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Saina, Sameer Form Indian Challenge At Korea Open World Tour Super 500 Tournament

New Delhi: Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma will look to put their best foot forward when they lead Indian challenge at the $600,000 Korea Open World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning in Seoul.

Saina, who had skipped the Japan Open earlier this month after winning a bronze at 18th Asian Games, will look to get over the disappointment of her first-round exit at China last week when she takes on Korean Kim Hyo Min.

Fifth seeded Saina, ranked 10th in the world, has done well in the major events this year, grabbing a second gold at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games. But the Indian has been inconsistent in the BWF events.

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India Defeat Pakistan By Nine Wickets In Asia Cup 2018 Super Four Encounter

New Delhi: Riding on brilliant century scored by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India defeated Pakistan by nine wickets in the Asia Cup 2018 Super Four encounter. Dhawan (114) and Rohit (111) made short work of the 238-run target to help India almost book a spot in the tournament final.

The win is India’s biggest against Pakistan in terms of wickets, improving on the eight-wicket win in Melbourne in 1985. Both the Indian openers have been in tremendous form in the tournament and it was no different on Sunday as they dominated the Pakistan bowlers. The partnership of 210 runs also broke the record for the highest opening stand for India against Pakistan in ODIs.

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Punia Not To Go To Court Against Ministry’s Decision On Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

New Delhi: On the advise of his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, star wrestler Bajrang Punia is likely to back down from his stance of going to court against Sports Ministry’s decision to ignore him for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Dutt advised him to concentrate on his preparation for next month’s World Championships.

Snubbed for the country’s highest sporting honour, Bajrang on Thursday met Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who had assured that his case will be considered.

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Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu To Receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna On September 25

New Delhi: Union sports ministry has announced that Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu would receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna on September 25.

The list was already out but the ministry made it official on Thursday.

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards, and they will be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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India Register 8-Wicket Win Over Pakistan In Asia Cup Chasing Target Of 163 Runs

New Delhi: India register an emphatic 8-wicket win over Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai International Stadium. Chasing a paltry target of 163 runs, India romped home for the loss of two wickets in 29 overs. This was India's biggest win in terms of the maximum number of balls (126) to spare. India were truly dominant against Pakistan from ball one. They restricted Pakistan to a below-par score and with the bat and later chased the total down incredibly easy. Rohit Sharma (52) and Shikhar Dhawan (46) were in imperious form at the top before Dinesh Karthik (31*) and Ambati Rayudu (31*) saw them home.

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