Indian sports News- September 25thSeptember 25, 2019
Bytes: India beats SA Women’s, Rohit Sharma set to play, Indian swimmers shine, Andy Murray wins, Asian Shotgun Championship, Korean Open, TNPL Corruption, National Championship football, Possibility of CorotiavsIndia, UEFA Finals decided, COA Chief
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Korean Open- India’s Parupalli Kashyap made his way to the pre-quarterfinals in the men’s single event of the Korea Open on Wednesday. He defeated Lu Chia Hung of Chinese Taipei 21-16, 21-16 and will now face Liew Daren of Malaysia. PV Sindhu, meanwhile, got knocked out in the round of 32. The reigning world champion suffered a 21-7, 22-24, 15-21 defeat against American badminton player Zhang Beiwen. B Sai Praneeth bowed out too after retiring in his men’s singles opener. The World Championships bronze-medallst was trailing 9-21 7-11 when he conceded the match to fifth-seeded Anders Antonsen of Denmark due to an unspecified injury. Following Praneeth, Saina Nehwal was the second Indian player to retire from the tournament on Wednesday. The 29-year-old exited in the first round after retiring hurt 21-19, 18-21, 1-8 against Kim Ga Eun of South Korea. In the men’s doubles competition, India’s Manu Attri and B Sumeeth lost to China’s Huang Kai Xiang and Liu Cheng 16-21, 21-19, 18-21. It was a tough loss for Sindhu as she had a match point in the second game. But Zhang hung in their and closed out the match comfortably eventually. The Chinese-born American snapped a three-match losing streak against the Indian.
IndiavsSA Women’s- Indian registered their first T20 International win in 2019 as the bowlers, led by Deepti Sharma (3/8), produced a superb performance in Surat on Tuesday as the women in blue took a 1-0 over South Africa in the five-match series. Sharma started off with three maiden overs in her four-over quota that saw her pick three wickets, as India team survived a Mignon du Preez blitz to eke out a 11-run win. Asked to bat, the Indian middle-order struggled to convert starts on a slow pitch, finishing with a modest 130/8. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored for the side with a 34-ball 43, the innings containing three fours and two sixes as her other colleagues found the going tough. Only Smriti Mandhana managed to cross 20 apart from Kaur. But the Indian spinners exploited the favourable conditions to make it tough for the visitors, who were bowled out for 119 with one ball left. Apart from Sharma, left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, leg-break bowler Poonam Yadav and pacer Shikha Pandey took two wickets apiece. Sharma’s effort was enough for India to eke out a thrilling win. She was rightly declared the player of the match.
TNPL- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has extended a match-fixing crackdown to regional leagues after the arrest of a team owner for making illegal bets with a Dubai-based bookie, officials said Wednesday. Ashfaq Ali Thara, owner of the Belagavi Panthers team in the Karnataka Premier League – a state-level T20 competition – was arrested in Bangalore on Tuesday, police said. Thara, who also owns a team in the Dubai T10 League, is under investigation for placing bets with a Dubai bookie, and is also being quizzed over a possible role in fixing matches. “He has been arrested for betting and they are investigating other aspects,” said Ajit Singh, chief of the Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI. The incident comes a week after the unit launched an inquiry into to an approach by suspected match fixers to players in this years Tamil Nadu Premier League. A member of the Indian women’s team was also approached by a bookie, and two suspects handed over to Karnataka police. Gambling in India is illegal except in lotteries or horse racing, but thousands of bets are placed with illegal bookmakers at home and abroad on all aspects of cricket – from the result to the number of runs in a specific over.
Unofficial Test- Rohit Sharma will begin a last-ditch effort to save his stop-start Test career with a trial run in the unfamiliar opener’s slot when he leads the Board President’s XI in a three-day warm-up game against South Africa, starting in Vizianagaram on Thursday. With the national selection committee and the team management deciding to promote Rohit as an opener, keeping his spunky strokeplay in mind, the next five Tests could be a make or break for the 32-year-old stylish right-hander. He will have Mayank Agarwal for company as the two would look to strike an understanding before the first Test starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. The third notable character in the game would be Umesh Yadav, who has been drafted into the Test side as a replacement for the injured Jasprit Bumrah. He will look to rattle the likes of Faf Du Plessis and Aiden Makram in order to make a statement.
The Squads: Board President’s XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav
South Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second. Match Starts: 9.30 am
COA- The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday extended the deadline for conducting elections of BCCI’s state units by a week to October 4. “… Further, in order to facilitate and secure compliance by various State Associations and for conduct of elections in the member State Associations in accordance with the [Supreme Court] judgment dated 18th July 2016 and 9th August, 2018 and any further order and judgement that the Hon’ble Supreme Court may be pleased to pass, the COA hereby extends the date for completion of election by member State Associations to 4th October, 2019,” the CoA said in a statement. The SC-appointed committee also directed the state associations to “not re-amend their constitutions” which were already approved by them. The state units will run the risk of their election results being not recognised if they don’t adhere to the BCCI constitution.
Tri-Nation T20 league- The final of the tri-nation Twenty20 tournament between Bangladesh and Afghanistan washed out without a ball being bowled at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday. Match officials declared the game abandoned at 9pm local time as the rain showed no sign of stopping – making it impossible to hold even a curtailed-over game. The trophy was shared between the two teams after the wash-out. It means hosts Bangladesh got a hand on the trophy of a Twenty20 tournament involving more than two teams for the first time in their history. The wash-out also rounded off a mixed tournament for both teams as Bangladesh won three of their four matches in the league phase, while Afghanistan won their first two matches before losing the next two. “Disappointing that we didn’t get any match today. It was a very important final. We didn’t play our best cricket in this tournament but leading up to the final we played some good cricket,” Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said. Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan hailed the fans who waited in the gallery, defying the rain and hoping for some action. Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz was named player of the tournament for making 133 runs in four innings. Zimbabwe were the other team of the tournament.
PakvsSL- Sri Lanka’s depleted national cricket squad arrived in Pakistan Tuesday expressing confidence in security promises by the hosts despite reports that the team could be targeted by militants. The Sri Lanka team were attacked in Lahore in 2009 and since then most international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country, leaving Pakistan to play nearly all their “home” games in the United Arab Emirates. Ten senior players citing security concerns have opted out of the tour, comprising three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches, beginning on Friday. But the rest arrived in Karachi later Tuesday and were whisked to their hotel under heavy security. The captain of the Twenty20 squad, Dasun Shanaka, said he had no misgivings about returning to Pakistan after they played a Twenty20 international in Lahore in October 2017, their first since the 2009 attack.
National Championship- A spectacular strike by skipper Bala Devi helped Manipur pip Railways 1-0 to seal their second consecutive Senior Women’s National Football Championships title at the CHF Ground in Pasighat on Tuesday. Bala signed off as the highest scorer of the tournament with 21 goals from six matches while Manipur’s Panthoi Chanu was bestowed with the best goalkeeper award. Daya Devi, who scored seven goals in the last two matches, got the first chance of the game in the second minute but Railways goalkeeper Swarnamayee Samal parried it away. Railways wingers Mamta and Sanju continued to keep the Manipur defenders on their toes and the latter could have found the back of the net inside the first 10 minutes but missed the target by a whisker.
Railways threw the kitchen sink towards the end but the Manipur defenders saw off the danger with much composure to seal the win.
Friendly- The All India Football Federation and the Croatian Football Federation are in talks regarding a friendly match between the two countries early next year, according to a report in The Times of India. Kushal Das, general secretary of the AIFF, has travelled to the Croatian capital of Zagreb to meet with CFF president Davor Suker. Das was accompanied on the visit by the Indian men’s senior team head coach Igor Stimac. Das has stated that a Croatian delegation, which will include Suker, will reach India on November 27 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries. Das has stated that a Croatian delegation, which will include Suker, will reach India on November 27 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.
UEFA Finals- The 2021 Uefa Champions League final will be played in Saint Petersburg, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday. The venues for the next three finals were revealed at Uefa’s Executive Committee meeting in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, with Munich being awarded the 2022 showpiece and the 2023 final being given to Wembley. In awarding the venues for the next three years, Uefa have had to take into account not just the likely demand for match tickets but also the importance of hotel rooms and transport infrastructure. That means there are a limited number of cities around Europe capable of successfully staging a match of such magnitude.
“The chosen venues have proper mobility, hotels and everything else. Where we have a problem, and probably will have a problem anywhere, is that sometimes hotels take advantage of the fact the Champions League final is in a certain city,” admitted Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.
Asian Age group championship- Kushagra Rawat bagged two gold medals in individual events as Indian swimmers excelled on the opening day of the Asian Age Group Championships event, here on Tuesday. Rawat clocked 1:52.30 seconds while fellow Indian Anand Anilkumar finished third with a time of 1:54.19 seconds in 200m freestyle event in open men’s category. Syria’s Abbas Omar finished second and was only a fraction of a second slower than Rawat with a time of 1:52.33 seconds. He later won the 800m freestyle event, clocking 8:10.05 to finish ahead of Chang Cheng Livei (8:20.14) of Chinese Taipei and Abbas Omar (8:31.64) of Syria. Shoan Ganguly also won gold for India in the 200 metres individual medley group II boys with a time of 2:11.18. He also won the silver in the 200 metres freestyle clocking 1:55.18 seconds apart from winning a silver in the 4X100 metres freestyle relay for group II boys. Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel took India’s count to an impressive six gold medals, with their stupendous effort in the 50m backstroke event for open category men and women respectively. Nataraj clocked 25.30 to win the gold while Patel clocked 29.92 to win. He beat Atayev Merdan (26.30) from Turkmenistan and Chograthin Kasipat (26.36) from Thailand.
Meanwhile, India’s ace swimmer Sajan Prakash won the silver medal in the 200 metres individual medley. He finished behind Ketin Nuttapong (2:0629) and ahead of Sukkieo Phuwadon (2:08.21) both from Thailand.
Asian Shotgun Championship- The Indian shotgun squad picked up four medals including two individual bronze by Abhay Singh and Parinaaz Dhaliwal in the junior men’s and women’s skeet competition of the IX Asian Shotgun Championship at Almaty in Kazakhstan. India also clinched two silver medals in the men’s and women’s team events. Singh won the bronze medal in the men’s skeet competition on Tuesday after reaching the final with a qualification round of 114. On Monday, Parinaaz shot 39 in the final to finish behind the Chinese gold and silver winners Yashu Sun and Yikai Li respectively in the women’s skeet event. Asees Chhina finished fourth to miss out on a medal. The silver winning men’s team consisted of Ayush Rudraraju and Gurnihal Singh Garcha besides Abhay while women’s trio comprised of Darshna Rathore in addition to Parinaaz and Asees.
ATP250- Andy Murray called it “one of the toughest wins I’ve had” after grinding out his first singles victory on the ATP Tour since career-saving hip surgery in January. The former number one looked exhausted after his milestone 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 win over Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday at the Zhuhai Championships. A three-time Grand Slam winner but now ranked 413 in the world, the Briton has competed mostly in doubles since his major surgery and recently played singles on the lower-level Challenger Tour. He faces seventh seed Alex de Minaur of Australia in the second round in southern China after coming through a physically demanding test lasting more than two and a half hours. Prior to facing Sandgren in Zhuhai, Murray told AFP that it would be “naive” and “silly” to think he will ever return to being the player that surged to number one in 2016.