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Women’s Cricket: India’s Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut Sets new Record

The partnership of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scored 320 in 45.3 overs in 45.3 overs to become the world’s first pair, either male or female, to forge a 300-run opening-wicket partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The earlier best partnership for the first wicket in men’s cricket was 286 scored by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya against England in 2006, and the best partnership for the first wicket for women’s cricket was 268 scored by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins against South Africa in 2008.

Also, Deepti Sharma’s 188 runs is now the second highest score in women’s one-day international only behind Australia’s Belinda Clark’s unbeaten 229 against Denmark in 1997. She has also bettered the 138 runs scored by Jaya Sharma against Pakistan in 2005.

The stellar performance of Deepti and Poonam resulted in India’s massive 249-run win over Ireland in the quadrangular series in Potchefstroom ,South Africa.

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Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open Title

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem to clinch his fifth Madrid Open title. With this victory, he has won three straight titles after Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters victories. Nadal will also move into the world’s top four replacing 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the new rankings.

Nadal has won his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title tying the all-time record with Serbia’s Novok Djokovic.  

The Madrid Open is a men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament held every year in early May in Madrid, Spain. The tournament is classified as an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour.

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Lewis Hamilton Wins Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position in the Formula One championship. This is Hamilton’s 55th career win and second win of the season. Mercedes’s Hamilton finished 3.4 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Third position was occupied by Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

Spanish Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race which is one of the oldest of its kind in the world. The event which celebrated its centenary in 2013 is currently held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona. The race has become a part of the Formula One World Championship since 1968 and is held at various venues.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver. He is a three time Formula One World Champion. He won his first title in 2008. Hamilton also received the distinction of becoming the first black driver to race in Formula One. He also has the distinction of becoming the first driver in the history of F1 to have made to the podium after having started at 20th place or lower at least 3 times. Hamilton has won 55 Grand Prix which is the second highest of all behind only Michael Schumacher with 99 victories.

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