QPlay: Sunrisers Beat Gujarat, India to Play Day-Night Test vs NZ
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Warner and Dhawan Notch Fifties as SRH Take Down Gujarat Lions
David Warner’s power-packed performance complemented by excellent death bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar enabled Sunrisers Hyderabad to record an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions in a lopsided Indian Premier League encounter at Rajkot on Thursday.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/29) helped Sunrisers restrict Gujarat Lions to 135/8 in 20 overs, skipper Warner continued his dream form as he plundered an unbeaten 74 off 48 balls with Sunrisers winning by a canter in only 14.5 overs. Warner struck nine fours in his innings.
Shikhar Dhawan also showed signs of returning to form with an unbeaten 53 off 41 balls with five boundaries.
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2. India to Play Its First Day-Night Test Against NZ This Year
In order to raise the ever dwindling number of spectators in the stadium, the BCCI is all set to host its first-ever day-night Test match, which will be played with a pink ball when New Zealand tour India later this year.
We have decided that we will play one day-night Test match with a pink ball against New Zealand later this year. Before that Duleep Trophy will act as a dress rehearsal for the day-night Test match.Anurag Thakur
Thakur said that the main objective of the Duleep Trophy will be to check how the pink kookaburra behaves under the light in sub-continental conditions.
It is expected that all leading Indian players will play in the Duleep Trophy game in order to get an idea and also give feedback to the board before they go ahead with the Test match.
3. Badree Ruled Out of IPL, Replaced by Shamsi
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s West Indian recruit, Samuel Badree, has been ruled out of Indian Premier League due to an injury and replaced by Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa.
The Windies leg-spinner has not played a game since the World T20 final on 3 April after incurring an injury during the match.
He will be replaced by chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, who plays for the South African franchise, Titans.
4. Nagpur Ruled Out, Kings XI Punjab Make Dharamsala Second ‘Home’
IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab has picked Dharamsala as its second home venue to host three matches next month after the games were moved out of Nagpur following a Bombay High Court order.
We are happy to announce that Kings XI Punjab will be playing our three home games in Dharamsala. We are grateful and thankful to the HPCA for their support in helping us make this transition seamless at such short notice.KXIP Statement
5. Prannoy, Sindhu Enter Quarters of China Masters
Ace India shuttlers HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu entered the quarter-finals of their respective men’s and women’s singles matches after posting comfortable straight-game wins at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at Changzhou on Thursday.
India’s star women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also made the last eight stage with an easy win, but it was curtains for men’s doubles duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.
Prannoy, seeded seventh, beat Malaysia’s Daren Liew 21-10, 21-15 and will take on the top seed Chen Long in his next game.
Fourth-seeded Sindhu beat Chinese Taipei’s Chien Hui Yu 21-9, 21-17 in just 33 minutes. She will now face Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in the quarter-finals.
6. Sanchez Double Lifts Arsenal to the Third Place
A resurgent Alexis Sanchez scored twice against West Bromwich Albion to lift Arsenal above Manchester City to the third place in the Premier League table on Thursday.
The Chilean took his tally to five goals in four games with a brace before half-time to lighten the mood at the Emirates where Arsenal were booed off last weekend after managing only a draw against Crystal Palace.
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