Indian sports News- August 12th

August 12, 2019

Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Football, Volleyball, Badminton, WrestlingIndia’s Tour of West Indies

Bytes: Kohli’s 42nd Century, Vinesh won Silver, Nadal’s 34th ATP Masters title, Hyderabad Open, NADA

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India’s Tour of West Indies- Virat Kohli led from the front with a fine century to guide India to 279/7 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar followed that up with a four-wicket haul as India won by 59 runs against the West Indies in the second ODI of the three-match series in Trinidad on Sunday. Kohli ended a mini-drought of sorts by scoring his 42nd ODI century and then the Indian bowlers produced a clinical display in a rain-affected match as the visitors took a 1-0 lead. West Indies collapsed 148/3 to be 210 all out, and India won with four of the 46 overs to spare.

U-19, Tri-series- India produced a solid batting effort to comfortably beat Bangladesh by six wickets and lift the U-19 tri-series title in Hove on Sunday. Chasing a competitive 262-run target, India U-19 rode on half-centuries from openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (50), Divyansh Saxena (55), skipper Priyam Garg (73) and wicket-keeper Dhruv Jurel (59 not out) to reach home with consummate ease, scoring 264 for four in 48.4 overs.

NADA- The long-standing tussle between the Sports Ministry and Board of Control for Cricket in India over the latter accepting the authority of National Anti-Doping Agency to test cricketers was finally resolved on Friday with BCCI falling in line while the ministry accepted some of their reservations. In the two-hour-long meeting between Sports Secretary RS Julaniya with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Board’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim, the former basically laid down the stand of the government and left the cricket board representatives no choice but to accept the government’s demands.

Medved Event- Top Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat lost to N Malisheva of Russia in the 53kg finals of the Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday. The 24-year-old, the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, suffered a 0-10 (technical superiority) defeat against her Russian opponent in the summit clash. The loss meant that Vinesh failed to win her fourth consecutive gold. She had bagged the top honours at the Grand Prix of Spain, Yasar Dogu International and Poland Open recently.

Bulgarian Junior Championship- India’s junior shuttlers caused multiple upsets to finish their campaign with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Bulgarian Junior International Championships 2019 in Pazardzhik on Sunday. While Samiya Imad Farooqui captured the girls’ singles gold, the girls’ doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt and the mixed doubles combination of Edwin Joy and Shruti Mishra finished on top of the podium as well.

Hyderabad Open- Reigning National champion Sourabh Verma capped an impressive week at the Hyderabad Open with a thrilling win over Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the summit clash to claim the men’s singles title on Sunday. The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the Slovenian International in May this year, showed great composure as he outwitted World No 44 Kean Yew 21-13 14-21 21-16 in a 52-minute final clash at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here.

Asian U-23 Championship- India fell at the final hurdle in their quest for the Asian U-23 Volleyball Championship title as they lost to Chinese Taipei in four games in the final in Myanmar. India lost 21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25 in a closely-contested final clash. Having beaten Pakistan in the semi-final, India qualified for the U-23 World Championship in the process, but they will have to enter global championship as runners-up.

Durand Cup- It rained a dozen goals in the 129th Durand Cup on Saturday with Real Kashmir FC thrashing former champions Army Green 4-0 and Mohammedan Sporting hammering Indian Navy 6-2, riding on a five-goal blitz by Arthur Kouassi. At the Kalyani Stadium in Kolkata, Real Kashmir FC, who participated in the tournament despite trouble back home in the Valley, inched closer to secure a semi-final berth. Their second successive win took them to the top of the group C table with six points from two matches.

Rogers Cup- Rafael Nadal scripted a bunch of new records on hard courts as he swept the last seven games in a 6-3, 6-0 rout of Daniil Medvedev on Sunday to win his 35th ATP Masters 1000 title in Montreal. He extended his record for Masters 1000 triumphs, and now has two more than Novak Djokovic’s 33. Nadal, defending the title he won last year in Toronto, needed just 70 minutes to add a fifth Canadian title to his resume. In the process, he successfully defended a non clay-court title for the first time in his career. Last year, he had beaten another rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

In women’s singles in Canada, a tearful Serena Williams saw her US Open preparation thrown into disarray Sunday as back spasms forced her out of the WTA Toronto final after just four games, handing Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu the title. Andreescu, 19, was up 3-1 with a break of serve when 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams decided she couldn’t continue. She called for a medical timeout, but within a minute, the umpire announced she was retiring.

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