Sports World Highlights, April 20: Pakistan Beat New Zealand In 2nd T20I - As It Happened

A busy day for the sports enthusiasts it was. Cricket witnessed a shocking defeat for Nepal who lost their ACC Men's T20I Premier Cup third-place match against Hong Kong. In IPL, the SunRiseres Hyderabad demonstrated their humdinger once again winning the match against Delhi Capitals by 67 runs. Pakistan cricket team dismantled New Zealand in the 3rd T20I by 7 wickets. In Football, Manchester City cruised to the final of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea. Motorsports, was all about Red Bull and Max Verstappen's dominance, as he won the sprint race, and sealed the pole at the qualifying race of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix. Here are all the important highlights from April 20, Saturday

Pakistan cricket team celebrates a thumping 7 wicket win over New Zealand in the 2nd T20I match on April 20, Saturday 2024 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. X | Pakistan Cricket

Sports World Highlights: April 20, 2024

April 20, witnessed both victories and defeats in a surprising manner. In cricket Hong Kong secured third place at the ACC Men's T20I Premier Cup defeating Nepal. In IPL, the SunRiseres Hyderabad demonstrated their humdinger once again winning the match against Delhi Capitals by 67 runs. Pakistan cricket team dismantled New Zealand in the 3rd T20I by 7 wickets. In Football, Manchester City cruised to the final of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea. Motorsports, was all about Red Bull and Max Verstappen's dominance, as he won the sprint race, and sealed the pole at the qualifying race of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix. Let's get updated with all that happened in the sports world

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Barcelona Open 2024

Casper Ruud beat Matteo Arnaldi in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open and notch his season-leading 27th win on Friday. The sixth-ranked Norwegian won 6-4 6-3 on the outdoor clay to give him two more wins than Jannik Sinner. Ruud is trying to reach his fourth final this year having lost in Los Cabos, Acapulco and Monte Carlo. Ruud will face Tomas Martin Etcheverry on Saturday after the Argentine defeated Cameron Norrie 7-6(4) 7-6(1). (AP)

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Star India gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Friday signed off with another creditable fourth place finish in women's vault final at the FIG Apparatus World Cup, a Paris Olympics qualifying event in Doha. The 30-year-old, who had finished fourth at the Baku Apparatus World Cup in Azerbaijan last month, once again missed out on a medal by a whisker after coming up with a score of 13.333. (PTI)

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It's Delhi Capitals against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2024 fixture at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

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F1: Max Verstappen Takes Pole For Chinese GP

Max Verstappen of Red Bull has completed a Formula 1 double, taking the pole Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix just hours after winning the first F1 sprint of the season. Teammate Sergio Perez will start alongside Verstappen on Sunday on the front row with Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin and Lando Norris of McLaren on the second row.

Latest IPL News: David, Pollard Fined 20 Percent Match Fees

In a sanction that comes two days after the offence was committed, Mumbai Indians batter Tim David and batting coach Kieron Pollard have been fined 20 percent of their respective match fees for breaching the Indian Premier League's Code of Conduct during match 33 of IPL 2024 against Punjab Kings in Mullanpur on April 18. A viral video of the match had led to controversy, post which the fine has been imposed.

In the video, squad members and support staff in MI's dugout were allegedly seen providing illegal help to star batter Suryakumar Yadav in asking for a DRS. However, IPL's media release does not specify the reason for the sanction.

IPL 2024: Dhoni Batting Position Worth Debate - Lara

Chennai Super Kings fans are clamouring for MS Dhoni to move up the batting order in Indian Premier League 2024. All-time great Brian Lara too feels the 42-year-old should be asked, "would you like to bat higher?"

But the West Indian legend knows that Dhoni, whose ability to bat for extended periods has been restricted by a chronic knee problem, "won't" consider a promotion in the batting order.

"At 42, he's most likely thinking from the teams point of view, that the young guys got to do the job. But I think the middle of the innings told a little bit too much about CSK batting. And it created the fact that even though he exploded at the end and he did that Dhoni thing at the end and it still was not enough," Lara told Star Sports.

Latest Cricket News: Nepal Lose Early Wickets In 3rd Place Match

Nepal are batting first against Hong Kong in the third-place match of ACC Men's T20I Premier Cup 2024 at Al Amerat, Oman. Rohit Paudel's team has lost two quick wickets, and Paudel is at the crease alongside Aasif Sheikh with the score reading 20/2 after 3.5 overs.

Verstappen's Dominance Might Turn Fans Off: Norris

Lando Norris fears Max Verstappen’s “boring” dominance of Formula One is forcing fans away. Verstappen became the first driver this century to start the season with five consecutive pole positions after a crushing performance in qualifying for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Norris, considered to be Verstappen’s best friend on the grid, said: “It is frustrating for people watching but it has always been like this. Now, we are seeing more dominance than ever, so it is never going to be the best to watch and the only exciting races have been the ones that Max is not in.”

Asked if he was concerned Verstappen’s stranglehold on the sport could be a turn-off for fans, Norris replied: “Of course it is going to be. Of course it is going be. There is no way you can say it won’t be.

“If you see the same driver winning every single time without a fight then of course it does start to become boring and that is obvious."

Latest Cricket News: Nepal Score 139/8 In 3rd Place Match

Nepal end up with a total of 139/8 against Hong Kong in the third-place match of ACC Men's T20I Premier Cup 2024 at Al Amerat, Oman. Medium pacer Ayush Shukla picked up three wickets for Hong Kong, while the big-hitting Dipendra Singh Airee smashed three sixes and four fours to end unbeaten on 44 off 29 balls.

Vinesh Phogat Wins Olympic Quota!

It is confirmed. Vinesh Phogat is going to Paris Olympic Games 2024. The star Indian wrestler has confirmed her berth by beating Kazakhstan’s Laura Ganikyzy 10-0 in the women’s 50kg semi-final at the Asian Olympic qualifier. This is Vinesh's third Olympic quota overall.

Latest Tennis News: Stuttgart Open Semis Underway

The world's top-ranked women's singles tennis player Iga Swiatek is now in action at the Stuttgart Open semi-finals. She is facing fourth seed Elena Rybakina, who is in the lead. Rybakina clinched the first set 6-3 and is serving at 2-3 in the second.

Marta Kostyuk will take on Marketa Vondrousova in the second semi-final, later.

ACC Premier Cup: Hong Kong Beat Nepal In 3rd Place Match

Hong Kong have defeated Nepal in the ACC Premier Cup third-place play-off. Nizakat Khan's team has chased down the 140-run target with four wickets and three balls to spare. That caps off a disappointing end to the campaign for Nepal, who were one of the title favourites.

Pakistan Vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Live Streaming: 

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Pakistan Vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Playing XIs

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

New Zealand (Playing XI) - Michael Bracewell(C), Tim Seifert(WK), Mark Chapman, Dean Foxcroft, Jacob Duffy Benjamin Lister, Cole McConchie, James Neesham, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi.

Pakistan Vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Toss Update:

Pakistan's captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl against New Zealand at the Rawalpindi cricket stadium.

PAK Vs NZ, 2nd T20I: Mohammad Amir's Amazing Comeback!

New Zealand was at 69/6 after 13 Overs.

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir didn't take much time to make a big impact with his return and has been cruel to the opponents whose spell of two wickets has dismissed Tim Robinson, and Dean Foxcroft so far.

PAK Vs NZ, 2nd T20I Updates

New Zealand was at 84/8 after 17 overs.

With Abrar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir taking two wickets each, the struggling New Zealand could only manage 84 runs with Mark Chapman scoring the most that is just 19 runs in 16 balls.

Garbine Muguruza Retires From Tennis 

The former world no.1 and two-time Grand Slam winner, Garbine Muguruza has announced retirement from tennis after taking a year-long break from the sport.

PAK Vs NZ, 2nd T20I: Kiwis End At 90 

Pakistan bowled out New Zealand at 90 in 18.1 overs.

PAK Vs NZ, 2nd T20I Update

Chasing the target of 92 runs, Pakistan were at 56/2 in 7 overs.

Michael Bracewell sealed the big wicket, dismissing captain Babar Azam at 14 off 13 balls. Benjamin Lister did what was needed, as he bowled out Saim Ayyub at just 4 off 2 balls.

PAK Vs NZ, 2nd T20I: Pakistan Stun New Zealand By 7 Wkts

Pakistan cricket team following a winning trend from the toss to the match showcased a remarkable performance in both bowling and batting, stunning the Kiwis by 7 wickets. Mohammad Rizwan's unbeaten 45 off 34 helped the team end the match in just 12.1 overs taking a lead of 1-0 in the five-match series.

Paris Olympics: Indian Shooters Gear Up 

Having already clinched a record 20 Olympic quota places in shooting, India will begin its quest for more 2024 Paris spots when the ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship (Shotgun) begins at Doha on Sunday.

Prithviraj Tondaiman, Zoravar Sandhu and Vivaan Kapoor will try and win the remaining available quota places in the men's trap, while Shreyasi Singh, Manisha Keer and Neeru will try and maximise India's Paris spots in the corresponding women's event. (PTI)

FA Cup: Manchester City Beat Chelsea 1-0 To Enter Final

Bernardo Silva fired Manchester City into the FA Cup final after they beat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley.

The Portuguese playmaker's 84th-minute goal ensured City maintained its pursuit of back-to-back domestic doubles in the week when its Champions League defence was ended by Real Madrid.

Kevin De Bruyne's cross from the left was converted by Silva at the far post via a deflection from Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella. Chelsea had chances to take the lead, the best of them missed by Nicolas Jackson.

Manchester United meets Coventry in the other semifinal on Sunday. The final is on May 25. (AP)

IPL: SRH Beat Delhi By 67 Runs 

Travis Head's aggressive fifty and bowlers' determination helped Sunrisers Hyderabad score a fine 67-run victory over Delhi Capitals in their IPL match in New Delhi on Saturday.

Chasing a massive 267 runs for win, Delhi were in the hunt initially through Jake Fraser-McGurk (65, 18b, 5x4, 7x6) and Abhishek Porel (42, 22b, 7x4, 1x6). But once both of them were dismissed, Delhi's chase too fizzled out as SRH bowlers struck regularly to push the asking rate near the realm of impossibility. (PTI)

Good Night! 

That's all from our side for April 20, Saturday 2024. Let's come back tomorrow with a new day full of action. Have a good night!