Indian sports news wrap, September 22

Here are all the major updates and results from Indian sports on September 22.

Published : Sep 22, 2023 17:16 IST , CHENNAI - 4 MINS READ

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar during the second round of the Yeangder TPC.
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar during the second round of the Yeangder TPC. | Photo Credit: AFP

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar during the second round of the Yeangder TPC. | Photo Credit: AFP


Former champ Bhullar lies second in Taiwan golf

Former champion Gaganjeet Bhullar fired a solid five-under 67 in the second round to lie one shot off the lead at the halfway mark at the TPC Yeangder golf here on Friday.

Bhullar (66, 67), who won this event in 2012, now has a total of 11-under. He was one shot behind Travis Smyth, who followed his first round 65 with 67 to get to 12-under and sole lead.

Bhullar was tied second with Australian Jack Thompson, who had rounds of 67-66.

Six players were tied at fifth place at 10-under.

Among other Indians Rashid Khan turned in one of his better rounds of the season with a bogey free 66 that had three birdies on either side of the course. He was T-17 after rounds of 70-66.

Among other Indians, Veer Ahlawat (68-70) was 6-under and T-30. Karandeep Kochhar (67-71) was also T-30.

Bhullar, the most successful Indian player on the Asian Tour, was lying Tied-eighth as Thailand’s Natipong Srithong posted a classy bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to take the lead.

Srithong slipped in the second round.


Disappointing start for Manu Gandas in France

Indian golfer Manu Gandas opened with a disappointing 4-over 75 to be placed 132nd and finds himself in a difficult position heading into the weekend of the Cazoo Open de France here.

Gandas shot in rather wet conditions with five bogeys against just one birdie on the sixth.

With the cut projected at even par, Gandas would need a very low second-round score to make the weekend rounds.

The Indian got into the DP World Tour via arrangement with the Indian Tour, where he topped the Order of Merit.

Korean sensation Tom Kim handled the torrential early morning rain to post a bogey-free seven-under-par 64 and take the lead on the opening day.



Defending Champion Jharkhand, former champions Bangladesh and Haryana among quarterfinalists

Defending champion St. Patrick’s High School, Gumla, Jharkhand, former champion Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishthan (BKSP) and G.S.S.S Alakhpura, Bhiwani, Haryana were among the quarterfinalists which were decided after four days of intense action of the 62nd Subroto Cup Inter School International Football Tournament Junior Girls (U 17) being played at various venues in New Delhi.

Saiden Secondary School, Ri-Bhoi, Nongpoh, Meghalaya; Ananda Purna School of Science, Thoubal, Manipur; Lohit Dikrong H.S.S, Lakhimpur, Assam; Tripura Sports School, Tripura and Home Mission School, Aizawl (NCC) are the other quarterfinalists who qualified as group winners from their respective groups.

In the final day of group matches, St. Patrick’s High School, Gumla, Jharkhand beat Govt. V.H.S.S, Kannur, Kerala 7-0 and Tapovan Sanskar Kendra, DLSS Bharuch, Gujarat beat Air Force Bal Bharti School, New Delhi 9-0 in the Group F matches played at Ambedkar Stadium.

Anita Dungdung scored a hat trick for the school from Jharkhand, while the other match saw Prasad Khushbu, Pateliyamahi and Vasava Riya score hat tricks for the Gujarat side.

At the Tejas Football Ground, Saiden Secondary School, Nongpoh Meghalaya comfortably beat Harish Panwar Senior Secondary School, Nainital, Uttarakhand 11-0 to qualify for the quarterfinals from Group G.

Eiladki Ksoo scored four goals, while Imaia Shylla scored a hat trick for the winners. In the other match of the group, Rosary Higher Secondary School, Salcete, Goa played out a goalless draw against Kendriya Vidyalaya IMA, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

In Pool A at G.D Goenka University, Gurugram, Ananda Purna School of Science, Thoubal, Manipur qualified for the quarterfinals, beating G.G.H.SS, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu 4-1 to qualify for the quarterfinals.

N. Henarita Devi scored a hat trick for the winners. In the other match of the group, U.MA.V Amlaai Kalari, Annop Pur, Madhya Pradesh scored 29 goals past Navy Children School, New Delhi to finish the tournament in a high. Tejaswani Maravi scored nine goals while Lalita Maravi and Brajkumari Maravi scored six goals each. Somni Dhurwey scored four goals and Ambika Dhurwey helped herself to a hat trick.

At the Subroto Park Football Ground, an injury time goal by Rishika helped G.S.S.S Alakhpura, Bhiwani, Haryana to edge past Infocus India Public School, 24 PGS (N), West Bengal and qualify for the quarterfinals from Group C. In the other match of the group, Government Senior Secondary School, Soreng, Sikkim beat Hatimari High School, Malda, West Bengal 8-2. Smeeta Sunoas scored four goals for the Sikkim side.

In Group D, Lohit Dikrong H.S.S, Lakhimpur, Assam qualified for the quarterfinals by beating Government Secondary School, Shi-Yomi, Arunachal Pradesh 2-0 in the match played at Subroto Park Football Ground. In the final match of the group, Pinegrove School, Solan, Himachal Pradesh beat DNRM GGHSS, Poonch, Jammu & Kashmir 7-0 for their first win in the group.

Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishthan (BKSP) qualified for the quarterfinals from Group B after beating Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22A, Chandigarh 5-0 in the match played at G.D Goenka University, Gurugram. In the other match of the group, Mata Rukmani Kanya Ashram, Bastar, Chattisgarh beat Fountainhead School, Surat 3-0 to end their campaign on a high.

Tripura Sports School, Tripura beat Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Pithoragarh, Uttarakahand 7-1 to qualify for the quarterfinals from Group E played at Ambedkar Stadium. In the other match, Govt. Bethlehem Vengthlang Middle School-2, Mizoram ended their campaign with a high beating Vasant Valley, Delhi 5-0.

At the Tejas Football Ground, Home Mission School, Aizawl representing National Cadet Corps edged out Rajendra Kusht Sewashram Balika Uchh Vidyalay Sah Inter College, Bihar 2-1 to qualify for the quarterfinals as winners of Group H. In the final match of the group, Barnes School and Junior College, Nasik, Maharashtra finished with a dominating 9-0 win over Coast Guard Public School, Nani Daman.

The quarterfinals of the tournament will be played on 24th September at the Ambedkar Stadium.

The 62nd Subroto Cup will be telecast LIVE on the SportsCast India YouTube channel. You can also catch the Highlights on the Prasar Bharti & AIFF YouTube channels.

-Team Sportstar


Anirudh and Vijay in quarterfinals

Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth beat Arjun Kadhe and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-2, 4-6, [10-6] in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the $1,057,295 ATP tennis tournament in Zhuhai, China, on Friday.

In the quarterfinals, Anirudh and Vijay will play third seeds Nathaniel Lammons and Jacksonn Withrow.

In the $15,000 ITF women’s event in Monastir, Tunisia, Vaishnavi Adkar and Georgia Gulin beat the top seeds Astrid Cirotte and Marine Szostak in the doubles semifinals, 10-3 in the super tie-break.

The results:
$1,057,295 ATP, Zhuhai, China: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Anirudh Chandrasekar & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Arjun Kadhe & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pak) 6-2, 4-6, [10-6].
€73,000 Challenger, Sibiu, Romania: Doubles (semifinals): Andrew Paulson & Michael Vrbensky (Cze) bt Niki Poonacha & Divij Sharan 6-2, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia: Singles (quarterfinals): Sandugash Kenzhibayeva (Kaz) bt Teja Tirunelveli 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3. Doubles (semifinals): Vaishnavi Adkar & Georgia Gulin (Bra) bt Astrid Cirotte & Marine Szostak (Fra) 6-3, 4-6, [10-3]..
$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: Doubles (semifinals): Ashmitha Easwaramurthi & Anna Sedysheva bt Yasmin Ezzat (Egy) & Margherita Marcon (Ita) 7-5, 3-6, [10-3].

-Kamesh Srinivasan

AITA National Series Juniors: Rian Sharma reaches final

Rian Sharma beat Shivam Devam 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 to set up a title clash against Shankar Heisnam in the AITA National Series Junior tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Friday.

The girls final will be between Dhatri Dave and Rubani Kaur Sidhu.

Under-18 boys (semifinals): Rian Sharma bt Shivam Devam 6-2, 1-6, 7-5; Shankar Heisnam bt Gurbaaz Narang 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles (final): Vansh Bisht & Shivam Devam bt Shankar Heisnam & Bhicky Sagolshem 2-6, 6-4, [11-9].
Under-18 girls (semifinals): Dhatri Dave bt Vibha Khadka 6-4, 6-1; Rubani Kaur Sidhu bt Vamika Sharma 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles (final): Dhatri Dave & Jasmine Rawat bt Ananya Dhankhar & Rubani Kaur Sidhu 7-5, 7-6(0).

-Kamesh Srinivasan


MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship 2023 round-two

Bengaluru’s Aditya Swaminathan set the tone and pace for the second round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship 2023 as he emerged fastest in the free practice session for the premier MRF Formula 2000 category at the Madras International Circuit, here on Friday.

Aditya returned a top time of one minute, 35.082 seconds, just about outpacing Chennai veteran Chetan Korada (01:35.717).

Meanwhile, Chetan Surineni, also from Bengaluru, was the fastest in the MRF Formula 1500 as he stopped the clock at 01:43.649, well clear of Mumbai’s Veer Sheth (01:46.058).

-Team Sportstar

MotoGP Indian Grand Prix: Jack Miller’s unexpected Practice session guest

Even as KTM Factory Racing rider Jack Miller was preparing for the MotoGP practice session on Friday, he had a surprise visitor in his pit garage when a monkey perched itself high on the wall.

Speaking after his run-in with wildlife, Miller said, “I was sat watching the Moto3 session. The TV is quite high on the wall, and cables were going over the galvanising tray and into the wall. I sat there and saw something out of the corner of my eye. I initially thought it was a dog before I realised it was a monkey. When I say monkey, it was not a small monkey but a really big one like a baboon. We threw some bananas, and he hasn’t come back, so hopefully, we will find out tonight.” 

“One of the mechanics had a coffee knocked over yesterday, and we couldn’t work out what happened. I think we might have found the culprit,” joked the Australian.

-Dipak Raghav


Wrestling World Championships: Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers struggle again

India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers continued to struggle at the World Championships with all three in action on Friday losing at early stages in their respective categories.

Ankit Guliya lost his 72kg qualification round 0-4 to Norway’s Haavard Joergensen while Shailesh Rajendra Shelke lost 0-6 to Sweden’s Aleksandar Georgije Stjepanetic in the 97kg competition.

In 60kg, Manish edged Romania’s Razvan Arnaut (8-8) before losing 1-6 to Japan’s Fumita Kenichiro.

Sajan Bhanwala (82kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), and Mehar Singh (130kg) have already been eliminated from the competition.

On Saturday, three more Indians will be in action with Vikram Krushnath Kurade (63kg), Vinayak Patil (67kg) and Manoj Kumar (87kg) set to compete.

So far, only Antim Panghal has managed to win a bronze medal along with the Olympic quota in the women’s 53kg category.


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