Indian sports News- September 18th

September 18, 2019

Boxing, Wrestling, Badminton, Cricket, Chess, Shooting, Football, Table-TennisWorld Championship

Bytes: Wrestling World Championship, Boxing World Championship, Asian Table Tennis World Championship, China Open, Chess World Cup, UEFA Champions League, AFC Under-16 Qualifiers, Shooting National Trials, India vs SouthAfrica, TNPL, Vijay Hazare- Delhi team

YoGems makes sure that you won’t miss a thing in the field of sports, so here is a quick recap to all the happenings from the last 24 hours:

World Championship- Vinesh Phogat (53kg) on Wednesday became the first Indian woman wrestler to seal her place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after securing a hard-fought victory against top seed Sarah Hilderbrandt. Vinesh, had earlier lost to Mayu Mukaida of Japan on Tuesday. The defeat ended her hopes of winning gold at the ongoing Championship in Nur Sultan but she stayed in contention for a bronze medal. Vinesh, had earlier lost to Mayu Mukaida of Japan on Tuesday. The defeat ended her hopes of winning gold at the ongoing Championship in Nur Sultan but she stayed in contention for a bronze medal.

In 59Kg, Pooja Dhanda created a big UPSET. She was trailing 0-5 and closed the gap with a four point throw. Yuzuka Inagaki, the Asian champion, still managed to take a 7-6 lead before another four point throw gave the Indian the lead and she maintained that advantage to reach the semi-finals with a 11-8 victory since Japanese also lost the challenge.

In 76Kg, Kiran Bishnoi’s chances of making it to the medal rounds through repechage stayed alive after Focken booked her semi-final berth by beating Belinska of Ukraine 5-1. If she reaches the final later in the day, the Indian will be in repechage round.

In 65Kg, Navjot Kaur’s chances of making it to the repechage round stay strong after Elis Monolova registers another victory by fall, this time against Kadriye Aksoy to reach the semi-finals. The Azerbaijan wrestler would bring the Indian back in contention if she wins her semi-final bout later in the day.

In 57kg, Sarita Mor is out of repechage contention after Japan’s Risako Kawai defeats Anastasia Nichita in the quarterfinals 5-0

Table Tennis:
Asian Table Tennis Championship- The Indian men’s team on Wednesday blanked Hong Kong 3-0 to secure a fifth place finish at the Asian Table Tennis Championships at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Sharath Kamal opened India’s account with a 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 win over Lam Siu Hang. Later, Anthony Amalraj sealed a 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 victory against Ng Pak Ham before Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated Kwan Man Ho 11-5, 11-13, 11-7,14-12 to ensure a comfortable victory for the Indians. Earlier on Tuesday, India had already secured a quarter-final spot in Champions Division as the top-six finishers. They beat Singapore 3-0 to gain direct entry in the next Championships which will be held in two years.

China Open- Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the China Open Super 1000 tournament after suffering a first round defeat to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the women’s singles on Wednesday. The London Olympic bronze medallist lost 10-21, 17-21 at the hands of the world No 19 Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted for 45 minutes. It was the former world No 1’s second successive defeat to the Thai player. The London Olympic bronze medallist lost 10-21, 17-21 at the hands of the world No 19 Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted for 45 minutes. It was the former world No 1’s second successive defeat to the Thai player. Along with Sindhu, even B Sai Praneeth registered a victory on Wednesday. The 27-year-old defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-19, 21-23, 21-14. India’s mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa stunned Indonesia’s world no 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round of the China Open badminton tournament in Changzhou on Tuesday.

World Championships- Amit Panghal defeated Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci to enter the quarter-finals of the 52kg category on Tuesday in the men’s Boxing World Championships in Yekaterinburg. Panghal won by a unanimous 5:0 verdict in a bout he dominated from start to finish. Panghal started in belligerent fashion in the first round, landing several clean punches with his roundhouse strategy. It put off Citfici, who looked dazed and despite having a significant height advantage, he could never launch a significant attack of note in all three rounds. The Asian champion continued to pile the pressure on the Turk, who, for the better part of the last two rounds was backpedaling. Up close, Panghal’s quick feet served him in good stead after launching a flurry of punches and seeing out danger as well with razor-sharp reflexes.

India’s day got even better as Sanjeet defeated Uzbekistan’s Asian Championships silver medallist Sanjar Tursunov in the 91kg category. The Indian started on a confident note and did not allow the former World Championship bronze medallist to settle down. A few early jabs saw Sanjeet take early advantage in the bout. The second and third rounds witnessed Tursunov go for broke.

Kavinder Bisht (57kg) completed what was a dream day for India at the World Championships with a 3:2 split-decision verdict going in their favour. Among the Indians, it was probably the most intriguing bout of the day with both boxers coming out guns blazing from the first round. There was little to separate the two at the end of it: Kavinder started well and Finland’s Arslan Khataev fought back well in the final three minutes. Kavinder even suffered a nasty cut above his left eyebrow and was left bloody faced in the final minute of the bout. But the tenacious Indian held on.

AFC U-16 Qualifier- India will take on Turkmenistan to begin their campaign in the 2020 AFC U-16 Championship Qualifier in Tashkent on Wednesday. India have been pitted in Group B alongside Turkmenistan, Bahrain and hosts Uzbekistan and the players have their plans chalked out for the opener, believes head coach Bibiano Fernandes. In their first match, India will face off against Turkmenistan, a challenge that Bibiano believes his boys are ready for. Fernandes has built up a reputation for bringing talented youngsters through the ranks, providing for a bright future for the senior national team in the years to come.

UCL- Holders Liverpool began their defence of the Champions League trophy with a defeat against Napoli on Tuesday, while one missed spot-kick condemned Chelsea to defeat against Valencia and another came to Barcelona’s rescue. Liverpool must now bounce back in two weeks when they host Austrian champions Salzburg, who made a stunning return to the group stage as teenage forward Erling Braut Haaland netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 demolition of Genk. Also in Group H, last season’s semi-finalists Ajax claimed an impressive 3-0 home win over Lille with two of their newest signings among the goals.

Chess WC- India’s challenge in the Fide Chess World Cup ended on Tuesday with both P Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi losing their respective third round matches in Khanty-Mansiysk on Monday. Nothing short of a win was enough for the Indian contingent to take the game into the third round of the tie-break. Harikrishna had suffered his first loss of the tournament against Kirill Alekseenko and was in desperate need of a win. But the Russian pocketed the match 2-0 in a move that lasted 52 moves. Gujrathi had lost in 93 moves against Wesley So of USA in the first game and like Harikrishna, needed a win to stay alive in the tournament. The former World No 2, though, held Gujrathi to draw in a game that lasted 45 moves with white pieces.

Nationals Trials- Shri Nivetha of Tamil Nadu won the women’s 10m air pistol shooting with a score of 239.7 at the National Shooting Trials T7 on Tuesday where Rio World Cup gold medallist Yashaswini Deswal finished out of medal bracket. Maharashtra’s Harshada Nithave, who shot on 237.5 to claim second spot. Anoushka Bharadwaj of Rajasthan came third with 218.4.

Rio 2019 World Cup gold medalist Yashaswini of Haryana returned the best score in the qualification round, shooting 583 to top the field. She however finished fourth in the finals. Esha Singh of Telangana won the junior final while Haryana’s Shikha Narwal won the Youth category. Yogesh Singh of the Indian Navy won the men’s Centre Fire Pistol.

IndvsSA- Shubman Gill continued fine form with a fine 92 as India A reached 233 for three by the end of the first day’s play in the second unofficial Test against South Africa A in Mysore on Tuesday. Batting as an opener again in the first match after his maiden Test call up for the senior squad, Gill struck 12 fours and a six before getting out eight runs short of a century. This is the second time he has missed out on the three-figure mark, having scored 90 in the first match of the series as well. The out-of-favour Karun Nair was batting on 78 and skipper Wriddhiman Saha was on 36 at stumps, which was called after 74 overs due to bad light.

Vijay Hazare Trophy- Delhi’s India internationals Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini will be available for the state team’s Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign, which starts against Vidarbha on September 24. India’s three-match T20 International series against South Africa ends on September 18 in Bengaluru but Delhi’s star players have confirmed their availability for the national one dayers, said Delhi and District Cricket Association(DDCA) president Rajat Sharma. However, Pant is part of the Indian Test squad and may not be available after the first few games while Dhawan is expected to play all matches. He is hopeful that Ishant Sharma and Virat Kohli would also take the field whenever they get time from their international commitments.

TNPL- The Tamil Nadu Premier League, which has already gained notoriety after multiple players reported corrupt approaches to BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit, has prompted some of the stakeholders to demand better a revenue sharing model as well as an upgrade in the quality of officials. The BCCI ACU on Monday revealed that multiple players have reported about corrupt approaches, and now, there are question marks over former player VB Chandrasekhar’s suicide being linked to the alleged corrupt practices in the league. While TNPL has formed a committee that will investigate the issue, some of the owners, who refused to be named have spoken about the need for a better commercially viable model. There is one franchise among bottom three which has gained a bad reputation for dubious team selections every year.

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