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Asian Games 2018 Day 14 Live Updates and Live Results: India won Silver in Women’s Hockey.

Asian Games 2018 Day 14 Live Updates and Live Results: India women’s hockey team couldn’t add to the medal tally of 13 golds at the 18th Asian Games on Day 13 (Friday) but did contribute with a silver medal. That carried India’s medal tally to 65 medals – 13 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze which places India at eighth in the medal’s tally of the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang. Besides the women’s hockey team, sailing contingent contributed with three medals (one silver and two bronze) on the day. Also among the bronze medallists were boxer Vikas Krishan and the men’s squash team.

Asian Games 2018: India women hockey team clinch silver medal

By: Sports Desk |

Published: August 31, 2018 8:07:18 pm





India go down 1-2 to Japan, bag silver medal at Asian Games. (Source: Hockey India File photo)

India’s aim and aspirations of coming back with two gold medals from Asian Games was already dealt a blow on Thursday with the men losing to Malaysia. A day later, that quest dropped to zero gold medals with the women’s team going down 1-2 to Japan in the final. With goals from Minami Shimizu and Motomi Kawamura, Japan produced a resolute display of attacking hockey when required and shut the door in the final quarter with India trailing. Neha Goyal had scored the equaliser for India in the second quarter.

With the silver medal, India women’s hockey team’s wait for a gold medal at Asian Games continues with the last top prize coming in 1982 in New Delhi. However, the silver is an upgrade from bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 and replicates the second-place in 1998.

(To be updated…)

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Five Players Contending for Spots in Team to be Named on Saturday






Asia Cup 2018: Five Players Contending for Spots in Team to be Named on Saturday

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are set to announce a 15-man squad for the 2018 Asia Cup on Saturday. With the 2019 World Cup less than a year away, the six-team 50-over tournament will serve as a perfect platform for captain Virat Kohli and the Indian team management to address certain areas ahead of the mega-event. The Asia Cup, also involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and an unconfirmed qualifier, gets underway on September 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the final on September 29. India are placed in Group B with their arch-rivals Pakistan and a qualifier.The Indian team is currently involved in a five-match Test series in England and has been playing non-stop cricket for the last 12 months. While the top-order and bowlers have been firing on all cylinders, India will look to fix their middle-order tribulation before it gets too late. The Asia Cup will provide one such opportunity to the selectors to look beyond the set number of players. There are quite a few who have been making waves in the domestic circuit and we list five of them, new and old faces, who might find themselves in the flight to the UAE.

Mayank Agarwal

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“Scoring 2000 runs in a domestic season is not a joke.” Indeed, it’s not! The Karnataka batsman has been piling up runs for fun since the start of 2017-18 season. He scored over 1000 runs in a month last season. The flow of runs even continued for India A but the national selection is yet to materialise. However, Agarwal kept his head down and continued to let his bat do the talking. After having an impressive English sojourn with the ‘A’ team, Agarwal also ended up as the second highest run-getter in the recently concluded quadrangular series with 236 runs at a brilliant average of 59. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul already in the mix, it won’t be easy for Agarwal to wear the opening boots. However, the 27-year-old is no spring chicken and can give India some solidity in the middle-order as well.

Manish Pandey

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The Indian middle-order currently wears an iffy look and the 28-year-old couldn’t have timed his return to form better. After featuring in two Twenty Internationals in Ireland, Pandey only warmed the bench in three T20Is against England. What made it worse was he couldn’t even make it to the One-Day International squad that played three games in England. He returned to India and was tasked to lead India B in the quadrangular series. He then didn’t just lead his team to the title but also amassed 306 runs in four innings, without being dismissed even once. He has done more than enough to regain selectors’ faith and is the favourite among these five to find a spot in the ODI setup. What makes his chances even better is Shreyas Iyer, who captained India A in the same series, only managed 98 runs at a mediocre average of 24.50.

Ambati Rayudu

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The 32-year-old took the 2018 Indian Premier League by storm. Rayudu, one of the many old warhorses in the Chennai Super Kings outfit, plundered 602 runs in 16 innings and played a key role in helping his team lift the trophy for the third time. He then was selected to play the ODIs against England in July but failed to clear the mandatory yo-yo fitness test. Having cleared the test this month, he was straightaway drafted to the India A squad and the right-hander did not disappoint. While his team failed to qualify for the final, Rayudu stood head and shoulders above the rest, finishing with 187 runs at 62.33. Rayudu is a proven match-winner and can easily be placed at No. 4. He averages over 50 in ODIs which suggest he has the temperament to survive at the top-level.

Krunal Pandya

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This one is a tempting option! The elder Pandya can tonk the ball all around the park like his younger brother Hardik but also possesses the skills of playing the waiting game. Krunal is also a street-smart left-arm spinner, someone who knows what his strengths are and is not ashamed to build his game around that. Krunal, who was in the squad for T20Is v England but didn’t get a game, can provide India that balance down the order that captains keep talking about. Ever since making his debut for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2016, Krunal’s graph has only gone up. He had a couple of good outings with the ‘A’ team both in England and quadrangular series. It’s his attitude that stands out, and is someone who makes things happen. Krunal has got all the shots in his book and can play those game-changing cameos late in the innings. While Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal lead the race to be India’s two frontline spinners, it won’t be a bad idea to have Krunal in the mix as well.

Deepak Chahar

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The paceman from Rajasthan has come a long way since his dream first-class debut where he picked up 8 for 10 in the Ranji Trophy 2010-11. In what has largely been a stop-start career, Chahar received a huge boost in the IPL 2018. Playing for CSK, he scalped 10 wickets in the season and was highly impressive with the new ball. He had a fantastic stint with India A in England – that earned him his maiden international call-up. He did play a T20I against England where he picked up one wicket at the expense of 43 runs. Chahar is also a handy lower-order batsman who can stick around if the situation demands. He didn’t pick up many wickets in the quadrangular series but was fairly economical. He has also worked on his death bowling but is yet to be tested at the international level – something which won’t work in his favour when the selectors sit down in Mumbai to pick a team for the Asia Cup.




First Published: August 31, 2018, 4:21 PM IST



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Neeraj Chopra misses bronze by a whisker in Diamond League Final

By: PTI | Zurich |

Published: August 31, 2018 1:34:53 pm





Neeraj Chopra from India competes in the men’s javelin throw event during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting. (Source: PTI)

Newly-crowned Asian Games champion Neeraj Chopra produced yet another impressive performance but missed the bronze medal by a whisker, finishing fourth in the prestigious Diamond League Final on Friday. The 20-year-old Indian, who was competing in the season’s Diamond League Series Finale just three days after winning Asian Games gold in Jakarta, sent the spear to a best distance of 85.73m to end at fourth position in the eight-man event on Thursday night.

Chopra, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was at the third position till the fifth and penultimate round but the reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany came up with an 85.76m effort in his last attempt to pip the Indian by a mere 0.03 meter. The star Indian could not repeat his national record-shattering throw of 88.06m in Jakarta but his effort here earned him USD 6000 besides the enormous amount of experience he got by rubbing shoulders with the best in the business.

Meanwhile, a third-round monster throw of 91.44m from Germany’s Andreas Hofmann earned him his first big international javelin prize as he claimed one of the 16 Diamond Trophies on offer in the first of the Diamond League Finals. The second Final will be held in Brussels today which will see competition in another 16 sets of events.

In the absence of world champion Johannes Vetter (who pulled out of the event), Rohler was the favourite to win the gold here but Hoffman, Germany’s ‘Third Man’ (after Vettel and Roeler), upstaged his more illustrious compatriot to win gold. Roehler had beaten Hofmann to the European title in Berlin earlier this season.

Estonia’s Magnus Kirt took second place with 87.57m. Chopra had qualified for the Final as sixth best in terms of points. He took part in three Diamond League Series legs. He finished fourth in Doha, sixth in Eugene and fifth in Rabat. He missed the Birmingham leg on August 18 due to the Asian Games.

The points were accumulated over the 14-leg Diamond League Series in a season. The top eight finishers in each leg get prize money. The eighth-place finisher gets USD 1000 while the winner pockets USD 10,000. Chopra will compete in the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, the Czech Republic from September 8 to 9 as a member of the Asia Pacific team before winding up the international season.

Top two athletes from four regions — Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific — compete in the prestigious Continental Cup and Chopra will pair with Taipei’s Cheng Chao-Tsun, who is the only Asian to have a 90m-plus throw. Cheng, however, has been struggling this season as he was carrying a minor shoulder injury and he finished fifth in the Asian Games while Chopra won the gold.

Mohammed Anas (men’s 400m), Jinson Johnson (men’s 8800m), Arpinder Singh (men’s triple jump), Hima Das (women’s 400m), P U Chitra (women’s 1500m) and Sudha Singh (women’s 3000m steeplechase) are the other Indian taking part in the Continental Cup.

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