Indian sports news wrap, December 14

Here are all the major updates, results and developments from the world of Indian sports on Thursday, December 14.

Published : Dec 14, 2023 17:28 IST , CHENNAI - 5 MINS READ

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: India beat Nepal to take a 3-1 lead in the T20 Women’s Bilateral Cricket Series for the Blind.
REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: India beat Nepal to take a 3-1 lead in the T20 Women’s Bilateral Cricket Series for the Blind. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: India beat Nepal to take a 3-1 lead in the T20 Women’s Bilateral Cricket Series for the Blind. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES


India defeat Nepal by 7 wickets to clinch Women’s Bilateral Series for Blind

Sushma Patel scored a breezy 37-ball 45 as India defeated Nepal by seven wickets to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match T20 Women’s Bilateral Cricket Series for the Blind on Thursday in Mumbai.

Put in to bat, Nepal scored 165 for six in 20 overs with skipper Binta Pun scoring 69 and sharing a 101-run stand with Mankeshi Chaudhary at the Police Gymkhana Cricket Ground.

However, following her departure, India bounced back with a flurry of wickets as Nepal lost four batters in the last four overs.

Sushma, who was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’, Ravanni, Basanti Hansda and Simu Das all scored as India chased down the target in the 19th over for the loss of three wickets.

India had won the first two T20s before Nepal came back in the third game on Wednesday.



Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune to host back-to-back ATP Challenger 100 tournaments

Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune will host back-to-back ATP Challenger 100 tennis tournaments early next year.

The Chennai Open will be held from February 5 to 11, followed by the Bengaluru Open (February 12 to 18) and Pune Challenger (February 19 to 25).

India is scheduled to play its Davis Cup World Group I Playoff tie away to Pakistan just ahead of the Chennai Challenger, with the turnaround time between the two events expected to be 24 to 48 hours.

-Team Sportstar

AITA Women’s tournament: Top seed Riya bears Aditi in semifinals

Top seed Riya Sachdeva continued to get it right in the tie-break as she beat Aditi Rawat 6-1, 7-6(4) in the semifinals of the Rs.100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Thursday.

It was the third tie-break that Riya had won in four rounds, and quite remarkably she has not dropped a set so far.

In the final, Riya will play sixth seed Chandana Potugari who got past second seed Thaniya Sarai Gogulamannda, as the latter conceded the match after five games.

The results (semifinals):
Riya Sachdeva bt Aditi Rawat 6-1, 7-6(4); Chandana Potugari bt Thaniya Sarai Gugulamanda 4-1 (conceded).

-Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA National series: Jatin beats secon seed Parth in boys quarterfinals

Jatin Nain beat second seed Parth Deorukhakar 7-5, 7-5 in the boys quarterfinals of the AITA National series junior tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Thursday.

In the girls section, Rubani Kaur Sidhu bounced back from a slow start to beat Dhatri Dave 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The results (quarterfinals):
Under-18 boys: Chandan Shivaraj bt Arnav Bishnoi 6-2, 6-0; Shanker Heisnam bt Ashwajit Senjam 6-3, 6-3; Yashasvi Balhara bt Mayank Sharma 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; Jatin Nain bt Parth Deorukhakar 7-5, 7-5.
Under-18 girls: Ananya Dhankhar bt Radha Sadhra 6-2, 6-4; Rubani Kaur Sidhu bt Dhatri Dave 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Shatakshika Sahayak bt Riddhima Mishra 6-4, 6-1; Devashree Shailesh bt Shrawasti Kundilya 6-0, 6-0.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Bengal Jaguars, Gujarat Panthers win in Tennis Premier League

Anirudh Chandrsekar and Maria Timofeeva made the difference as they powered Bengal Wizards to a 47-33 victory over Pune Jaguars in the fifth edition of Tennis Premier League on the charcoal grey courts of the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex on Thursday.

Aniurdh won his mixed doubles with Maria 14-6 against Diana Marcinkevica and Rithvik Bllipalli and put the icing on the cake, by winning the doubles 11-9 with Sriram Balaji over Rithivk and Lukas Rosol.

Maria had earlier given a strong start for Bengal by beating Diana 13-7 in the opening rubber, and Balaji stayed close to Lukas.

After three matches in the league, Bengal was comfortably on top with 129 points. With two more league matches to be played, Bengal was indeed in a strong position in the race for the semifinals.

Sumit Nagal and Mukund Sasikumar, the top two players in the country, pulled their weight, especially in the doubles to help Gujarat Panthers score a 43-37 win over Punjab Patriots. Sumit was particularly severe in beating Digvijay Pratap Singh 13-7. Both the teams were, however, close to each other at 123 and 121 points respectively.

Bengal Wizards bt Pune Jaguars 47-33 (Maria Timofeeva bt Diana Marcinkevica 13-7; Sriram Balaji lost to Lukas Rosol 9-11; Maria & Anirudh Chandrasekar bt Diana & Rithvik Bollipalli 14-6; Balaji & Anirudh bt Rithvik & Lukas 11-9).
Gujarat Panthers bt Punjab Patriots 43-37 (Ekerina Yashina tied Conny Perrin 10-10; Sumit Nagal bt Digvijay Pratap Singh 13-7; Ekaterina & Mukund Sasikumar lost to Conny & Arjun Kadhe 9-11; Sumit & Mukund bt Arjun & Digvijay 11-9).
Mumbai Leon Army bt Hyderabad Strikers 41-39 (Sowjanya Bavisetti lost to Ellen Perez 9-11; Ernests Gulbis bt Niki Poonacha 11-9; Sowjanya& Vijay Sundar Prashanth tied Ellen & Saketh Myneni 10-10; Ernests & Vijay bt Niki & Saketh Myneni 11-9).

-Team Sportstar


Saurabh Sharma wins men’s Inter-Ministry badminton tournament

Saurabh Sharma of Ministry of Finance beat Jagbeer of Ministry of Commerce and Industry 21-9, 21-15 in the men’s final of the Inter-Ministry badminton tournament at the AIIMS Gymkhana on Thursday.

Men (final): Saurabh Sharma bt Jagbeer 21-9, 21-15; Third place: Himanshu Saroha bt Vijay Sharma 21-13, 21-15.
Veterans doubles (final): Vikram Bhasin & Vijay Sharma bt Sunil Yadav & Amit Tyagi 21-18, 21-12; Third place: Gajender & Lalit Kumar Dhankar bt Ajay Tyagi & BS Mehra 8-21, 21-14, 21-15.
Veterans women’s doubles (final): Sarita Kumari & Nimisha Punia bt Rainoka Bhatt & Nimisha Singh 21-19, 21-18; Third Place: Seema Sood & Archana bt Sarita & Anju 21-19, 21-11.
Veterans Mixed doubles (final): Rajeev & Pooja Chauhan bt Rahul & Nimisha Singh 21-9, 21-9; Third place: Rupinder Kumar & Rainoka Bhatt bt Yogesh & Saroj Kumari 22-20, 21-13.

-Team Sportstar


India win four gold, three silver, two bronze in Asian Youth Rapid Chess

India bagged four gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Youth Rapid Championship in Al Ain, UAE.

Bhagyashree Patil (U-18, girls), Sapariya Ghosh (U-14 girls), Muhammad Shyan Naushae Ibrahim (U-8 boys), and Sharvannica (U-8 girls) clinched gold medals for India.

The three silver medals were won by Sheralli Patniak (U-8 girls), Arit Kapil (U-8 boys) and Kiyana Parihar (U-8 girls).

Cera Dagariya and Divi Bijesh grabbed bronze medals in the Under-16 girls’ category.

The classical event began on Thursday, and the Indian contingent has 60 players.



National Billiards & Snooker: Anupama clinches maiden Senior National crown, stuns Amee 3-2

Anupama Ramachandran of Tamil Nadu rallied from 0-2 down as she upset defending champion Amee Kamani of Madhya Pradesh 3-2 in the women’s billiards final at the National Championships here on Thursday.

After losing the 6-Red snooker final on Sunday and the 15-Red snooker final on Wednesday to Amee, Anupama clinched her maiden senior Nationals crown.

Riding on her luck this time, Anupama denied her opponent the treble. Amee had achieved the feat in 2017.

“It feels special to win my first senior National title. And, to do it in front of my family, friends and the Tamil Nadu Billiards & Snooker Association community,” said Anupama, who bagged the final three frames 101-60, 101-82, 101-54.

Amee seemed to be in firm control after winning the opening couple of frames 102-41 and 100-55. However, it all went south thereon for her.

“I don’t know what went wrong. I think it’s just destiny, and I accept it. Anupama played really well after I took the lead,” said Amee after her loss.


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