QPlay: WI Beat India in WT20 Semis, Shiva Qualifies For Olympics

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Johnson Charles and MS Dhoni in action during the World T20 semi-final between India and West Indies at Mumbai. (Photo: AP)

1. West Indies Beat India in WT20 Semi-Final

Late replacement Lendl Simmons led a charmed life to blast 82 not out and carry West Indies to a nail-biting seven-wicket win in the last over against India in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20, on Thursday.

Simmons was caught twice at the Wankhede Stadium, on 18 and 50, but both times the bowlers had overstepped for no-balls and he made the hosts pay dearly for their mistakes as West Indies set up a final against England, on Sunday.

Read the entire match report here - No Balls and Lendl Simmons Steal WT20 Finals Berth From India.

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

2. Rio Olympics: Shiva Thapa Makes the Cut, Mary Kom Loses Out

World Championship bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) became the first Indian boxer to make the cut for this year’s Olympics by entering the Asian Qualifying Tournament’s final but the celebrated MC Mary Kom (51kg) failed to book her Rio Games ticket after losing in the last-four stage.

Shiva, given the top seeding in his weight category, lived up to the billing as he sailed past 2013 World Championship bronze-medallist Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan in the semi-final. He will face second seed Chatchai Butdee of Thailand in the final on Friday.

I want to thank God for having managed to achieve this. I was very worked up about this bout, it was the most important bout for me. So I am totally exhausted and relieved at the same time. 
Shiva Thapa
(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

3. Pakistan-Afghanistan Series Called Off in Wake of Lahore Blast

Pakistan has called off its plans to host the Afghanistan cricket team in April following last Sunday’s suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore, which saw 70 people killed.

Pakistan Cricket Board spokesperson, Amjad Bhatti, told The Associate Press that it was in negotiations with officials of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

The tour is now called off due to overall security situation in the country.
Amjad Bhatti, Pakistan Cricket Board Spokesperson
(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

4. Women’s World T20: West Indies Beat New Zealand, Enter Finals

West Indies women held their own in the death overs to beat New Zealand by 6 runs in an exciting second semi-final of the ICC World T20 in Mumbai.

Chasing a decent target of 144, New Zealand appeared to be cruising along till they lost a flurry of wickets and were restricted to 137 for 8 by West Indies, who made their maiden entry into the summit clash against three-time defending champions Australia at Kolkata on 3 April.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

5. Messi Donates Shoes for Charity, Offends Egypt With His Gesture

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has caused an uproar in Egypt after offering to donate his boots for a charity auction.

The Argentine made the offer during an appearance on an Egyptian television programme, ‘Yes, I am famous’. But the forward soon found that his statement, which was intended as a kind gesture, was loaded with insulting connotations in Arab culture.

In Arab countries, shoes are a symbol of disrespect or insult and Messi’s gesture has unfortunately been misinterpreted by some people in Egypt as a national insult.

The Egyptian Football Association joined the nationwide condemnation of Messi’s gesture.

Our poor people don’t need him. Shoes work for him. I’m confused, if he intends to humiliate us, then I say he better put those shoes on his head and on the heads of the people supporting him. Give your shoes to your country, Argentina is full of poverty.
Azmy Megahed, Spokesperson, Egyptian FA
(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

6. Saina, Sindhu Enter Quarters in India Open Super Series

Defending champion Saina Nehwal and two-time World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu advanced to the quarterfinals but it turned out to be a dismal day for star shuttlers Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, who crashed out of the India Open Super Series at New Delhi on Thursday.

Sindhu was a little circumspect during the match and committed a few unforced errors before beating Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungphan 17-21, 21-19, 21-16 in a women’s singles match that was played for an hour and 16 minutes

She will next take on Korea’s Bae Yeon Ju, who beat Japan’s Yui Hashimoto 21-16, 21-10.

Later in the day, Saina Nehwal beat Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol 21-19, 21-14. She will face the fifth seeded Korean Sung Ji Hyun in her next match.

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