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I-League: Aizawl FC, Sudeva Delhi FC play out 1-1 draw

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Kalyani (West Bengal) [India], February 15 (ANI): Aizawl FC were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Sudeva Delhi FC in the ongoing I-League on Sunday after the Yan Law-coached side had only themselves to blame in a match where they dominated possession, chances and even missed a penalty kick in the second half.
Aizawl FC had numerous occasions to score, but faulty finishing let them down as Alfred Jaryan’s second-half strike cancelled out Kean Lewis’ goal in the first half, leading both teams to share points.
Aizawl FC did not waste time in attacking and with their quick tacky style of playing football, went hunting for the early goal. The Yan Law-coached side dominated possession and created chances at will.
However, complacency and finishing abilities in front of goal once again took a toll on the Mizoram-based club. As early as the 6th minute, Aizawl FC’s Brandon Vanlalremdika cut inside the box and unleashed a curling shot that earned a good save by the opposition goalkeeper Rakshit Dagar.
With Aizawl FC dominating the tempo of the game, Sudeva Delhi FC relied on counter-attacks and they made the best of their opportunities that came their way. In the 19th minute, much against the run of play, Sudeva Delhi FC opened the goal scoring charts.
A long throw from the right flank switched off the Aizawl FC defence and the ball fell kindly to Kean Lewis, who volleyed it the first time to hand Sudeva a solitary goal lead.
Though stunned, Aizawl FC did not hold back and committed even more bodies in attack to find the equaliser. However, that plan almost backfired in the 29th minute when Sudeva Delhi FC were once again given an opportunity to find the net.
This time, Naocha Singh missed from hand-shaking distance after he was put straight on to goal by a Naorem Mahesh Singh pass. Had Naocha scored, Sudeva would be leading 2-0 ahead of the half-time break.
However, as things stood, the Delhi based side thwarted off multiple lacklustre attacks by Aizawl FC to lead 1-0 at the breather.
After dominating possession in the first half, Aizawl FC seemed spurred, coming out of the tunnel and almost scoring the equaliser in the 51st minute, but poor finishing once again cost them heavy.
Ramhlunchhunga robbed the Sudeva defence of possession and sent in a low cross for Lalremsanga inside the box. With ample space and no possible pressure, Sanga fluffed his shot and failed to convert from close range.
Aizawl FC had only themselves to blame for not making the most of their opportunities, despite dominating the match and creating chances at will.
Meanwhile, leading by a solitary goal Sudeva Delhi FC sat back and let their opponents have the ball. Sudeva committed bodies in defence and soaked pressure while rarely countering.
It would take a moment of magic to breach the Sudeva Delhi FC defence and in the 75th minute, none other than skipper Alfred Jaryan proved his worth.
After a cross by Brandon was cleared by the Sudeva Delhi FC defence, Alfred latched onto a loose ball and produced a venomous shot from outside of the box that left the goalkeeper tumbling, to equalise.
Motivated, Aizawl FC looked to grab the goal that could prove to be the difference between the sides. However, Sudeva Delhi FC had no plans of letting that happen.
Aizawl FC was awarded a penalty in the 78th minute after a handball inside the box, but Malsawmtluanga missed his chances with Rakshit Dagar producing a top save.
The Chencho Dorji-coached team heavily defended in the final fifteen minutes of the match and eventually saw out the game as the full-time score read 1-1, with both teams sharing points. (ANI)

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WOMEN’S T20 CHAMPIONS CUP TO BE PLAYED IN 2027 AND 2031: ICC

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DUBAI: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the expansion of women’s cricket events post the 2023 cycle.

More teams will compete in both the Women’s World Cup and the Women’s T20 World Cup from 2026 onwards as part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to growing the game globally and in a sustainable fashion, ICC stated in a media release. The revised formats will give more teams the chance to compete on the global stage and importantly provides members with a window to grow the game domestically to challenge internationally as the changes take place.

Two 50-over World Cups will be played in 2025 and 2029 while four T20 World Cups have been scheduled for 2024, 2026, 2028, and 2030.

The sport’s governing body has also announced the advent of a new tournament, called Women’s T20 Champions Cup and it will be played in 2027 and 2031.

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HOPE AXAR, ASHWIN HAVE LEFT SOME WICKETS FOR IPL : PONTING

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MUMBAI: Former Australian skipper and Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting on Monday teased all-rounder Axar Patel and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who starred for India in the recent Test series against England.

Axar and Ashwin together picked 59 wickets against England in the four-match Test series which India won 3-1. While Axar became the joint highest wicket-taker in a debut Test series for India, Ashwin finished with 32 scalps, the most by any bowlers in the series.

Ponting is hoping that the spin duo has some wickets left to take in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Ponting also wishes to see Pant replicating his heroics in the cash-rich league slated to begin from April 9.

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Manchester City win shows what a great team we are: Victor Lindelof

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NEW DELHI: Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof said the victory over Manchester City shows “what a great team we are” and wants his side to keep working hard.

Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Sunday which ended the leaders’ 15-match winning run in the Premier League. “We are always confident going into every game. We know we can beat every team. It’s a very tough away game to play against a really good team. It shows what a great team we are and what we can do on the pitch. We need to keep working hard and hopefully, we can get some more wins,” the club’s official website quoted Lindelof as saying.

During the match, Manchester United got off to a flying start and took the lead thanks to a second-minute penalty from Fernandes, awarded after Gabriel Jesus had fouled Anthony Martial. Manchester City threatened after the break but Manchester United defended well to maintain their lead.

Shaw doubled Manchester United’s lead in the 50th minute and with this, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sealed a 2-0 win in the match.

Praising the team’s performance, Lindelof said it was a “deserved” win for the team.

“Yeah obviously we are so pleased with the performance. We defended really well as a team, not just the back four. I think we defended well, right down from Anto [Anthony Martial] to Deano [Dean Henderson]. Everyone put in the effort that was needed and we got a clean sheet and three points, so everyone was happy,” he said.

“They didn’t create a lot of chances. We defended really good and you always have to stay focused because you know they can create chances from anything. Like I said, I’m very happy and it’s a very deserved win for us,” Lindelof added.

Manchester City remains at the top of the Premier League table with 65 points while Manchester United are now second on the table with 54 points.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down the talks regarding the late Premier League title push after his team defeated Manchester City.

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Djokovic breaks Federer’s ATP record

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LONDON: Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has broken Roger Federer’s record of being at the top of the ATP Rankings for the maximum number of weeks.

With the start of this week, Djokovic has extended his stay at the top spot for 311 weeks and as a result, the record of Federer has been broken. “The record is broken! @DjokerNole now holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the @fedex ATP Rankings,” the official handle of ATP Tour tweeted.

Federer had held on to the record for being at the number one spot for most weeks as he stayed at the pole position for a total of 310 weeks.

The 33-year-old Djokovic had risen to the top of the ATP Rankings for the first time in July 2011.

Djokovic had ended 2020 at the number one spot in the rankings and this was the sixth time that the Serbian finished the year at the pole position.

Earlier this year, Djokovic had won the Australian Open for the ninth time.

On February 21, Djokovic defeated Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in the finals of the Australian Open 2021 at the Rod Laver Arena to clinch his 9th Australian title.

This was also the 18th Grand Slam win for the Serbian player.

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STRENGTH OF SOCIETY IS THE STRENGTH OF WOMEN: KOHLI

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said the strength of a society is the strength of women.

Taking to Twitter, Kohli wrote, “Happy Women’s Day to all the amazing women of the world. The strength of a society is the strength of women.” India Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wrote, “I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many strong women in my life, thank you for your all unending support. Wishing all the wonderful women a very Happy Women’s Day!”

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also shared his thoughts and wrote: “May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them. Here’s to all the wonderful & strong women around the world, I bow my head in respect and solidarity with all of you out there. #InternationalWomensDay.”

Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world.

On the cricketing side, Team India on Saturday roared into the final of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) following an emphatic 3-1 series win over England.

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TRANSCENDING ODDS AND STEREOTYPES: INDIAN WOMEN IN ELITE SPORTS

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NEW DELHI: Every year on March 8, to commemorate resilience and sturdy spirit of women, International Women’s day is celebrated. The day is also celebrated to make efforts aiming to facilitate women empowerment, and it reflects from the fact that the theme of the year 2021 is ‘Women in leadership achieving an equal future in Covid-19 world’.

Despite the lingering subjugation imposed upon them by society, women have been participating in competitive sports for centuries. However, for the first time, it was in XXI Commonwealth games that sports events were held on the basis of complete gender equality, and equal number of events for men and women were fixed.

Physiological differences do not limit women. The positive effects of an active lifestyle and sports pursuits benefit men and women similarly. Women’s participation was encouraged in both sports and in administration at international Olympics committee to decrease demographic gap between men and women playing sports, and pursuing other activities under the banner.

As far as accomplishments of Indian sportswomen are concerned, they are not less in number. India has just 26 medals in its diversified Olympic history—between 1928 (Amsterdam) and 2016 (Rio), and five of the 26 medals have come from women. Karnam Malleshwari was the first to win an Olympic medal and in 2016, PV Sindhu became the first ever Indian shuttler to win Olympics silver medal. At London Olympics 2012, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win an Olympic bronze.

In the 2014 Asian Games, Indian women players pushed the men on the back foot and claimed about half of the total medals. Moreover, Indian sportswomen brought laurels to the country when they won a plenty of medals at 2018 Commonwealth Games (13 gold, 11 silver, and 7 bronze medals).

In 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games, the percentage of women participating was higher than ever, 45 percent of the total competitors being women. That’s more than double the figure from 1976 past four decades ago.

Five women players, including the mountaineers, so far, have been awarded the Padma Bhushan. Bachendri Pal was the first to climb Everest. And Mary Kom was the first Indian ever to win an international medal in boxing and first Indian boxer to win an Olympics medal. Sania Mirza, in 2005, became the first Indian to win a woman’s double title at the US Open title.

P.V. Sindhu won a silver medal in the women’s singles event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. From global championships, Sindhu has five medals in her bag: two bronze, two silver, and one gold. Indian women have been making the country proud, and are rising above the horizons every passing day.

The writer is a former Associate Professor, Delhi University. Views are his personal.

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