Spinners lead India women to emphatic win
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.