Cameroon’s Ekeng dies dur­ing league game

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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.

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