 in the final round to edge out defending champion Anirban Lahiri (69) and Korea’s Jeunghun Wang (68) by totaling 15-under 273 here.
With this win, the 37-year-old pocketed a winner’s cheque of USD 276,660 and moved to the fourth place in the Asian Tour Order Of Merit.
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