IPL 2023: ‘Victory over Mumbai was very significant’

Ahmedabad: After getting an emphatic 55-run victory over five-time IPL winner Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Titans’ leg-spinner Rashid Khan stated that win was very significant for the defending champions as they had lost their last two matches on their home ground Narendra Modi Stadium.

Gujarat had begun IPL 2023 with a five-wicket victory over four-time champions Chennai Super Kings at home. But they had to face losses at home to Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals on the back of some belligerent hitting in the fag end of the innings by Rinku Singh and Shimron Hetmyer respectively.

“The feeling was good as we got the right start, and our boys took the responsibility and scored a good total (207) in the first innings. This victory was very significant as we lost the last two matches at home,” said Rashid after receiving the purple cap from his teammate Mohammed Shami, in a video posted by IPL.

In the match, Shubman Gill top-scored with 56. But late blitzs from David Miller (46) and Abhinav Manohar (42) ensured Gujarat reached its highest-ever total –207/6– in their history of IPL. In reply, Shami and Hardik Pandya bowled with precision in the powerplay to keep Mumbai at 29/1.

“After we got partnerships with the bat, the way you (Shami) started in the bowling when we had 208 runs to defend and opposition have just scored 24-25 runs in six overs, the credit goes to you. The way you (Shami) and Hardik started, we got momentum in the middle through the spinners,” Rashid told Shami.

Rashid then took 2/27 and along with fellow Afghanistan spinner Noor Ahmad taking 3/37, dismantled Mumbai’s middle-order and restricted them to 152/9.

PGA Tour merges 2 affiliates to launch PGA Tour Americas

Ponte Vedra Beach (USA): The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour, which conducts the most competitive golf events in the World, on Tuesday announced the merger of its affiliates for Latin America and Canada into one series of competitions for the Americas from early next year.

“The PGA Tour Latinoamerica and PGA Tour Canada will merge into a singular Tour to form PGA Tour Americas, which will begin conducting events from February 2024,” the PGA Tour announced here on Tuesday.

PGA Tour Americas will consist of 16 events contested across Latin America, Canada and the United States from February through September. The top 10 finishers on the season-long points list will earn membership in the Korn Ferry Tour, the second-rung of the main PGA Tour, for the following season.

“As we build on the rich golf history across Latin America and Canada, we are thrilled about PGA Tour Americas and the role this tour will play in preparing players for the next step in their professional golf jo”rney,” said Alex Baldwin, who oversees PGA Tour Americas, the Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry and PGA TOUR University.

The PGA Tour Americas season will begin in February with the Latin America Swing, which will conclude in May.

Eligibility for the Latin America Swing will include the top 60 finishers from the final 2022-2023 PGA Tour Latinoamerica Points List and the top 60 finishers from the final 2023 PGA TOUR Canada Points List.

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