Iran’s Persepolis took a step towards booking a place in the knockout rounds of the Asian Champions League with a 2-1 win over tournament debutants FC Goa that moves the two-time finalists five points clear at the top of Group E. Goals from Mehdi Torabi and Seyyed Jalal Hosseini canceled out Edu Bedia’s early opener for the group hosts.
Pakistan hold on to win first T20 against Zimbabwe
Pakistan held on to win the first T20I against Zimbabwe today by managing to defend a modest total of 149/7. Zimbabwe only got 138/7 in reply after Usman Qadir’s 3/29 thwarted the home team and gave Pakistan an 11-run victory. Opener Mohammad Rizwan batted through the Pakistan innings for his 82 not out from 61 balls.
Bangladesh post 302/2 in 1st Test against Sri Lanka
Bangladesh batsman Najmul Shanto posted his first Test hundred and helped his team reach 302/2 at stumps on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Shanto finished the day unbeaten at 126 after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. He and captain Mominul Haque (64) put on an unbroken 150-run partnership for the third wicket.
Fognini defaulted for verbal abuse at Barcelona Open
Italian Fabio Fognini was defaulted during his second-round match at the Barcelona Open today after the Italian lost his temper and hurled verbal abuse that was picked up by a line judge. Ninth seed Fognini was trailing 0-6 4-4 against Spain’s Zapata Miralles when a line judge reported him for using foul language following a foot fault. Fognini had been given a warning earlier in the match and when the chair umpire informed him of the decision to default him, the 33-year-old stormed off the court.
Bayern open 10-point lead in Bundesliga
Schalke were finally relegated from the Bundesliga after a dismal season with a 1-0 loss at Arminia Bielefeld, when Bayern Munich closed in on another title. Bayern are just one win away from a record-extending ninth consecutive championship after they capitalised on second-place Leipzig’s shock 2-1 loss at Cologne and moved 10 points clear at the top with a 2-0 win at home over Bayer Leverkusen. The Bavarian powerhouse can seal the title with a win at Mainz on Saturday. Agencies