Saturday mornings are usually reserved for chores that couldn’t be performed on normal weekdays. But today turned out to be quite different. Sports has dominated almost the entire day!
India has won the 3rd Test Match against Australia at Perth. Today was the 4th day and Australia started the day chasing a mammoth 413 runs for victory with only 8 wickets in hand. Some of the batsmen got starts but none went on to make a big score as the Indian bowlers struck at regular intervals and Australia was all out for 340, handing India a 72 run victory. It was the second time in less than a decade that India had halted an Australian record winning streak. Back in 2001, India had halted the 16 consecutive victories that the Steve Waugh-led side had racked up and now again, they’ve thwarted Ricky Ponting’s quest for an unprecedented 17th continuous victory. Kudos to the bowlers who’ve fashioned this victory. [Match Report]
Round about at the same time but 1700 miles away in Melbourne, the Australian Tennis Open was in progress and World No.1 and defending Champion Roger Federer was battling in an engrossing 3rd round match against relatively unknown Serbian Janko Tipsarevic. Tipsarevic – who looks more like a scientist or a research scholar with his bespectacled look – won the first set on the tiebreaker and Federer did the same in the second. The Serb took the third set before Federer levelled the game at two sets apiece by winning the fourth set comprehensively. The fifth set went with serve and featured some high quality stuff from both players. Tipsarevic played beautiful passing shots and some really astounding cross-court volleys to increase the pressure on Federer – who in turn played some breathtaking strokes but wasn’t able to get his back-hand going. But, when the going gets tough, the tough get going…and Federer showed why he’s the No.1 by breaking Tipsarevic’s serve in the 17th game of the 5th set and then went on to seal the match. The scoreline of 6-7, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 goes to shows how the match swung both ways all along. Maybe except in the 4th set when Fed was on a roll. Awesome Tennis it was!!! [Match Report]
And the day is not yet over for Sports-lovers! There are a few interesting matches coming up in the Australian Open, especially the Sania Mirza Vs. Venus Williams match which is going on as I’m penning this (Sania’s up 4-2 in the first set!) and of course, the EPL kicks of later in the evening