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SAFF U-15 Girls Championship 2018: India begin campaign with a 12-0 thrashing of Sri Lanka

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The Indian U-15 Women’s National Team rode on Shilky Devi’s hattrick to kick-start their SAFF U-15 Championship campaign by a thumping 12-0 win over Sri Lanka at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan today (August 09, 2018).

A dominant attacking performance saw the Indian Women register an easy win, scoring six goals in the first half and six again in the second; courtesy of a Shilky Devi hattrick (1’, 20’,44’) and strikes by Lynda Kom (6’), Avika Singh (13’, 58’), Sunita Munda (42’, 79’), Kritina Devi (47’), Kiran (72’) and Anju (87’,90’).

The floodgates opened in the very first minute itself when skipper Shilky Devi found the back of the net from close range. Shortly after in the 6th minute, Lynda Kom smashed her chance into the back of the Sri Lankan net to double India’s lead.

The Indian Women playing poise and determination restricted Sri Lanka to their half and fostered chances at will. In the 13th minute, Avika Singh’s long-range attempt left the opposition custodian bewildered and found the back of the net to triple India’s advantage. Shilky Devi added another in the 20th minute to make the scoreline read 4-0 as India upped the ante and all but secured the win.

In the 32nd minute, Priyangka Devi’s cross from the right flank was met by Sunita Munda’s header but her attempt brushed the side netting on its way out. In the 42nd minute, Sunita Munda netted the ball home to make it 5-0 and skipper Shilky Devi completed her hattrick in the 44th minute to make the scoreline read 6-0.

With the Indian defence almost remaining untested throughout the first half, the Indian custodian was not forced to make a single save. The half-time scoreline read 6-0 as the Indian Women led fashionably over their opponents.

Changing over, the Indian Women continued their dominant attacking momentum and in the 47th minute made it 7-0 when defender Kritina Devi found the back of the net.

Avika Singh’s shot from distance crept into the bottom corner of the Sri Lankan goal after some tacky midfield play to make the scoreline read 8-0. Substitute Kiran joined the fray of goal scorers and found the net from inside the box in the 72nd minute to add more to Sri Lanka’s worry.

Sunita Munda added more gloss to the scoreline in the 79th minute and Anju’s strike in the 87th minute and 90th minute completed the rout as the Indian Women defeated Sri Lanka 12-0.

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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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Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap are married

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New Delhi, Dec 14: India’s ace badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Friday tied a wedding knot.

Nehwal took to Twitter to announce her marriage by sharing a photograph with Kashyap.

“Best match of my life…#justmarried”, she tweeted.

Later, Kashyap also shared a wedding picture with a caption “Best match of my life <3 “.

Both were dating each other since the past 10 years. Saina had confirmed the news of her wedding in October this year.

The two badminton players first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where have been training since 2015.

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IND vs AUS, 2nd Test: Australia 277/6 at stumps on Day 1

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Perth, Dec 14: Australia were 277/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second Test match against India here on Friday.

Pat Cummins (11) and skipper Tim Paine (16) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

Brief scores:

Australia: 277/6 (Marcus Harris 70, Aaron Finch 50; Ishant Sharma 2/35) at stumps on Day 1 vs India.

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