Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 18th February 2018. Here’s all the news from sporting events like cricket, football, tennis and WWE which took over the attention of all the sports enthusiasts.
India take on South Africa in series-opener:
India and South Africa will now shift the focus to the different format, the T20Is. The first match of the three-game series will be played at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Both the teams will be keen to make a winning start to the series.
While in-form India will enter the game as favourites, they cannot take the home side lightly. Not much had gone right for South Africa since their win in the second Test but they will be desperate to end the series on a good note.
England beat New Zealand but miss T20 final
England missed out on the final berth in the T20 tri-series despite beating New Zealand in their final round-robin match by two runs in Hamilton on Sunday.
Riding on returning skipper Eoin Morgan’s 80, England had posted 194 for seven after being sent into bat. In reply, New Zealand scored 192 for four with Colin Munro once again starring with the bat. The hard-hitting opener equalled the sixth-fastest half-century of all time in cricket’s shortest form as he raced past 50 in just 18 deliveries. Martin Guptill also made 62 while Mark Chapman’s crucial 37 helped New Zealand make it to the final on net run-rate.
England, who had lost all their previous games in the competition, needed to win by 20 runs to overtake New Zealand on overall run-rate. New Zealand will now face unbeaten Australia in Wednesday’s final.
Lukaku brace helps United sink Huddersfield amid VAR row
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 to storm into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday. The game was marred by a controversy surrounding the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.
The visitors opened the scoring as early as the third minute when Lukaku received a pass from Nemanja Matic and laid it off, quickly, to Juan Mata. The Spain international was equally perceptive in playing through a return pass for Lukaku who made no mistake in burying it into the goal.
The Belgian star then killed off the game in the 55th minute with a brilliant goal. Lukaku picked up the ball deep in his own half and set off upfield, outpacing his markers to score his second.
Dolph Ziggler becomes third highest paid WWE superstar:
Dolph Ziggler has reportedly signed a new two-year deal with World Wrestling Federation which has made him one of the top earning superstars. The deal has also ended all the speculations surrounding his future with the WWE.
Earlier reports were claiming that Ziggler might leave WWE soon as he wasn’t keen on extending his contract. However, the two-time World Heavyweight champion seems to have changed his mind after WWE’s new offer – a mouth-watering deal worth USD 1.5 million per year.
If Ziggler gets the reported salary, then he will be on the third spot, behind superstars Brock Lesnar and John Cena who are the top two earners.
Federer sets up Rotterdam final against Dimitrov
Newly-crowned World number one Roger Federer qualified for the Rotterdam Open final on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi. The record Grand Slam winner will take on Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final.
Dimitrov, the second seed, advanced to the final when Belgian opponent David Goffin was forced to retire after injuring his eye when the ball flew off his own racquet.
Dimitrov was leading 6-3, 0-1 at the time.