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Shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar smashes finals world record in National selection trials

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New Delhi [India], February 10 (ANI): Tokyo 2020 quota holders shone through on competition day two of the National Selection Trials 3 and 4 for Rifle/Pistol events, being held at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting range in New Delhi.
Among the winners on Wednesday were Divyansh Singh Panwar (Men’s 10M Air Rifle T4), Saurabh Chaudhary (Men’s 10M Air Pistol T4), Chinky Yadav (Women’s 25M Pistol T4) and Tejaswini Sawant (Women’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions T4).
The performance of the day came from young Divyansh Singh Panwar of Rajasthan, as he smashed the finals world record with a score of 253.1 to emerge on top of the Men’s 10M Air Rifle T4 trials.
After qualifying third with a score of 629.7, Divyansh outgunned a field full of young Indian talent to win the final on the last shot, from yet another Tokyo quota holder Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar.
The two were involved in a seesaw battle from supremacy from the 12thsingle shot onwards and went into the 24thand final shot tied at 242.2. They were also tied at the end of the 23rdshot at 232.
Current world number one Divyansh, then showed his quality, with a classy 10.9 in the final shot to easily go past the world record. Aishwary hit an equally commendable 10.4, to fall short of the record mark of 252.8, by just 0.2 points.
Saurabh Chaudhary continued his dominance of the Men’s 10M Air Pistol winning the T4 trial with a 243.1 in the finals. Sarabjot Singh of Haryana was second and Ravinder Singh of the Army, the winner of the T3 trials yesterday, came in third.
Saurabh has now won two of the four trials conducted this year and made it to all the finals, besides coming out top at 1st Asian Online Shooting Championship held last month.
Another Tokyo 2020 quota holder who has been having a good run in the trials is Chinky Yadav and the Madhya Pradesh girl did her cause no harm, coming up trumps in the Women’s 25m Pistol T4 competition, backing up the T3 victory in the same event she had on Tuesday.
Chinky also has made it to all the four trial finals this year and now has won two of them. She shot 37 in the final to leave Tejaswini of Haryana behind on 33. Manu Bhaker also made it to another final, topping qualification with a solid 587. She, however, finished fifth in the finals.
The final winner of the day was Tejaswini Sawant in the Women’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions T4 event. She shot 456.7 in the finals to make it past another seasoned shooter Lajja Gauswami, who shot 455. (ANI)

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Pollard backs senior players to get Windies back into winning habit

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St John’s [Antigua], March 3 (ANI): West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard feels the side needs to strike a perfect balance between the young players and experienced lads in order to get back to winning ways.
Windies and Sri Lanka will lock horns with each other in a three-match T20I series which gets underway from Wednesday (local time). The star all-rounder said the time has come that West Indies starts winning games on a regular basis.
The hosts are the defending champions of World T20 and but since their victory, in the mega event, the West Indies have just clinched 16 out of 50 T20Is.
“You look at some of the younger guys that have gotten the opportunities when we started off around 2019, and it has not really produced the results on a consistent basis,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Pollard as saying.
“As a team we need to start winning cricket matches, win series. Because we can go down the line of saying ‘we need to blood this talent, blood this talent’, but some of you same guys will start talking about the results as well,” he further said.
“So we have to strike that balance [between youth and experience], we have to start winning T20 matches, we are the defending champions, and we have to get back into the habit of winning. And if that means getting a couple of senior guys in to start that process, so be it,” Pollard added.
Star batsman Chris Gayle and pacer Fidel Edwards will return to play for West Indies in the T20I series. Gayle will return to play for the first time in two years for the hosts while Edwards will take the field for West Indies after nine years.
“These guys continue to perform despite their age. And one that thing that has been said throughout is that once you show that you can perform at the highest level, such as franchise cricket from the T20 point of view, the opportunity is still there,” said Pollard.
After the T20I series, West Indies will shift focus towards the 50-over format. The first ODI between Sri Lanka and West Indies will be played on March 10. (ANI)

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PSL 6: Peshawar Zalmi fined for maintaining slow over-rate against Karachi Kings

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Karachi [Pakistan], March 3 (ANI): Peshawar Zalmi players have been fined 10 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during their Pakistan Super League (PSL) match against Karachi Kings on Wednesday.
According to a statement from PSL, Zalmi were found an over short of their target after taking into account time allowances and, as such, were charged under Article 2.22 of the PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which deals with the minimum over-rate offences.
Zalmi captain Shoaib Malik accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Iftikhar Ahmed. The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Rashid Riaz and Shozab Raza and third umpire Ahsan Raza.
In the match, half-centuries from Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi guided Karachi Kings to a comfortable six-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi.
Kings surmounted the 189-run target with three balls spare as Nabi stroked his second successive half-century with a brisk 35-ball 67, studded by eight fours and four sixes and Babar hammered six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten knock of 77 off 47. The pair stitched a match-winning 118-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Mohammad Imran struck on the first ball of the innings as he dismissed in-form Sharjeel Khan for no score. Joe Clarke (17 off 14, four fours) and Colin Ingram (three off 11) were next to go leaving the scorecard reading at 43 for three at the end of the seventh over.
But the three wickets did not inflict the harm which Zalmi had hoped for thanks to a solid Babar-Nabi partnership. (ANI)

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We’ve to win as many games as possible to make it to top four: Klopp

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Liverpool [UK], March 3 (ANI): Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that his side will have to win as many games as possible to make it to the top four in the Premier League.
Liverpool are currently placed in the sixth spot on the Premier League table with 43 points, 22 points behind table-toppers Manchester City. The club is gearing up for the clash against Chelsea, set to be played on Friday.
“I think a week ago we were out, now we are around again. So for us the challenge and the job is clear: we have to win football games, as many as possible to make it in the top four. That’s how it is. We know that not only since today, so we know that. We cannot make a difference who we face but we know, of course, about the quality of Chelsea, and Chelsea have the same targets,” the club’s official website quoted Klopp as saying.
Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in his first nine fixtures since taking over at Stamford Bridge towards the end of January, conceding just two goals in the process.
Reflecting on the upcoming match, Klopp said “full package is required” to defeat Chelsea.
“I think, first and foremost, it’s quite difficult to get more possession than Chelsea. I think they changed maybe slightly since Frank [Lampard]. But the full package [is] required, let me say it like this. So you have to defend because they let the ball roll, let me say it like this,” he said.
“…You have to be creative in moments and you have to show your desire for defending in all the moments because this is a top team and they will ask for a lot, and we should try to make sure that we have all the answers,” he added. (ANI)

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Former West Indies skipper Richie Richardson to be match referee for SL series

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St John’s [Antigua], March 3 (ANI): Cricket West Indies (CWI), on behalf of the International Cricket Council (ICC), on Wednesday announced the match officials for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
The two teams will play all three formats, starting with the T20I which begins on Wednesday night (local time) at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG).
Former West Indies Test captain Sir Richie Richardson will be the ICC match referee for all matches to be played at CCG and the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS) in Antigua.
The team of match officials will comprise Joel Wilson, a member of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, as well as Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid, Leslie Reifer jr, and Patrick Gustard, who are all members of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires.
The Test series will have special significance for Wilson and Brathwaite. Wilson will stand in his first Test match in the Caribbean. He has so far officiated in 19 Tests, 66 ODIs and 26 T20Is. Brathwaite will stand in his first Test match. He has so far officiated in 44 ODIs and 28 T20Is.
“We have worked over the years to improve the standard of cricket in all areas. It is a just reward for the match officials to be recognised for their hard work by being a part of an all-West Indian match officials team,” said Roland Holder, CWI’s senior manager of cricket operations in an official statement.
After the T20I series, West Indies will shift focus towards the 50-over format. The first ODI between Sri Lanka and West Indies will be played on March 10. (ANI)

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Sharath off to a flying start at WTT Contender Doha; Sathiyan bows out

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Doha [Qatar], March 3 (ANI): The ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal began the 2021 season with an impressive victory as he defeated Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek 17-15, 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 in the men singles opening round at the World Table Tennis Contender Doha on Wednesday.
However, the other Indian Gnanasekaran Sathiyan, who also secured a direct entry into the main draw alongside 2006 Commonwealth Games champion Sharath, suffered 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 loss at the hands of World No. 20 Aruna Quadri in the Round-of-32.
The World No. 32 Sharath, who was up against an international opponent for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, struggled initially when he was seen trailing by five points in the first game before recovering well with a strong counter-attacking display to take an early 1-0 lead in the match. Despite losing the next game, the nine-time national champion kept firing attacking shots to bag the third set comfortably.
Sirucek, a World No. 51, who was the chief architect during India’s loss at the Team Olympic Qualifier last year, managed to come back in the fourth game and kept his challenge alive. However, the seasoned campaigner Sharath held his nerves in the deciding game and completed a remarkable 3-2 win.
Sharath will now face a strong challenge from World No. 7 Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarters on Thursday. (ANI)

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PSL 6: Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi shine as Karachi Kings beat Peshawar Zalmi

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Karachi [Pakistan], March 3 (ANI): Half-centuries from Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi guided Karachi Kings to a comfortable six-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi on Wednesday. This is Kings’ third win in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six.
Kings surmounted the 189-run target with three balls spare as Nabi stroked his second successive half-century with a brisk 35-ball 67, studded by eight fours and four sixes and Babar hammered six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten knock of 77 off 47. The pair stitched a match-winning 118-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Mohammad Imran struck on the first ball of the innings as he dismissed in-form Sharjeel Khan for no score. Joe Clarke (17 off 14, four fours) and Colin Ingram (three off 11) were next to go leaving the scorecard reading at 43 for three at the end of the seventh over.
But the three wickets did not inflict the harm which Zalmi had hoped for thanks to a solid Babar-Nabi partnership.
Nabi, who was dropped on 20 in the 11th over, made full use of the reprieve as he smashed Zalmi bowlers all around the park. He brought up his half-century of just 28 balls and hit Amad Butt for three fours and a six in the 14th over, which went for 18 runs.
Babar scored his half-century in 35 balls and smacked two sixes and a four off Amad’s fourth over, the 16th over of the innings which went for 25 runs. For Zalmi, Saqib Mahmood picked two wickets for 41.
Earlier, Zalmi were dealt blows early on in their innings as King’s emerging player Abbas Afridi, on his debut, dismissed both openers – Kamran Akmal (21 off 17, four fours) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (10 off 11, one six) – in the fifth over.
Shoaib Malik, captaining for the first time in PSL 6 due to an injury to Wahab Riaz, was next to walk back to the pavilion after he was adjudged LBW on the first ball of the sixth over off Mohammad Ilyas. The dismissal left Zalmi reeling at 34 for three.
The recovery that the pair of Haider Ali (nine off 12, one four) and Ravi Bopara looked to the stage was interrupted in the 10th over with the dismissal of the former off Dan Christian. Zalmi, at half-way stage, were 69 for four.
Bopara, however, ensured that the dismissal did not have any adverse impact on the scoring rate as he scored a fighting half-century. Over the course of his 40-ball 58, he struck six fours and a six.
He with Sherfane Rutherford denied Kings’ bowlers any further inroads for the next nine overs as the two knitted a crucial 82-run partnership for the fifth wicket. The left-handed Rutherford struck three fours and as many sixes in his knock of 46 from 32 balls.
That the Zalmi were able to post 188 for five was due to explosive batting from all-rounder Amad down the order. Amad returned undefeated on 27 from seven balls. The right-handed batsman clubbed Christian for three fours and two sixes in the final over which went for 32 runs – the most expensive over in the history of PSL.
Brief Scores: Peshawar Zalmi 188/5 (Ravi Bopara 58*, Sherfane Rutherford 46; Abbas Afridi 2-27); Karachi Kings 191/4 (Babar Azam 77*, Mohammad Nabi 67; Saqib Mahmood 2-41) (ANI)

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