Weekly Sports Round Up: India fails to defend Cricket World Cup but shines in Badminton

Saina-SrikanthIndians were up for a grand sporting action last week with Team India in the semis of 2015 Cricket World Cup and the star-shuttler duo Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal in the finals of India Open Super Series single titles. Although Team India’s winning streak came to an end in the semifinal but the Indian badminton talent rose to the top clinching both men’s and women’s singles title. Moreover, Saina becoming the World No. 1 just before the final match was the biggest moment of glory for India this week.

Cricket

In the 2015 Cricket world Cup, Australia sealed their victory for the 5th time by thrashing New Zealand in the finals by 7 wickets with 101 balls remaining. In the first innings New Zealand were bowled out for 183 runs which Aussies chased down easily with a brilliant knock of 74 by the captain Michael Clarke. Earlier in the week, Team India lost to Australia in the semifinals by 95 runs. Australia put on a massive total of 328 runs with the help of a big partnership between Aaron Finch (81) and Steve Smith (105). Indian squad fell for 233 in the chase against a fierce bowling attack by Faulkner, Johnson and Starc.

Badminton

Indian badminton Ace, Saina Nehwal scripted history by becoming the World No. 1 on Saturday and also stormed into the finals of Indian Open Super Series by defeating Yui Hashimoto 21-15, 21-11 in the second semifinals. Saina won the singles title on Sunday beating Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 21-14. Running parallel, the Indian star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth beat Viktor Axelsen 18-21, 21-13, 21-12 in the men’s singles final on Sunday. Two titles on the home turf made it a grand weekend for Indian sports fans.

Racing

The Ferrari man Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday storming past the world champion Lewis Hamilton. The four time world champion broke his long dearth of wins clinching the top spot which also was his first win with Ferrari. Force India failed to draw any point in this race after Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finished 13th and 14th respectively. In MotoGP circuit, Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi won the Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday riding a Yamaha.