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RCB’s Domestic Talent Thrives As SRH’s Middle-Order Crumbles In A Thriller



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It’s been a grim few days for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL. A couple of dismissals and rash shots played by the batsmen is all it took for their teams to backslide from a winning position. The sticky and slow wicket at the Chepauk alongside the ominous ‘Death Overs’ conundrum has proven to be daunting for most batsmen – to say the least.

Wednesday’s spicy affair between Royal Challenger’s Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), one could argue, was nothing but a repackaged telecast of the previous day’s encounter between Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Put in to bat first, MI posed a below-par total of 159 on the board and managed to defend it after KKR’s middle-order bottled the game from a dominant position. Wednesday’s match followed a similar pattern as RCB emerged victorious following a calamitous batting display by SRH in the death overs.

On a dry and sticky wicket, SRH won the toss and put RCB into bat first. The dryness of the wicket was a prophetic marker for a low-scoring game with plenty of gain for the spinners. RCB began their innings cautiously. A returning Devdutt Paddikal opened the innings alongside Virat Kohli. RCB scored a handsome 16 runs of the first two overs with Paddikal looking comfortable at the crease, however, after a few dot balls and a couple of singles, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed him in the third over. Shahbaz Ahmed came in at No.3 in a surprise promotion at the top order. After losing their first wicket, Shahbaz and Kohli steadied the innings, before taking 20 runs each of the 5th and 6th over of the game. A watchful Kohli and an aggressive Shahbaz ensured that RCB took 47 runs of the power-play.

SRH’s spinners applied the brakes in the middle-overs before RCB’s batsmen could even take off. A dependable Rashid Khan bowled a punctual line and length; stemming run-scoring opportunities for the RCB batsmen. SRH were exquisite in the field, catching every ball that went up in the air. Shahbaz Nadeem picked up the wicket of Shahbaz Ahmed but was taken to the cleaners by Glenn Maxwell and Kohli in the 11th over as they took 22 runs off his over. Jason Holder dismissed Kohli in the 13th over and Rashid picked up the all-important wicket of Ab De Villiers in the next over. SRH managed to contain the RCB batsmen by picking up a wicket at crucial junctures during the game. David Warner rotated his bowlers, keeping RCB’s incoming batsmen unsettled for long parts of the game. Rashid consistently puzzled Maxwell and Kohli while the pacers did not provide any width to the batsmen. A half-century by Maxwell, his first after 5 years in the IPL, and a handy cameo by Kyle Jamieson scrambled RCB to a defendable total. Rashid ended with figures of 18-2 while Holder picked up 3 conceding 30 runs during his spell.

At the end of the first innings, SRH were deemed as the favourites considering their batting unit bolstered the likes of David Warner, Manish Pandey and prodigy Abdul Samad, among others. The total was defendable, as proved by MI the previous day. The RCB XI comprised of three spinners; expected to exploit the conditions of the pitch. David Warner opened the innings for SRH alongside Wriddhiman Saha for the second time this year. The pair were expected to build a strong foundation for the chase but Mohammed Siraj had other plans for the openers. Following a maiden in the first over. Siraj dismantled the opening pair sending Saha back to the dressing room in the third over. Siraj and Jamieson kept bowling at the stumps at the beginning of the innings, providing little to no room on offer to Warner and Manish Pandey. Warner, however, unleased himself in the 4th overtaking 17 runs of Jamieson’s bowling. Pandey picked the gaps, hitting a couple of boundaries, early on in his innings. Siraj conceded a paltry 2 runs for a wicket in his first 2 overs, but, bowled a costly third over, in the power-play, conceding 12 runs. SRH scored a formidable 50 runs off the power-play with Warner and Pandey, both, looking set for big scores.

Pandey and Warner brought up their 50 run-stand during the 8th over with Pandey hitting the calculated boundary during the early part of the middle overs. Warner ensured that the scoring rate was kept in reach by rotating the strike. Both the batsmen patiently settled into their game before playing their shots. Kohli rotated up to 7 bowlers to contain the run-flow and in hopes of picking up a wicket. Warner and Pandey forged a crucial partnership before Warner lost his wicket to Jamieson in the 14th over, after reaching his half-century in the previous over.

Pandey mistimed one in the air of Shahbaz Ahmed’s bowling the 15th over, but the ball landed between two fielders. Pandey was given a lifeline, with the responsibility of taking SRH home, now on his shoulders. The stage was set for SRH to safely navigate the final overs and cross the finishing line. With Johnny Bairstow alongside, both Pandey and him were expected to finish the game comprehensively, but the dread of the ‘Death Overs’ at the Chepauk had not even begun.

Kohli entrusted Shahbaz Ahmed with the ball in the 17th over, in what proved to be the turning point of the match. Following a handy over by Yuzvendra Chahal, Ahmed was expected to tame the batsmen as they looked to inch closer to victory. In search of a six, Bairstow launched the ball high into the night sky, but to no avail, as he found himself dismissed for 12 of 13 deliveries. On the very next ball, Ahmed managed to pick up the prized wicket of Pandey, as he tried to reach the ball, inevitably resulting in a rash swing at it leading to his dismissal. In what turned the fortunes of RCB, Ahmed picked up his third wicket dismissing hard-hitting Abdul Samad of the final delivery of the over. Ahmed picked up 3 crucial wickets in the 17th over conceding just 7 runs, denting the hope of a victory for SRH. An eventful 19th over provided a glimpse of hope for SRH. Rashid Khan hit Siraj for a six of his first ball, Jason Holder lost his wicket and Siraj ended conceding 11 off his final over. A late dash by Rashid Khan saw SRH needing 16 off the last over. RCB’s hero from the last match, Harshal Patel, was handed the ball for the final over. Patel had bowled a no-ball in the previous over he bowled and conceded another in the final over of the game, of which Rashid hit a boundary. However, Patel finished strongly as he dismissed Shahbaz Nadeem while Rashid was run-out in the final over.

SRH lost 6 wickets for less than 50 runs in their death overs. SRH’s middle-order did not show a pinch of composure as they curated their downfall. The RCB’s bowlers, on the other hand, proved their worth as they propelled their team to victory. Glenn Maxwell was granted the Man of the Match for his vital half-century. SRH are yet to win a match at the Chepauk in this edition of the IPL.

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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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