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Sundar Singh Gurjar made India Proud after winning Gold in World Para Athletics Championships

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Haryana, July 15: Making India Proud the star player of Para Athletics Championships 2017, Sundar Singh Gurjar bagged Gold, the first medal on Day 1 in London.

As Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia was absent, Gujar brings the Gold in its Country and won the title of World Champion, with a personal best throw of 60.36m.

After the major victory, Sundar said, “I was very disappointed after Rio, as I had prepared intensely and ultimately, could not compete. My morale was completely broken then, but I am delighted with this comeback to competition. I had trained hard for the World Championships as well, but not as much as I had done for Rio.sundar-singh-gurjarHence, this gold medal is great motivation for me to perform even better from here on. I have recovered fully and will do even better at the Asian Games [next year]. I am a little bit disappointed at not being able to break the World Record, but am still satisfied that I got the medal. Full credit goes to my coach Shri Mahavir Prasad Sir.”

The javelin F46 event also witnessed another tremendous performance by 18-year old Rinku. The talented boy hailing from Rohtak who had finished 5th in Rio, exceeded his personal best from the Paralympics with a 55.12m throw, to end up 4th and narrowly miss out on another medal for India.

Rinku who was satisfied with his performance expressed that he delivered his best where it counted. Grinning, he declared, “I am very happy with this performance and with the fact that I am improving my personal bests. Missing the medal was my fate, but the Junior World Championships are coming up later this month, and I will try my best to break the world record there.”

In the men’s shot put F57 event, Virender Dhankar also came tantalisingly near a podium place, grabbing 4th place with a throw of 13.62m. Having arrived at the Championships in fine form, the father of two appeared visibly disappointed at having missed out on a medal.

He professed, “I was feeling great up until yesterday, but for some reason on the day of the event, my body felt different and I could not perform to capacity.” Virender had thrown 14.55m at the World Championships selection trials in Delhi earlier this year; a repeat of that performance would have seen Virender claim the Gold medal here.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Ekta Bhyan, competing who is competing in the first major international event, performed really well to secure 6th place in the women’s club throw F51 final. Ekta had, unfortunately, had fallen ill upon arrival in London, thus putting a dent in her preparations for the competition.

Still, she gave a commendable performance of 14.63m, not too far off her personal best. On the other hand, 17-year old track athlete Jayanti Behera from Odisha finished 5th in her 200m T47 heat, and could not progress further in the competition. She now eagerly awaits her main event 400m T47 on July 21.

 

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IND vs SA, India aim to seal the series in 2nd T20I against S. Africa

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Centurion, Feb 21: After a comprehensive victory in the first Twenty20 International, India will aim to seal the three-match series when they take on South Africa in the second match here at the SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

In the first game, a brilliant all-round show helped visitors beat hosts South Africa by 28 runs at the New Wanderers Stadium. Put in to bat, Shikhar Dhawan (72) hammered the South African bowlers all around the park and helped India post a massive 203/5 before pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/24) wreaked havoc in the South African batting line-up to take a crucial 1-0 lead.

The Virat Kohli-led India will hope to repeat the performance but with middle-order batsmen also playing their part this time. In the last match, Manish Pandey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya failed to provide the expected final flourish. Pandey struggled to score big, scoring 29 not out in 27 deliveries. It will be interesting to see whether the Karnataka right-hander gets another chance.

Bolstered by terrific spell by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, India will hope to create havoc once again to seal the issue.

In the batting department, alongside skipper Kohli, batsmen Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Dhoni and Pandya will look to make the most of their capabilities this time also.

Batsman Suresh Raina, who made a comeback in the T20Is will act as an vital cog in the middle-order and will look to prove his mettle after his seven balls 15 runs in the first match.

The bowling department, which looked lethal with wrist-spinning duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, will try to make a mark in the shortest format.

Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will only add depth to the formidable Indian bowling line-up.

However, the Proteas, led by Jean-Pau Duminy, in the absence of Faf du Plessis, will look to hit back at India in the second game, especially after a 1-5 thrashing in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

Reeza Hendricks was the only one who defied the Indian bowling in the first innings. But middle-order batsman David Miller and Chris Morris, who failed to click in the first match, have to pull up their socks this time to support the lower order which failed drastically. Expectations will be high on Heinrich Klaasen and Farhaan Behardien.

The bowling department, featuring Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Morris along with chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi will have to come up with something special in order to get rid of the flamboyant Indian batsmen.

Squads: 

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.

South Africa: Jean-Paul Duminy (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.

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IND vs SA: India beat S. Africa by 28 runs in 1st T20I

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Johannesburg, Feb 18: A brilliant all-round show helped India beat South Africa by 28 runs in the first Twenty-20 International (T20I) at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.

Put in to bat, Shikhar Dhawan (72) hammered the South African bowlers all around the park and helped India to post a massive 203/5 before pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/24) wreaked havoc in the South African batting line-up to take a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

With this bowling stats, Bhuvneshwar also became the first Indian bowler to take five wickets in each of the three formats (four times in Tests and once each in One Day Internationals and T20Is).

Chasing a challenging target, South African openers J.J.Smuts (14) and Reeza Hendricks got off to a good start. But in the third over, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Smuts to make it 29/1.

Middle-order batsmen Jean-Paul Duminy (3) and David Miller (9) were also dismissed cheaply by Bhuvneshwar and Hardik Pandya respectively.

With the scoreboard reading 48/3, Farhaan Behardien (39) came in the middle and played sensibly along with Hendricks.

The two displayed quality shots and forged an 81-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But just when things seemed good Behardien was sent back to the pavilion by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the 15th over.

After adding a few more runs with new batsmen Heinrich Klaasen (16), Hendricks (70) was caught behind off Bhuvneshwar in the 18th over.

Now with 46 needed in 14 balls, lower-order batsmen Andile Phehlukwayo (13), Chris Morris (0), Dane Paterson (1) and Junior Dala (2 not out) failed to rise to the occasion and only managed to score 175/9 in 20 overs.

Earlier, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan once again unleashed mayhem in South Africa, with his 72 powering India to 203 for five wickets.

The Delhi left-hander, who hit 323 runs in the six One-Day Internationals (ODIs), blasted 10 fours and two sixes in his 39-ball innings as others batted around him.

After home captain Jean-Paul Duminy put India into bat, India’s innings was lifted by a brisk 21 off nine from Rohit Sharma, who got out in the fifth delivery of the second over after edging to wicket-keeper Heinrich Klassen off debutant Junior Dala.

Dhawan’s show began after this as he got useful support from Suresh Raina (15 off 7) and Virat Kohli (26 off 20). Till the dismissal of Kohli, who was ruled LBW against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the third delivery of the 10th over, India had already scored 108.

Dhawan made the most of the ill-disciplined bowling from Chris Morris, Dala and Andile Phehlukwayo, who were allowing the 32-year-old to free his arms on the leg side.

A failed scoop attempt of a slower delivery from Phehlukwayo ended Dhawan’s innings as Klassen dived front to removed the danger.

Later, Manish Pandey (29 not out off 27), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16) and Hardik Pandya (13 not out) took India past the 200-run mark.

Following is the scoreboard of the first Twenty-20 International match between India and South Africa here on Sunday.

India Innings 203-5 (20)

Rohit Sharma c Klaasen b Junior Dala 21
Shikhar Dhawan c Klaasen b Phehlukwayo 72
Suresh Raina c & b Junior Dala 15
Virat Kohli (c) lbw b Shamsi 26
Manish Pandey not out 29
MS Dhoni (wk) b Chris Morris 16
Hardik Pandya not out 13
Extras 11 (lb 2, w 9) Total 203/5 ( in 20 Overs)

Fall of Wickets 23-1 (Rohit Sharma, 1.5), 49-2 (Suresh Raina, 3.6), 108-3 (Virat Kohli, 9.3), 155-4 (Shikhar Dhawan, 14.4), 183-5 (MS Dhoni, 18.1).

Bowling:

Dane Paterson 4-0-48-0
Junior Dala 4-0-47-2
Chris Morris 4-0-39-1
Tabraiz Shamsi 4-0-37-1
JJ Smuts 2-0-14-0
Andile Phehlukwayo 2-0-16-1

South Africa Innings 175-9 (20)

J.J. Smuts c Dhawan b Bhuvneshwar 14
Reeza Hendricks c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 70
Jean-Paul Duminy c Raina b Bhuvneshwar 3
David Miller c Dhawan b Hardik Pandya 9
Farhaan Behardien c Manish Pandey b Chahal 39
Heinrich Klaasen c Raina b Bhuvneshwar 16
Andile Phehlukwayo c Chahal b Unadkat 13
Chris Morris c Raina b Bhuvneshwar 0
Dane Paterson run out (Hardik Pandya/Dhoni) 1
Junior Dala not out 2
Tabraiz Shamsi not out 0

Extras 8 (b 1, lb 1, w 5, nb 1) Total 175/9 (in 20 Overs)

Fall of Wickets: 29-1 (JJ Smuts, 2.5), 38-2 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 4.6), 48-3 (David Miller, 6.2), 129-4 (Farhaan Behardien, 14.6), 154-5 (Reeza Hendricks, 17.1), 158-6 (Heinrich Klaasen, 17.4), 158-7 (Chris Morris, 17.5), 159-8 (Dane Paterson, 18), 175-9 (Andile Phehlukwayo, 19.4).

Bowling:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-24-5
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-33-1
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-32-0
Hardik Pandya 4-0-45-1
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-39-1.

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Roger Federer, 36, becomes oldest World No. 1 in ATP rankings history

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Roger Federer celebrates after victory over Robin Haase in Rotterdam. (PC- Reuters)

Rotterdam, Feb 17: Roger Federer added another highlight to his age-defying career resurgence by returning to the top of the world rankings on Friday after more than five years and becoming the oldest No. 1 at 36.

On Friday a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the ABN AMRO tournament in Rotterdam guaranteed the Swiss would rise to number one for the fourth time in his career.

With return to World No 1, Federer sets multiple records. At 36 years and 195 days, he overtakes Andre Agassi as the oldest number 1 by three years. Agassi was 33 years and 4 months when he held the top spot in September, 2003. Federer would be back as World No 1 after a gap of over five years – the longest gap between stints as World No 1. During this period, Federer won three Grand Slams (two Australian Opens in 2017 and recently in January and Wimbledon last year) and was forced into skipping Grand Slams in 2016 due to injury for the first time since 1999.

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