LISTEN: Full script of Episode 64 of Spodcast where we discuss ATK's first win of ISL 2018-19, BCCI-MCA tussle and more

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Kolkata's ATK scored their first win of this ISL season on Wednesday. They defeated Delhi Dynamos 2-1, thanks to a late strike by substitute Noussair El Maimouni.

Both teams started the match with high energy but ATK created scoring opportunities a mere 10 minutes into the game. Kalu Uche's header off a great free kick by Manuel Lanzarote was only just saved by the Delhi goalkeeper. ATK kept attacking the Delhi goal and Balwant Singh eventually scored the first goal in the 20th minute. Lanzarote exchanged passes with Pronay Halder and then passed the ball to Balwant Singh on the left wing. Singh curled a lovely kick into the goalpost to give ATK the lead.

They kept threatening to double their lead but were thwarted by Delhi's defenders. The Dynamos looked more assertive during the second half. In the 54th minute, Rene Mihelic whipped one into the far post and Rana Gharami sent it across the box where Pritam Kotal deposited it into the ATK goal. It was then Delhi's turn to attack the ATK goal repeatedly as they looked to score another.

With six minutes left in the game, ATK manager Steve Coppell sent in Jayesh Rane and Noussair El Maimouni to replace Komal Thatal and Kalu Uche. Maimouni scored the winning goal.

West Indies batsman Evin Lewis has pulled out of the ODI and T20 series against India citing personal reasons. This is a blow for the struggling team because Lewis, who played for the Mumbai Indians in this year's IPL, has been in good form in the limited overs versions. He has made two centuries in 35 ODIs and two centuries in just 17 T20s.

Lewis recently declined a central contract from CWI (Cricket West Indies), which leaves him free to play various T20 leagues around the world. Chris Gayle and other West Indian players have also opted to take this route. Gayle opted out of the ODI and T20 series against India, and is participating in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League underway in Sharjah.

A CWI statement said, "Powell and Pooran have been asked to replace Evin Lewis in the ODI and T20I squads… (Obed) McCoy will replace Alzarri Joseph, who remains under observation for his return to full fitness."

The ODI series begins on 21 October.

The Indian women's cricket team was denied permission to conduct their six-day preparatory camp at the Wankhede stadium ahead of next month's World T20 tournament.

This is the latest salvo from the Mumbai Cricket Association in its ongoing tussle with the BCCI.

The fight between the MCA and the BCCI began over the issue of complimentary passes for the fourth ODI between India and the West Indies. After a disagreement, the board shifted the match from Wankhede to Brabourne stadium.

The camp for the women's team has also been shifted to Brabourne, which is owned by the Cricket Club of India. Saba Karim, GM of cricket operations for the BCCI, said, "We've shifted the camp to the CCI for the time being." A senior official from CCI said

"The BCCI requested us to conduct the camp till October 21, and we have agreed. The camp will happen at the Brabourne Stadium till the said date. After that, it is for the BCCI to decide."

Former India cricketer, and CoA member, Diana Edulji expressed disappointment at the turn of events. She said, "I'm very upset that the Indian women's team could not start the camp over the venue issue...I don't think this treatment would ever be meted out to Virat Kohli's men's team. Why these different sets of rules for men and women?...It is preparation for the World Cup, no less. Is this the way the women's team (is) going to be treated?"

The ICC Women's World T20 starts 9 November in the West Indies.

Kabaddi now, and Bengaluru Bulls outplayed the Tamil Thalaivas 44-35 on Wednesday in the Pro Kabaddi League.

Pawan Sehrawat scored 16 points and Kashiling Adake scored 12 points as Bengaluru registered their second consecutive win of the tournament. On the other hand, this is the fifth consecutive loss for the Tamil Thalaivas. They are yet to win a match in season six.

Bangalore got off to a great start. Kashiling Adake came up with a super raid in just the 2nd minute to give the Bulls a 4-1 lead. Ajay Thakur scored for the Thalaivas in the fourth minute but Adake made another successful raid as the Bulls inflicted an all out to jump to a 9-2 lead.

Six minutes into the match, Pawan Sehrawat made a four-point raid to take the Bulls to 14 points. At half-time, the score read 25-14 in Bengaluru's favour.

The Thalaivas fought back in the second half to reduce the deficit to six points. However, in the 30th minute, the Bulls made two tackles to push the lead to 9 points. Sometime later, the Thalavais' captain Ajay Thakur suffered an injury and had to be stretchered off. Bengaluru then opened up an 11 point lead. The Thalaivas forced two great tackles to stay alive in the game but the Bengaluru defence kept them at bay long enough to take the match 44-35.


Updated Date: Oct 18, 2018 16:10 PM

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