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World Sports: Mumbai Indians Win Last-Ball Thriller In WPL; Namibia Beat Netherlands In ICC World Cup League 2

Women's Premier League season 2 kicked off with a thriller as Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by four wickets, courtesy a last-ball Sajeevan Sajana six in Bengaluru. In Ranchi, India and England commenced their fourth Test duel, with the visitors reaching a score of 302/7 at stumps. Catch the highlights of world sports on Friday, February 23, 2024 here

Sajeevan Sajana (left) exults after hitting the last-ball six that won the match for Mumbai Indians, against Delhi Capitals in the Women's Premier League 2024 in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI

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Welcome to the highlights of the sports news and events on Friday, February 23, 2024. The second season of Women's Premier League began with a bang in Bengaluru as Mumbai Indians edged out Delhi Capitals courtesy a last-ball six from Kerala all-rounder Sajeevan Sajana. In Ranchi, India and England commenced their fourth Test duel with the visitors reaching a score of 302/7 at stumps, even as Bengal pacer Akash Deep left a lasting impression on debut, replacing Jasprit Bumrah for the hosts and picking up three wickets in the first hour.

Australia thrashed New Zealand by 72 runs in the second T20I at Auckland. In PSL 2024, Peshawar Zalmi beat Multan Sultans by five runs in the only match of the day. In the Indian Super League, Mumbai City FC defeated Chennaiyin FC 2-0 in Chennai. Catch the highlights of all the sporting action that transpired on February 23, 2024 here. (Cricket News | Football News)

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Football Recap

AC Milan are through the Europa League last-16 draw with the likes of Marseille, AS Roma, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon among others joining them.

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Akash Deep To Debut For India!

Joe Hart To Retire

The ex-Manchester City goalkeeper has announced his decision to leave pro football at the end of the current season. Hart, who played for City for more than a decade before embarking on spells in Italy and Scotland. He also earned 75 caps for the England national team.

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New Zealand Bowl First

In the second T20 against Australia. The Blackcaps are chasing a deficit at home, having lost the previous bout to their bitter rivals in dramatic fashion.

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Deepti Sharma Named DSP In UP Police

The Indian national women's team cricketer, who is all set to star in the WPL, also received a cash price of INR 3 Cr for her displays over the past few years.

"I always dreamt of becoming a police officer. I used to see that it is a difficult job but I always wanted to wear that uniform once and wanted to see how it felt," Sharma told PTI.

"My parents also supported me that I should become a police officer. I and my family are really happy with this recognition," she said.

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Namibia Vs Netherlands Update

Namibia have registered 203 runs against the Netherlands in the pair's latest ICC World Cup League 2 match, losing all ten wickets en route. This is a much-improved performance from the Namibians, who lost their last match to the same opponent with relative ease.

Australia Put 174 On The Board

But New Zealand are 32/4 after seven overs! The hosts need a big, big performance from Glenn Phillips and Josh Clarkson, who are on the crease, chasing 142 in 77 balls at the time of writing.

A 72-Run Loss For New Zealand At Home

To bitter rivals Australia, making the result all the more terrible. The hosts never got going, as the visiting Australians' bowling attack ran through them like knife through butter. Glenn Phillips made the most, 42, with the second-highest score in the team bein 16. Adam Zampa proved to be the star bowler for the Aussies, taking four wickets. Australia win the three-game series with relative ease.

A Century For Root Against India

The England batter has been superb in Ranchi, rescuing his team after a dreadful start to their innings. He has taken 219 runs to cross the century-mark, and England are close to reaching 300.

Netherlands Out For 179

Namibia have won the latest ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 bout by 24 runs, having limited the Netherlands to a 179 total. Jan Frylinck was the star of the match with 34 runs from the bat and three wickets with the ball for just 22 runs.

WPL Opening Ceremony Underway

The second edition of the Women's Premier League is about to begin. The first match features last year's finalists - Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. But before that, a glittering opening ceremony is on to kick-start the extravaganza. Bollywood star Kartik Aryan is currently performing, and will be followed by Siddharth Malhotra and later, King Khan - Shah Rukh as well.

For all the live updates, head on over to our live blog here.

Hawk Eye Says Sorry To PCB: Report

Hawk-Eye, the technology company responsible for DRS tracking, has apologised to the Pakistan Cricket Board in a letter after acknowledging an error made during Islamabad United's three-wicket loss to Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League on Thursday, ESPNcricinfo reports.

The incident occurred during the final ball of the 11th over of the Gladiators' innings. Their captain Rilee Rossouw shuffled across and tried to sweep Salman Ali Agha but missed, with the ball hitting his front pad. Aleem Dar upheld the appeal from the fielding side, and Gladiators promptly reviewed it and got it overturned.

The letter addressed to the PCB chief operating officer Salman Naseer and the production department reportedly accepts that ball tracking for the ball in question did not reflect the path of the actual delivery that had been sent up for review. It is not yet clear what caused the error.

Para Badminton C'ships: Bhagat, Kadam Make SFs 

Indian para shuttlers Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam have reached the semi-finals of the Para Badminton World Championship to assure themselves of at least a medal in Pattaya, Thailand. Bhagat defeated France's Mathieu Thomas 21-15, 21-17 to set up a semi-final clash with compatriot Manoj Sarkar, PTI reports. Kadam got the better of Nigeria's Chigozie Jeremiah Nnanna 21-13, 21-11. He will take on Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan in the other last-four encounter.

Women's Hockey Coach Janneke Schopman Resigns

Days after levelling serious allegations against Hockey India, the national women's hockey team chief coach Janneke Schopman has resigned. Her exit follows a disappointing FIH Pro League 2023-24 home season for the Indian team, which was preceded by a failure to seal a Paris Olympics spot at the Qualifiers in Ranchi last month.

Schopman had said five days back that she was not valued and respected enough by the national federation. "I felt alone a lot in the last two years. I come from a culture where women are respected and valued. I don't feel that here," she had said.

Santosh Trophy: Goa Beat Kerala 2-0

Striker Necio Fernandes scored in either half as Goa beat Kerala 2-0 in their second Group A match in the Santosh Trophy final round in Yupia, Arunachal Pradesh. The victory powered Goa to second position on the table with four points, PTI reports. Goa are two points behind the table-toppers Services, who defeated Arunachal Pradesh earlier in the day.

WPL: Mumbai Capitals Win With Last-Ball Six! 

There could not have been a more apt script for the season-opening match of Women's Premier League 2024. The match going right down to the wire, Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur dismissed off the penultimate ball with five runs still to get. In walks new batter Sajeevan Sajana, and what does she do? She lofts it cleanly over long-on. A last-ball six that cruelly dashes Delhi Capitals' hopes of revenge for the 2023 final loss. Chasing a challenging target of 172, the defending champions have sneaked through with four wickets in hand at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

That's All, Folks

That's it from us today. We will be back in a few hours with all the action from across sporting arenas, including the Day 2 of the India vs England Test in Ranchi. Until then, goodbye.

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