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Indian Women’s Cricket Team Optimistic Of Good Performance At ICC World T20 In West Indies

New Delhi: The Indian women’s cricket team sounded optimistic of producing a good performance at the ICC World T20 to be held at the West Indies from November 9 to 24. Explosive opener Smriti Mandhana, young Mumbai batswoman Jemimah Rodrigues and senior left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht hoped that the team, coached by Ramesh Powar, will do well in the Caribbean.

“I feel we can easily make it to the semi-finals (of the tournament), let’s see what happens then,” said Bisht. India are placed in Group B along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland in the 10-team event. The tournament kicks off with a match between India and New Zealand in Guyana. Rodrigues, who will feature in her first World Cup, also felt that the team was looking settled.

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Punia Wins Silver To Became First Indian Wrestler Winning Two Medals At World Championships

New Delhi: Bajrang Punia has improved his performance and entered the history books as he has won silver and became the first Indian wrestler to win two medals at the World Wrestling Championships. Punia had won a bronze medal in the 2013 edition.

Punia lost 9-16 to Takuto Otoguro of Japan in the final of the 65 kg freestyle event.

The Japanese raced into a 5-0 lead at the start of the match and although Bajrang did cut Otoguro’s lead to one pointa at one stage he was always fighting an uphill battle against an opponent who had injury issues later in the match.

“It was so near and yet so far,” was how the 24-year-old reacted, speaking from Budapest. “Having reached the final, I expected to win gold but I will have to be satisfied with a silver medal. I am happy to have bettered my bronze medal effort, achieved five years ago at the same venue,” added Punia.

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Saina Gives Her All Before Losing To Tai Tzu Ying To Settle For Silver At Denmark Open

New Delhi: In an exciting but energy-sapping 52-minute final, Saina lost 13-21 21-13 6-21 to the superior Chinese Taipei rival. Saina Nehwal gave her all before losing steam as the ace Indian shuttler yet again succumbed to nemesis and world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying to settle for a runner-up finish at the Denmark Open.

Tzu Ying claimed the Denmark Open title after a gap of two years. She had last won the tournament in 2016. The win also bettered Tzu Ying head-to-head record against Saina to 13-5.

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Bajrang Punia To Be The India’s Best Bet For A Medal In The World Wrestling Championship

New Delhi: Already a bronze winner at the 2013 World Championship, Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia will be India’s best bet for a medal in the World Wrestling Championship as a 30-member team seeks a strong performance in the flagship event.

Bajrang has come a long way in last the five years, establishing himself as a force to reckon with in the 65kg category. He was ignored for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award last month but he has left behind the snub and trained hard to have a shot a bettering the colour of his 2013 medal. Considering the ease with which he won gold at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, Bajrang will be one of the medal favourites. The only Indian to be seeded at this championship, Bajrang will compete on the second day of the championship on Sunday. With Russia’s Illya Bekbulatov, a silver medal winner at the 2018 European championship pulling out, Turkey’s top seed Selahattin Kilicsallayan would be the one to watch out for in the 65kg category.

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Nehwal Defeats Akane Yamaguchi To Enter Women’s Singles Quarterfinals In Denmark Open

New Delhi: Saina Nehwal defeated world number two Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to enter the women’s singles quarterfinals of the Denmark Open. Indian badminton ace has been able to defeat her for the first time in four years.

Later in the day, more good news was in store of India as Sameer Verma held his nerve to beat Asian Games champion Jonathan Christie to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals. The ninth-ranked Indian let go of three match points in the deciding game before pulling off a 23-21, 6-21, 22-20 win over the world number 12 from Indonesia. Nehwal, however, won her second round match rather convincingly. The Olympic bronze-medallist, who has dropped to 27 in the latest world rankings, registered an easy 21-15, 21-17 win over second-seeded Yamaguchi.

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