QPlay: SA Chase Down Aus’ 371; Bhuvi Replaced; Bindra Panel Report
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Miller Century Clinches Series for South Africa
David Miller blasted an unbeaten century as South Africa chased down a massive target of 372 in the third one-dayer against Australia at Kingsmead on Wednesday to clinch the series.
The hosts went 3-0 up in the five-match contest after winning by four wickets thanks to Miller's brilliant 118 in 79 balls.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and posted 371 for six on the back of centuries from David Warner (117) and Steve Smith (108).
2. Shardul Replaces Injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The All-India Senior Selection Committee have named medium pacer Shardul Thakur as the replacement for injured pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian Team for the Indore Test.
Kumar has been ruled out of the third Test of the Paytm Test series against New Zealand after he sustained a back strain in the second Test at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
3. Rain May Not Affect the Third India-NZ Test
As per the present weather trend, rain is unlikely play spoilsport during the final India-New Zealand Test which begins here on October 8. Rain in Indore is going to wither in two days, India Meteorological Department's Bhopal Centre director Anupam Kashyapi said.
As per the current trend, there is little possibility of rain on October 8, 9 and 10. If some change in weather pattern takes place, it might drizzle for 30 minutes or so during the day time of these three days, said the director. However, he said that if the upper air circulation over Bay of Bengal advances to Indore, light showers might be witnessed on October 11 and 12.
4. Selection Panel to Meet to Pick Team For ODI Series
The newly appointed selection committee will perform its first task on Thursday when it picks the India squad for the five ODIs against New Zealand. It is likely to be a straight forward exercise for the MSK Prasad-led panel with most players selecting themselves.
M S Dhoni will be back as captain for the series beginning in Dharamsala on October 16. He would be keen to return to field considering India are not playing much of limited overs crickets this long home season comprising 13 Tests. Rookie Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal could be a beneficiary because of the injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. Left-handed faiz Faxal, who scored a 50 on his ODI debut in Zimbabwe could also be in contention.
5. Bindra-chaired Panel Slams All Shooters For Rio Debacle
The Rio Olympics shooting review committee, chaired by 2008 gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, on Wednesday questioned the federation's role in overall planning and its execution for the mega event.
The committee was set up by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to look into the dismal performance of the shooters at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It submitted its 36-page report on Wednesday on the quadrennial mega event, casting doubts on the federation's activities.
In its report, it was said NRAI hired incompetent national coaches, didn't hold national camps and also didn't have a monitoring system to gauge the physical readiness of the shooters competing at the Olympics.
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6. Pakistan Will Not Play in Kabaddi World Cup: IKF
The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) on Wednesday announced that Pakistan will not play in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup due to the prevailing political tension with India, which is hosting the event.
"Pakistan is a valuable member and stakeholder of the federation, but in view of the current political atmosphere, we have decided, in the best of the sport, that this World Cup should be played without Pakistan," International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) Chief Executive Officer Devraj Chaturvedi said.
Pakistan is one of the top contenders for the Kabaddi World Cup along with Iran and defending champions India.
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