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By Sports Desk July 15, 2021

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  • Kumar inspires India to T20I victory over Sri Lanka Kumar inspires India to T20I victory over Sri Lanka

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets as India eased to a 38-run win over Sri Lanka in the first T20 international on Sunday.

    India posted 164-5 after they were asked to bat first in Colombo, with skipper Shikhar Dhawan's 46 and a 34-ball 50 from Suryakumar Yadav providing the bulk of the runs.

    Dushmantha Chameera (2-24) and Wanindu Hasaranga (2-28) did the damage for Sri Lanka, but the majority of the home side's batsmen failed to fire after the interval.

    Avishka Fernando (26) and Charith Asalanka (44) briefly gave Sri Lanka some hope, but Kumar (4-22) and Deepak Chahar (2-24) got the job done as the hosts were bowled out for 126 with nine balls to spare.

    Sri Lanka were outclassed in their recent T20I series in England, which ended in a 3-0 loss, but even on home soil Mickey Arthur's side lack the batting firepower and they have now won just once in their previous 14 completed fixtures.

    The second and third Twenty20 internationals in Colombo, both also at the R. Premadasa Stadium, take place on Tuesday and Thursday as both sides continue their preparations for the T20 World Cup later this year.

    Kumar closes in on milestone

    India seamer Kumar was cool during the business end of the match as he took three of the final four wickets to fall. He needs just one wicket to reach 50 in T20I action for India and become the fourth player to achieve this feat for the country.

    Shanaka must deliver more

    Sri Lanka lost their final six wickets for less than 15 runs and needed more from T20 captain Dasun Shanaka, who made a tame 14-ball 16. Shanaka is normally an aggressive middle-order batsman but his modest innings included just one four before he was stumped off the bowling of debutant Varun Chakravarthy.

  • Lukaku 'absolutely not for sale' insists Inter CEO Marotta Lukaku 'absolutely not for sale' insists Inter CEO Marotta

    Inter star Romelu Lukaku is not for sale according to the Serie A club's CEO Beppe Marotta, amid speculation about the Belgium striker's future.

    Lukaku has been linked with a move away from the Italian champions following the departure of head coach Antonio Conte, as the Nerazzurri struggle financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 28-year-old has reportedly caught the attention of his former club Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City.

    Speaking ahead of Inter's friendly with Pergolettese, Marotta quashed talk of Lukaku leaving San Siro.

    "From our side, we can yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale," Marotta told Sportmediaset. "Lukaku is an important piece on the chess board available to [head coach} Simone Inzaghi."

    Lukaku scored 24 goals from 36 league outings in 2020-21, while he also provided 11 assists.

    Only in 2016-17 for Everton did the Belgian score more (25) in a single campaign in one of Europe's top five leagues.

    Lukaku is expected to train for the first time under Inzaghi on Monday.

     

  • Tokyo Olympics: What to look out for on Monday Tokyo Olympics: What to look out for on Monday

    The third full day of the Tokyo Olympics sees 21 gold medals up for grabs during a packed programme.

    Plenty of eyes will be on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, where four swimming golds will be on the line, while the first women's skateboarding champion will be crowned.

    The rugby sevens event gets under way and the men's triathlon will also take place.

    Stats Perform picks out some of the standout action.

     

    LEDECKY STEPS UP GOLD QUEST

    After winning four golds in Rio five years ago, Katie Ledecky has the chance to add four more to her collection in Tokyo, starting with the women's 400m freestyle.

    The United States competitor set a world record time in the event in 2016, but she will face a big challenge from Australia's Ariarne Titmus this time.

    Titmus was marginally faster than Ledecky in the heats, though whether that edge will count for anything on the day remains to be seen.


    WILL IT BE ANOTHER PEATY BLINDER?

    Great Britain's Adam Peaty is nothing short of a phenomenon in the world of swimming and will be looking to retain his 100m breaststroke title.

    Peaty qualified for the final in a dominant manner, his time of 57.56s just two hundredths of a second off his own world record pace.

    Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands is expected to be Peaty's biggest threat, having produced a personal best of 57.80s in the previous heat.


    MORE SEVENS HEAVEN FOR FIJI?

    Fiji's triumph in the men's rugby sevens was one of the more remarkable stories of the Rio Games and the islanders will now be out to retain their title in Tokyo over the coming weeks.

    They begin their group campaign on Monday with games against tournament hosts Japan and then Canada later in the day.


    MEN'S TRIATHLON WIDE OPEN

    The men's triathlon is a tough one to call, with back-to-back champion Alistair Brownlee not taking part in this year's event.

    The likes of Alex Yee, Kristian Blummenfelt, Morgan Pearson and Tyler Mislawchuk are among those to watch in one the standout events at any Games.


    BILES SURVIVES, NOW MEN MUST THRIVE

    After Simone Biles struggled to find top gear in her Games entrance on Sunday, albeit making it through to each of her finals, Monday's gymnastics event is the men's team final.

    Japan are the defending champions and led the way in qualifying, but they are expected to face stiff competition from China and the Russian Olympic Committee team. Watch out for Russian maestro Nikita Nagornyy and Japan's Daiki Hashimoto among a star-studded cast.


    OSAKA BACK IN ACTION

    It is proving to be a busy Games for Naomi Osaka, who followed lighting the Olympic cauldron on Friday with a first-round tennis win on Sunday.

    Japan's four-time grand slam winner is back on court on Monday, looking to inch closer to the women's singles final. Awaiting her is Swiss world number 50 Viktorija Golubic, and it will be their first match encounter. Men's title hopefuls Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev are among those also due in action.


    WOMEN'S SKATEBOARDING MAKES ITS DEBUT

    Japan's Yuto Horigome made history on Sunday by winning the first Olympic gold in men's skateboarding. On Monday, it is the turn of the women.

    Among those competing in the event are Kokona Hiraki of Japan and Team GB's Sky Brown, who are aged 12 and 13 respectively.

    After plenty of falls and drama in the men's equivalent, expect more of the same in this inaugural event. 

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