Daily Digest: Kolkata Knight Riders inch towards IPL play-offs as Henk ten Cate leaves role as Al Jazira boss

Sport360 staff 09:00 16/05/2018
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Hello there, Niall McCague is here with everything you need to know in the world of sport…

TOP STORY

Kolkata Knight Riders kept their IPL playoffs alive as they cruised to a six-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.

Both teams entered the match with six wins under their belts, meaning the pressure was on to move ahead as five teams fight it out for thee two remaining playoffs sports following Sunrisers and Chennai’s qualification and Delhi’s exit.

Left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav broke Rajasthan’s back as he picked up four top order wickets (4-20), including that of dangerman Jos Buttler to restrict Rajasthan to 142.

Read our talking points from the game here.

Kuldeep picked up 4-23 against Rajasthan. Image: BCCI.

Kuldeep picked up 4-23 against Rajasthan. Image: BCCI.

FOOTBALL

Today, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are determined to justify their status as favourites in the Europa League final against Marseille in Lyon (22:45).

An exit in this season’s Champions League group stages came as a big surprise for a formidable side sprearheaded by Antoine Griezmann in attack, but the have put that behind them to close on glory in Europe’a less prestigious competition.

Read our tactical talking points, key players and stats ahead of the game in France.

CRICKET

In tonight’s game, defending champions Mumbai Indians take on out-of-form Kings XI Punjab (18:30)

Rohit Sharma’s side will be desperate to win at Wankhede Stadium to keep their playoff hopes alive.

REGIONAL

Coach Henk ten Cate called an end to his transformative two-and-a-half-year stint at Al Jazira on Tuesday night, less than 24 hours after the painful 2018 AFC Champions League exit at Iran’s Persepolis.

Meanwhile, there will be no UAE representative in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions Cup for the first time in five years after Al Ain limped out of the tournament thanks to an aggregate 8-3 thrashing by Al Duhail. Read our talking points from the game here.

In other news, the du LaLiga High Performance Centre will be expanded next season to younger age group and will include Abu Dhabi teams in addition to the Dubai teams across all categories: Under-18, U-16, U-14 and the new added U-12s.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Read Aditya Devavrat’s key tactical decisions Rudi Garcia and Simeone will be mulling ahead of the Europa League final.

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WHAT’S ON TODAY:

FOOTBALL: Marseille v Atletico Madrid (22:45)

IPL: Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab (18:30)

TENNIS: Rome (from 13:00)

CYCLING: Stage 11 of Giro d’Italia (from 15:20)

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