Indian sports News- September 19thSeptember 19, 2019
Bytes: Manish and Amit wins Bronze, Ravi and Bajrang qualify for Tokyo, Vinesh wins bronze, AFC Under-16, India defeats South Africa, Pro Kabaddi League, Athletics and Weightlifting World Championship………
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World Championship- India’s ace grappler Vinesh Phogat on Wednesday pinned two-time medallist Maria Prevolaraki to win bronze in the 53kg category at the Wrestling World Championships in Nursultan. Vinesh also downed Rio Olympic medallist Sofia Mattsson and world number one Sarah Ann Hildebrandt on her way to the podium. If her 0-7 defeat against Japanese Mayu Mukaida is put aside, Vinesh conceded just three points in her other four bouts.
Men’s 57kg: Fighting two tough bouts in quick time, Ravi Kumar becomes the first Indian male wrestler to qualify for Tokyo2020. To think he was trailing 0-6 in PQF not too long ago.
Men’s 65kg: Second Olympic quota confirmed for the day, and third overall, as Bajrang beats Son 8-1 in the 65kg quarterfinal. Son expectedly attacked Bajrang’s legs but the Indian wrestler was ready for it and won easily. For Bajrang, however, this was a bare minimum. He will be raring to go for GOLD.
World Championships- India’s Amit Panghal (52kg) became only the fifth Indian man to win a medal in the World Championships after he defeated Philippines’ Carlo Paalam 4:1 by a split-decision verdict in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday. Panghal, the reigning Asian champion, has been in irresistible form after getting a first-round bye. He registered resounding wins in the round of 16 and the quarter-finals. The 23-year-old’s task was cut out against the highly-rated Filipino, with whom he was entangled in an enthralling bout in the Asian Games. On that occasion, Panghal went on to win a tense bout 3:2 and that set the tone for a title win.
India’s day got even better in Yekaterinburg after Manish Kaushik overcame a sluggish start against Brazil’s Wanderson de Oliveira in the 63kg category 5:0 via unanimous decision. Kaushik, though, was irresistible in the final round to land a couple of decisive jabs on his opponent to turn the tide in his favour. Oliveira showed a lot of promise in the first round but fizzled away in the final two.
Sanjeet came out second best against Ecuador’s Julio Cesar Castillo Torres in his 91kg quarter-finals. The experienced Torres outmaneuvered the Indian with his movement and combinations in the first and final rounds.
Kavinder Singh Bisht’s run at the World Championships also came to an end late as he was outpunched by England’s Peter McGrail in the 57kg weight category. Bisht lost by a unanimous 5:0 margin against his opponent. Bisht’s all-out attacking approach was easily breached by the former European champion but not without a fight. Late in the first round and the early parts of the second belonged to Bisht, which forced the Englishman to think on his feet.
INDvsSA- Captain Virat Kohli played a sensational innings to take his side home by seven wickets after India’s bowlers restricted South Africa to 149/5 in the second Twenty20 international in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Despite an attacking half-century from skipper Quinton de Kock, South Africa could only put up a sub-par score thanks to some excellent death bowling by the hosts. Kohli, then, played another memorable innings under the lights in Mohali to remain unbeaten on 72 off 52 balls. India chased down the target with an over to spare with Shreyas Iyer remaining unbeaten on 16. But it was the bowlers led by paceman Deepak Chahar, who set up the win after restricting South Africa. India now have a 1-0 lead after the first game was washed out without a ball being bowled in Dharamsala on Sunday.
Tri Nation T20- Mahmudullah struck a quick-fire half-century as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 39 runs to qualify for the final of their T20 tri-series in Chittagong on Wednesday. The hosts will face Afghanistan in the final on Tuesday in Dhaka, while Zimbabwe will finish their campaign against the same opponents on Friday. Riding on Mahmudullah’s 62 off 41 balls, Bangladesh posted 175/7 – the side’s highest total against Zimbabwe in T20s – before pacer Shafiul Islam and debutant leg-spinner Aminul Islam shared five wickets to bowl out Zimbabwe for 136.
Shafali Verma- Rookie teenager Shafali Verma, who has been picked in India’s T20 International squad, will be in the spotlight when the Board President’s XI takes on South Africa in a warm-up match in Surat on Friday. The 15-year-old Shafali was named in the Indian team for the T20I series against South Africa following her good performance in the Women’s T20 challenge earlier and at the age-group level this year. The youngster from Haryana would like to make optimum use of the warm-up game and get runs under her belt if she is given an opportunity in the playing XI. The first warm-up game will be held on Friday at the Lalbhai Contractor Stadium in Surat followed by the second match on Sunday. Apart from Shefali, pacers Mansi Joshi and Pooja Vastrakar have also been named in the T20I squad and a good outing on Friday would also boost their morale before the main tournament begins on Tuesday.
COA- The Committee of Administrators has instructed Mumbai Cricket Association to appoint a new electoral officer in place of DN Chaudhari and conduct the state elections by stipulated deadline of September 28. The MCA had written to the CoA seeking directives after former state law Commission chairman Chaudhari refused to accept the electoral officer’s post citing that conduct of state unit election would be a “contempt of Supreme Court judgement”. However on Wednesday, CoA in an 11-point reply, which is in possession of PTI, pointed out that it “respectfully disagrees” with Chaudhari’s observations as it is “incorrectly” based on an earlier Supreme Court directive on July 5, 2018 which stated that elections couldn’t be held. Since then, the apex court has approved draft constitution on August 9, 2018 and there is no question of not holding the elections.
Pakistan security- Pakistan have assured maximum security to the touring Sri Lankan cricket team after reports of a possible terrorist threat had put the limited-over series in jeopardy. Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday released an official communique issued by the Pakistan High Commission to the Colombo foreign ministry. “The esteemed ministry is assured on behalf of the highest leadership in Pakistan that maximum security arrangements would be ensured for the visiting Sri Lanka team”, the release said. The Sri Lanka tour to Pakistan appeared to be in danger following a security warning issued by the office of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week.
AFC U-16- Sridarth’s scored a brace as India registered a convincing 5-0 win over Turkmenistan in their opening match at the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers in Tashkent on Wednesday. Shubho Paul, Taison Singh and substitute Himanshu Jangra were the other goal scorers for India. Playing at the Transport Institute Stadium, home to the reserve side of reigning Uzbekistan Super League champions Lokomotiv Tashkent, India looked to dominate their opponents from the first half itself. While the ball seesawed up and down the pitch in the opening exchanges, India soon gained control of the match. Himanshu had an immediate effect as he was played through into the box by Maheson and he went on to finish with great aplomb. Sridarth finished off the scoring late in injury time to make it five for India.
World Championships- In a disappointing start to India’s campaign, Jhilli Dalabehera failed to register a single lift in the snatch section of the women’s 45kg event at the World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya on Wednesday. Competing in the non-Olympic category, the 20-year-old failed to lift 68kgs in her three attempts in the snatch event, crashing out of the competition. In clean and jerk, the Asian Championships silver medallist lifted 88 kg. She then unsuccessfully attempted to lift 92kg and 93 kg in her second and third tries respectively and ended with a total of 88kg (0kg+88kg).
PKL- A defensive masterclass by U Mumba helped them beat UP Yoddha 39-36 in their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) game in Pune on Wednesday. The defeat ended UP’s five-game winning streak in the competition. Surinder Singh who secured a High 5 (6 tackle points) and Fazel Atrachali (3 tackle points) were the heroes in Mumbai’s defence, while Abhishek Singh led the attack with a Super 10 (11 raid points), as U Mumba displaced UP Yoddha in the fifth place of the points table. A bitterly fought first half saw UP Yoddha start on the front foot. Both teams had a high line of defence and were in no mood to let the raiders have an easy day. A few uncharacteristic errors from the Mumbai defence allowed Yoddha to dominate the first 10 minutes and clinch their first all-out in the 9th minute to open up a 9-point lead.
World Championship- India sprinter Hima Das has been ruled out of the upcoming World Championships with a back injury, Athletics Federation of India confirmed on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, 400m athlete Hima Das will not compete at the World Championships in Doha due to a back injury,” read a statement from AFI. Das has been suffering from lower back pain after the Asian Games last year. She pulled out of the individual 400m heats during the Asian Championships in Doha in April midway through the race. The World junior champion’s participation in the World Championships relay events became a matter of intense speculation after she was left out of the initial entries.