Australia wins first T20 World Championship, a Chinese Tennis star goes missing and more!5 min readReading Time: 4 minutes
The Big 2!
Team Australia are the World T20 Champions
Australia 173 for 2 (Marsh 77*, Warner 53, Boult 2-18) beat New Zealand 172 for 4 (Williamson 85, Hazlewood 3-16) by eight wickets.
Australia defeated New Zealand in the final of the T20 World Cup held in the Middle East to claim their first ever world title in the shortest format. It was a remarkable effort from Aaron Finch’s team as they beat tournament favourites Pakistan in a thrilling semi-final before defeating the Black Caps convincingly.
Finch won the toss and opted to bowl. A spectacular innings from Kane Williamson helped the Kiwis notch 172/4. Australia chased down the total with minimum fuss. Mitch Marsh and David Warner stroked superb half-centuries to help the Aussies eclipse the total with seven deliveries and eight wickets to spare.
Marsh was named the Player of the Match and Warner was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.
Where is Peng Shuai?
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has not been heard from after she accused a top-ranked Chinese Government official, a former vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual harassment. Her social media post on Weibo accusing Goali was removed twenty minutes after it was posted. China has since suppressed all reporting on this case.
Tennis stars such as Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic have voiced their concern regarding Peng Shuai’s disappearance. Osaka’s statement on Twitter read “Censorship is never ok at any cost, I hope Peng Shuai and her family are safe and ok. I’m in shock of the current situation and I’m sending love and light her way. #whereisPengShuai”
France score 8; England 10!
Kylian Mbappe’s four goals in an 8-0 rout against Kazakhstan helped defending champion France to book a spot in next year’s World Cup.
Mbappe became the first Frenchman since Just Fontaine at the 1958 World Cup to score four times in one international game.
Belgium beat Estonia 3-1 at home to also confirm their qualification for World Cup 2021. Netherlands eliminated Norway with a 2-0 win and qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.
England qualified for the 2022 World Cup in record-breaking style. Harry Kane scored four times in a 10-0 demolition of San Marino which turned out to be England’s biggest win in a competitive fixture.
FIFA will make the playoffs draw on November 26 in Zurich.
The Bulls beat Lakers & Clippers
Fresh after cutting short the 7-game winning streak of LA Clippers, the Chicago Bulls ended their losing streak in matches against LA Lakers with an impressive 121-103 triumph. DeMar DeRozan was the star in both the games. He scored 35 points against the Clippers and 38 points against the Lakers.
The Washington Wizards won their fifth consecutive game as they beat the New Orlean Pelicans 105-100. Spencer Dwindle scored 27 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 18 points.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points and 11 rebounds as Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 111-101. The loss ended the Nuggets’ five-game winning streak. The Mavericks have now won for the fifth time in six games.
Stephen Curry scored 37 points as the Golden State Warriors coasted to a 117-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Curry tied a season-best by hitting nine 3-pointers.
He also joined Ray Allen as the second player to reach 2,900 career 3-pointers when he hit his first trey early in the first quarter. Allen tops the list at 2,973.
Hamilton Wins Brazilian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton claimed a stunning victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix and showed there was still some fight in the Formula One title chase with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, beat Verstappen despite starting from 10th position on the grid due to a penalty.
Verstappen finished second and has a 14-point lead in the driver’s championship, with three races left. Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished third and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was fourth.
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Author’s note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.