Sports World: Carlos Sainz Wins Australian GP, Mohammad Amir Comes Out Of Retirement - As It Happened

Sunday, March 24, 2024 saw a lot of sporting action take centrestage. In Formula One, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz won the Australian Grand Prix at the expense of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who retired early. In cricket, Sri Lanka are inching towards a big victory in the 1st Test against Bangladesh. In IPL 2024, Rajasthan Royals defeated Lucknow Super Giants whereas Mumbai Indians ended up on the losing side at the hands of Gujarat Titans. In football, international friendlies continue. Here is what transpired today in the world of sports

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain is sprayed in champagne after winning the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix by McLaren driver Lando Norris, right, of Britain at Albert Park, in Melbourne. Photo: AP/Scott Barbour

Sports World Highlights, Sunday, 24 March 2024

Welcome to the live coverage of the sports world news and events for 24 March 2024. In F1, Australian Grand Prix Main Race sees Max Verstappen eyeing another podium finish. In cricket, IPL 2024 has Mumbai Indians travel to Gujarat Titans whereas Rajasthan Royals take on Lucknow Super Giants. Staying with cricket, women's teams are in action with Australia women taking on Bangladesh women in 2nd ODI. Elsewhere, England women take on New Zealand women in 3rd T20I. Get all the live sports coverage and updates from 24 March 2024, here. (Cricket News | Football News)

England vs Brazil Remains 0-0 At Half-Time

Brazil Edge England 1-0

All of 17, the Real Madrid-bound Endrick became the youngest-ever men’s player to score an international goal at Wembley as Brazil beat England 1-0 in their friendly match. Endrick, who will move from Palmeiras to Madrid at the end of the season when he turns 18, struck nine minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Coming on for Rodrygo in the 71st minute, Endrick wasted little time to make his mark, firing into an empty net after Vinicius Junior was denied by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Germany Stun France 2-0

The 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward Florian Wirtz scored the fastest-ever goal for Germany as the European Championship 2024 hosts stunned tournament favourites France 2-0. Wirtz scored just seven seconds into the game, and Kai Havertz doubled the lead in the 49th minute. There was also an immediate assist for Toni Kroos, back in a Germany shirt three years after announcing his international retirement.

Miami Open: Andy Murray Into Round Of 32

Andy Murray picked up his best win of the year so far with a straight-sets victory over Tomas Martin Etcheverry at the Miami Open. Murray swept past the Argentinian, ranked 30 in the world, 7-6 (0) 6-3 in a rain-interrupted match to reach the round of 32. The 36-year-old Scot gained a measure of revenge for his defeat by the same player in the first round of the Australian Open in January.

Harry Kane Ruled Out Of ENG Vs BEL Friendly

Injured England skipper Harry Kane will return to Bayern Munich after being ruled out of the Three Lions' friendly against Belgium, manager Gareth Southgate said. Kane has not recovered from an ankle injury and the decision to leave the English team camp early came after he played no part in the 0-1 loss to Brazil.

“Kane will go back. He won't be fit for Tuesday,” Southgate said. The star striker has big games coming up for Bayern, with the German giants drawn to face Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on April 9 and 17.

Swiss Open: Kidambi Srikanth Loses Semi-Final

Former world number 1 Kidambi Srikanth’s sole run at the Swiss Open BWF Super 300 has ended with a narrow semi-final loss. The 31-year-old Indian shuttler went down fighting 21-15, 9-21, 18-21 to Taiwan’s Lin Chun-Yi in a match that lasted an hour and five minutes.

Max Verstappen Exits Australian Grand Prix Early

Now here's a sight we haven't witnessed too often in the recent past. Max Verstappen will not end on the podium or even in the top 10 in a Formula 1 Grand Prix after a long time. An angry Verstappen has retired early from the Australian GP, with the Red Bull driver sustaining a fiery mechanical failure on the fourth lap of the race, enduring his first race retirement since Albert Park in Australia in 2022.

Minutes after his retirement, he was seen on TV coverage of the race in a heated discussion with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Verstappen had won the first two F1 races of the season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and was on a nine-race winning streak.

“What we can see so far is the right rear brake just stuck on,” Verstappen said. “So it was also basically driving with a hand brake on. And that's why I really felt that the car was really weird to drive in some corners. It was just very snappy.”

Carlos Sainz Wins Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has returned from surgery just 16 days ago to win the Australian Grand Prix. Sainz took advantage of Verstappen’s first retirement in 43 races to claim just the third win of his career a fortnight after he was ruled out of the previous round in Saudi Arabia with appendicitis.

Verstappen suffered a brake failure after just four laps of Sunday’s 58-lap race at Melbourne’s sun-cooked Albert Park to end his winning streak which stretched back to September’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Miami Open: Katie Boulter Reaches Fourth Round

The British no.1 Katie Boulter reached the fourth round of the Miami Open with a dominant victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 victory in 90 minutes without facing a single struggling moment against the 11th seeded. Boulter also defeated Haddad in San Diego in February.

Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh, 1 test Day 3 Lunch Score

Sri Lanka reached 233-6 at lunch on day 3 of the 1st Test against Bangladesh with captain Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis hitting half-centuries. De Silva remained not out on 85 while Kamindu was on 50, helping the side extend its lead to 325.

Just A Matter Of Time Before Rishab Pant Regains Form: Sidhu

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman, who returned to cricket after a 15-month break caused by a severe car accident could not fire up the stage during the opening match against Punjab Kings losing the game by 4 wickets. However, despite this, former Indian cricketer Navjot Sidhu remains optimistic that Pant will regain his form, stating that it is only a matter of time.

"(He is) leading Delhi Capitals and running between the wickets and playing good cricket. Just a matter of time he will regain his form. But, importantly, Indian cricket has got its fine gem back, and we should be thankful to God on his return to the field," said Sidhu on Star Sports on 'Cricket Live' programme.

I-League:  Delhi FC Win 2-0 Against Gokulam

Delhi FC registered a 2-0 victory over a 10-man Gokulam Kerala FC in the I-League match, thanks to substitute Brazilian striker Sergio Barboza's twin strike in the second half. Unfortunately, the home side was reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute when a rough tackle from Mashoor Shereef on Balwant at the edge of the box earned the defender a red card late.

IPL 2024: RR Opt To Bat First Against LSG

Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson won the toss and elected to bat against Lucknow Super Giants in their Indian Premier League 2024 opener at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

PCB Restores Haris Rauf's Contract After Written Apology

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has restored the central contract of Haris Rauf after the fast bowler "admitted his mistake" in writing, according to PTI reports.

The PCB terminated the central contract of Rauf after Pakistan's tour to New Zealand just before the start of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in early February.

No Reason To Believe That Champions Trophy Will Not Be Held In Pakistan: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is optimistic that it will be able to host the Champions Trophy next year as a delegation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to reach the country on Monday to inspect the ongoing preparations for the prestigious tournament, according to the PTI reports.

PCB Reorganises Selection Panel

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reorganized its selection committee by doing away with the chairman's post and giving powers to the selectors to pick the captain and head coach of the national team, according to the PTI reports.

IPL 2024: RR Set 194-Run Target For LSG

Skipper Sanju Samson smashed an unbeaten 82 in 52 balls as Rajasthan Royals posted 193 for four against Lucknow Super Giants in their Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Sunday, according to PTI reports.

Batting first, Samson led from the front and struck three fours and six sixes during his entertaining stay in the middle. Riyan Parag chipped in with a 29-ball 43 while adding 93 runs for the third wicket with his skipper.

Anuj Rawat Eyes Long-term Role As RCB's WK Batter

Anuj Rawat on Sunday hoped to cement his position as Royal Challengers Bengaluru's long-term wicketkeeper batter after veteran Dinesh Karthik announced that this will be his last IPL season, according to PTI reports.

Rawat gave a glimpse of his versatility with a 25-ball 48 that helped RCB register a competitive 173 for six after initial struggles against the Chennai Super Kings.

SL Vs BAN, 1st Test: Bangladesh Stare At Huge Defeat On Home Soil

A day to forget for Bangladesh. After absorbing a strong beating from Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis on the pitch, they came out and lost 5 wickets when it was their turn to bat. They appeared to be out of ideas while bowling as DDS and Mendis formed yet another big partnership. The highlight was both of them converting their knocks into hundreds, as they did in the first innings, to propel Sri Lanka to a position of strength. The margin grew, and even after DDS was disqualified, Mendis remained strong and scored 164.

Elite Athletes Excel At National Open Relay Carnival

Kerala's international quarter-miler Noah Nirmal Tom anchored the National Camp A team to victory in the men's 4x400m relay event at the inaugural edition of the National Open Relay Carnival in Chandigarh on Sunday, according to PTI reports.

National Camp A team consisting of Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Ajmal, Muhammed Yahiya and Noah Nirmal Tom clocked 3:05.71 seconds to win gold.

Pakistan Cricketer Mohammad Amir Comes Out Of Retirement

Controversial Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has decided to come out of international retirement and make himself available for selection for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Americas in June, according to PTI reports.

Amir, who was banned from cricket for five years between 2010 to 2015 on spot-fixing charges and was also briefly jailed for his crime, retired in 2021 from all forms of international cricket.

Odisha FC Take Home IWL Trophy With Stunning Ease

Odisha FC's near-perfect IWL 2023-24 season ended on a flawless note when they outclassed Kickstart FC 6-0 to bag their maiden title on Sunday.

Lynda Kom (11', 66' 77'), Pyari Xaxa (13', 22'), and Karthika Angamuthu (58') scored for the winners.

Packed with national team stars, the champions, who led 3-0 at half-time, were aided by a hat-trick by former India U17 captain Lynda Kom.

IPL 2024: RR Beat LSG By 20 Runs

Rajasthan Royals beat Lucknow Super Giants by 20 runs to make a winning start to their IPL campaign in Jaipur on Sunday, according to PTI reports.

For RR, skipper Sanju Samson smashed an unbeaten 82 in 52 balls in their total of 193 for four. Samson led from the front and struck three fours and six sixes while adding 93 runs for the third wicket with Riyan Parag (43).

In reply, Nicholas Pooran's unbeaten 64 off 41 balls went in vain as LSG finished on 173 for 6. Skipper KL Rahul made a sedate 58 off 44 balls, eating up a lot of deliveries.

Nehru Stadium To Be Turned Into World-Class Football Venue: AFA

The Nehru Stadium here will be rebuilt and transformed into a 30,000-seater exclusive football venue with world-class facilities, a top official of the Assam Football Association (AFA) said on Sunday, according to PTI reports.

AFA's general secretary Sangrang Brahma said this ahead of the India-Aghanistan 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier to be played in the city on Tuesday.

Sreenidi Deccan's Title Hopes Dim Further With Draw

Sreenidi Deccan FC let a two-goal lead slip away to end up with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Churchill Brothers FC in the I-League in Hyderabad on Sunday, according to PTI reports.

Despite dominating for the majority of the game, the hosts let two points slip away in a major setback to their chances of extending the I-League title race.

Ashwin Hails 'Unsung Hero' Sandeep After Royals' Win Over Super Giants

For Ravichandran Ashwin, death-over specialist Sandeep Sharma is an unsung hero. While the established batters and stars hog the limelight, sometimes performances like the one by Sandeep on Sunday against LSG go unnoticed.

Sandeep came into the attack only in the 14th over and at a stage wherein Lucknow looked in control of the chase, needing 65 to win from six overs chasing 194 set by the Royals, according to PTI.

Ashwin said a 'bowler for a fight' is way more valuable than skills at times and Sandeep proved so, having done well last season too when he helped Royals secure a three-run win against Chennai Super Kings despite MS Dhoni hitting two sixes in his final over.

Nehru Stadium To Be Turned Into World-class Football Venue: AFA

The Nehru Stadium here will be rebuilt and transformed into a 30,000 seater exclusive football venue with world-class facilities, a top official of Assam Football Association (AFA) said on Sunday. AFA's general secretary Sangrang Brahma said this ahead of the India-Aghanistan 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier to be played in the city on Tuesday. "Nehru Stadium will be demolished and rebuilt into a football exclusive stadium which would be of international standard. It would be an exclusive football stadium of international standard in India. Work on it would start soon," Brahma told PTI Videos. Brahma informed that the AFA also plans to set up 10 football academies in the state for developing grassroots level talent besides a dedicated centre of excellence in the capital. (PTI)

Russia Vs Paraguay International Football Friendly Called Off

The Russian Football Union on Saturday said that its team’s friendly against Paraguay scheduled for Moscow on Monday has been put off indefinitely due to the terrorist attack near the capital. At least 133 people were killed after gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons in a suburban concert hall near Moscow on Friday. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. Officials said the match originally scheduled for Moscow’s VTB Arena would be played at a later date. (AP)

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