FIVE MINUTES: Sport
- Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
- 16 May 2012 (South Africa)
A round-up of today's sport news.
Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets to secure their qualification in the IPL play-offs. Kings XI won the toss and chose to bat first, but some brilliant bowling by Umesh Yadav helped Delhi restrict their opponents to 136-8 after 20 overs. David Hussey was the only batsman of the Kings XI who managed a significant total, as he added 40 off 35. Delhi's chase got off to a similarly subdued start, but Mahela Jayawardene stepped up to the challenge contributing 56 off 49 while Irfan Pathan chipped in with 19 off 10 to help Delhi to victory.
Pakistan are still on the hunt for a bowling coach. Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman said that they have not been able to find a suitable replacement and applications will have to be re-opened. Pakistan play Sri Lanka in June and July and will go on tour without a bowling coach, unless a replacement is reeled in before then.
Outgoing ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat is keen on a post at Cricket South Africa, should the governing body complete the restructuring of the board. Gerald Majola was suspended in March, and Lorgat as well as acting CEO Jacques Faul are front runners for the position.
The IPL governing council have suspended five players after a sting operation by an Indian TV channel. The footage showed a player bowling a big no ball in a limited overs match in India (not the IPL) after a phone conversation where the player was discussing a fee. The footage also shows players seeking better deals from IPL franchises, something which would violate their IPL contracts. The suspended players are TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali.
Ambati Rayudu has been fined 100% of his match fee for his involvement in a spat with Harshal Patel during an IPL match on Monday. Rayudu was punished for obscene and abusive language, both players had to be restrained. Harshal was fined for a Level 1 offence of bringing the game into disrepute.
James Anderson has been named England Cricketer of the Year. The award was decided by votes from members of the cricket media. Charlotte Edwards won England Women's Cricketer of the Year, while Daniel Bell-Drummond won the England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year and Callum Rigby won the England Disability Cricketer of the Year award.
The Blue Bulls have received a boost ahead of their clash against the Highlanders with Wynand Olivier, Dewald Potgieter and Dean Greyling all being back in the side. Olivier will replace Francois Venter while Potgieter will fill in for the injured Deon Stegman and Greyling will replace Dawie Steyn.
Patrick Lambie is in doubt ahead of the Sharks' clash against the Cheetahs on Saturday. Lambie suffered a light concussion over the weekend and will be strictly monitored before a call is made on whether he'll play or not.
Allister Coetzee reckons Sanzar need a rule change. The Stormers would like for the rule to be changed to allow coaches to field their strongest possible team in the play-offs instead of the current rule which does not allow any players registered after 1 April to take part in the play-off phase.
Richard Kahui has been ruled out of a three-Test series against Ireland after suffering a shoulder injury playing for the Chiefs over the weekend. His shoulder was dislocated and the wing will visit a specialist this week to determine the best course of action.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been voted the top manager in the first 20 years of the Premier League while Ryan Giggs was selected as top player.
The SABC vowed local soccer fans will have overage of Bafana Bafana's matches for the next three years. Bafana Bafana, the SA Under-23 national side and Banyana Banyana games will take preference in the coming months after Safa signed a new deal with the national broadcaster.
Jermaine Pennant has been sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for one year, after admitting to drinking and drinking while disqualified. The Stoke City winger was more than twice over the limit when he was caught in Manchester on 29 April. He's been further disqualified from driving for three years.
Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova have both advanced to the third round of the Rome Masters. Sharapova beat Christina McHale 7-5, 7-5 while Kvitova beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-4.
Richard Gasquet got off to a winning start in Italy beating Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 7-6 (8/6). Marcel Granollers beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4 while Sam Querrey beat Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4. David Ferrer defeated Fernando Verdasco last week's third-round 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).
Photo: Russian player Maria Sharapova has advanced to the third round of the Rome Masters. (Reuters)