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Spin­ners lead In­dia women to em­phatic win

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Su­rat: In­dia women’s team pro­duced an­other au­thor­i­ta­tive per­for­mance to com­fort­ably de­feat South Africa by five wick­ets in the fifth T20 In­ter­na­tional, tak­ing an unas­sail­able 3-0 lead in the six-match se­ries. With two games be­ing washed out, the se­ries was ex­tended from five to six matches and In­dia needed to win on the day to seal the se­ries. Off-spin­ner Deepti Sharma (2 for 19) and left-arm spinnner Radha Ya­dav (3/23 in 4 overs) bowled bril­liantly to re­strict the Proteas women to 98 for 8. They got able sup­port from leg-spin­ner Poonam Ya­dav, who gave away only 15 runs in her 4 overs and got a wicket. The chase was an easy one and skip­per Har­man­preet Kaur (34 not out off 32 balls) was in her el­e­ment as the Women In Blue won 17.1 overs.

Wrestling fed­er­a­tion sacks coach Karimi:

The Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (WFI) has sacked men’s freestyle coach Hos­sein Karimi just six months into his ten­ure, claim­ing that the Ira­nian brought with him­self a VIP cul­ture which can­not be fol­lowed in the coun­try. Karimi’s con­tract was to run till the Tokyo Olympics. The Ira­nian was handed his ter­mi­na­tion no­tice on Wed­nes­day. “He was fol­low­ing a VIP cul­ture and it was in­creas­ingly be­com­ing dif­fi­cult to cope with his de­mands. We have in­ti­mated SAI about this. We are look­ing for a new coach,” WFI as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Vinod To­mar said.

Humpy jumps to world No. 3 in FIDE rank­ings:

Woman chess player Koneru Humpy has jumped to world num­ber 3 po­si­tion in the lat­est rank­ings re­leased by the world body (FIDE). The 32-year-old from Andhra Pradesh made a bril­liant come­back af­ter a two-year hia­tus to win the FIDE women’s Grand Prix tour­na­ment held in Skolkovo in Rus­sia re­cently.

Prag­gnanand­haa, Di­vya score wins:

GM Prag­gnanand­haa R and Woman In­ter­na­tional Mas­ter Di­vya Desh­mukh notched up their sec­ond straight vic­to­ries as Round 2 of the World Youth Chess Cham­pi­onship, which con­cluded on Thurs­day. Chen­nai’s Prag­gnanand­haa got the bet­ter of Poland’s An­toni Kozak in the Open U18, while Di­vya routed Bhagyashre­e Patil in the Girls U14 to un­der­line their form and pre­pared­ness for the 11-round mega event.

Dal­winder, Jag­meet reach Fen­esta Open semis:

For­mer cham­pion Dal­winder Singh re­mained in hunt for his sec­ond na­tional ti­tle with a hard-earned win in the men’s sin­gles while Jag­meet Kaur scored an up­set vic­tory over Bhu­vna Kalva to make the women’s sin­gles semi­fi­nals at the Fen­esta Ope on Thurs­day. Sixth seed Dal­winder, who won the hard court cham­pi­onship in 2017, pre­vailed 7-6(4) 7-5 against a fight­ing Ishaque Eqbal in the quar­ter­fi­nals at the DLTA Com­plex.

Sandhu placed fourth at Tai­wan Masters:

Ajeetesh Sandhu went on a birdie spree to turn in a four-un­der 68 and lie fourth af­ter the open­ing round of the Mer­curies Tai­wan Masters here on Thurs­day. Sandhu, start­ing from the back nine, opened with a bo­gey but blast­ing five birdies on the trot from 13th to 17th to turn in four-un­der.

Ire­land beat Rus­sia in Rugby WC:

Ire­land be­gan to put their World Cup back on track af­ter the shock loss to Ja­pan but it took them over an hour to se­cure a bonus point and strengthen their quar­ter-fi­nal chances in an un­con­vinc­ing 35-0 win over a stub­born Rus­sia on Thurs­day.

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