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Sports World: PAK Vs NZ 1st T20I Washed Out - As It Happened

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Barcelona Open after losing his round of 32 match against Australia's Alex de Minaur in straight sets, but the tournament still has many interesting matches lined up for today. In cricket, Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I was a washout. Punjab Kings lost by nine runs to Mumbai Indians in match 33 of the Indian Premier League 2024 at Mullanpur in Chandigarh on Thursday. Pakistan women lost by 113 runs to West Indies women's cricket team in the first ODI in Karachi. Get all the highlights and updates on the sports events lined up today, 18 April 2024, right here

Liverpool take on Atalanta in UEL QF, 2nd Leg. AP

Sports World Highlights, 18 April 2024

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Barcelona Open after losing his round of 32 match against Australia's Alex de Minaur in straight sets, but the tournament still has many interesting matches lined up for today. In cricket, Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I was a washout. Punjab Kings lost by nine runs to Mumbai Indians in match 33 of the Indian Premier League 2024 at Mullanpur in Chandigarh on Thursday. Pakistan women lost by 113 runs to West Indies women's cricket team in the first ODI in Karachi. Get all the highlights and updates on the sports events lined up today, 18 April 2024, right here

UCL: Real Madrid Pip Manchester City In Penalties

Manchester City’s dreams of retaining the UEFA Champions League and completing a historic 'double treble' were shattered after a dramatic penalty shoot-out loss to Real Madrid in the second leg of their quarter-final clash in Manchester. Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic both missed from the spot as City were beaten 4-3 on penalties after their pulsating quarter-final tie ended 4-4 on aggregate.

Rodrygo had given Real an early lead in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium but City otherwise dominated and, after creating a host of chances, finally made it 1-1 on the night through Kevin De Bruyne in the 76th minute.

UCL: Bayern Munich Trump Arsenal To Storm Into Semis

Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League hopes were snuffed out as Joshua Kimmich’s bullet header was enough to take Bayern Munich into the semi-finals. After an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium last week, this tie was finely poised but it was the hosts who progressed as Kimmich headed home in the second half to seal a 1-0 win for Bayern.

Thomas Tuchel became just the second man to lead three different clubs into the last four of the Champions League and his side are now closing in on a Wembley final on June 1.

Yorkshire Not In ECB’s ‘Tier 1’ Revamp of Women’s Game

Yorkshire will have to wait until 2027 to take part in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new ‘Tier 1’ revamp of the women’s professional game, after eight other counties were selected to lead the way. Durham, Essex, Hampshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Surrey and Warwickshire have been chosen as hosts, with the governing body abolishing the existing regional structure in favour of alignment with the first-class counties.

The blow to Yorkshire, for whom this is a further setback after several turbulent years on and off the field, has been mitigated by a promise to bring them into an expanded competition in the third season.

'No Regrets': Pep Guardiola After Man City's UCL Loss

Pep Guardiola insisted there were no regrets after Manchester City’s bid to retain their UEFA Champions League crown ended in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out loss to Real Madrid. City manager Guardiola said: “I would have preferred to win but congratulations to Real Madrid, they defended so deep with incredible solidarity and we did everything.

“I don’t have any regrets about what we have done. Always we try to create more chances and concede less, because we believe that helps you to win and we did everything.

“We played exceptionally in all departments and unfortunately we could not win.”

Time To Back Team: Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal to end their season in “beautiful” fashion after they were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Bayern Munich. “What we still have to play for is beautiful. I said before it’s time to be next to these players. It’s easy to be behind them and praise the players and talk nice things when we win 10 in a row and one draw.

“The moment is now to be behind them and be next to them,” Arteta said.

AFC Champions League: Al Ain Beat Al Hilal

Soufiane Rahimi's hat-trick helped Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates to a 4-2 win over Al-Hilal in the first leg of their AFC Champions League semi-final, that also ended the Saudi Arabian team's 34-game world record winning streak for top tier teams.

The Moroccan international, now the tournament's leading scorer with 11 goals, struck three times before the break to put the hosts in control ahead of next Tuesday's second leg in Riyadh.

NBA: Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler Needs Knee MRI 

Miami Heat star guard Jimmy Butler says he will need an MRI on his right knee after he was injured in the first half of a play-in tournament loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Butler sustained the injury in the first quarter when he tried to fake out Kelly Oubre Jr. on a basket, only to have his knee buckle. He fell to the floor and Oubre appeared to land on top of him.

“I fell, he landed, and my knee just didn’t do well, I guess,” Butler said. “I don’t know. It’s not a good feeling, I can tell you that.”

UCL: Vinicius Junior Injured During QF 

Vinicius Junior was taken off injured in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, second leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid. The Brazil winger appeared to hurt his groin during a race to the ball with City defender Kyle Walker in extra time at Etihad Stadium.

He was holding the inside of his thigh and dropped to the ground in pain before being replaced by Lucas Vazquez in the 103rd minute.

Candidates Chess: Gukesh Tied 2nd After Draw

Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh played out a creditable draw against top seed Fabiano Caruana, but slipped a rung to the joint second position on a day when two other Indians endured frustrating losses in the Candidates Chess Tournament's 11th round in Toronto. Nerves finally came into play as R Praggnanandhaa and Vidit Gujrathi lost their way against American Hikaru Nakamura and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi respectively.

'Not A Fan': Rohit Sharma On Impact Player Rule

Rohit Sharma has made his stance clear on the 'Impact Player' rule of Indian Premier League. Expressing serious reservations about the rule, the India captain has implied that it could be detrimental to Indian cricket. “I am not a big fan of the Impact Substitute rule. It is going to hold all-rounders back; eventually cricket is played by 11 players, not 12 players. You are taking out so much from the game to make it entertaining for people around,” Rohit said on the podcast 'Club Prairie Fire'.

Depression Caused Early Retirement: Meg Lanning 

Meg Lanning, Australia's six-time World Cup-winning former women's cricket team captain, has said that her early retirement at the age of 31 was forced by bouts of depression and weight-loss due to "over-exercising and under-fuelling". "It sort of just spiralled and I was in denial, even though everyone kept telling me something wasn't quite right. I was not in a place to be able to go on tour and play cricket and give the commitment levels required for that Ashes series, mentally and physically," Lanning told 'The Howie Games' podcast.

IPL 2024: PBKS Vs MI Pitch Report 

Match 33 of Indian Premier League 2024 will be played today evening between Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur. The pitches have mostly been batter-friendly at the venue, and one can expect the trend to continue tonight. Teams have opted to chase here, and won two out of three games this season. The one time the hosts lost, they fell just two runs short against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Murali Sreeshankar Injured, Paris Dream Cruelly Ends 

Barely 100 days before he was slated to take the field in Paris, ace Indian long jumper Murai Sreeshankar has been ruled out of the upcoming Olympic Games due to a knee injury he suffered during training.

IPL 2024: CSK's Devon Conway Ruled Out, Richard Gleeson Replaces Him

Chennai Super Kings' injured opener Devon Conway has been ruled out of the remainder of Indian Premier League 2024. CSK have roped in English fast bowler Richard Gleeson as his replacement in the squad. Gleeson has represented England in 6 T20Is and has 9 wickets against his name. Additionally, Gleeson has played 90 T20s and picked 101 T20 wickets. He will join CSK for his reserve price of INR 50 lakh.

Ronaldo Wins Salary Dispute, Juventus Ordered To Pay Him $10 Mn

Juventus has been ordered to pay football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo more than USD 10 million by an arbitration board after a salary dispute. The dispute regarded a move by Juventus players to defer part of their salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 9.8 million euros (USD 10.5 million) that Juventus was ordered to pay Ronaldo is half the amount that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner had been seeking from the Turin club in back wages.

IPL 2024: PBKS Vs MI, Likely Playing XIs

Punjab Kings: Jonny Bairstow, Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh, Sam Curran (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shashank Singh, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada.

Impact player: Ashutosh Singh.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (c), Tim David, Mohammad Nabi, Romario Shepherd, Shreyas Gopal, Gerald Coetzee, Jasprit Bumrah, Akash Madhwal.

Impact player: Suryakumar Yadav.

UCL Semi-Finals Schedule

Bayern Munich will host Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will host Paris Saint-Germain in the first legs of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. The Bayern vs Madrid game is on April 30, and Madrid will stage the return leg on May 8. The Dortmund vs PSG match is on May 1, and PSG have the second leg on May 7.

Rohit Sharma Nods On Test Cricket Against Pakistan

India captain Rohit Sharma says he wouldn't mind playing Tests against Pakistan at a neutral venue as it would be a "great contest" against the "superb bowling line-up" of the arch-rivals, according to PTI reports.

India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket ever since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which over 150 people were killed. The two countries, however, routinely face off in ICC events.

BCCI Hosts 12,000 Cancer And Thalassemia Patients For Titans' IPL Match

In a novel gesture by the Indian Cricket Board, BCCI has hosted 12,000 cancer and thalassemia patients as "special invitees" during the IPL match between Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals in Ahmedabad, according to PTI reports.

The Rishabh Pant-led side raced to a six-wicket win after bundling out the home team for their lowest-ever IPL total of 89 at the Narendra Modi Stadium here on Wednesday.

T20 World Cup2024: Stuart Law Appointed As USA Cricket Head Coach

Former Australia cricketer Stuart Law has been appointed as the head coach of the USA men's cricket team ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in the USA and the West Indies from June 2, according to PTI reports.

Law's first assignment will be next month's three-match T20I series against Bangladesh.

Israeli Football Facing Palestinian Calls For Action By FIFA At Annual Congress

Calls for action against Israel in international football because of the conflict with Hamas will be stepped up by Palestinian officials at the annual FIFA congress next month, according to AP reports.

The Palestine Football Association proposal to 211 member federations in Thailand calls for “appropriate sanctions, with immediate effect, against Israeli teams,” according to FIFA documents released late Wednesday, one month before the May 17 meeting.

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Live Updates

Squads:

New Zealand Squad: Tim Seifert(w), Tim Robinson, Michael Bracewell(c), Josh Clarkson, James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, William ORourke, Zakary Foulkes, Tom Blundell, Ben Lister, Dean Foxcroft, Cole McConchie.

Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam(c), Saim Ayub, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Zaman Khan, Azam Khan, Mohammad Amir, Abrar Ahmed, Abbas Afridi, Irfan Khan, Usman Khan.

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Live Updates

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Toss Update

Kiwi captain Michael Bracewell has won the toss and elected to bat in the 1st T20I at Rawalpindi.

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Playing XIs

Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam(c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Irfan Khan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Amir, Abrar Ahmed.

New Zealand (Playing XI): Tim Seifert(w), Tim Robinson, Dean Foxcroft, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell(c), Josh Clarkson, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Ben Sears, Ben Lister.

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Live Updates

Rain interrupts play again between Pakistan and New Zealand 1st T20I at Rawalpindi.

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Live Updates

Rain continues to pour down as we await more updates from the ground.

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Elsewhere In IPL 2024

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Live Updates

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Live Updates

Revised Playing Conditions - Powerplay of 2 overs (1-2). Two bowlers can bowl a max of 2 overs each.

PAK Vs NZ, 1st T20I Live Updates

That is that! Rain has its final say as the game ends in 'No Result'.

Atalanta vs Liverpool, UEL QF, 2nd Leg Starting XI

Atalanta XI: Musso, Gjimshiti, Hien, Kolasinac, Zappacosta, De Roon, Ederson, Ruggeri, Koopmeiners, Al. Miranchuk, Scamacca.

Europa Conference League

Lille vs Aston Villa level in the tie after the visitors score late on to bring parity.

Good Night

And with that, we bring to a close on what has been a fascinating day in the sporting world. Till then, good night!

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