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Top Sports News of the day - 04 Jan 2021


Cricket | England tour of Sri Lanka

  • England is visiting Sri Lanka for playing two-tests series
  • First Test will start from 14 January 2021 and the second test from 22 January 2021
  • This series earlier got canceled due to Covid
  • England team landed in Sri Lanka under a specific approval as there is a travel ban from England, due to the new mutant virus
  • Upon arrival, Moeen Ali (England all-rounder) has been tested Covid positive
  • Earlier in 2018, England won the test series in Sri Lanka by 3-0


Cricket | Big Bash League (BBL) season 10

  • In the first T20 match of BBL Season 10 - Melbourne Stars (183/6) beat Hobart Hurricanes (173/6) by 10 runs. Marcus Stoinis scored 97 not-out
  • In the second match -  Brisbane Heat (175/5) beat Sydney Thunder (174/8) by 5 wickets (5 balls remaining) as Joe Burns scored 52 of 38 balls
  • Sydney Sixers leads the BBL season 10 table with 21 points (5 wins in 7 matches) followed by Sydney Thunder with 19 points (5 wins in 6 matches)
  • On Monday, 05 January 2021 Melbourne Renegades will play with Adelaide Strikers. This will be match # 29 of BBL season 10


Cricket | West Indies tour of Bangladesh

  • West Indies will be touring Bangladesh to play three One-day Internationals (ODIs) and two Tests
  • ODIs will start from 20 January 2021 and Tests from 03 February 2021
  • Earlier, twelve West Indies players (including Test captain Jason Holder) had declined to visit Bangladesh due to Covid conditions
  • Jason Mohammed will be the captain of the visiting West Indies ODI team and Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the West Indies Test team
  • Shakib Al Hasan has been picked in the Bangladesh team, while their former skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has been dropped
  • Shakib Al Hasan was earlier banned by ICC for 2 years, under the anti-corruption code


Cricket | Sri Lanka tour of South Africa

  • Today was Day 2 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa
  • Earlier Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat
  • Sri Lanka scored 157 in their first innings and in reply South Africa scored 302 (taking a lead of 145 runs)
  • By the end of Day 2, Sri Lanka has a lead of 5 runs, as they scored 150/4 in their second innings
  • Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne is standing tall at 91 not-out
  • Dean Elgar scored 127 runs for South Africa in their first innings
  • Seems like South Africa might win this Test series by 2-0


Cricket | Pakistan tour of New Zealand

  • New Zealand and Pakistan are playing their second test
  • New Zealand won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first
  • Pakistan scored 297 (all-out) by the end of Day 1
  • New Zealand trails by 11 runs as they scored 286/3 today (End of Day 2)
  • New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson is playing at 112 (not-out) as he scored the first century of 2021
  • Henry Nicolls is playing at 89 (not-out)
  • Seems like New Zealand is in no mood to bat again in the test, and trying to put up a big total in the first innings itself


Cricket | India tour of Australia

  • Australia will be facing the Indian cricket team in the third test beginning 07 January 2021 (Thursday) in Sydney
  • Left-handed opener David Warner is back in the Australian team, a big positive for them
  • Australian fast bowler James Pattinson is out due to an injury
  • The Indian team has been tested Covid negative ahead of the test
  • The Indian team has been advised not to leave the Sydney Hotel, except for training (fall-out of the in-famous meals our 5 players had in Melbourne!)
  • Crowd capacity has been reduced to 25% in Sydney Cricket Ground (max capacity is 38,000 visitors)
  • Australian cricketers have still not overcome the Indian Team's comment on Brisbane's harsh protocols, as one or the other Australian player keeps commenting against the Indian team


Online Fantasy sports

  • Niti Aayog came up with a draft paper in December 2020 proposing uniform national-level regulations for 'Online Fantasy Sports Platforms'
  • Niti Aayog touched upon the requirement of self-regulation, which means it is the responsibility of the platforms to follow the rules rather than a regulator imposing it
  • Inviting comments from the stakeholders, Niti Aayog referred to a report from KPMG which says that online users on these platforms have surged from 2 million users in June 2016 to 90 million in December 2019
  • My view is that these platforms should be completely legalized in India with self-imposed regulations, the way the USA has implemented it


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