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IPL 2018: RCB beat Sunrisers by 14 runs to keep play-off hopes alive

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Bengaluru, May 18: Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoff hopes alive as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s skipper Kane Williamson (81 off 42) and Manish Pandey’s (62 not-out off 38) blistering knock went in vain in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.

It was once again Williamson, who along with Pandey forged a crucial partnership to take Hyderabad on the verge of another nail-biting win. However, it was the hosts who clinched the issue by 14 runs to keep their playoff dream alive.

Chasing the massive 219-run target, Hyderabad openers Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Alex Hales (37) took their side to a quick start, accumulating 47 runs in the first five overs.

However, the decent start was short-lived as Yuzvendra Chahal drew the first blood for the hosts in the sixth over when Dhawan came down the track but chipped back to the bowler.

With addition of another 17 runs in Hyderabad’s scorecard, AB de Villiers took a stunning catch at deep midwicket to pack back Hales off a Moeen Ali delivery.

Skipper Williamson and Pandey then took the command, taking their side to touch the three-figure mark in 11.3 overs.

Meanwhile, the Hyderabad captain slammed his half-century off 28 balls, helping his side inch closer to the target.

The duo went on to forge a crucial 135-run partnership for the third wicket, lifting the visitors to 199 runs in 19.1 overs.

With 19 needed off the final over, Mohammed Siraj jolted Hyderabad dismissing the visiting skipper to bring back Bangalore in the game.

Williamson’s knock was laced with seven fours and five sixes.

Pandey and incoming batsman Deepak Hooda could only manage five runs off the final five deliveries as the hosts sealed the match by 14 runs to keep them afloat in the league.

For Bangalore, Chahal, Siraj, and Ali bagged one wicket each.

Earlier, de Villiers and Moeen Ali smacked breezy half-centuries to help Bangalore overcome a shaky start and post a mammoth 218/6 against Hyderabad in a must-win tie.

De Villiers (69 from 39 balls; 4×12, 6×1) and Moeen (65 from 34; 4×2, 6×6) put on a 107-run third wicket stand to resurrect RCB’s innings which fell apart after the early loss of the opening duo of Parthiv Patel (1) and skipper Virat Kohli (12).

Put in to bat, Parthiv failed to take advantage of the dropped chance off the very first ball and departed off the final ball off Sandeep Sharma, caught by Siddharth Kaul at third man.

Kohli followed his opening partner soon after adding 32 runs with de Villiers, as the India skipper’s struggle with the spinners continued in this edition of the IPL. The right-hander attempted to slog Rashid Khan’s fuller length delivery hoping for a googly only to find his stumps re-arranged.

Struggling at 32/2, de Villiers and Moeen changed the complexion of the innings in no time, with both batsmen trying to outscore each other as it started raining boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

De Villiers started with two consecutive boundaries off Shakib Al Hasan before sending the other Hyderabad bowlers to the leather hunt, before Moeen joined the party by welcoming rookie pacer Basil Thampi with two consecutive sixes.

In no time, the South African veteran brought up his half-century in mere 32 balls, when he pulled medium pacer Kaul for a boundary before Moeen, who was dropped on 23 by Dhawan off Sandeep, turned on the heat by meting out some special treatment to Thampi.

The English southpaw mercilessly smacked Thampi for a boundary to bring up his maiden IPL half century off just 25 balls before Afghan leg-spinner Rashid came back to break the partnership in a span of three balls.

Rashid first saw the back of de Villiers brilliantly caught by Dhawan at deep backward square before packing Moeen one ball later, caught behind by Shreevats Goswami.

With both the set batsmen back in the dugout, the visitors sniffed at a smaller total when they packed an in-form Mandeep Singh (4) cheaply.

But New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme (40 from 17; 4×1, 6×4) and teenaged Sarfaraz Khan (22 not out from 8; 4×3, 6×1) lit up the stadium with some late order fireworks, to ensure the home side crossed the 200-run mark with a quick-fire 34-run stand.

For the tourists, Rashid once again emerged the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/27, while Siddharth and Sandeep chipped in with two and one wickets, respectively.

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 218/6 (AB de Villiers 69, Moeen Ali 65; Rashid Khan 3/27) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 204/3 (Kane Williamson 81, Manish Pandey 62 not out; Moeen Ali 1/21) by 14 runs.

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3rd Test: India take 292 runs lead at stumps on day 2 vs England

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Nottingham, Aug 19 (IANS) A disciplined batting helped India score 124/2 in their second innings, taking 292 runs lead Aat stumps on the second day of the third Test match against England here on Sunday.

Cheteshwar Pujara (33) and Skipper Virat Kohli (8) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

For England, Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes chipped in one wicket each in the last session.

The day started with England bowlers wrapping up India’s first innings for 329 just before the lunch.

Ajinkya Rahane (81) and skipper Virat Kohli (97) shone with the bat and helped India post a challenging score.

Resuming the second day at 307 for six, India’s lower-order batsmen — Ravichandran Ashwin (14) Ishant Sharma (1 not out), Mohammed Shami(3) and Jasprit Bumrah (0) — failed to make any substantial contribution to the score.

Overnight batsmen Rishabh Pant only managed to add just two runs to his score before going back to the pavilion.

Coming into bat, England started their innings steadly. The hosts were 46/0, trailing by 283 runs at lunch. England openers Alastair Cook Aand Keaton Jennings applied themselves handsomely and made sure they went for lunch without losing any wicket.

Cook faced 30 balls and slammed three boundaries while Jennings played 25 deliveries and hit the same number of boundaries.

But after lunch, England struggled as Indian bolwers bounced back in style. Hardik Pandya’s 5/28 broke the back of English batting line-up as the hosts were bundled out for 161 in their first innings.

India rode on a brilliant bowling display as the entire England batsmen were wrapped after they added just 115 runs in the second session of the second day.

After a decent start, as England were 46 for no loss at lunch, the Indian bowlers came all guns blazing to hand their side a 168-run lead after India’s first Inning score of 329.

Apart from Pandya, pacers Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah scalped couple of wickets each conceding 32 and 37 runs respectively while Mohammed Shami bagged one.

Jos Buttler was the top scorer for the hosts with his 39 runs while openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings chipped in with 29 and 20 runs respectively.

The final session saw Indian batsmen swelling their overall lead. Openers Shikhar Dhawan (44) and Lokesh Rahul (36) gave the steady start. But just when things seemed good in the middle Rahul was sent back to the pavilion. He was clean-bowled by Ben Stokes.

Soon, after adding 61 runs with Pujara, Dhawan was also dismissed by spinner Adil Rashid when scoreboard was reading 111.

But Kohli and Pujara then played sensibly and without losing their wickets and ended the day by swelling their lead.

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Asiad 2018: Bajrang wins 1st gold, Apurvi-Ravi take bronze on Day 1

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Jakarta, Aug 19 (IANS) Wrestler Bajrang Punia won India’s first gold medal while shooters Apurvi Chandela and and Ravi Kumar bagged a bronze medal on the opening day of the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.

Punia clinched the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 65-kg category defeating Daichi Takatani of Japan 11-8 in the final. It was Bajrang’s second successive gold medal at the Asian Games after his triumph in Incheon 2014 in the 61-kg category.

Sirojiddin Khasanov of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov took the bronze medals.

Chandela and Ravi bagged bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. The Indian pair scored 429.9 in the final round to finish on the podium. Chinese Taipei won the gold with a score of 494.1 while China took silver with 492.5.

But it was a day to forget for veteran star Sushil Kumar as the double Olympic medallist suffered a shock defeat to Adam Batirov of Bahrain in the first contest of the men’s 74-kg freestyle category. Sushil seemed sluggish and off-colour right from the start during his rather lacklustre 3-5 defeat to Batirov.

Batirov lost 2-8 to Japan’s Yuhi Fujinami in the quarter-finals which ended Sushil’s chances of entering the repechage round.

The final of the 65-kg category witnessed a tough battle as the Japanese gave a good fight after struggling in the initial stages against Bajrang.

Bajrang raced away to a 6-0 lead within the first couple of minutes before Daichi fought back to take four consecutive points, going into the break.

The second round saw a tough, see-saw battle. Daichi equalised at 6-6 shortly after the restart. Both wrestlers fought tooth and nail in the final two minutes before the Indian emerged a deserving winner.

Earlier, Bajrang crushed Sirojiddin on technical superiority in his campaign opener.

Bajrang struggled in the early stages as Khasanov opened up a comfortable 3-0 lead. But the Indian staged a strong comeback by notching up six consecutive points to lead 6-3 at he break.

Bajrang completely dominated the second and final round, scoring seven points within two minutes to take a 13-3 lead which saw him being adjudged the winner due to technical superiority.

A wrestler is considered winner by technical superiority when he leads by 10 or more points.

Bajrang thrashed Fayziev Abdulqosim of Tajikistan by technical superiority in the quarter-finals. He had opened up a formidable 9-2 lead in the first round. The Haryana grappler took three points in the opening 30 seconds of the second round to take a decisive 12-2 lead.

Bajrang registered another technical superiority verdict, this time by 10-0 against Batmagnai Batchuluun of Mongolia in the semi-finals.

The other Indian wrestlers faced disappointment in their respective weight categories with Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg) and Mausam Khatri (97kg) failing to reach the podium.

Meanwhile, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lakshya finished first and fifth respectively in the first day’s qualification round of the men’s trap shooting event at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.

Veteran Manavjit scored a total of 72 after three series produced 25, 23 and 24 to top the day’s competition. His compatriot, 19-year-old Lakshay scored 22, 25, 24 for a total of 71 out of a possible 75 to be fifth.

Second on the list was Pakistan’s Aamir Iqbal, who scored a 72 (24,25, 23), while Philippines’ Hagen Alexander Topacio was third with 71 points. Thailand’s Savate Sresthaporn was fourth with 71 points.

There was good news for India elsewhere. The rowers continued their improvement on the international stage, reaching the finals of the men’s and women’s double sculls apart from men’s pairs.

Prakash and Sawarn topped the heat 2 with a time of 7 minutes and 10.26 seconds. In the women’s doubles sculls, Sayali and Pooja finished sixth in Heat 1 with a timing of 8:50.48 minutes. They were sixth in the overall standings.

In the men’s pairs event, Malkeet and Gurinder finished third in Heat 1 with a timing of 7:37.20 minutes. The Indian pair was third in the overall standings.

Olympian Dattu Bhokanal in men’s single sculls and the men’s lightweight fours team will compete in the repechage rounds of their respective categories.

Bhokanal was second in Heat 1 with a time of 8:09.21. Dattu was fourth in the overall standings. The lightweight fours team comprising Bhopal Singh, Jagbir Singh, Tejash Hanamant Shinde and Pranay Ganesh Naukarkar finished second in Heat 2 with 7:19.47 minutes.

India was fourth in the overall standings in the event, with China and Indonesia having made it to the final by winning the two heats.

As expected, India dominated the kabaddi competition with both the men’s and women’s teams started their respective campaigns on a positive note.

In the first match of the day, Indian men out-muscled Bangladesh 50-21 and then overpowered Sri Lanka 44-28 in the second match. India will now face South Korea on Monday

The Indian women, on the other hand, also had a successful outing, crushing Japan 43-12 to underline their superiority in the competition.

It was one-way traffic from the word go as the Indian women dominated the proceedings. They will now face Thailand.

In another Group B tie, Iran women’s team beat Korea 46-20 while Chinese Taipei got the better of Bangladesh 43-28. Thailand breezed past Sri Lanka 41-15 in Group A.

The Indian women’s hockey team began their campaign in an emphatic fashion, flooring hosts Indonesia 8-0 in a Pool A contest.

Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur scored a hat-trick in the 17th, 22nd and 57th minutes, while striker Vandana Katariya (14th and 28th), Navneet Kaur (25th and 50th) and Udita (nint) scored the other goals for India.

For Indonesia, it was a tough debut in the Asian Games for their women’s hockey team as it came up against the continent’s top-ranked side which had claimed a bronze medal at the 2014 Asiad.

In swimming Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash finished fifth and seventh in the men’s 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke final events respectively.

Starting in lane 3, Prakash clocked 1:57.75 seconds in 200m butterfly final. Japan’s Seto Daiya won the title with a timing of 1:54.53 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the 100m backstroke event, Nataraj clocked 56.19 seconds.

Prakash had earlier qualified as the third fastest swimmer in the heats.

His qualification time of 55.86 was the slowest among the eight finalists.

Earlier Nataraj started in lane six and clocked 55.86 seconds in the heat while compatriot Arvind Mani finished second but failed to qualify to the next round.

Prakash qualified for the final with a time of 1:58.12 seconds.

Prakash was 0.06 seconds behind Nao Horomura of Japan who led the pack.

Saurabh Sangvekar, the other Indian in the fray, crashed out in the 200m freestyle event, clocking 1:54.87 seconds.

In badminton, Kidambi Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth won as India crushed Maldives 3-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the men’s team event.

In the mixed doubles tennis competition, India’s Divij Sharan and Karman Kaur Thandi defeated Phillippines’ Alberto Lim and Marian Jade Capadocia 6-4, 6-4 to enter the pre-quarterfinals.

India’s sepaktakraw team lost to South Korea 0-3 in a Group A match of the women’s Regu competition.

Anjul Namdeo and M. Suraj Singh finished fifth and 10th respectively in the men’s changquan wushu event.

Santosh Kumar advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s sanda 56-kg wushu competition, while Pardeep Kumar entered the quarterfinals in the 70-kg category.

Yumnam Sanathoi Devi perished in the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s sanda 56-kg category.

The Indian women’s handball team went down to their Chinese counterparts in a Group A match. In their third match of the Handball preliminary round, the Indian women suffered a 21-36 defeat and are now almost out of the competition.

The Indians had earlier lost to Kazakhstan 19-36 in their first game before going down 18-45 to South Korea.

Maninder Kaur (10) was the top-scorer for India but it was not enough as India were outclassed 9-19 in the first period and then 12-17 in the second period.

India will now face North Korea in their final outing on August 21.

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Asian Games 2018 : Bajrang Punia enters finals of 65Kg freestyle wrestling

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Jakarta, Aug 19 : Bajrang  Punia entered finals of 65kg freestyle wrestling and will take on Japan’s Daichi Takatani or Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov in the Gold medal bout later on today evening.

On day 1 of the Asian Games 2018, Indian shooters have impressed in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event with Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar bagging bronze in 10m event final.Bajrang, who is looking to emulate his mentor Yogeshwar by winning a Gold in the 65kg FS event has won all his bouts convincingly.

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj has qualified for men’s 100m Backstroke final, while Rower Baban Bhokanal Dattu is set to compete in the Repechages event of the Men’s Single Sculls.

 

Bajrang Punia has reached the final of the Men’s 65kg FS after he beat Mongolian Batmagnai Batchuluun 10-0 to complete a hat-trick of wins by technical superiority.

Bajrang Punia beats Tajikistan’s Abdulqasim Fayziev in quarterfinals, enters men’s freestyle 65 kg semifinals.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Tomar’s chances of a medal through the repechage is also over and he follows Sushil Kumar out of the tournament.

Bajrang Punia takes early 2-0 against Mongolia’s Batchuluun Batmagnai. And soon races to 8-0 lead in the first period in the semi-final.

Just two points away from technical superiority win. End of first period Punia leads 8-0.

Punia won 10-0 in the second period with technical superiority.

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 86kg:

Pawan Kumar out of gold-medal race as he lost to Iran’s Hasan Yazdanicharati in quarter-finals.

Volleyball Women’s Tournament:

India lose 0-3 to South Korea.

Women’s Handball:

India lose 21-36 to China in the Group A match.

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 97 kg:

Uzbekistan’s Ibragimov Magomed beat Mausam Khatri 6-0 in the quarter-finals. The Indian tailed 0-2 at the end of first period.

No medal for Sushil Kumar:

Adam Batirov, who defeated Sushil in the first round, failed to reach the final and with that Sushil’s hope of a bronze through repechage have also ended.
14:58 Asian Games updates: Bajrang enters semis; Tomar loses in quarters:

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 65 kg:

Bajrang Punia takes an early 2-0 lead against Tajakistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim. And soon it is 6-0. Excellent! What a display of skills and power. It is 9-2 in favour of Punia in the first round.

Punia wins 12-2 by technical superiority.

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 86 kg:

Pawan Kumar defeats Cambodia’s Heng Vuthy 8-0 to reach quarterfinals.
14:40 Asian Games updates: Bajrang in quarters; Tomar loses in quarters: Sandeep Tomar loses 15-9 to Iran’s Reza Atrinagharchi in the men’s freestyle 57 kg quarter-finals.

Earlier Tomar was trailing 0-6 but made it 6-6 at the end of first round.

Soon Reza Atrinagharchi slammed Tomar to lead 13-6.

 

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