Firstpost Spodcast Episode 131: India clinch ODI series against New Zealand; Naomi Osaka takes No 1 spot and more

  • With this win, India now have back-to-back series wins in Australia and New Zealand, and look in ominous form leading up to the 2019 World Cup.

  • New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has asked to be traded to an NBA contender before the league's 7 February transfer deadline

India defeated New Zealand in the third ODI at Wellington by seven wickets to lead 3-0 in the five-match series. After bowling out New Zealand for 243 in 49 overs, a clinical India chased down the target in 43 overs. Rohit Sharma top scored for India with 62 runs from 77 balls while Virat Kohli scored 60 runs from 74 balls. The two batsmen shared a 113-run partnership that ensured India were in full control of the chase. Ambati Rayudu scored 40 runs and wrapped things up with the help of Dinesh Karthik who made a quick run-a-ball 38.

With this win, India now have back-to-back series wins in Australia and New Zealand, and look in ominous form leading up to the 2019 World Cup.

Tennis news now and Naomi Osaka, who won the Australian Open on Sunday, became the first Asian player to top the men's or women's tennis rankings. She is also the youngest woman to make her debut at No 1 in nine years. Osaka is the youngest woman to reach the top since 2010, when Caroline Wozniacki did it at age 20.

An NBA update on Spodcast now. New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has asked to be traded to an NBA contender before the league's 7 February transfer deadline, according to an AFP report. The 25-year-old from Chicago, a five-time All-Star forward and member of the 2012 London Olympic gold medal squad, won't sign a contract extension, his agent Rich Paul told ESPN on Monday. Paul said, "Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship. Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now. That's in the best interests of both Anthony's and the organization's future."

Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket by the ICC. The 33-year-old was reported on 13 January for a suspect action during the ODI against Australia in Sydney.

Rayudu chose not to submit to a test of bowling action within the stipulated 14-day period. Consequently, he has been suspended with immediate effect in accordance with clause 4.2 of the ICC regulations, according to a press statement from the international governing body. This suspension will remain until he is tested again, and can demonstrate that he can bowl with legal action. However, the rules do allow Rayudu to bowl in domestic cricket events if permitted by the BCCI.

An ISL update now. A terrific performance by goalkeeper Subrata Paul helped Jamshedpur FC manage a goalless draw against FC Goa on Monday. The first half saw both teams evenly matched, but Goa dominated the second half. Playing at home, FC Goa created multiple opportunities to score but Jamshedpur goalie Subrata Paul had a particularly good day at the office. He thwarted every attempt at a goal by the Gaurs.

Both clubs desperately wanted a win on Monday but lacked the creativity to break defences. Much of the play in the first half was confined to the midfield. Jamshedpur, who had beaten the Gaurs 4-1 at home, struggled to make any breakthroughs in Margao.

Monday's draw takes FC Goa to 21 points from 12 games, which means they remain fourth on the table. Jamshedpur FC are fifth with 20 points from 13 games.

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Updated Date: Jan 29, 2019 12:29:36 IST