Sports Update: What’s going on in football and cricket?

Cricket: West Indies stun India in the 1st ODI in Chennai 

Team India were expected to carry their winning momentum to the ODI series vs West Indies but the Caribbean Kings sprang a surprise in Chennai. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul failed with the bat but Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer’s fighting half centuries took India to a respectable total. Chasing 288 to win, the visitors romped home losing just 2 wickets all thanks to hundreds from Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer. The 2nd ODI will be played in Vizag on Wednesday 18th December.

Football: Manchester United held to a 1-1 draw by Everton

After beating Tottenham and Manchester City comfortably, Manchester United were hoping to win all 3 points against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday 15th December. But an own goal from Victor Lindelof derailed the proccedings. A late equalizer from Mason Greenwood ensured that United managed a 1-1 draw vs Everton as they slip to the 6th spot in the league.

Cricket: Brian Lara showers praise on Virat Kohli 

Virat Kohli has received many accolades in recent times but none can beat this one. Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara compared Kohli to Cristiano Ronaldo. Lara said that Kohli is the cricketing version of Cristiano Ronaldo due to his work ethic and talent. Lara said that while there are many cricketers who have talent like Virat, no one can beat the Indian captain when it comes to hardwork and mental strength.

Football: Real Madrid miss the top spot in La Liga ahead of the El Classico 

Real Madrid were hoping to beat Valencia comfortably on Sunday night in La Liga. A win would have propelled the Spanish side to the top of the points table but Valencia put up a spirited show to hold Madrid to a 1-1 draw on 15th December. Real Madrid are now 2nd in the points table behind leaders Barcelona. The two giants of Spanish football will play the El-Classico on Thursday 19th December in a bid to claim the top spot in La Liga.

Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.