India Women Seal Nine Wicket Victory: A spectacular batting performance from Player of the Match Smriti Mandhana (105) and Jemimah Rodrigues (81 not out) ensured India Women a win by nine wickets in their first ODI V/s New Zealand at Mclean Park, Napier, New Zealand. Batting first, the Kiwi women managed 192 in 48.4 overs as Suzie Bates top scored with 36, as Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav grabbed three wickets each. In reply, India cruised to victory with 193-1 in 33 overs as Jemimah-Smriti stitched a 190-runs opening stand to give the team a massive win. The former struck nine fours while the latter hit nine boundaries and three big sixes.
Men In Blue Beat NZ In First ODI: India beat rivals New Zealand by eight wickets with brilliant bowling from Kuldeep Yadav (4-39) and Man of the Match Mohammed Shami (3-19) reducing the Kiwis to 157 in 38 overs. Skipper Kane Williamson top-scored 64 in 81 deliveries. India continued brilliant batting with 156-2 in 34.5 overs. Shikhar Dhawan scored 75 not out while skipper Virat Kohli pitched in 45. With this victory India start off the five match series on a positive note.
Nadal Enters Australia Open Final: Top tennis seed, Rafael Nadal created a major upset for rising star, 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas with 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 in a 1 hour 46 min clash during the Men’s Singles Semi-Final contest of the Australian Open.
PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal And Kidambi Srikanth In Indonesia Masters Quarter-Finals: Indian shuttlers were yet again on top of their game as PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth reached the quarter-finals at the Indonesia Masters after defeating their opponents during their respective second round matches in Jakarta. Sindhu beat Indonesia’s world number 14 Gregoria Tunjung 23-21, 21-7 in women’s singles. Srikanth won 21-14, 21-9 playing against Kenta Nishimoto during the men’s singles while Saina defeated Fitriani of Indonesia 21-17, 21-15.
Apurvi Wins Gold: Star Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela won a gold medal in the women’s 10 metre Air Rifle event in the Meyton Cup, thus defending her last year’s title.