Super Sindhu Sails Into Semis
- PV Sindhu hong kong open Saina bows out Fifth-seeded Saina Nehwal failed to cross the hurdle as she was stunned by unseeded local shuttler Cheung Ngan Yi 8-21 21-18 19-21 in a contest that lasted an hour and 11 minutes. The Indian had earlier beaten Cheung Ngan Yi at the World Championships last year. Sindhu surpasses Saina in rankings Hong Kong: PV Sindhu has surpassed Saina Nehwal in the world badminton rankings. In the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) charts, Sindhu is No. 9 in the world while Saina is No. 11. Sindhu, first Indian badminton player to win a silver medal at Olympics, gained two places after her recent China Open win.
- Saina, on the other hand, lost five places to be placed outside top-10 for the first time in eight years. Saina had lost in the first round of 2016 China Open to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand and that led to loss of points, as she had entered the final in the 2015 edition of the event. Hong Kong, Nov. 25: India's star shuttler P.V. Sindhu won a tough three-set battle to defeat Xiaoyu Liang of Singapore and enter the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament here on Friday. The Olympic silver medallist faced a tough challenge at the Hong Kong Coliseum before scripting a 21-17, 21-23, 21-18 win in one hour and 19 minutes.
- The 21-year-old could face compatriot Saina Nehwal in the last four stage if Saina wins her quarter-final later in the day. Sindhu was off to a difficult start with Liang taking the lead in the early stages of the opening game. She trailed by three points at one stage but pulled alevel at 8-8. A run of four consecutive points saw her take a 14-10 lead and the Indian never looked back from there, going on to take the first game. The second game was a bitterly fought affair. Liang again enjoyed a better start, taking a 3-0 lead but Sindhu soon restored parity. The lead changed hands several times with the Indian taking a 16-12 lead at one stage following a four-point streak. Liang equalised at 18-18 which set up a tense finish.
- With both shuttlers locked at 21-21, the Singaporean took a couple of back-to-back points to take the second game and level the scores. Sindhu was in trouble in the third set as well with her opponent leading 14-7 at one stage. But the Hyderabad shuttler staged a superb fightback to win six back to back points and draw level at 15-15. With the momentum firmly behind her, Sindhu continued her resurgence to clinch the game and the match. Sindhu says "more to come: Meanwhile, Sindhu vowed there was "more to come" after she proved her Olympic success was no flash in the pan by winning her first Superseries badminton title.
India Look To Do An Encore
- The deadlock broken in the most comprehensive manner, hosts India would look to do an encore by putting England through another rigorous spin test when the two teams square off in the third cricket Test starting here 27 November 2016. After their 246-run win in the second Test, Virat Kohli and his boys have got the requisite confidence needed to outclass the visitors, who put up a spirited fight in the first two matches. However, as luck would have it, Kohli will not be able to field the winning combination as Wriddhiman Saha is out with a thigh strain, ensuring that Parthiv Patel gets to play a Test match after eight long years. Last time when Parthiv played a Test, current coach Anil Kumble was the captain while Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly were very much a part of the side.
- India were at the receiving end of the then newly introduced technology known as Decision Review System. The PCA Stadium track, once a paradise for speedsters which later became a bowlers" graveyard only to undergo another transformation into a rank turner, will be the cynosure of all eyes. A rank turner may not be on offer but the 22-yard strip that is devoid of any grass will surely help the tweakers as the game progresses. One can brace for at least another four-day show if not full five days. As far as Kohli is concerned, the backdrop could not have been more interesting and the wild allegations of ball tampering levelled by a section of British media could surely act as a catalyst for him to do a Faf du Plessis. A du Plessis-like century will be a befitting reply to all the conspiracy theories that have been floated.
- In sublime form with 337 runs under his belt, the Indian captain, on his day, can make life really difficult for the English bowlers, who are certainly feeling the effect of his blazing blade. While Jimmy Anderson did make an impressive comeback, the absence of Stuart Broad will definitely affect England as the lanky fast bowler performed superbly despite injury during the Visakhapatnam Test match. Add to it Zafar Ansari's sore back has also increased England captain Alastair Cook's worries. Ben Duckett, after a wretched run, may have to sit out making way for an impact player like Jos Buttler. In this situation, there is every possibility that Kohli could make mincemeat of the England attack as seamer Chris Woakes and Ansari's possible replacement, off-spinner Gareth Batty, might not have the wherewithal to stop the Indian ace.
ICC Lashes Out At Faf Du Plessis Ball-Tampering Appeal
- The International Cricket Council today expressed disappointment at South African stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis's decision to lodge an appeal after he was found guilty of a ball-tampering in the second Test against Australia in Hobart. "ICC is disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of match referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal. A Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity," world cricket's apex body said in a statement.
- Du Plessis was fined 100 per cent of his match fee after footage emerged from the second Test of him applying saliva to the ball with a mint in his mouth. The 32-year-old, standing in for regular captain AB de Villiers, scored an unbeaten century on day one of the ongoing day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, where he was booed by some locals when reaching three figures.
India Remain Static In FIFA Rankings
- India have held onto the 137th spot in the world rankings for the month of November, according to global football's governing body FIFA. Currently managed by British coach Stephen Constantine, India are placed 22nd among Asian teams with 217 points. This is India's best ranking since August 2010. They have however, lost 13 points from last month's total of 230 as they did not play any matches in the past two international windows. They played their last match on September 4 -- an international friendly against Puerto Rico which they convincingly won 4-1 at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.
- Iran are the top ranked team in Asia although they have dropped three places in the latest FIFA rankings. According to Xinhua news agency, Iran are now placed at the 30th position after last week's goalless draw against Syria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Despite the decline in the latest ratings released on Thursday, Iran are still the top team in Asia, followed by South Korea, Japan and Australia. At the top of the FIFA ladder, five-time World Cup winners Brazil rose to second place as they closed the gap on leaders and bitter rivals Argentina.
PM : Will Stop Water Flow To Pakistan
- Marking a toughening of stance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he was determined to stop the flow of river water "on which India has its right" into Pakistan and supply it instead to farmers in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Directly taking on Islamabad on the issue of river water sharing and tension along the border, Modi said he is determined to tackle the issues. "The water on which India has its right is flowing into Pakistan. I am determined to stop that water and supply it to our farmers in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India," he said at a public rally near Bathinda town after laying the foundation stone of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
- Expressing his surprise that the water-sharing issue had not been addressed by previous Indian governments, Modi said: "The governments in Delhi were sleeping in the past. Our farmers kept crying and the water kept going to Pakistan. We will fight for the rights of our farmers. "The Indus water treaty, Sutlej, Beas, Ravi - the water of all three rivers, over which our farmers have their right, is not available to them. The water of these rivers is the right of India and our farmers. This water is flowing through Pakistan and into the sea. Neither Pakistan uses it nor can our farmers use it.
- "I am moving ahead with conviction on this and have set up a task force on Indus Water Treaty," he said. Modi, while pointing out that he was standing close to the border with Pakistan and wanted to address the people of Pakistan, said people in the neighbouring country should force their rulers to fight against poverty and corruption instead of fighting with India. "Look at the strength of our Army. Our soldiers did a surgical strike in a 250-km belt. Pakistan Army has seen what our Army can do. There was big turmoil (in Pakistan) and it is still not settled. "Standing close to the Pakistan border, I want to address people in Pakistan. "If schoolchildren are killed in Pakistan, 125 crore Indians cry for them. I want to urge the people of Pakistan to force their rulers that if they have to fight, they should fight against poverty, corruption and other evils," he said.