Indian sports news wrap, February 19

Catch the updates and scores of all Indians in action on February 19.

India’s Rohan Bopanna (left) and Australia’s Matthew Ebden (right) in action during the Doubles Final against Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Austin Krajicek of the United States at Rotterdam Open on Sunday.

India’s Rohan Bopanna (left) and Australia’s Matthew Ebden (right) in action during the Doubles Final against Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Austin Krajicek of the United States at Rotterdam Open on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Catch the updates and scores of all Indians in action on February 19.


Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek pipped Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden 7-6(5), 2-6, [12-10] in the doubles final of the ATP 500 Rotterdam on Sunday.

ATP 500, Rotterdam
Doubles (final): Ivan Dodig (Cro) & Austin Krajicek (USA) bt Rohan Bopanna & Matthew Ebden (Aus) 7-6(5), 2-6, [12-10].
$60,000 ITF women, Altenkirchen, Germany
Doubles (final): Greet Minnen & Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) bt Jessy Rompies (Ina & Prarthana Thombare 6-0, 6-2.

- Team Sportstar


Sreenidi Deccan wins it late against Sudeva Delhi

Substitute Louis Ogana scored twice in the last 10 minutes to help Sreenidi Deccan FC defeat Sudeva Delhi FC 3-1 in the Hero I-League game here at the Deccan Arena on Sunday.

Sreenidi now top the points table with 40 points while Sudeva remained at the bottom of the table.

The home team went on the offensive from the word go but it was Sudeva FC who took the lead through teenager Biaktea who dribbled his way past the rival defence and finished coolly in the 29th minute.

The second-half was a similar story with Sreenidi being more aggressive and the equaliser came through captain David Castaneda’s powerful header which beat the custodian Priyant Singh in the 71st minute.

Ogana, who had entered the fray around the hour mark, was on hand to give the finishing touch to Lalromawia’s layoff to give Sreenidi the lead in the 81st minute. He then sealed the points with a powerful strike one minute from the end for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Sreenidi will take on Mohammadan Sporting Club in Kolkata on February 24.

Sreenidi Deccan FC 3 (David Castaneda, Ogana 2) bt Sudeva Delhi FC 1 (Biaktea).

Santosh Trophy: Kerala crashes out, Punjab and Karnataka enter semifinals

Defending champion Kerala crashed out of the 76 th Santosh Trophy National football championship after a 1-1 draw with Punjab in Bhubaneswar on Sunday which saw it finish third in Group ‘A’ with eight poinits.

Punjab, the Group ‘A’ topper with 11 points, and second placed Karnataka (9 points) qualified for the semifinals which will be held in Riyadh. Services had made the grade from Group ‘B’ on Saturday and the last berth will be confirmed on Monday after the final set of matches from the group.

Karnataka drew with host Odisha 2-2 while Maharashtra bt Goa 2-0 in other matches in Group A.

The results (Group A): Kerala 1 (Vishak Mohanan 24) drew with Punjab 1 (Rohit Sheikh 34)

Karnataka 2 (M. Sunil Kumar 17, Shajan Franklin 50) drew with Odisha 2 (Prabin Tigga 21, , Chandra Muduli 35).

Maharashtra 2 (Himanshu Patil 5 & 89) bt Goa 0.

Group A (final placings): 1. Punjab (11 pts), 2. Karnataka (9), 3. Kerala (8), 4. Maharashtra (6), 5. Odisha (5), 6. Goa (0).

-Stan Rayan

Kerala defender Mohamed Salim (right, white jersey) tries to thwart Punjab forward Kamaldeep in the Santosh Trophy National football championship in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

Kerala defender Mohamed Salim (right, white jersey) tries to thwart Punjab forward Kamaldeep in the Santosh Trophy National football championship in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. | Photo Credit: AIFF


Women National Hockey Championships: Odisha, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, MP, Bihar win

Odisha, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar strengthened their chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the 13th Senior Women’s National Hockey Championship by winning their respective matches here on Sunday.

Odisha took on Rajasthan in the first Pool A match of the day and won by a huge margin of 13-1. Punam Barla (1’, 3’, 29’, 46’, 47’) starred in the rout with a five-goal effort.

The second match was a close contest between Karnataka and Chandigarh before the former prevailed 2-1 in Pool B.

Chandigarh took the lead through Reetu Devi (13’), but Chandana J (14’, 44’) equalised soon after and scored again in the second half to complete the comeback win for Karnataka.

In Pool C, Chhattisgarh defeated Uttarakhand 4-1. Chhattisgarh captain Pooja Yadav (6’) opened the scoring, followed by goals from Sulochna (12’) and Anjali Mahto (27’, 27’).

Madhya Pradesh beat Manipur by a similar margin in Pool G. Manipur drew first blood through Kshetrimayum Sonia Devi (20’), but Madhya Pradesh came out strongly in the second half. Goals from Manmeet Kaur (47’), Anjali Gautam (49’), and Player of the Match Preeti Dubey (56’, 60’) earned MP three points from the game.

The final match of the day saw Bihar getting the better of Assam 2-0 in Pool D.



27 wrestlers for 2 nd ranking series event

Altogether 27 wrestlers have been named by the Union Sports Ministry’s Oversight Committee for participation in the second Ranking Series Ibrahim-Moustafa tournament to be held in Alexandria, Egypt, from February 23 to 26.

The event will be crucial for the wrestlers as they will stand to gain ranking points for better seeding at the Asian and the World championships this year.

The team: Men: Freestyle: Udit (57kg), Pankaj (61kg), Sujeet (65kg), Sagar Jaglan (74kg), Pardeep (79kg), Jonty Kumar (86kg), Pruthviraj Patil (92kg), Sahil (97kg), Dinesh (125kg).

Greco Roman: Manjeet (55kg), Vikram Kurade (60kg), Nitin (63kg), Karanjeet and Ashu (67kg), Ankit Gulia (72kg), Sajan (77kg), Rohit Dahiya (82kg), Narinder Cheema (97kg), Naveen (130kg).

Women: Sushma Shokeen (55kg), Sito (57kg), Simran (59kg), Sumitra (62kg), Bhateri (65kg), Radhika (68kg), Reetika (72kg), Kiran (76kg).

-Y. B. Sarangi

Khelo India women’s National Ranking Weightlifting Tournament: Komal wins title

Komal Kohar totalled 158kg to emerge as the women’s 45kg champion in the third Khelo India women’s National Ranking Weightlifting Tournament in Patna on Sunday. She also won the junior crown.

The results (seniors only):

45kg: 1. Komal Kohar (RSPB) snatch 70kg, clean and jerk 88kg, total 158kg; 2. K.V.L. Pavani Kumari (AP) 69kg, 86kg, 155kg; 3. Chandrika Tarafdar (WB) 67kg, 86kg, 153kg.

-Y. B. Sarangi


Sub-junior Nationals- Delhi, TN and Kerala enter knockout stage

Delhi lived up to its top billing by blanking Bihar and Petroleum Academy 3-0 and qualifying for the under-15 girls knockout stage in the UTT 84th National inter-State sub-junior team table tennis championships at the Alappuzha YMCA on Sunday.

Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu and Kerala are also assured of knockout berths from other groups.

The results (under-15 girls, inter-State team events):

Group A: Delhi bt Bihar 3-0; Delhi bt PSPBA 3-0.  Group B: UP bt Uttarakhand 3-0; UP bt Chhattisgarh 3-0.  Group C: Maharashtra bt Punjab 3-0; Maharashtra bt Goa 3-0.  Group D: Assam bt AP 3-0; Assam bt HP 3-1.  Group E: WB bt Daman & Diu 3-0; WB bt J & K 3-0.  Group F: TN bt Odisha 3-0; Kerala bt Pondicherry 3-2. Kerala bt Odisha 3-0; TN bt Pondicherry 3-0.  Group G: Haryana bt Rajasthan 3-1; Karnataka bt Telangana 3-2; Telangana bt Rajasthan 3-1.  Group H: Chandigarh bt MP 3-0; Gujarat bt Jharkhand 3-0; Gujarat bt Chandigarh 3-0.


Bhullar drops down in windy conditions, finishes 22nd

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India in action. (File Photo)

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India in action. (File Photo) | Photo Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images

Gaganjeet Bhullar was headed for a top-10 finish at the USD 2.5 million International Series Qatar when he crashed with a triple bogey and a bogey in his last five holes to drop to tied 22nd here on Sunday.

Despite the triple on the Par-4 14th, the Indian finished with 73 in very windy conditions.

Bhullar was 2-under through the first 13 holes and well placed inside top-10 and even looked good for top-5 finish.

Rashid Khan (71) and Karandeep Kochhar (72) were tied 35th, as Shiv Kapur (73) was tied 51st. Veteran Jeev Milkha Singh (74) was 64th and Jyoti Randhawa (76) was 69th.

American Andrew Ogletree became the first player to win two International Series events when he recorded a convincing victory. The impressive 24-year-old from Mississippi closed with a one-over-par 73 to finish on seven under and win by three shots over Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul, who fired a 68, helped by an eagle on the par-five 18th.

Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai finished one shot back in third following a 72, while his compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai returned a 67 to claim fourth, another stroke behind.

Ogletree, who won the International Series Egypt in November now has two wins in just nine starts on the Asian Tour. He started the day with a five-shot lead and was never really challenged.

The next event on the Asian Tour is the New Zealand Open presented by SKY SPORT, which will be played at Millbrook Resort from March 2 to 5.


Manu Gandas finishes T-28 in Thailand

India’s Manu Gandas carded his best round of 2023, a 4-under 68, to finish tied 28th at the Thailand Classic on the DP World Tour here on Sunday.

Gandas showed that he is slowly finding his feet on the DP World Tour, as he started with a hat-trick of birdies on first three holes and added a fourth birdie on seventh. A bogey in ninth halted that momentum and he turned in 3-under.

On the back nine, he birdied 11th and 16th but dropped a shot on 13th for a round of 68. That helped him log a finish of tied 28th his best so far in his fledgling DP World Tour career.

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark turned in a solid performance of 6-under 66 with three birdies on either side of the Amata Spring Country Club and won the Thailand Classic by four shots for his seventh DP World Tour title.

Gandas was relieved with the result after missing cuts in his first two starts this year in Ras Al Khaimah and Singapore.

Next week he will play at his home course, the DLF Golf and Country Club in the USD 2 million Hero Indian Open, which returns to action after a gap of almost four years with the last edition having been staged in 2019.

India’s other star Shubhankar Sharma had missed the cut.

Yannik Paul recorded his best result of the 2023 Race to Dubai as he finished second on 20 under par, two strokes ahead of fellow German Alexander Knappe and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands. Paul has one win from the DP World Tour to his name.

Nicolai Højgaard finished on 17 under par in a share of fifth with Hero Cup teammate Antoine Rozner of France and 2016 Ryder Cup player Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The top four finishes in Thailand are expected to be back in action in India next week.

Olesen, whose last victory came at the 2022 Betfred British Masters, started the final round with a two-stroke lead, but quickly increased his advantage to four after birdies on his opening two holes.

He carded another birdie at the sixth hole but then had to stay patient as six consecutive pars allowed countryman Højgaard to move to within two strokes as the 21-year-old made three birdies in a row after the turn.

Olesen kept his nerve as he carded a hat-trick of birdies of his own from the 13th hole to move five strokes clear. He parred his remaining three holes to sign for a bogey-free six under par 66 and a 24 under par total.


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