Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) finally breaks out of their three-match losing streak with a comprehensive victory over Punjab Kings. In yet another display mimicking their collapse against CSK, the Punjab Kings batting line-up failed to fire off, bundled off for a paltry 120 runs.
The toss, won by Punjab, was perhaps the only thing to go their way. Hyderabad faced yet another potential nightmare, being asked to chase, a feat they had botched spectacularly in their last three outings. Both teams, coming into the match with consecutive losses, scampered to make new additions to their playing eleven. While Punjab brought in Moises Henriques and Fabian Allen for their PBKS debut, SRH welcomed back the trusty Kane Williamson and bestowed the orange cap on their newest recruit, Kedar Jadhav. Siddharth Kaul was also brought back to the mix.
SRH skipper David Warner’s decision to bowl young spinner Abhishek Sharma first raised quite a few eyebrows. But Sharma proved his mettle in the very first over, almost dismissing opener Mayank Agarwal, if not for the catch dropped by Rashid Khan. But the Sunrisers didn’t have to wait long to score their first wicket. The PBKS captain, K L Rahul was dismissed cheaply for just 4 runs by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the third over. Rashid Khan also took the excellent catch of Agarwal off Khalil Ahmed, redeeming himself for the dropped catch earlier, sending him back for 22 off 24 balls. Punjab Kings were already off to a rocky start, posting one of the lowest powerplay scores of 32 for the loss of two wickets.
Any hopes of wresting control from the dominating SRH were crushed as Punjab lost Nicholas Pooran for a diamond duck. The power-hitter was run out by a beautiful direct hit to the stumps by Warner, earning the third duck in his four innings this tournament. The key battle between the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, and SRH’s best bowler, Rashid, was easily swayed in the latter’s favor, Gayle departing for 15 runs. Rashid sent Gayle back to the pavilion with an ‘lbw’, racking up his 5th dismissal of the man in 11 match-ups. Deepak Hooda was dismissed for 13 in a similar fashion by Sharma, who earned his first wicket of the day. The youngster scored a second when Henriques moved forward to swing hard but missed. Jonny Bairstow was quick to take advantage of the empty crease and send Henriques walking with a stump out and a score of 14 runs. Punjab Kings were suddenly staring at a dismal score of 82-6 near the end of 14 overs.
Allen, brought into the side to strengthen their lower order, failed to deal much damage, hitting just 6 runs off 11 balls. Ahmed took the pace off this delivery, deceiving Allen into splicing it straight into the hands of a diving Warner. Shahrukh Khan tried to bring their team back on track with two stunning maximums but his stint was cut short by Ahmed striking once again with the slower ball. Khan holed it straight to Sharma at the ropes in an attempt to hit it out of the park. With just two wickets remaining in the bag, PBKS crumbled under the pressure, being bowled out for 120 at 19.4 overs. It was undoubtedly a clinical effort by the SRH bowlers to restrict their opponents to such a low total. Ahmed and Sharma emerged as the pick of the bowlers, finishing with impressive figures of 21-3 and 24-2 respectively.
Chasing totals at Chepauk has been SRH’s Achilles Heel in this tournament so far. But having a comfortably achievable target does wonder for a struggling batting unit. Bairstow and Warner cruised through the powerplay, finding boundaries and maximums with practiced flair. The opening pair raced to 50 runs within the powerplay at a healthy run rate per over. These quick runs proved to be crucial as the wicket slowed down in the subsequent overs, as it usually does. The opportunity for the next big hit after the first six overs only presented itself again in the 9th over. Despite boundaries being scarce, the batsmen showcased their calm and patient demeanor in chasing down the total. Warner and Bairstow have always unfailing garnered praise for their remarkable running with the wickets which is absolutely essential on a pitch where the ball doesn’t come on the bat nicely.
The two stitched together a partnership of 73 runs before Warner targeted the longer boundary and got caught by Agarwal near deep mid-wicket, with 37 runs to his name. The wicket by Allen was desperately needed by Punjab but unfortunately for them, it might have come too late, halfway through the second innings. Allen’s over will later stand out as the only maiden-wicket over of the match. It was right about then that SRH fans began to show signs of distress since the team had toppled from a similar position before, after losing their skipper.
But the presence of the veteran batsman, Williamson proved to be all the difference in this run-chase. With a stable partner who’s an expert at rotating strike, playing spin, and essentially anchoring the innings, Bairstow could continue fearlessly. After Warner’s poor attempt at a big hit, both the batsmen at the crease played with caution. And this caution definitely paid off. Bairstow coasted to his hard-earned half-century with an authoritative pullover square leg. He found a newfound surge of confidence with victory on the horizon, muscling a soaring last-minute six in the 19th over. With just one run required, Arshdeep Singh bowled a wide, sealing the first win of the season for the orange army.
Bairstow, unbeaten at 63 off 56 balls, was absolutely key for the Sunrisers to break out of their slump. With Williamson back in their side and Sharma proving his worth as a genuine permanent companion to Rashid Khan, SRH may have finally found their balance. On the flip side, with a third consecutive loss, Punjab Kings’ early promise with their first win falters in the face of repeated failures. Will this season be a repeat of the last where Punjab corners themselves into a situation where every game must be a win for them to clear the league stage? For now, Punjab languishes at the bottom of the points table with their disastrous performance.
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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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