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Kamal’s form was crucial on the day for the Indians as he was the one who got the team across the line.

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Wuxi (China), April 10 : Veteran table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal led from the front as the Indian men’s team beat Thailand 3-1 to enter the final of the First Division category at the Asian Championships here on Monday.

The Indians, who also secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions Division, will meet North Korea in the First Division final. The Koreans defeated Iran 3-0 in the other semi-final of the First Division category.

This was the second occasion that the Indians have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions Division of the Asian event where they have been drawn to meet Japan.

Kamal’s form was crucial on the day for the Indians as he was the one who got the team across the line.

Padasak Tanviriyavechakul provided a rousing start to Thailand by beating G. Sathiyan 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 in the opening singles match.

But the tie turned on its head when Sharath entered the arena, calming down the nerves of the Indian bench with a straight games triumph of 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 against Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon.

Sharath returned soon after to make sure that the Indians were not denied a place in the main draw when he defeated Padasak 11-7, 11-6, 11-4, despite the Thai being very strong with his forehands.

The tall Indian star was at his best in the crucial rubber and reeled off winners after winners with his backhand working well.

“In the first match against Supanut I was down 3-8, but came back to win 11-9. That gave me the confidence against Padasak. I never let him play to his strength, his fierce forehands,” Sharath said later.

In between, an aggressive Harmeet Desai consolidated India’s position with a hard-fought 15-13, 14-16, 11-8, 11-5 victory over Pattaratom Passara, who is a strong backhand player.

“I was down 5-9 but the win in the first game was crucial. Thereafter, I was able to build my game as the match progressed and kept varying my service and hitting wide of his forehand,” Harmeet said.

In the first stage, the Indian men were drawn with Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan in Group B. The Indians toyed with both teams, recording identical 3-0 wins in both ties.

The Indian women’s team was not as successful however. They could not progress beyond the semi-finals of the First Division as they went down 1-3 to Taiwan. This means that the Indian women will now have to compete for the 9-12 positions.

They will now take on Malaysia on Tuesday in the match for the ninth position.

Earlier, they had beaten Kazakhstan 3-0 in the quarter-finals as Manika Batra, Mouma Das and Suthirtha Mukherjee made a mockery of their opponents with easy wins in their respective singles matches.

But against Taiwan, the going got tough as Mouma lost 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 6-11 to Cheng I-Ching despite putting up a brave show.

Even Manika, who won the first two games against Chen Szu-Yu, failed to sustain the momentum and lost 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 3-11, 6-11.

The only saving grace for the Induan women’s team was national champion Madhurika Patkar who defeated the higher-ranked Cheng Hsien-Tzu 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 14-12 to restore some pride. But Manika lost her reverse singles match 8-11, 14-12, 3-11, 9-1 to Cheng.

In the first stage, the Indian women were drawn in Group C alongside Uzbekistan and Maldives and had an easy passage into the second stage with 3-0 wins in both matches.

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Diego Maradona’s personal doctor under investigation

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

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Leopoldo Luque, Diego Maradona’s personal doctor, is under investigation in Argentina over the football legend’s death.He has been named by prosecutors in San Isidro, in Buenos Aires, and the judge has ordered for the doctor’s house and clinic to be searched, with 30 police officers at each site.

There is a suspicion of medical negligence in the final days of Maradona’s life and, therefore, a potential culpable homicide.It has been claimed that Maradona didn’t have the medical permission to leave the clinic where he had surgery for a subdural hematoma earlier in November. But, he did leave on November 11 to return to his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires.

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

This legal investigation could go on for some time as the prosecutors look to get to the bottom of what exactly happened in the final hours of Maradona’s life.

They’ll look to work out if he had permission to be at home, why there wasn’t a specialist doctor present 24/7, why there wasn’t an ambulance at the house, if he had the right medicine, if the general medical protocols were followed, why there wasn’t a defibrillator in the house and how the final hours were managed.

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India vs Australia: We were ineffective with the ball: Virat Kohli

Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India’s highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.

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Sydney: Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that the team was ineffective with the ball on Sunday and outplayed by Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground which they lost by 51 runs.

A second consecutive 62-ball century from Steve Smith helped Australia reach 389/4 and India were restricted to 338/9.

“They have outplayed us. We were ineffective with the ball, and didn’t hit the areas. They have a strong batting line-up, they know the conditions and the angles well,” said Kohli after the match.

Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India’s highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.

“The chase felt steep, and one or two wickets would have taken the required rate up so we had to keep hitting. They took the chances that they created in the field, which was the difference,” said Kohli.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled four overs and got the wicket of Smith. “Hardik felt okay to bowl. Initially just thought of trying for a couple of overs but he felt good and bowled a couple more. And he gave away a bit of a bowling plan with his off-cutters (smiles), but credit to them, they used the dimensions well. Even Rahul or Shreyas, if they carried on, it could’ve gotten us across the line with Hardik to come,” said Kohli.

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India fall to 51-run defeat; Australia win series

Rahul and Hardik Pandya then put up 63 for the fifth wicket but both succumbed to the pressure that came with the rising required run rate.

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Sydney: Australia beat India by 51 runs in the second ODI on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The hosts have thus sealed victory in the three-match series, having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Chasing a mammoth target of 390, India were restricted to 338/9 after another century from Steve Smith took Australia to 389/4 batting first.

India started with a 58-run stand between openers Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. The pair departed within a few balls of each other after which captain Virat Kohli anchored the middle order. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer steadied the ship for the visitors and just as they were looking to shift gears, the latter fell to Moises Henriques thanks to a stunning catch by Smith at deep midwicket.

Kohli soldiered on with KL Rahul at other end before falling to a brilliant catch, this time by Henriques himself, at midwicket again off Josh Hazlewood. Kohli made 89 off 87 balls, putting up partnerships of 93 with Iyer and 72 with Rahul.

Rahul and Hardik Pandya then put up 63 for the fifth wicket but both succumbed to the pressure that came with the rising required run rate.

Earlier, Smith smashed 104 off 64 balls, reaching three figures in just 62 balls for the second consecutive time in this series. He put up 136 runs with Marnus Labuschagne, which was the second century partnership for Australia in the match after the 142-run opening stand between captain Aaron Finch and David Warner.

Smith finally fell to Pandya, who was handed the ball for the first time since making his comeback from a back injury after which Glenn Maxwell smashed 63 off 29 balls to take Australia within 11 runs of the 400-run mark.

The third and final ODI will be played in Canberra on Wednesday.

Brief scores: Aus 389/4 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 104, David Warner 83; Mohammed Shami 1/73) vs Ind 338/9 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 89, KL Rahul 76; Pat Cummins 3/67).

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