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Smriti Mandhana to become first Indian to play in Kia Super League

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New Delhi, June 15: Indian Women’s Cricket team opener, Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian player to appear in England’s Kia Super T20 League beginning 22 July.

Smriti was signed by defending champions Western Storm and will represent them in the upcoming edition of the tournament that features six teams.

The 21-year-old India opener has scored over 826 runs with the highest score of 76 in the 40 T20Is that she has played so far.

Mandhana has also played for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

Last month, she captained the IPL Trailblazers in the one-off exhibition game organised by the BCCI.

After securing her signing, Head Coach of the Western Storm Trevor Griffin said, “We are really excited that Smriti will be joining us. She is one of the brightest young talents in the game at the moment. Although she is still young, she has a great deal of experience of the game at the highest level and we believe that she will prove to be an excellent signing.”

Looking forward to the new challenge, Storm website quoted Mandhana as saying ,”I am very excited to be playing for the Kia Super League champions. To be the first Indian player to appear in the tournament is a real honour and I hope that I can help Western Storm to more success.”

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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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Asian Games 2018 : Swimmers Nataraj, Prakash qualify for finals

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Jakarta, Aug 19 : Swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash made the finals of the 100m mens backstroke and 200m butterfly events respectively at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.

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.

Meanwhile, in the 200m butterfly event, 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.

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Asian Games 2018: India women’s basketball team lose to Chinese Taipei

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Jakarta, Aug 19 :India’s women’s basketball team suffered a 61-84 defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei in group A match of the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.

It seemed that India had not learnt from its mistakes at the Commonwealth Games as lack of proper defence structure and accuracy cost them the match.

For India, Palanilkumakalayil Skaria Jeena (13) Raspreet Sidhu (12) scored maximum points while Szuchin Peng (14) and Pingjen Huang (11) were the major contributors for the Chinese Taipei.

The match started with both the teams attacking each other. In the first two quarters India gave a good fight and maintained the pace of the game.

India scored 17 points in the first quarter and 11 in the second. But the last two quarters saw India lose the plot.

The Chinese Taipei upped the ante and started putting pressure on the Indian defence and as a result Indian girls failed to stop them.

Regular attacks from their opponents saw India only score 17 and 16 points as compared to Chinese Taipei’s 31 and 20.

India ended the game with 23 turnovers which is 11 more than their opponents. They will now face the Unified Korean team in the third match.

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