Indian sports News- December 2nd

December 2, 2019

Cricket, Football, Basketball, Table-Tennis, WrestlingSyed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Bytes: Karnataka defends Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, U19 WC Team announced, AUSvsPAK, NZvsENG, Prince banned for two seasons, Sardar Patel Stadium- World largest cricket stadium, Wrestling-Nationals, ITTF WC Final, LA Lakers lost-Luka Donic shine, FC Goa draw

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Syed Mushtaq Ali- All-rounder K Gowtham held his nerve after being hit for back-to-back boundaries by Ravichandran Ashwin in the final over as Karnataka defended the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by a run in Surat on Sunday. Tamil Nadu skipper Dinesh Karthik sent Tamil Nadu into bat and on good batting conditions, Manish Pandey led the way for his side with a sparkling unbeaten 60. In-form opener Devdutt Padikkal and Rohan Kadam made useful contributions to take Karnataka to 180/5. Tamil Nadu lost openers Shahrukh Khan and Hari Nishanth early and Karnataka strengthened their grip on the contest with the wickets of Washington Sundar and Karthik. However, the contest swung Tamil Nadu’s way after Baba Aparajith and Vijay Shankar built a whirlwind 71-run stand for the fifth wicket. Ronit More’s superb over with Tamil Nadu needing just 30 from the last three overs saw the momentum shift yet again. Tamil Nadu needed 13 from the final over and Ashwin slammed Gowtham for back-to-back fours. However, Shankar’s run-out in the penultimate ball of the match saw M Ashwin being assigned the ominous task of taking his side home. He could only manage a single from the final ball of the match. Karnataka bagged their second trophy in two months in front of a packed stadium.

Asia XIvsWorld XI- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has plans to inaugurate the world’s largest cricket stadium, that is being currently built at Ahmedabad, with an exhibition game between Asia XI and World XI in March next year, according to a report by The Indian Express. The proposed match will be subject to International Cricket Council’s approval. The new Sardar Patel Stadium, built after the old one at Motera was brought down, is set to cost about Rs 700 crores and will be the biggest cricket venue in the world in terms of capacity when ready. The stadium will house 1,10,000 people, surpassing the Melbourne Cricket Ground which has a capacity of 1,00,024 people. Ganguly was waiting for confirmation from the Gujarat Cricket Association of the stadium’s readiness and has been informed that it will be ready early next year. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is also supposed to host two T20Is between an Asia XI and a World XI in March 2020, as part of nationwide celebrations to commemorate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s founding father.

Cricketer banned- Delhi cricketer Prince Ram Niwas Yadav has been banned by the BCCI from domestic cricket for the next two seasons after being found guilty of fudging his age in Under-19 tournaments. Yadav, who is registered with the Delhi & District Cricket Association, has been disqualified by the BCCI with immediate effect and banned from participating in 2020-21 and 2021-22 domestic cricket seasons. The BCCI acted on the basis of the certificate issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education in which his date of birth was found to be June 10, 1996. But the cricketer submitted a birth certificate to the BCCI in which his his date of birth was shown to be December 12, 2001.

U19 WC- The All-India Junior Selection Committee has picked India’s squad for the upcoming under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 to be contested in South Africa from January 17 to February 9. The 13th edition of the World Cup will be played between 16 teams, split into four groups. India are placed in Group A with first-time qualifier Japan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The top two teams from each group will then qualify for the Super League stage. India are the most successful team having won four titles to date, including in 2018, when they beat Australia by eight wickets in the final and remained unbeaten in the tournament.

AUSvsPAK- Off-spinner Nathan Lyon snared five wickets, including dangerous half-century makers Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq, as Australia wore down a stubborn Pakistan to clinch the second Test and wrap up the series 2-0 Monday. Pakistan resumed day four of the day-night match on a precarious 39/3 with Masood not out 14 and Shafiq on eight after being bowled out for 302 in their first innings and forced to follow on. It followed Australia’s mammoth 589/3 declared, built around David Warner’s exceptional 335 not out – the 10th highest Test score of all time. Needing another 248 to force Australia to bat again and avoid a second successive innings defeat, they had a decent crack but were eventually all out for 239 with the home team claiming victory by an innings and 48 runs.

NZvsENG- Joe Root’s masterful 226 to highlight a return to form gave England a much-needed boost in the second Test against New Zealand on Monday as they ended day four believing they can square the series. It took a five-wicket haul from the tireless Neil Wagner to bring England’s first innings to an end at 476, a lead of 101. At stumps, New Zealand were 96/2 and needing to bat late into the final day although rain may yet have the last word with further showers forecast for Tuesday. Openers Jeet Raval (duck) and Tom Latham (18) went early in New Zealand’s second innings, and for Raval it continued a disappointing run in which he has failed to reach double figures in six of his last 10 innings. After the sterling efforts of Root and Pope kept New Zealand at bay for more than 62 overs, the last five England wickets fell for 21 runs in the space of six overs.

NBA- Luka Doncic finished just shy of a triple double as the Dallas Mavericks gave the Los Angeles Lakers a reality check Sunday by snapping their 10-game win streak with a 114-100 win. Doncic was just one rebound short of the triple double finishing with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, as the visiting Mavericks avenged a 119-110 overtime loss to Los Angeles one month ago. The first-place Mavericks improved to 13-6 on the season and were too much to handle for the Lakers, whose win streak came against 10 teams, all with losing records. The last time Los Angeles played a team with a better than. 500 record, which was the Toronto Raptors on November 10, they lost 113-104. Delon Wright came off the bench to tally 17 points and nine assists while Dwight Powell, Kristaps Porzingis and Justin Jackson contributed 15 points apiece in the win. Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds and LeBron James tallied 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Los Angeles. James also had six of the Lakers 17 turnovers.

Table Tennis:
ITTF WC- World No 1 Fan Zhendong won the ITTF World Cup title with a 4-2 win against Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto on Sunday in Chengdu. Fan lost the first and the third games by a 9-11 and 6-11 margin but found his groove in the last three games, winning them 11-8, 11-2, 11-7. The 22-year-old’s surge at the top of the tree continued. Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-ju stunned second seed Ma Long in third-place match. India’s challenge in the competition ended with G Sathiyan losing to Germany’s fifth seed Timo Boll in the first round. Sathiyan was India’s only representative. Fan was never really challenged through the competition all the way upto the final, where he managed a turnaround to add yet another World Cup title to his kitty.

I-League- Defending champions Chennai City FC began their title defence on a winning note as they defeated debutants TRAU FC of Manipur by a solitary goal in Coimbatore on Sunday. Adolfo Miranda scored the all-important goal of the match at a rain-soaked Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore. The match kicked-off with the defending champions and the debutants lining up in 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formations respectively as both teams showing attacking intent. The Imphal-based side got an early free-kick in the attacking third, but Chennai’s Roberto Eslava cleared the ball safely. The home side were building patiently from the back and their new signing Katsumi Yusa was already creating problems down the left flank with some skillful and deceptive movement.

ISL- Ten-man FC Goa denied Kerala Blasters FC their second win of the Indian Super League after an injury-time strike from Lenny Rodrigues ensured a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday. Sergio Cidoncha’s (2’) early goal helped the hosts set the tempo for Kerala Blasters but Mourtada Fall (41’) pulled Goa level before the break before being sent off for a last-man tackle in the second-half. Raphael Messi Bouli (59’) regained the lead for Kerala Blasters. However, a late goal from Lenny (90+3’) struck daggers into the hearts of an expectant home crowd. Eelco Schattorie’s injury-hit team are now winless since the opening game against ATK and are eighth in the table with five points. The Gaurs are fourth on the table with nine points.

Motor sports:
Formula One- Lewis Hamilton delivered sumptuous confirmation of his title-winning supremacy on Sunday when he claimed his 84th career victory and 11th in 21 races this year by dominating the season-ending twilight Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Starting from a record 88th pole position, the 34-year-old Briton was unchallenged from lights to flag as he cruised to an untroubled triumph 16 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, who faced a post-race investigation for fuel irregularities. The six-times world champion’s success extended his points-scoring run to a record-equalling 33 races, levelling with his own record, and brought him his 50th victory from pole position. His fifth win at the Yas Marina circuit drew him level with Ayrton Senna in claiming a 19th start-to-finish triumph. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who had started from the back of the grid after taking a new engine, came home fourth ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari and Alex Albon in the second Red Bull.

Nationals- Asian Championships silver medallists Gurpreet Singh and Sunil Kumar lived up to their reputation as both clinched gold medals on the final day of the senior national wrestling championships in Jalandhar on Sunday. This was Gurpreet’s fourth senior national title. The Punjab grappler defeated two-time world junior championships medallist Sajan Bhanwal, who was representing the Railways, by a 3-1 margin. Gurpreet continued his dominance over his younger rival and registered fourth win in the five matches played between them so far. Sunil also managed an easy win over Punjab’s Prabhal. The Railways grappler used all his energy and experience to crush his opponent to win by a 5-1 margin. In the 55kg category, Karnataka’s Arjun, representing Services, defeated Ajay by 9-0 to win gold. Enjoying the home support, Punjab’s Harpreet Singh defeated Rajbir Chhikara of Railways with a 4-1 scoreline. The Asian Games silver medallist used his experience to dislodge his opponent’s confidence and won the title in the 82kg category. Hardeep Singh, who was the first greco-roman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics, received a walkover against Ravi Rathi of Railways in 97Kg. Railways concluded the day at the top spot with 210 points while Services are placed at second (170 points), followed by Jharkhand at third (109 points).

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