India women’s team beat Bangladesh by 110 runs in a must-win game to secure their third victory in six matches here at Seddon Park to stay alive for a place in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup’s semi-final.
Defending 230-run target Indian bowlers Jhulan Goswami and Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowled a tight line to choke the flow of runs and that put Bangladesh batters under pressure and they lost the wicket of opener Sharmin Akhter caught by Sneh Rana of Gayakwad’s bowling at the score of 12. In the space of three runs, Bangladesh lost another wicket as Pooja Vastrakar dismissed Fargana Hoque for an 11-ball duck to leave their side in trouble at 15 for 2.
Captain Nigar Sultana walked in to bat but she too was sent packing by Sneh Rana caught by Harmanpreet Kaur for 3 as Bangladesh was in further trouble at 28 for 3. Opener Murshida Khatun who was losing partners at the other end also lost her wicket for 19 dismissed by Poonam Yadav caught by Harmanpreet Kaur who took her second catch of the match to leave Bangladesh tottering at 31 for 4.
Sneh Rana got her second scalp as she dismissed Rumana Ahmed for 2 caught by Yastika Bhatia with Bangladesh losing half of its side for 35 runs.
Bangladesh team desperately needed a partnership and Salma Khatun and Lata Mondal took their team’s total beyond the 50-run mark. But the 40-run partnership was broken by experienced Jhulan Goswami who dismissed Salma Khatun for 32 caught by wicket-keeper Yastika Bhatia to leave Bangladesh at 75 for 6.
Lata Mondal was joined by Ritu Moni and the duo struck a 23-run partnership to take Bangladesh’s total to 98. Lata became the second victim of Vastrakar as she was dismissed for 24.
Bangladesh team scratched their way to triple-figure mark and at the score of 100, they lost their eighth wicket in the form of Fahima Khatun who was dismissed leg before wicket by Sneh Rana.
In her next over Sneh Rana got her fourth wicket of the match dismissing Nahida Akhter caught and bowled for a nine-ball duck to leave Bangladesh with very little hope at 104 for 9.
Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami delivered the final nail in the coffin for Bangladesh as she cleaned up Ritu Moni for 16 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 119 in 40.3 overs as India registered a 110-run win to register their third win of the tournament in six matches.
Earlier in the day India captain Mithali Raj won the toss and decided to bat first where the women’s in blue got off to a flying start as openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana batted aggressively to take India’s total to 50-run mark in 10 overs without losing a wicket.
The Indian team was going strong at the score of 74 in the 15th over with Nahida Akter dismissing southpaw Smriti Mandhana for 30 from 51 balls. In the next opener, Shafali Verma too was dismissed as he was stumped by Bangladesh wicket-keeper Nigar Sultana off Ritu Moni’s bowling. In the very next ball captain, Mithali Raj was dismissed for a golden duck caught in the covers by Fahima Khatun off Ritu Moni’s bowling to leave India from 74 for no loss to 74 for 3.
Centurion in the game against West Indies Harmanpreet Kaur walked in to bat along with Yastika Bhatia took India’s total beyond the triple-figure mark in 25th over. The 34-run partnership was broken as Harmanpreet Kaur was run out by Fargana Hoque for 14 to leave India in a spot of bother at 108/4 in 28th over.
The previous edition finalist desperately needed a partnership and Yastika Bhatia and wicket-keeper batter Richa Ghosh struck a partnership to take the team’s total beyond the 150-run mark. The 54-run partnership was broken as keeper Nigar Sultana stumped Richa Ghosh for 26 as half of the Indian side was back to the pavilion with 162 runs on the board.
Yastika Bhatia continued with her rich run of form as she notched up a second consecutive half-century. Immediately after that Yastika was out caught at short fine leg by Nahida Akter of Ritu Moni’s bowling for 50 off 80 balls at 176 for 6. Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana took the team’s total beyond the 200-run mark in 47th over. Rana was dismissed by Jahanara Alam in the final over for 27 off 23 balls hitting two boundaries. Pooja Vastrakar’s unbeaten 30 took India’s total to 229 in 50 overs setting a target of 230 for Bangladesh.
Brief Scores: India 229/7 in 50 overs (Yastika Bhatia 50, Shafali Verma 42;Ritu Moni 3/37 ) vs Bangladesh 119/10 in 40.3 overs (Salma Khatun 32; Sneh Rana 4/30).
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FRENCH OPEN: ALCARAZ GOES PAST LONDERO, ZVEREV STORMS INTO R2
Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday kicked off his French Open campaign with a win as he trounced Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 on his Court Philippe Chatrier debut.
The teenager has taken the tennis world by storm this season with four titles, becoming the only player to defeat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic back-to-back in Madrid. German third seed Alexander Zverev started his French Open campaign on Sunday with a clinical performance in a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win against Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner.
Tallon Griekspoor also reached the second round on his Paris debut, upsetting 25th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, 6-3.
No.4 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece started her French Open 2022 campaign on Sunday with a win over Clara Burel in their first-round match on Court Philippe Chatrier. It took Sakkari one hour and 28 minutes to defeat Burel 6-2, 6-3. Sakkari fired 24 winning points, nearly double her French opponent’s 13 whom she also broke five times.
The victory marks Sakkari’s 20th match-win of the season so far. She will next face Czech Karolina Muchova in the second round on Wednesday.
On the same day, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic dominantly advanced into the second round with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Reka Luca Jani of Hungary.
Leylah Fernandez was next seen in action. She won her first-round match overcoming France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-0, 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Fernandez will face Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova in the second round, in their first meeting.
WANTED TO FINISH ON GOOD NOTE: PBKS’ HARPREET BRAR AFTER WIN OVER SRH
Punjab Kings’ all-rounder Harpreet Brar, whose three-wicket haul helped his team in defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets, expressed that he was looking forward to ending the season of IPL 2022 on a good note.
Blistering performance of 49* runs by Liam Livingstone and a quick 19 by Jitesh Sharma helped Punjab Kings to register a five wickets victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last league match of IPL 2022 here at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. “When we came here, we thought it was a good pitch for the spinners. I have conceded runs and so have the other spinners in the tournament, so I wanted to finish on a good note today. I just tried to bowl in the right areas and I wanted to keep calm under pressure,” said Harpreet in a post-match presentation.
“I tried to work on my skills as much as possible. Felt good after getting his (Markram’s) wicket. I got some turn and bounce on that ball, pleased that he got stumped,” he added. The all-rounder further praised his teammate Arshdeep Singh, who got his maiden Team India call-up for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.
“I am happy for Arshdeep, now that he will play for India. That is what every player dreams of, playing for their country one day. I need to improve on few areas before the next season. I have been away from home since 3-4 months, so I want to spend some time with my family,” said Harpreet.
Coming to the match, Livingstone’s unbeaten knock of 49 runs helped PBKS in chasing the target of 158 in just 15.1 overs with five wickets in hand. Apart from him, Shikhar Dhawan and Jitesh Sharma score 39 and 19 respectively.
Earlier, Harpreet Brar and Nathan Ellis achieved their respective three-wicket hauls and restricted SRH at 157/8.
For SRH, Fazalhaq Farooqi bagged two wickets, while Jagadeesha Suchith and Washington Sundar settled for one wicket each. With this win, PBKS ended their IPL 2022 campaign with a total of 14 points while SRH finished with 12 points.
‘NICE TO PROVE A FEW PEOPLE WRONG’, RECKONS
After ending his IPL 2022 on a high note, Punjab Kings all-rounder Liam Livingstone expressed happiness about proving those people wrong who had criticised him after last year’s edition.
A blistering performance of 49* runs by Liam Livingstone and a quick 19 by Jitesh Sharma helped PBKS to register a five wickets victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last league match of IPL 2022 here at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. In IPL 2021, Livingstone was a part of Rajasthan Royals but he played only 5 matches, where he scored 70 runs, with an average of 23.33. “Obviously nice to prove a few people wrong. I had a few comments after last year’s IPL. I’m still learning, still developing and hopefully playing in all these different tournaments around the world, It’s all about gaining that experience and try to become a better player,” said Livingstone in a post-match presentation.
“I will go back to England now and try and use what I’ve learnt this tournament in the next tournament. I love bowling, it is not the easiest thing, it does not come naturally to me, I would’ve probably liked to have bowl more through the tournament,” he added.
Regarding the clash against SRH, the all-rounder said that the team found the right balance between attacking and being smart. “It was nice. I felt like I have been hitting the ball well all tournament, but got out in stupid ways at times too early, but it’s the way I have played, I have tried to play and it’s the way we have tried to play. The way we played today was perfect, we got the balance right between attacking and being smart,” said the all-rounder.
“It has been a long old two-and-a-half months, nice to get out of here, to be honest. I’m a big believer in matchups, I knew today my two matchups were Umran and Washi, I tried to wait for them, they did not come back because they obviously knew that I was their matchup,’ he added.
Malaysia and Korea post big wins on opening day of Asia Cup 2022
With World Cup ticket at stake, Malaysia and Korea made a winning start to their campaign here on the opening day of the Asia Cup at the GBK Arena, Jakarta on Monday.
Riding on a hat-trick of goals by penalty corner specialist Razie Rahim in the 6th, 13th and 19th minute, Malaysia posted a strong 7-0 win in their first pool B match. The early 3-0 lead, put them in advantage. Experienced striker Faizal Saari then pushed the lead to 4-0 with a fine goal in the 23rd minute to end the first half with a formidable total on board. The ten-minute break gave the Malaysian side time to improvise their strategy as they came back stronger in the latter half of the match with better communication and structure to their play. They gave little room for Oman to create scoring opportunities, and their defence did well to stop Oman from converting the few PCs they were awarded. “I was happy with the way the team closed down the game in the first two quarters and that made it easier for the team to finish off the last two quarters,” expressed Head Coach Arul Anthoni.
Regular goals by Shahril Saabah in the 34th minute, Faiz Jali in the 40th and Ashran Hamsani in the 48th minute ensured Malaysia ended up with the winning points. “We spent a month in Europe before coming here and that really helped in the team bonding. The mentality of wanting to win in every match is very important particularly after 3 years of not being able to play hockey. From here on, we want to take one-match-at-a-time. Our first target is to finish top 2 in the pool stage,” Anthoni added after the match.
In the second match of the day, Asian Champions Trophy title holders Korea beat Bangladesh 6-1 in their pool B match. Despite the humid conditions here, the team lived up to the billing and delivered a strong performance. They overcame a sloppy start, having conceded an early goal to Bangladesh in the 6th minute through a penalty corner by Khorshadur Rahman, and ensured they converted from the penalty corners they created.
As many as four goals came from PC specialists Taeil Hwang (13’), Jonghyun Jang (18’, 52’) and Jihun Yang (45’) while Hwang also added a field goal to his name in the 22nd minute and Namyong too scored a goal in the 32nd minute.
“The last time we played in the World Cup was 14 years ago. After winning the Asian Champions trophy in December, we kept a target of doing well here in Hero Asia Cup to qualify for the World Cup in Bhubaneswar. The team played to the plan and it was important to score a big win,” stated Korea Head Coach Shin Seok Kyo.
Rajasthan will take on Gujarat in Qualifier 1
As Rajasthan Royals enter the Play-offs of IPL 2022, the inaugural champions of the league, Rajasthan Royals, find themselves in a strong scenario, having finished second on the points table, behind new entrants Gujarat Titans, who they face in Qualifier-1 on Tuesday here at the Edens Gardens. One of the many factors which has pushed the Royals to the playoffs has been their decisiveness in crucial moments, where key players have put their hand up and delivered.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who produced one such moment during the team’s match against KKR, expressed his thoughts, “I think that match was really special for me because it (the hattrick) came at a very crucial moment and also happened to be the first-ever hattrick of my career. It was sweeter as it came during a pressure situation for us where they only needed 40 runs off four overs and Sanju gave me the ball and said, ‘it’s on you now, you can do it’. That actually gave me a lot of confidence and I was just thinking about getting wickets because that was the need of the hour for us. I think moments like these, where you lead your team to victory, are really special.”
On the other hand, Jos Buttler’s heroics with the bat have added a spring in the Royals’ step, with the Englishman having accumulated 629 runs at a strike rate of 147. “I’ve obviously been delighted with my form in the IPL, but a bit disappointed with the last few games. The first half (of the tournament) I was playing some of the best cricket I’ve ever played, and I’m still taking lots of confidence from that going into the playoffs.” stated Buttler ahead of Qualifier 1.
Experienced all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who has time and again impressed both with the bat and the ball, was asked to comment on how certain decisions like him retiring out impact a game. “It’s important to understand how it (a decision) is going to give us an edge in important moments. I think (retiring out) is part of the future of the game in T20 cricket, and I believe it’s there to stay. People are going to perceive it as risky because once you retire a batter out and things don’t go your way you might have to explain that. But if it’s executed well, then it can give you a competitive advantage.”
Having been RR’s most economical bowler this season, Ashwin also expressed his thoughts on the importance of economy when it comes to the net run rate scenarios. “I feel sometimes in cricket, we can just get caught in the whole ‘picking up wickets or making runs is great’ thinking, but somehow or the other, I keep reiterating that each role in the game is very, very important,” said Ashwin, who has scored 183 runs and picked up 11 wickets at an economy of 7.14 this season.
Skipper Sanju Samson is leading the franchise for a second full season, but says “not much has changed” in the way he leads. “I think I’ve actually developed and kept on learning as a batter and also as a captain. I’m really enjoying the responsibility of leading this team, especially with so many experienced players in our side. I think when you lead a side, it’s very important to have that kind of perspective where you allow people to come and talk to you in pressure situations and allow them to express their ideas,” stated the 27-year-old.
He added, “I do receive a lot of information, a lot of suggestions from Ash bhai, Yuzi or even Devdutt, when he’s in the slips, even though he’s one of the youngest members of the team. So, I’m really enjoying the unity and the willingness of everyone to contribute to the team, and I think it’s very important to listen to everyone. But I also know that the final call has to be from my side, and I have to take the ownership of each and every decision made by the team.”
Over the course of the season, players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag and Kuldeep Sen have received a lot of backing, and Sanju has explained the thinking behind it. “I think to be very honest, I have also come through the same path with our franchise. I know how they might be feeling, so it’s very important for me as the captain to tell them what we expect out of them and tell them how good they are.”
Sanju added, “It’s very important to keep on reminding youngsters about how special they are and to make them realise that they are something special, that’s why they are finding a spot in such a strong team like ours. On top of that, I just make sure they have the freedom to go out there and express themselves.”
Your victories are inspiring generations in sports: PM Modi to Thomas Cup team
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Thomas Cup team of the badminton champions, who shared their experiences of the tournament. The players talked about different aspects of their game, life beyond badminton and more.
The Prime Minister told the team that they will win many more medals in the course of time. They have to play a lot and bloom (khelna bhi hai khilna bhi hai) and have to take the country into the world of sports. “Now India can’t lag behind. Your victories are inspiring generations for sports”, the Prime Minister added. Kidambi Srikanth talked about the great feeling among the player about being recognized by the Prime Minister in a proud way. The Prime Minister asked the team captain about his leadership style and challenges.
The Prime Minister said, “On behalf of the entire country I congratulate you and your entire team as after decades, Indian flag has been firmly planted. This is not a small feat…Keeping the nerve and team together under tremendous pressure is something that I can understand very well. I congratulated you on phone but now I am feeling the joy of complimenting you in person”. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy conveyed the elation and tribulation of the last ten days. He recalled the memorable support that he got from the team and support staff. He said that the team is still re-living the moments of victory.
Chirag Shetty also narrated his journey of the tournament and recalled coming to PM residence with Olympic Contingent. The Prime Minister said that he noted the disappointment among a few players when some of them could not win a medal at the Olympics.
The Prime Minister inquired about the bout of food poisoning that Lakshya faced during the tournament. When asked about his advice for young children who are taking up the sport, Lakshya asked them to devote their full attention to training. The Prime Minister asked Lakshya to recall his strength and balance that he deployed when faced with the trauma of food poisoning and remember the lessons learnt for harnessing his strength and resolve.
HS Prannoy said that this is even a more proud moment as the team could win the prestigious tournament in the 75th year of India’s independence. He said that pressure was immense in the quarter final and semi-final and he was happy that that could be overcome due to the support of the team.
Prime Minister greeted the youngest of the lot, Unnati Hooda who complimented the Prime Minister for never discriminating between medallists and non-medallists. The Prime Minister told her that he firmly believes that Unnati will shine as her name indicates. He told her that she has a long way to go and she should never allow victories to make her feel complacent.
Treesa Jolly told about the excellent family support she received for her sporting quest. The Prime Minister said that the country is proud of the way that our women team played in the Uber Cup.
In conclusion, the Prime Minister said that this team has infused tremendous energy in the country by winning the Thomas cup. A long wait of seven decades finally came to an end. ‘Whosoever understands Badminton, must have dreamt about this, a dream that has been fulfilled by you’ “Such successes inject great energy and confidence in the entire sporting ecosystem of the country. Your victory has done something that cannot be accomplished by greatest of the coaches or the oratory of the leaders”, PM Modi said.
Referring to Uber Cup, the Prime Minister said while we wait for victory we will also make arrangements for that. He expressed the belief that the quality athletes of the present team will soon get better results. “Our women team has shown their time and again their class. It is just a matter of time, if not this time, next time we will surely win”, he added.
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