World U-20 Wrestling C’ships
Mahendra Gaikwad won a silver medal after losing to Iranian Amirreza Valadi 13-2 in the 125kg final at the World U-20 wrestling championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mohit Kumar (61kg) and Sagar Jaglan (74kg) claimed bronze medals.
In the women's section, Priya Malik (76kg) set up a title clash with Ayano Moro of Japan. Priyanshi Prajapat (50kg), Manju (55kg), Bhagyashree Fand (59kg) and Arju (68kg) remained in the bronze medal race.
Devdutt Padikkal’s fine half century (78 n.o., 61b, 7x4, 4x6) helped Gulbarga Mystics beat table-topper Bengaluru Blasters by six wickets in the Maharaja Trophy T20 tournament at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.
Opting to bowl, the Mystics dismissed the Blasters for 144, as Vidhwath Kaverappa and Manoj Bhandage scalped three wickets each. Skipper Mayank Agarwal’s 28 was the highest individual score for Blasters.
The Bengaluru side was in fact comfortably placed at 60 for two after eight overs. But a middle-order collapse meant Mystics had to chase just 145, which it did with 15 balls to spare.
In the day’s other match, Pavan Deshpande scored his fourth successive half-century (57, 51b, 8x4) as Mysore Warriors defeated Hubli Tigers by two runs to go level on points with Blasters (10 points).
The Tigers, after opting to bowl, reduced Mysore to 5/3, but Deshpande rebuilt the innings in the company of Shubhang Hegde (22) and S. Shivraj (26) as the Warriors posted 145.
Vidyadhar Patil’s three-wicket burst upfront ensured that the Tigers was left playing catch-up through the 146-run chase. But a 38-run partnership between A. Mithun (27) and Sharan Gowda (31) for eighth wicket brought Hubli close, with the side needing 24 off the last over. But it was not to be.
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Shooting - National selection trials
Parul Kumar accelerated to a smart finish as he beat qualification topper Akash Patidar 16-8 to top the men’s rifle 3-position event in the fifth National shooting selection trials at the Madhya Pradesh Academy on Thursday.
Goldi Gurjar who had qualified in eighth place for the finals, climbed to third place, ahead of Niraj Kumar, Pankaj Mukheja, Zahid Hussain Parray, Monu Kumar, and Ganga Singh.
Leading shooters like Akhil Sheoran (577), Chain Singh (576) and Olympian Sanjeev Rajput (575) failed to make it to the second stage.
In the junior section, Pankaj Mukheja beat Surya Pratap Singh Banshtu 17-5 to top the field. Pankaj was consistently on top with 580 in qualification and an impressive 409.2 in the second stage before the sparkling finish.
Amandeep top Indian at T-10 in Simone Asia-Pacific Cup golf
Indian golfer Amandeep Kaur started with a bogey but finished with a birdie as she carded an even par 72 to be placed tied 10th on the first day of the inaugural Simone Asia Pacific Cup at the Pondok Indah Golf Course here on Thursday.
Amandeep, who is partnering Vani Kapoor (78), was lying T-10 in individual standings. In team standings, Amandeep and Vani at six-over are T-12th in the USD 750,000 event.
India's other two players Diksha Dagar (74) and Gaurika Bishnoi (77) are T-14th at seven-over. In individual standings, Diksha is T-18, Gaurika is T-30 and Vani is T-32.
India is fielding two teams with Diksha partnering Gaurika, while Amandeep and Vani have been put together.
South Korea's seasoned campaigner So Yeon Ryu fired a seven under-par 65 to grab a one-shot lead. The 32-year-old Ryu had seven birdies in a bogey free round.
Former world No. 1 and currently No. 4, Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the highest-ranked player in the field, had a brilliant birdie-eagle finish for a bogey-free 66 to join Philippines' Princess Mary Superal in the second spot.
Korea's Team 2 with Ryu and Bo Mee Lee (67) led the team standings with -12 while Philippines (Princess and Pauline Rosario) and Japan 2, comprising Kokona Sakurai (70) and Maria Shinohara (71), were three-under and tied second nine shots behind the leaders. Lydia Ko and Momoka Kobori (76) were fourth at two-over.
Overall Amandeep had three birdies against three bogeys, while Diksha, the second best Indian at T-18, seemed to be going fine till the 16th at which point she was even par for the round. She then dropped shots on Par-3 17th and Par-5 18th to finish two-over.
Gaurika, who started the day with a double bogey, had no birdies but dropped shots on three other holes for a 77, while Vani started the day with a birdie but slid thereafter. She bogeyed fifth and double bogeyed eighth to turn in two-over. On the back nine, she had four more bogeys for a card of six-over 78.
As Ryu and Lydia and Princess stood out, another South Korean Bo Mee Lee ended the opening day in outright fourth place, two off the pace after trading five birdies against a lone bogey on the par-three fifth.
Thailand's Patcharajutar Kongkraphan, the 2012 Indonesian Ladies Open champion, also enjoyed a solid start by carding a 70 to share the fifth spot with Japan's Kokona Sakurai. World no. 8 Hyo Joo Kim could only card an opening 72 to sit in a four-way tie for 10th.
Kapur, Chawrasia best among Indians at T-12 in Korea
Indian duo of Shiv Kapur and SSP Chawrasia made a solid start with three-under 68 to be placed tied 12th at the end of the first round of the fourth International Series event golf tournament here on Thursday.
Four Indians, including veteran Jyoti Randhawa shot one-under 70 each to be Tied-39th. The other three were Veer Ahlawat, who had a good outing last week in Singapore, Rashid Khan, the runner-up at Mandiri Indonesian Open and Viraj Madappa, a one-time winner on the Asian Tour.
Of the five other Indians in the field, only Honey Baisoya (71) did not go over par. He was T-71. Gaganjeet Bhullar, Ajeetesh Sandhu and S Chikkarangappa were all T-89th with cards of 72, while Rahil Gangjee was further down at T-14th with 73.
Thailand's Pavit Tangkamolprasert started in a sensational manner with seven birdies in a row before dropping a shot on eighth. He picked two more birdies on the back nine for a card of eight-under 63.
Pavit, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, shot 63. He was two shots clear of the Korean Eric Chun (65).
Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond, the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, South Africans Justin Harding and Ian Snyman, and Australia’s Brett Rumford all came in with 66s.
Pavit was still two strokes short of the most consecutive birdies on the Asian Tour. That record of nine is held by Austrian Bernd Wiesberger at the 2017 Maybank Championship and then preferred lies were not used.
Pavit admitted he hit just one just bad shot and that was eighth and he made a bogey. He made birdies on 11th and 16th on back nine and missed a few other chances.
Chun produced one of the finest tournament rounds of his 10-year professional career. Two birdies on the front nine and four on the back nine put him in front for the first time in an Asian Tour event. A graduate of North-western University in the US, the Korean also spent much of his childhood growing up in Malaysia.
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