Sports Affairs: Top 10 Sports News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • In a stunning display of batting prowess, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) scored 257 for 5 against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Mohali on Friday, April 28. This is the second-highest team total in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), behind Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 263 for 5 in 2013. LSG’s openers Kyle Mayers and Marcus Stoinis set the tone with a 112-run stand in 9.2 overs, followed by Nicholas Pooran’s blistering 38-ball 81. PBKS could only manage 201 in reply, losing by 56 runs12.
  • Defending champions Gujarat Titans have scored a hat-trick of wins in the Indian Premier League-16.  The team defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets at their home ground. With this victory, the Gujarat team has come on top of the points table.  He has the highest number of 12 points.  The team has won four out of six matches while chasing. Gujarat won the toss and decided to field at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.  Batting first, the team scored 179 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs.  Gujarat achieved the target of 180 runs for 3 wickets in 17.5 overs.
  • Several Indian wrestlers, including Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, staged a protest outside the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) office in Delhi on Thursday, April 27. They demanded the resignation of WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is accused of corruption and mismanagement. The wrestlers alleged that Singh had misused funds meant for their training and welfare, and had also interfered in the selection process for international events.
  • Jaden Pariet, the young Indian racing talent representing Argentina Motorsport, has displayed his extraordinary skills by securing a podium position in the first round of the Rockit British F4 Championship held at Donington Park.  He has become the second Indian racer to achieve an international podium in a Tatus F4 car, after Kush Maini’s achievement in 2017.

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  • FIFA has selected Argentina to host the Under-20 Soccer World Cup, removing the hosting rights from Indonesia.  The decision came after the Football Association of Indonesia canceled the draw in Bali after the governor refused to host the Israeli team. The South American Football Confederation Congress has received an official bid from the Argentine Football Association to host the Under-20 Football World Cup in Argentina from May 20 to June 11.  The official draw of the tournament will take place in Zurich.  Argentina has so far won a record six titles and last hosted the U-20 World Cup in 2001.  Also, Uruguay is in the running to jointly host the 2030 World Cup finals with Chile and Paraguay.
  • Pakistan defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the first one-day international (ODI) at Rawalpindi on Friday, April 28. Chasing a modest target of 222, Pakistan were in trouble at 71 for 4 before captain Babar Azam and Shadab Khan steadied the innings with a 126-run partnership. Azam scored an unbeaten 101, his 14th ODI century, while Khan made a career-best 68. Earlier, New Zealand were bowled out for 221 in 46.3 overs, with Shaheen Afridi taking four wickets.
  • India’s men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the bronze medal at the Badminton Asia Championships in Bangkok on Saturday, April 29. They defeated Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, the world number two pair, in straight games 21-18, 21-18 in the third-place playoff. This is India’s first men’s doubles medal at the continental event since Prakash Padukone and Uday Pawar won silver in 1969.
  • David Warner set the record for captaining the most number of matches in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) while taking the field for the toss in an IPL 2023 match played between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.  The 36-year-old Warner has overtaken fellow Australian skipper Adam Gilchrist to take charge in his 75th captaincy match. Warner took the SRH team to the playoffs in 2017, then was ruled out of competitive cricket for a year in 2018 due to the sandpaper gate scandal.  Warner then returned as the captain of SRH in 2020 and again led the team to the playoffs.  While he was dropped from the captaincy by SRH midway through the 2021 season, Warner returned to lead the team this season after regular skipper Rishabh Pant was ruled out of competitive cricket for an incomplete period due to an accident in December 2022. 
  • The Sydney Cricket Ground unveiled gates named after legendary batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara on 24 April 2023.  They joined the club of Don Bradman, Alan Davidson and Arthur Morris.  All these players have been honored at the iconic ground.  The two gates were unveiled by SCG Chairman Rod McGeoch and CEO Kerry Mather and Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.  The date of April 24 for the gate unveiling was decided because it is Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday and also the 30th anniversary of Lara’s innings of 277 runs at the SCG.  This was Lara’s first Test century.  However, the Test was played in January 1993.
  • Odisha FC won the Hero Super Cup 2023 final by defeating Bengaluru FC 2-1.  Diego Mauricio scored twice for Odisha FC, the first from a free kick in the 23rd minute and the second in the 37th minute.  Despite Bengaluru FC’s efforts, Odisha FC maintained their lead and did not mount any major challenges.  Bengaluru FC scored a goal from a penalty converted by Sunil Chhetri in the 85th minute, but it was not enough to get back in the game.  Odisha FC will now face Gokulam Kerala FC in the qualifiers on April 29.  The winner of the qualifiers will feature in the Asian Football Confederation Cup 2023–24 from India.