The Weekly Sporting Wrap- 22nd January,2018
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The penultimate week of the first month this year saw a lot of action on and off the sporting fields. With some major cricket series going on, the Australian open now into quarters and the footballing world closing into another dramatic season, the fans have a lot to look upon and reflect back from last week’s events.
India lost their second consecutive test match against South Africa, hence handing them a comfortable 2-0 lead in the 3 match series. India, having lost the first Test by a margin of 72 runs, was excepted to bounce back in the second test and prove a point. Instead, the Proteas moved up a gear and defeated the visitors by a margin of 135 runs. Lungi Ngidi was declared the man of the match with figures of 6/39 that contributed largely to India’s downfall in the last innings.
Blind cricket world cup
India defeated Pakistan to retain the title. The tournament was hosted by Pakistan and UAE. This was the fifth edition of the tournament and it attracted a large amount of media attention and crowd. India was victorious over Pakistan in the final and won the trophy for the second tournament running.
Pakistan v New Zealand
Pakistan’s woeful start to their New Zealand tour continued as they lost their opening T20 match. The Kiwis bowled out Pakistan at 105 in 20 overs and chased down the total in mere 15.5 overs. This was Pakistan’s 6th consecutive loss on the tour after they were humiliated 5-0 by the hosts in the ODI series.
England v Australia
There are a lot of concerning factors for Steven Smith’s Australian side which suffered its first series defeat at home since 2010. England took the 3 match ODI series with a win in Sydney and major overhaul of the Australian team can be expected considering the world cup in England next year. Since winning the global continental tile in 2015 the Australians have only managed to win 26 out of the 50 games they played and quality of performances have been disappointing.
Hyeon Chung, a 21-year-old Korean prodigy defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals. The former world no. 1 battled an elbow issue throughout the match, and it might well be a serious issue.
Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals with a clinical victory over Martin Fucsovics. This will be Roger’s 14th appearance at the quarterfinal stage of the Australian Open. With Djokovic out of the tournament, the world no.2 would surely be eyeing the silverware.
Rafael Nadal is going to face Martin Cilic in the quarters and it would be a match where the tennis world would see if the Spanish maestro is still capable of fighting for the grand slams or he just is a shadow of himself.
The Sporting world this week is dominated by news of Football. Manchester City and Sergio Aguero made Newcastle United look like schoolboys after a rampant display with the Argentine forward scoring a hat-trick. Sergio Aguero took the responsibility of putting City back on track after their dramatic loss to Liverpool last week.
Manchester United had to work hard in getting past a resilient Burnley defense. Burnley’s home ground, Turf Moor has seen the least number of goals scored in the league this season and that was the case in this game. Romelu Lukaku used all his strength and played the ball to Anthony Martial who’s finish, went in of the crossbar, with much delight to the United faithful.
Chelsea had to rely on their main man Eden Hazard to do the job for them as they saw past Brighton.
Tottenham missed their playmaker in Eriksen and had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Southhampton.
Arsenal cruised past Burnley scoring 4 goals and Theo Walcott made his debut for Everton.
Liverpool though crumbled to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of bottom-placed Swansea. Jurgen Klopp’s men were on a high coming into the game after their thrilling win against table-toppers Manchester city and were expected to see Swansea off, but failed to do so.
Barcelona, spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi saw off Real Betis 5-0. It was the 20th game of the La Liga season and Barcelona is yet to taste defeat. With Phillipe Coutinho’s services acquired and a 12 point gap between 1st and 2nd, this La Liga title is quite simply Barca’s to lose.
Real Madrid got back to winning habits as they trashed Deportivo 7-1 with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both scoring a brace each. This news would come as a relief to Madrid supporters as the pair has been widely criticised for performing below par this season and there have been talks over the due leaving in the summer transfer window
Ronaldo suffered a cut right above his eye while scoring a diving header.
PSG suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Lyon in the French Ligue 1. This was PSG’s first defeat of the season in the league, as they were without their star Neymar who missed the game because of injury. Memphis Depay scored a screamer in the 94th minute to send the Lyon crowd into ruptures as they witnessed the might PSG fail. PSG still have a comfortable lead of 8 points sitting on top.
This ends our weekly sporting news wrap for this week.