Indian women beat Sri Lanka for first win in football

In their complete domination of the 12th South Asian Games here, the Indian recurve archers who won all the 10 gold medals, of which five came on Tuesday, might have unwittingly found a place to train for the Rio Olympics, with conditions similar to Europe.

Indian women got into the act with an authoritative 5-0 win over Sri Lanka to script its first win in the five-team league football competition.   -  M_Moorthy

The Indian women got into the act with an authoritative 5-0 win over Sri Lanka to script its first win in the five-team league football competition. Dangmei Grace was instrumental in the win, scoring a brace and an assist. India next takes on Nepal, which is sitting comfortably with two wins, on February 11.

Grace, who made her debut in the national football team in 2013 in a friendly, scored a scorcher from close range towards the end of the first half. And then the 19-year-old unleashed a right-footer from around 35 yards in the 57th minute. Grace’s wonderful chipped pass from the left found Kamala Devi, who had the easiest of jobs to tap it home. “We are looking at players like Grace who has come from the u-19 squad to be part of the team,” said India’s chief coach Sajid Yousuf Dhar.

The badminton singles semifinal line-up:

Men: Sachin Dias (SRL) vs H.S. Prannoy; K. Shrikant vs Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti (Pak)

Women: P. V. Sindhu vs Kavindi Ishandika Sirimannage (SRL); Nangsal Tamang (Nep) vs Ruthvika Shivani.

Table Tennis: Women’s doubles (Semifinals): Mouma Das & K. Shamini (Ind) bt Nabita Shrestha & Elina Maharjan (Nepal) 11-4, 11-6, 11-7; Pooja Sahasrabudhe & Manika Batra bt Ishara Madhurangi & Warusawithana Erandi of SRL) 12-10, 11-9, 11-4.

Men’s doubles (Semifinals): A. Amalraj & Sanil Shetty bt Rohan Sirisena & Chameern Ginge (SRL) 11-8, 14-12, 11-9; G. Sathiyan & Devesh Karia bt Udaya Ranasinghe & Nirmala Jayasinghe (SRL) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4.

Football: India 5 (Pathirana (own goal), Dangmei Grace (47th, 58th), Kamala Devi 60th, Sasmita Malik 75th) bt Sri Lanka 0.