Indian sports news wrap: March 14

Here are all the major updates, scores and results of Indians from the world of sports on Thursday, March 14.

Published : Mar 14, 2024 18:23 IST , Chennai - 4 MINS READ

FILE PHOTO: India’s Tvesa Malik in action.
FILE PHOTO: India’s Tvesa Malik in action. | Photo Credit: MARK RUNNACLES

FILE PHOTO: India’s Tvesa Malik in action. | Photo Credit: MARK RUNNACLES


Tvesa Malik stays in fourth place in Cape Town

India’s Tvesa Malik carded a three-under 71 to stay in tied fourth place after the second round of the Standard Bank Ladies Open here.

Tvesa, who shot 1-under 73 on the first day at the Par-74 course, was four-under for two rounds with one more day to go.

A multiple winner on her domestic Pro Golf Tour in India and a winner in South Africa last month, Tvesa is four shots behind the first round leader Kylie Henry of Scotland.

Tvesa, French golfer Emie Peronnin (73-71) and England’s Florentyna Parker (73-71) were tied fourth at 4-under 144.

The top 30 and ties make the cut, which was projected at 3-over 149.

The tournament will also play a key role in determining the overall Sunshine Ladies Tour Order of Merit champion, with the winner here earning an historic exemption in the Sunshine Tour’s new Waterfall City Tournament of Champions to be played in May.

All winners from the 2024 Sunshine Ladies Tour will also be exempt into the event.


Hitaashee keeps 10-shot lead after third day at Hero WPGT

Hitaashee Bakshi managed to hang onto a 10-shot lead despite carding a three-over 75 in the third round of the sixth leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Thursday.

Playing at the Gary Player layout, Hitaashee after 64-66 couldn’t produce the kind of birdie fests she had conjured up on the first two days. But at 11-under 205, she was still 10 shots clear of the field in the Rs. 25 lakh event.

Gaurika Bishnoi (70) had the best and the only under par round of the breezy third day and at 1-under 215 was tied second alongside former Order of Merit winner, Vani Kapoor (75) at the DLF Golf & Country Club.

Last week’s winner, Amandeep Drall (76) was fourth, while Queen Sirikit bound amateur Vidhatri Urs (73), also the winner of the opening leg this season, was tied fifth with amateur teammate Zara Anand (74).

Jasmine Shekar (73), Riya Yadav (79), Khushi Khanijau (78) and amateur Janneya Dasannjee (77) were occupying the seventh to tenth spots.


Blind Cricket: India beats Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in 4th T20

Magunta Sai and Debaraj Behara smashed fifties as Indian men’s team defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the fourth T20 of the Samarth Championship for Blind Cricket here on Thursday.

Batting first, Sri Lanka made 142/7 in the allotted 20 overs, but India chased down the target with 40 balls to spare.

Magunta slammed 50 runs in 42 balls, and Debaraj smashed 54 runs in 29 balls.

India lead the five match series 4-0.



Shotgun trials: Prithviraj Tondaiman beat Bhowneesh Mendiratta 

Prithviraj Tondaiman beat Olympic quota winner and qualification topper Bhowneesh Mendiratta (124) 46-45 to top men’s trap in the fourth National shotgun selection trials at the Madhya Pradesh Academy.

Lakshay Sheoran placed third ahead of Jaswinder Singh, Vivaan Kapoor and Manavaditya Singh Rathore.

In women’s trap, Manisha Keer beat Nivetha Nenthirasigamani 43-41 for the top spot. Neeru was third ahead of Pragati Dubey, Shreyasi Singh and Kiran.

Olympic quota winner Rajeshwari Kumari shot 110 and missed the final by two points.

Apart from facilitating the choice of shooters for the national team, the shotgun trials also serve as the Olympic trials for the Paris Games.

The results:
Trap: Men: 1. Prithviraj Tondaiman 46 (121); 2. Bhowneesh Mendiratta 45 (124); 3. Lakshay Sheoran 35 (121).
Women: 1. Manisha Keer 43 (113); 2. Nivetha Nenthirasigamani 41 (112); 3. Neeru 31 (116).

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Para World Cup: Siddartha Babu finishes 12th in mixed 50m rifle prone

Siddartha Babu shot 616.4 and placed 12th in the mixed 50m rifle prone event in the Para shooting WSPS World Cup that concluded at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Thursday.

Mona Agarwal in R2 women’s air rifle was the only Indian who was able to win a Paralympic quota place for Paris.

She was the ninth Indian overall to win the quota place for Paris Paralympics after Manish Narwal, singhraj Adhana, Rudransh Khandelwal, Avani Lekhara, Amir Ahmad Bhat, Nihal Singh, Sidhartha Babu and Sriharsha Ramakrishna.

The results:
R6 mixed 50m rifle prone: 1. Juan Reinaldo (Esp) 250.4 (627.0); 2. Dong Chao (Chn) 249.6 (621.7); 3. Anna Benson (Swe) 229.1 (621.2); 12. Sidhartha Babu 616.4.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Northern India championship: Jindal Panther-Delta Polo bears Rajasthan Polo Club

Santiago Marambio scored seven goals to guide Jindal Panther-Delta Polo to an 11-8 victory over Rajasthan Polo Club in a league match of the Northern India Polo championship at the Jaipur Polo ground here on Thursday.

In the last league match Jindal Panther-Delta Polo will play Vimal Arion Achievers on Friday.

The top two teams from the league will contest the final on Sunday.

The results (league):
Jindal Panther-Delta Polo 11 (Santiago Marambio 7, Simran Shergill 3, Siddhant Sharma) bt Rajasthan Polo Club 8 (Juan Cruz 6, Salvador Jauretche, Padmanabh Singh).

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Vasanti Shinde in doubles quarterfinals

Vasanti Shinde in partnership with Kathleen Kanev of Germany beat Chiara Torrieri and Marta Valentini 6-0, 7-5 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Solarino, Italy.

The results:
$25,000 ITF women, Solarino, Italy
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Kathleen Kanev (Ger) & Vasanti Shinde bt Chiara Torrieri & Marta Valentini (Ita) 6-0, 7-5.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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