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IPL 2024: Samson, Parag half-centuries lift Rajasthan to 196 for 3 against Gujarat

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IPL 2024: Samson, Parag half-centuries lift Rajasthan to 196 for 3 against Gujarat

Jaipur, April 10 (IANS) A 130-run third wicket partnership between skipper Sanju Samson and Riyan Parag lifted Rajasthan Royals to 196 for 3 against Gujarat Titans in match 24 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Wednesday.

Given the chance to bat first on a flat track and big square boundaries, the Royals kicked off to a good start as both the openers Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal added 32 runs in 26 deliveries for the opening wicket. Buttler coming after a victorious century against Royal Challengers Bengaluru was slow with the start as he contributed a mere 8 runs in the partnership.

Umesh Yadav in his third over of the innings provided the first breakthrough as Jaiswal had to depart after scoring 24. Trying to knick the length ball outside off, Jaiswal handed it straight back to the wicketkeeper Mathew Wade.

In came skipper Sanju Samson and straightaway went off to a brilliant start and smashed back-to-back boundaries to Umesh Yadav. Rashid Khan replacing Spencer Johnson came to bowl the last over of the powerplay and managed to get the big wicket of Buttler, who got out trying to go downtown and managed only to give an easy catch in the slip to Rahul Tewatia. Buttler scored 8 runs from 10 deliveries.

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Two balls later, Riyan Parag escaped falling for a duck, as Rashid got him to edge a leg break that Wade dropped behind the stumps.

After the end of the powerplay, the Royals only managed to put 43 runs on the board after losing two key wickets. It was the time for skipper Samson and in-form Riyan Parag to stitch up a big partnership for the Royals.

Both the spinners Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad operated very well in the middle overs without giving much chance to score. The boundaries flow stopped and Royals’ struggle for the runs continued. Royals managed to collect a six and a boundary between middle overs and ended on 73 for two after ten overs.

The big 13th over, came after Parag launched two sixes in the over of Ahmad and collected 15 runs off it. Parag looked dangerous as he was inching closer to his third half-century of the season and started the counter-attack against the spinners.

Despite of good bowling in the middle overs, Ahmad ended his spell on 43 after getting smashed for 15 in his last over of the spell.

Parag reached his half-century in 34 deliveries and it came in style as he smashed the half-tracker delivery of Mohit Sharma to straight long-on. After the end of 14 overs, Rajasthan Royals were 118 for two wickets.

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After Ahmad was hammered for 15 runs it was a chance for another youngster Spencer Johnson, who was taken into remand for 16 runs over. Samson collected a boundary down the cover to a half-tracker outside off and then smashed for a boundary and a maximum to end the over on a high. Samson, who hasn’t had as much strike as Parag during their partnership, rushed from 29 off 20 to 44 off 25.

Skipper Samson reached his half-century in 31 deliveries after Rahul Tewatia guiding the long-on missed the ball under the lights of a low full-toss delivery of which Samson didn’t generate much power but survived for a boundary. It was another big over for the Royals as both the batters collected 15 runs and with one over left in his spell, Sharma already thrown away 36 runs.

Rashid Khan ended his spell with a figure of 18 for 1 and having the same figures in the IPL 2022 final against the same opponents, but the Royals did a much better job against Titans’ other bowlers in this game.

Yet again, though, Rashid has bowled with a terrific control of length, which, coupled with the pitch being a bit two-paced, made him extremely hard to get away. Noor caused a few problems too, but Royals, and Parag in particular, were able to pounce whenever he floated one up a touch too full. Noor went for 43 off his four.

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Sharma in his last over of the spell got rid of Parag after getting smashed for a six but had the last laugh. Parag returned to the pavilion after scoring 76 off 48 deliveries including three boundaries and five maximums. Vijay Shankar stumbled backward while catching Parag but he managed to land just inside the cushion, toss it in the air, jump over the line, and back onto the field before re-catching it. Parag and Samson added 130 runs off 78 deliveries.

In came Simron Hetmyer and straightaway went off the strike with a boundary on his very first ball. Sharma ended his spell with a figure of 51 for 1. A 19-run over of Yadav’s last of his spell lifted host Rajasthan Royals to 196 for 3. Skipper Samson was unbeaten on 68 off 38 deliveries and Hetmyer on the other end was unbeaten on 13 off 5 deliveries.

Brief score:

Rajasthan Royals 196 for 3 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 68 not out, Riyan Parag 76; Rashid Khan 1-18, Umesh Yadav 1-47)

–IANS

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Jr Women, Men West Zone Hockey: Chhattisgarh defeat Madhya Pradesh 9-0

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Jr Women, Men West Zone Hockey: Chhattisgarh defeat Madhya Pradesh 9-0

Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh), July 23 (IANS) Chhattisgarh defeated Hockey Madhya Pradesh 9-0 in the women’s match on the third day of the 2nd Hockey India Junior Women and Men West Zone Championship 2024 here on Tuesday.

In the only match of the day, Sneha Patel (14’) gave Hockey Madhya Pradesh the lead towards the end of the first quarter before captain Palak Gupta (17’, 32’, 47’) and Chanu Khaidem Shileima (18’, 52’, 53’) both scored hattricks as Hockey Madhya Pradesh were well ahead in the contest.

Kajal (54’) and Krishna Sharma (59’) also chipped in with a goal each for Hockey Madhya Pradesh.

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Sub-jr Men, Women West Zone Hockey: M.P, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh win on Day 1

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Sub-jr Men, Women West Zone Hockey: M.P, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh win on Day 1

Surat, July 23 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Chhattisgarh scored comprehensive victories in their respective matches in the women’s category, while Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra won in the men’s category on the opening day of the 2nd Hockey India Sub-junior Men & Women West Zone Championship 2024 here on Tuesday.

Hockey Madhya Pradesh began the Zonal Championship with a 13-0 victory against Goans Hockey in the Women’s category at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Hockey Ground. The goal-scorers for Madhya Pradesh were Sajeda Begum (3’, 25’, 37’), Bhabar Keshar (5’), Captain Tanvi (19’, 21’, 23’, 34’, 52’), Hirva Purohit (22’), Ekta Jakhodiya (23’), Aqsa Khan (47’), and Geethasri Nammi (53’).

In the second match, Maharashtra registered a 4-2 win against Rajasthan in the women’s category. Rawat Anvi (10’, 53’) opened the account for Maharashtra but a quick brace from Lamoria Salini (19’, 25’) turned the table in Rajasthan’s favour.

Hockey Maharashtra fought back through goals from captain Yashasvi Prakash Kubde (25’, 44’) and Rawat Anvi to secure a comeback victory.

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Chhattisgarh Hockey defeated Hockey Gujarat 14-1 in the women’s category in the third match of the day. Naina (5’, 10’, 38’), Shyamlee Ray (8’, 40’), Dubee Rawat (24’, 46’, 53’, 56’), Sidar Madhu (26’, 44’, 50’), and Maurya Priyanshi (48’, 60’) got on the scoresheet for Chhattisgarh Hockey while Captain Ghadge Komal (9’) scored the lone goal for Hockey Gujarat.

The men’s category commenced with Chhattisgarh beating Goans Hockey 11-1. Sahu Piyush Kumar (24’, 37’, 39’, 45’, 46’, 49’, 55’) led the goalscoring efforts for Chhattisgarh. He was joined on the scoresheet by Avi Manikpuri (27’, 36’), Kujur Pritam (27’), and Om Kumar Yadav (42’). Gaonkar Ansh Ankush (59’) managed to score a consolation goal for Goans Hockey towards the end of the match.

The last match of the day saw Maharashtra defeat Rajasthan 3-1 in the men’s category. Vijkape Dnyaneshkumar (7’, 38’) and Thakur Siddharth Sachin (60’) scored for Maharashtra while the only goal for Rajasthan was scored by captain Amit Singh (13’).

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Women's Asia Cup: Harmanpreet, Pooja rested as India opt to bat first against Nepal

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Women's Asia Cup: Harmanpreet, Pooja rested as India opt to bat first against Nepal

Dambulla, July 23 (IANS) India stand-in captain Smriti Mandhana won the toss and opted to bat first against Nepal in a Group A match of the Women’s Asia Cup here on Tuesday. India have rested regular skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and pacer Pooja Vastrakar for the encounter. S. Sajana and Arundhati Reddy come in for the duo in India’s playing 11.

“We’d like to bat first today. In the last few years, T20 cricket has changed. It’s a collective effort, we’ve looked to take on whatever is in our range. The outfields are quick, the tracks are flat, and sometimes even 200 isn’t enough. We’ll look to trust our process and look to bat. 180 will be great, it’s about playing one ball at a time. Harman and Pooja are resting,” Mandhana said at the toss.

On the other hand, Nepal captain Indu Barma confirmed two changes in her team.

“We are ready for both. We have some youngsters who are keen to get into the contest. We are ready for every challenge; we look to give our 100%. We have two changes,” she said.

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Playing XIs:

India Women: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana(c), Dayalan Hemalatha, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh(w), Deepti Sharma, S Sajana, Radha Yadav, Tanuja Kanwar, Renuka Thakur Singh, Arundhati Reddy.

Nepal Women: Samjhana Khadka, Sita Rana Magar, Kabita Kunwar, Indu Barma (c), Dolly Bhatta, Rubina Chhetry, Puja Mahato, Kabita Joshi, Kajal Shrestha(w), Sabnam Rai, Bindu Rawal.

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Paris Olympics: 'We are confident about our chances', says archer Deepika Kumari

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India’s ace archer Deepika Kumari is confident of the team’s chances in the Paris Olympics. She said clear communication in tough situations will benefit them in the quadrennial event. Indian archers will compete in all five medal events in Paris: men’s and women’s teams, individual, and mixed categories.

The women’s team boasts exceptional talent including the 2022 Asian Games bronze medallists Ankita Bhakat and Bhajan Kaur, apart from Deepika.

“The strength of any team lies in its communication and combination. It’s essential to support each other in various situations. We talk a lot and discuss how to handle different scenarios. Clear communication, especially in tough situations, is a huge strength for us. We are confident about our chances at the Olympics,” Deepika said on JioCinema’s ‘The Dreamers’.

Bhakat, who is fulfilling a lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics, expressed her confidence in the team’s progress.

“Since I started archery, I have always dreamt of playing in the Olympics. Now, that dream is coming true. In past World Cups, we rarely played podium matches, but this time it’s different. We learned from our early setbacks and improved significantly. Our performance has been consistently better in each competition, and I believe we will perform well at the Olympics,” Bhakat stated.

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She emphasised the importance of self-belief, adding, “I know what level of performance I’m capable of. When I give my 100%, the medal will surely follow.”

Bhajan echoed Bhakat’s sentiments, stressing on the importance of continuous improvement and giving their best effort. “My performance at the second World Cup was much better than the first one, so I started feeling victorious about my progress since the first World Cup,” said Kaur.

“Whenever we go for a tournament, we focus on giving our best, no matter the magnitude of the tournament. Our aim is to leave no stones unturned for the Olympics as well and we are confident that we will return from Paris with a medal.”

Bhakat also pointed out the invaluable experience of having a veteran like Deepika Kumari in the team. “It’s a great advantage that Deepika is going to the Olympics for the fourth time. She understands the challenges we might face in Paris,” she explained.

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Bhajan added, “Deepika’s experience, along with Ankita’s, is our biggest strength. They help us understand and rectify any issues in our game. Our ability to communicate and support each other is crucial.”

Deepika, one of India’s most decorated archers, has been a beacon of excellence in the sport. The former World No.1 archer has won medals in World Cups, Asian Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships, and the Asian Games.

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Head coach Gambhir takes charge as Indian players hit the ground in Pallekele

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Newly-appointed head coach Gautam Gambhir has taken official charge of the Indian team as the players assembled in Pallekele on Tuesday for the first training session in Sri Lanka ahead of the limited-overs series. Suryakumar Yadav-led Indian team reached Pallekele on Monday for the upcoming three-match T20I series, followed by three ODIs. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video of India’s first practice session in Pallekele on their official X account.

“Head Coach Gautam Gambhir Takes Charge!” BCCI captioned the post.

In the video, Gambhir was seen watching players closely and giving some valuable batting tips to wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson.

Before leaving for the island nation, Gambhir addressed his first press conference with chief selector Ajit Agarkar, who revealed the reason behind the appointment of Suryakumar as the T20I captain over all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

“He is one of the deserving candidates. He is one of the best T20 batters in the world. We wanted a captain who was likely to play all the games. We will see how he will do,” Agarkar told the reporters.

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“As far as Hardik is concerned, he is still a very important player. And that’s what we want him to be. Fitness has been a challenge for him over the last few years…Then it becomes difficult for the coach or selectors. I think Surya has the necessary qualities to succeed as a captain,” he added.

The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka will be played in Pallekele on Saturday.

India T20I Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (C), Ꮪhubman Gill (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rinku Singh, Riyan Parag, Rishabh Pant (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohd. Siraj.

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