QPlay: Sreesanth Back At Practise, Vettel Wins In Hungary & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
Sreesanth Starts Nets After Getting Clean Chit
A day after being exonerated in the 2013 IPL spot fixing-case by a Delhi court, former India medium-pacer S Sreesanth took to the nets at the Edapally school ground in Kochi.
As he reached the ground in the evening for practice, Sreesanth was given a rousing welcome by his fans. His mentor Shivakumar faced the first few balls in the nets at the school ground, from where he started his cricketing career.
Sreesanth, 32, is not allowed to play in the Kerala Cricket Association ground because of the life ban levied on him by the BCCI. However, the association has decided to write to the BCCI asking to lift the ban.
We will appeal to BCCI to lift the ban. We will soon write to BCCI as the court has discharged Sreesanth (in the IPL spot-fixing case).
– T N Ananthanarayanan, KCA Secretary
Sri Lanka Make Record 368-4 Against Pakistan, Win ODI
Sri Lanka salvaged some pride after battering Pakistan by 165 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer at Hambantota on Sunday.
Pakistan went into the match with an unassailable 3-1 lead but the hosts looked determined to make a point, which they did by posting 368 for four, their highest ODI total against the visitors.
Pakistan, who won the preceding test series as well, were never really in the chase, and were all out for 203 in the 38th over.
Might Retire After India Series if it Happens: Misbah-ul-Haq
Well aware that he has reached the twilight zone of his international cricket career, Pakistan Test captain Misbah ul Haq is planning to call time if the much-awaited series against arch-rivals India happens at the end of the year.
I know very well that there is not much cricket left in me. Yes, I want to play a few more Test matches as I look forward to life beyond cricket. But there is a plan. If the series against India happens, I want to play that series and probably retire from international cricket. So India series can be my last one.
Former Champion Vettel Wins Hungarian Grand Prix
Germany’s Sebastian Vettel won the Hungarian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday after a crazy race that turned into a rare nightmare for champions Mercedes.
While Vettel celebrated his second win of the season, Mercedes’ double world champion Hamilton finished sixth after starting from pole. However, it was still enough for the Briton to increase his championship lead to 21 points over team mate Nico Rosberg, who ended up eighth.
Russian Daniil Kvyat took the second spot -- his first F1 podium appearance -- with team mate Ricciardo following home in third.
Lahiri Finishes Fifth at European Masters’ Crans Montana
Anirban Lahiri repeated his 2014 performance to produce an excellent finish, a six-under 64, and end outright fifth at the Omega European Masters on Sunday.
Lahiri, starting the day just outside the Top-10 carded 67-67-70-64 for 12-under 268 and the result was his best since the win at the Hero Indian Open in February this year. Lahiri was five shots behind the winner.
It was a relief (to finish well) as I’m been playing well and I haven’t been able to put a together a good round. It was a good feeling to play well on the back nine as I had been struggling there the last few rounds.
– Anirban Lahiri
Danny Willett (65) held off stiff competition from fellow Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick (66) and Tyrrell Hatton (62) to win the title and clinch his third European Tour victory.
Froome Wins Second Tour de France Title
Chris Froome dug deep into his physical and mental reserves to claim his second Tour de France title on Sunday after three punishing weeks.
The 30-year-old Briton, who resisted Nairo Quintana’s late charge in the Alps to repeat his 2013 triumph, endured a torrid race during which he was jeered, spat at and had urine thrown at him due to ongoing suspicions of doping.
“Chris has shown his real mettle, the way he puts up with the abuse is unbelievable,” Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford said.
“It’s unreal, we’ve been up against everything in this year’s Tour,” said Froome, the first Briton to win the Tour twice.
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