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NiP progresses to Columbus Major quarter-finals

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NiP progresses to Columbus Major quarter-finals

Ninja in Pyjamas – a team with a coach as a starting player – had just secured their place in the quarter-finals of MLG Columbus.

The Swedish team had yet to begin their campaign in the tournament when they lost Jacob “Pyth” Mourujärvi to immigration problems. Current coach Björn “Threat” Pers then had to stand in for Pyth since the first game of the tournament against Flipsid3.

Despite winning against Flipsid3, the team fell to defeat against Brazilian team and tournament fan favourites Luminosity Gaming in the Group A upper bracket. Hence, their final group game against German-based Mousesports was a do-or-die.

But with their final 2-1 victory in the group stages against Mousesports, the team had ensured that they can move on to the knockout stages, and retain their “legend” status— thus ensuring their spot in the next official Valve major.

In the first map, Cobblestone, NiP strolled to an early lead only to have Mousesports rally and take the second map, Cache. But in the moment of truth, it was none other than Threat who stood up and essentially carried the team.

All long, Threat had also been the target in all previous games of the tournament—teams would try to single him out and exploit his lack of technical ability—however on Overpass he managed to put up 20 kills. That’s one more kill than Chris “ChrisJ” De Jong and Johannes “Nex” Maget combined.

Next up, the team will be facing Natus Vincere in the Nationwide Arena. While NiP are not the odds on favourites there, Na’Vi will also have an uphill battle ahead, for there is a good chance he who wins, faces Fnatic.

MLG Quarter-Final Odds

Na’Vi (81%) vs NiP (19%)

Astralis (27%) vs Fnatic (73%)

Liquid (75%) vs CLG (25%)

LG (73%) vs VP (27%)

West Indies to meet England in World Twenty20 grand final

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West Indies to meet England in World Twenty20 grand final

ICC World Twenty20 semi-final, Mumbai
India 192-2 (20 overs): Kohli 89* (47)
West Indies 196-3 (19.4 overs): Simmons 82 (51), Charles 52 (36)
West Indies win by seven wickets

West Indies will be meeting England in the grand final of the World Twenty20 after defeating tournament hosts India by seven wickets in the semi-final.

But India appeared to be the team that has everything under control, with captain Virat Kohli taking an unbeaten 89 to 192-2 as Chris Gayle fell for five.

Then West Indies’ unlikely hero – Lendl Simmons stepped up.

Barely making it into West Indies’ 15-man squad, Simmons had only been called in as a replacement for an injured Andre Fletcher . And here, he would prove that he is more than worth it by taking a lead role in West Indies’ charge, chasing 193 with 82 from 51 balls.

Even then, Simmons will need to thank his lucky stars as he took advantage of three reprieves through three misteps. On 18, he scythed Ravi Ashwin to short third man, but a replay showed Ashwin’s front foot ahead of the crease. Having completed his 50 from 35 balls, Simmons then directed a full toss from Hardik Pandya to Ashwin at cover. Again, it was a no-ball.

The third, in the 18th over, was the gut punch. Ravi Jadeja and Virat Kohli thought they had combined for a brilliant boundary catch, but the third umpire spotted that Jadeja had released the ball from the original catch only after his foot had touched the boundary sponge.

“Every cricketer has his day,” said Simmons, tired, aching but satisfied. “And today was my day.”

Andre Russell, known for his powerful hitting, contributed 43 off 20 deliveries.

“We knew it was a 200 wicket and halfway in the dressing room I kept telling the boys that India are 10 runs short,” said West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, delighted after his team proved they can win without Gayle firing on all cylinders.

“We said this before the tournament that Chris is under pressure, he is our best Twenty20 player but we have 15 match-winners in this side.”

Djokovic sees off Tomas Bredych in Miami Open quarter finals

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Djokovic sees off Tomas Bredych in Miami Open quarter finals

Tennis world best Novak Djokovic has beaten Tomas Berdych in straight sets by 6-3, 6-3 to set up a meet against Belgian David Goffin in the semi-finals.

The top seed of the tournament, Djokovic’s quarter finals win would extend his winning streak against the Czech national to 10. The Serb had also not drop a single set since the start of the tournament.

Djokovic broke early in both sets, as Berdych followed a woeful smash with a double fault in the second. Alarm bells rang when Djokovic called for the trainer for back treatment, but the recent Australian Open winner merely resumed his dominant form to seal victory with another service break.

“I was trying to find the rhythm on the serve,” he said. “Evidently we both struggled with that.

“The swirly conditions on the court were quite tough. Once you toss the ball you can’t predict where it’s going to end up. That’s why I had a little bit of a spasm in the back but Paul from the ATP did a great job.”

Meanwhile, world No15 David Goffin had to recover from a slow start to beat France’s Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

But as it stands, Djokovic’s dominant form in all competitions could very well elevate him for the Indian Wells-Miami double.