Cameroon’s Ekeng dies during league game
BUCHAREST—Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng has died after collapsing on the pitch playing a first division match on Friday with his Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest. The 26-year-old midfielder fell to the ground without any contact with another player in the 70th minute of the game against Viitorul, just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute. Ekeng, who joined the Romanian club in January, was rushed to hospital where staff were unable to resuscitate him. “Resuscitation attempts were made for an hour and half without success,” Dinamo team doctor Liviu Batineanu told journalists. Fans of the Bucharest club gathered outside the hospital late into the night to express their grief at the player’s death. Club executive director Ionel Danciulescu expressed his shock after a death which recalled that of another club player Catalin Haldan who died playing a friendly in October 2000. “I can’t believe it. It’s a nightmare. —AFP BANGALORE—”I hope it doesn’t prove costly,” a miked-up George Bailey murmured after narrowly missing an op-portunity to run Virat Kohli out. Kohli had been on 4 at the time. He ended up smoking an unbeaten 108 off 58, made a chase of 192 look almost routine and steered Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory over Rising Pune Supergiants.
Supergiants’ total was founded on fifties from Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary and, even more so, on a litany of errors from Royal Challengers in the field.
But, led by Kohli, and boosted by crucial knocks from KL Rahul and Shane Watson, Royal Challengers brought the full force of their batting might to bear on a hapless bowling attack.
A chase of 192 requires a good start, and it was provided by Kohli and Rahul. There were three quiet at the start before a series of classy drives - along the ground and through the air - took the score to 94 without loss by the 11th over. Supergiants hit back in the next over when legspinner Adam Zampa, on IPL debut, dismissed Rahul and then the dangerous AB de Villiers as well.
With 89 needed off 42, Shane Watson combined lusty strikes with streaky edges and before the bowler Thisara Perera knew it he had Rising Pune Supergiants innings: Extras: Total: Fall of wickets: given away five fours in an over.
With back-to-back sixes off Rajat Bhatia, whose slow cut-ters had started to become predictable, Watson brought the equation to 50 off 30 balls.
The next two overs belonged to Supergiants - RP Singh dismissed Watson and R Ashwin, introduced in the 17th over, conceded just seven. Royal Challengers Bangalore innings: Extras:(lb Total: Fall of wickets: Bowling ........................ O-M-R-W
Andy Murray reaches to return a ball to Rafael Nadal, during the semifinal Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain on Saturday. Stuart Binny breaks the stumps to catch Usman Khawaja short during Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL match at Bangalore on Saturday. South Korea’s Lee Soo-Min hits a shot during third-round of the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Seoul Saturday. Germany’s Alexandra Wenk celebrating after breaking the 35-year-old national record for the women’s 200m individual medley at the Olympic trials in Berlin on Saturday.