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Mithali Raj scales new heights, England may bring it home at the Euros, and more…7 min read

July 8, 2021 5 min read

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Mithali Raj scales new heights, England may bring it home at the Euros, and more…7 min read

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Adithya G

The Top Two

India beats England by four wickets

England Women 219 (Sciver 49, Knight 46, Deepti 3-47)
India Women 220/6 (Raj 75*, Mandhana 49, Ecclestone 2-36) 

Mithali Raj. Credit: Getty

Mithali Raj’s unbeaten half-century led India to a consolation win in the final game of the three-match series against England. During the course of her match-winning knock, Mithali went past Charlotte Edwards to become the highest international run-scorer.

It was a thrilling chase with six runs needed off the final over. After managing singles off the first two deliveries, Mithali found the boundary on the third to seal the victory.

In the first innings of the match, off-spinner Deepti Sharma’s starred with a three-wicket haul that helped the visitors restrict England to 219 runs.

Karsten Warholm sets world record!

Norway’s Karsten Warholm broke Kevin Young’s 29-year-old 400m hurdles world record when he completed the race in 46.70 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo. Young’s mark of 46.78secs was the longest-standing record in men’s track events.

Football

Euros – And then there were four

England players celebrate winning against Ukraine. Photo: Reuters

England eased past Ukraine to progress to the semifinals of the Euros for the first time in 25 years.

Star striker scored two goals on either side of half-time. Defender Harry Maguire and midfielder Jordan Henderson too found the net to complete a 4-0 victory. England is yet to concede a goal in this tournament.

Italy eliminated Belgium in a hard-fought encounter. The 2006 World Champions scored twice in the first half, before Romelu Lukaku’s penalty pulled one back for Belgium. However, Italy held on to the lead in the second half to book their spot in the semi-finals.


Italy will face 2012 champions Spain in the semis. Luis Enrique’s team defeated Switzerland in a penalty shoot-out.
Spain took an early lead when Swiss defender Denis Zakaria inadvertently deflected the ball back into his own net. Xherdan Shaqiri scored the equalizer in the second half. The match remained tied even after extra time and went into penalties.

Mario Gavranovic was the only one who could convert his spot kick while Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji and Ruben Vargas missed. After Sergio Busquets missed his penalty, Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Mikel Oyarzabal found the back of the net as Spain won 3-1 on penalties.

Denmark will face England in the semifinals. The Danes progressed to the semi-finals after defeating Czech Republic 2-1. Kasper Dolberg and Thomas Delaney were the scorers for the Danes while Patrik Schick scored for the Czechs.


Messi leads Argentina to Copa América Semifinals

Lionel Messi for Argentina. Photo: EFA

A spectacular performance from Lionel Messi against Ecuador that included a goal from a free kick and two assists, propelled Argentina to the semifinals of the tournament. The 3-0 victory means they will face Colombia in the semi-final.

Colombia ousted Uruguay in a penalty shoot-out after the game remained at the end of extra time. Two penalty saves by goalkeeper David Ospina helped them win 4-2 in the shootout.

Defending champions Brazil and Peru will face-off for the other spot in the final. Brazil edged past Chile with a 1-0 win while Peru prevailed in a penalty shoot-out against Paraguay.’

Cricket

South Africa claim T20 series win

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma. Photo: AFP/ Getty Images

South Africa win series 3-2
5th T20I:
South Africa 168 for 4 (Markram 70, Edwards 2-19)
West Indies 143 for 9 (Lewis 52, Ngidi 3-32)

South Africa won their first T20I series since March 2019 by successfully defending 169 in the final game of the five-match series against West Indies in Grenada.

Aiden Markram’s sparkling half-century and Tabariz Shamsi’s economical spell that cost just 11 runs were instrumental in securing the win. While the former was named the ‘player of the match’, the latter took home the ‘player of the series’ honours.

Tennis

Photo: Reuters

Andy Murray bows out

Canadian hotshot Denis Shapovalov defeated former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in straight sets (6-4  6-2 6-2) in the third round of the grand slam.

Roger Federer became the third-oldest man to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era after beating Britain’s Cameron Norrie with some vintage tennis. Novak Djokovic is going strong in his draw and has made his way to the quarter finals of the tournament.

Top seed Asleigh Barty powered to the quarter-finals  after a commanding 7-5, 6-3 victory over Barbora Krejcikova.  

American hopes suffered a blow as Madison Keys, Coco Gauff and Sebastian Korda exited in the fourth round.

Cycling

Pogacar retains yellow jersey

Defending champion Tadej Pogacar retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France after the ninth stage (144.9-km mountain trek) in the northern Alps.

Australian Ben O’Connor of the AG2R-Citroen team won the stage. O’Connor climbed up to second in the overall standings, two minutes one second off the pace.

Last year’s runner up Primoz Roglic withdrew from the Tour de France before stage nine after suffering bruises when he crashed in stage three.

The Tour de France has 21 stages and it will end on July 18.

NBA

Bucks vs Suns for the championship

Milwaukee Bucks claimed a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974 after beating Atlanta Hawks 4-2 in the seven-match series.

Milwaukee Bucks. Credit: NBA

In the decisive sixth match, Khris Middleton raked up 32 points to help the Bucks notch a 118-107 victory. Jrue Holiday chipped in with 27 points.

The Bucks play against the Phoenix Suns who defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals.

Milwaukee are hoping against hope that their star Giannis Antetokounmpo can recover in time from his knee injury for the finals. The Greek star sat out the final two games against the Hawks.

F1

Verstappen wins three races in a row

Max Verstappen. Photo: Giphy

Max Verstappen won his third straight race of the season with a victory in the Austrian Grand Prix. He extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 32 points after nine races.

The defending champion Hamilton has not won since the Spanish GP, a streak of five races. He finished fourth in Australia.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. Norris is the only driver to have scored points in every race this season.


(Out-Actioned is a weekly sports bulletin)

Author’s Note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.

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