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IPL 2024: Patidar, Jacks, Dayal star as RCB beat DC by 47 runs, register fifth win in a row (ld)

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Bengaluru, May 12 (IANS) An 88-run partnership off 53 balls for the third wicket between Rajat Patidar (52) and Will Jacks (41), along with Cameron Green’s 32 not out and left-arm pacer Yash Dayal’s 3-20 helped Royal Challengers Bengaluru beat Delhi Capitals by 47 runs to register their fifth successive win in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 and stay in contention for a Play-offs spot at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.

Pushed into batting first, DC dropped four catches as RCB stayed the course of playing attacking cricket. But the visitors came back strongly in the last five overs, giving away 49 runs while taking five wickets to keep RCB to 187/9, 13 runs below 200, which seemed to be a strong possibility at one point.

In reply, Dayal led a superb bowlers’ show on a slightly two-paced pitch to bowl out DC for 140. DC, playing without captain Rishabh Pant due to slow-over rate suspension, never recovered from the setback of losing four wickets in the Power-play. Stand-in skipper Axar Patel’s 57 off 39 balls kept DC in the hunt, but he found little support from other batters, as dropping four catches in the first innings came back to haunt them.

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Moreover, DC were hurt by Jake Fraser-McGurk and Tristan Stubbs’ runouts in the chase of 188. Sunday’s result means both RCB and DC are on 12 points, but the former are not in fifth place in the points table with a positive net run rate, as compared to the latter now in sixth position with a negative net run rate.

DC got success early when Faf du Plessis sliced Mukesh Kumar to a deep point in the third over. Virat Kohli was solid in his base and timing to hit four and three sixes in his 13-ball 27, before giving a healthy edge behind off Ishant Sharma. Patidar hit the ground running by creaming Mukesh Kumar for three boundaries, before slogging Axar over deep mid-wicket for six in the last over of power-play.

Patidar and Jacks then exclusively dealt in sixes off Axar and Kuldeep, while getting a life each off the latter in the ninth over. Jacks and Patidar were again given lives in a matter of two overs off Khaleel and Rasikh respectively.

Patidar brought up his fifty off 29 balls, before miscuing to extra-cover off Rasikh in the 13th over. Jacks was next to fall, as he hit straight to cover off Kuldeep. Cameron Green and Mahipal Lomror hit four boundaries collectively before Khaleel took the latter and Dinesh Karthik out in quick succession.

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From there, DC applied more brakes on RCB’s innings as Impact Player Swapnil Singh heaved to deep backward square-leg off Rasikh, followed by Karn Sharma and Mohammed Siraj’s run-out on the last two balls of the innings.

DC didn’t have an ideal start to their chase as a returning David Warner hit straight to long-on off Swapnil in the opening over. It turned for worse as Dayal bounced out Abishek Porel off his first ball, while Fraser-McGurk, after hitting four boundaries, was run-out from the non-striker’s end as Dayal, in his follow-through, got a finger on the straight drive from Shai Hope to catch him out of the crease.

When Kumar Kushagra was trapped plumb lbw by Mohammed Siraj, DC were reduced to 30/4 in 3.3 overs. Hope launched a fightback by creaming Dayal for three fours, while Axar hit two boundaries off Siraj as DC ended the Power-play at 54/4. Though Axar hit some boundaries, RCB were able to keep DC on a leash.

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That pressure to get big runs resulted in Hope going for a slog off a Lockie Ferguson full-toss, but he could only toe-end it towards deep mid-wicket. A miscommunication between Axar and Stubbs resulted in the latter being run out by a direct hit from Green at the bowler’s end. Axar continued to keep DC in the hunt by slog-sweeping Karn Sharma once and Jacks twice, leading to him reaching his second fifty of the season in 30 balls.

But DC’s hopes of chasing were dashed when Rasikh toe-ended a chip to long-on off Green and Axar’s heave resulted in a top-edge caught by tumbling backward point off Green. Ferguson and Dayal took out the remaining two wickets to ensure RCB gave its faithful fans lots of cheers.

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bengaluru 187/9 in 20 overs (Rajat Patidar 52, Will Jacks 41; Rasikh Salam 2-23, Khaleel Ahmed 2-31) beat Delhi Capitals 140 all out in 19.1 overs (Axar Patel 57; Yash Dayal 3-20, Lockie Ferguson 2-23) by 47 runs.

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Paris Olympics will be played on the world’s first carbon-zero hockey turf

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Lausanne (Switzerland), May 29 (IANS) The hockey competition at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games will have something unique about it — the matches will be played on the world’s first carbon-zero hockey turf which is setting new standards for sustainability in sports surfaces.

The carbon-zero turf being used in Paris is made from 80% sugarcane and manufactured using green electricity, thus having a lesser impact on the environment. It also requires less water to irrigate it before every match.

Besides being a thrilling showcase of skill, strategy, and athleticism, with the best teams from around the globe competing at the highest level, the hockey competition at the XXXIII Olympiad aims to leave a lasting legacy not just in sporting achievements but also in advancing environmental consciousness within the realm of global sporting events.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has made a strict commitment to make hockey a globally sustainable sport and Paris 2024 will represent another step taken towards achieving that goal. The initial steps were taken with a steady reduction in water usage, showcased by the turf used at the Olympic Games in Tokyo requiring 39% less water for optimal performance than the turf used in Rio only four years earlier.

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At the Olympic Games Paris 2024, the boundaries will be pushed further, as hockey will be played on the innovative ‘Poligras Paris GT zero’ hockey turf, which is setting new standards for sustainability in sports surfaces.

Developed by Sport Group and installed in Paris by Polytan, this advanced turf is the world’s first carbon-zero hockey turf, aligning with the Paris 2024 Games’ commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, the FIH informed in a release on Wednesday.

Carbon-zero Poligras Paris GT zero is made from 80% sugarcane and manufactured using green electricity. The production process emphasizes low emissions and energy efficiency, ensuring that the turf’s lifecycle—from creation to disposal—adheres to the highest environmental standards, the FIH release said.

This eco-friendly turf doesn’t compromise on performance. Athletes can expect the same high-quality playability, ball speed, and consistency that Poligras surfaces are known for, which have been trusted at 8 Olympic Games and many World Cups. The Paris 2024 Olympics Hockey will aim to showcase that sustainability and top-tier athletic performance can go hand-in-hand.

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Moreover, ‘Poligras Paris GT zero’ is designed to conserve water. It requires significantly less irrigation than traditional synthetic turfs, aligning with global efforts to preserve water resources, particularly relevant as the world grapples with water scarcity issues.

The introduction of Polytan’s ‘Poligras Paris GT zero’ at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 marks a significant advancement in sustainable hockey technology. By utilising renewable resources and focusing on environmental impact, this new turf not only supports elite athletic performance but also sets a precedent for future hockey events to prioritise sustainability, which has long been an aim for the FIH.

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EFI stands vindicated, Delhi High Court stays appointment of Ad-hoc Committee

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) In a huge victory for the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI), the Divisional Bench of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday stayed the appointment of the Ad-hoc Administrative Committee (AAC) and gave back control of the sports body to the existing panel.

The Delhi High Court, while hearing a plea by the Rajasthan Equestrian Association (REA) on May 24, had ordered the appointment of an ad-hoc panel under Justice Nazmi Wajiri to run the affairs of the EFI.

The federation, as an autonomous body, had challenged the decision and got a decision in its favour.

“We had faith in the judiciary. We thank the court for hearing our concerns and delivering justice in this case. This is a crucial Olympic year and we want to stay focused on providing the best possible support to our athletes. This decision will help us in these endeavours of ours,” said Col Jaiveer Singh, who will now continue as Secretary General of the EFI.

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“We have done nothing wrong. The allegations of impropriety were baseless. We have always worked for the betterment of sport and our athletes and will continue to do so. The exemptions we got from the Sports Ministry were a validation of our intent and the multiple requirements and needs of the sport. We were working in tandem with the government and will continue to do so,” Jaiveer added.

The Court brought back the 20-member Executive Committee that had come into existence in the 2019 elections.

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La Liga Hypermotion: Promotion and Playoff at stake ahead of final matchday

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) With the La Liga Hypermotion season ready to write its final chapter of the season, Real Valladolid have already secured one of the two promotion places, but there’s still so much to decide in the final matchday.

Spain’s second division, known as La Liga Hypermotion, is famously competitive. It’s no different this year, with so many teams still in with a chance of securing promotion up to La Liga EA Sports, the top flight.

Real Valladolid have already mathematically clinched one of the two automatic promotion spots, while the other will either go to CD Leganes or SD Eibar. There is a similar battle for the final playoff spot, as seventh-placed Real Sporting de Gijon still have a chance of entering the top six.

Here’s a look at the situation of every team in this promotion race, from second-placed CD Leganes to seventh-placed Real Sporting de Gijon.

CD Leganes (2nd, 71 points)

From Matchday 12 to Matchday 38, CD Leganes were leaders of La Liga Hypermotion. However, they have started to stumble at the worst possible time. Despite their recent run of disappointing results, the team from Madrid could yet clinch automatic promotion in the final matchday by earning a draw or win against Elche CF. That would mean returning to La Liga EA Sports for the first time since 2020.

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Remaining fixture: Elche CF (H)

SD Eibar (3rd, 68 points)

After coming ever so close to promotion in each of the past two seasons, SD Eibar endured a terrible start to this campaign under new coach Joseba Etxeberria.

However, the Basque tactician got the team going in the right direction and they have spent a lot of the second half of the season inside the promotion places. Los Armeros still dream of automatic promotion, but they’d require a miraculous final day to overtake CD Leganes, who enter Matchday 42 with a three-point advantage.

Remaining fixture: Real Oviedo (H)

RCD Espanyol (4th, 66 points)

This is just the sixth season that RCD Espanyol have spent outside of Spain’s top division in club history. So, they expect to make an immediate return to La Liga. They are giving their best effort to achieve this objective, especially Martin Braithwaite, who is the division’s top scorer with 21 goals. He and his teammates know that promotion can only be achieved through the playoffs, and they’ll want to enter those knockout ties with some positive momentum.

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Remaining fixture: FC Cartagena (H)

Real Oviedo (5th, 64 points)

Real Oviedo currently hold a playoff spot, but they’re not yet guaranteed to finish inside the top six and they have a difficult trip to SD Eibar in Matchday 42. Staying in the top six and playing the lottery of the playoffs is the only goal for the Asturian institution when they travel to Ipurua on Sunday.

Remaining fixture: SD Eibar (A)

Real Racing Club de Santander (6th, 64 points)

Real Racing Club de Santander have won three games in a row, but they then suffered a shock defeat at home to Real Zaragoza in Matchday 41. That means they aren’t yet guaranteed a playoff berth. Still, as the second-top scorers in the entire division, the northern club certainly have the firepower to win this weekend and to give any opponent a scare in the playoffs.

Remaining fixture: Villarreal B (A)

Real Sporting de Gijon (7th, 62 points)

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As one of Spain’s most historic clubs, Real Sporting de Gijon fans feel that they’ve been away from La Liga EA Sports for too long, having last played at that level in 2017.

This season, they’ve put together a consistent campaign and have been inside the top 10 since Matchday 4. What matters, though, is making sure they reach the top six by the end of Matchday 42. That means beating CD Eldense and hoping one of their northern neighbours, Real Oviedo or Real Racing Club de Santander, slip up.

Remaining fixture: CD Eldense (A)

–IANS

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Indian Grand Prix postponed to 2025 due to ‘operational considerations’

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Noida, May 29 (IANS) The global governing body of motorcycle racing, FIM announced the postponement of the Indian Grand Prix 2024 to 2025 due to ‘operational considerations’.

The event was earlier scheduled at Buddh International Circuit as the 16th race in the 2024 calendar, after the San Marino GP.

“The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports announce that the Indian Grand Prix will not take place in 2024, with MotoGP postponing its return to the country to early 2025 due to operational considerations,” read the MotoGP statement.

“Following advice from the Government of Uttar Pradesh as the state continues its long-term commitment to MotoGP™, the sport will return to Buddh International Circuit in March 2025, when weather conditions are expected to be optimal for spectators and riders alike,” it further added.

Previously, the inaugural edition of the MotoGP Grand Prix of India set new benchmarks in motorsport history, drawing over one lakh enthusiastic spectators from India and across the globe with a global telecast across 195 nations, it was truly a global phenomenon that proudly announced India’s arrival in the global arena of MotoSports.

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Singapore Open: Sen, Srikanth bow out; Sindhu advances to second round

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Singapore, May 29 (IANS) Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu advanced to the second round of the women’s singles section of the Singapore Open BWF Super 750 badminton tournament, beating World No. 21 Line Kjaersfeldt 21-12, 22-20. However, in men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth retired out in the opening round.

After the first rally of the tie, Sindhu came out on top and took a 4-3 lead. Sindhu continued increasing her lead and ended the game 21-12. Her opponent Kjaersfeldt looked promising but Sindhu seemed to have an answer for everything.

The second game, which got intense in the end, was too dominated by Sindhu. However, a late comeback by Line forced Sindhu to make some cross-court errors as the Danish player took the lead at 16-19. The 28-year-old two-time Olympic medallist then saved four game points and took the momentum in her favour to end the match 22-20.

Lakshya Sen went down to World ranked 1 and reigning Olympic Champion Viktor Axelsen 13-21, 21-16, 13-21 after making a second-game comeback. It was the seventh defeat in the last eight matches for Lakshya against Axelsen.

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Earlier, former World No.1 Srikanth retired from his opening round match after losing the first game 14-21 against Kodai Naraoka of Japan. Trailing 3-11 in the second game Srikanth had to bow out due to an injury, which is unknown for now.

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