(Current Affairs) Sports | May - 2016


Vijender singh beats Hungary’s Alexander Horwath

  • There was no stopping Indian boxing star Vijender Singh as he notched up his fourth successive knockout professional win by pummelling Hungary’s Alexander Horvath in under three rounds here.
  • Vijender had little trouble outpunching his opponent, who failed to get up after being thrown off balance by his body blows in the third round of the six-round contest of the middlewight (75kg) category late on Saturday night.
  • The 30-year-old Indian, who went into the contest on the back of three successive knockout triumphs, continued to be a cut above his rivals, who talk big but deliver little inside the ring.
  • The 20-year-old Horvath, with an experience of seven pro fights, had been drinking snake blood to prepare himself but it seemed the bizarre routine helped little in countering the ferocity of India’s first Olympic and World Championships bronze medallist.
  • Vijender will next be seen in action on April 2, the opponent and venue for which would be decided later.

Rest of India pulled off stunning chase

  • Rest of India upset all predictions by chasing down 480 to win the Irani Cup match, against Ranji champion Mumbai.
  • Akhil Herwadkar’s direct hit from point, which saw the exit of Rest captain Naman Ojha, kindled hopes of a home team win but Stuart Binny’s big blows (54, 3x4, 2x6) and an equally dynamic performance by Sheldon Jackson (59 not out, 4x4, 1x6) took their side past the finishing line in the mandatory overs.
  • It was the third-highest run chase in India’s domestic first- class tournament history (see factbox) and Rest’s win was memorable because it was be- hind in the first innings by 297 runs.

BCCI says despite problems India-Pak match will happen

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 Cricket match at Dharamsala will be held as per schedule (on March 19) and that “the State government was on board.”
  • After an hour-long meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) at North Block, Tournament Director M.V. Sridhar said the Himachal Pradesh government was on board for the cricket match.
  • The statement assumes significance as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had opposed the match and even told a visiting Pakistani team a day ago that the State government would not provide any security to the cricket team.

India beat Bangladesh in Asia cup final

  • India demonstrated its dominance in Twenty20 cricket and regained continental supremacy, downing host Bangladesh by eight wickets in the final of the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
  • Bangladesh found its total of 120, after having been asked to bat, too meagre to challenge the efficiency of the Indians who completed the run chase with seven balls to spare.
  • The match was reduced to a 15-over affair after a thundershower delayed the start by two hours.
  • Shikhar Dhawan played the lead with a chanceless 60 (44b, 9x4, 1x6) while Virat Kohli (41 not out) supported him ably in a 94-run stand for the second wicket.
  • Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced late fireworks, scoring 20 off just six balls (two sixes and a four), to ensure India’s sixth Asia Cup title. This was the 10th win in 11 matches for India — an encouraging statistic ahead of the ICC World T20.

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