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India’s Wilson Singh and Satish Kumar bag gold in synchronised diving 

-Ramananda Sharma secures silver, Siddharth Pradeshi wins bronze in 3m springboard for open category
-Japan wins gold in men’s water polo; Kazakhstan take home silver while Iran win bronze
-Japan dominate artistic swimming with 4 gold & 1 silver; China win 1 gold & 3 silver ~ 

Bengaluru, 29 September 2019: Indian duo of N Wilson Singh and Satish Kumar Prahapati came up with an impressive performance to win gold in the 10m platform synchronised diving here at the on-going 10th Asian Age Group Championships on Monday in Bengaluru. 

India extended their total medal tally to 60 medal (17 gold, 23 silver and 20 bronze) in the prestigious championships, which is the largest aquatic event in Asia. Wilson Singh and Satish Kumar scored 290.19 to beat Uzbekistan’s Zaynetdinov Marsel and Khasanov Botir who scored 280.53 points. The bronze medal was won by Mojtaba Valipour and Masood Vakili of Iran with 266.16 points in the event. “We are very happy with our performance. We prepared very well for this championships and the national camp in Pune was important to sharpen our skills. We are happy it has paid off. Divers from Uzbekistan were very good and we expected a good fight from them. It was a very close competition,” stated Wilson on winning the gold medal.  

India’s Ramananda Sharma continued his fine form as he bagged a silver medal for India in the 3m springboard for open category while Siddharth Pradeshi added another bronze medal to his kitty in the same event here at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships on Monday. 

Sharma scored a total of 287.75 points behind Philippines’ Deorelar Francisco who scored 295.70 points while Pradeshi scored 282.15 points. “I am slightly disappointed about missing the gold. Philippines diver was flawless in all his attempts, I have a few more events left and hopefully I will be better than today,” expressed Sharma after his silver-medal feat. 

In men’s water polo, unbeaten Japan won gold after they secured convincing 21-6 win against Sri Lanka in their last round robin league match to finish with 12 points. Earlier in the tournament they won against China (33-4), India (18-9), Iran (22-4), Kazakhstan (19-7), Uzbekistan (32-11). Kazakhstan who win silver secured wins against China (13-7), India (19-6), Iran (9-6), Sri Lanka (27-1) but lost to Japan (7-19) and Uzbekistan (9-10). 

Hosts India meanwhile had a disappointing campaign as they finished last in the fray of six teams. 

Meanwhile, in artistic swimming which has over 130 participants from nine countries including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Philippines, the Japanese dominated the show with 4 gold and 1 silver medal while China has won 1 gold and 3 silver. Kazakhstan too won gold 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the championships. 

Diving Results: 

Platform (5m/7.5m/10m) (Group I Girls)

1. Zhang Rui (CHN) (468.40)
2. Liang Yixian (CHN) (381.00)
3. Yamasaki Karen (JPN) (345.85)

Platform (5m/7.5m/10m) (Group I Boys)

1. Yang Ling (CHN) (613.35)
2. Lewandowski Conrad (THA) (416.35)
3. Ahmad A H Qali (KUW) (402.35)

3m Spring Board (Open Category Women)

1. Monique Ann Demansip (PHI) (214.40)
2. Zhuravleva Juliya (KZK) (207.25)
3. Borova Yelizaveta (KZK) (186.15)

3m Spring Board (Open Category Men)

1. Deorelar Francisco (PHI) (295.70)
2. Ramananda Sharma (IND) (287.75)
3. Siddharth Pardeshi (IND) (282.15)

3m Women Spring Board

1. Monique Ann Demansip (PHI)
2. Zhuravleva Juliya (KZK)
3. Borova Yelizaveta (KZK)

3m Men Spring Board (Open Category)

1. Deorelar Francisco (PHI)
2. Ramananda Sharma (IND)
3. Siddharth Pardeshi (IND)

1m Spring Board (Group II Boys)

1. Yongxin Zhu (CHN) (381.70)
2. Zexiong Yao (CHN) (360.70)
3. Niwa Kouga (JPN) (335.65)

1m Spring Board (Group II Girls)

1. Zhang Minjie (CHN) (278.60)
2. Lai Chin Yan (HKG) (267.35)
3. Ramanya Yanmongkon (THA) (248.75)

Platform Synchro (Open Category Men/Group I Boys)

1. N Willson Singh & Satish Kumar Prahapati (IND) (290.19)
2. Zaynetdinov Marsel & Khasanov Botir (UZB) (280.53)
3. Mojtaba Valipour & Masood Vakili (IRN) (266.16)

 

Bengal Warriors vs Dabang Delhi K.C.

Panchkula: Bengal Warriors closed the gap at the top of the table as they defeated the table toppers Dabang Delhi K.C. 42-33 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi match at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula. Maninder Singh completed his 10th Super 10 of the season but injured himself too.

Maninder opened the account for Bengal Warriors by taking out Vishal Mane in the first raid of the game. But, Ravinder Pahal’s quick dash ensured he found himself on the bench in his next raid.

Despite leading 3-1 in the early exchanges of the match, Dabang Delhi K.C. lost control of the game when Sukesh Hegde got two touch points for Bengal Warriors. Rinku Narwal’s two tackles and consecutive successful raids from Mohammad Nabibaksh and Maninder Singh meant they inflicted the first All-Out of the game as the scoreline read 13-6 in their favour.

Naveen Kumar brought Dabang Delhi K.C. back in the game when he got two points each in his next raids to close down the gap. But, lack of communication between their defenders resulted in Delhi gifting away cheap points.
Soon, Bengal Warriors inflicted the second All-Out when Naveen got tackled and Sukesh Hegde took out Joginder Narwal in a one-on-one raid. The halftime scoreline read 25-14 in Bengal Warriors’ favour.

As the second half began, Naveen Kumar and Maninder Singh traded blows for their respective sides but a combination tackle from the Bengal Warriors defenders took the former out. Dabang Delhi K.C. continued their shoddy defending as they crumbled like a pack of cards and got All-Out for the third time.
The Bengal Warriors built a mammoth 14-point lead but Maninder injured his left shoulder while conducting the raid and sat out for the remainder of the game. 

Sensing his absence, Naveen Kumar trimmed the opposition manpower and the defenders kept their cool to inflict the first All-Out on Bengal Warriors. The lead got cut short to nine points but time was running out quickly for Dabang Delhi K.C.
The Bengal Warriors raiders utilized the luxury of time to the full extent as they clinched the tie.

Tune in Details (02/10/2019):

7:30 PM: U Mumba v Patna Pirates

8:30 PM: Haryana Steelers v Bengaluru Bulls

 

Tamil Thalaivas vs U Mumba

Panchkula: U Mumba edged out Tamil Thalaivas 36-32 in a thrilling encounter at a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula to move to the fourth spot in the points table on Monday.
Both U Mumba and Tamil Thalaivas started the game on a cautious note rather than blazing all guns. Athul MS got two points in a single raid but V Ajith Kumar pulled up a similar effort to level the scoreline at 5-all.
M. Abishek successfully tackled Abhishek Singh and Dong Geon Lee in succession but Fazel Atrachali’s quick thinking in reviewing Rahul Chaudhari’s raid, who went into the lobby without a touch in a Super Tackle position, brought U Mumba back into the contest.

Athul MS again completed a two-point raid to put U Mumba ahead marginally but the raiders and defenders of Tamil Thalaivas kept their calm to level the score at 9-all again.

But, Abhishek Singh was alert enough in his raids and bagged four points spread over four raids to give U Mumba 15-11 lead at halftime.

Abhishek Singh continued from where he left by taking out Hemant Chauhan in his first raid as the teams changed sides. U Mumba soon inflicted the first All-Out of the game on Tamil Thalaivas to extend their lead to eight points.
The ‘Beast’ Fazel Atrachali, who was slightly off-colour in the first half, put two successive tackles on Rahul Chaudhari with his signature backholds to announce his arrival into the game.
The raiders Athul MS and Abhishek Singh drew inspiration from their captain as U Mumba continued trading blows with Tamil Thalaivas while maintaining their eight-point lead all the way up to 30-22.
V Ajith Kumar bagged two touch points as U Mumba found themselves down to two men. But, a Super Tackle initiated by substitute Mohit Balyan kept them safe at an arm’s length from Tamil Thalaivas.
V Ajith Kumar brought U Mumba down to a single man thrice but Sandeep Narwal delayed the inevitable by picking up solo raid points in each of his three raids in the dying minutes of the game.
He finally got tackled in the last raid of the contest for Tamil Thalaivas to inflict an All-Out. But, it proved to be a mere consolation as U Mumba won the tie. 

Tune in Details (02/09/2019):

7:30 PM: U Mumba vs Patna Pirates

8:30 PM: Haryana Steelers vs Bengaluru Bulls

 

India beat Spain 5-1

Harmanpreet Singh (41′, 51′), Akashdeep Singh (5′), SV Sunil (20′), Ramandeep Singh (35′) scored for the World No. 5 team 

ANTWERPEN – 2019 Test Matches: India Spain v India (M) Photo: India scored a goal Harmanpreet Singh WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK

29 September 2019, Antwerp (Belgium): The Indian Men’s Hockey Team registered consecutive victories against World No. 8 Spain, as they beat the Spanish team 5-1 in their third match of Tour of Belgium held here on Sunday. After recording a 6-1 win against the same opposition on Saturday, the World No. 5 Indian team looked comfortable throughout the match as Harmanpreet Singh (41′, 51′) scored another brace to lead his team to a convincing victory.

It was not a great start for the Indian team though, as they went a goal down in the 3rd minute through Spain’s opening attack. The World No. 8 team’s Iglesias Alvaro scored the opening goal of the match to put the pressure on the Indians. However, high on confidence from their two wins in the opening two matches, India responded with the equalizer in the 5th minute as Akashdeep Singh scored a field goal to make it 1-1. The Indians looked comfortable in possession during the latter stages of the first quarter and forced the Spanish Goalkeeper into making a save off a Penalty Corner.

SV Sunil also marked his return to the team with a wonderful strike in the second quarter to give India a 2-1 lead. It was in the 20th minute that the Forward ran inside from the right flank, and struck the ball past Quico Cortes. Spain did try to make a comeback into the match, but could not create enough opportunities before the half-time break as India maintained their 2-1 advantage.

The Indian team started the third quarter with a flurry of good opportunities inside the Spanish circle, and it was in the 35th that they benefited from it as Forward Ramandeep Singh scored India’s third goal of the afternoon. Things started looking difficult for Spain as Indians dominated possession, and were creating regular chances. The 41st minute saw drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh convert a Penalty Corner to make it 4-1 in India’s favour.

The last quarter saw a similar tale as India produced some outstanding team moves with their pressing and quick passing. The World No. 5 team scored their fifth goal of the match as Harmanpreet Singh step up yet again to convert another Penalty Corner and score his second goal of the match, making it four goals in the last two matches. Spain could not trouble the Indian defenders as much as they would have liked in the remaining few minutes and ended up losing 1-5 to the Indian team.

The fourth match of the Tour of Belgium will see the Indian Men’s Hockey Team face World No. 2 Belgium on Tuesday, 1st October 2019 at 1300 hrs IST.

Please find attached the updated match schedule along with pictures of Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinderpal Singh.

For more images of the Indian Hockey Teams, click: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bDB03H2nf6CtduE8HHEMTCYYll2-ufiC

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About HOCKEY INDIA 

HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the governing body with exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women’s hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, trains players at sub-junior, junior and senior level. The governing body engages in Coaching the coaches with International Standard certification programs, educates and equips technical officials and umpires to find a foothold in international arena, provides world-class infrastructure and International exposure for the players besides regular international competition. Hockey India has also pioneered in bringing top International hockey events to India such as the FIH Men’s World Cup in 2010 and 2018, FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India is dedicated to getting our national team(both men and women) into the top three in the world.

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Odisha – the Eastern State of India – is known for its love for Hockey. The State successfully hosted the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 and hosted the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 in June. Odisha has previously hosted the Champions Trophy 2014 and the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Kalinga Lancers, the team owned by the State, is the winners in the Hockey India League 2017. Taking a step further towards realising the dream of restoring the glory of Indian Hockey at the global level, the State is sponsoring the Indian Hockey Teams till 2023

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Puneri Paltan vs Dabang Delhi KC

Panchkula: Naveen Kumar was once again the star for Dabang Delhi K.C. as they defeated Puneri Paltan 60-40 in a crucial VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match in front of a packed audience at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula on Sunday.

The young raider picked up another Super 10 (his 17th consecutive) as Delhi produced a near-flawless performance to beat Pune and end their chances of making it to the playoffs.

Delhi, as expected, started on the front foot, with their raider-in-chief Naveen Kumar looking unstoppable. The 19-year-old raider picked points at will, pulling out the acrobatic moves in the process, as the Delhi side inflicting an All-Out on Pune in the 7th minute of the match. Pune were badly missing the services of their raider Pankaj Mohite who missed out due to a fever. Their raiders struggled as Ravinder Pahal (completed 50 tackle points for the season) and Joginder Narwal, the corners for Delhi, also got into the game with successful tackles. Naveen Kumar kept adding to his points tally as he clinched a personal record of becoming the fastest player to secure 400 raid points in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history. The Delhi side secured their second All-Out with 7 minutes remaining to half time to open up a 14-point lead. Manjeet was once again the only positive player on the mat for Pune and his valiant efforts in the raids allowed the side to cling on to the hope of coming back into the match. The first half ended 30-16 with Delhi on top.

The second half turned out to be much of the same with Delhi dominating in all departments. Chandran Ranjit secured his Super 10 as the Delhi clinched another All-Out in the 11th minute of the second half to all but seal the match. Balasaheb Jadhav got a High 5 for Pune but their leaking defence and toothless raids led to another All-Out with slightly more than five minutes still remaining in the match. Ravinder Pahal clinched his High 5 for the team from Delhi as their raiders helped them secure the biggest points tally in VIVO Pro Kabaddi season seven. Pune’s loss meant their hopes of a playoff berth ended while Delhi ensured they will remain in the top two of the league irrespective of whatever happens in the remaining matches.

Tune in Details (30/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs Dabang Delhi KC

8:30 PM: Tamil Thalaivas vs U Mumba

 

Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

Panchkula: Haryana Steelers beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 38-37 in a closely fought VIVO Pro Kabaddi encounter to secure a place in the Season 7 playoffs on Monday. Vikas Kandola was once again the star for the home side, picking up a Super 10, as the Steelers produced a successful tackle in the final play of the match to edge the thriller in front of a packed audience at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula.

Gujarat, on the back of a massive 29-point victory against Tamil Thalaivas, started the match strongly. Rohit Gulia and Sonu impressed with their raids while at the other end a tight Gujarat defence ensured Haryana’s Vikas Kandola was not given space to wreak havoc. Rohit Gulia’s three-point Super Raid in the early minutes set the pace for Gujarat who edged Haryana in all departments to clinch an All-Out in the 9th minute of the match. Haryana’s over-reliance on Vikas Kandola for the raid points was once again visible as the home side struggled to get a grip of the match. In fact, Haryana only wins 30% of their matches when Vikas Kandola fails to clinch a Super 10 and Gujarat were obviously well aware of this fact, pouncing on the raider in packs. Despite a brief period of dominance after the All-Out, the Haryana team struggled again in the dying minutes to go down to just three men on the mat at half time (scores 19-14 with Gujarat on top).

The home side started the second half on the front foot though and reduced the Gujarat team to just three men in the early minutes. But once again, Haryana could not push home the numerical advantage and squandered the opportunity to inflict an All-Out to allow Gujarat back in the game. Amit’s Super Tackle in the sixth minute of the match proved to be crucial for Gujarat who then went to open up a lead once again. But Kabaddi is a game of fine margins and the momentum once again shifted to the home side after Vikas Kandola picked up a 3-point Super raid to reduce Gujarat’s lead to one point. But Rohit Gulia produced a Super Tackle on Vikas Kandola as Haryana waster another opportunity to clinch an All-Out with under 7 minutes left in the match. But as they say, “cometh the hour, cometh the man” and as usual, Vikas Kandola picked his game up to clinch successive multi-point raids to finally give Haryana an All-Out and a one-point lead with under 4 minutes left in the match. A nail-biting finish to match saw Gujarat level the points with a tackle on Vikas Kandola with one second left in the clock but that one second proved too costly for the Fortunegiants as the Haryana defenders ushered Rohit Gulia out of the mat to clinch a point and the victory.

Tune in Details (30/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs Dabang Delhi KC

8:30 PM: Tamil Thalaivas vs U Mumba

 

Harmanpreet Singh’s brace helps Indian Men’s Hockey Team to an impressive 6-1 win over Spain

Harmanpreet Singh (28′, 32), Manpreet Singh (24′), Nilakanta Sharma (39′), Mandeep Singh (56′) and Rupinderpal Singh (59′) scored in the big win

Marlow – 2019 Test Matches: India Spain v India (M) Photo: India scored a goal. Manpreet Singh (C) Worldsportpics copyright Frank Uijlenbroek

28 September 2019, Antwerp (Belgium): The Indian Men’s Hockey Team produced a masterful performance to beat World No. 8 Spain 6-1 in their second match of Tour of Belgium held here on Saturday. A brace by Harmanpreet Singh (28′, 32′) along with goals from Manpreet Singh (24′), Nilakanta Sharma (39′), Mandeep Singh (56′) and Rupinderpal Singh (59′) capped off a brilliant performance by the World No. 5 Indian team.

India started the match aggressively and almost immediately were in the ascendancy by creating problems for the Spanish defence with a host of circle penetrations. Despite the possession, India found it tough to win a Penalty Corner or create clear opportunities on goal in the first quarter. It was in fact Spain who won the first Penalty Corner of the game towards the end of the first quarter, forcing India’s Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh into a fine, reflex save to keep the scores level at the quarter break.

India started making more inroads towards the Spanish goal in the second quarter, and very soon were forcing Quico Cortes into pulling smart saves in Spain’s goal. Finally in the 24th minute, it was Captain Manpreet Singh who broke the deadlock as he slotted home to give India the lead. Within four minutes, the lead was doubled as Harmanpreet Singh scored India’s second of the game through a Penalty Corner. The drag-flicker executed a perfect drag flick to take India two goals clear. However, it was Spain’s turn to open their account as they pulled a goal back right before half-time, which meant the teams went into break with India leading 2-1.

Almost from the start in the third quarter, India were keen to wrap up the game, with their attacking play stifling Spain and pushing them deeper into their own half. Harmanpreet Singh was on target again as he got his second goal of the game with another Penalty Corner conversion in the 32nd minute to restore India’s two-goal cushion. Midfielder Nilakanta Sharma added to that with a superbly taken goal in the 39th minute, giving India a 4-1 lead at the end of the third quarter.

India kept control of the game in the final quarter and showed their quality as they did not allow Spain any chance to mount a comeback. Throughout the period, the World No. 5 side kept up their attacking play and consistently pressured the Spanish defence. In the 56th minute, Mandeep Singh scored the team’s fifth goal, before Rupinderpal Singh converted a Penalty Corner in the 59th minute to register his name on the score-sheet in his comeback match and wrap up a brilliant performance.

 

Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha

Panchkula: Haryana Steelers opened their VIVO Pro Kabaddi League home leg with a 30-37 loss against UP Yoddha in front of a packed audience at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula on Saturday.

Shrikant Jadhav scored a Super 10 and Nitesh clinched a High 5 in a well-balanced performance by the UP team who now have seven wins from their last eight matches.

The game had a nervous start as both teams struggled to get the cohesion on the mat correctly. Surprisingly, it was the secondary raiders of both teams who got their teams going with Surender Gill producing a three-point Super Raid in the fourth minute to give the visiting team a lead. But Vinay produced a three-point raid for Haryana in the subsequent raid to restore the parity. Dharmaraj Cheralathan’s return from injury didn’t seem to have changed the Steelers’ defensive abilities on the mat as they were outscored by the UP defence in the first half ( UP – 5, Haryana – 2). The half ended with UP leading 15-11 but importantly for the home team, there were only three men remaining on the mat for Yoddha.

The second half continued to be the same, with Haryana scuffing chance after chance to inflict an All-Out as UP’s lead grew to 8 points. Both defences continued to fail as raiders picked up easy points. Haryana eventually secured their All-Out in the 7th minute of the half but still remained four points away from Yoddha. The All-Out in fact, hardly disturbed the balance of the match, as UP continued to dominate the proceedings despite the setback. Nitesh Kumar picked up a High 5 as the UP defence held firm and the team inflicted an All-Out on Steelers with under two minutes remaining to open up an 8-point gap. The lead proved too much for Haryana who lost the match by a margin of seven points that helped them secure a point.

Tune in Details (29/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Puneri Paltans vs Dabang Delhi

8:30 PM: Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

 

USA breaks world record in mixed 4 X 400M at IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

The first world record* of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 came just half way through the second session of competition as USA won their heat of the mixed 4x400m on Saturday (28).

The event, making its debut at the championships, attracted the powerhouses of one-lap sprinting, many of whom were drawn in the first heat. USA led from the outset, thanks to a 44.51 run from Tyrell Richard. He then handed over to Jessica Beard and Jasmine Blocker, who maintained the USA’s lead with near identical splits of 51.20 and 51.27 respectively.

With strong challenges mounting on the final leg from Jamaica, Bahrain and Great Britain, USA’s Ogi Igbokwe put in a 45.44 effort on anchor to bring the team home in 3:12.42.

Their winning time is the first official world record in this event. The IAAF Council agreed that the inaugural world record will be the first performance to better the recognised world best performance at end of 2017, which was USA’s 3:13.20 clocking from 2016.

Four teams bettered that mark tonight in Doha, all from the first heat. Jamaica finished second in 3:12.73, Bahrain was third in an Asian record of 3:12.74 and Great Britain & Northern Ireland placed fourth in 3:12.80. Poland won the second heat in 3:15.47.

The mixed 4x400m final will be held on Sunday night (29).

 

Patna Pirates vs Dabang Delhi KC

Jaipur: Dabang Delhi KC produced a stellar comeback to beat Patna Pirates 43-39 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match in front of a packed audience at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday. Naveen Kumar and Vijay secured Super 10s for the Delhi side who move back on to the top of the points table after the victory.

Patna will only have themselves to blame for the loss after having dominated the match for most parts. Pardeep Narwal once again impressed with a Super 10 (19 points) for the Pirates but a blunder in the defence by three-time champions Patna allowed Delhi’s Vijay to clinch 5 points in a raid and come back in the match.

Considering the quality of raiders on both the sides of the mat, it wasn’t surprising to see both the defences take a cautious approach in the early minutes of the encounter. When they did try, they failed as Pardeep Narwal and Naveen Kumar made the match all about themselves. But Chandan Ranjit, Delhi’s secondary raider, picked up important points in the background, and the pressure finally told when in the 11th minute Vijay pulled off a stellar block on Patna’s Pardeep Narwal to sway the balance towards the Delhi side. Pardeep’s time away from the mat is usually the make-or-break factor for the Patna team the season but despite the star spending most a large time away (8 minutes 25 seconds) from the action, the team kept pace with the Delhi side, with Hadi Oshtorak marshalling the defence. The first half ended with no All-Outs and points even at 13-13.

The Delhi side started the second half with a Super Tackle on Pardeep Narwal but that was perhaps their only positive move in the next minutes as Patna unleashed the beast in them. Quick raids fetched them an All-Out in the fourth minute of the half after which Pardeep Narwal steamrolled through a hapless Delhi defence. The superstar picked another Super 10, and three-point Super Raid in the 8th minute of the half, as Patna pushed for another All-Out. They got their second All-Out with six minutes remaining to move to a six-point lead. ‘Record breaker’ Pardeep also became the first raider to hit 1100 points in Pro Kabaddi League history with his efforts. But Kabaddi is a sport that doesn’t allow you to rest on your laurels, and a raid by Delhi’s Vijay with slightly more than 3 minutes left in the match turned things around once again. He secured a bonus point and four touch points to cut down Patna’s lead to a single point. Delhi clinched the all-important All-Out with two minutes left in the match to pull open a lead which their defenders helped maintain.

Tune in Details (27/09/2019):

7:30 PM: U Mumba vs Bengaluru Bulls

8:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans

 

Hockey Odisha to take on Hockey Haryana in the first Semi-Final, while Hockey Karnataka will face hosts Uttar Pradesh Hockey in the second Semi-Final

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), 26 September 2019: The 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side Senior National Championship Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 2019 (Combined Men and Women) started here at the Hockey Complex, Green Park Stadium, which saw combined men’s and women’s teams from Hockey Odisha, Hockey Haryana, Hockey Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh Hockey qualify for the Semi-Finals of the competition. Eight teams started the tournament in the knockout phase where four matches took place early morning on Thursday. The Semi-Finals, Bronze Medal and the Final are scheduled to be played later today from 1400hrs IST onwards.

Hockey Odisha and Hockey Maharashtra started the day with an exciting contest which saw Hockey Odisha prevail with a 7-5 win. Hockey Odisha started the match brightly as they scored three goals inside the first period. It was Sushil Dhanwar who scored the first goal in the opening minute, followed by a goal from Ajay Ekka in the 7th minute. The third goal for Hockey Odisha came in the 9th minute through Deepak John Kerketta. However, Hockey Maharashtra pulled two goals back in the 10th and 12th minutes through Preeti Dubey and Venkatesh Kenche respectively. Hockey Odisha hit back at their opponents in the 13th minute through Rinki Kujur to make it 4-2. Some interesting action in the upcoming few minutes saw Hockey Maharashtra try to make amends, and succeeded in doing so as they equalized to make the scores level at 5-5. But the last two minutes saw Hockey Odisha produce two stunning moments to snatch a last-gasp 7-5 victory and a spot in the Semi-Finals. Taleb Shah (15′, 16′, 17′) scored a hat-trick for Hockey Maharashtra, while Asmita Barla (13′) and Sushil Dhanwar (19′, 20′) scored for Hockey Odisha.

The second match between Hockey Haryana and Hockey Jharkhand saw Hockey Haryana register a comfortable 6-4 victory to make it to the Semis. The match started with Hockey Haryana’s Captain Mandeep Antil scoring a brace in the second minute itself. Antil scored twice in the second minute to give his side a 2-0 advantage, but Hockey Jharkhand responded in the 4th minute through Noyel Topno who scored off a rebound. Pardeep Mor also found himself on the score-sheet in the 6th minute as he scored to make it 3-1. However, two minutes later Noyel Topno scored his second to make it 3-2 going into the break. However, the start of the second period saw Hockey Haryana score twice through Somjeet (13′) and Deepika (18′) to make it 5-2. However, two goals from Hockey Jharkhand made things interesting towards the final few minutes as Anurud Bhengra (19′) and Noyel Topno (19′) scored. Hockey Jharkhand tried to find the equaliser with a minute to go, but it was Hockey Haryana who scored one more time through Neelam (20′) to make it a 6-4 win for them.

In the third match, it was a dominant performance from Hockey Karnataka who secured a 7-1 win against Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu as Abharan Sudev scored four times (5′, 7′, 12′, 19′). The first period saw Hockey Karnataka score thrice through Abharan Dev (5′, 7′) and Mohammed Raheel Mouseen (9′). Hockey Karnataka’s impressive run saw them score again in the 12th minute through Dev who completed his hat-trick to make it 4-0. Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu’s T Raghuram scored an amazing goal as he put the ball into the top right corner in the 14th minute to open the scoring for his team. However, Hockey Karnataka’s efficiency in front of goal meant that they scored three more goals in the last four minutes through Leelavathy M J Mallamada (17′), Abharan Dev (19′) and B M Likhit (20′) to round-off a convincing 7-1 win.

In what was a very competitive match, it was Uttar Pradesh Hockey who defeated Hockey Punjab 6-4 to secure their berth in the Semi-Finals. The first period saw both the teams get chances to score, but it was only in the 7th minute that Hockey Punjab defied the odds and scored the opening goal through Captain Brumdeep Singh to silence the home support. Uttar Pradesh Hockey had chances in the next few minutes, and after missing a Challenge, they managed to score a field goal to equalize in the 9th minute through Saurabh Anand. The youngster scored yet again in the next minute to overturn the lead at the break. The second period also started well for the hosts as they further extended their lead to make it 4-1, with Raj Kumar Pal (11′) and Captain Mohd Amir Khan (12′) scoring the goals. However, Hockey Punjab made a strong statement when they scored thrice in four minutes to level the scores at 4-4. Hockey Punjab’s Sharanjeet Singh (14′, 15′) and Varinder Singh (17′) scored the goals. With just three minutes remaining on the clock, it looked like it could have been anyone’s game, but Uttar Pradesh Hockey’s Captain Mohd Amir Khan stepped up and scored twice in the 18th and 19th minutes to wrap up a 6-4 win.

The Semi-Finals, Bronze Medal and Final of the 3rd Hockey India 5-a-side Senior National Championship Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 2019 (Combined Men and Women) will take place on Thursday, 26th September 2019 from 1400hrs IST onwards as per the below schedule:

Semi-Final 1 – 1400hrs IST – Hockey Odisha v Hockey Haryana

Semi-Final 2 – 1440hrs IST – Hockey Karnataka v Uttar Pradesh Hockey

Final – 1700hrs IST – Winner of Semi-Final 1 vs Winner of Semi-Final 2

 

Spirited India swimmers bag 9th gold medal at the Asian Age Group Championships 

-Team comprising Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash, Likith SP and Virdhawal Khade beat Thailand and Hong Kong to win 4x100m individual medley; The Indian women’s relay team win Silver in 4×100 medley
-India surge ahead with total of 30 medals; Kushagra Rawat to aim for 4th individual gold in 400m freestyle in the evening session

Bengaluru, 26 August 2019: The Indian men’s 4x100m medley relay team comprising Srihari Nataraj, Sajan Prakash, Likith SP and Virdhawal Khade clocked a total time of 3:46.49 seconds to beat Thailand (3:48.89) and Hong Kong (3:53.99) respectively to win India’s ninth gold medal at the on-going 10th Asian Age Group Championships here at the Padukone-Dravid Centre of Sports Excellence on Wednesday. 

India lived up to the challenge posed by Thailand and Hong Kong as they got off to a flying start thanks to Srihari Nataraj (56.55) giving an ideal lead in backstroke as he finished ahead of Hong Kong’s Lau Shiu Yue (57.72) and Thailand’s Kasipat Chograthin (58.41). Sajan Prakash diving in next for the butterfly dash kept up India’s lead with a time of 54.50 seconds while Thailand’s Navaphat Wongcharoen clocked 54.50 seconds and Hong Kong’s Cheung Yau Ming (56.60). 

Likith SP, swimming breast stroke, was excellent as he extended the lead clocking fastest time of 1:02.47 while Thailand’s Nuttapong Ketin timed 1:03.69 and Hong Kong’s NG Yan Kin who clocked 1:05.82 seconds. Khade, who won gold in the 50m freestyle on Wednesday, ensured the first-place finish as he kept up the momentum created by his compatriots to win gold. He timed 53.00 seconds while Thailand’s Tarit Thongchumsin tried catching with a faster time of 52.29 seconds but settled for silver while Hong Kong’s Fung Chung Ho clocked 53.85 seconds to take home the bronze medal.     

“We had a good start, I was expecting to be half a second faster but maybe I’m bit exhausted from all the racing. We all swam a very good race. We led from the start to finish. It is motivating to see other Indian swimmers do well in this Championships, I feel this is the strongest team we have had and I am really excited that it is going well,’ stated Nataraj after the gold-medal feat. 

In the 4x100m medley relay for open category women, India comprising Maana Patel, Divya Satija, Chahat Arora and Shivani Kataria bagged the silver medal with a time of 4:26.69 seconds. Thailand won the race with a time of 4:23.23 while Hong Kong finished third with a timing of 4:31.19 seconds. “I’m happy that we got the silver medal. I swam 100 metres backstroke in the heats and then the relay, I clocked almost the same time in both the events. I wanted a gold too for this event but I’m happy with how the team is performing,” stated Maana Patel after the race. 

In the evening session, India’s Virdhawal Khade and Srihari Nataraj for the first time will compete against each other in the 100m freestyle event for open category men. Speaking about the race, Khade said: “It will be a very good race. The Uzbekistan swimmer (Khurshidjon Tursunov) will be a tough competitor but it will be good to have two podium finishes from India. This will be the first time Srihari and I are racing against each other in the same event and I am totally looking forward to it. I am confident of a gold in the 100m freestyle too.”

Kushagra Rawat, who has been in sensational form, will be attempting for his fourth individual gold medal when he swims the 400m freestyle final in the evening. He won the 1500m freestyle on Wednesday and also won the 200m and 800m freestyle on the opening day.  

Results Day 3 (Morning session): 

4×100 Freestyle (Group II Mixed)

1. Japan (3:46.29)

2. Hong Kong (3:48.48)

3. Thailand (3:50.98)

4×100 Medley (Open Category Men)

1. India (3:46.49)

2. Thailand (3:48.89)

3. Hong Kong (3:53.99)

4×100 Medley (Open Category Women)

1. Thailand (4:23.23)

2. India (4:26.69)

3. Hong Kong (4:31.19)

4x200m Freestyle (Group I Boys)

1. Japan (7:37.59) NMR

2. Hong Kong (7:52.26)

3. Thailand (7:55.17)

4x200m Freestyle (Group I Girls)

1. Japan (8:23.26)

2. Hong Kong (8:41.20)

3. Thailand (8:48.52)

Indian swimmers who have qualified for the finalists in the evening session: 

1. Kushagra Rawat 400m Freestyle (Open Category Men)
2. Khushi Dinesh 200m Freestyle (Group I Girls)
3. Tanish George 200m Butterfly (Group I Boys)
4. Utkarsh Patil and Devansh Parmar 200m Backstroke (Group II Boys)
5. Maana Patel 100m Backstroke (Open Category Women)
6. Shoan Ganguly and Sahil Laskar 100m Butterfly (Group II Boys)
7. Virdhawal Khade and Srihari Natraj 100m Freestyle (Open Category Men)
8. Apeksha Fernandes 200m Breaststroke (Group II Girls)

 

Six World Championship titles at stake as stage is set for WYCC

World’s second youngest GM Praggnanandhaa will lead India’s charge

Mumbai, September 26:  Six world crowns will be at stake when the prestigious World Youth Chess Championship gets under way here on October 1.

As many as 66 countries and 56 title-holders, including three Grand Masters, will be seen in action over the next fortnight. Six out of the 450+ participants, including 145 from India, are also world champions.

India’s latest sensation and the world’s second youngest Grand Master Praggnanandhaa R will be the star attraction, in what is the biggest chess tournament ever held in India. Sargsyan Shant (Armenia) and Iniyan P (India) will be the other GMs in fray.

The six titles up for grabs are in the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 categories for both boys and girls, it was announced here at a press conference.

“I am so glad that we are organising this important tournament. I hope to see many more such mega events in India,” GM Harika Dronavalli, Padmashri and Arjuna Awardee, said, conveying her best wishes to the Indians over video.

“I started my professional career with the World Youth Chess Championship in Spain 2000. I won 5-6 medals in these championships which put me on my long journey to the top,” she added.

GM Koneru Humpy, another Padmashri and Arjuna Awardee, remarked: “India is probably hosting a tournaments of this stature and magnitude for the first time. It is a great opportunity for young kids to watch, learn and get inspired by rubbing shoulders with other budding international stars.”

Apart from Chennai-based Praggnanandhaa, Nagpur’s Divya Deshmukh will also be the cynosure of all eyes, especially as the latter will spearhead the girls’ challenge for the country.

“This is a great honour for India,” Pravin Jain, chairman of the organising committee, said in presence of other top officials. “We hope to take the love for chess in India to the next level through the WYCC. I am positive that our young boys and girls will take it up in a big way after this,” he added.

Russia, USA, France, Italy and Azerbaijan will be a few chess powerhouses to watch out for in the tournament, organised under the aegis of the All-India Chess Federation by the All-Marathi Chess Association. The tournament itself will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Powai.

India has traditionally excelled at the youth level, bagging several gold, silver and bronze medals since the WYCC was introduced in 2004. “We would like to thank FIDE for this opportunity and are looking forward to playing host to such a wonderful tournament,” tournament director and Fide Asian Zone 3.7 president Ravindra Dongre said.

Notable participants among boys: Sreeshwan Maralakshikari (FIDE Master, India), Murzin Volodar (FIDE Master, Russia), Suleymanli Aydin (International Master , Azerbaijan), Donoso Diaz Sebastian (FIDE Master, Chile), Niemann Hans (International Master, USA), Kacharava Nikolozi (FIDE Master, Georgia), Avila Pavas Santiago (FIDE Master Columbia), Praggnanandhaa R (Grand Master, India), Sargsyan Shant (Grand Master, Armenia), Gholami Aryan (International Master, Iran), Iniyan P (Grand Master India)

Notable participants among girls: Rakshitta Ravi (International Women Master, India), Divya Deshmukh (Women International Master, India), Garifullina Leya (Women Candidate Master, Russia), Beydullayeva Govhar (Women Master, Azerbaijan), Mrudul Dehankar (Women Candidate Master, India), Shuvalova Polina (International Women Master, Russia), Lara Schulze (Woman Master, Germany), Anna Afonasieva (Woman Master, Russia), Obolentseva Alexandra (Woman Master, Russia)

(L-R) Mr. Pravin Jain, Chairman of the Organising Committee, Dr. Parinay Fuke, Hon. Minister of State PWD, Mr. RM Dongre, tournament director, Mr. Rahul Shah, Vice-Chairman of organising committee and Vijay Deshpande, Secretary, All Marathi Chess Association at the pre-event press conference for the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai on Thursday.

 

Syed Saqib Ahmed holds on to the lead with a stoic 68 in round three of Jaipur Open 2019

M Dharma cards a gutsy 65 to get within one shot of the leader

Jaipur, September 26, 2019: The final day of the TATA Steel PGTI’s Jaipur Open 2019 could witness a tussle between Bengalureans Syed Saqib Ahmed and M Dharma as the two ended the penultimate day of the tournament with just one shot separating them at the top of the leaderboard at the Rambagh Golf Club.

While Saqib shot a stoic two-under-68 to continue in the lead for the second day running with a total of 17-under-193, Dharma returned a gutsy five-under-65 to total 16-under-194 and thus reduce Saqib’s overnight three-shot lead to just one stroke at the Rs. 30 lakh event.

Gurugram-based rookie Priyanshu Singh’s round of 63 placed him third at 14-under-196.

Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha, an Asian Tour regular, fired the day’s best score, a flawless 62, to be in tied seventh place at 12-under-198.

Syed Saqib Ahmed (64-61-68), who had equaled the week’s lowest score of 61 on day two, had a productive front-nine on Thursday as he sank three birdies including a chip-in on the sixth. With his lead increasing to four shots at the turn, Saqib seemed to be on course to take total control on day three.

However, Saqib couldn’t push ahead on the back-nine as the birdies dried up for him. The 25-year-old, who won his only event on the PGTI in February 2018, ended up dropping a bogey on the 17th to close the day with just a one-shot advantage.

Saqib said, “It was a decent round but not what I would’ve expected. After being three-under through the first eight holes, I was looking to drive home the advantage. But I just didn’t create enough opportunities for myself on the back-nine.

“After two really low rounds, I guess there was bound to be one average round. I’m glad that it’s happened now and not in the final round. It’s now about focusing hard and thinking about one shot at a time in round four. Dharma is quite experienced so it will be a tough contest.”

M Dharma (62-67-65), lying overnight joint third and four off the lead, gained one spot and rose into contention as a result of his dramatic third round of 65. Dharma, who like Saqib also hails from the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course, had a poor start as he made double-bogey and bogey on the third and fourth to be two-over for the day. He found the bunker and missed up and downs on both holes.

The 33-year-old Dharma, a two-time winner on the PGTI, was thereafter on a roll as he drained long birdie putts on the sixth, eighth and 16th and also nailed an eagle from 30 feet on the 14th. He narrowly missed out on another eagle conversion from 30 feet on the 18th where he picked up a birdie. Dharma’s also hit an immaculate approach on the 15th from 150 yards that stopped a foot from the flag and helped him gain another stroke.

Dharma said, “I felt I fought back really well after the early disappointments. The eagle on the 14th helped me relax as I knew that just another one or two birdies from there on would put me in a good position.

“After two top-10s at the start of the year my game has not been as consistent. I now want to make up for that. I have the confidence going into the last round as I’ve had a good track record here at Rambagh over the last two years. I finished third last year after a final round of 61 and also had a top-10 the previous year,” added Dharma, who won his last title in December 2017.

Priyanshu Singh, the 2019 PGTI Q School champion, put up a display of some fine ball-striking as he set up all of his eight birdie putts within a range of six feet. Priyanshu, who played three events on the PGA Tour Series – China this summer, dropped a lone bogey on the 11th. He thus rose 10 places from his overnight tied 13th.

Ludhiana’s Pukhraj Singh Gill (66), Kolkata’s Divyanshu Bajaj (67) and Gurugram-based Abhinav Lohan (69), were all in tied fourth at 13-under-197.

Defending champion Aman Raj (65) of Patna was placed tied 10th at 11-under-199 while PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan (65) of Delhi occupied tied 23rd place at eight-under-202.

 

Virdhawal Khade is the fastest swimmer at 10th Asian Age Group Championships

-Kushagra Rawat bags third individual gold medal; India win total  8 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze
-Japan lead medal with 14 gold medals

Bengaluru, 25 August 2019: Virdhawal Khade established himself as the fastest swimmer at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships as he clinched India’s seventh gold medal in the 50 metres freestyle open category for men held at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Excellence in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Virdhawal clocked a time of 22.59 seconds, he finished ahead of Khurshidjon Tursunov (22.96) of Uzbekistan and Iranian Gharehhassanloo Benyamin (23.23). “I am quite disappointed with my timing. I was fully tapered for this meet, I got off to a great start but somehow my timing with the technique was not put to the mark,” stated Khade after his race. 

On missing the elusive ‘A’ cut time of 22.01 seconds in 50m freestyle, Khade said, “I will be attempting again next month during the FINA World Cup in Singapore and I want to achieve it this year although there is time till June. If I can make the qualification now then I can just focus on training for Tokyo,” added an optimistic Khade. 

Kushagra Rawat, meanwhile, was excellent in his 1500m swim where he comfortably won with a time of 15:41.54 seconds making it his third gold medal of the event. He touched ahead of Chang Cheng Li Wei (15:49.85) of Chinese Taipei and Kittiya Tanakrit (16:19.75) of Thailand. 

Shoan Ganguly, swimming his first Asian Age Group Championships, continued to increase his medal tally, as he won silver in the 400 metres freestyle Group II boys clocking 4:07.21 seconds. On the inaugural day Shoan won gold and two silvers. He finished behind Liu Haiyang (4:03.76) of China and Huang Chun Chieh (4:08.04) of Chinese Taipei.  

Sajan Prakaah won his second silver in the 100 metres butterfly open category for men. He clocked a time of 54.42 seconds. Wongcharoen Navaphat (54.06) of Thailand clinched gold and Mhah Qali Abbas (55.10) of Kuwait clinched bronze.  

Likith Selvaraj of India clinched his second bronze of the Championships in the 50 metres breast stroke with a time of 28.38 seconds. Vladislav Mustafin (27.68) of Uzbekistan and Denis Petrashov (28.35) of Kyrgyz Republic clinched gold and silver respectively.

In the morning session, India’s open category mixed freestyle relay team comprising of Srihari Natraj, Virdhawal Khade, Maana Patel and Shivani Kataria clinched bronze with a timing of 3:42.56. Thailand (3:39.17) and Uzbekistan (3:41.73) bagged gold and silver respectively.

Day two results: 

Results: Final:

Medley (Group I Boys)

1. Japan (3:44.52)

2. Hong Kong (3:53.21)

3. Chinese Taipei (3:55.61)

4×100 Medley (Group I Girls)

1. Japan (4:12.81)

2. Hong Kong (4:22.36)

3. Chinese Taipei (4:23.36)

4x100m Medley (Group II Girls)

1. Japan (4:16.07)

2. Hong Kong (4:20.58)

3. Thailand (4:33.33)

4×100 Medley (Group II Boys)

1. Japan (3:56.05)

2. Kazakhstan (4:04.69)

3. Chinese Taipei (4:07.73)

4x100m Medley (Open Category Mixed)

1. Thailand (3:39.17)

2. Uzbekistan (3:41.73)

3. India (3:42.56)    

400m Medley (Open Category Men)

1. Klzie Ayman (SYR) (4:30.22)

2. S. Siva (IND) (4:32.11)

3. Ketin Nuttapong (THA) (4:37.11)

400m Medley (Open Category Women)

1. Pawapotako Phiangkhwan  (THA) (5:04.97)

2. Wong Ching Lam Athena (HKG) (5:08.97)

3. Nimdam Kanitta (THA) (5:12.79)

400m Medley (Group I Boys)

1. Terakado Genki (JPN) (4:22.86)

2. Tabuchi Kaito (JPN) (4:24.06)

3. Pan Zhanle (CHN) (4:34.40)

400m Medley (Group I Girls)

1. Tanigawa Ageha (JPN) (4:55.73)

2. Lam Hoi Kiu (HKG) (5:00.88)

3. Elizaveta Rogozhnikova (KYR) (5:01.48)

400m Freestyle (Group II Boys)

1. Liu Haiyang (CHN) (4:03.76)

2. Shoan Ganguly (IND) (4:07.21)

3. Huang Chun Chieh (TPE) ( 4:08.04)

400m Freestyle (Group II Girls)

1. Yin Jiahe (CHN) (4:21.22)

2. Kwanmuang Kamonchanok (THA) (4:22.77)

3. Suzuki Ayami (JPN) (4:28.70)

400m Medley (Group I Girls)

1. Tanigawa Ageha (JPN) (4:55.73)

2. Lam Hoi Kiu (HKG) (5:00.88)

3. Elizaveta Rogozhnikova (KYR) (5:01.48)

50m Breaststroke (Open Category Men)

1. Vladislav Mustafin (UZB) (27.68)

2. Denis Petrashov (KYR) (28.35)

3. Likith Selvaraj (IND) (28.38)

50m Breaststroke (Open Category Women)

1. Srisa Ard Jenjira (THA) (32.12)

2. Vu Thi Phuong Anh (VIE) (33.04)

3. Boonamphai Saovanee (THA) (33.24)

50m Breaststroke (Group I Boys)

1. Tokubuchi Rin (JPN) (28.90)

2. Aleksey Sidorchuk (UZB) (29.03)

3. Lin Yu Wei (TPE) (29.16)

50m Breaststroke (Group I Girls) 

1. Kagimoto Ayaka (JPN) (32.83)

2. Lam Hoi Kiu (HKG) (33.37)

3. Tsai Hao Yu (TPE) (33.43)

50m Breaststroke (Group II Girls)

1. Fujinawa Yuka (JPN) (33.32)

2. Sofiya Abubakirova (KZK) (33.76)

3. Hui Ka Ling (HKG) (33.88)

50m Freestyle (Open Category Men)

1. Virdhawal Khade (IND) (22.59)

2. Khurshidjon Tursunov (UZB) (22.96)

3. Gharehhassanloo Benyamin (IRN) (23.23)

50m Freestyle (Open Category Women)

1. Srisa Ard Jenjira (THA) (26.16)

2. Khader Baqlah Talita Bishara (JOR) (26.37)

3. Junkrajang Natthanan (THA) (26.51)

50m Breaststroke (Group II Boys)

1. Okadome Yamato (JPN) (30.26)

2. Taguinod Jalil Sephraim (PHI) (31.10)

3. Arsen Kozhakhmetov (KZK) (31.49)

50m Freestyle (Group I Boys)

1. Zhang Zhoujian (CHN) (23.04)

2. Pan Zhanle (CHN) (23.48)

3. Adilbek Yusupbaev (UZB) (23.53)

50m Freestyle (Group I Girls)

1. Kim Minju (KOR) (25.24)

2. Wong Sze Ting (HKG) (26.17)

3. Lyu Dongze (CHN) (26.49)

200m Butterfly (Group II Boys)

1. Take Kaito (JPN) (2:07.80)

2. Utkarsh Patil (IND) (2:09.82)

3. Kanteemool Tonnam (THA) (2:09.84)

200m Butterfly (Group II Girls)

1. Lau Ping Yi Audrey (HKG) (2:16.18)

2. Pholjamjumrus Jinjutha (THA) (2:19.52)

3. Ota Saaya (JPN) (2:20.52)

100m Butterfly (Open Category Men)

1. Wongcharoen Navaphat (THA) (54.06)

2. Sajan Prakash (IND) (54.42)

3. Mhah Qali Bbas (KUW) (55.10)

100m Butterfly (Open Category Women)

1. Kittiya Patarawadee (THA) (1:02.53)

2. Sounthornchote Suspasuta (THA) (1:02.57)

3. Liu Pei Ting (TPE) (1:02.94)

100m Butterfly (Group I Boys)

1. Kurokawa Shui (JPN) (55.58)

2. Tanish George (IND) (55.98)

3. Tabuchi Kaito (JPN) (56.86)

100m Butterfly (Group I Girls)

1. Yamagishi Kotomi (JPN) (1:01.77)

2. Kim Minju (KOR) (1:02.63)

3. Tran Ngoc Thi (VIE) (1:03.25)

50m Freestyle (Group II Boys)

1. Takashima Yuga (JPN) (24.03)

2. Mikhail Tsaryov (KZK) (24.12)

3. Li Sing Hoi (HKG) (24.71)

50m Freestyle (Group II Girls)

1. Lee Yan Hei (HKG) (26.81)

2. Kizuki Ichika (JPN) (27.10)

3. Chu Sarah Ting Yan (HKG) (27.48)

1500m Freestyle (Open Category Men)

1. Kushagra Rawat (IND) (15:41.54)

2. Chang Cheng Li Wei (TPE) (15:49.85)

3. Kittiya Tanakrit (THA) (16:19.75)

1500m Freestyle (Open Category Women)

1. Junkrajang Natthanan (THA) (17:39.93)

2. Shivani Kataria (IND) (17:58.16)

3. Teeka Katawan (THA) (18:00.86)

 

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan

Jaipur: Home side Jaipur Pink Panthers produced a clinical performance to beat Puneri Paltan to comprehensively beat Puneri Paltan 43-34 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Deepak Niwas Hooda (12 points) and Deepak Narwal (11 points) picked up Super 10s for the Jaipur side who dominated in all departments to clinch a victory that helped remain in the run for a playoff spot while the defeat severely hampered Pune’s hope.

Jaipur made a brisk start to match, charged up like a team who knew a victory was of utmost importance to keep their chances of a playoff berth alive. Captain Deepak Niwas Hooda led from the front as the home side dominated the early minutes of the match. Thankfully for the Pink Panthers, the return of Deepak Narwal and Nilesh Salunke to lineup meant there was enough back up in the raiding department. The dominance rubbed off on the defence as well as Sandeep Dhull and Amit Hooda thrived in the left and right corners respectively. Unfortunately for Paltan, their star raider Pankaj Mohite was having an off night, and the lack of raiding strength finally saw them succumb to an All-Out in the 9th minute of the match. Jaipur maintained that 7-point lead they opened up after the All-Out till the half time (20-13).

Puneri Paltan were in no mood to give up easily though, and young Pankaj Mohite sparked a comeback in the early minute of the second half with some clever raiding. Balasaheb Jadhav tightened his efforts in the defence and that helped Pune clinch an important All-Out in the 7th minute of the half to make it a two-point game. But the Jaipur defence improved their game at the right moment and from thereon Jaipur dominated the match. They inflicted another All-out on Pune with five minutes remaining as Deepak Narwal secured a Super 10. Deepak Hooda also completed his Super 10 in the dying minutes as Jaipur secured an important win at their home stadium.

Tune in Details (26/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Patna Pirates vs Dabang Delhi

 

Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors

Jaipur: Maninder Singh was the star for Bengal Warriors as they beat Telugu Titans 40-39 in a tightly fought VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match in front of a full house at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.

Maninder Singh scored 17 points as Bengal Warriors produced a clinical performance that catapulted them to the top of the points table. Siddharth Desai had an off day for the Titans despite scoring 15 points as the Telugu team all but killed their chances of making it to a playoff spot with the loss.

The first half was an evenly matched contest with both teams matching each other in all departments. Maninder Singh was dominant in his raids for the Warriors while Rajnish looked lively in the early minutes for the Titans. While Maninder’s raiding skills deserved praise, it was a lucky mistake from him – going out of bounds – that brought the first real impact of the game as three Telugu defenders followed him into the lobby. The lucky move proved decisive as Maninder produced a four-point raid in his next foray to secure an All-Out in the 15th minute of the match. The Warriors continued to dominate despite Siddharth Desai’s best attempts at reducing the lead and went into the half time sitting on a 6-point lead (19-13).

The Telugu Titans started the second half like a team fighting to stay in the playoff race and the hunger showed in the early minutes with Siddharth Desai picking up valuable raid points. In defence Vishal Bhardwaj looked his ominous best while Farhad Milaghardan’s all-round abilities played a crucial role as the Titans scripted a comeback. The Titans utilised the momentum to secure an All-Out in the fourth minute of the second half to gain the lead in the match. There are perhaps no raiders in Kabaddi who can physically match a Maninder Singh in form, and the Punjab-born raider had his beast mode well and truly ON after the All-Out, singlehandedly annihilating the Telugu defence to restore his team’s lead. The Warriors secured their All-Out with under 7 minutes left in the game to move to a four-point lead. Maninder and his teammates then controlled their nerves to clinch an important win. 

Tune in Details (26/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Patna Pirates vs Dabang Delhi

 

VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 7 defenders came together to experience some authentic Rajasthani cuisine in Jaipur. 

VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 7 has witnessed a very strong defensive game play, putting an added spotlight on the key Defenders. Today, a few key defenders of this season came together to experience some authentic Rajasthani cuisine in Jaipur. They discussed the importance of defence in the sport, competitiveness of the season over some Dal Baati Churma to Ghevar. The players present included Deepak Niwas Hooda and Sandeep Dhull from Jaipur Pink Panthers; Surinder Singh and Sandeep Narwal from U Mumba, Esmaeil Nabibakhsh from Bengal Warriors and Mahender Singh from Bengaluru Bulls.

 

10th Asian Age Group Championships: Indian swimmers bag rich medal haul

– Kushagra Rawat wins double gold in 200m & 800m freestyle; Shoan Ganguly, Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel add to India’s gold medal haul
– India’s medal tally is at an impressive six gold, six silver, five bronze 

Bengaluru, 24 September 2019: A sensational swim in the 200m freestyle in the open men’s category saw Kushagra Rawat win India’s first individual gold medal at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships which began today at the Padukone-Dravid Centre of Sports Excellence on Tuesday. 

Following the opening ceremony inaugurated by Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, Indian Olympic Association, the packed spectator gallery broke into loud cheers as Rawat clocked 1:52.30 seconds while fellow Indian Anand Anilkumar finished third with a time of 1:54.19 seconds to win the gold and bronze medals in this event. Syria’s Abbas Omar finished second and was only a fraction of a second slower than Rawat with a time of 1:52.33 seconds. 

Talking about his performance in the 200m freestyle, Rawat said, “I caught up with my opponent in the last 75 metres. I looked up and saw my opponent was right next to me and I had a lot left in me, I decided to go all out. I beat by opponent by a margin and I’m sure I can better my time to 1:51 seconds.”

Rawat made it a sweet double later in the evening as he struck another gold in the 800m freestyle event for open category men. He clocked 8:10.05 to win ahead of Chang Cheng Livei (8:20.14) of Chinese Taipei and Abbas Omar (8:31.64) of Syria.  

Shoan Ganguly also won gold for India in the 200 metres individual medley group II boys with a time of 2:11.18. He also won the silver in the 200 metres freestyle clocking 1:55.18 seconds apart from winning a silver in the 4X100 metres freestyle relay for group II boys. 

Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel took India’s count to an impressive six gold medals, with their stupendous effort in the 50m backstroke event for open category men and women respectively. Nataraj clocked 25.30 to win the gold while Patel clocked 29.92 to win. 

Though Patel expressed satisfaction with her timing, Nataraj was a tad disappointed. “My personal best is actually 29.30 which I had clocked four years ago at the same meet in Bangkok but after my injury I struggled over the past four years and could not break the sub-30 seconds barrier. But to have done it today giving me the confidence to go faster,” stated Maana Patel. 

Srihari, on the other hand, said, “I think my finish was poor. I glided too long but I am glad I had taken enough lead which helped me finish first. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is my main event – the 100m backstroke and I can’t afford any such errors.” He beat Atayev Merdan (26.30) from Turkmenistan and Chograthin Kasipat (26.36) from Thailand.   

Meanwhile, India’s ace swimmer Sajan Prakash won the silver medal in the 200 metres individual medley. He finished behind Ketin Nuttapong (2:0629) and ahead of Sukkieo Phuwadon (2:08.21) both from Thailand. Likith Selvaraj also added to India’s medal tally by winning the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke men’s open category with time of 1:02.19 seconds. Vladislav Mustafin (1:01.41) of Uzbhekistan and Denis Petrashov (1:01.88) of Kyrgyzstan finished first and second respectively. 

India wins big in relays: 

Earlier in the day, the open category men’s relay team comprising of Srihari Nataraj, Anand Anilkumar, Sajan Prakash and Virdhawal Khade registered India’s first gold in the 4X100 metres men’s freestyle relay in the morning session. 

The Indian team clocked a time of 3:23.72 seconds, almost five seconds faster than Iran who finished second with a time of 3:28.46 sec and Uzbekistan who finished third clocking 3:30.59 sec. First to get off the blocks for India, Srihari ensured his team got off to a flying start as he touched the pads at 50.68 seconds while Iranian swimmer Sina Gholampour finished him at 51.42 seconds. Anand, swimming the second hundred of the 4x100m relay, was impressive as he kept up the lead. He swam the distance in 51.28 seconds while Sajan swimming the third hundred clocked 51.37 seconds while Virdhawal Khade’s powerful 50.39 seconds on the clock guaranteed India’s place on top of the podium.

In the 4x100m freestyle relay for open category women, Indian team comprising Rujuta Khade (59.83), Divya Satija (1:01.61), Shivani Kataria (59.57) and Maana Patel (59.75) won a silver medal with a total time of 4:00.76 seconds while Thailand bagged the gold with 3:54.29 seconds and Hong Kong finished third with a time of 4:08.64 seconds.   

India’s second silver medal came in the 4x100m freestyle relay for group II boys. The team featuring Vedaant Madhavan (55.27), Utkarsh Patil (57.10), Sahil Laskar (54.83) and Shoan Ganguly (54.29) clocked a total time of 3:41.49 seconds. They finished behind Japan who won the gold with a time of 3:34.60 which was a New Meet Record (NMR). The previous record of 3:39.03 seconds was also held by Japan. Bronze medal was won by Chinese Taipei who clocked 3:42.29 seconds. 

In the group I boys 4x100m freestyle relay, India won bronze with a time of 3:33.52 seconds. The team comprising Vikkas P (54.31), CJ Sanjay (53.92), Adhithya D (52.70), Tanish George Mathew (52.59) finished third behind Hong Kong who finished first with a time of 3:28.32 while Japan was close second with a time of 3:28.34 seconds.  

The other medal winners from India are Shivani Kataria who won silver in the open category 200 metres freestyle with a time of  2:05.75 second.

Day 1: (Final Results) 

4x100m Freestyle (Open Category Women)

1. Thailand (3:54:29)

2. India (4:00:76)

3. Hong Kong (4:08:64)

4x100m Freestyle (Open Category Men)

1. India (3:23:72)

2. Iran (3:28:46)

3. Uzbekistan (3:30:59)

4x100m Mixed Medley (Group I)

1. Japan (3:58:62)

2. Hong Kong (4:04:69)

3. Chinese Taipei (4:06:06)

4x100m Freestyle (Group II Boys)

1. Japan (3:34:60)

2. India (3:41:49)

3. Chinese Taipei (3:42:29)

4x100m Freestyle (Group I Boys)

1. Hong Kong (3:28:32)

2. Japan (3:28:34)

3. India (3:33:52)  

4x100m Freestyle (Group I Girls)  

1. Hong Kong (3:53:78) 

2. Japan (3:54:32)

3. Thailand (3:59:87)

4x100m Freestyle (Group II Girls)

1. Hong Kong (3:55:42)

2. Japan (3:57:69)

3. Thailand (3:58:04)

200m Freestyle (Open category Men)

1. Kushagra Rawat (IND) (1:52.30)

2. Abbas Omar (SYR) (1:52.33)

3. Anand AnilKumar (IND) (1:54.19)

200m Freestyle (Open category Women)

1. Junkrajang Natthanan (THA) (2:02.89)

2. Shivani Kataria (IND) (2:05.75)

3. Yamsuan Fonpray (THA)(2:05.80)

400m Freestyle (Group I Boys)

1. Cheuk Ming Ho (HKG) (3:55.27)

2. Kurokawa Shui (JAP) (3:55.36)

3. Chen Ende (CHN) (3:56.46)

400m Freestyle (Group I Girls)

1. Lyu Dongze (CHN) (4:17.10)

2. Zhou Chanzhen (CHN) (4:17.34)

3. Ho Nam Wai (HKG) (4:19.00)

200m Freestyle (Group II Boys)

1. Liu Haiyang (CHN) (1:54.62)

2. Shoan Ganguly (IND) (1:55.18)3. Maki Kiriyama (JAP) (1:55.62)

200m Freestyle (Group II Girls)

1. Lau Ping Yi Audrey (HKG) (2:04.43)

2. Kwanmuang Kamonchanok (THA) (2:05.65)

3. Suzuki Ayami (JAP) (2:06.65)

100m Breaststroke (Open category Men)

1. Vladislav Mustafin (UZB) (1:01.41)

2. Denis Petrashov(KYR)(1:01.88)

3. Likith Selvaraj (IND) (1:02.19)

100m Breaststroke (Group I Boys)

1. Tokubuchi Rin (JAP) (1:02.91)

2. Lin Yu Wei (TPE) (1:03.25)

3. Aleksey Sidorchuk (UZB) (1:04.26)

100m Breaststroke (Group I Girls)

1. Kagimoto Ayaka (JAP) (1:10.75)

2. Lam Hoi Kiu (HON) (1:11.94)

3. Chen Jing An (TPE) (1:14.45)

100m Breaststroke (Group II Boys)

1. Okadome Yamato (JAP) (1:04.5)

2. Huang Chun Chieh (TPE) (1:08.18)

3. Taguinod Jalil Sephraim (PHL) (1:08.77)

Breaststroke (Group II Girls)

1. Fujinawa Yuka (JAP) (1:11.66)

2. Hui Ka Ling (HKG) (1:14.09)

3. Sofiya Abubakirova (KZK) (1:14.40)

100m Breaststroke (Open Category Women)

1.Vu Thi Phuong Anh (VIE) (1:11.84)

2. Boonamphai Saovanee (THA) (1:12.45)

3. Srisa Ard Jenjira (THA) (1:12.49) 

200m IM (Open Category Men)

1. Ketin Nuttapong (THA) (2:06.29)

2. Sajan Prakash (IND) (2:07.24)

3. Sukkieo Phuwadon (THA) (2:08.21)

200m IM (Open Category Women)

1. Pawapotako Phiangkhwan (THA) (2:21.41)

2. Wong Ching Lam Athena (HKG) (2:22.42)

3. Nimdam Kanitta (THA) (2:23.96)

200m IM (Group I Boys)

1. Terakado Genki (JAP) (2:06.05)

2. Pan Zhanle (CHN) (2:08.27)

3. Chu Chen Kai (TPE) (2:08.95)

200m IM (Group I Girls)

1. Tanigawa Ageha (JAP) (2:18.28)

2. Yamagishi Kotomi (JAP) (2:22.53)

3. Elizaveta Rogozhnikova (KYR) (2:24.23)

200m IM (Group II Boys)

1. Shoan Ganguly (IND) (2:11.18)

2. Nakamitsu Ryo (JAP) (2:12.02)

3. Ilya Krasnoyarov (KZK) (2:16.02)

200m IM (Group II Girls)

1. Yin Jiahe (CHN) (2:17.52)

2. Kizuki Ichika (JAP) (2:18.18)

3. Pholjamjumrus Jinjutha (THA) (2:20.38)

50m Backstroke (Open Category Men)

1. Srihari Natraj (IND) (25.30)

2. Atayev Merdan (TUK) (26.30)

3. Chograthin Kasipat (THA) (26.36)

50m Backstroke (Open Category Women)

1. Maana Patel (IND) (29.92)

2. Boonamphai Saovanee (THA) (30.29)

3. Nimdam Kanitta (THA) (30.39)

50m Backstroke (Group I Boys)

1. Ng Cheuk Yin (HKG) (26.29)

2. Adilbek Yusupbaev (UZB) (26.54)

3. Ali Alzamil (KUW) (26.80)

50m Backstroke (Group I Girls)

1. Izuhara Nagisa (JAP) (29.65)

2. Elizaveta Rogozhnikova (KYR) (30.20)

3. Suvana Basker (IND) (30.32)

50m Backstroke (Group II Boys)

1. Narushima Yoshitoku (JAP) (27.63)

2. Sahil Laskar (IND) (28.11)

3. Kirill Lyubimov (KZK) (28.43)

50m Backstroke (Group II Girls)

1. Sasaki Miri (JAP) (29.26)

2. Lee Yan Hei (HON) (30.58)

3. Ridhima Kumar (IND) (30.64)

800m Freestyle (Open Category Men)

1. Kushagra Rawat (IND) (8:10.05)

2. Chang Cheng Li Wei (TPE) (8:20.14)

3. Abbas Omar (SYR) (8:31.64)

800m Freestyle (Open category Women)

1. Junkrajang Natthanan (THA) (9:14.25)

2. Teeka Katawan (THA) (9:23.69)

3. Shivani Kataria (IND) (9:27.62)

 

Premier League launches new social channels for Indian fans 

London, England – December 22: Actor Ranveer Singh poses with the Premier League Trophy during a photo call to mark his appointment as a Premier League ambassador on December 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Premier League) Ranveer Singh

Tuesday, 24 September 2019: The Premier League today announced the launch of its official Instagram and Twitter accounts in India.

The channels will feature content designed exclusively for Premier League fans in India and will be produced primarily in English and Hindi. Moving forward the plan is to also feature selected content in other Indian dialects. The content will be published via @PLforIndia and will celebrate and share the passion shown by Indian fans for Premier League clubs.

The new Instagram and Twitter accounts will offer fans access to match-related news and Fantasy Premier League content, with opportunities to win tickets to watch Premier League matches live in the UK. Bollywood star and Arsenal supporter Ranveer Singh, who has been the Premier League’s official ambassador in India since 2017, filmed exclusive content to mark the launch. Other influencers will also be engaged to highlight key moments throughout the season.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We are delighted to provide two new social media channels for our millions of passionate fans in India. The Premier League has shown its commitment to the development of football in India for many years. We also work closely with our broadcast partner and have staged a number of fan events where we witness first-hand the incredible support they show for our clubs. These channels provide us with another way to engage with fans digitally, creating tailored content that I am sure will prove popular.”

The Premier League and its clubs have an established track record of engaging fans in India. The launch of these channels is a significant development in connecting with fans digitally and continues the Premier League’s longstanding commitment to Indian supporters, who already engage widely with the official Premier League website, app, social media and YouTube channel.

The Premier League has hosted several fan events in recent years and works closely with broadcast partner Star Sports, which has televised Premier League fixtures in India over the last two decades. They hosted a screening in Bengaluru of Sunday’s match between Chelsea and Liverpool at which the Premier League Trophy was present.

The launch of the new social channels took place on the same day as the Sports Movement Conference in Delhi, where Premier League Head of Digital Martin Axford was among the speakers, outlining the League’s digital strategy in India.

The Indian social media channels will be managed by digital media agency Red Lantern, which already runs the Premier League’s digital accounts in China and other countries throughout Asia. 

The Premier League in India

The Premier League has been supporting football development in India for more than a decade with a number of local football organisations. In 2014, a mutual cooperation agreement was signed with the Indian Super League (ISL) which sees the Premier League share knowledge, provide strategic support and ideas around the development of the game at all levels.

Earlier this year, the Premier League hosted the Football Development Week in Mumbai, highlighting our support for the development of football in India. It marked a new phase in our ISL partnership, with a focus on youth development. Academy teams and coaches from Arsenal and Leicester City visited and took part in the PL-ISL Youth Games tournament against local youth sides. The Football Development Week will return to India in 2020. 
Since 2007, the Premier Skills programme in India, in partnership with the British Council, has trained more than 2,000 local coaches and referees who have gone on to work with 105,000 young people.
The Premier League has hosted three fan events in India – Mumbai (2015 and 2017) and Bengaluru (2017), with Star Sports hosting a fan screening of the Chelsea v Liverpool match on Sunday 22 September 2019.

About the Premier League

The Premier League produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. The League and its clubs use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world. The Premier League brings people together from all backgrounds. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in 1 billion homes in 188 countries.

 

Manipur lift Hero Sr Women’s NFC Crown after hard-fought final

Manipur 1 (Bala Devi 67’) Beat Railways 0

Pasighat, September 24, 2019: Manipur pipped 1-0 Railways to triumph in the final of the 25th Hero Senior Women’s NFC 2019-20 at the CHF Ground in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh today (September 24, 2019).

Skipper Bala Devi’s 67th-minute strike was enough to win Manipur’s 20th Senior Women’s NFC title. Meanwhile, Bala, the highest scorer of the tournament, signed off 21 goals from 6 matches whereas Manipur goalkeeper Panthoi Chanu was bestowed with the best goalkeeper award.

While both the teams went for a safety-first approach since the get-go, defenders had their tasks cut out to keep Bala and Kamala, who came into the game having scored twenty goals apiece, in check.

Daya Devi, who scored seven goals in the last two matches, got the first chance in the second minute but Railways goalkeeper Swarnamayee Samal parried it away.

Railways wingers Mamta and Sanju continued to keep the Manipur defenders on their toes and the latter could have found the back of the net inside the first ten minutes but missed the target by a whisker.

Daya got another chance in the 28th minute from an acute angle but her left-footer went begging.

Following fewer chances in the first 45 minutes, Railways deployed more pair of legs in the attacking third to help Kamala and Sanju in their pursuit of the eluding goal but to no avail.

After the hour-mark, Manipur shifted the gear and earned back-to-back opportunities only to see them intercepted by India National Team skipper Ashalata Devi and Manisha Panna.

Finally, in the 67th minute, following a melee inside the Railways box, Bala unleashed a right-footer and Samal, whose vision was blocked partially, had clearly no answer to stop that.

Three minutes later, Bala could have doubled the lead but Manisha blocked it to keep the score same.

Manipur survived a scare in the 75th minute when Bina Devi’s untimely challenge brought Sanju down at the top of the box. Kamala took the resulting freekick only to see it sailing over the crossbar.

Daya came very close to write her name on the scoresheet in the dying moments of the game but Samal pulled off a blinder to keep the game alive.

Railways threw the kitchen sink towards the end but the Manipur defenders saw off the dangers with much composure to seal their second consecutive Hero Senior Women’s NFC championship title.

 

FC Goa launches new home jersey for the 2019/20 season

Co-owner Virat Kohli unveils the new kit for the Gaurs

Goa, September 23, 2019: FC Goa launched their home jersey for the 2019/20 season in an event conducted in at the Bambolim Athletic Ground here in Goa in the presence of India’s biggest youth icon, FC Goa co-owner and Captain of the Indian national cricket team Virat Kohli.

A crowd of near 3000 was in attendance as the Gaurs also launched their new jersey and Annual Campaign named ‘Be Goa’.  The campaign gives strength to the ideology of FC Goa’s footballing philosophy which inculcates a winning spirit along with the having the courage to play with a style that truly embodies ‘the beautiful game’. It also promotes the Goan people’s spirit of being unapologetically themselves. It backs the idea to have the courage to be different and being the face of change in Indian football through their robust program of youth development which has seen a number of names climbing the ladder and getting themselves into the first team.

The jersey this time has transcended to completely orange – a colour which finds familiarity in the state renowned for its beaches and picturesque sunsets. The transition represents the evolution of the cub in the past few years whilst the gradient moving upwards on the design embodies the aim for better days ahead.

Speaking at the event, Mr Virat Kohli stated, “It’s always great to come back to Goa. The fans here are so passionate about football and crazy for FC Goa. Coming back here, always gives me hope that the sports culture can truly be built in this country. The houses, the cars are adorned with the club colours. It’s truly brilliant.

“The team is in great shape. They have been doing brilliantly the last two seasons with the Super Cup win it was just another validation of the process,” added Virat. “What is really amazing is the work that goes on beyond the first team. The youth structure is firmly in place and the club is looking to be trailblazers in youth development and grassroots. In terms of philosophy, style of play and success, I am happy where we are at, but we can’t afford to be myopic in Indian football. There is still a long way to go and we aim to be the face of change in Indian football.”

About FC Goa

FC Goa is a professional football club based out of Goa that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is the current holder of the Super Cup and the Goa Professional League. The club is one of the most consistently successful teams in the ISL, having reached the playoffs a record 4 times – finishing runners-up in 2015 and 2019. The Gaurs are also the highest scoring side in ISL history and the reigning champions of the GFA U20 and GFA U18 leagues.

Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Mr Ashish Kapadia, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, the club has over the years produced talents such as Mandar Rao Desai, Brandon Fernandes, Princeton Rebello and Manvir Singh who have represented India at various age levels as well as the senior team.

 

Score: 39-39

Jaipur: Bengaluru Bulls and Dabang Delhi drew 39-39 in a closely fought VIVO Pro Kabaddi match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday. Delhi were in the lead for most parts of the match but a late comeback by the Bulls courtesy Pawan Sehrawat saw both sides settle for a tie from the encounter.

Delhi’s Naveen Kumar finished the match with 14 raid points (his 15th consecutive Super 10) but will the rue missing out on a chance to put in a legal raid in the final move of the match to clinch a win for the Delhi, who still remain on top of the table.

Delhi’s match against the Bulls had been billed as the clash of the league’s best raiders in Naveen Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat but the early minutes proved why both of these raiders where just a significant part of a larger unit in a team sport. The defences of both teams looked ready for the challenge as both traded blows in the initial minutes. But a slightly more balanced Delhi unit allowed Naveen Kumar more time on the mat with quick revivals and the 19-year-old secured 8 raid points to clinch an All-Out in the last minute of the half to give the Delhi side a four-point lead. Rohit Kumar’s absence due to an injury played a key role in Bulls’ relatively poor showing in the raids even though the team benefited heavily when three Delhi defenders were adjudged out of bounds with under 3 minutes to half time. The first half ended 22-20 with Delhi on top.

Naveen continued his good work in the early minutes of the second half. The 19-year-old raider secured his Super 10 as Delhi inflicted another All-Out on the Bulls in the 9th minute of the second half to move to a 10-point lead. But the All-Out brought about the revival of Pawan Sehrawat on the mat. Bengaluru’s standby captain upped his game and quickly secured an All-Out for the defending champions with under 7 minutes left to make it a two-point game. Both Naveen Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat were sent to the bench with under three minutes left in the match with the scores tied at 36-36. But Delhi sniffed a victory after a tackle and raid point had given them a two-point cushion going into the last minute. But a careless tackle by Vishal Mane, followed by Naveen’s failure to cross the white to complete a legal raid, helped Bulls clinch an unlikely tie from the encounter.

Tune in Details (25/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Telgugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors

8:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan

 

Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers

Jaipur: Vikas Kandola was the star for Haryana Steelers as they beat three-time champions Patna Pirates 39-34 in a VIVIO Pro Kabaddi match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday.

Vikas Kandola picked up a Super 10 (13 raid points) as Steelers produced a complete performance to see out the challenge of Pardeep Narwal and the Pirates. The victory  helped Steelers consolidate their third position on the points table.

Haryana didn’t show signs of missing their experienced defender Dharmaraj Cheralathan as they started the match on the front foot. Patna’s Pardeep Narwal was successfully tackled twice in succession and that helped Haryana build a lead in the early minutes. Vikas Kandola also looked sharp for the Steelers, picking up vital raid points as the Steelers inflicted the first All-Out on the 11th minute to move to a five-point lead. But the Pirates were not in a mood to give up and quickly got back into the game. Their defenders tightened up to strangle Haryana raiders while in attack Pardeep went about doing his business, ably supported by Jang Kun Lee. The first half ended with Haryana on top (17-15).

The early minutes of the second half was dominated by the Pirates but the Steelers clawed back into the game thanks to some astute raiding by Vikas Kandola. The raider made two multi-point raids fourth minute of the second half to open up a lead for the Haryana side who went onto inflict another All-Out in the 9th minute of the half to once again open up a 6-point lead. Pardeep Narwal produced a massive 4 point Super Raid with 8 minutes left to make the match a close affair but Haryana’s raiding unit immediately fought back and restored their 7-point cushion. The Steelers secured another All-Out with under three minutes left in the match to open up a 9-point lead and despite Pardeep’s valiant efforts, Patna could not find a way back into the match. Pardeep finished the match with 17 raid points and the loss once again showed how the Pirates have lacked quality back up for the league’s top raider.

Tune in Details (25/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Telgugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors

8:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan

 

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors

Jaipur: Bengal Warriors punched their tickets to the playoffs alongside Dabang Delhi as the former pipped Jaipur Pink Panthers 41-40 in a VIVPO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday. Maninder Singh gave his career-best performance as he picked up 19 points in the match which ultimately made the difference. 

Bengal Warriors found themselves in a 3-2 early lead courtesy of quick raids from Maninder on the right covers. But, quick thinking from Deepak Hooda changed the complexion of the game. 

The 25-year-old went into the lobby with only a bonus but three Bengal Warriors defenders followed him, resulting in Jaipur Pink Panthers bagging four points. 

Bengal Warriors levelled things up at 6-6 but costly mistakes from their defenders put them on the back foot again. Maninder Singh’s running hand touches brought them back in the game but collective defending by Jaipur Pink Panthers led by Santhapanaselvam ensured the hosts went into the half-time break with a slender 14-13 lead. 

The tables, however, turned immediately when the teams changed sides. Rinku Narwal tackled Lokesh Kaushik to equal the proceedings before K Prapanjan cleaned four defenders in a single raid to inflict the first All-Out.

Jaipur Pink Panthers narrowed the six-point lead to just two when Nilesh Salunkhe bagged a Super Raid. But, Maninder Singh completed his Super 10 soon to restore the six-point cushion for Bengal Warriors. 

The Punjab-born continued trimming Jaipur Pink Panthers’ manpower and a tackle by Baldev Singh on Deepak Hooda inflicted a second All-Out on them. 

Maninder bagged three touch points in the next raid to extend Bengal Warriors’ lead to colossal eleven points with only seven minutes remaining. But, Jaipur Pink Panthers didn’t throw the towel.

Nilesh Salunke completed his Super Raid soon after and Deepak Hooda’s performance in the raiding and defensive department tapered the lead. Bengal Warriors’ complacent attitude cost them as they got All-Out, with the scoreline reading 38-36 and two and a half minutes left on the clock.  

While Bengal Warriors’ defenders gifted away cheap points, Maninder’s slimy fingers and trickery to entice the opposition defenders kept intact the lead and resulted in their victory.  

Tune in Details (23/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Patna Pirates v Haryana Steelers

8:30 PM: Dabang Delhi v Bengaluru Bulls

 

UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas

Jaipur: UP Yoddha produced a clinical performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 42-22 in a VIVO Pro kabaddi League match in front of a packed audience at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday. The Thalaivas, who led the encounter for most of the first half, will only have themselves to blame for a second-half capitulation that saw the UP side inflict three All-Outs on them.

Tamil Thalaivas did not start the match like a team at the bottom playing only for pride. They were composed, aggressive at the right instances and dominated most of the first half. Rahul Chaudhari rolled back the years with his fine raiding, reminiscent of his days at the lead raider for the Telugu Titans, while in defence Ran Singh and Abishek were having an equally good match. The Thaialvas picked up their first All-out of the match in the 10th minute to open a five-point lead which brought smiles to what has thought the season been a gloomy camp. But the problem with the Thalaivas this season have been their inability to be clinical and they allowed UP Yoddha back into the match with a few errors creeping up in the defence. Shrikant Jadhav then produced a stellar four-point Super Raid in the last move of the half to reduce Thalaivas’ lead to a single point. The half ended with the Chennai-based team edging UP 14-13.

UP Yoddha inflicted their first All-Out in the first minute after the restart and it was one-way carnage post that by the UP team. Shrikant Jadhav and Surinder Gill Stepped up in the raids as points came easy via an error-prone Tamil defence while on the other side Sumit and Ashu Singh were having a night to remembe in the UP defence.  The UP team inflicted another All-Out in the 8th minute of the half to move to a 10-point lead. Sumit picked a High 5 as the trend continued with UP Yoddha clinching yet another All-Out with five minutes left in the match to all but secure the win. The team tested their bench in the final minutes as they saw out the victory that helped them jump to fourth on the points table. The match ended Thalaivas’ hope of making it to the playoffs.

Tune in Details (22/09/2019):

7:30 PM: U Mumba vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors

 

Score: 28-28

Jaipur: Home team Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League season seven. Both defences produced a masterclass in the match of the Jaipur leg in front of a packed audience at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday but the Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite being on a healthy lead for most of the first half.

Both teams started the match with aggressive defensive shapes. The raiders struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as the defenders kept putting in successful tackles. The Pink Panthers, boosted by the return of Vishal, looked slightly better, and the marginal difference in quality was all the Pink Panthers needed to inflict an All-Out on the Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 13th minute. The All-Out also opened by a 6-point lead for the home side. Both sets of raiders continued to be below average post the All-Out with only Jaipur captain Deepak Niwas Hooda impressing in his raids as Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh looked distraught from sidelines. The first half ended 15-10 with Jaipur on top.

Jaipur started the second half on the front foot with Vishal picking up a High 5 but the Gujarat defence picked their game up to halt the Jaipur dominance. The visitors picked up their All-Out in the 7th minute of the second half to cut short Jaipur’s lead to two points. The match continued to be played on the defence as both sets of defenders kept thwarting all the raiders who came their way. Momentum is a big factor in the sport of Kabaddi and Gujarat moved to a three-point lead with under four minutes left in the match through a successful raid by Sachin and a tackle by Parvesh Bhainswal. But Vishal pulled out a successful Super Tackle to once again make it a one-point match in the dying minutes. Nitin Rawal pulled out another Super Tackle to level the points at 24-24 with under 3 minutes left to play. Gujarat must have felt like they had secured a tie when they successfully tackled Deepak Hooda but Jaipur’s Nitin Rawal produced yet another Super Tackle to give the Pink Panthers the lead. The Jaipur All-Rounder secured his High 5 in the process but he was tackled in the final play of the match by Gujarat to end the match on a tie.

Tune in Details (22/09/2019):

7:30 PM: U Mumba vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors

 

Bajrang Punia & Ravi Kumar win bronze at World Wrestling Championships Sushil disappoints

Bajrang Punia (65kg) created history on Friday as he became the first Indian wrestler to win three medals from the UWW World Senior Wrestling Championships. Top seed Punia edged fourth seed Tulga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia 8-7 at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan to take home the bronze medal to add to the silver he won in 2018 and the bronze in 2013. The day got even better for the Indian contingent with U-23 World Championships silver medallist Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg) adding a bronze to India’s medal tally as well in his debut appearance at this prestigious event.

These are India’s second and third medals from the World Wrestling Championships this year following a bronze in 53kg of the women’s event brought home by Vinesh Phogat.

Former world champion Sushil Kumar’s return to the world stage, however, lasted only one round as he lost his 74kg opener.

A day after he lost a very close semi-final, World No. 1 Punia made a slow start to his bronze medal bout and even trailed 2-6 at the end of the first period. A burst of aggression in the second period allowed him to make a stunning comeback to take the coveted medal.

Both Bajrang and Ravi had confirmed their Tokyo 2020 Olympic tickets a day earlier. The 2015 Junior World Championships silver medallist Ravi showed terrific maturity in downing Iran’s Asian champion Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi 6-3 for a dream first outing at the Worlds.

Meanwhile, Parveen Rana (92kg) was the only one of the Indian wrestlers beginning his campaign today, who managed to win a bout. Rana made a bright start to his challenge when he beat Korea’s Changjae Sue 12-1 by technical superiority. He could not do much in the Round of 16 where Ukraine’s Liubomyr Sagaliuk brushed him aside in an 8-0 win.

2010 world champion Sushil Kumar’s comeback to the World Championships after eight years proved short-lived as he lost his first-round bout 9-11 to world junior champion Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev of Azerbaijan in 74kg. The 36-year-old Sushil had a 9-4 lead in this battle of generations but lost seven consecutive points to concede the bout.

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Sumit Malik too failed to win a round after going down 0-2 to two-time European Championships medallist Daniel Ligeti of Hungary.

Karan Mor was no better in 70kg. Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan proved to be a roadblock for him as the Indian was completely outplayed in a 0-7 verdict.

 

Puneri Paltan vs Bengaluru Bulls

Pune: Pankaj Mohite was in red-hot form as the raider helped Puneri Paltan beats defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 42-38 in the final match of the Pune leg of VIVO Pro Kabaddi at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune.

Pankaj Mohite, with 17 raid points, was ably supported in the defence by Pune’s Surjeet Singh and Sagar Krishna (both securing High 5s), as the result helped the home side jump to 8th place on the points table. Bengaluru’s top raiders Pawan Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar picked up Super 10s but they were found wanting against a stronger and cleverer Pune side.

Bengaluru might have started the match as favourites but the home side showed their true potential in a fiercely fought first half. Surjeet Singh and his Pune defence had a game-plan for the high-flyer Pawan Sehrawat and their two lines of defence meant the threat of Bengaluru primary raider was neutralised for most of the first half. On the other side of the mat, Pankaj Mohite had yet another brilliant outing. The young raider playing his first season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi fetched points with ease, producing classic Kabaddi moves such as the Dubki in the process, as Pune clinched their first All-Out with seven minutes remaining in the first half. Rohit Kumar produced flashes of brilliance to lead a mellowed comeback for the Bulls but Surjeet’s High 5 and Pankaj’s 9 raid points meant Pune went into the half time with a five-point lead (20-15).

Pune secured their second All-Out of the match in the fifth minute after restart to open up a nine-point lead as Pankaj Mohite secured his Super 10. But Bengaluru Bulls were not ready to be tamed without a fight and multi-point raids by Pawan Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar reduced the deficit to five points. But facing an All-Out Sagar Krishna produced three successful tackles including two Super Tackles to help Pune open up the lead again. He picked up his High 5 but the Bulls edged in on another All-Out with less than three minutes in the game. But Pankaj Mohite defied all of Bulls’ valiant attempts to stop him and extend the inevitable All-Out. Bulls did pick up the All-Out in the final minute but Pune’s players remained calm to see out an important win.

The VIVO Pro Kabaddi will jump to Jaipur on Saturday as the Pink Panthers look to revive their fortunes in the 100th match of Season 7.

Tune in Details (21/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas

 

Score: 42-42

Pune: Telugu Titans played out a highly entertaining 42-42 tie against Patna Pirates in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Friday.

Pardeep Narwal, with 17 raid points, was once again the star for Patna as they came back from being six points down to nearly winning the match. Telugu Titans will consider themselves unlucky to only come away with a tie despite two raiders – Siddharth Desai and Rajnish – clinching Super 10s.

The first half saw fortunes change for both the teams. Telugu Titans started on the front foot with their defence managing to control Patna’s Pardeep Narwal while Rajnish and Siddharth Desai picked up raid points for the men in yellow. Rajnish’s dominant three-point Super Raid in the 5th minute, and a strong defence led by Vishal Bhardwaj, helped Titans inflict an All-Out in the 8th minute to open up a five-point lead. Rajnish continued to be the primary attacking weapon for Titans as they moved in towards the final minutes of the half. But as they say, “cometh the hour, cometh the man,” and it was once again Pardeep Narwal who came to the rescue of the Pirates. His four-point Super Raid with under two minutes remaining helped Patna secure an All-Out and the raider followed it up with a massive three-point raid to make the scores level (19-19) in the final play of the half.

Despite the setback, the Titans had looked the more composed team on the mat, and they knew they could go on to win the match if they increased Pardeep Narwal’s time away from the mat. The defence rose up the challenge, thwarting all the Patna attacks, while Rajnish had impressive early minutes as Titans once again opened up a lead and clinched an All-Out with 8 minutes remaining. Rajnish secured his Super 10, while at the other end Pardeep also secured the milestone with more than five minutes left in the match. Patna’s ‘one-man wreckingball’ ensured the Pirates clinched an important All-Out two minutes left in the match to make it a one-point game. The final moments saw both sides squandering an opportunity to win the match with a safety-first approach which resulted in a draw that does both the teams no good in their bid to make it to the playoffs.

Tune in Details (21/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas

 

Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers

Pune: Maninder Singh was the star for Bengal Warriors as they beat Haryana Steelers 48-36 in a VIVPO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Thursday.

Maninder, with a career-best of 18 raid points, was too hot to handle for a Bengal defence missing their experienced captain Dharmaraj Cheralathan due to injury. The victory helped Bengal Warriors consolidate their stay in the second place of the points table.

Bengal Warriors dominated the first half of the match with their raiding trio of Maninder Singh, K Prapanjan and Mohammad Nabibakhsh picking points with ease against a Haryana defence that evidently lacked leadership. Bengal’s dominance wasn’t limited to their raids though as their aggressive approach in defence paid rich dividends. Steelers’  star raider Vikas Kandola suffered five tackles in the first half as he struggled to break free from an in-form Bengal defence led by Baldev Singh. The Warriors inflicted two All-Outs in the first half (7th and 13th minute) to open up a 15-point lead. Vinay was the lone fighter for the Steelers and his raids ensured the Haryana stayed within an outside chance of coming back into the match as the half ended 30-14.

The Warriors secured their third All-Out in the second minute after half time but the Steelers came back into the match strongly. Vinay’s three-point Super Raid in the third minute was followed by a four-point raid by Vikas Kandola which secured Steelers a vital All-Out in the fifth minute of the second half. But the Warriors’ defenders steadied the ship once again, with Baldev picking up his High 5 in the 11th minute. Vikas Kandola and Vinay kept picking up points for the Steelers to reduce the Bengal men on the mat but Prapanjan’s consistency in his raids, including a two-point raid in with under 4 minutes left in the match, meant the Haryana side couldn’t inflict the All-Out they badly wanted. Haryana’s loss exposed the lack of depth in the defence and coach Rakesh Kumar will be looking to quickly address the issue to prevent negative results in the most crucial part of the season.

Tune in Details (20/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Telugu Titans v Patna Pirates

8:30 PM: Puneri Paltan v Bengaluru Bulls

 

FC Goa Dev Team win Police Cup in penalty shoot-out

The young Gaurs defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 6-5 after the match ended 1-1 in normal time

Goa, September 19, 2019: The FC Goa Developmental Team won their first trophy of the season after they defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa. Nestor Dias scored for the Dev Team while Philip Odoglou netted an equalizer for Sporting.

Clifford Miranda made two changes to the team that won the semi-final against Dempo. Delzan Passanha and Vincy Barretto came in for Kapil Hoble and Flan Gomes.

The Dev team started the brighter of the two sides when Nestor Dias played in Lalnuntulanga, only for Sporting keeper Akshat Hadkonkar to grab the ball. Eventually, it was the Dev team who drew first blood as Christy Davis won the ball high up the pitch and squared it for Nestor, who expertly finished the chance in the 27th minute.

Sporting would hit back in the added time at the end of the first half as striker Philip Odoglou would take advantage of a loose ball in the Gaurs’ defence to stroke it home past Dylan. The teams would head into the break level at 1-1.

The second half would start on an even keel as both teams kept the ball in midfield. Sezwin Fernandes, on for Christy Davis, got his head to a Hayden free-kick but saw the ball go wide of the Sporting goal. The Dev team would be reduced to 10 men in the 85th minute when Nestor was sent off by the referee for a touchline scuffle.

The teams could not be separated in normal time and hence the final headed into a penalty shoot-out. Sporting took the first penalty through their captain Marcus Mascarenhas who converted his spot-kick. Hayden converted the Dev Team’s first kick, while Girish Naik put Sporting’s second wide. Tlunga stepped up to convert effortlessly, as did Assumption Soares for Sporting. Papuia and Gautam Dias also put their penalties away respectively for FC Goa and Sporting.

Leander blazed his spot-kick over the bar, while Sachidanand Satelkar gave Sporting a 4-3 lead in the shoot-out. Opi kept his nerve to send the game into sudden death. Myron Fernandes scored Sporting’s sixth as did Sezwin for the Dev Team. Brandon Gomes missed Sporting’s 7th penalty as Ivon Costa converted to give FC Goa the win and the Police Cup trophy.

About FC Goa

FC Goa is a professional football club based out of Goa that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is the current holder of the Super Cup and the Goa Professional League. The club is one of the most consistently successful teams in the ISL, having reached the playoffs a record 4 times – finishing runners-up in 2015 and 2019. The Gaurs are also the highest scoring side in ISL history and the reigning champions of the GFA U20 and GFA U18 leagues.

Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, the club has over the years produced talents such as Mandar Rao Desai, Princeton Rebello and Manvir Singh who have represented India at various age levels as well as the senior team.

 

Score: 36-36

Pune: A bizarre final minute raid by Nitin Tomar handed a draw to Tamil Thalaivas against home side Puneri Paltan in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at a fully packed Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Wednesday. The raider’s inability to pull off a valid raid in the final play of the match resulted in All-Out that gave Thalaivas the three points they required to level the match at 36-36.

Ajith Kumar was the star for the Tamil Thalaivas team with a Super 10 (18 raid points) but the Chennai team will have Pune’s bad planning to thank for the one point they secured in the night. Manjeet (11 raid points ) and Pankaj Mohite (8 raid points) impressed in the raiding department for the Pune side who would rue missing the chance of jumping to 8th on the points table.

The first half started with a lot of promise for the struggling Tamil Thalaivas side with Rahul Chaudhari and Ajith Kumar looking good in their raids. But the error-prone Tamil defence allowed Pankaj Mohite to escape with a three-point Super Raid in the sixth minute of the match to turn things around the home side. Pune secured their first All-Out in the next minute to move to a three-point lead and dominate the half from thereon. A few strong tackles by Shabeer Bappu, including a Super Tackle on Manjeet in the 12th minute,  kept the Thalaivas in the game but Pune quickly established a 6-point lead to end the half 18-12.

The second half saw more of the same as Pune stamped their authority on the match. But some heroics from Thalaivas’ young raider Ajith Kumar prevented an All-Out for a long time. It became an Ajith versus Pune as the Tamil Nadu youngster produced four consecutive multi-point raids to rush to his Super 10 and also prevent the All-Out. The Pune side eventually got their All-Out in the 8th minute of the half to open a seven-point lead.

Ajith Kumar’s great work the raids continued to get undone by poor coordination in the Thalaivas’ defence. Manjeet picked up his Super 10 for Pune in the 13th minute of the half while Pankaj Mohite also impressed with his raiding for the Anup Kumar-coach Paltan side. But Thalaivas kept prodding through Ajith Kumar and kept the margins small till the final minute. A blunder in the last play of the match by Nitin Tomar, who couldn’t execute a safe raid, gave Thalaivas an All-Out and the three points they required to level the match.

Tune in Details (19/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers

 

U Mumba vs UP Yoddha

Pune: A defensive masterclass by U Mumba helped them beat UP Yoddha 39-36 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Wednesday.

Surinder Singh secured a High 5 (6 tackle points) and Fazel Atrachali (3 tackle points) were the heroes in Mumbai’s defence, while Abhishek Singh led the attack with a Super 10 (11 raid points), as  U Mumba displaced UP Yoddha in the fifth place of the points table.

An evenly fought first half saw UP Yoddha start on the front foot. Both teams had a high line of defence who were in no mood to let the raiders have an easy day and it was Sumit’s tackle in the fourth minute that set the tone early. A few uncharacteristic errors from the Mumbai defence allowed Yoddha to dominate the first 10 minutes of the match with the UP team clinching their first All-Out in the 9th minute and open up a 9-point lead. But U Mumba were in no mood to take a beating and their defenders got into the game after the All-Out, thwarting all the raiders that dared to come in their half. Ashu Singh’s Super Tackle on Mumbai’s Abhishek Singh gave a temporary revival for Yoddha but the Mumbai team clinched their All-Out with under two minutes remaining to half time. The half time ended with scores 16-15 in favour of the UP side.

The second half saw both U Mumba and UP Yoddha trade blow for blow. A two-point raid by Arjun Deshwal gave U Mumba the lead for the first time in the fourth minute of the half but UP Yoddha immediately clawed their back with a Super Tackle.

Both sides kept pushing it to the extremes in the dying minutes as defenders stepped up their game. Surinder Singh secured a High 5 (his second of the season) for U Mumba. The most important move of the match came with slightly less than six minutes left in the clock by Abhishek Singh. His three-point raid gave Mumbai a lead and Mumbai secured an All-out in the subsequent raid by Yoddha to open up a three-point lead. A three-point raid in the dying minutes by Rishank Devadiga made it a nervous ending for U Mumba but they managed to hold to their nerves to secure an important win. 

Tune in Details (19/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers

 

Wasim Khan & Gaurav Pratap Singh surge ahead into the joint lead in round two

Noida, September 18, 2019: Delhi’s Wasim Khan and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh surged ahead into the joint second round lead after returning scores of six-under-61 at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019 Presented by Jaypee Greens Wish Town being played in Noida.

Wasim (62-61), a former PGTI Qualifying School champion, and Gaurav (62-61), a former winner on the PGTI and two-time winner on the Feeder Tour, posted error-free rounds to move up from their overnight tied fourth position and gain the upper hand on day two with identical totals of 11-under-123.

Delhi’s Manav Jaini shot the best round of tournament so far, a flawless seven-under-60, to move into tied third at 10-under-124 along with Gurugram’s Abhishek Kuhar who fired a four-under-63 on Wednesday.

The cut went at one-under-133. Forty professionals made the cut at the par-67 course.

Wasim Khan capitalized on a hot putter as he sank all putts within a range of 10 feet. Wasim also played some outstanding wedge shots and ended up making three birdies each on the front-nine and back-nine. He closed the day on a high with birdies on the last two holes.

Wasim said, “It’s been a great week for me so far as I’ve dropped just one bogey in two rounds. Today my chipping and putting did the job for me. My good friend Rashid Khan often gives me valuable advice and tips. Even last week he told me a few things about my game. His advice has been working well for me.”

Gaurav Pratap Singh, who was striking it well, picked up four birdies on the front-nine and then added two more on the two par-5 holes, the 11th and 17th. Gaurav recovered well from the bunker on the 17th and then made a good par save on the 18th to end the day high on confidence.

Gaurav said, “I’ve played well over the first two days as I’ve had just one bad hole so far where I dropped a couple of strokes. Hitting the wedges close and converting my chances on the greens will be the key on the final day.”

Manav Jaini climbed seven positions from overnight tied 10th to tied third as a result of his sizzling 60. Jaini, a two-time winner on the PGTI, landed it within six feet on six occasions to set up birdies. He almost holed out from 45 yards on the sixth where it stopped a couple of inches from the flag.

Abhishek Kuhar’s round featured six birdies and two bogeys. He had a chip-in on the 11th. Abhishek, the overnight joint leader, dropped two places on day two.

Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (63) of Chandigarh was in fifth place at nine-under-125.

Jalandhar’s Victor Hans (66) and Lucknow’s Rajesh Kumar Rawat (66), the other two joint leaders from round one, slipped to tied seventh at seven-under-127.

 

Amit Panghal & Manish Kaushik enter semi-finals of AIBA Men’s World Championships

– Two Indian boxers have reached the semi-final stage for the first time
– Sanjeet went down 1-4 in 91kg quarters

New Delhi, September 18: Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) confirmed medals for India by entering the semi-finals at the AIBA Men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Wednesday. Panghal and Kaushik join Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan, Shiva Thapa and Gaurav Bidhuri as the only other Indian boxers to have medalled at this prestigious event.

This is the first time more than one Indian boxer will be on the podium at a single edition of the World Championships. In the last edition in 2017, only Gaurav Bidhuri was able to bring home a bantamweight bronze medal.

It, however, could not be a flawless day for India as Sanjeet (91kg) went down fighting in the quarter-finals.

Up against a familiar opponent, Carlo Paalam of Philippines, whom Panghal beat at the Asian Games last year, the Asian champion did not put a foot wrong. Amit evaded Paalam very well in the opening round and landed a few strong punches of his own. 

Both boxers then brought forth their aggression as they kept their eyes fixed on the medal. In the final round, Amit went all out showing his pace and attack. Determination was writ large on his face as he sailed to a 4-1 win to confirm India’s first medal this year.

Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov now stands between him and a chance at gold.

In 63kg, Manish started off in a cautious manner against Brazil’s Wanderson de Oliveira and was defensive in the first round. It was a much better approach from the Indian in the second round as he showed his fighting spirit and attack. A calm and steady Manish put his all out there in the ring in the final round and was rewarded with his maiden medal from the World Championships. 

For a chance to win the gold, Kaushik needs to overcome the reigning world champion Andy Cruz of Cuba.

Sanjeet, however, could not join his compatriots as he fell 1-4 to Ecuador’s Julio Castillo Torres 1-4 in 91kg. The 2019 Pan American Games silver medallist and two-time Olympian showed his class and experience to knock Sanjeet out, who resorted to a defensive approach and never looked comfortable.

 

TDK and QNB to support world record programme in Doha

A galaxy of stars will descend on Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday 27 September for 10 days of scintillating action at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, where the IAAF will once again run its world record programme.

Athletes who set a world record will be eligible* for a special award of US$100,000 offered by TDK and Qatar National Bank (QNB). The performance must be an improvement on the existing IAAF world record. Performances which equal the existing IAAF world record will not be eligible for a world record award.

Portugal’s Ines Henriques, who set a world record of 4:05:56 in the women’s 50km race walk at the World Championships in London two years ago, and USA’s Ashton Eaton, who broke the decathlon world record in Beijing in 2015 and will be one of the IAAF’s Ambassadors in Doha, are two of the most recent recipients of a world record award.

TDK’s involvement with the IAAF World Championships goes far beyond the world record programme as the Japanese electronics company has been the main bib sponsor for men’s events for all 16 previous editions and will maintain that involvement in Doha.

QNB, which joined the IAAF as a partner last year, will offer the same generous sponsorship package for women’s events at the IAAF World Championships.

Prize money

Aside from the world record programme, a total of US$ 7,530,000 in prize money will be paid* by the IAAF in Doha as follows:

Individual events

Gold: US$ 60,000
Silver: US$ 30,000
Bronze: US$ 20,000
fourth place: US$ 15,000
fifth place: US$ 10,000
sixth place: US$ 6000
seventh place: US$ 5000
eighth place: US$ 4000

Relays (per team)

Gold: US$ 80,000
Silver: US$ 40,000
Bronze: US$ 20,000
fourth place: US$ 16,000
fifth place: US$ 12,000
sixth place: US$ 8000
seventh place: US$ 6000
eighth place: US$ 4000

 

Rajesh Kumar Rawat, Victor Hans and Abhishek Kuhar emerge joint leaders in R1 TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019  

Noida, September 17, 2019: The trio consisting of Lucknow’s Rajesh Kumar Rawat, Jalandhar’s Victor Hans and Gurugram’s Abhishek Kuhar shot scores of six-under-61 to take the first round lead at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019 Presented by Jaypee Greens Wish Town being played in Noida.

The trio comprising of Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh and Delhi’s Wasim Khan were in joint fourth with rounds of five-under-62 at the par-67 course.

Rajesh Kumar Rawat, a two-time winner on the Feeder Tour, came up with a bogey-free effort on Tuesday to jointly lead the field of 90 players. Rawat’s four early birdies from the second to the fifth set the tone for his round as he added two more birdies to his card on the back-nine.

Victor Hans played his approach shots and wedges to perfection as he collected seven birdies at the cost of a lone bogey. Hans’ best shot of the day was a fantastic gap-wedge approach from 120 yards on the 18th that landed a foot from the flag and resulted in a birdie.

Victor, a joint runner-up at the Feeder Tour event in Lucknow last year, said, “I’ve not done well on the Feeder Tour this year after a good season in 2018. I therefore want to make the most of this terrific start.”

Abhishek Kuhar scored eight birdies in exchange for a double-bogey. Kuhar produced some spectacular wedge shots to set up two birdie putts within a foot and three more within six feet. Abhishek drove the green on the par-4 sixth for a two-putt birdie.

Kuhar said, “It was a great ball-striking day for me. I’m delighted with the way that I played despite missing out the practice round.”

 

2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup most watched ever

– Men’s CWC 2019 live coverage reached a global cumulative average audience of 1.6 billion viewers
– 13.7 billion hours consumed globally demonstrating the power of live sport 
– 20,000 hours of coverage carried by 25 broadcast partners across more than 200 territories
– 41% of the audience were women, whilst 32% were aged 18 to 34

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 was the most watched ICC event ever, with a global cumulative average audience of 1.6 billion for live coverage, a 38% increase over the 2015 edition and a unique broadcast audience of 706 million viewers, demonstrating the phenomenal reach and power of live cricket around the world.

The event also recorded a 42% increase in average time watched per unique viewer in comparison to the 2015 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Emphasising cricket’s continued appeal, the 706 million unique audience was a 22% increase compared to that of Cricket World Cup 2015. 41% of the audience were women, whilst 32% of the 706 million were aged 18 to 34 years old.

Fans watched the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for a longer amount of time than ever before, with the event amassing a record 13.7 billion global viewing hours. This is a record for an ICC event seeing an 18% increase from the 2011 Cricket World Cup and 72% increase from the 2015 event.

The most watched match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 globally was India against Pakistan with 273 million unique viewers tuning into linear TV coverage with over another 50 million digital-only viewers.  

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “These quite astounding numbers demonstrate the power of live cricket to connect and engage more deeply with diverse audiences around the world. The theatre and drama of live cricket is compelling and the added jeopardy of tournament cricket enables our sport to cut through and aggregate audiences like never before even in our increasingly fragmented world.”

This was the most widely available ICC event in history as more than 20,000 hours of live action, repeats and highlights coverage was carried by 25 broadcast partners across more than 200 territories.

Locally in participating countries the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 also demonstrated the scale cricket has to engage fans in a number of markets. In the host country, the tournament reached a unique audience of 24 million across live and highlights coverage with the final becoming the most watched game of cricket in the United Kingdom.

A unique audience of 15.4 million witnessed the most exciting final in Cricket World Cup history via Sky Sports, Sky, Channel 4 and More 4, peaking with 8.92m unique viewers at 19:29 at the start of the historic Super Over. This is the highest ever peak for a cricket match on record for UK television audiences*. The Final also received the highest viewing hours for a live cricket match on UK record with 36.6 million*.

India led the way with the consumption of live matches on digital platforms with Hotstar reporting a world record for the highest ever concurrent viewership of a live stream with 25.3 million viewers during the India v New Zealand semifinal.

The most watched match in India was India against Pakistan which had a unique TV audience of 233 million from the 273 million unique viewers that had tuned in globally. The tournament reach within India was 545 million across TV and digital platforms.

In Australia an overall audience of 6.1 million watched the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with the most watched match the semifinal played between Australia and England with 2.1 million unique viewers.

There were more fans watching the 2019 edition compared to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Pakistan with a 37% increase, Bangladesh saw 35% more fans watching and in Sri Lanka the figures were up 11% on 2015, reaching a unique audience of over 100 million.

Aarti Dabas, ICC Head of Media Rights, Broadcast and Digital said: “More people are watching, more hours of cricket on different platforms than ever before. The consumption of live matches on digital platforms is evidence of fans watching live sport differently and wanting to be fully immersed in the sport and this is exciting time for cricket.”

 

All eyes on Vinesh Phogat as India’s women wrestlers begin challenge at World Wrestling Championships

Naveen (130kg) becomes the only Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to reach repechage

WW 50kg – Vinesh (IND)

New Delhi, September 16: In her quest to become the first Indian woman wrestler to finish on the top podium at the UWW World Senior Wrestling Championships, Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat faces a path littered with some of the biggest names from the wrestling world as the women’s freestyle events get under way in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Tuesday. It would need the marquee grappler to summon her very best as she returns to the elite competition a year after having to pull out due to elbow injury.

The 25-year-old switched to 53kg from 50kg and despite some initial struggles, she has found her groove, as evidenced by her three gold medals at the Yasar Dagu, Poland Open and Spain Open. A bronze at the Asian Championships along with a couple of silver medals at the Dan Kolov and Medved International tournaments gave enough testimony to the fact that the star wrestler was beginning to find her comfort level even in her new weight category.

For Vinesh to show that confidence and conviction, and earn a medal for India, she has to overcome some familiar opponents tomorrow. In the qualifying rounds, the seventh seed faces Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattson and a win over her will fetch her a chance to compete against the two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan.

If Vinesh can manage to overcome that hurdle, last year’s World Championships runner-up and top seed Sarah Hildebrandt will await in the quarter-finals. While Vinesh has got the better of both Mattson and Hildebrandt this season, Mukaida stopped her at the continental event in April.

In 50kg, all Indian hopes will rest on the shoulders of the second seed Seema Bisla, who won gold at the Yasar Dogu 2019 Ranking Series tournament in July. The higher seeding doesn’t exempt her from facing a quality opponent as early as the opening round and she could possibly begin her campaign against three-time Olympic medallist Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan.

A win will put her in the way of either European Games bronze medallist Miglena Selishka or Yasar Dagu silver medallist Ekaterina Poleshchuk.

Lalita Sehrawat, the former Commonwealth Games silver medallist and Asian Championships bronze medallist, will be representing India in 55kg. As the 12th seed, she kicks off her challenge against Mongolia’s Bat Ochir, the 13th seed. A win will set up a possible quarter-final showdown with America’s third seed Jacarra Winchester.

In 72kg, sixth-seeded Komal Bhagwan Gole will be in contention for a berth in the quarter-finals when she faces off against Turkey’s accomplished Beste Altug. Should she manage a win there, she has a tough proposition in the next round as she will have to square off against the top seed Zhamila Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan.

Naveen in hunt for a medal

After a dismal couple of days, Naveen (130kg) on Monday became the only Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to reach repechage, where he will face Heiki Nabi of Estonia. He had earlier lost to Pan American Wrestling Championships gold medallist Oscar Pino Hinds by technical superiority in qualifying. The Cuban later went on to reach the final which presented another opportunity to Naveen.

Earlier, Asian Championships silver medallist Gurpreet Singh (77kg) pinned Austria’s Michael Wagner to secure India’s second win at this championships. His run, however, came to an end at the hands of Serbia’s former world champion Viktor Nemes in the Round of 32, where he lost 1-3.

Manish (60kg) also brought delight by getting an 11-3 win over Finland’s Lauri Johannes Maekhonen in his Round of 32 bout. But the joy turned out to be short-lived when he was halted by Moldova’s world number three Victor Ciobanu in the last-16 stage by technical superiority.

All the action from the UWW Senior World Wrestling Championships 2019 will be brought live on WrestlingTV, India’s first-ever dedicated video and digital news platform, which will be the one-stop video and news destination for entire wrestling fraternity and fans.

One can log on to wrestlingtv.in for all the latest updates on the sport and follow it on social media handles – @Wrestlingtvindia/ (Facebook), @wrestlingtvIND (Twitter) and @wrestlingtv.in (Instagram).

 

Amit Panghal among 4 Indian boxers to seek quarterfinal spot at AIBA Men’s World Championships

Duryodhan Singh Negi bows out on Monday

New Delhi, September 16: Four Indian boxers will hunt a quarter-final berth as the pre-quarter-final action begins on Tuesday at the AIBA Men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Leading the charge will be Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) as he seeks his first medal from the World Championships. The Asian champion, seeded second at this tournament, will hope to sail into the last-eight when he takes on Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci.

In an attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the world event for the second consecutive edition, Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) will lock horns with Finland’s Arslan Khataev. The fifth seed had made a splash the last time when he knocked out two-time World Championships medallist Mohamed Flissi of Algeria on his way to the quarter-finals, and will hope to keep that run going this time.

Also in contention for a spot in the last-eight stage will be Manish Kaushik (63kg) and Sanjeet (91kg). While Manish will face Mongolia’s fourth seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh, Sanjeet will take on Uzbekistan’s second seed Sanjar Tursunov, whom he had got the better of at the 2018 India Open.

Meanwhile, on Monday, India’s Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) bowed out of the championships as he lost to Jordan’s sixth seed Zeyad Eashash 1-4 in the second round.

The former national champion was slow on the foot and a lack of aggression early on in the bout cost him dearly. He did try to recover some of the lost ground by injecting more power into his punches, as evident in the final round, but it was not enough as the Jordanian pugilist managed to edge him.

In the first round, Negi had to work hard to achieve a 4-1 victory over Armenia’s Koryun Astoyan in his maiden appearance at this prestigious event.

The 33-year-old is the third Indian boxer to crash out of the championships following losses suffered by Brijesh Yadav (81kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg). While Brijesh went down to Malkan Bayram of Turkey 1-4, Ashish Kumar succumbed to China’s Tanglathian Tuohetaerbieke 2-3 in his opening bout.  

 

Telugu Titans vs Dabang Delhi K.C.

Pune: Naveen Kumar secured another Super 10 as Dabang Delhi K.C. beat Telugu Titans 37-29 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at a fully packed Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Monday. The raider secured his 14th consecutive Super 10, as the Delhi team produced an all-round performance, with defenders Ravinder Pahal and Anil Kumar finishing with four tackle points each, to see out an important win that helped them stay on top of the points table.

All the talk before the match was about the two chief raiders of the sides facing each other. Naveen Kumar and Siddharth Desai are considered amongst the very best in VIVO Pro Kabaddi League but it was the former who performed better in a first half that belonged to the defenders. Delhi dominated the early minutes as they thwarted Siddharth Desai’s raids with ease while Naveen did the damage at the other end, but not without suffering some tackles himself. Crucially, the Titans kept picking up valuable raid points to stay in the match despite Delhi reducing their men on the mat. All-rounder Rakesh Gowda was the best player for the Titans in both the ends. His Super Tackle on Naveen Kumar in the 8th minute, followed by another Super Tackle on the same raider by Abozar Mighani, gave Titans a healthy lead. The Delhi team finally got their All-Out with less than five minutes to half time and Naveen’s quick raids helped Delhi end the half on a high with the scores at 18-15.

The second half saw the table-toppers up their game. Ravinder Pahal’s dominance in the right corner for Delhi meant Siddharth Desai had a difficult night. The lack of quality back up for the ‘Baahubali’ eventually came back to haunt them as Delhi clinched their second All-Out in the 11th minute to open up an 11-point lead. Naveen Kumar and Siddharth Desai clinched their Super 10s with less than five minutes remaining but the Titans failed to close the gap on Delhi. The result helped Delhi consolidate their stay at the top while Titans will now find it very hard to secure a play-off berth after failing to get even a point from the match.

Tune in Details (18/09/2019):

7:30 PM: U Mumba vs UP Yoddha

8:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas

 

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs UP Yoddha

Pune: UP Yoddha produced a clinical performance to beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 38-32 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Monday.

Raiders Surender Gill (7 points), Shrikant Jadhav (9 points) and Rishank Devadiga (8points) all stepped up for the UP side as they overcame a stiff challenge from the season one champions to jump to fifth place on the points table. Deepak Hooda secured a Super 10 (13 points including a Super Tackle) for the Pink Panthers but the team’s lack of quality raiders was evident once again as they struggled for inspiration in attack.

Vishal came back in the starting line-up for Jaipur Pink Panthers as they looked to regain their early-season form with a better showing against a UP Yoddha side. And it was the Pink Panthers who got off to a bright start, with Sushil Gulia giving them three-points with a Super Raid in the second minute. But the Pink Panthers struggled in the defence, and a few silly errors allowed the UP raiders to crawl back in the match. Surender Gill, Shrikant Jadhav, and Rishank Devadiga contributed in raids for the UP team as they inflicted an All-Out on the Pink Panthers in the 12th minute to open up a six-point lead. The problem with the Jaipur team was how they were conceding too many multi-point raids and the trend continued after the All-Out with Shrikant Jadhav picking up an easy three-point raid with two minutes remaining for half time. At the other end, Jaipur captain Deepak Niwas Hooda ensured the lead did not widen with five touchpoints to his name in the half. The first half ended 20-13 with Yoddha on top.

The second half turned out to be a repeat of the first half with Jaipur Pink Panthers struggling to work as a team in defence despite tackling Shrikant Jadhav out in the early minutes. Rishank Devadiga picked up easy points as UP maintained their lead over the Pink Panthers. Deepak Niwas Hooda delayed the inevitable All-Out with some all-round heroics including a Super Tackle (as he clinched a Super 10). UP Yoddha secured their second All-Out in the seventh minute of the half to move to an 8-point lead. The UP defence held their nerves in the final minutes to clinch an important victory.

Tune in Details (18/09/2019):

7:30 PM: U Mumba vs UP Yoddha

8:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas

 

Pankaj Advani wins 22nd World title 

India’s most consistent sportsperson Pankaj Advani has won his 22nd world title for his country. Since 2014, after returning for national duty from a brief stint in the UK, Pankaj has brought home a world title every year in Billiards or Snooker or both. In the Billiards short format (150-up), this is Pankaj’s fourth consecutive year being victorious at the world level. On being asked about this particular feat, the champ said,”It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special.”

In a repeat of last year’s final at the IBSF World Billiards Championship, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2.

From the word go, Pankaj was in full flow, as he typically is on the biggest stage. In no time was the gifted Indian at the halfway mark leading 3-0 with the help of fluent breaks comprising of 145, 89 and 127, while the local favourite Nay Thway Oo was yet to open his account. After pulling one back with breaks of 63 and 62, Oo was forced to watch Pankaj continue to extend the lead. Pankaj executed with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his mind-blowing Billiards. Pankaj secures the next two frames which included a 150 unfinished break. Oo’s solitary century in the final cake in the penultimate frame. However Pankaj scored a 74 break and shortly after that closed out the match as he captured yet another world title.
Oo was completely subdued by his accomplished opponent and had to settle for a silver medal for the second time in a row.

Pankaj Advani has proven to be the most consistent Indian athlete, prevailing in world championships since 2003. Pankaj has won more world titles in cue sports than anyone in the world making him the greatest cueist of all time.

On winning World Championship Gold Number 22, Pankaj exclaimed,”Every time I participate in a world championship, one thing is clear – my motivation to excel has not diminished. This win a testament to the fact that my hunger and fire are both well and truly alive.”

Next up Pankaj switches to Snooker, competing in the IBSF World Six-Red Snooker and the World Team Snooker Championships. While the first is the shorter format of Snooker, the latter is full 15-red format. Pankaj has under a day to make the transition.

Results:
Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Nay Thway Oo (Myanmar) 6-2
150(145)-4, 151(89)-66, 150(127)-50(50), 7-150(63,62), 151(50)-69(50), 150(150)-0, 133(64)-150(105), 150(74)-75(63).

 

Puneri Paltan vs Patna Pirates

Pune: Pardeep Narwal was the star player for three-time champions Patna Pirates as they beat home team Puneri Paltan 55-33 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Sunday.

The ‘Dubki King’ secured yet another Super 10 (18 raid points) as the Patna Pirates overcame a stiff challenge from Anup Kumar-coached Puneri Paltan to secure their third win on the trot. It wasn’t just Pardeep who rose up to the challenge though, with Neeraj Kumar impressing in the heart of Patna’s defence with a record-equalling 11 tackle points (a record shared with Manjeet Chhillar).

The first half of the match was highly entertaining with both teams throwing caution to the wind in a raid fest. Pune’s young raider Pankaj Mohite was the first to impress with a three-point Super Raid in the fourth minute. But ‘record-breaker’ Pardeep Narwal was in no mood to let Pune’s raiders steal the limelight. The Patna raider took control of the proceeding as he targeted the Paltan one by one, ably supported in his defence by rejuvenated Neeraj Kumar. The Pirates’ recent run of form (three consecutive wins) have also been largely to the presence of Korean raider Jang Kun Lee who has chipped in with valuable points as a secondary raider when Pardeep is sent to the dugout. They worked in tandem and clinched they first All-Out of the match in the 10th minute to open a five-point gap. Patna continued pressing as Pardeep raced to his Super 10 in the dying minutes of the half. His raids, combined with Neeraj Kumar’s tackling (who also secured his High 5 in the half) gave Patna another All-Out in the last minute of the first half to open a 10-point gap (27-17) going into the break.

The second half proved to be the same for the home team as Pune struggled to reduce the points gap. Pardeep Narwal and Neeraj Kumar continued their good work in both the ends as they secured another All-Out in the 10th minute of the match. The Pirates continued their domination till the final stages of the match with Neeraj Kumar reaching double figures for tackle points. Pardeep also overtook Naveen Kumar in raiding points for the season as Patna look all set for a good finishing phase to the season. The win helped Patna jump to 8th in the points table.

Tune in Details (16/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs UP Yoddha

8:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs Dabang Delhi K.C.

 

Dabang Delhi vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

Pune: Naveen Kumar was once again the hero for Daban Delhi K.C. as they beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 34-30 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Sunday.

Naveen Kumar picked up another Super 10 (13th consecutive) as Delhi produced a composed performance, despite being closely challenged in the second half by the Fortunegiants, to pick up five points and consolidate their stay at the top of the points table.

The initial minutes of the match suggested it would be a closely-fought encounter with both defences looking sharp. Ravinder Pahal pulled off two successful tackles for the Delhi side while at the other end Ruturaj Koravi was looking in form. But Naveen Kumar had other plans, as he unlocked the Gujarat defence with a five-point raid in the ninth minute to clinch an All-Out for Delhi. The restart didn’t bring good fortunes for the Fortunegiants, with their raiders looking rather one-dimensional against a Delhi defence that was slowly growing in stature. The first half ended with Naveen claiming another two-point raid that reduced Gujarat to a single player on the match and gave Delhi an 11-point lead (20-9). Sadly for Delhi, both Meraj Sheykh and Anil Kumar had to substituted due to injuries.

Delhi secured their second All-Out in the first move of the second half but the restart marked the revival for last season’s runners-up Fortunegiants. Pankaj, playing in the left corner for Gujarat, ensured Naveen Kumar had no influence in the game, while Rohit Gulia produced a quick-fire Super 10 to inflict an All-Out on Delhi (sixth minute of the second half) and reduced the margin. Sachin also got into the act for Gujarat as the team kept pace with the Delhi side. But Naveen’s clinical Super 10 and a dash by Vishal Mane on Gujarat’s Sachin was enough for Delhi to pick up a victory.

Tune in Details (16/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs UP Yoddha

8:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs Dabang Delhi K.C.

 

Tamil Thalaivas vs Haryana Steelers

Pune:  Vikas Kandola was yet again the star of the show for Haryana Steelers as they beat Tamil Thalaivas 43-35 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Saturday.

Vikas Kandola clinched a Super 10 (13 points) for Rakesh Kumar coached Steelers who were given a stiff competition by the Thalaivas in the mid-stages of the match. Rahul Chaudhari clinched a Super 10 (10 raid points) for Thalaivas but it was yet another disjointed performance from the star-studded lineup which meant they remained at the bottom of the points table.

Tamil Thalaivas went into the match on a seven-match losing streak and not so surprisingly it was the Haryana team who dominated the early minutes. Vikas Kandola, ably supported by Vinay, fetched raid points for the Steelers as the closed in on an All-Out. The error-prone Thalaivas defence gave away silly points but there was a fight in them that had been invisible in the previous matches. The Chennai-based unit finally succumbed to an All-Out with six minutes left to the half-time as Haryana moved to a six-point lead. But the Thalaivas came out with renewed energy after the restart, with Manjeet Chhillar and Mohit Chhillar looking good in defence. Rahul Chaudhari also got into the act, picking up his 100th raid point of the season, as the Thalaivas reduced Haryana’s lead to two points at half time (16-14).

Rahul Chaudhari clinched a four-point raid in the first minute of the second half to inflict an All-Out on the Steelers. But Vikas Kandola upped his game to open up the lead once again for Haryana after the All-Out. Just when Haryana were edging close to inflicting another All-Out, Thalaivas’ Victor Obiero produced a stellar raid and a Super Tackle to keep them in the game. Unfortunately for the Thalaivas, Ajith Kumar wasn’t having the best of games in the attack, and the lack of support for Rahul Chaudhari (who clinched a Super 10) finally showed when Vikas Kandola’s four-point raid with under six minutes remaining gave Haryana another All-Out. Vinay’s three-point Super Raid gave a cushion that the Haryana team managed to cling on. The victory consolidated their third position on the table.

Tune in Details (15/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Patna Pirates

 

Puneri Paltan vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

Pune: Home team Puneri Paltan produced a composed performance to beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 43-33 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi, Pune on Saturday.

Nitin Tomar was the lead raider for the Pune side (Super 10 with 11 raid points), but the defence more than lived up to its billing with Surjeet Singh and Balasaheb Jadhav picking up High 5s in a total domination

Puneri Paltan had a storming start to the match, dominating the entire first half, as they produced an all-round performance to thwart all the advances from the Fortunegiants. Nitin Tomar, returning from a knee injury, started the proceedings for the Pune side, while in defence, Girish Ernak, who had been given a rare start after a dip in form, proved he is back to his mean best, pulling off two strong tackles in the early minutes. The Paltan raiders had Gujarat’s cover combination of Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal out in the early minutes and the season’s finalists struggled to recover from the early setback, succumbing to an All-Out in the ninth minute. Pune continued to pile on the pressure, with Manjeet impressing in his raids and in defence, and nearly inflicted another All-Out in the dying minutes of a first half that ended 24-10 in favour of the home team.

The second All-Out was secured immediately after the second half started as Pune piled on the pressure. Pankaj Mohite took over the chief raiding duties in the second half and the young raider shouldered the responsibility without ever giving a feeling that he is in his Rookie season with the VIVO Pro Kabaddi. In defence, Balasaheb Jadhav had an outstanding game and secured his High 5 with a Super Tackle on Sachin with 8 minutes left in the clock. Gujarat did manage to inflict an All-Out on Pune with less than three minutes to final whistles but it a little too late for a comeback as the Pune defence held firm to clinch their first victory in their home leg.

Tune in Details (15/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Patna Pirates

 

Pankaj Advani Defeats Mike Russell to Enter Final of World Billiards Championship

India’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani overcame England’s Mike Russell 5-2 in the semifinals of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar.
In a clash of the titans, the might of multiple time world champion, Russell, wasn’t enough to stop India’s golden boy. The Brit had a ditto performance last year finishing with a bronze again. However, last time the eventual runner-up and this year’s finalist again, Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar stopped Russell in his tracks.
Pankaj, vying for his 22nd world title, will play in a repeat of last year’s final against local hero Oo. The Myanmar silver medalist from last year will have another crack at his maiden world championship against Pankaj.
The Indian ace Pankaj scored three back-to-back centuries but managed to convert only two of those frames as Russell took advantage of Pankaj’s error on 142 and made a 150. The match was evenly poised at two frames a piece and could’ve gone either way. But Pankaj appeared to be on a mission as he made breaks of 63 and 123 in the last three frames to race to a 5-2 victory. When asked about his crucial semifinal performance, Pankaj said, “I’m really pleased to enter the final again a year later. Mike played well so I knew I had to bring more firepower to the match to give myself a chance to defend my title. This feels like deja vu playing Oo again, that too in the final and in Myanmar two years in a row. Let’s hope the outcome is the same too!”
In the other half of the draw, Nay Thway Oo overcame India’s Sourav Kothari 5-3. After taking a 3-1 lead, Kothari made a spirited comeback to level the match 3-3. However, the Myanmar star had other plans. He clinched the final two frames by firing in an unfinished 150 break followed by a 130 break to seal his spot in the final and also Kothari’s fate.

Results:
Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Mike Russell (England) 5-2
150(114)-117(59), 142(142)-150(150), 152(118)-122(122), 45-151(74), 152(63)-142(85), 151(123)-96(66), 151-61
Nay Thway Oo (Myanmar) beat Sourav Kothari (India) 5-3
151(65)-125, 151(93)-95(93), 21-152(152), 150(122)-77(68), 79(72)-151(83), 110(103)-150, 150(150)-0, 152(130)-0.

 

3rd Junior Women’s National Boxing Championships

-Haryana picks 7 gold
-Manipur, Maharashtra finish at 2nd and 3rd position respectively

Rohtak, September 13: Haryana continued their supremacy in the 3rd Junior Women’s National Boxing Championships in Rohtak, Haryana as the team clinched a total of 12 medals including 7 golds, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals. Haryana acquired a total of 63 points to top the leaderboard. Manipur finished second with 33 points while Maharashtra stood third with 31 points.

Leading the charge for Haryana, tournament favorite Tamanna crushed her opponent Tingmila Doungel 5-0  in the 48 kg category.  This is Tamanna’s third gold after Black Forest Cup and Nation’s Cup in Serbia. Besides Tamanna, Priti Dahiya (60kg) also dominated in her 5-0 bout against Chandigarh’s Diya Negi to register her gold medal hat-trick. Kalpana (46kg),  Rinku (50kg), Tannu (52kg), Neha (54kg) and Khushi (63kg) were other gold medalists for the state.

Manipur second position was courtesy 1 gold, 3 silvers and 4 bronze medals. Huidrom Ambeshori Devi blanked Rajasthan’s Isha Gurjar 5-0 to give Manipur its sole gold in the 57 kg category. The 3 sivers for the state were earned by Oinam Pinky Chanu (46kg), Tingmila Doungel (48kg) and Shagolsem Bijeta Chanu (52kg).

Maharashtra managed to secure 2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze. Sharvari Kalyankar (70kg) was challenged in her 3-2 bout with Punjab’s Anjali while Alfiya Tarnnum Akram Khan (80+kg) ceased the win with an RSC in round 2.

Punjab ended at the 4th position on the leaderboard with a total of 5 medals – 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. Khushi (75kg) made it look easy in her 5-0 bout against Maharashtra’s Sakshi Jangdale while Tanishvir Sandhu (80kg) was too strong for Maharashtra’s Tanisha Patel. She was declared winner after RSC in Round 1.

Mahi Lama (66kg) was the only saving grace for Madhya Pradesh as she won her final bout against Haryana’s Lashu Yadav in a close match of 3-2 to put MP on the 5th position.

Table

RANK

STATE

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

TOTAL MEDALS

TOTAL POINTS

1.

Haryana

7

1

4

12

63

2.

Manipur

1

3

4

8

33

3.

Maharashtra

2

2

2

6

31

4.

Punjab

2

2

1

5

28

5.

 

Madhya Pradesh

1

 

 

1

14

6.

Goa

 

2

1

3

13

 

Abhijit Singh Chadha climbs to second position 

Rashid Khan and Aman Raj occupy tied third to stay in the hunt

Nuh, Haryana, September 13, 2019: India’s Abhijit Singh Chadha relished returning to his favourite venue, the Classic Golf & Country Club, with a second round of seven-under-65 that saw him climb six spots to second place at 11-under-133 at the inaugural Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship, a US$300,000 event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the TATA Steel PGTI.

The 28-year-old Abhijit, who fought his way back on to the Asian Tour after a three-year gap with a solid performance at the Qualifying School earlier this year, trails the halfway leader Rory Hie of Indonesia by one shot.

The Indian duo of Rashid Khan (66), yet to drop a stroke in the tournament, and Aman Raj (67), who fired a second successive five-under, were in tied third with total scores of 10-under-134. Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid made a gain of five spots on Friday while Aman moved up two spots.

Aadil Bedi, the fourth Indian in the top-10, struck a 68 on day two but slipped one position to tied sixth at nine-under-135.

Abhijit Singh Chadha (68-65), who has won a title each at the junior, amateur and professional levels at the Classic Golf & Country Club (CG&CC), took advantage of his familiarity with the course to power ahead with an error-free round that featured seven birdies.

Chadha, a winner of two professionals titles on the TATA Steel PGTI, made a slow start as his first birdie of the day came on the 18th where fortune favoured him after his drive hit the tree and bounced back on the fairway.

Abhijit, who last won at the CG&CC during the 2015 BILT Open, was a different player on the front-nine where he collected six more birdies. The Chandigarh-based golfer was brilliant from 70 to 80 yards as he set up one-foot birdie conversions with his lob wedge shots on the third, fourth and eighth holes.     

Chadha, a silver medalist from the 2010 Asian Games, said, “I putted really well today and put myself in good positions. I made a lot of putts on the front nine.

“I have won thrice on this course so I’m very comfortable on every tee shot and on the greens. It feels almost like a home course for me. I’m at ease with myself in pressure situations at this venue.

“On the 18th, I hit a wayward drive which hit a tree and came back on the fairway. It was a lucky break and I capitalized on that. The birdie on the 18th kind of gave me a boost and after that I pulled off a lot of good shots.

“I’m really happy to be in this position. I’m confident and playing well and will now look to go as low as possible over the next two rounds.

“I missed a few events on the Asian Tour in the first half of the year due to a shoulder injury. So now I’m all the more determined to make this good start count.”

Aman Raj (67-67), who won his only professional title exactly one year back on the TATA Steel PGTI, mixed seven birdies with two bogeys on day two to strengthen his position on the leaderboard. Aman made a couple of fabulous recoveries from the rough to salvage birdies on the sixth and 14th. He drained a 35-footer on the sixth.

The Patna-based lad looked to end the day on a high after birdies on the 16th and 17th but a couple of mistakes from the rough and the bunker on the 18th proved to be a dampener for him as he bogeyed the last hole.

Aman, the former India No. 1 amateur, said, “I feel I judged the conditions well today. Having teed off in the morning, I knew there would be dew and the course would play longer than it did when I teed off in the afternoon yesterday. I therefore played one club longer on most shots.

“I’m happy with the overall score but ending with a bogey always pinches especially on a par-5 when I had a hybrid in my hand on the fairway. But this is golf and you have to take it and move forward.”

Rashid Khan (68-66) produced a second straight bogey-free effort despite scrambling for a major part of the day on Friday. Rashid played some incredible shots to recover twice from the rough and once from the bunker slope to pick up birdies from a range of five feet on the first, third and seventh.

Delhi-based Khan, who was four-under through seven holes, then gave himself a lot of chances on the back-nine but could add only two more birdies to his card on the 12th and 18th.

Khan said, “I think I’m playing really good golf as over the past two days I’ve made 10 birdies and I’m on 10-under.

“I have been in this situation before but I’m not thinking too much right now. I’m not thinking of the last two rounds. I’ll only start thinking ahead when I begin the last nine holes of the final round.”

The Indian trio of Chikkarangappa, Ankur Chadha and Abhinav Lohan were placed tied 11th with identical scores of seven-under-137.

Among the prominent Indian names, Khalin Joshi was tied 24th at five-under-139, Viraj Madappa was tied 35th at four-under-140 and Jyoti Randhawa was tied 63rd at one-under-143.

The cut was declared at one-under-143. Seventy-five players made the cut including 37 Indians. One of the two Indian amateurs to make the cut was Harshjeet Singh Sethie.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (74) missed the cut by one shot.

 

Bengal Warriors vs Bengaluru Bulls

Kolkata: Maninder Singh was the star for home Bengal Warriors as they beat defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 42-40 in a high-scoring VIVO Pro Kabaddi encounter in Kolkata on Thursday. Maninder scored 17 raid points for Bengal as they overcame a raiding fest by Bulls’ Pawan Sehrawat (who finished with 19 points) to win in front of a packed audience at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium. The win meant the Warriors completed their home leg unbeaten (3 wins in four matches) while jumping to second in the points table,

Bulls’ match against the Warriors was called the battle of the raiders due to wealth of raiding talent on display. But the league’s best raider, Pawan Sehrawat, could hardly make an impact in a closely fought first half that saw the defenders step their game up to thwart the raiders. Mohammad Nabibakhsh defined the early stages of the match, pulling off two impressive tackles to set the tone for what was to follow. Maninder Singh then got into the act for the home side with a two-point raid sending Bengaluru’s Amit Sheoran and Saurabh Nandal to the dugout in the fifth minute. But the Bulls showed their champion mentality by crawling back into the match after being reduced to two men on the court. Ankit pulled off a Super Tackle in 8th minute to start the comeback as the champions fought the All-Out. They kept evading the attempts by Bengal to enforce an All-Out and at one point even had more player on the mat. But the absence of Pawan Sehrawat on the mat for a long period, coupled by an incredible two-point raid by Sukesh Hegde in the 16th minute, finally gave the home side an All-Out with slightly less than two minutes remaining. However, Bulls’ strategy to pick up Bonus Points meant they trailed by just a point (14-15) going into the break.

Bulls started the second half with an aggressive strategy and it paid quick dividends. Pawan Sehrawat quickly grabbed his Super 10 as the defending champions inflicted an All-Out of Bengal in the 4th minute of the second half to move to a six-point lead. Nabibakhsh and Maninder kept the Bengal team in the game with their all-round performances. The Iranian secured his High 5 with a tackle on Pawan Sehrawat with 8 minutes left in the clock to reduce the Bulls’ lead to four points. But Bengal clung on to the game and the pressure on Bulls told when Rohit Kumar went out of bounds to give the Warriors an All-Out with five minutes remaining. Sadly for Warriors, the All-Out meant Pawan Sehrawat was back on the mat. The final minutes became a raiding masterclass by Maninder and Pawan as they matched raids for raids. The Bengal man produced a stellar three-point raid but Pawan matched it with a two-point raid to level the scores.

The VIVO Pro Kabaddi caravan now shifts to Pune where Anup Kumar’s Paltan side will be looking to make most of the home advantage.

Tune in Details (14/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Tamil Thalaivas vs Haryana Steelers

 

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Patna Pirates

Kolkata: Pardeep Narwal was once again the hero for Patna Pirates as they beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 36-33 in a closely fought VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match on Thursday.

Pardeep Narwal (14 raid points), ably supported by Jang Kun Lee (8 points), proved too good a raiding unit for the Pink Panthers despite challenging them till the final minute of the match. The result meant Patna moved out of the bottom of the points table.

Jang Kun Lee returned to the starting lineup for Patna Pirates who went into the match in red hot form after annihilating Tamil Thaliavas in their previous outing. Pardeep Narwal ran riots that night with 26 points but he was facing a different quality of defence in Jaipur Pink Panthers. PKL’s highest ever point scorer didn’t seem fazed by the situation though as he quickly got into the act – an 8th-minute ‘Dubki’ (a feint move in Kabaddi) reminding everyone how he has earned the title of ‘Dubki King’. But Patna’s lack of quality in defence finally showed when they squandered an opportunity to inflict an All-Out on the Pink Panthers. Sandeep Dhull then pulled off a might Super Tackle with 10 minutes still to half time to start a revival for the Jaipur side as the Pirates had an implosion. But a late surge by Pardeep Narwal ensured the three-time champions remained in better shape as the sides went into the break with scores at 15-14 in favour of the Pink Panthers.

Amit Hooda joined Sandeep Dhull in the Super Tackle party as Jaipur began the half on a high. But Jang Kun Lee chipped in with vital points for Patna as they eventually clinched that All-Out in the 8th minute of the second half. Despite the All-Out, the Pink Panthers had a one-point lead thanks largely to their raiders who always picked up the Bonus Points when on offer.  Pardeep Narwal picked his Super 10 with 9 minutes remaining while Jaipur’s Sandeep Dhull secured his High 5 with a mighty tackle on the ‘Dubki King’. Patna’s three-point lead was evened out by Sushil Gula’s three-point Super Raid for the Pink Panthers as the match entered the final minutes with the teams par on points. But a clever Bonus Point by Jang Kun Lee, followed by a smart tackle by Neeraj Kumar helped Patna open up a two-point cushion in the final minute to see out the match.

Tune in Details (14/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Tamil Thalaivas vs Haryana Steelers

 

Manipur’s Ambeshori Devi & Haryana’s Tamanna enter semi-finals of Junior Women’s Boxing Nationals

Rohtak, September 11: Manipur’s Ambeshori Devi (57kg) and Haryana’s Tamanna (48kg) entered the semi-finals to confirm medals as the North-East and Haryana dominated the proceedings at the 3rd Junior Women’s National Boxing Championships here on Wednesday.

Both Tamanna and Ambeshori Devi had won medals at the Black Forest Cup in June and they continued their fine form in the domestic circuit as well. Ambeshori was thoroughly dominant in her quarter-final bout againt Mizoram’s Naom Chingsannuami en route to her 5-0 win and Tamanna too prevailed over Delhi’s Anjali by an identical scoreline.

Also progressing into the last-four stage from Haryana were Tannu (52kg), Kirti (57kg) and Khushi (63kg). While Kirti and Khushi blanked Andhra Pradesh’s Peddada Kavya and Punjab’s Vishakha respectively 5-0, Tannu advanced by dint of getting an RSC verdict in Round 1 over Goa’s Neha Kadam.

The North-East also shone on Day 4 of this prestigious junior tournament. Joining Ambeshori in the semis were her Manipuri statemates, Tingmala Doungel (48kg) and Shagolsem Bijeta Chanu (52kg).

Mizoram also found a place in the winners’ column through Ruthi Lalhmingthai (52kg) and Rudy Lalgmingmuani (63kg). Both had to work hard to earn their respective victories. While Lalhmingthai staved off a stiff challenge from Tamil Nadu’s Deepa S for a 3-2 win, Lalgmingmuani also had to dig deep to secure a gritty 3-2 win over Manipur’s Tingmelhing Chongloi.

Chandigarh also entered the medal bracket through Harnoor Kaur, an RSC in Round 1 winner over Andhra Pradesh’s Kolukula Krishna Veni.

The six-day tournament, which will pick out the best of India’s rising female pugilists, has a total of 233 boxers participating from 27 states across 13 weight categories. The semi-finals are scheduled on Thursday followed by the grand finale on Friday.

 

Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba

Kolkata: Bengal Warriors produced a composed performance to beat U Mumba 29-26 in a closely-fought VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Sukesh Hegde (8 points) and Mohammad Nabibakhsh (4 tackle points) were the stars for the home side who had to rely on a Super Tackle by Rinku Narwal in the final minute to seal the match in front of their fans at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium. U Mumba will take positives from the match despite the defeat with Arjun Deshwal impressing with a career-best tally of 14 raid points (15 in total).

The home side started on the backfoot as young Arjun Deshwal, on the back of a match-winning performance for Mumbai last evening, started the game with a three-point Super Raid. U Mumba’s recent turn in form has largely been down to the improved raiding from the duo of Arjun and Abhishek Singh but Bengal Warriors ensured they didn’t run away with the game after the initial minutes. Maninder Singh, Mohammad Nabibakhsh and Sukesh Hegde (replacing K Prapanjan in the lineup) soon got their act together as they capitalised on a poor defensive performance from U Mumba. The Warriors clinched their first All-Out of the match in the 16th minute of the match to open up a six-point lead. Arjun Deshwal’s Super Raid in the dying minutes of the half, however, reduced the margin to three and the sides took the break with scores at 16-13 in favour of Bengal.

The second half was a repeat of the first – U Mumba’s good work in the raids undone by errors in the defence. Arjun Deshwal raced to his Super 10 for the Mumbai unit but Bengal maintained their lead without having to break a sweat. Iranian all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh impressed with his tackling while Sukesh Hegde proved to be an able replacement for Prapanjan as the home side clung on their lead. ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali’s calming presence on the mat rubbed off on U Mumba’s young raiders and they repaid his faith to cut the lead to a point with under a minute remaining. But Rinku Narwal came up with a massive Super Tackle in the final minute to seal the match for the home side.

Tune in Details (11/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Haryana Steelers vs Jaipur Pink Panthers

8:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba

 

Score: 32-32

Kolkata: Haryana Steelers held Jaipur Pink Panthers to a 32-32 draw in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday. Jaipur Pink Panthers, thanks largely to their captain Deepak Niwas Hooda’s 14 raid points, had a slender a lead going into the final minutes and will rue the mistake that allowed Haryana the opportunity to steal three points from the encounter.

The teams went into the match with contrasting forms. Haryana were on a five-match winning run while the Pink Panthers had their last four on the trot. But Kabaddi is a sport of unpredictability, and that was all too evident as the Jaipur team started the match brightly. The Pink Panthers’ success in the early stages of the ongoing season was largely due to the Deepak Niwas Hooda’s raiding prowess and their captain was in the thick of things once again, securing seven raid points in the first half. The Pink Panthers inflicted an All-Out on the Steelers in the 16th minute to open a six-point gap. But the Haryana team have been one of the league’s best this season, and raider Vikas Kandola sparked a revival, ably supported by Prashanth Kumar Rai. Kandola’s five-point raid in the dying minutes of the first half gave the Steelers their first All-Out of the match and brought about a change in momentum. The first half ended with Haryana leading Jaipur 18-14.

Haryana maintained their dominance in the second half, with Vinay also taking up the raiding duties. Pink Panthers’ lack of quality support raiders for Deepak Hooda hurt them badly as Haryana’s defence held firm. Ravi Kumar picked up a High 5 for Haryana but Deepak Hooda produced a series of successful raids to make it three-point game going into the final minutes. Deepak Hooda also secured a Super 10 and secured a personal milestone of 800 raid points in the process. The Pink Panthers’ teamwork helped them clinch another All-Out with four minutes left in the clock to make it a nervous end to the match for both sides. But in the end, nothing could separate the sides after a final minute blunder by Jaipur’s Sachin Narwal handed Steelers a point. Jaipur squandered a great opportunity move to fifth as they remained fifth in the table.

Tune in Details (12/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Patna Pirates

8:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs Bengaluru Bulls

 

Telugu Titans vs U Mumba

Kolkata: ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali was at his best in the defence for U Mumba as the season two champions defeated Telugu Titans 41-27 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The Iranian defender was unstoppable as he clinched a High 5 (6 points) and marshalled his troops to a very important victory that saw them jump to fifth in the table. Arjun Deshwal had a solid outing for the Mumbai team, taking up the lead raider’s duties in a night when Abhishek struggled. There was no joy for Titans’ Siddharth Desai once again as he failed to perform against his former team once again this season.

The game had a cautious start with both teams treading the mat carefully and looking to not make any mistakes. Siddharth Desai, playing against his former side, was easily the best raider on the mat in the initial minutes, and it wasn’t surprising to see Telugu Titans clinch an All-Out in the 14th minute of the first half and open up a four-point lead. But Mumbai were never out of the game, despite suffering the All-Out, and quickly initiated their comeback by tackling Siddharth Desai off the mat. The star raider’s absence in the ending minutes of the half meant the Titans struggled to dominate the mat as Abhishek Singh, U Mumba’s in-form raider (on the back of a two-match Super 10 streak), and Arjun Deshwal helped the Mumbai side reduce Titans to just one player on the mat. But Farhad Milaghardan saved the Telugu team the blushes by picking up two points in the final raid of the half to prevent an All-Out. The half ended with the scores level at 15-15.

U Mumba got their All-Out in the second minute after the restart as season two champions began to look their very best. ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali was in this tackling best as U Mumba opened up a sizeable lead and pushed the Titans to the fringes. But in Vishal Bhardwaj Titans have the league’s best defender and the left corner pulled off a mighty Super Tackle in the seventh minute of the half to delay what was beginning to look like an inevitable All-Out. But Atrachali executed another ankle hold to perfection (securing a High 5 in the process) and Arjun Deshwal produced a smart raid to finally give Mumbai the All-Out in the 13th minute of the half to open up a nine-point lead. A resolute defence helped Mumbai inflict another All-Out with two minutes remaining as they ensured Titans were given no opportunities to plan a comeback.

Tune in Details (11/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Haryana Steelers vs Jaipur Pink Panthers

8:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba

 

Ronaldo shines with Asian record

Cycling sensation Ronaldo Laitonjam is unstoppable at the Track Asia Cup 2019. After winning two gold medal on day one, the junior world champion team member created an Asian record for men’s junior 200m time trial event and later won a gold medal in the junior men’s Sprint event on Tuesday. Ronaldo clocked 10.065 seconds in the qualifying round to break the previous record held by China’s Liu Qi who had completed the race in 10.149 seconds in 2018.

“Qualifying for the finals was in my mind but when I saw the score, I was surprised and happy,” Ronaldo said after breaking the record.

“Juniors are doing well and many more records will break in the coming years. Our team is preparing hard and the results are coming forward,” Coach RK Sharma said.

The medal rush continued for India as they captured 10 more medals including 4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze after 12 on day one at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi. The Cycling Federation of India event was dominated by the host country last year and the same story is unfolding this year. On day one, India won 12 medals including four gold medals thanks to their world class junior teams in both men’s and women’s category.

The 17-year-old Ronaldo dominated the final and led the race to finish at the top of the podium. Rojit Singh won the silver for India to add another medal. Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Safarov claimed the bronze medal.

Ronaldo was not the only star of day two. Two-time Junior World Championships medallist Esow Alben won a gold medal in the elite men’s Sprint event with a dominant performance. He had finished behind Tsz Chun Law of Hong Kong in the qualifying round but avenged that the final. Amarjeet Singh Nagi of India finished third.

If the start to the second day was record breaking, Venkappa Shiv Kengalgutti made it even more memorable as he won the gold medal in the junior men’s 3 km individual pursuit clocking 3.30: 106 minutes. It was a 1-2 finish for India in the event as Mula Ram, representing India’s second team SAINCA, won the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Iran’s Labib Ali.

Triyasha Paul and Nikita Nisha gave India a 1-2 finish in the junior women’s sprint event and added two more medals to India’s tally. Paul and Nisha had won medals on day one was well.

On day two, in the elite men’s 4 KM individual pursuit event, India’s Punam Chand captured the silver medal falling just short against Malaysia’s Emam Firdaus Mohammad Zamri who won the gold medal. Dimitry Potapenko of Kazakhstan settled for the bronze medal.

But it was a double delight for India elite women’s 3 KM individual pursuit race. Elangbam Devi and Irungbam Devi gave India a silver-bronze finish in the event. In the gold medal race, Elangbam clocked 4.02:345 minutes. She was beaten by Uzbekistan’s Renata Baymetova who clocked 3.53:120 seconds.

The bronze medal was won by Irungbam Devi who clocked 4:01.398 minutes to beat Alyona Abramchuk of Kazakhstan and give India their second medal of the event.

India’s second team — Sports Authority of India National Cycling Academy — won its first medal when Swasti Singh won the bronze medal in junior women’s 2 km individual pursuit. Kristina Titovskaya of Kazakhstan won the gold while Yanina Kuskova of Uzbekistan captured silver.

Harshveer Singh had to deal with a disappointing end in the elite men’s 15 KM Scratch Race as he failed to finish on the podium. In a world class field, the Indian finished fifth as the gold was captured by Muhammad Shaari of Malaysia. Denis Burnashov and Alexandr Bekenov, both from Kazakhstan, won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

MEDAL TALLY – AFTER DAY 2
    G S B
1 INDIA 8 8 6
2 UZBEKISTAN 3 2 0
3 MALAYSIA 3 1 0
4 KAZAKHSTAN 2 5 5
5 INDONESIA 2 0 0
6 SAINCA 1 2 1
7 THAILAND 1 0 2
8 HONGKONG 0 2 1
9 IRAN 0 1 3
10 UAE 0 0 1

 

Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates

Kolkata: Pardeep Narwal became the first player to cross 1000 raid points in VIVO Pro Kabaddi League history as his 26 points helped Patna Pirates side thrash Tamil Thalaivas 51-25 in front of a packed audience at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday.

Narwal’s 26 points exposed the problems in the Tamil Thalaivas side who looked answerless, especially in defence, against a bottom-placed Patna unit. Ajith Kumar, with a Super 10, was the only positive for the Thalaivas in what was otherwise a horrible day on the mat for the star-studded team.

Not so surprisingly, the first half was all about the raiders as they ran riots against two of the poorest defences this season. Newly appointed coach Udaya Kumar had claimed his Thalaivas side were only playing for individual glory and that was once again visible as a disjointed unit failed to perform on the mat. Rahul Chaudhari once again struggled to impress in his raids, despite going against the poor defence of Patna, leading to more questions as to why Ajith Kumar has not yet been handed over the lead raider duties. Patna inflicted the first All-Out on Thalaivas in the 8th minute of the half even though Ajith Kumar had managed to expose some chinks in their armour as well. With both the defences looking shaky (Thalaivas went in the match with an average of 20 unsuccessful tackles per match in their last four encounters), the match looked like it would become a battle between Pardeep Narwal and Ajith Kumar. Pardeep Narwal cruised to a Pro Kabaddi Milestone of 1000 raid points (the first player to do it) in the fifteenth minute of the match but Thalaivas gained some momentum towards to final stages of the first half with Vineet Sharma pulling off a few tackles. The first half ended with Patna leading Thalaivas 18-13.

The second half was no different as Pardeep Narwal made the mat his home. The star raider was the chief orchestrator of Patna’s attacks as the side inflicted All-Outs on the fifth, ninth, and fifteenth minutes of the second half to take the game away from a hapless Thalaivas team. Patna remained on the bottom of the table despite the comfortable win but will take positives from the match that also saw their star defender Jaideep finish with a High 5 (7 tackle points).

Tune in Details (10/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs U Mumba

 

UP Yoddha vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

Kolkata: UP Yoddha produced an all-round performance to defeat Gujarat Fortunegiants 33-26 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday.

UP’s defensive pair of Nitesh Kumar (4 tackle points) and Sumit (High 5 with 5 tackle points) were in red-hot form once again, aptly supported by the raiding duo of Shrikanth Jadhav and Surender Gill (both with 6 raid points), as the team beat last season’s runners-up Gujarat Fortunegiants to move to fifth in the points table.

UP’s cover combination of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit is regarded amongst the best in the league and it was not surprising the match was called the battle of defences because on the other side was Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal, another great defensive duo. It was not therefore too surprising to see the raiders struggle to clinch points in the early minutes of the first half.

Sachin’s return to the squad has been a vital factor in Gujarat’s improved form in the recent matches and the raider was once again influential as he secured to a two-point raid in the sixth minute to give Gujarat a slender lead. But Shrikanth Jadhav immediately restored parity with a two-point raid for the Yoddha as both sides continued to trade blows. With Monu Goyat still suffering an injury, UP’s raiding duties had fallen on the shoulders of Jadhav and Surender Gill, something they had so far managed to do with ease. The latter was the difference-maker for Yoddha in the second half as he pulled off a series of successful raids to enforce an All-Out on Gujarat in the final minute of the first half to open up a 7-point lead (16-9).

Surender Gill started the second half just like how he ended with the first, picking up vital raid points for UP Yoddha as they raced to a healthy lead. The dominance finally showed when the team inflicted the second All-Out on the Fortunegiants in the eighth minute of the half to move to a twelve-point lead. But the Gujarat side were in no mood to give up, and Sachin sparked a comeback with a four-point Super Raid (in the seventh minute) as Gujarat reduced the margins and forced an All-Out on Up with 8 minutes still left in the clock. UP’s defence were in no mood for another slip up though, and the duo Nitesh and Sumit steadied their ship to clinch their fourth consecutive win.

Tune in Details (10/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs U Mumba

 

Simmons and Ramdin star as TKR make it three wins from three

Trinbago Knight Riders 168/3 (Simmons 63, Ramdin 50*, Pollard 26*, Hodge 1/30) beat St Lucia Zouks 167/5 (Campbell 43, Cornwall 33, Zadran 26, Fletcher 26, Neesham 2/33) by 7 wickets

Defending Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions Trinbago Knight Riders made it three wins from three in their season-opening home stint after cruising past St Lucia Zouks’ 167/5 with seven wickets and 13 balls to spare.

Very different yet equally impressive half-centuries from the explosive Lendl Simmons and ice-cool Denesh Ramdin ensured a mid-range target never really posed much of a threat. Simmons set the tone with a six straight back over Thisara Perera’s head from just the second ball of the innings, with Sunil Narine adding another Hero Maximum as 14 came from the opening over.

With the boundaries coming so regularly, even the loss of Narine and Tion Webster in the space of nine balls – the latter caught at point from Fawad Ahmed’s first ball of the day – did nothing to staunch the flow. Simmons ended that Fawad over with another huge six over long-on and on to the roof before smoking back-to-back Hero Maximums in the champion leg-spinner’s next over. His half-century came up with his fourth four to go with four sixes in just 32 balls, by which time the Knight Riders’ overall target was already down to double-figures.

Ramdin had been understandably content to play second fiddle to Simmons for the most part but he too cut loose once the partnership reached 50, taking Fawad for 10 in two balls as 17 runs came from the 11th over of the innings.

Simmons continued the boundary spree with his fifth Hero Maximum, powered down the ground off Kavem Hodge, but the bowler had instant revenge as Simmons ran past a wide to be comprehensively stumped by Andre Fletcher.

The target was by now down to 62 from 52, though, and with Kieron Pollard striding to the middle to join Ramdin there was little reason for optimism from the Zouks.

Pollard’s first six, smeared high and handsome over long-on, and a four slapped through cover by Ramdin off Perera’s second over – the 15th of the innings – brought the required rate down to a run a ball and made the result a formality.

All that remained to be determined was whether Ramdin could complete his 50 before Pollard finished the game, and back-to-back fours through midwicket and point took him to 47 and the victory target down to seven at the start of the 18th over.

He duly got to the landmark with a clip for two that brought the scores level, and the Zouks’ day to forget ended with a wide outside off to hand TKR the winning run.

The Zouks innings, just as in their opening match against Guyana Amazon Warriors, was given a stunning start by Rahkeem Cornwall. He followed up a 14-ball 36 in that game with 33 from 12 here.

His departure, trapped plumb in front on the sweep by Narine, brought an inevitable slowing of the rate.

Fletcher struggled to cut loose in a frustrating 32-ball stay that brought him 26 runs while Najibullah Zadran’s promising cameo was ended at 26 from 17 balls when he picked out Javon Searles on the long-off boundary from a Mohammad Hasnain slower ball.

Daren Sammy smashed back-to-back sixes in his 16 from 13, while John Campbell did start to find the boundary towards the back end of the innings but once again it felt like the Zouks had failed to take full advantage of the early momentum the innings had been given by their big opener.

Upcoming Fixtures: Sunday 8 September – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (10pm), Providence Stadium; Tuesday 10 September – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs (11pm), Warner Park

 

Bengal Warriors vs Puneri Paltan

Kolkata: Mohammad Nabibakhsh produced a last-minute Super Raid to help Bengal Warriors pull off an incredible comeback to clinch a 42-39 victory against Puneri Paltan in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match on Sunday.

The Iranian raider produced a five-point raid in the dying minutes to give Bengal a lead and change the match entirely, much to the dismay of the Paltan side who had, until then, dominated the match. Young Pankaj Mohite and all-rounder Manjeet both impressed for the Pune side as they stifled the Bengal raiders but their good work was all undone by a raiding brilliance by Nabibakhsh in the final minute of the match.

A closely contested first half saw both teams match each other in all departments. Pankaj Mohite was handed a rare spot in the starting seven for Pune as coach Anup Kumar benched the experienced Nitin Tomar for the young raider. And it wasn’t surprising to see the raider make an instant impact as Paltan raced to a four-point lead. But Bengal Warriors have the best raiding trio of the league in Maninder Singh, K Prapanjan and Mohammad Nabibakhsh, and the raiders ensured the home side clawed their way back into the game. A three-point raid by Maninder in the fourth minute was followed by good teamwork from the Warriors as they inflicted an All-Out on Pune in the tenth minute of the half. But Pune didn’t let that stop their flow and made a comeback through Pankaj Mohite’s incredible raids. Paltan got clinched their first All-Out of the match in the dying minutes of the second half to go into the break trailing by a single point (20-21).

Bengal and Pune kept matching each other in the early minutes of the second half but mistakes from the Warriors’ raiding unit coupled with Manjeet’s all-round brilliance for Pune saw the Paltan take a slender three-point lead by the tenth minute of the half. Pankaj Mohite picked up his Super 10 as the Pune side inflicted another All-Out on the home side in the 13th minute of the half to move to a nine-point lead. A Super Raid by Bengal’s Sukesh Hegde made it an interesting few last minutes but Pune had a four-point lead going into the last minute, something they would have thought would be enough to see them through. Unfortunately for Anup Kumar’s side, Mohammad Nabibakhsh had other plans, and his multi-point raid helped Warriors clinch an important victory at home.

Tune in Details (09/09/2019):

7:30 PM: UP Yoddha vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates

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Dabang Delhi KC vs Tamil Thalaivas

Kolkata: Naveen Kumar was once again the star for Dabang Delhi K.C. as they thrashed Tamil Thalaivas 50-34 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Netaji Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday.

The 19-year-old raider added another Super 10 (17 points) to his name to make it 12 consecutive Super 10s in a row as the table-toppers made light work of beating an out-of-form Tamil Thalaivas side. Dabang also became the first side to hit the 50-point mark this season in their big victory against the Thalaivas. Uday Kumar’s appointment as the head coach did little to change the Thalaivas’ fortunes as experienced players continued to produce underwhelming performances on the mat.

Delhi, on the back of a disappointing loss against Haryana Steelers on Saturday, started the match on a positive note. Meraj Sheykh found a place in the starting line up as Delhi addressed the raiding concerns that were exposed against the Steelers by benching Chandran Ranjit for the experienced Iranian. Naveen Kumar was in exceptional form once again as Delhi’s early dominance resulted in the first All-Out of the match in the tenth minute. Experienced Kabaddi coach E Bhaskaran had stepped down from the helm of Thalaivas, taking responsibility for the team’s woeful performances this season, but a change at the top really didn’t reflect much on the mat where the seasoned campaigners continued to underperform. Rahul Chaudhari, Manjeet Chhillar and Ajay Thakur looked helpless on the mat yet their best talent, Ajith Kumar, was only sent in his first raid in the eighth minute despite being in the starting lineup. The lack of unity in the Thalaivas’ ranks showed as Naveen Kumar upped his game to inflict another All-Out a minute before the half time. The first half ended with Delhi leading 24-12.

Naveen raced to his Super 10 in the first minute after the restart. Meraj Sheykh then produced a three-point raid to reduce the Thalaivas to just one man on the mat. The third All-Out was achieved by the third minute of the half as Sheykh claimed his Super 10 in what was becoming an absolute thrashing for the Thalaivas. Thalaivas had already committed a whopping 24 unsuccessful tackles by the 15th minute of the half and that summed up the problems in the camp. Rahul Chaudhari clinched his Super 10 and Ajith Kumar secured nine in the final stages of the match but there was no coming back for the Chennai-based unit as they suffered another huge loss (their sixth on the trot). The win helped Delhi consolidate their position on top of the table.

Tune in Details (09/09/2019):

7:30 PM: UP Yoddha vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates

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Bengaluru Bulls vs Telugu Titans

Bengaluru: Star raider Pawan Sehrawat was once again the hero for home side Bengaluru Bulls as they beat Telugu Titans in an entertaining final match of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League’s Bengaluru leg in front of a packed audience at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

The raider scored a massive 22 raid points for the Bulls but the defending champions had to struggle for their victory largely due to Siddharth Desai’s raiding prowess at the other end for the Titans. Desai finished with 22 raid points (joint best in Pro Kabaddi history) but a few errors, especially from league’s best defender Vishal Bhardwaj, proved too costly for the Titans against their South Indian rivals.

Pawan Sehrawat’s form for the Bengaluru Bulls meant Telugu Titan opted for a defensive approach from the start. Their Iranian coach Gholamreza Mazandarani sacrificed Suraj Desai for Krushna Madane, an extra defender, in the lineup with a clear strategy to of stifling the raiding duo of Pawan and Rohit Kumar. And to a certain extent, the strategy worked in an evenly contested first half that saw both sides trade blow for blow. Siddharth Desai picked up important points for the Titans in the raids while Pawan and Rohit did the same for the defending champions. Titans and Siddharth’s strategy to rely on Bonus Points was however slightly bewildering and that allowed Bulls to dominate the latter stages of the first half which ended 15-12 in favour of Bengaluru. More importantly, they had the Titans in a spot of bother with just two remaining on the mat and facing an All-Out.

The Bulls got their first All-Out in the second minute after the restart but Telugu Titans dominated the minutes that followed with Siddharth Desai picking up some crucial points. But the Titans’ brief period of dominance ended when Pawan Sehwarat produced a Super Raid to clinch three points for the Bulls and most importantly sending the defensive trio of Vishal Bhardwaj, Abozar Mighani, and Krushna Madane to the bench. The move was followed by a tackle on Siddharth Desai as the Bulls took charge of the game once again. The home side inflicted another All-Out with seven minutes remaining to move to a nine-point lead.

A late surge, championed by Siddharath Desai’s Baahubali-like six-point raid (taking out Mohit Sehrawat, Mahender Singh, Rohit Kumar, and Saurabh Nandal), forced an All-Out on the Bulls with under four minutes remaining. Another three-point raid by the Siddharth levelled the scores but Pawan Sehrawat rose up to the challenge, matching raid for raid in what turned out to be raiding masterclass by the sport’s very best. With the scores level at 38-38, Pawan produced an acrobatic two-point raid in the penultimate raid of the match while Siddharth Desai was not allowed to venture forward in the last move as the Bulls sacrificed a player to clinch the match.

Tune in Details (07/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Dabang Delhi vs Haryana Steelers

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Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha

Bengaluru: UP Yoddha beat Patna Pirates 41-29 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.

Shrikanth Jadhav (Super 10 with 10 points), Surender Gill (7 points) and Nitesh Kumar (5 tackle points) were all in form for the UP side who produced an all-round performance to secure an important victory that has them knocking at the doors of a playoff berth sitting in seventh place. Three-time champions Patna Pirates struggled to get a stranglehold of the match despite another Super 10 ( 14 raid points) from their raider Pardeep Narwal.

The lack of alternatives to Pardeep Narwal in the raiding department has been a major problem for Patna Pirates in this season and it was all too evident once again in the early minutes of their match against UP Yoddha. A strong tackle in the second minute meant Pardeep had to go to the dugout and it was no surprise that Yoddha inflicted, rather comfortably, an All-Out on the three-time champions on the seventh minute. A seven-point lead by the seventh minute meant the UP team took a relaxed approach. But cautious approaches seldom work in a game for the brave hearts, and Patna clawed their way back into the match through two Super Tackles by Monu and Hadi Oshtorak. Vikas Jaglan and Pardeep Narwal’s two-point raids further reduced the deficit towards the half time. The first half ended with UP Yoddha leading 16-14 but the momentum with the Pirates.

Patna clinched their first All-Out of the match in the first minute after the restart and dominated the early minutes of the half to secure a lead. But Patna’s error-prone defence faltered when it mattered and slowly allowed Yoddha to come back into the match. Nitesh Kumar was brilliant in the Yoddha’s defence, picking up a High 5 in the seventh minute of the half with an ankle hold on his nemesis Pardeep Narwal. Surender Gill’s clever raids allowed the UP side to inflict another All-Out with nine minutes remaining and move to a six-point lead. Pardeep Narwal clinched a Super 10 in the final minutes but Patna couldn’t manage a way back into the game. It got worse for the Pirates with less than three minutes remaining in the game when they suffered another All-Out.

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7:30 PM: Bengal Warriors vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: Dabang Delhi vs Haryana Steelers

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Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates

Bengaluru: Home side Bengaluru Bulls produced a remarkable comeback to beat three-time VIVO Pro Kabaddi League champions Patna Pirates 40-39 in a thrilling encounter in front of a jam-packed audience at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Pawan Sehrawat, with another Super 10 (17 raid points), was once again the star for the defending champions in a match that saw Patna Pirates lead for a long time. Pardeep Narwal’s Super 10 (14 raid points) for the Pirates went in vain as defensive blunders at crucial junctures of the match saw the win slip away from their clutches.

All the talk leading up to the match had been about the star raiders on display. Pardeep Narwal and Pawan Sehrawat are perhaps the biggest names in Kabaddi at the moment and the duo certainly did not disappoint in a first half that saw multiple audacious raids by the superstars. ‘Dubki King’ Pardeep Narwal started off the proceedings on the front foot, picking valuable points for a struggling Patna side with clever raids. Pawan Sehrawat was equally good in his raids but Patna’s defence was better than Bull’s in the first half. Pardeep Narwal’s two-point raid in the 13th minute inflicted the first All-Out on the home side and stretch the lead to six points in favour of the three-time champions. Pardeep then produced a stunning four-point raid ( taking out Mahender Singh, Mohit Sehrawat, Rohit Kumar and Amit Sheoran) in the 15th minute to build up a healthy lead for the Pirates. Bengaluru’s biggest problem on the mat was their captain Rohit Kumar’s poor day as a raider. He didn’t get a single point in a first half that saw Patna take a six-point lead to the break (22-16).

Patna began the second half strongly but this time thanks to their defence. The Iranian duo of Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou and Hardi Osthorak produced mighty Super Tackles for the Patna team to push them further ahead. But Rohit Kumar broke his jinx in the second half and was in the points for the Bulls as they slowly reduced the Pirates on the mat. Amit Kumar, the last man on the mat for Patna, produced a Super Raid with under seven minutes remaining in the clock to revive two Patna players. The Bulls did eventually get their All-Out, despite all the efforts by Pardeep Narwal (who secured his Super 10 in the process) with under four minutes remaining. Pawan Sehrawat produced a two-point raid in the dying minutes to complete the comeback, clinching a personal milestone of 500 Pro Kabaddi League points, to tie the match at 38-38 and the Bulls’ defence held firm in the last minute to clinch an important victory.

Tune in Details (05/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs U Mumba

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Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi K.C.

Bengaluru: Naveen ‘Express’ Kumar proved once again why he is regarded as one VIVO Pro Kabaddi League’s best raiders as he helped his Dabang Delhi K.C. side win 46-44 against Jaipur Pink Panthers at the Sree Kanteevara Stadium in Bengalurua on Wednesday.

The raider picked up 16 points, including a record-setting 10th consecutive Super 10, as the Delhi side overcame a stiff challenge from Jaipur Pink Panthers to consolidate their position on top of the points table.

The first half of the match saw both teams trade major blows. The Delhi unit had a dream start to the match when their raider Chandran Ranjit pulled off a might 5-point raid in the second minute of the match to severely reduce the Jaipur men on the mat. The Pink Panthers, who went into the game of the back of a three-match losing streak, looked clueless as a dominant Delhi side inflicted the first All-Out of the match in the fourth minute (fastest All-Out this season). Jaipur didn’t take the All-Out lightly though and captain Deepak Niwas Hooda initiated a comeback with some strong raids. Nitin Rawal picked up a five-point raid in the 12th minute to clean up the Delhi players and force an All-Out on the table toppers. The closely-fought first half ended with Dabang Delhi leading by two points (21-19)

The second half, much like the first, started with the Delhi side on the front foot. But Sachin Narwal produced an important two-point raid that saved the Pink Panthers from an All-Out and handed the momentum to the Season one winners. Elavarasan produced two mighty Super Tackles as the Pink Panthers started moving into a lead and the Jaipur team inflicted another All-Out on Delhi in the 12th minute of the second half to make the scores 35-29 in their favour. The incredible Naveen Kumar kept the Delhi side in the game though, clinching his 10th consecutive Super 10 with five minutes remaining. A three-point raid by Delhi’s Vijay in the dying minutes made it a close affair. And not surprisingly it was the table-toppers who calmed their nerves to pick a final minute All-out that pushed them to a 2-point lead that proved enough for a win. Jaipur will only have themselves to blame for the loss, throwing away big leads in the second half, and will be looking to rectify them before their next match against the Haryana Steelers.

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7:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs U Mumba

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Looking forward to begin FIH Pro League campaign: Manpreet Singh

India will begin their maiden FIH Pro League campaign on 18 January 2019 against The Netherlands

Bengaluru, 4 September 2019: Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Manpreet Singh expressed his team’s excitement following the announcement of the schedule for the second edition of FIH Pro League today.

India will take on The Netherlands in their opening match on 18 January 2019 in India. The weekend matches on 18 and 19 January against the Dutch team will be followed by matches against the World Champions Belgium on 8 and 9 February 2019. The home matches will also see India play Australia on 22 and 23 February before the Indian team leaves for away games in Germany as well as Great Britain on 25 and 26 April 2019 and 2 and 3 May 2019 respectively.

India will return to play on home soil on 23 and 24 May 2019 against New Zealand following which the team will leave for Argentina to play matches on 5 and 6 June 2019. The Indian team will play the last leg of the Pro League round robin matches in Spain on 13 and 14 June 2019.

“We are really excited to begin our first FIH Pro League campaign on home soil in January. The league provides a great opportunity to play against top teams in the world and we expect all the matches to be challenging. I am sure playing continuous top-level matches will be beneficial in the all-important Olympic year and this could also mean good match exposure for all players in the core group,” stated Manpreet Singh on the sidelines of the on-going National Coaching Camp in SAI, Bengaluru.

India will play a total of eight home games with six matches in January and February and two matches in May. Manpreet believes this will provide ample opportunity for Indian fans to catch their favourite players in action against the best hockey-playing nations in the world. “With India playing the home leg against top teams like the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia, I am sure hockey fans in India will get to watch the very best of hockey. India has always enjoyed playing these teams on home soil and what better way to start our campaign than here at home,” stated Manpreet. “We hope the matches will recreate an electrifying atmosphere similar to World Cup in Bhubaneswar and the visiting teams too can enjoy playing here,” he further added.

Meanwhile, Indian Men’s Team Chief Coach Graham Reid emphasised on the importance of regular competition against top teams ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. He said, “We are very excited about the prospects of playing in the Pro League next year. Having experienced it first-hand, I know how important it is to have regular competition. To play against the best teams in the world and test the depth of this talented young squad will be ideal preparation for the Tokyo Olympics should we qualify in November.”

 

Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas

Bengaluru: Telugu Titans outperformed Tam

il Thalaivas to clinch the match 35-30 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League encounter at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday. Siddharth Desai picked up nine raid points and Vishal Bhardwaj continued with his impressive marshalling of the defence with six tackle points for the Titans as they saw out a spirited fight by the Tamil Thalaivas led by young Ajith Kumar who finished with a Super 10 (13 raid points) to his name.

Tamil Thalaivas, on the back of a demoralising defeat against arch-rivals Bengaluru Bulls on Sunday, started the match with a changed line-up as youngsters Ajith Kumar and Anand found a place in the starting seven. But it was Rahul Chaudhari, chasing a milestone of 900 Pro Kabaddi points, who started the raids for the Thalaivas, looking to do a double over the Hyderabad team (the Thalaivars had won the previous encounter between the teams). But it was the Titans who started the match brightly, Siddharth Desai and his brother Suraj Desai securing important raid points. In fact, both sets of defence struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as raiders picked up easy points in the initial stages. Ajith Kumar was the star for Thalaivas, picking up seven raid points in a closely contested first half that also Manjeet Chhillar making uncharacteristic mistakes in the defence for the Chennai team. Rahul Chaudhari clinched him 900-point milestone in the last raid of the first half though as the teams went into the break with Titans leading Thalaivas 16-12.

The Thalaivas started the second half positively, riding on Ajith Kumar’s raiding brilliance, but the error-prone defence kept leaking unnecessary points to make it difficult for the Chennai-based unit to close the gap. Armaan took over some of the raiding duties for the Titans as they opted to rest the Desai brother in the mid periods of the second half that was a see-saw battle between the two South Indian sides. Vishal Bhardwaj raced to a High 5 but even the Titans’ defence was leaking points, with substitute Shabeer Bapu quickly picking up points. Despite the wealth of experience in their ranks, the Thalaivas looked a disjointed team – a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth maybe – as Titans forced an All-Out with less than 4 minutes remaining in the match to build a nine-point lead. Ajith got to his Super 10 in the final minutes and ensured the Thalaivas lost with a margin less than seven points but coach E Bhaskaran will be left with a lot to wonder as his side suffered a fifth straight loss.

Tune in Details (04/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi

8:30 PM: Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates

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Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers

Bengaluru: Vikas Kandola was once again an unstoppable force as Haryana Steelers cruised to a 41-27 victory against Puneri Paltan in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.

The star raider clinched a Super 10 (11 raid points) as his team produced outperformed the Pune unit in all departments to jump to the second in the season 7 points table.

The match had been billed as an encounter between the hard-tackling Pune side (with a league’s best average tackle points of 11.4 per match) and the raid heavy Haryana team (average of 17.8 raid points per match) and the early minutes certainly lived up to the hype with both teams matching each other. Nitin Tomar started brightly for Pune as the five-star raider produced a ‘Dubki’ to take out the experienced Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Vikas Kandola in the second minute. Super Tackles, a big source of points in Season 7, from both ends, kept the scores ticking as the match became a cagey affair towards the end of the first half. But two multi-point raids by in-form Vikas Kandola forced an All-Out on Pune and handed over the momentum to Haryana. The half ended with Haryana on top (18-11).

The Steelers went in the match on a winning streak (three wins in three matches) and they started with second half with renewed energy. Vikas Kandola was in the thick of things once again but Haryana’s raiding duo of Vinay Kumar and Prashanth Kumar Rai were more than able support crew to Kandola, picking up vital points whenever the star raider went out. Haryana enforced another All-Out on Pune with less than 9 minutes left in the match to all but seal the game. They had a twenty-point towards the closing stages of the match, largely thanks largely due to a defence marshalled by the experienced Dharmaraj Cheralathan, who ended the match with a High 5 to his name. Young Pankaj Mohite, playing his Rookie season, showed why he is a highly rated raider with some positive raids for Pune but it proved too late for Paltan as they slumped to another defeat.

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7:30 PM: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi

8:30 PM: Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates

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UP Yoddha vs Bengal Warriors

Bengaluru: UP Yoddha produced a defensive masterclass to outfox Bengal Warriors 32-29 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Nitesh Kumar, with a High 5, was the star in UP’s defence as they tackled Season 7’s best raiding unit out of the match.

Bengal Warriors, the team in form, raced to a quick start with their raiding trio of Maninder Singh, K Prapanjan and Mohammad Nabibakhsh looking in form. The Bengal side went into the match as the best raiding unit in Season 7 (19.8 average raid points) and quickly moved to a lead. Monu Goyat’s absence in the team meant the raiding duties fell in the hands of an out-of-form Rishank Devadiga and the raider once again struggled to impress on the mat. But Nitesh Kumar’s two Super Tackles kept the UP side in the game. Ankush came in for Yoddha with 7 minutes remaining in the half to salvage the situation and the young raider more than rose up to the challenge, securing two touch-points in a Do-Or-Die raid to bring his right back into the match. Both teams traded blows as the half moved closer to its conclusion with the defenders, especially Yoddha’s Nitesh Kumar, who raced to a High 5. The half ended with the scores 13-12 in favour of the Warriors.

The UP side had the momentum with them in the early minutes of the second half. Shrikant Jadhav produced an important two-point raid taking out Rinku Narwal, K. Prapanjan in the third minute and Yoddha went on to seal an All-Out in the 6th minute of the half to move to a two-point lead (19-17). UP’s defensive pair of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit were in outstanding form, not allowing Maninder and Prapanjan a chance to pick up points while at the other end Baldev Singh, who secured a High 5, and Rinku Narwal were equally impressive for the Warriors’ defence. UP moved to a three-point lead with less than three minutes remaining after Bengal tried to play on the Do-Or-Die situations and floundered. The defence ensured they remained focused to see UP Yoddha through to an important victory and avenge for their 31-point defeat early in the season.

Tune in Details (02/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers

8:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas

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Bengaluru Bulls vs Tamil Thalaivas

Bengaluru: Pawan Sehrawat was the star for home side Bengaluru Bulls once again as they beat arch-rivals Tamil Thalaivas 33-27 in the ‘Southern derby’ of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League’s ‘Rivalry Week’. The ‘high flying’ raider secured another Super 10 (17 raid points) as a complete performance from the season 6 winners helped them clinch their first home win of the season against a dis-jointed Thalaiavas unit in front of a packed audience at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

A closely contested first half saw both teams matching each other in all departments. Bengaluru captain Rohit Kumar started the proceedings with a classic ‘Dubki’ taking out of Ajay Thakur and Mohit Chhillar. At the other side, Rahul Chaudhari looked ominous with his raids, despite wasting a review on a Bonus Point. The defenders slowly got into the game as the half progressed though with Amit Sheoran and Mahender Singh stepping up their game with confidence-boosting tackles. Manjeet Chhillar and Mohit Chhillar looked in good form too, despite two silly errors by the former allowing easy points for Rohit Kumar. The first half ended with scores 14-13 in favour of the home side.

Bengaluru upped their game in the second half with Pawan Sehrawat becoming more influential. A Super Tackle by Mohit Sehrawat in the third minute of the second half, followed by a two-point raid by Pawan opened up a 4-point lead for the Bulls. But yet again, the team with the higher numbers could not force an All-Out, with Ajith Kumar coming in to pull off an important raid to keep the Tamil Thalaivas alive. The Chennai-based unit inched closer to the Bulls when Sagar and Mohit Chhillar produced two Super Tackles. But Pawan Sehrawat had other plans for the Tamil defence and his multi-point raids finally lead to an All-Out for Thalaivas with just four minutes remaining in the match. The 7-point cushion the All-Out offered was all that the Bulls defence (marshalled by Amit Sheoran who secured a High 5) wanted as the champions saw out the final minutes to clinch an important win at home and move to third in the points table.

Tune in Details (02/09/2019):

7:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers

8:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas

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U Mumba vs Jaipur Pink Panthers

Bengaluru: U Mumba annihilated arch-rivals Jaipur Pink Panthers 47-21 in a strong defensive performance in the second VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. An all-round performance from U Mumba, championed by raider Abhishek Singh’s Super 10 (with 13 raid points), secured a crucial win for the Mumbai outfit in Pro Kabaddi League’s oldest rivalry. The win allowed Mumbai to climb to fifth in the points table while the Pink Panthers remained third.

U Mumba dominated the first half against Jaipur, ending with a 16-point gap – the best lead going into the half time in Season 7. Their raiders, both Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal, looked comfortable on the mat while Sandeep Narwal had his ‘Beast mode’ certainly ON, pulling off powerful tackles as U Mumba stifled the Jaipur raiders. The Mumbai side enforced their first All-Out on Jaipur in the 10th minute of the match and followed it up with another in the 16th minute as Jaipur looked perplexed at what hit them. Worryingly for the Pink Panthers, their defence was having a bad day too, with no successful tackles in a first half that ended 23-7 in favour of Mumbai.

Captain Deepak Niwas Hooda’s form has been something of a worry for the Pink Panthers and his slump continued in the second half as U Mumba pulled further clear. The Mumbai side inflicted a demoralising third All-Out in the fourth minute after the restart to push the lead to 22 points as Fazel Atrachali and Harendra Kumar joined Sandeep Narwal in the tackle points. Unfortunately for U Mumba, Sandeep Narwal took a blow on the head during a tackle and had to be replaced in the seventh minute of the half. ‘Sultan’ Atrachali and Harendra Kumar secured their High 5s as U Mumba forced another All-Out on the Pink Panthers with three minutes remaining in the game to cross the 40-point mark. The match ended with a brilliant move by the Abhishek pulling off a massive four-point Super Raid and clinching his Super 10.

Tune in Details (01/09/2019):

7:30 PM: UP Yoddha vs Bengal Warriors

8:30 PM: Bengaluru Bulls vs Tamil Thalaivas

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Points Table:

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

DRAW

POINTS

1

DABANG DELHI K.C

11

9

1

1

49

2

BENGAL WARRIORS

11

6

3

2

39

3

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

12

7

5

0

37

4

HARYANA STEELERS

11

7

4

0

36

5

U MUMBA

12

6

6

0

34

6

BENGALURU BULLS

12

6

6

0

33

7

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

12

5

7

0

30

8

U.P.YODDHA

11

4

5

2

27

9

TAMIL THALAIVAS

11

3

6

2

25

10

PUNERI PALTAN

11

4

6

1

25

11

TELUGU TITANS

11

3

6

2

24

12

PATNA PIRATES

11

3

8

0

19

 

Bengaluru Bulls vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

Bengaluru: Gujarat Fortunegiants produced a composed performance with outfox defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 32-23 in the opening match of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League ‘rivalry week’ in front of a packed audience at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

Sachin’s five raid points and a collective effort from the team’s defence helped Gujarat beat the home side in a tight encounter that had been billed as the repeat of season 6 final. Importantly for Gujarat, the result catapulted them to sixth in the table.

Sachin was back in the line-up for the Fortunegiants and it was Gujarat who started the match on the front foot with the team showing no signs of their bad form (went into the match with 7 losses in 8 matches). Pawan Sehrawat was having an unusually quiet game for the Bulls but he worked well with Rohit Kumar to keep pace with the Gujarat side in the first half. But a miscalculation from the Bengaluru defence, which saw both Mohit Sehrawat and Amit Sheoran go out of bounds, handed over the momentum to the Fortunegiants who piled on the pressure to force an All-Out on the home team in the 14th minute of the half and move to a four-point lead. The Gujarat defence, especially Parvesh Bhainswal and Sumit Kumar, looked sharp in the first half that ended 18-12 with Gujarat in the lead.

The second half saw the match played on the defence as both sets of raiders to struggled to fetch points. Sumit Kumar was once again in the thick of things for the Fortunegiants, pouncing on every opportunity to tackle Pawan Sehrawat. Bengaluru’s Saurabh Nandal was having a stupendous game in their defence too, rushing to a High 5 (awarded to defenders with 5 tackle points or more) in the mid-stages of the second half to set up an enticing final five minutes of the game. The Bulls kept matching Gujarat in all departments but couldn’t find a eat into the Fortunegiants’ lead. The home side were playing on the Do-or-Die situations but Sachin pulled out a two-point raid with two minutes remaining to increase the lead to five points. Another blunder in Bulls’ planning to led an All-Out in the final move of the match which meant Bengaluru squandered a chance to walk away with at least one point.

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8:30 PM: Bengaluru Bulls vs Tamil Thalaivas

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Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Patna Pirates

New Delhi: Naveen Kumar was the star for home side Dabang Delhi K.C. once again as they beat Patna Pirates 38-35 in front of a jubilant crowd at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi. The 19-year-old raider entered the history books when he became the first raider in VIVO Pro Kabaddi history to secure nine consecutive Super 10s (awarded to players with 10 raid points or more) as Delhi finished their home leg with a 100 percent win record (four wins in four matches) and consolidated their position on top of the table.

Dabang Delhi started with a bang as Naveen ‘Express’ Kumar got them to flying start. Patna Pirates hardly got time to settle into the match as the home side inflicted an All-Out on them in less than four minutes into the match – the fastest this season. Delhi were playing with the swagger of a side full of confidence as was evident from the confident ankle-hold by the ‘Hawk’ Ravinder Pahal on Pardeep Narwal immediately after the All-Out. The Delhi side continued to dominate and forced another All-Out on a hapless Patna side in the 12th minute to pull 18-7 clear. The first half also Naveen Kumar break his opponent Pardeep Narwal’s record of 8 consecutive Super 10s. But the Patna raider was in no mood to give up without a fight and he inspired a late resurgence in the dying minutes of the half to inflict an All-Out on Delhi with under three minutes remaining to half time. The half ended with scores 26-17 in favour of Delhi.

Both teams opted for a cautious approach after the restart. Patna’s Pardeep Narwal looked in good form as he rushed to nine raid points in the initial minutes but the team’s lack of raiding support proved to be crucial as the star raider spent most of his time in the dugout waiting to be revived. A superb solo performance in the closing stages of the match by Pardeep Narwal, inflicting another All-Out on Delhi in the process, made it a tantalisingly close affair in the final minutes. But a smart raid by Naveen Kumar, who set another record in the night by becoming the fastest player to reach 300 Pro Kabaddi points (33 matches), saved Delhi the blushes.

Patna Pirates, currently at the bottom of the table, will take positives from the match despite succumbing to a loss as the Kabaddi bandwagon moves to Bengaluru.

Tune in Details (31/08/2019):

7:30 PM: Bengaluru Bulls vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

8:30 PM: U Mumba vs Jaipur Pink Panthers

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Points Table:

RANK

TEAM

MATCHES PLAYED

WON

LOST

DRAW

SCORE DIFFERENCE

POINTS

1

DABANG DELHI K.C

11

9

1

1

60

49

2

BENGAL WARRIORS

11

6

3

2

67

39

3

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS

11

7

4

0

31

37

4

HARYANA STEELERS

11

7

4

0

-7

36

5

BENGALURU BULLS

11

6

5

0

17

33

6

U MUMBA

11

5

6

0

-11

29

7

U.P.YODDHA

11

4

5

2

-71

27

8

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS

11

4

7

0

4

25

9

TAMIL THALAIVAS

11

3

6

2

-3

25

10

PUNERI PALTAN

11

4

6

1

-17

25

11

TELUGU TITANS

11

3

6

2

-40

24

12

PATNA PIRATES

11

3

8

0

-30

19

 

Telugu Titans vs Puneri Paltan

New Delhi: Puneri Paltan produced an all-round performance to beat Telugu Titans 34-27 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match at a jam-packed Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi on Friday.

Nitin Tomar (8 points) and Manjeet (9 points) were in the points for Anup Kumar coached Pune side, despite a record-setting defensive display by the Titans who produced 7 Super Tackles, as they jumped the Telugu side to occupy the tenth place in the points table.

Pune dominated the initial minutes of the match, thwarting Siddharth Desai’s raids while Nitin Tomar picked up valuable raid points at the other end. But Titans’ defender Vishal Bhardwaj, who has made a name for himself as the king of Super Tackles in Season 7, sparked off a series of Super Tackles, ably supported by his teammates Abozar Mighani and Amit Kumar, to keep the Titans in the game. The Telugu team produced 5 Super Tackles in the first half as Vishal Bhardwaj raced to a High 5 (awarded to defenders with five or more tackle points) but the defensive masterclass was not enough to prevent an All-Out in the final minute of the half which ended 17-14 in favour of the Pune side.

Siddharth Desai was in no mood to let Pune dominate him and started the second half positively, picking four points in his first four raids of the half. Desai also reached a personal milestone of 300 Pro Kabaddi points with the raids. But sadly for Titans, the defenders struggled replicate their first half form, with Vishal Bhardwaj making a mistake on an ankle hold that allowed Pune’s Manjeet to escape with a 4-point Super Raid four minutes after the restart. The move allowed Pune to open up a 6-point lead which they went on to hold firmly. Balasaheb Jadhav, who has certainly been Pune’s find of the season, came in the second half to solidify the defence while Manjeet and Nitin Tomar took care of the raiding duties. Nitin Tomar reached a milestone of 400 Pro Kabaddi points towards latter stages of the match as Pune saw out the late challenge from the Telugu side.

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Bengal Warriors vs Tamil Thalaivas

New Delhi: Bengal Warriors produced a clinical performance to defeat the experienced Tamil Thalaivas side 35-26 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 match on Thursday in front of a fully packed audience at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi.

K Parapanjan’s Super 10 (10 raid points) amply supported by Maninder Singh’s nine raid points was the difference for the Bengal side who moved to second on the points table.

Experienced all-rounder Manjeet Chhillar returned to Thalaivas’ line-up as coach E Bhaskaran made a few changes to bring more stability into the side. Shabeer Bapu was added in the starting seven to share the raiding responsibilities with Arjuna award recipient Ajay Thakur and Rahul Chaudhari. The Thalaivas, in their distinctly yellow jerseys, started the match on a bright note, with Ajay Thakur impressing in his raids and the defence not allowing Bengal raider Maninder Singh to settle into the match. But K Prapanjan had other plans and his multiple two-point raids helped Bengal reduce the Tamil men on the mat to finally inflict an All-Out in the 11th minute. But the experienced Thalaivas did not give up and immediately got back into the match thanks largely to Ajay Thakur who picked up 8 points in a first half that ended 15-14 in favour of the Bengal side.

The second half began with only three men remaining on the mat for Bengal but Sukesh Hegde produced a smart raid, taking out the dangerous Manjeet Chhillar in the process, to start a revival for the Warriors. Thalaivas went on the rue the lost opportunity, despite a three-point super raid by Anand with eight minutes left in the clock reducing Warriors’ lead margin to three points. The experienced athletes made silly errors, especially in defence, to let Bengal inflict another All-Out with just four minutes left in the match.

The Bengal defence held firm in the final minutes to see out the victory but questions will be asked about the Thalaivas’ performance who are failing to perform despite having a star-studded squad. Ajay Thakur’s Super 10 mattered very little as Bengal proved to the better side in all departments.

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7:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs Puneri Paltan

8:30 PM: Dabang Delhi vs Patna Pirates

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Teenaged rookie Karan Pratap Singh soars to maiden victory with last-hole eagle

– Shivendra Singh Sisodia takes the runner-up spot
– Yuvraj Singh Sandhu seizes the lead in the merit list

Gurugram, Haryana, August 29, 2019: Nineteen-year-old rookie Karan Pratap Singh clinched his maiden professional title in spectacular fashion as he sank an eagle on the last hole of the final round at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019 Presented by Golden Greens Golf Club played in Gurugram.

Gurugram-based Karan Pratap Singh (71-68-68), who plays at the DLF Golf & Country Club, delivered a second consecutive four-under-68 during round three on Thursday to claim a well-deserved two-shot victory at nine-under-207 at the Rs. 8 lakh event.

Interestingly, rookies have now won the last two tournaments on the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour. Last week, another rookie Yuvraj Singh Sandhu had triumphed in Karnal.

Local lad Shivendra Singh Sisodia (71-67-71) finished second at his home course with a total of seven-under-209.

Teenager Karan Pratap Singh, who occupied second position, one shot behind leader Shivendra Singh Sisodia on day two, put up a fine display of driving and iron-play on day three to register a memorable come-from-behind win.

Karan, among India’s leading juniors till the age of 15, caught up with leader Sisodia on Thursday when he sank successive birdies on the fifth and sixth. Singh added two more birdies on the ninth and 10th as a result of back-to-back 20-feet conversions to move into a two-shot lead.

However, it was all square once again between Karan and Shivendra as the former’s short-game seemed to go off the boil when he bogeyed the 11thand 12th. But there was a last twist when the tall and lanky Karan, who finished tied 16th at the PGTI Q School earlier this year, produced his best shot of the tournament on the 18th, a magnificent approach from 240 yards, to set up the decisive four-foot eagle putt which he went on to convert.

Karan, who had also posted a round of eight-under-62 and a tied seventh finish at the Bengal Open earlier this year, climbed from 25th to fifth place in the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit as a result of his triumph on Thursday. He won a prize purse of Rs. 1,01,720.

Karan said, “I played solid today having made 15 regulations and 10 fairways. I couldn’t have asked for a better time to pull out my best shot of the tournament, the approach on the 18th. Even the tee shot on the 18th was a tough one but I struck it well.

“I kept my cool through the day and really held my nerve in the finishing stages. Importantly, I put the disappointment of the two bogeys behind me pretty quickly and instead focused on the next hole.

“To win so early in my professional career is a huge confidence-booster. My driving and iron-play were terrific this week. I’ve worked a lot on my short-game which is also getting better. I would like to thank my parents Mr. Sandeep Singh and Mrs. Ritu Singh for all their support and encouragement,” added Karan, currently a B.A. First Year student at the Delhi University’s School of Open Learning.

Shivendra Singh Sisodia, the overnight leader and one of PGTI’s two top-60 players competing at the event, dropped to second place in round three after a 71 that was punctuated by two birdies and a bogey. Sisodia had a forgettable back-nine where he made a bogey on the 10th followed by eight pars. He thus struggled to close the gap with Karan in the dying stages.

Greater Noida’s Arjun Sharma (70) came third at six-under-210.

Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the winner last week in Karnal, and Delhi’s Ashok Kumar finished joint fourth at four-under-212.

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu’s tied fourth finish ensured he seized the lead in the Feeder Tour money list having overtaken previous leader Anil Bajrang Mane of Mumbai who secured tied 13th place at Golden Greens at two-over-218. Yuvraj’s season earnings now stand at Rs. 1,80,760.

Digvijay Singh, the other top-60 player and local golfer in the field besides Shivendra Singh Sisodia, also took a share of 13th place.

 

Awards for Asia: Son Heung Min, Mary Kom are Best Asian Athletes

Qatar men, Japan women bag Best Asian Team Awards

Petaling Jaya 28th August 2019: South Korean football star Son Heung-Min and Indian boxer Mary Kom were named the Best Asian Male and Female Athletes respectively at the first-ever ‘Awards for Asia’ ceremony organised by Asian Sportswriters Union (AIPS Asia) here yesterday.

The Chief Minister of Selangor, YAB Tuan Haji Amirudin Shari, gave away the winning trophies to the winners’ representatives from the various countries.

AIPS Asia, the organisation representing sportswriters in Asia since 1978, announced the winners at the end of the Selangor International Sports Summit which was a collaboration with the state of Selangor.

The Awards For Asia, held for the inaugural time in conjunction with the AIPS Asia Congress and the Selangor International Sports Summit 2019, recognises and celebrates Asian athletes who excelled at the highest level.

The 26-year-old national player and Tottenham Hotspur megastar is currently the leading Asian player plying his trade in the prestigious English Premier League. Since starting his career with FC Seoul in 2008, Son then moved to Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen before signing with Tottenham in in 2015. Last year, Son led the South Korean team to the Asian Games gold medal.

“Son is an amazing football player and we are delighted he has been selected as the first winner of the Asian awards. He is committed and has worked hard for both country and club,” said Jung Hee Don, the President of the Korea Sports Press Union. Hee Don, who is also the AIPS Asia 1st Vice-President, said the Asian sportswriters’ fraternity felt it was timely to recognise the best Asian athletes and so decided to introduce the awards this year.

India’s six-time world champion Mary Kom picked up the Best Female Athlete Award following her exploits in the Asian women boxing scene. The 36-year old flyweight boxer is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in seven world championships.

The Best Asian Male Team Award went to the Qatar National Football Team. The team have appeared in 10 Asian Cup competition and emerged champions in the latest edition.

The team had a great 2019 Asian Cup campaign, conceding only one goal enroute to the finals where they defeated Japan. It was the team’s first-ever major tournament title. The team will be participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which Qatar will host.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Women’s football team, winner of the 2011 Women’s World Cup and runner up in 2015, won the Best Asian Female Team. Having reached the quarterfinals of this year’s World Cup, the team were also winners of the 2014 and 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup as well as the 2010 and 2018 Asian Games.

Awards for Asia 2018 winners

Best Asian Male Athlete

Son Heung-Min (South Korea) Football

Best Asian Female Athlete

M C Mary Kom (INDIA) Boxing

Best Asian Male Team

Qatar Men’s National Football Team

Best Asian Female Team

Japan Women’s National Football Team

 

Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba

New Delhi: Naveen ‘Express’ Kumar entered the Kabaddi record books as home side Dabang Delhi K.C. beat U Mumba 40-24 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match on Wednesday at a jam-packed Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi.

The 19-year-old picked up his 8th consecutive Super 10 (awarded to players with 10 or more raid points) to equal the record set by Pardeep Narwal for Patna Pirates. The third consecutive victory in the home leg for Dabang Delhi (the best home record in Season 7 so far) helped the Delhi side consolidate their position on top of the points table.

The Mumbai team started on a better note with Sandeep Narwal and Harendra Kumar starting off with mighty tackles. The objective was very clear from the U Mumba camp – do not let Naveen Kumar into the game. And the defenders did somewhat help contain the raider in a tightly contested first half. Naveen’s 2-point raid and a subsequent tackle on Mumbai raider Athul MS forced the first All-Out of the match on U Mumba in the 11th minute. But U Mumba held firm, despite the setback, thanks largely to Fazel Atrachali’s dominance over Naveen Kumar in Mumbai’ left cover, to finish the first half 14-11. Naveen could only secure two points in the first half.

But Naveen and Delhi had other plans, as the home side started the second half with a bang. Naveen Kumar picked up four raid points in the early minutes as a few errors from Mumbai defence allowed Delhi to force another All-Out on the fifth minute. Lack of depth in Mumbai’s raiding department meant the side struggled to get back in the match despite a series of Super Tackles from their experienced defenders. High 5s (five tackle points or more) for Ravinder Pahal (8 points) and Joginder Narwal (6 points) ensured Mumbai raiders got no room to stage a comeback in the closing stages. Naveen Kumar equalled Pardeep Narwal’s record of 8 consecutive Super 10s with three minutes remaining, a hand touch on Fazel Atrachali doing the trick for the talented youngster.

Delhi inflicted another All-Out with three minutes remaining in the match to open a 15-point gap and they cruised to the final whistles, hardly breaking a sweat.

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Yonex Sunrise India Junior International Grand Prix 2019

India’s Varun Kapur and Thailand’s Benyapa Aimsaard headline draws

Pune, August 28: On the heels of PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth achieving grand success at the BWF World Championships 2019, India is gearing up to host the Yonex Sunrise India Junior International Grand Prix 2019, in memory of Sushant Chipalkatti here at the P E Society’s Modern PDMBA Sports Complex from August 29. The four-day tournament, which is also the only Grand Prix event to be played in India, will see India’s Junior World No. 9 Varun Kapur and Thailand’s Junior World No. 6 Benyapa Aimsaard heading the draws in the boys’ singles and girls’ singles sections respectively.

With handsome prize money of $15000 and Yonex Sunrise as the title sponsor, it will feature 249 participants from 8 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Uganda, Bangladesh, Nepal and an encouraging a number of Indian promise.

Kapur’s main challenger will be his compatriot, Meiraba Luwang, currently ranked 15th in boys’ singles, especially after succumbing to the Manipur shuttler in the final of the Russian Junior White Nights 2019 in July. In girls’ singles, the inclusion of the two rising Thai stars, Benyapa Aimsaard and Pornpicha Choeikeewong heightens the challenge for the other girls in the draw.

While Aimsaard captured the bronze at the Asian Junior Championships this year, Pornpicha, the fourth seed and Junior World No. 20, has been a consistent performer and made it to the final of the Mongolia Junior International Series in June.

India’s Smit Toshniwal, Tanya Hemanth and Treesa Jolly have occupied the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the seedings in this category and will hope to ride on the vociferous home support to put up impressive performances.

In girls’ doubles, all eyes will be on the dominant fourth-seeded duo of Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt as they look to bring their imperious form from their twin-title winning run at the All India Junior Ranking tournaments held in Panchkula and Bangalore over the last couple of weeks.

Ishaan Bhatnagar and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala made a brilliant run to the summit showdown at the Bulgaria Junior International recently only to fall at the last hurdle. The fourth-seeded boys’ doubles pair will look to make amends and taste glory at home.

Fifth seeds Navaneeth Bokka-Sahithi Bandi and eighth seeds Edwin Joy-Shruti Mishra will be the ones to watch in mixed doubles.

Hosted by the Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) & Poona District & Metropolitan Badminton Association (PDMBA) along with local organiser, Laxmi Krida Mandir Club, Pune, the prestigious junior tournament will hope for a homegrown champion a year after Aakarshi Kashyap triumphed in girls’ singles while the boys’ singles title went to Indonesia’s Ikhsan Leon Rumbay.

The tournament will be inaugurated on Thursday, August 29, 2019, by Mr Annasaheb Natu, Sr. Vice President, PDMBA.

Schedule of play:

DAY

DATE

PLAY

Thursday

29.08.2019

Qualification Rounds, Main Draw

Friday

30.08.2019

Main Draws

Saturday

31.08.2019

All Quarter Finals and Semi-Finals

Sunday

01.09.2019

 

Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Haryana Steelers

New Delhi: Vikas Kandola’s early raiding brilliance ensured Haryana Steelers thrashed Season 6 runners-up Gujarat Fortunegiants 41-24 in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi League encounter at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Vikas Kandola (8 points), Prashanth Kumar Rai (8 points) and Ravi Kumar with a High 5 (6 tackle points) led an all-round performance from the Steelers that saw the side jump to third place in the Season 7 points table.

In-form Haryana Steelers, who had lost only one match in their previous five, started the match on the front foot with their leader raider Vikas Kandola once again in the thick of things. The Gujarat defence, despite having the best tackle success rates in Season 7, struggled to contain the Haryana raiding unit as the Steelers pulled clear. Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal both struggled to contain Kandola, and the raider inflicted the first All-Out on Fortunegiants with a 3-point raid in the 15th minute of the first half to move an 8-point lead. Ruturaj Koravi successfully tackled Vikas Kandola twice in latter stages but Haryana’s raider Vinay and Prashanth Kumar Rai quickly revived their star to close the first half with scores 20-11 in favour of the Haryana side.

While the raiders usually walk away with all the credit for the Steelers, the defence has been more than influential in their winning streak. The likes of Ravi Kumar and Vikas Kale were in form again, dominating the early exchanges in the second half, which led to another All-Out for the Fortunegiants in the fifth minute of the half. The Gujarat team struggled to keep Vikas Kandola in the bench despite a few successful tackles because Vinay and Prashanth were having an equally good game. Vinay’s three-point raid with 8 minutes remaining in the match forced another All-Out on a hapless Gujarat team as Haryana cruised to a 21-point lead.

The Haryana team chose to experiment in the final stages of the match, giving rest to Vikas Kandola, and wrapped up the match without even giving away one All-Out.

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