Sindhu Steals The Show
- Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China in the finals of the USD 700,000 China Open badminton tournament here 21 November 2016. Sindhu, who became the toast of the country after becoming the first Indian women to win a silver at Rio Games, continued her rampaging run as she lifted the prestigious title after beating Sun 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in the summit clash that lasted an hour and nine minutes. World No. 11 Sindhu had come into the match with a 2-3 head-to-head record but then statistics counted little when she took the court at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center. Sindhu dished out a dominating game as she zoomed to a healthy 11-5 lead early on. The Indian looked sharp and athletic as she engaged in a fast-paced game to bamboozle her opponent.
- Eventually it was a cross court return which earned Sindhu a massive 12 game points at 20-8. A couple of smashes on Sindhu"s forehand and backhand and a drop going to the net helped Sun save three points. But Sindhu sealed the opening encounter after dominating a parallel game and finishing it with a return that hit Sun's face. In the second game, Sindhu had a slender 6-3 lead which she extended to 11-7 and 14-10. But Sun soon broke the rhythm by mixing her strokes and coming up with steep and powerful body smashes to catch up with the Indian at 14-14.A sharp smash and a superb return on Sindhu's backhand helped Sun grab a 18-16 lead which became 19-16 after the Indian lost a video referral.
- At 20-16, Sun hit the nets but she roared back into contest when Sindhu"s stretched low return at the forecourt could not cross the net. Back to her winning side of the court, Sindhu once again started with new exuberance as the duo locked themselves in a battle of supremacy. As a result service changed hands too quickly as they moved together till 6-6. But Sindhu moved ahead with a couple of powerpacked returns which Sun failed to negotiate. The Chinese also faltered with a lift and also hit wide as Sindhu reached 10-6. A few errors helped Sun make it 8-10 before Sindhu entered the interval with a 11-8 advantage.
- Sindhu continued to extend her lead even as Sun tried to vary the pace of the rallies but her errors continued to pile up as the Indian was soon 19-11 up. Sindhu then grabbed the match point when Sun let go of the shuttle as it kissed the back line and then the Indian pushed the shuttle at the back, leaving the Chinese stranded before letting out a joyous scream. Saina Nehwal had clinched the China Open in 2014 before finishing runners-up last year. Sindhu had reached her maiden Super Series final at the Denmark Open last year but the title eluded her then as she lost in straight games to 2012 Olympic champion China's Li Xuerei. (PTI) New Delhi, Nov. 20: Ecstatic after clinching her maiden Super Series premier title at China Open 20 November 2016, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said she was left speechless with emotions as she has finally realised a long-time dream.
Late strikes give India edge
- Chasing 405 runs for victory, England were reduced to 87/2 in their second innings as India struck late during the fourth day's play in the second cricket Test match here on Sunday. Openers Haseeb Hameed (25) and skipper Alastair Cook (54) were the batsman to be dismissed close to the end of play. Cook's dismissal ended the day's action. Joe Root was unbeaten on 5 at stumps at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. India's Ravichandran Ashwin claimed Hameed's wicket (1/28) while Ravindra Jadeja (1/25) accounted for Cook.
- England now need 318 runs to win the match to take the lead in the five-match Test series while India need eight wickets to clinch the encounter. The loss of Cook, in the day's final over after scoring a dogged 54, was a huge blow for England. Faced with the task of a record-setting run chase for a touring team in India, England began well as the openers shared a 75-run stand in 50 overs, proving their determination and resilience. But once Hameed was out, adjudged leg before wicket (LBW) to Ashwin, England stumbled. It became worse for the tourists when Cook was given leg before to Jadeja with four balls of the day remaining to be played.
- The England openers earlier efforts were undone by the two late blows, that hit their bid to save the Test significantly. A win for England appeared very unlikely, particularly after the late strikes, and they can now only aim to play for a draw on the final day. England could have gone into the pavilion feeling confident if they hadn't lost Hameed and Cook. England started well after dismissing India in their second innings for 204. They were 40 for no loss at tea, with Cook (28 not out) and Hameed (12 not out), with each of them having played 84 deliveries. All the Indian bowlers had to toil hard. Cook and Hameed stood strong and showed their hunger to grind it out. England earlier bowled India out for 204 in the hosts" second innings.
Kipchoge, Degefa Win Titles At Delhi Half Marathon
- Rio Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya lived up to the expectations and won the men's title, while Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa captured the women's title in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held here on Sunday. The star of the show, of course, was Kipchoge, who clocked 59. 44 minutes. Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia finished second with a timing of 59.48 minutes. Kenya's Augustine Choge was third after finishing the race in 1.00.01 hour. Kipchoge and Demelash started to sprint ahead of Choge at the 19 km mark as they moved closer to finishing line.
- Demelesh, whose right foot was injured just after five km, couldn't give the final push as Kipchoge dashed to the finishing mark. "I wanted to set a new personal best time. But I was not able to do it today. But still, I am satisfied with my performance," the Kenyan told IANS. "The course here is really flat and the weather conditions early in the morning were perfect for setting a good time," he added. "My primary target was to go below 60 minutes and I was able to do that.
- Yigrem was with me for almost the entire race and that helped me to maintain a good pace." Ronald Kirui of Kenya finished fourth. (IANS) Lakshmanan, Monika best among Indians G. Lakshmanan and Monika Athare emerged winners among the Indian men and women competitors respectively in the Delhi Half Marathon. Lakshmanan finished the race in one hour, four minutes and 37 seconds - one second ahead of second-placed Md. Yunus. Meanwhile, Monika timed one hour, 15 minutes and 34 seconds to be declared champion, while emerging runner Sanjeevani Jadhav was just a second late to be second.
Paresh Rawal, Sabir Khan, Others Bag Theatre Awards
- Ahead of the Annual Theatre Festival of Pink City – 'Au-Jairangam', beginning November 21, an award ceremony to felicitate theatre personas was held on Sunday. The Pollywood theatre awards were given at both national state levels. The Life Time Contribution in Theatre – 'Pollywood Jairangam National Award' was bagged by Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal and the 'Pollywood Jairangam State Award for Life Time Contribution in Theatre was bagged by Sabir Khan.
- 'Pollywood Jairangam National Award' for excellence in theatre was bagged by Ranjeet Kapoor and 'Pollywood Jairangam State Award' was bagged by Ajit Singh Palawat The chief guest on the occasion was the health minister of Rajasthan Rajendra Singh Rathore and principal, chief commissioner of Income Tax, Rajasthan, KC Jain was the guest of honour. Actor and brand ambassador of Au-Jairangam, Irrfan Khan, was also present on the occasion.