Ageless Brady and Zlatan, Root pummels India, and more…6 min readReading Time: 4 minutes
Here is the round-up of all the action from the world of sports last week.
Root leads England to a clinical victory
England captain Joe Root has played three Tests in 2021 so far, two against Sri Lanka and one against India. His first-innings scores in each of those Tests are 228, 184 & 218.
That is Bradmanesqe!
England won the first of the four Tests against India with a professional performance. Winning the toss, Root’s double century led them to a formidable total of 578. They bowled out the home team to secure a sizable first-innings lead of 241 runs.
R Ashwin picked up six wickets in the third innings as the pitch started to provide just a bit of assistance to the spinners on the penultimate day. England were all out for 178 and India were set an unlikely target of 420.
A superb burst of reverse swing bowling by James Anderson opened up the game and despite a fighting half-century from skipper Virat Kohli, India fell short by 227 runs.
The second Test begins on February 13 and will be played at the same venue -Chennai.
The greatest debut innings ever?
When a second string West Indies team lost three quick wickets while chasing a target of 395 against wily Bangladeshi spinners on a dustbowl of a pitch, it looked like the writing was on the wall.
Step forward debutant Kyle Mayers. The elegant southpaw became the first batsman to score a fourth-innings double century on debut. His unbeaten knock of 210 helped him chase down 395 with a few deliveries and three wickets to spare.
This was fifth-highest successful run-chase in Test history.
Pakistan complete Proteas whitewash
Mohammad Rizwan’s second innings century followed by a match-winning five-wicket haul from pacer Hasan Ali, helped hosts Pakistan beat South Africa 2-0 in the Test series.
Opener Aiden Markram’s first century outside South Africa went in vain, as his team succumbed to a 95-run loss.
Following the defeat, South Africa have announced that star batsman Quinton de Kock will no longer captain the team and it would be opening batsman Dean Elgar instead.
Zlatan reaches 500
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th club goal of his career during AC Milan’s 4-0 win over minnows Crotone.
The 39-year-old striker fired a shot into the top corner in the first half to reach the landmark, 21 years after his first career goal for Swedish club Malmo in 1999.
Liverpool lose three in a row at home
Defending champions Liverpool were undefeated in 68 consecutive home leagues. That winning run came to a halt against Burnley and now the Reds have lost three league games on the bounce at Anfield for the first time since 1963.
Title contenders Manchester City trounced Liverpool 1-4 to take a five point lead at the top with a game in hand. Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan scored twice before Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden scored one each. Mohammad Salah scored the only goal for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Sir Hamilton signs new deal
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has signed a new deal for a year with Mercedes after exhaustive contract negotiations. The new deal is rumoured to be worth €40 million.
Hamilton will be chasing a record eight world title this year.
“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates,” he said. “Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track.
“I’m equally determined to continue the journey we started to make motorsport more diverse for future generations.”
Tom Brady makes it 7!
In his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at the age of 43, Tom Brady made history by being part of the first team to appear in a Super Bowl in its home stadium.
The Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium by a score of 31-9 against last year’s champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl, more than ANY NFL team in history!!
For the fifth time in his career, Brady was named Super Bowl MVP. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards for three touchdowns and had no interceptions.
Lakers win in overtime
LeBron James’ triple double (28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists) helped the Los Angeles Lakers earn their fifth straight victory as they beat Oklahoma City Thunder 119-112 in overtime. Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder too had a good game, scoring 21 and 19 points respectively.
Only the Utah Jazz sit above the Lakers in the Western Conference.
Bucks win at Denver
The Milwaukee Bucks became the second team in the division to win five in a row.
Giannis Antetokounmpo produced 30 points and nine rebounds as the Bucks beat the Denver Nuggets 125-112, leaving them second in the Eastern Conference behind the 76ers.
Well, that’s all for this week, folks. Let the games continue, until next week!
Author’s Note: Adithya G is a freelance writer who is passionate about sports.
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