Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 17th March 2018.
Here’s all the news from sporting events like cricket, football and badminton which took over the attention of all the sports enthusiasts.
Bangladesh storm into final:
Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by two wickets in a thriller on Friday to set up a date with India in the final of Nidahas Trophy 2018.
Sent in to bat first, the hosts scored 159 for seven in the allotted 20 overs. The Islanders were in deep trouble after being reduced to 41 for five before Kusal Perera, and Thisara Perera added 97 runs to steady the ship. Kusal scored 61 while Thisara scored 58 to guide their team to a good total.
In reply, Bangladesh were off to a poor start and got reduced to 33 for two. However, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim set the tone for the chase with a 64-run stand.
Fortunes swung from one side to another, and the equation was finally down to six off the last two balls. Mahmudullah then hit a six off the penultimate delivery of the match to guide Bangladesh to a memorable win.
Kevin Pietersen confirms retirement:
Former England skipper, Kevin Pietersen, on Friday, posted a cryptic message, indicating his retirement from professional cricket. Pietersen took to Twitter to confirm the news, saying: “BOOTS UP! Thank you!”
Thank you! 😍
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 16, 2018
Pietersen recently played for Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League. Though Quetta managed to seal a playoff berth by finishing fourth, the fixture against Islamabad United on Thursday turned out to be his final appearance, as the tournament moves to Pakistan from UAE.
Pietersen is one of the several players who has decided not to travel to Pakistan due to security reasons. The 37-year old represented England in 104 Tests, scoring 8181 runs at 47.28 with 23 centuries and 35 fifties.
In 136 ODIs, he amassed 4440 runs with nine centuries and 25 half-centuries. He also appeared in 37 T20Is, scoring 1176 runs with seven half-centuries, and was part of England’s World T20 winning team of 2010.
Pune to host two IPL playoff matches:
The Eliminator and the second qualifier of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League will be held in Pune.
The IPL Governing Council decided to award the venue the two games after being requested for the same by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA).
“For the play-off, there was a suggestion that since Rising Pune Supergiant (which is now defunct) was the runners-up last time, we should give first priority to Pune. If the Pune stadium and the wicket is ready, the first priority would be given to Pune, if not, then we will consider Kolkata for the playoffs,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said after the GC meeting on Friday (March 16).
UEFA Champions League draw: Manchester City draws Liverpool in quarterfinal:
Premier League leaders Manchester City will take on league rivals Liverpool in the Champions League quarterfinal. Liverpool will host the first leg at Anfield on 4 April before travelling to Etihad on 10 April.
Defending champions Real Madrid will lock horns against Italian champions, Juventus in a repeat of the 2017 final which Real won 4-1 in Cardiff.
La Liga leaders Barcelona will clash against Roma. Sevilla takes on five-time European champions Bayern Munich.
HS Prannoy exits All England Championship:
Star Indian shuttler HS Prannoy went down fighting against China’s Huang Yuxiang in the men singles quarterfinals of the All England Championship.
In a thrilling game where fortunes swung from one side to another, it was a miscued smash from Prannoy that ended the game in Yuxiang’s favour 22-20 16-21 21-23 after an hour and 17 minutes gruelling contest.