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IPL-10: All-round RCB tame Gujarat Lions in their own den



Rajkot, April 18, 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended their three-match losing run with a 21-run win over Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday.

Powered by a 38-ball 77 from West Indian Chris Gayle, who also became the first T20 batsman to score 10,000 runs, and a sublime 50-ball 64 from skipper Virat Kohli, RCB’s young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal sealed the deal with figures of 3/31 to restrict the hosts to 192/7 in their pursuit of 214.

Gujarat faltered once again at the start, losing the key wickets of West Indian Dwayne Smith (1) and skipper Suresh Raina (23) to Chahal.

Unperturbed by the twin strikes, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum almost single-handedly raised the hopes for the hosts with a destructive 72 from just 44 deliveries.

The Kiwi right-hander first chipped in for a 36-run second wicket stand with Raina, who struck two fours and as many sixes during his 8-ball knock, and then got good support from Australian Aaron Finch (19) to raise a 66-run third wicket partnership.

Finch looked good in the middle during his 15-ball stay before being stumped off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi’s slower delivery.

With Gujarat reduced to 103/3 midway through the innings, the home crowd expected an in-form Dinesh Karthik (1) to support McCullum, who at the other end raced to his half-century off 30 just balls.

The Tamil Nadu stumper, however, succumbed to the pressure of the mounting asking rate to be caught by Kohli off medium pacer Sreenath Aravind.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then joined McCullum for a 31-run fourth wicket stand before Chahal struck once again with the wicket of the dangerous New Zealander to seal the deal in favour of the visitors.

McCullum, who by now had faced 44 balls and struck seven lusty sixes and two fours, failed to generate enough power to a slower delivery, resulting in a simple reverse-cupped catch by Adam Milne at deep midwicket.

Thereafter, young Ishan Kishan and Jadeja added 27 runs for the sixth wicket before a mix-up landed both the batsmen at the non-striker’s end, ruling the local lad out for a 22-ball 23.

Needing 49 from 14, new man Andrew Tye survived a dropped chance from Kohli, who also dropped Ishan the next over.

Ishan, however, provided some entertainment to the crowd with a 16-ball 39, laced with four lusty hits over the fence but that was not enough to end the home team’s poor run.

Earlier, the visitors got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and skipper Kohli putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to the onslaught.

Kedar Jadhav (38 not out of 16 balls) and Travis Head (30 not out of 16) then finished off the proceedings in style with a 54-run unbeaten third wicket stand.

Coming into the match, just 3 runs short of becoming the first batsman to get 10,000 T20 runs, Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from pacer Basil Thampi through point down to third man for a single.

There was no looking back from there on as the West Indian turned on the heat, dealing mostly in fours and sixes.

The 37-year-old met out special treatment to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, milking him for 21 runs in his very first over before getting to his first half century of the season off a mammoth 104-metre six from chinaman Shivil Kaushik.

Kohli, who till now was enjoying Gayle’s power hitting from the other end, got down to business to get to his second half century of this year’s IPL.

The 28-year-old looked good, striking seven boundaries and a six, to raise a 37-run second wicket stand with Head before pacer Dhawal Kulkarni’s slower delivery did the trick for the home side.

Towards the end, Jadhav and Head showed no mercy on the bowlers, dispatching them out of the park at will as the visitors milked 35 runs from the final two overs.



Shooter Manu wins gold at Junior World Cup



Manu Bhaker
Manu Bhaker Photo Credit: ISSF @ISSF

Sydney, March 24: Teenager Manu Bhaker nailed her second World Cup gold medal inside a month, winning the womens 10m Air Pistol title at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World here on Saturday.

She did a double on the day, winning the team gold in the event as well with compatriots Devanshi Rana, who missed out on an individual medal placing fourth in the final, and Mahima Turhi Agrawal to end an amazing month for herself and extend a golden six month or so period of excellent performances.

Just 20 days ago, the girl from Jhajjar, Haryana, created waves across the shooting world by winning the senior World Cup gold at the same 10m Air Pistol event in her senior team debut.

This comes after the Asian Championships silver last year in Japan to secure a Youth Olympics quota for her country and nine golds at the Shooting Nationals, all in the span of six months.

On Saturday, Manu finished the qualifying round at the second spot with a score of 570 behind Kanyakom Hirunphoem of Thailand.

Kanyakom was in great form throughout the day and was six points clear at the top with 576.

Also Kanyakom, even though still a junior, was a far more experienced than Manu, having represented her country at the Asian Games in Incheon, way back in 2014.

She shot off the blocks very strong in the final as well and appeared to be peaking just at the right time, when she edged ahead of Manu at the end of the 20th shot of the 24-shot final.

The duo were well clear of the chasing pack of six from the very onset of the final. At the end of the 22nd shot, Kanyakom was a point clear of Manu and had a lead of 0.9 on the last shot.

Manu shot a 9.8 while Kanyakom faltered with a 7.9 to seal the deal for the Indian. Manu finished with 235.9 to Kanyakom’s 234.9 while Kaiman Liu of China got the bronze with 214.2.

After briefly being in contention for the bronze, India’s Devanshi Rana finished fourth with a finals score of 195.3.

The Indian trio of Manu, Devanshi and Mahima logged a combined 1693 to win the team gold ahead of China (silver with 1681) and Thailand (bronze with 1673).

India also picked up another gold, two silvers and two bronze medals on the day to log a total of five gold, two silvers and five bronze, just behind China who have six golds.

India won the team gold in the junior men’s 10m Air Pistol when the trio of Gaurav Rana, Anmol Jain and Arjun Singh Cheema produced a combined effort of 1718.

Gaurav and Anmol also bagged silver and bronze in the individual event. Gaurav shot 233.9 in the individual final to finish well behind China’s Zhehao Wang who shot 242.5 for gold. Anmol shot 215.1 to settle for silver.

A second Indian team comprising Anhad Jawanda, Abhishek Arya and Adarsh Singh also got Bronze in the event with a combined effort of 1675.

India’s second silver medal of the tournament came in the Mixed Team Trap event where Manisha Keer partnered Ali Aman Elahi to finsih second with a score of 34 out of 50 hits in the final.

The gold went to the Italian pair of Petroni and Sessa who hit 38 birds in the final. China got the bronze.

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Aadil Anand wins 2 gold at Tunisian Junior & Cadet TT meet



Adil Anand

Rades (Tunisia), March 24: Paddler Aadil Anand delivered two gold medals as India bagged six medals in the Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open which concluded here.

Aadil,12, upstaged Algeria’s Abdelwahab Bellahsene 3-1 (11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6) to claim the honours in the Mini-Cadet Singles on Friday and then teamed up with Payas Jain for the Cadet Boys doubles gold, according to a release.

The Indian duo cruised past the local pair of Aziz Jerbi and Amine Mohamed Oueslati in straight games 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 for their triumph.

Overall, the young lads bagged a rich haul of two gold, two silver and two bronze medals for the country in the ITTF Junior World Junior Circuit tournament.

Aadil was over the moon on his maiden success for the country and thanked the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and former national champion and acclaimed coach Kamlesh Mehta for his guidance.

“I am so happy that after three years of hard work, I am being rewarded for my efforts. I will cherish this for a long time, particularly as it’s my first title for India. I believe this will spur me on for subsequent tournaments,” he said.

Payas had to settle for the silver in the Cadet Boys Singles losing the title clash to China’s Liu Menglong 3-1 (6-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-7).

Manush Shah put up a gallant display in the Junior Boys Singles final but had to be content with a silver medal as he failed to get past Iran’s Amin Ahmadian, losing 2-4 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 9-11).

Manush also secured a bronze as he and Manav Thakkar were the losing semi-finalists in the Junior Boys doubles. They went down to the Chinese pair of Wang Yihao and Zhang Shangzheng 1-3.

Mainak Nistala, who lost to Aadil in the semi-finals of the Mini-Cadet boys’ singles, picked up the other bronze medal.


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Commonwealth Games 2018: PV Sindhu to be India’s flag-bearer



PV Sindhu

New Delhi, March 24: PV Sindhu, the silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, was on Saturday chosen as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast, Australia.

The CWG opening ceremony will be held on April 4.

World No. 3 Sindhu is one of the favorites to win the badminton women’s singles title in Gold Coast after reaching the semi-finals of the All England championships last week.

With Japan and China not part of the Commonwealth, Sindhu should have little problem in her bid to win a medal in Gold Coast. And depending on the draw, Sindhu’s stiffest test could be against compatriot Saina Nehwal.

Sindhu had earlier won a bronze medal bronze in the 2014 edition of the multi-sport event.

Sindhu had earlier won a bronze medal bronze in the 2014 edition of the multi-sport event.

Sindhu had also bagged a silver medal at last year’s Badminton World Championships.

India will see participation of 222 athletes from 15 different sports including Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn bowls, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Para Sports in the quadrennial sport.


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