Wednesday’s encounter between the Kolkata Knight Rider’s (KKR) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) saw runs galore as both teams sniffed victory for most parts of the game. A flat pitch at the Wankhede set up the match for a run-scoring feast. Having lost two consecutive games before Wednesday, a win was indispensable for the Kolkata franchise. CSK, on the other hand, came into the game fresh from a comprehensive victory over the Rajasthan Royals. KKR won the toss, and put CSK into bat, however, CSK managed to post a colossal target on the board, as KKR’s batting order collapsed early on in their innings.
Francois Du Plessis and Rituraj Gaikwak opened the batting for CSK, with both openers looking in great touch from early on. Du Plessis put the pressure back on the KKR bowlers within the first three overs; not allowing the new ball bowlers to settle. The openers scored at a rate of above 10 runs per over within the four overs bringing up their 50 run partnership at the end of the power-play. The pair took full advantage of the power-play overs, scoring 54 runs for the loss of no wickets. The openers set a strong foundation, seeing out the next few overs carefully. By the halfway point CSK posted 82 runs on the board, with both batsmen looking set to get big scores. Gaikwad brought up his half-century in the 11th other; setting the pace in middle-overs, and the pair brought up their 100 run-stand in the next over. The pair managed to put on 115 runs for the opening partnership before Gaikwad was dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy in the 13th over. Du Plessis played second fiddle to Gaikwad in the middle-overs, reaching his half-century in the 14th over, after setting the pace, early on in the innings.
CSK looked well set to post a huge target with their middle-over given the license to score freely in the death overs. Moeen Ali scored at a lightning pace, contributing 25 of 12 balls, and also put up a 50 run-stand alongside Du Plessis in 26 balls, before being dismissed by Sunil Narine in the 17th over. The KKR pacers leaked runs, failing to contain the onslaught from the CSK batsmen. MS Dhoni, too, accelerated early on, before being dismissed in the 19th over. CSK ended up taking 34 runs of the final two overs of their innings. Prasidh Krishna and Pat Cummins were the most expensive bowlers, conceding 49 and 58 runs respectively. Du Plessis came close to a century, scoring 95 runs without losing his wicket. CSK’s relentless run-scoring through most parts of the game ensures they set a mammoth total of 220 runs for KKR to chase.
The target was challenging and KKR started aggressively but a crucial wicket in the early stage of the innings. CSK lent their first blow in the first over itself when Deepak Chahar sent Shubman Gill back to the dressing room for a duck. Chahar kept the pressure on the KKR’s batsmen picking up two wickets within the first three overs of the chase. Nitish Rana was dismissed by Chahar in the third over as the CSK bowlers kept it tight. Chahar returned to bowl his third in the power-play picking up the KKR captain, Eoin Morgan, and Sunil Narine’s wickets in the 5th overs, having the chasing team struggling at 31 for 4 at the end of the 5th over. KKR lost another wicket in the next over as Rahul Tripathi lost his wicket to Lungi Ngidi following an excellent catch by Ravindra Jadeja. Andre Russell came in all guns blazing from the start, propelling KKR to a decent score of 45-5 at the end of the power-play.
Russell began putting the pressure back on CSK as he aggressively countered CSK’s bowlers in the middle-overs. Russell played the big shots while Dinesh Karthik steadied the innings alongside him with the pair bringing up their 50 run partnership, as Russel smacker Shardul Thakur for 24 runs, in the 10th over. Russell’s aggressive batting seemingly began to turn the tide in favor of KKR, as he brought up his half-century in 21 balls in the 11th over. Meanwhile, Karthik kept the flow of the innings by keeping the run rate within reach; scoring more than a run a ball himself. In the 12th over, however, Sam Curran managed to knock the stumps of Russell; sending him back to the dressing room. The run rate began to creep up as Karthik managed to hit the odd boundary after Russell’s departure. In the 15th over Ngidi dismissed Karthik with Pat Cummins looking dangerous on the other side. Cummins managed to score 30 runs of Sam Curran in the 16th over, with a victory still in sight for KKR. He brought up his 50 of 23 balls in the 18th over, with wicket tumbling on the other side.
Cummins last-ditch effort saw KKR needed 20 runs of the final over with only a wicket to spare. Prasidh Krishna was run out in the final over of the game, with CSK emerging victorious with 18 runs to spare. Du Plessis was awarded the man-of-the-match award for the brisk contribution in the first innings. KKR will look to bounce back after three consecutive defeats on Saturday, as they face the Rajasthan Royals in a must-win game.
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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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