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India shines at Commonwealth shooting

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Anish Bhanwala, left, won the silver, gold medallist Sergei Evglevski and third-placed Neeraj Kumar

Brisbane, Nov 5: Anish Bhanwala got India a silver in the mens 25 metre Rapid Fire Pistol, while Neeraj Kumar bagged a bronze in the same event on day six of the ongoing Commonwealth Shooting Championships here on Sunday.

This takes India’s tally from Rifle and Pistol events in the competition to 16, including four gold medals.

Additionally, India has won one gold and one silver from Shotgun events.

India had three among six finalists in the men’s Rapid Fire Pistol, with Olympian Gurpreet Singh also qualifying along with Anish and Neeraj. Anish topped qualification with a score of 577, while Neeraj was second with 575. Gurpreet qualified in fifth place with a score of 566.

Gurpreet was first to be eliminated in the final in the same position as he qualified but Anish and Neeraj fought on gamely for the silver and bronze after Australian Sergei Evglevski made the gold beyond reach, pulling away from the field after the fourth five-shot series.

Neeraj won a fourth place elimination shoot-off over England’s Sam Gowin to assure himself of a medal. He had to be content with bronze as Anish beat him 21-19 after the sixth series.

In the end, Sergei ended with a score of 28 out of 40 to win Gold, while Anish was two behind with 26.

In the women’s Rifle 3 Positions, Scotland’s Seonaid Mcintosh won gold with a final round score of 459.9. Englad’s Katie Gleeson took silver and Singapore’s Martina Veloso the bronze.

Gaayathri finished fourth shooting 429.7 and was the best placed among three Indian finalists. Aditi Singh finished sixth while Tejaswini Sawant, the third Indian in the eight-woman final finished seventh.

In the women’s Trap, India’s Shreyasi Singh made it her second final of the Championships but missed out on her second medal by finishing sixth. She shot 11 in the final, after winning a shoot-off with compatriot Seema Tomar during qualification.

Australia’s Laetisha Scanlan won gold in the event, while Sharon Niven of Scotland got silver. Rio Olympics silver medalist Natalie Rooney of New Zealand got the bronze.

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2nd Test: India 172/3 at stumps, trail by 154 runs vs Australia

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Perth, Dec 15: India were 172/3 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Perth stadium here on Saturday.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were batting on 82 and 51 runs respectively when the day ended.

The visiting side still trail by 154 runs against Australia’s first innings total of 326. Resuming the second day at 277/6, the Aussies were all out for 326 shortly before lunch.

Brief Scores: India (First Innings): 172/3 (Virat Kohli 82 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 51 batting) vs Australia (First Innings): 326 (Marcus Harris 70; Ishant Sharma 4/41).

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India’s Sindhu defeats Thailand’s Intanon, storms into final

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 15: Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals here on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who has not lost to World No.8 Intanon in the last two years, breezed into the final after quashing her Thai opponent 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes, reports Efe.

The world number six from Hyderabad – who entered the semi-finals after defeating Beiwen Zhang of the US 21-9, 21-15 on Friday – dominated the first game, winning it in 20 minutes after grabbing an initial 6-4 lead.

Intanon bounced back in the second game but Sindhu did not lose nerve and won it in a nail-biting finish to wrap up the match.

Sindhu will now play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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