The third match of IPL 2021 began with SRH winning the toss and choosing to bowl first. Experts suggested that this was a surprising decision as the pitch looked like it would spin from the get-go. The four foreign players playing for KKR were captain Eoin Morgan, all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russel, and Australian quick Pat Cummins. The foreign players for SRH were captain David Warner, batsman Jonny Bairstow, all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and leg spinner Rashid Khan. And as is the case, most of the times, SRH has a match, one of the best batsman in the world- Kane Williamson has to sit in the dugout.
The first 3 overs of the first innings went by quietly, with 19 runs being scored off them. Nitish Rana stepped on the accelerator in the 4th over and hit three boundaries. The first ball of the 5th over was hit for a six by Shubhman Gill, who had scored 7 off 7 balls till that point. The 6th oversaw the introduction of a spin into the bowling attack, with Mohammad Nabi bowling his off-spin. KKR finished the powerplay with an impressive score of 50 for 0 wickets.
Rashid Khan got SRH their first wicket by getting Shubhman Gill’s wicket. Gill tried to slog the ball for a six over mid-wicket but completely missed the googly and got bowled. Rahul Tripathi was the next batsman in and his second ball for an almost unreal six over long-off.
Nitish Rana was given out LBW on the first ball of the 8th over by Rashid Khan. Still, the decision was easily overturned after Rana reviewed immediately as there was a significant inside edge. Rana reached a half-century by hitting a six off the last ball of the 10th over bowled by Vijay Shankar.
The two batsmen managed to keep the innings going at a healthy rate of 9 runs per over at the strategic timeout after the 14th over. Nitish Rana got to his 50 off just 28 balls by hitting two fours and a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 15th over and got out caught trying to slog the second ball of the next over. Keeper Wriddhiman Saha caught the high sliced ball on the second attempt.
The 16th over had a lot happening as the first ball was wide and went for a four. It was a googly that spun from the off stump and went behind Russel’s leg with the keeper and the batsman both missing it. The second ball hit Russel on the back leg and led to an appeal but was given not out. He hit the third ball powerfully to long-on, where Manish Pandey caught it in a stunning forward dive. The 5th ball was hit high in the air but was called a dead ball due to Saha’s cap dropping as he was crouching to get into position.
Mohammad Nabi got the two big wickets of Nitish Rana and Eoin Morgan off successive deliveries in the 17th over. Rana hit the ball to Vijay Shankar at long-off, leading to a regulation catch, but Abdul Samad took an excellent jumping catch at a deep backward square to get rid of Morgan.
Dinesh Kartik and Shakib Al Hasan were the two new batsmen. Natarajan bowled a good penultimate over, conceding only one boundary and 9 runs but KKR pulled back well scoring 16 runs off Bhuvneshwar’s last. Shakib Al Hasan got out on the last ball of the innings after scoring an unimpressive 3 runs off 5 balls. Dinesh Kartik’s cameo (22 runs in 9 balls) allowed KKR to reach an over par score of 187 runs.
The second innings began with David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha opening the batting for SRH. Harbhajan Singh bowled the first over for KKR, his first in over 600 days. Pat Cummins dropped David Warner on the third ball, but it was not a costly drop as Prasidh Krishna got him out caught behind in the very next over. Manish Pandey was the next batsman in. Saha got out off Shakib’s first delivery as he tried to cut a ball too close to his body, which resulted in an inside edge leading the ball onto the stumps.
Jonny Bairstow and Pandey stabilized the innings after the poor start and got SRH to 35 runs for 2 wickets at the end of the powerplay. Some severe power hitting was on display in the following overs as 54 runs were scored in 5 overs. Bairstow reached his 50 off a six in the 11th over. There was also a review taken by KKR for LBW when the ball hit Bairstow’s thigh after he missed impact attempting a slog-sweep, but the ball was missing the stumps.
Bairstow got out in the next over by slapping the ball into the lap of backward point.
SRH were 113 for 3 at the end of 14 overs, whereas KKR were 126 for 1. Pandey played the anchor role at this point, scoring at a good pace and keeping one end stable. The play was stopped in the 16th over, and the strategic timeout was taken as Nabi was hit on the side of the neck by Krishna’s bouncer. He cropped a hard blow and seemed pretty rattled as the ball missed the helmet and hit him directly on the skin. He gave a befitting reply by hitting the next ball for a four but unfortunately got out on the last ball of the over. Vijay Shankar was the new man in who got out after scoring 11 off 7 balls.
New batsman Abdul Samad hit two swashbuckling sixes in his first three balls, giving some hope to SRH as the equation was looking pretty bad by that point with 38 runs required in 12 balls, but he could not finish the match the way he would have liked to. Pandey hit the last ball of the innings for a 6 resulting in a 10 run win for KKR. Nitish Rana (who was the man of the match), Rahul Tripathi and Prasidh Krishna starred for the winning side. Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan and Jonny Bairstory played well for SRH. It was a pretty close match, and it was heartening to see that SRH could get close to 187 without a significant contribution from David Warner.
Why Are Underprivileged Players Performing Better At Olympics?
India is competing at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 started from July 23, 2021, to Aug. 8, 2021. On day twelve of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, all the teams had been doing very well. India has secured sixty-fourth place out of the eighty by achieving one silver and one bronze medal in the Women’s forty-nine-kilogram Weightlifting & Women’s Singles Badminton Olympics 2020.
This year’s Tokyo Olympics has given India some historic moments. Both Indian Men and Women Hockey teams have qualified for the quarter-finals and made their place in the semi-finals this year. It was a landmark moment for India after 49 years, and India made it so far in the Olympics.
When we look at the Olympics more, we know that several players around the globe who have been representing their nations are from underprivileged backgrounds. Since we started growing up as individuals, we have seen the struggle of disadvantaged people in society. It is not always necessary to be successful with all the amenities and availability of the best resources. Often, help, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and persistence are essential to achieving goals. One of the most important qualities is to stay grounded. It’s not always a good thing to expect such kind of behaviour in a real-life.
At times, few people in the same society cannot even afford the necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter. Yet, with the minimalist things, big dreams and complete dedication, they become some of the most incredible gems of this world by representing their nation globally. In the same way, in the Olympics, many such underprivileged players. These players’ performance in the Olympics is impressive as compared to any other privileged players.
It may be the situation because their goal is not to succeed in the Olympics and bring medals for their nation. Their goals may be to take the Olympics as a chance to improve their lifestyle and give assurance to their family. Many Olympians have secured this opportunity to represent their country in the Olympics after an incredible amount of hard work. Their families have supported them to meet their needs and make all the required games accessories available.
It doesn’t mean that privileged players don’t understand the importance of what they have in their life. We must remember that the person who looks privileged right now might have been less privileged at some moment. The dedication towards their field of career has made them what they are today.
So we must understand that being privileged and underprivileged is one of the prisms when we look at the performance of the athletes in the Olympics.
Indian Hockey Teams Break The Olympics Jinx
Indian Women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympics semi-final after defeating the Australian team 1-0 in the quarterfinals. The Indian women’s hockey team registered a historic victory at the Tokyo Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team scored the victory goal in the 22nd minute of the game. The goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur scored from a short corner.
After losses against Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain, India staged a great comeback to secure its place in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s hockey team created history by becoming the first-ever Indian women’s team to reach the semi-finals at the Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after defeating the United States by 6-5 in the qualifiers. Australian team gained back-to-back three penalty corners, but the Indian defence, led by Savita and Deep Grace Ekka, stood strong in front of the goal. The Australian team was surprised by India’s pace and determination and therefore they panicked while defending.
In the last eight minutes of the game, the Indian team was under tremendous pressure. The Australian team had secured four more penalty corners, but they failed to breach the Indian defence.
Gurjit said they are very happy. Qualifying for the semi-finals is the result of the hard work that they had put in for several days. In 1980, they were qualified for the Games but this time, they made the semi-finals. It is a proud moment for them. Their team is just like their family, they always support each other and found support from the country as well. she further added.
Meanwhile, on August 1, 2021, the Indian men’s hockey team, defeated Britain by 3-1 in the quarter-final to secure its spot in the semi-finals at Tokyo Olympics. Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh has created history at the Tokyo Olympics. The team qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since the 1972 Olympics. Goals from Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh made sure that India reached their first Olympic semi-final since the 1972 Games. It became challenging for India when skipper Manpreet Singh was suspended for six minutes, and he had to sit out.
Britain got the advantage of Manpreet’s suspension. But they did not make it count as Hardik Singh scored the third goal in the 57th minute. In the final three minutes despite pushing continuously, Britain was unable to score another goal and was eliminated. Indian players became emotional on the turf after they made it to the semi-finals.
Manpreet Singh said they are very happy because they reached the semi-final after a long time. The tournament is still remaining and they need to keep their feet on the ground and focus on the next match. said Manpreet.
This is a very big day for India, both the hockey teams have reached the semi-finals and it is a really big accomplishment. They used to meet them when both men’s and women’s teams were in Bengaluru. Their confidence was always high, they knew that they would reach the semi-finals, only two steps are remaining to win but reaching the semi-finals is a very big accomplishment, said former Sports Minister Rijiju. Indian Men’s hockey team has reached the semi-finals after 49 years. It is a very big thing and as a nation, everyone should celebrate, he added.
The gold medal matches of both the men’s and women’s teams will take place on August 6 and 7 respectively.
P.V. Sindhu Creates History At The Tokyo Olympics
Olympian shuttler PV Sindhu wins bronze in the shuttle race against Chinese shuttler Hebing Jiao. The PV Sindhu legacy has made India proud. Exceptional achievement as the first Indian woman and the only Indian athlete to win two consecutive medals at the Olympics, the Silver at Rio Olympics 2016 and the Bronze at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Sindhu dominated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to bounce back from her semi-final loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Despite the heartbreaking loss, her confident demeanour in the bronze medal match was evident right from the start. Sindhu’s exemplary smashes caused problems for He Bing Jiao, but also her excellent ability to retrieve made sure that the He Bing Jiao had to work twice as hard to win points.
In game one, Sindhu excelled because of her speed, power, and guile, defeating Bing Jiao 21-13. After gaining an early lead in the first, she landed on her feet in the second to take a 4-1 advantage, which she extended to 11-8 at the half. Even though He Bing Jiao came close to making it 11-11, Sindhu once again came out strong and started to pull ahead. Despite He Bing Jiao’s best efforts, Sindhu remained unmoved as she won two more consecutive points to finish it off at 19-15.
The defence has always been Sindhu’s weakness, but in this game, it was much stronger. Pusarla’s Coach Park Tae-Sang Told PTI “For Sindhu defence has been a weakness, there is no problem with her attack. Every player, every coach knows that and today her defence was 200%. It was superb. The entire tournament, barring yesterday, she has been very good in defence,” “We have been working every day on her net play and defence and I am happy it worked”.
Coach Park Tae-Sang’s international career as a player ended in 2002 with him earning a gold medal at the Asian Games. After turning professional coach in 2013. In late 2019, after the abrupt departure of women’s coach Kim Ji Hyun, he took over the duty of training Sindhu after serving as a national coach for the Korean badminton team for five years from 2013 to 2018.
Speaking after winning the bronze medal match against He Bing Jao, Badminton World Federation (BWF) quoted Sindhu as saying, “It makes me feel really happy because I`ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? But overall, I had to close off my emotions for this one match and give it my best, my all, and think about the emotions. I`m really happy and I think I`ve done really well. It`s a proud moment getting a medal for my country.”
In addition, Sindhu said that the focus will now be on the Paris 2024 Olympics.
On an emotional Instagram note, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying revealed how PV Sindhu encouraged her after the match. China’s Chen Yufei defeated Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the women’s singles final. After finishing second at the Tokyo Games, Tai had to settle for the silver medal. After the medal ceremony, she revealed how PV Sindhu offered her words of encouragement after the final loss.
She hugged Tai and told her she did a wonderful job in the final, Tai wrote on Instagram. Sindhu’s encouragement after the final made her cry, the Chinese Taipei shuttler added. “PV Sindhu hugged me and told me I know you are sick but you did very well, but today was not your day,” “She held me in her arms and said she knew it all. That sincere encouragement made me cry,” she added.
From being the first Indian to become Badminton World Champion to winning medals for India in two consecutive Olympics, she has indeed built a legacy.
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