Indian sports news wrap, November 27

Here all the developments in Indian sport on Sunday, November 27.

Faysal Shayesteh (right) of Sreenidi Deccan, who scored the
match-winner against Gokulam Kerala in the Hero I-League football
championship in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Faysal Shayesteh (right) of Sreenidi Deccan, who scored the match-winner against Gokulam Kerala in the Hero I-League football championship in Hyderabad on Sunday. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Here all the developments in Indian sport on Sunday, November 27.

Here all the developments in Indian sport on Sunday, November 27.

FOOTBALL

Sreenidhi Deccan Football Club recorded its third consecutive win in the Hero I-League football championship when it defeated Gokulam Kerala 1-0 at Decan Arena (Sreenidhi School campus) on Sunday.

Afghanistan midfielder Faysal Shayesteh’s left-footer from the edge of the box found the target.

Gokulam Kerala came into the game with the joint-best defensive record, not having conceded a goal, and its first half display backed that up.

Missing captain David Castaneda and Rosenberg Gabriel, Sreenidhi started with Phalguni Singh and Ramhlunchhunga and both players put in excellent performances. Just past the hour mark, Faysal received the ball on the edge of the box and he curled one into the bottom corner to become the first player to score against Gokulam Kerala this season.

THE RESULT
Sreenidhi Deccan FC 1 (Faysal Shayesteh) bt Gokulam Kerala 0.

- Team Sportstar

TENNIS

ITF men’s tournament

Top seed Vladyslav Orlov of Ukraine beat Niki Poonacha 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the BSP Tennis Complex on Sunday.

Except for enduring a three-setter in the opening round against wiry left-hander Siddharth Vishwakarma, Orlov dropped only 11 games in all in the next four matches.

It was a satisfactory outing for Poonacha, who had also not dropped a set till the final, as he had earlier won his fifth successive doubles title with Rithvik Bollipalli.

THE RESULTS
Singles (final): Vladyslav Orlov (Ukr) bt Niki Poonacha 6-1, 6-4.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

PSPB inter-unit tournament

Most of the best players of Indian tennis assembled at the DLTA Complex on Sunday, for the 41st PSPB inter-unit tennis tournament.

Rohan Bopanna, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal, Divij Sharan, Riya Bhatia, Prarthana Thombare, Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan, VM Ranjeet, Vijay Sundar Prashanth apart from Olympian Rushmi Chakravarthi were all part of different teams of the Petroleum sector.

Ankita Raina, who represents ONGC was busy in Australia, competing in the doubles final of the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Traralgon.

Star-studded Indian Oil team with the dignitaries at the opening ceremony of PSPB tennis in Delhi on Sunday.

Star-studded Indian Oil team with the dignitaries at the opening ceremony of PSPB tennis in Delhi on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Kamesh Srinivasan

“I have been with Indian Oil for over 20 years. I am very happy with the support over the years”, said Bopanna, who was felicitated on the occasion.

Yuki Bhambri who broke into the top-100 of doubles this season, with a string of Challenger titles with Saketh Myneni, also expressed his gratitude.

“ONGC has been instrumental in supporting my career. I also appreciate PSPB for helping me with my trips to Mexico that helped improve my doubles rank”, said Yuki.

The Chairman of ONGC, OP Singh was the chief guest. Lalit Watts, Advisor PSPB, and VP Singh, Head Corporate Sports of ONGC were the others present along with Aditya Khanna and Rajiv Khanna of DLTA.

The tournament will feature nine teams, with about 125 matches in all in singles, doubles and team events.

THE RESULTS
Men’s team (quarterfinals): Indian Oil bt EIL 2-0 (Sumit Nagal bt Sabyasachi Tripathi 6-0, 6-0; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Keshav kumar Verma 6-2, 6-2). HPCL bt NRL 2-0 (Anup Toppo bt Pranta Sinha 7-5, 6-1; Sunny Rajpal bt Siddhartha Dutta 6-1, 6-1). Oil India bt GAIL 2-1 (Chandrashekhar Mohanti lost to Vijay Sundar Prashanth 3-6, 1-6; Udit Gogoi bt Pradeep Pancholi 6-0, 6-0; Udit & Chandrashekhar bt Jitender Sharma & Vijay Sundar 6-2, 6-4).
Women (league): Indian Oil bt EIL 3-0 (Prarthana Thombare bt Priyanka Kumari 6-0, 6-0; Riya Bhatia bt Neena Mukherjee 6-1, 6-0; Riya & Prarthana bt Neena & Priyanka 6-1, 6-1).

- Kamesh Srinivasan

Jeevan loses doubles final

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Luis David Martinez were beaten by the top seeds Guido Anderozzi and Guillermo Duran of Argentina 6-4, 6-2 in the doubles final of the $106,240 Challenger tennis tournament in Temuco, Chile.

The champion team collected 100 ATP points and $6,200, while the second seeded runner-up team had to be content with 60 points and $,3600.

In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Traralgon, Australia, Ankita Raina and Priska Nugroho were beaten 6-1, 4-6, [10-5] by Destanee Aiava and Katherina Westbury in the doubles final.

THE RESULTS
$106,240 Challenger, Temuco, Chile
Doubles (final): Guido Andreozzi & Guillermo Duran (Arg) bt Luis David Martinez (Ven) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-4, 6-2.
$25,000 ITF women, Traralgon, Australia
Doubles (final): Destanee Aiava (Aus) & Katherine Westbury (Nzl) bt Priska Nugroho (Ina) & Ankita Raina 6-1, 4-6, [10-5].
25,000 UTR Pro women, Dubai, UAE
9th place: Humera Baharmus bt Stefania Bojica (Rou) 7-6(6), 6-2.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

BASKETBALL

National basketball championship

Defending champion Tamil Nadu men beat Delhi 91-56 in the opening league match of group-C in the 72nd National basketball championship at the ATal Behari Vajpayee Indoor Hall in Udaipur on Sunday.

In the women’s section, champion Railways beat Punjab 85-49, while Tamil Nadu beat Chhattisgarh 68-43.

THE RESULTS
Men:
Group-A: Gujarat 76 (Sahaj Kumar 23, Kasi Rajan 14, Mirant Italia 14) bt Maharashtra 74 (Sameer Qureshi 20).
Group-B: Kerala 70 (Rahul Sharath 18, Sejin Mathew 13) bt WEst Bengal 48 (Arshdeep 20, Sourav 11). Services 82 (Ajay 18, Siva 14, Gaurav 11) bt Madhya Pradesh 53 (Ranjeet 14, Prakash 13, Harsh 12).
Group-C: Uttarakhand 84 (Prashanth Rawat 18, Arjun Singh 15) bt Mizoram 73 (V. Thazuala 20, Dennis Lalmuanpuia 11, Lalnunpuia Renthilei 10). Tamil Nadu 91 (Jeevanathan 16, Annadurai 13, Lokeshwaran 11) bt Delhi 56 (Prince 20, Manik 15).
Women:
Group-A: Railways 85 (Pushpa Senthilkumar 18, Poonam Chaturvedi 17, Sruthi Aravind 11, Nima Doma Bhutia 10) bt Punjab 49 (Manmeet Kaur 12).
Group-B: Tamil Nadu 68 (Shobana 19) bt Chhattisgarh 43 (Shanti 15).

- Kamesh Srinivasan

GOLF

Diksha, Vani tied 41st in Spain

India’s Vani Kapoor shot 3-under 70 to salvage the week at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España and was placed tied 41st along with compatriot Diksha Dagar.

Kapoor, who shot 74-76 on first two days was one-over for 54 holes.

Also shooting under par was Amandeep Drall with 2-under 71 after first two days of 76-74. Diksha, after 73-72 on first two days, added 75 on the third to be one-over alongside Kapoor. While both Dagar and Kapoor were tied 41st, Drall was tied 48th.

- PTI

Kochhar cards 65 to finish tied 4th

India’s Karandeep Kochhar fired a brilliant 6-under 65 to register a superb finish at tied fourth place at the USD 400,000 Bangabandhu Cup Golf Bangladesh Open here on Sunday.

Another Indian featuring in the Top-10 was Veer Ahlawat (72), who after being tied third at one stage ended tied eight.

It was Kochhar’s best Asian Tour result outside India, after his tied second at Panasonic Open India in 2017.

Thailand’s Danthai Boonma won the event after a tight two-horse race with close friend and compatriot Kosuke Hamamoto.

Danthai fired a closing three-under-par 68 at Kurmitola Golf Club for a four-round aggregate of 13-under-par 271 and a one-shot victory over Hamamoto, who carded a 70.

Three Indians - Aman Raj (70), SSP Chawrasia (67) and Khalin Joshi (71) - finished in tied 22nd place at 2-under for the week and S Chikkarangappa with a second straight 69 was tied 29th at 1-under for four rounds.

Udayan Mane (71) was tied 47th while Rashid Khan (76) and Viraj Madappa (75) were tied 57th.

Kochhar, who has won once on the Indian PGTI Tour this season, fired six birdies and an eagle and he had one bogey. His eagle came on Par-5 14th and he closed birdie-birdie in his 65.

Ahlawat had as many as five birdies but also gave away five bogeys in his 72.

Rattanon Wannasrichan made it a 1-2-3 for Thailand after returning a 67 to finish three behind the champion.

- PTI

Avani beats Mannat Brar in final to retain the All-India Ladies Amateur title

India’s top amateur Avani Prashanth, who has dominated the domestic scene, retained her All-India Ladies Amateur title with a 3&2 win over her national teammate Mannat Brar here on Sunday.

Avani, whose last start was a 13-shot win while playing against professionals on the Women’s Pro Golf Tour, dominated the week by first winning the Billoo Sethi Trophy for the 36-hole stroke play segment and then won five matches in match play in a long week at the iconic Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

The All India Ladies Amateur is the most prestigious women’s event dating back to 1906.

Avani, who is inching towards a Top-100 world ranking (111th at the start of the week), became the first player since Irina Brar to win back-to-back Ladies Nationals. Brar won in 2005 and 2006.

The teenager, who has been winning most of the events on the amateur circuit, topped the stroke play with even par rounds of 72-72. Five shots behind her was Mannat Brar in second place with 74-75.

In the match play, Avani beat Aarushi Bhanot 5&3 in first round, got the better of Snigdha Goswami 3&2 in pre-quarterfinals and defeated Vidhatri Urs 2&1 in the quarterfinals, which was her toughest round.

In the semifinals, Avani got past Rishika Muralidhar 4&3 to set up a 36-hole final with Mannat Brar.

Brar beat Renee Rane 3&2, Ananya Garg 1-up, Sinjini Mukerjee 5&3 and Saanvi Somu 3&1 in the semifinals.

In the 36-hole gruelling final, Avani got the better of Mannat Brar 3&2.

- PTI

ATHLETICS

Deepak Rawat, Reshma Dattu triumph in Pune Half Marathon

Deepak Rawat and Reshma Dattu won the men’s and women’s title respectively in the Pune Half Marathon here on Sunday.

The third edition of the event saw over 16,000 runners and running enthusiasts participate.

Arjuna awardee and reputed distance runner Sudha Singh flagged off the race in the presence of other dignitaries.

Deepak clocked a time of 1.04.18 for the 21km distance to win the men’s category while Deepak Kumbhar was second with 1.05.09. Hukam Singh bagged third place with a timing of 1.06.28.

In the women’s 21km race, Reshma came first with a timing of 1.17.06, while Nandini Gupta (1.18.06) came second and Kavita Yadav (1.19.52) finished third.

The men’s 10km run was won by Rohit Verma in a time of 30.06 minutes. Srinu Bugatha (30.06) was declared second in a thrilling photo finish, while Ankit Deshwal (30.21) was third.

Shashilata Thakur won the women’s 10km run, clocking 35.56 minutes. Arpita Saini (37.34) was further back in second while Jyoti Chouhan (38.41) claimed third place.

- PTI

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