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Sindhu Defeated In Women’s Singles Tie To Crash Out Of Hong Kong Open Tournament

New Delhi: Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated his compatriot H.S Prannoy in an all-Indian men’s singles clash to enter the quarter-finals while P.V. Sindhu lost the women’s singles tie to crash out of the Hong Kong open tournament.

In a marathon match of an hour and seven minutes, the fourth seed Srikanth edged past Prannoy 18-21, 30-29, 21-18 while third seed Sindhu went down to Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea 24-26, 20-22 in straight games.

After losing the first game, Srikanth bounced back in the second game in a hard-fought battle. The third game saw another intense battle between the two but Srikanth proved much better towards the end and wrapped up the issue.

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Indian Football Team Coach Believes Indian Team Must Start Preparing Itself Without Chhetri

New Delhi: Sunil Chhetri has become almost synonymous with the Indian football team in the last few years. The record speaks for itself as the 34-year-old has been a regular performer for the side on the global stage and with 65 goals from 103 matches,.

However, he will not be a part of the squad that travels to Amman ahead of India’s friendly encounter against Jordan on November 17 and coach Stephen Constantine believes that the Indian national team needs to start preparing for a future without Sunil Chhetri.

“I don’t think you can replace a player of his calibre. But we need someone to step into his shoes as there will come a time when he will not be around. As a result, we would like to identify the options right now so that he can share his experience with the younger lot,” Constantine said.

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Indian women’s football team qualifies for Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time

New Delhi: Despite going down to hosts Myanmar 1-2 in a hard-fought clash in Yangon, the Indian women’s football team has qualified for the Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time.

The Indian women’s team advanced to the second round after finishing second in Group C with four points from three matches, behind table toppers Myanmar. The second round of the Olympic Qualifiers will be played in April next year.

The first half of the match at the Thuwunna Stadium was an exciting affair, with both sides finding the back of the net once. The Indian team, who went into the match with the same starting lineup from their 7-1 win against Bangladesh, was jolted after conceding a goal in just the third minute.

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Rohit Sharma laments the absence of veteran wicket-keeper MS Dhoni calling it a big miss

New Delhi: Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma lamented the absence of veteran wicket-keeper MS Dhoni. Rohit said that it was a ‘big miss’ for the team and especially for the younger members of the squad though Indian cricket team won the three-match T20I series comprehensively against West Indies.

“MS (Dhoni) was not part of the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka also. MS not being in any team is a big miss. His presence in the team itself is a huge boost for a lot of the players, not just me, especially the younger players,” Rohit said.

A lot of controversy surrounded the decision to exclude MS Dhoni from the squads for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia. But, chief selector MSK Prasad cleared the air over the same.

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Indian women’s football team stuns Bangladesh with a 7-1 victory in Asian Football Confederation

New Delhi: Indian women’s football team stunned Bangladesh with a 7-1 victory in their ongoing battle of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Olympic 2020 qualifier match after a stalemate with Nepal.

During the initial exchanges, India got an early opportunity as Ratanbala Devi found space to shoot from the edge of the box. However, her effort was wide off the post.

In the 16th minute, Kamala Devi stepped up to take the lead for her side as she calmly spot-kicked the ball into the corner which went beyond the Bangladesh keeper’s reach. Following Kamala’s brilliant lead, Bala Devi doubled the scoreboard as she poked a cross from the right by Grace Dangmei. Bala didn’t stop here, in the 23rd minute, she hit another sizzling shot from 30 yards.

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