Rajasthan Royals (RR) VS Punjab Kings (PBKS) takes us back to the wild chase in 2020, where RR chased down a mighty score of 223. Crazy adventures follow between the teams this year, with Sanju Samson leading RR and KL Rahul, PBKS. With Jofra Archer injured, RR finds their replacement in Chris Morris. The chase gave the audience an edge to the seat. The batting pitch at Wankhede favoured pacers, expected to bowl effective bouncers in their early overs. Chasing would have been the ideal decision for RR, but was it enough?
RR watches as Punjab puts up an enormous score of 221 at the loss of 6 on the board. With all might and power, they chased them down till 217 but lost by four runs, unlike the competition the previous year. ArshDeep, the left-arm pacer from PKSB, hauled 3 wickets along with Chetan Sakariya from RR. Sanju Samson’s impressive 119 off 63 balls as a debut captain still couldn’t get the win they wanted. Match stars also include Deepak Hooda, who scored 64 off of just 28 balls and KL Rahul, who stretched to a mighty 90 in 50 balls. The collective 105 runs from these two batsmen took PBKS closer to victory.
PBKS opens with KL Rahul, captain and Mayank Agarwal, right-handed batsman. RR, keeping in mind the nature of the pitch, send in pacers. Knowingly, C Sakariya takes Mayank, his first wicket in the league, in the 2nd over with just 22 on the board. Wicketkeeper Samson catches him right at the outside off. With his dismissal enters the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle! Faster, Chris Morris initiates his overs giving way to an outside-off boundary, missing Ben Stokes at the slip. Gayle refuses on taking quick singles, agrees on some edgy ones, though, but puts off his sway for a while, opening his bat only at 4.4 overs, hitting the boundary. The powerplay ends with 47 at the loss of 1. Of the many missed catches in the game, one is by Ben Stokes who lets the ball hit by Gayle pass for a 4 after crossing the covers. Closely followed, Tewatia also misses the mid-delivery to Gayle, who heads the ball towards him. 9th over sets the platform for a 50-run partnership between Gayle and Rahul.
Riyan Parag, right-arm leg break bowler, finally takes down Gayle. Ben Stokes stoops low and takes the intended mid-on catch at long-on. PBKS ends the 10th over with their second wicket. The match sees a gamechanger when Deepak Hooda, an understated player in the IPL and International Cricket, leaves the dugout. Just as he comes, Rahul hits a maximum with Hooda following his own set of boundaries and maximums on RR. The 13th over also looks at Rahul’s 22nd IPL half-century with an effortless 6. Hooda didn’t have intentions to stop and goes on to hit three sixes in a row, bringing 150 to the team. While initially, it seemed like long-off was his territory, he later proves to be exceptionally good at various other shots. Just shots before his 50, Stokes and Buttler miss Hooda’s catch, who sent the ball high up to Rahman’s delivery. It cost the team a fortune, or may I say, win?
Showering the team with boundaries and sixes, Hooda doesn’t lose his shine even with fasters around. With a free hit adding up, he tops the plate of runs for PKBS by getting another 4 for the team. The magnificent 100 run partnership for Rahul and Hooda vanishes, with Morris getting Hooda’s wicket. Riyan Parag gets hold of the catch and dismisses Hooda just like Stokes did Gayle. Pooran enters, just to leave the field in time.
Morris gets another! Sakariya strikes everyone with his spring-like catch. Pooran ducks trying to hit uppishly at short fine leg, leaving PBKS at 201 with a loss of 4. The review takes a bit of time, but everyone is stunned by the young talent of Sakariya.
Shahrukh Khan replaces Pooran, S Gopal misses his catch. No ball and a wide give the extras to PBKS. Rahul goes on to top those with a four. Shahrukh opens his bat for a 4 in the deep fine leg! Rahul begins at death with a 4 over the covers. Following that, Tewatia jumps over the boundary and dives back into the field to take KL Rahul at mid-wicket. He goes off at 91 runs in 50 balls. Grand six overturned into a wicket at the hands of Rahul Tewatia. Richardson comes to replace Rahul and ducks, ending the innings by giving his wicket to Sakariya. Morris takes the catch giving Sakariya his 3-wicket haul.
The daunting target of 221 didn’t scare off RR because they had done this before, and they were confident enough to pull it off this time. They open with Ben Stokes and Manan Vora. With Rahul, Hooda and Shami gathered around, it seemed like the chaos would cancel the chances of a catch, but contrarily Stokes gets dismissed at the hands of Shami, who bowls and catches him. Like RR, PBKS doesn’t field at its best. Murugan Ashwin drops Vohra’s catch at the third man, almost catches it and then loses hold. Samson gets hit at the knee by Shami’s faster but gets back in power and hits two 4s in the over, crossing the covers and past the mid-wicket. However, the 4th overwatches Vora to go back to the dressing room while he gives his ball right to the bowler Arshdeep Singh. Jos Buttler replaces him. Meredith gets sweats it out with Buttler’s 4 boundaries. In all four directions, Buttler covers the field!
Powerplay ends with RR having 59 at a loss of 2.
However, his era ended when Jhye Richardson’s yorker works the magic. BOWLED! Dube replaces Buttler and begins with a 4 but slugs off with barely any runs. All this while, Samson stands consistent and keeps filling the team’s pocket with boundaries and maximums. With pressure building up, Samson tries to cover the void with a boundary and six, but the lone wolf becomes victim to the umpire’s signal of LBW out. His confidence makes him wear his helmet even during the review. The decision overturns but Shivam Dube’s assistance was quite critical to make the equation work. In the 13th over, Dube goes back for good at the hands of Arshdeep and Hooda. Hooda gets into action by catching the probable six at long-off.
Riyan Parag takes over his position as a striker, establishing a short but valuable partnership with Samson. During his tenure, he served the team with critical 4s and 6s. Samson, on the other hand, doesn’t act any less. However, his story ends with Rahul catching Parag right behind on Shami’s short. Tewatia comes in, but alas! goes off at the hands of Meredith, the faster. Rahul waves Rahul goodbye with his catch. The last two overs required RR to get 21 runs. Chris Morris, the highest-paid player in the league for 2021 joins Samson. Samson hits a six and they manage to get 8 runs from the over.
With this, comes the death over. 6 balls. 13 runs. Beginning with singles, RR gets to 3 balls and 10 runs. Just then, Samson hits a six! But sadly, the next ball goes dot. All that could make RR win was a winning six by Samson! He tosses it in the air, pinning hopes of millions and his own eleven. Samson was positive it went overboard, but the ball was within the rope and in the hands of Deepak Hooda. Disheartening as it is, to watch one man carry 119 runs on his back with a total of 217 for the team still loses the match. With sweat gleaming over the debut captain’s face, we also see a gleam in his eyes that highlight his determination. If not today, RR might see another day of victory.
On the other hand, PBKS won by 4 runs and celebrates the glamorous moment that gave them a head start to the league. KL Rahul and the team look forward to a series of unfathomable excitement.
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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