Melbourne: Sumit Nagal was expecting a clash against a top-10 player in his opener but the Indian tennis player today drew Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis as his first round opponent at the Australian Open. It will be world No. 139 Nagal’s second clash against the world No. 72 in as many weeks after losing to the Lithuanian early this week in the build-up event. It will be Nagal’s third Grand Slam men’s singles appearance, having competed in US Open (2019, 2020) twice. Ankita Raina, who was waiting to know if she got the lucky loser spot in the women’s singles, could not make the cut. In the men’s doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Divih Sharan will compete with their respective partners. Meanwhile, all 507 Australian Open players and staff who stayed at a quarantine hotel where a worker contracted Covid-19 have tested negative.
South Africa 106/4, trail Pakistan by 166 runs
South Africa’s top order stumbled to 106/4 at stumps after Faheem Ashraf’s second successive half-century had rallied Pakistan’s first innings to 272 in the second Test today. South Africa trail Pakistan by 166 runs in a match they must win to draw the series. Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali (2/29) grabbed his wickets off successive deliveries. Earlier, pacer Anrich Nortje picked up 5/56 to bowl out Pakistan half an hour before tea.
Mehidy shines with ball as Bangladesh stay in control
Mehidy Hasan followed up his first Test century with 4/58 as Bangladesh stayed in control of the first Test against West Indies today. Bangladesh reached 47/3 in their second innings at stumps on Day 3, stretching their lead to 218 on an increasingly deteriorating pitch. West Indies were bowled out for 259 in their first innings in reply to Bangladesh’s 430. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite led the charge with 76. Agencies