Indian Sports News- August 24th

August 24, 2019

Badminton, Cricket, Archery, Lawn Tennis, Athleticsishant

Bytes: Sindhu and Sai in SFs, Sumit Nagal and Prajnesh in US Open, India took charge against Indies, Ashes 3rd test, Duleep Trophy, KPL, Youth Archery

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INDvsWI- Pacer Ishant Sharma’s spirited effort and reckless batting from the West Indies helped India take control of the first Test on day two in Antigua on Friday. The West Indies lost five wickets in the final session to be reeling at 189/8 in their first innings at stumps, trailing India by 108 runs. Ishant Sharma took a five-wicket haul, his ninth in Tests, to put India in a strong position going into day three at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India were helped by Roston Chase (48), John Campbell (23), Darren Bravo (18), Shai Hope (24) and Shimron Hetmyer (35) who were all guilty of throwing it away after promising starts.

KPL– Krishnappa Gowtham broke records after he had a sensational outing in the Karnataka Premier League on Friday. The 30-year-old scored the fastest century in the tournament history and followed that up with the best bowling figures ever in a T20 match. Turning up for the Ballari Tuskers, Gowtham got to his hundred in just 39 balls and remained unbeaten on 134 off 56 deliveries. His knock helped him register some incredible records in KPL – this was the highest total by a batsman, his 13 sixes are the most hit by a batsman, his tally of 106 runs via fours and sixes is the most by a player in one single innings.

Ashes, 3rd Test- Josh Hazlewood took five wickets as England were bowled out for just 67 on the second day of the third Test at Headingley on Friday to leave Australia on the verge of retaining the Ashes.This was England’s lowest Ashes total since 1948 and the fourth time in 18 months they had been dismissed for under a hundred in a Test. Fast bowler Hazlewood took 5-30 in an England innings wrapped up inside 28 overs. Ashes-holders Australia, looking to go 2-0 up with two to play in this five-match series – then strengthened their grip to be 171-6 in their second innings at stumps, a commanding lead of 283 runs.

Duleep Trophy– Karun Nair struck an unbeaten 92 to help India Red score 163/2 on rain-curtailed opening day of the Duleep Trophy match against India Blue in Alur on Friday. Asked to bat first, India Red suffered an early jolt as Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran (0) was sent packing by Rajasthan left-arm paceman Aniket Choudhary, who trapped him leg-before with his third delivery. Easwaran’s fall in the very first over left India Red at 3/1. Skipper Priyank Panchal, a prolific scorer for Baroda in domestic cricket, was joined by Nair and the duo negotiated the early spells of Choudhary and Kerala bowler Basil Thampi.


US Open– India’s Sumit Nagal mounted a sensational fightback from a set and break down in the final qualifying round to earn his first Grand Slam main draw ticket at the US Open on Friday night. The 22-year-old will now play his first Grand Slam match on the biggest court in New York as he was drawn to face third-seed Roger Federer in the opening round of the main draw. The world No 190 beat 210th ranked Joao Menezes of Brazil 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the final qualifying round. He started on the backfoot, dropping a set for the first time in three matches. At one point he was trailing 5-7, 1-4 but turned things around to win nine straight games and take control of the match.
Another Indian- Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who gained an automatic entry in the main draw based on his rankings, will take on World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev who won Cincinnati Masters last week .

BWF Badminton World Championships- August 23, 2019 was a good one for Indian badminton. PV Sindhu assured herself a record 5th World Championship medal following a stunning comeback while B Sai Praneeth became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to ensure a podium finish in the prestigious event on Friday. On a day of double delight for India, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu staged a come-from-behind victory over Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, before Sai Praneeth ended an agonising wait with a straight-game win over Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie. Sindhu, who won back-to-back silver medals in the last two editions of the tournament to go with her two bronze, edged past world No 2 and Asian Games gold medallist Tzu Ying 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 in a pulsating contest that lasted 71 minutes. Now she needs to reset and make her march towards that elusive gold medal. World No. 19 Praneeth, who got the Arjuna Award this year, notched up a 24-22, 21-14 win over Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan in a 51-minute battle, joining Prakash Padukone in the medal list at the tournament.

Training- India’s middle-distance runner Jinson Johnson on Friday said that he will be training in the United States in a bid to improve his timings and seal a berth in next year’s Olympics. “I will be going to the US to train under coach Scott Simmons,” he said. “At the Asian level and Indian level, my timings are okay but at the world level, I want to improve it.” Johnson, who has to break his own 1,500m national record (3:37.62) to qualify for the Olympics, said he would be taking part in an invitational event in Germany on September 1 before heading to the United States.

World Youth Championship- India’s Junior Compound Mixed team of Raginee Markoo & Sukhbeer Singh defeated Iran in Semi-Final (154-151 ) of World Youth Championships. India will now face Switzerland in their gold medal match tomorrow.

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