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IPL 2021: CSK VS DC – Returning Raina Not Sufficient As Shaw And Dhawan Steer DC To Victory

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Delhi Capitals (DC) completed a comprehensive victory of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday, set to be a thriller between last year’s finalists and a successful but comparatively older and experienced CSK squad. DC won the toss, and Rishabh Pant, the newly installed captain of the team, opted to field first at the Wankhede stadium – factorising that the win percentage is higher at the ground.

However, a mammoth total of 188 set by CSK did not prove sufficient as a glamourous batting display by DC’s openers ensured that the target was chased comfortably. Despite CSK’s seasoned star, Suresh Raina’s brisk half-century and a flashy display of hard-hitting at a depth of the innings by Sam Curran, it was DC who took the spoils of victory.

CSK put into batting, fielded the Faf Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad as their openers. However, within the first few overs of the power-play, CSK lost both their openers with just 7 runs to show on the board. Du Plessis was dismissed by Avesh Khan for a duck in the second over after a ball, nipping back in, caught him Leg-Before-wicket (LBW). Gaikwad soon followed him back to the dressing room after nicking one to Shikhar Dhawan in Chris Woakes’ bowling slips. CSK ended up with a meagre 32 runs for the loss of 2 wickets at the end of the power-play with Moeen Ali – pushed up the order – and Suresh Raina tasked with steadying the ship. After the power-play, DC introduced their experienced spinners, but they were soon taken apart by CSK’s left-handers. Ravichandran Ashwin, bowling his second, was at the receiving end of an onslaught by Ali during the 9th over. Ali hit him for two sixes before finally being caught after contributing 36 of 24 balls, attempting to play a reverse shot.

Raina, however, continued targeting Ashwin, hitting for another six, eventually adding 18 runs off his bowling. CSK accelerated their innings in the middle-overs, scoring at a rate of close to 8 runs per over in a bid to cross the par score of 170 at the Wankhede. A partnership of 50 in 24 balls between Ambati Rayudu and Raina ensured that CSK built the perfect platform for a sparkling finish. But, in the 16th over, CSK were dealt a blow by Khan, who again picked up an important wicket at a crucial juncture. After scoring a 32-ball half-century, Raina was run-out following a miscommunication with Ravindra Jadeja at the non-striker’s end. Raina’s dismissal brought MS Dhoni to the wicket at a crucial stage in the innings. However, a ball deflected off the bat’s under-edge and onto the stumps, saw Dhoni dismissed for a disappointing duck. Khan proved to be the pick of DC’s bowlers, posing 23-2 from his 4 overs. The onus of posing a substantial target was now in the hands of Sam Curran and Jadeja. Curran, fresh from the India-England series, smacked Tom Curran, his elder brother, for 23 in the penultimate over, taking CSK over the 170 run mark. Curran and Jadeja forged a 26 ball 50 run partnership through their power-hitting, sealing a defendable total for the CSK bowlers.

In response, DC’s batsmen looked comfortable throughout the chase. An exquisite batting display culminated into a formidable opening partnership which set the set for the eventual victory. Coming into the match, improvements in Prithivi Shaw’s batting technique were widely discussed. Following a string of poor performances during India’s tour down under, Shaw was dropped from India’s Test squad but made a comeback during the Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring 827 runs. The improvements were there to see on the pitch as the Shaw and Dhawan seemingly glided towards the target.

After a calculated start to their innings, Dhawan and Shaw targeted Sam Curran, scoring 17 runs off the 4th over. In the next over, Shaw displayed some extravagant cricketing strokes, taking another 17 of Shardul Thakur’s over. By the end of the 5th over, the pair had already stitched a 50 run partnership and ended up scoring 65 runs in the powerplay overs with 12 boundaries to show for it. The pair continued their onslaught during the middle-overs, hitting a boundary during the first over of nearly every bowler introduced.

The opening pair rotated the strike and did not let the bowlers settle, scoring at a rate of 10+ runs per over for most of the middle overs. In the 11th overs, the pair put together 100 runs on the board, with Shaw and Dhawan reaching half-centuries at a rapid pace. Both batsmen targeted Shardul Thakur as they took 31 runs off his first two overs. The pair put up 138 runs on the board before Bravo dismissed Shaw for 72 of 38 deliveries. By this time, the odds were highly favouring DC as Dhawan began displaying an assorted range of shots. Dhawan disrupted the lengths of the CSK bowlers through his innovative but risk-averse shot-making. He played the anchor at the start of the innings and transcended into the aggressor as soon as the target seemed in close range.

Dhawan eventually lost his wicket to Shardul Thakur, but it did not stop DC as Pant ended with a boundary to seal their victory. DJ Bravo was the pick of CSK’s bowlers, posing figures of 28-1. Deepak Chahar and Moeen Ali for 30 odd runs, and Thakur conceded 53 runs for 2 wickets. DC won the match with 8 balls remaining, taking them top of the table on net run rate.

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Why Are Underprivileged Players Performing Better At Olympics?

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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.

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Indian Hockey Teams Break The Olympics Jinx

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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.

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P.V. Sindhu Creates History At The Tokyo Olympics

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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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