England and New Zealand players have moved up in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings after featuring in an exhilarating ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s on Sunday.
The latest rankings update, which takes into account performances from the semifinals and the final, sees players from either side reach personal bests during the last two stages.
Player of the tournament Kane Williamson reached a career-high 799 points after the semifinal against India, in which he scored an important knock of 67. He ended the tournament at 796 points, gaining two points from his two matches, while his compatriot Ross Taylor has ended the tournament in fifth place, having reached a career-best 841 rating points earlier in the tournament.
Cuttack: With less than 48 hours to go for the opening of the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here, the number of participating teams has come down to 12 apiece as their men and women will vie for the coveted Host Association’s Cup and India Cup, respectively.
The final list of nations that are competing here include Australia, Bangladesh, Cyprus, England, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Singapore and Wales.
The teams that have pulled out at the last minute, just a day before the scheduled draw, include Ghana, Guyana and Pakistan—the last named because of visa issues and the first two were not able to get their government clearance.
Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider, Paulo Goncalves delivered yet another class act in the most challenging off-piste stage of the Silkway Rally 2019, to finish in second place. The ninth stage Rally concluded with another strong run for both Team the riders, as they made it to the finish line safely.
Finishing just 43 seconds behind the stage winner, Paulo showed yet again why he is considered as amongst the best in the world of rally racing. This was the sixth stage podium finish for the team in the Rally.
Team’s second rider, Oriol Mena, continued to work his way up the rankings steadily and consistently with yet another solid stage under his belt. He finished the stage at ninth position and is now placed at sixth position in the overall rankings.
Novak Djokovic saved two championship points to beat Roger Federer 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) in a historic and classic Wimbledon final on Sunday.
Djokovic was down two points in the fifth set as Federer served at 8-7, 40/15. But Djokovic saved them both when the eight-time Wimbledon champion missed a forehand wide and Djokovic nailed a forehand pass. Thereafter, the Serbian won the tie-break to celebrate his fifth Wimbledon title. This was Djokovic's third win against Federer in a Wimbledon final (2014-15).
Cuttack: A strong Indian contingent, led by experienced A. Sharath Kamal, would be gunning for the prestigious Home Association’s Cup in men section when the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships gets underway at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here from Wednesday next.
Sharath, arguably the most experienced Indian in the squad at world No. 32, has always been instrumental in India’s medal hunt since his gold-winning performance in 2006 Commonwealth Games at Melbourne. Add the presence of G. Sathiyan, the top-ranked Indian in the world at No. 24, the woes for any opponent is complete.
England were led by a man born in Dublin but this team had so much more than the luck of the Irish. It was a multicultural team built in the image of the nation.
Led by Morgan, raised on the east coast of Ireland, inspired by Cantabrian Ben Stokes and turning to Bridgetown’s Jofra Archer in the Super Over, it was the diversity of this team that helped England to a first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup victory.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid told Morgan that they even had Allah on their side as a country united around these men who have come from all parts to play a fearless, ambitious brand of cricket.
England are the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup champions for the first time after Jofra Archer held his nerve to help beat New Zealand in a nail-biting Super Over at Lord’s.
The Black Caps needed two to win from the final ball but a superb throw from Jason Roy in the deep saw Martin Guptill agonisingly run out, as Kane Williamson’s side finished runners-up for the second successive men’s World Cup.
Jimmy Neesham had struck a magnificent six to leave New Zealand with seven to win from four balls but Archer’s resolve shone through, with England prevailing due to scoring more boundaries in the match and Super Over combined.
London: Simona Halep got the better of Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in just 56 minutes to win the Venus Rosewater dish and become the ladies’ champion of Wimbledon 2019, here on Saturday.
The No.7 seed played the tennis of her life against Serena - who was going for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam crown - and claimed the victory to become the first Romanian woman to win at Wimbledon. Halep broke the big-serving Serena four times in two sets, and saved the only break point she faced.