Sports Roundup – 15th September, 2018

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India Blue Clinch Duleep Trophy 2018: The Faiz Fazal led India Blue outplayed rivals India red, winning the final of the Duleep Trophy 2018 in style by an innings and 187 runs. All in all another feather in the cap for the dynamic skipper Faiz as he previously led Vidarbha to a Ranji Trophy victory followed by a win in the Irani Cup last season. Batting during their first innings, India Blue posted a huge total of 541 in 167.3 overs courtesy great knocks from Nikhil Gangta who scored 130, smashing seven boundaries and six huge maximums. Anmolpreet Singh contributed a vital 96 with 14 fours while Ricky Bhui and Swapnil Singh pitched in with 60 and 69 respectively. Their plan was simple, to bat get maximum runs on the board during their first innings and then bat the opposition out of the contest. Parvez Rasool was the pick of the bowlers for India red snapping up 4-150.

When asked to chase down the total, India red were bowled out for a paltry 182 in 69.1 overs as Bavanaka Sandeep top scored with 57. For India Blue, Swapnil Singh grabbed 5-58 in his 22 overs. Further batting again, the Reds could not get too many during their second innings as they finished off with 172 in 38.5 overs handing India Blue a heroic win. Amongst the bowlers Deepak Hooda and Saurabh Kumar claimed five wickets each. Nikhil Gangta won the Man of the Match as further a happy captain Faiz Fazal lifted the trophy along with his team.


 

IAAF Continental Cup

Arpinder makes India proud: Triple jumper Arpinder Singh created history as he became the first Indian to win a medal at the IAAF Continental Cup, clinching a bronze for the country.


Tennis

Novak Djokovic Wins Third US Open Title: Being in top form, tennis star Novak Djokovic grabbed yet another victory, as he won his third US Open, men’s singles champions title with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over rival and world number three Juan Martin del Potro in three hours and 15 minutes. Djokovic now joins legend Pete Sampras to win 14 major titles.

Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams In US Open Final: 20 year old Naomi Osaka of Japan stunned Serena Williams with a 6-2, 6-4 win to grab her first ever Grand Slam title, thus winning the final.

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