India lock horns with Australia in the 2nd ODI: After a humiliating 10-wicket loss to Australia in the 1st match of the series, Virat Kohli’s men will be looking to turn things around in the 2nd ODI in Rajkot on Friday. This will be a do-or-die game for Team India as a loss in Rajkot will mean that Australia will take an unbeatable lead in the series. The match is expected to be a high-scoring affair as the game starts at 7 pm.
Bouncer knocks Rishabh Pant out of 2nd match vs Australia: A nasty bouncer from Pat Cummins not only ended Rishabh Pant’s innings on 28 in the 1st ODI of the series but also gave him a concussion. The doctors have ruled him out of the 2nd match as he undergoes rehabilitation in Bangalore and is expected to play the 3rd and final match of the series. In fact, in the 1st match after his injury, KL Rahul kept the wickets instead of Pant.
Rohit Sharma is the ODI cricketer of the year: The International Cricket Council announced its annual awards on Wednesday and India’s Rohit Sharma got the top prize as he was chosen as the ODI cricketer of the year. With 7 One Day hundreds including 5 at the World Cup, Rohit beat tough competition from his captain Virat Kohli. England’s Ben Stokes was named the Cricketer of the Year while Australia’s Pat Cummins was the Test Player of the Year. Virat Kohli was named as the captain of both the Test and ODI sides and also received the spirit of cricket award.
Manchester United enter the 4th round of FA Cup: Manchester United edged past Wolverhampton 1-0 to enter the 4th round of the FA Cup on Thursday night. Juan Mata scored the lone goal for the Red Devils who lost Marcus Rashford to a back injury in the 2nd half of the match. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted later that risking Rashford for a win in the 2nd half was a big mistake as the striker might be ruled out for some time.
Momota reaches home after a horror crash in Malaysia: World number 1 Badminton star Kento Momota reached Japan on Thursday night after getting discharged from the hospital in Malaysia. Momota and his support staff were involved in an accident which saw their driver die on Monday in Kuala Lumpur. With a broken nose and injuries on the face, Momota who is a gold medal prospect for Japan at the Tokyo Olympics is ruled out for almost 2 months.
Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.